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addresses. They are full of Bible truth, | origin of true greatness. We subjoin an warm appeals to the conscience, and earnest extract from the work before us, as serving persuasives to the life of faith. The volume to correct a popular error, and to give a well deserves a place among the biographies specimen of the style in which the volume of the age ; and the sermons are excellent is written : specimens of the kind of preaching upon “Besides affecting the atmosphere, it has which we may expect the blessing of God. been from time immemorial an almost uni

versal opinion, that the lunar influence bas

an intimate connection with organic life. ASTRONOMY and SCRIPTURE; or

There is a passage in the Psalms, which Illustrations of that Science, and of the seems to involve this idea : The sun shall Solar, Lunar, Stellar, and Terrestrial

not smite thee by day, nor the moon by Phenomena of Holy Writ, By the Reo. night.' The opinion is common throughout T. MILNER, M.A.

the East, that the beams of the moon The study of Revelation and astronomy

are deleterious, and it appears to be has too rarely been combined in the same

countenanced by well-authenticated facts. person. This is the more to be regretted, The two great physicians of antiquity, as, on the one hand, there are none of the Hippocrates and Galen, believe the lunar works of God to which the Scriptures more

influence to operate largely in cases of frequently refer us, and from which they disease, especially of epilepsy and inborrow more striking illustrations of their sanity. Amongst the moderns, Mead, Hoff. sentiments, than the movements of the man, and Sauvage, have adopted the same heavenly bodies; and, on the other, ac

opinion. Our word lunacy expresses the quaintance with these bodies, apart from

same idea, as does also the Greek word the truths of Scripture, is deprived of its

used in the New Testament. It can, bow. essential benefit. Mr. Milner has endea. ever, form no objection to the Scriptures, to voured to remedy this defect, in the volume any reasonable mind, when it is considered which is here presented to our notice. It that, for wise and important purposes, they contains much popular information on the speak in a popular and conventional style, science, expressed in language as beautiful

to say, that this particular notion is now as it is simple and intelligible to the mean. generally discredited. Yet, neither by its est capacity. Several plates adorn the vo

friends nor foes has it been sufficiently tested lume, but none that are not necessary as

by statistical observations. Sound philoexplanatory of the remarks with which they sophy may admit, and does admit, that are connected. The episodes that are scat

health and sickness materially depend upon tered throughout the volume, relating to

the state of the atmosphere : and therefore, the fire-worshippers of Baal, the sun-dial by affecting the terrestrial atmosphere, the of Ahaz and Hezekiah, the darkness of

moon may have an influence upon the geEgypt and at the crucifixion, and the neral organism of its inhabitants. But to standing still of the sun and moon at Gibeon, suppose insanity, or any disease of the are replete with valuable instruction, and brain, to be exasperated at the change of happy elucidations of Scripture phraseology. the moon, as an effect of that change, may Sketches are given of the history of astro

be safely dismissed, as an idle dream. Let nomy and astronomers, from Copernicus the fact be incontestably established, that and Galileo to the great Newton, and from such exasperations occur at such intervals, the latter to the Herschels of modern times. and it only proves a coincidence, and leaves Young persons who have not leisure for the question of connection untouched. There more abstruse works, will find this volume is an adaptation of the human constitution an admirable compendium on the subject ;

to the time of the earth's rotation upon its nor can any one attentively peruse it axis ; and as tertian and quartan fevers without having his mind imbued with require three or four rotations to evolve the just sentiments, his style of thinking and symptoms of disease, 80 may insanity rewriting improved, and his love of revealed quire thirty for the same end, without any truth and its Author enlivened and aug- reference to the moon's place in the heamented. Altogether, the volume would form a suitable companion to the work of Dr. Pye Smith, “On the relation between the Holy Scriptures and some parts of Geolo

SABBATH-Day Book; or, Scriptural Me. gical Science ;” and would supply to our

ditations for every Lord's-day in the young friends materials for thinking on the

Year. By J. LEIFCHILD, D.D. 12mo. works and the word of God in connection, that might prove as favourable to the ad

Religious Tract Society. vancement of their piety as to the improve- We deeply regret that, by an uninten. ment of their intellect, and the gratification tional oversight, this very interesting and of that thirst for knowledge which is the l instructive volume has so long escaped our

vens."

pp. 368.

