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question whether any man, who British, still that we have a right did not feel bimself 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 char. promise to be less tedious and less acter, would ever submit to the witty. painful task of perusing it.

· This writer appears to have in Who would believe, that a man' tended his pamphlet, as an answet in November 1807, would write a to the Yankee 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 unbiasstricto be demanded ? Is there any sed publick, which of the two, the man, but the writer of this pamphe American, or the Yankee Farmer, let, so stupid, (deseend, 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 the Chesapeake was predicated on the right to claim the delivery of

ART. 71. fugitives from justice? Who does not know, that not an English edi. Sermons on various subjects, evoke, 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 virtue. In 2 vols. 879. 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 Sermona, the proposition, that though the

with the same title page-one. right to demand may be PERFECT, printed at Worcester, March, the obligation to deliver up is im•

1806, by I. Thomas, jr. 806.7 PERFECT. In other words, there

np. 407-The other printed at may be a perfect right in one per

Springfield, by Henry Brewers son to demand a thing, yet another

March, 1807. 8vo. pp. 400., person may not be bound to deliver A view of the doctrines and duties it : a proposition beyond all our

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

nine discourses on St. Paul's efiisBut the only question, which has

tle to the Ephesians, with a free" arisen as to the Chesapeake, this

liminary discourse on the eviden' writer wholly neglects, and indeed did not understand ; and that is,

ces of the gospel, especially those how far nations are bound to de

derived from the conversion, min

istry, and writings of that Aposliver up the deserters from publick

tle. Worcester, I. Thomas, jr. ships of friendly powers. When

Sept. 1801. 8vo. pp. 616. he is ready to explain away the cases stated in the late extra' sheet By Joseph Lathrop, D.D. prastor of

the first church in West-Spring of the Palladium, and to shew that

field.. though all other nations invariably deliver our deserters when de- 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 cir

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Qulation has been so extensive, convictive or probatory, intended that

our report of their existence to produce in the hearers a sense and merits may seem unnecessary of truths believed, or a belief of or impertinent. There are, how. truths denied or questioned : deever, many readers of our Review, monstrative or panegyrical sermons, who are but partially acquainted in which a life, or a period of the with these works of Dr. Joseph. life, or a virtue or vice in the charLatbrop; and will be glad to learn acter of a person mentioned in the what they are, and what has 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 al- admiration or blame, to engage Juded 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. leading design of which is to 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 neto be popular is a pleasing con- cessary to instruct, to convince, sideration to the friends of religion and please. and virtue, and the well-wishers to In the five volumes under re, the 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 suba to general edification. He is so jects, the author is mindful of iho, plain and familiar a preacher, as variety of character and sitụation 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 volumes eies 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 man, constant composer of sermons in like yourselves, to speak this af, the maturity or decline of his life. ternoon, a few words to you ; or, The several kinds of sermons have if you please, he will, in your hearbeen classed under four heads ; in- ing, speak to himself.' 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 sceptick, to verse or passage of scripture, or awaken the thoughtless, to affect elear up a character or narration the listless, to edify the serious, contained in the sacred records, to and to comfort the afflicted. This be improved and applied by prac- preacher appears to delight to fill, vienl reflections : sermons, called his mouth with mercies, and to

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utter the mild and cheering ac, creeds and systems. In the expoCents 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 hand the lash of severity. He judgment. It may however be does not fail to marshal 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 conplexion 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 ortnodox. They display passages, and expressions with the truths of natural religion, drawn from the context, and mude which revelation establishes and the foundation of general proposi. illustrates ; the being, and perfec- tions, without sufficient authority, tions and providence of God, the It must not be dissembled.' necessity of picty and virtue, and a says the author of Horæ Pauline, future retribution. They iasist that there are many real difficut. much, however, on the new rela- ties in the christian scriptures; tions created by christianity, and whilst at the same 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 inkind. They speak frequently of terpretation, which have obtained native deprarity, 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 es. 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, which occurs in scripture : occasionally of personal election ; or in other words, tie applying to and of the eternal duration of pun- the personal condition of christians ishment. These doctrines are at at this day, those tities, phrases, tempted to be stated with those propositions and arguments, which qualifications, which are requisite belong solely to the situation of to inake them 'appear consistent christianity at its first institution. * with other principles 'universally I am aware of an objection, which admitted, with the essential and weighs much with many serious inherent mercy of God, with the tempers ; namely, that to suppose moral agency and accountableness any part of scripture to be inappiof man, with the interests of mor- 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 perfectiar 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 been and makes a sparing use of the one of the strangest things in the technical terms and subtle dis- world, if the wriungs of the New tinctions of wrangling theologues, Testament had not, like all other and metaphysical fabricator's of büoks, been composed for the ap

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 assumqually strange, if the great, and in ing the “ vantage ground," and 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 those circumstances, did not vary face. the application of scripture lan- Dr. L. is a practical preacher. guage.'

He treats doctrines as subservient In this country,especially of late, to duties, and all genuine 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 efthey deem the faith once deliver- forts of christians. He represents ed, they display more zeal than the great apparatus of divine rev. candor, 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 understandginates 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 wise 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- Ñers 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 dantreed his crime. When he comes ger ; some by a seasonable ad. to 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.

Lydia's heart was opened in hear· Dr. 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.' 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. Ne. 12

in familiar use. Passages of scrip- Jesus rising early for secret prayer. 14, ture are interwoven throughout. 15. Family prayer. 16. À christian The sentences are in general short, dren in the temple praising the re

family helping their minister. 17 Chilor if long, not involved. · There deemer. ' 18. The necessity of early are a few of our New-England pe- religion. 19. The yonth assisted in culiarities of diction, and a few forming his religious sentiments. 20. idioms, which the critick may pro- fections on Abraham's artifice with A.

Samson shorn of his locks. 21. Re nounce vulgar. The author, in

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

The credibility and importance of the casy flow and numerous cadence gospel report 28. The guilt and dan of the composition. The style, ger of unbelief. 29. Pilate's indirer though plain, is not dry. It is of- ence to the truth. 30. The bomba ten enlivened by figures, but never guilt of those who strengthen the hands

of the wicked. set off with that gaudy painting so

31, 32. The wonder

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

. 37. A rial poured

the wicked. 36. A paralytic healed os ed and vehement ; sedate, but not on the sun considered in accommodalanguid nor dull. It pleases with

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 change serious, benevolent, and amiable infamous character of the churl. 42

ing nature of worldly things. 41. The spirit. They are the production The different effects of a similar edyof 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 shallows the spirit on Christ. 45. Parting with of the human heart ;' attentive to mess to God for daily benefits. 47. The

friends a painful trial. 46. Thankful 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 awak ligion.

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

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

First separate Vol.
Vols. I. and 11.

Ser. 1. The folly of atheism. 2. EsSer. 1. God glorified in Heaven for mity to the gospel, the true cause of the works of creation and providence. unbelief. 3. Enmity to religion in gen. 2, 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 no sécuri. the 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 straitened. 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. 8. The prophegreat and marvellous. 11, 12. God glo- cy concerning the two witnesses er: rified in the punishment of sinners. ©13. plained. 9. The prophecy improved

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