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them to repeat the Chnrch Catechism by rote), the planters deny to their slaves, and the teachers of religion they every where persecute or forcibly expel. The planters are, indeed, preparing a gradual abolition of their own, but it is one not to our British tastes. They are gradually abolishing slavery, because they are gradually exterminating the slaves. They have proclaimed but one liberty for them, and that is, to the death. The grave has been the only door of emancipation opened to these wretched beings by their masters, and, it has opened its mouth without measure. The time for gradual emancipation is past-; to attempt any such process now, would be only to irritate both the planters and the slaves, and hasten the dreaded crisis of 1 1 1 ~ iirrrrtii.n. • It . is safer to grant all than to grant a part; to make the slave completely free, than to give him merely such a portion of freedom, as should make him more impatient of the remaining restricp. 29.
The second part of the address includes a beautiful argument for the Sabbath, in its twofold character of a religious duty and a civil privilege :—
'-The greatest privilege wMch the majority of our nation possess ;— a privilege without -which^ all other privileges would be vain; — for, at this moment, it is the great barrier against the degradation of the race; a reserve in spite of themselves, of the liberty of the community, which, if left unbefriended by the Legislature, pressed as they are by the approach of famine, and beset by every form of misery, they would be too apt- to barter away; though-they would not obtain for it even the bribe that- wrought upon. Esau,— .-an additional mess of pottage; since the more labour that is brought into the .market, the harder are the conditions on which it will be purchased.
'It is from the want of attending to this distinction, that the Sabbath is both a religious duty and a civil privilege,' that most of the objections against Sabbath protection proceed. As far as it is a religious duty- it niust be enforced by tli'. Pulpit and not by, the. Laws.- Religion .is- a voluntary and. reasonable service; -men cannot be compelled by human enactments to give their hearts unto God, and to live to the great ends of their being; all that can be done, is to propose right motives for this voluntary surrender of their homage to the King of Kings. When the State interferes in matters of religion, its interposition i« both- awkward. ,and ineffectual. In such matters, we neither desire nor require its aid. But the Sabbath is a civil privilege, and so far is the proper object -of -state protection.' pp. II- 42.
Tp M$. Douglas's remarkB on Church Reform, we shall advert in our next Number, in noticing a few of the pamphlets that have accumulated on our table since we last .adverted to this prolific subject.,
Art. X. LITERARY INTELLIGENCE.
In the press, Facts, not Fables: with numerous Engravings. Bj Chas. Williams.
In the press, The Prodigal. By the Rev. I. Thornton. 32mo.
In the press, Spirituality of Mind. By Rev. Jos. Fletcher, D.D. 32mo.
In the press, Conversations on Christian Polity. By a Lady. 1 Vol. 12mo.
In the press, and shortly will be published, A Volume of Sermons. By the late Rev. W. Howels.
In the press, Fancy Fair; to which is added, Starlight; or, a Scene at Tweeddale.
In the press, Bibliotheca Classica; or, a new Classical Dictionary: containing an authentic and minute Account of the proper names which occur in Latin and Greek Authors, relating to History, Biography, Mythology, Geography, and Antiquities. By John Dymock, LL.I). and Thomas Dymock, M.A. In one large volume. 8vo. Nearly ready.
The Entomology of Australia, in a Series of Monographs. By George Robert Gray. Part I. containing the genus Phasma. In 4to. With Eight Plates and Descriptive Letterpress, plain and coloured, will appear June 1.
In the press, Lectures on Poetry and General Literature. By James Montgomery. 1 Vol. post 8vo.
Directions for the Analysis of Inorganic Substances. By J. J. Berzelius, translated from the French. By G. O. Rees. Will shortly be published, in 1 Vol. 12mo.
In the press, and shortly will be published, The Life, Times, and Correspondence of Isaac Watts, D.D. with Notices of many of his Contemporaries, and a Critical Examination of his Writings. By the Rev. Thos. Milner, A.M. Author of the " History of the Seven Churches of Asia." 1 thick Volume. 8vo. This Work will contain many particulars of this eminent Divine and Poet, hitherto but little known—a full inquiry into his opinions upon the Trinity, with a view to ascertain his last sentiments upon this important subject.
