Page images
PDF
EPUB

scene

disease, which baffled the efforts of A Hand-Book FOR THE APOCALYPSE. medical skill. There was a failing Being an Explanation of its Symbols, memory: but his clear, happy faith

deduced exclusively from their use in shone out, amidst his weakness, as unclouded as ever. The "closing other Scriptures. 18mo. pp. 139. was indeed peace.

Nisbet & Co. “What a comfort it is,' he said, 'not The compiler of this small but most to have to seek salvation now; I can useful volume has acted on the reenjoy a salvation found! I know whom mark-which he has also adopted as I have believed. The Gospel is a reality. the motto of his work-made by BiI find it to be so now. And again, after shop Horsley, that “it is incredible to an interval, Salvation sought is with fear and trembling; salvation found is riment, what proficiency may be made

any one who has not made the expealways ready.' When a cup of tea was offered him, he said, I will take the cup

by studying the Scriptures without of salvation, and call upon the name of any other commentary than what the the Lord.' Soon after, he added, “That different parts of the sacred volume is a notable testimony of St. Paul, -[ mutually furnish for each other.” As know in whom I have believed, and am far as we have had opportunity to persuaded He is able to keep that which judge, the compiler of this Hand-book I have committed to Him until the day has made an accurate selection of ilof Christ.'' Then, turning to his wife,- lustrative texts, under the various • We ought to bear testimony to the truth

passages of the Revelations which reof His promises. She asked what message she should send to Kelshall,— "Say quire

to be solved by a reference to

similar expressions in other parts of I am very happy in God's love. Yet à playful cheerfulness mingled with his Scripture. The short and judicious deep, solid joy, and his bodily sufferings.

notes with which the texts are inWhen some severe remedies were applied, terspersed, render the whole book he said, “These are fiery serpents. I won

an admirable auxiliary to the student, der the Papists have never used them for and also to the willing labourers in instruments of torture, to extort confes- our Sunday schools. sions.' Then, soon after,—'I have so many mercies, I ought to be full of praise. The New Testament, Expounded and How easy love makes every thing, when we know the love of God! This is a sweet Illustrated according to the usual direction,- In every thing give thanks, marginal references, in the

very

words for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. There is more divinity

of Holy Scripture ; together with the in that verse than in all the Fathers. It is Notes and Translations, and a coma bit of gold that enriches; they talk of plete marginal Harmony of the Gosthe gold of California, but the gold of that land is good.""

pels, in Two Parts. By the Rev.

C. Moody, M.A., Magdalen Hall, This was on the 3rd of February,

Oxford; Perpetual Curate of Se(1850.) On the 28th he fell asleep in Jesus, after a month's illness. For

bergham. Part 2. Longmans. further particulars of that illness, we

The title of the above work is ammust refer to the Memoir.

ply sufficient to speak as well to its In conclusion, we content ourselves contents as to its value. In one page with the expression of the hope, that we have at full length, and without the holy ardour displayed by Edward the trouble of further reference, all Bickersteth may be widely made the parallel passages, while the usual known and imitated, and that, in notes are distinctly printed in the order to this, the volumes in which margin. Both the text and the pahis character is so accurately pour- rallel passages are admirably printed, trayed may occupy a permanent po- and the two Parts, bound together, sition on our readers' book-shelves, will form a New Testament of much along with the memoirs of Newton, typographical beauty, and great utility of Cecil, Simeon, and Pratt.

to the student in theology.

A PLEA FOR THE RIGHTS AND LIBER- matters connected with religion, in senses

ties of Women Imprisoned for life different from those in which those words under the power of Priests. An

are employed by all other writers. To as

sume that the clergy do this from ignoAnswer to Bishop Ullathorne. By rance, would be refuted by an appeal to Henry DRUMMOND, M.P. 8vo. pp. their writings on other subjects, in which

they show themselves not behind other 65. Bosworth.

people of ordinary education; to suppose This is a pamphlet which should be that they do this with an intention to most widely circulated, and seriously deceive, seems to be hard, without some read by fathers; indeed by all who proof of such intention. However the fact have female relatives under their care. may be accounted for, it is nevertheless We are fallen upon times in which the obvious, and will appear in the present open and secret agents of Rome are

case as we proceed, that their words are endeavouring to seduce our sons and

not to be trusted in their plain and ob

vious signification.” daughters from the Protestant faith, and are using every art to kidnap the

