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mothy, Titus, and Philemon. 12mo. The Village Rectory; or, Truth in Fic. Notes, EXPLANATORY and PRACTICAL, tion. By the Rev. R. W. Dibdin, M.A., on the New TESTAMENT. By ALBERT
Minister of West-street Episcopal Chapel, BARNES, Minister of the Gospel, Phila. Author of “ Life of Edward VI.," " Serdelphia. Hebrews. 12mo.
mons," &c. Small 8vo, pp. 240. Blackie and Son, Warwick-square.
James Nisbet and Co. The demand for Commentaries on the We have been very much interested in the Holy Scriptures is a marked and gratifying perusal of this pleasing and instructive peculiarity of the age. We would hope that volume, the production of a pious and it indicates an increased attachment to the evangelical clergyman, “whose praise is in word of God, and a growing determination all the churches." There is a fine tone of to discard all authority in religion but that Christian discrimination running throughout of the living oracles. The very cheap rate, the whole work, and rendering it a safe too, at which our most approved commen- guide to those whose opinions may not be taries can now be obtained, as compared with fully formed and matured. The writer is no former times, is matter of high congratulation. advocate of loose theology, or of half-and-half Such helps to the intelligent perusal of the measures in dealing with the souls of men. sacred volume are now brought within the In the characters pourtrayed in these pages, reach of even the labouring classes of the he has shown the marked difference between community ; many of whom may now be the legal and the evangelical in Christian seen daily reading the Scriptures with the teaching; and has administered many a aid of Matthew Henry, Scott, Cobbin, or sharp rebuke to those who would say, Barnes. It is a spectacle this most grateful 6 Peace, peace, when there is no peace.” and full of hope.
As we have read certain passages, of great Of the many editions of Barnes's Notes pungency and fidelity, we have been ready which have appeared in this country, that to ask, will the authorities of Mr. Dibdin's of Messrs. Blackie and Son is entitled to church bear with this bonest exposure of distinct notice. Some have complained of existing evils ? We believe the author has the supplementary notes which have been counted the cost of keeping a good conintroduced into the pages of this edition, science, and would be but little disturbed especially those of them which oppose cer at anything that might befal him in the tain views of scriptural doctrine entertained path of duty. There are some beautiful by Mr. Barnes. We do not see the force domestic scenes in the volume,which deserve of such objections, as the notes in question to be written in letters of gold. We can are clearly distinguished by brackets from very conscientiously recommend the volume Mr. Barnes's comments, and as they are, in to our readers, as tending, in a high degree, general, well sustained criticisms. We think, to promote the interests of faithful preachfor example, that the additional notes upon ing, pastoral vigilance, and vital godliness. the fifth chapter of the Epistle to the Our prayer is, that the labours of this Romans, not to speak of other instances, | devoted and catholic-minded clergyman may are well fitted to counteract certain views of be greatly blessed. the author to which hundreds of thousands of orthodox Christians are unable to subscribe. If the notes were stealthily introduced, with.
BRIEF NOTICES OF BOOKS. out intimation, so as to put sentiments into the commentary of Mr. Barnes which he 1. The Fruits of the Spirit. By the Rev. WILdoes not hold, the thing would be very
LIAM HENRY ELLIOTT, Ebenezer Chapel, Shore
ditch, London. 18mo. pp. 108. Ward and Co. objectionable ; but this not being the case, This brief treatise contains much seasonable truth, we see no objections to the critiques in on a subject but too little regarded by many who
profess to be the followers of Christ. The author question.
has treated the theme announced in the title in a The three volumes we now introduce to
manner truly scriptural, and well calculated to do our readers will be found quite equal to any extensive good. of the others which have long been in the
2. The Claims of the Gospel on the Young. By the hands of the public. Indeed, we have no Rev. JOEL PARKER, D.D., of Philadelphia. 18mo. scruple whatever in giving it as our delibe
pp. 142. Religious Tract Society.-- Dr. Parker is
one of the most powerful preachers in the United rate opinion, that Barnes's Exposition of the
States; and the essay which we now introduce Hebrews is superior to any of his other to our readers is an admirable specimen of the kind comments. He has fully availed himself of of appeal adapted to young men of the intelligent
and educated class. We know of no volume that all existing aids in the treatment of this most we could more hopefully put into the hands of an important book. We earnestly recommend undecided youth.
3. Life of Heinrich Stilling: abridged by JOHN WRIGHT, from the Original Translation. By SAMUEL JACKSON. 32mo. pp. 436. Houlston and Stoneman.-There is a romantic interest connected with the life of Stilling, irrespective of its higher qualities, which will always invest it with a powerful charm. In the abridgment before us the spirit of the original work has been fully preserved.
