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Review.—Modern Immersion not Scrip- neither would brief quotations do justice to
ture Baptism. By William Thorn. the writer. We recommend a careful and 12mo. p. 382. Holdsworth. London. speedy perusal of Mr. Thorn's book to all 1831.
inquiring minds on the subject of baptism.
To students of divinity, and pastors of The Baptist controversy may be considered churches, it is an invaluable treasure. The as comparatively of ancient date. The former should not enter on the duties of the above expression comprehends much more ministry until they have made themselves than the mode and subject. A considerable masters of the leading sentiments of the number of men, professed teachers of the treatise. christian faith, but who, on all the vital As a respectable author, Mr. Thorn has points of genuine religion, give an accom- appeared before the public prior to the modating interpretation to the holy scrip- present work. His book on the Sabbath tures, view baptism by water, and regene. contains a vast body of useful information : ration, as synonymous. They admit of no and his late treatise on Tithes, proves him regeneration but that of the administration to be a man of great reading. His masterof baptism :-a doctrine more pernicious piece, however, is his work on Baptism. and deadly never was taught even by an In the republic of letters his name must be infidel.
permanent, and he has placed the church Men of principle and piety have, we of God under an obligation, on this subject, regret to say, differed very widely on the which few other men have done. We trust mode and subject of baptism. This topic it will have a universal sale. has greatly divided the church of Christ, and has contributed as much, if not more than any other point, to cool the affections Review.—Three Discourses on Practical of disciples to each other. Many works of
Subjects. By the late Rev. Richard considerable merit have been published by Cecil, A.M. 12mo. pp. 120. Crofts. both parties, and, of late, more enlightened London. 1832. views,' as we conceive, of the design of christian baptism have been entertained. THE Rev. Richard Cecil was well known
The present work, by Mr. Thorn, is con- in the christian world during his life, and fined to one point, namely, the mode of since his death his valuable writings have baptism. That he has done justice to this kept his name in continual remembrance. department of the subject, as far as reading, These three discourses, we are told in the research, and universal application are con- titlepage, are now first published ;” but cerned, even those who differ from him in why they were withheld from the press, no sentiment cannot but allow. Mr. Thorn information is given. It could not have sets out with the assertion, that plunging is been through the want of intrinsic merit, not christian baptism. He then proceeds either as compositions, or as inculcating to establish this position. He has examined unsound doctrine. They are founded on the works of all the men of eminence of the “ The Repentance of Peter,” “The Death Baptist denomination on this subject; and if of John the Baptist,” and the unavailing ever a writer made his opponents destroy reflection of “The Rich Man in Tortheir own fortification, Mr. Thorn is that ment." very man.
It is a question with us, if any These discourses are characterized by a man, living or dead, has examined the Bap- familiar energy, both in language and sentist library with more keenness and good timent, and the topics of discussion are effect. It is indeed astonishing, how he exhibited in so luminous a manner, that has culled every thing which the body has readers may readily make an application to say in favour of immersion; and, from of their import to themselves under similar the ablest pens of this body, he has for- circumstances. midably assailed their position.
From the simple sources of the texts, the He has in like manner examined the author draws forth many important subworks of the most learned men who main- jects, which he elucidates with clearness, tain pouring as the mode of baptism. He and applies with fidelity. The eanestness has brought both classes into the open and affection which breathe throughout the field; and we cannot but think that the whole evince that “ he was serious in a impartial will maintain that, as a general serious cause.” In all his delineations the in this warfare, he has displayed splendid hand of a master is visible; and no one, we talents.
think, can read these sermons without feelWe have neither time nor room to make ing compunction, apprehension, and a soliquotations from the body of the treatise; citude for grace to help in time of need.
Review.-Hints to Five Classes : -Op- in the memory, would be a valuable acqui
posers of the Truth ; those who neither sition in the journey of life. Of these oppose nor embrace it ; Hypocrites ; maxims we now present a few to our readWeak and Inconsistent Christians; ers, and refer them to the volume whence Humble, Devout, and Holy Christians. these specimens have been selected :12mo. pp. 114. Seeley. London. 1832.
