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LII.-The History of the Church of England in the Colonies and Foreign Dependencies of the British Empire. By the Rev. J. S. M. ANDERSON, M.A., Chaplain in Ordinary to the Queen, &c. Vol. II. London: Rivingtons.

MR. ANDERSON's History of the Colonial Churches, of which the second volume now lies before us, is characterized by a painstaking accuracy, and a fulness of detail, which must ensure for it a permanent place in our literature. The history of religion in the Colonies comprised in this volume extends from the beginning of the reign of Charles I., to the end of the reign of King William III., and ranges from Hudson's Bay to the Levant, and from the Levant to Hindostan. It comprises such outlines of the contemporary history of the Church of England, as are essential to the full comprehension of the position of the colonial Churches. In a brief notice like this, it is impossible to present even an outline of the extended range over which Mr. Anderson takes his reader; but we highly appreciate his labours in this very interesting field; and we are happy to think that his researches will rescue from oblivion many facts with regard to the early history of religious communities, which are each year increasing in importance.

LIII.-The Reformers of the Anglican Church, and Mr. Macaulay's History of England. By E. C. HARINGTON, A.M., Chancellor of the Cathedral Church of Exeter. London: Rivingtons. THE Church is greatly indebted to Chancellor Harington for his exposure of the inaccuracy and gross unfairness of Macaulay in his dealing with the history of the English Church. His onslaught is, in our opinion, most triumphant, and with other criticisms of the same tendency, will, we trust, have the effect of neutralizing the poisonous qualities of Mr. Macaulay's very able book. A more brilliant work we have never perused; but its infidelities, and its monstrous unfairness, must exclude it from perusal in the families of churchmen except in the character of a romance. We heartily thank Mr. Harington for his able execution of the very necessary work of dissecting Mr. Macaulay's History, and showing his enmity to the Church of England.

LIII. Memoirs of the House of Brandenburg, and History of Prussia, during the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. By

LEOPOLD RANKE. Translated from the German by SIR ALEX. and LADY DUFF GORDON. In 3 vols. London: Murray. THE work before us is of far too much importance to attempt more than a passing notice of it in this place. Although the work is a history of the Prussian power in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, it is preceded by an introductory account of the rise of the house of Brandenburg; and it is carried down to the latter years of the reign of Frederick the Great. We hope to have an opportunity hereafter for a more extended notice of the contents of this work.

LV.-Wales: the Language, Social Condition, Moral Character, and Religious Opinions of the People, considered in their relation to Education, &c. By SIR THOMAS PHILLIPS.

J. W. Parker.


THE bulky and elaborate volume before us is designed chiefly to point out the injustice of certain allegations which have been made against the lower classes in Wales by recent inquirers, and to detail the present state and condition of the population, with a view to the more successful application of educational exertions. Sir T. Phillips remarks with justice on the impropriety of appointing bishops and clergy in Wales who are unacquainted with the Welsh language; and he points out the injustice of general accusations of immorality against the dissenters of Wales.

LVI.-An Exposition of the Thirty-nine Articles by the Reformers. By the Rev. THOMAS R. JONES, Incumbent of St. Mary's Welbrook, Yorkshire. London: Hamilton, Adams, and Co. MR. JONES has employed great care and diligence in perusing the works of Latimer, Ridley, Cranmer, Hooper, Jewell, Philpot, Pilkington, Coverdale, Becon, Bradford, Sandys, Grindal, Whitgift, &c., and has made extracts from them bearing on the Articles. We have no doubt that his exertions will be entensively appreciated.

LVII.-A Continuous Outline of Sacred History: intended as a help to the Study of the Scriptures. By the Rev. W. SLOANE EVANS, B.A. (Soc. Com.) Trinity College, Cambridge, &c. London: Masters.

THIS Volume contains an each chapter are stated.

outline of the Bible, i. e. the contents of We have no doubt that such a series of

memoranda were useful to the author in his studies, but we do not distinctly see how they are to be made useful to others.

LVIII.-Baptism, with Reference to its Import and Modes. By EDWARD BEECHER, D.D. New York: John Wiley, and 13, Paternoster-row, London.

THIS appears to be a learned and argumentative treatise, in which the author refutes the opinions of the Baptists, and contends that the meaning of the word Barrisw is to "purify” and not to "immerse.'


We have to acknowledge the receipt of a number of works which our limits forbid us to notice at present, except by their titles. Amongst these we may mention, Maitland's Essays on subjects connected with the Reformation in England, Cureton's Corpus Ignatianum, the Songs of Israel, by one of the Laity, Aitcheson's Strictures on the Duke of Argyll's Essay, Ford's Gospel of St. Mark, Kidd on the Thirty-Nine Articles, HandBook of Ancient Geography and History by Pütz, Fraser on Holy Confirmation, Lowe's Sermon on the Doom of Murder, Lyon's Letters on the Duke of Argyll's Work, Ross's Letters on Diocesan Theological Colleges, Oakeley on the Teaching of the Catholic Church, and others, which we are obliged for the present to leave unnoticed.

