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the very first respectability;' tho custo morals,' the effect of infatuawe must put to his own conscience, tion,' and a slight sense of the awful Whether he does not know that crime of whoredoin.' He calls Mr. they, as well as the Gentlemen who Blair's Answer,' vindictive, illiberal, c@mpose the external Committee, rude, low abuse, positive, vaio, ig. are actively engaged in doing good norant, acrimonious, rash, unjust, both to the souls and bodies of èruel, strange, dogmatical, ostenmany virtuous women, and descrv. tatious, invective. He thinks Mr. ing afflicted poor?' Does he forget Clarke wrote his whole paniphlet' their labours of love in various Hos. under the influence of a palpable pitals, Dispensaries, and Lying-in error;' - that M# Sirubsole has Charities ? -- in the Society for Aged made several weak attempts at wit, Widows and Single Weirien of good and endeavoured to exhibit him as character? in the Dorcas Society, a coward for not daring to oppose for Indigent Wonten in Child.bed ? the Magdalen ;'--that Dr. Hasyker's - at the Female Benevolcut So. account of the Penitentiary" is all ciety ?-the Infant's Friend, the Sick very pretty and amusing ;' and, aia Man's Friend, and many others ? — though “the painpblet of Juvenis is It is impossible to think of such : not deeply argumentalive, yet there diversified acts of disinterested kind. is scarcely an idea that bears upon ness, and say, Those Ladies pass by the subject in any of the rest, but continual scenes of distress,' &c. what is to be found in his Cursory. With regard to the Gentlemen whio Remarks.' Mr. Hale, indeed, quoles form the other portion of its Ma- Juvenis only once, so far as we can nagers, Mr. Hale needs not to be discover; and, probably, might not, tuld how many benevolent Inslilu- have done this, if the young writer tions they support and conduct, had not flattered him with saying, both for the good of souls' and the His great knowledge and experi. temporal comfort of mankind. Wc, ence in parochial affairs are univertherefore, trust that (on due reflec- sally admitted ;' woich Mr. Blair tion) the author will feel ashamed, (in a Letter to Mr. Hodson, just and publicly acknowledge the in published) has clearly shown to be a justice he does to their characters, very incorrect admission !! We too and the great cause he affords the had fallen into the same common. enemies of religion to rejoice at error of allowing this gentleman's, such unfounded allegations! The knowledge of parochial matters' remarks which he also makes on to be considerable, while, at the the Reviewers of the Evangelical game time, we most readily conMagazine, are not always very fessed that our acquaintance will liberal or just ; nevertheless, we sin the complicated sysiein of the poor, cerely forgive him, believing that laws of England is but superficial*. he has written in a state of extreme Many more of Mr. H's fundamental chagrin and irritation. The gross mistakes and false statemenls are so absurdities, the ridiculous and glir. fully exposed in the recent · Stric., ing contradictions to common sense,' tures' of Mr. Hodson and Mr, Blair, as well as the dangerous errors and which will be noticed in our next. falsehoods,' which Mr. Hale says Number, that our labour in rerute have been propagated or highly ing the author is partly superceded.; applauded' by us, may not perhaps To those • Strictures' we, therefore, be so untenable in the opinion of refer our readers for a more com-, other readers as in his estimation. plete exhibition of his numerous
We could hardly expect to fare errors; and have not the smallest better than the ignorant' gentle- doubt that this new publication will men who answered Mr. Hale, most compose the ininds of some persons of whom he has very bluntly re- who had been mişled and disquieted buked for their respective offences. by Mr. Hale's specious observations He considers Mr. Hodson's Answer respecting the Penitentiary aud its to have been “sophistical, romantic, Defenders. weak, metapbysical, absurd, danger
* Evangelical Magazine for March, 1809, page 118.
Four Discourses on Subjects relating ween not, for ye shall laugh! This
to the Amusement of the Stage, discourse very properly concludes delivered at Great St. Mary's with those memorable words of our Church, Cambridge, 1808 ; with Lord, That every idle word that copious Supplementary Noles. By men shall speak, they shall give an James Plumtre, B. D. 8vo, 78. accouoi thereof in the day of judg.
