Sidor som bilder
PDF
ePub
[ocr errors]

that author, a short time before his death, justified once more, both our caution and our admiration. Its learning and ingenuity are extraordinary, but its positions not always irrefragable. A very elaborate work, by Dr. Jamieson, on the Use of Sacred History *, partakes of the same Character: for, though its general purport and execution are excellent, there are parts which few judicious Theologians will adopt. The work of Bishop Skinner, of the Scottish Episcopal Church, entitled Primitive Truth and Order Vindicated t, contains principally a ftrenuous defence of Episcopacy; against the posthumous attacks of the late Professor George Campbell, of Aberdeen. With some few inequalities it is, on the whole, a valuable and instructive book. The Bishop of Gloucester's Thoughts on the Trinity I, are well calculated for general Utility. By detached, and usually short propositions, they convey, in few words, some of the best illustrations of the truth, and the clearest answers to objections. The nature and general character of Revelation, are explained in Mr. Lloyd's Christian Theology §, with a more particular view to the doctrines of Atonement and Justification. This author combats opponents with zeal, but by no means without discretion : but they are chiefly opponents within the pale of Christianity. The Antidote to Infidelity II, attacks the external enemy with equal force; and is honourable to its anonymous author.

Though not an Original English Work, we must not deny particular notice to the Abstract of the Christian Doetrine, by Freylinghausen (; clear, distinct, and well arranged, it will not discredit the high patronage it has obtained; nor will any readers be disappointed, who resort to it for compendious

* No. II. p. 190. + No. III. p. 262. No. VI. p. 619,
No. V. p. 512.
No. II. p. 211.

No. VI. p. 589.

instruction,

instruction. For those only who study the New Testament in the Original Language, has the Bishop of St. David's calculated bis Initia Paulina * : but, to such as can employ the work, it will be found of primary utilicy. For those who have made a further progression, and are studying the language of the Old Testament, Mr. Reeves has provided a Hebrew Pfalter †, accommodated with such illuftrations, as must greatly facilitate its use. Nothing seems to escape him, which can promote the knowledge of the Scriptures.

A few publications of a lighter kind, may be briefly mentioned here. The first of them relates, like the preceding, to the Psalter, being a manual to illustrate the English Version, by Mr. Reynell I. The others are, Mendbam's Exposition of the Lord's Prayer 9, Hawtry's Guide to Heaven ll, and two short tracts by Mr. Pearson C. The first of these is learned in itself, and very comprehensive in its object: the second is a summary, something similar to Gastrell's Institutes, but not so copious : the two last are announced as offering respectively three plain reasons; the one for infant Baptism, the other against separation from the Church. There are advantages in this plan, on the score of brevity and clearness, which Mr. P. seems desirous to extend to many other topics.

Of collective volumes of Sermons, we shall men. tion only three, Mr. Gisborne's ** second volume, elter aureus, which will lead, if rightly used, to a far better elysium, than the Sibyl's bough could open to Æneas. It is full, not only of sound precepts, but of religious views, which nothing but the most exact attention, long continued, could have furnished to the author's mind. The volume lately published by Mr.

No. V. p. 570.

No. IV. p. 444 VI. p. 692

* No. IV. p. 413. + No. III. p. 317. # No. II.

P. 212 ll No. VI. p. 693. I No. V. No, V. P. 541.

Partridge, Partridge", may be considered as a species of conqueft from the French. He has endeavoured to retain the beauties, and discard the faults of some of their beft discourses, and he has been crowned, like our countrymen in arms, with deserved success. The republication of Archbishop Drummond's Serr monst, with a sketch of his life, is a work ref pectable in its nature, and judicious in execution. The discourses had all been preached on public Occasions.

