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(An Address, delivered before the “ Association of the

Alumni of the Cambridge Theological School," Ju.y

16, 1847. By George Ř. Noyes, D. D.]


The Life of Mrs. Godolphin. By John Evelyn.


1. Report in Favor of the Abolition of the Punishment

of Death by Law, made to the Legislature of New

York. By John L. O'Sullivan.

2. An Essay on the Ground and Reason of Punishment,

with special Reference to the Penalty of Death. By

Tayler Lewis, Esq. And a Defence of Capital Pun-

ishment. By Rev. George B. Cheever, I). D.

3. Essays on the Punishment of Death. By Charles


4. Thoughts on the Death-Penalty. By Charles C.


5. Dissertation on Capital Punishment. By S. S.

Schmücker, D. D.

6. Argument of Benjamin F. Porter, in Support of a

Bill to abrogate the Punishment of Death, in the

Alabama House of Representatives, 1847.

7. Argument of Edward Livingston against Capital


8. Third Annual Address before the New York State

Society for the Abolition of Capital Punishment.

9. Report of a Select Committee on the Abolition of

Capital Punishment. State of New York.


VI. Germany, ReligiouS AND POLITICAL

1. The German Reformation of the Nineteenth Century.

By the German Correspondent of “The Continental


2. Die Throne im Himmel und auf Erden (The Thrones

in Heaven and on Earth). By Pastor Uhlich.

3. Die Kirchliche Bewegung der Gegenwart (The Ec-

clesiastical Agitation of the Present). By Dr. Gross-




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4. Allgemeine Literatur-Zeitung : January, 1845. Art.

The Political Condition of Prussia.

5. Revue des Deux Mondes : Octobre, 1845. Art. His-

tory of the Religious Agitation in Germany, etc.

6. (Ad-

dresses before Protestant Friends at Magdeburg upon

the Reformation-festival.)

7. The Progress and Prospects of Germany. A Dis-

course before the Phi Beta Kappa Society of Brown

University. By Henry Wheaton.


General History of the Christian Religion and Church ;

from the German of Dr. Augustus Neander. Trans-

lated from the Second and Improved Edition. By Jo-

seph Torrey.

VIII. BUSHNELL ON Christian Nurture

1. Discourses on Christian Nurture. By Horace Bush-


2. An Argument for “ Discourses on Christian Nur-

ture," addressed to the Publishing Committee of the

Massachusetts Sabbath School Society. By Horace



Davis's Principles of Nature,

Quincy's Journals of Shaw,

Sutton's Evangel of Love,

Worcester's Comprehensive Dictionary,

Voyage of the Jamestown,

Prophecy of the Santon,

Hosmer's Months,

Kirkland's Dymond's Morality,

Reid's Woman,

Chapman's Hertz's Drama,

Andersen's True Story of My Life,

Mary Anna,

The Sick Chamber,

The Parables of our Lord,

Sharp's Discourses, and Sprague's Discourse, on Chal-

mers, - May's Discourse before the Cambridge Theo-
logical School, Muzzey's Discourse on the Death of
L. M. Stone, Bartol's Ordination Sermon, — Fos.
dick's Anniversary and Farewell Sermons, -- Tracts of
American Unitarian Association, Ware's Medical
Discourses, — Marsh's Phi Beta Kappa Discourse, –
Gay's Statement of the Claims of C. T. Jackson, etc.,

- Brown on the Effects of Ethereal Inhalation, — Re-

marks on Harvard Triennial, .


Religious Intelligence. Ecclesiastical Record, Au-

tumnal Convention, — American Unitarian Association,

- Ordinations and Installations, .

Obituary. - Rev. M. A. H. Niles, – B. Merrill, Esq.,

Hon. J. G. Kendall,

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JULY, 1847.

Art, I. - JOHN WESLEY. *

The eighteenth century, rise as it was in doubters and deniers, had its hearts of faith and tongues of fire. The assailants of Christianity were, indeed, more than met by its intellectual champions. In point of scholarship, science, and philosophy, faith bore the palm in the desperate struggle. Gibbon wrought no harm to Lardner, nor Volney to Priestley. Butler, and Kant, and Reid tower above Hume, and Diderot, and Condillac. If we speak of theorists of nature, how small and contemptible seems the system of D’Holbach by the side of that of Swedenborg! Who compares Helvetius with Cuvier ?

But there is one thing more rare, as well as more power

* 1. The Life of Wesley; and Rise and Progress of Methodism. By RobERT SOUTHEY, Esq., LL' D. Third Edition. With Notes by the late SamVEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE, Esq., and Remarks on the Life and Character of John Wesley, by the late ALEXANDER Knox, Esq. Edited by the Rev. CHARLES CUTHBERT SOUTHEY, A. M. London. 1846. 2 vols. 8vo. Pp. 1058.

2. The Life of the Reo. John Wesley, M. A., sometime Fellow of Lincoln College, Oaford. Collected from his Private Papers and Printed Works ; and written at the Request of his Erecutors. To which is prefized some Account of his Ancestors and Relations; with the Life of the Red. Charles Wesley, M. A., collected from his Private Journal, and never before published. The whole forming a History of Methodism, in which the Principles and Economy

the Methodists are unfolded. By John WHITEHEAD, M. D. Boston: McLeish. 1844. 2 vols. Svo

pp. 308 and 313. 3. The Life of the Rev. John Wesley, A. M., sometime Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford, and Founder of the Methodist Societies. By RICHARD Watson. New York. 1831.


ful, in a period of doubt and disputation, than scholarship, or science, or philosophy. Apologetic literature, so characteristic of the theologians of the last century, is at best barren in vital force or quickening energy. Earnest faith is the thing needed, — faith whose words burn as well as enlighten. Such the eighteenth century had. The age of Rousseau and Voltaire was the age of Whitefield and Wesley.

Providence appears to keep up a pontificate of its own, very different from that in the gift of the Romish cardinals. Its holy unction dwells ever upon some consecrated head. If Fénelon bore it in his time, it is not difficult to point out his successor. From the death-bed of the Archbishop of Cambray, we look towards England for a person worthy of being named in connection with him. The date is 1715. Remembering that Europe was then entering upon that transition period of doubt and infidelity that has so marked the whole century, — not forgetting, that at that time in Geneva, in Switzerland, there was a child of three years named John James Rousseau, and in Champagne, in France, another of two years named Denis Diderot, and that the young Arouet, afterwards called Voltaire, at the age of twenty-one was already astonishing the saloons of Paris, and alarming the court of Versailles, by his genius and satire, we pass on, and, crossing the Straits of Dover, approach the cliffs of England, and look upon the land of our fathers at that interesting period. The revolutionary struggles of the nation had subsided. The belligerent parties and their descendants, both Puritan and Churchman, enjoyed the privileges of civil and religious liberty with comparatively small restriction. But with quiet times worldliness came. No longer provoked by persecution, nor startled by danger, the Established Church and the Dissenting sects had settled down into a comfortable indifference. Honorable exceptions, indeed, there were, - exceptions among high names in literature, such as Bishop Wilson, Doddridge, and Watts ; - exceptions, too, in quarters then indeed little noted, but since well known by their fruits, as in the case of the family in Epworth, Lincolnshire, which furnishes us with our present subject.

In that place, a market-town of some two thousand inhabitants, dwelt at the time of which we are speaking a good Christian minister, who had little sympathy with the general indifference. He had been for more than twenty years

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