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the influence of the priesthood. He then points out some of the means by which the Roman Hierarchy was humbled, and the Balance of Power substituted as another human means of national security, which he considers as the cause of diverting the people from right principles and preventing their confidence in God. He represents the policy of England, in attempting to maintain the balance of power in Europe, while the far greater part of the governments of the continent were directly opposite both in spirit and practice to the principles of the English constitution, and to the ostensible character of the government, as both injurious and antiscriptural.
The Dutch, (he says) considered the profession of the protestart religion as an indispensable duty, and regarded the doctrines of the church of Rome as a most iniquitous perversion of the word of God. Yet in the face of this profession, they had the presumption to imagine that they would be permitted to hold forth a common security, and preserve the blessings of providence by the impotent effort of arms. Though a greater antiquity in point of independence, and the conquest of the powerful monarchy of France, might seem to give a greater sanction to her pretensions, the attempt of England to hold the balance of Europe was in reality more inconsistent than that of Holland. Of all the res: formed establishnients none appears to have declaimed so loudly, nor denounced such heavy judgments, against the abominable corruptions of the church of Rome, as England. Let us reflect on her attempting to hold -forth security to those whom she pronounced to be objects of divine vengtance, and to maintain the liberties of the people whom she considered as guilty of the greatest offences in the sight of God. Had she continued to discharge this most awful but necessary duty of admonition with the vigour which its great importance required, it would have been very difficult for her to be guilty of so manifest an inconsistency.' p. 82.
Our author, in the next place, traces our failures in attempting to preserve the balance of power after the French revolution, and shews that, though Great Britain has failed in all her continental objects, Providence has wonderfully maintained, extended, and consolidated her naval in fluence. This he considers as the voice of mercy calling the nation to review her principles, to feel genuine repentance, and to promote imme. diate reformation." He laments that his country does not sufficiently perceive that she has erred in the measures she has used to deliver Europe, though taught the humiliating lesson by their uniform and total failure. After speaking of our conduct toward Austria, Russia, and Prussia; he thus coniments on our treatment of Denmark.
• The proceedings of England in regard to Denmark are far more impor. tant. In her transactions with the other powers of the continent, though the principle upon which she acted was erroneous, she took the part of those who were aggrieved ; but in this she became the aggressor under circumstances truly lamentable. Had she considered the many great and brilliant victories with which she had been so conspicuously favoured as the gift of God, and looked beyond the instruments of war to that Al. mighty Being by whom they are alone directed, would she have felt an apprehension of danger from the resources of the Danes, and dipped her hand in blood to obtain possession of their navy? The inferences to be VOL, VI.
drawn from this premeditated act, so conspicuous to all the world, are of the most afflicting nature.' p. 101.
This anonymous author appears to be strongly attached to our national establishment: but he is unjustly severe against the principles which were opposed to the conduct of Charles Ist, and too lenient towards those of Charles lInd. The pamphlet is very deficient in distinctness of object and perspicuity of arrangement. It has no divisions with appropriate heads of subjects ; the design of the wri er is therefore involved, and the subjects not made prominent to the reader. The style of the pamphlet would be an object of more importance, however, if its doctrine were so perfectly sound and unexceptionable as to demand our unqualified sanction. Scarcely any task is so delicate, or requires so high an order of intellect, as a critical examination of history and politics on the principles of revelation. When shall we behold the writer, who shall unite the talents of a philosopher to the faith of a Christian! We readily admit, however, that the present work contains a great number of judicious observations.Prefixed is a coloured chronological map of Europe from 1787 to 1808, shewing the countries conquered by France within the bounds of the ancient Roman Empire according to their proportion of territory. Art. XX. Lockie's Topography of London, giving a concise local De
