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Ρ ο Ε Τ Ι C Α Ε. :: Francomania, French Madne!s; or the Travels of the land · Folly in France, Leige, Brabant, &c. Translated from the French.
12 m0. 25. Od. Vernor and Hood. 1794.
A satirical attack, as the title implies, on the proceedings of the French. In it is a large share of abuse, fome obscenity, and very little humour; and the author, though he meant a reproof, has inadvertently paid a compliment to the national convention, by the notorious blunder of making Lucifer their mortal foe and opposer; whilst, on the other hand the good withes of his fable majesty are very conspicuoufiy shewn towards the pious labours of his fellow monarchs in Europe, by his stepping forward to join the coalition. The following pafuge, in which Asmodeus is supposed to be describing the French convention to Lucifer, will evince the truth of this, and at the fame time afford a specimen of the writer's stile and manner:
The members of this assembly have fworn to cherish in them. selves, and to excite in others, an implacable averfion and hatred to all kings. They indeed intend to govern the whole world themfelves. They make one half of the people butcher the other, to leave only their foolih partisans, the majority of whom is composed of malefactors and ronbers, whom they call Sans culottes. These people, drawn together from all parts of the world, in consequence of their thirst for gold and wickedness, are entirely devoted to thein. As they have nothing to lose, they hope to gain, and wish to seize every thing. In short, my lord, judge of the excess of their delirium from the following fact; I heard one of their orators repeat at the tribune of the anembly. Let us make war upon all kings: let us pursue them if necedury, even to the gates of hell.
"At these words, Lucifer feels his blood boil; he moves his left eyebrow; heil trembles and pours forth such torrents of liquid fire as had never been before observed : all its inhabitants falling proftrate before him howling, begged his .permission to form then felves into a national militia to go and roafi thoie miscreants. No, no, replies Lucifer, I wish to go myself to convince thote villains both of my wrath and of my power. On my return, Afinodeus Mhall finith his story, and I fall add my remarks.
• Instantly, he gives orders for his departure, and instructions to bis minifters with respect to the administration of affairs during his absence, enjoining them to burn to a cinder immediately every French patriot the monient of his arrival, leit they might tamper with his fubjects and induce them to revoit.' We hope the author has morc taste and discretion, than to chuse,
for himself, such a friend and ally as he has chosen for the crowned heads of Europe. The Annual Political Songfler, with a Preface on the Times. By F.
Freath. 12mo. 6d. Baldwin. 1794. These songs have hardly spirit enough to enliven the noisy mirth of an ale-house club; they certainly do not stand the moft diftant chance of amusing the sober retirement of the closet. A Selection of Pfalms, from Taté and Brady's Verfion. Second
Edition. By Alexander Cleeve, A. B. Vicar of Wooley in Northumberland. 12mo. Is. 6d. Kearsley. 1793.
It is scarcely necessary to present our readers with any thing more of this publication than the title. The author however, intorns us that the first edition (which contained little more than one third of what is included in the present one) was published for the use of an English chapel in Edinburgh, in the year 1785. He afterwards speaks of his plan in the following words : .
To make the fubjects of it more solemn and impressive, the form of address will be found repeatedly changed from the third to the fecond person; that is, from he to thou, in order to elevate the mind to God himself, to whom “ praise and thanfgiving are of. fered.”
• This selection is moreover divided into three parts : the fir comprehending general subjects of praise and thanksgiving ; praver to God and trust in him ; precepts aud motives to a godly life: the second, separate portions for the Festivals, and other set days and occasions of our church: and the third, the pfalms of Penitence for Lent, and other times of trouble and distress, both of body and mind.'. Bagatelles; or, Poetical Sketches. By E. Walli, M. D. 8vo.
35. 6d. Boards. Hamilton. 1793. The author has rightly termed his productions Bagatelles; he might have added, that, trifles as they are, the thought of many of them is stolen; particularly of the Epigram.-Many of them offend against decency, and, of those which are not liable to censure, we cannot select any which have a claim to praise. It is rather fur: prising to see so flight a publication ushered into the world by a subo scription. If the author should think us severe, let hini recollect, that the apology with which he concludes his Preface, · Mon livre vous deplait, qui vous force à le lire,' however true with regard to the public in general, does not, unfortunately, hold good with re, gard to us pour hacks of Reviewers.
R E L I GIO U S. A Letter to G. Wakefield, B. A. on his Spirit of Christianity compared with the Spirit of the Times in Great Britain. By David Andrews. No Publisher's Name.
This Letter (to use a phrase of Mr. Burke) deserves no answer but that of criminal justice ;' which, we hope, the author, or publither, will speedily receive. We cannot be accused as enemies to the liberty of the press, and, on merely political speculations, the good tendency of profecutions for libel may be fairly questioned; but we must say that writings, the immediate tendency of which is to destroy the morals of youth, to pervert the feeble-minded, to anni. hilate the sanctity of oaths, to undo every social tie, and to rob the poor of those comforts which are extended to them from above, cannot be too ftri&tly prohibited, or the reprobate authors of them too severely punished — .
Who steals my purse, steals trash,' &c. But he whose object is to destroy all virtue, public and private, to eradicate all principle, is a being of the most depraved kind; and certainly (if the prevention of crimes be at all an object with the magiftrate) is more an object of punishment, than many a wretch who terminates his existence on a gibbet.
Of this indecent attack upon all that is right and laudable, infie dels themselves must be ashamed.
