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Eflections, some of which seem to have but little connection with
a clear Display of Divine Truth and Religious Error. Addreffed
In our judgment of books and authors, we would wish to be claffed among the candid and dispalionate : but when we have exercised all poffible candour, we cannot from a regard to truth, speak highly of this Writer as a paraphraft : that he is a man of piety, and has good intentions, we are very ready to allow ; but he appears to us to be one of those divines who discover that meaning in the books of scripture, which prejudice and partiality may lead them to wish for, and are consequently inclined to an interpretation widely different from the real meaning of the text. · Thus Mr. Murdin having persuaded himself that it must be the scope and design of St. James's epistle 10 insist on and recommend the righteousness of Christ, he paraphrases accordingly; but every common reader may see, that by means of fuch liberty as is here taken, the apostle might be made co speak on any other religious and moral topic, if not almost on any kind of subject whatever. As an instance of this, let the reader attend to the following specimen from the first chapter ; ver. 13. 'Let no man say, that when he is tempted to think, that his bettermost kind of doings are those which make up his fitness and preparation for beaven; that this must be from God, because it relates to those virtuous changes and alterations which may be in us; for God cannot be tempted or imposed on, with that mixture of evil that is in us, neither tempteth he any man in such a way as this. ver. 14. But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away by his own desires, to be the holy, righteous, Spotless character, independent of what he is in Christ, and so enti. ced to think meaniy of him, in comparison of having a name and effi. mation to live by among men.'
Not to take notice of the inaccuracy or obscurity of our Author's style; for ougbt we see, it might not be very dificult for a person, according to this method, to discover or think he discovers the peculiar doctrines of christianity in Cicero's Orations, or Xcnophor's Memo. rabilia.
original. For the improvement of younger Minds. 12mo. I S.
This little collection of pious and moral poems, and essays, is well adapted to engage the attention of younger minds,' as the compiler Rev. Apr. 1775.
expreffes it; and may serve to form them to proper views and dif positions.
Hi. Art. 47. Revolvit cor meum : The common English Translation · of the Forty-fifth Pfalm, carefully corrected according to the true : Meaning of the Hebrew Original, with a Paraphrase and Notes:
Whereunto is prefixed fome Account of the Parish of Eccleston, near
graphy. By Thomas Crane, Second Grammar-Matter of the * King's School in Chester. 8vo. is, Sold by the Booksellers in
Mr. Crane here presents us with an odd, incoherent publication ; a transation of a Psalm, and an account of a parish in Cheshire : we are told, however, that the latter was prefixed to the former, because that was too short for a publication fingly. The account of Eccleston contains the monumental infcriptions, with their peculiarities; the fabstance of the Latin inscriptions, with additional matters, and a succinct narrative of the whole parish, with an etymology of local names.' Mr. Crane apprehends, that by his method an account of many parishes may be comprehended in a small volume,
The 45th Pfalm this Author wholly explains, as referring to king
From the anonymous Editor's Preface it appears, that these authentic letters of the late admirable Mr. Sterne were written to Mrs. Elizabeth Draper, wife of Daniel Draper, Esq; of Bombay ; that the, though born an East-Indian, finding her native climate unfavourable to the delicacy of her constitution, was obliged to come to England for the recovery of her health; that accidentally becoming acquainted with Mr. Sterne, he s discovered in her a mind fo congenial with his own, fo enlightened, so refined, and so tender,' that a • mutual attraction prefently joined them in the closest union that purity could possibly admit of;' that he loved her as a friend, and prided in her as his pupil;' that. all her concerns became bis ;-her health, her circumstances, her 'reputation, her children were his:' while, on the other hand, (as the Editor expresses it) « his fortune, his time, his country were at her disposal, fo far as the sacrifice of all, or any of these might; in his opinion, contribute to her real happiness.'
If it be asked, whether the glowing heat of Mr. Sterne's affection never transported him beyond the limits of pure platonism, the poblisher says, he will not take upon him absolutely to deny it ;' but this, if it were so, he thinks, would be so far from leaving any lain upon that gentleman's memory, that it, perhaps, includes his faireft encomium : fince, to cherith the feeds of piety, and chastity, in a heart which the passions are interested to corrupt, must be allowed to be the noblest effort of a foul fraught and fortified with the juiteft sentiments of religion and virtue.'
