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Christians in India, some of whom are the fruits of the mission, are active in their respective spheres. Letters, in defence of Christianity, written by Mr. Cunningham, have appeared in The Oriental Star (a Calcutta newspaper) and have since been reprinted at Serampore, in the form of a pamphlet.
Three of the baptized natives have given much pain to the Mis. sionaries, by their contentious conduct; but the exercise of a strict and faithful discipline, has been the means of recovering two of them.
*' God," say the Missionaries, •' we trust, will bring good out of this evil. It has furnished us with an opportunity of laying before our Hindoo brethren and sisters, in a peculiar manner, the necessity of universal holiness, and the impossibility of uniting the service of any one sin with that of Jesus Christ. The steps also which have been taken with the offending parties, have convinced them, more than many exhortations, of our determinations to retain none in the church who are not willing to depart from all iniquity. We feared it would have been a stumbling-block in the way of our inquiring friends; but it appears to have operated, through the Divine Goodness, in a contrary way."
"As several have Jost cast for, or through the gospel, an opportunity is afforded to gather up their children. The Missionaries have accordingly established a free-school, tor the board, clothing, and tuition of twenty native youths,—either children of Christian parents, or of such as are »Ming to lose cast. In this school they employ Christian Hindoos as teachers, though the whole is iaspeacd by themselves. The expence is estimated at about 170 1. a year; the chief of which is subscribed by the religiou.-. publico! Bengal,"
Besides the above intelligence, the Number contains, a Letter from th* Society to the }ilissivnaries; — to tiieC) risrian Hindoos; — and to Felix Caryy, who is cho en to be a Missionary ; — tin- \}c agnation of Mr. Ch.imberLiMi; — and Resolutions of the CutuKii'.'.re.
N. B. We learn from the Secretary of the Society, that since the present Number has been out, other letters have arrived, of as late date as July 16, 1S01, giving an account of six more having been baptized j namely, Five natives and one European. Among the former was Golook, the married daughter of Kristne; who having been forcibly carried away about a year before, and compelled to marry a man to whom she had been betrothed in childhood, after much cruel treatment for her refusal to renounce Christianity, made her escape i» May last. She was, at her own repeated request, baptized in June; and, it is said, her husband does not wish her to return. Theirnumber of members now is twenty-four; was. Thirteen natives, and eleven Europeans.
The writer of Mr. Thomas's Memoir, wishes the reader to draw his pen over the word " ages," in p. 24.7; 1. 9.; an erratum which was too late for correction.
Correction, Instruction; or the Rod and the Word: a Trcathe on Afflictions, &c. By Thomas Case, M. A. Neyj Edition, 1 imo, is.
Mil. Case was a Non-confornw ist Minister, of considerable eminence and ability. The work, before us was originally " conceived by way of private meditations," when in prison for his Non-conformity. Upon his enlargement, these meditations were thrown into the form of sermon; on Psalm xciv. 12. The publication of them was then earnestly solicited by many, and particularly by the great and excellent Dr. Manton; who, when he perused the MS. addressed the author in a letter which concludes thus : —" Good Sir, be persuaded to publish these discourses: the subject is useful; and your manner of handling it, warm and affectionate; — do not deprive the world of your experiences. Certainly my hjfart i^ none of the tenderest j yet, if heart uiisivercth to heart, I cau easily foresee much success; and that you will not repent of the publication," ire. It would be superfiuous, if not arrogant, to add our recommendation to that of Dr. Manton; we shall only add, therefore, that we consider it at a suitable companion in every chamber ot affliction; as not only instructive to the ignorant, but the most experienced Christians; who will, we doubt not, say with Dr. Manton, when they read it, " the half has not been told us."
This little work has been extremely scarce for many years, and little known. In this new edition, a few quaintnesscs and repetitions are omitted, which wii4 make it generally more acceptable.
The principal Parts of the Christian Religion respecting Faith and Practice; or an humble Attempi to flare some of the most important Subjects of Doctrinal, Exferimental, and Practical Divinity, in a clear and Scriptural Light. &<vo. A new Edition, cor. reeled and enlarged. By D. Taylor, London.
This volume is divided into sixteen chapters; in which are considered tlie following subjects:—The Character and Perfections of God; —The State of Man before Sin entered into the World ;—The Moral Law ; — The Fall j — The Unconverted Sinner arraigned and condemned by the Law of God;—This condemned State proved to be the State of all Men by Nature ; — An Enquiry concerning several Methods of obtaining Salvation, which Men often propose to themselves ;—The ■Way of,Salvation by Jesus Christ; —The Operation of the Holy Spirit ; —The Scripture Account of Faith in Christ ;—The genuine Effects of Faith; — The Nature, ExCent, and Means of Evangelical Holiness ;— The Christian's Treasure opened, or a View of his Privileges}—Encouragement and Advice to real Christians ; — A short View of Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell; with a Proof of the Eternity of future Punishment;—Addresses" to several Classes of Readers.
