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here to the scriptural mode of preaching, which exalts the grace of God without vilifying good works. Dr. Law particularly adverts to Dr. Lawrence's Bampton Lecture Sermons, (reviewed in a preceding article, page 269.) and coincides with that writer in opinion that the compiler of the Articles never meant to assert such a depravity of human nature, as precludes the working of any thing that is good. Art. 33. Letters on Election. By Richard Wright, Wisbeach.
Svo. Vidler. Calvinian Election and Reprobation are strongly opposed by this writer, who contends that the term Sovereignty of God (on which the advocates for the orthodox faith erect this article of their belief ) means the Sovereignty of infinite love; and that, by representing the Almighty as partially attached to some of his creatures, while he' severely retaliates on cthers, we degrade his righteousness below that which he requires of his saints. Mr. Wright's position is that the Great Jehovah, in electing a part of mankind, had in view the bappiness of all ; that one end is pursued in all the divine dispensations ; and that by imagining the contrary, and placing one part of mankind under an eternal decree of salvation and the other part under an eternal decree of damnation, we are reduced to the necessity of ad. mitting the existence of two opposite principles in the Deity, of Manicheism.
The subsequent remarks on those passages of Scripture which are adduced in favour of the doctrine of a partial Election, on the Jewish peculiarity, and on the use of the words Elect and Chosen, in the N.T., merit attention : but for these we must refer the reader to the pamphlet, which manifests great plainness and perspicuity.
Mr. W.'s arguments against partial Election include a defence of the doctrine of Universal Restoration. Art. 34. SYMBOAON TPIEATION, or the Geometrical Analogy of the
Catholic Doctrine of Triunity consonant to human Reason and Comprehension ; typically demonstrated and exemplified by the natural indivisble Triunity of certain simultaneous Sounds. With Letters from Dr. Herschell, and the late Rev. William Jones of Nayland, and published at his Request and Desire. By H. Harington, M.D. 4to. 38. Robinson.
It would be deemed indecorons not to preserve our gravity while discussing the most awful of subjects : but, when a writer endeavours to illustrate the mysterious doctrine of the Trinity by the properties of a right angled triangle, or by the notes of the musical scale, we feel ourselves so irresistably moved to indulge in something the reyerse of seriousness, that we dare not meddle with Dr. Harington's Theological Geometry; and we must leave it to those Reviewers, if such can be found, who have never stepped over the threshold of the school of Democritus.
AIPELENN ANAETAEIE : or a New Way of deciding Old Controversiese By Basanistes. 8vo.
48. stitched. Johnson. Thts writer has not practised that reserve which we imposed on
ourselves in the foregoing article, bat, pleading the Horatian adage. has prosecuted a solemn inquiry in a strain of sarcastic wit. He pretends that the most orthodox believers are not yet orthodox enough ; and that, instead of a Trinity, they ought to receive a Quaternity by admitting the Jewish Lawgiver into the Godhead. Under an affected zeal against Unitarianism, he adduces the reasons which are en ployed in support of the Trinitarian Hypothesis : but he so manages the cause that the reductio ad absurdum stares us in the face at every period of his argument. Basanistes is not, like Dr. Harington, a lover of triangles, but prefers Quadrangles, as more comfortable to move in,' and comments on their properties as containing analogical proofs of his doctrine of Quaternity.' His “ broad grins" continue through the whole pamphlet; and if by his ironing (as Mrs. Slipslop calls it) he can smooth the ruggedness of contro versy, he will accomplish that which graver writers have not effected: but we do not so far Aatter him. Art. 36. A Charge to the Clergy at the primary Visitation in the
Month of August, 1806, of the late Right Rev. Father in God Samuel, by Divine Permission, Lord Bishop of St. Asaph. 4to. 1 s. 6d. Hatchard.
In the first part of this charge, the late learned Prelate appears in the character of an expounder of the law, explaining certain clauses of the “ Curates' Act,” and insisting that no curate should be pero mitted to officiate without a licence from the Bishop. He tells • incumbents, that they are not to dismiss their curates with as little ceremony as they might turn away their meuial servant, at a month's warning or with a month's wages.'-He next adverts to the “ Mar, riage Act"; notices the ignorance which prevails, even among the Clergy, respecting it, particularly as to the Publication of Banns ; and advises them, in order to obtain that knowlege of Statute Law which relates to their ecclesiastical duty, to purchase“ The Clergyman's Assistant," a work published by the University of Oxford.
