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over the face, though pale, sunk, and hollow, the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, had cast a triumphant calm.
The soldier, after a short pause, silently reached out his bible towards me, pointing with his finger at 1 Cor. xv. 55, 56, 58. I then broke silence by reading the passage,
“ O death, where is thy sting? O grave where is thy victory? the sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." ! At the sound of these words her eyes opened, and something like a
of divine light beamed on her countenance, as she said, “Victory, victory! through our Lord Jesus Christ." ;
We are anxious to contribute, by our warmest recommendations, to the extensive circulation of this niost interesting tract. It is written in that happy medium of style, which the polished may read without offence, and the ignorant without difficulty. Art. XIII. Evening Entertainments ; or Delineations of the Manners
and Customs of various Nations, interspersed with Geographical Notices, Historical and Biographical Anecdotes, and Descriptions in Natural History: Designed for the Instruction and Amusement of
Youth. By J. B. Depping. 2 vols. 12mo. Colburn. 1811. WE have seldom met with a better compilation than the present : it is
full of information, and contains a great deal of matter which we believe has not before found its way into any popular collection. There is nothing either in the title page or introduction to warrant our suspicions ; yet we cannot help suspecting that the work, if not altogether, is at least, in considerable part, translated from the French. There is a frequent want of nationality in the idiom, and occasionally an exotic cast in the reflections, which the vernacular names of Oakley, Birmingham, &c. cannot entirely remove from our minds. After all we are possibly mistaken, and the original of a good book is of little consequence. We have noted a few objectionable passages as we passed along; but they are not very material. We dislike, for instance, the evident partiality to the French circumnavigators, while the conduct of our glorious Cook, in whose steps they humbly trod, is censured, and his high deserts made to sink in the comparison. We object, too, 'to the praises bestowed on the daughter of the great Gustavus. Before Mr. Depping had ventured to talk of the simplicity and privacy' of Christina's life, and express his admiration of her genuine and pure pleasures,' he should have called to mind her anxiety for publicity and fame; her vulgarity, restlessness, and lubricity; and, above all, her savage and remorseless murder of Mo. naldeschi. Art. XIV. Scripture Directory i or, an Attempt to assist the Un
learned Reader to understand the General History and Leading Subjects of the Old Testament. By Thomas Jones, Curate of Creaton.
12mo. pp. 150. Price 2s. 6d. bds. Seeley. 1811. IN this little cheap, and unpretending volume, will be found a comm
plete compendium of the ancient scriptures. It passes through the books of the Old Testament scriatim, and gives the order and leading subjects of each, with the contents of the chapters, and a brief, but comprehensive commentary, pious, practical and historical. The work comprises a good deal of valuable matter, well arranged, and by no means unattractive in its form and style and as the size and price render it a convenient and accessible manual, we have little doubt of its obtaining an extensive circulation. Art. XV. Letters addressed to the People of the United States of Ame
rica, on the Conduct of the Past and Present Administrations of the American Government towards Great Britain and France. By Colonel Timothy Pickering, formerly Secretary of State to the Government of the United States. 8vo. pp. 170. America printed. London, reprinted
for Longman and Co. 1811. THE series of letters which are here republished, originally appeared in
an American newspaper, and had for their object the exposure of the partiality of the American government towards France, and its hostilę mind towards this country. Colonel Pickering urges his complaints with considerable power of denunciation : but we apprehend that there are many questionable positions in his pamphlet; and he seems to us to give a very undue importance to casual observations which have fallen, in the carelessness of conversation, from the advocates of the men whom he opposes. He affirms that Mr. Jefferson held, and Mr. Madison now holds, the office of President, by the tenure of party,--that they have been and are pledged to France against Great Britain, and that we have nothing whatever to hope from their justice or their moderation. These charges doubtless contain somewhat of truth, but more of exaggeration. We are not to forget, while reading the diatribe of an avowed partizan, that America has long and aggravated matter of complaint against Englaad, and that, although the injuries of France have been more insolent and atrocious, ours have been more real, because our power of inflicting them has been greater. At the same time, we hold it to be the true ini terest of America to forget all this, and to ally herself with Great Bria taio ; for in this alliance her national existence, at least, is safe : while the only favour that she can expect from France, is the generous concession of the Cyclops to Ulysses, to be devoured the last. We wish, too, that she would so far consult her true dignity, as to lay aside the captious, touchy, irritated tone which she has of late assumed in her official
