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Rey. James Farquhar, Jesus Coll.
Exeter Coll. grand compounder.
of All Souls' Coll.
BACHELORS OF ARTS.
Mary Hall, grand compounder.
CAMBRIDGE. CAPUT FOR THE ENSUING YEAR. George Edward Lynch Cotton, B. A., The Vice-Chancellor.
Michael Angelo Atkinson, B.A., and
John Smith Mansfield, B.A. Scholars of Rev. Dr. Ainslie, Mast. of Pemb.-Div. J.W.Geldart, D.C.L. Trinity Hall-Law.
Trinity College, have been elected FelW. Clark, M.D. Trinity-Physic.
lows of that Society. R. Birkett, M.A. Emman, Col.--Sen. Non,
Robert Phelps, M.A., Mathematical
Lecturer of Sidney Sussex College, in H. W. Cookson, M.A. St. Peter's-Sen.
this University, has been elected a Foun
dation Fellow of that Society; and Reg.
William Fowler Kingsley, B.A., Mathe
matical Lecturer, on the foundation of The following gentlemen have been Mr. Taylor. elected University Officers :-
The Rev. T. D. Simpson, M.A. Fellow PROCTORS.
and late Mathematical Lecturer of Sidney Rev. James Burdakin, M.A., Clare Hall, Sussex College, has been appointed Tutor Rev. Henry Arlett, M.A., Pemb. Coll. of the College. PRO-PROCTORS.
There will be congregations on the folRev. W. P. Baily, M.A., of Clare Hall. lowing days of the present Michaelmas Rev. J. Mills, M.A., of Pembroke Coll. Term:
Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Eleven.
Wednesday, 28, ditto.
Wednesday, Dec. 12, ditto. Rev. Joseph Bowstead, M.A., Pem.Coll. And .... - 16, (end of term) at SCRUTATORS.
The following Graces have passed the Rev. Francis Martin, M.A., Trin, Coll.
Senate:Rev. Robert Cory, B.D., Emman. Coll.
To confer the degree of Doctor in TAXORS.
Divinity by Royal Mandate on Mr, Rev, J. Baldwin, M.A., Christ's Coll. Wordsworth, of Trinity College, the Rev. George Langshaw, M.A., St. John's
Head Master of Harrow School. College.
To allow Mr. Bernard, Hebrew Teacher,
301. from the University Chest. AUDITORS OF CHEST. Rev. Dr. Ainslie, Master of Pembroke. Died, aged 28, Mr. William Green, Rev. C. Tucker, M.A., St. Peter's Coll. jun. of Cottingham, near Hull, and of Rev. E. H. Browne, M.A., Emm. Coll. Corpus Christi College, in this Univer
The Queen's Professor of the Civil Law intends to commence his Course of Lectures on Tuesday, the 6th of November. The Course occupies a portion of three terms, and is usually completed about the Division of the Easter Term.
MASTERS OF ARTS.
BACHELORS OF ARTS.
Meetings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society for the present Term :Tuesday, (anniversary,) Nov. 6. Mon. day, Nov. 12. Monday, Nov. 26. Monday, Dec. 10.
The Rev. Jas. Wm. Lucas Heaviside, M.A. Fellow and Tutor of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and Professor of Mathematics in the East India College, Haileybury, 10 Almira, eldest daughter of Julian Skrine, Esq. of that town.
The Rev. Henry Brown Newman, M.A. late Fellow of Wadham College, and Rector of Little Bromley, Essex, to Elizabeth, only surviving daughter of the late John Hooper, Esq. of Hendford House, Yeovil, Somerset.
THE FOLLOWING WORKS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED.
Forget Me Not: a Christmas, New Year's, and
Birthday Present, for 1839. Edited by F.
the Christian Church in the Celebration of
the Holy Eucharist, &c. By T. Brett, LL.D. Plain Discourses on the Catechism and Book
of Common Prayer. By Rev. W. Hutchinson. Sermons on Miscellaneous Subjects. By
W. J. E. Bennett.
vine Attributes. By Thomas Gisburne, M.A.
Preb. of Durham.
of Gloucester and Bristol. By James Henry,
By J. A. Thornthwaite.
R. J. M'Ghee.
A General Outline of the Animal Kingdom.
By T. R. Jones, F.Z.S. Part II.
