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MONTHLY CATALOGUÈ,

For NOVEMBER, 1765...

RELIGIOUS and CONTROVERSIAL..
Art. 8. A Treatise on Peace of Soul, and Content of Mind.

Written originally in French, by Mr. Peter du Moulin, the
Son *. A Work consisting of Devotion, Morality, Divi-
nity, and Philosophy; adapted to every Capacity, and equally.
proper for all Christians in general. First corrected, im-
proved, and republished with Notes, by Mr. Sartoris. And
now translated into English, with additional No.es, by John
Scrope, D. D. Rector of Castlecombe, and Vicar of King-
ton St. Michaels, in the County of Wilts. 8vo. 2 Vols.

75. few'd. Millar, &c.
T EW. of the religious writings of the last age, are likely to meet
T with many admirers in the present, the taite of the times being in
this, as well as in other respects, very different froin what it was an hun-
dred years ago. The theological writers who fiourished in this coun-
try, from the days of James 1. down to those of Queen Anne, had
neither the happy turn of sentiment, nor of language, which, in
these days of general improvement, concur, to render the writings
of our later divines so much more agreeable to the ear, as well as
more improving to the mind. Witness the writings of Tillotson,
Clarke, herlock, Balguy, Abernethy, Foster;-compared with :
but peace to the manes of many a well-meaning son of piety, whose
works, after all, were suited to the times in which they appeared,
and were not unprofitable in their generation.

Mr. du Moulin, the author of the above-mentioned treatise on
peace of foul and content of mind, was one of those writers, who,
although juitly held in esteem a century ago, will not be so very ac.
ceptable to such as have formed their notions, with regard to religious
and moral subjects, on the works of those excellent divines above.

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* His father was the celebrated Professor Peter du Moulin. He was obliged to quit France on account of an intercepted letter which he wrote to our James I. exhorting him to a:lift his fon-in-law, Frederick V. Elector-palatine; adding that the French proteitants would thereby judge what friendship they might, occasionally, expe&t from hiin. He obtained fome ecclesiastical preserments in England; lived to be chaplain to Charles II. and a prebendary of Canterbury; where he died in 684; aged 94. Bayle makes honourable mention both of our Author and of his father. Besides the treatise now transated by Dr. Scrope, there are extant his Sermons, and other works, fome written in Latin, others in Eaglih. Among the ret, Climor Regii Sanguinis ad Coelum, again't Milton; and another entitled A Vindication of the Sincerity of the Pictesiant Relivion, against the Jesuits book, called Pbilanx Anglicus. For farther particulars of this triter, and eipecially of his amiable prirare chara'der, we refer to the preface by the Translator, and to the notes fubjoined to the Author's preface.. .

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named—with many others that might be mentionet. 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 so very sensible 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 seem to promise: Dr. Scrope also informs us, in one of his notes, that this work, as he is informed, is held by the French proteftants 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. Considerations on Behalf of the Colonists. In a Letter to

a noble Lord. 8vo. Is. Almon. In our Catalogue for last March, we censured a pamphlet entitled The Oljeftions to the Taxation of our American Colories, by the Legiliature of Great Britain, briefly confidered* ; to which pamphlet the traci now before us is a protetied answer : and it is a keen and fpirited one. The Author dates his letter from Boston in New-Epgland, and signs it F. A. Sepe. 4, 1-6;. He appears to be a staunch North-American, fired with the glorious idea of LIBERTY! and flaming with patriotic zeal for the Rights, or what he conceives to be the Rio:ts of his native country : of which he appears to be neither an incompetent judge, nor a weak defender. From what he fays of the lamp-act, so highly resented by the British northern coloniits, our Readers may forın some judgment of the apprehended burthensome nature of that act. “The burden of the stamp-act, says he, will certainly fall on the middling and labouring people. The wi. dow, the orphan, and others, who have few on earth to help, or even pity them, must pay heavily to this tax. An instance or two wiil give some idea of the weight of this impofition. A rheam of printed bail-bonds is now sold for about fifteen shillings sterling: with the stamps, the fame quantity will, I am told, amount to near One HUNDRED POUNDS ferling. A rheam of printed policies of assurance is now about two pounds flerling : with the stamps it will be ong HUNDIED AND NNETY POUNDS sterling. Many other articles in common use here are in the same proportion. The fees in the probate offices, with the addition of the ftamps, will, in most provinces, be three times what has been hitherto paid,'- It is not however fo much, perhaps, the burden of this particular tax which is so grievously resented by our North-American brethren, as their unpleasing

