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liberality, and our justice: that we should manifest the earnestness! and sincerity of our wishes to communicate to Ireland a full participation of all the advantages weenjoy ; that we should prove ourscives desirous of considering the inhabitants of the two countries as one people, connected together by the closest ties under the same Constitution, the same Parliament, and the same King:

• He had understood that, if the Resolutions which had been opened should be agreed to, it would be proposed that they should, be carried to the foot of the Throne, accompanied by an Address to his Majesty. In that Address he hoped, and was persuaded, that no sentiments or expressions would be introduced which jealousy might misinterpret, or malice pervert : that there would be no indication of a wish on our part to press the considération of the question upon the Legislature of Ireland; and that no impulse would be given to it, but what it mighe derive from the free and unbiassed opinions, and dispassionate judgment of the Parliament and People of that kingdom.'

We have never heard the character of Mr. Speaker Addington mentioned without respect; and we never contemplate his conduct without feeling that respect justified and strengthened.


For MAY, 1799.

Is. 6d.

MEDICAL. Art. 17. Observations and Experiments on the Broad-leaved Willow

Baré, illustrated with Cases. By W. White, Apothecary to the Bath City Intirmary and Dispensary. 8vo. PP. 59

Vernor and Hood. Since the introduction of this bark into practice at the Bath City

Infirmary and Dispensary, as a substitute for the Peruvian bark, we are told, not less than twenty pounds a-year have been saved to the Charity. If an equal degree of good can be effected by the willow-bark, its cheapness certainly renders it an object of attention to the governors of similar institutions. It has long been recommended in agues, instead of bark : but its 'use has never been gene, rally adopted by the faculty.

The common dose, Mr. Whitę tells us, is two table-spoons full of the decoction, three or four times in a day: but, in intermittents, it is necessary to give one or two ounces every three hours. The form of the decoction consists of two ounces of broad-leaved willow bark, boiled in two pints of water to one pint, with the addition of a drachm of pimento.

Mr. W. conceives this remedy to be little inferior in efficacy to the Peruvian bark.—The willow bark he has hardly ever found to disagree with the stomach or bowels ; a circumstance greatly in its fatour. The superior bitter quality of the Peruvian bark seems to be its chief claim to a preference before the willow bark.


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The cases undoubtedly shew that this remedy possesses considerable power, and will probably excite the attention of practitioners in dif. ferent parts of the country to a substance so easily procured. Art. 18. An Illustration of the Analogy between Vegetable and Animal

Parturition. By A. Hunter, M. D. F. R. Š. L. & E. 8vo. PP:.4: With a 'Plate.

Cadell jun. and Davies. This is a very pleasing, though very short, comparison of the mode of the production of germs in animals and vegetables; it proves that the venerable author preserves that spirit of observation undiminished, by which he was honourably distinguished many years ago. Art. 19. An Appendage to the Toilet: or, an Essay on the Management

of the Teeth. Dedicated to the Ladies. By Hugh Moises, M.D. Small 8vo. PP. 42.

25. 6d. Hookham and Carpenter. This treatise has been effectually secured against the attacks of criticism, by the patronage under which it is placed by its courteous author. Our fair readers will find it, at least, a guide free from noxious practices.

We wish that Dr. M. had avoided breaking Priscian's head, in his motto: Amicus veritas will not do, even for Lady's Latin. Art. 20. One Hour's Advice, respecting their Health, to Persons going out to the Island of Jamaica. By R. Wise.

pp. 70. is. bd. Johnson. This manual is compiled ehiefly from Mr. Long's valuable history of Jamaica *, by a gentleman who resided for some time on the island; and who imputes his preservation from the common diseases of the country, and particularly from the yellow fever, to his strict adherence to the rules established in a chapter of Mr. Long's book. They certainly merit the attention of every European who visits Ja maica ; and we only fear that those, who are most liable to the bad effects of the climate, will be least attentive to the sagest monitor.

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LAW. Art. 31. A Letter to the Right Hon. Lord Loughborough, Lord High

Chancellor of England, &c. &c. from Richard Wilson, Esq. M. P, on the Subject of his Bill of Divorce from the Hon. Anne Wilson, late Townsend, presented in the last Session of Parliament to the House of Lords. 8vo. 16. Chapple. 1798.

