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we cannot on this account unchristianize them, so long as they hold in their Scriptural purity, the doctrines of atonement, and of justification by faith.
As it regards the spirit of the Correspondence, on the part of the Glasgow Churches, we feel in justice compelled to state that it seems to us characterized by a tone of lofty assumption and unwarrantable dictation. In point of argument we consider it as seriously deficient; especially considering the talents of the parties engaged in it. Even on the question, in which we concur with them, we mean the direct inward influence of the Spirit, their reasons are by no means so conclusive and satisfactory as they might and ought to have been. The Glasgow Churches at one time indulge in doleful lamentations over their brethren, and at another solemnly warn them of their danger; indeed, from the language adopted, it might be supposed that to deny the dogmas of Calvin, is to be guilty of the unpardonable sin. But they do not deny the piety of their brethren, nevertheless they disown them. A proceeding strangely at variance with the principles laid down in “ Essays on Christian Union;" a volume which is published with the sanction and co-operation of the Pastor of one of the four Congregational Churches of Glasgow.
The Pamphlet contains thirty-one letters, which, of course, possess various degrees of merit; they will be perused with deep interest by those who are accustomed to theological investigation. They are evidently, for the most part, written by deep-thinking men; and those who read them must give them a close and unbroken attention. Such & reading they will amply repay.
NOTICES OF BOOKS.
AN INQUIRY INTO THE ORGANIZATION AND GOVERNMENT OF THE APOSTOLIC CHURCH; particularly with reference to the Claims of Episcopacy. By ALBERT BARNES. London: Aylott and Jones. 18mo. cloth boards, pp. 270.
This is a reprint of an American publication by Mr. Barnes, who is well known in this country as the author of valuable Commentaries on several portions of the Sacred Volume. The work before us was written in reply to one by Dr. Onderdonk, who was, but now is not, a Bishop of the American Episcopal Church. Mr. Barnes displays his usual talent and learning in discussing the important “inquiry,” and his arguments against the claims of Episcopacy are, as we think, unanswerable. Indeed, we feel constrained to say, that he labours the subject most needlessly; and it appears to us that a superabundance of words is employed on a question which lies in a very small compass.
A MEMORIAL,“ to bring to remembrance.” Twelve Sermons preached in Christ Church, Barnwell. By the Rev. JOHN D. LANE, M.A. London: Seeley, Burnside and Seeley. 12mo. cloth boards, pp. 203.
Had these Sermons been written by a Dissenter, we should have found great fault with them, as being deficient in originality and vigour of thought. But as in the present day it is a treat to meet with soundly evangelical discourses from the pen of a Church of England Clergyman, we feel too much rejoiced in such an event, to give any indulgence to the asperities of criticism. The discourses are plain, practical, and experimental, and but for an occasional spice of Calvinism, would have our unqualified commendation.
THE ROMANISM OF ITALY. Preceded by a Correspondence with the Catholic Institute of England. By Sir CULLING EARDLY SMITH, BART. London: John Snow. Stitched, 8vo. pp. 66.
This Pamphlet contains some disclosures that both Papists and Protestants would do well to read. The Catholic Institute makes a plausible but futile attempt to gainsay the statements of Sir C. E. Smith. We only wish that his speech at Exeter Hall had also been given. The lovers of the curious will be gratified (?) with the facsimile of an undecypherable letter from the Devil to the Venerable Sister Maria Crocefessa.
A GUIDE TO ACQUAINTANCE WITH GOD. By the Rev. JAMES SHERMAN. Twentythird Edition. London: Tract Society. 18mo. cloth boards, pp. 138.
A work on such a subject, from such a pen, and which has reached the twenty-third edition, is superior to any praise that we can bestow.
ja COBBIN'S CHILD'S COMMENTARY ON THE HOLY SCRIPTURES. Parts I to VI. Square. London: Ward and Co. si ou Dales pirent strasts. 4483 in strydis
This promises to be a very suitable and very instructive Commentary for Children. Its beautiful engravings, and its style of getting up, render it highly attractive, and it will, we are persuaded, have an extensive circulationt','i; staf DANTIE ! Lollis "Dj -- As
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from 113 1gb of trulo bao9.1.18 od trigim ji boobs andi aris mun beni 1o The Religious TRADESMAN. J: London: Tract Society: '11to volig ud i mi,vbi
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THE LAW OF CHRIST FOR MAINTAINING AND EXTENDING HIS CHUROR." By the Rev. Davw YOUNG, D.D., of Pertho" London: Published by the Anti-State-Church Association.l'oStitched, 12mo. pp. 36. 129930' 1194 sitiw butu 90 liw 29111 ; 119905 ta
Here are thirty-six pages of close' matter and close reasoning. Everyi isentence is full of light, and truth, and power. We most fervently hope that the friends of reur ligious freedom will do their utmost to promote the circulation of a tract, so admirably. calculated to disseminate sound principles on a subject deeply affecting the interests and purity of the church of Christ. Wesleyan HYMNOLOGÍ; 104
, Companion to the Wesleyan Hymn Book ; comprising remarks Critical, Explanatory, and Cautionary; designed to promote the more profitable use of the Volume. By the Rev. WILLIAM P. BURGESS. London: J. Mason. 18mo. cloth boards, pp. 282.
