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were teaching Christianity to their fellow-countrymen and to the Chinese at Macao ; and his two nieces, resident also in the latter place, had converted upwards of one hundred and forty Chinese women, all belonging to the higher classes."*
Send celestial truth to the Celestial Empire, and success must infallibly result. The work of the Christian missionary must be laborious, and it may be protracted, but his hopes are based on the word of One who has “all power in heaven and on earth,” and who has said " Every plant which my heavenly Father hath not planted shall be plucked up." And thus shall the converted Chinese, at some future day, contemplating the overthrow of the errors “received by tradition from his fathers" be struck with the coincidence between the language we have just quoted, and that which Këen-lung, one of the most celebrated emperors of the present dynasty, had inscribed on the stone tablet at E-le.
#Ž ATT HI HA 10 ZK DJ Max 41 天之所覆者入驻栽之不可碩班 “ The tree which Heaven plants, though man throw it down, cannot be uprooted; The tree which Heaven casts down, though man replant it, will never grow."
-Kidd, p. 158. From the specimens we have gleaned, our readers will see that these volumes deserve their attention; the former, as abounding with learned questions worthy the grave Professor,—and the latter, as full of those light, colloquial sketches, that a lively traveller may be expected to execute.
CURSORY NOTICES OF NEW PUBLICATIONS. “The Excellence and Desirableness of Christian Magnanimity. A Sermon preached in the Independent Chapel, Holborn Street, Hull. On Lord's-day evening, June, 20th, 1841, having reference to the movements of other denominations of Christians in the immediate neighbourhood. By Ebenezer Morley"-is, if we mistake not, a maiden publication, and it is one of no small promise. Occasionally we think we discover the unpractised author, in the somewhat inaccurate use of certain words, and in the want of a due concatenation of sentences. It would be of little consequence to advert to these defects, but that the discourse is generally so well written, and the greater portion of it so beautifully and highly polished in its style.
The text is “ Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice" There were circumstances, we are told, in the apostle's relation to the Philippian church, which led him to throw off all official reserve, and freely to unbosom himsel to that community. This magnanimity, inspired by the great discoveries of the Gospel, led him to exult in the extension of that Gospel, whatever might be the motives of its promulgaters. Truth could not be wholly unsuccessful; the spiritual interests of mankind were of transcendent importance; in their promotion, the redeemer himself sees the compensation of his arduous work; and with these objects before him, the apostle felt all selfish considerations annihilated. Many examples art
* Athenæum, No. 713, p. 491.
adduced, in happy illustration, proving this to be the apostle's habit of mind, a habit not to be ascribed to his natural disposition and refined education, for he had been a bigot and a persecutor, but to the grace that renovated his nature. His Christian magnanimity is earnestly commended to the imitation of Mr. Morley's own hearers, while it is beautifully illustrated by himself in the spirit which is breathed throughout the practical application of his own discourse. We adduce, in evidence, his graceful allusion to the prosperity of another church of the same denomination, in page 24, " While we should view with complacency whatever exertions are put forth by other Christian communities or individuals, to diffuse the leaven of the knowledge of Christ throughout the population of our important and increasing town, the extension of effort now making by the denomination with which you feel it a privilege to be identified, must impart to you no ordinary satisfaction. The blessing of Joseph rests upon the particular church from which it emanates ; she is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well, whose branches run over the wall.” And thus he adverts to the efforts of other denominations in the vicinity of his own more immediate field of zealous and persevering labour. “Waiving all minor considerations pertaining to doctrine, discipline, and expedience; fixing your attention on the all-absorbing fact, that Christ is preached.... be glad: who can tell but by our simultaneous, if not combined efforts, however humble in themselves, this former desert, already not an unfruitful field, shall become beauteous as the garden of the Lord ? Such a course commits you to no compromise of principle, even in minor matters, and to no relaxation of conscientious preference. Guard against latitudinarianism even on the more trivial points, Prove all things, hold fast that which is good !' Rest assured that truth in every particular, unlike the chameleon, is constantly of one colour, and always ascertainable; that the differences of opinion, and consequent divisions of the church, are not her strength, but her weakness—not her honour, but her disgrace ; that these differences can never be settled by indifference, but only by conviction, of which in all probability mutual charity will be the pioneer ; and that the conscience which loses its play when suspended on little matters, moves with a very doubtful vibration, when attached to those which are of greater importance. Continue to examine for yourselves, in the spirit of impartial inquirers after truth ; adhere with a sacred tenacity to whatever you believe to be according to the law and the testimony ;' but to adhere, as never to render fair charity a martyr by truth's own hand. Now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three, but the greatest of these is charity.'
