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CRITICAL NOTICES OF NEW WORKS.

WARD'S LIBRARY OF STANDARD DIVINITY.

NOTES ON THE EPISTLES TO THE Corinthians. By ALBERT BARNEs. Reprinted from the Second American Edition. Medium 8vo.

pp. 410. Price Eight Shillings and Sixpence

London :-Ward and Co., Paternoster-row.

Mr. Barnes is already well known to the christian public in this country, by his Notes on the four Gospels, the epistle to the Romans, and other works. And now we have great pleasure in introducing the present volume to the notice of our readers. The epistles to the Corinthians contain so many truths, doctrinal and practical, as entitle them to the most diligent study of every public instructor, of every candidate for the holy ministry, and of every individual christian. The commentary here supplied, is the result of great critical investigation. On the more difficult passages the author has consulted the most approved sources of information ; and though on some points there will still be a diversity of judgment, yet on the whole it is an able and judicious exposition of the sacred text. The volume is a valuable addition to our Biblical literature; and, from its price, is within the reach of all.

THE GIFT OF PRAYER. By THOMAS MANN, Minister of Sun Hill Chapel, West

Cowes. Third Edition. Cloth, 18mo. pp. 234.

London :-T. Ward and Co. Paternoster-row.

This little volume cannot fail to be of great practical use among christians of all denominations, and at every stage of mental and holy experience. On the subject of prayer, almost the whole church of Christ yet requires to be instructed and set right. If the existing errors which are to be found, even in the minds of those who are no strangers to the throne of grace, could be corrected, our social devotional services would be of a more attractive and powerful character. To effect this, is the design of the present volume. We recommend it to the candid attention of

every

christian.

THE HEAVENLY SABBATH : A Discourse. By the Rev. J. P. Dobson. 8vo.

pp. 124.

London: Nisbet and Co., Berners-street ;-Rolfe and Fletcher, Cornhill. To those who would enjoy an intellectual and spiritual repast, we strongly recommend this discourse. It is well adapted to gratify the

most refined taste, and minister to the happiness of the most holy
mind. The subject of which it treats is grand, lofty-for ever inte-
resting. Nor is it disposed of in any common-place manner. The
following are the topics illustrated under the idea of THE HEAVENLY
SUBJECT ;-
1. The work of creation that will then have been completed. II. The state of

rest and of blessedness that will then have been entered upon. III. The
intellectual employments which are then to be pursued. IV. The security
which is then to be enjoyed. V. The worship that shall then be presented.
VI. The interminable duration of that Sabbath.

Our readers will do well to put themselves in possession of this discourse.

The Irish SCHOLAR, or POPERY and PROTESTANT CHRISTIANITY: a Narra

tive. By the Rev. W. AVELING, Author of " the New Year's Party.” 32mo. pp. 108. Price Eightpence.

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London :-T. Ward and Co., Paternoster Row.

To our young readers this will be found a very interesting and instructive little book. It contains some lively sketches of Irish character, and clearly exhibits the grand features of both popery and protestant christianity.

SCRIPTURAL GEOLOGY, or An EssAY ON THE HIGH ANTIQUITY ASCRIBED TO

THE ORGANIC REMAINS IMBEDDED IN THE STRATIFIED Rocks. Communicated in abstract to the Geological section of the British Association, at the annual meeting held in Newcastle. In two parts : Part I. Proving that the strata, instead of requiring myriads of ages for their formation, may have been deposited nearly about one period. Part II. Showing that the deluge was the period when all the secondary and tertiary works were formed. Second Edition. With an Appendix, containing Strictures on some passages in the Rev. Dr. J. Pye Smith's lectures on SCRIPTURE and GEOLOGY, particularly his Theory of a Local Creation, and Local Deluge. By the Rev. GEORGE Young, D. D., M. W.S., etc. etc., Author of "a Survey of the Yorkish Coast,” etc. Large 8vo. pp. 10. Price Three Shillings.

Londen:-Simpkin, Marshall, and Co. Edinburgh :-Oliphant and Son, and Paterson.

Glasgow ;-MʻLeod. And all Booksellers.

