The reviewer praises an annual, comprised of a series of articles, as valuable for students entering the ministry. The author advocates modesty, hard work and piety amongst other virtues.
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The author praises Church education for bringing more students into the ministry. He discusses Church economy, advocating meager appropriations by student beneficiaries. Beneficiaries should be “modest,” “unassuming,” and assiduous. Students should be pious, though some reject their professions in favor of “law or medicine.” The author states that beneficiaries resign themselves to providence as to their station in life. Teachers must present “close and paternal supervision of [student] conduct.” After this, the author claims that the annual under review is successful in its purpose; he follows by examining the annual’s component essays. The Introductory Address warns students of numerous temptations. A discourse follows on the call to the ministry and preparing for it. Afterwards is an article suggesting a course of study, then a reprint of an address by John Brown of Haddington. Two more articles are on missions. Next is an appeal to piety followed by a call to study original Biblical languages. A discourse on “literary diligence” follows, and then there is an essay on assuaging wants of the world. There are two biographies, concluding with an address on minister qualifications.