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it must have proved to Mr. V.'s own flock, Jews than this interesting Address. It as, we have no doubt, to all who peruse it breathes that spirit of ardent love to their in the spirit of " pilgrims and strangers,'' nation, by which Christian Hebrews are so
eminently distinguished, while it addresses "A feast of nectar'd sweets Where no crude surfeit reigns."
its appeals to the understanding with a
clearness and a force, which cannot be As Mr. Collison was well known and
easily resisted. The address is published highly esteemed as a Christian and as a
by the author on his own responsibility, in minister, and, moreover, as Mr. V. has
preference to that of any Society, in order attested his skill by the very brief, but
that it might be to his brethren an indebeautiful sketch which he has furnished of
pendent witness in favour of Christianity. his departed friend, we cannot bat regret
On this account alone it is deserving of the that the sermon does not embrace a more
patronage of all who are interested in the complete portraiture of the good old man,
conversion of Israel, as by its purchase they But perhaps Mr. V. contemplates a more
will aid the author in bis benevolent desire to extended notice of Mr. Collison, If so, we
circulate it gratuitouslyamong "the children cannot but anticipate what will be just to
of the prophets." Apart from this circum. the dead, and beneficial to the living.
stance, however, the pamphlet is well en. titled to the attention of Christian readers. The author is no superficial thinker upon the
Holy Scriptures-no copyist of the opinions The PROMISED PROPHET. An Address to of others, but has evidently thought out
his Brethren according to the Flesh. By closely for himself the import of the inA. D. Salmon.
spired prophesy. There is an attractive Aylott and Jones.
freshness about the sentiments, and an ori.
ginality and devotion about the style of this Every true Christian must hail with pe- | address, which cannot but gratify the enculiar satisfaction every illustration of the lightened and tasteful reader. We cordially power of the gospel to subdue the prejudices recommend it to our friends, praying that and renew the hearts of the seed of Israel. it may be the means of opening many a The soul of a Gentile is, of course, in itself Jewish mind to embrace the Saviour, and equally precious as that of a Jew; but the of contributing to the arrival of that long, conversion of the latter is to be regarded as expected period, when the receiving of a proof of God's good will to his ancient Israel shall be to the church “life from the people, and a pledge of bis ultimate designs dead." We need only add, that this tract of mercy towards them. The writer of this is altogether unsectarian in its spirit, and address is one of an interesting class, whose broaches no opinions on points of unfulfilled reception of Christianity is owing simply, prophecy, so that it may be circulated with through the Divine blessing, to his candid confidence among Christians of all denomiand diligent study of the New Testament in nations. comparison with the prophecies of the Old. Having himself by this means been brought to a saving acquaintance with the true Mes. siah, he is anxious to bespeak the attention EBENEZER. By the Red. W. Roay. of his Jewish brethren to the claims of Jesus of Nazareth to be “the promised
Partridge and Oakey. Prophet.” For this purpose he has se
This is an interesting pastoral letter, adlected, as the basis of his address, the dressed to his beloved flock, by the respected memorable passage recorded in Deut. xviii. and active minister of St. Paul's church, 15, in which Moses declared unto Israel, Wigan. It furnishes an impressive account “ The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee of the introduction of Congregationalism, a prophet from the midst of thee, of thy and the gospel of Christ, to Wigan and the brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall neighbourhood. The sketches of the varihearken." With much cogency of argu- ous pastors of St. Paul's are animated and ment and felicity of language Mr. Salmon striking. The portraiture of the Rer. shows that this prediction has been fulfilled | Messrs. Johnson, Roby, and Parkin, is in Jesus of Nazareth, and cannot be fulfilled very graphical and instructive. We rein any other. The manner in which he commend Ebenezer" to all our ministers analyzes and applies the passage indicates an
and churches; and it is our fervent prayer, intimate acquaintance with the character that the labours of its author, particularly istics of the Jewish mind, and with the pre- among the young, may be extensively and judices which prevent his brethren from increasingly honoured by the Head of the giving a hearing to the Teacher sent from church. God. We know no small publication more fitted for circulation among inquiring
SUNDAY-SCHOOL MAGAZINE for 1846, observe something of the state of the and New Series for 1847.
churches, and we are ofttimes grieved and Partridge and Oakey.
