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last seven years (i.e. preceding 1726) several hundreds have been brought over to the Christian faith :' he says also, that Dr. Edzard (theu a preacher in London) had been the instrument of converting many. .The successful endeavours mads in Germany by Professor Frank and others, were referred to in a late Number of this Magazine. Still, however,there is room for more abundant zeal in promoting this great object; for which purpose, the author lays before his readers, 1st, The motives which should engage their thoughts and labours in behalf of the Jews; and, 2diy, The proper means to be employed for their canversion. We sincerely wish that the considerations adduced may have their due weight with every reader.
But we cannot concur with the author when he says (p. 27) 'The disappointment of Missionary efforts seems to turn our thoughts from the Heathen to theJeics. Here and there a gleaning of the Heathen has sanctioned and encouraged the spirit of evangelizing them; but the Utile which has been aicomplished, little in comparison with the various attempts which have been made, the zeal which has been manifested, and the magnitude of the means employed, clearly point out the necessity of other instruments, and a more favourable period of conversion.' We are obliged lo differ totally from the sentiments here expressed. We are far from thinking that little has been done among the Heathen. If we lake a view of what has been done by the Moravians, in various parts of the world, — by the preachers ia the Wesleyan connection, in the West Indies, — by the Missionary Society, among the Hottentots in Africa and the Negroes at Demarara, Ac. — and by the Baptist and other Missionaries in the East Indit'i, where several.Christian churches are formed, we feel abundant causj fjr gratitudeandjov. l God hath done great I hings for us ulreadyj' asul there is a pleasing prospect of far greater thiugs yet lo be done.
We must dissent likewise from the good Presbyter's opinion of the Mis isonaries in general. We arc certain that many of them are most
eminently qualified for their wirk: they possess much piety, much zeal, raycli evangel cal knowledge, and are indefatigable ,in their labours. Probably, some of them are equal to any inslruuien s employed in the same work since the days of the. apostles; and if we did not impute this misrepresentation to the author's unaaiuaintedness with these worthy men, we should think him worthy of censure for this unmerited attack on their Missionary character.
Shall we then ' turn our thoughts from the Heathen,' that we may attend to the Jews? God forbid! — Why may we not regard both these objects together .' The former are surely, at leasL, as fit objects of our pity, for thoy have no means of grace,—no Bible; but the Jews, almost everywhere, posset's those Scriptures which direct them to the Lamb of God; and many of them live among Christians, of whom they may at any time enquire the way to 2:on. Far be it from us to discourage attempts to convert the Jews. May they be redoubled '. — and may lhay be followed with all the success that the must sanguine can wish! Our ' r.earls' desire aud prayer to God for israel is, That they may by saved;' but, tor Christ's sake, let us not' turn from the Heathen 1'
Before we conclude, wo cannot but observe, that while the author warmly recommends the most zealous efforts in behalf of the Jews, and says, 4 This object has bjen overlooked,' iie seems noL to know what has been done on their behalf by the .Missionary Society, for many years pust. Soon ai'ier the commencement of that Institution, Lectures were preacned to them at Bury Street, by Mr.Love, Mr,Greatheed, Mr. Rogue, Dr. Haweis, Dr. Iliinlcr, D,> Nicol.and others; several of which were published. Mr. F.ey was educated at the Missionary Seminary, and for a km,; time supported by them in hJs preaching to the Je»sb> London. & great number of* tracts, composid on purposv tor the Jews, have been printed and. dispersed. Ao able treatise has been writien on the subject by Mr.Ewin;;, at Ihe'.t request. Mr. Ass.r, a Jewish
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Rabbi, was brought over to England, and assisted in his education; both in Theology and Medicine; and supported also in his return to the Continent. A school for poor Jewish children was established 5 and many of the indigent Jews, whoprofesssd a desire to become Christians, were relieved in their distress at a great essence. In a word, the zeal of the Society for this object was fully expressed by the Rev. Mr. Begue, the Tutor of the Missionary Seminary, ift an admirable and impressive sermou preached at Tottennara Court Chapel, in May 1*06; and since published. To that excellent discourse we refer. A number of ministers, many of whom are connected with the Society, are now preaching a Course of Lectures atArtillery Street; many of them on the very subjects recommended at the close of this pamphlet; which have been very well attended: but, whoever may ,p rove the successful instruments of converting the Jews is of no consequence: if the work be done, God will have all the glory!
