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others ; that knowledge which be honest men ; and surely this alone can make you wise to sal- is a most moderate and reasonavation, and guide you to avoid ble demand. Therefore, be ye the paths of destruction, you children of the light and of the day, shun it, you hate it, and choose and walk as such, and then it to remain contentedly ignorant will be a blessing to the world, in this important respect; sup- and to yourselves, that you ever pose your parents, who have were born.” been at the expense of your ed Instructions thus faithful, deucation ; your friends, who have livered with the greatest tender. entertained such high and pleas- ness, and enforced by a life of aring expectations concerning you; dent, uniform piety,could scarcechurch and state, that look to you ly fail to make the most important for help, and depend upon you to and salutary impressions on the fall stations of importance in the minds of his youthful charge. world ; and your careful instruc- The public and official appear. tors, who observe your growing ances of President Davies were improvements with proportional marked with dignity, decorum pleasure ; suppose that after all and elegance. His performances this generous labour, and all at anniversary commencements these pleasing prospects, they reflected equal honour on himself should see you at last doomed to and the institution, and afforded cverlasting darkness, for your the highest gratification to the voluntary abuse of the light you crowderl auditories, which those now enjoy ; suppose these occasions brought together. But things, and - but the con- the work of the ministry was his sequences of these suppositions chief delight. Here, emphaticare so terrible, that I am not har. ally, he was in his element. dy enough to mention them. Here he was at home. He had, And, O! shall they ever become indeed, a lively and almost overmatters of fact !
whelming sense of the magni“ Therefore, my dear youth, tude of the sacred office, and of admit the light, love it, and pur. his own insufficiency for its dissue it, though at first it should charge. This is strikingly apmake such discoveries, as may parent froin some passages in a be painful to you; for the pain letter to his friend, Dr. Gibbons, will prove medicinal. By dis- “ It is an easy thing,” says he, covering your danger in time, “to make a noise in the world, you may be able to escape it; to flourish and harangue, to dazbut never expect to remove it by zle the crowd, and set them all the silly expedient of shutting agape ; but deeply to imbibe the your eyes. Be impartial inquir- spirit of Christianity ; to mainers after truth, as to yourselves, tain a secret walk with God; to as well as other things, and no be holy as he is holy ; this is the longer attempt to put a cheat up. labour, this is the work. The on yourselves. Alas ! how child- difficulty of the ministerial work ish and foolish, as well as wicked scems to grow upon my hands. and ruinous, would such an im- Perhaps, once in three or four posture be! The gospel, in this months, I preach in some measparticular, only requires you to ure as I could wish : that is, I would turn him out of doors. on my going to see what had Having now heard them, and un- happened. « Yes,” said I careable to conceal the feelings of lessly on coming to the spot, “ I his mind, he was afraid to meet see it is so :” “ But what is his father. The minister sat there in this worth notice ; is it down, and wrote an affectionate not mere chance ?” and I went letter to him, which had so good away. He followed me, and an effect, that both father and taking hold of my coat, said with mother came to hear for them. some earnestness, “ It could not selves. The Lord graciously be mere chance, for that somemet with them both ; and father, body must have contrived mat. and mother, and son, were to- ters so as to produce it.” gether received with universal “ So you think," said I, “ that joy into the church. Relig. Mon. what appears so regular as the mie het
letters of your name, cannot be by chance?” “ Yes,” said he,
with firmness, “ I think so." OF DR. BEATTIE AND HIS SON. “ Look at yourself," I replied,
It is much to be desired (ob- “ consider your hands and finserves one) that in lessons to gers, your legs and feet, and children, matters of fact, and ex- other limbs ; are they not reguamples taken from visible ob- lar in their appearance and use. jects, should be made use of. ful to you ?" He said they were. This wise method of instruction « Came you then hither," said I, was, perhaps, never more forci- «by chance ?” “No," he anbly and more usefully employed, swered, " that cannot be, somethan in the following instance 'thing must have made me.” of Dr. Beattie's son. The Doc- “ And who is that something?" tor, speaking of his son, thus ob- I asked. He said, “I don't serves : He had reached his fifth know." I had now gained the or sixth year, knew the alphabet, point I aimed at, and saw that and could read a little ; but had his reason taught him (though received no particular informa- he could not express it) that tion with respect to the author what begins to be must have a of his being. In a corner of a cause ; and that what is formed little garden, without informing with regularity, must have an any person of the circumstance, intelligent cause. I therefore I wrote in the mould with my told him the name of the great finger, the three initial letters of Being, who made him and all his name, and sowing garden the world, concerning whose cresses in the furrows, cov- adorable nature, I gave him such ered up the seed, and smooth- information as I thought he ed the ground. Ten days after could in some measure comprehe came running to me, and with hend. The lesson affected him astonishment in his countenance, greatly, and he never forgot eitold me that his name was grow. ther it, or the circumstance that ing in the garden. I laughed at introduced it. the report and seemed inclined Anecdotes of Children and to disregard it ; but he insisted · Young Persons. Vol. II. No. 8.
