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owing to the bad example froin those whose of the almost incredible stories which rank and situation should produce otber effects | he relates, yet highly satisfied with the on their inferiors. The town is on the right bank of the Tom, near its mouth, at the foot of
work, and the plain and intelligible a bill, which protects it from the north-east
manner in which it is written. and south-east winds. During May and Jane it is greatly subject to inundation from the river.
"Tomsk has a military school, with four | Review. Scientia Biblica, being a hundred students, backward enough in their Collection of Parallel Passages, education, as also a provincial college without
printed in Words at Length, for the masters or scholars, though a considerable
Illustration of the New revenue is attached to it. Indeed, the only
Testament. praise-worthy object is a very neat public
In 3 vols. 8vo. London. Booth, garden, in which is a building for balis, dinners,
2, Duke-street, Manchester-square., and the like ; and on this day, 30th August,
1825. both were to be held in honour of the Emperor's name-day. I declined the invitation to
In number 59 of the Imperial Magathis fete, from anxiety to get to my ulterior zine, we noticed the first part of this destination. of the five hundred thousand in work, and ventured to predict, that habitants, about eighty thousand pay taxes.
when completed it would prove, as a The gross revenue is, I believe, about three millions of roubles, nearly the wbole of which
book of reference, of no small utility is necessary to support the government, thus
to many public characters, as well as gielding little or no retary to the Emperor. It private readers. The last part has appears useless as a governinent, its best ser lately entered the world, and it is with vice being to keep the roads in repair, and to
pleasure we statė, that our expectamark the half way between Tobolsk and Iskutsk.
tions have been fully realized. “ Except in point of locality, Tomsk does
Of the author's plan and design, we not appear an eligible place as the seat of a gave a general outline in the number government, which it would certainly be pre- of the Imperial Magazine to which we ferable to remove to Yakutsk, dividing the
have above referred; to this, thereintervening space between Tobolsk and Irk
fore, the reader is desired to have reutsk, dedacting from the latter all beyond Kirenga on the Lena, and from the former, all
course for information on these points. west of the Irtysh and Tobol, and only south to To the scheme originally proposed, Iskim; creating Ekatherinenbourg and Bar the author has faithfully adhered in naoule into distinct governments, so that the bis laborious researches, nor bas he boundaries of the latter should be all the coun
been remiss in attention, while contry south of the great road. Yakutsk would then be the most extensive government in point
ducting his volumes through the press. of territory, holding the command even of That much time and great care were Kamtschatka, instead of Irkutsk, as at present. necessary to the accomplishment of The duty of a governor of Irkutsk, and that this work, must be obvious to even a of a vice-gosernor, are much too great to be
superficial observer; but no one can united ; and no possibility exists of complet. ing any year's accounts within the year.”
fully appreciate the patience and dilip. 197—199.
gence required, in their full extent,
but those who have been engaged in These remarks are certainly judi
similar pursuits, or who have taken cious, and should be attended to by
the pains to follow the indefatigable the legislature of the country. In
author through the numerous collecdeed, from the general history of our
tions and arrangements that his voauthor, we should be inclined to think
lumes comprise. that the distance of these places from
To young ministers, we think this the seat of the imperial government
work will be found of essential serrenders them liable to neglect; and
vice in the formation of their sermons, yet no part seems more capable of
as they will perceive in one view the being rendered more eminently sub
numerous passages of scripture, conservient to the purposes of life. Thus
tained both in the Old Testament and we are informed, that thirty tolerably
the New, by which they would illussized bullocks sold forfour hundred and
trate and enforce the doctrines, precighty roubles,* and bread was consi
cepts, and propositions they wish to dered dearata roublet for forty pounds.
advance and establish. That the reaOn taking leave of our author, we
der may have a clear idea of the plan cannot but express ourselves, though
on which this work is conducted, we much surprised and amazed at some
give the following passage and its ap
pendages, as a specimen,--from He* £18, English, Equal to 10d. brews vi. 77,- VOL. VII.
and in verse the fourth, the clauses Battiouõv didaxñs éléreús TE XELO which it contains are placed before us pôv, ávaságeus Te verpūv, kai xpiparos in consecutive order, without any alaiwviou.
