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REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS.
Periodical Accounts of the Missie is useful to the colonists on the river
of the United Brethren. Wu. Volga. XXXVIII. 8vo, Price 1s.
The Brethren's Mission at Tran. [Continued from our lasi.]
quebar, on the Coromandel coast,
has entirely ceased. This Number contains a large
Their labours among the India’s account of the two Otaheitan
and Negroes at Surinam, have been youihs, who were placed under the care of the Brethren in Yorkshire ; negroe-congregation at Paramibo,
blessed. At the close of 1802, the and who died, it is hoped, in the
consisted of 338 persons : twentyLord. This was noticed in our last.
five adults were baptized that year. This Number also contains The
The congregation of free-negrues Life of Frederick Vuegtle, a Mis
at Bambey, consisted of forty-nine sionary among the Arawacks, in South America. This laborious
persons: three Heathens had been
baptized. servant of our Saviour, after a long series of exertions and sufferings, baptized in one year,
İn St. Kitt's, 139 adults had been entered into his rest at the age of
In Antigua, the church consists seventy-nine. Of all their Missionaries living in hot climates, he
of 10,734 persons. In the last year
5424 adulis and children were bapspent the longest time in the ser
tized. This mission began in 1757 : vice. Anaccount is given of the Green
in 1773, the congregation did not
exceed land Missions; the state of which awakening then began; and the
in number. The great
500 is much changed. Lichtenaw, the
work of God has fourished ever most southern of their three settle.
since. ments, is still considered as a mis.
At Barbadoes the work has not sion among the Heathen,
the in- lately prospered much, habitants being still addicted to
No accounts have been received heathenish practices; and of these, for a whole year from Bavian's thirteen were baptized in 1802.
Kloof, the communication with But the inhabitants of their two
South Africa being much impeded. other settlements, New herrnhut
A Letter froin the Secretary, and Lichtenfels, consist chiefly of the Rey. Mr. Latrobe, contains a persons whose parents were bap- particular account of the preserva. tized by the Brethren ; and who
tion of the lives of two Mission. have been baptized when children, aries, on the coast of Labrador; and educated in Christian princi- which it is impossible to read with, ples. Those who do not belong to out emotion. 'It is astonishing in. their denoinination, have been bape deed ! tized by the Danish Missionaries ; – so that no trace of Paganism is now left in the neighbourhood. The ge. Funeral-Sermon on the Death of the neral darkness has fed before the light of the gospel : even those
Rev. R. De Courcy, late Ticar of
St. Alkmond's Ciurch, Shresusbury. who do not wholly devote them. selves to God, enjoy some portion
By Brian Hill, M.A. Evo, is. of its blessed influence, as in other This is a plain, pious, and faitli. parts of Christendom.- How hig! ful discourse, on John xvi. 33; in ly encouraging is this to Missionary which the author (a younger broefforts!
ther of the Rev. Rowland Hill) Ai Sarepta, near Astracan, the consider, What are the things settlement happily escaped a threat spoken by Christ which conduce ened conflagration. The mission to the obtaining peace in him there has not succeeded in the pro- The tribulation which must be the posed object, of evangelizing the portion of our Lord's disciples in Pulsucks; but it has proved very this world ; and the courage which
they should take from the reflec- conduct; – they entirely approved tion, that Christ has overcome the the ways of God: these were the world. The Sermon is enriched objects of their unvaried choice; with several excellent quotations and it was their pleasure to serve from the Diary of the deceased, their Creator. — With a nature so who was near thirty years an able, pure, with desires so spiritual, eloquent, and useful parish-minis. how great must have been their ter, in Shrewsbury: He died re- happiness! joicing in the salvation of the “Ye who have made considergospel.
able progress in godliness, can tes.
