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Eclectic Review : -a Work which we are happy to find is gradually rising in the Public Estimation. .
Some persons complain that our OBITUARIES want ; Variety, and occupy too large a portion of the Work ; but we find this Part of the Magazine peculiarly accept able to a great number of our most serious Readers ; and, notwithstanding the extent of this Departnient, wenn are under the necessity of omitting many Accounts which are sent us, and of abridging others:--a Liberty we must continue to take, especially when the Writers are prolix.
Our INTELLIGENCE, Foreign and Domestic, con tinues to accumulate; and we often wish that circumstances would admit a sufficient Enlargement of our Work, to record more fully those events in which the Religious World is most deeply interested: but we select and condense to the best of our power; and trust we may say, without boasting, That no other Publication contains so important a Register of Facts relating to the Kingdom of our God and SAVIOUR. On this account, we intreat our POETICAL Correspondents to pardon our delay of so many of their Favours; but we hope to find room for a larger proportion of them in future,
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NEW ENGLAND, The Creator, in whose hand it is to make great, designed Doctor Tappan for a very important station, and imparted to him correspondent advantages. The talents which he inherited from nature, together with his moral and literary improvements, qualified him for extensive usefulness. He early discovered marks of a very docile active mind.. His father, the Rev. B.
Tappan, of Manchester, had the principal care of his first years ; and iaught him the elements of knowledge. At the age of 14 he was admitted into Harvard College. There, rising above ju. venile follies and vices, he diligently sought useful knowledge. He was considerate and sober-minded. Extending his vicws into future life, he preferred those attainments which are solid and durable, before those which are showy or splendid. He was distinguished for ardent love of knowledge and diligence in study, - for his blameless and serious conduct, -- for proficiency in learning, and dutiful regard to the laws and guides of the institution.
Within less than three years after he was graduated, he commenced the work of the ministry. His first performances in the pulpit displayed a large fund of theological information, procured him a high place in the public esteem, and fully indicated the eminence which he afterward attained. His hearers were surprized with the extent and pertinence of his thoughts, with his accurate and copious style, with the animation and solemnity of his utterance, and with the fervour of his devotion. A very harmonious church in Newbury soon invited his ministerial : labours. At the age of 21, he was ordained the pastor of that flock; and continued with them about 18 years.
Doctor 'L'appan chose the sacred office from principle. It was his deliberate judgment, that the gospel-ministry is, of all professions, the most important to mankind. The design of that work, involving the best interests of the universe, perfectly ac
corried with his expanded benevolence. There is reason to be lieve that he early imbibed the excellent spirit of Christianity. After much anxious concern respecting his everlasting welfare and deep conviction of sin, he was, in the judgment of charity, renewed by grace. Embracing the all-sufficient Saviour, and submitting to his will, he cherished the hopes and consolations of the gospel ; and he made it the delightful business of his life to recommend to others that Saviour, whose preciousness and glory had been revealed to him. He had the peculiar advantage, which belongs to all ministers who are called of God, that when. ever he preached the unsearchable riches of Christ, he spake what he knew, and testified what he had scen.' To this, undoubtedly, must be ascribed, in a great measure, his impressive manner of preaching. He spoke from the fulness of his heart : he was sincere and in earnest. No hearer could doubt that he felt the reality ard eternal importance of the truths he delivered.
As a preacher, he was deeidedly evangelical. He determined to know nothing but Jesus Christ, and him crucified.' The gospel, as a revelation of grace to sinners, was the great subject which he studied and explained. To use his own words : "Sensible that the revelation of mediatorial mercy is the chosen instrument of saving a ruined world ; that he was divinely commissioned to publish and enforce it for this end; and that its final completion will embrace the order, perfection, and happiness of the moral world, and the bighest glory of its Author, - he dwelt upon the sublime subject with eager and profound contemplation.' Those doctrines, which are the ground-work of revelation, were the ground-work of his preaching. Scarcely a sermon came from his lips, in which some of the peculiarities of evangelical truth were not found. Frequently, and in many different ways, he inculcatel the doctrines of man's fallen ruined state, the redeeming love of God, the atonement of Christ, justification by grace, and the efficacy of the Divine Spirit, in renewing sinners and preparing them for glory.
He was not only a doctrinal, but a very practical preacher. Every gospel doctrine, he insisted, has its corresponding duty. Speaking of the doctrines of human depravity, and salvation by the inercy of God, the atonement of Christ, and the sanctification of the Spirit, he says, " From these doctrines immediately result the duties of evangelical repentance and humility, faith and hope, gratitude and love, obedience and joy. Accordingly, when he preached the doctrine of human depravity and misery, his aim was to show sinners their dependence on God's mercy, and their need of redemption through the blood of atonement, and to lead them, with thankfulness and joy, to accept proferred salvation. When he preached the all-suflicient atonement, he was careful to show iis influence on the violated law of God, and on the guilty deplorable condition of man. In his hand it was the terror of the obstinate rebel; but the hope and consola