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village sermons—very plain and short, yet on the nost interesting subjeets, and with fiequent appeals to the consciencu.” What Mr. B. attempted, he has accomplished. Hu the course of sixty-five short sermons, he has discussed the principal doctrines of the gospel in a very serious, solemn manner. Truth is powerfully pressed upon the conscience and heart of the reader ; while his attention is kept awake by apt quotations, and not unfrequently, by some striking anecdote. But the prominent and characteristic excellence of these sermons is, that they are plain– adapted to the comprehension of all, not excepting the most ignorant. The pious author, though a man of a cultivated mind, seems designedly to have avoided every species of ornament, and to have applied hioself to unfold and enforce the truths of revelation with the greatest simplicity of thought and language. A collection of sermons, calculated to bring down these things to the level of the lowest capacities, is as valuable as it is rare. Perhaps neither ministers nor others are sufficiently in the habit of reflecting, how ignorant, often, are the great mass of mankind, respecting some of the plainest principles of religion ; nor how great familiarity of illustration is necessary in order to their being understood. The usefulness of these sermons, however, is not limited to the less informed class of people ; they inay be read with advantage by all ranks. Respecting the author's sentiments, we hesitate not to pronounce them decidedly and pure
ly evangelical. Those doctrines,
which exalt God and the Re
deemer, which humble human pride and selfsufficiency, which
impart balm to the bleeding
heart, and consolation to the sanc
tified soul, are the doctrines illustrated and enforced in these. sermons. At the same time, the
author is emphatical, and abun
dant in reprobating a mere speculative religion, and in pointing out the infallible connexion between genuine faith, and a life of holiness and virtue. In a sermon on Titus ii. 11, 12, we find such sentiments as these :
“The gospel first directs the sinner to repair by faith to Christ, and to obtain the pardon of his sins through his precious blood. This is his first business: and if the sinner be enabled to believe in Jesus, his faith will work by love, will purify his heart, and overcome his lusts. We are not, by our own power, first to reform our lives, and then, as gracious and good people, to trust in Christ for salvation ; but, as soon as ever we discover our need of a Saviour, to fly to him without delay, just as we are. And he casts out none that come to him. Believing in him will give a new turn to our affections. We shall mourn for pardoned sin. We shall hate the murderers of our Lord. We shall be crucified to the world by the cross of Jesus; and the ways of godliness will no longer be a burden and a task, but our pleasant and easy service. The love of Christ will constrain us, and we shall judge, that if one died for all. then were all dead; and that he died for all, that henceforth they who live. should not live to themselves, but unto him who died for them. Besides, whoever believes in Jesus is really united to him in the same manner as the vine and its branches are united. All our fruitfulness in good works depends on this union. “Abide in me,” said our Lord ; “thus shall ye bring forth much fruit; for without me ye can do nothing.” This is the true secret of godliness, the gospel mystery of sanctification, and the only way of becoming holy. In this way nothing is too hard to be accomplished; and on this ground every believer may say, with St. Paul, “I can do all things, through Christ which strengtheneth Ine.”
“The following is one of the inferences from the same subject :
“It appears from what has been said, that there is no ground for the reproach often cast on the gospel of grace, that it leads to licentiousness, or that the doctrine of faith and grace is hurtful to morality and good works. It is a foul and groundless slander. Nothing isomore false. Our text confates it at onee. We have shown that the gospel is properly called the grace of God; it is the gospel that bringeth salvation by grace; and this free-grace gospel teacheth us to live a holy life. What can be plainer And let it be noted, that nothing but the gospel of grace can truly teach or produce a holy life. This was, at first, the power of God to the salvation of bigoted Jews, and beastly heathens. In every succeeding age it has had the same blessed effects. And it is the same to this day. While moral preachers labour in vain, and many of them address their heathen lectures to sleepy hearers and empty pews, we know and are sure, that the plain truths of the gospel are effectual to quicken dead
sinners, to convert notorious rebels, and to produce in numberless persons “the fruits of good living.” This is its proper tendency; these its genuine fruits. And we adore the grace that renders the word powerful for these blessed purposes. “If any false professors of religion abuse the doctrines of grace for licentious practices, they have no countenance in so doing from the gospel, or the preachers of it. Our text will at once confront and confound such base hypocrites. It teaches them the nature, necessity and method of attaining a holy life. Believers were “chosen in Christ, that they might be holy, and without blame before him in love.” All the commands of God both in the Old and New Testament, require it. It was an eminent branch of the design of Christ in dying for his people. It is necessary to the present peace and happiness of our souls, in this world of sin and vanity. This is the way in which God expects us to glorify him among men. And in this consists our “meetness for the inheritance of the saints in light.”
On the whole, we cordially recommend these volumes to the wealthy, for perusal themselves, and for distribution among the poor.