“ Ancestry and Pedigree."-" Some men by ancestry of
are only the shadow of a mighty name."-Lucun. THERE is a great degree of earnestness in others."-Juvenal. these hints ; and the appeals made to scrip- did not adopt Plato as noble, bat she made him
. Philosophy does not look into pedigree: she
such."--Seneca. ture authority, are both numerous and ap
" Seek not for a good man's pedigree."-Spanish propriate. The method adopted by the Proverb.
“ The man who prides himself on a long list of author is chiefly hortative, and we give
ancestry, without personal merit, may be ludicrously, him the fullest credit for his sincerity. The though justly, compared to a potato plant, the best
part of which is underground."--B, greater part, however, of what he has ad
“ Extravagance und Prodigality."-" He that will
not economize will have to agonize."-Chinese Proverb. vanced, will be influential only on those
“ Prodigality and dissipation at last bring a man to persons who profess to believe in revelation, the want of the necessaries of life; he falls into po
verty, misery, and abject disgrace; so that even his and to be governed by its unerring dictates.
acquaintance, fearful of bring obliged to restore to Against such as oppose the truth by deny- them, why from him as a debtor from his creditors, ing the inspiration of the scriptures, these and he is left abandoned by all the world "- Volney.
“ Never spend Michaelmas rent in Midsummer hints furnish but a scanty supply of argu- moon." ment. By them, all that the author has young spendthrift makes an old beggar."
“ Fame." " In Fame's temple there is always a advanced will be resolved into dogmatism; niche to be found for rich dunces, importunate and, secure in this subterfuge, promises, secundrels, or successful butchers of the human threatenings, exhortations, and expostula
“ All fame is dangerous ; good brings envy, bad
shame." tion will be permitted to plead in vain. “ The thirst for fame is stronger than the desire The case, however, will be very different for virtue."-B..
“ Fashion."-"A fop of fashion is the mercer's with those who acknowledge the authenti- friend, the tailor's fool, and his own foe." city of the scriptures. To nominal profes- the age, the tone of fashion, with vigorous simplicity sors, whether indifferent to the experience and modest courage.” – Lavater. and practice of the truths they admit, grown weary in well-doing, or retaining the form of godliness without its power, these hints Review.-Sermons on various interesting are likely to prove advantageous. There is
occasions, adapted for Families and an awakening heart-stirring spirit, to such
Villages. By W. Dransfield. 2 vols. 'as these, running throughout the whole; and,
12mo. pp. 256–273. Simpkin and
Murshall. London. 1831.
not pious, their irreligion cannot be attri-
At all sea
sons of the year, both in town and country, Review.- Mental Recreation; or, Select in all shapes, and at all prices, in which
Maxims, &c. from Philosophers, States- books appear, they continue to swarm from men, Divines, &c., chosen from one
the press. Out of this accumulated and hundred Authors. 12mo, pp. 349. accumulating aggregate, many are worthLongman. London. 1832.
