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belongs alike to all : and he who truth that is consistent with the refuses to recognize their Chris- gospel, and presupposed by it, tianity, must be branded as a and yet have nothing in it of the bigot.

gospel, properly so called. Of (To be continued.) such a discourse, with all its ad

vantage of sentiments and expression, it may be said, as the

apostle says of the law, that it is SERIOUS HINT TO PREACHERS. weak through the flesh. The cor

ruption of nature, in which sin It is not always the gospel that hath dominion, is too strong for is delivered from the pulpit. A philosophy, logic, and rhetoric; man may preach very sensibly too strong for refined speculaconcerning the divine perfec- tion, strong argument, and the tions, and the authority of God's greatest oratory. Mis8. Mag. government and laws. We may set forth the general obligations to duty and obedience. He may inculcate the amiableness of vir

SHORT SENTENCES. tue in general, or of particular A CONSTANT seeking after virtues, and may represent ma- heavenly wisdom, is no bad eviny worthy examples for men's dence of having already attained encouragement and excitement. it. He may earnestly call on men to To believe we have immortal repent of their sins, and to re- souls, while we shew no concern form the disposition of their about their eternal welfare, is to hearts and their course of life. display our folly in the highest He may inculcate this with all degree. the advantages of earnestness When a believer's trials and action that would entitle him come by the hand of man, a hard to the character of the complete struggle may likely ensue, beorator. The composition may fore he attain to a forgiving spirit. be very skilful, the language el. To manifest a real concern for egant and pathetic, and the the good of a person's soul and preacher may be so greatly ap- body, in return for an injury replauded, that it may sometimes ceived, is a clear evidence of a be said, He hath his reward. Not Christian spirit. only may the ears of the hearers To be laying up for the body be tickled, but their minds may at the expense of the soul, is a be very agreeably entertained piece of very unprofitable buwith sentiments that are in siness. themselves just, and with many Multitudes appear to live at a good thought. Yet, in all this, ease in Sion, although they know there may be nothing by which that a wo is denounced in Scripa soul may be relieved and re- ture against them. freshed that labours and is heavy A conviction of gospel truth, laden ; nothing by which a seri- joined to a disregard of it in the ous soul may be directed to the same person, gives a dreadful er proper sources of sanctification, idence of that person's state. A discourse may have in it much


ANECDOTES. tain bishop to undertake to rea,

son me out of my errors. He OF MR. SHEPARD.

was a person not backward to atThe celebrated Mr. Shepard, tempt this, where he found a doon his death-bed, being visited cile subject. · But your son, said by some of his younger breth- he, is too much elated at presren in the ministry, observed to ent, and carried away with the them, “ Your work is great, and pleasing novelty of his error, to calls for great seriousness." With regard any arguments, as appears respect to himself, he said, that by the pleasure he takes in puzthe studying of his sermons very zling many ignorant persons frequently cost him tears; that with his captious questions. Let before he preached his sermons him alone; only continue pray, to others, he derived profit from ing to the Lord for him ; he will them himself; and that he al- in the course of his study discovways went to the pulpit, as if he er his error. I myself, pervert: were immediately after to give ed by my mother, was once a up his account to his Divine Manichee, and read almost all Master.

their books; and yet at length

was convinced of my error, withOF AUGUSTINE'S MOTHER. out the help of any disputant.

The following anecdote of All this satisfied not my anxious Monica, the mother of St. Au-. parent ; with floods of tears she gustine, when considered in con- persisted in her request, when nexion with his after conversion, at last he, a little out of temper, affords great encouragement to on account of her importunity, pious parents to pray for their said, “Be gone, good woman ; children.

it is not possible that a child of It is thus related by Angus- such tears should perish.” She tine himself, in the 3d book of has often told me since, that this his Confessions.

answer impressed her mind as “ I remember that she (my a yoice from heaven.” mother Monica) entreated a cer:

. Review of New Publications.

