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Abraham he felt a peculiar solici. dom. The volume ought to be attude. This solicitude made him tentively read by Christians geneanxious to labour with assiduity, rally, but especially by those, willing to endure privation with who, in any way, have their atcheerfulness, that he might be the tention and their efforts directed instrument of their conversion. toward the conversion of the heaWith devotedness to the mission- then. Unlike religious novels, it ary cause, and ardent in seeking is a book from which much real its advancement, he seems to have good may be derived ; and while united decision and prudence; so the understanding and the heart are that he guarded against undue improved by it, the taste will not timidity on the one hand, and rash be vitiated or corrupted. Those who precipitancy on the other. “If,” have the opportunity, should put it says his biographer, “ he did not into the hands of their young friends, exhibit the power and splendour particularly, such of them as may of pre-eminent talents, and the fas- have a desire for the missionary cinating refinements of elegant work. It ought to form a part of literature, he evinced what is of the select library of those, who more importance, the quenchless embark to preach the Gospel in ardour of Christian zeal, regulated distant lands. by a sound mind, and a facility for May that spirit, which has been making readily such acquisitions so liberally poured out upon the as his work required.” If his talents American churches, raise up, un were not dazzling, his habits were both sides of the Atlantic, many certainly persevering and laborious. such missionaries as Fisk was! He possessed a considerable faci. Then “shall the wilderness and lity in the acquisition of languages, the solitary place be glad for and an ability to learn readily the them, and the desert rejoice and manners of the people among whom blossom as the rose.” Then may he was called to mingle, and to the idols of the nations quake for accommodate himself to their pe.. their shrines, and Satan tremble culiar customs, and particular cir. for his kingdom. And then may cumstances. Before the close of Zion sing, and the daughter of his short career, he was able to Jerusalem rejoice. preach the unsearchable riches of Christ in Italian, French, modern Greek, and Arabic ! In this fact The Family Monitor, or a Help to Domes. we see a confirmation of what an tic Happiness. By John Angell James. eminent missionary once said,
12mo. Westley and Davis. “ Prayer and pains will do any This is a subject so often and so
variously essayed, that the very Mr. Fisk's memoir is compiled title of the book may dull the from his journals, letters, and edge of curiosity, and deprive the other papers, so that, in a great distinguished name of its author of measure, he is his own biographer. some portion of that excitement The account of his travels in which has uniformly attended it. Egypt, and thence to Palestine, It is hence expedient to announce, in company with Mr. King, and at the outset, that this is one of the celebrated Mr. Wolf; and those productions whose excelthat of his subsequent journeys in lence and utility will be found in the Holy Land, will be perused the inverse ratio to the expectawith great interest, by all who are tions of fastidious readers. We anxious for the Redeemer's king. must, therefore, take upon us at
once to set aside all that sort of impetuosity and good - natured reluctance to read the book, which frankness, sometimes a little detimay be awakened by a trite sub- cientin caution upon nice questions, ject, and worn out title. It is please us more than the jealous rewell known, that the pen of Mr, serve and indecision ofother writers. James, like his tongue, can pro- He is eminently a man of decision duce nothing but what is vigorous and pronu ptitude. He has a fixed and stirring. His mind, if less opinion upon all points of Chrisprofound, and his thinking, if less tian duty and casuistry ; and, with condensed, than that of some other a fearlessness and fidelity charac. distinguished preachers and wri. teristic of the uncompromising ters, is, however, more calculated spirit of Christianity, he utters the for impression and usefulness. honest dictates of a warm and sinHis publications are all of so un- cere heart. We shall not enter exceptionable a class, and, in ge. into any lengthened description of neral, so well composed, that we the contents of this volume. It could never bring ourselves to consists of seven chapters, all point out minor defects, nor to illustrative of the duties connected give them a faint recommendation. with the domestic constitution. But we congratulate the author, on These duties are pointed out with the increasing interest and excel. very considerable ability and dislence of his writings. Several of crimination. There are many his later productions are marked passages, which are pointed, close, by a decided improvement, both in and searching in a high degree. the composition and the matter; Few heads of families can peruse and the present volume bespeaks the book, without feeling the pang a mind richly imbued with the of conviction, and the blush of principle and the spirit of our el. shame for important duties neder divines. It is impossible to glected, or the criminal indulgence peruse either this volume, or its of dispositions prejudicial to the predecessor on Christian Charity, happiness, or the best interests of without perceiving that Mr. James their family connexions. Our has been a diligent and success. readers, however, shall judge for ful pupil in this school. He has themselves of the general excelimbibed much of their fervour, and lence of this publication ; and we writes with a large portion of that wish them to be aware, that the evangelical authority, mingled extracts we present are not selected with persuasive earnestness and as beauties, but as fair specimens suavity, which imparts to the of the ordinary manner and matter writings of such men as Baxter, a of the whole volume. mysterious power over the hearts of men. His works are not de
