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709 who would admit that there could be any vice in lying ; | Eton College, justly celebrated on account of the many and when one has succeeded in cheating another, however illustrious men it has trained up and sent forth to fill gross and infamous the fraud may be, the natives will only stations of eminence and usefulness. Windermere, with remark, 'Que hombre vivo!' (What a clever fellow!) All classes are addicted to gambling, and far more money | its lake of varied beauties and enchanting scenery, changes hands in this manner than in commerce, or any is also made to pass in review beforo us; and the legitimate business. Nearly all the Guatimala merchants, Burnham Beeches, which our author declares surpass who are the only ones possessed of any capital, have commenced their career with some rascality. Concubinage any sylvan locality he has yet visited. And the reader is common among all possessed of any wealth : nor is this, will find lively and minute descriptions of Bramshill; as in other countries, done secretly, if at all, but eren and Hall Barns, the residence of the poet Haller ; wives will publicly speak of their husbands' mistresses, Gregorics, the seat of the celebrated Edmund Burke, and express their approbation or disapprobation of their
and many other interesting localities. taste.
executed illustrations accompany the notices, which It will be seen that the priests are greatly to blame add considerably to their interest ; and to render the for this deplorable state of things ; and that in this quarter volume as agreeable as possible, and to prevent anytheir system is decidedly opposed to the spread of know- thing like monotony being felt, the reader is treated every ledge, and to the enjoyment of religious toleration.
now and then to a chapter in Mr. Jesse's particular Though, according to law, education is entirely free, walk, a tale of deep interest, connected with the locality no person except a Roman Catholic could venture to set visited, or an essay on some general subject. up a school, as he would be certain to be forced to abandon it by the priests, as was exemplified in the case
We quote Mr. Josse's description of Stoke Church and of Mr. Crow. The consequence is, that all the exer- churchyard :tions of the priests have only served to limnt general “ It is impossible to approach it (Gray's churchyard) knowledge ; while all the young people above the labour-without feeling that it is a spot calculated to have inspired ing classes have, in spite of them, imbibed infidel opinions, the poet with those feelings which drew from him his beauand make no hesitation in calling the Christian revelation tiful and well-known • Elegy in a Country Churchyard.' a ridiculous fable, and the priests, comedians and cheats.
Here he wrote-here he wandered-andhere he was buried. They speak of them in a much more disrespectful manner But where is his monuinent ? We may look for it in vain, than any Protestant would think of doing, while, at the cither in the church or churchyard. There is, indeed, same time, they comply with the unmcaning Romish cere
the tomb of the careful, tender mother of many children, monies, and kneel and cross themselves before the figures one of whom had the misfortune to survive her.' That of their saints.
child was Thomas Gray, the poet. In that simple tomb his “ Though the entire liberty of religious worship, both ashes repose with those of thie mother he so affectionately private and public, was guaranteed by the federal consti- loved. Strangers from all p:irts of Great Britain, and tution of Central America, acts have been since passed by many from different quarters of the world, who so conthe states of Guatimala, Honduras, and Costa Rico, in stanily visit Stoke Poges, led there by their admiration reference to this and some other of the federal laws, de- of the poet, return disappointed at not finding a record claring that parties differing from the Church of Rome to his memory in the church. The parish register has are only at liberty to exercise their religion in private. In- indeed the following entry : • Thomas Gray, Esq., was deed, such religious liberty could never in reality exist, buried August 5th, 1771.' A stone, on the wall of the whatever the laws might be on the subject, as the priests, church, tells us that we are standing near the tomb of the who have the entire control over the greater part of the lower orders, would be certain to excite them to assas
“ But how full of interest is the spot we stand on! Here sinate any person who should attempt to expose their the turf heaves in many a mouldering heap;' here idolatry, and introduce a purer system of religion. The
are the rugged clms ;' and here is the 'yew-tree's character of the priests in Spanish America, with very shnde,' and there Gray reposes in his narrow cell." few exceptions, is grossly immoral and corrupt-nearly Who can be here without feeling his mind softened, and all publicly live in concubinage, and a great number his enthusiasm awakened ! Ile sees in the distance those drink and gamble. Such being their own character, they spires and towers which crown the watery glado' of can hardly be expected to inculcate morality on others ; Econ, and those fields where once the poet says his yet their supposed sacred character makes them wor
'careless childhood strayed.' It is indeed almost imposshipped by the lower orders, though they are ridiculed and sible to doubt that this is the spot where the Ode and tho despised by the more educated.”
