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totelis Ava L. I. Cod. C. C. C.-—. Var. Lat. & Supplementa Quinti Curtii, Cod. C. C. C.-6. a. Hermogenis Progymnafmata. — B. Libellus de Metris Harleianus.y. Excerpta ex Herodiano, Cod. Baroc.-. Philemonis Lexici Technologici magna pars.-7. 2. Joannis Tzetzis Пg da‡ozwv (ontwr, ejufdemque Epiftola Epiphanio.6. Philae year homocy. Imperatorum Conftantinopolitan. Synopfis Chronologica Cod. Baroc. ex apogr. Th. Hearne.-8. a. Sententiae Philofophorum.-. Prolegomena in Platonis Philofophiam.. Damafcii П ay magna pars.-9. Opufcula excerpta e Collectaneis Langbænii Bodl.'

The reader will eafily perceive that great utility to all scholars in general, and more particularly to future editors of the Claffics, will be derived from this work, and how much it will contribute to extend the correct and critical knowlege of the Greek language.

Mr. BURGESS next proceeds to folicit the affiftance of the learned, and intreats their communications. He requests, in the first place, to be favoured with their own labours ;-then with any pofthumous productions of departed critics, or with accurate accounts of their inedited remains: next with collations of uncollated MSS. But above all, Mr. B. wishes to be fupplied with any unpublished compofitions of ancient Greece, of which great numbers are preserved in most of the public libraries on the continent as well as in England.

Mr. BURGESS has already received from Mr. LOVEDAY, Hermogenis Progymnafmata inedita, cum variis lect. Cod. Reg. Parifienf. and Profeffor Ward's Animadverfions.-LARCHER has fupplied the Varia Lectiones in Dionyf. Halic.-RUHNKEN, the learned and communicative RUHNKEN, has prefented Mr. BURGESS with the Sententia Philofophorum ex Cod. Veffiano, and Philemon's Lexicon Technologicum-Anonymi Prolegomena in Platonem. SANTENIUS, the editor of BURMAN'S Propertius, has likewife been liberal in promoting the fuccefs, and enhancing the value, of the Critica Obfervationes.

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If there be any part of the plan which does not meet with our full approbation, it is the length of time, which is propofed to be fuffered to elapfe, before the publication of the first number. We think that Mr. BURGESS is perfectly in the right, in not hurrying; feftina lente-but at the fame time we are decided in our opinion, that he ought to print and publish the first number, as foon as he has materials for two parts, ready for the prefs; and the fecond, when the third is prepared, and fo on.-If the appearance of the book itself be delayed too long, after the publication of this Confpectus, the curiofity of the learned world, which muft now, as it ought, be awakened, will inevitably die away, and the firuggles of courfe neceffary at the editing of any new periodical work, muft be repeated,-though it is highly probable that they will lofe great part of their effect, while every effort must be attended with additional difficulty.

Mr.

Mr. BURGESS will, we are well convinced, pardon this hint, which we are induced to give, from our respect for his abilities, and our earnest wishes for the fuccefs of his laudable and useful undertaking.

At the conclufion of the Confpectus, the editor informs his readers, that the emendations and obfervations of the late learned, and fill much to be lamented, Mr. Tyrwhitt, on Ariftotle's Poetics, are in his poffeffion. These notes, with the aid of fome inedited collations of MSS. and other affiftances, will accompany a new edition of this Greek text, which has fo long and fo frequently exercifed the ingenuity, and defeated the erudition, of modern critics.-Mr. Twining's translation of the Poetics is alfo foon, as we are informed, to appear; so that we are tempted to flatter ourselves with the hope, that this admirable and admired treatife will at laft be rendered clear and intelligible; and no longer be deemed inacceffible by young men, who, in defiance of their wifhes to enlarge their ftock of Greek erudition, and to cultivate their tafte, have been deterred from a frequent perufal of this work, on account of its numerous difficulties.

As we are now laying before the public a view of what they are to expect from the labours of Mr. BURGESS, we cannot forbear informing them, that another learned and ingenious Oxonian is engaged in collecting the fragments of the Ante Nicene Fathers, whole complete works are now loft, and whofe remains owe their prefervation to the authors by whom they have been cited. The following is propofed as the title of the work:

Reliquia Sacre; five Opufcula et Fragmenta Ecclefiafticorum, qui tempora Synodi Nicænæ antecedebant, et quorum Scripta, vel apud Opera aliena fervantur, vel cum varii generis Auctoribus edi folent.

