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theatrical experience, and knowledge of dramatic effed. Mr. King has been so long in the service of the comic mule, with credit to himself, and the general esteem of the Public, that a better adviser, in all that regards the cunning of the fiene, could not be found upon any theatre. The advantage of having such a critic, contributed, most probably, to the great propriety, and, indeed, brilliancy, with which the piece appeared in the representation. The same effect cannot be expected in the closet. To judge of a First Floor, it mult be seen; and so it is with the piece before us. It does not ain at success by the production of chose foibles, or humours, which constitute character. Mrs. PATTYPAN's love for Tim Tartlet is not diftinguithed by any kind of peculiarity. Mr. Baddely, by the happiness of his close and natural style of acting, gave diltinctive features to OLD WHIMSEY, but his countenance and tone of voice cannot be printed. The Author intended to divert by incident, and frequent turns and counterturns of the business. In this he has succeeded so well, that we shall not object to him the want of probability, with which many circumitances are brought forward. 010 W MEEY brings his daughter to town, to keep her safe from MONFORD: he is to have the use of his son's lodging. YOUNG WHIMSEY is turned out of his lodging, and this does not seem to be well managed. MONFORD happens to take that very lodging, and OLD WHIM EY goes thither with his daughter. This premises well; but the very man, whom the father wishes to avoid, is too soon discovered; and, for the sake of carryiog on the plot, OLD WHIM EY is made to believe that a match will be concluded between MONFORD and Mrs. PATTY PAN. In this notion he is confirmed by liftening to a conversation, every word of which he misunderstands, and turns his own way, Mr. Core has a fertile invention, and has had the address to make a number of incidents grow out of one ancther. That an uphollerer should furnih apartments for a man he never saw, is not within the strict rule of probability; it seems, however, tu make room for the whimsical adventure of the father's being fun. Josed to be the fon in the difquise of an old man. · Under that mif. take he is arrested, and the scene is carried on with pleasantry. A good use is made of the window curtain, and the doors that lead to dinerent apartments. From the agreeable jumble of all together, the result is a pleasant farce, of that kind, which is called by the critics Comedy of Intrigue. Mirth is excited, and, as Hornie says, eft quædam tamen hæc quoque virtue. But we prognoilicate from the vivacity and natoral turn of the dialogue, that Mr. Core will, at a future period, give the Public something of higher value. In the mean time, every friend who takes a pees at the First Floor, will kosour it with bis aprobation.

THEOLOGY. Art. 47. Sermons on Religious and Prairical Suhiots. By the

Rev. A. Blackstone Rudd, M. A. late of Univerity College, O ford, Vicar of Diddlebury, in the County of Silop, and Reader at Luulow. 8vo. Ludlow, printed. 1706. No Price mentioned, nor London Bookseller.

The subjects of these discourses are the following: I. The design and objcct of Christianity, Prov. ii. 17. 11. The divinity of Chris N2


asserted by the evidence of the Centurion and his attendants at the crucifixion, Matth. xxvii. 54: III. A fixed belief in the divine attributes the true support of man in the present life, Pfal. Iviii. 10. IV. End and design of bapusm, Color. ji. u, iz. V. Christian warfare, Marth. xxiv. 42, 43. VI. Divine justice appeased by contrite guile, Luke xv. 10. VII. Importance of an early virtuous education, Prov. xxii. 6. VIII. Benefits of general infomaries, Prov. xiv. 31. IX. John, i. 17. The law came by Moses, &c. X. Funeral sermon, from 1 Theff. iv. 13, 14. XI. Sacrifices of the law figurative of the death of Christ, lohn, i. 45. XII. Double fense of prophecy, Psal. ii. &. XIII. Caution of Christ, in not declaring himself to be the Messiah, stated and accounted for, Mark, xv. 2, 3, 4, 5. XIV. Elijah triumphant, i Kings, xviii. 21. XV. Day of judgment, i Cor. xv. 24. The eighth of these discourses has been before published, and is taken notice of in the 67th volume of the Review, p. 160. The second seems to afert the divinity of Christ's doctrine, rather than what has been generally un. derstood by the phrase, the divinity of Christ. The twelfth sermon, On the double sense of projbery, is followed by some pages of notes, giving a short account of the most confiderable authors who have written on the subject, together with an abitract of some of the Psalms which chieily refer to our blessed Saviour.'

