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lished a remonstrance. No man has a right / In the notice, far too brief, of what you to tax your time and effort and patience, to justly call a “very interesting volume,” make out his sense. Of time, the inestim. (page 375,) it would have been desirable to able and irretrievable talent, it is a robbery ; | inform your readers that the author is no -often a cruel robbery. Above all, those other thin the justly-celebrated Chevalier who write for the press should have some BUNSEN, the antiquary, philologist, theofeeling for the compositors and correctors logian, and statesman; the friend of Niebuhr who have to work upon their lucubrations. and Arnold, and, during the last five years, To them, time is money: the slow progress the Prussian Minister Plenipotentiary to occasioned by the bad writing of authors is, Her Britannic Majesty. You have menin result, a plundering of the hard-earned tioned him by his ordinary title at page wages-a virtual pocket-picking. This ob. 356. He is truly a man whom any nation servation especially applies to proper names. and any rank of society might exult to own. Even in private correspondence, I am often - Will any say that these matters are exceedingly tried by persons signing their | triling, and not worthy of notice to serious names or residences illegibly. Some time and pious men?-I beg leave to differ from ago, the name of the eminent French pastor them. Inaccuracies in citation, and the and professor, M. Adolphe (in English we representation of persons and their writings, ought to use the form Adolphus,] Monod, will always be taken as marks of either ige was presented in a Magazine, in capital norance or negligence, and will often pre. letters, MOUND: and I do not believe that vent confidence in a writer. That want of this was the printer's fault.
confidence leads many to suspect, and then In the Evan. Mag. of the present month, utterly to discredit, the most momentous there are many grievous infractions of pro. truths of religion thus unhappily associated. priety, especially in papers of American Suffer a few additions. P. 377, the name origin. The otherwise excellent essay on of the great philosopher is Herschel, not “ Religion and Science" is full of the faults “Herschell” which is also a German family which anboy and grieve.
name. P. 382, for “ Hamper" read Stamper; P. 352. Why should a man of learning, 383, for “Narbeth''-Narberth; for“ Pop. science, and Christianity, so extensively ley”-Sopley : 384, for “ Halshan"-Hal. known and honoured as Dr. James Cowles shaw; “ Whateley''-Whalely : “ Sleght" Prichard, the eminent physician, philoso. Slight ; “Cecil Alliott Jukes" present the pher, philologist, and author,- be continu- apparent name of one man, but three are ally styled Pritchard, and Mr. Pritchard. meant. P. 386, Dr. Vaughan is spoken of
P. 353, “ Humboldt.” It should be Von as " of Kensington,'' from which place, one Humboldt: and which of the two illustrious might suppose, every person in our circle brothers does the writer mean; Charles knew that he removed to the Presidency of William, or the younger, Fred. Hen. Alex. the Lancashire Independent College, about ander? -Both are men of great celebrity; four years ago. but undoubtedly the latter is intended : yet July 5, 1817. AN OLD FRIEND. multitudes of readers are unacquainted with [We cannot but thank our correspondent the distinction and the actual person. and friend for his strictures; though some
"Edwards,"'-should be Milne-Edwards. of them are a little hyper-critical; as, for P. 354. “Füst,"-should be Fürst. example, when he fiads fault with us for
P. 355. “ Prof. Schubert,-Prof. Neu. not more fully designating the CHEVALIER mann,"'-put properly. But why are many BUnsex. Those who did not know him as other distinguished men huddled together he was described in our pages, would have in a way disrespectful to them, and intro- little profited by the information of our ducing confusion into the reader's mind? | venerable friend.-Editor.] In some cases the bare surname (being all that is given) is no designation, for it is common to several philosophical authors. P. 356 and 357, "Boekch," and
EVIDENCES OF CAR ISTIANITY; OR, THE “ Boeckh," should be Böckh. It is only
DESTRUCTION OF BAD BOOKS BY FIRE
AND BY WATER. when the word is printed in Roman capitals that the E should be inserted in line ; Men of great renown have written treatises BOECKH.
