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schools, when appointed, and to continue in his office for at least ten years.
The Emperor suppressed, by ukase, in February last, the imperial seminary for the reception of young ladies, which was amply endowed by Cath arine II. In the preamble of his edict, he declares, that the funds of this institution would be employed to greater advantage, in the education
of those youths, who are intended to serve their country; and that the ed ucation of a female, being chiefly limited to the management of family af fairs, she will sooner acquire the knowledge of them in her father's house, than in a sumptuous school, where it is attempted, but in vain, to teach them the rudiments of sciences, the knowledge of which nature does not allow them to acquire.
List of New Publications.
Elements of Therapeutics; or, a guide to health; being cautions and directions in the treatment of diseas. es. Designed chiefly for the use of students. By Rev. Joseph Townsend, M. A. Second American edition. Boston. 1807. Etheridge & Bliss.
An illustration of some difficult passages of Scripture on the doctrine of absolute predestination: attempted in a sermon by William Woodbridge, A. M. Middletown. 1805. J. & B. Dunning.
The Victim, in five letters to Adolphus, by the author of "the Guide and Refuge." Hartford, 1807. Lincoln & Gleason.
An Address delivered before the Right Worshipful Masters and Brethren of the lodges of St. John, St. Peter and St. Mark, at the Episcopal church in Newburyport, on the anniversary festival of St. John the Baptist. By Joseph Dana. Newburyport, June, 1807. E. W. Allen.
Sentiments on Resignation, by Rosewell Messenger, pastor of the first church in York, Maine. Portsmouth, N. H. 1807. W. Treadwell.
A sermon preached at the ordination of the Rev. David Thurston, over the church of Christ in Winthrop, Maine. Feb. 18, 1807. By Elijah Parish, A. M. Augusta, 1807. Peter Edes.
A sermon, occasioned by the death of Capt. Cyrus Bullard; and preached at Medway, May 25, 1806. By Lu ther Wright, A. M. pastor of the first church in Medway. Dedham, 1807. H. Mann.
A discourse, delivered before the members of the Female Charitable Society of Newburyport, at their fourth anniversary, May 20, 1807. By
James Miltimore, A. M. minister of the gospel in Stratham, N. H. Newburyport. E. W. Allen.
Mr. Dufief, of Philadelphia, has published a new edition of his work, entitled "Nature displayed in her mode of teaching language to man; or a new and infallible method of ac quiring a language in the shortest time possible, deduced from the analysis of the human mind, and consequently suited to every capacity. Adapted to the French." Valuable improvements are made in this edition.*
A discourse, delivered at the Funeral of Mrs. Mary Woodward, consort of the late Hon. Professor Woodward, in the meeting-house near Dartmouth college, March 29, 1807. By Roswell Shurtleff, A. M. professor of divinity in Dartmouth college. Han over. Moses Davis.
A new edition of the Boston Orations, commemorative of the Fifth of March, 1770. Boston. W. T. Clap.
The Seasons in England. Descriptive Poems. By the Rev. William Cooper Taylor, A. M. Boston. Josepli Greenleaf.
W. W. Woodward, Philadelphia, proposes publishing by subscription, in two handsome octavo volumes, A Theological Dictionary, containing definitions of all religious terms; a comprehensive view of every article in the System of Divinity; an impartial account of all the principal Denominations, which have subsisted in
*For our opinion of this work, see Panoplist for Oct. 1805, p. 215.
the religious world, from the birth of Christ to the present day. Tcgether with an accurate statement of the most remarkable transactions and events recorded in ecclesiastical history. By Charles Buck. This work is in the press.
Thomas Dobson proposes to publish by subscription an Elegant Edition of the New Testament, very large print, with those very full marginal references, known by the name of Canne's notes.
