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erate with the divine will'; if you must some time be found, is a conscientiously endeavour to pre- truth, which we all know, but vent crimes with all your might, which all neglect, and perhaps you will obtain the applause of none more than the speculative good men in this world, and, in reasoner, whose thoughts are althe world to come, the approba- ways from home, whose eye tion of God.”
C. Y. A. wanders over life, whose fancy
dances after motions of happi. ness kindled by itself, and who
examines every thing rather than LETTER OF THE CELEBRATED his own state.
DR. JOHNSON, ON HIS WIFE'S Nothing is more evident than DEATH.
that the decays of age must ter
minate in death. Yet there is March 17, 1752, 0. S.
no man (says Tully) who does DEAR SIR,
not believe that he may yet live NorwITHSTANDING the warn- another year; and there is none ings of philosophers, and the who does not, upon the same daily examples of losses and principle, hope another year for misfortunes, which life forces his parent, or his friend; but the upon us, such is the absorption fallacy will be in time detected; of our thoughts in the business of the last year, the last day, will the present day, such the resig- come; it has come, and is pastnation of our reason to empty The life, which made my own hopes of future felicity, or such life pleasant, is at an end, and the our unwillingness to foresee gates of death are shut upon my what we dread, that every calam- prospects ! ity comes suddenly upon us, The loss of a friend on whom and not only presses as a burden, the heart was fixed, to whom but crushes as a blow.
every wish and endeavour tepdThere are evils, which happened, is a state of desolation in out of the coinmon course of which the mind looks abroad, nature, against which it is no impatient of itself, and finds reproach not to be provided. A nothing but emptiness and hor flash of lightning intercepts the ror. The blameless life, the traveller in his way ; the con- artless tenderness, the native cussion of an earthquake heaps simplicity, the modest resigna. the ruins of cities upon their in- tion, the patient sickness, and habitants; but other miseries the quiet death, are remember time brings, though silently, ed only to add value to the yet visibly, forward, by its own loss; to aggravate regret for lapse, which yet approaches un. what cannot be amended ; 10 seen, because we turn our eyes deepen sorrow for what cannot away ; and they seize us unre- be recalled. sisted, because we would not arm These are the calamities by ourselves against them, by set- which Providence gradually disting them before us.
engages us from the love of life. That it is vain to shrink from Other evils fortitude may repel what cannot be avoided, and to or hope mitigate; but irreparahide that from ourselves, which ble privation leaves nothing to
exercise resolution, or flatter ex- refuge in religion. When we pectation. The dead cannot re- have no help in ourselves, what turn, and nothing is left us here can remain, but that we look up but languishment and grief. to a higher and greater power?
Yet, such is the course And to what hope may we not of nature, that whoever lives raise our eyes and hearts, when long must outlive those whom we consider that the greatest he loves and honours. Such is Power is the best? the condition of our present ex- Surely there is no man, who, istence, that life must one time thus afflicted, does not seek suc. lose its association, and every in- cour in the gospel, which has habitant of the earth must walk brought life and immortality to downward to the grave alone and light! The precepts of Epicuunregarded, without any part- rus, which teach us to endure ner of his joy or grief, without what the laws of the universe any interested witness of his make necessary, may silence. misfortunes or success. Mis- but not content us. The dicfortunes, indeed, he may yet tates of Zeno, who commands feel, for where is the bottom of us to look with indifference on the misery of man ! But what is abstract things, may dispose us success to him, who has none to to conceal our sorrow, but canenjoy it? Happiness is not not assuage it. Real alleviations found in self-contemplation ; it of the loss of friends, and rationis perceived only when it is re- al tranquillity in the prospect of flected from another.
our own dissolution, can be reWe know little of the state of ceived only from the promise of departed souls, because such Him in whose hands are life and knowledge is not necessary to a death ; and from the assurance good life. Reason deserts us at of another and better state, in the brink of the grave, and gives which all tears will be wiped no farther intelligence. Rev- from our eyes, and the whole elation is not wholly silent; soul shall be filled with joy. “there is joy among the angels Philosophy may create stubin heaven over a sinner that re- bornness, but religion only can penteth ;” and surely the joy is give patience. communicable to souls disentan
SAM. JOHNSON. gled from the body, and made like angels.
