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• Christopher Smart, A. M. sometime Fellow of Pembroke
hall, 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 sensibly hurt by what we said of them, however justly or however tenderly we ex. preffed ourselves, this consideration drew from us a promise, that he should, 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 total 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. Verfe. By T, Mozeen. 12mo. 2 Vols.
5s. Bladon, &c. Although Mr. Mozeen's Fables are too inconsiderable for criticism, he may think it but bare justice, in a work of this kind, that a specimen of his 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 fomething still more brilliant?.
-- Who, the way to happiness wou'd bit,
His Lady, rich in virtues every spark; As we think the third line, in particular, of this last quotation, inimitable, fome apology may be necessary for the following humble attempt in the fame way; which we submit to the judicious Reader's correction : :: Æsop, LOCMAN, PILPAY, FONTAINE, GAY, Moore, All, by the great Mozeen, kick d out o' door !
Some Infiances bordering upon the Polemical. Folio. 6 d.
. From the fingular manner in which this pamphlet is printed, --without title-page, preface, introduction, capital letier, comma, colon, semi-colon, full-point, note of admiration or interrogation,we concluded, at first Sight, that the Author must certainly be a little whimsical ;-and on perusing his queries, we were confirmed in the conjc&ture: 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 peryfal 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 llaves in his majesty's dominions
o from what causes hath the reformation made so small progress in ireland
when doctor berkeley preached up corn-husbandry to the irish did hę not advise three fourths of them like the giants in ttory to war against heaven
is not the giant's causeway too regular for a frolick of nature too enormous for art
what benefit hath accrued to science husbandry or trade from ihe. edinburgh societies
* are not the tenants of the north of fcotland a fawning starvling itchy generation
• how consonant 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 oatmeai is cooling and wholesome and that the scotch fiddle is consequent to poverty and uncleanliness
' are not the scotch beef mutton fish oats and greyhounds fuperior in quality to the English
why don't forty shillings a year give sight to a vote in Scotland as in england and ireland
** had there been no londor society 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
o is one hundred pounds an adequate premium for raising five cons 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 on. .
hath any academy or literary society hitherto initituted given rise to a bacon a milton a corregio
• is the circulation of smattering 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: theorist assuming the name of an effexi or suffex farmer or the vapogrings of a school master with his headpiece işçumbered with gimcracks to the duiment of his pupils or the youndings of a practical farmer who to
ferve his own ends mounts the hobby-horse of the man he has a design upon .. why are the writers on husbandry fo given to the marvellous is it because hefiod lilted and maro sung that they think the subject altogether
are not divers weights and measures disgraceful to a civilized nation ! is it not absurd to barter corn by measure of capacity . is not our present marriage act adverse to population • are the game laws consistent with the liberty of the subject
• is not prohibiting the farmer from killing hares and partridges of that species of folly which defeats its own ends
• who are most idle boys at blind mar's buff or a pack of squires disturbing the country by pursuing a little vermine which any man could destroy for three halfpence , .' are there less than three million of horses in great britain I don't these consume half as much grain as the people
' valuing the life of a horse at twelve years don't two hundred and fifty thousand of the brutes die annually
• would it not be political (at least in times of dearth) to fatten for the Thambles all ur serviceable horses
! would not un sound horse Ale!k be equally distinguishable with measled pork rotten mutton and turnep fed beef
! how far were it political to take off the bounty on corn exported .! have not some late regulations proved how dangerous it is to innoyate rashly in matters commercial
! import aside must not the populousness of countries keep pace with the fertility and cultivation
• hath not the scoundrel americus got into the saddle of chriftophilus columbus
• bedaubed with fanctimonious fopperies hath not hernan corte: got farther into the fog than pelides achilles • doth not ynca capac yupanki heave a head of the tyrian hercules
from che glimmering of the history of america fince discovered was a not mexico much more populous than is any one region at present from hudrons bay to cape horn?
There are many other queries (the whole number amounting to 115) relating to England, Scotland, Great Britain, and America ; to commerce, Agriculture, population, &c. With regard to many of them, the Author's aim may be easily guessed; but to discover the drift, and even the sense of some of them, may require the genius of dipus. Art. 24. The History of a Corporation of Servants, discovered a few
Years ago in the interior Parts of South America. Containing fome very surprising Events and extraordinary Characters, 8vo. Is. Dilly:
What is here called The Hiftory of a Corporation of Servants, contains a general view of the character and conduct of the clergy, from their first establishment to the present times. The Author's design is to expose the clergy in the northern part of our island, and bis history, which is written with some spirit and humour, contains several fatyrical strokes, and allusions to particular proceedings, which those who are unac
quainted with the state of ecclefiaftical affairs in Scotland will not be able to comprehend.
