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lower and uninformed orders of the community, attracted by a worship which addresses itself more to the senses than to the understanding, will be lost to our Establishment.--A prospect, which unless truth and falsehood in religion are become matters of perfect indifference, must, it is presumed, be a subject for serious consideration with a Protestant Government.
In making, however, the preceding report, I have discharged what I conceive to be my duty. For though I feel the utmost charity towards all who may differ from me in religious opinions, still truth can enter into no compromise with error. Should I then be considered as having stretched myself beyond my proper line, on this occasion, I have to console myself, that my judgment is with God, who "seeth not as man seeth:” having acted under the fullest conviction, that the Protestant Church of England is a true Church of Christ that it bas long been the glory of this nation—and that, under heaven, it is the greatest safeguard to the envied constitution of my country. Having thus borne my faithful testimony to passing events, I trust I may, without offence, make use of the following language of Mr. Southey : “ If our physicians think the best way of curing a disease is to pamper it, the Lord in mercy prepare the kingdom to suffer, what he by miracle only can prevent.”
I conclude this chapter with the short, but energetic speech, made by King George the First, at the opening of Parliament, in 1722 "It seems an infatuation not to be accounted for, to hope to persuade a free people, in the full enjoyment of all that is dear and valuable to them, to exchange freedom for slavery, the Protestant religion for Popery, and to sacrifice at once the price of so much blood and treasure, as have been spent in defence of our Protestant Establishment. Our enemies have long taken advantaye of our differences and dissensions ; let it be known, that the spirit of Popery, which breathes nothing but confusion to the civil and religious rights of a Protestant Church and kingdom has not so far possessed my people, as to make them ripe for such a fatal change."-Pp. 343–349.
The volume concludes with an admirable address to the Clergy, and a curious reprint of an old Saxon sermon, showing what was the doctrine of the English Church before the Conqueror on the subject of the Eucharist.
It ought not to be omitted that the excellent and learned Christian to whose pen we are indebted for the sterling work before us, is one, who, on account of his devoted attachment to the constitution of our Church, and his decided and energetic denunciation of schism, has incurred the imputation of a leaning to Popery. It is curious to see one who was thus accused by his enemies, composing, and that too in his 80th year, a work against Popery, which none of his public opponents could have attempted to rival. But it is instructive as well as curious. It shows the true ground on which Popery must be combated. The low Churchman and the dissenter afford the Papist an immense advantage ; because, in disputing with the Church of Rome, they contend as well against the truths she has kept, as the abuses she has added. The Romanist seizes this vantage ground, and proving that his opponents are wrong in some points of the argument where he is right, readily obtains credit for superiority in the rest. It is certain that those who will not admit any thing to be right in the Church of Rome, are the very
last who will be able to prove that any thing there is wrong. Some of these men are strenuous advocates for what they call “ the doctrine of the Reformation ;" yet what is the very meaning of the term Reformation ? Not surely a destruction and reconstruction ; but a retention of the substance, with the removal of the concretions which had obscured and defaced it. We never denied that the Church of Rome had retained the substance of Christianity; all that we affirmed was that she had so obscured the truth by her legends and traditions, that the fair face of religion was scarcely visible through the accumulated rubbish, not to mention that much of the accumulation was actually detrimental to the substance itself. The Church of England, as any national church had a right to do, swept the pernicious additions away, and held fast the substance purified from the foreign alloy. But the substance itself we reject at our peril, whether it be apostolic doctrine, or apostolic discipline.
We are happy to find that the truly venerable Archdeacon Daubeney has left a grandson so well disposed to walk in his steps. The editor, as our ordination reports show, has but very recently entered the ministry, and his first professional act is certainly auspicious. We wish him every blessing in his career, and hope he will long be permitted, not only to be useful in the more private duties of his office, but to benefit the Church at large by his theological labours. He is a living witness of the importance of a religious education, being sprung from a good father as well as a good grandfather-Colonel Daubeney, of Bath, who has taken a prominent part in the formation of the Lay Church Association in that city; an institution of the most valuable character ; an institution which if it had many parallels, might achieve even the revival of our Convocation.
