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markable circumstance is said to have inquiry are no longer attainable, to rebeen observed by him. Mr. Alsop's ac vive these anxions recollections; or to count, as reported by the author of the give a corrected statement of circum• Recollections,' relates to two circum- stances, which, in common with all the stances, one previous to the crisis of the occurrences of this passing scene, have disease, the other to an extraordinary long been carried down the rapid stream pbænomenon subsequent to that period. of time; might perhaps be questioned, On the subject of the latter, the appear. had they not excited a degree of surprise ance to Mr. Alsop, as it is termed, the and curiosity in the minds of some readers. narrator asserts that the information re. The writer further acknowledges, that, ceived, in the first instance, from a most influenced by sentiments of consideration respectable quarter, was 'confirmed by and deference towards persons of high a voucher scarcely to be resisted, an in- respectability, whose names are severally disputably true report of Dr. Alsop's viva introduced, he feels himself called upon voce declaration on his dying bed.' to protest against such misrepresentation,
“ Without going into the minutiæ of from whatever cause arising, and to corthis detail, it may be briefly observed, rect the errors into which the worthy that if the incident mentioned by Mr. author has been so unaccountably beAlsop had really occurred, it is not a little trayed. In addition to these considerasingular that it should have remained a tions, he cannot regret, that a legitimate mystery to the present writer, who never opportunity is now afforded him of payheard of any such occurrence till now; ing a just tribute of respect and regard no distant rumour, not even a whisper of to the memory of one, whose name should the kind, ever reached him, even by the not be allowed to sink into silent oblivion. hearing of the ear,' till pointed out by a “ Having been resident at Bowood for friend, within a few months past, in Mr. some years previous to this lamented Warner's late publication.
event, engaged in the office of preceptor “Mr. Alsop was a practitioner of con to the two sons of the first Marquis of siderable skill and experience in his pro- Lansdowne, the writer trasts he shall be fession; and, as such, was called in to at- pardoned for expressing himself with tend the family at Bowood on all occa confidence and freedom. The facts consions where medical aid was required. nected with this case being familiar to his He was of course sent for at the com- mind, and still fresh in his recollection, mencement of Mr. Petty's attack; but he presumes to think he is justified in so short was the illness of the youthful asserting his competency to bear his testisufferer, that Mr. Alsop had no oppor- mony to the truth of whiat he has adtunity of seeing his patient more than duced, and which he hesitates not to say once! Mr. Alsop was a man of strong could not be supplied from any other mind while in the possession of health and the exercise of his mental faculties, and “ It now only remains to give a brief apparently not subject to fanciful illu- ontline of some of the leading circumsions; but, how far he might have been stances which occurred, narrated with reduced by sickness and debility at a the simplicity of truth -- from which the later period, no one can say who had not reader may draw his own conclusions. an opportunity of witnessing the last “ The Honourable William Granville hours of his life. It is however very Petty, second son of the Marquis, and possible, that his mind, weakened and younger brother of Lord Fitzmaurice, impaired, his ideas confused, and his though of a florid complexion, and to all judgment clouded by infirmity or disease, appearance enjoying a state of good might give way to the suggestions of fancy general health, was not of a robust conand the delusion of an imaginary scene. stitution. His intellectual faculties were This worthy man has long been dead; naturally vigorons and alert; while a and though the writer avows himself en- thoughtful turn of mind occasionally distirely unacquainted with the time or cir- posed him to contemplative habits very cumstances of his death, yet when it is unusual at his age. His countenance was considered how many inaccuracies, in the animated and intelligent, and when former part of Mr. Warner's Narrative, lighted up by adverting to any elevated he has been enabled to contradict by sentiment or generous action, bore the facts, he sees no impropriety in ascrib- significant impress of his mind. In the ing the extraordinary appearance to routine of recreations appointed for these Dr. Alsop,' to a supposition at once the young noblemen, riding was their conmost probable and the most rational. stant and regular exercise, without either
“ Whether it be or be not in itself of å too rigid attention to, or an inconsideany importance, after the lapse of so rate disregard of, the state of the weamany years, when the means of further ther. On a fine winter's inorning in the
month of January, frosty, but under the the subsequent period of an important influence of a clear sky and a bright sun, life, honourably and usefully spent in a carefully protected by warm and suitable course of vigorous and manly exertions clothing, Mr. Petty mounted his favourite in the cause of patriotism, liberty, and pony, in company with his brother and peace!" Mr. Jervis, and, attended by their groom,
Such an exposure as this may took his customary ride.
