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gave the manna daily at the hour of dawn for forty years; and with exae cision the manna ceases on the day after Israel ate of the “new corn i land." Thus God opened a well for Hagar in the desert, just as she was over all for lost in despair. And thus does God time His supplies to H vants still. When the manna ceases, the new corn appears.

When one of revenue is dried up, another well is opened in the wilderness. A won machinery of providence, wheel within wheel, is employed in conveying sion to the children of God. And His mercy is upon children's childre He also provides both work und food for all the young people rising in amidst surprising demonstrations of His power. He fixes a Christian's 1 spiritual supply. As the treasurer of Ethopia reads, and wonders, and in his chariot, Philip is commanded to draw near. By suitable books, propriate ministries, by congenial associations, doubt is removed, knowl increased, faith is strengthened, when these aids are required, and o those who seek them most in earnest. Times of outward experience in į sorrow are fixed for believers. Joseph's history is a monument of minu vidences. The Midianites appear just as his brethren have departed. too, Rebecca and Rachel came to the well according to the prayers of and of Jacob. Joyful and sorrowful events must be alike regulated in the and duration. Pain is under the control ot' Him “at whose right hand : pleasure for evermore.” “Accidental” meetings govern all our history. of usefulness are all determined. “I have set before thee an open door. lastly, the hour of death is pre-arranged. We live under a providence regulates all things, because it “works all things together for good to that love God, and are the called according to His purpose."


Merico : its Conquest and Modern His

tory. Religious Tract Society. 1863.

The Acts of the Apostles. AR I

tion for English Readers basis of Professor Hackett's mentary on the original Tes S. G. GREEX, B.A., Presid Rawdon College. Heaton á London.

A well-timed and well written account of the wonderful country of which the French have recently taken possession. It would be a mistake to suppose that this is a hasty brochure, brought out or occasion of the French conquest, for, on the contrary, it contains not a single reference to recent events, and bears all the marks of careful preparation. The writer is indebted to Humboldt, Prescott and Cal. deron, but has made a good use of his materials

. Nowhere, we suppose, will be found a more trustworthy and entertaining account of a country which is likely to draw much European attention during the next five years.

These two volumes form a r of the “Bunyan Library," of we regret nothing except the which is the “mark" of that minational “ beast" worshippo served by Mr. Heaton and Baptist publishers. Mr. Hats done excellent service, howeve enlisting Mr. Green's pen in tbe position of this valuable and inte ble commentary. There are fer! better worth buying than esps

Scripture which are sufficiently value from the circumstance of the cical to ensure the enjoyment of the author's special renown at Cambridge alts of the best scholarship, yet in all that relates to the science of iciently popular to permit of easy number, and from the fulness of his

by those who are not scholars. information in the department of e present production answers this theology and Biblical criticism. Few

and; and it is to be wished that of Bishop Colenso's adversaries have re were a similar commentary on been the equals of Mr. Birks in general ry book in the Bible. All persons accomplishment or fitness for the task

devote their leisure to village of reply. It is no part of our busiaching, and all teachers of ad ness to pronounce sentence, particuced classes in Sunday-schools, as larly in a brief notice, on such works I as all private intelligent students as these. It may perhaps be permitted, Scripture, will find these cheap however, to intimate that the force of ames invaluable.

argument against the Bishop would

lose nothing by a little closer imitation e Bible and Modern Thought.- The of his serene spirit in discourse. Mr. Erodus of Israel. By Rev. T. R. Birks's volumes form two of the most Bisks, Rector of Keishal. Reli

important contributions to the ortho. gious Tract Society.

dox side of the argument, and will, Mr. Birks is not at all as well known

no doubt, be regarded as final by the he deserves to be among his con

subscribers to the Religious Tract Somporaries, and especially among the

ciety. They travel over an immense unconformists. At one time con

field, and everywhere give you the cted by education and office with

impression of sincerity, ability, and ill Hill Grammar School, he after

determination “to banish and drive irds went to Cambridge, where he

away all heresy "—if needs be, with a came Senior Wrangler, and finally

cat-o'-nine-tails. They deserve, and itled down as a beneficed clergyman

will no doubt obtain, a place in every the Evangelical order. He has in vestry library. rmer years specially devoted himself prophetic study, bringing to bear

History of Christian Names. By the son that department of Biblical in

Author of " The lleir ot Redclyffe."