The Rev. Ebenezer Miller has issued a Prospectus of a Series of Geographical Tables, designed for Youth, and intended to simplify the work of Tuition, by presenting the leading features of every country, both natural and artificial, in a condensed, yet comprehensive form. The names of those towns only will be inserted in the Tables, which are worthy of the learner's attention, either on account of their general notoriety, their Extent, Population, Commerce, Manufacture, or Antiquities, &c. It is not expected that the Work will exceed Twelve or Fifteen Numbers: and these will embrace the substance of most of the ordinary Works on Geography; besides containing much useful Information, which can only be found by consulting the best Gazetteers, at the expence of much time and labour. As an Introduction to the Series, a General Outline or Summary of the Four Quarters of the World, on the same plan, and on the face of a single sheet, will shortly be published. The price of each No. will be 4d. or 3*. Qd. per dozen.
Preparing for the press, and to be speedily published, The Narrative of two Expeditions into the Interior of Australia, undertaken by Captain Charles Sturt, of the 39th Regiment, by order of the Colonial Government, to ascertain the nature of the Country to the west and north-west of the Colony of New South Wales. This work will contain a correct Chart of the Rivers that were discovered; a minute Description of the Country, its Geology, Productions, the Character of its Rivers, Plains, and Inhabitants, together with much useful information. It will give a distinct account of Captain Barker's Survey of St. Vincent's Gulf, the nature of the Soil in the Promontory of Cape Jervis, its Streams, Anchorage, &c.; and will be illustrated by numerous Drawings of the Scenery, Ornithology, and Fossil Formation of the Country traversed, interspersed with numerous Aneedotes of the Natives, their Manners, Weapons, and other Peculiarities. This work is dedicated, by permission, to Lord Goderich, and will throw a new light on the whole of the Country that was explored.
In the course of this month will appear, An Historical Sketch of the Princes of India, Stipendiary, Subsidiary, Protected, Tributary, and Feudatory; prefaced by a Sketch of the origin and progress of British power in India. With a brief account of the Civil, Military, and Judicial Establishments of the East India Company. By an Officer in the Service of the East India Company.
The Second Edition is nearly ready, of Prinsep's Journal of a Voyage from Calcutta to Van Diemen's Land; comprising a Description of that Colony during a Six Months' Residence. The First Number of the Series of Illustrations to Prinsep's Journal, will be published in a few days.
The Fourth Volume of the Library of Romance, edited by Leitch Ritchie, is from the pen of Mr. Gait, Author of the Ayrshire Legatees, Laurie Todd, &c., and is entitled "The Stolen Child, a Tale of the Town;" founded on a highly interesting fact.
In a few days will be published, Memoirs of the Life and Correspondence of the Rev. William Lavers, late of Honiton. By I. S. Elliott. With a portrait.
On May 1, 1833, will be published, demy 8vo. Vol. II. (The continuation) of The Life of the late Dr. Adam Clarke; (from Original Papers,) by a Member of his family.
On the Int. of May will be published, royal 8vo. Part I. of An Exposition of the Gospels of St. Matthew and St. Mark, and other detached parts of Holy Scripture. By the late Rev. Richard Watson, Author of " A Biblical ana Theological Dictionary," &c. &c.
Preparing for publication, A uniform edition of the Works of the late Rev. Richard Watson, in eleven volumes, 8vo.: inclnding Memoirs of the Author's Life and Writings, by the Hcv. Thomas Jackson.
In a short time will be published, Poetic Vigils; containing a Monody on the Death of Adam Clarke, LL.1X F.A.S. &c, &c. &c., and other Poems. By Willian Bennet Baker. . ,
In the press, The Second Vol. of Sermons which have been preached on Public Subjects and Solemn occasions, with Especial Reference to the Signs of the Tiines, by Francis Scurray, B D.
In the press, An Israelite Indeed: or, a Tribute of Sympathy, to the Memory of a Beloved Father; with characteristic sketches uf • Life of unusual interest. By John Morison, D.D. 18mo.