In conclusion, we must caution our readers not to mistake the present work for another of the same name, anonymous, published by Prowett. The latter is an admirable thing in its way, and well calculated to neutralise “ the deceivableness of unrighteousness ;” but the two works are altogether distinct. Our readers would do well to possess themselves of both.
LITERARY REPORT. Family Readings from the Gospel of than to let the author give his own
St. John, adapted also to the Use of account, and then subjoin a lecture. Teachers in Sunday Schools. By the
This publication was undertaken at Rev. JAMES SLADE, M.A., Vicar of the repeated recommendation and reBolton, and Prebendary of Chester. quest of a few clerical friends, who had London : Rivingtons. 1836. 12mo. myself it seemed unnecessary, as there
been present at my family readings : to Pp. 382.
are already so many plain scriptural
commentaries ; and still more so, after To introduce the nature of this work the recent and excellent works of the to our readers, we cannot do better Lord Bishop of Chester, and the Rev. Chas. Girdlestone, on this very subject; tertainment went on, as the wine was but my friends observed, that different exhausted. 6. And there were set there plans were suited to different persons six water-pots of stone, after the manner of and different families; and I have deem- the purifying, namely, for the various ed it proper to defer to their judginent, washings and cleansings, of the Jetes, in this matter, rather than to depend containing two or three firkins' a piece. A upon my own.
firkin is supposed to have contained My great desire has been to explain from seven to nine gallons. 7. Jesus the text as clearly and sinoply as I could, saith unto them, Fill the water-pots with partly by paraphrase and partly by an- water. And they
filled them up to the brim. notations annexed, and then to close Quite full, so that nothing could bare each lecture by a spiritual and practical been poured in besides the water. address, drawn from some of the pas- 8. And he saith unto them, Draw out now, sages which have been read.-Pref. p.i. and bear unto the governor of the feast, a
person who managed the entertainment, LECTURE VI.
and attended to the guests. And they In the second chapter we read of the
bare it. 9. When the ruler of the feast first miracle that Jesus wrought,—the had tasted the water ihat was made wine, first public miracle at least : it was at
and knew not whence it was, (but the setCana, a sinall village a few miles north vants which drew the water knew,) the of Nazareth, where he had just been governor of the feast called the bridegroom, with his four disciples.
10. And saith unto him, Every man at the CHAP, II. I.
beginning doth set forth good wine ; and
when men have well drunk, then that which 1. And the third day, after his con- is worse : but thou hast kept the good wine versation with Nathanael, there was
until now. a marriage in Cana of Galilee ; and the Observe: the proof of the miracle is mother of Jesus was there. 2. And both complete in all its parts; the servants Jesus was called, and his disciples to the knew certainly, that what they put into marriage, and to the feast which was given the vessels was water; the manager of in consequence of it. 3. And when they the feast, who did not drink with the wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto guests, but provided for them, prohim, They have no wine, probably expect nounced it to be wine, nay, the best ing, possibly having been told, that he wine. The water-pots had never before would work a miracle on the occasion. been used for wine, so there could have 4. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have been no mixture to deceive: the quanI to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. tity indeed was too great for any such
The word “ woman" here is not used deception. The change was sudden, as a term of anger or reproach. Jesus instantaneous: water poured in, wine addressed his mother in the same man- drawn out." When men have well ner, when he was on the cross; and drunk;" it may not mean to any exthus he spake also to Mary Magdalene cess; only, when they have drunk a after his resurrection. But the words certain quantity, so as to be less able “What have I to do with thee?" (though to distinguish the flavour of wine. But uttered as a sharp rebuke) were perhaps whatever it means, the bridegroom is intended to inform his mother, that her merely saying what was the common privilege extended not to such matters, custom among men; namely, to give to any interference with him in the the best wine first: in the present case, display of his power: she must leave the best was kept till last. him to judge of the proper times for 11. This beginning of miracles did Jesus working miracles. “Mine hour is not in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth, yet come;" the proper moment, in this shewed forth, his glory; and his disciples instance, is not arrived: the wine is believed on him, their faith was increased not all gone, and they have not felt and strengthened. their want. While there was any wine Here is a remarkable expression : left, many might have found pretext for "shewed forth his glory," his own doubting whether a miracle had been glory," the glory as of the only-begot. performed or not.
