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these subjects are not peculiar to himself, ed improvements and additions till it atthough his statement of them is, we tained its present size. We have carethink, uncommonly simple, clear, and fully compared the English copy with satisfactory. We doubt not that views the one now before us, which bears evimuch resembling those he gives, are dent marks of the American editor's ladestined to become the prevalent faith of bors, and is decidedly an improvement the church, and we trust that this dis- upon its transatlantic prototype. We course will have its share of influence in state these things to show that the work, producing this result.
in its present form, has been the result of unwearied care, and we believe it may be depended upon as an accurate repre
sentation of the scripture story. The 24. An Apology for the Bible, in a series of Let- language is simple, the narration plain, Book eniitled “The Age of Reason, Part the perspicuous, and engaging; the moral Second, being an Investigation of True and lessons it occasionally inculcates, admiraFabulous Theology.' By R. Watson, D. D. ble, and, delivered as they are, in conF.R.S. Lord Bishop of Landaff, and Regius Dexion with striking incidents, well adaptProfessor of Divinity in the University of Cambridge. Cambridge. Hilliard & Brown. 1028. ed to seize the attention and make last18mo. pp. 171.
ing impressions upon the minds of the
young. On the whole, we know not a The character of this work is so well work on the subject, which we should established, that any remarks of ours up- more unhesitatingly recommend.
We on it are unnecessary. It is universally think it will be found an invaluable aid acknowledged as one of the best antidotes in the religious instruction of families and for the infidel writings of Paine, of which schools; especially as no Christians of we are possessed. Those writings have any sect, we suppose, can find in it anyof late been printed in large and cheap thing objectionable on the score of doceditions, and industriously circulated trine, except indeed it be those who throughout the country. Upon the well deem all religious works worthless, which informed they can make no impression recognise none but the undisputed prinwhatever. But with the ignorant and ciples of Christianity, the work before us those who have not been accustomed to avoiding doctrinal statements and discusreflection, or who have heard little or sions, as not at all coming within the comnothing of the Christian or Jewish evi- pass of its design. Another thing much dences, the case, we fear, is very differ- in favor of this book is its extreme cheapent. To such persons, some work like ness, which, in books for the young es. this before us, is highly important, and the pecially, is a circumstance by no means publishers, in presenting it in a form and undeserving attention. at a price which make it accessible to the most limited means, and enable the charitably disposed to distribute it as a tract, are entitled to the thanks of the christian 26. The Christian Teacher's Manual ; designed community.
for Families and Sunday Schools. Vol. 1. No. 1. Boston. Bowles & Dearborn. 1828. 18mo.
25. An Abstract of the Bible History, with a
The first number of this little work, Scheme of Scripturo Chronology and Questions which is designed to be issued monthly, for Examination. First American from the is just published. Seventh English Edition, with Alterations and Adlitions. Boston. Buwles & Dearborn. 10:38. furnish parents and Sunday School teach;
The object of the publication is, to 18mo. pp. 210.
ers with such materials and views to aid The English work of which this is lit. them in their religious instructions, as tle more than a reprint, was prepared by they may not be able so easily to obtain a gentleman of high standing among the in any other way; to bring into a small Unitarians of England, Mr William Tur- compass what may be advantageously ner, Lecturer to the Literary and Phi- employed in introducing to the minds of losophical Society, Newcastle upon children a knowledge of God and his Tyne. It was originally a small manual government, and in presenting and enafor a Sunday School. New editions bling them to acquire correct views in were repeatedly called for, and as often regard to religious and moral opinions as it passed through the press, it receiv- and conduct. The talents which have
'heretofore been evinced by the editor of Principles of Judaism according to its Purity this work, and the aid which we under
and Spirit, on their Third Anniversary. By
Isaac N. Cardozo, a Member. Charleston. stand is promised by many who feel a
James S. Burgess. 1827. 8vo. pp. 18. deep interest in the design, and who will be able contributors to its pages, lead We have before had occasion to speak us to believe that it will be highly use- of the Reformed Society of Israelites," ful in promoting its objects. A work of
as one among the innumerable evidences this kind has long been wanted.
