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good things, which our citizens Our transactions with France ought to know and consider, and and Spain occupy about eighty the writer appears to possess so pages, and we could wish that evmuch information and sound po- ery opposer of the friends and litical judgment, it is to be regret- measures of Washington and Adted that there is any thing to ob- ams would spend two or three struct its circulation.

winter evenings in reading these The democrats have not been observations. If he could finish sparing of electioneering pamph- the reading without feeling any lets, which are not only below all Aushes of indignation, he must criticism, but they have not lived want the spirit of this ardent writer, long enough to meet it.

and almost the spirit of a man.... This pamphlet has, we confess, On the whole, therefore, we earmany faults, but it has many ex- nestly recommend this publication cellences, and, in our opinion, it to our readers. is one of its excellences that it is We give the following extracts composed in a spirit of boldness, from the pamphlet, as specimens and with a vigour of conception to of the author's style : denote the sincerity and zeal of

' In what respect are we, then, differ. the author. He speaks with the confidence of truth ; and if the land, Switzerland, and the other na

ent from the subjugated states of Holo friends of administration could tions which are dependent espon Frauce? be persuaded to think the sense We are fleeced to the full annount of and reason of our citizens of any have no Aceis to add to the nary of

our ability to pay—The United States essential importance to their popu

France, and therefore they are not sublarity, which was built and still jects of maritime requisition as Holstands upon their ignorance and land is-France does not want soldiers, prejudices, it might be hoped there for she supplies herself in Europe, and would be an answer to this per- in part from Switzerland ; and here, formance. They are, however,

again, we are more privileged than the

descendants of William Tell-But too discreet to subject Mr. Jeffer- money she ever craves, and, to use a son's merits to so perilous a test. proverb of her own, l'appetit vient en It is a very rare thing to hear of mangeant”-The United States are calan able discussion of any political

led upon, with the threats of France subject in our country, though it

suspended over their heads, for millions

of dollars : and when we ask, with a is very common in England. It

rueful aspect, what she is to give us for is because in England they have a our purse, she answers, in the true style greater number of sensible readers, of a high way robber, give it, or I blow or that party has not reduced the you through : we do give it, and then men of sense to the condition of preach about the clemency of those,

who might have killed us, and yet spara insignificance and impotence, that

ed our existence ! Mr. Jefferson has accomplished in Pusterity will ask, who were the America. If Mr. Madison feels men, that ihus betrayed their country's any parental fondness for his doc- interests and glory? They must have trine concerning neutral rights, he been creatures, who never pretended to will find an adversary worthy of could never have aspired to the charac.

the name of American patriots; they his pen, in the author of this pub- ters of defenders of their country, and lication. The extreme folly of the guardians of her greatness.' P. 146. non-importation law is also exhib

In fact, what are we ever to fight for, ited in a manacr lo confound its if we

are resolved not to defend our. advocates.

selves ? or when we we to take a bos.

We were,

dile attitude, unless at the hour when so much labour lost. tyranny and injustice are in array against however, somewhat staggered in us? Do we get our money for French masters? do the freemen of the United

this determination, as it is one of States plough every sea, from Green- those productions which set criti. land to Cape Horn, and round to Kimts. cism at defiance ; the author havo chatka, and home again ? do they visiting apparently sworn (as Shadwell every climate, and gather the precious is said to have done by Dryden) to wares of the globe, all for Napoleon's

As for splendour ? And do the American arti. keep no truce with sense. sans and farmers pay an addition of general observations, therefore, we price for the articles which they con- can only remark, that, together sume, because of an extra duty of two with the usual appendages, this. and a half per cent. laid on certain im. discourse forms a neat pamphlet ported articles, all for the pockets of of about twenty pages, stitched in Frenchmen ? What sort of independence is this, which looks so like slave. blue, and printed at Boston. The ry? Is this the spirit of seventy-six ? text (we call it so by courtesy) is In seventy-six we would not pay a part of the concluding salutation shilling of tax upon tea, because they, of the 3d Epistle of St. John. who asked it, asked it unjustly; and, now, we give two millions of dollars At no great distance from the more, than the tea tax would have come beginning of the sermon, we found to in a dozen years, to buy a peace from the following cluster of sentences : tyrants, who will never be at peace with independence.' P. 155.

