Review of Volume 4 of Beddome's Sermons 1816

Twenty Short Discourses, adapted to Village Worship, or the Devotions of the Family. Vol. IV. Published from the Manuscripts of the late Rev. B. Beddome, A. M. Button and Son, and Hamilton. 8vo. pp. 175. Price 3s.
We are persuaded, that many of our readers, perhaps the greater number of them, know that three volumes of admirable sermons have already been printed, from the manuscript copies of the late venerable Beddome; and we entertain the hope, that not a few have them in their possession, and that they have read them with pleasure and advantage. The bare intimation, that this volume is in no respect inferior to either of the three preceding ones, will, we presume, be quite sufficient to induce those who have seen the former, to procure this; in doing which, they will furnish themselves with a fresh store of excellent family reading, for twenty succeeding sabbath evenings. They will probably conclude, and they may do it with perfect safety, that these discourses are too good to need any eulogium, and that the errors are too few, and too trivial, to require correction. But, as all our readers have not seen the former volumes, there must be some who cannot anticipate the merit of the present. It is principally for their information, that we proceed, in the following remarks, to give some account of this additional volume. Though we cannot honestly allow it to be supposed, that we consider these sermons free from mistakes, or that they could not have been better than they are, much less that they are the best we have ever seen; yet, in reviewing a posthumous work, particularly one which was not designed by the author for public inspection, we think, there can be no apology for criticising its faults, unless, either from their number, or magnitude, they possess a dangerous tendency, against which our readers should be put on their guard; and as, in the present instance, we conceive, this is not the case, we shall content ourselves with a brief notice of the general properties and excellencies of the discourses under consideration. Suffice it, then, to say, they are neither complex in their form, nor tedious in their extent; on the contrary, they are simple and natural in their plan, and short and pointed in their execution. In both these respects, they are select; so much so, as to render it very evident that the author's mind was more occupied in choosing, than merely in collecting, his materials. They abound with scripture quotation, interesting thought, sound divinity, deep experience, and pious feeling. They are plain, but not common-place; intellectual, but not abstruse; clear, but not cold; devotional, but not enthusiastic.
The general cast of sentiment, and the prevailing turn of thought, are at a considerable distance from what is termed moderate Calvinism, though they do not, by any means, compass the length and breadth of the hyper-calvinistic system. The practical addresses, of course, arc very far from being legal. There is no attempt to employ the hand of the formalist, whose heart is unaffected; the dread of a master's frown is not urged to produce the submission of a slave; nor is the idea of doing "God service," or the absurd notion of human merit, exhibited to engage the exertions of the proud Pharisee; neither is the discharge of spiritual duties enforced upon Christians themselves, by inadequate motives. The doctrinal parts are free from any tendency to antinomian licentiousness. There is nothing to countenance the inconsistency of those, who, while in words they acknowledge Christ, in works deny him; nothing to foster the fancied security of those "who are at ease in Zion;" nothing to apologize for the indolence of those who slumber and sleep, regardless of the bridegroom's approach; nothing to feed the pride of those who consider themselves as the favourites of heaven; nothing to encourage , the presumption of the man who says, "I shall have peace, though I walk in the imagination of mine heart, to add drunkenness to thirst." The prominent features of the sermons, then, are neither legal nor lawless. The practical addresses are evangelical, and the statements of evangelical truth are practical. The design of both is to remind believers that they are " not without law to God, but under the law to Christ," and to excite and strengthen the cheerful obedience of a dutiful son, by the smile of an affectionate father. The conduct which they require, and which they are intended to produce, would form a beautiful exemplification of the genuine effects of that "faith which worketh by love."
The style of the sermons is nowhere elegant, but always perspicuous, uniformly sententious, generally correct, frequently antithetical, and it sometimes assumes a kind of proverbial structure, which last property is peculiarly calculated to impress ideas upon the mind, and to print them upon the memory. In almost every page, there is a thought or two, printed, we were going to say, on the old-English adage type,— which mode of printing upon the memory was, probably, much more in use before the modern art of printing upon paper was invented, than it has been since.
We could give many very pleasing extracts, which would also confirm the various remarks which we have made; but we wish rather to refer our readers to the volume itself. We can assure them, that they will not regret the purchase of it; for, beside its intrinsic excellence, it has what, in these times, may be called the unusual recommendation of being cheap.
The sermons being originally designed for the author's use only, needed no titles; and, as they were written, so they are printed, without any. The texts are: Who is the beginning—Lift up thy prayer for the remnant that is left—If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness, is born of him—I will give them one heart—Rejoice evermore—Pray without ceasing—In every thing give thanks—Quench not the spirit—Despise not prophesyings—Prove all things—Hold fast that which is good—Abstain from all appearance of evil—etc, etc.