“ The domestic constitution is a divine signed for the learned, but are ad
institute. God formed it himself. He
taketh the solitary, and setteth him in mirably adapted to the common families ;' and like all the rest of his understanding. He deals in no works, it is well and wisely done. It is, subtleties of thought or criticism, as a system of government, quite unique ; but liberally and impartially dis
neither below the heavens, nor above
them, is there any thing precisely like it, penses wholesome truth. There
In some respects it resembles the civil is a happy mixture of doctrinal government of a state : in others, the sentiment, with practical admoni ecclesiastical rule of a church ; and it is tion, pervading all his publications. there that the church and the state
may be said to meet. This meeting, He always writes like a man in
however, is only on a very small scale, earnest, and even his occasional and under very peculiar circumstances.' When directed as it should be, every into an eternity of torment or of bliss. family has a sacred character, inasmuch Now since all the institutes of God look as the head of it acts the part of both the to another world as their chief and ultiprophet and priest of the household, by mate reference, surely, surely, that ininstructing them in the knowledge, and stitute which is the most powerful of all, leading them in the worship of God; in the formation of character, must bé while at the same time, he discharges the considered as set up with a special intenduties of a king, by supporting a system tion to prepare the subjects of it for of order, subordination and discipline. “glory, honour, immortality, and eternal Conformably with its nature, is its de life." sign: beyond the benefit of the indivi “No one judges aright of this household duals which compose it, and which is its compact, nor can any be in a capacity first and immediate object, it is intended rightly to perform its duties, who does to promote the welfare of the national not consider this double relation which community to which it belongs, and of it bears to the state and to the church, which it is a part: hence every nation and who does not view it as a prehas stamped a great value on the family paratory system, for training up the compact, and guarded it with the most good citizen and the real Christian. And powerful sanctions. Well instructed, for these objects, how great is the power well ordered, and well governed families, which it really possesses : how considerare the springs, which, from their retire. able is the mutual influence of husbands ments, send forth the tributary streams and wives, in moulding each others tastes, that make up by their confluence, the or modifying each others dispositions ; of majestic flow of national greatness and parents, in forming the character of their prosperity : nor can any state be prospe children and servants; and of brothers rous, where family order and subordina and sisters, in stimulating and guiding tion are generally neglected ; nor other each others pursuits. The power of other wise than prosperous, whatever be its
constitutions is remote, occasional, and political form, where these are generally feeble ; but this is close, constant, and maintained. It is certainly under the mighty. With other systems, the charac. wise instruction, and the impartial sceptre ter is only casually brought into contact; of a father, and within the little family but this always touches us. We live, and circle, that the son becomes a good citi move, and have our being, in the very zen; it is by the fire side, and upon the centre of it. So powerful is the influence family hearth, that loyalty, and patrio of this association on its members, that it tism, and every public virtue grows; as has preserved them, by the blessing of it is in disordered families, that factious God, in the possession of piety and modemagogues, and turbulent rebels, and rality, in times and places of the greatest tyrannical oppressors, are trained up to corruption of manners. On what vanbe their neighbour's' torment, or their tage ground does the conscientious Chriscountry's scourge. It is there that the tian parent here stand! The springs of thorn and the briar, to use the elegant public and social life may be greatly corsimile of the prophet, or the myrtle and rupted; the nation is which he dwells the fir tree are reared, which are in fu may degenerate into licentiousness, into ture time, to be the ornament and de idolatry, or into the most daring infidelity. fence, or the deformity and misery of the Retiring then to this sacred enclosure, he land.