An unseemly, and, as it appears to us, an unprovoked attack on the characters of the Lord Chancellor and of the Bishop of Ro. chester, because the House of Lords have thought it proper to dismiss Mr. Wilson's Bill of Divorce. Art. 22. A Treatise on the Law of Homicide, and of Larceny at

Common Law; by Robert Bevill of the Inder Temple, Esq; Bar. rister at Law. 8vo. pp. 300. 55. Boards. Clarke. 1799.

Mr. Bevill informs his readers, in his Preface, that he has for several years been preparing a treatise, which was intended to con

# For our ample account of that work, sce Rev, vol. li.

P. 159.

pp. 120.

tain the law upon all the offences usually tried at the Assises; and that the following pages were written as a part of that work.' Surely, such a publication must be considered as unnecessary, when the Profession possess the able and comprehensive treatises of Chief Justice Hale and Serjeant Hawkins on the Pleas of the Crown. The useless multiplication of law-books is an evil of which we have fre. quent cause to complain ; and we shall persevere in expressing our disapprobation, till the nuisance be in some measure removed. Art. 23. General Observations on the Power of Individuals to prescribe,

by Testamentary Dispositions, the particular future Uses to be made of their Property, occasioned by the last Will of the late Mr. Peter Thellusson of London. By John Lewis de Lolme, LL. D. Author of the Book on the “ Constitution of England.” 4to. PP. 40.

IS. Richardson. 1798. The observations contained in this pamphlet are all drawn from the argument ab inconvenienti. If they prove any thing, they tend to prove too much, for they endeavour to shew that the acts of the tegislature may render that illegal which executors have undertaken 1o perform. This objection applies, in a great measure, to alter wills under which executors are appointed. Art. 24. An Address to the People of Great Britain, on the Doctrine of Libels and the Office of Juror. By George Dyer, B. A. 8vo.

23. 6d. Printed for the Author, and sold by Symonds in Paternoster-Row.

We have read this pamphlet with that pleasure which good writing is calculated to produce on the mind: but we cannot add chat any material information on the subject of libels, or on the office of jurors, can be collecte from it. It might have been entitled “ A Defence of Mr. Wakefield's Answer to the Bishop of Landaff," for such it really is; and, in course, it condemns the late proceedings against that gentleman and the publishers of his book.

The author intimates that a jury should regulate their verdict not only by the evidence adduced in court, but by the evidence which they may have collected aliunde.---This doctrine is in direct opposition to the juryman's oath; by which he is bound, for the wisest and most obvious reasons, to find his verdict according to the evidence which shall be brought forwards at the trial.

Mr. D. selects, from the whole body of moralists, the names of Helvetius, Hume, and Rousseau, as the writers to whose exertions mankind have been the most indebted. Surely other characters might have suggested themselves to Mr. D. on such an occasion ; for, with the exception of Hume, persons more objectionable could scarcely have been introduced at this time, and in this country. Men of genius, however, can render every subject interesting and amusing : as we have experienced in the perusal of this Address. Art. 25. A digested Index to the Seven Volumes of Term Reports in the

Court of King's Bench; containing a concise Statement of all the Points of Law determined in that Court, from Michaelmas Term 26 George 3. 1785, to Trinity Term 38 George 3. 1798, inclu



sive. With Tables of Reference to the Names of Cases, Statutes cited, &c. &c. By T. E. Tomlins, of the Inner Temple, Barrister at Law, Editor of the Law Dictionary. Royal 8vo. pp. 300. 126. Boards. Butterworth. 1799.

The great advantages resulting from the periodical publication of the Term Reports we have frequently experienced ; and, on the appearance of the respective volumes, we have borne willing testimony to their mcrit.--As their contents, however, are so voluminous and of so various a nature, a clear and compendious manner of referring to them became desirable. This want is here supplied by Mr. Tomlins, whose accuracy and diligence are already known to ihe Profession; and who, to use his own words, has arranged, methodized, consolidated, and corrected the several indices which were published at the end of each volume, so that all analogous cases might be brought together in one view, the progress of opinion in contested or doubtful instances traced out, and seeming contradictions reconciled or explained ; thus in fact affording a Repertorium to these Term Reports which should present a short history of the law laid down from the Bench in the course of the last thirteen years.'

