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In the course of these sermons, many out a strong case, founded on plain pasexpressions will doubless be found, to which sages of scripture, and obvious inferences the advocates of creeds, which differ from deduced from them, in favour of adult the author's, will not readily assent. But baptism. Both parties, however, admit making all due allowances for the peculi-that even the rite itself is not essential to arity of phraseology, they may be read with salvation, and of course the mode and much advantage by all who are inquiring period of administration are of still less the way to Zion with their faces thither importance. ward ; and to all such we think they will 5. A Plan for the Abolition of Slarery, prove a valuable acquisition.

consistent with the Interests of all parties concerned, (Sidford, London,) is a closely written pamphlet, dictated, without all

doubt, by the purest of motives, with a 1. What have I been about? Or Infi- design to put an end to this abominable delity silenced by the Testimony of Truth, system. To all the plans hitherto proby the Author of Jessy,” (Bennet, Lon- | posed the author states numerous and don,) is a little volume containing about formidable objections, but whether his own one hundred and twenty pages, and exhi scheme be practicable remains to be tried. biting in the composition, narrative, dia- He recommends that all who are now logue, testimony, and anecdote. The style slaves should remain so; that philanthropic is pleasing because familiar, and the author societies should be formed for giving relihas contrived in each department to render gious education to the rising generation, it interesting to his readers. Amusement who should be free at a given age; that is, however, rendered subservient to instruc a remote period, say fifty or one hundred tion. Its design is to establish the truth of years hence, should be fixed for the total Christianity, by proving, its unrivalled extinction of slavery; that the system of excellence when compared with the frigid agriculture should be altered ; that the dictates of philosophy, and the arrogance of emigration of white people should be infidelity.

encouraged; and that, under companies 2. A Week at Margate, or Economy formed as above, the system recommended of Time and Money, (Elder, London,) is a should be carried into effect in all slavepretty little amusing shilling's-worth, and holding countries, that example might leach in this light it seems to have been viewed what theory might fail to accomplish. The by the public, for the copy before us great difficulty will be, to reduce this belongs to the sixth edition. It delineates scheme to practice, even respecting the the scenery from London to this fashion- rising generation, while for the eight hunable watering place, describes with fidelity dred thousand now in slavery it makes no and minuteness all the prominent features provision. of the town and vicinity, and calculates 6. The best Means of promoting the with exactness, the expense of a tour thither Revival of Religion in the Churches, a and back, without forgetting to reserve Sermon by John Neave, (Wightman, Lonthe last halfpenny for poor Jack, at the don,) are fairly stated on scriptural Tower stairs.

grounds, and enforced by arguments 3. Friendly Hints, principally addressed which no real friend to Christianity can to Youth of both Seres, by John Doncaster, dare to dispute. Among these means, he (Wightman, London,) is now passing observes, all the members of our churches through a fifth edition in parts.

It con

should deeply feel the importance and tains much wholesome advice, on various necessity of the object in view ;-an adhe. topics, connected with

life. rence to the primitive purity and discipline Many of the admonitions are illustrated of the apostolic churches should be uniwith striking anecdotes, which can hardly formly cherished-unity among the memfail to make deep and favourable impres- bers, both in affection and effort, should be sions on the youthful mind.

cultivated,-greater degrees of personal 4. A Letter to a Clergyman on the holiness should be sought. Ministers Scriptural Authorities in favour of Adult should be faithful in the discharge of their Baptism, and traditional Authorities in duties—and finally, prayer for the influfavour of Infant Baptism, by a Hermit, ence of the Holy Spirit should be con(Wightman, London,) is written with terse stant and earnest. A pleasing strain of ness and good humour, but we fear that it liberality running throughout this discourse, displays too great a spirit of levity to be inclines us to think that the author is more productive of much good. It must, how- intent on the spread of Christianity, than on ever, be confessed that the hermit makes the aggrandizement of a sect.

common

LEAVES FROM A POCKET-BOOK.

he was indebted to that poor outcast babe

for an asylum. She was his nurse, and his Picture of Life.

only support and stay in his helpless and In youth we seem to be climbing a hill on declining years. What must his recollecwhose top eternal sunshine appears to rest. tions have been?

