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i'the sacred writers, whose his. wnical details describe men as they are, while their precepts point out what they ought to be.
Our author's appreciation of the svoje merits and defects of Wickliff, lint Luther, Erasmus, &c. will exon of emplify this remark. We mean
em not to assert, that Mr. Milper has . Dvno in no instance erred in the view
re's where he has given either of facts or ways, we characters ; or that he has been is, the artful in no instance biassed in his
resentations judgment by his peculiar sentisoon, by which ments in theology ; but thus " had been given much we feel ourselves justified
xling greatly to in asserting, that, in general, we 1. of Christianity. may safely rely not only on the
that Mr. Milner representation he has given of cxcels in accuracy of facts, but on the estimate he has 'n, and soundness of formed of characters. The love ; and we are disposed of truth evidently constituted a to his superiority in this striking feature in our author's to his invariable practice, mind. That sterling integrity lie in which we fear that which dares not Matter, and will
historian he will be found not deceive, is very conspicuous wad nearly alone, of estimat- in his work ; nor can any one, men's characters and actions who reads it with care, entertain the unvarying standard of the a doubt that the object of its au
d of God. His knowledge of thor was, not to gratify his own e human heart was deep, his vanity by composing a book views of religion and of its influ- which should enhance his literaence just and extensive ; he pos- ry fame, or to obtain popularity sessed also an originality and in- by accommodating himself to the dependence of mind which pre- prevailing taste ; but, with simvented his servilely copying the plicity and plainness, to set beplans or adopting the sentiments fore his readers the genuine of preceding writers. His re- principles of the gospel of Christ, marks on the different characters and to exemplify their effects on which pass under his review, the spirit and conduct of such as manifest a more than usual share cordially embraced them. of acute observation, while they The strong and uniform atexhibit a pleasing spirit of Chris- tachment shewn by Mr. Milner tián candour and charity. In the to those trulhs which are pecuimpartiality with which he no liarly entitled to the appellation tices the faults and defects of of evangelical ought not to be Christians, whose lives in the omitted in the enumeration of main were excellent, we recog-, his merits as the historian of the nize an imitation of the fidelity church of Christ. Withs re.. large.
exercises a special providence toward that he had therefore to contend those who put their trust in him, and with the various difficulties which that his wisdom, power, and good. ness are continually employed in pre
must be encountered by those paring them for future glory, are who pursue a path hitherto untruths, which need but to be realized, attempted. It was necessary to raise the mind above the evils of that he should be thoroughly actime, and to fill it with all joy and quainted with all those materials peace in believing."
which had occupied the attention The subject is then applied to of former writers of Church Histhe occasion, which produced it. tory, with a view to ascertain The deceased is represented as a their bearing upon the particular very worthy man; and bis pro- objects of his research. But it fession, as a merchant, leads to a was also necessary, that, taking a train of useful reflections on the wider range, he should penetrate importance and advantages of recesses of private history unex. commerce. The consolations of plored by his predecessors ; and the gospel are more particularly
that, in order to form a true addressed to the bereaved, and the judgment concerning the sentiauthor concludes with seriously
ments and character of individu. applying the lessons of Prov.
als, he should peruse with attenidence to his audience at
tion original writings, which be
fore had been almost consigned On the whole, we have been
to oblivion ; a task far more lahappy to find that the discourse, boriotis, and less amusing than we have been reviewing, com
commonly fall to the lot of au. ported with the character, its au
thors. The works of other ecthor has sustained, as a man of
clesiastical historians exhibit insense, and a Christian ; and we
deed, in splendid characters, the cordially recommend it to the
lives of men who bore a distinperusal of our readers.
guished rank in the church; they record the actions of the great and honourable of the
earth; of kings, and bishops, and Milner's History of the Church of councils. In the work before us, Christ.
names“ unknown to song," but [Being informed that an American inscribed in the book of life, are Edition of MILNER'S CHURCH His drawn from their obscurity; and, TORY is contemplated, we intro- anticipating that day in which a duce under this head, for the information of the American public, the
true and impartial judgment of following concluding remarks, on
merit will be formed, and in this excellent work, of the Review. which the righteous only shall be ers in the Christian Observer.) had in everlasting remembrance,
In forming an estimate of Mr. they are held up to the regard Miluer's labours, it must be kept and adi
and admiration of mankind, as in mind, that the design of his monuments of the transforming history was entirely new ; and power of divine grace.
