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have occupied, when we perceive that of the works whose titles appear at the she was continually surrounded by head of this notice. This unity of defastidious intellectual circles, when we sign, rather than any similarity iħ their bear in mind that she must have penned execution, leads us to class them togethis work under the consciousness that ther. The author of “The Beauties of she had a reputation to maintain, and the Bible" is now well known as a that every word would be perused by writer of books, the opinion of some multitudes (an unmutilated copy pub- being that while on the whole he lished in New York now lies before us) always writes well, yet he might write who admired her other writings, we better if he wrote less. We are of this feel bound to acknowledge a debt of way of thinking ourselves. The work gratitude for her fidelity. Our readers before us originated in å course of will not regret taking the volume with lectures delivered in that part of the them to the sea-side or to their rambles neighbourhood of London which is the among autumnal woods.
scene of the author's ministerial labouts. The lectures having been delivered he was requested by the audience to pub
lish them; and a "spontaneous subThe Beauties of the Bible. An Argument scription for å considerable number of for Inspiration. In Ten Lectures. By copies" having been raised, he felt that WILLIAM LEASK. London : Partridge
non-compliance would have been upand Oakey, 34, Paternoster Row, &c. Heroes of the Bible ; or, Sketches of Scrip
courteous and unbecoming.” The subture Characters. By W. S. EDWARDS, jects discussed are the structure of the Congregational Chapel, City Road. Lon
bible--its poetry-dreams-biography don: John Snow, 35, Paternoster Row. - morality-parables - predictions
miracles-design--and destiny. The most wonderful book in the
The Lectures most to our mind are world is the bible. Whether we regard those on the Biography and Morality of the circumstances under which it was the Bible. We regret that the same written - its subsequent history- the amount of thought as they exhibit has statements it contains, or the influence not been bestowed on some others of these statements have exercised over prime importance. With the general the present and future of man, it must views expressed in the work we fully be considered as THE BOOK. No other agree, taking exception, however, to the volume attracts so much attention or pre-millennialism of the Lecture on excites such intense interest in our Parables, and the following statement own times. Its enemies endeavour in in that on Miracles :-“I look upon the every possible way to depreciate its miracles which Jesus performed when character and disprove its claims. Its he was on earth as specimens on a small friends, by setting forth its historical scale of the glorious deeds which he will value—its poetical beauties--its pro- perform on a magnificent scale when he found wisdom — its unparalleled im- shall come to be glorified in his saints, portance as a revelation from God to and to be admired in all them that man-and its adaptation to all the con- believe.” As“ an argument for inspiraditions of our race, seek to invest it tion,” these Lectures will serve to inwith strong attractions and establish crease the faith and reverence of those it as the highest standard of appeal in who already love the bible ; and in cases all matters spiritual and eternal. where their perusal may not convince
To this latter class belong the writers they cannot fail to instruct and please.
The Author of " Heroes of the Bible" | species. It is the fruit of patient industry makes his first appearance as a writer, operating in extensive fields of investiwe believe, in the present work. Though gation, and the view that it takes of the he has acquired some reputation as a whole subject is comprehensive, careful, metropolitan preacher, it does not seem and candid. The determination of the to us probable that this performance writer to draw from the resources will establish his fame as an author. It furnished by adherents of the church is wanting in nearly all the elements of of Rome exclusively is kept in view a good book on the “Heroes of the throughout, and in many critical or Bible." There is little analysis or delicate cases the originals are given as appreciation of character; no individu- well as translations. Avoiding flippancy, ality of thought or style. It is a com- harshness, and hasty generalization, pilation rather than a production. dealing with the Conventual System as Sometimes we have a display of consi-a fact which for many centuries has derable descriptive power, but an excess been exerting immense influence on the of false eloquence spoils much that condition of human society, he illustrates otherwise would be excellent. The its character and effects fairly, gravely, writer might advantageously study the philanthropically, and piously. The lesson taught by Bacon,—“Words are natural result on the mind of the but the images of matter ; and except reader is a conviction, that however they have life of reason and invention, devout might be the intention of the to fall in love with them is all one as founders of these institutions, or howto fall in love with a picture.” We ever pure the motives which have led regret to be constrained thus to animad- many to enter them or to encourage vert on a young beginner. One feature others to become their inmates, the in our author commands our admiration state of angelic superiority which is and love-his earnest advocacy of pure sought cannot be attained ; human evangelical truth. We have no doubt nature cannot bear the effort ; irreguthat in process of time he may be able larity and crime, misery and debaseto write a good book. Let him wait a ment ensue. The most amiable speciwhile. The world will not meantime mens of humanity placed in unnatural perish for lack of intellectual supplies, circumstances, deprived of legitimate and his own mind may undergo a opportunities and enjoyments, exposed beneficial process.
