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against whom it is aimed. To imitations of such as either of discriminate is not more our these. The former are my duty, than our privilege and aversion, as the illiberal proglory ; yet while I perceive ductions of slaves, who desire many things to admire, I find to tyrannize over other men's but few to disapprove.
consciences : The latter my A wish has for considerable contempt, as the superficial, time been entertained, that insipid, empty harangues of this work might be republish- vain men ; which do not deed. With a view therefore to scrve the name of sermons. encourage a design so praise. If discourses from the pulpit worthy, so well formed to pro- are adapted only to please the mote the interest of pure and ear and the fancy, like many undefiled religion, I commu. of the modern fashionable ones ; nicate two passages for the instead of having a direct terChristian Disciple, as specie dency to alarm the conscience
of a sinner, to warm the heart The following, extracted of a saint, or to enlighten the from the DEDICATION, ex- understanding of any; they plains and exemplifies the serve, in my opinion, to no manner, which the Author a- better
purposes, than those of dopted in the composition : unseasonably amusing the “ In composing them, I must hearers, disgracing the places own, I had no other sermons in which, and the persons by in view as a model, which whom they are delivered, as may, perhaps, be one reason frivolous, conceited declaime that they are no better. They ers ; who seek only the ap
written intirely from plause of nien, by their soundthe scriptures, and from my ing brass and tinkling cymbals; own heart ; of the latter of instead of designing to do which at least, they are a true, good, by manifestation of the though imperfect representa- truth, and commending themtion. Least of all had I in selves to every man's conview as a model, either the science in the sight of God. sermons of any bigotted de- I must own, I should be a litvotees to particular systems tle mortified, as well as great. of religion, distinct from the ly disappointed, if any persons general and glorious one of who are charmed with such the gospel; or such cold, un- lullabies and opiates to the interesting discourses as hit conscience from the pulpit, the frivolous taste of those, should think the following diswho value sermons only for, courses in any measure toleran imaginary delicacy of sen. able.'' timent and cxpression, with- The following impressive out solidity, without force or selection is froin the seventh energy ; without entering in- sermon : " It should be an arto the spirit and importance gument of no small weight of religion. I do not think with you to be soberininded, mine the worse, for not being that you will hereby please
your best friends; whereas, pleasent child? For since 1 by the contrary, you will dis. spake against him, I do earn, please, grieve,and offend them. estly remember him still : Do you ask, who these good, therefore my bowels are trouthese best friends are ? I an- bled for him ; I will surely swer in the first place, God, have mercy upon him, saith the your Father in heaven. He, Lord.". Consider also the well of whom the whole family in known parable of the prodigal heaven and earth is named, son, as it is commonly called ; who is good to all, and whose one principal design of which tender mercies are over all yvas, to represent the love and his works; He, I say, will un- compassion of our heavenly questionably be pleased by Father; and his pleasure in your being truly pious and those that return to him.
