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“On the Unity of the Church," and the last, that “On the Respect due to Catholic Antiquity,” deserve most attentive consideration; and one cannot but hope that the great care and moderation with which Mr. Dodsworth has brought forward the subject of fasting may have a beneficial effect on his hearers.
Hymns for Children on the Lord's Prayer, and Scripture Subjects.
London : Printed by Bradbury and Evans. 1835. The best recommendation of this little tract, full of good and just feeling, will be to cite the fourth hymn.
".THY KINGDOM COME.' “When Christ the Lord from heaven came “ These serve, and teach, and warn, and down,
pray, He chose a people for his own;
And, angel-like, prepare his way, He was their king, their sovereign Lord, Till he again on earth appears, His subjects they to keep his word.
As King of all to endless years. “ But well he knew men's sinful pride, “Our Lord has said, with man below Would not his holy laws abide,
His kingdom makes no outward show; And so till heaven shall be our home,
The birth of good, the death of sin, He bade us pray “Thy kingdom come.' His kingdom is our hearts within. “Not armed hosts nor princes great,
" Then can we pray—“Thy kingdom come,' On him, like earthly monarchs, wait ; Nor give it in our hearts a home? His armies are the angels bright,
Oh, no! we more and more must strive, His guards and hosts beyond our sight. Like subjects of our Lord to live. “ One band alone he set below,
“We ne'er must do the smallest thing His goodness, truth, and power to show; That would displease our heavenly King; These wait upon the King of kings,
Must daily strive with all our might,
To feel as well as act aright.
When in his kingdom he shall reign.” The writer, in another edition, must correct a few grammatical errors and baldnesses; and then it will be in all respects a most acceptable collection for children, and for older persons also.
An Address Privately Delivered to Candidates for the Holy Order of
Deacons. By Bishop Coleridge. Barbadoes. 1835. It is much to be lamented that this excellent Address is not reprinted for the use of the same order here, to which a large portion of it would be very useful.
There is a volume just published called Letters to a Mother on the Watchful Care of her Infant, (Sherwood, and Co.,) but it is quite beyond the rough males connected with periodicals to give any judgment on such works.
There is a second edition of Mr. Jacob Stanley's Dialogues on Popery. The reviewer wishes he could say they seem likely to do good. But there are too many unauthenticated statements, too many stories which prove much against particular papists but nothing against popery, which is the only thing worth doing; and finally there is a great deal to which no churchman can assent. Among other things the doctrine of a succession in the ministry is pronounced to be popery.
The following pamphlets have been published :— The Murdered Protestant Pastor, a series of stanzas, by the Rev. S. C. Wilks. (Hatchards.). Observations on behalf of His Majesty's Subjects professing the Jewish Religion, by Mr. Sheriff Salomons, (Richardson,) which is valuable as containing documents. An excellent Sermon by the Rev. 0. Sergeant, M.A., On the Duty of providing Church Accommodation for the Poorer Brethren; and another by the Rev. Thomas Hutchinson, M.A., also at Manchester, on the same subject. A Farewell Sermon at Carshalton, by the Rev. C. Cator; and another by the same gentleman preached at Stokesley. Two sensible Tracts by the same Norfolk Clergyman whose Tracts have been noticed before, called Pray which is the way to the Saving Bank? and What is the use of these Friendly Societies? and a Sermon by him also, called A Turbulent Spirit wicked and dangerous, preached in a riotous workhouse.
Two Sermons deserve especial notice :-Mr. Townsend's eloquent and impressive Discourse at the late Bishop of Durham's Funeral ; and Mr. Molesworth’s Sermon on Episcopacy, preached on the interesting occasion of the consecration of the Bishops of Australia and Montreal.
WINKLE's English Cathedrals, and his work on Continental ones, go on, and go on very well. The two last numbers of the foreign cathedrals contain that most splendid church of Amiens, and Notre Dame, at Paris ; the fourteenth and fifteenth of the English contain Rochester. One is always divided in one's feelings about such works. For a very small sum they give the reader, who has no means of buying more expensive works, a very good idea of buildings of great interest. They show talent which deserves to be fostered in a different way, and are cheap beyond everything. But they will utterly destroy all higher art. People will not give any high prices for engravings when they can get what looks so well at first very cheap. And really good engravings require such art, such education, and such time, that they must cost a large sum.
The thirty-ninth number of the Oxford Memorials contains a plate of one of the most beautiful specimens of English and domestic architecture, Merton College, which cannot be seen from Christ Church meadows, or remembered, without the warmest admiration at its beauty.
The twenty-first number of Switzerland, by Dr. Beattie, contains four views of greater interest and beauty than perhaps any former one.
