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valued friend. We may add, that the preacher is expected to be

impartial in drawing the character of the deceased, and to give it an interest with the world at large, when the appeal is made by publishing. In these respects, Mr. Evans has executed his talk in a satisfactory manner. His reflections are pious and appofite; and his delineation of the character of Mr. Bulkley will not be thought overstrained by those who were acquainted with the defunct. He was an indefatigable minister of the gospel, for a period of nearly fixty years, and was known in the literary world by some works of merit. -- The Duty of Thanksgiving. A Sermon preached at the Foundling.

Hospital, December 19, 1797; being the Day appointed for a General Thanksgiving. By the Rev. Juhn Hewlett, B, D. Morning Preacher to the faid Charity, and Lecturer of the united Parishes of St. Vedast and St. Michael le Quein. Published at the Request of the General Court, and for the Benefit of the Charity. 8vo. 15. Johnson. 1798.

The reputation which Mr. Hewlett has obtained by former difcourses will suffer no diminution from the present; for it evinces the same genius and happy talent in enforcing pious sentiment with eloquence and spirit. It contains some splendid passages, and reflects credit both on the head and the heart of the writer. Die Sense of Divine Favour, a Teft of Christian Confidence. A Ser.

mon delivered to a Country Congregation, on the 19th of December, 1797, the Day appointed by Royal Authority for a General Thanks giving to Almighty God, for the late signal Victory of his Majesty's Fleets over those of the Enemy. By the Rev. Sir Adam Gordon, Bart. M. A. Rector of Weft Tilbury, Elex, and Prebendary of Bristol. Svo, is. Stockdale. 1798.

In performing the duty of a faithful parochial priest (and all who know Sir A. Gordon will allow him to be a minister of that de{cription), the preacher has not thought it a departure from that province to introduce, in a thanksgiving fermon, remarks on our escapes from internal enemies and their plots, and some other topics of a political nature. His conclusions, however, are in favour of religious reformation; and his honest zeal in promoting it, as far as his advice and authority extend, induces us to overlook passages to which some objections might justly be made. A Sermon for the 19th Day of December, 1797, being the Day ap

pointed for a General Thanksgiving to Almighty God, for the fignal Victories obtained by his Majesty's Arms, in Three great Naval Engagements, over the respective Belligerent Powers, united against this Country. By the Rev. L. H. Halloran, Chaplain in the Royal Navy. 8vo,

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Law, 1798. From Chron. ch. xx. v. 13, Mr. Halloran endeavours to die veft his auditors of the pride and licentiousness of victory, and to convince them that their gratitude ought to be humble as well as

þeartfelt. The discourse is plain, well-arranged, and adapted to the occasion. The profits of the sale are intended for the relief of the feamen's widows and orphans. A Sermon, preached at Great Ouseborné, on Tuefilay, the igth of De

comber, 1797, being the Day appointed by his Majesty for . General Thanksgiving to Almighty God, for our Naval Victories. By the Rev. Samuel Clapham, M. A. Vicar of Great Oufeborne, near Knaresbro'. 12m0. 3d. Johnson. 1798.

A very small part of this fermon is appropriated to the religious purpose of a thanksgiving day. The author is so intent on im. prefling the minds of his hearers with an exalted opinion of the wisdom of the ministry, and with a conviction of the necessity of fubmitting with cheerfulness to the misfortunes of augmented taxation, that he has made the gratitude of the nation for our naval victories only a secondary point. Perhaps he may consider the exe istence of the present administration as a blessing of a higher species. The Duty of Thanksgiving for National Blessings : a Sermon, preached

on Tuesday, December 19, 1797, being the Day appointed for a General Thanksgiving. By William Mavor, LL. D. Vicar of Hurley, Berks, and Chaplain to the Right Hon. the Earl of Dame fries. Svo. 15. Rivingtons. 1798.

The duty of the day is not here impeded by political confiderations. The blessings which we enjoy as a nation are extolled only, as motives to greater zeal and fervour in religion; and the animofities which are kept up by rancour and obloquy are justly censured. The following very judicious remark appears in a note.

