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to remedy the evils arising from the pernicious praétice of engrofting corn, our Letter-writer proposes, that it be enacted, that no corn (above a quantity to be specified) should be sold any where but in the open market, at the usual hours of felling grain ; that the whole of the commodity be exposed to public view, and not fhewn in samples, as is now practised ; that Dressing-Mills be entirely abolihed, or put under some proper restrictions ;t and particularly, that they be, at all times, subject to che inspection of the Parish-Ofiicers, the Church-wardens, and Overseers of the Poor, (and Clerks of the Market in cities and large towns ;) that the Millers and Corn Factors be not at liberty to treat for quantity of grain, till the Poor be fupplied; that the Millers shall not be at liberty to receive any large quantities of corn into their store houses, unless they have a permit for that purpose, un. der the hand of the chief Magistrate of the market-town where it was purchased; and that proper sanctions for the frict observance of this law be appointed.

XVIII. An Account of what passed between Mr. George Thompson, of York, and Dr. John Burton, of that City, Phyfician and Man-midwife, at Mr. Sheriff Jubb's Entertainment; and the Consequences thereon.. By Mr. George Thompson. 8vo. 1S. Hooper,

This relates the particulars of a quarrel that happened at the above mentioned feaft, in January 1755; and of the consequent proceedings at law, in an action for assault ; in which Burton was the plaintiff, and our Author defendent ;-who, according to this his own account, was extremely ill-used, throughout the whole affair. Taking for granted, every thing here recited ; and that all facts are truly and fairly stated, as we doubt not but they are, it is impossible for any man, of a geverous and candid disposition, to read this Case without kindling with indignation, at the flagrant abuse of Law, and Juftice, which Mr. Thompson has experienced on this occafion. The Narrative is written with spirit"; and tho’ few Readers may think themselves much interoited in the subject, it may afford fome entertainment to all.

XIX. A Letter to A-B-g. With the form of a Confeßion, suited to a Person in his Circumstances, &c. 4to. 6d. Cooper.

A weak and trivial insult, with respect to the Admiral, whom the Author reproaches for his misconduct ; and a contemptible catch-penny with respect to the public, whom he impertinently addresses on this unhappy occafion : which calls for more fubitantial enquiries, and more manly resentments.

XX. The Life and Memoirs of Mr. Ephraim Tristram Bates, commonly called Corporal Bates; a broken hearted Soldier.

12mo. 35. Owen. The chapter of Novels is not yet quite exhaufted. This is one of a new stamp, and is intended as a satire on the niethods

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of attaining promotion in the army. It is a very poor performance; being destitute of character, sentiment, incident, sense, wit, or humour.

XXI. Useful Remarks on Privateering, &c. &c. 8vo. Is. Hooper.

Very fit to be considered by all persons concerned in such ad

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XXII. A Letter from New Jersey, in America, giving fome Account and Description of that Province. By a Gentleman late of Christ's College, Cambridge. 8vo. 6d. Cooper.

In this Lettes, which has no date, but appears to have been written some time since the year 1745, we have a very slight account of the present ftate of the Colony mentioned above: but fo little is said, that it seems scarcely to deserve an exemption from being ranked among the catch-penny class.

ju RELIGIOUS and CONTROVERSIAL. XXIV, The Free Grace of God displayed, in the Salvation of Men. Being two Essays'; the one on the State and Condition of Men, by Creation and the Fall; the other upon the Doctrine of Merit, exemplified in the Justification of a Sin

By Thomas Burch. 8vo. Is, Keith. This piece is warmly recommended to the perufal of every enquirer after truth, by Dr, Gill, who speaks of it in this manner,

At the request of the worthy Author of the following Essays, I bave perused them; and observe nothing in them, but what is a agreeable to the sacred Scriptures, to the form of found Words, to the analogy of Faith, and the doctrine of the Golpel; and cannot but be of opinion, that they may be useful to illustrate, and confirm, the doctrines of Grace; to resolve the doubts, and remove the difficulties which may attend many with respect to some things herein handled; being wrote with

Clearners of thought, soundness of judgment, and strength of * argument.'

