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of Colchester, and the celebrated Jeremy Bentham, and tutor to the worthy and enlightened King of Poland. S. P." And in p. 409, the Doctor thus speaks of Mr. Lind's work on the Principal Acts of the Thirteenth Parliament of Great Britain – “This is the ablest book I ever read in the defence of the American War. I knew and respected the writer. S. P.” The Letters on the Present State of Poland were, I believe, reviewed in the Monthly Review, and reached a fourth edition ; but whether the third and fourth, (if they ever existed,) differed in any respects from the second, which I have already noticed, I am unable to say.
Mr. Lind died on March 12, 1781.
In respect to great talents, political information, and knowledge of the world, he might have been selected, (though much against probability, and perhaps against certain facts in the history of his life,) as the writer of the far-famed Letters of Junius.
The grammatical peculiarity of Lind in considering self as a substantive signifying “soul," when it is never used but as an adjective, was once noticed to me by Dr. Parr, who remarked that self is the Saxon word selfne, which is preserved in the Northern pronunciation senne. E. H. B.]
Notices of the Rev. Dr. Nathaniel Forster of
Colchester ; his intimacy with Dr. Parr.
The Rev. Dr. Nathaniel Forster of Colchester has been already named as a particular friend of Dr. Parr. In my excellent friend, Dr. John Johnstone's Memoirs of Dr. Parr, and in the volume of Correspondence, there is much mention of him. As no biographical notice of him seems to have been published, I have taken some pains to collect particulars respecting him and his connection with Dr. Parr, and shall now communicate them to the public. *
* [He must be distinguished from another Rev. Dr. Nathaniel Forster, also a celebrated scholar, and Fellow of C. C. C., Oxford. The two persons are identified in Dr. Watt's Bibliotheca Britannica, and therefore it may be useful to state that the following works proceeded from the pen of the latter, who was born at Stadscomb, in Devonshire, Febr. 3. 1717, and died Oct. 20, 1757. 1. Reflections on the Natural Foundation of the high Antiquity
of Government, Arts, and Sciences in Egypt, Oxf. 1743. 8. The publications of Dr. Nath. Forster of Col.
chester are these : —
The Evidence of Miracles stated, and vindicated from some late Objections: A Sermon, preached at the Visitation of the Rev. Dr. Moss, Archdeacon of Colchester, (now Lord Bishop of St. David's,) at St. Peter's Colchester, May 20, 1765. and before the University of Orford, May 24, 1767. By Nath. Forster, M.A., Rector of All-Saints, Colchester, and
. Platonis Dialogi W. Recensuit, Notisque illustravit. Oxf.
1745. 1752. 1765.
. Appendix Liviana, continens I. Selectas Codicum MSS, et
Editionum antiquarum Lectiones præcipuas, variorum Emendationes et Supplementa Lacunarum in is T. Livii qui supersunt, Libris; II. J. Freinshemii Supplementorum Libros X. in Locum Decadis secundae Livianae deperditar. Oxf. 1746. “This was, as we are told in Chalmers's Biographical Dictionary, “ajoint publication of Dr. Forster and another Fellow of Corpus-College, and was published withoutaname."
. Popery destructive of the Evidence of Christianity; a Ser
mon on Mark 7, 13. preached before the University of Orford, Nov. 5, 1746. 8.
. A Dissertation upon the Account supposed to have been given
of Jesus Christ by Josephus; being an Attempt to shew that this celebrated passage, some slight Corruptions only ercepted, may reasonably be esteemed genuine, Oxf. 1749. “By Dr. Nath. Forster," says Dr. Parr (Bibl. Parr. 562,) “the editor of Plato, and cousin of Dr. Parr's very philosophical, very learned, and very benevolent friend, the late Dr. Forster of Colchester.” Again, (p. 619,) “A Dissertation on the Testimony of Josephus about Christ, to prove it genuine; probably by Forster, editor of Xenophon."
