Review of Books.

NARRATIVE of Six Month's Residence in a Con

vent. By Rebecca Theresa Reed. Gallie, Glasgow. Price 1s. 6d.

We would not for a great deal, have missed falling in with this little book, which has done most excellent service in the United States, where, to the credit of Brother Jonathan's hereditary Protestantism be it spoken, twenty-three thousand copies were sold within a month. Such was the subsequent demand, that the publishers were obliged to keep power presses constantly at work, so as to issue, by the help of forty binders, from ten to thirteen hundred copies per day. We speak from our inmost heart when we say, that we wish its circulation in these islands might exceed that of the American editions.

It is impossible to conceive of a narrative written with more unstudied simplicity, or bearing a more evident impress of unadorned fact on its pages. The young lady was entrapped, when a mere child, clandestinely, to receive the blinding doctrines of Popery ; and to enter a convent under the specious character of boarder to deceive her Protestant family. She relates, in the most unadorned, unimpassioned manner, the daily routine of this sanctuary; and a few of the events which tended to open her eyes to the folly of her choice-the wretchedness of her hopeless lot.


There is not a single line in the book, bearing upon the anti-christian character of this religion; it merely exhibits the practical working of that frightful system of spiritual and budily thraldom, exercised over the inmates of a convent. In mere interest, the story exceeds that of the most highly-wrought novel; in point of usefulness, it outweighs all that imagination ever produced in the prolific subject of nuns and nunneries. We seem to become personally acquainted with those worthy personages, the Superior and her friend the Bishop, the latter of whom Miss Reed, without ever aiming at a description, has brought before us most vividly ; insomuch that we should like to hear something more of his lordship; particularly since the very unequivocal manifestation, of popular feeling to wbich he has very recently been subjected. There is a personage mentioned in the course of this little tale, over whom it is hardly possible not to shed tears of compassionate yet indignant grief-the poor oppressed Irish sister, Mary Magdalene. Miss Reed became a convert, from Popery, much as she had become perverted to it-with very little reference to its spiritual errors : its practical iniquities undoing the work which its assumed holiness, and deceptive blandishments bad effected. She made her escape quite after the fashion, of a regular heroine, and returned to her friends, to whom she had written many unanswered letters, simply believing that they were actually sent-a point on which even we could have enlightened her, from our own experience of the sort of epistolary faith kept with heretics—while her sister, seeking, with many tears, an interview with the poor secluded creature, was also induced to believe that Mary, Agnes declined the meeting for which her soul longed.

The Narrative is quite a small volume, as the price may testify; and we seriously urge our friends to read it forthwith. In the meanwhile, to any parents who may be tempted to acquiesce in that most awfully perilous and cruel custom of entrusting children, or young people, to the nursing care of Popish seminaries, we faithfully give the assurance that this little book has placed it in a light calculated to convince the most obstinately blind person among them, and we demand their attention to its evidence, before they venture to seal, as far as in them lies, the temporal and spiritual doom of those committed to their charge.

Should any of our younger readers have formed delightful visions of the calm repose to be enjoyed in the meditative retreats of a cloister, we commend it no less heartily to them ; giving them, by the way, two out of a detectable set of rules, inviolably to be observed, hy some of that happy sisterbood. They are extracted from the Rules and Penances of our holy father St. Augustine, together with those of St. Ursula. The eighth is— To walk with pebbles in our shoes, or walk kneeling until a wound is produced. Never to touch any thing without permission. The ninth :- Never to gratify our curiosity, or exercise our thoughts on any subject, without our spiritual director's knowledge and advice. Never to desire food or water between portions.' And a part of the eleventh is,—- Never to smile, except at recreation.'

Alas for the victims of papal Rome! Her ways are not the ways of pleasantness, nor are her paths peace. THE PICTURE TESTAMENT for the YOUNG:

Containing a harmony of the Gospels, and the Acts of the Apostles. Illustrated by engravings. Religious Tract Society

More than seven months ago, we laid this book out, for notice and approval, and regret the omission, for which we cannot account. It is a useful and attractive book, divided into short portions, well arranged and beautifully illustrated, both by superior steel engravings on tinted paper, and numerous wood-cuts scattered throughout its pages. It contains the word of God, pure and unmixed, excepting that about half a dozen very brief foot notes explain some references to the Old Testament, and to Jewish customs. We are exceedingly careful what books we recommend, on scriptural subjects; and we do not scruple to speak favourably of this elegant volume.


TAMENT: That is the Life and Doctrine of our Lord Jesus Christ, plainly set forth. Nisbet & Co.

It has frequently been remarked, that the great majority of religious tracts, and all our standard commentaries, are written in a style greatly above the comprehension of the very humble classes of society; and we, in common with very many others, have frequently longed to find something that we could put into the hands of this interesting and important division of our vast population. Nothing, we are persuaded, would more directly tend to check the progress of false and ruinous principles; nothing could be better adapted to promote the increase of that righteousness which exalteth a nation, than to place in every cottage such a simple devotional practical comment on the word of God, as we have now the unfeigned satisfaction of presenting to our readers. We will give a sketch of the plan, to show how carefully and methodieally the writer, whom we understand to be a clergyman of the Church of England, sets about his benevolent undertaking.

In an Introduction, most simply worded, he explains his plan; and then proceeds to give · Instructions how to read the Cottager's Guide to the New Testament,' which are repeated in every number. Then comes a very short aspiration for divine assistance, to understand and profit by the portion. Next, that portion is directed to be read; then follows a rendering of all difficult words into very easy ones. After this, we have a very good summary and explanation of the portion, with frequent references to other scriptures; and then the reader is advised to re-peruse his chapter, or portion. A short, close application follows, with a few close questions for the humble student to put to himself every now and then, as he goes on. A few heads of prayer, founded on the preceding subject, are then given; and, lastly, a regular brief prayer, in case the reader should prefer it to using his own words. Each number contains sixteen pages, in very large type; and is published monthly, at the cost of twopence each, or one shilling and ninepence a dozen, or fourteen shillings a hundred.

We have six numbers, and consider them admir

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