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chapel, and this is all which the undergraduates need hear from them. To these prayers, observes Mr Gray, the only objection seems to be that they omit every thing peculiar to any particular sect.or party ; and this by the people of Massachusetts will undoubtedly be deemed a high commendation. To so little do the charges of sectarianism against the college amount, and so groundless are all fears growing out of the connexion of the Theological school with the University.

To the objection that the preachers at the chapel are Unitarians, it is answered, that no student is required to hear them. Every one may attend any other church which he, or his parents shall prefer.'

But then all the officers of the college from the President down to the Janitor' it is asserted, are Unitarian. But what is the fact ? Of the fifteen 'permanent officers having any connexion with the undergraduates, or receiving any pay from the college funds, and appointed within the last ten years, the President excepted, eight belong to the several sects of Trinitarians, and only six are Unitarians.

Such are some of the facts and arguments of the Letter. It contains much valuable matter which our limits do not permit us to notice. As before intimated, however, it has already obtained a wide circulation, and we conclude with expressing the hope that it will be generally read by the people of this Commonwealth. The publication is timely, and cannot fail to be useful, more especially as the writer being connected with an orthodox church, cannot be supposed to feel any undue partiality for the doctrines of Unitarianism.

TIMES OF THE SAVIOUR.

The Times of the Saviour. By Harriet Martineau. From the English Edition. Boston. Leonard C. Bowles. 1831. pp. 132.

It is impossible to read this little book with indifference. It will be found, especially to the young, at once interesting and instructing. It deserves a prominent place among those useful works, which, with a happy mixture of imagination and reality, are intended to illustrate the times of our Saviour.' There is no little ingenuity in the manner, in which the writer contrives to interweave the real history of the gospels with her fictitious narrative. It is no small part of her praise, as of her success, that she has in no instance allowed her fancy to violate the simplicity or truth of the evangelical record.

At the opening of the work, she introduces three young Jews, conferring together on · Him, who was to come, the hope of Israel;' astonished, delighted, almost convinced, by the words and works of the Teacher;' and finally yieldingstheir prepossessions, interests, and connexions as Israelites, to a grateful faith in the Messiah. Under several distinct chapters, of which we might select as most pleasing, the two significantly called the hope of the Hebrew,' and 'the wilderness gladdened,' she exbibits “the Master' in his mild dignity, in his gracious words, and his works of mercy. And nothing can be more engaging, nothing more lovely and venerable, than the picture she has drawn.

There is here and there, an affectation of expression, which we wish had been avoided. But, on the whole, we have looked over few works of deeper interest. And, for the information it conveys, in the pleasantest manner, of the customs, opinions, prepossessions of the Jews; its familiar, but accurate references to the various scenes of our Saviour's ministry, to the cities, villages, and rivers of Palestine, and thence the knowledge it may give of sacred geography, we commend the little volume to the attention of teachers and to the libraries of Sunday Schools.

INDEX.

A.

ing, in New England, for the
Abbot, Rev Abiel, character of last fifty years, aged clergy-

his sermons, 257—-quotation man's account of, 128, 163,
from, 258.

288.
Album, preface to an, 214. Character, Christian, gradually
American Traveller's account of formed, 244.
Robert Hall, 64.

Christ, not an object of prayer
* All our righteousnesses are as during the first ages, 134.

filthy rags,' explained, 255, Christendom, sins of, 257.
271.

Christian character, means of ac-
Animosity among christian sects, quiring it, 241, et seqq.
263.

Christian ministers. See Minis-
Atonement, latest orthodox form ters.
of the doctrine of, 235.

Church, Christian, its nature

and constitution, 87-mem-
B.

bers, 102-officers, 103_dis-
Beard Rev J. R., notice of the cipline, 104—privileges, 106
American edition of his ser- primitive ministers in, did not

differ in rank and office, 144.
Beza, refuses to extend the right Churches and parishes, early N.

hand of fellowship to the Lu- England, character of, 28.
therans, 81.

Churches, feeble, measures for
Bishop and presbyter, originally establishing them in Unitari.

two names for the game office, an parishes, 75.
194.

Claims upon the pulpit, 49.

Clergy of N. England, opinions
C.

of before the revolutionary
Calvin, his testimony to the di-

visions among the reformers, Clergyman, aged, recollections
81—doctrines of, how regard: of, 128, 162, 208.
ed by the Lutherans, ib.-pro- Communion service, reflections
cures he death of Servetus, at the close of, 24.
82—note. Objects to the use Consistency, a plea for, familiar-
of the word trinity, 83.

ly addressed to Unitarians, 56,
Calvinists, spirit of, according to
Luther, 84.

Consociations, attempt to intro-
Changes in religious opinions, duce them into Massachusetts,

and in the character of preach- in 1814, and 1815, 74.

mons, 277.

war, 128.

et seqq.

Covenants of the early N. Eng. Explanatian of Isaiah lxiv. 6,

land churches, not doctrinal, 255.

