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ing, of the Northern Baptist Education'gical contentions, will be tinged, in general, Society, at Bradford, in Yorkshire, June by the opinions of him who translates. It 12th, 1822, and published at their re-i is of consequence then, that a teacher of Quest By B. Godwin. Great Missen. | the inspired writings be able to read them den, Bucks; London, Cox and Son,
|'for himself. It will give bim a clearer
idea of the precise and full sense of the 1822, price 1s.
inspired writers. A thousand beauties,
and much force of expression, must be lost We noticed a Sermon of Mr. God
to him who reads only with a translation. win's, on the Signs of the Times, in our If the statutes of this realm were written in number for march last, p. 85-90, and Saxon or in French, would a solicitor or such of our readers as derived from it barrister feel satisfied with bejog able to only half the gratification that we did, I consult a translation only? would be not will be glad to see the future productions feel that on many occasions a reference to of his pen. If they should not receive the original was necessary? Besides, the an equal portion of pleasure from the
scriptures contain frequent allusions to paSermon before us, they must attribute
tions which no longer exist, to the events of
past ages, to customs and manners which it to the subject, which is certainly a
are foreign to us, and they abound with very hackneyed one, and not to any
ouc, and no lo any prophetic descriptions of the changes and falling off in the talents or exertions of destinies, not only of the Jewish people, the preacher. His text is 2 Tim. ii. 2. but also of surrounding states; a general “ Faithful men, who shall be able to acquaintance with ancient and modern histeach others also.” In advocating the tory, and some knowledge of antiquities are cause of Seminaries of instruction for therefore of consequence to the Christian young ministers, Mr. Godwin remarks,
teacher. And without any farther enumethat
ration of particulars, there is scarcely any
branch of knowledge, 'or department of 4 portion of human learning is neceesary
science, which may not be found useful in to understand and explain the sacred writings.
elucidating the sacred scriptures. The first teachers of Christianity had the scriptures, if not in their venacular tongue,
We should indeed be ashamed to adin a language which they well understood! | vocate the cause of ignorance and ilBut the case is quite different with us. The literacy in any quarter, and especially in sacred words of inspiration are in languages the Christian ministry, and so far as which have long since ceased to be spoken. our Dissenting Academies are made It is a great blessing, indeed, that the trea- subservient to the promotion of knowgures of divine truth are not now locked up ledge, learning, and piety, we sincerely
wish their prosperity. It affords us cellent translations, so that we can read in
much satisfaction to find that since our own tongue, “the wonderful works of God.” Yet the structure and idiomatic preaching this
preaching this Sermon, Mr. Godwin has phrases of different languages vary so much, I accepted the office of Classical Tutor, in that to translate as literally as possible, and the Bradford Academy, where an exyet to give the ideas and the spirit of an tended field of usefulness is opened to author in the words of another language, is him, and where our most fervent wishes a work of no small difficulty. The different for his success will not cease to attend shades of meaning of which a word is capa
him. We have the happiness of knowble, render it no easy matter to catch and
ing several young men who have lately fix them by a suitable form of expression in another tongue. A word may have various
come out from that Seminary, of great senses, some of which it may possess in com
promise, and who, we confidently hope mon with several words in another language,
will prove great blessings to the couneach of which may have some meanings try-as they certainly do honour to their which do not belong to the word in ques-venerable tutor, Dr. Steadman. May tion, and be deficient in others which do their numbers multiply every year, until pertain to it, and a number of persons may Zion become a praise in all the land of each select a different term, as coming the our nativity, and the opprobrium of lack nearest, in his opinion, to the idea of the l of talent among our Baptist Ministers original. There are also many words, I suppose, in every language, wbich can be
be no longer mentioned. translated by no single word in another, but require a paraphrastic circumlocution, so that a translator often approaches to the
The Psalms and Hymns of the late Dr. character of a commentator ; and hence it
Isaac Watts, in two volumes. To the is, that a version of the scriptures, respect.
