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NOTICES OF BOOKS.
Pastoral Addresses. By J. A. James. London: Reli
gious Tract Society. 12mo.
We cannot recommend a more useful little work to Teachers in general for private purposes, or to readers in general who are sincerely anxious to grow in holiness and Christian devotedness. The Claims of Missions upon the Young Men of England.
Eleven Lectures by Clergymen of the Church of England. Delivered before the Church of England Young Men's Society, during the year 1845. With’a Preface by the Rev. H. RAIKES. 8vo. pp. 184. London: Shaw.
We are glad to see these Lectures gathered together in one volume, and issuing from the press under a most valuable preface from the pen of the Chancellor of Chester. A more useful volume for young Teachers has not appeared for a long time. Closet Hymns and Poems. By JAMES EDMESTON. 24mo.
London: Religious Tract Society.
We have often been refreshed with the poetic effusions of this sound Christian man. There is a real taste as well as right sentiment in his productions, and the little work now before us is not a whit behind the rest. We can strongly recommend it to our readers. Children's Stories in Children's Words. London: Reli.
gious Tract Society.
We are glad to see this excellent Society aiming at greater simplicity of diction. Still, if we had aimed at writing a little book under such a title, we should have adopted even simpler language than this. It is however an admirable beginning book, either for school purposes or for rewards. The Child's First Picture Book. London: Steill.
The new mode of teaching the alphabet and first lessons adopted in this little book is well deserving of consideration.
The Catechism of the Church of England familiarly ex
plained; intended for Teachers in Sunday-schools, and for all who are engaged in the Scriptural Instruction of Youth. By the Rev. W. S. BRAHAM, A. M. London : Nisbet.
It is refreshing in these cold, dark days to turn to any modern explanation of the Church Catechism which is thoroughly Scriptural. Our readers will not regret that we have directed them to this valuable little manual. Missionary Hymns, for the use of children. By the
Author of “Sabbath Bells." London: Hamilton and Adams.
Here is indeed a good threepenny worth of original poetry, in quality as well as quantity. Our readers will already have been glad that we have introduced them to the Author's “Sabbath Bells,” and they will not be sorry to be guided by the sound of those Bells to these Missionary Hymns. Daily Hints for the Year; or Texts from the Holy
Scriptures : illustrated by interesting anecdotes and appropriate verses. Compiled for children's daily reading. 12mo. pp. 366. London: Hamilton and Adams.
This little volume is really an acquisition. Its simplicity commends it even for very little children, while to the young
in general it cannot fail to prove acceptable and useful. Religious Instruction in a graduated series of Lessons for
Young Children. By the Author of “Lessons on Objects,” &c. 12mo. pp. 226. London: Seeley.
This excellent work commences with instruction adapted to the first dawning of the infant mind, advancing progressively to children of the ages of nine or ten. The lessons, as the author states, have the advantage of having been tested in the school-room. We have no doubt that the Author's hope, that the work may prove a help to Christian parents and teachers, will be largely realized.
HYMN FOR AN INFANT OR SUNDAY
SCHOOL. It is humbly hoped that by these verses, together with the texts of Scripture referred to, being early impressed upon the minds of the young, they may, through God's blessing, be preserved from the snares of Popery, and led into the true way to obtain peace of mind. It will be observed, that the doctrines of auricular confession (that is private confession to a priest), praying to saints, penances and satisfactions, and purgatory, are denied in the verses, though not expressly named, and clearly refuted by the texts. Newark, Jan. 7th, 1846.
We must to God our sins confess,
And pray to him alone;
Isaiah xliii. 25.
For us to intercede;
One Advocate to plead.
Heb. iv. 14-16. 1 John ü. 1, 2.
Jesus, who once a ransom gave,
Sufficient, full, and free,
Rom. vi. 23. Heb. vii. 24, 25.
Can cleanse a single stain :
The ocean's streams are vain.
Our dreadful debt to pay,
And take it quite away.
He welcomes to his heavenly home
The vilest of our race ;
Isaian lv. l. Rev. xxii: 17.
Jesus can cheer my bed of death,
Can bid my fears remove;
To sing His wondrous love.
My pardoned soul in peace shall rest
Till Christ shall come to reign;
Through Jesu's death is gain.
And from corruption free,
ANNIVERSARY. St. Thomas's SUNDAY-SCHOOL, ARDWICK, MANCHESTER.-On Easter Monday, the Teachers' Association for Mutual Improvement held their first Tea Party. The Class has only been formed about two months, yet in this small school they mustered nearly fifty strong. After tea, the Rev. John Dobie, curate, delivered an excellent address; Mr. Hassall, the superintendent, and several other teachers, spoke on the occasion. The effect of the proceedings was such as to inspire an energy and zeal in the minds of those present to an unexpected degree; and the revival of unity, co-operation, and Sunday-school single-mindedness, was abundantly manifest.
COTTAGE ALLOTMENTS. DEAR SIR,-In your “Teacher's Visitor" for this month, a Correspondent, “M. A,” begs that some of your readers would supply him with “a few short and simple rules for letting allotments to labourers.” Having myself adopted the allotment system, five years since, by renting a couple of fields, and letting them out in gardens to the honest and industrious poor ; and having found my rules to answer very well, I gladly send a copy for insertion in the next number of your valuable periodical.
Rules, for the occupation of land as field gardens, for promoting he comfort of the industrious poor. I. That the tenants reside in the parish.
II. That no tenant occupy more than one rood of land.
V. If any tenant be found neglectful in the cultiyation of his land, he will not be permitted to hold it after the expiration of the year.
VI. The rent to be twelve shillings per rood, to be paid on the 25th March, June, and September.
VI. If any tenant trespass upon another's allotment, or damage any of the neighbouring fences or gates, or be convicted of poaching, thieving, drunkenness, or any other offence against the laws of his country, he will be deprived of his allotment.
VIII. All tenants to use their best exertions in discovering and bringing to conviction any depredator or trespasser upon these lands.
IX. Every tenant is expected to attend church regularly on the Sabbath-day.
X. That no tenant shall be deprived of his allotment as long as he conforms to the above rules.
R. P. B.
REV. SIR,-It is with pleasure that I comply with the request of your Correspondent, “M. A.,” whose letter appeared in the last No. of your periodical; for I have long been an admirer of the plan of letting out land in small allotments to the poorer classes; and few of my rambles on a summer evening are fraught with more interest, than those which lead me through any of the fields which are thus subdivided, several of which lie scattered around my native place. The varied aspect of the crops, and the neatness which prevail in the majority of them, cannot but charm the eye: but this is nothing compared to the benefits which arise directly and indirectly to the cultivators. Oft I observe the tailor or the shoemaker, escaped from his pent-up workshop, and surrounded by his little ones, (who are thus getting an early lesson in industry,) as well as the agricul-, tural labourer, busily employed in digging, planting, or watering, or sitting upon a stone or seat, calmly enjoying the fresh air, and viewing the result of his labours.
May we not hope that these benovelent plans of the higher classes, whilst they benefit the poor labourer and artizan in a pecuniary way, and benefit also the health of those amongst them who are constantly working in little ill-ventilated rooms, by drawing them out of the town into the pure country air, will also cause them to be more orderly, sober, and industrious: and yet further, may we not hope that it may lead them to look up to those above them as their friends, and be more ready than they are now to listen to