« AnteriorContinuar »
allow that places and circumstances greatly contribute to augment or diminish the evil; and that a prudent Christian will always avoid an atmosphere which he thinks not quite wholesome ; yet whoever lives in the close examination of his own heart, will still find something of the morbid mischief clinging to it, which will require constant watching, whatever be his climate or his company. “I have known pious persons, who would on no account allow their children to attend places of gay resort, who were yet little solicitous to extinguish the spirit which these places are calculated to generate and nourish. This is rather a geographical than a moral distinction. It is thinking more of the place than of the temper. They restrain their persons; but are not careful to expel from their hearts the dispositions which excite the appetite, and form the very essence of danger. A young creature cannot be happy who spends her time at home in amusements destined for exhibition, while she is forbidden to be exhibited. “But while we are teaching them that Christianity involves an heroic self-denial; that it requires some things to be done, and others to be sacrificed, at which mere people of the world revolt; that it directs us to renounce some pursuits because they are wrong, and others because they are trifling—we should, at the same time, let them see and feel, that to a Christian the region of enjoyment is not so narrow and circumscribed, is not so barren and unproductive, nor the pleasures it produces so few and small, as the enemies of religion would insinuate. While early habits of self-denial are giving firmness to the character, strengthening the texture of the mind, and hardening it against ordinary temptations—the plea
sures and employments which we substitute in the stead of those we banish, must be such as tend to raise the taste, to invigorate the intellect, to exalt the nature, and enlarge the sphere of enjoyment; to give a tone to the mind, and an elevation to the sentiments, which shall really reduce to insignificance the pleasures that are prohibited. ... “In our own instance I humbly trust, that, through the divine blessing, perseverance has been its own reward. As to Lucilla, I firmly believe that right habits are now so rooted, and the relish of superior pleasures so established in her mind, that had she the whole range of human enjoyment at her command ; had she no higher consideration, no fear of God, no obedience to her mother and me, which forbad the ordinary dissipations, she would voluntarily renounce them, from a full persuasion of their empty, worthless, unsatisfying nature, and from a superinduced taste for higher gratifications. “ I am as far from intending to represent my daughter as a faultless creature, as she herself is from wishing to be so represented. She is deeply conscious both of the corruption of her nature and the deficiencies of her life. This consciousness I trust will continue to stimulate her vigilance, without which all religion will decline; and to maintain her humility, without which all religion is vain. “My dear Charles a rational scene of felicity lies open before you both. It is lawful to rejoice in the fair perspective, but it is safe to rejoice with trembling. Do not abandon yourself to the chimerical hope that life will be to you, what it has never yet been to any man—a scene of unmingled delight. This life, so bright in prospect, will have its sorrows. This life, which at four and twenty seems to stretch Vol. HI. Y
itself to an indefinite length, will have an end. May its sorrows correct its illusions ! May its close be the entrance on a life, which shall have no sorrows and no end. “I will not say how frequently we talk of you, nor how much we miss you. Need I tell you, that the person who says least on the subject, is not the one who least feels your absence 2 She writes by this post. “Adieu, my dear Charles | I am with great truth your attached friend, and hope before Christmas to subscribe myself your affectionate father, “FRANCIs STANLEY.”
* to: * # #
* # * * * Delightful hope as Miss Stanley, when that blessed event takes place, will resign her name, I
shall resume mine, and joyfully renounce for ever that of COELEBS:
t BOOKS Printed and sold by T. &. J. SWORDS, JNo. 160 Pearl-stré, JWew-York.
A Companion for the Festivals and Fasts of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America. Principally selected and altered from JWelson's Companion for the Festivals and Fasts of the Church of England. By John Henry Hobart, A. M. an Assistant Min: ister of Trinity Church, New-York. To which are added, Pastoral Advice to Young Persons before and after Confir. mation, by a Minister of the Church of England; and an Exhortation to Family Prayer, by Bishop Gibson; with Forms of Devotion.
The Catechism of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America. To which is annexed, a Catechism, designed as an Explanation and Enlargement of the Church Catechism : Recommended b the Bishop and Clergy of the Protestant Episcopal too. in the State of New-York. The third edition,
A Collection of the Essays on the Subject of Episcopacy, which originally appeared in the Albany Cen. tinel, and which are ascribed principally to the Rev. Dr. Linn, the Rev. Mr. Beasley, and Thomas P. How, Esq. With additional Notes and Remarks.
An Apology for Apostolic Order and its Advocates, occasioned by the Strictures and Denunciations of the Christian’s Magazine. In a Series of Letters, addressed to the Rev. John JM. JMason, D. D. the Editor of that work. By the Rev. John Henry Hobart, an Assistant Minister of Trinity Church. Judge righteous judgment. John vii. 24,
An Attempt to familiarize the Church Catechism. For the use of Schools and Families. By JMrs. Trimmer First American, from the third London edition.
The Christian Institutes; or, the Sincere Word of God. Being a Fo and impartial Account of the whole Faith and Duty of a Christian. Collected out of the Writings of the Old and New Testament: digested under proper Heads, and delivered in the Words of Scripture. By the Right Reverend Father in God Francis, late Lord Bishop of Chester. The first .imerican, from the twelfth London edition.
Books Sold by T. & J. Swords.
Discourses on several important Subjects, By the late Right Rev. Samuel Seabury, D. D. Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the State of Connecticut and Rhode-Island. Published from Manuscripts prepared by the Author for the press.
An Apology for the Bible, in a series of Letters, addressed to Thomas Paine, author of a book entitled The Age of Reason, Part the Second, being an Investigation of True and of Fabulous Theology. By R. Watson, D. D. F. R. S. Lord Bishop of Landaff, and Regius Professor of Divinity in the University of Cambridge.
Primitive Truth and Order vindicated from modern misrepresentation: with a Defence of Episcopacy, o that of Scotland, against an attack made on it y the late Dr. Campbell, of Aberdeen, in his Lectures on Ecclesiastical History. By the Right Rev. John Skinner, in Aberdeen, senior Bishop of the Scotch Episcopal Church. The first American edition. To which is annexed, a Review of Dr. Haweis' Church History.
A brief Retrospect of the Eighteenth Century. Part first; in two volumes: containing a sketch of the
Revolutions and Improvements in Science, Arts and Literature during that period. By Samuel JMiller, A.M. one of
the Ministers of the United Presbyterian Churches in the city of New-York, Member of the American Philosophical Society, and corresponding Member of the Historical Society of Massachusetts.
The Life and Posthumous Writings of Wm.
Cowper, Esq. with an Introductory Letter to the Right Hon. Earl Cowper. By William Hayley, Esq.
The Life of Samuel Johnson, D. D. the first
President of King’s College, in New-York. Containing many interesting Anecdotes; a general View of the State of Religion and Learning in Connecticut during the former part of the last Century; and an Account of the Institution and Rise of Yale College, Connecticut; and of King’s (now Columbia) College, New-York. By Thomas Bradbury Chandler, D.D. formerly Rector of St. Johns's Church, Elizabeth-town, New-Jersey. To which is added, an Appendex, containing many original Letters, never before published, from Bishop Berkeley, Archbishop Secker, Bishop Lowth, and others, to Dr. Johnson.