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reason to believe that it may have been injured by a rigid adherence to systematic divinity ? Art. 41. An Antidote to Popery; or the Protestant's Memory jogg'd in Seafon : By the following Narratives and Facts.
1. The Perfecutions of the Protestants in the Reigns of Henry IV. V. VIII, and that of Queen Mary. II. The Irish Martyrology. III. Popish treasons and confpiracies in England. IV. Persecutions in France. V. Extracts of Letters from Lisbon, by an eminent minister of the Church of England. VI. A short Account of the most material Errors now taught in the Church of Rome. By a Clergyman of the Church of England.
3 d. or 2 s. 6 d. a Dozen. Matthews. 1778. This little performance is introduced by a short advertisement in which the Author expresses an earnest but just concern that we may be preserved from the infection of Popish seductions, and the horrors of Popish persecution; at the same time he cautions the good people of England against the present Jesuitical apology, introduced, he says, in the News papers, that the Papists are now too rehned in morals and manners to commence persecutors. As friends to liberty, religious and civil, we sincerely wish these blessings to every man, and hope we abhor every thing that bears hard on the rights of conscience. Yet as we have been taught by clear and undoubted teftimony and conviction how inimical the principles of Popery are to the comfort and welfare of a Protettant community, and the just and reasonable claims of mankind, it cannot admit of a question whether or not we ought to guard against its encroachments. Since this is the case, and fince great ignorance, as well as negligence, may, or we may say, does prevail even in our enlightened land, on this and other important points, we efteem is very friendly in this Clergyman of the Church of England, who at fo cheap a rate endeavours to give us a jog. Art. 42. A Letter of folemn Counsel from a Minister of the Gospel,
to a Person in a declining State of Health. 8vo. Od. Robinson. 1778,
The Author of this pamphlet is the Rev. Mr. de Courcy. : It is a warm and affectionate address, on the Methodistical plan, to those who are sick, but intended also for the admonition and assistance of perfons in health. Art. 43. Collatio Codicis Cottoniani Geneseos cum Editione Romana,
a viro Clarissimo Joanne Ernesto Grabe, jam olim futta; nunc demum Jummâ curâ edita ab HenkICO Owen. M. D. S. R. S. &c.-A Collation of the Cotton MS. of Genesis, with the Roman edition, formerly made by the celebrated John Erneft Grabe, and now carefully published by Henry Owen. M. D. F. R. S. Rector of St. Olave, Hart street. 8vo. 38. Rivington. 1778.
This ancient and beautiful MS. is said to have been brought into England in the reign of Henry VIII. by two Greek bishops. Queen Elizabeth made a present of it to Sir John Fostescue, from whom it descended to the Cotton library. Walton says that there were five volumes of this MS. containing the whole Pentateuch, but that the four last came into the hands of a Frenchman, who never returned them to the owner. Dr. Owen considers it as the most ancient MS. in England, if not in all Europe. Besides its large and exact letters, it is adorned with beautiful figures, describing some parts of the history. Four prints of this kind are given in the present pamphlet. But this valuable MS. was nearly deitroyed, it is said, by the fire which so greatly damaged the Cotton library in 1731. Sometime before this fatal event the illustrious Grabe had promised to publish this very ancient MS. of Genesis, or at least a Collation of it with the Roman edition, but he died before he could fulfil his promise. This therefore Dr. Owen has undertaken, and now offers to the learned world. A Collation of the same kind is to be found in the sixth volume of Bibl. Polyglott. Londinenfium, but very imperfect. Our Author has performed his cak from those remains of Grabe's writings upon it, which have been preserved in the Bodleian library, what additions there are of his own, are properly diftinguished, and those of the notes which belong to Grabe are pointed out by the letter G. The work is curious, and appears to merit the attention of the learned. Art. 44. A Letter to the Rev. Mr. Jebb, with relation to his
declared Sentiments about the Unlawfulness of all religious Ad. dresses to Christ Jesus. 8vo. 1 s. 6 d. Galabin and Baker, 1778.
