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promoting harmony in that particular lodge, of which the Author was a member. Art. 36. The Politician, a Poem. Addressed to Mr. James Scott,

Fellow of Trinity-College, Cambridge, by the Author of Juvenal's Satires imitated and adapted to the Times. 4to. is. 6d. Ridley.

Mr. Scott having, in his Perils of Poetry, affronted the author of this poem, (whose name, if we rightly remember, is Green) he is here chastised, in his turn ; and in numbers not much superior to his own.

POLITICA L. Art. 37. The History of the late Minority. Exhibiting the Can

duši, Principles, and Viecus of that Party, during the Years 1762, 1763, 1764, and 1765. London: printed in the Year 1765; and re-printed, with some Additions, in the Year 1766. Svo. 49. few'd. Almon.

An inflammatory piece of party-work; which hath engroffed a much greater share of the public attention than it seems to have merited. Art. 38. Correct Copies of the Two Protests against the Bill to repeal

the American Stamp-ael, of last session. With Lifts of the Speakers and Voters. 8vo.

A Paris, &c. (i: e.) London, &c. Almon,

We have no particular reason to question the authenticity of this publication, and we deem it unnecessary to say more concerning it. Art. 39. The celebrated Speech of a celebrated Commoner. 8vo.

6d. Austen. Mr. Pitt's speech in favour of the repeal of the American Ramp-aa. This celebrated piece of oratory has appeared in various forms from the press; particularly in a two-lhilling pamphlet entitled Political Debates : privately fold, but not advertised. Art. 40. An Apology for the Ministerial Life and Actions of a celi

brated Favourite. 8vo. JS. 6d. Pridden. An ironical attack on the Earl of B—-; written with some degree of humour. Art. 41. A Word to the respectable Pro's and Con's *, Ins and Outs

, the Politicians and weekly Venders of Politics in Great Britair. 8vo. 6d. Fletcher.

The Author blames the people for taking too much liberty with government, and censures our ministers for deserving the accusations which he, at the same time, deems it wrong to bring against them. We cannot perceive much utility in this performance.

• Pro's and Con's, to printed in the title-page. Art. 42. Free and candid Remarks on a late celebrated Oration;

with fore fetu occasional Thoughts on the late Commotions in Ameer rica. 8vo. Law.

Censures Mr. Pitt's speech against the American stamp-act, as a piece of fophiftry and fuftian, foreign to the main points to which the argus ment ought to have been confined, and, in short, an affront to the un



derstandings of the gentlemen in whose presence it was delivered. Perhaps the Remarker may be right in fome of his criticisms; but as he is rather a warm advocate for the ftamp-act, he is, possibly, somewhat the iels candid in his animadversions on the celebrated orator.

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British Liberties; or, the Prie-born Subje£t's Inheritance; containing the Laws that form the Basis of those Liberties, with Observations thereon. Also an introductory Ejay on political Liberty, and a comprehensive View of the Constitution of Great Britain. 8vo. 6s. Dilly.

A publication of this kind in a free ftate, is never unseasonable ; and this compilement has the merit of being more full and methodical than any thing of the kind now extant. Every statute, and indeed every mode of legal proceeding, whereby the liberty of the subject is either directly or remotely affected, is here set forth and illuftrated by judicious comments. We must pot omit to observe, that the introduction contains fome excellent reflections, collected from the best writers, on polirical liberty in general, and on the nature of the British constitution in particular. The subjects of this treatise are tco various and diffusive to admit of abridgement; and indeed the attempt would be unnecessary; for as every man is interested in the contents of this collection, no one who can read, should be without it. Art. 44. An Appeal to Magna Charta, and the Common Law of Eng

land, on the Subject of Inheritance to the Lands of Inteftates by Deo scent; and also relative to a genuine Cafe annexed. By a Gentleman of the Middle-Temple. 4to. 35. Brotherton.

