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says Mr. Wilon, I have seen several phials so effectually repaired, thai, after being freqoently charged, they were at lalt broken by a fpontaneous dilcharge, but in a different part of the glass.
PoE TICA L. Art. 24. Sophia to Alonzo ; an heroic Epistle. 4to. 1S.
Bathurit. 1779. This Epifle, though conceived with more passion than tenderness, and expreiled with more force than harmony, is not one of the wortt imitations of Ovid that have come before us. There are strokes of nature in it which do credit to the juftness of the Author's pencil. Art. 25. The Lovely Moralist: An Epistle from a late unfortu.
nate young Lady, to her Lover the M-s-s of C-r-n, a few Hours before her Death, after the News of a late domestic Accident. Wish Notes and Illustrations. 4to. 1 s. 6 d. Faulder.
This Epistle, like the former, is written after the Ovidian model. We have not much to say in praise of its execution. The impro. priety and impertinence, to speak in no harsher terms, of making free with private chara&er, merely upon the credit of a newspaper anecdote, are sufficiently obvious. Art. 26. A ColleElion and Selection of English Prologues and Epic
logues; commencing with Shakespeare, and concluding with Gare rick. Crown 8vo. 4 Vols. 14 s. bound. Fielding and Co. 1779.
• The design of this compilation is to be a reservoir of all the prologues and epilogues in our language, worth preserving, given in a chronological succession, after the manner of Mr. (Dr.] Percy's Collection of ancient English Ballads ; so as to intitle these volumes to a place in a library; and by presenting the various species of them, whether in prose or verse; in dialogue or declamation ; in argument, sepplication, or defiance; to thew the latitude with which they have and may be used. For our writers have deviated greatly from the original purpose of these exordiums and perorations; the licentia poetica of Englishmen partaking the nature of their libertas politica, which spurns at despotism, and would no more be governed by the laws of Aristotle, than by those of Alexander.' PREFACE. Art. 27. An Epistle to Jahn Count O'Rourke, Colonel of Horse,
Koight of the Royal Order of St. Lewis, and formerly Lord Chamberlain to Stanislaus King of Poland. 4to. Is. Lewis. 1779.
A compliment to the Count, reciring his high birth (being descended, it is said, from the ancient Irish Kings), his virtues, his military attainments, and his Military book : fee Review for last June, Art. 41, of the Catalogue.
The Poet introduces, likewise, a copious panegyric on the Irish nation; at the same time lamenting, and enumerating, the great hardthips which poor Hibernia hath endured, from the burthens laid upon her by the Englith ; but he gratefully acknowledges the late very favourable regard shewn to her by government.
"'Twas thine, great GEORCE, with lenient touch, to calm
And give her earnelt of her future weal.”
MISCELLANEO U s. Art. 28. Thoughts on the Times, but chiefly on the Profligacy of our
Women, and its Causes. Addresied to every Parent, Husband, and modest Woman in the three Kingdoms. In two Paris; fhewing First, the Danger of public Incontinence; the Absurdity of our Female Education; the Folly and bad Tendency of a fathionable Life, and the Evils that arise froin French Refinement; and Secondly, how seldom Men-Midwives are necessary; that their Practice is dangerous that it is repugnant to Modesty, tends to
destroy the Peace of Families, and endanger Virtue. 12mo. ..2 s. 6 d. Bew, &c.
An indecent attack upon indecency-on what grounds it is made, we pretend not to judge. Art. 29. The History of the Royal Abbey of Bec, near Rouen in
Normandy. By Dom. John Bourget, Benedictine Monk of the Congregation of St. Maur in the said House, and Fellow of the Society of Antiquarians of London. Translaied from the French. 8vo. 35. sewed. Conant. 1770.
To those who are not blest with the true antiquarian inspiration, this hiftory must appear as dry and uninteresting, as the register of births and burials in any country church; affording not one curious fact or interesting anecdote : we will not therefore walle either our own time, or that of our Readers, by making any extracts from it. Art. 30. Piatures of Men, Manners, and the Times; interspersed with Descriptions of the Country, and Rural Enjoyments. Write ten in the Year 1777. 12mo, 2 Vols, 6 s. bound. Booley.
These two volumes consist of thirty chapters, each of which treats on some different topic. They are written in rather a lively man. ner, and may afford j'ome entertainment, the more, perhaps, because they abound with fauire;- satire, which, indeed, is frequenily 100 jult, as particularly when it is employed on the remarkable deli. cacy of the times,': the luxury of the age,'' the bleflings of the card. table,' &c. Art. 31. Lucubrations, Civil, Moral, and Historical. Small 8vo.