Mr. (now Dr.) Jebb, in the short State of the Causes of bis Refignation,' expressly condemned all religious addresses to Jesus Chrift, and referred to Mr. Lindsey's Apology, for the proof of their unlawfulness. The Author, therefore, of the present Tract thought it incumbent upon him to examine the grounds upon which Mr. Jebb rested his assertion; he has accordingly gone ibrough the passages of the New Testament, which Mr. Lindsey had considered with regard to the subject; and hath endeavoured to shew from them that the religious addresses ought to be made to Jesus Christ. The critical knowledge and learning of this Author are visible in every page of the performance before us; and his calmness and candour are equally apparent. How far he is right in some of his remarks, may we think jofly be disputed; but many of them undoubtedly call for the serious attention of Mr. Lindsey, and Dr. Jebb. In faying this, we do not mean to determine in the present Writer's favour; but to express our wishes that the guettion were still more deeply investigated. An accurate and extensive examination of the subject in which the worship to be paid to the One God and Father of all, should be traced through the Old and New Teltament, and the subordinate homage due to Jesus, hhould be fixed with precision, is the grand disideratum in Chriftian theology. Art. 45. Sermons on several important Subjects. By James Bryson,
A M. Belfast, printed. 1778. These Sermons, which were published by subscription, are thirteen in number; the subjects are: A sense of God, and regard to integrity, the great supporis of virtue and sources of comforl; from Gen. xvii. 1. The immortality of the soul; from 2 Cor. v. 10. and 2 Tim. i. 10. The principles out of which the happiness of the future life shall arise, and the influence the bope of it should have on the conduct of life; from 1 John iii. 2, 3. The vanity of human life, to an unoffeading wind; from Eccles. i. 14. Conscious guilt, what renders death an object of fear; from 1 Cor. xv. 56. Religious meditation ; from Psalm cxix. 15.
Concerning these sermons the Author observes, that, “in laying these subjects first before his own audience, and now before the Pub. lic, he was directed by this single rule; that the light of the underftanding should warm the heart and direct the life. Abftract-reasoning, he says, may support the beliet, but cannot in force the practice of religious virtue. On the other hand, religious virtue can never be permanent, consistent, and strong, without the powerful aid of folid principle. How far he has avoided the extravagance of philosophising, and the feebleness of sentimental address, he leaves to the decision of the impartial Public.—No man, it is added, (he is fully persuaded) ever appeared before the Public with greater diffidence, or wished to treat it with greater candor.'
Such is the account which this writer gives of himself.-It may be fome alleviation of his honest fear, to be informed, that his dilcourses must be acknowledged to be rational, sensible, and ingeni. ous; they plead strongly, and convincingly, in favour of religious virtue; and are calculated to serve its interests; they are perhaps rather too much laboured, and have consequently fome degree of ftiffness in the composition ; but they have real merit, and appear, as Mr. Bryson says, to be the offspring of a heart to which the interest of pure religion, and the happiness of mankind, are not indifferent.'
S E R M O N S. I. Preached at St. Mary's, Oxford, July 6, 1778: on Occasion of
the Anniversary Meeting of the Governors of the Radcliffe infirmary. By_John, Lord Bishop of Oxford. 4to. Oxford. Clarendon Press. Rivington, &c.
In this judicious and elegant discourse, which is printed for the benefit of the charity, legal inititutions for the relief of the poor, however expedient and necessary on the whole, are shown to be on.. friendly to the exertion of the benevolent principle; the excellence of the Christian inftitution, in encouraging an unrestrained spirit of liberality, is illuftrated; and useful precepts are given, respecting the selection of proper objects of charity. H. Preached at St. Sepulchre's, London, March 15th; and at the
Parish Church of Cheshunt, Herts, October 27th, 1778, for the Benefit of the Humane Society, instituted for the Recovery of Per-fons apparently dead by drowning. By Colin Milne, L L. D. Rector of North-Chapel, Sussex. 8vo. 1S. Rivington, &c. 1778.
The Preacher's text is, For no Man liveth to himself. After some time spent in censuring those, who, according to his account, vilify and degrade Human Nature, he proceeds to recommend the present charitable inftitution ; and with proper warmth and fervor urges a contribution to it's support, suitable to the benevolence of the design. III. Ministers, Labourers together with God.-Preached at Exeter,
before the Assembly of the united dissenting Clergy of Devon and Corowall; September 9th, 1778. By the Rev. Sir Harry Tre
lawney, Bart. A B. Minister of the Presbyterian Church at West Looe, Cornwall. 4to. 6d. Buckland. 1778.
