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Art. 42. Matrimonial Overtures from an enamoured Lady to Lord
Madamoiselle D'Eon is the lady who is made to make these overtures to the noble ftatesman above meant. His Lordship is, however, only courted to be abused; in company with the whole administration circle, and all who abet the meafures of government, particu larly with regard to the American war: the whole Scottish nation, efpecially. The poetry is rather to be commended than the spirit with which the Author writes. From an advertisement prefixed, we are led to prefume that the Public is indebted for this fatirical performance to the ingenious libertine Bard who lately obliged them with an Epifle to Lady Grosvenor--The Philofophic Venus-Epifile from Omiah-and Seventeen Hundred and Seventy-Seven: on all of which we have impartially bestowed our commendation and our censure. Art. 43. The Conciliation; a Poem. By the Author of "Juvenal's Satires, paraphraftically imitated. 4to.
Thou thrid'ft the mazy toils of Jefuit art,
And wields, though confcience frown, th' avenging rod.' If there be any tongue that can pronounce, any ear that can bear fuch poetry as this,
Criticism to fuch were entirely fuperfluous.
Art. 44. Poems, containing Semira, an Elegy; Abelard to
Art. 45. Fugitive Poetical Pieces. By Mr. Jerningham. 12mo.
Thefe pieces confift of Margaret of Anjou, an historical interlude, which was played at Mifs Young's benefit, and fome other little pieces.-The Public is well acquainted with the merit of this Writer. L. Art. 46. An Efay on Journal Poetry; with a Specimen, by the
Rev. Fleming, Prebendary, and afterwards Dean of Carlisle,
Title pages are not feldom of more importance than the works that follow them, and the respect we fhew them is proved by our quoting them at large. This, however, throws a difcredit on that important part of book-making: for, in the first place, the pamphlet is written by a Prebendary of Carlisle, in the fecond, by Edward Tatham. So fets forth the ti.le-page: now for the thing itself.
What is Journal Poetry? Does not the god of the two-topped hill keep a Ledger of his wares, as well as a Journal ?-We will venture to fay that this book, at least, is not in his compting-houfe.
If any reader fhould really want information on this head, we refer him to Horace, who wrote a poetical account of the incidents which occurred in his journey to Brundufium.
We shall difmifs this Article with begging leave to prefent our Readers
Art. 48. Royal Perfeverance. A Poem. Humbly dedicated to
This poem, like the foregoing epiftle, contains a bold perfonal
Art. 49. Alfred; an Ode; with Six Sonnets.
At fable noon of night,
I s. 6 d.
Yet have we seen many lefs happy imitations of Gray's manner.
virons; a defcriptive Poem. To which are added, Miscellaneous
Pomona, lovely in each fhape or drefs.
Is this criticifm? No-but then you have the advantage the tyder a the
pye into the bargain.
Art. 51. Imitationes has parvulas, Anglicè partim, partim Latinè
• Edam; non edam; Quid agam ?
In English I would eat-I shall not eat-What am I to do?
Art. 52. Divine Philanthropy; or, the Love of God. A poctical Ellay. izmo. I s. 6d. Richardin au uhart. 1777. Some critics have maintained that poetical enthufiafm, and religious enthufi fm, are two principles which have, with respect to each other, a repellent power; but we think Dr. Young, and others, may be mentioned as instances to the contrary. We have often obferved, however, that a writer's poetical talents are (as the mathematicians fay) inverfey as his orthodoxy. This is moft certainly the cafe with respect to this orthodox poetical effay, of which the following lines will be a fufficient specimen :
Ye reafoners of our day,
Who fraught with light, even Socinus himself
Who from your Lord (fo call'd) would fain withhold
Is your fuperior wisdom grown fo high
Art. 53. A Panegyric on Cork Rumps; or, a May morning's Ex-
The poet and the theme are well adapted to each other: as Juvenal fays, Ingenium par materiæ.
Art. 54. The remarkable Trial of the Queen of Quavers, and ber Affociates, for Sorcery, Witchcraft, and Enchantment, at the Aflizes held in the Moon, for the County of Gelding; before the Right Hon. Sir Francis Lash, Lord Chief Baron of the Lunar Exchequer. Taken in Short Hand by Jofeph Democritus and William Diogenes. 8vo. 2 s. 6 d. Bew. 1778.
A most virulent attack on the mafculine, feminine, and epicone directors and performers of the opera, probably the production of fome incenfed Italian, and chiefly calculated for the meridian of the Orange coffee-house. Art. 55. An Introduction to Merchandize: Containing a complete Syftem of Arithmetit; a Syftem of Algebra; Book-keeping in various Forms; an Account of the Trade of Great Britain and the Laws and Practices which Merchants are chiefly interested in. In Two Volumes. Vol. I. 8vo. 4 s. fewed. Edinburgh printed, and fold by Cadell, London. 1777.
