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an infight into the merits of this minifterial dispute, may truly be said,
very extraordinary Address to his Majesty.' 8vo. is. Nicoll.
The address on which this pamphlet is founded, hath been so much the topic of public and private animadversion, that we cannot sup. pose any of our Readers unacquainted with this famous cbif.d'autre of the great city,
It was, certainly, a very strange and unaccountable procedure! How, in the name of common sense, could the common council entertain che thought of fo cavalierly treating the king, in a congratulatory address to his Majesty, on the birth of another prince?
But we need not expatiate on the absurdity of their conduct; they have been pretty well chalised for it already, not only in the spirited pamphlet now before us, but by a whole army of writers, in the public papers :- beside the univerial cenfure passed on them in all companies, as well in the city, as out of it.- -Yet, while we condemn the mishehaviour of those fr-w representatives of the citizens
, concerned in drawing up and presenting this ridiculous and obnoxious paper, let us not indiscriminately involve their constituents in the same sentence ; for we are well fatisfied, that the offensive part of that address, is by no means agreeable to their sentiments. The paragraph in question appears rather to have been the sole atchievement of che factious citizen, who had, somehow, gained a great ascendency in the councils of his brethren; (an ascendency which we thall not bere pretend to account for) but who pofiibly haih, by this salh behaviour, ettectually opened the eyes of those who have fúffered themselves to be hood-winked, and guided, till they have found themselves in the situation of the blind led by obe biiud. Art, 15. Remarks on the Importance of the Study of Political Pama
plets, IVeekly Papers, Periodical Papers, Daily Papers, Polia tial Music, c. 8vo. Nicoll. Attacks the political writers, in a strain of irony, not unlike that of h: great Swift ; nor much, if at all, inferior to the spirit and energy of that admired writer. The main drift of the Author, is to pidicule the popular clamour raised against the Scotch : which he does with temper, humour, and pleasantry, Art. 17. The Merits of the New Administration truly Nated; in
Anfruer to the several Pamphlets and Papers published against them. 8vo.
Williams. In this sensible defence of the New Ministry, the pretended charges against them, fontained in the several papers and pamphlets lately pub Tihedon the subject, (and which the Author confiders as maliciously urged by the agents of their fate predeceffors in power) are reduced to the following inconsiderable nnmber, viz. • That the new ministers are under the infuence of the favorire ;—which appears to be false. That they are recommended to the crown by the D- of Ç_-; -which
does them honour. That they are disavowed by Mr. Pitt;which has not yet been proved. That they are young ;-which is partly true and not pertinent. And that their administration will not be lifting, which is more than either they can deny, or their enemies affirm, with certainty.'
This mixture of falfhood, encomium, presumption and conjecture, as our Author terms it, is, fays he, repeated and diversified every day in order to make the impression, which a plain and interesting truth would have made upon the understandings of men, without repetition or ornament.' He confiders each of these charges; premising that the only one which, in his opinion, deserves confideration, is that of the favorite's influence : upon which the greatest ftress has been laid, as being the most popular.-What he says upon this capital article, as well as upon the others, is specious, if not fully satisfactory; and, to say the least, deserves to be well attended to. The Writer gives us to understand that he has a seat in the house; which may be true ; but whether true or not, this is a circumftance that can neither add to, nor detract from the merit and weight of his reasonings.
MEDICAL. Art. 18. The Practice of Inoculation impartially consider'd; its signal
Advantages fully proved; and the popular Objections against it confuted : In a Letter to Sir Ed. Wilmot, Bart. By John Andrew, M. D. 8vo.
I S. Exeter printed, and sold by Wilfon and Fell in London. Published by Dr. Andrew, with the view of obviating the prejudices which have obftrufied the practice of inoculation in the city and neighbourhood of Exeter. To his own account of the practice, and his great success therein, he has added the sentiments of Dr. Huxham, and several other eminent physicians, relative to this very interesting subject, * As communicated in private letters to the Author.
PoE тіс A L. Art. 19. Original Poems on several Subjects. By William Ste
venson, M. D. 8vo. 2 Vols. 55. Hawes, &c. Whatever may become of Dr. Stevenon's poetical character, he is certainly a man of good sense and found judgment; for he advises his readers not to take up his poems till they have dined well, and drank plentifully. We heartily recommend the Doctor's prescription to every reader of these Original Poems; though hard is the fate of us Reviewers, who, it is well known, never dine at all.
Specimen of Dr. Stevenson's poems: from his Character of Churchill's Writings:
Not nature juft in ev'ry part,
Wild thoughes, made wilder hy his pen,
So little human in his plan, As Mr. Churchill is not living, to return this blow, the Author, to avoid the imputation of meannesi, on account of this posthumous at tack of our late dieaded satiriit, declares that what he has let fall, with regard to Mr. C. was written before that gentleman's decease.
