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writing upon the mall,' which hand He had learned to read in bis youth; writing I was to interpret; but he but had now almost forgotten. He feared lest the interpretation there, had not read bis Bible, I think, for 20 of should be against him. ('on years; and not for many years afscience, which had been long since tended a place of worship. All these asleep, now began to speak, and henow deplored; and very carnestly taid death and its consequences begged to be spared a few days. The open before him.

obnoxious nature of sin was deAbout the seventh day froin my scribed, and Jesus was exhibited as first visit, and the third' from the a Saviour. chapter was read lo commencement of thidistressing him, and prayer offered op; in scene, he could no longer conceal which he seemed to unite very arbis-troubled thoughts.' In broken denily, saying Amen after alinost accents, oud with quivering lipa,

every sentence. I left him this with a dread froin which Nature night wild but little alteration; and appeared to retire, at length, he 80 he continued for several days. said, Pray, sir, ain l in danger. His situation was unfavourable for The sentence seems now dweiling religious instruction; being a lodger on may ear, and his aspect on my in a house in which no Bible was to eve. He had ventured to ask ; but be foucd, and where many visitors seemed almost ready to forbid the would be considered intruders. We answer! He was evidently in great contrived, however, that the scrip danger; but under circunstances tures should be read daily : but he such as these, it was requisite to coniplained that it could not be done observe a medido in communicat more frequenity and better. 2015 it. He was noilo be deceived Outhe e'usuing Lord's Day, a minis by a too encouraging report, nci- ter v 25 requestes to visit bim: for is ther was he to be atdieted without a we have noneresident here, it could hope. With all the delicacy I could not be done before. - Ili's wishes then comgrand. I told him that wore granted, with respect to his bealth could no: be lost without span of lite being prolonged; and he $ue billie danger. This was sulti promised much if it sliould be pieni. le wrung bis hands in the spared. ayrules of despair, and esclaimed, He was not, however, perinitted

What shall I do: Khat shall I do? to leave his room. Consumption bad Hibat a singer I have beein! and now been feared throughout, and it was going to die wil bout time to re soon evidently esiablished; which, pent. He continued in this aflect after two months continuance, tering state: so that at present it was Irinated his existence. During this in vain to attempt any conversalion. lime ile seemed cilm, and indulged I repeated my visit in the evening; a hope of recovery, whichi, under and tound that he had been almost the most aggravatrd s; mpions, is incessantly crying for merey. At common in this disease. Ifter about ibis time be appeared but little more a week had chapsed, from the time tranquil; but was now peculiarly of his greatesi distress, he never anxious to hear if there was a poss spokc voluntarily in my hearing, sibility of hope that bis sins migbt and I have reason to think bot in ke pardoned. 'Frequently, however, the hearing of others, of his soul. fils of coughing would interrupt his When cuquired of respecting the painfu! rrugines, and draw tronı bim state oi nis niind, he pühe wiihrethienost emphatic excamations. - luctance and uncertainty. Tie said He would say, ' low, I am going! that he trusted in thost, aud was Lord, have mercy apon me! What sorry for his sins ;' but it seemed a singer I have been! - and now too indifferent, to give usan; bepe, going into the presence of God with that he possessed the funds which all my sins! When this agony was works by love.' I saw him a few aline subeled, he spoke and listen- hours before his deuih, when the ed alternately. He described him- nention of his soul scened is tosself as a great sinner, a swearer, a durc him. drunkard, and a Sabbath-breaber.

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REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS.

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Lectures on Scripture Prophecy, by

Scripture Prophecy distinguished William Bengo Collyer, D. D. from leathen Oracles,' the author 8ro, 12s.

