Excerpt from A Sermon, Preached in the Presbyterian Church of Edisto-Island, on the Eleventh of March, 1812: Being the Day Appointed for Religious Reflection, Humiliation and Prayer, by the Poclamation of His Excellency Henry Middleton, Governor of the State of South-Carolina
... >The Discourse which is here submitted to the in spection of the Public, was prepared by the Author, in the course of his ministry, for the solemnity ol' the dav set apart by the Executive Authority, for Religious Re ¿ection, Humiliation, and Prayer, without any thought; of Publication. '1 he duty of the Religious Instructor, he conceives, is not to discover new truths, but to illus~ trate and enforce those which are received and establish ed. In subserviency to this purpose, he can avail him self of the common fund of Divine and human know ledge - ofsacred and pr fane literature; and, if possess ed of taste, genius, erudition, and diligence, he cannot fail to exhibit specimens of composition calculated to attract attention and ensure applause. These are aecom plishments, which he does not ariogate to himself, and prospects, which, at the period referred to, could not; have entered into his calculations. His views were of a mete moderate and less aspiring character, but they were not, on that account, less laudable and meritorious. They were the edificatz'on and instruction of the People committed to his rastoral care, under the in¿uence of a sentiment which actuates and governs him in the system of lil'emthat of meaning well, and acting for the best.
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