Every sound-hearted Methodist feels a strong attachment ånd veneration for Wesley's Hymns. In them he has found his religious fearg and conflicts most accuratelyı dos scribed; and by their instrumentality his mind has been cheered and stimulated in the hours of darkness and of sorrow. Ifhose who have learnt to appreciate the Wesleyan Hymn Book, will, we doubt not, duly appreciate the work before us. It is evidently the result of considerable labour. i 1903FITVY UW EI sutad 16 38T
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sustains the character we have given of its predecessors. :: It is-ex-? ceedingly valuable both for criticism and argument.
It will furnish those whose-leisure for reading is limited, with ample materials for thought, and enable them to give a substantial and Scripturat reason for the hope that is in them JAITONIK a
Valido!, vadott Jinni ADDRESSES TO CHRISTIAN PROFESSORS. By R. WALLER.$.
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Let,'3144 *Most' earnestly do we wish that these Addresses could be read by every Christian professor antisfactorily proved, and impressively enforced. No. 3, contains counsels stated,
In No. 2, an important fand glorious doctrine is clearly and Judiciously wbich are as forcible as they are practicable, and as Soviptural as they are imperative. A great duty is explained in a manner which is calculated at once to convince the judgment and to win the heart.
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MEMOTR OF PE Rev. THOMAS BATTY; Minister in the Methodist New Connexion. By the Revi A. LYNN." London: J. Bakewell. 2 Stiff covers. in 18mo. pp. 100.4 [152
The Memoir of a pious, devoted and useful Minister of the Gospel, cannot fail to be highly instructive, and such a Minister was Mr. Batty: Those who are travelling to zion will read this memorial with lively interest and great profit There is a truly refreshing unction pervading the letters of our deceased friend, and particularly those which were written towards the close of his career. We strongly advise those who are not travelling to Zion to read this Meinoit, and then tet them choose whom they will serve, and ask themselves what death they would wish to die!' obrir c-mnt 188+},900.9ten buz ,500 12 373017? , 3
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ELIZABETH CARTLEDGE. THE history of every individual is a matter of interest to some one, and if wisely and faithfully traced, would be found to contain some useful instruction. On this account we endeavour to present you with an account of our late respected sister Elizabeth Cartlege, of Hucknall, second daughter of our friends Mr. and Mrs. Lumb, who, being people of prayer, both personal and domestic, felt it their indispensable duty to present themselves and their offspring regularly at the “ throne of the heavenly grace." As a natural consequence of this practice, our friend, along with the rest of her brothers and sisters, was, at an early age, the subject of divine influence, and could remember when very young, how impressed she was with the conviction that she was a sinnerthat it was needful for her to repentthat she must be made holy, to be qualified for God's service both on earth and in heaven. No doubt these feelings were blessed to her, to a certain extent, though not to the conversion of her soul, so early as they might have been, She had much of the restraining grace and fear of God, which had many advantages, though not of a saving character. This grace enabled her to abstain from outward sin; she was truly a moral, industrious, prudent, and respectable young person; a credit to herself and her parents. Yet all these qualifications, however good and desirable in themselves, did not place the soul of our sister in a state of salvation. Though outwardly virtuous, her heart was alienated from God, and she lived until she was nearly seventeen years of age before the great and necessary change was effected. By what particular means and through whose instrumentality, cannot now be ascertained, only that it was chiefly through the preaching of the gospel. She said to her most intimate friend not long ago, that she had a very lively and affecting view of her state as a sinner, but that through believing on Christ, her soul was filled with unbounded joy and satisfaction; she was quite sure God had spoken peace to her soul. He had pardoned her sins and made her exceedingly happy. Nor was her joy transient or irregular, like the morning cloud; she continued for a length of time to live in this holy, happy, frame of mind. One of her relations was once witness to a very gracious manifestation
of the divine presence. While engaged in her daily employment, and surrounded by several persons, it appears her heart was engaged in prayer, when all at once, she was so overwhelmed with the love and presence of God, as to be obliged to lay aside her work, and fall down on her knees to praise God, shouting, “Glory! Hallelujah!”
