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Art , I . Sermons , on Devotional , Evangelical , and Practical Subjects . By Joshua Toulmin , D . D . 8 vo , pp . 470 . Wiljkie
and Robinson , London , Knott and Lloyd , &c . Birmingham . When we look upon the date of this truly valuable Volume , 1810 , we take shame to ourselves that it
has not obtained an earlier notice , in our pages . The name of the venerable author is too well known to the readers of the Monthly Repository to render it necessary to < lo more than mention him . Dr .
Toulmin is truly a " veteran" in the cause of Christian truth and free inquiry , and few indeed , have been more successful in proving ,
hy example , how possible it is to unite a . deeply devotional spirit with the most fearless investigation of biblical faefs and doctrines ; the utmost candour to the
sentiments of others , with the steadiest attachment to what appears to ones 9 own mind to be the truth . The discourses contained in this -volume are in number Nineteen ,
and the subjects of them , as described in the title-page , are " devotional , evangelical , and practical . " It is scarcely necessary to remark that ihe second of these
epithets is to he taken in its legitimate , scriptural acceptation , apd not in that ex parfe , arrogant and inapplicable sense in which it is frequently assumed and applied . A quotation from the preface will well explain tbe leading olyects of the author in this publication . « Ti e * ncere af | d zealous minister
may , laudably , wish to speak , even when dead , to his surviving friends , and to leave with their children a memorial of the mutual
respect and affection which subsisted between their parents and himself . —Some of the discourses , if not all , the author hopes , will be deemed suited to the use of families , end level to the capacity and apprehension of the least informed members of a Christian
household . He fears indeed , that the practice of our pious forefathers , of reading sermons , or religious treatises , to their families , on the evening of the Lord ' s day * is now much laid aside . He
cannot but express , under this apprehension , his surprise and grief that the heads of families do not feel the obligation to avail thertn - selves of their influence , and of the leisure of that day , to render to their servants the best assistance
in their power to attain Christian knowledge and virtue . The master of his family , who calls his domestics around him , to read to them a serious , impressive , and instructive sermon , and closes tbe
service with prayer , prevents the evening being lost in levity and thoughtless dissipation—leads them to consider religious reading as a duty ; arrests their attention to
divine things by his example ; and commands respect to himself by appearing under the characters of the instructor , it may be 6 aid , of the preacher , and priest , in his own house . ' The subjects * treated of in these
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* Still pleas'd to praise , yet not afraid to blame . * — -Pop K »
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), April 2, 1814, page 236, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2439/page/36/