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Higher powers; and, above all, to be punctual in the discharge of their duty to God.-On the whole, we fcruple not, with the few exceptions already hinted, to recommend this as a plain, serious, pertinent, well intended, and useful discourse.

B......W. II. In Commemoration of the great Storm of Wind, Nov. 27, 1703,

and of the more dreadful Storm which threatened the Deltruction of British Freedom, at the Eve of the Revolution : preached in Little Wild-street, Nov. 27, 1788. By Samuel Stennei, D. D. 8vo. 15. Buckland. 1788.

The Account which the Ds. gives us of the abovementioned tempeft, its vaft extent, and the damage done by it, is hardly credible, did he not assure us, that he took it from a respectable writer, who supposes it to have been one of the most tremendous storms recorded in history. The land, the houses, chorches, trees, and rivers, feverely felt its fury. On a moderate computation 8000 persons in this country) lost their lives ; among whom, Dr. Kidder, Bishop of Bath and Wells, and his Lady, were crushed to death by the fall of their own house. In one level 15,000 sheep were drowned ; and the writer before mentioned declares, that he himself reckoned 17,000 trees torn up by their roots in Kent, and, when tired with the number, he left off reckoning. In short, the damage, he affirms, exceeded chat of the fire of London, which was estimated at four millions. The preacher proceeds:

• We have just felt the borrors of the dark and dismal night that preceded the 27th of November, 1703, when the winds blew, the kies blackened, the earth hook, and the hearts of men failed them with difinay; and we have enjoyed the happy calm that succeeded it. Let us now feel the horrors of that more dreadful tempest, which was impending on this country in the year 1688; and let us share with our pious ancestors in the joy they felt on the ever memorable 5th of November.' When William the Third " came, faw, and conquered,” • tyranny turned pale, the arm of despotism was unnerved, bigotry skulked into filence, persecution fled, and the black designs of the fons of darkness were frustrated.'

Having described, in pathetic terms, the dreadful situation to which we were reduced by James II. and our glorious deliverance by King William, Dr. Stennei proceeds to make such observations as every Bricon will readily adopt; and with which we shall conclude our account of this senlible discourse. • Let us recollect, with heartfelt joy and gratitude, the inestimable bleffings we have enjoyed under the mild administrations of the two Princes of the house of Brunswick, who have already reigned ;—and that happy confirmation and enlargement which our religious liberties have received under the reign of his present Majesty. And while we tenderly feel with him and his afflicted family, in the mournful providence with which they are now visited, lei'us offer our fervent and repeated prayers to God, that tranquillity may be restored to his royal borom, that he may again assume the reins of government with distinguished glory, and that, in the meanwhile, the deliberations of our greac men, under the guidance of Heaven, may be directed to the hap

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III. The Principles of the Revolution asserted and vindicated, and its

Advantage's stated, in a Sermon preached at Castle Hedingham, Effex, Nov. 5, 1788. By Robert Stevenson. 8vo. is. Dilly.

Taking for his text, Psalm lxxv. 7. Mr. Stevenson here states the grievances under which our ancestors laboured, in the reign of James II. the methods, by which, under Providence, the Revolution was effected, and the advantages derived from it, which we still enjoy. His enlargement under these several heads is pertinent and judicious.



SINGLE SERMON S, on other Occasions. 1. A Sermon preached in his Majesty's Chapel, Whitehall, at the cor

secration of William Lord Bishop of Chester, January 20, 1788. By Houstonne Radcliffe, D. D. Prebendary of Ely, &c. 410. is. Rivingtons, &c.

The institution of episcopacy is in this discourse vindicated, not 'merely on the ground of its high antiquity, expediency, and usefulness, but on that of Apostolic authority. The reader will not expect that in a discourse of this kind, much new light should be cast on a subject which has been so often discussed: but he will find the arguments ingeniously ftated; and the discourse is well written. E..... d. II. Preached at the Primary Visitation of the Lord Bishop of Win

chester, in the Cathedral of Winchester, July 14, 1788, by the Rev. Edmund Poulter, M. A. Rector of Crawley, &c. 4to. Cadell.