In the treatise before us, there is so much natural good sense and legal knowledge, intermixed with so much affected levity and claslical pedantry, that we may say of it, nil fuit unquam tum difpar fibi. With re. spect to the proposition which the Writer undertakes to defend in be. half of younger children, against the unnatural, and, we will venture to say, illegal right of primogeniture, in cases of intestacy, we have more than once expressed our sentiments on the subject. This Gothic privi. lege, which was introduced for the sake of maintaining feudal dependence, and which, by the abolition of those Navilh tenures, ought to have fallen with them, has been unaccountably preserved, though it seems impossible for any reasonable and liberal man, except an elder brother, to entertain a serious partiality in favour of it. Some indeed have urged the necessity of the law of primogeniture, in order to the maintenance of great families for the support of the crown; but since this notion was first adopted, the crown has obtained so many unfore. feen and extraordinary aids, that it does not now stand in need of such a support. Belides, that constitution must be faulty indeed, which derives its support from the violation of the duties of natural affection and common justice. Though this Appeal, as we have premised, is liable to many material exceptions, yet we recommend it to the perusal of those who think the subject worthy their consideration. They will find many very cogent arguments well expressed, though their tone is in some des gree weakened, by a great deal of defoltory and foreign matter, which does more credit to the Writer's industry, than to his judgment,

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Art. 45.

Art. 45. Rules and Orders of the Court of Exchequer, relative to the

Equity-court, the Office of Pleas, and the Revenue. 8vo. 28. Sandby.

As this publication is merely of practical use, it is fufficient to apprize our Readers, that such a collection is to be obtained by applying according to the directions of the title. Art. 46. Addenda to Burn's Ecclefiaftical Law: With proper Tables and Indexes to the fame. 8vo. 1S.

IS. Millar. Among the additions contained in these sheets, the most obfervable is the form of confecrating churches and church-yards, which also may be applied, mutatis mutandis, to the consecration of chapels and chapelyards. The several tables likewise appear to be accurately digested, and are indeed the most valuable part of the Addenda. As to the plan and execution of the work at large, we refer the Reader to our former accounts

* See Review, Vol. XXIX. p. 161 and 261.

RELIGIOUS and CONTROVERSIAL.. Art. 47. Sermons on Practical Subjects. By Robert Walker, one

of the Ministers of the High-Church' of Edinburgh. 8vo. 55. Kincaid, Edinburgh.

These discourses were preached by a very eminent northern divine; whose style and turn of sentiment are such as evidently shew him to be a man of taste and genius. Art. 48. A mort Eljay on Man's original State, and Fall in the fir!

Adam; and of his Recovery by Jesus Christ, the second Adam. With some Observations on the Gospel-call: as also fome Reflections on the Chriflian Life. 8vo.

is, Keith. The Author of this estay tells us, that conscience and reason are no guides in watters of religion POOR MAN! Art. 49. A Lapse of Human Souls in a State of Pre-existenci, the

only original Sin, and the Ground-work of the Gospel Dispensation. By Capel Berrow, A. M. Rector of Roffington, Nottinghamshire. 8vo. 35. Dodsley:

That we come into the world objects of the divine wrath on account of a guilt nor contracted by ourselves, but transmitted to us from Adam's trespass in Paradise, and that nothing less than the blood of Jesus was fufficient to atone for that derived offence, is an hypothefis, Mr. Berrow fays, which has not the least foundation in reason or revelation, and has contributed greatly to the daily increase of infidelity. The redemption scheme, he tells us, is not grounded on a derived guilt from Adam, but on a lapse of human souls in a fase of pre-existence.--As he appears to have a sincere regard for the honour of Christianity, he is certainly entitled to a fair hearing : and the subject is undoubtedly of importance. Art. 50. A Charge to the Clergy of the Archdeaconry of St. Albans,

in the Year 1765. To which are annexed Instructions for Minifiers, Churchwardens, and others, in forming true and complete Terriers of Glebe Lands and other Polesions belonging to Churches; Bij publisbed in 1761, under the Direction of Bihap Sherlock. By


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James Ibbetson, D. D. Archdeacon of St. Albans.

is. 6d. White.

The principal articles of this charge relate to the manner of soliciting
and obtaining preferments; in the latter case the Archdeacon enlarges
confiderably on the subje&t of fimoniacal contracts, and, with respecto
the purchase of advowlons in particular, perhaps too severely.-- In the
former he very properly recommends it to his clergy to maintain the
dignity of their office and character, which indeed, many, to gratify
and coincide with the inclinations of the lay pairons, unhappily neglect.
The annexed inftru&tions are useful; but they are generally known.
Art. 51. Discourses on several Subjects. By William Cooper,

A. M. Rector of Kirby-Wiske, in Yorkthire, and late Fel-
low of Trinity-College, Cambridge. 8vo. gs. Becket and Co.

These discourses, which are ten in number, are chiefly on practical
subjects, plain, useful, earnest, and fensible. The Author is by no
mcans a masterly Writer; but we readily believe that he is a good and
useful clergyman.
Art. 52. Sermons on the most useful and important Subjects, aclapted

to the Family and Closet. By the Rev. Samuel Davies, A. M.
late President of the College at Princeton in New-Jersey. To
which are prefixed, a Sermon on the Death of Mr. Davies, by
Samuel Finley, D. D. and another Discourse on the same
Occasion, together with an elegiac Poem to the Memory of
Mr. Davies, By Thomas Gibbons, D. D. 8vo.3 Vols.
155. Printed for the Benefit of the Author's Widow, and
sold by Buckland, &c.

