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ology of the schools, and betaken bimself ing of a wide circulation. It is written on to a common sense diction familiar to the sound scriptural principles; and if it does most ordinary English reader. But we not pretend to a great deal of metaphysical think that the highest recommendation of distinction, it is well fitted to edify sincere the volume under consideration is, the cor and simple-hearted believers. The subjects rect views it inculcates upon all the great treated in it, are the Personality and Deity subjects of Christian morals, combined as of the Holy Spirit; and His great work in it is with a generally instructive tendency in relation to Christian experience, as the Au. every department of thought which it brings thor of life, and with reference to the extenbefore the mind of the reader. If we do not sion of Christ's kingdom in our world. greatly mistake, the present edition is much We can very conscientiously commend altered to the better on the subject of the volume to the cordial reception of the slavery. Indeed, we must say that we read Christian world, as a sound scriptural exthis part of the volume with an eagle-eyed hibition of the grand principles involved in determination to condemn wrong senti. | the doctrine of Divine influence. ments, if we found them broached ; as we regard it as next to a crime to recommend any work for educational purposes that trips on such a vital topic as that of slavery. LETTERS to CHILDREN. A Narratire of We are glad to think that Dr. Wayland has the Life and Death of Eliza Scott Ross, reconsidered some of the views which he who died at Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Auformerly gave to the world on this much. gust 19th, 1846, aged eight years and two agitated question. It is time for all good months. By Thomas Manx, Pastor of men to set their faces against this crying the Congregational Church, West Cowes, and shameless outrage upon the laws of Isle of Wight. 32mo. pp. 112. God.
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We had the happiness of knowing the Thoughts on the Holy Spirit and his dear child whose touching story is recorded
WORK. By the Author of “ Thoughts in these Letters. She was one of those upon Thought.” 12mo. pp. 360. bright spirits who flit across this shadowy
and sorrowful region, to remind us, that out John Snow.
of the mouths of babes and sucklings God The subject of Divine influence is at all can perfect praise. From the first moment times one in which sincere Christians ought we saw her, our impression was, that she to feel a deep and all-pervading interest. was not for earth but heaven. And yet The promise of the Spirit is the special never was a child more full of life and peculiarity of the Christian dispensation ; spirits, or more true to nature in all her and, in the ministry of our Lord, His mission | infantile developments. But there was a and office, occupied a distinct and prominent glassy brilliancy about the eye, and a ma. place. Nothing can be more important than turity of thoughtfulness in the mind, which, sound and scriptural views on the nature with a certain dash of physical delicacy in and design of his agency in the world and the frame, told us plainly that she would in the church. From the teaching, both of never find her maturity in this vale of tears. Christ and his apostles, no less than from all But she was early trained for a better world, the intimations of the propbetic portions of and no one wbo knew her can doubt that God's word, we cannot but feel that far less she has gone to be with Christ, which is far is thought and said about his work, even better. The narrative of her short life, emamong orthodox Christians, than ought to bodied in the form of letters, by our friend, be. And we are not without a measure of | Mr. Mann, will be read with extraordinary apprehension, that certain moderns are re. interest. It is, we can vouch for it, a truthfining the doctrine of Divine influence away ful statement, in no way exaggerated. Much into the mere operation of truth on the | more, indeed, might have been said; but it human mind, under the great system of a is far better, in such cases, to come short general Providence. This we deprecate ex. of the truth than to go beyond it. Eliza ceedingly; as we believe that it does " despite | Scott Ross owed much to her beloved aunt, anto the Spirit of grace," and tends to who did all she could to supply her mother's foster a Christianity greatly lacking in all place, and whose gentle manners and Cbris. the grand elements of the spiritual life. The tian graces left distinctly their own impress Holy Spirit is a person, and whenever he upon her whole character. The little volume acts he acts as a personal agent, not only | is quite a treasure for the young, and should imparting truth in an exterior revelation, be given away extensively as a reward-book but conveying it in all its power and energy in all our Sunday schools, as well as in more to the hearts of individual sinners.
private circles. We regard the work before us as deserv.
