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Art. 29. The Angel and Curate, a Poem. By Nathaniel Weekes,
4to. Is. Coote. The Author of this poem calls it the production of impetuous Ge. NIUS; but Dullness too is sometimes impetuous, and to have given it to the right parent would both have been more modeft, and more juft.
Art. 30. The Temple Student. An Epistle to a Friend. 4to. Is.
Dodfley. " Mr. teate, Author of The Alps, a beautiful descriptive poem; of An Epiftle from Lad; Jane Gray to Lord Guildford Dudley; and of a curious Account of the Republic of Geneva, has here tried his muse in a looser species of poetry : in which he humorously attacks the study and profession of the law. It is an entertaining piece ; although it may not be deemed so favourable a specimen of the Author's poetical abilities, as the Alps, or even as his Ruins of Netley-Abbey : for the first, see Re. view, Vol. XXVIII. p. 376; for the second, Vol. XXIX. p. 322 ; and for his Account of Geneva, see Vol. XXIV. p. 205.
· NOVELS. Art. 31. The Fruit-shop, a Tale.' 12mo. 2 Vols. 55. Moran. · One of the numerous and worthless imitations of Shandy,totally deftitute of the easy art and happy nature of the original : copying the incoherency and obscenity of Sterne, without his ingenuity or his wit. • May we not say of Sterne, what Pope has said of Voiture
His easy art, may happy nature seem;
Art. 32. The Generous Briton; or the authentic Memoirs of Willian
Goldsmith, Ela; 12mo. 6s. Henderson. A decent, fober, and truly moral story, of an amiable young gentle, man, an orphan, who was generously taken care of, excellently educated, and munificently provided for, by a moft worthy, benevolent gentleman of Caermarthenshire, in Wales. The work is not a matter : piece of writing ; but it abounds with interesting tales, and affecting scenes ; and it presents us also with a variety of exemplary characters : not, indeed, such as we usually meet with in real life, but such, how. ever, as we should wish to meet with. The whole is intended for the improvement as well as entertainment of the rising generation ; which seems, indeed, to be a favourite point with the Author : as his readers may conclude, before they have perused more than his title-page, from his very proper choice of a motto, viz.
Delightful talk ! to rear the tender thought,
Art. 33. Chrysal: or, the Adventures of a Guinea, &c. &c. Vols.
III. and IV. izmo. 6s. Becket and De Hondt. What we have already said of the two former volumes of this work may serve for an idea of those now before us; the same scheme being continued ; and the time since elapsed, furnishing plenty of the fame fort of characters, for the bountiful stigma of an author who seems to take peculiar delight in the exercise of the branding iron..
• See Review, Vol. XXIII. p. 157.
Art. 34. The History of the Marquis de Crely. Translated from
the French. Small 8vo 2 s. 6d. Becket. Knowing as our booksellers and publishers are generally supposed to be, the Knowing ones are sometimes taken in. They do not always recollect what books are translated from foreign languages ; and the induftry of hackney translators sometimes imposes on the ignorance of our literary Merchants, dealers, and chapmen. Manuscripts are brought to market, the goods pass for neat and genuine, and the purchaser, imagines he has bought a new commodity; when, upon farther examination, behold! it is second-hand, ftale, or thread-bare.-To fome such kind of dealing as this, it was owing, probably, that the Hiftory of the Marquis de Cressy is now printed and published as a pnew books, although it before appeared in an English dress, and was unGuccessfully offered to the acceptance of the public, in the year 1759. See Rev, Vol. XX. p. 467.
A D DEN DA,
POLITIC A L, Art. 35. A Letter to the Earl of B-, relative to the late Changes
that have happened in the Administration. 8vo. Is. Richard.
fon and Urquhart. : A keen invective against the northern Earl, in the form of an expoftulatory address to his Lordship; maliciously setting in view before him, the alledged malefactions of his ministerial conduct. The Writer does not appear to possess an uncommon knowlege of facts, or great literary abilities, or even to be very scrupulous in point of good manners. -If the unpopular favourite deserves the resentment of his country, let him feel it, but let him feel it in a manner becoming both his country's dignity, and the honour of his own rank. Let him, as the poet hath it, be carved out a dish fit for the Gods; -not hack'd and mangl'd like a carcase for the hounds. Art. 36. A mort, seasonable, plain Address from an old Man'to the .
good People of England, on their present critical Situation. 8vo. 6d. Wilkie.
It having been currently insinuated that, with respect to the new ad. miniftration, we are still in the same situation as before ; having only
changed the names, although the same deftrudive measures are fill pursued ; our good old man (we had like to have wrote woman) en. deavours to persuade us, that this is a false and groundless report : and that, if we will but have a little patience, we shall most certainly find that every thing will be right. He particularly rests the matter, on his Majesty's happy choice of fo unexceptionable a personage, as the Marquis of Rockingham ; of whom he gives a very advantageous charac. ter; and thinks that we ought, by no means, to draw any inference to the disadvantage of the Marquis, from the circumstance of his keep. ing race horses; since that great statesman, the Earl of Godolphin, was no less famed upon the turf, than in the cabinet.
