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curiofity is fufficient to engage him to an examination of matters of this kind." As such, and in no other view, we recommend this Pamphlet to the notice of our Readers. Art. 2. Remarks on the Papers relative to the Rupture with Spain,
occafioned by the Observations on the same. 8vo. Is. Cooke.
The Remarker is severer than the Answerer; and what he ada vances seems more to the purpose, than any thing we have observed in the performance of the last mentioned Writer : but it is all severe animadversion on the late Secretary. Art. 3. The Political Testament of the Marshal Duke of Belleifle.
. 12mo. 2 s. 6 d. sewed. · Vaillant. It has been the fashion to write the political Teftaments of eminent statesmen in France; and it has been found, in this way, as well as on other occasions, that money was most easily, if not honestly, to be gained, by putting the pen into a dead man's hand: which, in the present instance, is supposed to have been guided by one Ch- r, a man of lively parts, who has been employed as an Amanuenfis by some great men abroad. He has here collected a number of entertaining anecdotes, and connected them with suitable reflections, with which he makes the late M. de Belleifle figure away in this post. humous manner to the great edification of all credulous Readers, and even to the not disagreeable amusement of those who may have penetration enough to see through the fallacy. But we cannot help viewing all these Author-tricks in a serious and unpleasing light, as they have to manifest a tendency to the discredit and decay of literature.
MiSCELLANEOUS. Art. 4. The late Tumults in Ireland considered, and the true Causes
of them impartially painted out, with their refpcétive Remedies. 8vo. 1 s. ' Nicoll.
Offers some reasonable conjectures relating to the late Disturbances, in our Sister Kingdom, and Thews that the poor people who have fo rashly engaged in these Riots, had but too much reason to be discontented ; although, as in all popular commotions, they have taken very improper methods for procuring redress. It is, however, the duty of Government, to enquire impartially into their Causes of Complaint, and to take the most effectual measures, in order to prevent such unhappy Tumults for the future. Art. 5. A Collection of ridiculous Stories. 12mo. 1 s. 6 d.
Hinxman. - Ridiculous Stories indeed !-We never saw or heard any worse told. Art. 6. The Life and Gallantries of Lewis. XV. 8vo. 2 s.
fewed. Thrush. An old thing, formerly published under the title of Memoirs of Zeokinizul, King of the Kofirans.
Art. 7. The Art of Poetry, on a new Plan. Illustrated with a
great Variety of Examples from the best English Poets, and of Translations from the Antients; together with such Reflections and critical Remarks, as may tend to form in our Youth an ele. gant Taste, and render the Study of this Part of the Belles Lettres more rational and pleasing. izmo. 2Vols. 6 s. bound. Newbery.
By she's Art of Poetry, and some other compilations of that kind, are well known ; but they ought rather to be called Poetical Dictionaries : and we recollect that a work with this title was lately published. [See Review, Vol. XXV. p. 231.] But the present per formance is preferable to any thing of the fort that hath yet apo peared, the Compiler having sewn more taste in the choice both of ihe Critical Observations, and of the Portical Examples, which he has selected from the best modern Writers; adding here and there a few judicious reflections of his own.--Mr. Newbery, in his prefatory Advertisement, begs leave to recommend these and the subsequent volumes, to the young Gentlemen and Ladies who have read his little books. (and many grown Gentlemen, too, there are, who may profit by looking into them] “ In those he attempted to lead the young pupil to a love of knowlege; in these he has endeavoured to introduce him to the arts and sciences, where all useful knowlege is contained." - This ingenious and industrious cultivater of young minds seems to have prudently followed the Poet's maxim:
Begin with gentle toils ; and, as your nerves
Grow firm, to hardier by just steps aspire. ARMSTRONG. But we could have wilhed that he had been less influenced by good nature, or private friendship, in regard to a few of the examples he has cited, as, models of excellence in poetical compositions. Such names as ****, ******, or *****, ought not, as we apprehend, to have appeared as authorities, in company with those of Milton, Dryden, Pose, Thomson, Akenside, &c. However, it is but justice to add, that instances of this fort in the work before us, are very rare ; and moreover, something must be allowed to difference of taste, and sentiment. Every one that walks in the garden, will not cull the fame species of flowers for a nosegay.
Art. 8. All for Love; or, the World well left, a new Romance,
founded on Fiction. 12mo. 2 s. Freeman. Founded entirely on Fiction, say you, Mr. Freeman? We understand you. 'Ware scandalumn magnatum!
Art. 9. Four genuine Letters, which lately passed between a noble
Lord, and a young Iloman of Fashion. 4to. 2s. Williams. We refer the Reader to the following article.
Art. 10. Art. 10. A full Vindication of the Conduit of the Eari öf ,
in a late Love-Affair. ' In a Letter from a Gentleman at Aix. la-Chapelle, to his Friend in London. 8vo. IS. Dawe.
As this Gentleman seems to speak for himself and Co. and to talk very honestly and intelligibly concerning the publications to which L-- P 's Elopement with Miss H — has given birth, let us hear what he has to say.
“ What a fund of matter (says this supposed Letter-writer of Aix) will this be to your Grubstreet Garetteers !" (we hope there is no such place as Grubstreet .at Aix-la-Cha elle] “ What forgeries, what inventions ! what nonsense will issue from the press upon this occafion. The English love to be amused, and their hireling Writers take care to please them.” If this honeft Gentleman happens to be successful in ihe care he has taken to please the Public, Mr. Dawe will, doubeless, know whom to hire, on the next promising occasion.
