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With such philanthropy we have no fellowship; it is based on injustice, and cemented by intolerance. Nor are we in the least surprised that such philanthropists should be alarmed at Garrison, Mott, Chapman, May, and their coadjutors. They can have no sympathy in the struggles of minds like these; loudly as they may prate of Voluntaryism and religious freedom, they know nothing of universal brotherhood; whilst aiding to strike the fetter from the limbs of the slave, they are themselves in bonds more degrading, for they would chain the intellect, they would bastille the expansive affections of the human heart. It is one thing, amidst applauding thousands in West George-Street Chapel, to aid the ladies in delegating George Thompson to America, and another thing to stand by and carry out the principles which alone could justify that interference with the “ Domestic Institutions” of America. Ladies may present gowns and pulpit-Bibles to their pastors; but wo be to them, if they give utterance to their thoughts and feelings in behalf of the slave. Men may go up to the Metropolis of their Country, and address their Sovereign Lady, and deem themselves the happiest of the happy, should they be privileged to kiss her hand; but to think of any of her female subjects acting in Committees, or bearing audible testimony to the rights of abused millions, this is an abomination not to be endured! Such philanthropy, such inconsistency, may pass current for a season; but it is, after all, of base and hollow metal, sounding brass and tinkling cymbal, and must ultimately give place to the religion which knows no distinction of Jew or Greek, bond or free, male or female, for all are one in Christ Jesus.

Let it not be supposed, however, from these remarks, that the American Anti-Slavery Society has committed itself to any declaration regarding the abstract question of woman's rights. This charge is the falsehood of the enemy. It abides by its original principles; it will not, at the dictation of interested men, discard the aid of women; and this is a crime, in the eyes of those who would abet any charge so that slavery might be perpetuated. The original Society is to be destroyed, Garrison is to be put out of the way, that slavery and intolerance

may triumph. The slave .may perish, by Orthodox tyranny, sooner than owe his redemption to beretical benefactors. This is the whole gist of the question; and no wonder, therefore, that Orthodox Quakers should howl at Mrs. Mott, or that Mr. Collins should meet with cold looks and shut doors from the Reverend patrons of the Glasgow Emancipation Society. But all honour to those noble-minded and true-hearted men and women of America, who, faithful to the principles on which the Anti-Slavery Society was founded, refuse to prostitute it to political partisanship or sectarian bigotry, and who, mindful of their godlike mission, will not be turned aside by any pleas whatever from its earnest, persevering, and, we trust, at length, successful prosecution.

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The Student's Manual; designed, by specific Directions,

to aid in forming and strengthening the Intellectual and Móral Character and Habits of the Student. By John

Todd. pp. 107. Lectures to Young Men on the Cultivation of the Mind, the

Formation of Character, and the Conduct of Life. By George W. Burnap. pp. 41. London, J. Green; Bristol, Philp 8. Evans.

The works whose titles we have now given, are two, among several others, which, under the general name of “Standard American Literature,” have been presented to the English public by the enterprising assiduity of the publishers. They deserve the thanks of the people for their pains; and the excellent selection thus made, at once displays sound judgment and right feeling. The Student's Manual cannot be read without interest and instruction. We could, indeed, state objections to many of the sentiments, and, on the score of taste, could have wished some things altered, or altogether omitted; but thought must be excited by its perusal, and much benefit, both intellectual and moral, must arise to any one who will carefully lay to heart its contents. The work is divided into ten chapters, comprising—the object of study; habits; study; reading; time; conversation; politeness and subordination; exercise, diet, economy; discipline of the heart; the object of life. These various subjects are explained, and illustrated, and enforced by reasoning and appeal, history and anecdote, poetry and fact. Not

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merely to the student, generally so-called, but to all persons of every age, the pages of this Manual contain many things worthy of being pondered and put in practice.

The Lectures to Young Men were delivered in Baltimore to increasing audiences, who earnestly called for their publication. We do not wonder at the call; for the subjects discussed are of vital interest to the improvement, virtue, and happiness, not only of young men, but also of every human being. The Lectures are six in number, embracing-remarks on the importance and possibility of mental culture; the means and method of its pursuit and acquisition; character and its faults; the relation of the sexes; and intemperance under its varied forms. It is a good sign of the times, when lectures on such subjects, tending to the mental and moral elevation of the community, are received with approbation, and their publication called for as a means of spreading their purifying and ennobling influence among those who could not listen to their delivery. We trust that the tasteful form in which these works have been republished, added to their cheapness, will ensure their wide circulation among the students and young men of Britain.

