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as they are, alike applicable to all sects, be
John Ward Dean has had a few nevolent and eleemosynary societies, &c. &c., copies of his Brief Memoir of Rev. Giles as no one but a thoroughly read lawyer could Firmin,"8 printed in pamphlet form from give them. If various societies we know of the type set for that capital publication, the had had and read this work, it would have “New England Historical and Genealogical saved them much money beside heart-burn- Register.” Mr. Dean's indefatigable and paings. Foot-notes and pertinent references tient industry in historical pursuits is too well abound ; and we are not of course surprised known to need mention. This memoir of one to find our own Quarterly so often named. of the non-conformists, who spent years in The book is far enough froin being dry and America, is exceedingly valuable to the stuunattractive. The author's style and methods dent of Puritan history. The Register itself of treating the different topics are both pleas- ought to be in the hands of every Congregaing and instructive; and the reader who begins tionalist curious as to our past history. the book will be likely to read it through.
Dr. Bouton's' commemoration of The publishers have done their part with their his forty years' ministry has come to us since usual good taste; and altogether the book is
our last issue. It is very valuable historione of unusual interest and value.
cally; frank, earnest, and full of delicate Of publications having a historical touches. He has welcomed to the church value, Dr. Ray Palmer's “ Reminiscences of seven hundred and sixty-six; baptized four our Work for Fifteen Years,"1 is a memorial hundred and twenty-one children ; attended a of the history of his church during its life of hundred and fifty-nine councils ; preached on that period, written in his own beautiful and ear- forty-four special public occasions ; preached nest style with historical statements interwoven written sermons three thousand five hundred with thorough religious thought. The church and sixty times, and unwritten, about thirty(we gather) was organized in April, 1850, three hundred; in the first twenty-three years and Dr. Palmer was installed pastor in the lost but one Sabbath by ill-health, and but one following December. The enterprise was out in the last seventeen years. He has seen threo of debt in five years, and is now worth a very churches born of his; two hundred and six valuable property, not less than $12,000 hav- members die. Not a male member of the ing been given for benevolence, besides lega- church when he was settled is now living ; cies of more than $50,000. Sabbath and but nobody who knows this father will believe Mission schools have been sustained ; three that he is growing old. young men furnished to the ministry. The
-The “ Statement of the Third Conchurch now numbers three hundred and one gregational Church in Portland,"5 in the diffimembers; and its Sabbath school four hun- culty regarding Mr. Walton's views, forcibly dred and forty-eight.
presents their side of the question. We proMr. Hosmer's Centennial Discourse pose to give an historical view of the whole at Nantucket2 was preached in the lecture- matter at some time. room which had been completed as a church
Scriptural Congregationalism,"6 is a hundred years before. It is full of facts, excellently told, and skillfully applied. We 3 A Brief Memoir of Rev. Giles Firmin, one of hope that all our churches will heed the fact the ejected ministers of 1662. By John Ward Dean, that a "centennial observance occurs but once
Vice-President of the Prince Society. Boston. 1866. in a lifetime."
8vo. pp. 16.
4 A Discourse Commemorative of a Forty Years'
Ministry ; preached on the 234 of March, 1865, by 1 Reminiscences of our Work for Fifteen Years. Nathaniel Bouton, Pastor of the First Congregational A Discourse delivered in the First Congregational Church and Society in Concord, N. I. Concord : Church, Albany, N. Y., on Sabbath morning, Dec. 24, 1865. 8vo. pp. 40. 1865, by Ray Palmer, minister of the church. Al- 5 Statement of the Third Congregational Church, bany:J. Munsell, 78 State Street. 1865. 8vo. pp. 30. of Portland, Maine, in relation to the call and min
9 The Sanctuary of our Fathers. A Centennial isterial labors of the Rev. Jeremiah E. Walton; and Discourse, preached Sabbath evening, October 15, the action of ecclesiastical councils. Published by 1846, in the lecture-room of the First Congregational order of the church. Portland. 1865. 8vo. pp. 16. Church, Nantucket. By Rev. S» D. Hosiner, acting 6 A Discourse at the Ordination of Rev. Emerpastor of the church. Nantucket. 1865. 8vo. pp. 16. son Paine to the pastoral office in the First Church of the plain teaching of Scripture. All the Scribner & Co. 1865. 2 vols, 12 mo. pp. 348, 293.
