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75 Kuous, if not arrogant, to add our from the pulpit, in a course of recommendation to that of Dr. sermons, at Wadsworth; and were Manton ; we shall only add, there- attended to with diligence, and fore, that we consider it as a suit. crowned with success, The first able companion in every chamber edition of this work was printed in of amiction; as not only instructive 1775, and dedicated to the author's to the ignorant, but the most expe
friends at the above-mentioned rienced Christians; who will, we place. This new edition is dedi. doubt not, say with Dr. Manton, cated to the church of Christ aswhen they read it," the half has sembling in Church-lane, Whitenot been told us."
chapel, of which Mr. Taylor is This little work has been ex- pastor. tremely scarce for many years, and Although we have had several little known. In this new edition, compendiums of the essential arti. a few quaintnesses and repetitions cles of religion, by different writ. are omitted, which will make it ers; yet we think the present will generally more acceptable.
not be found allogether useless. An
artless simplicity, and an evident The principal Parts of the Christian design of doing good, run through
Religion respecting Faith and the whole. The author, studiously Practice; or“ an humble Attempt avoiding all nice distinctions and to place some of the most im.
rhetorical embellishments, adapts portant Subjects of Doctrinal, Ex
his style to the lowest capacity, perimental, and Practical Divi- and labours to make every subject nity, in a clear and Scriptural of the notes, indeed, where the ori
clear to the understanding. Some Light. Svo. A new Edition, cor. reiled and enlarged. By D. Tay. ginals are quoted, may not be of lor, Londox.
any tility to the unlearned; bit
these are but few; and, not being This volume is divided into six- intermixed with the text, cannot teen chapters; in which are consi- interrupt the attention of those who dered the following subjects:--The are noi capable of understanding Character and Perfections of God; them. There are very few positions
- The State of Man before Sin en- in the work we are disposed to contered into the World;-The Moral trovert : there is one, however, that Law; - The Fall; — The Uncon- is not generally held by our orthoverted Sinner arraigned and con- dox divines, i. e. the Universality demned by the Law of God;—This of Christ's Death; which Mr. Taycondemned State proved to be the lor believes and asserts, but has State of all Men by Nature ; - An omitted to bring forward the objecEnquiry concerning several Methods tions to that doctrine ; which, we of obtaining Salvation, which Men think, should not have been done, often propose to themselves ;-The as no man is required to make up Way of Salvation by Jesus Christ; his mind on a controverted point by -The Operation of the Holy Spi- examining only one side of the quesrit; – The Scripture Account of tion. He refers the reader, how. Faith in Christ ; – The genuine Ef. ever, to his Letters to Mr. Fuller fects of Faith ; - The Nature, Ex- on that subject; and, in stating his tent, and Means of Evangelical Ho. own views of it, he discovers no. liness; — The Christian's Treasure thing of a dogmatical spirit, or a opened, or a View of his Privi. bigotted turn of mind. We applaud Jeges; -Encouragement and Advice Mr. Taylor for making his work of to real Christians; - A short View a practical tendency. Thus, after of Death, Judgment, Heaven, and speaking of the operations of the Hell; with a Proof of the Eternity Divine Spirit, the reality, origin, of future Punishment;-Addresses certainty, and necessity of thiese to several Classes of Readers. operations, he improves it in the
These several parts of the Divine following manner :Will, we are informed, were more “1. Let every reader carefully largely illustrated and improved examine himself, whether the Spiri
of God dwells in lim. 2. Let every author ; and shews us the use that one beware of vexing and grieving can and ought to be made of those the Holy Spirit. 3. Remember, doctrines of grace, on the beliet of that the Spirit in the heart is the which our happiness and salvation same Spirit that teaches in the depend. Scriptures. Thus we have always Reflections on the Resurrection and a test at hand by which we may try We are not to con
Ascension of Christ, and of the ourselves,
probable Consequences of a public sider every impulse or impression
Exhibition of his Ascension. Ву of the mind an operation or in
J. Bigland. 8vo.
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On hearing a
among many futile objections to strange doctrine, or making, or Christianity, laid particular stress imagining that we make, some new upon the private manner in which discoveries, which gratify a spe.
