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in the spirit that “ rejoiceth in buried under a whole mountain of iniquity," but with the profound circumlocution—they are compelled by sorrowfulness of those who well knew the State to use expressions which they the gravity of the allegation; and who must know in their consciences they maintain it as demanded by the do not believe." first principles of morality, by the first Now if men's “ using expressions principles of Christianity, by the which, in their consciences, they must dearest interests of Christendom, and know they do not believe” be not“ pernot less by the repeated confessions of sonal untruthfulness" and "insinthe "Society for the Revision of the cerity," we should like to know what Liturgy."

is. An end must come to this foolish If you subvert the definition of tampering with moral language, to untruthfulness in order to soothe the pacify the peccant portion of the feelings of gentlemen who wish to win clergy. They are, undoubtedly, guilty the social advantages and opportuni

of this sin. Let all possible allowties of conformity while they hold the ances be made for individual educadoctrines of Nonconformity, you sub- tion, incapacity, interest, connection, vert the

foundations of national morality. the influence of authority, the power And the proper definition of untruth- of "authorized” explanations, or equifulness is the act of using language in vocations; but the plain fact remains, serious affairs, which in its plain and the Evangelical body of the old popular sense affirms that which the school, as a whole, and the Broad speaker inwardly knows or thinks to Church body, as a whole, are habitube untrue; whether the object be to ally using expressions in public serdeceive others, to maintain a position, vice which they do not believe ; and or even to "gratify God." You can- the practical result is this, these not frame a definition of "an untruth" teachers of the people cannot effecwhich shall not include the men who, tually rebuke the nation for its crying for example use in divine worship ad sins of falsehood in income-tax remajorem Dei gloriam, formularies which turns, falsehood in trade, and falseteach baptismal regeneration by the hood in social intercourse, If Chris. Holy Spirit, and who yet openly deny tianity does not teach men to speak that doctrine; or who use the burial the truth, and set an example of it in service over a drunkard, at the same Divine worship, the sooner it is time thoroughly disbelieving in his sal- abolished the better. The notion vation. One of the bishops themselves that it is “uncharitable" to charge admitted that to do this was to utter “untruthfulness" upon a man who a lie,” (Nevile, p. 27), and a lie is, in tells you distinctly that he does not Christ's teaching, the very essence of believe what he says in prayer to God, evil. But that which renders it par- is about as rational as that it is ticularly unjustifiable in Mr. Nevile " uncharitable" to charge cruelty on to continue this absurd style of reflec- a man who informs you that he has tion in relation to the subject of just beaten a child until it was nearly "charging untruthfulness” upon many dead. We are not dealing with the of the clergy is that he himself

, when conduct of men whose real opinions he is not writing with a view of conci- we do not know, but with that of liating Mr. Gladstone, expresses exactly those who loudly proclaim their hosthe same idea in the plainest English. tility to the plain doctrines of the He says in

Prayerbook, yet continue to hold the "I am persuaded we have many immunities which they obtained by thousands of ministers who will bear expressing assent and consent ex animo a comparison with any ministers on to all its contents. the face of the earth, in every quality That the preceding sentences conwhich can adorn a Christian ministry ;

tain wholesome doctrine time and but they are all sinking under one eternity will prove; for the most simple fact, although it has been solemn warning against such sins as

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these are written among the last Infirm and aged man, for the express words of Inspiration. It was eternal purpose of being able to sell with s love which thus awfully sounded the prospect of immediate possession, alarm. True love, therefore, can and so to produce the greatest possiafford to bear the charges of “malig- ble price!" nity," or "bitterness," or coarseness," But we apprehend that the chief in discharging this ministry, if there- value of this "Letter" will be found by it may “save some" and dispose a in its influence upon Dissenters themwhole nation not to “mock" or trifle selves. Mr. Nevile demonstrates with the “God of truth." The first afresh the old lesson, inculcated for so principles of morality are of more many years and with so much zeal and importance than any man's feelings, ability by Mr. Miall, that those Noneven though he be an amiable and conformists who form a portion of the laborious Evangelical clergyman, or State and enjoy political influence, a Broad Church Impugner of the yet do not bring this influence to bear Evangelical Theology.

