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topic to which it relates ; and may be regarded as a text-book on the subject of Demonology . The author ' s desire to leave out nothing important on any part of the inquiry has caused the volume to swell to a great bulk : this of course limits the number of
readers , but it makes the work more valuable to such as have leisure and resolution to study it throughout . Our sincere respect for the author has not restrained us from stating some objections to his argument ; and he will , we are sure , take it in good part , if we say further that there are some epithets and descriptions in the Lectures which appear to us to be wanting in gravity and even in charity . We refer generally to the epithets " Devil-Believers , " " DeviPs
Advocates , " and the like ; to the phrase ( p . 188 ) " head of the Holy Alliance ;" to the remark ( p % 241 ) , that the Devil was V not either a native or foreign Jew ; " to the fractional division of the legion of Devils ( p . 346 ) which once procured a semi-profane
nickname for a certain dignitary of the church , his only distinction with posterity ; to the appeal to the multitude ( p . 401 ) on their not liking to be " on bad terms with the Devil ; but particularly to the adoption , by quotation ( Note , p . 261 ) of Mr . Wakefield ' unworthy exclamation on a €€
comment of Archbishop Seeker ' s , So easily are the wretched criticisms of bigotry and superstition put to shame 1 " The author has prefixed to the
volume a table of the texts preached upon and an Index of those explained or referred to , but not an Index of subjects , which we have experienced the want of , and which in so large a work , comprising so much miscellaneous matter , is almost indispensable .
to be met with in Mr . Ackerman ' s " Forge * me not , " or Mr . Relfe ^ s tastefully decorated ' * Friendship ' s Offering . " Its claims to notice ; are of a far more humble and unpretending character ; and while other productions of the season are calculated
for display in the drawing-room , this is recommended as a companion for the young in their more serious moments , and as a means of fixing their attention upon more important sub * jects . The first division of the book is
written in poetry : the remaining two are in prqse . The prose parts " consist almost entirely of extracts . " The former of these contains a brief chronological sketch of the mission of
Jesus ; the dates , as we are informed in a note , being entirely adopted from Dr . Carpenters valuable ** Introduction to the Geography of the New Testament / ' This we think will be
of considerable use in furnishing the juvenile reader with an intelligible account of the life of Jesus , by laying before him the events recordeu in the different gospels in a regular and unbroken connexion . The extracts
from Scripture are so numerous in this part of the book , that it may be considered as the language of the New Testament merely , with the addition of dates . The " account of Christ raas-day /*
appears to be compiled chiefly from Rees's Cyclopaedia . It concludes with a copious extract , in which the arguments for and against the religious observance of this day are fairly though concisely stated .
But tfie « c Poetical Allusions to our Saviour's Life and Sufferings , " form the most important part of this little " Present . " These are classed under the following heads : " The birth of Jesus . —The goodness of God in sending a Saviour , and the permanence of his reign ^—The baptism of Jestw . — - The Beatitudes . —The hatred of the
Jews and the conduct of the Apostles . —The death and re&urre&tkm of Jesus . —The Saviour's patience and resignation , —The ascension of Je&us , and his second coming ^ - —T'he , blessing's of our Saviours Mission designed to be universal . *' - —And , lastly , ** The obligation of Christians to imitate aad obey their Lord and Master . "
Revi&w . —A Christmas Present for Young Persons . 727
Art . III . —A Christmas Present for Young Persons : containing Poetical Allusions to our Saviour ' s Life and Sufferings ; a Brief History of his Mission ; and an Ac
count of the Origin and Observance of Christmas-Day . 12 nno . pp . 40 . H . Hunter . 1 ^ 1823 . 1 r | ^ HE little book here presented to ~ T- * be public does not display any ot that elegance of ornament which is
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Dec. 2, 1823, page 727, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1791/page/47/