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heart, for the work of God in Christ i testimony of God concerning his Son, Jesus; and their hope of heaven is with the promise of salvation to him founded, not upon what Christ has done that believeth, is unknown to this sysand suffered for them, but upon what tem, while “ the work of faith, the lathey deem themselves to have done and bour of love, and the patience of hope," suffered for Christ. I am quite clear, by which the first Christians came to that this is a faithful though brief know their election of God, 1 Thes. i. sketch of all spurious Christianity.” p. 3, 4, is completely superseded. And 23, 24. On this we must remark, that thus, as has been justly remarked, does if there be indeed professed Christians, this wretched system“ establish prewho found their hope of heaven on sumption upon principle, and draw in what they themselves have done, or conscience itself to be a friendly supsuffered, or experienced, their case is porter of self-deceit.” In short, we redeeply to be deplored-they must err, gard the system on which we have been not knowing the Scriptures; for the animadverting, as flatly opposed to the sufferings and death of Christ are alone grace of the gospel, and as leading its the meritorious ground of a sinner's ac-advocates to the very pinnacle of selfceptance with God. It is for his sake confidence. that our sins are forgiven us: his blood was shed for the remission of the sins of many—it was the ransom price of
Elements of Thought; or, First Lessons our redemption-he was delivered for
in the Knowledge of the Mind : includour offences, and raised for our justifi
ing familiar explanations of the terms emcation. This is certainly the doctrine
ployed on subjects relating to the intellecof the Scripture, regarding the ground
tual powers. By Isaac TAYLOR, Jud. of a sinner's hope of heaven; but how
London. Holdsworth, 1822, pp. comes Mr. Mulock to treat with ridi
216, 12mo, price 4s. 60. cule and contempt, “ a work of grace in This is a modest, unpretending vothe heart?" Does he not know that lume, from which, nevertheless, those “'the kingdom of God;" or, which is the who wish to cultivate an acquaintance same thing, the gospel with its power with the nature, the powers, and the and influence on the mind of a believer, I operations of their own mind, may obconsists in " righteousness, peace, and tain much valuable information. Its joy in the Holy Spirit?” and what is object and design is said, in the preface, this, but a work of grace in the heart, to be that of imparting, in a familiar counteracting its innate depravity, sub form, elementary explanations and induing the power of sin, giving the vic-structions on subjects connected with tory over the world, and conforming the the intellectual faculties; to afford gra. happy subject to the image and exam-dual and easy exercises to the powers ple of Christ? But the truth is, that of abstraction, and thus to conduct the the whole of Mr. Mulock's system young leader, not perhaps by the most needs rectifying, in order to reduce it direct, but by the most accessible path to the scriptural standard. It inverts into that region of thought where the the order of things laid down in the mind best acquires force, accuracy, and Christian system, and teaches pro- comprehension. fessors to commence their religion at | We have examined the book with all that point where the apostles taught the attention and care in our power, the primitive disciples to end theirs ! I and do not scruple to acknowledge, that According to this abominable system, we have been both pleased and profitted men are taught to work themselves in- by it. In our humble judgment, it is to a persuasion that they are the elect entitled to much of the commendation of God, because their hearts have been which Dr. Johnson so liberally bestow. affected under a sermon, or their natu ed upon Watts's Improvement of the ral conscience has alarmed them, or Mind; and, for ourselves, we should be they have had some extraordinary / disposed to say, “whoever has the care cream, and from this they are to infer of instructing others, may be charged that Christ died for thein, and all the with deficiency in his duty, if this book promises of the gospel are their portion. ) is not recommended :" at least, we are Thus Paul's doctrine of the justification acquainted with no publication, on the of the ungodly by faith, Rom. iii. and subjects of which it treats, that we thin iv. that is, by crediting the record or so judiciously compiled.
Roses from the Garden of Sharon. Second
cond of God, and that believing ye might edition. London: Holdsworth. 1822.
have life through his name.” Passages Price 1s. or 10s. per dozen. 18mo.
of this description ought always to oc- :
| cupy a prominent station in works of pp. 84.
this kind. The ingenious Robert Robinson, in one of his Morning Exercises, (that on Industry) recommends it to young peo The French Protestant: A Tale, by the ple to get by heart every night, the last! Author of the Italian Convert-Vicar thing they do before they go to rest of Iver, &c. &c. London: Westley, one verse of the Holy Scriptures; to 1822, pp. 144, price 3s. bds. think of it till they drop asleep, and in the morning, when they wake, that.
