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høre and hereafter, than a criminal whatever examples, may fan&tion or attachment to an abandoned and un- authorise them ; it is imposible that principled woman, more particularly in any thing can do away their natural the early period. of life. It has been the turpitude and deformity, or avert those source of more misery, and, beldes punishments which the Gospel has de all the guilt which naturally belongs to nounced against them." This excelit, has led to the commission of mose lent Lecture was remarkably welland greater crimes than perhaps any timed, being delivered on the 7th of other single cause that can be named. March 1800, during a session of Par

“ We have seen into what a gulph liament in which an alarming number. of fin and fuffering it plunged the of divorces for adultery had been wretched Herod. He began with adul. applied for at the bar of the House of tery ; and be ended with murder, and Lords. with the total ruin ot himself, his king- The fifteenib Lecture is on the Trans. dom, and all the vile partners of his figuration of Chrift; of which, and of guilt; for we are informed by Jo- all the other Lectures in this volume fephus, the historian of the Jews, that on the sublime mysteries of our holy his marriage with Herodias drew upon religion, we shall only oblerve, that him the relentment of Aretas, King of mutilation by abridgınent would inArabia, the father of his first wife, who jure the cause of Christianity, which it declared war against him, and in an always has been, and ever will be, our engagement with Herod's army de- wish to serve, on all occasions, in our feated it with great laughter. This, miscellany; and that the Bishop's mansays the historian, was conlidered by ner of expounding them, as far as our the Jews themselves as a just judgment weak judgment can deterinine, has the of God upon Herod for his murder of Atrongest tendency to convert infidels, John the Baptist ; and not long after and to ftrengthen and confirm the faith this event, both he and Herodias were of well-disposed Chriitians. deprived of their kingdom by the In Lecture fixteen, we have an admi. Roman Enıperor, and lent into per- rable explanation, and suitable applicapetual baniihment: their daughter tion, of part of the 18th chapter of St. Salome also met with a violent and Matthew, “Whoso fhall offend one of untimely death. The same has hap- these little ones which believe in me pened in a thousand other inttances; (one of whom Jesus placed before his ' and there are, I am perluiaded, few disciples), it were better for him that a persons here present, of any age or mill.itune were hanged about his neck, experience in tlạe world, who cannot and that he were drowned in the depth recollect numbers, both of individuals of the sea." In order to comprehend and of families, whole peace, tran. the full meaning of this denunciation, quillity, comfort, characters, and for the Bithop thinks it necellary to exe tunes, have been completely destroyed plain the peculiar meaning of the word by illicit and licentions connexions of offence." This expreflion in the present this fort. The world, indeed, treats paslaye, as well as in many other parts them with indulgence : they are ex- of the New Tertiment fignifies to cause cuted and palliated, and even defended, any one to fall from bis faith, to renounce on the ground of human frailey, of his belief in Clarilt by any means what natural conttitution, of Itrong passions, ever." The pious Lecturer then briety and invincible temptations, and they adverts to the leveral modes of making are generally considered and repre. our brutber to offend (that is, to refented in various popular performances nounce his faith), which are most com. (especially in those imported from mon and inoit successful; and there foreign countries), as associated with are, persecution, iophiitry, ridicule, many amiable virtues, with goodness immoral examples, and immoral public of heart, with high principles of ho- cations. nour, with benevolence, compassion, With respect to the first of these, humanity, and generoliry. But what persecution, he obferves, that “ during ever gentle names may be given to the firit ages of the Gospel and far fenfuality and licentiousness; whatever many years after the reformation (from Specious apologies may be made for popery), it was the great rock of offence ; them ; wbatever wit or talents may be the chief initrument made use of an emplayed in rendering them popular a dreadful one it was), to deter men and falhionable ; wbatever numbers, from embracing the faith of Chritt,

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or to compel them to renounce it. of the mechanic : it falls into the With this species of guilt our own hands of all ages, ranks, and condicountry cannot justly be charged— tions; but it is peculiarly fatal to the but in the next mode of making unsuspecting and unguarded minds of our brother to offend ; that is, by grave the youth of both sexes—to them « its argument and reason, by open and breath is poison, and its touch is syitematic attacks on the truth and death."- What then have they to an. divine authority of the Christian reve- swer for, who are every day obtruding lation ; in this, we have, I fear, a large thefe publications on the world, in a load of responsibility upon our heads.” thousand different thapes and forms, · The Bilhop then takes occalion to in history, in biography, in poems, in remark on the prevalence of Deiím novels, in dramatic pieces; in all first in Erance, and afterwards in Eng. which the prevailing feature is uniland ; and expatiates on the works of versal phiiani hropy and indifcriminate beD'Alembert and Voltaire ; and on the nevolence ; under the protection of regular succession of anti. Christian which, the hero of the piece has the writers in our own country, f:om the privilege of committing whatever irre. commencement of the seventeenth cen- gularities he thinks fit, and while he is tury to the present time. On Voltaire violating the moit facred obligations, he fixes the next mode of making insinuating the most licentious fenti. our brother to offend, or fall off from ments, and ridiculing every thing that the Christian faith-ridicule. “ By no

