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My Life, by the Author of “ Stories of amours, the credit of some of which,
Waterloo,” &c. 3 vols. 8vo. Lon- favoured by the similarity of name, he don: Bentley.
contrives to transfer to the cousin, We do not often notice novels, but are who trusts and assists him; a ruined induced for once to break a custom, gamester, involving still more deeply by the consideration that these volumes the father whom he is professedly enare likely to make their way more gen- deavouring to extricate trom his diffierally than the great majority of their culties, ever ready to murder his friend class, and that the mischief they are in an honourable way, or a bailiff in calculated to do is proportionably any way, he is yet, of course, more extended in its effects. In the one's enemy but his own." His friend narrative, or rather narratives, which and relation, if not so deeply stained they contain, the author has unques with the odious vices of his cousin, is tionably exhibited great liveliness, con- almost as selbsh, and with respect to siderable humour, and a graphic power his liaisons, quite as unprincipled; yet of description, which we could well these are the personages to be introhave wished to see more worthily em- duced to our youth of both sexes, as ployed, than in gilding the exploits of models for the admiration of the one, a couple of scoundrels, one of whom, and the imitation of the other! It is at least, it is evidently his intention to idle to say that the author is merely hold up as the portrait of a finished painting life as it is, and not recomIrish gentleman. The first volume, mending the adoption of the vices he (by far the best of the three,) is merely delineates; if he does not applaud, introductory to the "life" of the hero, he no where reprobates, or discouninasmuch as it is devoted to the his- tenances them, while he takes care in tory of that hero's father, and ends conclusion to confer on their perpewith his own introduction into the trators the usual rewards of wealth world. The two last contain his career and connubial felicity, which constantfrom his first start in life as an ensign ly await the gracioso of a modern in the Irish militia, to his marriage novel. That the book is cleverly and succession to a splendid fortune, written we do not deny: had it not while the adventures of a inad-brained been so we had not noticed it; but we cousin, who equally with himself re- do ìnost strongly protest against its joices in the name of John Blake, pernicious tendency. The latter part form a sort of running accompaniment of the story appears to have been to his own. This cousin it is, mani- compounded of a fictitious adventure festly a great favourite with his author, in Pelham, and the real one of Mr. to whom we principally object. He Gill, in the neighbourhood of the is held up as a fine, gay, volatile, un- Commercial-road, which caused such thinking rattle, whose faults are those a sensation in the metropolis some of the head only, and as possessing months since; it is not badly told, what is called an excellent heart. In though there are occasional marks of reality a more disgusting compound of carelessness, and even of ignorance, selfishness, profligacy, heartlessness, in- which we should not have expected in gratitude, meanness, hypocrisy, low de- so practised a writer. It needs not, bauchery, and total want of principle, for instance, that a man be a lapidary, has seldom been portrayed than in
to know that a « rose-diamond " is this same character of “ Jack the rarely purchased for its superiority Devil,” a sobriquet, which is of course over the brilliant, or a herald to disonly to be considered as an additional cover that courtesy does not extend feather in bis cap. While most sen- the title of • lord' to an earl's yountimentally in love with one lady, (an ger sons, while every attorney's clerk heiress of course,) whom he eventually in the kingdom could have told the persuades to elope with him, he is per author that the possession of “a rotpetually indulging in all sorts of low ten borough" is not, nor ever has been, real courage.
necessary to protect a "peer" from subject are satisfactorily solved, and arrest. The calling a man “Sir Ed- the practical exhortations ably enward " in one page, and “Sir Henry” forced. These sermons read or preached in another, with a transformation of cannot but do good. The volume itself the “Harriette Kirvan ” of the first is modest, neat, and unpretending: we volume into the “ Henrietta Kinvan" hope it will find its way to many a of the third, are mere lapses of me- library. mory scarcely worth noticing among so many graver objections; we shall therefore close this brief notice with the
Rhymes for my Children.