This treatife is formed on a much more comprehenfive plan than moft books of the fame kind. It contains a variety of important and useful matter, arranged with judgment, and well adapted to inftruction. The Author's whole plan is diftributed into fix parts, three of which are comprized in this volume, containing a fyftem of arithmetic and of algebra; and an account of the monies, weights, and measures used in different nations, the nature and form of bills of exchange, invoices, and other mercantile accompts. The other three parts, of which the fecond volume, yet unpublished, is to
confift, are to comprehend the doctrine of Italian book-keeping, a variety of forms in book-keeping, fuited to particular circumstances of business, and an account of the trade of Great Britain, &c. Each volume is fo far complete in itself, that it may be ufed independently of the other. We recommend it to the Author to be particularly attentive in fupervising and correcting the prefs, as feveral typogra phical errors have efcaped in this volume, which must very much, perplex young students.
Art. 56. Extortion no Ufury; or, the Merits of a late Election difcuffed: lo a Dialogue between Minos, Lord Ruffell, Charles Churchill, and Jeremiah Dyfon, Esquire. Svo. I S. Williams.
The next time this conjuror makes ufe of his magic wand to call up fpirits from the vafty deep," we would advise him to fhew them a little more refpect, than to employ them in hallooing, "Wilkes and liberty! No hop ins!"
Art. 57. The Hiftory of the Customs, Aids, Subfidies, National Debts, and Taxes of England; from William the Conqueror to the prefent Year 1778. By T. Cunningham, Efq. The Third Edition corrected. With feveral Improvements fuggefted by Sir Charles Whitworth, Chairman of the Committee of the Supply and Ways and Means. And an Appendix containing. I. Particular Liits of the Taxes raised, and the Prices of Provitions, in the Reigns of Hen. II. Ed. I. Ed. II. Ed. III. Ric. II Hen. IV. Hen. V. Hen. VI. Ed. IV. Hen. VII. Hen. VIII. Ed VI. Mary, Eliz. and James I. II. A brief View of the public Revenue, both certain and cafual, with the ordinary Expence of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland; together with a State of the public Debts, as the fame appeared to a Committee of the House of Commons in April 1659, about Seven Months after the Death of Oliver Cromwell. Svo. 6s. bound. Johnfon. 1778.
This work was first published in detached parts, the accounts of which are to be found in Rev. vol. xxv. and the above ample title
page fhews the additions now made to this interelling compendium. N. Art. 58. The Infant's Mifcellany; or, Eafy Leffens extracted from different Authors. On a n w Plan. 12mo. 2 s. Beecroft. 1778.
Intended, fays the Author, to facilitate the attainment of the English language to the youngest readers, by teaching them not only to read, but likewife to understand clearly what they read. - This the Author endeavours to effect by the help of an index to the lef fons, containing the fynonimous words or phrases; with fome explanatory notes. The difficulty will be, to make children, from four to eight or nine years old, readily comprehend the ufe of the index; which is rather of a complicated form, and difcouraging appearance: being fo encumbered with notes and references, that the little ftudents will find it a task of fufficient difficulty to understand the use and meaning of them. With the affiftance of a teacher, however, this little book may prove very serviceable to the infant learners for whom it is intended.
Robert Hamilton, LL. D. Master of the Academy at Perth.
Art. 59. Modern Characters. For 1778. By Shakespeare.
12mo. I S. Brown.
These characters have already been viewed and reviewed by moft of our Readers, as we imagine, in the Morning Poft and Public Advertiser, from which two daily papers they are most faithfully copied with all their beauties and defects, without addition or alteration, if we may trust to our memories. Some particulars, excufable in a news paper, become reprehenfible when exhibited with the parade of an editor, in a formal collection; fuch as printing paffages felected from a poet without due regard to his measure; and above all afcribing, like an illiterate actor verfed only in the prompter's books, whole fpeeches to Shakespeare, not to be found in any edition of his works; inftances of which unpardonable licence, or contemptible ignorance, may be found at p. 15 and 16 of this collection, in the paffages from Lear (TATE's Lear) applied to her My and L-y T―nf - nd. Art. 60. Ariftoplanes; being a Collection of true Attic Wit: Containing the Jefts, Gibes, Bon Mots, Witticifms, and moft extraordinary Anecdotes of Samuel Foote, Efq; the Lords Chefterfield, Tyrawley, Meffrs. Churchill, Thornton, Lloyd, and their Cotemporaries, &c. &c. With an engraved Head of Mr. Foote. Baldwin.
2 s. 6 d. fewed.
Sunt bona, funt quædam mediocria, funt mala plura,
Art. 61. Confiderations on the Game Laws; together with fome
This Writer, after enumerating the defects fo frequently complained of, in our prefent game laws, propofes, that qualified perfons should be required to obtain a licence for pursuing and taking game beyond the limits of their own eftates, for which ten pounds thould be paid annually; that ten pounds be alfo paid for a special licence to fhoot moor-game; and that licences be fold (to be renewed from year to year) to authorize poulterers to breed and fell game, and the owners of parks, &c. be permitted to fell game to fuch licensed poulterers only. Thefe are the chief heads of the project here offered to the Public: which may perhaps merit fome attention, at least as fuggefting a new mode of taxing the luxuries of life.
Art. 62. The Life of Alfred the Great, King of the Anglo-
A fubject that might have claimed the pen of a Robertfen or a Hume, a fubject truly great, and, in every respect, adapted to the times, is here occupied by a writer who is not even an Oldmixon, or a Guthrie.
* Vid. Rev. July, 1777, p. 8i.