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80 with an independence of mind which in- | tunity of meeting with them. On this bead, spires confidence, and proves that he has much interesting information will be found taken nothing upon trust, where he had in his work. For the rempant of the Sa. the means of forming a personal judgment. maritans still sojourning at Shecbem or Where he agrees substantially with former Nábulus, our author evinced a benevolent as travellers, he has not implicitly followed in well as literary interest. And in reference their train; but has ventured on minute but to the Eastern Christians, who sojourn on important corrections, and has shed light the frontiers of Palestine, Dr. W. bas furupon matters which escaped their notice. nished some striking facts, which prove Though he has done full justice to the how much they are entitled to the sympatby masterly production of professor Robinson, of Protestant Christendom, exposed as they of the United States, he has, in certain in- are to intrigues of crafty conclaves at Rome stances, improved upon his statements, or and Lyons. at least made them more complete.
Dr. W. has adopted the plan recommend. “ Most travellers," observes Dr. Wilson, ed by Sir William Jones in representing * who have entered the countries which I Arabic words, which is formed on classical ask the reader to traverse with me, have analogy, and is adapted to the classical approached them from the distant west; pronunciation of the different nations of and almost everything connected with them Europe, including Great Britain. has presented itself to their view in an The maps, and other pictorial illustra. aspect of entire novelty, and called forth a tions, of this work are peculiarly excellent; burst of fresh European feeling. I betook | and, we bave reason to believe, are as accumyself to them from the distant east, in rate as the present state of our knowledge, which I had resided about fifteen years, and in these matters, will admit. As an accom. not altogether a stranger to the nature of plished draftsman accompanied Dr. W., be their climes, and the manners and customs had great advantages, in this department, and languages of their inhabitants, with which are peculiarly manisest in the sketches many of whom I had been brought into of Jerusalem, and the valley and ruins of contact; and if I have laboured under some Petra. disadvantages by my lengthened sojourn in We can, with great confidence, recom. the exsiccating regions of the sun, I have mend Dr. Wilson's “ Lands of the Bible," enjoyed certain facilities for movement, and to all who take interest in such studies, and inquiry, and comparison, to which some particularly to those who are professionally importance may be attached. In my asso. devoted to the investigation of topics con. ciates, too, I was peculiarly favoured. I nected with the literature of the Bible. allude especially to John Smith, Esq., and Dhanjibhái Naurjí, of Bombay, to the Rev. William Graham, of Damascus, and to other friends, to whom I have expressed my great MINISTERIAL RECORD; or, Brief Account obligations in the body of my book, and
of the Great Progress of Religion under whose assistance and friendship I shall long
the Ministry of Rev. W. Williams, of remember with the deepest gratitude."
Pantycelyn, Carmarthenshire. By the While Dr. W. pronounces Dr. Robinson's
Rev. E. Vorgax, A.M., Vicar of Sys. “ Biblical Researches' to be a " most able
ton, Leicestershire. and learned book," which “bas entirely ex
Hughes, St. Martin's-le-grand. hausted many subjects of inquiry connected It cannot be doubted that English conwith Biblical geography," he “has seen gregations, when actuated by the spirit of reason to differ from some of his conclu.
missions to the heathen, will think, with no sions ;” as, for example, in reference to common interest, of the author of “the place and circumstances of the passage
“O'er the gloomy hills of darkness, * of the Israelites through the Red Sea, the mount of communion at Sinai, the route of and it is equally certain, that thousands will the Israelites immediately after the giving frequently think of him who wrote of the Law, the use of some of the recent “Guide me, 0 thou great Jehovah, excavations at Petra, and various questions
Pilgrim through this barren land." connected with the topography of the Holy The author of these popular hymns, found Land.” “The reasons,” adds Dr. W., with in the Countess of Huntingdon's collection, becoming modesty," of my judgment I have was the Rev. William Williams, of Panty. endeavoured to prove without dogmatism, 'celyn, of whom a brief memoir is now fure and in a spirit, I trust, equally remote from nished by the worthy vicar of Syston, in this the dangerous extremes of credulity and ra. concluding part of his " Ministerial Re. tionalism."
