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tally, they are, perhaps, a large body; but their general stock of abilities is so very slender, that though urged on by the wildest superstition, they have not talents sufficient to form or execute any plans for the destruction of the Church. But there is a sect from whom we have much more to fear than from the Methodists; a sect characterised by the excellent Bishop Burgess, in his « First Principles of Christianity," as a species of Deists calling themselves. Uniturians. These are the men, Sir, whom we ought to fear; till lately, they have not worn a terrific aspect; they have for a long while lain in nearly a dormant state; but now, the exertions whicha they are making for the spread of their heretical opinions are almost incredible. They are forming themselves into societies
all parts of the kingdom, and in the metropolis they bave united themselves in the closest bonds of union. Funds are established for the support of poor congregations, and missionaries are sent by them into the remotest corners of the empire. They have lately published what they call an improved version of the Testament (which I hope will be soon properly noticed in your Review), and they have the direction of almost every periodical publication. At present they are formidable only from their wealth and abilities, soon they will be as formidable from their numbers. Now then is the time to strangle the monster ere it arrive to maturity. The Toleration Act extends not to them, they disbelieve the Trinity. Voltaire, D'Alembert, and Diderot, were not formidable from their numbers, yet what a hellish plot they planned and executed to destroy the throne of their king and the altars of their God! May 'the Abbé Barrueil's history be a warning to us! I make no apology for requesting you to publish these remarks, for I consider your Review as almost the only one devoted to the cause of orthodoxy.
I am, Sir,
DR. MILNER's TOUR IN IRELAND, AND THE IRISH
To the Editor of the Az?rijacobin Review.
February 6, 1809. IT is said, that some weeks previous to his departure for Ireland, Dr. M. was seen at Billinsgale listening attentively to the instructive and highly entertaining discourse of the nympis, who inhabit that region. Now as the Dr. place: liis suprenie bliss in clear controversy, in loco uroris, and as he esteens dispute insipid, when it
temperate and rational, some persons gravely suppose that the Dr. lent an ear to the pugilistic females of Buligare, for the express purpose of deriving a few elegant tropes, metaphors, and sturdy epithets, from their impassioned eloquence. We do not mean to deny that the Dri's exalted and congenial taste must have inade him feel a lively interest in the wordy war of those fish-dispensing
females; but we humbly opine that the Popish Bishop consecrated his visit to Billingsgate by a religious motive. It took place, we understand, just before Lent. The Bishop of Castobella was about to perform an act of humiliation, mortification, and fasting; he was about to starve the flesh; and in order to observe the rigid and austere abstinence, which his Church prescribes, he went, we conjecture, to Billingsgate to purchase a monstrous stock of prime fish, upon which, no doubt, he fasted with appropriate luxury, and due solemnity. It is pain, therefore, that we are willing to attribute the Popish Bishop's visit to Billingsgate to a high and religious motive; not that we mean to deny him the praise of having been charmed and ravished, when there, by what he esteems the sweet music of syrens, as some persons are known to resort to the city for the express purpose of delighting their ears with the noise of drays and waggons "grating harsh thunder," which they greatly prefer to the Italian opera, or a concert at Hanover-square.
We are strengthened in our opinion, that Dr. M.'s visit was a religious one, by the consideration that the Dr. was not so much in the horn-book of Billingsgate eloquence, as to need repairing thither for instruction at so late a period - let us recollect a little; the Dr., notwithstanding his vous of celibacy, has entered into the conjugal state with Controversy for some years past. To those, who are ignorant of the family of the Dri's wedded wife, be it known, that she is an illegitimnate daughter of that meretricious termagant, called Sophistry-she is easily to be distinguished from Controversy, the legitiinate and eldest born of sound and healthy Logic. At an early period, the Dr.'s cara sposa gave, by the impudence of her air and attitude, and her bold and insulting magner, proofs of a disposition delighting in fierce and angry contention, and of being possessed of that truly feminine accomplishment of
having the last word.”
