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Art. XI. 1. The Tract Magazine, or Christian Miscellany. Nos. 1 to

4. Price ld. London. 1824. 2. The Gospel Tract Society. Nos. 1 to 10. 12mo. Price ld. eachi,

or 4s. per hundred. London, 1823, 4. 3. The Teacher's Offering, or Sunday School Monthly Visitot.

Edited by the Rev. John Campbell. No. XVI. April, 1824.

Price ld. 4. The Children's Friend. Edited by the Rev. W. Carus Wilson,

A.M. Vicar of Tunstall. No. IV. April, 1827. l'rice Id. 5. The Child's Companion, or Sunday Scholar's Reward. No. IV.

32mo. Price ld. (Frinted for the Religious Tract Society.) 6. The Child's Magazine. Edited by Mrs. Sherwood. No. IV.

32mo. Price ld. THE HE present generation certainly bids fair to be penny

" wise:' we hope there is no danger of its turning out pound foolish.'. The prodigious improvements made in the moral machinery of society, the diffusion of education among all classes by means of Sunday Schools, and the consequent over-stimulated activity of the press,-cannot be more strikingly shewn than by the inultiplication of publications like these. We might have added to the list, three-penny and four-penny periodicals almost without end. We cannot but rejoice in the immeuse increase of that class of readers among whom such works find purchasers and readers. Knowledge cannot be made too cheap: we entertain 10 jealousies respecting its widest and most unrestricted diffusion. Whatever evils cau arise from knowledge, find in knowledge their only antidote. If the element becomes vitiated, it is only through being compressed and confined : give it vent, and it will become pure. Religion, objectively considered, (to use a favourite phrase with our old divines,) is itself only kuowledge of the highest kind, and knowledge homogeneous with every other kind. But though we are not jealous of the diffusion of knowledge,

have reason to watch with some solicitude, the channels by which it fiuds its way to the mind, -the tunnels and pipes by which it is distributed. Are not we Reviewers constituted by public consent, commissiovers for watching, paving, and lighting as it were the high road to kuowledge! Here is, however, a new case for which the Act does not provide,--a modern improvement, sprung up like the Gas lights, which seems to bid defiance to our vigilance, and to evade onr cognizance altogether. This Penny, and Two-penny literature, this small retail of knowledge by the stick and the pottle, does not bring the dealer under the denomination of regular traders and shop-keepers; and we know not how to proceed against them in case of misbehaviour, unless we can swear to them as a nnisance, or indite them under the Vagrant act. Some of : these parties write great names over their stalls, as it in defiance of the beadle or magistrate. Thus, cne penny magazine puts up the popular name of Mrs. Sherwoud ; another, that of a much esteemed clergyman; a third, that of John Campbell, whose book about Africa every one has read; and a fourth, that of the Religious Tract Society. Why, who would 'enter the lists with the whole Tract Society?' And then, just in front of their stall, here is Dr. Hawker opening an opposition • Gospel Tract Society,'—a sly intimation that the Tract Society do not deserve that appellation, do not favour, by their publications, the gospel according to Dr. Hawker. It begins, surely, to be time that these matters were looked into, and that neither hawkers, nor pedlars, nor tract companies, should be suffered to trade without a licence.

we may

One word with regard to the Tract Society, whose apparent invasion of the province of the Trade has subjected them, it seems, to some severe animadversions. It may be thought high presumption in us, to offer any objection to plans re

peatedly discussed and fully considered; but, withont casting the slightest imputation on the wotives of the Committee, we must express our regret that a measure, not unanimously approved by their own body, and involving the Society in all the responsibilities of authorship,--a nieasure, too, which has so invidious and trading a character,--should have been engaged in. The very tone of apology which the Committee have found it needful to adopt, proves that the step was an unwise one. The apology for the Tract Magazine, is, that nearly all the religious societies of any magnitude publish some periodical account of their proceedings. But out of twelve pages in each of the last three numbers, three only relate to the proceedings of the Tract Society, and many of the extracts are not of very high importance. We should have imagined that if quarterly extracts were thought necessary, it would have been better to lay the charge of a penny upon them. Other religions societies publish reports of their proceedings and extracts from correspondence; but, with the exception of the Home Missionary Society, we recollect no other that has had the indiscretion to commit itself by a miscellaneous magazine. The Missionary Register, connected with the Church Missionary Society, is strictly confined to articles of intelligence. The London Missionary Society is by no means responsible for the Evangelical Magazine. But, in the present instance, we have

the Tract Society-one of the most useful and efficient of our popular religious institutions--identifying itself with a “ Christian Miscellany,” conducted by an anonymous Editor, unsanctioned by the names of its proper Officers, who ought to be responsible for its contents, and, in the style and character of its composition, far below some of the rival pennyworths. In the last Number, we open upon the following remarks

on the heart.'

. The difficulty' (of reconciling the phrase pure in heart with the doctrine of human depravity) . perhaps consists in our misapprehension of the word heart : it is not unusual to confound it with the affections or feelings, desires or wishes, which indeed more or less influence, but are distinct from, the heart itself. The heart in man is his will or purpose.'

Is this a style of writing adapted to the readers of tracts? Is an Institution like the Tract Society to lend its sanction to the publication of crudities like this? The statement is as incorrect as it is muddy: the heart does mean the affections, both in Scripture and out of it, and to affirm the contrary can serve only to perplex a simple reader. Then for poetry, in the same Number, we have the dying Christian,' to the metre we hope not the tune-of" Poor Mary Anne.” • When the spark of life is waning,

Weep not for me ;
When the languid eye is straining,

Weep not for me,'&c. The “ Child's Companion" appears to be conducted in much better taste. With less of an official air about it, it is more worthy of the Society. But still we doubt the expediency of a general society like the one in question, entering the lists of authorship, and deviating so widely from its original plan, in order to cater to the passion for novelty. The character of the Society must greatly depend on the respectability of its publications. We have long regretted that these are not uniformly the best of their kind, either in style or matter. It is not a tract's being issued from No. 56, Paternoster Row, that will give it currency, if proper measures are wot taken to secure the Institution against being outvied by private speculators in the quality of their articles.

We find that we have not room to notice Dr. Hawker--but he deserves an article for himself.

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