to unlooked-for temptations, become corrupt and corrupters, degraded and
vile. Thus it has been in successive Nuns and Nunneries: Sketches compiled ages, as is shown in these pages, wher
entirely from Romish Authorities. London: ever the effects of the system have been Seeleys, 1862, pp. xii, 342,
developed, whether among the Anglo
Saxons before the Conquest, or in the THERE are two distinct points of view English nunneries after it, in Germany, in which this work may be regarded. or France, or Italy, or Spain. It treats of practical questions which The volume commences with the are beginning to awaken public notice, Countess of Arundell's letter to the and which will demand ere long the Editor of the Catholic Standard, in attention of the legislature ; but inde- which she resented as an insult to pendently of its bearings on subjects of Roman Catholic ladies the proposal that temporary interest, it is a valuable con- legislative measures should be taken to tribution to the natural history of our hinder the retention of females in con
vents by force, and the fallacy of her as Roman catholic members of Parobservations is pointed out. The cere- liament might themselves support, monies by which nuns are consecrated which, without any offence to them, are described, including the espousal, should vindicate the majesty of the the crowning, and the curse ; extracts law. from the breviary, which becomes their “ The Act of Parliament need not daily study, are given, and its ten- assert nor suppose that women are kept dencies displayed; the mysteries of in nunneries against their will ; but it confession and penance are in some may provide against the possibility of degree unveiled, and Liguori's book, such an evil. “The true Spouse of Christ, or the Nun “The provisions of the Act need not Sanctified by the Virtues of her State” be complicated. is analyzed ; convent discipline and the “I. Every house, in which commuphysical restraints with which it is con- nities of females bound by religious vows nected are illustrated, and the evidence reside, should be registered and licensed. of history to the tendency and conse- “II. A register should be kept in quences of the system is largely adduced. every such house of all the inmates, Having shown that the Church of Rome giving both their real names and suris avowedly guilty of “binding down names, as well as the conventual name, young and inexperienced girls by a vow or name in religion, by which the indiwhich can never be shaken off, to a life vidual is known in the sisterhood. which they may find, when their “III. Certain officers of high rewoman's nature developes itself, they spectability should be charged, by the are unfit for," and that the church of Lord Chancellor, with the duty of visitRome, in addition to spiritual weapons, ing all such houses within the district, and the power of shame and ignominy who should have the right of examining which she flings upon the poor girl, who the register, and seeing every individual after noviciate would return to the in the house. world, “ uses bolts and bars and lofty “IV. These visits should take place walls, and all the arrangements of a at least four times in the year, and prison,” the author demands that the without previous notice; and the nuns prisoners “should have the liberty of should be questioned, apart from the telling whether they are immured by Abbess, Lady Superior, or other elder their own free will, or whether they nuns, and, above all, from the Priest desire to exercise the privileges of free- or Confessor, as to whether she remains born British subjects. He sets forth the within their walls of her own free will. principles of British law as applicable to persons confined in lunatic asylums, and “It should be the duty of these in some cases to deeds executed by a visitors to state to each nun, that if it married woman, in which the commis- is her desire to quit the nunnery she sioners sign a declaration that she was can do so at that moment; and it should examined by them separately and apart be the duty of the visitors further to from her husband, touching her know- see that the person so wishing to quit ledge of the contents of the said deed the nunnery should be placed either and her consent thereto, and declared under the care of her natural guardian the same to be freely and voluntarily or friend, or under the protection of executed by her.”
some discreet and respectable married “Surely, then, with these precedents female until an order could be obtained before us, a bill might be framed, such from the Court of Chancery.”