The Pictorial Bible. No. I. London: C. Knight. Large 8vo. This is a very handsome-looking book with a countless number of woodcuts. Many of these are representations of the animals, plants, and places mentioned in the Bible, and are usually very good. But it is a vain attempt to give any representation of the great pictures of great masters by woodcuts. They must, however good, be VOL. IX.-April, 1836.
coarse and vulgar, and rather spoil than improve the taste. The notes profess to be principally on subjects of geography, history, botany, &c., and in general are so, and seem to contain a good deal of information. But as the editor takes upon himself to decide very authoritatively on interpretations also, one would wish to know his name.
AN ADDRESS TO CONGREGATIONS OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND
ON THE DEVOTIONAL USE OF THE CHURCH SERVICE.* It appears to be a fault in the character of the religion of our day, that too exclusive importance is attached to preaching, to the neglect of the other part of the Divine Service. Yet, needful as it is that we should hear of Jesus Christ and his salvation from the pulpit, this is certainly not more needful than that we should have “communion with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ,” in prayer and in the holy Eucharist. The congregational use of our highly-prized liturgy could not fail very much to promote such communion. Every one must feel the great difference of the church service when it is merely read over by the minister and the clerk in the hearing of the congregation, and when it is used in behalf of and with the congregation,--all feeling their interest in the prayers and praises, and all evincing that interest by cordially and audibly uniting in the responses.
If such were our practice, the service of our church would no longer be regarded as cold and formal, and the best answer would be furnished to those who may bring this accusation against it.
It is therefore earnestly to be desired that each worshipper would charge it upon himself, or herself, as an imperative duty, to promote, as far as possible the devotional character of our service:
First. By diligently attending to the directions of the Rubric.
end of each prayer, in an audible voice. Thirdly. By joining in the SINGING, with the best endeavour to produce
devotional harmony. Let every one feel that this is not a trivial matter, but one which is worthy of the effort; that we may with one heart and with one mouth glorify God our heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
ROMANIST SUPPRESSION OF BOOKS IN THIS COUNTRY. Romanists have, beyond all question, a very large share of the wisdom of the children of this generation. They know the weak parts of human character well, and take advantage of them all. For example, we take for granted that if a book is once published it can be of no use to buy up the copies, as some two or three at least will escape, and so the matter will come before the world. This will be true in one instance, while in ninety-nine others the indolence of mankind is such, that if the book is fairly out of their sight it will never be heard of again. The Romanists know this well, and if there is a really dan
• The above Address has been circulated with good effect among the members of the author's congregation (Rev. W. Dodsworth’s), and is now printed and sold at a cheap rate for distribution in the pews of churches and chapels. They may be bad in any quantity at the publishers.
gerous book to their cause, they regularly but very quickly buy it up. Two instances have occurred within the writer's own observation. Mr. Mendham, to whom the world owes so much for many of his publications, republished a letter of one Watson, a Romanist priest, in Elizabeth's reign, in which he fairly avowed that for the first ten or twelve years of that reign no one had been persecuted for religion, and that till the Jesuits came and introduced all sorts of treasonable conspiracies, the government was quite tolerant. The facts stated both for Elizabeth's government, and against the Jesuits, are certainly very strong, and in consequence the book cannot be got.
Again, Berrington's Memoirs of Panzani, which was noticed in this Magazine, seven or eight months ago, at full length, and is a most curious account by a Romanist of Romanist proceedings in Charles the First's reign, has entirely disappeared now; whereas some years ago,when notice had not been called to it, it was a drug. Watson's letter, which is short, should again be republished. It is a most valuable historical document.
BIRMINGHAM. Sir,–I have to apologize to you and to your readers, for a blunder committed in my letter respecting Church Accommodation in Birmingham, which appeared in your last number. It is there stated, that the parliamentary returns give to the church of St. Philip accommodation for 3900 persons. Upon more accurate examination, I have discovered that the return is, for the parish of St. Philip, which includes 2000 seats in St. Peter's, according to the old arrangements before that church was burnt down ; consequently, 2000 should be deducted from the 2170, the return given in St. Peter's. This error I was led into by St. Peter's not being mentioned by name in the parliamentary document. It, however, only tends to make my statement still stronger; for had I not committed this blunder, the statistical account would have been as follows: Population of Birminghan, 1831
142,206 Increase of 19 per cent
107,292 Leaving nearly two-thirds of the whole population unprovided for.