It is true, however, that the Dr.'s Tour in Ireland exceeds all his former works in his favourite virulence and coarse invective, and malignity of writing, of which he is so passionately enamoured. The opinion, therefore, formed by some, as to the reason of Dr. M.'s visit to Billingsgate, is at least plausible, and claims great allowance, as his Tour in Ireland was published at a period not long subsequent to his visit to the fish-market, so that he may be supposed to have retained fresh in bis recollection those animated and precious figures of speech, which those who wish to hear to the life. must resort to Billingsgate itself; but a proof impression of which may be contemplated in Dr. M.'s Tour. We should have no objection to ranking the Dr. as a worthy disciple of that female school of oratory, did we not consider him as one who in this respect “ nascitur, non fit.” In his Tour in Ireland, he seems, with the true enthusiasın of innate Billingsgate oratory, to aim at the “ aliquod 'immensum infinitumgie" of invective and coarse abuse. The Dr. tias attempted, and has nobly succeeded, iu discarding from his 'Tour the language and manner, which are indicative of a polite, temperate, and accor
such language and manner the Dr. soars above: to adopt them, he deems a vulgar error confined only to trigid and padantic scholars, such as are bred at our Protestant Universities
The Popish Bishop thought, perhaps, as he was on Irish ground, that he must brandish a shillelah, and break a few pates. The national beverage of whiskey may, for aught we know, have infuriated his mind; nor let any one stare at our attributing the twist in Dr. M.'s understanding to so potent a liquor, which has produced much more serious effects, than giving a vertigo to a Popish Bishop Whiskey, next to Popery, is said to have been the most serious cause of the Irish rebellion; and it is not improbable that, in like manner, Dr. M, indited his Tour, from compound inspiration. Certainly, however, the Dr. has no where stumbled on “the unwished-for honour” (to use his own phrase) of writing like a - nran of an enlightened mind, liberal education, and gentlemanly forbearance, no more than he had when in Ireland, as he says, the “ unwished-for_honour” of being acquainted with Sir Richard Musgrave, Bart. Dr. Duigenan, Dr. Ledwich, and such like worthy characters; who, without doubt, must have panted for the high distinction of being seen walking in the streets of Dublin with the Popish Bishop of Castobella, a circumstance which could not have failed to canonise them in the eyes of the Popish multitude, and to absolve them from their notorious and crying sins of loyalty, and attachment to a Protestant state. It may not be amiss, in this place, to inform the reader why Dr. M. discovers such ungovernable rage, and shakes his angry mitre at the aforesaid worthy characters - atherwise, such paroxysms of fury in a Popish Prelate would be as unaccountable as they are unbecoming. Sir R. Musgrave happens to have spoken the truth in a History of the Irish Rebellion, and Dr. M. is ashamed of, and offended at, the likeness of the portrait to the original. The honour, therefore, of the historian's acquaintance, would not have been unwished for by Dr. M. if he had displayed less fidelity in his drawing, if he had softened and flaitered the harsh features of Popery with an agreeable air of contented loyalty, as a certain bowing and obsequious English Baronet has done; so that here, as elsewhere, obsequium amicos, veritas odiuni parzt. Next comes Dr. Duigenan : he, it seems, is more inclined to bite than to kiss the toe of his holiness; him, therefore, Dr. M. never wishes to see at St. Peter's, or to initiate in the mysteries of St. Winifred's well. Last of all comes Dr. Ledwich, on antiquarian ground, whom Dr. M. tries to strangle with Turkish jealousy. Dr. Ledwick has been guilty of a great crime in the eyes of Dr. M. by denying the existence of St. Patrick, It would have been as well, perhaps, if Dr. L. had not dived into the recesses of antiquity with such a staụnch love of truth, as to confine the existence of St. Patrick, and the serpents he destroyed, to the regions of fiction and romance. Dr. L. with equal boldness, and more guilt in the opinion of Dr. M. has denied that such an antiquated maiden is St. Bridget ever counted her beads, or shunned. “ the unwished-for honour" of male society in Ireland. The gallantry of Dr. M. takes fire on this occasion. It is ludicrous to see what a warm 'advocate the Popish. Bishop is for the existence and miracles of such musty female saints. We shall continue our remarks on
sone future occasion,
THE so long announced Fifty-two Lectures on the Church Ca. techism, by the Rev. Sir Adam Gordon, Bart. Prebendary of Bristol; and Rector of West Tilbury," will be published this month, 2 vols. 8vo.
