“CHARLES BRADLEY, (1789–1871), eminent as a preacher
and writer of sermons published between 1818 and 1853, belonged to the
evangelical school of the church of England. He was born at Halstead,
Essex, in February 1789. His parents, Thomas and Ann Bradley, were both
of Yorkshire origin, but settled in Wallingford, where their son
Charles, the elder of two sons, passed the greater part of the first
twenty-five years of his life. He married, in 1810, Catherine Shepherd
of Yattenden, took pupils and edited several school books, one or two of
which are still in use. He was, for a time after his marriage, a member
of St. Edmund Hall, Oxford, but was ordained on reaching the age of 23,
without proceeding to a degree, and in 1812 became curate of High
Wycombe. Here for many years he combined the work of a private tutor
with the sole charge of a large parish. Among his pupils were the late
Mr. Smith O'Brien, the leader for a short time of the so-called national
party in Ireland; Mr. Bonamy Price, professor of political economy in
the university of Oxford; and Archdeacon Jacob, well known for more than
half a century in the diocese and city of Winchester. His powers as a
preacher soon attracted attention. He formed the acquaintance of William
Thomas Scott, the
commentator, Daniel Wilson, and others; and a volume of sermons,
published in 1818 with a singularly felicitous dedication to Lord
Liverpool, followed by a second edition in 1820, had a wide circulation.
The sixth edition was published in 1824, the eleventh in 1854.
In the year 1825 he was presented by Bishop
Ryder (then bishop of St. Davids, afterwards of Lichfield) to the
vicarage of Glasbury in Brecknockshire. Here a volume of sermons was
published in 1825, which reached a ninth edition in 1854. He retained
the living of Glasbury till his death, but in the year 1829 became the
first incumbent of St. James's Chapel at Clapham in Surrey, where he
resided, with some periods of absence, till 1852.
By this time his reputation as a preacher was
fully established. His striking face and figure and dignified and
impressive delivery added to the effect produced by the substance and
style of his sermons, which were prepared and written with unusual care
and thought. A volume of sermons published in 1831, followed by two
volumes of ‘Practical Sermons’ in 1836 and 1838, by ‘Sacramental
Sermons’ in 1842, and ‘Sermons on the Christian Life’ in 1853, had for
many years an exceedingly large circulation, and were widely preached in
other pulpits than his own, not only in England and Wales, but in
Scotland and America. Of late years their sale greatly declined, but the
interest taken in them has revived, and a volume of selections was
published in 1884.
Quite apart from the character of their
contents, as enforcing the practical and speculative side of
Christianity from the point of view of the earlier leaders of the
evangelical party in the church of England, the literary merits of
Bradley's sermons will probably give them a lasting place in literature
of the kind. No one can read them without being struck by their singular
simplicity and force, and at the same time by the sustained dignity and
purity of the language.
Bradley was the father of a numerous family. By
his first wife, who died in 1831, he had thirteen children, of whom
twelve survived him. The eldest of six sons was the Rev. C. Bradley of
Southgate, well known in educational circles. The 4th, George Granville,
was dean of Westminster 1881 to 1902, having been previously master of
University College, Oxford, and head-master of Marlborough College. By
his second marriage in 1840 with Emma, daughter of Mr. John Linton, he
also left a large family, one of whom, Herbert Bradley, fellow of Merton
College, Oxford, wrote on ethics and logic; another, Andrew Cecil, was
fellow of Balliol, and professor of English literature at Liverpool.
Bradley spent the last period of his life at
Cheltenham, where he died in August 1871.
[Dictionary of National Biography.]
the “Sermons” of the
Rev. Charles Bradley.
From the Rev. Dr. Sprague, of the
I regard the Sermons by the Rev. Charles
Bradley, lately republished from the seventh London edition by D.
Appleton & Co., as among the best which, for a long time, have issued
from the American press. They are characterized by great simplicity and
perspicuity, by deeply evangelical views, and by a fervor and unction,
which render them alike attractive and impressive. It will be good
service rendered to the cause of truth and piety, to promote the
circulation of this work as much as possible.
Albany, May 14, 1844. W. B. SPRAGUE.
From the Rt. Rev. Bishop McIlvaine, of the
Diocese of Ohio.
I have long known and highly valued the
Sermons by Bradley, which have been for several years before the public.
His later volumes I have not had an opportunity of reading. If, as I do
not question, they sustain the reputation of the others, I can freely
speak of all as very evangelical, spiritual, and edifying; well adapted
for family and private reading, as well as for the use of lay-readers in
Gambier, May 1, 1844. CHAS. P. McILVAINE.
From the Rev. Dr. De Witt, of the Reformed
I have for some time past been acquainted
with “Bradley’s Sermons,” at least some of them, and I esteem them as
possessing great excellence in view of the evangelical sentiment which
pervades them, their highly practical character, their lucid and
beautiful arrangement, and their simple and yet adorned style. I think
them well adapted for the family and social circle, as well as private
use. There is nothing in them which exhibits the peculiarity of the
denomination to which the author belongs, and they will be found
acceptable to Evangelical Christians of different denominations. I am
pleased to see that you have published them in a very neat volume, at a
New-York, May 10, 1844. THOMAS DE WITT.
