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guage;" but we must add, there is so terials, and forms a suitable Appendix much vital spirit in it, that it would be to the Memoirs of the writer noticed in sure to live, if it were anonymous. To a former number of our work. The many, however, it will be additionally subjects are so numerous, and in generecommended by all the weight that ral so vastly important, that to review belongs to the high character of the them, or even to enumerate them, is author-a holy man, who feared God rendered, by our limits, quite impossiahove many-who laboured and suf- ble. The Letter on "The Divine Dt. fered in prison, and fainted not. crees," p. 169; and the remarks “ On
We rejoice to see this new and the practical Influence of the Doc. handsome edition, and applaud the trines of Predestination, Election, and wisdom of our Scottish friends, who Final Perseverance," p. 321, are pecu. bave ranked Joseph Alleine among the liarly excellent, because of the scrip. “ select Christian authors."
tural and luminous statements they The Essay prefixed by Mr. Thomson give of the Divine Sovereignty, as ma. is ably written, and with great clear. nifested in the just condemnation of ness and force proves, that to alarm impenitent sinners; and the free salsinners is essential to preaching the vation of the elect of God; and the gospel-that it is perfectly rational to necessary tendency of these doctrines do so—that it is in complete accord- upon the mind of a renewed person, to ance with the principles of our nature promote sincere humility, godly zeal, —and that to reject this mode of ad- and universal holiness of life. A paper dress, though we must not confine our on the “ Observance of religious Orselves to it, is to reject the examples dinances," p. 488, ought to be carefully of the prophets, of the apostles, and of read, and the injunctions it contains, Jesus Christ himself.
should be practically observed. There The two first Chapters of this popu- are many serious persons in our lar work are occupied in shewing what churcbes, who live in the neglect of conversion is not, and what it is. The baptism and the Lord's Supper; and third proves ils necessity. The fourth that do not reverently, and in proper aor fifth exbibit the marks and the time, attend public worship on the miseries of the unconverted; and the Lord's-day, who would find themselves two following are filled with directions powerfully reproved by it. and motives.
The whole work must be read, in The two Epistles, prefixed by order that its worth may be properly, Ricbard Baxter and Richard Alleine, appreciated.' are extremely touching.
Mr. Baxter says, “ I must tell thee, reader, that I take it for an honour to A Letter to a Friend, on the Authority. commend so masculine a birth unto the Purpose, and Effects of Christianity, world. The midwife of Alexander or and especially on the Doctrine of ReAristotle need not be ashamed of her
demption. By Joseph John Gurney. office."
5th Edition. 12mo. Pp. 48. 6d. or Oh that it may find its way into the 4s. 6d. per Dozen. bands and the bearts of those interest. The very intelligent and orthodox ing young men, who are tempted to writer of this pampblet, is a minister of prefer the ornamental to the useful; the Society of Friends, or Quakers. and also of those preachers, who cry We are very bappy to find bim speak“ Peace, peace, when there is no ing on all the fundamental points of peace ;” and who, misled by a false Christianity, in a tone so decidedly delicacy, seem afraid to “ mention evangelical. And as we bave been asbell to cars polite !"
sured by most competent authority, that bis principles in this Tract are
fully recognized and approved by the Letters and Papers of the late Rev.
body of Friends; all the suspicions Thomas Scott; never before published: might be dismissed which, some years with occasionul Observations by John since, were excited by the “ controverScott, A. M. Octavo, pp. 515.
sy between Hannah Barnard and the Seeley and Son.
