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THE

BRITISH CRITIC,

FOR

JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER,

NOVEMBER, DECEMBER.

MDCCCX.

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PRINTED FOR F. C. AND J. RIVINGTON,

NO. 62, ST. PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD.

1811.

Printed by Law and Gilbert, St. Julm's Square, Clerkenwell,

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PR E F A CE.

THE
THROUGH months of real mourning for Royal

calamity, amidst the suspense of political and military movements, and the progress of events such as this age has first, and let us hope laft also, produced, literature has been among our chief consolations, fecondary only to those which are more folemm and more secret

. In the same scale and proportion we recommend it to all our readers, and would, if possible, to all the world. For this reason we continue to give, (errors excepted, as the merchants say) a complete view of all the literature of our country; not selecting a few publications on which to flourish and show away, but endeavouring, at least, to mention all. · Desiring also to quicken and direct the taste for good books, we continue to distinguish, in our halfyearly preface, the most valuable of those which have lately fallen under our inspection': and, first of all, as of most importance, in

DIVINITY.

The aspect of this half-year's theology has been, on the whole, favourable ; and though we cannot boast of any work of primary magnitude, yet have we feveral to mention of abundant merit and utility. We are inclined to lay no small strefs on the continuation of the collated SEPTUAGINT. The suspension of that work, by the death of Dr. Holmes, was a calamitous event. The resumption of it, therefore, apparently with equal zeal and diligence, by Mr. Parsons * deserved to be hailed with joy, by the friends of sacred knowledge. If there be passages, as surely there are, in which that venerable version appears to retain the principal testimony of the true reading; it cannot be too highly prized, nor its purity investigated with toa great care f: Our account of Bp. Horsley's Sermons ! was concluded in this volume ; sermons which may provoke controversy, but must always demand admiration; as the work of what he was in an eminent de. gree, an acute man, a profound fcholar, and a sincere christian. The last, at least, of these qualities is apparent in the fermons of Mr. Brawne at Bampton's Leaturel, which if they are not written with so much vigour as some former productions of that institution, are employed to prove an important point, and are not unfuccessful in the proof of it. A former Lecturer in the same pulpit; $ Mr. E. Nares, has again appeared as a controversialist, in his Remarks on the affociated efforts of the Unitarians, in what they are pleafed to call an Improved Version of the New Testament f ; and he appears with vigour and success. We trust it will not be thought derogatory to the Remarks, or to us, that a part of them first appeared in our 'pages: Dr. Marsh also has been engaged with the Unitarians, on account of some remarks which had been published on his Lectures, which produced an ani

* No. IV, P: 321,

+ We should be glad to see that effected to a much greater extent, which Mr. Reeyes has done for the Pfalms, the collating and comparing of the Septuagint Version with the Hebrew. See an account of his valuable book on that subject, 6. Ç. vol. xviie P. 341, and 624. I No. I. p. 38.

# No. VI. p. 623. See Vol. xxvij. 389 and 548.

1 No. I. p. 65

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mated and very able Letter from him, addreffed to the Critical Reviewers

Another controversy, that against the Predeftinarians, has been ably handlea by Mr. Le Mesurier, in a -tract on that subject t. Mr. Spry, though too much of a Calvinist for us, is an able antagonist I to the Barrister, who, in opposing Antinomian doctrines, seemed very anxious to diffuse those of Socinus. Mr. Faber, if he would abate something of the minuteness of his interpretations, might be hailed as a successful illuftrator of the great object of Prophecy, the future Conversion and Restoration of the Jews \. The instructions addressed to the parishioners of Straddishall, by their Rector, Dr. Valpy 5, are such as every other parish may read with advantage. Without assuming a controversial form, they are aimed against the most prevailing errors, particularly on the subject of faith and works.

In his Abridgement of Hooker's noble and impor. tant work, the Ecclesiastical Policy, Mr. Collinson ( has rendered an admirable service to theology. Hooker is one of those sacred classics **, the approach to whom, like the approach to truth itself; cannot be too much facilitated. A few republications of theological works have attracted our attention, and we wish them to attract also that of our readers. These are Dr. Bell on the Misions.of John the Baptist and of Christ tt, a work long confecrated by the most judicious approbation ; Watson on the

Future State 11, a work which will also live, and increase in fame and utilicy, and a felection from the excellent book of Abbadie, on the Evidences of

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* No. I. p. 49.
+ No. II. p. 149

# No. III: P: 240. 1 No. V. p. 462. § No. II. p. 165.

No. IV. P. 368. ** Sacred Claffics has by some been appropriated to inspired writers. But there are also uninspired facred classics. -++ No. IV. p. 394. 11 No. V. p. 5048

Christianity;

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