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A LIFE OF EACH AUTHOR, A SUMMARY OF EACH SERMON or DISCOURSE, NOTES, &c.
BY THE REv. T. S. HUGHES, B. D.
of EM MANUEL college ; Ex AMINING ch A PLAIN To The Bishop of PETER Bo Rou Gh, AND LATE CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE IN THE UNIVERSITY OF CAM BRIDGE. To be continued in Monthly Volumes, in a cheap, uniform, and commodious size, and printed by A. J. Valpy, M.A. Red Lion Court, Fleet Street; where Subscribers' names for a part or the whole of the Series are received, as well as by all Booksellers in Town and Country.
It has frequently been a subject of complaint, that a Collection of the best English Divines, from the scarcity of good editions, and the expense of procuring them, is rarely met with in the Libraries even of our Clergy, although these are the sources to which, after the Holy Scriptures, they must apply for instruction and edification. A few select volumes of some favorite Authors are perhaps found on their shelves; but a regular Series, exhibiting the profound researches, the luminous expositions, the interesting criticisms, and the noble eloquence of British Theologians, falls to the lot of few : indeed our great public repositories themselves are not unfrequently deficient in this important branch of literature. To remedy these defects, and to enable the Clergy and Laymen to possess a treasure of such real excellence, at a time too when the Church of England requires the best exertions of her sons, is the object of the present undertaking.
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It would indeed be discreditable to an age, in which the works of so many Authors have been reprinted in a form combining both economy and convenience, if those of the great orndments of our Church should be withheld from an extended circulation. It is proposed therefore to publish a Series on the following plan:
Each work will be preceded by a Biographical Memoir of its Author, comprising a general account of the times in which he lived, with a particular reference to the state of religious opinions.
An Argument or concise Summary of Contents will be prefixed to every Sermon, Tract, or Disquisition, contained in each Volume; so that not only direct access may be had to any portion required for perusal or consultation, but the Summary of each Sermon may be considered as a Skeleton well calculated to assist the young Divine in Composition.
Notes and observations will be added wherever they may appear necessary or useful; and at the end of each Author will be given an Index of those Scriptural passages which have been commented on in such Author.
Strict chronological order will not be observed in the Series; but those Authors will be first published, which may be considered as more immediately required.
The works of Bishop Sherlock, the only uniform edition hitherto published, are now completed in five volumes: after Dr. BARRow will follow the most popular works of Hall, Atterbury, Jewell, Seed, Jortin, South, Hurd, Bull, Beveridge, Balguy, S. Clarke, Ogden, Paley, Waterland, Jer. Taylor, &c.
A Volume will appear on the first of every month, in small 8vo., containing on an average 500 pages neatly printed, price 7s.6d. and may be had of all Booksellers in Town and Country, with the Magazines and Reviews.
It is expected that the whole Series will not exceed Fifty Volumes; but any Author may be had separately.
• THE DIVINES OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND.' "
“We are happy to think that the best friends of the Church coincide with us, and are exerting themselves in the good work of patronising the present publication, which we trust will not only be found in the library of every clergyman, but in that of every gentleman in the kingdom.”—Morning Advertiser.
“The summaries, or, as they are denominated, ‘Skeleton Sermons,’ cannot fail to prove extremely convenient to young clergymen; many of whom, no doubt, will avail themselves of the opportunity thus afforded of improving their own style of composition.”—British Traveller.
“No. VI. of this noble and highly useful publication has just appeared, commencing the works of Dr. Isaac Barrow, with some account of his life. Mr. Valpy is intitled to the support of every member of the Church of England, and especially of the clergy, for this spirited undertaking. The price is most favorable to extended circulation, which it richly merits, and which, we are pleased at hearing, it enjoys.'—Brighton Herald.
‘We have no question but that this production will receive great support; it must be as highly prized by the serious of all classes of society, as it will be found eminently useful to those who minister in holy things.”—Plymouth and Devonport Herald.
‘For cheapness and elegance, this work may rival any of the cotemporary publications which the press is now periodically pouring forth."—Berkshire Chronicle.
‘This work has long been a desideratum, and will be hailed by numbers as enabling them at small expense to place in their studies the luminous expositions, interesting criticisms, and noble eloquence of those brilliant ornaments of our island—the British Theologians.”—Trewman's Ereter Flying Post.
• Exertions are making to furnish the works of the best authors on other subjects, in a form which unites economy with convenience, and is calculated to obtain for them an extensive circulation ; and it would be discreditable were the same attention not shown to those valuable productions, which the learning and piety of some of the brightest ornaments of the Church of England have bequeathed to posterity.”—Carlisle Patriot.
." With the class of persons for whom the work is more particularly designed, it cannot fail to meet a favorable reception.”—Weekly Free Press.
“We feel satisfied that this work will prove most acceptable to the religious world at large, and to the established clergy in particular. The high character of the editor, well known in the University of Cambridge as a first-rate classical scholar, and in the republic of letters as the talented author of “Travels in Sicily, Greece, and Albania,' is a sufficient pledge of the able execution of the task undertaken by him.”—Derbyshire Courier.
‘This work is very handsomely got up, and the matter is equally well adapted for the family circle on the Sabbath evening, as for the constant companion in the library of the clergyman.’—Nottingham Mercury.
‘This collection, when completed, will be a valuable addition to our Christian literature."—Manchester Courier.
• We are sure that the laity, as well as the clergy, will duly appreciate a publication which must greatly tend to the promotion of piety and virtue. Next to the preaching and example of the living ministers of the altar, we know not a more effectual mode of displaying the excellence of the establishment, than that of endeavoring to diffuse a general knowlege of its doctrines, collected and elucidated by the pious, learned, and eminent men, who have in former days adorned and enlightened the times in which they lived.'—Essex Herald.
‘This work will prove a valuable acquisition to the library of the theologian, more particularly to the young divine. Considering the style in which the book has been executed, and the quality of the type and paper, the price is very low.”—Dublin Evening Packet.
“We have no hesitation in saying that this work will be inferior in usefulness and neatness to none in the language. Its cheapness will make it accessible to all young divines, to whom it will unfold an extensive and a rich mine of theological lore of unering orthodoxy, and profound scriptural disquisition." —Cuermarthen Journal.
“In respect of cheapness we believe this work has no competitor; and we certainly do anticipate that so soon as it is properly known in the country, it will be among the most extensively circulated of its successful contemporaries. No individual, whether clergyman or layman, can boast of possessing a complete theological library unless he numbers on its shelves, ‘the best Divines of the Church of England.”—Elgin Courier.
It is shown that general declamations against vice are indeed exceedingly useful; but that men ought to be made particularly acquainted with their sins, and by proper arguments dissuaded from them. Hence the sin of slander is now selected, being in nature vile, and in practice common. There are principles innate to men, which ever have, and ever will incline them to it.: this point enlarged on. But from especial causes, the present age does peculiarly abound in this practice: manners of the age described at length. Hence it is, that no discourse appears more needful or useful than that which serves to correct or check so vile an offence. Endeavors to effect this; 1. by describing the nature; 2. by declaring the folly of it.
I. For explication of its nature, slander may be described as the uttering false (or equivalent to false, morally false) speech against our neighbor, in prejudice to his fame, his safety, or his welfare, out of malignity, vanity, rashness, or bad design : this forbidden in holy Scripture under various terms, some of which signify the nature, others the special kinds, manners, or ends of this practice. But it seems most fully intelligible if
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