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Wt is a kind of a Drawcanlır. He treats of politics, YorkThire petitions, Middlesex elections ; and in one of his fables he even abuses the Reviewers. His versification is uncommon affected; and the merit of his performance may be seen by the following speciinen, with which our readers inuf depart wonderfully pleased and improved.
• Let him alone, he's a Reviewer, ,
By such vile trash he gets his bread,
He well deserves a broken head.
A bloody-iminded sinner,
Marauding for a dinner.
That the offence
Die then, said he,
Not for the deed, but for the will.' Before we dismiss this poet, we must observe, that he is not only fabulous, but oracular ; and it woald puzzle the best þead in England to find out the smallest meaning in many of his poenis. 39. The Auflion, a Poem: a familiar Epiftle sa a Friend, &c
410. 25. Kearlly. While we allow that this writer's manner is easy, and his versification fmooth, we can by no means find out the cui bona of his poem, or what purpose it is intended to serve. The god of silence furely is a very strange kind of guest in an auction-room, and a very improper retailer of Mr. L-ed's Small talk, and that of his company. The unprovoked abuse thrown out against the noble head of the law, two great dukes, and some other persons of distinction, defeats the end of his satire, where it is just and happily aimed, as it is in some passages of the poem. The whole, however, is written with too great a share of ridicule and sarcasm, ever to produce the ends of amendment and reforınațion.
40. The Cobler's End. A Tale. Addressed 10 a Friend. By · Solomon Partridge, Junior. 8vo. Pr. 15. Fell.
This is intended as a moral tale, and contains the story of honeft cobler Crisp and his wife, who were so happy and contented a pair, that their landlord at his death left them 500l. a year. This generous legacy ruined them. They left their trade, came up to London, fell into the hands of sharpers, and died not worth a Milling, in madness and despair. The author, in a few passages discovers some humour, but his thimes are often intolerable.-- Dumb and tongue-intervend and feemid-game and again—undone and some, and the like, which are very disagreeable in a poem : where the harmony of the thimes often constitute one of its chief beauties. 41. An Elegy on a most excellent Man, and much lamented Friend.
Polio. Pr. is. Walter. The merit of this performance lies in delineating an ami. able character, and expressing the language of the heart with an easy, natural fimplicity. 42. An Elegy on the unexpeated Deatb of an excellent Physician, the
juftly admired John Martin Butt, M. D. Inscribed in his afflitled family. By a fincere Mourner. Folio. Pr. 15. Walter.
The character of the foregoing elegy may be applied to this compofition. Both of them are offerings at the shrine of friendship, by a lady; who, on former occasions, has appeared with reputation in the commonwealth of letters. 43. A Letter to the Authors of the Monthly Review. 8vo. Pr.
1s. Flexney. The treatise intitled, Explanations, of some difficuit Texts io the New Testament, was censured with great severity by the Monthly Reviewers. In this Letter, the author endeavours to Thew, that there is neither ingenuity nor candor in their criticisms on his performance. We do not apprehend, that his remonftrance will be thought very interesting by the generality of readers, who are not concerned in this dispute ; but it is written with temper, and will do him no discredit as an author. Our readers will find a very particular, and we hope an impartial account of the work in question, in our Review for September, 1769. 44. Protefiant Armour : or the Church of England-Man's Defence
aguirft the open Attacks and artful Infinuations of Popish Delufion. 8vo. Pr. 45. Robson.
There are no topics in divinity, wbich have been more frequently and thoroughly canvassed, than the fubjects of dispute
between the Romish and the protestant churches. We have had many excellent tracts, in which the errors of the former have been clearly and effectually refuted. But some of them are gradually sinking into oblivion ; and others are only to be found in the works, perhaps, the voluminous works, of their respective authors. This writer therefore very reasonably conduded, that there are many people, who would be glad to see the several points of this controversy thrown together under one view, and to be furnished, at an easy expence, both of time and charge, not with mere puerile instruction, but with substantial knowledge and manly reasoning ; such as may enable them to defend themselves against the artful attacks of their adversaries, and assign a proper reason for their diflension from the church of Rome.
In this light, the work before us, as it appears to be drawn up with propriety and judgment, may be extremely useful in protestant families. 45. Dua Differtationes : in quarum Priore probatur, Variantes Lectiones
& Menda, quæ in facram Scripturam irrepferunt, non labefa&tare ejus Autoritatem in rebus, quæ ad fidem & Mores pertinent : in Pofteriore vero, Prèdeflinationem Paulinam ad Gentilium Vocationem tot am Spettare. A Thoma Edwards, S. T. P. Aul. Clar. Cantab. nuper Socio. 8vo. Pr. 25. T. Payne.
In the first of these Differtations the learned author has proved, that the various lections and mistakes which have crept into the text of the Old and New Testament, do not affect its authority in matters of importance.
In the second he Thews, that the predestination spoken of by St. Paul wholly relates to the calling of the gentiles into the Christian dispensation.