Sermons. By DANIEL KATTERNS. London : Apocryphal Saying-the Father of LightsSnow. 8vo., pp. 462.
the Renovation of All Things~Jesus Christ Laconic as this title is, to those who know going to the Father-Horeb; or the ManifestaMr. Katterns it is ample. It is even more
tion of God - Spiritual Things Prepared and expressive than it would have been had the Luxury-The
Going of a Man to his own Place
Discerned-Babylon; or the Punishment of announcement been made in a greater number of words. It indicates quietly the absence of
- Christian Views of Eternal Lite-God, the all ostentation, parade, pretence, and yerbosity of Despising or Honouring God
The Claims of
Comforter of the Down-cast-The Consequences In a sermon by Mr. Katterns, we always expect solid, scriptural, pertinent thought, clearly nition in Heaven - The Doctrine of Christian
the Saviour on the Young-Mutual Recogexpressed in appropriate language ; the reader who looks for this in these discourses will not
Assurance. be disappointed. Their number is two and
This volume and that of Mr. Katterns form twenty. The subjects are, Providence-Temp
an excellent pair. There is a great resemblance tation-Secret Prayer-Jacob wrestling with between them in every thing relating to sentiGod–The Sacrifice of Isaac-Christian Con
ment and style; and as they are brougbt out by tentment- A Good Conscience - Mary an
the same publisher, and have the same external Example of Meditation-Christ the true Mel aspect, he who possesses either, if he is pleased chizedek-Man Self-destroyed, but not Self with it, would certainly be gratified if he were saved-The Pillar of Salt- A Meditation on the
to procure the other. Cross— The Unbelief of Thomas—The Hopes Charles Knight's Imperial Cyclopædia. Dediand Aspirations of the New Creature—the
cated by Permission to Her Majesty. SubKing of Kings-Peter Forewarned-On Adop
division: The British Empire. Part XII. tion-The Value of the Soul—the Holy Spirit
Middleton-Parson'stown. London : half-a- The Life and Character of Hezekiah- Paul before Agrippa-the Life, Character, and Death
For once, we have detected an error in this of David. If
, as we believe, these sermons may generally accurate and instructive publication. be taken as a fair specimen of the author's In the article on Nova Scotia it is said, “ There pulpit exercises, the church at Hackney may
are several colleges in the province : King's be congratulated on its peculiar privileges; and College at Windsor, on the plan of Cambridge persons who being confined from public or
and Oxford; Dalhousie College at Halifax, on dinances desire to avail themselves of printed the model of Edinburgh College ; a general sermons will find these pages well adapted to institution at Pictou ; a Baptist College at their spiritual improvement.
Horton; and Acadia College, a Roman Catholic
seminary at Halifax."- Acadia College is the Sermons. By the Rev. GEORGE SMITH, Mi. Baptist College at Horton, of which Dr.
nister of Trinity Chapel, Poplar, London. Cramp is the principal, whom there is no London : Snow. 1851. 8vo., pp. XV., 444.
danger of the 'Romish hierarchy claiming, An apology is due to Mr. Smith for the unless they were getting up an Auto da Fé in length of time that this volume has stood upon assigned to him would doubtless be very
the province, in which case the position our shelves unread. Our consolation is that he knows the heart of a working man, and has
prominent, had experience of the hindrances and disap
RECENT PUBLICATIONS, pointments of purpose which are continually besetting all dissenting ministers who are will
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[It should be understood that insertion in this list is not a impeded his compliance with wishes which had mere announcement: it expresses approbation of the works been frequently, expressed, till at length the enumerated, -not of course extending to every particular, but deacons of the church under his care presented
an approbation of their general character and tendency.) a formal request to him to publish a volume,
The Pictorial Family Bible, according to the
authorized version : containing the Old and New consisting of auch sermons as he thought most
Testaments. With copious original notes, by J. likely to benefit bis own people, and to prove Kitto, D.D. London. Parts 28 and 29. acceptable to other persons among whom his ministry has occasionally been exercised. He The Eclectic Review, August, 1852. Contents:has justified their procedure by producing a
I. India and our supply of Cotton. II. Life and work which is equally honourable to his mentai Poetry of Delta. Jl. Pococke's India in Greece.
IV. Autobiographies of Gillies and Jerdan. V. powers and his spiritual attainments. The The Limits of Testamentary Bequests. VI. The sermons, he observes, " while not so closely Grenville and Rockingham Correspondence. VII. connected any one with the rest as to lay claim Binney's Tower Church Sermons. VIII. Oxford to the character of a body of divinity, are yet University Commission, Review of the Month. 80 varied and generally related as to contain Literary Intelligence. London : Ward and Co. something like an outline of Christian truth in
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of an Apostolical Ministry. VIII. University gations—the Fire on the Jewish Altar—the Pascal. Edinburgh. Price 28. 6d.
