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verence, upon the neglected genius and virtues of Peter Elkington, to whose memory Mr. H. has paid a handsome tribute of respect in an ingenious prose epitaph. We think, with Mr. H. that many of these pieces were originally published too hastily ;' and we allow that his attempts to render them somewhat less exceptionable' have not been totally unsuccessful. Many of the lines are, however, languid and in harmonious: the diction is sometimes incorrect, and lometimes even coarse; and there is a general deficiency in that art of finishing, which every young writer should endeavour to attain, before he presumes to encounter the discerning eye of the Public. We think favourably of Mr. Headley's abilities, we are willing to encourage his exertions; and we advise him not to fight those powerful and judicious objections, which his Master is well known to employ against precipitate publication.
Noty. Art. 21. Felly triumphant over Wisdom. A Poem. 4to. Is.
Robinsons, &c. This piece is too dull to be called satire, and too prosaic to de. serve the name of a poem ; it is nothing better than feeble sense in rhime. .. Art. 22. An Ode on the Immortality of the Soul: occasioned by
the Opinions of Dr. Priestley. And Life, an Elegy. By the Rev. John Walter, M. A. Master of Ruthin School, and late Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford. To which is added, An Ode to Humani. ty, founded on the Story of Scipio : by the Rev. John Walter, Senior, Rector of Landough, Glamorganshire. 12mo. is. 6d. Johnson. 1786.
In the first of these pieces, the Author has unquestionably started, and is combating, a bugbear; for every one who is acquainted with Dr. Priestley's writings, must know, that he is a believer in the doc. trine of Immortality, on the authority of Divine Revelation. These Poems are of that middle character, which neither engages admiration, nor provokes cenfure. The sentiments expressed in them are, in general, such as will give pleasure to the pious reader; and the numbers are not inharmonious.
NOVEL. . Art. 23. The Rambles of Fancy; or moral and interesting Tales.
Containing, The Laplander. The ambitious Mother. Letters from Lindamira to Olivia. Miranda to Elvira, Felicia to Ceci. lia. The American Indian. The Fatal Resolution. The Creole. By the Author of the Adventures of the Six Princesses of Babylon 12mo. 2 Vols. 55. sewed. Buckland. 1786.
Take care, fair lady! you are by no means safely mounted Fancy is a runaway tic, and stands in particular need of the curb. Without a figure, we would recommend it to Miss Peacock, in her future writings, to keep a little more within the line of nature and probability. Her stories are too romantic to affect us, and her language much too pompous to please. We must farther observe to her, that in the present times, a tale about Genii and enchanted palaces has but little chance of being read.
* Miss Lucy Peacock.
We mean not, however, to discourage the lady: she is not without abilities-but the finest soil requires the hand of culture to make it valuable. Let Miss Peacock attend to this; and we doubt not but that her imagination, when meliorated by time, will bring forth good and wholesome fruit.
DRAMA Tic. Art. 24. He would be a Soldier ; a Comedy. In Five Acts. As:
performed at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden. Written by Frederic Pilon. 8vo. 15. 6d. Robinsons. 1786.
In his Preface, Mr. Pilon informs the reader, that' the very great success which has attended the performance of this comedy, induces the Author to state a circumstance which, on the first bluse of the business, must appear rather fingular: He would be a Soldier was pre- . sented to Mr. Colman in the course of last summer, and returned because that gentleman did not like a line of it:'-If our Author means by this anecdote, to impeach Mr. Colman's judgment, he, at the same time, does him complete jaftice, by printing the play.
MEDICAL, Art: 25. Two introductory Leatures, delivered by Dr. W. Hunter,
co his last Course of anatomical Lectures at his Theatre in Wind. mill-ftreet. To which are added, fome Papers relative to Dr. · Hunter's intended Plan for establishing a Museum in London for the Improvement of Anatomy, Surgery, and Physic. Printed by Order of the Trustees. 400. 6s. Boards. Johnson. 1784 *.
The two lectures here published contain the history and the eulo. gium of anatomy; also the proper method of pursuing anatomical ftudies with advantage.
Though we do not perfe&tly agree with the late Dr. Hunter in all the opinions advanced by him, yet we think this performance, efpecially the latter part of it, merits the peculiar attention of the ana. tomical student; the advice it delivers must, if duly atcended to, be fingularly useful.