Elegy were written. We see the picturesque features of
the landscape most accurately placed before us, and almost Favourite Haunts and Rural Studies; including Visits hear the sounds of rural nature which have been so beau
tifully and so pleasingly described in these poems. And to Spots of Interest in the Vicinity of Windsor and who can see the neighbouring beech trees, especially those Eton. By Edward Jesse, Esq. 1 vol. London : of Burnham, without recollecting the ‘nodding becch' that John Murray.
wreathes its old fantastic roots'? What lover of nature can
sce them without admiring their various contortions, as This is another entertaining volume, from the pen of they sometimes grasp the ground, and then throw up those an author who has, more than once, already appeared bold and curious excrescences, which, when mossed over,
Not only do favourably before the public. As its title imports, it as they generally are, form a rural scat. consists chiefly of notices of several localities in England, they remind us of the poet, but we see the 'twittering
swallows,' the “lowing herd wind slowly o'er the lea, rendered interesting, either by their natural beauty or
and hear the drowsy tinklings' of the folded sheep at their historical associations. Our author, accordingly, short intervals, so different from the sounds which aro conducts us to Ritchings Park, where Prior and Pope, made while they are feeding. Gray must have been, net and Gay and Thomson once sung, and where the accom
only a lover of nature, but an accurate observer of little
facts and circumstances which would have been unnoticed plished Addison once wrote; and to Stoke Church and by those who are unaccustomed to rural scenery and churchyard, where we are so much reminded of the poet rural sourds. Thus he notices the droning tilight' of Gray; and to Hampden-memorable for its being the the beetle--the wood lark (my favourite songster) 'pipresidence of the patriot of the same name-a nanie still ing her farewell song'—the wistful eyes pursuing the st
ting sun-'the ploughman plodding his weary way homevenerated and fondly cherished by every lover of liberty.wards,' as 'the glimmering landscapo fades on the sight,' A visit is paid to the early residence of Pope, and tol and the light scen in his cottage frein the blazing
hearth,' prepared for his comfort by his careful wife. beautiful seat of Sir John Cope, the following just reAnd then how clear are those lines, and what a delight: marks are made regarding the pernicious system of abful picture do they present of the labourer's happy home : senteeism, still so common among our landed pro** The children run to lisp their sire's return, Or climb his knees the envied kiss to share.'”.
prietors :Towards the close of an interesting notice of Eton Col- Standing on an open and commanding eminence,
Bramshill reminds us of those times when the houses of lege and its playing fields, our author remarks that-". It is impossiile not to be struck, on going into the ani guests, when the owners of them resided on their
English country gentleman overfiowed with hospitality great or upper school of the boys, with the fine vista of busts of Eton worthies, which now line the walls of that
estates, and were looked up to as the friends and beneIt is a singular proof of the rapid facility with alt red in this respect ; and much responsibility attaches
factors of their poorer neighbours. Times are sadly which a fortunate iden, when once it upon, may be
to those who, forsaking the abodes of their forefathers, carried out, that, although this n:ible room secins likely, within a short time, to be thronged with the images of watering-places, or to spend their money and change
are content to seek their happiness, either in crosded Eton's chosen sons, yet the collection hias been made by their habits in foreign lands. This stigma, for stigma it gratuitous and spontaneous bounty within a year or two.
