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REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS. 849 On the nature of serpents, parti. To this is added; some account culariy the cockatrice ; on plants, of the Caffre language, with a vocawoods, precious stones, buildings, bulary, and a variety of curious ar&c. mich pains has been taken. ticles of information, relative to the We do not inean to say, that we history, geography, and natural hisa agree with the writers in every tory of that country. thing; but, on the whole, we think In the last Number (which in this work likely to answer the pur- binding is pressed to the volume) pose of those who wish for informa- is given an Historical Introduction, tion on these subjects. We rejoice containing a concise sketch of fors to see the labours of philosophy, in mer missions. natural things, directed to the elu- Extracts from these Journals, it cidation of God's revealed word ; is true, have appeared in a detached and believing that the intention of form in our Magazine ; but many the authors coincides with their particulars were then' necessarily professions, of doing honour to the omitted, and others much comdivine volume. We wish the same pressed. The whole, therefore, in succé s may attend this work, as its collected form, seems highly nehas already attended the former cessary for every Director who publication by the same parties; takes an active part in the business of which we learn, that not only the of the Society; important to every Dictionary itself, but the Supple- Member who feels'interested in it's ment also, has reached a second concerns; and will be read with edition.
much interest by all the friends of The numerous maps, plates, missions. figures, and views of places, are As a specimen of the interesting neatly executed ; appear to be from matter contained in this work, we the best authorities; and contribute give (from page 348, &c.) the folvery much to the clearer under- lowing account of “ The Converstanding, as well as the embellish. sion and Call of Dr. Vanderkemp ment of the Bible. They are un- to the Missionary Work." questionably much
The first account is given in a nions to the best of books, than letter from the late Mr. Cornelius those fancy-pieces whose ill-chusen Brem (whose death was mentioned subjects, and whose misrepresenta- in our last, p. 306) who describes tions rather sully than adorn the
him as a man of most uncommon piety a d talents, “ perfectly skill. ed in all sciences and faculties, in
philo ophy, divinity, physic, the The History of the Origin and military art, &c. &c. He not only
Transactions of the Missionary understands all the learned lana Society, including Journals of the guages, but also all the modern Missionaries at Otaheite, Iong ala- European ones; even that of the boo, and in South Africa. svo 85.6d. Highlands in Scotland. He is of a bds, ; or in Eight Numbers, 15. each. Very healthy strong constitution,
hardened against all fatigues by 2 The Otaheitan Journals com- deliberate abstinence: a model of commence from the departure of strict sobriety. in his conversation the ship Duff from that islood, in he shews not the least ostentation, Aug. 4, 1797 ; and are continued and seems studiously to conceal the to July 30, 801.– The Journal of great endowments he possesses; the Missionaries at Tongataboo, humble, friendly, affable, and of the commences Sept. 6, 1797, and is
most agreeable address.” continued to the close of that mis. Such was the report of Mr. Brem, sion in Jan. 1800. _ The Journal which has been strictly justified by of the African Missionaries (includ- subsequent acquaintance with the ing Dr. Vanderkemp) commences Doctor himself. His first desire of at their embarkation in the end of Missionary work arose from reading 1798, and is continued to March the Missionary. Sermons, preached 1802,
at the institution of our Society;
and when lie came to the words, tary on St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans; “ Curse ye, Meroz," &c. (Serinon
which I commenced before I went to the V.) he fell on his knees, and cried Dutch camp, and wish to leave behind me out, “ Here I am, Lord Jesus; thou
as a testimony of my conviction of the knowest that I have no will of my myself on his service. I bumbly and care
truth as it is in Jesus, and now offering own, since I gave myself up unto thee, to be spent in thy service, ac.
nestly request to be favoured with your
correspondence and advice, which I hope cording to thy pleasure : prevent to consider in the fear of God, praying in me only from doing any thing in the mean time, without ceasing, for a this great work in a carnal and self- blessing on the great and important work, sufficient spirit; and lead me in the which he himself is doing, by your means, right way, if there be yet any way for the glory of his kingdom. of wickedness in me.""