afflicted. What with our divisions, our
controversies, our alienations, our secesWithout at all forgetting the claims of
sions to other communities, and the sadly those intelligent and ably-conducted pe.
| disjointed state of some of our churches, riodicals, to which we have been long
we feel that we have far more cause for attached, “The Sunday-School Teachers'
humiliation than exultation. Mr. Aveling's Magazine,” and “ The Union Magazine,"
discourse does not, indeed, touch on such we cannot but rejoice in the circulation of
topics as these ; but it bears powerfully the “Manchester Sunday-School Maga: upon them in an indirect manner, by devezine." It is edited with great spirit and loping the most prominent symptoms and ability. Its contributions are appropriate, causes of spiritual declension, to which may concise, animated, and exceedingly calcu- be mainly traced, we apprehend, the state lated to interest and benefit our sabbath
of things which too prominently exists. schools. It is particularly adapted to our
We very earnestly recommend this dis elder scholars and Bible-classes. It sparkles
course to the attention of our readers in with vivacious anecdote, and is beautified
general. It is calculated to be very useful, with many choice engravings. We recom both in preserving from declension and in mend it to all our teachers.
recovering from its unhappy influence.
NONCONFORMITY in the South ; an His.
SERMONS preached in the Tabernacle and torical Sketch of the Hampshire Associa
Tottenham Court Chapel, London. By tion, with a brief Recommendatory Pre
John CAMPBELL, D.D., and Rev. Joseph face by the Rev. James BENNETT,
W. RICHARDSON. Foolscap 8vo, pp. D.D.; to which is added, Biographical
174. Notices of its Founders. By the Rev.
John Snow. EDWARD GILES, of Newport. 18mo. pp. 48.
This volume of sermons deserves to be Hamilton, Adams, and Co.
widely circulated and carefully read. It
treats of topics profoundly interesting; and This is a very interesting tract to Noncon- in a manner greatly calculated to do good. formists; indeed, we may say, to all who | There is a close connection through the take pleasure in the conversion of souls, volume, though two minds are brought to and the progress of Christian truth. Such bear upon the several discussions. The title records are peculiarly valuable; as they pre. of the volume ought to have indicated the serve a memorial of facts which are often
theme to which it is devoted. When we gradually obscured and ultimately lost:
enumerate the subjects, our readers will The Hampshire Association has performed
agree with us in this opinion. 1. Self-exama great and good work, for which posterity ination; by Dr. Campbell. 2. Self-decepwill bless them; and we earnestly pray that tion ; by Mr. Richardson. 3. Self-approval; the present circle of Congregational pastors
by Dr. Campbell. 4. Self-Condemnation; in that county may be strengthened by the by Mr. Richardson. 5. Self-Denial; by grace and providence of God to carry on the Dr. Campbell. 6. Self-Indulgence ; by Mr. work which their venerable fathers so nobly Richardson. 7. Self-Distrust; by Dr. commenced. All our Associations should Campbell. 8. Self-Confidence; by Mr. put themselves in possession of this unpre
Richardson. 9. Self-Preservation ; by Dr. tending little volume. We thank our friend, Campbell. 10. Self-Destruction ; by Mr. Mr. Giles, very cordially for this labour of Richardson. his pen. He has done what others must do We should like to see this volume in tbe in imitation of his example.
hands of every church-member throughout the kingdom.
SPIRITUAL DECLENSION; A Sermon
Preached at Kingsland Chapel, October | The WORKS of Hannah MORE. Vol. I. 11th, 1846, by the Rev. THOMAS Ave. Containing Stories for Persons in the LING, Minister of the place. Published Middle Ranks, &c. With a Memoir. by Request. 8vo. pp. 32.
This is a beautiful edition of the works of Gurney, High-street, Kingsland. | one who can never cease to retain the favour This is a seasonable tract for the times; 1 of the English public, and to whom the for it does appear to us that the love of church and the world are alike indebted. many waxes cold. We are in a position to
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4. The Footsteps of Messiah : a Review of Pasare both just and penetrating. A more
sages in the History of Jesus Christ. By the Rev. amusing book for young people, or one
W. LEASK, author of "Our Era," "The Evidences more likely to enlarge and improve their
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10. The Duty of a Christian People, in reference
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Chapel, Marshall-street, London, March 24th, 1847,
being a day appointed for national humiliation. By Moral Wants of the World we live in. the Rev. J. LEIFCHILD, D.D. To which is added, By Mrs. Ellis, author of “The Women An Account of a Converted Jew, who was the same of England," &c., &c. 12mo.
