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9. The predisposition of our citizens to be affe&ted by the remote and exciting causes of the yellow fever, would be very much lel. sened by their living sparingly upon fresh animal food and chiefly upon broth and fresh vegetables rendered savoury by spices, and a small quantity of salted meat, during the summer and autumnal months. A conftant attention should be paid at the same time to bodily cleanliness."
Art. XVI. A Sermon preached in Christ Church, and St.
Peter's Philadelphia, May the gth, 1^98; being the Day appointed by the President, as a Day of Fasting, Humiliation, and Prayer, throughout the United States of North America. By James Abercrombie, A. M. one of the Affiftant Ministers of Christ Church and St. Peter's. Published by Request. Philadelphia ; Printed by John Ormrod, No. 41, Chefnut-street.
Na well-written Preface, the author informs the public, was delivered, and with no intention of its being ever committed to the prifs, is thrown on the candour of the public, with a full conviction that, in consideration of the aboverecited and other similar circumstances, it will be perused with all that indulgence to which he hopes it will be thought enti. tled.
Conscious of his not having had it in his power to pay that attention to his style, and the arrangement of his subjeci, which both the occafion, and a proper regard to his own reputation required, he itrenuoully resisted the solicitations first offered for its publication, and he would have persevered in doing fo, had not the most gross and malevolent misrepresentations of several sentiments made it indispensibly neceflary for him to appeal to the candour of the public. He now gives it to them with all its imperfections, not thinking himself, under existing circumstances, at liberty to alter or amend it; at the same time afterting his full conviction of the truth of the sentiments exprelled, and giving his assurances that he publishes them exactly as delivered from the pulpit, without the fuppreflion or flightest alteration of any one of them.
The text is, Joel, chap. ii, ver. 15, 16, 17, 18, which is very judiciously explained, and then, being naturally led to it from the nature of his subject, the author takes a summary but interesting view of the present circumstances of his own country. And, sorry are me to observe, that on the testimony of this as trell as several other publications, these rising states appear to be overrun either with sectaries to the destruction of
peace, harmony, and all the social comforts of good neighbourhood; or with such latidunarianism as is equally destructive of both religious principle and religious practice ; or, finally, with modern French philofophy, which is more destructive of the moral sense, as it has been called, and common honesty, than even avowed infidelity, when infidelity was contended to be a speculative thing.
Mr. Abercrombie, if sometimes bold in his expoftulations, is no where violent. He addre's his countryman with that manly firmness, which becomes a christian preacher: his arguments are plain, but convincing, and sufficiently forcible, and his style, though perhaps, not always, fo correct as longer study might have rendered it, is no where mean, nor unworthy of a well-educated writer. How popular or unpopular he may be in the congregation to which he belongs, we have neither enquired nor been informed: but, though we, with every other man, as we suppose, who had the pleasure of being acquainted with him, fincerely lamented the death of the amiable man, whom we well remember once filled the Chair of Christ Church and St. Peters, with almost unexampled eclat. We cannot so belie our convictings as to condole with the congregation for having loft Mr. Duché, when, at the same time, they have gained by Mr. Abercrombie (whom we at all know only as the author of this Sermon).
As a specimen of his style and manner, we transcribe the following passage ; felected for no other reafon than that it appears likely to be most interesting to British readers; and beause, also, it asserts a fact of great importance to both countries, to the certainty and truth of which it happens that we can ourselves bear testimony. « The
pen of faithfal history, and the memory of many now within these facred walls, muft trace with pleafing recollection, the purity and fimplicity of manners, the ardour and unanimity of political sentiments, and i he zeal and ancerity of religious profession, which once prevailed among us.
“ By that great and illustrious nation, from whom we derive our origin, we were nourished in the principles of true religion and vir. tue ; from her we imbibed those pure elements of political wisdoš which, as far as the infant state of our country would admit, taught us to form our conftitution on the model of her own, juftly considered, upon abstract principles, by the wiselt politicians, the perfection of government ; and without a firm and cordial connection with whom (pointed out by nature, from a similarity of language, laws, manners, and religion ; and by expediency, from the resources of her strength) we may, perhaps, in the prefent exigency find it difficult to preserve our liberty and independence."