These several parts ot the Divine Will, «t are informed, were more largely illustrated and improved
from the pulpit, in a course of sermons, at Wadsworth; and were attended to with diligence, and crowned with success. The first edition of this work was printed in 1775. and dedicated to the author's friends at the above-mentioned place. This new edition is dedicated to the church of Christ assembling in Church-lane, White.chapel, of which Mr. Taylor is pastor.
Although we have had several compendiums of the essential articles of religion, by different writers; yet we think the present will not be found altogether useless. An artless simplicity, and an evident design of doing good, run through. Ihe whole. The author, studiously avoiding all nice distinctions arid rhetorical embellishments, adapts his style to the lowest capacity, and labours to make every subject clear to the understanding. Some of the notes, indeed, where the originals are quoted, may not be of any utility to the unlearned; bit these are but few; and, not beingintermixed with the text, cannot interrupt the attention of those who are not capable of understanding them. There are very lew positions in the work we are disposed to controvert: there is one, iiowever, that is not generally held by our orthodox divines, i. e. the Universality of Christ's Death; which Mr. Tajlor believes and asserts, but has omitted to bring forward the objections to that doctrine; which, we think, should not have been done, as no man is required to make up his mind on a controverted point by examining only one side of the question. He refers the reader, however, to his Letters to Mr. Fuller on that subject; and, in stating his own views of it, he discovers nothing of a dogmatical spirit, or a bigotted turn of mind. We applaud Mr. Taylor for making his work of a practical tendency. Thus, after speaking of the operations of the Divine Spirit, the reality, origin, certainty, and necessity of these operations, he improves it in the following manner: —
"1. Let every reader carefully examine himself, whether the Spirit
of God dwells in him. one beware of vexing and grieving the Holy Spirit. 3. Remember, that the Spirit in the heart is the same Spirit that teaches in the Scriptures. Thus we have always a test at hand by which we may try ourselves. 4. We are not to consider every impulse or impression of the mind an operation or influence of the Holy Spirit. Too many, alas! are, in this instance, awfully mistaken. On hearing a strange doctrine, or making, or imagining that we make, some new discoveries, which gratify a speculative and curious mind; feeling some peculiar impressions from the beauty of a preacher's style and address, or even from his tone, his attitudes, and gestures, — we hive sometimes experienced those agreeable sensations which, though we have been still left under the power of a carnal mind, have been called divine operations. Thus numbers are deluded and encouraged to cry to themselves, — " Pejce, peace, when there is no peace." Let eveiy reader know, that no sensation, no impression is of God, if its tendency be not to transform us after his own image, in righteousness and holiness.—5. Remember there is no inconsistency between divine operations on the minds of men and the most earnest exhortations, invitations, and persuasions, addressed by ministers both to saints and sinners. — 6. This doctrine of the divine operations, furnishes abundant occasion for prayer and praise. — 7. Never forget that, though the great God, by the influence of his Spirit, ■is the sovereign Agent in our con.version, edification, and all the good that is produced, yet he makes use of various means to effect his purpose. — X. That, so far from the influences of the Holy Spirit on the mind of man being reasons of indolence on the one hand, or discouragement on the other, that they are represented in Scripture as encouragements to exert ourselves, in order to our fruitful, ness and comfort."
These are useful and important remarks, ably proved from Scripture, and concisely amplified by the
j. Let every author; and shews us the use that
can and ought to be made of those doctrines of grace, on the belief of which our happiness and salvation depend.
Reflections on the Resurrection and Ascension of Christ, and of the probable Conseaueni.cs of a public Exhibition of his Ascension. By J. Bigland. Svo. is. bd.
The well-known Thomas P,iine, among many futile objections to Christianity, laid particular stress upon the private manner in which our Lord arose from the dead, and on his appearing only to his own disciples afterward. The ascension of Christ, he thinks, ought to have been as public as that ot a balloon, &c. This objection, which others have more cursorily answered, Mr. Bigland (whom we understand to be a layman) takes up, and, considering it in all its bearings, shews, that such a public exhibition was by no means necessary to prove the event; and that it would have added little or nothing to the historical evidence we now possess; nor would it have contributed to silence the cavils of infidelity. Mr, Bigland writes with much temper and good sense; his reasoning is close, and his language nervous. Though the above is the leading topic of liis pamphlet, it is not the only one; lie suggests many things to strengthen the general evidences of Christianity; and the reader will meet with more novelty and entertainment than is usual in travelling such beaten ground. At the same time, this writer avoids that severe and sarcastic language with which some have treaied Deisiical objections. While they have answered "a Jool according to his folly, lest he should be wise in his own conceit," Mr. Bigland has adopted the other maxim of the wise man, —" Answer Not a fool according to his folly, lest thou be like unto linn."
Upon the whole, we cannot but recommend this pamphlet, as well to young persons who wish to ba well-grounded in the evidences of their faith, as to others, whose minds have been perplexed with doubts and diflicultieson the subject.