Dr. Gibbons, in his preface to these sermons, gives the following ac-
count and character of them :- A very confiderable number of Mr.
Davies's sermons has been transmitted to me, and thence I have selected
what were sufficient to compose the ensuing voluncs. As they were
Mr. Davies's usual popular discourses, it may naturally be supposed that
they required patient and accurate revisal in order to their publication ;
and that the editor, if he would discharge his duty as he ought, mutt
find himself under the necessity of making fome occasional alterations
and amendments as to the language, and especially of adjusting the
pointing. These liberties I have taken, and have endeavoured to exe-
cute my trust in the same manner which I have reason to think Mr. Da.
vies, had he been alive, would have approved and commended; and in
which I should with my own fermons, fou'd I leave any behind me
worthy of the public view, might be corrected and sent into the world.

• The fermóns I have chosen for publication strictly answer the adevertisement in the proposals for printing them; namely, fermons on the mer useful and important fubjeéts, adapted to the family and closet. The reader will meet with no discourses in these volumes but what are calculated for general use, or such as relate to the common conditions, duties, and in#rests of mankind in one form or another; and in how many of them has both the saint and the finner a portion of meat provided for him ? may it prove a portion in due feason! and may both the one and the other rile from the facred featt divinely Atrengthened and biellud!

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• I most sincerely wish that young minifters would peruse these volumes with the deepest attention and seriousness, and endeavour, in conjunction with earnest prayer for divine illumination and affiftance, to form their discourses according to the model of our author ; in which, if I mistake not, a critical scrutiny into the sacred texts which he chooses for his subjects, a natural deduction and clear representation of their genuine meaning, an elaborate and satisfactory proof of the various heads of doctrine, a fteady prosecution of his point, together with an easy and plain, but yet strong and pertinent enlargement, and a free, animated, and powerful application and improvement, wonderfully adapted to awaken the consciences, and strike the hearts of both saints and finners, mingle the various excellencies of learning, judgment, eloquence, piety, and seraphic zeal, in one uncommon glory; not unlike the beams of the sun collected by a burning-glals, that at once shine with a molt dazzling brightness, and set fire, wherever the blaze is directed, to objects fufceptive of their celestial influence, and a transformation into their own nature.'

Such is the character, which Dr. Gibbons gives of the sermons now before us ; a character, which some readers, we appréhend, will think news rather the warmness of the Editor's imagination and friendship, than the strength of his judgment. We mean not to infinuate, however, that the sermons are void of merit ; on the contrary, we would observe, that the Author appears to have been animated with a warm and generous concern for the best interests of his fellow-creatures; to have poffeffed a vigorous and lively imagination; and that there are many passages in his discourses which shew great sensibility of heart, and true genius.- - The subjects of them are, chiefly,—the divine authority and fufficiency of the Christian religion,—the nature of salvation through Jesus Christ,--the connection between present holiness and future felicity, -the divine mercy to mourning penitents,-che danger of lukewarmness in religion,--the general resurrection,-ingratitude to God an heinous but general iniquity,—the necessity and excellence of family-religion, &c. &c. Art. 53. Theological Dissertations ; containing, 1. The Nature of

the Sinai Covenant. 2. The Character and Privileges of the Apostolic Churches, with an Examination of Dr. Taylor's Key to the Epistles. 3. The Nature of Saving Faith. 4. The Law of Nature sufficiently promulgated to the Heathens. 5. An Attempt to promote the frequent dispensing the Lord's Supper. By John Erskine, M. A. one of the Ministers of Edinburgh. 12mo. 39. Dilly.

The three first of these dissertations were never before printed ; the two last were published several years ago.- A distinct account of what is contained in them would tend little to the instruction or entertainment of our Readers; we shall content ourselves, therefore, with inserting a few passages from the third dissertation, as a specimen of the whole.

• We must believe, that the Mesliah is the Son of God in the fullest and most emphatical sense of the word. Jesus is termed, John ii. 18. God's only begotten Son, i. e. the Son of God in a sense incommunicable to any creature, and which has not, nay cannot, have any thing parallel

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