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A foolish application of phrases culled from the prophetical parts of the Old Testament, to a subject which rather called for the molt fe: rious concern,- for a genuine, a manly expression of that forrow, which every true friend to this country must naturally feel, on the late melancholy occasion. Art. 22. The Reformation of the Church of England, reformed; er
Proposals for recovering and fixing it in its former Purity, and upon its original Establishment. In a serious Address to the Parishioners of St. Stephen, Coleman-street, on the present and late Management of their Parochial Affairs. 8vo. Is. 6d. Nicoll.
A mot ridiculous rhapsodical account of some alledged mismanagement of affairs in the parish of St. Stephen, Coleman-Itreet. The Author is prodigiously angry with one Mr. Shank; and, indeed, with almost every body elle in the parish. But he is most of all offended at the shameful and impious prostitution of the once holy and REVEREND office of CHURCHWARDEN: for, he assures us, that nothing is so common, of late years, as to chuse into this facred office,
Atheists, Deifs, Heretics, yea, Fews and Mahometans ! This is monitrous indeed! but how comes it that the Author forgot the Papists? He thould by no means have left them out of this worlhipful group; for, to our certain knowlege, they have as good a right to figure in with the rest, as ever an Heretic or Mahometan of them all.
- By the way, though, where did he pick up his Mahometan church wardens. Oh! belike they were some of the Turks who lately came over as attendants on the zebra, the elephants, or the little Indian mare.--Well, to be impartial, we must allow, it was wrong to make such people churchwardens. Art. 23. Moral and Political Dialogues ; with Letters on Chivalry
and Romance, By the Rev. Mr. Hurd. The Third Edition. Small 8vo. 3 Vols. 95. Millar, &c.
The former editions of these Dialogues * (of which we gave an account, as also of the Letters on Chivalryt, at the time of their first publication) were given to the public without a name, and under the fictitious person of an Editor : - not for any purpose so filly as that of imposing on the public; but for reasons of another kind, which it is not difficult to apprehend.' Pref. p. 1. The learned and ingenious Author hath now thought it proper to affix his naine to these pieces ; and to preface them with a differtation on the manner of writing dialogue ; which is of itself a considerable tract, extending to no less than sixty pages. In this prefatory discourse, he considers the antients as the best models for the dialogue-form of writing; and what he hath said on the subje&t is well worth the critical reader's attention.
* See Rev. Vol. XXI. t Ib. Vol. XXVII. Art. 24. Stemmata Chicheleana: Or, a Genealogical Account of
some of the Families derived from Thomas Chichele, of Higham-Ferrers, in the County of Northampton; all whose Descendants are held to be entitled to Fellowships in Al Souls College, Oxfo.d; by Virtue of their Confanguinity to
Archbishop Chichele, the Founder. Oxford, printed at the
• The following tables of descents are published with a view of pointing out some of the traces of the blood of Thomas Chichele, of Higham-Ferrers, which may be found in the families of the nobility and gentry of Great Britain and Ireland ; in order to facilitate the enquiries of those gentlemen who may be inclined to become candidates for Fellowships at All Souls College in Oxford, on the claim of collateral consanguinity with his son Henry Chichele, archbishop of Canterbury, the founder. This qualification is now, indeed, absolutely necessary to form their approaches to these competitions; and to endeavour to make the way plain and level before them, and to widen it, where it may be properly done, so as to admit a greater number of adventurers, and to give a larger and freer choice to the college at all future elections, will, it is hoped, be no unacceptable service to the public and to society.' Pref:
These tables are numerous indeed ; the founder's kindred having increased prodigiously! Archbishop Chichele flourished about three hundred years ago; and his collateral descendants, among the nobility, gentry and commonalty of these kingdoms, are, in this work, traced (computing by the names in the index) through about 1200 families. The Editor, in his preface, acquaints his readers, by what means he has been enabled to collect such a great number of pedigrees; and makes the proper acknowledgments in respect to the gentieman who first set about this laborious talk; as well as to those who have since contributed to the completion of the design. Art. 25. An Account of the Destruction of the Jesuits in France.
By M. D'Alembert. 12mo. 2s. 6 d. sewid. Bocket and Co.
In our last Appendix we gave, as a foreign article, a very full abstract of the performance here translated ; from which our Readers have already received a competent idea of what fo excellent and fo free a writer as M. D'Alembert had to fay on fo extraordinary a subject, as the expulfion of the Jesuits from France. If our opinion of the translation be expected, we fall only fay, that it is like most other modern translations. This illustrious Frenchman has not been so fortunate, in this respect, as the famous citizen of Geneva ; whole Eloisa and Emilius make so respectable an appearance in the English language. Art. 26. The Trial of Katherine Nairn and Patrick Ozilvie, for
the Crimes of Incest and Murder. Containing the whole Procedure of the High Court of Justiciary, upon the 5th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, and 16th Days of August, 1765. Edinburgh printed : London reprinted. 8vo. Becket and De Hondt.
