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ages, in 10cl. fares; all which are to be vested in old footh-sea annuities, to form a joint stock for the benefit of each class of each year. The growing interest of this money is to be regularly paid to the living subscribers for a defined cerm; at the expiration of which, the capital is to be thared among the survivors.
The firft class is to confift of children under feven years of age, the second, of those under fourteen, and fo upward; each class riling by feven years, till they arrive at forty-nine. The first class of annuities is to continue fourteen years, which always increas. ing by deaths, may be considered as a provision toward their edu. cation; and the final division will place the happy, furvivors out in some line of life: to this end allo, one life may run through all the classes in succession, and arrive at a comfortable augmentation of their original fubscription in the last stage. It is not proposed to divide the capital of the laft clafs of annuitants until the survivors are reduced to one-tenth of the original oumber.
The same plan is likewise held out to subscribers of gol. shares, to be regulated in the same manner: and it is in contemplation to allow subscribers annuities for their lives in lieu of their final divi. dends, at their options.
On a cursory view, the greatest profit would accrue to the society, by the falling in of infant lives, were a sufficiency of such to offer : and were the classes to fill every year in any tolerable proportion, according to the expectation of the proposers, the accounts of the society would, in twenty years, become very extensive and numerous. The first subscription opened last Christmas ; and until the society is
sufficiently numerous to assume a methodical form, Bankers are
.: named to receive subscriptions, and a direction is given where to .... apply on necessary business relating to them.
This plan is distinguished from others of a like kind, by the money subscribed not lying unproductive, subject to contingency, as in common annuity societies, but yielding its full value to the subScribers, during its augmentation, by the subscriptions that lapse; and by final distributions proposed at fixed ephocas to a number of survivors, instead of the whole interest centering at last in an individual at the extremity of life, and then the capital sinking; as is the common case of contines for public occasions. It is on these accounts that we deemed it worthy of some explanation. N. Art. 36. A Year's Journey through the Paix bas * and Austrian
Netherlands. By Philip Thicknesse. Vol. I. 8vo. 108. od.
Having given so many specimens of the stile and manner in which
Though Though' the title-page of this publication says. Vol. I.' yet we observe, at the conclusion of the fecond part of it, · The End : so that we suppose no more vols. of: The Year's Journey through the Paix Bas, &c. are to be expected. Mr. Thicknesse is very angry with the Reviewers; who, it seems, have not been equally indulgent to all his publications. Art. 37. Kearsley's oTable of Trades, for the Alistance of Pa.
rents and Guardian's, and for the Benefit of those young Men • who wish to prosper in the World. Shewing, at one View, - what a Master requires on taking an Apprentice, what a journey,
man can earn, and what Sum is required to set up as Master, in any particular Trade, &c. With some intereiting Advice. 12mo. 15. Kearsley. 1786. . .....si ;
Chiefly abridged from Collyer's Parents and Guardians Directory, published about twenty-five years since, and of which an account was given in Rev. vol. XXIV. p. 67. ....
N. Art. 38. Kearsley's Tax Tables, containing Abstracts of the moft
general and interesting Ads, including those of 1785. Likewise the Stamp Duties, corrected by the Ofice Lift, &c. 12mo. 6d.
Kearsley. · When the demands of government are so numerous, and befet us in fuch a variety of complicated forms, the friendly hand that will guide us fafely through all those transactions, into which they enter, performs a service to the Public, which ought to have been done by the authority that aferts the claims. Art. 39. The Asylum for Fugitive Pieces, in Prose and Verse,
Vol. II. 12mo. 35. 6d. sewed. Debrett. 1986.
For the plan of this collection, see our account of the first vol. Review, yol. LXXIII. p. 390. We still with that the Editor were lefs easily pleased. Art. 40. An Appendix to the Memoirs of Baron de Tott; being
a Letter from M. de Peysonnel to the Marquis of N
Translated from the genuine French Edition. 8vo.-25. Hookham. Art. 41." Strixtures and Remarks on the Memoirs of Baron de Toit.
By M. de Peysonnel. In Letter to the Marquis de N-- . 8vo. 25. Robinsons.
