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the Rev. Mr. Goddard's fermon on that subject. By Peter Peckard, A. M. late Fellow of C. C. College, Oxford. 8vo. IS. Owen.
There observations are written with a view to defend Dr. Law's discourse on the Nature and End of Death under the Chriftian Covenant, and the Appendix to it, againft what Mr. Goddard has advanced in opposition to it. It is not Mr. Peckard's design, however, to write a regular and particular defence, nor to give a formal answer to Mr. Goddard's discourse, nor to draw up an elaborate treatise upon the subject of an intermediate state, but only to give a short account of the rise and progress of the opinion of an intermediate state of sensibility, to itate the nature of the question in dispute, and to give a concise sketch of some of the principal consequences attending it, and it's opposite.
As to the merit of the performance, we shall only fay, that the reader will find in it some just reflections concerning the doctrine of the natural immortality of the soul, and some very free sentiments, in regard to church authority.
XXIII. Remarks upon a late Treatise relating to the Intermediate State : or, the happiness of righteous fouls, immediately after death, fully proved. 8vo. 6d. Corbet.
The first and last sentences of this Mhort piece, may give the discerning reader a just idea of it. Our Remarker fets out thus. -It is the doctrine of the church of England, and has been the • doctrine of all true Christian churches, since the apostles time, • that righteous fouls, so soon as they are delivered from the bur• den of the flesh, are in joy and felicity.'
He concludes in the following manner._' I have said nothing • out of an uncharitable spirit' (this is not true by the bye)
ill-will to any man living ; but from a well-grounded persua• fion, that no man can believe the doctrine of the foui's sleep
ing till the resurrection, unless blinded by his ghostly enemy;
or propagate it, but by the instigation of the same evil spirit : • so that my chief view, in writing these Remarks, was to ba• nifh an error out of the world that is contrary to the saving re
ligion of the gospel, and naturally tends to corrupt and destroy • the souls of all that receive it.'
XXIV. True Censure no Aspersion : or a Vindication of a late seasonable Admonition, called, A Word to the Hutchinfonians. In a Letter to the Rev. Mr. Horne. By Philologus Oxonienfis 8vo. 6 d. Baldwin.
The author opposes railing accusations, and bitter words, which he calls fiery weapons; and recommends modesty, as having a persuasive power that does, and will always prevail.
In the management of most controversies of late, che gentle. men who are concerned lay aside the character of ministers of the gospel of peace, and chuse rather to appear with the vi
rulence of schoolmen, than the meekness of divines: one would imagine that they intended to revile rather than convince their
adversaries.” Our readers will see from the following extract, wherein this gentleman differs from his adversary, and on which fide there is reason and argument.
• What has been complained of, and is still exploded with so much reason, is the setting up and extolling what is usually called a saving faith, which is recommended with as much earneftness as if that alone were the one thing needful, and repentance and obedience were unnecessary parts of the covenant, The fruit, as you justly observe, receives its goodness from the tree; but if the tree puts forth leaves only which foon fade away, how shall we be able to judge of its goodness! Will not the master of the vineyard be apt to say to the husbandman, Cut it down, why cumbereth it the ground ? p. 15, 16." XXV. A Letter to a Young Lady concerning the Principles and Conduct of the Christian Life. By Lawrence Jackson, B.D. Prebendary of Lincoln. Octavo. is. Owen.
This letter, Mr. Jackson tells as, was occasioned by the request of a young Lady, in a family with which he is very nearly connected, to fend her his thoughts on a religious conduct of life ; and particularly to assist her apprehensions, and guide her behaviour, in her approaches to the facrament of the Lord's Supper. It was received with approbation where it was sent; was spoken of and communicated to fome, and desired by others; and the author was from chence led to supersede the trouble of frequent transcribing, by a publication of it, rather in compliance with the judgment of others, than his own. To give a minute and particular account of what is contained in it, were to little pur. pose. It may be sufficient to say, that Mr, Jackson bids his fair pupil be a good girl, say her prayers morning and evening, read her Bible, the Common-prayer book, and Nelson on the Festivals and Fasts of the church; recommends to her the duties of felf-denial and mortification ; and, in a word, gives her a great deal of good advice. In regard to Nelson's book, he wilhes it a place, in every Lady's, in every person's library and ef
Nelson,' says he, has had the happiness to unite • the character of the gentleman and the scholar, the clearest • head with the warmest heart, the graces of piery with those ' of good breeding : he does honour to the religious conftitution • of our country, lets her appointments in the trueft light, shews their conformity with the purest ages of Christianity,
and points out and persuades all the improvements intended by them.'To conclude ; tho' there are many good things in this letter, and the author seems to be much in earnest, yet he treats his subje&t in too superficial a manner, and his performance wants that beauty of colouring, that spirit and energy, which are neceffary to enforce his directions, to captivate the affections, and subdue the hearts of his readers.
