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Absalom; and now these simple Their simplicity is as worthy of pity, Israelites are unwittingly made royal as their mieguidance of indignation. rebels. Their hearts are free from a Those who will suffer themselves to plot, and they mean nothing but be carried with semblances of truth fidelity in the attendance of a traitor. and faithfulness, must needs be as How many thousands are thus igno. far from safety as innocence. rântly misled into the train of error!
THE PLAN OF PACIFICATION.
To the Editor of the Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine. I was not a little surprised, a few pressed a wish that I would write days ago, in reading the following out for him an outline of his plan on positive assertion in an address is our return home. We spent several sued by a Central Committee in days in drawing it up; and when it Manchester : “ Your fathers, after was finished I sent copies to many of years of contention, wrung from an our venerable fathers, particularly to unwilling Conference the Plan of Messrs. Mather, Pawson, Benson, Pacification of 1795.” This is one and Dr. Coke. When the Conferproof anong many which have fallen ence met in 1795, the Plan was laid under my notice, that men, in the before a select Committee, chosen by beat of controversy, do not always ballot, and was altered in a few parweigh their words in the balances of ticulars ; but that which I drew up the sanctuary. It happens, that no for Mr. Thompson is substantially man living, I believe, knows the the same as that which was finally origin of that plan but myself; and adopted by the Conference; and I I do declare, in the fear of God, that really believe, though I was not preit originated with the Preachers. sent, that it met with the cordial ap
The following is a correct state. probation, not only of our influential Dept :- I was stationed in London, men, but of the whole Conference. under the superintendency of the Be not frightened at the phrase “inRev. William Thompson, in the year fluential men.” Some men might 1794; and as he had a shaking in his call them a junto; (“a cabal, a kind hand, by an attack of the palsy, I was of men combined in any secret dehis amanuensis all the year. One sign"-Johnson ;) but I call them morning, as we were walking in the “influential men,” because their age, streets of London, to give tickets af. experience, and wisdom, gave them an ter the five o'clock service in Snow's- influence which they deserved. Great Fields, he asked me what could be and good men were honoured in done to reconcile the Preachers and those days; they are honoured now; the people in the painful struggle and they will be honoured while of that day. I replied in some such good sense and piety predominate in words as these, “Sir, I am at a loss the church. how to answer you; but I am of I am yours affectionately, opinion that you can form some ge
Jonathan EDMONDSON. neral plan of pacification.” He then Rochester, told me, what had occurred to him Jan. 15th, 1835. in thinking on the subject; and ex
Scripture Views of the Heavenly World. By J. Edmondson, A. M. Mason.
London. pp. xvi. and 260. 12mo. 48. The hoary head is always a crown in the aged pilgrim to the city which of glory when found in the way of hath foundations, we see the venerarighteousness; but the crown seems ble Minister of the true sanctuary, to shine with peculiar lustre when, becoming more familiar with heavenly thoughts as he approaches nearer to presence of Jesus in heaven. y. No the heavenly world, scattering, it sufferings in heaven. VI. No death may be, with a treinbling hand, and in heaven. VII. No night in heawith a step less firm than before the ven. VIII. No war in heaven. IX. day of the sear and yellow leaf, yet Heaven is a holy place. X. Heaven from a full basket, the seed which is a happy place. XI. Heaven is a his extensive knowledge and varied glorious place. XII. Happy employexperience have enabled him to col- ments of heaven. XII. Extensive lect. And still more delightful is it knowledge in heaven. XIV. We when the subject of his later com- shall know each other there. XV. munications to those whom he is Many ranks and orders in glory. leaving behind, refers chiefly to the XVI. The religion of heaven is love. blessed abode which his Saviour has XVII. The resurrection-body in heaprepared for him, and from which he ven. XVIII. The pleasures of heaven is not far distant, and to the innu- are pure. XIX. The wicked are merable company of angels, and the shut out of heaven. XX. Heaven spirits of just men made perfect, is eternal. In addition, there is a into whose society he is waiting to plain and concise, but very conclu. enter. Heavenly truths come to sively reasoned, preface on the “Imus with ten-fold power from lips mortality of the Soul.” On this prompted by a heart often borne up. subject, Mr. Edmondson, with his wards “ on contemplation's wing,” usual accuracy, distinguishes between and refreshed, in the calm evening. argument, which goes to show the of life, as by spiritual gales, spread- probability of the soul's immortality, ing their celestial fragrance even and Revelation, which assures us through a mortal atmosphere.
