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fathers Cyprian and Chrysostom. and to continue, and as far as posThe Anti-jacobin Reviewers thuspour- 'sible improve the blessings of a retray the present state of the theatres 'gular ministry in the church of in the metropolis: * The front boxes · England";' and if, at the same * are almost exclusively devoted to time, the grand article in religion, * women of the town; the lobbies upon which they value themselves, *swarm with them; they occupy every and on account of which they de. part of the house, with the solitary spise others, is their pure moralily !"" exception of the side boxes and p. 238—241. the first circle; the rooms intended Here follow quotations from cler. for the purposes of refreshment are gymen in favour of the stage, with like the shew-rooms of a bagnio; the author's animadversions, And

and it is next to impossible for a the subject of loyalty to the king and * virtuous woman to walk from her subjection to civil government is the "box to her carriage without having next topic, after which the duty of a 'her eyes offended, and her cars superior in office to an inferior, namely, shocked, by the most indecent ges- that of a minister to his people, is 'tures, and the most obscene lan- then considered, and the subject of

guage. And in this most profligate residence is particularly noticed. * exhibition, the young men are as

Section II. Concerning the sanc*bad as, if not worse than, the wo- Tions of Morality: men. At a summer theatre, we Section III. A vindication of cerbave seen the performance abso- tain INDIVIDUALS ; an appeal to *lutely stopped by the noise of these EXPERIENCE, and to the CONCES'male and female prostitutes; and SIONS of our opponents on the point; the front boxes rendered the scene and a conclusion that it is the STRICTof actions fit only for a brothelo'.” Ness of our morality which gives the

How therefore men who have pro- offence. fessed theniselves persuaded, they Chap. VIII. The REASONS of out were inwardly moved by the Holy adherence to the genuine doctrines of "Ghost to take upon them the office the Church of England stated ; and of ministers, for the promoting of a general APOLOGY for her doc, God's glory and the edifying of his trines. penple3,' and who have solemnly en- Chap. IX. The Recapitulation and gaged that,laying aside the study Conclusion. * of the world and the flesh,' they

The whole of this work makes a will labour, 'as much as lieth in them, handsome 8vo. volume of between to fashion both themselves and others four and five hundred pages. according to the doctrine and example of their master; how the ambassadors of Christ can be avowed advocates for such modes of diver. LXXXI. Villace DIALOGUES, ben sion must seem extraordinary ; how

tween Farmer Littleworth and Thothey can reconcile these practices

mas Newman, Rev. Mr. Lovegood, with his example, and with the plain

Rev. Mr. Dolittle, and others. precepts of his word, which so ex

ROWLAND HILL, A. M. Vol. I. pressly condemn all unnecessary intercourse with the wicked, all. cor

AESE dialogues are eight in * rupt communication,' levity, filthiness, foolish talking, and jest

titled Cottage Piety, contains a con*ing *,' it is surely difficult to con

versation between Farmer Littleworth ceive. The wonder, however, is in

and his servant Thomas Newinan, creased, if, when they act thus, they and exemplifies the simplicity and solemnly profess, that it is their hope fervo!ır of piety in a poor cottager and wish to do service lo religion,'

with a numerous family with the

content enjoyed by a mind under the See Milner's History of the Church, influence of religion. The servant vol. i. p. 464 ; vol. i. p. 321.

having received his religious instruc2 June, 1800, p 204-5.

tion froin the minister of the parish 5 See Ordination Service.

acijoining that in which the farmer See, e.g. Ephes. v. 1-21 ; 2 Cor. vi. 14-18; Rom. xii. 2; Luke vi. 20--26, 5 See Dr. Croft's Thoughts, &c. Preface,

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resided, endeavours to persuade his on the part of the Rector, and the Parmaster to give him a hearing, which mer's replies, the former expresses is thus introduced.

himself with much anger against Mr. Farmer. Why, Thomas, you are not Lovegood, but is prevailed upon to the worse for hearing your parson; I stop and take tea, to talk with Mr. confess he has made you a better man Littleworth about his new religion. than when you came home drunk The Farmer having introduced many with me from Mapleton fair.

passages from the Articles, Liturgy, « Thomas. A thousand and a thou. &c. which he had heard from Mr. sand times I have thought that we Lovegood, to defend his present senwere worse than the hogs we went to timents, the Rector introduces his exbuy, and which I drove home the next planation of such passages. day.

