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M'ELRATH & BANGS,
85 CHATHAM-STREET, NEW-YORK,
HAVE RECENTLY PUBLISHED THE FOLLOWING VALUA
DISCOURSES ON VARIOUS SUBJECTS, relative to the Being and Attributes of God, and his works in Creation, Providence, and Grace. By ADAM CLARKE, LL.D. F.A.S. &c. &c. 2 vols. 8vo.
"During my long ministerial life, I have written but very few Sermons, most of which have been already published; and, for want of time, and health, they have been permitted to get out of print. I wished to have republished those, and to have added a few more, which I had prepared for the press; but the Editors having got my MSS., without properly consulting me, announced a volume of original Sermons; for which I was not prepared. Many were brought to me which were said to have been taken down by short-hand writers; but when I came to peruse them, I found I could make no kind of use of them. They were neither in language or matter any thing to which I could creditably or with a good conscience set my hand. I afterwards understood that my enunciation, though distinct, was too rapid to be caught by those Artists, in consequence of which, many half sentences appeared, and the reasoning was marred, anconnected, unfinished, and indeed, sometimes contradictory to itself. This was the case, particularly with several which had been taken down, some years ago, at the instance of some gentlemen, who, believing that I was near death, (for I was then in a bad state of health,) thought they could oblige the public and themselves by having my last discourses ready by the time I might be interred! Their good intentions have been hitherto frustrated--and I think it was well for all concerned, and who might have been concerned, that such odds and ends never appeared, and this imperfect taking down
was nearly the same in all: for, let the artists be whom they might, I found on examining the fruits of their labours, that they had, to a man, given me a strange language, worse by many degrees than my own; that they had often perverted my sense, misrepresented my criticisms, and confounded my reasoning."
"Should any Discourses be offered to the Public, said to have been preached by me, that have not been re-written by myself, (and published, or left with my signature to be published, should my Executors think proper,) I here certify that they are none of mine." * "As far as I have proceeded, I have aimed in all to exhibit the most momentous Truths of Divine Revelation:-and as far as I could, the deepest working of the Divine Spirit on the soul of man."-Author's Preface.
"The name of Dr. Adam Clarke prefixed to any publication will naturally attract the notice of his numerous and highly respectable acquaintances and friends. This will be the case on ordinary occasions, but when, on examination, it is found that the subject proposed for investigation, is at once recondite, momentous and universally interesting, excitement will be accompanied with a still deeper intensity from an expectation that inquiry will be prosecuted in a region that lies somewhat beyond the province of common research."
"In the volume now before us, all these causes unite their power in one mutual cooperation. The Being and Attributes of God, and his Works displayed in Creation, Providence, and Grace, stand foremost among all the important realities which can enter into the mind of man; and he who feels no interest in the issue of the discussion, can present but feeble claims to the character of rationality. To the subjects investigated in this volume, it is well known that Dr. Clarke has long directed the energies of his acute and capacious mind; and with the various branches of evidence on which the ultimate conclusion rests, he has long been familiar."
"In those Sermons that are now before us, there is a depth of penetration, an acuteness of research, and a vigorous range of thought, which, in modern discourses, we but rarely find. These are accompanied with such a warmth of devotional feeling, such a rich vein of piety, and such a strong regard to the fundamental doctrines of the gospel, as greatly to enhance their value. All this, however, was expected from the author's well-known talents, and literary character; and few, we believe, will complain of disappointment."-Imperial Magazine.
"The venerable author of these Sermons, has for many years ranked among the most eminent ministers of the present age; and we are glad that he has been prevailed upon to commit to the press these specimens of his instructive and energetic preaching. Possessed of a strength of mind far greater than that which falls to the lot of ordinary men, and extensively acquainted with Oriental literature, nearly the whole of his life has been devoted to the study of the Holy Scriptures. Accustomed to weigh their phraseology, to investigate their rights and ceremonies, the arts and sciences, the historical facts and characters, to which reference is made in the inspired records, he is eminently qualified to throw light upon their sacred contents.
"Some of the Discourses are of considerable length, and of great value. For comprehension of thought, clear and forcible argumentation, and profound views of Divine truth, some of them are equal to the best sermons of Farindon, Barrow, or South; but on the subject of personal godliness, they are incomparably superior to any thing that those eminent Divines and preachers ever wrote. We know of no Sermons in which so much learning is brought to bear upon the all important subject of experimental religion."- Wesleyan Methodist Magazine.
MEMOIRS of the LIFE and MINISTRY of the Rev. JOHN SUMMERFIELD, A. M. late a preacher in connexion with the Methodist Episcopal Church in America. By JOHN HOLLAND. With an introductory Letter, by JAMES MONTGOMERY.
"A fervent, fearless, self-sacrificing preacher, the delight of wondering, weeping, and admiring audiences, wherever he went."-Montgomery.
