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Art. 5. A Catalogue of 11 purchased by Authority of and preserved in the Brita the Trustees. Folio. 2 v Reymers.
We have frequenti fog a resue, o ich bereral editions have been printes, eosdes, Tnece song "cres of Mt. Samuel Bler. but most of the preces contained in mu cation, we have recha to c isce, were bot of Mr. Beasonsog; and ac cordiny, ver; few of them are to be found IL M. Torer's edition
The of the cres, contits coey of Docuci pieces ; 18 oft of woch, tsis author's pecuiiar borciace bencur, is a fufisCent proof, were such evidence wazung, ci ceir authenucity. Come of them however, are in fach miferable de grel, and on the virole, fuch wornleis productions, that it is to be fcared the author's fame will be no gaiset by their public appearance. It has been well fait, that
Peets bele bilf the praise they would have got,
Were it but known what tbeg diicretty bici. He therefore, who publishes a deceased author's blotred papers, or which may be much the same thing, such writings as he himself never thoucht proper to submit to public inspection, niay occafion irreparable injury to that author's memory. Mr. Thyer indeed, tells us, that fome of these remains were finished with che utmost accuracy, and furiy transcribed for the press : pity that none but such had been printed; for, we fear, they are highly disgraced by keeping bad company.
'In truli, even in his admired Hudibras, the author, frequently jangles his poctical bells, in a strange discordant manner: though we do not remember that he has any where, in that poem, finned fo orievously against both rhime and inetre, and we may add, even grammar, as in some of these pieces. In short he féems, as his Icarned editor himself hints, to have been often guilty of what he has jocularly charged upon others, where he fays,
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voreftion are more attended to than they were in Burter's days, his droll hunour, his extensive reading, and his uncommon ipirit, would doubtleis have rendered him the delight and ornament of the age.
• The writing of Characters, as Mr. Thyer obferves, was a fpecies of wit, much in fathion in the beginning of the last century.
* At the end of the fecond volume, are about fifty pages of Tubes ans WT* ON Suljam; most of which contain very fenfible and friking observations ca nua topics. Some of thele are illustrated by the editor's notes; of which, a cap
aumier are dilperied thivugh the whole of these remains.
. This prodigious Catalogue tisement informs us, at diferer was began in 1708, by Mr. W ward, successively Earls of Ox. tries in various parts of his mur in this laborious composition year 1733, the learned Mr. Cal took up this useful work, where ed in this mine of literary curio In June 1741, died Edward Ea this collection; and soon after, catalogue to be taken up a thir deputy-keeper of the records in years compleated it as far as No lately added by the librarians be of the British Museum. Here, toil, is compleated, a kind of Re call a Catalo ue Rajonné, of seva TIGHTEEN manuscripts, relating
ties of Great Britain.. Many of d. and of no value to the public ; 0 a few relate to heraldry; and son Envy herself mult own, that amid ings, a great number of really c. aze bere treasured up.---Such as collectors, and deserving the muni These manuscripts are now becom tre always ready for any perfon tules and regulations lately publift P. 187.--. We could with plea teolar account of this noble catal Leld, by a circumftance that wil from any deep research into these v kusex. Without this aflitance, ti perion might hant in vain, for an thele two large volumes, perhaps : Were in compleating their arduou 190, would be that of the Reviev to undertake the perusal of the wt Wone of our readers are so unre Thule we are deltitute of the neck not worthy their notice. This fare the pleasure to inform the pu. from the advertisement prefixed i and which we have alseady quct
Art. 5. A Catalogue of the Harleian Collection of Manuscripts,
purchased by Authority of Parliament, for the use of the Public; and preserved in the British Museum. Published by Order of the Trustees. Folio. 2 vol. 21. ros. in sheets. Davis and
Reymers. · This prodigious Catalogue was drawn up, as the prefixed advertisement informs us, at different times, and by. diffrent persons. It was begun in 1708, by Mr. Wanley, Librarian to Robert and Edward, successively Earls of Oxford; and it appears from several entries in various parts of his manuscript work, that he was employed in this laborious composition till his death, in 1726. About the year 1733, the learned Mr. Calley, keeper of the Cuttonian library took up this useful work, where Mr. Wanley left off; and he laboured in this mine of literary curiosities for the space of three years. In June 1741, died Edward Earl of Oxford, the great enlarger of this collection; and soon after, his Lordship's Trustees ordered the catalogue to be taken up a third time, by Mr. Hooker, the present deputy-keeper of the records in the tower; who, in less than two years compleated it as far as N° 7355 : and what remained has been lately added by the librarians belonging to this particular department of the British Museum. Here, then, at a vast expence of time and toil, is compleated, a kind of Review - Catalogue, or what the French call a Catalogue Raisonné, of seven THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED and "EIGHTEEN manuscripts, relating chiefly to the history and antiquities of Great Britain. Many of them are indeed of a private nature, and of no value to the public; others are of a religious kind ; not a few relate to heraldry; and some are of the poetical class : but Envy herself mult own, that amidst such a prodigious mass of writings, a great number of really curious and truly important papers are bere treasured up.— Such as were, indeed, worthy the noble collectors, and deserving the munificence of a parliamentary purchase. These manuscripts are now become the property of the public, and are always ready for any person's infpection, conformably to the sules and regulations lately published: See Review for February last, P. 187. We could with pleasure, have entered on a more particular account of this noble catalogue; but are powerfully withheld, by a circumstance that will as effectually deter most others, from any deep research into these volumes: we mean, the want of an Index. Without this allistance, the Catalogue is of little use, as a person might hunt in vain, for any particular manuscript, through these two large volumes, perhaps as long as the learned compilers were in compleating their arduous talk. Almost equally terrifying too, would be that of the Reviewer, who should be hardy enough
to undertake the perusal of the whole : but that, we are persuaded, · none of our readers are so unreasonable as to expect; especially,
while we are destitute of the necessary clue, to guide us to what is most worthy their notice. This material deficiency, however, we have the pleasure to inforin the public, will be supplied, as we learn from the advertisement prefixed to the first volume of this catalogue ; and which we have already quoted. The words of the advertise- N 3
ment are these: 'It were to be wished that the present publication, • could have been accompanied by an index; but as that will neces• sarily require a considerable time, the Trustees judged it proper, < not to deprive the public of so useful and desirable a work, until • the index could be compiled; which, together with a preface, will
be printed with all convenient expedition.' And when it apo pears, our readers may expect to be further informed concerning the Harleian manuscripts.
