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The True Sonship of Christ investigated: and his Person, Dignity,
and Offices, explained and confirmed from the Sacred Scriptures.
In the first paragraph of the preface to this tract, we are
The Kentish Traveller's Companion, in a defcriptive view of the
Towns, Villages, remarkable Buildings and Antiquities, situ-
A cheap, useful and entertaining directory to the traveller through the County of Kent.
The Matter of Agiftment Tythes of unprofitable Stock, in the Case
of the Vicar of Holbeach, as decreed by Lord Chief Baron Parker, Baron Smythe, &c. in the Court of Exchequer in Michaelmas Term 1768. By Cecil Willis, D.D. Vicar of Holbeach, and Prebendary of Lincoln. 4to. 15. Newbury.
The tythes on arable lands and profitable stock are deemed, by many of our farmers, sufficiently burthensome, to have those of agiftment on pasture and unprofitable lands abated them. As there is no prospect of this, however, it is of some moment that the manner of levying tythes should be freed as much as possible from litigation; to which, from the present uncertain mode of gathering them, they are extremely liable. It is this adjustment of such agiftment tythes that is the fubje&t of the pamphlet before us; which may in some measure antwer the end: although in some particulars the writer leaves the reader in some perplexity.
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The Fingal of Osian, an ancient Epic Poem, in Six Books, trans·lated from the original Gallic Language, by Mr. James Maccpherson ; and now rendered into Heroic Verse, by Ewen Cameron. 40. 15s. Boards. Robson.
It is now many years since the writer, of this article, gave his opinion, in the Monthly Review, on this celebrated poem, as first published by Mr. Macpherson: an opinion alınost totally opposite to that which generally prevailed at the time. The Reviewer, however, has since had the satisfaction to find the judicious part, and with them, at length, the majority of the public have adopted the same.--If the praise, we bestowed on this poem, in the prosaic version, was moderate, that we have to bestow on the present poetical translation is equally
A Letter to her Grace the Duchess of Devonshire. 410. is. Fielding and Walker.
A well-written remonstrance, so replete with the documents of good-sense and propriety, that we cannot help expressing our furprize at the author's not perceiving the impropriety of 10 public an address. It would certainly have better become the writer to offer his sentiments to her grace by private adinonition. But, perhaps, this had before been done, and the lettem writer was desirous that other ladies in the like predicament might equally profit by it. In this case the public may be ul. timately obliged to him; though we cannot approve of this method of attacking individuals on the subject of their personal character and private foibles. It is at beft officious, if not inpertinent; and seldom serves to work a reformation in the per. son piqued by it, whatever effect it may have on others.
Misplaced Confidence; or Friendship betrayed : containing a genuine
Narrative of real Misfortanes; interspersed with striking Anecdotes of some of the most illustrious Characters of the present Age, as well as of antient History. 3 Vol. 12mo. 75. 60. Fielding and Walker.
An expoftulation with, or rather a libel on, Sir John Hussey Delaval, Bart. whom the writer upbraids, for breach of promise in not providing for him; as a grateful return for his vote at the tinie of Sir John's standing candidate for the borough of Berwick upon Tweed.
That it ill becomes a gentleman to make promises, he does not mean to keep, is most certain. The obligation, however, of such equivocal promises, as are usually made by candidates at borough elections, are held to be so little binding that they come almost under the proverb of rash vows, made only to be broke.—Burthensome, indeed, would it be to electioneering adventurers, and even to country gentlemen of large property, if they were bound to provide for the wives and families of all their idle constituents. The truth is, that such constituents as give their votes from any other motive, than a conscientious discharge of their duty to their country, deserve the disappointment they may meet with, in the subsequent neglect of the candidate : of whose want of principle they complain with a very ill grace, because he does not reward their having dirplayed a want of principle in themselves. That this narrative may be genuine, and the writer's misfortunes real, we can readily believe: calamities naturally await those, who depend on the promises of others instead of exerting their own induftry: Our author was bred, it seems, a surgeon and apothecary, and yet idly looked up to a lieutenancy in a marching regiment as a provision for a wife and famiiy! Is it a wonder that such absurdity should be wedded to misfortune!
Christian Memoirs; or, a Review of the present State of Religion
in England'; in the Form of a new Pilgrimage to the Heavenly Jerusalem : containing, by Way of Allegorical Narrative, a great Variety of Dialogues on the most interesting Subjects, and
Adventures of eminently religious persons. By tl'. Shrubsole. . 8vo. 35. 6d. sewed. Fisher, Rochester--Matthews; Lona
John Bunyan’s Pilgrim's progress modernized; accommodated with much ingenuity to recent circuinstances and improvements in letters, without deviating from the antient line of genuine orthodoxy.