may entrench himself, and there, lifting 66 But, has the domestic constitution a up a standard for God, either wait the reference only to the present world and approach of better days, or leave a few its perishable interests? By no means. behind him, on whom the best blessings All God's arrangements for man, view of those days, will certainly descend. him, and are chiefly intended for him, in Though the heavens be shut up and there his relation to eternity. The eye of be no dew, the little enclosure which he Deity is upon that immortality to which cultivates, like the fleece of Gideon, will he has destined the human race. Every discover evident marks of the Divine family, has in fact, a sacred character favour. It actually seems as though in belonging to it, which may indeed, be the wide scene, where the vices of the forgotten or disdained; but the family age, may, and can reign triumphant, this is constituted, and ought, therefore, to were some secure and sacred retreat, into be conducted with the prospect of the which they cannot, dare not enter.”— rising generation following that which pp. 3-6. precedes it, not only to the grave, but to Mr. James then describes the eternity.' Every member of every' household is an immortal creature ; every mutual
mutual and special duties of husone that leaves the circle by death, goes bands and wives, properly consiX. S. NO. 55.
dering marriage as the root of do- and heavy than his; she is likely, theremestic duties, and as influencing fore, to make more frequent calls upon
& his tender interest and attention. Mauy the domestic constitution, in all its
tion, in all its of her ailments are the consequence of
of her ramifications, and for successive becoming his wife : she was, perhaps, in generations. In the close of the full vigour, till she became a mother, and chapter on mutual duties, we find from that time, never had a moment's
perfect ease or strength again. That the following just and important
event which sent into his heart the joys remarks :
of a parent, dismissed from her frame the
comforts of health. And shall he look “ MUTUAL SYMPATHY is required. with discontent, and indifference, and
“Sickness may call for this, and females insensibility, upon that delicate flower, Beem both formed and inclined by nature which, before he transplanted it to his to yield it.
garden, glowed in beauty and in fra
grance, to the admiration of every spec. * woman! in our hours of ease, tator ? Shall he now cease to regard it Uncertain, coy, and hard to please, with any pleasure, or sympathy, and And variable as the shade
seem as if he wished it gone, to inake By the light quivering aspen made ; room for another, forgetting that it was When pain and anguish wring the brow, he that sent the worm to the root, and A ministering angel thou !
caused its head to droop, and its colours
to fade? Husbands, I call upon you for 6 Unwilling, and indeed, unable to all the skill and tenderness of love, on subscribe to the former part of this de behalf of your wives, if they are weak scription, I do most readily assent to the and sickly. Watch by their couch, talk truth of the latter. If we could do with with them, pray with them, wake with out her and be happy in health, what are them. In all their afflictions, be you we in sickness without her presence and afflicted. Never listen heedlessly to her tender offices ? Can we smooth, as their complaints ; and oh, by all that is woman can, the pillow on which the sick sacred in conjugal affection, I implore man lays bis head ? No. We cannot ad- you never, by your cold neglect, or petuminister the medicine or the food as she lant expressions, or discontented look, to can. There is a softness in her touch, a call up in their imaginations, unusually lightness in her step, a skill in her ar- sensitive at such a season, the phantom of rangements, a sympathy looking down a fear, that the disease which has destroyupon us from her beaming eye, which ed their health, has done the same for ours wants. Many a female, by her de- your affection. Oh, spare their bosom voted and kind attentions in a season of the agonizing pangs of supposing, that sickness, has drawn back to herself that they are living to be a burden to your
her charms could hold, nor her claims man wants a name, and I know of none recover. I entreat you, therefore, mar- sufficiently emphatic, who denies his ried females, to put forth all your power sympathy to a suffering woman, whose to soothe and please in the season of your only sin is a broken constitution, and husband's sickness. Let him see you whose calamity is the result of her marwilling to make any sacrifices of pleasure, riage. Such a man does the work of a ease, or sleep, to minister to his comfort. murderer, without his punishment, and Let there be a tenderness in your man- in some instances, without his reproach ; ner, a wakeful attention and sympathy but not always without his design or his in vour look, a something that seems to remorse, say, your only comfort in his affliction, is “But sympathy should be exercised by to employ yourselves in alleviating it. man and wife, not only in reference to Hearken with patience and kindness to their sicknesses, but to all their afflictions, the tale of his lighter, and even of his whether personal or relative; all their imaginary woes. A cold, heartless, awk. sorrows should be common : like two ward, unsympathising woman, is an ex- strings in unison, the chord of grief ception from the general rule, and there should never be struck in the heart of fore, the severer libel upon her sex. one, without causing a corresponding
"Nor is this sympathy exclusively the vibration in the heart of the other; or, duty of the wife : but belongs equally to like the surface of the lake answering to the husband. He cannot, it is true, per- the heaven, it should be impossible for form the same offices for her, which she calmness and sunshine to be upon one, can discharge for him : but much he can while the other is agitated and cloudy: do, and all he can he should do. Her heart should answer to heart, and face to sicknesses are generally more numerous ace.”-pp. 34--37.