Parts II. and III.
prepared for the Home and Colonial Infant
of the Lord Bishop of Ripon. By W. F.
subject of Dr. Hook's Sermon, preached be
fore her. Majesty. By one of the Clergy. The Exile of St. Helena. A Poem. By John
Charles Earle, of St. Edmund's Hall, Oxford.
Examiner, for October
Popery. By the Editor of the Church of
NOTICES TO CORRESPONDENTS.
" Joyce's Patent Apparatus for heating Rooms." We have had several questions put to us, respecting the adaptation of this apparatus to the purpose of warming country churches, vestry rooms, &c.; and having taken the pains to examine the construction and principle upon which they act, we are able to pronounce a favourable opinion, and to recommend them to the Clergy, especially in low damp situations; one of their principal characteristics, in common with all close stoves, being to generate great dryness in the atmosphere.
“ The Polish Exiles." Our correspondent, “D. D." is informed that the CHRISTIAN REMENBRANCER is always ready to promote works of charity, and conseqnently can have no objection to receive any subscriptions for the above unfortunate individuals.
"A Constant Reader," Deal, in our next.
" Paradise Restored." "J. C. E." has our best thanks; the numbers shall be forwarded as directed.
"Oxon." Dr. Hampden has neither replied to the Times, nor to Mrs. Davison. His conduct to the lady requires no comment.
" A Churchman" will see that the Unitarian Question has not been overlooked.
“ L. X." is informed, that sponsors must be had at the reception of an adult into "the congregation of Christ's flock," who has been named in infancy.
"S. W. & G." We only insert the List of New Works sent to the Editor.
The attack upon Dr. Hook, by one of the Clergy, shall have our early attention. Perhaps our correspondent, “ W. W." will favour us with his sentiments.
“ A. B." The Bishop of Exeter has vindicated his conduct with respect to Mr. Head in so masterly a manner, that we do not think it necessary to publish the letter of " A. B."
"A. G." is not the only one among the Clergy who are obnoxious to the anonymous nuisance. The best plan is to treat such ungentleman-like and paltry detractors with silent contempt.
THE FIFTH OP NOVEMBER.-- We respectfully remind our clerical readers that it is imperative on them to read the Act of Parliament for commemorating the national deliverance from the traltorous Gunpowder Conspiracy on the Fifth of November. A copy of that Act was printed in the CHRISTIAN REMEMBRANCER for November, 1837.
REVIEW OF NEW PUBLICATIONS.
ART. I.-The Life and Ministry of the Rev. Samuel Walker, B.A.
formerly of Truro, Cornwall. By the Rev. Edwin SIDNEY, A.M., Author of “ The Life of the Rev. Rowland Hill, A.M.” &c. Second Edition, revised and enlarged. London: Seeley and Burnside,
1838. 8vo. Pp. 564. CLERICAL biography, in sober, steady and impartial hands, is of great value to lay Christians, as well as to those for whose use it may seem more especially intended ; for, by seeing what has been done for the extension of religion by pious and judicious clergymen, they may learn, not only how to do that part of the work which belongs to every private Christian, but may see what are the obligations of those for whose benefit the clerical obligations exist. The tenour of the ministerial duty is, however, so uniform, and, for the most part, so quiet and unobtrusive, that a parochial clergyman, as such, seldom claims biographical distinctions above his brethren, without departures from that even but salutary routine, to adhere to which is his highest praise. An erratic course, especially when recommended by piety and zeal, has, to the many, the force of example:
Decipit exemplar vitiis imitabile ; the acknowledged virtues impart their character to the faults, and the individual is praised, and his brethren censured, just in the cases where sober truth would contradict the public verdict. Hence men are imitated in the very points in which they are open to reprehension, while the laborious and conscientious toil on, not only in obscurity, but, so far as they are known, in obloquy or disrepute.
While entertaining every respect for the memory of Walker of Trurowhile reverencing his singleness of heart, his devotion to his Lord and to his calling-above all, that self-denial to which we shall return presently, and which stamps the reality and intensity of his religion, -we VOL. xx. NO. XII.
must yet believe that his claim to a biographical memorial above so many thousands of his brethren rests upon differences in which his example is less to be commended than avoided. He was a pureminded, simple, sincere, active, zealous clergyman; won, doubtless, many souls, and " a crown of glory that fadeth not away.” But, to take no other instances, what claim has he to the honours of a memoir, which was not possessed equally by some, if not all of the clergymen composing the excellent clerical society of Truro, who sleep in unstoried graves ? None, that we can perceive, except his management of a parish on principles neither recognised by the primitive church nor the church of England. That he was far more discreet, far more judicious and sensible than Wesley, or than Mr. Sidney's former hero, Rowland Hill, is unquestionable ; but this is a very different degree of praise from that which his biographer has thought fit to bestow on him. We certainly cannot concur with Mr. Sidney's opinion, that " no minister has left for the imitation of posterity a more distinguished pattern of parochial administration " than Walker of Truro.