notice. It deserved something better at our that " it is a lovable land, not withstanding bands. But it is not too late to apprize our all the idols and vices that defile and deform readers, that, in our humble judgment, the it." It has been Mr. Philip's object to set Religious Tract Society has not a more ap- this forth, and he has done so successfully. propriate or useful publication on its list of There are many characteristics of the modern works. Every page exhibits marks Chinese to excite a strong sympathy for of discriminating thought and sound biblical them among the friends of missions. A interpretation, accompanied with very strin. noble field is destined for Christian zeal and gent appeals to the conscience, and warm enterprise. The door which was opened, in enforcements of experimental godliness. Providence, by the “opium war,"

as Mr. Although the “Sabbath-day Book" is, Philip unfortunately calls it, is being thrown strictly speaking, a series of discourses upon more and more wide. It is great and effecinteresting texts of Scripture, the pulpit tual. May it be our author's happiness to character of the compositions has been so know that he has induced many to press far dispensed with as to adapt them more into it! effectually to personal and private reading ; yet not so as to deprive them of the pun- | HISTORY of the Reformation of the Sixgeney and pathos, by which the public ad

TEENTH CENTURY. By J. H. MERLE dresses of the author are so happily distin.

D'AUBIGNE, D.D., President of the guished. We are confident that this volume will be a special favourite among the very

Theological School of Geneva, and Vice

President of the Société Evangélique. useful class of publications to which it be

Vols. I. to IV. Vols. I., II., and Ill. longs; and if evidence were required to

translated by H. White, B.A., Trinity prove that the mental energy of the writer is in no degree impaired by the labours of

College, Cambridge, M.A. and Ph. Dr., more than forty years, it here abundantly

Heidelberg; and carefully revised by the

Author, who has made numerous importsupplied.

ant additions, not to be found in any

other Translation ; and Vol. IV., being Caixa; its Creeds and Customs, with re- the English Original, by Dr. D'AUBIGNE, ference to Missionary Labours. By the assisted by Dr. Wute. 8vo. pp.692. 6s. Rev. ROBERT PHILIP, Author of the

Religious Tract Society. “ Life and Times of Bunyan."--(Nelson's British Library of Tracts for the People.) brated History, though matter of great re

The numerous editions of this justly celeWe are happy to introduce this interest- joicing in itself, render it next to impossible ing tract to the notice of our readers. The for the public press to do justice to the attachment of Mr. Philip to the cause of spirit of enterprise which has arisen in conmissions in China is well known, and earn- nection with the appearance of this remarkestly do we wish that this little work may able work. So powerfully have we been be useful in exciting in the minds of thou. | impressed with the importance to the Prosands a portion of the interest for that vast

testant cause of Dr. D'Aubigné's labours, country with which he is himself so tho

that we have felt it to be a conscientious roughly impressed. It may seem preposte duty to notice every edition that has come rous in a penny tract—though, thanks to

to our knowledge. We heartily rejoiced the enterprise of the publisher, the amount when the difficulties were removed about of letterpress given for that small sum is

the publication of the fourth volume ; and astonishing-to treat of the creeds and cus.

on the fact of so many thousand copies of toms of upwards of three hundred millions such a work finding their way into the -of more than a third portion of the human hands of the Christian public, at a time family. We doubt, indeed, whether the when Romanism is putting forth new forms facts and documents have yet been given in of its maligo power, we canoot but congrathe English language which would enable a tulate the friends of evangelical Proteststudent to form a correct opinion regarding antism. the philosophy and character of the Chinese. We welcome the Religious Tract Society's Mr. Philip has had recourse, however, to

edition with peculiar satisfaction.

It is a most of the sources of information within

most compact and elegant volume; and his reach. He ought, perhaps, to have come though the four volumes are included in one to a different judgment on some points, and ordinarily sized octavo, yet the type is disthere are others of which, we doubt not, his tinct and readable, even by persons of imopinion will yet be modified. Meanwhile perfect sight. the results of his investigations will be read by multitudes, and it is certainly an act of

WORKS RECENTLY PUBLISHED. merit in bim thus to circulate * the substance of his knowledge of that wonderful

1. The Evangelical Alliance; its Origin and De

velopment; containing Personal Notices of its nation.” Enough is known of China to show | distinguished Friends in Europe and America. By

J. W. MASSIE, D.D., M.R.I.A., author of "Continental India," " Recollections of a Tour," &c. Crown 8vo. pp. 478. John Snow.

