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gious inquiry, of tender minds. We have pat it into the hands of some of our own little children, and they have read it again and again with the utmost eagerness.
A MORNING Visit to the Rev. E. Irving's,
and an Inquiry into the alleged Return to the Church of the Gift of Tongues; with remarks, inferences, and suggestions, respectfully submitted to various classes of persons. Also, an Appendix, containing Facts and Notices illustrative of the whole subject. By ANTI-CABALA.
J. Kelly, Vigo Street, Regent Street. We well know the author of this Morning l'isit to the Scotch National Church, and sincerely thank him for his very able effort to expose glaring extravagance. We can assure the advocates of modern miracles that the writer of this pamphlet has written under the influence of conscientious, not mercenary, motives,
Two Tracts; one to “ The Thoughtless,” and
the other to “ The Thoughtful.” 4s. per hundred.
The author of these tracts conceals his name, which we regret, as it would secure their wide circulation ; but we may assure our readers that they cannot do better, at the present eventful crisis, than endeavour to push thousands of them into circulation. They are short, very pungent, and highly evangelical.
The RecordS OF A Good Man's LIFE. By
the Rev. CHARLES B. TAYLER, M. A., Author of « May you Like it," " Is this Religion ?” and, “ A Fireside Book.” 2 vols. 12mo.
Smith, Elder, and Co.
volumes has talents of a high order for instructing and edifying the young. His imagination is vivid, while, at the same time, his taste is correct. He is fond of narrative; and is, perhaps, in danger of presenting his thoughts to the public mind too habitually in the garb of fictitious representation. There is a great purity and chasteness, however, in his representations; and if they are not strictly religious, they are uniformly friendly to the great interests of revealed truth and of Christian morality. The tales in these volunes, len in number, are written with a freedom, and with an adherence to nature and truth, which cannot but secure their success.
of this work till next month; but we have no hesi. tation in stating that it will support the reputation of the author.
2. An Humble Attempt to Answer the Innpor. tant Question, “ What think ye of Christ ?" or, Twelve Lectures on the Person of Christ and his Mission into the World, By NUN MORGAN HARRY. 12mo. 59.-The entire profits of this excellent volume will be applied towards the liquidation of the debt incurred in erecting the Independent Chapel, Adderbury, Oxon; and we sincerely hope that the great truths it contains may prove a blessing to many.
3. A Treatise on the Authority, Ends, and Ob. servance of the Sabbath : with an Appendix, containing a variety of documentary evidence respecting prevalent abuses, and ineans for their suppression. By the Rev. DUNCAN MACFARLAN, Minister of Renfrew. 12mo. 4s.--This Treatise contains much sound argument, and many powerful appeals to the human conscience, upon a subject infinitely important to the best interests of the church and the world.
4. History of the Jews in all Ages. By the Author of “ History in all Ages." 12mo. pp. 567.This seems a compendium of Jewish history of considerable value.
5. Village Rhymes. 12mo. pp. 112.-This is a volume much fitted to do good to all classes, but especially to the young. It is written with spirit and on sound Christian principles; and its embellishments, which are well executed, considerably enhance its value.
6. A Church Establishment Lawful, Scriptural, and Necessary. Six Dialogues between the Rector of Oakervale and Mr. Grainger, one of his parishioners. By the Rev. SAMUEL CHARLES WILKS, A.M.-We think such a writer as Mr. Wilks well entitled to a hearing, even from those who may differ from him; and, therefore, we ask of all our dissenting friends that they will read this very clever pamphlet and able defence of Church Establishments. We say unteignedly, “ let every inan be persuaded in his own mind."
7. A New Year's Gift ; being a Sermon on the Freeness of the Gospel Salvation. By the Rev. PETER ROBERTSON, Minister of Alloa. Is. boards. -This is a discourse abounding with excellent instruction for the young, and we cannot but express a wish that it may be widely circulated.
S. A Treatise on Comforting Afficted Consci. ences. Written in the year 1620 by Robert Bolton, B.D., Minister of Broughton, in Northamptonshire. With an Introduction and Memoir of the Author by the Rev. J. F. DENHAM. 18mo. pp. 390. 59.-This volume is rich in the exhibitions of Christian experience.
9. Portraits of the Clayton Family. 105. 6d. We do not ordinarily notice portraits in our Magazine, but we cannot forbear, in the present instance, expressing our high gratification at the sight of such correct and expressive likenesses of men whom we so greatly esteem, and to whom the Christian world is under such deep obligations. The portraits are beautiful works of art.
