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THE HEIRESS. A Tale, founded on Facts.
By E. H. Burns.
An unpretending little volume, giving the history of a titled heiress of proud, unsanctified character, with the means successfully adopted by a pious aunt and a judicious youthful friend to correct the evil disposition. There is much good sense, and a very devotional feeling to be traced throughout. We are assured too that the tale, in its principal features, is one of fact.
THE FOUNTAIN OF LIFE; or, the Union between
Christ and Believers. By the Rev. Thomas Jones of Creaton. Seeley and Burnside.
· LITTLE,' says the venerable author, in his short preface, ‘ Little can be expected from a man of eightyseven, when the faculties both of body and mind, especially eyes and memory, are fast declining. We, however, were expectant of much ; for when a minister is fully a partaker in that blessedness, where, “ though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day,” we judge that the increased nearness of those eternal things, which are upseen save by the eye of faith, will add earnestness to his appeals, and give greater weight to his pleadings. How rich, how comprehensive, how edifying, was the brief sermon of the aged John, re-iterated when the natural decay of his bodily powers compelled him to confine himself to it—" Little children, love one another.”
• If Mr. Jones be correct in saying that' once more, and for the last time,' he ventures to appear before the public, he may assure himself that the volume which must be regarded as a final bequest, will be held very precious by the church. It contains much that is truly excellent: it is full of solemn exhortation and sweet encouragement. It exhibits Christ as the believer's all, and the believer as being all in Christ, and if it prove the closing note of his ministry on earth, it is also a meet prelude to his song of endless praise in heaven.
THE FAITH AND PATIENCE OF THE SAINTS:
Exhibited in the Narrative of the Sufferings and Death of Mons. Isaac Le Febvre, a Protestant of ChatelChignon, in France. [Who was condemned to the galleys, on the Persecution which followed the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes, and confined fifteen years in a solitary dungeon, where he died.] Written by a French Protestant Pastor, and published at Rotterdam, in 1703. A New Translation. With a Preface by the Rev. John Norman Pearson, M. A. Incumbent of Trinity Church, Tunbridge Wells. Baisler.
The long title page sufficiently tells the story of the work : we have only to add that it is most interesting, and touchingly affecting. No Protestant family ought to be without it. Mr. Pearson has said a great deal in a very brief preface; but he is always doubly effective, when brought into direct collision with the gigantic monster, Popery.
THE INQUIRER DIRECTED to an Experimental and Practical View of the Atonement. By the Rev. Octavius Winslow. Shaw.
THE view with which the author undertakes a work that he gives hope of carrying out to other most important branches of the Christian faith, is that of deepening the spirituality of the church which he rightly describes as rent by alarming divisions and wearied by controversy. The latter, indeed, we know to be unavoidable ; because when the perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds are levelled at the foundations of our faith, those whose sworn duty it is to contend earnestly for that faith, must needs assume a controversial attitude. Mr. Winslow, however, aims at the root of all divisions and debates, by striving to fix the mind on those grand first principles which men are too ready to lose sight of: and delightfully has he executed the task. The volume is so small as to be soon perused : but it contains enough of the soundest doctrine couched in the most persuasive and impressive language, to engage the mind and conscience for many a long day. It is a heartsearching treatise ; we pray the Great Searcher of all hearts to accompany with his divine influence the striking and solemn appeals with which it abounds.
'The past month will furnish matter for a memorable page in England's history, uncle.'
Ay, if England be permitted to retain a place among the nations, so far as to have any history of her own.' “You are too desponding, sir.'
Perhaps so, my dear: I am reminded now of the sensations with which, when a delicate stripling just embarked for my first voyage, I looked over the ship's side after the weighing of the anchor. Wave after wave came heaving by; the vessel rolled upon their uneven surface, and I gazed until giddy, then sick, then terrified, I shrank away to hide my disordered head in the privacy of my own little berth. Even so the face of the political ocean now affects my mind ; and fain would I cease to look upon its troubled
‘But, dear uncle, notwithstanding the commotion that affected you so much, your gallant ship outrode that and many a rougher, darker day. Come, you must not teach me to despond, while the Lord sitteth upon the water-floods, and remaineth King for ever and ever.
* You are right, my dear child : these may be an old man's visions ; but, alas! it is no dream that we are farther and farther receding from our Rock of safety, forsaking our own mercies, and daily provok
ing the Lord to jealousy. What say you to the outrage on public principle and public feeling unblushingly perpetrated by the minister who dared to present to England's monarch the active leader of an avowedly infidel sect, soliciting the royal patronage for their blasphemous tenets ! !'
• In truth, uncle, I cannot comprehend the thing. That Robert Owen of Lanark, who glories in a long life of deliberate systematic denial of revelation, and hostility against the bible—who has laboured indefatigably, both in Europe and America, to establish a plan of education and an order of society in open opposition to the Christian religion, and with such a code of moral, or rather of immoral government, that no modest female can listen to its provisions—that this Robert Owen should have been formally introduced, in full court, among foreign ambassadors, and in the presence of dignitaries of our national Christian church, to the Queen of England, to lay at her feet the demand that her Majesty would be pleased to sanction and encourage their atheistical and licentious abominations-Uncle, it will not be believed in those parts of the empire whereto this moral putrefaction has not yet extended its destroying influence.'
* And the person who conducted Owen of Lanark, with his insulting address, to the foot of the British throne, and ensured him a gracious reception, is the individual who unites in his own person offices hitherto deemed utterly incompatible with the spirit of the constitution. Lord Melbourne, as prime minister of state, is the responsible adviser of the crown, in all matters of the gravest national interest: on him devolves the task of pointing out to the monarch