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And, as their hospitable branches spread,
-Art. 36. Oppreffion displayed; or the Baronet and Miller. A Tale. in four Cantos.
By a true-born Englishman. 4to. 15. Wilkie.
A dull tale, tediously told, in a sort of heavy, Daniel de Foe-frain ; of which the following will serve as a fufficient specimen :
But soon their doubts were bush'd, their fears were quellid,
With halte to'th midit 'oth crowded 'Jembly throngsWhat beautiful contractions-But the Author is no lefs happy in his sentiments than in his exprebion. For instance, when Will, the Miller, harangues the Baronet, he makes the Fellow talk as familiarly of Demosthenes, Cato, and Tully*, as if he had been a Miller-fcientific indeed! tho' he had previously represented Will only as an artful country-fellow, cunning in his bulinels, and a special huntsman.
The scene of the story is laid in Shropshire; and the incidents it recites, are, briefly, the profligate behaviour of a Country.Gentleman, who is ruined by his excefies, notwithstanding the cunning of his Steward; who in vain racks the tenants, and ruins i he estate to lupply his Master's extravagancies; while Will the Miller, in imitation of his landlord, cheats his neighbours, in order to be revenged of the Baronet, by contributing to hatten the destruction of his tenants :In fine, there seems to be very little either of sense or moral in the whole performance - Perhaps, however, a Skrophire Reader may discern lome merit in the piece, which may have escaped the observation of a Reviewer, who is not let into all the mystery the poem may contain ; for it may be all very true, for ought we know of the maiter, tho' not very exiellent : and with fome Readers, a dull truth may be more acceptable than a well deviled fable, or even the finest fruit of the richest imagination. Thus we have known an old Gazette pieferred to the lindi and have heard of your matter of factmen, who would prefer Ned Ward's rhyming hiftory of the grand Rebellion, to all the exquilite fi&tions of Chaucer, Prior, and Swift.
Oh! had I Cato's wisdom, Tully's art,
Art: 37. Weft-Country Thoughts on Eafl.Country Folly. Occasi
oned by the late very extraordinary Rejoicings on a very lately remarkable Day. By a private Gentleman of Cornwall. Folio. 6d. Scott.
This Cornisa Bard seems to be a near relation to the Shropshire Poet above mentioned. Tho' one of them pretends to be true born, they appear to be both bastard Sons of the fame Grub-ftreet Drab, miscalled tbe Muse -by her own blind and partial offspring.
Our Gentleman of Cornwall is seriously angry at the public rejoi.
Thro' Berlin's streets who blew the trump of Fame,
That very name so cursed in forty-four.
Here, Britains, think not rancour guides my pen,
None more than I esteem the Prussian.
ftretch forth her fupplicating hand,
And deep-felt ingratitude augments despair !
RELIGIOUS and CONTROVERSIAL.
Nations. Being the Conclusion of Dr. Leland's View of the
These Reflections having made their first appearance about two years
hands as might be wished ; the worthy and learned Author has pow thought fit to lay them before the public in the present form, with the addition of a new Preface, wherein he apologizes for the representation he thought himself obliged to give of our national faults and vices, in the following sensible manner. -,. Some persons may, perhaps, be apt to think, that the complaints • of the national faults and vices are here too much exaggerated.
I am sensible, that it hath been usual in all nations and ages to complain of the corruption and degeneracy of the times. And it is
probable, that such complaints have sometimes proceeded rather ! from a discontented temper, and a peevishness of spirit, ever prone
to find fault, and give the worst tura to things, than from a pious and
generous concern for the honour of God, and the interests of religion and virtue. It is not a wise thing to be always extolling • former times, and always despising or condemning our own. But
yet it cannot be denied by any one that is acquainted with the history
of mankind, that in different nations, and in different ages and pe• riods of the same nation, there is often a great difference observable ' as to the prevalency of religion and virtue, of good order, and true
public spirit : and that there are times in which there is a more general defection from all these, and more of an abandoned dissoluteness, luxury, and effeminacy, than in others : and where it is ap. prehended, that this is really the case, or that there is great danger of its being so, no man can be blamed, who, from an earnest delire to awaken men to a juft and lively sense of the evil of their ways,
and to promote, as far as in him lieth, a national repentance and ! reformation, endeavoureth not in the bitterness of a fatyrical fpirit, • but with a serious and deep concern of mind, to represent the nati
onal vices and corruptions.'
Having shewn that the great events of war are, in an especial manner, under the direction of Divine Providence, he applies the observation both to our own disappointments, and the late surprizing turn of affairs in favour of our brave ally the King of Prussia, at a time when he was, by many, almoft given up as loft. Upon this happy event, he very properly remarks.
• The man must be void of reflection, that doth not observe in it • the signatures of a divine hand. It is, indeed, but just that we • should admire the wisdom, magnanimity, and heroic qualities of
this great Prince, and the discipline and intrepidity of his troops. • But we must not make these things our confidence. Instead of in. • dulging a vain security, or making flesh our arm, what hath now • happened should turn our thoughts to a religious adoration of that * sovereign Providence which ruleth in the kingdom of men, which • taketh the wise in their own craftiness, and overthroweth the migh
How careful should we be to secure an interest in his favour, • who, if we do not make a right improvement of his mercies, can, * with equal facility, frustrate our most fanguine hopes, as in this in• stance he hath exceeded our highest expectations ! Upon the whole, we would beg leave, most heartily, to recome
mend this little piece to the serious perusal of every one, who pro. fesses a due regard for the welfare and happiness of his country.
