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NARRATIVE OF A MISSION TO BOKHARA, in the years 1843—1845, to ascertain the fate of Colonel Stoddart and Captain Conolly. By the Rev. Joseph Wolff, D. D., L.L.D. In two volumes. Second Edition, revised.-Parker.
We looked forward with intense anxiety to the appearance of these volumes ; and after an eager perusal we close them with feelings of renewed wonder and thankfulness at the almost miraculous escape of the intrepid narrator, but without having a single doubt dispelled of the many that all along have filled our mind as to the actual fate of our two countrymen. That they have been put to death, or miserably perished in prison, is rendered too probable by the known character of the Ameer of Bokhara ; but not a tittle of what, to our apprehension, can be called evidence, is afforded of the fact.
Dr. Wolff, whose self-devotedness, and trustful perseverance, and heroic endurance throughout, are above all praise, was refused, as Captain Grover had been, the one sole indispensable passport and security, so far as human means might go, for his truly national enterprize-express authority, in any form, from the British Government; and a most foul, a most indelible blot it is upon the character of the government that could refuse it ; unjustly cleaving to the whole nation, who could not in any way overrule the matter. At every step of his progress, Dr. Wolff found fresh cause to hope that he should be in time to deliver the victims ; for no one could give any account of their death, nor any reasonable grounds for supposing that it had taken place. Arrived at Bokhara, he was at once delivered over by the Ameer to the safe-keeping of a most crafty unprincipled Nayeb, who, gaining by a fair shew of candour and kindness the ready good-will of one of the most unsuspecting and guiltless men living, drew from him a distinct admission that he was not armed with authority from the British Goverment to demand the restoration of her imprisoned envoys ; but that such authority had been refused; and that he went out at the expense of private individuals, whose envoy he was ; This fact being established, to the great satisfaction of the Nayeb and his sovereign, the mask was thrown off ; and thenceforth it is but a daily escape from daily peril; a system of the most shocking extortion and robbery ; and such a final rescue, that even Dr. Wolff's former deliverances fade into nothing before it.
Of all that was told him in Bokhara respecting Stoddart and Conolly, it is clear that he heard nothing apart from the Nayeb and his spies ; and not one ray of light has fallen on the matter beyond the fact ascertained and SEPTEMBER, 1845.
announced long ago; contradicted and seemingly overturned, amid the exultations of those whose disgrace it seals ; and now finally established in documentary evidence—the fact that Stoddart and Conolly were alive and safe on the day when Captain Grover so nobly went to Lord Aberdeen, to entreat permission to undertake what it might have been hoped that an English Statesman, an English Queen, would have been but too happy to sanction; but, because this fearless philanthropist quailed not beneath the frown of office, because he persevered, and by personal efforts and sacrifices to a high amount, succeeded in doing all that could be done without Government authority, he has been assailed, maligned, belied, and villified as though he were an offender of no ordinary stamp ; and all in a spirit that proves how very inconvenient it has been to some parties to have even a corner partially lifted of the veil that covered their mysterious proceedings. We are grieved, disgusted, ashamed : but let Captain Grover bide his time; and the progress of events may bring to light more than he and his devoted friend could possibly discover.
There is much interesting matter in these volumes, dismal as is the picture unfolded of those lands where the gospel is unknown, and dark as is the cloud of mystery still suspended over the fate of our abandoned envoys. Our dear brother has suffered, and is still suffering much from his most perilous expedition ; but we are confident that, in many respects, his labour will prove not to have been in vain.
THE BIBLE STUDENT’S CONCORDANCE; by which the English reader may be enabled readily to ascertain the literal meaning of any word in the sacred original. By Aaron Pick, Professor of Hebrew and Chaldea, from the University of Prague.-Hamilton.
The intrinsic value of this work will at once be appreciated, even by any lay reader of the Holy Scriptures ; though unacquainted with the Hebrew tongue ; but to the student of that venerable language, and above all to the minister of God's word, it really must be a treasure beyond price. To justify this encomium, we will slightly describe the plan. An English word is given, and below it are arranged the various Hebrew words, given both in Hebrew and English characters, that are translated in our authorized version by that expression ; with their exact literal signification. These are numbered, 1, 2, 3, &c., and marked by corresponding numbers, beneath this are the whole of the references where such Hebrew words occur in our Bible, with the translation, of course, indicated by means of the preceding list. An example may better explain this. We will omit the Hebrew characters, for convenience.
1. Khaimeth, a bottle made by heat, of glass or other
substance. 2. Noud, a leather bottle. 3. Naivel, a bottle made of bladder. 4. Bakbuk, a narrow-necked bottle. 5. Ouvouth, a bottle made of skin.
1. Gen. xxi. 14, 15.
2. Psalm xvi. 8. 2. Judges iv. 19.
2. cxix. 83. 3. 1 Sam. i. 24.
3. Jer. xii. 12. 3. — x. 3.
4. xix. 1. 2. xvi. 20.
1. Hab. ii. 15. 3. 2 Sam. xv. 1.
2. Joshua ix. 4, 13.
3. Job xxxviii. 37
The word selected is not an important one ; but it serves to exemplify the exactness of description conveyed in the Hebrew, where a single term, of general import, is used in the translation : and by this means the student of Scripture may become at a glance acquainted with the full value of any expression used in the sacred Word, in any given place. When we add that the type is large, and beautifully clear, and the volume moderate in size, we think our readers will agree with us that a valuable addition has been made to our stores of information. The single word, ‘Break,' presents no fewer than fifty-three expressive varieties in the Hebrew To a clergyman preparing for his pulpit ministrations, such help must be indeed acceptable.
THE LADS OF THE FACTORY; with Friendly
Hints on their duties and dangers.--Religious Tract Society
It has pleased God, during the last session of parliament, to give a good measure of encouragement to His indefatigable servant, Lord Ashley, by blessing with