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An Antidote to the Miseries of Hu
oinit, in compliment to the Jadics.' man Life, in the History of the : Aye, aye,” returned the 'Squire,
we want no outlandish gibberish; Widow Placid, and her Daughter nothing should be put into books Rachel. 12o, 38. 6d.
but what every body may underThe risibility of the public bas stand.” . You would then consign been excited by the details of The half our libraries to oblivion, Sir,' Miseries of Human Life ;" for there 'replied the scholar, who now began is a multitude of readers who seek reading. The 'Squire frequently after amusement rather than instruc- laughed as he procecded, then cried tion; and there is also a certain out “ Nonsense;"' and asked for the class of writers, whose sole object is next misery. " Are the hounds at to make them laugh; and vulga- fault just as you think yourself sure rity, indecency, and profaneness; of the game?” said he. 'I don't
usually engaged in the sub- recollect that Misery,' replied Miss lime cause of laughter. The writer F.--" Then the greatest remains une before us evidently has no ob- told,” rejoined the sportman." I jection to humour; but he never already perceive,” observed Mrs. aims to excite it at the expence of Placid, " that the book is designe! modesty and morality. In fact, the to burlesque the petty troubles of readers of ihis performance will find life; I wish the readers may so apply a deal of humour in it; but it is of it as to derive a good moral, and be the most innocent kind; and it would led from it to see the extreme folly be uncandid not to say, that its lead- of suffering their tempers to be ining design is to suggest the most im- jured by such ridiculous evils.” “Riportant truths, in a most inoffensive diculous do you call them,” said Miss and inviting mauner.
Finakin ; I'm sure they are enough The scene is laid in a stage-coach; - to overwhelm any human being.' in which seven persons are occasioni- "O friend, don't talk so vainly,'' ally crowded together. The passen- replied Mrs. Placid, “ lest God in his gers are Mrs. Placid and her Daugh- providence should see fit to chas. ter, who are Quakers; 'Squire Bus- lise thee with real afflictions. The tle; a Captain; and Miss Finakin, evils of life may be classed under his aunt; a Collegian; and a Narra- three kinds : -- İdeal miseries, mitor of the events of the day. The nor miseries, and afflictions, or rcal meeting of the parties serves to dis- miseries. The first of these are play the author's talent, and prompts what thy favourite book chiefly the reader to proceed. After break- treais of, which are not worth a sc. fast, a book is discovered by the Col- rious thought. The next, I will allegian in the pocket of the coach-win- low, are very irksome to bear; and dow, which introduces the follow- they are generally worse endured ing conversation ;
even by good Christiaris than severer May I be permitted to look at trials; avd for this simple reason. this book, madam?” said he to Miss the assistance of divine grace is not Finakin. Certainly, Sir,' she re- called in. We imagine we can combat plied, it is the book we were speak- these enemies alone; and, in cobs(ing of before breakfast; extremely quence, we fail of gaining a victori. entertaining, - The Miseries of Hu- But for the last, there are remedies man Life.' “ An odd title,” said the appointed of a never-failing nature; squire, “ to expect entertaininent to which the sincere Christian repair*, from; but let us hear a little about and he is then cnabled with an aposit, if you please, Sir, though I shan't
" Casi down, yet not fire like it if its very dismal. -- I haic saken; sorrowful, yet always rejo cdismal ditties as I do a foggy 'inorn- ing; liaving nothing, and yet posing in October.” • The author is a sessing all things." scholar, I see,' said the studeni;' here Nirs. Placid then proposcs to dis. is a great deal of Latin, which I inust course a little on experimental relia
tle to say,
gion, by giving a few particulars of The Importance of Domestic Disciher own life, to shew what experi- pline ; and Youth admonished of inental religion had done for her in the Evils of Bad Company: two many trying situations.
