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latter half is made up, by republishing the’onfortunate general's let-
ter, from the London Gazette, which appears to have been an after-
thought, that the fize of the pamphlet, at least, might be thought
decent at the time of purchase.
Art. 28. Considerations upon the French and American War. In a
Letter to a Member of Parliament. 8vo.

Almon. 1779.
If this correspondent with a member of the British parliament, is
himself a member of the American congress, he writes as might be
expected from his character and connections. As both parties have
appealed from the pen to the sword, that ultima ratio, which has ever
decided all political right, he endeavours to influence us by an argu-
ment, often used indeed, but which feldom prevails much in this
country, and that is by alarming our fears. We have, beyond the
memory of man, been at the very brink of destruction, whenever

poo litical declaimers pleased; and thus it now pleases the letter-writer before us, to sum up our calamities, by declaring,

" I do from my heart believe, that the prosecution of this war will be attended with the rain and downfal of this country.”—Thus it is, that your sound catholic politicians precipitate us all to the devil, unless we subscribe to their respective creeds!

Art. 29. The Exhibition, or a Second Anticipation ; being Re-

marks on the Principal Works to be exhibited next Month, at the
ROYAL ACADEMY. By Roger Shanbagan, Gent. 8vo. 6d.
Richardson and Urquhart.

of the several imitations of the famous Anticipation pamphlet, this is, by far, the most successful. The introductory part, in which the Author gives an account of bimself, and asserts his affinity to us, of the Scribleriad family, is a piece of genuine humour; and the whole of the pamphlet, with a very few exceptions on the score of inaccuracy, may be pronounced uncommonly well written. The criticisms have, for their object, the works of some of our molt eminent painters and architects. Among the latter, the Adams are subjected to the lah, and Wyatt is a particular favourite ; but we think our brother SCRIB. is juftly reprehensible for an unsupported reflection on Mr. Stuart; to whom, at the same time, he yields the praise of having introduced into this country most of the improvements in architecture, which other artists have been so desirous of appropriating to themselves. Art. 30. Three Letters from Sir John Dalrymple, Bart. One of

the Barons of the Exchequer in Scotland, to rhe Right Hon. Lord Viscount Barrington, late Secretary at War, on his Lordship's official Conduct. 8vo.

25. Coghlan. Sir J. D. accuses lord B. of ill treating two of his (Sir John's) bro. thers, while his lordship was fecretary at war. This accusation is in terms that are far from being equivocal. From Sir J. D.'s state of the case, his lord thip behaved, at least, in a very odd manner respecto ing the new levies; but whether his embarrassments arose from the multitude of prerenfions to military appointments, which might be fupposed incident to his station, or whether they flowed from the motives to which the incenfed writer so liberally imputes them, we do not undertake to determine.


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Art. 31. An Address to the Honourable Augustus Keppel ; contain:

ing candid Remarks on his late Defence; with fome Observa. tions on such Passages as relate to the Conduct of Sir Hugh Palliser. By a Sea-man.

8vo. IS. 6d. Richardson and Urquhart. • This Addresser is not merely an able feaman; he is likewise an able writer. He closely, and perspicuously investigates the conduct of Mr. K, both in regard to what he did and did not, on the memorable 27th and 28th of July, and to what he said in his defence, on his trial by the court martial. There is great profeffion of impartiality in this piece; but the Author's professions are rendered questionable by the keenness of his manner, and the sarcasms which he frequently cafts on the admiral's friends and adherents--the minority, the patriots, &c. whom he severally cenfures for their attachment to party-principles, in opposition to what he deems the true interest and honour of this country. He earnestly disclaims all partiality for Sir Hugh; and boldly appeals to every good judge of the subject, for the justice and candour of his itri&tures on the conduct of the popular admiral. Art. 32. Three Letters. The First addressed to the Merchants

and Gentlemen of the Reprisal Asociation, upon the Subject of fitting out Privateers from the Ports of Algiers, Tanis, and Tripoli. The Second is addressed to the Ruffian Ambassador, staring The political Consequences of the Cession of Minorca to the Empress of Ruflia : and the Third is addressed to the Lord Chief Justice of the Court of King's Bench, and ite other Judges of Criminal Law, upon the Subject of employing the Convičts to work in Coal and Lead Mines, instead of the present Method of Punishment. 8vo.

