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instrumental to its aggrandizement? Truth is too high and holy a matter to be compromised by worldly policy.
Relying upon your hearty co-operation in the spirit of this communication, which I place entirely at your disposal,
I am, Sir, very faithfully yours, CLERICUS.
MR. STANLEY AND DENS'S THEOLOGY, SIR, I feel much obliged to a correspondent in your last number, signing himself “T. E.," for turning the attention of your readers to a supposed erroneous statement made by me in a note (p. 12) of a pamphlet entitled “A few Observations on Religion and Education in Ireland,” as it enables me to state my authority for asserting, that the approbation of the work mentioned in Coyne's Dedication was limited, by his own confession, to the eighth volume.
In page 6 of a list of books published by him, “Dens's complete Body of Theology” is advertised as just published in eight volumes. “ This additional volume,” it is stated, being “ now for the first time annexed to the present edition,” &c. &c.; which “supplementary matter"--viz., that in this eighth volume" has been added with the sanction and approbation of his Grace the most Rev. Dr. Murray."
I beg leave further to add, that, when at Dublin, to prevent any mistake on this point, I called at Mr. Coyne's shop, and was there informed that it was to this limited approbation of the eighth volume, and that only, that the sentence “ ejus cum approbatione” referred.
In your Magazine for September, 1835, p. 329, the question was pat, "What is to be said for the disgraceful suppression of the dedication to Dens's Theology in the copies sold to Mr. M'Ghee ?” That no delay might take place in a reply, a letter was inserted in the Globe, Sept. 15th, stating, on the authority of Mr. Timms, the great Orange bookseller of Dublin, who himself sent the fifty copies to England in which the dedication was omitted, that the story of this asserted disgraceful suppression was wholly and entirely false. In the same letter, the subject of “the limited approbation" of Dr. Murray was also discussed, and an explanation given similar in substance to the above.--I remain, your obedient servant,
. With every possible deference to Mr. Stanley, it must be observed, that Mr. Coyne expressly dedicates the second edition of Dens to Dr. Murray, as undertaken with his approbation. (See the dedication in the last number.) Surely it is not open to Mr. Coyne now to say, that he meant something else than that which he said. Mr. Coyne's situation is evidently an awkward one, and no one can wish to press hard on him; but the facts cannot be changed, and every one will judge of them for himself. With respect to the correspondence in the Globe in September last, it is so impossible for any but those who take it in to refer to it without a large sacrifice of time, that it is to be regretted that Mr. Stanley did not state to what Mr. Timms's declaration went. The fact that the dedication was cut out of many copies is certain. The writer was desired to procure a copy for a friend, which was without the dedication; and the fact that there was such a dedication was not known at the first meeting at Exeter Hall, if the writer's recollection serves him. Certainly it was not known when the subject was first stirred, and its discovery made a great sensation. -Ed.
NOTICES AND REVIEWS.
The Life and Character of John Howe. By Henry Rogers. London:
W. Ball. 1836. 8vo. John Howe is one of those beautiful examples of a Christian temper, united with great but evenly-balanced powers, that, scanty as the materials for this life are, they can never be read without deep interest. Mr. Rogers has made as much of these scanty materials as probably could be made, in this handsome volume, and has added to them some very interesting letters of Howe to Baxter. He pledges himself, at the commencement, not to write such a life in a sectarian spirit, and has redeemed his pledge very fairly, with the exception of a few hard words, such as ferocious bigotry, &c. &c. There is a passage too of two or three pages, very early in the book, against Laud, which recites the regular common-place parrot-stuff about dreams and ceremonies, and convicts Mr. Rogers, beyond all question, of speaking of a man not one word of whose writings he has ever read. Let Mr. Rogers read Laud's conference with Fisher. He has displayed powers and feelings which will enable him to appreciate that great book, and will prevent his again indulging in these common-place remarks against Laud.