lusion to other parts of the work. . of (a) the doctrine of baptisms, and of (b) lay
We have not made the preceding ing on of hands, and of (c) resurrection of the
selections, with any design to exhibit dead, and of (d) eternal judgment. (a) Which stood only in meats and drinks, and
the author's talents in the most fadivers wasbings, and carnal ordinances, im
vourable light, but merely to shew posed on them antil the time of reformation, the nature of his plan, and the method Heb. ix. 10. And when they come from the he has adopted for its accomplishmarket, except they wash, they eat not. Andment. Had our intention been to remany other things there be, which they have
view the author, rather than his book, received to hold, as the washing of cups and pots, brazen vessels, and of tables, Mark' vii. 4. we might easily have selected passages For laying aside the commandment of God, ye more extensive in their application hold the tradition of men, as the washing of and import, in which his diligence pots and caps : and many other such like would have been more conspicuous, things ye do, 8. And when the Pharisee saw | his researches more acute, and his it, bë marvelled that he had not first washed before dinner, Luke xi. 38. Go ye, therefore,
collections more diversified and enand teach all nations, baptizing them in the larged. Of these facts, his volumes name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the bear ample testimony. Holy Ghost, Matt. xviii. 19. He that be It is no small addition to the recomlieveth and is baptized shall be saved; but he mendations which this work merits, that believeth not shall be damned, Mark xvi. | 16. John answered, saying unto them all, I |
i to observe, that throughout the whole indeed baptize you with water; but one we have nothing but the unadulteratmightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose ed word of God, uncontaminated by shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall notes or comments, which in some inbaptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire,
stances, under the pretence of explainLuke iii. 16. Then there arose a question be. tween some of Jobn's disciples and the Jews,
ing the Divine will, pervert the meanabout parifying. And they came unto John, ing of what they pretend to illustrate. and said unto him, Rabbi, lie that was with of the peculiarities of sect and party thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest | we perceive not a glimpse. The auwitness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all thor, without all doubt. has his creed men come to bim, iji, 25, 26. Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one
as well as others; but in the work of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the re- here presented to the public, he has mission of sins, and ye shall receire the gift of had the prudence to keep its distinthe Holy Ghost, Acis ji. 38. Then they that guishing features out of sight. This gladly received his word were baptized': and
indeed is no more than he had authe same day there were added unto them about | three thousand souls, 41. Bat when they
equivocally promised, but we have believed Philip preaching the things concern
been so often deluded with fair preing the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus tentions, that we feel better satisfied Christ, they were baptized, both men and wo with what he has done, than we were men. Tben Simon limself believed also : and with what he persuaded us to expect. when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and
In his preface, the author has taken signs whicb were done, viii. 12, 13.
a transient survey of such works as (b) See on Acts vi. ver. 6.
have bitherto appeared, bearing any (0) See on Matt. xxii. ver. 30. clause 1. analogy to his own. This survey (a) See on Matt. xix. ver. 16. clause 3.
might have been rendered more exIn examining the clauses of the pre-| tensive without difficulty, but enongh ceding verse, the reason wby the au- has been said to answer his purpose. thor has not immediately introduced To the “harmonized view of the writsuch passages as correspond with ings of the New Testament,” similar “ laying on of hands, and of the resur- remarks may be applied; but we have rection of the dead, and of eternal not found in the author, any disposijudgment,” must be exceedingly ob- tion to swell his work, where no obvious; they bave already passed under vious advantage could result from his his consideration, and by the letters of labours. reference, b, c, d, the reader is direct- The table which contains an hared to the places respectively, in which monized view of the writings of the the associations may be found. In four Evangelists, we think susceptithe third verse, we are referred ex ble of much improvement; and that clusively to what has been advanced which includes the labours and sucon the same subject, in Acts xviii. 21.; cess of the Apostles" is not beyond
the reach of emendation. On an ex- and only endeavoured to lure him from such amination of these tables, particularly society, and such practices, by the comforts of the former, some references will be
home. But his home was the scene of bis
greatest misery: for there he had time to refound, that have scarcely any rela
flect, and there he was surrounded by the wife tion to the subjects which the reader and children, whom be was daily injuring. expects to find; but these are trifling “He bad long pursued this wicked course, inaccuracies, which revision can easily when one sunday evening, after drinking and
gambling all the day, and having lost all the expunge.