10. A Dictionary of the most important Names, Objects, and Terms, found in the Holy Scriptures ; intended principally for Sabbath-school Teachers and Bible Classes. By HOWARD MALCOM, A.M. Fourth Edition. 18mo.-The sale of this work evinces its acceptance with the public; and we are happy to be able very cordially to recommend it to our readers as a most useful aid to ordinary Christians in the study of the Scriptures.
11. A Review of the two Letters on Baptism in the Auvust and October numbers of the Evangelical Magazine ; with some Observations on the respective merits of the Welsh and Scotch Systems."
WORKS RECENTLY PUBLISHED. 1. Saturday Evening. By the AUTHOR of Natural History of Enthusiasm." 8vo. 10s. 60. We are under the necessity of deferring our notice
17. Self Discipline. By H. F. BURDER, D.D. 32mo.
18. Counsels to Sunday-school Teachers; or, A Remembrancer to those who are Teachers of Babes, By JOHN MORISON, D.D. Second Edition. Is, od, in cloth; in silk, 25. 6d.
By a WELSH MINISTER.-Our readers onght to see
IINISTER, Our readers ought to see This pamphlet.
12. An Affectionate Address to the Inhabitants of Newcastle and Gateshead, and their vicinity, on the present alarming visitation of Divine Providence, in the fatal ravages of the Spasmodic Cholera; intended as a warning voice, especially to persons in the habits of intemperance, Sabbath-breaking, and lewdness, being the characters who chiefly suffered thereby, of which iany striking facts are here adduced.-This pamphlet is the product of twenty aninisters, who have united in Newcastle and its vicinity to endeavour to revive the interests of trne religion and morality in their own neighbourhood. The facts narrated are striking and awful.
13. The Nature and Design of Affliction Erplained and Excmplified ; written during the Plague of London, by San Syaw. Cloth boards, Is.
14. Brook's Ark for all God's Noahıs in a Gloomy Stormy Day ; uniform with The Unsearchable Riches, Apples of Gold, Mute Christian, &c. &c.
15. Reminiscences of the Rev. Robert Hall, M.A., Jate of Bristol ; and Sketches of Sermons preached it Cambridge prior to 1806. By JOHN GREEN, formerly resident at Cambridge. Svo. Pp. 318.
18. The Miraculous Gifts of the Holy Spirit; a Sermon preached before the Association of Con gregational Ministers and Churches at the Rev.
PREPARING FOR PUBLICATION.
1. T. WILLIAMS (Editor of the Cottage Bible) takes the liberty to inform his kind friends who have encouraged his long-projected work-The Pri. vate Life of Christ considered as an Example for all Christians, and a Demonstration of the Truth of Christianity which has, at intervals, occupied bin more than thirty years that it is now completed, and waiting only for another hundred snbscribers, to insure himself from loss, when it will be inmediately put to press, and comprised in 1 vol. 12mo. 7s. cloth.
The Author's address,-No. 14, Guildford Place, Spafields.
TUE CHOLERA. As this fatal disease has reached London, and is likely to commit great ravages, it is the duty of all to take such precautions as have been suggested by the wisdom and expericnce of those who have had large oppor. tunities of watching the true character and symptoms of the malady; and,
1. Let all aim to possess that tranquillity of mind which the hopes of Christianity alone can inspire. These hopes are free to all, and those who neglect or despise them are but ill prepared for impending calamities. Should the visitation of God be the means of rousing more general attention to eternal interests, we shall have no reason to regret that his hand has been lifted up to chasten a rebellious people. How will “ the peace of God, which passeth all understanding,” rescue the minds of the most timid and foreboding from those agitations of the nervous system which greatly predispose the constilution to the influence of contagious disease. “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed upon thee, because he trusteth in thee.”—“ Ne shall not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.”
11. Let all evince suitable promptitude in attending to the orders of government* and of the several Boards of Ilealth, established in
town and country for the purpose of carrying into effect its benevolent plans. The precautions recommended are the result of much observation and experience.
III. Let all adhere rigidly to the rules of sobriety in eating and drinking. Inteniperate persons are among the first victims of the reigning malady. We strenuously urge all the labouring classes of the community (or others who may be addicted to the same habit) totally to abandon dram-drinking, and to determine never more, in the whole course of their existence, to frequent the publice house.
