« AnteriorContinuar »
sorts and sizes, sheet, pocket, thumb, and hat, from one penny to one shilling a piece ; commercial, religious, family, clerical, legal, medical, and comic. In order to take off this extraordinary supply, -we were going to say plague of Almanacks, instead of having one hung up as a family time-piece, Time’s clock, every member of the family will require to have his separate literary chronometer in his pocket. Henceforth, nobody can be allowed to plead that he does not know the day of the month ; and who will deny that to be useful knowledge? Then, how great an advantage, to be able to fit up each son, at so trilling a cost, with an almanack suitable to his pursuits—the student of medicine with the Medical Almanack, the young divine with the Evangelical or Clerical, the merchant with the Englishman's, the trader with the Tradesman's, and the youngest hope of the family with the Comic. We live in an age of wonderful improvements, and the next generation ought to be adepts in all useful knowledge.
The task of reviewing the whole shoal of these Annuals is of course beyond our powers as much as it is foreign from our inclination ; but we have selected three as possessing the novel feature of being accommodated to the taste of religious readers. The very eircumstance of an Evangelical Almanack being put forth by the Stationers' Company, is worthy of admiration, as being the homage of the trading principle to that religious spirit which wouid seem to have gained influence among us. We must confess that we do not quite like the title ; but we are given to understand, that the designation has been adopted simply because the plan ' and contents will recommend it more especially to those mem
bers of the Established Church and of other Protestant denominations, who are distinguished by the term Evangelical.' In this Almanack, accordingly, for the first time, are inserted in the calendar, notices of anniversaries interesting to the several sections of the religious world, instead of the unmeaning names of Fabian, Agnes, Vincent, Blase, Agatha, and the rest of the Popish hagiocrasy, and, on the opposite page, a text of Scripture for every day. Among the contents appended to the Calendar will be found a list of all the principal literary and religious institutions and benevolent societies, both of the Established Church and of the Dissenting communions, and a list of the British Missionary stations throughout the world. There is also some valuable statistical information relating to the United States. The general view which this compendium of religious statistics affords, of the harmonious operations of the several societies, is adapted, we think, to produce a forcible and beneficial impression, as indicating the essential unity of the Church Catholic.
The Christian Almanack is a highly amusing medley. To lovers of astronomy and astrology, the copious and minute information which it displays respecting the conjunctions, quadra
tures, ascensions, and declinations of the planets, must be peculiarly acceptable ; and the design of the Religious Tract Society seems evidently to be, to teach, by this method, the duty incumbent upon every Christian, of being an astronomical student, versed in the wisdom of the stars. After the Calendar, which contains a series of daily texts, we have a meteorological calendar of ten pages, succeeded by a series of moral and religious articles; and then follow such matters as the spur in wheat, warping, transplanting, shoeing horses, and other information useful to all Christians, nor less so to Jews and infidels, and producing an agreeable variety ; concluding with stamps, holidays at the bank, &c., coach-fares, weights and measures, metropolitan benevolent institutions, and publications of the Religious Tract Society. All this for eight-pence! The title would certainly have led us to expect a more religious publication; and it is singular enough, that the Stationers' Company should have put forth a more evangelical almanack than proceeds from a society originally formed for the circulation of tracts exclusively theological.
The Family Almanack’ contains a calendar filled with remarkable events, such as, Dr. J. M. Good died, Cape of Good Hope taken, L. Murray died, St. Blaise martyred, Voltaire born, &c., having on the opposite page the moon's age, &c., and 'notes for the month.' To this are appended, a Gardener's Calendar, and a Table of Scripture Portions for daily reading, copied from the Rev. G. Townsend's arrangement. • Daily * Manna’ is intended to be bound up with the Almanack. We give a single specimen.
We cannot say much in favour of the poetry, any more than of the selection of remarkable events; but it is a very Christian almanack.
ALEXANDER's Examination of the “ Rea-
sons for Attachment to the Church of
England,” 42; extract, 43.
Biblical Cabinet, vols. 3 to 6, 154; contents,
155; extract, 155-57.
surprisingly cheap, ib.
ful System of Logic, 198; during the
208; ancient city of Mooltan, 210; its
and religious tendency, 204.
the injured African, 34, 5; the mother,
contributors to the volume, 41.
on the present crisis, 507; no reason
extract, 516, 17.
peculiar interest attached to the countries
Canada, see Copies of letters.
• Archives du Christianisme,' 265-69;
cese of London, 1834. By Charles,
And see Lushington's Remonstrance.
275; some of the cantiques savour too
232; extract, 240, 41; contents, 248;
succedaneum for a Christian library, ib.
nual, 424; a delightful work, 437;
in the style of French evangelical writers,
on the present state of society, 94; true
Church property, 170; who pays for the
church? 171; does it belong less to
See Established Church.
on the criticism, interpretation, and
in Upper Canada, 331; why should the
Daniel, 492; qualifications necessary
Edmeston's fifty original hymns, 540 ; ex-
tract, 545, 6.
Stebbing's church and its adversaries;
and Faulkner's letter.
Family Almanack for 1835, 546.
the evils of our state church, 41; author
church and its adversaries.
424 ; extract, 434, 5; stanzas on the
death of Mr. Boswell Gregory, 436.
Mr. Ackermann, 502; the protestant
for 1835, 424; poem, by Thomas
Daily Manna, a text of scripture and verse
of poetry for every day in the year,
546 ; specimen of contents, 548.
ses rapports avec l'état actuel des églises
Halley's Improved Version truly designated
a creed, 24; an admirable pamphlet, 29;
of sound criticism, 33.
424; editor's task executed with his
Landscape Annual for 1835, 424; extracts,
428-32 ; the illustrations, 408, 9.
New South Wales, 123; our whole co-
and faithful testimony, 152.
in Upper Canada, 331. See copies and
to a Dissenting Minister, of the
to a member of parliament on the
ducted by L. Woods, jun., 338 ; con-
astronomy and the bible,' 346; Coper-
Hemans's scenes and hymns of life, 178;
the two monuments, 178-80; more of
most sacred pieces, 180.
of new South Wales, &c., 123; cha-
historical and statistical account.
and Knowledge of the Holy Scriptures,
481 ; of vol. ii., 482 ; abstract of Pro-
24; Unitarians endeavour to make good
Illustrations to the Annuals, 406.
scription of author's first work, 76; con-
Jebb's Correspondence, see Thirty Years.
of London. Vol. i. article, state of the
the present not a successful attempt to
Keepsake for 1835, 496 ; maintains its
aristocratic character, 506; contents,
State unfolded, 276; extract, 304.