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A literal translation of a declaration, writ- loud to them to come out of the vessel, but

ten in a corrupted Arabic, from the town they would not. of Yaúd, in the interior of Africa.

They proceeded to the country of Bu“ In the name of God, the Merciful of Eeauree, and as they were sitting in the

sa, which is greater than that of the Sultan and the Munificent.

vessel they hung or were stopped by the 66 This declaration is issued from the Cape or Head Land of Kude. town called Yaúd, in the country of Kossa.

“ And the people of the Sultan of Busa -We (the writer) do witness the following called to them, and poured their arms into case, (statement.) We never

the vessel, and the vessel reached the head. heard of the sea (river) called Koodd; but land or cliff, and became attached or fixed we sat to hear (understood) the voice (re

to the head of the mountain, and could not port) of some persons, suying, “ We saw a

pass it. Then the men and women of Busa ship, equal to her we never saw before; collected themselves hostilely together, with and the King of Yaúd had sent plenty of arms of all descriptions, when the vessel every kind of food, with cows and sheep ; being unable to clear or pass the Cape, the There were two men, one woman, two male

man in the vessel killed his wife, and threw slaves, and two maids in the ship; The the whole of her property into the river; two white men were derived from the race they then threw themselves into the river, (sect) of Nassrí ; (Christ or Christianity.) fcar seizing them ;, (the news of this occurThe King of Yaúd asked them to come out

rence was then conveyed to the Sultan Wa. to him, (to land ;) and they refused com

wee,) until it reached by water the terri. ing out, (landing,) and they went to the tory of Kanjee, in the country of the Sul. King of the country of Bassa, who is great- tan Wawee, and we buried it (a male body) er than the King of Yaúd; And ichile they in its earth, and one of them we saw not at were sitting in the ship, and gaining a po- all in the water, and God knows the truth sition (rounding) over the Cape of Koodd, of this report. From the mouth of the and were in society with the people of the Shereef Ibrahim.-—The end.” King of Bassa, the ship reached (struck) a. head of Mountain, which took (destroyed)

We must, before we conclude, inher away, and the men and women of Bas. dulge our readers with an Ashantee sa altogether, with every kind of arms, song. It is not inelegant, and, as Mr (goods ;) And the ship could find no way Bowdich remarks, has a considerable to avoid the mountain ; And the man who resemblance to one of the odes of Howas in the ship killed his wife, and threw

race, “ Donec gratus eram tibi,” &c. all his property into the sea, (river,) and then they threw themselves also from fear: 1st Iloman. My husband likes me too Afterwards they took one out of the water, much, till the news reached the town of Kanji, He is good to me; the country of the King of Wawi, and the But I cannot like him, King of Wawi heard of it, he buried him So I must listen to my lover. in his earth, (grave,) and the other we have Ist Man. My wife does not please me, not seen ; perhaps he is in the bottom of I tire of her now; the water.'—And God knows best. Au. So I will please myself with another thentic from the mouth of Sherif Abrahim. Who is very handsome. -Finis.”

21 Woman. My lover tempts me too

much, MR JACKSON'S TRANSLATION.

But my husband always does me good, “ In the name of God, the Merciful So I must like him well, and Clement.

And I must be true to him.

2d Man. Girl, you pass my wife hand. “ This narrative proceeds from the ter. ritory in Housa called Eeauree. We ob. But I cannot call you wife; served an extraordinary event or circum- A wife pleases her husband only, stance, but we neither siw nor heard of the But when I leave you, you go to others. river which is called Kude, and as we were sitting we heard the voice of children, and This book is written in a very sinwe saw a vessel the like to which in size we gular style. Mr Bowdich seems to never saw before ; and we saw the King of have been originally a scholar, and Eeauree send cattle and sheep, and a variety of vegetables in great abundance : and given to fine writing, for he often there were two men and one woman, and quotes the classics, and his descriptwo slaves, and they tied or fastened them tions of scenery, in particular, are cast in the vessel.

in a highly poetical mould ; but, by “ There were also in the vessel two white living so long abroad, he has in some men of the race called Christians, (N'sar- measure forgotten his own language, rah;) and the Sultan of Eeauree called a- and is ever mingling with his finest

some,

REMARKS ON

SERMONS.

