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instruction. Places of worship at particular times are appropriated to their use, and members of the society visit the sick and aged, to combine pious advice and direction with their pecuniary bounty. Both the sermons, as they could scarcely fail to be on this very
interesting topic, are worthy of perusal; the one is much the more distin guished by elevation of sentiment and the graces of style, and the other is highly characteristic of its pious and benevolent author. To each Sermon the rules of the Society are annexed ; the former is accompanied with an appendix containing a very affecting narrative of an African woman, whose susceptibility to the tenderest social affections and the finest devotional feelings, is impressively exhibited. Art. XXI. The Office of Reason in Religion. By_John Clarke, D. D.
Boston, Massachussets. 12mo. pp. 12. price 3d. Eaton. 1808. A hearty. laugh is one of the most grateful refreshments of our critical
labours ; especially when it succeeds and dissipates the weariness of poring over pages of sober dullness. We therefore feel a very lively sense of gratitude to the author of this remarkable tract. After labouring to explain and
prove two most obvious things, that the office of reason is to Examine the evidence of Scripture, to ascertain its authenticity, and to examine its phraseology to ascertain its sense, he breaks forth into the following most logical and marvellous corollary. “Whatever you hear, search the scriptures, and see whether they speak the same language, &c. &c. Your religion will be of the rational kind, which all who reflect will admire. Instead of bewildering yourselves with mysteries, you will modestly dismiss what you cannot comprehend”!! That word “modestly" is in truth irresistibly ludicrous. "And so religious people of the rational kind modestly dismiss” from their creed, among a multitude of other doctrines, those of the infinity, spirituality, and eternity of God, the creation of the world, and the resurrection of the body! Truly, we should think these “ rationals” stand a fair chance, like the ingenious Bedlamite, of being out. yoted. Art. XXII. Libel. Sir John Carr against Hood and Shirpe. Report of
the above Case, tried at the Sitting after Trinity Term, before Lord Ellenborough, and a Special Jury, 25th July, 1808. Taken in ShortHand by Thomas Jenkins. To which are added, several Letters on the Subject, written by the Earl of Mountnorris, Sir Richard Phillips, and the Author of “ My Pocket Book.” 8vo. pp. 39. Price 1s. 6d. Vernor and Co. 1808.
were pleased with the event of this trial, and we notice the report
of it, on general principles. If it had nothing else to recommend it, than its tendency to lower the reputation of Sir John Carr and his quartos unduly, to elevate that of his illiberal assailant, the author of “ My PocketBook," undeservedly, and to place the character of the sheriff of London in po very enviable predicament, we should have left it to the caprice of literary curiosity and the aid of advertisements ; but it deserves to obtain the widest circulation that patronage can give it, as confirming to Britons the invaluable right of free criticism through the medium of the press. The manly and constitutional declarations of Lord Ellenborough have . added new dignity to the illustrious station which he fills, and have augmente i bịs ample claims to the es teem of his countrymen,
ART. XXIII. SELECT LITERARY INFORMATION.
The Rev. W. Parry, of Wymond!ey State of those Countries, their Agriculture, House, will shortly send to the press " X Trade, Resources, &c. are illustrated by many Vindication of Strictures on the origin of important facts and Anecdvies. The work moral evil, in reply to the animadversions is expected to form ove large volume in 410. of the Rev. 1. Hill, with further strictures on accompanied with engravings, and will be Dr. Williams's Hypothesis.''
published in England about the time of its Also, speedily will be published, “ A Re- appearance in America. joinder to the Rer. Thomas Hill's “Brief Mr. George Montagu's Supplement to Str'ctures on Mr. Bennet's “Remarks, the Testacea Britannica is nearly finished, and relative to the Origin of Moral Eril;” exhi- will speedily be rearly for delivery. biting the “? Passive-Power-Hypothesis” in Miss Ana Murphy mtends to publish an its application to the doctrine of ORIGINAL Account of a few of the most remarkable SIN;” by the Author of the Remarks, &c. Trees and Plants, collected and abbreviated
A Volume of Sermons by the late excel- from the best authorities.. lent Mr. Larington of Bideford, (for an ac- Dr. Andrew Grant, who has-recently recount of whom see Ecl. Rev. Vol. III. p. turned from South America, bas in the press 638.) is now in the press.