Notwithftanding the warmth of fome expreffions ir feveral of these letters, we are inclined to believe, with the Editor, that nothing in
conäftent with the principles of pure platonism occurred, in the course. of Mr. Sterne's correspondence with this Lady. Indeed, after the following pathetic asseveration, in one of his fondest epiftles, it were ungenerous to suspect him of harbouring any difhonourable intention !-May poverty, distress, anguish, and shame be my portion, : if ever I give thee reason to repent the knowledge of me!-- would not mislead thee, Eliza; I would not injure thee in the opinion of a single'individual, for the richest crown the proudest monarch wears."
And he strengthens these professions by a declaration that they are made in the prelence of a juft God;'-adding, I pray to him that so it may speed with me, as I deal candidly and honourably with thee.'
. As to the Letters themselves, there is not a great deal in them; but they are Sierne's; and every thing from his pen will be pre. cious in the eyes of his numerous admirers. They appear to have been the genuine effufions of a moft lively and tender attachment to a virtuous and amiable woman, whom (with a very small exception, indeed) he deemed the best female character within the circle of his acquaintance. Art. 49. A port Tour in the Midland Counties of England;
performed in the Summer of 1772; together with an Account of a similar Excursion, undertaken September 1774. 8vo. 1 S. 6 d. Bew. 1775.
Although the Author of these Tours is not a Banks, a Pennant, or a Johnson, he is by no means an unobserving, or an unintelligent traveller. He describes, in a plain unaffected Atyle, whatever occurred to his notice in the counties of Herts, Lincoln, Derby, Nottingham, Northampton, Oxford, &c. and his remarks may be confi. dered as forming not an improper supplement to Mr. Young's Tour through the same parts of the kingdom. Art. 5o. Theatrical Amusements; or the Diversions of the Green.
Room, &c. 12mo is. Witts. .
A paltry jest book, vamped with a new title. Art. 51. An Appeal to the Jockey Club; or a true Narrative of
the late Affair between Mr. Fitzgerald and Mr. Walker. By George Robert Fitzgerald, Esq; 8vo. 1 s. Parker, &c. 1976
Case, as plated by F. . W. owes F. 3000l. (we suppose on a gaming account) and pleading bankruptcy, requests F.'s acquiescence in a small compofition, in common with the rest of his creditors. F. complies; but, afterward; finding reason to believe, that. W. had imposed on him, by a base misreprefentation of his circumstances, he gives him a public caning, at Ascot races. Some days after a duel ensues; and F. afferts, that his antagonist (providentially] escaped unhurt by the means of paper armour under his clothes, which repelled a well-aimed bullet chat hit him on the arm. In brief, F. ftill pursues his evasive opponent, who, day after day, week after week, and month after month, plays at hide and seek with him. In the mean time, our appellant fubmits the propriety of his conduct to the arbitration of the gentlemen of che Jockey Club; whose decisions, as a court of bonour, we are to suppołe, no man of honoor will have reason to impeach. въ 2
Art. 52. An Answer to Mr. Fitzgerald's Appeal. By Thomas
. Walker, Esq; 8vo. 1 s. Kearsley. Mr. W. explains some circumstances, (particularly with regard to the nature of Mr. F.'s pecuniary demand upon him) which are necessary to be truly known, before a just and decifive-judgment can be formed of the real merits of the dispute between the contending parties. The appellant is here charged with some very confiderable misrepresentations. Mr. W.'s Answer is written with leis appearance of authorship than the Appeal, but with the fame becoming deference to the court of honour before which the cause has been brought; and it is probable that the perufal of it will give the public a better opinion of him, than that which might have been collected from reading Mr. F.'s performance alone, and uncontroverted. As to the story of the paper armour, Mr. W. haş noticed it only by a smile of contempt. Art. 53. The Reply to Thomas Walker, Esq; Ci-devant, Cornet
in Burgoyne's Light Dragoons. By George Robert Fitzgerald, . Esq; 8vo. I's. Parker. &c.
Hey! Hey! where are we now? Here we have the lie direkt, ac. complished villain, paper'd coward, and blafted cheat, with many other compliments of the true St, Giles?s breed. Yet is not Mr. F.'s pamphlet ill-written. There is in it fpirit, and even pleasantry; and, on the whole, he seems to have, by far, the best end of the argument. - But, after all, what have the public to do with the quarrels of turf men and gamesters ? Let them cut each other's throats as they please, without interruption ; and the more the better, that society may get rid of them. Art 54. A Letter to Dr. Samuel Johnson, on his Journey to
the Western Illes. By Andrew Henderson, Author of the Life of - the late Duke of Cumberland. 8vo. 1 s. Millan, &c.
