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sion, who think consistency of any importance, may do well to reflect upon his suggestions. Art. XXI. The Obligation and Utility of Public Worship : a Discourse

delivered at the opening of the Old Jewry Chapel, Jewin Street, December 10, 1809; and published at the Request of the Society. By Abraham Rees, D. D. F. R. S. 8vo. pp. 27. Price 1s. Longman and Co.

1809, A PLAIN unimpassioned discourse, less chargeable with faults of

commission than of omission, is just what our readers would expect og a subject of this nature from Dr. Rees. His text is Neh. x. 32. We will not forsake the house of our God. The grounds of the determination, in this particular instance, are stated to be, a becoming deference to the judgment and practice of wise and good men, a sense of duty (on which topic the preacher is remarkably concise,) a desire of personal improvemont, a regard to the honour of God and the influence of religion, and the principle of benevolence toward our fellow creatures. To those who inquire what other reason, than the peculiar occasion on which this discourse was preached, could have suggested the request to publish it, we are afraid we should not find it easy to give a satisfactory answer. Art. XXII. The Examiner examined, or Logic vindicated ; addressed to

the Junior Students of the University of Oxford, By a Graduate. 8vo.

pp. 57. price 28. Oxford, Cooke; Mackinlay. 1809. ADDISON has happily compared the blemishes of Paradise Lost, to

spots in the sun. The allusion is not perhaps quite so applicable to Mr. Kett's · Logic made easy ;' but we think yet that the graduate has pored upon its errors' through a somewhat magnifying medium

- that he has discovered too determined a solicitude to detect, and too vindictive an anxiety to expose them. The examiuation, besides å good deal of temporary wit, contains 'some judicious observations on the subject in general ; and while we acquit the writer of intene tional malevolence, we cannot but regret that one who wields with equal dexterity the weapons of serious argument and sportive satire should have só seldom allied his wit with good humour, or enjoyed his victories with moderation. The complete flagellation he has bestowed on the indefatigable Mr. Kett, must be allowed to protect that pains-taking gentleman from the discipline we had intended for him ourgelves. Art. XXIII. England the Cause of Europe's Subjugation, addressed to

the British Parliament. 8vo. pp. 28. price 18. Johnson. 1810. FOR the strange purpose of proying to the satisfactiop of the British

Parliament, that the obstinate rejection of pacific overtures on the part of England, rather than the ambition or rapacity of France, is the real cause of • Europe's subjugation,' the writer of this pamphlet discusses with great earnestness the policy of the several coalitions since the year 1799 ; and while he accuses the friends of Mr. Fox of having by timid compliances deserted the principles of their leader, upbraids with sufficient harshness of invective the war system of Mr. Pitt and his successors, In attempting to admịnister his unpalatable doctrines, the anonymous prescriber evinces a laudable zeal for the recovery of the patient ; but without doubt he has greatly miscalculated his influence with the patient's executors. Art XXIV. An Oration delivered on Monday, October 16, 1809, OR

laying the first Stone of the New Gravel-Pit Meeting House, in Paradise Field, Hackney. By Robert Aspland, Minister of the Gravel-Pit Congregation. Published by Request: 8vo. pp. 18. price ls.

Longman and Co. 1809. F any of our readers give Mr. Aspland credit for extraordinary ta

lent, or even for ordinary modesty, the announcement of this Oration may, excite expectations which it is our duty to remove. Its pretensions to a high rank among literary performances, induced us to hurry through its flimsy and affected paragraphs with the hope of finding at length some symptoms of genius and originality. An oration, we naturally thought, must be distinguished by novelty or force of sentiment, by splendor of imagery, or appeals to the heart. We now find, to our mortification, that this idea of an oration is exceed, ingly incorrect; and tha: we must admit, with becoming deference to Mr. Aspland's authority, that a common place harangue, terminating with a most aukward, laboured, and puerile sally of rhetoric, (which a plain orthodox dissenting minister, if he had ventured to publish at al), would have called an Address,) may with great propriety, if it come from one of a more rational order, be classed with the productions of Cicero and Bossuet.