Sermons preached at Newport, Isle 6 I like the liberality of your senti- of Wight, by Dan. Tyeripan, 8vo, ment, Madam," said our young scho- price Is. 61. lar, “ in not connecting the essence of Christianity with peculiar modes Mr. T. is already known to the and opinions ; - but are all sectari- religious world as the Author of an ans thas liberal ?” • I fear,' repliedEssay in favour of Infant Baptisın, Mrs. P. - there is much bigotry to
The subjects of these sermons are be found amongst sectarians; and
of the highest general importance ; I fear also that this disposition is not and we are sorry to learn that they confined to sectarians only, but ex- are peculiarly necessary in his local tends itself even within the walls of situation, as we find from the folthine own establishment; but I would lowing paragraph in his modest adfain hope that the generality of pro-,
vertisement : fessing Christians in the present day,
“ The author of the following are not disposed to narrow that strait sermons has witnessed with painful path which leads to eternal life:' cxertions the increasing profligacy Mrs. Placid proceeds with her
of the town where Divine Providence calamitons history, though often in has called him to labour. To behold terrupted by the incidents of the road a place, once favoured for morality and the pleasantries of her compa- and simplicity, given up to their opnions. After the conclusion, the posito vices, to a considerable extent, Squire and the Scholar unite in call. must be a distressing sight to a beneing Mrs. P.'s trials miseries. The volent mind. Persuaded that much Scholar urges her to define the term; of the iniquity of the rising genera, she replies, " Taken in the abstract, tion takes its rise in the neglect of as thou wouldest logically term it, domestic discipline, he resolved to imconnected with my particular altempt to correct the evil in its oriviews and circumstances, my trials gin; and therefore addressed the first may be called miseries; but they sermon to parents and heads of famiwere so intermixed with mercies, lies; and having seen, in several sor. that they could not render me mise
rowful instances, the destructive inThe Scholar being still dis. fluence which Bad Company had satisfied, the 'Squire thus replies over youth,—the second sermon was
“Why, you scholars are a sort of delivered with a view of inducing lawyers, all of you. I believe in my some of them at least, to shun the conscience your delight is to perplex horrid evil. Conscious that the subevery case that comes before you, jects of these sermons are of univeror else your brains are uncommonly sal importance, and with a desire of stallow. I know exactly what the more extensive usefulness, the augentlewoman means to say, without thor resolved to commit them to the all this preamble and roundabout. press.? She means to say, that true religion While we deprecate that insatiable. will make us all happy in a miserable thirst for publicity which too ofworld. Now do you understand it is ten impels young preachers to bur
We demur a little on the propriety then the press with their producof making a Quaker-lady so pro- tions, we concur with Mr. T. in the foundly wise, so truly liberal in propriety of his determination. Their her sentiments, or su very commu- general character is unaffected piety, ricative, when a scholar and an au- good sense, and close appeals to the thor are present. Such a character is a conscience, the author not aiming rara avis indeed: but the others are at elegance or refinement. Our limits natural enough, and well supported will not suffer us to make extracts; throughout; and we think ihe au- but we recommend the wbole as a thor has taken a most agreeable way suitable present to the heads of faof convincing bis readers, " That milies by whom religion is neglected, There is in vital religion, an antidote to and to young persons who treat it every unisery which can fall to the with indifference. lot of buinan nature,”
A General Account of the Book of Mrs. Cappe, who benevolently inte
Psalıns, with their Use und Place rested herself deeply in the publicain the Worship of God, &c. By tion of this volume on her behalf, S. E. Pierce, 12mo, Is. 6d. notwithstanding she disapproved of
In this tract Mr. Pierce considers, her religious creed. Indeed, we Ist, The Author of the Book of could hardly avoid smiling at the Psalms, --- 2d, The Subject (Christ); apology offered on her behalf, That
3d, 'The Persons engaged in the she wanted the means of examinaPerformance ; - 4th, He describes tion, as the reason of her orthodox the Temple and its Courts ; – 5th, opinions, as if Socinianisın were The Musical Instruments; 6th, the necessary result of examining The Solemnity of the Performance; the Scriptures! Mrs. Cappe, how
and, 7th, The Approbation God ever, was a kind patroness; and gave of it. On these subjects are
Charlotte merited all the attention dropped a variety of useful hints, she received. Her verses are not collected chiefly from Lightfoot, polished; but they have a sweet Prideaux, Cumberland, and Ro- simplicity in their composition ; maine, which may be found very and, what is better, a sweet vein of useful to young people, and others Christian experience and evangeliwho have not time nor opportunity cal piety runs throngh many of to consult larger works; and the them, though evidently tinged with whole is strongly recommended in a
the sorrows of her heart : Preface, by Mr. Nicholson, late of " Yet Faith unveils a brighter scene, Cheshunt College.
