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111. Of Exemption from Payinent of Tithes: and of Modus, Cuftom, and Prescription, W. An Alphabetical Table or Index of Things Titheable, and not Titheable, viz. Acorns, After-eatage, After-math, After-pasture, Agiftment, Alders, Altarage, Apples, Ah, Afp-trees, Bark, Barren-land, Beans, Beech, Bees, Birch, Brick, Broom, Calves, Chalk, Cheese, Cherry-trees, Chickens, Clay, Clover, Coal, Colts, Conies, Copper-mill, Deer, Dotards, Dover, Eggs, Elms, Fallow, Ferns, Fish, Flax, Forest, Fowl, Fruit, Fuel, Furzes, Gardens, Geefe, Glass-house, Grass, Gravel, Hafle, Hay, Head-lands, Heath, Hedge-poles, Hemp, Herbage, Holly, Honey, Hops, Horses, Houses, Lambs, Lattermath, Lead, Lime, Loppings, Maple, Maft, Milk, Mill
, Mines, Nurseries, Oak, Orchards, Ofiers, Park, Partridge, Pafture, Pease, Pheafants, Pigeons, Pigs, Quarries, Rakings, Roots, Saffron, Salt, Sheep, Slate, Stubble, Sylva Cædua, Tares, Tiles, Trees, Turf, Turkeys, Warren, Waste, Willows, Woad, Wood. V. Of Setting out, and Taking and Carrying away Tithes. VI. Of the Remedies for Recovering Tithes, and the several Acts of Parliament made for that Purpose. VII
. Of the Manner of paying Tithes, and the Sums payable by the respective Parishes in London. By a Gentleman of the Middle Temple. 8vo. 35. sew’d. Griffin, &c.
Every attempt to reduce the scattered and diffusive matter relative to the several branches of jurisprudence into one collected body, is deserving of public thanks and encouragement: and therefore compilements of this kind ought not to be too critically and severely examined. If the reader is not milled by false doctrine, he should think himself obliged to the compiler, though he may not meet with all the information he had reason to expect. When we consider the little work before us with these allowances, its defects claim our indulgence. At the same time, we cannot but deem the Compiler censurable, for having transcribed several whole pages literally from Burn's Ecclefiaftical Law, title Tithes * : and for having omitted some particulars in his alphabetical table of things titheable, such as madder, turnips t, &c. On so dry a subject, we shall add nothing farther, but refer such of our Readers as are desirous to be better acquainted with the law of Tithes, to the treatise itself.
• Likewise for studiously endeavouring to disguise this plagiarism, by quoting (instead of Burn) the authors quoted by Dr. Burn himself. And where he thinks it necessary to refer to Dr.Burn, initead of referring to him, he only puts down B. E. L.
+ He follows Bishop Gibson, in his alphabetical list of all things tithable, even to chalk and flate; and, in consequence, hath adopted, from him, one capital error, viz. that, in the same catalogue, Corn is never mentioned among things tithable. Art. 13. A Key to the Law; or an Introduction to Legal Knowlege.
To which is prefixed a prefatory Discourse on the present State of the Laws of England, with Hints for the Amendment thereof. By Richard Helmsworth, Esq; of the Middle Temple. 8vo. I s. 6d. Webly.
This Key will never open the chest of legal knowledge: and, in or judgment, Hale, Fettiplace, and Blackstone are the belt locksmiths'.
• See their several Analyses,
plained on the Principles of Reason and Experience. To which is
. Accompanied with Remarks on the Virtues, Qualities, &c. of each Medicine. By W. Samson, Surgeon at Sherborne, Dorsetfhire. 8vo. 2s.6d. Fletcher.
In an age fo notorious for empiricism and lay practice, what have not the faculty to fear from such repeated publications of their arcana? What a number of authors, from Diocles Caristius to Mr. W. Samfon, Surgeon at Sherborne, have attempted to discover the mysteries of our art ?- Diocles Caristius gave some excellent directions for the preservation of health, to Antigonus, one of the successors of Alexander the Great :--and Mr. Samson, Surgeon, advertises to the good people of England the whole art of healing for the trifling expence of half a gown.-Surely the free-riasonry of medicine must ere this be fully laid open to the most vulgar eye! -and a cobler may now mend a difeased body, with the same tightness and security that he patches an old fhoe. - Alas, for the betrayed, deserted fons of Æfculapius ! What remains for us but to tear our venerable wigs !-and, with the difracted Moor, cry out, our Occupation's gone!-But hold! perhaps it is better as it is :- for there are some who think, that publications of this kind will never diminish the number of patients ;-and they furthermore observe, that one reading, dabbling, practising patent, is worth five of those hardy, heedless fons of mortality, who never think of a disease till it comes; and if, by the assistance of art, or the strength of a good confitution, they bruth through the attack, why then they think as little of it when it is over.
