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bewildered amidst types and antirypes, &c. it is to be feared he will
not have great success with those to whom he particularly applies.,
It has been generally thought, and with the appearance of truth,
that Rey, xii. 1-5, represents Christianity under the emblem of a
beautiful and majelic woman, and that her pregnancy and delivery
of a Man Child signified the progress of the gospel, its firength and
vigour, notwithstanding the efforts made again!t it.. But here we
are presented with a very different explication, into which it is not
easy to enter.

H.
Art. 62. A plain and scriptural Account of the Lord's Supper,

collected from every Passage which occurs in the New Testament
on that Subject : Together with a most remarkable Hebrew Promi
phely contained in the fifth Chapter of Genesis. To which is
added, a scriptural Eliay on the Advantages arising from the
Study of the Sacred Writings; divided into the following Heads :
1. Of the Dispositions of Mankind. 2. Of the Properties of the
Word of God. 3. Of the State Mankind are in by Nature.
4. Of the Deliverance God hath proposed, to Sinners. 5. How
this Deliverance is made known. Ó. Of the natural Man not be
ing capable of understanding the Scriptures. 7. The Promifes
which God hath given for the understanding of the Scriptures.
8. Why the Scriptures are not more generally understood. 9.
Of the Charge of the Ministry. 10. Of the New Teliament Mi-
niftryu. Of the Neceflity of Regeneration. 1.2. How the Soul
is regenerated. 13. Of the Perfection and Efficacy of the Scrip-
tures. 14. Of Faith being the Gift of God. 15. How Faith is
attained. 16. A general Exhortation to Repensance. How
Mankind are rendered inexcusable in rejecting the Gospel, with
the dreadful Consequences of such Rejection. By a Wellwisher to
the Interefts of Chriltianity. 8vo. York, printed; London,
Matthews.

This voluminous title-page fufficiently informs the reader what
he may expect to meet with in the perusal of this pamphlet. Yet,
bende all this, there is a farther tract, consisting of near twenty
pages, on the unity of the Godhead, or the doctrine of three in one.
This, excepting the introduction, is entirely a collection of Scrips
tures. The Hebrew prophecy is nothing more than ten names of
persons from Adam to Noah, which, in their explication, this honett
man supposes to fortell the Chriftian salvation. The best part of
this pamphlet is the account of the Lord's Supper. It employs only
ten or eleven pages, and is plain, rational, and fcriptural. The
Author appears to be a well-mcaning man, but che lucubrations of
well-meaning persons are not always worth publishing.

H.
S E R M o N S.
1. Preached at St. Peter's, Colchester, June 24, 1777, being the

Festival of St. John the Baptist. Before the Provincial Grand
Mafter, and the Provincial Grand Lodge of the most Ancient and
Honourable Society of Free and Accepted Masons of ElTex. By
the Rev. William Martin Leake, LL. B. late of St. Peter's Col.
lege, Cambridge, and Vicar of Fingringhas in Erex. Svo.

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This reverend Mason begins with praying for those who faile at his fraternity, and it is, therefore, to be hoped they may continue

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that wicked practice without spiritual dread or fear. He fets out
with representing benevolence as the great principle by which his
Society is a&uated; but ill does he practise what he preaches; for
no sooner has he announced this than he begins to abuse the poor
man after God's own heart. The reason of this is obvious. That
prince, not remarkable for his masonry, contented himself with buy-
ing a barn of Araunah the Jebu site, which had been built probably
before he was born. Solomon he praises to those kies, to which,
however, only his temple aspired; but then Solomon belonged to
the Grand Provincial Lodge, was a mighty builder, and contracted
with King Hiram for an hundred thousand load of timber, and other
materials. Another Hiram, the workman, the Preacher calls • the
widow's son of the tribe of Napthali,' and adds, ' with whose pri-
vate history they only who are Masters among us are acquainted.'
What absord affectation of mystery, as if it were necessary to be
a Master Mason to come at the private History of Hiram! or as
if the history of that workman lay more obvious to any individual
of this strange Society, than ic does to the lowest commentator on
the Bible!

Le.
SERMONS on the late General Fast, Feb. 27, +778, continued :

See our last Number, p. 246.
VI. Before the Hon. House of Commons, at St. Margaret's, Weft-

minster. By William Vise, LL. D. Rector of Lambech. 400.
I S. Cadell.
In this very loyal discourse

Friend: "I beg pardon for interrupting you, Mr. Reviewer, but pray what is loyalty ??!!

Reviewer : Loyalty, Sir!- loyalty is-Will you do me the favour to refer this question to your long.headed Correspondent, the Burgomaster of Amsterdam ?

Friend: A Dutch definition of loyalty must be corious to an Eng: lith politician: I will certainly write to the Burgomatter.

