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which occafioned the military excurfions here journalized; but to the mere English reader, this publication will be infipid, and in a great measure unintelligible.
Art. 18. The Manifefto or Remonftrance of Hyder Ally Cawn, to the Rajahs and Princes of India; in a Letter to Sir Richard Sn on the Bengal Petitions. 8vo. 1 s. Kearfly. 1781.
From the ftrongest internal evidence, it becomes an act of only common justice to acquit Hyder Ally from any concern in, or know ledge of, the curious compofition with which a London knight of the goofe-quill has here prefumed to charge him.
Art. 19. The Humours of an Election.
As it is performed at the Theatre-Royal in Covent Garden. Written by F. Pilon. 8vo. I s. Kearly. 1780.
We have been too remifs, though quite accidentally, in giving no account of this Farce, till the Elections are over; for the humour of the piece, if it may be allowed to have any humour, is evaporated along with them. A fubject, fo interwoven in the British Conftitution, ought to afford fcenes of fome permanency; but the Humours of an Election now before us, are fo very temporary, that it is now rather too late to speak of them.
Art. 20. Select Odes of Pindar and Horace tranflated; and other original Poems, together with Notes Critical, Historical, and Explanatory. By the Rev. William Tafker, A. B. Vol. I. 8vo. 7 s. 6d. Exeter, printed for the Author, and fold by Dodsley. 1780. Mr. Tasker, we find, by his own confeffion, was not naturally addicted to poetry. He charges not, like fome other finners, this evil propenfity to the account of innate depravity, or original fin→→→ To fuits litigious, ignorant and raw, Compell'd, by an unletter'd brother-in-law, Oppreffion blafted all my golden views,
And penury infpir'd my daring mufe!
Daring indeed!-for Horace (a very intimate acquaintance of Mr. Talker's) informs us, that he must be a bold man who dares to mount old Pindar's fiery fteed. But what of that? Here's one, who, like another Regulus, would prefs through thick ranks of oppofing friends, to meet death or glory in the bold attempt! Valiant hero! See, he mounts!-Unlucky!" he o'erleaps himself, and falls o' th' other fide." Up again! Who's afraid? Now for it!-On he dashes! whip and fpur!-through thick and thin!-By the charioteer fupreme of foot-unwearied thunder,' out of fight in an instant!- -Back again!-here he comes, fcouring the naked courfe along :'And-now he fudden fhines-now fudden disappears!' Art. 21. The Fatal Kifs, a Poem. Written in the laft Stage of an Atrophy; by a beautiful and unfortunate young Lady, 4to. 2 s. 6 d. Becket. 1781.
An improbable story, written in the florid manner of Mrs. Aphra Behn.
Art. 22. The Afcenfion: a Poetical Effay. By Thomas Hughes, M. A. of St. John's College, Cambridge. 4to. I s. Becket, &c.
I s. 6d. Richard
Killingbury corn, all bran and no flour. Art. 23. Conflagration: a Satire. fon, in the S.rand.
All smoke and no flame. A dull and fpiritless attack on the leading members of Administration.
Art. 24. The Traitor. A poetical Rhapsody. 4to. 2s. 6d. Bew. 1781.
A furious and feeble invective against Dr. Franklin. This Rhapfodift, though an uncandid and prejudiced reafoner, generally expreffes himself in tolerable verse.
Art. 25. The Eviad: A Burlesque Poem. In Two Cantos, 4to. 2 s. 6 d. Almon, 1781.
Dull, flippant, and obscene.
Art. 26. Elements of Geometry. Tranflated from the French of J. J. Roffignol, Profeffor of Mathematics in the University of Milan. 8vo. 3 s. 6 d. Boards. Johnson. 1781.
Having formerly (Rev. vol. Iv. p. 308. Art. III.) directed the attention of our Readers to M. Roffignol's Elements of Geometry, as a book of uncommon merit, the fruit of twenty years labour, reflection, and ftudy, employed on a fcience which the learned Author hath long taught, with applaufe, in feveral foreign univerfities, it is now only neceffary to add, that this work, of which a correct tranflation is here given, will, in our judgment, be found exceedingly useful, if not as a fubftitute for the Elements of Euclid to thofe who wish to become adepts in Mathematics, yet as an Introduɛory Manual to facilitate the young geometrician's first attempts in this difficult branch of science.