is, cannot be attached to the present owner of Bramsbill. It seems an obvious and efficacious system to influence the
There the good home-brewed ale is still to be found, hospiminds of the young, by kreping before their eyes the tality is exercised, and the worthy old baronet resides images of the great men whose successors and representirtires they are. An Eton boy cannot help feeling exul. It was pleasing to see some ancient huntsmen or whippers
on his estate, surrounded by his tenants and dependants. tation and dignity as he walks down the upper school, and in, nearly past all work, in their faded scarlet coats, surveys the busis of the celebrated men who formerly sunning i hemselves on a bench, with every appearance of trod tlie same ground with himself, and now look upon comfort and enjoyment in their old age. Nothing could the school of their boyhood like tutelary genii of the speak more plainly the kind-heartedness of their master, place. “I cannot help remarking that our schools, generally, his. In a green old age, and in his splendid mansion,
nor can I well conceive a more enviable situation than appeal very little to the imagination and feelings of boys. he can look around his well-cultivated grounds, and feel They make little or no use of association, which is, never
that his own happiness consists chiefly in the promotion theless, one of the most powerful instruments in the
of that of others. Like a second Sir Roger de Corerley, government and discipline of the human understanding. In general, the school room is the dirtiest place in the
the worthy Knight of Bramshill appears to be the father establishment ; whereas I cannot help thinking that any
of his neighbourhood, and, like him, to be respected and
loved.'' association with learning should be made agreeable, and, as far as possible, delightful. Indeed, the disinclination In a chapter describing a country churchyard, the to learning felc by many men in after life may perhaps be author makes the following touching remarks : attributed, not unreasonably, to the unple:sant associntions with which instruction in boyhood was conveyed to
" There is a certain degree of melancholy pleasure in them. The busts placed in the upper school of Econ, re
sauntering in a village churchyard, in reading the uncooth garded in this point of view, scem most worthy of remark rhymes,' in viewing the various methods which have been and admiration."
taken to attest the sorrow of surviving relations. Here ibe The Burnham Bece!:cs, which were so much admired young and old, the infant and suckling child,' are all
mingled together. The grave of a child has, indeed, someby the author, are thus described :
thing peculiarly affecting in it. So young-so promising“ It is difficult to give the reader such a description of so pretty-(for what is so pretty as a child?)—the delight these trees as will enable him to form a just idea of them. of a fond mother—perhaps her only one-whom she had Some of thein are of gigantic growth, and of most pic- fostered in her bosom, and yearned over with affet. turesque character. From their huge trunks, boughs of tion which only a mother experiences-to know that a size little inferior to the parent stem throw far and its innocent prattlo has ceased, and to feel that for wide their horizontal shade, while their no less massive some good, and wise, aud benevolent purpose it has roots, rising above the soil in solid blocks, or twisting been stripped in its early bloom, here fades away-all their gnarled talons deep into the ground, show at once
these reflections intrude themselves on the mind in a the firmness with which these vegetabie monsters are fixed, country churchyard. The graves of the old, indeed the power with which thy can resist the fury of the the threescoro years and ten'-are viewed with far difstorm, and the distance from which they derive that vital ferent sensations. Their race is over--their bour-glass nourishment, which is seen alike in their strength and has run itself out-and happy are they if they have made their beauty, in the tenacity of their fibrous growth, and up their account in time. the splendour of their luxuriant foliage.
It is And then how varied are the scenes to be witnessed impossible to visit them without feeling that here Nature in a churchyard. The church door is open, and there has done everything, and that in the most pleasing man- issues fortli a bridal party, the bride holding down her ner. Nothing is formal, and forest scenery may be viewed head ; the mother, perchance, weeping at the loss of her in all its beauty and variety, without any embellishment daughter, and the rest merry, and offering their congratufrom art. llere no distant spires are to be seen, or cot
lations to the bridegroom. Sometimes a christening is to tages, bridges, or even fences of enclosures : but, as we be seen: the fat and cautious nurse holding an infant in its enter the forest glades, and view the knotted and gnarled long white robes, followed by its parents, with the godtrees, and saunter under their shade, the inind is insen- fathers and god-mothers, and some intimate friends, who sibly carried back to the times of the bowmen of Harold are about to partake of an entertainmeut to celebrate the and the days of Robin Ilood.''
ceremony. But the solemn toll of the bell is next heard.
