Camillo Querno is celebrated for his intimacy with Leo X. and Cardinal Bembo. He pofleffed qualifications, which, to unprincipied men of pleasure and wit, like Bembo and the Pope, gained him admitrance on a fooring of the greatest familiarity-He was, in short, a poet, a buffoon, and a drunkard. Why the prelent Writer should make use of his name, we know not. He is neither a poet oor a buffoon. Without imagination he can hardly be the one, and without vivacity he is not even qualified for the other. It is not improbable, however (if we may judge from the inteinperar.ce of bis rage), but in one respect at lealt he may bear the resemblance to the bard whose signature he has assumed.

Coto.t. Art. 40. Private Thoughts on Public Affairs : with some Apo

logy for the Conduct of our late Commanders in Chief by Sea and Land. A poetical Effay, by a Stander by. 410. i s. Payne. 178o.

This Rander. by seems to look with no great degree of respeå upon cither party, the ins or the outs: the latter appear to have the least thare of his regard. With respect to his poetical powers, though of that class which

Non homines, non di, non conceflere columnæ, they are nevertheless equal to the difcuffion of coffee-house politics. D: Art. 41. An Epiftle from Joseph Surface, Esq; to Richard Brink

ley Sheridan, Elg; Chairman of the Sub-committee for Weitminfter. 410. i s. 6 d. Kearsley. 1780.

A dabbler in poetry here attempts to censure a theatrical manager for dabbling in politics. Without examining how far such a conduct is prudent or defensible, we shall only observe, chat an able satirift might have purfued the thought with more address, and have contraited the dramatic and political avocations of a patriot, play-wright, and patentee, with more elegant raillery. The versification does not rife above mediocrity. Art. 42. The Senatorial Dispensary, a Poem. Inscribed to his

Grace the Duke of Rutland. 460. Portal. 1780. On a fuppofition that the body natural and the body politic are analogous, this pleasant projector recommends that in similar diferders å fimilar mode of treatment fould be adopted :

• Where N- o, deck'd with due official form,
Rides in the whirlwind, and directs the storm :"
Observes, collected in himself, where glows
The too redundant rage of Ayes and Noes,
And coolly deals decorum to che reit ;
Let there be placed a well-stor'd med'CINE CHEST,
With every drug that may each semper hit
Weigh'd out in doses, quantum fufficit,
From which let all the members when they meet,
In order take their physic and their seat;
This would fo harmonize each jarring soul
That one opinion would pervade the whole,
Concurrent voices would exclude debate,
And moderation soften party bate.
“ Great Galeo's fav’rite sons, alike expert,
** To heal their patients or their country's hort,


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Would stop fome Patriotic Diarrheas.'
Though Mr. Tickell's Project in all probability suggested the hint
on which this little poem is founded, the Author is, however, by, no
means a servile imitator.

C....po Art. 43. The Prophecy : a Poem. Addressed to Mr. Burke, on

his Plan for the economical Reformation of the civil and other Etablishments. 410. 6d. Becket. 1780. This little fquib, though as deftitute of true poetry as of prophecy (if prophecy be the foretelling events not generally foreseen), is yet not without some degree of merit. It is written in tolerable metre, and the facire which it conveys is neither rude nor illiberal. DO Art. 44. A Sketch of the Times. A Satire. 4to. 1 s. 6d. Bew.

This Writer seems to have a modest opinion of his own powers and consequence. In a dialogue between him and his editor, the latter exclaims,

Merciless pen! disdaining all confine :
Was ever goose-quill so severe as chine ?
Your scorpion-fatire makes court-patriots fore:
B-te, bakin’d B-te, cries out — " I'll read no more!".
Your poignant Mufe pale M-1-d's choler ftirs;
She wounds the wincing T-ar through his furs.
Reviewers have confpired to write you down,

And prejudice the judgment of the town.
The rest of the poem is in the same strain. It concludes with a
vehement invective against the worthy Archdeacon of Rochefter,
who seems to have fallen under the displeasure of this rancorous
scribe for no reason, that we can perceive, except it be, that in his
late Charge he has not been actuated by the same malignant spirit of
intolerancy that rans through the whole of this abufive performancearyo
Art. 45. Two Discourses: First, on the Pomps and Vanities of

this World, from Romans xii. 11. Second, on the Nature and Design of the Lord's Supper; with suitable Meditations, To which are added, Two forms of Prayer. 8vo. 6d. Buckland. 1779.

