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are published by the venerable “ So- Hoping these remarks may not be ciety for Promoting Christian Know- without their use, ledge.”
I am, Sir, yours truly,
C. H. D. 1. “Prayer-Book, great primer (type) medium 4to, with Psalms."
Nailsworth, Sept. 1851. “Bible, (without Apocrypha,) English (type,) medium 4to, with references.
P.S.-In sending the orders for “ Apocrypha, pica (type,) royal 8vo.”
these books, it will be needful to “ Prayer-Book, great primer (type,) demy
adhere closely to the exact title. And 4to, with Psalms." “Bible' (without Apocrypha) English (type,)
to avoid all possibility of mistake, to demy 4to, without references."
“ Bible, without the Apocrypha.” “ Apocrypha, pica (type,) royal 8vo."
In reading the Apocryphal lessons, At the small cost of (to subscrib
I always announce them thus,—“Here ers to the Society for Promotiing of the Apocrypha, called —” When
beginneth the chapter of the Book Christian Knowledge) £1. 9s. 10d., or of 18s. (according to whether the size
read from a separate volume, and of the reading-desk requires the larger objection to their use is of course re
thus announced, all serious ground of or the smaller-sized books) or of (to moved. Many of them are really non - subscribers ) £2. ls. 10d., or £1,75. 10d., it is quite possible--and very beautiful and very instructive, that without delay—to remove from especially some of the chapters in the reading-desks of many of our
Wisdom and Ecclesiasticus. churches the presentscandal of“ Bible” and “Apocrypha” in one and the
To the Editor. same volume. I have succeeded in
Sir,- Can you, or any of your coraccomplishing this in one Episcopal respondents, explain to me the prinChapel, I hope shortly to do so in ciple upon which the following fact is (at least) one other. Here, then, is a grcunded ? department in “Church Reform,” in Mr. William Palmer, a deacon in which the zealous efforts of your re- the Church of England, who went forming readers may at once be to Russia in 1840, was the bearer of crowned with success, if they will im- a letter from Dr. Routh, President mediately set about it.
of Magdalen College, Oxford, in I would just add, that although the which, addressing himself to all bilaw does not appear to require the shops of the Apostolical Church in Apocrypha to be bound up with the Russia into whose dioceses he might Church Bibles, yet, I believe, it does go, he desires of them that if they require “the Apocrypha” itself, to be find him an orthodox Christian in all in the reading-desk. While, there- essential points of the true faith, they fore, the old “ Apocrypha- Bibles" would admit him to the communion. are removed, it will be needful, in
The fact is a startling one: I leave supplying a pure Bible, not to forget it to speak for itself, and remain, sir, " the Apocrypha,” in a separate vo
AN OBSERVER. lume-like the Book of Homilies
The above is taken from a book otherwise some “rural dean” might printed by Mr. Palmer himself. order the old books back again.
I would also add, that very convenient and suitable books for “the
To the Editor. Communion - table,” (corresponding Sir,- The pretext usually alleged with the foregoing for the desk) may by Tractarians for rejecting the decibe had of the Society for Pro- sion of the Queen in Council in the moting Christian Knowledge," at a Gorham case is, I believe, that it is very cheap rate, viz., “ Great primer unsanctioned by the Church in Con(type) demy 8vo, without psalms," at vocation. Meanwhile, they slight the As. 2d. to subscribers, and 6s. ld. to teaching of the 27th Article as unnon-subscribers; also the same “with catholic, and as having " a tendency the Psalms," i, e. the metrical version, to mislead,”(Maskell’s Letter to Goode, at 5s. 8d. and 7s. 70. respectively. p. 9), and tenaciously cling to the
teaching of the latter half of the under their own eyes, or is communiChurch-Catechism, as the soundest of cated to them by the most credible doctrine. Will it, then, be credited, testimony. that while the 39 Articles received There was a sad funeral at the full and formal assent of Convo- the other day: a man who was an hacation, the latter portion of the Cate- bitual drunkard, insisted, whilst in a chism was introduced in 1604, and state of intoxication, upon performing added to the Prayer-book by Royal some work of a nature at all times Proclamation only, without the assent attended with some danger, but of of either Convocation or Parliament ? course, while in that state, of a douSurely this was an exercise of the bly perilous character. Just before Royal supremacy far beyond the ex- doing so, he swore, with an oath, to ercise of it in the Gorham case? But the truth of a fact, which eventually yet the Convocation of 1603-4, in the turned out to be false. An accident 80th of the Canons of that synod, di- happened, and the man was killed on rectly sanctions the Prayer-book as the spot. My informant adds,“ I did thus altered in this and other places hear that the wretched man said, 'he by the King's authority, and describes would go, though the devil was it as “The Book of Common Prayer, there,' or something to that effect." lately explained in some few points The church was crowded at the fuby his Majesty's authority, according neral, and Divine service, which imto the laws and his highness's prero- mediately followed. The whole of the gative in that behalf,” (Canon 80)! funeral service was read, without any
The importance of this, and similar omission. precedents is ably shown in the “ Let- Comment here is almost unnecester to Lord J. Russell” on “Scrip- sary. If the crowd were warned in tural Revision of the Liturgy,” by“a the Sermon, what must they have Member of the Middle Temple,” pp. thought of the Service? 159–168 and
I have heard of clergymen, in such
a dilemma as this, obtaining the ofM. A., Oxon. fices of brother ministers, who knew Sept. 13th.