Our theological readers will feel no common pleasure, when we inform them, that this collection is undertaken by Mr. Routh, who not long fince favoured the public with an edition of Two Dialogues of Plato. The lovers, however, of compofitions in the purer ages of the Greek language, and the admirers in particular of the Platonic philofophy, will, abfit invidia, envy the triumph of Theology, while they lament that the tafte and erudition, which illuftrated the Gorgias, fhould be tranfferred to the fragments of ecclefiaftical writers, however ancient, and however refpectable.

Mr. Routh has printed a fhort view of his plan, from which our information has been gathered. In the course of it, he thus requests the affiftance of the learned: Peto autem a te obnixè, Chriftiane et erudite lector, ut quicquid in hoc genere alicubi latere noveris, id mihi impertias vel demonftres, quoniam digna funt vel minima barum atatum fragmenta, ut ex bibliothecarum clauftris in lucem ftudiofffimè proferantur?

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CORRESPONDENCE,

A Correfpondent, who dates from Oxford, and figns himself our Well-wisher, and Conftant Reader,' inquires when the vo lumes of the Monthly Review firft began with the year?'-The anfwer to this question is, that our fixth volume began with January 1752; fince which time they have regularly commenced and ended half-yearly. N. B. The feventh volume appeared without an index, the only inftance of an omiflion of that kind during the long courfe of our labours.

As this Correfpondent thinks that the knowlege of the periods at which our first five volumes began and ended, may prove useful to those who wish to collect the earlier volumes of the Review, in order to complete their fets, we here fubjoin an account of the dates of the volumes above mentioned; viz.

BEGAN IN
M. R. Vol. I. May 1749.

II. Nov. 1749.
III. May 1750.

IV. Nov. 1750.
V. June 1751.

ENDED WITH
October, fame year.
April 1750.
October, fame year.
May 1751.
December, fame year.

For the hint of this public notice to our Readers, we are obliged to our Correspondent's letter; in which are a few other particulars that demand our attention. First, He promises us, when he can recover fome papers,' a lift of errata. -For any detections of this kind we are always much obliged. Secondly, He mentions an account of Brunck's edition of Sophocles, which, he says, has been drawn up by a learned friend of ours. But we can inform our Correfpondent, on the best authority, that the critique to which he refers was never completed. Thirdly, He intimates fome diffatisfaction in regard to our account of Mr. Berington's Lives of Abeillard and Heloifa; to which we can only fay, that the article is before the Public; and to the Public we always fubmit, as we ought, our opinions, and conduct, in the difcharge of our critical office: at the fame time affuring our Correfpondent, that, in general, we think very highly of Mr. B.'s publications, his genius, principles, tafte, and elegant imagination.' Fourthly, When is Profeffor Reid's laft work to be noticed? Ans. The Profeffor's book will be noticed in its tarn ; but fome other works, of good confideration, have waited longer; and many must wait till the limits of our Journal are enlarged. Lastly, We shall at all times be glad to hear from this friendly Correipondent.

**One of our Correfpondents mentions, incidentally, but does not name, " an eminent B* ** * * * * * *, whom he ftyles as great ar 1 as any in the trade:'-adding, into whofe hands, by the bye, I hope you will never fall.'-This is quite unintelligible to us, and mu remain fo, without an explanation; which is requested.

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tit CURIOSUS, after defiring us to excufe the impertinent curiofity of a young man' (a requeit which ought not to be granted), afks,

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under what authority we make ufe of the word Goliah, in p. 461 of the Review for November, that name being differently spelt,' &c.Notwithstanding the magnitude of the fubject, we own that we have Sometimes, when the giant paid very little attention to the name. hath appeared before us in all his altitude, we have refpectfully allowed him hist, but on other occafions his highness hath been forced to talk off without it ;-juft as he hath been often ferved before by Calmet, and other learned compilers of lexicons, concordances, &c. who, like us, have capriciously, or heedlefsly, written it Goliah, or Goliath ;-in the choice of which, for his own ufe, CURIOSUs may please himself, without fear of difpleafing the tall Philistine.

