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will ever be: those who, studying mankind only in their clofets, ata tempt to describe manners they have never seen, are certain in the end to betray their ignorance and presumption. Art. 24. A Poetic Epistle to the Author of a Paraphrase of a cele.

brated Chapter of St. Paul. Fol. 1s. Faulder. 1779. On the supposition that Mr. Anitey, che humorous Author of The New Bath Guide, could not write seriously, our Author imagined (when he saw the Paraphrase on the 13th Chapter to the Corinthjans * advertised) that this son of pleasantry muft mean a burlesque ; and having read the poem, he still thinks that it is a ludicrous per. formance.- What a construction !

On this idea, the Author of the pamphlet before us has given Mr. Anstey a friendly admonition ; of which a single line,

• Renounce thy errors, and repent in time,' may be a sufficient specimen. Art. 25. The Divorce. A Poem. 4to. 1 s. 6 d. Bishop.

1779. The Author tells us in his preface • he is resolved, with his eyes open, to join the scribbling tribe.' Of this rafh resolution take the following proof:

We, who scorn the musty rules
That stern religion caught her fools,
Have set at length the matter right,
And prov'd it as a juller rite,
To find a flaw--and kindly fever

Whom fate unkindly yok'd nogether.'
Art. 26. An Estay on Man, in his State of Policy; in a Series of

Twelve Epitiles. By Thomas Delamayne, Esq. 410. 2 s. 6 d.

Harrison and Co. . Of the Twelve Epistles, announced in the title-page, the present publication contains only Three. When Mr. Delamayne has completed his design, we shall give an account of the whole performacce. Art. 27. The Guardians; a Poem. By a young Lady of Portfo

mouth. 460. 6 d. Robinson, &c. 1779. The young Lady of Portsmouth, with fingular diffidence and mo. defly, requests, if this little poem should become an object of the Reviewer s notice, that the worst lines may be selected as a specimen of the Author's performance.

We are sorry that a talk should be imposed upon us, especially by a Lady, which, we must confess, our abilities are in no degree equal :: 10. For how can we presume to point out the worst lines, when all are equally good?

The poem is intended as a compliment to Admiral Keppel. Art. 28. Friendship the derniere Ressource. A Poem, addressed

to a Gentleman late of Cambridge. By a young Gentleman of the Middle Temple, 4to. 19. 6 d. Evans.

For the sake of this young Gentieman's acquaintance, we will hope that Pope's observation is not cue,

That each bad aurhor is as bad a friend.

For an account of this performance, fee Review for June, 1779.


Art. 29. Bagnigge-Wells: A Poem. In which are pourtrayed

the Characters of the most eminent Filles de joye. With Notes and Dllustrations, critical, historical, and explanatory. 410. 1 s. 6 d. Hawkins, in Paternoster-Row. 1779.

Thy arbours, Bagnigge, and the gay alcove,
Where the frail nymphs in amorous dalliance rove,
Where 'prentic'd youths enjoy the Sunday feast,
And city matrons boast their Sabbath's reft ;
Where unfledg'd Templars first as fops parade,
And new-made Enfigns Sport their first cockade;
Sing Muse, conversant in the various styles

Which deck St. James's, or adorn St. Giles.'-
Thus fings the Muse of Bagnigge-Wells; and the poem proves
the Author happily conversant with his noble subject.
Art. 30. Ode to the Genius of Great Britain. 4to. 1 s.

Doddley. A Pigmy bestriding the Pegasus ot Pindar. Art. 3i. The Modish Wife. A Poem. Inscribed to the reigna

ing Ton. 410. Is. Dixwell. A general satire on modern female dissipation, and fashionable vice.-The subject and the verse equally contemptible.

MISCELLANEOUS Art. 32. Thoughts on the Conduet of Admiral Keppel; together

with Reasons for reitoring Sir Hugh Palliser into the full Confi. dence and good Opinion of his Country. 8vo. 3 d. Richarda son and Urquhart. 1779.

A sober and sensible vindication of Admiral Palliser, under four. , teen distinct heads,-the last of which being a general conclufon from the whole, may be here extracted.- If a man, who in the heat of action behaved with the greatest gallantry, and in the mot exemplary and meritorious manner, who fought his ship till the was reduced to a perfe& wreck, who was the last in action, suffered the molt in the action, and did not defift while fighting was permitted bim ;- if such a man, to whom the more generous spirit of the ancients would have decreed public honours and rewards, were to fall a sacrifice to party rage, and to be treated as an enemy to the state, who was the most anxious to serve the state,-the navy of England, which was heretofore its glory and its boast, must be haltening with quick feps to inevitable ruin. Art. 33. A Treatise on the Custom of counting Noses. 8vo. 1S.

