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condu&, throughout the whole of that memorable and unfortunate expedition, which is the subject of the large collection of evidence now before us. General Burgoyne writes well; and we have only to lament, as Englishmen, that he was not, finally, as victorious ia the field, as he is upon paper. His very interesting story is, indeed, told in a 'malterly manner; and the materials of which it is composed, will be held in great estimation by the historians who Shall record the events of the unhappy war to which they owe their birth. The work is enriched with a variety of large and expensive engravings, proper for the illustration of the military maneuvres, &c. &c. Art. 34. The Picture Gallery: Containing near 200 Paintings,

by ihe most distinguished Ladies in Great Britain. To which are a ided, critical Strictures upon each Piece. 4to. 35. Kearlly.

Verily this newly invented method of ll riking off characteristic resemblances, by a tudied dash of the pencil, liketh me not : ic favoureth too much of the paroromafia, or the “conundrum quaint."

MARTINUS SCRIBLERUS. Art, 35. Account of a Debate in Coachmaker's Hall. By Harum

Skarum, Esq. 8vo. I S. Kearfly. 1780. 'Squire Harum Skarum laughs at the dispucants of Coachmaker's Hall. If his readers laugh with him, we suppose it is all that he aims at;-and if they have no objection to the low, they will here meet with the risible. Art. 36. Advice to the Unwary; or, an Abstract of certain Pe

nal Laws now in Force againit Smuggling in general, and the Adulteration of Tea; with Remarks, necessary to be read by all Persons, that they may not sun themselves into D.fficulties, or incur Penalties. &vo, 6 d. Robinson. 1780.

Such publications as this are of great use when judiciously written; as all our statutes require a translation, or commentary, before comson undertandings know with certainty how to act under them.

Smugglers are as bad as house-breakers; they rob the Public in the first instance, and undermine the fair tradesman in the second ; and the fly dealers with them, however they may reconcile their doubtful bargains to profeflions of honefty, and perhaps piety, are no better than receivers of stolen goods, and deserve treatment ac. cordingly. Art. 37. A Letter to the Right Worshipful William Wynne, LL.D.

Chancellor of the Diocese of London. Containing Observations on the Facts alleged, she Evidence produced, and the Sentence pronounced by him, in the Confiitorial Court of London, ou the 6th of December, 1779, in a Cause in which Dr. Hind, the late Rector of St. Anne, Westminster, was the Promoter, and his Carate the Respondent. By the Rev. Thomas Martyn. 8vo. Almor.

Expoftulates, with freedom and energy, but in the most decent and respectul terms, with Dr. Wynne, on account of the fentence

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We mean not bere to convey any refle&tion on the General's conduct :-". 'Tis not in mostals to command success.”

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which he pronounced on the abovementioned occa Gon. Mr. M. seems, as far as we can judge, barely from a perusal of this pamphlet, to have fufficient cause of complaint. His Letter is very well written, Art. 38. A View of Universal Modern History, from the Fall of

the Roman Empire. Trannated from the last Edition of the celebrated Chevalier Mehegan. By H. Fox. Evo. 3 Vols. 18 s. Robinson. 1779.

We gave an account of the original of this work, as a foreign article, in the Appendix to our Review vol. xxxvi. We commended the performance, and gave some specimens of the Writer's animated and agreeable style.

RELIGIOUS and CONTROVERSIAL. Art. 39. Discourses on various Subjects. By Jacob Duché, A. M.

Rector of Christ Church and St. Peter's in Philadelphia t; and formerly of Clare Hall, Cambridge. 8vo. 2 Vols. Boards Cadell, &c. 1779.

The number of sermons in these volumes is forty-eight: the fub. jects of them as follows: The Character of Wisdom's Children; evangelical Righteousness; the Religion of Jesus the only Source of Hap. pioefs ; true Religion a costly and continual Sacrifice; Truth che only Friend of Man; the Strength and Victory of Faith ; the flou. rishing State of the righteous; the Cause and Cure of the Disorders of human Nature ; the Riches, Privileges, and Honours of the Christian ; Chrift, known or unknown, the universal Saviour; human Life, a Pilgrimage; the true Knowledge of God; the Nativity of Christ ; Poverty of Spirit ; the Improvement of Times and Seasons ; the universal Shepherd; the Characters of the regenerate and unregenerate States; Hope in God, the only Refuge in Diltiess; a nominal, or partial Belief in the Gospel, unprofitable; the Life and Death of the righteous; Jesus fleeping in the Ship; Regeneration : St. Peter's Denial of Chrift; the Sufferings of Christ; the first or fpiritual Resurrection ; a future Resurrection; the Ground and Nature of private and public Worthip, &c.

