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17.-HARPERS' FAMILY LIBRARY :
No. 154. History of the Expedition under the command of Captains Lewis and Clarke, to the sources of the Missouri, thence across the Rocky Mountains, and down the river Columbia to the Pacific Ocean : performed during the years 1804, 1805, 1806, by order of the Government of the United States. Revised and abridged, with an Introduction and Notes, by Archibald M'Vickar. 2 Vols. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1842. pp. 766.
The Oregon Territory is just now attracting considerable attention; and it is but a few days since we had the intelligence of the departure of a large colony from the “far west of western Missouri, to the farthest west of Oregon. The republication, therefore, of the travels of Lewis and Clarke, and of their exploration of this interesting country almost a half century since, cannot but be welcome. Although this Expedition may be familiar to those who are now among the grey-headed, there are, doubtless, many of the middle-aged and of the young, who will be glad to have so easy access to the history of it, as is provided in these volumes.
This Journal must always possess interest, as the narrative of the first voyage made up the Missouri, from its mouth to its springs, and as the first visit of white men to those almost boundless prairies, which stretch out from the Mississippi to the Rocky Mountains, and which were then the play-ground of numerous tribes of the Red Men, and of immense herds of buffalo, deer, and other animals,
To the original Journal there is added, in these volumes, "a sketch of the progress of maratime discovery on the Pacific coast, a summary account of earlier attempts to penetrate this vast wilderness, and extracts and illustrations from the narratives of later travellers."
18.—The Great Commission : or the Christian Church constituted
and charged to convey the Gospel to the world.
The writer of this excellent work on Christian Missions is
already favorably known amongst us, as the author of several prize essays, on subjects intimately connected with the best interests of the Church. It is well that Dr. Harris, endued as he is by God with superior qualifications, is disposed, by his grace, to devote his strong intellect and richly furnished mind, to the promotion of an evangelical spirit amongst the disciples of Jesus. The Essay before us presents the “ great commission” before the Church, with great power, and in an aspect adapted deeply to impress the heart with a sense of obligation. It first unfolds the scriptural theory of Christian instrumentality, as presented and enforced in the word of God. In the second part, the benefits arising from Christian Missions, are portrayed in four chapters, in such manner as 10 il. lustrate their claims and awaken an increased zeal in the noble cause.
Part third exhibits the encouragements to advance in this glorious enterprise. Part fourth proves that the objections commonly offered are but arguments for redoubled effort. In part fisth, is considered the want of entire consecration to this cause as a great defect, and in the sixth and last part, the principal motives are pressed, which should urge us to entire devotedness to the great objects of this grand enterprise.
19.—The Golden Censer, ur a Visit to the House of Prayer:
Boston : Gould, Kendall, & Lincoln.
Appollos, or Directions to Persons just commencing ? Religious Life, Boston: Gould, Kendall, & Lincoln.
Growth in Grace, or the Young Professor directed how to attain to eminent Prety. Boston: Gould, Kendall, & Lincoln, 1842.
Such are the titles of three small books, put up in neatly printed covers, and with gilt edges. They are part of a “ miniature series of practical religious works,” to be issued by the same publishers. The author of the first is the Rev. Dr. Harris. The design of the second is apparent from the title, and we can safely commend it to the recently converted. The third consists of choice selections from the works of Jonathan Edwards and Jolin Angell James. This series of miniature volumes, if completed as coinmenced, will doubtless be a blessing to the Church.
20.--The Life of Willbur Fisk, D.D., First President of the
Wesleyan University. By Joseph Holdich. New York:
The subject of this Memoir, before his death, published his travels in Europe, and it is not too much to say of them, that they were remarkably interesting. We now have his life, well written by the Rev. Mr. Holdich, and we presume it will be sought after, with eagerness, by the Methodist Connexion generally, as well as by many of other denominations. Al. though Dr. Fisk was strongly attached to the doctrines of his denomination, and entered somewhat into controversy with those who differed from him, his conduct of the controversy and his whole deportment were such, as to secure the respect and love of all who knew him. The volume before us proves him to have been a man of great energy and excellence, and one who labored not in vain. He entered, with zeal, into the great work of Missions and of Temperance, and seems to have been one of those who, in all his ways, acknowledged God, and sought frequent communion with him in prayer.
21.-A Family Exposition of the Pentateuch. By the Rev.