on Christianity which doubtless have been of Our American brethren are often at fault service to the church of Christ, but I am in forming abbreviations of the words which more and more persuaded that a genuine express the titles of books; and thus they conversion from sin to holiness, and from produce a disagreeable effect, and are often Satan unto God, is one of the most conequivocal. There are fixed rules in relation vincing evidences of Christianity which can to this matter, which all correct European be witnessed. Behold the man! his comauthors are careful to observe, whether they pletely altered conduct is the best Bible for write in a vernacular tongue or in Latin. I the ungodly. They will read that,-yea, they must read it. And what throes of con. given the money to the poor." "True," science must it produce, when they see an said the man of decision, “I might have old companion forsaking their society, done so, and some precious souls miglit changing his habits, endeavouring to con- have been poisoned by them ; but now the vert them, and in a hundred different ways, fish will have them, and I am sure they will proving that, “ if any man be in Christ he is not poison the fish. Let them perish i and a new creature!" Here is a triumph of so let all bad books perish, O Lord, Amen." the gospel!
II. An Owenite preacher.-"It is a faithNow there are great and important | ful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, changes going on in the members of our that Christ Jesus came into the world to churches, which are known only to God save sinners, of whom I am chief ;' and as and the individuals on whom these changes Christ has saved the chief sinner, we need pass. It is seldom that anything transpires not despair of any, but hold out encouragego glorious as that recorded Acts xix. 19, ment to all : where the converts brought their books together and burned them, but we should see
"Come guilty, come needy, come filthy and bare;
The poorer the wretch, the welcomer here." and hear more of these things, if people were more communicative with their mini. This is the doctrine we preach, and God sters. And is it not wise and kind in per blesses it, but Owenites and Socialists sons who have been enabled to act so deci. seldom come to hear us, and therefore we dedly to make it known to their pastors ? cannot expect that they will derive any It would have a spirit-stirring effect on their studies and on their ministry. I speak from one of their preachers came to a chapel one happy experience, and would strongly re Sunday morning, where these doctrines are commend it to the consideration of all who preached. His congregation usually met in may read this paper. Perhaps we shall there ibe afternoon. The text was, “ Multitudes, hear more about the destruction of bad multitudes in the valley of decision." The books either by fire or by water. I shall preacher urged his hearers to decide for notice three :
God. The claims of God were pressed, the I. A converted merchant.-Infidel writers | necessity, importance, and advantages were of the French school were in great repute pointed out; and one among otbers who fifty years ago, and young men of education were pricked to the heart, and cried for and of fortune, thought it no small attain mercy that morning, was the Socialist ment to be able to quote Voltaire and Rous- | preacher. He had been wounded, and ren. seau. Hence in many a young man's library dered unfit for preaching in the afternoon. you might find moral poison “elegantly ( His soul had tasted the bitterness of the bound, gilt, and lettered." A happy change wrath of God, and he felt as if he could has come over society since that day, and never again touch Owen's books. It was a Voltaire has suok into merited contempt. day of decision. He resolved that he would One delightful instance of this was in the never go with his old associates again; and merchant referred to. The grace of God he has kept his vow. The congregation was which bringeth salvation reached his heart, disappointed. Some suspected the cause, and taught him to deny himself ungodliness for they had warned him not to go among and worldly lusts, and to live soberly, " the saints." They called on him, and righteously, and godly in this evil world. reasoned, but it was in vain. God had The scenes of former days came up into touched his heart. The sinner had yielded remembrance. The truth of God wonderfully up himself to God. He determined henceimpressed his heart. He read his Bible with forth to be the servant of Jesus Christ. O devout attention, and there he saw that we happy choice ! O blessed day! O glorious are commanded to search our beart and try decision ! Months rolled on. The change our ways, and cleanse our hands, and put became known, and at last he assayed to away evil from our habitations,-apd when join himself to the disciples,-but some he began to search be found Voltaire, &e., were afraid of him, and believed not that he &c., and he resolved on the destruction of was a disciple. A consultation was held the moral poison. He could not conveniently about it, when several gave in their opinion. burn these volumes, but he thought he One said, “I have heard by many of this could drown them ; so they were carefully man. He hath done more to oppose the selected from the library, and put into a sack, | Lord Jesus Christ than any person in this and two men-servants carried the sack to the parish." Many similar things were snoken. river, and quietly committed it with its | At last the question was proposed to one of infidel contents to a watery grave. Another the elders, " What think you of this man?" convert who had seen the books in their former He replied, “One thing is certain, that elegance, and knew how much they cost, Christ came to seek and to save poor lost rather