cords." In his travels, Dr. W. kept his eye For the writing of this memoir, Mr. steadily fixed upon the condition of God's Morgan has taken much pains in procuring ancient people, wherever he had an oppor. the requisite materiale, most of which are
peculiarly interesting and valuable. He has peace. He was ordained deacon in 1740, also furnished us with the opinions of emi. | by Dr. N. Claget, bishop of St. David's, to nent Welsh poets and critics on the hymns the curacies of Llanwrtyd and Llanddewi, and poems of their honoured countryman. | Abergwesin, where he preached for three In addition to these, we have " parts of his years, with no very great success, to a most elegy on the Rev. Griffith Jones, translated ignorant and immoral people. In his into English by the Rev. E. Harries, of ministerial labours he met with some trou. Llandissilio ; together with a few of Mr. ble, as indeed most pious clergymen did at Williams's bymns, translated by the Rev. that period. He used to say, with a degree J. Owen, vicar of Thrussington, and the of pleasantry, that he was put into the Rev. Dr. Davies, rector of Gateshead, Dur. | Bishop's-court for nineteen transyressions ; ham, with some observations. These will and this was done by the enemies of the afford pleasure, and perhaps improvement, gospel, in order to get rid of one who was to some of our English readers, as well as sent to them for the best of purposes. Those to those who are connected with Wales, and clergymen who were living in neglect of partial to the poetry of that land of hills, their duty, and guilty of real transgressions, and vales, and noble streams, the constant were caressed and promoted; while one theme of the delighted traveller.
who stepped aside to do good, remained William Williams, the celebrated Welsh under the displeasure of his diocesan. The poet, was born at Cefncoed, near Llan. bishop refused him priest's orders, because dovery, Carmarthenshire, in the year 1717. be preached in other places besides the His parents, John and Dorothy Williams, parishes under his immediate care. It was were members of the Independent denomi. chiefly by the celebrated Whitefield that he nation, and were considered truly pious. was induced to become an itinerant preacher, His father was an upright, honest, and re. and go out into the highways and fields. It spectable farmer, who died when his son appears that his official connection with the William was young. The care of his educa Established Church now ceased, and that he tion consequently devolved on his mother, ! thus entered upon a larger sphere of useful. who lived to the advanced age of ninety-five. ness, much like that of a missionary, for It is said that young Williams was well which he was peculiarly qualified. “From brought up, and finished his education at the time he left the Church," says his bioLlwynllwyd, near Hay, Breconshire, under | grapher, “he incessantly travelled through the superintendence of the Rev. Mr. Price, Wales, as an apostle, preaching the everIndependent minister at Maes-yr-Onen, lasting gospel to the ignorant and perishing whose academy was then very popular. His inhabitants of the principality, wherever he first intention was to enter the medical pro. could meet with any that would hear him. fession, in consequence of which he studied This was his noble, unceasing work, as an the art of healing very diligently. Thus ambassador of God, for about the space of was he enabled, under ihe blessing of God, 1 half a century. It was his custom to go to render important service to the sick and one sabbath in every month to assist Row. afilicted, by his advice and prescriptions. lands, at Llangeitho, in administering the Before, however, he had finished his studies, Lord's supper to the immense multitude, a great change took place in his religious which came regularly every month, to hear views, and plans of future employment; so that extraordinary minister, and to receive that theology, and the Christian ministry, the communion there. were preferred to medicine and surgery. “We are informed that, at a meeting of
