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FROM THE PRESIDENT OF YALE COLLEGE.
" Allow me to express my decided approbation of the object and plan of the National Preacher. It has opened a new channel for the religious influence of the press. It gives a durable form to a selection of able discourses; and probably gains for them a more attentive perusal, by distributing them, not in volumes, but in smaller portions, at regular intervals of time. The execution, so far as I have observed, is such as to satisfy the public expectation."
FROM THE AMERICAN BAPTIST. “ We esteem this Sermon (CCIX) one of the most valuable in the very valuable series of Sermons which that Work has presented to the reading public within the last ten years; a Work which deserves to receive a larger share of public patronage than it has yet secured.”
FROM PROFESSORS IN PRINCETON THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY.
“The plan proposed by the Rev. Austin Dickinson, of publishing a Monthly Series of Sermons, from the pens of respectable Ministers of different denomi. nations of Christians in the United States, is one which, in our opinion, may be rendered highly interesting and extensively useful. We do, therefore, willingly recommend the undertaking to the patronage of the Christian community."
FROY THE PRESIDENT AND PROFESSORS OF AMHERST COLLEGE.
« Mr. Dickinson has a clear and discriminating mind; and is himself at once an able writer and preacher. Having spent four years at the South and West, and become extensively acquainted with Ministers and Christians of different denominations, and having at the same time an intimate knowledge of the religious state and wants of New-England ; perhaps no man is better qualified to make a powerful and salutary impression on the public mind, by combining (and in a sense directing) the talents of our most eniinent divines in his Monthly Preacher.
"Most sincerely do we wish him the co-operation of those whose name and influence may make the work a blessing to niany thousands."
FROM THE QUARTERLY CHRISTIAN SPECTATOR.
"We do not hesitate to say, that Mr. Dickinson has adopted one of the hap. piest expedients hitherto devised for eliciting that 'diversity of gists' in the Christian ministry, which infinite wisdom and benevolence have bestowed for the edification of the body of Christ, and for bringing sinners to the foot of the cross."
FROM THE NEW-YORK OBBERVER.
" This periodical has, from its commencement in 1826, been regarded as a standard work; and, afforded as it is at the low price of one dollar a year, and sustained by some of the ablest writers of our country, we should expect it would continue to have an extensive and increasing circulation."
It will be the habitual endeavor of the Editor, in this work, to present such Sermons, on all important subjects of Gospel doctrine and practice, as may tend to honor the great Redeemer and save immortal souls. We have been cheered with constant assurances of its usefulness; and if those who read and appreciate, will make it known to others, and encourage its circulation, its influence may widen and extend so long as the Gospel is preached.
The undersigned has transferred the list of Subscribers, and the Proprietorship of the NATIONAL PREACHER, from the commencement of the twelfth volume, to the Rev. Darius MEAD, of this city. Such as are still in arrears for former volumes, will, of course, see the justice and propriety of at once forwarding to the Editor what remains due, agreeably to the terms on which they received them. Nero-York, Dec. 1837.
In accordance with the terins, and the notice on the cover at the close of the eleventh volume, the January number was sent to Subscribers who had not requested a discontinuance. If any receive this through mistake, who do not wish to be considered subscribers for the year, they will please return this, and the January number, without delay.
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CONTRIBUTORS. Upwards of sixty Clergy'men, of five Christian denominations, and belonging to sixteen different States, most of whom are well known to the public as authors, have allowed the Editor to expect from them Sermons for this work; among whom are the following:
Rev. Drs. Richards and Halsey, of the Theological Seminary at Auburn ; Rev. Drs. Tucker and Beman, Troy ; Rev. Dr. Sprague, Albany; Rev. Drs. Milnor, Matthews, Spring, M'Auley, Skinner, Brownlee, and De Witt, New-York City ; Rev. Drs. Alexander and Miller, Professors in Princeton Theological Seminary; Rev. Professor M'Clelland, Rutgers College, NewJersey; Rev. Drs. Green, M'Duwell, Tyng, and Cuyler, Philadelphia ; Rev. Di. Bishop, President of Miami University, Ohio ; Rev. Dr. Fitcli, Yale College; Rev. Professors Tyler and Netileion, East Windsor Theological Seminary; Rev. Dr. Wayland, President of Brown University; Right Rev. Bp. Griswold, Salem, Mass ; Right Rev. Bp. M'Ilvaine, Ohio; Rev. Dr. Humphrey, President of Amherst College, Mass.; Rev. Dr. Beecher, President of Lane Seminary, Cincinnati; Rev. Professors Woods, Stuart, and Emerson, of Andover Theological Seminary; Rev. Dr. Fisk, President of the Wesleyan University, MiddleTown, C.; Rev. Daniel A. Clark, Bennington, V1.; Rev. Dr. Bates, President of Middlebury College ; Rev. Dr. Matthews, Hanover Theological Seminary, Indiana; Rev. Dr. Baxter, Union Theological Seminary, Va.; Rev. Dr. Lord, President of Dartmouth College ; Rev. Ďr. Church, Pelham, N. H.; Rev. Dr. Leland, Columbia, S. C.; Rev. Dr. Coffin, Greenville, Tennessee ; Rev. Drs. Perkins and llawes, Hartford, Conn.; Rev. President Wheeler, Vermont Universily; Rer. Professor Howe, Columbia, S. C.; Rev. Dr. Chapin, President of Colunbian College, D. C. ; Rev. Dr. Nout, President of Union College.
Mother'3 MAGAZINE. This Monthly PERIODICAL has been published five
The number to be issued in January, 1838, will be the first of Vol. 6th. The object of the publication is to promote the early physical, moral and religious education of children, through the instrumeatality of MATERNAL INFLL'ENCE. Termis--One Dollar u year, in adrance. Nero-York, Dec. 13, 1837. S. WHITTLESEY, Publisher,
FORGIVENESS OF OTHERS, A CONDITION OF
THE DIVINE FORGIVENESS.
MATTHEW vi. 12. 14, 15.- And forgive us our debts, as we forgive
our debtors. For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
The picture which our Saviour drew in one of his parables, is a picture of man. A poor debtor, who owed ten thousand talents, and had nothing to pay, fell down before his lord and cried for mercy. Yet when he had been forgiven, he went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred pence; and though that fellow servant fell down and cried for mercy, he would not forgive, but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
Now, our Lord, knowing the unforgiving temper of man, has seen fit to annex to every prayer that we offer for forgiveness, a remarkable condition :
Forgive us our debts,—AS WE FORGIVE OUR DEBTORS." I. As every man is supposed to be an offender against God, so every man is supposed to have been in some way offended by his felLow men.
The world is so bad, that our Lord presumes nobody will be able to go through it, without feeling some inconvenience from the wicked, with whom he comes every day in contact in a thousand ways. He must be favored with a singular exemption from the common lot of men,-especially from the common lot of good men,who can walk far in such a world as this, without being imposed
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