Genuine;-and tolerably free from thofe peculiar terms and phrases which commonly render the law-proceedings in Scotland unintelligible to English Readers. Some of these, however, are, perhaps ne. ceffarily, retained in this publication; which, together with a few
vulgar Scotticisms,' may need explanation been explained in marginal notes, or by a pamphlet. For instance, what will the ge fide the Tweed, understand by malicious relevancy, and irrelevant ; compeared, and a fa£t; a person being inhabile to be receiv move the said Anne Clerk from the room w women are presently staying ;' the clashing
you daft dog,' and are you daft?
condescendence relative to the malíce of, deponent's lying all night in Mrs. Ogilvie her a phial of laudanum, how foon his che room, a laigh word, and the laigh counci with water, or with broath ; 'rouped the temeid of law :- this last may be easily
—but what are fhilling-feeds, happings, casi distance ? what trade is a portioner? by Mrs. O. being troublesome to her param been as eafily explained as 'the swarf, tha on the hill :' i. e. he had swarfed or fain jection is to the form of the criminal indi at the instance of Thomas Miller, Esq; his Majesty's interest, against Katherine Nairn, especially such as have the misfortune to liv pressive governments, think of this open de Majesty being interefted in the issue of a c what may they not be led to conclude when t the sentence, that all the moveable good doomed to suffer death, be efcheat and use? One of our Englith poets says may dine;' and, froin what is above quote led to imagine, that in Scotland, as in Tu their moveables may move into the royal coff
CORRESPONDE H. F.'s letter in relation to Mr. Jeacocke's Character of St. Paul, appears to have been body, we apprehend, could ever have draw count of that publication *, any inference writer's character, as a 'real believer in C Jeacocke undoubtedly (as H. F. remarks) the whole of his pamphlet.' What was said vindicated at the expence of St. Peter, was verely observed; and the passage on which the was fairly quoted: from whence every reade both as to the propriety and tendency of what the Reviewer faid on the subject. viewers do entirely concur with H. F. in h thought is not a new one, that it is a great of the sacred writers, that they have recorded excellencies of the characters they have menti
* See Review for August last
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For DECEMBER, 1765.
An Illustration of several Texts of Scripture, particularly those in
which the Logos accurs.- -The Substance of Eight Sermons preached in the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, in the Years 1964, and 1765. At the Appointment of Mrs. Heathcote, and by Permiffion of the Lord Bishop of London;
for the Letiure founded by Lady Moyer. To which are added, Two Tra&is relative to an ina termediate State. By Benjamin Dawson, L. L. D. Rector of Burgh, in Suffolk. 8vo. 45. Miliar, &c.
LTHOUGH the spirit of controversy in religious mit
ters seems to be much on the decline; (and perhaps the Hiberal manner, in which it has been too often conducted, may have disposed moderate perfons to with a speedy end of it) yei, while mankind think religion to be of importance, and while it is found so greatly to affect the welfare of every society, we shall have little cause to expect its absolute termination; nor, in reason, can we hope that those we are connected with in lociety, will be totally indifferent to that which must ever support our most essential interests. Mankind are certainly formed for religion. This is so manifest, that we need no other proof of it than the very argument generally made use of against it, viz. that the most subtle politicians, as well as the wifest and greatest legislators, have ever encouraged some species of religion in their different plans of civil polity, having always found it ready to their hand, interwoven, as it were, in the very frame of government. Priestcraft is but the abuse which narrow-fighted politicians have made of this religious propensity, so natural to the human mind; and it would be more wisely brought as an argument for free enquiry, in order to prevent imposition, than for rejecting all religion, as meer artifice and contrivance.
Polemic divinity, which engages in scholastic questions and metaphysical subtilties, is juftly considered as the most unproVol. XXXIII. Еe
fitable species of writing. But freedom of debate, and even i decent expreflion of zeal on the capital points of Christianity, will always be looked upon in a very different light, by the sensible and judicious. As to those who are the profeffed guardians of religion, in them, a total indifference to its interest would appear highly culpable ; and an ignorance of those queltions which have exercised the pens of the ableft divines, extremely shameful.
In that part of the present work more immediately * before us, the Author, though he is far from appearing lukewarm on the subject, discovers no unbecoming zeal for the doctrines he maintains; but rather seems defirous of a cool consideration and impartial comparison of them with the principles of the New Testament. On this account he is certainly entitled to that indulgence from the public which he fo reasonably hopes to meet with from his diocesan, the Bishop of Norwich; to whom, in a short dedication, he hath exprefied his desire of serving, by this publication, the interest of religion in general, and of the establithed church in particular.
Ser virg the church, however, has very different ideas affixed to it by different people ; and the Doctor may probably enough, in the opinion of some of his readers, be prejudicing and betraving its intereft, while, according to the idea which others may entertain, he is doing it real honour, and essential service.
That our Readers may judge for themselves, we shall proceed to lay before them the plan of this work, with some specimens of the manner in which it is executed.
In the course of the following lectures (says the Author) I have undertaken to prove from scripture these three pofitions: ist, That he who redeemed us was very God manifested in the Hesh, not the first of created beings united to an human body, pior a mere man in whom the fiulness of the godhead dwelt not. ad, That Hesus Christ was indeed perfect man, of a reasonable foul and human flesh fubfifting, but that man in whom God himself and no other being, in nature inferior, dwelt. 3d, That the Holy Ghoji is of a nature perfeEily divine; not a distina and separate Being from the Father Almighty, inferior both to him and the Son, but true and very God; or, in other words, that he who hath sankrified is one and the same God with him that created and redeemed us.
The Reader will observe with us the careful and guarded manner in which our Author hath expreffed himself in opening the design of his performance. Aware of the difficulties in which his predeceilors on this subject involved themselves by the use of metaphysicai terms and scholastic forms of expression, he
* The fubiance of the Lady Moya's Lectures.