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contains some striking thoughts. From prehensible BEING, who is the author, Section III. “ On the Contemplation the medium, and the end of all things." of God in Redemption," we extract the pp. 81, 82. following passage, chiefly on accountO n the whole, though we may be of its ingenious application of Eph. iii. disposed to object to a few shades of
opinion, or rather modes of expression, “ In contemplating the redeeming as well as to a sew applications of the mercy of God our Father, it is of peculiar Holy Scriptures, our author's views importance, that we should keep in view are eminently scriptural, judicious and its breadth and length, as well as its depth
devout. He has produced a work, and height." Great will be our loss, if
which we shall be gratified to see in we are found ascribing unauthorized
the hands of Christians of every class, limits to the liberality of our God-to the
and the principles of which, while they various modifications, and incompre. hensible scope of his love in Christ Jesuis.
fitted them for heaven, would tend to Who indeed shall dare to assert, that the form them on earth, into one grand love which induced the Creator of the confederacy of “ friends” to God, to universe to send his Son into the world, each other, and to mankind. to die on the cross, does not extend to an ipfinite number of rational beings, beyond the boundaries of this narrow
The Church of Scotland and its Mission ; sphere? Who shall deny, that it was his
or a Brief Exposition of the Principles gracious purpose, for reasons and on prin
on which that Mission has been conducted ciples unknown to us, to reconcile unto
in Calcutta, being the Substance of an himself by the blood of Jesas, ' things in
Address delivered before the General heaven,' as well as things on earth,' yea
Assembly of the Church, on Monday, 25th ' to gather together, in one all things in
May, 1835. By the Rev. Alexander Christ ?"* pp. 34, 35.
Duff, A. M. the Assembly's First MisOur author closes his observations,
sionary to India. Published at the Spe. “ On the Contemplation of God, the
cial Request of the General Assembly.
pp. 27. 'Edinburgh: Waugh and Innes. Father, the Son, and the Spirit in Re
London: Nisbet. demption," with the following excel. lent remarks.
We have read this address with deep « On a deliberate view of that glorious interest. The author's views on the scheme of mercy, which we have now subject of missions are different from been endeavouring to unfold, our hearts those which are generally entertained. may well be filled with admiration and He complains, that “ forgetful of the astonishment, while they are humbled in infinite variety of pbases under which the dust, and melted into love. What do hun
human nature is exhibited in different we not owe of affection, gratitude, and
and distant climes, people have aballegiance, to the Father, who loved us from eternity, and sent his Son into the
surdly concluded, that one rigid and
sur world to save us; to the Son, who bore
invariable rule of address must be the bitter penalty of our sins, on the adapted to all." But as Mr. Duff is cross, and who ever lives to make inter- an intelligent man, and as it would cession for us, and to the Spirit who appear that he has been an active and applies these mercies, and prepares us for a successful labourer in the cause of heavenly joy? Yet while we contem: missions, his statements are entitled to plate these distinctive operations of divine a respectful attention. We should mercy, as demanding correspondent exer- like to transfer many parts of this tions, on our part, of faith, love, and address into our pages : but unable to obedience, we must never, for a moment forget that God is ONE, and, that his
gratify our wishes, we will in a few essence cannot be divided. His love does
words present its substance to our indeed flow forth for the redemption of rea mankind, in the respective offices of the
Deeply intrenched in false theories, Father, the Son, and the Spirit ; but it is both in religion, and, in what, among the love of a single, infinite, and incom the Hindoos, is closely connected with
religion-general knowledge, the evi. We have taken the liberty to omit dences of Christianity which in their some of the dashes, which the author or form, they are wont to demand, fall possibly the printer, uses much too fre. powerless on their minds. Hence our quently.
author contends for the communication
of knowledge as preparatory to the voice of past experience, the costliness communication of religion.
of a thousand failares loudly proclaim, Mr. Duff states that such Hindoos Not by foreigners, but by qualified as have been educated in the college,
native agents.' These are the men, who founded by our government at Cal
☺ from being habituated to the climate, cutta, have become infidels. European
from their vernacular acquaintance with
the languages, from their intimate acliterature and science cleared their
quaintance with the manners, customs, miods from the absurd theories of feelings, sentiments, and prejudices of their fathers, but literature and science the people, can labour with peculiar having been communicated without effect in disseminating the light and life religion, those minds were left un- of Christian truth throughout every prooccupied, and as a thing of course, vince of the land."-pp. 16, 17. lapsed into infidelity. On the other Again, hand, of the young persons who are
We shall, through the mercy of our educated in the General Assembly's God, succeed in raising up a body of Institution, an institution that contains
educated native agents; from whom,
even in the secular offices and relations of about five hundred Hindoo youths, Mr.
