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The memoir is indeed very interesting, as a display of various excellent qualities combined into one character; and will form a valuable model for the imitation of Christian students and ministers. We are satisfied that the preacher intended it to be literally correct; and are unwilling even to think it possible that an endeared intimacy of twenty eight years with the deceased pastor, may have animated him into a tone of panegyric in any respect too high. Recommending the publication itself to general notice, we shall admit only two extracts, referring to two distant periods of Vr. N.'s life.
• The fear of God was not only he real,butwith out ostentation, the visible and prominent principle, by which he was governed. The fervour of youthful piety is often very great, and not unfrequently produces strong effects which afterwards subside. It w43 no: so with him. I have known many young professors far more lively and ardent, but I never knew one more un foratly humble and persevering. His conversation, in hours of confidence, on topics of experimental piety, and on the influence of divine truth over his own mind, was even at the age of seventeen or eighteen, judicious and edifying in a high degree. His acquaintance with the scriptures and his own heart was daily increasing. In exercises of private devotion he was most constantly exemplary. In his inquiries into divine truth he manifested a humble, patient, teachable, and improving mind. He hesitated in admitting conclusions, of which he had not diligently and impartially examined the premises. But having admitted them, he was ready to carry them into ali their lawful consequences
He embraced Christian principles as motives of action, and valued them most of all as the springs of acceptable piety. His whole behaviour, while in the Academy, was exemplary. A man!y decision of character, mingled with the most unassuming modesty and the most generous kindness, marked all that he did.' pp.
26-7 • Ye are witnesses, that he was often employed in holding up, as the only ground of a sinner's hope, “ JEHOVAH our Righteousness ;” and that he preached no other way of salvation, but that which is opened through the righteousness and sacrifice of the Son of God. At the same time, he was always concerned to vindicate the honour of the Holy Spirit, and preached regeneration and holiness, as well as pardon and justification. It was not a cold systematic theology, which proceeded from his lips. Nor was it, on the other hand, the unpremeditated effusion of honest but mistaken zeal, which he addressed to his auditors. Accuracy of sentiment and representation formed the grand feature of his preaching, so far as it was doctrinal. But mere accuracy would never content him. He always laboured to place divine truth in the most impressive, as well as the most unobjectionable point of view; and his preaching was directed to those great énds, without which knowledge puffeth up.” p. 35.
The address at the interment, by Mr. Jay, is very suitable and impressive. Art. XX. Youth. Addressed. The Substance of a Sermon preached at
Fulham Church, on Sunday, September 25th, 1808, in Reference to certain recent Occurrences among the Youth of the Parish and Vicinity. By the Rev. John Owen, M. A. Rector of Pagelsham, Curate of Ful. 8vo. pp.
40. Price Is. 6d. Hatchard, 1808. “WE
E are so near the eternal state," says Dr. Doddridge, “that me.
thinks nothing which looks like a call from Providence, directing to any opportunity of doing good to the souls of men, should be ne glected.” This also appears to be Mr. Owen's sentiment. A year ago we
had to notice his Sermon on “ The Uncertainty of the morrow : occasioned by an awful fire in the premises of John Ord, Esq. of Fulham, by which his principal gardener was burned to death." (Vol. III. p. 1026.) The
recent occurrences,” to which Mr. O refers in the title of the present discourse, are the three following the happy death of a little girl who had not completed her ninth year,—the miserable death of a young man about nineteen years of age, who had ruined his character and health by excess, and at length became his own executioner,--and the sudden death of two young people by the sinking of a boat in the Thanies. Mr. O. has chosen for his text, Eccles. xii. 1. Remember now thij Creator in the days of thy youth. After a suitable exordium, he first exposes the indisposition of youth to attend to the admonition in the text, secondly, argues the necessity of their attending to it as what they owe to God, to thenselves, and to others ; thirdly, enforces these considerations by a reference to the late remarkable occurrences. We could gladly make longer extracts from this sermon than our limits will allw. of the self-murderei he says, “ Behold then this victim of his youthful lusts. mangled, cruelly mangled by his own violence, and weltering with awful publicity in the stream of blood which his suicidal hands have spilt! Behold, not that you may gratify an unfeeling curiosity with so hideous a spet tacle of horror and disgust--but that you may learn to believe and feel the solemn truth which every part of this catastrophe proclaims. The wages of sin is Death.”
