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Of a church so depressed by local circumstances, we were happy to find an account fo favourable ; and, on a candid consideration, felt convinced, not only that the narrative was just, but that it was the narrative of a Layman.
Collected volumes of Sermons are generally fucceeding each other with a rapidity, which frequently throws us into arrear. At present, our selection from this class is limited to four. The readers of Sermons, (who, after all, are numerous) could not but rejoice to hear, that Dr. Rennell had sent forth a volume*. Of fourteen discourses there collected, several had been separately published. The wellknown excellence of these would naturally excite high expectations of the rest ; and those expectations would certainly be gratified to their fullest extent. The second volume of Mr. Gilpin's Sermonst, is recommended fufficiently by the very name of the writer, and is surely not unworthy of that name, The twelve Sermons of Mr. Grosef, are more addressed perhaps to the heart of the pious Christian, than to the head of the studious critic; but, since “ from the heart are the issues of life”, the discourses are still important. A small, but anonymous, volume of Sermons, on the Doctrines and Dutiess of Christianity, must by no means be omitted in our recapitulation. These Sermons have the rare merit of uniting plainness with vigour, and brevity with comprehenfive instruction.
of small tracts on religious fubjects, there are a few which must not be neglected. The Confiderations on the present State of Religion): are ably calculated to promote its influence, by recommending the best things, in very powerful words. The Dialogue between a Country Gentleman and One of his Poor Neigh. bours, appeared to us with so much judgment op
. No. IIl. p. 276.
No. III. p. 318. IV: 429; V. 550.
+ No..V. P. 529. || No. I. p.90.
I No. IV. p. 427.
No. Ill. p. 319;
posed to the errors of those who call themselves the only evangelical instruétors, that we continued our specimens from it for three succeslive months. If those specimens, on being read, do not fully justify our opinion of the tract, we have erred; we know not why, but certainly not from partiality to the author, who is to this hour unknown to us. The particular notice given to this obliged us to be more concise in our account of a similar tract, more doctrinal even than that, but similar in general defign, a Dialogue between a Churchman and a Methodifi*. These sectaries are extremely active, at ibis moment, in arfailing the Establithed Church, by efforts of every kind, and since enthusiasm attracts ignorance as naturally as the loadstone collects particles of iron, they are but too successful in many of their plans. What we can do to counteract them by fair, difpalfionate, and steady representations of the truth, the public may expect us to perform. The doctrines of the Church are found. From the exaggeration of a few among them, and the disregard of leveral others, united with a general contempt of church authority and discipline, the most pernicious errors are derived. Where these features are not found, we are not forward to impute the charge of Methodism, which we know is often urged by folly against seriousness, and by worldly minds against sound piety,
We turn to another subdivision of this class,' with which we usually conclude it ; these are, clerical Charges, or discourses separately, published. Of Charges, there are three more particularly requiring to be mentioned. Archdeacon Port's, at St. Alban'st; Archdeacon Moore's, in Cornwalli ; and Dr. Shepherd's, at Bedfordą. To difcriminate between these Charges, in this place, is not necessary; they are such as the clergy at each place would hear with satisfaction, and those of every other place may read with plea
+ No. I. p. 88.
I No. III. p. 314 í No. III. p. 317.
* No. V. p. 552.
fure and advantage. Of Sermons singly printed, we shall mention only five, and one of these is foreign; but, be it remembered, that we only select the bett; we do not recapitulate all the good. Of the four that are properly British, the first in importance is that of Mr. R. Gray, at Durbam*. The topic, which is the subservience of the three learned languages, as they are called, to the service of religion, and their fingular preservation for that purpose, is one which deserves attention and study, and pursuing to a further issue. The remaining three are, Mr. Butler's on the Mercy of Godt ; Mr. Potl's, against recluse Societiest, and Mr. Lowe's Visitation Sermons. of these, the merits are varied ; but, in every onė, they are sufficient to justify the distinction here assigned to them. The Sermon of Dr. Dwight|l, whom we have before had occasion to mention, on the close of the late Century, embraced some topics fo important for the warning of our countrymen, that we endeavoured to render it conspicuous. In casting off establishments, the Americans have ventured upon a perilous experiment, of which the use that we should make is to avoid a fimilar danger.
The unity of found Morality with Religion must of neceffity be close; but no where can we see them more intimately blended than in the excellent Letters of Mrs. Well, addressed to her son. We had even hesitated whether we should not actually introduce them in the class of Divinity; but, as we thought it right to render them conspicuous by an extended account of their contents and merits, so also are we glad to give them the distinction of occupying a separate class, instead of being confounded with numbers.
We place here, without scruple, the eloquent Letter of Mr. Bowles to the Solicitor-General*, urging, with powerful arguments, the necessity of framing a law, to restrain and punish that disgrace of modem England, the crime of adultery. From what has passed in certain places, on this momentous subject, we may rejoice that we have any penal laws established by the wisdom of our ancestors ; since, in this most signal instance of omission, it appears so very difficult to have the strange deficiency supplied. Of publi-. cations ftrictly written for the profession of the law, we have but few to mention at this time, and those by no means works of primary importance. The most material of the number appears to be Mr. Montagu's bummary of the Law of Set-offt, a subjeét hitherto undifcuffed by writers of this class, and treated by him with clearness and ability. Mr. Withy's Treatise on the Law of Annuitiess, though correct in itself, is only a book added to others of established credit, which it does not at all fupersede. Mr. Clark's Memoranda Legaliaç, will bear comparison with any thing better than with his own encomiums of the book; fimply considered it is an useful publication, but it is not the first effort of legal compilation. As a plain and useful treatise, we recommend the tract of Mr. Hands, on the modern Practice of Fines and Recoveries|| ; nor could we omit to praise the Compendium of Marine Insurances, by Mr. Burn of the Inner-Temple. He has resorted to the best authorities, and has arranged his materials with propriety and found judgment.
# No. II. p. 181. No, II. p. 151.
+ No. II. p. 207. | No. III. p. 322.
I No. II. p. 206.
No. VI. p. 671.
The political topics lately prevalent, led us una. voidably to the subject of natural and public law. In treating of this, we could not fail to speak in the highest terms of Dr. Croke's Remarks on Professor Schlegel*, The Danish Professor had aspired to gain that conquest by arguments, which his countrymen at Copenhagen attempted in a bolder way; both, however, with equal success. Mr. Schlegel finds a Lord Nelson in Dr. Croke, and the arguments of his Lordship are well known to have been powerfully felt, by the princes who border on the Baltic. In addition to these arguments, may be seen those of Mr. Wardt, distinguished also by other able works. If further documents are wanted, they may be found in the Colle&tanea Maritima of Mr. Robinsons, and other publications arising from the occasion, Mr. Bowles's honourable efforts we have already had occasion to praise under the head of Law; in the present class we find him again entitled, more than once, to our distinguished notice. His Supplement to Reflections at the Close of the 18th Centuryş, added new considerations, of great moment, to those which we had examined in a former volumell; and his RefleEtions on the Conclusion of the Wars, give to the feelings of genuine patriotism a spirit and an energy, which must communicate their impression to every unperverted reader. To ascertain our hopes, and warn us of our remaining dangers, were the purposes of this tract, which are effected with an ability and sagacity, by no means common. The Letters of Fabius** to Mr. Pitt, discuss a most important topic of interior arrangement, in a manner at once respect
* No. I. p. 71.
No. IV. p. 432
I No. VI. No. III. p. 234. | See vol. xvij, pp. 144,299. P. 631. ** No. IV.