It is virtuousYe have received of said, that when the foolish, unus, says the apostle, how ye happy youth was on his return ought to walk, and to please liome, but while he was yet a God, If God invites, if he en- great way off, his father saw courages, if he requires you him, and had compassion, and to believe in, to love him, to ran, and fell on his neck, and walk in his righteous ways, kissed him. And presently certainly, he will be pleased after, the father is introduced, with your doing so; and dis. 'saying to the elder brother,' It pleased if you do otherwise. was meet that we should make Has he not said, “I love them merry, and be glad ; for this that love me, and they that thy brother was dead, and is seek me carly shall find me?' alive again ; and was lost, and Is not his holy Spirit said to is found.' Thus compassionstrive with men to this end? ate is God, to those who err and to be grieved will those from his truth and ways; and that resist and oppose him!- thus pleased when they repent with them that abuse his good and return. This is also the ness, and oppose his light and principal scope of two other truth; choosing to walk in the parables in the same chapter : paths of darkness and error, One of which our Lord him. vice and misery? What com- self explains and applies in passion did God of old express these words." Likewise joy towards Ephraim! what please shall be in heaven over one ure at his repentance, and re- sinner that repenteth's and turn to him !-assuming, as it the other of them, in words were, all the passion and ten- to the same purpose, “ Like derness of an earthly father as a father pitieth his children," - I have surely heard Ephraim says the psalmist, “so the bemoaning himself thus _I Lord pitieth them that fear smote upon my thigh; I was him." And, surcly, you have ashamed, yea, even confound- no friend equally good and cd, because I did bear the re- great as the God and Father of proach of my youth! Is E- all ; none whom you are unphraim my dear son? is he a der such strong obligations to please ; none, whom you ought, est them which are sent into from a principle of ingenuity thee, how often would I have and gratitude, to be so cautious gathered thy children togethof offending
er, even as
a hen gathereth Another of those good friends, her chickens under her wings, whom you will please by your and ye would not !! What a sobriety, is the Son of God, lively representation is this of the Lord Jesus Christ, who his compassion even for obdué loved you so well as to come rate sinners! The Lord Jesus down from heaven, to live a Christ, though set down in miserable life on earth, and to heavenly places, far above all die an ignominious accursed principality and power, has death upon a cross for your the like love, the like pity, the redemption. This you may
This you may like tenderness for you all in be positively assured of for general, now, that he had of “ he gave himself a ránsom for old, for Jerusalem.
His goodall;" “ tasted death for every ness is unchanged; be can map," and is the “propitia- still have compassion on the tion for the sins of the whole ignorant, and on them that are world.” In the days of his out of the way ; being a mér. flesh, he shewed the tenderest ciful, as well as faithful high love and kindness, not only to priest in things pertaining unyoung mengas is recorded upon to God. And will you disseveral occasions, but even to please, will you grieve, will little children ; taking them you offend such a friend by up in his arms, blessing them, persevering in sin and folly? and saying;
suffer the little one who has laid you under children to come unto me, and such immense obligations ? forbid them not, for of such is The holy angels though unthe kingdom of heaven.” Our seen and unknown by you, are compassionate Saviour is said often and
and truly excellent to have been grieved for the friends to you, whom you bardness of their hearts, who would highly please and derefused to listen to his heaven, light by obeying their Lord ly instructions, counsels, and and ours, and whom you diswarnings, designed for their please by persevering in your good. And how tenderly did sinful ways. They are all he lament the folly, the im- ministering spirits, sent forth penitnce, and the approach to minister to the heirs of saling destruction of Jerusalem vation. And it is particularly when he beheld the city and declared by our Saviour, that " wept over it saying ; if thou
“ there is joy in the presence hadst known, even thou, at of the angels of God over one least in this thy day the things sinner that repenteth.” Sure. which belong to thy peace, but ly then you will on the other now they are hidden from thine hand give them trouble and eyes.” And again, “O Jeru- sorrow, if sorrow can touch salem, Jerusalem, thou that those pure and blessed intellikillest the prophets, and ston- gences, by resisting and disVol. VI -No. 6. ១១
obeying of the truth. And does heareth say COME : and let it become you to grieve those him that is athirst, COME : and benevolent spirits, who are as whosoever will, let him take it were, your appointed guare the water of life freely.” dians; who delight in doing Your best friends on earth, good offices for you, in con- as well as in heaven, will be formity to their charge ; and rejoiced to see you wise and who would be so rejoiced at virtuous ; and grieved to see your conversion to God? you foolish and profligate. I
Other of your friends, some may here particularly mention of whom were probably once your pious and good parents, known to you, though now re.