day publicly consecrated to God by the Ordinance of
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Should any profits accrue, they will be devoted to
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We have only time this month to say, that this is a her works is there a finer display of moral
most deeply interesting discourse, and that the
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11. Salvation; or, The Sinner directed to the
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-All dissenters of the Congregational order should which deserves to be written in letters of
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culiar Blessings appertaining to the Believer in Christ. Ry T. Lewis, of Islington. Foolscap Sre. John Snow.-This volume completes a beautiful
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and congregation assembling in Sion chapel, Died, February 12th, 1847, aged sixty
in Ashbourne, then under the care of the seven years, Mrs. Melling, who for twenty
late Rev. Alexander Start, whose ministry two years was a consistent and useful mem.
was much blessed to our departed friend. ber of the Congregational church, Tonbridge,
Being anxious to do good in the village whose husband was formerly a deacon, and
in which he resided, he opened his house continued so until removed by death. Jan.
for preaching, shortly after he came to reside 30th, 1847, she partook at the Lord's table in this neighbourhood, and eventually built the emblems of Christ's broken body and
a small chapel, at his sole expense, and shed blood, with the members of the church,
which has wholly been supported by bis and expressed herself more than ever to have liberality. For many years he filled the enjoyed it. The next Tuesday she was con- office of one of the chapel committee in fined to her bed, and departed this life the Sion, and was a liberal supporter of the Feek following. From the time she was
cause of God generally, and especially of taken ill, she appeared to have no wish to
that part with which he was connected-also recover; her only desire, to use her own
was a liberal subscriber to the various insti. words, was, “The Lord's will be done."
tutions of the present day, and more espeMention being made to her of the hope she cially the London Missionary Society, to might get better, she answered, “Do not
which he annually subscribed 51. He was entertain such a hope ; I shall soon be in
a man of God, and knew what it was to heaven." She endured great suffering, but
hold communion with him; like Enoch," he not a murmur escaped her lips ; and when
walked with God;" his " fellowship was with it was said to her, “You have had a bad the Father, and with his Son, Jesus Christ." night," she replied, " A great deal of bodily
He was a man of faith and prayer, and had pain- but Christ was so precious !” It may
power with God in prayer. be truly said of the departed, that she was
From the nature of his complaint, and gathered into the heavenly garner, as a
the total loss of sight, he was much deshock of corn fully ripe.
pressed, bordering upon despair, which continued for two years, with very few in.
tervals of comfort or relief, till within a JOHN DUNNCLIFT, ESQ.
few hours of his death, when light broke in John Donnclift, Esq., was a native of upon his mind: and it was the happiness Castle Donnington, Leicestershire : in early of his surviving friends to hear him say, All life he was brought to a knowledge of the truth was well, he was happy. He sweetly fell as it is in Jesus, and was for many years a
asleep in Jesus, March 17, 1847, aged 70. member of the Baptist church in his native His death was improved in his own chapel, town. About twenty-seven years ago he Clifton, by Mr. James Peach, minister of was, in the Providence of God, removed to the chapel, March 28, 1847, from Rev. vii. Clifton, near Ashbourne, Derbyshire, and 17, and at Sion chapel, Ashbourne, by the soon became connected with the church pastor of the place, from Job xxxiv. 29.
EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE AND
serious alarm among Nonconformists gene
rally, there was but one concentrated feeling On the 13th, 14th, and 15th of last of determined hostility. month, a numerous and highly respectable Those in the Conference who were disbody of delegates assembled in the metropo- | posed to think that Government aid might, lis, from all parts of the kingdom, for the under certain restrictions, be dispensed conpurpose of concerting effectual measures for i sistently with the principles of civil and resisting the proposed scheme of Government religious freedom, nobly resolved to merge for the education of the people. Among their differences, and to resolve on a firm the enlightened body assembled on the oc- and steady opposition to a scheme alike uncasion, there were manifest shades of dif. constitutional, unscriptural, and un-English; ference of opinion upon certain abstract unconstitutional, as brought forward withprinciples; but as it respects the measure out the formality of a Bill; unscriptural, as of Government itself, which has created such recognizing and sanctioning all religions ;
and un-English, as introducing into this thing which is, after all, worth nothing. country something very much resembling a Would not these several bodies teach relidespotism in the education of the poor. gion in their own way, if the Minutes had
Since we commenced this article, we have said nothing about it. But by introducing listened to Lord John Russell's explanations it into the Minutes, are not Dissenters and defence of his plan ; and right glad committed to a principle which they utterly should we be to be able to say, that the ex- repudiate, if they receive assistance, under planations were satisfactory, and that the the proposed plan? Is it nothing thus to defence was sound. His lordship, to the lay snares for men's consciences, or to de. best of our judgment, did not introduce, in prive them of their just rights ? the whole of his long speech, one great We cannot understand the Roman Ca. constitutional principle, in support of his tholic affair. It is to us a great mystery. favourite measure.