The Frog contending with the 'Ox. Art. 55. The Beraugh Broker ; or Nobleman Trick’d. Being a
Detail of Facts, &c. By a Lady,' 8vo. 1$. Williams, 1774.
Whether this is really a piece of secret history, or a catch-penny A&tion, we pretend nor to determine. The story relates that a lord V. was cheated of 300 l, by one l. R. who is represented as a common Marper ; and, at that time, pretended he had a power to sell the representation of Hindon. This borough, which has so lately had the ill luck to be exposed to shame, for no uncommon kind of traffic, perhaps appeared the firtest to engage attention ; but whether the tale be true or false, it is so ill told, that it is scarce worth reading. N. Art. 56. Principles of Politeness, and of knowing the World ;
by the late Lord Chefterfield, 'methodised and digested, &c. By the Rev. Dr. John Trusler. 8vo. 2 s. 6d. Beil, &c. 1775.
Lord Chesterfield's celebrated letters to his son, 'undoubtedly con. tain a great number of precepts, against the morality of which, no just' exceprions can be brought. A selection of these was an obvious Thought; and Dr. Truser has done all that was requifite in digefting elier systematically; by a proper arrangement under distinct heads, á græodesiy, genteel carriage, choice of company, employment of time, diority of manners, &c. &c . .
Art. 57. Principles of Politeness, and of knowing the World.
Part II. Addressed to young Ladies. By the Rev. Dr. John Truf
ler. -8vo. 1 s. 6 d. Bell. 1775. · A proper companion to the foregoing Article. It is collected from the most respectable writers; and treats the subject under the three general heads of MODESTY, Love, and MARRIAGE, and Female CONDUCT in GENERAL ; these being subdivided into a great number of distinct branches: all of which are judiciously treated. Art. 58. A Sunday's Ramble; or, Modern Sabbath Day's' • Journey in and about the Cities of London and Westminfter.
Describing, in an agreeable manner, the various interesting Scenes to be met with, &c. the whole illustrated with a great variety of Original Characters, Anecdotes, Memoirs, &c. 12mo. 1s. Bew.
We have had several books on plans fimilar to this, which have been called Spies, trips, &c. And they have been the more frivolous, as their Authors pretended to wit or waggery. This Ramble takes a fober, reflecting, and moral turn; and is fo far tolerable, at least. The writer appears to have really visited the scenes he describes ; but not all in one day, as he sets forth,-unless he borrowed the. giant's feven-league boots: and had there been a greater variety of description, and fewer stories, characters, &c. (none of which are very interesting, or important) his performance would, in our opinion, have been more generally acceptable to those readers for whose amufement and information he intended it. Art. 59. Hotch Potch, containing a Canclamation of Original
Pieces, a higgledy. piggledy of Controversies and Opinions on various Subjects.- Morsels of History, Physiology, fragments of Art, portions of Humour, goblets of Raciocination, crumbs of Comfort, piece-meals of Oeconomy, &c. By Thomas Medley, Esg; Vice-President of Bollimong College, Doctor of Gallimafry, Utopian Professor of Oddities, and Fellow of Civil Society. j2mo. Vol. I. 2 s. 6 d. bound. Nicoll. 1774.
Humorous, witty, and pleasant; and the Reviewer is truly obliged to the learned and ingenious president of Bollimong College, for the comfortable nap which the perusal of his 'salmagunda of lucubrations' hath procured him. Art. 60. The Southampton Guide; or, The Ancient and Present
State of that Town.-Also the Isle of Wight, &c. &c. 12mo. 13. Beecroft, &c. 1774.
Useful, particularly to those who visit the pleasant town of Southampton, in the summer season.
SCHOOL BOOK. Art. 61. Græcæ Grammatica Rudimenta, Ordine novo, ac faci, • liori Ratione, tradita, ex Opera Georgii Gulielmi Lemon.
Apxidodaorano Regia Scholæ Norvicenfis. The Rudiments of Greek Grammar, &c. by George William Lemon, Head Master of the · King's School, Norwich. 12mo. 2 s. 6 d. Nourse. 1774. · Notwithstanding what we have occasionally said in commen. dation of several publications of this kind, there is one obvious inconvenience attending a variety of Greek and Latin Grammars, which is, that when the half-grounded pupil changes his paster, 4 circumstance that many contingencies must occasion, he