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principles and followers ; and to chose, who, though they differ from him upon the head of înless perfection, agree with him on the points of free-will, man's merit, conditional works, two fold justification, universal redemption, and falling from grace. » Art. 47. A Blow at the Root of all Priestly Claims : Proving from
Scripture, that every Layman has a right, not only to Preach and Pray in Public, but also to adminifter the Ordinances of Bapuisin and the Lord's Supper ; and that those to whom these Offices are now committed, derive all their authority from the People who choose to atrend upon them, and not from Ordination, either by a Bishop or Presbyters, &c. &vo. 1 s. 6 d. Johnson. 1775.
Those who have been much read in the controversies, concerning episcopal and lay ordination, and other ecclesiastical claims, will not find many new arguments in this performance ; but there are some which it will not be easy either for our established or presbyterian ciergy to answer - The author pushes his point, with great seriousness, and in plain, but not vulgar language. His manner is calculated to itrile and attract the attention of the laity of every denomination : and to them his pamphlet is particularly addressed. He appears, from the account here given of himself, to be a presbyterian minister, regularly ordained; but rather of independent principles, in the most liberal sense of the word ; and zealously attached to primitive scriptural Christianity,-according to his views of fcripture.meaning. We have before us a proof of the candour of his disposition, in a letter addressed to the Reviewers. Our author, in taking notice of the superstitious and uncharitable opinion maintained by some of our high churchmen, of the invalidity of diffenters' baptism, among other facts relative to the conduct of the clergy, in respect of this notion, relates a story of the present bishop of Bristol having re-baptised a lady of a diffenting family, on her marrying a country curate in Dorsetshire :-inferring, at the same time, that had the lady been a convert from Popery, his lordship would, doubtless, have thought this trouble unnecessary. In his private letter, however, he allures us, that “ he is truly forry, that he has related an anecdote concerning the bishop of Bristol, of the truth of which he thought himself well affored, -though he is now informed, that so far from his lord ship's having performed the ceremony of re-baprising the lady, it is not certain that he knew any thing of the affair ; and if so, had no opportunity of expressing his approbation, or testifying his dislike to it. Hence the Letter.writer juitly concludes, that the bihop deserves to be cleared from the charge to which such an inItance of bigotry would have exposed him :” and he adds, “ as the copies of this work (Tbe Blow at the Root, &c.) were all printed off before the mistake was discovered, the author cannot think of any more effectual way of exprefling his concern for it, than by de
firing, as a particular favour, that you would mention it in your · Review; and thus the acknowledgment will be much more public than the error itself; and you will greatly oblige him who is, &c. Jan. 16, 1775:
The Author of The Blow, &c." This retractation is undoubtedly right, and commendable ; but it will not, we apprehend, be deemed sufficient, unless the sale of the
pamphlet be fopped, or the leaf cancelled. For copies of the charge may fall into the hands of those who may never see the contradiElion, conveyed to the public through another channel ; and pofterity may thus be led to credit a falsehood most highly injurious to the memory of a prelate to whose learning and abilities our author himself bears honourable testimony. Art. 48. Thoughts on Suicide and Duelling. Addressed to all who
believe a Divine Revelation. By a Clergyman of the Church of England. 8vo. I s. Deveulle.
Such arguments as well become the reverend author's clerical character, are here urged against the fashionable crimes mentioned in the title ; but as they are chiefly borrowed from other writers, ancient and modern, we meet with nothing new on either subject. Art. 49. A Lap at Enthusiasm; in a Dialogue founded on real
Facts, between Mrs. Clinker and Miss Martha Steady. 8vo. 6 d. Dilly, &c.
So miss Patty! you have made a fine piece of work on't ; I hear our famous new preacher, Mr. Jewel, has persuaded you to turn me. thodist--' Thus the dialogue begins ; and Miss Patty is much too hard for Madam Clioker. The piece, in short, is ably written, in defence of what is sometimes called the tabernacle scheme ; and it is probably one of Mr. Hill's * productions : there is in it his threwd. ness of argument, and his daih of pleasantry.
MISCELLANEO U s. Art. 50. The fashionable Tell-Tale. Containing a great variety
of curious and interesting Anecdotes.--Interspersed with occasional Remarks, &c. 12mo. 2 Vols. 55. Noble. 1775.