But it is not only on account of By Messrs. Farrand, Mallory, & his patient industry, and unweaCo. in Boston.
ried research, that Mr. Milner de.
serves the grateful thanks of the of the sacred writers, whose his, church of Christ, but likewise torical details describe men as for his strenuous endeavours to they are, while their precepis correct the opinions of mankind point out what they ought to be. on many important points, by Our author's appreciation of the leading them to form their deci- merits and defects of Wickliff, sions according to truth, and not Luther, Erasmus, &c. will exaccording to the false criterion of emplify this remark. We mean worldly estimation. We deem not to assert, that Mr. Milper has those parts of his work by no in no instance erred in the view means the least valuable, where he has given either of facts or he has combated, and always, we characters ; or that he has been conceive, with success, the artful in no instance biassed in his and insidious misrepresentations judgment by his peculiar sentiof Hume and Gibbon, by which ments in theology ; but thus a general currency had been given much we feel ourselves justified to sentiments tending greatly to in asserting, that, in generul, we the depreciation of Christianity. may safely rely not only on the
We think that Mr. Milner representation he has given of particularly excels in accuracy of facts, but on the estimate he has discrimination, and soundness of formed of characters. The love judgment; and we are disposed of truth evidently constituted a to attribute bis superiority in this striking feature in our author's respect to his invariable practice, mind. That sterling integrity a practice in which we fear that which dares not flatter, and will as an historian he will be found not deceive, is very conspicuous to stand nearly alone, of estimat- in his work ; nor can any one, ing men's characters and actions who reads it with care, entertain by the unvarying standard of the a doubt that the object of its auword of God." His knowledge of thor was, not to gratify his own the human heart was deep, his vanity by composing a book views of religion and of its influ- which should enhance his literaence just and extensive ; he pos- ry fame, or to obtain popularity sessed also an originality and in- by accommodating himself to the dependence of mind which pre prevailing taste ; but, with simvented his servilely copying the plicity and plainpess, to set beplans or adopting the sentiments fore his readers the genuine of preceding writers. His re- principles of the gospel of Christ, marks on the different characters and to exemplify their effects on which pass under his review, the spirit and conduct of such as manifest a more than usual share cordially embraced them. of acute observation, while they The strong and uniform atexhibit a pleasing spirit of Chris. taclıment shewn by Mr. Milner. tián candour and charity. In the to those truths which are pecuimpartiality with which he no. liarly entitled to the appellation tices the faults and defects of of evangelical ought not to be Christians, whose lives in the omitted in the enumeration of main were excellent, we recog-, his merits as tbe historian of the nize an imitation of the fidelity church of Christ. With res. spect to some religious opinions, readers. His heart seems to there will always be much differ- glow with love to the Redeemer ence of sentiment among even of mankind, whose glory he lathe true followers of our Lord; bours to exalt. He appears al. but all who have a fair claim to so deeply interested in the welthat character will feel them- fare of his fellow creatures, and selves under great obligations to shews a constant solicitude to Mr. Milner for the boldness and promote their salvation. And ability with which he has assert- while the luminous piety of his ed and vindicated the evangelical own mind beams forth upon his doctrines of original sin, salva- readers, and kindles their devout tion by grace through faith in a affections, his writings are emi. crucified Redeemer, and sanctifi- nently calculated to enlighten cation by the Holy Spirit. He and instruct them. We rise from loses indeed no opportunity of the perusal of this history with illustrating these grand truths, far other impressions of the value and particularly the doctrine of and excellence of Christianjustification by faith, of which he ity, than are produced by almost never speaks but with a manifest any other historical work: our impression of its importance. faith is strengthened, our hope Should any of his readers con- elevated, and our souls animated ceive, that he lays too much stress with a desire to be followers of on the single point of the neces- those who through faith and pa. sity of faith in the atonement and tience have inherited the promigrace of Christ, let them reflect, ses. Defects may undoubtedly that in the view of Mr. Milner, be pointed out, but they are and as we conceive in that of the chiefly the defects of a vigorous inspired writers, it is a point mind grasping at great objects, most intimately and inseparably and indifferent to those smaller connected with every branch of points which might distract the Christian verity, lying indeed at attention. Much allowance the root of all true religion ; and must also be made, when, as in that with him as with them, it is the present case, a work of such always a practical truth, produc- magnitude and difficulty is es: ing necessarily, when rightly and ecuted in the short intervals of cordially received, holiness of leisure redeemed from numer: heart and life.