The Author of these sermons has shewn, in their compofition, much good sense and ingenuity. His ftyle is generally correct; but what is most important, his discourses are all directed to practical and useful purposes. Sometimes, perhaps, while attentive to liis language, he may not so thoroughly investigate the sentiment. One inftance of haste, however, candour will not allow us wholly to pass without notice; it is in the last fermon, when the preacher is discoursing on the resurrection and future life,- here he breaks out into an apostrophe-' what then shall we say --- to a fellow who calls himself a philosopher, and tells us that he is convinced that the soul of man is material.'- This is 3 kind of language unworthy of the pulpit, and unsuitable to the scholar and the Chrilijan ; beside which it is to be confidered, that the Author to whom moit readers will suppole a reference is made in the above passage, is as firm an advocate for Chritianity, and a life to come, as Mr. Rudd, and though he may be mistaken in his opinions, is not destitute of ability to maintain them. This remark we think due to justice, and we are persuaded it will be fairly and candidly interpreted, by every moderate and impartial reader. As to the opinions or censure, of zealots and bigots, of whatever denomination, we give our. selves no.concern about them. Art. 48. Sacra Privata : or private Meditations and Prayers of

Bimop Wilson, accommodated to general Ule. 127.0. 25. 6t. Bound. Dilly. 1786.

The motive aligned by the Editor, for this publication, is to render this part of Bishop Wilson's works more extensively useful. Locked up in the large voluminous edition, they can have, compasatively, but a limited circuit. In the present fize they may fall inta many other hands. Those meditations and prayers, which are more peculiar to the Bishop's flation and office, are here omitted. It is

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well known that the Author, although somewhat confined in his . religious sentiments, was exemplary for piety and charity; and this part of his writings may contribute to assist and strengthen the same excellent difpofitions in others. Art. 49. A Discourse upon Repentance. By Thomas Scott, Morning Preacher at the Lock Hospital. 12mo. Is. Johnson, 1- 6.

This is one of those useful tracts, which, without entering into learned disquisitions, apply acknowledged and important truths to the heart, in the way of plain and affectionate address. It is written in a style adapted to the understandings of the common people, and is a very proper book to be distributed among them. Art. 50. Strictures on Two Discourses, by S**** C****, D.D.

occafioned by the Death of his Eldest Daughter. 12mo. is. Kearlly, &c. 1787.

Our brother Reviewer is too personal. Whatever may be the me. rit of his criticisms on Dr. C ****p's Sermons, it is absorbed and loft, in the sarcasms and severity of his strictures on their Author. Surely there must have been some private pique in the case ! - But be that as i may, the manner of attack, from whatever motive, is certainly il. Iberal. Art. 51. A Discourse on the Nature and Design of the Lord's Sub

per, with the Advantages which may be reasonably expected from a regular and serious Attendance on it. By Robert Gentleman. 12mo. 4d. Shrewibury, printed, and sold by Buckland, &c. in London, 1786.

A plain and practical treatise on the subject proposed, intended principally for the poor and the young, but adapted also to the service of all others. Art. 52. Six Letters to a Friend, on the Establishment of Sunday

Schools. By Philip Parsons, A. M. Minister of Wye, in Kent: Author of Dialogues betwixt the Dead and the Living. 12mo. : Is. 6d. Becket. 1786.

The nature and design of Sunday schools is now pretty generally understood. This gentleman is a warm advocate in their favour : a racional advocate, who considers them as justified and recommended on every principle of piery, humanity, justice, and even intereit. He has succeeded in his endeavours of establishing one in his own parith ; and he labours, in these letters, to promote an attention to le scheme, in all other parishes, and to answer the objections which are sometimes raised. To the letters is added, a short and suitable addre's to the parents and children at W'ye, who do, or may reap the benefit of this inftitution. As this publication is properly adapted to the purpose, we are glad to find that it has been dispersed among the families in that parish. The letters are well written; and we have been much pleased with the perufal of them. The Author appears to be one of those worthy patriots who are zealous to promote the plan of Sunday schools from principle, and who have exerted chemselves, doubtleis, with heart-felt satisfaction, in their Laudable endeavours to carry it into execution.


SERMON S. 1. Preached at St. Thomas's, Jan. 1, 1787, for the Benefit of the

Charity School in Gravel-Lane, Southwark. By Abraham Rees, D. D. F. R. S. 8vo. 6d. Longman. "1787.

Dr. Rees conīders the testimony recorded in the text, o God, thoa baft taught me from my youth; and bitherto have I declared thy wondrous works, as the declaration of a person who, in che review of his life, valued himself on account of the many advantages he enjoyed, and who, in his address to God, recognizes it, as the highest privilege conferred on him, that he had been taught from his youth. Our Author, availing himself of this evidence, given by a person in advanced life, enumerates, with great propriety, the principal circumstances that serve to evince the benefit of early instruction in religion. II. Preached, Sept. 20, 1786, at the Meeting of the Three Choirs,

of Hereford, Gloucester, and Worcester. By Hugh Morgan, M.A. Canon Residentiary of the Cathedral Church of Hereford. 4to. 19. Evans.

