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first under private instruction at Duxbury, and afterwards at the school in Andover, whence he proceeded to college in 1808, at the age of fourteen years. The part assigned him at the Commencement when he graduated, was a poem. After leaving college, he instructed at Exeter, N. H., for upwards of a year. During this period, his views were becoming matured ; his character was consolidated ; a manly spirit was more and more developed, and his plans of future life were determined upon. In 1814, he returned to Cambridge, in order to study with reference to his chosen profession. He was ordained and settled in Boston, Jan. 1, 1817. His health, which had never been firm, often wavered, and in the close of the year 1828, he resigned his pastoral office. After this he spent several months in Europe, and, on his return, became the Professor of Pulpit Eloquence and the Pastoral Care in the Divinity School attached to Harvard University. He remained in this station till feeble health compelled him to relinquish it; and in July 1842, he retired from the scene of his labors. He resided for a considerable time at Framingham, often suffering under extreme weakness, and the mere shadow of his former self; but still forming various plans for useful occupation, and engaging in such literary employments as he was able to sustain. He died in Sept., 1843.
One of his peculiar characteristics was the extraordinary zeal with which he addressed himself to every duty which he undertook. In this respect, he was a model for imitation. But in consequence of wasted health and the infelicity of attempting more than he could perform, he often dropped an occupation before he had carried it out to its best results, and left his plans unfinished. Still so high was his standard of duty and industry that he effected far more, in a literary and philanthropic view, than most men of firmer health and a more robust constitution.
His projects of usefulness in his various scenes of labor, were wise and highly praiseworthy. It was characteristic of him not only to labor himself, but to seek out the means of drawing forth the powers of others, and engaging them in endeavors for their own good. One of these plans, not fully described in the Memoir, was a favorite one with him while he discharged the duties of a professor at Cambridge. This plan was to select from various works, biographical, expository, practical and others, a series of extracts exhibiting the various and successive phases of Christian experience ;-the whole to be connected by suitable remarks of his own, into one work. The title was to be “ The Religious Life Delineated." For the accomplishment of this purpose, he had engaged the young men under his charge to search out suitable extracts in a vast number of authors, which were afterwards to be submitted to his approval. Many parts of the work were drawn from Doddridge, Baxter, and other evangelical writers; and the whole, had it been completed, must have been a useful experimental manual.
Dr. Ware was a warm advocate for extenspore preaching, and gives some very sensible rules for attaining skill in it. As a proof of his industry, we also remark, that he printed more or less during every year of his public life. This volume gives at the close an extended list of his published productions, consisting of sermons, tracts, articles for the Reviews, etc.
The work of the biographer has been performed, apparently, with the friendship of a brother, and the discernment and critical ability of a VOL. XI.-NO. XLI.
scholar. We learn that the first edition was exhausted within a few weeks. The second, a stereotype edition, has been issued, which is to be followed by two volumes of Remains. The present volume will be read with the deepest interest by many, and, we trust, with profit. And a charitable eye, passing over the errors of a sect, will rest with pleasure on whatever is noble, manly, sincere and good.
3. The Complete Works of Rev. Andrew Fuller ; with a Memoir of his
Life. By ANDREW GUNTON Fuller. Reprinted from the Third London Edition. Revised, with Additions by Joseph Belcher, D. D. In 3 vols. pp. 727, 836, 856. Philadelphia. Am. Bap. Publication Society. 1845.
It is needless, at the present age of the world, to say any thing in praise of Andrew Fuller. His works are known wherever the English language is spoken, and known only to be esteemed and admired. The acute perceptions, strong intellect, sound views, and clearness of expression which mark all his published writings entitle him to a high rank among the lights of the church. He uses the English vocabulary with extreme accuracy; and, though the compass of words through which he ranges is not very great, he always selects the best forms of speech to render himself distinctly understood by the learned and the unlearned. His works embrace much that belongs to scientific theology; yet they are clothed in a popular garb, and fitted to arrest the attention and solve the difficulties of men of every degree of cultivation and in every sphere of life. They have passed through the trying ordeal of time and of public opinion, and attained to a place among standard theological writings in every Christian denomination. The best American edition (Boston, Lincoln & Edmands, 1833,) has been exhausted for a considerable time. The present beautiful reprint is worthy of much praise. It is in a fair type and on good paper. The Boston edition was printed in double columns, on a smaller type ; in the Philadelphia edition, the lines extend across the page, the amount of matter on a page is less, but it strikes the eye more pleasantly, and is more truly readable. Dr. Belcher has added various notes, especially to the biographical part of the work, containing personal recollections of Fuller of an interesting character. But the chief improvement in the work is in the arrangement. The former edition was very defective in this respect. In the present, nothing is left to be desired. Volume first contains the Memoir, Sermons, and Illustrations of Scripture : Volume second, the Gospel its own Witness, and Controversial Publications: and, Volume third, Expositions, Memoirs and Miscellanies. The Index also has been extended. In this issue, the Publication Society have performed a service to the community of great value. The judgment and discrimination manifested in the stereotyping of such a work and in such a manner, indicates a good share of wisdom at the helm.