latter of which are added, all the author's ing which there have been so many theolo- Miscellaneous Hymns, (one hundred 19
nt that we have ex
GOODACRE'S EDITION OF WATTS.-CUBITT'S FOUR SERMONS. 821 number) which appear calculated for | text of scripture. We may add, that public or family worship, collected from the ability and care which Mr. Goodacre his Hymns, Sernions, and Miscellaneous has displayed in his editorial capacity, Thoughts, and Reninant of Time; with present a claim upon the gratitude of ten copious and accurate Indexes. Edin his co-temporaries which we hope will ted by Robert GoodaCRE, London, | be handsomely met on their part. The Westley, Stationers -Court, 1821. numerous editions of this favourite poet Demy Edition, 21s. Royal Paper, 1l. that have been called for since the Doc108.
tor's decease, and the hasty and careless This is by many degrees, the most man
manner in which most of them have magnificent edition of these devotional
been printed, have introduced endless compositions that we have yet seen; and
errors, both in the orthography and it is, in all respects, so complete, that,
punctuation—things which the author it leaves the admirer of Watts, (who can
himself would have been completely afford to purchase it) nothing to wish
ashamed of, and by which his memory for as regards the publication. It was
has been undeservedly disgraced. We surely a bold attempt on the part of Mr.
| feel deeply indebted, therefore, to Mr. Goodacre, to present it to the public in
Goodacre for the labour he has bestowed so splendid a' form; and we sincerely
in revising the text, and correcting the wish he may find himself eventually
punctuation, and hope that no printer reimbursed for the cost and pains which
will, in future, put the work to press it must have occasioned him. Yet, we
without having recourse to the present know not why he should despair of this; I
copy as a standard by which to revise nor, indeed, does it appear that he is in
and perfect it.
an clined to do so: for, as he remarks in his Preface, “ While our fellow-wor
Four Sermons on the Nature, Evidence, shippers in the church of England, have their Book of Common Prayer embel
and Authority of the Christian System. lished with all the elegance of modern
By GEORGE CUBITT, preached at the
Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Red art, the Dissenters, who use Dr. Watts, have not a devotional Book in any re
Lion-street, Boston, and published spect corresponding to the fitting up of
by particular request. Boston, Noble; their Chapel Seats, or the contents of
and Baldwin and Co. London, 1821. their Family Libraries.”
pp. 98, 8vo. price 2s. Certainly, this edition may be con- If Mr. Cubitt had not informed us in sidered as perfecting the series of sizes the title page of his pamphlet, that he in which the writings of this favourite belongs to the Wesleyan school, we should poet may now be had, from the dia- never have suspected it from any other mond to the double pica—from the size page of his publication. But really when of a thumb to royal octavo; and to we meet with such productions as the the heads of families who, like our-one before us, (to say nothing of the selves, are advancing into the vale of life, writings, of Dr. Clarke, Messrs. Watwhen according to the course of nature, son, Bunting, Newton, &c.) we are " those that look out at the window are compelled to conclude, that either the darkened," and we begin to cry out for preachers in general in this connection, large print, the present edition must be are advancing rapidly in the progress of peculiarly estimable. But Mr. Goodacre religious knowledge, and in the scale does not rest his claims to public patron- of talent, or that we have been in the age solely on the quality of his types, habit of greatly undervaluing them in or the size of his page. « In regard to times past. Probably both may be true, correctness of text, and of punctuation, and we are always glad to be set right, he invites the minutest' scrutiny:" when we have been in error. and after a careful examination of the Mr. Cubitt's Sermons are founded work, we think it due to him to say, upon Heb. ii. 1-4. and had we been that we have not been able to detect a at his elbow, we should have advised single error. The tables are remarkably his stripping them of the form of sercopious and accurate; so much so in- mons, and casting the whole into the deed, as to leave nothing of this kind to mould of an Essay or Dissertation, which be wished, for the purpose of finding any would probably have taken better with psalm, hymn, verse, line, subject, or the public; and in that case he would
have had an opportunity of incorpora-, We cannot take leave of this pamting the valuable materials which, un- phlet without adding, that we have re. der present circumstances, he has been ceived no ordinary satisfaction from the obliged to throw into an Appendix of perusal of it; and, judging that what twenty pages. We know, indeed, that, pleases ourselves will please others, we in itself, the thing is of little conse- conclude with recommending it to our quence. The materials are here; his readers. pamphlet furnishes an able defence of Christianity against the cavils of the
LITERARY NOTICES, &c. Sceptic, and it reflects considerable
SHORTLY will be published, “ The Doc. credit on his understanding and his trine of Scripture relative to Evil Spirit. talents. It exhibits proof of the author's Examined ;" being a reply to a work enreading and reflection, and we have no titled, “The Scriptural Claims of the Dedoubt that it will be very useful in stop-vil,” by Russell (Scott; with remarks on ping the mouths of gainsayers and con- his explanation of the terms Sheol, Hades, firming the souls of the disciples. We and Gehenna, and on the duration of future could readily justify all the commenda-punishment. By B. H. Draper. . tion we have given of this pamphlet,
THE CHRISTIAN INDIAN, of North by extracts from it; but our readers
| America, a Narrative of Facts, with fron
tispiece and cuts, price 6d. Intended as a must be content with one single para
suitable reward for Sunday schools. The graph as a specimen, and we hope it will
profit arising from the sale of the above induce them to go to the fountain head work, will be appropriated to the erection for more.
