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John M. Mason, Count Zinzendorf, Bishop White, Menno Simon, John Wesley, George Fox, Elias Hicks, J. H, Livingston, Otterbein, John Winebrenner, David Marks, Jacob Allbright, Alexander Campbell, D. Millard, Wm. Miller, F. Ewing, Pope Pius IX, Richard Allen, and Christopher Rush. In a brief Introduction, the editor gives an account of a few minor sects, which, in some cases, are extinct, and to which, from their want of importance, no place is assigned in the body of the work. The accounts vary in length, according to the size, importance, and duration of the sects, --some, scarcely covering two pages, and others, as the Baptists, the Episcopalians, the Roman Catholics and the Swedenborgians, extending to thirty or forty. All that pertains to the mechanical execution of the work is highly beautiful and praiseworthy. The article on the Baptists is by Dr. Belcher.
5. Wer soll getauft werden? und worin besteht die Taufe? Nach dem
Englischen des R. PENGiLLY. [Pengilly's Scripture Guide to Baptism.] Philadelphia. Am. Bap. Publication Society, pp. 96.
Every one is acquainted with this little book in the vernacular toogue. We rejoice to see it going forth on its mission of love and truth in a new language. Jis mode of conducting the argument is eminently clear, impartial and candid. The author of the translation says in a prefatory note, “In some places it seemed jndicious, for the more perfect illustration of the subject, to expand the words of the original, and in others to abridge them. The testimony of English writers has in several instances been omitted and the testimony of German writers substituted, as being equally conclusive, and in the estimation of a German, of more value. Perhaps the English citations might have been wholly set aside, as the reader will perceive that those from the German are even much stronger. But it seemed more desirable to exhibit the concurrence of men of God of all ages and nations on this subject, that the truth set forth might be seen to be universally acknowledged.” With the exception thus indicated, the tract is an exact version of the original ; and, indeed, the substitutions are fewer than such an announcement would have led us to anticipate. 6. Enseignement de l'Ecriture sur le Baptême. Accompagné d' un
court examen de l'origine et des fondements du baptême des enfants. Par R. Pengilly. Traduit de l'Anglais. (Teaching of the Scriptures on Baptisın. Together with a brief examination of the origin and foundation of infant baptism. By R. Pengilly. Translated from the English.] Am. Bap. Publication Society. Philadelphia, 1848.
In this French translation of Pengilly, we notice that the translator has in some instances substituted extracts from French authorities for quotations from English writers. The same thing we have just remarked, mutatis mutandis, is wisely done in the German translation. Of the original work, which is in every one's hands, we need scarcely speak. Ii is a classic in its department. This translation, we doubt not, will prove extensively useful among the French population in this country, in Canada, and beyond the Atlantic.
7. Ertraits de l'Histoire Ecclésiastique sur l' Origine de quelques Pro
tiqurs et Erreurs de l'Eglise Romaine. [Extracts from Church History, exhibiting the origin of certain rites and errors of the Roman Catholic Church.] Philadelphia. Am. Bap. Publication Society. 1848. pp. 180. 18mo.
This little work is evidently designed for general reading rather than for scholars. In general, it cites no authorities, but gives a concise and lucid view of the way in which the errors and rites of the Romish church crept into currency by successive steps in successive centuries. The principal topics presented are Councils, Baptism, the Lord's Supper, Confession, Indulgences, Purgatory, the Worship of Saints and İmages, Relics, Fasting, Celibacy of the Clergy, etc. The author traces the errors on each of these subjects as they developed themselves from one age to another, exhibiting also the belief and practice of the primitive church and the apostolic times. The first three topies extend through considerably more than half the volume. The work has an attractive appearance, and will be useful. We regret that more care was not expended in reading the proofs. Marking in the margin of our copy the typographical errors as we hastily perused the pages, we found at the close that they amounted to more than a hundred.
8. The Pilgrim's Progress. By John Bunyan. American Tract
Society. pp. 603.
This beautiful edition of the Pilgrim's Progress is worthy of the attention of the public. It is elegantly printed in large, clear, open type, with many engravings, and handsomely bound, with gilt edges. The edition contains so much of ihe “Grace Abounding” as is niecessary to give a full view of the writer's life. This part embraces more than 120 pages, and adds much to the value of the book. At this season of exchanging presents, we hope the volume will be often called for. The work is one which will never go out of date ; and it has its charms as well for the student of polite literature, as for the devout and humble Christian.