of the fact. We quote the opening Thoughts like these have been paragraph :suggested to us by the delightful
“ The immortality of the soul is a volume now on our table. “Views
subject of vast importance to man. If of the Heavenly World,” by “Jo. it can be proved, he is placed in awful nathan Edmondson," one of the fa
circumstances ; if it cannot, he will live thers of our Connexion, a veteran of and die in painful doubt and uncertainty. nearly fifty years' standing, yet still Many books have been written, by ingekeeping his place in the ranks, nor nious men, on a future state ; but those seeking repose among the honoured writers who have followed no other guide band of our milites emeriti. His than that of human reason, have left the Short Sermons, his Treatise on Self- subject in the dark, and their readers in government, and on the Christian a perplexing state of doubt and fear. Ministry, are well-known, and de
Reason is a precious gift of God, and,
when used with sobriety, is a blessing of servedly esteemed ; and the present
incalculable value; but its powers are volume, we are satisfied, will not ob
confined within the narrow circle of visitain a less degree of favour than ble objects, beyond which it cannot pass, those which have preceded it. The without the aid of divine Revelation. object of the respected author is " In the following observations we evidently not to gratify curious and state in few words, the probability of the useless inquiry,-he knew better soul's immortality, on the evidence of than to aim at this, but to supply reason; and then prove its certainty, on subjects of animating and instructive the evidence of divine revelation. All that reflection to the Christian in his reason can affirm is, “It may be so; ' but closet; especially if, as is most fre
the infallible oracles of God assure us, quently the case, the time that he
It shall be so.'” (Preface.) can allot to its important exercises Mr. Edmondson thus occupies the be very limnited.
right ground. Facts prove this beSomething of the nature and plan yond dispute. The wisest of the of the work may be collected from Heathen rather hoped for a future the following table of contents :- state than believed in its existence. View I. There is a beavenly world. The fancy-visions of the poet, gorIl. Scripture names of heaven. III. geous as they might appear to be, God is present in heaven. IV. The never satisfied them. Hadrian, who
lived after the Gospel had cast such and will run on for ever. God is love, a splendour of light upon “ life and and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in immortality" when gazing upon the God, and he in him.' gloom which he could not penetrate,
“ Both saints and angels live in the anxionsly inquired in what place his
element of love, and constantly enjoy all
its salutary and balmy influences; and it soul, so long the guest and compa
is to them a perpetual source of the nion of his body," was about to
sweetest and highest delight. No bless. dwell. And Cicero could not de
ing is wanted in heaven that love can scribe his virtuous old man, waiting supply ; no enjoyment is denied to any for his dismissal from life, without individual that love can afford; and no expressing the doubt, in point of bright prospect is closed in that happy fact, far stronger than the hope, that world, that love can open. Actuated by all might be delusive. “But if I this God.like principle, every one is good err in this, that I believe the souls
to all within his reach; and is always of men to be immortal, I err will
ready to promote, in every possible way, ingly.”+ If it were not for the
the happiness of his companions in glory. word of God, we should have no
They are all of one heart, one mind, and
one way. All the inhabitants of heaven, “ view of heaven." As a specimen
of every rank and order, are kindred spiof the general style and spirit of the
rits; and all are brethren beloved ; for volume, we quote from View XVI.
all have one common Father. Many The religion of heaven is love :-- things lie far beyond the reach of the « Pure love, in active operation, is the
most highly-exalted created spirits ; but one religion. As there is but one God
love will reign in every breast, and fill in the boundless universe, religion must
every soul with joy unspeakable and full be one thing in every place; and as he is
of glory.” (Pp. 180_182.) pure essential love, religion must be love, When we contrast this delightful not only on earth, but in heaven. In the state with that which too generally present world, pure love to God produces
prevails on earth, and is too often all the duties of piety, both in doing and
found even in the church, we really in suffering the divine will ; and pure love to created beings, of every rank and
cannot help exclaiming, in the lanstation, produces all the relative and so
guage of the tractate already recial duties of life, and this is the foun
ferred to, “O bright and glorious dation of evangelical piety in all its va
day, when we shall repair to that diried beauties and excellencies.