The coffin is slowly borne to the churchyard gate. The Another pleasing feature about this volume is the moral clergyman meets it, and walks before it into the church, and religious tone with which it is perraded. Though a pronouncing those noble sentences, beginning, I am work, strictly speaking, devoted to the description of re- the resurrection and the life, saith the Lord-I knos markable localities, and to antiquarian research, yet it is that my Redeemer liveth—we brought nothing into this not destitute of useful reflections and virtuous sentiments, The coffin is again seen in the church-yard, the grave opers
world, and it is certain that we can carry nothing out.' as the author avails himself of the opportunities presented its mouth to receive it—the weeping mourners stand for suggesting lessons of a moral nature, thereby render- around. Again the voice of the clergyman is heard, ' Man ing luis werk both profitable and entertaining, and fitted that is born of a woman hath but a short time to live to improve, not only the head, but also the heart of the headed sexton, with his ready handful of earth, throws
earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust.' The hoarsreader. For example,' when describing Bramshill, the lit on the coffin, and the sound vibrates in every heart
save in that of him who with so much apathy produced “An eye for an eye-the world is a mart it. And what a lesson does it tcach us! The body in Where only this is barter'd or exacted; the cold, silent grave before us must put on immortality.
But when the truth would seck a heart for heart, The same ceremony, the same resurrection, the same re
Man wends him round the busy earth distracted,
And finds this pure exchange is only acted sponsibility for our actions in this world, must happen to
On l.fe's falso iheatre !-the tone, the mien, us all; nor can we act a wiser or better part than making
May be the same, but not in faith compacted. preparation for our departure. •Fool-fool-fool,' were
There is no inward life-that which hith been the last words of one on his dying bed, who, it is to be all peace before the world, is war behind the scene !" fvared, had procrastinated his repentance too long, and too fearfully ; while the humble Christian, sensible of a
Zaddok has within him more, perhaps, of Puseyism thousanı failings and imperfections, still looks with the than might be expected from a llebrew wanderer. On eye of faith on his Redeemer, and his soul, like the flight his arrival in England, he quarrels principally with cruelty of an eagle towards the heavens, soars to the regions of
to asses- with pews in churches, and with their closed everlasting happiness."
doors on week days, because, it would appear, he is withWe conclude our notice of the “ Favourite Haunts"
held by a pine or orken door, an iron bolt, or a patent by remarking that Mr. Jesse has produced an instruc- lock, from prayer. When Zaldok wanders farther, pertive and delighful volume, unexceptionable in its senti- haps, he may be taught that prayers are not confined to ments, and affyrding abundant proof that the author is churches-that for them the whole earth has been suffipossessed, in no small degree, of the powers of minute
ciently consecrated. But if he travels much farther, observation and accurate description. There are many there is rigour enough in his pen to give the critics more favourite haunts in England, and Mr. Jesse should trouble. Ile will not write and perish unnoticed. perserere in his pilgrimages.
Zaddok, the Hebrew Wanderer. By II. Hardingo Annesley; and other Poems. By Anna Harriet Drury. Freiburg Canto I. London: E. Churton.
London: William Pickering. As this is but Canto I., and the author leads us to
The principal poem is short; and tells the work done, believe that there are to several more cantos, we can
and the affection gained, by a young and earnest rector scarcely express an opinion of the work, which, from its in an English country parish ; contrasting the superior introduction, threatens to deal roughly with many diffo-usefulness and worth of a life spent in seeking the imrent customs. Zaddok, it would seem, is to be a reli-provement of mankind rather than the acquisition of gious Childe Harold-travelling over the world like tho
wealth; for the narrative is supposed to bo given by an Wandering Jew—but for the purpose of detecting error,
aged parishioner to a school comrade of the rector, who although not for that alone. It is almost unnecessary | returning, enriched by Indian commerce, seeks his old for a character of this description, journeying aimless, friend, and finds his monument. The incidents are very that he should have known sorrows. Zaddok had drunk
simple, but not less affecting on that account. The little of sorrow's saddest cup :
volume does not merely promise greatness, it realises the “He yields, he bends not now-yet, was there time promise, although there may be even more power in some When he could love, and sweet affection sbare.
of the minor than in the principal poem; as, for example, He was caress'd-but ah! did ivy climb Around his stein, or leave its freshuess there,
in the verses wc subjoin :'Twas but to wound his heart, and strip and bare The urm which ciasp'd it. He has not outgrown
« THE GRAVE OF THE LOST. His uature's weakness, but cold and sear,
"" Here rests a Man of guileless fame, By sympathy abused, his leaf is thrown
His labours o'er-his sorrows tled.' Amidst tue graves of earth, and now he stands alone!
