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and strength the extravagant assumptions of the English Epis. copacy, and admits the rights of the dissenting churches in a manner which few prelates have exemplified in their writings. To the High Church party in England, and especially to the Oxford " Tractators,” it has proved itself a most unwelcome production. The latter, in a late review, in the British Critic,” express their embarrassment in the following language : “One of the many difficulties which press upon us in the present most unhappy state of our church, is the question of the proper course to be pursued by churchmen, when a Bishop delivers, ex cathedrâ, doctrines which are in fact heretical.” Most of our readers, however, would reply, on the perusal of this work of Bishop Whately: "After the way which they call heresy, so worship we the God of our fathers.” We trust it will be extensively read. 31.—Mormonism in all Ages : or the Rise, Progress and Causes
of Mormonism, with the Biography of its Author and Founder, Joseph Smith, Jr. By Professor J. B. Turner, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois. New York: Platt & Peters. London: Wiley & Putnam. Liverpool : Hyde
& Peters, 1842. pp. 304. This work, it has been well remarked, might better have been denominated an Antidote to Mormonism. It exposes with a bold and fearless hand the monstrous deceptions prac. ticed by Smith and his associates upon their deluded followers, of whom they profess to number 100,000 in this country, and more than 10,000 in Great Britain, where their faith is making rapid conquests. This book is not only a history of Mormonism, but contains a copious and very instructive illustration of its spirit and tendencies drawn from the history of similar fanaticisms in all ages. It is written with considerable ability and research, and the author has enjoyed the best opportuni. ties of personal acquaintance with the doctrines and polity of the community of which he treats. It is well adapted to be useful, not only in neighborhoods where Mormon lecturers are attracting attention, but also wherever there exists a tendency to fanaticism of any kind. e recommend it to ministers and others who would arm themselves with facts and principles suited to such a condition of things, which, unhappily, is neither rare nor uncommon in our country.
32.-Discourses; intended as a Keepsake, for the Family
and Friends of the Author. By Jonathan Cogswell, D. D., Professor of Ecclesiastical History in the Theological Institute of Connecticut. Hartford :
Elihu Geer, 1842. pp. 201. Octavo. The circumstances in which this unpretending volume has come into our hands, precludes the propriety of criticism. It is printed but not published. It contains ten discoures on the Inspiration of the Scriptures-Necessity of Revelation-the Three Dispensations-Sin and its Consequences--Atonement-Justification-Christian Experience-Punishment of the Wicked-the Resurrection-the Judgment. These subjects are all treated in a sober evangelical spirit, it being the design of the author to render these brief discussions useful to such relatives and friends as may receive them at his hands. The volume is beautifully printed, and is altogether an appropriate gift from a clergy man in the evening of life to those friends in whose hands he may wish to leave some memorial of his faith.
33.—Letters to the Young. By Maria Jane Jewsbury: .
Third American from the third London Edition.
New York : Saxton & Miles, 1842. pp. 264. These “ Letters to the Young," by Miss Jewsbury, have been so long before the public, and are so generally known and appreciated, that it is needless to say more, than that the present edition is neatly executed, and contains three letters and a poem not included in the former editions. The title of the
poem is “ The Lost Spirit,” and the subjects of the new letters, “ Slight Enjoyments, their use and importance"“The Influence and Non-Influence of Christianity"-" The Character of Christ.” These additions are gems. 34.-Age of the World, as founded on the Sacred Records,
Historic and Prophetic; and the “ Signs of the
Times,” viewed in the aspect of premonitions of the speedy establishment, on the earth, of the Millennial State, by the second personal, premillennial advent of Christ, etc. etc. By the Rev. Ř. C. Shimeall, Presbyter of the Prot. Epis. Church in the Diocese of New York. New York: Swords, Stanford & Co.,
1842. pp. 364. Another book on the Prophecies! We have only space to say of it, that it indicates research, and that the conclusions at which the author arrives are these--that in 1847 the Lord Jehovah will appear for the restoration and re-establishment in Palestine of the seed of Abraham-that there the sand cary shall be cleansed, then will be the last end of the indignation, and the extinction of the Turkish Empire and of Mystic Babylon. 35 – A Memoir of India and Avghanistaun, with observations
