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THE MONTHLY ANTHOLOGY,
ADDRESS BY THE EDITORS.
FOUR years have expired since the first publication of the Anthology, and we have now commenced the fifth volume. It was originally undertaken by a society of gentlemen for their own amusement, and for the diffusion of literary taste. As it was begun without any sanguine expectations of success, the mortification of disappointment was precluded ; and the proprietors, satisfied with a subscription sufficient to defray the expense of publication, have cheerfully continued their labours, without the prospect or desire of pecuniary remuneration.
They are fully sensible, that the Anthology has never been a favourite with the publick at large, nor were they ambitious of popularity ; since they scorned to discuss the trifling topicks of the day, and to gratify the malice of tattling gossips with the little tales of private slander. But from the ablest pens in the United States they have received praise, more than enough to satisfy reasonable vanity, and from the liberality of their patrons, sufficient encouragement to induce them to persevere. Amongst the subscribers to the Anthology they may proudly boast of the first names in the country, of those most distinguished by political knowledge, general information, extensive learning, the integrity of their publick conduct, and the virtues of their private life.
Without promising improvements, which may not be realized, they may reasonably flatter themselves, that the future numbers of this work will not be inferiour to the former, as the literary labourers will be increased. It is their ambition to diffuse useful knowledge, and inspire a taste for literature among their fellow-citizens. If they should
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succeed in this laudable attempt, they will be amply rewarded by the pleasing consciousness of having done the state some service. If they should ultimately fail in their object, however deeply they may regret the want of success, they will console themselves with reflecting, that they have omitted no exertion to deserve it.
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OBSERVATIONS ON ALLOWING THE CLERGY THE OC
CASIONAL USE OF PRINTED DISCOURSES.
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IN the Anthology for Septem- but little inchination ; and of those, ber 1805 (vol. ii. p. 454) there was who have bo:h, more read for a short piece with the same title, amusement,than for instruction,and as is prefixed to this, and upon the more for instruction, than for moral same subject. In what follows, it improvement. There are those is not intended directly to repeat therefore, from whose minds all any thing already said, but to en serious thoughts might fade away large upon some of the considera- and disappear, if it were not for the tions formerly suggested, and per- continual reimpression and renewhaps to add some new remarks to al, which is afforded by the pubthe same purpose.
lick discourses and other exercises The religious and moral princi- of the sabbath. ples of the greater part of Chris. If this then be true, if any thing tians depend very much upon the like what I have stated be one of stated instructions of the sabbath. the purposes of publick preaching, Of those truths, which we do not it is not of little moment that this disbelieve, it is necessary, that we mode of instruction should be alshould be perpetually reminded. ways such, as to produce its propPractical principles of the most er effect ; and especially that it serious importance have no proper never should be such, as to have a influence upon our conduct, not contrary tendency, such as only because we doubt their evidence, patient piety can hear without forbut because we forget their author- getting the seriousness, the impority. To these principles, there- tance, and the sublimity of its subfore, it is necessary very frequent. ject. It is matter for unpleasant ly not to require our assent, but to meditation to consider the condirecal our attention. To keep alive tion of a christian society, engaged then the remembrance of those perhaps throughout the week printruths, which it is of most conse- cipally in secular concerns, and quence that man should remem coming together sabbath after sabber, nothing perhaps immediately bath, not to have inattention reclaimcontributes more, than the publick ed, not to have attention rewarded, discourses of the sabbath. There but to sleep away the time of instrucare many, who have but little lei- tion, or to sit impatiently till releassure to read, and many, who have ed from their constraint, and to hear