who have done so much for moved out of your sight, and you, and whose love you canwhom you would please by be not doubt. A wise son, says ing sober minded, are “just Solomon, maketh a glad fathmen made perfect;" the noble er; but a foolish son is the army of martyrs, and of the heaviness of his mother. Ev. whole church of the first born ery virtuous and good parent, which are written in heaven. could sincerely address his Amougst these are all your pis child in the language of the ous ancestors who have died same wise king" my son, if in the Lord, and who now live thine heart be wise, my heart with him beholding his face in shall rejoice, even mine ; yea righteousness. Amongst them my veins shall rejoice."- All are also, probably some of your good men would far rather other near relations and co. see their children sober-mindtemporar es, those whom you ed, the friends and followers lately knew and conversed of Jesus Christ, than beautiful, with. All, all these as well as rich, and prosperous in this the innumerable company of world. And whom, upot: angels, wish to see you truly earth, should you be so desiwise and virtuous ; that so in rous to please and gratify, or due time they may hail you to so loth to grieve and disquietz those blissful regions; and as those to whom, under God, that you may forever be asso.. you owe your very being ? ciated with them in one glori. those who have brought you ous society," a kingdom that up with so much care and cannot be shaken." Yea, my tenderness, taking unwearied young brethren, methinks, al pains for you ; and whose most I now hear them calling chief worldly concern is probto you from the celestial man- ably, to see you well provided sions, in the same words the for, virtuous and happy ? two witnesses heard from hea. But you have many good ven, when a great voice came friends besides your parents, to them saying, COME who would sincerely rejoice HITHER. !” For the bride the to see you truly religious. All Lamb's wife (the church tri- your acquaintance in general, umphant) as well as the spirit that fear God, would be pleassaith, “COME, and let him thated to have proper evidence of
your doing the same ; and I to be studious of gratifying in know one in particular, that every reasonable way ; and would be so. He shall be very loth to disoblige, offend, nameless ; only I may tell you, or grieve, by any ungrateful he is one that, if his own me- and unreasonable conduct.". diocrity of years would allow This volume was published him to use the paternal style in the year 1763. I add from with reference to you, could, the DEDICATION, a little cir. with
great sincerity, adopt cumstance quite characteris. these words of the apostle
Addressing the young John in his third epistleI men of his charge, in relation have no greater joy, than to to their deriving improvehear that my children walk in ment from his labours, the au. the truth. Let me just add, thor observes, with affectionthat he is one who claims some ate simplicity: “This agregasort of interest in you ; as ble prospect has much alleviy hoping to have you for his ated the trouble I have been joy, glory, and crown of re- at in reviewing, correcting, joicing in the day of the Lord and transcribing them ; which Jesus.
would otherwise have been a These then, my beloved tedious labour to me, especialyoung brethren, are the friends ly in so cold and severe a seawhom you will certainly please But if they are only a by being 'sober-minded, and quarter part so useful to you displease by going on in the as I pray God to make them, paths of folly and vanity, vice I shall be very amply reward. and misery. Think, whether ed.”'
A they are not such as you ought May 11, 1818.
16LAND OF LEWCHEW, AND ITS INHABIT ANTS. The following particulars Lord Amherst was in China relating to the Island of Lew the frigate and the brig visited chew have been collected from the island of Lewchew; of an English publication enti- which a concise account is now tled a
“ Narrative of a Voy- to be given : age in His Majesty's late ship “ The Island of Lewchew is Alceste, to the Yellow Sea, about 60 miles long and 20 &c. By John M’Leod, Sur. broad; Nopa Kiang, our pogeon of the Alceste.” The sition, and within 5 miles of Alceste was a frigate of 46 Kint-ching, the capital, lying guns, fitted up for the recep. in lat. 26° 14 N.-long. 127° tion of Lord Amherst, as Am- 52 IE. This is its Southbassador to China, commanded West point, the main body of by Capt. Murray Maxwell, ac- the island
island extending from companied by the brig Lyra hence north, a little eastwardand the General Hewet. The ly." " The island itself is sitships sailed from Spit-head on uate in the happiest climate the 9th of Feb. 1816. While of the globe.