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L'A"w. Art. 43. A System of Pleading. Including a Tranflation of

the Doctrina placitandi ; or, The Art and Science of Pleading: originally written by Samson Eves, Serjeart at Law, and now first translated from the obsolete Norman French. Shewing where, in what Cases, and by what Persons, Pleas, as well perfonal, or mixed, may be properly pleaded : with References to, and Extracts from, the moit approved Writers on that Subject, carefully digested under their proper Titles, and brought into one colJečtive Point of View. Together with an Introduction, explaining the different Terms made Use of in the Proceedings of each respective Court; also a Preface and Table. By a Gentleman of the Middle Temple. 4to. 18 s. bound. Owen.

This verbose title sufficiently indicates the 'contents of the work. In the execution it required no great exertion of ability. Let none, however, withhold from the Editor, the praise due to his industry.

MISCELLANEOUS. Art. 44. Illustrations of Masonry. 4. 5. 6 d. Bound. : Wil.

Although we are not in the secrets of Free-Masonry, we have been entertained by the present well-written panegyrical view of this celebrated fraternity. It is compiled by a “ Brother William Preiton;" published with the approbation of the Society; and includes fome new particulars. Among these we have an account of the Grand Gala, held in honour of Malonry, at the Crown and fincber, in Nay last, with Mr. Preston's Oration delivered on that occasionand which is by no means an inelegant composition. Art. 45. A Treatise on English Shooting ; under the following

Heads; Of the Knowledge of a good Fowling-piece ; the ordering and managing the Fowling-piece; the appendages of the Fowling-piece; the Choice of Powder, Shot and Flints; of Partridge Shooting, with the Choice of ordering of Pointers; of Pheasant Shooting, with the ordering Spaniels; of Woodcock Shooting; of Snipe Shooting; of Water and Fen-Fowl Shoot. ing; and the Use of proper Dogs; of Upland Winter Shooting; with necessary Observations for the young Sportsman when out and returning Home. By George Ldie, Gent. 8vo. 1s. Cooke. 1772.

The contents of this finall Pamphlet are sufficiently specified in the tiile, and as far as we, who are not to be supposed connoisseurs in this way, are capable of judging, the inftruction and directions which are given, are plain, proper and useful. Mr. Edie appre. hends that a complete work of this kind has long been wanted; he has endeavoured to render his performance concise; and he hopes it may prove beneficial to the young sportsman, who seems to us to be obliged to him for the rules and advice he gives concerning an exer. cile which is, to numbers, a pleafing, and to some a prohtable diverfon.

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Art. 46. The Bystander. 8vo. I s. Hingeston. 1772.. A satirical representation of a private squabble between a clergy.. man in the country, on the one part, and two men of law on the other. The behaviour of the latter is placed in a very ridiculous

but we do not see the propriety of troubling the public with any thing upon the subject. Art. 47. Grammatical Remarks on the practical and vulgar Dia.

lee of the Indoftan Language, commonly called Moors. With a Vocabulary, English and Moors. The Spelling according to the Persian Orthography. Wherein are References between Words resembling each other in Sound, and different in their Significations; with literal Translations and Explanations of the compounded Words and circumlocutory Expreflions, for the more easy attaining the Idiom of the language. The whole calculated for the common Practice in Bengal. By Captain George Hadley. 8vo. 2 s. 6 d. Cadel.

1772. This Work appeared fome time ago in a more imperfect form and it still requires very considerable improvements. It may be of fome use, however, in Bengal, till a publication of merit on a fimi. lar plan is submitted to the Public. Art. 48. The Odds of the Game of Billiards. Small Size, for

the Pocket. Bladon, &c. 1772. The Author, or Editor, affures his Readers, that the calculations here offered to the public are the result of many years study; and that every one of them is a just one. The utility, therefore, of this, little pocket companion to the billiard-rable, will be too evident to the lovers of the game, to require any farther explanation. To the tables of calculation, are added, a few sules necessary to be attended to by the players. Art. 49. 'The Recantation and Confefiin of Doelor Kenrick, LL.D.

