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Mr. Estlin then, very properly and ably, insists on me day being set apart in every week for divine worship; and states, with energy, the benefits arising from its due observance. We are quite of this opinion, and therefore wish this apology an extensive circulation.
Miscellanies, in Verse and Prose. By Elizab1ti Garrard, of Bath. Robinsons. 4s. ,
FROM this ingeniousvolume of Poems we might make many pleasing extracts 3 the following will gratify the reader—
"Were mortals wishes not in vain, And I could all I ask obtain, It should not be a large estate, Nor ought that men imagine great; Nor velvet beds, nor painted domes, 'Nor hangings wrought in Persian looms;
Nor diamonds from Golconda brought,
Nor all that glitter, fools admire:
A Comparison of the Institutions of Moses with those of the Hindoos, and other Ancient Nations; witb Remarks on M. Dupui's Origin of all Religions, the Laws and Institutions of Moses methodized, . and an Address to the Jews on the Present State of the fFtrld, and the Prophecies relating to it. By Joseph Priestley, L.L.D. (ffr. 9s. boards. Johnson,
THIS indefatigable writer has here performed a very arduous task, and thus rendered an essential service to revealed religion. The superiority of the writings of Moses over the volumes of the Hindoos, is incontrovertibly shewn, and will, in every impartial mind, produce conviction. Of the rnany treatises this Christian Philosopher'has laid before the public, we know of none more learned, more ingenious, or more impressive. He is entitled to the best thanks of every individual member of the religiouB community. *
General Biography; or, Lives, Critical and Historical, of the most eminent Persons of all Ages, Countries, Conditions, and Professions, arranged in Alphabetical Order, composed by John Aikite, M. D. Mr. Nicholson, and others. Volume the Second. Quarto. Johnson.
THE first volume of this very valuable work, we announced to our readers on its first publication. With equal pleasure we bring forward the second, and are free to declare, that it is a most interesting summary of biographical information. Great industry has been exercised in collecting the materials—and judgment is displayed in the arrangement of them. Not only are the principal circumstances of men's lives here detailed, but their works are distinctly enumerated, with the time of their appearance; whilst the character of the individual isdrawn by the hand of impartiality.
The late Dr. Enfield had united with Dr. Aikin in the publication of this work, and his death therefore, must be considered, both on this and on other accounts, as a great loss to the republic of letters. His department, however, is filled up by the Rev. Thomas Morgan, a gentleman of considerable ability, and extensive information. How far the work will branch out it is- impossible precisely to saybut we may safely aver; that when finished, it will be a most meritorious publication. We hope that the compilers will receive from the public every possible encouragement. Biography is a most fascinating species of reading with every intelligent mind. Faithfully delineated, it is a polished mirror of no small beauty, which reflects the features of celebrated characters with an attractive accuracy.
Essay on Religion, being an Attempt to point out the unrivalled Beauty and Excellence of the Christian Doctrine, and the Necessity of paying it an Early Attention. Addressed to Young Persons. By John Fullagar. Rivington. is. . . ,
WE have read this little piece with pleasure— the sentiments are rational—and the tendency must be pronounced highly useful to the rising generation. Mr. F.'s intentions appear to be excellent—having at heart the cause of virtue and piety. We therefore cannot help expressing a wish that this Young Layman may be successful in the diffusion of pure and unadulterated Christianity.
Retrospect of the Political World,
FIACE having returned into the bosom of those nations which had been distracted with the din and confusion of war, we, of course, are more limited in our communications. Events are less numerous, and of less notoriety. It is, however, with greater pleasure, that we detail the less, clamorous events of tranquillity which are now des» tined to bless our country.
The mission of Lord Cornwallis, to settle, on our part, the definitive treaty at Amiens, seems to have engaged, in a very considerable degree, the public attention. The preparations for his departure have been great, and no expence has been spared to ren-der his embassy honourable to Great Britain. His reception in France has been extremely flattering; by persons of all descriptions. The Chief Consul, Bounaparte, has shewn him great attention.—* The manner in which he has been treated must tend to banish that mutual hatred which has too long subsisted between those two great nations. We are in hopes, indeed, that both parties will conduct themselves towards each other with increasing regard and humanity.
On the 9th of this month, the French Republic displayed the most splendid tokens of joy in behalf of the peace, which has lately commenced. Paris was in a blaze with its illuminations, on the eve of the day. All carriages were excluded from thei scene of the fete, alter five o'ciock in the afternoon. Sentiments of high respect, however, suggested that the carriage of Lord Cornwallis should not be in-" eluded in the restriction. He, therefore, visited all the places destined for the celebration of the fete. —-In every quarter he saw order and civility preseYvect', witnout"tlie assistance of force to secure it. Every where his presence excited that attention which does not originate from mere curiosity, which is able to describe, in a rational manner, its emotions, and which is an expression of pleasure, while it is, at the same time, a testimony of high respect for the character, and the reputation of him to whom it is addressed. At Calais, the expressions of joy were so great, that the firing of the cannon was heard at Dover during most part of the
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Parliament having again assembled, on the third of this month, a grand debate took place concerning the Preliminaries of Peace! Many excellent speeches were made, and considerable were the displays of oratory. It appears that three parties exist, of which it may be proper to say a few words. The first consists of Lord CreitwUle, the Marquis of Buckingham, Mr. Windham, Sec. who condemned the peace altogether, in terms of great severity. The second consists of Lord Henutsbuty, lAr. Addington, Mr. Pitt, &c. who contend strongly in behalf of the peace, and extol the terms on which it has been accomplished. The third party is made up of Mr. Fox and his friends, who approve of the peace, but insist that it might have been made on much better conditions at a former period. Such are the different and contradictory opinions by which the great council of the nation stands divided. For our own part, waving all political conjectures, we are persuaded that the Peace must be pronounced an inestimable blessing to this nation.— May the united kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, experience every possible good which can IC«ult from it, down to latest posterity 1