W. W. Woodward intends publishing in ten handsome quarto volumes "Dr. Gill's Exposition on the whole of the Old and New Testaments, critical, doctrinal, and practical. In which are recorded the original of mankind, of the several nations of the world, and of the Jewish nation in particular: The lives of the Patriarchs of Israel; the journey of that people from Egypt through the wilderness to the land of Canaan, and their settlement in that land; their laws, moral, ceremonial, and judicial; their government and state under judges and kings; their several captivities, and their sacred books of devotion; with a copious exposition on the books of the prophets, shewing that they chiefly belong to gospel times, and a great number of them to times yet to come; and a dissertation on the several apocryphal writings. Containing a correct copy of the sacred text; an account of the several books, and the writers of them; a summary of each chapter; and the genuine sense of every verse; and throughout the whole, the origin, al text, and the versions of it are inspected and compared; interpreters of the best note, both Jewish and Christian, consulted: difficult places at large explained; seeming contradictions reconciled, and various passages illustrated and confirmed by testimonies of writers, as well Gentile as Jew.
The European edition is nearly out of print, and cannot be imported and sold in America under two hundred dollars. An American edition, much superior, can be printed by subscription for sixty dollars.
B. B. Hopkins & co. Philadelphia, propose publishing by subscription, Dr. Campbell's Lectures on Church History, in connexion with his cele brated Essay on Miracles.
A Dissertation on the Prophecies, that have been fulfilled, are now fulfilling, or will hereafter be fulfilled, relative to the great period of 1260 years; the Papal and Mohammedan Apostasies; the tyrannical Reign of Antichrist, or the infidel Power; and the Restoration of the Jews. By the Rev. George Stanley Faber, D.D.Vicar of Stockton-Upon-Tees. Boston. Andrews & Cummings, and L. Blake.. Proposals are issuing for publishing Lewis and Clark's tour to the Pacific ocean, through the interior of the continent of North America, performed by order of the Government of the United States, during the years 1804, 1805, and 1806. The work will be prepared by Capt. Meriwether Lewis, and comprised in three volumes octavo, embellished with a great many maps and illustrative plates. Detached from this work, will be published Lewis and Clark's map of North America, from longitude 9 deg. west, to the Pacific Ocean, and between 36 deg. and 52 deg. north lat. with extensive marginal
The Life of Washington, by Dr. Ramsay, is ready for and will shortly be put to the press. Several gentlemen, who have seen the manuscript, do not hesitate to pronounce it, what would naturally be expected from the author and the subject, a work of the most classic elegance. It will be comprised in one volume octavo, and printed in an elegant manner.
An English Poet, of the name of Northmore, has been a considerable time engaged in writing an epic poem, to be completed in ten books, entitled Washington, or Liberty restored. The basis of the work, exclusive of the imagery, will rest solely on historic truth.
Proposals have lately been offered by Mr. Pelham, a Bookseller of Boston, for publishing, by subscription, a new system of notation, by which the variable sounds of the vowels and consonants in the English Alphabet may be accurately distinguished. This is proposed to be effected by printing a new edition of Dr. Johnson's wellknown novel, entitled Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia, on the following princi ples:-1st. By means of a variety of marks placed over the same vowel or diphthong, in different words, to ascertain its sound in every variation. 2d.
THE review of Dr. Holmes' Anniversary Discourse at Plymouth was received too late for this month. It shall appear in our next. It was our in-. tention to have attended early to this valuable production, the design of which is in perfect unison with that of the Panoplist, and in which so much justice is done to the characters and principles of the Fathers of New Eng. land. But from various causes, which it is unnecessary here to enumerate, it has been delayed to the present time.
We thank Eusebius for his six letters to his son on a seasonable subject. We shall insert them with pleasure in our future numbers.
Another interesting communication from PASTOR is just received, which, with several others from different correspondents, shall enrich our next number.
It is our wish to give all our readers their portion in due season. Our friends, who are concerned for the literary character of our country, will read, with interest, Mr. Webster's communication; while those, who give a preference to serious and evangelical subjects, will find something to gratify their
taste and wishes.
The request of B. T. shall be attended to.
THE CHRISTIAN'S ARMORY.
