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of bis dress. He hoped to return in ally with the unreserved conversation about a month, and all the necessary in which the exiled Emperor endeasignals were arranged, in order to secure vours to defend bis conduct, in points his retreat with his royal prize to the where his character appears to be the ship. Nothing more, however, was most vulnerable: the execution of the heard of the Baron; and the Implacable, Duke D’Enghien-the sudden death after a long - continued, tedious, and
of Pichegru - the alleged murder of ever-watchful cruize, returned to port.
our countryman, Captain WrightThe enterprising Polc now became the
the poisoning at Jaffa — and the massubject of various conjectures. He was
sacre at El Arish. successively considered as having betrayed bis trust, or seized as a spy, and
The account of the projected input to death; or that the weak, infatu
vasion of Eogland in 1805, is a strik. ated Prince, for whose deliverance the ing instance of the persevering spirit enterprising Baron had devoted himself of Napoleon ; and his wily plan for to so much danger, had betrayed the carrying it into effect, frustrated only plot, and involved his romantic adherent by the decisive victory of Trafalgar, in the fatal consequences of such a dis is an article which deserves peculiar covery. But the mystery of the poor attention. Baron's fate was now to be unfolded.
Buonaparte once inquired The necessary witnesses for the purpose spectiog a religious community in were in Court: Savary, who was Minis- Scotland called Johnsonians, who, he ter of the Police of Paris, at the time of understood, were a very active sect in this secret expedition, was in the suite
that part of Britain.” On this subject, of Napoleon, and could have no objec
Mr. Warden has a whimsical contion to tell all that he knew of the business, while his master was on the jecture: spot to confirm or correct the statement. “ As in the various plans he had laid There was no difficulty, therefore, for for invading our tight little Island, as Sir George Cockburn, in his present the song bas it, it is not improbable high official character, to become ac
that he might have looked towards the quainted with the finale of the bold Hebrides, as capable of favouring his Baron's adventures; concerning which, design; and, if so, Doctor. Johnson's it may be presumed, bis generous na
tour thither might have been curiously ture felt something more than curiosity. consulted, and may I not deduce these -The Baron, it seems, had arrived in
Johnsonians from such a combination of safety, at the point to which he was
circumstances ?”. destined; but Almighty Love appears to The religious community of Johnhave demanded his first attentions. A
sonians we apprebeod to have been lady, to whom he was ardently attached merely the blunder of a Foreigner, in Paris, was an irresistible object of for Jansenists. attraction, and to that city he bent his first steps : but he had not been two
81. Sermons on interesting Subjects, by hours within its walls before some of
James Scott, D. D. Rector of SimonSavary's myrmidons seized the unfor
burn. 8vo. pp. xliv #366. Rivingtons. tunate and imprudent Pole, stripped off his cloaths, with their valuable con
WHEN a person has eminently cealments, and consigned him to pri- distinguished himself on the theatre
So far the stratagem failed of of life, we have a natural desire to be success : but Buonaparte wished to come acquainted with the means by know whether the imprisoned Monarch which his renown was attained, and was privy to it. A proper person was to examine the cause why he arrived therefore selected to personate the Ba at that elevation, to which others ron, and with all bis false passports and have either not aspired, or have been rich cloaths, introduced himself to Fer- unsuccessful in the pursuit. We are dinand; but though the guards were led to regard the writings of such a purposely withdrawn, to give all possible
man with peculiar attention. We facility for his escape, the imprisoned would appreciate their utility, their King dared not encounter the danger excellence, and design ; considering of the attempt.”
the world to be more than commonly These extracts, we doubt not, are interested in them : for although the sufficient to excite the curiosity of name of an Author will not perpeour Readers to peruse the whole of tuate a Work void of merit, yet we this interesting Narrative; and they have many instances wherein it immewill be highly gratified ; more especi- diately recommends to popular peru
sal, not only sounding trifles, but particulars, which may be acceptable Works which every good man must to our readers, and more particularly condemo as dangerous in their princi so to those by whom tithes are reple, and pernicious in their tendency.
ceived or paid. The Author of these Discourses, at Dr. Scott succeeded a Clergyman a very early period of life became more disposed to maxims of
peace popular in the University of Cam than those of prudence, whose long bridge, as a Scholar, a Poet, and a incumbency engendered evils highly Preacher. He uniformly, and with prejudicial to his successor. Against much diligence, cultivated the great the laxity of Clergymen in this
par. share of learning acquired in early ticular, Mr. Clapham in veighs with life; but the benevolence of his dis- much warmth : yet we feel no disposiposition also prompted exertions
exertiops tion to dispute the truth of his asmore useful to mankind; and to ex sertions, nor do we recollect an incel as a preacher became tbe chief stance to which they could more object of his ambition.