We find that Mr. Walder, the author of a sermon of which we have given some account, in our litt for last month, is also the editor of this pamphlet. We shall infert his advertisement, as containing all that is requifite for us to say concerning it: • These plain, pious, and christian discourses are the production of a female pen, the author of several small valuable tracts, particularly, a discourse concerne ing compaffion to the brute creation, a second edition of which was printed in 1768, and is now become very scarce. The worthy auihor, though she is far advanced in years, continues to spend the principal part of her time in reading, study, and writing; and the

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appears sincerely defirous to do all in her power for the interest of piety, virtue, and charity.'-We since find that this good Lady,, who resided at Southampton, died in January laft.

'H Art. 46. Discourses on select Pasages of the Scripture History.

By Joseph Jenkins, A. M. 12mo. 2 vols. 6s. Shrewibury, printed. Sold by Buckland, &c. in London. 1779.

The author of these discourses expresses his hope, that, in an age, wherein the Athenian fondness of hearing something new prevails ; wherein so many frivolous productions are dignified with the title of history, and read with approbation ; wherein the embellishments of language are so frequently prostituted, to feed the corruptions of the heart, and deprave the morals of our youth, an attempt to engage the attention to the divine oracles, and suggest refections which may be conducive to profit, will be received with candour.' The discourses, which are twenty-one in number, are rather on the Calvinistical plan; they contain many pertinent and fenfible refle&ions, and are of a ferious, practical, and useful tendency.

H. Art. 47. Serious and Free Thoughts on the Doctrines of Election,

Reprobation, Free-will, the Fall of Man, and bis Reftoration through Chrift Jefus. By Thomas Mendbam, of Briiton, in Norfolk, Teacher of the Gospel, 12mo. I S. Norwich, printed. Sold by Wilkie in London.

This appears to be the production of a plain honeft man, whose natural good fenfe, and principles of piety, will not allow him to receive the Calvinistical account of eleâion and reprobation. He writes in a very religious, and what is called evangelical train. He does not shine as an eminent master of language and compofition, but seems to poffefs what is of greater worth, true goodness of heart. • They that know, fays he, the scantiness of my education, and are witnesses to my many daily avocations, I am sure will not expect a finished performance should come out of my hands.' He supposes, that though man loft the power of chusing good and refufing evil by the fall, yet that power is restored to him by Jesus Chrift. He writes at times with emphasis and fpirit. • No reasonable being, says he, on the top of some high rock, from whence a mill-ftone had been hurled, will cry with any degree of seriousness, ftop! ftop ! oh mill-ftone stop! why wilt thou fall ? Nor will one call aloud to the tempeftuous ocean, fay yourselves, ye foaming billows ! ye reftless waves, be ftill! why will ye roll?-None thus will call aloud, and spend their strength in vain.-And shall we then believe that the all-wise Jehovah, the incarnate Son of God, the holy prophets, apostles, and all the ministers of the word, are rising early, and continually calling finners to repentance, who have no more power given them to obey, than a mill-ftone has to resist its fall, or the billows to compofe their boisterous bofom? Will they offer mercy to the fons of men, for whom they know there is none in fore? Will they require them to repent when it is known they cannot? Will they command them to believe on the Son of God, and threaten them with eternal punishment unless they do believe, when they can as easily make a system of worlds as comply - Surely no- for it is to require imposibilities.'

H Art.

Art. 48. A Synodal Charge, delivered to the Clergy of the

Diocese of Abo, in the year 1774, by the Most Reverend Father in God, Charles Frederick Mennander, D. D. Lord Archbishop of Upsal, at that time Lord Bishop of Abo. Translated from the original Swedish by the Rev. L. T. Nyberg, Rector of Flo, Sweden. 4to. 1 s. 6 d. York, printed; London, sold by Robinson, &c. 1779