PREACHING; A Sermon preached in Saint loss they have sustained ; and many in this
Philip's Church, Birmingham, on Tues- | country, as well as in the sister island, will day, June 29th, 1847, ai the Visitation dwell upon his memory with respect and of the Venerable the Archdeacon of love. In his visits to the metropolis, espeCoventry. By the Rev. JOHN C. MILLER, cially to Hoxton chapel, his labours were M.A., of Lincoln College, Oxford, Rector greatly owned of God; so that many spiritual of St. Martin's, Birmingham, late Minister children will meet him in the great day, of Park Chapel, Chelsea. Published by who were called under his ministry when request. 8vo. pp. 40.
merely officiating as an occasional supply. Hamilton, Adams, and Co.
We feel thankful to our friend Dr. Nolan
for his excellent Discourse on the death of No one can read this Discourse without
Mr. Cooper. He knew the deceased well, feeling that the preacher is largely imbued
and bas furnished a faithful portrait of his with the doctrine and spirit of Christ. We
life, labours, and dying hours. Seldom congratulate our respected and beloved
have we met with a more judicious funeral friend on his steady adherence to those
tribute. It realizes the character of the great and essential truths with which, we
departed fully to our minds, and is a fitting are happy to say, he commenced his minis
memorial of personal and ministerial work, try when but a very young man. We con
which will be highly valued by all who knew sider Birmingham as highly favoured in
and estimated the sterling worth of William having such a minister in its principal
Hawis Cooper. parish church, -one who does not " shun to declare the whole counsel of God," and who will, we are persuaded, promote, to the TAIRTY YEARS' HISTORY of the CAURCA full extent of his power, the spirit of bro
and CONGREGATION in PRINCE'S STREET therly love towards his Dissenting neigh CHAPEL, NORWICH. By JOHN ALEXbours. In this he will find his reward, as
ANDER, Pastor. Royal 18mo. pp. 48. we know he finds his happiness. If all visitation sermons were so exclusively de
Jackson and Walford. voted to the great verities of gospel truth, Would that every pastor of Mr. Alexthey would be more useful than a great | ander's standing had such a memorial of many of them are. Surely ministers of the usefulness to present to the public, at the Establishment best consult their own peace close of thirty years' service in the cause of and the welfare of their fellow-men, when his Divine Master ! The narrative here they “ determine to know nothing among supplied is full of instructive lessons. It them save Jesus Christ and him crucified ;" | is, indeed, a modest record, as it must be and if the Nonconformists were always to from the pen of the author ; but it tells a adhere to this rule, it would impart a savour simple tale of the true method of building to their ministry which nothing else can | up a church in Congregational principles, secure. “Grace be with all them that love | likely to stand the test of time. Mr. Alexthe Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity.”
ander is a public-spirited man; but he has known bow to sustain this character uni
formly, without running foul of all his FUNERAL SERMON. Discourse delivered
neighbours, or making Dissent the signal in Zion Chapel, King's Inns street, Dub.
for fierce sectarianism or bitter attack upon lin. By the Rev. EDWARD NOLAN, D.D., fellow-Christians. The result is, that he bas of Manchester, to improve the Death of credit equally for consistency and charity ; the late Rev. William Hawis Cooper, for and that his name will go down to his family Twenty-seven years Minister of the Church and flock with all the honour and renown and Congregation of Zion Chapel, King's which pertain to it. We recommend the Inns-street, Dublin. 8vo. pp. 48. 6d. perusal of this interesting little volume to Hamilton, Adams, and Co.