earnings of the week, he turned from his comThis work, it appears, by especial
panions, and, scarcely knowing wbat he did, permission, is dedicated to his Ma took the road liomewards. One of them called jesty George the Fourth, and it is but to him to return, entreated him to have one justice to say, notwithstanding the more game, and added, few blemishes we have discovered,
" Why, you'll be sure to win it all back,
you know.' and from which no work of any magni
“He stopped ;-why, if I could get it back,' tude is ever wholly free, that it is not said he to himself. unworthy of the august patronage " Come, come,' said bis companion, one which it has received.
more game, only one.'
"No,' said Price ;'I've lost all my money,
and so I can't, if I would.'- But at that moReview.-The Mirven Family, or
ment it occurred to him, that all his quarter's
rent, except what was to be made up out of his Christian Principle developed in
last week's work, had been put in a cupboard, Early Life. 12mo, pp. 320. Lon in the kitchen, at home; and that if he could don. Hamilton and Co. 1825.
get tbat, he should be sure to win back all he
had lost. The inoney was to be paid the next There is scarcely any species of day, and, bardened as he was, he trembled at literary composition, that can rival what he was going to do, and he was terrified Narrative in its claims on public at lest his wife or children should see him. tention; and this is more especially
“ He approached the house, then ventared
| to look in at the window, and perceiving no the case, when it abounds with inci
one, he entered the kitchen, and went hastily dent, and conducts us from scene to up to the capboard. It was locked ;-and he scene in rapid succession, through the felt a momentary relief in the thought that he strange diversities of this probationary
could not get the money. But again be said state. The Mirven Family is a work
to bimself, I shall be sure to win,' and le
hastened softly up stairs to look for the key, of this description. Its events are thinking he knew where his wife had put it.. numerous, much varied, and highly As he passed the room in wbich bis children interesting. The mind runs over them slept, he thougbt he heard a slight noise, and with pleasing sympathy, and feels a
he started with all the cowardice of guilt. He
listened-heard several sobs--and then a voice. consciousness, that though the indivi
It was poor little Hannah, praying that her duals are fictitious, the characters are
father might see the errors of his ways, that real, and may be discovered in some God would change his heart, and make him a of the more frequented walks of com comfort to her mother, and to them all. Her mon life. The feelings of that reader sighs and tears seemed almost to impede her are not to be envied, who can peruse
utterance; and when he heard her call him her
dear, dear father, and felt how ill he bad dethe following episode without being
served such an appellation, he could scarcely affected.
forbear groaning aloud, in the anguish of his Hannah Price, a poor girl, had been feelings. He forgot the key, he crept to his instructed in a Sunday-school by one | bedroom, and fell on his knees. He uttered of the Mirven family. The serious
not one word, but the language of the heart is
audible in the ears of mercy; and that evening, impressions made on her mind, led to
for the first time, it might be said of him, . Beher conversion, and the effects which bold, he prayeth.” followed, respecting her ungodly fa “ After some time, he went down stairs, ther, are thus described :
where Hannah was rocking ber little sister
Betsy 20 sleep. She started with astonish“But the beneficial influence of her intro- | meni. For many months, por even for years, duction to the sunday school did not stop here. did she remember seeing her father at bome Her father, though in his earlier years he had on a sunday evening. He went up to the received a better education than the most children, and kissed them both. This was a respectable of the poor can usually boast, had mark of affection they did not often receive, become the companion of the most profligate and Hannah was as mach pleased as she was men in his native village, and by insensible surprised. degrees, the worst of them all. The alehouse "Dear father,' she said, mother will be at night received the earnings of the day; and so glad to see you at home, and we shall be so if any remained after the guilty revels of the comfortable ; you won't go out again to night, week, they were spent on sunday in the same will you father ? haunt of vice. His wife 'never reproached bim, "No, dear,' he replied. And as she went
h bad prepared suppeh. Price felt, at
to pat Betsy into bed, he heard her say to her- ' “ 'Can you ever forgive sucb a wretch,' self, father called me dear.'