Thc stories and jests in this book, are such as have not been retailed in former English collections; though some of them may polibly have
figured in the Joe Millers of France, or other countries ; indeed, the · greatest part of them seem to be of foreign manufacture. The author's remarks and observations are seldom impertinent, or unjuft ; but we are sorry to see him adopting the valgar and filly practice of thosc witlings, who think to season a jest or bon mot with profaneness ; as Though there could be no wit or sarcasm without an oath or execration. A GENTLEMAN would thus relate the following anecdote.-" The late witty Sir W. Y---, who had the misfortune to have a very offensive breath, was complaining one day, in a coffee-house, that he had rode to town that morning, with a bitter cold Norch wind blowing all the way full in his face. "Really! Sir,' said Col. who had the misfortune, at that moment, to fit rather too near Sir W. ' Then, I am sure, the North wind had the worst of it!'.
When the compiler of a jest book relates this little llory, it will end thus ; • Then, by G-d! Sir William,' said Col. Cutwell, the North wind had the worst of it!'-See vol. i. p. 43.- Perhaps the au. thor imagined, that a military officer could not be witty without fwearing
' • Richard Hill, Esq; author of Pietas Oxonienfis, and of the traas written in opposition to Mr. Fletcher. See also No. 46 of the present Catalogue.
Art. 51. A Narrative of an extraordinary Escape out of the Hands
of the Indians in the Gulph of St. Lawrence; interspersed with a Description of the Coast, and Remarks on the Customs and Manners of the Savages there : Also a providential Escape after a Shipwreck in coming from the Island of St. John in said Gulph ; with an Account of the Fisheries round that Island. Likewise a Plan for reconciling the Differences between Great Britain and her Colonies. By Gamaliel Smethurst, late Member of the Assembly, &c. in the Province of Nova Scotia, Comptroller of his Majesty's Cura toms, &c. 4to. 1 s. 6 d. Bew. 1774.
We find nothing very extraordinary or providential in either of the · Author's escapes. --His difficulties, however severe they may have felt to himself, appear to have been such as usually attend travelling and navigating in a northern climate during the winter.-His plan for · reconciling the differences, &c. is favourable to the claims of Ame. rica, but not likely to be adopted.
B. Art. 52. The History of Chess, together with short and plain In• ftructions by which any one may easily play at it without the Help
of a Teacher. By R. Lambe, Vicar of Norham upon Tweed. . 8vo. 2 s. 6 d. fewed. Dilly. 1774.
“ Clean girls, backgammon, and the vicar!" O shade of Amnon Pym! Spirit of Obadiah Strong. Faith! How would ye be grieved with this untoward and finful generation ! • What! (would ye say) Tall the priests, the ministers of the Lord's houfe, join themselves unto the abomination of Zidon, shall they defile their hands with the implements of the wicked one? And thou, vicar of Norham, pastor of the new covenant, that teachest the 'game of Chess! Scarlet Babylonian! Incurable Abaddon ! Get thee from amongst us!'
But, to such a degree has philosophy triumphed over true puritanism, these pious remonftrances would now fall to the ground. It
can be no wonder, then, if, we Reviewers, whom fome hold to be • Heretics, and others, with less charity, call Infidels,- it cannot be
strange if we look upon this honeft Vicar and his book with as little prejudice as we should fit down to play with him at the game he describes. • If any game can derive respect or dignity from high antiquity, or from high example, the game of chess may plead peculiar privileges ; for it has been an amusement, or rather a school of military instruction, at least so far as the disposition of armies is concerned, for princes and commanders, from the first eras of society.
Here, however, we can only be expected to observe that Mr. * Lambe has traced the history of the game with much learned inquiry; and the directions he has given for playing it are easy and obvious. 1 Art. 53. Valuable Secrets concerning Arts and Trades; or ap
proved Direciions, from the best Artists, &c. Containing upwards of One Thousand Receipts. 12mg. 38, sewed. Hay.
The present work, says the preface, is a faithful compilation of yarious secrets and discoveries in the refined arts and trades : discove
ries noway unworthy an Englishman's attention, as they spring from the first artists in France, Italy, and Germany.' Again, the following approved receipts are faithfully tranllated from the French, by a celebrated foreigner; and several eminent artists here have
given great affittance,' &c. Puff! . Perhaps it would have been more advantageous to this work if the
celebrated foreigner' (without a name) had been otherwise employed, and had left the translation of these rare secrets to an Eng
lishman. As it is, there are many things in the book, which the · mere English reader will not be able to understand. The language is, moreover, every where wretchedly vulgar, as well as incorrect, The first receipt " on which we happened to cast our eyes, presented us with a direction to ' take a difcretionable quantity of rye-bran;' and the next tells us to melt the materials for composing "a metal of a gold colour' into a crucible t.-Here, Boy! take it away. Art. 54. The Mirror of Human Nature, wherein are exhibited
analytical Definitions of the natural and moral Faculties, Affections and Passions, whence all Actions originate, with Maxims for the Regulation thereof. To which is fubjoined a systematical view of Human Knowledge. 12mo. Is. Bow. 1775.