Is. 6 d. Scott, Chancery-lane. 1779. A man of literary decency would noi disgorge indigestions wan. tonly in public view, but relieve a weak tomach from crudities in the urmort privacy. One Shandy in the memory of man is sufficient; but this hodge-podge brother of the lervum pecus tribe
- has set to learn, That nine such scribblers will not make a Sterne, Art. 32. Exercises upon the different Parts of Italian Speech, with
References to inercri's Grammar : To which is subjoined, An Abridgment of the Roman Hilory, intended at once to make the Learner acquainted with Hiory, and the Idiom of the Italian Language. By F. Bottareili, A. M, 12mo. 2 s. 6 d. bound. Nourie. 1;78.
Anok of this kind has been so much wanted, that it will be a † ciens recommendation of these Exercises, to say, that they appear Ima juuicioudy adapted to facilijale she learning of the Italian lan.
Art. Art. 33. The Playhouse Pocket Companion; or, Theatrical Vade
Mecum. Containing, 1. A Catalogue of all the Dramatic Au. thors, who have written for the English Stage, with a List of their Works, thewing the Dates of Representation or Publication. II. A Catalogue of Anonymous Pieces. III. An Index of Plays and Authors. In a Meihod intirely new, &c. To which is prefixed, A Critical Hitory of the English Stage, from its Origin to the present Time. With an Inquiry into the Causes of the Decline of Dramatic Poetry in England. 12mo. 3 S. Richardson and Urquhart. 1779.
As great wits are generally said to have hort memories, and may be as liable to have Mort pockets ; they are here offered a memoran. dum book, filled with names, titles, and dates, equally adapted to the deficiencies of both. Art. 34. The Annals of Europe, or Regal Register ; Thewing the
Succeđion of the Sovereigns of Rome, Constantinople, Adrianople, Trebizond, Turkey, Rullia, Germany, Lombardy, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Sweden, Hungary, Poland, Prudia, England, Scotland, and Ireland: Together with the Bilops and Popes of Rome, from the Foundation of their States to the present Time: With the principal Events in each of their Reigns, and the Time when they happened. To which are added, Tables of the cotemporary Princes from the Year 800, and an alphabeti. cal Arrangement of all their Names, Thewing the Time of their Accession and Death, with concise Characters of all, as handed down by the best Historians. 8vo. 5 s. Boards. Newbery. 1779.
The length of this title-page renders it unnecessary for us to say any thing in explanation of the design of this book ; and the utility of the design is too obvious to need illufirarion : we have therefore only to remark, that the work seems to be executed with sufficient accuracy to render it a useful manual to the readers of history. In the doubtful periods of antiquity, the common dates are adopted, notwithitanding the decisive arguments by which the Newtonian chronology is supported. 'Tis altonishing, that in a matter so clearly decided, and on such authority, new writers should still blindly follow the beaten track. Art. 35. A View of the Earth, as far as it was known to the An
cients : Being a short but comprehenlive System of classical Geo. graphy, exhibiting, I. A Descriprion of the several Empires, Kingdoms, and Provinces, their Cities, Towns, Rivers, and Mountains, mentioned in the Greek and Latin Classics. II. An accurate Abridgment of the Æneid of Virgil and Odyssey of Homer, in a Geographical Descriprion of the Voyages of Æneas and Ulysses. With the Travels and Voyages of Sc. Paul. Being a Work absolutely necessary for the righe Understanding of the Clar. fics. Adapted to the Use of Schools and Academies, and illur. trated with a new Set of Maps. By R. Turner, junior, of M:. dalen Hall, Oxford. Svo. 3 s. Boards. Dodley, 1779.
As it is probable that the clasics were underliood long before this ketch of ancieat geography appeared, we cannot, with the Author,
pronounce pronounce his work abrolutely necessary for the right understandiog of them: we mult, however, do him the juftice to acknowledge that it is executed in such a manner, that it may be very useful to the claslical student. Art. 36. The Dyer's Aliftant in the Art of dying Wool and IVoollen
Good's. Extracted from the philosophical and chemical Works of Mesirs. Ferguson, Du Fay, Hellot, Geoffroy, Colbert, and ju. lienne. Translated from the French ; with Additions and practi. cal Experiments. By James Haigh, Silk and Mullin Dyer, Leeds, J2mo. 5 s. 6 d. sewed. Leeds printed, and sold by Rivington, London. 1778.