ten of the Father.” This is never said 5. His mother saith unto the servants, of the miracles of any of the prophets Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. Most or apostles: they never manifested their important advice to them, and to all who own glory, but the glory of their Lord would obtain favour of the Lord. This and Master, by whose power they adinonition might have been given by worked. Jesus worked by his own Mary, some little time after, as the en. power, and for his own glory, and for the establishment of his glorious king. (Luke i. 6.), and thus his glory will dom. Here again we behold the foot- he manifested to us more and more; steps of the present God.
and our faith will increase, and we shall 12. After this he went down to Caper- go on to perfection.- Pp. 27-31. naum, he and his mother, and his brethren, his near relations, cousins, and his disciples; and they continued there not many
A Dissertation, Practical and Conci. days. The reason of their not con- liatory, in three Parts, intended to tinuing we shall learn at the next define, illustrate, and reconcile with reading.
each other, the following three classes As Mary pondered the sayings of of objects : 1. Philosophy and TheoJesus, and laid them up in her heart, logy. 2. Politics and Religion. so let us ponder her saying to the 3. Private Opinion and Ecclesiasticul servants, and lay it up in our heart :
Communion. By DANIEL CHAPMAN. “Whatsoever He saith unto you do it.”
London: Hamilton. Leeds : Knyght. Whatsoever : our minds should be ever
1836. 8vo. Pp. 23:2. open, our hearts, ever open, to receive every instruction and command from MR. DANIEL CHAPMAN's intentions are the mouth of the Lord. He knoweth apparently very good, and his views what he will do with us; and his pur- may be highly important and beneficial poses are full of wisdom, and mercy, and to human kind in general, this country truth; he cannot lay upon us any uu- in particular; and at all events, Mr. necessary command : we must pay an
Chapman entertains this satisfactory equal obedience to all his laws, and seek to know and do his will in every
opinion. He“ subscribes his name thing. The wilful and continual disa
to this dissertation, which is “avowedly obedience of any one commandment is
intended for uinversal circulation," rebellion against him, 'and shows that “ as the visible pledge of his intention we do not obey at all from a proper
to aim at the full accomplishment of seuse of his authority and a due sub. whatever God shall providentially apmission to him. We cannot obey him point, and man legitimately require.” perfectly in any thing; but we must Accordingly the volume before us is desire, and determine, and endeavour to
but the avant courier of the works obey him in all things, without exception of DANIEL CHAPMAN, on subjects and reserve. Many mistake in this mat
moral, philosophical, and religious: ter; and suppose that, because their obedience cannot be perfect, and the
designed no less to influence the pracLord will mercifully forgive their fail
tice, than to direct the judgment of ings, therefore they may choose what
the human race:" in the publication duties they shall do, and what they shall
of which the acquisition of pecuniary leave undone; whereas this is no true emolument is not his principal object. spirit of compliance at all; it is a set- “ Pecuniary advantage he has no obting up of our own judgment against the jection to share” with his publisher; word of our Lord; it is making our and he “ regards with comparative obedience depend not vpon his will,
unconcern all results except those but our own inclination, and in this
which affect the essential character, way, there could be no standard of
and the permanently practical influduty whatever, no bringing of our
ence of his publications.” “
“The hearts into subjection to the will of
cise extent of his labours can be God. Whether we see the fitness and necessity of a command or not, we are
determined only by the length of his to, obey because God has commanded. life, and the measure of his ability :" The servants might have seen no use in but “ he purposes sacredly and unretheir filling the water-pots with water : servedly to consecrate bis existence how should this give them wine? But and powers to the glory of God, and they obeyed, and the want was sup- the good of man. “The names of plied: and if they had consulted their