A selection of a few Charges, and single Sermons, will conclude the present head. In this clafs, Bishop Majendie occupies the first place in our lift, whole Charge I, at his primary visitation, displays an accurate knowledge of the duties of the clergy, in every rank and situation i particularly under the present times and circumstances. The Bishop of St. David's, (Burgess) is, as might be expected, learned, clear, and judicious: the principal subject of his Charge §, is, the advantages of the Christian Priesthood. The Bishop of Meath, is, as usual, animated; but his Charge ll includes fome subjects for regret, which we trust his judicious representations will in some degree correct. The Charge of Archdeacon Law , at his THIRTIETH Visitation, would deferve to be recorded, were it on that account alone ; but it has other, and strong claims to notice, as a judi. cious, and pious exhortation. The Bishop of Lincoln's Sermon at St. Paul's, on the Anniversary of the London Charity Schools **, is worthy of the preacher, and the occasion. While it recommends religious education, it is calculated also to correct it; by giving a most accurate summary of the faith. To the Sermon of Bishop Skinner tt, of the Scotch Episcopal Church, on account of the occasion, and

• No. III. p, 251..

+ No. V. p. 568. No. V. p. 567. No. III. p. 325. ** No. V. p. 566.

++ No. II. p. 175

# No. 1. p. 89. I No. II. p. 2074

the subject, we paid a particular attention : the difcourse however, was in all respects deserving of that notice. Three other Sermons, besides that of Mr. Gisborne, which was judiciously reprinted from his volume above-mentioned *, demand an especial record. These are, the Visitation Sermon of Mr. Sheepfhanks t; that of Mr. Phillpott I, on the fifth of November and that of Mr. Barwis, on the Duties of Volunteers 5. Of these, if we were to give the preference to one, we should be inclined to mention the laft; but all are full of merit, the invidiousness of comparisons may be avoided.

HISTORY AND ANTIQUITIES.

Froiffart, obsolete, and difficult in French, and little more intelligible in the English translation of Lord Berners, is now naturalized by Mr. Johnes'll, in a good and readable form. We have received much satisfaction from his first Volume, which has since been followed by a second and third. We pass at once to the most modern History, when we come to Dr. Bisset's History of the Reign of George III. Since we concluded our account, the author has ceased to live ** Our impartial commendations, though they could do no more, soothed, we hope, the latter hours of a life by no means fortunate. The Fall of the Republic of Venice tt, belongs to that part of modern History, which is the record chiefly of crimes and enormities: some of the most rea markable of which, belong to that very transaction, as will be seen by those who refer to this narrative. M. Boisgelin's account of Malta [f, includes both

* On Religious despondence, See No. II. p. 208. + No. VI. p. 688.

I No. II. p. 210. No. VI. p. 689. No.

I See Vol. xxiv. p. 550. and of this, No. I. p. 16. *** He died May 14, 1805.

## No. III. p. 336. f No, IV. p. 384.

aptient

1. p. 1.

Ancient andmod ern History, its publication has arisen, of course, out of the actual circumstances of Europe.

A 'Work on Coins, though it is not precisely History, is related nearly to the subject, of which it affords some of the best illustrations. Mr. Gough's book on the Coins of the Seleucidæ * is elegant in form ; and, though not to be implicitly followed, contains much that is instructive and valuable.

The Afatic Researches, belong also to this class, the Society being professedly instituted, to enquire into the History, Antiquities, &c. of Asia. The fixth volume of this work t, has lately engaged, and rewarded our attention. We return home, however, to notice Mr. Herbert's Antiquities of the Inns of Court I, a book of some research, and illustrated with good plates.

An anonymous author has given us a satisfactory History of the Orders of Knightbood now existing S, in which particular attention is paid to the merits of Lord Nelson, and the various orders with which his valour has been recompensed, or distinguished.

BIOGRAPHY.

It is not often that Biography, pleasing as it is, produces such flowers as abound in the Life of Cowper. The third Volume, in particular, which we have lately noticed|l, exhibits, some of his most pleasing compositions, in prose as well as verse. It contains, however, rather the materials for Biography, than any thing which can at present bear the name.

The poets

of Scotland, neither very numerous, nor very exaited, have found a Biographer in Mr. David Irving (. His volumes contain also

No. II. p. 183. I No. VI. p. 615. : 1 No. VI. p. 599.

+ No. IV. p. 401. V. p. 521. No. V. p. 549.

# No. I. p. 8.

some

« FöregåendeFortsätt »