less, many are useless, and many are per
nicious; but it is pleasing to add, that a By whom these selections were made, we decent proportion contain intrinsic excelpresume not to guess; the preface being lencies, and inculcate doctrines and precepts without a signature, and the title-page which merit the reader's most serious conwithout a name. This is, however, of less sideration and practical regard. consequence to the reader, than to know The two volumes now on our desk were what kind of maxims this volume contains. published at different times; and so favour
Selected from Grecians, Romans, ancient ably have they been received, that one has fathers of the church, Arabians, Chinese, passed through four editions, and the other Hindoos, English, French, Scotch, Spanish, through two. This circumstance speaks and Italians, the variety is great; and very strongly in favour of these discourses; and numerous are the subjects on which these when it is considered that they are neither maxims are brought to bear. Some few time-serving nor temporizing, we cannot but among them are of a very questionable infer, that evangelical truth has still a tricharacter, and others are attributed to men umphant number of genuine friends. who are not their authors—but the greater The subjects are greatly diversified; but portion is good; and many, if trensured up even when they are historical and specula
tive, practical utility is always kept in view. they will prove of incalculable value to the Designed for families and villages, the lan- English student, who improves this opporguage is plain and expressive. Its sentences tunity of making himself acquainted with are rarely wrapped in obscurity, and no one these literary treasures of antiquity. need read them twice to comprehend their We do not mean to insinuate that this is meaning. Without being coarse or vulgar, the first time in which these authors have the author seems to have used plain words appeared in an English dress. But we feel for plain people, and throughout his volumes no hesitation in asserting, that this is the first to have furnished evidence, that the sublime time in which they have assumed such an truths of Christianity may be communicated inviting aspect, or have been presented in in terms of familiar import, simply expressed, the garb of uniformity, at a price so low as and easily understood. Even these are no to silence all pecuniary objections. It will contemptible excellencies; but we feel per. be almost needless to add, that these are suaded, that the author would find a higher works of sterling value, with which many gratification in learning that the sublime celebrated productions of the present day truths which he inculcates are cordially re- can bear no comparison. They have stood ceived, and uniformly practised, by all who the test of ages, and will retain their rank in may read his discourses.
the great republic of letters, when meretri
cious ornament and artificial fascination Review.- Family Classical Library, bearing their venerable authors' names, bring
shall cease to captivate. Works like these, Vols. XX. XXI. XXII. XXIII. with them their own recommendation.
XXIV. 12mo. Valpy. London. Several of the preceding volumes in this series, we have already noticed in terms of REVIEW.- Lardner's Cabinet Library, well-merited approbation. Those now be- Vols. IV. V. VI. VII. 12mo. Longfore us follow in the ranks, and bring before man. London. 1831. the reading public additional compositions The well-earned reputation of Dr. Lardner's of classic antiquity in an English dress. Cyclopedia, and also of his Cabinet Library, The three former include the works of Thu- in many respects a kindred work, is so cydides, and the two latter enter on those firmly established, and so generally allowed, of Plutarch. The fame of these venerable that many remarks on the present volumes authors is so extensively known, so well will be wholly unnecessary. founded, and so justly appreciated, as to The fourth volume is an annual retropreclude all necessity for comment or re- spect of public affairs for 1831; it ranges commendation. The former is from a trans- over the kingdoms of Europe, and furnishes lation by Dr. William Smith, dean of a compendium of all that is most interestChester, and the latter by John and Wil- ing and important, both at home and liam Langhorne.
abroad. The miseries inflicted by the RusIn drawing these standard compositions sians on the unfortunate Poles, cannot be from their silent retreats in the libraries of read without the mingled emotions of pity the wealthy and learned, and throwing them and indignation. into an extensive circulation, Mr. Valpy has Volume five is a continuation of the Life acted with much literary patriotism; and we of George IV., which, with one that has cannot for a moment doubt, that his liberal preceded, and one that is to follow, comexertions to diffuse classical knowledge prises the whole biography of this illusthroughout the country, will receive that trious monarch. This volume extends over patronage which he so justly merits. It is the eventful period which lies between 1803 possible that some diminutive beauty in and 1814, and is rendered particularly inelegance of expression, some evanescent teresting by the great vicissitudes of the sparkling of thought, discernible in the ori- war, the abdication of Napoleon, and the ginals, may have evaporated in the transla- visit paid to England by the foreign sove. tion; but whoever compares them together, reigns. will readily allow, that nothing of moment The sixth and seventh volumes are de. has been suffered to disappear.
voted to the history of the Bourbons, whose Prefixed to these works is an interesting names and destinies are so closely conmemoir of their respective authors, stating nected with the history of France, that an the age in which they lived, and the occa- entire separation between them is totally sion of their writings. The sketches, in- impracticable. Delineating the character deed, are condensed; but as all the promi- of an illustrious dynasty, these sketches nent features are preserved, and dates are are very amusing and instructive ; but in associated with events and occurrences,
many cases we have nothing more than 2D, SERIES, NO. 14.--VOL. II.
