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of his reader: at all events, by presenting the identical documents by which he has arrived at his conclusions, he enables him to judge for himself.
The first volume brings the history down to the beginning of the controversy concerning the worship of images, in the year 726; the second, to the Papal residence at Avignon, anno 1305; and the third, to the Reformation. Whether the author has published any portion of a continuation of his work we have not been able to learn. To those who either possess, or have access to a well-stocked library of books on Ecclesiastical History, this Text-Book must prove invaluable on account of its references; while it cannot fail to afford much satisfaction to such as are but scantily supplied with books, by the ample quotations with which it abounds.
CRITICAL NOTICES. The Cottage Preacher ; or Plain Sermons for Plain People. By S. Henderson,
Author of " Scripture Questions, fc. 12mo. Il’ard and Co. The system of cottage lectures is now so happily adopted by pious and active members of our churches, as to promise, under the divine blessing, highly beneficial results. Much, however, of their usefulness must depend upon a suitable selection of the discourses which are read to the ignorant attendants upon such services. Considerable difficulty is often found in obtaining sermons that are short and plain, and free from the greatest of all hindrances to the understandings of the poor; we mean theological and Latinized terms, which they not unaptly call “ Dictionary words."
The Discourses in the useful little book before us were primarily written for a visitor of the Christian Instruction Society, and read by him, from the original manuscript, to a company of poor people, who warmly attested their appro. bation of the simple and impressive statements they contain. We are glad their gifted authoress, who is well known for her biblical labours amongst the young, has directed her talents to this department of usefulness. We can assure our readers that these Discourses are truly evangelical in their matter, familiar and intelligible in their style, and so brief and concentrated as to quantity, that we consider them peculiarly fitted for those brief devotional services, which are held amongst the poor of our metropolitan or rural population,
Memoir of the Life and Christian Experience of Samuel Bagster, Jun. By
John Broad. T. Ward and Co. London. 12mo. It was Mr. Bagster's privilege to receive a religious education, both at home, and while placed under the tuition of the Rev. J. Hinton, of Oxford. Abont the age of twenty-one he was awakened to a sense of the importance of eternal things, by the preaching of Dr. Raffles, and from that time dedicated himself to the service of Christ. The account here given of his declensions and revivals, his crosses and comforts, his life and death, cannot fail to interest and edify the Christian reader. Parents and children may hence derive many valuable lessons; and we trust this useful biographical sketch will obtain the circulation it deserves.
Scriptural Paradores; or, Truth illustrated by seeming Contradictions. By
Ralph Venning, A.M. Simpkin und Co. London. 18mo. This is a reprint of a well-known popular book, produced in the seventeenth century. Venning appears to have put forth all his powers to find out and con
struct antithetical and pointed sayings. Some of them are puerile, others are common-place, and a few of them are certainly striking and well worth preserving. Obligation of the Church to prosecute the Missionary Enterprise to which it is
committed. A Sermon preached before the London Missionary Society, at Surrey Chapel, on Wednesday, May 10, 1837. By John Ely, Minister of
Salem Chapel, Leeds. Fisher and Co. London. 8vo. We have seldom read a more powerful sermon than the one before us.« Important junctures,” says Mr. Ely, “ call forth greatness of mind, and inspire loftiness of temperament; eras of excitement give their own character to those whose lot is cast in them; the tone of the community is caught by the individual: what then must be the dulness, the selfishness, the meanness of that spirit which withholds itself from a field, such as that which the world is now presenting, and a co-operation such as that which the church is now inviting ? Oh, it is a miserable thing to lag behind the age, to be destitute of sympathy with that which is exciting the fervour and energy of the noblest minds around us, to be self-excluded from the gladness inspired by Satan's overthrow, a world's redemption, a Redeemer's triumph! Scarcely, even now, can such an individual endure the intolerable oppression of self-contempt; but when pomp, and pleasure, and mammon shall all have failed, oh what will be the torture and lashings of a self-contempt unmitigated, and unmitigable !"
