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as a man of taste and learning, will witness many similar instances of “the riches of divine grace,” in the course of his pastoral labours. To save souls from death is of inconceivably greater importance than the attainment of the highest literary honours. Minutes of the Committee of the British and Foreign Bible Society, relating to the publication of an Edition of the Holy Scriptures, with an Introduction prefixed, by the Strasburg Bible Society, in the Year 1819, accompanied by the Qfficial Correspondence which took place upon the subject. 8vo, pp. 59, 1s. The Amulet, or Christian and Literary Remembrancer, 18mo. pp. 420. 12s.-With the nature of this annual publication, which was commenced twelve months ago, and was received with general approbation, our readers are already acquainted. It consists of original compositions in prose aud verse, in the form of biographical and historical sketches, tales, and essays; some of which are of a decidedly religious character, and others of a moral tendency, calculated at once to afford intellectual gratification, and to promote the interests of piety and virtue. The volume for 1827 contains contributions from several of the most distinguished writers of the present day; among whom are Mrs. Hemans, Mrs. Opie, Mrs. Gilbert, the late Mrs. Henry Tighe, Miss Mitford, Mrs. Hofland, Maria Edgworth, Mrs. Josiah Conder, Montgomery, John Holland, the Rev. G. Croly, Dr. Robert Walsh, the Rev. T. Dale, the Rev. W. L. Bowles, John Bowring, Bernard Barton, the Rev. J. Thornton, Dr. F. A. Cox, James Edmeston, T. Crofton Croker, and the Rev. W. S. Gilly. After mentioning these names, any eulogium upon the literary merit of the Amulet is perfectly unnecessary. Ten engravings, of consummate beauty, in the first style of the art, and illustrative of subjects described by the different writers, embellish the volume; the interest of which is also increased by two plates of autographs, exhibiting a specimen of the hand-writing of some of the most remarkable characters that occur in English history, An account of the Armenian Christians at Constantinople, by the Rev. Robert Walsh, LL.D., late Chaplain to the British Embassy at that city, and asketch of the character and sufferings of the Albigenses, by the Rev. W. S. Gilly, contained in this volume, possess a lively interest, and will be read with pleasure by those who have little regard for works addressed merely to the imagination, on Jol
Remarks on a Recent Act of the Kirk Session of Stewarton, denying Admission to the Lord's Supper to Two Members of the Wesleyan Methodists. By William Cuninghame, Esq., of Lainshaw, 12mo, pp. 24.—According to the statements contained in this pamphlet, in the year 1818, Mr. Cuninghame, in compassion to a large number of poor children, who were living in ignorance and sin, formed a Sabbath-School for their religious instruction. As his religious opinions are somewhat different from those laid down in the Assembly's Catechism and Confession of Faith, (iuasmuch as he believes in General Redemption, and Conditional Election to eternal life, with Melancthon and Arminius,) while engaged in his career of benevolence, he has had to endure much hostility and reproach, as “disseminating poison, heresy, and damnable errors, deceiving and lying in wait for the young and unwary.” In consequence of this treatment, Mr. Cuminghame deemed it necessary to withdraw, at least for a time, from the Established Church of Scotland, of which he was a member; as he could not, consistently with his views of duty, sit down at the Lord's table, while these grave charges were not only unretracted, but were persevered in. On the appointment of another Clergyman to Stewarton, who manifested a friendly disposition towards Mr. Cuninghame and the School under his care, and who frequently visited the institution, and more than once engaged in prayer in it, Mr. C. and his co-adjutors expressed a wish to forget former bickerings, and attend the sacramental table of the parish church. This desire was privately communicated to the Clergyman, who threw no discouragement in the way of an application to the Kirk Session for that purpose. Two of Mr. Cuninghame's co-teachers belonged to the Methodist Society; and as they had experienced considerable hostility and persecution on accuunt of their theological views, they felt it to be their duty, in their application to the Kirk Session, which was made by letter on the 10th of July 1ast, to make a fair and candid avowall of their doctrinal sentiments. Their letter, which is givenientire in the pamphlet before us, contains nothing of apolemical character, or that can be justly deemed indecorqus or offensive; while the writers avow their belief of “the Godhead, and, incarnation and passion of ouri Lord Jesus Christ, the Deity, and personality of —the Holy Ghost, the fallen state of man,
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S 33298 9y91909 luga1 gibox ss9d 9V and the necessity of the influences of Arianism and Socinianism among her the Spirit, in order to our recovery to Clergy, will sanction the exclusion of the lost image of God." "Being at such men as, Messrs. Faulds and Kerr this time," say they, deprived of the from her sacraments, who hold the est ordinances of the Gospel in our own sential truths of Christianity, we canbody of Christians, we are desirous of not for a moment believe. The ineonbeing admitted to the participation of sistency of such a conduct would be too the Lord's Supper, now about to be glaring to be ever adopted by sober and administered in this parish, and we thoughtful men. daldugai L 2107 hereby make our application for the The History of Scotland, from the same to the Kirk Session.”
