The Port Folio, Vol. 17: From January to June, 1824 (Classic Reprint) by John E. HallThe Port Folio, Vol. 17: From January to June, 1824 (Classic Reprint) by John E. Hall

The Port Folio, Vol. 17: From January to June, 1824 (Classic Reprint)

byJohn E. Hall

Paperback | October 9, 2018

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Excerpt from The Port Folio, Vol. 17: From January to June, 1824

We must commence this class of our remarks at the very title page of Mr. Irving's book. When we read the advertisement in the public pa pers, announcing Fon run Oascuzs or Goo; Foua Oua'tions. Fon. Judgment TO coma; AN argument m nine Pan'rs, we could not forbear a smile at the pedantic absurdity of such a title. But when we opened the hook, and found that these Four Orations, and this Ar gumant in Nine Parts, were neither more nor less than so many ordi nary sermons, we felt real concern; because we were satisfied that if it had been the author's object to cover himself and his work with ridicule, he could scarcely have devised a more apt expedient for the purpose. What might be Mr. Irving's motives for choosing such a title, or what end he expected to answer by it, we are at a loss to conjecture. If, indeed, he designed that his book, on its annunciation should be re garded as one of large pretensions, and that it should excite a corres ponding lofty expectation, his title is not an unsuitable one for such a purpose. But, putfing every thing like modesty out of the question, what, on this supposition, we may ask, had become of the gentleman's ju ment and common sense? We had always understood that to be mo crate in pretension and promise, even where we hope to be ample in performance, is not only the dictates of modesty but of discretion. But here, in a title of such magnificient promise, as scarcely an performance could justify, this wise principle is reversed. Perhaps, owever, Mr. Irvingonly meant by the adoption of the high-soanding epithets, Ora tions and argument, to procure more readers for his sermons, than they would he likely to have, if sent forth under their proper name. This may be considered by some as a justifiable Ruse de Gure. But, while we are hold to say, no such end has been answered by it, we must, for our own part, protest against every thi like pufi' or trick in what is con nected with the Christian ministry. He o?ice is degraded by it; and the mighty theme to he held forth disdains such aid.

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Title:The Port Folio, Vol. 17: From January to June, 1824 (Classic Reprint)Format:PaperbackDimensions:536 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.08 inPublished:October 9, 2018Publisher:FB&C LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0259093408

ISBN - 13:9780259093404