A COURSE of Sermons on the ment !! Stage, and preached at one of our The Fourth and last Discourse, Universities, by a Bachelor of "On the most probable Means of Divinity, and dedicated to Dr. Pear. Improving the Stage,' is raised on a son, tho Vice-Chancellor, is certainly text equally appropriate with the no small literary euriosity; and as rest, James iv. 17. In this the to the preacher's talents, for the preacher addresses his respective happy art of self-contradiction, in hearers, not under the old classes of placing his text in opposition to his old and young, rich and poor, saints subject, and his proofs in opposition and sinners, hut Dramatic Managto his argument, we are not ac- ers, Play-Writers, the Licenser, the quainted with his equal.
Performers, the Audience, MagisFor example. The First Discourse trates, and Theatrical Censors! is ja Defence of the Lawfulness of To each of these is given a short the Stage, and the text, Whatsoever but serious lccture; to these are ye do, do all to the glory of God!' recommended the pure morals of Its lawfulness is argued from the the gospel, - the immaculate ex. dramatic form of some parts of the ample of Jesus Christ, and a solemn Old Testament; none of which, consideration of the day of juds. that we know of, were ever acted. ment. Managers, Dramatic Writers, The Notes to this sermo! go to and Players, are not to be merceprove, that many of the best writers nary, or corrupt the public taste, on the subject consider the stage as but whatever they do, do all to an amusement in itself utterly un- the glory of God!'-and the Second lawful, while others maintain only Collect at Evening Prayers, with the possibility of its hein: rendered Dr. Johnson's Prayer before conlawful by reform, --- a reforma which posing the Rambler, are recomwould secure its innoocnee by an. mended for their devout use! nihilatiog the audience; for who Page 130, 1. wonld go to the theatre to see Virtue Tic Notes, which form indeed and Rcligion ?
far the larger and more entertainThe Second Bermon, on the Abuses ing part of the book, contain a and Uses of the Theatre, is founded farrago of quolations from divincs, ' on St. Paul's aphorism, "Evil com. inoralists, and in fidel philosophers, munications corrupt good manners.'- from the sacred and the dramatic Here the author not only asserts, writers, with a mass of theatrical but proves that the religion of the anecdote and Biblical illustration ; stage is Heathenism, and its morals and it is with admirable propriety, Profigacy. Who then can doubt we think, the author bas added a of its utility: The notes confirm Table of Scriptures illustrated! these facts, by a great variety of The preacher apologizes for his extracts from our most admired predeliction for the stage, from bis plays, in which the preacher is evi- early habits when a boy; at which dently deeply read.
time he became both an actor and Oo st. Paul's Anathema against an author, leaving the dry study of foolish talking and jesting,' the the classics for recitals of Shakesauthor founds his Third Discourse pear and Dryder. Afterward, tho' on Wit and Ridicule; the lawsul destined to the study of divinity, he ness of which on the stage, is still occasioually gratified his draargued froin the irony of Elijah; matic taste; however, upoa reand the mirth of the theatre delead. ceiving priest's orders, and being ed, from laughter being enumerated appointed to parochial duties, ano. among the blessings of the New 'ther very important study engaged Testainent : -- Blessed are ye that his attention; namely, that of " Cube
rivial Songs,' of which he has pub. candid minds, whose sentiments on Bished 3 large vol. 19mo, beside one the subject are, however, very dif. io 4to, set to music; and it will no ferent from the author's. doubt be very acceptable information to our Religious Friends, Zeal without Bigotry, or an Antithat this Divine has opened a new dote to the Aspersions of the species of depository for the sale · Author of " Weal without Innoof Traels of Songs,' under various vation.' 8vo, 28. 6d. attractive titles ; as · The Whistling. A WRITER who effers himself as Ploughinaa, The True Lover's the champion of a powerful party, Knot, The Gallant Soldier,' &c. &c. while at the samne time he plentifully O lempora! O mores !
asperses others, is sure to meet with
readers and admirers, of his own
sa party, because he advocates their The Nature of the Presbyterian
cause, and a large class of rea. Form of Church Government Ex
ders beside, who delight in contro, plained'; its comparative Advan
versy and scandal. Whoever liketages pointed oul; and its Agree
wise courts the favours of the great, ment with the Constitution of the
by defending their weak side, will Primitive Christian Church clearly prøved. Second Edition. By the
be recommended to their depend
ents'; and if the author msct not Rev. Ben. M.Dowal, D. D. Senior
with gross ingratitude, he will be Pastor of the Scots Church in St.
handsomely rewarded in the end. Mary's Abbey, Dublin.