We have in this publication a memorial from Dr. Hunter which was presented to the King by Lord Bute, thewing the usefulness of anatomy, and the necessity of its being cultivated. The Doctor proposed to establish an anatomical school for teaching this science more advantageously than it had hitherto been taught in this kingdom. » Toward executing this plan, he solicited Lord Bute to obtain from i the King a grant of a piece of ground for building a theatre, mu-, seum, and dwelling-house for the professor ; offering to expend fix or seven thousand pounds in the building, and in the endowment of a perpetual lectureihip, over and above furnishing the museum with his very valuable and curious collection of preparations and books. After repeated applications, he had the mortification to find that his proposals were unacceptable. At length, wearied by long delay, : he wrote to Mr. Grenville, begging pardon for having given lo much trouble, and withdrawing his generous offer..
That Government should discountenance a scheme, so well calcu. lated to promote the advancement of a useful sciencc, seems unaccountable!
* This article has by fome accident been overlooked: it ought to have appeared sooner, Hh 3
Art. 26. An E Jay on the Virtues and Properties of the Ginseng-Tea.
By Count Belchilgen, M. D. and J. A. Cope. M. D. and P. R. B. With Observations on the pernicious Effects of Tea, drinking in general. 8vo. Is. Mrs. Randal, Royal Exchange. 1786.
Not an essay on the virtues and properties of that fine aromatic and cordial Asiatic plant known by the name of ginseng ; but a recommendation of we know not what farrago of herbs, roots, and flowers prepared by the Author.
The observations on tea-drinking are extracted from Dr. Lettrom; and a few cases are added, of people who have been cured by the use of the Author's infusion.
om Art. 27. An exact Representation of the very uncandid and extra
ordinary Conduct of Dr. John Coakley Lettsom, as well previous to, as on, the Day of Election for Physician to the Finibury Dif
pensary. By Thomas Skeete, M. D. 8vo. 6d. Fielding. 1786. Art. 28. 1 Vindication of Dr. Lettsom's Conduct relative to the
late Election at the Finsbury Dispensary, in a Letter from J. C. Lettlom, M. D. to S. Hinds, M. R. 8vo. 6d. Fielding, 1786.
The Public is not interested in private disputes. There are few to whom this contest relates, and still fewer to whom it will afford any entertainment.
Dr. Skete has published a reply to Dr. Lettsom's letter, in a half sheet, of eight pages, Svo. given gratis. Art. 29. An Efay on the medical Character, with a View to define
it. To which is subjoined, Medical Commentaries and Observations adapted to several Cases of indisposed Health. By Robert Bath. 8vo. 29. 6d. Laidler.
An imitation of Ds. Gregory's “ Duties and Office of a Physician." The commentaries and observations, which occupy three fourths of the work, are sometimes judicious; but we cannot accede to all Mr. Bath's doctrines, nor do we admire his Ityle, which is in general singular and affected..
: Mom Art. 30. A concise Relation of the Effects of an extraordinary Styptic,
&c. By Barth. Rufpini. 8vo. 28. 6d. Johnson. 1786.
This performance, which is to be considered as a second edition, contains farther confirmations of the efficacy of the ftyptic mentioned in our Review for August last, page 156. Art. 31. A short Esay on the Nature and Symptoms of the Gout;
with a view to recommend a Medicine to the Attention of those who are affliéted with the irregular and flying Gout. By James Rymer, Surgeon. izmo. 40. Evans. 1785.'
Short, but containing just obfervations. Not knowing Mr. Ry: mer's specific, we can say nothing of its good qualities. We therefore refer our readers to his own account of it.
Do Art. 32. Some unful Observations, from long Experience, on the
Virtues and Eficacy of those celebrated Medicines, James's Powders, and Norris's Drops. By a Phyfician. "8vo. 6d. 'Bew. 1785. .
The Author of these observations impartially examines the inerits of two well-known antimonial preparations, one in a solid, the other in a liquid form, He juftly oblerves, that in some cases the .
powders seem to be more efficacious than the drops; and, that in @thers, the liquid form is preferable to the folid. The good effects of each of these medicines are fully set forth in former publications. Co Art. 33. The present Practice of Surgery. By Roberc White, M.D.
8vo. 6s. Boards. Johnson. 1786. The art of surgery has of late years been greatly improved, and many useful practical rules have been added to those delivered by former writers. Dr. White's intention in the present work is, to offer to the young practitioner ' a general system, as compendious as its nature would admit of, formed from the general practice, in its present cultivated state, and founded on positive facts.
