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5. Lectures to Young Men, on the a Charge ; by Wm. Fleming, D. D. Formation of Character, &c.,' by Joel (Longman, London,) few persons, we preHawes, D.D. with a Preface by the Rev. sume, can peruse with indifference. The Ralph Wardlaw, D. D. (Holdsworth, ordination of a minister is a solemn work, London,) is a book of American origin, and on such occasions the preacher generally reprinted in Glasgow, and now circulated exerts himself to meet the claims of expect. throughout the British empire. The subjects ation. This, Mr. Fleming has done in the are,
• The claims of society on young men ; discourse before us, and the charge which The danger of young men ; The importance follows sustains a correspondent interest
. of established principles; The formation 10. The Islington Popular Library and importance of character, and, Religion of Religious Knowledge, Nos. 1, 2, & 3, the chief concern.” We cannot more ac- (Hughes, Islington,) is a cheap periodical, curately express our opinion of these lectures containing useful articles, chiefly in prose. than in the following words of Dr. Wardlaw. They are exclusively of a religious character; “These all-important subjects are here but more animation would be a valuable treated in no common-place style. The acquisition. In its future numbers we hope counsel is judicious and salutary ; vigorously to see this invigorating spirit diffused through conceived, and happily and forcibly ex- its pages, without beholding any deteriorapressed. The discussions are occasionally tion in its character. enlivened by illustrative anecdote and clas- 11. Portrait of Robert Raikes, Esq., sical allusion."
(Sunday School Union, London,) is hand6. Paternal Advice, chiefly to Young somely executed, and surrounded with nuMen on Entering into Life, (Grooms- merous expressions, all having some relation bridge, London,) has a beautiful exterior, to this immortal founder of Sunday-schools. but the gilding and silk without, suffer an He was born Sept. 14th, 1736, and died eclipse from the sterling gold that is lodged April 5th, 1811. In 1831, Great Britain within. Aphorisms, anecdotes, and princi- contained 10,000 schools, 100,000 teachers, ples, illustrated by examples, entitle this and 1,250,000 children. This picture is book to particular altention. It can scarcely quite an ornament. fail to prove very interesting to every youth- 12. The Trial of the Rev. Edward ful reader; and we pity him to whom it Irving, M. A. before the London Presbydoes not prove beneficial.
tery, by W. Harding, (Harding, London, 7. A Sermon occasioned by the Death is a subject that has excited a considerable of Mrs. Mary Skinner Stockton, by Theo. degree of interest in the metropolis. This philus Lessey, (Mason, London, illustrates has arisen from the great popularity of Mr. in its subject that momentous truth, “Blessed Irving, and the strange cause for which he are the dead which die in the Lord.” The has been called to an account, and finally solemnity of death is inferred from several excluded from the Scottish Church in which topics; but victory over sin and its conse- he had uniformly officiated. On the cause quences, extracts the tyrant's sting and ren. of his expulsion, the fairness or unfairness ders the departure of all true saints triumph- of his trial, or the justness or injustice of ant. This discourse unfolds many sources his sentence, it is not our province to decide. of terror and of consolation; but the ne- The thick, closely printed pamphlet before cessity of regeneration is invariably kept in us professes to detail the whole proceedings view. Mr. Lessey is a workman who needs with impartiality, and we perceive no reason not be ashamed.
for impeaching the author's fidelity. The 8. The Moral Obligations connected whole affair seems to have been conducted with Talent and Science, a Lecture, by with stern and uncompromising resolution ; John Davies, B. D. (Williams, Chichester,) and nothing less was to be expected; for is replete with sound sense, and fair argu. he who anticipates lenity from a Scotch meni, deduced from historical fact and un. Presbytery in London, must have crude deniable principles. The influence of talent conceptions of a throne of mercy. and science, he considers to be stupendous, 13. The Voice of Humanity No. VIII. and hence he infers the moral obligations (Nisbet, London,) advocates with much which all able individuals are under, to de- feeling the cause of mercy towards the anivote their abilities and acquirements to the mal tribes, and proposes several humane rereal benefits of mankind. The lesson thus gulations to mitigate their sufferings. inculcated, the author has happily enforced 14. The Work of a Christian Pastor, by his own example.
