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benefices not un frequently fall to the share of the ablest and most laborious men in the church. We are persuaded that Dissent is not indebted in the slightest degree for its progress to the poverty of benefices. Whether, or not, it has thrived the more in consequence of non-resident incumbents and

pauper curates, is another matter. Another cause assigned by the Reviewer is, the superior

• liberality of opinion professed both in word and practice by

the clergy of the establishment.' Conscious that this bold position would excite surprise,' even in the readers of the Quarterly Review,-a feeling which it could not possibly awake were it other than a parador,—the writer is more than ordinarily ingenious in the attempt to demonstrate it. Serious argument, however, would be thrown away in the attempt to expose the Aimsiness of this part of the Reviewer's plea for the clergy. Indeed, we are not sure whether he is quite in earnest. His panegyric savours strongly of raillery. His whole plea reads like covert satire. The temper he ascribes to the clergy could not be a cause of the progress of Dissent. He tells us himself, that it is adapted to remove the prejudices of Dissenters against the Establishment.' Is it not evident, then, that the real meaning he intends to convey by what he facetiously terms a paradox, is, that the absence of this liberality on the part of the clergy, has been one cause of the progress of Dissent ? He may be right.

The next cause which is represented as acting in diminution of the influence of the clergy, is political Jacobinism. But this we may dismiss, as the Reviewer does not venture to rank it among the causes of the progress of Dissent.

He is aware that the most effectual counteraction of the spread of Jacobinical tenets, has been supplied, almost exclusively, by the exertions of Dissenters. He bears testimony to the successful and praiseworthy labours of the Methodists. But then, fearful that he has conceded too much, he goes on to speak of the • great evils' and 'grievous sins' chargeable nevertheless on these same Methodists. The great evil is, that the rich and poor do not meet so often as they did in the same parish church, where the real feeling of Christian equality' was so powerfully excited by the cushioned pews of the rich and the benches of the poor. The grievous sin is, that the low ‘ preachers' urge perpetually those passages of Scripture which denounce wo and danger against the rich, 'to gratify

the spleen, rather than to comfort the hearts of the · poor,'-' to justify their hatred of the opulent.'

poor,' he says, are taught to read the fate of Dives, not · merely without commiseration, but with sensations of fierce

and bitter triumph.' We will not trust ourselves to charact

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erize this statement, lest our expressions should seem to par. take of the fierceness and bitterness which he ascribes to the poor Methodist. We leave it to the iudignation of our readers.

We find that we have not room to notice the remaining causes adduced by the Reviewer, viz. the sort of reflected • interest which the Dissenters derive from the sufferings of * their forefathers; the great advantage which the Dissenters * possess in the strict adaptation of their buildings to the pur

pose of preaching ;' and the system adopted by some of the evangelical clergy. These points are all ably touched upon by the Nonconformist, together with a few collateral subjects to which we may perhaps advert on a future occasion. He has hunted the Reviewer through all tbe mazes of his inconsistencies, and has torn off the mask of philosophical candour with wbich he attempts to conceal the unsightliness of his bigotry, In point of ability, the Quarterly Reviewer must feel that he is in the gripe of at least an equal ; and it is not for the aggressor to complain of rough handling.

Art. VIII. 1. A Pocket Expositor ; containing Reflections on every

Chapter in the New Testament: selected from Doddridge's Family Expositor. 18mo. pp. 250. Price 3s. 6d. London. 1824, 2. Selections from the Works of Archbishop Leighton ; to which is prefixed a brief Sketch of his Life. By the Rev. W. Wilson, D.D. Vicar of Church Oakley, Hants. 18mo. pp. 204. Price

35. 60. London. 1824. THE practical reflections contained in Dr. Doddridge's

Family Expositor have generally been considered as not the least valuable part of the work. They are eminently judicious, and always breathe an admirable spirit. Some degree of sameness was, however, unavoidable, which, together with an occasional feebleness in the style, renders them susceptible of being abridged with advantage.

The Selection has evidently been made with much care, and the volume, we have no doubt, will be very generally acceptable.