Roman Invasion, till the Suppression of Without being admitted into the the Rebellion in 1745 ; with Exercises: presence of the Kirk Session, to whom for the use of Schools, or of private Stuthey expressed their readiness to an- dents. By the Rev. Alexander Stewart, swer any question that might be pro- Minister of Douglas, 12mo. pp. 463. posed to them, our petitioners received 58.-Before the appearance of this vothe following laconic and official reply, lume, Mr. Stewart had conferred an in the form of an Extract from the important obligation upon parents and Minutes of the Kirk Session :-oh Sd the guardians of youth, by some excel
*** Stewarton, 10th July, 1826.–Ses- lent publications designed to facilitate sion being met and constituted, Sede- the instruction of the rising gener runt Moderator and Elders,—there was ration; and that obligation is consilaid before them a letter, addressed to derably increased by this production of the Moderator and Kirk Session from his judicious pen. It is, upon the whole, Messrs. Johu Faulds and James Kerr, a faithful epitome of the history of who are in full communion with the Scotland, drawn up with ability and Wesleyan Methodists, which letter was spirit; with questions at the end of expressive of their desire to be ad- each chapter, desigued to fix the attenmitted to the Lord's Table on the 16th tion of the student, and ascertain his current. But in respect of their reli- actual knowledge of the facts related. gious principles, expressed in the said Beauties of Eminent Writers : Seletter, being inconsistent with the lected and Arranged for the Instruction . Confession of Faith and Standards of of Youth in the proper Reading and Reour National Church,' the Session de citing of the English language. Calcline to admit them to the privilege re- culated also to instil into the Mind the quested.1.-Closed with prayer.
Principles of Wisdom and Virtue, and Extracted by (Signed) D. Mac to give it an early Taste for the AcquiFarlane, Sess. Cik." ane, Sess. Cik." V
silion of Useful knowledge. In Tuo This decision, Mr. Cuninghame Volumes. By William Scott, lale contends, is inconsistent with the word Teacher of Elocution und Geography in of God, opposed to the practice of Edinburgh 12mo. pp. 272, 200.0 the Church during the ages nearest The History and Origin of the Misto the times of the Apostles, and con- sionary Societies, containing faithful trary to the doctrinal Standards of the Accounts of the Voyages, Travels, laChurch of Scotland; be therefore bours, and Successes of the various Miss appeals to the Clergy of the Presbytery sionaries who have been sent out, for the of Irvine, to decide wbether the act of purpose of evangelizing the Heathen, the Kirk Session of Stewarton is to be and other urenlightened Nations, in considered as that of the Church of different Parts of the habitable Globe. Scotland. His pamphlet, which is compiled and ari anged from Authentie drawn up with considerable ability, Documents, including the latest Discodisplays throughout great ingenuous- veries, and embracing many valuable ness and candour tout t 1.
