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out his elegance; and you exhibited the intricacies of Aristotle, but without his exactness."
p. 279, 280.
«“When fields are desolated—when ancient and towering cities are torn from their deep foundations—when the tempest pours its undistinguishing and unrelenting rage alike against the throne of the monarch and the cottage of the peasant-when all the harınless enjoyments which solace, and all the useful arts, which adorn social life, are at a standwhen industry droops, without the means of employment-when misery sighs, without the prospect of succour-when indigence pines, without a pittance of daily bread-when the blood of man formed in God's own image is deliberately and systematically shed by the hand of man-when the orphan weeps in solitude and silence, and the grey hairs of a father are brought down with sorrow to the grave, surely, amidst such scenes there is something upon which a man of reflection may be permitted to pause, when he recollects that, for all these, they who counsel, they who executeaye, my brethren, and they too who rashly approve, must one day render a strict account before that Being “unto whom all hearts are open, and all desires, however secret, are known.'”
“That Dr Parr,' says his biographer, 'seriously disapproved the custom of depositing the trophies of war on the altars, or of suspending them within the temples of a holy and benevolent religion, appears from the following passage ;-..
"“In all probability there was more good sense, more good nature, more tenderness towards man, more humility before God, in a compact between certain heathen nations, by which it was stipulated, that, in order to prevent any arrogant, lasting, and insulting memorial of the contests, which might arise between neighbouring countries, no armour should be hung up, no pillars should be erected, but an inverted spear only should be placed on the spot of victory. So strange, however, and arbitrary are the changes of language, that the word trophy, which, in its original signification, specifically and emphatically implied the inoffensive, unassuming, temporary mark of military superiority, should be transferred to those prominent and permanent signs by which the haughtiness of conquerors would perpetuate the fame of their achievements, and expose the weakness of their vanquished foes to the scorn of distant ages.
pp. 398_400. We trust that the second volume of the work before us, will give us more frequent glimpses of Dr Parr's private and domestic character and manners. They are too scanty in the present volume ; but, if we may judge from the passage which we shall next select, he might be made to interest us as a man, no less than as a scholar. One of his pupils had died in his family, and the Rev. Mr Morley gives the following account of a scene at which he was present.
· Visiting him at Hatton, in obedience to a summons which I received," says Mr Morley, “I found him in the greatest distress. Such, indeed, was the bitterness of his grief, that you would have thought a darling child of his own had died. The day was spent most sorrowfully; and the next morning, after a messenger had been sent to convey the melancholy tidings to the unexpecting parents, the doctor went in search of comfort to his friend and neighbour Lord Dormer. Returning home in the evening, and entering the library, where Mrs Parr, her two daughters, and myself,
were sitting, he sat down, without speaking, by the fire, and sobbed like an infant. His attention was, however, soon called to the preparations necessary for the funeral, in the midst of which, the wonted vigor of his mind returned; and he dictated to me one of the most pathetic and impressive funeral orations, that, perhaps, have ever been penned in any language. What follows will never be effaced from my memory. We were smoking our pipes the evening before the interment, when it was told to the doctor that the coffin was about to be screwed down. He sat quietly a few moments, and then hurried me along with him to the chamber, where the deceased lay. There, after taking a last view of the corpse, he ordered the whole house to be assembled; and falling on his knees, while his grief seemed as if it would, every moment, stop his utterance, he burst forth into an extempore prayer, so piously humble, so fervently devout, so consummately eloquent, that it drew tears from all present.”
pp. 368, 369. We have attempted but a hasty and superficial notice of the present volume. We may perhaps give a connected view of the life, character, and writings of Dr Parr, on the completion of the work.
NOTICES OF RECENT PUBLICATIONS.
19. The Glory of the Latter House. A Sermon, expressly for their sacred use, in this city. I shall
on the Dedication of the First Presbyterian do but little more, at this stage of our nddress, Church in the City of Boston, delivered Jan- than refer to the sad story, by saying, that in the uary 31, 1828.
