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Those who remember with what Application and Success he attended that Business ; how able he was in all the Parts of Learning that had Relation to it, and consider how much Time was necessarily employed in acquiring it, will be apt to imagine, that Nothing uncommon is to be expected from him in Divinity.
The Sermons themselves will furnish the best Answer to this Prejudice, and will shew, that he knew how to make the true Use of human Learning, by applying it to the best Purpose, in the Discharge of his Duty as a Minister of the Gospel.
- The Style of these Discourses is strong, and expressive : But the best Greek and Roman Writers were fo familiar to him, that it leads him frequently into their Manner of Construction, and Expreffion, which will require, fometimes, the Attention of the English Reader.
What is most to be valued in these Compositions, is; the Author's comprehensive View of the important Subjects of which he treats, the Soundness of his Judgment, and above all, the proper Application of the Scriptures to confirm, or to illustrate his Subject. You will
meet here but little in the EssayWay ; little of mere Metaphysical Speculations ; He thought it his Business, and it was his Purpose, to speak as a Minister of CHRÍST JE s U s.
and Positive Duties. Part I.
But go ye
and learn what
this meaneth, I will have Mercy, and
SER M. II.
Of the Distinction between Moral and
Positive Duties. Part II.
Mat. xii. 7. But if ye bad known what
that meáneth, I will bave Mercy, and
not Sacrifice, ye would not have condem-
ned the Guiltless.