Mr. Poulter thus begins his discourse : • If the fullest sense of the distance, great between any single person in this assembly, who might have been called upon to perform this duty, and the rest, but between myself and you, infinite, give me any claim to your attention, who aspire not to your applause, I have that claim to such beneficial compromise ; for I should consider it fill as some degree of praise hence to have avoided censure here.' This is a specimen of the emvarrased style; but, with many, the arguments which Mr. P. employs will be more objected to than his language. His discourse is extremely open to animadversion.

We do not call in question his sense or learning, but his fond partiality to the Liturgy has induced him to reason very inconclusively in its favour. Attempting to prove too much, he hurts his cause. The Liturgy is certainly excellent on the whole; but to represent it as pofleffing even superior precision to the Scriptures, as having nothing apocrypbal in it, and as so composed that no person can doubt whether any one pasage in it be framed with less authority than the rest, with less accuracy inserted, or with less precision retained, is surely saying more of it than it merits. The compilers, at the Reformation, deferve great praise for what they did, confidering the prejudices and habits with which they had to contend; but we cannot suppose that they left the work perfect. Mr. P. may ob. ject to the slightest alteration, and consider the frequent repetition of the Lord's Prayer as a particular excellence, but we must continue to think that were the Liturgy revised, and its redundancies lopped off, it would be improved.


III. The


III. The Conduet and Doom of false Teachers. By John Dick, A. M.

8vo. 6d. Edinburgh. 1788. Not ill written, in point of style ; but the author appears to be either very ignorant of his subject, or under the over-bearing influ. ence of prejudice and party zeal. Are all persons heretical, and false, who do not affent to his creed, or that of his church Or, do not many rank among the best of mankind, who hold principles very different from those of Mr. Dicki and who, we might add, underitand them better? The discourse merits reprehension, because it may deceive and mislead unwary and well-disposed minds; at the same time inflaming them with bitterness and wrath, under the idea of religious zeal. IV. Preached before the Governors of Addenbrooke's Hospital, June 28, 1787, at Great St. Mary's, Cambridge. By T. Parkinson, M.A.F.R.S. Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge. 4to. is. Cadell.

This is a very good discourse, at once political and fcriptural ; urging on the readers the exercise of humanity and charity (from Luke, x. 37.) as men, citizens, and Chrifians. The style is ftudied and correct, perhaps in an instance or two rather obscure. It is thort, but those who peruse it with attention, will probably find it (without a direct appeal to the passions) both convincing and persuafive The state of the hospital forms the greater part of the pamphlet.

HI...S. V. Preached in the Parish Church of Old Sevinford, Worcestershire, zoth March, 1788. By the Rev. L. Booker.


IS, 6d. Rivingtons.

A farewell discourse, from Philip. iv. 8. in which the author particularly recommends to the parishioners, an attention to Sunday schools, and to another institution which he calls Female Societies, but the present management of which he entirely reprobates, in a note. The Sermon is published by request, and very well adapted to the design.


CORRESPONDENCE. +++ The letter signed Timothy Taperwit, is a piece of very sender wit indeed! Its meaning keeps pace with its pleasantry; and its politeness does not fall sort of either.- Need we take farther, notice of this knight-errant, who enters the lists in defence of Mrs. Stewart, alias Rudd ? - with whom, by the way, it is impoflible for us to have any quarrel. If the is in distress, we are sorry for her, not only as a woman, but as a woman of distinguished abilities: and we heartily with that her sufferings were at an end.