IV. Let all, and especially the poor, aim at cleanliness in their persons and habitations. Here the offices of the better classes of society are greatly required on behalf of their poorer neighbours, who are frequently unable to procure clean and warm articles of clothing, and whose dwellings too often present scenes of filth, penury, and cold.
V. Let enlightened and benevolent persons in the several parishes be appointed to superintend the outlay of those funds which may be specially raised under the new act of parliament, to provide for the exigencies of that malady which has overtaken us. Unless those funds are strictly watched over, and kindly applied, they will not effect that benefit which the public has a right to expect.
VI. Finally, -Let all give themselves, in this time of national distress, to private, domestic, and public prayer, that God may yet
* We hope the absurd order of shutting up schools will not be enforced.
avert his judgments, and that the portion of them which may fall upon us as a nation may be sanctified.
THE APPROACHING FAST. Our readers are aware, that in consequence of the appointment by Government of the 21st of the present month as a public fast, the ministers of the Independent Board, at the last monthly meeting, deemed it advic sable to come to the resolution that they would hold that day for prayer and humilia tion instead of the 16th of February, which had been agreed to previously to their known ing the intentions of government on the subject. Many of our dissenting friends, in town and country, partially observed the original day fixed for purposes of solemn convention and prayer; and we doubt not that they will thereby be the better prepared for entering more fully into the exercises and engagements of the approaching day. When we contemplate the aspects of Divine Providence towards our country, and when we look around us on the state of the world, surely there is the greatest reason for public confes. sion of sin, and for united earnest supplica. tion to the God of all grace. When we find pestilence, depression of mercantile interests, political condict, and religious strife and debate, all combining, with the impiety of the great mass of our people, to throw a shade over the prospects of our country, it is surely high time for true patriotism to bestir itself, in the form of public and unequivocal humiliation before the God of nations.
trace its steps. Should it prove, however, in the result, that no such thing is intended, and that the selections made from the Holy Scriptures are effected with impartiality, so as to present to the mass of the Roman Catholic population of Ireland the great outline of revealed truth in the very words of the Spirit, we do not see how such a plan, whether quite to our mind or not, could stand in the way of the Hibernian, Irish Evangelical, and other voluntary societies, in their laudable and well-sustained endeavours to rescue the Irish mind from the delusions of Popery. No system of National Education that can be adopted by Government in such a country as Ireland can supersede the necessity of voluntary institutions; and we throw it out merely as a suggestion and not dogmatically, that the introduction of well-selected portions of the Holy Scriptures into every school under the management of the New Commission for education in Ireland, may augment the force of every voluntary effort now being made to introduce the entire word of God to the notice of the Catholic population of that benighted country. Those who taste of the clear, refreshing, and life-giving stream, will surely, in very many instances, be induced to repair to the foun. tain whence it issues. But whatever govern. ment may see fit to do in this malter, we earnestly entreat the friends of scriptural education to arouse themselves to renewed and increased action, and to stand prepared for greater sacrifices and more self-denying efforts than ever. No legislative measures can fully reach the case of Ireland. Were the executive government to a man even, deeply sensible of the value of scriptural education, and were they disposed, in the teeth of popish prejudice, to place the entire Bible in every one of the schools proposed to be erected, they could not thereby secure the concurrence of the Catholic mind in Ireland, controlled and influenced as it is by a priesthood interested in the perpetual ignorance and degradation of the people. The aggressive method, as Dr. Chalmers would phrase it, must be adopted and principally relied on, and the agents of government are certainly not the most suitable for conducting it. They occupy, of necessity, a post of comparative neutrality, and are, therefore, little fitted to work out the moral regeneration of a country such as Ireland. Let the resources, then, of all voluntary societies be instantly augmented to double their present amount; let their agents go forth among the Catholics of Ire. land in the spirit of the gospel ; let them avail themselves, in every parish, of even that partial measure of scriptural education which may obtain, and they have nothing to fear. The word of God in the hands of devoted men, and under the influence of the Divine Spirit, is mighty and must prevail. Whatever government inay do with Ireland, let the followers of Christ, in and out of the
GREAT MEETING AT EXETER HALL IN REFER
ENCE TO SCRIPTURAL EDUCATION IN IRE. LAND.