Having already delivered our opinion of M. de Peysonnel's perg formance, nothing farther will be expected from us touching its merits or its defects. Of the two translations, here presented to the Public, we cannot help giving the preference to the latter. A Art. 42. Memoirs of Major Semple, the Northern Hero. Being
a faithful Narrative of his Life, Adventures, and Deceptions, with the various Inventions by which he obtained Money, Goods, &c. &c. Likewise an Account of his Trial and Conviction at the Old Bailey, Sept. 2, 1786. 8vo. Is. Kearsley.
As credulity is the weakness of honest minds, every means and allistance for detecting the tricks of the designing and knavish part of mankind (who seem to have carried the art of impofition, vulgarly called Swindling, to the highest pitch of ini provement) merits commendation. Such narratives as those of a Charles Price, and : * See an account of the original work, Append. vol. LXXIII. P: 533.
. a James
* James George Semple, ought to be universally read, for the information of the unwary, the unsuspicious, and the inexperienced ; they will serve as excellent warning pieces :
“ Learn to be wise from others harm,
“ And you shall do full well :" So fingeth the good old BALLAD.
MARGARET NICHOLSON. Art. 43. Memoirs of the Life of Margaret Nicholson, who ata
tempted to stab his Moft Gracious Majesty, &c. &c, 12mo. is. 60,
Ridgway. Art. 44. The Plot investigated; or a circumstantial Account of
the horrid Attempt of Margaret Nicholson, &c. &c. 12mo. - 18.
Bladon. .1 Art. 45. The Life and Transa&tions of Margaret Nicholsan; from
her Iofancy to the gth of August 1786, when she was conducted to Bedlam. By Jonathan Fike, with whom she has lodged up. wards of three Years. 8vo. 1s. 6d. Fiske, the Corner of Wig. more Street.
Mr. Fiske appears to have given a satisfactory account of this poor, unhappy woman ; and the narrative is rendered interesting, from the magnitude of that unaccountable attempt, which has brought her name and character into public notice.
DOCTRINE of TYTHES.
Clergy, and on the Nature and Effect of Tythes. 8vo. 6d.
The causes of the want of sufficient provision for the inferior cler, gy, on which this writer insists, are, the unequal division of parishes, pluralities, the superabundance of clergy, and the large ecclesiastical revenues in lay hands, and in the hands of supernumerary dignitaries. His objections to the institution of tythes are, that they are an unequal burden, being much heavier on arable than grazing land, and on poor than rich lands; that they are uncertain and Auctuating; that they are not proportioned to the clear profits, but to the produce of a farm ; that the gathering them in is attended with in. convenience and loss to the parson, the parishioner, and the community; that they lay the foundation of endless disputes, jealousies. and law-suits; and that if the legal claim of small tyches were throughout rigorously exacted, it would be a badge of the most abject slavery. To remedy these evils, he proposes, that a general compo. fition should take place in lieu of tythes, or that the clergy should be maintained by a national fund. The evils complained of in this sensible pamphlet certainly call aloud for redress, and will doubtless soon be thought deserving of parliamentary attention, E. Art. 47. The English Clergy's Right to Tythes examined, in order
to promote Peace and Union between the Clergy and Laity; and to prevent Law-suits. By an old Farmer. 8vo. 25. Printed at Alnwick. 1786.
Both the divine right and the common right of tythes are here controverted; but with such a redundancy of words, as rather spreads obscurity, than cafts light, upon the subject. If this old Farmer has any thing more to say to the Public, we would advise him to get
fome learned neighbour - if the parson be too much out of humour with him, the lawyer may doubtless be prevailed upon to under.. take the friendly office-to put his thoughts (which, in general, des ferve to be better expreffed) into proper order, and good language.
EDUCATION. Art. 48. Moral and inf uclive Tales for the Improvement of
Young Ladies. 121o. 1S. Marshall. 1786. The editor of this little collection informs us, that the Tales of which ir confifts fell into his hands among other writings of a de. ceafed friend; and as they appeared capable of conveying fome moral reflections, blending inftruction with amusement, he has published them for general inspection. The Tales appear very well calculared, on the whole, to promote that design which the Editor has profesiedly in view, viz. to amuse the mind, and form the heart to virtue.' H. Art. 49. The Servant's Frienit; an exeinplary Tale. Designed · to enforce the religious Instruction given at Sunday and other
Charity Schools, by pointing out the practical Application of
them in a State of Servitude. By Mrs. Trimmer. 12mo. gd. · or 8s. per Dozen to give away. Longman, &c. 1785.