“The criticism contained in this Dissertation,” as we are
told in Chalmers's Biogr. Dict., “is allowed to be ingenious,
· Tolleshunt-Knight's, Essex, and late Fellow of Baliol-College;
Oxford. Lond. 1767. 8. pp. 40. Dr. Parr, in the Bibl. Parr. 585, characterises this as an “excellent” Sermon. 2. The Establishment of the Church of England defended uponi
the Principles of Religious Liberty : A Sermon, preached at the Triennial Visitation of the Right Rev. the Lord Bishop of London, held at Chelmsford, May 22, 1770. By Natha Forster, M. A. Rector of All-Saints, Colchester, and Tolles
hunt-Knight's, Essex. Published by the Desire of his Lordeven by Mr. Bryant, who, in deciding the controversy, defended the passage as it stands. Bishop Warburton's opinion of it was still more favourable, as appears by his testimony to the author's ' abilities, candour, and address,' in his Julian p. 93, and by a part of a Letter of his to Dr. Forster, dated Oct. 15, 1749. in which, after having noticed some judicious observations of Dr. Forster, made on his Julian in MS., Warburton says :• I have often wished for a hand capable of collecting all the * fragments remaining of Porphyry, Celsus, Hierocles, and * Julian, and giving them to us with a just, critical, and theolo'gical comment, as a Defy to Infidelity. It is certain we * want something more than what their ancient answerers have * given us. This would be a very noble work. I know of none, .' that has all the talents fit for it but yourself. What an • opening will this give to all the treasures of sacred and profane antiquity! And what an opportunity would this be of esta
blishing a great character! The author of the Dissertation on 'the Passage of Josephus, (which I think the best piece of
criticism of this age,) would shine here. Think of it: you 'cannot do a more useful thing to religion or your own charac'ter. Controversies of the times are things, that presently * vanish. This will be always of the same importance.'" 6. Biblia Hebraica, sine Punctis, Oxon. 1750. 2 vols. 4to. 7. Remarks on the Rev. Dr. Stebbing's Dissertation on the
Power of States to deny Civil Protection to the Marriages
ship and the Clergy. Lond. 1770. 4to. pp. 22. Dr. Parr in the Bibl. Parr. 630, applies the same epithet of “excellent” to this Sermon. 3. Grace nithout Enthusiasm: A Sermon, preached at the Parish-church of All-Saints in Colchester, Esser, on Trinity-Sunday, 1781, by Nath. Forster, D. D. Rector of the said Parish, and Chaplain to the Countess Donager of
of Minors, etc. Lond. 1755. 8vo. pp. 45. The article is anonymous, but my copy contains these words in MS.: “By Dr. Forster, Chaplain to Archbishop Herring, etc.” I made enquiry about this tract, and received the following communication from my worthy and valuable friend, the Rev. Thos. Crompton of Cranworth in the County of Norfolk, to whom the literary public are indebted for a very interesting volume of Letters from the Late Lord Chednorth to the Rev. T. C., nritten in the Period from Jan. 1780, to May 1795, and published in quarto, within the present year: — “ April 26, 1828. With regard to your question about the Remarks on Dr. Stebbing's work, I have only to say that I have the pamphlet with precisely the same MS. note, “By Dr. Nath. Forster,’ written by myself, undoubtedly on what I believed to be good authority, though I have no sort of recollection on what authority it is asserted. You are, I believe, aware that Dr. Forster, the editor of Plato etc., (Mrs. Crompton's uncle,) and Dr. Forster of Colchester, (her father's cousin,) had both the name of Nathaniel. I have no doubt, however, that the Remarks in question were written by the former of these gentlemen, if by either, as he was certainly Chaplain to Archbishop Herring.” Chalmers in the Biogr. Dict. and Dr. Watt in the Bibl. Brit. also assign the tract to Dr. Nath. Forster. Dr. James Forster, it may be added, had a controversy with Dr. Stebbing: the pamphlets respecting it are enumerated by Dr. Watt, and also in the Bibliotheca Parriana p. 609, where Dr. Parr thus speaks of a volume of tracts: —
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