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remarkably plain in his dress and manners; but very familiar, communicative, and interesting in his conversation. He possessed sound understanding and a moderate share of human learning. The style of his sermons was not polished, but perspicuous and pointed; and his manner of address was unusually solemn and impressive. As a preacher, he was highly esteemed by the humble followers of the Lamb, who relished the precious truths which be clearly exhibited to their view; but he was hated, and sometimes bitterly reproached and persecuted, not only by the openly vicious and profane, but by many nominal Christians, or formal professors, who could not bear his beart-searching and pene trating addresses, and the indignation of the Almighty against the ungodly, which, as a son of thunder, he clearly presented to the view of their guilty minds, from the awful denunciations of the word of truth. Although he did not fail to preach Jesus Christ, and him crucified, to labouring and heavy laden sinners, and to administer the consolation which the Gospel speaks to humble believers; yet he was more distinguished by a talent for depicting the guilty and deplorable situation of impenitent sinners, and the awful consequences of their rebellion against God, without speedy repentance unto life, and a living faith in the blood of sprinkling, There is reason to believe that his faithful and indefat. igable labours in the Gospel of Christ were crowned with a great degree of success, and that he was honoured as an instrument in the conviction and conversion of many sinners, and more especially in the commencement and progress of several powerful revivals of re
ligion, in different places, during which he laboured with distinguished zeal and activity.
We shall conclude our remarks by observing, that some of the traits in Mr. N'Gready's character as a private Christian, which are worthy of our imitation, were his fervent piety, bis unaffected bumility, his earnest persevering supplications at the throne of grace, his resigiation to the will of God under the afflictions, bereavements, and poverty, with which he was tried in this world, bis cheersul reliance on God's kind and watchful providence, and confidence in his great and precious promises, and his contempt of the pomp and vanities of this world, to which he seemed to be in a great degree crucified. And as a minister of the Gospel, he ought to be imitated in his regard to the honour of God, and the salvation of souls, his vigorous and zealous exertions to promote these grand objects, bis fidelity in declaring the whole counsel of God, and his patience in bearing the revilings of the ungodly.
SKETCH OF THE LIFE, LABOURS, AND LITE
RARY ACQUIREMENTS OF THE REV. JOHN P. CAMPBELL.-By Rev. WILLIAM L. MCALLA.
The Rev. John P. Campbell was a native of Virgin. ią, but was in Kentucky in the year 1784, and was a student in the first Grammar School ever formed in this country. Having finished the Latin, and made some progress in the French and Greek languages, he went to Virginia to complete bis education, le passed through a course of Science and Belles Lettres with the learned and truly estimable Mr. A. Scott, of Augusta county, whose Academy produced several useful and highly reputable characters in public life. Having completed the usual course of scientitic reading, and not knowing what profession to choose, he went, in the autumn of 1787, to Williamsborough, Granville county, North Carolina, where he engaged (though not yet twenty years of age) in conducting an Academy. There he continued till the autumn of 1789, devoting his leisure, which was considerable, to general reading, and partially to the study of medicine. Having bad health, he returned to his native county, in the mountains of Virginia, and spent the succeeding winter in the study of Theology and the Sacred Scriptures.
In May, 1790, he went to Hampden Sidney College, then under the Presidency of the great and eloquent John Blair Smith, of precious memory, where he employed six months in study, and graduated in company with Messrs. T. C. Poage, William Williamson, and David Smith, but continued in College until the next May, 1791, pursuing a course of general reading; for the most part theological. Soon after this he commenced a regular course of theological reading, under the Rev. Messrs. Graham and Hoge, and was licensed to preach the Gospel of Christ in May, 1792.
In July, 1793, he was ordained and installed, as a collegiate minister with Mr. Graham, in the congregations of Oxford, New-Monmouth, Lexington, and TimberRidge,
In 1795, he removed to Kentucky, where he contin ued eighteen years, performing the duties of the ministerial office in various congregations, in the counties of Fleming, Mercer, Jessamine, Fayette, Woodford, Franklin, and others. During these labours, he continued to prosecute, at leisure hours, the study of medicine; and being constrained by the necessities of a numerous family, he was for many years engaged in the successful practice of physic. Yet he frequently regretted that he could not devote the whole of his time to the work of the ministry. It was during this period, moreover, that he added to his literary store a knowledge of the Hebrew language, which was eminently serviceable to him in his pastoral and polemical labours,
The following is an accurate list of his publications, viz.
1. A Sermon on Sacred Music, 1797. 2. The Passenger, 1804. 3. Strictures on Barton W. Stone's Letters, 1806." 4. Essays on Justification, 1805, 5. Vindex, 1806. 6. An Installation Serinon, 1809. 7. Letters to Thomas B. Craighead, 1810. 8. A Sermon on Christian Baptism, 1810. 9. The Pelagian Detected, 1811.
10. Letters to a Geotleman of the Bar, and other pieces in the "Evangelical Record,” 1812.
11. Answer to Jones, and Review of Robinson on Baptism, 1812.
12. A Sermon preached at the opening of the Synod of Kentucky, 1812.
The Getleman of the Bar, for whom the Letters published in the Evangelical Record, were intended, and to whom they were in fact sent in MS. was the celebrated Joseph H. Davies, afterwards Major Davies, who fell in the battle of Tippecanoe.
During an affectionate acquaintance of many years, Dr. Campbell perceived that the gigantic but eccentric mind of this truly eminent attorney was captivated with the fanciful theory of Dr. Darwin. This he successfully exposed. His acquaintance with medicine and medical authors was always devoted to the promotion of religion. His able pulpit refutation of Dr. Rush's Materialism, was made known to that father of American physicians, and occasioned him to treat Dr. Campbell with much cool. ness, when introduced to him by Dr. Alexander in Philadelphia in 1812. Ad occurrence, which took place on his journey to the city, may not be unworthy of notice. He and a young friend of his lodged in a tavern which entertained for the night a traveller of opposite sentiments. The young friend commenced a conversation on religion, in which he soon got beyond his depth, as the traveller began to descant, with considerable eloquence and applause, upon the atheistical system of Darwin. The young man found means to engage his more learned companion in the conversation. The greatest absurdities of the system were quoted by the Dr. and denied by the traveller. ' "The very words