We are still better pleased with the Selections from Leighton. • The originals,' the Editor justly remarks, ' are too ima portant and instructive to be displaced by any abridgement;' but this neat volume contains an essential extract of the original in a portable form, and will be found a delightful little closet manual.

These two volumes form part of a series, which, if continued with the same judicious selection and care in the editing as are displayed in these specimens, will deserve well of the religious public.

EDUCATION.

Art. X. SELECT LITERARY INFORMATION.

The Rev. Dr. Nares, Regios Professor Mr. Phillips, Author of Pomarium of Modern History in the University of Britannicum, and other works, has just Oxford, is preparing for publication, committed to the press a new volume, Memoirs of the Life and Administration on which he has long been engaged, én. of the Right Hon. William Cecil, Lord titled Floral Emblems, containing, toBurleigh, Lord High Treasurer of Eng- getber with a complete account of the land in the reign of Queen Elizabeth ; most beantiful picturesque devices emwith extracts from his private and offi. ployed in ancient and modern times by cial correspondence and other paper's the most celebrated painters and poets, not previously investigated. The work a Grammar of the Language, whereby is intended to forin two volumes in 4to., in the most pleasing mavner, ideas may and to be accompanied by portraits and be communicated, or events recorded, other engravings by the first artists. under semblauces the most fanciful that

Reflections on the Word of God for can be applied to the purposes of every Day in the Year, by William amusement or of decoration. The poetiWard, Missionary at Serampore, is re- i cal passages in which a specific characprioting from the Serampore edition, ter is given to the different Flowers, are and will be speedily published in one selected from the best writers of all thick volume, 12mo.

ages, and the plates, which present a In the press, Lectures on Popery, variety of new and delicate associations, delivered in King-street Chapel, Maid- have been designed and executed by the store. By William Groser.

Author. ART. XI. LIST OF WORKS RECENTLY PUBLISHED.

MISCELLANEOUS. Sophoclis Tragediæ. Nova editio The “ Progress of Dissent;" conaccurata in usum Prælectionem Acade. taining observations on the remarkable micarum et Scholarum, 2 tom, uniform and amusing passages of that article in with the Regent's Classics. 10s.

the Sixty-first Number of the Quarterly Thucydidis de Bello Peloponnesiaco, Review ; addressed to the Editor. By libri octo. Ad optimorum librorum a Nonconformist. 8vo. 2s. 6d. fidem accurate ediri. 2 tom, uniform The Persecuted Family: a Narrative with Sophocles. 12s.

of the Sufferings endured by the PresPindari Carmina. Ad optimorum li- byterians in Scotland, during the Reign brorem fidem accurate edita, uniform of Charles 11. By the Author of “ He: with the above. 6s.

len of the Glen," 18mo. 28. An Introductory Key to the Greek Ralph Gemmel. A Tale. By the AuLanguage: consisting of an Elementary thor of “ Helen of the Glen." 2s. Greek Grammar, including a “copia Fragments of Wisdom: a Cabinet of 'verborum," and some new rules for the Select Anecdotes, Religious, Moral, and formation of Tenses, with numerous ex- Entertaining, many of them Original, amples ; an interlineary translation of and not to be found in any former pubthe Gospel of St. Luke: preceded by lication. With a beautiful and striking the original Text in a separate form, likeness of the Rev. Rowland Hill, Miwith a Key to Parsing. For the use of nister of Sorry Chapel, Blackfriars, Schools and Private Students. 8vo. 98. London, 18mno. 45. 6d.

Greek Delectus, for the use of Schools, The Duty and Advantage of Early consisting of Extracts from Xenophon, Rising, as it is favourable to Health, with an interlineary Translation, on a Business, and Devotion : including vanew plan. 8vo. 2$. A few copies to luable Extracts from the writings of the which the Grammar is added, 3s. Rev. John Wesley, A.M., Rev. Philip

Hunt's Bredow's Tables of the His- Doddridge, D.D.; Rev. W. Paley, D.D.; tory of the World; particularly adapted Right Rev. George Horne, D.D. Lord for Schools, Libraries, Reading Rooms, Bishop of Norwich ; Dr. Gregory; Miss Coffee Rooms, &c. On three large Taylor, and others. 18mo. 2s. sheets.--1. Ancient History.-2. Mid. Pacaltsdorp; or an Account of the dle Ages.-3. Modern History. 3s. or remarkable Progress of Civilization and folded in covers, 3s.' 6d.

