Billeder på siden
PDF
ePub

cięs, Mr. Zouch* has united caution with fagacity. More we hardly venture to pronounce on subjects of this nature, but his book we recommend with, out hesitation, to those whose studies are directed to that point. Mr. Reeves, whom formerly the ftudious world had known, only as a writer on law and politics, excellent in both, and evidently qualified to write on any subject he had once considered or exam mined, has come forward lately to demand attention on subjeets of theological enquiry. To us this was not surprising, who knew him to be suiteams as well as Tolupaons; but to those who have not seen him in his study, it must seem a very sudden change. What? John Reeves, the leader of the first Associations, the defender of the Constitution, against republican and even whiggith innovations, writing on the Psalmst, and commenting on the Liturgyt? Even so, most astonished enquirer; and doing both with piety, with learning, with success. The Church and State are not more firmly allied by the various cautions of our Legislature, than by their own specific attractions, in the mind of this author. Have patience, and you will behold him commenting on the Scriptures at large. The enemy of levellers, is the friend of true religion; and a learned, and a powerful friend, Hate him, Jacobin, if possible, more than ever ; but beware of affecting to despise him. The Church of England, let us hope, will never be ill-furnithed with defenders. Among those who lately wielded the pen in her behalf, let us not omit to mention Mr. Grahams, whose work, though aimed against the Baptists in particular, is such as will support our cause against all seats, by the only true defence, the bulwark of the Scriptures. Against all that can be urged by the acutest adversary in favour of separating from us, we have one, in Mr. Hartell, who

* No. I. p. 74.

+ Na IV. p. 341; VI. p. 624. No. IV, P.412.

No. II. p. 1&2 | No, VI. p. 603
5

pleads pleads with learning, liveliness, and judgment. It would, perhaps, have been more prudent to leave good Dr. Gill, and his pretended reasons, to their repose, than to call them up to meet with such an answer as we here allude to. The general cause of establishments, which are often generally attacked, is pleaded with great skill by Mr. Ranken* of Glafgow. The author indeed reasons well, but his chief ally, experience, brings documents of such force as are not easily repelled.

In behalf of Christianity, a writer of great eminence, in almost every line, has lately volunteered his aid. Mr. Cumberland, whose Reasons are plaint in sense, but enlivened by the ornaments of wit, has urged the friends of infidelity by such weapons, as must make presumption feel, through all its buckram coats. A poet thus employed, and, after all bis dalliance with fancy, returning to the love of truth, exemplifies most strongly what another able writer has supported in a different way; the benefit of Religious Educationt. Mr. de Luc, pursuing his useful labours on the Continent, has written, among other works, some letters on that subject, worthy of his name and character. Connected as he is with Britain, in varivus honourable ways, we cannot but regard him as a writer of our own; and therefore think it right to trace his steps, wherever he may bend his course. An Essay

An Essay on Christianity as producing Happinessș, though anonymous, must not be passed in hience. It is written with 'sagacity and judgment, and with a well-conducted reference to immediate use. The republished volume of the Bishop of Lin'coln's Elemenis, entitled an Introduction to the Siudy of the Bible], seems to be as eagerly received by the public, as it has been ably prepared by the excellent author; and its repeated editions speak more strongly

No. III. p. 318. No. IV. p. 466.

+ No. IV.
# No, V. P 546

p. 436.

No. IV. P. 359.

for

for it than any words that we can employ. The volume on the Oriental Trinities, by Mr. Maurice*, is aimed against a large class of objectors, and, being now more fitted for circulation, may be expected to produce a more extensive benefit.

We turn now to Sermons, whether in volumes, or in a separate state ; and first to those collected into volumes. Of Mr. Gilpin'st first volume, we should speak with more satisfaction, were we not, in some degree, conscious of default, in not having yet delivered our opinion on the second. Such an author, however, has little to apprehend from critics, and the public little to learn on the subject of his merits. The works of Mr. Gilpin will be bought, without particular recommendation. The name of Dr. Grant is less known; but his Sermonst, on various subjects and occasions, will tend to give it celebrity. On the subject of Mr. Sydney Smith's discourses, we regretted that his second volume obliged us greatly to lower our tone; by a very reprehenfible Preface, and the increase, inftead of amendment, of the faults observable in his former volume. Still, however, we will not deprive him of a place in this recapitulation; which, if due to a certain rank of merit, must not be denied because the author thinks he has still higher claims.

