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hit ioirodnction. "It is animating and instructive to have before our eye* toe pious breathings of a soul aspiring to the highest degrees of sanctity and virtues and from a deep conviction that a devotion of the heart to God is at once the duty and happiness of man, striving to break asunder the bonds of innate corruption, and raise itself to the greate.it and most excellent objects. Bnt it is still more animating and instructive, when we can follow it ti> the verge of eternity, and behold it shaking off its earthly fetters, with hopes full of immortality. In this point of view,the following Memoir iscalculatcd to interest all.
Mr. Pryor was born in London, n 17S0. When he was 19, the symptoms of a consumptive disorder induced him to spend three year* in warmer climates; during which, his understanding, naturally strong, and improved by a liberal education, received much additional advantage; and his taste for the fine arts was much gratified by his visit to Italy. But his disorder gained ground, notwithstanding all his efforts to recover health ; and had advanced so far in the year ISO.", as to leave little doubt of its tatal termination.
But as death giadually approached, hise\ angelical views appeared to (lighten;- his p'-elj became more mature; his consolations were increased; mid on the 3d of August 1807, be expired in the hone of the '. Gospel. The account of his last hours is peculiarly interesting.
'On the 2d of August a material alteration was visible in his complaints; but it afforded us great consolation to observe, thut his faith and hopes grew more full of immortality the nearer he approached hi* end. The spirit of prayer and Jove rested upon him ; and a sweet appeaiance of serenity clothed his pallid features.
The next day, ab«ut one o'clock, hearing that his aunt was below, he desired to see her, that he might bid her a l»st farewell. 'the Lord,' said he, ' supports me wonderfully. I think I shall never see you again.:
five my love to all: I trust we shall tl meet again," When hii sister ex
pressed the comfort which she fe?t in hearing what he had just said, he replied, ' 1 feel strong hope, thro' the infinite, unutterable, adorable mercy of God. My ouly hope is in the blood of thy ever - blessed Son !' they who believe in the Sou shall not perish, but have everlasting life.' Soon afterwards, with tip» lilted hands, he said, ' Holy Father, thy will be done!' His end was now fast approaching; he was aware of it, and fixing his eyes most intensely upon his sister and cousin, extended both his hands to them, in token no doubt of his last farewell. At intervals he uttered the following expressions: ' lam dying :'—some tinie afterwards, ' 1 fear 1 shall revive;' and on being questioned whether lis really said so, he repeated the words slowly and distinctly, as if he were anxious they should be understood: • I fear I shall revive i I Icel some vital strength remaining." These were his last wprds. The immortal spirit w: s soon after set free from its earthly tenement; and in the very mpmcut «■ its departure, an expression of sweetness and benignity (noretlian mortal beamed upon his feature?, proclaiming, as it were, to all around, that rto was become 'a fellow-citizen with the saints, and of the household of God.' Eph. ii. \Ve r< commend the perusal of this Jiftie volnm.: io our leaders in general, ami especially to young persons.
The Christian's Consolation; s»r,
the Precisusness of Christ to ill
who believe. 24»io, price it. By Mr. Cox.
Ttirs is an excellent little work, written in a neat and perspicuous; style. The author arranges his subject in the following manner;—" chap. 1. On the need of faith to an. experimental acquaintance with the pi eciousness of Christ. 2. On what account Christ is precious to those who believe. 3. On the particular reasons in which fthrist is found especially precious to believers. 4. On the me of the means which tmlear Christ to believers. 5. On the evidences of the prcsiousness of Christ to n*. 6. On the happy state of believers, to whom Christ is pre
cious, contrasted with that of unbeliever!. Tne whole is truly evangelical, and forms a valuable addition to those works which are calculated for usefulness. The following extract will afford a specimen of Ihe author's style: — 'In the holy Scriptures, a serious Christian will find something very suitable and refreshing to the soul, where a careless reader discovers nothing interesting ; just as the botanist plucks, in his walks, many a rare plant, which olt»ers would pass by unnoticed; or, perhaps, trample u^der their feet. Not that we are to'labour, in order to find spiritual meanings, in defiance of the plain import of , language, and the dirct scope of the sacred writers. The wild notions that some people have attempted to draw from the Scripture, when a weak judgment is overpowered by a warm and ungoverned imagination, ought to waVn us to take heed how we read, as well ais ho* we hear. Such a method of interpreting the Scriptures, is calculated to bring contempt ©a the oracles of truth; it gives a boundless licence to invent schemes the most absurd; and yet covers them with appeals to Scripture. Still the weak and uninformed are often exceedingly delighted with this way of misrepresenting, uBder the shew of axplaining the word of God.'
