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the misery here deplored would be very effectual. Poor houses have
10th March 1799, in the Cathedral Church of Salisbury, before
This sermon is admirably suited to the occasion on which it was de
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Art. 74: A Defence of Itinerant and Field Preaching : preached bew
fore the Society for Gratis Sabbath-schools, 24th December, 1797 in Lady Glenorchy's Chapel, Edinburgh. By Grenville Ewing, Minister of the Gospel. 8vo. pp. 58. 18. Ogle. 1799.
The beautiful imagery of this writer's text (Prov. i. 21, 22.) is Illustrated and exemplified daily, and its truth is continually established. Wisdom, indeed, orieth without, she uttereth bor voice in the streets, &c. Yet we can scarcely suppose that this preacher, a man of sense as he undoubtedly is, would explain metaphorical language, brighly but justly wrought, in a literal manner; and hence extract an wgument in support of the practice mentiened above. However, he proceeds to furnish a long list of street-preachers, &c. from the dayɛ of Enoch the seventh from Adam, to the time of our Saviour, and his apostles, with their contemporaries and successors, who were employed to disseminate the principles of Christian truth in a dark and ignorant world. When our field-preachers produce their credentials, and prove beyond a doubt, by miracles and similar testimonies, that they are divinely commissioned and inspired, we shall be constrained to allow them due attention: otherwise, we should apprehend that, in a country in which Christianity is known and professod, if the numerous body, to whose office it more directly belongs, applied themselves with assiduity to recommend and enforce its practical truths, the great and important ends of religion and virtue might be attained with out much of this interference. Far be it from us to condemn, however, or rashły to ensure, well-meant exertions to do good to mankind. Whether the dass of men, whose cause is here pleaded, do generally and really understand Christianity; whether they do not talk much nonsense; or whether at least a great part of them do not preach Your Calvin rather than Jesus Christ ;-these are questions, on a discussion of which we will not enter.
The reader will find in this discourse several judicious observations, and useful thoughts; and the author discovers some enorgy of language and of argument. The tonfettered preaching of the gospel is an object for which he contends -he discards a mere political religion, though mve do not perceive that he objects to the trammels of creeds and conEessions.
CORRESPONDENCE. We are obliged by the compliment paid to us by I.; and, had we lor. tunately some of that leisure which he professes to enjoy, we would duly attend to his lucubrations. As.it is, we can only advise him te favor some respectable magazine with his remarks and observations.
Other letters remain for consideration.
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by De Boffe, Taylor, &c. London. ALTHOUGH men are usually excited to particular studies by
circumstances which are accidental, or of little moment, rather than by any decision of the judgment after a careful examination of the advantages and disadvantages which each object of inquiry presents, yet are they eager and zealous in extolling their own pursuits and depreciating those of other people. Hence terms of contempt have been interchanged between the respective advocates for law, poetry, science, natural philosophy, &c. with little reason and less temper. That some pursuits are preferable to others is true, because there are some which are evidently frivolous, or followed beyond any object of rational attainment - but, were the aim and tendency of every research in science and literature what they ought to be,- either mental instruction or mentai delight,-it would be difficult to say why one research was preferable to another ; or to state arguments for the neglect of any study, which would not operate to its complete exclusion. App. Rey. Vol. XXIX,
Of the many and various arguments, however, to which pride and the fertility of invention have given birth, none seems to have gained a more general reception, than those which have been urged against pure and abstract science. The mathematics have been represented as most unfit for purposes of wealth, of enjoyment, or of ambition; as punishing students with languor and moroseness ; rendering them indifferent, even as the gods of Epicurus, to all objects of human concern ; 'exempting them from the influence of passion; and consequently suffering them to partake of a small portion only of the good and evil of life. The disciples of Euclid and Newton are not only not to be moved by trivial accidents and petty vexations, but are insensible even as Archimedes while the sword of death was descending on him.
These arguments, which are plausible because they are in part just, have been deemed incontrovertible by some who have not sufficiently considered the nature of the human mind, of abstract science, and of the true object of life; in general, too, they have been
urged by men who have not been distinguished by variety, by extent, nor by accuracy of knowlege ; by men who have neither added to truth, nor embellished it *.. The defence of the mathematics has been rare, because the culti. vators of this science have not been very ambitious of gaining the public suffrage in favour of its propriety and advantages : but the defence las been made : it has been urged that the mind has its wants, as well as the body; that the food of the mind is truth,--and that truth, genuine and sure, is to be found in the mathematics ;, that it is desirable to reason justly, although on frivolous subjects; and that the science, therefore, is worthy of regard, which gives to the mind a habitude of just argumentation, and renders it pliant to truth. On reasons like these, has the vindication of what may be called the spiritual and philosophical utility of the mathematics been conducted. Its gross and material utility furnishes a not less sure and ample ground of defence ; and this ground is to be sought amid the variety of inventions which add to the comforts and luxuries of so
and amid those arts by means of which commerce is conducted with safety and expedition t. In this subserviency of spe
culative : * Fontenelle says that “mer, indulging a species of revenge, abuse what they do not understand, or what is hard to be underscood ; and the mathematics are difficult of access, thorny and ardnous."
# The following passage, from the celebrated preface to the Memoirs of the Academy of Sciences, illustrates and enforces what we have said :
culative truth to abstract good, in this investment of abstract con-
Considering the truth of the assertion as established à poste-
“ We have a moon to enlighten us during our nights : of what concernment to us is it that Jupiter should have four ? Why so many tedious observations, so many fatiguing calculations, to obtain an exact knowlege of their courses? We shall not be more enlightened ; and
nature, which has placed these small stars beyond the view of
scraped up from common report ;-or they are ignorant of the con-