tify of the richness of your enjoySacred Literature, or Remarks upon
ments; and if you, who still feel
much opposition from the remains the Book of Genesis. Collected and of a corrupt nature, enjoy such satisarranged 10 promote the Knowledge faction, what must have been the and evince the Excellency of she blessed fruition of our first parents : Scriptures. By James Franks, of in their primeval state! Indeed,
Huiifa.x, Chaplain to the Earl of fully to conceive what their hapHopetown. 80, 85. boards.
piness was, is not in the power of Every attempt “ to promote fallen man; but can then only be the knowledge, and evince tlie ex- known when we put off this earthly cellency of the Scriptures,” cer
numbered tainly claims our candid attention amongst the possessors of a blessed and encouragement; and we can. immortality.'' not but congratulate our readers on As we, on the whole, strongly the result of twenty years applica- approve this work, wish to recom. tion to this study.
mend it, and hope the author will “ The grand object of the pre. be encouraged to prosecute his plan sent publication," says the author, through succeeding parts of the is is to elucidate the Holy Scrip- Bible, we take the liberty of offertures, by extracts from writers who ing a few remarks; not for the sake have incidentally commented upon of finding fault, but with the hope them :" he has, therefore, “ been of rendering his future labours more obliged to have recourse to a very acceptable and useful. varied and extensive course of read- We would recommend him, in ing, for the execution of his plan." the first place, to be more seleci in These writings he distinguishes in- his authors. The more expensive, to three classes: 1. Books of scarce, or voluminous the works are Voyages and Travels; particularly he makes use of, the more importin the East; - 11. Works of His- ance will attach to his own public tory, Mythology, and Antiquities; cation. Readers are justly dissatis- and, , Theological Treatises fied when they meet with repeated and Sermons; with a few Extracts extracts from authors which most from voluminous C mmentators. of them already possess, and which
Beside the selections, which forin, are already in general circulation; the bulk of this volume, there are as Doddridge, Edwards, Hervey, a few original articles, which are Bishops, Hall, Newton, &c. In adevangelical in their sentiment, and dition to this hint, we would repracucal in their tendency. Our commend a greater care in the selimits will admit only of one short lection of extracts. In the present specimen, trom p. 83.
volume, we observe a few passages After giving a judicious extract (and we are happy to say they are f:om Bishop Horne's Sermons, Mr. but few) too rriting,
-as Remark Franks adds, “Such was the state lii; or too credulous,
- as lvii. 4, in which our first parents found 5. In quotations, we always love themselves previously to their tall. accuracy, both of extract and re
They knew what their duty was, ference; and though' we see no - and they delighted to do it; reason to preserve the antique spell. they had no sinful propensities, ing of our ancestors, yet Mr. which so ofien make their descend- Franks's hint in page vii of the Inants wavering and unstable in their troduction, which speaks of alieralions" in the syntax, spelling, or contribute to their country's dis. pointing of the passiges he has grace and ruin, who, either by their quoted,” will excite the jealousy discussions or their practice, proof some readers; especially as his mote the unliallowed sentimient.. references are so general, as not to The authority and utility of the name even the volume of his Christian-Salbath are pleaded for; author. We conceive, in works and the growing evil of profaning that have gone through different it is faithfully pointed out. . This editions, the best mode of refereire 'Tract is a suitable present to peris. to chapter and section; tut sons who seem insensible of their where one edition only is in print, obligations to observe the Lord's the page and volume may sufice. Day; and particularly to those of
If our valuable author should superior rank. persevere in his labours, we would also advise him to keep his work as distinct as possible from the la- A Dissuasive from Sunday-Drill. bours of conteinporary writers; par.
ing; including Extracts from ticularly Mr. Samuel Burder, whose Pamphlets on that Sutject, lately “ Oriental Customs” comprehend published. by the Rel gious Tract the substance of Mr. Harmer's Society. Price 55. per 100. volumes, with a great variety of We are extremely happy to find similar passages from the same that the Tract Society has taken up writers which Mr. Franks has con- this recessary subject; and by comsulted : a circumstance of whiclı he presing much useful matter in dues not appear to be aivare. twelve pages, has furnished the
religious public with so cheap and
convenient a pamphlet, well calcio An Examination of the Necessity lated to check the alarning evil uf Sunday Drilling, and of the
which it opposes. . This Tract is · probable Effects of that Measure on compiled chiefly from the two ine Interests of Religion. By the above mentioned; the one written Rev. Edward Cooper, Rector of by a Clergyman of the Church of Hamstall Ridware, in the County of England ; – the other by a DissentStaford. Svo, is.
