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ligious fellowship caused me deeply to mourn; being cloathed with holy zeal, I called with a raised voice to those fleepy spirits to arise and stand upon the wails of Zion, with swords in one hand and working instruments in the other, that the enemy might have been kept out, and the work of the Lord carried on in the earth. After this passed away, I beheld a suffering day approaching, to prove the foundation of the inhabitants of this nation, and that none should be able to stand, but those whoie foundation was laid upon the rock of ages.' . A Sermon preached in the Church of the unikd Parishes of St. Judaft

Fozer, and St. Michael-Le Quern, London, on Friday, February 28, 1794, being the Day appointed for a General Fast. By Francis Wollaston, Roftor. 8vo. 15. Wilkies. 1794.

From Like xxi. 36, Mr. Wollaston takes a hasty view of the present posture of affairs, the probability that great revolutions are now agitating by the hand of providence, and exhorts his hearers to prepare themselves by watching and prayer.' He glances at the con duct of the French, and is of opinion that we cannot at present Theath the sword. “What Christianity certainly would advise in almost any other case, Christianity itself cannot advise now.' The remarks he makes on the growth of infidelity form the best part of this sermon.

The Hand of God acknowledged in the Loss of endeared Relatives, and · fuch aferling Dispensations improved. A Sermon, occafioned by the

much lamented Death of Elizabeth Bowden, who departed this Life November 15, 1793, aged seventeen years ; preached at LowerTooting, in Surry, November 24, 1793. By James Bowden. 8vo. 9d. Johnson. 1794.

The afflicted parent, and the pious resigned Christian, are equally conspicuous in this discourse. It is, indeed, affectionate, tender, and submissive. The language we could have wished to have been polished with greater care. It is not enough to say this fermon was not intended to be published : even in colloquial conversation, it would appear harsh and inelegant. A Sermon preached before the University of Cambridge, November 5,

1793. By Elward Pearfon, B. D. Fellow of Sidney-Sufix Cola lege, Cambridge. 8vo. 64. Deighton. 1793.

The text of this discourse is taken from Proverbs xxiv. 21. My fon, fear thou the Lord, and the king, and meddle not with them that are given to change. The preacher shows, by judicious observations, the great danger of attempting to subvert, by violence, any establified government; and vindicates the Revolution of 1688 from the objections that might be drawn from this general prin. ciple.

Thie The Spirit of the Times confidered. A Sermon, preached in the Enge

lish Church at Utrecht, February 13, 1793, the Day appointed by the States for the General Thanksgiving, Fasting, and Prayer. By W. L. Brown, D. D. Professor of Moral Philosophy, the Law of Nature, and Ecclesiastical History, and Minister of the English Church at Utreckt. Svo. Is. Murray. 1793. We have feldom read a more elegant and seasonable discourse, from Matthew xvi. 3. • Can ye not discern the signs of the times.' From the signs of that period, our author turns to those of the present moment, when religion, government, arts, sciences, and talte, are attempted to be subverted under the imposing name of philosophy. His conclusions and advice are highly judicious: in every view, our author recommends due subordination, an attention to religion, to order, and good government. Hints preparatory to the approaching Faft. 12m. 6d. Riving.

tons. 1794. · These Hints, though intended for general application, are chiefly directed to the clergy. The author delineates the different kinds of discourses which would be delivered on the Fast-day; pointing out the particular object of the several clatles of preachers, and recommending to their attention such a plan of sermons as is most conformable to the institution of a day of public humiliation and prayer. The Hints are suggested with good sense, and enforced with a be. coming degree of freedom.


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Hiftory of May-Flower, a Fairy Tale. 8vo. 2s. 6d. fewed. Wilkie.

1793. When the Arabian Nights were first translated into French by Galland, they were re-id by every body with an enthusiasm of pleasure. Count Hamilton, author of the Memoirs of Grammont, and other publications, used to laugh at the eagerness with which they were read, and to say that it was very easy for any man to produce such, if he chose to be extravagant enough. Some of his gay acquaintance dared him to the trial; upon which he wrote the tales known under the name of Contes d' Hamilton. They are extremely amusing, as they join to the fanciful extravagance of the Arabian

Tales, which he at once laughed at and iinitated, the gaiety and lighter graces, the wit and pleasantry of the Parisian bel-esprit. Fleur d'Epine is one of the prettiest. It is very well translated, though with considerable retrenchments and additions, chiefly, we suppose, introduced to bring out the moral, the least circumstance, probably, C.R. N. Arr. (XI.) June, 1794.


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that count Hamilton concerned himself about; and it certainly may be read with much pleasure, and without fear of receiving any harm, by all young people who are fond of this kind of writing. Caroline de Montmorenci; a Tule, founded in Firet. By La Víar.

quise De *****, 12 mo. 35. jewed. Longmans 1794.

This story, which is written in letters, consists rather of a series of detached episodes than of one uniform narrative. It may, as is said in the title-page, be really founded in fact; but we cannot say that it has any strong claim to intereft the reader, in respect either of sentiment or inforniation).

Amufement Hall, or, an Easy Introduftion to the Artainment of

Ujiful Knowledge. By a Lady. 12mo. 25. Buards. Gardiner. 1794.

The fable of this little production is ingeniously imagined; the dialogue sentimental, without either affectation or duilness; and it is.interspersed with interesting anecdotes from ancient history, on which the young ladies, to whom they are recited, never fail of making pertinent obfervations. The whole is well calculated for conveying uteful knowledge in a familiar and pleasing manner. Lucy: a Novel. By Mrs. Parsons. 3 Vols. 12 mo. 105. 6d. Jewed.

