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question whether any man, who British, still that we have a right did not feel himself obliged to ex: to refuse these latter, we shall be amine it in order to give to the glad to hear him, provided he will publick some opinion of its chars promise to be less tedious and less acter, would ever submit to the witty.. is painful task of perusing it. - . This writer, appears to have in

Who would believe, that a man tended his pamphlety as an answer in November 1807, would write a to the Yankte Farmer, whom he book in order to prove that the is pleased to style a rusticated British attack on the Chesapeake pettifogger.' We take no part in was unjustifiable, because fugitives this controversy, but we leave it to from justice could not ex jure the candid judgment of an unbias, #tricto be demanded? Is there any sed publick, which of the two, the man, but the writer of this pamph: American, or the Yankee Farmer, let; 80 stupid, (descend, if you appear to be the most skilled in please, to the mob of Baltimore) the art of a pettifogger. as to conceive that the attack on i the Chesapeake was predicated on the right to claim the delivery of

wie fugitives from justice? Who does

ART. 71. not know, that not an English edi. Sermons on various subjects, eveni tor, not a pensioner of St. James's, gelical, devotional, and practical, puts it on the ground of the right adapted to the promotion of chris to demand fugitives from justice ? tian piety, family religion, and

But this American, as he styles youthful viriue.' In 2 vole. Svo, himself, has taken thirty pages to "" vol. 1, pp. 390. ; vol. 2, pp. 423. prove what no man can prove, and Worcester, Isaiah Thomas, jr.: what is an absurdity on the face of Two separate volumes of Sermons, the proposition, that though the

with the same title pagrione right to demand may be PERFECT, printed at Worcester, March, the obligation to deliver up is in

1806, by 1, Thomas, jr. 800. PERFECT?" In other words, there

pp. 407. _The other printed at may be 'a perfect right in one per

Springfield, by Henry Brewer, fon ko demand a 'thing, yet another to March, 1807.800. fyn. 400. person may not be bound to deliver A view of the doctrines and duties *t.. a proposition beyond all our

of the christian religion, in fortyideas of justice or laro.

nine discourses on St. Paul's cpis. 2. But the only question, which has arisen as to the Chesapeake this

tle to the Ephesians, with a prewriter wholly neglects, and indeed

liminary discourse on the eviden. did not understand ; and that is, foi

ces of the gospel, especially those derived

from the conversion, minhow far nations are bound to deliver up the deserters from publick 5

istry, and writings of that Apos

tle. Worcester, I. Thomaš, ships of friendly powers. When he is ready to explain away the By Joseph Lathroti, D.D. pastor of

Sept. 1801. 8vo. pp. 616. casos stated in the late extra sheet

the first church in West-Springof the Palladium, and to shew that though all other nations invariably :) 3) 10minuti u 759 deliver our desérters when de 0. THREE of the volumes in the manded, and we deliver the sea preceding list have been so long men of all other nations but the before the publick, and their ca

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culation has been so extensive, convictiveor sprobatory, intended that our report of their existence to produce in the bearers a sense and merits may seem unnecessary of truths believed, or a belief of or impertinent. There are, how truths denied or questioned : de. ever, many readers of our Review, monstrative or panegyrical sermons, who are but partially acquainted in which a life, or a period of the witir these works of Dr. Joseph life, or a virtue or vice in the char Lathrops and will be glad to learn acter of a person mentioned in the what they are, and what bas been volume of scripture, is presented their order of publication. A new in a striking light as the object of edition of the three volumes ali admiration or blame, to engage luded to is preparing for the press, imitation or excite caution and and this circumstance-authorizes fear : sermons of persuasion, the our notice of them at this time. A leading design of which is te af

That the sermons of this divine fect the heart and determine the are popular, the number of volumes will, by powerful addresses to the successively issued, and the de- imagination and passions. All the mand for a new edition of those other kinds are to a certain extent heretofore published, sufficiently included in this last. In order to prove. That they'so well deserve move, and persuade, it is first ne to be popular is a pleasing con- cessary to instructs to convince, sideration to the friends of religion and please. and virtue, and the well-wishers to In the five volumes under rethe respectability of the American view, discourses of the different pulpit. In respect to the selection species recited, may be found ; of subjects, and the manner of those of explication especially, in treating them, the discourses of the sermons on the epistle to the Dr. Joseph Lathrop are adapted Ephesians. In the choice of subto general edification. He is so jects, the author is mindful of the plain and familiar a preacher, as variety of character and situation to be intelligible and interesting to in the members of a christian conthe common people ; and yet so gregation. It is the most interneat and correct as to satisfy the esting and important part of the taste of the more enlightened and office of a pastor to feed the lambs cultivated class.