of a small chapel, for Divine worship, in “ Some object against the mysteriousness Sandy, an unenlightened village, in the of the gospel. They ought to recollect there county of Bedford. The donation of any is a great deal of plainness in it too; and person (however small) desirous of aiding that in its mysteriousness we only see the the above cause, will be thankfully received, characteristic of a revelation from the in- by the Rev. J. Peacock, 23, Goswell Tercomprehensible God. Our minds cannot race, Mr. Wm. Whittemore, 62, Paternosgrasp in the whole scheme of redemption, ter-row, London ; and Mr. Whittemore, and are we to reject that which is made Sandy, Bedford. known, because . heaven's own shadow' The Life of William Penn, abridged and rests upon it? But why refuse to believe adapted to the use of young persons, By in a fact, that has much about it tbat is Mary Hughes, (late Robson), foolscap 8vo. mysterious ? Will the Deist here, be a boards, with a portrait, &c. price 4s. 6d. Deist in every thing else ? HE DARES NOT. Just published, a second and improved In nature he sees mysteries. He believes edition of PLAIN DIALOGUES, desigoed to facts which he cannot explain, and acts relieve from various difficulties connected upon his acquaintance with the bare fact. with the doctrines of Predestination, SpiAnd is the gospel, which professes to contain ritual Ipability, Christian Perseverance, a display of the glorious character of God, and the relation of the Moral Law to the to state to us a plan, involving at once the Believer ; and to correct some unscriptural infinite glory of God, and the endless con- representations of these subjects. By J. cerns of eternity; is this gospel to be wholly Shoveller, of Melkshem, 12mo. price Is. and completely free from that mystery with Good Samaritan Itinerant Society. which, because of the littleness of man, all On Tuesday August 27th, a new chapel nature is filled ? Is it to state no facts but was opened in Tadworth-street, Banstead, such as shall be in all their bearings and con Surry, 16 miles from London, belonging to nections, perfectly comprehensible by the the above Society, when two Sermons were meapest capacity? Are Deists sincere preached-that in the morning by Mr. Stodwhen they avow a principle which, properly hart, of Pell-street, from 1 Cor. iii. Il; developed, issues in such a requisition ? and that in the evening by Mr. Chion, of What would themselves say, were the word Walworth, from Ps. Ixiv. 5. The devotional of God a mere • Reading made Easy'? parts of the services were conducted by Here too, Deism conducts to Atheism. Let Messrs. Phillemore, of Kingston, and Bol. him who rejects the gospel for its mys- | ton, of Brockham. This new-raised interiousness, so bring the whole of the divine terest has peculiar claims to public notice; immensity into his own mind, as to be able little more than twelve months ago, tbe vilto give an account of God, as clear of mys- | lage was destitute of the gospel, but when tery as he desires the gospel should be ; and introduced, such was the eagerness to hearit, if he cannot do this, either let him cease that the room, in which divine worship was thus objecting, or let him embrace the conducted, was crowded to excess; while Atheistic system at once. Why will not the many were standing outside unable to obDeist be consistent with his own principles, tain admittance; with these prospects it but because he is himself aware of their was deemed necessary to erect the above soundness ?"