2 vols. tigation all the exactness acquir

Parker, Son, & Bourn. | in his distinguished career

1863. rinity College. His book on the This work is a wonderful monument lements of Prophetic Interpretation of feminine industry and skill. It republished twenty years ago, by

minds you of the Bayeux tapestry of ainter, in the Strand) is little Queen Matilda, or of those astonishnown; but is, in our opinion, a ing pieces of needlework which were iumphant defence of the old princi fashioned in the pontificate of Leo X. les of Protestant interpretation, and from the first cartoons of Raffaelle.

superabundant demolition of all This lady is not, properly speaking, hought that resembles the recent a scholar in point of training, yet has ose theorising of Dr. Davidson on managed so to use the labours of he prophetic books of Scripture. His scholars as to have compiled a book ext works were treatises on the First which has passed with considerable wo and the two later visions of Daniel; honour through the ordeal of etymoaluable as expositions of one class of logical criticism. It stands in a posipinions on prophecy, but not com tion of unapproached excellence, as parable in worth with that earlier embodying the results of modern vork to which we have directed atten learning on the origin of Christian tion. Mr. Birks has written for the names, and will form a handsome Religious Tract Society the two addition to every gentleman's liaandsome volumes mentioned at the brary." It is also a very interesting liead of this notice. They derive their book, as might have been anticipated


when it is considered that it is an ministry, 'his brother prints here accomplished novelist who has set few sermons and sketches of sermon herself the task of unravelling the This compliance, contrary to the ru personal nomenclature of Christen- in such matters, was wisely judge dom. There are little bits of shining It is true that, if Mr. Hull had live writing scattered about, almost on probably not one of these sermo every page, like diamonds in gravel ; would have seen the light. He won and this circumstance will secure for have said, as his manner was wh the work some slight attention even urged to publish_“I shall do beti from the superficial members of “read- by-and-bye.” And this, too, wou ing societies." All the interest of the have been wisely judged. Mr. H world's history, gathers around the could not himself have given for names of its inhabitants.

these sermons and sketches without e

posing himself to the charge of unw The Creed of Christendom : its Foun- precipitance; but his brother col

dation and Superstructure. By W. not have declined to give them for R. Greg. Second edition. Trübner, without exposing himself to the char London. 1863.

of unwise reserve.

Only two or thr

of the sermons pretend to anythi Mr. Greg's work is well known as

like completeness of form, and not a cleverly-written, one-sided, and occa

of them perhaps is complete as a piece sionally perverse attack on the super


Sometimes the thinkin natural character of the Bible. There are three short treatises, which we

suddenly ends as if the thinker foun

himselfátonce, and unexpectedly, in the should like to see bound together as a dark; there is occasional vagues Trilogy of defences in reply to all and there is sometimes, though rarelta works written by authors of the hu- elevation of style without a corresponde man order Glires, or nibblers, such as

ing elevation of thought. But ibet Mr. Greg. We mean these:—1st, Bushnell's chapter On the Character of the sermons are such as few could con

is thinking always; and the faults Christ; 2nd, Mr. P. Bayne's recent

mit-only such as are inseparable fro treatise On the Testimony of Christ to

the thinking and utterances of a mi Christianity ;' and 3rd, Mr. Goldwin Smith's Third Lecture on the Study of immature. Had Mr. Hull lived, !

thoughtful, earnest, and original, bt 'History, in which he discusses the question whether the world can out

would probably have been the Rober grow the moral sovereignty of Jesus

son (Brighton) of the Dissenti

pulpit. There is, indeed, som Christ? All who will thoroughly thing of Robertson's mannerism, study and absorb these three short compositions will be armed tole

these sermons, but this is the result

mental likeness and spiritual sympat rably well against the attacks of M.

rather than of slavish copying. The Renan, Mr. Greg, and their fellow-sol

is the keen rapid action of it diers, come from whatever quarter of the enemy's country they may.

mind, the full spiritual insight :

power of fresh poetical illu-tratiu Sermons, gc., preached at Union

and the nervous handling of langua: Chapel, King's Lynn. By the Rev.

which are the charm of Robertson's de G. H.HULL, B.A. London : Printed

courses ; and there is the entire aber. for private circulation by Yates &

of the occasional bitterness, the an Alexander, Horseshoe-court, Lud

catures of Calvinism, and the dilute gospel by which they are marred. I

the Dissenting pulpit were to stay This book is a modest memorial of the standard which Mr. Hull had a a four years' ministry. At the end up for himself, and find men capable of the four years the minister died, reaching it, it would become a gresia and, in compliance with the urgent re- power in the land than it has efer yet quest of many who had attended his been.

gate hill.

Destiny of the Human Race. rality are willing to leave theology to mpkin, Marshall, & Co. 1863. men who have their living by theology,

by things established, and to continue he author who has invested labour sending forth to India and China capital in the production of these statements under the name of Chrishandsome volumes must possess a

tianity which, at least, are denounced :what singular opinion on the as uncritical, heretical, and false by ure of interest felt by respectable many of the ablest expositors of the le in England on the "destiny of Gospel at home. human race." With whom can The author of these volumes seems ave associated to believe that even to be willing to make one more effort hundred readers can be found for to arouse the public from this torpor, ies of chapters on the future des and to effect some mo‘lification of the of mankind-and specially of the established creed. We say creed, for hen nations ? So far as our own it is not an active belief. The English rience goes in this matter—and people believe nothing in real earnest is heen tolerably extensive-there respecting the world and its destiny. arcely one man or woman in a One has only to look in at an average sand who cares a jot what is true missionary meeting to see thus much ecting the futurity of the human clearly and decisively. There is an , taken as a whole. The public in unreal tone in all the references to st is devoted day by day to far heathen “danger.” What the causes e important questions than the of this may be we will not here discuss. assion of what the Scripture It is of more importance to maintain bes on the final results of human that the Scripture does distinctly de

