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Mr. Burke, he would not allow to have ume ; he ultimately chose the forwit! He preferred Smollet to Field- mer mode, as by far the most coning. He would not grant that Armstrong's poem on .Health,' or the trage venient; and in our opinion his dy of Douglas,' had any merit. He choice was assuredly most wise. told me, that he never read Milton We cannot but admire a part of through, till he was obliged to do it in note 1. . 1. order to gather words for his Diction
• It has been remarked by some, who ary. He spoke very peevishly of the masque of. Comus ;' and when I urge tomb of Virgil, in the neighbourhood of
are fond of fanciful analogies, that the ed, that there was a great deal of poetry in it, yes, said he, but it is like
Niples, was adorned with a laurel ; the gold under a rock ; to which I made no
birth-place of Dr. Beattie was partly reply, for indeed I did not well under.
covered with ivy, as if to denote that it stand it.'
had produced a poet.'
The other notes, though many His observation on Swift, Vol.
in number, are of little consetaire, Rousseau, &c. bis criticisms on the · Henriade' and · Eloise,'
In the 3d of page 12,
( From what the Dr. was heard to and various other works, if not delivered with more justice, are giv. of Hiensius' edition of Virgil.' Very
say, &c. he fireferred the reading en with more temperance.
like he might ; but this is merely We have reviewed this volume, as the Letters of Dr. Beattie ; for
hear-say evidence. it contains little beside of much volume is, like most of the publi
The typographical part of this value or importance. As to that cations from the press of Brisban part of it, which Sir William may & Brannan, of a clean type, on probably call the · Life,' it is but a
good paper, and generally correct. meagre performance, possessing all the monotony-of Boswell, without Johnson for its subject. As the · Letters of Dr. Beattie,' it has af
ART. 28. forded us all that pleasure, which Twenty six sermons to young peowe expected from the author of
ple'; preached A.D. 1803, 1804 : the Minstrel.
to which are added prayers, also ' He sleeps in dust, and all the Muses
three other sermons. By James mourn.' Minst. ver. Ixi. Dana, D. D. Sydney Press,
New-Haven. 1806. There are no less than eight paragraphs, which we have noted, A NEGATIVE character is uni. and doubtless many have escaped versally allowed to be of all others us, in almost the same number of the most difficult to be delineated. pages, beginning with it is very Of pre-eminent excellence a man curious,' and it is very singular,' may with the utmost safety ex, and it is 'not a little curious,' in the press his opinion ; for, though he illucidations of Sir William ; from may not give to excellence its due, which we are inclined to give to yet will he always obtain credit for his part of this performance the what commendation he bestows : not a little curious' style. Sir and of indisputable worthlessness William debated with himself, his modesty may with equal safe. whether to print his notes at the ty permit him to speak ; for whefoot of each page, or, in the man- ther he break out in direct abuse, her of fashionable publicatioris,' or utter but a gentle censure, the place them at the end of the vol- one is always too much relished
to excite disgust, and the other is tention of the young, to whom invariably construed into candour. they are particularly addressed ; But it is hardly ever safe to express to inform their heads, and to imone's sentiments of those, who in prove their hearts, by erigaging common estimation are good, only their feelings and amusing their because they are not bad. The fancy. But this is far, very remark applies with equal justice from being the case. The style to literary productions. The is truly a dry one. It is so senten. task of reviewers is at no time so tious, that every thing is forced, ditħicult, as when they have to deal and there appears to be no contin. with such works; especially when uity in the ideas. The method too the slightest condemnation is re• is not sufficiently clear, and by this garded as the height of illnature, fault the most important senti. and the critick, who has the inter. ments are degraded, and the finest est of literature at heart, is looked style, though it may please for a upon with an eye of jealousy, for moment, entirely loses its efficacy. assuming what he is entitled to by to speak plainly of these serhis office.
