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the more we are struck with the extent and compass of his learning-his enlightened views of the kingdom of Christ-his laborious research and indefatigable industry-his warm attachment to the doctrines of divine grace, and his ardent zeal for the glory of his God and Saviour. In a word, though his style wants the graces of modern refinement, we have no hesitation in saying, that no theological library can by any means be regarded as complete, in which the works of Dr. Owen are not to be found.

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Pneumatologia: a Treatise on the Soul of By JOHN FLAVEL, formerly Minister of Dartmouth, in Devon. A new edition, with a Life of the Author. London, W.Jones, Lovell's-court, 8vo. pp. 460, pr. 9s. bds. 1824.

THIS is, beyond all dispute, a book of great value, and worthy the attention of every thinking being. It was, therefore, with great propriety, selected by the late Dr. Williams, of Rotherham, as one of the works intended to form an Evangelical Library, along with Edwards's History of Redemption, &c. &c. and which he undertook to edit, and accompany with occasional notes. The subject on which it treats comes home to every man's business and bosom, and the Author has managed it throughout with a skilful hand.

We are well aware, indeed, that if we can listen to the teaching of modern Socinians, we shall think very diminutively of the subject of this volume; for, according to their wise way of thinking, man has no soul: he is a pure compound of matter, without any vital, spiritual principle inherent in him distinct from the body; and that which we call the soul or spirit is nothing more than the power of thinking and acting, which results from the peculiar organization of the particles of matter of which the human frame consists. Mr. Flavel was of a very different mind; and, perhaps, the doctrine of Materialism never received a more complete confutation from the pen of any writer, than it has done in this volume, though it formed no part of the author's design to examine and confute that system, which in fact was little, if at all, known in his day. There is, in our opinion, a wonderful richness of sentiment pervading the

volume; it exhibits a glow of manly eloquence; is never tiresome, but abounds with striking thoughts and pious reflections. The soul is first considered as in a state of composition, or as united with the body; and secondly, in a state of separation from the body. And under the latter head, when he comes to treat of "the spirits of just men made perfect," he carries the mind of the reader with him into the world of spirits, and makes him forget for the time that he is an inhabitant of earth. A great number of very curious and interesting questions come under discussion in the course of the work, which we have not room to particularize, and in discussing which the reader will be often struck with the ingenuity and acuteness of the author in his way of handling them; but what strongly recommends the volume to us is this, that while the faculties of the mind, he brings every author gives full scope to the discursive thing to the touchstone of Revelationvery wisely judging, that the Being who formed us, is the most competent to souls, and all that pertains to them. instruct us respecting the nature of our

An Elegy to the Memory of the late Rev. Henry Martyn; with Smaller Pieces. By JOHN LAWSON, Missionary at Calcutta. London, F. Westley, 10, Stationers'-court, pp. 50, pr. 2s. 6d. 1823. FEW of our readers, we presume, are unacquainted with the name and character of Henry Martyn. He was a native of Truro, in Cornwall, and in the year 1805, went out to India as a Missionary, in the service of the CHURCH Missionary Society-to which work he devoted himself most unreservedly. After labouring in his Lord's service about seven years, his feeble constitution, unable to sustain the fatigues to which he was exposed, and the sultry climes of Hindostan, he breathed his last at Trocat, on the 16th of October, 1812, either falling a sacrifice to the plague which then raged there, or sinking under the effects of a fever with which he had been afflicted.

Many of our friends may recollect the handsome tribute which was paid to his memory by the late Mr. Ward, of Serampore, on his first arrival among us at the Anniversary Meeting of the Baptist Missionary Society, after a Sermon in

LAWSON'S ELEGY-LIFE OF BRAINERD.

the Queen-street Chapel, Long Acre. For our own parts, we shall never forget it; it discovered so much genuine candour and honesty, that it won our affections to Mr. Ward, and we always loved him afterwards. "Many of you," said he, "imagine that all the good which has been done in India, has been done by the Baptists; but that is quite a mistake the most successful Missionary that has yet appeared in India, was HENRY MARTYN!"

Mr. Lawson is equally candid and liberal, in awarding to the Memory of Henry Martyn the meed due to his disinterested labours, and calls upon his readers to lament with him his premature decease.

There rests a child of genius, early fall'n;
A man of God, for heaven was his on earth;
A friend of man, for all the world he lov'd;
A martyr, for he gave to God his life;

A hero, for he smil'd at death,
And died to live for ever.