As the science of geology has hardly advanced beyond hypothesis, we must adopt that theory which appears to us most probable, and most consistent with revealed truth. We can expect but little more of writers upon the subject, than that they overthrow the grounds of preceding speculations, and present others less objectionable. In many respects, we consider the views of Dr. Young as scientific and candid, affording matter for entertainment and reflection, to those who interest themselves in the important science. But different minds will adopt different conclusions. It is a valuable addition to our geological works.

Monthly Chronicle.

HEAVY TIDINGS.

The burden of this month's intelligence is, the loss which has been experienced at sea, during the winter. We refer, not so much to the property which has been lost, though it is great, as to the melancholy loss of life. Thousands have sunk beneath the cold wave of death, to rise no more, till there shall be heard “ the voice of the archangel, and the trump of God;” and “the sea give up the dead which are in it.” But their souls ! their precious souls !-whither have they fled ? What is now their state? We will not presume to lift the curtain from futurity, or decide on the condition of

any
soul.

But we entreat and beseech christians of

every denomination to realize the fact, that at least three THOUSAND of our own seamen, are every year perishing in our service; and then to say whether something on a greater scale ought not to be done for British sailors? There are at least two HUNDRED AND EIGHTY THOUSAND of them yet to be instructed and taught the way of salvation! Are they to perish ?

AGENTS' MEETING ;-HELD ON FRIDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 12th.

That the work of God is advancing among our seamen, no one will deny who reads our monthly reports. But still more exertion is wanted. And could funds and suitable agents be obtained, much more might be attempted and done.

AGENTS: REPORTS.

Junior Thames Missionary. - MR. Welch. -Should the question ariseWhat tidings from the river Thames, amidst its wintry state and from its icebound fleet? I am happy to answer, in spiritual things, the new year has commenced well, and promises a good harvest at no distant period. The sun of righteousness has arisen amidst the dark pensations of providence, and the glooms of death, giving light to them that sat in darkness and in the shadows of death. How cheering the

thought, that no changes in men or circumstances, produce any alteration in the spirit of divine grace, or the blessings of the gospel; how well suited to all the changing circumstances of erring man. I have been much struck with this thought of late, in our little cabin assemblies. After reaching the ship, through storm, ice, and other difficulties and dangers, how amply repaid when, in a few minutes, surrounded by earnest souls, who seek their sins forgiven ;' while all appeared wintry without, the cabin within reminded me of cheering At length he burst into tears and prayspring. How appropriate the language er, exclaiming,'() Lord, this has been of the sailor's poet :

working upon me some time, but I

durst not pray. O Lord, I ought to “ The Bethel Meeting / hallo ved place !

have been their leader, but I have need Where cold and languid hearts grow warm ; Where christian fellowship and love

to be taught by them. I have been a Impart a fervent sacred charm."

wicked sinner all my life long. O, my

Saviour! can it be you will save me? I shall only have reason to notice two I am afraid I do not pray aright. Lord ! or three of our recent meetings, the na- teach me! I am not worthy to pray! ture of which I shall not soon forget. On Lord ! help them all to pray for me!Monday evening, Feb. 1, met for divine Amen.' A young man then began,worship on board the W—, Capt. 24, O Lord! have mercy on my poor lying in Mill Hole. On visiting this wicked soul! Pardon me! I am a ship during the day, the captain, who great sinner! And do not forget my had lately joined her, expressed himself dear master. O pity and bless him ! much affected by the conduct and And forgive us both, for the sake of prayers of his crew, saying, he had ne- Jesus Christ our Lord.'-- Amen. ver been accustomed to such things; About eight or ten sailors offered up and felt both awkward and uneasy to the divine mercy, such prayers as about it. He wished to have a Bethel these, during the evening; and it was meeting on board, and to know what evident, that most had prayed for was best to done. The anxious crew the first time in public.

But what were waiting the decision of this inter- most striking was, the appearance of view, and the word of command. Up a venerable old white-headed captain, flew the Star of Hope to the mast-head, in the meeting, under deep feelings. and I believe, many a breath of prayer One said to him—Come, Father W—, went higher still. Much pains was

won't you pray for these dear lads ?' taken to accommodate a large meeting. He answered—I am afraid ; I never Between twenty and thirty captains ventured before in public. Being askand sailors were present. I was kindly ed the second time, he said—I'll try.' assisted in the service by Captains An- It was truly touching to look upon derson, Burn, B. Fairly, and many them, helping the old gentlemen on his praying sailors. After reading the