When Sir Harry Trelawney first quitted the Church of England, his principles and connections being of the Methodistical kind, he naturally affociated himself with those Diflenters who, in their zeal for Calvinism, and the warmth of their enthusiasm, approach the nearest to the Methodifts. Even then, however, he discovered, on many occasions, great candour of disposition ; and, in his confeflion at his ordination, he shewed that the grounds of his nonconformity, were che same with those which were built upon by the most rational of the Disenting clergy. In other respects that service was not well digested; and he was rather unfortunate in meeting with such persons to conduct his ordination, as could not be said to be the firft of their profeffion, either in abilities or a liberal turn of thinking. In the discourse before us, Sir Harry Trelawney hath proved, thai he is poffefsed of a mind which is capable of rifing above every narrow prejudice. The sentiments he hath advanced are, throughout, rational, candid, and enlarged. The authors he refers to, with approbation, are, Erasmus, Grotius, Le Clerc, Dr. Jortin, Dr. Ogden, Dr. Price, and Dr. Watson of Cambridge. His zeal is accompanied with knowledge; and he is for having the cause of Chriftian truth defended with the spirit of meekness, and the manners of a gentleman. The bigots, it seems, have said, that the rational Diffenters have put an extinguisher over Sir Harry Trelawney; but to this it hath been answered, that they have only made use of the snuffers: Iy. The beneficial Effects of Harmony. Preached at the Meeting of
the Three Choirs in the Cathedral Church of Gloucester, September 9, 1778. By S. Glasse, D. D. F. R. S. and Chaplain in Ordinary to his Majesty. 4to. I s. Rivington.
If the prophane music of an Orpheus could move the rocks, we cannot doubt, but the music of the Choirs, in Gloucester Cathedral, fupported by the eloquence of Dr. Glasse, would be sufliciently powerful to draw gold from the pockets of the auditors, and convey it to the plate of charity. V. A Revijal of the Englih Translation of the Old Teftament, recom
mended :--before the University of Oxford, at St. Mary's, November 15, 1778. To which is added, fome Account of an ancient Syriac Translation of great Part of Origen's Hexaplar Edition of the LXX, lately discovered in the Ambrofian Library at Milan. By the Rev. Joseph White, M. A. Fellow of Wadham College; Laudian Professor of Arabic, and one of his Majesty's Preachers at Whitehall. 4to.
I s. Rivington, &c. In this rational, fenfible discourse, the learned and ingenious Au! thor bestows high encomiums on the translators of the present English verfion of the Old Testament: but he gives them no more than their just praise'; for we are certainly under great obligations to them. He observes also, as what cannot be impressed too often, that our common translation is extremely well calculated to answer every purs pose of general piety, both for the learned and unlearned Christian. What is wanting, he says, is wanting, not for the necessity of edifi
cation, but for the improvement of Sacred Literature.' The many discoveries of MSS. and versions, fince the days of James the First, afford great advantages for corrections or amendments of our present version. Mr. White therefore wishes for a new translation, and earnestly recommends the study of the Hebrew to divines; that the great intellectual treasure which is attained in the present day, may, he says, be carried to the temple of God, and presented as an oblation for its ornament and its use. To the sermon is added, a Lain letter from Professor Bjornstahl to Mr. White, giving an account of the Milan manuscript : of which it is unnecessary for us to say any thing farther, as we have already sufficiently announced it in our Review for December 1778, Article vii. of the Foreign Literature. It appears somewhat strange, that Dr. Kennicott should have heard nothing of it, in his enquiries of this kind, in almost every part of the globe. VI. The Remembrance of former Days. Preached at Broad Mead,
Bristol, November 5, 1778. By Caleb Evans, M. A. Published at the Requef of those who heard it. 8vo. 6d. Buckland, &c.
A good, honeft, zealous, dissenting declamation, against DeSPOTISM, and against Popery, the friend of despotism. Mr. Evans does not absolutely protest against the indulgence lately extended to the Roman Catholics of this country; but he strongly recommends it to us ftill to keep a watchful eye upon them; and, among other tes. timonies, he quotes fome striking passages, from the celebrated Gan. ganelli's Letters, to evince that the old intolerant fpirit of the Church of Rome is not yet rooted out of her. VII. The Converfion of Sinners the greatest Charity. Being the Sub
stance of a Sermon, at St. Peter's, Cornhill, November 19th, before a Society for promoting religious Knowledge among the Poor. By H. Venn, A. M. Rector of Yelling, and Chaplain to the Earl of Buchan. 8vo. 6d. Crowder, &c. 1778.
CORRESPONDENCE. F. R. S. will please to take notice, that what we intended to say, in regard to the sermon which he recommends to our particular confideration, was sent to the press before we received his favour. Any communication from this correspondent, on the important fubject of SCRIPTURE CRITICISM, will, at all times, be respectfully attended to.
If Oxonienfis will favour us with his address, an answer shall be sent to his obliging letter of January 2d. He will see an account of some of the books which he mentions, in this month's Review.
+++ The letter signed • A lover of the Classics,' is under confideration. Any occafonal observations from the writer, muft ever prove acceptable to persons engaged in critical researches. We shall, particularly, be glad to hear from him on the subject of Tibullus.
The letter from U. X. and that from Mr. D-2, will be duly noticed in our next.