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the ship's officers to open a friendly communication with the Japanese authorities, and lamented their unsuccessful result, he closes his volume in a strain of Christian reflection which gives us additional cause to regret that the enterprise did not succeed ; for we cannot but think that had the men who were capable of penning such sentiments been permitted to hold any intercourse with the natives, some impression would have been made on their minds, and an opportunity secured for farther and more direct missionary exertions. Our author, in drawing his narrative to a close, has these admirable remarks
• To the friends of moral enterprise I would further say—You need not fear that your beneficence must needs run wild, because it takes up a rapid and distant march. On the contrary, like the ship at sea, it is manageable only while it moves on, cutting the sidelong current, and dashing opposition from its track ; it fears the calm, and not the gale; its steerage is perfect so long as it has head-way.' To the friends of eastern Asia in the United States, I must once more saylet your answer to this imperfect appeal, if it have interested you, be promptly and actively expressed. The waters that gush the purest and most limpid from their fountains, by the laws of physical geography, become saline and bitter if they find no outlet ; so, by the laws of mind, the best designs and sympathies, that never reach their object, are turned to worthlessness and impurity. Friends of eastern Asia, directors of the political, benevolent, religious influence of America, let it not be so with yours, with you.'
The second volume, which records the voyage of the brig Himmaleh in the Malayan Archipelago, is distinguished by an accuracy of description in several departments of natural history, and a philosophical style of reasoning, especially in the observations on atmospheric phenomena, which clearly attest that Mr. Lay is no inattentive or superficial observer of the circumstances in contact with which he is thrown in his travels. The islands of these seas are well known to this country as rich in many objects of natural curiosity as well as productive of articles of commerce, and our readers will easily believe that a man of Mr. Lay's character could not fail to enrich the account of his visit with many interesting observations. But neither the only, nor indeed, the most valuable sections of this book are the parts illustrative of the natural productions of these gems of the ocean: the moral statistics claim our especial regard, and will, we doubt not, prove of no little advantage in the salutary directions and useful hints which the author's good sense has enabled him to deduce from them, in prosecution of the great design to which his enterprise, as well as that of his companions, was devoted—the evangelization of this part of Asia. That part of his advice which struck us
as being singularly excellent, was the proposition of seeking to make our missionary efforts, in this part of the world especially, more generally acceptable to the natives by connecting them in every case with the benefit of European medical science, the undeniable superiority of which over the scanty empiricism of the native practitioners is acknowledged by the islanders universally, and will ultimately be productive of a very salutary influence in preparing them to listen to the truths of Christianity. It is certain, that by a judicious conduct of this kind on the part of the officers of the de propaganda society, the church of Rome obtained in former times a very ready welcome and a safe protection for her emissaries, under the shadow of which the principles of that church were at one time very prevalent in the countries adjacent to those of which we are now speaking.
On the whole, we must in justice say, that two more excellent volumes, both as it regards their religous tone and the reflections interspersed throughout, have seldom issued forth to the public in connexion with the missionary cause, while the general good sense, and accuracy of information, displayed cannot but exercise a very beneficial influence on the minds of those who professing themselves friendly to the dissemination of our holy religion generally, have often expressed a doubt as to the efficiency and even as to the suitability of the instrumentality generally employed in prosecution of that design. We are persuaded that no real philanthropist, no man who wishes the melioration of his species in relation either to their intellectual or moral nature, would scruple to employ and cherish such agents as the gentlemen who have given us the result of their benevolent voyages in these two volumes, or any persons who should act on their principles and according to the pattern here advocated: we at least can have no sympathy with the morbid apathy which regards such attempts with cool indifference. For our part, we reverence the authors of these and kindred volumes, as the true benefactors of our species, and should be glad if circumstances permitted, to share with them in their disinterested labours, and what we doubt not they will eventually enjoy, their glorious success.
Poems now first Collected. By Lord Leigh. 8vo. pp. 402. Lon
This is another of those volumes of which we have had a succession of late, from the hands of our aristocracy; and which if they do not startle us by their extraordinary outburst of power, give us a very amiable idea of the refined taste and elegant pleasures of their authors. We are glad to see them were it only for an evidence of this kind of the rational and delightful manner in which the wealth of this class of Englishmen enables them to pass their time—in travel, in study, and in poetical reflection. The former volumes of our author, then simple Chandos Leigh, have met with a favorable reception from the critics; the great distinguishing characteristics of this are excellent feeling, a spirit of liberal and unaffected piety, a contempt of the general tone and pursuits of fashionable life, and a sound and healthy expression of sentiments of liberty and the love of popular reform. In the Letters to a Friend in Town,' the reigning follies and dissipations are unsparingly lashed, and if we are ready to cry out for more vigor of arm, we are perfectly satisfied with the honesty and correctness of mind that dictate the satire. To those who prefer benevolent sentiments, a cordial love of nature, and of domestic enjoyments, rather than highflown descriptions and stormy passions, this volume will, no doubt, be a welcome one.
Conversations for Children: on Land and Water. By Mrs. Marcet.
London: Longman and Co.
This little volume consists of desultory conversations between a mother and several young children, in which,' says Mrs. Marcet, ‘I have endeavoured to mingle information with amusement, and to teach those of my young readers who may be learning geography, that there are other matters connected with land and water quite as interesting as the names and situation of the different parts of the earth. The style maintained is eminently suitable to the capacity of juvenile readers, while the information conveyed is adapted to awaken curiosity, and to lead on the young inquirer to the study of other and more complicated phenomena.
Seven Hundred Domestic Hints in every Branch of Family Manage
ment: combining Utility with Elegance, and Economy with the Enjoyment of Home. By a Lady. London: Tilt. 1839.