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361. Bernard, Richard, 1568-1641 The Bible-battells or The sacred art military
362. Burroughs, Jeremiah 1599-1646 Irenicum, to the lovers of truth and peace
363. Cotton, John, 1584-1652 Christ the fountaine of life or Sundry choyce sermons on pt of 1 John 1
364. Cradock, Walter, 1606?-1659 Gospel-holinesse, or, The saving sight of God
365. Dorney, Henry, 1613-1683? Divine contemplations, and spiritual breathings of
366. Harris, Robert, 1581-1658 The vvorks of Robert Harris once of Hanwell
367. Crook, Samuel, 1575-1649 Ta diapheronta, or Divine characters in two parts
368. Perkins, William, 1558-1602 The vvhole treatise of the cases of conscience
(a)  Blackwood, Christopher A treatise concerning repentance
(b)  Blackwood, Christopher Apostolicall baptisme
(c)  Blackwood, Christopher A treatise concerning denial of Christ
(d)  Blackwood, Christopher The storming of Antichrist
(e)  Blackwood, Christopher Four treatises
(f)  Blackwood, Christopher Seven sermons
(g)  Blackwood, Christopher Some pious treatises
370.  Gale, John, 1680-1721 Reflections on Mr. Wall's History of infant-baptism

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351.  Gill, John, 1697-1771 A body of practical divinity
352. Barlow, John, 1580 or 1581- An exposition of the first and second chapters of the latter episte [sic] of the apostle Paul to Timothie
353.  Glass, Salomon, 1593-1656 Salomonis Glassii, S.Th.D.
354.  Leighton, Robert, 1611-1684 Rmi. D.D. Roberti Leighton
355.  Trapp, Joseph, 1679-1747 Popery truly stated, and briefly confuted. In three parts.
(a) Goodwin, Thomas 1586/7-1642 Moses and Aaron: civil and ecclesiastical rites, vsed by the ancient Hebrevvs
(b) Goodwin, Thomas 1586/7-1642 Romanae historiae anthologia recognita & aucta
(c) Rous, Francis 1615- Archæologiæ Atticæ libri septem. Seven books of the Attick antiquities
357. Dyke, Daniel -1614 The mystery of selfe-deceiuing or A discourse and discouery of the deceitfulnesse of mans heart
358. Stoughton, John, -1639 XIII. sermons, preached in the church of Aldermanbury, London
359. Arrowsmith, John, 1602-1659 Armilla catechetica. A chain of principles
360.  Murcot, John, 1625-1654 Several works of Mr John Murcot


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(a) Vincent, Nathaniel, 1639?-1697 The conversion of the soul
(b)  Vincent, Nathaniel, 1639?-1697 A warning given to secure sinners
(c)  Vincent, Nathaniel, 1639?-1697 The cure of distractions in attending upon God
(d)  Vincent, Nathaniel, 1639?-1697 Basanos alethine
(a) Worden, Thomas The types unvail'd or The gospel pick'd out of the legal ceremonies
(b) Worden, Thomas The leper and the leper house cleansed
343. Edwards, John, 1637-1716 An enquiry into four remarkable texts of the New Testament which contain some difficulty
344. Wolleb, Johannes, 1586-1629 The abridgment of Christian divinitie
345.  Tillinghast, John, 1604-1655 Generation-work, or, A brief and seasonable word
(a)  Piscator, Johannes, 1546-1625 Commentarius in librum Josuae
(b)  Piscator, Johannes, 1546-1625 Commentarius in librum Judicu
(c)  Piscator, Johannes, 1546-1625 Commentarius in librum Ruthae
347.  Calvin, Jean, 1509-1564 Aphorismi doctrinae Christianae
348. Clarkson, David, 1622-1686 A discourse of the saving grace of God
349. More, Henry, 1614-1687 Henrici Mori Cantabrigiensis Opera Omnia
350. More, Henry, 1614-1687 Henrici Mori Cantabrigiensis Opera Omnia