all our readers. Mr. Cooper was one of the most useful men of his times. Possessed of good mental
A MANUAL for PÆDOBAPTIST CAURCHES, powers, which were well cultivated, he had
on the Design and Advantages of Bapa heart singularly devoted to the glory of
tism, in reference to Believers and their God and the good of man. As a preacher,
Infant Children; proving that the Ordi. he had considerable power; and in his
nance profiteth much every way to both, spirit, temper, and private walk, he adorned
when duly improved. With Answers to the doctrines of genuine evangelical religion
all the principal Objections of those who which he taught. Cut short in the midst
deny the Divine right of Infants. By of his career of usefulness, he yet lived a
one who was once an Anti-Pædobaptist. comparatively long life, when its intense devotedness is taken into account. But his Much has been said respecting the “ bitfamily and flock must deeply feel the sad / ter waters" of the baptismal controversy, and the undesirable consegnences of med. , treated, and of the luminous and convincing dling with them. But, after all, the bitter- statements to be found in this valuable tract, ness in question appears to exist in the we give the following specimens, from which spirits of some infallible bigots, who are so our readers will be enabled to judge for inconsistent as to denounce one pope, for themselves : his unwarrantable pretensions, while they “I now believe that the quantity of the set up others, either in their own persons, element is not essential to the due admini. or in the leaders of the denomination to stration of the ordinance. If it be essential, which they belong. But why cannot those why do our Baptist brethren make a differwho profess to follow the meek, the lowly, ! ence in receiving the elements of the Lord's and loving Redeemer, express their views | supper? In this ordinance they administer of contraverted subjects in perfect good only small portions of bread and wine, to temper, allowing that liberty to others | represent the overwhelming sufferings and which they claim for themselves? This the death of their blessed Lord. Is it conwriter of the Manual before us has been ene sistent to make the quantity in one ordi. abled to do ; so that while he contends for nance essential, and not in the other ? Our that which he considers as truth, he fur Baptist brethren contend that a small quan. nishes an admirable example of Christian tity of water is not sufficient to represent charily: and while he endeavours to “ speak the overwhelming sufferings, the death, the the truth in love," he is evidently not less burial, and resurrection of Christ, in the concerned to “keep the unity of the Spirit ordinance of baptism ; and yet the smallest in the bond of peace.” His tract, con- quantity of the elements in the ordinance of sisting of about seventy pages, may there: the Lord's supper may suffice to represent fore be safely recommended as “a manual these things. Surely, then, if our brethren sor churches," whether Pædobaptist, or are right in the one ordinance, they are Anti-Pædobaptist ; for if the latter wish to | wrong in the other. The metaphorical apknow what the views of Pædobaptists really plication of the blood and Spirit of Christ, are, and what would be the reasons wbich as signified in baptism, proves that the induced one who was formerly of their quanlity is not necessary. To be sprinkled persuasion to change his opinions, their with these, without being immersed in them, curiosity may be satisfied without the least would cleanse a thousand worlds. Here, injury to their feelings.
then, we see, that a little water will suffice, The author of this Manual has “endea. | [in a symbolical sense,] to cleanse from voured to condense all the principal argu. every sin. Why then contend for quantity ments,' and has rendered them as concise in the shadow, wben the quantity of the suo. as possible, "for the accommodation of stance is not essential ? Besides, it is evi. those who have not time for reading more | dent that total immersion, after all, is not extensive treatises.” He has sought, espe- practised by our Baptist brethren-neither cially, to “impress the minds of youth with is it practicable, but in the case of infants ; the boly and practical tendency of the ordi. for they never immerse more than half the nance' of baptism, in which they were body. The candidates to be immersed first solemnly devoted to God. He therefore go down into the water, and partially im. trusts, and, as we think, reasonably, that merse themselves. This is their own act this work will be found a suitable manual, | aod deed, and not the act of the baptizer ; and adapted for general circulation among then, the remaining part, which stands above those who were baptized in their infancy, the water, is immersed by the minister, or by which they will be " able to answer all baptizer. He cannot say, then, in truth, the objections of those who contend against that he immersed the whole body, but them.” And that such is indeed the adapta. only a part of it; so that total immersion, or tion of this masterly tract, and that it is the quantity of element, cannot be essenthus calculated to benefit the youthful mem tial; for our Baptist friends do not practice bers of Pædobaptist families, we verily be | it, neither is it practicable.''-pp. 7, 8. lieve; and we therefore unite with the an. " • Lydia was baptized, and her housethor in saying, “Let them read it carefully, | hold ;' (rather, house, or family ;-for so candidly, and prayerfully, and we will not the late editor of Calmet's Dictionary' bas fear the result of their convictions."
