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opinion of the world, also, is opposed to this kind of intimacy; and it is seldom safe, and never wise, to do what society unanimously condemns. Besides which it is exceedingly difficult for a young and inexperienced girl, to know when a man is really her friend, and when he is only endeavouring to gain her favour; the most serious mistakes are, therefore, always liable to be made, which can only be effectually guarded against by avoiding such intimacies altogether."-p. 306.

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III. A Kiss for a Blow: or, a Collection of Stories for Children; showing them how to prevent quarrelling. By Henry C. Wright. Dublin: printed and sold by Webb and Chapman. 1843. London: John Green, 121, Newgate Street.

This is the most delightful Story Book for Children which we have ever met with, and we have had the opportunity of testing its power to interest, not merely in the family circle, but in the Sunday School class. The Stories are taken from real life, and yet they seem able to please quite as much as the most surprising fictions; and the very admirable moral which they inculcate flows from them most naturally and persuasively. The following extract from the Preface will introduce the Author to our readers, and we feel sure that having once made his acquaintance, they will not long remain satisfied without knowing something more of his book.

"I dearly love the company of Children. They have been the darling playmates and the sweet solace of my life; and so completely have I learned to identify my life with theirs, that while I am with them I forget, and they forget, that I am other than a child. I am glad the world is full of children. To me, earth, with all its other charms, were a gloomy waste without them. I love to feel as a little child. There is no solace in affliction so sweet as the sympathy of children; there is no music so enchanting as their unaffected, joyous, laugh. I am never so happy, and the gentle spirit of humanity never breathes so freshly and cheeringly into my heart, as when I am surrounded by a company of affectionate merry children. Their presence is never annoying to me. I long for their society.

"Children have regarded and treated me as a companion; and, as such, they have allowed me to share in their griefs, their toils, their joys, and their plays. It is a precious privilege to be admitted to behold the ever-varying mysteries of humanity. The heart of childhood has been laid bare before me. I do not believe there is a child on earth who will not recognise himself, or herself, in some of the stories of this book; and their hearts will respond to the truth of what is written.

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My appeal is to the hearts of children. VOL. V. No. 20.-New Series.

Most of the stories in this

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volume were taken fresh from childhood's realities, and children will not often ask whether they are true or fictitious. Their hearts will tell them," as I now tell them, that they are, with few exceptions, simple facts which have occurred under my own observation; and many of the names to which I refer are those of living children. During the last fifteen years, I have been an inmate of more than one thousand families and have addressed more than fifty thousand children, and recorded hundreds of incidents, that serve to illustrate the gentle loving spirit of Peace, and the malignant blood-thirsty spirit of Revenge. Much have I conversed with children about the duty of loving their enemies, and returning good for evil. Very many disputes and quarrels have I adjusted among them, and many of their sayings and doings have I written down, just as they occurred. I now give some of these to the world in this little book, wishing I could put a copy into the hand of every child who has contributed so much to the happiness of my existence. They would read it, I know, and as they read, they would call to mind days and scenes that have passed away."

IV. Family Prayers, with Occasional Prayers; and Select References to the Holy Scriptures, adapted to Family Worship. By Benjamin Carpenter, Nottingham. 3rd Ed. 12mo. pp. 148. John Green: London.

We know few works, of its kind, better adapted to its object than this. It is fervent, searching, and spiritual,—yet not removed from the natural tone of piety that belongs to an earnest mind, healthily contemplating the daily duties, interests, and responsibilities of life. It preserves that medium, which so many works of the same nature fail to observe, an immediate application to life and temper of religious principles and feelings, without losing the sentiment of God, in the determination to be practical. If Books are employed in family worship, we would not recommend the continual use of any one; the springs of feeling should be freshly touched. As one of such aids to domestic worship these Prayers are deserving of a place.

The Book contains Morning and Evening Prayers for three weeks; with occasional prayers suited to the Various Seasons of Religion, and the external conditions of life.

The references to passages of Scripture adapted for reading at family worship, form a novel and useful part of the work.

V. The Eternity of God considered in relation to the Course of Christian Knowledge and Virtue. A Sermon preached at Exeter, July 20th, 1842, on occasion of the fiftieth Anniversary Meeting of the Society of Unitarian Christians, established in the West of England, for Promoting Christian Knowledge and the Practice of Virtue, by the distribution of Books. By John Kentish. 8vo. pp. 60. Green, and Mardon: London.