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5. Elegy on the Death of Thos. Chalmers, D.D., Corresponding Member of the Royal Institute of France. By ROBERT WILson, A.M., author of "The Pleasures of Piety." Small 8vo. pp. 22. Hamilton, Adams, and Co.-There is great vigour of conception, riches of imagery, and pathos of feeling, in this Elegy on the Death of Chalmers.
6. Scriptural Epitaphs. 18mo. pp. 108. Smith, Elder, and Co.-" The design," observes the writer " of this little book is to furnish a selection of passages from the Holy Scriptures, suitable for Christian epitaphs; in the hope that it may tend to a more judicious choice of monumental inscriptions." The design is excellent, and the selection of texts highly judicious.
7. Hymns from the German of Dr. Martin Luther. By the Rev. JOHN ANDERSON, Minister of the Free Church of Scotland, Helensburgh. Second Edition. 12mo. pp. 96. J. D. Lowe, Edinburgh. We sincerely thank Mr. Anderson for this deeply-interesting selection of Hymns from the devotional compositions of the immortal Luther. We regard them as a great boon; and greatly value his critical preface.
8. The National Spelling-Book; or, Easy Guide to Useful Knowledge. Illustrated with 150 Engravings. 12mo. pp. 120. B. Steill. 18. 60.We have seen no spelling-book for the young of equal pretensions with this. We can cordially re. commend it as sure to interest beginners.
deserves, and will obtain, a wide circulation, and a general acceptance with the Christian public. It is a book for a leisure hour or half-hour, and will fill up usefully many a little fragment of time which, but for such a cornpanion, might be utterly squandered.
13. Mrs. Baynes's Knitted Lace Receipt Books. Seven vols. Price 6d. each. Simpkin, Marshall, and Co.- We have much pleasure in introducing to our readers this very useful and ingenious series of cheap works on the subject of lace knitting in all its departments. The volumes are beautifully illustrated with specimens of knitting, and the rules laid down by Mrs. Baynes are such as to be intelligible to any young lady of moderate capacity. In an age when the labours of the needle are rendered so available for the benefit of religious and charitable institutions, we deem it a public duty to make known to our female friends, who delight in doing good, this valuable series of instructions from the pen of one who well understands her subject.
14. School Songs, Sacred, Moral, and Descriptive; designed to aid Instruction in Schools and Families, and connected with appropriate Tunes, which are published separately, in “School Music, Is., and “Children's School Music," 4d. Edited by John CURWEN. 32mo. pp. 160. Ward and Co.This is a suitable companion to the Music recommended in No. 9, of these Brief Notices of Books. The selection we regard as peculiarly excellent. In fact, we could not point to one piece that we could pronounce exceptionable.
15. Memorials of the Daron of the Reformation in Europe. Small 8vo. pp. 320. Thomas Nelson.This volume of Nelson's Cheap Series will be found alike entertaining and instructive. It is a beautiful and well-written compendium of some of the most thrilling facts connected with the rise and progress of the Reformation.
16. The Recreation. A Gift-Book for Young Readers. With Engravings. Small 8vo. pp. 46. W. S. Orr and Co.-This is an old favourite of ours; and we are happy to say, after all the years of its existence, it retains all the vigour of its youth; and is as full of incident as when it first sued for a measure of public favour. It is admirably conducted as an annual token for the young.
17. The Young Man's Aid to Improvement, Suecess, and true Happiness. By "Mentor." Fourth Thousand. 18mo. pp. 156. George Gallie, Glasgow. -An admirable present for a young man on leaving the parental roof, or while occupied in the pursuits of business, and exposed to the temptations of the world.
18. The Portraiture of a Christian Lady; OT, Sketches of Christian Life and Conversation. Small 8vo. pp. 244. Seeley and Co.-This is a book of fine principles, and is well adapted to form the habits, and direct the conduct, of all those young ladies who wish to demean themselves as “women professing godliness."
9. School Music, comprehending the “Child's Own Book” for Sunday Schools, with a large and varied selection of Tunes for Day Schools. Arranged for three voices. By GEORGE HOGARTH, Esq., author of the “History of Music," &c. And edited by Joux CURWEN. Ward and Co.-We have no hesitation in committing ourselves to the strongest recommendation of this selection of music for the use of Sunday or day schools. It is deserving of any amount of confidence which may be reposed in it, both for its taste and talent.
