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Art. 14. Fancy, An Irregular Ode. Folio. 6d. Cooke and Coote.

Warton, Merrick, and one or two more, have written with great fuccefs on this fubject, which is, perhaps, of all others, the moft fufceptible of poetical Enthufiafm; but, with respect to their matterly performances, the prefent Ode is beneath all comparison.

G-r Art. 15. En Elegy on a Drum-head. Folio. 6d. Cooke and Coote.

This piece, it seems, comes from the fame hand which obliged the public with the above-mentioned Ode to Fancy: we thall only add, that he beats the drum worse than he blows the flute.

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Art. 16. The Triumph of Scipio, an historical Poem on the late Rebellion. By Robert Blake, Efq; 4to 1s. Cooper.

Mr, Blake should have learnt to write Senfe, and English, in plain profe, before he attempted to drefs up his conceptions in the flowe y garb of Poefy; but unluckily his mitlaken zeal for a good caufe, has hurried him into Rhime, before he appears to have been well grounded in Renfon.

Art. 17. Albion restored, or Time turned Oculift. A Mafque. 8vo. Is. Seymour.

This is a very trivial performance, without any new thought, cr triking expreffion. The fuppofed incident on which the title is founded, is Time's pouring fome liquid into Fortune's eyes, who, having her fight restored by it, plucks the laurel crown from the head of Folly, on whom he had beflowed it during her blindness; and then drives Comus and the Bacchanals (to whom the depreffion of Albion is afcribed, ftupidly enough) off the ftage. Some may imagine, by the following motto to this trifle,

Grey bearded Time hath got the key,
And in his pocket lodg'd it;

As foon as e'er he gives it me,
I'll certainly divulge it,

that the Writer intended fome political mystery under his mafque. If there was any fuch intention, which is not very clear, it must turn on the perfon of the Sage, who is delivered from his cave and chains by Albion; and then, in gratitude, under the conduct of Minerva, is fuppofed to restore her, and to fubdue the Genius of France; which is very eafy to fuppofe, and to say too, in much fuch poetry as the K.

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MISCELLANEOUS.

Art. 18. A Letter to Robert Dingley, Efq; Being a Propofal for the Relief and Employment of friendlefs Girls, and repenting Profitutes. By Mr. Hanway. 4to. 6d. Dodfley, &c.

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Mr. Dingley having fet on foot a project for founding an Hofpital for the charitable purpose mentioned above, the public-fpirited Mr. Hanway, who seems indefatigable in the promotion of all fuch beneficent fchemes, (both by his pen and purfe) has thought fit to addrefs this Letter to the faid Mr. Dingley; wherein he warmly recommends to the affluent and the humane, the wretched ftate, not only of those unhappy women, who are plunged into a kind of neceffity of pur

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fuing a courfe of life, the end of which they know is perdition,' but alfo of those poor and friendlefs girls, who are in danger of going aftray. With regard to the latter, he fays he took the hint from the fuccefsful conduct of the Marine Society, who seem to have fhewn the way for taking care of friendless and abandoned girls, as well as boys; and he adds, that the former may be rendered as ufe⚫ful at home, as the latter are abroad.'

It is with pleasure we obferve the progrefs already made towards carrying fo benevolent a scheme into execution, by the many and generous contributions not only to Mr. Dingley's fcheme, but to Mr. Fielding's, which we mentioned in the Review for March last page 268.

Art. 19. Almira or the Hiftory of a French Lady of Diftincti on. 12mo. 3s. Corbet.

A parcel of French bombaft, and amorous extravaganza, conceive ed in the true fpirit of the romantic Novels of the laft age; and abounding with flames, darts, lightning, ftars, moonshine, Cupid, Venus, rocks, groves, and purling fireams; thiming, fighing, whining, fighting, dying, and a long Etcetera, of fuch like love dinties, with a fober defert of matrimony at the end of all: according to the laudable custom of Novellifts and Play-wrights.

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Art. 20. Brief Remarks on the original and prefent State of the Drama. To which is added, Hecate's Prophecy, being a Characteristical Dialogue between future Managers and their Dependents. 8vo. Is. Hooper and Morley.

