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be the argumentative powers, the philolobeclouded by prejudice. If the reader gical acumen, or the biblical research will take the trouble of examining it discovers, Dwight's sermons on baptism, he will A work, bearing the same title, was find a still greater number of statements published by Dr. Carson in the year evincing the truth of our position. We 1831, and it was universally acknowsolemnly declare, that we have not ledged, though he was then but little found, in the whole course of our life, known, that he was a man of great vigor within so small a compass, so much of thought and profound erudition. illogical reasoning, such violations of all Several publications on the subject the laws of language, and such daring having been issued from the press since perversions of the Word of God. the above period, by our pædobaptist

The system thus supported originated brethren, both in England and America, in the most corrupt portion of the Church, it was thought desirable that Dr. Carson (the African,) towards the middle of should reprint his work, accompanied the third century—a period when dense with whatever additions circumstances darkness was rapidly rising from the might require. The following is a syllabottomless pit to veil the beauty and

bus of the contents of the present simplicity of primitive Christianity. volume :-Chap. I., The burden of proof; Ages however rolled away before this chap. II., Meaning of the word bapto:innovation became generally predom- difference between bapto and baptizo :inant. To trace all its mischievous from p. 18 to 168; chap. III., Subjects results would be incompatible with our

of baptism, to p. 234. Eighty-four limits, but we confidently assert that pages are devoted to the examination of everywhere, and at all times, it has several articles which appeared some weakened the supremacy of truth, vio

time since in the Congregational Magalated the inalienable rights of con- zine, written, if report be correct, by a science, inflicted the most awful delu- stripling warrior, now occupying a post sion on myriads of human beings, and of some distinction among his brethren; opened the door to other innovations of whether as a reward of his great valour, the most pernicious character.

it is impossible to say. Sixty-eight pages We think it our imperative duty to are devoted to the strange assertion of submit with profound reverence to President Beecher, that baptism does whatever the King of Zion has or. not mean either immersion, or pouring, dained. His law is our rule of action. or sprinkling, but purification. To Mr. Away with that spurious sensibility which Bickersteth's treatise on baptism twentyfears to attack principles, if current in four pages are assigned; to Dr. Henderhuman society, however they may invade son, eighteen; to Dr. Miller, of New the prerogative of our ascended Lord. York, thirty-one; to Mr. Munro, six; Who has authorized us to regard one

to Mr. Halí, an American, twenty-six ; ordinance of heaven as of less impor- and to Mr. Thorn, one! Now, is not tance than another? Do not those this a shame? Dr. Carson, Dr. Carson, who pronounce any thing enjoined in for shame! to treat a man of Mr. Thorn's the New Testament, non-essential, vir- pretensions in this way! and to intimate, tually declare themselves wiser than too, that he knows nothing about the the great Head of the Church ? In- philosophy of language ! “ that his interAuenced by these truths, we therefore pretation is extravagant and wild beyond solemnly beseech our brethren to con- almost any of his fellow-labourers !" tend earnestly for the faith once de- When he was exulting in the work of livered unto the saints !

his hands, and ready to use the language The labors of none in a cause of such of Horace, importance should be despised, but

“Exegi monumentum aere perennius when a champion comes forth accoutred Regalique situ pyramidum altius in the panoply of heaven, we cannot Quod non imber edax, non Aquilo impotens but feel the most ardent pleasure. Possit diruere, aut innumerabilis Such has been our feeling while peru

Annorum series et fuga temporum,”* sing the important work placed at the Lo! one gentle blow demolishes the whole. head of this article-a work we have

(To be concluded in our next.) never seen surpassed in any branch of literature, whether we take into account

*" I have now raised to myself a monument

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THE TEACHER'S COMPANION : designed book is one of the most excellent of its to exhibit the principles of Sunday kind we have ever seen.

It is fully School instruction and discipline. By entitled to rank with the works of James R. N. COLLINS. pp 386. London : and Todd. No school library ought to Houlston and Stoneman.

defer the purchase of it; and no teacher, MR. Collins has been many years super

especially no young teacher, can fail to intendent of St. Bride's Sunday-schools

be benefited by choosing, and by often Fleet Street. His work is dedicated by

conversing with, so wise a “companion.” permission to the Rev. T. Dale, the welľ

A SURVEY OF THE HOLY LAND; its known vicar of that parish; and it is in- geography, history, and destiny. Detroduced by an elegant essay from the signed to elucidate the imagery of pen of the Rev. D. Moore, another cler

Scripture, and demonstrate the fulfilgyman of high repute in the metropolis.

ment of prophecy. By J. T. BANNISThese particulars will afford a favorable

With an introduction by the idea of the author's personal character. Rev. W. MARSH, D. D., Vicar of St. It may also be proper to state, that the

