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impeached it. Of his abilities he has himself given proofs | But with that exception (and it does not occur very freenough. He is about forty-five years of age, of middling | quently), we highly approve of the scheme, satisfied that the height, rather thin, of a dark complexion, and has brilliant daily pondering and praying over some part of Christ's sayand piercing black eyes. He is modest and straightforward | ings will be greatly blessed in promoting a personal intimacy in his manners, and most frugal in his habits. When Tri with the Saviour, and elevating the whole tone and spirit of umvir, he made not the slightest change in his mode of living, the Christian life. He occupied the smallest, most retired, and least comfortable room in the palace, wherein the lowest official had a magni. | The Oriental Bible. Illustrated with Notes, Woodcut Illusficent apartment. He dined at a restaurant for a shilling,

trations, and Steel Maps. By Rev. INGRAM COBBIN. had no servant, and in fact lived neither better nor worse

London : 1850. than when he was an exile in London. He has but one fault

This edition of the Scriptures aims at supplying Oriental with which his friends reproach him, and that is too great an

notes and illustrations in elucidation of the Sacred Text, inclination to believe every one as conscientious and noble

without swelling the volume to undue limits. Mr Cobbin minded as himself."

has executed his task with wonted skill and judgment. A HEROISM OF THE ROMANS-HORRORS OF WAR.

large number of potes and woodcut and other illustrations “ Who can ever relate the many proofs of heroism which are interspersed, which must be particularly useful to those were given by the people of Rome! who can describe the who do not possess larger works of the same kind. In the ardour and intrepidity of the men-the devotedness and cha- | antique style of binding, this edition of the Scriptures is parrity of the women! From the boy of twelve years to the ticularly attractive. white-haired man-from the duke to the cobbler--all were on the wall. Servants and masters, professors and scholars, Sketch of the Religious History of the Slavonic Nations. friends and foes—all united with one accord in defending the

By Count VALERIAN KRASINSKI. 2d Edit. Enlarged. city. At such a time a gun was more precious than all the

Erlinburgh: 1851. wealth of the gallery of the Vatican-and neither by reward

In the Number of this Magazine for Fcbruary 1850, (p. 58), nor by menace could any citizen, above all Trasteverino,

the first edition of this work was brought under the attention bave been induced to lay down his masket or leave his place

of our readers. At that time, t'ia work retained the form of on the ramparts. The great trial was, that when one fell, no

lectures, the author having art presented to the public in other was willing to leave his post in order to carry the sufferer

that way the information contained in it. Now, however, to a safer place. A continued succession of women might be

he has cast bis materials into the form of a regular history, seen conveying food to their husbands and sons upon the wall,

e wall, and greatly amplified the details. The first chapter treats, that they might not die of exhaustion; and these gentle crea

as before, of the Slavonians generally; then follow four chaptures seemed fearless of the fighting, and looked on without

ters on Bohemia, in which we have full details of the interestdismay at the horrors of war. Many of them, while on their

ing history of Huss, Jerome, Ziska, Procop and the Taborpious errand, perished amid the shower of shot and shells by

ites; next, the religious history of Poland is discussed in which the French attempted to drive us from the walls. One

eight chapters; and the work concludes with two chapters on case excited particular compassion. The wife of an officer

Russia. The value of the work, we need hardly say, is greatly who had not left the ramparts for days and nights, brought

enchanced by the additions that have been made to it; and her husband some food. After many prayers she prevailed

whether the reader seeks for a history of the Protestant faith upon him to leave the wall and take a few minutes breathing

in these distant countries, or for an animated narrative of time and rest. At some three hundred yards within the wall,

Papal persecutions and Protestant struggles in general, he is they sat down on the ground, where the lady, laying out her

sure to be equally gratified in the perusal of the volume. husband's food, placed herself with womanly concern between

Reserving a few larger extracts for some future occasion, we him and the enemy, saying, with some coquetry, “If a bullet

| beg, in the mean time, to transcribe the following account of comes this way, I will defend thee from it.' The husband

the successful labours of the Rev. F. W. Kossuth, a near relaughed and repaid her with a caress. While the soldier

lation of the celebrated Hungarian, in forming a Protestant was eating, the affectionate wife wiped the sweat from his

congregation at Prague:brow, arranged his hair, pitied his jaded condition, but proudly kissing him, encouraged him to fight valiantly. But

“ Many British Protestants have undoubtedly heard of the alas! while she was so admiringly caressing her brave hus

successful efforts of the Protestant pastor (of the Genevese or band, a bomb severed both her legs from her body. She

Presbyterian Church), Kossuth, to reanimate and to extend lingered some minutes. The rough soldier could not restrain

the national Bohemian Protestan: Church; and I have re

ceived from Prague, in a letter dated July 9th, this year his tears and lamentations, whilst the dying woman, with her last accents faltered 'Go, dearest! – weep not for

(1851), the following details about the labours of this modern

reformer. me. Go, rather, and avenge me!--Farewell!' and expired.