In the conclusion of the sermon, Mr. O. addresses three descriptions of young people " those who are hardened in iniquity-- the unguarded, improvident, and irresolute--and those who, through Divine Grace, are mindful of their Creator now in the days of their youth.” He concludes in these words.
«Remember” thus “your Creator in the days of your youth ;” and so shall it be well with you. Peace shall accompany you every step you. take ; the blessing of your parents, of your friends, and of all good men shall come upon you ; "yea Gód, even our own God, shall give you his blessing. If the period of your life be extended or abridged ; if
you expire in youth, or in age ; by the decays of nature, or the stroke of accident ; on the bed of sickness, or in the bosom of the waters ; you will in neither case be disappointed of your consolations, or defeated of your reward. He, whom you have renenbered, will never forget you ; hé, whom you have served, will never leave you, never forsake you. His goodness will adapt itself to all the circumstànces of your case, and all the changes of your being. Here, he will be to you every thing you can desire ; hereafter, more than you can conceive ; on earth, the strength of your heart; in heaven, your portion for ever.”
It can hardly be necessary to acquaint 'our readers that a sermon of Mr. Owen's is evangelical in sentiment, --if this had been still more explicitly 50, we would not have censured him or that his diction is elegant, and his cadences regular and melodious. We think he will be self-convicted of. an assault on Priscian's head, when he examines his use of the word exempt, p.
Art. XXI. Á Charge delivered to the Clergy of the Archdeaconry of
Middlesex, at the Visitation in May and June, 1808. By George Owen Cambridge, A. M. F. A. S. Archdeacon of Middlesex, and
Prebendary of Ely. 8vo. pp. 34. Price ls. 6d. Cadell and Co. 1808. THIS Charge is, in great measure, an architectural lecture ; in which
some of the causes of decay and ruin to churches in general, and es.
pecially to those within the Archdeacon's jurisdiction, are succinctly stated, and methods are pointed out of counteracting their operation. Mr. C. is not entirely inattentive to the stability and beauty of the spiritual church ; he gives some very proper, though very superficial and inadequate advice to his reverend brethren, on the duties of their office; and seasons it with compliments to them on the subject of " right and lawful minister," as also with a few of those sarcasms against “ itinerant preachers and sectaries" and “ their pernicious doctrines," which may now pretty generally be found in discourses on similar occasions. Art. XXII. An Authentic Narrative of the Causes which led to the
Death of Major Andrè, Adjutant General of his Majesty's Forces in North America. By Joshua Hett Smith, Esq. Counsellor_at Law, late Member of the Convention of the State of New York. To which is added a Monody on the Death of Major Andrè, by Miss Seward.
Svo. pp. 356. Price 8s. bds. Mathews and Leigh, 1808. THIS book is not what it pretends to be: not one half of it is occupied
with the story of the unfortunate Major ! On the contrary, it is in effect the story of Joshua Hett Smith, Esq. ; who at this late period finds it convenient to publish an exculpation of himself from the double charge of treachery botli to André and the American Congress, and having shared in the disasters of the lamented hero, has a mind to remunerate himself by sharing his honours, and inscribing his own obscure name on a tablet which has been consecrated by the public pity. The disingenuous trick of hoisting false .colours in the front of a book, and thus smuggling an article on the reader totally different from what he had a right to expect, is become so coninon, that it is no longer safe to believe in title pages. But of all persons in the world, we should have supposed Mr. S. would be the last to be guilty of such a deception, when attempting to vindicate his dishonoured character, and requiring the public faith to his 6 autheni ic narrative.” We admit, however, that great part of the narrative is “ authentic;" every fact of any material importance was perfectly well known before as to the unworthy motives and conduct, however, which are ascribed to General Greene and others, we must have less ex. ceptionable evidence than that of an illiberal and exasperated partizan. Mr. Smith had an undoubted right to publish, if he chose, the danger to which he was exposed in being tried for his life as an accomplice with Major Andrè and General Arnold, the sufferings he endured in his hairbreadth escape from detention, the loss he sustained in the death of an amiable wife, who fell a victim to her tenderness for him,--and his history would have gained the attention it deserved ; but he should have brought it forward in a candid manly way, instead of intruding it, as an enormous episode, in a tale which has long gone by,and which he is totally incompetent to adorn with the expression of feeling or the graces of style. Indeed, both the sentiments and diction of the book are below cri. ticism.