It is a very remarkable thing that a man like Howe, with a mind alive and open to everything else in the Gospel, seems to have utterly forgotten that unity is ever recommended there to the disciples of Him who gave it. In all his reasonings he is gentle, kind, and reasonable enough, on the supposition, (1) that all men were like himself in bearing and temper, and (2) that unity is of no sort of value. The judging one form of worship better than another seems to be quite ground enough, in his eyes, for separation. Nay, he expressly holds that one man's having a taste or gust for extempore prayer, and another for composed forms, at once accounts for, and justifies, their forming and continuing in different bodies. After the toleration act was passed, --i.e., when conscience could not be said to be forcedHowe, who over and over again says that the differences were small, and who occasionally conformed, ought to have considered the evils of separation. He had practical proofs of them at once from the furious and outrageous quarrels which shook the nonconformists to pieces the moment that their outward bond of joint resistance to the coercive laws was removed.
An Historical and Descriptive Account of China. By Hugh Murray,
Esq., and others, (in three vols.) Vol. I, Edinburgh: Oliver and
Boyd. 1836. (Edinburgh Cabinet Library, Vol. 18.) THERE are few parts of the world about which one is more anxious than China, an empire the civilization of which is of such remote antiquity, and which has never gone beyond the point which it reached ages ago an empire which jealously excludes strangers, and yet which admitted Christian missionaries, and where, under some form or other, probably a very degraded one, Christianity exists. But the works on China are very costly or very repulsive from their length. The present, the various parts of which are done by gentlemen of eminence in the several departments, promises to be neither so short as to be superficial, nor so long as to be tedious. From the first volume one gets a better idea of the face and nature of the country than from any preceding one. There is a very good sketch of the history of China, and a very clear account of the introduction of the missionaries into China ; and their history is brought down to 1736. In the succeeding volumes it is to be hoped that it will be continued, and perhaps some more exact account given of their mode of teaching, and the degree of purity in which they delivered the doctrines of the Gospel.
Index Librorum Prohibitorum a Sixto V. Papa, confectus et publicatus :
at verò a Successoribus ejus in Sede Romana suppressus. Edente Josepho Mendham, A.M. Londini : apud Jac. Duncan. 1835.
4to. Every suppressed work is an article of curiosity : but the one here reprinted and republished is likewise an article of value and importance. It is no common production : it proceeds from the pen of à supposed head of Christendom, and he none of the least strongly marked in the succession of papal sovereigns. It is, in one word, an index of prohibited books, by Sixtus V., and partaking of all the vigour and eccentricity which characterize the author. But the great peculiarity of it is, its suppression, which has been so nearly complete, that the very knowledge that such a book ever existed is but faintly and imperfectly discoverable, even in the works of such writers as have made similar productions the object of their peculiar search and consideration. The contents of the work sufficiently divulge the cause. The criticisms, particularly the rules, are so bold and independent, and the prescription or censure of some of the works of Romish authors themselves, and especially of Robert Bellarmine, were at the time so offensive to individuals in authority, that little wonder need be excited by the desire and determination to suppress it, or by the execution of the design, as far as it was executed, when the acceptable decease of the author afforded the opportunity. He had suffered this kind of literary execution before, in the well-known suppression of his immaculate vulgate, and in the less certain suppression of his Italian Bible. His Index came in the third place to share the same fate. But these, and many other circumstances relative to the interesting document now preserved from destruction, must be sought in the proper place in Nr. Mendham's Literary Policy of the Church of Rome, where an account, more extended than is anywhere else extant, of the Papal Indexes is to be found; and likewise in the preface to the present republication. The work, as nearly as could be effected by modern type, is a fac simile of the original, even to the typographical errors, and the execution is highly creditable to the
printer. The artifice employed by the next pontifical editor of an index, Clement VIII., to impress upon the reader the persuasion, that Sixtus had completed no index, is made as clear as day, both by the title and the prefatory matter of his own; and the whole case furnishes a consolatory proof to protestants, that accusations of variations against them do not come with the best grace, even from the heads of the Roman church. It should likewise be borne in mind, that indexes from the highest authority in that church are a criterion, and a kind of manifesto, of the doctrine, held as well as repudiated, by the rulers of Italian catholicity at the time. That doctrinal changes in that community are not impossible, these very indexes proclaim. One is glad to observe, that a curiosity is active and in progress respecting such documents as the present; for if we are to defend ourselves effectually against assailants, it must be chiefly by documentary evidence.