Society of Friends;" that many of This is a collection of valuable ma- them had expressed a leaning towards Soeinianism. As to the doctrine of intention to publish this “ Manual for three equal persons in the Trinity; the Church Members” was bailed by us proper Divinity of Jesus Christ; the with peculiar satisfaction; not less on Atonement made by his vicarious sa- account of the ability with which we crifice ; the justification of the repent- knew such a work would be executed ing sinner, through the imputation of by him, than on account of its desirthe merits of Christ, without human ableness' to meet the preşeut demand deservings, to those who believe in his of instruction, in relation to a subject, name; and the certainty of good works, which, though essential to the purity as the evidences of faith in the Re. and prosperity of the Christian church, deemer :--all these points are most we lear, in this age of generalization scripturally and luminously stated. and Jatitudinarianism, is 'too much The following is a specimen of the overlooked and neglected. Author's style :
Having now attentively perused this 66 Now were we, through the means of highly acceptable publication, we basthat dispensation, to receive nothing but ten to give it our strongest recommendinformation, precept, and example, our ation: to which, as it appears to us, by need would be far indeed from being sup- its judicious arrangement, perspicious plied. Powerless and corrupt as we are, statements, and compressed informawe should still be left to perish in our tion, it is justly cotitled. Besides the sins, and the light thus communicated to preface, and a 'short, but interesting, us, would only aggravate our woe, and paper on baptism, the work contains render our destruction more terrible. fourteen sections: of which the titles Where is the individual who understands
are the following. The Authority of the plague of his own heart, who is not
the New Testament–The Constitution aware that he stands in need, not only of
of a Christian Church-On Church information, but of reconciliation with God; not only of light but of life; not po
+ Power-The mode of admitting Memonly of precept and example, but of
ecept and example, but of bers-The Lord's-day-The Pablic power to obey the one, and to fol. Worsbip of the First Curistians-The low the other? Yes, my dear friend, the Lord's Supper-The Pastor's Officegospel of our Lord and Saviour is no mes. The Duties of Church Members to senger of good tidings to us, unless it their own Pastors-The Duties of proclaims to us indemnity and cure. Thus, Church Members to each other-The and thus only, will it supply all our spiri. Deacon's Office-The Discipline of a tual need. Truly our hope is only in the Christian Church-The Law of Excommercy of God, through the Saviour of men. munication The Fellowsbip of ChrisA Saviour, or I die~a Redeemer, or I inches perish for ever!”
tian Churches. An appendix is added, :
consisting of a paper on John ji. 5.We venture to suggest, for the con- Extracts from Jowett's Christian Resideration of this writer, whether the searches-On the Pastor's Maintecontrast between John's baptism, and nance-Catalogue of Authorities. that of the Saviour, mentioned, page The tutors of our dissenting acade39, ought to have been applied to “the mies will, no doubt, recommend this wasbing of regeneration, and renew. “ Manual” to the notice of the students ing of the Holy Ghost," which relates under their care; and, wbile the pastors to the sanctification of all Christians; and deacons of our churches will feel when, as it appears to us, our Lord that much is due to Dr. Newman, for himself (Acts i. 5,) explains John's the pains he has bestowed on this immeaning as referring entirely and ex- portant subject, they will perceive the clusively, to the extraordinary gifts to propriety of co-operation—that is, enbe imparted by the Holy Spirit on the deavouring, in their respective commuday of Pentecost? We are aware the nities, to impress upon the minds of system of the Friends makes such an the members, and also of those who application of the text necessary: may be approaching their communion, but " what saith the scriptures ?” the desirableness of their possessing tbis
valuable syllabus of facts and duties. A Manual for Church Members, drawn In short, such is our conviction of the
from the New Testament. By W. utility of this concise, but comprehenNewman, D.D. pp. 111. Offor. 2s. sive, view of the Christian church, and DR. NEWMAN's announcement of bis its relative obligations that we sin. cerely hope it will be pcrpetuated goes on to treat of the degree of sorrow through numerous editions, and that, for sin in true penitents-and their acif any be unable to procure it by their ceptance of salvation through the cross own means, there will be persons found of Christ. He shows how the believer in every Christian sociсty, whose prompt recovers peace of conscience, and low benevolence will cheerfully supply the he is governed in his daily conversation deficiency.
and concludes with particular addresses to the rich and the poor ; tbo
young and the old; the self-righteous, Treatises on Justification and Regenera
and the chief of sinners.
The introductory essay, by Mr. Wil. tion. By John Witherspoon, D.D. berforce, has a rich evangelical unction With an Introductory Essay by Wm. upon it, and will be read with admiraWilberforce, Esq. Glasgow, 1823. tion and delight by many, to whom,
Dr. Witherspoon was a man of perhaps, the name of Dr. Witherspoon learning, and of wit and bumour. But was almost, or entirely unknown. bis highest reputation was derived from We must oonfine ourselves to a short bis theological pre-eminence, and from extract from Dr. Witherspoon's “Inthe ability and decision with which, troduction,” p. 95. while he presided in one of the Ameri can colleges, he defended the doctrines
" It is not my purpose to give a tedious of grace. His writings abound, with
explication of the passage, or entertain Juminous statements, clear, cautious,
'the reader with a proportion of criticism
clear, cautious, opon the words. This expression the and circumspect reasonings; pungent kingdom of God. hath various significaexpostulations with the conscience, tions in scripture, but chiefly two in the and powerful appeals to the heart... New Testament: 1. The gospel dispensa
This volume contains a respectful tion, or government of the Messiab, as and 'affectionate letter to the Rev. distinguished from the preceding periods; James Hervey, which introduces an 2. The kingdom of heaven, where the essay on the connection between the sincere disciples of Christ shall be put in doctrine of justification by the imputed full possession of the blessings of his rigluteousness of Christ and boliness of purchase. I take it to be the last of Jife.