looks like religion, he is nevertheless one has this weapon been employed held up as a model of virtue ; and, with more force and with more success though he may perhaps be charged than by the great patriarch of infide- with few little venial foibles and pas. Jity, Voltaire. His writings have un- donable infirmities (as they are called), queltionably produced more infidels yet we are assured that he has, not. among the higher clafles, and spread withitanding, the very best beart in the more general corruption over the world. Thus it is that the principles world, than all the voluminous pro- of our youth are insensibly, and almolt ductions of all the other pbiio-joj hifts !!navoidably, corrupted ; and instead of of Europe put together."

being inspired, as they ought to be, The mischief of exhibiting to man- even upon the stage, with a just deteltakind, in our life and conversation, a tion of vice, they are furnished with profligaie example, another mode of apologies for it, which they never forThaking our brother's faith in the Gof get, and are even taught to contider it pel, is concisely, yet fully, demon- as a necessary part of an accomplished itrated.

character. The last method of producing the “ And, as if we had not enough of fame effects, nearly allied to the former, this diigulting nonsense and abominis “by immoral publications.” These able profligacy in our own country, have the fame tendency with bad ex. and in our own language, we are every amples, both in propagating vice and day importing fresh famples of them infidelity, but they are still more per- from abroad, are ingrafting foreign nicious ; because 'the sphere of their immorality on our native Atock, and influence is more extensive.

introducing characters on the stage, - " Abad example, though it operates and into the closet, which are calcu. fatally, operates comparatively within lated to recommend the most licentious a small circumference. It extends principles, and favour irregularities only to those who are near enough and attachments that deserve the reto observe it, and fall within the reach verest reprehensions and punishment." of the poisonous infection that it We have often heard of the many spreads around it; but the contagion beauties of Shakespeare, Pope, Sterne, of a licentious publication, especially &c. &c. &c.; thele are fome of the if it be (as it too frequently is) in a many beauties of the Christian and popular and captivating thape, knows Moral Lectures of the Right Reverend no bounds ; it flies to the remotest Beilby Porteus; for the selection of corners of the earth ; it penetrates the which we are certain no apology is obscure and retired habitations of fim- necessary, either to the good Bishop, plicity and innocence ; it makes its way who, doubtless, will have no objection into the cottage of the peasant, into to their being circulated, through the she hut of the Thepherd, and the lhop medium of our publication, perhaps

as extensively as the literary poison to from the 14th, 19th, 18th, 19th, 22d, which they are an antidote, or to the 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, and 28th Chapgenerality of our readers, to some of ters of St. Matthew ; and the present whom, though recommended to all, is the third edition of the work. The it may be inconvenient to purchase forft and fecord were sold as falt as they the work. There are twenty fuur Ser- could be got ready from the press. mons in this volume, on lubjects taken

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Home. A Novel. 5 Vols. 12mo. each year of the eighteenth century i Simple occurrences in elegant and together with the proportion out of chaste language. Events which might every thousand who have died by bowel take place in any family, form the complaints, smail-pox, pally, measles, ground-work of this pleasing novel,

or child-birth. The second containing in which there is much to cormend ten different articles, extracted from and nothing to blame. The Author, the London weekly bills of mortality, who we conjecture to be a lady, in showing their variations in every week the title-page directs the reader to

for ten years. From these facts, Dr. what is to be looked for by the follow- Heberden draws many important in: ing sentence. « Expect not a ftory

ferences, well deserving the notice of decked in the garb of fancy-But look the medical practitioner and the politiat home." In this performance we

cal arithmetician. find no improbable adventures, no hair. A Sermon preached in the Parish Church of breadth escapes. The characters are St. Michael's, Cornbill, London, on Tuefnot marked with much variety, nor

day, June 1, 1802. By T. R. Wrench, are their peculiarities very stroncly A. M. 8vo. impressed, but in the course of the volume, disquisitions on several sub

In this sermon the Preacher directs jects are introduced, which show ob- the attention of his congregation to the servation on life and manners, and a

extraordinary“ blessings difpenfed to cultivated mind. Probability is not

this nation, and to the glorious fruits outraged by any extravagant pictures of those religious and civil inititutions highly painted, either virtuous or vi.

which have been planted and preserved cious, but the whole work is calculated among us by the guardian' hand of to touch the heart without inflaming

Providence. The various topics of the imagination. As fuch it may be

war, neice self-defence, and morals, recommended, and will be perused with

are discuiled aod brought forwards in pleasure and improvement.