Vain flatterer! cease the note of shame, “And thus to be alone-the heart still young,
Go! mock the living-not the dead ! And full of love and feelings conjugal,
“ The tomb is not a place of rest With power to simile--this 18 to be among
To them who never rested here: The coinbs, and yet not dead-or througin the hall,
The feasting worm, the burial vest,
Cau heal no wound, can quell no fear!
“ The stony couch, the long dark sleep, Remains to say we live—then close the gate
The death-bells tolli ullaby, And tly-the recollections we can never bate!
In cold repose that worin may steep,
But not the worm that cannot die! " And he had children, too_sweet lambs were they; His bosumn cherisn'd them-for them his prayer
“ Can turf, and dust, and marble bind
The essence by Jehovah given? Did hourly rise- he taught them how to pray!
Or ashes crush the immortal mind
Wuose energies were built for Heaven?
• The frame of dust may dust surround, His tuil repose, and bade him persevere
Though warned with toil aud stained with sin; Ayainst hope ofc-but ah! 'tis His to save
But where shall sepulchre be found Who brings our hopes, our prayers, and children, to the
For that which toiled and sinned within ? grave!
“ Yea, dust may sleep where Etna glows, “And be had friends : they, too, are gove. The flower
The tempest howls, or churns the billow;
But if the ruined soul repose,
Eternal death must spread the pillow!
“ Lost child of dust and Deity! But love it, culiure, feed it, as we may,
What 'vails thee that mysterious birth? It withers, dies. We had misgivings, fears,
Can there be Sabbath joys for thee, Yet struggled still—but no! the sunny ray
Who mocked at Sabbath hopes on earth? Is not the soul of friendship-this appears Through change, unchanged-'cis nourish'd by its own
“ Rest! with that soul untamed, un: anged, fresh tears!
That kindled strife in Edeu's bower,
From all of heav'n, save life, estranged
On this frail toy from distant lands conveyed-
“ The fiower unfolds, and lo! another year!"
Another year! How many a year since then " Rest was before thee; all required
Hus opened on young hearts whose fancy bright
O'er the dim future shed the golden light
Of Hope's ench'intment, and has closed again
On the dull tomb and grim sarcophagus; “ The Father urgeil, the Spirit strore,
So is it still, and still it shall be thus.”
That is of the past : the next not in the volume, but that
we quote, is from the future, written by anticipation :“ That day is past-thy moul lering tent
“ Fiend of the desert, tremble! for the hour Miy marble flatteries enshrine;
Of thine abasement is approaching fast;
Another spirit, with resistless power,
Ilis chains of iron shall upon thee cast.
In vain thy fierce Sirocco's deadly blast “Enough-the sickening soul is faint;
With raging fury shall the desert scour;
In vain shall shadowy lake and phantom bower
Sprend their enchantments as he dashes past;
The Spirit, as on lightning wing lie rides,
Where Pharoah's chariot wheels drave heavily
Shaill hear his laugh of scorn, his fiery footsteps see." Mr. Ferguson, in his series of sonnets, has undertaken a difficult work - one more likely to try his poetical It will be a curious question in Turkish colleges, and power than a continuous narrative. The selection of probably between rival sects, if the Mahomedan system incidents is judicious ; the field was wide, and would sup- endure much longer, whether a railway journey to Mecea
can count as a pilgrimage ; but on the great pilgrimage ply many poets. There are sixty-eight light sonnets in the volume; there might be as many thousands, and Egypt would be to the homeward-bound an important aid.
of the overland route, a line of rails from Suez to Cairo remain unexhausted. We cordially agree in an opinion expressed by Mr. Ferguson, that Egyptian history pre: do justice to his theme. So far as they go, we should
The poet seems at a loss to know whether bis sonnets sents temptations which poets seem to have wonderfully
answer that question very decidedly in the affirmative. resisted. We like the idea or plan of his volume, and the ideas and thoughts that he has wrought into the work. The Nile richly deserves the first place in anything re- The Lord's Supper. By the Rer. David King, LL.D., garding Egypt, and has it here :-
author of “ The Ruling Eldership of the Christian “ River of Egypt! who at first dilst place
Church.” Edinburgh : John Johnstone.