justly be pointed. It appears that on “ No sooner," says his Editor, “ did
the presentation of Dr. Scott the rehe enter upon his clerical duties as ceipts of the Living were under 4001, preacher of the Afternoon Sermon at St. per annum: whilst the estimated vaJohn's, in Leeds, than his oratorical Jue was 15001. The Doctor though neipowers were displayed. He had accus ther an austere nor a covetous man, tomed himself to composition in College; yet was firm in the performance of and immediately after his first degree, duties, and in his endeavour to ascerhe devoted his time to the study of Di tain, at least, the rights of the incumvinity; he was therefore enabled to
beat. The parishioners insisted that write his Sermons; and with so much he must take things as he found them, care did he apply himself to the task, and leave them so. The most mild that he preached, after a few correction's and additions, some of those Discourses, expostulation and the most affec.
tionate entrealies on his part, excited in the latter part of his life, which he had written between his 24th and 28th in them only the most virulent in.
vective and violence. , They would years: many of his Sermons seem to have been composed before he had at
submit to po arbitration, no controul, tained the fuil vigour of his age. Whilst except their custom, which for 52 he was thus usefully and properly em years had been drawing, and almost ployed, his mind and heart were in his establishing; a precedent of abuse profession ; for no sooner had he preach- through the whole parish. All other ed one Sermon, than he began to pre means unavailiog, the Law was appare another: the young encouraged his pealed to. After a litigation, much zeal with their applauses, the old glad- incrcased in expence by the rancorous dened his heart with their prayers.' obstinacy of his opponents, he raised
From the year 1760 to 1767, Dr. the Living from 4001. to 30001. per Scott often resided at the University, apņum, and it is now supposed to be where he was a frequent and popular worth double that sum: but, having preacher : and it was during this established the rights of the Rector, period of his life that he became he was most lenient in the use of known to the Nation at large by his them. In the Life of Dr. S. the Editor political writings. Under the patro- enters into a considerable discussion nage of Lords Sandwich and Halifax, conceruing tithes. The general con. he directed a very spirited attack duct of Clergymen in the collection of against Lord Bute, at that time the their income is very ably advocated: personal favourite of the King; he general censures are repelled by sound affixed to his letters the signature of argument; and the charge of injus Anti-Sejanus, by which title he was tice confuted by a comparison with afterwards upiyersally known to the the manner in which tithes arc valued publick.
and exacted when in the hands of LayIn the ycar 1771, he was presented impropriators. In one parish, a rich to the valuable Rectory of Simon- Nobleman receives, without murmur burn, which changed the early pro or complaint, the full amount of bis spect of an useful and happy life into lithes: in another, a poor Rector is troubles and disappointment. Mr. the object of general abuse, because Clapham, the editor of these Sermons, he remits one-third only of their has given an interesting detail of the value, perhaps of bis whole income.
It is recommended to Clergymen, in the general indifference of the Clergy cases of dispute, to draw their tithes in this particular, and too frequent as for a few years, merely to ascertain, well as laborious engagemenis in seand to inform the parish of, their va cular concerns, Dr. Scott in a great
and we doubt not but that, when measure ascribes the gradual decline this plan is adopted, the tenants are of our Established Church ia
popualways very glad to revert to the lar estimation : admitting this opinion terms of which they had so bitterly to be in a great degree correct, the complained. There can be peither prediction of our Saviour suggests fraud por injustice in this mode of itself to our mind, “ A man's focs teaching a parish how much they shall be they of his own household :'' have been indebted to their Pastor's how severely must we lament that it forbearance in the exaction of his should be so awfully verified in His just claims. The very interesting Cliurch! matter upon this subject is offered to The private life of Dr. Scott seems the publick as the sentiments of Dr. to have been adorned with many virScott; but, as Mr.Clapham has brought tues. To his extensive erudition he them forward in so pointed a manner,
added refined and polished manners: we naturally conclude that he ap his conversation was full of instrucproves them.
tion and entertainment: he delighted In another part of this sketch of much in the society of his friends ; Dr. Scott's life, the Clergy are very and used constant hospitality with strongly exhorted to such conduct as cheerfulness. In support of public may support and adorn the Church : charities, or in relief of private disamiable manners, professional dili- tress, he uniformly displayed a zealous gence, and attention to the delivery liberality, equally disposed to their of their Sermons, are recommended as assistance by his personal exertions, circunstances of particular import or his purse. There was po ostenta.