Amicus Conftans will see, by the public advertisements, that Dr. Campbell's book is just published. In answer to his inquiry

Who is the author of the History of England in a Series of Letters, &c. ? We always understood it to be the work of that egregious book-maker, the late Dr. Goldsmith; though by many (on what


grounds we know not) ascribed to a celebrated literary Lord. The jame Correspondent expresses his doubts whether Cunningham, author of the History of England, lately published by Hollingberry, (see Review, vol. lxxviii. p. 89.) be the editor of Horace.' Many conjectures have been started on this head; but we have not been able to obtain any certain information. If any of our Readers would be kind cnough to answer this inquiry, we mall readily give our circulation to the intelligence.

To the above correspondent we are obliged for the hint of mentioning, in future, the number of pages contained in the several publications that come 'under our noticei a circumstance that, no doubt, will be useful to many of our readers, and which is become the more necessary, from the shameful practice of some authors and publishers, who make no scruple of rating fixpenny pamphlets at eighteen pence; two shillings, or even half a crown.

*** We ate obliged to Major Brehm for the honour of his very scientific letter ; but the plan of our publication forbids its insertion; our particular object being the review of printed works, already before the Public. - The Major's learned speculations will, no doubt, be very acceptable to some of the Magazines : in the most respectable of which, they would appear with propriety.

I+1 INQUIRY may be assured that Lord Rawdon did not send the account of Mrs. Stewart's case. Nor is it in the power of ANY PERSon, of whatever rank or consequence, to influence, in any degree, an article in the Monthly Review. We have given, with impare tiality, our sentiments on Mrs. S.'s publication; and what we have written is left with the Public.

$t$ We cannot inform our Correspondent where the Difpenfatorium Fuldenfe is to be bought. The copy used by us was transmitted from abroad, to a private person.

** A. B.'s obliging Letter, dated from near Wakefield,' men. tion's (from Lackington's Catalogue! Dr. Ellis's “Knowlegeof Di. vine Things from Revelation, &c. 1971." with the following note; “ This work is very curious, very learned, and exceedingly entertaining and instructive. It ran through two very large editionsg without being inserted in any Review, or any way advertised.”. There may be such a work; but our plan does not extend to book's which are published, as the Irishnan said, in a private manner.

Ixi The impertinent Letter, relative to Mrs. Stewart's case, and so clasically figned Omnes Veritas, is unworthy of further notice.

Orher Letters in our next.

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Art. I. The Husbandry of the Ancients. By Adam Dickson, A. M.

lace Minister of Whittingham. 8vo. 2 Vols. 12 5. Boards. Robinsons, &c. 1788. TR. Dickson is well known as the author of a respectable

treatise on agriculture, published many years ago *. He was, we are told, in a short account of his life prefixed to this work, a man of a very lively apprehension, an ardent mind, and clear and sound judgment. Having received a liberal edycation, and being peculiarly addicted to the study of agriculture, he contemplated, with particular pleasure, the Latin Rei Ruflicæ fcriptores, appreciated their merits, and in the leisure that a rural retirement affords, compiled the present performance for the benefit of his countrymen : and it must be admitted, that by.such helps, not only the mere English reader will have it in his power to become acquainted with the modes of husbandry and agriculture practised in ancient Italy, but that even claffical scholars may, occasionally, participate in the advantage; for, as the editor observes, 'the author's perfect knowlege of the subject has enabled him to clear up many difficulties, which the learned commentators on the Rei Ruflicæ fcriptores, being entirely ignorant of husbandry, bad rendered more obscure ; while his skill in modern agriculture enabled him to make a judicious comparison between that and the praca tice of the ancients. The author himself concludes his own Preface by observing, that he' not only expects attention to his work from the ingenious cultivators of land, and from the many societies now established through Britain for the improvement of agriculture; but he likewise hopes for the approbation of all the antiquarians of the kingdom, to whom he has opened up a mine of genuine Roman antiquities, that has hitherto been fhut, except only to a few.' In this last particular, our opinion entirely coincides with that of the author; and though we are not so sanguine in our expectations of the benefits which the

* See Rev. vois. xxxiii. and xli.




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