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were found to possess a larger deve- moral constitution. Hence it becomes lopment of ACQUISITIVENESS, but if difficult to reconcile the system with in the one CONSCIENTIOusness was very many of those striking transformatious large, and in the other very small, and of character which we find on record, we were told that the one was a thief, or which have fallen under our own and the other an honest man, how com- observation ; at the same time that it is plete would the refutation be, if the one very susceptible of being framed into possessing the larger ConscienTIOUS- an apology for those evil actions, and Ness were found to be the rogue.” vicious propensities which it traces up

And Dr. Spurzheim has declared, that to our physical constitution. A man is “a single ascertained exception to his always pitiable for having weak eyes, or rule would induce him to abandon his a bad digestion ; and it will be difficult beloved scheme." What will become to convince him, that he is not equally of these professions and challenges pitiable for being born with a brain of now?

a most unfortunate construction. We Surely the exposé furnished by the may exhort a man to “keep his heart above stateinent of philosophical facts with all diligence, for out of it are the will be to their very hearts'content. In issues of life:” bat we should never our apprehension at least, they furnish think of directing him to alter the shape a weight of evidence, which like a flood of his head, and, by contracting or exthreatens to sweep away from the sci- tending any portion of his cranium, to entific world

change the size or position of any of its

organs. To the moral inability implied “ This baseless fabric of a vision, by innate dispositions to do wrong, there Nor leave a wreck bebind."

appears to be superadded a natural in

ability to do right. In the former case VI. and lastly, we remark, that if the difficulty assumes the character of phrenology be tried by its tendency, we

a refined and metaphysical speculation; should be equally disposed to reject it. in the latter it becomes clogged with Viewed in relation to moral and reli

corporeal appendages, is at once apgious subjects, we confess, we like not parent to the lowest and most vulgar its aspect, and suspect its influence. It

apprehension, and from the fact of its imparts a grossness to cur conceptions, being so palpable, its pernicious influence of the most spiritual exercises of the will be proportionably extended. mind, without throwing any new

We are, perhaps, a little antiquated satisfactory light on the moral or intel. in our notions, but we prefer the plan lectual phenomena of our being.

of our forefathers, that of directing men We are aware that the phrenologists to look to their internal motives, rather do not regard the elevations and depres- than to their external make; to inspect sions on the skull as the causes, but their hearts,* rather than their heads; merely as the indications of a man's cha- for there will be found the principles to racter. But considering them only in which our actions must be referred, and this light, the question still is, are they by which they will be estimated in the doubtful, or are they certain ? If the

great day of final retribution. former, they are useless as criteria of

But we must not proceed. We have character, and may be of disservice by preferred attacking the system on its leading us to form a false estimate either own, i.e. on philosophical ground, and of others or of our own. If certain, drawing our arguments from facts and and infallible indications of what a man

reason: but if these have supplied the is, they meet us in the form of an un- materials of “the armour wherein we manageable impediment to that immediate and radical change, which may be

* We use the terin in its common acnecessary to render him what he ought ceptation without any regard to the dispates to be,--a change extending to an entire respecting its physical constitution or local revolution in his mental habits and residence.

or

trusted,” a conviction resting on our favoured by a revelation from God; the minds of the anti-religions influence former evident from their tamuli, the matheof the science, furnished the motive that clay, silver, copper, and other vessels, and

matical accuracy of their fortresses and the induced us to “ buckle it on.” And we relics found in the neighbourhood of Mexico, particularly mention this at the close of Peru, and the great rivers where their anour article, as an apology to our readers cient and populous towns had been situated; for the undue length to which it has the latter, from the ceremonial observances extended. Had we regarded phreno- peradded to these circumstances, suppose

of their worship and civil government : sulogy merely in the light of a silly delu

amongst the tribes a variety of traditional sion, we might have been satisfied to fragments of the sacred history of the creasmile at it, as the plaything of ingenuity, tion, and of the people of Israel :-suppose while passing on to more important bu- the names by which they designated the siness. But these are not our convic

• Great Spirit,' whom they believe the head

of their tribes, is Yehowd, whom they also tions; and though we wish not to de- acknowledge as the omnipotent, omnipreprive children, whether in longer or sent, and omniscient Creator and sustainer, shorter garments, of any of their amuse on whom they are dependent from day to ments, let them at least be harmless. day for life and all things, who shall punish If philosophers will have their toys, let the unjust, and reward the jast, after death. them see to it that they be not of a telligent, and in all their proplets, a national