Let hope, therefore, dictate, what revelation does not confute,
For the Panoplist. that the union of souls may still remain ; and that we, who
LIST OF BOOKS RECOMMENDED
BY DR. TAPPAN TO THEOLO. are struggling with sin, sorrow, and infirmities, may have
GICAL STUDENTS. one part in the attention of those Messrs. Editors, who have finished their course, Will it not be grateful to those, and are now receiving their re- who cherish the memory, and apward.
prove the sentiments of the late . These are the great occasions PROFESSOR TAPPAN, to know the which force the mind to take course of reading, which he re
commended to theological stu- Ridgley's body of divinity : Ed. dents ? The following list of books wards' History of Redemption, was of Dr. Tappan's forming. and Treatise on the affections : On Natural Religion.
Berry-street sermons : the ser,
mons of Blair, Doddridge, Grove, ABERNETHY's and Leland's
Lathrop, S, Stennel, Sherlock, sermons on the divine attributes : Clark's demonstration, &c. :
Tillotson, R. Walker, Watts, Price on murals.
On the Christian Church and Or. On the Necessity of Revelation.
dinances. Leland or Campbell.
Hemmen way and Emmons : On the Proof of Revelation, Edwards, Lathrop and Towa
Doddridge's three sermons on good on infant baptism : Bell, this subject : Newton on the Grove and Henry on the Lord's prophecies : West on the resur- supper. rection of Jesus Christ : Littleton on the conversion and apos
on Jewish and Ecclesiastical tleship of St. Paul : Farmer on :
History. miracles : Paley's Evidences : Lowman and Shaw on Juda. Butler's Analogy.
ism : Shuckford's and Pri:
deaux's connexions : Jortin's On the Doctrines of Revelation. and Mosheim's ecclesiastical
The expositions of Doddridge, history. Guise, Henry and Whitby :
Review of New Publications,
A Funeral Oration, fironounced in progress he made in the various
the chapel of Dartmouth Uni- branches of learning, gained the versity, on the death of ELIPHA love and esteein of all who knew LET HARDY, a member of the him, and excited the hope, that junior class, who died at Hano. he would be an ornament to the ver, Jan. 2, 1806, aged 19 cause of virtue, and a great bless: years. By John BURNHAM, a ing to the world. classmate. Hanover. M. Da- The following paragraph in Tis. 1806.
the oration, descriptive of the ex? It is the occasion of this ora
ercises of his mind in his last tion, which renders it worthy of
sickness, deserves particular no public notice. The young man,
tice ; and leads us to entertain whose death is here deplored,
very favourable ideas of the theo: was endued with remarkable
logical views of the writer, as intellectual powers, and engaged. well as of the penitence and subwith singular diligence and the
mission of his deceased'classmost flattering prospect of suc
“A short time before his death, cess, in the pursuit of useful
the deceased was the subject of seriknowledge. His regular and a- ous religious impressions. The inmiable deportment, and the rapid fluence of the Holy Spirit unfolded
his astonislied view the ocean of de- ance ; to the tendency of the gos. pravity which exists in the human tiel; to the revolution which has heart. Deeply impressed with a sense of the rectitude of God's holy
taken place in this country ; and law, he was convinced that the pun to the events, which we have reaishment of sinners was just. Brought son to believe are hastening forat length to bow to the sceptre of ward to their completion. Under Jesus, he gave satisfactory evidence to those around him, that he was the
each of these heads we find very subject of regenerating grace. When pertinent remarks. The author the agonies of his mind had impaired is so happy, as not to lose sight the health of his body,...still he spake either of the text, or of the occawith the most profound reverence of sion. Ve observe a beautiful God and religion ; declaring repeatedly, he had no wish the divine law
ease of language, which is naturshould suffer that be might be saved. al to one who is blessed with ease Here was evinced that cordial submis. of thought. The characteristic sion to the decrees of Heaven, which trait of the composition is a liveconstitutes the true Christian.”
ly, forcible brevity. In some The youth and inexperience
sentences there is a transposition of the writer must be an apolo
approaching the air of poetry. gy for some incorrect thoughts
The following specimen shows and expressions, for some un- the
the author's manner. couthness and harshness in his
In the concluding addressfigures, and for the incoherences
inconerence « Mankind are branches of the same of the several parts of his oration. family. Turn to the East or West,
to the North or South; traverse the globc from pole to pole. Wherever
you meet a human being, you meet The Messiah's Reign, a sermon a brother or a sister. This Christiani. preached on the Fourth of July,
ty teaches and enforces in the strong
ay, est language. The heart of the pat. before the Washington Society, riot....glows with a warmth communiby JAMES MUIR, D.D.Pastor af cated from Scripture. That neglectthe Presbyterian Church at ed, that despised, that persecuted wdon Aleyn book has scattered the seeds of patri
otism, and cherished their growth. andria.