THE author of All the Talents and of The Comet has announced a poem, intitled “ The Statesman," which will contaiu biographical sketches of Mr. Pitt, Mr. Fox, Lord Nelson, &c.
DR. MAVOR is about to produce a work on which he has been long engaged.. A Series of Catechisms on Popular Subjects. The Mother's Catechism, A Catéchisni of Health, and another on Ge neral Knowledge, will appear in a few days, and be followed, in rapid succession, by others on English History, Universal History, su Geography, Animated Nature, Botany, the Laws and Constitution of England, The Bible, &c.— They are intended to sell separately, or to form, when collected, two very neat pocket volumes.
MR. CUSTANCE has in the press a New and Improved Edition of his Concise View of the Constitution of England.
MR. BRADLEY of Wallingford has prepared, under the sanction of Dr. Valpy and other distinguished preceptors, A Series of Grammatical Questions adapted to Lindley Murray's Grammar, with copious Notes and Illustrations. The idea was suggested by Morgan's very useful book, the Granmatica Questiones.
MR. YORICK WILSON, Veterinary Surgeon, of Lemington near Warwick, has in the press an improved Practical Treatise on Farriery, entitled«. The Gentleman's Veterinary Monitor.” It is the result of his own experience in the various Diseases of Horses, and prescribes humane and rational methods' of Cure without the assistance of a farrier. It likewise treats on Breeding, Training, Purchasing, Riding, Management on a Journey and in the Stable, &c. The Work will appear in a few days in a Portable Size.
THE Defence of Public Schools, and several other communications, shall appear in the Appendix to Vol. 32, which will be published with our next Number on the 1st of June, containing & review of foreign literature in Spanish, Portugtere, &c. &c.
Histoire Romaine depuis la Fondation de Rome jusqu'au Regne
d'Auguste, etc. Roman History from the Foundation of Rome to the Reign of
Augustus. By James Corentin-Royou. 4 vols. 8vo. Le
Norman, Paris, 1809. THE THE Roman history has been so often related, and in so
many different forms and manners, that its capital could now Barcely contain the volumes to which it has given existence. To enumerate the authors, even of the more celebrated histories of that once most powerful of all nations, would occupy the pages of a considerable volume. The greater part of the French writers have employed" themselves in translating or Writing histories, or disquisitions on the history, of Rome; but, with the exception of Rollin, whose work is still read, and some dissertations by Montesquieu and St. Real, theý have almost all sunk into oblivion. Still, however, new Roman histories find readers; and whether it is owing to juvenile prejudices in favour of the Romans, to any peculiar merit which is felt by all classes and nations, or to the growing insatiability of the literary appetite for novelty, most persons can always take up, with renewed pleasure, a well-written account of the ancient people of Italy. One cause, however, of the universality of respect to the Romans, is the circunstance of their language being po longer the vernacular, dialect of any living people. As much laborious application is requisite to acquire it, persons are consequently somewhat proud of the acquisition ; and if there be any truth in the observation of Charles, the Fifth, that he who knows four languages is equal to four men," this pride is neither unjustifiable nor injurious to society. Few men, indeed, of inferior minds, cán ever taste the philosophical elegance of Sallust, or the apophthegmatical senten
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