a Charge to the Rev. John Gipps, Essex, 9. Assurance and its Grounds, a Sermon, by James Hargreaves, (Holdsworth, Lonat the Ordination of the
Rev. John Laurie, don,) enters with due solemnity into the as Minister of the Church, at Row, with duties of a christian pastor; and we doubt
not that it was deeply impressive on the mind brings us into the regions of royalty, where of Mr. Gipps, and proportionally interest. the dictates of ambition too frequently stifle ing to all who heard it. It contains a fund the voice of nature, but in which some of very wholesome instruction and advice, happy exceptions appear. The minor poems which cannot be too strongly recommended, have excellencies in their respective departor too generally adopted.
ments. 15. The Diamond Gazetteer of Great 19. A Solemn Appeal on the Subject of Britain and Ireland, (Simpkin, London,) Church Communion and Evangelical Of. is a beautiful little book, which comprises a dinances, by an Ordained Minister of large quantity of matter within a narrow the Church of Scotland, (Holdsworth, compass. The general character of gazetteer London, will be perused, we expect, with is too well known to require any elucida- more interest on the northern than on the tion. This little volume embraces all the southern side of the Tweed. It appears to common topics included in such works, but attach more importance to the subject than the accounts are brief, and the print is too it has a right to demand, and, by agitating small for aged eyes. The population, ac- a doubtful question, is more likely to excite cording to the late census, in 1831, adds discord than to promote peace. much to its value.
20. The Novelist's Library, vols. I. II. 16. The Missionary Church, by W. H. edited by Thomas Roscoe, Esq. (CochStowell, (Westley and Davis, London,) rane and Co., London,) have a beautiful though somewhat superficial in its details, exterior, and all the filth of Sterne's Triscontains a comprehensive survey of the tram Shandy within. diffusion of Christianity. It is an outline 21. An Investigation into some of the which every reader may fill up at leisure. Causes of Commercial Distress, considered The author's great object is to promote the upon Christian Principles, (Hamilton, Lonmissionary cause, by enforcing its advantages don,) traces calamity to vice, and infers and necessity, and answering objections that, until the cause be removed, the effect urged against the noble efforts that are now may be expected to continue. making throughout the christian world. 22. The Latest Heresy, or Modern
17. An Anglo-Saxon Grammar and Pretensions to Miraculous Gifts, &c., by Derivations, &c., by William Hunter, the Rev. Thomas Greenwood, B. X. Professor of Moral Philosophy, Logic, (Harding, London,) is a pamphlet which and Rhetoric, Anderson's University, drives hard at Mr. Irving, who is viewed as (Longman, London,) will be found a pleas- a theological Ishmael, against whom every ing work to all who delight in tracing the one is bound to lift his hand. We do not English language from infancy to its present conceive that Mr. Irving's aberrations state of maturity, and in contemplating the partake so much of heresy as of delusion; cradle where it was cherished, and whence and if left alone, there can be little doubt it arose to gigantic strength. To students of that they will die away, and be almost foretymology, this volume will be of essential gotten. We readily admit that Mr. Green benefit, throwing light on terms that are has been successful in his attack on the uninvolved in obscurity, and re-establishing an known tongues, and in his exposure of their affinity which time seemed to have almost pretended divine inspiration, nor are we obliterated.
aware that he has used on the occasion any 18. Maternal Sketches, with other unbecoming language. Poems, by Eliza Rutherford, (Holds- 23. Two Sermons preached at the New worth, London,) is entitled to more attention Tabernacle, Plymouth, by Thomas Wood, than three-fourths of the rhyming publica. A.M. (Westley, London,) contain clear tions which issue from the press; or than views salvation by Christ, and place we can find either time or room to devote good works on a scriptural foundation. To to an analysis of its merits. In the first the self-righteous and the antinomian, they canto, much exquisite feeling is displayed afford no shelter. The author justly argues, towards the new-born infant, and many that the only way in which faith and love delicate touches appear that can only be can be proved to exist in the heart is, by an supposed to emanate from a mother's heart. appeal to the life and character. The second canto has a deeper sound, and 24. Remarks on the New Bible Society, darker shades; it is also more dignified in (Ellerton, London,) might have been spared, thought, and more vigorous in expression. for we much doubt if it will survive the The third Canto is at once pathetic and explosion it has lately received in the disinteresting, and the incidents which it con- union of its members. tains are quite in keeping with the general 25. British Chronology made easy and character of the book. The fourth Canto entertaining, by Thomas Keyworth, (Holds
TUTIONS IN THE METROPOLIS.