Mrs. Warren's History of the cruelty and carnage ; and the American Revolution.

devout mind will be gratified by (Concluded from p. 384.)

the author's repeated acknowl.

edgments of the superintending THE History of the events providence of God, and its freduring the revolution is both in- quent interpositions in our favour. teresting and entertaining, and But she seems to have occasionalwill be read with pleasure byly forgotten that she was writing those, who can be satisfied with the history of the American Revout entering into the minutiæ of olution, and has introduced narra, tives, (and those rather copious) of his father ; who made this of transactions, which had no reserve in his will, " that unless .connexion with it. The conclu- his son complied with his resions of the 22d and 27th chap- quest, he should be cut short ters are of this kind.

of any of bis estate," which In vol. 3, p. 93, we have an in- was worth about 60,000l. ster- . stance of filial piety, such as is 'ling. The ashes remaining from seldom met with, and perhaps the body were taken up, and put the only one of the kind, which into a silver urn for that purpose. has ever occurred in the United The reason that Mr. Laurens States. On the death of Henry gave for this singular desire was, Laurens, Esq. “ his only survive “that his body was too good to ing son closed his eyes. His be eaten by worms." We prefond affection for his father led tend not to decide which statehim to deviate from the usual ment is the more correct, but customs of his countrymen in leave it to the reader to form his the manner of interring their own opinion. friends. He reared an altar, on The work before us is “ The which he burned the body of the History of the Rise, Progress patriarch, and carefully gathered and Termination of the Amerithe ashes from the hearth, de- can Revolution;" having reachposited them in a silver urn, and ed the termination, we might be. placed them in his bed-chamber, expected to stop; but “ more with reverence and veneration, last words” remain: ninety-nine where they remained to the day pages of supplementary obser of his death. This circumstance vations on events “afier the teris mentioned, as a peculiar in- mination" are yet before us; to stance of filial affection, and at which the following paragraph is once a mark of respect due to an introduction. the memory of both the patriot " The narration of the revolutionaand the parent."

ry war between Great-Britain and her

former colonies, brought down to its This representation differs so

termination, leaves the mind at leis. widely from the impression made ure for more general observations on upon our minds at the time of the subsequent consequences, without the event, that we have been led confining it to time and place." to a review of the publications of Amongst the “ subsequent that day, to see what was then consequences” are enumerated said on this subject ; and in the the insurrection in MassaNew-York Magazine for Janua- chusetts ; a general convention ry, 1793, p. 64, we find “ The of the States ; the adoption of a following extract of a letter dated new constitution ; the choice of Charleston, (S. C.) Dec. 24, is Gen. Washington as President ; copied from the Norwich Week- the treaty with Great Britain, ly Register, of Jan. 14.

negotiazed by Mr. Jay; and Gen. “ A few days since departed Washington's Second retreat this life, Henry Laurens, Esq. from public life." Beside these, about seventy years of age, and “ banks; the funding system ; his corpse was burnt the third the Cincinnati ; the federal city; day after his decease. This was the distribution of offices ; the done by his son, at the request French Revolution; scepticism;"

the importance of delegating suit- gentleman, during the adıninisable men for the administration tration of Gen. Washington," of government; the clergy ; the may have excited her sympathy, rights of man; and the equal and upon some occasions influclaims of mankind, have not enced her pen. been forgotten. " General ob- “ The President of the United servations” conclude the whole.

the whole States held the hearts of all America

in his hand from the moment of his In the course of the work a

elevation to the command of her argreat number of characters are mies, to his honourable retirement to drawn : in this the author has private life, and from his dignified re. discovered much facility, but we treat to his inauguration at New York. are not sufficiently informed to

Placed in the executive chair by the

united voice of all parties, it was ex. be able to pronounce upon her

pected the chief magistrate, whom flat. accuracy. We think a freedom tery endow's with all perfection, and to is used in some instances which whom justice attributes many excela gentleman would not, perhaps,

lent qualities, would have feli himself

above the partialities that usually have thought prudent. After

hang about the human heart; and that many remarks upon the charac- divesting himself of the little prejuditers and conduct of Gen. Wash- ces that obtrude, and frequently sully ington and Mr. Adams, the read the greatest characters, he would er is informed that

have been of no party in his appoint• The operations and the conse

ments, and that real merit, whether quences of the civil administration of Jeueral or antifederal, would have the first President of the United States,

been equally noticed............Many of notwithstanding the many excellent

the people begin to inquire whether

all the late energetic exertions were qualities of his heart, and the virtues which adorned his life, have since

designed only to subserve the interbeen viewed at such opposite points,

ests of a certain party, and to furnish that further strictures on his charac.