or and curious Facts, connected with the On the controversy to which this Spread of the Gospel. By the Rev. publication relates, we will only re- Thomas Smith, Minister of Trinity mark, that it seems to carry us back to Chupel, Leather Lane, Holborn, ce the time of the Synod of Dort, when an Tuo Velumes Evo. pp. 588, 798. 1. avowed belief of the doctrine of General lls, ed. These ample volumes embody Redemption was cousidered scarcely a large mass of information concerning le s atrocious than felony; and when the operations of the various Missivat thie hapless advocates of so frightful a ary Societies existing in this country, heresy, were sent into bauislinient, or drawn up in a friendly and candid condemned to perpetual chains and spirit, and deduced principally from the dungeons. That the Church of Scot- oficial publications of those Institus! laul, which in some instances has been tious. The work we believe was cons So latitudinarian, as even to tolerate piled to be sold in Numbers, and must
have been exceedingly useful wherever cester. Evo, pp. 81.-Without pretendit has been attentively read.“
ing to give an opinion on the point in The Spirit and Manners of the Age. dispute between the author of this Vol. 1. évo.-" To impart just views of pamphlet, and Mr. Faber and others, men and manners; to form a correct who suppose that the period iu questaste for literary pursuits; to advocate tion is 1260 years, while he judges that the cause of huinanity,'of virtue, avd of it is only as many days ; we may ub. genuine Christianity," are the pro- serve, that the argument is conducted fessed objcets of this miscellaneous by Mr. Maitland with great temper and work. It is published weekly; and candoir; and his reasons deserve the thus furnishes, in small portious, and consideration of those who are engaged at a moderate price, mental entertain in the importaut, though difficult, study ment and mural profit to that large of the prophecies. f Mr. Maitland is part of our reading population who wrong, to adopt his own language,) from their circumstances must considerand ihe doctrine which he opposes is a great book, in more senses than one, well' founded, such an inquiry as the a great evil. The work is conducted present will undoubtedly lead to its with ability, and in a candid and liberal furtber confirmation, and it will not spirit; and its religious principles are at continue to rest on evidence which may once evangelical and catbolic. The be deemed unsatisfactory. It is of the volume is dedicated to Mr. Wilberforce, highest importance, in order to the and ornamented with a portrait of that right understanding of the prophetic distinguished and successful advocate Scriptures, that all our priuciples of of the enslaved Africans. This is well. interpretation should be undoubted, timed, and shows the views entertained if they are erroneous, we cannot expect by the conductors, of the efforts now to arrive at any satisfactory terminamaking for the ultimate abolition of tion of our investigations. Having set slavery throughout the British domi- out av rong, the greater the vigour with nions. Nor have they been content which we pursue our course, the greater with this silent and indirect intimation will be our distance, every step we take, of their sentiments on a subject so in- from the end of our journey. teresting to us, both as Christians and Richard Baynes's Catulogue of an as Britons. On that important point, ertensive Collection of Books in every as well as others, they have openly Department of Literature ; including shown themselves prompt to advocate the valuable and entire Library of the the cause of humanity.