But the fairest, and, perhaps, the most agreeable way of reviewing a biographical work, is to give an analysis of its matter : and this, therefore, we will proceed to do.
Samuel Walker was the son of Robert Walker, Esq. of Exeter, by Margaret, daughter of the Rev. Richard Hall, incumbent of St. Edmund and Allhallows, in that city, where he was born Dec, 16, 1714. He was descended from a family who had represented that city in parliament for many generations, and counted Bishop Hall among his ancestors. At ten years old he was sent to the Grammar School in Exeter, which he left at eighteen for Exeter College, Oxford Here Mr. Sidney says
Of his mode of life at the University we know little ; but he appears to have possessed habits of application, which prevented his entering with excess into the gaieties and temptations that surrounded him. In addition to both capacity and inclination to acquire knowledge, he seems always to have had a pleasing propensity to adorn his conduct with the graces of integrity and virtue, and took pains to give to morals of a mere earthly temper, the brightest polish they were capable of receiving.
* But the scions of virtue and morality had been grafted on the wild stem of human nature, and produced nothing but blossoms; it was when his heart became changed by the grace of God, that they ripened into fruit.-P. S.
This account, to us at least, is any thing but satisfactory. We should little have expected from Mr. Sidney the recognition of a “propensity” to “integrity and virtue" as "a mere earthly temper," or the assertion that "virtue and morality” could be “grafted on the wild stem of human nature.” The fact seems to be that Walker, deriving from a pious education a solemn sense of religious truth and duty, was, of course, from childhood, moral and virtuous. Without adopting the preposterous extreme that every man is as far gone in sin as possible, we can never recognise “virtue and morality" as "a mere earthly temper,' or believe that any man derives a "propensity” to these things from his earthly nature. Were this so, there would be some reason in the theory that man is to be brought to spiritual goodness by mental education. But this idea is a fiction; and Mr. Walker, always deeply influenced by the spirit of grace, did not, however, acknowledge the work begun until his thoughts took a more rigid, though scarcely more serious, impression.
Mr. Walker took the degree of B.A. and holy orders in the year 1737.
He bad, however, at that time no right impression of the responsibility and sacredness of the ministerial office. “ The week before my ordination,” he said afterwards of himself, “I spent with the other candidates, as dissolute, I fear, as myself, in a very light, indecent manner; dining, supping, drinkiug, and laughing together, when God knows we should have been all on our knees, and warning each other to fear for our souls in the views of what we were about to put our hands to."--Pp. 3, 4.
There is no doubt that, if these young men had prayed together and exhorted each other at such a period, they would have acted piously and wisely; it is probable, too, that their impressions at such a time were far from being serious enough-and too serious they could not have been. But we must take with some qualification the “ dissoluteness” of Mr. Walker at least, if not of his companions. As to their dining and supping together, this, we suppose, was almost necessary, and, in any respect, not criminal ; drinking, could only become so in the excess. “The Son of Man came eating and drinking;' and, though it has been somewhere remarked, that the Saviour is recorded to have wept, but never to have laughed, we suppose Mr. Walker did not consider this negative inference sufficient to make laughing absolutely unlawful. And that what Mr. Walker, in a more austere mood, called “dissoluteness," in other words, the assumption of the most solemn charge in a spirit of carelessness and trifling, was nothing of the kind, we must conclude, from what Mr. Sidney says of his immediate conduct in orders : “ He discharged the duties of a pastor, at this early period of life, with diligence; and his private character was altogether unimpeachable." And again : “During the time Mr. Walker continued at Lanlivery, he was both a teacher and an example of virtue.” “He reproved, exhorted, and watched over the people of his flock, preaching, catechising, and visiting diligently in private.” To apply the term dissolute to such a man, even though his views of Christianity might not be so sound or so clear as desirable, would certainly be a perversion of language.
Mr. Walker's first curacy was Dodescomb Leigh, near Exeter, where he resided till Aug. 1738.
He left bis parish at the request of Lord Rolle, who invited him to undertake the tuition of his youngest brother during a journey through France, a proposal