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neatly, as neither to offend the laws of the land or of the ftage. This farce is generally given to the Author of the West Indian. Art. 28. Airs and Choruffes in the Entertainment of the Sylphs ;
or, Harlequin's Gambols, -at the Theatre-Royal in Covent-Gare den. The Music entirely new, composed by Mt. Fisher. Svo. 6d. Becket.
The chief merit of this mipikin performance consists in the sprightliness of some of the airs, and the beauty of some of the fcenes. For the reft, it is well known that Mons. Harlequin is a privileged perfon, and amenable to no court of criticism in the universe.
POLITICAL, Art. 29. The Letters of Governor Hutchinson and Lieutenant Go
Terner Oliver, &c. Printed at Boston; and Remarks thereon. With the Assembly's Address, and the Proceedings of the Lords Committee of Council. Together with the Substance of Mr. Wedderburn's Speech relating to those Letters, 8vo. Wilkie. 1774.
The nature and purport of the Letters here published, are already we presume, well known to our Readers, in general. They have been retailed in most of the news-papers ; together with such occafional remarks, letters, invectives, and altercations, as an affair fo very interesting to this country and the colonies, could not fail of producing: and much do we fear that Mr. Wedderburn's rade attack on a character which has long, and jaftly, been deemed an hon nour to the present age, will not be the worst confequence of an event which every lover of liberty, of science, and of virtue, may have reason to be forry for.
MISCELLANEOUS. Art. 3o. A Letter to Sir Fletcher Norton, Knt. Speaker of the
House of Commons, on the Petition of Thomas De Grey, Esq; and others, as inserted in the Public Advertiser, on the 17th of February; for which the Printer was ordered to attend the Houfe on the 14th. 8vo. 6d.
Wheble. 1774. The subject of this pamphlet hath fo much occupied the newspapers of the month, that there is little left for us to add. Nor, indeed, can any one judge of the fact, to which it alludes, who was not present in the House of Commons when Mr. De Grey's petition was presented, and thereby enabled to see and hear every thing that passed on the part of the Speaker, whose behaviour was so grossly impeached by the fpirited Author of the Løtter : who tbat Author is, the Public are, now, at no lofs to įnfer. Art. 31. The Journal of a Voyage undertaken by Order of his present
Majefly, for making Discoveries toward the North Pole, by the Hon. Commodore Phipps, and Captain Lutwidge, in bis Majesty's Sloops Racehorse and Carkase. To which is prefixed, an Account of the several Voyages undertaken for the Discovery of a North-Eaft Passage to China and Japan. 8vo. 1 s. 68. Newbery: 1774,
This appears to be the real Journal of some perfon on board ong of the thips above-mentioned, and it contains many curious partioulars; one of which, however, is incredible, viz. That about lat. 80 deg. 47 min. N. and long. 21 deg. 19 min. East from London, they met with bears on the ice, * larger than the largest oxen!”. Perhaps the magnitude of these animals was in proportion to the im, pressions they made on the Journalift, when they passed in review before him. ---Capt. Phipps's own account of this voyage is expected and we are informed that the Public will soon be gratified with it. Art. 32. Memoire pour Moi, par Moi, Louis B. Brancas, Comte
de Lauraguais. -Count Lauraguais's Memorial, &c. 8vo. 1 s. 6 d. Elmsley, 177,3;
The social and decent sentiments of hospitality and respect due to a foreign nobleman, who has honoured this country with a particuiar attachment, would preclude us from every indulgence of the rifible vein, were there any sources for such indulgence in his pamphlet.