Live Joyfully; or, the Duty and Meuns of being Happy. By Joseph Belcher.
F. Brisler. London. 18mo. “ The end of all religion," says Bishop Sherlock, “is manifestly this, to please God by serving him according to his will, in order to obtain of him happiness in this world and in the next; for the belief that God is the governor of the world, and the giver of every good thing, is the foundation of all religious worship and honour, which are paid to him. All religions being thus far the same, they differ when they come to prescribe the method and appoint the proper means, by which God is to be served and applied to. Two things there are, which must necessarily be regarded in the choice and appointment of these means; the holiness and majesty of God, and the nature and condition of man; for unless the means prescribed are such as are suitable to the holiness and majesty of God, he can never be pleased by them; for whatever is contrary to bis holiness, or injurious to his majesty, must ever be an abomination to him. On the other hand, the means of religion must likewise be adapted to the use of man; must be such as he can practise, and such as, his present condition considered, will enable him to serve God acceptably; for without this, how proper soever the means may be in themselves, yet they can be of no use or service to him." Now Mr. Belcher proceeds upon the principle, that the provisions of the gospel are designed for, and adequate to, the present and future happiness of man. The positions that he lays down are well sustained and established, and various objections are fairly met and ably answered.
The Path of Life fuithfully exhibited and affectionately recommended to the
Young, on their going out into the World. By John Clunie, LL.D.
Jackson and Walford. London. 18mo. The pupils of Dr. Clunie will value this pocket companion, from the pen of one whom they must love and esteem. The book contains much wholesome advice, adapled to all young people, on their entrance upon the busy stage of life.
The Monitory Mirror: exhibiting the Murks, Causes, und Consequences of In
difference in Religion ; and also the Means of Restoration to Consistency.
Religious Truct Society. London 18mo. In this little volume, with much plain admonition, there are many striking facts and interesting sketches of character. May it gain a wide circulation, and become extensively useful.
THE EDITOR'S TABLE.
A Greek and English Lexicon of the New Testament. By Edward Robinson, D.D. of Andover, N.A. A new edition, carefully revised and corrected, with some Additions and various Improvements, by S. T. Bloomfield, D.D. F.S.A. &c. 8vo. Longman, Orme, and Co. London.
A Companion for the Sick Chamber. By John Thornton. Second edition. 18mo. Ward and Co. London.
Scripture Lessons. Part VII. By Mrs. Henderson. 18mo. Hamilton, Adams, and Co. London.
A Commentary on the Epistles of Paul to the Corinthians, by Dr. Gustav. Billroth, late Professor of Philosophy in the University of Halle. Translated from the German, with additional Notes, by the Rev. W. L. Alexander, M.A. Edinburgh. Vol. I. 12 mo. being the twenty-first volume of the Biblical Cabinet. T. Clark, Edinburgh.
Autumn; or, the Causes, Appearances, and Effects of the seasonal decay, and decomposition of Nature. By R. Mudie. 12mo. With two coloured prints. Ward and Co. London.
Interesting Tales, by J. F. Jung-Stilling; including Incidents connected with his Life, which do not appear in his Biography. Translated from the German. By Samuel Jackson. 12mo. Hamilton and Co. London.
Funeral Sermons for his late Majesty, William the Fourth. 1. At the Baptist Chapel, St. Peter's, Thanet. By J. M. Crump. 8vo. Wightman. London.
2. At the Meeting House, Stepney. By Robert Ferguson. 8voDinnis.
3. At the Old Independent Chapel, Bradford, Wilts. By William Gear. 8vo. R. Baines. London.
The Book of Psalms. A new Translation, with Notes, explanatory and critical. By William Walford, late Classical and Hebrew Tutor in the Academy at Homerton. 8vo. Jackson and Walford. London. Marriage. A Discourse. By J. N. Goulty. 12mo. Jackson and Walford. The Table of the Lord. By the Author of “ The Listener." 12mo. Seeley.
