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From Buffoonery to Scurrility is an easy tranfition; which brings our Author to the scurrilous part of his Lordfhip's Appendix.

• You are pleased, says he, to represent me as a Zealot and a Bigot, a Propagator of the doctrine of Reftraint and Persecution in Matters of Religion, and one that has not been bred up in the Principles of Toleration. Pray, my Lord, —unde petitum Hoc in me jacis? You infer it as the consequence of an argument which I have occasionally used. Is this a candid, or a fair inference? If, even upon your own principle, that the grollest act of Idolatrous Worship is no more than a mere speculative Opinion, I had held, that it was nevertheless the Duty of the Patriarchs, a Duty arising from their peculiar engagements with God, and from their particular fituation and circumstances, which I expressly insisted on, to restrain Idolatry; would it fairly be inferred, that I am an enemy to Toleration in general, and by habit and principle of an inquifitorial and perfecuting spirit? Even in this case, the inference would have been ungenerous and invidious: but as it is, it arises from your own Sophiftry, and not from my Argument; from which, however you might press and torture it for bad consequences, you might as well have concluded, that I was a Jew, or a Mahometan, as an Intolerant and a Persecutor. Or have you any other reasons for fixing these principles upon me? Have you observed any thing in any actions, or conversation, that warrants the imputation? As it happens, I have never omitted any opportunity, that fairly offered itself, of bearing my testimony against these very principles; and of expressing my abhorrence of them, both in private and in public. Tho' I cannot suppose, that your Lordship ever condescended to look into what I have published; except that once you dipped up and down in my Lectures for offensive passages, which you could neither find nor make : yet methinks you might have recollected, what I had written to yourlelf in private. Why then am I branded as an intolerant Zealot? And You, my Lord, is it You of all men living, that ftand forth to accuse another of Intolerance of Opinions !

< But the Abuse is not merely Personal : it goes further ; it extends even to the Place of my Education. “ But the learned Profeet, who has been hardily brought up in the keen Atmosphere sf WHOLESUME SEVERITIES, and early taught to diltinguish between de facto and de jure” Pray, my Lord, what is it to the purpose, where I have been brought up? You charge me with Principles of Intolerance, adding a gentle insinuation also of Disaffection to the Present Royal Family and Government: you infer these Principles, it seems, from the Place of py Edition. Is this a necessary consequence? Is it even a fair con lufton? May not one have had the good fcnte, or


the good fortune, to have avoided, or to have gotten the better of, the ordinary prejudices of Education? Why then should you think, that I must still neceffarily labour under the bad influence of an Atmosphere, which I happened to breathe in my youth? If I am not actually chargeable with such Principles now; surely it is rather matter of commendation to have escaped, or to have shaken off, a vice, to which you think I was unhappily exposed. To have made a proper use of the advantages of a good education, is a just praise; but to have overcome the disadvantages of a bad one, is a much greater. In short, my Lord, I cannot but think, that this inquisition concerning my Education is quite beside the purpofe. Had 1 not your Lordship’s example to justify me, I thould think it a piece of extreme impertinence to enquire, where You Were bred; though one might justly plead, in excuse for it, a natural curiofity to know where and how such a Phenomenon was produced. It is commonly said, that your Lordship’s Education was of that particular kind, concerning, which it is a remark of that great judge of men and manners, Lord CLARENDON, (on whom You have therefore with a wonderful happiness of allusion, justness of application, and elegance of expression, conferred the unrivaled title of the Chancellor of Human Nature,') that it peculiarly disposes men to be Proud, Infolent, and Pragmatical *. Now, my Lord, as You have in your whole behaviour, and in all your writings, remarkably distinguished yourself by your humility, lenity, meekness, forbearance, candour, humanity, civility, decency, good manners, good temper, moderation with rem gard to the opinions of others, and a modeft diffidence of your own ; this unpromising circumstance of your Education is so far from being a disgrace to You, that it highly redounds to your praise.

