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of the fault committed by a bayonet or a bullet. Before we .
part with him, we must advise him, and we do it in perfect sin-
cerity and kindness, to beware that his principles do not ulti-
mately exclude not only all “levity,” but also all feeling of com-
..fort from his mind, and involve it in profound and irremediable
“gloom.” We fear that he may not be quite as safe from such
: a tremendous infliction, as perhaps he himself will imagine. |

ART. IX. The Evidence of Authority of the Christian Re
ligion. By the Rev. Thomas Chalmers, Minister of Kilmany,
! Edinburgh. , 8vo. 266 pp. 78. 6d. Longman. 1814.

THE contents of this volume have already been presented in part to the public, under the article CHR 1st I ANITY, in the Edinburgh Encyclopædia. We are happy to see it republished in its present form, as we are persuaded that it cannot be read without producing the most serious and heartfelt conviction of the iru h of that holy religiou which it is designed to defend. The evidences of Christianity are so numerous and overpowering, that no one writer can enter at large upon every ground of defence, but each man takes that department, to which the natural tendency of t his mind peculiarly directs him. Mr. Chalmers dedicates the chief part of his labours to the exposition of the historical evidence, and the ground which he has thus chosen is defended both with accuracy and with skill, - - - * - * ... The work is divided into ten chapters. I. On the Princi. ples of Historical Evidence, and their Application to the Truth of Christianity. II. On the Authenticity of the different Books of the New Testament. III. On the internal marks of Honesty and Truth to be found in the New Testament. IV. On the Testimony of the Original Witnesses to the Truth of the Gospel Narrative. V. On the Testimony of Subsequent Witnesses. VI. Remarks on the Argument from Prophecy. VII. Remarks on the Scepticism of Geologists. VIII. On the Internal Evidence and Objectious of Deistical Infideis. IX. On the Way

of Proposing the Argument to Atheistical Infidels. X. On the

Supreme Authority of Revelation. -
The distinguishing feature of this volume is the calm and con-
vincing manner in which it speaks to the common and practical
sense of the reader, We trust that it will have its due share of
vreaders, who cannot sail of deriving much useful and satisfactory
knowledge from its perusal, Mr. Chalmers is a clear-headed
an, and understands the laws of evidence well, but we could
wish that he had not decried the mode of defence po

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Dr. Clarke and the reasoning school. The attacks upon Christianity a priori, are much more formidable and much mere numerous than those which are made upon its historical evidence; they require, therefore, at least as zealous and as able defenders. Until a man be made convinced of the reasonablemess of a revelation, and the necessity of a Redeemer, he will trouble himself very little with an examination into the historical evidence of their existence,

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ART. X. Sermons on the Lord's Prayer, and on several

Subjects. By the Rev. E. Scobell, A. B. Chaplain to the Directors and Guardians of the Poor of St. Marylebone. 8vo. 424 pp. 12s. Lloyd. 1815. - ".

MR. SCOBELL informs us that this volume is his first production, we are happy, therefore, that it is in our power to offer him the encouragement which he so justly deserves. His doc

trimes are sound, and his language powerful and animated, and we

doubt mot that if these sermons were to be delivered in the same emergetic manaer in which they are written, they would have a strong practical effect upon a large and mixed congregation. The comparison of the pilgrimage of life with that of the Israelites through the wilderness is drawn with much sweetness, and in a manner that reminds us of Bishop Horne himself.

“It is true we suffer beneath the yoke of sin and Satan, heavier by far than even Egyptian rigour, more cruel and destructive than earthly task masters. It is true we are placed in a land of shadows, subject to tribulations, to pains, and death. But God forsakes not his people. The sighings of bondage, and the cry of affliction come to the throne of heavenly mercy. He hears out groaning, and remembers his covenant. Like the Jews to Moses, we are pointed to a guide and leader, and that friend is Jesus Christ. He is, to us, the voice of one crying in the wilderness, “ Prepare ye the way of the Lord... make his paths straight.” He is a lamp to our feet and a light to our goings. Safe under his protection, the children of earth may pass, not only safely, but with gladness, through the rugged mountains of the world,

and go on their way “rejoicing in hope.” He refreshes their

fainting hearts with the “hidden manna” of immortality, and to the thirsting soul he sheweth “ the pure river of the water of life,” of water “clear as chrystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.” Sorrows may come, or adversity oppress, but let their night of affliction be ever so dark, He pierces it with the cheering beams of his Holy Spirit; He erects the pillar of sacred flame within the heart, and whispers to the trembling mortal, pardon and peace. -- , , ”

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: “Nor is this all. While he calms with power the wind and the tempest here, he leaves us not in doubt about the scenes of an hereafter. He points our eyes to a celestial country, of joy and plenty, of liberty and light. All its treasures are open to our possession; all its blessings extended to our enjoyment. We are in3. encouraged, intreated, urged to enter into this everlasting

anaan, that we may “eat the fruit thereof, and the goodness thereof;” and that when all the dangers of our probationary jour

ney are finished and gone, when the waters of salvation “are

clean passed over,”, we may be refreshed with the dews of heavenly favour, and rest amidst the tranquillity of the eternal Sabbath.” P. 327. . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. With the following sentiments respecting liberality, or the re.

ligious apathy of modern times we were much pleased.' '

“ If by liberality be meant a general spirit of philanthropy, a charitable compassion for the failings of humanity, a backwardness to impute unworthy motives, modesty of behaviour, lenient judgment, and an indulgent toleration—the principle is heavenly; it is the morning star of the Gospel; it is the pure effluence of the fountain of mercies. But if, on the other hand, it be intended by

this term to insinuate that all religions are alike, that doctrines

are non-essential; that present sincerity is, under every, opportuinity, to compensate for corrigible errors: that a chain of spiritual union is to subsist between opinions diametrically and physically opposite; that creeds are of little or no importance, provided the life be correct, or in other words, that works without faith are safe and acceptable—against this, in whatever shape it appear, the £hristian minister, in word and in deed—with moderation, but

with firmness, is bound unequivocally. to protest.” P. 209.