4to. Allen. 1772. A piece of humour, founded on the late abuse of Mr. Garrick, in the poem entitled Love in the Suds, and on a subsequent apologetical advertisement signed W. Kenrick: it is a very laughable performance, though Dr. K. (who is molt severely treated in it) will hardly think so ; and it will naturally remind its Readers of the dire misfortunes of Edmund Curl, so humorously set forth in Swife's miscellanies. Art. 50. Miscellanies. By the late R. Doufey, Vol. II. 8vo. 55. bound. Dodslev,

1772. This volume contains the late Mr. Dodfley s tragedy of Cleone, his poem entitled Melpomene, his Agriculture, a poem, and his Oecoromy of Human Life. The last mentioned performance was generally givea io Lord Chesterfield, at the time of its first appearance; but the public are often self-duped in affairs of this kind. We have given an account, of these leveral pieces, as they came out; and we hope juitice was done to their relpective merits, which were not deemed inconsiderable." Their Author was an ingenious and a worthy man; and we are glad to see his writings thus collectively revived. His first volume is well known by its modelt title of Trifles,

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Art. 51. The Rural Christian; or the Pleasures of Religion.

An allegorical Poem ; in four Books. To which are added, syl. van Letters; or the Benefits of Retirement. By a YOUNG Gent 1. EMAN. 8vo. 3 s. bound. Buckland, 1772.

The piety, but not the poetry of this young Instructor of the public is greatly to be commended. He appears to be an imitator of the manner of Dr. Gibbons, who is himself an imitator, at a modett distance, of the late ingenious Dr. Watts.

The Letters subjoined to the Poem are likewise of a devout and moral tendency; and may be read with advantage by the youth of both sexes, provided they take up the book before they have acquired tafte enough to distinguish between the crude productions of a juvenile Writer, and the compositions of those Authors who are jully diftinguithed for folidity of thought and elegance of expreffion. Art. 52. The Servant's Book of Knowlege, containing Tables of

Wages, ready cast up; together with Tables for Marketing, &c. &c. By Anthony Heasel. To which are added plain and easy Instructions for Servants of both Sexes. Including several Articles never before published. Svo. 15, 6d. Cooke. 1773•

In compilements of this sort there are always many superfluities; but, still, they contain some useful directions, and will certainly fure nith more profitable employment for the leisure hours of servants than the ballads and story books to which their studies are usually confined.

S E R M O N S. I. The diftin&t Claims of Government and Religion considered. Before

the honourable House of Burgesses, at Williamsburg in Virginia, March 1, 1:72. By S. Henly, Professor of Moral Philosophy, in William and Mary College. 4to. I s. Davies, &c. This Sermon, imported from Ainerica, and dedicated to Mr. Jebb of Cambridge, represents the respective claims of religion and government, and thews, with precision and spirit, as far as the limits of such a discourse would admit, how truly they are diftinct from each other. Indeed one would suppose, that the natural reasonings of a man's own mind 1hould almost immediately convince him, that no human authority could juftly extend to his private thoughts and opinion, or have any jurisdiction over him in matters of conscience, so long as he continues a peaceable and regular member of society. Publications on this subject, have lately been, as was to be expected, very numerous ; of which indeed there is, upon the whole, no reason to complain : as it is greatly to be wished, not only that so important a point should be freely discussed, but also that an acquaintance with the rights of conscience, and of religious liberty, should be as widely diffù fed as poflible; to which we may add, nothing appears more favourable than a thorough knowledge of the doctrine of Jesus, and the temper inspired by his Gospel.

The Author of this Discourse is a warm advocate for religious freedom; he greatly admires Sydney, Milton, Locke ; and is offended with Dr. Hallifax for having spoken with some kind of contempt of the first of those eminent persons. • It would give me pain, says he, in a note upon this subject, to have it imagined that I had treated Dr. Hallifax too harshly; but I cannot rettrain my indignation, when

I see the puny sons of these filken days, thus wantonly trample uponthe most venerable characters that have ever adorned humanity's “The writings,” he adds, ' of those great men, though neglected in this age of refinement, will never be forgotten, so long as there remains the leait taste for what is great and manly.'

The following extract will afford our Readers a further view of this Writer's manner :

• As fociety cannot be injured but by actions which violate its property or peace, those who demean themselves honestly and orderly ought not to be molested, on account either of their sentiments or worship. If these sentiments and this worship be the efflux of sincerity and devotion, absurd as they may be, God will approve them : the more such persons abound in every community, the better will that community become.

• If it be objected, that unless Government interest itself in behalf of religion, it will soon be excluded the world. May we not alk, Whether it be in obedience to the laws of the state that the fun arifeth, of that the moon walketh in brightness ?-Hath Deity need of human invention to uphold his empire? How arrogant a worm is man! Yet, in consequence of this presumption, what havoc have massacres made! Would legislators maintain the cause of religion, let them thew its influence on their conduct.

