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merely of the individual were exhibited, the life and spirit of the original being absent. Here, however, there is no such ground of complaint. Mr. Bruen lives in the memoir before us ; and it impossible, we think, for any genuine disciple of the Lord Jesus to rise from its perusal, without having his faith strengthened, his hope animated, and his charity enlarged, by the beautiful display of Christian principle which pervades it. We particularly recommend it to our young friends in the ministry, and would say to them in parting, as Paul said to the Corinthian brethren, “Be ye followers of him, even as he also was of Christ.”

author. No part of the great question at issue is omitted. Ancient and modern objections are thoroughly met; and the unhappy men who have endeavoured to bhght the noblest human institution of which our country boasts, are dealt with in that spirit of honest remonstrance and exposure which becomes the champion of truth. To say that Mr. Wilks has the better of the argument, is saying very little ; he has absolutely demolished every pretence set up by the antagonist party. The contents of the volume are as follow :--Preliminary Letter-The Question Opened— The Principle of the Bible Society - Inquiry into the lawfulness of the Society's Principle-Inquiry into the expediency of the Society's Principle-Case of SociniansCase of Roman Catholics-Oral Prayer_The Question of the Apocrypha-Patronizing exceptionable Versions-Alleged annexation of Notes and exceptionable headings-Alleged exceptionable Agency, Foreign and Domestic -Concluding Observations. We venture to predict that this volume will be remembered when the Trinitarian Society is in its grave.

MEMOIRS OF Miss Ann Tomes, lute of Hack

ney, aged 19. By the Rev. F. A. Cox, LL.D. Accompanied by a discourse delivered on the occasion of her decease. 12mo. pp. 119,

Westley and Davis. It was our happiness to be well acquainted with the interesting subject of this memoir. We bad an opportunity of observing her character in the day of health and prosperity; and we heard her joyful testimony to the truth in the hour of languor and sickness. She was, indeed, a delightful instance of the power of religion in early life, of the sweetness and fragrance which it sheds over the loveliest portion of our being. The memo. rials of this young lady, which have been preserved, are more numerous than could have been expected, considering her extreme youth; and the value of them will be deeply felt by all who will take the trouble to examine them. She is left to speak for herself; and it is in a language which bespeaks equal sensibility and devotion. We thank Dr. Cox for such a valuable addition to the stock of our juvenile biography. He has well disposed materials, which, under less favourable auspices, could not have failed to interest and to improve the heart.

The SUBSTANCE OF Four DISCOURSES ON

“The Signs of THE TIMEs,” particularl y considered, as preached on the Sabbaths of Nov. 13 and 20, 1831, at the Independent Chapel, Stansted, Esser. By Josias REDFord.

R. Baynes. It is a circumstance worthy of notice, that the exigency of the times has called forth many able and interesting publications, well calculated to give a right direction to the public mind. Among these publications the one before us holds a very respectable place, and deserves a wide circulation. It is a pious and faithful appeal to the people of this country, and especially to Christians, on a vast variety of topics, which inay be justly said to constitute the signs of the times. At the very moderate price of one shilling it will, we trust, realize an extensive sale.

The Bible-SOCIETY Question, in its princi

ple and in its details, considered, in a series of letters, addressed, by permission, to the Right Reverend the Lord Bishop of Silisbury. By the Rev. SAMUEL Charles Wilks,

M. A. 8vo. pp. 144. Cochran and Key, Strand; and J. Hatchard and

Son, Piccadilly: We have read this elaborate defence of the British and Foreign Bible Society with extraordinary feelings of delight. Though it is only extended to a hundred and forty-four pages, it contains matter sufficient to fill a large octavo volume. It is altogether worzhy of the fine sense and genuine piety of its

FOLX.

The Laws or Christ; being a complete digest

of all the precepts comtained in the New T'estument, with comments and derout meditations on each topic of duty: arranged for the daily perusul of the Christian in his closel. By Joseph TURNBULL, A. B., Minister of the Gospel. 12mo. pp. 333.

