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with Mr. T. and to intimate to him, how acceptable a present to his lordship those papers would be deemed. Mr. T. hereupon thought proper to mention, as a conditional circumstance, the great service that Lord B. could do him, by interposing his good offices with Lord O. This proposal, on the part of Mr. T. however, seems to have been little relised; yet, it produced a sort of negociation and correlpondence between him and Sir Harry; who, in the end, found means † to get the papers out of the Captain's hand, without bis confent, and without procuring him the favour he had requested.--Resentment of this procedure, has produced this Narrative; in which Capt. T. complains of ill usage: but informs us, however, that he had the precaution to copy the letters and poems of Lady Mary, before the originals were forced out of his hands; and he has here published one of each sort, as a specimen.
-Whether he will determine to let the world see the remainder, it is impossible for us to inform our Readers,
+ The particulars of which, are related in the Narrative. Art.
19. An Address to the respective Bodies of Free and Accepted Masons, as delivered at the Steward's Lodge, at the Horn Tavern, Fleet-Jireet, November 16th, 1763, being Election and Inftallation Night. By Thomas Edmonds, Esq; one of the Grand-wardens, &c.—-To which is added, his Charge to Lord Blaney, present Grand-master, on his being appointed Master of the New Lodge, at the Horn Tavern, Westminfter, &c. &c. 8vo. is. 6d. Hooper.
An incoherent rhapsody, in praise of masonry - Amongst other qualifications of a good mason, we are told that he is “fortuitous, and steady, cultivating his mind and behaviour with social adepts, and brotherly benignity in all the duties of life ;'—' considering that amity and social harmony ought to flourish and abound in all human societies, but particularly among the fraternity, whose names are enrolled in the book's of Everlasling scientific records, to maintain and ever kindle that mysterious zeal, which enlightens us to see, with feeling compassion, the turbulent disquietudes, and vitiated principles of moft of the unfeleited and uncivilized part of mankind.'
P. Art. 20. The History of Christina, Queen of Sweden. From the
French of M. Lacombe. 12mo. 35. Kearsly. We have here an account of this capricious, crazy queen*, different from that given by M, Lacombe of Avignon, formerly mentioned in our Review. The present ingenious Writer, though a Roman catholic, preserves at least the appearance of impartiality ; and, while he pays high compliments to the genius and learning of his heroine, does not seem to boalt much of the honour done to his church, by her renunciation of the protestant religion: which he sometimes speaks of as a mere freak of Christina's, or, rather, as a political farce, calculated to procure for herself the protection of the popish princes, particularly the holy pontiff,
• She was daughter and fucceffor to Gustavus Adolphus, the great protector of proteftantifin in the north.
on whom she chiefly relied for support, after she had foolishly abdicated the throne of Sweden,
This is an entertaining piece of biography; and affords in Christina's dear-bought repentance for having thrown away her crown, a striking proof how fatally people may err, who rafhly take any step which cannot be recalled: especially they who, according to a plain English phrase, prt with the staff out of their own hands, and trust to the gratitude of those whom they have obliged.
On this occasion, the affecting old story of King Lear will naturally occur; and in later times, Europe has seen other instances of regal abdica. tion, which were severely repented of,- particularly that of Victor Ama. deus, King of Sardinia ; not to mention the leís voluntary one, of our James the Second.-But it was a sort of fashion in the seventeenth century, for princes to relinquish their thrones. In that age, a king of Poland also took it into his head to grow weary of the diadem that encircled it; viz. John Casimir; who, in imitation of the emperor Charles the Fifth, preferred a monastic life to the splendors of a cours, and the charms of sovereignty.--Strange, that so many of the fons of ambition should take such infinite pains, and even commit fuch horrid crimes, to obtain what others have caft away, as not worth posselling! Art. 21. The firs Chapter of the Prophecies of the Prophet Homer,
With a Letter to the B. of G. 4to. is. 6d. Wilkie. • If in the number of frivolous addresses, says this Letter-writer, that are hourly presented to your lordship, this should appear to be one, you will, I know, receive and dismiss it, with your usual candour and humanity.
• In the mean sime, permit me to observe, not without some degree of astonithment,—that your lordship, with the acuteness of a lynx, could trace out, in the fixth book of Virgil, the foolish mysteries of a false and fantastic religion, and yet want the penetration to discover, in Homer, the great mystery of our own true belief, -our redemption from fin, by the birth of a Saviour: mystery, clearly pointed out by the spirit of prophecy that breathes through those divine psalms, commonly called the Hymns of Homer.
How can we account for such mental blindness, but by acknowledging the righteous dispensations of heaven ? whose will it is,-contound and morțify the men of wisdom ;--- to suffer them to perplex themselves in the labyrinths of science ;--and finally, to leave the ways of truth and simplicity for the discovery of babes and sucklings.
• I freely confess that I am much more indebted to accident for this discovery than to any effort of my own abilities. A confused kind of sentiment, a suspicion, at first, perhaps, not entirely commendable, put me upon making a literal transation of some passages that appeared the most striking. How was I surprised, upon trial, to find such important and serious truths growing in lo neglected a foil! Your lordship need only cast your eye upon the translation of part of the first plalm, to be convinced with me, that Homer was as much inspired as Isaiah or any of the prophets. By comparing it with the original, you will presently observe, that I have taken fewer liberties than are usually taken on such occasions : indeed I have no fyftem either to erect or to defend, though
the invitation to be dabbling in systematic mortar is in the prefent case
• A plain verbal translation is what I offer to your lordship, and
The remaining part of the letter is written in the fame strain :-the
Modern System of Regal Policy, Religion, Justice, $c. 8vo.