said he, 0! Hannah, can you ?' " The return of bis wife and boys from pub d. Forgive you, my dear husband,' she relic worship, Price had been dreading. 'He plied, • I never loved you balf so well, nor knew not how to endure their looks of amaze. ever was half so happy before. Don't ask me ment, but it was soon over. The children at to forgive you, ask God to forgive you, and he first looked fearfully at each other, as though will." And then she talked to bim of the infitheir usual sunday evening's pleasure was nite ineroy of God, through Jesus Christ, and over, for they always sat up later, and told again begged him not to ask pardon of her, their mother all that bad happened at the son- but of Him. day school, and what they could remember of “ I have, I have,' said he ; ' but till I heard the sermons they bad heard during the day. what our dear child read, I did not think he Hannah ha
i bad prepared sapper, and there was a could ever forgive such a wicked sinner as I nice fire, and a clean bearth. that moment, that if he were innocent, be " It is a faithful saying, and worthy of all should indeed be happy.
acceptation, that Jesus Christ came into the "• Father,' said Hannah, as she entered the world to save sinners, even the chief,' said his room, ' bere is a nice new-laid egg. It is my
wife. very own. Mother gave me such a pretty
" Does the bible say all that? Does it say little hen, and this is the first of its eggs that
the chief ?' he asked. bas ever been eat; and you shall have it,
"• Indeed it does,' she answered. father.'
"" Then that must mean me,' said he. “ Price could not speak, bat he kissed his
"Let us kneel down together, my dear child, and he saw the tears in her eyes. He | John,' said his wife,' and ask God to fulfil bis thought it was the nicest egg he had ever tast
promise to you. ed. When sopper was over, Hannah said,
"I cannot pray,' said he. wo Father, you have not heard me read a
" She took his hand, and made him kneel long time.'
beside her; and in the language of sympathy, "Well,' said he, will you read something
and faith, and affection, she recommended him to me out of your reward book at the sunday
to the mercy of that God, who had long been school?' He knew that this was the bible;
her father and friend. After this engagement, but he had not courage to say so.
the mind of her husband became composed; “ Hannah was almost perplexed. She look
and expressing his hope, that he should never ed first at her father and then at her mother.
lose the remembrance of this evening, he began Two hours ago, the sight of a Bible in her
to think, what was to be done about the rent, hands would have ensured oaths which she
for almost a guinea was wanted to make ap the shuddered to bear.
sum. " Come dear,' said her father,' why don't
" Don't be uneasy about that,' said his you fetch it?'
wife, 'I know I can borrow it.' "Hannah obeyed, though not withoat trem- "That comes of having a good character, bling. She read the fifty-first Psalm. Price said be,' nobody would trust me. hid his face, and wept. The first part seemed " The next evening nothing was talked of in made on purpose for him. He restrained his the village, but that John Price bad been at feelings safficiently to say,
his work all day, and had hardly spoken, and ". Thank you, dear, you are very much im- |
had not used a single oath, and at night went proved. Read something else.
home instead of going to the alebouse. And “ She turned to the 103rd. Psalm. Surely
fiist came one neighbour, and then another to God made her choose those two, thought Price.
his house, to see if he was really there. What His wife beheld, with astonishment, the con
was their surprise, to find him reading a relia duct of ber husband, and the emotions which
gious tract to bis wife and children, wbich had appeared to agitate him.
been given the day before to one of his little ***Hannah, my dear,' said she, you'd better
boys at scbool. be taking the boys to bed.”
“The change was as permanent as it had « Their mother kissed them, and told them been remarkable. From tbat time, bis old they had been good boys ; and then they turned companions were forsaken, and the alehouse to Hannah as if to ask if they should go to their abandoned. To the former he only spoke, to father.
intreat them to turn from their wickedness; ««• Come, dears,' said she,' wish father good and the latter he never entered but once, with night, and be quick into bed.'
his wife, to pay to the landlord a debt he had " He kissed them, and they left the room. contracted, for some broken windows in an af
"* You'll have a glass of our gooseberry fray with one of his depraved associates, in a wine, John ?' said his wife,' you've had no state of intoxication.”-p. 35 to 45. beer to-night! ««Oh !" said he, I hope I shall never taste
A work which abounds with incibeer again.'
dents like the preceding, wants no " With unatterable joy she started from her | recommendation from a reviewer. seat, and throwing her arms round bis neck, Let its merits once be known, and it burst into tears. For some minutes they will tell its own tale. We have no wept together. Price tried to speak, but could doubt that it will obtain an extensive not; but at length, recovering some degree of composure, he seated his wife on bis knee,
circulation, but we have no apprehenand hiding his face, he told her all the occur-sion that public patronage will surrences of the evening.
pass its merits.
