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important difference between the language of one who considers hin as a mere man, and that of those who pay him divine honours. Dr. C., indeed, admits that his modes of expression will be deemed at least deficient by those whose creed differs, from his own. While, therefore, we acknowledge his full riglit. to state his own sentiments in his own way, we also claim the privilege of cautioning our readers against what we consider the dangerous tendency of his book. Art. XIX. New Dialogues, in French and English ; Containing Exem:

plifications of the Parts of Speech, and the auxiliary and active Verbs ; with familiar Observations on the following Subjecis: History, Arithmetic, Botany, Astronomy, the Comet, the Opera, Singing, Hippodramatic Performances, Italian Painting, Music, Mr. West's Picture, Country Life, Picturesque Descriptions, Dinner Party, Politeness, Accomplishments, &c. &c. The whole calculated to advance the Younger Branches of both Sexes in the attainment of the French Language. By W. Keegan, A.M. 12mo. Price 38. bound. Boosey,

1811. PERHAPS a juster character of this elementary work cannot be given,

than by saying that it tolerably performs the promise of the title page. It is, on the whole, a very fair advance towards the improvement of exercises in the modern languages, by making them subservient to the attainment of scientific knowledge. We apprehend, however, that many parents will object to the extreme frivolity of part of the contents, and will think, with us, that the small-talk about tlieatres and actors is not altogether suitable to the sobriety of instruction. Mr. K. complains that other books of dialogues' are without even the inculcation of a moral sentiment. We can assure him that there are not a few conductors of education who will think it a sufficient objection to the morality of his book, that it describes an

agreeable' sunday water party to Richmond, and after an elaborate panegyric upon a young lady who was drowned on the return, concludes with the assurance that her angelic soul is flown to heaven.'

Art. XX. The Laet Enemy Destroyed. A Serinon preached at New

Windsor Chapel, near Manchester, November 10, 1811, on the Death of the Rev. George Paillips, A. M. With an Appendix, containing an Account of his Early Life and subsequent Character. By Joseph Fletcher, A. M. 8vo. pp. 51. price Is. 6d. Williams, Crosby,

Baynes, Conder. 1811. . AMONG many other valuable individuals, of whom the literary world

takes no note, but by their loss,' was the subject of this interesting publication ; the more interesting, perhaps, as it will probably be the only memorial of one, who seemed qualified to render considerable service to the united cause of religion and literature. Mr. Phillips, as we collect from an Appendix to the Sermon, in which the features of his character and the few particulars of his life are very pleasingly exhibited, was born at Haverfordwest, in October, 1784. After pursuing his youthful studies for some time under the care of the Rev. James Phil. lips, (now of Clapham,) and subsequently under the direction of a

clergyman who resided in the town, he regolved to devote himself to the office of the Christian Ministry among the Dissenters. He prosecuted bis studies for this purpose, with great diligence and success, for a considerable tinze at the academy at Wýmondley, and afterwards, during three sessions, at the university of Glasgow, where the first prizes in all the philosophical classes were conferred upon him with highly flattering marks of distinction. It was here his biographer became acquainted with him, and had ample opportunities of studying a character which seeme to have been adapted, in a degree very unusual at his time of life, to excite a mingled sentiment of affection and reverence. After being employed a short time, in preaching in various parts of the country, with some interruption on account of ill health, he accepted an invitation, in 1810, to preside, as classical tutor, over a new academical institution, at Manchester, and, in May 1811, undertook the pastoral care of a neighbouring congregation, among whom his services had been for several months very acceptable. His health sinking apace, under the pressure of a pulmonary disorder to which he had been subject for some years, he set off in Octo. ber, for Devonshire. At Glastonbury, on his way, 'he felt a sudden giddinesɛ and insensibility,'— and in less than ten minutes gently ex, pired.' A few sentences from Mr. Fletcher's elegant and affectionate sketch of his character, must conclude this brief tribute to his memory.

