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The Maternal Management of Children in Health and Disease. By
Thomas Bull, M.D. Third Edition, carefully revised and con
siderably enlarged. London: Longman and Co. It cannot be too strongly impressed on the minds of parents that they have the power, in a large measure, of securing a sound mind in a sound body to their children, and that they are responsible for its use. But let it not be supposed that it can be duly used without much care and effort. A considerable share of information, constant watchfulness, decision and courage to resist their own feelings, and disregard the opinions of the world, are indispensable. But whatever the qualifications needed, they alone can be looked to for them.
It is, therefore, with great pleasure, that we contemplate the circu. lation of works designed to impart the knowledge of the proper managementof children, and to stir up parents to its study and application. Such works, if judiciously prepared, are invaluable. Among them we assign a high place to the volume before us. It is, in our judgment, singularly fitted to the end proposed. It possesses all the qualities that such a volume should possess. It is comprehensive in its topics ; particular in its directions; simple and easy in its style; and, though last, certainly not least, it bears unmistakeable marks of sound science and sound sense. Without intending to make every parent his own doctor, it will, if heeded, go far to prevent the necessity for professional interference, as well as to secure it when necessary at the right time ; while its chief value con. sists in its supply of those wise maxims and advices which, when attended to, effectually guard against most diseases and disorders altogether.
Writings and Disputations of Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canter
bury, Martyr, 1556, relative to the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper.
Royal 8vo. Miscellaneous Writings and Letters of Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop,
etc. Royal 8vo. Edited for The Parker Society by the Rev. John Edmund Cox,
M.A., F.S.A. The Parker Society has done good service to sound theology and English ecclesiastical history, and we purpose, ere long, taking occasion to enter somewhat fully into the consideration of its labours and its claims. In the meantime we commend, to all such of our readers as are interested in the history and theology of the English Reformation, the volumes now before us. Cranmer rendered great service to the disenthralment of religion. We are far from regarding him as the master-spirit of the movement. There was too much weakness in his character for this. He wanted the heroic fortitude, assuming frequently a hard and repulsive aspect, which was exhibited by Luther, Calvin, and Knox. Yet we must not underrate him, nor disparage his labours. He did noble things, and the heroism which shone forth from the martyr, atoned for much of the suppleness of the
courtier, and the timidity which prompted bis recantation. His writings were numerous, and exercised a powerful influence. Apart from their controversial merits, which are considerable, their circu. lation was necessarily aided by his position and connexions. They form a material part of the literature of the Reformation, and should be closely studied by those who would rightly appreciate the views and conduct of the men of that day. The subjects treated of by Cranmer were of the highest order, of which the first of the volumes before us, is a sample. The nature of the Lord's Supper entered into the very essence of the papal controversy, and Cranmer sifted it with all the acuteness and learning of an able and erudite man. We thank the editor for the pains with which he has discharged his labour, and especially recommend our ministerial readers to possess themselves of a copy of these volumes, and deeply to ponder their contents. In the times that are coming, a knowledge of the litera. ture of protestantism is absolutely needful.
The History of British India, from 1805 to 1835. By Horace Hayman
Wilson, M.A., F.R.S. 8vo. Vol. III. London: James Madden. This volume completes Professor Wilson's continuation of Mill's India, and leaves little to be desired by those who are solicitous to acquaint themselves with the rise of British power in the East, and the character of the institutions by which that power is upheld. The volume extends from the close of the administration of the Marquis of Hastings in 1823, to the termination of the commercial existence of the East India Company, and embraces some of the most important and interesting points which our Indian legislation has mooted. The work is written with great calmness and impartiality; the style is inartificial and lucid ; the pains-taking is obvious without proving burdensome; and the general train of reflection is both solid and conclusive. It is a worthy sequel to one of the noblest historical compositions of our age, and will long hold an honourable place amongst our standard works.
The Wisdom of the Rambler, Adventurer, and Idler. By Samuel John:: son, L L D. London: Longman and Co... .' FEW things would be more impertinent than to panegyrize the wri. tings of Dr. Johnson. "We shall do nothing of the kind, but contenting ourselves with such a description of this small volume as will acquaint our readers with its character, shall simply recommend their adopting it as a pocket companion in their summer journeyings. A brief extract from the Editor's preface will best explain the nature of the work. Referring to the Rambler, Adventurer, and Idler, he says: The voluminous editions of these works, coupled with the dry, ponderous 'compositions to which the philosophical and more in. structive essays are attached, have prevented their being' so highly appreciated as they ought to be, and may be said to have sunk them,
for want of a convenient form of publication, into almost entire neglect. The following collection bas, therefore, been published, un. der the hope that the solid sense and deep practical wisdom which it contains, being now disencumbered of a large amount of critical and other matter, uninteresting to the general reader, and brought within the compass of a pocket volume, of moderate price, may prove alike serviceable and attractive to the public. In this hope we unite, and cordially recommend the Editor's labours to the patronage of our readers.
The Millennium in its Three Hundredth Century. Written in the year
1847 of the Satanic State of the Fallen World. By Omicron, author of · Elements of Truth,'' Paulus, Pride and Prejudice,' etc.