Abufes Mr. Garrick as a Manager, and ridicules him as a Man. Such malicious pieces are of late become pretty common; and are generally fuppofed to flow from the refentment of disappointed Authors or Actors.

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Art. 2. The Theatrical Review: For the Year 1757, and beginning of 1758. Containing critical Remarks on the principal Performers of both the Theatres, together with Obfervations on the dramatic Pieces, new, or revived, that have been performed at either Houfe within that Period, &c. 8vo. Is. 6d. Coote,

Contains many trite, and fome new and judicious Observations: upon the whole, the pamphlet deferves to be diftinguished from the common theatrical trash that every winter fo plenteously produces.

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Art. 22. Syberec: or, Confiderations on the ten Ingredients used in the Adulteration of Bread Flour, and Bread. To which is added, a Plan of Redress, including a Method to prevent effectually future artificial Scarcities, and to relieve Parishes of their Rates, by employing their Poor; by which the Juftices of Peace and Parish Officers will be much affifted, and the honeft Gains of the Baker redoubled. By Peter Markham, M. D. 8vo. 2s. Cooper.

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Art. 23. An Efay on Bread; wherein the Bakers and Millers are vindicated from the Afperfions contained in two Pamphlets; one intitled Poifon detected, and the other, The Nature of Bread honeftly and difhoneftly madet. Proving the Impoffibility of mixing Lime, Chalk, Whiting, and burnt Bones in Bread, without immediate difcovery. With plain and eafy Experiments to difcover Alum, and other Admixtures in Bread, inftantly. To Which is added, an Appendix; explaining the vile Practices committed in adulterating Wines, Cyder, Porter, Punch, Vinegar, and Pickles. With eafy Methods to detect fuch · Abujes. By H. Jackfon, Chemift. 8vo. IS. Wilkie.

+ Ibid. p. 566.

* See Review, vol. XVII. p. 564.

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Art. 24. A final Warning to the Public, to avoid the detected Poifon; being an Exposure of the many dangerous Falfities, bafe Afperfions, and grofs Impofitions, induftriously propagated from a venal Pen, in an infamous Pamphlet called An Essay on Bread, wherein the Millars and Bakers are faid to be Vindicated, c.By P. Markham, M. D. Author of Syboros. 8vo. S. Cooper.

Art. 25. Obfervations on Card-playing. With an Addrefs to the Clergy. 4to. Is. Baldwin.

A ferious and pious invective against Cards. Gaming is certainly an idle way of killing Time, and therefore, tho' perhaps there is no more occafion for a total prohibition of all Card-playing, than of any other kind of Amusement, yet every attempt to moderate the prefent prevailing attachment to Cards, muft certainly be allowed the merit of being well-meant; and, on that account, to fay the leaft, our Author deferves the thanks of every one who wishes well to the Public. As to the Clergy, he, in a more efpecial manner, objects to their indulging in this modifh amufement, as it is their duty, in particular, not only to abstain from evil, but from a very appearance of it.

Art. 26. An Essay on the Nature and fuperior Ufe of Globes, in conveying the firft Principles of Geography and Aftronomy to the Minds of Youth; alfo a candid Examination of the Construction

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and ufe of Planifpheres; wherein the erroneous nature, and many bad confequences attending the use of the Vulgar Projection, are pointed out, and the nature and ufe of the Globular Projection, with many new improvements, illuftrated by a folution of several Problems, explaining the general principles of Geography and Aftronomy, by way of introduction to the more ready ufe of the Globes. By Benjamin Martin. Printed for the Author, and fold by him, at the Globe, in Fleet-ftrect. 8vo. 6d.

Art. 27. A Letter from the Author of a late Difcourfe on the Eighteenth Chapter of Genefis, to the Monthly Reviewers, occafioned by their account of the faid Difcourfe; containing fome brief obfervations on the following fubjects, viz. On the Monthly Reviewers method of confidering fome books and pamphlets; on the word Orthodoxy; on revealed Religion, particularly on the word Myftery, and the doctrine of the Ever-blessed Trinity; on the liturgy of the church of England; and, on excommunication, 8vo. Is. Withers.