Our readers will find this to be a verse will vrobably be the first thought. I very interesting narrative, and exceed" This,” says he." will always afford a / ingly proper to be put into the hands of subject for a morning meditation: and young people, with the view of guardthe practice continued for seven years,
ing them against the malignant influwill fill and enrich the mind with the
ence of bigotry. The author tells us, word of God a great advantage through
that the outline of the Tale was comlife, and doubled when, along with old
| municated to him some years ago, by a age, dimness of sight or blindness
venerable Protestant dissenting miniscomes, so that however desirous we
ter, now deceased, and that it was listcannot read the holy book.”
ened to with much interest, though no We should not wonder if the compiler
intention existed at the moment of pubof the “Roses from the Garden of Sha
lishing it. We are glad it is now done, ron," took the hint from the foregoing
and have no doubt of its acceptance paragraph, and certainly it is well
with the public:--but why does this adapted for such a purpose, especially
author continue to teaze us with his as the author or editor has given the
Bagatelles, when we are impatient for a whole a devotional turn, and, by means
work of much greater extent from his of the addition of two or three words,
pen? why does he not give us the Life of converted the text into a petition or
Lord Cobham at once a publication prayer. There is one, and sometimes
which he is known to have in hand, two or three verses arranged under each
and which is not only a desideratum, day of each month, and so numbered,
but, we must add, which he owes to his that the reader has only to recollect the
own reputation !' When he has done day of the month, and he instantly
that, we shall allow him to relax, and turns to what may be termed “ the Col
amuse himself with these minor prolect for the day-thus, for instance,
ductions, but not till then. By the way, under the date of August 22, we have
d when he reprints the “ French Protesthe following text: “God forbid that I
tant," we shall be obliged to him, if he should glory, save in the cross of our
will take the paragraph, p: 92, beginLord Jesus Christ, by whom may the
ning “ Poor Copin," &c. from one of world be crucified into me, and I unto the later editions of the work which he the world.” Gal. vi. 14. Should the
quotes. He has taken it from the first, editor or author compile another chap
and unhappily it contains a gross blunlet of " Roses," we recommend it to
d it to der, which has since been rectified. him to be more copious in his selection of such texts as contain the saving Mental Discipline; or, Hints on the CulTRUTH—the gospel, or glad tidings of tivation of Intellectual Habits : addresssalvation; for instance, such as, “It is
ed particularly to students in Theology, a faithful saying, and worthy of all ac
and young preuchers. By HENRY Fosceptation, that Christ Jesus came into TER BURDER, M.A. Second edition. the world to save sinners"-" Christ London: Westley, 1822, pp. 110, died for our sins, according to the
12mo. price 3s. Scriptures"-"God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, I Tuis volume, thougli intended for a. that whosoever believeth in him should not similar class of students, bears no reperish, but have eternal life.”'_“These semblance to Mr. Isaac Taylor's “ Elethings were written that ye might be- ments of Thought,” noticed in this lieve that Jesus is the Christ, the Son number of our Magazine. It is com
piled much upon the plan of Dr. Watts's MR. EDITOR, “ Improvement of the Mind," only that
LOOKING Over your useful Magazine the rules and directions which Mr. Burder gives are not of so general a cast as
for May, I find an answer to a Query are those of Dr. Watts, but have a more
respecting the lawfuloess of a member of a particular bearing upon the clerical dissenting church contending for the office office. He acknowledges that the work of a Church-warden. Your answer, Sir, is was suggested to bim by his connection satisfactory so far as it goes; but suppose with the Hoxton Academy, in which he a member of a dissenting church to be ap. is employed as a Tutor. The rules and
pointed to the said office, could he refuse to directions which he lays down for the cultivation of the mind, and the attain
act in that capacity? I know some persons ment of intellectual habits, are unques
who have been so appointed, but they are tionably very judicious, and they are not required to attend the parish church. illustrated and enforced with consider Now, is there any thing inconsistent in able ability. The style or composition taking it under these circumstances; and of the volume is compressed and nerv- if there be, how are we to avoid it? In ous, yet always perspicuous; and the
many parishes in this country, the office of a author has interspersed throughout his
Church-warden is considered to be as pages, some very pertinent and pleasing quotations from Locke, Watts, the elo
binding on the person appointed as any quent Hall, Dr. George Campbell, Pro- other parochial office; and in some parishes fessor Stewart, Dr. Thomas Brown, &c. no person but a dissenter can be found to Upon the whole, we regard it as a very serve it, all the landholders being dissenters useful publication, and certainly very | A few remarks of the subject will oblige creditable to the author's talents.
Cardiff, June 3, 1822.
Prayers for Private Persons or Families.
The Editor is not sufficiently versed in 1822, pp. 400, 10s. 6d. bds.