Mother. London: Smith & Elder. expression of our hope, that when the
1835. Author next exercises his talents, for the amusement of idlers, he will at We are glad to notice this pleasing least bestow on those characters, for
and useful book, in which both whom he would excite an interest,
amusement and desirable impressions some better recommendation than
for the youthful mind are happily mere animal spirits, and that reckless
blended, It contains several judiness of consequences, and even of ciously written moral stories in verse, life itself, which the better feelings of which, from the simplicity of their the civilized portion of mankind have language and easy style, deserve to be long since repudiated as the test of
commended. These are illustrated by very neatly executed woud-cuts, and
we doubt not the little work will be Christian Freedom, chiefly taken from approved by parents, and afford much Bolton's “ True Bounds." By the
gratification to children. Author of “ Three Yeurs in Italy," “Georgiana and her Father," The Conimunicant's Companion; or In“ A Sister's Stories." London: See- structions for the right receiving of leys, 1835. Pp. xvi. 175.
the Lord's Supper. By the Rev. We do not see the exact utility of this
Matthew Henry, A New Edition, resuscitation the dead. If poor old
carefully revised. London: Henry Bolton could really see himself in the Washbourne. 1835. Pp. vi. 265. new fashioned dress of the nineteenth All that read and admire the writings century, he would not thank our“ au- of Matthew Henry, will be pleased to thor," perhaps, for this clipping and know that this treatise is republished changing, and docking and patching of in a cheap and convenient form, in a his quaint and eloquent " redundan- clear type and on good paper; but it cies." But as this edition is to un- will scarcely suit aged eyes. deceive “the elect," and to “hinder the malignant purpose of the enemy," (p.vii.) we wish the book success, though
Nine Sermons on the Lord's Prayer, we cannot say much for the taste of intended for Young Children of all the editor, if we are to judge by the
Classes. By a MEMBER OF THE preface, which is as rambling and odd CHURCH OF ENGLAND. London: as any thing in the theology of 1645. Hatchards. 1835. Pp. 72.
The books of which the editor is Good ;- but for distribution as guilty, must, we suppose, be equally wards in Sunday schools, we could edifying, but we never heard of them, have wished the charge had been under except in the title page of this.
Six Plain Sermons on the Sabbath. By History of the Reformed Religion in the Reo. Joseph B. Owen, B.A. Of
By the Rev. EDWARD St. John's College, Cambridge, and SMEDLEY, M.A. tate Fellow of Sidney Minister of Walsall Wood, Stafford. Susses College, Cambridge. London: London: Westley & Davis. 1835. Rivingtons. 1834. 8vo. Pp.viii. 350. Pp. viii 171.
[Theological Library, Vol. VIII.) We cordially recommend this volume We have already reviewed the two to our friends: the difficulties of the previous volumes of this excellent
work at considerable length; and, The History of Greece. By Thomas although we pass over the conclusion Keightley, Author of the “Mythoof it in a more cursory manner, it is logy of Greece and Italy,” &c. &c. not because we think less highly either London: Longman & Co. 1835.8vo. of its execution or its contents. The Pp. xiv. 471. scenes it exhibits are less stirring, per
In the compilation of this work, Mr. haps, but not less marked by the accu
Keightley has drawn chiefly from the rate and energetic descriptions of the historian; and the narrative is occupied be has not disregarded the labours of
original sources, at the same time that with details, brought together with the
the principal modern authors; among most diligent research and judicious
whom may be specially mentioned, investigation, from a variety of sources,
Muller, Heeren, and Böckh. His hisnot readily accessible to the ordinary tory is adapted to the higher classes of inquirer. Mr. Smedley has indeed
students, and is a very different thing performed his task throughout with
from the abridgments which are compeculiar ability; and we have to thank
monly used in schools. We are glad him for a work which has long been a to hear that the author is occupied desideratum, not only in our own, but
with a History of Rome, upon a simiin any other language. The concluding lar plan; for, though merely an epitome, chapter, which comprises a rapid sur- the work before us exhibits a depth of vey of the state of the Huguenots, from
research, and an impartial view of the revocation of the Edict of Nantes,
motives and events, which cannot fail involves some considerations which
to render the study of ancient history apply with considerable force to the
equally interesting and important. prospect of England at the present crisis. It is to be hoped that the lesson it conveys may not be thrown
Works on Episcopacy. Vol. I. containaway.
ing the First Series of Bowden's Letlers to Dr. Miller ; with a Pre
face by The Rt. Rev. Benjamin T. History of the Church in Scotland.
Onderdink, D.D. Vol. II. conBy the Red. MICHAEL RUSSELL, LL.D. Author of the Connexion
taining the Second Series of Dr. of Sucred and Profane History, 8:c.