One Mr. Watson having taken exception at the treatment his difcourse on the eighteenth chapter of Genefis met with, in our Review for August 1756, p. 199*, has, after mature deliberation, and the lapfe of near two years, thought proper publicly to fignify his difapprobation of it. So far are we, however, from retracting what was then faid, that we may even repeat the fame obfervations, as the character of the prefent letter.

He is fo orthodox, that having fixed upon his notions, he declaims hotly about them; and knowing how dangerous it may be to reafon upon them, he avowedly and difdainfully cafts afide the only faculty bestowed on us by God, whereby we may fift the wheat from the choff: whereby we are Chriftians rather than Infidels; whereby we are Proteftants rather than Papifis; and whereby we are men, and not brutes. The random ufe of the words, divine revelation, gospel myftery, belief, perfuafion, &c. fupply the place with this Author; and with

* We have fubjoined our character of that difcourfe, for the Reader's fatisfaction.

The Doctrine of the ever-blessed Trinity proved, in a discourse on the 18th chapter of Genefis. By George Watfon, M. A. 8vo. 6 d. Withers.

Mr. Watson is fpecial orthodox; but his zeal for the revealed mystery, see p. 2. feems to hurry him away with too much rapidity. He is horribly out of humour with thofe who difpute the infallibility of our liturgy; and forely laments, that the Author of the Effay on Spirit remains yet unexcommunicated. In a word, we cannot help recollecting, upon this occafion, the difputant in Horace, who

de lanâ fæpe caprinâ

Propugnat, nugis armatus:

in difpute engages,

With nonfenfe arm'd, for nothing rages,

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other fpiritual dictators: whereas the lowly Jefus condefchended to appeal to our understandings :-fufficiently intimating the confequence of the blind pretending to lead the blind.

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He is horribly out of humour with those who difpute the infallibility of our liturgy, which, in his opinion, it is downright facrilege to alter, or attempt to amend. Its feveral offices are fo admirably adapted to every occafion; the matter and ftile of it fo agreeable to found doctrine, fo free from unfcriptural rapture on the one hand, and cold unmeaning repetitions on the other; in a word, the whole of it so calculated to excite and exprefs true devotion, to inftru&t the people in righteoufnefs, and improve them in holiness, teaching them to walk in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. Wherefore I cannot pass over this opportunity you have afforded me ⚫ of humbly intreating our governors, to beware how they liften to the infidious proposals of unreasonable men ; yea, rather to exert the authority God hath invested them with, for the good of his church, to preferve from facrilegious invafion, and tranfmit to potterity, this ⚫ facred depofitum which we have received of our fathers.'-This extract we imagine a farther proof of Mr. Watfon's orthodoxy; and we dare venture our judgment in believing he would be as warm for the Mass-book, or the Koran, had he been educated at Rome, or at Conftantinople.

He fill forely laments, with a true pontifical spirit, that the church is fo remifs in iffuing out excommunications, bulls, and anathemas against beretics.

To conclude, we again affirm, that he disputes about nothing. When we fee a perfon take pains to demonftrate an incomprehenfibility, he may truly be faid to labour about nothing; even though his performance may be filed, The Doctrine of the ever-bleed Trinity proved. Many have been the attempts of this kind, before our correfpondent advanced his notions; but the misfortune is, that the scheme of St. Athanafius is still contefted, although fo often proved. Yet upon viewing the demonftration of the 47th propofition of the first book of Euclid, the theorem is univerfally granted. Therefore that propofition is proved, and therefore it may feem that the doctrine of the Trinity is not proved. But

Let a manufacturer of myfteries but string a parcel of shreds of Scripture together, as they occur to memory, or rife in the concordance, no matter in what order; let him interlard these with his own comments, though they may have no more dependance or connection together, than a chain of Sancho Pança's proverbs; and, upon the credit of the Scriptures from whence they are drawn, fuch a farago fhall be Twallowed by many, as a regular demonftration: and he who disputes it is an heretic.

Art. 28. Six Letters upon interesting Subjects. I. Hints to the Legislature, touching as well the former laws and customs of Eng

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