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office of no mere created angel." But they were Engraved. London: The it is fair to add that this is the most Religious Tract Society, 56, Paternosunsatisfactory part of the volume to us, ter Row, E.C. Price Ten Shillings and we hope it will be amended in and Sixpence. future editions. The volume deserves and needs very
Amongst the pleasant manifestations copious indices. We should be glad to
which announced the approach of have an index of texts referred to,
Christmas in our boyhood, not the least another of Hebrew and Chaldee phrases prominent was the blossoming of the and words which have been examined ; bright covers of Annuals, Amaranths, and a third of the general matters
Souvenirs, and Keepsakes. Our acembodied in the lectures. The value
quaintance with this species of literature of such indices to a work like the
did not often extend further than the present needs not to be insisted on.
covers, but we have some recollections A question has been perpetually re
of books of the class, and they have curing to our minds whilst reading left the impression that, for the most these very valuable lectures, to which
part, they were more successful in their we would invite the attention of the
gorgeous make-up, than in the character respected tutors of our colleges. We
of their contents. The best efforts of have no wish to discountenance the
the engraver and binder were employed study of systematic theology amongst
to set off the very weak splutterings of the young men who are to be the future
the pen of some titled scribe, or the pastors of our churches ; on the con
portrait of an aristocratic beauty atoned trary, we wish that study were much
for the unutterable dulness of the text. more thorough and exhaustive than it
Very different is the Christmas book either is, or as we fear is likely under
published by the Religious Tract So. the present system to be. Nor do we
ciety now before us. While all that wish to add to the responsibilities of
art can accomplish in external decoration our over-worked tutors. But we have
is manifest in the beauty of the designs, perpetually asked ourselves, why should
the toned paper, the tasteful binding, not such lectures as these on the topics and the most carefully executed typoof the day be read to the students of graphy, these are accessory to mental our colleges by competent, though un- treasures within of the very highest official scholars ? To the tutors the
order. Each month of the year is labours of such supernumararies would illustrated by quotations of great beauty be a welcome assistance; and to the
from the poets, with an occasional exstudents they would serve as a stimulus tract from the most expert of our prose to all such studies as could fit them to
writers, and the drapery of rare imagibecome “ workmen that need not to be
nation and rich drawing is added from ashamed.” We should be glad to see
the pencils of the popular artists whose such a plan tried in our Nonconformist
names are given above. Such borders, Colleges, for we feel that it would in
and finials and marvellous capital letcrease their efficiency to a great de
ters, we have never seen, and the vig. gree, and foster in the students that
nettes have the merit of being originals. modesty which is the besitting apparel True to the great objects of all their of sound learning and eminent godli. labours, the gentlemen who have pre
pared this exquisitely beautiful volume, have taken as their text the memorable
words of Dr. Chalmers :The Months. Illustrated by Pen and
Pencil. The Designs by Gilbert, “It is truly a most Christian exercise to Barnes, Wimperis, North, Lee, Noel extract a sentiment of piety from the works Humphreys, and other eminent Artists. and the appearances of nature. It has the Prepared under the Superintendence authority of the sacred writers upon its side,
and even our Saviour himself gives it the of Butterworth and Heath, by whom weight and the solemnity of His example.
. Behold the lilies of the field; they toil not, neither do they spin, yet your Heavenly Father careth for them. Ho expatiates on the beauty of a single flower, and draws from it the delightful argument of confidence in God. He gives us to see that taste may be combined with piety, and that the same heart may be occupied with all that is serious in the contemplations of religion, and be at the same time alive to the charms and loveliness of Nature.
The price at which this book is published can only become remunerative by a large sale. We very confidently recommend it to those who will be looking out for presents to commemorate the closing and commencing year. By friends abroad and at home, both old and young, it will be welcomed with long and loud applause.
The Judgment of Conscience and other
Sermons. By the late RICHARD
Dublin. Miscellaneous Remains from the Common-place Book of Richard Whately,
D.D., late Archbishop of Dublin. Edited by Miss E. J. WHATELY. London: Longmans, 1864.