A table of statutes cited, and on which any remarks have been made, or on which any points have been directly determined, together with a table of the names of the cases, referring both to the

Term Reports and to the present work, are also given; and Mr.
Tomlins appears to have spared no pains to render his publication as
useful as the nature of the undertaking would adınit.
Art. 26. A Charge delivered to the Grand Jury, at the Assizes bolden

at Ely, 27th March 1799. By Henry Gwillim, Esq. Chief Justice of the Isle of Ely, published at the Request of the Ma. gistrates and Grand Jury. 4to. '18. 6d. Butterworth.

This is a sensible and moderate address, suited to the circumstances and temper of the times; and properly calculated to convince the understandings, rather than to mislead or infame the passions, of its auditors.

NOVELS. Art. 27. Letters written from Lausanne. Translated from the French. 2 Vols.

55. sewed. Dilly. 1799. Love and marriage, the usual themes of the novelist, occupy exclusively the pages of this narrative ; and, worn as the subjects are, we have perused it with considerable interest ;-yet we cannot wish it an extensive circulation amongst our fair countrywomen, whose stricter morals can derive little improvement from the example of their Gallic neighbours, either before or since the revolution.-Perhaps, the sentiments are exceptionable ? No, the sentiments are uni. formly excellent.--The personages introduced, then, are unfit for imitation, and probably their vices are pourtrayed with delusive blandishments? Ah no! the characters are generally good, most of them amiable, and none of them bad.- What then, afier all, is the tendency of the performance? To prove, that it is infinitely to be lamented that an accomplished young man, of high birth, and a member of the British senate, had not married the kept mistress of a deceased




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nobleman !–Did we write solely for courtezans, we should certainly endeavour to inculcate the possibility of redeeming, by the sedulous practice of other virtues, the loss of one of the greatest :—but, in the present state of society in England, we do not really perceive the uti. lity of demonstrating, by an aitractive though unhappy example, that the character to which we have alluded is not incompatible with virtues and accomplishments, sufficient to procure for their possessor the highest degree of admiration, of respect, and of esteem.Majores nostri si quam unius peccati (impudicitie) mulierem damnabant : simplici judicio multorum maleficiorum convictam putabant. Cur? Quia nulla potest honesta ratio retinere eam, quam magnitudo peccati facit timidam, intemperantia audacem, natura muliebris inconsideratam.Cornificius. Art. 28. Helen Sinclair, a Novel, by a Lady *.

2 Vols. Cadell jun. and Davies. 1799. This woık appears to be the effusion of a pure, virtuous, and benevolent mind;-the characters, though neither striking nor uncommon, are on the whole justly delineated; and, if the incidents do not surprise and astonish us, we observe fewer violations of probability than in the greater part of the novels which are poured out in such torrents from the press.--Helen Sinclair may therefore be recommended to our female readers as not only capable of affording an innocent amusement, but as a work which will probably leave behind it impressions favourable to the sacred cause of religion and virtue.

We wish, however, that the fair writer had not introduced a masquerade ; as it seems scarcely consistent with the gravity of Lady Olivia's character to countenance an amusement which may be termed the child of folly, and frequently, we apprehend, has proved the parent of vice. Lady Violette, we fear, is too just a picture of many young women of fashion ; and the misery in which she involves here self, and her family, may convey useful instruction to the vain, the thoughtless, and the dissipated. Mr. Dashwood is a true stablebuck; and no part of his conduct is improbable, nor inconsistent, cxcept his reformation. Lord Montgomery meets with that reward which ambition and avarice generally bestow on their votaries, viz. disappointmenl and repentance. Art. 29. The Castle of St. Donats ; or, the History of Jack Smith.

12 mo. 3 Vols. los. 6d. sewed. Lane. The author of this novel is a person of talents and observation : but the hero of his tale is a rake; who, in time, and before the spirits of youth have wholly subsided, is reformed, and married to a fair, rich, and virtuous woman, whom his altered conduct entitles him to espouse. We do not greatly approve such examples. The mind of the young and incautious reader, to whom novels are the favourite lite. rary amusement, may receive a wrong bias from such representations. With due respect to the memory of Fielding, we cannot but think that his Tom Jones has produced more imitators of his vices than of his virtues; and our experience in the world induces us to suspect that the reformation of a rake is at best very equivocal. The author, * Elizabeth Isabella Spence.


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