Dixwell. The general proposals in this packet of Letters, are stated in the above title-page; but alas, to very little purpose for poor

old Eng land, now that lord Chatham is dead! The Writer alks the gentlemen of the Reprisal Asociation- Have we not too much reason to dread, that in the death of lord Chatham, we lost the only man who could direct the helm of public affairs in the present form ? This great man, weighed down with the pressure of our misfortunes, fell in the action of political debate; as marshal Keith wished to fall in the field. With him died all that boldness of military scheme and enterprize of war, which should ever be the reigning characteristic of a British minister. How would Marlborough, Argyle, and Stair be affected, were they to look down upon the loss this country has fuse tained! The happiness of heaven itself would not prevent the tender tear of sympathy from falling in such a case!'

In this state of despair he segrets, that a feet of British men of war was not sent to act in the Mediterranean, under Algerine or 'Tunisian commissions. He advises, that privateering companies should be established at the Barbary ports, and that we should inttract the Moors in the European art of war, to act against the French and Spaniards. He opens a negociation with the Russian ambasador, to cede Minorca to his mistress, for a ftipulated afiftance against the Americans; and depreciates the value of Minorca to this country, in order to help forward the bargain. What kind of credentials he poffe files to carry this offer into execution, does not appear, and he refers bis Rullian excellency to no other contracting party!


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His address to the judges, on the employment of felons, is composed in a more sober ftile, and deserves, considerarion ; but this lecter has not the merit of originality, to which the others are entitled. Art. 33. A View of the Isle of IVight, in Four Letters to a Friend,

Concaiping not only a Description of its Form and principal Productions, but the most authentic and material Articles of its Natural, Political, and Commercial History. By John Sturch. . 12mo. IS, Goldsmith.

Many persons who visit that agreeable spot, the Isle of Wight, leave it without seeing half the natural beauties of the country and its coalts, for want of previous knowledge, and due information when they arrive : those, therefore, who wih to take the full benefit of such an excurfion, will do well to carry Mr. Srurch's letters as a pocket guide, and to regulate their tour from the hints, both descrips tive and historical, which are conveyed in it. Art. 34. Thoughts on Tithes ; with a Proposal for a voluntary Ex

change of great and small Tiches, for Land to the Value, to be held as Glebe, within the respective parishes of England, &c. 8vo. Is. Flexney. 1778.

This very judicious Writer's proposal highly merits the attention both of the clergy and laity. . . Art. 35: The Sea Lad's Trusty Companion : Being Instructions

given to the Lads and Boys assembled at the Marine Society's Ota fice in Bishopsgate-street; waiting till Commission or Warrant Officers in the Royal Navy request them as Servants, in order to their being bred Seamen ; also Masters in the Merchants Service inquiring for Boys to serve as Apprentices at Sea : With Rules for a moral and religious Life. Also the State of the Society to the joth of Dec. 1778. By J. H. Esq; 12mo. 6 d. Sewel.

Mr. Hanway's patriocic and benevolent disposition is well known ; and we heartily with success to his endeavours to introduce fobriety, and a moral and religious deportment on board ships of war. Art. 36. Sedger's Rudiments of Book-keeping. In Two Parts, &c.

The Second Edition. 8vo. 2 s. 6 d. Fielding and Walker,

The first part is according to the Italian method, the second relates to company accounts, and is addressed to the East India Company. The republication is a presumptive proof that the Writer understands his subject, which is probably saying as much, out of a compting-house, as such a work requires. Art. 37. An Introduction to the Study of Geography; or, a Gene

ral Survey of Europe. By A. F. Buiching, Professor of Divinity and Philosophy at Gottingen. Translated from the Second Ger. man Edition, with Improvements. By R. Wynne, A. M. 12mo. 2 s. Bew. 1778.

This appears to be nothing more than an abstract made some years fince, from the introduction to Busching's large system of geography.


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Art. 38. Princ Arthur: an Allegorical Romance: the Story

from Speofer. izmo. 2 Vols. 68. bound. Ritey, &c. 1978.
At a period when the generality of Writers, under pretence of ad.
hering to nature, are forsaking the paths of fancy, and in avoiding
extravagance, are finking into inúpidity, there is some thare of meri
in recalling the attention of the age to the sacred relics of genius,
transmitced from ancient times. This merit, at least, the Author of
Prince Arthur may claim. He has wrought up the principal inci-
dents in Spenser's Fairy Queen into an allegorical romance, in which
he has closely followed the track of the original; and to render the
ftory complete, he has, with tolerable success, attempred to supply
the loss of the last books of the poem. Thole who arc already well
acquainted with the admired original, will not perhaps relish the
idea of modernizing and profaicifing Spenser; but Readers of another
class will probably find entertainment, perhaps instruction, in this
imperfect reflection of the images, sentiments, and characters of the
Fairy Queen.
Art. 39. Friendship in a Nunnery: or the American Fugitive;

Containing a tuil Description of the Mode of Education and Live
ing in Convent Schools, both on the Low and High Penfion; the
Manners and Characters of the Nuns; the Arts practised on young
Minds, and their baneful Effects on Society at large. By a Lady.