the republication of a discourse preached near- the first and second. He still draws from origly fifty years ago ; sound in doctrine, and inal sources, and still makes a narrative of surthrowing up defences against the then di- passing interest upon an old theme. Our trarection of attack; rather too unqualifiedly ditional view of Henry VIII. we are afraid is asserting “independency” to satisfy us; but utterly gone. These volumes bring the story in the main, good sense.
down to the time of that monarch's death, -Dr. Putnam's two discourses on the and cover a formative period in the English “Fiftieth Anniversary of his Ordination,"are
reformation. The dissolution of the munasas good as this beloved father himself. His- teries occurs in this period. While these tory and religion are both in thein. We sup- volumes are needed by every student of hispose that the proceedings at the visit of history, they are especially valuable to men of ministerial brethren on the occasion of his our own faith. That the work is published in 'retirement from active service in October last,
beautiful style, is a great comfort. with his farewell sermon, will also be pub
We are sorry to see Dr. Bushnell's lished.
“ The Vicarious Sacrifice.” 1 He has here Dr. Spring's Reminiscences, record- distinctly avowed and painfully supported ed at the age of eighty years, make a delight- that denial of the expiatory character of the ful book. He speaks freely of himself and of work of Christ, which was hinted at in the his parentage, of his early experiences and ma
19th sermon of “Christ and his Salvation.” turer labors, and of the great movements in
He denies expiation, and makes Christ's work which he took a part. Historically, his re
to consist in its moral effect on the heart. collections throw light upon the revivals He denies that there is any trace in the Scripwhich excited such differences forty years
tures of satisfaction for sin ; and makes justiago; the Taste and Exercise schemes; the fication equivalent to making righteous. ViTaylor and Tyler controversy; the Homecarious sacrifice in his view is merely symMission, Foreign Mission and Bible Societies; pathy. Christ's “ bearing our sins” means, the disruption of the Presbyterian Church; the “that Christ bore them in his feeling;” anfounding of the Seminary at Andover, — all gels “are in exactly the same vicarious spirit
“all of which are interesting to Congregationalists. and suffering way of love ;” and so are Indeed, born of such parents, however strong
souls redeemed." “ He suffered simply what a Presbyterian one may become, he must ex
was incidental to his love, and the works to hibit the old spirit. In this case as in so
which love prompted, just as any missionary many others, Presbyterianism has drawn life suffers what belongs to the work of love he is from our ranks.
in. It was vicarious suffering in no way pe
culiar to him, save in degree.” He finds The third and fourth volumes of Froude's History fully sustain the promise of with that of Christ, in a mother who “watches
“ vicarious sacrifice," the same in principle Christ, in Middleboro', Mass., on the 14th of Febru- for the child, bears all its pains and sickness
1816. By Thomas Williams, Mivister of the Pa- in her own feeling.” We need not say that cifick Church, Providence. Re-published, 1865. 8vo.
we can have no sympathy with this view;
nor does our denomination. All our standards 7 A Fifty Years? Ministry. Two Discourses on the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Author's Ordination, are against it, because we believe the Bible March 15, 1815, delivered in Middleborough, Mass., to be against it. We stand with the church on Sabbath, March 19, 1865, by Israel W. Putnam, general. That this distinct return to an error twenty years pastor of First Church, Portsmouth, N. H., and thirty years pastor of the First Church: rejected by the church after thorough contests, Middleboro', Mass. Middleboro': 1865. 8vo. pp. 32.
is made by one of our own denomination will 8 Personal Reminiscences of the Life and Times of grieve many in our household, but it will not Gardiner Spring, Pastor of the Brick Presbyterian turn many away from what they believe to be Church, in the city of New York. New York : Charles
wealth of diction and subtility of argument 9 History of England from the Fall of Wolsey to the Death of Elizabeth. By James Anthony Froude, m. A., Late Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford. New York : 10 The Vicarious Sacrifice ; Grounded in Principles Charles Scribner & Co. 1865. Vols. iii. and iv. pp. of Universal Obligation. By Horace Bushnell. New 480, 508.