Review of New Publications.
Plessiah's Throne, a Sermon which it is composed, and for the
preached before the London abundant evidence in favour of Missionary Society, at their Christ's divinity, which it so eighth annual meeting, in Tot- briefly, and with such an imprese tenham-court Chapel, on the eve- sive novelty, exhibits. ning of Thursday, May 13, “I cannot find, in the lively oracles, 1802. By John M. Mason; a single distinctive mark of deity A.M. Pastor of the Associate
which is not applied, without reserve
or limitation, to the only begotten Son. Reformed Church in the city of All things whatsoever the Father New-York. London. Biggs hath, are his. Who is that mysteri. and Cottle. 1802.
ous WORD, that was in the begia.
ning, with God? Who is the Alpha This discourse is founded on
and Omega, the beginning and the the sublime address of the eter
ending, the first and the last, the Al
mighty? Who is he that knows nal Father to the Lord Jesus what is in man, because he searches Christ; Heb. i. 8, But unto the the deep and dark recesses of the Son, he saith, Thy throne; O God, heart? Who is the Omrripresent, that is forever and ever. In the in- has promised, Wherever two or three
are gathered together in my name, troduction the author makes this
there am I in the midst of them? observation ; that the apostle is the light.of wiose countenance is, at “ Under no apprehension of betraving the same moment, the joy of heaven, the unwary into idolatrous homage, and the salvation of carth? who is by giving to the Lord Jesus greater encircled by the Seraphim on higb, glory than is due unto his name;" and walks in the midst of the golden An observation, which we may candlesticks? who is in this assemwith evident propriety make, re-bly ; in all the assemblies of his peospecting many inspired writers. ple? in every worshipping family?
in every closct of prayer ? in every The general plan of discourse bolv beart? whose hands have stretchis, to consider Christ's personal ed out the heavens and laid the glory, wliich shines forth in the foundations of the earth? Who hath name, “ O God,” by which he replenished them with inhabitants, is here revealed; and his sov
and garnished them with beauty,
having created all things that are m ereign rule ; "thy throne is for
both, visible and invisible, whether · ever and ever."
they be thrones, or dominions, or After noticing an attempt of principalities or powers ? By who those, who controvert the essen
do all things consist? Who is the tial Deity of Christ, to pervert
governor among the nations, having
on his vesture and on his thigh the phraseology and change the
name written, King of kings and Lord sublime meaning of the text, the of lords. Whom is it the Father's preacher, bold in the truth, says; will that all me
will that all men should honour, even « The crown which flourishes on as they honour himself? Whom has Messiah's head is not to be torn away,
he commanded his angels to worship? nor the anchor of our hope to be
Whom to obey? Before whom do the wrested from us by the rude hand of
devils tremble? Who is qualified to Licentious criticism."
redeem millions of sinners from the The following passage de wrath to come, and preserve them,
by his grace, to his everlasting kingserves to be quoted enure, bom dom? Who raiseth the dead, having for the animated eloquence with life in himself, to quicken whom ho will, so that at his voice all who are him, as God manifest in the in their graves shall come forth--and
and flesh, and as the Mediator of the
flesh and as the Mediator of the death and hell surrender their numerous and forgotten captives? Who shall new covenant. weigh, in the balance of judgment, Under the second general the destinies of angels and men ? head the author with true Chrisdispose of the thrones of paradise ? tian oratory, insists upon the and bestow eternal life? Shall I submit to the decision of reason? Shall
stability of Messial's kingdom, I ask a response from heaven? Shall I
arising from his omnipotence, and summon the devils from their chains from the Father's covenant ; and of darkness? The response from hea- upon his administration, bearing, ven sounds in my ears; reason ap
in the highest degree, the characproves, and the devils confess--This, o Christians, is none other than the
ters of mystery, wisdom, and GREAT GOD OUR SAVIOUR!