TRAVELLER. How eagerly we pant to attain its summit; but when we have gained it, how different

GLEANINGS. is the prospect on the other side. We sigh as we contemplate the dreary waste before

Died.--On the 19th of August, after a short

illness, at Helston, in Cornwall, while on a visit, us, and look back with a wistful eye upon with her husband, to their family connexions and the flowery path we have passed, but may numerous friends in that county, Mrs. Drew,

wile of SAMUEL DREW, M.A. the Editor of the never more retrace. Oh, Mary! life is like

Imperial Magazine.; yon portentous cloud, fraught with thunder, Defence against the Caterpillar --An experi.

ment has been tried for three years, to preserve storm, and rain; but religion, like those

gooseberry plants from the ravages of the caterstreaming rays of sunshine, will clothe it

pillar, by brushing the stems with a soft brush with light as with a garment, and fringe its dipped in common train or fish oil, about the time

of their first appearance, or at any time when shadowy skirts with gold,

infested, which appears to destroy or greatly to The Christian Dwelling.

annoy them. It also much improves the growth

and productiveness of the tree the following year, No doubt you would be happy under the and clear, it of moss. This communication is hallowed roof of Mr. C - for hallowed

made public, in the hope of exciting experiments indeed is the dwelling of a Christian family. tion of other trees.

to prove how far it may be useful for the preservaThese little domestic temples are the gems

Dante.-When this distinguished poet was in and bulwarks of the world. They are spots

banishment at Verona, he had for his patron Can

della Scala, the prince of that country. At his on which the eye of Deity loves to repose. court were several strolling players, one of whom, I often think that to the eyes of ministering distinguished for his ribaldry, was much caressed

beyond the others. The prince, on one occasion, angels, earth presents the appearance of an when this man and Dante were both present, inverted sky, and that the dwellings of pious highly extolled the former, and, turning to the families are the stars which stud it with

poet, said, “I wonder that this foolish fellow

should have found out the secret of pleasing us beauty and with light. This we know, all, and making himself admired ; while you, who however, that Nations are preserved for

are a man of great sense, are in little esteem :" to

which Dante replied, " You would cease to wonder THEIR sakes--we cannot doubt it. Ten

at this, if you knew how much the conformity of righteous persons would have saved even characters is tbe source of friendship.”

Quaker and rarians.-The following im. Sodom.

portant law, (9 Geo. 4, chap. 32,) permitting the The Goodness of God.

Afirmation of Quakers and Moravians to be evi.

dence, was passed on the 27th of June, 1829, by MOMENTARY feelings of gratitude to our which it is enacted, “ That every Quaker or Mora

vian, who shall be required to give evidence in any Maker, perhaps swell in every breast, at

case whatsoever, criminal or civil, shall, instead of certain seasons; but this is not enough, taking an oath in the usual form, be permitted to God must be praised in the shades as well make his or her solem affirmation or declaration

in the words following; that is to say, 'I, A. B. do as in the sunshine of life. I know that in

solemnly, sincerely, and truly declare and affirm; a fine summer's morning, when I have which said affirmation and declaration shall be of

the same force and effect in all courts of justice, been gazing on a landscape, as rich and

and other places where, by law, an oath is rebeautiful as ever met mortal eye, and heard quired, as if such Quaker, or Moravian, had above and around me the lark, the linnet,

taken an oath in the usual form; and if any per

son, making such affirmation or declaration, shall the thrush, and the wood-pigeon, I have

be convicted of having wilfully, falsely, and corfelt so impressed with the goodness of ruptly affirmed or declared any matter or thing,

which, if the same had been sworn in the usual God in the works of creation, that I have

form, would have amounted to wilful and corrupt almost involuntarily taken off my hat, and perjury, every such offender shall be subject to the exclaimed, “ The Lord be praised for all same pains, penalties, and forfeitures, to which

person's convicted of wilful and corrupt perjury his mercies!” May these occasional ele

are, or shall be, subject.” vations of my mind be the constant frame Coals against Gold.- A Spaniard, in an interestof yours.

ing work recently published, has shewn that the va.

lue of the coal dug up every year in Great Britain, Transactions in Life.

even at the mouth of the mines, is much greater than

all the gold and silver which is yearly obtained in In every transaction of your life, ask your

the New World ; and, moreover, that the coal is self this question, Am I able to justify my the occasion of the employment of so great a num

ber of persons, that the annual value of their self to my conscience, and have I left no

labour surpasses that of the valuable metals found room for after-regrets by my present con in America each year.

