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Protestant Church with a profound, learned, and eloquent argument on the Apostolic Succession,' utterly refuting the exclusive and inflated claims of all High-Churchmen, or 'china men,' as they have been appropriately styled in the Biblical Repertory,,, Of this production of his, I have the means of knowing, that the venerable champion in the cause, has privately declared 'that Mr. Smyth has quoted books in the controversy, which he had never had the privilege of seeing, and which were even rare in Europe.''

From the Honorable Mitchell King, of Charleston, S. C. ‘REV. AND DEAR SIR :-You have done a lasting service to the Presbyterian Church, by the publication of your work on the Prelatical Doctrine of the Apostolical Succession. The question which you there discuss has assumed in our times a renewed importance, from the efforts recently made to claim for particular bodies of Christians an exclusive right to the benefits of that covenant of grace, which Christ came to make with all true believers. This question was, as you and I believe, long ago settled by the thorough investigations and conclusive arguments of men worthy, if mortal men can be worthy, of the great cause in which they were engaged ; who were influenced solely by the love of truth, and followed that, wherever it might lead them, without regard to merely human authority; and many of whom sealed their testimony with their blood. These times have passed away. But earnest endeavors have been lately made, to shake the confidence of many Christians in the principles of their fathers, and to overthrow their faith in that Church which we believe to be founded on the words of everlasting life. Your work, therefore, I consider as most seasonable and valuable, as reviving and spreading the knowledge of the fundamental truths on which our Church rests. It contains a fuller review of the reasonings and authorities on this subject, than any other work with which I am acquainted, and will, I am persuaded, henceforth be an armory in which the defenders of Presbyterianism can find weapons of proof ready prepared for them. That you may go forward in the course which you have so honorably begun, and that the Great Head of the Church may follow your labors with his rich blessing, is the earnest prayer of, Rev'd and Dear Sir, yours very truly,

M. KING.

From the Rev. John Bachman, D. D., of the German Lutheran Church,

Charleston, S. C. ‘My Dear SIR :—To my mind your Lectures on the Apostolical Succession covers the whole ground, and is, without exception, the most triumphant vindication of our views on this subject, that I have ever read. I regard the work as the most valuable contribution that has ever been made to the Southern Church.'

AN

ECCLESIASTICAL CATECHISM

OF THE

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH,

THIRD EDITION, MUCH IMPROVED.

This work has been submitted to the revision of the Rev. Samuel MILLER,

D. D., and many others, and is now published, as approved by them, and with their emendations.

CRITICAL NOTICES.

Overture adopted by the Synod of S. Carolina and Geo, at its session in 1841.

That the publication of works intended to advocate the distinctive order and polity of our Church should be encouraged, and their circulation among our people rendered as general as possible ; and it having come to the knowledge of this Synod, that one of their number, the Rev. Thomas Smyth, of Charleston, has recently given to the Church, among other valuable publications, 'An Ecclesiastical Catechism of the Presbyterian Church, for the use of Families, Bible Classes, and Private Members,'and a series of Lectures on 'The Prelatical Doctrine of Apostolical Succession Examined, and the Protestant Ministry Defended against the Assumptions of Popery and High-Churchism.' Therefore, Resolved, That the Synod of South Carolina and Georgia regard with pleasure and approbation these publications, as containing an able defence of the divine authority of the Protestant Ministry, and a full and satisfactory exposition of the order and government of our Church; and as demanded by the present state of the controversy on these subjects. And the Synod does, therefore, cordially recommend the said publications to all our Ministers, Elders, and private members, as works of high value, and calculated to advance the intelligence of our Church, on our distinctive peculiarities and doctrines.

From the Biblical Repertory, for January, 1841. ‘Mr. Smyth must be regarded as among the most efficient and active authors in the Presbyterian Church. His valuable work on the 'Apostolical Succession,' reviewed in a preceding part of this number, is a monument of his reading and industry, which has been extensively acknowledged. The 'Ecclesiastical Catechism' before vs, is another present to the Church with which Mr. Smyth is connected, which we think adapted to be universally esteemed, and highly useful. It is, as all such manuals ought to be, brief, comprehensive, simple, adapted to weak capacities, and yet sufficiently instructive to gratify the most intelligent minds. The Scriptural quotations to illustrate and establish the principles he lays down, are perhaps, in some cases, unnecessarily numerous, and in a few instances, of questionable application. But it is on the whole so well executed, and possesses so much solid merit, that we hope it may be extensively circulated and used.'

