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or two points, from Dr. Blayney, his Dissertation* on the second Chapter of the same Prophet deserves attention, as the work of a pious and able commentator. The publication of Mr. Kett, entitled, History the Interpreter of Prophecyt, is a book of merit and utility. The first volume, in particular, to which alone we can properly refer in this present Preface, contains the most distinct and striking view we have yet seen, of several highly important Prophecies, and the circumstances of their accomplishment. Other works in divinity, that have lately occurred, are of less, extent, excepting a few volumes of Sermons. Among these, the Family Sermons of Mr. E. Whitakert, are diftinguished for practical utility; those of the late Dr. Enfields, for clear and sensible reasoning, in a pure and placid style. To those who can distinguish what is found, from the parts tainted with peculiar opinions, the latter will be an acquisition of real value. But that distinction is very necessary. Two other sets of Sermons may be mentioned as deserving general approbation, those of Mr. Marshall and Mr. Butcher ; they did not seem to demand either an extended review, or a more particular notice in this place. An Essay on the Character of the Apostles and Evangelists, by Mr. Grawes**, of Dublin, has much animation and much merit; replying, with considerable force, to the new or revived objections of Deifts. The articles that remain for us to recapitulate, are of a lighter furm, though in many instances highly exceilent in matter. Among these a conspicuous place is certainly due to the well-timed Charge of the Bishop of Landafit. Certain objections, which it was completely necessary to make to a particular passagefi, detract but little from the general value of the Charge, which deserves to rank with the Address of the same
• No. VI. p. 655 + No. VI.
600. I No. IV. p. 423. & No. V. p. 468. # No. IV. p. 433.
** No. v. '++ No, I. p. 12, II See p. 130
Prelate*, as a patriotic and very useful publication. OF Sermons separately published, we have lately exAmined an unusual number; and among them are very few without some claims to notice and respect. We can here mention only the most remarkable, which we will take in the order of their occurrence. The Association Sermon of Dr. Vincentf, is one of those rare productions which, while they impress every mind by the originality of their views, are intelligible to all; from the clearness of their statements, and the foundness of their arguments. We learn with satisfaction, that some important extracts from it have been reprinted by persons of discernment and consequence, to facilitate their circulation. Two discourses were published together by Mr. Vincef, the Plumian Professor at Cambridge, in answer to the famous fophiftries of Hume, on the subject of miracles. The topic is hardly more important, than the mode of treating it, adopted by the Professor, is fatisfactory and conclusive. The arguments that will satisfy a sound mathematician, are seldom of a light or trifting nature. Among the Faft Sermons, of which the present warfare has produced an annual harvest, there have been few, if any, more worthy of distinction than that of the Bishop of Durhamę. The . admonitions in it are well suited to the time, and are expressed with energy and dignity. Dr. Hay's discourse on the same occasion, before the House of Commons|l, is characterized also by a piety and good sense, which, from having frequently remarked, wt have learned to expect in what he publishes. The last day of thankfgiving afforded to Dr. Rennél I also an opportunity of displaying that energetic eloquence, and truly Christian sentiment, by which his discourses are always distinguished. The occasion was triumphant, yet the discourse breathed the most pious
See vol. xi. p. 200. No. IV. P. 3974
+ No. II. p. 196. # No. V. p. 553.
# No. III. p. 258. I No. VI. p. 669.
humility. If we point out no other writers in this class, particularly among the preachers on public or folemn occasions, it is not that we undervalue them ; a reference to the head of Divinity, in our various numbers, will evince that we have felt their merits; but in this recapitulation we can only enumerate the most conspicuous.
MORALS, PUBLIC AND Private.