Your obedient servant, W. RILAND Bedford.*
INCORPORATED SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING THE ENLARGEMENT,
BUILDING, AND REPAIRING OF CHURCHES AND CHAPELS. A Meeting of this Society was held at their chambers in St. Martin's Place, on Monday, the 21st March ; the Archbishop of Canterbury in the chair. There were present the Archbishop of York, the Bishops of London, Winchester, Lincoln, Chester, Bangor, Exeter, Carlisle, Rochester, Gloucester, and Bristol, S. and C. Bosanquet, N. Connop, jun., G. Bramwell, H. J. Barchard, Esqrs., Archdeacon Pott, J. Cocks, W. Cotton, W'. Davies, Joshua Watson, J. S. Salt, Esqrs., Rev. H. H. Norris, J. Lonsdale, Dr. Doyly, &c.
* The rest of Mr. Bedford's letter shall be given in the next number.
Among other business transacted, grants were voted towards building galleries in the church at Odiham, in the county of Southampton ; at Southwold, Suffolk, and Otley, Yorkshire ; repewing the church at Hayes, Kent; Kilpeck, Hereford; Norbury, Derby; St. John, Brecon; increasing the accommodation in the church of Feering, in the county of Essex; building churches in Clarence-street, Regent's-park; and at Weston, Somerset; enlarging, by rebuilding the body of the church of St. Nicholas, Guildford, in the county of Surrey; building chapels at East Donyland, in the county of Essex ; at Out Rawcliffe, in the parish of St. Michael-on-Wyre, in the county of Lancaster; at Dissington and Bells Close, in the parish of Newburn, county of Northumberland; at Copt Oak and Woodhouse Eaves, in Charnword Forest; at Broadheath, Hallow, Worcestershire; at Dacre, Rippon, Yorkshire.
SECOND REPORT OF THE CHURCH COMMISSIONERS. Second Report from his Majesty's Commissioners appointed to consider the state of the
Established Church in England and Wales, with reference to Ecclesiastical Duties and Revenues.
TO THE KIxo's MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY. We, your Majesty's Commissioners, appointed by Commissions bearing date the 4th day of February and the 6th day of June 1835, to consider the state of the Established Church in England and Wales, with reference to Ecclesiastical duties and revenues ; having pursued the inquiry thereby committed to us, humbly present to your Majesty this our second Report
In the remarks which we are about to submit upon the mode of carrying into effect, with some modification, the measures already recommended by us, we shall follow the arrangement adopted in our first Report to your Majesty, bearing date the 17th day of March 1835, and class our observations under the heads of
Territory and Revenue. On the subject of Episcopal Patronage we have at present no additional remarks to offer. The question is one of considerable intricacy, and we propose to make it the subject of a distinct Report. Any general rule which we should attempt to lay down, would be liable to so many exceptions as to render it of little practical use.
In the second part of this Report we shall have occasion to recommend some changes in the exercise of patronage belonging to deans and chapters.
Territory.--Objections have been made to two of the propositions submitted by us to your Majesty under this head ; viz. to the union of the dioceses of Llandaff and Bristol ; and to the separ.tion, from the diocese of Winchester, of those parishes in the county of Surrey which it is proposed to place under the jurisdiction of the Bishop of London.
With respect to the former of these propositions; when the union of the sees of Llandaff and Bristol was recommended, we were not insensible to the inconveniences attending that union ; and the representations which have since been made to us against it have operated so strongly on our minds, as to induce us, on reconsideration, to relinquish that plan. 'We now recommend that the city and suburbs of Bristol should be united to the diocese of Bath and Wells; and that the remaining part of the diocese of Bristol, situate in the county of Gloucester, should be added to the diocese of Gloucester,
If this recommendation is adopted, that part of the county of Glamorgan which is now in the diocese of St. David's may properly be added to that of Llandaff; as well as those parts of the counties of Monmouth and Brecon which are specified in our first Report.
With respect to the proposed transfer of certain parishes in the county of Surrey from the diocese of Winehester to that of London; the advantages which will result from placing the metropolis and the suburban parishes under one jurisdiction appear to us to outweigh any inconvenience which can be apprehended from this arrangement.
We are of opinion also, that the bishoprick of Sodor and Man may, without inconvenience, he united to that of Carlisle : as the Isle of Man contains only eighicen parishes, over which the Archdeacon, who is resident, and has a respectable income, can exercise an effectual superintendence.
Minor objections have been made to other parts of the proposed territorial division of dio. ceses, which it is not necessary now to specify; for with regard to this, and indeed to most of the measures, which, in the discharge of our duty, we have recommended, or may have to reconimend, to your Maj aty, it will be requisite, for the purpose of carrying them fully into effect, that permanent authority should be vested in some persons, to be named in any Act of Parliament which may be passed for sanctioning those measures; who may be capable of inquiring into details more fully than would be convenient for your Majesty in council, with whom, we apprehend, the ultimate sanction will rest.
The new division of dioceses will render necessary a corresponding change in the arrangement of archdeaconrics. We have annexed a scheme, which supposes the erection of six