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AFFAIRS OF IRELAND. Art. 26. A View of the present State of Ireland. Containing
Observations on the following Subjects, viz. Its Dependance, Linen Trade,-Provision Trade,- Woollen Manufactory,-Coals, Fishery,- Agriculture, Of Emigration,-Import Trade of the City of Dublin,-Effect of the present Mode of raising the Revenue,-on the Health and Happiness of the people, -the Revenue,-a National Bank,- and an Absentee Tax. "Intended for the Con Gideration of Parliament, on the approaching Enlarge, ment of the Trade of that Kingdom. To which is added, a Sketch of some of the principal Characters in the Irish House of Commons. 8vo. 1 s. 6 d. Faulder. 1780.
Those who may require information on the very interesting and important subjects which are discussed in this elaborate, well digested, and well written performance, will meet with great satisfaction in perusing it. It is worth an hundred of the flimsy invectives, com. monly produced by political-especially national, disputes. , Art. 27. A Letter to the People of Ireland. In which are in
cluded, fome cursory Observations on the Effect of a Union. 8vo. 1 s. 6d. Faulder.' 1779.
Strenuously recommends a general written association of the peo. ple of Ireland, in support of their trade, particularly the woollen manufactures, as the only desirable, safe, and effectual mode of redreling their grievances, and making their country flourish. An association of this national kind, the Propoier observes, 'is a mea. sure wonderfully calculated to unite all descripcions of men, and to inspire that union. It is not a question about the power of the crown, in which the Whig might take one side and the Tory ano. ther. It is not a question about the liberties of the people, in which the Diflenters might go farther, perbaps, than the Roman Catholics : nor is it about the plunder of government, where the majority of parliament might be on one side, and the majority of the people on the other; but it is that question where Whig and Tory, Dilsenter and Roman Catholic, Country Gentleman and Courtier, mult agree. they must unite to prefer property to poverty, and trade to the want pf it,'
The Author states the objections that will, probably, be made to this great and important design, and answers them. He seems to expect nothing from the justice or generosity of England. "There is,' says he, no such thing as political humanity ; or, if the senti. ment did exist, it is not likely to be found in a country of commerce.'
Some parts of this pamphlet are written with spirit, and the whole with judgment. Art. 28. A Letter to the Right Honourable the Earl of Hillsborough,
Secretary of State for the Southern Department, on the present State of Affairs in Ireland ; and An Address to the People of that Kingdom. 8vo. I s. Bew. 1779.
Warm declamation, in support of the claims of Ireland. Art. 29. An Inquiry, how far the Restrictions laid upon the
Trade of Ireland, by British Acts of Parliament, are a Benefit or Disadvantage to the British Dominions in general, and to Eng. land in particular, for whose separate Advantage they were ob
, Poetical. 475 taimed. By Sir James Caldwell, Bart. 8vo. 1 s. 6d. Becket, &c. 1779.
The general purport of this treatise, is to shew, that the reftric.., tions which England has laid upon the trade of Ireland, with a view to her own particular advantage, have a contrary effect,-or, at least, that they are disadvantageous to the nation, as an aggregace, includ. ing England and Ireland,' Sir James appears to be intimately conversant with the fabject; and he treats it in a judicious, dispassionate, and intelligent maoner.
. Po ÉTICA L. Art. 30. Miscellaneous Popms. By Mr. Ewan Clark. 8vo.
Whitehaved. Ware and Son. The numerous list of subscribers prefixed to these poems, may be con idered as no bad proof of the estimation in which Mr. Clark is held by those who are acquainted with him: but, whether it is as a man or a poet, they who subscribed will be the best judges themselves. We fear his poetry alone would not have intitled him to such distinction. Art. 31. The House of Commons : ot, Debates in St. Giles's
Chapel. 410. 2 s. 6 d. Fielding. . . We must say of these poetical conversations in the stews, what we faid of the poem on Bagnigge-Wells (in our Review for September laft, p. 23;.) that the Author seems ! happily conversant with his zoble fubjeci. - Of his abilities, a specimen was given, in the account of Bagoigge Wells, here referred to. Art. 32, The dying Hero. A Poem. By Mr. Shepherd, 4to.