We have hesitated whether to commend these volumes to our readers at once, or to wait until an earlier Commonplace Book of the Archbishop's (which has been discovered since the publication of that now before us) be issued from the press. But we have at last resolved to insert a short notice of these volumes in the hope of drawing to them the attention of all who can appreciate good thinking when expressed in equally good composition.
No one who has read the theological writings of the late Archbishop of Dublin, needs to be informed of his scrupulous regard for truth, or of the clearness and precision with which he stated and maintained what he believed to be the truth. These posthumous publications have all the characteristics of the writings which he carefully revised for the press, and they exhibit accordingly the peculiarities--or, as some would call them, the defects—of his mental consti
tution. Judged by them he was onesided in his knowledge of theological subjects, and consequently attached, in some cases, more importance to the arguments which he used than they fairly claimed. In fact we doubt, whether he had the patience to examine and to master the divergent schemes of theology maintained by various eminent men in his own communion. He seems rather to have made short work of the questions which still perplex learned and devout, and thoughtful men, and to have commenced his career as a theological writer with his mind made up on a few very important questions, which he thenceforward regarded as the sum of theology, and on which he was alwaysready to pronounce. There is no growth, and consequently no mellowing to be traced in his opinions on such subjects, and his earliest works disclose his whereabouts as a theological writer as precisely as his latest; so that whilst his books are sure to be read in times to come, they will be esteemed as the productions of an earnest independent thinker, but not as the result of that compendious and exact theological knowledge which such a dignitary might have been expected to possess.
Much that is now printed from his “ Common-place Book” has been worked up by the Archbishop in his published volumes; but there are some papers which we do not remember to have been used elsewhere. We are sure, therefore, that these “Remains" will be prized by students who care to see the first rude draft of passages and arguments which they have admired in their finished form, and by all who can appreciate manly thoughts upon subjects that are proper to use. They should be placed by parents in the hands of their sons and daughters to stimulate their mental activity, and to teach them so to seek after truth as to be in subjection to no man. We may hereafter take an opportunity to inquire into the influence of Dr. Whately on his times, but, for the present, content ourselves with commending these two small volumes to the attention of our readers.
MINISTERIAL CHANGES. ORDINATION AND RECOGNITION
WATFORD, Oct. 24.-Services were held invitation to become minister of the Union
in recognition of Rev. T. Peters as pastor
of the Church. A sermon was preached Chapel, Brockley-road, New Cross. --The
by the Rev. C. Vince, and a public meeting Rev. T. H. Jones, of Tetbury, has accepted addressed by the Revs. Dr. Angus, G. Bailthe imanimous invitation of the church at
hache, H. C. Leonard, M.A., T. Peters, and Lydbrook.—The Rev. G. H. Harcourt has
Messrs. Heaton and J. J. Smith. resigned the charge of the Baptist Church,
Mary's GATE, DERBY, Okt. 16.—The Great Missenden, Bucks.
