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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
" Natta, to virtue loft, knows not its price,
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
atchievements.- No, the tythe of them are yet untouched. I have
So much for the Introduccion, which displays all that nerve and
• A shivering horror crept through all my frame,
« 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:
“ Anon, on stronger animals he flew
He form’d the infidious drug* with wicked 1kill;
Saw with wild joy, in pangs till then untry'd,
« With riper years a different scene began,
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, while the nègroes view'd with nov difgust,
“ Cornwall, that fondly deem'd herself reliev'd,
“ Then fight, pale flight, ensu'd !—'TWERE long to trace
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;
“ Give, then, poor tinkling bellman of three-score!
Thy envy, hate--and, while thou yet haft power,
Whose Mercy Ilighted, and whose Justice brav'd !!
« On all that gepius, all that worth holds dear,
And malice, with averted face, applauds !"
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.
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;
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