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before Mahon, as he had no land-forces on board, and could spare no seamen, what afistance couid he have given the garrison? our author replies, He might have landed the fick and wounded which he complains of having on board his fleet, which would have been a strong reinforcement to Blakeney, and a vast easement to himself. This is the firit time we ever heard that sick and wounded men could be of any service to a fort that is besieged.-We have been told that fick and wounded men are a grievous incumbrance to any place in that condition, beause they are unnecessary mouths to consume provifion, require great attendance, dishearten those that are well, and being coop'd up without the benefit of fresh air, generally produce the jail distemper among the garrison.-But, this author, has, it seenis, found some use for them, which we do not yet comprehend. Art. 15. The Conduct of the Ministry impartially examined. In
a Letter to the Merchants of London. 8vo. Pr. I s. Bladon.
Of all the pamphlets that have appeared fince the return of Admiral Byng, this is the most fenfible and spirited. The style is elegant and manly, the arguments are well conceived and artfully arranged, and an air of moderation and candour is diffused through the whole performance. In a word, the author has exposed the weak side of those writers who have entered the lifts against the mi. nistry, and said every thing that imagination, ruled by good sense, could say in behalf of an administration, which, we are afraid, is not to be entirely justified from the imputation of misconduct.
He has refuted, from authentic documents, fome of the principal allegations of the party-scribbler of the four letters to the people of Englant; and joftly and facetiously observes that such a writer me. riis no other reply than that of Beralde, in the Malade imaginaire, to an impertinent apothecary : Allez, morfieur ; on voit bien que vous n'avez pas accoutumé de parler à des visages. Go about your business friend ; one may fee with half an eve that you are not used to speak to a man's face : your station is in the rear. * We think the author of the performance is too severe in his animadversions on the letter which was publithed in vindication of Mr. Bing. The aim of that author was to remove some part of the calamny and abuse under which the admiral laboured, and he succeeded in his design. Before the publication of that letter, no man would open his mouth in vindication, or even in extenuation, of the admi. ral's imputed crime; and now his cause is openly espoused in every coffee-house. There are other strictures in this pamphlet which we cannot approve. The assertion, That if Byng had defeated the French fleet, Minorca would have been saved, and Richlieu brought prisoner into England, seems to be the effect of an overheated imagination ; and we wish that in the very act of taxing Mr. Byng with having written false English, he had not committed a folecism himself, in saying, “ Did not some other hand sho has put his “ anger into tolerable Englijh, &c.” Hand sko, will, we apprehend, be found false grammar, even in speaking of a sailor. But this is no more than an oversight in an author, than whom no man writes purer English.
Art. 16. A Letter to the Duke. Concerning the ftanding
Force necefsary to keep this Kingdom in a good" Posture of De fence. By a Country Gentleman. 4to. Pr. 6d. Baldwin. .
This seems to be the production of some honest Englishman zealous for the welfare of his country. We agree with him in thinking nothing can be more safe and honourable than a na. tional militia : safe for the people, and honourable for the king ; and we with his Royal Highness may become a profelyte to his opis nion : though we cannot allow his performance any other merit, but that of a laudable intention. . Art. 17. Obfervations on the Embargo lately laid on the exports of
Beef, Pork, and Butter, from Ireland. 8vo. Pr. 6d. Griffiths:
The design of this pamphlet is to shew, that an embargo laid upon provision, is a fretch of prerogative not warranted by law; and that it distresses our own merchants much more than if hampers the enemy, for whose prejudice it is intended. The piece is well written, and contains, many shrewd observations : but we must differ in opi. pion from the author, with regard to the unimportance of our sup.. plying the enemy with provisions -t is but too well known that in the late war, the island of Martinique muit have been surrendered to the English, had not the subjects of this kingdom supplied it with provision, by virtue of Dutch passes obtained at Curracoa and St. Euflatia. Art. 18. Religion, and its Temporal Promises considered. In a
Sermon preached before the University of Oxford, at St. Mary's Church, on Aft-Sunday, July ii, 1756. By Edward * Blake D. D. Fellow of Oriel College, Vicar of St. Mary's,