When the Bishop proceeds from the Rules to the Doctrines of the Church, he adverts to the controversy respecting the complexion of the Articles; which, he contends, are so neutralized between Armi. nianism and Calvinism, that there is nothing to hinder the Armini. an and the highest Superlapsarian Calvinist from walking together in the Church of England as friends and brothers.' We regard this as a very bold assertion. Reprobation makes no appearance either in the Articles or the Liturgy; and some of the prayers are directly in the teeth of the Superlapsarian scheme - Towards the conclusion, the Clergy are advised not to dispute on controverted points, but to lay down the doctrine categorically; of which practice, the R. R. writer affords them a very striking example. Art. 37. A Charge delivered to the Clergy of the Diocese of Durham,
at the Ordinary Visitation of that Diocese, in the Year 1806. By Shutc, Bishop of Durham. 4to. 15. 61. Rivingtons.
While the foregoing Prelate commands and threatens, the present Bishop mildly argues with his Clergy. Styling himselftheir affec. tionate friend and brother,' he urges them to study the advancement of spiritual religion ; to consider the distinguishing features of Popery as adverse to the religion of Christ depicted in the N. T.; and to endeavour, since the state liberally tolerates the members of her com. muuion among us, to prevent our own people from recurring to her dangerous errors. • Be zcalous,' says he, in the discharge of your duty, but be charitable.' It is affecting to hear this venerable Prelate reminding his Clergy, that his age forbids him to look forwards with any confidence to another visitation ; and exhorting them, as in the near view of an eternal state, to adhere to the principles of our Reformed Church. Art. 38. An Essay towards a connected Elucidation of the Prophetical
Parts of the Apocalypse, compiled with the Help of some original Communications. By Stephen Morell, Little Baddow, Essex. 8vo. Pp. 113. 35. sewed.' Conder.
On a sea covered with wrecks, Mr. Morell ventures to launch his little bark; though evidently with no more knowlege of the naviga. tion than was possessed by the unfortunate mariners who have pre. ceded him. He has laid down no meridian, he has taken no sound. ings, and his chart is a bold sketch of the imagination.
As we look on such attempts more with pity than displeasure, we shall refrain from the task of minute examination, and shall merely ask what solid reason has Mr. M. for asserting that,
The first Seal comprehends the period of the family of Vespasian.
• The second Seal, the connected succession of Trajan, whether by blood or adoption.
• The third Seal, the reign of Septimus Severus, and the connected succession from him.
• 7 he fourth Seal includes the interval between the last connected succession, and that which we are next to consider. This period is remarkable for little connected succession, much competition and anarchy.
• The fifth Seal describes the reigns of Dioclesian and his associates. This is a period which has been always much distinguished, for it has been called the æra of Dioclesian, or the æra of martyrs.
• The sixth Seal comprehends the house of Constantine.
• The seventh Seal relates to the house of Valentinian, and to Theodosius'
All this is gratis dictum. We could extract more of the same kind, but one sample is sufficient.
MISCELLANEOUS. Art. 39. The British Martial; or an Anthology of English Epi.
grams: being the largest Collection ever published. With some Originals. 2 Vols. Crown 8vo. 1os. Boards. R. Phillips.
of Some old and some new, Some falsc and some true,
Some witty and some that are dull, Sir;
Some rude and some civil,
Sone with thoughts that are evil,
Of such matter these volumes are full, Sir." Thank you, friend, for helping us out in describing this collection. For an assemblage of bon-mots, or of epigrams, nearly the same characier will apply to all as well as to one, as far as our memory serves. The present is certainly copious, and contains many effusions that will amuse by their sprightliness or their acuteness : but, as it seems to be intended by its handsome form for a library book, it should have been free from all those pruriencies which remind us of the truth of one of its own admonitions ;
• To a Young Wit.
A witty sinner is the worst of fools.'