Religion in a Hottentot Village, origi

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of each Verse; with the various ReadCalvinistic Predestination repugnant ings and the Chronology. 3 vols. Sro. to the general Tenor of Scripture : 31. ; large paper, 51. shewn in a series of Discourses on the Practical Sermons. By the late Rev. moral attributes and government of God. Joseph Milner, M.A. Vicar of the Holy By the very Rev. Richard Graves, D.D. Trinity Church, Hull. Vol. III. 8vo. King's Professor of Divinity in Trinity 12s. College, Dublin, Dean of Arilagh, &c. Sermons, chiefly designed for the use

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CORRESPONDENCE.
To the Editor of the Eclectic Review.
SIR,

In the article of the “ Memoirs of the Life of the Rev. William Ward, late Baptist Missionary in India," reviewed in the Number for February, there are some mis-statements which your present correspondent is able, on very good authority, to correct.

It is stated that Mr. Ward, after he came to Hull, "joined the Baptist Church, then under the pastoral care of a Mr. Beatson.”

At the time when Mr. Ward came to Hull, Mr. Beatson had relinquished the pastoral office, if he had not already " entered into his rest.' However, of the Church of which he had been the pastor, Mr. Ward never was a member. A Baptist Church had been recently formed, which assembled, and which still assembles, in Georgestreet, Hull. Of this Church, and not of the Old Baptist Church meeting in Salthouse-lane, Mr. Ward became a member.

It is further stated, that on the subject of his becoming a Missionary," Mr. Ward never expressed his feelings till after his removal to Ewood-ball.” On that subject, which evidently lay near his heart, Mr. Ward expressed his feelings and his desires very strongly, at an earlier period, to your present correspondent, who, to the utmost of his power, encouraged him in his views ; who was his pastor, and his only pastor at Hull; who baptized him there on the 28th day of August, 1796, and afterwards received him into the Church, to the great satisfaction and joy of all the members, as well as of their pastor,

WILLIAM PENDERED. Wellingborough, Feb. 14, 1825.

Since we received the above letter, Mr. Stennett also has written to us, acknowledging the inaccuracy of the statement which we copied from his Memoirs, and requesting us to insert a similar correction.

The conclusion of the article on Epidemic Fever is unavoidably deferred, owing to the pressure of the writer's professional engagements. We hope to be able to insert it in our next Number,

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For MAY, 1825.

Art, I. Historical Life of Joanna of Sicily, Queen of Naples, and

Countess of Provence ; with correlative Details of the Literature and Manners of Italy and Provence in the Thirteenth and Four.

teenth Centuries. In two vols. 8vo. London. 1824. HISTORICAL memoir-writing, or, in other words, the se

lection of some particular reign, or of some eminent character in history, for the purpose of illustration by contemporaneous details, is rapidly gaining ground among us. It must not be denied, that works of this description may be rendered, in many respects, both useful and interesting; use. ful in filling up those chasms in general history which its extended compass renders unavoidable ; interesting from the minuter picture of manners, and the greater variety of anecdote, which writers occupied with the incidents of a limited period, are enabled to present. The volumes before us are entitled to take no mean rank among such productions, and deserve high praise for the taste and industry with which they have been compiled, and the contributions which they have brought to elucidate one of the most important epochs of modern history—the revival of letters in Europe.

But for these adventitious circumstances, we should scarcely hare thought the life of Joanna of Naples worth the expenditure of so much time and learning. Amid the crowded and turbulent events of the melancholy period in which she flourished, little is distinctly known of her personal history; and to that little, we fear, not much has been added by hier present Biographer. For our own part, our curiosity, we frankly confess, has never been more strongly attracted towards this unfortunate princess, than to many other historical shadows, dimly descried through the mists of intervening ages; and we had satisfied ourselves with the few general anecdotes of her life and fortunes, which the virulence of her Vol. XXIII. N.S.

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