late Rev. John Davies, of Hure-Court, The Christian and Civic Economy of London ; contuining an excellent AsLarge Towns. By Thomus Chalmers, sortment of Theology, Sermons, Ilistory, D.D., Professor of Moral Philosophy Miscellanies, Rare Tracts, &c. ; with a in the University of St. Andrew's. Vou select portion of the Libraries of two lume Third. 8vo. pp. 408. 9s.---Tlie pre other Divines, and other recent Puusent volume concludes this very impore chases. 8vo. pp. 230. tant publication. We have only rooin T he Story of the Cross; or the Hisat present to specify the topics which it tory of Jesus, the Saviour of the World, comprises, without entering into an ex Adapted to the Understandings of Chil.. amination of the Doctor's reasonings dren, and designed for the Use of Schools. upon them. It is divided into eight chap- By Robert Newstead, Author of " Muas ters, ou the wages of labour,-the effect for Infants," de. Second Edition, of a poor-rate when applied in aid of 18mo. pp. 35.-This small and beaut.ful defective wages, - savings banks, - tract contains a concise history of the the counbiuation of workmen for the life and death of Jesus Christ; with purpose of raising wages,-certain sonie introductory paragraphs ou the errors and misconceptions which are fallen state of mian, and the consequent fostered by economic theories, and are necessity of the incarnation atid såccifitted to mislead the legislature in re- fee of the Son of God. It is drawu up gard to labour and the labouring with great simplicity and affection, and classes, the effect which the high is well adapted to promote the spiritual price of labour in a cluutry has upun benefit of the rising generation, for its foreigu trade,--and mechanic schools, whom it is designed. and pontical economy, as a branch of Memoirs of the Life and Writinrs of popular education,
Lindley Murray : in a Series of Zeilers, An Inquiry into the grounds on which written by Ilimself. IT'ith a Preface, the Prophetic Period of Daniel and St. 8c. By Elizabeth Frank, 8vo. pp.279.os. John, has been supposeil to consist of The Old Testamert, urranged on the 1260 years, by S. R. Maitlani, Perpe Basis nt Lightfool's Chronicle, in Hispetual Curate of Christ Church, Giou. toricul and Chronological Orders in
such manner that the Books, Chapters, Psalms, Prophecies, &c., may be read as one connected History, in the very JWords of the authorized translation." By the ev. George Townsend, M.A. Second Edition. In Two Vols. 8vo, 21. The History of the Reign of Henry the Eighth : Comprising the Political History of the Commencement of the English Reformation. By Sharon Turner, F.S.A. and R.A.S.L. 4to. pp. 694. 21.2s. The History of the Inquisition in Spain, from the time of its Establish
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MERCHANTS’ SEAMEN'S BIBLE SOCIETY.
[FaoM the Eighth Annual Report of this admirable Institution, we lay before our readers the following abridged extracts, in the hope of increasing the interest which now happily exists in favour of promoting religion among British Seamen. At the last Auniversary of this Society, Captain Parry bore a noble testimony to the beneficial effects of religion in the British navy. He stated, that during his voyages to explore the north-west passage, whenever" any service involving peculiar peril and responsibility became requisite, he uniformly selected for it the religious seamen belonging to the expedition, and that they never disappointed the confidence which he reposed in their courage and fidelity. He also stated, that if he should be employed again by his country, in a similar undertaking, and might have the selection of his associates, he would choose none but such as were |. the influence of true religion.— o, dit. It is truly lamentable to conceive that in a Christian land, so replenished with the riches of the world, and enjoying all the blessings which a beneficent Providence can bestow, there should still remain any number of persons who are unconcerned about the moral cultivation of that class of society to , whom, under God, the country at large is so much indebted. What can appear more reasonable to a reflecting mind, than that those to whose instrumentality we owe so much of our commercial and political greatmess, and who from their habits of life are cut off from many of the religious and social privileges we enjoy, should articipate with us in that buon which eaven has so freely bestowed 2. If
God has made a revelation to man, “to uide his feet into the way of truth,"— it must be a duty for those who possess that revelation to communicate the blessed gift to others. Let us be consistent in our principles : either let us discard the Holy Scriptures altogether, and with the heathen world give ourselves up to the guidance of unassisted reason, and to the dictates of our passions; or, holding the Scriptures to contain a revelation from Heaven, let us read them for ourselves, and yield to the benign and generous influences they impart; and then, as the best evidence of our gratitude to Almighty God for making us happy here, and holding out “a sure and certain hope of happiness beyond the grave,” let us cheerfully proffer the inestimable boon to all mankind. Besides which, it is now no longer doubtful whether that large and interesting class of society for which we lead, will receive your bounty. They ave manifested a most earnest desire to possess the Sacred Scriptures; and if what is represented by numerous witnesses may be credited, they already rove, that the liberality of this Society has not been bestowed upon them in vain. But your Committee are happy to pass on to those who have by their contributions evinced a lively interest in the moral and religious welfare of our Merchant Seamen. Without inpeaching the sincerity of that interest; they are aware that, unless the actual state of the case is kept constantly in view, it will be difficult for them, amidst the surrounding appeals of other benevolent Societies, to maintain the ardour of their zeal in this noble cause. Could those who are friendly to
this object share with your Committee in the pleasure of perusing, the periodical Reports of the Society's Agents at Gravesend and in London, there would be no reason to appreheud that their zeal and interest would subside. But as many of the Subscribers live at a distance from the Metropolis, this privilege may not be within their reach; but to those of their friends who re
side in the vicinity, and have the op
rtunity to attend, the Committee eg leave to state, that with a view to
stimulate their minds, it will always afford them the sincerest pleasure to admit them to their Meetings.
