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table Thirst of Gain in some of our City Gentlemen, is lashed with exquisite fpirit; for instance,

I know 'tis a maxim receiv’d in 'Change Alley,
(But their scales with my standard fure never will tally) :
That nothing but Wealth without measure can raise you,
For—the fum you are worth-at so much they appraise you.
Why these people are mad-VOLUNTEERS for a mad house
Ah! JONATHAN'S! JONATHAN's thou art a fad house!.
By one single sentence thy myft'ry's explor’d-, .,(ADOR'D."

For fuch phrenzy as this what relief do we know : Son of Isaac! 'twou'd baffle the art of MONRO.

Let the wretches proceed then without moleftation,
Since they chuse to be damn'd let them go to damnation,

I remember a griping otd LOMBARD-STREET BANKER,
Whole heart was eat up by this Gold-loving canker;
His fraud and opprellion so flagrant became,
Men, women, and children, detefted his name :
Mobs with hiffes pursu'd, if he stir'd from his portal,
Yet hear the consolement of this wretched mortal:
* Let them cat-call and hiss as they will,” cries old Hunks,
“ So their hisses and cat-calls invade not my Trunks."- "

It may perhaps seem odd that old Jacob Henriques should be here se: presented in the character of a rich man. We feared it was far otherwise with this honest Hebrew patriot, and that he had expended his fortune in fchemes and advertisements for promoting the glorification" of “ Worthy Britain." However, we hope it really is as here in. timated; in which case his seven blessed Daughters may be all good fortunesand therefore we heartily wish them all very good huf. bands. Art. 8. The Cub at Newmarket, a Tale. 4to. Is. Dodsley, · From the sprightly Prefaze * we expected very high entertainment in reading the Poem; but the humour of the piece being chiefly cont fined to the occasion and the place, we were much disappointed, as the meaning was scarce intelligible to us. However we believe this laughing performance will be well understood and approved by the Jockey-Club at Newmarket.

. A fpecimen of this may be taken from what he fays to the Critics, by which we suppose may be understood the Reviewers.-------" Pray, good Gentlemen, be quiet. Do not apply your confounded squares and compasses to a performance, whoke beauty, if it has any,---confifts in a carelefs tale. What have your gráve countenances to do here? It is not at ait becoming in people of your dignity and consequence, to keep company with Cubs. What the duce! can't a cornical fellow take a hearty laugh, but one of you fage Pbilosopbers must clap on a pais of damnation spectacles, and stare him full in the face, in order to find out pimpler upon his nose?" Art. 9, The Exhortation, à Poem. ' 4td. is. Woodfall.

Exhorts us not to be afi aid of our foes, on account of Mr. Pitt's have ing quitted the helm of the state ; for that we have men enougha left,

equally equally zealous for Britain's welfare, - oř, in the words of the good old ballad, “ five hundred as good as he."" The Poem is a very dull and mean, but a well-intended performance, in the style of the Bellman's Verses, which are usually very honest, though very homely.

. MISCELLANEOU S. Art. 10. The Defects of an University Education, and its Un". fuitableness to a commercial People; with the Expediency and

Necessity of erétting, at Glasgow, an Academy for the Infručtion of Youth In a Letter to 7: M. Efq; From a So'ciety interested in the Success of this public-spirited Propofal. 8vo. is. Dilly. : : . .:

That ihe plan of Education pursued at our Universities in general is too narrow and confined, has been long complained of; and, we are persuaded, there is just foundation for such complaints. That young gentlemen should employ so much of their time as they generally are obliged to do, in Logic, Metaphysics, nice disquisitions about the origin of moral virtue, &c. &c, whilft, comparatively, fo little attention is paid to History, Geography, experimental Philofophy, the principles of Trade and Commerce, and many other useful branches of knowlege, is greatly to be lamented, and deserves the ferious consideration of all who have the best interests of their country at heart. :.