• The impolicy, the gross impolicy of dividing this nation into favourers and opponents of the French revolution, every day becomes more apparent. Call a man " au incorrigible jacobin," and you certainly make him fo. False principles, though they ought to be exposed, are only propagated by the virulence of misapplied invective: and I trust French principles will never be juftly imputed to any confiderable number of thinking men in this king. dom. It is the duty of every good subject to conciliate, not to die vide.?

Such indeed is the duty of every good fubjeét; but how different is the practice of those profligate writers who boast of their zeal for our constitution, and endeavour to prove it, by calumniating the character of every man who does not think the present miniftry impaculate ! A Sermon, proached Aug. 13, 1798, before the Reading and Here

lry Affociations, the Woodley Cavalry, and the Reading Volun. teers, at the Confecration of the Colours of the Reading Afsociation, By Richard Valpy, D. D. P. A. S. Chaclain to the Association, 8ve. 15. 6d. Robinsons. 1798. This discourse includes every topic which can be supposed to

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animate and direct the zeal of volunteers; and Dr. Valpy's fentiments on public affairs, principally introduced in the notes, are such as will be approved by the judicious and impartial. The fol lowing paffage is worthy of selection :

Many candid persons have lamented the policy, which rejected offers of service from men of the first property, and of high military reputation, who forgot their opposition to the minister of the day in their duty to their king, their country and themselves. The universal cause of national defence has nothing to do with party politics. Infinite are the public as well as private benefits of a spirit of conciliation. Friendships are too often mortal; but enmities ought not to be rendered immortal.'

P. 274 Philanthropy, Religion, and Loyalty, the beft Charatteristicks of a

Christian Soldier. A Sermon ; addre/fed to the armed Affociation of the Parish of St. Luke, Chelsea, and to the Inhabitants at large, on Sunday, 8th of July, 1798. By the Rev. Weeden Butler, Morning Preacher of Charlotte-Street Chapel, &c. 8vo. 1798.

This sermon was printed at the request of the hearers; and such a compliment did not exceed its deserts. A Sermon preached before the Oxford Lngal Volunteers, on Friday,

July 27, 1798, at the Presentation of their Colours by Lady Mack. worth, as Proxy for her Grace the Duchess of Marlborough, By W. Finch, LL. D. Rector of Avington, Berks, &c. &c. 8vo. Is. Rivingtons.

This divirre contrafts opinion (which he places in an unfavour. able point of view) with principle; and afferts, that the individuals who compose a state or kingdom should only engage in war upon the principle of justice ; “knowing that, as change of circum. Itances fhall suggest, the succettive viciffitudes of human fortunt may render those who now supplicate for mercy, at another time. capable of dispensing it,' He adds, that upon this plan our coun. , try has generally proceeded : especially when the conftitution has been perfe&tly formed and seitled, the rights of rulers and subjects have been ascertained, and the true and practicable causes of national prosperity have been accurately underficod. Whatever may be out. opinion upon these points, we are inclined to bestow our applause on the composition of the present fermon. The Duty of loving our Couniry. A Sermon preached at the Cathe

dral Church of St. Paul, on Sunday, July 22, 1798, before the Temple-Bar and St. Paul's District Military Alociation. By Thomas Bowen, M. A. Chaplain to Bridlewell-Hofpital, to the Asociation, &c. Svo. Iš,

Iš. Rivingtous. *Mr. Bowen asserts, that attempts have been made to weaken true patrictisin, by an extension of our benevolence to countries which have not the same governn.ent and manners with our own; and he

maintains that we can only exert føcial duties effe&tually, to the community to which we belong,--to our own country, which he calls our Jerusalem, in allusion to the text chosen on this occasion. He alleges that the Saviour of the human race was only sent to the loft fheep of the house of Israel, though he extended to all mankind the benefits of his incarnation.

We shall only observe, that the preacher's views are not comprehenfively liberal. A Sermon, for the Relief of the Insolvent Debtors, in Warwick Gaol;

preached at Rowington, November the 20th, 1796. By George Weale, A. B. Curate. 8vo. Lee and Hurst. 1797.