Jurisprudence to state the law on this subPUBLICATIONS of this nature are mul-ject. He has been told, that though a tiplying upon us of late years; but we
dissenter is liable to the appointment, the are not sure that it is a matter which
law allows him to serve the office by deputy; cails for congratulation on our part, or
and if so, it is reasonable to suppose that a
conscientious dissenter would gladly avail on that of our readers. We certainly
himself of that alternative. Instances have do think, that genuine prayer must be occurred, in which dissenters have been the spontaneous effusion of the heart; fixed with the office merely for the sake of and the pattern of it, which our Lord harrassing them; and in some cases of this condescended to dictate to his disci-kind, they have been able to defeat the ples, is of unrivelled excellence. We malice of their adversaries, by choosing as nevertheless admit that it is better for a l their substitute one who has proved very person to present his petition to God in
din troublesome. We are far from recomà prescribed form, than not at all; As
mending this mode of retaliation; and, to the volume before us, it is a highly | Editor is inclined to doubt the entire pro
indeed, upon more cool deliberation, the respectable performance in every point
priety of the answer which he gave to the of view. The forms of devotion are question in the number for May. But the preceded by two Discourses on the subject was, in a great measure, new to Lord's Prayer, written with great neat him; and he is apprehensive that he was ness, and ably illustrating the different under some mistake about the nature of the petitions in that compendium. And,
office of Church-warden, and the services indeed, the whole book must form a
required. - He supposed it to be equivalent powerful rival to the prayers of Smith
to that of Deacon in a dissenting church, and Jay lately published. We suppose
and the answer which he returned proceeds the author to be a clergyman of one of been told, that in this he was quite miss
upon that supposition ; but he has since the episcopal chapels in Scotland.
Beligious and Literary Intelligence.
FORMATION OF AN AUXILIARY | own native country--to his friends--to his
BAPTIST MISSIONARY SOCIETY | kindred--to the whole human racé : in this AT LIVERPOOL
point of view, the investigation was at once
interesting and important. Indeed, in On Thursday, July 18th, a public meet whatever point of view the philosopher reing was held at the Baptist chapel, Byrom garded this interesting subject, it must Street, Liverpool, for the purpose of form- afford matter of delightful research, and, in ing an auxiliary Society, in aid of the Bap- a word, furnish the mind with what was tist Mission to India. WILLIAM HOPE, Esq. calculated to influence it beneficially in all had been invited to take the chair, but be the departments of life, whether private ing prevented from giving his attendance, or public. To the man of science it was an it was moved by Mr. Fisher, the minister equally important enquiry. So much had of Byrom Street, that his son, SAMUEL the missionary in our day, added to the Hope, Esq. do preside on the occasion, stores of learning already collected and Mr. Lister seconded the motion, which was prepared to his hand, the subject had great carried unanimously, on which Mr. Hope interest also in this point of view, and was took the chair, and after calling upon Mr. well deserving their attention. By unLister to engage in prayer, he addressed locking the treasures of knowledge that had the meeting to the following effect.
been hid from common eyes, and adding to It was as the representative of one them the useful information with which his "absent in body, but present in spirit," and own labours had enabled him to enrich the who would have felt great pleasure in be- common stock, the missionary had done ing with them this evening, had he been much, and the interests of science had been able, that he consented to take the chair ; 1 in a remarkable measure promoted by misbut being only a novice in services of this sions at large. And to the philanthropist dature, he must solicit their candid indul. how peculiarly interesting ! 'In how emigence. In every work of importance, and nent a degree had missions been the means which was connected with the interest of the of humanizing mankind ! They had asRedeemer's kingdom, it was desirable, as signed to one sex its right station, and to the first means of success, to invoke the di- the other its due importance, raising that vine blessing, he should, therefore, without sex from a state of degradation, in which further comment, solicit Mr. Lister to en- it is found in every part of the world, gage in prayer. This having been com- where Christianity has not communicated plied with, Mr. Hope proceeded. The its light-not to an improper elevation, but subject of missions in general, in whatever to its due sphere and influence. They had point of view they were considered, afford. | abolished (where their influence had ex-' ed much interest to reflecting minds. To | tended) a variety of customs under which the philosopher accustomed to trace effects humanity had been so long, and extensively up to their first causes, such a subject must suffering ; and it would have been effectfurnish materials not only for speculation, ing a great work, and productive of imporbut also for important investigation. What tant and lasting benefit to society, had the enquiry, for instance, could be more in- i agency of Christian missions extended no teresting than that of the connection bea | further than this, to the extirpation of custween the state of society in which we now! toms at which it was impossible for enlightmove, (the state to which Christianity has ened minds to look with complacency. raised this country), and the apparently But there was one class of society to mean though important circumstances which which missions at large must be particularly had given rise to it; thus, tracing back the interesting. He referred to Christians to present state of society to that period of our | them who not only bore that name, but history, when Christianity was first intro- knew something of religion in its power and duced into our native land. He entered | reality. The Christian regarded missions not into the enquiry who the first missionary | as divinely appointed. He acknowledged to Britain was; but viewing him as one the universal application of that preceptwho had felt the importance of the gospel," Go and preach the gospel to every creain his own experience, and partaking of its ture.” He felt it binding in his own conblessings, was anxious to impart them to his science, and in whatever station providence