Mary's, Leamington. 8vo., pp. 576. “ Teacher's Companion” has been highly Simpkin and Marshall. commended by a large number of The devout reader of the Holy Bible Christian reviewers, and has, after the

will be naturally led to entertain a lapse of a few months, reached a second

desire to be acquainted with the country edition, which is likely soon to be succeeded by a third. With a knowledge

where the greater part of it was written,

and where the chief events recorded in of these things, we took up the book,

the sacred pages occurred. Nor is it without any bias in its favor, and, we hope, without any prejudice against it.

less important, if he would understand Its perusal has given us much pleasure,

the word of truth, and appreciate the and that pleasure was increased by our

beauty of its imagery, that he should be not finding a single line indicative of acquainted with the scenery, climate, the author's churchmanship.

and customs of the east. Without this,

It is adapted to Sunday-school Teachers as

the most beautiful and expressive parts such. It was manifestly Mr. C's design,

of Scripture will be unintelligible. Much

information has been supplied on these not simply to write a book, as by means of the book he has written, to improve modern, whose voluminous productions,

subjects by travelers, both ancient and the abilities and assist the labors of his however, are not within the reach of the numerous fellow-workers. He does not write as a professor of the art of teach- general reader, who has neitherthe means

to purchase, nor the leisure to peruse ing, for which honorable office he is

them; and yet he is anxious, as far as may however fitted by his piety, intelligence, and experience. He modestly wishes to

be, to enjoy the results of their discoveries.

It is the purpose of this volume to meet be regarded merely as a companion, and

the wishes of such readers. It has been to be allowed the freedom and familiarity

the author's aim, he tells us, which such a name implies. There is

mulate and compress into a single no egotism or pretence in his book; no

volume the cream of many larger ones attempt at beautiful composition, and

to educe from the writings of ancient and no assumed superiority over those whom

modern authors a succinct yet comprehe addresses. He gives plentiful directions without being dictatorial. He is

hensive epitome of the geography, hishortatory throughout, but not offensively to give force and pressure' to those

tory, and antiquties of Palestine; and so in any case. The advice he liberally facts and phenomena which illustrate tenders, bespeaks his qualifications for the delicate task he has performed; and

the sense, display the beauties, and

establish the truth of the inspired we have noticed very little, if anything,

records." In the execution of his that can be pronounced unnecessary or

purpose Mr. Bannister has been sucimpracticable. Taken as a whole, this

cessful. We know of no single volume

that furnishes an equal amount of informore durable than brass, and which far excels the celebrated pyramids of Egypt; a monument

mation, in relation to the topography, which neither storms nor tempests can deface, climate, and history of Palestine. " To succession of innumerable ages, or the rapid fight give an idea of the comprehensiveness of time destroy."-Horace, Ode 30.

of its plan, we may just note, that the

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work is divided into four parts. The Church. The object of Mr. Baird in this first, and chief part, is devoted to the volume, is, “to delineate the religious docgeography of Canaan. This notices,

tripes and institutions of the United States,

and to trace their influence from their first first, its historical geography in its ancient and modern divisions, names,

appearance in the country to the present

time.” He divides it into eight books. The &c.; second, its physical geography, in

first is denominated, “ Preliminary Remarks." cluding its scenery, climate, &c.; third,

In this part the author most lucidly describes its mountains, valleys, plains, &c.; fourth,

the natural features of the country, gives an its rivers, lakes, fountains, &c.; fifth, its account of the persons, habits, manners, natural history; sixth, its cities, &c.

moral and religious notions, and tribes, of Part II. is an historical sketch of the aborigines; of colonisation, and the Palestine, and Part III. is devoted to a character of the early colonists. The conconsideration of the prophecies relative tents of this book are an excellent key to the to its future destiny.

subsequent ones. The second treats of the Altogether, the volume has our most state of religion during the “ colonial era.” cordial recommendation. It is embel

In this book is shown the religious character lished with numerous well-executed maps

of the colonists, the relation between the

Churches and the civil power, in the several and engravings.

states; the influence, also, of that relation ReligION IN

upon the state of religion in the Churches, and UNITED STATES

its interests in general. Book the third AMERICA; or, an account of the origin,

represents the progress of religion in the progress, relations to the state, and present

“national period.” We are furnished, in condition, of the evangelical Churches in the United States. With notices of un

this part, with an account of the separation

of the Churches from the state, the way in evangelical denominations. By the Rev.

which this connection was dissolved, the inROBERT BAIRD, Author of L'Union de

fluence of the dissolution upon the interests l'Eglise et de l'Etat dans la Nouvelle Angleterre." Blackie and Son, Glasgow

of religion, and the subsequent spirit and

conduct of the American legislature with and Edinburgh ; Duncan and Malcolm,

reference to Christianity. The fourth is London. 1844.

designated “The Voluntary Principle DeThe necessity of a work answering to the

veloped.” The fifth, “The Church and the title above, may be easily made apparent.