Concerning these Discourses we have to observe, that they are pious and affectionate; rather declamatory; yet sensible,--though the Writer, in some instances, delivers plain and important truths with a kind of myftical air ; orthodox in some respects, but not Calvinistical as to predestination. They have spirit and warmth, and at times are somewhat in the strain of the old divines : perhaps there are parsages which may be deemed enthusiastic, and tinctured with Quakerism ; yet, on the whole, they are practical and useful.

Mr. Duché speaks of them himself in these terms : ' The Reader will find in them no display of genius or of erudition. To the form

+ Mr. Duché is said to be a native of Philadelphia, and to have re. ceived his education in the college there. We are farther informed that he was Chaplain to the CONGRESS; and that his removal into England was the consequence of his political conversion. For a farcher account of this Gentleman and his writings, fee Review, vol. lviii. p. 165,

mer the Author hath no claim'; of the latter he contents himself with as much as is competent to the discharge of his paftoral duty. His divinity; he cuits, is that of the Bible ; 10 no other fandard of zruih can he verture to appeal. Sensible however of his own fallibility, he wishes not to ob!rude his peculiar fentiments, nor to have them received any farther, than they carry with them that only fair tiile io reception, a conviction of their truch and usefulness. From his own hea't he hath written to the hearts of others; and if any of bis leaders find not there, the ground of his doctrines, they are, surely, at liberty to pass them by, if they do it with Christian candour, and to leave it to time and their own reflections to discover that ground.

Some of the phrases in this collection intimate that this gentleman has been, or is, a disciple of Jacob Behmen or Count Swedenburg; however, if he has any of their reveries, it must be acknowledged they are here applied to a solid and practical use.

An ancommon circumitance of embellishment attends this reli. gious publication, viz. a very eleganc emblematical print, prefixed to each volume, by way of frontispiece. Art. 40. Biographia Evangelica : or, An Historical Account of

the Lives and Deaths of the moit eminent and evangelical Authors or Preachers, both British and Foreign, in the several Denominations of Protefiants, from the Beginning of the Reformation to the present Time; wherein are collecied from authentic Historians, their most remarkable Actions, Sufferings, and Writings, exhibiting the Unity of their Faith and Experience in their feveral Ages, Countries, and Profeftions; and illustrating the Power of Divine Grace in their holy living and dying. By the Rev. Erasmus Middleton, Lecturer of St. Bennett's, Gracechurch-ftreet; and of St. Helen's, Bishopsgate.streer. Vol. I. 6s. Hog. 1779.

This Writer's plan is very extensive; though some way think it narrowed by the word Evangelical. There have been many exceljent men, christians, protelianis,-men who were eminent for learning, and exemplary for piety and virtue, whom, nevertheless, fome persons might hardly deem to be evangelical. Mr. Middleton, however, entirely disclaims a bigotted partiality to feets and denominations, and profesies to give his whole attention to great and good, or as he terms them gracious characters, of all persuasions; but bere he seems to limit himself again, when he adds,' who hold the diftinguishing principles of the gospel.'

The lives contained in this volume are as follow; Wickliffe; Hufs ; Jerom of Prague; John de Wefalia ; Hamilton; Gelder haur; Ecolampadius; Zuinglius; Bilney; Frith ; Tindale; Lambert Regius; Capito; Simon Grynæus ; Leo Judr; Brulius; Luther; Wilhart; F. Myconius; Diazius; Cruciger; Fagius; Bucer; Muniter; Hedio; George, Prince of Anhalt; Rogers; Saunders; Hoopes; Taylor; Ferrar; Bradford; Jonas; Latimer ; Ridley; Philpot; Cranmer; Ponet; Melanchon; John à Lasco; P. Martyr; Thomas Grynæus ; Vergerio. 1 hirteen engravings of the portraits of some of the principal of the above named persons, are faid to be the performance of a young ariift, and seem by no means to be ill executed.


The profesied design of this work is, to check the progress of ir. religion, inhdelity, and popery, by a review of the lives of the most eminent persons in the protestant churches, from the beginning of the reformation to the present day. “It may be safely said,' this compiler observes,' that nothing has contributed so much to the · seception of impious and superititious tenets among us, as the fpiritual darkness of our present enlightened age, which indeed has made great improvements in the knowledge of every thing but one-and that is, the one thing needful. Our youth are trained up according to the fathion, in the ignorance and contempt of every thing facred; and no man is allowed either sense or discretion, unless he is quite at ease with respect to religion, and indifferent to the great concerns of eternity.'