a History of Brazil which will contain a Shortly will be published The Life of Mr. Geographical and Historical Account of John Bunyan, containing his Grace abound- that important Colony, with a Description ing to the chief of Sinners, An Account of of the Manners, Custoins, Religion, Sc. of his Jmprisonment, Conversation before the the natives; interspersed with Remarks on Justices, &c. first published froin his own the Nature of the Soil, Climate, ProdueManuscripts-in 1765, and Remarks on bis tions, and Foreign and Internal Commerce. Characterand Writings, with a fine Portrait. To which will be subjoined, Observations By Joseph Iviiner.
on the most prevaleut Diseases incident to Also by the same Author, The History of the Climate, with Rints to new Settlers on | Baptism, or an Appeal to the Ser ptures and the most efficacious Modes of Prevention.
History for Information on that Subject, .in It will form one volume in octavo. Dialogues between a Baptist and a Pædo- Mr. Belfour intends speedily to publish baptist, With a Fronti-piece representing in two octavo voluines, Hlustrations of the Baptism of the Ethiopian Eunuch. Quixote: tending to confirm and elucidate
Sir John, Carr's New Work,; Tour in several real Events related in that ingenious Scotland, is in the Press and will be publish- Work; to convey intelligence of - Authors ed in Noyember.
and of Works therein cited; to discover A Cheap Edition of Robinson's Scripture the sources whence Cervantes has adopted Characters, in 4 vols. 12ino. is in consider- various Stories and Adventures, improved able forwardness.
by the glow of his own ferule Imagination ; The Author of the Age of Frivolity has in to disclose his continual Allusions to Works the press a small yolune of Poems, COIL of Chivalry and Romance, and to develope sisting of Sonnets, Tales, and Characteristic the Satire he employs to correct the Follies Pieces.
and vices of the Spanish Nation, with ocThe Rev. Mr. Wix has nearly ready for casional Reflections on certain Doctrines publication, Scriptural Illustrations of the and Opinions which he advances or supo Thirty-nine Articles of the Church of Eng- ports. land.
Dr. Mavor, whose Agricultural Report of The Author of Rural Sports proposes to Berkshire will speedily be published, has publish by Subscription, in a quarto volume, long had it in contemplation; to bring out a History of the Horse; containing Direc- a new edition, with Georgical No!cs, of tions for breaking, rearing, training, &c. of Tusser's Five Hundred Points of good Horses, for the Turf, the field, and the Husbandry, a Work now become extrem'ly Road, interspersed with Anecdotes apper- scarce, and which furnishes many excellent taining to each Class; and also an Account Precepts in the Science of Agriculture, deof the most approved Methods of treating livered in an orig nal Style of poetical Cumthe Disorders to which they are liable by na- position. The quaintness of the Elizabeth ture, or improper management.,
ean, age, mixed with much good sense and Mr. E. A. Kendal, of New York, has in good humuur, distinguishes the work of the press, Travels in Lower and Upper Ca- Tusser, and render's him equally entertain nada; in which the Political and Moral ing avd useful
In the Press, and speedily will be pub- Publication, to be calted the Baptist MaIshed, in 2 vols. duodecimo, Memoirs of an gazine, the first Number of which will be American Lady, with Sketches of Manners published January 1, 1803, to be continued and Scenery in America, as they existed Monthly, price Six-pence. It is said to be previous to the Revolution. By the Au- conducted by Ministers and Gentlemen of thor of “ Letters from the Mountains,” that Denomination in the West of England ; &c. &c.
and the Profits are to be applied to charitaA Prospectus is issued of a new perolical ble purposes.
ART. XXIV. LIST OF WORKS RECENTLY PUBLISHED.
Illustrated by Plates.". By William Mavor; A Letter to the most noble the Marquis L. L. D. Rector of Stonesfield, Vicar of of Titchfield, on the Practicability and Im- Hurley, Chaplain to the Earl of Dumfries, portance of introducing the Merino breed of &c. .12mo. 5s. bound. Sheep' extensively upon the Forest Forms of Nottinghamshire. By B. Thomson,
Illustrations of the Lay of the Last MinA Treatise on the Culture of the Pine strel, consisting of Twelve Views of the RiApple. By W. Griffin, 8vo. 10s. 6d. vers Bothwick, Ettrick, Yarrow, Tiviot, and
Tweed, engraved by Heath, from Drawings
made on the Spot, by J. C. Schetky of Oxe The British Flora ; or, a Systematic Ar. 'ford. To which are affixed Descriptions rangement of British Plants. The 2nd and Annotations by Mr. Walter Scott, sta Edition, much improved. By John Hull,
il. Ils. 6d. proofs 21. 12s. 6d. M. D. of the Royal College of Physicians of London, &c. Vol. I. post 8vo, 98.