Art. 27. An Epiftolary Treatife: addressed to the Rev. Richard Watton, D. D. F. R. S. &c. &c. &c. Containing curfory Remarks on the Code of Gentoo Laws, published by the East India Company, and on the original Shanfcritta Language, in which they are written. To which is added, a Differtation, by Martinus Scriblerus, on the Utility and Importance of the Oriental Languages. By the Author of the Heroic Epiftle, and Heroic Addrefs, to the fame Reverend Perfonage. 4to. 2s. Becket, 1780.
The chief object of this felf-complacent Writer, in his prefent production, is to expofe that extravagant partiality for Oriental li terature, in which it hath been the fathion with fome late writers to indulge themselves. The differtation by Martinus Scriblerus, though written in a ftyle by no means refembling that which distinguished the earlier productions of this venerable critic, contains many strokes of legitimate ridicule.
Art. 28. An Humble Attempt to investigate and defend the Scripture Doctrine concerning the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Method new, but plain and easy to be understood. With an Appendix: In which fuch Objections as are commonly urged by fome, against fome Things here advanced, from the Hebrew names Aleim, and Jeue, &c. are more particu larly confidered, and the Imports or Significations of thefe Names pointed out. By λos Aλndia, a Friend to Truth. 8vo. Edinburgh: Printed for the Author. Sold by Cadell in London. 1780.
The general fcope of this Treatife is to prove, that the names, attributes, characters, and works, afcribed in fcripture to the Son, imply diftinct perfonality, derivation, and fubordination; but that thofe which are afcribed to the Holy Spirit do not imply distinct perfonality, and yet are fuch as cannot be afcribed to any creature; confequently that the Holy Spirit, in the Author's own terms, is the outgoing of the perfections of the invifible God, or his effective energy, in and through his only begotten Son.' With respect to Jefus Chrift, he adopts what may be termed the high Arian opinion, afferting, that he was brought forth, as the image of the invifible God, before any creature was made;'-that he being the Alpha and Omega, the firft and the laft, in all the exertions of divine agency in or upon creatures, he ever hath been, and will continue to be, the medium of intercourfe and communication between the infinite, unoriginated, and felf-existent Being, and every finite creature, even the most noble and excellent that exifts;'-that the first outgoings of the Father's perfections, of power, wifdom, and goodnefs, in and upon creatures, were by him ;'-' and that by him these perfections continue to be manifefted in their prefervation and government.' He carries his ideas fo far as to declare (with what propriety or confiftency we leave our Readers to determine), that the being and perfections of the only begotten Son are infinite in relation to creatures; that is to fay, his being and perfections exceed the being and perfections of all finite creatures that it is poffible for infinite power to produce; for he is the great agent, through whom alone that power is exerted ;-that he is the Creator, Preferver, and Governor of the universe ;'-and, ftartle not, Reader! that he is conftitute the Supreme God, the Judge, the Lawgiver, and King, to all created nature.' Having ftated what appears to him to be the fcripture doctrine concerning the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, our Author proceeds to anfwer fome Trinitarian objections that may be made to it (of any other he takes no notice); and then, after the old fashion of fermonizing, points out the uses of information, admonition, and comfort, that may be deduced therefrom."
The Appendix contains, among other things, fome remarks on the import of the names, which, in the Author's opinion, denotes one or more who bring into the covenant, and, which he renders he that caufeth to be, or is the cause of being;' a fanciful explanation of the cherubim, and of fome analogy which may be traced, according to his doctrine, between fire, light, and hear,
and Father, Son, and Spirit: a criticism on that famous paffage oux aptayμor nynorara, &c.; and fome obfervations on a few other texts, by way of further reply to the objections that may be raised against the doctrine which he has advanced.
A publication of this kind, being a new thing in Scotland, may be of fervice to excite the attention of the people, and to engage them to think for themselves, and to confult other more plain, full, and fatisfactory treatifes on the fubject. But in this part of the island, in which the doctrine of the New Teftament, refpecting the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, has been fo often difcuffed by much more able pens, we cannot think that it is calculated to afford any confiderable information or fatisfaction to the more intelligent reader.
SERMONS on the late GENERAL FAST.
I. Preached before the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, &c. Feb. 21. 1781. By John, Lord Bishop of Bangor. 4to. I S. Robfon.
A plain and pious difcourfe on 2 Chron. xv. 2.