Misce feat, is, that the General's apol that his arguments betray the ca cipal circumstance he urges in dijagreement between him and induced the latter to have offer juft sense of the dignity of the of the former's forbearing to mental to it.
This, in the judgment of eve pear to be a very sorry jullificatio oficer has no right to forbear doit We all know, likewise, that the h the dignity of the nation, againit :
Art. 6. The Hiftory of the Spanish Armada, which had been
preparing three Years for the Invasion and Conquest of Eng. land, and which, in the Year 1588, came upon the Englijo Coast to effect it. Containing the truest and most particular LISTS ever yet published, of its Ships, Land Fortes, Mariners, Guns, &c. and also of the Land Forces raised, as well as the Ships fitted out by Queen Elizabeth, &c.--Concluding, quith a summary Account of the Defeat of that mighty Armar ment, &c. &c. To which is prefixed a Map of the Beacons then erected in Kent. 4to. 25. 60.---Dodsley.
Though the circumstances of the ever memorable Spanish Inva. sion, are fully narrated by the English historians, yet the author of this collection infills that the beji of their accounts are chargeable with errors and omillons, which are corrected and supplied in this tract : the principal design of which is to shew; : 1. The disposition o of the people of England, in that alarming crisis. Il. The mea« fues that were conceited for the defence of the realm. lll. The
fpirit and vigor so seasonably exerted by the loyal nobility, genty, and commionalty, for putting thele measures in execution; and the
success with which it was intended. As to the Lists, which constitute the chief merit of this publication, they seem to be very full, and probably they are correct.
Art. 9. The Conduct of a nole
teet, who was near his Perku 2d of August, 1759. Sro.
The intent'on of this pamphlet, foregoing one. As that jutities, noble Commander li must be al is still more impotent than the in General, is stated without any per, reasoning on the suppoled facts is w.
Initances of public misconduct afford room for numerous publicatio.. Inguents: and in such cases, they times least to be depended on, Hov to incoherent, and inconclusive, that either in favour, or to the prejudi hamlels composition, which will r indigcation.
Art. y. The Invasion, a Farca. 8vo. 18. Davis and Reymers,
Ridicules the fear of an invasion (of late so prevalent in this country), with some pleafıntry. As a farce, it might, with a little improvement, be rendered fit for the stage: but having made its ape! pearance in print, it is now too late for the author to think of geting it acted, although he seems, by his preface not to have given over allt hopes of that kind.
Art. 10. A Letter to a late noble L
in Germany. 8vo. Pathetically expoftulates with the in Germany, on his behaviour at the bright on the iit of August latt. Bi pamphlet is spirited, there is no scur? Kiteli, be is candid; and writes lik famchilet consist entirely of declama proper notice of, and thoroughly ! hich have appeared in the unfortuni
Art. 8. A realonable Antidote against the Poison of popular Line
fure, being the substance of a Letter from a noble Lord to $ Member of Parliament, relative to the Case of a cartain Right Honourable General, 80. 6d. Burd.'
A wcak arttempt to apologize for the supposed misbehaviour of the General, in the day of aclion. It does not become us to anticipate the opinion of the public in an affair which will shortly be detertwined in a courle of legal cxamination. All that we can say at preu
Art. 11. New Military Instructio ins, 1. Directions for the Offii Manual Exercise, with an E 3. Platoon Exercise with Evolut
sent, is, that the General's apologist is a very incompetent advocate, and that his arguments betray the cause he means to defend. The principal circumstance he urges in excuse of the General is, that the disagreement between him and the Commander in Chief, may have induced the latter to have offered him unmerited insult; and that a jult sense of the dignicy of the nation, may have been the occasion of the former's forbcaring to do, what, in his opinion, was detrimental to it.
