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clination to attend the vestry, on account of the stormy discussions which sometimes occur, we take leave to remind them, that the courtesies of the gentleman, and the mild temper of our holy faith, need not be relinquished on such occasions. We would have Dissenters to be present, and to speak openly and without reserve; but we would have them, at the same time, to maintain a dignified deportment becoming the advocate of truth; never damaging their cause by an irritable and petulant temper, nor shading the mild lustre of their principles by the fumes of an unsanctified and worldly passion. We know some neighbourhoods in which Dissenters are sufficiently numerous to prevent the passing of a rate, could they be induced to give their attendance at the vestry; but this they have hitherto refused. Whether their motives are creditable or otherwise, we shall not now stop to inquire. One thing, however, is apparent, and to this we beg their candid and most serious attention. Some of their brethren, whose conscience is touched on this matter, are, in consequence of their remissness, subjected to an impost, the payment of which they feel bound,-erroneously, it may be, but still honestly bound to refuse. If all Dissenters had attended, the necessity for this would not have occurred; and is there not, therefore, a disregard of the claims of the Christian brotherhood; a violation of the law of Christian love; a practical setting at naught of our Saviour's rule, 'to do unto others as we would have others do • unto us,' in their procedure? Brethren, we are in no mood to censure, but we commend this case to your considerate and prayerful attention. Look it fairly in the face; consult the word of God, invoke the guidance of Infinite Wisdom, and then say whether you are not bound, on every occasion, and by every legitimate means within your power, to protect your brethren, fellow-heirs with you of the grace of eternal life,' from the spoiling

of their goods, and the imprisonment of their person.

There is another topic to which we must briefly refer before we close, inferior to none in practical importance, and calling for prompt and judicious measures. Our cause has been seriously damaged by the appearances of division which have recently shown themselves among us. The author of the letter to Mr. Baines refers to these, yet not exactly in the way we could have wished. His praise and his censure are too general and indiscriminate. The case does not admit of the simple and easy settlement which he attempts, but requires a patient investigation of many facts, requiring larger space than we can now devote to the subject. It is we believe the fact,--and we give not utterance to a hasty judgment, nor one formed on a limited knowledge

that a feeling of mistrust, a want, at least, of thorough confidence in London committees, and London management, does prevail extensively in the country. We are not surprised that such should be the case, and are persuaded that, if the position of

the two parties were changed, the same state of things would substantially exist. Our brethren in the country, flushed with their local victories, and confident in their strength, have no adequate conception of the difficulties which have encompassed their London representatives. They have, consequently, attributed to supineness, to negligence, to treachery, what was the inevitable result of the ill-digested schemes and premature efforts which have been made. Want of success has been traced to want of fidelity, and hard words and uncharitable surmises have been uttered. We confess that it was with feelings of bitter sorrow, we read some time since, the report of a public meeting held at Leicester. We refrain to comment on the language uttered, on that occasion, by a reverend speaker language involving in one sweeping condemnation, men whose services in the cause of religious liberty, have been a hundred-fold more abundant than those of their traducer. It is not often that such wholesale condemnation contains much truth,—still less is it characterised by the discrimination and candor in which honorable men delight. It would, to say the least, have better befitted the character of a modest man to have done something himself, before he ventured so authoritatively to denounce all others.

Let it not be supposed that we are believers in the infallibility of London committees or of London leaders,' if we must have the term. Far from it; our pages bear witness to the contrary. There has been too much of mere Whiggery, too much of the leaven of ministerial influence among us. Our energies have been depressed by political partizanship. There has been a want of open, manly expression of opinion ; an unworthy attempt to wrap up our principles in ambiguous phraseology, and to merge the advocacy of truth in the effort to obtain redress of our practical grievances. Many things have happened in this great city to prove that wisdom doth not dwell here pre-eminently, but we are in no mood to follow out the details of such a matter. We say rather, let there be a friendly conference, that past misconceptions may be corrected; false impressions be mutually removed; the objects at which we are to aim be clearly defined; and the whole machinery of our future operation be sketched out and settled. These are not times in which brethren should be content to mistrust, much less to defame and caricature each other. There is wisdom in the country, there is zeal in town. Neither can claim a monopoly of either of these qualities, nor can a more serious damage be done to our cause the cause, be it remembered, of evangelical truth, of Christ's rightful sovereignty-than by leading us to suspect each other, and to refuse in consequence that cordial co-operation, for which the identity of our spirit and principles fits us, and in which our opponents will be wise enough to discern the certain omen of our approaching triumph.

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A Dictionary, Geographical, Statistical, and Historical, of the

Various Countries, Places, and Principal Natural Objects in the World. By J. R. M'Culloch, Esq. 8vo. Part I. London : Longman and Co.

We need not say one word to dispose the public for a favorable reception of this work. The established reputation of the author supersedes the necessity of our doing so, and we shall, therefore, content ourselves with a brief extract from his prospectus, and a promise to report progress from time to time. It is necessary to observe, that we have not attempted to supply the reader with a complete Geographical and Statistical Dictionary. Such a work would necessarily extend to many volumes, and would embrace multitudinous details nowise interesting to the great majority of readers. Our object has been of a more limited kind. Being intended for the especial use of Englishmen, we have dwelt at greatest length on those articles, and on those parts of articles, we thought most likely to interest them. Hence we have appropriated a much larger space to articles connected with our Eastern possessions, and our colonies in different parts of the world, than they may appear, on other grounds, properly entitled to. On the same principle, we have lengthened the accounts of those countries and places with which our countrymen have the greatest intercourse, or which have acquired celebrity by the historical associations connected with them ; and have proportionally shortened the others. The work is to appear in monthly parts, and will be confined within the smallest possible compass.'

