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no part of it“ will be found out of pro- apostle simply uses it as an argument portion with truth." This is most to enforce the duty of holding fast the happily verified throughout the whole; profession of our faith without wavering. and the reader may really take this And, in the third place, the passage is little volume, and sit down to peruse it inaccurately quoted; the word "as" without the least fear of being disap | being very improperly supplied before pointed by any falling off in the interest the term “pure." This last is an error of the story, or of being disgusted with very prevalent among Pædobaptist the clumsy attempts at the marvellous writers and preachers: when the Scripwhich are now, unhappily, so prevalent | tures are quoted, they ought to be in books professedly for the instruction quoted with the most scrupulous accu. of youth; as if the young mind were racy; since a neglect of this only serves incapable of comprehending any thing to perpetuate and to multiply mistakes, that does not amount to an outrage on as might easily be proved in numerous truth and common sense. The author's instances. talent for description is by no means of the common sort; with a mind feel. ingly alive to the beauties of nature, The Catechist; a Fragment. Part Seand possessing just views of divine
cond. Parable of the Marriage Feast revelation, she commands at pleasure and Wedding Garment. By the Authe most charming combinations of thor of Lily Douglas. Pages 119, imagery, and carries the reader along
price 1s. 6d. delighted and instructed.
The conclusion of the story is truly Tois work, the author informs us, is admirable. The fine conception, which intended for young persons in a rank of the warmest words would have frozen, life somewhat above that occupied by is disposed of with consummate skill, the Sabbath scholar. It seems intended and produces an effect similar to that to awaken in the breasts of those who which one feels while gazing on a are properly qualified for the task, a painting or a piece of sculpture, in which desire to be useful in the honourable the artist has contrived to conceal some employment of Sabbath school teachers. inexpressible emotion of the soul, by With the view of securing the attenhiding the face in a fold of drapery. tion of such young people, "a style
It is impossible that efforts such as rather more refined than that of the this to do good can be ineffectual. former tract has been attempted.” So Where the most important and useful far as this subject is really concerned, truths are set forth in a form so inter- a different style of address might have esting, they must excite attention; and been used with the utmost propriety, we can without fear venture the predic- since the minds of teachers ought to be tion, that Lily Douglas will soon pass superior to those of their pupils. The through many editions.
character of Fitzallan, the young, the There is only one fault which we amiable, the pious, and zealous Cateobserved in this beautiful little story: chist, is certainly one that all must and that is where the author, in en- admire and love, and we are mistaken forcing the necessity and propriety of if the readers of this fragment would cleanliness, uses the following language; not have preferred knowing a little more “ Can there be any inward purity where of this youth, if it had been at the there is so much outward filthiness? expense of the story of the sailor boys. Do they remember that God hath said, It may partly arise from the high plea'Be ye holy, for I am holy,' who con- sure which the simplicity of the former tinually forget, that by the same word little work afforded us, and partly from and Spirit, he hath also commanded us, our utter dislike of the set phrase of • to have our bodies washed as with pure novels, that we felt, as we proceeded, water:!” This quotation is faulty in so much of it introduced into the Catethree respects. First, the passage of chist. It certainly is no ornament to Scripture here introduced has no refer- any thing connected with the religion ence to the duty of cleanliness; but, as of Jesus Christ; and we are well satisis allowed by the very best authorities, fied that the writer of this little volume refers to the ordinance of Christian has no need to call in its assistance. Baptism. Secondly, it is here repre- | We would fain hope that the inaccusented as a command; whereas the racies which we observe in this and the preceding work in making quotations last, p. 22; and were so well pleased from Scripture are mere oversights: with it, that we expressed a wish to see at the same time we cannot help ob- it followed up by others of equal value. serving, that they very much mar the The volume before us contains an equal native beauty of the Sacred writers; number of sermons, viz. Fifty, and they and we would at any time rather listenare, in our opinion, in no respect into the most discordant sounds that could ferior to the former. be produced, than hear or read a portion of divine truth quoted out of its connection. Indeed we know nothing more The Preacher: or Sketches of original provokingly insipid, than quoting the
Sermons, chiefly selected from the manuScriptures for the sake of sound. Hence your ready quoters of Scripture, who,
scripts of two eminent Divines of the
last century; for the use of lay preachers like living concordances, are perpe
and young ministers. To which is pretually letting fy strings of passages
fixed a familiar Essay on the Composition like so much chain-shot at the heads of