On Wednesday the 8th of Feb., and, by adjournment, on Wednesday the 15th of that month, a large and respectable meeting was held at Exeter Hall for the purpose of call. ing public attention to the measures proposed to be adopted by Government, and now under a process of arrangement by Commissioners, for the general education of the Irish people. While it was obvious that many of the speak ers were animated mainly by political consi. derations, and by hostility to the existing Administration, it was equally clear that others of them were roused to action by con siderations of a far more noble and conscientious character. We do not profess to know what may be the exact measure under the deliberation of Government; but if it is in. tended, as Captain Gordon said, to introduce Roman Catholic editions and comments, we do say that the whole Protestant community of Great Britain should remonstrate indignantly against it; and when this is proved, we shall hold ourselves in readiness to unite with our fellow-countrymen in respectfully, but earnestly, requesting Government to re
National Establishment, rely on the ministry of the gospel, and on the active distribution of the word of God.
A petition, adopted at the above meeting, now lies, we find, for signature at various places, imploring Government to abandon its proposed plans.
MR. LA BEAUME'S PORTABLE SUDATORY, OR
HOT-AIR-BATH, AND GALVANISM. This very seasonable publication seems to be the result of much experience and careful observation in regard to the subjects of which it treats. Mr. La Beaume's Sudatory is ingeniously contrived for administering the hot bath to persons while lying in the most comfortable position in bed. The apparatus is cheap, light, and elegant, and certainly desirable to be possessed by every family, being applicable in all cases requiring perspiration. The remarks of the author in reference to the applicability of Calvinism in the Cholera, and other diseases attended with great prostration of nervous energy, have, we understand, been tested by some of the faculty with very satisfactory results.
THE VAU DOIS CHRISTIANS.
Sir,-In your last number you very pro perly call the attention of the British public to a statement respecting the unhappy condition of some of the Vaudois Christians, on account of the persecutions which they have experienced from their misguided countrymen. Having spent a short time amongst them, during the early part of last spring, I submit to you some account of what I observed or could learn on the subject. You may rely on the correctness of what I state, as I was particularly anxious to arrive at the truth, and had ample means of doing so.
I arrived at La Tour the beginning of April, three months after the scenes occurred which are the subject of Mr. W.'s communication. The party-feeling had then in a good measure subsided; but almost all the persons with whom I conversed, particularly the pastors, concurred in condemning the disgraceful proceedings to which it had given rise. I conceive that they originated in ignorance, hatred of the truth, and dislike to the strictness and superior piety of those who, being the true disciples of Christ, and there called Momieos, are ever exposed to the persecution of men of the world. It was, in short, the outrage of the rabble, countenanced and incited by others in better circumstances, but with no better feelings. I am, however, happy in being able to state that it is not probable that such scenes will occur again.
Perhaps your readers may not generally be acquainted with the following circum
stances. Generally speaking, these valleys, once distinguished for the primitive piety and simplicity of their inhabitants, have of late years fallen into that formal and listless state in which so many of the Protestants on the Continent remain to this hour, having a name to live, but being spiritually dead having the form of sound words in their symbols and confessions, but without the power of godliness. Some time ago two excellent men from Geneva visited them, and held meetings for prayer, and reading and expounding the scripture, which, it is presumed, were not without effecting some good. Subsequently, Mr. Felix Neff, whose memory is blessed, and whose praise is in the churches, preached to them the word of life. His labours were greatly successful. Many clave unto him, and have become holy and exem. plary Christians. Others, however, were exasperated against him, both on account of his doctrine and, as they allege, the severity of his manner. It was stated to me as a great cause of offence by some, that instead of beginning the service, as is customary among the Protestants on the continent, with the words, “ Notre aide soit au nom de Dieu qui a crea le ciel et la terre,” he was accustomed to say, “Notre aide soit au nom de Jesus Christ,” &c. But of this I cannot speak further. He did not remain long in the valleys, and finally settled at Mens, where he was the instrument of great good. In order to gain access to the peasants he would work with them in the fields, and spared no labour to win souls to Christ. He fell a victim to his zeal in the vigour of manhood. After his departure the pious people have been accustomed to meet for prayer, but have been exposed to continual hardships, reproaches, and persecutions. They are now permitted to hold their assemblies, but no stranger can address them. I had some conversation with Messrs. Mondon and Bert respecting them. The former declaimed against them; the latter admitted that they had been ill-treated, and that the cause of it was their superior piety, but at the same time contended that they had been imprudent, and thought that they had been too censorious in saying that none of the pastors in the valleys preached the gospel. I heard M. Guay, at Villar, and had some conversation with him on the great duty of preaching plainly and simply Christ crucified. His sermon appeared to me to want more of the evangelical spirit, but he himself appeared a very amiable and excellent man. I also tried to engage the elders of his church in conversation on the great and experimental truths of the gospel, but could elicit but little from them.