Mr. Samson's work consists of 116 pages :-in the first 38 pages, he pretends to instil into his reader such a degree of medical knowlege, as to enable him to diftinguish one disease from another, and to judge what method of cure is to be pursued ;-- this part is little more than a superficial, common-place collection from what has been published at large.-The remaining 80 pages make up an alphabetical dispensatory, compiled from prescriptions, hospital recipies, and the numberlefs difpenfatories which have already appeared in the world. From the first part of this work, the reader will learn pretty nearly nothing, which is as much, we apprehend, as a lay-man, if he considers his own peace and interest, ought to know of these subjects — and, in the difpenfatory, he will find himself half-buried in a busy, bultling apothecary's thop; and the sooner he gets out of it, the better. Art. 15. A seasonable and modest Reply to Dr. Lucas's Cursory Remarks on Dr. Sutherland's Treatise on Bath and Bristol Wa
ters; in which the Innocence of Brimstone is vindicated; and Dr. Sutherland's Experiments on the Existency of that Mineral in Bath Waters, are confirmed. By Diederick Weflel Linden, M.D. 8vo. Moran.
As there hath been more personal abuse and fcurrility than candid and sober arguments in this Bath-water controversy, we shall not enter farther into the particulars of what hath passed, or is now passing in it, than barely to mention the grand point in dispute among these practitioners in medicine and scolding. The question in dispute is this, whether there is any brimstone in the Bath-waters ? Dr. Lucas maintains chere is none; Dr. Sutherland holds the affirmative ; and Dr. Linden, who undertakes to decide between them, avers that Sutherland is right, and that Lucas is no chemist.
• Who shall decide, when doctors disagree?' For our part, we shall pretend to decide nothing in regard to this difpute, but what relates to the manner in which it is carried on. Dr. Sutherland* we have sufficiently shewn to be a very indifferent writer; Ds. Lucas, with superior literary talents t, has treated his opponent with the groffeft contempt; and Dr. Linden abuses Dr. Lucas in language that bespeaks him neither gentleman nor fcholar. In fhort, his ityling this indecent, ill-written pamphlet a modeft reply,'-- is a most unfortunate proof of his own modesty: and in his motto, too, we apprehend he is equally unlucky. He intends it for Dr. Lucas; but a due consideration of the precept will do none of the parties in this illiberal dispute any harm : Be not hafty in thy Spirit to be angry, fwr anger refleth in the bofom of fools. Ecclefiaftes, Ch. vj. v. 9.
See the review of his Treatise on Bath and Bristol-waters, in our 28th volume.
† See our account of his Remarks, &c. in the Review for January laft, P. 70. Art. 16. Observations on the Beaume de Vie; first discovered by
Mons. Le Lievre, the King's Apothecary at Paris. Wherein all
the Objections made to it by the ignorant and interested, are fully · refuted, and its wonderful Eficacy, in a Variety of Diseases, jus
tified on the most reasonable Principles; with Letters and Attefta-, tions in its Favour, from People of the firf Distinction. 8vo. IS. Flexney, &c.
This is an abstract of the late Mr. Le Lievre's much larger volume, concerning his famous medicine entitled as above. Of the original we have seen two or three editions * ; from one of which this pamphlet is, probably, extracted : - but with what fidelity, we cannot pretend to say, not having any copy of the original French at hand. “ As to the medicine itself, which is now publicly vended in London, we know nothing of it but from hearsay, from the Author's own account of its powers and effects, and from the very advantageous character given of it in the letters which he hath inserted in his book; many of which, it must be acknowledged, are from persons of confiderable • Particularly one printed in Paris, in 1763.
sank † and distinction abroad: whose names, one would imagine, could never be made use of, and prostituted to serve the fordid purposes of quackery.
In a preliminary advertisement, the Author, or his Translator, we are not certain which, earnestly recommends this balfam of life, to the FACULTY, as the greatest antisceptic ever discovered, both for external and internal application.' 'If this be true, has he not mistaken the class to which he has thus recommended his medicine? In such a sceptical age as this, the CLERGY (and not the physicians, whose ministry is confined to bodily difeafes) are the proper doctors, to dispense this noftrum, in cases where they find their
own-fermons inefficacious. And, truly, who knows how far the well-lowering of a free-thinker's intestines may operate towards the purification of his brain, and rectifying the diforder of his head ?
