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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 369 S. OP the Genealogy of the Family oP Seton in the fourteenth century. 4, List of the Scottish Commanders at the Battle of Halidon, 19th July 1383, pp. 11. 6. Whether Edward 111, put to Death the Son of Sir Alexander Seton, pp, 8. 6. List of the Scottish Commanders killed or made prisoners at the Bsttle of Durham, pp. 8. 7. Table of Kings, p. 1. 8. Corrections and additions to Volume I., pp. 16. 9. Corrections and additions to Volume II., pp, 8. Chronological Abridgment of the Volume, pp. 39.1 Account of the Martyrs of Smyrna and Lyons in the Second Century, 12mo ; with Explanatory Notes. Edinburgh, l7i6. Dedicated to Bishop Hurd, pp. 68. Notes and Illustrations, pp. 142.- This :is a new and correct version of two most ancient Epistles; the one from the Church at Smyrna to the Church at Philadelphia ; the other from the Christians at Vienne and Lyons, to those in Asia and Phrygia-their antiquity and authenticity are undoubted. Great part of both is extracted from Eusebius’s Ecclesiastical History. The former was first completely edited by Archbishop Usher. The author of the Notes says of them, with his usual and singul~rm odesty, Icth at they will afford little new or interesting to men of erudition, though they may prove of some benetit to the unlearn’d reader.” But the erudition he possessed in these branches is so rare, that this notice is unnecessary. They display much useful learning andingenions criticism, and breathe the most ardent zeal, connected with an exemplary knowledge of Christianity. N.B.-This is the First Volume oP the Remains of Christian Antiquity. Remains of Christian Antiquity ; with Explanatory Notes, Vol. 11. Edinburgh 1776,12mo. Dedicated to Dr. Newton, Bishop of Bristol. Preface, pp. 7. This Volume contains-The Trial of Justin Martyr and his CompanionR, pp. 8,-Epistle of Dionysius, Bishop oP Alexandria, to Fabius, Bishop of Antioch, pp. 16,-the Trial and Execution of Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, pp. 6,-the Trial and Execution of FNctuosus, Bishop of Tarracona in Spain, and of his two Deacons, Augurius and Eulogius, pp. 8,-the Maiden of Antioch, pp. 2. These are all newly Translated by Lord Hailes from Eusebius, Ambrose, $13. The Notes and Illustrations of this Volume extend from pp. 47 to 165, and display a most intimate acquaintance with antiquity; great critical acumen, both iu elur.idating the sense and detecting interpolations and, above all, a fervent and enlightened zeal in vindicating such sentiments and conduct a$ are oonfonnablc to the Word of God, against thr malicious sarcasms of Mr. Gibbon. To thii volume is added au Appendix of twenty-twc pages, correcting and vindicating certain parts o Vol. I. lemains of Christian Antiquity, Vol. 111. Edin. 1780. Dedicated to Thos. Balgny, D.D. Preface, pp. 2. It contains the History of the Martyrs of Palestine in the Third Century, translated from Eusebius, pp. 94. Notes and Illustrations, pp. 135, in which Mr. Gibbon again comes, and more frequently, under renew. The partiality and ruisreprescntations of this popular writer are here exposed in the calmest and most satisfactory manner. lctavius ; a dialogue. By Marcus Minucius Felix. Edin. 1781, pp. 16. Preface.-The speakers are Cmilius, a heathen; Octavius, a Christian, whose arguments prevail with his friend to renounce Paganism aud become a Christian proselyte. Notes and Illustrations, pp. 120. If the Manner In which the Persecutors died; a treatise by Lactantiua, Edin. 1782. 8vo. Inscribed to Dr. Porteous, Bishop ol Chester (afterwards Bishop of London). Preface, pp. 37, in which it is proved that Lactantius is the author. Text, pp, 125. Lactantii Divinssum Institutionum Liber Quintus, seu de Justitia. 1777. Svo. Disquisitions concerning the Antiquities of the Christian Church. Glasgow, 1783. Inscribed to Dr. Halifax, Bishop of Gloucester, pp. 194.-This small, original, and most excellent work consists of Six Chapters. clhap. 1. A commentary on the Conduct and Character of Gallio, Acts xvili. 5, 12, 17. Chap.:% Of the Time at which the Christian Religion became publicly known at Rome. Chap. 3. Cause of the Persecution of the Christians under Nero.-In this the hypothesisof Mr. Gibbon, Vol. I., 4t0, pp. 641, is examined. Chap. 4. Of the eminent Heathen Writers, who are said (by Gibbon) to have disregarded or contemned Christiuity, viz. Seneca, Pliny senior, Tacitus, Pliny junior, Galen, Epictetus, Plutarch, Marcus Antonius.-To the admirers of Eeathen Philosophers, and to those especially who state between them and the Christin doctrine any consanguinity, this Chapter is mnestly recommended. Chap. 5. Illustrations of a Conjecture by Gibbon, respecting the silence of Dio Cassius concerning the Christians.