Hamilton, Adams, anu Co. The plan of this volume seems to us original. We have seen nothing precisely like it, and we doubt is there be any volume in our language which resembles it. It is the result of a happy conception, and will prove an acceptable addition to the class of books adapted to private and domestic reading. The very unpretending, but nevertheless full of wholesome counsel upon all those subjects most interesting to the nation at this eventful crisis. Mr. Gray is a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of God, and giving to every man his portion in due season.

method pursued by the esteemed author, is that of selecting, on any particular branch of Christian duty, the principal injunctions of the New Testament, and then followiny them up, with a suitable and energetic media tation. As the meditations are divided into separate portions for each day in the week, the volume will find a place in the closets of many who have a preference for works so constructed. We can assure our readers that this is not one of the light and trifling publications of the day; but a sober, evange. lical, earnest, and heart stirring exhibition of the preceptive will of the great Master. We congratulate the author upon this valuable effort of his pen.

WORKS RECENTLY PUBLISHED.

HOPE IN TROUBLE. The Substance of a Ser.

mon, preached at Putney Chapel, on the 21st of March, 1832, the day appointed for a General Fast. By EDWARD MILLER, Minister of the chapel. 12mo.

Roake and Varty, Strand. This is a plain, serious, and useful discourse, founded on Luke xxiv, 38, “And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled ? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts ?" With much fidelity, it possesses a quality eminently soothing to the heart of the Chris.

1. The Duty and Desirableness of Frequent Communion with Christ in the Sacrament of the Super ; in Three Discourses. By the Rev. Hex. RY GRAY, M.A., Minister of St. Mary's, Edinburgh, 18ino, 2s.

2. Maternal Sketches; and other Poems. By Eliza RUTHERFORD, 12mo.

3. Idolatry: Poem. By the Rey. W. SWAN The fifth and concluding Part. 12mo., price 2s.

4. Prayer the Christian's Relief in Trouble A Discourse. By EDWARD STEANE. 12mo, 6d.

5. Calmet's Dictionary, complete in I rol, imperial 8vo.

6. Animadversions upon the Rev. Dr. Hutton's Pamphlet, entitled, “ Unitarian Christianity Vindi. cateil.” By RICHARD WINTER HAMILTON, Minis ter of Albion Chapel, Leeds.

7. Self-Discipline. By H. F. BURDER, D. D. 2s.

8. Early Discipline Illustrated,or the Infant System progressing and successful. By S. WilDERSPIN; addressed, by perinission, to the Right Hon. Baron Brougham and Vaux.

9. Soul Religion the means of Supreme Hap. piness; a discourse occasioned by the lamented death of Mrs Rebecca Welman, of Panndisford Park, Somerset. By Thomas Golping.

tian.

The PREACHING OF THE ALMIGHTY's Judg

MENTS. A Sermon preached on the occasion of the General Fast, at the parish church at Dibden, Hants. By the Rey. JAMES GRAY, A.M. 8vo.

Hatchard and Son. We have read this discourse with much gratification, and we trust advantage. It is

PREPARING FOR PUBLICATION. Sermons, by the Rev. R. W. HA WILTON, Leeds.

RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE.

LONDON.

EDUCATION IN IRELAND. At an extraordinary meeting of the general

body of Protestant Dissenting Ministers of the Three Denominations, residing in and about the cities of London and Westminster, holden at the Library, Red Cross Street, on Thursday, April 19, 1832.

The Rev. F. A. Cox, LL.D., in the Chair. It was Resolved,

That this body is deeply impressed with a sense of the duty of a Christian community to provide for the education of the whole people, as the best security for social order and harmony, and as the most likely means under the blessing of the Divine Providence, to promote the true knowledge of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the fear and worship of Almighty God,

That we consider all education essentially defective which does not include instruction in the Holy Scriptures, which we regard as the only sure ground of faith, the unerring rule of life, and the infallible guide to immortality.

That experience teaches us, at the same time, that the holy Scriptures cannot be taught effectually and universally in a course of national education, without a constant and cautious observance of the great principle of the right of private judgment, and that any violation of this principle tends to prolong the reign of prejudice, to excite uncharitableness, to degrade the Bible from its sacred use, and to pervert it into an instru· ment of discord and division.

That with these impressions we have witnessed, with much satisfaction, the appointment by His Majesty's government of a com

land be respectfully requested to present the Petition to the House of Lords, and the Right Hon. Lord John Russel, M. P., to the House of Commons.”

