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collected at the expense of many hours of toil. Yet we cannot but hope that one who has been so successful in the work of preparation will be induced to go on, for we are confident he will be equally successful as the historian of Florida. At all events this little work will be invaluable to every student of the history of the peninsular.

THE CHINA MISSION.*-This book will be found an invaluable aid to all who are wishing to make themselves acquainted with the history of what has been done for the evangelization of China by Christians of all denominations. The book contains nearly fifty biographical sketches, carefully prepared, of deceased missionaries.

OLD SOUTH CHAPEL PRAYER MEETING. t-Few churches in the land have more interesting associations connected with them than the Old South Church in Boston! The book, whose title we give, adds another chapter to its long and honorable history. It gives an account of the well known "daily prayer meeting ;" and furnishes what will be of special interest to the next generation, "a phonographic report of one meeting including every prayer offered, every hymn sung, and every remark made."

BIOGRAPHY.

LIFE OF JONATHAN TRUMBULL, SENIOR.-In the November number we hope to be able to present our readers with a suitable Review of this volume, which commemorates the life and services of that eminent patriot, JONATHAN TRUMBULL, Senior. We have not the space to speak of him, or of this Life by Hon. I. W. Stuart, as we should like, or as the subject demands. The name of Jonathan Trumbull stands second to none after that of Washington among those who achieved our national independence. The only Colonial Governor who on the breaking out of the war of the revolution stood by the cause of the people, he gained

* The China Mission: Embracing a History of the various Missions of all denominations among the Chinese. With Biographical Sketches of Deceased Missionaries. By WILLIAM DEAN, D. D., twenty years a Missionary to China. New York: Shelton & Co. 1859. 12mo.

pp 396.

+ Old South Chapel Prayer Meeting: Its origin and history. With interesting narratives and instances of remarkable conversions in answer to prayer. 1859. Boston: J. E. Tilton & Co. 18mo. pp. 199. For sale by F. T. Jarman. Price 50 cents.

Life of Jonathan Trumbull, Senior, Governor of Connecticut. By I. W. STUART. Boston: Crocker & Brewster. 1859. 8vo. pp. 700.

the proud title of the "Revolutionary Governor." Under him the little state of Connecticut became the second state in the Union, as regards the amount of military force contributed to the common cause. She had twenty-five regiments of militia; and of these, it is said, that twentytwo full regiments were in actual service, out of the state, at one and the same time, and that the most busy and pressing season of the year. It is always to be remembered, too, that Governor Trumbull is the original "Brother Jonathan ;" a name now accepted as the soubriquet of the United States of America. Dr. Bushnell, in his "Speech for Connecticut," says, "Our Connecticut Jonathan was to Washington what the scripture Jonathan was to David, a true friend, a counsellor and a stay of confidence-Washington's brother. When he wanted. honest counsel and wise, he would say, 'let us consult Brother Jonathan; and then afterwards, partly from habit and partly in playfulness of phrase, he would say the same when referring any matter to the Congress, let us consult Brother Jonathan.' And so it fell out rightly, that as Washington was called the Father of his Country, so he named the fine boy, the nation, after his brother Jonathan-a good, solid, scripture name, which as our sons and daughters of the coming time may speak it, any where between the two oceans, let them remember honest, old Connecticut and the faithful and true brother she gave to Washington." This Life of the man whom Washington pronounced to be one of the purest patriots of the revolution, we could wish might be in the home of every American.

JAMES HILLHOUSE.*-In Dr. Barnard's Journal of Education for June, 1859, may be found an exceedingly interesting and valuable Article commemorating the life and services of the Hon. James Hillhouse. The author is Rev. Leonard Bacon, D. D., of New Haven. No man since the revolution has done such service for Connecticut as Mr. Hillhouse. He was from 1790 to 1810 in Congress-six years as a representative, and fourteen years as Senator. His services in this capacity were terminated only by his voluntary resignation, with the high appreciation of his eminently valuable services by his constituents. This was manifested by the position assigned him immediately in a new field of labor. The work of extricating the "School fund" of Connecticut from its embarrassments, and placing it on a firm and lasting foundation, was committed to him, and in accomplishing this, the great work of his life, he was engaged from 1810 to 1825. His labors in behalf of public works in the state, and the local improvements of the place of his abode were

unremitted, and of the highest importance. His administration of the Treasury of Yale College, for fifty years, was characterized by a fidelity and zeal which will ever be remembered to his honor by the friends of that institution. Well have the many and valuable services of this eminent man been commemorated by Dr. Bacon in the Article of which we speak. It is followed by a History of the School Fund of Connecticut. The two Articles together constitute a mass of information which will well repay the perusal and study of the friends of education and human progress.

LIFE OF HAVELOCK.*-The preface of this memoir of Gen. Havelock reminds us of the fact that when the news of his death reached New York, the flags of the shipping in the port were hung at half mast. The sense of personal loss that was then everywhere felt in this country will not soon be forgotten by those who in 1857 watched for the tidings of that last, long march of his under the burning sun of India to the relief of Lucknow. Never before has an English military officer gained such a hold upon the sympathies of the American people! This was owing in part to the fact that he was regarded as the savior of the women and children at Lucknow from the horrors of another such a fiendish massacre as that at Cawnpore; but it was due also to the confidence that was felt in him as a man of high religious principle. Mr. Headley has prepared a very full and excellent sketch of his life. He has had access to the best sources of information, and the work is in every respect a very satisfactory one. The memoir embraces an account of the earlier campaigns in Burmah and Afghanistan, in which Havelock gained his knowledge of Indian warfare. Those details of his religious life which are of general interest, are given with sufficient particularity. And the volume closes with the story of those memorable "hundred days" which resulted in the relief of Lucknow.

