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one campaign, or when domestic or agricultural concerns wanted their presence at home; and thus they sometimes dispersed just when a victory had to be turned to account, or a defeat to be repaired, or a promising enterprise to be undertaken. Then the soldiers often chose their own officers, and would obey no others. All orders and plans were freely discussed; the commander-inchief had to persuade his regimental colonels rather than to direct them; his army was more of a voluntary association than an organised body of troops. Power there was almost none; authority
; could do but little; personal influence, moral and intellectual qualities, had to do the work of both. And all this time-while
— Washington had to control his men, to exhort his officers, to beg sometimes almost piteously for supplies—he had to fight more numerous and powerful antagonists, whom nothing but the imbecility of their commanders could have enabled him to overcome; and to contend against the mean jealousies, the ill-timed parsimony, and the ungenerous exigencies and suspicions of his fellow citizens. Nay more, he had to keep together, and to inspire with zeal and submission to needful discipline, an army often without food, usually without pay, always unsupported by magazines and stores, yet sternly forbidden to supply their wants by plunder or exactions. Truly, here was a field, such as few men have, for the exercise of that hopeful and untiring patience which is perhaps the sublimest and most difficult of virtues; and never was there a more magnificent example of this attribute than Washington. His military genius was no doubt great, but it was as nothing compared with the moral qualities which were required to bear up against those difficulties which deprived military genius of its fairest opportunities. His reputation was founded, not on splendid days, but on painful years; not on a series of those brilliant and startling achievements in which, if there is much of inspiration, there is often yet more of accident, but on a whole life of toil, sacrifice, selfcontrol, and self-abnegation, such as no man can lead whose principles and whose virtues are not rooted in the very deepest recesses of his nature.
His sagacity in governing the State was as eminent as his ability in creating it. For eight years he ruled the young commonwealth with rare prudence and firmness, showing the same resolute front to domestic insubordination as to foreign encroachment; and when he retired in 1796 to the private happiness he had so long sighed for, he left behind him that farewell address which is perhaps the most touching legacy of wisdom and affection ever bequeathed by a ruler to his native land. The exhortation shows with how true a foresight he laid his finger on each one of the dangers and weaknesses of the Republic. He warns his countrymen against "geographical divisions,”—against the bad habit,
even as a phrase, of speaking of the North and the South. He tells them that to be a NATION they must have a central government, which should be the chief object of their loyalty, and which no local or democratic jealousies should be allowed to weaken ; but he does this in language which proves how doubtful he felt in his heart whether the Union could permanently be preserved. “Let experience solve the question,” he says; “to listen to mere speculation in such a case were criminal." He exhorts them earnestly to uphold public credit and the strictest national integrity at any cost, by careful economy and cheerful acquiescence in necessary taxes. Finally, he recommends a policy of rigid neutrality towards foreign countries, peace, forbearance, but above all the most magnanimous and scrupulous justice and good faith ; and knowing his countrymen, he assures them that in the long-run this policy, and this alone, will pay.
By the universal consent of mankind, Washington stands out among statesmen as the wisest, best, and purest ruler who ever governed a free nation. He was preeminent, no doubt, among his colleagues and countrymen, both in wisdom and in virtue, but he had many wise and virtuous men to assist him in his work. Jefferson, Hamilton, Randolph, Jay, Madison and Adams, though holding very different opinions, were all earnest and high-minded patriots. The first among them did ultimately much harm by the uncompromising democracy of his principles; but they were all worthy coadjutors of their noble chief. There were giants in those days. What are the advantages, and what should be the future of a nation which started on its career with such a man as Washington for its representative and guide -National Review.
ART. X.--AN ESTIMATE OF NEANDER AND NIEBUHR.
FELL in last night with Neander's 'Life of Christ.'
I cannot say I either liked it exactly, or disliked it. It wants, or rather I want, a fitting stand-point to judge of it aright. I think I am not with him in his views of inspiration, and his principles of historic criticism are to me exceptionable. He is strangely afraid of taking too much for granted, too much afraid of miracles; explains things in too anxious a tone of deference to human reason; is too sceptical when reasoning with sceptics—that is, too eager to conciliate them by rationalistic explanations—for me to look upon him in these points as either wise or pious. I do not know that I recollect a full instance of what I mean.