10. The Rock of Israel; or, A Word or Two to the Distrustful upon Jehovah as the reasonable Object of the Confidence of Man. 32mo. pp. 176. Arthur Hall and Co., Ipswich-This volume will be found a word in season to weary and afflicted souls. We commend it earnestly to those who have passed through the deep waters of sorrow.
U. The Christian Reader: a Collection of Pieces from the most celebrated Authors. Selected and arranged by JOHN SALTER. Third Edition. Enlarged, revised, and improved; forming a superior Class-Book for Families and Schools. Small 8vo. pp. 424. Fisher, Son, and Co.- One of the best books of the class to which it belongs. We give it our warmest recommendation.
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19. Tre National Cyclopædia of Useful KRONEledge. Part X. Berwickshire-Bokhara. 8vo. Is. Charles Knight. This most useful and instructive work is proceeding with all the vigour which characterizes Mr. Knight's house.
20 The Protestant Dissenter's Almanack for 1848. J. Snow. It is not, of course, to review this little publication that we introduce a reference to it in this department of our Magazine, but to recommeod it heartily to all our readers. We have glanced rapidly over its pages, and, assuming the correctness of the various accounts which the compiler has brought together, we are bound to say the work sustains the professions of its title, and is an Almanack for Protestant Dissenters. For threepence, therefore, our friends may place upon their tables the usual items of information which an almanack supplies, and a considerable amount of intelligence most valuable concerning the religious
condition of our country, and those Christian and Bible may be read in the course of the year; and a benevolent institutions in which they are deeply variety of useful information. 32mo. pp. 192. interested. It will be a disgrace, if both the pub Religious Tract Society.-This Pocket Book will be lisher and editor shall not have cause to rejoice in found to answer every practical and useful purpose. their enterprise, and to continue it in future years. Let Dissenters give currency to this Almanack.
23. The Pocket Book Almanack for 1848, being Wherever it goes it will bear a testimony for them Bissextile, or Leap-Year. Also, The Tract Society's and for their principles, the result of which cannot Penny Almanack for 1848. Religious Tract Society. but be beneficial.
-Very cheap and admirable little books. 21. Noles, Explanatory and Practical, on the 24. The Christian Almanack for the Year 1848, Second Epistle to the Corinthians and the Epistle being Bissextile Year, or Leap Year. 12mo. pp. 84. to the Galalians. By Rev. ALBERT BARNES. Religious Tract Society. 60. - This annual fa. Revised verbatim from the latest American edition, vourite is, as we think, an in:provement on its edited and carefully corrected. By Rev. INGRAM predecessors. COBBIN, M.A. Small 8vo. pp. 466. William Tegg and Co., Cheapside.- We believe the public may
25. Mary and her Mother. A Sequel to “Scripfully rely on the accuracy, as it may be grateful for
tural Stories for very Young Children." By the the cheapness, of this edition of Barnes's Notes.
same Author. Fifth Edition. 18mo. pp. 260. Ward
and Co.-The acceptance which this admirable little 22. The Scripture Pocket-Book for 1848. Con volume has realized renders it unnecessary for us taining an Almanack, also a Passage of Scripture to say anything in commendation of it. It is one for every Day, with an arrangement by which the l of the best little books of its kind extant.
LONDON MISSIONARY SOCIETY. from a poor servant of God, is only due to DEAR SIR,- At a time when our great the cause and to the Society; and I should Institution is being so unsparingly assailed, feel that I did myself honour in rendering the testimony of any disinterested party it: for from my heart I rejoice, that, notin its favour must be held invaluable. withstanding all the jarrings and unholy
At a time when the Church of Christ is strifes and divisions among the various being rent by its own internal feuds, how sections of the Church of Christ, there are refreshing to the spirit is it to see men forc little oases-lovely green spots to be found ing through the limits of sect and party, I in the wilderness of this fallen world, and embracing in the arms of a pure and whereon faithful Christians, who have the unconfined charity all who love our Lord law of Christ's love written in their hearts, Jesus Christ in sincerity! .
can meet in perfect unison, and show the Being recently on a tour on behalf of the unbelieving world that they ARE ALL ONE Society, the following note was sent by a in Christ Jesus, their ever living Head !ministerial brother of the Church of Eng. that their Master's work is their common land, as an apology for not being present at work, and that where His honour and will the public meeting in his immediate locality. | are concerned, their miserable litile differ. It will be read with deep and lively interest ences vanish ;--that they possess a great by the friends of the Society. Its whole uniting and all-pervading principle ;--that style bespeaks the man of God :
though differing in outward uniform, like “Dear Sir,- I was yesterday favoured the various regiments composing a vast with your intimation of the meeting to be army, they can at any emergency act with held this evening, in aid of the London unity and vigour under the same great Missionary Society; and as, if able, I Leader, and move forward to the help of should be happy to avail myself of your the Lord, under the same glorious banner. obliging notice, and be present with you God grant that the hour may be near wben on this interesting occasion, I think it only all his true worshipping people shall be alike due to your Committee and to myself united in externals, as they now are and to tell you so.