proceeds to examine, with much The illustration of Prophecy has care and perspicuity, • The Proof late very greatly occupied the phecy relating to the Arabs, Gen. attention of enquiring minds, and xvi. 11, 12; The Prophecies of formed the instructive, contents of Dying Jacob, Gen. xiix ; - 'The Chaseveral excellent and useful pub- racter and Prophecies of Balaam, lications. After so much learning Numb. xxii, xxiii, xxiv ;- The Proand investigation have been be- phecies of Moses respecting ibie Forstowed on the Prophetic Scriptures, mer and the Present state of the it is scarcely to be expected that Jews, Deut. xxviii ; Prophecies any thing very new should be ad respecting Balıylon, Tyre, the Forvanced. The eloquent and justly- mer and the Present State of Egypt, admired author of the work now Isa. xiii. Ezek. xxvi. and xxix ; under consideration, has in this vo- Prophecies respectiug the Messiah ; lumne, as well as in the former, on the discussion of which occupies * Scripture Facts,' shewn himself a Three Lectures ;-The Prophecy of firm, an enlightened, and a serious Christ respecting the Destruction friend of revelation in general, and of Jerusalem ;--and the whole conof its most glorious discoveries in cludes with a Lecture on Propheparticular. "The course of Lectures cies Unfulfilled.

here presented to the public eye, We cordially recoinmend the voi was, like the preceding course, first lume to the attentive perusal of our

delivered from the pulpit; and, to numerous readers, more especially gratify and improve a larger circle of the young, for whose use it was than could filleven an unusually principally designed. Were crowded assembly, has been com called to assign the palm of superimitted to the press. We are grieved ority to any of the Lectures, we to think that so much time has should say, that for accurate hisclapsed since its publication. L'n- torical information elucidating proavoidable hinderances have hitherto phecy, it is given to the 8th Lecpresented the notice of it in the ture, entitled, Prophecies respectsuall part of our work allotted to ing Babylon, Tyre, the former and I be review of books; and we avail the Present state of Egypt: – and ourselves of the earliest oppor- that, for the fine devoiional pathos tunity in our power, to invite the which constitutes the characteristic attention of the religious public to beauty of this author's discourses, its interesting contents.

we should invite attention to the Dr. Collyer's principal aim has 12th Lecture, On the sufferings been, by a selection of some of the and the Exaltation of the Messiali, most remarkable and important as the subjects of Prophecy.' prophecies of both the Old and New The style of Dr. Coilver, altho' Testament, to establish that proof not in every instance perfectly and of the divine authority of the in- classicallycorrect, is very impressive. spired volume, which prophecy af. Since the publica ion of his former fords. His choice of particulars volume, it has received no small from slarge a mass of predictions improvement from the judicious as is presented to view in the Scrip- diminution of redundant embeltures, does great honour to his dis- listments. We are old-fashioned criminating judgment and correct enough still to wish, that it had taste.

been a little further employed in The outlines of the work are abbreviating some of the Introducthese: - After Two Introductory tions: they are, surely, too long. Lectures, oue o! the Nature and The attention is retarded from the kinds of Prophery,' and another on mąju subject, by a variety of re

marks, just and beautiful in them-' preter, whose elucidations never mlves, but which appear to have no fail to render the inscription intelconnection, but that which is er- ligible :- it is Time. His hand receedingly remote, with the subse traces all the figures before tbe eyes quent Viscourses. For the sake of of succeeding generations; his inthat impartiality which we wish ever terpretation is recorded by the pen to be the characier of our little Mis- of faithful, impartial history'; and, cellany, we must remark, that, in by comparing the commentary with the haste probably of composition, the original, we are able to comDr. C. has inadvertently considered prehend both the one and the other. • The Ancient of Days' (Dan. vii. 9) This pillar is adamant, and resists as a title of the Messiah (sec Lec-- the impressions of age. Its inscripture X, page 283) whereas it is de- tions were written by hands which monstrably plain (frorn verse 13), have long since mouldered into that the Son of Man' is descriptive dust, and by persons who did not of the Messiah ; and that the An- then selves always understand what tient of Days,' before whom he was they wrote, nor were able to exbrought, is designed to represent plain the characters which they God the Father. We are always formed ; but the substance of theta sorry when, in support of an in was dictated by God himself, and portant truth, an indefensible argu- the column is his own workman ment is adduced. The conclusion ship. There have been many fruit drawn by Dr. Collyer from such less efforts made to shake this mapassages in the Old Testament as nument of infinite wisdom, and to Isa. ix. 6, Jer. xxiii. 5, Isa. vii. 14, erase these lines of unsearchable &c. in favour of the proper divinity knowledge; but the pillar remain of the Messialt as the subject of pro- unmoved, the lines unimpaired, phecy, meets with our most cordial and the whole uninjured, either by approbation ; bnt we have thought malice or by years. The parts of it the part of candour to remind this singular elevation which stang the readers of the excellent volume nearer the roof of the temple, ari before us, that, in the instance just covered by an impenetrable cloud mentioned, there was certainly an The whole pillar was once equally oversight. Let it, however, bé re- involved; but Time, who has roller marked, that this little blemish by away the mist froin its base, shall no means detracts from the literary at the destined period, unieil thu merit, or the useful tendency of a remaining part of it; and while wi volume which, we hope, will be shall be able to read the writing eminently serviceable in pieading he shall announce, with unerring the cause of revelation and evan- perspicuity, the interpretation.' gelical piety.