Several of the minor pieces in this
little volume are very poetical and
pleasing. We produce as a specimen
the following stanzas, founded on Jer.
xxii. 10. "Weep ye not for the dead."
THE day of woe, the bursting strife,
The dark vicissitudes of life
Have had their influence; but the day,
The strife, the change, have pass'd away.
The loud storm rush'd-and was no more;
The thunder roll'd-then died the roar.
"Twas all an agonizing scene,
A dream which is not-but hath been.
O weep not for the dead!
Saints rest upon their quiet bed,
Sleeping with undelirious head,
The deep distraction of the breast
Subsides into a placid rest.
The hollow wild eyes dim and dry
Are clos'd and slumbering pleasantly.
The countenance of cloud and sadness
Hath the pale look of solemn gladness.
O weep not for the dead!

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The Life of the Rev. David Brainerd,
Missionary to the Indians, from the
Society in Scotland, for propagating
Christian Knowledge, who died at Nor-
thampton, in New England, Oct. 9th.
1747, in the 30th year of his age. By
JOHNATHAN EDWARDS, A.M. Presi-
dent of the College of New Jersey.
Edinburgh: printed for H. S. Baynes
& Co. and Baynes & Son, London,
pp. 560. 18mo. pr. 5s. bds. 1824.
IN this day of Missionary exertion,
when the Lord hath put it into the
hearts of his people to evangelize the
whole world, and a spirit is gone forth,
which we trust will not subside until
the ends of the earth have seen the sal-
vation of our God, we have great plea-
sure in meeting with a new edition of
Pr. Edwards's Life of Brainerd, issued
from the press, with typographical neat-
ness, on superior paper, and at less than
half the price of the octavo edition.
This is rendering an acceptable service
to the cause of missions, and we have
no doubt that the religious part of the
community will appreciate it as such.
Not only should every missionary have
a copy of the book, but its circulation
at home, by our various missionary so-
cieties ought to be encouraged, since
few works are better calculated to ex-
cite pious minds to missionary labours,
and thus call forth labourers into the
harvest. Brainerd's career was short,
but it was brilliant his missionary la-
bours scarcely extended to five years,
1743 to 1747, when his feeble tene-
ment gave way, and a pining consump-
tion cut short his days at the age of
thirty! But the work is too well known,
and, we may add, too highly esteemed,
to render any eulogium from us at all
necessary.

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O weep not that the weary day
Sinks to the sepulchre of night;
It fades to blaze with purer ray
The morrow's resurrection light.
Its dawn is up-the fleecy sky
Reddens in orient majesty.
Impearl'd with an immortal dew,
The bland creation smiles anew.
O weep not for the dead!

This little volume is embellished with a fine Portrait of Henry Martyn, and a beautiful vignette title-page, representing the angels as sorrowing over the tomb of Martyn, while they are surveying it by moon-light.

A Scripture Manual; or, a Plain Representation of the Ordinance of Baptism; designed for the use of all who would answer a Good Conscience towards God, and give a reason of their Faith and Practice, with Meekness and Fear. By SAMUEL WILSON. To which are subjoined various extracts from learned Pedobaptist Authors. The whole revised by the late Mr. ABRAHAM BOOTH, A new Edition. London, W. Jones, Lovell's Court, Paternoster Row, 36 pp. 18mo. pr. 4d. 28s. per 100, 1824.

WE presume that most of our readers are acquainted with this valuable little

piece, which has often been printed; and, indeed, for the sake of the cause of truth, ought never to be out of print. The worthy author was trained up in the principles of Pædobaptism, but some doubts having crossed his mind as to the validity of that practice, he, instead of reading books of controversy, determined to read his New Testament for himself. He therefore carefully examined every text of Scripture which has a relation to the subject of baptism, and then submitted to the public, the result of the investigation. In the present very neat edition, the subjects are all specified in the running titles at the top of the page, such as, John's Baptism-The Baptism of Christ-Children brought to Christ-Infant Baptism considered Christ's Commission Three Thousand Baptised at Jerusalem -The Promise, Acts ii. 44. considered -Baptism of the Eunuch-of Cornelius-of Lydia, and the Jailor's Household-Households Baptised-Meaning of Baptism, 1 Cor. vii. 14. considered The Abrahamic Covenant-Rom. xi. 15, 16.—Exod. xiv.-1 Pet. iii. 20, 21,

considered-Conclusion.

There are so many prejudices still existing in the professing world, against the Saviour's institution of the baptism of believers, that such of his disciples as are instructed into his will on this first law of his kingdom, cannot well adopt a better method of removing them than by the distribution of this small tract. For simplicity of design, and ex-trio, cellency in the execution, it has, so far as we know, no superior, we had almost ventured to say, no equal.

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empire. The places described are Tripoli, Tyre, Sidon, the mountains of Lebanon, Damascus, Baalbec, or Pal myra, the ruins of which afford such a grand specimen of the magnificence of ancient architecture, Aleppo, the Valley of Salt, Scanderoon, Antioch, &c. &c. &c. The volume is embellished with a map of the country, with three plates, very neatly executed, and the whole well supports the character which we gave of the former volume.