Emendations of the Authorized Version of the Old Testament. By

Selig Newman, Author of the “ Abridged Hebrew Grammar,' and the Complete Hebrew and English Lexicon. Pp. 72. London: Wertheim. 1839.

Whatever objections may be made against a new version of the Bible which should supplant the version in general use, no well grounded objection can be urged against its defects or inaccuracies being pointed out, for the benefit of those whose inclination and profession lead them to study the original. And if, in such examination and comparison of the English with the Hebrew, we avail ourselves of the labors of German rationalists, we may surely hail those of the Israelitish believer, though not yet converted to Christianity. Mr. Newman does not appear before the public now for the first time; his Hebrew Grammar and Lexicon are well known, and have received from us the commendation they deserve. The work now before us will be found useful by those for whom it is intended. The authorized version of the passages handled, is put in one column, and the amended VOL. VII.

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version opposite. There is, of course, no room in so small a volume for discussing or defending the version proposed; still the work will be useful as showing the opinion entertained by a good Hebrew scholar and a student of the Hebrew Scriptures, on many obscure or difficult passages.

The Mysteries of Revelation, no solid Argument against its Truth.

A Dissertation which obtained the Hulsean Prize, for 1838. By Daniel Moore, Librarian and Scholar of Catherine Hall. Cambridge. 1839, pp. 115.

Some of our readers may not be aware that in 1777, the Rev. John Hulse directed that one sixth part (of a certain portion of his rentals) should be paid to such learned and ingenious person, in the University of Cambridge, under the degree of Master of Arts, as shall com‘pose for that year, the best Dissertation in the English language, on the Evidences in general, or on the Prophecies, or Miracles in parti'cular, or any other particular argument, whether the same be direct

or collateral proofs of the Christian Religion, in order to evince its truth and excellence.' The Essay before us obtained the prize for 1838; no small distinction, when we recollect the competition is open to the whole University.

It is a masterly production, discovering no small share of diligent investigation, polemical aptitude, and general attainment. The style is chaste and beautiful, without any lack of energy; and there is a tone of deep earnestness pervading the whole composition, which, without violating the proprieties of scientific discussion, throws the charm of sincerity, the hallowed lustre of a reflected experience, over the whole dissertation. The present essay must not be considered as a mere college exercise. Considering the argument well sustained throughout, we cordially recommend the publication to the perusal of any of our friends who wish for a clear, able, and concise view of a difficult and important subject.

The British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Reporter. Under the Sanc

tion of the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society. No. 1. The African Colonizer. No. 1.

We are desirous of calling the early attention of our readers to both these Journals, each of which in its appropriate sphere, is eminently adapted to serve the interests of an enlightened and humane policy. They are both designed to appear once a fortnight, and may be ordered through any news-vender, so as to be obtained with the utmost regu. larity. The former will be devoted exclusively to topics connected with the twin abominations yet desolating the earth-Slavery and the Slave-Trade. It will also be the official organ of the British and Foreign Anti Slavery Society, and the habitual Reporter of its proceedings; maintaining, consequently, unequivocally, the pacific principles of that Society. Our columns,' remarks the editor, will con

tain further, as much of the general information which will be continu. ally arriving on our appropriate topics, as we may be able to condense into them; together with original articles on the various important questions which will naturally arise for discussion. While the AntiSlavery Reporler cannot be considered as in any way (the mere accident of time excepted) succeeding to the British Emancipator, from which its general scope and character will be found to differ, it will not be forgetful of the happily emancipated population of the British Colonies, a watchful regard to whose interests is one of the specific duties of the Anti-Slavery Society.'

The African Colonizer, has a more circumscribed, but scarcely less important sphere. It is published, not only under a strong impression that the affairs of Africa, generally, are of deep concern to Great Britain, but, under a still stronger conviction that some of the most dearly cherished British interests will incur the greatest hazard, if steps be not speedily taken to enlighten and rouse the public respecting British Africa in particular. Although, within a few months, attention has been called to Colonial topics with great ability; and praiseworthy efforts are making for the same object in other periodicals, it is quite plain that space must always be wanting in them for the details indispensable to be PUBLISHED in order to get justice for Africa. It is, therefore, proposed to make the Colonizer a depository of every kind of information bearing on the interests—whether moral, social, commercial, or political — of Africa, and thereby to secure from the British people that degree of attention to which this interesting but neglected portion of our globe is entitled. We heartily wish success to both Journals, and shall be forward, from time to time, to repeat our commendation.

Prince Albert, His Country and Kindred. London : Ward and Co.

A well-timed and meritorious publication which will be sought with eagerness, and be read with deep interest by a large class of our countrymen.

Literary Intelligence.

Preparing for Publication. What Cheer? or Roger Williams in Banishment; a Poem. By Job Durfee, Esq., with a recommendatory Preface by the Rev. John Eustace Giles, Leeds.

Just Published. Travels in the West. Cuba; with Notices of Porto Rico and the SlaveTrade. By David Turnbull, Esq., M.A.

Discourses on Special Occasions, by the late Rev. Robert S. M’All, LL.D. With a Sketch of his Life and Character, by the Rev. Ralph Wardlaw, D.D. Two volumes 8vo.

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