Dr. Scott's mode of preaching tion in his character, for bis mind was, to have his Serinon before him; seemed formed by the principles of but to be so well acquainted with its the Gospel which he so impressively contents, as to deliver it nearly me inforced upon others. To the cir. moriter. It cannot be denied thaté cuinstance of family prayers he was this method is peculiarly impressive: particularly attentive, regularly readexperience proves it; not only in the ing them in his own family. It was itinerant who by his jargon fills the his opinion that po Clergyman can gaping crowd with amazement; but possess a proper sense of his duty, the Metropolis presents some noble who omits so essential a cereinony of Churches nearly deserted, where the Christian life. And we consider this sound doctrines of religion are deliver as a circumstance of the highest imed, in a plain way, with much piely portance. The neglect of it betrays and devotion, by Pastors of exem ignorance and inattention, particuplary life and conversation ; whilst larly culpable in those, who, as lights other places of worship are numer. of the world, are commissioned to ously attended, to hear discourses, direct others through the darkness. inferior in matter, worse arranged, 'It betrays ignorance of their own and less edifying, delivered extem debility, of their dependence upon pore: nay, the Conventicles of Dig the Almighty, and of their fearful senters are most crowded to hear ex- responsibility to Him. It betrays a temporaneous effusions seldoin worth want of respect for the Majesty of writing down. Yet the attention is “ The Most Highest,” ignorance also excited, and the mind is kept awake of the sweet peace which results to by the mode of delivery : an interest the mind from communion with Him, is roused in every hearer, and the ap- and ignorance of the inestimable blesparent energy of the preacher sends sings derived therefrom. his words to the heart of each, as if would it be for society (says the Ediindividually addressed to himself. We tor) were an altar of devotion erected do not wish to recommend extem- 'in every family.” But how shall the porary Discourses, but an energetic servants of God direct others to paths inode of addressing the audience in in which themselves never trod! We Discourses carefully composed. To care little for a ipan's exhortations, Gent. Mag. December, 1816.
uniformly contradicted by his prace are temporal, and affect not the bap. tice: and it is to be lamented that the piness of the soul. “We might as effect of such proneness of attention, well call the riches, honours, and to earthly things, and such supine. pleasures of this world, the rewards of ness to objects of eternal interest, is holiness and obedience, though we got confined to the individual who
see every day that they are the lot of betrays so much inattention to his the most worthless and wicked." The own real happiness, to that of his feet of David had well nigh slipped fuck, and that of bis family, bul ex when he beheld the prosperity of the tends also to them, and maintains it- ungodly; but he went into the sanc. self through the whole sphere of his tuary of God; “ then understood he influence.
the end of these men, how He hath We wiltrow lay before our readers set them in slippery places, and cast an analysis of Dr. Scott's sentiments them down into destruction," " Chriscarried through two Sermons, which liaus, in all cases of doubt and diffikave led us into this train of thought. culty, we should go into the sanctuThe subject is taken fronı ist Kings, ary of God;' aod, instead of communxxi. 29. “ Seest thou how Ahab hum- ing with our owu carnal and foolish bleth himself before ine? Because he hearts, we should coosult the lively humbleth himself before me, I will oracles of bis word; and they will pot bring the evil in his days, but in teach us, that He is just and righteous his son's days will I bring the evil in all his dealings with the children of upon his house."
men.” It is powerfully argued, that The suspension of this sentence is temporal prosperity is not to be confirst staled, and the revocation of it sidered as the reward of righteousthen reconciled with the veracity of Dess; nor temporal.evil as the punishGod. God's threatenings as well as ment of the person's sins who may his promises have a condition andexed sustajn it. The death of David's in: to them; the former may be averted fant child is cited as a severe chastiseby repentance; the latter forfeited ment to the adulterous father, whilst by transgression. The sole design of “the little innocent had done nothing God's threats is to turn men “ from amiss, and could not be an object of their evil.” When He revokes a punishment. Norindeed wasit punisha sentence, it is because of the repente ed: for it was only transplanted, like auce of the person threatened.
a tender flower, from a bleak and “God is therefore so far from chang- barren wilderness, into the garden of
God.” ing bis purpose, that he perfects it: it is the blessed completion of bis gracious
The Author they dwells, with much intentions to the sinner, which were, by strength and beauty, on the poig. threatening, to deter bim from the evil of nancy of a father's punishment felt his ways; and it teaches us all this through his children: and the justice great and comfortable truth, that the of the Almighty, in this mode of prosuvereign antidote for all the judgments cedure, is further vindicated, in ibat and threatnings of God is our bumble children are naturally iocliped to repentance."