scription of, and Direction to every Square, Street, Lane, Court, Dock, Wharf, Inn, Public Office, &c. in the Metropolis and its Environs, including the new Buildings to the present Time, upon a Plan never hitherto attempted. The whole alphabetically arranged, and compris. ing the Description of more than Three Thousand Places, the Names of which are not to be found upon any of the Maps of the present Year. Taken from actual Survey, by John Lockie, Inspector of Buildings to the Phenix Fire-office. 8vo. pp. about 350. Price 8s. Nicol,
Hatchard, Mawman, &c. 1810. FROM casual experiments we have reason to think this work very
carefully executed, though it may scarcely be found to bear out the universal affirmative, contained in the title. It must have required great industry and perseverance in the compiler, and will most probably be found of considerable utility. Art. XXI. Illustrations of Walter Scott's Lay of the Last Minstrel;
consisting of Twelve Views on the Rivers Bothwick, Ettrick, Yarrow, Teviot, and Tweed. Engraved by James Heath, R. A. from Designs taken on the Spot by John C. Schetky, of Oxford.' With Anecdotes
and Descriptions. 4to. pp. 64. Price 10s. 6d. Longman and Co. IT is scarcely necessary to say more of this publication, than that the
views are well drawn, and very tolerably engraved ; that the subjects are Newark tower, Branksome Hall, the lands of Deloraine, the tower of Goldieland, Hawick, Melrose abbey, Eildon hills, Dryhope tower, St. Mary's lake, Wat of Harden's den, Hermitage castle, and 'Naworth castle ; that the Descriptions annexed are compiled from the notes to the Lay of the Last Minstrel, and other works of Mr. Walter Scott,' who has obligingly revised the whole, and supplied several additional anecdotes ;' and that the letter-press is by Ballantyne, except the first and last leaves, on each of which an excellent wood-cut is finely pripted by M-Creery.
Art. XXII. The Loyal Subject
. A Sermon, delivered at the Indepen. dent Chapel, Halifax, Oct. 25, 1809, being the day on which his Majesty commenced the fiftieth year of his reigo. By Josepla Cockin, Published at the request of the hearers. 8vo. pp. 26.
price 1s. Crosby and Co. 1809. THE religious liberty at present enjoyed in this country contrasted
with the persecutions of former ages, and the tolerant spirit by which the House of Brunswick has been distinguished from that of Stewart, form the principal topics of this discourse. The text is 1 Kings i. 47. The King's Servants came to bless our lord King David. Art. XXIII. Remarks on the present State of the established Church, and
the Ir.crease of Protestant Dissenters. 12mo. pp. 64. Price 1s. 6d.
Mathews and Leigh. 1810. IF F there were the slightest reason to suppose that the idea of enlarging
the pale of the national church made any part of the meditations of its rulers, we should think it our duty to give a summary view of the changes which are dispassionately proposed with that view by this sena sible, though not very elegant, writer. There can be no doubt of the possibility of contriving a comprehension-scheme, that would conciliate and embrace a considerable portion of orthodox dissenters. We are not aware, however, that at present this is a subject of much speculation or concern with either party. It is but just to say that the writer, whom we should presume to be a clergyman, appears a pious and candid, as well as atten tive observer ; that he has not ventured to publish on the subject, without looking pretty carefully at most of its important points, and that the temper he manifests is very congenial with the measures he recommends. Art. XXIV. The Age, a Poem ; Moral, Political and Mataphysical.
With Illustrative Annotations. In Ten Books. 8vo. pp. 316. price
78. 6d. Vernor and Co. 1810. NEITHER the poetry, the humour, nor the strain of sentiment, in
this performance, intitles it to much of our attention. It is far too long ; the satire is common place and indiscriminate ; the verse very de ficient in point and vigour ; and some of the opinions advanced extremely objectionable. Art. XXV. A Selection of Psalms, and several Hymns on particular
Occasions, adapted to the Service and humbly offered for the Use of the Members of the established Church. 12mo, Price 28. stitched. Banbury, Rusher; Crosby and Co. 1809. CLERGYMEN who are disposed to follow the example of many of
the most respectable among their brethren, by introducing a selection of psalms which their congregations may · sing with understanding,' will find this publication not unworthy of their notice. It is principally made up from Tate and Brady, but includes many compositions of superior writers. Such passages in general are selected, as are suitable to the purposes of Christian worship.