Resolved, “That the above Resolutions be inserted in the Times, Morning Chronicle, and Patriot Newspapers, and in the periodical publications usually circulated among Dissenters.” (Signed) Henry WAYMOUTH.

Chairman.

mission for administering the funds granted by parliament for the education of the poor of Ireland, -the commissioners consisting of persons belonging to different religious de nominations in that country, and appointed under instructions which provide for the use of such Scriptural lessons in the schools as may be agreed on by all the commissioners, and also for setting apart one or two days in the week for the religious education of the children, by the respective ministers and teachers of religion whom their parents shall prefer.

And that, being fully persuaded that in the present critical condition of Ireland, this is the most eligible plan of ensuring a national and religious education in that country, of promoting the civil, moral, and spiritual, improvement of the Irish people, and of guarding the tranquillity and advancing the pros. perity of the United Kingdom; this body agrees to petition both houses of parliament, lo give their sanction and support in carrying into effect the measure devised by his Ma. jesty's government for the education of the poor of Ireland.

Thomas Rees, Hon. Secretary.

At a special meeting of the Deputies from

the several congregations of Protestant Dissenters of the Three Denominations, Presbyterian, Independent, and Baptistin and within twelve miles of London, appointed to protect their civil rights, held at the King's Head Tavern, in the Poultry, on Tuesday, the 10th day of April, 1832, for the purpose of taking into consideration the propriety of petitioning Parliament in support of the measure proposed by his Majesty's government, relative to the subject of education in Ireland. Henry WAYMOUTH, Esq., in the Chair. Resolved, on the motion of William Smith, Esq.; seconded by Thomas Gibson, Esq.

" That this Meeting believe that the security and happiness of every country will be promoted by “liberal institutions, and the general information of the people; and that as they consider the progress of peace and prosperity in Ireland will be mainly assisted by national education, they are induced, by these convictions, and by their firm attachment to civil and religious liberty, to approve the plan for general education recently introduced into Ireland by his Majesty's government, and to desire cordially its permanence and success.”

A petition, founded on the foregoing Resolution, having been read, Resolved, on the motion of Thomas Wilson, Esq.; seconded by Isaac Sewell, Esq., " That the petition, now read, be approved and adopted, and the Right Hon. Lord Hol

At a Meeting of the Board of Congregational

Ministers, residing in London and its vicinity, specially convened on Monday, the 2nd of April, 1832.

Rev. John Humphreys, LL.D., in the Chair. Resolved, without a dissentient voice, on the motion of the Rev. Dr. Smith, seconded by the Rev. Robert Halley.

1. That the Members of this Board are deeply impressed with the conviction, that the vice and misery, the spirit of turbulence and insubordination, the illegal associations, devastation of property, and destruction of human life, which have been lamentably prevalent in Ireland, are in a great degree to be ascribed to a deficiency of moral and religious education, and consequent destitution of those virtuous principles which must ever constitute the basis of social happiness and national prosperity. Resolved, on the motion of the Rev. J. Yock

ney, seconded by the Rev. Dr. Winter,

2. That the best means of securing such an education is, in the opinion of this Board, the establishment of schools for the instruction of children of all denominations, into which as much of Scriptural reading shall be introduced as is practicable in the peculiar circumstances of the country, without interfering with the inalienable right and imperative duty of every parent to instruct his children in what he believes to be the purest system of faith and practice. Resolved, on the motion of the Rev. John Burnet, seconded by the Rev. T. James,

3. That although the Members of this Board cannot be expected to pronounce a decided opinion upon the detail or working of a plan, of which, at present, only the principles are developed, yet they have, after much consideration, found suthcient reason to approve cordially of the general measure proposed by his Majesty's government; because, by intrusting the management to a commission, consisting of persons of different denominations, it provides against the unjust appropriations of the public money in favour of one party ;--because, by furnishing copious extracts of the Holy Scriptures as indispensable lessons, it recognizes the principle, that good morals and social virtues are most effectually derived from revealed truth ;-be

cause, by appropriating certain days for relie month, that parties thinking with Mr. Irving gious instruction, it affords the opportunity shall not be excluded from the Society. The and encourages the attempt to apply the consequence is, that its officers, and a majogeneral learning of the school to the exigen rity of the committee have retired from a fra