-In this Chapter, with extreme impartiality, he amplifies and supports an idea of Mr. Gibbon on this head. Chap. 6. Of the Circumstances respecting Christianity that &re to be found in the Augutan His- It 8eems very probable that the close attention which Lord Hailes appears to have given to such subjects, was in some measure the effect of the mistakes and partiality of Gibbon In no one work from 1776the date of Mr. Gibbon’s first publication- has he omitted to trace this unfair and insiuu a t i i author; but in 1786, he came forth of set purpose, with the most able and formidable reply which he has received, entitled, “An Inquiry into the Secondary Causes which Mr. Gibbon has assigned for the rapid Growth of Christianity. By S i David Notes and Illustrations, pp. 109. tory. I 1 This Work, with some of the minor publications, has been reprinted in three vols. 8vo. Edin. 1819. 3 B
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370 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. Dalrymple. Edinburgh, 1786 ; gratefully and affectionately inscribed to Richard (Hurd), Bishop of Worcester, 4t0, pp. 213. In flve Chapters. Sketch of the Life of John Barclay, 4t0, 1786. Sketch of the Life of John Hamilton, a Secular Priest, Sketch of the Life of Sir Janies Ramsay, a General Officer in the Armies of Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, with a head. Life of George Lesley (an eminent Capuchin Friar in the early part of the 17th century), 4t0, pp. 24. Sketch of the Life of Mark Alexander Boyd, 4to. Specimen of a Life of James Marquis of Montrosa These lives were written and published an a speeimen of the manner in which a Biographia Scotica might be executed. With the exception of the last, they have been reprinted in the Appendix to the edition of his Annals printed in 1819. 4tO. Davidis Humei, Scoti, summl apud suo8 philosophi, de vita sua acta, liber aingularis ; nunc primum Latin0 redditua. [Edin.] 1787, 4to. Adami Smith!, LL.D., ad Gulielmum Strahanum armigerum, de rebns novissimis Davidis Hurnei, Epistola, nunc primum Latine redditta. [Edin.] 1768, 4tO. The Opinions of Sarah, Duchess Dowager of Marlborough, published from her original MSS. 1788, 12mo, pp. 120 (with a few Foot Notes by Lord Hailes, in which he corrects the splenetic partiality of her Grace)-a singularly curious work. The Address of Q. Sept. Tertullian to Scapula Tertullus, proconsul of Africa, translated by Sir David Dalrymple. Edin. 1790, 12mo. Inscribed to Dr. John Butler, Bishop of Hereford. Preface, pp. 4. Translation, pp. 18. Original, pp. 13. Notes and Illustrations, pp. 135, No. CXLVIII. REV. DR. DAVID JOHNSTON, MINISTER OF NORTH LEITH. IT may be said of this excellent man, that he inherited the virtues of the clercial character by descent. His father was minister of Amgask, in the county of Fife, and his maternal grandfather, the Rev. Mr. David Williamson, of the parish of St. Cuthbert’s, Edinburgh, was a celebrated clergyman in the days of the persecution.’ His early years were sedulously devoted to the study of those acquirements necessary for the important office MR. DAVIDJ OHNSwTaOs bNor n in 1733. 1 51r. Williamson was the son of a respectable glover in St. Andrews. He was ordained to the West Kirk in 1661. The re-establishment of Episcopacy took place two years afterwards ; but, in defiance of an order of Council, issued in 1664, he continued to preach in his church till the year following, when he WWJ compelled to abandon his charge. Ee then retired to the west country, preaching to the people in the fields and at conventiclas. In 1687, on the Act of Toleration being passed, Mr. Williamson returned to Edinburgh ; and waa so well received by his old parishioners, that they erected a meeting-house for him, where they attended on his ministrations. The prelatists of the West Kirk soon found themselves almost totally deserted by their congregation ; but their hands being tied np by the Toleration Act, they secretly stirred up the civil magistrate against him by false accusations, in consequence of which he was imprisoned, but subsequently liberated ; yet the ~amep arty continued to harass him in various ways, until, by the Revolution, he was happily restored to the parish church in 168,!3. It is to Mr. Williamson that the “Author of Waverley ” alludes in the following couplet of an absurd old ballad, put into the mouth of a syren of the mob aa old Deans and his daughter Jeanie are pressing through the crowd to the trial of Effie :- ‘‘Mess David Williamson, chosen of twenty, Ran up the pupit stairs, and sang Eilliecrankic.” He was seven times married-a circumstance which afforded a fund of merriment to the Jacobites. See Scottish Paspils, vol. i. Edin. 12mo.
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