I am, dear Sir," &c. On this he immediately wrote to the Missionary Society in London;
In a subsequent letter, the Doctor and, in the course of the corres- gives the particulars of the event pondence, gave the following ac
here alluded to, which led him to count of his conversion and expe.
devote himself to the service of his rience, which we shall give in his Redeemer; of which we propose to own words, without comment or
give some farther extracts in our remark :
- I am
Four Sermons, preached in London, near fifty years of age, born at Rotterdam, nt the Ninth General Meeting of the a member of the established religion of the Missionary Society, May 10, 11, 12, country, of tolerable health. I first studied
1803, by the Rev. S. Bottomley, physic at Leyden, but afterwards entered
Scarborough ; T. Young, Can. into the ariny ; where I served sixteen
terbury; G. Ewing, Glasgow; years, and roce to the rank of Captain of Horse, and Lieutenant of the Dragoon
J. Newell, Great Missenden :
also the Report of the Directors, and Guards, - living a slave to vice and ungodliness. Marriage, however, put an end
a List of Subscribers. Svo, 25, 6d. to scandalous irregularities, and brought The first of these Discourses, on some external reformation. I then lett the service, and went over to Edinburgh, is founded on Rom. ii. 7,
entitled,“Advantages of Patience," where, after two years study, I took my degree ; having, during my stay, composed them who, by patient continuance a Latin work on Cosmology, entitled, in well-doing, seek for glory, and " Parmenides.” (To be hau at Dilly's.) honour, and immortality, eternal On my return home, I practised physic, in life;" from which text the preacher Zealand, where I became publicly a Deist, directs us to the following particu. blaspheming the name of Christ, under lars : -1. A threefold object of she full conviction tilat I pleased God. Ten pursuit; “ glory, and honour, and years - after, I lost my dear wife and only immortality." - 2. The course to child at the same moinent, and was inyo be taken in order to obtain, “ pati. self, as by miracle, rescued from the jaws of death. Six days after this terrible
ent continuance in well-doing, svent, the Lord revealed himself to me ;
3. The happy result; Gud will rensince which time I am his bounden ser
der “eternal life.” vant, devoted to the will of my Master The second Sermon, entitled, and Conqueror. Some of the clergy ad. " St. Paul's Conduct, a Pattern for vised me to enter into holy orders; but Missionaries," has for its text, Rom. though I was desirous to preach the gospel
XV, 20, 21, “ Yea, so have I strived of Christ, I was persuaded it was not his
to preach the gospel, not where He soon after sent me to the army, in quality of Director and considers, 1. The object proposed
Christ is named,” &c. Mr. Young Superintendant of an Hospital, near Rot. terdam, where I served till the Revolu. - by the apostle, - the instruction of tion. I then thought it my duty to quit the Heathen; 2. The means he the service. At present I am retired from employed, -- preaching the gospel; all business, employing my time in orien. 3. The spirit by which he was ac. ial literaturi, iud in finishing a CommenTuated.
will in this way.
REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS. . 351 The title to the third Sermon is, the Society to the danger of disorder in its “ The Ignorance of the Heathen, atfairs, and of their bringing dishonour on and the Conduct of God towards the cause. It is not doubied this short in. them.” The text froin Acts xvii. timation will produce that spontaneous li30, 31, “ And the times of this ig- berality, which render a more expressive norance God winked at; but now,'
address on this subject unnecessary. In &c. Mr. Ewing here notices,
the mean time, we have to notice, that
some friends to this great object, have 1. The ignorance of the Heathen,– lately, by their testamentary dispositions, 2. The divine procedure with re- manifested that its prosperity, after their gard to it, - 3. The reason of this deceasc, was an object which occupid procedure, 4. The evidence by their anxieties during their lives." which this reason is confirmed.
The last Sermon1, by Mr.Newell (since deceased) is entitled, “St. Memoirs of Miss Susanna Anthony, Paul's Mission to the Gentiles,” who died at Newport, Rhode Island, from Acts xxii. 21, " And he said
June 23, 1791, in the Sixty-fifth unto me, Depart; for I will send
Year of her Age ; consisting chiefly thee far lence to the Gentiles.” of Extracts from her Writings; with The preacher observes the follow.
some brief Observations on them. ing particulars: - 1. The salvation
Compiled by Sam. Hopkins, D. D. of the Gentiles is an object of divine Pastor of the First Congregational delight, - 2. A certain event, Church in Newport. A New 3. An infinite blessing. This Dis. Edition, with a Recommendatory Pres course is enlivened by several Mis- face, by Dr. Ryland, Mr. Fuller, sionary anecdotes.
and Mr. Sutcliffe. 8vo, 35. 6d. This new set of Sermons will
served. prove, that the great subject, on which they treat, is not exhausted;
THIS work is dedicated to the and they contain abundant encour.