* What ordinary company, says the Author of the piece now be. fore us, what company of gentlemen is it, where metaphysical disputes, or the logic of the schools, are ever so much as mentioned ? Willa gentleman, by the deepest skill in them, make the better figure in the house of commons, or appear with the more dignity at the bar? Will his eloquence in the pulpit be the more persuasive, or will he be the better skilled in the animal ceconomy? Will Metaphyfics inspire him with devotion, give him a higher relis of virtue, or enable him to act with greater propriety in life? Or will the know, lege of them be of any advantage to the Parmer, the Architect, or the Merchant? We apprehend that none of these questions can be answered in the affirmative. And must acquirements, that are cona fessedly of no use in life, that are never so much as talked of in good company, waste a year or two of a young man's time? Is life fo Jong? Is time of so little value, that there are not enow of useful ftudies to fill it up with? - Müft recourse be had to things which any. well-bred man would be ashamed to have it suspected that he had ever employed his thoughts about " i The Author enlarges a good deal upon this subject, and what he has advanced upon it is, in general, very sensible. Some will no doubt think that he treats Universities with too little respect; be this, however, as it may, it does not affect the main point he has in view, viz, the Expediency and Necessity of erecting an Academy at Glasgow, the design of which shall be, to give such a practical and compendious course of Education, as may, in some measure, qualify the

Gentleman, Gentleman, the Merchant, or even the Mechanic, to act with greater advantage in their respective stations. This point, in our opinion, he has placed in a very just and Atriking light, and we heartily recommend the perusal of his fpirited performance to our Readers.

Art. 11. Thoughts on antient and modern Travel. Humbly ad

dressed to every one concerned in the Education of young Gentie

men. 8vo. Is. Dodsey. · A very pedantic, trifling performance, from which the judicious Reader will only learn, what is of very little importance to know, viz. that the Author is a great admirer of Berkeley's writings. If there should ever come a time, he says, when men will read leis and think more, Berkeley will then be placed next to Socrate: in fame, as he was next in vijlom. Berkeley, we are told, is the only modern who has not miltaken words for things, and shadows for realities. A .

Art. 12. Rules for the Choice of Husbands. : Addressed to all the

unmarried Ladies of Great-Britain. By Diana Philips, Matron. 8vo. is. Williams.

This Pamphlet has the patch-work appearance of being the product of two different pens. . The first part is stupidly illiterate; the second is better written, but more obscene, and by no mcans fit to be recommended to the Ladies. The female name, inserted in the title, is evidently a piece of Author-craft.

Art, 13. The Accomptant's Companion : Or, The young Arithme

tician's Guide. Being an easy Introduction to Arithmetic, in whole Numbers and Fractions, Vulgar and Decimal, each Rule exemplified by a Number of Questions to make the whole plain and familiar; Extraction of the Square and Cube Roots, and their Application to Use; Interest, simple and compaund; Annuities, Rebate, and Equation of Payments. A Collection of Questions, with their Answers, serving to illustrate. all the Rules. With Variety of Bills of Parcels, &c. to qualify Youth for Trade and Business. To which is added, an Appendix of Cross-Multiplication, applied to Mensuration, as used by different Artificers. The whole designed for the Use of Schools, and is recommended by several eminent Mathematicians and Schoolmafters. By Thomas Harper, Master of the Acądemy in Healy-street, Cavendish Square. 12mo. 2$. Fenner, &c.

The Reader sees the Contents of this book in the copious Titlepage, which have been already treated of again and again. If new Compendiums of Arithmetic improved old Rules of Calculation, or altered the combinations of them, it mighi-be useful to state the me. rits of the innovations; but Addition, Subtraction, and the rest, itill continue the same. Nevertheless, it may be ufeful to Schoolmasters to publish a book. Whenever Mr. Harper brings out another Edition, it is to be hoped the Errata will not make so formidable an appearance.

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Art. 14. A plain and enfy Road to the Land of Blifs; a Turnpiku fet up by Mr. Orator

Smail Odavo. 2 s. 6 d. Nicoll.

A dull and indecent Satire on the Methodists; in imitation, (as its Author, perhaps, imagines) of the celebrated Tale of a Tub, which it resembles in no refpeét whatsoever; and reminds us of the man, mentioned in the ingenious treatise of the Profund, who pretended to write a Play in Shakespear's manner: bnt of the excellent model no nearet resemblance could be found in the whole piece than the føllowing compliårent of faluration:

“ Good morrow to you, good master lieutenant." This man, too, because he would appear like his original, has got the names Petir, Martin, and Jack!-But his production is not only contemptible for its stupidity: it is also a filihy, obscene thing, — for which the dirty Author ought to be washed in the horse-pond.