“ The number of Bohemian Protestants at Prague and its * " Another case also created a great sensation in the Rione

vicinity was very small, and they had no church of their own, of Trastevere. Au aged widower, whose little daughter,

as the only Protestant place of worship at Prague was a Lueleven years old, was about to retire to rest, was kneeling

theran chapel. In 1784 they petitioned the government to with her at her bed-side, praying to God for their country

authorise them to build a church; but the request was refused, for their son and brother who was fighting in its defence

because the laws of Austria require that the congregation when a bomb, crashing through the roof exploded between

should amount to 500 souls in order to obtain such a permisthem, and killed both."

sion. In 1846, the Rev. Frederic William Kossuth, to whom
I have alluded, undertook to found a real Bohemian Protes-

tant congregation at Prague; and he succeeded, by dint of great Sitometrion : An Arrangement of the Sayings and Teaching efforts and perseverance, to reanimate the zeal of its members, of the Lord Jesus Christ. Part I.

by preaching the pure Word of God. He acted at the same " LET the Word of Christ dwell in you richly," was Paul's time upon their national feelings, reminding them that they exhortation to the Colossians, and the author of this tract were the descendants of the great and glorious Hussites; and zeems bent on enforcing the advice. The words actually this made a powerful impression on many Roman Catholics, spoken from Christ's own lips will usually be found to be amongst whom several converts were made. characterised by a very peculiar measure of power and “The year 1848 brought religious liberty to Austria; the sweetness, and of adaptation to the feelings, difficulties, and gospel could be preached with more freedom. The room wants of men. The present tract, arranged on the principle where Kossuth preached was filled every Sunday, and Roman of counting as one saying every continuous utterance of Catholics joined his congregation by hundreds. This excited Christ's lips, finds of these 366 before his death, (or one for the attention of the government and of the Roman Catholic every day of the year), 31 between his death and ascension, clergy, who began to preach against Kossuth, attacking him and 7 after his ascension. We do not altogether approve of in the most unmeasured terms, and some of them going even the plan of arrangement here adopted, as a scheme for daily so far as to declare him to be the real Antichrist, and that the use," liable as it is to the great inconvenience of presenting | end of the world was approaching. These denunciations exus for meditation one day with perhaps a single word, or a posed Kossuth to several insults from the mob. He excited few words whose sense is not complete, while for next day the hatred of the Roman Catholic clergy for his religious we may have a long discourse, like the sermon on tho mount, l efforts, of the Germans for having powerfully promoted the reanimation of the national spirit amongst the Bohemian and at any future time, a representation may be made for the Slavonians, and the suspicion of the government for the same re-adjustment of the standard rate of contribution in any estreason. The most absurd calumnies were propagated against gregation. him by means of the press, and every kind of persecution The Commission unanimously resolved to send down the which it was possible to exercise against him was employed proposed plan to the consideration of Presbyteries, with the to crush the bold reformer. Kossuth, undaunted by all this, strong recommendation in its favour. continued his efforts in the cause of true religion and the na Dr Candlish reported favourably of the financial state de tionality of Bohemia; and he began to edit in 1849 a religious the Education Scheme. Reports were given in from some periodical, entitled, Czesko Bratrsky Hlasatel, or the Herald other schemes ; and in the evening Dr Baird of New Year of the Bohemian Brethren, which was very successful, and addressed the Commission on the state of religion abroad. produced excellent results, but was prohibited by the government. His congregation was meanwhile rapidly increasing

HOME MISSIONARY EFFORTS. by conversions from Romanism, and became so large that the room in which he was preaching could not contain half of it. We are glad to find, that progress is being made in the Hope His chief object is to spread the Scriptures, and he disposed

Mission cause. We understand that in Glasgor, arrant by sale of eleven hundred copies, and would have sold more,

ments are now in active progress for the vigorous starting a if he had had any. Kossuth's congregation has increased by

several territorial churches and schools. We beg to refer to more than seven hundred converts from Roman Catholicism,

the article in the present number, entitled "Roger Mille, a amongst whom there are three clergymen, and by two Jews,