“i Though sensible to the cold while on teach every lover of the marvellous horseback, he returned home apparently to be sure the facts he recites are as well as usual ; and at dinner conversed well attested, lest he yield his unfreely, and with his wonted cheerfulness; derstanding captive to the more with Lord Fitzmaurice and their mutual friend, in whom he uniformly placed the
active powers of his imagination. highest confidence, towards whom he always evinced unqualified esteem and Calmet's Dictionary of the Holy Bible, by attachment, and by whom he was ten the lite Mr. Charles Taylor, with the derly beloved. He discovered no symp Fragments incorporated. The whole contom of indisposition till late in the even densed and arranged in Alphabetical ing, when he complained of internal Order ; with numerous Additions, Illuspain to a faithful and respectable do truted with Maps and Engravings on mestic, his personal attendant, whose Wood. Second Edition. 8vo. pp. 964. care was constant and unremitting. Mr. Holdsworth and Ball. Alsop was sent for; who, observing no indications at that time that could rea.
The literary history of this beausonably create apprehension or alarm, tiful volume is as curious as its ad ministered some medicine, and took his leave. The application afforded tem.
contents are valuable to every in porary relief, and some abatement of telligent reader of the sacred pain: but these favourable symptoms writings. Father Augustin Calmet, were of short continuance. Inflamma
alearned French Benedictine monk, tion soon ensued, which baffled the
power of medicine ; so violent and so rapid in employed a long and laborious its progress, that the fatal result took life in biblical studies, amongst the place on the evening of the second day, most precious fruits of which must — within twenty-fours after the first ap- be named bis Dictionnaire Histopearance of indisposition,-and, in his tenth year, terminated a life of the rique, Chronologique, Geographique, highest promise, and of inestimable et Literal de la Bible, which was value! “ The attack was so sudden, that no real in four folio volumes, in the year
first published, we believe, in Paris, danger was apprehended till it was too late to profit by the means of human aid;
1730. Such a biblical treasure and before Mr. Alsop came to make a was not long permitted to remain second visit, his interesting patient was in its original 'dress, but in quick removed from all mortal suffering.
succession editions of it appeared “ The Marquis had very recently left Bowood to pass the remainder of the wine in Latin, in Dutch, in Italian, in ter in London; and it was Mr. Jervis's Spanish, and in other languages. painful task to communicate the account In 1732 an English translation was of this distressing event by an immediate published in three folio volumes, tempt to state the effect which intelli illustrated by expensive engravgence so overwhelming had upon the ings. The original work contained noble father, for whom his young heart many popish notions, which were was impressed with the genuine senti. of course omitted, and the editor ments of high veneration and the warm
This est filial affection, -the sure indications added occasional remarks. of a generous and noble nature. It will, work, containing the most valuahowever, be readily believed, that this ble part of Calmet's lạbours, was severe and unexpected stroke inflicted a
in great request, so that Dr. Doddeep and lasting wound upon the mind of the Marquis,- the painful remem
dridge tells us, that in his day the brance of which never ceased occasion- Dictionary " extravagantly ally to interrupt his tranquillity through dear.” Such, however, was the
inert state of the theological book- letter-press explanations, chronoselling business at that period, that logical, textual, and other tables, sixty years were allowed to pass so that the fourth edition, the last without another edition, and the which Mr. Taylor edited, was exreligious public were indebted to tended to five volumes quarto, and the literary diligence and trading received the dignified and merited enterprize of Mr. Charles Taylor title of the Biblical Encyclopedia. for a new edition, which appear On the death of Mr. Charles ed in two thick quarto volumes, Taylor, a fifth edition was began, and a large impression of fifteen under the superintendence of a hundred copies was quickly sold. gentleman well acquainted with
Our readers will perceive that biblical literature, who felt it was this was the first step of that con necessary to arrange the stores densing process which has at length which his learned predecessor had brought Father Calmet’s four folio collected, for though Mr. Taylor tomes, with all his editor’s frag; might have had the organ of acments, historical, antiquarian, and cumulativeness, yet we are sure he scientific illustrations, within the must have been strangely wanting portable limits of the single octavo in the bump of order. The stores before us.