rity of the committee na cies of immortal and accountable beings; ternity so heterodox, and have formea unem-- because, by intrusting that most important selves into a provisional body for purposes part of education to the denomination to which we are yet to learn. In the mean time which the children respectively belong, it the Record Newspaper has assumed a hostile disavows any infringement upon the rights of front to its quondam friend, and, strange to conscience, or assumption of human authority say! has sent it to learn wisdom, and in matters of religion ;-because, by direci- prudence, and all other good qualities of the ing full statements of the progress and opera- British and Foreign Bible Society !!! It is tions of the commission, to be laid before the truly gratifying to know that the whole of parliament, and of course before the public, this contending fellowship, upon an actual it furnishes the means of correcting any trial of strength, could only mustre, after all abuses to which, through human infirmity or its haughty assumptions, EIGHTY-SEVEN mismanagement, it may be at any time sub

VOTEs. This speaks volumes, and is cause ject;--and finally, because the commissioners of devout thanksgiving to that God who conhave no power to impose the system upon the founds the counsels and frustrates the devices country, but are instructed to receive applica

of those who, unwittingly, or from design, tions from such schools as may solicit aid would injure his cause. Let the friends from their funds.

of order and peace watch the movements both Resolved, on the motion of the Rev. Dr.

of the Trinitarian Bible Society and the new Fletcher, seconded by the Rev. Dr. Ben

Provisional Committee. They may assure

themselves that fresh schemes to entrap unnet,

wary minds are in progress; but surely a 4. That petitions, founded on the above

discerning public have had enough to conResolutions, be prepared and left for signa

vince them that no great society can be conture, at the Congregational Library.

ducted by the men embarked in these underThomas Harper, Secretary.

takings. We hope they will continue to con

duct their affairs, as on the 12th of April, N. B. Upon the conduct of the Dissenters with closed doors, as this will render them in supporting the plan of Education for Ire.. comparatively harmless, though, in the preland, proposed by the King's Government, sent state of public opinion, it will awaken some disgraceful remarks have been made in some little suspicion as to the integrity of a the Record Newspaper. Does the Editor of cause which shuns the light of day. that litigious journal suppose that the Dissenters of England, are a race of men so obtuse, or so worthless, as to fall in with the

NEW BISHOP FOR INDIA. intolerant dogmas of his prurient fancy ?

We have much satisfaction in announcing We should be ashamed of them if they were

to our friends that the Rev. Daniel Wilson capable of one grain of sympathy with the

(now D.D.) has been appointed Bishop of junto of bigots, who support that unhappy

Calcutta, to succeed the late Dr. Turner. organ of religious slander. We tell the piti.

Such an appointment must be highly gratiful conductors of this paper to read the his

fying to all the friends of evangelical truth. tory of the Protestant Dissenters, and there

The prayers of thousands will attend him to learn what stuff they are made of. One

his destination; and pious churchmen and hundred such organs as the Record News

dissenters will unite in looking to him for a papers could do them no harm. Let their

vigorous support of the cause of Christian Resolutions, on the subject of Irish Education,

missions in the East. “May his bow abide speak for themselves! Blessed be God! they

in strength, and the arms of his hand be can be loyal to a Whig or Tory govern

made strong, by the arm of the mighty God ment, as they have abundantly proved; but

of Jacob !" they cannot relinquish their common-sense for mere political clamor. Let this calum

FOREIGN TRACTS. niator of the Dissenters come out from behind To the Editor of the Evangelical Magazine. the scenes, and then the public will know The Religious Tract Society have repeatwho he is. Ed.

edly pleaded the commands of God for dis

pensing Divine truth to aliens (as will appear TRINITARIAN BIBLE SOCIETY.

on referring to Levit. xix. 34; Num. xv. 15;

Deut. xxxi. 12; Josh. viii. 36, and many As we expected, this bubble has at last other passages of like import), and have reburst. By a majority of nine (forty-seven commended the distribution of them; and, voting on the one side, and thirty-eight on in order to facilitate the performance of that the other), it was decided, on the 12th of last service, have provided four paged tracts, in all the languages, so that every friend of the respectfully to propose to the consideration gospel may carry about him in the smallest of the independent churches, whether the compass a specimen of each language. The establishment of congregational societies tracts will be supplied gratuitously, and de- for Scripture-reading is not practicable; and posited at different places of Worship, &c., whether such a plan, if adopted, would where they may find admittance, and, it is not prove an eligible means of introduchoped, will be sent free of expense to indivi- ing the important truths of the gospel, dual friends of the gospel.