From bis tables and state. duct or decision ? Old James W

ments it appears, that the value of the coal, and

the wages of labour, profits, &c. on it, amount to turned his unhappy daughter and her help- the sum of 450,000,0001.; and that the value of the less infant out of doors, just after her con gold and silver, together with cost of carriage,

amounts to 222,500,000f. This shews that there is finement. The wretched mother soon sank

an overplus in favour of the English coal trade to into the grave; but twenty-five years after, the amount of 227,500,000f.

Chinese Female Schools.-The advantages de. rived by the Rev. Samuel and Mrs. Dyer, from their assiduous attention to the study of the Chi. nese language, during a period of two years, pre. vious to their departure from England, enabled them in a few weeks after their arrival at Penang. to commence schools for Christian instruction, which were well attended ; and in November last, Mrs. Dyer was preparing to open one on the 1st of December for fifty girls, upon the Royal British System. This will afford to Christian females in Britain the opportunity of promoting the spiritual welfare of children of their own sex, born of heathen parents, by the employment of their needle upon (or otherwise preparing) useful or fancy articles, for sale in India, for the benefit of such schools. Babies' caps, all kinds of children's apparel, pincushions, needle-books, and dolls, (not wax) are among the more acceptable articles, all of which will be thankfully received by Mrs. Dyer, 4, Lisson-street, Paddington ; Mrs. Tarn, 8, Parkplace, Islington; and by Mrs. Tarn, 76, Goswell. street Road. Table of the Average Length of the Life of some Animals. Ass, ...... years 26 to 30 Hare, .. .......7 or 8 Bees, .......1 Hog,.

.....20 Bear). .25 Horse,

25 to 40 Bull, ...30 Lark,

15 to 18 Camel, .......50 to 60 Linnet,

14 or 15 Carp, ......... 100 to 150 Lion,

....60 Canary, without coup Lobster,....90 and more. ling,

22 Nighuingale, .... 15 to 18 Ditto, with

.10 Ox (in draught) ......19 Cat,.. 18 Otter,

40 Cock,

20 Parrot,

.......50 Cow,

.20 Peacock, Cricket,

.19 Pike,

40 and more. Crocodile,..100 and more. Rabbit,

8 or 9 Deer, .. 15 to 20 Raven,..

....100 Dos,

.29 to 28 Rhinoceros,......50 to 60 Dolphin, ..30 Sheep,

......12 Eagle, .... 100 and more. Sparrow,

.12 to 15 Eel,

.15 Spider, 1 and more. Elephant,... .150 to 200 Squirrel, ..............7 Ephemeron Fly,... 1 day Stag,.

..10 to 15 Fox, :....... years 15 Swan,

....100 Goldfinch,

.23 Toad, 100 and more.

.........50 Wolf, Hen,..

..10 to 15

Anti-Slavery Monthly Reporter for August Hymns, chietly on the Parables of Christ, by D. E. Ford. 18mo. cloth.

Second Edition. The Desolations of Eram the Emigrant ; a Tale of the American Woods By William and Mary Howitt, authors of " The Forest Minstrel," and other poems.

A Volume of Sermony. By the Rer. Charles B. Tayler, M.A.

The History of Little Jack, in French and English; with a Two-fold Key on the flamiltonian Systems. By Philip Orkney Skene.

Protestant Remarks on Transu hatantiation, Bad other Tenets of the Church of Rorue; with an Appendix, containing Observations on Purgatory, and the Duration of Future, Punishments. By the Rer. W. Cowley, A.M. 12mo.

Plain Observations on the Management of Children during the First Month, particularly addressed to Mothers; with an Appendix, coutaining a few psc tical Hints for the Guidance of the Nursery. Suitcbd.

Notes of a Journey in the North of Ireland, in the Summer of 1897. Fine plates.

Historical Sketches of the ancient Irish and their Descendants. By Christopher Auderson.

A Compendium of Modern Geograpby, &c. By the Rev. Alexander Stewart.

Theory and Practice of Arithmetic, in which the subject is treated upon its own principles, illustrated by its own evidences, and made effectually cubeer. vient to an attainment of the mathematics. By George Hutton. 12no.

We are glad to find that the valuable Commentary of Matthew Henry is now translating into Welsh, and publishing in parts. 410.

In the Press. A Universal Prayer, a Poem; Death; a Vision of Heaven; and a Vision of Hell.' By Robert Mootgo mery, author of "The Omnipresence of the Deity.

