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Φιλοσοφίαν δε την Στωικήν λέγω, ουδε την Πλατωνικήν, ή την Επι-
CLEM. ALEX. Strom. L. 1.
W. BALL, ARNOLD, AND Co., 34, PATERNOSTER ROW.
W. OLIPHANT AND
AND D. ROBERTSON, GLASGOW.
FOR JULY, 1839.
Art. I. Montrose and the Covenanters; their Character and Conduct,
Illustrated from Private Letters and other Original Documents hitherto unpublished; embracing the Times of Charles the First, from the Rise of the Troubles in Scotland, to the Death of Montrose. By MARK NAPIER, Esq., Advocate. 8vo. 2 Vols. Pp.xxii., 538, 582. London: James Duncan. 1838. THIS is a work of very considerable merit both for the labo
rious research which it displays on the part of the author, and for the ingenuity with which he has worked up and set out his materials to the best advantage for the side which he has espoused; but the value of which, in a historical and philosophical point of view, is, in our opinion, very much impaired by the vehement party-spirit by which the author seems to be actuated, and the consequent absence from its pages of that impartiality of statement, calmness of decision, and moderation of language, which form such essential ingredients in a good history. Mr. Napier is evidently a member of that religious party which styles itself “The Church in Scotland,' in contradistinction to that which has assumed the title of The Church of Scotland,' and with that title has appropriated the patrimony which of divine right belongs only to the Holy Catholic Apostolic Church as purified at the Reformation; and with all the characteristic hauteur, superstition, bigotry, and fierce intolerance of his party, he seems to be plentifully endowed. We question if a sounder Tory of the very oldest school at this moment walks the earth, or a more thoroughgoing Churchman can be found even among the rising hopes of Oxford. With such opinions and prejudices it was hardly possible that Mr. Napier should discuss the character and conduct of the parties engaged in the great struggle between Episcopacy and Presbyterianism, which has rendered so memorable the period