ing Minister. We hope, ChrisThe laudable design of the all- tians, of all denominations, will thor is, to prove that Sunday Drill- · concur in dispersing this useful ing is not entitled to the plea of ne- piece as widely as possible. “Let cessity ; – the only plausible plea the reader strive to prevent the infor the practice. We think he has troduction of the practice ; – let perfectly succeeded in this; and hinn exert his influence to suppress sincerely wish that this well-written the continuance of it,'where it is and judicious pamphlet may widely alieady introduced; -- let him la. spread, and be followed with great bour to inspire a general and scripsuccess.
tural dislike of it! - let not the
imposing example, or the specious An Essay on the Christian Sabbath. arguments of others, prevail with
hiin to countenance a principle or By Joseph Hughes, A. M. 6d.
practice which his conscience and -fine paper, is.
the law of God condemn; • jet This well-timed pamphlet was not illiberal charges of ill-timed occasioned by the author's turning officiousness, or even of seciet dishis thoughts to the consideration of affection, induce him to swerve Sunday Drilling ; but finding the
from his purpose. The cause of introductory remarks to multiply God is the callse of our country! rapidly, he was led to associate nis In such a cause, interference can first purpose with a greater. His
never be officicus, nor ill-timed. aim is to shew that, among the The defence and support of religion symptoms of impenitence, a dis- is the soundest policy, the truest regard to the Sabbath is marked loyalty, the most genuine patriota with peculiar inalignity; and of ismló course, that those men eminently
We have been favoured with the following Article by a Gentleman,
of the most unquestionable veracity, just arrived from the
our patience, so likewise in the recent Tour through Part
journey of life, “ You have need
of patience, that, after you have of I'rance, Switzerland, und done the will of God ye might reGermany
ceive the promise." This is a
golden rule, to be learned only in We left London early on Friday, the school of Christ. the 6th of May, 1803. It was a 5. To reflect upon past mercies delightful morning, followed by a with thankfulness, gladdens the very fine day. The air was re.
heart, and supplies it with strength freshing, the sun shone pleasantly, for future trials. This I truly exfields and meadows sparkles with perienced, when pondering on the gew; the larks were all alive, numberless benefits conferred on chanting the praises of their Crea
ine by my God, in London. 0 tor ; tlie coach rolled away briskly; that I had iniproved them better ! the company was agreeable; the prospects, particularly trom the Instead of sailing immediately, as hilis, were often enchanting; and we expected, we had to wait a day so we passed pretty rapidly through at Dover ; but under this disapDeptford, Rochester, and Canter pointment, I resigned myself to the bury, till we arrived in the even- will of God. ing at Dover.
The following morning we set While my eye was regaled with sail with a fair wind; and after a various bei tiful prospects, my
short and pleasant passage, arrived mind, at intervals, made sundry ob
at Calais about noon. The folservations; and my heart was 'nou- lowing reflections occurred to any rished by meditating on the word of mind while on board : God. When any dificulty appeared 1. At sea, our immediate dependin prospect, I called tó mind the
ence on the Almighty strikes us in saying of our Saviour: - Suifi.
a solemin manner.
Happy is he cient unto the day is the evil there who knows him as a Friend and ot.”. Both enjoyments and imper. Father, and can place his confi, fections excited in me a longing dence in him, whilst on this dread. afier inat country, where alone ful element. complete rest and happiness will 2. The nearer we approach the be our portion. The following land, the more violently the breakmaxims were the result of my re
ers beat against the vessel. So it is flections on this day's journey :-- in spirituals; the nearer a Chris.