After this preliminary statement, latter, and secure them in nunneries;

Mr. D. dashes at once into the proof and those especially who have property of his charges against the cruelty and are the objects of theirgreedy ambition.

wickedness practised in convents. He Bishop Ullathorne, the pseudo Bi- says, “The fact complained of is this, shop of Birmingham, affects to con- -young women are locked up for life sider the class of what he calls “Reli- in houses, the doors and windows of gious women,” grievously wronged by which are barred with iron; nothing the remarks in which Mr. Drummond is known by their parents and friends and other Protestant speakers and of what goes on within the walls, and writers have ventured to indulge. the key of the prison is given to a Romish bishops and priests would fain priest." have us believe that monasteries and Of these people, Bishop Ullathorne nunneries are very heavens upon

thus speaks, “ For these religious woearth; spots where men and women,

men are truly the most happy, the vowing seclusion from the world, and

most cheerful, and the most peaceperpetual devotion to the service of the loving persons on the earth.” Romish Trinity - God, Mary, and the

To this assertion, Mr. Drummond Saints, spend their days in one unbro- makes the following happy rejoinder: ken round of piety, purity, and peace. “Thus, then, we have a community of

These men affirm that these monks free ladies, all under a vow to remain in and nuns are voluntary recluses from

one house to say aves and paters; all prothe world; and that it is a perfectly digiously happy in this their useless vogratuitous undertaking for Protestants cati

cation, and, of course, without the smallest

inducement to leave their residence, but to attempt either to rescue them from

every motive of duty and happiness comthe happiness of their cells, or to in

bined to make them remain where they form the minds of those not yet caged, as to the true character of the so- fect security from despotic power.'

are so contented, and, above all, 'in percalled retreats of virtue and devotion.

“ It is singular that, to a body of ladies The facts recorded by history, both of so circumstanced, holy Church should early and recent dates, are quite suf- have come forward to give them the colficient pleas for the opinions and pro- lateral security of felons' bars and a tests of christian men, and even of Chubb's lock. True, holy Church teaches those who are not influenced by such

the merit of works of supererogation, but high and holy principles.

no work was so entirely useless as locking The commencement of Mr. Drum- and barring up people in a place where mond's letter brings a singular, though they are the most happy and the most

cheerful' persons on the earth. Poets perfectly correct, charge against the

have imagined, with great propriety, bars literary double dealing of Romish the

and bolts to keep the unhappy in Tar. ologians and controversialists :

tarus, Purgatory, and Hell; but the ima"The principal difficulty, in a discus- gination of Popish priests alone has gone sion with Roman Catholic priests, arisos the length of devising similar means of from their using words, when writing on keeping the blessed in Heaven. Never

theless, in the Council of Trent, which testant fellow-members; let it beware they hold of more authority than the word that, in their own families, they may of God, “The holy synod enjoins on all not too speedily have to lament that bishops that they make it their especial they did not, as senators, care to accare that the enclosure of nuns be carefully restored wherever it has been vio.

knowledge as truth what, as men of edu

cation and common sense, they cannot lated-repressing, by ecclesiastical censures and other penalties, without regard

in reality fail to know and believe. ing any appeal whatever, the disobedient and the gainsayers, and calling in for this

FriendLY OBSERVATIONS, addressed to end, if need be, the aid of the secular the Sculptors and Artists of Great arm.' Bishop Ullathorne burns with well

Britain, and to Foreign Contributors, feigned indignation at the notion of magistrates being appointed to see that young

on some of their works in the Great women are not tyrannised over by heart- Exhibition. By a Lover of Painting Jess priests ; but not one word of com

and Sculpture. pp. 30. J. F. Shaw. plaint ever escapes his lips, or of any one of his class, at magistrates and constables In a recent article

upon

the

openbeing employed to incarcerate them in ing of the Great Exhibition, we dwelt these gaols and workhouses, which they for a while upon the very topic on call religious houses. Yet The holy synod which this little brochure treats. exhorts Christian princes to furnish this There is much in the pages of this aid ; and enjoins, under pain of excommunication, to be ipso facto incurred, that appeal to the morals and feelings of it be rendered by all civil magistrates. to; and we could wish that one capa

our artists, that we entirely subscribe But for no nun, after her profession, shall it be lawful to go out of her convent, even

ble of writing so well and so faithfor a brief period, under any pretext what- fully had not withholden his name. ever, except for some lawful cause, which