You may guess it, perhaps, by what I believe his view of the star-phenomenon at
the Redeemer's birth :— The Magi, as is notorious, were addicted to magic. Some of them were truth-seekers. They discover at that period a new star. They think it indicative of a great event; they connect with it the appearance of the Great Teacher who is to arise, and set out, therefore, in search of Him. There is a happy coincidence in this; and I should say, also, a very remarkable forgetfulness of certain other sayings in this matter by the Evangelists, which, perhaps, Neander would consider to be interpolations ; for I see he ever and anon comes out with this, by some tact of discrimination I am at a total loss to understand. He is evidently a thorough believer in the Divinity of Christ, so that his explanations are not like those of the herd of Socinians and anti-Supernaturalists. He is a devout Christian philosopher
and divine. Every now and then he reads like an evangelical Plato. Nevertheless, in my opinion, he often overdoes the matter, and loses himself in the exercise of his ingenuity, and concessions in meeting the objections of the antagonists of Divine Revelation. I greatly honour him after all. The sincere, earnest-hearted man is plain enough. He uses his learning, which is immense, as easily as he does his pen; in this, reminding me of Warburton ; but the inner life of his soul seems a far more precious thing than ever Warburton's religion was to him. Perhaps, when I read him more extensively and quietly, I may like him more, and think him more safe and trustworthy than I did last night.”
“ I know that, as a whole, Niebuhr's “Rome' disappointed me. Indeed, I would as lief plod a thousand miles in a desert as attempt to re-read it. A fine bit of corrective criticism may be found here and there, just as an oasis in the waste; but it was one of the most arid books I ever attempted to get through. I should think, for general information and useful impulse to the faculties, there is no comparison between his book and those he derides as mere fabulists. He makes nothing of Livy, and Plutarch, and the rest, and puts forth accounts of events and institutions as if he had a reserved library of higher and more accurate writers, to which none but himself had access. Of his vast learning there can be no doubt, nor of his occasional felicitous application of it; but my impression was that he was a literary madman or historical Don Quixote, and my expectation that, like other celebrated preachers of paradox, he would have his day, and then become a warning and a gibe to the scholars who succeed him, as his speculations hereafter turned up for their serious refutation or literary mockery. For bits of reading, his book would be well enough. For a continuous survey of the rise and progress of the Latin Republic, I should think it full of false theory and suggestion.”—Dr. Simpson.
BRIEF NOTICES OF BOOKS.
Ecce Deus. Essays on the Life and Doctrine of course he was free to call his book by
of Jesus Christ, with Controversial this or any other title that seemed to Notes on “Ecce Homo.” By JOSEPH him most appropriate. But suppose the PARKER, D.D. Third Edition. Lon- author of “Ecce Homo ” wished, in the don: Hodder and Stoughton, 27, promised part of his work, not yet pubPaternoster-row. 1868.
lished, to employ, for euphony or comA WORK which has reached the third
pleteness, this name, be is placed under a edition in a comparatively short time,
disadvantage. More than this: while we and won golden opinions from many
are forbidden by the author to view this literary authorities, must have great in
book as a reply to “Ecce Homo,” yet the trinsic worth, and must be a work of
design of it is to read the phenomena power. Freshness and force seem to be
of Christ's life correctly, and to conthe leading characteristics of the author's
strue his character rightly where it is writing. Many who had noted Dr.
done wrongly in “ Ecce Homo.” In his Parker's style, especially in his “ Hidden
preface Dr. Parker points out the radical
fault of the earlier work, the ignoring Springs,” pronounced him as the author of “Ecce Deus” on its first appearance,
of Christ's incarnation, and commencing though it was then sent out into the world
his biography when he was a young man anonymously. At that time, bating some
of promise, popular with those who knew things of which we will speak presently,
bim, and appearing to enjoy the Divine we read the book with great pleasure and
favour," as if he had no ancestry, no parenprofit. We hardly know whether most tage, no birth. This vice in the plan led to admire the capital writing, the great
the author into “ several sophistical and wealth of rhetorical device and embellish
untenable conclusions." Dr. Parker comment of style, writing always lucid and
mences with the Incarnation,
and goes on often luminous and brilliant, or the
through these topics : “The written original and profound thinkings, and the
Word; The Inauguration and its diabolical fresh and vivid setting of old truths. The
phase; The mighty Works ; The calling of fertile mind of Dr. Parker here pours forth
men; Christ rejecting Men; The Church; its richest treasures at the feet, and in
The Church left in the world; Christ bonour of his Saviour and Lord. It is
adjusting Human Relations; Christ the
Contemporary of not stale gifts that are offered ; no hash
an Interup of old things; no ringing of changes Sayings of Mine; Christ as on worn-out topics, but the best products
locutor ; Eternal Punishments; The Cross of cultured nature.