2. Additional Remains of the Rev. Robert Murray M'Cheyne, late Minister of St. Peter's Church, Dundee; consisting of various Sermons and Lectures delivered by him in the course of his Ministry. Second Thousand. Crown 8vo.

PP. 540.

John Johnstone, 26, Paternoster-row.

3. The German Reformation of the Nincleenth Century; or, A Sketch of the Rise, Progress, and Present Position of those who have recently separated themselves from the Church of Rome; with a short Notice of the state of Protestantism in Prussia, Bavaria, and the Prussian Baltic Provinces. By the German Correspondents of "The Continental Echo." Crown 8vo. pp. 190. John Snow.

4. A Treatise on the Physical Cause of the Death of Christ, and its Relation to the Principles and Practice of Christianity. By WILLIAM STROUD, M.D. Crown 8vo. pp. 502. Hamilton, Adams, and Co.

5. History of the Reformation in the Sixleenth Century. By J. H. MERLE D'AUBIGNE, President of the Theological Seminary, Geneva, and Vice

President of the Société Evangélique. Assisted in the preparation of the English original, by H. WHITE, B.A., Trinity College, Cambridge, M.A. and Dr. Ph. Heidelberg. With Notes, by DAVID DUNDAS SCOTT, Esq., Translator of the first two vols. Illustrated with Portraits, 3 Vols. Svo, Blackie and Son,

6. The Provincial Lellers of Blaise Pascal. A New Translation, with Historical Introduction and Notes. By the Rev. Tuos. M'CRIE. Crown 8vo. pp. 412. John Johnstone.

7. Observations on Sunday-school Instruction; being the substance of an Address delivered to Sunday-school Teachers. By the Rev.John GREGG. A.B., Minister of Trinity Church, Dublin. Longman and Co.

8. The Great Commandment. By the author of “ The Listener," “Christ our Example," &c. Crown 8vo. pp. 346. Seeley.

9. Posthumous and other Poems. By CHARLOTTE ELIZABETH. 12mo. pp. 272. Seeley.

10. Sabbath-Day Book; or, Scriptural Meditations for every Lord's-day in the Year. By J. LEIFCHILD, D.D. 12mo. pp. 368. Tract Society.

Death-Bed Scenes.

JOSEPH JOHN GURNEY, ESQ. by the Rev. T. Adkins, of Southampton, on We have to record, with unfeigned regret, Lord's-day evening, September 20th, from the death of this devoted Christian and dis- Isaiah xxxviii. I,“ Set thine house in order, tinguished philanthropist. The event, which for thou shalt die and not live," to the took place on the 4th of January, was largest congregation ever known within the somewhat sudden and unexpected. To the walls of the chapel. very close of his brilliant but unostenta- Mrs. Barfett had been a holy, consistent tious career, he was found occupied in his member of the church at Grantham for Master's work, "going about doing good.” twenty-three years, and always one of We hope next month to furnish a memoir the most liberal and willing contributors of this eminent member of the Society of to its interests, as well as to other institu. Friends, who was fairly claimed as the com. tions not local. She was a Christian lady, mon property of the Christian world. marked by strong intellect, by a sound, dis

criminating judgment, by great prudence, by high principle, and by long tried, ster.

ling piety. MRS. BARFETT.

By his brethren and fathers in the minis. Died at Grantham, September 9th, 1846, try, to whom the deceased was known, Mr. after a few days' illness, Ann, the beloved Barsett was deemed peculiarly favoured in wife of the Rev. J. Barfett, pastor of the his selection of such a partner. Congregational church in that town.

In the heavy trials to which he has been She had not been united in marriage to successively called, our esteemed brother her now bereaved husband more than four has the deep sympathy of a numerous and months. Her funeral sermon was preached attached circle of friends.

Home Chronicle.

GRANTS TO WIDOWS OF PIOUS MINISTERS,

From the Funds of the Evangelical Magazine.

On Tuesday, the 5th January, 1847, the Trustees of the “Evangelical Magazine" distributed among ONE HUNDRED AND ONE Widows of pious Ministers, the sum of £859, for the half-year ending Christmas, 1846. THIRTEEN New Cases were admitted of Widows of Churchmen, Calvinistic Methodists, Presbyterians, and Independents. This is surely a strong argument for all benevolent persons to encourage the circulation of this ancient and usefal miscellany. Where is the sixpenny publication that can boast of distributing £1,400 per anoim among the Widows of Christ's deceased servants ?