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331. Fenner, William, 1600-1640 The works of
332. Goodwin, Thomas 1600-180 The works of
333.  Ridgley, Thomas, 1667?-1734 A body of divinity
334. Burman, Frans, 1628-1679 Francisci Burmanni, S. Theol. Doctoris & professoris
335. Gouge, William, 1578-1653 A learned and very useful commentary on the whole epistle to the Hebrewes
336. Byfield, Nicholas, 1579-1622 Commentary upon the three first chapters of the first Epistle general of St. Peter
337 (a). Jackson, Thomas 1579-1640 A collection of the works of that holy man and profound divine Thomas Iackson, D.D
337(b). Jackson, Thomas 1579-1640 An exact collection of the works of Doctor Iackson
337(c). Jackson, Thomas 1579-1640 [Maran atha] or Dominus veniet Commentaries upon these articles of the Creed never heretofore printed
338. Leigh, Edward, 1602-1671 A systeme or Body of divinity
339. More, Henry, 1614-1687 Henrici Mori Cantabrigiensis opera theological
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321. Watson, Thomas, -1686 The righteousness of God
(a) Watson, Thomas, -1686 Autarkeia, or The art of divine contentment
(b) Watson, Thomas, -1686 The Christian's charter, shewing the priviledges of a believer
(a) Mather, Nathanael, 1631-1697 The righteousness of God through faith upon all without difference who believe
(b) Whitfield, Henry, 1597-1660? ; Gouge, William, 1578-1653 , etc Strength our of weakness
(c) Calvin, Jean, 1509-1564 Sermons of M. Iohn Caluine, vpon the X Commandementes of the Lawe (d) Foxe, John, 1516-1587 A sermon of Christ crucified
(e) Manton, Thomas, 1620-1677 A treatise of the passions and faculties of the soul of man
(f) Cruso, Timothy, 1656?-1697 The duty and support of believers in life and death
(a) Calvin, Jean, 1509-64 The lectures or daily sermons, ... vpon the prophet Ionas
(b) Sterry, Peter, 1613-1672 Free grace exalted, and thence deduced
(c)  Chauncy, Isaac, 1632-1712 Neonomianism unmask'd
(d) Bunyan, John, 1628-1688 A defence of the doctrine of justification
(e)  Ritor, Andrew A true narrative of God's gracious dealings with …
325. Reynolds, Edward 1599-1676 A defence of the glorious gospel of the Blessed God attempted against the new law
326.  Gailhard, J. (Jean) 1705 A sermon preach'd on Thursday the 27th of June, 1706
(a) Shalome Ben Shalomoh 1700 A confession of faith, at the publick ordination of Thos Bradbury w. exhortation John Shower
(b)  Ryther, John, 1634?-1681 A sermon preach'd before the House of Lords 1707
(c)  Stennett, Joseph, 1663-1713 A sermon preach'd on Thursday the 27th of June, 1706
(d)  Bradbury, Thomas, 1677-1759 et al Readiness for death, funeral sermon for Mr Norwich Salisbury
(e)  Wake, William, 1657-1737 A funeral-sermon, preached at Nottingham for John Whitelock
(f-1)  Stennett, Joseph, 1663-1713 A funeral sermon occasion'd by the death of Mr William Wilks 1700
(f-2)  Bradbury, Thomas, 1677-1759 The character and dignity of an old disciple - John Faukes of Henly
(g)  Barret, John, 1631-1713 A short and easie method
(h)  Piggott, John, d. 1713 A funeral sermon occasion'd by the death of Mr William Wilks
(i)  Porter, Joseph An argumentative and preventive deism
(a)  Leslie, Charles, 1650-1722 A short and easie method with the Deists
(b)  Leslie, Charles, 1650-1722 The present state of Quakerism in England
(c) ?
(d)  Burkitt, William, 1650-1703 An argumentative and practical discourse of infant-baptism
(e 1) Comber, Thomas, 1645-1699 The plausible arguments of a Romish priest answered by an English Protestant
(e 2) Comber, Thomas, 1645-1699 The plausible arguments of a Romish priest answered by an English Protestant
(f) Comber, Thomas Frequent and fervent prayer according to Scripture and primitive usage, etc
329.  Trebull, Joseph, ca. 1635 Crhist[sic] exalted and Christianity established
330. Daneau, Lambert, app 1530-1595? A body of divinity


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311. Clarkson, David, 1622-1686 Primitive episcopacy stated and cleared from the Holy Scriptures and ancient records
312. Cotton, John, 1584-1652 The way of life. Or, Gods vvay and course … 313. Rogers, Nehemiah, 1593-1660 The true conuert: or, An exposition vpon Luke XV
314. Smith, John, 1618-1652 Select discourses
315[a]. Rippon, John, 1751-1836 Baptist Annual Register 1790-1803
315 (b). Confession of faith 1688
316. Kidder, Richard, 1633-1703 A demonstration of the Messias
317.  Chauncy, Isaac, 1632-1712 Alexipharmacon: or, A fresh antidote against Neonomian bane and poison
318. Pomey, François, 1618-1673 Indiculus universalis; or, The universe in epitome
319. Doolittle, Thomas 1632?-1707 A Plain Method of Catechizing
320. Norris, John, 1657-1711 The theory and regulation of love