The author of this work is well known as one of the With bloom perennial to adorn its face
most able and influential of our Dissenting clergyinek, O'er many a dreary desert, lay by day,
who, amid the overwhelming pressure of congregatieaa! No friendly stream thy lonely path attends ; * No shower of freshness from ou high descends,
and public duties, has found leisure for the composition To impart new life and cheer thee on thy way; of two excellent treatises on the Ruling Eldership and And yet what waters are so sweet as thine? Whose charm (so says the Moslem) e'en might wake
on the Lord's Supper. The work before us is dirided into The spirits of the sainted for thy sake,
seven chapters :— The Passover-the Supper institute The immortal joys of Paradise resign,
by Christ while observing the Passover-probable reasota And on thy borders, O delightful river!
Find all their heaven, rejoice, and drink for ever!" for instituting the Supper at that particular time-the And Napoleon's experience in Egypt deserved a place :- Lord's Supper illustrative of the scheme of salvation• 'Twas yet a vainer thought inspired the Gaul,
a commemoratire institution—a medium of fellowshipIn his fond dream of what shall never be,
a seal of the covenant and its relation to futurity. These To place upon this glorious pedestal The image of his God of Victory
varicus topics are discussed with great ability and a thoPerpetuating thus eternally
rough knowledge of the subject. It well deserves, and A giant lie, to blot from history's page A lateful truth-to mock the present age,
we doubt not will receive, an extensive circulation.
The Clergyman in the Gaol. An Essay on Prison
Discipline. By George Heaton, A.M., Assistant Tint saved a nation from a captive's lot,
Chaplain of Gloucester County Gaol. London : HloulAnd scared the startled eagle from its prey."
ston & Stoneman, And a “flower" from the sepulchres is beautifully introduced:
Tuis small treatise consists of twelve chapters, which " And gentle tokens are there. Tere is one
are devoted to the consideration of the following subjects : Perchance a birth-day gift to some fair maid,
-Preliminary remarks ; of prisoners before tr:al; a sus Prized even iuto death by ber that's gone, And since-three thousand years beside her laid.
gestion for a pro tempore treatment of untried prisoners; Surely the giver has been well repaid!
of convicted prisoners; officers of the prison ; the chapel Take it and read the motto written here, + For 1200 miles, the Nile does not receive a single tributary in Egyptian tombs, apparently unlisturbed for 3000 years
* Vessels of Chinese minufacture bare frequently been fann
They are supposed to have been imported through India, and † Some years ago, a proposition was made, in a French paper, the characters are the same as those used in China at the preto erect a colossal statue of Napoleon on the top of the great pyramid.
sent day. A common motto upen them is that quoted in the sonnet above,
in the prison ; on Divine service in the corridor ; on the fold happen to be torn and mangled by the wolf, or driven
In school-room in the prison ; on gradations in prison dis- before the gaunter famine to the refuge for the poor. cipline ; on the mode, &c., of clerical instruction ; on
ten years all these children will be strong enough to
commit any crime--be it our business to make them the causes of crime ; on the prevention of crime.
wise enough to despise a theft--as we ourselves despiso a The observations on these topics are, in general, ju- lie. The same education will produce a pro tinto eifect, dicious, like the author's conclusions. This is especially similar to the one which we feel and acknowledge to be a
Once raise men to selfso with regard to the opinions he advances in chapters sixth, respect
, teach them to feel and remember that we are seventh, and ninth. We cannot, however, speak so favour- all poor or rich by the rule of Providence, but that we ably of the author's style ; it is defective in point of clear- are all respectable and happy, or depraved and miserable, ness and precision. But, perhaps, this want is compen- by our own choice. Make this plain, having given them, sated for by the fact that the matter of the work is the by education, the strength to wade out of low and abo
minable meanness of character, and a whole string of product of one who is practically acquainted with the im- petty, shifty, low tricks will be swept ont of the catalogue portant subject on which he writes-of one who has had of crimes. Many will fall, but it will be so that they several years' experience in a large county prison, and
can rise again without the arm of the law. Some will
be rebellious, but it will be so that you may subdue them who has likewise had the advantage of inspecting and be
on their own ground. In fact, you will have men to coming acquainted with the system pursued in other deal with, while now the human face divine' comes prisons.