The details of business, the clare the whole world of sinners to be ions of dress, the various schemes in imminent danger of some sort, from musement, the hopeful battles of which they are to be delivered by the esiastics, the tangled skein of po grace of God revealing itself in many 5,-all these topics are of more forms, of which the highest and chief unt than the question whether the is Christianity: All forms of mercy ptures really teach that, in conse reach the world for Christ's sake, but ace of the sin of one person thou all do not reach it in the form of Chris. s of years ago, all his descendants tianity. There are some types of born with moral tendencies which European theology which we cannot unless they have the good fortune

wish the Asiatic nations to exchange he in childhood, ensure their going for their own religions, so fearfully isery without any end, if unsaved; corrupt and unscriptural are some of

if they have been born and the Western heathenisins which strive ght up in the thick darkness of to propagate themselves in the East. henism. What matter if such an We believe the present volumes, which ion be false? What matter if it are written by Mr. Henry Dunn, to ent the character of God under a be a step in the right direction. On lly perverted aspect to all the many of the details of his interpreta

What matter if some few tions we should disagree, with earnest ptical" minds are dissatisfied with protestations against their critical sufevidence ? Life is too short to be ficiency; but no one can read the oted to such difficult inquiries. volumes without seeing that what is fathers held this belief, and it is termed Eschatology is of all others the

enough for us. Besides, “ the department of theology which requires iny of the human race is no affair a thorough sifting in England. When urs. It is in the hand of God, such books as Professor Hudson's most

the Judge of all the earth will learned and able treatise on “ Debt ight." Thus, between obstinate and Grace" (in which, with American dliness, Sadducean indifference, carefulness, the author examines the a grovelling credulity, the gene recent minute efforts of the English


evangelical school in this direction) wisdom with which the truth on death. are not even generally named on this repentance is told, that no one can side of the Atlantic, we may fairly possibly be tempted by this narrative say that there is room for improved to try the dangerous experiment for knowledge of the subject among our themselves. We commend this pubfellow-countrymen.

lication Christian families and

schools with equal confidence and Hope against Hope. A Narrative of

pleasure. Mr. Moule's intelligent the Conversion of Preedy the Mur

interest in several secular subjects derer. By the Rev. Mr. MOULE,

proved by his other publications

, Rector of Fordington, Wilts. Nisbet.

gives additional reason for listening to 1863.

him when he speaks of the spiritual Mr. Moule is a clergyman of the

lite. The special moral of the tale best stamp, and a writer who cannot

tue danger of angry temper in persone fail to concilitate deep regard from all

of strong mental and physical consti

tution. who read this touching narrative. It is a deliberate defence of the opinion that one of the most wicked men may

Slare Life in Virginia and Kentucky be saved, and give satisfactory evidence

or, Fifty Years of Slarery, recounted of salvation at the eleventh hour, aud

by an Escaped Slave. With a Pre

face by the Rev. C. Lee, of Holy an application of this opinion to the

Trinity Church, Kentish Town case of Preedy the murderer. With

Wertheim & Macintosh. Londok the narrative of the “dying thief" in

1863. the fore-front of the Gospel history, it is impossible to doubt the general truth We have every reason to belere of the opinion that the grace of our that this is a true story. It is not Lord Jesus Christ suffices to save bad suitable for promiscuous reading

, but men even at the last—especially bad will repay attention as another retemen of the animal and criminal class ; lation of Southern manners and case and certainly we have never read of toms. any modern example in which it appeared more likely that the professed A Formulary of Derotion, for faith and repentance were perfectly use of Schools ; composed chiefly sincere. The story derives interest the language of Scripture. By Rer. from the uncommonly forcible charac- J. T. DOBNEY. Relfe Brothers ter of the convict, and still more from Aldersgate-street. the apostolic perseverance and wisdom of the wretched man's spiritual adviser.

The idea on which this little prare Some passages, especially the pages book is framed is good, and much detailing the scene in the condemned the execution is suitable to the er cell on the day preceding the execu

cellent conception.

We find fault tion, and on the fatal morning itself,

however, with the excess of Latinised are full of a lofty and divine pathos

words and constructions. Boys ont which must reach all hearts, and mois- to be taught to speak Saxon ten the hardest eyes. It is a story

In another edition the excision of such which may be read with advantage by

blemishes, and the shortening of the all ranks, and by none with more boys' rather long-winded respons benefit than by those who are farthest would, in our judgment, greatly removed from the criminal class, So crease the value of this Formulary! remarkable is the heart-searching

Common Prayer.


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