our Lord arose from the dead, and culative and curious mind; feeling on his appearing only to his own some peculiar impressions from the disciples afterward. The ascension beauty of a preacher's style and ad- of Christ, he thinks, ought to have dress, or even from his tone, his been as public as that of a balloon, attitudes, and gestures,
we have &c. This objection, which others sometimes experienced those agree. have more cursorily answered, Mr. able sensations which, though we Bigland (whom we understand. to have been still lett under the power be a layman) takes up, and, consi. of a carnal mind, have been called dering it in all its bearings, shews, divine operations. Thus numbers that such a public exhibition was are deluded and encouraged to cry by no means necessary to prove the to themselves, “ Peace, peace, event; and that it would have when there is no peace.
added little or nothing to the histo. reader know, that no sensation, no
rical evidence we now possess; nur impression is of God, if its tendency would it have contributed to silence be not to transform us after his own the cavils of infidelity. Mr. Big. image, in righteousness and holi. land writes with muchi temper and ness.--5. Remember there is no in- good sense ; his reasoning is close, consistency between divine opere and his language nervous. Though tions on the ininds of men and the the above is the leading topic of most earnest exhortations, invita. his pamphlet, it is not the only tions, and persuasions, addressed by one; he suggests many things to ministers both to saints and sinners. strengthen the general evidences of -6. This doctrine of the divine Christianily; and the reader will operations, furnishes abundant oc- meet with inore novelty and entercasion for prayer and praise. -7. tainment than is usual in travelling Never forget that, though the great such beaten.ground. At t!e same God, by the influence of his Spirit, time, this writer aveids that severe is the sovereign Agent in our con- and sarcastic language with which version, edification, and all the some have created Deistical objec. good that is produced, yet, he tions. While they have answered makes use of various means to et. a fool according to his folly, lest he fect his purpose. – 8. That, so far should be wise in his own conceit,” from the influences of the Holy Spi. Mr. Bigland has adopted the other rit on the mind of man being reä.
maxim of the wise man, "An. sons of indolence on ihe one hand, szer vor a fool according to his folly, or discouragement on the other, lest thou be like unto himn." that they are represented in Scrip- Upon the whole, we cannot hut ture as encouragements to recommend this pamphlet, as well ourselves, in order to our fruitful. to young persons who wish to be ness and conturt."
well-grounded in the evidences of These are useful and important their faithi, as to others, whose remarks, ably proved from Scrip- minds have been perplexed with ture, and concisely amplified by the duubts and difficulties on the subject,
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77 The London Apprentice, or the Way to Wealth ;-List of Bankers; Life and Death of N. Butler, acho - Poetry, &c.
The subsequent was executed in Cheapside for the pages are the same in both pockete Murder of his Feilure Apprentice; books; and contain, besides a com. rith an Account of the Three plete List of Chapels, &c. judi. Conferences which Sir R. Titch, cious abstracts of various branches boura, Lord Mayor of Londoni, had of science, with a reference their with him in Prison. Published by his religious application, under the title Lordship's Chaplain, with an address of “the Circle of Sciences conseto ihe Citizens of London. Recome crated by the Cross.” The articles mended by several Eininent Divines; here introduced are, Anatomy, Asand republished, with an Address to tronomy, Botany, Chemistry, ElecLondon Apprentices. By the Rev. J. tricity, Galvanisin, Geography,!!yDuncan, LL. D.
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Optics, Pneumatic», Natural PhiloDr. DUNCAN, some time since, sophy, Theology. introduced this pious magistrate to These Diaries are sold in vario'is the present age, by the republica. bindings, from sheep to morocco, at tion of an excellent sermon, which the usual prices of gentlenien's anwas noticed in our review. The mual pocket-books. present narrative, which is recommended to our youth in preference A New Year's Gift for the Chilurex to the celebrated George Barnwell,
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according with those maintained by
that connection, he left it, at the DEPARTED this life, July 20, same time with the Rev. Mr. Ed. 1802, aged eighty years.' He was wards ; at whose death he becaine a very distinguished instance of the a member of the church of which wise man's observation :- ." The Mr. Parsons is now pastor. Here hoary head is a crown of glory, if he continued long a burning and it be found in the way of righte- shining light, to the unspeakable cusness.” Through a long suc- joy of many who, throngh his incession of years, his walk and con- struinentality, were brought to the versation in the church, and in the knowledge and enjoyment of evanworld, justly entitled him to the gelical truths. By his piery and exalted character of an established usefulness he reflected a peculiar Christian.