nothing of the circumstances of the P.S. —You reviewed last year a
case, and whose consciences might
not therefore be wounded; but are work of Rev. A. S. Thelwall's, on the
the former made thereby quite comimportant subject of elocution. The death of an able and well-known fortable, and do they escape the reteacher of elocution, Mr. Rd. Jones, sponsibility of misleading surrounding
friends and parishioners ? on the 30th of last month, leads me
Over believers in Jesus, the Bito notice that Rev. A. S. Thelwall, the
ble tells us not to professor of public reading at King's who have no hope.” We practi
sorrow as those College, London, receives pupils in cally tell the living that we have elocution, which may not be rally known to those wishing for in- hope of good and bad alike, for at the
graves of all, we pray that when we struction.
shall depart this life; we may rest in
Jesus, as our hope is this our brother The BURIAL SERVICE.
doth. What hope could the minister
of have had? The omission of To the Editor.
a few words of uncertain application, Dear Sir,-Surely those who ask and the introduction of a few more of for some alteration in the Burial Ser- warning, would add much to the value vice have a claim to be heard, when of this almost inspired composition. a case like the following either occurs
Reviews, and Short Notices of Books.
MemoiR OF THE LIFE AND WRITINGS
got at length to a beautiful sylvan recess, or Thomas CHALMERS, D.D., LL.D. at the bottom of which I descried an irBy his Son-in-Law, The Rev. Wil- regularly shaped house, and on my ap
proach could distinguish Dr. Hunter's LIAM HANNA, LL.D. Vol.3, pp. 539.
white head through one lozen of an end Edinburgh, Sutherland & Knox; window, and Mr. Duncan's profile through London. Hamilton & Co.
another lozen of it. Dr. Nicoll came out
and gave me a bland and cordial recepThe volume before us takes up the tion. It was exclusively an academic history of Dr. Chalmers at the period party, Dr. James Hunter being also of his departure from Glasgow for St. ihere, and Mr. Gillespie having joined Andrews, in 1823, and not only us about three o'clock. Mr. Duncan carries us along the uninterrupted annoyed me by the affirmation that I am current of Dr. Chalmers' busy life, sensibly and considerably fatter since I but indulges us copiously with in
left St. Andrews. There must be serious
measures taken to keep me down. Had teresting particulars and reminiscences of many of the most distin
cordial greetings with the gentlemen in
the library, then we sallied out to the guished of his cotemporaries. Great
premises, and had a very delightful forepraise is due to Dr. Hanna for his
noon saunter through the woods and lanes judicious selection and arrangement of Costerton. We fixed the situation of of the matter for this most valuable a future moss-house, for which Dr. Hunof biographies; and although this is ter I hope will write an inscription ; and not the day for lives in four volumes, I have left the fragment of a knife, yet we cannot find fault with the broken by Mr. Duncan, in a spot which present biographer for presenting us overhangs a bath to be made in a linn. with all the most important facts of By the way, I am not altogether fond of Dr. Chalmers' ministerial and lite
the Stockport business. I hope that rary labours, or for not withholding you and the children went to see M. those incidents and anecdotes which
Alexandre, and that he called upon you.
His exhibition in private is, I understand, unfold the christian and amiable cha.
still more impressive than in public. racter of the man in his domestic life.
Before dinner we had a game at bowls in After a time, we shall look for a care
a green before the house. I and Mr. ful condensation of this Memoir; so
Duncan against Dr. Nicoll and Dr. James that the history of so great and good Hunter. We had the best of three games. a minister of Christ, may be brought Mr. Gillespie afterwards took up Mr. within the reach not only of the Duncan and was beat by him. With all purse, but of the time for reading, of the convivialities of the west I have seen the thousands of book-buying people. no such guzzling as to-day with my St.