Th: Footman's Pamphlet; or, the Fuorman's Arguments again the - Unitarians, &c. and in Defence of the Divinity of Christ, is humbly
ofered to the Public. By Jolin Saunders. 8vo. Falkirk, printed for the Author. 1793.
In page second of this pamphlet we find that the dispute is be. tween · Dr. Priestler, rev. Mr. Lindsey, clergymen, and John Saunders, footman.-Two to one in favour of the clergymen, but ten to one in favour of the footman, if he may be credited in the following brief summary of his arguments. “If Mr. Lindsey knows. the Bible to be wrong translated, its more than I do ; and if he be. lieves it so, I believe it other cuise; and if he knows and believes Christ to be nothing but a mere man, I know and believe Christ to be both God and man; all which I have suficiently proved.'-Notwithstanding this victory, John has learned to call names and scold, which may be quite in character for a fooi man, but very unbecoming a 'Trinitarian. After comparing Mr. Lindsey to Francis Spira, and hinting only that the advantage is on the side of Spira, he adds: "In word, I can find children in both England and Scotland, who can give a more rational account of the Deity, than either Prieflley or Lindley, doth. I speak it to their shame. The doctor bath got a much brighter genius for commenting upon carth,
air, and water, than for handling the Gospel. And, indeed, that
Salop, in the Diocese of Hereford, in the Year 1793, by Folepke
After a well-turned Introduétion, Mr. Plymley touches on the duty of keeping churches in good repair ; residence; the moderation of the clergy in respect to compositions for tithe ; Queen Anne's bounty, and the advantages that result from the application of it in bringing private donations under ecclefiaftical jurisdiction. Passing hence to the zeal of the clergy in favour of the persecuted emigrants, he returns thanks for civilities received from them in his parochial vintations; and, after gently hinting that in the course of them every thing was not exactly what he could have wished, concludes with observing, tiiat,
• Though a mixture of good and bad be the lot of humanity, and an appointment necessarily confequent of a state of probation; yet the end of such a state can never be answered whilft mankind are pleated it should continue fo.--A state of probation becomes a state of nugatory existence, unless the members of it were to be employed in endeavouring to set right its irregularities. May we never therefore, by precept or example, bear testimony to the false, inverted virtue, of being contented with things as they are; a tenet, that gives licence tc every wrong desire, and which must prolong, if it encreases not, the empire of sin. Though equally to be avoided is the oppo. Site error, which violates duty in its attempts to enforce it. But as all men are called upon to ameliorate the state of the world, by the cultivation of a pure and peaceful spirit within our own boroms; so it is our appointment, within fixed and certain rules, to aid this in. tended progress: to be, in every proper instance, the right hand neighbour to each of our parishioners; their private adviser, as well as public monitor ; their instructor in christian truths; their example in christian conduct; their joy in health, and their consolation in
• From private information we learn that John was very lately a footman in the lurvice of Lord Baigonic.
Bckness. The more we are in all th's the fircere, though humble followers of that Maiter, whose fervice we proieis, we are rot only discharging our own duty, but securing to our fucceffors, fo far as it depends on human nicans, the lume enviable oportunities of do. ing good to mankind : fince an inftitution so friendly in its general iniention, and so mild in its general administration, as the eitablithment into which we are ordained, can receive but little injury from the misapprehensions or misrepresentations with which it may otcasionally be ailailed. If our “ well doing has not yet put to filence the ignorance of foolish men," it must be, that the inclination, or the ability, has been wanting to the due affertion of this infpired precept, since we are told, it is “ the will of God" we fuonid lo conquer.' The Ules to be maile of the Divine Goodness, in the Course of the Sena
fon. A Scrmoll, preached a: Erroi, Dec. 19, 1793, veing the Day appointed by the Prefbytery of Pering for a folura Thinkisiving', on Account of the good Hardili, arrecably to the sitt and Recommonsdation of Synod. By Williain Hardman, Alisant to the albinifier of Errol. 8vo. 1s. Vernor. 1791.
From Pf. Ixv. it. the author of this sermon recommends a pious attention to the goodness of God, and gratitude for his blelings, particularly that of a prosperous harvest, and enforces the duties of tenperance and charity as the best means of evincing that gratitude. We discover little ability in the structure of the discourse, which is eerd out by plentiful quotations from the Seriptures. The near approaching Day of universal Restoration, Regeneration,
Peacı, ard Salvation ; in which is difcoverich, the Funnc'ariure of the Foise Prophets under their various Charafiers; zit) kemarks on the blessed Sinic of the primitive Quakers. Also an Appendix ; in which is manifeftéd, the Origin of Heaven and Hell; the Founa dlation of Light and Darkness; and the Ground of Milers and Haspiness. Likewise an Account of the Religion of the Inhabitants of the Nor Heavens and Earth. And a Relation of the Prophery of Thomas Story. By John Boz feil, of Deepham, Nurfolk, a Dira ciple of Jejus Chrift. 8vo. Is. Richardion. 1753.
Judge, readcr, of this fanatic, by the foilowing account which he gives of himself, and then buy his book if thivu likest!
• About forty years fince, while my residence was at Woodbridge, in the county of Suffolk, as I was walking one evening in a lonely valley, my foul was overiladiowed wito hecvenly 'ght; in this vision I law an ancient buildin', and upon the buttlerents I beheld several of those which food in the flat ons nf ministers and ellers among the people called Onakers, loid alicer uron tacir beds. This fight of the late of the people with whom I was joined in re