In the press, Sermons for Christian Families, on the most important Relative Duties, by the late Rev. Edward Payson, D.D. Pastor of the second Church in Portland.
Art. XI. WORKS RECENTLY PUBLISHED.
Miscellaneous. of " the History and Doctrines of Budd
--_, , ,-. T , , , ., hism," "the History of the Ottoman Em.
Whychcotle of St. Johns; or the Court, pire " 4c. &c. 3 vols. 8vo.
the Camp, the Quarter Deck, and the
Cloister. 2 vols. 18i. Political.
A Letter to Thomas Wilson, Esq. . .-, T . , ,
Treasurer of the London Missionary So- j1^ to Ire?nd an.d'
ciety. By William Alet. Hankey. Esq. °n 1"!h"""'' fonnerly »"TMTM TM «w
occasioned by the '• Analysis" of his Evl £*£ CMV- 12mo' Half cloth bouni dence on the Subject of Slavery, before
the Committee of the House of Com
Dions, contained in the Anti-Slavery Re- Scriptural Researches. By the Right
porter. With Notes by its Editor. 8vo. Hon. Sir George Henry Rose, Bart.
St. 6</. 12mo. 7*. 6d. bound.
The Spirit of Sectarianism; with Ob- • The Sinfulness of Colonial Slavery. A
servations on the Duty and Means of det Lecture delivered at the Monthly Meeting
stroying Prejudice, and restoring the pri- of Congregational Ministers and Churches,
mitivc Unity of the Church. 8vo. Ss. 6d. in the Meeting-house of Dr. Pye Smith,
Hackney, on February 7, 18SS. By Ro
Okuqjtal LiTKRAtir««. bert Halley. 1*.
The Mahavansi, the Ruj^-ratnicari, and Travels the Raja-Vali, forming the Sacred and
Historical Books oP Ceylon; also a Col- North America; aMoralknd" Political
lection of Traets illustrative of the Doe- Sketch By Achille Murat, Son of tb«
truies and Literature of Buddhism; trans- lafe King of Naples. With « Note Ob
kted from the Singhalese. Edited by Ed- Negro Slavery, by Junius Redivivus.
wardUpham, M.R.A.S. and F.R.S., Author 1 vol. with a Map. lOs. 6d.
TO OUR SUBSCRIBERS.
We must cast ourselves on the lenity and kindness of our Subscribers. The present Number must appear without the Index, &c., so long unavoidably delayed. It was found impossible to pass it through the Press in time. Arrangements have been made, which will, it is.confidently hoped, prevent the recurrence of similar irregularities. The Editor begs to acknowledge the valuable contributions by which the present Number is enriched, and to solicit, under the heavy pressure of his engagements, the help of his correspondent* in bringing up his arrears.
For MAY, 1833.
Art. I. 1. The Causes of the French Revolution. 8vo. pp. 274. London. 1832.
2. Quarterly Review, No. XCVII. Art. Lord John Russell on the Causes of the French Revolution.
lively, amusing, and not uninstructive brochure is from the pen of Lord John Russell. It has been stigmatised in the Quarterly Review, with that gentlemanly and impartial feeling which characterises the pages of that Journal, as 'an impudent 'catchpenny.' We believe that we must call it an indiscretion. When a cabinet minister becomes an author, he may expect to find political critics, in whom the rancour of party, if not of personal animosity, shall be superinduced upon the spirit of detraction which too much pervades modern criticism. We think that the noble Writer should have refrained from thus putting himself into the power of a clever, malignant, unscrupulous, personal adversary. The volume can add little to his literary reputation, even with those who estimate it the most favourably; and unless some very obvious purpose could be answered by the publication, we must think that it would have been discreet to withhold it.
We believe it is Lord John Russell himself who has made the remark, that 'the French Revolution is ascribed to every 'thing, and every thing is ascribed to the French Revolution.' Upon no subject has so large a portion of shallow philosophizing and flippant declamation been vented by litterateurs, great and petty. What is meant by 'Causes of the French Revolution '? Are we to understand by the phrase, the causes which necessitated some revolution in France, or the causes which led to such a revolution, and which determined its character? The originating causes were mainly politi
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