York : Charles Scribner & Co., 124 Grand St. 1866. have remembered soldiers, - living and dead, P. Fisher, m. A., Professor of Church History in Yale - each one of whom was Herman. College. Charles Scribner & Co., 124 Grand street, New York. 1866. Large octavo, pp. 586.
in this book, with its unsurpassed expression Street and the old South, became Unitarian ; of Christ's renovating power, will not affect the fact being that the former was called into the truth. Every assault so far upon the doc. existence, in the Unitarian controversy, as a trines of the church has only raised up new new force against heresy. It is affirmed also defences; this will do the same.
that this controversy led to “the withdrawal We have previously read with deep in- of the Unitarians from the Orthodox, and terest and with profit a number of essays from their formation into a distinct organization ;” Prof. Fisher, which were printed in some of our
the fact being that it was the Unitarian policy to Quarterlies, but are now found in a well take possession of the old churches and societies filled volume. 11 The Christian public are and compel the Orthodox to secede and form greatly his and his publishers' debtors for this new church organizations, — which was done able and timely work. We are delighted with in more than eighty instances. So the Christhe author's perfectly transparent style and with tian Eraminer is called the “ weekly organ of his fairness in dealing with the great difficul- the Unitarians.” So mention is made of a ties he so manfully and victoriously meets.
“church," in connection with Theodore ParHe does not shun, but grapples, with the ob- ker’s “ 28th Congregational Society.” We rejections which skepties urge against the va
fer to these inaccuracies which have met our lidity of miracles and the supernaturalness of eye, not because they are of great consequence our holy religion. We have not seen these in themselves, but because they seem to us objections anywhere else so completely and
to indicate fairly the unreliable character of fairly met. He has studied the works of the the book in many of its statements. teachers in German skepticism in their own
A better and stronger volume should have language, and thus becomes master of their spoken from and for Orthodoxy, now that views and positions, and is thus able to ex- Lecky is speaking, and speaking so well, for pose the fallacy of their reasoning and the in- the other wing. accuracy of their conclusions. Renan's pop
In our general list, we find Holland's ular work is dealt with as its merits deserve. Plain Talks on Familiar Subjects,18 - a pubOur limits forbid any just notice of this in- lication of nine lectures which have met pubvaluable work. No Christian minister can lic approval; plain, practical, and interesting, afford to be without it.
and above all sensible. It is to the credit of A work which combines excellences the public that such lectures are popular. and defects in pretty even proportions is
Herman, or Young Knighthood,14 is Hurst's History of Rationalism. 12
It is con
a tale with which we wanted to be offended ceived from the Orthodox stand-point, and is when we saw its aversion to Calvinism ; but intended to be an exhaustive review of the we could not be when we found so much truc developments of rationalism in its antagonism religion in it. We wanted to like it extremely to Evangelical Christianity from the Reforma- when we found its noble tribute to real mantion to the present day. The idea is a good hood; but we could not when we saw its one, and the plan of the work is good, but the ignorance of the real drift of views it disliked. working out of it seems to us superficial and There is manhood and piety enough in it inadequate. Especially is this the case in the for a dozen " religious novels,” — power and chapter on the rise of the Unitarian Church pathos enough for a dozen novels not “religin New England. Here it is stated that every ious,". but hurt all the way by sympathies Congregational church in Boston, except Park we cannot like. Its scenes relate to slavery,
and delineate that infamous iniquity none too 11 Essays on the Supernatural Origin of Christianity, with especial reference to the theories of Renan, severely. All the way through the book, we Strauss and the Tübingen school, by Rev. George
13 Plain Talks on Familiar Subjects. A Series of 19 History of Rationalism; embracing a survey of Popular Lectures. By J. G. Holland. New York: the present state of Protestant Theology, by the Rev. Charles Scribner & Co. 1866. 12 mo. pp. 335. John F. Hurst, A.M. - with Appendix of Literature. 14 Herman, or Young Knighthood. By E. Foxton. New York: Charles Scribner & Co., 124 Grand street. Boston : Lee & Shepard. 1866. 2 vols, 12 no. pp.
For sale by Nichols & Noyes. 8vo., pp. 623. 417, 391.