services in connection with the settlement address is Stanton Villa, Hanwell, Middle- of the Rev. H. Crassweller were held. The sex. He will be at liberty to supply any
Rev. R. B. Isaac, of Woolwich, preached. vacant pulpit where his services may be
On the 18th a public meeting was held, required.—The Rev. W. T. Osborne has
addressed by the Revs. H. Ollard, W. resigned the pastorate of the Baptist Crosbie, R. B. Isaac, and Mr. G. Stevenson. Church, Earby-in-Craven, and has accepted the unanimous invitation of the church,
PERSHORE, Oct. 27.—Meetings to comNelson-in-Marsden.--The Rev.John Myers,
memorate the settlement of Rev. J. AshConiston, Lancashire, has accepted an invi
worth, as pastor of the church in Broadl
Street, were held ; the Rev. C. Vince tation to become the minister
of Thorpe- preached. A public meeting was held, H. street Chapel, Leicester.—The Rev. Watson Dyson, of Long Sutton, has accepted an in
Hudson, Esq., in the chair. vitation to the pastorate of the church at
were given by Revs. H. Sturmer, M. Measham, Derbyshire.—The Rev. S. Newn
Philpin, J. Hirne, J. Phillips, and J. Ash
worth. ham, laté of Barnstaple, has accepted the
VERNON CHAPEL, PENTONVILLE. Oct. 14. unanimous invitation of the church at
-A public service was held as a recogniSalisbury.The Rev. D. Sinclair has re
tion of the Rev. C. B. Sawday as pastor of signed the pastorate of the Baptist Church
the church. The Hon. and Rev. B. W. at Peterchurch, and removed to the Baptist church at Tenbury.- The Rev. G. Malins,
Noel presided ; the Revs. A. Buzacott, J. from the Metropolitan Tabernacle College,
Offord, G. Rogers, and P. Gast took part in
the proceedings. las accepted a cordial invitation to the
HALIFAX, Nov. 8.-A public meeting pastorate of the church meeting in Abbey
was held in recognition of Rev. J. Drew as street, Dublin.—The Rev. J. G. Hall, of
pastor of the church at Trinity Road Rochdale, has accepted the unanimous invitation of the church meeting at Irwell
Chapel ; J. Crossley, Esq., presided. The
Revs. H. Dawson, J. Pridie, J. P. Chown. terrace, Bacup.The Rev. F. Överbury, of
J. J. Bunn, W. Roberts, J. Makepeace, and King Stanley, has accepted the unanimous
J. Michael gave addresses. invitation of the church at Warwick.—The
HORSFORTH, NEAR LEEDS.—The ordinaRev. J. C. Butteworth, A.M., has accepted tion of the Rev. J. Harper took place on the unanimous invitation of the church at
Nov. 9. The Revs. S. G. Green, H. DowKing Stanley, of which he was formerly
son, T. How, E. Parker, Dr. Acworth, the pastor. - The Rev. John Field, of the
and J. P. Chown conducted the services.. Metropolitan Tabernacle College, has accepted the invitation of the church assem
ANNIVERSARY AND OPENING bling in Bartholomew-street Chapel, Exeter.
tions and repairs. A serinon was preached PRESENTATIONS.
by the Rev. C. Vince, and a public
meeting held, W. Fowler, Esq., of TrowTUNBRIDGE, Oct. 26. — The Rev. W. bridge, in the
chair. Addresses were given Barnes, a gold watch, in commemoration of by the Rev. W. Burton, the pastor, Revs. the twenty-first anniversary of his pastorate. E Edwards, C. J. Middleditch, T. G.
BATHEASTON, Oct. 11.- The Rev. T. C. Rooke, and "C. Vince. On the following Finch, a purse of gold, on occasion of his Lord's Day, sermons were preached by leaving this sphere of labour.
PARK ROAD CHAPEL, Bow.—The con- HARBBORNE, NEAR BIRMINGHAM.- The gregation recently worshipping at St. foundation-stone of a new chapel was laid Thomas's Hall, Hackney, under the here October 11, by Sir S. Morton Peto, ministry of the Rev. R. R. Finch, opened Bart., M.P. The Rev. T. McLean, the an iron chapel on Oct.
when a sermon
pastor, gave a history of the movement. was preached by the Rev. W. Brock. The Revs. R. W. Dale, C. Vince, and Dr.