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DISCUSSION IN REFERENCE TO STATE

EDUCATION.

served with noble and unflinching purpose of mind, and of which, in their differ

ent spheres, they are distinguished ornaWe have been and still are deeply in- ments. Yet these two sound-hearted Pro. terested in this controversy. It may be discre- testant Diesenters differ very widely on the ditable to our powers of discernment, and grand question, “ Ought, or ought not, the to our decision of character, but, hitherto, State to interfere in the education of the we have not been able to make up our minds people?" Mr. Baines thinks it ought not ; fully on the one side or the other. Were and Dr. Vaughan thinks, to some extent, it the question as between voluntary educa. may. We cannot help believing, then, that tion and the despotic government plan either view may be held by enlightened and adopted in Prussia, we could not hesitate consistent Dissenters; and we would enfor a moment. But as we are convinced deavour, as far as it may be in our power, that no minister of the crown in this coun. to persuade our beloved brethren, on both try, and no House of Commons, can venture sides of this controversy, to think and to look to the continent of Europe for their speak of each other with the respect due to model of a system of national education, we conscientious convictions, in no way mili. have found it no easy task to determine, in tating against those views of Christ's kingour own minds, whether voluntary effort dom which they mutually entertain. We (which is the question practically viewed) may differ among ourselves, as Nonconform. could or could not be justly, safely, and ad. ists, upon this and other topics ; but we vantageously aided by parliamentary grants must avoid, as much as possible, all rancour and state endowments?

and animosity upon questions wbich do not As we have examined with care, and we vitally affect the grounds of our separation may say with profound admiration, Mr: from the Established Church. Baines's luminous and powerful letters to Having, in the spirit of sincere and heartthe First Lord of Her Majesty's Treasury, felt conciliation, given expression to these we have felt as if it were impossible for sentiments, we shall now briefly sketch the government to meddle, without injury, with views of our valued friends on the subject the education of the people. And then, of state education. After which we may again, as we have pondered the weighty ar- venture on a few thoughts of our own. guments of Dr. Vaughan and Mr. Swaine, Mr. Baines, in his masterly letters, has our decision has begun to falter, and we expressed a strong and becoming jealousy have almost brought ourselves to the con- for the preservation of the voluntary action clusion that some greally modified system of the pubiic mind, already greatly roused of state interference might be resorted to, in on the subject of the education of the people. order to supplement the defects of the volun- In his first letter, he deprecates state intertary principle, more especially in those sec• ference, lest this voluntary action “should tions of our rural districts where an energetic be greatly impaired, and even almost debenevolence has but slender scope.

stroyed.” This we cannot help regarding Meanwhile, amidst the pressure of con- as a very reasonable jealousy; for it is diffiscientious difficulties, we have not been lack- cult to conceive of any general plan of state ing in proper gratitude to those noncon. education that would not have the effect of forming champions who have bestowed so checking the current of spontaneous betemuch pains in ascertaining the present state volence, and diminishing the interests of the of education south of the Tweed, and whose people in educating themselves. Our author, statistical tables, gleaned from various therefore, stands up" for the English, the sources, have done much, with whatever free, the voluntary method," which he holds imperfection may pertain to them, to place “ to be accordant with the national characthe grand question of national education | ter, favourable to civil and religious liberty, fully before the public mind, so as to enable and productive of the highest moral benestatesinen, and British subjects at large, to fits to the community at large." determine for themselves what is and what In his second letter, Mr. B. contends, is not required to meet the educational “that all legislation should be founded on wants of the people. Never before were correct principles.” The truth of this posi. such ample materials supplied for reaching tion he well illustrates by a reference to a calm and enlightened judgment upon many pregnant examples of wrong and mis. this topic of all-absorbing interest, upon chievous interference on the part of governwhich considerable variety of judgment exists ment. “No wise legislators,” he observes, among men equally well informed, equally "and no wise people, will suffer their laws conscientious, and equally pledged to the to be founded on false principles." He regreat principles of civil and religious liberty. gards the fundamental principle of state We can as little suspect Dr. Vaughan as education, viz., “ that it is the duty of a Mr. Baides of any recreancy to the cause of government to train the mind of the people," nonconformity-a cause which both have to be essentially erroneous. It is the duty

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