This little book will prove very serviceable to the young housekeeper by showing how easily economy and elegance may be combined in all domestic arrangements.
The Inquirer Directed to an Experimental and Practical View of the
Atonement. By the Rev. Octavius Winslow. London: Shaw. 1839.
The author of this manual contemplates a mind anxiously inquiring • What shall I do to be saved ?' And anticipating the difficulties connected with the doctrine of the atonement, meets every inquiry with a lucid explanation and a salutary address to the heart." Its sound scriptural views, its pathetic appeals, its insinuating style, and its deep-toned piety, commend it to the candid attention of every awakened mind.
The Mabinogion. Part II. Containing Peredur the Son of Evrauc.
By Lady Charlotte Guest. London: Longman and Co. ; Llando
very : Rees.
This splendid work proceeds with a spirit equal to its promise. The present part contains the remainder of the Norman French version of Le Chevalier au Lion, and the story of Peredur the Son of Evrauc. Peredur is one of Arthur's knights, and his story is as wild as one of the Arabian Nights. It is just a delightfully romancing legend full of the peerless prowess of its hero, who puts down all before him, and meets with plenty of picturesque adventures ; with fair ladies, and grey haired men, dwarfs and dwarfesses, blacks, and serpents, and sorceresses, all which is pleasant to read as the autumn-storms set in, by a good fire, with the rain and hail dashing on the windows, and two or three eager children sympathising most exultingly in the real triumphs of the mighty champion. The part is also illustrated with some beautiful wood-cuts, facsimile specimens of the Welsh and Icelandic MS. copies of these stories, and a sufficiency of interesting notes.
Just Published. Voyages of the Dutch Brig of War Dourga, through the Southern and Little-known parts of the Moluccan Archipelago, and along the previously unknown Coast of New Guinea, performed during the years 1825 and 1826. By H. Rolff, Jun. Translated from the Dutch by George Windsor Earl. The North American Review. No. 105.
Extracts from Holy Writ, and Various Authors, intended as helps to Meditation and Prayer, principally for Soldiers and Seamen. By Captain Sir Nesbit J. Willoughby.
The Catholic Doctrine of the Triune God, proved from two hundred and nine Texts in the Old and New Testaments. To which is annexed Remarks on forty Texts, said to be the grand foundation of Socinianism. By Charles Douglas Hope.
The Governess. By the Countess of Blessington. Two volumes.
A Diary in America, with Remarks on its Institutions. Part Second. By Captain Marryatt, C.B. Three volumes.
Exposition of the Epistle to the Romans: with Remarks on the Commentaries of Dr. Macknight and Professor Moses Stuart. By Robert Haldane, Esq. Vol. III.
Texas : Its Claims to be recognized as an Independent Power by Great Britain, Examined in a Series of Letters. By John Scoble.
Hints for an Essay on Anemology and Ombrology, with a Weather Almanack for 1840. By Peter Legh, Esq., M.A.
The Sons of the Soil. A Poem. By Mrs. Ellis.
Chapters on the Modern History of British India. By Edward Thornton, Esq.
The Pictorial History of Palestine. Part II.
Edwards on Revivals : with Introductory Preface, by the Rev. J. A. James; and Carefully Revised, with Notes and Introduction by the Rev. W. Patton, D.D.
Lectures on Revivals of Religion. By Charles G. Finney. With Introductory Prefaces by Rev. J. A. James, Rev. G. Payne, D.D., and Rev. N. S. Beman, D.D. With Notes and carefully revised by Rev. W. Patton, D.D.
The Revival of Religion. A Narrative of the State of Religion at Wycliffe Chapel, during the year 1839.
The Day of Pentecost. A Sermon Preached at Leeds, June 6, 1839, before the West Riding Auxiliary Missionary Society. By Andrew Reed, D.D.
Lives of the Most Eminent Literary and Scientific Men of Great Britain. English Poets. By Robert Bell, Esq. Vol. II.
Special Religious Services improved and vindicated. By the Rev. Thomas Milner, A.M.
Letters from Palestine : written during a Residence of three years, in the years 1836, 1837, and 1838. By the Rev. D. Paxton.
Bacchus. An Essay on the Nature, Causes, Effects, and Cure of Intemperance. By Ralph Barnes Grindrod.
Ward's Library. History of the Hebrew Commonwealth. Translated from the German of John Jahn, D.D. By Calvin E. Stowe, A.M.
The History of the Moravian Mission among the Indians in North America, from the Commencement to the Present Time. With a Preliminary Account of the Indians from the most authentic Sources. By a Member of the Brethren's Church.
Popery Unveiled, in Six Lectures. Self Defence. The Ministers of the Established Church not the only true Ministers of Christ; nor the Church of England the only sure road to Heaven. A Sermon preached at Cowbridge Chapel, Hertford. By Isaac Anthony.
Practical Reflections on the Sufferings and Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. By the Rev. F. A. Gonthier. Help to the Schoolmistress ; or Village Teaching. By Emily Taylor. Old Humphrey's Addresses.
Hints on Etiquette and the Usages of Society; with a Glance at Bad Habits. 19th edition revised (with additions) by a Lady of Rank.
Lectures on Revivals of Religion. By William Sprague, D.D. With a Preliminary Essay on the Psychology of Religious Revivals.' By a Scottish Minister.
Repton's Landscape Gardening and Landscape Architecture. A New Edition. By J. C. Louden, F.L.S. Part 6.
A General Outline of the Animal Kingdom and Manual of Comparative Anatomy. By Thomas R. Jones, F.Z.S.
A History of British Birds. By William Yarrell, F.Z.S. Part 15.
The Pilgrim's Progress: in two parts. By John Bunyan. With Original Notes by the Rev. Thomas Scott. 8vo.