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well known as the author of “ The Analogy of Religion.” That part of his labors has long been before the public, and will doubtless be demanded, whilst man loves to think. Had the Bishop written nothing else, he had immortalized himself; and indeed little more is left us, the remainder of the volume being occupied by his brief essays on “ Personal Identity," and on
“Human Virtue,” six Sermons, a Charge to the Clergy, and his Correspondence with Dr. Samuel Clarke. The whole is embraced in a large octavo volume, printed in a good, clear type of such size that the eyes will not be impaired by reading it; and we should be glad that more persons would try their eyes and their intellects in perusing and pon. dering such essays as the “ Analogy.” We promise them as a compensation, better eye-sight, it may be of the mind.
13.—Sermons and Sketches of Sermons. By the Rev. John Sum
merfield, A. M., late a preacher in the Methodist Episcopal Church. With an Introduction by the Rev. Thomas Bond, M. D. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1842. pp. 437.
This is a handsome octavo volume of sketches of sermons, by one whose memory is precious to the saints, and must be especially dear to our Methodist brethren. We do not wonder that they desire thus to embalm him in their hearts. These Sermons show that Mr. Summerfield was not idle whilst he lived, and that, with his beautisul genius and creative powers, he did not deem it useless to spend time and thought on his preparations for the sacred desk. And we hope that these skeletons will be valued only as mementos of Summerfield, and not be a resort for lazy preachers, like Simeon's and some others.
It is evident from these sketches, that Mr. Summerfield was in the habit of studying his subjects well, and thoroughly imbuing his mind with them prior to his entering the pulpit. He knew beforehand what he was going to say, and when he came to say it, it was with fullness of illustration, and beauty of diction and manner. In our youth, we heard him preach from the vision of Isaiah, of which we find a sketch in this volume, and we shall never forget the impression left on us by his whole manner, and by the strikingly beautiful representation of the vision, especially of the seraph flying and taking the live coal from off the altar. It was graphic. We seemed to be transported bodily to the presence of the throne, and there to behold with our eyes the seraph, the altar, the sacrifice.
14.A Dictionary of Science, Literature, and Art. Compris
ing the History, Description, and Scientific Principles of every branch of Human Knowledge ; with the derivation and definition of ail the terms in general use. Illustrated by Engravings on Wood. Edited by M. T. Brande, F. R. S. L. & E. New York: Wiley &
Putnam, pp. 1500. The work is to be published in twenty-four semi-monthly parts, of fifty-six pages each, and, when completed, will make two large octavo volumes, in small type, though clear, containing an invaluable fund of information on the encyclopedia of Science, Literature, and Art. The whole circle of know. ledge is divided into ten sections, each entrusted to one of the most celebrated scholars of the age, in his particular department-to such men as Brande, Lindley, Loudon, McCulloch, Owen, etc. These names are a sufficient guaranty for the proper execution of the work, and we confidently expect this to be the best Dictionary or Cyclopedia, of its kind, in the English language. We cannot but regret that the typographical execution of the Greek words is not better. The accents are seldom introduced, yet sufficiently often to destroy uniformity. 15.—The Twin Sisters; A Tale for Youth. By Mrs. Sandham.
From the twentieth London Edition. New York: D.
Appleton & Co., 1842. pp. 176. 'This little volume seems to have commended itself to the English public, as they have called for the twentieth edition ; and we presume it will find favor on this side the water. The tale is told in a simple style, and is intended to illustrate the benefits of devotion, in the lives of two very young persons." They were twin sisters, who were early placed under the influence of a pious aunt, and thus led, by a blessing on her efforts, to walk in ways of righteousness and peace. The story will be interesting to youth, and the book is perhaps one of the safest of this description that can be put into their hands.
16.-The Daughters of England; their Position in Society, Chur
acter, and Responsibilities. By Mrs. Ellis, Author of “The Women of England," etc. etc, New York: D. Ap. pleton & Co., 1842. pp. 280.
Mrs. Ellis, the amiable authoress of this volume, is already favorably known to us by her“ Women of England," " Hints to make Home Happy," etc. The present volume is indica. tive of her deep interest in the proper education of her sex, and we are glad to learn, from her preface, that she intends, in future volumes, to “consider the character and condition of the wives and mothers of England.” We think her peculiarly qualified to write on these important topics. fler style is such as to interest, and her thoughts and sentiments are deeply imbued with the spirit of Christianity.
