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governyour covenant with God to be ment, any regard for your country, the Lord's people. Seek his face yea, any self-interest, -then offer through faith in Jesus Christ; take up to the King of kings your ferHim for your portion, and live vent supplication that the Lord nigh to Him in holy obedience, in may indeed bless, protect, and a firm dependence on his grace and keep her in all her ways; that He Holy Spirit, to strengthen you in may give her a faithful senate, wise the inner man. Under this persua- and upright counsellors, a loyal sion, I would earnestly entreat you nobility, a dutiful and obedient to be much in prayer for your people; and that in her days mercy young Queen. Consider her sex and truth may meet together, righconsider her tender years--consider teousness and peace kiss each other. the immense pressure of business, In a word, that the glorious mathe vast load of cares, the nume- jesty of the Lord our God may

be rous difficulties, the deep responsi- upon her; and bless her with all bility, which is attached to her temporal and spiritual happiness in high station ;-consider, too, the this world, and crown her with temptations to which that high glory and immortality in the world station necessarily exposes her, the to come, through Jesus Christ our dissipations of a court, the means Lord; to whom, with the Father of indulgence continually within and the Holy Ghost, be honour her reach. Consider all this; and and glory for ever and ever. Amen if you have any feeling of loyalty, and Amen.

E. A. H.


BY MATTHEW HENRY.* • Though they were meek, and come to the perfect man. He were pronounced so by Him that that hath clean hands will be searches the heart, yet they must stronger and stronger. (Job xvii. seek meekness; which teaches us, 9.) Paul was a man of great that those who have much of this attainments in grace, and yet we grace have still need of more, and find him forgetting the things that must desire and endeavour after are behind, and reaching forth to more. He that sits down content those that are before. (Phil. iii. with the grace he has, and is not. 13, 14.) Those who took joyfully pressing forward towards perfec- the spoiling of their goods, are yet tion, and striving to grow in grace told that they have need of pa

- to get the habits of it more tience. (Heb. x. 34, 36.) Thus strengthened and confirmed, and the meek of the earth (who, being the operations of it more quick- on the earth, are in a state of ened and invigorated, it is to be infirmity and imperfection, of trial feared has no true grace at all; and temptation) have still need of but though he sit ever so high and meekness; that is, they must learn ever so easy in his own opinion, to be yet more calm and composed, yet sits down short of heaven. more steady, and even, and reguWhere there is life, one way or lar, in the government of their other there will be growth, till we passions, and in the management * The following remarks on a difficult

of their whole conversation. They subject are taken from Henry's Discourse

who have silenced all angry words, on Meekness. They occur in some ob- must learn to suppress the first servations on Zephaniah ii. 3.

risings and motions the Lord, all ye meek of the earth-seek meekness."


" Seek ye

of angry

Review of Books.


A Sermon delivered in the Church of the United Parishes of St. Edmund the King and Martyr, and St. Nicholas Acons, Lombard Street, on Sunday, July 1, 1838, the

Sunday after the Coronation of her Most Gracious Majesty, By the Rev. THOMAS HARTWELL HORNE, B.D. Rector of the said Parishes, Prebendary of St. Paul's, &c. 8vo. pp. 36. Cadell.

MR. HORNE has here produced a nances which he has appointed. And as very interesting and seasonable dis- none are exempted from the obligation, so course. The text is 1 Kings iii.

there is the strongest encouragement for

all to seek that divine and heavenly wis7-10, on which he offers some

dom, whose ways are ways of pleasantreflections on the devout prayer of ness, and all whose paths are peace. GodSolomon, and on the divine answer

liness has the promise of the life that now

is, and of that which is to come. Through given to it, and then deduces from

the all-prevailing intercession of the Lord it some considerations for our mu- " Jesus Christ, the throne of grace is always tual improvement, more particularly accessible, not merely to sovereigns, but in reference to our present duty to- to persons of the meanest rank: and the wards our youthful Queen.

same offer which was made to Solomon,

is in effect made to each of us:"Ask This improvement is especially what I shall give," (1 Kings ii. 5.) summed up under the following “ Whatsoever (says our Redeemer) ye heads :

shall ask the Father in my name, he 1. That spiritual blessings are

will give it you,” (John xiv. 14; xvi. 23.)

“Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and to be sought with the greatest im

his righteousness, and all other things portunity, and that temporal bless

shall be added unto you,” (Matt. vi. 33.) ings are to be referred to Infinite For “ if God spared not his own Son, but Wisdom.

freely delivered him up for us all, how shall 2. That next to the possession of

he not with him also freely give us all that divine wisdom which alone

things? (Rom. viii. 32.)

2. Further, we learn, that next to the can make us wise unto salvation, possession of that divine wisdom which the ability for performing our duty alone can make us wise unto salvation, aright is the most desirable of all the ability for performing our duty aright

is the most desirable of all blessings, and blessings, and must be sought only

must be sought only from God. from God.

Though education may improve our III. Such were the prayer of Solomon talents, it never will confer that wisdom and the divine answer to it. The Al. which cometh from above, from the “Famighty not only conferred upon him un- ther of lights ;” who,“ if any one ask precedented prosperity, but also imparted wisdom of him in faith, nothing wavering, to him intellectual, political, and religious giveth unto all liberally, and upbraideth wisdom, in order to fit him for the ex. not,” (James i. 17. 5, 6.) Let us then alted station, to which he was raised. Let beseech 'Almighty God, the fountain of us now, in the last place, endeavour to all wisdom,' to give unto each of us that collect from the subject we have been wisdom which is profitable to direct us in considering a few observations for our the way of our duty : and especially let mutual edification, more particularly in us implore of him, in behalf of our So. reference to our present DUTY TOWARDS vereign, 'the spirit of wisdom and governOUR YOUTHFUL QUEEN.

ment, the spirit of knowledge, and of 1. We learn, then, that spiritual bless- true godliness.' And there are several ings are to be sought with the greatest considerations, which concur to enforce importunity, and that temporal blessings such supplications upon us as A SACRED are to be referred to Infinite Wisdom. DUTY, in order that she may be enabled to

Although we are not called to the like rule aright over the millions, who, in advancement, and ought not to expect any various parts of the world, are subject to such revelation as Solomon received; yet

her sceptre. there is not a single individual, however [i.] Consider the deep and touching humble his circumstances may be, who is sense of moral responsibility, expressed not bound to worship the Almighty, and by Her Majesty on various occasions. to pay a serious regard to all the ordi- Addressing the Privy Council on the AUGUST, 1838.

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day of her accession, Her Majesty stated sovereign, the magistrates, and the laws, that 'this awful responsibility was im- she is studious to imprint on early childposed upon her so suddenly, and at so hood the valuable lesson 'to honour and early a period of her life, that she should obey the king, and all that are put in aufeel herself utterly oppressed by the bur- thority under him; to submit themselves then, were she not sustained by the hope, to all their governors; to order themselves that Divine Providence, which called her lowly and reverently to all their betters; to this work, would give her strength for and to do their duty in that state of life the performance of it.'

unto which it shall please God to call (ii.) Listen also to the deep concern them.' And in the daily service of our expressed by our youthful Sovereign for Church, prayers are offered up for the the maintenance of our religion, laws, and welfare of the sovereign, both temporal liberties. Educated in England, under and eternal; whilst 'we and all her subthe tender and enlightened care of a most jects' are reminded of our obligation, affectionate mother, I have learnt from faithfully to serve, honour, and humbly my infancy to respect and love the con- obey her;' and the monarch at the same stitution of my native country. It shall time is kept in recollection, that her aube my unceasing study to maintain the thority is derived from the King of Kings, Reformed Religion, as by law established; to whom she is accountable, and is given securing at the same time to all the full to her for the great ends of promoting the enjoyment of religious liberty. And I shall glory of God and the happiness of her steadily protect the rights, and promote people; and, that she may employ her to the utmost of my power the happiness authority for these ends, is made the and welfare, of all classes of my subjects.' subject of a special petition from her