ART. XXVI. SELECT LITERARY INFORMATION. ** Gentlemen and Publishers who have works in the press, will oblige the Conductors of the Eclectic Review, by sending information post paid,) of the subject, extent, and probable price of such works ; which they may depend upon being communicated to the public
, if consistent with its plan.
The Bishop of St, David's has prepa- Analogy of Religion, natural and rered for publication, Rudiments of He- vealed, to the constitution and course of brew Grammar; and Selecta loca ad natire. In a series of letters, addressed Messiam pertinentia; both which are in to a Student at the University. the press.
Reliques of ancient English poetry. In the press, and speedily will be pub- consisting of old Heroic Ballads, Songs, lished, the third part of Mr. Crabb's and other pieces of our earlier poets, “ Preceptor and his pupils, containing together with some few of a later date, an etymological, and syntactical elucie in 3 vols, erown Bvo. 'is nearly ready. dation of synonymous words, in the Mr. B. H. Smart, tcacher of Elocu. English language. Also a new edition, tion, is engaged on a Grammar of Enof his “ German and English Dialogues,' glish pronunciation, compiled on a new and of “Extracts from the best German plan. authors, for translating into English Mr. Edward Driver, Land Surveyor,
Mr. Parkinson, has withdrawn the In- is preparing a complete Map of the MaIroduction to the knowledge of fossils an- nor of Lambeth, from actual admeanounced at the end of his first volume surement, made by order of the Comof Organic remains of a former world, con. missioners under an Act of Inclosure sidering its publication as entirely su- passed in 1806 ; it will comprise a disperseded, by Mr. Martin's excellent trict which extends from Westminster systematic outlines of the same subject. Bridge to Norwood Common, adjoining The third volume of Organic remains, is the Parish of Croydon, a distance of sein considerable forwardness,
ren miles in length, including a great Shortly will be published in 2 vols. part of Keunington, Stockwell, Brixton, 8yo. with a portrait of the author and Camberwell; Hearne, and Denmark Hills, two other engravings, the works of the and Norwood: it will contain a complete Rey. Thomas Þownson, D. D. late Arch- delineation of every person's Estate deacon of Richmond, one of the Rec. within the said Manor,distinguishing the tors of Malpas, Cheshire, and some- Freehold from the Copybold,with a contime Fellow of St. Mary, Magdalen Col. plete reference of above 2000 lines, dislege, Oxford. To which will be prefix tinguishing every House, Yard, Builde ed, an Account of the author, with an ing and Inclusure of each person's proIntroduction to the Discourses on the perty, and the exact quantity thereof, Gospels, and a Sermon on the quotati- together with all the allotments, and also ons in the Old Testament, by Ralph the several parcels of land which hate Churton, M. A. Archdeacon of St. Da: been soid under the act, On six large vid's, Reçtur of Middleton Cheney, sheets of fine wove paper: price three Northamptonshire, and late Fellow of guineas. Brazen Nose College, Oxford.
Speedily will be published printed in In a few days will be published, hand. 4to. by James Ballantyne and Co. Edinsomely printed in 8 vols, with a Portrait burgh, and embellished with a Portrait of Chaucer, copied from an illuminated of the Author, engraved by Heath. The Manuscript of the Canterbury Tales, in Lady of the Lake, a Poem in six cantos, the Possession of the Marquis of Staf- by Walter Scott, Esq. ford, and with Engravings of the tombs New Edition of Maundrel's Journey of Gower and Chaucer as they now from Aleppo to Jerusalem, to which is stand, Illustrations of the Lives and Wri- added, Bishop Clayton's Account of a tings of Gover and Chaucer. By the Journey from Gțaud Cairo to Mount Sis Rev, H. J. Todd, M. A. F. S. A. A few dai, and back. Illustrated by Fifteen copies are in to. in a size similar to the Plates, is nearly ready for publicaOxford edition of the Canterbury Tales. tion.