Should the features in the above picture be thought too strong, -it mut still be acknowledged, that it bears but too striking a resemblance of the original. Fox's Aits and Monuments is one principal source from whence the materials of this work are collected. This book of Fox's, it is obferved, was formerly ordered, by authority, to be placed in every church, that the people of the several parishes in the kingdom might be led to a thorough detestation of the principles and practices of the Papifts. Mr. Middleton regrets, that this crder, like many others, is become obsolete; but he hopes that his compilation may, in fome degree, contribute to supply that neglect. He withes it to be considered as a family book, to be put into the hands of youth for their information and profit. This first volume confifts of 520 pages, and the print is not large; so that the price of the work may be reckoned small, in proportion to the quantity, and to the number of the engravings,—which are confiderable orna. ments to it. Art. 41. Elays Moral and Religious; or, God manifest in his Works.

is. Goldney. 1779. Notwithlanding what may be due to that politeness and goodDature,' which the Author of these Essays calls upon us to exercise towards a female writer; there are other claims which oblige us to declare, that, however well intended, they are in sentiment too trite, and in language too incorrect, to merit any considerable degree of commendation. Art. 42. The Catechism of the Church of England. With Notes

explanatory; for the Use of young people. By A. Crocker, Schoolmaster at Ilminster.

3 d. or 2 s. 6d. per dozen. Robinson.

These notes seem to be well calculated for the purpose which they were written to answer ; they are concise, plain, and orthodox. Art. 43. An bumble Attempt for the Instruction of Youth in the

Grounds, Principles, and Duties of Religion. By way of Question and Answer. izmo. 6d. Johnson, &c. 1774.

Attempts for the instruction and aliitance of youth are truly laudable. Humanity, piery, and public spirit, ever plead in their favour. The litrle performance before us is founded on the Scriptures. Numbers will, perhaps, deem it not sufficiently evangelical; but, as far as it goes, it will probably be approved. By what accident our notice of it bas been so long delayed, we cannot readily lay; perhaps it was

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never advertised. The copy now before us was sent by an unknown hand.

SERMONS, &c. 1. Prayer for those in Civil and Military Offices recommended. Before

the Elečtion of the Magistrates of Edinburgh, Oct. 5, 1779. By John Erskine, D. D. one of the Ministers of Edinburgh. 8vo. od. Edinburgh printed.

Whether this is the Dr. Erskine who has distinguished himself by his public disapprobation of the American war, we cannot with certainty fay. The sermon before us, from Joshua i. 17, is plain, pious, and practical. It leads us to an over-ruling Providence in, Auencing and governing all human affairs; we find in it also fome fenable observations on the present ftare of our country. It seriously and warmly recommends fe,vent prayer and reformation. II. Preached before the University of Oxford, Nov. 7, 1779. By

George Bellas, D. D. Rector of Yattendon, and Vicar of Balldea, Berkshire. 4to.

I 3. Blyth, &c. The immediate subject of this discourse is, 2 Samuel xxiv. 11, 12, 13, the message which was sent by the prophet Gad co David. Dr. Beltas offers a jult and senable account of David's crime, and dittinguishes rationally and properly between the very peculiar cir. cumitaoces of the Jewish ftare, and that of every other country on carth. At the same time, he enquires when any other nation may be chargeable with a crime at all limilar to that to which the text alludes, viz. when it becomes generally impious, presump:uous, and diffolute. In the application, he recommends repentance and reformation to the inhabitants of this country. III. Preached in the Parish Church of Whirby, before the Friendly

Society, at their Anniversary Meeting, on Whit-Monday, 1779, and published at their Request. By the Rev. Joseph Roberilon, Curate of the said Church. 4to. is. York, printed; London, fuld by Baldwin, &c.

Every member of the Friendly Society, we are told in a note, by contributing eight-pence per month, is allowed five fhillings a week, out of the joint Rock, when rendered incapable of working by sickness, lameness, or blindness. On the decease of any member, bis widow receives five pounds for defraying his funeral expences; and when any member's wife dies, he is allowed forty Billings for the same purpose.' We conclude also, though we are not direally informed, chat a collection is made at the time of the fermon for supporting this design. Mr. Robertfon, in this discourse, urges the exercise of charity by convincing arguments, and pathetic representations, IV. The Watchfulness incumbent on Ministers, considered, in a Charge,

delivered at the Ordination of the Rev. Isaac Smith, ai Şidmouth, Devon, June 24, 1778. By Joshua Toulmin, A. M. Svo. 6 d. Taunton, printed; London, sold by Johnson. This Charge, which now appears in a second edition, was poblished together with the fermon, &c. delivered on the same occalion, in 19.8*. All of them have been noticed in our Review, and the Vide Review for September 1778, p. 239.


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