We are sure that in our own country is to be approved of by the bishop.'-- at least, many thousands of the viSess. xxv. c. V.

sitors to the Crystal Palace would “ It is impossible to give a more accu. sympathise with the statements and rate description of a prison than that arguments by which the author seeks which the priests and monks, assembled to correct the glaring faults which deat Trent, have here done. The description tract from the true value of the rich would answer equally well for the Bastile, and beautiful treasures in our temple for Coldbath Fields, or Newgate.”

of peace. With our author's remedy Although we cannot transfer to our we are not prepared to deal ; we must pages the telling facts gathered and leave for the consideration of our sculprecorded by Mr. Drummond in proof tors and artists, the question whether of his assertions, we do most sincerely it be possible, by his suggestions, so to believe that not one of them is incon- remove the well-founded objections of sistent with truth; and that were it all really morally minded men and wopossible for many a poor conscience- men, who must feel strongly that such stricken priest to unburden his breast, objections do exist within the wonderor were the hapless victims of mo- ful enclosure at Hyde Park. nastic and conventual horror and misery, freed from their hideous mockery Fresh GATHERINGS For Christian of voluntary seclusion from the world,

CHILDREN. By the Author of " The we are sure that these actors and victims in a system of fraud, hypocrisy,

Good Shepherd,” Lic. Sc. pp. 198.

London. J. H. Jackson. and cruelty, could disclose far more revolting and convincing testimony The best way of introducing this that these so-called “religious houses little book, which is a compilation of are, in point of fact, either prisons or interesting and instructive stories for brothels ; indeed, with greater truth, children from seven to twelve years one might say that they are both.” of age, is to let the compiler tell his

The British Parliament, on the cla- own story. In his prefatory remarks mour of Irish Romanists, professed to he says, “ I am a planter and a gabe scandalized with the utterance of therer of flowers and fruit for chilthe above words, by one of their Pro- dren, but my nosegays and my baskets all fall into the shape of little prettily illustrated gift-book for Chrisbooks, with pleasant stories and tian children, we can truly say that it thoughts of what is good for young may be very safely and very profitably folks, who have to pass through a placed in their hands by those most world where sin and sorrow are ever alive to their real pleasure, and, what mingled with the good and happy. is far better, their spiritual instruction From our own perusal of this very and eternal welfare.

Intelligence. Church REFORM AND Revision of ing and writing in the most deterTHE LITURGY.

mined but unreasonable strain of opIn the present session of parlia- position, even to the consideration of ment the abstract question of Church the subject; while those who have Reform has gained much by frequent minds unfettered by prejudice, and discussion upon the sources and ma- hands and tongues untied by clerical nagement of episcopal revenues. The subscriptions, cannot but see and demost strenuous supporters of the clare the false foundation on which Church must be daily becoming more their satisfaction or continued acquisensible that some thorough and sys- escence in the present state of the tematic plan of Church Reform must liturgy, now rests. We are desirous be promulgated by its friends, or it that our Evangelical clerical brethren will inevitably be taken in hand by should be awakened from the dream parties hostile to its best interests. of security in which they are indulgOur wisdom, as men who are bent ing ;-those, who are enabled from upon the maintenance of the Estab- their daily intercourse with the world lished Church in all its integrity of at large, and who are not limited by pure Christian and Protestant doc- the opinions, prejudices, and fears, trine, will be to head a movement in of a class, are anything but satisfavour of absolutely needed reform, fied with the grounds, hypothetical and not to wait until unsafe minds or conditional, on which they contend and hands shall proceed to frame and for the maintenance of our present carry measures either grievously detri- ritual intact. mental or entirely destructive. There We have lately received some inare those from whom, above all telligence that leads us to implore others, this line of wisdom might be those who are right-minded in docconfidently expected, but who com- trine, not to allow that doctrine to be pletely disappoint the just expecta- evil spoken of, by their repugnance tions of those who are accustomed to to a movement having for its object look up to them as advisers.