R , Art. 25. The Art of Riding; or, Horsemanship made easy: Exem
plified by Rules drawn from Nature and Experience. By J. L. Jackson, Esq; 12mo. Is. Cooke.
Pyratically copied from THOMSON'S Rules for bad Horfemen; with a few additions, from other publications of prior date. If there be any fuch person as J. L. Jackfoa Esq; we fhall only add, that be is a very modeft gentleman. Art. 26. Continuation of the Complete History of England. By T.
Smollet, M. D. Vol. the 5th. 8vo. 55. Baldwin. We have fo often expressed our sentiments relating to Dr. Smollet's historical performance, that we apprehend nothing farther is necessary, on the present occasion, than barely to inform our Readers, that the Doctor hath compleated his work, down to the present year, 1765, inclusive. Art. 27. The School-master's most useful Companion, and Scholar's
beft Instructor in the Knowlege of Arithmetic. By D. Fenning, Author of the Royal Dictionary, &c. &c. 12mo. 25. * Crowder.
This is a very plain and easy book for young learners; and is diffe. rent from most, if not all, other compilations of the kind, in respect of " the second part; in which Mr. Fenning gives a fort and easy fetch of
book-keeping, by way of common debtor and creditor only. He has also
Lodges, both foreign and domestic, under the Constitution of the
. We often meet with pamphlets about Free-masonry, but we can never, with certainty, tell what to make of them. We believe they are, for the moit part, impofitions on ihe public, written by the masons themselves, and making han dicoveries, with the fole view of miffeading their readers. How far the present tract is, or is not, to be deemed of this fort, we cannot venture to pronounce. Its profefed design is to Tefáte. Mr. Dermor's absurd and ridiculous account of Free-masonry, in his book, entitled Ahiman Rezon ;' and yet it is very possible thaç the author of Ahman Rrzon, and of this refutation of it, are one and the fame person. But, whatever be the secret of this publication, it may be more material to inform our Masonical Readers, that there is printed at the end of the Defence, a collection of very good Mason's Odes and Songs, molt of them said to be entirely new, and never before prinied?
Art. 29: Art. 29; Utility, and ehfialian wrought a 'Romedy again
Art. 29. Thoughts on the Times, and the Silk Manufaćture; thew
ing its Utility, and the great Lofs that is occafioned by the Importation of French and Italian wrought Silks. Vith the Cause of the Weaver's Dissatisfaction. And a Romedy against any future Apprehenfions of a Disturbance of the public Peace, by their Difcontents. 8vo. 15. Wilkie.
Though the Author of these thoughts is not an elegant, nor, in all respects, perhaps, a judicious Writer; yet he seems to be thoroqghly acquainted with the real state of our'filk manufactures: an article of prodigious consequence to the commercial interest of this nation. He clearly shews, that the weavers have reason for the complaints they have made, and that their great distress proceeds from two caufes, viz. the importation of foreign manufactured filk, and the present dearness of provisions: the one, says he, prevents their being em. ployed, the other, their being able to make shifi with the little they do earn.' These causes of necellity and of complaint, are fully enguited into, and stated, by this zealous advocate for the weavers; with the view of evincing the necessity of passing the bill to prohibit foreign manufatured silks : to which bill, indeed, we think it is here made very apparent, that all good Englishmen ought heartily to wish success. Art. 30. A Letter to the Monthly Reviewers: With a Word of Ad
vice. By Philoveritas, Author of a Short Analysis of Dr. Rheid's Enquiry into the Human Mind. 8vo, 6d. Nicoll.
The Author of this Letter, who undertook fome time ago to analyfe Dr. Reid's Enquiry before he knew how to spell the Doctor's name, hath here attacked the 'Reviewers, for their treating his faid Analysis with contempt. We have already explained ourselves ** concerning the manner in which we thought proper to treat Dr. Reid's book when it first appeared, after which we cannot forbear fmiling at the self-fa ficiency of this puny metaphysician; who, layšng hold of an equivocal expreffion or two in our work, affumes the inerit of having undeceived or instructed the Reviewers with regard to that performance. What a duft do I raise !' said the fly on the chariot-wheel. Print another fix-pennyworth, Mr. Letter-writer, and enjoy your self-importance at leisure. Our Readers must do us the justice to own, we are never backward in defending ourselves against objects worthy of contention; but it would be paying them an ill compliment to spend our time in killing flies.
: * In answer to an ingenious Correspondent, in Norfolk. See Re view for June lait, p. 4850
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