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timenis in many moral writers, particularly in Mr. Hume's ingenidus, Essay on Refinement in the Aris.

R. Art. 8. A new Introdullion to English Grammar, in the simples

and cafesMethod pofsible. By John Houghton, Master of a private Grammar-school at Namptwich in Cheshire. 8vo. IS. Cooke.

In the analysis of human language, as in the ánatomy of the human body, there are many dependencies, relations and connections, which have escaped the most accurate researches, and which, therefore, furnith objects for further enquiries. But the Author of this piece is, by no means, qualified for any such talk; and, indeed, he pretends to nothing more than the laying down simple precepts ; yet he does not appear to have that accuracy which is necessary even for this. Thus he says of the word poople, that it has no plural; but he might more properly and more justly have said that it has no fingular, the termination le being in our language many times of a plural power and quality, hog. cattle, Aubble, &c. Folks, he observes, has no fingular number, and so far he is right; but it is not, as he seems to suppose, upon the principle of the s being added to it, for it has the same power without it; and folks, which he holds to be the right, is the wrong spelling i the word ought to be written folk. There are many other instances of inaccuracy in this little tract, which we do not care to be at the trouble of enumerating

น. Art. 9. A Letter to the Rev. Dr. Brown. From Dr. Lowth. .

8vo. An Half-theet. This genteel and sensible letter is annexed to the 4th Edit. of Dr. Lowth's letter to the Bishop of Glocelter.- -The Author politely rallies Dr. Brown, for his groundless apprehensions with regard to the fuppofed attack of his moral character, in certain passages of Dr. Li's celebrated letter to the author of the Divine Legation : fee Review for Nov. 1765. Art. 10. A free Address to the Author of the Esays on the Charac

teristics. In Answer to his Letter to the Rev. Dr. Lowth. 8vo. 6d. Richardson and Urquhart.

The Author of this address observes, very juftly, that Dr. Brown's letter contains nothing but one single point of knowledge, which the world has long been master of, viz. the Doctor's importance to himself.

R. Art. 11. An expostulatory Letter to the Author of Ellays on the Charac- teristics ; occafioned by his Letter to the Rev. Dr. Lowth. 8vo.

6d. Ridley. The desgn of this sort letter, which is written with fome degree of severity, is to thew, that no attack has been made by Dr. Lowth upon Dr. Brown's moral character.

R. Art. 12. A Dialogue in the Shades, between the celebrated Mrs. Cibber, and the no less selebrated Mrs. Woffington, both of amorous

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Memorý; containing many curious Anecdotes of the dramatic and intriguing World; the Amours of the modern Rfcius; the real State of the Case for which Theophilus Cibber projecuted Mr. S*****, 4to. is.' 6d. Bladon. These ghosts of departed players amuse themsel:es in the shades with rehearsing old flories--the ghosts of departed anecdotes, long ago consigned to the grave of oblivion; from whence this Dialogue-writer has in vain attempted to harrow them up.

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Art. 13. The History of Inland Navigations ; particularly those of

the Duke of Bridgewater, in Lancashire and Cheshire ; and the intended one promoted by Earl Gower and other Persons of Diflinctich, in Staffordshire, Cheshire, and Derbyshire. Illustrated with Geographical Plans, Shewing the Counties, Townships, and Villages through which these Navigations are, or are iniended to be carried. 8vo. 25. 6d. Lownds.

The greatest part of this pamphlet is compiled from letters and de fcriptions lately inserted in the news-papers : che remainder chiefly conlifts of transcripts from an excellent cract, mentioned in a late Review, and entitled, A View of the advantages of Inland Navigations, & cm from which this notable history hath also taken the liberty of borrowing the engraved plan of the navigable canal intended for a communication between the ports of Liverpool and Hull. Art. 14. Obfervations and Conjectures on some Pasages of Shaks

Speare. 8vo. 15. Rivington, With the judgment and penetration of a critic, this Commentator preserves the decency and politeness so essential to the character of a gentleman : too often lost in the rede demeanour of the me e scholar, who is more conversant with books than with men. It is needless to enlarge on the merits of so small a tract. Those who are fond of Shakespeare, and desirous of perufing whatever may tend towards illustrating his beauties, will think is sufficient if they are io formed that our Observator fcems possessed of a genuine taite for his Author, and to liave been a diligen collater of the old editions. As to his conjectures, they have not all of them the force of demonstrations, they are, at least, upon a footing with the conjectures of all other fcholiasis. But to confess a truth, without intending any affiont to this ingenijus Annotator, we must say, with the old Roman in the tragedy, we are weary of conjectures;' and (with regard to Shakespeare) should rot be forty were this pamphlet to end them.' Art. 15. A compleat System of Italian Book-keeping, according to the

modern Method practijed by Merchants, and others. By Daniel Dowling, late Teacher of the Mathematics. 8vo. 456 Johnston.