138, VOL. XIV.
a closely condensed compendium, which we presume, no person can read without but barely connects the monarch with the feeling a lively interest in her future welmultifarious events of his reign. Enough, fare. The account is written in a pleasing however, appears in the early history of and animated strain. It is an animation, this royal tribe, to evince, that, with few however, arising from the facts which the exceptions, their reigns were disfigured narrative supplies, and, without any
artifiwith every species of despotism; with cial effort to solicit favour, is admirably wantonness that triumphed in the miseries calculated to disarm criticism of severity, it inflicted, and cruelties which human and to place the fables, and their unprenature should both shudder and blush to suming author, in an amiable light. As a
specimen of her talents in writing fables, It is not until we reach the tremend- we insert one, founded on the following ous but purifying tempest of the ever- circumstance : memorable revolution, that the morning of “ Some servant girls had a holiday given liberty begins to dawn, and even this fre- them, that they might go and see their quently appears enveloped in clouds which friends at Plymouth. They left Tavistock threaten even a darker night. The scum, in their natural character; but on the road however, which had been gathering for contrived to trick themselves out in some ages, was broken by this eventful hurricane; cast-off finery, and paraded Plymouth in and recent occurrences tell the wor that the assumed ch ter of ladies. They it is only on condition of being transformed were met by a person who knew them, and from tyrants into men, that the Bourbons who justly reproved their folly. Mary Colcan hope to retain the throne of regene- ling heard the story, and it gave occasion to rated France.
her fable of
“The Turkeys and the Gander. REVIEW.–Fables, and other Pieces, in " Three turkeys once, amlitious grown,
Went travelling where they were not known; Verse. By Mary Maria Colling.
And each in hopes to be admired, With some Account of the Author, in His tail with peacock’s plumes attired. Letters to Robert Southey, Esq., by
While thus the journey they pursued,
Their borrowed beauties oft they viewed ; Mrs. Bray. 8vo. pp. 198. Longman. But, lo! by chance, to their regret, London. 1831.
They soon a neighbouring gander met.
The latter, although much surprised, A VARIETY of concurring circumstances His neighbours quickly recognized :
'My friends,' said he,' bow strange the sight, render this publication one of the most
Your tails are grown so fine since night! interesting that we have seen for many The turkeys each assumed an air :
One said, You don't know who we are; years. Mary Maria Colling, the author, is
And 'tis beneath ns, when we wander, a servant girl residing in Tavistock, Devon- To claim acquaintance with a gander.' shire, and who, without ambition to be The gander answered, ' Though you're cross,
And I am really at a loss known in the world, composed these fables
What names to call you, now you roam, for her own amusement, while attending on I'm sure you're turkeys when at home. » the duties of her station, and quietly pursuing “the noiseless tenor of her way.” Prefixed to this volume is a portrait of Genuine talents, however, cannot long be the author. The countenance is pleasing, concealed; some favourable circumstances and full of interest. The engraving is will occur to bring the possessor of them neatly executed, and does credit to the into notice; an insuppressive spring will artist, as well as to the face which he repretoss him up in spite of fortune's load," and sents. The list of subscribers is numerous give to sterling merit an opportunity of and highly respectable, and confers honour being advantageously known.
on those whose benevolence thus patronizes Fortunately for Mary Colling, she lived 6 merit in a low estate.” in the vicinity of Mrs. Bray, a lady well known, and deservedly celebrated, in the
REVIEW. literary world, as the author of “The Tal.
Geographical Annual; or, ;" * De Foix,” “ The White Hoods,”
12mo. Family Atlas.