vine council and assembly of souls, * That love which we seek (here) in the and escape from this contentious and use of appointed means, is the religion of turbid state!” the heavenly world. Nothing contrary We have pleasure in recommending to love can live in that holy place. All our readers to lose no time in proranks and orders of celestial spirits are
curing for themselves this unpretendfull of love, both to God and to one ano
ing but very valuable little volume; ther; and that love has no interruptions,
not only because of the instruction no foolish partialities, and no decays. Heavenly charity, or love, 'never faileth,'
and encouragement which it will af.
ford, but also because of its tendency but runs on in a sweet and even course,
to promote the habit of devotional • Hospes comesque corporis.
reading, and to fit the mind for re+ Cicero on old age.
gular devotional exercises.
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from Notes made on the Spot, during TraAn Exposition of the Ninth Chapter vels, at different Times, in the service of the of the Epistie to the Romans. With the Bible Society, and a Residence of many Banner of Justification. By John Good Years in that Country. By Robert Pinwin, M. A., sometime Fellow of Queen's kerton, D. D., Author of “ The Present College, Cambridge ; and Vicar of St. State of the Greek Church in Russia," Stephen's, Coleman-street, London. To and Foreign Agent to the British and which is added, EIPHNOMAXIA: The Foreign Bible Society. Royal 8vo. pp.
Agreement and Distance of Brethren. 486. Seeleys.—There is no nation in With a Preface, by Thomas Jackson, the present age that is placed in so strikAuthor of the Life of the Rev. Richard ing an attitude as the vast Russian emWatson. 8vo. pp. 530. 8s. Buynes and pire. It has risen in a few years from a Son.—This volume contains a reprint of state of comparative barbarism, to be a firstthree tracts by John Goodwin ; one of rate power in Europe; and the probability the most accomplished Divines of mo. is, that it is destined by Providence to subdern ages. He was equally distinguish vert the Mahometan empire, which for ed by his logical acumen, correct know. ages has been the principal support of that ledge of the holy Scriptures, and pro- grand religious imposture that has so found and original views of revealed long blasphemed the truth of the Lord truth. His object in the Exposition of Jesus, persecuted his saints, and defied the ninth chapter of the Epistle to the his power. It is to the manners and cusRomans is to prove that the Apostle in- toms of the Russians, and to their moral tended to establish the doctrine of justi. and religious state, that Dr. Pinkerton dification by faith ; and not, as many per. rects his principal attention; and on these sons have supposed, to assert any abso. subjects few men are better qualified to lute election and reprobation of men give an opinion. His long residence in from eternity. The argumentation pur. the country, his incessant journeyings, sued is remarkably clear and powerful; and the nature of the service in which every sentence and clause in the chapter he has been employed, give him advanbeing viewed in connexion with the con- tages of observation of which no other text; and the practical bearing of the traveller can boast; and he certainly whole is distinctly specified. The se. has produced a volume of superior incond tract is designed to point out the nu. terest and instruction, describing the merous causes which are employed, under character and condition of every grade the divine appointment and direction, in in. of society, from the Autocrat himvesting men with the great blessing of justi. self, to the most abject serf. To the fication to eternal life. It developes more volume are appended seven sermons completelythe principle upon which theEx- preached by Russian Ministers, which position is conducted. “The Agreement serve as a specimen of the doctrine at and Distance of Brethren" is a concise out present inculcated by the Clergy of that line of the entire controversy respecting section of the Greek Church. It is the extent of human redemption, and needless to add, that the work has our the points of doctrine connected with it. very cordial recommendation. It is orThe author shows how far he could agree namented with several coloured plates, in opinion with his Calvinian brethren; representing the costume and amusethe precise points at issue between them; ments of the people. and the principal reasons upon which his The Triglott Evangelists, interlinear : dissent was founded. All the tracts have consisting of the original Greek, from the for several years been extremely scarce, Text of Griesbach ; the Latin taken and therefore in the hands of very few form Montanus, Bexa, and the Vulgale ; people. They are here republished, in and the English of the Authorized Vera handsome and readable form, for the sion accommodated to the Greek Idiom : benefit of the theological student, and with Grammatical and Historical Notices, all who feel an interest in these import. Indexes, fo. To which is added, a