Art. 15. Longfword, Earl of Salisbury. An Hiftorical Romanić.

12mo. 2 Vols. 6s. bound. Johnston. William, firnamed Long-fword, (from his wearing a remarkable long one) was the natural son of King Henry ll. by the celebrated Fair Rosamond.' He made a distinguished figure, as a military commander, in the reigns of King John and Henry III. in whole time he died, as was faid, by poison, creacherously given him by the famous Hubert de Burgh. The story of this gallant Earl's absence from England, during the wars with France, his long detention at sea by adverse winds, and the base arts employed in the interim by Hubert's nephew, to seduce his fair Counters, and to obtain a fraudulent poffeffion of his Earldom, is the foundation of this agreeable Romance ; in which the characters of the persons, the manners of the times, and the style of narration, agreeable to the ages of chivalry, the valour of knighthood, and the chaste pride of female honour, are all well supported. The truth of history is arefully interwoven with agreeable fictions, and interesting episodes; and the whole has the appearance of being the production of fome elegant female pen, formed on an intimate acquaintance with those paragons of litera. ture, the Romances of the 15th and 15th centuries i which, however extravagant and abovë nature, were always favourable to the cause of honour and virtue; and, so far, preferable to many of the more natural productions of later times. There is also a certain pomp of diction, a richness, and at the same time a fimplicity of expreflion, in this kind of writing, which seldom fails of captivating the Reader; and particularly impresses younger minds, naturally warmed and atracted by the splendour of the heroic virtues, and moved by tbe Aneit affe&tions of the human heart. In short, however the good old Romance may be now laughed out of doors, certain it is, that no (pecies of writing could ever emuse with less injury to the morals, and virtuous makners of the Reader.

Art. 16. A plain Argument to thew, from the Theory and Practice

of the Laws of England, that there is really no Law at all fubffting among Britains for Security of their Properties ; which greatest of all Grievances, with the proper Remedy thereof, is humbly submitted to the Wisdom and Confideration of the Britisa Legiðgture. By a Clergyman of the Church of England. 8vo. Is. 6d. Crowder. . . . .,

If this paradoxical Pamphleteer is really a Clergyman of the Church of England, we would ask him, Whether he does not claim his gowo and callock, and his broad beaver, as his own peculiar property; and whether, if any one should forcibly and feloniously fteal the faid gown and caffock, and broad beaver, from his perfon, or from off one of the pegs of the veltry, such offender would not be liable to prosecution, and on conviction suffer death without benefit of clergy? If he answers in the affirmative, then here is a plain argument again bim, tefthew, from the tbeory and practice of the Laws of England, that there is really fome Law Limba,ring among Britons for tbe Security of their Properties. We would ask him likewise, if any right to tythes he has, Whether the Law does not afford him a method of recovering the said cythes, and other ecclefiaftical emoluments, from his pas rishioners? If he answers in the affirmative, here is another plain argument to thew, that there is some Law subfisting for the Security of Property. We could multiply our queries till their extent should exceed the limits of the duli tedious pamphlet under confideration ; but were we too minute in refuring such flagrant absurdities, the ridis cule would 'retórt upon ourselves. In short, this whimsical Divine, if such be bis function, has founded bis plain Argument, as he is pleased to call it. on a certain periodical work, called, The Lawyer's Magazine'; and the text and comment are worthy of each other.

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Art. 17. A View of the Silver Coin and Coinage of England, from

the Norman Conquest to the presint Time. Considered with Regard to Type, Legend, Sorts, Rarity, Weight, Fineness, and Value. With Copper Plates. Folio, 12 s. 6 d. Snelling,

We have already a Metallic History of England, from the revo lution to the death of George I, deduced from Medals struck on sig. nal occasions. This work is not to be confidered in the same light with that, being limieed to the confideration of the Silver Coin, as coin only ; every Coinage being separately specified under the distinccions expressed in the Title : which, to persons not engaged in this parcicular fludy, appear to bę çuriously and accura:ely attended to. The Plates exhibit an entertaining view of English Money from the

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