We can safely pronounce these sermons to be hortatory and as

£hristian discourses, untainted by any fanatical cant. Should Mr. Scobell publish again we should recommend rather more attention to method, and rather less exuberance of expression. These, however, are errors which we have no doubt but that his own good judgment will correct.

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Att. XI. A Dictionary of all Religious, 3. By Thomas

Williams. 16mo. - 336 pp. 7s.6d. Williams and Son,

WE are sorry that we cannot compliment Mr. Williams either upon the principles or upon the execution of the work before us; Let us take for the example his account of the Church of England. . . . . . . . . . . . “Esquish Ciruncil. The Church of England is Episcopalian, and boasts a regular succession of Bishops from the time of the . . - 9 , Apostles,

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Apostles, conveyed to them through the Church of Rome. The Churches of England and Ireland were united by the Union of 1801, and form a grand national establishment; but with a free toleration of Dissenters in their principles and worship, without admitting them to any of its emoluments, and excluding them from . many offiées in the state.” -

- - of . Now we should be happy to know what information any stranger to the doctrines and discipline of our Church could derive from such a description, Mr. Williams in truth has given us a very meagre and confined performance, and inferior to one or two others, whose principles indeed are no better than his own. The best part of the volume is the print preceding the title-page, which is taken from the celebrated picture of the meeting of the Reformers with the Bible before them, and the Pope, the Cardimals, the Monks, and the Devil, attempting to blow out the candle. . . . . . . . . . . - - *

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Aar. XII. Poems and Imitations, by Daniel Caland, Esq. of Lincoln's Inn. Svo. pp. 192. 10s. Bickerstaff. 1814.

THE two first poems in this volume have been published be.
fore, and have received, as we think they deserve, a favourable
notice. The poetry of the Tocsin in particular is entitled to
commendation. The thoughts are elegant, and the general flow
of the lines harmonious. . Of these and the subsequent poems
we can now, in our turn, speak in terms of praise: the translal
tions from the Italian are pretty, and the lines written at different
places through which the author has passed in his travels are ge-
herally pleasing. We shall cite, in confirmation of our opinion
the two last stanzas from an Address to Hope. *
•. “Indulgent Power thy aid impart | -
With chasten’d raptures fill my heart-
Thy soothing Heralds send

Teach me the ways of Łove and Peace,
. . . Bid sublunary sorrows cease, - !
And Earth’s delusions end ? - *

And on the confines of the Grave—
When Heaven resumes the life it gave, t
- And claims my forfeit breath; -
Be Faith thy Seraph Sister night
With thee to waft me to the sky— -
And charm the shaft of Death!” P. H% ,


ART. XHI. Advice on the Study and the Practice of the Law, addressed to Atiorities’ Clerks. By W. Wright. 8vo, o 180 pp. Taylor and Hessey. 1815.

THIS volume is addressed to a class of men, who of all others, are most in need of an adviser and a guide. There are few situations more perilous to the young man than a clerkship * to an attorney, whether in town or in the country. So very little labour is necessary to acquaint him with the routine of his ordinary business, and so very little ingenuity required to attain and to exercise the little low and dirty artifices which characterise

. too many of his profession, that he may pass through the time o of his articles in idleness and profligacy, and at the conclusion | of that period, set up for himself with as good pretensions as . most of his neighbours. Even to those, who pursue with more o: steadiness their professional studies, much, very much is wanted

to open and enlarge their mind, to give it right and honourable
.views, and to elevate it above the meanness and roguery which

| is so incidental to their calling. . We are, therefore, happy in f finding a volume which may safely be recommended to every clerk at an attorney's desk, as a clear, concise, and useful guide

s: to those studies and pursuits which will make him the better at-
- torney and the better mau. It will open to his mind various
sources of information, from which, during the period of his
clerkship, he may derive the most important advantages; and it
will teach him the most apt and judicious method of pur-
suing them. .
... One deficiency alone we are sorry to remark, which in another
edition we trust will be supplied. We find no exhortation to the
young man, either to hold fast the faith, or fulfil the duties of
our holy religion. No man will prove the worse lawyer for
being a Christian ; aud we are mistaken indeed, if he will not
prove much the better. Let a short chapter upon this important
point be added, and the volume shall have our best wishes.

Art. xiv. An easy Introduction to the Mathematics. By
Charles Butler, Oxford, 2 vols. 8vo. 11, 11s. 6d. Longman.

TO those, who may be desirous of entering upon mathematical
studies by themselves, without the assistance which a private
tutor or a lecture-room can afford, these volumes will be found
a useful and satisfactory publication. Mr. Butler possesses to a
very considerable degree the art of explanation, and of rendering
the first steps of science accessible to young and ardent minds.
The work is divided into ten departments. The first *:
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