Grammar, containing the idiomatic Pecu volumes may be safely and cordially reliarities of the Greek Testament. pp. 508, commended. srith pp. 78 of grammar and indexes. Sympathy; or, the Mourner advised Taylor. The editor of this volume, we and comforted. By the Rev. John Bruce, believe, is already known as the diligent Minister of Necropolis, or Low-Hill compiler of a copious and really valuable General Cemetery, Liverpool. Second index to Professor Long's meagre edition Edition. 12mo. pp. 302. Hamilton.-of Herodotus, and as the author of “ Ex. A pious and edifying manual, intended ercises on Xenophon.” The present vo- at once to comfort the bereaved, and to lume is creditable to his talents and in- render their sorrows subservient to their dustry; and will serve materially to as spiritual benefit. sist those persons who are desirous of The Law of Moses viewed in Conbecoming acquainted with the style and nexion with the History and Character of diction of the original Greek Testament, the Jews, with a Defence of the Book of without having enjoyed the advantages Joshua against Professor Leo of Berlin : of a classical training in youth. We being the Hulsean Lectures for 1833. To must express our regret, that the Greek which is added, an Appendix, containing test is not accentuated. The very par. Remarks on the Arrangement of the Histial use of the accents and breathings torical Scriptures adopted by Gesenius, De which is fashionable at the Gower-street Wette, and others. By Henry John Establishment, is not creditable to the Rose, B. D., Fellow of St. John's College. scholarship of a University, however it 8vo. pp. 236. 8s. Rivington may be convenient to a printer. Why The Family Expositor ; or, a Para. should the circumflex accent and rough phrase and Version of the New Testabreathing only be retained, except in ment: with Critical Notes and a Practicases of interrogation, and perhaps a few cal Improvement of each Section. Vol. others, against the whole voice of anti- v. Containing the Epistles of Paul the quity and learned men ? The contents Apostle to the Galatians, Ephesians, Phi. of the volume are so copiously stated in lippians, Colossians, Thessalonians, Tithe title, that it does not require any fur mothy, Titus, Philemon. By Philip ther analysis.
Doddridge, D. D. 8vo. pp. 520. 5$. Alan Oriental Memoirs : a Narrative of Bell. The Family Expositor of the exSeventeen Years' Residence in India. By cellent Dr. Doddridge is too well known James Forbes, Esq., F.R.S. Second to need any recommendation from us ; Edition, revised by his Daughter, the and we only notice the successive volumes Countess De Montalembert. In Two of this edition because of their cheapness, Volumes. 8vo. pp. 550, 552. 248. Benta and the clearness and boldness of the ley. The first edition of this work was print, so well adapted to private and dopublished about twenty years ago, in an mestic use. expensive form. Unlike most books of Mount Pisgah; or, & Prospect of travels, it loses none of its interest and Heaven. Being an Exposition of 1 Thess, value by time. It relates principally to iv. 13-18. By Thomas C'ase, sometime the natural history of India, and the Student in Christ Church, Oxon; and manners, habits, and superstitions of the Minister of the Gospel. A. D. 1670. people. As these are subjects which do Abridged. 24mo. pp. 232. Religious not change like the political relations and Tract Society. Thomas Case was a Pucircumstances of mankind, faithful and ritan Minister of great piety and spiriwell-written descriptions of them never tuality of mind. His “ Mount Pisgah” become obsolete. The author is a de- we have always regarded as the best of cided friend to Christianity, and strenu his publications. The small volune beously pleads for its propagation in India; fore us is rather an extract from this and certainly the view which he gives of work, than an abridgment of it. The the idolatry and vices of the Hindoos original book contains some very valuable places the necessity of Christian instruc matter on the work of the Holy Spirit, tion in a very striking light. Mr. Forbes particularly as witnessing the adoption of vas an attentive reader of the holy Serip. believers into the family of God, which tures, and has produced several very we regret to see omitted in this reprint : beautiful illustrations of particular pas. a considerable portion of Calvinistic sensages, a few specimens of which will be timent is, however, retained. found in the miscellaneous department of The Devotional Psalter; or, Sacred this Magazine. To those who wish to Meditations for every Day in the Year, obtain an accurate knowledge of the upon the Psalms of David, 32mo. pp. Hindoo character, and of the animals 548. Oliphant, Edinburgh. and vegetable productions of India, these A New Dictionary of the English