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Slavery,--Moses' treatment of it, 639 : Paxton un, 631 :
inability examined, 36-40 : new measures, 41-45.
others, 315, 316.
Connecticut Evangelical Magazine, 345 : publishes the Hartford Selection of
ment on the main points at issue, 449.
ern Universalism rests on the assumption that sin is the necessary means of
system, 80–85: deficiency of Unitarian preaching, 85, 86.
Views and feelings requisite to success in the gospel ministry, 505.
VOLUME V.-NUMBER I.
Art. I.-CHARACTER AND WORKS OF Jay.
Two columes of Sermons. Fourth Edition. By Wm. Jay.
Edition. By WM. JAY.
Bath. Third Edition. By Wm. Jay.
In introducing the writings of Mr. Jay to the attention of our readers, we bring up a name with which they are all familiar, and which has been regarded by the christian public on both sides of the water for many years, with high respect and veneration. In the department of religious literature which this distinguished clergyman has occupied, we are not aware that there is any name of the present day which holds a higher place; and though he is a foreigner and personally unknown to almost every individual in this country, there are comparatively few who read religious publications at all, who are not familiar with some one or other of his writings. Our object, therefore, in making them the subject of an article is not so much to make them known, as to commend them to the more careful attention of those who are, to some extent, acquainted with them already. We feel it to be a privilege also to record our high sense of the important services which he has rendered by his writings, to the cause of truth and piety; and especially to testify our conviction of the hallowed influence which they have exerted upon the religious interests of our own country. Vol. V.
The early history of Mr. Jay, if we have been correctly informed, is most deeply interesting. We have heard a particular account of the manner in which he was taken up from a humble situation in life, and placed in circumstances which were fitted at once to develope and direct his fine powers, and prepare him for the wide field of usefulness which he was destined subsequently to occupy. If the account which has come to us is correct, it was owing to the discernment and benevolence of the Rev. Cornelius Winter, that Mr. Jay was originally put in the way to be educated for the ministry. This venerable man, preaching, as we have been informed, on some public occasion, was struck with the appearance of a youth whom he saw in the congregation; and he almost instantly formed a resolution that he would inquire respecting his circumstances, and if Providence should seem to favor it, would educate him to preach the gospel. The result of the inquiry was entirely favorable to his wishes; and young Jay, then a mere lad, was by the consent of his parents, taken into the family of this venerable minister, and educated by him with parental care and affection. The result, we hardly need say, was highly gratifying to the feelings of Mr. Winter: every month of his residence with him brought fresh evidence that he was educating a mind of no common order, and disposed to consecrate all its powers to the best interests of man. Mr. Winter lived to reap the fruit of his labors in knowing that he had actually been instrumental of bringing forward one of the most gifted, useful, and honored ministers of the age; and no doubt among the visions of joy which attended the death-bed of that venerable saint, one of the brightest and most cheering must have been the prospect of having his own benevolent influence propagated through such a channel; of surviving his own mortal existence in the labors, and prayers, and combined influence of such a man as William Jay. One of Mr. Jay's publications is an interesting biographical sketch of his excellent friend and guardian; a sketch which is equally honorable to the devoted piety, and sound judgment, and distinguished usefulness, of the person whose character is portrayed, and to the talents, the gratitude, the deep filial sensibilities of him who has portrayed it.
We cannot forbear in this connection to pause a moment, to commend to our readers generally, and especially those whom it may more immediately concern, the great cause of education for the christian ministry. When Jay was taken up and educated by the venerable Winter, there was not either in this country or among the dissenting churches of England, provision on any extended scale, for securing the talents of pious indigent young men for the public service of the church; but now in this country at least, we have an extensively organized and efficient system for gaining this object. We have a society whose operations reach through the whole breadth of our land, besides many subordinate institutions of the same character, designed to search out the best talents and the most devoted piety in the retreats of mediocrity, and even absolute indigence, and secure their consecration to the holy ministry. Such has been the energy and efficiency of this system already, that many hundreds of young men, within a few of the last years, have gone forth under its influence to preach the gospel-and not a few in the utmost parts of the earth—who but for this great and heaven-born institution, would have remained to this day laboring with their hands, in some obscure and humble occupation. From all the aspects of providence at this time, there is not a shadow of doubt, that our Education Societies are destined to a large share of the work that is to be done in order to evangelize the world; and we confidently expect that it will be much in proportion as this cause grows in public favor, that the moral renovation of the world will be advanced. We would therefore commend this cause with peculiar earnestness to the christian public at large, and particularly to our liberal and opulent christians. That there is a possibility of funds being misapplied here, as in other departments of charity—that young men may be taken up as beneficiaries who may prove themselves unworthy, cannot be denied; but with all the guards which the wisdom and experience of the church have placed at this point, we may safely say that the danger of imposition is comparatively small; and that whoever would not run the risk which giving for this object must involve, would, if he were consistent, withdraw himself from almost every other object of christian benevolence. True, there are not many who can hope to be instrumental in educating such a mind as that of Mr. Jay, for this best of all reasons, that there are few such minds to be educated; but any man who lends his influence and his property to the education cause, may reasonably expect to be the instrument not only of elevating the intellectual and moral destiny of some one or more deserving young man who may thereby be brought into the ministry, but also of exerting a blessed influence on the present and immortal condition of many who may reap the benefit of this extension of ministerial effort. Let the christian whom God has abundantly prospered with the gifts of his providence, contemplate the object which our Education Societies propose and actually accomplish, and let him take counsel from the signs of the times in connection with the teachings of his own judgment and conscience, and we are sure that his heart will kindle and his hand will be open for the advancement of this cause; and it will not be one of the least of the considerations which will influence him, that, in giving for this object, he will in all probability be contributing to sustain the preaching of the gospel by some efficient and useful minister or ministers, after he is in his grave.