The Chronicle of the Cid Rodrigo Diaz CLASSICAL LITERATURE.
De Bivar, the Campeador, from the Spao Herodoti Halicarnassei Historicarum Li- nish. By Robert Southey, 4to. 1. 15. 6. bri IX. Musarum nominibus inscripti. 'Textus Wesselingianus passim relictus, argamentorumque ac 'temporum notatio; The Trial of Major Campbell for the wila Edit. Frederici Volgangi Reizii, 8vo. 18s. 'ful Murder of Captain Boyd ; in which is large paper, 11, 10s. 6d.
detailed the Evidence, together with the Excerpta ex variis Romanis Poetis, qui most important Charge of the Judge, dís. in Scholis rariùs leguntur, notulis illustrata, criminating between Manslaughter and quas colligit in studiosæ juventulis usum Murder, in the case of Duelling. 'To which Johannes Rogers Pitman A. B. 12mo. 6s. are added, Details of the Deportment of
the Major in the interval of his Sentence EDUCATION
and Execution, and of his last moments. · The Child's own Book, or Infant's plain, 2s.6d. Instructor, containing a variety of Lessons suited to the Capacities of Children, Gd. An Inquiry into the Causes which oppose
Advice to Young Ladies on the Improve the Conversion of the Hindus of India to ment of the Mind, and the Conduct of Christianity, and render the Attempt to acLife. By Thomas Broadhurst. 12mo. 4s. complish it extremely hazardous to the In6d. boards.
terests of the East India Company and the Letters on Literature and Composition Nation, and to the personal safety of Enaddressed to his Son. By Georze Gregory, glishmen in India, particularly the Civih D. D. Late Vicar of Westham, and do- Servants of the Company. Addressed to mestic Chaplain to the Bishop of Llandaff, the Holders of East India Stock; and dedi2, vol. 12mo. 13s.
cated to the President of the Board of A Circle of the Arts and Sciences, for the Commissioners for the Affairs of India. By Use of Schools and Young Persons; con- a Proprietor of East India Stock, Is. 6d. taining'å clear, yet brief, Explanation of : National Life Annuities, 1808, compris: the Principles and objects of the most im. ing all the Tables, and every other Informaportant Branches of Human Knowledge. tion contained in the Act of Parliament for
granting the same, both on single and joint- The Contrast: including comparative Lives, with Benefit of Survivorship. Also, Views of Britain, France, and Spain, at additional Tables, contrasted with the form the present inoment. In Two Parts. Ader throughout, calculated to shew what An- dressed to an English Nobleman. By S. J. nuity can be purchased for 1001. sterling at Pratt, Esq. Author of Gleanings in England, the same Rates, upon the same Lives. By &c. &c. Is. E. F. T. Fortune, Stockbroker, 8vo. 3s. 6d. A Selection of Poems. By Charles Smart,
The Gentleman-Farmer's and Husband- Newark. 2 vols, crown 8vo. 16s, boards. man's most useful Assistant, in measuriug The First Two Books of Ovid's Metamor. and expeditiously computing the Value of phoses, attempted in English Verse. By any quantity of Land, at various given W. Mills. Late a Scholar, now an Assist. Prices per Acre, from 1s. to 101. By W. tant,in Buntingford Grammar School. 12mo. Francis, 2s. 6d.
53. boards. Gond Advice for the Husbandınan iur' Har.