VIOTORIÆ CAP. XXXYI. REGINE.
CHAPEL REGISTRATION ACT. deacon, or to any Justices of the Peace at
their General or Quarter Sessions of the The following is printed verbatim from the Peace, or be certified to or registered in the New Act of Parliament, entitled, “ An Act Court of any Bishop or Archdeacon, or be io amend the Law relating to the certifying recorded at the Quarter Sessions, and the and registering Places of Religious Worship certifying to any Bishop or Archdeacon, or of Protestant Dissenters," as issued by the Justices of the Peace, or the certifying to or Queen's Printer. It is dated 30th June, registering or recording in any such Court or 1852.
at the Quarter Sessions, after the Time aforeANNO DECIMO QUINTO ET DECIMO SEXTO
said, or the Certificate of any registering therein, given after the Time aforesaid by any
Bishop or Registrar or Clerk of the Peace, Whereas by an Act passed in the First Year shall be void and of no Effect; and the Reof the Reign of King William and Queen gistrar of every Bishop and Archdeacon, and Mary, intituled “An Act for 'exempting their the Clerk of the Peace of the County, Riding, Majesties' Protestant Subjects dissenting from Division, City, Town, or Place in which such the Church of England from the Penalties of Places of Meeting respectively are held, shall, certain Laws” (1 W. and M. Sess. 1. c. 18.) within Three Calendar Months next after the it was enacted, that no Congregation or As- passing of this Act, make a Return to the sembly for Religious Worship should be per- | Registrar General of Births, Deaths, and mitted or allowed by that Act until the Place Marriages in England, according to a Form of the meeting of such Congregation or As. to be providod by him for the Purpose, of all sembly had been certified to the Bishop of such Places of Meeting which, up to the Time the Diocese, or Archdeacon of the Arch- when this Act shall come into operation, shall deaconry, or the Justices of the Peace at have been certified to and registered in the their General or Quarter Sessions of the Court of the Bishop or Archdeacon respectPeace for the County, City, or Place in which ively, or have been certified to the Justices the Meeting shall be, and registered in the of the Peace, or recorded at the Quarter Bishops' or Archdeacons' Courts respectively, Sessions; and it shall be lawful, instead of or recorded at the Quarter Sessions : And certifying any such Place of Meeting to the whereas by another Act passed in the Fifty- Bishop or Archdeacon, or to the Court of any second Year of the Reign of His Majesty Bishop or Archdeacon, or to the Quarter King George the Third, intituled “ An Act Sessions, to certify the same in Writing to to repeal certain Acts and to amend other the said Registrar General, through the SuActs relating to Religious Worship and As- perintendent Registrar of Births, Deaths, and semblies, and Persons teaching or preaching Marriages of the Union, Parish, or Place in therein" (52 G. 3. c. 155), Enactments were which such Meeting shall be held, and the made for certifying and registering the Places said Superintendent Registrar shall forth with of Meeing of certain Congregations and As- transmit the said written Certificate to the semblies for Religious Worship of Pro- Registrar General, who is hereby required to testants : And whereas it is expedient that record the same in a Book to be kept by him such Places of Meeting should no longer be for that Purpose at the General Register certified to or registered in the Court of any Office; and the certifying any such Place of Bishop or Archdeacon, or be certified to any Meeting to the Registrar General as aforeJustices of the Peace, or be recorded at the said shall have the same Force and Effect as Quarter Sessions, but that such other Pro- if the same were certified to the Bishop or vision for the Certification and Registration Archdeacon, or to the Justices of the Peace thereof should be made as is hereinafter at their General or Quarter Sessions of the contained : Be it therefore enacted by the Peace; and the said Registrar General shall Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and give to every Person demanding the same a with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Certificate that any such Place of Meeting Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in has been duly certified, this present Parliament assembled, and by II. For every such Certificate of such Rethe Authority of the same, That
gistration the Parties so registering such Places 1. No Place of Meeting of any Congrega- of Worship shall pay to the Superintendent tion or Assembly for Religious Worship of Registrar a Fee of Two Shillings and SixProtestants dissenting from the Church of pence, and it shall not be lawful for him on England shall from and after the passing of any Ground whatever to demand or take any this Act be certified to any Bishop or Arch- greater Fee or Reward for the same.