up strong as an animal and wilful as a creature of reaNo one, on reading such a treatise as this, can refrain
son, but mischievous as an evil spirit-inaccessible to
argument, prejudiced against conviction, deaf to entreaty, from drawing a contrast between our prisons, as they ifow and blind and deaf to all other nobler sentiments, the exist, and as they existed several years ago, and at the principles of which were never implanted in their undersame time rejoicing at the enlightened views and Christian standings. Men do not gather grapes off thorns, or sympathy manifested in the remarkablo improvements
figs off thistles '" that have been introduced into them. What would the benevolent, and devoted, and self-denied Howard think, An Earnest Ministry the Want of the Times. By John were he now to revisit our land, and enter our gaols and
Angell James. London : 1817. penitentiaries, and witness the reformation that has there
Ax earnest treatise, by an earnest man, on a deeply taken place, not only as regards the improvements that
momentous subject. We wish we could induce every hare been made with a view to the bodily health and minister, preacher
, and student of divinity, attentively to comfort of the prisoners, but especially as regards the read, and inwardly to ponder, the contents of this little provision made for accomplishing the great end of cor
volume. It is written with great energy, clearness, and rection and prison discipline-even the intellectual and vivacity. No drawling, no simpering, no straining at moral reformation of their unhappy inmates? Let us
effect, no refining away of bold statement and honest counhope that the important subject discussed in this treatise sel, but plain, direct, downright, faithful dealing with both will continue to receive that share of the attention and the head and the heart. The principles laid down aro consideration of our statesmen, and of society in general, excellent, as respects the manner as well as the matter of which it undoubtedly deserves, and that no expense will preaching. The illustrations are copious and appropribe grudged that shall be considered necessary for intro- ate; and as for the style of the book, it is elegant, witliducing those improvements that may still be called for
out being fastidious, perspicuous without being mean, not only in our prison discipline at home, but likewise in and animated without being boisterous. our penal colonies abroad.
While approving of the whole, we set a special value We subjoin an extract from the chapter regarding the
on the author's remarks respecting the manner of preachprevention of crime :
ing, the characteristics of the times in which we live, and “Of ail political subjects, this (the prerention of the means to be employed in order to obtain an carnest crime) has always been most neglected. To track a man down to his cabin, bring him to justice, find him guilty, ministry. Wo thank him, in particular, for his faithful and punish him for his offence, is all well enough; but condemnation of the practice of reading scrmons, now what should we say to the father that paid no attention becoming so unhappily fashionable with such as would be to the education of his family, if we saw him engaged in thought our best preachers. a laborious and expensive process of inquiry into the case of some criine committed by one of his children? My
We scarcely know how a benevolent person of wealth good feliow, this is all very weil; but are you not suffers could confer a greater benefit on the Church of Christ ing for the truth of the old adage. "A stitch in tine than by taking steps to have this invaluable little treatiso saves nine?" Had you bestowed half the pains, two or three years ago, that child would have been a comfort put into the hands of ministers of religion, and of young instead of a curse to you, and would now be a profitable persons who are in course of training for the sacred office. addition to your means instead of so grievous a burden Cordially do we thank Mr. James for this production of on your hands.'. Just this has been the way in which the his pen ; and we,devoutly pray that, through the blessing world's fathers have dealt by the world's children.
" Elucation, then, in the fear and admonition of the of God, his labours may contribute to sccure what is cerLord, is what is wanted for the rising generation, what tainly one of the greatest wants of our times—an earnest must not be suspended when any of the “lambs' of the I ministry.
THE PRASLIN FAMILY.
The chapter of coincidences is one claiming more interest than is generally bestowed upon it. As the same dream will more than once haunt
the same pillow, so in life do we see names and places, after long intervals of time, again associated with the peculiar circumstances that before