This appears to be a useful compilement, on a subject concerning 'which very few books have appeared in this country. The art of
dying is, in itself, one of the most curious'; and in a commercial 'view, one of the moit important. In a word, it is an art, in the jmprovement and perfection of which, the philosopher and the me. 'chanic are equally interested. Art. 37. A Dictionary of the Bible ; Historical and Geographical ;
Theological, Moral, and Ritual; Philosophical and Philological. By Alexander Macbean, A. M. 8vo. 6 s. bound. Carnan.
A dictionary of the Bible ought to be wholly confined to the ex. planation of the proper names and more difficult terms contained in the Bible. Instead of this, we find the technical language of Calviniflic theology, and of puritanical mysticism, plentifully dispersed in alphabetical shreds through this volume; the unavoidable conse. quence of which is, that the literary and scientific parts of the work are crouded into a very narrow compass: it may however be of some vse to those who have not an opportunity of consulting larger works. Art. 38. Directions to Servants; particularly those who have
the Care of Children. 8vo. 6 d. Dodsley, &c. 1779. The Author treats his fubject under the following diftinct heads: -Importance of Servants who have the Care of Children-The real Interest of Servants-Directions to Servants in regard to Children. On each of these heads the Writer gives a number of sensible, and some singular precepus. Among the first is the following: 'Take more care in what you say or do before children than before the world; for they may not only imitate, but misunderland you.'From the novelties we have selected what follows : • Children should have nothing said to them on religion by servants. And even pa. rents should avoid it while children are young, and until they have attained all neccffary previous knowledge,'- All prayers should be carefully avoided; because children must misapprehend them. They should have no idea that a good may be obtained but by a right temper and behaviour;' &c.- As this is a point that meriis the molt ample and serious confideration, surely the Author should either have treated it more at large, or have been filent upon it. The little page that he has employed on this subject, may, perhaps, only serve to unserrle the minds of many well meaning people, without fatis. fying the doubts or scruples of any individual.
Art. 39. Dialogues of the Dead with the Living. 8vo. 45.
Boards. Conant, &c. 1779. In these Dialogues, Lord Herbert is conjured up from the valty deep,' to read his own recantation of his errors, and to perfuade David Hume to do the same-Shakespeare' revisits the glimpses of the moon,' to give Garrick an opportunity of saying, “ Angels and minitters of grace defend us," to praise his merits and reprove his faults, and to censure him for making his favourite poet 'the god of his idolatry' in the Stratford jubilee,-Fielding pays his compliments to Mr, Courtney Melmoth, to whisper in his ear, that he porfefses an everflowing vivacity, and a fund of genuine wit, which only require that they should be chaltened by religion, and curbed by judgment, to render him a molt agreeable writer : that his heart is good, his wit flowing, his language elegantly expressive ; his paint. ing the work of a master, and his powers in the pathetic, such as to make every fibre of the finer affections vibrate ; that his Pupil of Pleasure is in its design great and good, and merits the warmest thanks of the friends of virtue-Oh fie, Mr. Gholt ! surely not!) and that he bids fair to be one of the first writers of the age [O tempora!]-Sberlock leaves the mansions of the blessed to upbraid Jenyns with inincerity, and to accuse him of arguing weakly with design, of treating Christianity with coldness and levity, and of throwing out infinuations unfriendly to the Chriftian cause.Cowley lays aside his seraphic lyre to reprove Dr. Hurd for publifing a mutilated edi. tion of his works – Mr. Addisin steals into the closet of Dr. Johnson, to give him a gentle rebuke, for rambling into the chorny paths of party, and to hint to him, that his writings would be more pleasing, if he would • alter the uncouth dress of his expreslions, and polish the rugged severity of his thoughts,'-The venerable Langton sternly reproaches the courtly Gibbon with having represented the Church as unfriendly to the rights of the people, and unjuftly depreciated the Chriftian religion ; and to assure him that in the world of spirits, all believe.' And lastly, Cicely, Duchess of York, does penance for her pride and ambition, by presenting herself before Lady S. to give an unwilling teftimony to her uncommon merit.
In all this, there is neither argument enough to carry much conviction, nor wit enough to afford much entertainment.-Let this short outline of these Dialogues then fuffice.
MEDICAL Art. 40. A Review of Dr. Lettsom's Observations on Baron Dimfdale's Remarks refpe&ting Dr. Letifom's Letter on General Inoculation, By the Hon, Baron T. Dimsdale. 8vo Pamphlet. Owen, &c. 1779,
We took the liberty of declaring, with respect to the piece to which this is an answer, that the disagreeable dispute between these ingenious doctors being now become entirely personal, we looked upon ourselves as excased from entering at all into its merits. On this account, we only notify the publication of the present reply, for the information of those of our Readers who may be inclined to examine both sides of the question.