Much as may be gathered from the brief observations which are recorded in these Reports to interest and encourage the friends of the Society, your Committee conceive that they are fully warranted in following up the benefit communicated to Sailors, by the distribution of the Scriptures, still farther. It appears from indisputable evidence that some at least of those who were formerly proverbial for their dissolute and immoral conduct, are restrained when they visit Foreign Countries from those open excesses which have brought much discredit upon our nation; and, that others when they return to the bosom of their families, are led by the perusal of the Sacred Oracles at sea, to conduct themselves with a decorum in places of divine worship, formerly unknown to this class of society.
Besides this, to know that those who are constantly exposed to innumerable perils on the sea, and to the viciasitudes of climate, have within their reach the chart of life and the antidote of death, is surely a gratifying consideration to every generous mind.
With these feelings your Committee proceed to furnish a few extracts from the Reports of the Society's Agents, which if they be upt drawu out into detailed arguments, will be uo less convincing to candid persons of the good already effected, and the hopeful ground of encouragement to still further exertiou.
Ertracts from the Reports of the Soeiety's Agent at Gravesend.
“ No. 1. When I made known my errand to one of the owners, he said to another gentleuman, his pattlier, “I think we ought to have a few Bibles for the ship; it appears to me that nothing can Že more necessary." To which he replied in the affirmative, aud o to be supplied with two
dozen Bibles and Testaments' for which they paid me the full price." * No. 2. ‘Pass the word there, fore and aft, cried the Captain aloud, “let all know that the Bible boat is alongside; and should any want Bibles who are without money, I will pay for them myself.' One of the men readily embraced the offer, “Now, Captain,” said a passenger, “let us bave a good Bible for the cabin, it will do us no harm during the voyage.” With this request be most readily cumplied, and paid me for two Bibles.” “No. 3. ‘ I am delighted,” said the Captain, “in seeing Sailors now-a-days reading their Bibles, especially on Sundays, instead of spending their time as they used to do. Many Sailors are the better for reading their Bibles; some are quite altered," An excellent crew. Sold three Bibles. “ No. 4. “God o that I should go to sea without a lible,” answered one of the crew, who was asked whether he had one. “What is nuan without a Bible 2 What is a ship without a compass 2 Aud what would England have been without the Bible?' Sold three Bibles to the crew.” “No. 5. The Second Mate appeared quite the Christian. He said, ‘I have been taught, how to value, the Bible; it has done me good. I feel the want of Christian society. I was happy in Iny last ship; each manthere possessed a Bible, and all were under its influence. I never was so happy before, or since; and I fear I shall never get into such a vessel again, where the Bible was, as it ought to be, revered by all.’” “No. 6. An excellent crew. Sold three Bibles. One of the purchasers said, “How glad I am to fall in with you. It is true, we sailors are thoughtless fellows in general, but we cannot help thinking sometimes. When we are at sea, we have plenty of opportuuities to reflect and read uur Isibles. I am now glad to get oue; and I shall, if life is spared, consider it well this voyage.’” “No. 7. The Captain ordered all his men ast, with the view of learning who had a Bible, and who had not; telling the crew that he would let them ilave mouey to pay for any books they might want. I sold, six Bibles; and the Captain informed me that . foruer crew hall derived considerable benefit from the religious instruction which they had received,” “No. 8. The Captain said, ‘I would not change my crew for any, other whatever; they are steady, read, their