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Art. 33. Memoirs of the Life and Writings of the late Reverend

Mr. John Jackson, Master of Wigston's Hospital in Leicester, &c. With a particular Account of bis Works, and some original Letters which passed between him and Dr. Clarke, Mr. Whiston, and other considerable Writers of that Time. To which is added, an Appendix, containing a large Addition to his Scripture Chrono logy, from the Author's own Manuscript; also an Account of his MSS. relating to a Greek New Testament, &c. 8vo. 35. 6d. Field. • In the latter part of Mr. Jackson's life, (says the Editor of these Memoirs, in a short preface to them) I had the happiness of being intimately acquainted with him, during which time i frequently pressed him to furnith me with materials for the present undertaking; but it was with the utmost difficulty that I prevailed on him to comply with my request. After repeated refusals, the summer before his death, I, obtained from him the account which is the foundation of the following narrative; but his memory was then so far impaired, that I could not get from him such satisfactory information in regard to many transactic ons as I wished for, and which an earlier compliance with my request, would have enabled him to have given. Our Author upon examining his library, having furnished me with a compleat catalogue of all the books and pamphlets he had published, I Mall, in the following account give a lift of them ranged in a chronological order.

• I Thall add some reasons that induced Mr. Jackson to publish his pieces, with a few observations on their importance, and the reception they met with. These reasons will chiefly be taken from his Memoirs, of the life and writings of Dr. Waterland, or from the letters which passed betwixt him and Dr. Clarke; for the same purpose I fhall likewise refer to his opinion of subscriptions to articles of faith, and an aocount of the losses he thereby sustained, as recited in the life of Dr. Samuel Clarke, by Ms. Whiston, who was well acquainted with both those very eminent and worthy Divines.'

The title of this performance, with the above extract from the preface to it, will, probably, satisfy the generality of our Readers. The work itself, from the nature of it, cannot admit of a regular abstract; and if it could, such an abstract would afford very little entertainment or instruction. The Bangorian and Trinitarian controversies, &c. in which Mr. Jackson made so considerable a figure, are almost totally forgotten; and of the numberless pieces that were published on occasion of those controversies, by far the greatest part is buried, and deservedly 100, in oblivion, and the few that survive, are but little read. There is scarce any species of writing, indeed, so unprofitable to the public as polemic divinity; the principal, nay almost the only thing to be learned from it is, that Divines, tho' they profess themselves advocates religion which recommends and enforces meekness, moderation, mutual forbearance, candour, and humility, in the strongett manner, have been remarkable for pride, rancour, malignity, and fiery zcal.

In regard to Mr. Jackson, such of our Readers as are unacquainted with his character will, by perusing the Memoirs now before us, plainly perceive, that he was a man of uncommon learning, a friend to free

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dom of enquiry, and well acquainted with the sacred writings in their original languages, Art. 34. The Life and CharaEter of the late Lord Chancellor Jef

ferys. . 8vo. Is. 6d. Pottinger. We are sorry to hear the name of this infamous Magistrate fo often mentioned of late. Whence can this arise? Is there any person, now living, whose character and conduct bear the least resemblance to such a tyrant? We hope not. Yet why are these old materials relating to the life of this arbitrary and insolent Chancellor now raked together. The Editor, in his preface, expressly disclaims the idea of any parallel. On the contrary, he takes the liberty of observing, that the amiable character of Lord M-

-d, forms a perfect controff to that of the wicked Jefferys. We hope the Prefacer does not deal in that fly rhetorical figure called Irony! And yet he appears not to be quite so simple as the republican Inn keeper at the Royal-oak, who having offended his tory customers, by writing under his fign, The owl in the ivy-bush; to make it up with them, had the inscription altered to, This is not the owl in the ivy-buh.”

Jest-Book. Art. 35. The present State of Navigation on the Thames considered;

and certain Regulations proposed. By a Commissioner. 4to. 15. Rivington.

Complains, that the price of water-carriage on the Thames is grown so high, and the inconveniences of the present navigation are become so great, that the inhabitants on the banks of this great river, are often obliged to forego the natural advantages of their situation, and to have recourse to land carriage. The public-spirited Author enquires into, and points out, the causes of this grievance, and then suggeits the most probable means of procuring an effectual remedy. This seems to be a matter of considerable moment to the public; and we are inclined to think it is here discussed by a very competent Judge of the fubject. Art. 36. A new Treatise aspon real Quadrille, translated into Eng

lish from the original French of Monf. Martin, Master of a licenjéd Gaming-house in Paris. A Work very useful for Persons who travel, and entirely different from all other Treatises that have hitherto appeared upon this Game. With an Explanation of the different Methods of playing it, viz. of simple Quadrille, with Sans Prendre, with Mediator and Favourite, with all the Honours and Concours, and by Auction. To which is subjoined, Tridelle with four and three Suits, all Methods yet quite unknown in Enge land. Small 8vo. 2 s. 6 d. fewed. Burnet.

The learned Author of this important treatise sets forth, as his motive for offering it to the public, that Quadrille, as it is played in England, is so little known in foreign countries, that an Englishman who goes abroad, is entirely ignorant of this game, except it be the value of the cards, their rank and order, and he cannot play it in any other country, fo much has it been changed and augmented ; from being tedious and

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languid, it has been rendered lively and amusing, by the additions and improvements it has received. Those who sit down only for amusement, will receive as much pleasure as those who play for profit and advantage.

