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principled, established Christians, will but which are in danger of going into depend very much, under the divine oblivion.

If the republication of the blessing, on the education they now re- present pamphlet is the means of exceive.

citing attention to other works of the In the excellent “address to parents” same class, it will be a great advantage there is one passage in which we can- to our Denomination, and yield much not concur with the author. Page 373, gratification to many of its members.

“Though I have read many The present pamphlet is a clear, disvolumes on the subject, I have not met tinct defence of religious liberty, avowwith one instance of a child religiously ing the broad principle, that'“no man and faithfully educated who died in a is to be persecuted for his religion, be wicked and impenitent state. It is con- it true or false, so he testify his faithful trary to the promise of the God of truth allegiance to the king.” On this ground and grace.” On the contrary, we be the author urges the consequence of a lieve there have been many instances; free toleration in a variety of directhough they were not likely to be re- tions; shews that no political danger corded in the volumes which the author can arise from it; that, it is true, it has read, nor in any other. If we ask bears hard against certain persons then what promise Mr. Barker refers to, he in power, particularly of the Ecclesiaswill tell us (as we gather from p. 47.) tical order; and above all, against the that he refers to Prov. xxii. 6. “ Train church of Rome, with whom the author up a child,” &c.

It is obvious, how- is on no terms of amity. ever, that those words contain not a In the course of his work, the chief promise, but a proverb, and a proverb, part of which is carried on in the form we may add, which has been verified of a Dialogue), he also exhibits and dein all ages and nations. It is sufficient fends his sentiments as a Baptist, and to establish the truth of the proverb, by this means he shews us what were that the thing affirmed appears visible the popular arguments in support of Inin most instances, though the exceptions fant Baptism in his day. At the end may be numerous. The fact is, we of the work, is “an humble supplicaconceive, that parents, like ministers, tion to the king's majesty,” presented do not always succeed; the means of in 1620, in which the cause of religious grace are put into our hands, and we liberty is again stated and argued at have many and great encouragements, length; and the right of interpreting but the grace itself the Lord keeps in the Scripture is contended for,freely his own hands. Dr. Johnson has stated and boldly. In this part of his labour, the matter wisely and guardedly in re- the author holds the learned in very low lation to parents, in the motto which estimation, and considers the Spirit, our author has adopted for his first which he observes is given “ to every part.“ In general, those parents have particular saint of God,” as the best most reverence, who most deserve it.”

guide to lead us into the sense of his word. This “humble supplication” is

addressed to the king, by his “ Persecution for Religion Judged and Con

demned ; first published in London in jesty's loyal subjects, not for fear only, the year 1615. The fourth Edition | but conscience , sake, unjustly called with a Preface. By Joseph IVIMEY. ana-baptists.Wightman and Cramp. Price 2s. This work is, we believe, the first

in which the principle of religious liberty This is a curious pamphlet, and we are was ever brought forward clearly and glad to see it republished. We wish distinctly. In the preface, Mr. Ivimey the plan of publishing some of the scarce informs his readers, that one reason for tracts of our ancestors, in our religious republishing it is to settle an historical profession, was adopted; it would pre- fact. The Independents, it seems, have serve many that are worth preserving, claimed, and do still claim, the honour


pp. 82.

of being the first Christian denomina- , II. From his settlement at: Gosport, to tion who have recommended “religious the formation of the seminary for the liberty to the esteem of the world.” ministry.- III. From the commenceMr. Ivimey states, on the authority of ment of the Theological seminary at Messrs. Bogue and Bennett, in their Gosport, to the formation of the MisHistory of Dissenters, that “the first sionary Society.-IV. From the formaIndependent church in England was not tion of the Missionary Society, to the formed until the year 1616, the year afflictions of his latter days.-V. David after this pamphlet was published.” Bogue's last'afflictions and death.–VI. (Preface pp. 6, 7.) If the Indepen- His character and works. dents can prove that before this time The narrative is skilfully drawn out, they pleaded the same cause, let it be and more replete with incident than done; in the mean time, the present might have been expected. It will surpamphlet is a proof that it was exhibited prise many to find that David Bogue, with great cogency of argument in 1615. who seemed to be made of sterner stnff The author is believed to be Mr. Thomas than most men, who had a frame so roHelwisse, a character highly deserving bust, and an aspect so austere, and who esteem and veneration. We unite cor- often dealt in eight and forty pounddially with Mr. Brook in his “ Lives of ers, should be so exquisitely susceptible the Puritans," in saying of the present of all the tenderness and endearments work, “ This was a bold protestation of domestic love, against the illegal and iniquitous pro

