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REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS,
Universal Holiness, Zech. xiv. 20.;
11. Good Hope through Grace, 2 Thes. ii. 16.; -12. Looking unto Jesus, Heb. xii. 2.; — 13. Happiness of being with Chrift, John xvii. 24.
Gentlemen who have been used to read these Sermons in their families, will be gratified to find the Svo edition worthy a place in their parlours or libraries; and that, as the former volumes fall out of print, they will be reprinted uniform with this, in both the fizes.
his uncommon skill in that branch
After a long, active, and useful
The venerable Mr. Newton, who used to visit him, in a letter to his mournful relict, thus expresses his opinion of Mr. Taylor's religious
The Humble Confidence of the.
Dying Believer: a Funeral Sermon for Walter Taylor, Esq. delivered at Southampton, May 8, 1803. By the Rev. William Kingsbury, M. A. 76 pages. 15.
THIS discourse is founded on Tim. i. 12. “I know in whom I have believed," &c. These words are considered by the author, as containing (1) "A realizing prospect, and a solemn contemplation, of a most important season nearly approaching, which produce (2.) Anxious apprehension in the mind; and this is relieved by (3.) A well supported confidence, and a personal consciousness of that confi. dence; resulting in (4.) Solid satis. faction, unshaken fortitude, and the sweetest placidity of mind, even in the immediate prospect of death, These judgment, and eternity." interesting particulars are largely treated and practically improved. The whole is concluded with an account of the deceased, who appears to have been an early disciple of the Lord, when he derived very considerable advantage from the ministry of the excellent Mr. Jones, formerly Curate of St. Saviour's. He was professedly a Dissenter, and a Deacon of the Church at Southampton; but cultivated a friendly acquaintance with some of the members and ministers of the eftablishment, and enjoyed a high place in the esteem of Mr. Romaine, who was his frequent guest. Several of Mr. Romaine's letters to him are printed in the 8th volume of his works..
"His genius for mechanics, and
"When I consider the nature, magnitude, and intricacy of his bu siness; the weight that must have been on his mind, in contriving and improving his machinery; his extensive engagements in all the dock-yards; and that, in the midst of all his concerns, when he occasionally met with a Christian friend, he could throw them all aside, and converse on the great things of God, as if he had nothing else upon his mind,I am ready to pronounce him, not only a true Christian; but one of the most eminent in our land.”
But we must refer to this able and pious discourse, in which the subject of the text is copiously treated, and which is enlivened with some interesting and entertaining
Memoir of the late Rev. Joseph Horsey, of Portsea. By John Shoveller. With Mr. Horsey's last Farewell Address to his Church, a short Time previous to his Decease. Also the Funeral Sermon, delivered at the Interment, by Daniel Miall; to which is added, an Elegy, by Mrs. Saffrey, Portsea. 30 pp. 25. sewed.
THESE memoirs, we are inform ed, were not intended to exhibit to the world a character of any considerable celebrity in the circles of literature and science; but chiefly to gratify the wishes of many friends; and to hand down to posterity an example worthy of imitation. Mr. Horsey is here represented as a man of singular piety, superiority of intellect, and eminent benevolence. As a preacher, his talents were highly esteemed, and his labours rendered useful to many. We are not favoured with any abstracts of Mr. Horsey's manuscripts in these memoirs, as it was his particular request, a short time previous to his decease, that they 'should all be destroyed. The substance of his last address to his people, however, was taken down at the time it was delivered, and is annexed to these memoirs. The retrospect he takes of his ministration among his people, may be considered as both ingenious and instructive. "It is now," says he, "twenty years ago since I was set apart to the pastoral office over this church; during which time, many important events have taken place respecting you. One hundred of our members have died and left the church militant, we hope, to join the church triumphant. This teaches us the uncertainty of life with all its enjoyments, and urges the necessity of great seriousness, and an actual readiness for our great change, from a conviction that we shall very soon be called to follow them. Thirty of our bre
thren and sisters have been dismissed to other churches; by which we are taught, that here we have no continuing city; that it is altogether uncertain where our lot will be cast, and how we shall be situated in the present world. But, the most painful of all to relate is, that thirty-eight of our members, who once made a great profession of have been separated from us on acattachment to Christ and his cause, count of sin. This calls upon us to be exceedingly circumspect in our walk and conversation before the world; and to be always on our watch against the very appearance of evil; as well as to be very earnest in prayer to him who is able to keep us from failing; that by his power we may be kept, through faith, unto eternal salvation."