Review.—Tales of Modern Days--The Two Mothers.
| and to such as delight in this species Review.-Tales of Modern Days. By
of composition, the tales of Elizabeth Elizabeth Barber. 12mo. pp. 350.
Barber will afford much gratification; London. Sherwood and Co. 1824.
and, what is of higher moment, will This volume contains three tales, communicate no stain to the moral the Spanish Brothers ;--the Robber's principles of the reader. Child ;-and Matilda, or a Wife's Fortitude. In the preface, which runs through five pages, the writer gives
Review.-The Two Mothers, or Meus to understand, that the stories are
moirs of the Last Century. 8vo. not founded on fact; and an apology
pp. 260. London. Scatchard and Co. for the productions of fancy and the
1824. play of imagination, constitutes the Tue two sisters, to whom the appellaburden of its paragraphs.
tion of “ mothers" is given in the But although these tales do not de title, make their entrance on life, in tail incidents of real occurrence, Mrs. the work before us, under very differBarber is always careful to keep pro ent circumstances. The elder was bability in view; nor do we find that married to the Rev. Mr Grove, a pious she ever deviates from the character clergyman, and the younger to Mr. of events which life presents to daily Selby, a gentleman of wealth and amiobservation. This circumstance in able manners, but who was an entire creases the interest which her stories stranger to religion, particularly to are calculated to excite. The reader that which sits enthroned in the heart. enters on the narratives with all the These ladies soon imbibed the senticonfidence that a well-authenticated ments of their respective husbands ; history can inspire, and though pre- the elder becoming pious and useful, viously admonished that he has enter-while the younger, yielding to a spirit ed the region of vision, he soon for of dissipation and folly, exhibited gets that he is treading on enchanted nothing but splendid insignificance. ground.
Several interviews between the sisBy making the preceding remarks, ters take place, which, after many we do not mean to insinuate, that the struggles and mental conflicts, lead sentiments and expressions are not Mrs. Selby to perceive the impropriety highly seasoned. Many of the thoughts of her past conduct, the extravagance are bold, and too much elevated to of which had laid the foundation of a find a mirror in the untutored mind, complaint that soon brought her to and numerous expressions may be the grave. Death, however, did not found, wbich those only can utter who arrive until she was prepared for the hold a dominion over the force of solemn event, and her last days exlanguage. In carrying on the dia-hibit a striking contrast to her former logues wbich occur between the dif- frivolity and idle thoughtlessness. On ferent characters, sensibility appears her death, the care of her two daughsometimes to be wound to a theatrical ters devolved on their aunt, Mrs. height, and we seem to want swords, Grove, by whom they were instructed pistols, fans, and smelling bottles, to in every thing that can be justly deembear their parts, and accompany the ed valuable to rational and intellipungency of words. But amidst all gent ladies. On returning to the habithese exuberances which strike the tation of their father, they found him eye, we find no outrage committed on in a declining state of health. To his the knighterrantry of modern days. comfort they paid every attention, and
In favour of fictitious writings much had the happiness to find, that, prior may be said, and many powerful argu to his decease, bis affections had been ments may be urged against them. weaned in a great degree from earthly The volume before us belongs to that objects, and fixed on things above. class of novels, which is at once harm The elder daughter, by her father's less and interesting, and it is sure to consent, was married to a serious please, even where it fails to prove young man, whom he had adopted beneficial. The different parts of each into his family, and the younger to tale are so interwoven with one an one of Mrs. Grove's sons, who had other, that quotations can hardly be embraced the clerical profession, given, without doing an injustice to which he ornamented by his many the author. The price is moderate, 1 virtues.