more immediately to the attention of the List of the respective tracts.-"Summary profane ; of inducing their attendance upof the Bible,” French, Italian, Spanish, Pora on the public worship of Almighty God, tuguese, Swedish. “Way to Heaven," and of thus promoting the salvation of Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish. thousands of immortal souls, who, unless “Sin no Trifle,” Dutch. “I know not the some great effort be made on their behalf, day of my Death” Dutch. “Way to Hea. may perhaps perish in their sin and guilt. ven,” German. “What is taught by the I conceive every adult who is competent Bible,” German. “The nature of Sin and to read the word of God with facility and Repentance,” Modern Greek. “Important correctness; and who, as a professor of reliEnquiries, &c,” Modern Greek.

gion, has experienced the power of divine Those friends who wish to promote the grace on his own heart, would be proper to Spiritual Interest of perhaps 25,000 aliens, engage in the work of thus reading the and through them their connexions abroad, Scriptures in the families of the poor, the are requested to signify their benevolent in. illiterate, and the ungodly. A number of tentions to A. B., at Mrs. Collis's, stationer, persons qualified for the office of reading, No. 7, London Road, Southwark.

might, it is presumed, be sufficient to sup

ply, to a given extent, in the towns where BAPTIST CHAPELS IN JAMAICA.

They may be resident, and who would perWe regret to state that the loss of property

form the duty gratis. If the readers were in chapels, &c. sustained by the Baptists in

occupied each evening in reading half an Jamaica amounts to £20,000. We under

hour in one house, then if two half hours, stand that the charges against some of the

say from half past seven to half past eight missionaries have been made by persons who

o'clock, were appropriated to the work, twelve have confessed that they were bribed, and

or fourteen families would enjoy the privithat instances of perjury, and abuse of magis

lege of such reading, taken in succession

during the week. In general it would only tratical power, have come to light truly shock. ing to humanity.

be requisite to read the New Testament Scriptures; the readers, at their own option,

to provide themselves with a Testament, or UNION CHAPEL, BRIXTON HILL.

one to be given them by the congregaWe feel highly gratified in announcing tional society of which such readers may be that the Rev. John Hunt, late of Chelms members. The readers might embrace ocford, has accepted an unanimous invitation casional opportunities for religious conversato become the stated minister of this newly tion, and of using their influence to induce raised interest, and that he commenced his an attendance upon public worship, which labours" on the third Sabbath in April, with

would be one of the momentous objects conthe most encouraging prospects of useful templated by the society. If such congreness, in that rapidly increasing and respecta gational societies were formed by all the ble neighbourhood.

independent societies throughout England, I

entertain no doubt but that a spiritual good of ORDINATION OF THE REV. THOMAS ARCHER. considerable magnitude might, by the divine At their Meeting, on 20th April, we un

blessing, be thereby effected ; and while we derstand that the United Associate Presby

rejoice at the number and variety of existing tery of London appointed the ordination of

religious institutions, it would seem that the Rev. Thomas Archer to take place on

this is the only one yet wanting to complete Thursday, 3rd day of May, in Oxendon

that beautiful circle of human means, speciChapel, Oxendon Street, Haymarket. Service

fically designed and adapted to promote the to commence at 11 o'clock.

salvation of souls. It is conceded that dis

couragements and difficulties will be attenSCRIPTURE-READING SOCIETY.

dant upon the establishment of such socie

ties ; but I believe that greater difficulties To the Editor of the Evangelical Magazine.

have been connected with the establishment Sir, -- Deeply deploring the prevalence of other religious associations, and which of irreligion, and the consequent non-at have been surmounted; and therefore the tendance upon the public ordinances of the establishment of reading societies is not, I gospel, of so many families throughout presume, impossible : on the contrary, I beGreat Britain, I beg leave, through the lieve that if the sincere friends of the cause medium of your valuable miscellany, very of Christ, recognize (as I hope they will)

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