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DIVINITY.

In this enumeration, the first place seems to be duç to the learning and ingenuity of Mr. George Bingbam, whose Elays *, published by his Son, have, notwithstanding a few peculiar opinions, much to recommend them to notice. Differing from him, and many other sound divines, in his general view of the composition of Solomon's Song, Mr. Good t, has produced both a metrical, and a prosaic Version, with many illustrations, at once elegant and useful. His idea, that it consists of detached Idylls, rather than any dramatic Unitv, is, in our opinion, happy. By the care of Mr. Kingdon, the valuable German work of Profeffor Less, on the New Testnment I, has been made our own; and is indeed, by means of divisions introduced by the translator, made more clear and useful than in its original form.

Volumes of Sermons continue to be multiplied with success,

-των αγαθών και δεχόμεσθα κόρον,

Mr. Gilpin's third and fourib $ volumes, the last effusions of his mind, are a valuable legacy to the public, which had so often benefited by his earlier labours. It is pleasing to see an old man fink into the grave, still doing to the last, those good works to which his life had been dedicated. Who shall persuade us, that such an end of life is preparatory, only to complete extinction ? The Dean of Bristol ito. had, to all appearance, a much longer space of life to fill; yer his volume also is posthumous, though not the whole of its contents. But to Dr. Munk, house,

* No. I. p. 6o. + No. V. p. 489. # No. III. p. 279. Ý No. V. p. 551. # Dr. Layard. No. VI. p. 662.

Præsenti

Præfenti ---maturos largimur honores, his encouragement has been ample *, and he will doubtless go on to deserve it.

A book by Dr. Mant, on the Visitation of the Sick t, though small, is worthy of notice; as are the two republised tracts, which form the continuation of The Churchman's Remembrancer I.

There are Waterland on Justification,” and Barlow's Subftance of the Conference.” The progre's of a work so judiciousy planned, commands our best wishes.

In the class of Charges, and separate Sermons, there are a few which cannor with any justice be paffed in silence : and of these first and primarily, the Charge of the Bishop of Oxford §; the second which he has delivered to his Clergy. The topics handled in it are important, and the mode in which they are treated, is highly worthy of the private character, and public ftation of the speaker. The Archdeacon of Sarum, Mr. Daubeny, in his primary Charge II, gives an earnest of what may be expected from him, in a situation so well suited to his talents : while Mr. Pott, by his Charge at St. Alban's , enforces a new claim to that approbation, which his conscientious discharge of his duty has long ensured. Among single Sermons, it would be unpardonable not to distinguish that of Dr. Hall, on the Fast **, preached before the House of Commons: the Dean of Worcester's, delivered at his own Visitation, aş Archdeacon of Berks tt; that of Mr. Symonds, on the Duties of a Soldier II; and that of Mr. Le Grice, addressed to the Governors of the Royal Hospicals in London $$. Whoever, on our suggestion, shall procure any or all of these compositions, will, if there be noc fome wrong bias

No. VI. p. 648.
# No. IV. p. 447.

# No. I. p. 70. 6 No. II. p. 204. ll No. IV. p. 448.

I No, V.p. 570 ** No. III. p. 325. ++ No. VI. p. 679. * No. 1. p. 78. No. VI. p. 680,

in the mind, feel grateful to us for the recommendation.

Morality.

The morality of a real Christian cannot be feparated from his Religion; and, it is this close affinity, operating upon a mind deeply imbued with the truths of Revelation, which has introduced so much of religious sentiment and precept, into Mrs. More's excellent book, 'entitled Hints towards forming the Charakter of a young Princess *. So much knowledge of human nature, so much practical wisdom, so extensive an acquaintance, not merely with historical facts, but with their causes, tendencies, and effects; fuch true and found principles, sentiments and feelings in religious matters, united in one work, the production of a woman, Mould put to shame all those who affect to despise, what they have neither talents nor candour to appreciate, the female character. Mr. Foster's Elays ť, exhibit also the connection of morality with religion, and are deserving of attention, from their style and general sentiments.