Dol. Well, Master Littleworth, if .: F. Ah! Thomas, that was partly you have done preaching to me, it is my fault.

high time that I should begin preachT. But, master, if you think I am ing to you. I have already observed, the better for hearing our minister, that our reformers were good men, why won't you come and hear him but not over wise ; and that they may too?

have expressed themselves unguardF. Why if I did I should be jeer'd edly; therefore, many of our divines at all the market over. You know, of the present day, and I'll assure Thomas, your cottage is not in our you most of them are Bishops or parish; and what would our rector Deans, or other great dignitaries, say, if I was to leave our church to have been at a deal of pains to put a hear Mr. Lovegood ? for you know proper explanation on their words; he hates him mortally ; calls him all and though I confess they have hardly sorts of names ; says he is a 'thusiast; as yet setiled the matter among themþut what he means by it I cannot selves, yet it seems to amount to this. tell; and I should have as good a Some of them think that our reformpeel about my ears from my wife and ers had a double meaning in all they daughters as ever I should have from said, and that they meant both ways, the parson.

for and against the same doctrine, at T. What of all that, master, if you the same time. could but get good to your soul? for “ Others are of opinion, that they there is no good like it.

had but one meaning, and that is to F. Ah, Thomas! this is fine talk; be understood as being just the confor if I was to quarrel with our parson, trary to what they say. They who are I should never have any peace in the for the double meaning suppose, that parish, and he would raise my tythes while some are at liberty to take directly." p. 6.

them in one sense, yet others are at This and the following dialogue liberty also to take them in the opposite .contains a description of Thomas's sense, and though, to the ignorant manner of living, particularly his daily and the unlearned, this may appear devotional exercises with his fainily; a dat contradiction and nonsense, yet and the third, by the farmer's re- many learned divines have written quest, gives an account of the means very ably on this side of the ques. by which the heart of Thomas was tion; though I confess, in my opinion, in Auenced, and his practice regulated it gives too much latitude to those by religion, which determines the modern preachers that you are now Farmer to go and hear Mr. Love- so fond of, to preach up their nogood.

tions; and very specious things, to The Farmer hears Mr. Lovegood, be sure, they have to say, if we let and is so much attracted by his preach this interpretation pass. I am rather, ing as, with his daughter Nancy, to therefore, of the opinion of those dihear him regularly, which introduces vines who have proved that our reMr. Dolittle the Farmer's Rector, to formers, when they said one thing enquire into the reason of his absence meant another. And if you please, .from his parish church. The conver- sir, I'll explain myself on this subsation is contained in the fourth dia- ject. logue, entitled, 'The Church defended F. 'Las, sir, youquite stagger me! against false Friends and inward I don't know whether I stand upon Foes.

my head or my heels. In this dialogue, after the enquiries D. Don't say so, sir, for I'll assure you we are serious, and we can prove “ Nancy. As vou bade mé, mother. all this to be very true from the logic “ Mrs. L. Why, I told you to hand some of us brought from Oxford, and it to Mr. Dolittle. others of us from Cambridge; and “ Nancy. () yes, mother, but then that when we read in the article by this view rule of reverse, I thought about original, or birth-sin, That I'was to take it away, and lock it up

it is the fault and corruption of the in the pantry. . nature of every man that naturally is “ D. o, but we are not to adopt this engendered of the offspring of Adain, rule of reverse in things temporal, * whereby man is very far*

gone from but only in things spiritual. It is upon originalrighteousness;' it is evidently this principle that our divines have it to be made out by the rule of reverse: in their power farther to prove about and that according to the opinion of the justification of man by faith alone, our modern divines, there is a deal that it means by faith and good works of original inherent rectitude in together; nor should you pretend to be man, if he would but employ his so wise about the matter, but humbly reason and his conscience, to bring it to leave it to your clergy, and be, forth.

lieve, as they direct you ; for it should " F. Though I dare not contradict seem very strange, that after these the learned, yet I am sure my har. abstruse divines have puzzled even dened conscience and my blinded the most learned among us about reason never did any good.

• works done before justification, and “D. You should not have inter- works done after justification,' that rupted me, sir, till I had finished what you should be able to understand I had to say ; for I next must remind their meaning, you of what you said about the ne- F. Why, then, sir, when I say I cessity of Special Grace ;' that we shall go alone to Mapleton market have no power of ourselves to help next Thursday, you are to understand ourselves,' and that of ourselves that I mean to take my wife and ' we cannot but fall;' that we have daughter Polly with me.' Is this the no power to do good works, pleasant way in which I am to chop this new

and acceptable to God, without the fashioned logic : 'grace of God by Christ preventing D. I am sorry for you, Mr. Little. 'os;' now for want of our logic, it wo if you can't understand, vet cannot be expected you can compre- at least you should submit to the bend that these expressions are to be learning of our university divines.” understood by the same rule of re