• Time may weaken them, (preju. “The prayers of the good are ever dices) but they exist in the character ascending to heaven, that war may be

of man. Victory is not by consent, and averted from their country ; but, when

conquests seldom make friendships. its horrours can no longer be deferred,

At best, we are in a country, in which the prayers of the good are for success

we may easily excite open rebellion. to the arms of a righteous cause. So

Not all the causes, which have concurwill it ever, I hope, be with us. They,

red to recommend christianity, have who are privileged to approach and con: preserved peace among its professors.' verse with omnipotence, will never fail, in their greatest duty, to pray for the

As the last sentence but one apo happiness of this free land, and for its peared to us entirely disconnected, preservation against foreign and domes- we thought, at first sight, that it tick enemies; and, surely, he is no might perhaps be a political obAmerican, who would seek to embroil servation, thrown in at random. us with any nation, or say that, war was necessary, when peace is our certain However, we shall not be very conbappiness. P. 175.

fident in hazarding any opinion

about Mr. B.'s meaning. ART. 69,

After forcing our way a little far

ther through the miserable brushA Sermon, delivered July 2d, 1806, wood of half-grown ideas, we came

at the ordination of the Rev. Jo- very abruptly upon the following seph Richardson, A. M. to the observations : pastoral care of the church and congregation of the first parish in "When life is sacred to good offices, Hingham, by the Rev. William men will confess its worth,

and love its

virtues. Bentley, A. M. pastor of the se

No prejudices will be open -cond church in Salem.

against it.. No bigotry will exclude it,

no superstition will refuse it, and every We notice this sermon, because angry passion will pronounce it divine.

Among good men such a friend is the having read it through for that angel of their strength, who is sure to purpose, we do not choose to have comfort them.'

third page.

If the reader can discover sense literature, we have toiled through in this passage, it must be ascrib- fifteen pages like this. We have ed rather to his own sagacity, than not, however, the heart (like Dog: to the author's manner of using berry) to bestow any more such the English language.

tediousness upon our readers. The following was the next pas- If we were to judge, from this sage, which stopt us on our weari- production, we should conclude, some progress ; it being some that its author had not an whole where toward the bottom of the idea in his mind. He certainly

shines as a distinguished luminary

among those stars, that Addison *A father Gay may leave a good name, somewhere speaks of, which ray out though a witness of the interruptions of life. And a Dr. Price may have in.

darkness. Menenius (in Shakes. dulged a friend, who could 'aim to rob peare) says of Coriolanus, that he is age of its divine consolations.'

“ill schooled

In boulted language ; meal and bran We confess that we are able to

together form no conjecture of the purport He throws without distinction." of the first sentence, which we There is nothing worth notice have quoted. Of Dr. Gay, how- ' in the other performances delivere ever, who, as a clergyman, was the ed upon the occasion. predecessor of the present Professor Ware, we have heard nothing

ART. 69, but good, and are sufficiently displeased to see his name introduc

The Christian Monitor, a religious ed with such indecent familiarity,

periodical work. By a society for into such a sermon.

promoting Christian knowledge, We will now bring forward an

piety, and charity. No. III. conextract, somewhat longer than any

taining eight sermons on the means we have yet offered :

of religion, Boston, Munroe &

Francis. 12mo. boards, pp. 192. • But though a good name may be the reward of integrity, yet it is to be gain. A RELIGIOUS periodical work, ed by a good life. It seldom accoin- well conducted, is always in place. panies a man in all parts of his tife. The The subject, being of universal and disposition of light and shade in the picture, serve to finish it. He, who

constant importance, should be seeks no other recommendation, than presented in every form that propresent opinion may bring with it, may mises to be useful. Small tracts be seen, in the worst tenptation, to a- and fugitive pieces are among the bandon all just claim to virtue. A chris- obvious means of maintaining and tian minister should not fall into such an errour. It is true, his doctrine is extending the principles and pracdrawn from simple records, but he is tice of religion. They are adaptnot the only man who has examined ed to that numerous class of perthem. Truth is pure, but the discipline sons, who want leisure, capacity, of every christian association has not

or inclination to consult voluminbeen drawn from truth itself. Like a father, he may prefer some ancient ex.

ous and systematick works. Pubample....Like a friend, provide for a

lications of this popular cast are more pure state of society... As a chris. peculiarly suited to the condition tian, he may aspire after more generous of a people,among whom the readaffection.

ers are many and the students Surely no one will deny us praise, few; and among whom, consewhen, as drudges in the canse of quently, the reception and useful

Vol. III. No. 12. AL

ness of books are affected by the gant, as not to offend the taste, por circumstances of their form and forfeit the regard of more cultivatsize. It must be admitted, that ed readers, who, however informed this avenue to the minds of men in other respects, have frequently has not been neglected any where, as much need of religious knowlat any period, since the discovery edge as the illiterate. of printing, and may seem with We think a religious periodical us to be at present sufficiently oc- work of such a character cannot cupied by religious productions, fail to be acceptable and useful to native and imported, of every size many. It must serve to withstand and character. But in this wide the causes of irreligion and vice field there is room for successive in general, and those, which mark labours: Much good may always the present times and state of sobe done by reviving old works, ciety in particular. It must counwhich have fallen into undeserved teract the effects of ignorance and neglect; bringing into general no- unbelief, of a disposition to thoughttice others, which have a limited lessness and levity ; of misguided circulation, and by writing new zeal and an arrogant, censorious, treatises adapted to the state of and uneharitable temper in some; opinions, and the spirit, taste, and of indifference and coldness in manners of the times.