around us of the progress of general imThe first number contains, besides the provement. To refresh our readers' repreface, a brief account of the Origin of collections, we quote a few lines from Sunday Schools, a view of What should our author, who speaks of his associabe taught in Sunday Schools, and, What tion as are the requisites in a Sunday School
"A society that was instituted mainly for effoctTeacher. With the hope of aiding those ing the observance of order and decorum in Flewho are about forming Sunday Schools, brew worship for adapting it to the feelings and an account is given of the management of propensities of the enlightened Israelite of the the Franklin School, one of the most suc
present day; and for endeavouring to bring about
by argument and petition, what neither necessity cessful establishments of the kind in Bos- nor persuasion could before accomplish.' pp. 4, 5. ton. With this is connected one of the We are pleased to see that its memgeneral lessons, as given by the Superin- bers are persevering and untiring in their tendent, in which we find a short and laudable efforts, and have read their aninteresting lesson in Natural Theology, niversary discourses with a feeling of adapted to the minds of quite young much respect for their authors. We children, accompanied by a neat litho- would gladly quote from the remarks begraphic print by way of illustration. fore us on the common obstacles to all reRemarks on the subject of Figurative forms in religion, which are for the most Representations of God, from Lady part judicious and striking. It seems that Fenn's treatise on the First Principles these reformers have met with the comof Religion ; Conversation of Jesus with mon fate of all who dare to assail time. the Jews on the Observances of Fasting hallowed abuses, and we could almost and Prayer; James and his Sister, and believe that the following were sententhe Best Way to be Happy, two very in- ces of a Unitarian Christian. teresting little stories narrated with much
· The members of this society have been accusnatural truth and full of useful instruction, od of striking at some of the fundamental truths make up the rest of the prose part of this of their religion. We are willing to ascribe such number; to which is added a Hymn of imputations to a misunderstanding of our creed.
Many have adopted false and erroneous impresMontgomery's, What is Prayer; Hymn sions against us without inquiry or reflection. for a Child, and Hymn to Spring.
Prepossessions have been so hasty, and prejudice so The general subjects to be embraced implacable, that no effort of reason or of justice in the work, we are told in the preface, But, regardless of the hostility we meet with, we
has been allowed to bear sway for a moment. will be the following:
shall always look with a single eye to the pros• Methods of aldressing the minds of children. perity of our faith, and always consider the reHints to teachers.
forms we have undertaken as the surcst means to Explanations of Scripture, with geographical advance and perpetuate its blessings.' pp. 14, 15. and historical illustrations.
There is much more in the same exReligious instruction from natural objects, and histories taken from real life.
cellent spirit. Stories and hymns adapted to children. * Accounts of Sunday schools. We observe that parents and teachers
28. Moral Lessons in Versc, compiled by the Ed
itor of the * Juvenile Miscellany.' Cambridge. are requested to propose subjects to be Hilliard & Brown. 1828. 18mo. pp. 66. discussed in the pages of the Manual, and in this way we hope that many difficulties TEACHERs of Sunday Schools, and othof inexperienced teachers will be remov
ers engaged in the instruction of children, ed, and the danger of doing harm, by the will find in this little volume a valuable powerful engine of Sunday schools, di- aid in giving to the young mind religious minished.
impressions and associations, with nothing to injure, but on the contrary with
much to aid in the formation of a correct 27. “ A Discourar, delivered in Charleston, (S.C.) taste, the pieces being selected with a on the 21st of Nov. 1427, before the Reformed serupulous regard to propriety of sentiSociety of Israelites, for Promoting the True inent and language.
Unitarianism at Geneva.—The Chris- ranks of the Socinian pastors who less tian Spectator, in its second number for adorned his profession with a conversathis year, affords its aid in giving pub- tion apparently holy.' licity to the fact that at Geneva, the me- We shall not attend to any quibble tropolis of the Reformation, a better the founded on the comparison of the genology has supplanted that of Calvin. So tleman named, with other Socinian pas. far we are gratified. That fact is impor- tors. The meaning, as it will be taken, tant, and useful to be known in quarters and was meant to be taken, is, that he to which the Spectator has access. With does not adorn his profession with a conrespect to some occurrences connected versation apparently holy.' M. Chenewith it, of which the paper in question vière is a stranger to the American pubprofesses to give an account, a person of lic. He dwells some four thousand miles small perspicacity will perceive that they distant from those to whom he is thus will have one or another aspect, ac- represented. He is without protection cording as they are related in one or against such an assault, if any one choosanother way.
For a way of relating es to make it. The author of this charge, them, differing from that of the Specta- perhaps, did not suppose that it would tor, as well as for various facts and con- fall into the hands of any who would siderations belonging to the case, but know its character. We do not say that omitted in that work, we refer any who a foreigner is to be thus shielded from are curious on the subject to p. 37 of our animadversion upon his public acts. These fourth volume, and to Vol. III. p. 214 of he has placed before the world ; and they the Christian Disciple, New Series. must speak, as they are intended to
There are some matters, however, in speak, for themselves. But by a "holy the Spectator's account, which deserve a conversation,' we suppose was meant,brief notice.
