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Lewis. 1782. The Author, we understand, complains of the negligence of the printer, and we thiok with reason; for we have seldom seen any thing to mangled and mutilaced. Sevcaty-five pages of the original MS, have, we find, been burnt by some accident! But on this occasion, inflcad of offering our condolence, we present our congratulations both to the Author and the Reader. For our parts we felt the obligation in a very high degree; and as for the Author, he haih various reafons to console himself with whenever he thinks of it. If the cri. tical reader thould complain (as probably he will, should such a reader ever condescend to perufe chefe volumes) of the improbability of the story, he may expect to hear of the fatal fire. If he should find fault with the absurd, incoherent, and contradictory political reasoning with which these volumes abound, the progress of his criticism will be stopped by the same fire. It is by the lucky intervention of this element, that the Author is so admirably excused from making it appear credible or probable that a man could court the same lady three times : have two children by her ac different intervals and in different characlers, and yet not know her to be the same person! The principal sufferers by the fire seem to be the late ministers; for our Author wished to make thein appear pure and unblameable: but alas! the fire burnt all up like “ bay and pubble ;" and these miniftersbut SEPULCHRES are sacred; and we have too much delicacy to disforb the Ashes of the DEAD! Art. 36. An Interesting Sketch of Genteel Life: By a Lady. 3 vols. 1 2 mo.
Cs. fewed. Law. 1782. This' interesting Sketch' is one of the most tedions and aniotereiting things imaginable: unless (as in this fair lady's estimation !) lore and marriage should be deemed the only ends of our existence. The ladies are all beautiful and accomplished; the men (one indeed ex. cepted) are de serving of their charms; and after a few changes and chances they are united-“ with every qualification necessary to make the marriage.fate happy!"-We will not be so ungratetul as to molt rheir repoie, since they have ro erectually contributed to ours ! Art. 37. The Fortunate Sisters; or the History of Fanny and
Sophia Bemont. 12mo. 2 vols. 65. Noble. 1782. The hacknied cant of a novel-writer by profession! Art. 38. Friendhip and Matrimony ; or the History of Emilia
and Henry : oi Lord and Lady P --, and of Frederick and Faony. Now first published, from the several Originals as found among the Papers of the late Henry Mansel. Elg. With an occafonal Preface, &c.
2 vols. 65. Noble. 1782. The preface in forms us that the editor received these papers as a reward oftio greas mont as a conjurir' We Mould nos bave gueried
at the editor's or author's poffefing such merit, if we had not been informed of it by duch authority.
However, it is fit to apprize the reader, that the idea of conjuration only entered into the heads of two country bumpkins, who, we doube noi, were fools enough to suppose that even the parson of the parish was a conjurer too!--Oh! rare Dick, and Colin Clout! Art: 39. Genuine Anecdotes of Sir Richard Easy and Lady Wagtail,
25. Cd. Goadby, An olscene and most wretched catchpenny, written from principles which muit excite :he detefation of all men of goodness, and in a manner which mult provoke the contempt of all men of sense.
MISCELLANEOUS. Art. 40. A New, Complete, and Universal Roman History, from
the earliest authentic Accounts of that great Empire' to the De. fruction of Rome by the Goths and Vandals under Augustulos; and the taking of Conftantinople by the Saracens and Turks, in the Reign of Conftantine Palæologus. Containing a genuine and circumilantial Account of all the remarkable Events and fingular Occurrences, during a Period of above Two thousand Years. In which the Political Customs and Usage of the Romans are particularly attended to, and the various Modes of Government which were adopted by them to preserve the State. In Five Parts. Including new Remarks on the Rise and Progress of the Empire; on its Decline and Fall in the West after the Death of Constantime the Great, and on the Evenis which haltened its utter Ruin in the East at a later Period. Together with a complete Table of the Kings and Emperors. Illustrated with Notes, and interspersed with Reflexions, applicable to the Government of all civilized States, and particularly adapted to the Genius of a free People; being ablolutely necessary to be perused by all true Friends to the British Constitution at this Time. The whole carefully digested in regular Order, and collected from the best Authoricies. By William Henry Melmoth, Esq; Editor of the new Universal S:ory Teller.