1832. “ The Protestant,” “ Fitz of Fitzford,” and other works, from which she has gathered In point of real value, this annual far ex. lasting renown.
ceeds any other that we have yet seen, since Mrs. Bray, taking this humble but meri- it has been fashionable for delicate flowers torious girl under her patronage, has, in to bloom in the depth of winter. It consome letters, addressed to Robert Southey, tains a series of maps, comprising the Esq., and which are prefixed to the fables, globe, its four great sections, and most of given an outline of her biography, which, the principal kingdoms and empires scat
tered over the face of the earth. On each we are not aware that these twenty-four dismap we find a multitude of figures which courses contain in general any superlative refer to an opposite page, where a brief excellencies, to entitle them to this honourexplanation of the part is given.
able distinction. They inculcate whole. The first map presents to the eye at one some truths, both in doctrine and precept; view, all the principal mountains in the and those among them that are occasional, world. Europe, Asia, Africa, and Ame- are adapted to the subjects to which they rica, has each its distinct range, and by the apply. scale of elevation graduated in the mar- The fifteenth sermon, however, by Joseph gin, the real and comparative height of all Kinghorne, on the separate state in which can be seen at a single glance. This is spirits exist, we must consider as an excepexceedingly valuable as an article of refer- tion to the above general remark. It is ence, on all occasions that may require such argumentative, philosophical, and rational, information. Of these mountains, the mar- and the steps by which the author advances gin contains the names, and also that of to his ultimate conclusion, need not shrink the country in which they are situated, from the most rigorous investigation. accompanied with figures which denoté Thoughts like these are worthy of presertheir respective elevations.
vation, and deserving of that extensive cirOn another map, immediately facing culation which is acquired through the the preceding, the principal rivers in the instrumentality of the press. world are delineated in a similar manner.
There can be no doubt, that the tastes, Of these, the general courses are marked, views, and habits of thinking, of persons and also the extent of country is displayed into whose hands this volume will fall, are through which they flow, while the names exceedingly diversified, so that, what will of such large towns and cities are given, as please one will not gratify another. It have been erected on the banks by which is only, perhaps, to a few selected from they pass.
that Mr. Kinghorne's sermon The next map presents to us the princi- will appear in all its value. A much pal lakes in the world, each occupying an greater number will find themselves at extent in proportion to its real magnitude. home in perusing what marches along the The marginal references give, though brief, common road. To these, the greater part the necessary information.
of this volume will prove an acquisition. The whole surface of the globe, includ. With sermons of this description, the reliing both land and water, next appears gious world is deluged; and this, among before us in various positions, presenting other reasons, is one, why, instead of being three distinct aspects under which islands, estimated according to their intrinsic worth, continents, and oceans may be contem- they are neglected, unread, and forgotten. plated. These general views despatched, the work proceeds in its regular order, and thus exhibits in detail the nations and empires that display the most conspicuous
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wood and Co. London. tigures on the globe.
That this must have been a work of This is a new periodical, which seems to great labour and expense, can no more be have started into existence in October, 1831, doubted, than the permanency of its prac- since which time it has been regularly issued tical utility can be called in question. The in weekly numbers at three-pence, and in artist must have laboured with diligence monthly parts at one shilling, each. In point and persevering assiduity; but he will have of character, it bears a strong resemblance to the satisfaction of reflecting, that his work another publication, entitled “The British will endure for years to come, and retain Preacher,” both being devoted to the ser. its value when the caprices of fashion shall vice of the sanctuary. There is, however, have introduced new Huctuations in floating this difference; “ The British Preacher” is literature.
supplied by the voluntary contributions of
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mons taken from the lips of the respective 8vo. pp. 358. Westley & Davis. London.
The work before us, as its title imports, TWENTY-FOUR sermons, by twenty-four is exclusively confined to the discourses of dissenting ministers, furnish out the contents the Wesleyan Methodist preachers, which of this volume. We are not disposed to being extemporaneous effusions, may be undervalue the labours of any preacher, but considered as exhibiting fair and unr: