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here and hereafter, than a criminal whatever examples, may fan&tion or attachment to an abandoned and un- authorife them ; it is impollible 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, bedes punishments which the Gospel has de all the guilt which naturally belongs to nounced against them." This excelit, has led to the commission of more 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 ixoo, during session of Par

We have seen into what a gulph liament in which an alarming number, of fin and suffering 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 of himself, his king- The fifteenib Lecture is on the Transdom, and all the vile partners of his figuration of Christ ; 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 fall 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- with to serve, on all occasions, in our feated it with great laughter. This, miscellany; and that the Bishop's manfays 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 Arongest tendency to convert infidels, John the Baptift ; and not long after and to Atrengthen and confirm the faith this event, both he and Herodias were of well-disposed Christians. 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- thele little ones which believe in me pened in a thousand other inttances; (one of whom Jesus placed before his' and there are, I am perfuaded, few disciples), it were better for him that a persons here present, of any age or mill-ftone were hanged about his neck, experience in the 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, whose peace, tran. the full meaning of this denunciation, quillity, comfort, characters, and for the Bithop thinks it neceflary to extunes, have been completely deitroyed plain the peculiar meaning of the word by illicit and licentious connexions of offence.“ This expresion in the prefent this fort. The world, indeed, treats pasage, as well as in many other parts them with indulgence : they are ex- of the New Teitament lgnifies to cause cuted and palliated, and even defended, any one to fall from bis faith, to renounce on the ground of human frailty, of his belief in Clirist by any means whatnatural conttitution, of strong passions, ever." The pious Lecturer then brietiy and invincible temptations ; and they adverts to the several modes of making are generally considered and repre- our brotber to offend (that is, to resented in various popular performances nounce his faith), which are molt com. (especially in those imported from mon and inoit successful; and there foreign countries), as associated with are, perfecution, iophiltry, 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 observes, that “ during ever gentle names may be given to the first ages of the Gospel, and for sensuality 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 instrument made use of (and emplayed in rendering them popular a dreadful one it was), to deter inen and falhionable ; whatever 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 juftly be charged tions; but it is peculiarly fatal to he but in the next mode of making untufpecting and unguarded minds of our brother to offend ; that is, by grave the youth of both sexesto them “ its argument and reason, by open and breath is poison, and its touch is fystematic 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 these publications on the world, in a load of responsibility upon our heads.” thousand different thapes and forms,

The Bihop then takes occafion to in history, in biography, in poems, in remark on the prevalence of Deiím novels, in dramatic pieces ; in all first in France, and afterwards in Eng: wbich the prevailing feature is uniland ; and expatiates on the works of versal phiianihropy and indiscriminate beD'Alembert and Voltaire ; and on the ne volence ; 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 moft licentious fentiour brother to oftend, or fall ott from ments, and ridiculing every thing that the Christian faith-ridicule.“ By no looks like religion, he is nevertheless one lias 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 a few little venial foibles and paslity, Voltaire. His writings have un donable infirmities (as they are called), questionably produced more infidels yet we are allured that he has, not. among the higher claffes, and spread withitanding, the very befi bears in tbe more general corruption over the world. Thus it is that the principles world, than all the voluminous pro- of our youth are infensibly, and almost ductions of all the other pbiio-foj hills navoidably, corrupted ; and initead 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 deteftakind, in our life and conversation, a tion of vice, they are furnished with profligate example, another mode of apologies for it, which they never forThaking our brother's faith in the Gofo get, and are even taught to consider it pel, is concisely, yet fully, demon- as a neceffary part of an accomplished itrated.

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

introducing characters on the stage, -“ A bad 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 se. to observe it, and fall within the reach verelt 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 lome 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 lim- necessary, either to the good Bifhop, plicity and innocence ; it makes its way who, doubtless, will have no objection into the cottage of the pealant, into to their being circulated, through the thie hut of the shepherd, and the thap medium of our publication, perhaps


as extensively as the literary poison to from the 14th, 17th, 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 Sc. Matthew ; and the present whom, though recommended to all, is the tbird edition of the work. The it may be inconvenient to purchase firft and second were sold as fait as they the work. There are twenty fuur Sci- could be got ready from the press. mons in this volume, on lubjects taken


HOME. A Novel. 5 Vols. 52mo. 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, meafles, ground-work of this pleasing novel, or child-birth. The second containing in which there is much to conmend ten diiterent articles, extracted from and nothing to blame. The Author, the London weekly bills of mortality, who we conjecture to be a lady, in mowing 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 ining sentence. “ Expect not a story 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, Cornhill, London, on Tuefnot marked with much variety, nor

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

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

extraordinary blessings dispensed 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, peace, self-defence, and morals, recommended, and will be perused with

are disculled and brought forwards in pleasure and improvement.

a clear, tenperate, and satisfactory Observations on the Increase and Decrease which they were delivered, and re

manner, worthy of the place from of different Diseases, and particularly of fecting honour on the author as a the Plague. By William Heberden, jun. Minister of the Golpel. This sermon 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 fubtance of which was cine. The body of it consists of two furnished by our late worthy associate, tables : the first containing the annual Mr. John Sewell. christenings and burials in London for



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



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

our great English Satirift, but merely The following passage in a work by to indulge a literary curiosity : the ingenious St. Fvremond, on Taste, “ 'Tis with our judgments as our so obvioufly furnished a hint to Pope, watches, none that I shall transcribe the words of

« Go just alike, yet each believes his both writers, for the amusement of

own ; your critical readers.

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

“ True Talte as seldom is the Criti 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 instance, 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 Milton, “ The compofitions as suit with their bad everlasting verdure of his laurels has talte or mean capacity." Pope having, nothing to fear from the blatts of ma. evidently, the first part of this obser- lignity ; nor can criticism produce any sation running in his head, has the other effect than to strengthen their following paffage in the beginning of Shoots by lopping their luxuriance." 'the Essay on Criticism, which I cite


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


(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, Efq. the Portal; for he is ibe Janus of the of Melchet Park, near Romiey, Hants, Hindus. in token of the high refpect he enter- The Court of Directors of the Hon. rains for the public and private virtues East India Company, has unanimoully of a patron and a friend. The original received the Print of this Temple, design, after the chaitest models of from the Drawing of Mr. William DaHindu Architecture, came, we under

niell, as a Tribute to the Merits of ftand, gratuitously from Thomas Da

Warren Hastings, Esquire, 'late Go. NIELL, Fíq. R. A. It was executed in

vernor General of Bengal; and ordered artificial Stone by Mr. Rossi, and the

that it might have a conspicuous place original Drawing and Engraving (trom in the Coinpany's newly erected Libra, which our own Plate has been copied) ry. It has likewite 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 Honour's also, 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 Pilafters, besides the usual Decorations, peculiar to this Order of berality, and a Love for Truth.

men truly great, Magnanimity, Li. Hindu Architecture, are adorned witlı 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 numeroðs 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 Rer relpect by the Gentleman who erected formation of Mankind. The Figure of the Edifice, due to the great and


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