I forbear saying any thing further, as the object of my letter is principally to supply these additional facts on the subject of the persecution, and to convey to you my im
pression that, at the present moment, it does not exist in any other form than that of petty insult and reproach, to which the followers of Christ in all countries are liable. At a future opportunity, however, I may furnish you with some additional observations on this interesting people, and in the meantime remain,
Attercliffe, Yours very truly, Feb. 13, 1832. J. W. H. PRITCHARD.
PORT OF LONDON. The Committee of the Port of London and Bethel Union Society beg respectfully to recal the attention of the Christian public to the claims of this institution ; its objects are well known to be the moral and religious improvement of the great numbers of seamen, Foreign as well as British, who continually frequent the river Thames.
In March, 1818, the Floating Chapel was first opened for public worship. During the fourteen years that the gospel has been preached by ministers of different denomina. tions, it has been attended by thonsands of sailors. To not a few has the gospel proved the power of God unto their salvation; seve ral have joined different Christian societies, and very many have become seriously thoughtful about the momentous affairs of religion.
The progress of the Society brought the committee acquainted with many a piteous case of shipwreck, and of widowhood, and of the helplessness of seamen's orphans. This induced the committee to adopt measures which led to the formation, in 1827, of the Merchant Seamen's Orphan Asylum. Its object is to clothe, educate, and board as many orphans of seamen as the public bounty shall enable the committee to receive. There are at present in the establishment thirtyseven boys and twenty-one girls, and several candidates for admission
For the numerous children of seamen and rivermen the committee have provided a Day and Sabbath-school at Wapping, where, upon an average, there are 200 children's names entered on the books.
There are six stations along the River, where the agents of the Society hold weekly meetings for prayer and preaching. Twelve prayer-meetings are also held on board mer. chant-ships every week.
For the purpose of providing the sailor with suitable reading, they have on board the Floating Chapel a Loan Library. Boxes of books are made up for sailors about to undertake long voyages. There are in the library nearly 2000 volumes, and, upon an average, twenty are exchanged every Lord'sday. The Society also issues a monthly publication called the Sailor's Magazine.
The committee earnestly desire-Ist. To increase the number of stations for preach ing on the River. 2nd. To erect à more convenient school-room at Wapping, than
the sail-loft at present used, and which is found extremely inconvenient. 3rd. To erect a suitable building, in which to accommodate the seamen's orphans with out-door space for exercise and recreation. And, lastly, To concert measures having a more especial reference to the religious improvement of foreign seamen. Each of these important measures the committee greatly desire, and would accomplish with pleasure, were the pecuniary means secured to them. The funds for each object are kept separate and distinct.
The committee feel thankful that they were honoured to take the lead in this good work. Since the formation of this institution, their brethren of the Established Church have opened an Episcopal Floating Chapel, and the committee esteem them valuable coadjutors in the same extensive field of labour. This feeling, it is pleasing to perceive, is reciprocated. In the last quarterly report from that Society it is stated, that the men who attend the Episcopal Floating Chapel on the morning of the Lord's-day, repair to the Rev. Mr. Stoddart's chapel in the evening. The agents of this Society occasionally preach to the inmates of their asylum.
It is due, the committee think, to themselves and to the public, that they should most explicitly declare that the Port of London and Bethel Union Society is not connected with any other society which has assumed a part of their designation ; and also, that having once been obliged to appeal to the public in vindication of their operations, it is not their intention to notice any further opposition from the same quarter. * The expenditure of the Society is about £2000 per annum, and is barely sufficient to meet the necessary demands. Without an augmentation of their resources the committee will not feel justified to enlarge the sphere of their exertions. They, therefore, respectfully and earnestly entreat donations, subscriptions, and legacies; and it would also afford material aid if their friends would, when practicable, form auxiliary societies, with whom they may maintain a constant intercourse. They are thankful for legacies at different times, amounting to nearly £1,500. Their thanks are also due to the Hon. East India Company, who, in addition to a previous donation of £200, have presented them during the past year with another donation of £50. Without these supplies the Society would have been greatly embarrassed in its operations.
They have much pleasure in stating the result of the Conference announced on the cover of the Sailor's Magazine for January. That Conference was held on the 4th of January, at the office of the Society. After prayer by the Rev. John Clayton, jun., the Rev. Dr. Fletcher being called to the chair, briefly stated the purpose of the meeting, and