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Rev. N. TIBBALS-DEAR BROTHER,
LOGAN's sermons are among the most elegant in the English language. It was many years after I had seen a copy before I could purchase one. They were out of print. When I obtained one I felt as if I had found a jewel. I read it and re-read it—the more I read it the more I was delighted. His Lectures also are original and full of instruction. I have read many volumes of sermons, but never have derived more pleasure or profit than from the perusal of the eloquent discourses of this distinguished Scotch divine.
ROBERT WALKER's Sermons are much better known to the fathers in the ministry than to their junior brethren. The fathers could obtain them, the latter could not, for they were out of print. The sermons are commended by some of the ablest divines in England and America, and need not my feeble tribute of praise. The lovers of genius and eloquence, the friends of morality and virtue, will thank you for republishing them, and the Christian public will sustain you in your highly approved enterprise.
J. B. WAKELEY,
Pastor of Jane Street M. E. Church. New-York, Sept. 24th, 1854.
PITTSFIELD, Sept. 5, 1854. Rev. N. TIBBALS, Astoria, L. I.
My Dear Sir,-I am glad to learn that the Ministers' Association in New York think of republishing some of the genuine old Scotch theologians, particularly the writings of John LOGAN and ROBERT WALKER. These are wells of pure and cooling waters, refreshing and purifying to those who draw faithfully from them. And a pleasant though rely, that as fashions and tastes change, they wheel in a circle, and that the same unsatisfied desires which are setting aside the light, frail, and fragile chairs and tables of our day, and are calling back the strong oaken furniture of past generations, begin also to turn from the light, small-idea books of the present day, and call for the solid oaken thoughts of other days. I hope the willow-age is going by and a more solid one returning. Every such valuable old writer that can be made to live again should be, and thus, in the cycle of ages may it not be that great and good men who are dead will often be reproduced and still prophesy before many people. My best wishes for your success.
HARTFORD, Aug. 31st, 1954. Rev. N. TIBBALS-DEAR SIR,
The sermons of Rev. ROBERT WALKER, in two volumes, I regard as among the best in the language. Thoroughly evangelical in doctrine; deeply imbued with the spirit and plıraseology of the scriptures; logical in arrangement; perspicuous in style, and faithful in application,—they may be recommended as models of correct sermonizing to young ministers, and to all as repleto with Biblical instruction, and of excellent use for general religious reading.
The volume of Logan which it is proposed to publish with those of WALKER, differs somewhat from them in character. The author had more genius, and more eloquence; wrote in a vivid style, and abounds more in striking illustrations, but did not perhaps deal so closely with the heart and conscience. Yet many of his sermons are of great excellence,-rich in thought and clear in style and arrangement; and cannot be read or heard without leaving a deep and useful impression on the mind.
J. IIA WES.
The sermons of ROBERT WALKER of Edinburgh have long and justly enjoyed a very high reputation, as presenting earnestly the distinctive doctrines of the gospel, in a lucid, manly and forcible style, and with a devout and earnest spirit. Though the colleague of Blair, and personally his
friend, he did not belong to that moderate party, as they styled themselves, whom Robertson and Blair headed, whom Witherspoon satirized, and whom Chalmers and the men of the Free Church finally outweighed and outnumbered. WALKER was of the section recognized as the Evangelical, and his sermons have by some theological professors been recommended as among the safest and best models of evangelical preaching. They are not in the least liable to the imputation, which John Foster brought against the once fashionable discourses of Blair, that the author's thoughts seemed to have become cooled and stiffened to numbness in waiting so long to be dressed.” They are grave utterances, in simple, warm and becoming vesture, of words that the Christian would be first to suggest, and which the mere critic could not cavil at.
WM. R. WILLIAMS. NEW YORK, 11th Oct. 1854.
I am gratified to learn that a new edition of WALKER'S Sermons is nearly ready for the public use. Few preachers combined so many excellences of thought, method, and style; and I have never hesitated to recommend his sermons, as among the very best models for young ministers. They possess, in a high degree, the faultless beauty of his colleague Blair, along with a directness and evangelical fervor, which the published sermons of the latter lack.
ALEXR. T. MOGILL, Professor of Pastoral Theology, Church Government, Composition and Delivery of Sermons. PRINCETON, Oct. 13, 1854.
I have been familiar with the sermons of ROBERT WALKER during the greater part of my life, and have no hesitation in saying that, for perspicuity and purity of style, natural and simple arrangement, evangélical fervor, and an effective exhibition of scriptural truth, I regard them as deserving a place in the very first rank of sermons in the English language.
I have been accustomed from early life to read LOGAN'S Sermons, particularly as the effusions of a beautiful and highly gifted mind. They are by no means wanting in evangelical sentiment, or in fervent and impressive appeals; but as specimens of polished and graceful composition, I think hink the Scotch pulpit has rarely, if ever, furnished any thing superior. H. B. SPRAGUE.
ALBANY, Sept. 15, 1854.
New Haven, Oct. 23d, 1854. Rev. N. TIBBALS-DEAR BROTHER,
The sermons of Rov. ROBERT WALKER, I have long held in high esteem. While beautifully elucidating the leading doctrines of Christianity, their tendency is highly practical. These sermons are pervaded by a fervor indicating the deep piety of their author and consoling and animating to the heart of the reader. They comprise a series of excellent religious reading, and a most admirable Sabbath companion for any Christian.
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