Boxmoor, HERTS.— The new Baptist Evans, spoke. chapel at Boxmoor, erected for the church KNIGHTON RADNOR, Oct. 19.—A meetof which the Rev. H. C. Leonard, M.A., is ing was held to raise funds for a new pastor, was opened on Oct. 26th, when the chapel, Mr. D. Chapman in the chair. Revs. Rev. F. Tucker and the Rev. J. Stoughton D. Evans, J. Jones, W. H. Payne, and preached to large congregations. The de- G. Phillips, gave addresses. votional services were conducted by the BRIGHTON, QUEEN STREET CHAPEL, Nov. Revs. W. Upton, of St. Alban's, David 8.--A public meeting was held thankfully Thomas, of Bristol, W. Emery, of Hemel to commemorate the removal of the debt Hempstead, and T. Peters, of Watford. from this chapel. There are 500 sittings. The cost is about Milton, CAMBRIDGE, Nov. 9. The £1,050. The architect is Mr. J. Neale, of foundation-stone of a new chapel was laid Bristol ; the builder, Mr. J. Tofield, of by G. Livett, Esq., Cambridge. The Revs. Houghton Regis. A large number of W. Robinson, G. Sear, J. C. Wells, E. S. pastors and deacons of churches in neigh- Neale, and J. G. Woster, took part in the bouring towns were present at the opening proceedlings. services.
OFFER OF JOHN Howe's WORKS FOR
ONE GUINEA.—Last year the committee of MISCELLANEOUS.
the Religious Tract Society offered the
Society's Commentaries, in six volumes, for ACTON MIDDLESEX. - On the 19th of twelve shillings, to those persons who October, the foundation-stone of a new needed help in their biblical studies, but chapel was laid in this pleasant suburb of were unable to pay the full price of that the metropolis, by H. Wright, Esq.,, of valuable work. They are happy to find Turnham Green. A sermon was preached that their offer has been extensively acby the Rev. W. Brock, of Bloomsbury cepted. No less than 3,000 clergymen, Chapel, and other portions of the engage- ministers, schoolmasters, Sunday school ments were taken by the Revs. C. Graham, teachers, and missionaries home and foreign, W. G. Lewis, jun., E. Taylor, and Mr. subscribed for the volumes. Encouraged Varley. This movement has originated by success in this instance, the committee with some friends formerly connected with have now resolved upon making another the Westbourne Grove Church, who are offer. The Society's edition of Howe's now residents in the neighbourhood of Works, in six volumes, 8vo., by Professor Acton. The new chapel will seat 400, Rogers, is admitted to be very superior to without galleries. Its cost will be £1,400. any re-publication of that eminent divine Contributions will be thankfully received which has hitherto existed. This edition, by the Editor of the Baptist Magazine. including the valuable life of Howe, by
HARROW-ON-THE-HILL.—Less than six Mr. Rogers, in a seventh volume, is pubmonths since the foundation-stone of a new lished at £1 15s. the set ; and the comchapel was laid in this town by Sir S. M. mittee have resolved to offer the whole to Peto, Bart., M.P. Within the last few clergymen and ministers of limited incomes, weeks the building has been opened for home and city missionaries, national and public worship. The Revs. C. H. Spur- British schoolmasters, and Sunday school geon, D. Katterns, Dr. Steane, and S. Green, teachers, at one guinea. But the comwere engaged in the opening services. The mittee are aware that many may find it members of the church have resolved to difficult to spare even this sum for books, admit to the Lord's table all recognised however valuable. They venture, therebelievers in the Lord Jesus. The cost of fore, to suggest to wealthy Christians that the works has been £1,100, and through they might extensively promote the object the liberality of Christian friends (in- if they would undertake to furnish one-half cluding some of the Masters of Harrow the required sum, so that the applicants School) the whole has been defrayed ex- would only have to pay 10s. 6d. for a series cept £220. A friend has promised £20 of some of the noblest theological and detoward paying off this amount within votional productions in the English tongue. twelve months. Contributions will be This offer will continue open until March thankfully received by the Rev. Thomas 31, 1865. But the committee hope that Smith, Harrow-on-the-Hill. The pro- early applications will be made in order to perty is vested in trustees for the use of afford time for the speedy execution of the the denomination.
INDEX OF CONTENTS, 1864.
Address to our Readers
Antiquity of Man, The
Church of England and the Ecclesiastical Courts, The
Convocation as a Judge of Books
222, 299, 452, 584
Jordan, The Passage of the