Heroism in Humble Life,” for some deeply interesting detais whom he has baptized, so that it reckons now more than

of the labours of a devoted man in London in this cause. Sed eleven hundred souls. Kossuth was turned out of the room records should stimulate all to activity, and should reminds in which he had been preaching, and which was hired for this of the motto of Elliot-“Prayer and pains, through faith a purpose. He petitioned the government to give to his con Jesus Christ, will do any thing." gregation one of the empty churches of Prague, and which had belonged to their spiritual ancestors the Hussites, but this

OPENING OF THE NEW COLLEGE petition was rejected. Kossuth collected, therefore, with

The introductory lecture, at the opening of the New College, great pains, the sum of 6000 florins (600'English pounds),

was and purchased an old Hussite church, which, since the year

subject of the lecture was—the doctrine of Scripture, sa1620, had been shut up, for the price of 27,500 florins (2750

tained by the Free Church, on the proper relation berme pounds). The 6000 florins which he had collected were paid

Church and State. down, and he is to pay the remainder of the purchase-money

The Principal intimated that the inter

troductory lecture next session would be delivered by by yearly instalments of 3000 florins.

James Buchanan. We are glad to learn that the end.me: This is indeed a very heavy burden for a poor congrega

of students is already of very encouraging amount, theech tion, which, however, manfully and cheerfully struggles on,

rather less than last year, when it was unprecedented share in spite of all the difficulties with which it is beset. I would,

The Divinity Hall at Aberdeen has also been re-peedfor however, most earnestly press this subject on the attention of

the session, under Professor Maclagan, with a considerable Bricish Protestants, and particularly of those who are alive to

| number of students. the dangers to which their own Protestantism is exposed from the unceasing attacks of Romanism, whether every considera tion of duty towards the cause of their religion and its interests does not recommend to their active sympathy the con

PEASANT-PROPRIETORSHIP BEGUN IN IRELAND. gregation of Prague, which in a short time has wrested seven THE first practical attempt of the project for the estali hundred individuals from under the dominion of the Roman

ment of a Proprietor's Society in Ireland, suggested by Catholic Church.”

Vincent Scully and Mr John Sadleir, M.P., was carried into effect on Thursday last, in the purchase of a smallest

the county of Kilkenny, which was sold under the Escort Free Church Intelligence.

bered Estates' Court. The property, which is worth . MEETING OF COMMISSION.

per annum, was put up in two lots, and purchased by

Concoran, a solicitor, and the Very Rev. Dr Connor, The usual quarterly meeting of the Commission was held on general, and parish-priest of Maryborough. This second the 19th ult. The most important business before the House was purchased with the view of affording to the teannis was the Sustentation Fund, for the future regulation of occupation respectively, the means of becoming the abse which the special committee appointed by last Assembly owners in fee-simple of their farms, by the payment reported a plan, through its Convener, Dr Buchanan.

annual sum for a given period. When the arrangemel The chief features of the proposed plan are, that the next completed, a number of men who are now the mere occupan Assembly sball appoint a special sub-committee, who, on a of this estate as yearly tenants, will be gradually converter careful view of the numbers and resources of each congrega into the proprietors of the soil on which they and their tion, are to adjust the sums to be contributed to the Sustenta- | tors have been bred and born. This change will be aber tion Fund; that the aggregate of all congregational contribu- | by the machinery of the La

y of the Land Company, advocated by tions, under and up to the standard so adjusted, shall be Sadlier, M.P., the company being founded on the web equally divided among the ministers of the church, the ad- the English Benefit Building Societies, and in sceartean justment to be made on a scale that, if realised, will yield to with the principles contended for in the traet entitled each minister £120 a-year, besides the sum payable to the Proposal for the Formation of a Small Proprietors' Sony Widows' and Orphans' Fund. If the contributions of any con for Ireland," and in the pamphlet published by Mr Free gregation exceed the standard amount, the excess shall be Scully, Q. C. It is also understood that the other hot 2013 added to the allowance of the minister, until that allowance tended to be disposed of in the same way.- Irish paper amounts to £150 clear. Any excess of contribution beyond [It appears that the Irish are ahead of us in this very this last point, to form a fund for the extension of the church, portant movement. Where shall some one be fouse and the increase of the stipends of outed parochial ministers. | imitate this example in the Highlands, or in some a Congregations may appeal to the General Assembly of 1853 | suitable part of our country, and break the ice, that against the special sub-committee's decision regarding them; may follow ?]

END OF VOL. VIII.

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