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without a dowry. I have had no sinister view, but have employed my hours of leisure in a way which I thought might be most beneficial to my fellow-creatures and my country. If I am wrong in my doctrine, if my great masters have instructed me erroneously, I am open to conviction, and shall rejoice to be better informed. I will say with the poet, addressing the Father of Lights:
“ If I am right, thy grace impart,
Still in the right to stay ;
To find that better way.” In the mean time, I make this offering to my fellow-mortals, labouring, like myself, in pursuit of happiness, though, many of them, in a different mode; and I dedicate it, with sincere devotion, to truth, piety, and peace. .
J. Rickerby, Printer, Sherbourn Lane, London.
Under the Patronage of Her Majesty.
in each Volume,
THE SACRED CLASSICS ;
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AND THE REV, H. STEBBING, M.A.
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it is intended to comprise in this collection,-Treatises on the DOCTRINES, MORALITY, and EVIDENCES OF CHRISTIANITY, which have received the permanent stamp of general approbation ;-Select SERMONS of the most eminent DIVINES ;-the most interesting Specimens of RELIGIOUS BIOGRAPHY;-and the choicest examples of DEVOTIONAL and SACRED POETRY. They will succeed each other in the order which may be judged most conducive to the benetit and gratification of the reader.
To the productions of each Author, or to each separate production, as the case may seem to require, will be prefixed
AN INTRODUCTORY ESSAY, pointing out their characteristic excellencies; and, in some instances, comprehending a Biographical Sketch of the Author, with remarks on the State of Religion in his times. *** Each work will be published without abridgement, and most carefully revised
and collated with the oldest editions extant.
The following Works have already appeared, and may be had together
or separately, Price 38. 6d. each Volume. The first Fourteen Vols. may also be had in purple calf, gilt edges, price 6s. each.
THE LIBERTY OF PROPHESYING; shewing the Unreasonableness of Prescribing to other Men's Faith ; and the Iniquity of Persecuting differing Opinions. By JEREMY TAYLOR, D. D.; with an Introductory Essay, by the REV. RICHARD CATTERMOLE, B.D.
« Ardently do we entreat ail parties to read this splendid work of Jeremy Taylor. If it be studied in the charitable, yet searching spirit that every Christian should bring to the perusal, how much the cold mists of uncharitableness will be dispelled! What a flood of heavenly light will be shed upon the path of all who are travelling the same way, though apparelled in the various costumes of different formalities-a light that shall increase brotherly love without diminishing faith, and prove triumphantly to the world, that one glorious assurance of redemption was formed, not only for all nations, but also for all natures."--Metropolitan Mag.
II. and III.
" It is delightful to think that one of Dr. Cave's most instructive and useful works has, in the present instance, been snatched from comparative obscurity, and presented to the public in a form which, being so attractive, will we trust tend, in connexion with the real inherent merits of the work, to render it as popular as it ever was, and as i: justly deserves to be."--Glasgow Free Press.
IV. BATES'S SPIRITUAL PERFECTION UNFOLDED AND ENFORCED; with an Introductory Essay, by the Rev. John PYE SMITH, D.D.
“ We thank Dr. Smith for the pains he has taken to add to the value of a treatise, which possessed in itself no inconsiderable claims to the attention of every sincere Christian."-Christian Remembrancer.
BISHOP HALL'S TREATISES, Devotional and Practical. With an Essay and Notes, by the Rev. RICHARD CATTERMOLE, B. D.
“ Hall has been said, by old Fuller, to be best of all in meditations and contemplations. The best of his works then are here placed before the public, in a very neat and singularly cheap volume, preceded by an excellent Essay of one of the Editors, who has, in its course, given us a brief skerch of the Bishop's eventful life.” -Leeds Mercury.
VI. BAXTER'S DYING THOUGHTS; with an Introductory Essay, by the Rev. HENRY STEBBING, M. A.
- The present Treatise is one of the most practical Baxter ever wrote. Mr. Stebbing's Essay is the best that has yet appeared in the Sacred Classics; it is really introductory to the important subject of Baxter's Treatise, and is in itself a very able and instructive piece of composition."-Scots Times.
VII. JEREMY TAYLOR'S SELECT SERMONS ; viz:-The Miracles of the Divine Mercy; of the Spirit of Grace ;--The Deceitfulness of the Heart;_The Marriage Ring;—The Righteousness Evangelical Described ; - The Christian's Conquest over the Body of Sin; Fides Formata; or, Faith working by Love. With an Introductory Essay, by the Rev. R. CATTERMOLE, B. D.
“ These are some of the most admirable productions of Bishop Taylor, whose genius is generally admitted to entitle him to one of the highest places among the preachers of the Church of England. Mr. Cattermole furnishes the Introductory Essay, which is chiefly a history of preaching from its rise with Christ and his apostles. He gives too a just description of the merits of the author from whose works he has selected the sermons which appear in this volume."--Leeds Mercury.
VIII. THE ANALOGY of RELIGION, Natural and Re. vealed, to the Constitution and Course of Nature; to which are added Two Brief Dissertations :--I. On Personal Identity. II. On the Nature of Virtue. By Joseph BUTLER, D. C. L. late Lord Bishop of Durham. With a Memoir of the Author, by the Rev. GEORGE CROLY, L. L.D.
“ We highly approve the republication of one of the most subtle and refined volumes of philosophical reasoning that has ever been applied to the truth of religion.”—Gent's Mag.