Among theological discourses separately printed, we cannot refuse the first place to the excellent Charge of the Billiop of Rochesterll

. The picture of the times, drawn by this prelate, is so lively, and his suggestions on the subjeèt of duty so forcible, that attention to them ought by no means to be confined, as in fact it certainly will not, to the diocese for which they were produced. Sermons of distinguished merit, brought forward by particular occasions, are those of Dr. Jackson, and Dr. Booker**, on the Fast; Mr. Blackstone on the confecration of Lord George # No. VI.

+ No. 1. p. 21.

I No. V. p. 546. No. VI. p. 617. || No. V. p. 543•

No.. VI. p. 652..

Murray,

p.

608.

** No. V. p. 545.

Murray, Bishop of St. David's*, and Dr. Lawrence at a Visitationt. Of all these, the distinctive merits will be seen expressed in the several articles to which we have referred. Generally and collectively it may be faid of them, that they are honourable to the writers and to the church, and of the best tendency with respect to the public. Mr. Crowther, in his Farewel Sermont, at Barking, converted a private topic into a matter of public instruction. We praised the discourse with justice, and we again recommend it to notice. The two discourses of Dr. Dwight, on the Danger of the Infidel Philosophyş, have with propriety been naturalized among us, by reprinting. Though they were written for America, and published there, the subje&t they discuss is one to which the dark distemperature of the times has given a general interest. Any wise man who examines the infidel philosophy, will perceive its futility and its danger. But few have examined with such care as Dr. Dwight; and no one can be better qualified to publish the result.

Law.

The internal support of Law is Divinity, the temporal coadjutor of Divinity is Law. The former has most efficacy when all is right, the latter is the human remedy when any thing is wrong. The Law of Tithes, a moft venerable branch of our common Law, seems particularly calculated to point out the connection. It hås been supported with great vigour by Mr. Covell, in an able and learned tract; to which, without implicit affent, we gave deservedly abundant praise. Various other works, on the subject of Law, deserve more or less notice. The treatise on the Law of Legacies, by Mr. Roper 1, though not furnished with all the aids that such a work re

No. III. p. 317 $ Ne II. p. 194

+ No. VI. p. 656. I No. IV. p. 423.

No. IV. p. 438. I No. I. p. 40.

quires,

quires, is creditable to the author, as a man of sense and study. A perspicuous and methodical treatise on the office and duty of Executors, by Mr. Toler*, demands peculiar commendation. The writer has evinced most clearly his ability to render it a complete and masterly work, if in a future edition he should introduce the improvements which mature consideration shows at present to be wanted. It is, however, even in its first state, a book of singular merit. The Principles of Conveyancing may be studied with advantage, in the work of Mr. Watkinst, who, after instructing private pupils, has come forward to instruct the world. A few more traets, belonging to this class, are connected also with the topic of Scarcity. On the subject of forestalling, a very complete and well-digested collection has been made by Mr. Illingzworthi. Mr. Morris has indeed difcuffed the subject with more sciences; but either work may be consulted with advantage, and particularly as connected with the nature of our present circumstances. Experienced in the application of the statutes relating to the assize of bread, Dr. Nasmith has entered into an Examination of them, which may at once affist the magistrate, and afford suggestions of impartance to the legislator. On the subject of the poorlaws, abundant information may be drawn from the example of the town of Hull, in a tract enuitled Considerations on the Increase, &c. In this production it is clearly thown that care and management may, in some cases, reduce the poor-rates more than half, and yet provide more amply and effe&tually for the real objects who require allistance.

SCARCITY.

Some of the topics in the preceding class have led us almost insensibly to the present, of which we have

No. II. p. 178. 6. No. II. p. 208.

+ No. V. p. 500. | No. II, p. 199.

I No. I. p. 87.
I
No. VI. p. 663

usually

« ForrigeFortsæt »