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to be met with. It ought to contain truth, facts; and for juvenile pupils should be attractive. Peter Parley has af. forded much instruction and entertainment to the young, for many years, and has been very successful in the preparation of some of his school books. His Common School History, especially, has been very extensively adopted as a text-book : and where histories of particular countries are subjects of study in a school, we should think this pictorial history of France would be well adapted to the purpose. It presents a clear and brief account of that interesting country, and carries its history down to the existing state of things under the reign of Louis Philippe. At the close we have tables of the Bourbon, Bonaparte and Orleans-Bourbon families.
The History of France is to be followed by pictorial histories of the United States, England, Rome and Greece, by the same author.
9.-The Church's Best State ; or Constant Revivals of Religion.
By Rev. Simeon W. Harkey. Baltimore : Publication Rooms; Boston : Tappan & Dennett, and Crocker & Brewster; New York: D. Appleton & Co. and Dayton & Newman ; Cincinnati: E. Lucas; Pittsburg: C. H. Kay. 1842. pp. 172.
This book emanates from a minister of the Lutheran Church; is written in an excellent spirit, under a high sense of respon. sibility, and with the intent to benefit that portion of Zion, to which the author belongs, by promoting revivals of pure and undefiled religion. The subject is treated under the following chapters. 1. What is true religion? 2. What is a genuine revival of religion, considered negatively? 3. What is it, considered affirmatively? 4. Are genuine revivals the Church's best state ? 5. Constant revivals possible. 6. 'New Measures' -Old Measures;' Means to be employed for the promotion of revivals. 7. How to conduct revivals. 8. Conclusion and application of the whole subject.
We are much pleased with the author's views as expressed on these several topics; and while he is careful to guard against fanaticism and undue excitement, and the injudicious and untimely resort to protracted meetings, he is not unfriendly to these meetings at proper times and properly conducted. On this subject much must be left to the judgment of pastors of the churches. There are doubtless seasons, when to withhold extra efforts would be sinful, because the Spirit of God evi. dently leads the way. Then they are always safe, conducted in the spirit of the gospel.
10.-- Julia of Baiæ; or The Days of Nero. A Story of the
Martyrs. By the Author of “The Merchant's Daughter," “Virginia," Christmas Bells, etc., etc. New York: Sax. ton & Miles. Boston: Saxton & Pierce. 1842. 260.
This is an interesting book of fiction, interweaving much that is fact, and conveying to the mind of the reader many beautiful impressions of the scenery of Italy, and many striking incidents in the history of the times of Nero. That cruel monster is appropriately depicted, and the sufferings of the Martyrs under his reign graphically portrayed. The book will undoubtedly be acceptable to the youthful portion of the community, and where fiction is employed to attract, we prefer that it shall be used to throw a charm around such and kindred subjects, as the author of Baiæ has selected.
11.-The Salem Belle: A Tale of 1692. Boston: Tappan &
Dennet. 1842. pp. 238.
The design of this little book is to exhibit some of the prevalent superstitions of the 17th century, and to caution the public mind against the prevalence of others equally to be deplored. We seem not to have advanced far enough yet in civilization and Christianity to be exempt from the most ridiculous superstitions and most flagrant fanaticism. 12.- A Grammar of the German Language. By George Henry
Noehden, LL.D. From the eighth London edition, by Rev. C. H. F. Billoblotzky, Ph. D. With alterations and large additions, chiefly from the Grammars of Dr. Becker. By Rev. Barnas Sears, D. D., President of the Newton Theological Institution. Andover: Allen, Morrill & Wardwell. 1842. pp. 452.
We have before us the grammar announced as forthcoming in our October number of 1842. We expected a good, well digested grammar, and we are by no means disappointed. In the first place, Dr. Noehden's grammar has deservedly sustained a high reputation both in England and in this country. Few men were better qualified to prepare a grammar of the German tongue. Educated at Göttingen, having thoroughly studied the principles of the German language, and of universal grammar, and afterwards spending many years in England as an instructor in German, he possessed himself of the knowledge requisite for the preparation of a grammar adapted to the wants of English students. Then, Dr. Becker has greatly contributed to simplify a knowledge of the syntax of the German language, and this syntax has very properly been substituted for that of Dr. Noehden in the present edition. And again, Dr. Sears is one of the very few men in this country qualified to do justice to a German grammar. He is intimately acquainted both with the structure of the German language and with his own, and in the preparation of this grammar has shown himself to be not a mere compiler, but an original thinker.
We consider it decidedly the best German grammar for students of that language yet published in this country. The list of irregular verbs is very convenient and complete ; whilst that of grammatical terms, that of abbreviations, and the index, add greatly to the usefulness of the work.
The book is well and accurately printed.
13.-Lucilla ; or the Reading of the Bible. By Adolphe Monod.
Translated from the French. New-York and Brooklyn : Robert Carter. 1843.