life, shall emanate such healthful inDuff says, " As the result of our determination to
fluences, as must produce the happiest
impressions on the surrounding mass. communicate Christian knowledge from
More especially may we succeed in rear
* the beginning, along with the elements in
ing a well disciplined body of Christian of general literature and science, we now
teachers, who shall diffuse the blessings find, that after a period of upwards of
of a wholesome education throughout the four years, almost all the youths in the
e land. And over and above all in real more advanced classes, have become as perfect unbelievers in their own systems
importance, may we be honoured in
qualifying a noble band of Christian as the young men in the Hindu College
ministers, who shall cause “ the glad already referred to; and, at the same
tidings" of salvation through a crucified time, as perfect believers in Christianity,
Redeemer, to sound from shore to shore, Bo far as the understanding or the head
with a power and efficiency, which it is concerned. And already, in some
were presumptuous in nine-tenths of cases, is there the commencement of a for
foreign labourers to pretend to emulate." working of a higher order: already are
- p. 17. there symptoms that indicate that the heart also' is beginning to be vitally We are not acquainted with the affected. Further still : it is delighttúl visionaries referred to in the former to think that lately one of the most of these passages. We do not know talented young men in the Institution, any of the conductors or agents of the and a Brahman of the best caste, has different Missionary institutions laoffered himself as a candidate for baptism; bouring in India, who deserve so and what is more cheering still, spon- opprobrious an epithet-to produce taneously proffered his services for the this foolishnercliousne
this foolish superciliousness is one of work of a Christian missionary."-p. 16. The author subsequently inquires
the baneful effects of national religious in a passage, which still further ex
establishments: but we confess that
our author's views, on the means of hibit his views on East India Missions
evangelizing India, harmonize in a “ Is it confessedly the mere dream of
great measure with our solitary specuvisionaries, to suppose, that the gospel
lations. Mr. Duff uses great plainness can ever be effectually preached to these
of speech toward the venerable assemteeming millions by fifty, sixty, or a han- bly. His reference, however, to“ the dred foreign agents, labouring, as these greatly underpaid scale of” (mismust ever do, under the numberless sionary) “remuneration," is, condisadvantages of a stammering tongue sidering the occasion on which the and broken accents, and rude speech, address was delivered, an instance of and shattered constitutions, and como a great defect of taste; a quality with parative ignorance of the nameless pecu which our author's mind seems to be, liarities that distinguish the social and
in no respect, overstocked.
We religious habits of the people? By whom then is the mighty work to be accomplished-if accomplished at all ?" The
sume, to question this accomplishment,
although his language seems to imply • Mr. Duff does not mean, we pre- uncertainty.
strongly recommend this pamphlet to mending the work to the patronage of the attention of the friends of Mis- the public-a patronage which it desions.
serves, and which it must, we think,
eventually secure. “ An Exposition of the Old and New Tes
tament : wherein each chapter is summed LITERARY INTELLIGENCE. up in its contents ; the sacred text inserted at large, in distinct paragraphs; each
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to whom the task has been confided, is alrearly
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of the principles and practices transmitted to us The work is the first volume of an
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We onderstand that Mr. Scott, of Teviolbank, pels, and is in a manner complete in bas in the press, a work entitled,~“ The Har itself. The work is also to be had in mony of Phrenology with the Doctrines of weekly parts. It is stated to be “ cor
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about 500 pages, cloth, “The Union of Church mined into this by any thing like an
and State antiscriptural and indefensible ;" in. extensive comparison of the edition cluding a particular Review of Chancellor Dealtry's with others; we have, however, per
“ Sermon," and of Archdeacon Hoare's "Charge"
in defence of the Church of England ; and er. sonally looked to some particular bibiting every material argument hitherto adplaces, and have found important cur- vanced for and against_political establishments of
Christianity. By the Rev. Wm. Thorn, Wigrections of previous errors. We have
chester. great pleasure in cordially recom
TRANSACTIONS OF THE CONGREGATIONAL DISSENTERS.
PROCEEDINGS OF THE ANNUAL AS
SEMBLY OF THE CONGREGATIONAL moved, and the Rev. H. F. Burder, UNION OF ENGLAND AND WALES. D.D. seconded the following resolu
The deliberations of an ecclesiastical tion, which was adopted. body, that greatly exceeds in the num. I. That this Meeting derives great ber of its ministers and congregations pleasure from the presence of the Rev. ibe pational Church of Scotland, cap. Robert J. Breckenridge, as a delegate not be uninteresting to the religious from the General Assembly of the public at large, and must powerfully Presbyterian Church in America to affect those who are associated in its this body; and recognizing as special fellowship.