those that is, either only, or chiefty, inThe largest and the most laboured
entended in this passage, Both of them,
indeed, may be meant in their proper piece, is the practical treatise on regene
order, and for their different purposes. ration. Dr. Witherspoon has justly re- An
An open profession, and receiving the exmarked," wherever there is much real, ternal badge, was necessary to a concealed there will also be much counterfeit friend and cowardly disciple; but a right religion." One of the most striking to the spiritual privileges of the gospel, features of this work is, the skill which and the promise of eternal life, was the the writer has displayed in separating only thing that could make the profession the precious from the vjle-in distin- valuable or desirable. Accordingly, our guisliing true from false religion. , Saviour seems to speak of both in his In the first chapter, after some reply to Nicodemus, admission into the
visible church by bantism, and renovation general observations on the metaphor used by our Lord, in John ji. 3, he
by the Holy Ghost. Jesus answered,
Verily I say unto thee, except a man be shews, in distinct sections, that then
*; what the born of water and of the spirit, he cannot cbange must be great-that it is not enter into the kingdom of God.' merely external and imperfect, but inward, essential, and complete and If this be the true interpretation, that it must be supernatural.
(and a host of divines, both ancient and The second cbapter presents a large modern, might be appealed to in its vicw of its principal evidences and support) it decides, at once, the confruits.
troversy on “terms of communion." The third traces the steps by which Without presuming to decide on its this change is accomplished. Here, in validity, we may, however, confidently seven sections, be shews that there state, that it is entitled to the serious must be a discovery of the real nature consideration of all those who now take of God-ipd of bis infinite glory--and opposite sides on that question, a conviction of sin and danger. He
An Abstract of the gracious Dealings of if he practically regard the opinion God with several eminent Christians, wbich he mentions of the late Mr. Fulin their Conversion and Sufferings. ler, in the compilation. By Samuel James, M. A. Ninth Editiin, with considerable Additions, and Memoirs of the Author, by his Son, Isaac James. Octavo, pp. 158. 5s. Gleanings from pious Authors, with a
choice Collection of Letters (some by the
Rev. John Newton), and original Poetry, This useful book is well known to
by the Author of Miscellaneous Thoughts. many of our readers; and to such per
ir readers; and to such per- Pp. 438. Burton. sobs it needs no recommendation. To
The class of persons to whom such a those who compose the new generation compilation as this will prove acceptable in our churches, it may not be unne- is very considerable. A want of leisure, cessary to say, that several of the emi- or a disinclination to read more volumi. nent Christians, whose experiences of nous works, will, in many instances, the divine love and protection are here make these pious extracts welcome. To recorded, lived during the period of the 163 p. this volume consists of a selec. persecution in the reigns of Charles II. tion of passages on various subjects in. and James II. Their faith was thus tended to illustrate and enforce some tried with fire, and was made to appear doctrinal, experimental, or practical truth. more precious than gold, however re
To these succeed poems whose chief me. fined, as it stood them in stead in the
rit is their piety. These again are fol.
lowed by forty-four letters the most inte. most trying and afflicting circum
resting of which are six by the late Rev. stances. To these Memoirs of perse- John Newton, and one by the late Rev. cuted Nonconformists, the Editor has J. Grimshawe; and the volume is con* now added one of a pious Protestant cluded by a selection of texts on various clergyman, in the reign of bloody and important subjects. queen Mary:-“ the interesting Nar- Though upon the whole we think well rative of the Rev. Thomas Mountain, of this work, we feel it to be our duty to transcribed from Strype's Ecclesiasti- caution the editor against publishing cal Memorials." His deliverances every thing which may fall in his way in from popish bishops, who thirsted for
the shape of original poems or letters, lest his blood, is little sbort of miraculous !
he should incur the serious charge of Mr. James has.“ considerably en
book-making, and suffer the penalty of a
stagnant sale. Jarged the account of his great-grandfather, Mr. Laurence Spooner, from the original manuscript; - as also the “ Detail of tbe sufferings of Agnes Beaumont ;" from the original mang. Four Treatises, by the Rev. J. Haldane, script. The experiences of Mrs. Author of the Revelations of God's Combe, Mrs. Clarksun, and Mrs.Church Righteousness, &c. &c. &c. Pp. 136. man, are well worth perusing, especial
Hoidsworth. ly by those feeble-minded Christians,
The subjects of these treatises are: 1. who need information and encourage- Mystery of Redemption; 2. Prayer of ment, respecting the nature of a work Moses; 3. Doctrine and Duty of Selfof grace in the heart. To pious females examination; 4. On the Faith of the of this class especially, we cordially re- Gospel. commend these accounts.
