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As if our Prophet from above, d
To prompt you, had dispatch'd his dove.
Would leave a fav'rite dish to cool?' The Author of this humorous piece takes notice of Mr. Nadan's worthy forerunners in the glorious cause of polygamy, among the people called Christians.
Your light is not quite new,
Hall and Ochinus saw it too. . Of the latter we gave some account in our Review for November 1780. The former, though not so learned in the theory, was deeper in the practice of polygamy than the a postate Capuchin. He realized his own lyttem, and gave the credit of example to the subrilty of argument,
Tbis Mr. Wesley Hall was originally a clergyman, but having married a fifter of Mr. John Wesley (after a most shameful breach of faith to another filter) he connected himself with the Methodists, and became a faint of the firit order!
In Bishop Lavington's tra&t, entitled, “ The Moravians compared and deteéled,” we have the following account of this famous gentle. man : “ Mr. Wesley Hall preached publicly at Salisbury in defence “ of a plurality of women, under the name of wives, and afterwards 4 printed and published his infamous juftification of bigamy: dir.
persing it about with his own hands :-a creacife, noi putting in •"* any decent plea for having a multiplicity of women, but audaci“ ously condemning the defenders of the matrimonial contract between ¢ one and one, as weak and wicked men ; traitors to God; guilty " of folly, falsehood, and a religious madness: and he calls it the “ most horrible delufion that the Devil and his emiffaries can propa: gace,"
This is so much in concord with Mr. Madan's sentiments and language, that one would be apt to imagine that these two modero lie. roes of polygamy had conferred on the fubject, and communicated to each other their reciprocal ardor of affection for this Lady of the Koran.
There is however a certain anecdote preserved respecting Mr. Ma. dan which shews, that his passion was of a much later date ; and that Mr. Hall had the glory of entering the lifts in behalf of the Lady, lring before Mr. Madan could reconcile himself to any good opinion of her
or her champion. 'n The anecdote comes to us well authenticated by one of Lady Hun.
tingdon's Chaplains, and we will preseni i: to our Readers in bis own words :
“ Some years ago, a clergyman, Mr. W—-y H-11, happening “ occafionally to officiate as a Reader, where our Autbor, Mr. Ma“ dan, was ihe Preacher, and having been famous, or rather infa“ mous, in respect of Polygamy, the latter appeared to be out of all “ patience, and, onquired how that abandoned fellow could be em" ployed who had done so much mischief in the religious world by « his principles and his practice! Mr. Madan was not then so much “ enlightened as to this doctrine, and having been lately reminded, “ as I have heard, by one that knew this anecdote, his answer was, “ My sentiments are altered now: or words to that effect.”.
It is but justice to Mr. Wesley, and the Methodists, to remark, that this Mr. Hall and his priociples were equally the objects of their abhorrence and contempi.
Mr. Charles Wetley, in particular, resented his treachery to his filter; and lashed it with the most poignant severity, in an Epistle, ad. dreffed, in the year 1735, to Miss Marcha Wesley (who was aftere wards Hall's wife) in which are the following very striking lines, which we have transcribed from an original MS. of the late Mr. Samuel Wesley, of Tiverton school :
"I see thy' fiery trial near,
To veil with semblance fair the fiend within, • And make his God subfervient to his fin." Mr. Samuel Wesley, who hated Hall, and ever suspected him, even in the very zenith of his faintlhip, for an arrant hypocrite, predicted, in a letter to his brother Charles, that “the marriage could not come to good.”: Nor did it. The curse of Heaven followed it : for the woman who shared jo betraying her sister, was punished by the PoLYGAMY of her husband!
. - 3 Art. jo. A Poetical EpiAle to the Rev. Dr. Robertfon, occa.
fioned by his History of America. 4to. 1S. Richardson and Urquhart. The nature of this Epiftle may be learned from the Author's
A D V ER TI.S E MEN T. • The Author of the following verses states a comparison between the elegant Hiftorian to whom they are addressed and Livy. Both writers are diftinguished by the music of their periods, and their skill in pathetic description. The Roman historian is also eminent for his attachment to the cause of liberty. Nor is there any reason to apprehend, from the writings of the English historian, that his.principles are opposite. Yet the history he has promised of British America, is, in this refpe&, become exceedingly critical. Therefore the Author of the following Epistle, anxious for the fame of a Writer whom he respects, and for a cause which he thinks equitable, hopes he has not transgressed against propriety, in hazarding what has the appearance of an admonition. The verses were written some time ago, and are now offered to the Public with the greatest deference, The veries are liberal, elegant, and ingenious.
Art. 11. Parnaffian Weeds. 4to. 2 s. 6 d. Wilkie, &c.
This benevolent Writer · assures the Public, that the produce of this pamphlet, after the expences of publication are paid, will be. devoted to the allistance of the sufferers in the West India Isands. In this case, he hopes, the Critics will let him pass with impunity, and the Public at large, no less partial to the cause, suffer their charity to fupercede their judgment, and let humanity approve where sense would condemn.' We feel no disposition to censure what is published from such a laudable morive; it was pnnccessary, therefore, to with that, as Critics, we would let him pass with impunity. He would, indeed, have been inritled, to the indulgence he pleads for, had his motives of publication beca different. His Parnallian Weeds, as he has modestly called them, were produced, if our information be right, at eighteen. Time and, cultivation may cxalt them into flowers., Art. 12. Poems by George Keate, Erg. 2 Vols. 12mo.
and are too well known to be here epomerated. The pieces that are
... Richardfon. 1781.