An Appeal to the Public, or a Vindication of the Character of Mr. tV. Hale from the Calumnious .Aspersions of the Kevifwerin the Evangelical Magazine; with, a Candid Statement of Objections against the London Female Penitentiary. L>y John Thomas, Pastor of the Independent Church at founders'Hall, Lolhbury. 2s. (W.
It is with great reluctance that we resume our attention to a controversy, which we sincerely hoped had reached its close. We trusted that all opposition to this excellent charity would have ceased, after it bad been so ably defended by.Mr. Hodson, Mr. Blair,and others: but it has been the peculiar lot of this lenuvolsnt institution to be objected toby a few good men, whose terrific dreams of its dangerous tendency "bare been opposed to the judgment and the philanthropy of great numbers of their fellow-Christians. It is not, however, our intention to enter > the lists with Mr. Thomas (Mr. HaJe's pastor and defender) oti Uie general subject ef kit Appeal.;
this has been performed by Mr. Hodson, whose uuwearied perseverance in the vindication of the Institution well deserves the thanks of all its friends. Our business is merely to defend ourselves from the charge of ' Calumnious Aspersions* on the character of Mr. Hale.'
To this charge we plead JVtt guilty. That we have censured Mr. Hale (and warmly, perhaps too warmly) for his opposition to an institution assuredly intended, and* as we conceive, well calculated to bring sinners to repenlanee and salvation, and to restore them to society, we freely own: that we meant to impute to hiin motives unworthy of a Christian, we as positively deny. We have repeatedly expressed our good opinion of the writer, while we thought it our duty, and still think it necessary, to condemn his ssntiments. The * only passages quoted by Mr. T. as instances of calumny, that deserve our notice, are the following : —
'We are extremely concerned t» observe, that while he professes to act 011 Christian principles, he continues, unblushingly, to misrepresent the design of this noble Institution ;' and agaij, ' The real truth seems to be, that the popularity and warm reception which the Penitentiary has met with, occasioned the ill-will and opposition of Mr. Hale.'
That Mr. Hale continues to misrepresent the tendency of this Institution, is, to us, sufficiently plain; •for it is the object of his pamphlets to shew, that what the conductors of this charity deem to be laudable and useful, is, in fact, very dangerous. Tiiis, we are fully persuaded, is absolute misrepresentation !—and that Mr. Hale eontinues to mako this misrepresentation without blushing, is obvious to all: but this by no means necessarily implies corrupt motives, or wilful misrepresentation. A man may act an unbecoming part without blushing, as Saul did (Acts xxvi. 9) in consequence of his ignorance, as another may from the settled depravity of his heart: and that the opposition of Mr. Hale was occasioned, or at least strengthened, by the popularity of this charity, is evident from his own words : — * I consider Ihe Female Penitentiary as more dangerous to the morals of society' (than the Magdalen) ' not only because it removes every obstacle of admiss:on to the wont of characters, and offers them greater pecuniary rewards, but because it if taken up so strenuously by the religious world, advocated so warmly by the most popular preachers of the day, and carried on with that degree of enthusiasm,' &c. This is assigned by the author himself as •ne of his motives for opposing the Penitentiary. See Hale'sHeply,p.S2.
Mr. T. has thought proper to bring forward the name of * very respectable gentleman, whom he too boldly presumes to have been the author of the Review complained of; and even ventures to insinuate, that the same writer i9 also the reviewer of h'u own work! We think that Mr. T. should have had a Uett»r foundation for such personalities than loose conjecture or vague report; and as communications of this sort are properly anonymous, we shall not gratify Mr. T.'s curiosity (nor any other person's in similar circumstances) by either admitting or denying the charge: but we must point out a striking example of unfairness in Mr. T.'s maimer of arguing on this subject. He says, A writer, in a newspaper, signing himself Philemon, had said, 4 It was currently reported that this Review was written hy one of the antagonists of Mr. Hale.' Now this is a false quotation. His words are,
* I abstain from making any personal reflection uprn tne strange absurdity of an opponent of Mr. H. and the author of a pamphlet against his first work writing that article.' But not to dwell on this, we believe it will be found, that the Strictures, &c. on Mr. Hale's Reply were not published when the Review appeared, Sep., 1 ; consequently Mr. T. had no pretence far representing Mr. Hudson and Mr. Blair as the two antagonists of Mr. Hale. Jt is well known that six writers had answered that geoticii.ao, and therefore this report was applicable to tbem all; but Mr. Thomas gels rid of four by an act of oblivion; and then handsomely exculpates an
other, thus fixing the report on the only remaining ' antagouisi/;' after which he asks, ' What dependence can be placed upon a Magazine, ia which tUo author reviews bis owry, and the work of his antagonist r Our readers will be able to appreciate the candour of an author who can so widely wander into the regions of conjecture!