Kearly. 1779. This humorous Writer is of opinion that the Custom of counting Nofes will appear to the fagacious reader a subject of the greatest import; being, says he, no less than that upon which every movement of the ftate depends : During this nasal ceremony, reason and argument attend in suspence, and are often dismissed without a power of appeal.-Life, liberty, and property, is here under a most abso. lute controul: Is it not then incumbent on us to inquire into the pature of that upon which every thing so dear to us depends ?

After examining into the causes and effects of this custom, he proceeds to inquire into its conveniency.

? In

• In the first place, then, the nose was, before this inftitution, (allowing me to speak in metaphor) the most idle member of society ; and therefore certainly now the most proper to be employed. It partook of the smallest share in performing the fun&ions of the human frame. Its peculiar sense is, comparatively speaking, triling, and that too is frequently destroyed, by the almost continual colds. which we labour under in this climate.

• Again : it is, in some cases, from the habiliments of office, and a peculiarity of shape, in fact, the only point of the man that can be got at. For example, my Lord Bathurst, when a little while ago Lord Chancellor, could not, I contend for it, be sold, upon a stateday, by any other evidence in nature. A meagre Bishop, in his lawn (though I confess it would be a very new appearance), comes within the same cafe ; as do Judges, Peers, geotlemen of the Bar in the House of Commons, and the Speaker in general. The pre: fent one happening to have so much forehead, does not overturn the rule, for exceptio probat regulam, cum multis aliis; so that, but for this, in some of the instances I have given, as that of my Lords the Bishops (whose taciturnity is pot, from long and immemorial usage, now a matter of remark), an enterprising Minister might, like Bayes, foift in a bench of buckram upon any urgent occasion, and thus carry a question against the most leading principle of the con. ftitution.'

After expatiating with much pleasantry on the policy of the cufp tom, he concludes with a COMPLIMENT to Dr. Johnson, on the clearness of his definition * of the nose, which first opened and gave a scope to his comprehension of the subject. Art. 34. A Mort Appeal to the Public. By the Gentleman who

is particularly addressed in the Postscript of the Vindication of some Passages in the fifteenth and fixteenth Chapters of the Hittory of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. 8vo. 15. Roblon,

In the Postscript to his Vindication Mr. Gibbon makes a few obser, vations on an anonymous pamphlet, under the citle of A few Remarks, &c. By a GENTLEMAN.- Most of the instances, says Mr. Gibbon, which are here produced, are of so brittle a subltance, that they fall in pieces as soon as they are touched : and I searched for some time before I was able to discover an example of some moment where the Gentleman had fairly staked bis veracity against some po filive fact asserted in the two last chapters of my History. At lait I perceived that he has absolutely denied that any thing can be gathered from the Epistles of St. Cyprian, ou from his treatise de unitate Ecclefiæ, to which I had referred, to justify my account of the spiritual pride and licentious manners of some of the Confeflors,'

The Gentleman, in chis Appeal to the Public, replies in the following manner — As I profess truth to be the only object of all my in. quiries, so, when found, I mean ever to make it the sole rule of all my words and actions, I shall not therefore attempt to justify, or even to palliate, the apparent error, otherwise than that the Author's period impressed a very different idea on me than the words of St.

.“ The prominence on the face, which is the organ of scent, and the emunctory of the brain."


Cyprian, as referred to, then did, or ftill do; and that very idea, through almost unpardonable inattention, I expressed with the utmost inaccuracy. But as the very best excuses may not prove satile factory to all readers, I readily give it up, as I would any other error or errors pointed out to me, which I think it is che indispensable dury of every man of honour to do. I hould moreover have acknowledged my obligations to the Author himself, for pointing out my error, had he done it with becoming decency and good manners.'

The Gentleman acquaints us that there are several remarks both before and after the passage Mr. Gibbon has condescended to take notice of, in which he had fairly staked his veracity against some positive fact asserted in his hiftory ; and he appeals to the Public, if they had not a right to be satisfied on several other articles to which he has chosen to be utterly silent. He mentions some few objections which a complete vindication, he says, should have cleared up. But we refer cur Readers to the Appeal itself.