papers. It does her no good, and us no harm. It is the snarling of a cat in the grasp Art. XVI. Remarks on a Bill, for the better regulating and preserving
Parish and other Registers. Addressed to the Right Rev. the Lord Bishop of Sarum. By the Rev. Charles Daubeny, LL.B. Archdeacon
of Sarum. 8vo. pp. 30, Rivingtons. 1811. THIS
pamphlet very successfully exposes the insufficiency and absurdity of the Bill in question, and will, we have no doubt, contribute to prerent its farther progress. We especially approve of the objections so forcibly urged against the degradation of the clergyman, by compelling him to appear before the magistrate with his register under his arm, and lo verify its accuracy upon oath. This odious clause should be resisted as
of a tyger:
a most injurious reflection upon the whole clerical order. If any alteration of the existing canon be thought necessary, we would suggest the propriety of expunging that part of it which ordains that the entries shall be made every sunday after church, by the minister, in the presence of the churchwardens. That a minister of the gospel, with his head and heart full of the glorious truths, which he has just been enforcing, should, without any interval, and on the sabbath day, be forced irto the weekly detail of births and marriages, is not to be endured. · We wish that the archdeacon had felt the indecorum of his objections against registering dissenters in churchbooks, before he had written the weakest part of his remarks.' He thinks that the expediency and policy of a law being made optional to dissenters and compulsory on the clergy, under a severe sanction, may be left to the judgment of its framers.' It should seem that compulsion is very naturally connected with emolument, and that liberty of choice may be, with cheap liberality, conceded to those who barter for it, wealth and dignity. Art. XVII. Travels of a British Druid; or the Journal of Elynd:
illustrative of the Manners and Customs of Ancient Nations; with appropriate Reflections for Youth. To which is added, a History of the Doctrines of the Druids, and of their final extirpation in Caledo
nia. In Two Volumes, 12mo. Hatchard, 1811. THIS is an extremely superficial, and by no means an interesting work. It professes to narrate the travels of young
Druid through Gaul, Rome, Sicily, Greece, the Isles of the Ægean, Phenicia, and Egypt, in which latter country he dies.
The illustrations of ancient manners are slight and unimpressives—and the reflections are of the highest order of common-place. The history of the doctrines of the Druids, though the work of another and better writer, appears to be full of questionable speculations. The preface kindly promises relief from the fatiguing de. tails of Pagan ceremonies and their immoral rites, of which the generality of ancient travels are so prolix.' If this be meant for a censure on the impure writings of Lantier, it is tamely just; but if designed for a sneer at the Travels of Anacharsis, the author had better have been quiet. Nò reader of the present volumes, will be for a moment in danger of recurring to the incomparable work of Barthelemy. Art. XVIII. An Introduction to the Geography of the New Testament,
comprizing a summary Chronological and Geographical View of the Events recorded respecting the Ministry of our Saviour ; accompanied with Maps, with Questions for examination, and an Accented Index, principally designed for the Use of Young Persons, and for the Sunday Employnient of Schools. By Lant Carpenter, L.L.D. 12mo.
pp. 180. Longman, and Co. 1811. WE object most decidedly against the introduction of this manual
into schools and families as an elementary work. Though we ar
aware that Dr. Carpenter has, in any part of his book, openly advocated the doctrines of Socinus, yet a very cursory perusal will suffice to shew that it betrays thrcughout the Socinian mind. It is indeed obvious that there must, in speaking of the Saviour, be a very
important difference between the language of one who considers hinz as a mere man, and that of those who pay him divine honours. Dr. C., indeed, admits that his modes of expression will be deemed at least deficient by those whose creed differs, from his own. While, therefore, we acknowledge his full right to state his own sentiments in his own way, we also claim the privilege of cautioning our readers against what we consider the dangerous tendency of his book. Art. XIX. New Dialogues, in French and English ; Containing Exem
plifications of the Parts of Speech, and the auxiliary and active Verbs with familiar Observations on the following Subjecis: History, Arithmetic, Botany, Astronomy, the Comet, the Opera, Singing, Hippodramatic Performances, Italian Painting, Music, Mr. West's Picture, Country Life, Picturesque Descriptions, Dinner Party, Politeness, Accomplishments, &c. &c. The whole calculated to advance the Younger Branches of both Sexes in the attainment of the French Language. By W. Keegan, A.M. 12mo. Price 3s. bound. Boosey, 1811.