What the author has advanced upon these topics is rational and judicious. 46. Miscellaneous Thoughts of an universal Free-Thinker. 8vo.
Pr. 6s. Woodgate. This volume is the composition of an uncultivated genius, who, in the course of three or four hundred pages, has thrown out some rational observations, but a much greater number of crude and incoherent effusions. The following quotations will be sufficient to gratify the reader's curiosity :
• The man whose regards are wholly turned upon this world, walks through it blindfold, or rather like one with distempered eyes, which beholding the flame of a single candle, can see nothing but merely a bundle of rays that cast a light so fuliginous and confused, he is forced to shut his eyes speedily for present ease and relief, owing to that multiplicity of crofling
and and twisting rays which withdraws the object itself quite out of fight, and renders it of no more use than were there not any fuch placed before him : whilst the steadiness and fimplicity of a Christian's view in descrying truth, affuredly finds both wbæt it is, and where it is, from whom their Lord will never remove his candlestick.'
This is one of our author's brighter sentiments, yet, through the whole, his ideas are confused, and his language ungrammatical. A specimen of what he calls first and second thoughts.
"1. Recurre a Deo, non eft pbilosopbari. • To have recourse to God in argument, you know, is not philosophy.
• 2. To what, or to whom, should we have recourse but to. God, fo very certain as it is that no kind of philosophical reafoning can help men to a jot of true knowledge, in many things daily paffing before their eyes; they must wait with patience till they come to that abode where all such shall be laid open to their view, where there will be nothing wrapped in covers, either fingle, or double, or tenfold, as they have hitherto been presented to the dim eye-light of human creatures at this their first birth; let them then no longer set up themfelves for perfect and adequate judges of their Crcator's dealing with them either here, or hereafter, especially in so fleeting a term of their existence, but firmly conclude that in this short duration were we afforded ever fo little knowledge concerning our future and eternal state, we should always be careful that we lose not. one jot of that little, since 'tis all sufficient for us undoubtedly, while remaining on earth, therefore ought to be esteemned as precious as the polar star in navigation, it being the sole guide which steers our vefsels into that safe harbour whither the wise inceffantly labour to arrive at laft.'
By the Latin fentence, which introduces this observation, it is evident, that the learning of this free-thinker has not ex tended to Lily's grammar, At the conclusion are some poetical reflections on infidelity, credulity, flattery, truth, repentance, &c. in miserable rhyme. 47. Twelve Sermons on the moji interefling Subje&ts of the Chrikian
Religion, preached upon several Occafions, by Haddon Smith, Curate of St. Matthew, Bethnal-Green. 8vo. Pr. 35. 62 in boards, Turpin.
These discourses are of the practical kind. They seem to be juvenile compositions. The language in many places is incorrect : but the author's manner is lively, and his meaning perspicuous. In a word, though they will not bear a critical
examination, they may be read with advantage by persons who are serious, and well-disposed, and capable of receiving benefit by sermons. 48. A Treatise on the Éxiftence of a Divine Being from all Eternity.
To wbicb is annexed a succina Treasife on tbe Immortality of olive Soul. Illufrated to Demonftration, 489. Pro is. Wilkie.
The author of this tra& appears to be a pious, well-meaning man ; but is a very indifferent writer, and a worse metaphysician, 19. Religious Exercises gecommended. Or Discourses on fecret and
Family Worship, and the religious Obfervation of the Lord's Day. Wirb:wo Difcourfes on the beavenly Stale, confidered under ebe
Idea of a Sabbaıb. By Job Orton. 12mo. Pr. 36. Long; man. . . .
These discourses are plain and familiar, and contain many useful directions of a pra&ical nature. They are chiefly intended for persons of ordinary abilities, in the lower stations of life, and to these, if read with attention, and an honeft inclination to improve, they may be of excellent use. The author appears to be actuated by a spirit of rational piety, and a sincere desire to promote the most effential interests of mankind, so. An Exposition of the Catechism of the Church of England, by
Question and Answer. By Thomas Vivian, Vicar of Cornwood, Devon. 12mo. Pr. 36. Dilly.
Mr. Vivian observes, that among all the expositions of the church catechism, which he has known to be put into the hands of young persons, it is difficult to find any calculated to answer the main purpose, that of teaching young and ignorant persons what they shall do to be saved. This complaint, he says, having been made by many persons, gave occasion te the present attempt.
Few authors, we believe, who have written upon the catechism, have attended more minutely than Mr. Vivian to every article, or have taken greater pains to confirm those articles by passages of scripture.
In points of controversial divinity, he generally follows the sentiments of our reformers. These it is possible may be right; but, in some instances, it is more than probable they are wrong. If so, a work of this kind will have a tendency to propagate and establish systematical errors. Fragments of fcripture may be easily collected ; and, with great plausibility, applied to the defence of absurdities. It is the safest way to learn the doctrines of christianity rom the scriptures them