had placed him, whether exalted, or com- at the outset, 'for the prosecution of its un. paratively mean, he felt the obligation of dertaking. Its friends pursued their ladevoting his labours, whether few or many, bours in the faith that God would not for. to this important object. He recognized sake them, and the mission has now obtoo, the encouragements given in the Bible tained a degree of importance which justly to perseverance in those labours, under the claimed the attention and esteem of every persuasion that they would not be lost, but kindred mind, amongst men of the different that where the motives are pure and scrip-classes to which he had adverted. tural, those labours should, in the end, Before concluding, he should, however, whatever obstacles were opposed to them, just advert to one remarkable fact connectbe productive of the most important bene- ed with the translations effected by the fits to the human race. The Christian re- missionaries at Serampore. Was it not a cognizing, moreover, in these exertions, remarkable fact, that one, to whose bust the means sanctioned by heaven for the ful- the highest nich in the temple of Fame filment of the divine promises in commu- would, by general suffrage, be assigned, nicating the benefits of revelation to the now professor in the college of Fort Wil nations now sitting in darkness, and in the liam, and acknowledged as one of the prinregion of the sbadow of death, could not cipal agents of government, in effectiog its but unite to the most delightful anticipa- | desigos for the adyancement of oriental tions of success his own active exertions in literature, was once a. shoe-maker, and the cause. None, therefore, who felt pro | supposed to possess, even in this bumble perly interested in all that was truly valu- employment, no adequate meabs for carryable in society, could possibly remain in- ing it on. This circumstance may serve to: different to the subject of missions at large. show us, that God is accustomed to use Having stated this, he took the liberty of means, humble in our estimation, to effect remarking, that, in advocating the cause of his gracious purposes, and that “the excelthat one mission, to which more particularly lency of the power' inay be seen to belong their attention was invited this evening, to Him, without whose divine aid all the they were, in fact, advocating the cause of efforts of human skill and human power missions generally. For himself (and he must avail nothing. Having made these could say the same for his friends near him) few preliminary remarks, as introductory they would feel the utmost reluctance, in of the business now before them, and as recommending the cause of this mission, were they were favoured with the atteudance of there any ground for thinking that, by so do- the Rev. Mr. Cox, and the Rev. Mr. Hoby, ing, the interest of any other would be com- from the parent society, in order to present promised. But the case was otherwise. By them with the latest accounts of the proadvocating its interests, they advocated (as gress of the mission, he now begged to call he conceived) the interests of Christianity on Mr. Cox to address them, to whom, he at large, and of all Christian missions. felt persuaded, they would listen with great God had, in the exercise of a wise provi- pleasure. dence, marked out different fields of labour, Mr. F. A. Cox then rose and addressed and their objects being one, many blessed the meeting. To introduce, on an occasion effects arose from this appropriation, One like the present, (said Mr. C.), one's own only he should specify, and that was, a personal history in the form of expressing happy degree of emulation without any of those feelings of solicitous anxiety, which those feelings that could be termed hostility. Daturally agitate the mind in the situation I This stimulated them all, and rendered am in at this moment, might appear obtruthem all in the aggregate, the means of sive, but I must bespeak your candour, doing more good than could be expected to while I represent the deep sense I cherish arise from a more restricted union. He of the importance of the duty I am called should only detain them a moment or two upon to discharge tbis evening, in advocatlopger, while he adverted to the society ing a cause so interesting in itself, so vast the interests of which they were called upon in its extent, so mighty in its operations, this, evening, to support by their presence and which has attracted so powerfully the and aid. The proceedings of that society attention of the religious world. Even the would be detailed more at large by the holy angels, who rejoice at the penitence of friends who surrounded him. It could not be one sinner, must surely look down with pefar from the recollection of any of them, culiar interest and joy on such a meeting as that it arose from very small beginnings the present, and if I am i betrayed on this It made its way, in the dark, and during occasion, into language indicative of that early part of its progress, accomplished warmth, of zeal, and even of enthusiasm, much, even while nothing presented itself I have only to say, in my own vindication, as, a guide. Its beginnings, he had re
1 « On such a theme 'twere impious to be calm.” marked, were small. They were so indeed, About thirteen pounds was the amount of Before an enlightened assembly like that the first collection, and constituted all the which Mr. C. saw around him, he deemed funds which the Baptist Mission possessed it unnecessary to expatiate on the general