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9.-Demonstration of the Truth of the Christian Religion. By
Alexander Keilh, D. D. Author of the “ The Evidence of
York: Harper and Brothers, 1839. pp. 336. It is impossible to give a full view of what we regard as the peculiar merits and defects of this work in the brief space we can allot to it in the present notice. Its plan as a whole is original and striking. It does not profess to give a general view of all the evidences of Revelation, but leaving the more common topics of proof, as already sufficiently established, it takes up in succession the evidence of the inspiration of the Jewish prophets, derived from the manifest fulfilment of their predictions,- Hume's arguments against miracles, which it represents as foretold and confuted in Scripture, and which our author appropriates as direct proof of prophetic inspiration, Antiquity and authenticity of the Old Testament Scriptures, proved by universal tradition, existing facts, etc.—Objections drawn from geology refuted, etc.-Connection between the Old and New Testaments,—The origin and progress of Christianity, according to the testimony of heathen writers,— The genuineness of the New Testament Scriptures, proved by numerous quotations by christian writers, testimony of facts, recorded in Scripture, and by the arguments of Celsus, Porphyry, and Julian, appropriated, etc. etc. Under each of these heads Dr. Keith has collected a considerable amount of learning and information from various sources, and with great ingenuity has endeavored to press the arguments of infidels of every class into the service of Christianity. In this, however, we cannot regard him as having been entirely successful, nor can we vouch for the correctness of some of the geological and astronomical theories which he seems to take for granted. Yet the book is intensely interesting and contains enough of learning, of authentic history, of established facts of antiquity, geology, etc., illustrated by numerous plates and drawings, to enchain the attention of the reader; and no candid mind, we may venture to affirm, will turn from the perusal of this work without feeling itself to have been both instructed and confirmed in the faith of the Bible.
10.- Thirteen Historical Discourses, on the completion of Two Hun
dred Years, from the beginning of the First Church in New Haven, with an appendix. By Leonard Bacon, Pastor of the First Church. New Haven : Durrie & Peck. New York:
Gould, Newman & Saxton, 1839. pp. 400. We take an early opportunity to introduce to our readers this interesting and valuable volume, reserving for a future No. a more extended notice of its contents and of certain topics suggested by its perusal. Though it possesses a high local interest for those who re
side within the limits of the old New Haven Colony, it is also a most valuable addition to the other memorials of the early history of NewEngland. The field which the author has occupied was in some important respects an ungathered field, and he has labored in it, with an industrious and enthusiastic ardor, and from it has collected many novel and interesting historical facts. The facts themselves, the graphic manner in which they are rccounted, the wisely chosen details by which other times are made to live again before the eye the reader, the many just reflections upon the important lessons taught us by the past, together with the clear and pointed style which enlivens every page, will recommend the work to all who are interested in the honor of New England, and who reverence the memory of her Fathers.
Among the many volumes, which have been issued to do honor to the early settlers of this portion of the Union, we know of none that in all respects, resembles this. Perhaps there is none which is, for some purposes, and with regard to some points, as valuable. Certainly there is none which presents a greater variety in the sources of its interest to the reader. The two volumes by Prof. Kingsley and Mr. Bacon, both occasioned by the celebration of the 25th of April, 1838, as the two hundredth anniversary of the settlement of New Haven, are in the highest degree honorable to their authors. We shall be disappointed if we do not hear from both of them again, in the field of historic inquiry and illustration.
11.-Second Annual Report of the Board of Education of Massa
chusetts, together with the Second Annual Report of the Sec
retary of the Board. 1839, pp. 79. These Reports, though immediately interesting to the people of Massachusetts, are not without great value to the whole country. The Report of Mr. Mann discusses, in an able and philosophical manner, matters which are of universal importance. The Report of the committee drawn up, we presume, by Governor Everett, details at some length the doings of the committee during the past year, particularly in relation to School Libraries and Normal Schools. It is determined to establish two of these schools, one at Lexington in the county of Middlesex, the other at Barre in the county of Worcester. Another will probably be established in Western Massachusetts, and a fourth in one of the Southern counties.