One can scarcely help feeling that woman must be benefited, if woman will but read her remarks with a right mind. In the present work, she begins with “Important Inquiries," then proceeds to treat of " Economy of Time," " Cleverness, Learning, Knowledge," " Music, Painting, and Poetry," " Taste, Tact, and Observation," " Beauty, Health, and Temper," "Society, Friendship, and Flirtation," " Love and Courtship," “ Artifice and Integrity,” etc. Under all these topics there will be found most' judicious observations, well worthy the serious consideration of the Daughters of America. We cannot re. frain from giving our readers one extract from her remarks on Music. “ If the use of accomplishments be to make a show of them in society, then a little skill in music is certainly not worth its cost. But if the object of a daughter is to soothe the weary spirit of a father when he returns home from the office or the counting-house, where he has been toiling for her maintenance; to beguile a mother of her cares, or to charm a suffering sister into forgetfulness of her pain; then a very little skill in music may often be made to answer as noble a purpose as a great deal; and never does a daughter appear to more advantage, than when she cheerfully lays aside a fashionable air, and strums over, for more than the hundredth time, some old ditty which her father loves. To her ear, it is possible, it may be altogether divested of the slightest charm. But of what importance is that? The old man listens until tears are glistening in his eyes, for he sees again the home of his childhood, he hears his father's voice, he feels his mother's welcome--all things familiar to his heart in early youth come back to him with the long-remembered strain, and, happiest thought of all! they are revived by the playful fingers of his own beloved child.” The remainder of the passage is beautifully touching, but we are obliged to desist, praying that Mrs. Ellis may be long spared to the world!
17.-HARPERS' FAMILY LIBRARY :
No. 154. History of the Expedition under the command of Captains Lewis and Clarke, to the sources of the Missouri, thence across the Rocky Mountains, and down the river Columbia to the Pacific Ocean : performed during the years 1804, 1805, 1806, by order of the Government of the United States. Revised and abridged, with an Introduction and Notes, by Archibald M'Vickar. 2 Vols. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1842. pp. 766.
The Oregon Territory is just now attracting considerable attention; and it is but a few days since we had the intelligence of the departure of a large colony from the “far west” of western Missouri, to the farthest west of Oregon. The republication, therefore, of the travels of Lewis and Clarke, and of their exploration of this interesting country almost a half century since, cannot but be welcome. Although this Expedition may be familiar to those who are now among the grey-headed, there are, doubtless, many of the middle-aged and of the young, who will be glad to have so easy access to the history of it, as is provided in these volumes.
This Journal must always possess interest, as the narrative of the first voyage made up the Missouri, from its mouth to its springs, and as the first visit of white men to those almost boundless prairies, which stretch out from the Mississippi to the Rocky Mountains, and which were then the play-ground of numerous tribes of the Red Men, and of immense herds of buffalo, deer, and other animals,
To the original Journal there is added, in these volumes, "a sketch of the progress of maratime discovery on the Pacific coast, a summary account of earlier attempts to penetrate this vast wilderness, and extracts and illustrations from the narratives of later travellers."
18.- The Great Commission : or the Christian Church constituted
and charged to convey the Gospel to the world. By the Rev. John Harris, D.D., President of Cheshunt College, author of " Mammon,” “ The Great Teacher," etc., with an Introductory Essay, by William R. Williams, D.D., Pastor of Amity Street Church, New York. Boston: Gould, Kendall, & Lincoln. New York: Dayton & Newman, 1842. pp. 484.
The writer of this excellent work on Christian Missions is
already favorably known amongst us, as the author of several prize essays, on subjects intimately connected with the best interests of the Church. It is well that Dr. Harris, endued as he is by God with superior qualifications, is disposed, by his grace, to devote his strong intellect and richly furnished mind, to the promotion of an evangelical spirit amongst the disciples of Jesus. The Essay before us presents the “ great commission” before the Church, with great power, and in an aspect adapted deeply to impress the heart with a sense of obligation. It first unfolds the scriptural theory of Christian instrumentality, as presented and enforced in the word of God. In the second part, the benefits arising from Christian Missions, are portrayed in four chapters, in such manner as to il. lustrate their claims and awaken an increased zeal in the noble cause. Part third exhibits the encouragements to advance in ihis glorious enterprise. Part fourth proves that the objections commonly offered are but arguments for redoubled effort. In part fifth, is considered the want of entire consecration to this cause as a great defect, and in the sixth and last part, the principal motives are pressed, which should urge us to entire devotedness to the great objects of this grand enterprise.
19.— The Golden Censer, or a Visit to the House of Prayer.
Boston: Gould, Kendall, & Lincoln.
Appollos, or Directions to Persons just commencing a Religious Life. Boston: Gould, Kendall, & Lincoln.
Growth in Grace, or the Young Professor directed how to attain to eminent Prety. Boston : Gould, Kendall, & Lincoln, 1842.
Such are the titles of three small books, put up in neatly printed covers, and with gilt edges. They are part of a “ miniature series of practical religious works,” to be issued by the same publishers. The auihor of the first is the Rev. Dr. Harris. The design of the second is apparent from the title, and we can safely commend it to the recently converted. The third consists of choice selections, from the works of Jonathan Edwards and John Angell James. This series of miniature volumes, if completed as coinmenced, will doubtless be a blessing to the Church.