[iii.] Once more: in the proclamation people.' against vice and immorality, which was What now remains, and what can be one of the very first acts of her reign, more becoming in us, on this interesting her Majesty acknowledges before God and and solemn occasion, than to offer our the world that she ‘cannot expect the most fervent supplications that God, in goodness and blessing of Almighty God, whose awful presence our youthful soveby whom kings and queens reign, and on reign, and the whole British nation by which she entirely relies, without a reli- their representatives, have declared and gious observance of God's holy laws,' and ratified their mutual engagements, would thereby declares her royal purpose and pour into every heart a sincere desire to resolution, to discountenance and punish promote their mutual happiness, and unite all manner of vice, profaneness, and im- them in the strictest bonds of affection. morality, in all persons, of whatever de- May the sacred oath which our Queen gree or quality, within her realm, and has taken at the altar of the King of particularly in such as are employed near Kings, that she will govern the British her royal person; and that, for the encou- nation 'according to the statutes in Par. ragement of religion and morality, her liament agreed on, and the respective laws Majesty will, upon all occasions, distin- and customs of her dominions; that she guish persons of piety and virtue, by will cause law and justice, in mercy, to marks of her royal favour.'

be executed in all her judgments ;' and (iv.] Finally, as professing Christians that she will to the utmost of her power and members of the Reformed Church maintain the laws of God, the true proestablished in these realms, it is our fession of the gospel, and the Protestant sacred duty to offer fervent petitions to religion established by law;'-may this the Throne of Grace for our sovereign, solemn oath and promise ever recur to in accordance with the apostolic exhorta- her mind, as the genuine intention of her tion, that supplications, prayers, and in- heart! And may the allegiance, which we tercessions be made for all men, especially pay her in all truth and faithfulness, be for kings. Loyalty to the throne is a dis- bound upon our hearts and minds with tinguishing feature of that Church to the ties of duty, gratitude, and love! which it is our happiness to belong. 'She May 'the Lord protect her in all her meddles not with the politics of the day, ways, preserve her from every evil thing, nor troubles herself about abstract ques- and prosper her in every thing good! tions respecting civil compacts between May He give her a faithful senate, wise the prince and the people, nor upon their and upright counsellors and magistrates, respective privileges under the various a loyal nobility, and a dutiful gentry; a forms of government that may exist; but pious, learned, and useful clergy; an hosatisfies herself with the simple facts, as nest, industrious, and obedient commonthey rest upon apostolic authority, that alty. May 'the glorious majesty of the the powers that be are ordained of God, Lord our God be upon her: may He bless and that subjects are to submit them- her with all temporal and spiritual bapselves to every ordinance of man for the piness in this world, and crown her with Lord's sake. Desirous to lay the foun- glory and immortality in the world to dation deep of cheerful submission to the come. Amen.'


become a true Christian. 2. Teaching him to live as a true Christian. 3. Teaching him to die as a true Christian. In conversation between a Teacher and a Learner. Taken from Baxter's Family Book, A. D. 1672.


This is a reprint, with some modi- who cherish any idolatrous wish, fications of one of Baxter's valua

and presume to urge

it in

prayer. ble treatises. A few obsolete

Do you not know, that every sin, and expressions are changed, and some every delay, and every resistance of the short sentences are occasionally

Spirit, doth tend to the greater hardening

of your heart, and making your conadded, to connect the different

version less hopeful and

hard ? subjects together; these are en- Psalm cxix. 60. closed within brackets, so that the The following sentence contains reader will easily distinguish them. a distinction, which is calculated The numerous digressions of the to be of use to many anxious souls : original work are omitted.

The faithful are not delivered from sin It is, of course, unnecessary to

altogether when they are converted to

God; only set free from its DOMINION, SO enter into a detailed examination of a work that is only a reprint. it, or delight in it.

that they no longer habitually consent to In giving the title, and in saying This is one of the


which that it fulfils its promises, we have have been added for sake of condone enough. We shall merely pection. add a few passages, taken from The following passage may also different

of the volume.

be of use to tender consciences : A man is not converted and sanctified

The truth of your consent is one thing, indeed, by any change that is made by fear alone, till love come in, and win his

and your certainty of it is another.

Take heed of turning your religion and heart, and repair his nature.

zeal to opinions and parties instead of the Darkness naturally feedeth fears. But

life and practice of faith, hope, and love. time and patience in the light will overcome them.

For a wrangling, conscientious zeal is as

destructive of true holy zeal, as a fever is It is counterfeit repentance which

of natural heat and life. reformeth only some open shameful sin.. and still keepeth up a worldly mind, and In reading the foregoing words, the pleasing of the flesh in a cleanlier way.

we are naturally struck with the No one sin is rightly killed, till the love of

advantages which Christians in the every sin be killed.