Mr. Weale preached this discourse at the desire of the grand jury of Warwickshire, who recommended sermons throughout the county, for the relief of imprisoned debtors. He humbly apologises for publishing it at a period so late from the time when it was preached ; but, as his object was to renew the custom of those charitable discourses, the apology was unnecessary. He enforces the duty of compassion on Christian motives, and depicts the horrors of a gaol with freedom, and, we apprehend, with justice.

EDUCATION. Le&tures Graduées pour les Enfans. Par M. l'Abbé Gaultier. Progreflive Lefons for Children. By the Abbé Gaultier. 3 Vois.

6s. 6d. Boards. Elmsley and Bremner. In the preface to this little work, the abbé Gaultier compliments the English as the inventors of the art of writing books calculated for the earlier years of childhood. He translated a work of this kind from our language into French, in the year 1788; and it was very favourably received at Paris. He has now publithed a kind of continuation of that performance.

In the first volume are lessons for children of the age of three years. Examples of French pronunciation are first given ; and fhort sentences follow. The second and third volumes are intended for those who have respectively attained the ages of four and five years. The lessons gradually rise in importance; and amusement and utility go hand in hand.

A part of M. Gaultier's plan is to make use of counters. One of these the instructor may give to a child for every fyllable which has been read or spelled properly; and for every fault one is to be paid to a child who is able to correct it. If children are not sufficiently interested and eager in this game of counters, a present of fruit, or some other indulgence, may be allowed for a certain number of counters. Thus (to use the words of Locke), learning may be made a play and recreation to children.'.

The abbé has prefixed his own head to the work. Perhaps he

thought, that a view of the features of the author would render his. lessons more attractive to the young readers of his book.' Minor Morals, interspersed with Sketches of Natural History, Hif

torical Anecdotes, and Original Stories. By Charlotte Smith, Author of Rural Walks and Rambles Farther. 2 Vols. Small Svo. 45.

Boards. Low. 1798. A writer of reputation and talent here condescends to devote her labors to the instruction of children. She represents an aunt as super-intending the education of her four nieces, and forming their minds to early prudence, knowledge, and virtue. The work consists of dialogues and occafional narratives. Topics of natural history are pleasingly discussed; morality is impressively recommended; and the prose is sometimes varied with poetical pieces, exclusive of quotations.

The instructress thus cautions her fair pupils against envy: • Take care, that this with to excel, laudable and proper in itself, be not suffered to produce that most tormenting of all paffions, envy ;-an infirmity of the mind so huiniliating, to bitter to whoever has the misfortune to feel it, that it fours the temper and pollutes the heart, more, perhaps, than any other feeling.

• It has always to me been an objection against schools, that often the inotive of emulation is so used, as to excite this narrow and distasteful weakness; and what is worse, it is often excited by things contemptible in themselves, and in which there is no merit in excelling. The balls given once a year to exhibit the young people's progress in dancing to the best advantage, are, among others, a cause of great anxiety and heart-burning; not as to who shall do best what they have been taught, which would be a commendable ambition, but who shall be most fashionably or fantastically dressed.' Vol. i. P. 16.

The art of drawing the writer strongly recommends, particularly the application of it to plants and flowers. After referring to the uses of many of them, the says,

. Besides the innumerable uses by which plants are made to form so great a part of the necessaries and comforts of civilized life, they are themselves the most beautiful objects in nature, and seem to have been designed as well for the solace of the penfive solitary, as to ornament, in that happy age of youth, which is a little above infancy, the female form and face. We figure to ourselves with pleasure, nymphs and dryads crowned with leaves and flowers; and fancy has more delight in dressing her visionary images thus, than in adorning them with all the riches of the earth. Roses are more soothing to the imagination than rubies; a garland of jasmine, or lilies of the valley, a' more interesting head-drefs than a diamond tiara ; and to learn to trace or imitate their figures seems to me to be a means of forining the taste of young persons, and teaching them to unite ornament with simplicity.' Vol. i. P. 34.

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