Miss Seward's Monody on the death of André is too well known to admit of comment from us; and the letters of the Major serve only to shew, what was never questioned, that in him were sacrificed the germ
of nius, the glow of sentiment, and the candour of rectitude, to the horrid Moloch of War.
ART. XXI. SELECT LITERARY INFORMATION.
On Monday Evening, January 2, 1809, accentuated or connected. 3. The will be published, the First Number, Price Changes in Sound and Seuse produced by Nimepener, of a New Weekly Paper, in- the Addition of thé Leiter e; the Shades of titled The Family Gazette. This Paper Difference being pointed out and voted as will be adapted for Families and Semina- in Walker's Dictionary. ties, by a strut Regard to Decorum, Uti- The Board of Agriculture proceed in lity, and sound Principles; and foi General their Design of completing the County ReKeude's, by the Quantity, Variety, and ports. Berkshire, Leicestershire, Oxford. Arrangeirvent of its Contents. It will be shire, and Derbyshire, are in the Press, printed in Imperial Octavo, in Thirty. two and are expected to appear before ChristColumns, on good Paper, and the Presswork executed with particu'ar Care. Sup- Mr. Alexander Walker, Lecturer op Phyplements will be occasionally published, so siology, &c. has issued a Prospectus of a as to present the Reader with all impo tant liew quarterly Work, to be called the Ari public Papers at full length, and with a chives of Universal Science. The grand satisfactory Digest and Abridgement of Par- Object of this Work will bė, by giving in liamentary Proceedings. An Index will be detail all those Subjects wbich other Jourgiven at the End of each Year; and thre nals embrace, and hy involving also all Whole will constitute a complete Annual those otber Subjects of Science whicb they Register of Public Affairs.--All Persons in: do not embrace; to exhibil, either in raterested in the Education of Youth will find luable original Conmunications, or in cri. a special Regard paid in this paper to the tical Analyses of every Work cutaining rising Generation : sound Principles, in new and important Observations, the. ProMorais and in Politics, will be invariably gress which all the Sciences and Arts are inculcated. · The Arrangeinent will be su- every Day making throughout the World a perior to that of any other Paper, as every and further also, by assigning to each Dise particular Subject will be found unler its covery, its Place in a natural Arrangeappropriate Head, and not in the d sjovted ment, to appreciate its Value, and point Manner in which they usually appear. out its Influence upon the Sciences, and its Agriculturists, and Persons connected with Application to the Arts. Trade, will find fully detailed the latest Mr. George Montagn's Supplement to Accounts of the Price of Corn and the the History of British Shells is nearly ready State of the Markets, from the Saturday's for Publication. London Gazette, and from Inteligence re- 'The Rev. R. Nares will shortly put to ceived by Post on Monday Morning.-Or- Press' a Dictionary of the Middle Labders for this paper may be addressed to the guage of England, or of the Age of Snaks. Publisher, L. B. "Seeley, No. 169, Fleet- peare, on the Plan of Johnsou's Dictiostreet, who will punctually forward it,
mary: Postage-free, on Payment being appointed Dr. C. Burney has pearly completed, at in Town ; or to any of the Newsmen the Cambridge Press, his very learned throughout the United Kingdom.
Work on the Cl:orusses of Æschylus, whieb The Translation of the Scriptures into the will soon be published. Persian Language, so long in Preparation, Mr. Plumptree, of Clare-hall, has in the and by many thought to be abandoned, Press Four Discourses on the Stage, preachhas been for some time in the Press at ed iately at Cambridge. ^ Newcastle upon Tyne, and is expected to A new Edition is in the Press of Quarles's be ready for Publication in the course of Meditations, called Judgement and Mercy the Year 1809. It wiil form an elegant" for aflicted Souls. It wil be the Reprint Quarto Voluine.
of the first Edition of 1646, with the ErMr. John Murdoch, of Hart-street, has rors of the Press corrected. The intronearly completed a Work which he intends' ductory Part will contain a Life of Quarles, to publish by Subscription, to be intitled, by his widow Ursula ; Testimonies of his The Dictionary of Distinctions, which is to Character and Talents, with Specimens of consist of three Alphabets ; containing 1. his Poetry and Prose, the Whole will form Words, the same in Sound, but of different a handsome crown octavo Volume; to Spellings and Signification, including such which there will be affixed a beautif Enas have any similarity of Sound. 2. Words graving of the Author's Head, from the that vary in Pronunciation and Meaning, Original, by Marshal.