To give

upon the reform of these abuses, are “offence" is not always to be wrong. guilty of their perpetuation. It is You may resent this style of address, Parliament which authorizes the conyou may hate and denounce as an tinued usage of forms which are dis. incendiary him who uses it; but you believed; it is Parliament which must know that the weight of it will return alter the subscriptions of the clergy ; upon you again and again-and that, but it is the Dissenters who must comwith whatever transgressions justly pel Parliament to put its band to this chargeable, the utterance of this ter- work. And the only mode of ezirible " burden of the Lord” will not forcing the attention of members of be laid at last to the account of any Parliament is to make their legislative man as a sin by the Most Righteous seats dependent on their fidelity to the Judge Eternal.

The English con- purpose of their constituents. In the science, the English Parliament, the prosecution of this enterprize, it is English Bible, the English Prayer possible that religious Nonconformists book itself, all re-echo this prophecy might appear to sacrifice political against “non-natural" language in power for one parliament ; but they the service of God. You must would gain in political influence more speedily choose between reform or than they lost in power; for he who ruin.

some great and intelligible Mr. Nevile's pamphlet cannot fail moral principle is master of the future. to exert considerable influence in “ THEM THAT HONOUR

ME I WILL drawing increased attention to this HONOUR ; but they that despise me most painful subject, as well as to that shall be lightly esteemed." other crying evil of the Established To what nobler end could all the Church-the sale of livings. He seceders from the Church of England says:-

in the realm consecrate their political "Let us conceive our inspired power for seven years than to procure teacher, St. Paul, to be taken into the the reform of that Church in favour auction-room of Messrs. Farebrother, of straightforward Religion, Christian Clark, and Lye, or Messrs. Daniel morality, and simple truth. The Smith and Co., and let him hear a opinion of the Liverpool Assembly of spirit-nierchant in Oxford-street con- the Congregational Union, as reported tending with a draper in Cheapside, in the T'imes, that we ought not to pound by pound, for the absolute right engage in any controversy relating to of nominating an inexperienced youth the Church of England at the present of twenty-four years of age as a juncture, must surely have been a minister, to take the entire spiritual version of the judgment of the Assem. charge of 3,000 or 4,000 souls in bly that had passed through the Devonshire, Kent, or Northumber- alembic of some ill-formed, local corland, which had just been given to an respondent's mind. To all such per

acts on

sons we recommend a perusal of Mr. practical wisdom written in a religious Nevile's pamphlet.

spirit, and requires only, in a second

edition, to be somewhat simplified here Life Triumphant. A Poem, by Mrs.

and there in the style to render it a CAMPBELL. W. Mackintosh, 24,

most useful and popular compendium Paternoster-row.

of the duties of "The Home Nurse." This appears to be a treatise on It contains those four elements withChristianity, in long metre. It is out which neither books nor magazines preceded by a lengthened preface in can flourish, serious truth, genuine defence of that familiar measure as a pathos, a spice of good-natured source of pleasure to the human mind. malice, and a little fun. It is one of those books which cannot

Thoughts on Personal Religion. By honestly be praised up to the skies,

E. M. GOULBURN. D.D., one of yet its purpose is so good, and its execution of the long metre so respect

Her Majesty's Chaplains. Fourth able, that it may be praised, at least,

Edition. Rivington's. 1863. up to the house-tops. The human

The fourth edition of Dr. Goul. race, also, is so numerous that it is

burn's " Treatise on the Christian

Life" offers the opportunity of noting certain there is a sufficient number of persons to furnish the authoress with again one of the most valuable devo

tional works of recent times. As a a sympathising audience. We observe that Mr. Baldwin Brown was so much

school-prize, as a Christmas present, delighted with her former work as to

as a closet companion, it is equally say that “it shows a very marvellous worthy of the first place of honour ; of amount of power in the way of fiuent

“ double-first," if that distinction versification, a high and true aim, and

were possible in the world of books.

Such fullness of knowledge and a patient perseverance in work rarely excelled." Laudari Laudato, to be

thought, such tenderness of feeling, praised by a laurelled theologian of

such breadth and delicacy of illustraMr. Brown's stamp, entitles the

tion, such strength of purpose and authoress to rely with confidence on

spirit, are not met with in combination her gifts, and we wish her success in

every day, much less in devotional her chosen path.

writings. All who are persuaded by these words to purchase it will thank

us for so earnest a recommendation. The Home Nurse, and Manual for the Sick Room. By Esther Le HARDY.

The Pulpit Assistant. Sixth Edition. Churchill and Sons, New Burling- In 4 vols. Vol. I. Revised by Rev. ton-street.