A new Edition, revisco) and amended, with a short Account of the Author and his Writings, by James Cumming, Esq. F.S.A, Svo. pp. 4... ys. Boards. Haichard. 1806.
The Resolves of Owen Felltham consist of short Essays on the most important and interesting subjects of human life and conduct,'and con. tain a rich stoic of wisdom, collected in a long course of study and attentive observation. The views which they give of the matters ticated are numerous, and such as cannot fail to improve the mind; and the remarks are so various and valuable, that whoever carefully attends to them will be materially assisted in conducting himself through the worid. As they relate to miscellaneous topics, the volume may be left in a room for occasional perusal, and most readers with cultivated minds will find something adapted to their taste. les porality is sound, and its piety is warm ; its religious doctrines are scriptural, and its political principles are loyat; it bears the marks of a strong mind and an inquisitive genius; and we are surprized to find it containing sentiments which are thought to belong exclusively to more modern publications. The style, although somewhat obsolete, iş very expressive ; the references to scripture are just and pleasing i and the allusions to historical subjects are happy, elegant, and classical
Owen Filleham was son of Mr. Thomas Fellt ham of Suffolk, and died about the year 1677. His Resolves were first published about 1627, when their intrinsic merits were soon discovered ; and such was the popularity of rbe work, that the twelfth edition was printed in the year 3709. Since that time, no new impression has appeared until the pre. sent; the reason of which intermission seems to have been its antiquated style together with the many elegant works of the same Daturs which were about that period given to the public.
In order to render the present edition better adapted for general use, and more acceptable to modern readers, Mr. Cumming has 13
taken the liberty of occasionally altering the language to suit the taste of the present day : for this and some other improvements, he deserves commendation; and had he taken farther liberties, the work would have been still more acceptable. Art. 41. A Letter addressed to the Freemen of the Town and Port of.
Sandwicb, respecting the Proceedings and Resolutions of the Ransgate Committee, dated at their Town Hall, Oct. 28, 1806, relative to an intended Application to Parliament for the Purpose of reducing the Tolls of Sandwich Bridge. 2d Edition, with considerable Additions. By William Pettman. 8vo.
Is, 6d. Law, &c
The Ramsgate Committee having proposed that the tolls or duties paid at Sandwich Bridge should be suspended or abridged, for the purpose of mazing and maintaining an intended new turnpike road from that town to Ramsgate, Mr. Pettman takes up
pen to reprobate this measure. These tolls, after the deduction of a small annuity appropriated to a charitable foundation, belong to the Cor. poration of Sandwich; and Mr. P. loudly declaims against the at. tempt to take away any of this private proverty which belongs to a public body. The amount of the tolls of this bridge, which the rage for travelling, and the great resort to the shores of the Isle of Thanet, have probably much increased, is not here stated, though on this amount the reasonableness of the above mentioned proposition must depend: We are told that the Corporation of Sandwich offered to pay out of the bridge tolls zool. per annum towards the intended road; and by this proposition they admit that they now receive abundantly more from the tolls than is adequate to the sustentation of the bridge, and to answer all the original intentions of the Act. The Ramsgate Committee proposed an accommodation to the community, which (we can vouch) is certainly wanted, more especially in some parts of the road : but if their views were other than liberal and public spiriced, they are open to Mr. P.'s animadversions. If the case comes before Parliament, its merits will no doubt be fairly discussed. Art. 42. A Letter to Samuel Whitbread, Esq. M.P. containing Ob
servations on the Distresses peculiar to the Poor of Spitalfields, arising from their Local Situation. By William Hale. 8vo.
Williams and Smith, It is here stated that the parish of Christ Church, Middlesex, commonly known by the name of Spitalfields, (which, previously to the reign of James II. was only a desolate hamlet of St. Dunstan, Stepney,) becaine stocked with poor French protestants, who established there the silk manufactory, after they had been driven from their own country by the despotic tyranny of Louis XIV; that, from this period, it has been crouded with poor inhabitants, who have gained permanent settlements in the parish ; that here the mechanics of every trade reside, who work for their employers in the city :here dwell ihe, carters, porters, and labourers, with thousands who are engaged in the most servile employn,ents, down to the mendicants, the lame, and the blind :-here, where extreme poverty is daily wit