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this important foundation can be laid. It is abundantly evident that the divine Providence has intended that the domestic circle should be the first nursery of the children of men, in which the young plants can be most effectually guarded against evils from within and from without. The evils from within are, principally, an unsubmissive self-will, manifesting itself in disobedience, obstinacy, sulkiness, moroseness, unkindness, and the like ; and the evils from without are, chiefly, bad example, licentious indulgence, and a lack of wise parental controul. These evils almost always go together: and they must certainly be subdued and removed before education, understood in its only proper sense, the training up of the child for the reception and practice of goodness upon earth, that it may become prepared to live in the regions of goodness in heaven for ever, can accomplish its exalted end. The manual before us is full of instruction as to the method by which those evils can be surmounted, and the opposite states of goodness and of heavenly virtue cultivated in their stead.

We know that the parental love of children is one of the most deeply implanted, by the divine Parent, in the human bosom; and that, too, for one of the greatest of ends, the preservation of the human race : for without this powerful affection the human family could not be preserved. Parental love is, consequently, one of the most powerful affections of the human breast. In its tenderness, its patience, its permanence, and its cheerful self-denial, in behalf of its offspring, it is unrivalled by any other emotion. No other affection toils with so much patience, or voluntarily encounters the same watchings, cares, and anxieties. But this affection, like that of the sex, which the Creator has also implanted in the human soul, is liable to much abuse and perversion. With parents who do not look to the Lord, and to heaven, as their final home, this affection is certain to remain merely natural, when its tendency is directed to no other end than that of making their offspring happy in this world only, and overwhelming them with mere earthly good. As conjugial love goes hand in hand with the church, so does the wise exercise of parental love. The school of regeneration is also the school of education; and no parent or teacher can become effective in the latter, unless he has had some experience in the former. Hence the able writer of this eminently useful little work says (p. 16):

The whole period of man's existence on earth was intended to be occupied with his education for heaven. “To educate," means, strictly, to lead from an inferior to a superior state; also to educe the immortal faculties, which are latent at birth. Although instruction should lead from ignorance to knowledge, this avails nothing for eternal purposes, unless it also becomes the medium of leading from selfishness to

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charity. As man without charity is “nothing," so, without charity he is not (what to man ought to be every thing) a child of God through regeneration.

From these premises it is inferred, that, as man is instructed in vain, except so far as the union of goodness and truth perfects his heavenly education, so our efforts for the education of our children in divine knowledge are futile, and, possibly, inju. rious, except so far as, in the formation of their characters, the cultivation of goodness (or the forming of good habits, according to their age, character, and capacity) be united with instruction in truth.

This is the only proper way to consider the all important subject of education; as the work, co-operating with the Lord, of bringing out the faculties, and training them for the reception and practice of good

In a fallen church education, like every other thing in relation to man, has become perverted, and diverted from its proper end and design. But the New Church, in its progress, is destined to restore the influence of education to its proper state, and to realize its blessings amongst men; and we hail these able Essays as a valuable means to this end. Every parent should possess this little work, and diligently peruse it; for those who sincerely desire that their children may be happy, both in this world and in the next, could not have a manual more calculated to guide them in the right way than this little volume. It is universally admitted, that the wise conduct of mothers during the periods of childhood and early youth, is all-important in the forming of good habits, and in the laying of planes of future goodness, excellence, and happiness, in the human character. Here commences man's present and future happiness or misery. How important the thought! And how seriously ought all mothers to lay it to heart! On this account it is that we particularly recommend these Essays to mothers, and especially to the mothers of the New Church, who know, from the doctrines concerning “Remains," so clearly opened in the New Church Writings, that the Lord is constantly operating for man's regeneration, by treasuring up, in the interiors of the mind during infancy, childhood, and youth, those rudimental and potential principles and states of innocence, love, charity, meekness, &c., which, as the child becomes adult, are intended to come forth into actuality and life. Now these Remains” become more and more potential in proportion as the parent co-operates with the divine Providence of the Lord in subduing every symptom of self-will in the child, and in regulating the activities of the sensual principle into which we are first introduced. How great, then, is the importance of domestic education! If this first and primary plane is not properly laid ; if this first link is wanting in the golden chain by which our heavenly Father attracts us to himself, it will be almost impossible in after years to supply the defect.