In simplicity, he said - 0 scriptures and singing the praise of Lord, thou hast brought me through God, several prayers were offered up, many storms, and saved me from many accompanied with sighs. Au address a death! O Lord, I want to praise was given from Acts x. 43, 44. "Unto thee, but I am afraid all is not right Him gave all the prophets witness, that within. I have gone to many churches through His name, whosoever believeth and chapels in my time; in Him, shall receive remission of sins. many a sermon; but I am afraid I have While Peter yet spake these words, the never been converted yet. Lord ! conHoly Ghost fell on all them that heard vert me to-night! () Lord, I have lived the word.' The same Spirit seemed to see a great change for the better ato rest on all present; for, on returning mong sailors. Thou hast done us all a second time to prayer, there appeared much good here to-night! I am going a moving through the whole cabin, or to sea. Lord, grant we may all meet what is called,'a shaking among the in heaven at last !'-Amen. All seemed dry bones. Some of the crew had af- unwilling to separate, although the fectionately prayed for the comfort of meeting continued longer than usual. their master, then in distress of soul. I refer next, to our christian fellow

knees.

have heard

ship-meeting held at the Sailors' Chapel, divine blessing on the simple circumon following evening ; we had a much stance of the worst of them reading a larger attendance than usual. After tract alone, that had been left on board, prayer and a short address, opportunity some former voyage. Swearing was at was given, to any disposed to tell what once done away, they commenced and God had done for their souls ; when have carried on a prayer-meeting aabout ten or twelve, in christian order, mongst themselves, every night since. * rose, and with much simplicity, and ge- Cabin crowded as usual, state-rooms, nerally in tears, testified of the grace steerage, lockers, or wherever we could of God in their conversion to him from put a man or boy. Many young prewicked works. Some spake of long sent. The boys referred to above, gave knowing the stable supports of religion, pleasing proof of their sincerity. Adamidst the storms and calms of a seafa- dresses were given by Capt. Anderson ring life. Whilst others had just entered and myself. Many seemed to be earnthe field of conflict, about eight or nine estly seeking the Lord, and, I trust, secould say little more than, they were veral found Him to the joy of their great sinners; but loved Jesus Christ, souls. because he died for them; and were One captain, who evidently had been more happy now at the Bethel meetings much affected the whole meeting, broke than ever they were while servants to out in these words,-0 Lord, if any sin and satan. Two young men af- sinner here should praise thee, it is I. fected us all much,-monuments of di- O Lord, I cannot pray much, forgive me vine mercy-rescued from the wreck I cannot hold my peace any longer. of the Syria,' while their shipmates Only this day three weeks you brought sunk around them. We now hope us through that dangerous Swin, before they are also rescued by the Redeem- a heavy gale of wind, when we could er's grace, from a life of sin. One not steer her under eight points of the spake of the divine goodness in saving compass, expecting every minute to go them at that awful moment, he hoped to the bottom; and here we are safe for a good end. The other says, 'they arrived in port, and not a single life saved us in the life-boat, but since that,

lost. I came here on purpose to praise blessed be God! we have got into the thee to-night; but little did I expect life-boat of the gospel with Christ, and [weeps aloud] to see my wicked son hope now to land on a better shore than here on his knees, and hear him praying Sunderland.'

for mercy. O Lord, it is too much for One more meeting must be noticed, me; I thought nothing would make me held on the 3rd inst., on board the weep, but this breaks my hard heart in J— and M-, Capt. Z. F. A week pieces.' [Stops to weep again.] Oh! or two since, while she lay in the river

that wicked lad! I never thought he below, a remarkable work of grace be

would turn; but thou canst save him gan amongst her boys, (of which her

and his old father too. I trust Christ crew chiefly consists at present, six of

has died for us both. O Lord, send them in number.) Up to sabbath Jan. thy servants on board my ship with the 24th, they had been profligate, unruly,

Bethel flag. I am not worthy, but may swearing boys; since that they have they come for the sake of those on been orderly, obedient; and, from the

board.' He said, "Lord, I have been least to the greatest, have become

a long while ashamed of thee! but I praying boys; the whole arose from the have hoisted my colours now, and, by

thy help, I'll nail them to the mast* Referred to in our last magazine. Two out of three persons only saved, from the wreck of * A fuller account of this will be given in the the Syria.

Child's Bethel Flag.

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