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True eloquence is the voice of nature, so rich in thought, so abundant in motives, and happy in expression, as to supersede redundant and meretricious ornament. It unfolds the treasures of knowledge, displays the amiableness of virtue, and unveils the deformity of vice, with the utmost simplicity and ease. It captivates the mind, and sways the passions of an audience in addresses apparently destitute of study or art : art, indeed, can never attain it; it is the soul of a preacher speaking to the heart of his hearers. If on some occasions, SauRIN deviated from the simplicity of this mode of preaching, he ought to have an indulgence which scarcely any other can claim. He addressed at the Hague, an audience of two thou. sand persons, composed of courtiers, of magistrates, of merchants, and strangers, who were driven by persecution from every part of France. Hence it became him to speak with dignity appropriate to his situation. And if, in point of pure eloquence, he was a single shade below Masillon, he has far exceeded him as a divine.
May heaven bless to the reader this additional mite to the store of public knowledge, and make it advantageous to his beșt interests, and eternal joy!
JOSEPH SUTCLIFFE. Halifax, Nov. 21, 1805.