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to religious readers, is the posthumous selection from his Diary, entitled by his Editor,“ Private Thoughts." This consists of his sentiments on a variety of subjects, written down as they arose in his mind, without order or method, and very seldom with any date ; obviously not designed for the public eye, although he committed his papers generally to the Editor, with a discretionary power to publish or to suppress. The selection and the arrangement are, therefore, not Mr. Adam's, but the Editor's; and though on the whole judicious, are by no means unexceptionable. A large proportion of these Thoughts are exceedingly pithy, striking, and instructive ; but some are trite, others coarse, and a few injudicious. The value of the publication would have been quadrupled, if a more rigid selection had reduced its size by one third. Mr. Wilson appears to us to have characterized it very correctly.

They are,' he says, “ the produce of a very pious, a very acute, and a very honest mind. It is not a volume which charms by the force and purity of its style, by the closeness of its reasoning, or the tenderness of its persuasion...... The topics are detached and unconnected. Some of the expressions are brief and even obscure, and others strong and unguarded. But, with all these, and perhaps some other defects, the thoughts are so acute and penetrating; they spring from such a mature knowledge of the Holy Seriptures ; they open the recesses of the human heart with sucli skill and faithfulness ; they lift up so boldly the veil which conceals the deformity of our motives; and the whole conception of Christianity which they exhibit, is so just and so comprehensive ; as to render them a most valuable monument of practical and experimental divinity. Such a writer as Mr. Adam takes us out of our ordinary track of reading and reflection, and shews us ourselves...... The characteristic of the entire Volume is depth of scriptural and experimental knowledge. It requires, therefore, thought and time, in order to be appreciated. But it will amply repay both.

The present edition of the “ Private Thoughts" forms one of a series of republications, under the general title of “ Select Christian Authors,” to which we shall take same future opportunity to advert. It is neatly printed and commendably cheap. A large impression of the same work was printed at the expense of a benevolent individual in the course of 1822, the greater part of which were gratuitously distributed. The title-page simply announces that the edition was ' printed for Edward Powella' The work has perpetually been republished; but we shall he glad if Mr. Wilson's recommendation should obtain its introduction into a circle of readers to whom its Author's name has been hitherto unknown. A few notes, attached to the 'unguarded' expressions, would much have enhanced the value of the edition.

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Art. XI. A Brief Statement of the Reasons for Dissent from the

Church of England : being the Substance of an Address delivered at the Ordination of the Rev. John Woolridge, at Bristol. By the late Rev. Samuel Lowell. Svo. pp. 48. Price 1s. London. 1823. THIS production, which bears the impress alike of sound

sense and genuine candour, was the last effort of the highly respected Author in the service of his heavenly Master. It • was undertaken while health and strength afforded a cheering 'prospect of many future years of labour; but he was unex• pectedly arrested by death in his course of honourable use

fulness, and his purposes were broken off. The concluding part of the Address has been supplied by the Rev. Mr. Crisp, to whom he consigned the unfinished manuscript, from the short notes which were used by Mr. Lowell in delivering it.

• It is a fact,' Mr. Crisp very properly remarks, • which ought to be stated, as giving peculiar fitness and propriety to the selection of this subject at such a season, that far from being frequently brought forward in Dissenting Congregations, it is in general scrupulously avoided, so as seldom to be even slightly touched upon in the ordinary exercises of the pulpit.'

We believe that this is all but universally the case, and we applaud the motives which lead our ministers to avoid such topics in addressing a mixed audience. If they neglect other opportunities of conveying instruction to their flock on this subordinate but still most important subject,-in the parlour, or in the vestry, we commend them not. The ordination of a minister is, however, a fit occasion for the public declaration of the principles of Dissent; and it is to be regretted that ordination services do not excite more general interest.

"I shall be forgiven,' said Mr. Lowell, if I so far venture to speak of my own ministry as to state, that being now in the twenty-fifth year of my residence as the pastor of a church in this city, I have in no instance made our Dissent the subject of even a branch of any single Discourse. But on an occasion like the present, I persuade myself that no candid person will be surprised, much less displeased, by your attention being directed to this topic, especially as, from ignorance of the principles of Nonconformity, trivial and insufficient reasons are not unfrequently assigned for our conduct as Dissenters. And as we think that we are adopting the rules prescribed by Him who is “the head over all things to the church," we“ beseech you to hear us patiently.”

If a man be a good man, it is often said, it does not signify whether he be a Churchman or a Dissenter. Most true, and yet, most untrue. It does not signify, as regards the claims of the individual to our cordial esteem and regard ; nor, if he be conscientious and consistent in the maintenance of his principles, can it ultimately signify to himself. But it may not be such a matter of indifference, and cannot be, if truth is important at all, whetber a man should turn Churchman or turn Dissenter, as it may suit his caprice or interest, without examining the principles of either party, or in spite of the misgivings of his own mind. This discourse will shew that a firm attachment to the principles of Nonconformity involves no breach of the law of candour. We hesitate to decide whether even a bigoted Episcopalian is not in some points of view more respectable than the trimming, compromising Dissenter. Strange to say, none are less truly charitable than the ultra candid, none more censorious than the latitudinarian.'