A Conspectus of the Hampden Case. By the Rev. John Miller, M.A.,
late l'ellow of Worcester College, Oxford. London: Rivingtons.
1836. This pamphlet is one of no common importance. Mr. Miller's judgment on any matter, and more especially on a matter of such vital interest as this, will be looked to, by every one who knows his name, with great anxiety, as the judgment of one of whose powers of judging, whose integrity, whose calmness, and whose wisdom it is not easy to speak in the terms which they deserve. He tells us that it is his deliberate opinion that what has been done by the residents at Oxford has been rightly done—that it ought to have been done—that the occasion is one which has not been equalled, in importance to the church, by anything since the days of James II. ; and that in cases like this the church, in this eventful crisis, must speak. This plain and bold line of conduct, from one who cannot be accused of passion or of prejudice, will surprise some and irritate others—the conciliators and conceders; but it will encourage many who want encouragement to come forward and do their duty. Thanks for doing his duty Mr. Miller does not require, but thanks are eminently due to him for thus coming forth from his quiet retirement, and exposing himself to obloquy, and they can be offered most effectually by carefully weighing and diligently spreading the sentiments conveyed in his pamphlet.
Life of Archbishop Laud. By Rev. C. W. Le Bas. (Theological
Library, Vol. XIII.) Rivingtons. 1836. 12mo. These are times when a Life of Archbishop Land must possess the very deepest interest, and when very many will be truly grateful to Mr. Le Bas for having set before them the prominent events of that great prelate's life, and the leading features of his character, with so much clearness and within so short a compass. They who dislike Laud will not, at all events, be able to complain of Mr. Le Bas's having overlooked his faults. He has stated them most fully, freely, and impartially. This course is probably the best, though the reviewer, as an honest admirer of Laud, would be inclined to defend him on several points. His was a situation of tremendous difficulty, and he had an unrelenting and most savage enemy to contend with,-unscrupulous, active, thirsty for power, thirsty for blood, and never satisfied till it had drunk deep at both fountains. This, indeed, Mr. Le Bas has stated, and his book is written with a power and in a spirit which must do good, even in these days.
The Works of W. Cowper, Esq.; with a Life, by R. Southey, Esq.
(Vol. III.) London : Baldwin and Cradock. 1836. 12mo. This very valuable and interesting life is now brought to a close. It is a life which one never reads without deep interest and deep pain ; and it is almost superfluous to say that it has never been told with so much feeling as by Mr. Southey. He has incorporated the extraordinary letters to Mr. Teedon, published by Messrs. Gauntlett, and noticed in this Magazine, as a more fearful expression of cureless misery than can elsewhere be found.
It is to use a common phrase, but it is the simple truth, that warm thanks are due to Mr. Southey, for the service which he has thus rendered to English literature.
An Introduction to writing Hebrew, containing Exercises for Transla
tion; with an Hebrew-English Lexicon, from the German; with References to Stuart's and Lee's Grammars. Oxford: Talboys. 1836.
8vo. It is very satisfactory to see so many working books for studying Hebrew. It is superfluous to point out the use of translation into the language we are learning, or the great convenience of being provided with exercises regularly arranged to practise the learners in all parts of grammar, which is the case with the present publication. Ву containing a short English-Hebrew Lexicon, it enables the learner to go to work with no other book besides a grammar.
Select Prose Works of Milton. Vols. I. and II. With a Preliminary
Discourse, and Notes, by J. A. St. John. London: Hatchards.
1836. This is a very nicely printed and judicious selection of the prose works of Milton, as one of a regular series of the prose works of all our great writers no small undertaking. It is, however, one from which the public will profit in many ways. A cheap selection from the prose works of our early writers certainly cannot be read without great improvement. The book, however, would be far more valuable without Mr. St. John's discourses. They are written in a sort of would-be poetic style ; and are violent to the last degree. Milton was quite perfect, it seems!. His treatise on divorce is entirely right,