The following extract from a letter Andrews' friends, and told Mr. Duncan to Mrs. Chalmers, when the Dr. was
so. They are rare lads these Leeterati visiting in and about Edinburgh, will
or Eaterati. Before supper there was give an instance of the playful nature
family worship, when I was asked to of this laborious man when relaxing about twelve. I got the large bed-room
officiate. We were shewn to our beds from his severe duties :
in which Mr. Duncan was the night “ Thursday. — Started between six before, and he had a closet with a small and seven. Took an early breakfast. sofa-bed that communicated with the Went to the North Bridge on chance,
This arrangement was vastly and with a great feeling of lightness agreeable to me; and we tumbled into because of having got quit of my luggage our respective couches between twelve and being weighted only with two neck
I like him. cloths. Found two coaches at eight * Friday.-Got up about eight. Went o'clock on the start for Costerton, and to Mr. Duncan's closet and got behind had an inside berth in one of them for him in his sofa-bed, where I had a good four shillings and sixpence.
purchase for jamming him out, and did about fourteen miles, and landed after so accordingly. Had cordial talk with
Had then a long mile to walk, and him. Had a turn before breakfast, and
agreed to find my way with him to Edin- Sunday.-Sadly annoyed all last burgh by the help of coaches which go night with the quackish advertisement, past this way. Dr. Nicoll, however, and spoke further of it at breakfast. traversed this arrangement, he having so About twelve Mr. and Mrs. Grant came ordered it as to go to Edinburgh in his in their carriage, and the former accomown carriage to take Dr. Hunter and panied me in a chaise to Stockport. I me along with him, and offered a place was to visit the school at one, and the in the dickie to any other. I offered to sermon was to begin at half-past five. take the dickie, but he would not hear of My other friends from Manchester were it; and as Mr. Duncan professed himself to come in the evening in two carriages, liable to giddiness, Dr. James Hunter and one of them a chaise and four. I sat beside the driver, and in this style we reached Stockport at one with Mr. Grant. drove to Edinburgh. I had to explain Could see a certain hard and ungracious and half apologize to Mr. Duncan for reception of me, perhaps from the conhaving deserted him, and he instantly sciousness of something wrong on their saw that such an exclusive preference on
part, Mr. M
-, my correspondent, did our part for one another might hurt the not appear for some time, and when he feelings of our elders, and that it was far did, there was a blush in his countenance better to acquiesce in their plan, We and a tremulousness in his voice. I was set off between ten and eleven. But be- in the midst of managers, and the stairs tween that and breakfast, Mr. Gillespie, to the different rooins of their immense who is somewhat of a bluster, challenged fabric were crowdeà with scholars. I me to a game at bowls, when, to the asked what they were about ; and with great satisfaction of all, I beat him, by some hesitation and difficulty they told thirteen to eight. On our way to Edin- me that they had been practising for the burgh got in two newspapers at Dr. music of this evening.
When I went to Nicoll's post-office, which we read in the the great preaching hall, I found that chaise. 13
there was just this practising before an
immense assemblage, on which I called Some amongst us who are rather
out, in the distinct hearing of those too fond of mixing up musical per- about me, that there was an air of char.. formances with the solemnities of Di- latanerie about the whole affair, and that vine worship, may receive some in- I did not like it at all, I would stay no struction from Dr. Chalmer's indig- longer in that place, and went along with nant account of a scene at Manches- them to the committee-room, where ter, in which it was attempted to
there were about twenty managers and make him an actor,
others. I said that I had come from a
great distance on their account, and had “. They are going to have a grand therefore purchased the privilege of tellmusical concert along with the sermon, ing them plain things; that they should to which the best amateurs and perforin. have consulted me ere they had made ers of the neighbourhood are to lend their arrangements—that I was quite their services. This is all put down in revolted by the quackery of their advertheir gaudy manifesto, and to me it is tisement- that they had made me feel most ineffably disgusting. You know myself to be one of the performers in a that I am to be very guarded ; but I theatrical exhibition--that what they had could not perfectly disguise my antipa. done stood in the same relation to what thies to this part of the arrangement. I they ought to have done, that an adverasked Mr. Grant if I might take the tisement of Dr. Solomon's did to the paper with me for the amusement of my respectable doings of the regular faculty, Scottish friends. He asked if I disliked &c., &c. I was firm and mild withal music. I said that I liked music, but they confused, and awkward, and in diffidisliked all charlatanerie. Thus far I culties. I said, that still I would preach, went; and it was perhaps too far, but but that I thought it right to state what this is really making it a theatrical per- I felt. On the other question of the formance, and me one of the performers. urgency, and the pleading a promissory But let me be patient; I am jaded and obligation on my part, I have as yet had overdone, and reserve my further writing no reckoning. I left there in the cartill Monday. Mr. Grant is very peremp. riage with Mr. Grant and Mr. Marsland, tory on the subject of my spending some for the magnificent place of the latter days, but I must be off on Monday gentleman on the banks of the Mersey, night, or very early on Tuesday morning. He introduced me to his two daughters. Went to bed about eleven.