Reviewer : And, till this answer arrives, let us defer the confideration of Dr. Vise's discourse. VII. At Liverpool. By William Hunter, M. A. Fellow of Brazennose College, Oxford, and Minifter of St. Paul's, Liverpool. 4to.

Cadell. If our Heavenly Father hath not more forbearance toward this finful nation than Father Hunter seems to have, dreadful, indeed, mult be the danger we are in; for, after drawing out an horrible cacalogue of our crimes, and adding to it'the open and avowed in. fidelity of the age,' he tells the mayor, aldermen, and corporation of Liverpool that this last insult offered to heaven is of too shock. ing a nature to be tamely endured'-We hope this reverend Gentleman of Brazen nose is not disposed to perfecute any man for his principles !--He appears to have had some individual infidel in view : Who can it be? Chub is dead, Boling broke is dead, Annet is dead, Hume is dead, -and Voltaire is beyond the reach of any Fellow of an English university.–We have it in a note, p. 23, where the pious Preacher expressly points at a well-known Sectarian champion in the field of letters, whose name (says he) it is to be wished, were closed up with the rest of the infidel group in the black

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book of oblivion. From the extensive range this Writer has taken in the world of science, it might seem (however paradoxical the thought) as if he understood every thing but his own profession-the salvation of souls.'—There is more of this pointed note; the whole of which we leave to the feelings of Dr. ********, who may posibly deem such language “ too shocking to be samely endured.”—But this may depend upon the light in which the Sectarian Champion may may happen to view his antagonist. VIII. The LORD's Controversy with a guilty Nation. Two Sermons.

By the Rev. Richard De Courcy, Vicar of St. Alkmond's, Shrews bury; and formerly of Trinity College, Dablin. 8vo, Robinson, &c.

This flaming Churchman paints. the fans of a rebellious people, and the judgments of incensed Deity,' io dark shades and Arong colouring, -o use his own words, in describing the penciling of the Jewilh prophet, Jer. v. from whence Mr. De Courcy has taken his textt. He particularly displays, in all its abominable branches, the criminality of the Jewith nation; and hideous as the picture is, he boldly pronounces that we are even worse than the Jews of Jeremiah's time; and that there is not a single transgression in their group of iniquities,' which does not abound, with all its aggravations, in this land of guilt.'

Among the enormities enumerated, he conGders' the horrible complacency in faise do&trines, and the propagation and national efpoufal of error (among the Jews] as the most atrocious; and, as there is not a single transgreition in their group, with which we is not chargeable, he accordingly directs the thunder of his spiritual artillery, point blanc, against there impious wretches, the pbilofophers, the materialisls, the anti-subscribers, and the anti-trinitarians

This is one of your faunch, orthodox divines; but his zeal is not altogether without knowledge ; for he, undoubtedly, possesses confiderable abilities. IX. The Civil War between the Ifraelites and Benjamites illufrated

and applied, -in the Parish Church of St. Andrew, Canterbury. By John Dancomb, M. A. Rector of that Parish, and one of the Six Preachers in the Cathedral. 4to. 6 d. Law.

Avoiding political topics, as unsuitable to the pulpit, Mr. Duacomb, very commendably, prefers the conciliatory ftrain. Sermons thus conceived, in the spirit of moderation, are most worthy of the Christian character. We have here no common place railing at our own country, no illiberal abose of those with whom we are, unhappily for both, at variance : such a salutary spirit cannot be too much diffused. X. The paft Mercies, the great Sinfulness, and the present alarming State of this Nation, a loud Call io bumble ourselves forcerely before

Our Readers must not imagine that the Preacher here points particularly toward the Americans. The rebellious people here meant are to be found nearer home ; rebels against their God, though, perhaps, loyal to their earthly King.

+ " Shall I not visit for these things, faith the Lord ? Shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as THIS.” Ver. 29.

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of the age.

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God. By John Towers, Minifter of the Gofpel in Bartholomewt
Clofe, Welt-Smithfield. 8vo. 6 d. Vallance, &c.

A plain discourse, properly adapted, we fuppofe, to the devotional
taste of the congregation to which it was delivered; viz. “ The
Members and Friends of the Church of Christ, meeting in Bartholo-
mew-Close..!! Vid. DEDICATION.
XI. The Substance of a Sermont preached at the Right Hon, the Coun-

tess of Huntingdon's Chapel at Bath ; with a Dedication to her Ladyflip. By the Rev. T. Haweis, LL. B. 8vo. 6d. Dilly, &c.

Not altogether fo Methodifical as might be expected from one of the Counters of Huntingdon's chaplains. XII. Two Sermons-preached Dec. 13, 1776, and on Friday,

Feb. 27, 1778, &e. Dedicated to his Grace the Duke of Rich. mond. 4to. I s.

