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By Edward Baines, Leeds,

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, 291, 303

Phil. iv. 8.

23... ... ... ... Christian Morality, viz. Gravity, Decency, &c.

Pbil. iv. 8.


24, 25.....Christin, por me. viz. Justice, Equity, and} 331, 344

26, 27........Christian Morality, viz. Justice, Purity, Tem-

357, 373

perance, Chastity, and Modesty, Phil. iv. 8. $

28.............. Christian Morality, viz. a Lovely Carriage, &c.

Pbil. iv. 8.

:} 382

29.............Christian Morality, viz. Tbings of Good Report,

&c. Phil. iv, 8.


30..............Christian Morality, viz. Courage and Honour,?

Virtue and Praise, Phil. iv. 8.


31, 82... Hal cor. ortides of Remedies...against. Fear} .425, 439

33.............. The Universal Rule of Equity, Mat. vii. 12.

............. 457

34, 35, 36. The Atonement of Christ, Rom. iii. 25. 472, 486, 503

37, 38........ The Christian's Treasure, 1 Cor. iii. 21.

518, 532

39.............. The Right Improvement of Life, 1 Cor. iii. 22.


40... ---- The Corrient the Living above the Dead;} 563

41...............Death improved to our Adraotage, 1 Cor. iii. 22............. 582

42.... The Death of Kindred improved, I Cor. iji. 22............. 599

43..............Death a Blessing to the Saints, 1 Cor. iii. 22. ......... 609



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T was a custom among the ancient Romans, to preserve in wax, the figures of those among their ancestors, who were of noble birth ; or had been more nobly advanced to the chair of honour by their personal merits. Sallust relates “that Scipio and other great men, by beholding these likenesses, found enkindled in their breasts, so ardent a thirst after virtue, as could not be extinguished, till, by the glory of their own actions, they had equalled the illustrious objects of their emulation. But it is the happiness of Christians to possess truer notions of virtue, and to be governed by infinitely higher views, We may, however, hence observe the foree of example, which is peculiarly operative in those wbo sincerely love God. They no sooner reflect on the accounts given of such as have been eminent for their piety and zeal, than they become desirous of imbibing the same spirit*.

The advantages to be derived from theological biography, are too various to be enumerated; and of such obvious importance, as to supersede all studied encomiums. The sacred scriptures abound with relations of extraordinary occurrences in the lives of men, who were distinguished in their day by their virtues or their crimes: And, as if the Holy Spirit designed to provide for our entertainment, and to gratify our curiosity ; there is not a beauty in this species of historical writing, of which we have not some interesting example, in the inspired volume.

Each character is drawn by the hand of impartiality and faithfulness ; so that we are in no danger of being deceived by the influence of any of those passions, which so often degrade other relations of the same kind. While compassion tempers the hatred of sin, the love of truth corrects the ardor of private gratitude, the usual partiality of friendship, and the zeal of opinion. Here no excellence, which evidences them to be the Sons of God, is exalted above its intrinsic value; nor is any failing, common to them as the children of Adam, concealed or extenuated.

Next to these divine records, our esteem is claimed by the many valuable literary monuments which have been raised in all succeeding ages, by the Jabour's of piety and veneration, to the remembrance of those eminent names, whom the unerring Judge of true excellence has delighted to honour.

The lives of men who have made themselves famous in the cabinet, or in the field, may instruct and animate survivors of the same profession: the intrigues of courts, the elevation and the fall of a statesman, the manœuvres of generalship, the decision of a battle, are attended to with a lively avidity by

* Reynolds.

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