a juster character of this elementary work cannot be given, than by saying that it tolerably performs the promise of the title page. It is, on the whole, a very fair advance towards the improvement of exercises in the modern languages, by making them subservient to the attainment of scientific knowledge. We apprehend, however, that many parents will object to the extreme frivolity of part of the contents, and will think, with us, that the small-talk about theatres and actors is not altogether suitable to the sobriety of instruction. Mr. K. complains that other • books of dialogues' are without even the inculcation of a moral sentiment. We can assure him that there are not a few conductors of education who will think it a sufficient objection to the morality of his book, that it describes an • agreeable' sunday water party to Richmond, and after an elaborate panegyric upon a young lady who was drowned on the return, concludes with the assurance that her angelic soul is flown to heaven.' Art. XX. The Laet Enemy Destroyed. A Sermon preached at New
Windsor Chapel, near Manchester, November 10, 1811, on the
takes no note, but by their loss, was the subject of this interesting publication ; the more interesting, perhaps, as it will probably be the only memorial of one, who seemed qualified to render considerable service to the united cause of religion and literature. Mr. Phillips, as we collect from an Appendix to the Sermon, in which the features of his character and the few particulars of his life are very pleasingly exhibited, was born at Haverfordwest, in October, 1784. After pursuing his youthful studies for some time under the care of the Rev. James Phil. lips, (now of Clapham,) and subsequently under the direction of a
clergyman who resided in the town, he resolved to devote himself to the office of the Christian Ministry among the Dissenters. He prosecuted bis studies for this purpose, with great diligence and success, for a considerable tine at the academy at Wymondley, and afterwards, during three sessions, at the university of Glasgow, where the first prizes in all the philosophical classes were conferred upon him with highly flattering marks of distiaction. It was here his biographer became acquainted with him, and had ample opportunities of studying a character which seeme to have been adapted, in a degree very unusual at his time of life, to excite a mingled sentiment of affection and reverence. After being employed a short time, in preaching in various pats of the country, with some interruption on account of ill health, he accepted an invitation, in 1810, to preside, as classical tutor, over a new academical institution, at Manchester, and, in May 1811, undertook the pastoral care of a neighbouring congregation, among whom his services had been for several months very acceptable. His health sinking apace, under the pressure of a pulmonary disorder to which he had been subject for some years, he set off in October, for Devonshire. At Glastonbury, on his way, 'he felt a sudden giddinesɛ and insensibility,'— and in less than ten minutes gently ex, pired.' A few sentences from Mr. Fletcher's elegant and affectionate sketch of his character, must conclude this brief tribute to his memory.
• He possessed an intimate and extensive knowledge of classical authors; and in the inquiries he was enabled to prosecute, in this department of liberal education, he combined a vigorous and masculine understanding with the accuracy and clegance of a refined taste.'--Scientific knowledge enlightened his path ; and history lent its aid to guide his re. searches. He added to these an aptitude and facility in the communication of knowledge, which peculiarly tended to attract the regard, and se. cure the confidence of his pupils. In him they beheld learning without astentation, dignity without pride, and condescension without meanness; and it may with truth be affirmed, that no instructor ever acquired, in so short a time, a more complete possession of the hearts of those committed to his care.'
· His sentiments were decidedly evangelical, and they assumed this character, not from the prejudices of education, or the influence of human authority, but from mature, enlarged, and deliberate reflection. His preaching combined, in a high degree the illustration of practical and experimental religion, with the rational exposition of those peculiar doctrines, which afford the only permanent security for its cultivation. His talents as a preacher were more adapted for usefulness than splendour. He had not the physical strength which is often essential, in connection with higher qualities, to extensive and immediate popularity ; but there was in his preaching, an energy of thought, an earnestness of soul, on the important realities of religion, which discovered at once, the sincerity and the ardour of his mind. His sernions were always judicious, diss playing a vigorous and matured understanding ; and if in any department of preaching, he particularly excelled, it was in the accurate delineation of the varieties of moral character. He had studied human nature well, and