WE announced the commencement of this popular work two months ago, and laid before our readers a Prospectus of what was intended in the execution of it. The volume before us, takes up the Geography, History, and Topography of Syria and Asia Minor, an interesting portion, at present, of the Turkish

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Strictures on the Plymouth Antinomi-
By JOSEPH COTTLE.
don, Cadell, second edition enlarged,
pp. 216, 8vo. pr. 5s. bds. 1824.
The author of this book is a gentle-
man well known in the literary world,
as a poet of very respectable character.
His stated place of residence,we believe,
is Bristol: but having occasion to take
up his abode at Plymouth for several
weeks, in the year 1822, he occasion-
ally attended the ministry of Dr. Haw-
ker, where he got his mind exceedingly
pained and distressed, by "the glaring

nature of the Antichristian sentiments
which he heard" delivered from the

pulpit.* It is needless to tell my readers that Dr. Hawker is the oracle of the Antinomian party in this country. The doctor employs a curate of the name of Babb, whose rant and extravagance appears to surpass that of his Rector or Vicar; and to complete the

he has a son, who has recently taken holy orders, and occupies a pulpit in the neighbourhood of Plymouth, who yields to neither his father, nor his father's curate in the grossness of his

statements.

While attending on the preaching of these men, Mr. Cottle committed to writing, certain portions of their sermons, which he has laid before his rea

The Modern Traveller: A popular description, Geographical, Historical, and Topographical of the various countries of the globe. Vol. II. SYRIA and

ASIA MINOR. London, James Dun-ders, accompanied by such animadvercan, 18mo. 5s. 6d. bds. 1824.

sions as they appear to him to require.

The following is an extract from one of the Doctor's sermons, and our readers will receive it as a specimen of the whole: ex uno disce omnes.

"We hear a great deal about Redemption in this day of profession, from one instructor and another, but when do you hear the church carried beyond time into

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He

By the way, we can hardly sympathise with Mr. Cottle, under his sufferings on this occasion. He could not be ignorant of the unscriptural tenets of Dr. Hawker; Why then did he go near him? cannot plead that there were no Christian societies in Plymouth,with whom he might meet comfortably. There are few towns in the kingdom, in which the cup of Gospel privilege is better replenished than in Plymouth. Mr. Wilcocks, Mr. Nicholson, Mr. Horton, are ministers of his own persuasion, (Baptists) and yield to few in the kingdom for talent. He was therefore under no temptation to wander as he did!

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the everlasting settlements of eternity? | that characterizes this class of ministers. Where do you hear of these things?-All There are certainly much worse things the world is running mad.-The Epistles occasionally interspersed throughout of the apostles are directed to the church, Mr. Cottle's pages, but they are and not to the world.-The church that gross for us to transcribe. The readers that the whole is a caricature of the of our Magazine will easily perceive primitive apostolic gospel, a mere rhapsody in which truth and error are jumbled together without discrimination. Thus it is, that by dealing out great swelling words of vanity about eternal counsels, an eternal covenant, and eter

lives from one eternity to another! You are the delight of God.-The Lord hath never writ a bill of divorcement against his church. We can fall no more; the church is safe.-All books might be burnt if we have found Christ.-What is grace? Grace is the Lord himself. We cannot grow in the Lord.-The Lord, in calling one and another amongst you, is performing a greater work than creating a thou-nal union, &c. &c. things, concerning which, the Scriptures are silent, and of which the preacher consequently knows nothing, he manages to impose first upon himself, and then upon the ignorant multitude who follow him, and who look up with wonder and amazement at their leader's profound acquaintance with such deep subjects.

sand worlds. It is said, ' Grow in grace.' Ignorant preachers don't understand this, and misinterpret it. What says Paul? Paul had no experience of progressive holiness. Twenty-three years after his conversion, he said, 'O wretched man that I am.' I will tell you when God began to love his church-when God himself began! It is beautiful to see how God has loved the church, in their time's state, from generation to generation. A sixth finger shall as soon be added to my hand, as there shall one other member be added to the body of Christ. Who shall dare to add to the body of Christ? The Lord had a people before his incarnation.-God not constrained by merit, nor restrained by demerit. My brethren, the Lord knows the names of all his little ones.-God shows grace in defiance of our deserving it. God will not suffer your vile bodies to be subdued ?—I would not be without these workings of corruption for all the world!—I have no more fear of death than I have of life.-Sin cannot sting me, it is taken away.-I am as sure of going to heaven as I am of resting after the labours of this day. The church of God is as safe on earth as the church of God in heaven.-We shall have no more nuptials. Shall the gospel mercies be put up to the highest bidder? Oh! no, no, no, no.-The Son of God hath married the church to all eternity. No one event can take place that was not ordained.-Not death, grave can disturb our union with Christ. nor sin, nor the -We are married to Christ from everlasting-Little saints, and great saints are equally acceptable to Christ. Small faith is sufficient. You calculate too much on what has been done in your own hearts, not what has been done from all eternity, those great antiquities. We do not remember the original settlements of eternity. If there are but two or three of the called in this congregation, they are the church. They will be safe when the whole lump beside will be burnt." We imagine this to be a tolerably fair specimen of the usual style of preaching

