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which occasioned the military excursions here journalized; but to the mere English reader, this publication will be infipid, and in a great measure unintelligible. Art. 18. The Manifesto or Remonftrance of Hyder Ally Cawn,
to the. Rajahs and Princes of India ; in a Letter to Sir Richard Son on the Bengal Petitions. 8vo. 1 s. · Kearly. 1781.
From the strongest internal evidence, it becomes an act of only common justice to acquit Hyder Ally from any concern in, or know ledge of the curious composition with which a London knight of the goose-quill has here presumed to charge him.
DR AM A TIC. Art. 19. The Humours of an Election. A Farce. As it is
performed at the Theatre-Royal in Covent Garden. Written by F. Pilon. 8vo. Is. Kearny. 1780.
We have been too remiss, though quite accidentally, in giving no account of this Farce, till the Elections are over ; for the humour of the piece, if it may be allowed to have any humour, is evaporated along with them. A subject, so interwoven in the British Constitution, ought to afford scenes of some permanency; but the Humours of an Ele&tion now before us, are so very temporary, that it is now rather too late to speak of them.
POETICA L. Art. 20. Selezt Odes of Pindar and Horace translated ; and other
original Poems, together with Notes Critical, Hiftorical, and Explanatory. By the Rev. William Tasker, A.B. Vol. I. 8vo. 7 s. 6 d. Exeter, printed for the Author, and fold by Dodley. 1780.
Mr. Tasker, we find, by his own confesiion, was not naturally addided to poetry,' He charges not, like some other finners, this evil propensity to the account of innate depravity, or original finamom
To suits litigious, ignorant and raw,
And penury inspir'd my daring muse! Daring indeed!--for Horace (a very intimate acquaintance of Mr. Talker's) informs us, that he must be a bold man who dares to mount old Pindar's fiery steed. But what of that? Here's one, who, like another Regulus, would press through thick ranks of opposing friends, to meet death or glory in the bold attempt! Valiant hero!
See, he mounts !-Unlucky ! --" he o'erleaps himself, and falls o'th other fide." Up again! Who's afraid ? Now for it!-On he dashes! whip and fpur !--through thick and thin! By the charioteer supreme of foot-unwearied thunder,' out of sight in an instant ! Back again !-here he comes, 'scouring the naked course along :'
And now he sudden shines-now sudden disappears! Art. 21. The Fatal Kiss, a Poem. Written in the last Stage
of an Atrophy; by a beautiful and unfortunate young Lady, 4to. 2 s. 6 d. Becket. 1781. An improbable fory, written in the florid manner of Mrs. Aphra
Art. 22. The Ascension : a Poetical Essay. By Thomas Hughes,
M. A. of St. John's College, Cambridge. 4to. I s. Becket, &c 1780.
Killingbury corn, all bran and no flour. Art. 23. Conflagration : a Satire. 4to. I s. 6 d. Richard
fon, in the S.rand. 1981. All smoke and no flame. A dull and spiritless attack on the lead. ing members of Adminiftration. Art. 24. The Traitor. A poetical Rhapsody. 4to. 2 s. 60.
Bew. 1781. A furious and feeble invective against Dr. Franklin. This Rhapfodist, though an uncandid and prejudiced reasoner, generally exo presies himself in tolerable verse, Art. 25. The Eviad: A Burlesque Poem. In Two Cantos,
4to. 2 s. 6 d. Almon, 1781, Dull, flippant, and obscene.
Μ Α Τ Η Ε Μ Α Τ Ι c s. Art. 26. Elements of Geometry. Translated from the French
of J. J. Rossignol, Professor of Mathematics in the Univerlty of Milan. 8vo. 3 s. 6 d. Boards. Johnson. 1781.
Having formerly (Rey. vol. lv. p. 308. Art. III.) directed the ato tention of our Readers to M. Roslignol's Elements of Geometry, as a book of uncommon merit, the fruit of twenty years labour, reflection, and study, employed on a science which the learned Author hath long taught, with applause, in several foreign universities, it is now only necessary to add, that this work, of which a correct translation is here given, will, in our judgment, be found exceedingly useful, if pot as a substitute for the Elements of Euclid to those who wish to become adepts in Mathematics, yet as an Introdu£lory Manual to fa. cilitate the young geometrician's first attempts in this difficult branch of science,
MISCELLANEO U $. Art. 27. An Epistolary Treatise : addressed to the Rev. Richard Wațion, D.D. F.R. S. &c. &c. &c. Containing curfory. Remarks on the Code of Gentoo Laws, published by the East India Company, and on the original Shanscritta Language, in which they are written. To which is added, a Differtation, by Martinus Scriblesus, on the Utility and Importance of the Oriental Languages. By the Author of the Heroic Epiftle, and Heroic Address, to the same Reverend Personage. 4to. ?s. Becket. 1780.
