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belongs alike to all: and he who refuses to recognize their. Christianity, must be branded as a bigot.

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SERIOUS HINT TO PREACHERS.

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It is not always the gospel that is delivered from the pulpit. man may preach very sensibly concerning the divine perfections, and the authority of God's government and laws. He may set forth the general obligations to duty and obedience. He may inculcate the amiableness of vir tue in general, or of particular virtues, and may represent many worthy examples for men's encouragement and excitement. He may earnestly call on men to repent of their sins, and to reform the disposition of their hearts and their course of life. He may inculcate this with all the advantages of earnestness and action that would entitle him to the character of the complete orator. The composition may be very skilful, the language elegant and pathetic, and the preacher may be so greatly applauded, that it may sometimes be said, He hath his reward. Not only may the ears of the hearers be tickled, but their minds may be very agreeably entertained with sentiments that are in themselves just, and with many a good thought. Yet, in all this, there may be nothing by which a soul may be relieved and refreshed that labours and is heavy laden; nothing by which a serious soul may be directed to the proper sources of sanctification. A discourse may have in it much

truth that is consistent with the gospel, and presupposed by it, and yet have nothing in it of the gospel, properly so called. Of such a discourse, with all its advantage of sentiments and expression, it may be said, as the apostle says of the law, that it is weak through the flesh. The cor. ruption of nature, in which sin hath dominion, is too strong for philosophy, logic, and rhetoric; too strong for refined speculation, strong argument, and the greatest oratory. Miss. Mag.

SHORT SENTENCES.

A CONSTANT seeking after heavenly wisdom, is no bad evidence of having already attained it.

To believe we have immortal souls, while we shew no concern about their eternal welfare, is to display our folly in the highest degree.

When a believer's trials come by the hand of man, a hard struggle may likely ensue, before he attain to a forgiving spirit.

To manifest a real concern for the good of a person's soul and body, in return for an injury received, is a clear evidence of a Christian spirit.

To be laying up for the body at the expense of the soul, is a piece of very unprofitable business.

Multitudes appear to live at ease in Sion, although they know that a wo is denounced in Scripture against them.

A conviction of gospel truth, joined to a disregard of it in the same person, gives a dreadful ev, idence of that person's state.

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OF MR. SHEPARD.

THE celebrated Mr, Shepard, on his death-bed, being visited by some of his younger brethren in the ministry, observed to them, "Your work is great, and calls for great seriousness." With respect to himself, he said, that the studying of his sermons very frequently cost him tears; that before he preached his sermons to others, he derived profit from them himself; and that he always went to the pulpit, as if he were immediately after to give up his account to his Divine Master.

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tain bishop to undertake to rea, son me out of my errors. He was a person not backward to attempt this, where he found a docile subject. But your son, said he, is too much elated at present, and carried away with the pleasing novelty of his error, to regard any arguments, as appears by the pleasure he takes in puzzling many ignorant persons with his captious questions. Let him alone; only.continue praying to the Lord for him; he will in the course of his study discover his error. I myself, perverted by my mother, was once a Manichee, and read almost all their books; and yet at length was convinced of my error, without the help of any disputant. All this satisfied not my anxious parent; with floods of tears she persisted in her request, when at last he, a little out of temper, on account of her importunity, said, "Be gone, good woman; it is not possible that a child of such tears should perish." She has often told me since, that this answer impressed her mind as a voice from heaven."

Review of New Publications.

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

American Revolution.

devout mind will be gratified by the author's repeated acknowledgments of the superintending providence of God, and its frequent interpositions in our favour. But she seems to have occasionally forgotten that she was writing the history of the American Revolution, and has introduced narra

(Concluded from p. 384.)

THE History of the events during the revolution is both interesting and entertaining, and will be read with pleasure by those, who can be satisfied with out entering into the minutia of

tives, (and those rather copious) of transactions, which had no connexion with it. The conclusions of the 22d and 27th chapters are of this kind.

In vol. 3, p. 93, we have an instance of filial piety, such as is seldom met with, and perhaps the only one of the kind, which has ever occurred in the United States. On the death of Henry Laurens, Esq. "his only surviving son closed his eyes. His

of his father; who made this reserve in his will," that unless his son complied with his request, he should be cut short of any of his estate," which was worth about 60,0001. sterling. The ashes remaining from the body were taken up, and put into a silver urn for that purpose. The reason that Mr. Laurens gave for this singular desire was, "that his body was too good to be eaten by worms." We pretend not to decide which statement is the more correct, but leave it to the reader to form his own opinion.

fond affection for his father led -him to deviate from the usual customs of his countrymen in the manner of interring their friends. He reared an altar, on which he burned the body of the patriarch, and carefully gathered the ashes from the hearth, deposited them in a silver urn, and placed them in his bed-chamber, with reverence and veneration, where they remained to the day of his death. This circumstance is mentioned, as a peculiar instance of filial affection, and at once a mark of respect due to the memory of both the patriot and the parent."