He possessed an intimate and extensive knowledge of classical authors; and in the inquiries he was enabled to prosecute, in this department of liberal education, he combined a vigorous and masculine under. standing with the accuracy and elegance of a refined taste.'-Scientific knowledge enlightened his path ; and history lent its aid to guide his re. searches. He added to these,an aptitude and facility in the communication of knowledge, which peculiarly tended to attract the regard, and se. cure the confidence of his pupils. In him they beheld learning without ostentation, dignity without pride, and condescension without meanness: and it may with truth be affirmed, that no instructor ever acquired, in so short a time, a more complete possession of the hearts of those committed to his care.' :. His sentiments were decidedly evangelical, and they assumed this character, not from the prejudices of education, or the influence of human authority, but from mature, enlarged, and deliberate reflection. His Preaching combined, in a high degree the illustration of practical and experimental religion, with the rational exposition of those peculiar doc. trines, which afford the only permanent security for its cultivation,' His talents as a preacher were more adapted for usefulness than splendour. He had not the physical strength which is often essential, in connection: with higher qualities, to extensive and immediate popularity ; but there was in his preaching, an energy of thought, an earnestness of soul, on the important realities of religion, which discovered at once, the sincerity and the ardour of his mind. His sernions were always judicious, dise playing a vigorous and matured understanding ; and if in any department of preaching, he particularly excelled, it was in the accurate delineation of the varieties of moral character. He had studied human nature well, and

Had acquired singular penetration in detecting and analysing the causes of individual diversity. He could not only trace the more obvious distinctions of character, to their legitimate principles, but possessed an uncommon acuteness, in perceiving the nicer shades of difference, and could de. velope and illustrate these peculiarities with great ingenuity. Such a tas lent, acquired by habits of careful abstraction and enlarged observation, gave to his discourses, an air of originality, so remote from ordinary and common-place thoughts, that they could not fail to interest the discrimi. nating hearer ; while at the same time, in the exact portraitures he drew of human character, the most unlettered beheld the fidelity of his represen. tations.' The rich qualities of his mind, were happily blended with an ingenuous and amiable disposition ; and inflexible integrity guided his conduct in all the relations of life. He had a thorough aversion, to every thing mean and contemptible ; and dignified decision was the prominent feature which distinguished his character. In the more retired and interior circle of friendship, he inspired an affection, bordering on en- , thusiasm. pp. 43, 49.

Mr. Fletcher's Sermon, from 1 Cor. xv. 26, is a highly interesting and judicious discourse, illustrating the grounds on which death is to be consi. dered as an enemy, the reason why its ravages are permitted, the foundation of our hopes that it will be finally destroyed, and the sentiments and feelings which such considerations ought to awaken in the mind.

Art. XXI. The French Scholar's Depository; in which are gradually

developed, the most Important Elements of French Conversation.

By Anne Lindley. 12mo. Price 28. bound. Darton. 1811. AS this convenient little book is compiled upon an excellent plan,

we are sorry to notice so many verbal errors and phrases not strictly idiomatic. Fauchon, for Fanchon, and Isabell for Isabelle, may be errors of the press; but Romances for Romans, is a palpable English blunder. The words have different meanings ; the first being the name of a particular description of early French poetry, and having no reference whatever to modern romances. « On ne peut pas mieux diné, either wants the auxiliary, or a different modification of the verb diner. –The truth is, that no work of this nature should be sent to the press, without being first subjected to the revisal of a native of

France.

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Art. XXII. Hints to all Classes on the State of the Country; in this Mo.

mentous Crisis. : 8vo. pp. 28., Price 1s. 6d. Stockdale. 1812.. W E observe nothing in these • hints,' worth' attending to, which has .

"! not been repeatedly stated, to the public, and in the plainest possible terms. A considerable part of the pamphlet is taken up with a very ostentatious declamation on the degeneracy of the times, of which the disuse of swords and bags' seems to furnish, in this writer's opi. nion, no despicable proof. In the latter part of the pamphlet he takes upon him to pronounce on the question of Catholic Enancipation, and, among other things, declares his entire acquiescence in the assertion that the embryo of the inquisition is actually established in every part

VOL. VII.

of the united kingdom. The author in his advertisement holds out a menace of discussing the state of the country more at large :' and as he seems quite 'mistrustless of being either dull or ridiculous, we have no doubt that he will carry this piece of vengeance into effect, if not prevented by a timely hint from Mr. Stockdale. Art. XXIII. Perambulations in London and its Environs ; comprehending

an Historical Sketch of the Ancient State, and Progress, of the British Metropolis, a Concise Description of its Present State, Notices of eminent Persons, and a short Account of the Surrounding Vil. lages. In Letters. Designed for young persons, By Priscilla Wake.