This change in the mind of young Wil. ministers, Howell Harris requested each of liams was occasioned by hearing Howell his brethren present, to compose a few Harris, when preaching with great power in stanzas, to be produced at their next asso. the churchyard of Talgarth, as soon as the ciation, that they might discover whether service in church was over. The religious the Lord had bestowed the gift of poetry feelings of Mr. Williams were, at first, upon any of them; and if so, that they painful; his convictions of sin being pun. might know the individual. They complied gent and alarming; but his subsequent peace with that request; and when the time ar. and joy were proportionably great. The rived, they read several compositions; and experience which he gained, under the it was immediately acknowledged by all, teaching of the Spirit, in awakening, alarm. that Williams excelled, and tbat he had this ing, and consoling him, was deep and lively, peculiar and excellent gift. He was there. as was afterwards apparent in his ministry fore encouraged by Rowlands and Harris, and publications. He composed an elegy and all the brethren, to exercise this talent on the death of Harris, in which he alludes to the glory of the Lord, and the benefit of to his own effectual calling under his minis his church." try,-showing how powerful that ministry Of the extensive usefulness of Mr. Wil. was, as the means of turning him from liams in the Welsh Calvinistic Methodist devious paths, into the way of truth and Connexion, the vicar of Syston has enabled
us to form some idea. Of the long friends, through which this information is conveyed ship subsisting between him and the Coun. are by no means inviting to the youthful tess of Huntingdon, and of his acceptable mind. Most of the histories of the Reformpreaching at her ladyship's chapels in Lon. ation are voluminous, and, with a few ex. don, we have some gratifying particulars. ceptions, written in anything but an attrac. It appears that it was at her ladyship's tive style. With such materials, it is not request that Mr. Williams published some an easy task for the diligent student to of his hymns in English, under the title of arrive at clear and comprehensive views of “ Gloria in Excelcis," intended for the this important portion of European history. Orphan House in America. We learn also The great principles which actuated the that his son, the Rev. John Williams, filled Reformers were but imperfectly developed, the office of tutor in the college at Trevecca, owing to the influence of their own mental for more than five years, of whose truly habits, so long previously cherished, and Christian character a brief account is given. their defective views of the spirituality of This memoir includes, moreover, an ex- Christ's kingdom. Hence their efforts were tended biographical account of the Rev. directed and restricted to the subversion of Christopher Bassett, M.A., of Aberddawn, some of the errors of papacy. And in reserGlamorganshire, who departed this life, ence to Luther, he aimed at the overthrow Feb. 8, 1784, aged 31. This is given in a of the erroneous doctrine of transubstantialong letter from the pen of Mr. Jones, of tion, to put in its place the doctrine of conLlangan, which is followed by several other substantiation. The radical error of the letters of the same gentleman, properly be alliance of the civil with the ecclesiastical longing to a preceding part of the "Mini- | power was left comparatively untouched. sterial Records.” Now, though we like It is evident to every student of ecclesias. unity in a volume, or in a memoir, we tical history, that "the Reformation" was suppose that the want of it, in this instance, but a partial work. Many of the remnants was unavoidable. We therefore thank Mr. of Romanism are still found impeding the Morgan for the work as it is; and we hope progress of a pure and unworldly Christi. that he will meet with sufficient encourage- anity. Some of the fatal errors of the papal ment to publish these lives anew, dropping church, which had long been torpid, bare the title of “Ministerial Records," and of late been resuscitated, and now menace making each a separate volume, uniform the existence of Protestantism. Every effort with the memoir of John Elias. We can that can be made to bring back an entruly say that we have had a mental feast feebled church to its primitive simplicity in the perusal of the present “ Record;" and strength should be put forth at the and we can therefore conscientiously re
present crisis. commend our readers to procure the same We most heartily welcome this little benefit and pleasure to theinselves. A volume. It is admirably suited to the couple of shillings spent for this purpose times. It contains the result of diligent will not be regretted; and they will thus research and judicious thinking. It is have the satisfaction of encouraging a writer written in a style remarkable for its perspito whom the church of Christ is already cuity and beauty. It well deserves a place considerably indebted.
in every family library. We most cordially recommend it to parents and instructors of
the young. Tales of the Reformation. By ANNE Maria SARGENT, Author of " Tales of Sabbath Bells. A Series of simple Lays the Early British Christians."