of learning it contained were thus Mr. Taylor informs his readers in rendered more available; and those his original introduction of the seve stores were augmented by many ral means by which he compressed additions gathered from recent the original work. Father Calmet, sources of information. writing for a people not familiar Our readers have now followed with Scripture history,gave length- the original work through its vaened facts and verbatim relations of rious stages, and have seen that events, as they are recorded in the Calmet's first English translator and Bible, all of which, for the sake editor took sundry liberties with the of conciseness, were superseded venerable father's labours; that by textual references to those Mr. Taylor was a wholesale corpassages of Scripture in which rector and emendator of the same, the narratives occur.
He also and that the anonymous editor of transposed many of the articles Mr. Taylor has caught the spirit of under other words, and gave no his master, and has largely dealt quarter to the popish notions, which in alterations, condensations, and were interwoven with the very tex additions. Added to all this, he ture of the Dictionnaire.
has laboured, in the present edition, What the worthy Benedictine to bring together,
to bring together, - under one and lost by this fiery ordeal was, how the sume alphabet whatever is imever, made up by his indefatigable portant or intrinsically valuable in editor, who added a long series of either the Dictionary or the Fragseven hundred and fifty articles, ments," so that the reader will, which he called FRAGMENTS, in with perfect facility, find under cluding dissertations, extracts from each article the whole of that modern travellers, conjectural cri mass of elucidation which, in the ticisms, and many curious, and we original work, must be sought must add occasionally, not very sa for in different volumes. Surely if tisfactory hypotheses. To these the old monk, who, a hundred were added, in successive years, a years ago, gave the original DicNatural History of Scripture, and tionary to the public, could visit a volume of plates and maps, with the busy scenes of time, he would
not recognize his own work again, Scriptures which they daily read, though he should find it duly la- that there is now placed within the belled “ Calmet's Dictionary.” reach of most of them, a work We have very little doubt, how- that will supply a larger portion of ever, that he would be candid correct illustration of the history, enough to confess, that it is great antiquities, geography, and cusly improved by graphical illus toms of “ the nations, kindreds, trations, scientific discoveries, and tongues” referred to in the biblical criticism, and general sacred volume, than the costliest arrangement, and that he could commentary will supply, and that now derive much information from with the assistance of the
maps that book which enjoys a kind of and the numerous and beautiful prescriptive reputation from his wood-cuts with which many of the venerable name.
articles are illustrated, they cannot Io closing this cursory notice of fail to obtain a more enlarged and the admirable volume before us, intelligent view of the contents of we are constrained to congratu the sacred volume than they have late that large class of Christians, yet enjoyed. who desire to understand the Holy
NEW PUBLICATIONS, with SHORT NOTICES.
Expository Notes, with Practical Observa, conflicting opinions. Dr. Doddridge
tions on the New Testament of our Lord says“ Burkitt has but few valuable criand Saviour Jesus Christ, wherein the ticisms, but he has many schemes of sacred Text is at large recited, the sense good sermons. His sentiments vary in explained, and the instructive example of different parts of his work, as the authe blessed Jesus and his holy 4 postles, thors from whence he took bis materials our imitation recommended. The
were orthodox or not.”
While we whole designed to encourage the reading of the Scriptures in private families, and admit that the Doctor's judgment is to render the daily perusal of them pro- correct, as far as it goes, yet we think fitable and delightful. By William he ought to have said more in justice Burkitt, M.A., late Vicar and Lecturer to the memory of the worthy Exposiof Dedham, in Essex. 2 vols. 8vo. pp. tor, who, as Mr. Buck observes, "has 760 --898. London. Dinnis.