Christian females of Great Britain; agement to the Society, and its and is well worthy, their perusal. friends, tu persist in their laudable
It contains a fine display of expeundertaking.
rimcutal religion ; and shews the The Report of the Proceedings superiority, purity, and happiness of the past year, is unusually large; of that life which is spent in com. and is certainly highly interesting, munion with God. Those who as it presents a general view of the have read the Life of the late Mr. different Missions now supported by Pearce, and wish for a companion the Society; and will convince the to that work, will here be highly public, that their efforts have been gratified. Mr. Pearce was indeed already crowned with considerable a public character, - and the sub, success. We shall extract only ject of these Memoirs a private one; the following passage, which we but “the violet, though less cons hope will have a due effect on our spicuous, is not less fragrant nor generous readers :
beautiful than the rose. Miss " It will, doubtless, occur to those who Anthony had a clear view of the take a suitable interest in the concerns of doctrines of grace; was early de, the Society, that the accomplishment of voted to God; remarkable for these various objects will unavoidably oc- prayer, temperance, diligence, reader casion a very increased expenditure of its ing the Scriptures, and consistency funds. Indeed, the disbursements of the of conduct. We entirely agree, last year have greatly exceeded its income, therefore, with the respectable and rendered it necessary to dispose of somne writers of the Dedication, that part of that property, which the Directors while this volume may be peciawould have been glad to have retained as the basis of its perinanent support. It will
liarly useful to Christian females, be manifest to those who attentively reflect yet no serious person can read it on the subject, that, without an adequate without perceiving the sweetness and permanent foundation, the Directors and importance of heavenly things. cannot embark in new and extensive un. It affords a singular specimen of the dertakings, however promising and de. powerful influence of evangelical stable, since they would thereoy expose principles upon the heart and life;
2 2 2
and must provoke the Christian " 4 wicked wretch! he hates the church, reader to emulate the same holy and and wants to overturn it !"-If it he not happy attainment, walking by the
overturned by the abovementioned regular same rule, and minding the same
clergy, regularly wicked, it will never be thing.
overturned by him. Indeed ! Indeed! he loves the church and wishes for its refor
mation. Village Dialogues between Farmer “ But we are sure he hates bitterly the
Litilerworth, Rev. Mr. Lovegood, and scale; and Mr. Spiteful and liis comrades others. By the Rev. Rowland Hill,
will prove the faci.” When he and his Vol. IV. and last. Is. 6d. stitched;
adhcients * leave off abusing the govern. bound, or fine paper sewed, 25.
ment, under which they are protected
themselves, they will then be left at li. In this volume the author con- berty to make good their mad and wanton cluides his original plan. The first charges against others as fast as they can. of these Dialogues contains an ac
“ He is at times much too jocular."count of the awful death of Mr.
How was the poor author to act under this
charged Sonic have privately advised a Greedy. The next is a display of
graver style; others have said, “ Let every benevolence and humanity in the
man appear in his own dress.” He only Character of Mr. Lovely: this is begs, that his kind critics would bear with followed by The Happy Marriage. hiin; for if, at one time, he has been too The succeeding Dialogue represents jocular, at another time he has been 100 the ministerial character of Mr. dull. Deliberate, and Mr. Legal-defini
“He has been holding up the doctrine tion, &c. The character of Mr.
of faith without works!” Strange asserFribble follows. The folly of Sec
tion! let the reader put on his spectacles, tarian Bigotry is next exposed ; to
for his sight cannot be clear, and read gether with the character of Mr.
again; and then see, if the whole design
of the book be not to prove that real ChrisSlapdash The following. Dia
tianity inspires holiness to God, devoted Jogue is intended to prove, that No
ness to his glory, and universal bencrogood Marriages proceed from bad lence towards all mankind." But he is Matches. The whole is concluded certainly an advocate for the old free
grace with an affecting account of the notions of the reformers."— Yes, and let death of Mr. Merryman.
our modern reformers of the doctrines of Those who have read the former the reformation prove, that they have volumes may expect to find in this,
done more against all the wickedness ex. à continuation of the same fund ofisting in this day, than those great men of innocent humour and salutary sa
God did in their day against Popery and tire. The characters are drawn
its concommitant evils; and the point is
given up. from life with a sprightly and faith- " But what willthat terrible literary pha. ful pencil; and the perusal will, lanx, the Reviewers, say?" Oh, that mat. we trust, afford solid instruction as
ter is easily settled; they, like wise men of well as pleasing amusement. Gotham), tell the world, even by the title
The author concludes the work page of their books, under whose service by becoming his own Reviewer, they have registered their brains and pens; and anticipates the sentiments of the
the man who minds them (1 speak of them public in the following manner :
as a body) proves he has noniind of his own :
and the greatest literary amusement ? “His Mr. Lovegood is neither a bigotted man can have, if he has but time, is to churchman nor a friend to fiff dissenters; read their most curious contradictions of he is neither one thing nor another, and each other. It appears, that a certain set for this, the rigid professor, on both sides of these reviewers has already discovered, of the question, will give it the author on that the writer of these dialogues is both, both sides of his cars." This, however, a Solomon and a fool. If, however, he will be to him nothing more than he old inay, be permitted 10 speak for himself, he thing over again.
