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noted production has obtained in other countries, we may judge by the following extract from one of the periodical works of the learned Abbe Feller, published in 1786:

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Signior Pastorini's work is the only good comment, which England has produced on the Apocalypse-and the nation is much indebted to him, for having contributed to put down the extravagant notions of James I. and of the celebrated Newton, concerning this divine book. It is a learned and edifying performance, in which theology and ecclesiastical history reflect valuable lights on the most mysterious of the sacred writings. The wonderful prophecies it contains, realized as they are by striking, authentic, and public facts, inspire the christian soul with hope and fortitude, and give solemn testimony to the power and veracity of God. What remains as yet undisclosed is already manifesting itself in a sensible manner — and the times we live in are furnishing a faithful and lively picture.'

It is to be regreted, that the former editors of the work have but too poorly sketched their author's biography. They do not even mention his name-nor do they recollect to tell us, that the appellation of Pastorini is merely significant of his ministry. This neglect gave occasion to a new display of the inventive faculties of Sir Richard Musgrave, in what he is pleased to call, jocosely we should think, his History of the different Rebellions in Ireland. That famous historian calls the present work a translation— it was,' he says, 'written originally at Rome by a sanguinary bigot of the name of Pastorini! There is a species of censure, which has all the value of praise. The work was originally written in England, in the English language, and by an Englishman, under the assumed signature of Pastorini. It is not a translation-it is the original text. The author

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is the Right Rev. CHARLES WALMESLEY, D. D. Roman Catholic Bishop, or Vicar Apostolic, of the Western District (in England) - Fellow of the Royal Societies of London and Berlin-and one of the scientific men employed in correcting the old style. This pious, and venerable Divine was not 'a sanguinary bigot' The whole tenor of his life and writings proves, that he was a most mild and enlightened member of the Christian communion. The work before as abundantly establishes this character. Sir R. Musgrave calls it 'a piece of folly and blasphemy.' Dr. Milner, a better judge, calls it 'a most ingenious and learned exposition of the book of revelations, calculated, he says in his reply to the Author of the different Rebellions &c, to excite all Christians to lead a holy life, and to prepare for the coming of that awful Judge, before whom Sir Richard Musgrave will be arraigned for his unprecedented malice and calumnies.'*

The present publisher, after many solicitous enquiries, finds himself destitute of materials for a satisfactory biographical sketch of the distinguished individual, whose work he undertakes to re-commit to the press. The following is all that he has been able to collect.

Dr. Walmesley was born in the year 1721, in some part of England. With his parentage we are not made particularly acquainted-but, we may presume on its respectability, on account of the high literary accomplishments, which had been bestowed on him early in life. Gifted with abilities of the first order, and with a heart formed for piety and virtue, he dedicated himself, at an early period of his youth, to the study and practice of religion. His attainments in sacred literature, and in mathematical and astronomical investigations soon became conspicuous. The former obtained for him the degree of Doctor of Divinity in the University of Paris. At the An Inquiry into certain vulgar opinions &c. p. 83—2nd Edit, London

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age of thirty-five, he was elevated to the episcopal dignity. He was also a member of the learned congrè. gation of Benedictins His valuable contributions to the Philosophical Transactions in the years 1745, 6, 7, &c.—and his joint labours in correcting the old style in 1752 exhibit, altogether, very ample proofs of his mathematical learning. Before his return to England, on the close of his collegiate course, he visited many parts of the Continent. During his travels, he wrote several learned tracts. To the loss, however, of the literary world, his manuscripts were unfortunately consumed by the fire, which broke out at Bath, some years since. In that city he died, in the 76th year of his age, and 40th of his episcopacy, having serenely closed a holy life, which gave fresh odour to sanctity,-and new lustre to virtue to religion, and to learning.

is the Right Rev. CHARLES WALMESLEY, D. D. Roman . Catholic Bishop, or Vicar Apostolic, of the Western District (in England) - Fellow of the Royal Societies of London and Berlin-and one of the scientific men employed in correcting the old style. This pious, and venerable Divine was not 'a sanguinary bigot' The whole tenor of his life and writings proves, that he was a most mild and enlightened member of the Christian communion. The work before as abundantly establishes this character. Sir R. Musgrave calls it 'a piece of folly and blasphemy.' Dr. Milner, a better judge, calls it 'a most ingenious and learned exposition of the book of revelations, calculated, he says in his reply to the Author of the different Rebellions &c, to excite all Christians to lead a holy life, and to prepare for the coming of that awful Judge, before whom Sir Richard Musgrave will be arraigned for his unprecedented malice and calumnies.'*

The present publisher, after many solicitous enquiries, finds himself destitute of materials for a satisfactory biographical sketch of the distinguished individual, whose work he undertakes to re-commit to the press. The following is all that he has been able to collect.

Dr. Walmesley was born in the year 1721, in some part of England. With his parentage we are not made particularly acquainted-but, we may presume on its respectability, on account of the high literary accomplishments, which had been bestowed on him early in life. Gifted with abilities of the first order, and with a heart formed for piety and virtue, he dedicated himself, at an early period of his youth, to the study and practice of religion. His attainments in sacred literature, and in mathematical and astronomical investigations soon became conspicuous. The former obtained for him the degree of Doctor of Divinity in the University of Paris. At the An Inquiry into certain vulgar opinions &c. p. 83—2nd Edit, London

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age of thirty-five, he was elevated to the episcopal dignity. He was also a member of the learned congre. gation of Benedictins. His valuable contributions to the Philosophical Transactions in the years 1745, 6, 7, &c. and his joint labours in correcting the old style in 1752 exhibit, altogether, very ample proofs of his mathe matical learning. Before his return to England, on the close of his collegiate course, he visited many parts of the Continent. During his travels, he wrote several learned tracts. To the loss, however, of the literary world, his manuscripts were unfortunately consumed by the fire, which broke out at Bath, some years since. In that city he died, in the 76th year of his age, and 40th of his episcopacy, having serenely closed a holy life, which gave fresh odour to sanctity,-and new lustre to virtue to religion, and to learning.

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