From the Rev. Dr. Peck, of the Methodist
Church. Bradley’s Sermons are a plain, practical exhibition of Gospel
truth. I read most of them many years since, and my impressions were
then highly favorable to their usefulness, especially for families and
private Christians. The style is pure English, and the sentiments in
general evangelical. I am gratified to learn that an American edition of
these Sermons is forthcoming from the press of the Appletons, and am
sure that the publishers will render a great service to the Christian
public, by giving them a wide circulation.
New-York, July 9, 1844. GEORGE PECK.
at High Wycombe, vol. 1, 9th edition, 1833AD
1. The Worshippers
in the Heavenly Temple. (101k) on Revelation 7:14-15.
2. The Worship and
Privileges of the Heavenly Temple. (106k) on Revelation 7:15-17.
3. The Dying
Christian Committing his Soul to God. (89k) on Psalm 31:5.
4. The Advantages
of Remembering Christ. (99k) on Luke 22:19.
5. The Legacy of
Christ. (98k) on John 14:27. pdf
(44k) docx (27k)
6. The News of
Christ's Resurrection sent to Peter. (104k) on Mark 16:7.
7. The Humilty of
Saint Paul. (99k) on Ephesians 3:8. pdf
(47k) docx (29k)
8. The Compassion
of the High Priest of the Church. (92k) on Hebrews 4:15.
9. The Throne of
Grace. (95k) on Hebrews 4:16. pdf
(40k) docx (27k)
10. The Death of
Moses. (88k) on Deuteronomy 34:5. pdf
(38k) docx (26k)
11. The Goodness
of God to Israel. (95k) on Deuteronomy 32:10-12.
12. The Christian
Journeying to the Promised Land. (105k) on Numbers 10:29.
Christan's Song in his Pilgrimage. (101k) on Psalm 119:54.
14. The Brevity
and Vanity of Human Life. (118k) on Psalm 39:5.
15. The Glory of the Gospel. (114k) on 2
Corinthians 3:7-11. pdf (57k)
Constraining Influence of the Love of Christ 1. (103k) on 2
Corinthians 5:14-15. pdf (50k)
Constraining Influence of the Love of Christ 2. (79k) on 2
Corinthians 5:14-15. pdf (29k)
18. Christ the
Healer of the Broken-Hearted. (118k) on Luke 4:18.
19. The Tears of
Jesus at the Grave of Lazarus. (89k) on John 11:35.
at High Wycombe, vol. 2, 6th edition,
20. God an
Eternal Dwelling Place. (116k) on Psalm 90:1-2.
Forbearance of David Towards Shimei. (99k) on 2 Samuel 16:13.
22. The Grounds
of David's Forbearance Towards Shimei. (103k) on 2 Samuel 16:11, 12.
23. The Rewards
of the Conquering Christian. (111k) on Revelation 2:17.
Foretelling the Treachery of Judas. (108k) on Matthew 26:20-22.
Israelites Returning from Babylon. (105k) on Jeremiah 50:4-5.
Sword of Jehovah Smiting His Shepherd. (109k) on Zechariah 13:7.
27. The Redeemed
Sinner Joining Himself in a Covenant with God. (116k) on Jeremiah 50:5.
28. The Way to
Zion. (113k) on Isaiah 35:8, 9, 10.
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29. The Heavenly
Zion. (100k) on Isaiah 35:10. pdf
(37k) docx (31k)
30. The Patience
of God. (90k) on Romans 2:4. pdf
(42k) docx (32k)
Repentance of Judas. (87k) on Matthew 17:3-5.
Repentance of Peter. (104k) on Luke 22:60-62.
Scape-goat a Type of Christ. (113k) on Leviticus 16:21, 22.
34. The Burial of Christ. (109k) on
John 19:41, 42.
Confession of Pharoah. (116k) on Exodus 9:27, 28.
Exhortation and Promises of God to the Afflicted. (116k) on Isaiah
43:1-3. pdf (46k)
Advantages of a Frequent Retrospect of Life. (112k) on
Deuteronomy 8:2. pdf (46k)
38. The Fear of
Peter When Walking on the Sea. (118k) on Matthew 14:30, 31.
39. The Christian
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40. The Prayer of
David for Self-Knowledge. (122k) on Psalm 139:23, 24.
41. The Wedding
Garment. (117k) on Matthew 22:11-13.
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42. The Christian
Reigning in Life. (106k) on Romans 5:17.
at Glasbury 9th edition,1854AD .
43. The End of
Man's Earthly History. (107k) on Ecclesiastes 12:7.
44. The Labourers
Standing Idle at the Eleventh Hour. (121k) on Matthew 20:6.
45. The Building
of the Heavenly Temple. (127k) on 1 Kings 6:7.
Vicissitudes of Human Life. (134k) on Zechariah 14:6, 7.
47. The Prayer of
Moses for a View of God. (131k) on Exodus 33:18.
Two Builders. (122k) on Luke 6:47-49. pdf (45k)
49. The Unbelief
of the Samaritan Lord. (136k) on 2 Kings 7:2.
50. The Funeral
at the Gate of Nain. (86k) on Luke 7:12.
Compassion of Christ for the Widow of Nain. (122k) on Luke 7:13.
Widow's Son Restored to Life. (128k) on Luke 7:14, 15.
Remembered by God. (1 of 2)(112k) on Psalm 90:8.
Remembered by God. (2 of 2)(130k) on Psalm 90:8.
Blotted Out by God. (127k) on Isaiah 43:25.
56. The Character
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