Another t:anslation of Matinées Royales : fes cur last month's Cata-
of Abel, and The Messiah. 4to. is. Hinton.
* By Klopstock.
Art. 24. A View of the Copper Coin and Coinage of England, in
cluding the Leaden, Tin, and Laton Tokens made by Tradesmen during the Reigns of Elizabeth and James I. the Farthing Tokens of James I. and Charles I. ; those of Towns and Corporations under the Commonwealth and Charles II. James II. and William and Mary. With Copper-plates. By Thomas Snelling. Royal 4to. ros. 6d. Boards. Snelling.
We have already taken notice of the skill and accuracy of this industricus Metallick Compiler, in mentioning his views of the Gold and Sila ver Coinage of England, and his Doctrine of Gold and Silver Com;ů. tations. Art. 25. A new Méthod of easily attaining the Italian Tongue, ac
cording to the Instructions of Signor Veneroni, with a French and English Translition, enlarged with many Rules necessary to be known, and corrected according to the modern Orthography. By David Francesco Lates, Teacher of Languages in Oxford. 8vo. 55. Vaillant.
Those to whom the principles of Veneroni's Italian grammar were inaccessible, from their want of skill in the French language, will here find the difficulty removed ; and in that respect this new grammar is a defirable publication; for Veneroni bas laid down the belt method of instruction for the acquisition of the Italian tongue.
Those who have no knowledge of grammar will here find the terms explained in an easy manner; and the rules of pronunciation are as explicit and satisfactory as any conveyance that is not oral can render them. The regular verbs are reduced to one conjugation, which is exhibited by a new table ; and the Author has endeavoured, more industriously indeed than successfully, to comprise the irregular verbs under a general rule. The second part (for this work is divided into three parts) contains observations on the orthography, accent, concordance, and poetical licences, &c. of the Italian tongue, selected from the best writers on those fubjects; and the third part confits of a vocabulary, familiar dialogues, fpecimens of address, Italian proverbs, elegant modes of expression; tales, forms of Italian-letters and paffages from the belt poets in that language, all which may serve to initiate and improve the learner. L. Art. 26. The Oeconomical Table,—an attempt towards ascertaining
and exhibiting the Source, Progress, and Employment of Riches, with Explanations. By the Friend of Mankind, the celebrated Marquis de Mirabeau. Translated from the French. 8vo,
• To the Farmers of England,
o this tranflation, undertaken with a view of setting the advantages of agriculture
• ļo their country in a clear light, As the original was to prove the absolute necessity of it to France,
is dedicated by the Translator.' But how far the farmers of England may, in general, be qualified to profitły the perufal of such a work, we shall not pretend to determine, any otherwilė, than by declaring ourfelves entirely of opinion, with the Author.---' thas luch as do not chule to bellow a little close and
patient thinking on this performance, had as good never look into it, since otherwise, in all probability, they would loon lose the thread of the Writer's arguments, and reap nothing but error for their trouble.'
* It is, however, very plain, that agriculture is the most natural source of riches : which shews the propriety of part, at least, of his advice, that-a landed nation should favour the exportation of the immediate fruits of the earth, by the importation of manufactures, which the can turn to advantage, from foreigners. Herein lies the whole mystery of commerce. Let us but act in this manner, (says he) and we need not be under any apprehensions of becoming tributary to other nations.'
It is almost impossible to give any abftract of a work, that is in itself but an abstract of demonftrations and principles ; which are traced through the numerous objects of the oeconomical science, with a very benevolent view; though not without an apparent negligence of file," as the Author himself acknowledges. P
1 Art. 27. The Description and Use of the Globes, in Question and
nswer : with an Explanation of the Terms. To which is added, an Appendix, concerning the Properties of the Four Elements, Fire, Air, IVater, Earth; and those of the Atmosphere: also, a brief Account of Eclipses and their Causes. The whole compiled and digested in such a Manner as to render it both intelligible and instructive. By Jeremiah D'Avenant, Philomath. Small 8vo. 3s. Flexney.
The present subjeć, as the Author acknowledges, has been often before canvafied; but as this is compiled for novelty, by question and answer,'— he hopes it will meet with the approbation from the public, which (he says) will be no small article in his future happiness.
The usual problems are here introduced : but we meet with little new, till we come to the appendix ; which might, perhaps, as well have been omilied, as it is wrote in a style not the molt intelligible or instructive :but let the Reader judge.- Nevertheless, all these things take part of fire, and that is the cause, that amongst some stones, as great rocks, they are more nearer to the nature of the earth than to the other elements :' p. 171.-At p. 174, he tells us what is usually understood from the word atmosphere :'--and at p: 180, he talks about the pheno. menas of the heavenly bodies,'—and the judicials relating to an eclipse. Art. 28. A Key to the New Testament. Giving an Account of the
several Books, their Contents, their Authors, and of the Times, Places and Occasions, on which they were respectively written. I 2mo. 25. 60. Davis and Reymers.
• A clear introductory illustration of the several books of the New Teftament, shewing the design of their writers, the nature of their contents, and whatever else is previously necessary to their being read with understanding, is a work (as the Author observes in his preface) that, if well executed, must prove the best of commentaries, and frequently supercede the want of all other. Like an intelligent guide, it directs the reader right at his first setting out, and thereby faves him the trouble of much after-inquiry : or, like a map of a country, through which he is 10 travel ; if consulted beforehand, it gives him a general view of his journey, and prevents his being afterwards loft and bewildered.'