Where all life's painful conflicta
Where no dark clouds e'er intervene; Poems, on different Occasions, by
No sorrows e'er disturb our peace !" Char. Richardson; to which is prefixed, some Account of the ruthor, LITERARY NOTICES. by Cath.Cappe, 2d edil. cr.8vo.5s.
A new edition of Shuckford's ConC. Smith, it seems, was a poor nexion of Sacred and Profane Hisgirl, who received her first instruc- tory, revised by Mr. A. Clark, may tions and religious impressions in a
be expected in two or three months. Sunday-School; and was afterwards put out to service, till at length she
The History of Dissenters, by Mr. married a shoemaker, of the name Bogue and Mr. Bennett, is going of Richardson, who died soon after immediately to press. she became a mother, and left her The Rev. Mr. Clark, of Trowin very afflictive circumstances. Her bridge, is about to publish a Poem ; sufferings, her piety, and her taste and some time hence, a Volume of for poetry, recommended her to Sermons.
SELECT LIST OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS. Sermons and Letters of the late Brown's Dictionary of the Bible, Rev. W. A. Gunn, with his Portrait, corrected by his Sons, 2 vols. 850, 8vo, 8s.
Il. Ts. boards. Portraiture of St. Paul: a True Whitby on the New Testament, Model for Christians and Pastors. 4to, Vol. 1. (to be completed in two By the Rev. J. Fletcher, 4th edition, vols.) 11. Is. 12mo, As.
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FRANCE. The Grand Sanhedrim at Paris have come to various Resolutions and De
crees; among which the following are some of the most important ; and will highly interest those who, at this juncture, are concerned for the Conversion and Happiness of the Children of Abraham. They are
copied from the Journal de Commorce, of April 3. Decisions of the Grand Sanhedrim, virtuous men of all nations : That
convoked at Paris, in virtue of the we find in the Prophets multiplied Orders of his Majesty the Emperor proofs which establish, That Israel and King.
is not the enemy of those who pro
fess a different religion ; that, with Moral Relations.
respect to charity, Moses, as has The Grand Sanhedrim wishing te been already related, prescribes it determine what are the relations in the name of God, as an obligawhich the law of Moses preseribes to tion, “ Love thy neighbour as thythe Jews, toward the individuals of self, for I am the Lord.” the nations among which they live, “ But the stranger that dwelleth and which, professing another reli- with you shall be as one of yourgion, acknowledge God the Creator selves, and thou shalt love him as of Heaven and Earth,
tlıyself; for ye were strangers in the Declare, That every individual land of Egypt: I am the Lord your professing the religion of Moses, God.” (Lev. xix. 34.) David says, who does not practice justice and “ The mercy of God extends to all charity towards all men adoring the his works." (Ps. cxlv. 9.) 66 What Eternal, independently of their par- does the Lord require of you ?". say ticular creed, sins essentially against Micah. “ Nothing more than to be the law of Moses :
just -exercise charity.” (chap. vi. That, in the eye of Justice, every 8.) Our doctors declare, that a inan thing prohibited by the Holy Scrip- who pities the misfortunes of his tures, as being contrary to it, is ab- fellow-creatures, is, in our cyes, as solate, and without respect of per-, if he was an issue of the blood of
Abraham. (Hirubin vii.) That the Decalogue and the sa- That, every Israelite, in their concred books contained in the com- duct towards the descendants of mandments of God, in this respect Noah, shall love them as their breestablish no particular relation, and thren, whatever be their religion,indicate neither quality, nor condi- shall visit their eck and bury their tion, nor religion, to which they ex- dead, -- shall assist their poor as clusively apply. In short, that they those of Israel ; - and that there is are common to the relations of the
no act of charity, nor work of Israelite with all men in general; mercy, with which they can disa. and that every Israelite who in- pense towards them.” fringes them towards any person, be According to these motives, he whom he may, is equally crimi- grounded upon the spirit and letter nal and reprehensible in the eyes of of the Holy Scripture, the Lord :
The Grand Sanhedrim prescribes to That this doctrine is also taught all the Israelites, as a duty essentiby the doctors of the law, which ally religious, and inherent in their pover cease to preach the love of creed, the habitual and constant God and of his creatures (Traite d' practice towards all men acknowAbot, chap. vi. s. 6); and who for- ledging God the Creator of Heaven mally declare, that the recompences and Earth, whatever religion they of life eternal are reserved to the profess, of acts of justice and cha
rity, the performance of which is that of the publie: nor his destiny, prescribed by the sacred books, or that of his family, from the des
tiny of the great family of the state ; Civil and Political Relations.