"Mr. Miall, in his sermon, bears an honourable testimony of Mr. H., who was a man, that well supported the Christian character; who constantly filled up his public station as a minister and a Christian; and who, in his temper, was particularly amiable and affectionate." "Twenty-eight years (says Mr. Miall) I have stood in connection with him as a minister, and in all that time, scarcely heard an angry word; and rarely did the sun go down upon his wrath." As Mr. Horsey's life was marked with prudence, generosity, and piety, so in his death, he manifested a mind resigned, placid, and most devoutly occupied He died Sept. 4, 1802, aged 65 years.
A Catechism in Verse; after the plan of that composed by the Assembly of Divines. Price 3d.
We have already noticed (in our Magazine for March, p. 120.) two similar attempts to smooth the road to learning, by Poetic Catechisms; "easy to be learned and retained." Poetic fire must not be expected; but it must be owned, there is no small merit in being perspicuous, concise, and simple: qualities to which the present writer has undoubtedly a claim. This is distinguished from the other Catechisms above mentioned, as more extensive,
comprizing 126 questions; but each of the answers is contained in four lines.
By the last two leaves, the author appears to be of the Baptist denomination, but the questions relating to that ordinance are so printed, that they may easily be cancelled, without defacing the book.
The Debtor's Friend, 12mo. 3d. Serious Advice to Prifoners, under Criminal Charges, 3d.
Monuments of Mercy, 3d.
THESE three distinct tracts, written by the Author of the Village Sermons," we hope will be acceptable to those benevolent and pious persons, who, after the great exainple of Mr. Howard, visit prisons ;. or at least, wish to furnish those who do, with the most suitable tracts for distribution in such places.
The Four Missionary Sermons, preached this year before the Missionary Society, with the Report, &c. 8vo, 2s. 6d.
The Fourth Vol (being the last) of the Village Dialogues, by R. Hill, A. M. Is. 6d. stitched; or on fine paper, bound, 25.
New Edition of Vol. I. ditto, at the same price.
The Pilgrim's Progress. A new edition, with notes to the first part, by the Rev. J. Newton and others; and to the second part, by the Rev. Dr. Hawker. 3s. 6d.
The same work, on fine paper with plates, and a Life of the Author, &c. bound, 4s. 6d.
The two former, contain addresses to the conscience, with evangelical views of the gospel; and the latter consists of remarkable instances of "malefactors, who appeared to die trire penitents, and humble be lievers." This tract is concluded by Mr. Hervey's admirable letter to two prisoners.
Adventures of Signor Gaudentie di Lucca; being the substance of his Examination before the Inquisition at Bologna. Translated from the Italian. gs. boards.
Bogatskey's Golden Treasury, 12mo (upright form), 35. bound ;fine paper, 3s. 6d.
An Address to Lying-in Women. By the Rev. J. Townsend, 120. 2d. and 3d. neatly covered.
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WE understand, this tract was written at the particular request of some ladies, who support a charity for assisting poor married women at the time of their confinement; and it appears to us well adapted to distribute among the objects of such larities, though not unsalte able for other females in similar cir cumstances.
Songs in the Night, by S. Harrison. New edition, 12mo, 2s. 6d.
Marshall's Gospel Mystery of Sanctification, recommended by Mr. Hervey. A new edition, 12mo, 35. 6d. bound.
Poems. By C. Crawford, Esq. 2 vol. 12m0, 75.
Venn's Complete Duty of Man, Seventh Edition, 8vo, 8s. 6d. bds.
The Divine Glory displayed, in the Permission of Sin: a sermon preached at the monthly meeting, &c. April 7, 1803. By J. P. Smith, Svo, 25.
Sermons by W. Jay, vol. 2, 88. Cennick's Sermons, with his Life, by the Rev Mat. Wilks, new edit. 2 vol. 12mo, 85.
The Christian Character Exem plified in the Exercise of Mrs. Mar. garet A-. By the Rev. J. Newton, a new edition, 2s. 6d.