Her general conduct was rather reserved and unassuming. She often mourned that she was not more anxious to glorify God by being useful, as her situation in life gave many opportunities for so acting. When she grew up to womanhood, to be surrounded by a small family, the vitality of religion appeared in some measure to decline. She found it very difficult to retire for secret prayer, and hold communion with her heavenly Father. She had many trials which she never expected-many temptations never known before; she allowed these things to press down the health, the vigour, and the holiness of her soul, and left her in an unsettled, doubting, worldly, almost unbelieving state. It was a great mercy to her, that during this time of temptation, she did not give up secret prayer; let but this stronghold of piety be once yielded, and“ Ichabod” may soon be written on the professor's heart and life. Our sister was mercifully kept from this, as her affectionate husband can testify. He had, in consequence of being obliged to rise in the middle of the night for work, to retire to rest very early. He says he has often been awakened by the fervour of her devotions, when she has been crying to God for his grace to be supported under the trials of life, and to be kept from the power of sin. Still she was not, during this period, what she knew she ought to be. The world was taking up too much of her time, and engrossing too much of her affection, so that the means of grace were but irregularly attended. She did not, so often as could be desired, get to her class; and there was evidently to herself a declension of the work of grace in her soul. In this state she continued for some time, until her last affliction suddenly and unexpectly overtook her. This was very severe, and served no doubt to awaken in her mind more fervent desires after heaven, and a preparation for its enjoyment. The best of human aid was sought to alleviate her
sorrows; all that paternal affection could devise--all that an indulgent husband and kind friends could think of was resorted to-but alas! all was in vain; and in a few days, after having given birth to a lovely babe, she appeared rapidly sinking into the arms of death, whilst in the bloom of life. Those of her friends who knew the worth of religion, now became doubly anxious for the welfare of her soul; and though we dare not conceal the humiliating fact, that in the first part of her affliction she was not happy-she not being assured of her acceptance; yet, praise the Lord, he manifested again his pardoning mercy, and she was enabled to live and die triumphing in the grace of God. As death drew near, her confidence in Christ grew stronger, and on Christmas-day, 1843, being twenty-six years of age, her soul took its flight from this world into heaven where " there is fulness of joy, and pleasures for evermore.”
We would, in conclusion, draw one practical inference, alike important to her relatives and friends, and to all who may read this statement--what a danger there is of living in the blaze of gospel day, and yet for the soul not to be in a safe state! What a necessity for all professors to “ examine themselves whether they be in the faith.” May the Lord help us! Amen.
been a member of the church two years, and promised to be eminently useful. His loss will be felt, especially in the Sabbathschool, and in our prayer-meetings. He was a deeply pious and amiable young man, and universally esteemed amongst those who knew him. The affliction which terminated his mortal career, was painful, and continued for eight weeks; but, during this trial of his faith, he spoke of the sweetness of the Saviour's presence in language the most affecting. It may be truly said, that his room, during his sickness, was“ privileged beyond the common walks of life, quite on the verge of heaven."
DIED, January 23rd, 1845, ELLEN BUTTERWORTH, aged twenty-three. She had been the subject of religious impressions from childhood, and became a member of our Society six years ago. She promised to be a burning and a shining light, but was arrested by the hand of affliction. During the twelve months previously to her death, in which she was confined to her bed, it was a privilege to visit her. She was remarkable for her confidence in God, her patience in affliction, and her joy and triumph in the prospect of dissolution. For her, earth had no detaining charms, death had no prevailing terrors, and eternity no dark frown.
Batley, Feb. 1845. M. MILLS.
RECENT DEATHS. DIED, December 2nd, 1844, MRB. HANNAH COLBECK, aged sixty-three. She had been a consistent member of our church twenty-three years. She was decidedly pious-regular in her attendance on the public and private means of grace, and, according to her ability, a liberal supporter of the cause of God. During the last twelve months of her life, in which she was greatly afflicted from paralytic strokes, she was divinely supported; and her end was peace.
Died, January 18th, 1845, MRS. JANE PRESTON, aged sixty. She had been a steady member of our church upwards of eighteen years. Her trials during her Christian career were neither few nor small; but she bore them with the meekness and fortitude which become the followers of Jesus Christ. From a fear of saying what was not strictly true, she generally expressed herself in doubting terms with reference to her acceptance with God; but, when she saw death approaching, her confidence acquired that firmness which religion alone can inspire under such circumstances.