To this head clearly belongs the excellent work of Dr. Gillies, comprising, among other valuable materials, a translation of the Ethics and Politics of Aristotle* In the present volume we have only opened our account, with some remarks on the Life of Aristotle, and on the doctrine of the human mind, as given by that philosopher. We purpose to pay much more attention to a book of such consequence; and we trust that no reader willaccuse us of exceeding what the subject deserves. Here also we may properly introduce our notice of Mrs. H. More's admirable Strictures on the modern System of Female Educationt; a book, which has obtained its first eulogium in the very honourable reception given to it by the public ; and will remain a permanent monument of what female understand ing, united with the true and appropriate worth of the female character, could effect at the close of the eighteenth century; To the female Illuminism of Mrs. Wollltonecraft, and her disciples, it forms a striking and a glorious contraft. In this very reputable company we shall place the masterly Discourse or Lecture of Mr. Mackintosh, on the study of the Law of Nature and Nationsf; that is, on general and public Morals. It is among the triumphs of the present day, that we can rank this able writer with the friends of order; and we hear, with pleasure, that the Lectures
No. II. p. 1993
which followed this introductory view, well supported the expectations it had raised.
From these extended Ethics, the transition to particular Politics is natural and easy: and in this class we cannot hesitate to give a conspicuous place to the republished Anti-Jacobin* Paper. The sourd political sentiments and information, as well as the wit, humour, and good poetry of that publication, render it completely deserving of the more permanent and creditable form of octavo volumes; but, for the very fame reason, we cannot but with that it had also been reprinted in the cheapest manner possible, for more extensive circulation. Mr. Bowles's volume, entitled the Retrospectt, is also, for the most part, a republication ; it comprises much very excellent matter, with fome additions, adapted to the time of its appearance. The Letters of the Ghost of Alfred 1, attributed to the fame author, refer chiefly to the state trials of 1794 and 1795, with some pointed strictures on Opposition Politics. The publication of Mr. Rose, on the Revenue, Commerce, and Manufactures of this country, may be considered as an official report of 'the highest importance. The very animated statement which it gives, of the improvement and abundance of our resources, has since been most fatisfactorily justified by the terms of the loan, the vast premium accruing to the purchasers of it, and the great rise of the Funds. The remarks of Peter Porcupinell, on certain intercepted Letters published here, have full as much reference to English as to American Politics, and were mentioned by us with the commendation generally due to the writings of that self-taught ge
* No. I. p. 45.
I No. IV. p. 442.
|| No. V. p. 5570
nius, nius, and truly honest man. Other Intercepted Letters*, being the second part of those selected from the correspondence of Bonaparte's army, were no less interesting than the first had beent. The report of that day, concerning Bonaparte's successes, drew from us a remark, which subsequent events have proved exactly just. We could not, we then said, persuade ourselves, " that any very formidable progress could be made by an army, reduced by various modes of destruction, and cut off from all kind of supply from the mother country, or communication with it." That army is now annihilated. A short tract, on the Application of Barruel's Memoirst, to the secret societies of Ireland and Great Britain, contains some very useful considerations, and deserves the notice of the Politician. Nor will Carnot's tract, in defence of him. felf, be thought unimportant; though the iniquity it developes feems now likely to fall under its appropriate punishment. It was thought of consequence enough, on this side of the water, to be called fpurious, though without a shadow of reason ; by those who are always desirous to conceal the faults of the French rulers. Some political matters of importance in this country, have been admirably illustrated to the nation, by the publication of Speeches delivered in Parliament. On general topics, we noticed, with due praise, Mr. Canning's very, animated and powerful Speechll
, on the subject of Continental Alliances; Lord Auckland's, on the Income Bill; and Lord Grenville's, on the Duke of Bedford's motion, respecting the dismissal of the present Ministers**. The great question of the Union with Ireland, has produced both Speeches and pamphlets, of great merit and energy. Among speakers, Mr. Pitt is not often rivalled ; and the publication of the fpirited and argumentative oration, which he deli
• No. V. p. 483 No. III. p. 319. ** No, IV. p. 37"
+ See vol. xii. p. 612. No. IV. p. 442, No, II. p. 146.
No. IV. p. 367