12.— Territory of Oregon.- Report of Hon. Caleb Cushing.
The river Columbia was discovered on the 7th of May, 1792, by Capt. Robert Gray, of the ship Columbia, of Boston. Subsequently, Capt. John Kendrick, of the brig Washington, a companion of Capt. Gray, purchased on account of his owners, from the native chiefs on
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the north-west coast of America, a large tract of land, embracing four degrees of latitude. The deed or deeds for the same were given for a valuable, and satisfactory consideration. In 1811, John Jocob Astor of New York established a factory on the Columbia river. In 1812, the establishment was broken up, and fraudulently sold to the North West Company by one of Mr. Astor's agents, and taken possession of by the British. But the United States claim that the sale to the North West Company does not affect the national jurisdiction, which continues of right in the United States. The various historical facts and argumentative considerations pertaining to this interesting subject are exhibited by Mr. Cushing with great clearness and force, in a pamphlet of fifty pages.
13.-An Address delivered before the Mercantile Library Associa
tion, Boston, September 13, 1838, by Edward Everett, and a
Poem by James T. Fields. pp. 58. Non tangit quod non ornat, may be applied to all which Governor Everett does. His resources of fact and happy illustration seem to be absolutely inexhaustible. No matter what be the subject or the occasion, every thing is fresh, pertinent, eloquent. The poem of Mr. Fields is no unworthy accompaniment. The lines are flowing and graceful, and the wit is sparkling.
14.—Poems by George Lunt, New York : Gould and Newman.
1839, pp. 160. This little volume contains true poetry. While no piece falls below mediocrity, there are several compositions which, in sentiment, imagery and versification are of very high order. We have been much gratified with the tone of moral purity which pervades the whole volume.
15.— Travels in South-Eastern Asia, embracing Hindustan, Malaya,
Siam, and China, with notices of numerous Missionary stations, and a full account of the Burman Empire ; with Dissertations, Tables, etc. By Howard Malcom. In two vol.
Boston: Gould, Kendall & Lincoln, 1839. pp. 273, 321. These volumes are beautifully executed, accompanied with maps and numerous illustrations in neat and tasteful engravings; but they have come to hand too late to allow us time to peruse them. We shall examine them hereafter and give a more extended notice in the next No. of the Repository. In the mean time we have no doubt the interest felt in the subjects and the character of the author will secure for them a wide circulation,
16.-Additional Notices of Nero Publications. The following books have been received, some of which will be further noticed hereafter.
Notes Explanatory and Practical on the First Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians. By Albert Barnes. Second edition. New York : William Robinson; Boston : Crocker & Brewster, 1838. pp. 357. The reputation of these “ Notes” is evinced by the rapid sale of the first edition. From an occasional reading and the known ability of the author we have no doubt of their practical value.
Notes, Critical and Practical, on the Book of Genesis ; designed as a gen. eral help to Biblical Reading and Instruction. By George Bush. In two volumes. Vol. 1. second edition. New York: E. French, 1839. pp. 364. This book has also obtained a deserved reputation. We shall hope hereafter to examine it more thoroughly than has yet been in our power to do.
Lectures upon the History of St. Paul, delivered during Lent, at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Upper Chelsea. By the Rev. Henry Blunt, A. M. First American, from the seventh London Edition. Philadelphia : Hooker & Claxton, 1839. pp. 382. Mr. Blunt is a sensible writer, and this is doubtless a good book.
Union; or the divided Church made One. By the Rev. John Harris, author of " Mammon,” “ The Great Teacher,” etc. etc. Revised American edition, Boston : Gould, Kendall & Lincoln, 1838. Pp. 301. Mr. Harris's works are always read with interest.