"I wish, I ardently wish, to cultivate whatever deserves the name of Christian candour ; but do not conceive that amiable virtue to consist in concealing whatever is comprised in our own views of truth, but rather in making all possible allowance for what we deem the mistakes of others, and in conducting ourselves in the spirit of meekness and love towards those whose religious investigations have not terminated in agreement with our own. By this kind of standard I hope I shall never be unwilling to be tried. I think it is not possible for the human mind to be more clearly or more strongly convinced of the truth of any proposition, than I am convinced of the firmness of the ground, the scriptural ground, on which we rest the cause of our Dissent, and which I conceive to be the cause of God and of truth. Still, brethren, all Dissenter as I am, if I could not embrace with affection a pious Churchman, if I could not with Christian ardor press him to my heart, and hail him as a brother in Christ, I should think my own Christianity to be extremely doubtful. p. 36, 37.

Art. XII. SELECT LITERARY INFORMATION.

· Preparing for publication, now first collected in 6 vols. 8vo. (uniform with the Works of Bishops Taylor and Bever. idge) The Whole Works of Edward Reypoids, D. D., Lord Bishop of Norwich. With a Life of the Author, by Alexander Chalmers, Esq., and a finely engraved Portrait.

Preparing for publication, The Ser: mons of the Right Rev. Hugh Latimer, Lord Bisbop of Worcester. A new edition, in which the passages suppressed in the reign of Queen Elizabeth are restored, and the whole carefully correcto ed aceording to the first editions ; with Notes illustrative of Obsolete Phrases, Particular Incidents referred to, &c. To whicb is prefixed, an Original Memoir of the Author, from the most authentic sources, aod an Aeeoant of the Manner of Preaching cominou in his time. With a finely engraved Portrait, by Warren, In 2 vols. 8vo.

On the 1st of March will be published, Part I. (contaixng Palestine) of a new Work, to be entitled The Modern Tra. veller; or, a Popular Description, Geo. graphieal, Historical, and Topographic cal, of the various Couutries of the Globe, compiled froin the latest and best authorities. The work will appear in monthly parts, price Rs. 6d, each. It will be printed in the best style, and wilt correspond in size (though with a fuller page) with Sharpe's edition of the Poets, and the Percy Anecdotes. Two parts to form a volume. Each country will occupy a part or parts, according to the interest of the subject, so as to form a distinct work. Every number will be illustrated with a map of the country, compiled from the best and latest authorities, or some other elegant embellishment; and occasionally, wben the subject requires it, additional plates will be given, without charge. The countries will not be given in strict geograpbical order; but directions will be given, together with general titles, at the conclusion of the work.

Preparing for publication, in 1 vol. 8vo., a Short History of the Christian Church, from its first erection at Jerusalem to the present times ; designed cbiefly for the use of schools, and for those persons with whom the size of Mil ner's Church History (should that very

valuable publication ever be continued). would be an objection. By the Rev. John Fry, B. A., late of University Cole lege, Oxlord ; and Rector of Desford in Leicestershire ; Author of " Expository Lectures on St. Panl's Epistle to the Romans ;” of “ A New Translation and Exposition of the Psalmıs;" and of the “Second Advent of Oar Lord Jesus Christ,” “ Present to the Consalescent," &c. &c. • Preparing for publication, a Series of Lectures on the Hebrew Language, so arranged as to forni a complete and easy system of Hebrew Gratsmar, and to be adapted to the use of learners, as well as of others who have made some progress in the language. By the Rev. 3. Lee, A. M., and professor of Arabic in the University of Cambridge. This work is intended to comprehend what is inost valuable in the publications of Schmheas, Schroederus, Storr, Gesenius, Glasius, and others, with such original matter as the compiler sball deem it necessary to give

Preparing for publication, Memoirs of Funidendly Pious Men: containing Lives of the Confessors, Reformers, and Martyrs, uf the Finlish Church, eininent Clergymen, and Laymen, Intended as a companion to the “ Mernors of eminently Pious Worner of the Buitish Empire.” To 3 vols, 12ino. with purtraits.

In the press-Six Months Resideuce and Travels in Mexico. By William Bullock, F. L S., with a map and pany plates.

The Latin Grammar of LJ, G. SchelJer, translated from the Geunan, with notes, by George Walker, M. A., head, master of the grammar school, Leeds... Printed uniforinly with Matthiæ's Gicek Graminar, m 2 vols. 8vo

The Conchologist's Companion.' P'y the Author of “ The Wonders of ile Vegetable Kingdom.” &c.