But these Essays are not only of the greatest use to parents, they are also eminently serviceable to schoolmasters and teachers, both in Sunday and day schools; since in every school religious and moral training should be the primary object. The schoolmaster and teacher, who do not look to moral and religious training in the first place, neglect the most essential part of their duty. The numerous suggestions and hints to this end, which are given in these Essays, are, consequently, of the greatest use to the teacher; and we hope that no person engaged in this occupation will delay a single moment in pro. curing this work. We had marked several beautiful extracts for insertion; but as our space is rather limited, we consider it best to leave the reader to peruse the whole, whose personal instruction and edification will be also thereby greatly promoted,

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Hymns of Prayer and Praise for the Young, adapted for the Use of

Day and Sunday Schools, as well as Families. Compiled by the Rev. EDWARD MADELEY. Second edition, greatly enlarged. Glasgow, J. and G. Goyder: London, W. Newbery: Manches

ter, Mrs. Heywood. 1842. It is extremely gratifying to see the numerous helps and aids now afforded for the instruction and training of the young. We have already, in this present number, given a notice of an excellent work addressed to parents and teachers; and in the little volume of “ Prayer and Praise” before us, we have a work prepared especially for the young. By the various efforts we almost daily witness to benefit the rising generation, and to educate them in proper principles, we behold one of the most prominent signs of a new state of things of a new era--of a New Church gradually advancing in the world. Verse and prose, science and philosophy, music and singing, and, above all, genuine moral and religious principles, are now employed in the service of education in a manner unprecedented and unknown in former times: and we doubt not, that these efforts will be greatly blessed by that divine Providence, whose “tender mercies are over all his works,” and whose sole end in all his operations is, to bless the human race with eternal happiness.

These hymns, consisting of 245 in number, and forming a neat little volume, have been compiled and prepared by the author expressly for youth. Every hymn is based upon some Scripture passage, the “life and spirit” of which, in most cases, it unfolds and expresses

in a simple and beautiful manner. This is to us a very great reconmendation, and, we doubt not, to our readers also. We have here, not only hymns of “Prayer and Praise," but also on “Particular Subjects,” such as ‘Obedience and Love to Parents, Prayer, Self-examination, Repentance, &c.; and the young mind is touched in a very affecting manner as to all these important duties. There are also hymns for “ Particular Occasions,” such as, the Lord's Day, Going to Church, Morning and Evening, Christmas Day, Good Friday, Easter Day, on Going to School, on Leaving School, on the New Year, &c. There are likewise many “Infant Hymns," particularly adapted to Infant Schools, and Hymns especially suited to Sunday Schools and to special occasions in Sunday Schools. This little volume, we certainly think, should be introduced into every school and every family. It is exceedingly useful as a means of calling forth and strengthening the remainsof innocence, mutual love, and charity, with which the Lord stores the youthful mind. We have here all that the celebrated Watts's Hymns for Children contain, with much more besides, expressed in agreement with genuine truth; and children, as an exercise for the memory, could not do better than learn many of these hymns by heart, an exercise which supplies the tender mind with correct forms of thought and expression, which is of the greatest moment in the religious instruction and training of the young.

There are some few errata which we shall here point out, in order that they may not escape being corrected in the next edition. In the last verse of hymn 69, for “duties” read “ desires;" hymn 132, at the end of the first line add “all;" hymn 134, in the last line of the first verse, for “ at,” read “like.”

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LONDON MISSIONARY AND TRACT SOCIETY.

