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work, as a riminerons fa nily, now Alushes of ligulnias,
and appre. formed into several separate con- bended that a heavy storm nections, can fully witness ; next to coming on. Mrs. D. was always whom, many of the serions Christe greatly affected on tie89 occasions ; îan friends, of almost every deno- and, as soon as the service was mination, will give their testimony; closed, appeared to be greatly as she contributed to many chari- agitated. We could not obtain a table institutions, and, lill lately, coach ; but I endeavoured, as much gave her manual assistance, like as possible, to compose her mind; Dorcas, to make garments for some in which, I hoped, I had prelly of the Benevolent Schools; but her much succeeded, till we had nearly ehief excellence appeared in visiting reached our owa house. She then the poor, especially those who re- bore rather heavily on my arm, aod ceived heip from the Misericordia I called for the help of two of the Institution, but enlargement is un- servants, who were near; and, bavpecessary, her works praise her ing brought her into the house, she in the gates.'
exclaimed, «Sofa ! sofa!' The closing scene of her life shall Jaid upon it; she said, ' Pan! fan? be related nearly, in the words of which we did. My arm was now her afflicted husband. On Sab- supporting her head, while we bath, May 14, we heard a sermon placed the pillows. I then asked at the Tabernable in the morning, her if she could speak to me ; but and received the sacrament. While received no answer. I said, “ My we were at tea in the afternoon, we dear, do you know me ?" read that remarkable account in inc tendant, who was applying water to Evangelical Magazine for May, of her temples, said she faltered out M.Gommersall's sudden deain, after Yes;' which was her last word; reading to his family that portin for; like the person we had been of Scripture, Be, ye also ready :' reading of, not four hours before, we then went to Broad Street to the she silently, without a struggle or leeture. In the midst of the wor- a groan, in two minutes, passe ship, we observed several vivid away !
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good. Human Sciences must im. Hopkins, D. D. sucecssively Lord Bishop of Raphoe and Derry, now
prove, as observation is extended,
and experiments are multiplied Arst collected, arrunged, and re
and the aseful Arts must advance, vised, with a Life of the Author,
as the scientific principles on which and a copious Index, by Josiah
they are founded shall be developed ; Pratt, B. D. F. A.S.
4 vol. 8vo,
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closing of the Divine Code, by the In our last volume, page 393, last sacred book, ihe grand princive recommeoded Mr. Prall's edition ples of the Christian faith bad long of Bishop Hall's Works. The ex- been revealed. No new truihs are cellent prelate, vhose writings he mow to be expected ; has now collected, appears to have revelations of the divine will. Genius received from him the same ata and skill may piesert these truths tention ; and is presented to us in a under new
and inieresting lights, still more bandsome style, the type may combine then with new assobeióg more open.
cacions, and may clothe them in an We rejoice to see the old divincs elegant garb); buí no new principle thus multiplied upon us, 18 the can be added, nor can any fresh disa commodious and engaging dress of covery be mads; and, as there is a modern times. It is a symptom for constant tendency in man, so far as
teft to himself, to vitiate divine cence many, who cannot resist the truth, the church, on all great re- evidence of truth, will hold it in un. tivals of religion, has recurred to righteousness; and others will not the writings of her elder children, think the evidence worth weighing, which had been buried amidst the and will secretly scorn to submit to rubbish of their successors. Old any control, while they may abstain books of Art and Science, therefore, from openly impugning the creed of
never be revived; but old their country; and, under the inDivinity will ever retain its value. fluence of pride, operating in the
This edition is introduced by an most plansible disguise, and in a appropriate Dedication to Mr. Wil thousand forms, and in every posz, berforce, which is followed by Ac- sible degree, persons of a calmer counts of the former Editions, and temperament, of virtuous habits, of the present Collection of the and even of religious feelings, will Autbor's Works, with a Life of the often endeavour to smooth what Bishop, and an Appendix contain: they feel to be the ruggedness of ing some Account of his two Sons, truth, by reducing its statements Charles and Joha. The introduc. more within the level of their own tory malter closes with “Critical comprehension, and by aceommoRemarks on Bishop Hopkios's Writ. dating those statements to the feel ings;" from which we extract the ings and pretensions of the natural following passage, as placing the mind. After the energy of the importance of ihese writings in à Reformation had been, from the striking point of view :
operation of such causes as these, • Sueh is the comprehensive nature for inany years on the decline, other of these writings, that there are few circunstances rapidly accelerated its points of doctrine or duty, on which decay. Christian truth, which had they will not serve as an admirable been associated with political exguide to the judgment, and director travagances and crimes in the latter of the conscience.