on the present exciting and critical state of those countries. With an Appendix, on the fulfilment of a text of Daniel, and the speedy dissolution of the Ottoman Empire. By J. Harlan, late Counsellor of State, Aid-de-Camp and General of the Staff to Dost Mahommed, Ameer of Cabul. Philadelphia : J. Dobson,
1842. pp. 208. This book will be found especially interesting at the present time, coming from one who has spent eighteen years amid the Pagans and Mohammedans of the East, having been first a surgeon in the service of the East India Company, but afterwards Generalissimo of the forces of Dost Mohammed, reigning Prince of Cabul. The volume contains interesting information of that comparatively unknown country, and much elucidation of the recent British operations there. It will be seen that the General is not very friendly to the British system of operations, and that he differs materially on many points from Count de Björstjerna, of Stockholm, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary at the Court of Great Britain, whose work on India is pronounced, by the English, the best in our language. The volume contains a map of Cabul and the vicinity. We may here be allowed to remark that the General is preparing a personal narrative of his resi dence in Asia. 36.- A History of the Christian Church, from the earliest
ages to the present time. In four volumes. Vol. I. Containing the History of the Church during the first and second centuries. By Ernest L. Hazelius, D.D., Prof. of Theology in the Theol. Sem. of the Luth. Synod of South Carolina. Baltimore : Publication Roonis No. 7 S. Liberty street. New York : D. Appleton & Co., and Dayton & Newman. Boston: Tappan & Dennet, and Crocker & Brewster. Cincinnati : E. Lucas. Pittsburgh : C. H Kay & Co.
1842. pp. 277 There is not much probability of a History of the Church
becoming popular, unless there is something special about it to recommend it. Ordinary works of this description are sufficiently numerous, whilst excellent ones are equally rare, particularly in our language. We should think the work of Dr. Hazelius not very suitable for a text book in Theological Seminaries, as it is wanting in authorities, and too frequently cumbered with discussions and inferences, which would be in our estimation more appropriate elsewhere. The author's aim, however, in his own language is : “ by facts and documents to put forth the main principles of the Christian religion, to show that these are found in the confessions of all our Proiestant denominations, and also, in the same manner, to illustrate the origin of aberrations from the truth, and how that doctrine has gradually arisen, which is exhibited in the council of Trent. Also to exhibit the remarkable providence of God in the origin and progress of the reforma. tion, with a view to show that it was the same providence which we discover in the origin and first progress of Christianity.” These are good aims, and if accomplished satisfactorily in the succeeding volumes, may commend the work to public attention. The first volume embraces seven chapters, treating of the state of the heathen world, and that of the Jewish nation, the rise and progress of Christianity in the first century, its extension in the second, the mode of worship, doctrines and life of private Christians. Under these several topics, matters of considerable interest are discussed and we think, on the whole, a fair, candid representation is made, and such a history given as would be profitable for the mass of Christians to read. We regret that the style is not better, and the errata so numerous.
37.-Letters to Persons who are engaged in Domestic Ser
vice. By Miss Catharine E. Beecher. New York : Leavitt & Trow, 1842. pp. 235.
Here is a book somewhat novel-a book of Letters to Domestics; and we are glad that the typographical execution corresponds with the doctrine of the Letters, that "the station of domestics is honorable and respectable.” This is a much neglected and often much abused class of our fellow citizens. How few heads of families manifest that interest in the temporal and eternal welfare of those in their employ, which is demanded by every consideration of expediency and duty. How much are they left to themselves, without advice or admonition. Many have, doubtless, felt the want of just such a book, as Miss Beecher has here furnished; and we cannot but hope and believe that ladies, generally, will be glad to put it into the hands of their domestics, and even, in many
instances, sit down by their side to read it and comment on it. It contains eighteen letters, touching on all topics connected with the station and relations of those at service in families. Among others, there are observations on the importance of raising the respectability of this station-respectful manners-visitingcompany-religious meetings-health-trials of domestics, and remedies-economy-care of children-dress, manners and language-the way to be happy, &c.