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3. The Ministry at Suffolk Street Chapel, its Origin,

Progress, and Experience. By John T. Sargent.

4. The Relation Jesus to his Age and the Ages.

A Sermon. By Theodore Parker.

5. The Excellency of Goodness. A Sermon. By

Theodore Parker.

6. The True Position of Rev. Theodore Parker.

7. Questions addressed to Rev. T. Parker and his

Friends.

8. A Plea for the Christian Spirit. A Sermon. By

A. B. Muzzey.

NOTICES OF RECENT PUBLICATIONS.

Chalmers's Introduction to the History of the Re-

volt of the American Colonies,

Griswold's Poets and Poetry of England, in the

Nineteenth Century,

Alger's Phillips's Treatise on Mineralogy,

Swan's Grammar School Reader,—Goldsbury and

Russell's American Common School Reader

and Speaker,--Goldsbury's Common School

Grammar,—Parker's Aids to English Composi-

tion,

Hill's Elementary Treatise on Arithmetic,

Gaskell’s Sermon on Eternal Salvation not de-

pendent on Correctness of Belief,—Walter Ber-

nard,

Young's Discourse after Death of Hon. William

Prescott,-Young's Discourse on Twentieth

Anniversary of his Ordination, Dewey's Ser-

mon on Character and Claims of Sea-faring

Men,-Burnap's Discourse on Church and State,

-Harrington's Sermon on the Anti-Rent Dis-

turbances, Huntington's Sermon on Relative

Duties of Rich and Poor,

Cary's Address on Dependence of Fine Arts on

Security of Property,—Cary's Letter on Profits
of Manufactures at Lowell,—Sturgis's Lecture
on Oregon Question,-H ory of the Humane
Society --Dickens's Chimes---Higby's Expose,

— Tracy's Colonization and Missions --Remarks

on the Controversy between Massachusetts and

South Carolina,

INTELLIGENCE.

Religious Intelligence.--Ecclesiastical Record.--Mead-

ville Theological School,—The Episcopal Church.

-Ordinations and Installation.-Dedication,

Literary Intelligence.--New Works.—New Periodi-

cal Journals,

Obituary.Westel Willoughby, M. D. - Hon. Jonas

Kendall – Deacon James Alger - Hon. William

Prescott,

THE

CHRISTIAN E XAMINER

AND

RELIGIOUS MISCELLANY.

JANUARY, 1845 !

2070 Art. I. — ALISON'S HISTORY OF EUROPE.* This work, originally published in Great Britain at the price of fifty dollars, has been republished in the United States, entire, at four dollars, and an abridgement for the use of schools has been issued at the low price of one dollar. Both of these reprints have, we believe, been extensively circulated in this country, and, for good or for evil, will work an effect on the minds and hearts of our people. Therefore a few remarks, founded upon the early Edinburgh edition, may not at this time be amiss. It would occupy more time and space than we can command, regularly to review this great work ;-great, certainly, in material volume, as well as in the events of which it treats ; great, also, in several other points of view from which we shall have occasion to observe it.

The first feature which attracts attention is the frequency of typographical errors, and slips of the pen.

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History of Europe from the Commencement of the French Revolution in MDCCLXXXIX to the Restoration of the Bourbons in MDcccxv. By ARCHIBALD Alison, F. R. S. E., Advocate. William Blackwood & Sons, Edinburgh; and Thomas Cadell, London. 10 vols. 8vo. VOL. XXXVIII. - 4TH S. VOL. III. NO. I.

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are tempted to think that the author never corrected his proof-sheets. We read of the “Bavarian Republic,” (intended to be Batavian ;) and very often find“ Russia” and “Prussia," each in place of the other. The good old English word nowise' our author never uses, but in its place employs such expressions as “no way,” “noways," and 66

no ways,” which occur so frequently as to disfigure almost every third page of his work. His statistical figures, as well as his figures of speech, often exhibit discrepancies and contradictions; and, in following out his generally good descriptions of military movements, the reader sometimes finds himself on the wrong bank of a river, and, before he can advance another line in the narrative, is obliged to make whole divisions and battalions move about and change places with a celerity which even Bonaparte himself might have envied. The numerous contradictions which appear in this voluminous work, alike in matters of philosophy, of fact, and of opinion, - taken in connection with the familiar sound of many passages -- have suggested the notion, that this “History” is chiefly made up of political articles from Mr. Alison's pen, which have appeared at various times in the British Reviews, and which the author has tacked together, with little or no collation, and published as one work. But, upon a more careful examination, we find that even this hypothesis fails to account for the frequency of the discrepancies which continually startle the reader; for the author sometimes utters a sentiment on one page which he contradicts on the next; and this has induced us to extend our supposition so as to include even the newspaper articles of Mr. Alison in our fancied list of his materials. Thus the whole work is like a confused heap of stones; not a solid pyramid, built by a master-workman.

Mr. Alison is a superlative Tory, with many of the virtues, and most of the faults of that character. He is a rank aristocrat in all his feelings, and takes every opportunity to flatter the nobility of Great Britain, with which he is connected by blood or marriage. He belongs to the worthy old Scotch nation, which any one might guess, for he never lets slip, unimproved, an opportunity of lauding Scotch troops, Scotch generals and Scotch lords, or even any foreigner of Scottish descent, however remote. His

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