bonds of union and sympathy with In recording then the transactions those numerous and flourishing conof the sixth annual assembly of the gregations, their participation in the Congregational Union, we are thank- same evangelical faith, and in the same ful to state that the attendance of min great scriptural and voluntary prinnisters, delegates, and other gentle- ciple on which they are built, in commen, from all parts of the united mon with the churches constituting kingdom, was very numerous; and this Union, rejoices in the present opfeelings of united purpose and frater- portunity of expressing the most franal love prevailed in all the delibe- ternal regards towards them, and of rations, while the business which was hearing of their prosperity and intransacted at its successive sittings is, crease. in our judgment, eminently adapted to The Rev. Robert Baird, an Amepromote the interests of the Congre- rican clergyman resident at Paris, was gational Churches and of the common then introduced to the meeting, and cause of Christian truth and liberty. gave some cheering details of the pro
Pursuant to the resolution of the gress of evangelical religion in that Assembly last year, an introductory country. public meeting was held at the Weigh The Rev. A. Reed, D.D. moved, House Chapel, Fish Street Hill, on and the Rev. J. Blackburn seconded, Monday evening, May 9th, the Rev. II. That the Rev. Robert Baird, GEORGE PAYNE, LL.D. of Exeter, from Paris, be received as a visitor presided, who, after prayer, by the and corresponding member during the Rev. Joseph Turnbull, B.A. of Brigh- sittings of this Assembly. ton, opened the business with a brief The Rev. Henry Wilkes, M.A. from and appropriate address.
Edinburgh, then addressed the MeetThe Rev. J. Blackburn, one of the ing as a delegate from the CongreSecretaries, read the constitution of gational Union of Scotland; and R. N. the Union, laid before the meeting Matheson, Esq. of Dublin, on beball letters which had been received from of the Congregational Union of Irethe islands of the Pacific, Australia, Jand. and North America, and introduced The Rev. John Morison, D.D. to the meeting the Rev. Robert J. moved, and the Rev. W. S. Palmer Breckenridge, Bishop of the second seconded, Presbyterian Church in Baltimore," JII. That this Meeting has heard as the delegate from the General As with lively satisfaction the statements sembly of the Presbyterian Church in made by the representatives of the the United States of America, who Congregational Unions of Scotland then addressed the meeting, and after and Ireland, relative to the prosperity wards received the right hand of fel- of the churches comprising those lowship from the Chairman in the bodies, and to the gratifying success name of the Union.
wbich bas attended their missionary
efforts in the neglected portions of
Rev. Messrs. their own country, which most laud. Samuel Luke, Chester able exertions this Meeting would ear. Thomas Smith, M.A. Sheffield nestly recommend to the imitation of Charles Gilbert, Islington the churches of this Union.
E. Prout, London The meeting was closed by praise R. Saunders, Mile End and prayer.
Joseph Turnbull, B. A. Brighton
James Drummond, London Congregational Library, Blomfield W. Campbell, M.A. Cheltenham Street.
E. Mannering, London On Tuesday morning, May 10th,
William Harris, Wallingford
Thomas James, Woolwich 1836, at nine o'clock, the Rev. George
William Owen, London Payne, LL.D. constituted the meeting by praise, reading of the Scriptures,
H. Pawling, Winchmore Hill
W. H. Dormer, Islington and prayer.
J. A. James, Birmingham
J. Edwards, Brighton John Morison, D.D. Chelsea
J. Bennett, D.D. London William Legge, B.A. Reading
John Hunt, Brixton William Gregory, Bristol
H. J. Roper, Teignmouth John Hall, Chesham
A. Reed, D.D. London John Pulling, Deptford
G. B. Kidd, Scarborough James Mather, Clapton
John Campbell, Kingsland John Jukes, Yeovil
J. Wilks, Ponders End R. W. Hamilton, Leeds
H. Richard, London J. P. Dobson, London
Samuel Ransom, Hackney
John Tippets, Gravesend
R. Penman, jun. Tunbridge
G. Rose, Bermondsey Richard Fletcher, Manchester
J. Boddington, Bermondsey James Sibree, Hill
Thomas Muscutt, East Bergholt C. N. Davies, Norwood
E. A. Dunn, London J. Hopwood, Chelsea
T. Timpson, Lewisham W. P. Wastell, Hackney
John Varty, Mitcham J. Robinson, London
Thomas Morell, Coward College J. A. Dubourg, Clapham
J. P. Smith, D D. LL.D. Homerion T. Atkinson, Hounslow
Edward Giles, Newport, I. W. Joseph Patteson, Wem
Henry Cresswell, Canterbury N. Hellings, Exmouth
Robert Vaughan, D.D. Kensington W.J. Hope, M.A. Lewisham
John West, London William Spencer, Holloway
George Collison, Hackney John Raven, Hadleigh
William Rooker, Tavistock John Arundel, London
Robert Ainslie, London Charles Hyatt, London
John Stoughton, Windsor David Smith, Brentwood
Philips, Burnham, Norfolk Archibald Douglas, Reading
John Waddington, Stockport Edward Muscutt, Brentford
Thomas Aston, Wingrove John Adey, London
John Green, Uppingham J. Bristow, Exeter
John Reynolds, Romsey J. Rowland, Baldock
Thomas Hitchen, Edgeware , T. Binney, London
E. W. Harris, Dartford H. B. Jeula, Greenwich
James Dean, Sidmouth M. Butler, Southgate
Thomas Cousins, Portsea R. Connebee, Dorking
T. Hickman, Long Melford G. Evans, Mile End
Robert Ferguson, Finchingfield Henry Madgin, Duxford
H. B. Martin, Richmond