4. Biographical and Critical Miscellanies. By William H. PRESCOTT,
Author of the History of Ferdinand and Isabella, The Conquest of Mexico, etc. New York. Harpers. 1845. pp. 638, 8vo.
This rich volume contains thirteen articles, twelve of which have appeared from time to time in the North American Review. It is a suf
ficient recommendation of them to those who have read Mr. Prescott's great historical works, that they are by the same accomplished author. The subjects of them are as follows: Charles Brockden Brown, Asylum for the Blind, Irving's Conquest of Granada, Cervantes, Sir Walter Scott, Chateaubriand's English Literature, Bancroft's United States, Madame Calderon's Life in Mexico, Molière, Italian Narrative Poetry, Poetry and Romance of the Italians, Scottish Song, Da Ponte's Observations. It will be seen at once, that most of these themes open into fields of historical and elegant literature, which none is more competent than Mr. Prescott to enter, and gather from them the choicest fruits. It is universally acknowledged that well written reviews are among our most profitable reading ; and we are very confident that the present volume will confirm, in this respect, the general opinion. The subjects are evidently touched with a master's hand, and by one who is perfectly familiar with the themes he has undertaken. The volume is in the splendid style and print of the author's Histories. 5. The Missionary Enterprise : a Collection of Discourses on Christian
Missions by American Authors. Edited by Baron Stow. Boston, Gould, Kendall & Lincoln. 1846. pp. 308, 12mo.
This volume contains fifteen discourses, of which all but two have been previously printed, and all but two are by living authors. They are all occasional Sermons, delivered on anniversary festivals, and likely, therefore, to be written with diligence and care. Most of them have already obtained the seal of public approval. They are by Drs. Wayland, Griffin, Anderson, Williams, Beecher, Miller, Fuller, Beman, Stone, and Mason, and Messrs. Kirk, Ide and Stow, and may be regarded as among the best specimens of this department of missionary literature. It is an interesting circumstance that on the day of the publication of this work in Boston, news was brought by the arrival of the steam-ship that a similar work had just been issued in England, with the same title, and containing some of the same discourses. It is a wise plan to secure such efforts in a permanent form; and it is to be hoped that the missionary feeling in the country will be promoted by means of it. 6. Life of Samuel H. Stearns, late Minister of the Old South Church
in Boston. New Edition. pp. 244, 12mo. Address and Select Discourses of Rev. Samuel H. Stearns. New Edition.
Boston. James Munroe and Co. 1816. pp. 265, 12mo.
A new and beautiful edition of these volumes affords an opportunity to speak in praise of them both. They are an honor to the skill of the American press. But their dress is their least praise. The Life of Mr. Stearns, by his brother, is a touching exhibition of true cultivation and high attainments, of personal piety, zeal to do good, and ardent love of the ministerial profession, struggling against an infirm constitution and wasting health. The Discourses are drawn from the small number which he was able to write. But though the compass from which the selection could be made was limited, the Sermons afford sound, practical and sober views of the Christian life and duty ; they are written in a pure, chaste style, and impressive manner, and calculated to do good to men in the daily walks of life. lad life of Mr.
Stearns been spared, he would have been a brilliant ornament of the American pulpit. It is a satisfaction, since this was denied, to have these brief memorials-indications of what he might have been-and a fitting monument of fraternal affection.
7. The Memoirs and Remains of Rev. Willard Judd, embracing a Review of Professor Stuart, a Compilation of Miscellanies, and a Biographical Sketch. By Orrin B. Judd. With an Introductory Essay, by Spencer H. Cone. N. York. Lewis Colby. 1845. pp. 452. 12mo.
Mr. Judd was born in Southington, Con., Feb. 23, 1804. He attended school till the age of sixteen years, and then entered on the business of teaching. In 1826 he engaged in the work of the ministry, and preached chiefly in the town of Salisbury, N. Y. He was afflicted with indications of declining health as early as 1825, and died in the spring of 1335, at the age of thirty-one years. The present volume contains a brief memoir and a series of miscellaneous pieces, of which the principal is a review of Prof. Stuart on Baptism. The latter article covers nearly three fourths of the volume, and is a very full treatise on the general subject. The remaining papers are expositions of several passages of the Scriptures, and eight essays on various topics. The work contains much sound reasoning and many valuable items of information ; and while it is creditable to the writer, will prove both interesting and profitable to the reader.
AMERICA. The Rev. Prof. Chase has under consideration the plan of translating into English, Böhringer's Kirchengeschichte, referred to in Art. VII. We judge from the account given of the original, that it will make a valuable addition to our works on Ecclesiastical History.