part of the reign of Charles the • There is another view in which First, and during several subsequent the works of our author acquire years, suffered severely under the peculiar interest. He was one of serious invectives and witty sneers the last of that race.of sound Divines directed against them in the proto which the Reformation gave fligate court of the restored mobirth ; and who, in aninterrupted march. The scholastic and inele: succession; had maintained, in the gant manner too of exhibiting ChrisEpiscopal Chair, the genuine doc- tian doctrines, which had generally trines of the Scripture and the prevailed, became infashionable English Church. Bishop Hopkins, a more easy and polished style was and his contemporary Bishop Bever- introduced and some good meni idge, had scarcely any eminent suc- were not aware of the caution that cessors of equal, or nearly equal, should be observed on such a sub. rank for many years, who unequi- ject. Old terms were to make way vocally and openly held and incul. för tering less offensive; - truths cated the pure doctrines of the were rather to be explained; than Reformation. The distinguishing the complex words which denoted truths of Christianity are oppused them to be continued ;- fundamnen to the pride and passions of man; tal doctrines were to be reduced he naturally, therefore, repels these within ay narrow a compass as postruths, uni:ss either some secular sibie į and a liberal spirit was to be considerations induce him to profess cultivated. A singuiar correspond them, or divine grase incline bim drnce between Drs. Tackney and cordially to receive them. Among Wnichcot is printed at the end of those, therefore, who profess doc- Whichcol's Aphorisms. In this cortrines against which corrupt nature respondence, the Ecclesiastical Hisa is in continual rebellion, it must toriaa of Great Britain may find the unavoidably follow, that the ten- tenets aud feelings of the old and deocy will be to deterioration. new schools turiy developed by ineri Under the influence of concupis- of piety and sagacitys aud will see
clear indications of that insensible was a French Refugee Protestant, departure from divine truth, which and a Calvinist. He is woii koowa increased during the subsequent to the learned world by his researches. years *: Bishop Hopkins unites the into sacred literature, and was contruth of the old school with the sulted by the greatest men of his. elegance of the new. He sacrifices
He sacrifices age on the deepest aod most inno one doctrine to the pride or the tricate paris of learning. passions of man; but he exhibits The present Bishop of Landaff. the truths of the gospel with a gives the following information re-force and elegance superior to most specting this work and itsauthor :of bis contemporaries. To the in " These two volumes were published genuous student, therefore, these in French (the first ia London, andi writings are of distinguished value. the second at: Amsterdam.) much While he is anxious to improve his about the same time that they made taste, and to form bis style, he need their appearance in Englisti. Ticy Bot fear any deterioration of Cbris. were spoken of with respect to the tian truth by ambiguous statements, Aeta Eruditorum for 1888;. were or a temporizing mode of expres- translated into German at Nuren. pon.
berg, IA 1102, and have always been held in great repute for the plain
ness and erudition with which they Reflections upon the Books of the
were written. The autbor was a Holy Scriptures, to establish the Truth of the Christian Religion. learning and integrity.”
French Refugee, of distinguished By Peter Allix, D. D.
Theol. Tracts, vol. 1. edition, from the corrected copy of the Biskop of Landaff. To which is prefixed, A Life of the Author. A Gospel-Glass, representing the 8vo, price 10s. 68. in boards.