mons : if any one has bad perseThe volume of sermons now verance to peruse them, we do not under review is the production of say he will regret it, yet we may a man, whose reputation stands safely affirm he will have no desire high, as a divine ; and where he to repeat his labour. chances to be personally known, They compose an octavo vol. ist may be perused with interest ume of about five hundred pages, and profit. But the general char- handsomely and correctly printed acter of the sermons is such, that on wove paper. we must first reverence the man, before we can be edified by them. They do not however exactly come
ART. 29. under the class of negatives, Geography an amusement ; or come though the author appears to have plete set of geographical cards, by thought, as Goldsmith observes which the boundaries, situation, many preachers of excellent sense extent, divisions, chief towns, riv. and understanding in England ers, mountains, lakes, religion, believed, that sa prudent me. and number of the inhabitants of diocrity is preferable to a pre- all the countries, kingdoms, and carious popularity. But while republicks, in the known habitable he seems to have been studious to globe, may be learned by way of act up to his creed, his practice amusement in a pleasing and salies the wrong side of it.' For he is tisfactory manner. By several positive in one point, and negative persons, conversant with maps, in another. He has many noted and who have made the science deficiencies, as a writer, but, should their particular study. Burling. we judge from his sermons, is ton, N. J. published by David nothing remarkable, as a thinker. Allinson, sold by Brisban &
His sermons, it is true, are cha- Brannan, agents for New York racterized by plain good sense, and the New-England states. but nothing more is attempted. Copy-right secured. It must be regretted, that they are not conducted in a manner TO those, who consider the im. better calculated to engage the at. portance of education in general,
this method of blending amuse- instance, there is no departure ment with instruction will be from common sense.
Nor can highly pleasing. There are but the author expect a particular nofew of the sciences, which young tice of his work ; for the faults of people might not attain a compe- style are So numerous, that the tent knowledge of, in a way, that task of criticism would be endless. should render their most pleasing We meet with the most commonrecreations a source of fruitful in place ideas, conveyed in the most formation. The compilers of common-place manner. There is these cards have ingeniously sube nothing, which appears calculated stituted the game to the purposes to soothe and comfort an africted of improvement. They are cor. spirit ; but all is cold, methodical, rectly printed, with a neat type, and unfeeling. If any one should in various colours, according to take up this sermon with the hopes the divisions of the Grand Atlas. of meeting with consolation in his
Like the Family Budget,' and sorrow, he will only lose time by other ingenious inventions of this a perusal of it ; and will derive nature, it deserves the patronage much more comfort from the letof all parents and teachers, who ters of the deceased lady, printed would assist the memories of their with it, which bespeak devotion of pupils and smooth the rugged heart and propriety of reflection. road of science.
The instance of departure from common sense, to which we allu.
ded, is the following. He says, ART. SO.
2dly. That for those who are please A sermon, preached in the second
ant to be taken away is distressing.congregational church, Newport, It is so Nov. 9th, 1806 : the Lord's day
If we consider the event in relation succeeding the death of Miss to them, or the evil they have experiAbigail Potter. By William Pato enced. In being brought to death,
they suffered much affiiction, and are ten, A. M. Newport, R.I. prin- subjects of a great change. Their soul ted at the office of the Newport is separated from their body, and their Mercury. 1807.
body lies in a state of ruin, incapable
of performing or enjoying any good. Two months elapsed between They are separated from all their conthe delivery and publication of this fulness, and have no more a concern in
nexions and from all prospects of use. sermon. The author had there any thing that is done under the sun. fore sufficient opportunity to weigh As those are evils and have befallen well its merits, and his auditors those, in whom an interest was felt, it sufficient time for their feelings, must cause great distress for them.” however they might have been excited at the instant, to subside, and the 2 Samuel, i. 26.
The text of this sermon is from
And it is to submit that to the cool decision
difficult to conceive what could of judgment, which the momenta. induce its publication, unless it ry enthusiam might have led them
was charity for the printer, who, to suppose was a performance of a like the hangman in the days of superiour kind, calculated to edify Queen Bess, must have been the religious, and gratify the literary part of the community!