worth, London,) proceeds upon much British and Foreign School Society.the same principle that the promoters of On Monday, May 7th, the twenty-seventh artificial memory have adopted. It may anniversary of this institution was held at have less obscurities than some other systems Exeter Hall, Lord John Russell in the of a kindred nature, but we are not altoge- chair. The appearance of this nobleman ther satisfied that this will furnish a passport called forth the warmest plaudits from the of its real utility.
several thousands who filled the spacious 27. A Call to Professing Christians on hall. Temperance. By the Rev. Austin Dickin- The report took a general survey of the son, M. A. (Bagster, London,) is of Ame- society's operations throughout various rican origin, but it is pungent, powerful, parts of the world, and detailed with perand commanding. The evils resulting from spicuous brevity the obstacles they had to the use of ardent spirits are pointed out encounter, their disasters, and their sucwith a masterly hand, and supported by
The funds, it was stated, were not authorities which none but drunkards will equal to the magnitude of the great object controvert. The author gives no quarter; which they had in view. It was a gigantic his language is stern and inflexible, and in undertaking, which aimed at the instruction some instances is rather intemperate.
of the human race. 28. An Introduction to Goldsmith's Among the speakers were William Allen, Grammar, by J. Dowling, (Longman, Esq., treasurer, Rev. Dr. Bennett, Rev. London,) is deserving a place in every J. Dixon, Hon. and Rev. Gerard Noel, school, and among the early acquirements Rev. Dr. Cox, Lord John Russell, Rev. of every pupil.
, Rev. Robert Redpath, Henry Pownal, Esq. Dr. Wahlin, chap
lain to the Swedish embassy, and several ANNIVERSARIES OF BENEVOLENT INSTI.
This was an interesting meeting. The (Resumed from page 294.)
occasion was patriotic and philanthropic. London Hibernian Society.—This is an The object was calculated to raise the mind old establishment, the present anniversary from sectarian trammels; and the wellbeing the twenty-sixth from its commence- known character of the chairman nobly ment. It was held in Exeter Hall, on harmonized with the general feeling. Saturday May 5th, 1832, the Marquis of At the conclusion of many pointed and Cholmondeley in the chair. The object of pathetic observations, respecting the conthis society is, to promote scriptural edu- dition of poor children in our manufacturcation in Ireland, taking the Word of God ing towns, Mr. Allen quoted the following as the basis of what is taught. The passage from a speech delivered by Mr. finances were stated to be in a respectable Sadler, in the House of Commons; and condition.
its effect on the assembly may be easily The number of schools were 2,569, conceived. which contained about 94,000 scholars. “ It is impossible to furnish any uniform Of these pupils, very many were the chil- account of the hours of labour endured by dren of Roman Catholics, and among the
children in these factories, and I am members of this communion, the wish for unwilling to represent extreme cases additional instruction was almost every general ones, although it is the bounden where apparent. So far as human means duty of parliament to provide against such, were concerned, the prospects of the so- as it does, for example, with respect to ciety were cheering, and from past success atrocious crimes, which are extreme cases they took encouragement to renew their in civilized society. I shall, therefore, only exertions.
give one or two instances of the extent of The chief speakers were Lord Mount- oppression to which the system is occasandford, the Rev. Horace Townsend, sionally carried. The following were the Lord Radstock, Hon. and Rev. Baptist hours of labour imposed upon the children Noel, Rev. Dr. Burton, Rev. Mr. Robins, employed in a factory at Leeds last sumHon. and Rev. Gerard Noel, James Le- mer :-On Monday morning, work comfroy, Esq. M.P. Rev. Mr. Bradwith, Rev. menced at six o'clock : at nine, half an Mr. Blood, and Rev. Mr. Webster. hour for breakfast ; from half-past nine
Of the above gentlemen, the speeches till twelve, work. Dinner, one hour; from were animated and appropriate, and the one till half-past four, work. Afternoon vast assemblage present furnished evidence meal, half an hour; from five till eight, on several occasions, that they were not work : rest for half an hour. From halfinattentive hearers.