and Chaplain to the Right Rev. the Lord Bijnop of Sarum, Published at the Request of the Vice-Chancellor and Heads of Houses. Pr. 6d. Fletcher, We have observed, not without some Degree of concern for tkat learned body, that the University of Oxford is always most earnestly soliciting some one of its unfortunate members, to expose himself in print, by requesting the publication of his fermon, which very seldom turns out to the honour of the author, or the great emolument of his readers ; tho' we are at the same time inclined to suspect that this request of the Vice-Chancellor and Heads of houses, is not unlike to compare great things with small ) what we lo often meet with in a play-houle bill, where the words, by particular defiri, are generally interpreted as meaning no more than a desire (which is doubtless a very natural one) of the managers to get money, it being frequently applied to such performances as are not vehemently requeted by any body else. Be that however as it may, certain it is that Dr. Binke's discourse has very little to recommend it to the approbation of the public, being (at least in our opinion ) but an in. different performance,
The Text is, feek ye firft the Kingdom of God, and his rig teorfness, and all these things shall be added unto you. He hasapques very learnedly on these words, and confutes interpretations which were
never made, and arguments which were never produced; and then obferves, with some degree of triumph, that if our future well-be• ing is still that good to which every thing else is ultimately to be • refer'd, there is no need of supposing that a christian has two * world's to feek. It is a noiion which those only contend for who
are devoted in heart to this. This world, they say, must be cared • for as well as the other- under which pretenice, they care only • for this world. And as to the degree of care—they have no • seruple about them any otherwise than as the rising up early, and late taking reit, may affeét the conftitution.
• Why then Jays be) Mould not piety be looked upon as one entire felf.confiliert behaviour that makes this world convenient for • the other !-- that properly provides for the whole man under the • blefling promised in the text? Is it posible for a christian, when nor engaged in the fated duties of devotion, to be fit for heaven? to be carrying on the general scheme of salvation at the ploughtait ? to ferd an aspiration towards the upper world, whilft tilling the ground outerein tbe Lord God bath placed him? Can a man be reli• gious when he conteinplates the heavens, the work of God's fin"gers, the moon and the stars which he has ordained? Can he say « at this time? Lord, rohat is man, that thou art mindful of him? • Why then is not the future life ftill our supreme, our only good ? cand what room is there for that reflection which some men would
fain throw on the wisdom and goodness of God, as if he had on - the one hand commanded men to mind heaven as the one thing
needful, and on the other hand placed them in a state the con• cerns of which are prejudicial to their sublimer interests.
· Dr. Blicke then takes occafion to mention those who have enter'd into the school of the church, and have a genius for orders, talks of zumiraculous ways, laments the obscurations of fophiftry, and informs us that a barely good man who is only a good textuory, will be infuficient for the bafiness of teaching-What strange kind of English these great scholars learn at the Univerfity! The Discourse concludes thus, · Let me thew you a more excellent way. Let me • tell you of the pious vow of a worthy patriarch—If God will be * with me, and will keep me in the way that I go, and will give me - bread to eat and raiinent to put on, so that I come again to of my father's house in peace, then mall the Lord be my God.”
• I call this a pious vow. Or if it was driving a bargain, as fome • fools have called it,-it was such a bargain as God approved of. . it was bargaining for life, that he might be able to give a signal • of his choice, in having the Lord for his God. It was bargaining « for breath, that lie might praise the Lord.
I will remind you how that holy resolution was rewarded soon afier-I can not; with the kingdom of heaven : for that is out • of the cifion ; but with the accofion of some pleasing circum
fance in life, of which he thus fpake, with an heart more joyful " than that of those who divide the speil --" I am not worthy of " the kait of all thy mercies, and of all the truth which thou hait " fricwn unto thy fervant; for with my ftaff pailed I over this for- dun, and now I am become ti o buds."
. We shall conclude this article with observing, that if Dr. Blake, though he has the honour to boast a great Name, can produce nothing better than this discourse, he may, whenever he dies, with a fafe conscience adopt the old epitaph, and without any Scruple inscribe on his tomb-itone,
Of him nothing is memorial,
• But that he was a fellow of Qriel. Art. 19. The juvenile Adventures of David Ranger, Esq; from an
original Manuscript found in the Collections of a late noble Lord, . Hence, for the choiceft Spirits flow Champaign,
Whose sparkling atoms shoot thro' ev'ry vein ; . • Hence, How, for martial minds, potations strong,
And sweet love potions, for the fair and young. .. For you, my hearts of oak, for your regale,
• Here's good old English Stingo mild and Itale. · Garrick, 2 vols. 12mo. Pr. 6s. Stevens.
