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fare . In Sooth America how sad the spectacle ! one only of its governments maintaining an appearance of stability , and that under the coercive force of a despotism , while ignorance and misery reign over regions , endowed by the Creator with every natural advantage , but inhabited by men who kuow not how to use what they fought like heroes to
obtain . Where on earth is the country that cau at this moment be pronounced in so prosperous a condition as ours ? Traverse the globe from pole to pole , or follow the sun till you shalL return to the spot whence your journey began , and where will you find a nation in possession of so many blessings , contrasted with so few disadvantages , as this , in which Providence has assigned us a home ?
* ' In this prosperity , I find an argument for the culture of a high and pure character among the people . "—Pp . 4—7 . It is cheering to sympathize with the gratitude of our brethren afar , and to remark the discernment with which this , one of their faithful preachers , discovers , and the earnestness with which he warns them of the perils of prosperity . Our preaching must , at present , take a different tone ; but we will trust that our
day of national thanksgiving will also arrive , and that we shall have such men to teach us to improve it .
Art . VI . —American Series of Tracts . Nos . 41 , 42 , 43 . On Prejudice . By Samuel J . May . The Prospects and Claims of Pure Christianity . By John G . Palfrey . The Beneficial Tendency of Unit arianism . By Lant Carpenter , LL D .
Thrsr tracts are as various in their character and style as in their objects . The first is a plain , sensible exposure of the nature and effects of prejudice ; a subject on which it is as desirable that the wisest of us should be occasionally reminded as that the most foolish should be enlightened .
Mr . Palfrey '« interpretation of " the signs of the times" is interesting and animating in a very high degree . From a faithful and perspicuous review of the circumstances of our social condition , of
our improved habits of thinking , of our increasing wealth of information , of our improved state of feeling , and of our experience of the past , he draws inferences full of encouragement respecting the accelerated progress of pure Christi-
anity , in the days even which we may live to witness . If to prophesy good be to bring about the good prophesied , this little tract will be of great service ; especially as it is as much distinguished by its superiority of thought and style , as by the fervour of well-grounded hope which characterizes its tone of feeling .
The last of these tracts is well known to our readers under another form . It is the last chapter of Dr . Carpenter's " Examination of the Charges , " &c . ; and many who value that interesting but somewhat ponderous work , will be glad to diffuse its sum and substance in its present light form among those who might not be persuaded to give their attention fairly to the volume whence it is drawn
We must just observe with respect to all these tracts that their effect is injured more than might be supposed possible by their being very badly pointed . The multiplicity of commas is very wearyiug , and in innumerable instances-they utterly spoil the sense . We would rather dispense with commas altogether than see sentences subdivided to such an extreme as they are here . This hint is to the American editors . To the
English Association Committee we are much obliged for making these little publications common among us .
Art . VII .- — The Guilt of Forbearing to Deliver our British Colonial Slaves * A Sermon , by Daniel Wilson , M . A ., Vicar of Islington . London . J 830 . This is a very interesting discourse , ably and impressively written , upon one of the most important topics which can engage the public attention , and it does equal credit to the feeliugN and the
talents of its author . Such writings we may justly consider as a national benefit ; they diffuse a pure and humanizing influence through society , awaken the careless , encourage the distrustful , and animate and strengthen the faithful labourers in this arduous conflict . We wish we had more such , and we earnestly
recommend this to the perusal of all who are desirous to be of service to the cause , and to promote , as far as lies in their power , that act of justice so long
demanded by the feelings and opinions of almost all classes in this country , the emancipation of their suffering fellowcreatures . We subjoin a few extracts as a specimen : * ' Alas ! two hundred years have ^ lapsed since the commencement of thi * frightful system , and it continue * in i > iw
344 Critical Notices . — Theological .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), May 2, 1831, page 344, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2597/page/56/