THE HALDANES AND THEIR FRIENDS.-It is well known that one of the most remarkable religious movements in Europe during the present century had its origin in connection with the visit to Geneva

*The Life of General H. Havelock, K. C. B. By J. T. HEADLEY. New York: Charles Scribner. 12mo. pp. 375 For sale by T. H. Pease.

Memoir of Robert Haldane and James Alexander Haldane; with sketches of their friends, and of the progress of religion in Scotland and on the continent of Europe in the former half of the nineteenth century. 12mo. 1859. American Tract Society. pp. 278. For sale by F. T. Jarman.

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of a Scottish gentleman, Mr. Robert Haldane, in 1816. He soon became acquainted with two students of Socinian theology in the College of Geneva, and found them, as he says, in profound darkness in respect to the gospel. "They could not have been more ignorant if they had been trained in the schools of Socrates or Plato, and had enjoyed no other means of instruction." They soon became convinced that they knew nothing of the Scriptures or the way of salvation, and exceedingly desirous of information. These two students, with whom Mr. Haldane first conversed, brought six others in the same state of mind with themselves. He had many and long conversations with them, and in the winter of 1817 was induced to give a course of lectures on the Epistle to the Romans, which almost all the students in theology regularly attended. Sixteen of these young men, as the fruits of his labor, are said to have become subjects of divine grace. Among them were Merle D'Aubigné, now known as the author of the History of the Reformation, Adolf Monod, the celebrated Protestant preacher in Paris, and Felix Neff, the Alpine Missionary. Mr. James A. Haldane, an elder brother of Robert, is scarcely less known for his very successful labors in Scotland. The memoir of these two brothers, prepared by a son of the elder, is a work of unusual interest. It is perhaps too extended for most readers. The American Tract Society have done well in preparing this new memoir whose title we give, which, though comparatively brief, presents a very satisfactory account of what was accomplished at home and abroad by these two men.

THE POET PREACHER, CHARLES WESLEY.*-The story of the life of the great Methodist poet and preacher, Charles Wesley, is full of incidents which are admirably calculated to interest and instruct the young. We are glad to find that a compilation has been prepared for the use of sunday school scholars, from the large English biography by Jackson, which was re-published in New York, in 1842.

We remind our readers of the well known story of the offer made by the wealthy Irish gentleman, Garret Wesley, Esq., to adopt Charles, wher he was a boy at school at Westminster, and make him his heir, if he would leave England and reside with him in Ireland. The offer being declined, Mr. Wesley subsequently adopted a kinsman on condition of his receiving the name of Wesley. This young man was afterwards

*The Poet Preacher; a brief memorial of Charles Wesley, the eminent preacher and poet. By CHARLES ADAMS. Five illustrations. New York: Carlton & Porter. 12mo. pp. 234. Price 75 cents. For sale by F. T. Jarman.

raised to the peerage, under the title of Baron Mornington, and was the grandfather of the great Duke of Wellington. Mr. Jackson has well summed up the case as follows:

Had Charles Wesley accepted the proposal that was made to him, he would have been far removed from the religious friends who were the instruments of his conversion and subsequent piety, and Richard Colley would never have possessed the property of Garret Wesley. According to all human calculation, therefore, the world would never have enjoyed the benefit of Charles Wesley's ministry; his incomparable hymns would never have been written; the extension of the British empire in India, under the administration of the Marquis Wellesley might not have taken place; and the general who conquered Napoleon Bonaparte, and thus overthrew one of the greatest tyrannies that ever existed, might never have been born. What a thought, that events so immensely important, and involving the temporal and spiritual interests of millions, should have been contingent upon the volition of an impetuous boy, who was left to decide whether he would remain in England with the prospects of poverty and labor before him, or go to Ireland to enjoy the luxuries and honor of wealth."

THE LIFE AND LETTERS OF THE REV. C. N. RIGHTER.*-This book is a sketch of what Mr. Righter did in the last year of his life, rather than of what he was as a thinker and as a man. Those who knew him as a student in college and the Theological Seminary, could have told Mr. Prime much which he did not seem to care to know, else he would not have been content to give so hasty and superficial a view of the marked and distinguishing features of so interesting a person. Mr. Righter was not only the buoyant-spirited, the cheerful and the earnest man whom his biographer describes-but he was also ardent in his pursuit of truth in Science and Theology, and fearless and independent in the avowal and defense of his opinions. He was a very ardent admirer and affectionate pupil of the late Dr. Taylor, his principal Theological teacher. He made special studies of Geology, Metaphysics, and Literature while a Theological student, and was ever wakeful and eager to learn whatever might be known. His modest manners and his symmet rical character veiled and obscured the force of his intellect and the range of the attainments which he had achieved. A large circle of friends will value this well-intended memorial to his honor, and only regret that it is not more complete.

*The Bible in the Levant; or the Life and Letters of the Rev. C. N. RIGHTER, Agent of the American Bible Society in the Levant. By SAMUEL IRENEUS PRIME. New York: Sheldon & Co. 1859. 18mo. pp. 336.

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