that he ought to be afficted at its The Grand Sanhedrin, pene; with its triumphs, and concur, with
reverses of fortune, congratulate trated with the utility which should all his faculties, to the welfare of result to the Israelites from an au
his fellow-citizens. thentic declaration, which fixes and deterinines their obligations as mem
In consequence of this, the Grand
Sanhedrim ordains, That every 1sbers of the state to which they be
raelite born and educated in France, long, and wishing that no person and the kingdom of Italy, and treatshould be ignorant what are, in this
ed by the laws of the two states as a respect, the principles which the Doctors of the Law, and the chief citizen, is obliged religiously to remen of Israel profess and prescribe them, to defend them, to obey the
gard them as his country, to serve to their fellow-worshippers in the laws, and to conform kimself in countries where they are not exclud.
all his transactions to the disposied from all the advantages of Civil tions of the civil code : Society, particularly in France and
And moreover, the Grand Sanhe. the kingdom of Italy, Declare, That it is the religious called on the military service, is
drim declare, That every Israelite duty of every Israelite born and educated in a state, or who shall be- his service, from all religious ob
freed by the law, during the term of come a citizen by residence or other
servances irreconcileable with his wise, to conform to the laws which
own tenets. determine the conditions of citizenship, to regard the said state as bis
ART. VII. -- Useful Professions. country : That those duties which flow from
The Grand Sanhedrim, wishing the nature of things, which are con
to inform the Israelites, and partiformable to the destination of mon cularly those of France and Italy, in society, agree with the word of of the necessity under which they God also.
are, and the advantages which will reDaniel says to Darius, " that he sult from their devoting themselves to was only saved from the fury of the agriculture, of possessing landed esliods, because he was equally faith- tates, of exercising arts and callings, ful to his God and his King." Chap. of cultivating the sciences, which vi. 22, 23.
admit of their embracing the liberal Jeremiah recommends to all the professions; and considering that for Hebrews to regard Babylon as their a long time the Israelites of the two country : “ Concur with all your countries have been under the nemight to its welfare.” Jer. xxxix. 7. cessity of renouncing, in a great We read in the same book the oath measure, mechanical labour, and which Gedaliah administered to the chiefly the culture of the ground, Israelites ; " Fear not,” he tells which was in ancient times their fathem,“ to serve the Chaldeans; live vourite occupation, this disadvanin the country, be faithful to the tageous renunciation must be at King of Babylon, and you shall live tributed to the vicissitudes of their happily."
state, - to the uncertainty in which “ Fear God and your Sovereign,” they were, as well with respect to say: Solomon. Prov. xxiv, 21. their personal security as with re
That every thing prescribes to the gard to their property; - as also to Israelite to have towards his Prince the obstacles of all kinds which the and his laws, the respect, the at.. regulations and the laws of nations tachment, and the fidelity, which opposed to the free developement of all his subjects owe to him as a tri, their industry and activity: bute:
That this renunciation is not mere. That every thing obliges bim not ly the result of the principles of their to separate bis own interest from religion, or of the interpretation