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are indebted for several respectable publications, thus explains the purposes of the present work.
It commences with, and includes, the adjudications of the present reign; and forms a concise, but at the same time clear and intelligible, digest of the principal matters contained in fir James Burrows' and other fubfequent reporters, arranged under proper titles. By this disposition, every determination is exhibited at one view, under the head to which it belongs, in orderly succeflion; and the uniforinity of the authorities is traced and preserved, or their distinctions marked.
. In this compilation, the editor has only consulted books of unexceptionable repute; and among these he particularly acknowledges the term reports of B.R. and C.B, and the series of cases published by Wilson, Burrows, Blackstone, Cowper, Douglas, and Caldecot. To mention any one reporter whom he has been under the necessity of rejecting, on account of inaccuracy and want of precision, would be invidious.
• To render the work as convenient as possible, there are sub. joined to each volume an index to the names of the cases, and a copious table of contents.
- This is the general plan of the undertaking: and the final end of the editor's design has been to relieve gentlemen from the irkfone task of referring to a variety of books; by concentrating, in one work, the substance of the decisions in the courts of law during the present reign, with correct references to the reporters in which they are to be found.'
The plan of this work will render it very useful, if it should be completed with the necessary correctness, and within the proper limits. In the former requifite the present volume is not deficient; and, as to the latter, from the size of the specimen we are induced seriously to recommend to Mr. Williams not to extend the work to a bulk inconsistent with its nature and utility.
This error may be avoided by a more sparing insertion of thie arguments of the judges, in the subsequent volumes. The points decided are of the most material confequence in an abridgment : for the discufions, occafional reference may be made to the original reports. A fuccinct View of the Law of Mortgages. With an Appendix,
containing a variety of scientific Precedents of Mortgages. By Edward Coke Wilmot, of Gray's Inn. Svo. 45. Boards. Clarke and Son. 1798.
To this publication the want of accuracy can scarcely be inputed; but the necessity for its appearance is not eatily discover. able. The compiler thus introduces it to the notice of the profesSion.
? It had frequently occurred to the author, that a succinct view of the law relative to mortgages, accompanied by some useful and
feleet precedents, would be a work of utility to the junior part of the profession.
• Having in his poffeffion a number of modern precedents of mortgage deeds, drawn by the most eminent conveyancers, the author was induced to compile the theoretical part of the present publication, by way of introduction to them. He claims no merit, beyond compilation. His object has been, to present a general outline of the established doctrines relative to mortgages, in such a forın, as might tend to affist the young student, in the better understanding the use and application of the precedents.
• Should his juvenile production prove of the smallest benefit to those, for whom it is more immediately designed, the author will feel happy in refecting, that his hours of leisure have not been unprofitably employed.' P. iii.
The precedents in the appendix may perhaps be found useful : the rest of the book may, by the diligent, be deemed fuperfluous. We approve a disposition to study in those who are destined for the law; but we deprecate the needless multiplication of books, as a serious profesiional grievance. A general Index to the Modern Reporters, relative to the Law occur.
ring at Trials by Nifi Prius, from the Period of the Revolution to the present Times. By the late John Kells, Esq. Barrister 48 Law, Vol. I. 8vo. 9s. Boards. Grierson, Dublin. 1797. In the advertisement to this index, the reader is informed that
"To combine the advantages of a digeft of the leading authorities, with the practical utility of a repertorium referring to all the cases of any importance, and thus to reduce the principal matters dispersed in seven-and-twenty volumes, within the compass of two, and to exhibit not only the law as it now stands, but also the progress of its gradual iinprovement, is the design of the follow,
We have perceived, in the publication before us, no such merit as can juftify this pomp of introduction. The great oracle of our law, fir Edivard Coke, has fagaciously remarked, that "abridgments are most profitable to the makers thereof;' and, though we admit the general correctness of Mr. Kelis' principles and references, we may observe that he has performed no more than what we hope every practising barrister has had the diligence to undertake for his private use.