By James Sabine, Pastor. former house we had to contend with a great 8vo. Pp. 20.
deal of wickedness, and were extreme sufferers
in the'contest. This sermon deserves notice both be- asylum from our spiritual adversaries, and
In this house we hope to find an cause of the singular fortunes of its au- peace in the enjoyment of divine ordinancesthor, and the ingenious felicity with these things realized, and the glory of this latter which its text is adapted to the occasion.
house will be greater than of the former, and The author is a subject of interest be- high value, for which the God of peace will be
the possession of peace will be, to us, a gift of cause of the strange and unexplained entitled to our most unfeignod gratitulo, and treatment which he and his church have most exalted praise. pp. 3, 4. received from the hands of the reigning
"The house we have builded, and which we
are come together to consecrate, is the second sect, by whom they have been excluded built for the same congregation,-1 second house, from one house of worship, and driven not because the first was too strait, and a larger to erect another on the marshes at the very
one needed-not because the former was old or
worn out or destroyed by devouring elements confines of the city. It was at the dedica
not becanse it was willingly relinquished and tion of the latter' house, that this ser- righteously given up. No. But because the conmon was preached; and the words of gregation were chiefly poor or in humble life, and the text contain the assertion, very sig- and violent dealings of their rich brethren, and
unable to defend themselves from the oppressions nificantly applied by the preacher, “The the more to be dreaded wordly policy of sister glory of this latter house shall be greater churches. But these circumstances will be nothan of the former, saith the Lord of ticed in a way more becoming the subject, and the Hosts; and in this place will I give place severally under separate articles. pp. 9, 10.
solemnity of the occasion, by giving them a peace, saith the Lordof Hosts. The ap- "], The moral character of this establishment plication of these words may be gathered which we dedicate to day, will excel that of the from the following passages of the sermon.
former, in that this house has been built and the
society organized in perfect agreement with the "It is a fact too well known, that the church
law of the State, as expressed in the Statute and society now present, are assembled to day,
Books. p. 10. to dedicate the second House of Worship built
62. The character of this church will abundantly
exceed all that was ever attained by the former, for which many will heartily thank him. if we continue to assert and maintain that prin- Those who are desirous of putting into ciple of Christian Liberty, upon which we have ventured off, in the face of surrounding ecclesias- the hands of mourners the means of tical tyrannies. The former house, with much soothing their feelings, and beguiling that belonged to its moral concerns, had its be- some lonely moments of their sadness,' ginning in a most disgraceful dependance ; its
will find this a valuable addition to their founders and chief supporters were men who loved this present world. In the lust of power,
list of books adapted to this purpose. in the pride of office,-in the hope of gain, their We could make serious exception to a cupidity was insatiable. pp. 12, 13.
few sentiments and expressions ; but This house was not built for the love any they are not of sufficient consequence to of its proprietors have to office, or honour, or emolument, or party. No! it was erected by a impair the general merit of the book. concentration of charities, for a poor people, who much needed such an asylum. p. 12.
3. Should the attairs of this church be conducted upon principles of strict honour, with a due regard to the feelings and just expectations
21. The Prospects of Christianity. A Sermon,
delivered at the Ordination of the Rev. Warren of all parties in the compact, then the character of this house will very much exceed that of the
Burton, as Minister of the Third Congregationformer house.
al Society in Cambridge; March 5, 18. By p. 13.