Mr. A. takes great credit to himself and his party for the simplicity of their faith, holding, professedly and as a body, no articles which are not, and have not been always, held, by the universal church.' It is probably the superior simplícity of the Deist's creed which has proved so irresistibly attractive to a large proportion of Unitarians. Mr. A. tells us that his communion is open to all that are sound in character ;' not meaning, we hope, to be so puritanical as to interprét any thing unsound, but what is punishable by the laws of his country. It seems obvious that there is nothing in the constitution of an Unitarian church, which should prevent decent and sober Mussulmen from being its inembers, and (if there were any temptation to it) from becoming the majority and appointing the minister,

Mr. A. proceeds to inform us that in his opinion the worst heresy is a wicked life ;' and this, we believe, is rather

. a popular notion among his party. Unfortunately, there is not much sense in it ; because a wicked life is no heresy at all. Error in practice and error in principle are. both very bad, but they are very different things. Neither is it true that a wicked life is necessarily worse than a heresy, unless it be true that a particular evil effect is more baneful than la general evil prina ciple tending to produce a vast number of such effects. If Mr, Aspland mean to insinuate that a wicked life is not held, by other denominations of Christians, to disqualify a person for communion as much as a reputed heresy, it becomes him to produce his proofs, or to reflect attentively on a very, wholesome and necessary. hint of his own, with which, as the best passage in the Oration,' we shall now dismiss it : least of all persons,' says he, should we be excusable, if by any uncharitable sentiments or deeds we brought upon ourselves the charge of bigotry.'

Art. XXV. Sonnets, and other poems. By Martha Hanson. 2 vols.

fop. 8vo. Pp. 350 price 14s. bds. Mawman 1809. SOME of our fraternity have insisted, we think too rigorously, that even

a lady should not venture to publish till she has made a tolerable proficiency in grammar and spelling. We will not be so unreasonably . sensorious,' but freely admit that the circumstances which now leads to print a couple of volumes of sonnets and other poems may be i so urgent as not to allow of the delay which in other cases we should earnestly recommend, or that the poetical talent they exhibit may atone for any trivial inaccuracy. It does not appear, however, that our fair author can take shelter under either of these apologies. But if any

of our readers are not sufficiently pestered with manuscript poetry of the same kind from the portfolios of their friends and ac. quaintance, we sincerely hope that nothing we have said or omitted to say of this neat publication, will dissuade them from adding it to their other needless and harmless luxuries. They may form some idea what a treat they will have, from reading a few of the titles ; * Stanzas supposed to be written among the ruins of an Abby in Scoto land, Sonnet to the spirit of my infant years,' • To a friend who came on the eve of the new year to pass a few days with us,' Stan. žas to a grey linnet which had been shot in the wing, and sung be. fore it had been caged three weeks, the author having prevented its being thrown to the cat by a servant,? • Stanzas supposed to be written by å lady, on being wished many happy returns of her birthday,' Art. XXVI. The Hospital, a Poem. 4to. pp. 28. price 2s. Longman and

Co. 1810. WE cannot speak of this preparation, in terms of unqualified praise.

Of the author's professional capabilities we see no reason to doubt, and he displays occasional gleams of poetical talent; but he has got hold of a most unfortunate subject. It is impossible to read his in, vocation to the muse, and be serious.

“Come then my muse, together let us climb The spacious stairs, and walk the

upper

wards.' If these lines, however, are laughable there, are others so miserably dislocated that it is quite shocking to look upon them.

You seek their miserable cot, when dire
Misfortune chains them to their bed, and cheer
Their fainting souls'

next after these in strict
Rotation

pass

the numerous poor who fill
The spacious hall
•Tis hard, but still it might be worse. No dread
Convulsion shakes thy tortured frame. Reason
Maintains her power,' &c.-

-"ye aged towr's, I thank You for the aid you lent the nymph when she,' &c. How many books are to follow this specimen,' or how many wards remain to be sung, we are unable to conjecture : but we cannot, in common humanity, encourage the muse in her perambulations, till she has acquired some tolerable expertness in the use of her legs.