righteousne88. Indeed, my brethren, the doctrine In his enumeration of the of our Lord's divinity is not, as a means, which Messiah employs fact, more interesting to our faith,
in the administration of his kingthan, as a principle, it is essential to our hope. If he were not the true
dom, the aụthor mentions the God, he could not be eternal life. gospel, the agency of the Holy When pressed down by guilt and lan Ghost, and the resources of the guishing for happiness, I look around
physical and moral world. In for a deliverer, such as my conscience and my heart and the word of God as
treating the last particular, he sure me I need, insult not my agony, shows how extensive his views by directing me to a creature-to a are of the sovereign dominion of man, a mere man like myself! A crea Christ. ture! a man! My Redeemer owns
“Supreme in heaven and in earth, my person. My immortal spirit is his
upholding all things by the word of property. When I come to die, I his power, the universe is his maga. must commit it into his hands. My zine of means. Nothing which acts soul! My infinitely precious soul
or exists, is exempted from promoting, committed to a mere man! become
in its own place, the purposes of his the property of a mere man! I would kingdom. "Beings rational and irra. not, thus, entrust my body, to the
tional ; animate and inanimate; the highest angel who burns in the tem
heavens above, and the earth below; ple above. It is only the Father of
the obedience of sanctified, and the spirits that can have property in spir. disobedience of unsanctified, men ; its, and be their refuge in the hour all holy spirits; all damned spirits & of transition from the present to the in one word, every agency, every cleapproaching world. In short, my
ment, every atom, are but the minis. brethren, the divinity of Jesus, is, in
ters of his will, and concur in the the system of grace, the sun to which
execution of his designs. And this all its parts are subordinate, and all
he will demonstrate to the confusion their stations refer, which binds
of his enemies, and the joy of his peo. them in sacred concord; and imparts
ple, in that great and terrible day to them their radiance, and life, and
when he shall sit upon the throne of vigour. Take from it this central
his glory, and dispense ultimate judgluminary, and the glory is departed.
ment to the quick and the dead." Its holy harmonies are broken. The
From this exalted station, to elements rush to chaos. The light of salvation is extinguished for
which the preacher has happily ever."
raised us, we are invited to surBut the author well observes, vey the prospects of God's church; that it is not the Deity of the l.prospect of preservation ; 2. of Son, simply considered, to which increase ; 3. of triumph. On the text confines our attention ; each of these topics the author that it leads us to contemplate expatiates like one who is filled with the language and spirit of revolution. Interspersed with inspiration.
biographical, political, and more His address to his auditors al observations. In three vols. with reference to the object of By Mrs. Mercy Warren. 8vo. Missionary Societies must not be Boston. E. & J.Larkin. 1806. wholly omitted. “All scriptural efforts to evangelize the hea In an "address" prefixed to then,” he says, “ contribute their the work, the historian informis share" to the triumph of the “the inhabitants of the United gospel.
States of America" what were « But let us pause;" he subjoins, her inducements to engage in * you exult, perhaps, in the view this undertaking, and the advanof that happiness which is reserved for the human race : you long for its lages she possessed for that purarrival; and are eager, in your place, pose. She was apprehensive to help on the gracious work. It is that " when every manly arm well. “But are there no heathen in was occupied, and every trait of this assembly? Are there none, who, in the midst of their zeal for foreign
talent or activity was engaged missions, forget their own souls ; nor
either in the cabinet or the field, consider that they themselves neglect many circumstances might esthe great salvation? Remember, my cape the more busy and active brethren, that a man may be active members of society;" and therein measưres which shall subserve the conversion of others, and yet perish in
fore she determined to employ his own iniquity. That very gospel, her leisure hours in recording which you desire to send to the Hea- events as they occurred. « Conthen, must be the gospel of your salva. nected by nature, friendship, and
$ every social tie, with many of the to light, from the power of satan unto God; it must make you meet for hrst patriots, and most influenthe inheritance of the saints, or it tial characters on the continent ; shall fearfully aggravate your con- and in the habits of confidential demnation at last. You pray, thy and epistolary intercourse with kingdom come. But is the kingdom of God within you? Is the Lord Je.
m several gentlemen employed sus in you, the hope of glory! Be not abroad in the most distinguished deceived. The name of Christian stations, and with others since will not save you. Better had it been elevated to the highest grades of for you not to have known the way of rank and distinction,” she « had righteousness-better to have been
the best means of informa. the most idolatrous Pagan-better, infinitely better, not to have been born, tion." than to die strangers to the pardon of It is very evident that the bisthe Redeemer's blood, and the sanc- tory before us is the product of tifying virtue of his Spirit.”
“ a mind that had not yielded to It is with reluctance that we the assertion that all political atforbear to transcribe still larger
still larger tentions lay (lie] out of the road portions of this sermon. It is
of female life :" every page afso admirable throughout, that
fords a proof of this; yet,“ doubtwe hardly know which part to less it;
part to less it is the more peculiar provprefer, or what property most ince of masculine strength, in highly to commend.
the nervous style of manly elo
quence to describe the bloodHistory of the rise, progress and stained field, and relate the story
termination of the American of slaughtered armies."