* For our account of the Gentleman's former Remarks, see Re. view, vol. lix. p. 231. Art. 35. Examen Philofophique et Politique des Loix relatives aux · Mariage, Repudiation, Divorce et Separation., Par un Citoyen du

Monde.- A Philosophical and Political Examination of the Laws

concerning Marriage, Divorce, Separation, &c. Svo. 2 s. 6 d. · Elmsley. 1779. . • The unknown Author of this Examination writes like a philofopher, a man of sense, and a good citizen. His tract is addressed to the parliament of England, which he looks upon as the wiselt legillative body in Europe, and to which, together with the Atudy of our free conftitution, he acknowledges himself indebted for what. ever ideas he has on the subject of legislation. He further tells us, that if there is a state on earth which has given to laws their true direction, where man is in poffeffion of his native dignity, and enjoys all the advantages of society, without giving up too many of the prerogatives which he derives from nature, it is undoubtedly ENGLAND." The best political constitution, however, he júllly obo ferves, has ftill too many defects; and, indeed, every work of man bears upon is evident and Atriking marks of his weakness, his pas. fions, and his errors. It is incumbent, therefore, upon every good citizen, to point out, with modelty and decency, whatever he confiders as a defect in that system of laws to which he is subject, and to contribute every thing in his power towards carrying it to as great -a degree of perfection as the present condition of humanity can admit.

The fabject of our Author's Examination is one of the most im. portant that can engage the attention of a legislator; marriage being one of the principal pillars of society, one of the branches of legislation which has the greatest influence upon the peace and order of society, and the happiness of individuals. Every abuse, indeed, in relation to it, muft necessarily be attended with pernicious conse. quences to the body politic, and to its members,

1: is to be regretted that our Author, who seems to be well ac• quainted with human nature, and to have confidered his subject very atten:ively, should have coofined himself to such narrow limits; and lasisked bimself with a transiens glance at a variety of topics, many of which require, and to which he is very capable of giving, an ample discussion.

Within the limits of ninety-two pages we have about seventy chapters, to which we must refer our Readers. Though the Author only touches upon many curious' points, his couches are those of a master

EX PEDE HERCULEM. Art. 36. Remonstrance des Naturalistes a la Chambre des Lords du

Parlement d Angleterre, relativement à la Libertè de Conscience. Ecrite par Mr. D. C. Avocat. 8vo. I s. Sold at No. 3, MarketStreet, 'Oxford-Market.

A light, declamatory piece, in favour of universal toleration, written in the true spirit of Voltaire. It is probably intended to recommend the Freethinker's conventicle in Margaret street. Art. 37. The House of Peeresses; or, Female Oratory. Contain

ing the Debates of several Peeresles on the Bishop of Llandaff's Bill for the more effectual Discouragement of the Crime of Adul. tery. 4to. 2 s. 6 d. Keaslly. 1779.

The frequency of divorces in cases of adultery, among our people of fashion, has given birth to this piece of pleasantry, among other Jate satirical reprehensions of the shameless misconduct of our highbred dames. The debates, in this female parliament, on the Bihop of Llandaff's Bill, are well imagined, and supported with spirit. Perhaps this ludicrous method of attacking the vices of the great, may be better adapted to produce some degree of reformation, iban more serious arguments, though drawn from the most intereling and important considerations.

RELIGIOUS and CONTROVERSIAL. Art. 38. A Supplement to the Works of John Hutchinson, Ela;

By the late learned Robert Spearman, Efq; 8vo. 3 s. o d. Law.

Those who have a reverence for the mystical philosophy of Mr. Hut. chinson, will be pleased to find, in this posthumous publication of Mr. Spearman, (one of Mr. H.'s most distinguished followers) an ac. count of the life of the great leader of a sect, of whom, though of very modern date, scarce any traces now remain.-So, for the ho. nour and interest of the human faculties, may it ever fare with mysticism! Art. 39. A Theological Survey of the Human Understanding. In

tended as an Antidote against Modern Deism. By Robert Applegarth. 8vo. S s. Boards. Phillips, &c. 1779.

If we are not mistaken, this book has been already reviewed. Our Readers are referred to page 236 of our fifty-Gxth volume.

The work there mentioned bears the same title with the book now before us; but the Author's name was not then put to it. Perhaps this is a new edition. "

S E R M O N S. 1. The Evafion of Payments due to the State on Account of Customs ana

Excise, considered, in a Discourse on Exod. xx. 15. Thou shalt not

fteal. 8vo. 6 d. Cambridge printed, and sold in London by • Cadell, &c. 1779.

The force of this short diffuasive from the crime of smuggling confils in a dry frigid proof, that defrauding the state of its duties:

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