But, I am wholly precluded from all claim to such merit: on the contrary, it is well for me, if I can acquit myself of a charge that lies hard upon me; the burthen of being responsible for the great advantages, which I enjoyed. For, my Lord, I was educated in The UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD. I enjoyed all the advantages both public and private, which that famous Seat of Learning lo largely affords. I spent many happy years in that Illustrious Society, in a well-regulated course of useful discipline

• Colonel Harrison was the son of a butcher near Nantwich in Che. Mire, and had been bred up in the place of Clerk under a Lawyer of good account in those parts ; which kind of Education introduces men inco the language and practice of busines; and, if it be not refifted by be great ingenuity of the person, inclines young men to more Pride, than any other kind of breeding; and disposes them to be Pragmatical aad Infolent.' Clarendon's History; Vol. iii, p. 246 : 8vo. DI 2



named-with many others that might be mentioned. He was a good and a sensible man; and his writings, were there a scarcity of books of the like kind, would be highly valuable, notwithstanding we might (as Christians, merely on scripture principles) object to a few doctrinal points, to be met with in his divinity: such, particularly, as the article of imputed righteousness, which we think fo very fensible an Editor as Dr. Scrope might well have omitted: especially in an edition wherein so many other liberties are taken with the original.-To the moral part of this book, however, we can have little objection. It contains, indeed, many useful and admirable directions for the improvement of our minds, and the regulation of our conduct ; and the notes of Mr. Sartoris, the former Editor,-together with those of the present judicious Translator, altogether contribute to render the work much more miscellaneous and entertaining than the title-page may fcem to promise: Dr. Scrope allo inforins us, in one of his notes, what this work, as he is informed, is held by the French protestants to be of such great use, that they have it in every family, by way of a Companion to the Bible.

POLITICA L. Art. 9. Confirlerations on behalf of the Colonits. In a Letter to

a noble Lord. 8vo. Almon. In our Catalogue for last March, we cenfured a pamphlet entitied The Objections to the Taxation of our American Coloniis, by the La gislature of Great Britain, bricfly confidereil; to which pamphlet The tract now before us is a professed answer : and it is a keen and fpirited one. The Author dates his letter from Bolon in New-England, and signs it F. A. Sept. 4, 1565. He appears to be a faunch North-American, fired with the glorious idea of LIBERTY! and faming with patriotic zeal for the RIGHTS, or what he conceives to be the Rights of his native country : of which he appears to be neither an incompetent judge, nor a weak defender. From what he lays of the siamp-ati, so highly resented by the British northern coloniits, our Readers may form some judgment of the apprehended burthentome nature of that act. · The burden of the itamp-act, says he, will certainly fail on the middling and labouring people. The widow, the orphan, and others, who have few on earth to help, or even piry them, must pay heavily to this tax. An instance or two will give fonie idea of the weight of this impofition. A rheam of printed bail-bonds is now sold for about fifteen fillings sterling: with the tamps, the fame quantity will, I am told, amount to near ONE HUNDRED POUNDS iterling. A rheam of printed policies of assurance is now about two pounds sterling : with the stamps it will be one HUNDRED AND NINETY POUNDS sterling. Many other articles in common ufe here are in the same proportion. The fees in the probate offices, with the addition of the stamps, will, in most provinces, be three times what has been hitherto paid.'- It is not however so much, perhaps, the burden of this particular tax which is fo grievously resented by our North-American brethren, as their unpleasing

This pamphlet is, by the present Confiderer, styled the opufo rulum of the celebrated Mr. J----S.'


prospect of a chain of taxes (of which this may be only one link) being faftened on them by the authority of a pt in which they do not conceive themselves to be properly and conftitutionally represented. Much hath been said on both sides of the grand question concerning the expediency, propriety, and policy of an American representation ; but to us it appears extremely obvious, that all parts of the British dominions ought to be a&tually, not merely virtually represented in the great council of the nation. As to what hath been urged, from the confideration that, even in our own illand, such great and populous towns as Manchester, Birmingham, &c. &c. are not represented in parliament, we entirely acquiesce in our Author's laconic reply, That it is high time they should. Art. 10. The Principles of the late Changes impartially examined,

In a Letter from a Son of Candor to the Public Advertiser, 8vo. IS. 6d. Almon.