a clear, temperate, and fatisfactory Observations on the Increase and Decrease which they were delivered, and re

manner, worthy of the place from of different Diseases, and particularly of flecting honour on the author as a ine Plague. By William Heberden, jun. Minister of the Golpel. This fermon M. D. F. R. S. 4to.

is worthy of notice. Subjoined to it This is a very laborious, curious, is “ A brief Retrospect on the subject and useful work, which may be of of Popular Tumults and Loyal Associagreat importance in the art of medi- tions," the lubiance of which was cine. The body of it confits of two furnished by our late worthy associate, tables : the first containing the annual Mr. John Sewell. christenings and burials in London for

AN INSTANCE OF LITERARY IMITATION.

MR. EDITOR, The late Dr. Berdmore, an excellent LITERARY IMITATION and CRITICAL

scholar, a judicious critic, and a PLAGIARISM. He has not palled over very good man, favoured the Publick, Pupe in his literary pursuits, though he through the medium of your agreeable might have tracked him in many mo. Miscellany, with some elegant, learned, dern as well as ancient writers, but and amusing remarks on the subject of particularly Dryden, of whom Pope

our

was very fond, and from whom he with no invidious intentions towards liberally borrowed.

our great English Satirift, but merely The following paffage in a work by to indulge a literary curiosity : the ingenious St. Fvremond, on Tasté, “ 'Tis with our judgments as so obviously furnished a hint to Pope,

watches, none that I thall transcribe the words of

« Go just alike, yet each believes lais both writers, for the amufement of

own ; your critical readers.

« In Poets as true Genius is but rare, St. Evre mond says, “ Seeing that

“ True Taste as seldom is the Critic's good Judges are as scarce as good Authors,

share." and that discernment is as rarely found in the one, as Genius in the other, each However Pope may have borrowed perfon endeavouring to cry up, what from other writers in this initance, or pleases him; it comes to pass, that the many others, it may be juttly said of multitude give a reputation to such him, as Johnson said of Milion, “ The compofitions as fuit with their bad everlasting verdure of his laurels has taste or mean capacity." Pope having, nothing to fear from the blatts of, ma. evidently, the first part of this obfer- lignity, nor can criticism produce any

vation running in his head, has the other effe&t than to strengthen their following paffage in the beginning of thoots by lopping their luxuriance." the Essay on Criticism, which I cite

CRITO.

Some Account of a HINDU TEMPLE, and a BUST, of which Elegant

ENGRAVINGS are placed in the ORIENTAL LIBRARY of the HÖN. · EAST INDIA COMPANY, in LEADENHALL STREET.

(WITH TWO PLATES.} THE Temple, which forms the chief Ganéja, the Genius of Wisdom and

object of one of the annexed Prints, Policy, bas its appropriate place over has been raised by John Osborne, Esq. the Portal; for he is tbe Janus of the bf Metchet Park, near Romley, Hants, Hindus. in token of the high respect 'he enter

The Court of Directors of the Hon. rains for the public and private virtues Eat India Company, has unanimoully of a patron and a friend." The original received the Print of this Temple, design, after the chartest models of from the Drawing of Mr. William DaHindu Architecture, came, we under niell, as a Tribute to the Merits of ftand, gratuitoufly from Thomas D.- Warren Hastings, Esquire, 'late Go. NIELL, Ffq. R. A. It was executed in

vernor General of Bengal; and ordered artificial Stone by Mr. Ross, and the that it might have a conspicuous place original Drawing and Engraving (trom in the Company's newly erected Libra. which our own Plate has been copied) ry. It has likewise been distinguished are the production of Mr. WILLIAM by obtaining a Station till

more exalted, DANIELL.

which has given it a Luftre that is

could not otherwise have derived. The Area of the Temple, including Honours allo, highly creditable to Mr. its Portico, is about 22 feet by 25, Hattings, have been paid to it by indivi: and its height nearly 20 fect. The duals, poffefling, wliar alone can make Pillars and Pilasters, besides the usual Decorations peculiar to this Order of berality, and a Love for Truth.

men truly great, Magnanimity, LiHindu Architecture, are adorned with a number of Mythological figures and We were happy to obtain permission emblems; particularly the principal to adorn our MAGAZINE with a View incarnations of Vishnu, who, according of this Building; believing that it to the belief of the BRAHMANS, has, would be gratifying to our numerous from time to time, appeared, under friends to lee, what we consider to be, various material forms, for the support not only an apposite demonstration of of Religion and Virtue, and the Re- relpeet by the Gentleman who erected formation of Mankind. The Figure of the Editice, due to the great and

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Melchet Park in the County of Wilts. .

Nite)) Published by J. Jenell lornhill Janr:+1802.

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