of a Sermon. 2 Vols. 12mo, (about their hearers, are not always the most
250 pages in each volume, London, scriptural preachers in the world. In
Richard Baynes, Ivy Lane, 1822, 8s. page 25, we find in a quotation from
boards. Deut. xv. 10. the word “shalt” for shall, twice occurring. This, however, may
Our Theological booksellers seem be a typographical error; but the appli determined that young ministers of the cation of 2 Pet. i. 10, in page 29, can- present day shall lack no means of atnot possibly be viewed in that light. It taining to pulpit excellence which deis certainly a most delightful truth, that pends upon them; and that, conse“Whatsoever things were written aforetime quently, if they fail in giving us good were written for our learning, that we sermons from Sabbath to sabbath, they through patience and comfort of the Scrip- shall be left without excuse. These tures might have hope;" but who that has volumes are very similar in their design paid any attention to the passage, could and tendency to the preceding article, ever suppose that this was the idea the “ Sketches of Sermons” published Peter meant to convey, when he said, by Mr. Holdsworth. The volumes do "Knowing this first, that no prophecy of not contain quite so many Sermons as the Scripture is of any private interpretá- the former do, but they are printed in a tion.” The plain import of this passage bolder type, and they differ in this is, that no part of Scripture prophecy is respect, that the editor has left blank to be its own interpreter, but, as the spaces in every paragraph, where the apostle is there proving, must depend preacher may introduce his own amplion its fulfilment for its interpretation. fications. They appear to us to be very Besides, it will not, we presume, be sound in the doctrinal sentiment which maintained by our author, that the pervades them; by which we mean that parable of the Marriage Feast is one of they are strictly Calvinistic; not the the prophecies of Scripture. With Hyper-Calvinism of Dr. Crisp, but the these exceptions and a few others, we moderate Calvinism of President Edthink the “ Catechist” a very good thing wards, of Owen, and Charnock, and of the kind; and we were particularly Booth. The Essay on the Composition pleased with the author's just illustra. of a Sermon is said to be from the pen tion of the words,—" But they that were of Mr. Fuller; and we are greatly bidden were not worthy.” page 51.
mistaken if many of these outlines of Sermons are not from the same quarter.
We think we can trace the great man in Sketches of Sermons preached to congrega
many of these pages; for great he tions in various parts of the United
certainly was. We must not, however, Kingdom, and of the European Conti be understood by that term to mean nent: furnished by their respective
that he was a profound Theologian; that authors. Vol. II. London, Holds
was not his fort. But he was a man of worth, 1822, pp. 190, 12mo. price
a strong and vigorous mind, an uncom4s. boards.
monly interesting preacher, and unques
tionably the ablest Polemic of the age We announced the first volume ol in which he lived ;-He was the Theolothis work in our number for January logical champion of England.
Psalmo-Doxologia: A new and complete | He retains those compositions which
collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes. have long since received the general Composed for three or four voices, with sanction, and are used in most churches an accompaniment, (in small notes,) for and chapels of the United Kingdom; to the Organ or Piano-forte, and equally which he also professedly adds tunes adapted for public worship or private more recently introduced into public devotion. London, published in worship, and generally approved; and monthly numbers, price 1s. each, the work is further enriched by a and sold by Simpkin and Marshall, number of original tunes, composed Stationers' Court, 1822. STo be purposely for the work; with selections completed in twelve numbers.
also from the most celebrated foreign
masters, such as Handel, Haydn, We have had our eye upon this pub
Mozart, &c. and adapted to English lication from its commencement, though
words. The Editor is evidently a man we have abstained from giving any
of taste and judgment, and has so far opinion of its merit at an earlier period.
acquitted himself very creditably. If We have now before us the first six
he persevere to the end, without any numbers, comprising one hundred and
abatement of his skill and industry, thirty two tunes, forming one half of
he will produce a volume which can the intended volume. The size is that scarcely fail to place quietly on the shelf, of Rippon's and Walker's collections, at least one similar production, which but the paper and engraving are superior | very few, we believe, besides the proto either of them. The Editor very | prietor, will regret to see supplanted! judiciously selects from those publica- | We are sorry to see him so fastidious tions, and indeed from every other that in changing the names of old tunes; comes in his way, such tunes as have, this is very confusing, and should as by their sterling merit, obtained the much as possible be avoided. “ Imprimatur" of the religious public.
Religious and Literary Intelligence.
Mr. Jeffrey of the Scilly Islands, to the satisfaction I ought to state the progress of
Secretary of the Baptist and Home Mis- the light of morality and religion in the sionary Society.
| Isles, since they have been favoured with St. Mary's Scilly, March 16, 1822.