ever will be in the sacred bonds of spiritual "I should be equally rejoiced to-night, truth and love! as on many former occasions, to be permitted to offer my humble testimony, in “ Perhaps you will do me the kindness any assembly of my dear fellow-Christians, just to read this note to the Deputation and to the great value of the London Missionary the gentlemen of your Committee, to acSociety, and to join your speakers and the count far my nonappearance, and also to meeting in praising and thanking God for put the inclosed mite into the collecting. the visible rich blessing with which He is
plate." crowning the labours of the Society in the The mite was a sovereign. We appreciate various extensive scenes of its operations. the gift, but the letter is more than the Such a testimony in the face of the world, I money. It is worthy of being printed in
characters of gold. Oh, when shall the Away we then walked to the house of whole Church of God breathe this loving mourning. There we saw the mother with spirit? When shall our feuds be quelled, her daughter on her lap. She never raised and our fires extinguished ? When shall we her eyes to look on us; they were fixed on lay aside “all bitterness and wrath, and what she thought her dying child. The anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, with father was walking up and down the room, all malice, and be kind one to another, wringing his hands and weeping. At last tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even he stopped, and looking wistfully at me, as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven us; said, “ Are you come to baptize my dear and be followers of God as dear children, daughter ?" I said, “Yes; but sit down and walk in love, as Christ also bath loved and try to compose yourself." We then us, and hath given himself for us." The sat down and sympathized with the parents. church must be united before the world can I then said, “ You think your child will be converted.
die. We hope not; we will pray God to Yours, most sincerely,
spare it to you. But if God spare her, ROBERT FERGUSON. think what responsibility will be on you. Stratford-le-Bow, Nov. 11, 1847.
O friends, train her up in the fear of God!
sent by a merciful God, to lead you to the THE BLESSEDNESS OF SOWING BESIDE
Saviour." At this moment the father ALL WATERS.
could contain no longer ; be stopped me, Our Lord Jesus Christ has taught us in the and sobbed out, “ You-do not knor-oor parable of the sower, not to expect that all character." "No, sir, I do not ; but I the good seed will grow wbich we scatter should like to know it.” “0," said he, abroad; but if only a quarter of it bring "we have been great professors, but we forth abundantly, it will be a rich reward for have departed from the Lord, and now he all our toil.
is punishing us for our sins. 0, he will The idea of “ sowing beside all waters," surely take away our child. O, how we Isa. xxxii. 20, implies that we are to be have sinned I” He then described how they always on the look out for opportunities to had been tempted, in hope of gain, to sell glorify God, and to do good to men,-and, goods on Sunday morning ; then occupying in the present article, I shall mention two nearly all the forenoon in supplying ships; facts to encourage my young brethren, to then proceeding from step to step, until, unturn every place into a pulpit. To make der the hardening influence of sin, they had every sinner they meet a congregation. To wholly given up family prayer, and nearly abhave always a good stock of seed with them, sented themselves from the house of God alto. and, as they have opportunity, sow away. gether. My brethren and myself sat amazed Notice, first, the baptism of a little girl at the disclosure, while the heart-broken when I was a student.
wife wept and sobbed aloud. After the It is not usual for young ministers to sobbing had ceased, we began again : “Well, return to college after they have been or. sir, if you see the heinousness of your sin, dained, but it was so in my case. I returned and are really sorry for it, then return ye after my ordination, and remained until the backsliding children, and the Lord will heal ship was ready to take me to India ; and, your backslidings, and, as a proof of your during that time, the following circumstance sincerity, restore the worship of God in occurred. One morning, some of my fellow your house, and have family prayer to. students came to me, saying, “ There is a night.” “0, sir," said the father, “I family near our lodging in deep distress. cannot. I have three young men in my They have a child, supposed to be dying, house, and they know how I have lived. and it is not baptized. The father has been How can I pray before them ?” “How to us, requesting us to baptize it, but we can you ?" I replied, “act an honest part, have not been ordained; will you come with sir. Tell the young men your present views us and baptize it?" I said, “Who are the and feelings. Acknowledge your guilt in people?" They replied, “We know nothing | neglecting them as well as yourselves, and, about their religious character, but they are as you were not ashamed to serve the devil respectable shopkeepers." I then proposed in their presence, don't be ashamed to let to wait on our venerable tutor, and consult them see that you are now determined to him. He heard us, and said: “These serve God." We then went to prayer, bapparents are strangers to me, but do you go, tized the child, and departed. This was the sir, and endeavour to do good to their only person I baptized before I went on my souls. It may prove a fine opportunity to mission to the heathen. say something for God. I will pray for In a few days I called to inquire for the
child. “0," said the servant, "she is get
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ting quite about again; she began to recover These two facts may afford encourageimmediately after the baptism.'' “ Where ment to those who write for the Magazine, is your master ?” “I will call him." As as well as to those who baptize children. the girl left the room, I espied on a table The happy results were not known to me some Bibles and Hymn-books; and on her for more than twenty years after my part of return, I said, “What have you been doing the work was done. What I sowed in weakwith so many Bibles ?” “O, sir, they are the ness was raised in power. God took care of books which master and we use at family it. The seed was sown in very different prayer." So he had begun.