F. W. P. Greenwood. Boston. Bowles & 64. Finally. If the people now brought to
Dearborn, 1828. 12mo. pp. 22. this house, should harmoniously settle down into a state of spiritual quiet, and persevere in the THE text of this discourse is Rev. xi. exercise of that tempor which maketh for peace; thon not only will the character of this cstal·lish? 15; “And there were great voices in ment oxceed that of the former, but the promise heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this made in the text to Israel will be fulfilled very world are become the kingdoms of our happily in onr experience. And here will I Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall “The subject thus introducer, and thus applied, reign for ever and ever. As exhibiting cannot fail to make one impression, at least, up- proof of the gradual accomplishment of on the minds of all in this assembly who are at all acquainted with the history and experience of the external, and of the internal or do
this assurance, a sketch is attempted of is a stand taken for Christian Liberty-the Lib- mestic progress of Christianity. After a erty wherewith Christ hath made us Free. Yes, few remarks illustrative of the fact, that brethren, this is the infallible and indelible im
the Christian portion is the civilized porpression. This house was not erected as a standard of orthodoxy, nor for the dissemination of tion of the globe,' the preacher has the heresy, nor for party, nor for novelty, nor for any following remarks, which we make no mere experiment whatever ; not because another apology for presenting to our readers, church was wanted, but purely for Liberty-Lib- though they must necessarily occupy erty of conscience, that liberty of which a powerful party is endeavouring to plunder us, and of considerable space. which all that are feeble in the church will be ravished unless they rally around the standard
*Such is the outline of the principal possessions Christ has lifted up in Zion.' pp. 16, 17.
of Christianity; and we ought to be encouraged,
when we consider that Christianity embraces á We do not profess any great sympathy largest proportion of the moral power of humanity.
large proportion of the numerical, and by far the for the doctrine or government of the What then are the probabilities that these boundaPresbyterian Church, but we desire to ries will be enlarged ? This is the next inquiry and honor every stand taken for christian I am disposed to return a favorable answer to it;
though it must be in a great measure hypothetirights and liberty, and wish it God speed.
cal, as it must be founded on reasoning from apparent causes to probable effects. I argue the continued progress of Christianity, in the first
pluce, from the active spirit which is abroad 20. The Cypress Wreath, or Mourner's Friend; a
among Christians to extend the advantages of Selection of Pieces adapted to the Consolation
their religion in every possible, and I believe I of the Afflicted. Greentielu, Mass. Phelps &
may add, impossible way. Clark. 1828. Pp. 103.
"It would be a great mistake, however, to speak of christian missions as anything new.
What The pieces in this volume are, almost
was it that planted the gospel in the northern without exception, poetical, and are gath.
portions of Europe, in France, Germany, and
more especially in England, where the gospel has ered from approved authors at home and seen its brightest ornaments, and effected its most abroad. The selection appears to us to glorious objects, what was it, I ask, but missions have been very happily made, combining which word I uso in its most comprehensive sense, the two requisites of beautiful poetry and has been diligent in enlarging its dominious; religious consolation. The Editor, who, sometimes peaceably, sometimes forcibly, someas we learn from the preface, is the mind times wisely, and sometimes weakly, sometimes ister of the Episcopal Church in Green- by fair means, and sometimes by foul; in short,
by methods tempered and characterized by the field, has done a kindness to the afflicted opinions and condition of the age, and the views,
motives, and genius of the various actors in the
“ To whose all-pondering mind, a noble aim, work. Many of these enterprises perished abortively; of many others we see the fruits. The
Faithfully kept, is as a noble deed;
In whoso pure sight all virtuc doth succeed.” spirit which produced them has been the spirit of Christianity, in a greater or less degree, and un
But all missionary projects are not of the same der one aspect or another, ever since its birth. It
character. In several of them, cir istances is not, then, because this spirit is new and young,
bave been prudently consulted, and, as in the case but because, being old, it is fresh and untired,
of the Sandwich Islands, a hopeful state of proand seems within late years to have acquired in
gress has been the reward. It is one of the concreased vigor, that I inter from it the further ad- sequences, indeed, of the spirit of which I have vancement of our religion.