of Christ; The Relation of the Cross to The writing of this work was sugges
the Law; The Relation of the Cross to ted by the appearance of “Ecce Homo,”
practical Morals; Posthumous Ministry a book that made a profound sensa
of Jesus Christ; Controversial Notes on
Ecce Homo." tion in all literary circles, and by the classic purity, finish, and repose of We regret that a book of such great its style, as well as by the masterly worth should be disfigured by an occavigour of its thinkings and originality of sional carelessness in the composition. its views, was pronounced emphatically The hand that has written this can write the book of the day. “ Ecce Deus" was better than much of this. It is disfigured, not given to the world as a reply or even too, by a certain flippancy of tone and
a complemental production, though rashness of expression. Too rude a hand the title suggests the latter conclusion, if is laid upon established and cherished benot the former. For this
all ages ;
liefs, and much virtuous indignation is we regret the selection of the title. needlessly expended ; his condemnation of We see clearly, from our author's point “ the sects” and creeds is very sweeping of view, the strong inducements he and often unmeasured. What is there would be under to adopt this title, and proved or gained by assertions like this:
“The heretics in civilisation, not to speak tions by the numerous translations they of theology, have done most for the have effected from the theological literaworld”? While some “sects” are flip- turs of Germany. The works they have pantly disposed of, others are generously already translated and published are suffidealt with. Our author says: “Christ is ciently numerous to form a respectably in all the denominations where he is loved. sized library; and though not all equally The Romanist feels that he needs the valuable, yet, taking them in the lump, crucifix, the penance, the Virgin Mother, their worth is beyond estimate. For the intermediate fire; let him have them,” more than twenty years these spirited &c. And it is rung again and again into publishers have been unceasingly importour ears that beliefs, opinions, and formu- ing these rich intellectual treasures from lated faiths are nothing
--worse than noth- the Fatherland; and sustained by a wide, ing, harmful,-love is all. One wonders and, we believe, an ever increasing patronthat so subtle and powerful a thinker does age, they continue to prosecute their imnot see the simple and initial impossibility portant and deserving labours. The of a man loving an object he cares not to volume now before us, one of the four know or understand, and cries out, “Don't volumes of the Foreign Theological Liinstruct me concerning the object of my brary for 1868, is worthy of the fame of love, my opinions are nothing -indeed, I its author, and of the honourable company don't want an opinion.” We say, no, — among which it is placed by its publishers. thoughtful and discriminating conceptions To elucidate the sacred text, the author of the object are essential to true love. draws from his immense stores of learning We
may add that we get weary of these with a profuse band, entering into the tirades against sects and creeds. Surely most elaborate criticism of every, even the there is some need for qualification in most minute point with regard to which such sentences as these: “The sects have any doubt exists ; while at the same time shut up the theatre, the race-course,
and he develops with masterly skill the great the music saloon; *
* Christ never
doctrinal and practical principles which told his disciples not to go,
the theatre, give to this Epistle such a high place the race-course or the revel; from end to among the New Testament writings. end of his teaching, there is no such prohibition to be found. What thendid Thoughts on Inspiration and the Canon Christ do ? He said, Make the tree of Scripture. By the Rev. Joun good, and the fruit will be good ;' don't Douglas, Portadown. Introduction by trim the leaves, vitalize the root; don't the Rev. W. ANTLIFF. London: W. attach, but develop.”
Lister. These however are only blots on the fair An excellent resumé of the usual argusurface, and could be removed in another
ments in favour of Verbal Inspiration. edition. Had there been space we could The author takes no new ground; but the have culled numberless garlands, and old ground is ably occupied. This essay plucked an abundance of choice and ripe will well repay a careful perusal. fruit
. The two chapters, Christ the Contemporary of all ages, and The Cross
A Bible Dictionary. By the Rev. JAMES of Christ, are worth vastly more than the
AUSTIN Bastow. Third Edition. Lonprice of the book, and we thank the able author for the intellectual and spiritual
on: Longmans, Paternoster-row; Lister,
Sutton-street. quickening they have imparted to us in this re-reading. We hope our thoughtful
CONSIDERING the amount of time and lareaders will speedily make themselves ac- bour and expense bestowed by the author quainted with this valuable book.
on this book, it certainly ought to be a
good one. Even if the ability of the author Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews. had only been moderate, the book itself By Frantz DELITZSCH, D.D., Professor
should be good, for it has been in process of Theology, Leipsic. Translated from of production and re-production, gatherthe German, by Thomas L. KINGSBURY,
ing to itself everything really valuable in M.A. Vol I. Edinburgh: T. and T.
Biblical literature, and shaking itself free Clark, 1868.
from redundancy and questionable ad
juncts, during the long period of thirty The Messrs. Clark have laid the Christian years. But, in addition to this considerChurch in general, and Christian minis- ation, the author is a man of mark and ters in particular, under manifold obliga likelihood, endowed with clearness of per