London: L. Houghton and Co. This is one of the books that defy all description. It is fortunate for the author that he believes that ' praise, no creature can possibly deserve in any degree.' He has put his 'humble lucubrations' into the form of a drama, of which the scene is the English court, and the characters are— King of England, The Queen,' • First Son,' • Second Son,' etc. Perhaps one short specimen, with the author's own italics and capitals, will best enable our readers to judge of the performance :
The Forgiveness of Sin, and the Possibility of attaining a Personal Assur
ance of it. By the Rev. T. East, Birmingham. 1847. Glasgow :
James Maclehose. The subject treated in this volume occupies a place of great importance to the holiness, joy, and usefulness of Christians, and one upon which many erroneous opinions are prevalent. A treatise which should discuss it plainly, wisely, and faithfully, was much wanted, and Mr. East has supplied it. He has presented scriptural truth in a clear and forcible form, ever keeping in view the great ends of practical godliness.
A Discourse of Matters pertaining to Religion. By Theodore Parker, · minister of the second church in Roxbury, Mass. London: John
Chapman. This discourse treats of the religious sentiment and its manifestations, and its relation to God, to Jesus of Nazareth, to the greatest of books, and to the greatest of human institutions.
It is impossible to convey any idea of the work in a few lines; and most of those who are likely to take an interest in its discussions may be supposed to have already met with it. Plain and sober readers need expect nothing from it. It is not a book for the million, except that many of the mass will, doubtless, retail its bold sayings, often without understanding, and more often without being able to defend them. Indeed, it is just the book for the day in this respect, for we have met with no work, of late, containing so much matter adapted to the reckless taste of the times in a form so fit for the use of third-rate declaimers on, or rather against, religion.
That Mr. Parker is a man of great intellectual vigour, and of extensive reading, will not be questioned by any who judge of him from his writings; that he occasionally breathes forth true and noble sentiments, we readily admit; but as a discourser on religion, as an expounder of its principles, and interpreter of its phenomena, we should wrong our most cherished convictions, in appearing to regard him as not desperately erroneous. He has put together a vast variety of materials, without respect to consistency, though the bearing of his theory, or rather theories, as a whole, is, in our view, essentially fatal to the very first principles of religion, while the oracular tone of his decisions, and the burning energy of his passion, are well calculated to confound the timid and ignorant, and to kindle a sympathy with his views in such as are easily excited.
The circulation of works of this kind imposes a solemn task on those who cannot contemplate without dismay, the deadly assaults on religion that are being continually made in its own name, and, in some sense, by its own means. May they be found wise and faithful!
Discourses Delivered at the Recognition of the Rev. George Thomson, as
Co-pastor with the Rev. H. Š. Burder, D.D., Hackney. London :
Jackson and Walford. 1848. A MORE than usually excellent specimen of a class of publications, seldom of general or permanent interest. The address to the new minister, by the Rev. Algernon Wells, we have read with especial pleasure.
The Beloved Disciple. Reflections on the History of St. John. By
Mrs. J. B. Webb. London: Hatchard and Son. 1848 Much Christian feeling, great earnestness, and a certain delicate, womanly tenderness and pathos, characterize this volume, which we recommend, as thoroughly imbued with the spirit of the beloved disciple.
Additional Remains of the Rev. Robert Murray M'Cheyne, late minister
of St. Peter's Church, Dundee ; consisting of various Sermons and Lectures delivered by him in the course of his Ministry. Second
Thousand. 1847. London: John Johnstone. MR. M.Cheyne was one of the lovely Christians and successful Christian ministers of modern times. The grace of God shone in him with remarkable lustre. A high degree of spirituality and devotedness to his work, gave a charm to his character, and living efficacy to his labours. If the piety and zeal could be extracted from the productions of his pen, they would not appear remarkable ; but as it is, they cannot but be precious to the devout of every name.
The present volume contains sixty-four sermons and seventeen lectures, ' printed from the author's M.S. notes, written as prepara. tions for the pulpit, but not intended for publication, or revised by him with that view. They are short, simple, and practical.
English Life, Social and Domestic, in the Middle of the Nineteenth Cen.
tury, considered in reference to our position as a Community of Professing Christians. By the author of "Reverses.' London :
B. Fellowes. 1847. This belongs to a class of works which is increasing daily, and it possesses the character which is common to most of them. In so large a field of discussion, we cannot be expected to agree with all the opinions advanced, nor do we; but there is a clear intelligence pervading the work, which gives value to its counsels. Many may profit by them, in relation to some of the most delicate and difficult questions of parental superintendence and social intercourse.
Ecclesiæ Dei : A Vision of the Church. With Preface, Notes, and
Illustrations. London: Longman & Co. 1848. A VOLUME of lamentations over the departed glories of old church furniture and music, mixed up with some attempts at satirizing nontractarian bishops, so heavy that one scarcely knows whether the wit or the weeping is the more doleful. It has nothing to distinguish it from the ordinary run of Puseyite poetry, excepting, perhaps, that the author has rather less taste than his brethren.
The Sacred History of the World Attempted to be Philosophically Con
sidered in a Series of Letters to a Son By Sharon Turner, F.S.A. and R.A.S.L. Eighth Edition. Vols. II. and III. London:
Longman and Co. The first volume of this edition was noticed in our June number, and we need, therefore, now do little more than record our pleasure at its early completion. Of the work, itself, it is superfluous to speak, and the Index, extending to twenty-two pages, which the editor has added, will render it much more available for purposes of reference.