Henry Bluni, M.A., Rector of Streatham, Surrey, Chap-
The “ Lectures" of this author, on the Life of Christ, of Paul, of Abraham, Jacob, Elisha, etc., published in seven uniform volumes, by Mr. Hooker, have had a wide circulation, and acquired for the writer a merited popularity. The present volume is one of a series of Family Expositions, embracing Exodus and Leviticus, intended to give a brief view of the history of Moses in his relation to the children of Israel. The several expositions are founded, each on a passage of the Scriptures of some length, and are brief summaries of the history, with such explanations as are required, and such practical observations as would be naturally suggested. The book might answer a good purpose to be read, as Jay's Exercises are, one exposition each day. In Exposition xlii., are some remarks on the advice of Jethro to Moses, well worthy the consideration of those in this land who exercise the elective franchise.
22.-H KAINH AIAOHKH. Novum Testamentum Græce. Post
Joh. Aug. Henr. Tittmannum, Olim Prof. Lips. ad fidem optimorum librorum sccundis curis recognovit lectionumque varietatem notavit Augustus Hahn, in Acad. Vratisl. Prof. Editio Americana Stereotypa curante Edvardo Robinson, S.T.D. Neo-Eboraci: Sumtibus et typis Leavitt et Trow. Bostoniæ : Apud Crocker et Brewster, 1842. pp. 508.
It is needless to say much more of this edition of the New Testament, than to announce it through the title page.
It is a reprint of Hahn's edition, superintended by Professor Robin. son, and printed at the University Press by Trow, whose fount of Greek and Hebrew is decidedly the best in the country. We should, therefore, expect it to be, as we think it is, the very best edition of the Greek Testament ever published in the United States. The paper is good, the margin sufficiently large, the type the best, the leading such as to relieve the eye in reading, and the size of the volume convenient. Besides the text, we have references and various readings at the bottom of the pages, and as introductory matter, the Prefaces of Tittmann and Hahn, together with notices of the principal manuscripts, translations or versions, and citations from the New Testament by the Fathers and others.
23.- A Descriptive and Historical Account of Hydraulic and
other Machines for raising water, ancient and morlern ; wilh Observations on various subjects connected with the Me. chanic Arts : including the progressive development of the Steam Engine, in five Books. Illustrated by nearly 300 engravings. By Thomas Ewbank. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1812, pp. 582.
This is a large octavo volume, on a subject that must be in. teresting to a numerous class of readers. It supplies a want which was early felt by the laborious author himsell, and is probably the only work of the kind in existence. It enters at large into the whole history of machinery for raising water, from the earliest periods down to the present time, and must be invaluable to the practical as to the inventive mechanic. It abounds in information of the machinery of the ancients, illustrated by engravings, which is well worthy the study of the philosopher and the antiquarian, and is not devoid of interest to the expositor of the Scriptures. He will find, in this volume, much that relates to the manners and habits of the
people described in the Bible, and on pages 399, 400 and 669. some observations on Eolopilic Idols, that deserve attention, On the whole we have been exceedingly interested in the book, and hope the indefatigable author will be well rewarded for this service done to the mechanic arts.
24.- An Exposition of the Creed. By John Pearson, D. D., late
Lord Bishop of Chester. With an Appendix containing
This republication of Dobson's edition of Pearson on the Creed, in so convenient a form, must be especially acceptable to the members of the Episcopal Church in the United States, and contains matter worthy the attention of Christians of all denominations. Although there is abundant evidence that this creed was not formed by the Apostles, nor any other symbol of doctrine that has come down to us, yet it expresses in a few words the most important doctrines of the gospel.—The descent into hell is differently understood amongst Episcopalians themselves, and by some omitted in the repetition of the Creed. Bishop Pearson gives the various interpretations of that article, and the reasons for them, with candor; and, even although he represents the remission of sins prior to baptism, as obtained by that rite, he includes so much in his subsequent definition of baptism, as to embrace faith, repentance and all that can possibly be considered requisite to the forgiveness of sins. This Exposition was originally preached by Bishop Pearson to his parishioners, in the form of sermons, and embraces a pretty good system of Divinity. Bishop Burnet has said of it; “Bishop Pearson on the Creed, as far it goes, is the perfectest work we have.” To this edition there is added an Appendix containing the Symbola or Creeds cited by ihe author.
25.—An Exposition of the Thirty-nine Articles of the Church of England. By Gilbert, Bishop of Sarum.
With an Ap. pendix containing the Augsburg Confession, Creed of Pope Pius, eic. Revised and correc!ed, with copious notes and additional references, by the Rev. James R. Page, A. M., Queen's College, Cambridge ; Minister of Carlisle Chapel, Lambeth. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1842, pp. 585.
This edition of the enterprising publishers is uniform with