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speak to us now, thy doctrines would to the departed saint, and to the no longer be unheeded !--- Alas! he living preacher. speaks no more! His ministry among
Vigour of his is then forever closed, and sealed mind, taste, and piety appear in up to the judgment of the great day. every page. We sincerely re. Nothing can be added to it, or taken joice that the important station so from it. He has done what he had long held by Dr. Macwhorter, is to do, and has returned to Him that sent him.-But his ministry has
so ably and honourably filled. not done with us. Think not, that, except tears and tender remem. brance, you have nothing more to do with your deceased pastor. As the An Essay on the Life of GEORGE Lord liveth, you shall meet him again. When the dissolving hea.
WASHINGTON, Commander in vens shall open, and disclose the Son Chicf of the American Army, of Man, coming in clouds to judge through the Revolutionary War; the world, your father, we trust, will
and the first President of the be in his glorious train. And when
United States. the convulsions of that day shall
By AARON burst the dorinitories of a thousand
BANCROFT, A. A. S. Pastor generations, his sleeping body will of a Congregational church in rise! Then, he who baptised you, Worcester. Worcester, Thomhe who catechised you, he who
as & Sturtevant, 8vo. pp. 552. warned and wept over you, shall stand with you in judgment. Then,
1807. all the scenes which have passed be. tween you and him shall be examin. in the author's wish to place
This publication “ originated ed, and an account taken how you improved his ministry in general, and within reach of the great body of each sermon in particular. Every his countrymen, an authentic hour that you sat under the sound of biography of General WASHINGhis voice, shall be found to have been
Ton." When we consider of big with life or death. The effects of' improving or resisting his minis. what importance it is, that the try, shall be felt through every hour example of this illustrious man and moment of eternity !
-Oh! be presented to the view of Amerdid you consider this while your min. ican citizens of every class, in ister lived ? Did you cousider this the present and in every future while his agitated soul was pleading over you ? Did you consider this age, and at the same time, how while you were bearing his clay-cold extensive is the plan, and how body to the house of God? Did you costly are the volumes, of the consider, that you were attending one Life of Washington by Judge who must be a witness, either for or against you, in the day' that shall de Marshall, we must allow this de cide the destinies of all men, and sire, and the Essay to which it whose ministry must either help you has given rise, to be highly to heaven, or sink you deeper in hell?commendable. The plan of the I see some of you tremble. But the half has not been told you. If a
work is,“ to notice no individual review of his ministry be so over
or event, further than was neces. whelming at present, what will it be sary to display the principal in the day of judgment! If in the land character.” The author profess. of peace, wherein you trust, it has wea es to offer but little original matried then how will you do in the
ter. “ The few facts, which swelling of Fordun?""
have not before been published, On the whole we consider this were received immediately from sermon as doing equal honour confidential friends of General
WASHINGTON, or from gentle. authority, obtained attention, if men who, in respectable official not credence ; il concerns us to situations, were members of substantiate every iota that we his family during his military record, that we may effectually command.” The author con- correct the mistakes of igno. tents himself with mentioning, rance, and silence the calumnies in his Preface, his general author- of malevolence. We mean not ities, without a distinct reference the slightest insinuation of doubt, to them in the work itself. This in regard to the authenticity of procedure will be satisfactory to the additional articles, published the readers for whom this volume in the volume now before us. is peculiarly designed; but we Our knowledge of the author's cannot suppress a wish, that for character gives us perfect confiall the facts, not before publish- dence in his own declaration, ed, however “ few," the authori. concerning the sources from ties had been expressly given, which they were derived. unless considerations of delicacy But we proceed to consider the absolutely forbade.
execution of the work. This foreigneret after a temporary corresponds with the design and residence in our country, has plan of the author. By extraduced the very subject of the cluding all matter foreign to the present work, and, on his own precise object, the volume gives
a full exhibition of the Man 7 R. Parkinson, author of a Tour whose character is professedly in America. This man came delineated. All is pure biograAmerica from motives of speculation, He designed to take a farm under Gener: phy, the biography of WASHINGal Washington, to whom he was recom.