p. 51–53. verse; and ihat now their proper The fifth dialogue is on the evil meaning is, that there is a deal of nature and effects of stage plays, and power left in us though in our lapsi originates in the farmer's daughters, Mate; and that nothing is wanting, Miss Polly and Miss Patty, accoinbut for God to second our good en- panying Mr. Brisk (curate to Mr. deavours; and that through our own Dolittle) and Mr. Smirking, (asproper resolutions and endeavours, if sistant to Dr. Dronish) to a play, for duly attended to, we shall obtain the which the Farmer, in bis dry way, favour of the Almighty.

roasts them when they come home. "F. Why, then, sir, when I tell The sixth dialogue introduces the Sam, that he is to fetch the black horse Farmer's son, Henry, a prodigal young out of the stable, he must understand man, who went to sea, and after an that he is to bring me the grey mare. absence of four years writes an af. Why, I am all in amazement at this fecting penitential letter to his father, flew sort of learning.

which forms the subject of this dia" Mrs. L. Nancy, my dear, hand logue. that fresh toast to Mr. Dolittle. (TO A Sunday school examination is Nir. Dolinle.) Perhaps, sir, you would presented to the reader in the seventh like a bit more with your last dish. dialogue; and in the eighth the pro(Miss Nancy directly lakes it into the digal returns, and is received by all kitchen, and comes back without it.) his friends with much joy.

" Mrs. L. Why Nancy, child, what From dialogue VII. we present our have you done with the toast ? readers with the following scene :

“ Next coinienced the examina. * In the original Latin, Quam longissime,

tion. Mr. Attentive, a barber from Ma. as fur as possible.

pleton, was the schoolmaster, who was it.

appointed to this office, because he and Mr. Sobersides did in a pint or had made a sacrifice of his daily bread, two of beer over a pipe of tobacco, by not following his occupation on while they read the news-paper, and the Lord's day.

conversed on the politics of the day. * Mr. Lovegood was the examiner. As for the faithful and salutary reMrs. Fairspeech, who was a professor proofs bestowed on Mrs. Fairspeech, of that religion which she never pos. they were all spent in vain ; she still sessed, sent her son with others to continued the perpetual grief of Mr. the Sunday school, and he was the Lovegood's mind, who hated nothing first who was examined.

more than the cant and bypocrisy of “ Mr. Lovegood. Well, Bobby Fair: such false-hearted professors. speech; what do you remember of We now attend to the examina. the sermon I have just now been tion of Richard Heedless. preaching?

Loveg. Well, Mr. Attentive, how « Bob. I remember the text, sir. does this child come on? Tho' he Loveg. Let us hear you repeat comes to the Sunday school, I never

see his father at church. B. "Suffer little children to come Attentive. I am afraid, sir, his . unto me, and forbid them not, for of church is at the Nag's Head in Ma. such is the kingdom of heaven.' pleton.

Loveg. And what did I say to “ Loveg. Well, but if the father you upon that subject ?

acts improperly, that is no reason “B. Why, that we were all miserable why the child may not receive good. sinners, and should be ruined if we Attentive. Oh, sir, I cannot get did not come to Christ.

him on at any rate; for all that he Loveg. Then it is to be hoped receives on the Sunday he forgets on that you, as a miserable sinner, have the week days, and I am afraid it is been taught to come to Christ. De only for the sake of the feast that we you know what it is to give him your see him now. heart?

Mr. Lovegood to Ned Heedless. “ B. Not so much as I should. Why, my child, how is it that I hear

Loveg. Why then I fear you neg. all this of you ? but let us see if you lect to pray to him.

understand any thing. Who made " B. 'Oh no, sir; for my mother you ? would beat me sadly if I did not say Ned. God Almighty. my prayers.

Loveg. What did lie make you * Loveg. Surely, child, you must for ? be very wicked if you need be beaten Ned. To do my duty, and mind to say your prayers; but I should my religion. hope your mother has a better way * Loves. But do you do your duty, of teaching you to pray than by beat- and mind religion as you ought? ing you to it. I can hardly think Ned. I do it as well as my fathat your father, who is a sensible ther. man, though he does not come to " Loveg. I am afraid if you do no church so often as he should, would better, your duty is miserably done ; allow you to be beaten to make you but tell me who redeemed you? pray.