35. Hogg. 1781. All this in 378 duodecimo pages ! 'Tis impollible. When will the race of quacks be extina ? - When the Rock of human cullibility is exhausted, and men have learned to use their common sense in sejecting what lies beyond the limits of possibility. Till then, ye quack-divines, do&tors, authors and bookseliers-labour with all your might, for the harvest is plenteous ! Art. 41. A View of Society and Manners in High and Low Life :
Being the Adventures in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France, &c. of Mr. G. Parker. in which is comprized a Hilory of the Stage Itinerant.
2 vol. 6s. fewed. Whieldon. 1781.
The Author seems to have given us his real history, and it is not an unentertaining one. He appears to have borrowed nothing but the general title of his book, for which he stands indebted to the ingenious Dr. Moore; but he should not have promised us a view of Society and Manners in High Life, as we have scarce a peep be yond the limits of the lower sphere. Mr. Parker is however a lively writer, possessed of cooliderable natural talents, by the aid of which
1 2 mo.
be contrives to interest as in the perufal of his adventures, in the ca. pacity first of a Strolling Player, and afterwards in that of an Itinerant Ledurer, on a plan fimilar to that of the celebrated George Alexander Stevens. Among other amuling particulars, he has given perhaps the most complete account of the various arts and tricks praâised by she multifarious tribe of swindlers , sharpers, and cheats, for which the present age and nation, we had almolt said, is become infamous, This part of Mr. Parker's work may really prove serviceable to the Public. Art. 42. Literary Amusements; ar Evening Entertainer. By 2 Female Haod.
2 vols. 6s. Noble, 1782. Amusements for the illiterate!
NATURAL HISTORY. Art. 43. Supplement to the Campi PHLEGRÆI: Being an Ac.
count of the great Eruption of Mount Vesuvius, in August 1779. Communicated to the Royal Society of London by Sir William Hamilton, K, B. F.R. S. his Britannic Majefty's Eovay Extraordipary and Plenipotentiary at the Court of Naples. Folo, 21. 125. 6d. Boards. Naples, printed in 1779, and fold by Cadell in London.
Of Sir William Hamilton's most splendid and curious work, the CAMPI PHLEGRÆl, we gave an account in the 56th volume of our Review, p. 380. The narrative part of this Supplement was printed in the first part of the Philcsophical Transaajons for 1780; and an abliraçt of it appeared in our Review for April 1781; but our limits allowed us to mention very few of the phænomena, nor could we make soom for any confiderable part of the Author's highly entertaining defcription; the whole of which we have, with inexprefli ble satisfaction, seperused, in the present very fine edition.-Sir William has here added a French translation of the letter-press part of his work, which is printed in opposite columns; and the whole is beautifully illusGrated by coloured prints-from the drawings of M. Peter Fabiis: both the drawings and illuminations being copied from na'ute, under the inspection of our very ingenious and indefatigable Author.
HORTICULTURE. Art. 44. 4 Treatise on the Culture and Management of the
Bear's Ear; os Auricula Urf: With Directions for raising is from Seed. By a Florit. Small 12mo. is. Wallis. 1782.
To those who find gratification in the healthful, indocent, and rational amusements of the flower-garden, and are fond of cultivating one of its most beautiful ornaments, we recommend this little trea. tise, which contains every ching necessary to be known upon the lab. jeci, either by the fimple gardeper, or the candidate for ibe ford ko. Dours at a florill's fealt.
SCHOOL-BOOK. Art. 45. Profody made easy. By the Rev. William Nixon,
A.B. lately Principal of the Dublin Academy; and now ap
Mr. Parker gives the following derivation of this term : • It is derived from the German, in which language Schwindel signifies to ,sbear. This is, indeed, one acceptation of the German word.
pointed pointed Master of the Endowed School of Yooghal, by his Grace The Duke of Devonshire. 8vo. 2 s.
2 5. Cork printed, and sold by Buckland in London. 1781.
An acquaintance with the rules of prosody is essential to accaracy in the pronunciation of the Latin language. The practice of verhit. cation facilitates fo necessary an acquisition; and, as far as our koowledge extends, is established in all the greater schools, and at the Universities, where the claflies are ftudied on an elegant footing: though we have been informed that it is neglected by the generality of the Diffenting cotors :- hence it is, that we seldom meet with a Diffenting minister, who can read five lines of prose or verse withoue fome mistake in the pronunciation. We do not say this to charge them with ignorance, but to awakea their induftry.