others. In one respect, if the exTo conduct and support a pub- ecution comport with the design, lication comprising these objects, it will fill a place hitherto unoccuis the avowed design of the society pied by similar publications in this under whose auspices the Chris- country. The latter incorporate tian Monitor appears. It is in with their practical instruction tended to contain, in a series of speculative principles, which are numbers, original and selected es- contested, and particular phrasesays and sermons on the leading ology, by many deemed exceptiondoctrines and duties of christiani- able. This work professes to aty, explanations of scripture, pray- void resting the truth or excellence ers, meditations, and other species of christianity upon the certainty of composition on sacred and mo- or value of those tenets, or the ral topicks. In regard to theolog- propriety of those phrases which ical opinions and questions of par- have for ages divided and disturbed ty the Monitor professes to be the christian world. It must therecatholick, and to give instruction fore be suited to those, who feel which the enlightened & serious of incompetent and indisposed to be different sentiments may approve.

controvertists; and who would have It proposes to wear a practical, a creed, comprising the general and not disputatious aspect; to pro- evident doctrines of revelation, uni mote improvement, not to foment perplexed with the subtilties of

contention. It will therefore not metaphysicks and unincumbered go out of its way to treat contro- with the dogmas of technical theverted points ; and when they ne- ology. One class of persons only cessarily occur, observe the laws cannot endure such a method of of christian moderation. In style teaching and inculcating the chrisand manner it would be so intelli- tian religion. It consists of those, gible and affecting, as may be re- who regard christianity, when requisite to profit and please the presented without their peculiar unlearned; and so correct and ele- and favourite constructions and inferences, as good for nothing ; humble our pride. Men can read and a christian, not belonging to the scriptures, so as to become actheir party, nor using their phrase- complished textuaries ; and yet ology, as no better than a heathen. be strangers to the spirit breathed But as the dissatisfaction of these in the word of God. They can be persons with the design of the pious with the mouth and tongue, Monitor is founded on what, in the and talk earnestly in all places and opinion of its editors, constitutes companies upon serious subjects, its merit, the latter cannot be ex- and yet grossly fail to live as they pected to prevent or remove it. profess. “A pharisee's trumpet,

We had occasion to commend says an old writer, shall be heard the former numbers of the Moni- to the town's end, when simplicity tor, as adapted to its professed end. walks through the town unseen." We spoke of the first, especially “ Observed duties maintain our in the second edition, as an excel. credit, but secret duties maintain lent manual of devotion ; and of our life.” the second, as a happy illustration But the danger to the cause of of the nature and spirit of practical reiigion among us probably arises christianity, as they are displayed from another extreme ; and we in the character and conduct of have less reason to fear the prevour Saviour.

alence of superstition, hypocrisy, The present number is upon the and enthusiasm, than indifference, Means of religion. It treats of the scepticism, and a mistaken liberimportance and utility of religious ality. A great number, including means in general, religious consid- some who have the character of eration, prayer, the religious obser- enlightened men, able to rise above vance of the sabbath, publick wor- the power of prejudice, are more ship, hearing the word, reading the inclined to undervalue and neglect holy scriptures, and religious con- the forms and means of religion, versation.

than to exalt them into a disproThese are topicks at once sea- portionate importance. They have sonable and important. It is very a disposition to depreciate instrupossible and has been very com- mental and positive duties ; to mon in religion to lay undue stress consider themselves above the need upon instrumental duties and ex- of such assistances to piety, and ternal performances. Enthusiasm thatíf they cultivate its spirit, they has idolized its reveries and su- have no occasion to trouble them. perstition rested upon rites and selves about its ceremonies. Hence forms. Mankind, wishing for a they look to be religious, without cheap religion, have substituted the meditation and prayer. They remeans for the end, the sign for ject the aid of publick solemnities, the thing signified, the form for or attend them without seriousthe power of godliness. It is far ness. Many are becoming inclinmore easy to be orthodox, than ed to remove the “ mark of disgood ; to maintain a grave exte. crimination from the christian sabriour, than inward sanctity ; to bath, and to blend it in the mass of separate seasons for devout exer- unhallowed days." The custom cises, than to connect piety with of reading the scriptures, once so the course of ordinary life. It general, is falling into neglect, and costs far less self-denial to roll the serious topicks are very much exeye, than to lift the soul to God, cluded froin conversation. and to bend our knees, than to The volume under review dis

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