IN D E X.
Auklaud (Lord) his fpeech on the
Union praised, as replete with politi-
kerton) a fet-off against vague
to be an illuminé, democrat, &c. 554.
meditated plan, 498~-undertakes to
Scotland in the minority of James V. the Revolution, 499minaccurate in
Philosophers, 503-inaci urate in ta-
United States, through the want of as encouragers of atheism, 506—
her progress in literature, 57%. Barritier Ego, his eloquence occasion-
instance of, 83.
sago to Jaines IV. King of Scot exposed, 82-detected in diftributing
a pernicious pamphlet, ib.
fulness to a Book Society in the fin to be a fcriptural doctrine, 61.-
denies the pre-existence, deity, and
Jesus Christ, 62-thinks that St.
be made in a French tribune, 544. to what he wrote ; and afferts that
314-its baueful effects on society, no right hand, at which Jesus can
it and to intercede, 63-atirns that
the Sabbath makes no part of Chri on Mr. Malone, 387-his criticisms
Strictures on his on the author of the Pursuits of Li-
terature, 395-treats the ftyle of
Junius with contempt, 397-is com-
insipid by the Critical Reviewers, Sec Mathias.
that the most inapplicable Charles de Rosenfeld, a novel, 575.
one lover at a time, 56.
resistance, as inculcated by Christi disposition to thieving, 143.
China, account of the tate-religion
jeity with a copy of his pamphlet, 53. Chinese at Batavia, account of, from
account of its proceedings with re by Bishop Brownlow, 315-real teits
of, described by Mr Polwhele, 456.
Fall of, 363–367.
difcuffed, 117-of the Highlands of
James IV. 119-its progress in Scot.
land in the reigns of James IV. and
Cleeve (Mr.) entitled to public ihanks
for composing his Devotional Exer-
Clergy, French, desence of the, by
M. De la Harpe, 542.
Clergyman, peculiar duty of a, to his
review of, the various animadverfions Clerical character degraded by case
vaihing for election to lectureihips,
178—fcandalous conduct at these
elections described, ib.
pence to the nation, 169—the present
mode of conducting it exceptionable,
ment, by a reduction in weight of
the pieces coined, ib.
Collot D'Herbois, account of his death,
Colnett (Captain) his means of pre-
Conspiracy against the Chriftian reli-
gion defcribed, 499—the period at
grets under the authors of the Ene
Cora, the Virgin of the Sun, her cha.
hurtful, as not being agreeable to
for the Believers in the Shakespea Correction of inaccurate tatement
Counterfeiting of English money, how Egypt, description of, by Sonnini, 553.
Egyptian, origin of the word lug,
Election of a French representative at
Cayenne described, 527.
Encyclopedie, French, originally de-
figned to promulgate the principles
del France, 216–220_this appli- England, Descent upon, a Prophecy,
cation controverted, 484-488. 572.
Deportation to Cayenne, 518-bar- Epigrams, on fand being mixed, the
bread given to the Englith prisoners
ration of Rights of 1791, added in
former arrive in England, 530. of equality discussed and condemned,
and reptiles, 474-quadrupeds, 475. Exeter, Literary Society, its disputes
cian and a disciple of Godwin, 165. members, 181-185.
various attacks, 84–87--their en 179
as members of volunteer corps, 214. Farms, the superior expediency of sinall
the conductor of the Analytical Re favour of the latter, 480-483.
Republic, 413—his own view of his
graphs so called, 425-translated by 415--remarks on the composition of
20-eight Saxons in Kent, whore
of relief to the Crown, ib.
Fidelity of the Servant of Barthelemy
Fletcher, Andrew, 'of Saltoun (dero
Beltham and Seward, as an upright
opinion, bear no resemblance to any committed robbery and murder, flies
to Spain, where he is imprisoned as
in any language-quotations back to England as a traitor, rebel,
and affalin, 424.