We say not, there is no mended by Sir 7. Sinclair ; but the terms history ; but there is none, save proposed did not meet the sanguine ex what takes its rise from him ; pectations of the English agriculturist. centres in him; or terminates in Hinc illze lachrymæ. He went home, and abused the soil and the landlord, the bim. When he is not the agent, country and its inhabitants. A scurrilous he is the object; when we see anecdote concerning General Washing, not his person, we are conversant ton, in itself absolutely incredible, and with his acts. Were we to call certainly not admissible on such authori. ty, is taken from Parkinson's Tour, and the work a portrait (and such it inserted in one of the English Reviews, may justly be called,) we should to give it eurrency. The Reviewer him- say, it is one of full length, showself notwithstanding concedes, that there ing the individual distinct, promiare “ many instances,” in that work, " in which the rancour of disappoint no other figure is to be seen on
nent, entire. We say not, that ment is much more evident than liberali. ty or good sense.” What regard then the canvass ; but there is none, has he shown to the obligation of truth, that is not essential to the design; or to the dignity of criticism? We are there is none, that does not serve glad to find, at another English tribunal, to set off and give impression to a more equitable verdict. CAL Review
for January, 1807, which the principal. To drop the begins the review of Parkinson's Tour allusion, you are never presentthus : “ This book is avowedly written ed with any character, or event, for the purpose of vilifying America.”
which allows you for a moment The whole adjudication corresponds with this exordium.
to forget the Man, with whose
birth you begin the volume, un public building, of the general and til, at its close, you consign him
field officers, of an officer from each
company, &c.” p. 296.-“ As the to the tomb.
General passed, unperceived by him, The style of Mr. Bancrost is
a youth by the aid of machinery let generally chaste. It is character down upon his head a civic crown.” ised for that “ simplicity,” at which he professedly aimed.
“At Trenton, the ladies presented
him with a tribute of gratitude for the Here are no pompous words, or
protection which, twelve years before, laboured sentences. The reader he gave them, worthy of the taste and is neither wearied with the state refinement of the sex.” Ibid.-..- The ly swell of the Gibbonian period, members of Congress, in opposition
to the measures of administration, nor disgusted with the coarse
obtained the knowledge of the arrival phraseology of vulgar dialect. of a son of the Marquis La Fayette.” While “the unlettered portion p. 466. of the community” will understand, the literati will seldom be
Strictures of less importance offended. In the perusal, how
are suggested, for the consider. ever, the remark which the
ation of the author, in case of a
future revision of his work. spectator applied to one of his modest characters, occurred to
P. 39. « On which” acres, &c.-P. us, that he wanied a dash of the 335. “ On both which,” &c. The coxcomb in him. A little more
relative, in each of these passages, is ornament, and a little more unnecessarily severed from its antecerotundity of period, would, we
dent by a full period. p. 39. “The think, not only have been admis, liberally exercised.”
rights Crites] of hospitality were sible, consistently with the auth P. 40. .“ Arrangement of military or's design, but have given an resources.” 261. “ embraced the additional value to his work.
268. 5 fruits of
on the side of the The author is happier in the victory, were selection, than in the arrange of metaphors.
English.” An incongruous mixture ment of his words. The rule of P. 47. “ The Welsh mountains in Quinctilian ought never to be Cambridge” we have never been able forgotten : “ Non solum ut
to discover. intelligere possit, sed ne omnino possit non intelligere curandum.”
A suppression of the aspirate This rule is repeatedly violated; improperly intended, in the fol
in words beginning with h seems sometimes by the remoteness of the relative from its antecedent,
lowing examples :
P. 49. 99. 114. and sometimes by an unhappy
an heary bur.
den," "a mile and an half,” “ an hcary collocation of words.
“ If the necessary cooperation of G.
72, 87, 14, 158, 256. “Works were
“ The Americans had flurg Britain, to enable ihe colony to drive fungo up,” the enemy from the Ohio, were un
up a small redoubt." Entrench. attainable, which would prove a radical
ments were fung up." 6. The Ameri. cure of the evil, be strongly recom
can line was flung into disorder." mended, that a regular force of two
“ Arnold flung off the disguise." thousand men should be raised.”
Should this term be fiung out, anp. 20.-" An anonymous paper was circulated, requesting a meeting at
other might advantageously be eleven o'clock, on the next day, at the thrown in.
142. “ His humane heart relucted."
are more substantially paid, by So do our ears. 157. “ Attacked [attack] the right from the perusal of this volume ;
the pleasure we have derived w ing."
161. “The defences were beat and had we aimed only to appre(beaten) down.”
ciate it, we should not have been 161. « Fifteen hundred men thus minute in its examination. [were] necessary.”
On the whole, we are decided 197. “ He ordered the troops to lay in the opinion, that this bio[lie) on their arms."
229. “Thirteen foreign [sovereign graphical essay does great jusstates."
tice to the subject, and is calcu253. “ The purity of his own mind lated to be highly useful to the forbid” [forbade.]
404. There was that in his charac. community. It proves Washter which forbid, &c.
ington to be, what we were pre321. “He bid them a silent adieu.” pared to expect; in public life
256. “By order of his Sir Henry great ; in private, estimable. Clinton."
