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Art. 24. Two Letters, viz. I. 'A Letter to the Earl of Abing

don, in which his Grace of York's Notions of civil Liberty are examined by Liberalis ; published in the London Evening Poft. 11. VERA ICON; or a Vindication of his Grace of York's Sermon, preached on Feb. 21, 1777. Proving it to contain a severe Satire against the Ministry, and a Defence of civil and religious Liberty, upon the well-known Principles of Whiggism. By Mydagogus Candidus. 8vo. is. Almon. The first of these letters contains some Mrewd and pertinent re. marks on his Grace of York's sermon ; the second is an ironical vin. dication of it; and though the irony is, in some places, a little auk. ward, yer there are strokes of humour and pleasantry which will anose the Reader.

R. Art. 25. Du Bonheur. Par M. Deferres de la Tour. 12ma, ..28. Printed by Ed. Cox, No. 73, Great Queen-Street, Lincoln’s

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This essay on happiness is, properly speaking, a treatise on edu. cation. It is written in a {prightly, entertaining manner, and, though it contains little that is new, abounds with manly and liberal sentiments. The Author shews that happiness is only to be found in the paths of religion and virtue; and that the genuine sources of felicity are, the love of God, and the Love OP OUR NEIGHBOUR.

R. Art. 26. The Legislative Rights of the Commonalty Vindicated; of

Take your CHOICE, &c. The second Edition. By John Cartwright. 8vo. 35. 6d. Almon, 1777. Of the first edition of this truly patriotic publication, (under the title of Take your Choice, &c.) we gave some account in our Review for Dec. 1776, p. 478. The work is now greatly enlarged; and may be considered as no improper supplement to Burgh’s valuable Politi

cal Disquisitions. The name of the worthy Author was not prefixed .. to the former impreffion.-Mr. Cartwright is also the author of a

tract entitled American Independence, 't be Interest and Glory of Great-
Britain; for the first edit, of which, fec Rev. vol. li. p. 393. For
the second edit. see Rev, vol. lii. p. 549. See also Art. 23.
Art. 27. Letters to the King, from an old Patriotic Quaker,

lately deceased. 8vo. 2 s. 6d. sewed. Baldwin. 1778.

That these letters are not the production of a quaker-pen, is evi. dent, because they are not written in the quaker style; although a folemnity and plainness of manner is sometimes, not uniformly, alSumed. The Author frequently mentions the brethren; but this is rather the language of the Moravians; the quakers usually fay, ! {be friends,

Exclusive, however, of manner, if this book be considered with respect to its matter, much may be said in its commendation. The Author gives his Majesty a great deal of good counsel, under the following, among other important heads:-on the delicate situation of Princes ;-on religion, as it operates in fociety ;-on our national prosperity at the commencement of the present reign ; on the prefent war in America ;--the importance of a Prince's undertanding the real condition of his people;--probability of a French war ;-the principle of resistance inherent in the Englih conficacion ;-che dis.

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trossful fituation to which we are reduced ;--the improbability of fubjugating the rebels ;--the necessity of an immediate accommodation; the most politic measures to be adopted, on the fupposition that we may be conquerors, &c. &c.

The Author concludes with his plealing prospect of a general reen formation,'--that is, fuppofing his Majesty's converfion, or in the words of the Authos, the King's becoming a christian, according to our conceptions of chriftianity, and thoroughly conformable to all those fimplicities that reader us so fingularly obnoxious to fools and knaves of every denomination,' This, indeed, the writer acknowledges, • is to suppose a revolution that would infallibly aftonith the whole world;'-but, in truth, we apprehend, the whole world would not be the worse, if all its Kings, and their minifters too, were quakers. One evil, at least, would be banished from among us; but what other evils might poffibly be fuperinduced, from so great an alteration in human affairs, it is not for us to say. At present, how. cver, we perceive not any evil that could result from the universal prevalence of peace on earth, and good will towards men.” Art. 28. The Memorial of Common Sense, on the present Crisis,

Sc. 8vo. 6 d. Almon.
Warmly urges, from a melancholy review of the present situation
of our public affairs, a full acquiescence in the American claim of
independence. Mr. Common Sense recommends, also, a change of
minifters, at home, as well as of measures; op the fair presumption,
that those men who by their misconduct, have already caused his
Majesty to lose half his dominions, are unfit to be any longer entrust-
ed with the care and management of what remains.'--This concla.
fion fecms plaufble, but it ought not to be implicitly adopted.-A
gentleman in the country once turned away his groom who by some

accident, had occafioned a fire in the tables, which reduced them to
alhes. The servant afterwards found great difficulty in getting a new
place; till at laft he met with a master who hired him for the very rea-
Jon which prevented orbers from taking the man into their service:
am particularly afraid of fire, said he ; and this fellow has been well
frighted, and will be more careful than those who have never met
with the same misfortune."
Art. 29. Considerations on the alledged Necessity of hiring foreign

