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guide to all. Very pleasing is it to observe, that, by the exemplary diligence now exerted for smoothing every avenue to facred knowledge, gross ignorance of it will be soon without excuse; we hope, almost without example. Dr. Hev's LeEtures in Divinity*, may be considered as a similar undertaking, on a more extended plan; but we forbear to characterize them further, till our account of them ihall be completed. In the publication entitled Horæ Biblicæt, we fee with satisfaction an eminent lawyer (Mr. Butler) holding out the torch to those who would explore the paths of biblical literature ; and holding it with a hand so fteady and judicious, as almoft to remove an obscurity, which till then had bafled all but the profounder students of Theology. To the same class of sacred works belongs also, in a great measure, Mr. Kett's Interpreter of Prophecyf; of which the first 300 pages contain fo excellent an abstract of the Prophecies, as far as the destruction of Jerufalem, that they would alone form a cheap and most useful manual, separately printed, for those whom more obscure enquiries might deter. The remainder offers matter well worthy of contemplation to the theologian, but is less formed, excepting the conclusion, for general use. Two sets of Sermons at the Bampton Lecture, by Mr. Halış and Dr. Barrowl, contribute to enforce and illustrate the evidences of religion ; the former, by explaining the fulness and the fitness of the time when our Saviour appeared on earth; the latter, by discussing many topics which have been frequently thought pregnant with doubt or difficulty.

When we aliigned the first place in this division to the Bishop of Lincoln's excellent book, to which we have fubjoined such others as seemed more immediately to class with it, we did not forget or un

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dervalue the Collation of the Sepiuagint, by Dr. Holmes. But original works seemed to claim the preference, especially as no more than the book of Genesis* has yet appeared. May the indefatigable and merito- . fious editor proceed with equal success in the ensuing parts of his talk !

There are still some important publications which demand our notice in this class : among which, we must by no means omit to mention the Sermons of the venerable Dr. Maclainet, the translator and judicious annotator of Mofheim. The subjects are important, whether general or temporary, and the manner in which they are treated evinces the united powers of an able writer and a powerful reasoner. The Supplement of Mr. Kingt, to his Remarks on the Signs of the Times, itself an edifying example of pious investigation, into a subject of general moment, gave occasion to the more profound and elaborate Disquisitions of the Bishop of Rochesters, where controverly appears disarmed of all its severity, and reconciled with politeness and friendship. Another work, in which the state of the times is particularly confi. dered, and a suitable discipline in religion prescribed, is the Christian Monitor, by the Rev. 7. Owenil

. In this the author labours diligently, and pleads ably, to recal the knowledge and the practice of the early periods of our national church; and as so many efforts are now conspiring towards the fame end, it is reasonable to hope that they will produce a happy effeat.

Among the less extended productions in Divinity, the valuable Charge of the Bishop of Londong may juftly claim the foremost place : the character of practical utility strongly recommends it to the reader, while the spirit of genuine piety challenges his veneration for the writer. Never to be mentioned

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without respect, and at this moment not without re's gret, Mr. Jones, the author of a' Letter to three contverted fews*, has lately closed his laborious and exemplary life. One or two tracts, published since that Letter, remain unexamined by us? these we shall peruse with care, assured of this, that whether we ågree or whether we differ (as sometimes we have done, on particular matters of opinion) our esteem for such a character can neither require augmentation, nor will suffer any diminution.

Charus abis, oculis abeuntem persequor udis. In our natice of fingle Sermons, we are generally obliged to be more summary, in this part of our work, than on some accounts we could with. At present we shall mention only four, which appear to deserve selection, among many that are stamped with merit. Thefe we shall take in the accidental order of their occurrence in our pages. They are the Thanksgiving Sermon of Mr. 1. F. Middletont, the Association Sermon of Mr. Partridget, that of Dr. Gardewş, for the General Infirmary at Truro, and the Discourse of Mr. Lambardi, at the confecration of the Bishop of Oxford. The discrimination of their respective excellencies may be deduced from the subjects on which they treat; each being ftri&tly and judicioudly appropriated to its occasion. These dif€ourses we noted in our progress ; if there are others which may fairly stend in competition with them, we rejoice in the fact, and in the inferences deducible from it. Where merit ftrives with mierit

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MORALS, PUBLIC AND PRIVATE. The great system of Aristotle, on both these subjects, having been developed by Dr. Gillies, with great * No. 1. p. 79 + No. II. p. 193.

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clearness, and ability, in a work which may be considered rather as an ample comment on the Morals and Politics of that Philosopher, than a strict translation of them, we opened some of the learned editor's views to our readers in our preceding volume*, and concluded our examination in two numbers of the presentt. So powerful an antidote to the shallow and absurd but dangerous doctrines of the present day, we have not elsewhere seen; and though authority is often spurned with contemptuous ignorance by modern speculators, it is fitting they should know that; in the testimony of Aristotle, they have not only the acútest reasoning, but the most extensive experience against them.

Law.

The eccentric, and in many points reprehensible; will of the late Mr. Thellufson, and the legal decision upon it, produced some publications, of which, by far the moft judicious, was the report upon the Case by Mr.Veseyt The Observations on the Poor Laws, and the Duties of Overseers, delivered by Dr. Nafmith, in the Isle of Ely; as a Charges at the Quarter-Sellions, contain matter of confiderable value. Nor muft we omit to mention, though anonymous, those cogent arguments against changing the ancient tenure of tithes, published under the quaint title of Who'll Change old Lamps for new ?| The author appears to write from the best motives, and certainly after much confideration of the subject.

Politics.

The chief publications belonging to this class have lately had reference to the projected Union between

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Great Britain and Ireland. With no bias on our minds, but that naturally arising from the happy effects of the Union between the two kingdoms within this island, and the manifeft neceffity of fome radical improvement in the regulation of that beyond St. George's Channel, we have carefully examined the publications on that important subject, and have fincerely thought, that the arguments in favour of the measure greatly preponderated. They who wish to continue their collections on this topic, will not neglect to procure, in favour of the Question, Lord Minto's Speech* in the House of Peers; a tract, entitled Ireland profitiisg by Examplet ; Mr. W. Smitb's Address to the People of Irelandi ; the parliamentary Speech of Lord Sheffieldş; and, the Observations on the Union, by M1r. George Moorell. On the other side, the chief publication which we have lately noticed, purports to be the Speech of the Right Hon. John Fostere, a zealous opponent of the measure. This is generally regarded as the most powerful production of that party, yet has received two answers of conliderable force : the one in a tract, entitled Observations on the Speech of the Right Hon. John Foster** ; the other styling itself a Review of the Publication entitled the Speech, &c. written by Mr. Smithtt, whose Address we had before noticed and commended. The test of experience, that infallible decider of all difficulties, is now likely to be applied to the Question, and our moft earneft withes are, that all the good expected niay be realized and exceeded, while the disadvantages fall vanish and prove chimerical. To encourage this hope, it should not be forgotten, that the opponents of the internal Union of Great Britain, were even more alarming in their prognostics, than any writers against the present design. Yet their omens

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