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member and utter all his science as well as ever he could; without perching his soul in the sensorium of his brain, to write and read over traces and images of his ideas; or like a Catholic counting his prayers by his beads, to keep tally for his thoughts on the involutions of the silver cord of life.
We read in the Bible, that "the Word was God," and that, “the Word,” or God, “ was made flesh, and dwelt among us.” This is equivalent to the assertion, which we believe to be the truth, that “the eternal Son of God became man;" and we defy all the advocates of the theory of pre-existence to prove, that Christ had any thing hu. man appertaining to his person before he was conceived as a man, by the Holy Ghost, in the womb of the Virgin, Mary.
Article VII.-Goldsmith's Roman History, abridged by him.
self, for the use of Schools. Revised and corrected by William Grimshaw. Baltimore: S. and W. Meeteer, 1818. pp. 266. 12mo.
DR. GOLDSMITH could write with great ease, elegance, and negligence. We presume he wrote this abridgment, and sent it to the publisher without ever reading a page of the manuscript; and from a benevolent desire not to plague the compositor, gave the proof sheets very little attention. Otherwise he could not have left so many errors as he did, to be censured by the Reviews of his own day, and to be corrected by Mr. Grimshaw. This American edition of the Abridgment, revised and cor. rected, is certainly a valuable acquisition for our schools; and Mr. G. has shown himself equal to the work which he undertook, of correcting grammatical and typographical errors; of removing all indelicate expressions; of rendering obscure passages perspicuous, and of generally improving the work. We recommend his edition, there. fore, to be used in seminaries of learning, in preference to every other; because it is best calculated to promote in our young friends purity of style and sentiment, while
it renders them acquainted with the principal facts in Roman History. It gives us pleasure to learn that Mr. G. is preparing for the press “ A History of England for the use of schools.” It will undoubtedly be compiled from the best authorities, and appear in a becoming dress. Should he meet with the success that he deserves in this undertaking, we would suggest the expediency of his subsequently giving us, A History of the United States, for the use of Schools, in a volume of the same size with the one before us. Rome, England, and the United States, are the only subjects that merit a distinct historical school-book.
Article VIII.-An Address delivered before the New Eng
land Society of Philadelphia, on the 4th of May, 1818, by Nathaniel Chauncey, Esq. Philadelphia, 1818.
This address is a tribute of respect to the memory of the late President Dwight, of Yale College, under whose guidance the author, and most of the literary members of the New England Society of Philadelphia, received the rudiments of their education. The concise history which it contains of the life and character of that great and good man, is calculated to inspire a noble ardour for imitation, in the minds of generous youth; and to excite gratitude for his extensive usefulness in all benevolent readers. The only fault we find with this address, is the same which the North American Review alleges, very justly we think, against the Memoir of the Life of President Dwight, prefixed to the first volume of his works, that it exalts the object of its eulogium too much at the ex. pense of the venerable Ezra Stiles, D. D. L. L.D., his immediate predecessor. Yale College was not in such
a very degraded condition,” during the presidency of Dr. Stiles, as the Memoir, and Mr. C. would inadvertently lead their readers to imagine. Many eminently great and good men, who sat at the feet of this very learned and liberal man, can testify that the College under his Vol. I.
influences rapidly rose in respectability, and increased in numbers,
We have no disposition, however, to detract an iota from the well earned fame of Dr. D. and feel thankful that a respectable young lawyer is disposed to commend the grace of God, and plead the cause of evangelical religion, by faithfully portraying the character of a pious and zea. lous friend of Jesus Christ.
ARTICLE IX.-Jacob's Address to Laban: A Sermon, preached
in the Reformed Dutch Church, at Greenwich, in the City of New-York, August 9, 1818, on occasion of announcing to the congregation the resignation of his call. By Stephen N. Rowan, A. M. New York, 1818. pp. 52. 8vo.
QUR author's text is found in Gen. xxx. 30. It was little which thou hadst before I came, and it is now increased unto a multitude; and the Lord hath blessed thee since my coming and now, when shall I provide for mine own house also? Our author, in his pastoral character, is Jacob: the Church at Greenwich was small, and had little pew-rent, or any thing else, when he came to be their pastor: but now the congregation has increased into a multitude, and is comparatively rich, because the Lord's blessing has attended his ministerial labours; and yet, the Consistory have so neglected to provide a comfortable support for him and his family, that he thinks it neces. sary to leave them, that he may provide for his own fa. mily. Such is the substance of our author's sermon. Well we knew, that our brother Rowan is a shrewd, smart, sensible man, of a good deal of invention, and quite enough independence of spirit; but until we read this dis. course, we were ignorant of his skill in sarcasm and vituperation. Indeed, we should gladly have remained ignorant of it; or else have become acquainted with it in a different manner. Admitting every statement and insinua. tion of this sermon to be true, we must remark, that we can no more justify a friend than a foe, in ascending the pulpit, on the Lord's day, to lampoon a consistory, and
tell the public how many dollars and cents he has at different times received, and how many, precisely, are still his due. Mr. R. should have taken another time to examine the receipts and disbursements of his congregational treasurer.
For contending that a people, who are able, ought to afford their pastor all suitable worldly maintenance, and that a minister of the gospel should live by preaching the gospel, we commend him. All public teachers of religion should insist on these moral and religious duties. We would say too, that a pastor who finds his salary incom. petent to his support, ought to make the fact known to his people; but having done this, rather than ask for an increase of it, let him ask for a dismission. It is a rule, that will rarely admit of an exception, that a people will part with their pastor, sooner than augment his salary, on his own application for it; and having parted with him, will settle some inferior minister in his place, upon a better maintenance than his predecessor ever dared to ask.
As a sermonizer, Mr. R. excels; his delivery is good; his doctrines are orthodox; and in native talents threefourths of his brethren do not equal him. Most sincerely we wish him some eligible situation for usefulness; and hope that he will neither preach nor publish another fiscal sermon; for our protestant churches will not be dragooned into liberality
Late American Publications.
1. The Mariner; a poem in two Cantos, by Archibald John
ston. Philadelphia, 1818. pp. 152. 12mo. 2. The Miscellaneous Poems of the Boston Bard. Philadel.
phi, 1818. PP. 156. 18mo. 3. Dwight's Theology, Vol. II. pp. 605. 8vo. 4. A Discourse pronounced by request of the Society for in
structing the deaf and dumb, at the City Hall in the city of New-York, on the 24th day of March, 1818, by Samuel L. Mitchell, &c. New-York. pp. 35. 8vo.
TO THE FIRST VOLUME.
Rev. James R. Willson on the, 214.
of England in harmony with Calvin, 23.