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Readers will find the fame probability in what the Clerk fubjoins, when in his reply to the Lady, who tells him: Ha! Sir, what are you faying? You have brought ill luck to my husband: I don't want your Bill: my children will provide for every thing: he fays, it requires no fmall skill to know how to bury people gracefully; that the firft undertaking does not prove fuccesful; that her children have no experience about it; that it would be tolerable, if the deceafed was a stranger; but that a Father! That if fhe trufts her children, that burying will be pitiful, and please no body; that the Joiner to whom they have applied to make a coffin, does not understand it; that it will be a forry one; that this Joiner is but an ignorant fellow, if compared to that of the Parifh, who is the most skilful man in the world for the making of coffins; that they are fo fine, fo fine! that if Madam will have one made by that workman, fhe will be wonderfully pleafed with it, fo wonderfully pleased, that fhe will befpeak one for herfelf; but the Joiner pitched upon by her children, will give them a wretched, ill contrived
What we have juft now obferved concerning this Dialogue, may be applied to some few more; but it may be faid in general, that the Satyrs of this Book contain lively and natural defcriptions of moft things that happen in the world. The Author fpares neither the Bigots, nor intriguing Monks, nor interested Priefts. But they are fo defcribed, that what is faid of them, far from being prejudicial to virtue and Religion, tends only to recommend the practice of both.
LETTRES à un Proteftant François, touchant la Declaration du Roi concernant la Religion, donnée à Versailles le 14. Mai 1724. A Londres, ches Thomas l'Etonné. 1725.
LETTERS to a French Proteftant about the King's Declaration concerning Religion, given at Versailles Mai 14. 1725. London. Two Tomes in 12°. pagg. 246 and 221.
HIS Work contains eleven Letters with thefe Titles. I. General Reflexions upon the Declaration. II. Pretended mitigations in the Declaration. III. Continuation of the fame fubject. IV. Proofs of Severity, taken from the Preface. V. The feverity of the Articles of the Declaration, taken from the old Edicts, and Reflexions upon forced Communions. (Those Reflexions are one of the most yaluable parts of this Book.) VI. Articles of the Declaration more fevere than the former Arrêts. VII. Perfecution gives no right to take
up arms against the Sovereign. VIII. Diffimulation is a crime in point of religion. IX. The neceffity of running away in time of perfecution. X. Two reafons for running away, taken from the Declaration. XI. The fame fubject continued. The King's Declaration has been prefixed to thofe Letters.
One may boldly challenge the most violent Divines of the Church of France, and even all the Jefuits and Dominicans of that Kingdom, to confute what the Author fays against the perfecution of the French Proteftants. Nothing can be more deplorable than the state of Chriftianity in the Church of Rome. Men are taught to believe fuch things as are most inconfiftent with Reason, and to act against natural humanity. If Christianity required from us that we should renounce our Reafon, and all humanity, would any man of fenfe be a Chriftian?
JOURNAL des Obfervations phyfiques, mathematiques & botaniques, faites par ordre du Roi fur les côtes orientales de l'Amerique Meridionale, & aux Indes occidentales. Et dans un autre Voyage fait par le même ordre à la Nouvelle Espagne, & aux Ifles de l'Amerique. Par le R. P. LOUIS FEUILLE'E, Reli
gieux Minime, Mathematicien & Botanifte de Sa Majefté, & de l'Academie Royale des Sciences. A Paris, chez Jean Mariette, rue Saint Jacques, aux Colonnes d'Hercule. 1725.
AJOURNAL of the philofophical, mathematical and botanical Obfervations, made by the King's order upon the eaftern coafts of South-America, and in the WeftIndies. And in another Voyage by the fame order into New Spain, and the Ifles of America. By the R. F. LEWIS FEUILLEE, a Religious Minime, Mathematician and Botanist to His Majefty, and Member of the Royal Academy of Sciences. Paris. in 4. pagg. 426. 49. and 71. befides a Preface of 39 pages, and many
THIS Book is a continuation of the Obfervations published fome years ago by Father Feuillee in two Volumes in quarto. The Preface which he has prefixed to these new obfervations, contains nothing elfe but critical Reflexions upon feveral paffages in Mr. Frezier's Account of his Voyage into the South-Sea.. I fhall only mention two of thofe reflexions.
"Mr. Frezier (fays the Author) appears ter"rified with the devotion of the Rofary: he was not afhamed to fay that it is a pious in"vention of St. Dominic Gufman, which the "Creoles believe to be defcended from heaven, " and to be so powerful, that they ground their "Salvation upon it, and expect nothing less than "miracles; being deluded by the fabulous stories "they hear every day, and by the notion of a "good fuccefs which every one of them entertains "of that devotion in the course of his affairs. "But, what will not be easily believed; (he "fhould have added, and none will believe it, "but men without religion and impious people) "I have frequently obferved that they also rely npon it for the fuccefs of their amourous inCL trigues.
Father Feuillee appears very angry with Mr. Frezier upon this account. He fays, 'tis a grofs calumny taken from fome Proteftant Libel: he asks whether Mr. Frezier did only write for fhameless and unthinking Libertins. "Tis pity that a Mathematician fhould speak the language of a Bigot.
I am the more willing to infert here the following paffage, because it contains a juft encomium upon our great Aftronomer Dr. Halley. The Author blames Mr. Frezier for criticizing "the Map of Dr. Halley, that illuftrious Eng
lifhman, fo well known in the Commonwealth "of Learning by the excellent Works he freCC quently publishes". Afterwards Father Feuillee goes on thus. "When Dr. Halley drew the CC Map mentioned by our Pilot, (Mr. Frezier) CG we had not yet unquestionable obfervations, "made upon the coafts of the South-Sea, nor "Pilots fo exact, as our Author pretends to