Pulpit in America”. It describes the charac“ The glorious Gospel of Christ,” for upwards

ter of American preaching, gives the theory, his. of three centuries, has been preached in that

tory, and working of revivals, &c. The sixth interesting and progressively improving part

book exhibits the statistics, discipline, docof the world, now called the United States.

trines, history, and prospects, of the evangelical

Churches in the United States. The seventh, During this period, American society has, been receiving constant and increasing acces

the same of the unevangelical ones. The sions of numerical strength, and of moral

eighth is an account of the efforts of American

Churches for the conversion of the world. influence, from a great diversity of nations and characters. Its civil government and

This invaluable volume ought to be careinstitutions have experienced the most impor- fully read by all Christians, but especially by tant changes. A correct account, therefore, evangelical dissenters. Its perusal by the of the character, in that country, upon wbich

latter would make their professed principles Christianity has had to operate, the instrumen- more intelligible and lovely to them than they tality by which it has been communicated,

had been before. Mr. Baird demonstrates, the events and circumstances it has had to by facts, the efficiency of the voluntary encounter, and the effects it has produced, principle. His book is a narrative, yet an would doubtless afford the most important irresistible argument, showing that the enpractical lessons to all Christendom. Much, forcement of any religion by the civil power indeed, in various ways, has been said of promotes not religion, but error, infidelity, and religion in America; yet little, it is to be

vice. As such, it is peculiarly seasonable in feared, in which full confidence might be England. In every part of his work, the placed.

author's capacious, well informed, sound judg

ment, bis high moral integrity, and his fervent The book before us contains 738 octavo

piety, appear. Its careful examination will, pages of most important matter. Its author therefore, benefit the understanding and the is a minister of the American Preshyterian heart.

BRIEF NOTICES.

SCRIPTURE NATURAL HISTORY; containing the attainment of a large measure of useful

a description of quadrupeds, birds, reptiles, knowledge. The list of books recommended amphibia, fishes, insects, mulluscous ani- to their perusal might easily be enlarged. mals, corals, plants, trees, precious stones, and metals, mentioned in the Holy Scrip

Sights in SPRING. 16m0., square. Tract tures. Ilustrated by engravings. Tract

Society. Society. 12mo., pp. 276.

PLEASING, instructive, and beautifully emThe natural history of every country is

bellished. interesting ; but that of the country where TAE MOURNER; or the afflicted relieved. the patriarchs and prophets dwelt, and which By R. GROSVENOR, D. D. Tract Society. was the scene of the incarnation and the works of the Lord Jesus, must be peculiarly

A NEAT reprint of a small but valuable attractive. The force and beauty of many

treatise. allusions in Holy Scripture can only be fully PEACE ATTAINED: a brief Memoir of Mrs. appreciated in connection with an acquaintance

Tract Society. with the habits or instincts of its animated creation. The beautiful volume before us

Who the excellent lady was, whose early supplies, at a moderate cost, the varied and life, conversion, profession, trials, patience, important instruction suggested by its title.

and death, are here given, we are not inIt is illustrated with excellent wood engravings. formed; but the tale is interesting and well

told. MENTAL CULTURE. Hints on the best and shortest way of cultivating the mind ;

Missionary CARDS, printed in two colours. addressed especially to young men engaged in THESE are sent by the Tract Society in commercial pursuits : to which is appended packets of thirty-two, for twelve-pence. They a list of works calculated for their perusal. contain pretty poetry on missionary subjects, By a Student of University College, Lon

and are very neatly printed with a red border. don ; Author of Remarks on the System of late Hours of Business," 8c. With an introductory recommendation by the Rev. LITERARY INTELLIGENCE. ALEXANDER FLETCHER, A. M., of Fins

Mr. Pike, of Derby, has in the press a work bury Chapel. Fifth Thousand. Ward and Co. pp. 42.

on the popish controversy. Mr. Peggs has

in the press, “An Appeal to British ChrisThis is a sensible, well-written pamphlet. tians relative to the Lascars, or Asiatic Sailors, If the hints it contains were acted upon, they in London, Liverpool, &c. His friend, Mr. would very materially check that spirit of B. L. Ward, of Standground, near Peterdissipation which so extensively prevails borough, has liberally contributed to the amongst “our young men,” and lead them to expence of this publication.

CORRESPONDENCE.