So much for his reasoning : now let us advert to his misrepresentation. In page 94 he says,' 1 ana at a loss to account how it has happened, that, in the Evangelical Magazine, 'currency' has not been given to these Hints (refering to Mr. H.'s Hints in his first pamphlet) for the * Prevention and Cure of the horrible Evil of Prostitution,' Mr. T. should have looked over our reviews for some other purpose than merely to criminate Hie writer or the Editor. If he will turn to page 139, he will find the following paragraph : — ' Towards the close of the work, there are some useful Hints suggested, for the better Regulation of Parochial Matters; which, we hope, will he more seriously regarded by the principal persons in our parishes than they hava hitherto been.' It appeals then, that it was our wish to give 'currency' to any good Hints, whether from Mr. Hale or Mr. Smith.
We are at a less to account for what Mr. T. says (p. 9) about the opinion of ' a Coxdvctor' of this Magazine, who, be says, admitted that Mr. Hale was ill treated in it; but that his request to be allowed to defend himselt in the same work could not he granted. The Editor assures us, That he never before heard of any such application, and knows not who is meant by the said Conductor; consequently, no share of responsibility belongs to him for the alleged refusal.
We do not feel anxious concerning the event of this discussion, thougti conducted, we think, on ttfe part of Mr. Hale and Mr. Thomas, very unfairly, and with unjust and cruel misrepresentation ot the Penitentiary. The institution is such as at ence recommends itself to the heart of a Christian, needs no laboured arguments to enforce its claims, nor ]20 REVIEW-OF RELIGIO
dreads any opposition from the combined efforts i;f Christian friends and carnal enemies. If we feel any concern on the subject, it is that we have given needless notoriety to the adversaries of this Penitentiary, as perhaps we did to the Hints of the Barrister: but both will soon die away and be forgo.tt'Ui; while the glorious doctrines of the everlasting gospel, and institutions breathing the spirit of that gospel, and promoting its recovering and purifying influences, >ri!l flourish and triumph over ail opposition.'
Carmina Chrlsto; or, Hymns to the • Saviour: 'designed for the Use .and
Comfort of those who worship the
Lamb Hint was slain. Hy tne Rev.
T. Haweis, L. L. B. and M. D. A
JVew Edition, enlarged.
Th!s is an enlarged, improved, and handsome edition ofJ Dr; Haweis's original hymns, on a variety of subjects. To those before published, are'now added several hymns on the Parables and Miracles, adapted to correspond with sermons on those subjects. Tr.ey are, as, to doctrine, purely evangelical, and as to poetical merit, very respectable; they form a grateful addition to that stock of sacred poesy with . -which the church of Christ in our clay is so highly favoured. We understand that the Doctor has also published a small volume of Original Music, suited to the various metres oftfceHvmns.
Sermons on Regeneration; wherein ill Nature, Necessity, and Evid*m:es are considered, and practiallj improved. By Joseph Barber. Second Edition, corrected »ud improved. 3s. boards.
These six Sermons, on a very important subject, were fitst published iiiorc than- thirty years ago; and the vensrable author, now almost laid aside from his beloved work, in which he has faithfully been cmployed for more than s'xty years, fell himself strongly inclined to republish -.them, as they have been long out of print, anil a new generation h:ix risen up since their iiist eppearance.- .- • ;''
We cannot give a more just description of these sermons than Mr. Barber himself gives in his preface. "They are all plain discourses, and such I meant them to be; for 1 think it my duty, and it has been my constant aim, in the course of my miuisiry, to make the great things of God as plain to the understandings of my hearers as 1 could."—" It is hardly possible to call your attention to a subject of greater importance than that which is here treated on. Regeneration is a capital point of Christianity. Our Lord began with Nicodemus here ; 'and it is the gate into the narrow way which lei-deth unto life.' If we are not horn again, we are without God, wirhout Christ, and without any well-grounded hope of eternal life. But the new birth brings us near to God and Christ, and introduces us into the glorious privileges and) blessings of the gospel."