HISTORY.

The most elaborate and extensive History, and the least hacknied in point of subject, of any that have Lately come before us, is Mr. Turner's History of the Anglo Saxons I. Three volumes, published at different periods, deduce our ancestors the Saxons, from their original settlements, in the North of Europe, to the downfal of their dynasty in England. The fourth volume presents a picture of their manners, literature, religion, &c. digested under proper heads. Mr. Turner's style has improved in his progress, * No. III. + No, IV. p. 454:

No. II. p. 179, and IV. P: 379.

through

p. 244.

through these volumes. The matter is interesting, but might, perhaps, without injury, have been more compressed. At a period of so much naval triumph, it is not to be wondered, that naval Histories should abound. Accident has brought two together in this volume, both of considerable merit. The Naval Chronology, compiled by Captain Schomberg, of the Royal Navy *, in five volumes octavo ; and Dr. Beatson's Naval and Military Memoirs t, originally in three, but now extended to fix volumes. The mixture of military, in the latter work, includes only such military operations, as were essentially connected with naval services. Mr. Card, has made the progress of the Papal Power I, the subject of a distinct trad, entitled Historical outlines. But the book, though useful, was partly temporary, and has the form and cast of a pamphlet, rather than of an historical work. The History of St. Domingo, like the Life of the young Roscius, lies within a narrow compass; but some of the parts there acted, have been füfficiently remarkable, to excite a curiosity which Capt. Rainsford's $ book, with little aid from the art of writing, or that of engraving, may however serve to gratify. We have no better fource at present, to which we can direct our readers.

BIOGRAPHY.

Nothing can be more nearly related to general History, than general Biography, which touches in turn upon the History of every country. The partiality for this science, which an extended love of knowledge has produced, is rapidly increasing, and improving the works which minister to that cutiofity, and may give us hope to see in time, such a biographical dictionary as may fatisfy all reafonable

# No. V. | No. IV. p. 405

P: 510.

+ No. VI. p. 606.

# No. 1. p. 57.

expectation. That considerable steps in this progress, have been made by Dr. Aikin, the sth volume of whose Dictionary * we have lately noticed, we are by no means inclined to deny. Our objections, in which the Doctor's coadjutors have much more concern than himself, are not likely to be obviated in that work; and we look forward to the next edicion of the general octavo Dictionary t, as to something far superior to any prior work of the kind I. Within a narrower circle of enquiry, Pilkington's Dictionary of Painters had always merit, but has now received, at least, a ten-fold accession of value, from the very original and enlightened remarks of Mr. Fuseli Ģ. Mr. Grefwell's || collection of lives, of fome eminent restorers of learning, have been judiciousy augmented, not only by new facts, but by an additional Life of Picus of Mirandola, who well deserved a place in such a class of worthies. With many similar and disimilar claims to celebration, Sir Walter Ralegh still wanted an accurate biographer, till he found him in Mr. Arthur Cayley T, who has ascertained facts with care, and characters with judgment. G. Wakefield's Life of himself, continued and republished, by those who were still more partial to him than himself **, might serve to instruct the wise, by many curious facts, if it were not ftudioully written, with a design to mislead the foolish. The Lives of Benwell and Butt tt, apparently not formed to stand together, have been united in a book dedicated to the honour of a particular school. Having

P: 130.

* No. II.

+ Committed, happily, to the care of a gentleman, who, with the bei talents, and the knowledge most adapted to the work, has every good disposition that can enfure at once, the foundness of its principles, and the justice, as well as moderation, of its sentiments. I Not excepting the French Diftionnaire Historique, which has much merit ; and has received improveinents, in many successive editions,

6 No. VI. p. 635 I No. V. p. 546. I No. Il. p. 165.

** No. VI. p. 627* No. IV. p. 409.

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