Messrs. Fisher have favoured us with copies of their beautiful Annuals for 1842, which on many accounts merit our warm commendations.
“The Drawing Room Scrap-Book” is enriched with a collection of thirty-six fine engravings, displaying many forms of beauty as depicted in scenes of nature-works of art-and "the human face divine." The gifted editor, Mary Howitt, is a worthy successor of the lamented L.E.L., and adapts, like her, with great versitility and skill, original poetic compositions and explanatory notes to the beautiful works of art before her. The verses on “ Rivers," “ Cities,” “ Palaces," and “The Dead," are full of deep thought and feeling, while her illustration of Palermo Cathedral reveals in impressive verses the mighty power by which in olden time such fanes were reared. The volume is got up in the best taste, and would add an ornament to the first drawing-room in the land.
“The Juvenile Scrap-Book" is again edited by Mrs. Ellis, who has displayed considerable tact in adapting instructive stories, likely to interest and benefit her youthful readers, to sixteen engravings with which it is embellished. This is particularly evident in “ The Swiss Cottage, a puzzling Question," and in “ African Scenes.” The volume exhibits an attractive variety, and will, doubtless, be an acceptable present to many little folks, for whose use it is intended. (Fisher & Son.) N. S. VOL. V.
"The Rhine, Italy, and Greece," consists of thirty-three landscapes, architectural views, and interiors, with “historical and legendary descriptions," in prose, by the Rev. G. N. Wright. These depict some of the fairest and most fascinating spots of those fair and fascinating regions, and must inform the mind, improve the taste, and increase the pleasure of every reader. The binding also is peculiarly rich and else gant, and the volume cannot fail to be an attractive ornament on any table.
During the past month, two volumes have issued from the press, that cannot ful to be deeply interesting to the intelligent members of our churches. The first contains the Congregational Lectures of the Rev. Dr. Bennett, entitled, “ The Theolog of the Early Christian Church, exhibited in Quotations from the Writers of the Fri Three Centuries." A hasty glance at this respectable volume will not enable us to pronounce an opinion on its merits, but the learned industry and great acuteness of its venerable author inspire us with confidence, that it will be found in every way a worthy companion of the seven preceding volumes. The other work to which we refer is Mr. Benjamin Hanbury's second volume of “ Historical Memorials relating to the Independents or Congregationalists.” It comprises the most important part of the reign of Charles the First, and is very rich in rare and curious information, respecte ing the opinions and movements of parties at that eventful period, but especially in the proceedings of the Assembly of Divines at Westminster. We hope for an early opportunity of doing justice to the merits of these industrious and able writers.
It gives us much pleasure to announce, that No. 27 of the series entitled "Christian Literature," and which is sold for half-a-crown, contains the first part of Dr. Magee's justly celebrated “ Discourses and Dissertations on the Scriptural Doctrine of Atonement and Sacrifice," and that a second part, of the same size and price, will place that standard work within the reach of almost every diligent student of Christianity, to whom the costly octavo edition was inaccessible. This, like all the other works of this series, is printed "with a clear, readable type," in medium octavo. (Simpkin & Ca.)