Troops, and the present Method of recruiting the Army; with a
Plan for augmenting the Army, and regulating the Militia. 4to.
23. sewed. Elmfley. 1778.
In this very important publication, the impolicy and bad economy,
of engaging foreign troops in our military service, in preference to
the employment of our own people, is clearly demonitrated. The
Author refutes the arguments used in recommendation of the scheme
of hiring foreigners, and then proceeds to offer his own plan for auge
menting the army, and regulating the militia, which appears to be
very rational, and highly deserving of the serious regard of adminis-
tration :-were it only on account of the prodigious saving of the pub.
lic'money, which would arise from the various arrangements bere
proposed; a faving of nearly come million in three : of which take

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Upon a calculation of the charge of our German auxiliaries for three years, the excess of their expence above that of an equal number of our own troops (allowing 10l. per man levy money) will defray the pay of the reduced British officers for fifteen years. The jegiment of Hanau, confifting of 668 men, thall be the proof of this asierrion; the expence is calculated for three years, on the suppog. tion, that at the expiration of that term the regiment may be return. ed to riese, Toral charge of this regiment for three years L. (8,072 2 2 Tosal ditto of a British regiment, with 10 l. levy money 44,693 15 Total excess for the German regiment.

£. 23,478 7 21 As one of the arguments used for preferring foreign mercenaries to our own troops is, “ that foreigners do not subject the nation to halfpay,'-our judicious calcalaror obseryes, that the excess, or difference, of 23,4751. 75. 2d will defray the British officers of a like corps, whose half pay would amount to 1712 1. 95. 2 d. per annum, for fifteen ye.rs." Art. 30. "The Delusive and dangerous Principles of the Minority,

exposed and refuted, In a Letter to Lord North. 8vo, Fielding and Co. This honeit man (he signs Ponestus) comes out rather mal a propos with his compliments to Lord Norih, who, he says, ' has so nobly dillinguished his sentiments in the cause of loyalty and true patriorisin, with a view of opposing and defeating the authors and abettors of rebellion onitis and the cther fide the Atlantic.'

Alas' before this courtly pamphlet had well escaped from the press, the Author's noble patron publicly gave * the lye direct to all that is here, mos zealously contended for. We are truly sorry for the disappointinent of a brother fcribbler - His Lordship should have given his Authors timely notice of the approaching change of the poJitical wind.--He certainly ought, at lealt, to discharge the bockfeller's bill; for the pape and print of an eighteen peanyworth is, sometimes a serious affair with us scribblers,

DRA MAT I C. Art. 31. The Devil on two Sticks; a Comedy in three Açts; as

it is perforined at the Theatre Royal in the Hay-marker. Written by the late Samuel Foote, Efq; and now published by Mr. Colman 8vo. 13. 60. Cadell. 1778.

This has always been, on the flage, the most popular of the author's pieces., in the closet it has great merit, but does not so emi. nently, transcend his other dramas. The accidental loss of a limb suggelted to the ingenious writer, the idea of seizing the novel of Le Sage as his canvas, which he has happily filled and warmly colours ed, The apothecaries, Julep and A pozem, the doctors Squib and Last, together with the venerable Prelident, &c. &c. form a lively and entertaining groupe ; and the whim and pleasantry of the fiege of Warwick-Lane are irrefiftible. The last act contains also a very considerable improvement, of the ceremony of the admission of a * La his late conciliatory speech,

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be said perhaps, facile eft inventis addere. The facility of happy
additions and yariations is, however, very disputable, and it must
be allowed that the Englih collegiates exhibit more of true comedy,
and less of farce, than the French.
Art. 32. The Nabob; a Comedy in three Ads; as it is per-

formed at the Theatre Royal in the Hay-market. Written by the
late Samuel Foote, Esg; and now published by Mr. Colman. 8vo.
I S. od. Cadell, 1778.-

Another stream from the Bourgeois Genil homme of Molier, which e was the original source of the commissary. The writer felt chefimilarity of the subject, and has laboured to diversfy it. Some, parts of this comedy teem with a sentimental indignation not usually found in the works of this author; but the antiquarian society, Janus, and Putty, are delineated with all the comic strokes that generally diftinguish his pencil,

C. L A w. Art. 33. Further Proceedings on the Trial of John Horne, Esq;

upon an Information filed ex officio, by his Majeity's Attorney General, for a Libel, in the Court of King's Bench, on the igeh and 24th of November. Published by the Defendant, from Mr. Gurney's Short Hand Notes.' Folio.

