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The Dominion of Providence over the
paffions of men.
Psal. LXXVI. 10. Surely the wrath of man
fball praise thee: the remainder of wrath Salt thou reftrain.
AN ADDRESS to the Natives of Scotland residing in America.
Preached at Paisley.
On the Sin of Scoffing at Things Sacred. 218
PSALM. 1. 1. Blessed is the man that walketh
not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor Randeth in the way of finners, nor fitteth in the seat of the scornful.
On Christian Magnaniinity.
I. THESS. II. 12. That
would walk worthy of God, who hath called you into his kingdom and glory.
AN ADDRESS to the Students of the Sea
nior Class, on the Lord's day preceding Commencement, 1795.
THE HISTORY of a CORPORATION OF SER
VANTS, discovered' a few years ago in the interior parts of South America; containing fome very surprising events and extraordinary Characters.
302 First published in 1765
SOME ACCOUNT OF THE LIFE AND CHA
RACTER OF THE AUTHOR.
Extracted from a Sermon preached on the occasion of
his death, at Princeton, 6th May 1795, by John Rodgers D.D.
R JOHN WITHERSPOON was descended from a
respectable parentage ; which had long poffessed a considerable landed property in the east of Scotland. His father was minister of the parifh 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
Dr Witherspoon was lineally descended from the Rev. Mr John Knox, whose daughter Elizabeth married the famous M. John Welsh, who strongly resembled his father 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 foon acquired reputation for his assiduity in his studies, and for a native foundnefs 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
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 most judicious taste in facred criticism, and for a precifion of idea and perspicuity of expression rarely attain, 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 fucceflion 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