of the flock. A large proportion Specimens of almost every spe of the instruction in these yolumes cies of pulpit address may be ex

is directed to the young. The Pected in a selection made, as we author prefaces a sermon to his suppose this has been, from the aged brethren in these words.; Weekly productions of an able and you will permit an 'aged mun, constant composer of sermons in like yourselves to speak this afthe maturity or decline of his life. ternoon, a fow words to you, or, The several kinds of sermons have if you please, he will, in your hearbeen classed under four beads, in- ing; speak to himsell's Texts and cluding sermons of explication, de. topicks are chosen with a view to signed to unfold the meaning of a silence or, satisfy the scepticky to verse or passage of scripture, or awaken the thoughtless, to affect clear up a character or narration the listless, to edify the serious, contained in the sacied records, to and to comfort the afflicted. This be improved and applied by prac preacher appears to delight, to fill ticals reflections Cont called his mouth with mercies, and to atter the mild and cheering ac- creeds and systems. In the expo çents of the promises. At the sition and application of scriptures same time, he does not hesitate, in proof of doctrine, he displays when it is necessary, to take into much critical ingenuity and sound his band the lash of severity. He judgment, It may, however be does not fail to inarshal before the possible to show with a degree of sinner the denunciations of the di. plausibility, that he has in some vine law.

instances misconceived the letter The complexion of the doctrines of the gospel ; and that here and in these discourses is what is there metaphorical phrases are incommonly denominated evangel- terpreted literally; and solitary ical or orthodox. They display passages, and expressions withthe truths of natural religion, drawn from the context, and made which revelation establishes and the foundation of general proposiillustrates ; the being, and perfec- tions, without sufficient authority. tions and providence of God, the • It must not be dissembled, necessity of piety and virtue, and a says the author of Horæ Paulinæ, future retribution. They insist that there are many real difficul. much, however, on the new relaties in the christian scriptures ; tions created by christianity, and whilst at the sanıe time more, I the peculiar method in which its believe, and greater, may justly be blessings are conveyed to man- imputed to certain maxims of in kind. They speak frequently of terpretation, which have obtained native depravity, once or twice of authority without reason, and are total depravily, the consequence of received without inquiry, One of the apostacy of the first pair ; of these, as I apprehend, is the ex the righteousness and sacrifice of pecting to find, in the present cir. Christ, as the ground of accep- cumstances of Christianity,a meantance with God; of the necessity ing for, or something answering of faith in the atonement ; of the to, every appellation and expreso influence of the Holy Spirit ; and sion, wlich occurs in scripture; occasionally of personal election; or in other words, the applying to and of the eternal duration of pun. the personal condition of christians ishment. These doctrines are at at this day, those titles, phrasese tempted to be stated with those propositions and arguments, which qualifications, which are requisite belong solely to the situation of to make them appear consistent christianity at its first institution. with other principies universally I am aware of an objection, which admitted, with the essential and weighs much with many serious innerent mercy of God, with the tempers ; namely, that to suppose moral agency and accountableness any part of scripture to be inappliof man, with the interests of mora cable to us, is to suppose a part of al virtue and of christian good scripture to be useless; which works, In explaining the pecu- seems to detract from the perfecliar doctrines of christianity, this tion we attribute to these oracles divine is generally contented with of salvation. To this I can only the phraseology of the scriptures; answer, that it would have beca and makes a sparing use of the one of the strangest things in the Lechnical terms and subtle dis world, if the writings of the New tinctions of wrangling theologues, Testament had not, like all other and metaphysical fabricators of books, been composed for the ap

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prehension and consequently a- way to truth, and is aware that dapted to the circumstances of good minds may differ on the subthe persons they were addressed jects in question, than of a theoloto; and that it would have been e- gical champion, insolently assumiqually strange, if the great, and in ing the *'vantage cround," ana many respects the inevitable alter- aiming to trample under foot any ations, which have taken place in one, who dares to look him in the

110 CUOLAIDIN OD 903 1911 those circumstances, did not vary the application cripture lan- Dr. L. is a practical preacher.

He treats doctrines as subservient In this country,especially of late, to duties, and all genuite religious it has become not unfrequent for affections as tendencies to right preachers, who have the happiness action. He insists, that his hearers to adopt the popular creed, to in- shall judge of their faith by their dulge themselves and their hearers works, and not of their works by in a dogmatical censorious man- their faith. He aims to reconcile ner of maintaining their senti- law and gospel, works and grace, ments. In contending for what the merits of Christ and the ef. they deem the faith once deliver- forts of christians. He represents ed, they display more zeal than the great apparatus of divine reycandor, or modesty, or humility, or elation, as a proper instrument of equity. Doubtless there are great conversion and improvement, by temptations to this fault. It ori- truths addressed to the understand ginates in infirmities and passions, ing and motives addressed to the to which good men are liable. It will ; nor does he disparage the may consist with sincerity in reli- use of means by the tenet,that pergion,tho' it is no proof of their wis-sonal religion is a supernatural indom and no part of their piety. In fusion. The conversion of sinthe church,as in the state, the peo- ners is a work of God, but a work ple are prone to like the doctrine, adapted to their rational and intelwhich makes them think highly of ligent nature. There is a great themselves and their leaders, and variety in the means, by which the contemptuously of others, belong spirit awakens sinners to repening to a different party. They are tance and conviction. Some are pleased to be told, your creed is excited to serious thoughtfulness your virtue and your neighbour's by severe affliction or sudden dancreed his crime. When he comes ger ; some by a seasonable adto your faith, enters into your monition in private, or by a perviews, admits your dogmas and us- tinent word in publick. Manassah es your phrases, then receive him was brought to repentance by to your charity ; for unity of affec- means of his captivity; the jailor tion is founded on unity of senti- was awakened by an earthquake; ment. 920