Miscarriages of English Profes This is an excellent edition of a sors; or a call from Heaven to very valuable work. The author Sinners and Sainis, by Repentance
• Burnet gives an interesting account of the Divines who formed the new school. See the History of his Own Times, folio edit. London, 1724; vol. i. p. 176-195. Whichcüt led the way, and was followed by Cudworth, Wilkins, More, and Worthington ; aad, under these, were formed Tillotson, Stillingfieet, Patrick, Lloyd, Tenison, and the historian himself. Indiffefence, sloth, and secularity had so widely infected the church, " that if a new set of men,” he says, * had not appeared, of another stamp, the church had quite lost her esteem over the nation.' They laboured chiefly “to take men off from beiog in parties, or from narrow notions, from superstitious conceits, and a tierceness about opinions." They maintained besides, a good correspondence with those from whom they differed; "and allowed a great freedom both in philosophy and in divinity." Their project, so far as legitimate, was doubtless a noble ope; but it was difficult to be accomplished, and the attempt required a clear discerpment of the distinguishing truths of the gospel, a deep impression of their paramount importance, and both the inclination and the skill gracefully to interweave them as the principles and motives of all action. In such qualifications, these-good men bad not the pre-eminence requisite for their undertaking; while, therefore, we find in their manner an adinirable improvemeot on the pedantry of the preceding age, and in'their matter numberless engaging and elegant displays of the evidences of Christianity, and of the grandeur and beauty of its precepts, we are seldom. roused and isvigorated to action by its distinguishing doctrines. That life and energy which emanate from the doctrices connected with the Fall and Recovery. ol Map, and which are appropriate to Christianity alone, too often yield to motives. drawn from the schools of philosophy; and the fitness, beauty, and expediency of religion and virtue, take place of the authoritative will of God, and the gracious provisions of the gospel.
This is a copions subject, and merits a full and able investigation. The church: can only recover and confirm her influence over the nation, iu proportion as she treads back her steps to the traths prominently enforced by her founders. Bishop Hopkins shews her faithful members the way; nor can any young clergy mao tetter discharge tbe duty which he owes to her, than by fashioning bis sentiments and his manger or our awthor'a model
Anil Reformation, to prepare to of convincing the Jew of his guilt, treet God. By Lewis Stuckley. in rejecting the Messiah, is rendered A Now Edition, recommended by exceedingly great by the erroneous Dr. Ryland. 12mo, 58. boards. interpretations which rabbinical The author of this book was a
subtlety has invented, of the most
clear and striking prophecies and pious Nonconformist; but little
promises. On tbis account, it is known at the present day. We are informed, that this publication has tative Address to the Jewish people,
highly necessary that an argumenbeen reprinted at the request of se
through the medium of the press, veral worthy ministers. It is suita able for serious and devout medita. distinguished by comprehensive and
should be the production of a inind tion, and admirably adapted to revive the work of religion in the soul.
accurate views of the divine dispeaDr. Ryland calls it “ An 'excellest, share of critical acumen and Hebrew
sations, and possessed of so small pungent, and heart-searching work";' and strongly recommends it to the learning. Under this impression, it
was with great satisfaction that we reader.
found the present volume acknowTheological Dissertations. By the and we have the pleasure to say,
ledgiog Mr. Ewing as its author; Nate J. Erskine, D. D. One of the That a careful perusal of the work
Ministers of Edinburgh. To which has justified our previous expecta. is prefixed, An Account of the tions. We hope it will be read by Author, by T. Davidson, D. D. many of the deluded posterity.ef Second edition, fine portrait, 12m0, Abrabam; and that, by the inprice 4s. Bd. boards.
fluence of the Divine Teacher, it Tre charaeter of Dr. Erskine, as may be honoured as the means of a theological writer, is already eso discovering to them their fatal error. itablished. There is much ingenuity We hope also, that it will not be and clearness of reasoning in these conceived as exclusively interesting Dissertations. To students in divi, to the Jewish people. A statement nity they will be peculiarly accepte of its contents will evince the imable ; and whether they coincide or portance of the subjects discussed ; pot with all his opinions, his taleots and the ability and piety discovered and piety will command their ap. in their discussion, demand from us probation.
a most cordial recommendation of Essays, addressed to Jews, on the the work to all our readers, and eg
Authority, the scope, and the Cono pecially to those who are engaged summution of the Law and Pro
in the Christian ministry. Alter phels. By Greville Ewing, Mi. some valuable introductory Essays, nister of the Gospel in Glasgow. Mr. Ewing, treats on the Character Wrilten at the Request of the Dic of God, Creation of the World,
- First rectors of the Missionary Society Primeval State of Man, in London. 12mo, price 3s.