we know will be understood to be meant, One question and answer in the -a religious private lise; and in the new catechism,' says the writer, we name of all that is manly and merciful, will quote.' " What results from what we pray that such attacks upon the dewe have said of the person of Jesus fenceless, so safe to make from their Christ?” Answer ;_"That we ought to vagueness, and so injurious, if credited, be penetrated with respect for him.” may be forborne. In this case, we can
The new catechism of Geneva, which only say, as we do upon a responsible by the way is, according to our recollec- authority, that M. Chenevière enjoys the tion of the date, forty, according to this most respectful and affectionate estimawriter's, fifty years old, is a very com- tion in the place of his residence, as a citimon book in this country. Whoever zen, professor, and pastor ; and that very will be at the pains of turning to it, numerous excellent Christians would may see that the actual answer here re- regard such a representation of him, as ferred to is; • His character ought to in the sentence which we have quoted spire us with respect, submission, confi- will convey, as a representation utterly dence, and love. The writer in the unjust. Spectator is not chargeable with the • The city,' to quote the Spectator again, falsehood. It was first vented in a became the scene of a public riot to dispamphlet of a M. Grénus of Geneva, turb their private meetings, in which acknowledged by his cochampions to “ Down with Jesus Christ,"_" Down be a person without principle. From him, with the Moravians," was the watchword.' if our memoranda are correct, it was Whatever riotous conduct any of the copied, first, into the Evangelical Maga- populace may have been guilty of, in a zine, and then into the fifteenth volume time of high excitement, and under a of the Panoplist. Thence perhaps, and mistaken sense of prorocation, we have perhaps through some other channel, it no doubt the magistrates, pastors, and all found its way into the Spectator's col- people of standing at Geneva, would have
been prompt and unanimous to discounte"In 1818,' it is further said, 'M. Chene- nance and condemn. A statement like vière was called to be professor of theolo- that given above, made by Dr J. Pye gy; than whom there was no man in the Smith, led Mr Bakewell, the traveller,
to institute an inquiry: The following of Nazareth ?”. Dr Smith himself has representation makes the public riot, occasion to speak of this dean and his asof which the city became the scene,' sociates as holding the Deity of Christ,' appear in other dimensions.
and to furnish his caveat, that truth is With respect to the mob and outcry despoiled of its excellency, if it be held at Geneva, mentioned by Dr Smith, never in unrighteousness, if it be degraded to having heard of it when I was there, be the badge of a party, if it be maintainI wrote to a friend to know how far the ac- ed in the spirit of rivalship and hostility.' count of Dr S. was correct. He informs He adds truly, that` the Council of State me, that when Messrs Guers and Em- of Geneva appears in a very honorable paytaz first formed a congregation, chief- contrast with that of Lausanne.' The ly of young men and women, they as- case, no doubt, is bad enough in the sembled in the evening in an obscure Canton de Vaud. But it is for the two part of the town. The novelty of the Trinitarian parties to settle the dispute thing drew together at first a number between them. No one else has any of persons, principally children, who concern with it. brought lanterns, and cried, “ Down with the Mômiers,” but the magistrates Unitarianism in Philadelphia.–For afterwards sent gens-d'armes to preserve the following history of the Unitarian the peace and to protect the new sect. church in Philadelphia, we are indebted With respect to the cry of “ Down with to a correspondent of that city. We should Jesus Christ,” from the strictest inqui- be happy to receive similar accounts from ries it does not appear that it was ever other places. They make permanent uttered. My friend says, “ Ce cri n'est records of interesting matters, which, if en notre pays dans la bouche et le cæur left to themselves, will fast fade from rede personne."
collection, and may hereafter be found We are not sure that it was a design, of great importance to the religious and but we are persuaded that it will be an ecclesiastical history of our country. effect of the piece in the Spectator, to • Dr Priestley arrived in this country in create the impression that Unitarians are 1794. In the winter of 1795–96 he dechargeable with the persecutions in the livered a course of lectures in PhiladelCanton de Vaud, to which that paper re- phia on the Evidences of the Christian fers, and of which some further account Revelation. His audiences were large may be found in the Edinburgh Review, and respectable, and among his regular xlii. 390. • The fact is,' to repeat what hearers were many members of Conwe have before had occasion to state, gress, then sitting in this city. These
that on the point of the trinity, at least, circumstances drew together a small the church and the government of the number of persons, professed Unitarians, Pays de Vaud are decidedly and bigot- and mostly emigrants from Great Britain; edly Orthodox, and have been heretofore “wandering sheep,” to use the words of not a little busy in exciting odium on this one of thein, “ without fold or shepherd.” account against Geneva. “ We may This little company held meetings with a number," Professor Chenevière says, view to establish a Unitarian church in