The Life of Jeremy Taylor, D. D. Bishop of Down, Connor, and Droinore. By the Right Rev. R. Heber, D. D. Lord bishop of Calcutta. In 2 vols. post svo with portrait.

An Anglo-Gaelic and Gaelic and Enge, lish Dictionary; to which will be prefixed, a Grammar of the same Language. By Robert Arcbibalit Armstrong, M.A. Deputy Seciclary to the ligbland só.

ciety of London. Deny 4to. To sub. Preparing for publication, Biographia scribers 21. 12s. 68.

' Poetica ; or, iLives of the British Poets, A Memoir of the late Rev. Joseph from Chaucer to Cowper, in 4 vols. 8vo. Hinton, A. M. of Oxford. By bis son, including every poet in the collection of the Rev. J. Hinton, of Reading, is pre Chalmers, Campbell, &c ; and iu those of pariog for publication, in 1 vol. 8vo. the early bibliographers, whose writings

lo the press, the second edition of the or whose names retain sufficient interest New Gnide to Prayer; or complete Oro to be comprised in an historical collec der of Family Devotion, containing 126 tion. Vol. I is nearly ready. prayers, each prayer accompanied with Count Pecchio has in the press, a appropriate reflections on a passage of Diary of Political Events in Spain during Scripture. By the Rev, J. Hinton. M.A. the last year. This work, like his LetI vol. 8vo.

ters on the Spanish and Portuguese ReThe publication of the Rev. Mr.Platt's volutions, is interspersed with anecdotes new Self-interpretiug Testament, will of public men, and on the Manners and shortly be resumed ; and, as the whole Customs of the Peninsula. of the copy is in the printer's hands, its In the press, “ Scurry's Captivity uncompletion may speedily be expected. der Hyder Ali and Tippuo Saib." This Part IV in 4to., and Part V in 8vo, will little volume contains a simple unadornbe ready in the conrse of the month. ed statement of the horrid cruelties and

Mrs. Lanfear has a small volume insults exercised on himself and his com nearly ready, entitled, Letters to Young panions in misfortune, by those two EasLadies on their first Entrance into the teru despots. World; 'to wbich will be added, Sketches from real Life.

ART. XII. LIST OF WORKS RECENTLY PUBLISHED. ARCHITECTURE,

ing to its study as a branch of general Essay on the Origin and Progress of education. By James L. Drummond, Gothic Architecture, from the German M. D., &c. 12mo. with 100 wood-cuts, of Mollor; crown 8vo. 6s.

9s. Sciography, or Rules for Projecting

EDUCATION. Shadows, second edition, much inprov. A Dictionary of Latin, Phrases. By ed by J. Gwilt. 24 plales. 8vo. 145. W. Robertson. 15s. bound.

Ornaments, Grecian and Roman Ar Astronomical and Philosophical Leschitertore, &c. selected from "Stuart's sons. By Olinthus Gregory, LL. D.' A Athens, &c. &c. for the use of architects, new edition, revised. 1200. 5s. 6d. bd. workmen, &c. 24 plates. Imperial folio,

FINE ARTS. 25s.

Sylva Brittanica; or, Portraits of Foo BIOGRAPHY.

rest Trees. Drawn and etched from na. The Scottish Wanderer; or, Patience

ture. By Jacob George Strutt. No. VI. and Contentment in Humble Life exem.

folio, 15s. On India paper, 25s. plified: in an interesting memoir of Tho

Portraits of the British Poets. Nos. mas Hogg. By the Rev. W. Read, A.M.

XXII and XXIII (completing the work), Stone Easton Lodge, near Bath, Domes

royal 8vo. 14s. Proofs 18s. tic Chaplain to his Royal Highness the Duke of Clarence. 81., or 7s. per doz.

CEOLOGY. A Sketch of the Life of the Rev. Jules A new edition of Professor Buckland's Charles Rieu, pastor of the Reformed Reliquiæ Diluvianæ, attesting the action Church, Fredericia, in Denmark; with of an Universal Deluge, with 27 plates, Practical Remarks and Dlustrations, and 4t0. 11. 11s. 6d. an Introduction, containing an Account

HISTORY. of that Colony, and Anecdotes of some

The Naval History of Great Britain. of the most eminent Protestant Minis

By W. James, (now completed). 5 vols. ters on the continent. In 1 vol. 18mo.

Svo, with 2 of tables, 41. with an engraving. Is, 6d.

Sir Robert Naunton's Court of Queen BOTANY.

Elizabeth, ber 'Times and Favourites. A First Steps to Botany; intended as new edition, with biographical illustrapopular illustrations of the science, lead. tions and 9 portraits. 8vo. 12s. 6d.

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