2 Vols. 6s. Bew. 1778.
The picture here exhibited of convent-manners is perhaps too
deeply saded; it is, however, marked with such peculiar traits, as
thew the Author to have drawn from the life ; and there is so much
truth, as well as execution in the piece, that it merits some attention
in an age, in which it is become too fashionable for females to re-
ceive the last finishing of their education in the convent. This novel
is said to be written by Mrs. Gibbes, author of the Woman of Fa-
fhion, &c.
Art. 40. The Wedding Ring; or, the History of Miss Sidney. In
a Series of Leiters,

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Noble. The character of an abandoned libertine, who commits the vileft offences againft decorum, humanity, and religion, is so disgusting, that nothing is more attonishing than that novels, in which such cha: racte are minutely described, should pass with innocent female rea. ders for books of agreeable entertainment; unless it be the ignorance or presumption of their writers, who recommend them to the public as books of excellent moral tendency. The bad effect of the exhibition of such characters, is by no means counterbalanced by the good impression that may arise from the execution of poetical jultice in the catastrophe of the tale, in which the contemptible hero is pu. nished, and the innocent object of his machination's escapes into the arms of a virtuous lover. We must therefore add the Wedding Ring to the long catalogue of unprofitable novels. Art. 41. The Generous Sister: in a Series of Letters. By Mrse

Cartwright. 12mo. 2 Vols. ss. Bew. When the Reader has half an hour to spare, and finds himself disinclined, either to be fatigued with thinking, or to be disturbed by 3


I 2mo.

9 se

emotion, he cannot pass it in more indolent amufement, than in

turning over these little volumes.
ke 19 Art. 42. The Hermit of the Rock; or, the History of the Mar-

chioness de Lausanne and the Comte de Luzy. Translated from a
French Manuscript.

9 S.

bound. Noble,


3 Vols.

&c. 1779.

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The emotions of the gentle passion of love are in this novel une da folded, through a series of tender and interefting incidents, in lan

guage so natural and pathetic, that it cannot fail of being read with pleasure by such as are capable of feeling, and have not learned

to despite the refinements and delicacies of a fentimental attacho

Art. 43. The Mofaical Account of the Human Fall metapharical,

and figurative of the Angelic Defetion; a philosophical Fragment,
Mhewing that Man is the fallen Angel, and disproving the Exift-
ence of the Devil. Izmo. 1 s. 6d. Fielding and Walker.


This Writer afferts the pre-existence, and even the eternity a parte ante of the human soul, and from hence very ingeniously deduces a solution of the difficulties attending the doctrine of the fall of man; maintaining that the present depravity of human nature, and the evils consequent upon it, are intended as a punishment for offences committed in a prior ftare, which the scriptures describe in the history of the fallen angels. In chis reasoning, it must be owned, that the data are not quite certain, and the proof is not perfectly clear: but why should nor a man who prefers chefe pretty speculations to a game at chess or cards, be allowed to amuse himself in his own way? Art. 44. The Old Fashion Farmer's Motives for leaving the Church

of England, and embracing the Roman Catholic Faith; and his ReaJors for adhering to the jame. Together with an Explanation of some particular Points, misrepresented by those of a different Perfaasion : With an Appendix, by Way of Antidote against all up. start new Faiths. 8vo. 2 8. 6 d. No Publisher's Name. Ad. vertised for Robinson.

This is one of the first-fruits of oor allowing the Catholics a little more elbow-room. It will not now be expected that we hould enter into a critical examination of the points in controversy between the Papifts and Protestants; it may however be hinted; that in the account which this Old Fashion Farmer gives of his converfion, he acknowledges that he told a falsehood to his old friends to excuse it: for which his new friends probably gave him absolution. He is as liberal in his abufe of the first reformers, as he is tender in touching upon the known principles and practices of the Catholic clergy. As it was our duty to look into this publication, we observed one paffage, which, though it contains nothing new, is, we trust, too old fashiones for the present intellectual abilities of our countrymen. It is but thort. In his juftification of image worship he honefly remarks, .. But then some answer and say, that although the learned Catholics do not commit idolatry in worthipping images, yet it is feared that the poor and unlearned sort of them do, because they cannot all be thought to know what the council of Trent has decreed in this case.

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