The chief object of this self-complacent Writer, in his present production, is to expose that extravagant partiality for Oriental literature, in which it hath been the fathion with some late wrivers to indulge themselves. The dissertation by Martinus Scriblerus, though written in a style by no means resembling that which distinguished the earlier productions of this venerable critic, contains many Itrokes of legitimate ridicule.
RELIGIOUS. Art. 28. An Humble Attempt to investigate and defend the Scrip
ture-Doctrine concerning the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Method new, but plain and easy to be understood. With an Appendix : In which such Objections as are commonly urged by fome, against fome Things here advanced, from the Hebrew names D7x Aleim, and , 71,70 Jeue, &c. are more particuJarly considered, and the Imports or Significations of these Names pointed out. By Pinos Ann Deuce, a Friend to Truth. 8vo. Edinburgh : Printed for the Author. Sold by Cadell in London, 1780.
The general scope of this Treatise is to prove, that the names, attributes, characters, and works, ascribed in fcripture to the Son, imply diftinct personality, derivation, and subordination ; but that those which are ascribed to the Holy Spirit do not imply distinct per• , sonality, and yet are such as cannot be ascribed to any creature ; consequently that the Holy Spirit, in the Author's own terms, is the outgoing of the perfections of the invisible God, or bis effective energy, in and through his only begotten Son. With respect to Jesus Chrift, he adopts what may be termed the high Arian opinion, asserting, that he was brought forth, as the image of the invisible God, before any creature was made ;'--that he being the Alpha . and Omega, the first and the last, in all the exertions of divine agency in or upon creatures, he ever hach been, and will continue to be, the medium of intercourse and communication between the infinite, unoriginated, and self-existent Being, and every finite creature, even the most noble and excellent that exists;'-that the first outgoings of the Father's perfections, of power, wisdom, and goodness, in and upon creatures, were by him ;'-' and that by him these perfections continue to be manifested in their preservation and government.' He carries his ideas so far as to declare (with what propriecy or consistency we leave our Readers to determine), • that the being and perfections of the only begotten Son are infinite in relaţion to creatures; that is to say, his being and perfections exceed the being and perfections of all finite creatures that it is poflible for infinite power to produce ; for he is the great agent, through whom alone that power is exerted ;-that he is the Creator, Preserver, and Governor of the universe ;'-and, startle not, Reader! that he is . constitute the Supreme God, the Judge, the Lawgiver, and King, to all created nature.' Having stated what appears to him to be the scripture. doctrine concerning the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, our Author proceeds to answer fome Trinitarian objections that may be made to it (of any other he takes no notice); and then, afier the old fashion of fermonizing, points out the uses of information, admonition, and comfort, that may be deduced therefrom.'
The Appendix .contains, among other things, some remarks on the import of the names on58, which, in the Author's opinion, denotes one or more who bring into the covenant, and 7167, which he renders 'he that causeth to be, or is the cause of being ;' a fanciful explanation of the cherubim, and of some analogy which may be traced, according to his doctrine, between fire, light, and heat,
and Father, Son, and Spirit: a criticism on that famous passage 0% depTrasy Moviny Noata, &c.; and some observations on a few other texts, by way of further reply to the objections that may be raised against the doctrine which he has advanced.
A publication of this kind, being a new thing in Scotland, may be of service to excite the attention of the people, and to engage them to chink for themselves, and to consult ocher more plain, full, and satisfactory treatises on the subject. But in this part of the illand, in which the doctrine of the New Testament, respecting the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, has been so often discussed by much more able pens, we cannot think that it is calculated to afford any considerable information or satisfaction to the more intelli
SERMONS on the late GENERAL FAST.