has been writing for no party-he witbes « He has lashed, say some, the regular matters to stand as they are--he is for the clergy with the most contemptuous seve- existence of an establishment, together rity."- Nót the regular clergy.--Look at with a free toleration to all dissenters, their names and characters, and say, for under the protection of the most excellenc the credit of the church, are these the re- constitution, on which our British governe gular clergy? The regular clergy he has ment is framed. He is for no revolutions; theated with respect.
as whatever corruptions, may defile us, do The Anti-Jacobin Reviewers,
REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS. 333 excellent platform for reformation is commend this discourse to the pe. atways before us.
rusal of parents, interested in the May that blessing, which is from above, welfare of their children, who may be upon every reader, that whatever has
not have had the small-pox,-and been represent-d that is evil, may be detested and rejected: fo, on the contrary, disorder, who may have any scruples
all others exposed to so terrible a may ail that has been exhibited, which is lovely, honest, and of good report, be the respecting this new mode of inucila abundant portion of every heart !
lation.-The text is contained in
the appropriate words of the disA Discourse, (ade:essed chiefly 10
tre sed nobleman, on behalf of his Parents) on the Duty and Advantages
afflicted son, John iv. 49. of Inoculating Children with the Cow
come down, ere my child die." Pock. Preached in the Chapel of St. Etimund, in Dailey, on Sunday, A Collection of above 600 Hymns, Feb. 14, 1802. By Luke Brooker, designed as a New Supplement to Dr. LL.D. Minister of the sail Chapel. uits's Psalms and Hymns. By the 20 p. 410. 15. od. [Dellicated to Rev. E, Williains, D.D. and the Dr. Jenner.]
Rev. ). Boden. 2.1 Edition. 18mo. INOCULATION for the small-pox has been compared to a boat, which Having given our opinion of this might be used as a means of passing judicious and valuable selection in over a dangerous river in safety. Gr Review of the first edition, we It must, however, be confessed, shall only add, that we are glad to there was sometimes danger of the find the respectable authors have, in boat being overset by some sudden this edition, by the omission of the and unexpected accident. What Musical Index, &c. been enabled gratitude and honours, then, are very considerably to reduce tha due to the man who has erected a price; and thereby make it more bridge over this dangerous river, generally acceptable to Dissenting which is at all tinies strong, and congregations. sate, and easy? What adoring thankfulness and praise are due to God, "who teacheth man know. Village Sermons; or Short and Plain ledge,” for the wonderful and mer- Discourses, for the Use of Families, citul discovery of the Vaccine In- Schools, and Religious Societies. By oculation ?
George Burder, Vol. V. containing Dr. Booker has performed an es- 13 Sermons, 12ino. Is. 6. - 8.10. sential service to his own flock, and fine, 25. 6d. to the public, in preaching and printing this sensible and pious dis
The intimate connection lately course on this interesting subject. formed between the author and our We agree with the preacher, that Magazine, precludes offering an while®“ matters of eiernal concern opinion upon the present volume, ment to man-matters which relate which is indeed unnecessary, as we to the health, the salvation of the have repeatedly given our sentia soul, ought to occupy every minis ments in their favour in reviewing ter's principal attention,-no pastor
the former volumes. who feels a real affection for his The subjects of the disourses are, flock, who regards them as his bre. 1. Universal Good News, Mark xvi thren and his children, will think 15.; — 2. Parable of the Sower, even such duties as appertain to Matt. xiii. 8.; -.3. Conversion of their corporeal welfare of so little Lydia, Acts xvi 14. ; moment as entirely to pass them by; mity of the Carna) Mind, Rom. viii. - especially when they relate to 7.; - 5. Martha and Mary, I ke health and sickness, to life and x. 41, 42. ; – 6. Religion or ?11.01, death." The Son of man came Ezek. xviii. 30; -7. Lot's Deli. " to save mens' lives," as well as verance, Gen. xix. 24 to 26.; -8. to redeem their souls.
Irresolution Repaired, 1 Kings xviii. We cordially and earnestly re 21.; 9. Sin Dethroned; -19