Art. 11. The Injured Lady. Containing fome Particulars of a
late Elopement, &c. 8vo. 6 d.. Sympfon. We beg the injured Lady's pardon ; The should have stood first in this honourable liit, as having first appeared on this worthy subject : but, perhaps, it may be as well to cioud her in the rear, and thereby save her blushes.
Art. 12. Day, an Epistle to C. Churchill. By G. Freemans
Esq; of the Inner Temple. 8vo. 1 s. 6 d. Williams. . A great deal of poetic dirt has lately been fung about by the scule lions, grooms, and link-boys of Parnassus; but this is prose dirt.
POETICAL. Art. 13. The Recruiter for Germany. 4to. 6d. Williams.
The reluctance lately sewn by some of our soldiers, when invited to go voluntarily to recruit the regiments in Germany, seems to have given the hint to a ballad-maker, to express his dislike of the war in that part of the world; which warfare he ridicules to the tune of a begging we will go.
Art. 14. A Pindaric Ode on Beauty, occafioned by the late Royal
Nuptials. 4to. 6d. Worcester printed by Butler. This Author has given onc proof of his judgment, in secreting his name;— we wilh he had given us one proof more, in secreting his Pindaric Poen), as he calls it.
The Remainder of this Month's Catalogue, containing a great Number of Articles, is deferred to our next.
For M A Y, 1762.
Notæ, five Lectiones, ad Tragicorum Græcorum veterum, Æfibili,
Sophoclis, Euripidis, quæ supersunt Dramata, deperditorumque Reliquias. Auctore Benjamino Heath. Oxonii, e Typographeo Clareridoniano. 4to. 145. in Sheets. T.Payne.
THE task of the Commentator is the most tedious and I toilsome of any within the province of literature. The eternal drudgery of collating Manuscripts and Editions ; of tracing the Proteus, Conjecture, through all his evasive forms, and wading through the vast Profound of Batavian erudition, is dreadful even to think of; insomuch that, when we meet with any of these heroic martyrs of literary patience, we cannot help crying out with the Poet,
O Te, Bollane, cerebri
Felicem dixi! This painful application is the more surprizing, as the labours of the philologist are seldom rewarded with praise.
But as there is a secret delight even in the pursuit and difcovery of geometrical truths, so we suppose some solitary pleasure of the same kind may accompany the wandering Commentator through the barren desarts that have been traveiled by his predecessors. · With this persuasion, we fit down to the work before us ; and hope, gentle Reader, we fhall not be entirely disappointed.
In justice to Dr. Heath, it will be necessary to quote the following passages from his Preface : . “ Scias igitur annum jam duodecimum procedere, ex quo priinum horas aliquas subsecivas, graviorum studiorum inter Rev. May, 1762.
capedinem captans, Græcorum Tragicorum Lectioni impenderim. Cum vero mihi vel leviter eos pertractanti haud pauca occurrerent loca ab interpretibus hactenus parum intellecta, fæpiffimè etiam Scriptura vulgata manifeftiffimè effet depravata, quod ex mediocri quam mihi paraveram rei metricæ notitiâ facilius deprehendebam ; operæ pretium esse duxi, privatæ tantum oblectationis gratia, neque editionem futuram ne in fomniis quidem meditans, explicationes atque emendationes noftras, prout e re nata sese offerebant, scriptis mandare. Porro, cum illecebris hisce magis, magisque irretitus certam aliquam Poetæ uniuscujusque editionem semper adhibuerim, editionis istius quasi supplementum quoddam notulas nostras reputare, iisque adeo criticorum quorumque observationes, prout ultro mihi aliud agenti sese offerebant, interserere, paulatim assuevi, ita tamen ut propriis auctoribus omnia fideliter et nominatim afcriberentur. Cum Poetas tres tandem pervolutassem, ecce annotationes noftræ in molem satis amplam jam excreverant. Minimè igitur mirum, si, prout hominibus naturâ infitum eft ut cuique sua quadantenus, interdum etiam plus justo, placeant ac blandiantur, mihi etiam mea operis haud prorsus contemnendi speciem præ fe ferre viderentur, atque utilitatem faltem aliquam poetarum horum quenquam impofterum edituro ex iis accidere poffe judicarem. Hâc fpe maxime excitatus laborem in me suscipere, non detrectabam opus denuo accuratius recensendi, errores quos ex familiaritate, cum his Scriptoribus penitius contractă indies detegerem corrigendi, et ea denique intermiscendi quæ aut memoria, aut tumultuaria Lectio ad rem nostram spectantia fuppeditaret. Nam adversaria quidem congerendi, aut indices verborum conficiendi, nunquam mihi hactenus aut otium ad fuit, aut libido.
“ Rpfat jam ut editiones iftæ quibus annotationes noftræ accommodatæ sunt, et quarum ut supplementum quasi quoddam habeantur velim, sigillatim designentur. ' “ Quod igitur ad Euripidem attinet, operum ejus omnium adhibui Editionem Barncfianam, Hecubæ, Orestis et Phænissarum, Editionem Kingianam, Hippolyti Musgravianam, Alcestidis Morellianam, Fragmentorum Grotianam, in Excerptis suis et Stabæo.
" Quod ad Sophoclem, Editionem Græcam Henrici Stephani, cum Notis Camerarii, Græco Latinam etiam Johnsoni, et eorum qui ejus veftigiis insistentes eam abfolverunt; in Fragmentis vero Grotiaram supra memoratam.
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