We may consider the republication of this volume as the author's dying avowal of the distinguishing doctrines of the New Testament, for, he says, p. 5, " In revising these sermons, I have seen no reason for altering any of the sentiments contained in them; for, after many years study and labour in the work of the sacred ministry, sinee their 'first publication, my views of the gospel are, substantially, the same;'aay, I am more confirmed as to their truth and importance.''
If these discourses appear not before the world recommended by great depth of thought, novelty of ideas, or ornaments of rhetoric, they possess far superior advantages, the weight of sterling truth,< simplicity of style, and affection of manner, which render them very proper for family instruction, or village readipg. In whatever way they are used, we sincerely unite with the author in wishing and praying for the Lord's blessing upon them.
The Thoughtful Christian; exemplified in Extracts from the Manuscripts of the late Mrs. J. Crcighlon: including a JVarrative of her Bxperi&nae, Sfc. with a Brief dc
By ference of the magistrate in regard to religiof add those breaches of the moral law which are injurious to sycirtty: and ought to be prevented or punished. The appendix give*
fount of her Happy Death.
W. Roby, Manchester. It.
The subject of this little book is well expressed in lis title. The deceased appaars to have'been a retired Christian, who employed ranch of her time in communing with hor own heart, and with her Cud.— She was also accustomed lo write down brief hints ol her religious experience, and the general heads of many of the sermsnig which she heard, several of which are here recorded. The EJitor says, he has taken very little liliertj with the style of her papers; ant! ofcsrrvts that, considering she hnd enjoyed few advantages of education, except at a Sunday and, for a short time, at an Evening-School, it is surprizing that they needed not more correction.
We are happy to find that the Memoirs and Obituaries which she read in this Magazine were very pleasing and profitable to her, especially wheu she was drrwmg-nigh to the grave. Mrs. C. herself was among the triumphant cennuerors over tiie King of Terrors. We cordially recommend this pious and useftil narrative tp the attention of- our readers.
Co-operalion with Magistrates inthc Suppression of Vict, the Duty of all Christian*. By T. Thomas, of Chelmsford. 12mo. Is.
This pamphlet contains the substance of an Address delivered to a Society, in London, for promoting the belter observance of the Lord's Day, and is published at their request. The discourse is founded on Horn, xiii- 4. ' For he is the minister of Clod to thee for good,' &c. from which the author points out * the origin and duty of civil magistrates, the crimes which they ought to punish, and the necrasily there is that every rational member should lend his aid for the discovery and suppression of such crimes." The crimes enumerated are—* Drunkenness, lewdness, piofane swearing, and Sabbath-breaki»g.' Mr. T. is careful to distinguish between persecution for conscience take, or any improper inter
punished. 1 lie appendix gives, an account of" the Rise and Propress of Societies for the Reformation of Manners," with the names of many respectable preachors who have plraied the cause of those societies. W e heartily concur with the writer in wishing that his publication may stimulate the moral part of society to active exertions in b;ri*lf of good order, and contribute to the welfare of our country at large.
The Life of Mr. John Bunyan, Minister (if !he Gospel at Bedford-; in which is "xcmflificd the Power of Evangelical Principles. By Joseph Ivimey, 4s. M. boards.
The praise of Jahn Bunyan is proclaimed by all who entertain a 'respect for original genius and fervent piety. Lternry men have passed the most favourable sentence on his immortal work, ' Tl:e Pilgrim's Progress;' " and, among genuine Christians, his ' memory is blessed,* on account of his useful labours and devotional works. It is left, therefore, for those who are destitute both of taste and true religion, to despise his character or vilify his productions; but his reputation will survive their obloquy, and his name will be had in de:ightful remembrance when those of his calumniators shall have sunk into oblivion.
The , publication before us, is a well-timed- antidote to the foul aspersions which have been cast on. >'r. Bunyan by s >me anonymous pamphleteers of the pres nt times. It is simply a reprint of the venerable man's account of himself, accompanied by some explanatory Notes and Remarks, which do honour to the Editor, and to these of whose assistance he availed himself. We'should he happy to furnish our readers with some aitrac-, tive extracts; hut rather wish them to purchase and peruse the volume for themselves. Most cordially do we join in the wish and prayer of Mr. Ivimey, That this attempt may be a means ' of awaken