Every attempt to facilitate shis elegant art (without which the great beauties of Latin poetry will be loft) deserves commendation. In this view Mr. Nixon is entitled to the public regard for the pains be hath taken in unfolding the principles, and illuftrating, by claflic examples, the various measures of Latin verfification; and the most easy and certain methods of scanning, in particular, the beauriful Odes of Horace. But while we pay our Author this general compliment for his diligence and ingenuity, we cannot avoid pointing out a very fagrant error in grammar, which we are surprised should have escaped his eye, or the eye of those learned fchool-malters who bave affixed their names to it by way of recommendation.
In Role gth, App. [Vid. page 15.) the Author says- Virgil lengthens fodere: - and then produces the following line from the Roman poet to illuftrare kia remark:
“ Sub terræ foderē larem penitusque repertæ.” Doth Mr. Nixon suppose fodere to be the infinitive mood of the verb? If he doth, he is egregiously miitaken. It is the third perfon plural, preter perfect teore, indicative mood. It is wrong to make re in fodere and la in laren to be long. The two first syllables of fodere he makes short; whereas, in the perfect rense they are always long. Mr. Nixon very properly make; la in läris [Rule 15. 4. page 18.] 10 be short; and yet, in App. I. p. 19, he lays Virgil lengthens lärem.' The above line, by Mr. Nixon's leave, should be thus scanned :
Sūb ter rā fo dérč lå rem pěni rūsquě vě pērtæ. On the whole, we think this listle treatise to be a very useful ma. bual to the student of the Latin classics ; and we very cordially joia our recommendation to that of Mr. Rider * and Mr. Pacerfon t. Art. 46. A Practical Grammar of the French Language, by N.
Wanoftrocht. The Second Edition, with Additions and Improve. ments, by the Author. 12mo.
1782. Having already expressed our approbation of this Grammar, we now only mention it to inform our Readers, that it appears in this edition with cooliderable improvements.
. Sur-master of St. Paul's School.
+ Lare Master of Maron's Yard Academy, and Author of the Latin verie translation of Pope's Windsor Forcit, &c. &c. &c.
RELIGIOUS. Art. 47. The Study of the Scriptures recommended. An Attempt
to illustrate the Beauty of some Parts of Scripture ; particularly the Song of Moses in the 32d Chapter of Devieronomy, and the Epifle of St. Paul to Philemon, With an Endeavour to vindicate that Paffage in the oth Chapter of Romans, where the Apostle says, “ He could wish himself accursed from Christ for his Brethren.” To which is added a short moral Essay. By Crico. 8vo. 2 s. Coventry priored. London, fold by Rivington.
This pamphlet is written, to use the Author's own words in his odd preface, in an unconnected and digresory manner. When he submits it with all its faults to the candour of the good-natured,? be adds a promise' (as some amends for what might not be approved), of a little moral essay at the end, that shall afford both profit and pleasure ;' this moral essay, he says, • is not my composition (as the reader will easily perceive), but what I accidentally met with. Af ter all this, when we come towards the end, we find the moral efiay, from which such high expectations were to be formed, wholly omitted; and the Author farther tells us that a learned friend informs him, that this, which he intended as a principal ornament of his publication, has been before printed. His tract on the Song of Moses presents us with several observations from different writers, particularly from Dr. Smith's Longinus. Dr. Fordyce comes in for very high praises, for this Author lays, he took the hint of his prefent attempe from a sermon which he heard the Doctor deliver, The illustration of St. Paul's Epifle to Philemon contains remarks which have been often made on that beautiful compofition. In con. fidering that particular passage in the Epiltle to the Romans, as mentioned in the title-page, our Author opposes an interpretation offered some time ago by Dr. Bandinel, and endeavours to ellablish what has been more generally received. We are at a loís to conjecture what Mould have induced this writer to publith his lucu. brations; but, no doubt, he had his motives. He wanders ofisa from his immediate subject, but he properly recommends the study of the Scriptores, and speaks very juftly of their excellence. Art. 48. Letter to the Clergy of the Church of England. 8vo.
1 $. Baldwin. 1781. Something-but we hardly know what-about feétaries, heretics, infidels :-- designs to undermine the Church by maligning its minifters, seducing its partizans, diffolving the tics of fubordination and fellowship which connect them: dangers arising from the abuses of religious freedom; the necessity of a firm union among the clergy, who are to repel all attacks on their office and character; who are to consider themelves, both separately and collectively, as the guardians of the truth, and whose office it is to prevent any violences being committed against it.
What those formidable attacks are, and how the enemy is to be repelled, is left to the Reader to find out if he can!
• Vide our Review, vol. LXIV. p. 97.