1. Speak little in the company of tian draws towards the heavenly strangers; and least of all of your struggle with the waves of ad
port, the inore he has frequently to own private concerns.
2. Be not too reserved, nor too fa. versity. miliar. Be obliging to every one ;
We travelled to Paris by way of and always give a civil answer :- Amiens, remarkable for the conbut, in general, rather listen, ob. clusion of the late peace betwixt serve, learn, and pray in silence. France and England. Our joy on
3. Be thankful, it you meet with this account was, however, greatly desent and civil company.
damped by an apprehension, less 4. As in travelling we continu. the present ditierences between the ally meet with something to try two governments Inight end in a
fresh war; but that saying of the pict them, not only with perfect Prince of Peace comfortellie: -- incuterence, but insulted then with " Peace I leave with you:
szers.--It is enough to make one's peace I give unto you; not as the heart bicei, to see and hear how, world giveth, give I
much occision is given to the ene. Let not your heart be troubled, mies of Christianity to blaspheme neither let it be afraid."
the gospel, and to treat is In the neighbourhood of Ainiens mere system of deceit, by the scan. I was struck with the following in- dalous live, not only of Romisla scription over the door of a church: priests, but even of soare ProtestTemple de la Raison et de la Verix, ant clergymen! 6. Woe unto the “ Temple of Reason and Virtue.” world, becarise of offences! For it No doubt every Christian church must needs be that offences come; ought to be a temple, in which God but woe to that man by whom the is worshipped with a reasonable ser- offence coineth.” vice in spirit and in truth, and where The country through which we the found::tion of every Christian travelled, from Calais to Paris, and virtue is laid; but alas ! too many, from thence to Strasburghi, has a in our day, making idols of their very diversified appearance. Some confined reason, and polluted virtue, districts, chiefly in the "ci-devant reject all revelation as foolishness; Picardy” and Lothringen, are either - exalt themselves above all the remarkably stony, sandy, or full of is called God, or that is wor- morasses; and the poverty of the shipped, even denying the Lord inhabitants, which appears from of life and glory that bought them. their sallow looks, their mean huts, It was this contempt of all revealed and meagre cattle, excites the comreligion, more than a hatred of sua passion of the traveller. I could perstitiou, wiich, in the time of the
not help thinking on Pharaoli's lean French Revolution, caused so kine, which devoured the fat, and many churches, in towns and vil. were not the better for it ; and yet lages, to be either iotally deinu. I was pleased with indulging the lished and burned down, or to be hope, that in one or other of these converted into stables anipig-styes, huis an individual may be found, os into hospitals and nagazines ; content with little, and rich in God, and all crucifixes, inages of the who would not exchange his situa. apostles, &c. to be broken to pieces. tion for a royal palace. Of these ravages we saw but too But we likewise passed through many traces on our journey. It is many beautiful, well cultivated, true, that all these things were the and populous districts, towns, and means of introducing a shocking villages, where the inhabitants superstition ainong the people ; and seemed to enjoy the comforts of that many of the Romish priests life. Within thirty or forty miles countenanced the most dangerous of Paris, we observed the richest errors, and lcd scandalous lives; so corn-fields, and puniberless fruit, that we may, in this respect, adopt particularly apple - trees, in full the language of the angel in ihe blossom, so that we could not but Revelations : -" Thou art riglite- admire the glorious works of God, ous, O Lord! which art, and wast, and I was excited to breathe forth and shalt be; because thou hast the prayer contained in an old judged thus."
Several disgraceful anecdotes were related to us, by our fellow-travel
“ Make my heart a garden fair, Jers, of Romish priests. To mention
Jesus, which such fruit may bear but one instance: - A carriage full
As affords true joy to thee, oi them, once met a company of
And thy Father, constantly." wounded soldiers, who excited ge- In Champaign and Alsatia there neral compassion; and almost every · is many a district which, for beauty ne that saw them gave them some and fruitfulness, may be styled a thing, but these priests and Levites Paradise.