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few months pafs which do not bring one of them under our infpection. It is indeed a convenient method to writers of the inferior class, of emptying their common-place books, and throwing together all the farrago of public transactions, private characters, old and new stories, every thing, in short, which they can pick up, to afford a little temporary amusement to ap idle reader. This is the utmost degree of merit which the best of them aspire to; and, small as it is, more than most of them ever arrive at. The flight performance before us is perhaps one of the best of its little species, and may give half an hour's entertainment to a coffee-house critic, or a lounging traveller, as the style is tolerably easy and correct, and fome of the materials are not unentertaining. From these we shall select a short story, that may give our readers an idea of our author's manner, and which has fome humour in it.

A Rupee, the relater of these adventures, falls into the hands of a Fakir, or Indian priest. These men travel in large troops, and, like some of the monks in Catholic countries, extort charity by a kind of religious robbery. To deceive the vulgar, they infliá on themselves the most severe penances, and forthele sufferings pretend that their Brama, or God, admits them to a knowlege of future events. Concerning a company of these, our Rupee tells the following tale.

• In the midst of these pleasures, (says the Rupee), two Fakirs arrived with the news that the illustrious Hyder Alli had given a general invitation to their body, to dine with him on a certain day. The hope of gain prompted fome to attend, vanity not a few, and curiosity many. Among the ret, my master resolved to attend; he fewed me up in the lining of his ragged covering, and in company with about four hundred Fakirs, we set out to be present at the feast given to our body by Hyder Alli.

• Hyder at this time was engaged in several wars, in the course of which, he gave many proofs of great generalship and force of mind.

• He could well counterfeit any character, which it was for his interest to affume. The ill qualities of the human mind, which afford the best handle for governing mankind, he could use to much advantage.-- War is conducted on different principles in the East, from those by which it is regulated in Europe. If a general, who is dreaded by an enemy, can be carried off by any piece of treachery, it is looked upon as fair as any stratagem in the field. --Hyder was well versed in business of this nature.--He was also fkilled in the art of negotiatiorf, and could look with great fagacity into the events of futurity.

. My master and his companions had heard much of this ware riour, whose fáme spread over all Indoftan. They were dazzled with the honour of an invitation from so celebrated a man, and alleinbled in hundreds from every quarter.

To the number of twelve thousard the Fakirs fit down at table Dishes succeeded dilles, and dainty dainty; for this was a day, on which, by the

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express command of Hyder, they were to relax of their ordinary severity. Good humour and felf importance fhewed themselves over all the tattered assembly, which to a distant spectator, must have appeared not unlike a London rag fair-The intoxication of honour and good cheer was universal, when Hyder makes his appearance-The majesty of his countenance, in spite of the fmile that then adorned it, ftruck terror into the congregation -- Silence and dread were universal - The animating principle of a whole camp, which extended to the boundaries of our vision, stood be

After looking up three times to heaven, in adoration of the great Brama, he thus broke silence.

« Illustrious servants of the power whom we adore, I come to return you my thanks for the honour yon have done me in accepting my invitation. I entertain the highest veneration for the fanctity of your lives, and the severity of your man

You have fewn yourselves worthy of that master you all worship, by despising all sensual comforts. You have even gone farther : as if you poffesfed a mind in a state of perfect feparation from body, you have continually inflicted yourselves the most excruciating tortures, and these you have borne without testifying any sense of pain. You have rolled naked in the dirt, while the rude pebbles deprived you of the small fragments of fkin your other sufferings had left behind. Illustrious servants of Brama, who see the chain of future events, Hyder Alli pities your sufferings.

Be not seen amongft men any more in the mean dress in which you now appear. Lay aside these rags that ill befit the ministers of heaven. Dress is a mark of distinction; and you who hold the first rank amongit men, should not be distinguished by filth. I have prepared cloaths that will defend you both from the cold an the heat, for well I know you have no money to purchase any for yourselves. My soldiers shall see the servants of Brama inimediately dressed in them. Such is the council that Brama puts into the heart of Hyder Alli-Can I say more?

After this speech, he immediately went out. The whole affembly fat in filent vexation ; for every individual was sensible, that his rags which seemed so worthless, contained great treasures. But it would have been in vain to remonftrate. Hyder's soldiers perform with alacrity the charitable office of cloathing the naked, and took poffefsion of the rags, which were heavy with gold, under the pretence of burying them; for what could be supposed of value in the tattered coverings of poor men that practised self denial! The operations of war which Hyder carried on at this time against the British, began to be languid for want of money; he · saw the evil, and took this method of providing against it. Thus I escaped, with many thousands of the fame species, and found myself in the possession of the great Hyder Alli.'