Art. 20. Kimbolton-Park, a Poem, Folio. IS. Dodsley,
The subject of this poem seems to have given more occasion to reflection than description : and the poem itself appears to have rroceeded rather from the gratitude of the Author than the importance of the ob. ject. Kimbolion is a seat of the Duke of Manchester, if we mistake not, in the neighbourhood of Huntingdon, and was the place where Catherine, queen of Henry VIII. retired, after being divorced from ber cruel and brutal husband. The poet avails himself of that circum. ftance, and throws.it into the following pathetic verses :
When hapless England felt a tyrant's sway,
For not the fragrant breath of rosy morn,
In England then the sons of freedom Nept,
That right his Naves enjoy'd her Lord deny'd :
Where luit and tyranny oppress no more. Sentiments of great humanity and goodness of heart are scattered through different parts of the poem; and, though not withont fome weak, inaccurate and unpolished lines, it is upon the whole a pretty performance. Art. 21. A Translation of the Pfalms of David, attempted in the irit of Christianity, and adapted to the Divine Service. By
Christopher Christopher Smart, A. M. sometime Fellow of Pembrokehall, Cambridge, and Scholar of that University. 4to. Royal Paper One Guinea, Common Paper Half a Guinea. Bathurst, &c.
As Mr. Smart so highly resented the manner in which we mentioned some of his late productions, and as we found he was so fenfibly hurt by what we faid of them, however juftly or however tenderly we expressed ourselves, this consideration drew from us a promise, that he Thould, for the future, have little cause to be offended with us on that account : indeed some unhappy circumstances in this gentleman's life, seem to have given his latter writings a peculiar claim to a to:al exemption from criticism. Accordingly, we chuse to be filent, with regard to the merit of the present publication.
• See Rev. Vol. XXIX. p. 398.
Art. 22. Fables in Verse. By T. Mozeen. 12mo. 2 Vols.
55. Bladon, &c. Although Mr. Mozeen's Pables are too inconsiderable for criticism, he may think it but bare justice, in a work of this kind, that a specimen of kis abilities should be given : take, then, the following:
Where principals are found and true,
Subjects that made their master gaudy ;That is, the king was finely dress’d and deck'd out with atheism, blaf. phemy, and bawdy; and a fine figure he must have been ! But here comes something still more brilliant !
-Who the way to happiness wou'd hit,
His LADY, rich in virtues every spark ;-
Æsop, LOCMAN, PILPAY, FONTAINE, GAY, MOORE,
. 23. Queries ; Georgical, Political, Phisiological, and really in some Infances bordering upon the Polemical. Folio. 6d. Becket.
From the singular manner in which this pamphlet is printed --without title-page, preface, incroduction, capital letter, comma, colon, femi-colon, full.point, note of admiration or interrogation --we concluded, at firt fight, that the Author must certainly be a little whimsical ;-and on perufing his queries, we were confirmed in the conjecture: with this addition, however, in his favour, that he is undoubtedly a man of genius, and extensive knowledge. What his particular view in publishing them may be, is not altogether so apparent; and our Readers, from a peru. fal of some of the queries, collected with no more regard to coherence and connection than the Author hath shewn, will know as much of the matter as we do,
• what benefit hath the irish multitude reaped from the dublin society
• are not the irish peasants partiularly those of munster and connaught the most miserable Naves in his majesty's dominions
• from what causes hath the reformation made fo small progress in ireland
• when doctor berkeley preached up corn-husbandry to the irish did he not advise three fourths of them like the giants in ftory to war againtt heaven
• is not the giant's causeway too regular for a frolick of nature too cnormous for art
• what benefit hath accrued to science husbandry or trade from the cdinburgh focieties
• are not the tenants of the north of scotland a fawning starvling itchy generation
• how confonant to humanity would be the reply of a cock laird were the misery of his tenants hinted at god help you man they ken nae better
• is not the faculty agreed that oatmeal is cooling and wholesome and that the scotch fiddle is consequent to poverty and uncleanliness
are not the scotch beef mutton filh oats and greyhounds fuperior quality to the English
• why don't forty shillings a year give right to a vote in scotland as in england and ireland
had there been no london focicty would commerce the fine arts and the coarse have been less forward
· while intending to encourage industry has not the good society in some cases promoted idleness
• in aiming at the useful has the society never hit on the frivolous
• is one hundred pounds an adequate premium for raising five tons of wine in america would not a medal a feather or a nick-name have been rather more proper • is genius to be bribed or coaxed into existence
hath any academy or literary society hitherto instituted given risc to a bacon a milton a corregio
is the circulation of mattering in each department of science to the advancement of learning in any
as many skippers grudge the expence of a compass what is to be the price of harrison's time keeper
• which are of most use to true husbandry the reveries of an ignorant theoritt affuming the name of an essex or fulsex farmer or the vapourings of a school master with his headpiece incumbered with gimcracks to the detriment of his pupils or the vauntings of a practical farmer who to