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The best English Dictionary,(1) in its ETYMOLOGIES ; so says the North

American Review for January, 1865; UNABRIDGE EDITION

(2) VOCABULARY; has 114,000 words, 10,000 more than any other English Dictionary; (3) DEFINITIONS; always excelling in this, made now still more valuable; (5) PRONUNCIATION; Prof. Russell, the eminent orthoepist, declares the revised Webster "the noblest contribution to science, litera


ture, and education * * yet produced;" (6) PICTORIAL ILLUSTRATIONS; (7) TABLES, one of which, that of Fictitious Names, is worth the cost of the volume; (8) as the LATEST; (9) in MECHANICAL ExECUTION; (10) the LARGEST single volume ever published. In One Volume of 1,840 Royal Quarto Pages, and in various Com.

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Etymological part remarkably well done. * * We have had no English Dictionary nearly so good in this respect.”—North Am. Review, Jan., 1865.

"In our opinion, it is the best Dictionary that either 'England or America can boast.”—National Quarterly Review, Oct., 1864.

" No English scholar can dispense with this work.”— Bibliotheca Snera, Jan., 1865.

Truly å Magnum Opus, a monument of industry, research, and erudition, worthy the most cordial recognition and the highest praise of all who write, speak or study the English language." - Evang. Quarterly Review, Jan., 1865. “ In its general accuracy, completeness, and

practical utility, the work is one which none who can read or write can henceforward afford to dispense with.Atlantic Monikly, Nov., 1864.

" Viewed as a whole, we are confident that no other living language has a Dictionary which so fully and faithfully sets forth its present condition as this last edition of Webster does that of our written and spoken English tongue.”Harper's Mag. Jan,'65.

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VI. UNIVERSITY. These popular School Dictionaries, having been thoroughly revised, being extensively regarded as the standard authority in Orthography, Definition, and Pronunciation, and as THE BEST Dictionaries in use, are respectfully commended to teachers and others. They are much more extensively sold and used than all others combined.

IF Webster's School Dictionaries are published by J. B. LIPPINCOTT & CO., Philadelphia; MASON BROTHERS, New York, and sold by them and all Booksellers.

IC Twenty-five copies of WEBSTER'S NEW'ILLUSTRATED DICTIONARY have just been placed in as many of the Boston public schools by the school board of that city.

15 The State of Maryland having recently established a Free School system, its State Board of Education has just adopted Webster's series of Dictionaries as the standard, and for exclusive use in the Public Schools of that State.

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Vol. VI.-OCTOBER, 1866.-No. 34.



MANY of the churches have just passed through revivals of wonderful interest and power. God has been teaching us as he does not teach his church once in a century. We have a word to say concerning the preaching and the preachers that God appoints, and the world demands. It seems to us that we have drifted away from the New Testament models, and need to come back, if we would realize the highest results of the Word. Our theme, in general terms, is that God is to convert men through men. If his word is the instrument, sanctified souls, under him, are his chief agents in wielding it. Both are defined and put in their true relation in our Saviour's ascension command to the church : “Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature; he that believeth shall be saved, he that believeth not shall be damned.” A living church, in connection with the living word, is God's appointment to save the world.

Our inquiry then is, how is such a church to use such a word to accomplish its destined result? Our Lord's answer must be the true one, namely, preaching.

This is God's appointment, and nothing else can stand in its stead. “By the foolishness of preaching he is pleased to save them that believe." How much is included in this must be determined by the Scriptures themselves. And we can hardly



suppose that the Saviour used two separate words in relation to this subject without design, the one signifying to herald, the other to disciple. The two combined seem to render legitimate whatever is needful to bring the Gospel in its entireness, and in all the elements of its power, upon the soul. In heralding, the office of the voice is recognized in educating, magnetizing and moving the human mind, while in discipling, we have a broader term, covering all other influences, whether of word or deed, of life or death, which may carry the heart over to Christ. Preaching, then, in its broadest sense, we believe, is a true exhibition of the Gospel, either spoken, or acted. He preaches the Gospel who so presents it, in spoken discourse, that other minds see and feel its power, and he as truly preaches it who so lives it that his life is a living epistle of its truth and glory. The essential idea of preaching is the communication of divine truth to the minds of men ; and any channel is legitimate, through which that truth can be introduced to a human soul. Truth is the instrument in the work of conversion and sanctification, and we do not know that the Spirit ever exerts any influence on the mind of man except through the truth. Hence the necessity of preaching. And hence the reason why God has committed this treasure to earthern vessels, that the divinity of it may be more manifest, and its living power be more felt, and decisive. Unless we mistake, our analysis of preaching has been exceptionable. We have distinguished between its human side and its divine side. But the grounds of this distinction are rather apparent than real. Wherein is the voice of the preacher, who speaks as the Spirit gives him utterance, less the voice of God, than the Word itself which he expounds ? How then does it result, that preaching, in its true extent and idea, is not wholly a divine procedure? Grant that human organs are employed in its service; if they are chosen of God, and consecrated by heavenly grace, do they not convey divine treasures to a dying world? If God works through men to save men, is the work any the less divine for the instrument which he employs. The course of history, throughout, shows that all God's gracious works, in this world, have been wrought through human agents Prophet, psalmist, apostle, and saint, have been the agencies through which he has taught and acted. He has revealed himself to man in man, in a deeper and more tender significance, than in all suns and stars. He has spoken through the human voice, looked with unutterable love and pity through the human eye, and worn the human form as an “Isis vail to his divinity,” for the suffering of death. We do not say that God has touched the lips of his preachers, in the same sense as he did the lips of seer and evangelist, or that he dwells in every sanctified body as he did in the Son of Joseph and Mary, but we cau not doubt that he is with them, and in them in a sense as vital and real.

The mightiest force in human society is personal influence, the power of soul on soul. Whether for good or for evil, we have no gauge to take its measure. The eye, and the voice, and the form, instinct with the living soul, wield forces which have enchained assemblies, put continents in commotion, and marshalled nations for the day of battle.

Instances of this are the glory of history. It is sufficient to name Mohammed, and Peter the Hermit, and Buonaparte. They had the power so to diffuse, so to impart themselves to other minds, as to master and wield them at pleasure. And this is the power of all superior minds, and the nature of all personal influence. Such a power God has used, and is yet to use more largely in his service. In the higher life yet to be attained, this is the power that shall muster the hosts of God, and lead them to the battle.

When God has designed to introduce a new force into society, he has made his man for the time, and endowed him with the power to lead other minds, as the moon leads the tidal wave of the sea." The secret of this power is not so much in orations spoken and poems written, perhaps, as in orations lived and poems acted. He who possesses it, has a power to breathe himself into other hearts, to inoculate other spirits with his own, to reach the springs of thought and affection, and touch them to his own soul's issues. To such a man, the tone of the voice, the glance of the eye, the living presence, are the soul's signs, and symbols, and mediums. We need only to conceive the time when it shall please God to commit to the church, as a body, the power which he has entrusted to a few individuals to bring before the mind such moral fermentas

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