9. The Sunday School and other Poems. By William B. TAPPAN.
Boston. Munroe & Co. 1818. 251 pp. 12mo.
This volume, the fourth of the series of Mr. Tappan's poetical works revised, is worthy of his fame. A portion of the pieces have appeared before. A considerable number new ones have also been added. Of these is the first piece in the collection—" The Sunday School.” This poem is a plea for the American Sunday School Union, to whose interests the author is devotedly attached. The foot-notes embrace a large amount of interesting information in respect to the operations of that society, and the religious instruction of children generally, both in this country and in Europe. The poems often breathe the sentiments and language of true poetry. They are all baptized in an evangelical spirit. The elegant execution of the book, externally, is in keeping with its attractive contents.
10. Verses of a Life Time. By CAROLINE GILMAN. Boston. Munroe
& Co. 1849. 263 pp. 12mo.
A collection of very sweet and beautiful pieces, moral and religious. Some of them are eminently tender and touching; a few, cheerful and gay. The true spirit of poetry reigns in the volume, marking the writer as a gifted daughter of the Muses. The volume is printed in the most elegant style of the typographical art. 11. Euthanasy; or Happy Table Talk towards the End of Life. By
WILLIAM MOUNTFORD. Boston. Crosby & Nichols. 1818. 466 pp.
12mo. This is an unusual, but beautiful book. Its manner is new, and its thoughts remarkably fresh and original. There are many things in it touching the subject of death, which we admire in our life and health. We suspect, however, that in the near prospect of eteraity, we should wish to exchange it for some work, bringing into more prominence the doctrine of Christ, our sacrifice. The volume is an interesting contribution to our literature, and beautifully printed.
12. Reflections on Revelations. By Peter CLARKIN. Boston, 1849.
George C. Rand & Co. pp. 260. 12mo.
As a mere book of “ Reflections,” this volume is highly creditable to the author, who, we are told in his preface, is an humble individual, a laborious Irishman, who has gained his livelihood by his daily toil. As to his religious principles, he has ahjured popery ; but, as he himself says, he ** opposes and detests the Athanasian platform.” He is evidently too deficient in the necessary apparatus, critical, literary and historical, to write a satisfactory commentary on the difficult book of the Apocalypse. He has not attempted it. His work is only a series of thoughts suggested by the Revelation, which are often very pious and proper, if they are not profound ; his interpretations cannot be relied on.
Apart from the errors of interpretation, the volume contains many interesting and truly correct remarks, gratifying to the popular reader, and suited to promote a spirit of piety and confidence in God. 13. The Person and Work of Christ. By Ernest Sartorius, D. D.,
General Superintendent and Consistorial Director at Königsberg, Prussia. Translated by Rev. Oakman S, Stearns, A. M. Boston. Gould, Kendall & Lincoln. 1848. pp. 161.
18mo. Th work of Dr. Sartorius has been very popular in Germany, having reached the sixth edition. The views are sound, and the method of discussion new and satisfactory. The whole is divided into ten chapters, treating of the relation of Christology to astronomy, the divinity and incarnation of Christ, his humanity and its personal union with the divinity, the union of attributes and relations in his two natures, his humiliation and exaltation, the love of God the fountain of salvation, and sin the destroyer of it, the difference between the law and the gospel as the basis of salvation, the representative satisfaction of Christ, the means of grace in their order, and the three offices of Christ.
14. Flower, Fruit and Thorn Pieces : or the Married Life, Death and
Wedding of the advocate of the Poor, Firmian Stanislaus Siebenkäs. By John Paul Friederich RICHTER. Translated from the German, By EDWARD HENRY Noel. First and Second Series. 2 vols. 16mo. Pp. 348, 398. Boston. James Munroe & Co.
Who has not heard of the rare German novelist, Jean Paul ! Often speaking mysteriously and in a style peculiarly his own, he is still so original and attractive that he who begins to read him is unwilling to break off from the intoxicating employment. These volumes are an excellent example of his fictions. In the life of Richter, it is said of the narrative they contain, “under the veil of fictitious characters, he describes his own transition from the every day life of reality, to the higher ideal of poetry and imagination.” They whose mental cultivation and power of self-control will permit them to read sparingly books of this class, will find these translations a pleasing pastime.