• starving for want of a job.' We do not say, that it falls below criticism ; for, except in one
Violations of the minor rules of Want of patronage the principal grammar, particularly in punctuacause of the slow progress of A. tion, are so common, that many
think regulations are arbitrary merican literature ; an oration, delinpred before the society of
Before relative pronouns a comma OB K, on the anniversary, &c. is usually of service, and we learn
its use from its absence in this By Samuel F. Jarvis.
oration. Sint Mæccnates, non decrunt, Flacce, Marones, The awkward sound of the ob.
solete mean' (for cause or instru. New-Haven, Steele & Co. mn.
ment) is three times repeated; but 22. 1806.
Priestley would have taught the This subject is so important, orator, that the word " means' does that we desire to see it comprehen- dot change its termination on acsively treated by a man of greater
count of number.
Vide Murray. observation, and with more liveli. Syntax. ness of style, than is displayed in
His words are not always prethis performance ; though it is not cise. Induction' is used for condestitute of merit. The causes of clusion ; and the reverse of a prothe little estimation, in which learn- position,' for the converse. We ing is held,are the almost universal may appear over nice in marking pursuit of wealth, which makes us blemishes in so short a performa adopt the easiest modes of acquir. ance ; but the immense majority ing it ; and the want of discipline of this kind of productions is unat our colleges, which, in fact, worthy of criticism, and we are prevents us from having many solicitous to expose the negligence learned men to patronise. In a
even of scholars. A more striknote we find one of the reasons, ing fault must not escape : which unhappily give this subject duces the fruits ; Genius is the sun,
Application is the soil, which progreat interest :
which, by its invigorating warmth,
causes those fruits to ripen, and vegea •St. John's College, in Annapolis, tation to become more rapid.' was founded in the year 1784, an was O most lame and impotent conenabled, by its charter, to hold an an. Dual income of 00001. currency ; 18001.
clusion ! of which it actually possessed. The namber of students was about 100, and the instructors were men of abilities
ART. 32. and learning This, together with Two better than One ; a sermon, Washington College, in the county of Kent, which was also liberally endow.
delivered Dec. 4, A.L, 5805, on ed, constituted the University of Mary
the installation of King Hiram's land. After repeated attempts, bow- Lodge, in Provincetown. By ever, in some of which they met with Brother Jotham Waterman, pastor a partial success, the legislature of that
of the east church of Christ in state, during the autumn of 1805, suc
Barnstable. Boston, printed by ceeded in depriving both these colleges of their funds, and consequently de
Manning & Loring. 1806. graded them into private seminaries.'
This sermon is a literary cuIs the state of Maryland striv- riosity, and we sincerely beg paring for a lower degradation, than don of Brother Jotham, for having Rhode Island, or Vermont, have so long omitted to review it; more yet reached ?
particularly, as in his very copious
notes he honours the Boston Re. 'The man, who lives a recluse, cannot Fiewers exclusively with his notice. be su intelligent, as one, who has been
conversant with different men and soWe will first begin with the
P. 12. sermon, the text of which is taken from Ecclesiastes, ch. 4, verse 9,
True, brother Jotham, and if you and the first of the 10th.
had travelled, you would not have In this discourse Brother Jotham used such words as disconnexion, inundertakes to prove, that two are
desireable, and unfeeling, as a subbetter than one, except in the case
stantive ; nor would you have told of two sinners, and there he in- us of nature's receiving its final geniously discovers, that i two are convulsion, A contusion, indeed, not better than one. Brother Jo. may be received ; and if received in tham exhibits more of a gait than a certain part, is very apt to disa style, if he will allow us the same order it. We sincerely hope, that privilege of punning, which he you have met with no accident of claims himself.
Brother Jotham, in his notes, May heaven bless every institution has no mercy on us poor Reviewthat makes us such friends ; that obli. He calls us 'full-grown monges us to be kind not only to our owng archists, a little junto of little men but to all our fellow men, travelling in and around Boston, a set of thorfrom Jerusalem to Jericho. Oye Samaritan and Jew! Blessed Masons !'
P.7. This is very severe ; but would *Befresh yourselves, brethren. It is lish no more, which will certainly
he really punish us, he will pubfull time. We have laboured. But let us proceed to labour again. Amen.'
deprive us of much amusement, P. 11. and many a hearty laugh.
For MAY, 1807.
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