Below the notice of the learned, and calculated to mislead the un. · learned. • Admiration News itself, says the Author, by fixing a person for
a time like a statue.' He should have said, “ Aftonishment, &c.' But of his errors there is no end. Art. 55. A short chronological Abstract of the Rise of the Refore
mation and Protestant Succeffon: to which are added a few Theological, Historical, Classical and Poetical Amusements for young Gentlemen. 8vo. I S. Leacroft. 1774.
• Great Jove ! how little trouble fhould we know,
If thou to all men wouldst their genius fhew! The above lines are among the poetical amusements at the end of this pamphlet, and from woeful experience we feel their truth. Hast Jove done this favour to the Author, we should never have seen his: book.
SCHOOL BOOK 3. Art. 56. A new Geographical Grammar ; containing a comprehen
five System of modern Geography, after a new and curious method. The whole laid down in a manner so easy and natural, by way of Dialogue between a Master and his Scholar, as to be understood by the meanest capacities. Illustrated with Maps and Copper Plates. Addressed to the young Ladies and Gentlemen of Great Britain, by Charles Vyfe, Teacher of the Mathematics, and Ay. thor of the Tutor's Guide, &c, 12mo. 45. Robinson, 1774.
We are told geography is here treated after a new and curious method ; ” but instructing by dialogue is neither new nor very curious : questions and answers are fit only for children, and it may be thought, for children too young to apply to geographical studies.
We have once before, on a similar occasion, remarked, that whoever takes up a book to read, tacitly asks all the information the author can give him ; but to read particular questions proposed on every article treated of, is not only disgusting, but swells the book to no useful purpose. The author, however, juftifies himself by adding, that it is calculated for the meanest capacities : ' here then we drop the argument, as such capacities may receive a variety of useful instruction from Mr. Vyse, without feeling the least propensity to object to his mode of communicating it. Art. 57. The manner of declining the Latin Nouns and Verbs :
Printed at length, for the Use of Beginners, at the GrammarSchool at Hertford. 12mo, 8d. Longman.
It is unnecessary for us to say any thing more of this little publica. tion than what is contained in the author's short and modeft advertifement. “No honour can be derived from the publication of a book, which every School-master is able to write in a winter's evening. But, without the praise of uncommon talents, which are some. times made mischievous, it is very easy to have the pleasure of being useful. Those who are engaged in the difficult bufiness of education, will hardly be unfavourable to the humblelt attempt to facilitate their talk : as they must know, by experience, that young beginners are puzzled with the contracted manner in which the nouns and verbs are commonly printed, they will perhaps allow, that this may be found a plain and useful introduction to almost any of the Latin grammars, not one of which it is intended to preclude. When the learner is perfect in the formation of these nouns and verbs, he may lay them aside, and begin his new grammar with courage.' Art. 58. A plain Grammar of the Hebrew Language, adapted to
the Use of Schools, with biblical Examples. By the Rev. W. H. Barker, A, B. Master of the Grammar School, Carmarthen. 8vo. 1 3. 6 d. Carmarthen ; Printed for the Author.
This grammar was drawn up by the author for the use of his pupils, and it comes recommended to us under the sanction of experience, which he says has convinced him of its utility, « The rules and obfervations are selected from such writers as seem best deserving of attention, particularly the learned Mr. Parkhurst ; many fuperfuities are truck out, and whatever was thought eflentially necessary fupplied. Divested of maforétic trammels, the naked structure of the language only is regarded, and such a method adopted, as may facilitate the study of the Hebrew, even to such as are strangers to the principles of all grammar.' ltis very properly added To the gay and diffipated, the study of language and the labour of the gramarian may seem futile ; but to the lerious and reflecting they appear far otherwise.' Art. 59. A port Introduction to Latin Grammar, for the Use of
Holt School. By J. Smith. 8vo. 15.6d, Norwich ; Printed by Chase.
We have abounded of late years with publications of this kind. Almost every school-master, who is attentive to his employment, has somewhat peculiar to his own method, which he finds, or thinks he