blamed his friend, saying, " You sinners. I know that man's beart is not might have sold the books for so much, and worse by nature than mine; and if the blessed Saviour has manifested bimself to the guilty their Bibles, attend a preached gospel, and creature, and received him, then I am sure believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, that they we ought to receive him. But it has been might be saved. very commonly reported that he had a quan. One son went to London, and though his tity of bad books. Of course, if he is a con letters were always full of affection to the verted mau, he cannot keep these books. I family, yet he gave them to understand that like to see consistency in professors. You the Bible was not the book which he had know, Sir, it is said in the Acts, that chosen for his guide. The tender parents when some wicked people were con were almost distracted, and wrote to him, verted, they, as an evidence of a change of and cried to God to give their son a new heart. brought their conjuring books toge. | heart. At last their prayer was heard. The ther, and burned them before all men; following extract of a letter sent by him to though they were supposed to be worth his parents, forms a happy sequel to my fifty thousand pieces of silver. This was as story: it ought to be, and what we ought to expect "Honoured Parents, I am glad you if a man be really a child of God! Now, | told Mr.--that I am not a Roman Catho. therefore, before I should consent for this lic, as I never had any idea of being one, but man to join our church, I should like to I am happy to say I have escaped from know what he has done with his conjuring something worse than being a Roman books.” “Very good," said the pastor, Catholic. “We will inquire into it.” Immediately “Unluckily for me, soon after I came to another member said, "I can tell you what London I met with some books that were he has done with the books,- he has burned not worth reading, although they took my them all.” This was enough. It was attention. I never denied or doubted the triumphant. The pastor called, and learned existence of God, but I have doubted that the old congregation wanted the books. whether the Bible was the word of God. The preacher said, “ The books are mine." | But, God be praised, I see my error now; “Yes," they replied, " but we will pay you and it was the Bible that taught me to see for them." ." I will consider the matter," | it. And what should you think I have done said the penitent, and as soon as they with the horrid books?-I took every one of left me, I locked the door, brought out the them into the kitchen, and put them on the books and coinmitted them joyfully to the fire; and I felt happier then than ever I have flames." Thus in one happy hour the snare felt since they had been in my possession. was broken. The connexion ceased. The And as I poked them in the fire, I thought devil was disappointed. God was glorified. I had the power over them which Satan The sinner was saved ! O, victorious Re. would have had over me, if I had continued deemer, “gird thy sword upon thy thigh, in what they taught ! * * * and in thy glory and in thy majesty ride "P.S.-I almost forgot to tell you, that prosperously, because of meekness, and I go every Sunday to teach at a Ragged truth, and righteousness, and thy right hand | School.” shall teach thee terrible things. Their | After this drowning and burning of books, arrows are sharp in the heart of the king's let us close with a few observations : enemies; whereby the people fall under 1. What a painful reflection it must be to thee."
the writers of bad books, if they should be III. A teacher in a ragged school. Mr. / brought to repentance before they die. How Scott, the commentator, thought that the withering, how heart-rending the idea of man who left a pious and well-educated having sent sinners to hell ! O, how such family, bequeathed the richest legacy which men will mourn over their misapplied gifts, could be left to this wicked world. No doubt and wish they had never learned the ABC. he was right; but it is a very difficult matter 2. How it will add to the agonies of the to train a family well. Parents find it so; damned to meet in bell with those whom and, with all their training, they need to be | they have contributed to help thither! How continually looking up to their covenant authors and readers will gnash their teeth God, to pour out bis Spirit on their seed and rage at one another,--not satisfied with his blessing on their offspring.
going to hell themselves, but set their wits The teacher referred to above, was not to work to form instruments to destroy trained up in the nurture and admonition of others. What fine talents have been thus the Lord. His parents were converted after devoted to the Devil ! he was grown up, and one of the greatest 3. How much publishers will have to griefs to the tender parents, when the Lord answer for, who pander to the depraved taste opened their eyes, was to think how the of society, in order to get “large profits." souls of their beloved children had been | Profits, indeed! What is a man profited neglected. The sons travelled far from home; if he gain the whole world and lose his own and now the converted parents followed soul; and what will it profit at last, to find them by letters, entreating them to read that the publishing of the books which
brought him large sums of his money, bas | by the Rev. Robt. Ferguson, LL.D., of indirectly led multitudes to destruction ? Stratford, and the Rev. Jno. Kennedy, Honour to the man who sets his standard so | A.M., of Stepney. The following report high, that he will not let a book which is has been addressed to the committee : not calculated to benefit mankind pass | “The morning was devoted to classics. through his warehouse !