We have long been impressed with the conviction, that the moralities of our religion have not been sufficiently inculcated upon those young persons who are brought up in evangelical connexions. To supply this deficiency we have often recommended Dr. Watts's little book, entitled, “The Sins and Follies of Childhood and Youth," which contains a perspicuous exposition of those matters, and is sold at a cheap rate. Mr. Jacob Abbott, whose powers of interesting his youthful readers is well known, has put forth “The Rollo Code of Morals; or the Rules of Duty for Children," which, on account of its clear definitions and simple tales, in illustration of moral obligations, must become a most useful instrument in the hand of a wise parent, in inculcating whatsoever things are just and of good report. (Tilt & Bogue.)
THE EDITOR'S TABLE. The Theology of the Early Christian Church, Exhibited in Quotations from the Writers of the Three First Centuries; with Reflections. By James Bennett, D.D. Being the Eighth Series of the Congregational Lecture. 8vo. Jackson & Walford.
Historical Memorials relating to the Independents, or Congregationalists, from their Rise to the Restoration of the Monarchy, A.D. MDCLX. By Benjamin Hanbury. 8vo. Vol. II. London: published for the Congregational Union. Fisher, Son, & Co.
Lectures on Christian Theology, by Christian Knapp, D.D., Professor of Theology in the University of Halle. Translated by Leonard Woods, Junr. D.D., Abbot Resident in the Theological Seminary in Andover, Massachusetts. Reprinted from the American edition of 1831. Being No. 35 of Ward's Library of Standard Divinity London: Thomas Ward & Co.
Family Secrets; or, Hints to those who would make Home Happy. By Mrs. Ellis, Author of “ The Women of England," &c. Parts V. to IX. 8vo. Engravings. London : Fisher, Son, & Co.
The Rollo Code of Morals; or, The Rules of Duty for Children. By Jacob Abbott. 18mo. London: Tilt and Bogue.
Discourses and Dissertations on the Scriptural Doctrines of Atonement and Sacrifice; and on the principal Arguments advanced, and the mode of Reasoning employed by the Opponents of those Doctrines as held by the Established Church : with an Appendix, containing some Strictures on Mr. Belsham's Account of the Unitarian Scheme in his Review of Mr. Wilberforce's Treatise. By the late Most Rev. William Magee, D.D., Archbishop of Dublin. Being No. 27 of Christian Literature. Medium 8vo. London: Moffat.
Fisher's Illustrated Edition of the Rev. Thomas Scott's Commentary on the Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments; with Explanatory Notes, Practical Observations, &c. Parts 6 to 10. 4to. Fisher, Son, & Co.
The Reformed Pastor: showing the Nature of the Pastoral Work. By the Rev. Richard Baxter. Reprinted from the edition of 1656; with an Appendix afterwards added. Medium 8vo. Ward & Co.
Life and Times of Louis Philippe, King of the French. 8vo. Division Ist. Engravings. Fisher, Son, & Co.
The Rhine, Italy, and Greece. In a series of Drawings from Nature, by Colonel Cockburn, Major Irton, Messrs. Bartlett, Leitch, and Wolfensberger. With Historical and Legendary Descriptions. By the Rev. G. N. Wright, M.A. 4to. Richly bound and gilt. London: Fisher, Son, & Co.
The Modern Judea, Ammon, Moab, and Edom, compared with Ancient Prophecy, With Notes and Engravings illustrative of Biblical Subjects. By the Rev. James Aitkin Wylie, Doller. Glasgow : W. Collins.
“ The Favourite Annual.” Fisher's Drawing Room Scrap-Book for 1841. By Mary Howitt. 4to. 36 Engravings, elegantly bound in Silk. London: Fisher, Son,
The Revival of Religion: a Discourse, of which the substance was delivered in Mosley Street Chapel, Manchester, June 22d, 1841. By Ralph Wardlaw, D.D. 12mo. Glasgow. Jackson & Walford, London.
Via Media between Teetotalism and Drunkenness. By Mortlock Daniell, of Ramsgate. London: Ward & Co.
Christian Baptism; showing the Right of Infants to that ordinance, when their Parents believe that Jesus is the true Messiah, and that there is no authority in the New Testament for what is called Believer's Baptism. 12mo. Second Edition. London : Dinnis.
