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this life, that we may set our affection on things above, where Christ sitteth at the right hand of God.

We will move onward through the people of our charge, as those who shall lead or follow them to the grave, and meet them again in the judgment. We will pass along, intent on this one thing, the glory of God in the salvation of souls. We will be the men of one book, aiming to throw over the literature and the arts of life, over the scenes of business and retirement, over man in all stations and under every aspect, its hallowed light.”

In several of the discourses in this volume, which were designed to be delivered, we are not sure but Dr. Williams is somewhat too formal in his methods, for the best effect upon a promiscuous assembly. Most of them are framed in this respect after the models of an earlier age, and we think, might have been greatly improved, had the skeleton of the thought been less prominent, and especially had the numerals which indicate its several divisions been wholly omitted. We are aware that this principle is by no means an unquestioned one, and that high authorities may be cited against it. We are also very free to confess that its application in the present instance is less needful than in most sermons with which we are acquainted. The thought here flows on in its own strong though placid current in spite of the interruptions which these numerical divisions interpose, and we are often so fascinated with the charming rhythm of the sentences and the rapt fervor of spirit which they express, as to be quite unmindful of the numbers which are assigned to the new branches of the subject on which we are invited to enter. But we are apprehensive that of those who may adopt these sermons as models, few will be as successful as our author in escaping the bad consequences of thus allowing the skeleton of their thought to be so frequently exposed to view; and it is for them rather than for him that we venture to suggest a caution against the practice, now perhaps less common than it has hitherto been, of exposing the whole method of a pulpit discourse, and presenting in full array all the various divisions and subdivisions of the thought which it embodies.

We have thus, far more hurriedly than we could wish, adverted to the leading features, both of thought and style, which characterize these Miscellanies, and to here and there a subject which is discussed in their pages. We feel assured that they will be favorably received by the public, and be read very widely in all circles where the themes of spiritual truth are able to interest the minds of men. As we turn away from their consideration, we cannot refrain from expressing the hope that we may ere long again meet their excellent author in some work of higher and more enduring interest than Miscellanies can ever possess. Should he, as we have already intimated, listen to the solicitation of his brethren, and attempt the history of our own denomination whose faith has been so often traduced and persecuted, he will render a service of the highest value to the cause of truth and learning. He will be correcting errors which are fast growing inveterate by the lapse of time, and will rescue from obscurity and obloquy many a name which ought to be associated only with honor. He will thus rear in the broad field of American literature, a worthy monument to the character of a denomination whose principles and toils and sufferings, through the successive ages of their progress, have contributed some of the noblest elements to the freedom of the American people.



In the prospectus of the present volume of the Christian Review it has been announced that no essential change as to character and aims is to be inferred from the circumstance of its removal from Boston to New-York. The sphere to which a Quarterly Review belongs is too high and comprehensive to be disturbed by influences arising from local peculiarities and interests. It matters little where such a journal is published, if only it be at a point favorable to its general circulation. It had become the purpose of its late proprietor and editor, who with praiseworthy devotion had sustained it during the last year through many difficulties, to part with his interest in it, and give his labors to other pursuits. Under these circumstances, it was proposed to the present proprietors to take its responsibilities upon their hands,—a charge which they have assumed with the distinct purpose of sustaining the Review at a high grade, and making it worthy the support which it asks from its friends in every section of the country.

It is with this view that the editor and those associated with him have consented to link their names and labors with its destiny. It is needless for them to say that their interest

in its welfare arises from considerations pertaining to literature and religion. They believe that the Baptists of the United States, comprising a membership unequalled as to numbers except by the membership of one other communion, and embracing a fair share of social consideration, wealth, and intellectual culture, owe with their fellow-Christians a common debt to the cause of Christian letters,-a debt which it is difficult to discharge without the aid of such a journal as the Christian Review. Its pages, as from the first they have done, will contribute to the formation and development of a literary taste among us, will take especial pains to introduce and examine the books which proceed from Baptist writers, and, it may be hoped, will stimulate the use of an increasing number of pens within the range of our broadly extended fellowship. We do not mean that none but Baptist writers will contribute to our pages; from them we expect to receive the large share of our contributions, but we hope likewise to engage on many themes the aid of gifted writers without the Baptist pale. The themes within the range of our common Christianity, like those within the range of our common literature, are numerous and attractive, and as we hope to present a journal whose pages shall be agreeable to readers of other ecclesiastical connections, so we hope to furnish a medium through which writers of those connections will be pleased to communicate their thoughts.

At the same time, however faithfully we may hope to see the Christian Review fulfilling its obligations to the common cause of Christian letters and science, it will never consciously be overlooked that it is primarily and essentially a Baptist journal. It will explain and defend the Baptist faith,-it will survey the Christian world, agitated as it now is, and will be until the simple truth in Christ reigns, by questions of rites and ceremonies, of priestly power and laical submission, of relations to society and the State, from the Baptist stand-point, it will (such is the design and the hope) recall our Past, the illustrious annals through which our fathers developed and vindicated the peculiar doctrines of their “ soul-liberty” in Christ, and show the inworking and triumph of their principles in the progress of religious and civil freedom. They have borne a noble part in the drama of history, and it is time their names and deeds were rescued from the odium cast upon them by unfriendly annalists.

