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volume will be found rich in variety of subject and style. It

opens with a very forcible illustration of the importance of union,' among those who would elevate the condition and character of our race. Next in the series is an exposition of the best method of doing good to the poor.' We hazard little in saying, that this subject is nowhere discussed, within the same compass, in a more complete and satisfactory

* Our Pilgrim Fathers' were not forgotten by the Author, at the 200th anniversary of the landing at Plymouth. His Discourse on the 22d Dec. 1820, is a valuble condensation of historical facts, and in a style of fervid eloquence vindicates the claims of the Pilgrims to our gratitude and veneration. In the Discourse delivered before the American Sunday School Union, it is conclusively shown, that the leading “way to bless and save our country,' is to train up our children in the way they should go.—The • Good Arimathean' is a beautiful delineation of the character of a good man, whose example is worthy of all imitation:- The Author's conceptions of the Kingdom of Christ' are elevated and sublime; they are derived from a prayerful study of the 'words which the Holy Ghost speaketh,' and from a diligent meditation upon the lessons of Providence : and we feel persuaded, that those who love and adore the * King of kings and Lord of lords,' will rise from a perusal of the Discourse upon this exalted theme, with more ardent sentiments of love and adoration.—The portraiture of the • Christian Pastor' is ably drawn. The Speaker was uttering the voice of successful experience in the ministry, and his counsels are peculiarly entitled to the consideration of those who are entering upon the sacred office.--In his • Inaugural Discourse,' Dr. Humphrey has, with his accustomed



richness and pertinency, unfolded his sentiments in regard to physical, mental, and moral education. The circumstances added to its interest and value. It was delivered in the - perilous infancy' of the College. The most sanguine hopes were in a few years realized, and in the next Discourse in the series, we have a very appropriate recognition of the help of the Lord.'

When the poor Indian' began to feel the effects of the recent encroachments upon his rights, no one sympathized more deeply in his wrongs, than did the Author of this vol

He was perhaps the first, who uttered remonstrances from the pulpit against Indian oppression; and his powerful appeal, though it was ineffectual, is worthy of enduring remembrance.—The Extracts from an Address on Temperance in 1812,' are interesting as illustrative of the early movements in the great reform, which has of late occupied so much attention.

In the remarks upon the character and theological writings of Dr. Dwight,' justice is awarded to the memory of a great and good man. The article is especially useful to those, who were not privileged to be among his pupils or acquaintances. The 'Review of Eulogies on Adams and Jefferson,' contains much matter for grave reflection. The strictures are those of a christian moralist, who speaks the truth fearlessly, but in love. The next article is entitled, *The Literary and Religious Character and Taste of the Age.' It is written with uncommon spirit. In freshness and vigor, in vivacity and elegance of allusion and illustration—in all the qualities of fine writing,—it must be regarded as one of the Author's happiest efforts. The train of thought upon Poetry,' with which the volume closes, is in the same style of literary excellence.

So much we have deemed it proper to say, in this introductory notice. To have said more, would be too great a trespass upon the unaffected delicacy of one who still lives in the midst of us, and who prefers to be known in the silence of useful influences, rather than in the strains even of sincere commendation. That the restraint under which this notice is written, may not soon be removed, is, we doubt not, the earnest prayer of many others, as well as of


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