25. Kearly. 1777. Those who preserve the printed account of Mr. Horne's trial, formerly published , will not, we fuppose, chuse to overlook these farther proceedings, which contain many things worthy to be had in remembrance.-We must not, on this occasion, forget to mention Mr. H.'s general defence of his own character and conduct through life. This vindication, though a defoltory, and in some respects rather impertinent performance, exhibits, in a very striking light, the firm, manly, and unconquered spirit of the defendant. We observe this, purely in reference to the abilities and intrepidity of the man, without any retrospect to the cause in which he is a sufferer,- and seems to glory in being so.

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Art. 34. An Account of the Sufferings and Perfecution of John

Champneys,' a Native of South Carolina ; inflicted by Order of
Congress, for his Refusal to take up Arms in Desence of the arbia
trary Proceedings carried on by the Rulers of faid Place. Toge-
ther with his Proteft, &c. 8vo. 20 Pages. No Bookseller, nor
Price mentioned. 17.8.

A publication exactly similar to that which is the subject of Art. 31, in our catalogue for January.

RELIGIOUS and CONTROVERSIA L.
Art. 35. The Neceffity of Divine Revelation, or Reason no Guide

to Man. An Eilay. Svo. 6d. Canterbury priated ; and told
in London, by Law. 1778.
The

arguments of this profound writer tend to prove that eyes are of no service to fight.-In proportion as these reasoners against reason

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are able to maintain their cause, they, like the mad monarch of
Sweden, ruin themselves by their own victories.
Art. 36. A Reply to the Reasonings of Mr. Gibbon, in his History

of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire ; which seem to affect
che Truth of Christianity ; but have not been noticed in the Answer
which Dr. Watson hath given to that Book. By Smyth Loftus,
M.A. Vicar of Coolock. 8vo. 15. Dublin, printed. London,
Sold by Bew. 1778.

• I look upon it, says Mr. Loftus, as a fortunate incident for Ireland, that Dr. Watson's answer came out here almost as foon as Mr. Gibbon's book ; for it confures the most difficult and pernicious parts of it. But as this gentleman hath ftudied conciseness so much as to omit many things, which to the less knowing Reader may want an expla. nation, and as his reply hath not been to generally propagated as the history itself, I have endeavoured to remedy both these defects: the firf, by writing these observations, which will give a tolerable viem of the whole controversy, and extend to these objections against chris. tianity, which are the great foundations of our modern unbelief ; and the second by having them printed in a small pamphlet, which may be easily bound up with Dr. Watson's book.'

Such are Mr. Lofrus's views in this reply, which contains many observations that shew the author to be a man of sense and learning. R. Art. 37. A Letter to the Remarker on the Layman's Scriptural Con

futation. Wherein the Divinity of the Son of God is farther
vindicated against the Remarker's exceptions. To which is added
an Appendix, taking some Notice of Mr. Lindsey's Seguelt. By
Thomas Randolph, D. D. President of C. C. C. and Lady Mar-
garet's Professor of Divinity in the University of Oxford. 8vo.
2 s. 6d. Rivington, &c. : 1777.

of this trad, which has been published about a year, but, by
fome accident, hitherto overlooked by us, we shall now only observe
that it is fraught with all that learning by which Dr.

R. hath diftin.
guished himself in former vindications I of the doctrine of the Trini-
ty :that doctrine which honelt Whifton used to term the Athana-
can heresy.'
Art. 38. A full Answer to the Rev. 1. Wefley's Remarks upon «

late Pampbles, publilhed in Defence of the Character of the Rev.
Mr. Whitfield and others. By Rowland Hill, M. A. 8vo. 6 d.
Vallance, &c.

We thought this furious contest had been finally decided, but we were miftaken. We imagined that the young aspiring Daris, had been totally vanquished by the aged and tough Egrellus ş; but, no such matter. The vigorous youthful champion, having taken breath, is, we fee, on his legs again ; and behold, he is dealing his blows heavier and faster than ever. Poor, old John! we fear it will go hard with him at last !

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• Sec Review, volume liii. p. 89.
+ lb. volume LV. consult the table of contents.

See, particularly, our account of his answer to Mr. Lindsey,
Review, volume lii. p. 513.
$ Vid. Review for October last, p. 332, Art. 74.

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