Every new book of arithmetic, and every new fyftem of book-keeping, is, of course, ‘more perfect chan any thing of the kind, before Roy. March, 17ub,


offered been

offered to the public.' Accordingly Mr. Dowling's book is the best of the fort, that ever appeared since the year of the world No. 1, down to the year


our Lord 1765. The next that appears will not fail to be better than Mr. Dowling's.


Art. 16. Moral Tales. By Mr. Marmontel. Translated from

the French. Vol. III. 8vo. 35. Becket. As we have already given an account of the genius and manner of this Writer, in our review of the two first volumes of these tales, (see Rev. Vol. XXX. p. 59) we shall only observe that, in the volume now before us, there is the same merit of sentiment, vivacity, and imagination, the fame deviations from nature and probability in the original, and the fame want of ease and elegance in the translation.

L. Art. 17. The History and Antiquities of St. Saviour's, Southwark;

containing Annals from the first Founding to the present Time ; Lift of the Priors and Benefactors; Description of the Building, Ornaments, Monuments, remarkable Places, &c. with Notes. By Arthur Tiler. 8vo. Wilkie.

Collected from Linsted, Stow, Brown Willis, Wever, &c. &c. with a few additions. There is nothing here that can admit or deserve an extract, unless we except the following quaint epitaph on a Grocer:

Garret some call him, bnt that was too high,
His name is Gerrard, who now here doth lie;
He in his youth was toss’d with many a wave,
But now, at port arrivd, rests in his grave;
The church he did frequent whilft he had breath,
And with'd to lie therein after his death.
Weep not for him, since he is gone before

To Heaven, where Grocers there are many more.
Art. 18. The Manner of securing all Sorts of Brick-buildings from

Fire ; or a Treatise on the Construction of Arches made with Bricks and Plaisier, called Flat-arches, and of a Roof without Timber, called a Bricked-roof: with the Addition of some Letters that have passed between the Count of Espie, and Peter Wyche, Esq; on this Subject. Adorned with Copper-plates, serving to illustrate the whole Work. Written in French by Monfieur le compte D’Espie ; and translated by L. Dutens. 8vo. 25. Piers.

There is no date to the title-page of this treatise, which appears to have been in print these five or fix years; and therefore may not properly come under our cognizance, as a new publication : yet, as it hath teen very lately advertised, and relates to a subject of great importance, we thought fit to afford it a place in our Catalogue.-It seems Mr. W. Beckford, who, a few years ago, suffered so much by fire, was desirous of rebuilding his house, on the plan laid down by the Count D'Efpie ; and this pamphlet contains the correspondence which ensued on that subject, between our Author and Mr. Wyche, who wrote to the Count, at Mr. B.'s desire, for instructions, and for workmen who had been used to construct such buildings. Whether Mr. B. did actually put this scheme in execution ; and how far it might answer his expecta. tions, we are not informed; but the design appears to be very

curious; and to have been successfully tried in France, Art. 19. The History and Antiquities of the City of Dublin, from

the earlies Accounts ; compiled from authentic Memoirs, Offices of Record, Manuscript Collections, and other unexceptionable Vouchers. By the late Walter Harris, Esq; with an Appendix containing an History of the Cathedrals of Christ-church and St. Patrick, the University, the Hospitals, and other public Buildings. Also Two Plans, one of the City, as it was in the rear 1610, the other as it is at present, from the accurate Survey of the late Mr. Rocque ; with several other Embellishments. 8vo. 6s. Knox. The anonymous