past eight till twelve, (midnight,) work : 2D. SERIES, NO. 19.-Vol. II,
an hour's rest. From one in the morning large amount, It was stated that the floattill five, work : half an hour's rest. From ing chapel was well attended, that during half-past five till nine, work : breakfast. the past year there had been 10,168 From half-past nine till twelve, work : hearers, of whom more than half were dinner. From one till half-past four, work. sailors; that twelve meetings had been held Rest half an hour; and work again from weekly on various parts of the river; and five till nine o'clock on Tuesday evening, that the exertions of the society had been when the labour terminated, and the gang rendered spiritually beneficial to many of adult and infant slaves was dismissed for souls. the night, after having toiled thirty-nine The Rev. J. Clayton, Rev. J. Robinson, hours, with brief intervals, (amounting to Rev. T. Luke, Robert Humphrey Marten, only six hours in the whole,) for refresh- Esq., W. Cook, Esq. Rev. Dr. Styles, ment, but none for sleep. Wednesday Rev. Anthony Brown, Rev. Calvin Colton, and Thursday, day-work only. From Lieut. A. Browne, R.N., Rev. Dr. Bennett, Friday morning till Saturday night, the with some others, severally addressed the same prolonged labour repeated, with in- meeting. termissions, as on Monday, Monday night, London Itinerant Society-This anniand Tuesday; except that the labour of versary was held in Finsbury Chapel, on the last day closed at five. The ensuing the evening of Monday, May 7th, the Rev. day, Sunday, must, under such circum- Dr. Collyer in the chair. The object of the stances, be a day of stupor ; to rouse the society is to carry the gospel to those who children from which would only be to con- will not come to hear it preached in places tinue their physical sufferings, without the of public worship. The necessity of such possibility of compensating them with any an establishment, it was justly argued, arose moral good.
Clergymen, Sunday.school from the great mass of crime and proflimasters, and other benevolent persons, are gacy with which London and many other beginning to feel this to be the case ; phy- places abounded. The cause was warmly sicians, I find, have long observed it; and advocated by several well-knowu speakers, parents, wishful as they are that their off- and sanctioned by the concurrent approba. spring should have some little instruction, tion of the assembled audience. are yet more anxious that they should have Irish Evangelical Society.-On Tuesday rest. Sunday-schools have long been ren- May 8th, Thomas Walker, Esq., president, dered appendages to the manufacturing in the chair, the eighteenth anniversary of system, which has necessarily emptied the this society, was held in Finsbury Chapel. day-schools of the poor wherever that sys. The attendance was large, and highly retem prevails : not content with monopo
spectable. lizing the whole week with protracted The design of this institution is, to diffuse labour, the Sabbath itself is thus rendered evangelical religion in various ways, among a day of languor and exhaustion, in which the population of Ireland. For this purit is impossible that due instruction can be pose, readers, expounders, school establishreceived, or the solemn duties which reli- ments, and preachers, have been appointed gion enjoins duly performed; in fact, it is to promote the great and important end. a mere fallow for the worn-out frame, in The interests of this society were advocated order that it may be able to produce an- with much pious zeal, and with considerable other series of exhausting crops of human ability. The speeches were long and ani. labour. If some limits, therefore, are not mated, and perhaps nearly every influenprescribed to these constant and cruel tial motive was urged, that could be supencroachments, our labouring population posed to operate in its favour. will become, ere long, imbruted with ig- Among the advocates of this society, or norance, as well as enslaved by excessive rather the object which it has in view, we toil."