“ All and each can do something This short sermon is founded
for the benefit of society. Fow, it is
true, can enlighten the nation, or manon the following prophetic de
age public affairs. Pretensions to scription of Christ's reign by the
this by those whose ignorance prophet Micah. “He shall judge and weakness are too apparent to be among many people, and rebuke denied, tend to confusion. Like strong nations afar off, and they
Phæton, in the heathen mythology,
who unwisely seized with his feeble shall beat their swords into
grasp the reins of his father's fiery ploughshares, and their spears steeds, they bring themselves into into pruning hooks; nation shall danger, and expose their fellow-men not lift up sword against nation,
to dreadful calamities. God fits men neither shall they learn war any
for different purposes. Let cach
know his place. He may be an exmore. But they shall sit every
pert mechanic and a useful farmer, man under his vine, and under who would prove a most miserable his figtree; and none shall make statesman.” them afraid." The author's plan The author cannot close withis to consider these words in their out seizing the opportunity to úspect to the Messiah's appear. recommend the missionary ob-,
ject, and to solicit aid to the mis- however, with safety, until they had sionary fund.
almost reached their homes, about 8 This may subject
o'clock in the evening, when a heavy him to the censure of the partial
squall met them, as they were cross. critic, but will much endearing Rye-ledge, which instantly upset him to the heart of the fervent their boat. Cæsar kept bis hold of Christian.
the boal, and was saved, while the others were thrown from it, and at
once perished in the deep. Their Two discourses occasioned by the
bodies were found early next morn.
ing, and interred the afternoon of the sudden deaths of Joseph Brown,
same day.” jun. Æt.23, and James Jenness, Æt, 24 ; who were drowned near Rye-Beach, on the even- A Discourse before the Society for ing of 9th Sept. 1806 : the for- . Propagating the Gospel among mer delivered Sept. 10th, at the the Indians and others in North time of interment ; the latter
America, delivered November delivered the Lord's day fol 6, 1806. By THOMAS Barlowing. By William Pid NARD, D. D. Minister of the GIN, A. M. Minister of a Pres North Church in Salem. To byterian Church in Hampton. which is added an Appendix. Newburyport. E. W. Allen. Charlestown. S. Etheridge. 1806.
pp. 47. These are plain, serious, pertinent and useful discourses, from
m The theme of this discourse the two following well chosen is St. Paul's declaration. Phil. i. texts : Ecc. ix. 12. For man also 18. “What then ! notwithstandknoweth not his time: As the fishes ing every way, whether in prethat are taken in an evil net, and tence, or in truth, Christ is as the birds that are caught in the preached ? and I therein do re snare; so are the sons of men joice, yea, and will rejoice." snared in an evil time, when it. After a pertinent introduction, falleth suddenly upon them. And the preacher invites the attention Job xxi. 23, 24. One dieth in his of his audience to the three folfull strength, being whoily at case lowing observations.
I. *Permit me to observe the and quiet : His breasts are full of
manner in which the Being, supreme. milk, and his bones are moistened ly powerful, wise and good, chose to with marrow.
propagate Christianity in the world, The melancholy circumstan at the time of its introduction, and in ces, which occasioned these dis- the years immediately succeeding." ->
II. “Inattentive to the authentic courses, are briefly related in a
history of the time, we are disposed to note, as follows;
think discordance of opinion with re. “Joseph Brown, of Northampton,
spect to the Christian doctrine, could and James Jenness, of Rye, together not have arisen under the authoritawith a man of colour, named Cæsar, tive and infallible instruction of an holy had been at Portsmouth. While re- Apostle ; and without besitation at. · turning, which was late in the day, tribute to its first preachers universal
the clouds collected, and appeared "ly the highest purity and benevolence. very black and threatening, attended III. « There is no mode of action with frequent lightning, and at length
we can adopt, which will more dignify a free discharge of rain. Night came
our characters, or more rejoice our on, which greatly added to the gloom hearts in the seasons of impartial re. iness of the season. They proceeded, flection, than a persuasion that we are