Resentment of the fall of the Outs, appears to have given birth to this attack on the Ins: in which the principles of the late changes', do not seem to be very impartially examined. This Son of Candor proceeds on the same positive assumption of the reality of the old invisible agency, on which the Honejl Man* grounded his refufal to take any part in the new administration; and on which the Political

Apologist, mentioned in our last month's catalogue, chiefly argues on the same fide of the question. He particularly vindicates Lord Temple's absolute refusal to enter, at this juncture, into the service of his country; and after endeavouring to refute those who have ascribed his Lordhip’s refusal to motives that never existed, he comes to this conclufion, that his Lordship's not embarking with the new ministry, could only proceed from his apprehension of the impollibility to do his king and country that service which an honest man would wish to do, in the station he declined.' He adds, “The noble lord, we may suppose, (yes, we may suppose a great many things; but if we proceed on groundless suppositions, and argue wrongly from mistaken premises,-then-what becomes of our supposes?) knew more of the real situation of things than the public at large can. But to what has been observed in the progress of these aniinadversions, little needs be added, to evince that his apprehenfions were not groundless. Stronger evidence cannot be required of the continued ascendant of Lord B-, and that his aim was Itill to maintain an abfolate dominion over this country, by being master of any ministry, .to decide their fate, not according to their conduct towards the nation, but according to their fubmillion to himn.'-Hence our Author itrenuously maintains, that the late ministry were not dismised on account of their unpopularity--that they did not die for violations of liberty; to expiate general warrants; seizure of papers; restrictions of the privilege and security of parliament; reftraint on the freedom of the press, rigorous crown profecutions, &c. &c. &c.' That they were not offered up to the complaints, the cries, nor the wishes of the People:'—but, because they would not, in all things, implicitly fubmit to L-B-;-because they presumed to displease his Lp's See Review for July, p. 76.


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brother, Mr. St-M-in fine for treason against the favorite.

As iu the preient ministry, our A gree of afperity, and even malign listent with his assumed title of an in. prejudges their adminiftration by rer experience, agiinit them, but he even ing them both ab.lity and inclination ftations, yet they will not be permitte good pleasure of that invisible power w -This general infiftence on the cont northern peer, without producing inita such invitible spirit, has been plea many antagonists of Anti-Sejanus*: fing through the Borough, paid fixpe at which he was to peep through a ho pray, said his friend, did you see hin I ? replied the other, did not I tell y am sure he was there.'

A title assumed by a zealous writ in the news-papers; and said to be cr der to hunt down the new ministry. Art. 11. A Candid Refutation of t!

present Ministers, in a Traet intito Changes impartially examined.

A superficial defence of the minif stated in these three articles-- That favorite ;--that neither Mr. P-- nor L --that they are young and unexperie: Author offers, on mere speculation, wl fpeculatist in a garret or in a coffee-ho light to the public, and has not even hath been fo often conjectured, and ! and afferted, and argued, and proved, and fifty news-papers and pamphlets, understands one word of the matter, on

L A Art. 12. A New Treatise on the Latu

ing all the Statutes, Adjudged Cal relative thereto, under the following of Tithes, Parfonage, Vicarage, In tion; and of the Origin, Nature, II. Out of what Things Tithes thall E jiet to Tithes, and the feveral Status 1:a/cries, and other Religious Houfe's

, the King; what Lands are difiharge respectively, with a Catalogue of the

31 Hen. 8. of the yearly Value of Order they were of, and the Times oj

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