An Historical Romance, chiefly illustrative of the public events and domestic manners of the Fifterath Century, entitled, “The Last of the Plantagenets."

In one volume, small octavo. “ Effusions of Ge nius." By the late Rebecca Ribbans, of Larenham school.

Au Inquiry into the popular notion of an l'aoriginated, Intinite, and Eternal Prescience; for the por pose of ascertaining whether that Doctnde be sap ported by the dictates of Reason, and the Writings oi the Old and New Testaments; with a Preface, con taining a Dialogue between the Author and one of his Readers. By the Rer. James Jones,

Forty-Five Expository and Practical Lectures on our Lord's Sermon on the Mount. By I. E. Good.

In one volume, post 8vo. Literary Remains of the late Henry Neele, Esq. consisting of Lectures on English Poetry, Tales, and Miscellaneous Pieces in prose and verse, never before published.

The Grammatical and Pronouncing Spelling. Book The Dissertation on the Priesthood of Christ. Ву the Rev. John Wilson, of Montrose.

A New Edition of the Memoirs of the Lit and Character of Mrs. Sarah Savage, eldest daughter of the Rev. P. Henry; with additions. By J. B. Wil. liams, Esq. F.S.A. and a recommendatory Preface by the Rev. Way, of Bath. 12mo.

The Schoolfellows. By Mrs. Copley, (late Her. lett.) Stitched.

The Juvenile Forget-Me-Not," for the year 1899, is in a state of considerable forwardness. It will cos. taiu a number of Engravings on Steel, and several exquisite Wood Cuts. Its principal feature of attraction in this department will be an Engraving by Thompson, from Behnes' Bust of Her Royal Highness the Princess Victoria.' The literary portion of the volume is formed of the contributions of Mrs. Hannah More, Mrs. Opie, Mrs. Hemans, the author of "Selwyn in Search of a Daughter, James Montgomery, William and Mary Howitt.' the Author of " My Early Days, &c. Rev. Dr. Walsh, Miss Mitford, Mrs. Hotland, Richard Howitt, Miss Jewsbary, the Author of “Solitary Hours," Allan Cunningham, &c.

“ l'he Amulet" for the year 1829, is expected to appear early in November, with attractions, both literary and pictorial, greatly exceeding either of its predecessors, and will contain articles from a number of the most distinguished writers of the age, amous whom are many who have not heretofore contribgted either to this work, or to those of a similar character; and that its illustrations will be of the highest order of art.

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Literary Notices.

Just Published. Memoirs of the Life, Character, and Writings of the Rev. Matthew Henry. By J. B. Williams, Esq. F.S.A. With a portrait. 8vo. bds.

Sermons intended for the use of Families, and to he read in Villages. By the Rev. W. Garthwaite. One vol. 8vo.

Russel's Calculator, for Wages, Rent, Taxes, &c. &c. by the year, half year, quarter, month, week, and day, from Sixpence to One Hundred Pounds num. A Companion to the “ Ready Reckoner." 18mo.

The Life and Opinions of John 'De Wycliffe, D.D. Illustrated principally from his unpublished Manuscripts, with a preliminary View of the Papal System, and of the state of the Protestant Doctrine in Europe to the Commencement of the Fourteenth Century. By Robert Vaughan. With a finely engraved Por. trait by E. H. Finden, from the original picture by Sir Antonio More, now an heirloom to the Rectory of Wycliffe, Richmondshire. 2 vols. 8vo.

The third Edition of the Contributions of QQ. to a Periodical Work. By the late Jane Taylor, With some pieces not before published. 2 vols. 12mo.

Memoirs, including Correspondence and other Remains, of Mr. John Urquhart, late of the University of St. Andrews. By the Rev. W. Orme. 2 vols. 12mo. 2d Edition. With a portrait, and Prefatory Letter of Dr. Chalmers.

New Editions of the Bible Teacher's Manual, being the substance of Holy Scripture, in questions on every chapter thereof. By a Clergyman. Parts I. and IT. Genesis and Exodus.

The Motherless Family; or, Maternal Influence displayed. By Esther Copley, (late Hewlett,) author of Coitage Comforts, &e. 18mo.

Erratum.-For “ Poetical Researches," in col. 761, read “ Poetical Recreations."

LONDON: PRINTED AT TIIE CAXTON PRESS, BY 11. FISHER, SON, AND CO.

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