soil. O, we must sow beside all waters. More than twenty years after this, one of That is our duty, and doubtless in due time my children went to a shop, where a respect- we shall reap if we faint not ! Fellowable young woman was in attendance. She labourers in God's vineyard, if now and made herself known by saying, “Your father then we hear of good being done through baptized me." “ Indeed, did he?" "Yes, our instrumentality, what may we hope to and from the time of my baptism, my dear see and hear in heaven? Let us thank God father and mother turned to the Lord. and take courage. RICHARD KNILL. They became honourable members of the
Wotton Tabernacle, Nov. Sth, 1847.
MONOPOLY BE SUFFERED TO SINK ?
[We think it a duty to our friend, Dr.
Thomson, to give publicity to the followSecondly: Notice the Evangelical Maya. ing circular, and to press its contents upon zine.
the notice of our readers. What they do, Mr. Stevens, a missionary student, died let them do quickly.] while pursuing his studies under Dr. Bogue.
Dr. Thomson's COMMITTEE-Room, He was our youngest student, and greatly
53, Paternoster-row, London, beloved by his brethren. He was a great
November 12, 1847. favourite also with the congregations that Rev. and Dear Sir, -You are the friend he visited, and was frequently called to of the circulation of the Scriptures to the preach sermons to the young. These con- widest extent throughout the world. In stant labours were too much for his con. common with all Protestant Christians, you stitution. He sunk into a rapid decline, rejoice in the extraordinary reduction in the and soon entered into glory. I was much prices of the various editions of the Bible with him during his illness, and watched and Testament within the last ten years. over his dying. bed with great profit to The quarto Bible, which in 1837 was sold my own soul, and, I believe, to his com- by the Bible Society at £l 2s., is now sold fort. His zeal never forsook him. In his by the Free Bible Press Company for dreams he was preaching to children, and 14s. 6d. ; the royal octavo, with references, in his delirium he was telling the heathen which sold for 13s. 4d., is now sold for aboct Christ. After his death I drew up a 9s. 4d. ; the 24mo pearl Bible, which sold brief memorial of this brother beloved, and (in calf binding) for 5s. 6d., is now sold for sent it to the Evangelical Magazine. It was is. 6d., and bound in roan, gilt edges and the first effort of my pen that ever appeared on fine paper, for 10d. in print, and many years after dear Stevens One result of this reduction in the prices had been mouldering to dust, and after I had of the Scriptures has been an extraordinary been labouring on India's burning sands and increase of their circulation. Take the case Russia's frozen regions, I met with a good of the British and Foreign Bible Society ; deacon of an Independent church, who said, in the years ending April, 1836 and 1837, “ How often I have wished to see you, to the issues were, 417,462 Bibles, and tell you how that account of young Stevens 374,206 Testaments, making a total for the was blessed to my soul! I was just of his two years of 791,668; but in the years 1846 age. My mind was busily engaged in seek and 1847, the issues were 1,008,331 Bibles, ing happiness, and when I saw the short and 1,205,680 Testaments, making a total account of him in the Magazine, it over- of 2,214,011 ; being an increase in the two powered me. It went right to my beart, last-mentioned years, over the former, of and I trust I gave my heart to Christ im. 1,422,343 Bibles or Testaments, besides mediately, to serve him for ever. Soon the increase in the general trade sales, and after this I joined a church, and for some other Bible institutions. Who brought years have been a deacon, endeavouring to about this great change ? Chiefly Dr. Adam advance the same cause in which Mr. Thomson, of Coldstream. He laboured in. Stevens died."
defatigably for the destruction of the Scot.