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the profound and noble treatise on Immutable Morality. This latter has long been out of print. It was published more than forty years after the author's death by Dr. Edward Chandler, bishop of London. It is, in fact, though not professedly, an answer to the writings of Hobbes and of some other infidels whose opinions took away the essential and immutable distinctions between moral right and wrong. In addition to these various treatises, and Dr. Birch's Life of Dr. Cudworth, there is subjoined an analysis of the whole, amounting to nearly one hundred and fifty pages, which forms a very enlightened abstract or abridgment of the various treatises.
Journal of an Exploring Tour beyond the Rocky Mountains, under the direction of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, performed in the years 1835, 1836, and 1837. Containing a description of the geography, geology, climate, and productions; the number, manners, and customs of the natives. With a map of Oregon Territory. By Rev. SAMUEL PARKER. Ithaca, N. Y. 1838. Pp. 371.
Mr. Parker set out upon his journey March 14, 1835, from Ithaca, N. Y. On the 7th of April, with his companion, Dr. Marcus Whitman, he started from St. Louis, Mo., in connection with a caravan of the American Fur Company. On the 10th of August he thus describes the passage through the Rocky Mountains: "Cold winds were felt from the snow-topped mountains to an uncomfortable degree. The passage through these mountains is in a valley, so gradual in the ascent and descent that I should not have known that we were passing them had it not been that as we advanced the atmosphere gradually became cooler, and at length we found the perpetual snows upon our right hand and upon our left, elevated many thousand feet above us-in some places ten thousand. The highest part of these mountains is found by measurement to be eighteen thousand feet above the level of the sea. This valley was not discovered till some years since. Mr. Hunt and his party, more than twenty years ago, went near it, but did not find it, though in search of some favorable passage. It varies in width from five to twenty miles; and, following its course, the distance through the mountains is about eighty miles, or four days' journey. Though there are some elevations and depressions in this valley, yet, comparatively speaking, it is level. There would be no difficulty in the way of constructing a railroad from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean; and, probably, the time may not be very far distant when trips will be made across the continent," etc. This is truly a remarkable discovery. If the facts should prove to be, as they appear from Mr. Parker's description, it is one of the most extraordinary provisions for the convenience of man ever made in the providence of God in the solid framework of the globe. We could have wished that Mr. Parker had gone into full details, and given us an exact account of the whole of this road, excavated by the finger of God.
Mr. Parker pursued his journey among the mountains, stopping at various places, holding consultation with the Indians, and collecting various information, till he reached the mouth of the Columbia River. On the 28th of June, 1836, he embarked for the Sandwich Islands, and in sixteen days anchored in the roads of Honolulu. He reached New-London, Conn., on the 18th of May, 1837.
A great variety of interesting information will be found in the
volume. There is an air of honesty and entire trustworthiness about all the statements. But little, comparatively, is mentioned but what fell under the author's own observation. Mr. Parker seems to have had quite a tact for working his way among Indians, hunters, trappers, half-breeds, and the heterogeneous multitude with whom he came in contact. Many of the Indians seem waiting for the gospel of Christ, and are ardently desiring teachers to be sent to them. The style of the volume is simple and unadorned. There is an occasional use of language which will be called cant by some persons. A part of it, as where the author speaks of his own religious feelings, might have been well spared. In one place Mr. Parker makes use of obliviscited; we know not in what vocabulary he found the term.
General History of Civilization in Europe, from the Fall of the Roman Empire to the French Revolution. Translated from the French of M. Guizot, Professor of History to La Faculte des Lettres of Paris, and Minister of Public Instruction. First American, from the second English edition. New-York. D. Appleton & Co. 1838. Pp. 346, 12mo.
As our readers already know, M. Guizot stands in the very first rank both of scholars and statesmen. If otherwise uninformed, they must have learned something of his religious views from his remarks before the Protestant Bible Society at Paris, given by our French correspondent in the Observer of July 21. A work from such a man must of course be interesting and valuable. The author examines, at considerable length, the influence exerted on civilization by the Christian church in the various forms it has assumed during the period of which he treats. This must add much to the interest with which religious men will peruse it.—N. Y. Obs.
The Old Testament, arranged in historical and chronological order, (on the basis of Lightfoot's Chronicle,) in such a manner that the books, chapters, Psalms, prophecies, &c., &c., may be read as one connected history, in the words of the authorized translation. With notes and copious indexes. By the Rev. Geo. Townsend, M. A., prebendary of Durham, and vicar of Northallerton. Revised, punctuated, divided into paragraphs and parallelisms, Italic words re-examined, a choice and copious selection of references given, &c. By Rev. T. W. Coit, D. D., late president of Transylvania University. Boston: Perkins & Marvin. Philadelphia: H. Perkins. 1838. 8vo., pp. 1212.
The Life and Travels of George Whitefield, a review of which we copied into our last number from the Wesleyan Magazine of London, is advertised by D. Appleton & Co., New-York.
Incidents of Travel in Greece, Turkey, Russia, and Poland. By the author of "Incidents of Travel in Egypt, Arabia Petræa, and the Holy Land." With a map and engravings. In two volumes. New-York. Harper & Brothers. 1838.
A Tale of the Huguenots. Published by John S. Taylor, with an introduction by Rev. F. L. Hawks. This book is said to be a veri
table narrative of the sufferings of the French refugees, exhibiting their faith and fortitude in a very interesting manner.
Home Education. By the author of Natural History of Enthu siasm. Published by J. S. Taylor.
History of the Mission to Orissa, the site of the temple of Juggernaut. By Amos Sutton. A. A. S. Union. Boston.
Dr. Humphrey has published his letters, originally inserted in the New-York Observer, in two volumes.
The following biographical works are constantly on sale by T. Mason and G. Lane, 200 Mulberry-street, New-York :Life of J. Wesley, by Rev. R. Watson, 1 vol. 12mo.
Fletcher, by Rev. Joseph Benson, 1 vol. 12mo.
Dr. A. Clarke, 3 vols. 8vo., calf extra, English edition 8 00
3 vols. in 1
Lady Maxwell, 1 vol. 12mo.
Mrs. H. S. Bunting
Hester Ann Rogers
William Carvosso, a new work
Mrs. Elizabeth Mortimer, do.
M. H. Bingham
Rev. John Valton
66 Henry Longden Remains of Melville B. Cox. Experience of several eminent Methodist Preachers
To those who wish to see the excellence of Christianity imbodied and illustrated in the lives and conduct of its able supporters and propagators, the above list of biographies will be prized "above rubies." In the Life of the Wesleys they will become acquainted not only with the history of the most pious men and eminent ministers of Jesus Christ, but also with the rise and progress of Methodism in Europe and America. The others are highly valuable on account of their being less or more connected with the spread of vital godliness, and as exemplifying, in an eminent degree, the pure spirit and temper of the Christian religion.
History of the Methodist Episcopal Church. By N. Bangs, D. D. In two volumes. T. Mason and G. Lane, 200 Mulberry-st., NewYork. The first volume of this work is in press, and will soon appear. It will no doubt have an extensive circulation, not only among the members of the church, but others also.
A library of more than thirteen thousand volumes has lately been purchased from the Rev. Dr. Van Ess, of Bavaria, Germany, for the New-York Theological Seminary. This is a splendid collection of theological books, and will be a great acquisition not only to the institution for which it has been procured, but to the literature of the country generally, as it contains many rare works of high value.