Memoir of the Rev. Samuel Davies: Formerly President of the College of New Jersey

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Massachusetts Sabbath School Society, 1832 - College presidents - 131 pages
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Page 97 - For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.
Page 98 - The unavoidable consciousness of native power made him bold and enterprising. Yet the event proved that his boldness arose not from a partial, groundless self-conceit, but from true self-knowledge. Upon fair and candid trial, faithful and just to himself, he judged what he could do ; and what he could, when called to it, he attempted ; and what he attempted, he accomplished.
Page 74 - As a remarkable instance of this, I may point out to the public that heroic youth, Colonel Washington, whom I cannot but hope Providence has hitherto preserved in so signal a manner for some important service to his country.
Page 100 - In about two months I rode about five hundred miles, and preached about forty sermons. This affords me some pleasure in the review. But, alas! the mixture of sin and of many nameless imperfections that run through and corrupt all my services, give me shame, sorrow, and mortification. My fever made unusual ravages upon my understanding, and rendered me frequently delirious, and always stupid. But, when I had any little sense of things, I generally felt pretty calm and serene, and death, that mighty...
Page 70 - ... the Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.
Page 76 - Ye that love your Country, enlist: for Honour will follow you in Life or Death in such a Cause. You that love your Religion enlist: for your Religion is in Danger. Can Protestant Christianity expect Quarters from Heathen Savages and French Papists? Sure in such an Alliance, the Powers of Hell make a third Party. Ye that love your Friends and Relations, enlist; lest ye see them enslaved or butchered before your Eyes.
Page 76 - Oratory — but I recall my Wish, that I may correct it — Oh! for the Influence of the Lord of Armies, the God of Battles, the Author of true Courage, and every heroic Virtue, to fire you into Patriots and Soldiers this Moment!
Page 86 - To satisfy you of the reason of my present removal I will give you a brief impartial account of the whole affair. " The College of New Jersey, though an infant institution, is of the utmost importance to the interests of religion and learning, in several extensive and populous colonies. From it both Church and State expect to be supplied with persons properly qualified for public stations ; and it has already been very useful to both in this respect. Before the irreparable breach made in it, by the...
Page 101 - O my good Master, if I may dare to call thee so, I am afraid I shall never serve thee much better on this side the region of perfection. The thought grieves me : It breaks my heart, but I can hardly hope better. But if I have the least spark of true piety in my breast, I shall not always labour under this complaint. No, my Lord, I shall yet .serve thee — serve thee through an immortal duration — with the activity, the fervour, the perfection of the rapt seraph that adores and burns.
Page 124 - I soar in sacred ecstasies, when the love of Jesus is my theme, and, as Mr. Baxter was wont to express it, in lines more striking to me than all the fine poetry in the world, ' I preach as if I ne'er should preach again ; And as a dying man to dying men.

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