- in conjunction nation, our seven volumes testify. His ready with two beloved and honored coadjutors, one and able pen and his vigilant oversight our still in the work, the other long since gone to readers will miss, but not more than ourselves. his reward, — I helped to prepare the first num- We part from him of necessity, and with the ber of this Congregational Quurterly. And assurances of our Christian love, and the hope steadily through the seven years, with what of and belief that his abilities will be more and ability I had, and what of labor and care I more felt for the cause of Christ in his imporcould spare from other and more imperative tant field of duty. These pages will still be duties, I have aided to supply our denomina- his,— whenever he can be prevailed upon to use tion with what seems more and more evident- them,- as one who, by his learning, his expely to be a necessity to its convenience and rience, and his reflection, is an authority in prosperity, not to use any stronger terms.
our denominational literature. The time has now arrived when various con
ALONZO H. QUINT, siderations decide me to appropriate to other
ISAAC P. LANGWORTHY. and favorite studies such few hours as I am able weekly to redeem for any intellectual
The Quarterly has been in existence for recreation, and so make it expedient for me to
seven years. Without being sectarian, it has
aimed to meet a peculiar want of the deretire from any further official connection with this journal.
nomination. Admitting all those shades of I do so with gratitude, and something even
difference which, without impairing fellowship, of a warmer feeling, for all its faithful patrons;
do exist, it has recognized, in a spirit of
broad affection, the oneness of the Congregawith hearty love for my associates and best
tional churches. wishes for their saccess; and with the strong
Principles, both as to faith and polity, havo confidence that there is a future yet before the Quarterly brighter than any prophecy which
been freely discussed in the pages of the Quarhas, as yet, been suggested by its past.
terly. Practical questions upon our order of HENRY M. DEXTER.
government have received elaborate attention.
Research, minute and thorough, has rescued Seven years ago, last November, Rev. Mr. its past and preserved our present history. Dexter, during a recess of a council called Portraits of eminent persons have been reguby the Shawmut Church in Boston, when a larly presented, and sketches of their lives particular principle had been under discus- have paid tribute to their memory. Our desion, suggested to a sub-member of that ceased ministers, prominent laymen, and godcouncil (whose name is still upon the title- ly women have been remembered. page of the Quarterly), the need of a publica- The annual presentation of the statistics of tion which should discuss the principles, rescue our churches, has not been of service only the past, and preserve the present, history of as a record of facts, though no denomination the denomination. A week's thought resulted offers their equal. They have been, we have in the determination to commence such a work. repeatedly been assured, of good service. Rev. Dr. Clark, having also had in mind, They bring the whole body into one group; though he had never seen the opportunity for show the brotherhood of strong and weak establishing, a publication something like the churches; unite brethren on the Atlantic and old Quarterly Register, was added, or rather Pacific shores. prefixed, to the other associates, and subse- We propose to continue this service. We quently the Secretary of the American Con- believe it is doing good to the denomination. gregational Union, who had continued the The special character of the Quarterly will be Year-Book to that time. The origin 'of the maintained, - interfering with no other publiQuarterly, therefore, is due to Mr. Dexter. cation, – a necessary appendix to Bibliotheca, Ilow much his constant care, and the able ar- Boston Review, or New Englander. The Quarticles he has given to the public in these pages, terly fills a particular gap, and therefore have been productive of good to the denomi- appeals to all classes for its support.
THE GENERAL ASSOCIATIONS AND CONFERENCES,
WITH THE NAMES OF THEIR OFFICERS, AND THEIR SESSIONS For 1866.
MAINE, GENERAL CONFERENCE OF. - Organized Jan- Officers : Rev. Myron N. Morris, West Hartford, uary 10, 1826.
Registrar; Rev. William H. Moore, Berlin, Statistical Officers: Rev. Samuel Harris, Bangor, Moderator; Secretary and Treasurer. Rev. Javan K. Mason, Thomaston, Corresponding Next meeting : 20 Church, Winsted, Tuesday, June Secretary ; Dea. Elnathan F. Duren, Bangor, Record- 19, at 11 o'clock, A. M. ing Secretary ; Dea. Joseph S. Wheelwright, Ban
NEW YORK, GENERAL ASSOCIATION OP. - Organized gor, Treasurer.
