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" rupto ingens Acheronte vorago
Pestiferas aperit fauces ; quc's condita Erynnis,

Invisum numen, terras, cælumque levabat! « Away chen with the name of Pindar. Yet as Peter must hare fome name, and cannot with prudence take that of W- , I will present him with two-ei her of which will serve his turn to admi. ration. I speak of Peribomius and Natta---The first a fad, poor wretch, of whom I find this apologetical account: "

hunc ego fails
Ir puto, qui vultu morbum, incessuque fatetur.
The record, coulin.german to the former, and whose resemblance to
Peres has been already recognized by the author of the • Pursuits of
Literature,' is ihus described by my friend, Mr. Drummond,

" Natta, to virtue loft, knows not its price,
Fattens in sloth, and STUPIFIES IN VICE;
Sunk in the gulph, immerg’d in guilt he lies,

Has not the power, nor yet the wish to rise.” The author had drawn a parallel between Peter Pindar and Anthony Pasquin, which he reserves for a future publication. But he does not know that Anthony has very lately returned from America to Eng. land, and we sincerely hope that ihe severe correction which he has experienced in both countries, and the miserable disappointment which he has sustained in the former, will produce a reformacion both of prin. ciple and of practice, and lead him to adopt such a line of conduct in fuiure as will tend to avert the new caftigation thus prepared for him. It is the entertainment of this hope that deters us from extracting the severe reproof which Anthony received, previous to his departure for America, from the learned and upright Judge, who presides in the Court of King's Bench.

The author thus explains his object in the composition of this Epistle.

*s6 In the short view which I have given of the life of a man, who for near half a century, has pertified in defaming every thing that is great, and honourable, and virtuous, and holy amongst us, I labour leis anxiously to thew how well he is qualified, by nature" and habit, for the talk, than to hold up to his few admirers (nearly, in my opinion, as worthless as himself,) a flight iketch of the man whom it has delighted them to honour; and to teach those who have attracted his notice, that is, his abuse, how little they have to apprehend from the malice of an impotent fcribbler who, having wafted his youth and manhood in unprofitable depravity, is fallen in the dregs cf life, into merited poverty, neglect, and contempt.”

• The reader will observe that I have only conducted Peter to town. His subsequent adventures are reserved till his next effusion of malevolent dulness shall provoke me to come forward again. It must not be suppoled, however, that I have exhausted his country

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atchievements.- No, the tythe of them are yet untouched. I have
now in my hand a letter from an Officer who atlisted in kicking
him out of Maker Camp for his icandalous indecencies."

So much for the Introduccion, which displays all that nerve and
Spirit which so strongly characterize the profe-writings of this disa
tinguished author. We hope to convince our readers that the poetical
part of this Epistle is entitled to, at least, equal commendation. On
contemplating the following features of the early character of Peter
Pindar, which are unqueitionably drawn by the pencil of truth, the
mind experiences the same kind of feeling which the bard himself ex-
perienced at the base mention of his detected name.

• A shivering horror crept through all my frame,
A damp, cold, chill, as if a snake or road,
Had started unawares across my road:

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« Cornwall remembers yet his first employ, And shuddering tells, with what infernal joy

His little tongue in blasphemies was loosid, the det

His little hands in decds of horror ui'd:
While mangled insects ftrew'd his cradle o'er,
And limbs of birds distained his bib with gore,

“ Anon, on stronger animals he flew
(For with his growth his favage paflions grew):
And oft, what time his violence fa:l'd to kill,

He form’d the infidious drug* with wicked 1kill;
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Saw with wild joy, in pangs till then untry'd,
Cats, dogs, expire; and curs’d them as they died !

« With riper years a different scene began,
And his hate turn'd from animals to man:
Then letters, libels, flew on secret wings,
And wide around infix'd their venom'd stings;
All fear'd, where none could ward, the coming blow,
And each man ey'd his neighbour as his foe;
Till dragg’d to day, the lurking caitiff stood,
(Th' accursed cause of many a tatal feud),
And begg'd for mercy in fo fad a strain,
So wept, fo trembled, that the injur'd train
Who, cowring at their feet, a NISCREANT saw,
Too mean for punishment, too poor for law,
O'erlook d ('twas all they could) his numerous crimes,

And shipp'd him off' to ape and monkey climes.'

*“ Let not the reader who shudders at this, therefore disbelieve i it. Almost the first accounts I remember to have had of this man,

(and they were from one of his own profession, from one who knew

him well) related to the execrable use he made of his knowledge as . an apothecary's boy, in torturing and destroying animals." *

THERE

« THERE, while the nègroes view'd with nov difgust,
This prodigy of drunkenness and luft,
Explore the darkest cells, the dirtiest styes,
And roll in filth at which tbeir gorge would rise;
He play'd one master-trick to crown the whole,
And took, O Heavens! the sacerdotal stole!
How shook the altar when he first drew near,
Hot from debauch, and with a shameless leer,
Pour'd stammering forth the yet uphallowed prayers,
Mix'd with convulsive fobs, and noisome airs ! -
Then rose the people, passive now no more,
And from his limbs the sacred vestments tore;
Dragg’d him with groans, thouts, hisses, to the main,
And sent him to annoy these realms again.

“ Cornwall, that fondly deem'd herself reliev'd,
Ill-fated land! once more the pest receiv'd;
But, wary and forewarn'd, observ'd his course,
And track'd each Nander to its proper source ;
'Till indignation, wide an, wider spread,
Burst in one dreadful tempest on his head.