Lane. 1794. The heroine of this Novel is a Foundling, richly endowed with the gifts of nature, and of the most virtuous and amiable difpolition. The first seventeen years of her life are spent in the obscurity of an old ruinous castle, in a remote part of Ireland; where the is protected by its two only inhabitants, a Mr. and Mrs. Butler, huiband and wife, who, after living many yeus in the poster11on of a large eítate, are driven by a series of calamities to seek for refuge in the most fequefiered retirement. By the death of those respectable persons, the unfortunate Lucy is left in the most de: plorabie situation; deftitute of all huna society, and without any other subfistence than the milk of a cow, with which the had been nourished from her infancy. To avoid persecution from a young libertine, by whom she had been accidentally discovered, fne makes her way to a village, at the diftance of some miles, and implores the protection of a Fatlier Mark; of whose great humanity the had been informed by Mrs. Builer, and afterwards by a herinit, whom the had diicovered in a subterraneous part of the caftie. On the recommendation of this worthy ciergyman, she is taken into the jamily of a lady Campley, by whom the is treated with a degree of partiality and affection suitable to her extraordinary merit. A


series of surprising adventures fucceeds this period of her history, until, at last, her parentage becomes known, and she is happily married to the nephew of an Italian count, who was deeply enamoured of her charms.

The incidents in his novel are, in general, of a romantic nature; but conducted with great plausibility. The characters are well supported; the sentiments highly favourable to virtue; and it abounds with situations extremely interesting to the tendereít feelings of the heart.

ME DICA L.. Chemical Essays; being a Continuation of my Reflections on fixed Fire,

cuith Observations and Strictures upon Di. Priestley's, Fordyce's, Pearson's, and Beddors's late Papers in the Philosaphical Transactions; and an Answer to the Reviervers. By Robert Harrington, M. D. 8vo. Is. 6.1. Faulder. 1793.

• We wish the man a dinner and sit still." In good truth, we have been so long teized by aiTertions without proof, by experiments misunderstood, and arguments indecitive, that we shall in future be contented with announcing Dr. Harrington's works, till we perceive them to become of more importanice. On the Diseases of the Teeth; their Origin explained, with success.

ful Methods of removing their most prevailing Diforders, and managing the Teeth in the Infant State. To which are ailed, Obfervations on the Saliva. By Benjamin IFalkey, 4pothecary, and Proprietor of the Vegetable Dentifrice. Svo. 1s. Shepperson and Reynolds. 1793.

This is an advertisement, managed with more than usual arts svhich we did not fully understand, till we observed · Apothecary' added to the name. In reality, the diseases of the teeth fometimes depend, it is said, on some fault in the blood ;-and who to proper to give the alteratives, if the tooth-powder fails, as the author of the discovery? We ought, however, to add, that Mr. Walkey appears to be far above the common rank of advertisers. His pamphlet is written, in a manner indeed a little too confident; but, in general, with propriety, elegance, and good sense.

DR A M A T I C. The Purse; or, Benevolent Tar; a Musical Drame, in one A7, as

it is performed at the Theatre Royal Hoxmarket. By J. C. Cro/s. Svo. 15. Lane. 1794.

A piece of one act, in which the chief incident is, that a boy taken into a great house falls alleep in a chair, with a letter from his

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mother in his hand. A sailor returning from a cruize comes in, and reading his letter, finds he has sent all the money he could get to his mother; with which he is so pleased that he Nips a purse into his pocket. Upon this an accufation of his honesty is afterwards founded; but the sailor, who proves to be his father, returns time enough to save him.—The incident is borrowed from Berquin, who himself took it from the German, where the generosity to the sleeping page is related of the king of Prussia. With regard to the working up of the piese, nothing can be more slightly put together.

M I S C E L L A NE OU S. Obfervations on a Current that often prevails to the Westward of

Scilly ; endangering the Safety of Ships that approach the British

Channel. By James Rennel, Esq. F.R.S. From the Philofophia ·cal Transactions. Svo. 25. Nicol. 1793.

This is a singularly useful tract, which, as it has not yet occurred to us in the Philosophical Transactions, we may shortly notice. There seems to be a current, setting from Cape Finisterre and Cape Ortegal across the mouth of the British Channel, which carries ships, steering from the west, towards the channel, in a parallel to the south of the Scilly Isands, either on them, or to the north of the islands. Mr. Rennel thinks the current follows the course of the shore ; but this is less probable than that it passes through tlie bay. It is of more consequence to remark, that it seems to prevail most, after some continuance of westerly winds. Some of our au. thor's remark we shall transcribe.

o ust. Whatever may be the breadth of the stream, (which is at prefent unknown) if a ship crosses it very obliquely, that is, in an E. by S. or more southerly direction (as may easily happen, on finding herself too far to the northward, at the first place of observation, after he gets into the current), the will, of course, continue much longer in it, and will be more affected by it, than if she steered more directly across it. She will be in a similar situation, if the crosses it with light winds; and both of these circumstances should be attended to. And if it be true, as I suspeat it is, that the eastern border of the current has a more northerly direction than the middle of it, this also should be guarded against. I conceive also, that the stream is broader in the parailei of Scilly, than farther fouth. And here we may remark, that those who, from a parallel fouth of Scilly, have been carried clear of it to the north, when approaching it in the night, may esteem themselves fortunate that the current was fo Arong ; for had it been weaker, they might bave been carried on the rocks.

" ad. A good observation of latitude, at noon, would be thought a sufficient warrant for running eastward, during a long night : yet


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