Gould, Kendall & Lincoln propose to issue an American edition of Chambers' ( Cyc
glish Literature," in 2 vols. royal 8vo. The work is published in Edinburgh, and the American edition is to be an exact copy from duplicate stereotype plates. It contains a succinct “history, critical and biographical, of British authors, from the earliest to the present times," with specimens of their works. This method of connecting the brief biography of distinguished persons with extracts from their writings, cannot fail to produce a happy influence in extending the acquaintance of our community with the ornaments of English literature, and with their most important characteristics. The volumes are illustrated by about 300 cuts, exhibiting the heads of interesting personages, residences, churches, &c.
A work is in press on the scriptural church polity, doctrines, and government, designed for the use of the ministers and members of Baptist churches; and for the information of all who would become acquainted with their principles and practices. It will embrace a field hitherto unoccupied by any work on the subject. An introductory essay, from the pen of Rev. H. J. Ripley, Professor of Rhetoric and Pastoral Duties in Newton Theological Institution, will be prefixed to the work, which may be expected early in the summer.
GERMANY. Dr. Hävernick, Professor of Theology in the University of Königsberg, died July 19, 1815, at the age of 34. His writings are, Commentary on the Book of Daniel, Manual of Introduction to the Old Testament, New Investigations on the Book of Daniel, Defence of the Prophecies of Isaiah in Latin, and a Commentary on the Prophet Ezekiel.
Statistics of the German Universities. The number of students in attendance at the several Universities the last summer semester, is as follows:
Students in Theology. Law. Medicine. Philosophy. Total. Berlin,
425 1492 Munich,
467 1329 Tabingen,
347 Mänster, 144
50 Totals, theology 2320, law 2856, medicine 1479, philosophy 1566. Grand total 9128.
THOMAS A. WARNER, Lost Creek, Mi-
N. Y., March 12, aged 81. J. PECKWORTH BALDWIN, Lower Merion, Pa., Dec. 19, aged 26.
ORDINATIONS. BENJAMIN BISBEE, Waterville, Me., SPENCER S. AINSWORTH, Panama, March 6, aged 86.
Chaut. Co., N. Y., Nov. 19. W.T. BOYNTON, Franklin, Warren Co., John BATEy, Hoboken, N. J., Jan. 8. 0., Jan. 1.
EMERSON Bliss, Venice, Cay. Co., N. JOHN CARTER, Henrico Co., Va., Oct. Y., Feb. 17. 30, aged 70.
SOLOMON C. Boston, Rehoboth, SomBENJAMIN DONHAM, Parkman, Me., erset Co., Md., Dec, 22. aged 40.
John Bragg, Greenbrier, Monroe Co., PERRIN B. Fiske, Wardsboro', Vt., Va., Oct. 13. March 19, aged 53.
Robert A. CuLD, Grove church, FauALVIN H. GROOME, (licentiate) Scipio, quier Co., Va., Dec. 10. N, Y., Dec. 19, aged 26.
W. S. CLAPP, Albany, N. Y., March JonN JEFFRIES, Port Byron, N. Y. 17. THOMAS HOUSTON, Trenton, Oneida CHARLES K. COLVER, Watertown, Co., N. Y., Dec. 3, aged 34.
Mass., Jan. 8. WM. C. Ligon, Lexington, Mo., Jan. SERVETUS ADDISON CREATI, Reedy WENTWORTH LORD, Parsonsfield, Me. Creek, Brunswick Co., Va., April 7. Feb. 26, aged 89.
DANIEL C. Eddy, Lowell, Mass., Jan. John MITCHELL, Brattleboro', Vt., 29. aged 52.
ISAAC Fargo, Jr., Mount Morris, Liv. WILIAM PEPPER, Vernon, Oneida Co., N. Y., Jan. 2.
Co., N. Y., March 12, aged 50. NELSON FIlLio, Alden, Erie Co., N. HENRY Ross, Rock Spring, 11., Oct., Y., Jan. 21. aged 66.
Otis FISHER, Mt. Palatine, Putnam EBENEZER SANBORN, Topsham, Me., Co., III., Dec. 3. Dec. 27, aged 74.
JAMES M. FOLLETT, Jay, Me., March EZEKIEL SEXTON, Jacobstown, N. J., 11. Nov. 19, aged 36.
J. H. FRISTOE, Logan, Hocking Co., HOPACE H. Smith, (licentiate) Hol- 0., Jan. 6.
derness, N. H., March 19, aged 33. GEORGE E. FULLER, Kinderhook, N. JOSEPH TAYLOR, Shoal Creek, Clinton Y., March 3. Co., III., Oct., aged 55.
ALEXANDER GAMBLE, Lewistown, PETER B. TEMPLETON, McAlpinville, Mifflin Co., Pa., Jan. 7. McKean Co., Pa., aged 57.
LEVI HARRIS, Brady's Bend, ArmEFENEZER WAKELY, Scipio, N. Y. strong Co., Pa., Feb.