A superficial and apparently hafty performance. The sentiments are trite, and the vergfication is of that equivocal cast, that fluctuates at mediocrity; at one time Gnking into meanness, at another endeavouring to fwell into dignity. To excel in moral satire, qualities are required that are dispensed but to the few; the present Writer is one of Ibe many. Art. 15. A Pindaric Ode, inscribed to the Right Honourable
Lord North. 460, 6d. Rivington. This Ode is confessedly written on the plan of Horace's Quem virums aut Heroa, &c, the heroes that are here celebrated are, as may be supe
posed, taken from the English history. The piece concludes with a
land, to Mademoiselle Heinel, in France : with Notes. 410.
An attempt at wit; too doll to divert, and too feeble to offend. C Art. 17. Tabby in Elysium, a mock Poem, from the German
of P. W. Zachariae, by R. E. Ralpe. 400. 1-s. 6 d. Cadell.
1781. . Of humour there are two kinds, the one general and universal; the other local and particular. Noc attending to this distinction, writers are too frequently mortifed in finding that, what affordo exquifite pleasure to a limited circle, is received by the Public with coldness and indifference. With respect to the performance before us, with whatever delight it may be read in the criginal by those who are intimately acquainted with the manners it describes, and in a country where, perhaps, humour of this kind may be in its infancy, it seems not much calculated for the meridian of England, where humour in all its varieties has been cultivated with peculiar success. As a Translator, Mr. Raspe has acquitted himself with credit. He seems to have acquired a knowledge of our language, and its idiomatical peculiaricies, which foreigners seldom arrive at. Art. 18. Superfition, Fanaticism, and Faction; a Poem. By . .' William Burton.' 400.' is. Flexney. 1781. i
The Opposition are a set of superstitious, fanatical, and facrious knaves to whom William Burton will give no quarter, and of whom - he records, that ·'. In the Channel they are pleas'd to see ..
England renounce the empire of the sea,
That they may undermine the Ministree! · Had this honelt gentleman no friend to interpose between him and the press ?
*.. MISCELLANEO U s. Art. 19. Journal of Capt.' Cook's laf Voyage to the Pacifick ► Ocean, on Discovery. Performed in the Years 1776, 1777,
1778, 1779. Illustrated with Cots, and a Cbart, thewing the em Tracts of the Ships employed in this expedition. Faithfully nar. *- rated from the original Manuscript. Svo. 65. Boards. New.
This account has the appearance of being fabricated from the journal of fome petty officer, or other inferior person, whose scanty records afforded the book-maker litcle more than the common nautical observations of an ordinary seaman. Some embellishments there are ; but these feem rather to excite the reader's suspicions concerning the authenticity of the whole. Those who have made the voy. age, afirm that the journalist, or the compiler, has (beside many other misrepresentations) grossly traduced the chara&er of poor Omais who, as we are assured, conducted himself with fo much propriety, from the time of his leaving England, to his arrival at his own country, that be gained the good-will of every person on board,
from the highest to the lowest, and particularly of the worthy Capt.
Cook, who had conceived almof a fatherly affection for him.' On * the whole, the Public must wait for the journal of the voyage, which
(as we are informed) will be published by authority, as soon as the
Edward Reife, Sadler ar Lewes. 4to. 1S. Lewes, printed.
This honeft sadler makes many jutt observations on a subject which demands a very serious attention. The misfortune is, that those whom he wishes to reclaim, will not easily be prevailed upon to read his arguments. Art. 21. A Letter to the Authors of the Monthly Review ; 06
cafioned by their Stri&tures on the Posthumous Works of Dr. · Watts (Dec. 1779), and on Dr. Gibbons's Memoirs of Dr. Watts
(Octob. 1780.) 8vo. 6 d. Nicol.
As the point in dispute between this Letter-writer and ourselves is chiefly a matter of mere fase and opinion, we must be content to let it reft where it is. We are not likely to convert one another : and we are perfectly well-pleased that our antagonift hould regard as as bad Critics, while he esteems Dr. Gibbons as a good Writer? 1 Art. 22. The Speeches pro and con in the House of Lords, uderz. • The Sunday Bill; with the Bill itself; and also an Advertisement to • the Reader, and some few Explanatory Notes, by the Editor. 410.
6 d. Johnson, &c. 1781.
Profeffedly taken from the newspapers, where, being published as copies of parliamentary speeches, the collectors are only answerable for fdelity. It may, however, be obferved, that the Earl of Abingdon's speeches on this occafion are the principal objects in this republication ; that there is more wit than found policy in them; that the notes are but few and trifiing, and written by fome one not over well affe&ted to the bench of Bishops ; poffibly as feeling the restraints impored in the Sunday Acti
and Courts Martial ; in which the Doctrines lately laid down in the
A very bitter and acrimonious review of the two trials of the Admi.
already suffered se severely.
*the Country, relative to the Sugar Colonies, proving their Import-
on à footing with the British. 8vo. 1 $. Becket, &c. 170).
After stating the inportance of the sugar planters to the trade of this country, and the difculties they labour under from the war now carrying on, the Writer ihews, that even a temporary admillion of