lustre upon the humble sphere in He was born at Farnley, near which he was appointed to move ; Leeds, in the year 1722; and at the for he had learnt the pleasing art of age of thirty, was first awakened to being content and happy in his si. a discovery of his fallen state by tuation. nature, under a sermon preached In his little cot, slothfulness and at the Methodist chapel, in Leeds, indifference were not indulged. He from Micah vi. 7. He continned had there erected an altar to the to attend the word of God in that Lord : awoke regularly at four in chapel; and growing in love to the morning, and rose at five; undivine things, discovered his, zeal less confined by indisposition. Nafor the promotion of Christian turally of a social temper, he sought knowledge and experience, by the company of his Christian establishing social prayer - meet- friends; and at every interview, ings, &c. in Wortley, Holbeck, and would introduce, and frequently Leeds. But, his views of the es- enlarge upon some of the sweetest sential doctrines of the gospel not portions of the word of God; and
OBITUARY. k had a peculiarly happy method (his eyes being closed) he seemed of explaining and applying the va- to exert himself that he might anrious parts of Christian experience. swer, “I sleep, but my heart An humble sense of his own un- waketh !” Several hours before he worthiness, and a cheertul resigna- died, his speech left him; but tion to the Divine Will, were lead. even then, his looks, every moveing traits in his character. What. ment, appeared to bespeak the ever difficulties might occur in the peace of his mind, and the strength dispensations of Providence or of of his confidence. At eleven grace, they were all solved and re- o'clock in the evening, the immormoved by the application of this tal spirit left its remnant of clay, to one sentence, “ Even so, Father, join the innumerable company of for so it seemeth good in thy sight.” saints above.
Having thus borne an honourable The providence was improved testimony to the reality of religion by Mr. Parsons, from Ps. Ixxiii. 26. and the power of godliness for the
J. B. space of fifty years, he was at length called to confirm and strengthen that testimony by a corresponding
JOHN WIN LAW. tenper and deportment upon a On the 30th of July, 1802, aged death-bed. He had long accus- twenty-seven, died John Winlaw, toined himself to reflect upon the b'itcher, in Berwick - upon-Tweed. event of his final dissolution,--and His death was matter of sorrow to a could, therefore, view its approach number of the people of God in this without any emotion of fear and place, who have sustained a loss dismay; and in the midst of all which only can be made up by sohis sufferings, he “ rejoiced in hope vereign grace calling others, as it of the glory of God.” A few days was manifested in plucking him, as previous to his departure, he was a brand out of the burning. He refavoured with some delightful fore. ceived religious impressions when tastes of that glory, which was soon about sixteen or seventeen years of to be more fully revealed ; and, age, and at a time when placed from that circumstance, was per- amongst those who liad no fear of suaded that his time on earth would God before their eyes. Having be very short. Early in the morn- tasted that the Lord was gracious, ing of July 19, with unusual he began to ask the way to Sion, strength and clearness of voice, he with his face thitherward; and was committed all his concerns for time instructed in the way of the Lord and eternity to the care of a faith- more perfectly by some experienced ful and unchanging God. To his Christians. He soon joined a prayer., aged wife, he said, “ I have Hea. meeting, and was a constant attend. ven upon earth.”- She asked him, ant, and an ornamentalmeniber what must become of her when he until the time of his last sickness. should be gone to his final home ? He was likewise a useful member of He said, “ I leave you in the Lord's the gratis Sabbath Evening Schoolhands : he has provided for you so Society in this place, and cheertuliy far, and he will provide to the end ; assisted as a teacher in one of the and will shortly bring you to your
schools. In his worldly calling, our eternal rest!" In the most im- deceased friend was honest and up. pressive manner, he soon after ex- right; and accompanied by the bles claimed, lifting up both his hands sing of God, his business was in a in an attitude of astonishinent, prosperous way. As a Christian, he ** Ilow litti:! how nican ! how had a conversation becoming the vain! do all created things now gospel of Christ, and was remarka. look within sight of the promised ble for artless simplicity and godly land !" - His bodily weakness con- sincerity; insomuch, that even those tinued to increrse, with evident who care for none of these things, · symptoins that the springs of life were constrained to speak well of
w cre nearly exhausted; but hear- him. He esteemed all who love our ing a friend ask if he was asleep Lord Jesus Clarist, and cordially