the more perfect development and In our editorial capacity, as well spread of the faith they love,

our individual experience, we It is the height of imprudence, as have lately had reason to know, that it is manifestly

unjust, to fight as long those who have station, influence, as possible against the adoption of and a sincere desire to accomplish changes, which in the sight of God much of real good, for the stability, we know to be called for; it will be the extension, and more perfect purity of ruin of the Church, if those who know the Church in its outward as well as and love the truth, do not range in its more internal condition, are themselves on the side of those who trammelled and kept back by the are zealous that the Church shall no very class who ought to encourage longer speak in language that may and urge them forward.

and does countenance its opposite We know this to be especially the quality. case with reference to the vital and While we deprecate and take no growing question of a liturgical re- part in premature and rash movevision ;-Evangelical clergymen, and ments,- which while they themselves one or two of their most received naturally do but fall to the ground, literary organs, are continually speak- yet injure the cause they espouse,

as in

yet we anxiously wait and pray for parliament are professed unbelievers some course of action, spiritually and in and abhorrers of the entire chrisprudently directed, which may issue tian faith of this country. If the in the good of the Church and the Jews should ever succeed in overglory of the Redeemer's kingdom. turning this last national barrier, we

cannot imagire for a moment how THE BISHOPRIC of BOMBAY.

the Church of England can remain

in alliance with a State which shall We are sincerely gratified by the consent to admit those who deny and nomination of the Rev. John Harding, deride the Rock upon which it is of St. Ann's, Blackfriars, to the see of alone built, to share in its virtual goBombay, vacant by the resignation of vernment. We did protest, and we Dr. Carr, on the ground of continued do protest, against its being legislated ill health. Mr. Harding's career, as for by Romanists; but the Church an eminently faithful and useful pa- must do something more than prorochial minister, is well known to the test, if the decision of christian or readers of the Christian Guardian ; Church questions may hinge on the while his active support and defence votes of Jewish senators. of the Church Pastoral Aid Society, with other kindred Associations, gives

EcclesiASTICAL Titles Bill. abundant promise that the evangelical labours of a Wilson in Calcutta, and a The House of Lords has dealt viDealtry in Madras, will find a zealous gorously, with the above Bill; and coadjutor in Harding of Bombay. before these pages are published, it

It has been wise for our Govern- will most probably have passed into ment to step out of the beaten track the law of the land. We accept the of high university standing and col- measure, such as it is; but we warn lege life, to take from a parish of the our Government, present as well as metropolis a man so eminently fitted future, that to satisfy the deep feelto adorn the episcopate. We wish ings of a Protestant people, it must be that in the appointments for home acted upon, whenever and wherever service in the Church, our rulers did the Romanists shall dare to set its ennot deem it so essential almost always actments at defiance. to select from a body of men, who, The debates on this measure have whatever may be their qualifications served to draw out, in a very remarkfor presiding over colleges and halls, able way, the religious tendencies of do not necessarily possess the gifts our leading statesmen, and it has requisite for the administration of a been without surprise that we have diocese.

marked the steady opposition with

which the shadow of the Peel party The Jewish Bill.

has met its progress. Mr. Gladstone,

J. Graham, Herbert, the Duke It is needless to disclaim any par- of Newcastle, the Earl of Aberdeen, ticipation in a spirit of persecution and others of this class, have so perwhen we say that we rejoice in the fectly damaged their reputation by fresh rejection of this Bill by the the course they have taken, that we House of Lords. We are glad that trust the country will reject with detheir lordships were not beguiled by termination all pretensions on their the plausible argument, that as we part ever again to assume the governhad admitted the Romanist we could ment. not exclude the Jew. The commission While we must accord to Lord of one national sin is no plea for the John Russell some degree of praise, perpetration of another; besides, in in his perseverance in carrying some the emancipation of the Papists, its Bill through the Commons, yet the advocates had the colour of the truth manner in which he met, and opposed that they were pleading for equal to the last, all amendments having rights for fellow-Christians; but here for their object the effective executhe parties claiming admission to tion of the measure, has considerably

« PreviousContinue »