From the Rev. Geo. Howe, D. D., Professor in the Theological Seminary

of the Synod of South Carolina and Georgia. “The design and the execution are excellent. It contains a more complete explanation of the order and government of our Church, than I have ever before seen in so small a compass. I think it admirably adapted to the purposes for which it was designed, and could wish to see it in every Presbyterian family, and studied by all our young people, as an appendix to the doctrinal catechisms.'

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From the Presbyterian. We have received a neat and well-printed little volume of one hundred and twenty-four pages, entitled 'An Ecclesiastical Catechism of the Presbyterian Church, for the use of Families, Bible Classes, and Private Members:' by Rev. Thomas Smyth, Pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church, Charleston, S. C., into which the author has compressed a large amo of very valuable matter, explanatory and illustrative of Church order, and which we regard as particularly serviceable at the present time, as supplying a desideratum in the education of Presbyterian youth. Although the author modestly remarks, that his Catechism is an attempt rather than an actual accomplishment of all that he believes to be demanded by the necessities of the Church, yet from the attention we have been able to bestow on it, we should regard the execution of the attempt as highly creditable, and we believe the book to be deserving of an immediate adoption in the instruction of the youth of our Church.'

From the Christian Intelligencer, of the Reformed Dutch Church, N. Y.

“The members of the Presbyterian Church should possess a full and satisfactory acquaintance with the principles of Presbyterian government, polity, and worship. This little volume is exceedingly well adapted to aid in gaining this acquaintance, and is suited for general and popular use While industrious efforts are employed by other denominations in opposi. tion to these principles, it is highly important and desirable that a popular manual, in elucidation and vindication of their creeds, as is provided in this volume, should be circulated. The following are the subjects of the chapters, each of which contains several sections, or subdivisions :-). The Church. II. Governments of the Church. III. Officers of the Church IV. Courts of the Church. V. Power of the Church. VI. Fellowship of the Church. VII. Relation of the Presbyterian Church to other denomi. nations. The catechetical form of the work, and the copious scripturereferences and authorities, adapt it to the use of instruction. Such a volume as this was needed; and we feel indebted to Mr. Smyth for the preparation of it, as we deem it, in matter and manner, meeting the desideratum required.'

From the Charleston Observer. 'Of the first edition of this work we spoke in terms of commendation. But this is a very considerable improvement, not only in the style in which it is gotten up—for it is very neatly printed and bound—but

the arrangement and matter. It supplies a place that is needed, and yet it is issued merely as an attempt to furnish the Church with a brief compend of her worship and polity. As a denomination, we have been remiss in the duty of letting the principles and polity of our Church be generally known. Many of our own members need information on this subject, that they may be established in the truth and order of the house of God. And information is needed also by others, to correct the erroneous impressions respecting it, which have been designedly or undesignedly made upon their minds. The work deserves general circulation.'

From the New York Observer. "The preparation of this little work was the result of a suggestion by Rev. Dr. Miller, of Princeton; and in it the author has presented the peculiar features of the form of Government in the Presbyterian Church, in questions and answers, and in simple language, that the sentiments inculcated may be readily learned and remembered by the young.'