The Juvenile Scrap-Book, 1842. By Mrs. Ellis, Author of " The Women of England." With 16 Engravings. 8vo. Fisher, Son, & Co. • A Grammatical Chart; or, A Key to English Grammar. By Walter William King. In Two Parts. 18mo. London: Houlston and Stoneman.
A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities. Illustrated by numerous Engravings on Wood. Parts XVI. to XX. 8vo. London: Taylor & Walton.
LITERARY INTELLIGENCE. To be published with the other Almanacs, on Nov. 25, the Congregational Calendar and Family Almanac for 1842. This popular annual contains, besides a large collection of general intelligence, the most complete information respecting the institutions and proceedings of the Independents extant, and is embellished with wood engravings of the new Independent Chapels at Liverpool, Hull, Westminster, and Tuxford.
TRANSACTIONS OF CONGREGATIONAL CHURCHES.
Adjourned Meetings of the Eleventh Annual Assembly. These deeply-interesting services were held in Nottingham, on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, the 19th, 20th, and 21st days of October.
The pastors and members of the churches in that town, anxious that the presence and blessing of God might he enjoyed by the assembled brethren, held a special united prayer-meeting at Castle Gate Meeting House, (Dr. Alliott's) on Monday erer ing the 18th, which was numerously attended.
The first public service took place in James Street Chapel, (Mr. Wyld's) on Tuesday evening, when the Rev. Dr. Vaughan, of Kensington, prayed, and then proceeded to deliver an elaborate and powerful lecture, on “ Congregation alism Viewed in Relation to the State and Tendencies of Modern Society," in which he showed, with great truth and eloquence, that the prominent characteristics of the present age are in remarkable accordance with the fundamental principles of Congregational polity. The discourse occupied two hours and thirty-five minutes in the delivery, but was listened to by a crowded audience with fixed attention to the last. We are happy to state, that Dr. Vaughan has promised to give this valuable document to the public, through the press. The Rev. H. I. Rook, of Faversham, Kent, closed the introductory service with prayer.
Wednesday morning, the ministers and delegates assembled in Friar Lane Chapel, (Mr. Gilbert's,) which was convenient for the purpose.
The Rev. R. Elliott, of Devizes, took the chair at half-past 9 o'clock, and commenced the services by singing, reading the Scriptures, and prayer. Praise was repeated, and the Rev. T. P. Bull, of Newport Pagnell, again addressed the throne of grace. The secretaries then communicated to the brethren some letters apologising for unavoidable absence, from Sir Culling Eardley Smith, Bart., Dr. Rafiles, Mr. Reynolds, &c.
PRESENT. Bedfordshire.- Rev. Messrs. William Alliott, Bedford ; John Frost, Cotton End. Bucks.-Rev. T. P. Bull, Newport Pagnell ; Mr. John Rogers, Newport Pagnell
Derbyshire.- Rev. Messrs. H. Ault, Repton; D. Davies, Ilkeston ; John Brown, Wirksworth ; William Kluht, Melbourne ; D. D. Evans, Heanor ; James Gawthorn, Derby; J. M. Newnes Matlock, Bath ; William Blandy, Chesterfield; William Colville, Middleton ; Charles Wilson, Sutton ; Thomas R. Gawthorne, Belper ; John Corbin, Derby. John Harrison, Esq., Belper ; Mr. Jabez Brown,Belper ; Mr. Thomas Harrison, Ilkeston ; William Challinor, Derby.
Devonshire. Rev. George Smith, Plymouth.
Leicestershire.--Rev. Messrs. William Salt, Hinckley ; James Reading, Wymondham; Thomas Mays, Wigston Magna; William Joseph, Earl Shelton ; James Roberts,
* The absence of all the Lancashire ministers, and of several from Yorkshire and Cheshire, was occasioned by an untoward mistake, that had been made in appointing the services for the opening of Great George Street Chapel, Liverpool, on the week of the assembly. Dr. Raffles himself greatly regretted the oversight, and used his best efforts to postpone his services, but as, of course, that depended on the engagements of the brethren who were to preach, it was found to be impracticable.