"I have read the life of the Rev. John Summerfield with great satisfaction. It is a very interesting record, and I trust will promote the interests of our common Christianity, of which Mr. S. was so bright an ornament; and so happy an example of the union of zeal with catholicism and of talent with humility. I have, however, to regret that those friends and coadjutors, who could, and ought to have influenced the course of the youthful evangelist, had not withheld him from those excessive exertions which prodigally wasted, in a few short years, the power possessed by him for the good of mankind, when it might have shed the lustre of genius and piety over half a century."-Professor Silliman of Yale College.
"Life of Summerfield. We have been reading with much satisfaction the Memoirs of this popular and devoted young minister. The book exhibits a specimen of Biogra phy as beautiful and finished as simplicity, purity, and force of style, united to richness and chasteness of ornament can well make it, and the materials are interesting and in
structive and what is no small praise, it is laudably purged of bigotry and sectarianism." -Dutch Reformed Magazine.
"Memoirs of Summerfield.-Mr. Holland has by this interesting biography of a most pious, eloquent and popular clergyman, conferred an invaluable benefit on the Christian community at large, and especially entitled himself to the grateful attention of the members of the very extensive church of which Mr. Summerfield was a distinguished and shining light. Recommended to the arduous task by so nice and able a judge as the poet Montgomery, imbued with an overflowing zeal in the cause of religion, and animated by a lively and devoted regard for the amiable virtues, the unobtrusive piety, and the impressive eloquence of his deceased friend, he has judiciously performed the charge entrusted to him in an unpretending but attractive form, calculated to make a favoura ble impression on all sorts of readers. No gloomy spirit of bigotry casts its dark shadows over the path traced by the steps of the illustrious preacher; no illiberal denunciations or exclusive partialities render his example forbidding, or an imitation of his passing excellencies a hopeless attempt to the humble seeker after holiness and virtue. Benevolence, active, and spreading its wide embrace from east to west, and north to south, wherever the human form offers an object for its regard and a stimulus for its exertion, characterises the tone and spirit in which this volume is written. We may safely recommend this biography as an instructive and interesting work."-New-York Mirror. "This is a work of rare excellence. We speak not now of its literary merit. We speak of a higher quality. It is the simple and touching story of one who, for a few brief years, lived and laboured and suffered among us in the cause of Christ, and was not, for God took him. It is another added to that class of publications so delightful to all who love the Lord Jesus in sincerity, and who love to trace his image in his disciples. It is one of those few books which we read with hearts full of thankfulness to God-and, when we have done, lift up our voice in
"Praise, for yet one more name with power endowed
To cheer, and guide us, onward as we press."
We have received much advantage and much pleasure from this book, and recommend it to our readers. We wish that the story of Summerfield's abundant labours may stimulate many to similar devotedness. We associate his name in our ascription of praise to God for all his servants departed this life, in his faith and fear; and we love to think that he will be to many as he is to us,
"Yet one more image on the heart bestowed
Theological Repertory, for February, 1830. "We have perused the Memoirs of the Life of Summerfield with close attention, and concur with the poet Montgomery in awarding praise to the biographer, and also in the opinion of the value of such records to the living. His biographer has introduced him to us as he was in his closet, and in his intercourse with his fellow men; and none can read his diary or his letters, without being convinced that he practised what he preached. The volume will be sought after with avidity, and read by thousands with pleasure, although they may not have seen him; but to those who knew him as he lived, and read how he died, it will be a treasure with which they will not readily part."-Mercantile Advertiser.
A DISSERTATION on the USE and ABUSE of TOBACCO ; wherein the advantages and disadvantages, attending the consumption of that entertaining weed, are particularly considered. Humbly addressed to all the Tobacco consumers; but especially to those among religious people. By ADAM CLARKE, LL.D. F.A.S. M.Ř.I.A. &c.
"To such a height with some has fashion grown,
One and but one degree is wanting yet,
To make our senseless luxury complete;
Some choice regale, useless as snuff and dear,
To feed the mazy windings of the ear.-S. Wesley.
Little children keep yourselves from IDOLS.-St. John.
"TO THE READER.-In writing on a subject which appeared to me of vast importance to the persons to whom the pamphlet is directed, I thought it necessary to mix historic instruction with serious admonition; and therefore have given a short description of the Plant in question, together with the history of its name and importation into these and other European countries. I have drawn my information from a variety of sources; and have endeavoured to detail what I have learned on this subject with the strictest fidelity, and with as much accuracy as possible.-I hope I have made no material mistakes: if I have, they were involuntary: for I have ever spoken according to the best of my knowledge. I am not so vain as to imagine that those who have been long attached to the Pipe, the Snuff-box, or the Quid, will pay much regard to what I have written on the subject. I know too much of human nature to expect that where