Bowden's Letters to Dr. Miller ; In Two Volumes. London: Riving
Dr. Cooke's Essay on the Invalidity tons. 1834-5. Pp. xii. 379. [The
of Presbyterian Ordination ; und ological Library, Vols. IX. & X.]
Episcopacy tested by Scripture, by
the Rt. Rev. Henry U. OnderHere we have another valuable acces
donk, D.D. New York: Protession to our church history; and Epis
tant Episcopal Press, 1831. 2 vols. copacy has not only found a warm
12mo. supporter in Dr. Russell, but one who We are informed in the Preface, that grounds his support upon the solid and the republication of the works of irrefragable basis of historical truth: Drs. Bowden and Cooke was sugit is this subject, indeed, which forms gested by the appearance of a new the characteristic feature of the work. edition of the Rev. Dr. Miller's “ LetSome of the discussions may seem, per
ters concerning the Constitution and haps, somewhat out of place in a pro- Order of the Christian Ministry,” fessed narrative of events; but the very which had occasioned the strictures existence of the Church in Scotland is of the above-named authors. As so connected with these questions, that these “ Letters ” of Dr. Miller are they could scarcely be spared without on the point of being published in detracting from the utility of the un- London, we think it our duty, as dertaking. While volumes of standard · christian remembrancers,” to inmerit, such as these, and Mr. Smedley's, form our readers, that the false quoare added to the series, the Theological tations, misrepresentations, and wilful Library cannot fail to be received with omissions of evidence, which made increasing favour both by the general against the Presbyterian divine, are reader and the divine.
most thoroughly exposed by the Rev. mistakes of conscientious men, howThese, however, are surface spots, ever they may differ in their views and not inward corruptions. The from ourselves; but if the arguments book is a good book, and may do adduced by this writer, in favour of
Dr. Bowden, and by Dr. Cooke, (a phy- good. If revised carefully, we would sician, now Professor at Transylvania earnestly recommend it. The mediUniversity, Lexington, Kentucky.) tation on Is. lix. 1, (under March 28,) The scriptural evidence by the Assis- is admirable ; it is, to use its first tant Bishop of Philadelphia, is most words,“ true, both politically and perpitbily and ably stated. These “ Works sonally." « We have still a few who on Episcopacy” ought to be in the know that the Lord reigneth, and who hands of every one who has the appeal unto him to decide the contromeans of procuring a copy, as they versy, between those that are opposed form a complete antidote to, and refu- to all change, and those who like notation of, Dr. Miller's “ Letters." An thing but change." (P. 88.) It is eviorder has been sent to New York for dent from this, and other allusions, an ample supply, the receipt of which, that the meditations arose from the together with the names of the Lon- public events of the day, or the private don agents, of whom they may be ob- circumstances of the author's family. tained, we shall communicate to our readers.
The Claims of Dissenters considered :
an Address to the inhabitants of Re“ Bread of the First-fruits,” (2 Kings denhall, with Harleston and Wort
iv. 22;) or Short Meditations on well, Norfolk. By the Rev. T. Select Passages of Scripture, for Sewell, M.A. Curate of that Parish. every day in the Year.
With a Norwich: Stacy. London: LongPreface, by the Author of “ The man. 1835. Pp. 36.
London : Seeleys, &c. We have had much pleasure in read1835. Pp. iv. 366.
ing this able pamphlet. The DissenThe quotation whence this title comes ter's claims are closely examined, and is from 2 Kings. iv. 42; not iv. 22. many of them well refuted.
The contents of the volume are such author seems disposed to concede as a husband might daily lay upon his more, than with our knowledge of wife's dressing table, to their mutual dissent and Dissenters, we should ever cdification, (see Preface, p. iii ); but we be disposed to grant. Be sure that regret, that when these morning Medi- dissent will never be won by concestations were committed to the
the sion. If, therefore, that is to be the editor did not consider that it would condition, the farther off they are kept be advisable to remove all ambiguity the better. Witness the union of of language, and employ expressions Churchmen and Dissenters in the not liable to misinterpretation.