The first and second classes were examined • 4. There are books of very doubtful | in Cæsar, Ovid, and Virgil, and subse. character, which have brought great earthly quently in the rudiments of the Greek lan. honour to the writers, and great gain to the guage. The third and fourth classes read publishers; but, alas ! what benefit have the various portions of Cæsar, selected at plea. readers derived from them? I was trying sure by the examiners. The fifth and lower lately to ascertain if any singer bad been classes were confined to the Latin Delectus converted to God by reading the Waverley and Grammar. The pupils acquitted themNovels,- and after all my researches, I con. selves well; and some of them displayed cluded it was a greater honour to have considerable judgment and acumen in their written a small tract, entitled “A dying answers to questions on the constitution Thief and a dying Saviour," than to be the and laws of the language. author of all the far-famed volumes of Sir “In the afternoon we proceeded to the Walter Scott. O man, write for eternity! English department, which embraced Gram. Study to show thyself approved unto God ; mar, History (Sacred and Profane), with "a workman that needeth not to be Geography (both General and Scriptural.) asbamed."
These were followed by Arithmetic, Geo5. How careful should parents be as to metry, and the elements of Mechanics. In the admission of books into their families ! these various branches the examination was Take care of poison. Elegant binding and most satisfactory : as also in the historical elegant diction often couvey secret but and doctrinal subjects of Holy Scripture. certain destruction.
“At a later hour of the day there were 6. As vital godliness increases, we may several recitations; after which we had the expect to hear of many bonfires. There is a pleasure of distributing above 20 prizes to great deal, not of mere rubbish, but of those of the pupils who had distinguished deadly poison, in the store-rooms and libra. themselves by their application, progress, ries of this empire. When shall we see a) and good conduct. One pupil carried off second edition of what is recorded Acts xix. | four prizes. 19? When ?-as soon as great numbers of “The school presents a deeply interesting our wealthy merchants and others are truly | aspect. Some of the scholars gave more converted to God! Then, O then, they will than common promise for the future ; and soon commence a reform. They will search the committee are under deep obligations to Jerusalem with candles ; they will purge
the masters for their devoted and untiring out the old leaven, and some they will give
labours. to the fish, and some they will give “ We cannot conclude our report without to the flames, and we will sing ballelujah! most cordially recommending this institu. Amen. RICHARD KNILL. tion to the favour and support of the Con.
gregational churches of the land. It merits June 3, 1847.
their confidence: and by a slight effort on the part of the body, it might be raised to far greater strength and efficiency.
(Signed) ROBERT FERGUSON, LL.D. DR. CHALMERS'S WIDOW.
John KENNEDY, A.M.” We learn, with extreme satisfaction, that N.B. The committee are at the present the Queen, on the suggestion of Lord John moment in debt, and without the means of Russell, has settled a pension of 2001. per paying the masters' salaries now due. The annum upon the widow of the late Dr. neglect of this school by the denomination Chalmers. Such well- selected and well is surprising. 300 annual subscribers are timed instances of royal munificence, tend required to place it in a satisfactory con. to endear the character of our gracious
dition. Contributions will be very thanksovereign, who deserves to live in the warm fully received by the secretary. affections of her loyal subjects.
Geo. Rose. Grove-lane Hill, Camberwell.
CONGREGATIONAL SCHOOL, LEWIS HAM.
ORDINATION. The Midsummer examination of the pu- ! On the 27th and 28th ult. a public meetpils in this establisbment (sons of poor ing was held at Horeb, Dwygyfylchi, near Congregational ministers) took place on Conway, in connection with the IndeWednesday, June 23rd, and was conducted pendents.