This representation differs so widely from the impression made upon our minds at the time of the event, that we have been led to a review of the publications of that day, to see what was then said on this subject; and in the New-York Magazine for Janua ry, 1793, p. 64, we find "The following extract of a letter dated Charleston, (S. C.) Dec. 24, is copied from the Norwich Weekly Register, of Jan. 14.

Amongst the "subsequent consequences" are enumerated "the insurrection in Massachusetts; a general convention of the States; the adoption of a new constitution; the choice of Gen. Washington as President; the treaty with Great Britain, negotiated 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 work before us is "The History of the Rise, Progress and Termination of the American Revolution;" having reached the termination, we might be expected to stop; but "more last words" remain: ninety-nine pages of supplementary observations on events "after the termination" are yet before us; to which the following paragraph is an introduction.

"The narration of the revolutionary war between Great-Britain and her termination, leaves the mind at leisformer colonies, brought down to its ure for more general observations on the subsequent consequences, without confining it to time and place."

the importance of delegating suit- gentleman, during the adminisable 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. 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 rediscovered much facility, but we

treat to his inauguration at New York.

Placed in the executive chair by the are not sufficiently informed to

united voice of all parties, it was exbe able to pronounce upon her pected the chief magistraté, whom flataccuracy. We think a freedom tery endows with all perfection, and to is used in some instances which whom justice atu ibutes many excela gentleman would not, perhaps, lent qualities, would have felt himself have thought prudent.

above the partialities that usually After

hang about the human heart; and that mang remarks upon the charac- divesting himself of the little prejudi. ters 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 federal or unti-federal, would have the first President of the United States; the people begin to inquire whether

been equally noticed............ Many of notwithstanding the many excellent qualities of his heart, and the virtues

all the late energetic exertions were 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 powpassions and prejudices of the present

er, to the exclusion of all who had not generation.” Vol. III. p. 389. “The adopted the creed of passive obediadministration of his immediate suce

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 profesfrom “ a letter to the author,” sion to descant on political prinwritten by a “ very judicious ciples or characters," they de

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serve, and ought to receive censure; but, at the same time, it must be observed, that the clergy possess rights, liberties, privileges, and property, in common with their fellow-citizens, and have an equal right to judge to whose care they may be best committed, and to express their opinion, as to the suitable ness of persons proposed: it is their duty to do so; for their profession, as clergymen, does not exempt them from their duties as men; and indeed it is easy to conceive that cases may occur, in which even their duty, as clergymen, would require their descanting, and descanting freely to, upon both political and religious principles and characters. The advice, however, is good; and might with great propriety have been extended to other classes of the community, for we all have our "appropriate duties:" according to the apostle Paul, (Tit. ii. 3) even "aged women" have a sphere of usefulness; and in his first epistle to Timothy, (chap. ii. 11, 12) he points out a part of the duty of women generally.

Upon the whole; although we cannot bestow unqualified commendation on the work before us, nor agree with the author in every sentiment it contains, we have no hesitation in acknowledging that we have derived considerable pleasure, and, we hope, some profit, from a careful peru

sal of it.

1 Cor. ii. 2, For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

The introduction, though on the whole, striking and appropriate, is yet in some instances exceptionable.

A Sermon delivered by EZRA STILES ELY, on the first Sabbath after his Ordination. Hartford, Lincoln & Gleason. 1806.

THIS sermon is founded on

The writer's observations, respecting his early "resolution to be a minister of the everlasting gospel ;" and the time of his admission to the Christian church, and a few other remarks of a similar nature, though doubtless highly interesting to himself, would have better become another pen. Too much concerning "ourselves" is, on no occasion, either "proper" or "necessary."

After treating of the peculiar honour and happiness of those, who are used as instruments in the salvation of men; the writer adds;

"The man, who by the energy of the Holy Spirit, turns a sinner from which leadeth unto everlasting life, the path of destruction into the way shall cover a multitude of sins. But Alexander, having subdued what was then supposed the world, sat down and wept, because there was no other world in which he might display his military prowess."

The last clause of the sentence, to say nothing of its triteness, is not happily introduced. It neither illustrates nor enforces the first. Had he said "the man who turns a sinner from the path of destruction" &c. "shall shine as the brightness of the firmament," the contrast would have been proper. As it stands there is no contrast. Again,

"In the fulness of God's time, it is my humble hope, that I was in a sense prepared by the washing of regeneration, which opened my blind eyes, conquered the obduracy of my heart, and gave new motives, views, atfections, and moral habits to the soul."

Habits are acquired, not given.

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