walk in the paths of their parents
! A second difficulty is then discussed; lives, to imitate their habits, and how it can be consistent with Divine adopt their vices: "so that we cannot Justice, to punish the posterity of wonder that sins should pass from faAhah for his sios, or any one man for ther to son; nor that the son should the sins of another. The first argu- be punished for the transgressions of ment is drawil, from the absolute the father, which he thus
adopts and sovereignty of God over bis creatures, wakes his own." whom he forms “ as clay in the In the second Sermon on this subhands of the potter,” and may “break ject, Dr. Scott draws many very fine us in pieces like a potter's vessel," for practical illustrations. He exhorts our own sins, or the sins of our fore the sioner to repentance; and enfathers : " Yet his righteousness courages and consoles him under it, standeth like the strong mountains.” He applies his argument very power
Just and true are thy ways, thou fully to the hearts of parenls, that King of Saints." It is then argued they should present to their children that the infliclions in such cases are an example of godliness, that they aut properly punishments, as they become not the cause of their eternal
ruin. He impresses upon every one presume to excel;" Mr. "Rowlatt the necessity of just and righteous
shelters himself under the great audealing in all the transactions of hu thorities of Archdeacon Paleg and man life ; and that possessions gained Bishop Horne. by fraud or rapine are full of trouble “ The former, in recommending this whilst they continue, and that they course to the young Clergy, gives this soon will vanish “ like a morning reason for it : That, however inferior cloud, or the carly dew.” “Need I their compositions may be to those of mention the names of men, whoin others in some respects, they will be we have seen, for a season, blazing
better delivered, and better received.' like meteors; and anon like meteors
And certain it is, that ideas, however bursting and disappearing for ever? destitute of novelty, if they have been How have they falled, these Lucifers,
passed through our own minds, and are these sons of the morning !"
re-produced in expressions of our own,
will afterwards be delivered with someHe then again exhorts parenls not
thing of the natural emphasis, that beto leave to tbeir children as a woeful inheritance, that makes them heirs of multitude of old Sermons,' says Bp,
longs to extemporary elocution. • 'The the
vengeance of God. Consider this, Horne, ' affords no argument against ye fathers, as often as ye find your the publication of new ones ; since new selves tempted to ao act of injustice. ones will be read, when old ones are -These lambs, what have they done? neglected.' Let me not be thought, What have they done that you
should however, to entertain too favourable an bring a curse upon them and theirs ?” opinion of my own produetion. The Indeed the whole Sermon is a most method which I have adopted, in subbeautiful persuasive to righteousness
mitting it to the publick, will, I hope, of life: and we think it hardly possi
fully acquit me of such presumption." ble for a parent to read it without The best comment on the last.quobeing the better for it.
ted sentence is a very copious list of We have not selected these two bighly-respectable subscribers, a suffi. Sermons as being pre-emipent in ex cient proof of the estimation io which cellence: they all abound in much this worthy Divine is held by a wide beautiful illustration, and interesting ly extended circle of real friends. discussion of the subject. There is The Sermons (XLVII in number) much striking pathos in them; there are in general short: on subjects are also many sublime appeals to the of universal interest ; and adapted to feelings of his audience.
all capacities. The Author writes from an exube
“ Questions of a difficult and abstruse rance of thought; but he speaks to nature I have avoided, as unsuited to the heart, from the abundance of his the pulpit; from which all that is not
These Sermons display great instantly and fully comprehended, is strength of mind, improved erudi uttered to no purpose. It has been my tion, enlarged benevolence, and ar- object to discuss the several topics which deot piety.
I have chosen, with clearness, rather We cannot leave the Volume before than with depth; to display truth evius without congratulating the Editor dent, but not unimportant, cloathed in on this valuable addition to his public language as forcible and perspicuous, as
I could command."'. cations, all tending to the instruction and edification of mankind.
A Sermon on the Sabbath-day will afford a very pleasing specimen of the
Work before us : 82. Sermons on the Evidences, the Doctrines, and the Duties of Christianity.
« The institution of the Sabbath is al. By the Rev. W. H. Rowlatt, A. M. late most as old as the creation. The worditself of St. John's College, Cambridge; signifies rest. We read that God rested and Curate of Harefield, Middlesex. 2 the seventh day from all his work, and Vols. 8vo. Pp. 366,409. Sherwood & Co. that he sanctified it.' It was to compiemo
rate that great event, that Moses comAS ao apology for printing new Sermons, or, to use Mr. Rowlatt': did, upon the express authority of God
manded the Jews to keep it holy. This he own words, “ for venturing to add himself, preternaturally delivered to bim to a species of composition whose
upon Mount Sinai. As God bad rested mass is already enormous, and whose from his labours on that day, so were they merit of every kind is such, as few also to rest from theirs. No wonder can now bope to equal, and none will that an institution so solemnly ap