Ned. Mr. Littleworth redeemed "* B. Sir, my father is scarce ever us last Monday." at home when it is my time to go to Loveg. to Mr. Litileworth. What bed, for be always spends his even- can this poor child mean by saying ings with Mr. Sobersides the sadler. you redeemed them? « Mr. L. prudently forbore asking Littlew. Truly, sir, I cannot tell

, any more questions, lest he should unless it is that I stopped his father's dive into family secrets before the wages to redeem his clothes out of children: but the truth was, that pawn; for after be had been two though Mrs. Fairspeech could appear days drunk at Mapleton revel, he very soft and saintish before others, pledged every bit of decent clothes yet was she of a turbulent temperi he had to pay his alehouse debts ; self-willed, insulting, and irritating and when saw him such a dirty to her husband; and after she had ragged fellow, I told hiin he should driven him away from the family, work for me no more till he had taken would consume three times as much his clothes from the pawnbroker's. in applying to the gin bottle as be Linlew. to Fecdless, I fear, mas•

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ter Heedless, your son's ignorance is Difficulties of the Pastoral Office, to be laid to your wickedness. from 2 Cor. ii. 10,-Motives for hear

Herdless. Sir, it can't be expected ing Sermons, from Prov. viii. 33, 34. that I should be able to instruct my Directions for hearing Sermons, from children, for I was never bred to no Luke viji. 18.-Instructions and Conlearning.

solations from the Unchangeableness ** Loreg. Why thousands and tens of Christ, from Hebrews xiii. 8.-The of thousands who were never bred to Agency of God in human Greatness, learning have yet been blessed with from i Chron. xxix. 12.-The People grace; and you can't suppose you

of God considered as all righteous, need to be a bad man, because you

from Isaiah Ix. 21.-The important are a poor man; nor need you be the Mystery of the Incarnation, from poor man you now are, if it were not Tim.'iii. 15, 16.--Jesus justified in for the wickedness of your heart. Did the Spirit, from 1 Tim. iii. 16.— Jesus you ever pray?

seen of Angels, from 1 Timn. iii. 16.* Herdless. Why, sir, more's the Jesus preached unto the Gentiles, pity, I cannot read.

from 1 Tim. iii. 16.- Jesus believed Loveg. I did not ask



on in the World. Jesus received up could read, but can you pray? into Glory, from 1 Tim. iii. 16.-and

" Heedless. I can say the Lord's lower given to Christ for blessing prayer from top to bottom.

the Elect, from John xvii. 2. "Lovez. And is this all your reli- From the discourse entitled the gion ? l 'fear you are in a dreadful Blessing of Christian Teachers we state. Here, Richard, is a book for present to our readers the observation you, A compassionate Address;" that " public teachers often refine the and Thomas Newman, who is almost taste, improve the genius, civilize the Four next neighbour, can read very manners, and promote the literary well, and I dare say he will be so kind pursuits of a nation. The advan. as to read it to you."

tages of this kind derived from their The author closes this book with labours, though much inferior to the following remark: “ Though à others afterwards to be mentioned, little fiction has been called in to aid are yet important enough to demand the dramatic dress of the dialogues, our grateful notice and acknowledget the principal events are all of them ment. It is chietly in Christian countaken from matters of fact, and si- tries, that the valuable remains of milar living characters may be found Eastern, of Greek, and of Roman in every age and country where the wisdom and eloquence, have been Gospel has been introduced." preserved, studied, imitated, and

The second volume of these dia- sometimes even excelled. Christian logues, which is just published, will countries have produced the most appear in our next.

complete and accurate books of his tory, geography, chronology, and antiquities; and the most judicious

systems of natural religion, of morals, LXXXII. Discourses preached on se- both as respecting inuividuals and'naveral Orcasions. By John Er- tions, of jurisprudence and of political SKINE, D. D. one of the Ministers knowledge. Christians have conducted of the Old Greyfriars Church, Edin philosophical inquiries with the best burgh, 8vo. pp. 496.

success, and improved them for the

most useful and benevolent purposes. R.

If these things are good and profitable rable Minister in the Church of to society, (and that they are good Sentland, and is well known in the and profitable my present hearers literary world.

need not be told), a large portion of These Discourses are sixteen in the honour of such usefulness belongs number, and comprize the follow- to men set for the defence of the Gosing subjects : -The qualifications ne- pel, desirous by sound reasoning to cessary for teachers of Christianity convince gainsayers, and conscious from James iii. 1.-Ministers cau- what arms human literature furnishes tioned against giving Offence, from for this holy war. Of these defenders ? Cor. vi. 3.—The Blessing of Chris- of the faith many were clergymen, tian Teachers, from Isaiah xxx. 20.- and laid the foundation of their know.

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