The London Apprentice, or the Life and Death of N. Butler, who •was executed in Cheapsidc for the Murder of his Fellir.v Apprentice; with an Account of the Three Conferences which Sir K. 1 itchbourn, Lord Mayor ofVmdon. had with him in Prison. Published by his Lordship's Chaplain, with an Address to the Citizens of Londjn. Recomtrended bv several Eminent Divines; tind republished, with an Address to London Apprentices. By the Rev. J. Duncan, LL. D. iimo. bd.
Dr. Duncan, some time since,
introduced this pious magistrate to the present age, by the republication of an excellent sermon, which was noticed in our review. The present narrative, which is recommended to our youth in preference ■to the celebrated George Rarnuell, will be found highly interesting and instructive. The Address bears the following great and venerable signatures: Case, facomb, Calamy, Doolittle, Watson, Gouge, Manton, Pool, Vincent, Brooks, Caryl, Jackson, Lye, Clarke, Dyer, &c.
Christian Preacher's Diary for 1803.
Christian Gentleman and Tradesman's Diary, ditto.
Though we think it quite unnecessary to review the annual publication of religious pocket-books, which are mostly on one plan,—yet, as these are new and original publications, the case materially differs.
Each of these Diaries contains in6 ruled pages for memorandums and accounts j with a text of Scripture for each day. To the former are prefixed, Mr. Eyre's Abstract of Claude's Essay on the Composition of a Sermon ; — Extracts from Dr. Doddridge's MS. Lectures on Preaching;—Dates of the Books of the Old and New Testament ;— Principles of Grammar and Rhetoric, in Verse ; — Brief Chronology, &c. &c.
To the latter are prefixed, the Character of the Christian Gentleman and Tradesman j — Franklin's
Way to Wealth;—List of Bankers; — Poetry, &c. The subsequent pages are the same in both pocketbooks; and contain, besides a complete l.ist of Chapels, &c. judicious abstracts of various branches of science, with a reference to their religious application, under the title of *' the Circle of Sciences consecrated by the Cross." The articles here introduced are, Anatomy, Astronomy, Botany, Chemistry, Electricity, Galvanism, Geography, Hydrostatics, Magnetism, Mechanic*, Optics, Pneumatics, Natural Philosophy, Theology.
These Diaries are sold in various bindings, from sheep to morocco, at the usual prices of gentlemen's annual pocket-books.
A New Year's Gift for the ChiUrex of Charity and Sunday - Schools, by J. Townseud. 121:10. In stiff
Mr.townsend isalrcadyknown to our readers, not only as a minister, but as the author of an excellent volume of sermons on Prayer, flints in Defence of Sunday Schools, &c. To this little affectionate address, are added some short Narratives of Children, bothty way of warning and example.
New Religious Intelligence, chiefly from the American States, izmo, 6d.
For this little pamphlet, we are informed, the public stand indebted to the venerable Dr. Erskine. It contains the following Letters : — An Account of a Revival of Religion in the Counties of Otsego and Delaware, State of New York ; — A similar Account from the Town of Winthrop, District of Mayne ;—■ Ditto, in New Marlborough, Massachusetts ; — Ditto, at Granville;
— Account of the Connecticut Missionary Society to the Close of 1801. These articles are all copied from the Connecticut Magazine.— Account of the Revival of Religion in West Hartford, Jan. 1800;
— some Account of Mr. J. C. Krafft.
These account;, it not equally permanent and abiding. We could
wonderful, arc equally pleasing and give extracts w itli pleasuie . but
encouraging with any that have the smallness of this tract ii.duccs
been made public; and the eliccts us rather to recommend its perusal
of these conversions aie stated to be to our readers.
PurAUTr.D this life, July 20, 1802, aged eighty years. He was a very distinguished instance of the wise man's observation : —'• The hoary head is a crown of glory, if It b«» found in the way of righteousness." Through a long succession of years, his walk and conversation in the church, and in the world, justly entitled him to the exalted character of an eituhlishcd Chr'uiian.
He was born at Farnlcy, near Leeds, in the year 1722; and at tiie age of thirty, was first awakened to a discovery of his fallen state by nature, under a sermon preached at the Methodist chapel, in Leeds, from Micah vi. 7. He continued to attend the word of God in that chape); and growing in love ta divine things, discovered his zeal for the promotion 0/ Christian knowledge and experience, by establishing social prayer - meetings, Arc. inWortlcy, Ilolbcck, and Leeds. But, his views of the essential doctrines of the gospel not
according with those maintained by that connection, he left it, at the same time with the Rev. Mr. Edwards j at whose death he became a member of the church of which Mr. Parsons is now pastor. Here he continued long a burning and shining light, to the unspe.ikable joy of many who, through his in. strumentality, were brought to the knowledge and enjoyment of evangelical truths. By his piety and usefulness he reflected a peculiar lustre upon the humble sphere in which he was appointed to move i for he had harm the pleasing ait of being content and happy in his situation.
In his .little cof, slothfulness andj indifference were not indulged. He had there erected an altar to the Lord: awoke regularly at four 1:1 the morning, and rose at fivej unless confined by indisposition. Naturally of a social temper, he sought the company of his Christian friends; and at every interview, would introduce, and frequently enlarge upon some of the sweetest portions of the, word of God j and.