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more especially before us, would almost shake the saving faith of many in the truth of God's word, if that continued to be regarded as the true meaning, which is, indeed, quite foreign to it. This volume will be a great treasure to those whose eyes are already fixed on the light shining in a dark place; and a blessing to many who do not yet see it clearly. · The Rev. Mourant Brock's sermon, on the Lord's Supper, is, to our mind, one of the most valuable treatises we have ever met with on that much mistaken, much abused ordinance. The recent efforts of Puseyism to prostrate us before the bread and wine in senseless idolatry, have put Christians on seriously enquiring into the real nature and purport of that simple and beautiful commemoration ; and the result is becoming manifest in a widening separation on that very point where principally we separated, though never as decisively as we ought to have done, from Popery. There is a little Tract of sixteen pages, entitled “ The Lord's Supper,” published by Baisler, and now in its second edition, calculated to excite very serious reflections in the minds of many who feel that they have been erring in this matter. The Tract is by a layman, and wholly unconnected with the volume before us; but we were greatly struck by this additional evidence that a much clearer ligbt is rapidly breaking on the church,—that is to say, on the various and scattered individuals of whom the church is composed. We have long felt what Mr. Brock remarks, that an undue proportion is observable between the degree of prominence given to this ordinance by the only apostle who adverts to it, and that which is given to it among ourselves ; and the writer of the tract, entering fully into the subject, takes his stand where, at present, few may be found bold enough to accompany him, but where, we are persuaded, truth will yet find its level. “We must recede more and more from the principles of the Reformation,” said the renowned Mr. Froude. We must re-form the Reformation on a model much farther removed from Rome, say we: even the model of God's pure word, untrammeled and untwisted by any human authority whatever.
THEOPNEUSTIA. The plenary inspiration of the
Holy Scriptures. From the French of L. Gaussen. -Bagsters.
We did not know, when noticing the New York translation of this beautiful work, that England possessed one so valuable as that published by the Messrs. Bagster. The whole range of theology does not include a question more important than this : for endless as numberless are the heresies that may creep in, and fasten themselves on a man's mind, even to the making final shipwreck of his faith, if he be not grounded and settled on that point. We rejoice in being enabled to direct attention to this edition of M. Gaussen's work, which is rendered the more valuable by the publishers having obtained a sight of his own latest corrections before putting it to press. Long may England and America carry on the noble rivalry of sapplying their respective populations with such food for mind and spirit as is here prepared !
MEMOIRS OF DAVID NASMITH: his labours
and travels in Great Britain, France, the United States, and Canada. By John Campbell, D.D., Author of " the Martyr of Erromanga,” “ Jethro," “ Maritime Discovery," 8c.-Snow.
Our first interview with David Nasmith left a strange impression: it seemed incredible that in such times of party and sectarian bitterness a man should exist, a public man too, who was so enabled to know nothing but Jesus Christ and Him crucified, as never to enquire, never to care, whether the individual in whom the image of the Saviour shone belonged to one class or to another.- Episcopalian, Presbyterian, Congregationalist-all alike to him, so that they would help him to win souls to Christ. Such a face he had! so full of the life of love, and peace, and gladness-a manner so animated, so ardently affectionate-a smile that forced its way into the coldest heart like a sonbeam through a chink. Our thought was, either the religious world will spoil this man, or he will break down all its hateful partitions, or God will speedily take him to the regions of unity and joy. The latter came to pass : he set on foot one of the most important good works ever effected in the country, and after baving his tender spirit grieved, and his loving heart pained, by finding that the “carnal” temper of Paulism, Apolloism, and Cephasism was proof even against his cementing skill, he went home to the heavenly city-bis proper place.
No biographer can do justice to David Nasmith, but Dr. Campbell has drawn a very spirited portrait, and given a fair narration. We would say to our
readers, study this book ; blush for the narrowness of your predilections, and pray that as this Brother followed Christ, so may we all have grace to follow him.
SCRIPTURE REFERENCES AND SACRED
POETRY, arranged under various heads. By H. D. -Hudson, Kendal.
A HANDSOME volume, rich both in scripture and wellselected poetry of a high order. The contents are arranged under successive heads, as I. The Word of God.-II. The power and majesty of God, as displayed in His works.- III. God's knowledge of our thoughts, words, and actions, &c. Under each, a very ample collection of scripture references is given, headed by a text or two; and followed by pieces of poetry, selected and original, bearing on the subject. There are fifty-seven of these sections. There are two well-executed prints, but as we abjure all pictorial representations of the Lord Jesus, and "holy family” groups, we do not regard them as among the recommendations of the book. We want to see all these Popish inventions every where explodedfrom sculpture, painting, engraving, and last, not least, from the blue and yellow caricatures that deface our Church windows. This feeling with holds us from noticing many very pretty artistical publications that are sent to us : pictorial bibles included. However, it is hardly fair to make H. D.'s very nice and useful book a peg whereon to hang our weapons for this crasade.
AN ADDRESS TO THE WOMEN WHO DE
BARKED AT SYDNEY, N.S.W. from the Transport Ship Margaret, on the 20th of August, 1840. By Colin Annott Browning, M. D., Surgeon, R.N. -Tegg.
The Author of “England's Exiles" is here again at his good work ; proclaiming with equal zeal and judgment the gospel of salvation to the most forlorn, condemned outcasts. The “ Address” circulated among the humbler classes at home, may be so blessed as to deter many from the crimes that would lead to death or exile-supplied among convicts, we believe it would be the means of leading many to a heavenly country.
THE PURPOSE OF GOD IN THE SEPARATION OF THE ISRAELITES AS A PEOPLE. By James A. Begg, Glasgow.-Nisbet.
We have here, in the form of a stitched tract, one of the most remarkable productions of this remarkable time. Mr. Begg, well known by his writings on the subject of the Second Advent, is giving a course of lectures in Glasgow, of which this is the second. The Author's ohject is to exhibit the peculiar dispensation of God to the Israelites in a far more scriptural view than we are wont to regard it; and he has succeeded admirably. We cannot follow him through the 126 pages of his tract: but we must express our