POETICAL. XXVI. A pathetic Address to all True Britons. Folio 6 d. Scott.
This is not a pathetic, but a ridiculous address, of some wrongheaded pretender to poetry, who has not, however, the least spark of genius, or minutest claim to the Muse's most distant regard, witness the following no-verses: the first three lines are taken from his encomium on Fabius, p. 4..
Tho' caution made him of his troops take care,
And his whole thought to keep GIBRALTAR turn :
Methinks ! I see a num'rous train descend !
And ev'ry fortrefs betwixt that and Hull!
But if they of their Leader don't approve,
The Author, however, is right, as to his meaning, thoa little out of tune in his music.
XXVII. An Ode of Confolation upon the Loss of Minorca. Humbly addressed to his Royal Highness the Duke of Cumberland. By John Free, DD. Vicar of Eaft-Coker, in Somersetshire, and Thursday-lecturer of St. Mary-hill, London; and Lecturei of Newington; in Surry: Folio, 6d. Baldwin
Whatever fancied animosity may have been observed betwixt Dr. Free and us, we tincerely congratulate him upon his consoa latory ode; which is not only the least exceptionable of the Doctor's poetical writings, but, in truth, the belt of all the political poems we have seen, since the commencement of the present war. To criticise on particular passages, to point at any defects of harmony or expreslion, and to convict the Do&tor of any little miltake, either in his poetry or politics, might be construed into malice against our late antagonilt; we fall therefore con
Why čomés he ? but fome succours to descry,
clude with a specimen of his poetry: and candor forbids that we thould chuse the worst. There is really good painting in
Propping his feeble footsteps with his lance,
By moonlight, tow'rds the gleaming waves advances
For fore his castle by the foe is prefs d':
His hopeless state is not to be redrels d;
XXVIII. The British Hero, and ignoble Poltron contrasted: or, the Principal Actors in the Siege and Defence of Fort St. Philip, and the Mediterranean Expedition, characterized. With fome strictures on the Frensh proceedings in America, Arr Ode. 4to. 1 s. Robinson.
Was ever, before this instance, such a title-page prefixed to an Ode? But this Ode, indeed, is suitable to such a title. It is a monstrous compound of wretched panegyric, impatant satire, and ridiculous doggrel. To speak of such a strange perforniance in terms adequate to its demerits, is no easy task : for, as Rochetter says,
As charms are nonfenfe, nonfanfe feems a charm,
Which Readers of all judgment does disarm. Wilmot, indeed, was speaking of fingers, and he does not say Readers, but Hearers : however, the alteration is justifiable enough; and that the thought is founded in truth, we have but too much reason to believe: for, as Reviewers, we have often experienced sad * conviction, that the fureft opiate is a stupid book.
* Your muse diverts you, makes the Reader sad ::
You think yourself inspir'd, He thinks you mad. RocH. XXIX. Virtue. A Poem on the breaking out of the war between England and France, in 1756. 410. 6d. Morgan.
Tho' the author of this small and crude performance is no poet, he seems to be a good Englishman: see the following lines.
O Virtue roufe thy fons to gen'rous deeds!
Curs'd be the flave, that suns an equal fight,
MEDICAL. XXX. A Treatise on the virtues and efficacy of a Crust of Bread eat early in a morning fafting. To which are added, some particular remarks concerning the great cures accomplished by the faliva, or fasting spittle, as well when externally applied, as when internally given, in the scurvy, gravel, stone, rheumatism, and divers other disorders, arising from obftructions. With some critical observations concerning the recrements of the blood ; demonstrating, that when regularly fecreted, they both contribute to preserve the life of animals, and keep them in health. By a Physician. 8vo. Is. 6 d. Edw. Robinson.
As the proper parent [Dr. Robinson] has thought fit to own this his child, we shall take no further notice of it than to observe, that the medicine hereby recommended, and fo generously communicated, is (to use the good-wives phrase) perfectly innocent : provided the patient does not put too much confidence in it.
ERRATA in our last. P. 174, 1. 30, for Levetical, read Levitical, P. 177, 1. 32, for, and
xxviii. read, and Exod. xxviii. Ibid. l. 35, for Hab. read, Nahun. P. 179, 1. 31 and 32, for Genesis, read Leviticus. P. 181, 1. 35, for i Sam. read 2 Sam. P. 182, 1. 23, before Exod. xx. put, and of idol-worship; and dele the same words, 1. 24. -N. B. The Hebrew throughout the whole article, in which the above mistakes happened, is also incorrect; owing to the abfence of the gentleman who should have examined the proof of that sheet: the learned reader, however, will easily set this to rights, by turning to his Hebrew Bible.