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Art. 34. The Fatal Compliance ; or, the Hiftary of Mis Confiantia
Pembroke.

2 Vols. 55. sewed. Jones.
Miss Pembroke is just such another Miss as the reit of the Misles
who top their parts in the characters of novel-heroines. Her story
is told in natural, easy language; some of the letters (for the epilto-
lary form is become the high mode of modern romance) are spright-
ly; and none of them are ill written.
Art. 35. The British Moralift ; or, Young Gentleman and Lady's

Polite Instruktor. Being a new Collection of Novels, Tales, Fables, Visions, Dreams, Allegories; selected from the most celebrated Moderns that have been published during the last ten Years. To which are added, I. Rules for acquiring true Politeness. II. Parallels between ancient and modern Characters. III. A concise View of the British Constitution. 12mo. 2 Vols. os. Robinson and Roberts.

1771. The Editor intends this compilation as a supplement to the several collections which have been made, for the profitable amusement of the British youth. The pieces which it contains are detached from the moral and entertaining productions of Johnson, Hawkerworth, Sterne, Langhorne, Shenstone, Goldsmith, Brooke, &c. The articles are not ill chofen; and there is a great variety of them; fo that the book cannot fail of being agreeable as well as useful to

young Readers.

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RELIGIOUS and CONTROVERSIAL.
Art. 36. The Christian Minisler's Reasons for baptizing infants,

and for administering the Ordinance by sprinkling or pouring of
Water. By Stephen Addington. 12mo.

Buckland. 1771. The subject of this little tract has been long the cause of great difpute in the Christian world; happy, could we add, that it had not been the occasion of much rancour and ill-will! The champions on the opposite side of the question to our Author have, sometimes at leaft, defended their arguments with such warmth and confidence, we had almost faid presumption, that, judging alone from thence, it must have been concluded that their opinion was most clear and certain, and that of their opponents utterly indefensible. But the fair and unbiassed mind must perceive, that this is very far from being the true state of the case ; since, though an ingenious person may offer something plausible on almost any subject, it would then be imposible to say so much as is said, with the force of sound truth and reason, in opposition to the Antipado-baptists, who, notwithstanding all, frequently continue to contend for their own favourite scheme, with that pertinacious zeal which might lead one to suppose, that the whole of religion confifted in or depended upon this, after all, very questionable point.

The performance before us is written with candour: it confiders most of the principal arguments which are used by the Pædo-baptifts, both as to the mode, and the subjects of baptism, attended also with a few suitable criticisms on some parts of scripture. If there are any parts of the work which are not fully conclusive, or to be regarded chiefly as an argument ad hominem, or probable reasons, there are others which appear on the whole very satisfactory, and at least en

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tirely sufficient to Thew, that the practice of infant-baptism is proper, allowable, and juftifiable; we apprehend, therefore, that we may venture to recommend this small Treatise, among others, particularly one published some years ago by Mr. Towgood of Exeter, to the perusal of those who wish to be more entirely settled on this point.

The following observation, though not new, may be laid before our Readers, Uf all the different sects,' says this Author, • into which the church was divided in the third and fourth centuries, and which were always ready to detect and oppose every thing in each other, that did not appear authorised by the word of God, not one ever upbraided the other with baptising infants as an innovation ; but, though of very different sentiments on many other doctrines of the gospel, in this they all agreed; and those whose other principles would have inclined them to oppose the practice in their day, and to have disputed the divine original of it, if its divine original could have been questioned, even they declared, that they never heard nor sead of any, whether true Christian, heretic, or schismatic, who denied baptism to infants.'

The controversial part of the book is concluded with these observations, “We have not met with one text in the whole Bible, that requires the immersion of the whole body in Christian baptism.—Not one in which Christ commanded his ministers to baptize believers, much less believers only.-No command, either from him or his. apostles, to baptize such again in adult years, who were baptized in their infancy, nor any word that authorises to call a second washing baptism.--Nor have we met with a fingle instance recorded in the New Testament, in which the descendants of Christian parents were baptized in adult years.'

In what particular sense the Author understands the word (believer) in the above paffage, we know not; but should this, or any other part of his performance be liable to any just objection, we must leave it to him to vindicate himself.

Hi. Art. 37. A Letter to the Rev. Mr. Cr-man, occasioned by his

Sermon preached at Sud-y, May 25, 1769. Published at the Request of some of the Clergy. 4to. 6 d. Evans. 1770.