What respect the public will pay to the Doctor's recommendation, we know not, and shall only say, that, in regard to ourfelves, we have read the Effays without any prejudice for, or against them, and have been able to discover no strength of argument in them, and few, very few, if any, traces of clearness of thought, or soundness of judgment. Whether this be owing to our want of discernment, or not, those that read them, mult determine.---The grand principles which run through the whole performance, and which the Author endeavours to support, are these; that every fon and daughter of Adam is born into the world, a corrupt, depraved creature, and guilty in the 3

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fight of God; that all mankind were included in Adam, as their public head and representative, that his first fin is imputed to them, and that it is just and reasonable they thould share the fame fate he did ; that man, in his natural state, is destitute of spiricual strength, averse to good, and prone to evil, and that his happiness in this fallen, sinful condition, cannot be certain on any other foundation, than that of God's eternal and immutable coun

fel, securing the same by covenant in his own Son ; that to say, Is that eternal life is obtained by Chrift, and promised to man on se conditions of faith, repentance, and fincere obedience, is lessenning, if pot quite invalidating, the performance of Christ, that

eternal life is not conditional, but a free gift; that all manner of

works are shut out from the covenant of grace, as causes, condi. 1. tions, or means of our justification in the light of God; and that

no doctrine is so full of folid joy, as that of justification by imputed righteousness.--My foul,' says Mr. Burch, is almost

ready to melt within me, in the delightful views of justification by free grace; and as I do not expe&t, fo neither can I desire,

a sweeter doctrine than this is, a do&rine that abases the crea“ture to the lowest, and exalts the Redeemer to the highest.'.

XXV. Several Sermons preached in Newcastle upon Tyne. By Anthony Munton, M. A. 8vo.''5$. Bathurit.

These Sermons are almost all of a practical nature, but have fittle, either in regard to language or sentiment, that can recommend them to the discerning Reader. If we may form a judgment by what the Author has said upon the Trinity, it was prudent in him not to meddle much with doctrinal subjects.

In his fifteenth discourse he endeavours to establish the Athanafian doctrine, by proofs from Scripture. He obferves, from these words, Jesus when he was baptized, went up ftraitway out of the water, &*c. that at our Saviour's baptism, all the three perfons of the blessed Trinity manifested their especial presence: · The Father spake,' says he, the Son is baptized, the Holy • Ghost descended like a Dove, and immediately the heavens

were opened, to fhew, that by Faith in this doctrine, falvation was proposed to all true and penitent believers. Hence, I say, you observe the three persons in one divine Essence and Godhead, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; which, indeed, is a mystery too high for human understanding to conceive, but not too great for a divine Faith to believe, even that though there be but one God, yet in that Godhead there be three • Persons."

In further treating upon this subject, he observes, that baptism is administered in the following manner, by our Saviour's command, In the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Now it is not possible, he says, that the Father, Sop, and Holy Ghost, should be all joined together in so solemn an action, unlefs the power and authority of them all were equal ;

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because we know God would not give bis power to another. But it is, surely, needless to enlarge ; we shall only say, therefore, in regard to this fermon, that of all the poor stuff we have ever

feen upon the subject, and much poor tuff have we seen upon teit) this is abfolately the poorelt.

We thall conclude this article with acquainting our Readers, V "that Mr. Munton talks' much of the glory of our Church: he tells us,

, that the has formed herself upon the compleatest model of the Apostles and Prophets ; that all her doctrines are agreerable to the word of God'; that the maintains nothing but what

the has always thewed herself capable of defending; that the s requires no belief from her members, but what she is ready to *convince them is revealed in Scripture ; and that her conduct has ; been fuch, as has left no room for any charge of prieftcraft, nor laid any foundation for that imputation of arrogance, to which her infallible ftep-mother, or her rival 'fifters, have made themselves liable.

XXVI. Artificial Dearth: or, the Iniquity and Danger of withholding Corn. Being the Substance of two Sermons on Proverbs xi. 26. He that withholdeth Corn, the People fhall Curse him: but Bleffing fall be upon the Head of him that selleth it. By a Clergyman in the Country: 8vo. 6d. Dodsley.