Antediluvian Worship, - Covenant The most important advantage with Noah, with Abraham, and which a Christian Minister has in with Israel at Sinai. The Work, as reasoning with an unbelieving Jew, it will be seen from this sketch of is oliviously founded on the intimate its contents, is got yet complete; connection and perfect consistency but we are happy to say, that the between the Scriptures of the old estetmed author is engaged in preand of the New Testament. The paring a second and concluding Jew professes to receive the Law and
volume. the Prophets as the infallible word of inspired truth; so that the Chris. tian may reason with him on his Lectures on some Passages of the own avowed prineiples, and derive
Acts of the Apostles. By John his arguments from an authority
Dick, A. M. Vol. II. 68. whích his opponent will not attempt
Mr. Dick bas formerly appeared to dispute. The difficully, however, before our tribunal; and was dis
missed with approbation and respect. ous, and blame an author because A Treatise on the Inspiration of the he possesses not every gift, Sacred Scriplures first introduced In this volume the reader will alhim to the knowledge of the public, ways find good sense, pure doctrine, and procured a very favourable re- useful remarks, weighty exhorta. ception. His Lectures on the most tions, all conveyed in language remarkable passages of the first 15 'which demonstrates that Mr. Dick chapters of the Acts of the Apos- did not despise the opinion of the tles, gave us no reason to alter the public by appearing before them in judgment we had formed of our a coarse or slovenly dress. author's talents. · A second volume, which is now before us, completes Letters and Conversational Remarks his plan ; and comprizes the latter by the late Rev. John Newton, part of the Apostolical History. It during the last Eighteen Years of is introduced by a short Preface; his Life. 12mo, price 3s. 6d. from which we extract the follow:
TIE 49 Letters contained in this ing paragraph :
volume, were written by the late The subjects appear to be less Mr. Newton to Mr. Campbell, then diversified than those in the other of Edinburgh, but now a minister of volume, as they principally relate the gospel at Kingsland, near Lone to Paul; to whose transactions he don. 'They are, in general, very in. has confined our attention : but we teresting; and include many cir. see hin in a variety of important cumstances relating to hiņaseif, his situations; and we feel ourselves ministry, works, and friends; and deeply interested in the actions of to the occurrences of the times in an apustle, who was the messenger which they were written. It was of divine inerey to the Gentiles, and certainly not in the contemplation exbibits a distinguished example of of the writer that they should apgreat talents and eminent virtues iudefatigably and successfully em
pear in print; and some persons
may, perhaps, doubt the propriety ployed in the service of religion.' The discourses are thirteen in but think that, such was the pecu.
of publishing them ; yet we cannot number; and on the following sube liar excellence of Mr. Newton's epis. jects : -- The Mission of Paul and Silas to Macedonia, – The Conver: well in giving them to the public
tolary taleat, Mr.Campbell has done sion of the Jailor at Philippi, -Paul and that they will promote the pious and Siläs in Thessalonica and Berea,
pleasure and solid edification of Paul in Athens, - Paul in Co
The same, on the rinthi,
many readers. Paul io Ephesus, The whole, may be said of the ConverLast Interview of Paul with the El. sations, though we think a
few of ders of Ephesus, – Paul in Jerusa- them might have been better sup: lem, - Paul before the Council,
pressed. Tvey contain, like those Paul before Felix, - Paul bafore
published by Mr. Cecil, many ob Festus and Agrippa, Paul in servations too good to be lost;
and Malta and Venice. Those who have perused the first doubtless, feed many with knowledge
the fragments thus collected, will, volume with pleasure, will not be
and understanding disappointed in the second.
"Had there been more fire,' says one, and Correspondence of the late Rev. J. more of the tender and elevating
Newton, with a Dissenting Minis, language of Devotion, it would
ler, on various Subjects and Occahave pleased me betler." "I wish,”.
sions; with a Brief Sketch of his says another, "it had been richer
Ministerial in Evangelical Truth." But are we
Charge, by him revised and recointo expect all things from one man ?
mended. Price 9s. 6d. There is a diversity of gitis conferred by the glorious Head of the Church The higb esteem in which Mr. on the ministers of his gospel. In Newton was, and is still held, is one we find several; in another one ; evinced by the zeal with which iò none all. Let us not be fastidi* every thing produced by him is