And all the charities ceedings of the ruling prelates, and a

Of father, son, and brother.' noble stand in favour of religious li

The criticism is elegant, acute, someberty.” We need not say more in

times profound, sometimes playful, free, recommending it to our readers.

though of course restrained by the reverence such a pupil must ever cherish for the memory of such a tutor.

We must make room for a few exMemoirs of the Life of the Rev. David tracts, which cannot fail to be acceptBogue, D.D. By JAMES BENNETT, able to our readers. In p. 35, there is D.D. Price 12s. Westley and Davis.

a piece of advice which we heartily re1827.

commend to all our students and young DR. BOGUE was so well known, and so ministers as of the highest moment. highly and justly esteemed, that many

“ He seems to have commenced his mimust have felt a desire to see an authen- nistry with much anxiety, and to have asked tic account of his early studies, his man- counsel of those to whom he communicated ner of life, and the steps by which he an account of the step. One of these, Mr. ascended to that eminence on which he Jolly, the minister of Coldingham, gave bim stood for a long course of years.

the following excellent reply :



tulate you heartily on entering upon the imIt may certainly be reckoned among the rare felicities of this distinguished cellent work of the Christian ministry. I

portant and difficult, but honourable and exindividual, that his biographer is an make no doubt but you have taken the field able and accomplished man, his pupil with the most upright motives, and will enand his friend. Dr. Bennett has ac- deavour to approve yourself a good soldier quitted himself handsomely of the deli- of Jesus Christ. Dangers and discouragecate and difficult task assigned him. ments, trials and temptations, you may lay

your account with ; but it will be your wisWe cannot but wish he had given us a dom and your safety to follow the direcpreface, with a table of contents, or an tions of the Captain of salvation. I dare. index; these, however, will be found promise you, in his name, that he will not perhaps, in subsequent editions.

only teach your hands to war and your finThe work is divided into six chapters. tory. As to yoar public discourses, I give

gers to fight, but lead you on to certain vicChapter I. From his birth to the com- | it as my best advice that you study to unite mencement of his ministry at Gosport.- solidity and simplicity, ease and elegance,

the part

strength of thoaght and force of expression. in this sort of good humour we proceed ; Trath, like beauty, is never balf so amiable not suffering ourselves to be interrupted as when arrayed in a modest and homely or detained by those critical reflections dress.

which in a more rigorous examination It will appear from p. 105. that David of the performance, would be indispenBogue never lost sight of this advice, at sable. We must, however, confess that least, as far as solidity and simplicity we now and then meet with something, were concerned.

so much like a dereliction of duty, on

of the biographer, that we find “On the eighth anniversary of his ordination he adores God for the good tbat was

it extremely difficult to preserve the done. Some persons he notices as become stedfastness of our purpose, and fulfil thoughtful, and some as under convictions of at the same time the implied contract sin. Many are become attentive to the between ourselves and those persons word. Family prayer has this year been who may be accustomed to consult our set up in many houses. Several lave been admitted members of the church. Many

periodical observations. And this is esare going on well in the ways of God, and pecially the case, if we happen to think more attend on public worship than ever be- that where the whole truth ought to fore. There is, however, much formality have been told, a part has been sup found among those who make a profession. pressed; or where certain facts have Some, it is to be feared, attend from worldly been stated, which, on account of their motives, But we have been settled in the new place more peacefully than I expected. reprehensible nature, should either have As to my preaching, I see more and more been wholly omitted or their improthat plain and serious preaching is most priety more severely censured. useful. Much that is elaborate is thrown