What he said on the And till we hear more than Lord John existing deficiency of education among the Russell communicated, we shall be unable labouring classes, and on the duty of Go- to perceive how the vigilant spirit of our vernment to take part in the enlightenment Wesleyan brethren, whom we greatly respect, of the people, was no argument, even if was lulled to rest by the miserable sop, that true, for the objectionable scheme to which no part of the grant asked for this year shall he has unfortunately committed himself. go to the priests. We can hardly credit the Was it wise in him, at this precise juncture, fact, that such experienced and wise men ean when all parties are bestirring themselves have been taken in by such a flimsy strata. on the great question of education, to throw gem. But we desire, amidst all these painful a bone of contention from the Treasury occurrences, to possess our souls in patience, benches among the earnest friends of na- knowing that “the Lord reigneth." tional improvement? Was it fair and honest to Dissenters to force on, by Government pressure, a plan, under certain Minutes of
PUBLIC TESTIMONIAL TO THE REV. A. TID. Council, to which he knew they were gene
MAN, PASTOR OF BARBICAN CHURCH, rally opposed ? Was it honourable to consult the heads of the Establishment and of On the evening of the 15th April, a the Wesleyan body, and to pass over other meeting of a deeply gratifying character large sections of the Christian community was held at Barbican chapel, for the purof this country, thereby necessarily creating pose of presenting to the Rev. A. Tidman, all the rancour of religious animosity? If he after twenty years faithful and devoted serwas of opinion that the Committee of Council vice, a testimonial of the esteem and affecon Education was the only body possessing tion in which he is held by his beloved wisdom sufficient to manage any system of flock. Alderman Challis, Esq. presided, National Education, was it necessary for and was surrrounded by the deacons of the him to encumber the Minutes upon which church, and by the Rev. Drs. Bennett, he proposed to act, with such a recognition Leifchild, and Morison, and by the Rev. of religion as could only please bigots, and Messrs. Palmer, Binney, Hunt, and other alarm conscientious men? We think not; esteemed brethren. The spirit pervadiog and, moreover, we believe that a vital injury the meeting was truly delightful and rehas been done to the onward cause of edu- freshing. Never were tokens of affection cation, by this needless pertinacity on the to a Christian pastor more ardent or unpart of Government. We complain that equivocal. The Resolutions, which were such a thing as National Education should remarkably judicious, were moved and have been meddled with in such an unstates- seconded by the deacons, and supported man-like manner. It is too solemn a ques. | by the ministerial brethren present. The tion to be disposed of by Minutes of Council, deacons acquitted themselves with ex. drawn up and prepared by special advocates traordinary discretion and pious zeal, well known to the discerning public. Bright and the response to their statements by laurels might have been won by any states- a crowded assembly, sufficiently proved man, wbo had brought before the country a that they were only expressing the feelwell-digested plan of National Education; ings of hundreds of devout and grateful but here we see nothing but disaster. minds. Though the value of the generous
After all, Lord John Russell is anxious gift, conveyed most delicately to our rever. to make it appear that the religious part of end friend, amounted to two hundred guithe scheme amounts to nothing; as it leaves neas, we came away from the meeting with religion, after all, in the hands of the Na- the strong conviction, that the least precious tional Society, for the Church of England, - part of the testimonial was the pecuniary of the Wesleyans, for that body,--and of part of it. To hear such statements from the British and Foreign School Society, for the deacons, and to find them responded to the Dissenters. But why, if this be true, with enthusiastic feeling, by the large circle encumber the far-famed Minutes with a of friends convened on the delightful occa.