find the names of Rev. A. Tidman, Rev. Port of London and Bethel Union So- J. Liefchild, Rev. Dr. Burder, Rev. Dr. ciety.—The thirteenth anniversary of this Fletcher, Rev. J. Burnett, Rev. Henry society was held at the City of London Townley, and the Rev. Noble Shepheard. Tavern, on Monday May 7th, Lord Mount. It was a meeting highly gratifying to all sandford in the chair. The object of this who had the spiritual interests of Ireland at society is, to furnish spiritual instruction to heart. the many thousands of seamen who visit Congregational Union.—The anniversary the port of London. For this purpose, a of this association commenced on TuesdayAoating chapel has been provided, schools May 8th, and was adjourned to the Friday for their children have been established, following, when resolutions were passed on and books are lent and distributed to a very various subjects, among which a most observable one was, “that it is desirable to the chair. In general character and prin. present to the public a declaration of the ciple, this institution resembles the British leading articles of our faith and discipline." and Foreign Bible Society. The chief dif
The Book Society.— The anniversary of ference is, that its distribution of the scripthis society, now eighty-two years old, was tures is confined to soldiers and sailors. held in Exeter Hall, on Friday, the 8th of This anniversary was numerously attended, May, and, prior to its commencement, and the interests of the society were ably much interest was excited, by an expecta- advocated by Lord Mountsandford, Capt. tion that the venerable Rowland Hill, still Harcourt, R.N., Rev. Mr. Polk of Virginia, several years older than the society, was, as Mr. W. Marshall, Surgeon, R.N., Viscount usual, about to preside. Age, indisposition, Mandeville, Lieut. Simmons, R.N., Hon. and bodily infirmities, however, prevented and Rev. G. H. Curzon, Rev. J. Davis, his attendance, to the no small regret and Colonel Phipps, Lieut. Brown, and Rev. disappointment of many present, who had George Washington Phillips. frequently been cheered with the sallies of The distribution of the society, during the his wit, instructed by his wisdom, and ani- year, was stated to be 12,432 bibles and mated by his piety. In consequence of his testaments; making a total, since the forabsence, the chair was occupied by Mr. mation of the society in 1780, of 264,560 Alderman Wilson.
copies among soldiers and sailors, in various The distribution of useful books, either parts of the world. by gift or sale, at very low prices, is the London Missionary Society.—On Thursgreat object which for nearly a century this day, 10th of May, the thirty-eighth annisociety has pursued. The sphere of its versary of this important society was held operation is, however, very contracted, com. in Exeter Hall, which was filled at an early pared with that of others, and its means are hour, to the exclusion of some hundreds confined within narrow limits. Several who could find no room to enter. To furministers, and other gentlemen present, ad- nish these with accommodations, another dressed the meeting, which was concluded meeting was opened in the small Hall, with a vote of gratitude to the Rev. Row- which was also filled to overflowing. In land Hill, who had been a member upwards consequence of the resignation of their forof sixty years.
mer treasurer, W. A. Hankey, Esq. John Religious Tract Society.-The anniver- Dyer, Esq., Secretary to the Admiralty, sary of this powerful engine on the public was called to the chair. mind was held at the City of London The report, which was voluminous, took Tavern, early in the morning of the 8th of a general survey of the various parts of the May. The chair was taken by W. B. Gur- world, in which the society had established ney, Esq., at six o'clock.
Missionary stations, and in a luminous The report was very long, but it was ex- manner detailed the proceedings and proceedingly interesting, and we scarcely know gress of the society. The stations were one how it could be curtailed without doing it a hundred and thirteen, and the number of serious injury. The whole world is the field missionaries ninety-two. The contributions of its operation, and no human ingenuity during the year amounted to £35,568, and can describe the circumnavigation of the the disbursements to £39,240, thus leaving globe in a few words. The aggregate amount the society a considerable sum in debt to of its contents may be comprised in the fol- the treasurer. The principal speakers on lowing statement :
this occasion were, Rev. J. Clayton, W. A. The receipts for the present year amounted Hankey, Esq., J. Conder, Esq. Rev. W. to £31,376, being an increase of £4,315 Swann, Rev. J. Liefchild, Rev. W. Jones, on the preceding year. The publications Rev. J. Dyer, Rev. J. Dixon, Rev. J. A. during the same period were 11,714,965, James, Rev. Dr. Wahlin, Chaplain of the being an increase of 624,706, beyond any Swedish Embassy, and the Rev. Dr. Benpreceding year, without adverting to nume- nett. These gentlemen were heard with the rous tracts published in foreign countries at deepest attention, but our limits will not the society's expense. The total circulation allow us to follow them in the range of of the society, since its commencement, thought and strain of eloquence which they at home and abroad, in about seventy displayed. The principal occurrence, which different languages, amounted to nearly excited the deepest interest was, the account 165,000,000.
given of the indignities and persecutions to Naval and Military Bible Society.—The which the Baptists had been exposed in fifty-second anniversary of this useful society Jamaica, and the christian sympathy which was held in Exeter Háll, on Friday the 8th manifested itself in their behalf. of May, the Marquis of Cholmondeley in This amiable feeling was suitably ac