" It is, undoubtedly,” says this writer, in his preface, “ with great concern, that every friend to religion and his country must take notice, of the prevailing passion among us for novels, romances, and sentimena tal folly and obscenity; which has almost generally reduced the youth of both sexes into such a giddy and trifling behaviour, as is unworthy of rational beings. Nor are those which are called the best novels wholly to be excepted from this censure: for even they not only prefent such delusive and inflammatory scenes to the mind, as tend to die 'vert young ladies of that modeity and fenfibility which are both their honour and safety; but they also furnish our wealthy and titled felons, those murderers of beauty, honour, innocence, and peace, with many execrable methods of feduction, which might never have occurred to their minds; and have proved a terrible retribution on the ladies, for that passionate and criminal fondness with which they incessantly read those enfoaring compofitions.
" Far less pernicious was antient Gothic romance, which was remarkable for itrictly keeping within the bounds of decency, and every hero was an enthusiast in defence of the honour of the fair sex. Their Genii, Fairies, Talismans, and Enchanted Castles, though chiefly the works of imagination ; were yet more suitably adapted to the elevated expectations and powers of the soul; and much better calculated to serve the interests of morality; than are the vicious, groveling, sceptical and foppith scenes, of the greater part of the entertaining books of
this day.” ' In the present performance, continues he, “ the public are presented with a work entirely free from such poison, yet. I hope both instructive and entertaining; and not the less fo for appearing in a religious character !" _We could wish to encourage this hope, but we fear it is too flattering, at least in respect to such readers as peruse books chiefly for the sake of entertainment. The work is divided into chapters, and contains a mixture of narrative and dialogue; a diversity that renders it particularly pleasing. The following extract, from a dialogue between Clericus and Experience, may serve as a lpecimen both of the matter and manner of the whole.
“ Cler. Pray, what is your name, and what sign do you keep?
Cler, Cler. Ah! the darkness deceived me. I took it for the Weatlu. Cock, that is kept by the famous and facetious Mr. Shandy.
Exper. You are egregiously mistaken, indeed, Sir. That Inn is some miles from hence, on the left side of the road, near the City of Va. nity, to which it belongs. If you had gone thither, he is now lo full of company, that you could hardly have got a bed.
Cler. But I Thould have had some good inerry companions, no doubt.
Exper. The noise of mirth is there; but some of those who have been at the house, when they were most gay and jovial, afterwards owned, their hearts were sorrowful * at that very season. Indeed, Sir, that house is no credit to those who use it; and least of all, those of your profession. The master is a scandal to all clergymen, yet he is permitted to hold his preferments in the City of Establishment. He keeps that Inn, which was ever a house of ill-fame ; but since bis being there, his wit and learning have been prostituted as panders for debauchery. The manners of our day are so depraved, that many persons of rank and fortune, of both sexes, are not ashamed to put up there, and keep company with Mr. Shandy; though he has proclained his principles by many licentious advertisements of his opinions: and even on his fign-polt, there are 1tars, dashes, and certain impure hieroglyphics, which, in a well-regulated city, would have subjected the author to severe fines, if not to corporal punishment. I
Cler. Landlord, you are very bold, thus to centure the prevailing taste or this enlightened age. Why, Sir, Nr. Shandy's advertisements contain a luxury of sentiment; and are greedily (wallowed by fashionable people, both of the clergy and laity. I have heard that one of our prelates always carried them in his pockets. And another, in a private letter to the author, encouraged him in his licentiousness.
Exper. Such behaviour in prelates, when your city was in its pu. rity, would have endangered their lawn Neeres, and juilly too I hope I never shall fear, in a prudent manner, to centure public vice. But when the pet appears in the habit of a clergyman, with the high claims of infte, sentiment, fine feelings t, and other delusive blandithients, lo as to deceive many; it is time to elpouse ihe cause of injured virtue and religion, at any hazard.
Cler. You are one of the precise onės, I find, as your name and fign intiinate, I am a clergy man of the City of Establisbmient, but have no good opinion of such very singular people, as are ever finding fault with others.
Exper. Sir, I believe you are a clergyman; and am sorry for what you say.
Cler. Sorry for what : That I am a clergyman; or, that I have no opinion of you? . Exper. Both, Sir. I have a great regard for your city, would have all its clergy of the best sort; and I am certain, that there are not better men in the world, than some of them.
Cler. But you seem to have no good opinion of mea
* Prov. xiv. 13.