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<< But allow me to ask, do no inconveniences result from the imposition of ministers upon parishes by ecclesiastical authority? · What say you to a libertine appointed to the cure of souls? What say you to the condition of a parish doomed to attend, and to take their families to attend upon' preaching, in which no single doctrine of the gospel is ever introduced, or in which they are all opposed ? An attendance elsewhere would, you know, be schismatic, and remaining at home, you would I am sure deem impious. A réctor, for instance, I grant you is a very independent man, except so far as he is afraid of the Bishop; but is it reasonable that the rest should be all slaves ? But after all, the conveniences or inconveniences of the two systems do not, properly speaking, belong to the question. What saith the scriptures?"
" If,' said the stranger, they have indeed said any thing upon the subject, I admit they are the last and best appeal. .«My opinion iş,' returned Mr. R ---,' that they have. Christians are admonished to take heed what they hear, and to • beware of false prophets.' When an apostle was to be chosen in the place of Judas, the disciples were applied to for the purpose, and when the seven officers of the first Christian community at Jerusalem were elected, a similar method was adopted. ' LOOK ye out amongst you seven men of honest report. The practice of Christian antiquity supports the same sentiment. All the bishops of the first ages were chosen by popular vote, and they were not secular, but spiritual bishops, overseers' of the churches of Christ. Cyprian frequently speaks of his being made bishop of Carthage, by the favor, and vote of the people, and expressly says • the chief power of choosing worthy ministers, and of rejecting the unworthy, belongs to the people.'” . .
It is true that the first officers of the Christian community were elected; but the author has not been pleased to inform us how else they could then have been chosen ; did he expect to find a conge delire from either Herod, or the high priest?
ART. X. Duty, a Novel. By the late Mrs. Roberts. 3 vols.
12mo. 125. Longman. 1914.
We cannot pass over these volumes without giving them the credit which they deserve. They do much credit both to the feelings and to the discernment of their authoress, nor will they be read without both amusement and instruction. The style is good, the incidents are pretty, and the story not without interest. Prefixed to the whole is a short life of the authoress, by Mrs. Opie, and we regret to find that this is a posthumous work.
Art. XI. Letters addressed to his Royal Highness the Duke
of Kent upon Consuinptions. By Thomas Sutton, M.D. &c. &c. '8vo. pp. 59. Underwood. 1814.
The inutility of using a regulated, equable temperature, as a general remedy in cases of consumption, is canvassed with much ingenuity in this painphlet, and we think that Dr. Sutton has in some measure proved, that no favourable result can in general be expected from such a remedy, as consumption is equally frequent in those climates which this temperature is designed to imitate. A humid atmosphere is considered as most favourable to those afflicted by the disease, and this remark is confirmed by the beneficial effects generally received by consumptive patients from the climate of Devonshire. . Dr. Sutton's observations respecting the island of Madeira are well worthy of attention.
ART. XII. Observations on the Nature and Treatment of
Consumption. By Charles Pears, M. D., F.L.S., &c. &c. 8vo. pp. 63. Highley. 1814.
Galen, Hippocrates, Asclepiades, Alexander, Psycrestus, and other names of equal toughness, will inost assuredly stick in the teeth of him who attempts to masticate the contents of this vo. lume. We have seldom read, in the course of the same number of pages, more pompous inanity, interspersed with hard words, than is presented us in the volume before us.' A more happy specimen of fervent inanity cannot be given than in the following sentences, which conclude these “observations," as the author is pleased to denominate them..
" It is supposed that an apology is hardly necessary for amplify. ing thus 'on a disease which has been said to « DESTROY TWO. THIRDS of our population * ;' and which, as Mr. Abernethy has observed, “ has not met with sufficient attention, or its PRINCIPLES been sufficiently EXPLAINED.”, “Observation,” as Le Dran says, " is the mother of arts and sciences; from whence most discoveries
.'"* Besides the human subject, other animals also suffer much from CONSUMPTION, especially horses, dogs, cats, monkeys, squirrels, birds, &c.", "... I ca
are derived. To this we are indebted for their progress, and by this alone they are brought to perfection.". .“ By this, therefore, we may hope to succeed; and to this natural foundation we must apply--with Hippocrates, and every other attentive and persevering observer of nature in her various, yet uniform, operations; if we hope to lessen the number of those CONSUMPTIVE SACRIFICES, so well described by the Latin poet,
« HECTIC, and void of strength, CONSUMPTION pale
Good's Lucretius, b. 6." “ In conclusion, therefore, REMEMBER the advice of Hippocrates, that “the patient, the attendants, and the PHYSICIAN! should each DO THEIR DUTY!" must be studiously followed, as the only probable means of SECURING an effect, so devoutly to be wished-by ALL!” P. 61.
The writers on political economy have neglected hitherto to take horses, dogs, cats, monkeys, 'squirrels, birds, &c, into the calculation of the English population. Mr. Malthus may derive an useful hint from this publication, and we doubt not, but that in a future edition of his work on population, we shall find a proposition to extend the prizes of celibacy to bachelor monkeys, spinster cats, &c. The hint to be thus derived from the essay before us, we consider as the most valuable effect of the work.
Art. XIII. A Treatise on the Abuse of Laws, particularly in
Actions of Arrest, &c. By James Pearce, Gent., Attorney at Law. 184 pp. Svo. 6s. Sherwood. 1814.
The author informs us that he is an attorney at law. of nearly twenty years' practice, in London, which certainly gives him a full title to write upon the abuses of the laws. Whether he speaks from his own experience or from that of others we know not, but he certainly has drawn up an account of actions, arrests, bailbonds, &c. sufficiently entertaining to all those who are strangers to all ihis dreadful smithery. Many useful hints might doubtless be derived from Mr. Pearce's suggestions; but we fear that practice in the main must stand where it was. Abuses never can be avoided in a free-country, where so many rogues must necessarily be concerucd. The remedy would be worse than the diseaseo '
Art. XIV. Elements of Plane Geometry, containing the Sir
first Books of Euclid, from the Text of Dr. Simson, with Notes, Additions, &c. By Thomas Keith. 8vo, pp. 398. 10s. 6d. Longman. 1814.
This is a volume which will prove highly useful to mathematical students in the first stage of their progress ; particularly to such as have not the advantage of an instructor. Mr. Keith has very judiciously adopted the text of Dr. Simson as a generally received guide; and his notes and alterations are such as are usually made in the Cambridge Lecture rooms. If therefore the student is unassisted by an academical tutor, this will prove a very satisfactory source of that knowledge, which, though com. mon enough at the University, he cannot supply from the resources of his own observation. This volume, therefore, may be strongly recommended as an useful and gond subsidiary to the study of elementary geometry,
Art. XV. Practical Hints to young Females. By Mrs.
Taylor, of Ongar. 12.no. pp. 165. 5s, Taylor and Hessey. 1815.
The duties of a wife, of a mother, and of a mistress of a family, are admirably pourtrayed, and most successfully urged, in this little volume. It is a book that will be placed in the bands of those who are to fill these enviable situations with the utmost advantage. The short religious portion at the conclusion is warm, affectionate, and just, but not tinged with the slightest spirit of fanaticism.
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