These cireumstances, we presume, As this Magazine is conducted sufficiently account for the tem. by ministers of evangelical princi- porary popularity of Zeal without , ples, but of different views in regard Innovation, and the effects it has to church order, they will not in- produced. · Considering, however, termeddle in matters which may the attention it excited and how awaken discord ainong brethren. fully the author has laid himself Let every man be fully persuaded in open to animadversion, we have his own mind, and act according to been a little surprized that he has tire light which, by the Scriptures, not met with an earlier antagonist, God gives him; but let him caodidly the pamphlet before us being the admit that his brother, who differs only answer wo have soep, except from him, bas eyes to see and a . an admirable one in the Eclectie beart to receive what is revealed, as Review. well as himself. In full agreement. The writer divides kis pamphlet with this fundamental principle of into Five Suctions; and, under the our union, we may be allowed to first, considers. the visible decline state, in the words of the Reverend of public worship, as alleged by Author of töis Treatise, that it is the author of Zeal without lono. almost purely elementary; rathervation ;' which decline, this writer an explanation than a defence of contends, is confined to his owa the Presbyterian Form of Church party, and contrasts with it the Government; - that he has taken visible increase among the "sepado notice of any connection be- ratists;' justly remarking, that if ihe tween this ecelesiastical polity and parochial churches are deserted, it the civil government of the country; is because the peoplo bave been
that his design is to shew what compelled to seek, among Dis. Presbyterianism is in itself, or where. senters, those truths which they in this form of church government have in vain desired to hear des consists; and that, for this purpose, livered from the pulpits of the Estahe has considered it purely as an ec- blished Church.' clesiastical institute, without attend. Section 2 is on the Increase of ing to its relation to any civil power, Separatism ; in which the author, and as it is enjoyed in Ireland. The who avows himself a Dissepler, retaTrealise, viewed merely in the light liates upon his antagonist, by atof a vehicle of information, will be tributing the cause to the defects of read with advantage by inen of the Establishment, and the want of
: real religion among the great ma- The Christian Preacher; or Disa jority of its minisiers.
courses on Preaching, by several The Third section is on Toler eminent Divines, English and ation ; which, in its fullest accept Foreign. Revised and Abridged, anice, is defended with considerable with an Appendix, on the Use and - ability; and we have a sketch of Choice of Books, by Edward - the history of the Toleration Act. Williams, D. D. Second Edition,
Section IV treats on Lay-Preach- ; with Improvements. 12mo, 68. ing; in which the distinciion be
Op the first edition of this Work tween laity and clergy is particularly
we gave an opinion decidedly faconsidered ; and the author boldly vourable, in our 9th volume, page asserts, That every lay-preacher
441 ; and, as the work has been who takes out a license at the
several years out of print, we are : Quarter Sessions, is invested with
happy to see this new edition, with an authority similar to that of the corrections and improvements, parclerical character, the civil magis. ticularly in the Appendix. trate being equally the fountain of the one and the other.' P. 52.