* This pamphlet is, by the present Considerer, styled 'the opuf culum of the celebrated Mr. J----S,?

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prospect of a chain of taxes (of which this may be only one link) being faftened on them by the authority of a p— t in which they do not conceive themselves to be properly and constitutionally repreJented. 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 actually, not merely virtually re. presented 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. 15. 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 ina visible agency, on which the Honest Man * grounded his refusal to take any part in the new administration ; and on which the Political Apologift, mentioned in our last month's catalogue, chiefly argues on the same 'side of the question. He particularly vindicatės Lord Temple's absolute refusal to enter, at this juncture, into the service of his country; and after endeavoaring to refute those who have ascribed his Lordship’s refusal to motives that never cxifted, he comes to this conclusion, that his Lordship's not embarking with the new ministry, could only proceed from his ' apprehension of the impoflibility to do his king and country that service which an honest man. would wish to do, in the ftation 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 animadversions, little needs be added, to evince that his apprehensions were not groundless. Stronger evidence cannot be required of the continued ascendant of Lord -, and that his aim was still to maintain an abSolute 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 submission to him.'-- Hence our Author ítre. nuously maintains, that the late ministry were not dismissed 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 ; restraint 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 submit to L-B-;-because they presumed to displease his L- p's

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brother, Mr. St-M- ;-in fine, because there was no remilioa for treason against the favorite. . As to the present miniitry, our Author speaks of them with a de. gree of asperity, and even malignity, which is not altogether conlistent with his assumed title of an impartial examiner. He not only prejudges their administration by repeating the common cry, want of experience, against them, but he even ventures to infinuate, that, allowing them both ability and inclination to act in a manner becoming their stacions, yet they will not be permitted to do any thing contrary to the good pic.fure of that invisible power which will inevitably control them. - This general insistence on the continued tho' secret influence of the northern pecr, without producing instances in proof of the operations of such invisibie spirit, has been pleasantly ridiculed by one of the many antagonists of Anti-Sejanus*: 'an honeft fellow, fays he, paffing through the Borough, paid fixpence for seeing an invisible cock; at which he was to peep through a hole in the lid of a box. “ And pray, said his friend, did you see him ?" No, you' fool! how could I? replied the other, did not I tell you he was iNVISIBLE? But I am jure he was there.'

* A title assumed by a zealous writer of political essays published in the news-papers; and said to be employed by L-$- h, in order to hunt down the new ministry. Art. 11. A Candid Refutation of the Charges brought against the

prefent Ministers, in a Traxt entitled The Principles of the late

Changes impartially examined. 8vo. Is. F. Newbery. · A superficial defence of the ministry, from the objections briefly stated in these three articles - That they are the instruments of the favorite ;--that neither Mr. P- nor Lord

T a re with them; and --that they are young and unexperienced.' To these objections the Author offers, on mere speculation, what must naturally occur to any speculatist in a garret or in a coffee-house. But he holds out no new light to the public, and has not even conjectured any thing but what hath been so often conjectured, and urged, and answered, and said, and allerted, and argued, and proved, and refuted, --in an hundred and fifty news-papers and pamphlets,-- that nobody now believes or underfiands one word of the matter, on either fide the question.