“ Dr. Croly's Biographical Sketch will amply repay the labour of perusal." Glasgow Free Press.
“ Dr. Croly has here given us a good Memoir of Bishop Butler, and a successful vindication of his memory from the charge of having changed his creed towards the close of his life." --Atheneum.
IX. DR. WATTS'S LYRIC POEMS ; with a Biographical Essay, by ROBERT SOUTHEY, Esq. L.L.D.
" There are touches of poetry scattered through these pages, which, simple as childhood, are also as charming."-Literary Gazette.
“ Persons who are desirous of learning the mind of Dr. Watts, in the latter, but not the most felicitous part of his life, on the doctrine of the Trinity, may find in this memoir as much satisfaction as the painful subject is capable of affording. Dr. Southey has treated the matter with great judgment and candour."-Evangelical Register.
X. and XI. BISHOP BEVERIDGE'S PRIVATE THOUGHTS ; to which is added, THE NECESSITY OF FREQUENT COMMUNION; with Introductory Essays, by the Rev. H. STEBBING, M.A.
« The selection of these volumes is admirable; those which have already appeared are such as true Christians cannot willingly let die.' The Private Thoughts on Religion and a Christian Life' of Bishop Beveridge, can scarcely be too much commended for the humility, the self-knowledge, and the deeply devotional feeling which pervade them, their able though brief vindication of the truth of Christianity, and their practical bearing."-Leeds Mercury.
XII. and XIII. CAVE'S PRIMITIVE CHRISTIANITY; or the Religion of the Ancient Christians, in the first Ages of the Gospel : to which are added, an Historical Account of Paganism under the first Christian Emperors ; and the Lives of Justin Martyr and St. Cyprian. With an Introductory Essay, and Notes, by the Rev. Wm. TROLLOPE, M. A. ; Vicar of Great Wigston.
" If this volume alone had been rescued from the archieves of past ages, the conductors would have deserved the thanks of every believer, for it is a most valuable book." -Cumberland Paquet.
XIV. ARCHBISHOP LEIGHTON'S EXPOSITIONS OF THE CREED, THE LORD'S PRAYER, AND THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, &c. &c. With an Introductory Essay, by the Rev. J. PYE Smith, D. D.
“ The progress of the Library of Sacred Classics has been watched by us with sincere pleasure. It is gratifying to see members of the Establishment united with dissenting ministers in spreading the doctrines of orthodox Christianity. The names of Leighton and Dr. Pye Smith need no comment; but when we see them in catholic unity on the same title page, we cannot avoid expressing our pleasure at such a convincing proof of Christian liberality."-Athenæum.
XV. FIFTEEN SERMONS ON RETIREMENT, SELFDENIAL, RESIGNATION, &c. &c. With an Introductory Essay, by the Rev. RICHARD CATTERMOLE, B. D.
" Mr. Cattermole, one of the able Editors of this work, has shown great talent and good sense, as well as piety in his Introductory Essay to this volume. While enforcing reflection on the instability of this world, and a consequent regard to a future of immortal value, neither the Editor, nor the great authorities whom he has brought forward, would teach us to reject the enjoyments with which a bounteous Providence has filled creation, if the created were only wise enough to use them for the best."--Lit. Gazette.
XVI. FOURTEEN SERMONS ON THE RESURREC. TION, &c. &c. With an Introductory Essay, by the Rev. HENRY STEBBING, M.A.
“This is, beyond comparison, the best of the class of modern works of the kind to which it belongs. The selections have been judicious, and the Introductory Essays well written. If the Cabinet Library proceeds with the same spirit which has distinguished the first sixteen volumes, it will, when complete, prove an admirable compendium of select divinity."-Evangelical Magazine.
XVII. FOURTEEN SERMONS ON THE DIVINITY AND OPERATIONS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. With an Introductory Essay by the Rev. RICHARD CATTERMOLE, B.D.
The three preceding volumes of Sermons have been selected from the following
eminent English Divines : Secker
WORKS IN THE PRESS, MAY 1, 1835. The following are in preparation, and will appear in succession :
THE HON. ROBERT BOYLE'S DISCOURSES on the High Veneration Man's Intellect owes to God; on Things above Reason; and on the Style of the Holy Scriptures. With an Introduccory Essay by HENRY ROGERS, Esq. author of Critical and Biographical Introductions to the works of Jonathan Ed. wards, Burke, Jeremy Taylor, &c.
KNOX'S CHRISTIAN PHILOSOPHY, with an Introductory Essay, by the REV. DR. WARDLAW.
A SELECTION OF DEVOTIONAL POETRY, from Writers of the 16th and 17th Centuries : with an Essay, on the Influence of Sacred Verse, by the Rev. R. CATTERMOLE, B. D.
A SELECTION from the WORKS of the REV. JOHN HOWE. With a Memoir, by THOMAS TAYLOR, Esq. Author of the “ Life of Cowper," and “ Memoirs of Bishop Heber."
BUNYAN'S PILGRIM'S PROGRESS, with an Essay, Critical and Biographical, by THOMAS Roscoe, Esg.
LETTERS selected from the Correspondence of the most eminent Religious Characters since the Reformation. In three Volumes. Vol. I. with an Introductory Essay, by JAS. MONTGOMERY, Esq.
BISHOP TAYLOR'S LIFE OF CHRIST. Edited by the Rev. R. CATTERMOLE, and the REV. H. STEBBING.
J. Rickerby, Printer, 15, Sherbourn Lane.