Psith fleasure we insert the following interesting article, cofied from the subscrifition flasher, circulated in Connecticut, for the flurfiose of forming a Religious Tract Society.
to the Frientios of RE LIG i o N IN Co N. Nect I cut.
A Mox G the various measures, so successfully employed, within a few years past, for promoting the amendment and salvation of mankind, few, in proportion to the expense and difficulty attending them, have probably been more useful, than those which have been directed to the dispersion of cheap religious Tracts among the or. Efforts of this nature have een extensively made in Great Britain, and in some degree in the Uni
ted States ; all of which seem to have been followed by happy consequences. Most of the poor find little leisure for reading. It is evident, therefore, that small tracts are better suited to their circumstances, than any other. A man, who can command two or three hours in a week, will very easily be persuaded to peruse a work, which may be finished within that time, who yet by the size of a considerable volume would be deterred from
reading a single page. It is also evident, that the books furnished to such persons, ought, as much as possible, to be those which will allure them to read. The reluctance to reading is always most successfully overcome by the entertaining nature of the book which is furnished. It scarcely needs to be added, that he, who has but little time for reading, ought to employ it only in the most useful books. All these objects can, it is believed, be accomplished at the present time, and accomplished with moderate expense and little difficulty, for the poor of this country. Short, cheap, and entertaining religious tracts have been published in great numbers, of many kinds, and in a great variety of forms, suited to almost every age, situation, and character. The expense of printing, and distributing them, has been proved, both by estimates and facts, to be moderate. By facts, also, it has been amply proved, that the poor will read, if furnished with the proper books; and that the consequences of this reading are of the most salutary nature. To contribute to the reformation of this unfortunate class of mankind; to withdraw them from the vices, to which by their situation in life they are peculiarly exposed ; to prevent such, as hitherto are uncontaminated, from future corruption ; to recal such of them, as are stupid in sin, to seriousness and piety; and to increase the comfort, hope, and purity, of those, who are already pious, is an employment, which needs no recommendation to a good man.
A PLAN FOR THE FORMATION OF A R Ef, t c to US T R Act
1. The name shall be The Connecticut Religious Tract Society.
2. The sole object of the Society shall be the promotion of evangelical religion ; and nothing shall be published in the tracts, which shall give any just cause of offence to any particular denomination of Christians.
3. The Society will endeavour to compass this object, by distributing these tracts to the poor gratis, and by selling them at the discretion of their committee, at the first cost and charges, or at reduced prices, to other persons, who shall be disposed to purchase.
At the same time, important benefits have been communicated in Great Britain, and may be communicated here, by selling such tracts to persons in moderate circumstances (constituting a numerous class of mankind) at the original cost, or at reduced prices, as the nature of the case shall direct. Books, it is well known, are, at the present time, much dearer than at any former period. This unfortunate fact prevents many persons from gaining a part, at least, of that valuable instruction, which they would otherwise acquire. In all such cases, this Society would become the useful instrument of providing, and distributing, knowledge of the most impor. tant kind, with little expense to itself. The end, here gained, would be the same i and only accomplished in a different manner.
Persuaded of the reality and importance of these truths, a number of 8. If any subscriber within the city of New Haven, shall not call for his tracts within ten days after notice of their being published shall have been given in some news-paper, his share shall be considered as relinquished to the disposal of the Society. 9. If any subscriber without the city of New Haven shall not call in like manner within three months af. ter such notice, his share shall be considered as relinquished as before mentioned. 10. No member shall be entitled to any tracts till after the payment of his annual, or other subscription. 11. The officers shall consist of a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer, to be chosen by ballot, and of committees. 12. There shall be an annual meeting on the last Wednesday of October, holden at New Haven, at which the officers shall be appointed, and any other business shall be done that may be thought proper. 13. The President, or in his absence, the Vice President may call a special meeting, and not less than seven shall at any time constitute a quorum ; but a less number shall have power to adjourn. 14. A committee shall be chosen from the members throughout the State, whose duty it shall be to solicit subscriptions, to assist in the distribution of tracts, to be agents for the Society, in the collection and remittance of subscription monies, and to transact such other business, as the Society shall deem expedient. 15. A special Committee shall be appointed to select matter for publication, and to superintend the printing of the Tracts. 16. Every member shall be at liberty to withdraw from the Society, on giving written notice of his intention to the Secretary. 17. No tax shall be laid upon the Society. 18. The accounts of the Society shall be audited, and the proceedings of the Society published, annually. 19. The Constitution of the Society may be auscuded at any annual mecting. After several meetings of a number of gentlemen friendly to a Religious Tract Society, the foregoing articles
ntlemen in this city have embarked in the design of purchasing, and circulating among the poor, small, unexpensive religious tracts. For so benevolent a purpose they feel theinselves warranted to solicit the aid of all, who are friends to religion, and to the poor. The scheme, by which they have proposed to regulate their conduct in this business, will be seen in the plan below. Such gentlemen, as approve of this design, are requested to subscribe their names, with the sums annexed, which they choose to contribute ; and, when they design the contribution to be annual, to specify that circumstance.