The Author sets, in a very frong and clear light, the iniquity, of those hard-hearted and avaricious wretches, who are guilty of the crime condemned in his text. He shews, that the with holding corn, is a complication of fraud, cruelty, murder, and ingratitude of the baselt kind ; that it is extorting from the sich, and starving the poor ; that, with respect to the latter, it tends to the destruction, not only of their bodies, but of their fouls corrupts their morals, and makes them dishoneft by necessity; hardens them to the most daring and dangerous enterprizes ; provokes them to insurrections ; gives the enemies of our constitution an opportunity of carrying on their mischievous sebemes, and combinations, for fubverting it ; and, in a word, that it is extremely injurious to God, to the Poor, and to the Public. It is, indeed, impossible to reflect but for one moment, on the conduct and character of those against whom this sensible and. {pirited discourse is levelled, without holding them in utter detestation, Their breasts are hardened against every innpreslion of humanity; their teeth, to use the expressive, and emphatical language of Agar, were as fwords, and their jawteeth as knives, to devo ur the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men; their hearts are feeled with avarice and cruelty, and their ears shut against the cries of want and misery ; in a word, they are such wretches as cannot be numbered among men, without a disgrace, to humanity, See more of this subject, ais. XVII.

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SINGLE SER MON 5, fince July.
E fundamentalibus Differtatio Theologica. Sive Concie ad
Clerum Londinensem habita in Ecclefia S. Elphegi, Maji

111, 1756. A Johanne Burton, S.T. P. Collegii Etonenfis Socie, Olim c.c. C. Oxon Socio. 8vo. Is. Rivington.

We have here a long and elaborate discourse on these words of the Apostle Paul 1 Cor. iii., 10, 11, According to the grace of God, which is given urio me, as a wise mafter-builder I have laid the foundation, and augther buildeth thereon. But, let every man take beed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay, than that is laid, which is Jefus Chrift. In discoursing from these words, our Author, after enquiring briefly into the occasion of this Epifle, and the Apostle's design in it, confiders, ift. The nature and extent of that foundation mentioned by the Apostle ; 2dly, The superstructure, or various systems of theological opinions raised upon it ; 3dly, The Apostle's admonition, or caution ; and, laitly, applies the whole to theological uses. In speaking to the firft head, he expresses himself thuş. · Sumatus adeo a nobis pro principio fundamentali hæc fimplex . propofitio, Jesus Christus esi Hominum Redemptor : de eo autem

fic argumentamur ; quæcunque in eo, ut media ad finem, quæcunque in eo, ut conclusiones ingenitæ, virtualites continentur,

quæcunque porro ad id ipfum relationis alicujus neceffariæ nexu • sive immediate five etiam mediate referuntur, ea omnia in reli

gionis Chriftianæ fyliemate, tanquam veritates fundamentales, • merito admittenda arbitramur : et proinde (ut aliquid in fpe

cie a nobis pronuntietur) Symboli illius, quod dicitur Apofto‘lici articulos tum historicos tum dogmaticos, quoniam cum hoc

principio cognationis cujusdam intimæ vinculo sunt conjuncti, • ùt fundamentales accensemus.' By, this manner of Bating the notion of a fundamental doctrine of Christianity, it is obvious, upon the first reflection, that a foundation is laid for multiplying them in infinitum, and, consequently for endless contentions and animofities, to the great prejudice of Christianity, and its most inportant interests. The Athanasian doctrine of the Trinity, one would imagine, has as little pretence to be accounted a fundamental doctrine of Christianity, as any absurdity, that was ever formed in an ecclefiaftical brain ; and yet, according to our Author's notion of fundamentals, it may have a place in the catalogue': and, indeed, he not only looks upon it as a fundamental doctrine, but lets himself to prove that it is the primary fundamental doctrine, the characteristic of Chriflianity ; affirming, that there is nothing in the Nicene or Athanafian Creeds, but what may be fully and clearly proved from Scripture, Nor does he content himself with saying this; he charges with obstinacy, and arrogance, those who take upon them to differ from the Ni. cene and Athanafian Fathers ; and intimates, plainly, that this is

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