Prayers for the Use of Christian Families; with a Preface

recommending the practice of Family Worship. By J. Scott Porter. London, J. Ĝreen; Belfast, Hodgson.

SINCERELY do we thank the excellent Author for this manual of devotion; and it is our earnest hope, that it may soon be as extensively known as it deserves. No one can read the Preface, without being impressed by the importance of the subject of which it treats, to the improvement, and peace, and happiness of families, nor fail of considering the duty which it recommends and enforces, as of imperative obligation on all who would act up to, and ensure the great ends of their being. The little volume contains a series of prayers for the morning and evening of every day for a fortnight; to which are added, thirteen prayers for occasions often occurring in families. The prayers are characterised by plainness and simplicity; and breathe the purity and earnestness which should ever animate the addresses of frail, imperfect, and dependent creatures, to the Father of all the families of the earth.

Hymns for the Christian Church and Home. Collected and edited by James Martineau. London: J. Green.

In our opinion, this is a beautiful collection of sacred songs, evincing the sound judgment, correct taste, Christian feeling, and devotional spirit of the Editor. Our objection to several of the collections in use among Unitarian Churches, has been the paucity of numbers from which to select suitable hymns for the various purposes of public worship, and especially the want of compositions enforcing many interesting topics of Christian instruction and practice. These objections can have no place in reference to " Hymns for the Christian Church and Home.” The Hymns are arranged in six books:-1. “God the object of worship,” which comprehends 191 hymns; many introductory to public worship; and the others celebrating the Infinite Father as the alone object of adoration—as glorious in his works, excellent in his Providence, venerable in himself and in his relations to men. II. - Christ and Christianity," in which the nativity and ministry of Christ, the cross and resurrection, the retrospect of Christ's mortal life, the written form of the Gospel, its primitive spread, its spirit and prospects, are celebrated in 70 hymns. Book III. is on the human lot, “ mortal and immortal," containing 145 hymns on all the varied aspects and circumstances of existence. Book IV. consists of 116 hymns on human duty and the Christian mind, arranged under the various virtues and affections which should characterise the faithful and practical disciple of Jesus. To “ Seasons and Times,” including those of day and night, the seasons of the natural and Christian year-congregational, charitable, and national occasions—with the close of public worship, are appropriated the 70 hymns of Book V.; whilst the personal and domestic relations, occupy the last division of the interesting volume. The volume contains 650 hymns; an index of first lines; an alphabetical index of subjects; together with an index of tunes appropriate to the measures and subjects of the various compositions. This last especially is an excellent arrangement, and, so far as we can judge, appears to be executed with great taste. A Preface, explanatory of the views of the Editor in arranging this collection of hymns, accompanies the volume.

In collections of this kind, persons naturally look for hymns they have been accustomed to admire, and with which many of their most pleasing and hallowed associations are connected. There are some omissions from this collection which we regret; and there are two or three which we marvel found a place; but with these exceptions, we consider “ Hymns for the Christian Church and Home,” an admirable selection, most suitable to effect the great objects they are designed to promote; fitting alike to excite the devotional spirit in the congregation and in solitude; blending the voice of praise with the purest Christian faith; and hallowing every principle, and affection, thought and effort, to man's improvement and God's glory. The exceeding cheapness of the volume, is an additional reason for its adoption in our Churches.

MONTHLY RECORD.

May 1, 1841.

MR. Harris's ResignaTION.-On Thursday evening, March 25, the Committee of the Glasgow Unitarian Congregation met in the Vestry of the Chapel, and unanimously instructed the Secretary to address the following letter to Mr. Harris, expressive of their sentiments on his intended resignation:

“Glasgow, March 26, 1841. “Rev. AND DEAR SIR,

“At a meeting of the Committee of the Congregation, held last night in the Vestry of the Chapel, for the purpose of taking into consideration the intimation which you gave to the Congregation on Sunday, of your having resolved to accept the invitation to become the Minister of St. Mark's Chapel, Edinburgh, I was directed, in name of the Committee, to express to you their deep regret, that you

should have determined to leave Glasgow; their conviction, that nothing short of a high sense of duty has actuated you in so determining; their gratitude to you, for your most able and consistent advocacy of Christian truth and righteousness, during your long residence in this City; and their fervent hope, that you may long be spared to uphold and diffuse in the Metropolis, as well as throughout Scotland, the principles of their common faith; and that every happiness and prosperity may attend you. “I remain, Rev. and Dear Sir, Yours most sincerely and respectfully,

Rob. HEDDERWICK, Sec." “ Rev. GEORGE HARRIS.”

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