Nicoll.
When fermons are printed, it is not common for the preacher's
name to be fupprefled; but, if these two discourses were really de-
livered from the pulpit, there may have been cogent reafons for the
omision of the Author's name in the title-page. The perfonal ac•
knowledgment (to the Public at large) of sentiments which feem
rather favourable to the American cautė, might appear to be preg.
nant with poffible inconveniences; and the applauses given, in the
dedication, to a nobleman who is not supposed to stand in the highest
estimation with government; may be a farther reason for conceal-
ment.-So far, the Author may have acted with proper caucion;
but it would have been equally prudent to have moderated the ex-
cess of thar zeal which has led him to attack the Ministry, in terms
of the most unreserved abuse : Vid Dedicat. p. 1.

CORRESPONDENCE.
To the AUTHORS of the MONTHLY REVIEW.
GENTLEMEN,
TOU have selected an extra& from Nicholson and Barn's Hif.

tory of Weltmorland in your last Review, respecting the firit Quakers, and, by adding the epithet curious to it, you have, in some degree, given it your fanction. The account is said to be drawn from some (I suppose before unpublished) memoirs of a Mr. Higginson, formerly Vicar of Kirkby Stephen.

It seems somewhat extraordinary, that a gentleman of Dr. Burn's great and deserved reputation in the literary world, should have thought it fair to draw from its obscurity a paper, written at a time when the minds of most men were heated with religious preju. dice, and when the Clergy, more particularly, were irritated against the Quakers, because their tenets, opposing the venal fupport of the priesthood, fapped the very foundations of its splendour and aucho. sity. Nor perhaps did they servple to add the epithet of hireling to those who, making a crade of religion, brought it into disrepute amongst the people.

At the quarter sestions at Appleby in Weltmorland, in January 1652, James Naylor, a Quaker, was tried for blasphemy. The trial is dill extant, and it appears from thence, that Higginson, Vicar of Kirkby Stephen, was a promoter of the prosecution. Naylor was then honourably discharged, nothing of that kind being proved againlt

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him, unless it be reckoned blafphemy to oppofe Higginson's affertion, repeated in open court, that“ Christ is in heaven with a carnal body.” Both the temper of the good Vicar, and the complexion of his divinity, may perhaps be in ferred from this anecdote.

• It must not however be denied, that the fame James Naylor aftere wards fell into delusions of the imagination, scarcely short of infanity. He was then disowned by the Quakers. Yet fome eminent writers have taken occasion from this instance, and a few others of the like kind, to charge those irregularities upon the principles of the society, for which individuals alone ought to be responsible.

• The evidence of Higginson'carries with it all the marks of that wanton exaggeration which characterises personal animosity. The charge is supported by' no proof. Gerard Croese, indeed, in his history of the Quakers, mentions a petition from the ministers, and fundry other perfons of Lancashire, againit George Fox, James Naylor, and their affociates, in which they are accused of foaming at the mouth' in their conventicles, and of other strange agitations; and George Fox, in particular, of having said that he was equal to God, the only Judge of the World, Chrift, the way, the Truth, and the Life. One James Melver (perhaps Milner) was also charged with saying that he was God and Christ, and with prophesying that the day of judgment was at hand, that there should be no more justices in Lancashire, and that the parliament fhould be plucked up by the roots. ·Higginson's narrative and this petition bear striking marks of affinity with each other, and probably sprung from the fame foarce. Croefé, however, who was no Quaker, nor is his history partial to the Quakers, acknowledges " that thefe charges were so completely “ refuted, that it was apparent they who invented them were wicked “ men, and they who believed in them were fools." He excepts the mad presumption of Melver (or Milner), whom he says the Quakers rebuked. The trath is, that as the Quakers, for the season abovementioned, were especially fingled out as the objects of priestly indignation, every rumoar to their disadvantage was eagerly adopted, and frequently spread with circumstances of aggravation. Thusa Vicar of Wakefield, whose name was Marhall, reported of George Fox, that he rode upon a great black horse, and was jeen within an hour at two places fixty miles distant from each other. If the papers of this Vicar were narrowly searched into, it might, pofsibly, be found recorded as his opinion, that the first Quakers were witches. Ji mwit, notwithstanding, be acknowledged, that it was not unusual for some of the most zealous to go fometimes into the public places of worship, and after the preacher had finished his discourse, to reprove both priest and people for pradices which they considered as superstitious or antichriftian.

• Amidt the Swarm of fects which distinguished the latt century, there was one, of which little is now known, but that the practices of its adherents outraged all decency and order. They were called Ranters. The enemies of the Quakers found it frequently suitable to their purpose to confound them with this ephemeron sect, whole principles were nevertheless totally incompatible with those of the Quakers. There is a paper ftill extant, written by Edward Bure roughs, an active preacher amongit the Quakers, against the licentious practices of these people.

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