been speaking, that it is so highly excited, and so Of all the manifestations of this zeal for the constantly on the alert, that whenever opportuniforeign dissemination of the gospel, it would be lies are presenter, they are seized; the mere impossible to speak with equal favor; nor are the shadow of an opportunity is caught at; and it is means which it employs to bo regarded with un- only reasonable to suppose that some openings, discriminating approbation. Appeals have been must occur favorable to the introduction of chris made to christian compassion and charity, which
tian doctrine. Great means inay be, to all apwere outrages on common sense, and serious accu- pearance, thrown away; money, and more presations of the character of God. No man, who
cious life may be sacriticed ; unnumbered errors has preserved one spark of reason unsuffocated by may be committed, in the career of experiment; the prejudices of a system, can believe, what has
but the diffusion of christian faith and practice, been so frequently told him from the press and
which it is but bare justice to all sects to say, inthe pulpit, that while he is hesitating to furnish variably go together, must in some degree be the his contributions to missions, thousands and tens
issue; and God only knows whether the final of thousands of his fellow beings are dropping in
good does not overbalance the losses which were to the yawning pit of everlasting perdition. It is suffered, and the mistakes which were committed too absuril, presumptuous, horrible. But such in bringing it about. It is not a question, at any representations have had their effect. They have rate, which I shall undertake to decide. had, indeed, iwo opposite effects. While they • 'There are two further considerations which have by their very violence produced their inten- present themselves to me, as reasons for believing ded impression on some minds, they have so of- that our religion is making external advances in fended others, as to estrange them wholly from
the world. One is, that civilisation is pressing the important cause in view.
hard on the confines of barbarism. The desire of "It has been thought too, that missionary sta- gain, the energies of commerce, the spirit of distions have been selected, and immense means covery, the spirit of adventure, sund the feelings of hazarded in definnce of all human probability, and humanity, are, from time to time, wresting fair all just expectations of success; and this convic- and broad lands from barbaric dominion; and as tion has deterred many froin cooperating in the
yet there have been no reprisals. Civilisation is work. However well grounded these charges may
in its nature the superior power; it is in its nabe, I am persuaded that they have unfortunately ture al progressive power ; and as Christianity is had an undue weight when they have turned the its natural ally, they are advancing together. All attention of men from the great end of the exer- the acquisitions and settlements of new territory tions which are making, the diffusion of christian are making, and have been for a long time made, knowledge, habits, and happiness. I do think, by the natives of christian countries, who have that in view of this end, all detective, or appa
taken their religion with them ; not always, inrently dofective means, not absolutely immoral, deed, as we could wish, for the treasure has often shoull be overlookedl, or regarded with charitable been contained emphatically in earthern vessels ; indulgence, even though we may not see fit to but for future good, as it is the character of our adopt them. Though we cannot approve, we religion to purity itself from the corruptions of need not revile. There has been too much said, sordid admixtion or contact. In proof of the and it has been said too bitterly, as was hinted above position, I have only to refer to the vast before, concerning these means; they have been British possessions in India, where Christianity, brought forward too prominently on both sides, aided by the influences of civilisation, and supthey have been a veil of obscurity before the all- ported by the countenance of plıysical power and important end, and a wall of partition between authority, must at last become predominant over those who should have met, and who, one of these the artiticial distinctions of caste and in spite of days, will meet. If I were requested to contribute the resistance of long rooted superstition; and, my aid toward a mission to Turkey, or to China, for my second example, to the colony in New I should answer, No; whatever I can spare, must Holland, which, though strangely planted at first, be devoted to what I consider more feasible pur- is alreally considered as an important appendage posrs. I
see no probability of your success. You of the Iritish empire, and will grow up at last inmay, it is true, convert thousands, you may do to an independent and powerful nation. wonders; but if you do, I am absolved from I might also speak of the promises which are blame, for while I remain in the world I must held out by the American and European colonies govern myself by a consideration of probabilities. on the coast of Africa ; but I musi pass to the I have no other rule ; and by that rule I judge other general consideration, which is, that as reayour project to be absolutely chimerical. Never- son, mental cultivation, benevolence, and unretheless, if you deem it your duty to go, and if strained national intercourse achieve their tri. others deem it their duty to send you, gó, and I umphs, and effect their apparently destined obshall say, that, though not wisely, you do' well; jects, Christianity must gradually approach toand when you have diell, as many othere have, in ward supreme dominion. Under one modification a far oftlund, in the midst of strangers and heath- or another, it must accompany the progress of the en, and without a single convert, or the hope of human intellect, and the enlargement of the hua convert, to cheer your departing soul, I shall man affections. There is no other religion which sorrow for you with a true sorrow, and believe can bear the search of light, or can breathe the that though in the sight ot' men you have entirely atmosphere of high moral feeling. There is a failed of success, you will be abundantly reward- strict affinity between it and all that is good in ed by that Almighty Being,