18. Flexney, &c. 1779. The principal intention of the Poem before us, is to thew é on what foundation stands the warrior's pride.' With this view, the dyiog hero, Palermo, is introduced as mortally wounded in battle. Roderick, the monarch, under whose banners he fights, endeavours to console him, by promising to build a temple to his memory; or if, adds he,
- Revenge your fiercer with implies,
Yon ravaged realms shall pay the dear-bought facrifice. Rejecting these offers, he requests a respite from death, and that
charge once more in glory's crimson field. Finding from the monarch's reply, that he had, as we may suppose, no power over the grave, he then bids him to prepare
Some glorious maofion of eternal joy,
Secure from change and free from all alloy. Roderick, sensible that i be regions of eternal joy made no part of his dominions, tries to divert his anxiety, by binting that the soul might pollibly perish with the body. Far from being convinced, he demands more fubftantial proof, than what is drawn from conjecture, that the soul is not immortal: but perceiving by the monarch's down caft looks,
How vainly spent his life, his prayer how vain,
“ Oh had I served my God with half the care
Such are the outlines of the dying Hero. It will be doing no injustice to the Writer to obferve, that, though his poem may contain many good lines, it is, upon the whole, a crude and bafty performance: in few respects equal to what might be expected from the known abilities of the ingenious Author.
MEDICA L. Art. 33. Synopsis Medica, or, A Short View of the Modern
Practice of Physic: with a Pharmacopoeia Extemporanea, In 2. Vols. Vol. I. 12mo. 6s. Bew. 1779.
A catch penny publication, copied chiefly from Dr. Callen's Firft Lines, and other works.: the substance of which, the instructed reader will peruse much more to his fatisfa&tion in the original writings; and the uninstructed will not be able to comprehend in any form. The judgment and understanding of this compiler may be eftimated from the following claufe. Speaking of the measles, he says, ' they attack with rigor;' instead of a rigour or shivering, Art. 34. An Answer to Baron Dimsdale's Review of Dr. Lett
fom's Observations on the Baron's Remarks, respecting a Letter ypon General Inoculation. By John Coakley Lettsom, M. D. F. R. S. and S. A. &voDilly, &c. 1779. More personal altercation, of a very disagreeable kind. We fincerely wish this may be the last publication in this very voimport. ant and degrading squabble. Art. 35. Considerations on the Propriety of a Plan for Inoculating
the Poor of London at their own Habitations ; with a View, particularly, to the Arguments urged in Defence of it, by the Author of a late anonymous Letter to Dr. J. C. Lettsom. 8vo. 6 d. Baldwin, &c. 1779.
In our last Month's Review, speaking of the letter to which this, publication is an answer, we gave it as our opinion, that the Author had hit upon the grand and solid argument upon which promiscuous inoculation was to be defended ; and notwithstanding the present Writer has raised plausible objections to several points in the Letter. writer's reasoning, we still think the same. If there were any plan, public or private, for preventing the spread of the small.pox in London, we acknowledge, that interfering with it by unguarded inoculation would be highly culpable and injurious ; but while the people in general are left to all the hazards of natural contagion, which sooner or later they must fall a prey to, we cannot but think, that snatching a great number of them from the dangers of the disease by inoculation, will much more than compensare any bad consequences from diffusing, or rather anticipating the infection. It appears evident to vs, that the cause why inoculation has already so little benefited the public, has been the want of an easy introduction of iç among the poot ; and till fome better plan than that of the Society is proposed," we cannot see the propriety of debarring the most numerous and uses ful class of people from its advantages. Hospitals, in a place like London, are utterly inadequate to the purpose. It would, however, be worth the confideration of the Society, whether, by inoculating only at certain seasons, or in certain distries where the natural disea'e
already prevails, they might not more effectually obviate all the ob. jections of their opponents. Art. 36. A Synopsis of a Course of Lectures on Anatomy and
Surgery. By Magnus Falconar, Surgeon, and Professor of
Anatomy. 8vo. 6s. bound. Longman, &c. 1778. .. · In order to save young Itudents the trouble of perusing treatises of anatomy ; to give them a knowledge of all the technical terms used in the science; and to remove the necessity of taking notes in time of lecture, a practice peculiarly hurtful where the eyes ought to be continually employed, as in anatomical demonstrations; Mr. Falconar printed these very copious heads of lectures, which contain a full and complete reference to every object described or exhibited, and every opinion advanced, either speculative or practical, during his course. The ucility of such a work to ftudents must be obvious ; and it may prove very serviceable to those who have gone through their studies, in order, occasionally, to renew in their minds, ideas which ought to be familiar to every medical practitioner.