DIED, January 22nd, 1845, MATTHEW MITCHELL, aged twenty-two. He had
Sir THOMAS FOWELL BUXTON, Bart., died on the 19th of February, at his residence, Northrepps Hall, Norfolk, in the fifty-ninth year of his age. Even his enemies bear witness to his “ well sustained and extensive charities." legislator he took “a prominent part in debates on the state of prisons, on the condition of the criminal law, and the suppression of state lotteries." He was also distinguished for his determined opposition to slavery and the slave trade. His public and private life was one of high benevolence and pure philanthropy. Would to God, that all our legislators and statesmen had the same spirit and the same purity of motive as the late Sir T. F. Buxton.
The Rev. SYDNEY SMITH has also been summoned to his long home, in the seventyseventh year of his age. He was the originato of the Edinburgh Review, and contributed largely to its pages. He was undoubtedly a man of great wit, of great talents, and extensive acquirements. În politics he was a consistent whig.
Sir JOHN GURNEY, Knt., late one of
the Barons of the Exchequer, died on the 1st of March, aged seventy-seven. “In early life he was a member of an Independent congregation at Clapham; as he advanced in years he manifested an evident leaning towards Unitarian opinions, but before his elevation to the Bench he joined the Church of England." His private acts of benevolence are said to have been numerous and liberal. As a Judge he acquired an unenviable character for severity.
LORD WYNFORD died on March 3rd, at his seat in Kent. He was a man of considerable talents and acquirements as a lawyer. In the commencement of his parliamentary career he gave indications of liberalism, but afterwards became a violent partizan of the old school of Church and State bigotry; his strong political feelings had a powerful influence on his judicial conduct, which was once made the subject of animadversion in the House of Cominons.
SHREWSBORY CIRCUIT.-On Sabbath, January 26th, 1845, two sermons were preached in our Chapel on behalf of our Missions. On the following evening the public meeting was held, when Sir John Bickerton Williams, L.L.D., F.R.S, of Wem Hall
, presided. The speakers (Wesleyans, Baptists, Independents, and our own,) were all bent on stirring up the people to deeds of charity and holy enterprise. The Chapel was crowded—the collection good and the interest excited, deep, Christian, and general.
CHESLYN HAY, WOLVERHAMPTON CIRCUIT.-On Sunday, January 26th, two sermons were preached in our Chapel, Cheslyn Hay, in behalf of our Missions. In the morning, by the Rev. D. Griffiths, (Independent) of Cannock, and in the afternoon by Mr. Goodwin; and on the following evening a Missionary meeting was held, when T Crockett, Esq. presided, and addresses were delivered by the Revds. D. Griffiths, R. Waller, T. Smith; and by Messrs. J. Lawson, E. Burley, and J. Lewis. The spirit of Missionary zeal still lives in our friends at this place, and the amount of collections and subscriptions shows a considerable improvement on those of last year. T. S.
BATLEY.—On Sunday, February 16th, two excellent sermons in behalf of our Missions were preached in Zion Chapel, Batley. In the afternoon by Mr. J. Whittaker, of Horseforth; and in the evening by the Rev. J. Livingstone, of Brighouse. The public meeting was held on the Monday evening following, when the cause of Missions was ably advocated by the Revds. J. Livingstone, (who was in the chair); S. Hulme; T. W. Ridley; W. Willan; Allison, (Baptist); Taylor, (Wesleyan); and Hotham, (Independent.) The attendance was large; a more than ordinary interest was excited; and the collections were £6 more than those of last year.
On Sunday, February 16th, two excellent sermons were preached at Adwalton by Mr. Avens, of Leeds; and the public meeting was held on the Tuesday following, when the chair was taken by our respected friend Mr. Duke Fox, of Batley Carr. The meeting was addressed by the Revds. J. Curtis, W. Willan, and M. Mills; also, by Messrs. W. Akroyd, J. Shaw, and T. Scholes, (Wesleyan). A very good feeling prevailed, and the collections exceeded those of last year.
GATESHEAD.-On Sunday, February 16th, 1845, a sermon was preached at the Teams, in the Gateshead Circuit, by Mr. John Jackson; and on the Tuesday night following, a Missionary meeting was held, when our respected friend Mr. B. J. Prockter was called to preside. The meeting was addressed by the Rev. L. Stoney, Messrs. Foreman, Jackson, Fairbank, Garlick, and M‘Leod. It was a most delightful and interesting occasion, and though the place is capable of holding only about fifty persons, it was much crowded, and the collection amounted to about thirty-five shillings. I communicate this to show that we should not omit to hold meetings in our small preaching-rooms, as we have here a proof that much, comparatively, may be done in this good cause where but little might be expected.