POLITICS. vest, and for all others who labour hard in An Fxposure of the Arts and Machinawarm weather; by T. Beddocs, M. D. Is. tions which led to the Usurpation of the
Dialogues on Eloquence in General, par. Crown of Spain, and of the Means pursued ticularly that Kind which is fit for the by Bonaparte to carry his Views into Effect. Pulpit. By M. Fenelon, late Archbishop By Don Pedro Cevallos, Principal Secretary of Cambray. With his Letter to the French of State to Ferdinand VII. Translated, reAcademy concerning Rhetoric, Poetry, vised, and edited by John Joseph StockHistory; and a Comparison between thic dale. Ancients and Moderns. Translated from the French, and illustrated by Notes and A Sermon, preached at St. Mary Le Bow Quotations, by W. Stevenson, A. M. A Church, Cheapside, on Monday the 5th of New Edition, revised and corrected, with September, 1808, being the first of a Series, additional Notes, by the Rev. James appointed to be delivered for Boyle's LecCreighton, B. A. crown Svo. 8s.
ture, on the 1st Monday of every Month. POETRY.
By the Rev. Edward Repton, A. M, of MagThe Family Pictnre; or, Domestic Eda- dalen College, Oxford ; Curate of Crayford cation. A Poetic Epistle from a Country in Kent, 6d. Gentleman to his College Friend, the Bishop of i with Notes, 3.1. 6d.
CORRESPONDENCE. WE are obliged to our estimable Correspondent, whose communication under the naine of Verax was noticed a few months ago, for avowing his name; and readily accede to his wish in making public the substance of his animadversions on our Review of Ritchie's Life of Hume, (Vol. IV. p. 8.) The consummate and predoininant vanity of Mr. Hume, on which he remarks, is well known; the principal object, however, of his Letter is to correct an error of Mr. Ritchie relative to the power of the General Assembly to follow up their intended ecclesiastical censure on Hume and Kames with a criminal process in the civil courts. He justly observes that by the Stat. of 10 Anne, c. 7, 8 10. it is expressly enacted that
no civil pain, or forfeiture, or disability, whatsoever shall be in any way incurred by any person or persons by reason of any excommunication or prosecution in order to excommtznication by the Church Judicatories in that part of Great Britain called Scotland;" and all magistrates are forbidden to enforce any summons or execute any sentence of such judicatories. The true or principal reason, our Correspondent thinks, on authority which be deems good, of Hume's and Kames's anxiety, was, that they had a design of getting themselves nominated Elders of the Kirk, in order to be returned as Members of the Gea neral Assembly; in the way of which design the intended church censure would have beef au effectual obstruction. At any rate, the charge on the General Assembly of a disposition to subject these persons to civil pains or disabilities, is evidently unfounded ; and we are obliged to Verax for the intimation which enables us to correct the statement to which we bad inadvertently given currency.
Erratum in some Copies, p. 1023, 6. 23. for untolded, r, enfolded.
ECLECTIC REVIEW, ,
For DECEMBER, 1808.
Art. I. Universal Biography; containing a Copious Account, Criti
cal, and Historical, of the Life and Character, Labors and Actions of Eminent Persons, in all Ages, and Countries, Conditions, and Profes. sions, arranged in Alphabetical Order. By J. Lempriere, D. D. 4to.
pp. viii. 1172, double columns, price 31. 3. Cadell and Davies. 1808. DR. Lempriere will be recollected, by most of our readers,
as the author of a Classical Dictionary, published in octavo; which has on the whole been thought respectable, notwithstanding its blemishes and defects, and, meeting fortunately with no competitor for the public favour, has been introduced into many families and schools. The huge quarto volume now on our table is intended as a companion to that dic. tionary; and the author flatters himself that it will experience 6 the same extensive circulation, with which that work has so long and so liberally been honoured,” We apprehend it will not; for it does not equally deserve it. To sketch the biography of a single individual well, is no easy task : but to write accounts of the lives of all the most celebrated men that ever existed, of every age, of every country, of every variety of talent and profession, ---mechanics, agriculturists, poets, painters, sculptors, heroes, $tatesmen, philosophers, divines,– is an undertaking which requires the union of so many and such opposite powers and acquirements, that to fail in the endeavour would involve no disgrace, excepting that for one person to undertake the work of ten must itself be an indication of temerity or of ignorance. Yet Dr. L. is not entirely unacquainted with the duties incurred by the writer of a Biographi. cal Dictionary, as would be evident to our readers if we had room to quote his remarks on the uses of biography, bis opinion that's the assistance of judgement, and the rules of proportion, are in a composition of this nature, materially essential," and his profession of “the purest motives of impartiality, &c. (Pref. p. vi. vii.) We are afraid that even from these disa VOL. IV.