Detached Pieces; including Critiques on various Publications, Historical Sketches, Biographical Notices, Correspondence, &c. By Adam Clarke, LL.D. F.A.S. Vol. III. 12mo., being Vol. 12 of the uniform edition of his miscellaneous works. Tegg and Son : London.
The Protestant Missions vindicated against the Aspersions of the Rev. N. Wiseman, D.D., involving the Protestant Religion. By the Rev, James Hough, M.A. 8vo. Seeley and Co. London.
The Life of Augustus Herman Franké, Professor of Divinity, and Founder of the Orphan House in Halle. Translated from the German of H. E. F. Guerike, by Samuel Jackson, With an introductory Preface by the Rev. E. Bickersteth, Rector of Wotton. 12mo. with a Portrait. Seeley and Co.
Introduction to a Course of Lectures on the Wonders and Beauties of Animal Construction and Adaptation. By a Physician. 8vo. Simpkin, Marshall, and Co. London.
Original Psalm and Hymn Tunes. By David Everard Ford. Book the Seventh. Price 2s.6d. Simpkin and Co. London.
Covetousness brought to the Bar of Scripture : or a brief Inquiry into the Nature and Evil of that Sin. By James Glassford, Esq. 8vo. J. Johnstone, Edinburgh.
The Natural History of Birds, Quadrupeds, Fishes, Serpents, Insects, &c. containing general descriptions of the leading divisions, classes, and orders of the Animal Kingdom : and interesting memoirs, with striking anecdotes and
faithful likenesses of the principal individuals of each class. By the Rev. W. Tiler. 12mo. Simpkin and Marshall, London.
The Young Scholar's Latin-English Dictionary: with a list of Latin verbs, tenses, &c., and tables of time, weight, measure, and value. Being an Abridge ment of the “ Complete Latin-English Dictionary. By the Rev. J. E. Riddle, M. A. 12mo. Longman and Co. London,
The Oriental Key to the Sacred Scriptures, as they are illustrated by the existing rites, usages, and domestic manners of eastern countries, with a short account of the different books and writings of the sacred volume. By M. de Corbett. 12mo. Mortimer, London.
A Guide for the Sick Chamber, consisting of prayers, hymns, and portions of Scripture. Selected and arranged by a Lady. 12mo. Frazer and Co. Edinburgh.
A Plea for Religion and the Sacred Writings; addressed to the Disciples of Thomas Paine, and wavering Christians of every Denomination. With an Appendix, containing the Author's determination to have relinquished his Charge in the Established Church, and the Reasons on which that determination was founded. By the Rev. David Simpson, M.A. A new Edition, edited by his Son; with a Life of the Author, by Sir J. B. Williams, LL.D. F.SA. 12mo. Jackson and Walford. London.
The Christian Professor addressed, in a Series of Counsels and Cautions to the Members of Dissenting Churches. By John Angell James. 12mo. Hamilton and Co. London.
The Two Brothers : a Narrative, exhibiting the Effects of Education. 12mo. Groombridge. London.
Discourses, chiefly on doctrinal Subjects. By the Rev. Robert Nesbit, Poona, Presidency of Bombay. 8vo. Second Edition. Melrose. Berwick.
A Sermon, preached at the triennial Visitation of the Lord Bishop of Lincoln, July 17, 1837. By the Rev. W. G. Moore, M.A., Rector of West Barkwith, &c. 8vo. Smith, Elder, and Co.
A Manual of the Book of Psalms; or, the subject Contents of all the Psalms. By Martin Luther. Now first translated into English, by the Rev. Henry Cole. 12mo. Seeley and Co. London.
Memoir of the Rev. William Newman, D.D., more than forty Years Pastor of the Baptist Church at Old Ford, and President and Theological Tutor of the Academical Institution at Stepney, &c. By George Pritchard. 8vo. Ward and Co.
Advice on the Care of the Teeth. By Edwin Saunders, Dentist. Twelfth thousand. 12mo. Ward and Co. London.