who, I thought, had that peculiar stiftness and ceremony which I have often Before I left my own private room they noticed in English ladies of high breed- fell too again with most tremendous fury, ing. I was there shewn to my room, and the likest thing to it which I recolwhen I got a second letter from a minis- lect, is a great military band on the ter on the subject of the indecent exhi- Castlehill of Edinburgh." bition of Stockport. I had got one the
The following account of the mannight before from another minister on
ner in which Dr. Chalmers laboured the same subject. It seems that many
is very graphically given :serious people here are scandalized at it, and that many eyes are fixed upon my “ Dr. Chalmers's treatment of these conduct in regard to it. Mr. Marsland topics from the chair was diffuse and told me in his carriage, that he had fore- illustrative. To facilitate the rememwarned the managers that they were car. brance of his lectures, to give his students rying the matter too far, and that I would a distinct conception of the ground acprobably decline preaching altogether. tually traversed, and to prepare them My feeling is, that this would have been for that examination to which they were too violent, and I have several reasons afterwards to be subjected, he dictated a for not carrying my resistance this few suceinct sentences, containing the length. However, I begged Mr. Mars- leading topics of each lecture, so as to land to send for Mr. M- that I furnish his students with a condensed might hold conversation with him. Mr. syllabus of his course. It would not M sent back word that he could not have been easy for them amid the expossibly come, and why? because he citements of that class to have followed was presiding at a dinner given before the old practice of the Scottish Universermon to the Gentlemen of the Orchestra, sities, by taking notes during the delivery and he was just in the middle of a speech of the lecture. The very manner of that to them when my message caine. On delivery would have been sufficient to this Mr. Marsland and Mr. Grant walked have kept their eye fixed upon the lecdown to Stockport, and told Mr. M turer. There was, besides, the novelty of my difficulties and wishes; that I of many of the speculations, as well as would not comply with their arrange- of the garb in which they were presented ; ment until it was altered. They wished while the interest was at once deepened my prayers and sermon to be mixed up and diversified--at times by some extemwith their music, me all the while in the poraneous addition or illustration, in pulpit. I said, that I would not be pre- which the lecturer springing from his sent at their music at all, that iny ser- seat, and bending over the desk, through vice should be separated altogether from thick and difficult and stammering uttertheir entertainment that I should pray, ance in which every avenue to exprespreach, and pray again in continuo—not sion seemed to be choked up, found his entering the pulpit till the moment of way to some picturesque conception and my beginning, and retiring froin it as expressive phraseology, which shed a soon as I should have ended.
flood of light on the topic in hand; and tlemen had their interview with Mr. again, by some poetic quotation recited M-, and he was very glad to comply. with most emphatic fervour, or by some I dined at half-past two---retired for an humorous allusion or anecdote told with hour to prepare-drank coffee after five. archest glee. It was almost impossible The two gentlemen walked before, to be in such a singular class-room to check at the music. The two ladies went down the burst of applause, or to restrain the with me in the carriage at six. Will you merriment. The professor did his best, believe it? an orchestra of at least 100 and used many expedients for this purpeople, three rows of female singers, in pose. Lecturing on the difference bewhich two professional female singers, tween the solitary and tranquil emotions so many professional male singers, a of the intellect, and the more turbulent number of amateurs : and I now offer emotions of the theatre There is a you a list of the instruments, so far as I practice,' he continued, 'which is now have been able to ascertain thein-one making sad desecratiou in some of our pair of bass drums, two trumpets, bas- most famous universities, in some of soon, organ, serpents, violins without which, I understand, every eloquent pasnumber, violoncelloes, bass viols, flutes, sage, every poetical quotation, or, what hautboys. I stopped in the minister's is more ridiculous still, the success of room till it was over. Went to the pul- every experiment—and especially if any pit-prayed, preached, retired during the flash or explosion have come in its time of the collection, and again prayed. train, is sure to be followed up by so