A new Edition, with Additions, of the of Essays on the Art of War, and on moDialogues on Chemistry, by the Rev. J. dern Military Tactics. Joyce, is nearly ready for Publication. Mr. Carmichael has in the Press a Se
The Medical and Chirurgical Society of cond Erlition, much enlarged, of bis Essay London will shortly publish the first Vo- on the Effects of Carbonate and other Prelume of their Records. It will contain parations of Iron on Cancer, with an insume very valuable Contributions from quiry into that Disease. Among the AdPractitioners of first rate Eminence in the ditions are a Number of interesting Cases, Metropolis.
a Disquisition on the Uses of the Oxyd of Mr. G. Burnett has in forwardness for Iron in the Blood, and Remarks ou such, Publication, in two duodecimo Volumes, Diseases as may depend on its Excess or The Bezuties of Milton's Prose, with pre- Deficiency, or in any way bear a Rulation liminary Remarks and Criticisms. It is the to Cancer; with an Attempt to answer the prime Object of this Volume, to give an Queries of the Merlical Society in London, extensive Diffusion to the Sentiments of for investigating the Nature and Care of Milton, hy selecting such of bis Pieces, that Complaint. as deserve to have a permanent Infuence We understand that in a few Days will on Public Opinion; thus connecting the be published Dr. Williams's long promised Prose Writings of our great Poet into a Essay on Divine Equity and Swervignty, popular Classic.
which proposes to cast some new Lglit The Memoirs of the Life and Writings on many important Points of moral Sciof Percival Stockdale will make their ap-' ence, scriptural Theology, and personal pearance carly in next Year. They will Religion. include maný Anecdotes of the illustrious The History of the Dissenters, by Rev. Men with whom he has been connected ; Messrs. Bogue and Bennett, is said to be the Work will also abound with social, in such forwardness, that the two first Vos moral, political, and religious Observations, lumes may be expected to appear in a few and contain a particular Account of Yar- Weeks. Those who intend to subscribe for, seilies, G braltar, and Algiers, at which the Work are recommended tą apply with Places the Author for some time resided. out Delay to one of the Authors, as the
The Author of the Military Mentor is Price will be considerably raises to None preparing for Publication 'three Volumes subscribers.
ART. XXII. LIST OF WORKS RECENTLY PUBLISHED. 0 AGRICULTURE.
tions in the Work. By the same Author. The Norfolk Farmer, 8vo. 5s.
The Academy ; or, A Picture of Youth, 3s. 6d.
Exercises on the Globes; interspersed Life of George Morland ; by Collins. 5s.
with some historical, bingraphical, chroMemoirs of Horatio Lord Walpole, selected from his Correspondence and Papers, Information, on a new Plan; to which are
nological, mythological, and miscellaneous and connected with the History of the
added, Questions or Examination, designTimes, froin 1678 to 1757. By William
ed for the Use of young Ladies. Fourth Coxe, M. A. F. R. S. F. A. S. Archdeacon
Edition, with Additious. By William Buta of Wells, and Rector of Bemerton. 2 vols.
ler. 6., bound. 8vo. Illustrated by Twenty Portraits, the
JURISPRUDENCE. Second Edition, corrected and enlarged, 1. 123. bds.
A short View of Legal Bibliography,
containing Critical Observations on the CHEMISTRY.
Authorty of Reporters and other Law, A Dictionary of Practical and Theore- Writers; by Richard W nailey Bridgeman, tical Cheinistry, with its Application to the Arts and Manufactures, and to the A Catalogne of Morlern Law Books are Explanation of the Phenomena of Nature; ranged in a perspicnions Method i corrected; including throughout the latest Discoveries, to Hilary Term. 1808. 3s, and the present State of Knowledge on these Subjects. By William Nicholsın. 8vo, with
GEOGRAPHY Plates and numerous Tables. ll. ls.
An Introduction to Mr. Pinkerton's Abridge. m nt of his Modern Geography for the use
of Schools; accompanied with Twenty A Key to Joyce's Arithmetic, contain- Oitline Maps, adapted to this Introduce iog Solutions and Answers to all the Ques- tion, and suited to other Geographical