the means of grace by your bounty. Pre
vious to the year 1814, the spiritual condiDear Sir,
tion of the inhabitants of the Of Islands This, I fear, is almost the last letter appears to have been but little known by that I shall be permitted by the Bishop of the friends of instruction, especially among Souls to write you from these Islands! My the dissenters. My first visit to this miser. health will not allow me to do the work of ably neglected place was made in that an Island Missionary. Life I do not count year, and from that period I have lived dear to myself, but I have a desire to be only for Scilly. The people were in the honest. If paid your money, I must do grossest ignorance and immorality, perishing your work ; and should my poor efforts in for lack of knowledge; without religious behalf of Scilly Islanders now terminate, I guides; without Sabbath Schools; daily venture to hope that I shall pot be charged increasing in wickedness by an illicit comwith the blood of souls; and if I know my merce with France; “like brutes they own heart, its sentiments (at this present) | lived, and like brutes they died.” may be expressed in the language of the The Wesleyan Methodists bad established Psalmist, “Not unto us, O LORD, not unto preaching at St. Mary's, and occasionally us, but unto thy name give glory for thy visited Tresco ; but the inhabitants of mercy and for thy truth's sake;" but there Brehur, Sampson, St. Martins and St. Agoes, is, says the doctor, no prospect of my labours were "sitting in darkness, and in the region being continued in this place. For your and shadow of death." ' I am not aware that the Of Isles has any thing to attract, in the several Islands, visited ships and & Missionary, except the souls of the distributed testaments and tracts frequently, people. The islanders have for a long These exertions and severe colds, caught series of years been left to their own super while exposed (often till midnight) on the stitions; they were jealous of, and hostile sea proved too much for my constitution ; a to, all strangers; and their rocky passages nervous fever was succeeded by a pleurisy, are dreadfully dangerous. A few years and since that circumstance my health has since four men were thrown on the rocks near been so impaired as to cause the work in St. Agnés. Nearly balf of the inhabitants which I formerly felt great pleasure to be of the Off Isles are widows and orphans ! a weariness. With much pain and weakI counted the cost; it was expected that I ness I have continued to the present time; should perish on the waters. In March, but I cannot amidst these labours live much 1815, with my family, I settled in Tresco, longer. The present condition of the my first care was to establish Schools; these interests of JESUS in the islands shall be efforts were violently opposed, but the truly stated. St. Mary's has three meetinggood hand of our God was upon me, and houses, which are favoured with as good di, posed your Society to encourage the congregations as any places of worship of work. Here the name of Thomas Thomp- equal size in the kingdom. They are son must be mentioned with thankfulness generally crowded. The pulpit, pews, and respect, for I was overwhelmed with forms, candlesticks, &c. in these places are difficulties, when Almighty God sent him to the property of the Society. The church my relief. If I attempt to give honour to has about twenty members who assemble for whom (under the Divine blessing) honour is divine service twice on a Lord's day at due, I ought to mention with the highest | Hugh Town. Several pious persons in the veneration and greatest gratitude the names different villages will strengthen the hands of Messrs. Upton of London, and Smith of of your future Missionary. We have two Penzance, but undoubtedly to you, Sir, and Sabbath Schools on this isle pretty well supto the honoured Committee of the Baptist plied with books. On Tresco a church has Home Missionary Society, I owe more than not been formed, but the materials are at grateful acknowledgements; the blessings hand the pious persons on that Isle have of thousands of islanders and seamen who sometimes communed with us at St. Mary's. were ready to perish will come upon you. | The little cottage meeting (built in trouIn the year 1817, on reviewing my labours | blous times) is your property ; during the it was found that prayer meetings had been interest of the Duke of Leeds on the islands, established on four islands; one hundred it is neatly fitted up with pulpit, forms, &c. bibles had been distributed gratis, besides and, besides, preaching there is a Sabbath several through Mr. Thompson's bounty at School, (seventy-five scholars) and prayer half price; three hundred adults and chil-meetings are held twice a week. Brehar, dren were regularly instructed in Sabbath you are aware, has been remarkably favoura Schools; and, assisted by my wife, I taught ed with the spiritual blessings of our coveseventy-five scholars on week days, reading, nant God. The Sabbath School is prosperwriting and arithmetic, and all this done ous, but it is conducted in a private room, without a farthing expence to the poor as the authorities of the Isles will not permit islanders. In 1818 the week-day scholars to finish the meeting-house. This is an inincreased to two hundred ;-but in this year teresting Island, and should have the conadditional work awaited your Itinerant; stant attention of a Missionary Sampson. the harvest had failed, smuggling was pre- In this place Edward Webber has been very vented ; kely (an article made from burnt useful. At the commencement of my sea weed) had no purchasers; eleven boats labours, but two persons here could read the and forty men were lost in the violent storms alphabet; now every house has a Bible, of the last winter. The miserable islanders and several persons can read and write well. were obliged to subsist on a nauseous shell- Seven of them are, I believe, very pious. fish, which reduced many of them to the An unfinished cottage will soon be ready verge of the grave. For several months for a dwelling for poor Edward,- for a I was in the greatest anxiety