Every inftance in which the principles of piety and virtue are diffused, and recommended with fincerity and candour, will give pleasure to a devout and benevolent mind. To such persons, the production before us will be acceptable, not merely as a kind of curiosity from a foreign country, but as a proof that advocates for the cause of religion are still to be found in different parts of the world. Mr. Nyberg modeftly akks for that allowance, to a translation by a foreigner, which we are persuaded every English reader will find it no difficulty to grant. He sends it forth to the world, we are told,

with a bumble desire of doing good to the hearts of mankind, especially of those who are intrusted with the sacred office of the ministry. It is added, that the near affinity of the Swedish church to that which is established by law in this island, inclined the editor to think, that a translation of this excellent charge might not be unacceptable to the English reader. As a farther motive for his publication, Mr. Nyberg mentions the benefits which many of his acquaintance, as well as himself, have received from the perufal. We think with him, that it is calculated to advance the noblest purpose, and we wish that clergymen, of every denomination, may at.. tend to, and act on, the con liderations which are suggested in it. Art. 49. An Appendix to the Second Edition of Candid Reflections


on the different Manner in which many of the learned and pious kave exprefed their Conceptions concerning the Do&rine of the Trinity; Addressed to the Rev. Ministers and Gentlemen, Managers of the Independent Fund in London; occafioned by an anonymous Letter to the Author, Benjamin Fawcett M. A. 8vo, 6d. BuckJand. 1780. It is to be wished that the public were less frequently troubled with disputations of this kind, which are not only too private, but too personal, for general inspection. While we rather lament this, we most observe, that the intention of Mr. Fawcete's Candid Re. flections appeared to us to be excellent, and we thought their tendency equal to their good design. By some other persons the subject has been viewed in a different light: But Mr. Fawcett and his connections have not, we apprehend, been treated with all that fairness and candour which truth, reason, and christian piety may require. We shall, however, add nothing farther to the account of the pamphlet before us, than the following quotation from one part of it ; ' I have now, says the Author, been led to illuftrate the sentiments of my Candid Refleftions, more than I ever expected to have done, by a direct application of them to particular cases. This advantage I owe to the Letter * addressed to me. Indeed I am indebted to it on many accounts. So far as it has the appearance of


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argumentativé, it convinces me of no false quotation, or false reafore ing. It in no degree disproves, what wy Candid Refle&tions have so fully pointed out, that those who are called orthodox, differ among themselves, more than some of them differ from the reputed betera dox. Nor does it produce any solid reason, why there should not be that moderation and indulgence

, which I recommend, among per- H. fons of different sentiments.' Art. 50. A Remonftrance addressed to the Protestant Association ;

containing Observations on their Conduct, and on their Appeal to the People of Great Britaio. By William Jesse, Vicar of HutionCranswick, Yorkshire. 8vo. I 3. Rivington. 1780.

This is a defultory performance-light and frisky-we mean, Spiritually fo :-for spiritual gaiety, with a countenance bedimpled with the smiles of grace, is quite a different thing from carnal hilarity, which is attended with wit, and humour, and good senfe.

The Author, after amusing himself with the imagined speculations of the associators concerning him, and informing them, that they are all in the wrong in their conjectures both of his principles, and the design of his Remonstrance, proceeds to inform them what he is, and what his opinions and motives are. He enters on this delectable subject of HIMSELF with an lo triumphe! and assigns one of the moft fingular reasons for his exultation that vanity or folly could give.

Permit me (says he) to boast of myself a little, in hope of gaining a more candid, at least, a more patient attention to this address. A man's boatting of himself is doubtless an original method of conciliating the favour of an enemy! Mr. Jeffe, we find, hath maoy things to boast of. He boasts of bis having been' nursed under the Alma Mater of one of the two Universities.' He boafts, that he is ! a clergyman too, and the son of a clergyman, of the Church of England. He boasts too, that he is no bigot. He may boast, that he is an author too. But, as friends, we advise him to moderate his triumphs.

Mr. Jeffe fets a high value on persecution, and attributes the present languishing state of religion to the want of that sovereign remedy for lukewarmness. I am persuaded (says he) that the ftate of the church would be far better, were the cutting north wind to blow; than it is under the enervating, loft influence of the foutb wird of worldly ease, liberty, and honour. I have four children (anetber boast !] whom I love with such affection as the pencil of a Rubens would fail to express; but were I apprehenfive that my children, or children's children, would shed their blood in the true spirit of martyrs in consequence of the late act, I would not apply to Parliament to refore the penal ftatutes against the Papists: I would rather look up to my great Maler, and pray that he would make their lives and deaths the means of glorifying his name, and edifying his church.'

This doubtless is unparalleled generofity! a generosity to which we honestly profess ourselves strangers. Were we apprehensive, that the late indulgence granted to the Papists, would be the means of " deluging England again with the blood of the martyrs" (as the Afociators express their fears) we should not look forward to such as event with the calm complacency of good Mr. Jeffe. We should not


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