MISCELLANE O V S.
written originally for the Use of two young Officers. 8vo. 2 s.
A sensible and plain exposition of the duty of a sea-officer, in its various branches; with an earnest exhortation to young officers to peruse the instructions here laid down. It cannot be expected that we thould be qualified to judge of the propriety of the particular injunctions, contained in an essay of çhis nature,
. SERMON S. I. The Free Grace of God exaked, in the Character of the Apostle Paul.
At St. Alban's, May 26, 7765. By John Gill, D. D. Keith. II. Difference of Conditions considered, with respect to Learning and Morals.-- Before the University of Cambridge. By John Manwaring, B. D. Fellow of St. John's College. Whifton.
III. At the Visitation of the Bisop of Winchester, at Kington upon Thames, May 23,. 1763. By Thomas Herring, M. A. Preb, of York, and Rector of Culleiden, Surry, Whiston,
IV. The Use and Office, with some Infiances of the Weakness and Imperfection of Realon in Matters of Religion.—At the triennial Visitation of the Dean and Chapter, at the Cathedral Church at Litchfiel!, April 20, 0765. By Thomas Shaw, M. A. late of Queen's College, Oxford. Rivington. • Vi The Nature and Obligation of an Oath.-In the Chapel of his Majesty's Castle of Dublin, Nov. 13, 1763. Before the Earl of Northumberland, Ld, Lieut, of [reland. By Will. Henry, D.D. F. R. S. Dean of Killaloe, and Chaplain to his Excellency. Kearily.
An Ecclefiaftical History, Ancient and Modern, from the Birth of
Christ, to the Beginning of the present Century: In which the Rise, Progress, and Variations of Church Power are confidered in their Connexion with the State of Learning and Philosophy, and the Political History of Europe during that Period. By the late learned John Lawrence Mosheim, D. D. and Chancellor of the University of Gottingen. Translated from the Original, and accompanied with Notes and Chronological Tables, by Archibald Maclaine, M. A. Minister of the English Church
at the Hague. 4to. 2 Vols. 21. 2 s. Boards. Millar. N R. Mosheim's character for learning, judgment, and can
dor, is too well established in the republic of letteis, to stand in need of any praises from us. Such of our Readers as are unacquainted with his works will, in the history now before us, meet with abundant proofs of uncommon erudition, discernment, and industry. The plan of it is excellent; a spirit of freedom and moderation breathes through the whole ; and it may with truth be affirmed, that no ecclesiastical history has hitherto appeared, that, upon the whole, is so impartial and instructive. In a work of such extent, comprehending so great a variety of objects, errors and mistakes are indeed unavoidable ; the most considerable of these, however, are corrected by the ingenious and learned Translator, who has added many useful and judicious notes, which do honour to his abilities and tale, and render the translation much more valuable than the original.
The account Mr. Maclaine gives of his translation is as follows:- How far justice has been done to this excellent work, in the following translation, is a point that must be left to the decision of those who shall think proper to peruse it with attention. I can say, with the strictest truth, that I have spared
rectes into few affected ble in a wo
no pains to render it worthy of their gracious acceptance; and this confideration gives me lome claim to their candour and indulgence, for any defects they may find in it. I have endeavoured to render my translation faithful, but never proposed to render it entirely literal. The style of the original is, by no means, a model to imitate in a work designed for general use. Dr. Mofheim affected brevity, and laboured to croud many things into few words; thus his diction, though pure and correct, became sententious and harsh, without that harmony which pleases the ear, and those transitions which make a narration Aow with ease. This being the case, I have sometimes taken confiderable liberties with my author, and followed the fpirit of his narrative without adhering strietly to the letter, Where, indeed, the Latin phrase appeared to me elegant, expressive, and compatible with the English idiom, I have constantly followed it; in all other cases, I have departed from it; and have often added a few sentences to render an observation more striking, a fact more clear, a portrait more finished. Had I been translating Cicero or Tacitus, I fhould not have thought such freedom pardonable. The translation of a claffic author, like the copy of a capital picture, muft exhibit not only the subject, but also the manner of the original; this rule, however, is not applicable to the work now under confideration.
• When I entered upon this undertaking, I proposed rendering the additional notes more numerous and ample, than the Reader will find them. I soon perceived that the prosecution of my original plan would render this work too voluminous, and this induced me to alter my purpose. The notes I have given are not, however, inconsiderable in number ; I wish I could say as much with respect to their merit and importance. I would only hope, that some of them will be looked upon, as not altogether unnecessary.'
Such are the modest terms in which Mr. Maclaine speaks of his translation: we shall only add, that whoever takes the pains of comparing it with the original, will find that he has executed his task with fidelity and judgment.
Dr. Molheim, in his preface, acquaints his readers, that his principal care has been employed in establishing upon the most solid foundations, and confirming by the most respectable authority, the credit of the facts related in his history ; that for this purpose, he has drawn from the fountain-head, and gone to those genuine sources from whence the pure and uncorrupted streams of evidence flow; that he has consulted the best authors of every age, and chiefly those who were contemporary with the events they relate, or lived near the periods in which thev happened ;—and that he has endeavoured to report their contents with brevity, perspicuity, and precision.