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Art. l.—Dr. Chalmers' Works. Twenty. will always be many who will draw from five Volumes, 12mo.
certain portions of them a large amount of 2. Posthumous Works. Nine Vols. 8vo. their spiritual and theological aliment, and Edinburgh: T. Constable & Co.
who will think themselves well and suffi.
ciently disciplined, and kept safely orthoThe high place which Thomas Chalmers oc- dox, and evangelical, so long as they are cupies in the religious history of Scotland, content to sit at the feet of this revered he holds securely ; it is a position which he teacher. will not lose, unless a time shall come when But when we come to think of English John Knox and other worthies of the like literature at large, and to think of it as instamp shall have ceased to be thought of in fluenced or favoured by no special or natheir native country with reverential grati- tional feelings, it is quite certain that the tude. But the rank which his writings will “ WORKS” will undergo a severe sifting. ultimately hold in the body of English lite. Portions—large portions, of the mass, we rature is a point yet to be determined ; and cannot doubt, must subside and at no disat present it can be only conjecturally spok. tant date, will cease to be often asked for, en of, and this on the ground of considera- or popularly read. The works of the very tions of quite a different order from those best writers (if voluminous) have undergone which affect his place in the regards of his the same discerptive process. Nor has any countrymen. Nevertheless, on this ground human reputation hitherto been of such plewe do not hesitate to profess the belief that, nary force as might suffice for immortalizing as a religious writer and as a theologian, he every paragraph or treatise that a man has will live. A distinction, however, must written and printed. Assuredly Chalmers here be made :-The “ Works,” entire, of will not stand his ground as an exception to Dr. Chalmers, will, no doubt, continue to this almost universal doom-a doom which be sought after, through a course of many has consigned to oblivion a half—a threeyears, and will often be reprinted in their fourths—or a nine-tenths of the products of mass for the use of Scotland, and of England even the brightest minds; especially if they too, buoyed up, as one might say, by his have been, in their day, teeming and indusimmortal renown, as one of the best and trious minds, and if such writers have mixthe ablest, and the most useful of the great ed themselves at large with the social and men whom Scotland has in any age pro- political movements of their times. duced. The grateful and religious Scot.
At this time—and if we are looking to tish people at home as well as those thou- the volumes now before us, it is not Chalsands of the “ dispersion,” who are scatter- mers as the great, the good, and the emi. ed over the face of the earth, will (so we nently useful man of his age and country imagine) for generations yet to come re-whom we have to do with it is not Chalgard it as a sacred duty to possess them- mers as related to those religious and eccle. selves of the Works Entire of their own siastical movements of which Scotland is now Chalmers. And, moreover, among these reaping the fruits ;—but it is the same dispurchasers and readers of the Works, therel tinguished man, considered simply as a VOL. XXVI.