On Sunday, Mr. H: Hughes, of Liver. | after having referred to the importance of pool; Mr. R. Williams, student at Bala dedicating a house to the worship of God, Academy; and Mr. Lewis, of Bangor, proceeded to deliver a very eloquent and preached.
powerful discourse, wbich occupied an hour On Monday morning, Mr. Edward Ste- and a half. The reverend gentleman took his phens, late student at Bala, was publicly text from Acts v. 20: “And the angel said, ordained pastor of the church. The Rev. Go, stand and speak in the temple to the M. Lewis, of Bangor, commenced the people all the words of this life. solemn service, by reading appropriate por. We regret that the pressure of other tions of Scripture and prayer ; the Rev. J. matter prevents our noticing any portion of Jones, of Llanrwst, delivered the introduc- the excellent discourse. tory discourse; the usual questions were After the morning service, about 250 asked by the Rev. W. Jones, the superan. persons repaired to the Boys' British nnated minister of the place, which were School-room, in Rawdon Field, where a answered with satisfaction by Mr. Ste- very sumptuous rep ist was provided, conphens; the Rev. D. Griffith, of Bethel, sisting of a great variety of delicacies, the offered the ordination prayer ; the Rev. R. whole of which had been furnished by some Parry, of Conway, delivered the charge to ladies and other friends in the neighbour. the minister ; and the Rev. LI. Samuel, hood of Hoddesdon, and the proceeds of the Bethesda, preached to the people.
tickets, which were 28. 6d. each, are to be At two o'clock, the Rev. J. Williams, appropriated to the new chapel. The school. Salem, introduced, and Revs. J. Jones and room was tastefully and profusely decorated D. Griffith preached.
with flowers and evergreens, and the whole At six o'clock, Revs. W. Williams, of arrangements reflected great credit on the Corwyn; and W. Williams, of Caernarvon, parties who had the superintendence of them, preached.
Amongst those present we observed the The meeting was very numerously at- Rev. Dr. Harris; the Revs. J. Blackburn, tended, and the services very interesting. of Claremont Chapel, Pentonville; W. The young minister commences his labour Ellis, of Hoddesdon; - J. Allon, of Islingunder very pleasing prospects.
ton; - Lucy, late of Bristol ; I. Anthony, of Hertford ; Gill, of Sawbridgeworth ;
Hurndall, of Bishop's Stortford ; Hall, of Cheshunt; A. Taylor, and T. Finch, of Harlow : the lady and family of
Alderman Challis (Alderman Challis arrived On Tuesday, April 27th, the ceremony of by train in time for the evening service); opening the new Independent chapel at &c., &c. Hoddesdon was performed, when two ser. After dinner, the Rev. W. Ellis rose and mons were preached ; that in the morning addressed the meeting, giving a history of by the Rev. Dr. Harris, of Cheshunt Col. the chapel, the opening of which they had lege, and that in the evening by the Rev. that day met to celebrate. From his state. James Sherman, of Surrey Chapel.
ments, it appeared that a considerable time The new chapel, which stands in about ago the necessity of the new chapel being the centre of Hoddesdon, and which is a felt, an estimate of its cost was obtained, very neat and commodious building, capable and it was resolved that two-thirds of the of seating nearly 500 persons, was crowded money should be provided before the buildboth in the morning and evening, and it ing was commenced. Towards the end of was pleasing to observe that the assemblies last year, with the aid of a bazaar, which were composed of persons of various deno- was held at Islington, the articles of which minations, all laying aside their sectarian were chiefly furnished by the ladies in the differences, and cordially uniting together neighbourhood of Hoddesdon, and with the on so interesting and important an occasion. assistance of several Cbristian churches in
In the afternoon of the day, the delight. the metropolis, and other places, together ful and tastefully laid-out gardens of Mr. with the very liberal and handsome contriWarner, of Hoddesdon, were thrown open bution of Sir Culling Eardley Eardley, and to the public; and it being a fine day, a Mr. Puget, of Barnet, who each gave 100% great number of persons availed themselves the requisite funds were provided, and in of the kindness of the worthy owner. Sept. last the building was commenced, I
The preliminary exercises of the morning had cost 1,3401., 1,2301. of which had been service were conducted by the Rev. Mr. already raised, leaving a debt of 1101. Mr. Blackburn, of Pentonville, who read several Ellis then tendered to Dr. Harris the thanks selected passages of Scripture suited to the of the meeting for the interesting and inoccasion, and afterwards offered up a solemn structive sermon which he had that morning and appropriate prayer.
delivered. Dr. Harris then ascended the pulpit, and Dr. Harris briefly replied, and in the
HODDESDON.OPENING OF THE NEW