Editor of this account of Dublin assures us, that it is compiled from the materials collected by the late Mr. Harris, whose indefatigable induftry, and opportunities for information, on this subject, are well known. The public, however, are here only to expect what was intended as part of a more extensive design, in wh ch Mr. H. had engaged, with two other gentlemen *, of known abilities in the respective departments which they had undertaken. The whole was to have been entitled, The ancient and present State of the City and County of Dublin, Ecclefiaftical as well as Civil; and also the Natural History of the same County. The civil history and antiquities alone, of the city, are here presented ; and the Editor is unable to say, to what accident or cause the disappointment, with regard to the remainder, is to be charged. -Imperfect, however, and crude as this publication is, it will doubtless be acceptable to the lovers of Ireland in general, and to the natives of its Capital in particular : but to others it will afford no great enter. " tainment; as it contains but a meagre description of the city, and the historical details are not of a very interesting nature. The prints, too, which are mentioned in the title, as embellishments of the work, are, in truth, so poorly done, that they are rather a disgrace to it. It must however be observed, that the modelt Editor, for such he really appears to be, does not presume to recommend what is here offered to the reader as an unexceptionable production; on the contrary, he him.elf mentions it as never having received the Author's luft hand:' and he acknowledges that much more might have been faid on so fruitful an occasion.' But, adds he, 'as that gentleman has furnished the contour, this publication may be productive of this happy effe&t, (besides the pleasure afforded to every lover of Irish antiquities) to prove an incitoment to some able writer, to set about the completion of a piece on fo entertaining and useful a subject.'

* It is propable that one of these gentlemen was the late ingenious Dr. Smith, who published the historics of the counties of Cork, Waterford, and Kerry.

Art. 20. The Life of IVilliam Auguftus Duke of Cumberland. Containing a circumflantial and historical Account of the Times for the


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last Forty-four Years. By Andrew Henderson, M. A. Author of the History of the Rebellion. 8vo. 55. Ridley, &c.

It was natural to expect that Mr. Henderson, who has written fo many histories, lives, and memoirs of i luftrious personages, of which we have taken due notice in the course of our Review) would not be the last of the biographical tribe, to celebrate so popular a character as that of his late Royal Highnefs. He is, indeed, as weli became so induftrious a compiler, the firft in print, although we have reason to believe that other pens have been in motion, in order to take the field as early as poslible; but the active North-Briton hat got the start of them all.

It was also equally natural to expect, that from the pen of a North. British Historian, the character of the Royal Hero would probably meet with as little quarter, as the traducers of his fame have reported He himself gave to this Hiltorian's vanquished countrymen, on the field of Culloden, But nothing of this kind, no such vengeful retaliation, appears in this performance. On the contrary, like a staunch and chosough Whig, Mr. Henderson is the Duke's warm and zealous panegyrist, as well as his minute and circumftantial historiographer. In bis detail, every public acion of his Royal Highness is the action of a great man ; every private deed, the manifestation of a good one.-All this is very righe:-we were always equally inclined to think well of the Luke; and we revere his memory as much as Mr. H. poflibly can.-- We therefore heartily with our Author success in this his laudable endeavour to tranf mit the fame of his Royal Highness to future ages, unsullied by the breath of calumny, unimpeached by the flanders of Jacobitical defamation.

We think it quite unnecesary to give any specimens of this hiftory, as our Readers are already fo well acquainted with Mr. Henderson's talents for compofitions of this kind. It is enough that we have apprized the public, that he continues feady to those principles he so conspicuously manifested in his Hisory of the Rebellion; and that, though a Scotchman My birth, he is a very Englishman, in his affection to the late Duke of Cumberland, King George the Third, and all the Royai Family.


Art. 21. State Worthies; or the Statesmen and Favourites of Enge

land, from the Restoration to the Revolution : their Prudence and Politics, Succeljes and Miscarriages, Advancements and Falls. By David Lloyd. Republished by Charles Whitworth, Efq Svo. 2 Vols.

Robfon. To this edition of a well-known, and, in several respects, valuable compilement, are added, characters of the kings and queens of England, during the above period ; with translations of the Latin passages, wherewith, according to the fashion of the times in which the Author wrote, the work most plenteously abounds. Mr. Whicworth has also added an Apper.dix, containing some lives extraced from W'infanley's Worthies ; which, as our Editor observes, though they may not, perhaps, be wrote with the spirit and concisenels of Lloyd's, yet may properly accompany his memoirs, in order toward compicating a catalogue, down to the Revolution.

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