Beligious and Literary Intelligence.
in its aid. Its contributions, however, had LIVERPOOL AUXILIARY BAPTIST
been increasing for several years past, and MISSIONARY SOCIETY.
he hoped would continue to increase ; for, [Continued from page 291, Col. 1.]
notwithstanding all that had been done, it
was little when compared with what had MR. MosES FISHER (the Iminister at By been accomplished in some other places. rom Street) rose to second the motion. He The Society to be formed this evening, expressed the great pleasure he felt on the would, however, he had no doubt, fetch up occasion, and must rank this (he said) | our lee way. He trusted he should not inamongst the happiest days he had spent in cur the charge of egotism, in saying that Liverpool. He felt bimself surrounded by the formation of such an Auxiliary Sothose whom he esteemed and loved ; and ciety as was now contemplated, would rethe cordiality that şubsisted among his mi-lieve him from a degree of exertion, as also nistering brethren in the town, was no small of responsibility, which, at times, he had ingredient in the cup of his felicity. Here felt rather oppressive. Mr. Hope, their (said he) we realize the blessedness of that highly esteemed and venerable friend, had union, which is so beautifully described by annually assisted him in collecting in the the Psalmist : and may we not adopt the greater part of the contributions of Liversame language :) “ Behold how good and pool; and his presence and interesting conhow pleasant it is for brethren to dwell to-versation on these occasions, had beguiled gether in unity. It is precious as the oint- many a tedious hour, and had made that ment on the head, which ran down to the work delightful, which otherwise would beard, even Aaron's beard, that went down have been irksome to him. Indeed, the to the skirts of his garment; as the dew of disinterested zeal he had manifested, and Hermon, and as the dew that descended on the exertions he had made in this laudable the mountains of Zion; for there the Lord undertaking were above all praise. He commanded the blessing, even life for ever- was now unable to do the work; and as, more,” He felt deeply interested in the without his assistance, Mr. F. felt himself motion which had just been so ably pro- unequal to it, he could not but view with posed. The success which had attended I the utmost satisfaction, the formation of a the labours of the missionaries in India cer- Society, by which, not only were they tainly demanded the warmest gratitude to both relieved, but the most pleasing anticiGod. When he considered the origin of pations of success afforded, as it related to Dr. Carey, and what be had been enabled the future interests of the Baptist Mis, to accomplish in the work of translation sionary Society in Liverpool. He conclud. when he compared the state of India thirty led with most heartily seconding the resoyears ago, with its present state, and consi- | lution. dered how many of the natives had been Mr. Hoby (of Maze Pond, Southwark) converted to Christianity-low manyschools addressed the meeting to the following nad been established, and in how many effect: “If I feel emotions of gratitude anguages the Scriptures had been trans. to God for the success which has attended lated and circulated, he was constrained to the labours of the Baptist Missionary Sosay, what hath God wrought! The weak- ciety, and if I am constrained in the view hess of the instruments magnified the power which has been taken of the operationsi of which had employed them, and afforded a that bigbly favoured Institution, to admire beautiful illustration of that text, “Not by the conduct of God towards a Society mgnt, nor by power, but by my Spirit, whose origin was so inconsiderable and une, saith the Lord of Hosts." All the glory promising, I cannot (with the resolutions (said Mr. F.) is due to God; and I hope now put into my hands to propose to you, We are concerned to ascribe it to him, say. and after the remarks which have been
is, "Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, made by our esteemed brother, who has but to thy name be the praise !"