At Mount Vernon he is mild 260. Note. “The settlers (suttlers] and beneficent, methodical and of the garrison.”
268. * Admiral de Turney”. [ Ter. diligent, attentive to agricultural nay] “ D'Estanches” [Destouches.) improvements, and patriotic in
319. “ Congress was not, &c. but encouraging the useful arts : in they were. 397. “ Principle" [principal.]
camp, thoughtful and vigilant,
cautious of danger, and provi450. “ The office of Attorney General become vacant."
dent to meet it, accommodating 390. “ The first diplomatic transac his plans to his means, and less tions of the President."
anxious for personal glory, than 442. “General Washington had the for the safety and happiness of firmness to loan his personal influ.
his country : in battle, cool, yet ence.”
determined, daring, yet prudent; If the Saxon term loan is le. in victory, moderate ; in defeat, giti mate, as synonymous with unsubdued : at the head of the lend ; yet use has so restricted it to Republic, comprehensive, yet pecuniary objects, that we prefer minute, equable, and impartial; some other word, in this connex- prompt to concede the just claims ion. On the memorable occa
of other nations, but resolute in sion, here referred to, and on vindicating the rights of his own; many other occasions, the “per- unawed by menaces, unseduced sonal influence” of WASHING- by flatteries ; deliberate in deterTon was of more importance to mining, but, when determined, his country, than all her loans. inflexible ; attentive to the wish
es of his countrymen, but not 466. This young gentleman did not obsequious ; respectful, but not remain for a length of time in the Uni
servile ; with a rare felicity comted States."
bining the tenderness of a parent Although we have endeavour- with the energy of a sovereign ; ed to separate the chaff from the and
and perpetually giving wheat, yet we are better reward- proofs of his claim to the august ed, than the ancient critic, who title of FATHER OF HIS COUNwas sentenced to receive the chaff only for his pains. We.
.4 Sermon preached at Northamp- knowledge. Among these the
ton, before the Hampshire Mise apostolic age, the time of the resionary Society, at their annual formation from popery, and the Meeting, August 27, 1807, by close of the last, with the beginRev. Samuel Taggart, s. M. ning of this century, have been Pastor of the Presbyterian distinguished. Here the preachiChurch in Colrain,
er observes :
“ The zeal for sending missionaries THE preacher has chosen, into different quarters of the globe, for his text, these words, in Dan- which has of late been unparalleled, iel xii. 4. Many shall run to and could not be excited without the spe. fro, and knowledge shall be in - Christians on both sides the Atlantic
cial interposition of Providence. creased.
seem animated with the same spirit. After some pertinent intro. Not only Europe, but many parts of ductory remarks, he proposes to
Asia and Africa and of the wilds of Anotice, 1. Some particulars in ed Islands of the South Sea, have
merica, as well as the newly discoverwhich the spread of the gospel been illuminated with some rays from effects an increase of knowledge. the Sun of righteousness. Many, anII. Some periods remarkable imated with an ardent zeal for the glo. for such an increase. III. The ry of God, and the welfare of their means of this increase. IV. The veniences of civilized life, and en.
fellow men, have renounced the con. improvement.
countered the dangers of the seas Under the first head he ob- and inhospitable climes, to proclaim serves, that the gospel, by open- the glad tidings of salvation. In no ing the human mind, contributes period has the world witnessed such
a rage for travelling and making disto the increase of knowledge in coveries, as of late. Our enterprisgeneral ; but as his text relates ing navigators have been preparing to religious knowledge, to this he the way for the progress of the Lord's means to confine himself. He work. And besides missions to the
heathens, those which have been shows, that as all true knowledge planned to our own back settlements, of God and religion is derived have been productive of much good. from revelation, so, in this kind Churches have been established, and of knowledge, the Jews, by gospel ordinances are now regularly means of the revelation given to
enjoyed in many places, where, had
not missionaries been employed, the them, far excelled all other na. people would have been as sheep tions. But the gospel far sur scattered on the mountains.” passes that, both in the extent
From hence the preacher looks and the clearness of its light. forward to a more remarkable Among the doctrines elucidated period foretold in scripture, by the gospel, he particularly when “the knowledge of God nientions those which relate to shall cover the earth, as the wathe character and offices of ters do the seas.” Christ, the immortality of the The third head contemplates soul, the resurrection of the the means, by which the gospel body, the nature of the atone. is spread and religious knowment, and the way in which sin. ledge increased. We here find ners find acceptance with God. the following pertinent and judi
Under the second head he cious observations. mentions several periods, as re “ God, if he saw fit, could effect markable for the increase of the spread of religious knowledge,