Foreign and Colonial Intelligence.

AUSTRALIA.-Educational Grants at Sydney.-From a statement in the Sydney Government Gazette, it appears that the sum voted by the Legislative Council for the support of schools in Sydney district, during the year 1848, was distributed as follows:-Church of England schools, 41201.; Presbyterian, 1900l.; Wesleyan Methodist, 570l.; Roman Catholic, 18607. Total, 84501.


BORNEO.-Prospects of the Mission.-An interesting account of the state of the Mission sent a year ago to Borneo, appears in the Colonial Church Chronicle. The principal difficulty against which the Mission has to contend is the Mohammedan population, consisting partly of Malays, who are described as greatly superior to the natives in intelligence, education, and moral habits, and partly of English emigrants who have embraced Mohammedanism, and that, it is stated, in hundreds of instances. The present prospects of the Mission are thus described :Among the Kyans, Dyaks, and other native tribes, there is, already opened to us, a much larger sphere of action than I imagined was the case on my first arrival here. On this river alone we have thirty-three tribes (each tribe varying in number from thirty to two hundred families) of tributary Dyaks, the nearest tribes being a good day's journey distant; who, now they are obliged to live at peace with each other, are rapidly increasing in numbers and improving in condition: besides these, the people of the Samarahan, the Sadong, and the Serekei rivers, are now under the control and protection of this Government (Sadong and Serekei are much larger rivers than this), but I have not been able to ascertain the numbers of their tribes; they are, however, numerous and quite accessible to Missionary efforts. Next spring, when it is expected that the Sarebus and Sakarran rivers, inhabited by swarms of piratical Dyaks, will be thrown open and brought perfectly under our control by means of a powerful expedition, which the Rajah and Captain Keppel have planned against them, these two rivers, together with the Serekei, will form a high road into the very interior of Borneo, and traverse the regions inhabited by the Kyans: who, from the little I have seen and heard of them, seem to be more civilized than our hill Dyaks, and are a brave and intelligent people, far more numerous than the Dyaks, and are to be estimated by tens and hundreds of thousands. They are, I am told, very anxious to have communication with us, and desirous of acquiring knowledge from the Orang Putih (white people).

"For these reasons, and on account of the Dyak language of which the various tribes speak different dialects, which it will be necessary for any one who would teach them to learn (their knowledge of Malay

being very limited), it will appear how necessary it is that our strength should be increased for the effectual working of the Mission. We want at first several devoted young single men, Clergymen or Catechists, to place at different stations among the larger tribes, where they can associate with them and learn their dialect, and then instruct them in some of the useful arts, at the same time that they impart religious knowledge; for the Dyak, in common with other savages, will always value his teacher's instruction the more, and have more faith in him, when he finds that it adds to his present comfort, while it opens to his view a glorious and happy future. It would only be necessary for these men to remain at the stations for about eight months in the year, for at the rice-growing seasons the Dyaks leave their towns and villages for their paddy-grounds, which are scattered all over their respective territories; during these seasons it would be advantageous for them to return to the Mission House at Kuching, and assist their brethren here in the schools and ministrations of the Church, leading a kind of collegiate life with leisure and opportunity for study, which they would never have while residing among the inquisitive natives. There would not be the smallest difficulty in placing such labourers at once; all the Orang Kayas, head or rich men of the tribes I have spoken to, would gladly receive them; the Orang Kaya of Lundu, our most civilized and influential tribe, was most earnest in his request to me that a teacher should be sent to his people, and promised to build him a house and do all he could to assist him, and this should certainly be the first station occupied, as the tribe is fast Malayizing in dress, manners, and even, in some instances, religion. It would also be highly desirable that, in addition to these Dyak teachers, the Mission should be strengthened with another efficient Clergyman, in full orders, who would either assist the head of the Mission in visiting several stations, or take his place at Kuching when he should be absent on such journeys. This or some similar plan could be carried out at a very moderate expense, if single men were employed, as they live better with 80%. or 100l. a year than married men could do on 300,, owing to the great expense an establishment of servants, &c., necessary for a family, involves; but unless some such measure be adopted, and that speedily, the objects of the Mission, as regards the native tribes, cannot be accomplished, and it will become more and more difficult to do so every year, as Mahomedanism gains ground among them.”

CANADA.-Proposed Secularization of King's College, Toronto.-A Bill has been introduced into the Canadian Legislature, which repeals the Royal Charter of Incorporation granted to Toronto College, and substitutes in the place of that foundation, a provincial University from which all religious teaching and discipline is expressly excluded. Against this measure, so vitally affecting the interests of the Church in Canada, the Bishop of Toronto has presented the following petition :"To the Honourable the Legislative Assembly of Canada. "The Petition of JOHN, by Divine Permission, BISHOP OF TORONTO,

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