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4 Lydia's heart was opened in hearDr. Lathrop's discourses are not ing the word ; the Jews were soured by this narrow, uncharita- pricked in the heart by Peter's ble, detracting, arrogant, inveigh- solemn reproof.

B-130 ing temper. When he introduces In regard to composition, the disputed points, it is rather in the style and manner of these discourspirit of a christian than of a sec. ses are simple, natural, unaffecttarian ; of an enlightened enquirer, ed. The language is plain and who knows the difficulties in the perspicuous, consisting of words Vol. IV. No: 19.09

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rising early for secret prayer. 14, ture are ''interwoven throughout. 15. Family prayer. 16. A christian The sentences are in general short, dren in the temple praising the re

family helping their minisier. 17 Chile or if long, not involved. There deemer. 18. The necessity of early are a few of our New England pe- religion. 19. The youth assisted in culiarities of diction, and a few forming his religious sentiments. 206 idioms, which the critick may pro

Samson shorn of his locks. 21. ker nounce yulgar. The author, infections on Abraham's artifice with A.

bimelech. 22, 23 The kingdom of the choice of words and the struc- God without observation. 24. Innuture of sentences, has not neglect- merable gone to the grave, and every ed harmony. The ear is seldom man drawing after them. 25. Reflecoffended with asperity and abrupt- tions on harvest. 26. Christ's miracles ness, and often pleased with the recorded, that men might believe. 27.

The credibility and importance of the easy flow and numerous cadence

gospel report 28. The guilt and danof the composition. The style, ger of unbelief. 29. Pilate's indifters though plain, is not dry. It is of- ence to the truth. 30. The horrible ten enlivened by figures, but never guilt of those who strengthen the bands set off with that gaudy painting so

of the wicked. 31, 32. The wonders

ful destruction of those, who despise unsuitable to the dignity of pulpit the gospel. 33. The cure and conver. eloquence. It has strains of sub- sion of Naaman the leper. 34. The Jimity and touches of pathos. The first fruits unto Christ. 35. The oba manner is generally interesting scurity and uncertainty of the way of and animated, but not impassion. the faith of others. 37. A vial poured

the wicked. 36. A paralytic bealed on ed and vehement ; sedate, but not on the sun considered in accommoda: languid nor dull. It pleases with- tion to the present times. 38. Religion out dazzling, and impresses with. essentially included in the love of our out agitating. These sermons are country. 39. The influence of religion distinguished by good sense, and a

to enlarge the mind. 40. The chang. serious, benevolent, and amiable ing nature of worldk tisings. 41. The

intamous chararter of the churl. 42. spirit. They are the production. The different effects of a similar eduof a mind, stored with a knowledge cation, illustrated in Herod and Mana. of divine things ; much acquaint- en. 43, 44. The dove-like descent of ed with the depths and shailous the spirit on Christ. 45. Parting with of the human heart;' attentive to

friends a painful trial. 46. Thankful

ness to God for daily benefits. 47 The the appearances of human nature, christian characterized, who has been in real life ; and imbued with the with Jesus. 48. The impotent man at temper of our holy and benign re- the pool of Bethesda. 49. The awakligion.

ened jailor instructed in the way of sal, The subjects of the respective disappointment in his priest.

vation. 50. Micab's confidence and discourses are here detailed.

First separate Vol.
Vols. I. and 11.

Ser. 1. The folly of atheism. 2. En. Şer, 1. God glorified in Heaven for mity to the gospel, the rrue cause of the works of creation and providence. unbelief

. 3. Enmity to religion in gen 3, 3. God works not for our sakes only, eral

, the natural consequence of enmity but for his name's sake, 4, 5 The to the gospel. 4. God to be glorified work of redemption marvellous, but di- in all our actions. 5. God's goodness, vine. 6. Shepherds glorifying God for the hope of the penitent, but po serurithe birth of a saviour. 7. John leaning ty to the finally impenitent.

6. 'The on Jesus's bosom. 8. The spectators spirit of the Lord not straitered, 7. of the crucifixion smiting their breasts. The sins and miseries of men, not God's 9, 10. God's works as king of saints, doings, but their own 83'The prophe. great and marvellous. 11, 12. God glo- cy concerning the two witnesses ex Fified in the punishment of singers. 13." plained. 9. The prophecy improved

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