Page images
PDF
EPUB

founđers than whitings. We would refer our author to the experiments annexed to the first volume of the translation of Spalanzani's Dissertations, for some farther corrections in his table. On the whole, we think this work may be highly beneficial; and it deserves our recommendation.

IS.

DI V Ι Ν Ι Τ Υ. The Character of Jesus Chrift: a Sermon, by George Skene Keith,

M. A. 8vo. Evans. In the first part of this discourse (for it is divided into two), we think some points of our Saviour's character injudiciously represented, and that there was no reason for exalting his miracles at so much expence of those of Moses and the Jewish prophets; for which conduct, we doubt whether the apology the author makes be sufficient. - We are not always contented with Mr. Keith's style. Instances occur where it is too turgid; others, where it is too familiar. We are suspicious that the following passage aims at the sublime. Having told us, from St. John, that Jcfus first groaned and wept, and then cried out with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth, our author adds. That all Nature heard through all her works---Heaven heard and was astonished-Earth heard and rejoiced-Hell heard and trembled -Death heard and Aed - the grave heard and opened--Lazarus heard and obeyed.' If our conjecture be well founded, we think Mr. Keith's sentiments on the sublime differ from those of Longinus.

We would be understood to have spoken only of the firit part of this performance : we think the second far less exceptionable, and, on the whole, well written ; and hope the author's volume of sermons, of which this is a specimen, will prove more nearly to resemble the latter than the former part. An Enquiry into the Design of the Chriftian Sabbuth. By J.

Symons, B. D. The Second Edition. Small 8vo. Is. 6d. Dilly.

This valuable little tract being much enlarged, entitles it again to be mentioned. It was first noticed in our Review of November, 1779. All we said then to its advantage is still due to its merit; and with pleasure we now obferve, that it is not more enlarged than improved. A proportionable addition to its price being now charged, former purchasers cannot complain.

This performance is instructive, serious, and persuasive ; but free from any tincture of gloom or superstition. It is written with such ease, fimplicity, and correctness, that the most faftidious reader can scarcely fail to be pleased with its ftyle, at the fame time that the plainest must always comprehend i..

We

L4

[ocr errors][ocr errors]

We are persuaded that if the topics of the several sections had been expressed in Italics on the margin of each, their contents would have been better calculated for recollection. But this defect may be well reinedied, by that repeated perusal which the book deserves, and we gladly recommend.

We wish to advertise the zealous advocates and promoters of the Sunday schools, that their establishments may in due time derive material advantage from this publication, The Footstep to Mrs. Trimmer's Sacred History, for the Infruction

and Amusement of Little Ehildren. 12mo, 15. 8d, Marshall.

One of the most important, though not the most brilliant, among the literary improvements of the present age, is the successful execution of several elementary performances for the use of children, from their earlieft introduction to letters, till they become capable of higher instruction. This province, huni. ble as it may seem, requires more than ordinary talents ; and the author of this little work has not undertaken it without the nece Gary qualifications.

The principal histories of the Old Testament are presented with perspicuity and neatness, in fhort Atories, adapted to the comprehensions and memories of almost the youngest readers; and through the whole are fcattered, with the utmost plainnefs and brevity, such moral and religious sentiments, as are proper to make in pression on the tenderelt minds.

The Advertisement prefixed to the work will give those who are concerned in the early instruction of the rising generation, an adequate idea of the author's design in its publication ; and as we think this performance well calculated to answer the purpose intended, we present this short preface to the public.

• The following pages are, with great diffidence, offered to the world by a lady, who, fénfible of their imperfections, folicits the indulgent perufal of parents and teachers. Nothing could have induced her to appear in public, but the wish to be useful to those dear children whom it has been her province to inftruet.

• Being convinced, that the Scriptures ought ever to be the rule of our faith, and guide of our actions, the author wished her pupils to become acquainted with facred history, and not finding any bock of the kind that suited her purpose, she se. lected the following Atories ; which it is hoped will both amuse and instruct. She has made it her ftudy to bring the language down to the confined underftanding of a child; and to contract the stories within the bounds of an easy lesson.

The writer of these pages thinks some apology due to Mrs. Trimmer, for making uie of her name in the title to this pub. lication. The high opinion the entertains of Mrs. Trimmer's Sacred History, made her wish to put it into the hands of her

pupils i

[ocr errors]

pupils; but finding it above the understanding of very young children, the has, in this, attempted to form a Foot-step, to lead them to Mrs. Trimmer's more improved work.'. Strictures on Ecclefiaftical Abuses. Addressed to the Bishops, Clergy, .

and People of Great Britain. 8vo. 15. Dilly. This inflammatory declaimer has advanced upon his eight topics-Ordination-Non-Residence-Presenting to Livings~ Bonds of Refignation-Pluralities--Parsonage. Houses-Ecclefiaftical Sinecures-and Indolence of the Clergy-all that common-place invective, and nothing more, which is usually in. fpired by an averfion to the payment of tythes, and that zealous fpirit of reformation, which the recovery of ecclefiaftical dues, on the part of some fortunate incumbent, has not unfrequently produced. We will charitably hope this writer has been influa enced by better motives.

That evils exist in the church, as they do, and must do, in all extenfive establishments, cannot be denied; but the present observer has undoubtedly viewed them through a multiplying medium, which, we are somewhat inclined to believe, has been held up to his mind's eye, by prejudice or paffion.