But, podlibly, our Author, Translator, or Printer, whoever be the party here concerned, may tell us, that we mistake the matter entirely; that we are drawing erroneous conclusions from an error of the press; and that, for antisceptic, we should read antiseptic.-No matter: the medicine is still a refifter of corruption; and may, for ought we know, prove equally successful in mental as in corporal cales. Therefore, whoever may be troubled with the agre I or atheism, fcurvy I or fcepticism, fever I or freethinking, we advise them to take Beaume de Vien-quantum fufficit.
+'Among which are, the Marquis de Havringcourt, the French ambaffador at the coart of Sweden, Count Treíïau, Lieut. Gen. of the King's forces, and member of the Royal Society, &c. &c.
| The difrafes, printed in Italics, are among those for which this medicine is said to be a never-failing cure.
POETICAL. Art. 17. Miscellaneous Pieces of Poetry, selected from various emi
nent Authors. Among which are interspersed a few Originals. Small 8vo. . 35. Edinburgh, printed for W. Gray.
To please every palate, is generally the aim of every collector of niscellaneous pieces; and, accordingly, in this poetical collection, we have the good, the bad, and the indifferent. Here Mefirs. Akenfide, Grey, Weft, Ogilvie, Langhorne, Mafon, and Lord Lyttelton, with some others of no mean fame, figure in with Duik, Savage, Moses Brown, Sam. Boyce, and a variety of magazine-poets. The Gentleman's Magazine, in particular, has been heavily taxed on this occasion. Among the originals, we do not observe one piece that we cản suppose any of the above-mentioned bards would be proud to see joined with their productions. For instance, what does the Reader think of such verses as these; from a poem to Belinda, with a copy of Pope and Mitchell's Works ::
Surprising power of harmony,
To foften the most iubborn foul,
And every vicious thought controul!
1 he impious hand who firft prophan'd.
The late Rev. Mr. B.' (Author of the foregoing lines) seems to have entirely forgot the rbimes which fhould have been in the second ftanza. From this short specimen, our Readers will perceive that the Editor's taste is not over-nice; and from these verses, too, they may form a tolerable guess what kind of a selection he has been capable of making Art. 18. A Pastoral Elegy, on the Death of his Royal Highness
William Duke of Cumberland. By J. P. Stock, A. M. 4to: 6 d. Peate. What should be great, Mr. Stock, you turn to farce. For in. fance :
Ye fwains of Windsor, chiefly you may moan,
His name but mention'd with the mighty dead. Such a curious specimen of Mr. Stock's poetical abilities will naturally turn the reader's attention from the melancholy subject of this pastoral, to its Author; and Who is Mr. Stock?' will be the question. Stock! Stock! Is it a real or a fictitious name ?' Surely never was the sound of it heard in the muses' train before! Stock, and black, indeed, are terms which frequently occur, in mentioning the appartenances of a farm, &c. but, unluckily, the farms on Mount Parnassus have neither Stock nor block belonging to them. Art. 19. A Monody, on the Decease of his Royal Highness William
Auguftus, Duke of Cumberland. 4to. Becket and De Hondt.
This Monody is several degrees fuperiour to the Pastoral abovementioned ;—but, alas ! the English Achilles hath not yet found an Homer!
Novels. Art. 20. The History of Miss Clarinda Cathcart, and Miss Fanny
Renton. I 2mo. 2 Vols. 55. few'd. Noble. If there are no marks of uncommon genius in these letters, they contain no extravagant flights beyond the boundaries of nature. if the Writer has not produced any extraordinary or high-wrought characters, the (for this work is the production of a female pen) has, however, ketched out some very agreeable ones ;-and if the scenes and situations which she describes are not the most brilliant, or the molt deeply affecting, she has, nevertheless, the art and the power of keeping up the attention of her readers ; and of interesting them in the buliness of her drama, and in the fates of the several personages by whom the principal parts are acted. In brief, the work is both entertaining and innocent: which is saying not a little in recommendation of a modern novel; and much more than one half of them deferve,
MISCELLANEOUS. Art. 21. The Book of Lamentations for the Loss of his Royal Highnefs the Duke of Cumberland. Folio. '6d. Cooke.