proved the word ocrog to signify when figuIn this able treatise, the author shows ratively used for persons.)" Infants were why he gave up his former views of immer- | positively baptized in the early Christian sion, so as to prefer the administration of churches which succeeded the apostles. baptism by pouring, or sprinkling; why he Passing by Irenæus, the disciple of Polyconsiders infants as having a scriptural right carp, who appears to have alluded to infant to this ordinance, as well as their believing baptism, we begin with Origen, who was parents; and what advantages may be de- born in the year 185. In his comment rived from it by both, if duly improved. Of upon the epistle to the Romans, speaking of the manner in which these subjects are original sin, he says, 'On account of this,
the church has received tradition [instruc. when works of this kind were more neces. tion] from the apostles to apply baptism to sary, as everything holding any connection litlle children.' Terlullian, who was con with Romc is not only tolerated, but relitemporary with Origen, says, that sixty-six giously regarded. It is gratifying to find ministers were convened in council at Car- those who have sipped at the poisoned thage, having the question referred to them, fountain of error drinking in crystal waters whether infants might be baptized before at the spring of truth ; and the more so, they were eight days old ; that being the when those individuals labour to induce day on which circumcision was admini others to slake their thirst at the "river of stered? Their unanimous opinion was, that life." The author of the work before us no delay was necessary. The second canon deals faithfully with the important subject of the council of Carthage, consisting of 214 he handles; and well has be acquitted him. bishops, in answer to the same question, self of the task. Herein is presented truth decided that there was no occasion to without exaggeration, zeal without bigotry, defer baptism until that time.' Ambrose, and polemics without enmity. The truth is who died in the year 397, at the age of spoken in love. Hence, a more powerful 57, expressly declares, that the baptism of influence is exerted over the understanding infants was the practice of the apostles and the heart. The author displays some themselves, and of the church, until that research, and much intimate acquaintance time.' Austin,-that great light of the with the practical workings of the monastic Christian church---wrote against Pelagius, system, so rife, and teeming with evils of no about original sin, in the year 410. Pela ordinary dye. We venture to assert, that gius endeavoured to prove that infants are this production will be read with profit and born free from original sin; in reply to no small degree of interest. The style is which Austin asks, Why are infants bap- chaste, pithy, and lucid; and reflects credit tized for the remission of sins, if they have upon our youthful author. We heartily re. none? This question puzzled Pelagius, as commend its perusal. he did not deny infant baptism ; for be ac. knowledged it was what the church always held. He says, “We confess that infants ought to be baptized for the remission of BRIEF NOTICES OF NEW PUBLI. sins, according to the rule of the universal
CATIONS. church, and according to the doctrine of The Way to do Good; or, The Christian the apostles.' Dr. Wall, who took much Character Mature. The Sequel to the Young pains to find out whether infant baptism Christian and the Corner Stone. By JACOB ever ceased to be the practice of the church,
ABBOTT. With a Preface, by THOMAS tells us, that, from the year 410 to the year MORELL, Principal of Coward College. 1150, a space of 740 years, no man ever
| Small 8vo. pp. 320. B. L. Green.-This pretended to deny it. Thus the prevailing is a new, neat, and cheap edition of one of practice of Christian churches cannot fail to Mr. Abbott's best books, which we sincerely satisfy the candid reader, that infant bap. hope will realize an extensive circulation. tism must have been the practice of the apostles. But if any are disposed to ques.
An Exposition of the shorter Catechism ; tion the value and validity of this species of or, A Scripture Catechism in the Method of evidence, let them be reminded that it is the Assembly's. By MATTHEW HENRY, precisely of the same character with that by
Minister of the Gospel at Chester. Issued which the authenticity and genuineness of
by authority of the Publication Committee the books of the New Testament have been
of the General Assembly of the Free Church proved, with so much strength of con
of Scotland. Small 8vo. pp. 176. John vincing argument, by Dr. Lardner, Dr.
Low, Edinburgh.-We congratulate the AsPaley, Dr. Chalmers, and other able and sembly of the Free Church of Scotland on successful advocates of the same class." the act of their Publication Committee, in pp. 52, 53,
giving this admirable manual to the world,
in its present beautiful form. A more valu. MONASTIC INSTITUTIONS: their Origin,
able help in the solid Christian instruction Progress, Nature, and Tendency. By
of the young cannot be found in the English SAMUEL PHILLIPS Day, formerly a Re.
language. ligious of the Order of the Presenta The English Child's Introduction to tion. With an Introduction, by the Rev. Geography. By a Mother. 18mo. pp. 88. C. H. Minchin, M.A., Chaplain to the B. J. Green.-This is an excellent school. Lyiug.in Hospital, Dublin. Second edi. book, well calculated to awaken intellect, tion. Crown Svo.
and to stimulate effort. London: Nisbet.