This Letter-writer is very angry with Mr. Cr-man *, and at the same time professes himself very sorry for that gentleman's miltake in ‘fancying himself a reformer.' when he is what the devil is said to be, an accuser of his brethren.' This Mr. Cr--man is informed how little he understands his duty when called upon to preach at a visitation ; that an attempt in one of his rank to instruct the clergy at that time is impertinence, presumption, and impudence.' Surely this Writer is here under some little mistake himself; we have ourselves heard, what we thought very useful and proper admonitions addressed to the clergy on such occasions, nor can we suppose this to be unsuitable or unbecoming, if performed with modely and decency. But the preacher who is here attacked seems to have failed in these last essential requisites, having, we are told, loaded his brethren • with the blackest accusations, and moft undeserved calumnies.' The publication of his fermon, notwithstanding, is said to have been re

* See Rev. vol. xli. p. 80. The first Sermon in the list.

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quested ly the archdeacon, and some of the clergy. The Author of the Letter is defirous it should be known, that though he thought the preacher deserved such a punishment, he was not one of the number who solicited the favour; and he has been informed, he says, that the request was a piece of pleasantry' in some of the clergy, and' ow. .ing to a story they had heard of Charles the Second, who, when any

of his chaplains preached a sermon more than ordinary foolish, commanded bim to print it.' 'I acknowledge,' says he, this was carrying the joke too far, but even animis cæleftibus ira,—by their rafh request, and your not having the fear of ink before your eyes, they have told their own shame, or yours, to formidable posterity, and published it in the annals of Grubstreet.' But, however impertinent or impudent, groundless or undeserved may be the charges alledged in Mr. Cr-man's sermon, this Letter-writer does not greatly attempt to exculpate the clergy, or the patrons of livings, but chiefly aims (if that be any vindication) to thew, that Mr. Cr-man is culpable equally with others, or in a greater degree, in the very instances he has condemned: Hi. Art. 38. The Aăts of the Days of the Son of Man, or the History of

our Lord and Saviour Jesus Chrift. Comprehending all that the four Evangelists have recorded concerning him. All their Relations being brought together in one Narration, so that no Circumstance is omitted, but that inestimable History is continued in one Series, in the very Words of our English Version.

Lewis. 1771.

This work appeared first in the German language. The Author, we find, is Samuel Lieberkühn, M. A. who 'made use of Luther's version of the New Teltament, altering here and there a word agreeably to the original, or to render the sense of the passage more clear.' The Translator · adheres strictly,' he tells us, to the English version in use, inserting in some places a few words for the sake of connection, or by way of illustration. There is no doubt but thousands have read the detached hiltory of each Evangelist in the facred writings with great advantage, nevertheless, though it is not possible to obtain perfect exactness as to the order of time and place, it must be acknowledged that such a harmony as can be gained in this respect is of real utility. It might be wilhed,' observes this Writer, that we could arrive to a certainty touching the order of time in which the matters followed upon each other. But as the Evangeliits have not observed the same order of time in their relations, it has proved a subject for many controversies

among the learned. Some assert, that all the four Evangelists have wrote according to the true order of time, which obliges them to repeat the very same transaction two or three times. Others are of opinion, that Mark and Luke; and others, that Matthew has kept closest to the order of time. But we will not enter here into this controversy, for this obvious reason, we cannot determine any thing positively. In this harmony we have made the Evangelist Matthew our rule, as to the order of time, and we have herein chiefly followed the late Dr. Bengelius, and his harmony of the four Evangelists; and he had many learned men who were his fore-runners in this method. In this arrangement it is laid down as a rule, that we reckon no more than three Easters from the baptism to the death of our Saviour, which John plainly thews in his gospel. Secondly, that we transpose the relations of Mark and Luke in some places, and

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range them according to the order of Matthew. All this has folid
realon for its support, and on this account is more followed at pre-
fent.'

In this manner the Author fpeaks of his performance, which we think may be read with fatisfaction and advantage by those who cannot easily consult larger or more elaborate works of this nature. Hi. Art. 39. A Letter to the Monthly Reviewers, containing Censures

and Resentment, for many Instances of their trange Milbehaviour,
especially their Title-page Remarks on the ExeMPLAR, or an Ex-
position of the Prophecies now fulfilling. With a brief Recital or
Plan of the Work, and some Additions. 8vo. Printed for
the Author, and sold by Stevens in London. 1771.