The Detestable Nature of Sin, a Sermon, preached at Lenses, before the Sussex Mission Society, by John Styles, price Is.
Mr. Styles has published this discourse, in compliance with the wishes of his brethren and frienris; * and that the world may be furnished with aaother proof, that the legitimate tendency of Evangelical •octrines is to promote the interests of the purest morality.' The text is Jer. xliv. 4, 'Oh, do not this abominable thing that I hate.' The preacher first considers sin in its relations, and in its natural influence upon the character and happiness of intelligent creatures; and then exhibits those s;riking proofs of God's abhorrence of sin, which be has displayed in the government of the moral world. Toes; important
paints are treated in an able and impressive manner, well calculated to inspire a just detestation of the worst of all evils.
An account of tbc Sussex Mission Society is appended. Institutions of thiskind nre adapted to the very useful purpose of introducing the truths of toe gospel among the uuifistructed villagers"; of whom there are rerj many ih the county of Sussex.
General Redemption the onto proper Basis of General Benevolence.' A Letter addressed to &. Htitcker, D. D. suggested by his Defence of the Female Penitentiary. By J. Evans, K. M. •id Edition, with Animadversions on the Eclectic Revieie, 8vo, price Is.
The object of this pamphlet i*. to convict the Calviuists of ineons'steucys in that, notwithstanding their creed being gloomy and misanthropic, their principles are the most benevolent, and their conduct full of mercy and kiudnesj;—-as in the instance of Dr. Hawker, and the friends of the Penitentiary.
We deny, however, Mr. Evans's premises, and the fairness ©f his conclusion. His portraiture of Calvinists, we consider as a perfect caricature. We believe, that in no case docs God decree the death of a sinner irrespective of bis sins, nor doe* he delight in punishment.
2. We take not the divine de. trees, which are unknown and inscrutable, for the rule of our conduct; but the revealed witl <sC God, which, as it respects us and our fellow-creatures is, that we ' do justice, and love mercy.'
3. Admitting all that Mr. Evans, supposesusto believe with respect to the future fates of men, we should reason very difftrently. A good American lady, whose husband's character gave her no roovn to hope well of his future s'.at'e, remarked, 'I do all I can to make him c»mfortahle on earth, because 1 have no prospect of his happiness hereafter.' So, could we foresee the future misery of a Judas »>r a Nero,—it is no reason why we should ' tor.nent him before the time.' Even a gaoler is not to be excused in unnecessary ss' verity to the criminal that is condeniicd to die.
Upon the whole, if Mr. E. hid any other view than to catch a temporary popularity from the name of Dr. Hawker, we think he has completely failed. Hit Animadversions we leave to the Eclectic Reviewer.
Strictures on a Work, entitled ' 2eal without Innovation.' Reprinted from the Eclectic Review for June, July, and September, 1809; to which are prefixed, Observations on the Controversy between the Puritans and the Established Church. Price Is. 6d.
We are extremely happy to recommend this most able performance to all our readers. They will find it an effectual antidote to the pernicious spirit of the work which it undertakes to examine. Unfettered by any party principles, zealous only for the cause of evangelical truth and religious liberty, animated by a most liberal and cordial spirit towards good men of all denominations, the writer of this critique is an admirable constrast to the author of ' Zeal without Innovation.' He has ably vindicated the Dissenters, the evangelical clergy, and in particular the character of Mr. Whitfield, from anmerited reproach; and has incidentally inculcated various general principles of prime importance with singular ability and effect. His style is worthy of the best age of English literature; and will suffer nothing from a comparison with that of Addison, Boiingbroke, or Goldsmith.
In our opinion, the critique does honour to the writer, and the excellent publication in which it first appeared. The reprinting of it in a form and at a price suited to general circulation, is a public benefit; and, as far as our recommendation can avail it, wilt be universally read.