among the antagonists of the Genevan Philadelphia. Dr Priestley was present at clergy, the pastors of Lausanne, who some of them, and showed an interest in broke off all connexion with them. At the object for which they were called. It their head was Dean Curtat, who took was at first proposed to procure a suitable every opportunity of speaking and writ. minister. The prospect of his gathering ing against the Genevans, with all his a congregation was considered a fair one. wonted violence. He laughed at the An invitation was given to Mr Toulmin, attacks on his neighbours, which he be- late Judge Toulmin of the Mississippi held from the height of his Orthodoxy as Territory, then recently arrived in this from an impregnable fort; he was ill able country, and son of Dr Joshua Toulmin, to conceal his joy, when he saw them of Taunton, in England. The invitation insulted, nor did he show much repug- was declined. The purpose of obtaining nance to insulting them himself. This a minister was then relinquished, and upman, otherwise intelligent, well inform- on the recommendation of Dr Priestley, it ed, and full of zeal, is violently prejudic- was determined that a convenient room ed against Genevar; he would speak of should be provided, and that the persons that city in the spirit of the words for interested should form themselves into an merly used, “Can any good thing come out association for the purpose of worslupping
God according to the dictates of their con- Priestley had delivered his lectures eleven sciences. It was agreed that printed ser- years before, was obtained for the use of mons and prayers should be used, and the society. After a few months, this that the office of reader should be filled place was given up, and a private room by each member in rotation. According- was procured, from which, however, the ly, on the 12th of June, 1796, fourteen society was soon compelled to withdraw, persons assembled in a room of the Uni- their doctrines having excited alarm. versity of Pennsylvania, for the first time, Thus rudely driven forth, this small band for the purposes of social worship upon lib- found refuge in a room in Church Alley, eral views. This number was shortly after where they remained without molestaincreased to twentyone. Thus was a Uni- tion, until a place of worship was erected tarian society commenced in Philadelphia. in 1813. The connexion between Mr
It is with great pride and pleasure that Christie and the society lasting only a we find grounds for connecting the name few months, the services were conducted of Priestley with one of the earliest efforts by Ralph Eddowes, James Taylor, and made in this country in behalf of Unita- John Vaughan. It was proposed to have rian Christianity. We dare not now in- evening lectures, and to render them apdulge ourselves in speaking of this ven- plicable to the circumstances of the soerated man in the language which our ciety and to the relation in which it stood feelings dictate. It would lead us far to the rest of the community; and the first away from our present purpose. Apart two gentlemen consented to prepare origfrom his vast acquirements and the ex- inal discourses. This created a new incellent uses to which he put them, he is terest and the attendance became regular associated in our minds with a fearless and was gradually increased. We have love of truth, a genuine piety, a most reason to believe that the religious serviwinning artlessness, and a moral enthusi- ces at this period were attended with asm, which, like that of Howard, and all pleasure and edification. The sacred the great benefactors of our race, was music was particularly excellent, and the visible only in the activity to which it audience was brought together by no prompted, and the abundant good which habits of listless conformity, but hy a real it accomplished. To the feeling thus ex- interest in the great topics of religion. pressed towards this true martyr, but few 'In 1811, the project of building a church bosoms will respond. But the time is was started, and, after some difficulties, by coming, we trust, when the name that great efforts and by liberal contributions has been, and is still loaded with obloquy, from their fellow citizens, the society was shall be high and bright on the list of enabled to accomplish this object. The those who have illustrated the indepen- first stone was laid March 24, 1812, and dent and disinterested spirit of Christiani. the house dedicated February 14, 1813. ty. In the meanwhile we would pay Mr Eddowes preached the dedicatory our feeble tribute to the memory of Dr discourse from the very appropriate Priestley. And if hy connecting ourselves words, “The Lord God of gods, the Lord with him we incur any shame, we will God of gods, he knoweth, and Israel he bear it cheerfully for his sake, and for shall know; if it be in rebellion, or if in the sake of the truth which he loved. transgression against the Lord, (save us
• The Unitarian society of which some not this day) that we have built us an alaccount has now been given, continued tar, &c.' Joshua, xxii. 22. to meet every Lord's day until the year • In 1815, Mr Vaughan resigned the 1800. In the early part of 1797 Dr Pricst- ministerial office, which he had held in ley,on a visit to the city from Northumber- association with Messrs Eddowes and land, where he had fised his residence, Taylor. Upon this occasion resolutions delivered an address to this humble flock of ihanks were passed, from which we and enrolled himself among its members. cannot help quoting. Those who know In August, 1800, its meetings were dis- this gentleman, and the sphere of his accontinued, some of the association having quaintance is not limited, will join most died, and others being scattered. In 1807 cordially in the expressions of respect they were resuel, and William Chris. which they breathe. The language of tie, the author of a valuable work on the the society is, “ that, impressed by a sense Disine Unity, was invited to conduct the of benefits received, they cannot refrain stated religious services. This invitation froin expressing those sentiments of eswas accepted, and the Universali-ts' teen which they feel, and those ardent Church, in Lombard Street, where Dr wishes which they cherish, both individu