subscribers addressed without loss of own judgment and refused, the Lord's
time, will be received with great pleafavour could not have been granted. Let us pray for a total surrender of the
sure by the author. Perhaps it would heart to God, for a willing and strict
be most conducive to economy and obedience in every point ; that we may
despatch, if each person who receives * walk in all the commandmeuts and a copy
" of the author's prospectus, ordinances of the Lord blameless," “ were to procure as great a number of subscribers as the range of his own Walks and Scenes in Galilee, Judea, immediate circle, and the extent of fc. London : Seeley. 1836. Pp. his casual intercourse, allowed ; and 115. were then collectively to transmit to the author the names and addresses of
An elegant little book, and full of the respective individuals.” Really
devotional feeling. The writer supwe think Mr. Daniel Chapman the
poses himself present at many of the most venerable and agreeable person
scenes of our blessed Lord's history; within “the range of our own imme
which he describes with suitable and diate circle, and the extent of our appropriate reflections. casual intercourse;" and his anxiety for the welfare of the human race unquestionably deserves the co-operation The Roman Schism, illustrated from the of mankind in general, to transmit
Records of the Catholic Church. By him their names as subscribers. For
the Hon. and Rev. A. P. PERCEVAL, our own parts, we trust that we shall
B.C.L. London: J. Leslie. 1836. have contributed our mite by making
Pp. 463. known his moderute wishes, and more than patriotic intentions.
This work is one of very great utility and value. We were much struck
with the exlreme simplicity of the The Family Liturgy: being a Course
writer, in the advertisement. It apof Morning and Evening Prayers for
pears that, at the time of the contro a Family, arranged and compiled on
versy occasioned by the agitation of the plan of a Liturgy. By the Rev.
Roman Catholic emancipation, the R. W. SIBTHORP, B.D., Mmister of writer sent forth a work in favour of St. James's Episcopal Chapel, Ryde,
that measure; for which he tells us he Isle of Wight. Loudon : Seeley.
met with much suspicion, and sundry 1836. Pp. 185.
black looks from the Clergy; he now
seems to repent of his former advoThis is a highly useful and excellent
cacy of the Popish claims, and this manual of family devotion; it will, we
may be regarded as a sort of palinodia; trust, be a guide to many who are per- and lest his readers should ibiok bim plexed how to perform this essential
too deeply read in councils and duty; and will supersede the practice fathers, (which, however, nobody can of conducting this service to Almighty doubt,) he enters a sort of a caveat God iu extempore prayers; for which against such an imputation. However, few are adequately gifted, so as to lead
the fruit of his acquaintance with this their families into permanent and fixed
peculiar branch of literature, is here habits of devotion.
turned to very good account; and he
bas no just cause of fear on that head. Going to Service; a sequel to “
· He shows admirably, how slender is Station and its Duties." By the
the pretext of antiquity urged by the Author of “ The Last Day of the
Papists; and how little claim to the Week." London : Seeley and Burn
character of general councils those side. 1836. Pp. 239,
synods have, on which Popery rests
her claims. We think in this book we This is a very interesting little work, see clearly the means by which the and well adapted for the purpose ultimate reformation of the Church of benevolently intended by the author. Rome is to be brought about, when The title shows that it is not the first it shall please the Almighty to visit the essay of the writer. When, however, Churches of that communion;" when the Lord's day is called “the last day the vail which is now upon their heart of the week, we must remind the shall be taken away, and it shall torn writer that the Lord's day is not the unto the Lord.” Only let the RoJast, but is every where in the New manists see that the councils op which Testament called “ the first day of the they rest were not general councils, week."
but rather, as Jewell calls that of Trent,