been so laborious in this large town) but The other part of the resolution which feel emotions of confidence and of joy, so lates to the formation of an Auxiliary far as it respects this part of the kingdom, ciety in Liverpool, in aid of the Baptist in the exertions which we may reasonably ssionary Society, also afforded him real | expect will hereafter be made in order to easure and satisfaction. He had often support the funds of the Society, and to amented that Liverpool had not done more meet the increasing demands in those parts
of the world where our missionaries are la., viour Jesus Christ, We upite then with all bouring, as well as in every other, for the parties, whatever differences of opinion on diffusion of the gospel of our Lord Jesus minor points we may be permitted to enterChrist. As you have now resolved to form tain, in common emotions of gratitude to a Society in aid of the funds of the Baptist God, and rejoice in the success of every Missionary Society, you will naturally ex- religious institution. How pleasing then, pect that some resolutions should be pro Sir, is it, that we may remind our friends posed for adoption, relative to this newly especially of this—that since the institution formed Society.” Mr. H. then read the of the Baptist Missionary Society, there resolutions he had to propose to the meeting, have been, principally by the labours of which being in substance such as have been Carey and his colleagues at Serampore, commonly adopted, we think it unnecessary translations of the word of God, into no to print, and then proceeded :
fewer than forty different languages and “I feel myself at liberty to wave any dialects, so that these scriptures, in whole particular remarks on this string of resolu or in part, can now be read by the inhabitions, because it appears they have been tants of thirty or forty different districts or drav in up with an attention to those opera- | countries; and at the same time I may take tions of similar Societies, which have been the opportunity of remarking, in reference tried and found suitable to those objects by to the prosperity of the cause, that there all denominations of Christians in almost all are, at this time, in the schools, it is calcıparts of the country. And at the same time lated, no fewer than eleven thousand cbit that I wave any remarks with a view of re dren, trained up by Christian teachers, or cominending the adoption of these resolu- friends who interpose in the arrangement of tions, I feel it unnecessary to attempt any their studies; and it is interesting to rething like a detailed report of the proceed-/ mark, that a considerable number of girls ings of the Parent Society of the Baptist are now gathered into some of these schools. Mission, inasmuch as you have listened to so But this remark, with respect to the female interesting a statement as that which has population surgests a most painful considebeen already given you by Mr. Cox, which ration. What will some think of the asserhas embraced almost every point in connec- tion, that it is higbly probable that there is tion with our mission. I may, however, be not, in the whole of British India, a larger allowed, just in recapitulation, to remind number of girls brought under instruction, our friends present, that there are (as you than there are persons now gathered in this will perceive by papers which I hope will place, where we are assembled, and this in soon be put in distribution) in connection a population comprising sixty millions of with the Baptist Missionary Society, no the human race! Yet even this is totally fewer than thirty missionary stations, which insufficient to give an adequate illustration have been formed; nineteen of them on the of the horrid cruelties connected with the continent of India, six or seven on the is. Hindoo superstition, every feature of which lands, and four or five in the western parts reminds us of those moostrously deformed of the world ;--that in these there are now images, worshipped as the Gods of Hindoo labouring seventy English missionaries, and a religion that seems to be composed of that, in the course of the operations of our all that is absurd in idolatry-of all that is Missionary Society, no fewer, I believe, beastly and abominable in sensuality and than fifty converted heathens have devoted | vice, and of all that is devilish io cruelty ; themselves either wholly, or for the greatest La religion, Sir, which, in its practice, (as part of their time, to the service of the gos. all religions will) exhibits the moral fea. pel of Jesus Christ. When I think, Sir, of tures of the divinities that are worshipped. the success of our Missionary Society, and And if these gods, in their moral character, have been called upon to plead for its funds, are represented as degraded by crimes I have always found it both a duty and a which would dishonour human nature high gratification to acknowledge, not only which are, in fact, the grossest vices of huthe obligation under which we are to the man nature, what can the worship of such Father of lights, from whom cometh down divinities be, but a system constructed upon every good and perfect gift, but to the principles calculated, vot to elevate, but to Christian world at large ; for, of all Chris-depress-not to felicitate, but to render tian societies formed with a view of further. miserable those unhappy slaves of so base ing the spread of the gospel abroad, I ap and degraded a superstition. How must prehend none are laid, by a truly Christian we rejoice then, Sir, when this part of the and generous liberality, under greater obli- world presents such striking phenomena as gations than the Baptist Missionary Society. have been exhibited to our view, in the It is true we rejoice in this Institution, (as course of the remarks which have been we have done) not as a party, but as contri- heard this evening. We call to mind, by buting to the prosperity of a common cause the view taken of the operations of these --for a common cause it is, if it be for the and similar societies, that our God can suspiritual welfare of inankind at large, and bordinate every thing to the accomplishfor the glory of our common Lord and Sa- ' ment of his own desigus, and that, in so su