L A w. Art. 12. A New Treatise on the Laws concerning Tithes : Contain. ing all the Statutes, Adjudged Cases, Reolutions and Judgments

relative thereto, under the following Heads : Chap. I. Definition ::of Tithes, Parfonage, Vicarage, Impropriation, and Appropria

iin; and of the Origin, Nature, anil fevral kinds of Tithes. 11. Out of what Thin's Tithes shall be paid; what Lands are subject to Tithes, and the several Statistis fit diselving Abies, Monafteries, and other Religious Houses, and vesting their Lands in

the king ; what Lands are difikargid from Jiihes by these las i respectively, with a Catalogue of the Monasteries, diffolued by Siat,

31 Hrn. 8. of the yearly Vniue of 2001. and zipwards; what Order they were of, and the Times of their refpective Foundations.

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fi. Ôf Exemption from Payment of Tithes : and of Modus, Cuftom, and Prescription. IV. An Alphabetical Table or Index of Things Jitheable, and not Titheable, viz. Acorns, After-eatage, After-math, After-pasture, Agisiment, Alders, Altarage, Apples, Ash, Ajp-trees, Bark, Barren land, Beans, Beech, Bees, Birch, Brick, Broom, Calves, Chalk, Cheese, Cherry-trees, Chickens, Člay, 'Clover, Coal, Colts, Conies, Copper-mill, Deer, Dotards, Dover, Eggs, Elms, Fallow, Ferns, Fish, Flax, Forest, Fowl, Fruit, Fuel, Furzes, Gardens, Geefe, Glass-house, Grass, Gravel, Haflé, Hay, Head-lands, Heath, Hedge-poles, Hemp, Herbage, Holly, Honey, Hops, Horses, Houses, Lambs, Lattermath, Lead,

Lime, Loppings, Maple, Maft, Milk, Mill, Mines, Nurseries, · Oak, Orchards, Ofiers, Park, Partridge, Pasture, Pease, Phea

fants, Pigeons, Pigs, Quarries, Rakings, Roots, Saffron, Salt, Sheep, Slate, Stubble, Sylva Cedua, Tares, Tiles, Trees, Turf,

Turkeys, Warren, Waste, IVillows, Woad, IVood. V. Of Setting - out, and Taking and Carrying away Tithes. VI. Of the Remedies

for Recovering Tithes, and the several Acts of Parliament made for that Purpose. VII. Of the Manner of paying Tithes, and the Sums payable by the respective Parishes in London. By a Gentle.'

man of the Middle Temple. 8vo. 35. sew'd. Griffin, &c. · Every attempt to reduce the scattered and diffusive matter relative to the several branches of jurisprudence into one collected body, is deserving of public thanks and encouragement: and therefore compilements of this kind ought not to be too critically and severely examined. If the reader is not midled by false doctrine, he should think himself obliged to the compiler, though he may not meet with all the information he had reason to expect. When we consider the little work before us with these allowances, its defects claim our indulgence. At the same time, we cannot but deem the Compiler censurable, for having transcribed several whole pages literally from Burn's Eccle-, fiaftical Law, title Tithes* : and for having omitted some particu-, lars in his alphabetical table of things titheable, such as madder, turnips t, &c. On so dry a subject, we shall add nothing farther, but. refer such of our Readers as are desirous to be better acquainted with the law of Tithes, to the treatise itself.

R -d , .. Likewise for ftudiously endeavouring to disguise this plagiarism, by quoting (instead of Burn) the authors quoted by Dr. Burn himself. And where he thinks it neccffary to refer toDr.Burn, initead of referring to him, he only puts down B. E. L.

† He follows Bishop Gibson, in his alphabetical list of all things. tithable, even to chalk and late ; and, in consequence, hath adopted, from him, one capital error, viz. that, in the lame catalogue, Corn is never mentioned among things tithable. Art. 13. A key to the Law; or an Introduction to Legal Knowlege.

Trwhich is prefixer a prefatory Discourse on. tbe present State of

the Lawus of England, with Hints for the Amendment thereof. "By Richard Helmsworth, Efq; of the Middle Temple. 8vo. Is. 6 d. Webly.

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