We acknowledge his good wishes, and the defire he expresses for the improvement of the art ; but we sincerely regret that the rational and theoretical parts of surgery should have been not only neglected by the Doctor, but even the Atudy of them discouraged. He complains heavily, that, • in this refined age, theory has too much the ascendency.' The expression is by no means a proof, that the Author of it, lives in an age and country which is in the least refined. He re. probates the state of learning too ;'Education,' he says, 'is wrought up beyond the limits of useful knowledge.' How many parts of use. fül knowledge are we not in want of ? Does not the medical art, in all its branches, afford sufficient proofs of our deficiency in useful knowledge? How many miserably distressed objects daily implore in vain the allittance of our best practitioners? Useful knowledge has not yet arrived at its limits; nor is it in the power of man to define there limits, supposing them even to exift. · The work before us contains many good practical observations, and, though it is by no means a complete system of surgery, it will, in several instances, afford instruction co the pra&itioner. It is concise, and in some places so brief, as to afford but little afsiftance to cbe student.
The language is frequently laboured, hard words are often unne. ceffarily introduced, and what is worse, misapplied. • Exorbitant feth *,' in fungous ulcers, for exuberant. “Purity of the wound, for cleanrefs. “Lay' frequently occurs for lie. With many others of a like kind, which are unpardonable,
D. Art. 34. An Inquiry into the Origin and Antiquity of the Lues Vee
nerea ; with Observations on its Introduction into the Illands of the South Seas. To which is added, a short View of the various Remedies recommended in that Disease, from its first Appearance in Europe to these Times. By William Turnbull, Surgeon in his Majesty's Navy. 8vo 28. 6d. Murray. 1786.
We suppose most of our medical readers are sufficiently acquainted with the history of this dreadful calamity : they will, however, in the present performance, meet with a concise and faithful account of the means by which it has been propagaced, and a detail of the various remedies which practitioners in different countries and ages have usually recommended for its cure.. Art. 35. Obfervations on the Use of crude Mercury or Quicksilver,
in Obstructions of the Bowels, arising from Inflammations or
• This, however, we imagine, may be an error of the press. Hh4
other Causes. With Remarks on the Use of Castor Oil. By R. S. Nevinson. 8vo. 15. 6. Newark printed, and sold by Baldwin in London. 1786.
We scarcely expected to have seen this dangerous mode of practice, which has been so universally reprobated by all rational practitioners, recommended by a writer of the present day. The quota. tion of the following maxim is a sufficient proof of the Author's lite. rary abilities. "Anceps remedium melior eft quam nullam ;' and his frequent use of egotism marks his self opinion. Art. 36. A Lecture, coniaining plain Descriptions of ine Situa
tion of the large Blood-veffels of the Extremities; the Instrument called Tourniquet; and the Methods of making effectual Pre Ture on the Arteries, in Cases of dangerous Efluisons of Blood fron Wounds, &c. By W. Blizard. 8vo. Is. 6d, Dilly. 17.6.
The laudable design of giving instruction to young men who are intended for the army or navy, of the means by which they may Bop violent hemorrhages until the allittance of a surgeon can be procured, deserves encouragement; and we are happy to find a gentle.. man, so well qualified, heartily engaged in the execution of it. A m Art. 37. A Treatise on the Gout; with the Recommendation of a new Medicine. By Onllow Barret, M. D. is. 6d. Stockdale, &c. 1785. An advertisement for the Author's specific pills. Art. 38. in Elay on natural Labours. By Thomas Denman, M.D.
8vo. 28. Johnson. 1786. A continuation of the Doctor's works on the obstetrical art. The present performance is similar to those of which we have frequently given our opinion.
MISCELLANEOUS. Art. 39. A candid Defence of the Appointment of Sheriff's Brokers,
as originally instituted by Sir Barnard Turner, Kot. and Thomas Skinner, Eig, late Sheriffs. 8vo. 1S. Davis, &c.
From the representations here given, we find that where goods were taken in execution, the officers who took them had the ap. pointment of brokers to value them, who managed so well their mutual intereit as to opprefs both debtor and creditor; and that the connection between them was understood by finding particular brokers always standing securities for several theriffs officers under all changes that took place. In annual offices, those who pass through them seldom underland their business vill their term is nearly expiring ; so that the under-officers, who are stationary, taking continual advantage of the inexperience of their successive principals, continual abuses are practised, and under this office they are exercised on the uniortunaie! Happily Mr. Sheriff Skinner understood the nature of this business too well to pass it over, and therefore he and his col. league in office cut off the iniquitous connexion by appointing bro. kers them elves: but their year having expired, and other theriffs succeeded, this publication seatonably appeared, to prevent their transactions from returning into the old channel; as the officers con. trive to render the buứness of the brokers under Mr. Skinner's regolation as unwelcome as possible, in order to reitore their old friends, and renew their old habits of reciprocity