"Tis dumb amaze and listning silence all."

vile jargon of this man; but we are For our own parts, we never heard the reminded of an ingenious gentleman whose company we often were cast in days of yore. He was particularly fond of a hoax, and would sometimes sport them in trying how far he could impose upon the ignorance of the company in which he was cast. Thus he would tell them he could demonstrate the doctrine of the Trinity, by the principles of mathematics, all the cramp terms of which he had at his fingers' ends. Thus placing his finger upon the table, he would begin with a point. Having commenced operations, he would proceed for half an hour with all the volubility of Dr. Hawker, dealing out his curves and his signs and his tangents, his angles squares, besides; and when he had completely and triangles, and we know not what bothered the whole company, he would, and appeal to them," There now: have with philosophic gravity, stop short I not made it perfectly clear and plain to you?"

It is really a subject of deep regret, that multitudes of our fellow-creatures should be carried away with this unscriptural system, if system it may be called. ing the law and the testimony, to which How happy is our case in havwe can continually have recourse, in trying the spirits whether they be of God, knowing that many false prophets

are gone out into the world.

Recollections, Juvenile, Miscellaneous,
and Academical. By EDINENSIS
GLASGUENSIS, A. M. London, F.
Westley, pp. 300, 12mo. pr. 6s. bds.

1823.

WE are told by the biographers of Johnson, that when he first published anonymously, his poem entitled "London," it got into the hands of Pope, who on reading it, exclaimed, "The author, whoever he is, will not be long concealed." We were reminded of this anecdote, by running through this volume of "Recollections," in which we have met with so much to interest and delight us, that though we cannot flatter the author with the hope of dividing the world with the great" Caliban of literature," yet we scruple not to say, that we discern it in the germ of future excellence. The volume is exceedingly miscellaneous: we have pieces in prose and verse: and the latter in English, Latin, and Greek. We have academical exercises in Natural Philosophy, Metaphysics, History, Ethics, &c. &c. And surely it is no small proof of genius in a 'Tyro, that he can write well in each of these. We should much very like, could we find room, to present our readers with a fair specimen of the author's composition in each of these departments of literature, but we must deny ourselves the pleasure, and rest contented with recommending the volume to the notice of our readers. The poem, "On the Immortality of the Soul," has many vigorous lines, and, what is not of less value, many just

and fine sentiments.

are now formed, and it is of great im-
portance that those who are called to
labour among them in the work of the
ministry, should inculcate among the
members a spirit of reading and enquiry..
With a view to the accommodation of
this class of readers, the works which
it is intended to publish under the
title of the Village Library, will be se-
lected. The two little volumes now be-
fore us, are designed as a specimen,
and we recommend them to the atten-
tion of our readers as well adapted to
the purpose. They are well printed on
good paper, and offered at a moderate
price. If the Editor explores the re-
cords of the seventeenth century, he will
find among the writings of the Puritans,
a great number of very valuable tracts,
rich in devotional sentiment and chris-
tian experience, which are highly de-
serving of being rescued from oblivion;
and in doing which, he will become a
benefactor to the present, and indeed to
future generations.

ART. I. Village Library. No 1. Lives
of the Rev. Dr. Cotton Mather, of Bos-
ton, New England. By Dr. Jennings,
and the Rev. Joseph Alleine, A.B. of
Taunton, Somerset, by his widow and
other persons. Edinburgh, Waugh &
Innes, and James Duncan, London,
18mo. 250 pp. pr. 2s. 6d.
ART. II. The Spirit of Prayer, by Na-
thaniel Vincourt, A.M. Minister of the
Gospel, with Extracts on the same sub-
ject from the works of Barratt, Hannah
More, D.-Willison, J. Bowdler, Esq.
J. Shepherd, Esq. and J. Haldam Stew-
art. Edinburgh, Waugh & Innes,
and F. Westley, London, 18mo. 220
pp. pr. 2s bds. 1824.

IN most of the villages of England and Scotland, societies of Christians

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Devonport.

Letters on Faith. By the Rev. JAMES DORE, of Walworth. A new edition.

An Essay on the Resurrection of Christ. By the same Author. A new edition.

Lord Byron's Works, viewed in connection with Christianity, and the Obligations of Social Life: a Sermon delivered in Holland Chapel, Kennington, July 4th, 1824. By the Rev. JOHN STYLES, D.Ď.

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