The introductory paragraph in the First Lecture, is a fine speci

Hints on Toleration, in Fire Essays men of that accurate talent for de

surgested to the consideralion og scription which Dr. Collyer so emi

the Right Hon. Lord Iiscount Sid nently possesses. In the hope that

mouth and the Dissenlers. By it may invite attention to the work

Philagatharches. Svo, 19s. at large, we feel great pleasure in We consider the subject of these transcribing it.

Essays as of pecaliar interest in the • In entering the temple of Reve- present moment, and the work be lation, one of the first objects which fore us as demanding our early at has attracted the attention of all tention, as well from the ability ages, and which constitutes a grand with which it is executed, as from support, is the pillar of Prophecy. the attention, we understand, it ha! Like the celebrated obelisks of exciled in the higher circles. We Egypt, it is covered with hierogly shail, therefore, give a brief analysis phics, which the wisdom of man, of the contents, and then offer a ten and the skill of science, in their obseryations to the consideration combined efforts, aitempt in vain of the author and she public. to decypbor. There is one inter The Firsi Essay animadverts. Os

Noe Right of Society to Investigate Essay IV. treats on Licencing the Religious Principles of its Sub- Persons and Places for the Performjects;' and, denying this right, of ance of Divine Worship.' Under course denies the power of toler- this bead be considers, 1st, The ating religious principles' in the political reasons why meeting-houses bosum of an individual. It is only should be licenced; viz. To prevent as those principles are avowed or coospiracies, - to insure obedience targhat, that they can in any degree to the lays, and to protect loyal evine under the cognizance of the subjects in the exercise of religion; magistrate, and become the subject - 2d!y, He exainines the principles of toleration.

on which Dissenters may consistEssay II. enquires into the ently apply for licences; not to Specific Limitations to the Extent derive ability, noraathority, nor a of an enlightened Religious Toier- testimony of their qualifications, ation ;' and the author excepts, Ist, but to give a pledge of their loyalty, • Those principles which sanction and advance a claim for protection, the practice of vice,' as gross and -- 3dly, The author states as bis practical Antinomianism; 2dly, opinion, that licences should be

Those principles which tend to granted to all persons of loyal prinexcite resistance against govern- ciples; and that ordination is not a tent;' which exception is illus- subject of the magistrate's enquiry: trated by a reference to the fifth that to refuse licences on any other monarchy men and the early ground would be persecution; and Quakers; – 3dly, Those Principles that, were they refused, ministers which sap the Basis of the Social of the gospel ought not to be silenced Compact, particularly with respect by such refusal; 4thily, The author to Judicial Oaths ;' such as Atheists, considers (which is perbaps the most Deists, and Roman Catholics; par. delicate part of his enquiry) the proticularly the latter, on account of priety of liiniting the privileges of their bolding the dangerous prin- licences. The duties of a stationary ciples of Auricular Confession and minister, he justly remarks, are in. Priestly Absolution, • That no faith compatible with civil and military ought to be kept with heretics;' offices, and his public services merít And, “That the end sanctifies the such exemption; but as for itinerReans.'

ants and preacher: evgaged in secuThe Third Essay considers “ Eligi- lar business, he does not consider bility to Offices of Public Trust. exemption equally necessary for There are three things which the thein, but liabie to various abuses. Zuthor considers as grounds of in- Licences, therefore, he conceives eligibility, - Natural, Criminal, and should be confined to stated minisSentimental Incapacity; and there ters, each of whom should be requirare three classes, which, on the last ed, when he claimis exemption from account, he considers as ineligible; civil offices,' to produce a certificate, Atheists and