We regret that it is almost impossible for us to take satisfactory notice of Single Sermons, without devoting to the purpose a very considerable portion of our space. We for the most part prefer, as most respectful to such publications, to pass them in silence, than to dismiss them with the brief expression of an opinion. We cannot allow, however, any thing to proceed from Mr. Kentish, without a respectful word from us. This Sermon is full of piety and wisdom: the utterance of a strong and of an affectionate mind.

It contains an Appendix giving a Sketch of the History of the Origin and Progress of the Western Unitarian Society.

THE INQUIRER NEWSPAPER.

WE have not been forward to recommend this Paper to our readers, until it had time to work out in some degree its own plan, and to manifest fully the spirit in which it is to be conducted. After this experience, we no longer hesitate to say that we entertain the best hopes of it, and that if it should fail, eventually, to be everything that could be desired, or at least ordinarily expected, in a Newspaper, it will mainly be owing to a want of Encouragement, from that portion of the Public to which it is addressed.

From its first number, every succeeding one has been an improvement on its predecessors: its conductors seem to have acquired a more definite conception of their work, and a greater facility in the very peculiar description of composition that is best suited to journalizing. It has stood completely clear of the evils of Sectarianism, and whilst it has chiefly chronicled the doings and sayings of one Denomination, it has disregarded no passing question or event affecting religious Truth and Liberty.

In the present legal and political condition of Dissent,-and when, on any day, we may have attempted Legislation, on matters

of Education and Religion, requiring the instant attention of the friends of equal rights, we must think that a powerful and well instructed Organ, to place such questions in their true light, and to act promptly on the public mind, is a demand of the times.

It would be easy to suggest improvements, but our Criticism may be spared, or directed homewards; and especially as we have no idea that the Editor has yet been able to work out his own conception of his Paper. His increasing command over materials and resources will give him more and more the power of rejection and selection. We know too well that a poor Periodical cannot always afford to be nice. One thing we may say, because it relates to a mechanical matter; a careful correction of the press is indispensable to success,-the absence of it stamps at once a slovenly and low character on any work, and in this respect the getting up of the INQUIRER has not been irreproachable. We would just add that the Correspondence Department will require severity and caution, and that to know, on what texts and subjects, certain Unitarian Ministers delivered certain sermons or lectures, on certain days, is not very important or interesting information, even to a Unitarian; and that, for no gain whatever, such announcements give a contracted and class character to the Newspaper.

We believe that the INQUIRER may become a most valuable servant of Civil and Religious Liberty, and cultivate the taste, by judicious selection from foreign Reviews and original Articles, for a higher order of moral, and religious Literature. That portion of the Public whom it aims to represent, if they desire to see a Newspaper of this description, should at once afford it that experimental support, without which, it cannot, under present circumstances, have even an opportunity of success.

Errata in Article on Dr. Channing, in our Number for January,

P. 134, third line of quotation, for "facing" read "fusing."

sixth line ditto, for "sealed" read "pealed."

P. 135, twenty-third line ditto, for "distressed" read "distrusted."

"Leave us not, neither forsake us, Oh thou Lord God of our Salvation."

Leave us not, oh Lord!
Where upon this changing sea
Of time, doubt, and perplexity,
Whose every wave successive rolls
O'er the treasures of our souls,
Whilst the stars of hope and fear
Guide us through life's wild career,-
Save upon thy word,

Where shall the spirit rest,
Where upon this changing sea,

Save on Thee, oh God! on Thee.

Leave us not! lo Earth and Heaven
Darkly press upon our view:
Vainly have our spirits striven

To untwist the false and true;
Those deep mysteries which enfold us,
Cast their shadows on our lot;
All the wise the good have told us,
Will not loose their arduous knot.
See where Death's gigantic portal
In the distance towers afar;
Thou must go, thou shrinking mortal,
Thou must pass that gloomy bar.
In that solemn trying hour,
Leave us not, but let us be
Fixed on Thee, oh God! on Thee.

Leave us not, oh Lord! thy Spirit
Folds us to a deep repose;
All the peace which those inherit

Who to Thee their wants disclose.
Hovering o'er the abyss of ages,

Time his dusty pinions spreads;
War with human power he wages;
O'er our dearest hopes he treads.
Tho' he gathers all the treasures,

Won in that ne'er ceasing strife,
Tho' he garners up the pleasures,
Deeds and woes of human life,-
May we yet, with unswerved spirit,
Look on mutability,

Whilst we feel that we inherit

Years of immortality.

Leave us not, but let us be

Fixed on Thee, oh God! on Thee.

VOL. V. No. 20.-New Series.

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