A few pages (not before printed) are now prefixed to the critique s in which the Puritans are vindicated on the broad ground that a Christian church has no right to impose terms of communion distinct from these enjoined by Christ and his apostles; or, at any rate, if they have such a right, that those terms ought not
to consist in things which the imposers acknowledge to be indifferent, and the party on whom they are enjoined look upon as sinful.
A Vindication of the Jews; by Way of Reply to the Letter addressed by Perset/erans to the English Israelite, humbly submitted to the Consideration of the Missionary Society, and the London Society for promoting Christianity among the Jews. By T. Witherby. Svo, 7».'
The design of this volume is to dissuade Christians from attempting the conversion of the Jews in the present dispersed state of that people; and the spirit of meekness with which it is written does credit to the feelings of the author. He regards such attempts as seducing the Jews from the covenant made by Jehovah with their forefathers; and deprecates any measures which have a compulsory appearance, by inducing children to leave their parents; or holding out encouragement to worthless characters, who may profess Christianity for the sake of worldly gain. He also censures that publicity which has of late been given to measures concerted for their conversion, by the posting of large bills about the streets of the metropolis; and especially every attempt to excite tae Jews to public controversy, as having a tendency to induce them to ' blaspheme the holy name by whicjs we are called,* and thus to increase the sum of moral evil, and subject the Jews to punishment by the laws of the land. The author adduces the conduct of Mr. David Levi, when challenged to controversy by Dr. Priestly, as a proof of this, although he considers that no blame attaches to the Jews, as a body, for the conduct of an individual member of their community.
It may appear somewhat singular, that in reading nearly 200 pages of this work, the reader would be led to suppose that the wcxthy author had lost sight of that important prophecy of Moses: ' I will raise them up a prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee; and will put my words in his mouth; and he sliall speak
onto them all that I - vine Master, ' That repentance and
shall command him: and it shall come to pass, that whosoever will net hearken unto my words, which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.' — Deut. xviii. 18, 19.
The reader might readily suppose that he was reading the writings of one who did not believethat this Prophet is already come, until he draws near to the close of the work, when it appears that the author infers, from the prophecies he has quoted, that the Jews o i those tribes which are known in Eurdpe, will not be led to repent and turn to the Lord, under their spiritual David, the Messiah, until after they have returned to their own land. He conceives also, that the efforts of Missionary Societies, and particularly of the British and Foreign Bible Society, in causing the Scriptures to be circulated in various languages, may be happily instrumental in awakening the attention of the ten tribes, • which are dispersed abroad,! to the books of Moses and the Prophets; and thereby induce that train of reflections which will ultimately lead to their return also to their own country, when Judah and Bphraim shall become ' one nation in the land, upon the mountains of Israel; and one King shall be king to them all; and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all.' — Ezek. xxxvii. 28.
Without entering into a discussion of the designs of Providence, with regard to the conversion of the Jews as a body, we conceive that this question does not affect the duty of Christians to "aim at the conversion of individuals among tbein; and that suck attempts are not alienating their minds from the obedience which they owe to the law of Moses is evident, from the assertion ofour blessed Lord, 'That he was hot come to destroy, but to fulfil the law.'
We are emouraged to preach the gospel to' the Jews, not only by the example of the apostles, who, in every place, commenced their ministry with the house of Israejl; !>nt also by the command ofour tii
remission of sins should be preached in his name amoug all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.' Accordingly, we find that the first fruits of the apostles' ministry were an abundant accession of converts from among the Jews, although we conceive that the objections brought by this author, against the attempts made by the Missionary Society for the conversion of modern Jews, would have equally applied to the ministry of the apostles, in the various parts of the world which were visited by them.