Deists, Jews and signed by three of the acting men Roman Catholics. The parties eli- of ibat place, or of those places gible are reduced to two classes, where he has officiated, of his har. Episcopalians and Proiesiant Dis- ing preached, at least, twelve times senters. In favour of the latter he within the last twelve months.' observes, They hold no principles This, he is aware, wonld not meet hostile to society; - they are, froin the case of disabled ininisters; but principle, attached to ihe British then he thinks that, generally, Constitution and the House of Bruns- those circumstances which disable wick; and they can give the same a man froin preaching, would be civil security, for the discharge of admitted as a natural disqualificapublic duties, as Episcopalians; and

tion for office.' here the author censures, with too The last Essay, which is upon just reason, however originally well The Liberty of the Press,' is perintended, the profanation of the baps the most elaborate, and is Lord's Supper, by making it the divided into five sections, prefaced term of admission to civil offices.

with some remarks on the doctrine

of Judge Blach stone's Commen- be dangerous and inexpedient. It taries. Section I considers • The is one thing to allow a man the exgeneral uses of the liberty of the ercise of his religion, and another press;' nainely, “The disseinination to admit him into important public of knowledge, national intellec- stations. The former is, we think, tual improvement, -- the develope- the unalienable right of all men; ment of truth;' and that it excites and to talk of tolerating a fellowa general interest in political trans- creature in the exercise of wor. actions, and constitutes the public shipping his Maker, sounds very the final tribunal of their equity or harsh, not to say ridiculous and proproprietv. Section 2 treats. On the fane. The author fully admits this ahuses to which a free press is liable; as to individuals; and we doubt if namely, Profanation of the divine it can be consistently denied to character, - thc iuculcation of in- societies, or communities, provided fidel principles, heterodox princi- their worship be open to public obples and corrupt politics, -- and the servation. for does it seem to us extenuation of vice. Sect. 4, ' On necessary that a public teacher the equity of trial and sentence by should give any pledge or security jury in prosecutions for libels: and for the nature of the principles he whether the jury should determine teaches. If he preaches sedition, it the penalty in criminal as well as is at his peril; and if he encourages civil prosecutions for libels' Sec- vice and immorality, be is amention 5, "On the particular influence able to the laws, as fully as in the of the liberty of the press in pro case of printing or publishing from moting the cause of religion.' . On the press; and no pledge seems dethis subject the author remarks, mandable in one case more than in • It dispelier the darkness of popery, the other: but to admit a man into <brought forth the scriptures to the legislature, or into the high ofpublic view, - is a medium of ex fices of the state, whose scutiments pounding Seripture according to are avowedly unfriendly to the conour own viers and must ultimately stitution, and to the high inierests of be a mean of disclosing truth. The religion and morality, is highly danprimitive Noncerforirists. when gerous. A few individuals thus adexcluded from their pulpits, em-* mitted, and the door left open to ploved themselves in writing for others, might, in a few years, be

gent number of the increased to a majority, sufficient, ablesi works in theology. Lastly, eventualiy to shake the throne, apd The freedom of the press is the great overturn the cousitution. palladium of religious liberty, and 2. We do not exactly agree with of the legal rights of Dissenters.' Philaga jarches on the subject of

Such is the plan, and so various judicial oaths. Not only Atheists, and interesting are the conicnts of but Deists, he thinks, ought to be the Work before us; in which the rejected as evidences in our courts author displays a respectable degree of judicature (p. 59); but this we of learning and talents, a liberal dis- conceive would arrest the course of position, and a patriotic spirit; yet business, and impede public justice, there are some points on which we in a nation whichi unhappily abounds demur, and others on which we beg with disbelievers in Christianity, or Icare to differ from him. We have at least in its divine authority. The given the analysis without any in- Jew (he observes) swears by the Old ierruption, thai the reader might Testament, and the Mahommetan by view his scheme as a whole, and be his Koran, which they esteem sabetter enabled in judge both of the cred; but the New Testament is no work and of the subsequent re test of truth to the Deist, who deinarks, which we think it our dutynies its truth ; nor perhaps to the to oifer on this most importani sub- Socinian, who, though he may adject.

mit the truth of the gospel-bistory, Religious toleration, we conccive, regards it not as sacred or inspired. admits of degrees, some whereof To such, we think, and perhaps to nay be granted, where others would all, the ancient method used in Scot

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