In a

flights words that have no meaning as cellence, is perhaps the very circumhe uses them, or, more grotesquely stance, which may possibly prevent still, the senseless jabber of negros them from acquiring their just share and negro-drivers. "He talks inces of reputation. They seem to us a sently of palavers, dashes, &c. which very admirable specimen of simple interrupt in the most ridiculous way pastoral homilies, and they recall to the splendour of his narrative. Mr us more perfectly the earlier age of Bowdich, too, seems to have formed the English Reformed Church, than quite as high a notion of his own ta any thing which we have seen for a lents for a negotiator as his readers long time. They contain wholesome will give him credit for; anı he ra- doctrine, conveyed in very plain and ther crows over poor Mr James in a perspicuous language, and in a spirit tone of too much self-importance. quite the reverse of any thing polemiHowever, he is a very entertaining cal or controversial ; and they invari. and intelligent traveller, and,“ take ably connect practical conclusions with him for all in all,” we “ like his pa- Gospel tenets. There is not, perhaps, laver much."

much skill exhibited in the structure of these discourses, nor any remarkable

felicity in the manner of expression, BISITOP SANDFORD's yet in these very defects, if they are

defects, they come nearer the pri

mitive model upon which they have In giving a view of the literature of insensibly been formed. They are the age, we must not pass over the the compositions, in short, of one pulpit, and we should tarry longer well instructed in Christian doctrine, within that sacred ground than, per- and fully impressed with its infinite haps, our readers would be inclined importance, yet enforcing it with a to continue with us, were we to con most exemplary mcekness; and, in sult only our own inclinations. their entire want of artifice, or any atmiscellaneous journal, however, it is tempt at eloquence, except what is scarcely possible to introduce the naturally inspired by the subject itvoice of the preacher with much ef- self, they have about them a species fect. It is like quoting the Bible in of Apostolical purity, which is now a mixed company, when the well- but rarely to be met with. meaning monitor is only stared at for The few examples which we can his pains, and has the mortification to give, and which we shall take withdiscover, that he has rather injured out much selection, will, we think, than befriended the cause of religion, both explain and justify this opinion. We shall, yet, every now and then, The following passage, in a sermon make the attempt, and, without ven on the text, For we walk by taith, turing on many words of our own, not by sight," contains a striking it will be very gratifying to us, if the practical view of the peculiar doctrines slight glimpses which we may occa- of the Gospel. sionally have it in our power to give into the writings of learned and pious

“ The mercy and love towards us' of divines, both of our own and of for- Almighty God, who is not a hard masmer times, should be the means of ex

ter, reaping where He hath not sowed, and

gathering where he bath not strawed,' have citing our readers to look farther for ordained, that the matters of revelation. themselves.

shall be calculated to produce this practical The present age is not, on the impression upon the humble spirit which whole, adverse to religion, but it has no submits itself to the teaching of His word, great notion of the sobriety of religion, and the heart which is open to its instrucand we should not be surprised if the tions. Even the most mysterious doctrines bermons before us were less noticed than of the Gospel partake of this character. they deserve to be, from the peculiari. That sublime fact, into the belief of which ty of the times in which they appear.

we are baptized, the ineffable unity of three What we consider as their leading ex

Divine persons in the One Godhead, high as it is beyond the present comprellension

of our bounded reason, is rendered most • Sermons preached in St John's Chapel, interesting to the restored creatures, who Edinburgh. By Daniel Sandford, D. D. are thus taught in gratitude to worship the one of the Bishops of the Scotch Episcopal concentrated benignity of the Creator, the Church, &c. &c. Edinburgh, 1819. Redeemer, and the Sanctifier of man. That