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, if consistent with its plan. The Rev. William Bawdwen proposes Anatomy at Guy's Hospital, has in the publishing by Subscription, in ten vo- press an experimental Inquiry concern lumes, quarto, a literal Translation of ing Injuries to the Canal of the Intesa the whole of Domesday Book ; with the tines, illustrating the treatment of the modern Names of Places, adapted as far Hernia. ás possible to those in the Record. An Mr. R. Stocker, Apothecary to Guy's Index will be given to each County, Hospital, bas in the press the new Lonand a Glossary with the last volume. don Pharmacopoeia, enlarged from the Two Guiueas to be paid on the Delivery last Edinburgh, and Dubliu Pharmacor of each volume. Any one volume may pæias, and reduced to one common be subscribed for separately. The yo

nomenclature ; with an appendix of the lume already published, contains the genera and species of the different ar-, County of York, including Amounder- ticles of their Materia Medica. ness, Lonsdale, and Furness, in Lanca. Dr. Maclean will shortly publish an shire, and such parts of Westmoreland Inquiry into the Origin, early Sigris, Naand Cumberland as are contained in the ture, Causes, and Cure of Hydrothorax, Survey; and also the Counties of Derby, with a number of interesting casez. Nottingham, Rutland and Lincoln. Mr. Ashford, Member of the Royal

Mr. Thomas Haynes has in the press, College of Surgeons, has in the press an new and interesting Discoveries in Hortia Epitome of Anatomy, comprised in a seculture, as an improved systein of pro- ries of tables. It will form a thin quarpagating Fruit-trees, Ever-greens, and to volume, and its object is to furnish deciduous ornamental Trees and Shrubs. a copious vocabulary for the students of

Jesse Foot, Esq. Surgeon, is preparing anatomy. for publication the Lives of Andrew Ro- To bé published in the present month binson Bowes and the Countess of Strath- in 2 vols. Svo. an Essay on National more his Wife.

Governments. By George Ensor, Esq. The Rev, W. Kirby, A. B. F. L.S. Author of the Independent Man, and Author of Monographia Apum Angl. Principles of Morality. and Mr. W.Spence, F. L. S. are engaged Soon will be published, Tales of Rom in preparing an introduction to Entorno- mance, with other Poems. By Charles logy, which is in a state of considerable A. Elton, Author of a Translation of Heforwardness. The plan of the work is siod. Handsomely printed in foolscap popular, but without overlooking sci- 8vo. with four plates, after des gns by ence, to the technical and anatomical Mr. Bird. departments of which, much new mat- Mr. Cooke, of Brentford, has in the ter will be contributed. Its object, after press a practical Treatise on Tinea Ca. obviating objections and removing pre- pitis Contagiosa; together with Inqui. judices, is to include erery thing useful ries into the Nature and Cure of Fungus or interesting to the Entomological Stu- Hæmatodes and Nævi Materni. dent, except descriptions of Genera and Dr. Whitaker, the learned Historian Species, which are foreign to the nature of Whalley and of Craven, will shortly of such a work.

publish an interesting quarto volume, A new edition of Dr. Russel's History formed principally from Letters of Sir of Modern Europe, continued to the George Radcliffe. Treaty of Amiens, by Dr. Coole, will Mr. Hutton of Birmingham, has in be published in the course of next month. the press a Trip to Coatham, a new and

Ēdward Scott Waring, Esq. will beautiful watering place on the coast of shortly publish a History of the Mah-Yorkshire. rattas, prefaced by a historical sketch The Rey. I. Williams, M. A. Curate of the Decan, prior to the era of Mah- of Stroud, Gloucestershire, will shortly ratta independence.

publish a small volume of Poems, il. Mr. B. Travers, Degaonstrator of lustrative of Subjects Moral and Divine,

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to which will be added, an Ode on Subscription, a Rational Demonstratjott Vaccination, addressed to Dr. Jenner. of the Divine Authority of the Bible;

The Rev. D. Davies, of Milford in to be printed with a large type, on Derbyshire, is preparing a Historical thick paper. Price 10s. in boards, demy and Descriptive View of the Town and octavo. County of Derby, to be comprised in The Rev. Dr. Baker, of Cawston in a large volume octavo.

Norfolk, has put to the press, the Psalms In the press, Voyages and Travels to evangelized, in a continued Explanation, Pekin, Manilla, and the Isle of France, wherein is seen, the Unity of divine between 1781 and 1801. By M. De Truth, the Harmony of the old and Guignes, French Resident at China, &c. new Testaments, and the peculiar Senti&c. Handsomely printed in one vo- ment of Christianity in Accordance with lume 4to. with plates, similar to Mr. the Experience of Berievers, in all Ages, Barrow's Account of China.

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