RELIGION. A Pi&ture of Christian Philofophy; or, a Theological, Philfophical,
and Practical Illustration of the Character of Jefus : in which the genuine Christian Temper is contrafted with the benevolent Syftem maintained by Mr. Godwin and other. Philofophers, and with the View of Chriftianity, by Wm. Wilberforce, Esq. with Stri&tures on various Topics of general Interest and Importance. By Robert Fellowes, A. B. Oxon. 8vo. 25. 6d, White. 1798. . • Instead of administering fresh fuel to that factious rage, and
that spirit of bigotry, which is unhappily spreading through these once-happy kingdoms, I have endeavoured to soften the animofities of faction by the precepts of benevolence, and to inspire even the breasts of bigots with Christian moderation.? P. 56.
We are happy in bearing our testimony to this declaration, and in expressing our fatisfaction at the perusal of a work which affords decisive proof that its author, in delineating the character of our Saviour, has imbibed a great portion of his benevolent spirit. We Thall fele&t a few passages, which, in the present times, may be advantageously studied by the professors of Christianity.
It is an absurd and a dangerous notion, that we can serve the cause of revelation by limiting the right of free difcuffion, or checking it by persecution. Persecution always increases the evi! it is intended to remedy; and religious opinions, which respect the intercourse between man and his maker, ought for ever to be free from human interruptior. They are 100 sacred for the cognizance of any earthly tribunal.'
• If, knowing our duty here, we perform it to the best of our power, we fhall certainly be accepted of God. Whether we square our faith by the precepts of Athanafius, or Arius, or Socihus, we shall enter into life, if we keep the commandments and follow, as nearly as poflible, the steps of Jesus, which point the way to immortality.'
P. 41. The conduct proper to be observed by Cliristians towards infia dels, is well pointed out in the subsequent paflage, which we recommend to the prosecutors of Paine's Age of Reason, and fuch miserable performances.
If infidelity have any arguments to produce against the truth of revelation, let them be calmly and rationally refuted: but if it can produce nothing but frothy abuse and virulent misreprefentation, the best reply is----that dignified filence and compassion which Jesus himself displayed, when he was rebuked and reviled. Can we follow a better example than that of Jesus ?'
P. 52. That Mr. Fellowes can form a just estimate of character, may be concluded from the sketch which he has given of Mr. Burke:
"The affections of Mr. Burke all gravitated toward his kindred, incapable of a wider expansion. Of philanthropy he possessed but little ; or he would not have struggled fo long, and with so much energy and obstinacy to produce the extermination, by fire and fword, of twenty-four millions of his fellow-men. His morality was neither enlarged by a diffusive benevolence, nor animated by an enlightened piety. His friendship' was warm, while it lasted; but it was liable to be interrupted by the irritable petulance of his temper. Inflated with the 'pride of genius, he was impatient of contradiction; and his resentments were, in more than one instanice, indulged even' to bitterness,
? His fame, with posterity, will rest chiefly on the splendor of his eloquence: but this being employed rather in the embellishment of prejudices that are evanescent, than in the support of principles that are immortal, I doubt whether it has earned him a wreath of glory, that may wave defiance to the rage of time. His style, as an orator, is vehement, impetuous, and often highly impassioned ; fraught with the beautiful combinations of genius, and displaying the magnificent decorations of an exuberant fancy; but he is rarely discriminated by those sublime conceptions which arise from comprehensive views, and which mark an intellect of the highest order. His wit sparkles with brilliancy ; its flashes often captivate as much by their juftness, as their splendor; but he sometimes pursues them, till they lose their lustre, and till languor takes place of astonishment,
• When he attempts to reason in a logical order, his arguments too often resemble the Sybill's [Sibyl's] leaves; they are dispersed in a moment by the breath of his imagination. His judgment may, for a while, rule his fancy; but his fancy always, at last, Tucceeds in ruling his judgment.