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faithful saying, and worthy of all accep- is a crafty suggestion, which has decived tation, that Christ Jesus came into the and ruined many more than the mother of world to save sinners;' that God spared mankind. If he can fix this suggestion in not His own Son; but maile Him, who the mind, and cheat us into the slumber of knew no sin, to be sin (i e. an offering for self-satisfaction, and persuade us that we sin) for us; that the just suffered for the are safe enough already, half his work is unjust,' is a mystery untathomable by our done. He wil retire abashed and discon. understandings, yet assured to us by the certed, if he find us determined not to rest truth of Holy Writ, and, therefore, the in a general careless acquiescence in our object of faith ; but how, my brethren, spiritual state, but to search out our doth it speak to the heart; how is it form- ways,' and apply the only rule which will ed to penetrate the spirit with the liveliest not deceive us, to decide upon their characsense of God's unutterable goodness ; that ter. It was • while men slept that the ene. Heaven was bowed down to the earth, that my sowed tares among the good seed.' • the Word was made flesh,' to undergo a Our Lord commands all Christians to life on this earth of suffering, and a death watch ; and as the temptation to speak of ignominy and torture for man, made out peace to the soul, when there is no peace;" of the dust of the ground; how doth it proceeds from the adversary, who desires console the penitent sinner, trembling' be to take advantage of our weakness, and to neath the burden of his transgressions, and luil us to the sleep of death, so, on the bind l.im in affectionate and grateful capti. other hand, the desire to shake off this ialse vity to the law of the gracious Being, who, security may be considered as a token that at the very moment of the first offence, the work of renewal is going on in the " thought on us that we should not perish! heart, and will proceed, by the Divine The lloly Spirit, whose blessed influence is blessing, to the happiest result, if we de promised to our prayers, to strengthen not, by our own folly or perverseness, dis. our infirmities,' in whose assured help we appoint the merciful intentions of God's are taught, by Divine trutlı, to believe, acts Holy Spirit. imperceptibly; 6 the wind bloweth where Again, let us suppose that the exami. it listeth, and thou hearest the sound there. nation is undertaken with a deap sense of of, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and its importance, and an active wili to pet. whither it goeth; so is every one that is form it. We may ask, in the next place, born of the Spirit.' The operation is mys. is it conducted with perfect siocerity is terious, but sincere faith in the revelation there no reserve, no hidden citam ber of the will encourage the believer to use, with heart, which we forbear to explore ? 10 humble contidence, the appointed means of we hear a secret voice within, counselling grace, and tv labour that the mercy and aid us to rest in a general acknowledgment of he seeks shall be thankíully improved to unfortiuness, and to forbear that detailed the end for which Eternal Goodness be- and close inspection and scratiny which are stows them. Thus it is, that every come indispensable to the real and profitable munication of that Scripture wbich is gi. knowledge of ourselves ? or do we, rememven by inspiration of God, is profitable for bering that we are in the presence of Him instruction in rigliteousness, that we may from whuin no secrets are hid, implore be thoroughly furnished io all good works." Hiin to assist is to banish the suggestions

pp. 247-251, of self-love, and by a fair, unreserved comIn a sermon on self-exuinination are

parison of our sentiments and conduct with the following very ecifying and useful work? From the atswers which the heart

the law, to let conscience do her perfect obscrvations :

pronounces to these questions we may “ li is impossible, in the space allowed druw no unsafe conclusion to tell us, whe for such a discourse as this, to describe, in ther we are proceeding under the protec. detail, all the subjets which this inquiry tion of the Spirit of truth, or whether, in en braces ; but s'me of the most promi. the very moment of such a religious exer. nent toke:siliat we are living under the in- cise, we are blindly yielding to the strata fluence and guidance of the Spirit may be gems and deceit of the father of lies." mentioued.