* It is a fundamental principle of legislation, that good government can never exist, where, under the connexion of the same laws, every citizen is not equally protected: this gives them but one inte, rest to support: this makes every man respect his neighbour.

• Viewing man in his religious capacity we consider him as related to his Maker. This relation can never be altered by any change of his being. Society is but of temporary duration : with the present life terminates the penalties of its laws ; while the sanctions of relie! gion are durable as our existence. As these are, to us, of the highest importance; let us, first, seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and in subordination to this end, let us render to Cæfar, the things that are Cæsar's. By such a conduct, and such alone, can we enjoy, , in this world, the advantages of good government'; and, in the next, the blessed consequences which will result from obcdience to him, whose kingdom ruleib over all.'

· Before we conclude the Article, we should observe, that there is an advertisement prefixed to the Sermon, which informs us, that it • would never have been published, had ic not exposed its Author to obloquy.' He endeavours to vindicate himself against the censures that have been cast upon him, and particularly defends the propriety of preaching on the subject of religious coleration, by a pertinent quotation from the works of the great Mr. Locke. Il. An Apology for the Brute Creation, or Abuse of Animals censured:

Preached in the Parish Church of Shiplake, in Oxfordhire, Oct. 18, 1772. By James Granger, Vicar. 8vo. Od. Davies, &c.

This sensible discourse is very proper to be put into the hands of young persons, and of all those particularly who have any concern in the care and management of brute creatures : the cruelty with which they are sometimes treated must excite a juft abhorrence in the humane and feeling bofoin, as it has done in that of this Author,

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who here pleads their cause in a manner becoming a man and a Christian ; and, with strength and peopriety, shews the wickedness of using them with that severity and barbarity which is too common even in this civilized country.

· The righteous and merciful man considers, says he, that the meanest creature was pronounced by the great Creator to be very good; and that if it is in no respect hurtful to him, it has an equal: right with himself to live, and to enjoy the benefit of life: that wantonly to provoke, punish, and put to torture, any animal that providence hath placed under his care, is to betray his tròft, and in against the great law of humanity, which comprehends every kind of being that hath the same acute sense of pain which he finds in his own frame. Some virtues are so closely linked together that they are in almost every inttance inseparable. If a man is merciful, we may venture to pronounce him just, generous, and charitable : if cruel, we have as great reason to believe him unjust, fordid, felfish, and treacherous.'

: It is unnecessary to add farther extracts, as the whole discourse is well worthy of perusal, and we wish it might be generally read and attended to. What renders the sermon particularly remarkable is the fingular propriety of the dedication, “ to T. B. Drayman," under the address of “ Neighbour Tom:" for which it is afligned as a reason by the Author, that he had seen Tom exercise the lath with greater rage, and heard him twear at the same time more roundly and for cibly, than he ever saw or heard any of his brethren of the whip in London. · The-worthy Vicar gives him some very good exhortations, and tells him, that should he find any hard words in the discoure, if he will come to his vicarage house, he will endeavour to explain them: this swearing Drayman is farther warned by his Pastor, that if his conduct is not altered, he will take care to have him punithed by a Justice of Peace.

We shall say nothing farther concerning this laudable publication, bat that the titie-page tells us, '. It is not only intended for foch as have the care of horses and other useful bcatts; but also for children, and those that are concerned in forming their hearts.'

We are sorry to learn, by a Portfcript to this discourse, that it gave disguit to two considerable .congregations. The mention of dogs and horses, we are told, was cenjured as a prostitution of the dignity of the pulpit.' On which account, it is added, 'the Author submits it to the candour of the public, and particularly to the cool consideration of those who were pleased to cenfure it, and by whose disapprobation, without any premeditated design of the Author, is now sees the light.'

Though the publication of his fermon was occafioned by such a disagreeable circumstance, we apprehend Mr. Granger will have.no. reason to repent of it. Humane and bene olent minds will approve his intention and his performance; and those who at first objected, will probably fee realon to withdraw.chole centures which, in fact, will recoil upon themselves. 111. The Christian Triumph, occasioneıl by the Death of Mrs. Aor

Williams, with the studress delivered at her lucerment. By Abra' ham Booth. . 8vo. od. -Dilly, &c,

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