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By R. Bosrock, of Brynes-Stiert, Covent-Garden.
BY J. WHITTLE; AND BY E. HARDING, AT THE CROWN AND MITRE, PALL-MAIL;
&c. &c. &c.
For MAY, 1803.
Nunc vero non id agitur, bonisie an malis moribus vivamus, neque quan
tum, aut quam magnificum Imperium Populi Romani fit, Sed Hæcce, cujuscunque modi videntur nostra, an nobifcum unà Hoftium futura fint.
The True Churchmen ascertained; or, an Apology for those of the Regular
Clergy of the Enablishment, who are sometimes called Evangelical
and as laying claim to the peculiar regard of every conscientious minister of the established church. But let us not be misunderstood. Its importance, in our estimation, arises much more from the nature and magnitude of the object which the author has in view, than from any success which has attended his endeavours to attain it. If, however, he has failed, as we conceive he has, in establishing the point which he labours to prove, we impute the failure to the badness of the cause, and not at all to the weakness of the pleader. Mr. Overton is, in fact, both an able and an artful advocate; and we certainly think that the interests of his clients could have been entrusted to few more zealous, or, to say the truth, more competent to do them justice. But there are some causes so hopeless and desperate, as to baffle all the powers of learning and ingenuity; and such, we . are convinced, is that which our apologist has undertaken to support. It has indeed been pronounced, as we are informed, by very high authority, that his book will not be eafily answered; and we have . reason to believe that it is regarded by the party, as altogether unanswerable. But every one knows how ape minds, even the most ingenuous, are to be imposed upon, without perceiving the imposiNO. LIX, VOL. XV.