In former publications (to which we have given our probatum ef) this good lady has taken great pains to cultivate che minds of children, and youch in general; and here the confines herself to servants in particular; who, if they follow her directions as exemplified in the conduct of Thomas Simpkins, Rachel Smithers, and Kitty Sparks, cannot fail of being happy. To give our readers some notion of this useful book, we shall transcribe a part of her advertisement: "The connection between masters, miftrefles, and servants, is of a very endearing nature ; and the happiness of each depends in a great mea. fure on the proper discharge of their respective duties; the frequent neglect of which counteracts the wise design of Providence in appointing different ranks in fociety, and fills the world with just complaints, Heads of families lament that they cannot confide in the fidelicy and affection of their domeftics : servants allege, that they cannot look up to their masters and mistresses for examples of reli. gious virtues; and that instead of being considered by them as humble friends, they are regarded as mere mercenary slaves. To which lide the greatest share of blame belongs, is hard to determine : but the servants friend will venture to assure them, that however fashion and infidelity may render many in elevated ftations unmindful of family duries, there are still numbers of masters and mistresses fincerely difpofed to act with justice and kindness; who know when they are well ferved, and rejoice to reward merit: nor are such difficult to be found by those who prefer a quiet regular life with moderate profits, to scenes of licentious riot and profusion; and who can be contented to remain in good places, when they have met with them.
" If any hints contained in the following pages shall contribute to direct the young and inexperienced in a proper choice of masters and mistresses, or tend to regulate their conduct in serving them confcientiously, the author will rejoice in the idea of having been essentially useful to society.' And we would gladly contribute to this important defign, by recommending this little book to persons of various descriptions; who, if they will read it with attention, may be bene
fited by it. Mrs. Trimmer has proved, in a very familiar, pleasing way, that if heads of families would watch over the morals of their servants, cultivate their minds, and treat them with kindness and justice, rewarding the good, and giving just characters of the bad; and if servants would consider them as their best friends, and be defirous on all occasions to shew their affectionate regard, the former would be well served, the latter every way rewarded. A
RELIGIOUS. Art. 50. A Letter to the Clergy of the Diocese of Chesler, concerne · ing Sunday Schools. By Beilby, Lord Bishop of that Diocese.
8vo. 1S. Payne. 1786.
This respectable prelate recommends to his clergy, on folid and Striking motives, a serious attention to those popular institutions which have lately engaged a very considerable share of public notice. He has now a farther argument with which to enforce the subject; viz. the success that has attended the undertaking, during the two years in which the experiment has, in some places, been made. Beside the considerations offered in favour of this work of love, the good Bihop mentions some precautions that should be attended to in conducting it. Among other things, while he is solicitous to maintain the religious observance of the Sabbath, he at the same time withes to preserve its cheerful aspect, and therefore that the hours of confinement may be fo directed as not to render them burthensome and painful. We cannot doubt but his Lordship’s benevolent and feasonable remarks will meet with regard not only in the diocese of Chester, but in other parts of the kingdom.
H. S E R M O N S. I. On the Incarnation ; preached at Newington in Surry, Dec. 25,
1785. By the Rev. Samuel Horsley, LL.D. F.R.S. Arch. deacon of St. Alban's. 410. 1s. Robson.
Luke i. 28. Hail thou that art highly favour'd, &c. • • That the,' savs the learned Archdeacon, who in thefe terms was saluted by an angel, Tould, in after-ages, become an objed of superftitious adoration, is a thing far less to be wondered, than that men professing to build their whole hopes of immortality on the promises delivered in the sacred books, and closely interwoven with the history of our Saviour's life, thould question the truth of the message that the angel brought.'
But that is the point to be proved, says Dr. Priestley-And can any point be clearer, rejoins his antagonist? Here is a simple and unequivocal narration of a matter of fact. It is put beyond doubt as much as any other miracle recorded in the evangelifts: and a man hath as much right to question the resurrection, as the miraculous conception of Jesus. Both are equally out of the course of human events, and exceptions to every general rule that appears to govern the present system of nature.
After stating and vindicating the doctrine of the incarnation, the learned and ingenious preacher concludes with the following inference:
• From what hath been said, you will easily perceive, that the evi. dence of the faat of our Lord's miraculous conception is answerable to