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is like open wickedness in a min- the holy thing with polluted ister of the gospel ; it prevents hands. You had better withdraw all the good he might otherwise like cowards from the performhave done, and produces evil ance of your duty, than imprewhich no repentance, no exer- cate upon yourselves that divi ne tions, can repair.
vengeance, which you are prede"When obliged to inflict pun- termined to deserve. ishment, let it be seen that jus s. Consider yourselves as altice occupies the first place in ways responsible to your country. your breast, and a dignified clem- Tho’she may not be able to detect ency the second ; act the part of and punish, you are still respona friend, and a father, not of an sible. You are entrusted with illiberal, unfeeling tyrant. a charge of more value than any
“ Neither covet nor avoid pop- worldly possession ; a charge of ularity. Be apt to distrust your incalculable importance to the own talents in governing, when present generation, and to pos brought into competition with terity : you are to purify the those of your neighbours. If public morals ; you are to guard they are better qualified to hold our youth against the numerous places of trust, be willing that temptations, which lie in wait to they should be preferred. Al devour them.
Like the great ways remember that the man Roman magistrate, consider your who is elevated by the intrigues country as addressing you in the of a faction, is never respected most solemn and impressive by his friends, nor by his ene manner. Let each one of you mies ; and what is worse, he hear the “ quid agis, Marce seldom does his duty as a wise Tulli," as applied to himself, and and faithful magistrate.
let him ponder well how he shall “Never fall into the foolish return a satisfactory answer to çrror of considering less impor. this most sacred demand of his tant offices as dishonourable. country. View the man, who does this, “ Above all, consider your. as possessed of a weak mind, selves as responsible to God. and as worthy of no office, of no He instituted civil government ; confidence. Rectitude of con. he has given rules for the reguduct, and a just sense of dignity, lation of your conduct ; he has will render any office honoura. appointed you his vicegerents on ble.
earth ; and as your conduct shall “Remember your respective prove, so will be your allotments paths of office. Meditate upon in the day of retribution. If them by night and by day. Con- you connive at iniquity; if you sider the engagement into which violate your oaths; it you barter you have entered, as it really is ; your salvation for a “ mess of an engagement which Jehovah, pottage," for a miserable gust of the Lord God of Hosts, is called present popularity ; if you enlist to witness, Resolve to act agree- under the arch revolter, and assist ably to this momentous obliga- in withdrawing men from alletion. If this be not your inten- giance to God, destruction is tion, stand off. “ Prócul, O pro- even now uncovered to receive cul, este profani.” Touch not you. But if you strive to co-op
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 al. the 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 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 NOTWITHSTANDING 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 past nation 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 unwilļingness 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 tendThere are evils, which happen ed, is a state of desolation in out of the common course of which the mind looks abroad, nature, against which it is no impatient of itself, and finds reproach not to be provided. Anothing 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 remembertime 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 ; to 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 irrepara: hide that from ourselves, which ble privation lçaves nothing to
exercise resolution, or flatter ex- refuge in religion. When we pectation. The dead cannot re have no help in ourselves, what ters, and nothing is left us here can remain, but that we look up but langtishment and grief. to a higher and greater power?
Tet, such is the course And to what hope may we not of nature, that whoever lives raise our eyes and hearts, when long must ouuive 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 suclose 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 dice fortunes, 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 iected 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
San. Johnson. gled from the body, and made
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 are struggling with sin, sor
BY DR. TAPPAN TO THEOLO. row, and infirmities, may have
GICAL STUDENTS. one part in the attention of those Messrs. Editors, who bare finished their course,
Will it not be grateful to those, and are now receiving their re who cherisk the memory, and afi
prove the sentiments of the late These are the great occasions PROFESSOR TAPPAs, to know the phich 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. Tahran's forming. and Treatise on the affections : On Natural Religion.
Berry-street sermons: the ser. ABERNETAY's and Leland's
mons of Blair, Doddridge, Grore, sermons on the divine attributes: Lathrop, S. Stennet, Sherlock, Clark's demonstration,
Tillotson, R. Walker, Watts,
Evans. Price on morals.
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 Tow.
Doddridge's three sermons on good on infant baptism : Beil, this subject : Newton on the Grove and Henry on the Lord's prophecies : West on the resur
supper. rection of Jesus Christ : Little
On Jewish ton on the conversion and apos,
and Ecclesiastical tleship of St. Paul : Farmer on
History. miracles : Paley's Evidences :
Lowman and Shaw on Juda, Butler's Analogy.
Shuckford's and Pri.
deaux's connexions: Jortin's On the Doctrines of Revelation.
and Mosheim's ecclesiastica! 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 ELIPAA- love and esteem of all who knew LET HARDY, a member of the bim, and excited the hope, that junior class, who died at Hano. he would be an ornament to the ter, Jan, 2, 1806, aged 19 cause of virtue, and a great blessyears. By John BURNHAM, a ing to the world. classmate. Hanover. M. Da The following paragraph in vis.
he oration, descriptive of the exIt is the occasion of this ora
ercises of his mind in his last tion, which renders it worthy of sickvess, deserves particular nopublic notice. The
tice; and leads us to entertain
young man, 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
mate. cess, in the pursuit of useful the deceased was the subject of seri:
" A short time before his death, knowledge. His regular and a
ons religious impressions. The in, miable deportment, and the rapid fluence of the Holy Spirit unfolded to
bis astonished view the ocean of de ance ; to the lendency of the gospravity whieh exists in the human piel; 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 10 their completion. Under Jesus, he gave satisfactory evidence each of these heads we find very to those around him, that he was the 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. We observe a beautiful God and religion ; declaring repeatedly, he had no wish the divine law
ease of language, which' is naturshould suffer that he might be saved. al to one who is blessed with ease Here was evinced that cordial submiss 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 author's manner. couthness and harshness in his
In the concluding addressfigures, and for the incoherence
“ 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 globe 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, est language. The heart of the pat
ty teaches and enforces in the strongbefore the Washington Society,' riot....glows with a warmth communiby James Muir, D.D. Pastor af cated from Scripture. That ineglectthe Presbyterian Church al cd, that despised, that persecuted Alerandria. Snowden. Alexa
book has scattered the seeds of patri. andria."
otism, and cherished their growth.
“ All and each can do something This short sermon is founded for the benefit of society. Few, it is on the following prophetic de
true, can enlighten the nation, or man.
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
Like among many people, and rebuke denied, tend to confusion. strong nations afar off, and they who unwisely seized with his feeble
Phæton, in the heathen mythology, 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-meu not lift up sword against nation, to dreadful calamities. God tits men
for different purposes.
Let each neither shall they learn war any 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 bis figtree; and none slull make statesman." them afraid.” The author's plan The author cannot close withis to consider these words in their out seizing the opportunity to espect to the Messiah's appear. recommend the missionary ob