many ingenuous observations, fine BURKITT is ancient favourite turns, natural plans, and pungent adwith the plain, pious readers of this dresses to the conscience;" so that country, and his “ Expository Notes” if the work be not distinguished have, perhaps, passed through a great- either by depth of learning or judger number of editions than any simi- ment, it is both pious and practical, Jar work. Our own copy is the six- and as such, we anticipate its wider teenth edition, folio, 1765. There are circulation through the convenient and also several quarto editions, of various cheap edition now before us. merits, but we believe that the edition before us is the first octavo impression The Voice of Humanity, published quarterthat has appeared, which is certainly ly, in 8 numliers, making 2 vols. 8vo. the most convenient size, and as it is Nisbet. printed with a strong clear type, on A PERIODICAL work is scarcely a good paper, will be very acceptable suitable subject of review. We feel to most Christian families.
it our duty, however, briefly to notice Respecting the merits of Burkitt, as “ The Association for promoting Raan Expositor, there are apparently tional Humanity towards the Animal
Creation," under whose sanction this cannot continue a Minister of the Church work is published. The term rational of England, London. Price 3it. pp 12. is understood by us, as referring both
Octato. to the means to be employed, and the
This letter is printed, as containing, extent to which those means are to be
in the estimation of the publisher, carried. The means recommended
several of the principal reasons, in a are rather those of prevention, than the
small compass, for conscientious dis. ipfliction of penalty. Their primary ob
sent from the Church of England. It jects appear to be the improvement of is written in a candid spirit; and is a our cattle markets and slaughter-tract which, on account of its shorthouses and knacker's yards; the sup
ness, and the lowness of its price, may pression of bull and bear baiting, cock and dog fighting, &c. in which we pre
serve as a brief epitome of some main sume all the friends of humanity must arguments, which ought to induce all be agreed.
conscientious and godly ministers in They disown, however, the refined sensibility of those persons consider their ways, and to ask them
the Church, as by law established, to who scruple to eat of animal food, selves how they can justify themselves though expressly permitted of God,
in continuing in the present conand employed both by our Lord and
nection. his apostles.
Mr. Tiptaft conscientiously, as he The numbers before us contain a
informs variety of useful Essays and striking ment of the letter, from the use of the
us, refrains, at the commenceanecdotes, with the substance of several excellent sermons, preached by, he assures the bishop, that he does so
high and usual appellation ;” and Dr. Barker, Mr. Greenwood, late of from “ no personal disrespect” to him Trinity College, Cambridge, Mr. Good, of Salisbury, and other clergy that such a mode of address is ex
as an individual, but because he thinks men of different denominations. We feel it necessary to distinguish simple commands of our Lord Jesus
pressly “contrary to the plain and this Association from Society (formed some years ago) for the pre- dressed to the Right Rev. Father in
Christ. Hence the letter is not adventing Cruelty to Animals,” though God, the Lord Bishop of Salisbury; we are happy to hear that there is a
but simply in the style necessary to prospect of their being united.
designate the office which the bishop Man's Ability and Obligations; illustrated
sustains in the polity of the English in the Life, Death, and Eternal Dwelling church. The reasons for separation are Place of an Unconverted Sinner. 32mo. mainly those to which any conscientipp. 80. Nisbet.
ous dissenter might subscribe, and we Most of our readers will remember, sincerely recommend this tract to our we suppose, three papers which ap- readers, as fit to be put into the hands of peared in our pages, in the early part candid churchmen, who wish to see the of the present year, under the above argument brought within a small comtitle, the solemn earnestness of which pass, and are not disposed to shut their is calculated to impress the minds eyes against the light. The letter even of triflers. We are happy to find closes with the following remarks. that their gifted author has reprinted
“ These are by no means all the errors them together in a cheap form, for gratuitous distribution, and as we regard the Church of England, but they are
and objections that may be stated against them peculiarly adapted to the circum those which chiefly affect my mind, and stances of those wbo have long heard oblige me to decline continuing one of and neglected the message of salvation, her ministers; and when I farther con. we give them our cordial recommen sider that I can scarcely perceive any dation.
visible marks of a true church belonging to her, I secede with less scruple, and
with a fuller persuasion that I shall Fourteen Reasons for leaving the Church of never repept of it. But I assure you, I
Englund, a Letter to the Bishop of Salis deeply lament the dead, cold, and inbury, by the Rev. W. Tiptaft, containing different state of the generality of her Reasons why he resigns his Living, and ministers in the cause of Christ; how