Christ the Rock; not Peter. A Lecture. There pever was a period in our history By the Rev. J. R. BARBER, D.D., Minister of St. Paul's, Vauxhall, Lambeth. Delivered | Snow.--Those who practise the rite of Con: at the request of the South London Auxiliary firmation, as it obtains in this country, of the British Society for Promoting the would do well to peruse with all seriousness Religious Principles of the Reformation, this plain and faithful caveat. 12mo. pp. 24. James Nisbet.-An ex. cellent exposure of the fallacy of Roman The British and North British Reviews. Catholic reasoning on the primacy of Peter. Nos. XI. and XIV. A Pure River of Water of Life. A Ser.
i All the pledges given to the public for mon preached on Sunday, May 30, 1847;
| the efficient conduct of these two reviews are to which are added, Memorials of the late
more than redeemed. There has not been Mrs. Mary C. Howitt, of Nottingham. By
one inferior number of either publication. the Rev. SAMUEL Dunn. 18mo. pp. 52.
In the present British, there are five articles 6d. John Snow. - This is a superior sermon,
of extraordinary merit; the first, on the as a sermon; and the memoir it contains, is
public Libraries of London and Paris; the
second, on the Characteristics of Dissent; worthy of general perusal, as furnishing a
the third, on Hobbes; the fourth, on Auguspleasing illustration of the power of vital
tine; and the fifth, on Education. godliness.
In the North British, we have been deConfirmation: the True and the False. lighted with the articles on Simeon and his A Sermon. By W. LEASK. Published by predecessors; David Hume; and Dr. Chal. request. Small 8vo. pp. 24. 2d. John: mers.
SKETCH OF THE LIFE AND CHARACTER OF | enlarging his acquaintance with his native
THE LATE MR. JONATHAN LEES, tongue. The babit of hard study and diliOne of the Deacons of Grosvenor-street
gent improvement of bis leisure hours thus Chapel, Manchester; being an extract
early formed be preserved through life, even
in its busiest days, and to this is doubtless from the Funeral Sermon delivered on the occasion of his death, by the Rev.
to be much attributed his great capacity for
usefulness. R. Fletcher.
His early family connections were both All who knew the late Mr. Jonathan helps and hindrances in the way of bis reli. Lees will agree, without hesitation, that he gion. His father was originally a Unitarian, was an eminent servant of God, and that being an attendant at Platt chapel, in the the death of such a man demands special neighbourhood of Manchester. He was, notice. It is right, on scriptural authority, however, a steady and worthy man; be to give honour to whom honour is due ; but taught his family to keep the sabbath, atmy object will rather be to magpity the tended chapel with them twice on the Sungrace of God in him, and to give the glory day, and in the evening assembled them at to God, from whom his abilities and oppor- | home, for the purpose of reading the New tunities of service were derived. His inti. Testament, verse by verse, in turn. Io bis mate connection, too, with the history of later days he gave evidence of evangelical religion in this place and in this neighbour. | piety, and left a pleasing testimony behind hood, will furnish occasion to advert to him at his death. matters, which may not be unprofitable to When Mr. Lees was about sixteen years the rising generation, who know but little of age, a religious movement commenced in of these things, nor unwelcome to our more his family. His own mind received its aged friends, as a means of calling to their first impression, by hearing read, in the remembrance events and scenes, the actors chapel, Isaiah ix. 6: “Unto us a child is in which are now fast passing away.
born, unto us a son is given : and the Mr. Lees was born in March, 1773, at government shall be upon his shoulder : Livenshuline, near this town. His father and his name shall be called Wonderful, was a bleacher and farmer, and he received Counsellor, The Mighty God, The everlasta good plain education, such as was usually ing Father, The Prince of Peace.” The given at that time by careful parents to discordancy between this text and the opi. their children. Upon this, however, Mr. nions in which he had been brought up Lees improved, as he grew up, by self-cul struck him forcibly, and his confidence in ture,-one of his first purchases, when he them appears from that time to have been had a little money of his own, being a gram shaken. About this time the chapel at mar and other works, for the purpose of Platt was rebuilt, and during its erection