In Bible Society; and the use the latter the meditation under the date of have made of it. Dissent is still disJuly 19, we find the following quaint sent, whether in William Howitt, or expression :-“
—“Having our heart es- Dr. Pye Smith. tablished with grace, and not with The pamphlet is well written, and meats, (or the doctrine of frames.") in a good spirit. None but a carver and gilder can understand this. The word “legality" is also introduced in a way which it
An Essay on the Credibility of Seelenought not,-"All fear arises from legu
borg ; in which his Claims as the lity,” (May 16.) "If this were put, all
Announcer of the Dispensation, menfear arises from laufulness, we should
tioned in Prophecy, under the figure see the bad use of the expression.
of the New Jerusalem, are briefly Again,—"The difference betwixt a
considered and defended. Second believer and an infidel, consists not so
Edition. London: Hodson. 1835. inuch in the things done, as in the
Pp. vi. 106. spirit in which they are done." (Aug. 4.) We are always willing to make allowIs this a christian use of the term in- ance for errors of judgment, and the fidel?
throughout; but, for the most part, the " new translation " presents an exact verbal agreement with the old. We do not like the little “Pulpit Recollections ;” it always gives us the idea of the looseness and incoherence incident to extemporaneous preaching.
Plain Sermons, preached in the Parish
Church of Hampton, Middleser. By the Rev. H. F. SIDEBOTTOM, M.A.
London : Rivingtons. 1835. Seven plain and sensible discourses on important texts.
Swedenborg's credibility, be held valid, we do not see why the ghost-seer mentioned in Glanvil's Saducismus Triumphatus might not justly have disputed Swedenborg's claim to the founder of a new church. As to the doctrines held by that person, it is certain that he denied the personality of the Trinity, and that be ridiculed the idea of God forgiving the sins of man in consideration of the sufferings and atonement of Christ. (P. 93.) If, then, these be scriptural doctrines, we think we have only to state as much, in order to refute the argument of the Essayist. In one part he observes, that “it is somewhat unaccountable, that Christians have a reliance on the affirmations of St. John, St. Paul, and many others, mentioned in the Scriptures, to their communication with the spiritual world, while they reject those of Swedenborg; though there is at least as much evidence in the one case as there is in the others." (P. 76.) If we coincided in this opinion, we should begin to think that we were as deranged as poor Swedenborg, and we fear some of his followers.
A Guide to the Holy Sacrament of the
Lord's Supper. By the Rev. G. R.
Rivingtons. 1835. Pp. viii. 164. An admirable little manual. The points discussed are not novel, (for what novelty can there be in them?) but the manner in which they are discussed, is neither quaint nor antiquated in language or allusion. The arguments are simply and forcibly maintained; the deductions are rational; and the prayers interspersed, are from such writers as Tillotson, Hall, Jeremy Taylor, Johnson, &c. We agree with Mr. Gleig, that, “ on such a subject as the Lord's Supper," [rational and scriptural, guides and helps calculated to lead men to the altar, can scarcely be too much accumulated." We think this one of them.
Pulpit Recollections, being Notes of
Lectures on the Book of Jonah, de livered at St. James's Episcopal Chapel, Ryde, with a new translation, by the Kev. R. WALDO SIBTHORP, B.D. Minister of the Chapel, and Fellow of Magdalen College, Orford. Second Edition. London:
Seeley and Co. 1835. Pp. 99. This is a pleasant little work enough, adapted by its exterior to be a companion to sacramental and devotional treatises. It is a practical and sound exposition of the portion of Scripture of which it treats. The “new translation” is a pompous announcement of a rifaccimenot of the old, and in our judgment, no improvement on our venerable version. In some cases the
ersion In some cases the marginal interpretation is taken; in others, the alteration is merely wanton; in others, decidedly bad : thus in chap. iii. 2. H A NNN?? is rendered, “cry the denunciation;" where the exact sense is given in our version. The original word Jehovah is retained
IN THE PRESS. Chronological Charts, illustrative of Ancient History and Geography. By John DREW.
Lectures on Moral Philosophy. By R. D. HAMPDEN, D.D. Professor of Moral Philosophy in the University of Oxford.
Letters on the Philosophy of Unbelief. By the Rev. James Wills.
A Volume of Sermons, adapted to the Mechanical and Agricultural Population. By E. W. CLARKE, Rector of Great Yeldham, Essex,
Statement of the Provision for the Poor, and the Condition of the Labouring Classes, in a considerable portion of America and Europe. By NASSAU W. SENIOR, Esq. Being the Preface to the Foreign Communications contained in the Appendix to the Poor Law Report.