May 21, 1834. Next menting : Central Congregational Church,
Officers : Rev. Washington Gladden, Morrisania, Bath, Tuesday, June 26, at 9 o'clock, A. M.
Register and Treasurer; Rev. L. Smith Hobart, SyraNEW HAMPSHIRE, GENERAL ASSOCIATION OF. -Or- cuse, Statistical and Publishing Secretary ; Rev. Wilganized, June 8, 1809.
liam B. Brown, Newark, N. J., Corresponding SecreOfficers : Rev. Josiah G. Davis, Amherst, Secretary ;
tary. Rev. William R. Jewett, Fisherville, Statistical Secre
Next meeting : Warsaw, Tuesday, September 25, at tary and Treasurer.
10 o'clock, A. M. Next meeting : 1st Church, Dover, Tuesday, Au- NEW JERSEY. -The churches are connected with gust 28, at 10, A. M.
the General Association of New York, through NewVERMONT, GENERAL CONVENTION OF CONGREGATIONAL
ark Association. MINISTERS AND CHURCHES IN. - Organized June 21,
PENNSYLVANIA. No General Association exists. , 1796.
Ten churches are connected with the General AssoOfficers: Rev. Silas Aiken, D. D., Rutland, Moder
ciation of New York. — " The Congregational Associaator; Rev. Ezra H. Byington, Windsor, Correspond
tion of Western Pennsylvania" meets on the second ing Secretary ; Rev. Aldace Walker, Wallingford, Tuesday of February (annual meeting), and second Register
Tuesday of September. Officers : Rev. L. Reed, Nert meeting : Newbury, Tuesday, June 19, at 10
Townville, Moderator; H. W. Noble, Scribe ; A. B. o'clock, a. M.
Ross, Rockdale, Register. -“The Pennsylvania Welsh MASSACHUSETTS, GENERAL ASSOCIATION OF.- Organ- Congregational Union Association " meets in October, ized June 29, 1803.
1866; Rev. John B. Cook, Danville, Scribe. Officers: Rev. Alonzo H. Quint, New Bedford, Secretary and Treasurer, and Statistical Secretary.
Ohio, CONGREGATIONAL CONFERENCE OF. - Organ
ized 1852. Next meeting : Whitefield Church, Newburyport, June 26, at 4 o'clock, P. M.
Officers : Rev. John Morgan, D.D., Oberlin, Moder
ator ; Rev. Samuel Wolcott, D. D., Cleveland, RegisMASSACHUSETTS, GENERAL CONFERENCE OF THE CON
ter and Statistical Secretary. GREGATIONAL CHURCHES OF. – Organized September Next meeting : Talmadge, Tuesday, June 12, at 7 12, 1860.
o'clock, P. M. Officers : Rev. Andrew L. Stone, D. D., Boston, Moderator; Rev. Joshua W. Wellman, Newton, Re
Ohio, Welsh AssociATION. – Rev. David Davies, cording Secretary ; Rev. Alonzo H. Quivt, New Bed. Parisville, Scribe. ford, Statistical Secretary ; Rev. Zachary Eddy, D. D., INDIANA, GENERAL ASSOCIATION OF THE CONGREGANorthampton, Chairman of Provisional Comunittee.
TIONAL CHURCHES AND MINISTERS OF. – Organized Next' meeting : 1st Church, Northampton, Tues
March 13, 1858. day, September 11 (not 13, as in minutes), at 4
Officers: Not reported. o'clock, P. M.
Next session : Not reported. RHODE ISLAND CONGREGATIONAL CONFERENCE.
ILLINOIS, GENERAL ASSOCIATION OF. - Organized Organized May 3, 1809.
1843. Officers: Rev. James P. Root, Elmwood, Stated Sec
Officers : Rev. Joseph E. Roy, Chicago, Moderator; retary.
Rev. Martin K. Whittlerey, Ottawa, Corresponding Next meeting : Pawtucket, Tuesday, June 12, at 10 o'clock, A.M.
Secretary, and Treasurer; Rev. Samuel Hopkins
Emery, Quincy, Registrar and Statistical Secretary. CONNECTICUT, GENERAL ASSOCIATION OF. – Organ- Nezl meeting : Ottawa, Wednesday, May 23, at 71 ized May 18, 1709.
o'clock, P. M.