In the memoir of Mr. Sykes, of whose away. "While he was preaching on the question met with much that is justly entitled to

piety we entertain no doubt, we have • How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?' a person was so struck our approbation; and we sincerely wish and agitated, that though she strove to the it were in our power to speak thus fautmost to suppress her feelings, she was at /vourably of the whole. Some of the length overcome, and rushed out of the circumstances connected with his conplace uttering a tremendous sbriek. On

version from Arminianism to Calvinism, another Sabbath evening, he was sent for to converse with one who was in anguish of do not appear to us at all adapted to heart, in consequence of something that was raise his reputation as a Christian said in the sermon. The preacher found the minister. But that against which we person bewailing the guilt of sin, and the consider it to be our incumbent duty want or love to Christ."

to enter our most serious protest, and

which we regard with unqualified disMemoir of the Life, Ministry and Corres- approbation, is the addiction he mani

pondence of the late Rev. George Sykes, of fested to jest with the phraşeology of Rillington. pp. 285. Baynes.

the Bible, which, together with certain We are so thoroughly convinced that eccentricities, in which he occasionally the tendency of pious biography is emi-indulged, seem almost to justify the nently beneficial, that we always sit asperity of the language in which he

“Sure you are down to the perusal of such works, was once addressed : determining, if possible, not to take any not a Methodist preacher !

A jocose exception ourselves, nor present any to preacher is an abominable character.” the consideration of our readers, and p. 98.

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She was born in 1799, at Weymouth, ourselves, is constantly growing in our

where her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Scri. estimation as they approach the end of ven, are still living to lament the loss life. By their removal to the upper of their beloved daughter. Under the world, this holy impression is much aug- guidance of an excellent mother, her mented, being then changed into cer- attention was very early directed to the tainty, at least into solid hope, that concerns of religion. By this means, their religion has secured for them a probably, her mind was prepared for permanent safety and bliss, above which the reception and love of those holy nothing remains to be desired among principles which she afterwards chethe riches and goods of the universe. rished and displayed. She received the Of all human acquisitions, it belongs to first truly devout and permanent imreligion alone to gain in lustre and hap- pressions of religion about eleven years piness by exchanging worlds. The as- since, under the preaching of the Rev. surance of this renders it most conso- Mr. Baynes, of Wellington. From that latory to remember the pious virtues of period her character assumed a new and the dead, who, having served and loved decided form. Soon after, she became their Redeemer ou earth, are gone to a member of the Baptist church at Wey: the full enjoyment of his presence. mouth. Though her piety commenced That they were pious, that their piety at so early an age, in which the most continued to live and improve till life promising and beautiful appearances are was closed, is the sole consolation that of doubtful character, and often decay, religion permits us to indulge, while it was sustained to a pleasing degree in mourning over their loss. For, however her temper and conduct. Amidst the they were loved, or even admired, for fascinations of the world, and the imthe graces of their natural loveliness, pediments resulting from the gaiety of which produced delight to themselves youth, she habitually manifested a seand to those around; these graces bear- rious attachment and love to the things ing no reference to the spiritual enjoy- of God; employing herself with much ments and virtues of eternity, have diligence in those pious and benevolent ceased to exist with the life which they services, for which religious females are cheered and adorned; but their piety, so much distinguished in the present age. untouched by death, now refined and So far as our knowledge of her temper matured to the perfection of holiness, and deportment extends, considering gives the highest joy to themselves, and the splendid and dangerous character reflects down comfort upon those whom of the place where she lived, we think they have left behind. It is thus one of she was preserved in an unusual degree the peculiar and celestial distinctions of from the spirit and habits of the world. real piety, to give liappiness in both Having a sister engaged on a distant worlds at the same time; making its scene in the service of the Baptist misdeparted possessors supremely blessed sion, she felt a peculiar ardour and dein the presence of God, and imparting light in whatever promoted the success the best consolation to their mourning of that Society, friends. This consolation is felt in no In May, 1826, she was married to the slight degree by the relations and friends Rev. P. Saffery, of Salisbury. This of the excellent person whose carly union with a Minister of the Gospel, in death, under circumstances of tender a station rendered prominent and happy

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