Established Church In Luke xiv. 26, he thus ex



being less exposed to those party plains the word hate

feelings, objects, and shibboleths, That is, love them not so much less

by which dissenting Christians are than me that he can cast them by as we do things hated, when they stand against

so liable to be actuated, in a grea.

ter or less degree. And in verse 33, the words “ for- The following passage is parsaketh not all that he hath,” he ticularly deserving of attention at explains, “biddeth not farewell

this time. to.”

Many call for church-reformation, and

state-reformation, who yet are the plagues Of all plagues, O save me from the

of the times themselves, and will not replague of a heart forsaken by thy Spirit, and left in death, and darkness, and dis

form one little family. If men would re

form their families, and agree in a holy affection.

education of their children, church and Had I asked for riches, and honours, and the pleasures of sin, no wonder if my

state would soon be reformed, when they

were made up of such reformed families. prayer had been denied, or granted with a

The preceding extracts are sufThe foregoing remarks deserve ficient to shew the nature and usethe attentive consideration of those fulness of this little volume.





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The following extract from a letter of Bishop Wilson to the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge confirms in striking terms the statements so often made on the encouragement given to Idolatry in the East Indies.

“These thoughts are naturally suggested by two paragraphs of your letters, of March 20th and August 10th, of this last summer. In the one you favour me with the account of the unanimous resolution of the General Meeting in June, to present a memorial against the continuance of the Pilgrim Tax in India; the other, in which you are good enough to pass a vote for the support of our Mission Schools near Calcutta, and propose certain inquiries to me connected with the subject.

• The connexion of the British Protestant authorities with the patronage of the basest and most degrading system of Idolatry and pollution which the lost spirit of darkness ever perhaps imposed on a fallen world-a system wbich has contrived an entire code of religious usages, and rewards and punishments, without any one consistent reference to moral good or evil-a code minute, inquisitorial, all-pervasive, in which the anti-social principle of caste condemns one half of the human race to be perpetual slaves and menials, and depresses nine-tenths of both sexes into an irrevocable and grinding exclusion from hope-a system founded in an ignorance of the God who made, and the Saviour who redeemed mankind, and going on its course by means of oppression, cruelty, and lust; the support of such a system by the greatest and freest of the Christian nations of Europe, is an anomaly of the most deplorable and glaring character. I scorn to advert to mere argument after the incomparable despatch ascribed to Lord Glenelg, of Feb. 1833. It is a case which requires no argument. Let the fact of British governors, counsellers, commissioners, magistrates, countenancing, by voluntary measures the misery and

barbarism, and premature and exaggerated ruin of their prostrate subjects, be established and I believe they cannot be denied) and the duty of a Christian people to protest against the national guilt of such a conduct speaks for itself.

I am not master of the subject in all its details. I am not aware of the particular objections to an immediate abolition to the pilgrim-tax, which are raised here as I suppose they are, by the subordinate local authorities. These matters are as much secrets, and very properly so, in India as at home. I proceed on these too broad, and plain, and irrefragable points. The countenance of idolatry, with its attendant horrors, in a Christian state, is, per se, immoral and sinful. The delay in executing the positive orders from hence embodied in the dispatch of February 1833, if such delay was not inevitable, augments the sin.

• It would be wrong in me, perhaps, altogether to conceal what I hear in conversation with gentlemen who lived many years in the vicinity of Pooree and the Temple of Juggernaut, and on whose veracity no doubt can for a moment be cast. They inform me, that of one hundred and fifty thousand pilgrims who resort annually to the spot, nearly one third perish from various causes, and never return to their honies.

“They inform me that the bands of the pilgrim-hunters, as they are termed, swarm over all India, even to the most distant provinces, to collect and drive in before them the deluded pilgrims.

• They state, that almost every year the pilgrims of the adjoining provinces are lessening, especially the men ; and that the supply is now very much from the more remote places, and chiefly of women.

• They tell me, that one practice which does not appear in any public documents, and therefore not be generally known, is of the most atrocious injustice-the compulsory assemblage of two thousand poor wretches each year to drag the idol car.

If this one op

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