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From the Protestant and Herald. 'MR. EDITOR :-During the past winter, the Female Bible Class of my pastoral charge, have memorized 'The Ecclesiastical Catechism, prepared by the Rev. Thomas Smyth, of Charleston, South Carolina. I make this statement in your columns, in order to excite and secure the attention of your readers to the utility and value of that little volume. The ladies have manifested an unusual degree of delight and enthusiasm in their recitations. The result has been, if I mistake not, 'a full and comprehensive acquaintance with the principles of the worship and polity of our Church. Such was the hope of its worthy and able author in the preparation of his book. The proof-texts are generally printed at length in the Catechism. Without attempting an analysis of this book, allow me to urge Pastors, and Ruling Elders, and Deacons, and Sunday School Teachers in our Churches, to procure this interesting and attractive and cheap compend of Church order, and indoctrinate their families and pupils into these cherished principles of our denomination. Are we not, as a body of people, quite remiss in this high duty ? Let the standard-bearers in our host, bestir themselves as they ought, to circulate this work, as a Presbyterian Sabbath School book, and make it, if you please, what it deserves to be, next to our Larger and Shorter Catechism-a Presbyterian classic in all our family instructions.'

From the Magnolia, a Literary Magazine and Monthly Review. "This little volume was meant for, and is acknowledged to have supplied a want, among the members of the Presbyterian Church. It is a copious compilation, containing a large amount of religious information, and we take for granted, that, among the class of Christians for whose use it was prepared, it is far superior to any thing of the sort which had ever been offered them before. "It shows industry, reading, and analysis.'

From the American Biblical Repository. "This little volume is issued by the same publishers as the preceding work, by the same author. It is a well-digested system of questions and answers on the Church, its government,-its officers,—its courts,-its powers, -its fellowship, and the relation of the Presbyterian Church to other denominations. It is a useful manual for Presbyterians, and may be instructive to others.' Dr. T. Smyth's Ecclesiastical Catechism of the Presbyterian Church.”

From Belfast, Ireland. As an evidence of the justice of our commendation of this useful manuel for the young, we would mention that the fourth edition is now issued and for sale in this city. We also find the following advertisement in “The Banner of Ulster," published in Belfast, Ireland.

Also in the Press, and will shortly be published, a new stereotype edition of an Ecclesiastical Catechism of the Presbyterian Church, by Thomas Smyth, pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church, Charleston, S. C. Revised and improved, with an introductory essay by W. D. Killen, D. D., Belfast, and recommended by Dr. Edgar, Dr. Cocke and Rev. James Morgan, Belfast, 10 Church street, 12th December, 1843.

N. B.—This was reprinted in Belfast.

ALSO, BY THE SAME AUTHOR, SOLACE FOR BEREAVED PARENTS;

OR, INFANTS DIE TO LIVE. With a Historical Account of the Doctrine of Infant Salvation. "The doctrine of the Salvation of Infants is ably defended in this little volume, and the sweet consolation of this belief is tendered to parents whom God has bereaved. Enemies of Calvinism have delighted to misrepresent its friends on this point, and to them we commend the book; as well as to those who love, with Jesus, to say of little children, ‘of such is the Kingdom.''-New York Observer.

SOLEMNIZATION OF MARRIAGE

ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH.

TRACTS ON PRESBYTERIANISM. 1 VOL. 12 mo.

ALSO, BY THE SAME AUTHOR,

JUST PUBLISHED,

PRESBYTERY AND NOT PRELACY

THE SCRIPTURAL AND PRIMITIVE POLITY,

PROVED FROM THE TESTIMONIES OF SCRIPTURE ; THE FATHERS; THE SCHOOL

MEN ; THE REFORMERS; AND THE ENGLISH AND ORIENTAL CHURCHES.

ALSO, THE ANTIQUITY OF PRESBYTERY ;

INCLUDING AN ACCOUNT OF THE ANCIENT CULDEES, AND OF ST. PATRICK.

ECCLESIASTICAL REPUBLICANISM;

OR THE REPUBLICANISM, LIBERALITY, AND CATHOLICITY OF

PRESBYTERY,

IN CONTRAST WITH PRELACY AND POPERY.

PREPARING FOR PUBLICATION,

AN ABRIDGED EDITION OF THE AUTHOR'S WORK ON

THE PRELATICAL DOCTRINE

OF THE

APOSTOLICAL SUCCESSION,

PREPARED, AT HIS REQUEST, BY THE

REV. JOSEPH TRACY,

AUTHOR OF THE GREAT AWAKENING, HISTORY OF THE A. B. C.

FOR FOREIGN MISSIONS, &c.

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