Rev. D. HOWARTH'S LECTURES IN

THE POTTERIES. To the Editors, &c.—Gentlemen,-A member of the New Church (with whom and with wbose family I and mine have lately had the very great pleasure, not only of becoming acquainted, but of passing a happy week with while the Rev. Mr. Howarth, who has lately been giving lectures in this neighbourhood, was alike partaking of their very kind hospitality), thinking that the readers of the Intellectual Repository would be glad to see

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some account of the numerously attended lectures alluded to, and to know the progress of the New Church doctrines in this district, has requested me to make this communication, that the information it contains may, if advisable, appear in the next number of the Intellectual. I have much pleasure in complying with his wishes, as far as I am able ; but as ill health prevented my attending most of the lectures, and some of the proceedings to which I shall presently refer, I cannot do ample justice to them; and hope if

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any inaccuracy appear in my statement a large number of respectable persons at it will be excused and not be of any Longton and in the neighbourhood, conmaterial importance. Longton, at the ceiving that the doctrines so set forth town-hall of which place the lectures were really according to the truth as it is were given, is in the midst of a very in Jesus, and that the publication of populous district, called the Potteries; such lectures, by encouraging the growth and Mr. Howarth, through the zealous of all cbristian graces, would tend to the exertions of Mr. F., and other friends of salvation of man and the true glory of the New Church in his neighbourhood, God, are getting up a numerously signed had made known as widely as possible requisition, earnestly soliciting the worthy when and wbere the lectures (which were lecturer to forthwith publish his lectures. gratuitous and extempore) would be de- Doubtless many members of our church livered. The first (on the 23d of June) will be delighted to hear that so urged by was on “A general view of the doctrines the earnest entreaties of old and very of the New Church.” The second on esteemed friends, who have convinced the 27th of June) “On the true nature him that such publication (particularly in of the human soul and its immortality.” their neighbourhood and at Longton) The third (on the 29th of June) “ On would be likely to do much good, he will the sole divinity of Jesus Christ and the probably consent to prepare his lectures divine Trinity," and the fourth and last for the press; and, as the cost of them (on the 30th of June) “On the nature it is thought will not exceed eighteen of saving faith and the truly christian pence, we sincerely hope all who can will life." As however I should do great purchase them, not only for the pleasure injustice to these lectures were I to and benefit they themselves will derive, attempt a particular account of each, my but that they may extend their usefulness observations upon them must be of a by lending them to their poorer neighvery general kind. Every lecture was bours. Before these lectures were deopened and concluded by the Lord's livered there were at Longton and in the prayer, and after every lecture an im- neighbourbood about ten readers of New mense number of tracts were distributed, Church works, who every Sunday met in in the whole not less than 2,500, so a rented room, there to have worship eager were the audience to have them. according to our liturgy and to read a Throughout they were attended by large printed New Church sermon; but on the audiences, varying from four to seven Sunday after the lectures were given, hundred persons; each succeeding lec- when I and my son and Mr. Faraday ture having a larger number of hearers, and three of his children had the great and being apparently listened to with in- pleasure of attending divine service there, creased interest. The most exemplary and Mr. Howarth gave us a very approdecorum was manifested: no intemperate priate and excellent extempore sermon, zeal nor the least opposition was offered my son counted sixty persons, and they to the lecturer while delivering any of the all seemed cheered by the presence of Mr. lectures; and the audience, finding that Howarth and delighted by his ministerial the rev. lecturer made the Word itself duties. On that occasion, for the first the only test of every doctrine he was time, several of our beautiful hymns were endeavouring either to combat or esta.

sung there, and all present seemed to blish, and that all his arguments were join in them with minds congenial and urged in the inoffensive spirit of true hearts attuned to heavenly harmony; so charity, listened to him not only with that that day will be a very memorable calm and deep attention, but apparently one in the history of the New Church with great satisfaction. So favourably there. At the recommendation of Mr. impressed were they with both the matter H. the members of this little society of the lectures and the mode in which

agreed to meet every Monday evening to the worthy lecturer delivered them, that read and converse on the works of Swe

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