of mind meeting-house and for a school-room. I respectiog their misery, and laboured hard hope this humble excellent man will be ento represent their condition: at length an couraged by the Society. Seventeen persons active and respected friend took this are united in Christian fellowship on St. weighty burden from my shoulders, and I Martin's. On this Isle there are two schools, had only to feed the hungry, and clothe the and a good meeting-house : pulpit and seats naked with the excellent provisions, &c. are yours. Some good has been done at St. obtained by Mr. Smith's influence from a | Agnes, but the people on that Isle in general generous public. In this part of the work are deplorably ignorant, but they are ever I had as much assistance as could be desired. ready to hear the word of life. Scilly I preached at least ten times in a week, Islands are dear to my soul. Yes, I love taught seventy or eighty scholars daily, the people, and I pray that the means of superintended Sabbath and week day schools' grace may be continued among then. I weep at this moment to think of the trouble , are furnished with abundant copies of the that I give you : forgive me dear Sir. I Scriptures, and appear to use them as the would not complain, but the Scilly Islanders Bereans did, for proving the truth of every must have a teacher, and my ill health will thing stated; and we hope, like the former, not allow me properly to fulfil the delightful many of them may experience the saving duty. I cannot bear the cold damp rooms effects of the truth, in turning them from and beds of the Off Islands. The midnight the error of their way. We continued till storm in an open boat, is, if possible, still four o'clock preaching to them; and at the more injurions to my constitution. I must conclusion, informed them we intended to leave the dear people, but where shall I preach at six o'clock in another place, not settle : The world is all before me ; 0 that I expecting that many of them would attend, Providence may be my guide! For Scilly, as they were detained so long at last seras your servant. I have done what I could. mon. But, contrary to our expectation I had but little of this world's good to bring | double the number expected came in the with me to the Isle ; and except five small evening. They listened with much attenchildren I must take less away. Don't tion and composure, turning up every dear Sir, mistake me, I do not mean to passage introduced into the sermon complain; no, I have no cause for complaint. for the confirmation of every point of My Father who is in heaven is exceedingly doctrine delivered. May their souls be gracious, but you should not be ignorant of savingly illuminated by the word and Spirit any circumstance in which the honour of of God; and may they experience the the Institution is interested. Let me not in blessedness of such as have the forgiveness any thing deceive you; I have begged of of sins, , through faith in the Lord Jesus Dr. Molloy and other medical gentlemen, to Christ! After dismissing the congregation, give their opinion respecting the manner in the disciples remained with us till three which I vught to live in future, and they all o'clock in the morning, conversing together agree that my complaint is not in my lungs, | about redeeming love, and the infinite and that I might, in some station, where i obligation under which it lays the disciples had not to endure the midnight tempest, of Christ to walk worthy of their calling. still continue in my delightful labours, and Having joined in prayer, we dismissed at preach the gospel to the poor. I cannot the hour above mentioned. consent to be an idler in the Lord's vineyard. You are sending Missionaries into
ISLAY, the neglected parts of the kingdom; I pray! “10th.—This day sailed from Colonsay you send me to some place where the sea to Islay, and landed in the latter about four will not prevent me from walking to the o'clock. After landing, we proceeded congregations, nor keep my family for a till we came to the house of a certain indiweek or more in fear that I was drownedvidual. Intimation of a sermon being on the day that I left home. In order to immediately circulated, about 40 met; obtain some comforts for my successor on some of whom congratulated us after serthis important Mission, I would humbly vice, whom we requested to circulate notice recommend that Edward Webber be encou- that we intended to preach in the neigh raged to assist him; and these things I hum- | bourhood next day. bly submit to your consideration,
“13th.-Set off to the place appointed, And remain,
and preached, after reading a portion of Your humble obliged Servant, the Scriptures, from Matthew v. 17, 18. J. T. JEFFERY. 1. Adverted to the nature of the law de
scribed in the text. 2. How, and by whom
this law was fulfilled. 3. The blessings BAPTIST HIGHLAND MISSION.
resulting to sinners from the law's being Extracts from the Journal of a Tour by fulfilled and magnified by the life and death
W. Tulloch and W. HUTCHISON, in of the Saviour. The audience was about the Summer of 1821.
60; and heard with apparent astonishment [Concluded from page 127.]
when the extent, holiness, nature, and spi
rituality of the law was explained to them. COLONSAY.
We cannot tell what henefit they have "July 8th.. - This morning, being the derived from it; but must be contented first day of the week, we met in the most with the consciousness of doing our duty, centrical situation of the whole island, and and leaving consequences to him who by this means afforded the people the most declares, that his word shall not“ return to favourable opportunity of attending. On him void. our way we observed them collecting from 6. When we arrived at Colonsay, we every quarter. We commenced precisely intended to return to that part of Mull at twelve o'clock; our audience might be called Ross; but for the reasons stated in about 250; very attentive, particularly so the description of that place, and consiin turning to the passages quoted for sub- dering the circumstances of the people, we stantiating any doctrine declared. They thought it unnecessary to return; and our