Suppose you find in some of the more indescription that may cut their own fin- feeling of prerogative, as if they were congers, or endanger the eyes of their play- scious of being a peculiarly beloved people, mates.

who shall at a future time be repossessed of many privileges of which they are now destitute :-suppose that amongst these

their return to their own land, where the The Hope of Israel ; presumptive Evidence sun rises, and from which their remote an

that the Aborigines of the Western cestors came, is cherished with a fond faith, Hemisphere are descended from the ten together with the re-possession of the great missing tribes of Israel. By BARBARA good book which once belonged to their ANNE SIMON. Pp. 328. Seely. 10s. people :-suppose you find them observing

certain appointed festivals and religious The subject of this volume is highly in- dances, in which the words Hallelujah and teresting and important. It presents Yehovah are constantly repeated; counting the reader with a collection of facts, their times by moons, and observing the anecdotes, and reasonings admirably celebrating anniversary feasts of a religious

first night of the new moon with rejoicings, adapted to secure his attention and in- natnre, one in gratitude for the green corn, vite his inquiries. It may be thought and another for the in-gathering :-sappose that some of the analogies are far-fetched you find among them an evening feast, in and that others are strained. Even ad- which the bone of the animal may not be mitting this, enough will remain to en- for one family, deeming it necessary to call

broken, and if the provision is too much title the question to a thorough consi- in neighbours to eat it, barying before mornderation; and such a decision as the ing dawn the remainder, and eating bitter amount of undisputed evidence will herbs to cleanse them from sin :--suppose sanction. As an inducement to our they have places of refuge where the manreaders to peruse the work and judge slayer may flee, and whither the avenger of for themselves, we present the follow- a second place, where the priest must offi

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OBITUARY.

MISS MARY WELLS.

Towards the close of 1819, some painThe relatives and friends of the sub-ful circumstances occurred in the church ject of the following brief memoir trust, to which she belonged, which led to her that in placing it on public record, they attendance at the Independent chapel are influenced neither by feelings of St. Albans, and ultimately to her entire vanity nor mere affection, but by the removal thither. While this separation hope, that while its preservation will was on many accounts to be regretted, be gratifying to them, its publicity may it is due to her to say, that to the day be instructive and profitable to others, of her death the most cordial fiiendship and productive of praise and glory to and affection subsisted between her and God.

her former connections. Miss Mary Wells was born at St. Al Our departed friend was much fabans, Herts, in the year 1796. Blessed voured by the kind providence of God, with pious parents, she was of course and expressed frequently and consistbrought up in the “nurture and admo- ently her lively sense of his goodness in nition of the Lord;” but little abiding this respect. In her employment as an concern respecting divine things appears instructress of the young, for which her to have been produced until she was superior natural talents eminently fitted about eighteen years of age. As is her, it was her happiness to afford peoften the case with persous educated as culiar satisfaction, and to enjoy remarkshe was, there do not appear to have able success. But while surrounded by been any very noticeable circumstances the various and pressing avocations of a attending her conversion 10 God. She large and rapidly increasing boarding was accustomed to refer to the conver- school, she was enabled to maintain a sation of a pious female friend in Lon- happy spiritnality of mind, to evince don, as having been particularly useful exemplary Christian diligence, and to to her, and also to the very powerful engage with activity in various works of effect produced upon her mind on hear. Christian benevolence. Indeed, during ing sung in public the 285th hymn of the last two or three years of ber life, Rippon's Selection. The 4th verse par- there was such an evident advancement ticularly attracted her notice, and in- in the humility, devotion, and benevopressed her heart:

lence of her character, as was frequently O, make but trial of liis love,

the topic of private remark while she Experience will decide,

lived, and is the subject of sweet réHow blest are tbey, and only they, membrance now she is no more. A few

Who in his truth confide. extracts from her correspondence and In October, 1818, after many mental private memoranda will illustrate these conflicts on the subject, she was ena- remarks, and perhaps afford matter for bled publicly to avow herself “ on the interesting reflection. Lord's side;" and in company with a Writing to a friend a few months beloved relative was baptized, and re- since, she observes—“ Some persons ceived into the Baptist church at St. talk of heaven upon earth. Surely the Albans. This profession, tremblingly only heaven that can be enjoyed on made, the Saviour assisted her to adorn, earth is to glorify God, and enjoy Him and though her subsequent experience a little. But this heaven, that thiet, the was marked by many vicissitudes of joy world, breaks into; in the heaven above and sorrow, she bore frequent testimony we shall glorify Him always, and enjoy that the paths of religion are “paths of him for ever.” pleasantuess and peace."

Oo another occasion she writes

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