P.: Art. 39. The true Nature of Fafting, which alone is acceptable
unto the Lord. Humbly recommended to the serious Consideration of the King and both Houses of Parliament. 8vo. 6d. Kinnerlly,
The Author of this piece, John Littell, one of the people called Quakers, appears to have been upwards of twelve years a prisoner, upon a writ de Excommunicato capiends. The original prosecution was begun against him for Tithe ;-and neglecting to answer to a citation issued out of the Ecclefiaftical Court, he incurred the sentence of ex, communication, for a contempt; and was afterwards imprisoned as above.---The main of what he says upon the true nature of fafling, (tho' the profcfled subject of his pamphlet) is contained in the follow, mg text, -Is not this the Fajt that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and io let the OPPRESSED GO FREE, and that je break every yoke ? Isa. lviii. 6- This he applies to his own case, and from thence infers, that the releasing him from his long imprisonnent, would be the most proper way of sanctifying the late Fall:-to accomplish which, he has fubjoined a petition to the King, and both Houses of Parliament, stating his unhappy case, and -See more of this affair, Review, vol. X.
Art. 40. Remarks on the Reverend Mr. John Wesley's Sufficient
Answer to the Author of the Letters on Theron and Aspasio, &c. By J. D. 8vo. 3d. Lewis.
Mr. Wesley's fufficient Answer is, it seems, comprehended in a penny book, fold at the Foundery; but Mr, J. D. not thinking such narrow limits jufficient for him, has swelled his Answer to three pence; a disproportion which reminds us of the Dutchman who is said to have wrote a Commentary on the word SHIBBOLETH; which not Satisfying a brother Combientator, fill more voluminous than himself, out comes an Anfwer in ficue folios i fome say there was a Reply in fifteen.-If so, how happy were the REVIEWERS of those days! But to our Remarker.
Of whom, however, we have little to say ; nor might it, perhaps, be safe for us to fay much: for he seems to be a most furious mortal. He works Mr. Wesley at a terrible rate; intimates, that he (Mr. W.) has 5
crowded more fcandal, injolence, felf-sufficiency, harrid, malevolence, rancour, bitterness, and uncharitableness into his penny performance, than the Author (of the Letters on Theron, &c.] has ' into his five shilling book, with only this difference, that his is far
caftical, lively, volatile, and pungent as the æther, your's dense and dull as lead ;'-Mr. D. however, has rather over-shot himself, in allowing any srandal, malevolenie, &c. to be found in the Author whom he has taken upon him to defend. For, cho' he seems satisfied that Mr. Wesley posielies these lovely, Christian virtues in a mcre emineat degree, yet we apprehend the ingenious Letter-Writer will not
be very ambitious of claiming even the reasonable share of them allotted him by his Defender. Art. 41. A Letter to the Rev. Mr. Potter, in Answer to his ser
mon preached at Reymerston in Norfolk, against the People called Methodists. By Cornelius Cayley, Junior. 8vo. 6d. Lewis.
As we have given no account of Mr. Potter's discourse, here referred to, we shall not trouble our Readers with any particulars from this Answer ; but as some judgment may be formed of Mr. Cayley himself, from an Advertisement which he has printed at the end of his pamphlet, we shall give an extract of the said Advertisement.
It is entitled, Proposals for printing by Subscription, the Riches of God's free Grace, displayed in the Converlion of Cornelius • Cayley, Junior, late Clerk in the Princess Dowager of Wales's • Treasury, to the faith of CHRIST, not in word only, but in power.
Being a particular account of the Lord's remarkable dealings with
him, from seven years of age; for several years. As also his expe• rience with relation to his miniflerial Call to preach the Gospel of Jesus • Chrilt; and what he hath met with particular in the exercise there• of, in many parts of England and Wales.'-Such of our Readers as are inclined to promote this subscription, are to pay one Thilling down, and another at the delivery of the book; for which faid sam of two shillings, the purchaser will receive about three hundred pages of Crumbs of Comfort for Chickens of the Covenant,
Art. 42. A Letter from a Gentleman, residing in foreign Parts,
to his Godson in England; explaining to him, and enforcing, the Obligations of his Baptismal Covenant. 8vo. 4d. Owen.
Tho'the nature and obligations of the Baptismal Covenant are here clearly explained, and earneltly enforeed, yet we canoot help thinking, inat iome few particulars might as well bave been omitted: and whoever reads the extraordinary paragraph at page 7, wherein the Writer feems ready to involve his Godson in a political disquifition, concerning the titles of Kings to their Crown, will probably be of our opinion.
P. Art. 43. A Letter to the Author of a free Enquiry into the Na
ture and Origin of Evil; containing Remarks on the four fort Letters of that Enquiry. 8vo. 64. Woodfall.
The Writer of this Letter acknowledges, that the Enquiry, which occasioned it, abounds with sprightly fallies of imagination, and elegance of expression, in recommendation of a moft unaccountable fyf. tem; the principles of which, be here endeavours to thew, are not only inconfiltent with one another, but even with chemielves. And we must confess, that he seems to have proved the charge of various contradictions, inconsistencies, and falfe conclusions, upon the Author of the Enquiry; tho' without offering any opinion of his own, in matters of so nice and difficult a nature, as the Origin of Evil.-[For our account of the Enquiry itself, fee Review, vol. XVí, page 3c2.]