The author appears to be under a mistake, when he asserts, p. 171, 178, ' That Christians in general, and the Missionary Society in particular, admit, That it is Jehovah, God of Israeli "he hath scattered Israel into all nations; but will not admit that it is because they have forsaken the covenant of Jehoifeih, the God of their fathers,' We believe, that not only the Missionary Soeiety, but Christians in general, are fully persuaded that they have been scattered among the nations for this very cause •, and that they broke that covenant when they rejected Jesus, the Prophet foretold by Moses; and whatever may be the expectation of the author respecting the ' prosperity of Israel,' we would remind him, as a Christian, that the Jews can only be truly prosperous when they shall return to Jehovah in the way of his ovu appointment, — through the Mediator of the new covenant; and that it will avail them nothing to be the keepers of the oracles of God, whjist. they «oitinue to despise him who is the sum and substauce of those oracles. The long dispersicn of the Jews is a standing proof of the fulfilment of the prophecy of the Lord Jesus (Malt. xxiv. 44) ; and the parablr. which precedes this awful threatening, plainly evinces that their dispersion took place in consequence of their rejection of Him ' of whom looses in the Law and the Prophets did wtrle.' It must, therefore, bo the imperious duty of every Christian to attempt, at evrry seasonable opportunity, to convince them 61 their awful delusion, and 1° bring F
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te oar readers; and think it tn alsd, in some respects, be ussful to young Ministers and Itinerants, as suggesting some leading ideas for their enlargement in the pulpit.
them to the knowledge of the truth as it is in Jesus; seeing that, as the apostle informed the Jews at Jerusalem, there is no salvation in any other;' for there is none other name under Heaven, given among men, ■whereby we must be saved.' Acts iv. IS* . i'~:
The Death of the Widow's only Son, a Sermon, occasioned by the Decease of E. 0. Ives, Esq. of Tichfield, Hants, by John Hunt.
This is a solemn, affectionate, and faithful discourse, ou an interesting subject s well adapted to improve the mournful event which gave occasion to its delivery. 'It is published to gratify the request of friendship; and, with a hope, that it may be useful in the circle where respect for the deceased will obtain for it a reading,'—we hope its ussfulness will be more extensive.
The Poor Man's Morning Portion: being a Selection of a verse of Scripture, with short Observations for every Day in the Tear. By R. Hawker, D. D. id Edition, 12me, 3s,—fine paper, 4s.
To say that these short meditations are evangelical,—that they display the glory of the Lord Jesus in a variety of views, and the work of the Holy Spirit on tlie heart, is quite unnecessary to those acquainted with the writings of Br. Hawker. There is one point, however, in •which we wish the Dr. had been more cautious. We ar« no enemy to the chaste use of types and allegories, but we think there is great danger in their abuse; and that thereby ths character of Jesus may be sometimes dishonoured, and the Scriptures made to bend too much like 'a nose of wax,' — though nothing can be farther from the design of this writer. We beg teaye to submit to him a reconsideration of some of the texts occasionally introduced, and the adoption, in a new edition of others more immediately, adapted to his comment.
With this cautionary hint we cordially reeonimecd this little volume
The Ordination Service of the Rev. Jncob Snelgar, at Crcndon Lane, High Wycomb, Bucks, price 2s 6d»
Mr. Douglas, of Reading, delivered an introductory discourse, the heads only of which are detailed. Mr. Snelgar has given us, at large, an account of his religious, experience and views. The charge, which is generally delivered by a senior minister, was, on this occasion given by Mr. Bannister, of Wareham, whosj ministry had been peculiarly useful to him, asd contain* many excellent and judicious directions, which would have done credit to a much older preacher. Thet sermon to the people, from Mat. x. 41, by Mr. John Clayton, jun. (which was not composed with a view for publication) exhibits' The character of a minister; the reception with which he should meet; and the recompenee by which those who thus receive him shall be crowned.' —May Mr. S., and every faithful mins;er, enjoy such a reception I every steady and affectionate peo-, pie, Sugii a recompenee!
Published by the Peligious Tract Society,—' The Substance of Leslie's Short and Easy Method with the Deists;' and the Truth of Christianity demonstrated,' by the same ( Author.
In our Magazine for December last, we noticed, with approbation, 'The Life of William Kelly;' a tract, of the narrative kind. That which is now before us, is argu'. mentative; and is a well executed abridgment of two pamphlets, which have long been known, amf/highly esteemed. We are happy to see the R. T. Society, judiciously including in their publications, modern compositions, with the valuable works of those 'who, beiug dead, yet speak;' and bringing belorc the public biographical narratives of the