The Touchstone of Sincerity; or Second Part of the Saint Indeed. By the Rev. J. Flavel, 15.6d. bound
We are happy to hear that Mr. Greatheed has been encouraged to pro ceed with his Missionary History: if Subscribers continue to increase a lately, a volume may be expected next winter.
We have the pleasure to learn, that Mr. and Mrs. Chamberlain, the Baptist Missionaries, have arrived safe at Serampore, the latter end of January last. The Saturday before which, Mr. Carey baptized the first Brahman; and another person, who had been a devotee. The ac count which they gave to the Church, of the work of God on their souls, filled every heart with pleasure. The Brahman is a young man, and appears very intelligent. His name is Chrishnoo Prussad; — the other named Boodwee Sa.
The Christian world will derive great satisfaction from the perusal of a Letter from Mr. Gerriké to a Relation; in which he gives an account of the joyful reception of the gospel, by WHOLE VILLAGES of Heathen. Mr. Gerriké is a Missionary employed in the East Indies, by the Society for promoting Christian Knowledge. He succeeds the late excellent Mr. Schwartz; and appears to possess the same Missionary Spirit. We have the happiness also to communicate an animating Letter from the Missionaries in Holland, intended for the Island of Ceylon : — likewise a judicious Letter from America, relative to the late extraordinary revival of religion in that country.
Extract of a Letter from Mr.
Sir, Vaparry, Jan. 18, 1803. I WROTE to you last from Seringapatam; since that time I have experienced great hardships, and also singular mercies. When, in my journey, I came near to the extremity of the peninsulas, I found whole villages waiting anxiously for my coming, to be further instructed and baptized. They had got acquainted with our native priest in that country, and the Catechists and Christians; and had learned from them the catechism; which those who could write copied, to learn it themselves at their feisure. When they heard of my coming, they broke their idols to pieces, and converted their temples inte Christian churches; in which I instructed and baptized them (in some about 200, in others near 300); formed them into Christian congregations; procured for them catechists and schoolmasters; and made
them choose, in each place, four elders. These examples awakened the whole country; and when I was about to leave it, the inhabitants of many more villages sent messages to me, begging of me to remain a couple of months longer in the country; and to do in their villages the good work I had done in those of their neighbours. My situation not allowing this, I recommended them to the native priests and catechists that are there; and since that, there have been instructed and baptized 2700 people more, and eighteen more congregations have been formed. Amorg these new converts are several chiefs, all very zealous; and one of them travels about, preaching the gospel: but since my return, some of the Heathens of that country, old enemies, have stirred up a persecu tion against them, and they have written to me to return, as soon as possible; for while I was among them, all went on very smoothly; and the Heathens themselves seems 3 A
ed to feel a pleasure in what was
to exert your powers in behalf of the Heathen world, which is covered with the shades of darkness and death, that its children may be converted to the faith, and become partakers of all the blessings purchased for us by Christ's humilia tion, his poverty, his exquisite sufferings, and his painful death on the cross.
"It affords us the highest satisfaction to think, that, through the mercy of God, we are enabled to contribute a mite towards the realization of the Saviour's gracious designs. Even the holy angels exult at the conversion of a sinner. Why? Because great and endless would be Happy, his misery, as a being disgusting in the sight of his Maker. therefore, is he who is made accepted in the beloved, and to whom all the comforts apply, which are couched in Jesus's last expression, "It is finished!" If angels take an interest in such an event, how much more nearly do we feel interested in it! This is the reason why thousands of believers appear on every prayer-day before the mercy-seat, offering up fervent supplications for the conversion of the Gentiles; and the great King, who loves to receive pious petitions, will not decline answering them in due time. Therefore his blessing descends upon us in our prayer-meetings at Rotterdam, as also in other places; and on such opportunities the churches never fail being crowded.
Extract of a Letter from four
Rotterdam, June 17, 1803.
"As to us poor- creatures, we praise the Father in Heaven for many mercies granted to us, espe
cially for giving us frequent oppor
tunities of hearing the heart-reviv
"We sincerely pray that you may be enabled, without intermission,
Remember us in your prayers, dearest brethren, before curmerci