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4. Every subscriber who shall engage to pay annually a sum not less than one dollar, shall be a member so long as the amount of his subscription. shall be paid. 5. Every subscriber to the amount of a sum not less than ten dollars shall be a member for life. 6. Every subscriber shall be entitled to three fourths of the amount of his subscription, in tracts at the first cost, and charges. 7. Any person subscribing a sum not sufficient to constitute him a member, shall be entitled to the same proportion of tracts.
were adopted, and all the gentlemen present at the last meeting subscribed in such a manner as to become members according to the Constitution, They then proceeded to the choice of officers to serve the Society till the first annual meeting. The followin persons were chosen to the offices af. fixed to their respective names : Rev. T 1 M. Dw1 GHT, D. D. Pres. Is AAc MILLs, Esq. Treasurer. JEREMIA H. Ev ARTs, Esq. Sec'y. The following persons were chosen a committee to solicit subscriptions in this city; viz. Isaac Mills, Esq. Stephen Twining, Esq. Rev. Šiš Merwin, Mr. Hezekiah Belden, and Jeremiah Evarts, Esq. The choice of a Vice President and committees was deferred to a future meeting. . Published by direction of the Society. JEREM1AH Eva Rts, Secretary. New Haven, Sept. 7, 1807. It is expected that those who subscribe to pay annually will remit the amount of their first subscription to the Treasurer, at, or before, the annual meeting in October next, and that future annual payments will be remitted to the Treasurer, at the annual meetings when they shall become due. Those to whom subscription papers may be entrusted are desired to forward them to the Secretary, at, or before, the annual meeting in October next.
h Axcock FLM A Le TRAct society.
For the gratification and encouragement of the friends of Zion, the following sketch is communicated.
In the county of Hancock, District of Maine, a small society has been in operation for three years past, denominated, the Hancock Female Truct Society, its object is to procure religious books and tracts to be distributed among the poor and destitute in the district ; for this purpose each menber contributes one cent a week. Its officers are a 1)irectress, General Treasurer, and Secretary, and a committee of three, chosen from among the gentlemen of the Hancock Association. At each annual meeting of the Society its officers decide what books to purchase, and how to distribute them. There is also in each town, where a number of subscribers reside, a Branch Treasurer to receive and forward money. The sum which the Society has already realized, besides incidental oxnses, amounts to $107; which has i. appropriated partly for the purchase of a few copies of the Pilgrim’s Progress, Husbandry spiritualized, Almost Christian, Grace and Truth, Glory of the Gospel, Devout Exercises, &c. and several hundred tracts, such as, Appeal to Christians, Earl of Rochester, Drop of Honey, Divinity of Christ, Short Sermons, Resignation, Life of Faith, &c. and partly for reprinting Bunyan's Hea: venly Footman. These books and
The ECLECTIC REw I Ev. This excellent periodical work was eommenced in January, 1805, and continues to be published monthly in London. It is supported by men distinguished for literature and talents, and the design and execution of it reflect the highest honour upon its conductors. To those, who wish for a general view of the literature of the world, or who are desirous of seeing the most important works, that issue from the press in England, carefully examined, and their value estimated by learned men, who respect the gos; of Jesus Christ, this review is ighly interesting. We do not think there ever was a publication of the kind, that combined so many excellencies, or could be considered so valuable a treasure to those, who would wish to have literature subservient to Christianity. The editors do not undertake to review every thing, which is published; they select the most important works, and such as are worthy of notice. Amidst the multitude of beoks, which thicken around us, some guide is necessary to direct us in our choice of such as deserve to be read : and it is believed that the above mentioned review is the best guide that exists.
n to N C A RY. M. F.R.A.Ncis Vo N Pusposky, canon of Grosswardein, in Hungary, by his last will appointed the sum of 24,000 florins to be applied to charitable uses. His executor has disposed of this legacy as follows ; 5000 florins for the erection of a hospital for the sick at Grosswardein, for the use of all religions and classes, in the county of Bihar; the care of establishing this is undertaken by Mr. Sandorffi, an active physician in the county. 10000 florins for the support of village schools in the diocese of Grosswardein. 7000 florins for the increase of sal. aries to local ministers. 1000 florins for philosophical experiments in the royal academy at Grosswardein. 1000 florins for reward books to children, who answer best in the parish catechisms. The number of students, who attended the Catholic Pardogogia in the five literary circles of Hungary, in the course of the year 1804, amounted to 11,832, out of which 4553 were pupils to the Piaristes; 1228 to the Benedictines, Cordeliers, and Minor