REMARKS ON THE TRANSLATION the Marginal Notes, and these are the great OF CERTAIN PASSAGES.

majority of readers, will naturally step to the

false conclusion that that phrase was the To censure in general terms a version very form used by the Hebrews in their loyal which for ages has enjoyed the reputation of acclamations. The marginal reading, “Let being one of the most faithful ever produced, the king live," exactly agreeing with the would be the act of a Zoilus, but there are French Vive le roi, is a literal rendering of two or three passages of our authorized the original, and ought, as every way pretranslation in which there appears to be an ferable, to have been in the text. The same unwarrantable introduction of the name of may be observed of the passage (2 Sam. xvi. God, and which on that account merit some 16.) and two or three places in the Books remark. Taking the words as they are of Kings and Chronicles where translations found, many persons may be led to believe similarly incorrect are given. that certain expressions have the sanction of Again, Paul is repeatedly made to employ inspiration when the fact is quite otherwise. the extraordinary negative, “ God forbid,"

At Saul's accession it is said, “ And all where he never uses the sacred name at all. the people shouted, God save the King.” (Rom. iii. 4, 6, 31; vi. 2, 15. &c.; 1. Cor. vi. 15; (1 Sam, x. 24.) Now those who never see Gal. ii, 17; iii. 21; vi. 14) His expression is simply mēgenoito “Let it not be." What makes the objection stronger here, is, that in none of these places is there any marginal note that gives the literal rendering. These remarks equally apply to Luke xx. 16, where the same form occurs.

It may be said that the phrases are equivalent; but equivalent phrases, though not unfrequently proper in translations of un. inspired authors, should be cautiously adopt

ed in a book which is to be a rule of faith and practice, and where every form of expres. sion stamped with its approval, will be considered as of undoubted authority. It was through hearing the expression “God forbid" frequently used in conversation by a religious professor, that the writer was led to offer these remarks. “ Thou shall not take the mame of the Lord thy God in vain."

W. S.

OBITUARY.

Mrs. ANN GRAVES.- - This aged and in the fellowship of the Gospel. To her esteeined member of the General Baptist mind this was a source of unspeakable Church at Louth finished her earthly course delight; and the other branches of the Sep. 1. 1843. She was brought up in early family, whose views of Divine things have life in habits of attendance on the services not led them to submit to belivers' baptism, of the established Church; and her adher- are of the number, it is believed, who fear ence to them was continued till she was the Lord and think upon his name. Three nearly fifty years of age. Her mind about of her daughters, members of the same this time was enlightened by the ministry of society with herself, were removed by death the Gospel, and being now deeply concerned from the Church below to that above. Her for the salvation of her soul, she was led to affectionate mind sorrowed on these occaenquire after the way of life for sinners, sions, but not as others who are without revealed in the New Testament. By reading hope. They died in the Lord : they knew this, by prayer and conversation with pious whom they had believed: they rejoiced in friends, she readily learned that sinners hope; when their heart and flesh failed, were to be saved, not by works of righteous- God was the strength of their heart, and ness, not by a mere outward attention to their portion for ever. These considerations forms of worship, but by the grace of God enabled their bereaved mother to sustain the through the redemption that is in Christ repeated strokes of her heavenly Father's Jesus, whom God hath set forth to be a providential hand with great Christian forpropitiation through faith in his blood : and titude and unfeigned submision to his will. hence she was induced without delay to After a few years from the commencement select for herself a ministry in which Christ of her christian profession, this esteemed and him crucified was the leading theme. friend removed to Louth; and, being released At this time she was a widow, surrounded from her former occupations, she employed by a numerous family, and encumbered herself in works of usefulness. An enlarged with the cares arising out of the cultivation and steady confidence in God was of a considerable farm, which she then spicuous in every part of her course; but on occupied; but though her residence was some occasions of deep trial, this attribute four miles from the place of worship to of character shone forth with very pleasing which she had become attached, her regular lustre. She maintained great cheerfulness attendance evinced her solicitude to enjoy in her intercourse with others. Many of the means of grace. The spiritual profit her friends call this into pleasing rememwith which she waited on God in his house brance now she is no more. She was ex. soon became apparent in her decision of emplary for her constant regard to public character. She gave herself to the Lord, worship : her delight was in the house and and then to his people, according to the will ordinances of the Lord; and except preof God. She was baptized and added tu vented by illness, when at home, her place the Church. To her family this step was in the house of God

was very seldom then very unwelcome. Dissenters of what unoccupied. And when from home, wher. ever denomination did not rank high in ever she went, she maintained the same their esteem, and the Baptists were some- diligence in regard to the assemblies of the what lower in it than some others. But saints. Another pleasing trait in her char. by her abounding maternal kindness, her acter was found in her varied and habitual regular domestic worship, and her consistent efforts to do good: her visits to the poor and deportment, their prejudices were overcome; afflicted, were frequent, and her sympathy and at length the greater number of her and relief generous. At these times a word children were united to the Church to which of exhortation, or admonition, or consolation, she herself belonged, and walked with her as circumstances required, was given, to the

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