The particulars of a private quarrel can hardly be considered as an object of public criticism; and we have nothing more to add, than to express our very natural wishes, that the palladium of Liberty, which, in this nobleman's idea, does us fo much honour, may not be in worfe repair than he at present supposes it,
RELIGIOUS and CONTROVERSIA i. Art. 33. A Practical Discourse on the moral Uses and Obligations of
Baptifm, designed to aslift a serious and judicious Obedience to it. 12mo. 6d. Johnson. 1773
This little tract appears to be written by a pious man; whose in tention is, as he expresses it, ' to promote the practical uses of chrifsian baptism by explaining them, and by infifting on the obligation to observe it.'. He is an advocate for adult baptism, and it is questionable whether he would allow that of infants to be called by the name; and though he professes to wave every thing of a controversial nature, he cannot avoid sometimes proposing a few questions on the point: this, however, appears to be done with moderation and candour. In urging the observance of this rite, he supposes that some perfons may neglect it through a sense of shame; and here we have the following passage, which we insert without thinking it neceffary to add any remark concerning it: The only reason we can alledge for our Name must be this ; that it wants the Tanction of the generality and the great. By this the best caule frequently suffers : to this it is owing that the cause of liberty daily loses its support among the Proteftant Diflenters in general; when the wealthy, when persons of distinguished rank, and who make a figure in the polite world, when fach forsake any cause, they draw numbers after them, who are alhamed to appear on that side which the great, the noble and the fashionable have deserted. Hence it is, that a rite, reasonable, use. ful, and divine, is neglected by those that secretly ayow its sacred authority. Though the generality blush not, in compliance with established forms, and the practice of the many and the great, absurdly to promise what an infant shall believe and practise, even men of sense and judgment are not alhamed to use and join in the office of infant baptism, as retained in the Church of England, though so much weakness, absurdity, and nonsense, (I speak with regret) run through it. But the institution of baptism, as it lies in the New Teftament, is not liable to any such charge.'
Though numbers of christians will not entirely agree with this Author, in his account of the nature of baptism, and of its subjects, yet every pious person will approve of his practical observations and
advice, which require the very careful attention of those who are arrived at years of maturity without having been baptized. ART. 34. An Account of the Occasion and Defign of the positive
Inffitutions of Chriflianity. Extracted from the Scriptures only. By Richard Amner. 8vo. 25. Buckland. 1774.
From the acknowledged dependence of Christianity on the Jewish religion, this Writer fupposes that the positive Institutions of the christian scheme may be illustrated by viewing them in connection with thofe of the Mofaic dispensation, which they most resemble : at lufions of this kind have sometimes been carried to fanciful and extravagant lengths; but Mr. Amner considers his subject in a more rational and intelligent manner. He writes with caution and modefty, and appears very solicitous to advance nothing for which he has not a sufficient foundation. The Lord's Supper is naturally contrasted with the ordinance of the paffover ; the Lord's Day with the Jewish sabbath ; and here we observe, that he lays no stress on the inftitu. tion of the fabbath immediately after the creation. His reason for this is given in the following lines :-Supposing the books of the Pentateuch to have been reduced and disposed into that form in which we now have them, by either Samuel, or any other and later Prophet, to whom the fabbath was not unknown, (see Sir Isaac Newton's ob fervations on Daniel, ch. i.) would it not be reasonable to believe that such an account of the creation was purposely prefixed, as was conformable to it, and would tend to enforce the observation of it? And the argument will be much the same even though Moses were allowed to be the writer of them.'
But this Author chiefly enlarges on the subject of christian baptism, which he supposes to have succeeded the baptism of Profelytes among the Jews. He illustrates several passages of Scripture in the course of his argument, and offers fome pertinent confiderations, to fatisfy the mind of the Reader in refpect to the practice of infant baptism. This pamphlet is, on the whole, to be regarded as a fen.' fible and useful performance. Art. 35. A farewell Address to the Parishioners of Catterick. By
Theophilus Lindsey, M.A. 8vo. 6 d. Johnson. 1774. This small traćt, the Author informs us, in his prefixed advertisement, was drawn up solely for the use of a country parish, and never intended to go beyond it; but that the kind reception it met with there, from an affectionate and grateful people, and their entering so intirely into the cause and subject of it,--added to the fuggestion of serious friends, that it might be of some general use, has been an inducement to make it more public.
We have already spoken * so largely concerning Mr. Lindsey's Apology, that it will be sufficient to add, with regard to the prefent discourse, that it is plain, sensible, and pathetic; and that the pious Author writes with such an apostolic fimplicity, humility, and af. fection, that we cannot wonder at his parishioners having been greatly moved with this farewell Address of their conscientious and excellent paftor. In the Reviews for the last and present month.
S E RM 0 N S. I. Revelation the most effe&tual Means of civilizing and reforming Max
kind.-Preached before the Society in Scotland for propagating Christian Knowledge, at their Anniversary Meeting, Jan. 5, 1773. By Robert Henry, D.D. 8vo. od. Printed at Edinburgh, and fold by Cadell, London.