The Title of this Piece, together with the Motto annexed, is a mean artifice apparently made use of to misload the reader into an opinion, that these are the secret memoirs of our modern Roscius. .The hero. is therefore represented as an actor of extraordinary abilities, and becomes a manager ; at the end of the novel he gets acquainted with a nobleman whom our author calls Vitruvius, and marries Miss Tulip, a mast enchanting female in her ladyfpip's retinue. For any thing else that is recounted, the character hath not the least resemblance to the person so artfully squinted at in the first page of it, being nothing but a heap of ridiculous adventures, and fomg bad poetry by the author ; with scraps of plays, ballads, &c. quoted to eke out a trilling and miserable performance; food for idle templars, raw prentices, and green girls, that support the circulating libraries of this learned metropolis.
". .. Art. 20. Several Sermons preached in Newcastle upon Tyne, by
Anthony Munton, M. A. 8vo. Pr. 3s. Bathurst.
This Volume contains Twenty-two Sermons, printed by Subscription, and dedicated (as ae fuppose). by the Author's Widow to the Subscribers, which are very numerous. They are molt of them on practical Subjects, and breathe a Spirit of Piety and Goodness; but seem to have been written rather for the Pulpit than the Press, with an Air of Familiarity that is very excuseable between old Acquaintance, (as we may suppose a Rector and his Parish to be) but which must be disagreeable to a Stranger ; For a Specimen take the following fort Extract from Sermon XVIII. on these Words, Strait is the Gate, and narrow is the Way that leadeth unto Life, and few there be that find it. Mait. vii. 14.
• For your Encouragement, (says our Author) let me tell you, that · though the gate be itrait, and the way narrow, yet we may any • of us enter in, if we please Others have done it before us, ! and why may not we follow them. • The brighteit saints in heaven were once men of like passions,
and subject to the same infirmities with us : but they frove to enter in, and were not disappointed of their hopes. And so may • vou and I too, if it be not our own fault; for God is as ready
and willing to amift us as he was them. He does not despise or re•ject the meanett among us, but calls and invites us every one, saying, • Come every one that thirtieth, come ye to the waters, even he that hath
no money ; come ye, buy and eat, buy wine and milk without money, " and without price. !
• After so gracious an invitation, it must be man's own fault <if there are but few that enter in, fince the wicked may torn • from his evil way if he plcases ; and he will find by degrees the • difficulty of doing it will wear away, and the hardest duty be.
come practicable and pleasant. Let me hope therefore, that "we are now resolved with ourselves to be diligent in search• ing the Scriptures, where we may learn the way to heaven so ex"ačily, as to be. in no danger of ever losing it.
"We surely cannot grudge to be at these pains, for if the way • be narrow, yet it is not long; if the gate be Itrait, yet it leads to • life; and as we know the way, let us set about it. With this rexhortation ( muit conclude what I had to say, for we cannot • force you into this way, whether you will or no. All that we • can do is, to desire and press you to it, by thewing you how • miserable you will be if you neglect your daty, and how happy - if you do it. — And we hope God will give a blelling upon • these our endeavours, through Jesus Christ...
Upon the whole, Mr. Munton feems to have been an honest well-meaning minister of the gospel ; and we think his discourses may afford no unprofitable amusement in religious families (if any fucb there be on a Sunday evening..
Art. 21. A Sermoir on the Decrease of the Christian Faith.
By Joseph Greenhill, A. M. Rector of East Horsly and East Ciandon, in Surry. 4to. Pr. Is. Crowder and Wood-
If any of our readers are fond of the verborum ambages, of delight in a period of a mild, we would recommend this difcourse of Mr. Greenbill's to their immediate perusal, and in the mcan time, shall present them with the followingfpecimen :
This must render Christians disposed to pay a due regard and consideration to any event, which is apprehended to be a more than ordinary display here on Earth of the divine and heavenly • knowledge of our Lord, left otherwise uncautioned by his plain • and clear warnings, and foretelling the signs attending his days, . we frould be appointed our portion with unbelievers.
If we thro' patience and comfort of the scriptures place our hope in God, the God of hope will fill us with all joy and peace • in beliering, that we may abound in hope thro' the power of the
Holy Ghoit, and by no sad times or circumitances of this world • be moved from the hope of the gospel, but at the worst of • times be a nutqal help and comfort to one another, and be filled