field. 12mo. pp. 500. Darton and Harvey. 1809. W E have seldom met with a more amusing or more comprehensive

publication than the present. It communicates in a cheap form, and satisfactory manner, the substantial information of costly and exa tensive works; and we should scarcely wish for a better guide to the British Capital, While the historical statements are more ample and distinct than could be expected, in so small a compass, the deseriptions are simple and intelligible, and the anecdotes interesting and illustrative. It might have been as well, perhaps, when describing a couple of bests", not to have talked of the matchless pencil of Nollekens. . Art. XXIV, Vindicie Ecclesiasticæ A Refutation of the charge, that

the Church of England does not teach the Gospel. A Sermon, preached in the Parish Church of Greenwich, June 30, 1811. By the

Rev. 1. Waite, M. A. Domestic Chaplain to Her Royal Highness , the Duchess of Brunswick. Svo. pp. 32. Price 1și Baldwin. 1811. ACCORDING to Mr. Waite's sense of the charge which this sermon Al is designed to refute, it should seem to import, that the liturgy of the church does not teach the gospel; a charge, that scarcely deserved any attempt to refute it, because to teach the gospel, is not the proper object of prayer. That the liturgy, including even the copious portions of scripture which are most laudably interwoven with it, however evangelical in its doctrines, is of itself sufficient to teach the gospel, few will be bold enough to pretend : and those who do, must regard preaching as superfluous, and of course degrade the clergy from their high rank of religious instructors. If the Homilies be considered as a part of the teaching of the church, the charge is certainly unfounded. We do not pretend to · say, whether Mr. Waite's viewş of the gospel, especially on the subject of baptism and regeneration, are precisely those of the Church of England, or of scripture ; he is much more clear in statement, than satisfactory in proof. The principal meaning of the charge, we take to be, that the clergy do not teach the gospel. Mr. W. insists that they generally do, at least according to his notions of it, which include an admission of all its leading truths: and he adds, that “the number of religious characters in the ministry has, of late years, been greatly increasing." The general strain of doctrine in the sermon, is mueh like that of a certain other “ Refutation.The spirit of it is, upon the whole, we think, kind and liberal.

Art. XXV. The Poetical Chain, consisting of Miscellaneous Poems, Moo

ral, Sentimental, and Descriptive, on Familiar and Interesting Şubjects.

By Mrs. Ritson. 12mo. Sherwood and Co. 1811. SOME of the inferior boarding schools, we suppose, could furnish out

many a volume of rhymes very little better than these. The folly of juvenile authors, is commonly restrained from exposing itself in public, by the modesty peculiar to their age. Mrs. Ritson seems unfortunately to be neither old nor young. Art. XXVI. The Sentinel : or an Appeal to the People of England, in which some conjectures are offered respecting the rapid growth of Sectarism, its moral and political tendencies, &c. &c. with some remarks on “ evangelical" preaching, &c. 8vo. pp. 112. Price 58. Baldwin.

1812. THAT a clerical gentleman (and such, we are tolerably certain is the

author of this pamphlet) may with the greatest propriety assume the character of a Sentinel,' will be admitted by every body: and it is equally manifest, that it becomes him to be vigilant on his post, and alert to give timely warning in case of danger. In proportion, however, to the importance of the office, is the mischief which ensues when an unsuitable person intrudes into it. Accordingly, an out-post in the army who should causelessly disturb the quiet of his fellow soldiers, whether from fearfulness or misconception, would be severely punished. Now it unfortunately happens that the reverend author of the production before us is an arrant coward. His alarm, instead of being the effect of prudent foresight, is the offspring entirely of a witless brain. As very few, however, will be wrought upon by the representations of a writer so utterly destitute of talent, it is not necessary to waste words in decrying him. Feebleness excitęs pity-pot provocation. Art. XXVII. An Account of the Naval and Military Bible Society, insti.

tuted in 1780. Also, A Report of the Proceedings of the Society for the Year 1811. With an Appendix, and a List of Subscribers and

Benefactors. 12mo. Gratis. Hatchard. 1811. . . ! įT appears from this publication, that the laudable exertions of the So. I ciety for supplying the Army and Navy with Bibles and Testaments, are greatly embarrassed by the want of adequate resources. The Society has applications before it for Bibles and Testaments, from 21,420 soldiers and seamen, while its funds are insufficient, at present, to supply more than 3000. We hope this plain statement will not be without its effect: and that those, especially, who feel a peculiar interest in the welfare of the two services, will not suffer the increased and increasing activity of this Society to languish for want of suitable encouragement.

Arrangements have recently been made for obtaining a regular supply of Bibles and Testaments at the same low rate, as those of the British and Foreign Bible Society.

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