Divine Mercy exemplified in the Case · The last Section contains an Apo
of James Taylor, who was exelogy for the Puritans, and for their separation from the Church ; and
cuted at Taunton, April 10, 1809,
for the Murder of John Dyer. 1s. defends the present race of Dissenters, in greal measure, from' the So deceitful is the human heart, charge of imbibing their religious that the professions of a criminal, principles from their ancestors with the prospect of a shameful without examination. The whole death before his eyes, ought to be pamphlet is written with animation received with great caution ; and and sound sense ; and, as a speci. we have often found reason to men of the author's style, we select blame that extreme confidence with · the following paragraph from the which the apparent conversions of conclusion :
malefactors have been published to • After so much exaggerated the work. There are, however, statement and malicious inuendo, now and then, cases of so decided the reader will probably be relieved a nature, wherein the evidences of by the contrast of a truism, with grace are so conspicuous, that suswhich the worthy author has in picion itself has nothing to object; dulged the public, though the plea- and good men feel like tbe angels
sure may in some degree be abated of Heaven, who rejoice over one : by the sombre diction in which it is who truly repenteth. In this class,
couched." It seems to be now too we trusi, the case of James Taylor late to think of ridding the Christian may be placed. world of things so strengthened by This unfortunate man was er the force of babit, as many of our gaged in a quarrel at a publicreligious divisions are. All that house in Bath ; and, perceiving the now remains to be done is, to com- life of his mother to be in danger, pound, to qualify, to use mild alter- he fired a pistol at the man who atives *.” - A more complete satire threatened her, and another at a upon the spirit of his own perform- watchman just entering the room.
ance can scarcely be conceived of, . One of the balis proved fatal 10 : than what is implied in the closing John Dyer; in consequence of
sentence of the above paragraph. which, Taylor' was imprisoned at A slight reference to this work will Ilchester, tried at the Lent Assizes, demonstrate that, while he com- and executed April 10, 1809. pounds' by hostility and qualifies'. Before his imprisonment, he seems by insult, the repeal of the Act of to bave had scarcely any sensc of Toleration is also in the number of religion, and lived without God int bis mild alleralives.'
the world ;' but, by the power of
* Zeal without Innovation, p. 213.
the Holy Spirit attending the evan- of earth and Hell. That • Jesus gelical labours of a pious clergy. Christ is the Son of the living God,' Iran, who diligently visited him, a is the fundamental truth on which real change appears to have been the whole fabric of the church is effected. His uncommon regard to erected; and as flesh and blood the Bible, his rapid growth in divine bath not revealed this unto us, but knowledge, bis reverence for the our heavenly Father, mo, according name of God, his cordial love of to the divine promise, . The gates truth, his concern for the discharge of Hell (from whence this puny of his debts, bis solicitude for the effort proceeded) shall not prevail salvation of others, and the holy against it.' consolations of his soul, afforded,
The New Whole Duty of Prayer ; to competent judges, the most satis
containing 56 Family Prayers, factory evidence that divine mercy
for Morning and Evening; and a was exemplied in the Case of James
variety of Devotions for purticuTaylor.' We recommend this nar
lar Persons and Occasions. 12mo, Talive with much pleasure to our
pricc 43. boards. readers. We shall probably give an extract from it in a future Num
From the title of this volume, ber.
which is rather quaint, we presume that it is intended to be a companion
to the New Whole Duty of Man ; Jesus, the only begotten Son of and we wish it may be used by the
God. Observalions on a Sermon admirers of that work, as it may, enlilled, Jesus of Nazareth, the
help to correct its errors, and sup. Son of Joseph,' preached by D.
ply its defects. The prayers conDavies. In Seven Letters to a
tained in this volume are uniformly Friend. By the Rev. D. Taylor. evangelical, and fitted to express Is. 6d.
the holy breathings of a soul born We have noticed, in a former of the Spirit. There is a considerNumber, Mr. Alliott's Remarks on able variety preserved throughout; this impious sermon. Mr. Taylor the petitions are suited to the difhas also come forward to refule its ferent occasions for which they are blasphemies, and chastise the rash- intended, and the style is easy and ness of its author. In these Letters modest. We think the volume a the authenticity of the beginning of valuable addition to the small stock St. Matthew's Gospel is sufficiently that exists of useful and evangelical established, from the learned Dr. manuals of devotion; and we sup. Lardner and others; and the mira- puse they will be acceptable to those culous conception of our holy Savin persons who are pleased with Jenks's our satisfactorily maintained. The Devotions. We think it no small grand foundations of our faith are recommendation of this volume, not to be sapped by such writers' as, that it has been bespattered witha Mr. Davies, nor bỹ all the powers the dirt of the Critical Review.
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