“ Then fight, pale flight, ensu'd !—'TWERE long to trace
His mazes, as he flunk from place to place;
To count, whene'er unearth'd, what pumps he bore,
What horse-ponds, till the country he forswore,
And; chac'd by public vengeance up and down,
(Hopeless of thelter) fled at length to town:
Compelld in crowds to hide his hated head,

And Ipung'd on dirty whores for dirty bread." We cannot but transcribe the impressive admonition which concludes the Epiftle. Happy, most happy, will it be for the miferable object to whom it is addressed, if it penetrate deeply into his black foul (wc vse his own words), and produce that radical and perfect reformation, without which, whatever ease he may affect, he can neither know true happiness here, nor salvation hereafter. But while we ardently hope to witness this reformation, we are led, from our intimate knowledge of the man, strongly to fear, that the charitable attempt of the bard is only a renewal of the vain effort to wash the blackamoor white.

. « Enough!-Yet, Peter! mark my parting lay

See! thy last fands are fleeting fast away;
And, what should more thy sluggish foul appal,
Thy limbs fhrink up-THE WRITING ON THE WALL!
O! check, a moment check, the obstreperous din
Of guilty joy, and hear the voice within,
The small, still voice of conscience, hear it cry,
An Atheist thou mayst live, but can'ft not die.

“ Give, then, poor tinkling bellman of three-score!
Give thy lewd rhymes, thy lewder converse o'er ;

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Thy envy, hate--and, while thou yet haft power,
On other thoughts employ the unvalu'd hour;
Left as from crazy eld's diseaseful bed.
Thou lift'st, tosPIT AT HEAVEN, thy palfied head,
The Blow arrive, and thou, reduc'd by fate,
To change thy phrenzy for despair too late;
Close thy dimn eyes a moment in the tomb,
To wake for ever in THE LIFE TO COME,
Wake to meet him whose ord’nance thou hast Nav'd' *

Whose Mercy Ilighted, and whose Justice brav'd !!
The thanks of every virtuous man is due to the writer of this spirited
Epistle for his able exposure of a wretch who has too long been suffered
to spit his venom, with impunity,

« On all that gepius, all that worth holds dear,
Unsullied rank, and piety sincere;
While idiot mirth the base defilement lauds,

And malice, with averted face, applauds !"
To our thanks he is peculiarly indebted for his zealous co-operaa
tion in the task which we had begun, and which, Peter may reft
assured, Thall not be left unfinished. We trust, this worthy co-ad-
jutor will continue to fight with us, in such a cause, side by side.

We had almost forgotten to notice that the very appropriate French motto, in the title page, which the author has evidently quoted from memory, is, from mistake, attributed to the fatyrist BOILEAU, when, in fact, it is taken from Corneille's tragedy of the Çid, (act I. scene 3.) and is addressed by Diego to Gomez, accompanied by what Peter Pindar has so often received, and what he lo frequently deserves, a blow.

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Art. XIV. Chriftian Infitutes : Being a popular Illustration of

the Creed; the Lord's Prayer; and the Ten Commandments: With the Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord's Supper. Design. ' ed for Families, Students, and others. By a Clergyman of the

Church of England. 8vo. Pp. 162. 25. Rivingtons. 1799. THOUGH we much approve the author's intentions in the present

I effay ; yer truth compels us to declare, that it is a very flimfy publication. « Expositions and Commentaries (fays the writer in his preface) upon the fame subjects are not wanting : yet of these, Some are much too learned for common use; others are too prolix;

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fone are too expensive for the generality of purchasers ; others are drawn up in the uninviting form of dialogue, by quefiion and answer: so that a convenience still seems to be looked for from a popular fer. formance, suited to a greater variety of circumstances, situations, and purposes. With a view, in some measure, to answer this design, an attempt has here been made to bring into a fort compass the most material points of doctrine in our Creeds, &c. &c. by the aid of such approved avi horities and commentaries, as the editor conceived might fafely be relied on :- hat from hence a proper infight may be obtain. ed into the principles of the Christian belief and practice: and that the reader may proceed with greater advantage af erwards, to works of fuller illustration, and to expositions of a fuperior rank and cha. racter."

A good abridgement of Secker, or of Gilpin, on the Church Cate. :chism, might answer the design here proposed : but to make a good

abridgement requires considerable ability. From the fourth Section, which we shall transcribe entire, may be formed fome judgement of our author's style and manner.

3 r Of the Redemption of Mankind. ! « We next are taught the method of God's proceeding, in the rem! demption of mankind. The nature of God is so opposite to, and irreconcileable with, fin, that he spared not even his own son, but delivered him up to cruel torments, and to an ignominious death, because he had taken upon himfelf the charge of our transgrefsions. And the Son of God so loved us, that he voluntarily offered himself for us, to suffer those torments, and to undergo that death; hereby to discharge for us what we owed to God's justice, and to redeem mankind at the price of his own blood from the power of the devil, and from eternal death.

." The first created man had, by a transgression of God's command, broughe death into the world ;--thereby subjecting himíelf as well as all his descendants, not only to temporal death, which is the death of the body, but to that of the soul ailo ;--that is, to eternal punishment in the world io come.--Now from the time of this fall of Adam, men have been accustomed to offer animals to God in facrifice, which they few, and burned to alhes before him, to sew that they acknowledged themselves thereby to be worthy of death.--But these victims could nor, in the nature of things, appease the just displeasure and anger of God. It was not polible ihat the blood of bulls and of goats could take away the heavy charge and penalty of fin. None but Jesus Christ, who was capable of suffering in the human nature, yet in virtue of the Godhead residing in him was free from fin, could fully satisfy the father's juflice, by presenting to him sufferings, which in his free grace he could accept, instead of inflicting the puniihment which fin deserves. He then, who was perfecily free from sin himself, was put in the place of guilty men. God, who ruleth over all, by a scheme, the entire nature of which we do not perfectly comprehend, having been pleased to accept the voluntary sufferings of our Saviour as a sufficient vindication of his own authority. So that on

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