salaries, sinecures, and extravagant ter and conduct shall be left to future

compensations for the favourites of historians, after time has mollified the

the army and the sycophants of pow.

er, to the exclusion of all who had not passions and prejudices of the present generation." Vol. III. p. 389. ." The

adopted the creed of passive obediadministration of his immediate suc

ence.” cessor we shall also leave." p. 391. Our author's remark respect

“ The laborious statesmen, whowith ing the clergy is, that they ability and precision defined the rights “ should keep within their own of men, and supported the freedom of line, which directs them to entheir country ; without whose efforts America never would have had an

force the moral obligations of soarmy, are many of them neglected or ciety, and to inculcate the docforgotten.” p.418.

trines of peace, brotherly kindThe historian has evidently ness, and the forgiveness of injuaimed at being impartial ; but as ries, taught by the example of she justly observes, “ complete their divine Master, nor should perfection is not to be attributed they leave the appropriate duties to man ; undue prejudices and of their profession to descant on partialities often imperceptibly political principles or characcreep into the best of hearts." ters." The remark is certainly We naturally feel for our friends, just ; and if any of the gentleand it is not impossible that the men referred to have left the following complaints extracted appropriate duties of their firofesfrom “ a letter to the author," sion to descant on political prinwritten by a « very judicious ciples or characters," they deserve, and ought to receive cen- 1 Cor. ii. 2, For I determined not sure ; but, at the same time, it to know any thing among you, save must be observed, that the cler- Jesus Christ, and him crucified. gy possess rights, liberties, priv- The introduction, though on ileges, and property, in com- the whole, striking and appromon with their fellow-citizens, priate, is yet in some instances and have an equal right to judge exceptionable. to whose care they may be The writer's observations, rebest committed, and to express specting his early “resolution their opinion, as to the suitable- to be a minister of the everlastness of persons proposed : it is ing gospel ;” and the time of his their duty to do so ; for their admission to the Christian church, profession, as clergymen, does and a few other remarks of a not exempt them from their du- similar nature, though doubtless ties as men ; and indeed it is ea- highly interesting to himself, sy to conceive that cases may oc- would have better become anothcur, in which even their duty, as er pen. Too much concerning clergymen, would require their “ourselves" is, on no occasion, descanting, and descanting free- either“ proper" or "necessary." ly to, upon both political and After treating of the peculiar religious principles and charac- honour and happiness of those, ters. The advice, however, is who are used as instruments in good ; and might with great the salvation of men ; the writer propriety have been extended to adds ; other classes of the community,

“The man, who by the energy of for we all have our “ appropriate

the Holy Spirit, turns a sinner from

the path of destruction into the way duties :" according to the apos

which leadeth unto everlasting life, tle Paul, (Tit. ii. 3) even “ aged shall cover a multitude of sins. But women" have a sphere of useful. Alexander, having subdued what was ness ; and in his first epistle to then supposed the world, sat down Timothy, (chap. ij. 11, 12) he

and wept, because there was no other

world in which he might display his points out a part om me outy of military prowess." women generally.

The last clause of the senUpon the whole ; although tence, to say nothing of its trite. we cannot bestow unqualified ness, is not happily introduced. commendation on the work be. It neither illustrates nor enforcfore us, nor agree with the authores the first. Had he said “ the in every sentiment it contains, man who turns a sinner from the we have no hesitation in acknowl. path of destruction” &c. “ shall edging that we have derived con- shine as the brightness of the siderable pleasure, and, we hope, firmament," the contrast would some probit, from a careful peru- have been proper. As it stands sal of it.

there is no contrast. Again,

“In the fulness of God's time, it is

my buble hope, that I was in a sense A Sermon delivered by EZRA prepared by the washing of regeneraSTILES ELY, on the first Sab- tion, which opened my blind eyes, baih ufier his Ordination. Hart- conquered the obduracy of my heart, ford, Lincoln & Gleason. 1806.

tions, and moral habits to the soul." This sermon is founded on Habits are acquired, not given.

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