An elegant compofition, well adapted to the occasion. III. Preached at the Lock Chapel, April 30, 1786, on the Death

of the Rev. Dr. Conyers of Deptford. By Thomas Scott, Morning Preacher at the Lock Chapel. 8vo. ' 6d. Johnson.

The earneftness and ardour with which Mr. Scott has recommend. ed, to his hearers and readers, a due preparation for death and judgment, are very suitable to subjects of such great solemnity; and fince the preacher's design is evidentiy to do good, we cannot but with him success. IV. Preached at St. Mary, Whitechapel, on the Sunday following

the Funeral of the Rev. Robert Marsham, D. D. late Rector of Whitechapel, and Chaplain to his Majesty ; containing a Summary of his Character. By the Rev. Edward Robson, Curate, 400. 15 Bayley. 1786.

An excellent character is here given of the deceased, and we have no reason to question its being a just one. The preacher particularly remarks, that Dr. M. did not • live on the revenues of a church whofe tenets he could not approve.' The subject of the discourse is PATIENCI, a virtue which, on Chriftian principles, is here very properly and forcibly recommended. The text is, James, i. 4. Let patience have its perfect work; words, we are cold, frequently used by Dr. Markham in his laft illness. This sermon is printed at the request of the parishioners. Vi in the Parish-church of Hardingstone, in the County of North

ampton, Oet. 8, 1786. Supplemental to a Sermon preached theie on the Establishment of a Sunday School. By the Rev. Robert Lucas. 410. 15. Robson.

An excellent discourse, recommending, from Ephesians, vi. 1, 2, 3, 4, the mutual duties of parents and children ; and well adapted to promote the great end proposed by a Sunday School, by rendering the institution not merely a matter of form, but productive of effects likely to be permanent, and really beneficial to the community at: large, as well as to the more immediate objects of the charity.

VI. At VI. At the Chapel in Stonehouse, near Plymouth, Devon, on the

22d of October 1786, before the Subscribers to a Sunday School, lately eitablidhed in that Place. By John Bidlake, A. B. Master of the Grammar School, Plymouth. . 400. 15. Law. ;

Another good fermon, on a subject which at present seems so lau. dably to occupy the public attention. Whatever profits may arise from the sale of it are to be applied to the fund of the charity which it immediately recommends. The text of this discourse is Matthew, Xxv. 40. From which instructive passage this philanthropic preacher considers, and enforces in a judicious and eloquent train, the duties and pleasures of benevolence ; particularly that most useful exercise of it on which the present discourse is founded, VII. Sunday Schools recommended, before the associated Diffenting Mi

nisters in the Northern Counties, at their Annual Meeting at Morpeth, June 13, 1786. To which is added, an Appendix concerning the Formation, Conduct, and Expence of these Schools. By the Rev. William Turner, jun. 8vo. 19. Newcastle printed, London, sold by Johnson.

This discourse must take place among the best of those which have appeared on the subject of the Sunday charity. The Author rejects, with just displeasure, the Mandevillian and tyrannical argument againit the instruction of the Poor, and urges, with sense, reason, and piety, an attention to the practice which has happily so much prevailed in many parts of this country; and at the same time he an. (wers objections that may be raised against it. The little history of these schools, and the conduct of them, added to the discourse, may be serviceable to those who are engaged in the same design. The benevolent Mr. Raikes of Gloucefter, the first mover of these insti. totions, is mentioned with deferved respect; and, among other things, a letter of his concerning them is inserted.

CORRESPONDENCE. To the AUTHORS of the MONTHLY Review. IN your Review for November last, you notice two publications by I William Matthews, and inform your Readers the Author is a Quaker.

Without at all entering into the merits of his publications, or the peculiar teness with which you say they are tiretured, I wish to inform you and your readers, that William Matthews, in consequence of differing from the Quakers in some points deemed by them essentials, is disowned by them, and as such cannot properly be called a Quaker.--This is a circumstance that I wonder did not occur to your recollection *, as it is not very long since you reviewed his explanatory appeal to his brethren, wrote in consequence of their disowning him,

Your candoor will perceive the neceflity of Rating this matter truly, that the society of which he was once a member may not be held answerable for any peculiar opinions in these, or in any future publications from the same pen. Before I conclude, I would ob

• The circumltance had, indecd, escaped our recollection.


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