for Christian Children. By the author Dean and Co., London.
of" The Child's Book of Homilies." 34. The events of the Reformation, at all times Edwards and Hughes, Ave Maria-lane. interesting, acquire a new and additional To write poetry at all is a gift of which interest from the peculiar aspect of religi- few can boast; to write poetry on religions ous affairs at the present crisis. The rest- subjects is a gift still more rare : but to less activity of the “man of sin," and the write genuine Christian verses for children vigorous efforts of Puseyism, give a charac- is next to a mental phenomenon. When ter to the present times. It is therefore we give it as our deliberate opinion, that important that the British youth should “ The Sabbath Bells" are
an undoubted be acquainted with the history of Proteste specimen of real poetry, baptized with the antism, and the struggles through which it spirit of piety, and adapted to the infant passed at the period of the Reformation, mind, we hope our readers will so far credit that they may be induced to value more us as to purchase the little volume, and then highly the uncorrupted word of God, and we are sure they will confirm our judgment. to derive from it their views of pure and It is quite a refreshment, in this scribbling undefiled religion. The ordinary channels age, to find such “ Lays for Children" 23 these. The talents which are here displayed BRIEF NOTICES OF NEW PUBLI. will, we sincerely trust, be cultivated by
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The Bible not of Man; or, The Argument for the Divine Origin of the Sacred
Scriptures, drawn from the Scriptures themMISSIONARY HYMNS: for the use of Chil. selves. By GARDINER SPRING, D.D., of
dren. By the author of " Sabbath Bells," New York. 12mo. Religious Tract Society. C., &c.
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An Antidote to Infidelity. Lectures on schools, who are now so generously sub
tion : delivered at Silver-street chapel, in scribing their pence to send the gospel to the heathen, should have their minds inter- February and March, 1831. By JAMES
BENNETT, D.D. With the Discussions ested in missions through the medium of
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Infidelity, which did good service to the terials for awakening and directing their Taylor was labouring to poison the youth
cause of revealed truth, when the apostate youthfal zeal. The subjects are well select- of London and other cities. The work is a ed, the versification is tasteful and melo- crushing demonstration of the folly, insodious, and the sentiment is strictly evan- lence, and depravity of Infidelity. gelical.
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18mo. ls. Hamilton and is much to commend, and extremely little Adams.-An excellent volume to put into to censure or condemn. The analysis of the hands of a candid Romanist, the work is clear and simple ; it being the Grave Questions for the Consideration author's aim to show that Christ's ministry of the Government and the People, of the was a maifestation of TRUTH, Love, MA- Churchman and the Dissenter, of the ProJESTY, and HOLINESS. This beautiful out
moters of State Grants, &c., and their Opline is well sustained by scriptural argument, ponents. With an attempt to answer them, and pleasingly illustrated by a variety of chiefly in the light of Scripture. 8vo. pp. images and facts, tending to enhance both 122. Ward and Co.-This is an acute, well the interest and the value of the work. We written pamphlet, containing much informathink we can trace, in Mr. Brown's mode
tion, and peculiarly adapted to the present of bandling Divine truth, the admirable
crisis of political affairs. The author has character of the instructions which he re
contributed largely by his pen to the inceived from the President of Cheshunt Col.
struction and improvement of his age. lege. If he will take care and prune away certain redundancies of style, which only Reasons, and the way to effect its Extinc
Dissent: its Character, its Causes, its weaken the current of his thoughts, he may
tion. Likewise, an Appendix, containing soon become one of our most approved authors. We wish bim abundant success in By R. WEAVER. Jackson and Walford.-
Records and Papers not generally known. his new and important sphere.