ous and laborious employments, Perhaps there is no excellence and amid the interruptions occaso predominant in Mr. Milner's sioned by frequent attacks of work, as the genuine piety sickness. which appears in every page. On the whole, we do not hesi: The author does not speculate tate confidently and earnestly 10 respecting Christianity with the recommend this history as a valu. cold, philosophical spirit, so con- able addition to the library of evegenial to the taste of the present ry Christian ; as a work in which age ; but feeling all his own instruction is happily blend present happiness and future ed with interesting narrative, hopes to be centered in the gos- which the young may be allured pel, he commends it with honest to read for the entertainment it warmth to the affections of his affords, and which the advanced
Christian will prize for the edifi- ready entered into his rest, and cation he may derive from it. is enjoying the fruit of his laWe are greatly mistaken if it bours in a better world ; but will not prove highly useful in though dead, he yet speaketh, imparting just views of the na- and we have no doubt will long ture of true religion, and in lead. continue to speak to the improveing many to feel the supremely ment, comfort and everlasting important obligations of Chris- benefit of thousands. tianity. The pious author has al
An Account of the origin and progress of the mission to the Cherokee Indians, in
a series of Letters from the Rev. Gideon Blackburn to the Rev. Dr. Morse.
Maryville, Feb. 8, 1808. party, who are to receive them, proRev. Sir,
vide a block of wood, carved in the SUFFER me to interrupt the course figure of a man's head, fasten it to a of my narrative by filling this sheet pole, and set it in the ground in the with a description of one of the spot designed for the place of meetdances of our Indians, called the Ea. ing. This done, all assemble in the gle-tail dance. I am persuaded that town-house, and wait the approach of it was once a religious ceremony; their friends, who come carrying the that it originated in the East; and is tail in triumph, attended by the sound enigmatical. Though it has passed of the drum and other music. Haythrough the lapse of ages, it still ing arrived at a convenient place, and wears a strong appearance of the sufficiently near to be distinctly heard mysticism of the ancient mythology, by those in the town-house, they are But as religion was then used as a formed into order by their principal machine of state policy, this might chief, who distributes the bunches of have been used in that way.
feathers among the chiefs and warri. The occasion of the dance is the ors of his party. They then raise the killing of an eagle. Immediately on war whoop, which is three times re. this joyful event, the town to which peated, and as often answered by the person belongs, with some other those within. They march forward towns in the vicinity, send word to about 100 yards; halt, and whoop some town or towns at a distance, once; are distinctly answered ; so a that on a certain day, they will bring second and third time. At the third them the tail of an eagle. Before of these single shouts, those within the day appointed, the party, who are march out, directing their course toto bring the tail, carefully select from wards the figure of the man as the the woods a stick having many limbs, central point. When arrived within which they cut off two or three inchesten steps of each other they halt. from tbe stem, and on the top they The head mev of each party distin. spread the tail and bind it fast with guish themselves in front. After a ligatures, and also carry with them moment's pause, the chief of the most of the feathers of the eagle, town company draws his sword, v&bound in little bundles : while the pors astouushingly, and, at length,