A. Weston. London: William Tegg.

1863. Good nursing in sickness is at least of equal importance with sound doc

A religious book which has reached toring. The collision between rival its sixth edition ought to be a good systems of medicine has almost con- book. The work before us contains founded ordinary persons and ren- many sensible hints on the composidered them desperate in their endea- tion of sermons, which some of the vours to select a medical attendant. discourses given, most grievously vioBut there is not the same doubt on late. Good rules are more easily prothe proper courses of conduct to pur- pounded than kept.

The sermons sue in efficient nursing. This book is are of very unequal merit, some being excellently planned and very well only commonplace, while others are executed. We know nothing better, marked by much more vigour. The unless it be Miss Nightingale's invalu- doctrine in all

is rigidly orthodox and able “notes." The lady-writer is evangelical. There is nothing in them brave enough to speak plainly on that brings out the results of modern many weighty topics, even on the science or criticism. For instance, in “ low evening-dress” of ladies them- one sermon the earth is spoken of as selves. It is a book full of all sorts of destined to annihilation (page 38), We should like to attract special The book will be specially useful to notice of the above-mentioned cheap local and village preachers, if useful

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and the elements to utter destruction, Words for the Heart and Life.whereas the Scripture prophecies only Glimpses of Great Men.- Relig speak of a fresh melting down and re- and Business. By Rev. A. J. MORE adjustment of the elements, in har- late of Holloway. Cheap Edition. mony with the teachings of true Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster-row. science.

issue of Mr. Morris's works, in three to anyone; but we have a strong im

thin volumes. All who have known pression that, in ninety cases out of a

he honour him in no common degree. hundred, men who need the help of

We have had few such preachers " to such a work as the “Pulpit Assistant,” the times," in the light of eternity, as had better let preaching alone. All him; and few pulpit expositors so the works of the kind that we have yet seen have been unsatisfactory of writers on the staff of the Christian

"mighty in the Scriptures." The band What we want nowadays is some

Spectator have, for the most part, the thing that shall stir up thought honour to reckon themselves amongst rather than supply its lack; help in

Mr. Morris's friends. Our readers, the study of God's revelation rather

therefore, will not wonder if some zeathan prove a contrivance for the avoid

lous affection and sympathy with such ance of labour.

a man, heavily afflicted, and laid aside Crutches are very useful for the

from public duty as well as a very lame, but the lame are not fit to be

high opinion of the value of these leaders in Israel. To David and his

books, prompt us to invite all our men they were an abomination (2

readers to become parties in the good Sam. v. 8.) To those who need vo

work of assisting his usefulness by the lumes of skeletons, we can cordially

press, now that he is silenced for a recommend the work before us; but

time in the congregation. In so doing the more excellent way is for every they will gain a great deal more than man to cultivate his own inventive

they will give; for here are truly powers.

mucrones verborum, which enter into the heart, and stick beyond the possibility of withdrawal.

These are golden presents for young men.

Τ THE

CHRISTIAN SPECTATOR.

DECEMBER, 1863.

HEATHEN LONDON.

"GO OUT QUICKLY INTO THE STREETS AND LANES OF THE CITY:

LONDON contains nearly three millions of inhabitants. This number equals that of the population of Scotland, including its great cities of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, and Dundee. It is nearly the sixth part of the population of England; it is nearly three times the population of Wales ; and nearly half of the population of Ireland. It is the three hundred and fiftieth part of the populatiou of the globe. It would require only three hundred and fifty Londons to people all the continents and islands of this planet.

If there are some disadvantages in the congregation of so vast an assemblage of mankind in one place, there might seem also to be some spiritual advantages over country districts. If there are more stimulating excitements and fiercer temptations, on the other side the people are nearer at hand, and can be more readily approached than if scattered abroad shepherdless over an immense territory. Yet the facts scarcely answer to the theory. For, in London, out of three millions, it is affirmed by Mr. Horace Mann, that there are a million who could not be reckoned in any kind of religious census. A million of the people of London are aliens from the spiritual commonwealth and strangers to the covenants of promise, without hope and without God in the world—as thoroughly heathen as if they lived in China or Japan. There is the briglit image of the cross lifted up over their heads on the summit of St. Paul's,—but for any effect of Christianity upon their thinking or character, it might be the crescent, or one of the images of Bhudda, or one of the symbols of the Brahminical paganism.

How would all this London Heathenism strike us if it could be massed together and separated from the surrounding Christianity ; if for example, it could be all transported to the southern side the Thames, and spread over Lambeth, Southwark, and Bermondseythere to develop life in its own fashion, free from any intermixture of forms or customs derived from the presence of religious faith.

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