The Crook in the Lot; or a display of the Sovereignty and Wisdom of God in the afflictions of men. By Rev. Thomas Boston. Philadelphia: W. S. Martien. New York : Robert Carter, 1839. pp. 162. An old book, republished ;-a good specimen of the quaint and homely style of the author's age, pious and comforting to the afflicted, whose taste is not revolted by its oddities.
Rambles in Europe ; or a Tour through France, Italy, Switzerland, Great Britain and Ireland, in 1836. By Fanny W. Hall. In two volumes. New York : E. French, 1839. pp. 228, 246. These volumes are written by a young lady, in an easy and pleasant style, and will not suffer in comparison with most books of travels by transient visitors to Europe.
Wales, and other Poems. By Maria James; with an Introduction by A. Potter, D. D. New York: John S. Taylor, 1839. pp. 170.
The Women of England: Their Social Duties and Domestic Habits. By Mrs. Ellis, (late Sarah Stickney,) author of " The Poetry of Life," “ Pictures of Private Life,” etc. New York : D. Appleton & Co. 1839. pp. 275. This book is doubtless in the very first class of its kind. The reputation of the writer is established for beauty of style, good sense, and purity and ele. vation of sentiment.
A Discourse delivered before the Connecticut Alpha of the $. B. K. at New Haven, August 14, 1838. By Heman Humphrey, S.T.D., President of Amherst College. New Haven: L. K. Young, 1839.
The Choice of a profession : An Address before the Society of Inquiry in Amherst College, August 1838. By Albert Barnes. Amherst: J. S. & C. Adams.
Annual Circular of Marietta College, with the Inaugural Address of the President, delivered July 25, 1838. Cincinnati, 1839.
The Harmony of the Christian Faith and Christian Character, and the Culture nd Discipline of the Mind. By John Abercrombie, M. D. F. R. S. E. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1839. pp. 146.
Dr. Bell's Lessons on the Human Frame. Designed for Schools and Families. Illustrated with upwards of fifty engravings. Philadelphia: Henry Perkins, 1839. pp. 158.
An Inaugural Address, delivered at Marshall College, Mercersburg, Pa. September 1838. By Albert Smith, Professor of Languages in that Institution. Chambersburg, 1838. This is a sensible discourse, in which the author maintains with learning and ability, that education separated from religion furnishes no security to morality and freedom.
LITERARY AND MISCELLANEOUS INTELLIGENCE.
Postscript.—Presbyterian Controversy :- The Law-suit decided. [We have delayed the present No. of the Repository a few days for the purpose of obtaining the decision of the court in the great cause referred to, (page 497,) as “pending in the courts of Pennsylvania.” We insert it, as furnished by Mr. Benedict, who was present at the trial, and, (though necessarily out of place,) as a supplement to his Article closing on page 500. The principles laid down by Judge Rogers are the same which the author has so ably defended in his Article referred to, and with him and the friends of constitutional liberty at large, we gladly unite in espressions of profound gratitude to God that justice in this case has been honored, and a result so propitious obtained. May wisdom be granted from above to guide the successful Assembly in the discharge of their now confirmed and increased responsibilities.-Ep.]
The cause came on to be tried at the Philadelphia nisi prius before the Hon. Judge Rogers of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, on the 4th March inst. The court and jury were addressed by the following counsel : -On the part of the friends of union by Josiah Randall, Esq. and William R. Meredith, Esq. of Philadelphia, and George Wood, Esq. of New York. On the other side by F. W. Hubbell, Esq. and Joseph R. Ingersoll, Esq. of Philadelphia, and the Hon. William C. Preston of South Carolina.
It need not be said that the merits of the cause were fully and ably discussed, when it is known that ten days (in the aggregate) were devoted to the addresses to the jury by counsel of such distinguished ability. The charge of the learned Judge was given to the jury on the 26th day of March, It was in writing, and occupied an hour and a quarter. It was characterized by great simplicity, force and beauty. The breathless anxiety of an assembly crowded almost to suffocation showed the intense interest which was felt in the opinion of the court, while the friends of constitutional Presbyterianism were gratified with hearing the great principles for which they have