In pursuing the same subject he "Perhaps we may derive no little assurance on this point, by asking our own

says, hearts whether we be willing and earnest

in How do you reverence God's holy to engage in the inquiry. It is one of the word? Is it the companion of your sea most dangerous anifices of Satan to whis- tired hours? Is it your chief delight to per that there is no call for this seltexami- meitate on tlie Holy Scriptures ? Or ihn nation. It would mainly serve his mali- you read them only as a duty which niast cious purpose to inspire us with an indo. be performed, and gladly close the volaine lent unwillingness to disturb our own of eternal truth, to be take yourselves to peace. He is continually practising his some more engaging and aniinating parinsi temptation. 'Ye shall not swdy die sait? Do you love the holy day which

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God has set apart for his own service, and means simply the operation of the for our highest edification and improve- Holy Spirit in baptism,) and, as a ment, and the duties in which it calls you proof that the person who could be to engage? Or do you esteem it a weari. ness or a toil? do its lingering hours hangmong the unregenerate. Nor do we

so perversely disposed was still aheavy on your hands ? Do you think that you have done your duty on that day, by conceive that there is a single Presbyappearing once only in the house of God; terian in Scotland who will have any or do you rejoice in every opportunity

feeling but one of sympathy and retread its sacred courts ?'' And how is the spect for the candid firmness with remainder of that sacred time employed ? which this sincere and conscientious Believe me, you may form no mistaken Bishop thus defends the peculiar conjudgment of your religious character, from stitution of his own church. the degree of your affection to the appropriate employments of the Lord's day, and

Without uncharitable censure of those from the manner in which you pass it. I who differ from us in their notions of am far from recommending you to make church government, and of the qualificathe Christian festival a day of morose and tions necessary to the right administration puritanical strictness ; but allow me to

of the Holy Sacraments, we faithfully and say, that he who has not, unless prevented conscientiously abide by that form of ecby some lawful impediment, presented clesiastical polity, which we verily believe himself at both the usual services of the to have been established by the first inspirchurch, has not done his duty; nor he ed rulers of the Christian church. Withwho allows the remaining leisure of that

out any vain and irritating disputations day to be spent in indolence, in idle visite about names and titles, we are content to ing and conversation, in careless neglect of follow the pattern which we think is evic his duties in the closet. Let these be per- This is the claim which we acknowledge,

dently propounded in the word of God. formed conscientiously, and heartily as unto the Lord,' and then let the portion of and the example we profess to imitate. We his time which he can command be past

believe that the three orders of our clergy in acts of charity and mercy, or in the ra

are derived from the model of the church tional and improving converse of pious and in the New Testament; and we know, and cheerful friends. Ask your own hearts, all who are acquainted with the history of whether such is the history of your Sab- Christianity from the first ages, know as baths. Extend your inquisition to the well as we do, that for the first fifteen cena

turies of the Christian æra, there was no other particulars comptised under this first and greatest commandment. If your hearts regular church in any part of the world condemn you not, happy indeed you are,

that was not so constituted. We thus for then may you have confidence towards consider our form of ecclesiastical governGod.' Then will the Spirit bear witness

ment such as may be proved by most with your spirit, that the work of the certain warrant of Holy Scripture, and Holy Ghost renewing you to His image is confirmed by the invariable practice of all proceeding, and by a proof which cannot

antiquity. While we abstain, as our deceive, that you have the tokens of the Christian profession requires from us, from Spirit of Christ.'

judging those who do not agree with us on

this important subject ; while we endeaThere are some subjects canvassed vour to live in the bond of peace with in this volume which have given rise other communities of our Christian breto much controversy, and have of thren, who is he that will blame us for consequence produced much ill-blood holding fast' the practices which we and rancour in the Christian world. contemplate as deriving a sacred authority He would be a singular being, bow from the Apostles of our blessed Lord and

Master ?" ever, in whom any such feelings should be engendered by the mild and paa He afterwards adds, and they are ternal tone in which these subjects words that well deserve to be held in are treated here. If any one, for in- remembrance, “Let it be our care, stance, should fall tooth and nail upon therefore, to abide stedfastly by the the sermon in which the subject of communion to which we belong, while Regeneration is discussed, we should we presume not to condemn others, but almost be inclined to consider the oc live in amity and kindness with those currence of such bitterness as a con- ' by whom we dwell securely. Their fantation of the sermon, (Bishop Sand- respect and good opinion we certainly ford very temperately holds the opi- shall not deserve, and are not likely nion, which is maintained by the to obtain, by denying or dissembling highest authorities in the English the principles by which we ought to chureh, that the word Regeneration be distinguished."