AUGUST, 1807. [No. 3. VOL. III.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF THE REV. SAMUEL WILLARD, PASTOR OF THE SOUTH CHURCH IN BOSTON, AND VICE-PRESIDENT OF HARVARD COLLEGE.
Mr. WILLARD descended from a very respectable family. His father sustained some of the highest offices, civil and military, But it was justly considered his chief honour to be the father of a son, who was an ornament and blessing to the church and world; one in whom was concentered a rare assemblage of excellen cies, natural and acquired, moral and spiritual.
His intellectual powers were confessedly of a superior order. In perception, he was rapid, yet correct; in thought, equally profound and clear. His imagination was rich, but not luxuriant; active and ardent, but habitually under the restraints of a solid judgment. His argumentative powers, were unusually strong.
His improvements were not inferior to his capacities. By intense application of mind, and familiar converse with the best authors, he soon became a scholar. He took an extensive range in the field of science; but passVol. III. No. 3...
ing, with a rapid glance, objects of mere amusement, or ostenta tion, he consecrated all the ardour of his mind to things substantial and useful. His researches after truth were equally assiduous, humble and independent. By abundant reading, his mind was richly stored with ideas: he accurately studied their relations and dependencies, and well knew how to unite or separate them, so as to increase his stock of real knowledge.
To all his eminent talents, was superadded a remarkable and unaffected modesty, which was not merely the companion of his youth, but continued with him to the last. Yet the veil, which he thus threw over his various accomplishments, while to the vulgar eye it diminished their splendour, appeared to the discrimi nating and judicious, their best
His favourite object was divinity. Prompted to this sublime study, equally by inclination and a sense of duty, he made such
acquisitions, as might naturally have been expected from uncommon genius and diligence, sanctified by prayer. He was familiar with the most abstruse parts of theology. In these he principally excelled. He was mighty in the scriptures, as appeared from his common discourses; and especially from several commentaries which he left, unpublished, on the Psalms, and on the Epistles to the Romans, Corinthians and Galatians. His acquaintance with systematic divinity was generally known and celebrated. Of the treasures of this kind, which he had amassed with so much care, he was generously communicative, especial ly to the people of his charge. In his attempts to maintain the doctrines of the gospel in their genuine purity, he was zealous and indefatigable. These doctrines he not only stated with great plainness and precision, and confirmed by incontestible arguments, but enforced, with great energy, on the conscience and heart.
Uniting to a dispassionate mind, a warm heart; and to a clear discernment of truth, an inflexible adherence to its distinguish ing principles, Mr. Willard shone as a controversial writer. As became one set for the defence of the gospel, he vigorously opposed the errors of the time, however imposing and triumphant the attitude they assumed. With equal energy and skill, he wielded the sword of the Spirit, to the confusion of gainsayers, and sometimes to their conviction, as well as to the establish ment and comfort of the friends of truth.
Nor was he more eminent in gifts than in grace. All his talents, all his acquisitions in science, were piously devoted to the glory of God, and the best interests of man. All the pure, humble and lovely virtues of Christianity dwelt in his bosom, and shone forth in his life. His soul was evidently moulded into the temper of the gospel. It was a temple, consecrated to the worship of the living God, and to the residence of the Holy Spirit.
Under the influence of this divine Spirit, he was early brought to the knowledge of himself, as an apostate creature ; depraved, guilty and helpless. He was likewise led into believing views of the glory and grace of Emmanuel, as the only hope of a sinner; the Author and Finisher of salvation. Henceforward, sin was his great burden and grief. Nor did he ever cease to lament his inward corruption, nor to sigh after deliverance from it, to the latest hour of life. Meditation on divine things was his habitual employment and delight. What fervour and enlargement he attained in this holy and instructive exercise, may be learned from those excellent sacramental meditations which were published after his death, and which are thought to have been written for his own particular use. His daily walk was that of one who felt a lively impression of invisible and eterhal realities. When speaking or hearing of the wonders of divine grace in redemption, he was not unfrequently transported with admiration, gratitude and love. In contemplation of the glorious