A new Latin Lexicon is announced as in course of publication in Germany. The author is Reinhold Klotz, Professor in the University at Leipsic, and well known as a successful editor of Cicero's Orations. It will embrace two large octavo volumes,-price about six dollars. I remains to be seen whether it will be a more desirable work than the celebrated lexicon of Freund.
The publication of the Southern Baptist Review, edited by Rev. T. Meredith, is to be commenced in January, 1849.
We see announced as in press a Manual of Ancient Geography, by Dr. S. C. Shirlite, of the Royal Gymnasium at Wetzlar." It is translated by Professors Beck and Felton, of Harvard University.
A new Life of Luther, from the original authorities, by Moritz Meurer, translated by a Lutheran clergyman in New York, is soon to appear.
Several new works are announced by the firm of Gould, Kendall & Lincoln, Boston. Among them we notice the following:
Scientific Theology, Vol. II., belonging to the series which was commenced with the Pre-Adamite Earth. It is said to be a work of greater general interest than its predecessor.
The Church Member's Handbook, a plain Guide to the Doctrines and Practice of Baptist Churches. By the Rev. William Crowell.
The Social Psalmist. By the editors of the Psalmist. It is a new selection of Hymns for prayer meetings and social worship.
Golden Gems for the Christian. Selected from the writings of the Rev. John Flavel. By Rev. Joseph Banvard. This is one of the beautiful miniatures, of which so pleasant a series has proceeded from the same firm. The same publishers have this year combined several
of their miniatures into volumes containing two each, forming elegant and cheap gift-books, of which we hope many will avail themselves. Three of these double volumes are entitled, “ Daily Duties," “ The Christian's Private Companion," and "Consolations for the Afflicted." They have an illuminated title-page, and are sold at fifty cents each.
Two other interesting and important works are about to be issued from the same publishing house. The first is Dr. Wayland's University Sermons,-on many of the Moral and Religious Topics of the Day. The volume contains twenty-one sermons, a part of which we have had opportunity to read. The topics are selected with great wise dom and discernment, and the discussion of them indicates at the same time the spirit of the true philosopher and the able Christian minister. The volume is a most welcome contribution to our theological literature, and worthy of the source from whence it has come. It is in 12mo. Price one dollar.
The other work to which we have referred is the “ Proverbs for the People.” By E. L. Magoon. It is a series of moral portraits drawn from the book of Proverbs, and designed to urge the practice of virtue upon those who already admit and admire the theory of it. The topics are well chosen ; and the author, by his peculiar style, his vigor, enthusiasm, and varied acquaintance with ancient and current literature, as well as by his apt quotations and often striking illustrations, enchains the attention. The conception of the book is excellent, and we doubt not it will produce a wholesome influence on the community. It is in 272 pp. 12mo.
The Christian Melodist is the name of a new hymn book, for conference meetings and social worship, containing about 600 hymns, edited by Rev. J. Banvard, and published by John Putnam, 81 Cornhill. At the end of the book the notes of nearly 100 tunes are inserted, tunes which are prefixed to the hymns in the body of the work.
John G. NAYLOR, New York, N. Y., B. L. BARNES, Canton, Miss.
Nov. 7. GEORGE BENEDICT, New York, N. Y., BENJAMIN TITCOMB, Brunswick, Me., Oct. 28, aged 53.
Sept. 30, aged 87. John Bostwick, Hartwick, Ots. Co., FRANKLIN WOOD WARD, Fairport, N. Y., Oct. 21, aged 86.
Mon. Co., N. Y., Aug. 8, aged 39. Jacob H. BROWNER, New York, N. Y.,
Sept. 12, aged 57.
Mass., Sept. 12. NATHANIEL KENDRICK, D. D , Hami). HENRY M. Barlow, Gaylord's Bridge, ton, Mad. Co., N. Y., Sept. 11, aged 71.
Con., Oct. 16. Warner Lake, Mount Morris, Liv. JUDSON BENJAMIN, Providence, R. I., Co., N. Y., Sept. 29, aged 81.
Oct. 13. HAMPTON B. Mathis, Bethel, Ala., A. Judson Bingham, Hamilton, Mad. Aug. 13.
Co., N. Y., Aug. 20.