The following powerful enforce, as like departing Jacob, you address yourment of the religious instruction of selves to them, but God will be withi
you, and we shall meet again where there children is worthy of deep consi
will be no more death.' deration by parents :
“But should you unhappily neglect their
religious education, and they, through “Do you regard your own comfort ? your inattention, should grow up without Do you love yourselves ? Are you anxious any due sense of the claims of God, is to avoid painful and incessant solicitude, there not a danger of their becoming bitter reflexion, domestic disquietude, immoral, as well as irreligious ? And how dreadful foreboding ? Then bring ap your could you bear to witness, or to hear of children with the most unvarying regard their profligacy and vice, if at the same to their religious character. Should God time, you were conscions that it was in a crown your efforts with success, what a measure through your neglect ? Perhaps harvest of joys will you reap even in this they may be unkind and disobedient to world. When you see your children en- you; for God may justly render that ter the paths of wisdom, thank God,' child a scourge to his parent, whose payou will exclaim, my highest ambition rent did not train him up in the ways of has at length reached its object. My chil- religion. O what scenes of domestic dren are decided Christians. I am now misery, what heart-rending spectacles of no longer distressingly anxious for their confusion and wretchedness, have proflifuture prospects in this life. In one way gate children occasioned in the families or other, God will provide for them. And to which they belong ! How many have as to eternity they are safe.' Who can thus had their hearts suddenly broken, describe the pure, elevated felicity with or their gray hairs brought down by the which such parents mark the course of slow process of withering sorrow to the their children, in going from strength to grave: and the sting of all this, in some strength in their progress to Zion. What cases, has been the consciousness of paa season of delight is that, when they rental neglect. No sin more heavily publicly assume the profession of a Chris. punishes itself, than this, nor mingles for tian, and connect themselves with the its subject a more bitter cup. But then, church! Whatjoy is felt on beholding them the eternal consequences, oh, the eternal at their side at the table of the Lord, and consequences of this neglect. See the holding communion with them in the joys heart-stricken parent, wringing his hands of faith and the anticipations of eternity. over the dying youth, who is departing And what satisfaction is experienced in without repentance. No, not a syllable seeing them unrolling their names as the escapes his lips that sounds like penitence: friends of God and man, and giving their the father weeps, and prays, and entreats, support to those institutions which are but the son hearkens not, and dies, and formed to promote the highest interests makes no sign. Now in what a burst of of the human race. As they grow in ex. agony does he give vent to his feelings perience, in usefulness, in respectability, over the corpse, from which the spirit has in the church, the parents' joy and grati- departed, but departed not to the mantude are continually increasing, and they sions of the blest... feel the honour of having sent such mem- "Oh, my son Absalom, my son, my son bers into the fellowship of the faithful. Absalom, would God I had died for thee, Should God in the mysteries of his pro- O Absalom, my son, my son.' vidence remove them by an early death,.“ Or, in the event of your own death, you will be cheered amidst the agonies of what thorns will it plant in your pillow, separation, by their dying consolation; with what deeper shades will it invest the their piety will wipe away your tears, descent to the dark valley, to reflect that and be a halm to the wounds of your you had forgotten the religious characmind; and when they have departed, ter of your children, and the eternal you will solace yourselves with the healó salvation of their immortal souls. Then, ing thought, that they are gone to that amidst these fearful scenes, to awake to world of glory in which you will soon be a sense of your duty, when it is too late, reunited with them. Or should the order except by one parting admonition to pera, of nature be observed, and you precede form it. Then to see those around your them to the tomb, will not their presence bed, with whom you had been entrusted, and attentions in your dying chamber, be but whom you have neglected. more soothing by the consideration, that “ But there are other scenes more they are so many saints, as well as chil- dreadful still. The faithless parent must dren, ministering to your comfort ? Will meet his ruined children at the day of not their piety give a sanctity and a judgment, before the bar of God Fearsweetness to all the offices of their affec- ful will be the interview ; and, to nis, now tion? « I die,' will be your expression, utterly inconceivable. No imagination