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mary importance. Single sermons, and small tracts, of considerable excellence, have abounded perhaps more than usual. We do not say that this has literally been the case, in the productions from the press ; because it is not possible for us to follow with minute exactness the order of publication; but so it has happened with resped to the order in which they have been presented to our observation. In this class of publications the Charge of the Bishop of London to his Clergy*, first demanded our attention, which we found it very highly to deserve, as containing a masterly and useful view of the state of religion in foreign countries, its influence here, and the confequent duties of the clergy. The republished Charge of the Bishop of Durhamt confines its view more entirely to the state of things within this country, but conveys in an able manner much religious and political inltruction. Of the sermons preached on occasion of the Falt, we are conscious that several are yet accidentally unnoticed, which deserved perhaps an earlier attention; but, among those which have fallen under our consideration, we could not fail to distinguish that of Mr. Jackson, at Lincoln's Innt. Among those which have been preached on other public occasions, those of Mr. Hay, before the House of Commonsg, and Mr. Glalle, at the Bishop of London's Vistation, demand particular mention: as do also the consecration fermon of Mr. T. D. Whitaker I, that of Dr. Glase before the magistrates of Middlesex,** of Mr. Griffith for the Sons of the Clergy+t, and Mr. Twining before the corporation of Colchester11. It is pleasing to observe, on so many different occasions, good learning, sound divinity, and manly eloquence, •applied to various topics, wherein good principles

* No. I. p. 55. + No. III. p. 260. No. V. p. 541. No. III. p. 300: No. II. p. 176. I No. III. p. 302.

** No. IV. Po 428. + No. V. p. 542. $1 No. VI. p. 669.


were to be supported, and good deeds recommended. As a discourse, which, without the call of any stated celebration, brings itself forward by its own intrinsic value, we cannot omit to mention the sermon of Mr. Jones, entiiled The Age of Unbelief*, in which he states so very strikingly the unhappy prevalence of the reason of man in setting itself up against the wisdom of God, with the dreadful consequences to be seen and expected from that cause. Nor should we leave unnoticed that discourse in which the late worthy, and too early lamented Mr. Keate, brought forward an important Interpretation of the 100th Psalınt, which had hitherto lain

hid in the comments of a few ingenious men, of this and foreign countries. Among publications in Divinity of rather greater magnitude, we have only to mention, at present, the useful View of the Prophecies, by Mr. E. Wbitakerf, in which he has brought, with great skill, the reluctant adversary Gibbon to bear testimony to the truth of Revelation. The Demonstration of our Savicur's Divinity, by Dr. Wynperses, which gained the prize ac the Hague, has very properly been published here, where efforts are so zealously carried on to overturn that Christian doctrine. We return with pleasure also to commend the concise View of the History of religious Knrwledgell, which, though a small volume, and anonymous, conveys the result of much reading and judgment, in a manner that is likely to be useful. Such a writer can have little reason to conceal his name, and the book deserves the aid which it would derive from one which is, we doubt not, respectable. But if these narrow limits contain all we have at present to bring forward under the important title of Divinity, there is a work of magnitude and worth, immediately after to be mens

* No. IV. p. 426. + No. II. p. 157. 5 No. V. p. 504 Ś No. V. p. 666. No. I. p. 76.

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tioned, which stands, as it ought, on the firm basis of Religion, though its profeffed object is

MORALITY. Our readers will easily anticipate, that under this description we are about to recall their attention to the great work of Mr. Gisborne, entitled An Enquiry into the Duties of Men, &c*. a book which, for the accuracy and comprehensive nature of its views, the purity of its precepts, and the elegance of its di&tion, will not soon be equalled, and has not often been surpassed.. We could dwell with pleasure on a topic so interesting to society at large, but such is not the plan of our present recapitulation: and we hasten onward into other classes, where we have much merit to remark, though not in general, so important in its kind.

HISTORY. The eye of historical science, which pervades by turns all countries, has been attracted lately to the East, in consequence of the increased cultivation of the Asiatic languages by Europeans; and among the stores which this direction of study has produced, few have been more valuable than The History of Dekkan, translated by Captain Scott, from Ferishtat, and continued from other native writers. These authentic accounts, taken from authors who were either eye-witnesses of the events they relate, or had the best means of information at command, must be stored among the treasures of History, the main object of which is that truth which tends to illustrate human nature, by - a just representation of human actions. Mr. Gifford's Hisory of France I is of course a work of a very different nature; compiled with vast labour, from a prodigious number of authorities; it amounts to four large quartos; and certainly presents one of the

# No. IV. p. 329. 1 No. IV. p. 379.

+ No. III. p. 209. and V, 516,


completest histories of a foreign country that has yet appeared in our language. Mr. Mayo's Chronological History *, or rather tables, from 1678 to the close of the year 1792, must be acknowledged to be useful for reference, and compiled with considerable labour. The book is not calculated for popular sale, either by its form or method, but it will find its place in libraries. Of histories more limited in their obje&t, that of The French Clergy, during the Revolution, by the Abbé Barruelt, is of a nature peculiarly interesting, and comprises some details in which, even the infamy of those who were the authors of the cruelties that were perpetrated, is not more conspicuous than the heroic fortitude, and ardent piety of the innocent sufferers. As the account of a short period, given by an agent in the scenes he describes, Colonel Money's History of the Campaign of 1792, may be consulted with advantage.


The most important addition lately made to this branch of literature is the Life of Bishop Warburton written by Bishop Hurd s. . This, though called A Discourse, by way of Preface to the Quarto Edition of Bishop Warburton's Works, and sold only to the purchasers of that edition, is an interesting piece of Biography, and one which ought to be more widely circulated. Some objections we found it necessary to make to the sentiments delivered in particular parts ; but, on the whole, it is a respectable production. It is not, indeed, what it might have been, had the author chosen to undertake a critical examination of the works of his illustrious friend; or rather bad that task been executed by a writer of equal talents, with a less partial bias in favour of the Bishop, whose genius

+ No, V. p. 47?.

# No. II. p. 175. No, Vl. p.645

No. II. p. III.


furnished the materials : 'yet fill it is the life of a great man, and written by a friend well worthy of him.

Mr. Hayley's Life of Milton*; prefixed' to Boydell's splendid edition of that author's poems, resembles the preceding, in conveying a strong panegyric on the subject of the narrative. The partiality in the former case was occasioned' by personal attachment in the latter partly, at least, by an honest admiration of transcendent genius. Mr. Hayley draws the character of Milton from his writings, and though we know this source of information to be in general rather fallible; we think the juvenile productions of an author, on which the greatest stress from this instance is laid, most likely to convey his real character. Sicever's Life of Linnaust, a translation from the German, by Mr. Trap, must be mentioned in respect to the illustrious subject of it, but by its prolixity and trifling minutenets of information does little honour to the judgment of the original writer. The Biographical Sketches accompanying Mr. Chamberlain's collection of Portraits from Holbeins, are so good as to entitle them to be mentioned in this place. They were written, as was notified before, by Mr. Lodge, whose abilities for Historical researches are well known.


In the first number of this volume we concluded our account of Mr. Maurice's Indián Antiquitiesg; a work of great labour and acuteness, and

eness, and preparatory only to another of equal, if not superior difficulty, his History of that country in its early periods. : Mr. Maurice, as may be seen even in his Antiquities, is a man of genius, and a poet; but nothing toils with the vigour of genius, whin its zeal is actively employed

* No. VI. p. 569. + No. VI. p. 591. I No. III. p. 264, No. I. p. 62.

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