This is a book which, if Churchmen would read it, would convince them that Dissent
is a reasonable homage to conscience. We He very properly yielded to the impulses cordially approve of its spirit, and applaud which seized upon him when the doleful its argument.
tidings reached his ears, and thus his sermon The Reconciler. By the same Author.
is full of tenderness as well as power. Jackson and Walford. — There is much
A Sermon, preached in Morningside Free theological penetration in this volume, and Church, June 6, 1847, being the sermon it is well deserving of a perusal by all those immediately after the funeral of Thomas who have experienced difficulties and per- Chalmers, D.D., LL.D., &c., &c. By the plexities in examining the doctrines of
Rev. John Bruce, A.M., Free St. Andrew's grace.
Church, Edinburgh. 8vo. John Johnstone. A Voice from Heaven concerning the -To us, this is the most valuable of all the Dead who die in the Lord: with some Ac- pulpit memorials of Dr. Chalmers we have count of the late Mrs. John Sands, who yet seen except Dr. Wardlaw's. It realizes departed this life 25th January, 1847. By his greatness and goodness, his heart of Philip Carer, Minister of Alfred-place friendship, bis transparent simplicity of chapel, Brompton. 18mo. Jackson and character, and all the riches and fertility of Walford. --This is a very pleasing memorial | his masculine mind. of an excellent Christian lady, who adorned
The Journey of Life. By CATHERINE the gospel in life and in death. It is drawn
SINCLAIR, author of Modern Accomplishup with some measure of originality, and is
ments," " Jane Bouverie.” Post Svo. calculated to be very useful.
Longman and Co.--A volume of great talent, The “ Unknown God” revealed. A ser. and of excellent religious tendency. mon, preached at the Fifty-third Anniversary of the London Missionary Society, at the
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pp. 288. Ward and Co.—This has always By James PARSONS, Minister of Salem
been a very well conducted periodical, chapel, York. 8vo. John Snow. This eminently adapted to the capacities of Sunis one of Mr. Parsons' happiest efforts. It day-school children, and greatly calculated is, indeed, as when delivered, a thrilling
to promote their social and religious im. and powerful discourse, greatly fitted to
provement. The present volume, in our promote the cause of Missions, to which it judgment, surpasses all its predecessors in was devoted.
neatness and appropriateness of contriba
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are in a high degree calculated to engage West Port, Edinburgh, on June 6, 1847,
and elevate the youthful mind. being the sabbath immediately following the death of Thomas Chalmers, D.D., Heaven upon Earth; or, Jesus the best LL.D., &c., &c. By the Rev. W. K. Friend of Man. By JAMES JANEWAY, Tweedie, Free Tolbooth church, Edinburgh.
author of “A Token for Children," &c. 8vo. J. Johnstone.—Mr. Tweedie well With “History of the Janeway Family." knew and highly appreciated the late Dr.
By the Rev. P. A. Cox, D.D., LL.D, Chalmers, and has well depicted the pecu
Hackney. Thomas Nelson.-This is anliarities of his mind and character.
other of Nelson's cheap volumes of Puritan Man's best Eulogy after Death. A ser
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way Family will interest many readers; and of the Free Church of Scotland, June 6,
as Janeway's “ Heaven upon Earth" is a 1847, being the sabbath immediately after
work little known, but most precious, it the funeral of Thomas Chalmers, D.D.,
will greatly enhance the value of the series LL.D., &c., &c. By JAMES SIEVERIGHT,
to which it belongs. D.D., Markinch. Published at the request Nelson's Large Type, Comprehensive of the General Assembly. 8vo. John Edition of Matthew Henry's Commentary, Jobnstone.-- This discourse is highly credit. (unabridged), with illustrative Engravings. able to its respectedauthor, whose whole soul Part VI. ls. Thomas Nelson.-This, when was evidently stirred by the solemn and complete, will be a beautiful edition of unexpected event of Dr. Chalmers' death. Matthew Henry.
BRIEF SKETCH ор THE
REV. WILLIAM FLOWER, LATE MISSIONARY AT BARODA.
To whatever department of the operations of God we direct our attention, we
find much that we are unable to comprehend-much that is involved in a mystery which we cannot possibly unravel. The man of science has not to pursue his inves