The Family Prayer Book; or, Prayers to be used in Families, Morning and Evening. To which are added, some distinct Forms, for more special and extraordinary Occasions. A new Edition. 12mo. S. Holdsworth. London.
WORKS IN THE PRESS, OR IN PROGRESS.
Holy Scripture Verified; or, the Divine Authority of the Bible confirmed, by an Appeal to Facts of Science, History, and Human Consciousness. By the Rev. G. Redford, LL.D. (being the fifth Series of the Congregational Lectures.)
Autumn; the concluding Volume of Duncan's Sacred Philosophy of the Seasons.
A Memoir of Mrs. Harriet Wadsworth Winslow, combining a Sketch of the Ceylon Mission. By Miron Winslow, one of the Missionaries; with an introductory Essay, by James Harington Evans, Minister of John Street Chapel.
Thomas Erskine, Esq. Advocate, Author of “ An Essay on Faith," “ The Brazen Serpent," &c. &c. has a new work for the press, which will appear in a few weeks.
TRANSACTIONS OF THE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCHES,
AT HOME AND ABROAD.
COLONIAL MISSION OF THE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCHES. The publication of the First Annual Report of the Colonial Missionary Society, in connection with the Congregational Union of England and Wales, now upon our table, proves, that at length our churches are rousing from the apathy, which they have too long evinced toward their neglected countrymen, who have emigrated to the British Colonies. As it cannot be expected that the events of the first year are numerous or striking, we shall not confine ourselves to the statements of the Report, but give to our readers all the information we can supply, respecting the spheres and prospects of the Society's labours.
Lower CANADA — Montreal, the second city of the province in rank, but far ahead of its metropolis, in trade, in buildings, and in population, is situated on an island in the river St. Lawrence, of the same name.
The prevailing religion of this city and the colony at large, is the Roman Catholic faith, but in Montreal there is a large body of Protestants of different communions. The Congregational Church assemble in a small place of worship inconveniently situated, but they have commenced subscriptions for the erection of a new chapel, that will be more in accordance with their present circumstances and prospects.
They invited the Rev. Henry Wilkes, M.A., of Albany Street Chapel, Edinburgh, to return to Canada, and take upon himself the office of pastor over them. Mr. Wilkes was induced to listen to that invitation, in the hope that by the formation of the Colonial Mission, he might be sustained in vigorous missionary efforts, not only for that city, but also for the benefit of both the provinces. On the other hand, the Committee were happy to avail themselves of so well qualified an agent, as their official representative, in our western colonies. Mr. Wilkes had formerly resided in Canada, his family connections were there : there he was extensively known and highly esteemed; was acquainted with the localities and accustomed to the climate of the country; and above all, was obviously distinguished by no ordinary degree of talent, energy, and zeal. “ He was engaged, therefore, to visit all the stations already occupied by our churches, to encourage, and, as far as prudent or necessary, to assist the ministers labour. ing in them, many of whom were known to be encountering great difficulties; to make himself acquainted with the towns and districts in which ministers were most needed; and to send home a full report of his visit and observations."
Mr. Wilkes has entered on the field of his labours, and his letters to the Committee fully justify their expectations, respecting his efficiency and usefulness.
The Eastern Townships, or what is often called English Lower Canada, is a fine country on the south side of the St. Lawrence, in which the British American Land Company have their possessions. The district is divided into eight counties, about a hundred townships, estimated to include between five and six millions of acres.
The population, which may be computed at 50,000 souls, is entirely of British or American origin, and many respectable emigrants from the mother country have settled there within a few years.
Urgent representations having been made to the Committee on behalf of this district, they have sent the Rev. Mr. Dunkerley, late pastor of the Congregational church at Oughtibridge, near Sheffield, to be located according to the advice of Mr. Wilkes.
Upper Canada comprises within its boundaries a larger territory than England and Wales, estimated, in round numbers, at about 100,000 square miles. The population which is mainly composed of emigrants from the