This story is well imagined, and not ill-told. It certainly fets Hyder Alli's fagacity in a favourable light, and marks him out

to us as what we have experienced him to be, a most formidable
enemy. The part here attributed to him is, at least we may
obferve, more probable than that which our author has related of
him in the fixth chapter of these Adventures, where, in his hif-
tory of Miss Melville, he has made him a rival of Scipio's in
the best part of his character. But for this adventure, and some
others equally amusing, we must refer our readers to the book
itself, which we may venture to recommend to them as a better
entertainment than cards and dice, during the long evenings of
the Christmas holydays.
The History of John Juniper, Esq. alias Juniper Jack. 3 vols.

I 2mo. los 6d. Baldwin.
Just before the publication of this work, it was whispered round,
that it contained the true history of a no less respectable person-
age than the celebrated John Wilkes, shadowed out under the
character of Juniper Jack; a circumstance which naturally raised
the curiosity of the public, whose fanguine expectations will be
miserably disappointed, when they discover, as we have found by
a painful perufal, that, instead of exhibiting any entertaining
traits of that great phænomenon, the reader will meet with little
more than a series of uninteresting vulgar occurrences, and
an aukward affectation of humour. It is said, notwithstanding,
in the title-page, to be written by the author of the Adventures
of a Guinea ; a work we remember to have read with great plea-
fure, and which displayed indisputable marks of taste and genius.
But, Oh! what a falling-off is here !
The Masqued Weddings. 2 Vols. Small 8vo. 6s. Hookham.

Whether this novel was written in haste, we know not; but
from the uninterrupted flow of the language, it must be read with
precipitation. To compensate this inconvenience, however, it
abounds with vivacity, and cannot fail of affording entertainment.
The Female Monitor, or the History of Arabella and Lady Gay

8vo. 25. ftitched. Richardson.
The title of this production might suggest the idea, that it.
possesses at least some moral merit; but at the same time that it
bears the marks of great affectation, it is far too frivolous to be
useful.
Lucinda; or the Self-devoted Daughter. Small 8vo. 35. Hookham,

An extravagant assemblage of terrible incidents, recited in bam.
bastic narrative.

INDEX

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A.
Bevy of beauties,

233
ACCOUNT of a method of pre: Bibliotheca topographica Britannica,
serving water at sea from putre- No. II. part 1. 247.

.
faction, 76.--Ofan elastic trochar,

453
78. Of a voyage to the Spice Biographical anecdotes of Wm. Ho-
INands, and New Guinea, 320.- garth,

203
of the nature and medicinal vir- British dispensatory, the new, 237
tues of the mineral waters in Great Brothers, the,

150
Britain and Ireland, &c. 395 Buckinghamshire, review of the con.
Adam's evangelical fermons, 316

duct of the earl of,

236
Address to the nobility and genıry, Burials, proposed form of register

78.-A serious and affectionate, for,

to all orders of men, 475 Burke, (Edm.) esq. familiar epifle,
Adventures of a hackney coach, vol. to,

148
II. 358.-Of a rupee, 477

с
Advice to the clergy of the diocese of Caledonian (the unfortunate) in Eng-
Carline,

396
land,

159
American war (the),

146 Cardigan (fir Henry), history of, 154
Ancient and modern history of Gin Cardiphonia,

365
braltar,

79 Carlisle, advice to the clergy of, 396
Andree's account of an elastic tro. Cafes in midwifery,

237
char,

78 Cat, familiar epistle from a,
Andrews's (Dr.) two additional let- Cheltenham guide, the,

392, 398
ters to count Welderen, 67 Children, hymns for,

156
Anecdotes (biographical) of Wm. Ho- Clergy acting in commission of the
garth,

203 peace, confiderations on the ex-
Annual register (the new), 141 pediency of,

159
Apostacy (the grand), thoughts on the Climate, remarks on the influence
nature of,

218.
of,

99, 196
Arabella and lady Gray, history of, Colletion of the works of Dr. Fo.

thergill,
Afze sermon at Leicester, 69.At Collections for the history of Worcef-
Hertford,
156 tershire,

330
Austin's examination the first fix Conduct of the earl of Buckingham-

books of Euclid's elements, 319 shire, review of the 236
Authentic rebel papers,

375 Conductor and containing splints, 77

Conformity between our prayers and
B
actions recommended,

71
Ballads, Scotch tragic, 205 Connecticut, history of, 282
Bandinelos (Dr.) eight sermons be. Considerations on the expediency of

fore the university of Oxford, 212 the clergy acting in the commis.
Baptisms, proposed form of register

fion of the peace,

159
398 Conftitution of England, third edi.
Barbauld's (Mrs.) hymns for child tion,

