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a service carried on in a neighbouring family , ¦ " and afterwards in my own . * Your Correspondent complains of the deficiency of sermons sufficiently simple and affeeiiag for the use of these societies , # nd wishes for
compositions , ** in . which the doctrines and duties of Christianity are treated in a very plain , striking and . familiar manner / ' A collection of such might , I think , be easily compiled , from the compendious store of admirable works now before the public under the form
of sermons ; and had I a prospect of lengthened life and health , I would gladly undertake the task . But as the proportion of my remaining time wjiich I am able to devote to my pen , is now much less than I wish , and I cannot
rationally look for its increase , I inust I fear content myself with adding , as I can , to the number of those short pieces which appear to be generally esteemed useful ; grateful for having been enabled , in however humble a degree , to forward the glorious cause of Christian truth and righteousness .
The sermons chiefly used in the small congregation above mentioned , were those of the venerable Theophilus Lind ^ ey , ( these I warmly recommend , for the familiar simplicity of their style , and for the happy manner in which
Christian practice is shewn to arise from genuine Christian doctrines , } with the two volumes of our Missionary , Mr . Wright , —those of Doctors Toulmin , Enfield , Estlin and Rees , —and to these I would now wish to add the excellent
compositions of Dr . Lindsay , Mr . Cogan , Mr . Butcher , &c . These sermons appeared to be highly acceptable and interesting to those , both rich and poor , with whom I associated
; but much will depend upon tti ? manner * which they are delivered . 1 hough the number of nearers be few , the energy of the minister should be undiminished ; indeed it should be increased if he is desirous of adding to
Under these circumstances , a printed torm of prayer will perhaps be generally thought expedient , and I beg leave ear"nestly to recommend the one which we chose . Jt is entitled Devotional Offices for Publiq Worship , collected from various . Services in O ^ e among Protestant Dissente rs . " \ t consists of five m n ^ ft ^ ^ e eveningieMces .,
^ Wntietf W jj . aiid W- ^ aaowes , Shrewd WUTy . » ' i f I * - • , ¦ ) ; y . . n < : ,
them . He must not read prayers and a sermon , he must pray and preach ; and I a tolerably good English seholar is as competent to do this as the most learned . To understand and to feel ,
are the indispensable requisites % and a union of these Of ten inspires a , flow of natural eloquence , which produces more powerful effects than all the studied graces of art .
I ought , perhaps , to apologize for the unexpected length to which the deep interest which I take in the subject of your Correspondent ^ letter ,
has carried me . I should rejoice to hear that his wishes were Hkfely soon to be answered by one fully competent to the undertaking , which I think highly probable . MARY HUGHES .
Sir , WAS both hurt and astonished by I a perusal of the communication from Gloucester contained in your last Number ( p . 392 ) . That so respectable a name should be affixed to it seemed
hardly possible ; but that circumstance appears to render it necessary that some notice should be taken by a friend to the Unitarian cause , of this strange compound of absurdity . To no part of it can I apply a softer term / and one of the proposals it contains demands a still stronger and more serious mark of disapprobation .
If the object of the writer was to assist the resources of the Unitarian Fund , I should have 1 hailed with approbation a remonstrance on the backwardness of many wealthy persons
among our congregations to promote its good work : such an effort , earnestly yet temperately made , might have been productive of beneficial effects . A Unitarian minister , zealous as he ought to be for the wide dissemination of
what he considers gospel truth , in counteraction of the corrupt and false systems which have for so many centuries covered the Christian world with various shades of pernicious error , seems bound to exert his influence to
its utmost extent , to . , increase the means of pious and enlightened men who devote so large a portion of their time and talents to this noble purpose : but in doing this , let him bfe careful neither to lose sight of sound morality nor common sense . ' > : l tV > propose that we should u buy
On Mr . Browne ' s Proposals in behalf of the Unitarian Fund . 515
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Sept. 2, 1820, page 515, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2492/page/15/