II. Before the House of Commons, &c. By Andrew Burnaby, D. D. Vicar of Eaft Greenwich, Kent. 410. IS. T. Payne. The text is rather uncommon (viz. "" Except these abide in the fhip, ye cannot be faved," Acts xxvii. 31.], but the preacher deduces very good doctrine from it, namely, that though the providence of God doth fuperintend and controul the affairs of the world, yet it operates for the most part, not by fufpending or violating the courfe and order of Nature, but by bending and accommodating this courfe to its own divine purpofes; that it effects its difpenfations by natural and ordinary, not by fupernatural and extraordinary, means.' It is easy to forefee the application which is made of this pofition to the prefent fituation and circumftances of this country. We cannot avoid tranfcribing one of the incidental remarks which occurs in this difcourfe. 'I muft pafs one ftricture upon an evil which is lately introduced amongst us, and which, it is to be feared, cannot fail of being productive of the moft pernicious confequences. The evil I mean is the Inftitution of debating focieties. Here every fabject is difcuffed that can affect the welfare of mankind; and while arguments are adduced (I will have the charity to hope with no other view than that they may be confuted) approximating to atheism on the one hand, and to treafon and feaïtion on the other, the weak and tender mind, unable to difcriminate between them, returns home bewildered with fophifm, and divided between good and evil.' To apply an effectual remedy to fuch an evil as this, might poffibly in the event be injurious to the liberty of the fubject; but yet thefe Schools of eloquence (as they are vainly called by thofe coxcombs who abet them) are grown fuch a nuifance to religion, morality, and civil polity, that we fhould not be at all furprised if the legiflature made even an incroachment on what hath been called popular privilege, to fupprefs and exterminate them. If we lofe our liberty of fpeaking and writing, we shall have as much reafon to execrate the licentioufnefs of faction, as the oppreffion of power.
III Preached before the University of Oxford at St. Mary's. By George Horne, D. D. Prefident of St. Mary Magdalen College, and Chaplain in Ordinary to his Majefty. 4to. I.S. Rivington. Equally elegant, ferious, and affecting. The following quotation mut please every pious and judicious reader, both for the juftnefs of the thought and the beauty of the expreflion. The firit chaftifements are of a mild and gentle nature. as it were, whispering repentance and reformation in our ears. To generous and well-nurtured fpirits, the flightest appearances of displeasure are fufficient. When the heart is hardened, more rigorous measures must be taken, and heavier punishments brought forward. Majestic and tremendous God arifes to judgment; the found of his thunder is heard at a distance, and all the prognolics appear of an approaching form. Divine juftice, though fure, is flow; and now, as of old, the longfuffering of God waits with fo much patience and forbearance, that as in the life of man there is a certain part, when for fome years together, perceiving little or no alteration in himfelf, or those about. him, he almost disbelieves, at least he feems willing to forget, that he fhall grow old and die; fo by the firm establishment and long fubfiftence of a nation, remaining nearly the fame through the repeated viciffitudes of peace and war, we are tempted to exclaim, "Where is the threatening of his coming? for all things continue as they were." But let us not deceive ourfelves. The nation, as well as the man, is verging apace to that period of life which is to be labour and forrow; the motion, however gradual and imperceptible for fome time, will be dreadfully accelerated in its latter flages; and perhaps after inceffant warnings and admonitions, the grim fpe&re will fuddenly appear in all his terrors at an hour when we look not for him.'
IV. Preached at York. By James Scott, D. D. Rector of Simonburn, and late Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. 4to. Is. Bald win.
We wish we could pay the fame compliment to this difcourfe that we did to the laft* which this Author publifhed. But this is not Dr. Scott's charity sermon!
V. Addreed to a Congregation at Hackney, &c. By Richard Price, D. D. 8vo. I S. Cadell.
This difcourfe contains a vindication of the natural and moral evidences of a future ftate, and the ufe which we ought to make of the doctrine in the feafon of perfonal diftrefs or national calamity. In the conclufion the Author vindicates, with a fpirit of equal franknefs and moderation, the part he hath taken in the great American controverfy.There is nothing (fays the Doctor) in the course of my life that I can think of with more fatisfaction, than the testimony I have borne, and the attempts I have made, to ferve the caufe of general liberty and juftice, and the particular intereft of this country at the prefent period: a period!-big with events of unspeakable confequence, and perhaps one of the most momentous in the annals of mankind.'
* Vid. Rev. for August 1780.