240. Adolphe Monod is so well known to us by report as a Protestant minister of fine talents and ardent piety, that this little book from his pen will be welcome to many households. It is intended to meet the infidelity and Romanism of France ; but is adapted also, in many respects to our own land. We have here a secret and widely-spread infidelity, as well as bold efforts of Papists, to overcome. It may be said of the author that he knows that, whereof he affirms; and whilst his reasoning is forceful and conclusive, his spirit is meek and lowly.
The book is written in the style of dialogue, and the interest is well sustained : we hope it will be extensively read, and that the excellent author shall yet live to write many more such books.
14.-Christ our Law. By Caroline Fry. New-York and
Brooklyn : Robert Carter. 1842. pp. 72.
This is a delightful book, full of important matter. Christ is held forth prominently, and made, as he ever ought to be, all in all. Christ is our law : in his sovereign Love-his Incarnation and Substitution-his justifying Righteousness—in our Responsibility to him—in his regenerating Spirit-in saving Faith—in the obedience of Faith-in Repentance unto Lifein his sanctifying Grace-in his holy Ordinances—in our Union and Communion with him. These are the subjects of the successive chapters, and they are treated with great good sense, and in a vigorous style.
In her preface, Miss Fry says: “The time seems at hand when we shall all have to retreat upon the strongholds of our faith ; when they that teach, and they that learn, and they that keep the watch-tower, or go forth to the battle-field, will be compelled to do for a declining church, what for an advancing one the Apostle forbids to be done: to maintain the principles of the doctrine of Christ,' instead of 'going on unto per. fection;' to 'lay again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith towards God ;' in order to preserve and strengthen and encourage those that stand, if we may not renew again to repentance those that have fallen away." 15.—The Writings of Jane Taylor. In three Volumes. Containing
Memoirs and Correspondence ; Poetical Remains ; Essays in Rhyme ; and Contributions of Q.Q. New-York : Saxton & Miles. Boston: Saxton & Pierce.
Jane Taylor is so well known and so highly appreciated, that we presume the publishers of these volumes will find themselves compensated for their outlay, in the ready sale of the work. True, many are in possession of some of her fu. gitive poetical effusions, and of the Contributions of Q. Q., yet those who admire her writings will wish to have the three volumes in uniform binding. The Memoir and Correspon. dence, digested by her brother, Isaac Taylor, also favorably known to the public, must greatly enhance the value of these volumes.
For the young, Jane Taylor has written much that is entertaining and instructive. Parents will find in these volumes wholesome sentiments, clothed in chaste and appropriate language---such as they can safely instil into the minds of their children. Many, now grown to manhood and womanhood, probably remember some of her choice lessons, early committed to memory, under the direction of a fond and judicious mother. 16. Universalism examined, renounced, and exposed, in a series
of Lectures, embracing the experience of the author during a ministry of twelve years, and the testimony of the Universal. ist ministers to the dreadful moral tendency of their faith. By Matthew Hale Smith. Boston: Tappan & Dennet. 1842.
The author of this book has been himself a Universalist minister, and has recently announced his conviction of the truth as it is in Jesus. He now undertakes to reason with his former friends, and to show them the instability of the foun. dation on which they build. For although he once built on the same, he now feels sa
fied that it must have been swept from beneath him at the day of judgment, and left him a wretched soul on the shores of eternity. We consider him a qualified witness in the case, and hope his book may fall into the hands of many of those with whom he once walked to the place of worship in company. And as in the cause of temperance, the testimony of those who were once besotted is of more avail towards the reformation of others, than any other means, we may hope that the argument of Mr. Smith will be successful in convincing multitudes of Universalists of their error, and leading them
to the acknowledgment of the truth. The volume embraces several lectures, giving an account of Mr. S.'s early life, and of the means of his conversion, with a refutation of the reasonings on which Universalists rely : and although not evincing a mind of uncommon acuteness, it is written from such a stand-point as gives the author a great advantage over those who may have written on the same subject with more acumen and learning. We think the book adapted to do much good, and we trust the day is not far distant, when those who disbelieve in the doctrine of a Hell, will see that they, at the same time, deprive us of a Heaven. Both rest on the same basis—the same principles of interpretation. 17.—012 Humphrey's Addresses. By the Author of Old Hum.
phrey's Observations. New-York and Brooklyn : Robert Carter. London: Religious Tract Society. 1842. pp. 252.
We have seen and read this book before, in another form: but we think Mr. Carter is doing the community a good service by republishing it in a new dress, and so as to make it easily purchasable. Old Humphrey, with his 'stump of a pen in the infirm hand of an old man,' writes, nevertheless, in a very lively, interesting style. And he that is won to read the book, we doubt not, will rise from the perusal profited. We knew a young man who, after reading the essay on blank. ets, in the beginning of winter, was prompted at once to set about raising funds for the purchase of blankets for the poor of his own vicinity, and succeeded, to the great comfort of many destitute families. Let old Humphrey be read and reread, and the heart will be moved, and prompt the reader to deeds of benevolence, and lead him, like his master, to go about doing good. SECOND SERIES, VOL. IX. 28.