The author has treated these important Mr. James bas rendered an accept- articles with great seriousness; and able service by tbe republication of this though we are not aware that his stateenlarged work : we wish he could be ments possess any strong claim to origi. induced to publisb. before bis death.. nality, yet we think pious readers cannot the “ History of the Dissenters in Brisó peruse this work attentively without tol," announced as being in a state of reaping advantage. It contains many preparation about thirty years ago!
passages of great excellence; among
these we quote the following: Surely he need bave no apprehensions " Let all beware, then, of trifling with but what such a publication would be religion ; there is, indeed, much specu. purchased to an extept sufficient, at lation on the subject in this country. least, to cover the expenses; especially Some are speculating about faith as a fiducial act, and others about faith as LITERARY INTELLIGENCE. being simply believing the truth; whilst both, perhaps, are ignorant of that glorious truth which produces love to God
Just Published.. . . and man, purifies the heart, and over- A Memoir of Catherine Brown, a Chriscomes the world. Some comfort them- tian Indian. By Rufus Anderson, A.M. selves that their faith will save them, be. Price 1s. 6d. cause it is not historical, and their con- The Beneficial Influence of Wisdom and fidence is increased by their doubts and Knowledge. By the Rev. Richard fears about their own interest in Christ, Keynes, of Blandford. 8vo. Price 1s. which they view as a pleasing evidence À Manual for Church Members; by that they are the Lord's. Others are sure Dr. Newman, of Stepney. Price 2s. all is well with them, because their faith The Cottage Bible. 'Twelve Parts are is simple belief, and because they have now published: the first Volume, or which no doubts and fears. Yet both may be may be bound in two, will be completed deceiving themselves. The doubts and in Fourteen Parts. fears of the one may arise from their own hearts condemning them for their carnali. ty, while they are ignorant of that which
In the Press. gives the answer of a good conscience;
An Expostulatory Letter to the Rev. and the peace of the other may arise from Edward in
Edward Irving; occasioned by his Ora. indifference about eternity, and light tion for Mice
tion for Missionaries after the Apostolical views of the evil of sin. But he that has
School. By the Rev. Wm. Orme, of heard the voice of Christ, and learned of
Camberwe him the truth as it is in Jesus, shall
Roxton Hymns: consisting of One
Roxton Hum come forth of them all. He neither Hundred original Hymns. By the Author trusts in bis faith nor in his works, por of " An Old Year's Gift." on any real or supposed change of his "M
S Mr. Belcher, of Folkstone, bas in the heart, but the life he lives in the flesh is
S Press a 12mo. Volume, entitled Poetical
P by the faith of the Son of God; and abid. S
Sketches of Biblical Subjects; comprising ing in him, he shall be filled with the
de a Selection of Passages from the best fruits of righteousness, which are, through Poets, illustrative of the sacred Volume. Jesus Christ, to the praise and glory of
It is intended as a Companion to his God." P. 135.
“ Narratives,” lately published.
Society for the Relief of aged and make a collection last year, that, if each infirm Buptist Ministers.
of them would make a collection (either public or private,) the aggregate, al
though the sum were individually small, THE Annual Meeting of the Society for would be a valuable accession to the the relief of“Aged and infirm Baptist Mi. comforts of the aged and infirm, as one nisters," instituted at Bath, 1816, will be half of such collection would be imme, held at the vestry of the Baptist Meeting- diately divided among the claimants. house, Somerset-street, Bath, June 15, The benificiary members entitled to 1825, at noon. In the interim, the bene. claim on the funds of the Society, are re. ficiary inembers, annual subscribers, and minded, that their application must be in congregations disposed to aid the funds the hands of the Secretary on or before of this Society, by a collection, are re the 15th of May, or they cannot be atspectfully requested to pay their subscrip tended to; and those of them who retain tions and collections to any member of the the pastoral office, must accompany their Committee, who are desired to remit all application with a certificate from their sums received on account of the Society respective churches, that they retain such to the Rev. J. P. Porter, Bath.
office (notwithstanding their claim on this The Committee avail themselves of this Society,) with the consent of the majority occasion to suggest to their brethren in of the members present at a church-meetthe ministry, who are members of this ing, held by public notice, for the espeSociety, particularly those who did not cial purpose of giving such certificate.