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which deserve the highest praise ; and of which it would not be too much to say, they should always be found lying by the side of our Bibles, that we may recur to them continually, 10 deepen our religious impressions, to strengthen our holy resolutions, and to fill our minds with the consolations and hopes of religion. “By the frequent reading of such books,” says Bishop Burnet, “ by the relish that one has in them, by the delight they give, and the effects they produce, a man will plainly perceive whether his soul is made for divine matters or not; what suitableness there is between him and them, and whether he is yet touched with such a sense of religion as to be capable of dedicating himself to it."
If any of our readers bave yet to make themselves acquainted with tbe books we bave mentioned, we earnestly request them to do it without delay. By neglecting it they will do themselves and their families an injustice for wbich it may not be in their power to atone; they may do themselves and their families an injury, which ages will not repair.
TO THE EDITORS OF THE CHRISTIAN DISCIPLE.
GENTLEMEN,- It is very possible that you do not know with what religious abhorrence certain of your doctrines are regarded by orthodox believers; or of what cominunion they are thought worthy “who privily bring in such damnable here. cies.” For your information in that particular, I send you the following extracts from the sermons of a distinguished Doctor of Divinity now living and preaching in the State of New York.
“The sentiment may be unpopular; it may be branded as illiberal; yet, supported by the word of God, I am emboldened to utter it, that the Prince of darkness is as worthy of our communion and countenance, as the man who persists deliberately, wilfully, and avowedly, to deny the Deity of our Lord."
“ The finite mind cannot expand to conceive the complicated blasphemies which are necessarily involved in the denial of this doctrine.” PROUDFIT's Works, vol. i. p. 361.
“If the show of any thing, be good for any thing, I am sure sincerity is better ; for why does any man dissemble, or seem to be that which he is not, but because he thinks it good to have such a quality as he pretends to ? For to counterfeit and dissemble, is to put on the appearance of some real excellency. Now the best way in the world to seem to be any thing, is really to be what he would seem to be. Besides that it is many times as troublesome to make good the pretence of a good quality, as to have it, and if a man have it not, it is ten to one but he is discovered to want it; and then all his pains and labour to seem to have it, are lost.”
Letter to Bishop Watson, from a young man who had read his Defence of
SIR,-Unknown as I am to your Lordship, permit me to express my obligation for your labours in the cause of Christianity, and the benefit I in particular have derived from them -inestimable indeed.
Young and inexperienced, by the impious jests and contagious example of profligate associates, I at length abandoned the religious principles in which I had been early instructed, and with sorrow confess, inbibed those of infidelity. In this deplorable situation I met with your Theological Tracts, and Apology for Christianity. By a careful perusal of both, I am overpowered with evidence and conviction : so that with me the truth of our holy religion stands on a foundation infinitely firmer than that of any remote fact whatever; it is the power of God unto salvation.
In consequence of this happy change, I hope I am solicitous to conform my practice to the divine precepts of the gospel; for I have lately complied with our blessed Saviour's dying command.
Under divine influence, your writings have been powerfully efficacious in dissipating the gloom of scepticism, in which I was once so involved. But plain and unlearned as I am, gratitude must supersede encomium. I, however, sincerely pray, that you may at least receive an approbation the most significant, “ Well done, enter into the joy of your Lord,” when, in the noble language of scripture, "they who have turned many to righteousness shall shine as the stars for ever and ever."
I have the honor to be, &c.
A few years ago an officer went into Hyde Park with an intention of shooting himself : be applied a pistol to bis forehead, but the priming flashed and no discharge followed. A man of poor appearance, whoin the officer bad not observed, or perhaps thought unworthy of his notice, instantly ran up, and wrested the pistol from his hands. The other drew his sword, and was about to stab his deliverer, who with much spirit replied, “Stab me, Sir, if you think proper. I fear death as little as you, but I have more courage. More than twenty years I have lived in affliction and penury, and I yet trust in God for mercy and support.” The officer was struck (as well he might be) with these reproving words, continued speechless and inotionless for a short time, and then bursting into tears, gave bis purse to the honest man. He then inquired into his story, and became his private friend and benefactor; but under a solemn injunction, that he would never make any inquiries concerning himself, or seem to know him, if chance should ever bring them again in sight of each other. ' How many suicides might be prevented, and how many miseries relieved, if men under the pressure of their adversity would learn from this poor man to “trust in God for comfort and support."*
LINES TO A CHILD
ON HIS VOYAGE TO FRANCE, TO MEET HIS FATHER.
Lo, bow impatiently upon the tide
* Moore's Enquiry into Suicide. New Series-vol. I. 58
0, 'tis a thought sublime, that man can force
'Tis wonderful !-and yet, my boy, just such
And thou must sail upon this sea, a long
Farewell-Heaven smile propitious on the course,
To meet in peace thine other Father,—God.
Moral Sketckes of prevailing Opinions and Manners foreign
and domestic : with Reflections on Prayer. By Hannah MORE. From the London Edition. Boston: Wells and
Lilly. 12mo. pp. 208.* I. is impossible to take up a book written by this distinguished woman without feelings of great respect. She has been devoting her time and talents during a long life to the religious improvement of her fellow christians. She has laboured assiduously from first to last for this one great object. She has striven to be not merely innocent io ber occupations, but useful; she has not thought it enough, to do no harm by the books she has sent out into the world, but has conscientiously attempted by all of them to do good. The high praise is her's, of having uniformly intended the best. This nove can doubt, however some may question the real value of her writings. And she has her reward, in still being, in a good old age, one of the most admired and popular of religious writers. small reward to be able to look back from the close of a long pilgrimage, and see its wbole course marked with praiseworthy efforts in the cause of religion; to know that many have received from her, not in vain, admonition, counsel and comfort; that she has belped to correct and form many characters; and aided in staying the stream of corruption that was deluging society, and in upholding the firm barrier of religious principle;-to see, too, that her labors are not forgotten nor sligbted, but are every where acknowledged with the full meed of praise and veneration.
We have much of this feeling ourselves. We highly appreciate her services; we admire the apparent depth and ardor of her piety; we respect one who maintains so rigid a system of christian morals, and pleads so strongly for consistency in faith and practice. But we cannot avoid thinking, not withstanding, that her merits have been greatly exaggerated, and
It is no
* Wells & Lilly have also published a superior edition in two small volumes, 18mo.