1. Preached before the. Lords. Spiritual and Temporal, &c. Feb. 21. 17813
By John Lord Bishop of Bangor. 4to. Roblon. A plain and pious discourse on 2 Chron. xv. 2. II. Before the House of Commons, &c. By Andrew Burnaby, D. D.
Vicar of East Greenwich, Kent, 400. I S. T. Payne. The text is rather uncommon (viz. Except these abide in the fhip, ye cannot be faved,” A&ts xxvii. 31.], but the preacher deduces very good doctrine from it, namely, chat 'though the providence of God doth superintend and controul the affairs of the world, yet it operates for the most part, not by suspending or violating the course and order of Nature, but by bending and accommodating this course to its own divine purposes; that it effects its dispensations by natural and ordinary, not by supernatural and extraordinary, means.' It is easy to foresee the application which is made of this position to the present situation and circumstances of this country. We cannot avoid transcribing one of the incidental remarks which occurs in this discourse. 'I must pass one stricture upon an evil which is lately introduced amongst us, and which, it is to be feared, cannot fail of being productive of the most pernicious confequences. The evil I mean is the Institution of debating Societies, Here every fabject is disa cuffed that can affect the welfare of mankind; and while
arguments are adduced (I will have the charity to hope with no other view than that they may be confuted) approximating to atheism on the one hand, and to treason and feaition on the other, the weak and tender mind, unable to discriminate between them, returns home bewildered with sophism, and divided between good and evil.'
To apply an effectual remedy to such an evil as this, might possibly in the event be injurious to che liberty of the subject; but yet these schools of elequence (as they are vainly called by those coxcombs who abet them) are grown such a nuisance to religion, morality, and civil polity, that we should not be at all surprised if the legislature made even an incroachment on what hath been called popular privilege, to fuppress and exterminate them. If we lose our liberty of speaking and wri. ting, we shall have as much reason to execrate the licentiousness of faction, as the oppreffion of power.
III Preached before the University of Oxford at St. Mary's. By George
Horne, D. D. President of St. Mary Magdalen College, and Chaplain in Ordinary to his Majesty. 4to. Rivington.
Equally elegant, serious, and affecting. The following quotation muit please every pious and judicious reader, both for the juitness of the thought and the beauty of the expreflion. The firit chaftisements are of a mild and gentle nature, as it were, whispering repentance
and reformation in our ears. To generous and well-nurtured spirits, the flightest appearances of displeasure are sufficient. When the heart is hardened, more rigorous measures must be taken, and heavier punishments brought forward. Majettic and tremendous God arises to judgment; the stund of his thunder is heard at a distance, and all the prognolics appear of an approaching form. Divine justice, though sure, is flow; and now, as of old, the longfuffering of God waits with so much patience and forbearance, that as in the life of man there is a certain part, when for fome years together, perceiving little or no alteration in himself, or those about. hiin, he almost disbelieves, at least he seems willing to forget, that he shall grow old and die; so by the firm eitablishment and long fubsistence of a nation, remaining nearly the same through the repeated viciffitudes of peace and war, we are tempted to exclaim, “ Where is the threatening of his coming? for all things continue as they were." But let us not deceive ourselves. The nation, as well as the man, is verging apace to that period of life which is to be labour and forrow; the motion, however gradual and imperceptible for. fome time, will be dreadfully accelerated in its latter flages; and perhaps after incessant warnings and admonitions, the grim spectre will suddenly appear in all his terrors at an hour when we look not for him.' IV. Preached at York. By James Scott, D. D. Rector of Simonburn,
and late Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. 410. I S. Bald. win.
We wilh we could pay the same compliment to this discourse that we did to the last * which this Author published. But this is not Dr. Scott's charity.sermon! V. Addressed to a Congregation at Hackney, &c. By Richard Price, D. D. 8vo. I s.
Cadell This discourse contains a vindication of the natural and moral evi. dences of a future state, and the use which we ought to make of the doctrine in season of personal distress or national calamity. In the conclusion the Author vindicates, with a spirit of equal frankness and moderation, the part he hath taken in the great American controversy. " There is nothing (says the Doctor) in the course of my life that I can think of with more satisfaction, than the testimony. I have borne, and the attempts I have made, to serve the cause of general liberty and justice, and the particular interest of this couniry at the present period : a period !-- big with events of unspeakable consequence, and perhaps one of the most momentous in the annals of mankind.'
* Vid. Rev. for August 1780.