The importance and usefulness of divine revelation are here jodicioufly itated, enforced, and shewn to be the most effectual means of enlightening men in the knowledge of religion, and at the same time convincing them of its truth, and persuading them to the prac. tice of it. H. A Charge and Sermon delivered at the Ordination of the Rer.
Mr. John David, oa. 7, 1773, at Frome, Somersetshire; the Charge by Daniel Turner, M. A. the Sermon by Caleb Evans,
M. A. 6 d. Cadell. III. Compassion to poor Children, recommended, from the Example of Pha
Taob's Daughter.-At the Meeting House in St. Thomas's, Southwark, for the Benefit of the Charity-Children in that Place, Jan.
1, 1774. By Samuel Palmer. 6 d. Buckland. IV. The encouraging Prospect that religious Liberty will be enlarged:
confidered and applied to the Case of the Protestant Diflenters; in a Sermon preached at Kidderminfter, Nov. 5, 1773• By Benjamin Fawcet, M. A. 6d., Buckland.
The encouraging prospect exhibited to the view of Mr. Pawcett's audience at Kidderminster, is that of the late happy progress of religious freedom throughout the Chriftian world in general, and in our own country in particular. The candid and liberal spirit of the prefent age is juftly praised by this Preacher. He hach taken occasion to introduce an account of the Dissenters late application to parlia-ment; and he feems to entertain frong hopes of future fuccefs, thould his brethren unite in the renewal of their constitutional endeavours to free themselves from those legal reftraints which they deem incompatible with their Christian liberty. There is a becoming moderation in this discourse ; which will be read with fatisfaction by those confiftent Diffenters who are well-wishers to the cause; and it can give no offence, we fuppose, to the onprejudiced members of our established church. y. Preached in the Parish Church of Newbury, Berks, Jan. 14,
1774, at the Funeral of the Rev. John Geree, LL. B. Fellow of Winchester. By the Rev. Thomas Penrose, Curate of Newbury. 4to. Walter.
This brief oration (for the discourse is not a long one) merits fome distinction from the common ron of funeral fermons, on account of its fuperior eloquence. It is rationally pious, and foberly pathetic; and while the Author has sufficiently attended to the propriety of compofition, he has not loft fight of that plainnels which ever ought to bring down polpit discourses to the level of common capacities: thofe in which the preacher foars above vulgar apprehenfion, are feldom found to be extenfively useful; and are generally to be regarded as little better than “ sounding brass, or å vinkling cymbal."
For MARCH, 1774.
ART. I. British Biography; or, an accurate and impartial Account of
the Lives and Writings of eminent Persons, in Great Britain and Irca land; from Wickliffe, who began the Reformation by his Writings, on the present Time: Whether Statesmen, Patriots, Generals, Admirals, Philosophers, Poets, Lawyers, or Divines. In which the feveral Incidents and remarkable Actions of their Lives, and the Particularities of their Deaths, that could be collected from Hiftory, Family Memoirs, and Records, are related ; a Catalogue of their Writings given, with occafional Remarks; and their Characters delineated with Freedom and Impartiality. 8vo. 6 Vols. l. 11 s. 6 d. Boards. Baldwin, &c. 1773. T has been said that of the various kinds of narrative wri
ting, biography is that which is most eagerly read, and moft easily applied to the purposes of life.' Perhaps this is true; but we use the half-assenting perhaps, because the writer of other branches of history may contest the point of popularity, ac least, if not of utility alfo, with the biographer; notwithstanding the preference given to the latter by the ingenious Author of the Idler, No. 84. The examples,' says he, . and events of history press, indeed, upon the mind, with the weight of truth; but when they are reposited in the memory, they are oftener employed for thew than use, and rather diversify conversation than regulate life. Few are engaged in such 'scenes as give them opportunities of growing wiler by the downfall of statesmen, or the defeat of generals. The stratagems of war, and the intrigues of courts, are read, by far the greater part of mankind, with the fame indifference as the adventures of fabled beroes, or the revolutions of a fairy region. Between falfehood and useless truth there is little difference. As gold which he cannot spend will make no man rich, so knowledge which he cannot apply will make no man wise.' & Vol. L.