232,
Cranmer, his opinion of what is

F.
necessary to constitute one a Faith and works, 266—in what

minister of a church, 199. sense the terms were used by
Creeds, their influence, and use St Paul and St James, 267, et

made of them by the Ortho- seqq.
dox, 70.

Fear and love of God, 34, et

seqqmistakes about, 35%
D.

how compatible, 37.
Death of a daughter, lines on, by Feeble churches, mode of organ-
a parent, 274.

izing them in Unitarian par-
Deceitfulness of the heart, 172. ishes, 75.
Dedham, early covenant of the First church in Dedham, char.
first church in, 232.

acter of its early covenant,
Dedication, Unitarian, 96.

233.
Denunciations, orthodox, 77.

G.
Dialogue on Unitarianism, char- Grace, means of, 241.

acter, of and quotation from, Gray, F. C., bis Letter to Gov.
136.

Lincoln, in relation to Har.
• Diversities of operations, 241, vard University, 279.

et seqq.
Divine providence, 11, et seqq.

H.
Doddridge, Philip, Correspond- Hall, Robert, account of, by an

ence and Diary of, 175—his American traveller, 64—char-
liberality, 178.

acter of his preaching, 66—his
Doctrine of regeneration ex- moral worth, 69.

plained, and objections to the Harvard University, see Univer-
popular theory of stated, 117, sity.
155.

Hawes, Rev. Joel, character of
Doctrines of the reformation, 79

his Tribute to the memory
-incorrectly stated by the of the Pilgrims,' 226.
orthodox, ib.

Heart, deceitfulness of accord-
Duncan, Rev. Mr, of Baltimore, ing to the prophet, 172.

his opinion of creeds not re- Hints, advisory, on the subject
lished by Dr Miller, 71-ex- of preaching, 211.
communicated by an orthodox Hollis, his catholic spirit, 283
Synod, 72.

his intentions in regard to his

Professorship, 141, 283--form'
E.

to be assented to by his Pro-
Ecclesiastical affairs in Massa- fessor at his inaugeration, 142.

chusetts, past and present state Holy Ghost, sin against, what,
of, 27-remedy for existing 145.
evils, 31.

Hopkins' system of divinity, ef-
Ecclesiastical tribunals, 73.

fects of its publication, 29—its
Edwards, Dr Jonathan, effects opposers, 131.

of his writings, 129.'
• Exhibition of Unitarianism,' an

I.
abusive publication, notice of, Inconsistency between Christian
223,

precepts and Christian prac- sociations, oppression practised
tice, 257.

by, 73.
Installations, Unitarian, 48, 96. Ministers, christian, who they
Isaiah lxiv. 6, explained, 255. are, 193—what they were in

the primitive church, 194
J.

how constituted 196—their of-
Jewish and Christian religions, fice and authority, 200—their
127.

usurpations, 202-who are min-
L.

isters at the present day, 206.
Lavater, J. C., Letter of, to Miseries of war, 261.
Mendelsohn, 93.

Murdock, Rev. Dr, treatment
Law, deeds of, what St Paul of, by his colleagues, 78.

meant by the phrase, 297. Murray, the Universalist, 166,
Liberal and Orthodox parties in 209.
N. England, origin of, 29.

IN.
Ljncoln, Gov. Mr Gray's Letter New Year, l.

to, relating to Harvard Uni-
versity, 279.

0.
Life, what? 1-does not consist Oberlin, Letter of, on the Uni-
in apathy and repose, 2-nor

tarianism of the first three
in sensuality, 3—nor devotion centuries, noticed, 133.
to the world, 4—the vigor, Obtaining religion, objections to
perfection, and use of our the phrase, 242.
whole nature, 1,5,-means of Officers, church, who they are,
attaining its ends, 6.

and what their power, 103
Luther, his opinion of the Cal- how appointed in primitive

vinists, and the spirit of the times, 196.
Calvinists, 81--objects to the Opinions, religious, changes in,
term trinity, 83.

in New England within fifty

years, 128, 163, 208.
M.

Oppression practised by ministe-
Martineau, Harriet, her Tra- rial associations, 73.

ditions of Palestine, 138- Ordination, what, 197,

American edition of, 288. Ordinations, Unitarian, 48, 190,
Massachusetts, ecclesiastical af- 240.
fairs of, 27, et seqq.

Origen pronounces Christ not an
May, Rev. S. J., his Letters to object of prayer, 134.
Dr Hawes, 226.

Original poetry, 10, 108, 171,
Means of grace, 241.

214, 274.
Memoirs of Moses Mendelsohn, Orthodox of the present day,
the Jewish Philosopher, 40,

want of union among, 82, quo-
91.

tation from an orthodox writer
Mendelsohn, Moses, memoirs of, concerning, ib.

40, 89—quoted, 43, 44, 45% Orthodoxy, modern, doctrines of,
his letter to Lavater, 90-ob- date no further back than the
jections to religious controver- days of Augustine and Atha-
sy, ib.-views of proselytism,

nasius, 227.
91.
Ministerial intercourse, ortho-

P.
dox measures relating to, 72 Parent, lines of, on the death of
comcase of threatening, ib.—as- a daughter, 274.

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