our nature and great in our destiny; and though
woans and ages intervene, they will find each other members of his flock. It embraother out at last. If the present multitudes of unenlightened people are ever to improve mate
ces a great variety of religious topics, rially, they must forsake religions which contain both doctrinal and practical. It is upon little to exalt and much to debase our nature, and an excellent plan, which offers opportuadopt a religion which will approve itself to their nity to treat many subjects in a familiar progression, and incite them to new efforts and , way and by familiar illustrations, and still' higher accomplishments. And what other might be imitated to great advantage for religion is there which can do this, but the relig- the purpose of instruction upon many iou of Christ? Whether, therefore, Christianity subjects of religious knowledge and duty. provement of heathen nations, or whether they The tract of the Unitarian Association, are to improve themselves, or be improved, with- • On some Corruptions of Scripture,' is an out it, till they arrive at that point where they example of this manner; and every minwill be obliged to adopt a pure and divine religion ister might furnish instances of the saine will be the faith of an elevated moral condition of from his own experience. The work bethe world. Thus its character is, of itself, an 'fore us is written in behalf of the Enaugury of its advancement.'
glish Episcopal Church, whose authority Whether the falsities and absurdities and doctrines it earnestly advocates; on which have been connected with Chris
page maintaining them against tianity and exhibited in heathen coun- the Evangelical party, and on another tries as essential parts of the gospel, have zealously enlisting in defence of the created a prejudice against our religion, Athanasian creed. There is a great deal which it will take more time to remove of talent in the book, and the practical than must elapse before the christian portions may be generally read with ediworld itself shall be truly evangelized, is fication. a question which Mr Greenwood has not touched. Till it is decided, however, it must remain a doubt whether the acci- 23. On the Nature and Remedy of Sin. A ferdental good resulting from past missiona- mon, preached at the Dedication of a new ry efforts, is sufficient to balance the un.
Meetinghouse in Walpole, N, H. Feb. 20th,
18:28. By Rev. T. R. Sullivan. Keeno, N. H. questionable evil which has arisen in the
8vo. pp. 24. way we have just mentioned. We are not prepared to say that it is not suffi. MR Sullivan has chosen an important cient; but the evil is unquestionably a and difficult subject, to the handling of great one, and in our view hardly to be which, however, he has shown himself estimated. Had the preacher qualified equal." The advocates of the doctrine of his remarks a little with reference to this native depravity have changed their fact, we should not only have had noth- ground in our time, and are content to ing to object to them, but have read say but little of its derivation from Adam. them with entire satisfaction. Of the The depravity of man's nature, is implied, second topic of his discourse, the inter- we are told, in his destitution of religion. nal progress of Christianity, we have He has nothing in his constitution of left ourselves no room to speak. The which religion is the result without a views he presents are full of encourage- special Divine interposition; nothing in ment, and the whole sermon is of that his constitution by which he will become character which has long made it a mat- religious, as by the cultivation of his nater of course with us to recommend tural faculties he becomes learned, refinwhatever comes from his pen.
ed, or moral.' This doctrine is met in the sermon befere us by an appeal to ex
perience and observation, by which alone, 22. Deathbed Scenes and Pastoral Conversations in the silence of scripture, the question By the late John Warton, D. D. Edited by his
can be determined, and which are clearly, Sons. From the English Edition. Philadel- to our minds, in favor of a contrary posiphia. Carey, Lea, and Carey. 2 volumes in tion. Those interested in such discusone. 8vo.
sions will find much light thrown upon This is a posthumous work, purport. the subject, which Mr Sullivan has preing to record conversations which actually sented in various points of view, in all of took place between a minister and his which he has treated it with much clearparishioners, and designed to serve in ness and ability. The remedies of sin some degree, .as a manual for the infor- are stated to be two ;-the mediation of mation and direction of a minister in his Christ, and the influences of the spirit of daily intercourse with sick persons, and God. The author's opinions on either of VOL. V.-NO. II.