VOL. IV.

3 L

MELINE.

REMARKS ON MRS BRUNTON's EM- trespassed upon these great social and

religious sanctions, that there is a se

cret power thwarting their attempts We know few pieces of fictitious at happiness, and that, whatever writing more beautiful and affecting may be their worldly prosperity, or than this little fragment. Yet the vo even their great and amiable qualume which contains it has a hold upon lities, “ the stars in their courses are our feelings of a much stronger kind figliting against them.” 'To make than ever belonged to the mere inte- this lesson the more impressive, she rest of a tale ; and, amidst the real has invested her guilty pair with sorrow which it awakens in us, we can many of those dispositions which are scarcely attend to any imaginary woes. most agreeable and respectable in soThe cloud which not miny months ciety,--the woman, weak, indeed, ago fell so heavily over our city, once and without any force of character, more presses upon us, when we open but, perhaps, the inore engaging the last unfinished pages of one whom from her feminine timidity and sotiwe so highly honoured and admired, ness,--the man, of a lofty mind and dropping, as it were, from her dying unbending honour, according to the hand; and when we read that hearts principles of the world. They are rending memoir which precedes them, inarried after their crime, and the traced with all the suppressed emo outset of the tale gives us, at once, ali tion of the deepest and most genuine insight into the character of the para sorrow, by the widowed hand, which, ties, and the sources of misery that with a love so devoted, was long link were opening for them. ed to hers. It is not easy, in such

“ The dews were sparkling in the sumcircumstances, to listen to the moral

mer sun, the birds sang in full chorus, the lessons of any fiction, however inte antic sports of animals testific activity and resting, yet we are glad to take refuge joy, and gladness seemed the nature of in the occupation, and to withdraw every living thing, when the loveliest bride ourselves, for a time, from more op- that ever England saw was preparing for pressive feelings. We hope that it her nuptial hour. AMuence awaited her, will soon be a more pleasing employ- and to her rank belonged all the advantament, however melancholy, to con ges of respectability, without the fetters of template the instructive biography of state. That hour was to see her united to Mrs Brunton herself: At present, we

the gallant Sir Sidney de Clifford, soldier must speak only of this little work, in high in fame, -agentleman who, in person, which, with all her characteristic led by few,-a lover, who adored her with

manners, and accomplishments, was rivalanxiety to employ her uncommon all the energies of a powerful mind. He powers, for the good of her species, was the husband of her choice-whom she she has bequeathed, even in its in- had loved above all that heaven and earth perfect form, a most valuable legacy contain-above Him whom they cannot to society.

contain. It could not but be painful to this “ If youth, beauty, affluence, satisfied high-minded woman, and most sincere ambition, and successful love, can give Christian, to oberve, that some fatal happiness, Emmeline was happy. Yet the infringeinents had, of late 'years, been sigh which swelled her bosom was not the male upon the purity of ancient meline was the softest of her sex, the off

sigh of rapture ; nor was it, though Em. manners; that the severe but salutary spring of maiden fears. It was wrung from laws which had been raised as a fence her by bitter recollection ; for Emmeline around the sanctity of doinestic vir- had, before, been a bride. Attendance and tue, had, in some respects, given way; respect, cheerful preparations and congraand that a greater laxity of sentiment tulating friends, had beguiled the apprewas gradually creeping in under the hensions of innocence. The bonds into aspect of an improved liberality and which she had entered had been hallowed charity. Her clear-sighted spirit saw by a parent's blessing a blessing given, at once through the delusion; but, which now a menial was arranging, a proud

The bridal ornaments, in endeavouring to dispel it, she saw likewise that much delicacy, as well dared not look. I will forget the past,"

and joyf

hand--but this way Emmeline as decision, was requisite. It is in thought she. This day, at least, i will this spirit that she began this admir- forget it; and from this hour I will atone able tale, in which she has endea- for my error-for ny guilt, if I must call voured to prove to those who have it so.' Every duty will I now punctually.

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