• He was well acquainted with men, and with human affairs in their little detail; but he does not seem to have considered, like a philosopher, the general principles, or like a benevolent Christian, the general interests of human nature. His political reasonings are often weak, because they are taken entirely from partial views, and from fleeting interests; and do not rest on the basis of eternal and unchangeable truth. Could he have effected his wishes, he would have established an oligarchy of wealth and rank, on the ruin of the rights of mankind. He would have placed the liberties of the people on no former basis than the concessions of the crown; and he would have despoiled the monarchy of those wholesome limitations, which are a source of happiness both to the prince and to the people.
"The principles of Mr. Burke, seem to have been rather modified by his interest, than his interest by his principles. His principal pursuit was private emolument; but he endeavoured to impress on others, till perhaps he had impressed on himself, the con. viction, that it was the public good. His private embarrassments increased, by inattention and profuseness; unfortunately, for his country and for the world, rendered him venal; and if we may judge from his sentiments, on the resistance of America, his opinions on the French revolution were less fwayed by his conscience than his pension. Possessing those energifs of genius, which taking an independent direction, might have rendered him, as much the benef!Ctor, as he was the ornament of his species : his talents contributed but little, to enlarge the stock of wisdom; and though they have rendered some service to taste, and diversified the elegant combinations of language; yet these are but paltry benefits, com
pared with the miseries of that desolating contest, in which they contributed to involve his country.'
We fhall only add, that the writer's style is sometimes elegant, but frequently inaccurate, The Death of the Righteous precious in the Sight of God. A Ser.
mon, preached in the West Church, Aberdeen, April 17th, 1796. On occahon of the Death of the very Rev. Dr. George Campbell, late Principal and Profeffor of Divinity in Marischal College. Published at the Defire of the Profesors of that College, and seves
ral others of the most respectable Hearers. 8vo. The proper Method of defending Religious Truth, in Times of pre
vailing Infidelity. A Sermon preached before the Synod of Aberdeen, Oct. 11th, 1796. Published by Defire of the Synod. Both by William Laurence Brown, D. D. Principal of Marischal College. 8vo. is, each.
Robinsons. The found theology and candid temper which prevail in Dr. Brown's sermons have given them a superiority over many tempora. ry publications of the same kind. These qualities will be found in just proportion in the latter of these sermons, in which the defence of Christianity recommended will tend to place it on its proper bafis, and extinguish thofe animofities of fects which prove a itumbling-block to the weak believer, and often occasion disgust even in the inoft candid inquirers.
The former discourse is chiefly valuable as containing a biographical sketch of the late Dr. Campbell, whose Dissertation on Miracles, Tranflation of the Gospels, Philosophy of Rhetoric, and other works, raised him to a high rank among the literati of Scotland. Few men were better qualified to estimate his merits than Dr. Brown, A Sermont, preached at Brunswick Chapel, Portman-Square,
dny, April 15, 1798; and at Ebury Chapel, Sloane-street, on Sunduy, May 20, 1798, for the Benefit of the Royal Humane Society. By Archer Thompson, M. A. &c. To which is subjoineil, an Appendix on Refufcitation, by the Society. 8vo. Dilly. 1798.
We agree with Mr. Thompson, that, froin his mode of treating the fubject, his fermon inust have had a more striking effeat from the pulpit than it can have in the closet. Yet, in the latter, it is not without merit, and may revive thote tender emotions which are the 'objects of such discourses. There are few happier occasions to roule the feelings of a promiscuous congregation, than when it is the bufiness of the preacher to expatiate on the utility of the Hu. mane Society. The Resurrection of our Saviour, asserted from an Examination of
the Proofs of the Tulentity of his Charačier after that Event, in a Letter to the Rev. L. R. 8vo. 15. Dilly. 1798. This is an elegant imitation of the Horæ Paulinæ, The differ