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Art . IV . —A Tract on Family Religion ; containing' Remarks on the following subjects : Example , Precepts , Company and Conversation , Family Prayer , Reading the Scriptures , Amusements . By C . P . valentine , Minister of the Gospel . — Pp . 16 . Hunter .
The title is a sufficient analysis of the contents of this pious and sensible little publication . It is altogether practical , the writer having purposely , and we
think very judiciously , avoided controversy . Its spirit and manner may be judged of by the following remarks on " Company and Conversation : " t € Every man may use bis own discretion as to what company he introduces into his family ; he has also some controul over the kind and character of the conversation that is held in his house : it is of great consequence that both these be respectable and virtuous .
' * He w . ho introduces into his family men of licentious morals and exceptionable conduct , acts much the same part as the man in the fable who brought home a snake . ' Evil communications corrupt good manners / Manners and morals , in the opinion of the ancients , were identical ; and no oue can doubt that when the manners become corrupted , the morals are in great danger . A man of staid and decided moral
character will always be careful to let it be known , that in his presence vice may not plead its cause with impunity , and that they who cannot discourse with decorum and decency are no nt companions for him . " It must , however , be admitted , that the good taste of the age in which we live has succeeded in banishing from all reputable society low and vulgar conversation ; and the one thing still
wanting , as it seems to me , is to send to the same oblivion that conversation which affords too strong a tendency to a love of worldly pleasures and scepticism in religion . It is well to set our faces against cant , and an untimely obtrusion of sacred subjects ; but in doing this , let us not forget to season our discourse with the feelings and sentiments of true and religious men . "—Pp . 10 , 11 .
Art . V . —Sketches in Verse , from the Historical Boohs of the Old Testament . By J , Brettell . Hamilton , Adams , and Co ., Paternoster Row . The first of these spirited and clever sketches is a poetical paraphrase of part
of the history of Pharaoh and Moses . The opening description of the " Land of the Nile" is in very good taste , and written with energy ; as is also that of those " Mountains of Stone "—the Pyramids , from which we extract a few lines :
' * vast tombs ! too spacious far for man , Whose relics ask of earth no ample span—13 ut despots , e ' en in death , grasp all they can .
52 Critical Notices .
Art . III . —On Sudden Death : a Sermon , preached in the Old Jewry Chapel , Jewin Street , en Sunday , September 21 st , 1828 , occasioned by the Death of Mr . John Keep , for many years Precentor of that Chapel . By David Davison , A . M . 8 vo . Pp . 24 .
On the Consolations of the Gospel : a Sermon preached in the Old Jewry Chapel , Jewin Street , on Sunday , October 5 th , 1828 , occasioned by the Death of Joseph Yalhwley , Esq ., Treasurer of the Old Jewry Society . By fiavid Davison , A . M . 8 vo . Pp . 28 .
It was a remarkable and affecting circumstance that the first of these sermons , occasioned by the sudden death of the Precentor of the Jewin Street Chapel , was listened to with peculiar interest by Mr . Yallowley , its Treasurer ; and that he also , within the following week , received a like instantaneous summons to the presence of his Judge . The preacher had an arduous and solemn task on
both occasions : on the last he must have felt it overpoweringly so . How he acquitted himself is best shewn by a reference to these discourses , which are every way worthy of a Christian minister ; serious , earnest , appropriate , affecting , and deeply impressive . The first is from 1 Sam . xx . 3 : — " There is but a step between me and death . " The second
from 1 Thess . iv . 14 : — " For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again , even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him . " The conclusion of this discourse , in which a faithful and interesting character is drawn
of Mr . Yallowley , was inserted , by the author's permission , prior to the publication of the sermon , in our last volume , pp . 788—790 . We recommend both discourses as eminently calculated to make a salutary and permanent impression on the attentive reader .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1829, page 52, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2568/page/52/