MISCELLANEOU S. Art. 37. Characteriffic Striftures; or, Remarks on upwards of
100 Portraits of the most eminent Persons in the Counties of Lancaster and Chelter; particularly in the Town and Neighbour. hood of Manchester. Now supposed to be on Exhibition. Addressed to John Astley, Erg; of Duckinfield-Lodge. In Imitation of a late ingenious Publication, entitled, Sketches from Nature *. Interspersed with critical and explanatory Notes. 4to. 2 s. 6 d. Millidge. 1779.
With respect to the pieces that form the present exhibition, it is but justice to acknowledge, that many of them are truly characteriftic of the different masters whose works they are supposed to be. How far it is defensible, thus to compel them to exhibit before the public, is what we shall not take upon us to determine: we cannot, however, but think, that to gratify personal spleen at the expence of private character, is mean and ungenerous. Art. 38. Hisoire d'un Pou François, &c.—The History of a
French Louse, or the Spy, of a new Species, in France and Eng. land; containing Pictures of the most interesting Characters of the Two Kingdoms, and affording a Key to the principal Events which have happened in the Year 1779, as well as of those which are to happen in 1780. 8vo. 35. Paris. Imported by Becker, London.
The French Louse is produced on the head of a woman of pleasure; but is foon obliged to abandon the place of his nativity by a peftilential disorder, arising from the exhalation of certain mineral vapours, which infected and desolated the whole country. After a variety of adventures, scarce worth relating, he becomes acquainted with the Queen of France, Madamoiselle D'Eon, Dr. Franklin, M. De Sartine, the Duke of Richmond, and Lord Shelburne, Inhabiting the neighbourhood of the brain, the Loure discovers the moft secret thoughts that pass in the minds of these distinguished personages. We cannot venture to say, that the discovery is of much
* See Review for June, p. 474.
consequence, consequence. The Louse has a great deal of ill-nature, a great deal of impiety, and very litile wit. .
N. B. A franNation into English is published. Art. 39. Cash Tables at Five Pounds and Fifteen per cent. on
the Duties of Excise and Malt. Also at 2 and 1. per Cent. or 6d. and 3 d. per Pound, chargeable on Eltates, Goods, and Effeas, Sold by way of Auction. Calculated with the greatef Exadness, from a Farthing to a Pound, at one View, and from one Pound to Ten Thousand, to the Hundredth Part of a Farthing. Designed chiefly for the Officers, &c. belonging to the Excise, and also for the Use of Auctioneers and others. By John Cross, Clerk to Benjamin Willis, Erq; Collector of Excise for Durham Collection. 8vo. 15. Newcastle upon Tyne, printed. London, Sold by Johnfon. 1779.
These Tables will, undoubtedly, be useful to those for whom they are intended. Art. 40. Rules for reading Italian. By John Povoleri. 4to.
1 s. Cadell, &c. These rules contain nothing of importance, that is not to be met with in every common Grammar.
L A w. Art. 41. The Law of Outlawry, and Practice in Civil Actions.
By Thomas Legge. 8vo. 2 s. 6 d. Baldwin. 1779. Mr. Legge discovers a vehement anxiety. to revive the old law and practice of outlawry, in all its rigors, and to arm it with all its antient severity. But as he confeffes, that the present practice is consonant ' to general precedent for some time last past, it is not very likely that he will inspire many of his readers with the same zeal. Outlawry (lays this eloquent attorney) is a civil action, at leaft, is become a shadow instead of a substance, and though originally intended as an especial handmaid, is now become a common proltitute to the suitors; and the King's prerogative and interest therein thereby totally loft; and of these proceedings, we apprize the 4ttorney General (who by duty is bound to preserve every prerogative of the crown), that he take heed that that which appertaios to this maiter (although it seems little more than an ideal one) be not suffered to be annihilated by his not being party to reversals, &c.'
We cannot honestly say, that we with our Author much fuccefs in this attempt to resuscitate the prerogative of the crown : por do we imagine, that the Attorney-General, and other law.officers, would be inattentive to its emolument, and their own fees, unless the furtherance of civil justice required a relaxation of ancient strictness. -So much as to the design and tendency of this work. With respe&t to the execution, Mr. Legge has bestowed a considerable degree of attention to it, and collected many useful cases on the subject. As a Writer, he is sometimes censurable for an unseasonable profufion of words on matters that are not susceptible of ornament, and that require only plainness and precision. .
SCHOOL-BOOK 8. Art. 42. A Treatise on the Elegance of the Latin Tongue. Wherein
Rules upon every part of Speech, the most obvious in good Ag. - thors, and che molt necessary to be knowo, are set forth in the