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The Christian's Consolations against the Fears of Death, by the Rev. Charles Drelincourt, formerly of the Protestant Church of Paris, has demonstrated its intrinsic value, by the very numerous editions through which it has passed. We wish its American publishers much success in its circulation.
JAMES P. WILSON,
The engraved Frontispiece, represents the very interesting scene that took place between the celebrated Joseph Addison, at the hour of bis death, and his nephew, the young earl of Warwick; of whom his biographer says,
“The virtue of this excellent man (Joseph Addison) shone brightest at the point of death. After a long and manly, but vain struggle with his distempers, he dismissed his physicians, and with them all hopes of life; but with his hopes of life he dismissed not his concern for the living. He sent for lord Warwick, a youth nearly related to him, and finely accomplished, but irregular in conduct and principle; on whom his pious instructions and example had not produced the desired effect. Lord Warwick came: but life now glimmering in the socket, the dying friend was silent. After a decent pause, the youth said, “Dear sir! you sent for me, I believe, and hope, you have some commands; I shall hold them most dear.” May the reader not only feel the reply, but retain its impression! Forcibly grasping the youth's band, Addison softly said, See in what peace a Christian can die! He spoke with difficulty, and soon expired. Through Divine grace, how great is man! Through Divine mercy, how stingless death!"
The usefulness of such a treatise as I now put inta the hands of my reader, is so obvious, that to ipsist upon it, would be to suppose him of an understanding a little better than that of the beasts that perish: for who knoweth not, “that it is appointed unto all men once to die, and after this the judgment?” and that consequently, as our excellent author expresses it, the best philosophy must be the meditation of death.
Neither shall I insist upon the character of this valuable piece, lest I should be thought to hold a candle to the sun, its reputation being already universally established amongst all people of piety and learning. The extraordinary approbation it has met with in all the countries of Europe, (as well Roman Catholic as Protestant) and the numerous impressions it has undergone in almost all the European languages, is a greater encomium upon it, than any we can possibly find words to express.
After a long experience and practice amongst departing souls, and in the houses of mourning, at the request of some of his congregation, who mightily approved of the proper and seasonable arguments that he made use of, to fortify their persons against the apprehensions of death, suitable to their conditions and tempers, did Drelincourt publish his book of CONSOLATIONS.
Its truly Christian spirit and politeness, its great devotion, nervous sense, and elegance of expression, have deservedly given it access to courts as well as private
houses, and rendered it the darling of persons of the highest rank, who have not been ashamed of being religious. It was at first dedicated to an illustrious Princess of the house of Hesse ; and Queen Mary, (consort to King William III.) had so great an esteem, not to say fondness, for it, that she told our author's son, then one of her physicians, that she had read it above seven times over.
After such commendation and universal approbation of Christians of all professions, it would be needless to say more. How serviceable it may be to divines in funeral sermons, in visiting the sick, the poor and afflicted, and how proper to be left as legacies to surviving friends, at funerals, I leave to others to judge, who shall sincerely desire to promote the salvation of souls.
of bis behaviour in his last moments,
The Meditations and Prayers, proper for every condition, are at
the end of the several chapters unto which they belong.