It is not necessary to define with great particularity the range of topics which will be discussed upon the pages of the Christian Review. It will contain articles in the departments of Philology, Theology, Ecclesiastical Polity, Science, History and General Literature; it will examine Books, especially such as awaken interest and influence opinions, Questions, especially such as agitate society,-Events, such as mark the times and are destined to work upon those who come after us. In a word, appropriating the sentiment and nearly the language of the first and ever-lamented editor of this journal, we shall feel it to be a duty to discuss in the spirit of genuine freedom and independence all proper and useful topics, avoiding as much as possible those which would cause discord rather than promote union, holiness, and Christian efficiency. “ We must however reserve the right to judge what these topics are ; and we can give no pledges, except the general assurance of a conscientious endeavor to please our Lord and advance the prosperity of his cause.".

On these plans and purposes we invoke the blessing of God, without whose blessing human devisings and labors are vain. We invoke likewise the steadfast and cordial co-operation of our patrons and friends. The importance of the Christian Review to the Baptist denomination is understood to be settled ; but the Christian Review in order to be sustained must have subscribers and writers. These we ask, not for the sake of the publishers or for our own sake, so much as for the sake of the Review itself and of the aims

These we hope will be found, East, West, North and South, as well as at our own doors, and the period speedily arrive when the permanent establishment of the Review shall cease to be a problem.

To prevent the possibility of misconception on that point, we would say at the outset, that we are not to be understood as responsible for every shade of opinion which may be expressed by our contributors. Ours is a more general responsibility,—that the articles published shall be suitable to our pages, not that they shall coincide with our personal views. Truth is better elicited where a reasonable latitude of opinion is allowed.

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A Copious and Critical English-Latin Lexicon, founded on the German

Latin Dictionary of Dr. Charles Ernest Georges. By the Rev. JOSEPH ESMOND RIDDLE, M. A., of St. Edmund Hall, Oxford, Author of a Complete Latin-English Dictionary, &c.; and the Rev. THOMAS KERCHEVER ARNOLD, M. A., Rector of Lyndon, and late Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. First American Edition; carefully revised, and containing a Copious Dictionary of Proper Names, from the best sources, by CHARLES Anthon, LL. D., Professor of the Greek and Latin Languages in Columbia College. New-York: Harper & Brothers. 1850.

It is a grateful indication of the flourishing condition of classical education in the country, that this English-Latin Lexicon, containing nearly eight hundred octavo pages, the exclusive object of which is to aid students in writing Latin, has found an American editor and publisher, and been issued in a handsome volume, within a very short period of its first appearance in England. This fact furnishes conclusive and, to us, most welcome proof, that the practice of writing Latin, an exercise of immense value to the young student, as well for the discipline of the mind, as for the successful study of the Latin language, is gradually gaining in frequency and in extent in our schools and colleges. We have not time nor room at present for an extended review of this Lexicon, but we take the earliest occasion to record, in the pages of this journal, the fact of its publication, and to call to it the attention of our classical readers, as a book which marks an epoch in the history of Latin Lexicography in the English language ; being, so far as we know, the first instance of a work of the kind in English, prepared on an extended plan, and of sufficient compass and size to require its publication as an independent volume, and to entitle it to the name it bears, of " A Copious and Critical English-Latin Lexicon.”

For many years, the only existing help in writing Latin, accessible to American pupils, was the very imperfect manual of Ainsworth. A great advance was made by the English-Latin Lexicon, published as an accompaniment to the Latin Dictionary of the late Mr. Leverett, a gentleman whose personal virtues, and rare skill and ability as a teacher, have a cherished place in the memories and hearts of very many, who were once his pupils, and whose eminent services to Latin Lexicography are acknowledged by all American scholars. That English-Latin Lexicon, however, though “ prepared to accompany” Mr. Leverett's work, and modestly designated as such on the title-page, without any name appearing, was not prepared by Mr. Leverett himself. For its preparation, the classical public were indebted to Mr. H. W. Torrey, a former pupil of Mr. Leverett, and a person eminently qualified for the task by his accurate and extensive attainments as a scholar, and his habits and experience as a teacher. Superior as that work was to everything of the kind before existing, and good as it was in itself, it still left much to be done, much even unattempted; and no one was so sensible of its imperfections as the editor himself, nor so much regretted the necessity of their existence. Most unfortunately, owing to the limited time allowed him by the publishers, and still more, we may add, from the failure of the editor's eyeBight, occasioned by unwearied devotion to his labors, the plan of the work was finally restricted to an improvement upon Ainsworth. Had

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