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SERMON XI.

Preached at Paisley. On the Sin of Scoffing at Things Sacred. 218 Psalm. I. 1. Blessed is the man that walketh

not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor sandeth in the way of finners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

SERMON XII.

On Christian Magnanimity. 1. Thess. II. 12. That you would walk word

thy of God, who hath called you into his kingdom and glory.

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AN ADDRESS to the Students of the Senior Class, on the Lord's day preceding Commencement, 1795.

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THE HISTORY of a CORPORATION OF SER

VANTS, discovered a few years ago in the interior parts of South America ; containing some very surprising events and extra- ' ordinary Characters.

FirA published in 17656

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SOME ACCOUNT OF THE LIFE AND CHA

RACTER OF THE AUTHOR.

Extraited from a Sermon preached on the occasion of

his death, at Princeton, 6th May 1795, by John. Rodgers D.D.

DR JOHN WITHERSPOON was defcended from a

respectable parentage ; which had long posfessed a considerable landed property in the east of Scotland. His father was minister of the parish of Yester, a few miles from Edinburgh, where he was born on the fifth day of February, 1722.* This worthy man was eminent for his piety, his literature, and for a habit of extreme accuracy in all his writings and discourses. This example contributed not a little to form in his fon that a

taste

* Dr Witherspoon was lineally defcended from the Rev. Mr John Knox, whose daughter Elizabeth married the famous M. John Welsh, who strongly resembled his fither in law in genius, character, and usefulness in the church : And in his line Dr Witherspoon defcended from this honourable ancestry.

taste and that love of accuracy, united with a noble fimplicity, for which he was so distinguished through his whole life. He was sent, very young, to the public school at Haddington: his father fpared neither expence nor pains in his educatia on. There he soon acquired .reputation for his affiduity in his studies, and for a native foundness of judgment, and clearness and quickness of conception, among his school-fellows: many of whom have since filled the highest stations in the literary and political world.

At the age of fourteen, he was reinoved to the university of Edinburgh. Here he continued, attending the different professors, with a high degree of credit, in all the branches of learning, until the age of twenty-one, when he was licensed to preach the Gospel. In the theological hall, particularly, he was remarked for a moft judicious taste in facred criticism, and for a precifion of idea and perspicuity of expression rarely attainm ed at that early period.

Immediately on his leaving the university, he was invited to be assistant minister with his father, with the right of fuccession to the charge. But he chofe rather to accept an invitation from the parish of Beith, in the west of Scotland. Here he was ordained to the work of the Gospel ministry, and settled with the universal acquiescence, and even with the fervent attachment of the people. His character as a preacher, which rendered him to acceptable and popular, will come more natu

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