254
dren,

156 Cook's (capt.) last voyage to the Pa-
3-n-rd family, memoirs of she, 392 cific Ocean,

53
Baron Kinkervervankosdorsprankin- Gornisb's life of Mr. Tho. Firmin,
gauchdern, a comedy, 236

397
Barrington's miscellanies, 356, 413 Count of Narbonne, a tragedy, 456
Bath-Easton vase, poems for the, isi cow.chace, the,
Bayard, history of the chevalier, 320 Critic (the), or tragedy rehearsed,
Beauties of spring, the, 201,- Bevy
of,

23.3

Crowe's sermon before the university
Fever's (Dr.) history of the regal po-

of Oxford,

479
lity of the Roman Aate,

31
Cui bono?

447
VOL. XLII. Dec. 1780,

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Poets, lives of the 81,-Gram.
Dalrymple (fir John), epifle to,313. mar, 159.-Guide to reading and
-Question confidered, whether

spelling,

318
wool should be allowed to be ex- Enquiry into the authenticity of Or-
ported,

438 Bian's poems, 154.-Into the prin-
-'s (lieutenant-colonel) tac- ciples of life. 346.- Into the na.
tics,

379

turc, &c. of nervous disorders,
De Lolme's conftitution of England,

475
third edit.

254 Epiflle (poetical) from Petrarch to
Debt of the nation, on the, 473 Laura, 73.- From a cat to Edm.
Descriptive poem (a),

147 Burke, efq. 148.-Attempted in
Devout soldier (a),

the style of Churchill's epifle to
Digest of the theory, laws, and prac. Hogarth, 235.-To fir John Dal-
tice of insurance,
443 rymple,

313
Dimfdale's (baron) tracts on inocu- Elay on prejudice, 152.-On the
lation,

287 right of property in land, 296.-
Dispensatory, the new Britifh, 237 On female education, 318.-On
Disquisitions, phyfiological, 184,278, inspiration, 368. On tactics,

316

336

373

238

316

Dissertation on 'national assemblies Ethics, rational and theological, 70

under the Saxon and Norman go- Evangelical believers confeffion of
vernments, 68. Upon the ner- the Son of God, 3'5.-Sermons,

vous system,
Distrelled virtue,

155 Euripides, illustrations of, 258
Divinity, twelve discourses intro- Europe, hiftory of the royal families
ductory to the study of, 291 of, 79.–Neptune of,

240
Divorce (the), a farce, 394 Examination (a free) of the Socinian
Dodd's ancient and modern history exposition of the prefatory verses
of Gibraltar,

79 of St. John's gospel, 50'-Of The-
Dublin, a month's tour in, ibid. lyphthora, 157. Of the first fix
Duché's sermon for the benefit of the books of Euclid's elements,

319
humane fociety,

395 Excursions (sentimental) to Wind.
Duplicity, a comedy,

393

for,
Dysentery, observations on the pre- Experiments and observations in na.
fent epidemic,

477 tural philosophy, vol. II. 133,176.
-In ele&ricity,

340

398

318

Ecclefiafes, a new tranflation of, 156

F.
Education, theatre of, 39.-Loose Fair Circaflian, a tragedy, 463

hints upon, 125.-Elsay on fe- Falconer's (Dr.) remarks on the in-
male,

fluence of climate, &c. 99, 196
Eight sermons before the university Familiar epifle from a cat to Edm.
of Oxford, at Bampton's lecture, Burke, efq.

148
212, 241 Female education, essay on, 318.
Electricity, experiments and obfer. Monitor,

486
vations in,
340 Fielding's brothers,

150
Elements of Elocution, 128.--Of geo. Fifty-fix forms of morning and even-
metry,

396

ing prayer,
Ellist's (Dr.) collection of the works Firmin (Thomas) life of, 397

of Dr Fothergill, 268.- Account Form of register for baptisms, 398.
of the principal mineral waters in For burials,

ibid.
Great Britain and Ireland, &c.395. Forms of morning and evening payer.

-Medical pocket-book, ibid,
Elocution, elements of, 128 Forfier's (Dr.) grace without enthu-
England, conftirution of, third edit. fiarm,

316

71
254 Fothergill's (Dr.) medical and philo-
English poetry, history of, 15, 108, -sophical works,

268
Fox,

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