In our Catalogue for January 1769, in mentioning the Exemplar,
an huge, expository quarto, on the visions of Daniel, and the Reve-
lation of John, &c. &c. we gave the very uncouth and verbose
title-page, as a sufficient specimen of what every Reader of discern-
ment and taste had to expect from the Author. Such brevity of no.
rice, however, seems to have given no small offence to the Gentle-
man who had been at the pains of writing, and perhaps the expence
of printing this great volume : but it is natural that every author
whose work (inestimable in his fond eye !) a Reviewer does not approve,
should conceive himself and his learned labours to be ill-treated, and
that he should complain of the envy of critics, and the malignity of
criticism. This Letter writer, accordingly, in the fulness of his
avowed resentment, confi ers the Moi.thly Reviewers as a set of very
bad people, enemies to religion, infidels, &c. But we hope it does
not follow, that every man who dinikes the plan, or dissents from the
principles of any pioufly intended bock among the thousands of
wrangling and contradictory ones with which the Christian world hath
been troubled), is therefore irreligious, or an infidel !--- In brief, we
ftill think of the Exemplar as we thought before ; and this Letter from
our disobliged Friend and Correspondent, has only served to confirm
us in the Idea, that he is a good Man, but not a good Writer.
Art. 40. The Methodists vindicated from the Aspersions cast up-
on them by the Rev. Mr. Haddon Smith. By Philalethes. 8vo.

Bladon.
It is currently supposed that the Methodists are an ignorant and il-
literate set of people, who are incapable of offering any arguments
worthy of attention, in support of their religious principles or prac-
tice. But the present Writer's manner of repelling the attack made
upon the Methodistical

party by Mr. Smith *, is far from contempl-
ible, and we much question if the Rev. Curate of Bethnal Green will
be able to stand his ground against the efforts of an antagonist, who is
well furnished with weapons, offensive and defensive, and who knows
how to employ them, either in his own cause, or in that of others :
for he declares, that he is not, himself, a Methodist.
MISCELLANEOU S.

Hi. Art. 41. Ten Dialogues on the Conduct of Human Life. To which is added, Zara, a moral Tale. Small 8vo. Carnan.

These Dialogues are held between a young lady and a gentleman, and treat of ambition, love, avarice and prodigality, anger

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and rage, hatred and revenge, envy, jealousy, compassion, fociety, company, &c. With respect to the tale of Zara, if young persons, for whose use this publication is calculated, do not read the narrative and overlook the preceptive parts of it, which may too often be the case, they may collect variety of good sentiments from it. N. Art. 42. The Knowledge of the World, and the Attainments useful in

the Conduct of Life. Translated from the French of Monsieur Callieres, Secretary of the Cabinet to Lewis XIV. one of the Forty Members of the Academy, and Minister Plenipotentiary at the Peace of Ryswick. 12mo. 2 s. 6 d. sewed. Baldwin, &c.

The knowledge here displayed, is that of the French world as it food more than half a century since. M. Callieres was a sensible man, but his rules for pleasing in conversation will only enable persons to talk all day long without saying one word to any profitable purpose; and many of our countrymen are not so far behind their neighbours, but that they can perform this already without any infructions from them. The Translator indeed anticipates this objection without obviating it satisfactorily; for it is difficult to conceive how a company, who set out with a principle of yielding to, and complying with, each other's foibles, can ever asiert opinions of their own, or talk like men of fense.

N. Art. 43. The Conduet of the Royal Academicians, while Members

of the Incorporated Society of Artists of Great Britain, viz. from the Year 1760, to their Expulsion in the Year 1769. With some part

of their Transactions since. 8vo. It appears, from this publication, that the Royal Academicians, while a part of the Incorporated Society of Artilts of Great Britain, obstructed the order of that Association, and usurped, by their address, the supreme direction of it; that the arbitrary measures they prosecuted, gave rise to a powerful opposition against them; and that the check, which was thus given to their ambition, induced them to erect a separate institution, to which they had the influence to procure the Royal Sanction. We would not, however, advise the Readers of this pamphlet to adopt all its conclusions, before they know what the Royal Academicians have to urge in their defence.

Ir. Art. 44. The Merchant's Complaint to the Lawyers at the Devil.

Shewing the Hardships, Inconveniencies, and Injustice, to which every honest Man of Property is expofed, from Jew Bail, sham Pleas, Demurrers, Writs of Error, and Injunction Bills. With fome Hints for redressing those Grievances. By a Merchant of London. 8vo. Is. Wilkie. 1771.

We are here presented with some ftri&tures on the disadvantages attending the forms of procedure in our courts of law. They are judicious, and worthy of an attentive perulal: and we wish they may give occasion to any remedy of the abufes enumerated in this complaint. St. Art. 45. A Vocabulary adapted to the new Latin Accidence; designs

ed to exercise Children in the Application of the Grammar Rules, while they are acquiring a Copia of Words. 12mo, is. Lowndes. 1771.

The Author of this small performance feems to suppose it unqueftionably certain, that the public mut be well acquainted with the New Latin Accidence, of which some account was given in the Review

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