The Rev. Joseph Wilson is engaged Speedily will appear, a new edition of on an Introduction to Bishop Butler's the Theological and Miscellaneous works, of the Rev. William Jones, M. A. designed for the use of schools and pubF. R. S. To which is prefixed, a short lic seminaries, Account of his Life and Writings, by Mr. Donovan has been some time enWilliam Stevens, Esq. in 6 large volumes, gaged in preparing a comprehensive 8vo.
work on the Natural History of the Bri. A General History, and Survey of tish Isles, on a popular as well as scien. London, and Westminster, founded tific plan. principally upon Strype's edition of Mr. T. Woodfall, Assistant Seeretary Stowe, with introductions, notes and of the Society of Arts, &c. proposes to supplements bringing down the whole to publish, in two octavo volumes, the whole the present time, is in the press, in a of the valuable papers on Agriculture, royal quarto volnine, illustrated by nu- which have been brought before that som merous engravings.
ciety. The Rev. J. B. S. Carurthen, will pub- Mr. Charles Blunt is engaged on an lish, carly in next month, a course of Essay on Mechanical Drawing, compriLectures on the Braminical Religion, sing an elementary course of practice preached at the Bampton Lecture at Ox- in that art, illustrated by plates. ford, in 1809.
Mr. Carlisle, secretary of the Society The works complete of the late Rev. of Antiquaries, has made considerable Joseph Miluer, of Hull, are in the press, progress in his Topographical History of . in eight detavo volumes; the whole re- Ireland.
vised, and an accuunt of the author A new edition of the Siege of Acre, a prefixed, by Dr. Isaac Milner, Dean of poem, by Mrs. Cowley, is about to be Carlisle.
published in its finished state, as prepaWm, Sotheby, Esq. has a poem in red by the authoress previous to her last the press in quarto, intitled Constance illness. de Castile.
A new edition of the Pocket Encyclo. Miss Lucy Aikin has in the press Epis- pædia, originally compiled by Mr. tles on the Character and Condition of Guy, of the Military College, Marlow, iş Womau, in various Ages and Nations, preparing for the press with many addiwith other Poems.
tional articles adapted to the improved Miss Jane Porter, Author of Thad- state of science. deus of Warsaw,will publish in the course Mr. Hey, Surgeon to the Infirmary at of the month, the Scottish Chiefs ; a ro. Leeds, will shortly publish a new edition, inance in five volumes.
with considerable additions, of Praca A work will appear in the course of tical Observations on Surgery, illustrated next month, intitled County Annual by cases and engravings. Archives, in which all published pro- A new edition of Davidson's Virgil, cecdings and memoirs of eminent considerably improved, will be published men, who died during the year, in the course of next month. will be classed under the pame of the In the Press in one large volume 8vo. county to which they respectively be- Fables in Verse. By the Rev. Henry Jong, so as to furnish a regular annu. Rowe, L. L. B. Rector of Ringshall, Sufal history of every county in the king- folk. Embellished with 30 beautiful dom.
engravings on wood. Mr. Marrat of Boston, has in the Also in one Volume with eight elegant press a Treatise on Mechanics, chiefly wood-engravings, Tales, original and
translated from the Spanish.
Art. XXVII. LIST OF WORKS RECENTLY PUBLISHED.
AGRICULTURE AND RURAL ECONOMY.
BIOGRAPHY. An Account of the Introduction of The Life of Admiral Lord Nelson, Merino Sheep, into the different States K. B. from his Lordship's Manuscripts. of Europe, where they are now natura. Abridged from the Quarto Edition, by lized ; with observations on the inpor- the Rev. James Stanier Clarke, F. R. S. tance of their race, their management, Librarian to the Prince, and Chaplain to &c. Translated from the French of C. his Royal Highness's Household, and P. Layesterie, by Benjamin Thompson. John Mc Arthur Esq. LL. D. Late Secre. With Notes by the Translator. 8vo. tary to Admiral Lord Viscount Hood, 78. od.