This, in the judgment of every man of common sense, must appear to be a very sorry justification. We all know that an inferior officer has no right to forbear doing, what he is ordered to perform. We all know, livewise, that the hour of action is not a time to allert the dignity of the nation, againit any one but the Enemy.
Art. 9. The Conduct of a noble Lord fcrutinized. By a Volun
teer, who was near his Perfon from the 28th of July, to the 2d of August, 1759. 8vo. is. Fuller.
The intention of this pamphlet, is directly contrary to that of the foregoing one. As that justifies, this arraigos, the conduct of the noble Commander It must be allowed, however, that the accuser is still more impotent than the vindicator. The charge against the General, is itated without any perspicuity, or precision: the writer's reasoning on the supposed facts is without force, and his ilile is wiihout energy.
Initances of public misconduct in eminent personages, always afford room for numerous publications, both for and against the delinquents: and in such cases, they who appear earliert, are some. times least to be depended on. However, the pamphlet before us is lo incoherent, and inconclufive, that it can occasion no prepof. ffion, either in favour, or to the prejudice of the commander. It is a harmless composition, which will neither provoke spleen, nor raise indignation.
Art. 10. A Letter to a late noble Commander of the British Forces
in Germany. 8vo. Is. Griffiths. Pathetically expoftulates with the late Commander of our Forces in Germany, on his behaviour at the glorious battle of Thornhausen, fought on the ist of August laf. But though the language of this pamphlet is fpirited, there is no fcurrility in it: though the author is keen, he is candid; and writes like a gentleman. Nor does his pamphlet confift entirely of declamation ; for, en pallant, he takes proper notice of, and thoroughly refutes, certain lame apologies which have appeared in the unfortunate Commander's defence.
Art. 11. New Military Instructions for the Militia. Contain
ing, 1. Directions for the Officer and Soldier. 2. The new Manual Exercise, with an Explanation of every Motion. 3. Platoon Exercise with Evolutions. 8vo. 6d. Fuller.
that this edition of his works, i which Mafinger may be still hel
Art. 14. The Abecedarian, or !
Alphabet. Setting forth the
Art. 12. A short View of the Families of the Scottish Nobi
lity; their Titles, Marriages, Isue, Descents; the posts of Honour and Profit they hold in the Government ; their Arms, Mattos, and chief Seats. To which are added, a List of all those Peers who have served in Parliament since the Unión; a List of all those who have been made Knights of the Order of the Thiftle; an Account of that Order; an Account of the antient Parliament of Scotland; of the Regalia, &c. of that Kingdomn ; a List of the principal Officers of State in Scotland; a general Scheme of Precedence, &c. and an Index of the Peers of Scotland, specifying the time of their respective Creations, and Summons to Parliament; the Titles of their eldef
Sons, &c. By Mr. Salmon. 12mo. 35. Owen. 2. A fort View of the Families of the present Irisb Nobility ;
their Marriages, Ilue, Descents, and immediate Ancestors ; the posts of Honour and Profit they hold in the Government ; their Arms, Mottos, and chief Seats. With an Index, Specia fying the Time of their respective Creations, and Summons to Parliament; their Rarik, Precedence, &c. By Mr. Salmon. 12mo. 35. Owen.
These two volumes, together with the second edition, just published, of A short View of the English Nobility, by the same author, Sthe first edition of which, was mentioned in our Review, Vol. IV. D. 470.1 are intended, it seems, to exhibit a complete, though hort view of the whole Peerage of Great Britain and Ireland, as they stand at present.--Such readers as desire to see a full account of cach noble family, down from their original, to the present time, will be most likely to meet with fatisfaction, by consulting Collins's · Peerage of England, Lodge's Peeraze of Ireland, and Crauford's
Peerage of Scotland, so far as it goes, with the addition of the Scotch Comrin tium, for later times. But if only a general account be want, ed, together with a somewhat more particular one, of the present fate of each family; Mr. Salmon's three volumes may be very fufticient for that purpose. I
to them the Beauties and Exce
The author of this work acgu
But to give our Readers fome ide:
Art. 13. The Dramatic Works of Mr. Philip Mallinger, come
pleat. Revised, corrected, and all the various editions collated, by Mr. Coxeter. With Notes critical and explanatory, by the
Editor, &c, 8vo. 4 vols. il. 45. Dell. · That many of our readers are ignorant, who or what this Maflinger was, is a circumstance which we may safely take for granted; and which, too, supersedes the neceflity of our saying much more concerning either the poet or his works. Had he poflefled more merit, he had been better known. Suffice it therefore, if we only add, that he was cotemporary with, or rather somewhat later than Shakespear; that he wrote many plays, long fince forgotten; and
The knowlege of sounds have
dafir tongue; always listening to
We must however except a Comedy, entitled, A new Way to pay old Debes ; which has been revived by Mr. Garrick; whose merit gives in portance to every a woich he thinks fit to engage
venting the first, and also in regul 'I am not a foreigner to the present and the uncertain rules of prosody
art of reading and spelling, from I defects of it, and that with muc
fewer Nota Benes) than has been