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1 We can now inform our Conftant Reader,' that according to fome private intimations from abroad, we are not to expect the completion of JANI's Horace. Some accounts fay, that he has been fo difgufted by a very learned but abufive perftriction of his work, in the Bibliotheca Critica of Amfterdam, that he has refolved to difcontinue it. Others have fuggefted, that preferment may poffibly have abated his industry; which is not an unusual confequence among the learned.

*We have lately had feveral letters, from different Correfpondent, with this fig

nature.

** We have, in vain, enquired for CORNISH's Effay on the Divine Manifeftations, &c. which we believe to be out of print. It was published about eighteen months ago, but efcaped our Collector's vigilance.

IS A letter from Dr. Kippis has informed us, that we have charged him unjustly with a falfe quotation, at p. 397 of our Review for Novembert, where we fay, It is remarkable, that al though this note is faid to be near the conclufion of Captain Cook's fecond voyage. and notwithstanding the volume and page are referred to, no fuch note is to be found there. A note, the fame in every respect, except that Captain Cook fays tavo mistakes, inftead of Jome, occurs at p. xxii. of the Introduction to that Voyage.', Dr. Kippis obferves, The edition of which I am poffeffed is the fourth, printed in 1784.' Since the receipt of the Doctor's letter, we have procured a fight of that edition, and find his quotation exact in every refpect. But having thus done juftice to Dr. Kippis's accuracy, let us do juftice to ourfelves, by obferving, that in our edition, which is the first, and printed from Captain Cook's own MS. it flands precifely as we have ftated it. When, or by whom, the alteration was made, fignifies little we are ready to acknowledge that, with refpect to place, it is an improvement; but in regard to form, we think it much otherwife, as it has defeated a principal defign of the author, who had a particular reafon for reftricting the mistakes to two. We must add, that the fubject was not introduced by us from the puny motive of noticing an inaccurate quotation, as we then fuppofed it to be: that was merely accidental, arifing from our not finding the note in the place referred to; and we were induced to look for it, by finding it quoted in a form which we knew it

In the article of Cook's Life..
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ought not to have borne. Our motive for taking notice of the paffage was, to clear the memory of a much valued, and now departed friend, from the odium of having been the author of an ill-natured and unfounded paragraph, which, as it appeared to us, was again attempted to be fixed on him, after he had publicly declared it to be falfe, and had pofitively and repeatedly affirmed to many of his friends, that he had not given occafion for a fingle word of it.

• We may here, with pride, proclaim our acquaintance and friendship with Captain Coox ;-good in his private and moral character; and great, moft eminently GREAT, in his profeffional line, in respect both of abilities and conduct!

The fhort Catalogue article, relative to Mr. Wr-'s Dialogue, was written, and fent to the printer, feveral months before the receipt of his latter dated in January, in which he reminds us of his publication. Had Mr. W. known of the great number of articles which have waited much longer, and still wait, to be mentioned in the Review, he would not have fuppofed his performance neglected,' whether approved or not. No new productions of the British prefs are neglected, although many fail of obtaining that commendation which cannot be indifcriminately bestowed on all, where the merits and demerits are almost infinitely varied.

+ The letter figned Whitlienfis chanced to come to hand, notwithstanding it was mifdirected. If the writer had paid the poftage, we fhould have lefs regarded the impropriety and frivoloufnefs of its contents. It is unfair for an unknown individual thus to make free with both the time and money of others.-Who can this Whitlienfis be? His letter has the Warringtan poft-mark.-We have, of late, been too much annoyed with impertinent and expenfive letters. People who have nothing to do, fhould have fome confideration for those who have useful employment for every moment.

+ Mr. Pye's tranflation of Ariftotle's Poetics will be reviewed with all convenient speed.

It! The letter from Portarlington, in Ireland, dated November 12, 1788, is received, and will be duly attended to.

P. 82. Art. 52. tit. for Ballad,' r. Ballet.

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256, 1. 52 for
268, 1. 32, for
1. 38, for
362, 1.7, put a

partly,' r. purely.
ounces,' r. ounce.
water,' r. fixed air.

comma after bufinefs, and dele the three quota

ERRATA in VOL. LXXIX.

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480, 1. 18, for

for us,' r. me.

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that the fewer,' r. that though fewer; and put only a comma at vegetated.'

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481, 1. 3,
482, 1. 18, for
509, 1. 14, for

attended with,' r. attended to with.

nor,' read and,

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