A certain want of precision and elegance in these Strictures, furnish reason to imagine the subject of them has been taken up by a person whose education has not qualified him for very exact investigation ; which, on topics of this nature, cannot be too nice, nor successfully conducted, without coolness and candour,

Elay on the Rewards of Eternity. 4to. Is. Johnson. This discourse obtained the annual prize, instituted by Mr. Norris, in the university of Cambridge. As we meet in it with nothing uncommon, we cannot but suppose that the productions of the other candidates must have been very deficient in merit. Sermons adapted to the Family and Closet. By the late Rev. F.

Webb. 45. in Boards. Buckland. We are informed, in a Preface to these Sermons, that the peculiar modesty of Mr. Webb prevented him from publishing any thing during his life. 'Tis pity that the judgment of the editor did not co-operate with the author's diffidence, and suppress the publication of these Sermons after his decease. Tbe Duties of the Parochial Clergy of the Church of England con.

fidered, in a Charge delivered to the Clergy of the Diocese of Bangor, in 1784. By John, Lord Bishop of Bangor. 4to. 2s. Davis.

This is a fenfible, useful, and unaffected discourse, becom. ing the character of the respectable prelate who delivered it. In an Appendix to it are directions concerning the instruments proper to be brought for obtaining orders, &c.

DRA.

DRAM AT I C. The Romp: a Mufical Entertainment, in Two Aets ; altered from

Love in the City. 8vo. IS. Lowndes. The merits of this musical entertainment will not bear the examination of criticism; and nothing but the comic powers of Mrs. Jordan could have procured it a repetition upon the fage.

N O V E L S. The Gamefters. A Novel. In Three Vols. 12mo. 75. 6d. fewed.

Baldwin. Though we trace our author in the footsteps of some of her predecessors, we muft ftill allow her considerable merit. The characters are not less distinguished by their bold and faithful outlines, than by a warmth of colouring, and spirited attitude. In some respects they are superior to their originals; for they rise to a diftorted caricature, though foinewhat removed from real life. The language is animated and easy; frequently elegant: the pathos is well managed, and properly contrafted. We would not, however, be understood too genezally : the story has faults in its conduct, and, in some instances, improbability ; nor are its merits, even when perspicuous, al. ways unalloyed; but, while we cannot be blind to its faults, we ought to praise its excellencies; and when the latter are fó numerous they will, in the eye of every candid critic, deflen or obscure the former. The Liberal American. A Novel. In a Series of Letters. By 4 Lady. 2 Vols.

6s. Lane, We often suspect these professional ladies, when the title is not supported by internal evidence. The only proof in the work before us, is the number of marriages. The author, like Mrs. Centlive, s fairly puts all characters to bed.' As to the sentiments, language, and fituations, we can fay little in their favour. It is a dull, infipid narrative, related in unin. teresting letters,

PO E T RY. Poems and Plays. By William Hayley, Efg. Small 800, 6 Vols.

Cadell. Having already expressed the high opinion we entertain of Mr. Hayley's poetical genius, it is unnecessary for us to make any other observation on the present edition of his works, where the only new piece we meet with is an Ode to the Countess de Genlis, in which the author compliments her, in an elegant train, on the ingenuity and moral tendency of her writings.

Tbe

I 2mo.

[ocr errors]

29.

The India Guide; or a Journal of a Voyage to the East Indies, in the

Year 1780. In a Poetical Epiftle to her Mother, by Mifs Emily Brittle. Small 8vo. Printed at Calcutta.

This work is dedicated to Mr. Anstie, of whose ingenious Bath Guide it has been evidently intended as an imitation ; but, like most of the productions founded in an attempt at fimilitude, falls extremely short of the original. It confifts of several epiftles, written on board the East-Indiaman, in which miss Brittle failed from the Cape of Good Hope, and from Madras; describing her disagreeable situation at sea, the characters of the officers and passengers, the manners of the Dutch at the Cape, with her reception at Madras, and the state of fociety in that quarter. In this Epistle, she must not be denied all pretensions to merit; and the scenes being exotic, are calcu. lated to afford entertaintainment by their novelty.

MISCELLANEOUS. Hydrometrical Observations and Experiments in the Brewery. 8vo.

Robinson. We are pleased to see that observations of this kind are widely diffused, and that science is extending her connection with arts usually accounted practical. These rules and experiments are clear and perspicuous; perhaps more intelligible to the common brewers than the • Statical Eftimates' which we lately reviewed : at the same time the authors do not essentially differa

Our present author uses, or at least seems to use, the common hydrometer : Mr. Richardson employed one fomewhat different. The alteration, in Mr. Baverstock's opinion, is not advantageous, and may, by being frequently employed, become ineffectoal. But this must be decided by observation.

Another variation in opinion occurs in the method of forming average and standard gravities. Mr. Richardson makes his trials on worts in the copper, and estimates the quantity to be boiled away : Mr. Baverstock thinks this an useless labour, and prefers delaying the examination till the whole is put into the cooler. The latter is more easy and certain, if we wish only to know the actual strength; but the former appears to be necessary, if we wilh to bring the wort to a given ftrength. Each method will probably have its peculiar advocates, and each will be employed according to the intention and design of the brewer. On the whole, this work is written with clearness and precision, and deferves commendation. Flora Cantabrigienfi Supplementum, Auctore Richardo Relban,

A. M. Collegii Rrgalis Capellano. 8vo. 1S. Cadell. The labours of the industrious are always rewarded. Our author has resumed his tak ; and added considerably to his

Flora. 7

« PreviousContinue »