• As the fame tafe cannot prevail for any length of time, it is requifite there fhould be as much variety in our amulements as in our dress. Quadrille fixes its reign in England; it occupies the attention of the Nobility, as well as the subordinate class of Gentry. It is therefore to fatisfy both, that I offer this treatise, which is written for those only who are acquainted with Quadrille after the English manner, who know the fort and foible of the game, and for these it will be necessary for me to

enter into such difquifitions as they are unacquainted with í Beginners may have recourse to Mr. Hoyle's principles, I fall only rectify such miltakes as he has fallen into; add what he has omitted ; ftipulate the payments ; being balted; the voles; the different changes the game at Quadrille may undergo; adding to each chapter, hands for and against ; that is to say, the manner in which they should be played, ei. ther to win or lose them. It would be impossible to describe all the various turns which this game is fusceptible of, a volume in folio would not be sufficient to compass fuch a design. I Mall therefore only enter into the most material parts, and practice will render perfect such as would make themselves compleat masters.'

There is no doubt but this treatise will meet with all the encouragement which a work of so much consequence to the sons and daughters of Dillipation deserves ; and the ingenious Author may, polbly, in time, become as great a man as the great Mr. Hoyle. To render it still the more fashionable, and the more universally acceptable and useful, it is printed in French and English ; - perhaps too, with a particular view of introducing it, as a school-book, into the principal boardingschools, those cspecially for the education of young LADIES.

The Knave of Diamonds tries his wily arts,

And wins, O shameful chance! the Queen of Hearts. Art. 37. A Colloquial Esay on the Liberal Education, and other

interesting Subjec?s. Published by Order of the Milesian Club, No 1. 8vo. '60. Durham, &c.

Where the Milesian Club is held, we know not; but imagine, from our Author's style, as well as from several circumitances mentioned in this publication, that it may be in Dublin ; from whence also, we con. ceive, this colloquial Estay to have been imported. Setting aside the locality, however, of this respectable society, we learn, that at their laft feltival, celebrated in honour of the Grammar Schools, the several Members were very near going to loggerheads about the proprieiy of giving boys a claslical education. The arguments of the Difputan's on both lides the question, are here set down at length; the advantage being evidently given to the opponents of Latin and Greek; the ftudy of which languages are represented as injurious to that of our motheia tongue. Art 38. Considerations Historiques et Politiques sur les Impots des

Egyptiens, des Babyloniens, des Perses, des Grecs, des Romains,

nances.

et sur les differentes Situations de la France par rapport aux Fi. nances depuis l'Etablissement des Francs dans le Gaule jusqu'à présent ; ou Memoires pour servir à l'Hisoire Générale des Fi

Par M. D'Eon de Beaumont, Chevalier de l'Ordre Royal et Militaire de St. Louis, Capitaine de Dragons, Cenfeur Royal, ancien Aide de Camp de M. M. le Maréchal Duc et Comte de Broglio, et Ministre Plenipotentiare de France auprès du Roi de la Grande-Bretagne. 2 Tomes 12mo. 45.

Dixwell. The Chevalier D'Eon, of whose literary and political character we have before had occasion to take notice, hath here traced back the in. ftitution of national Finances to their remotest antiquity. From the impofts of the Egyptians, the Persians, and the Greeks, of which he gives a slight sketch, he proceeds to those of the Roman empire. He considers next the consequences of the invasion of Gaul by the Francs, and enters into the motive of the imposition of the succellive taxes in France, from that period to the present times.—The marks of ingenuity and application are no less conspicuous in this history, than those of national and literary vanity; by which the importance of the Writer's fubject, and that of his country, are sometimes not a little exaggerated. Art. 39. The Modern Part of an Universal History, from the ear

liest Account of Time. Compiled from original Writers. By the Authors of the ancient Part. Vol. XLI. 8vo. 5s. Boards, Osborne, &c.

Continues the History of America ; fee Review, vol. XXVIII. page 76; and vol. XXIX. p. 477.

L A W. Art. 40. The Statutes at large, from the third Year of the Reign of

King George the second, to the twentieth Year of the same Reign. To which is prefixed, « Table of the Titles of all the public and private Statutes during that Time. Vol. VÍ. 4to. 125. 6d. in Sheets. Printed by his Majesty's Law-Printers.

The Reader is referred to our account of the first volume of this edie tion. Review, vol. XXVIII. page 6. Art. 41. An Enquiry into the Question, whether Juries are, or are

not, Judges of Law as well as of Fait, with a particular Reference to the Case of Libels. 8vo. 6d. Wilkie.

This Writer has the advantage of having every Reader, who has the least zeal for liberty, eager to meet persuasion : for the doctrine he en. deavours to establish, is what ought to be the law of the land, though we cannot say, that he is very clear in proving that it is 10. He has, indeed, produced fome authorities to countenance his conclusions, but he has not attempted to obviate the force of contradictory authorities, or even so much as taken notice of them. In short, it is a very flimsy fuperficial Enquiry, into a question which requires the most accurate discudion.

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A Treatise on Religious Toleration. Occasioned by the Execution of

the unfortunate Fohn Calas : Unjuftly condemned, and broken upon the IV heel, at Toulouse, for the fupi ofed Murder of his own Son. Translated from the French of Mr.de Voltaire, by the Tranflator of Eloisa, Emilius, &c. 8vo. 35. 6d. in Boards. Becket and de Hondt.

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only translated into English, it is with peculiar propriety that a treatise on Toleration should be naturalized among a people juftly tenacious of their civil and religious liberties. it is, indeed, generally supposed, that Writers who live under a popish and arbitrary government, can advance little worth notice, on a subject that hath been so often, and to seriously, treated by those of our own nation. There are few subjects, however, so far exhausted, that men of genius and reflection cannot find in them some additional source of information or improvement. And with respect to the restraint which Writers may be supposed to lie under in France, in regard to religious and political topics, the present treatise is a proof, among many others, that the difference between France and England in this particular, is at present by no means so great as is generally imagined. It is very natural for those who are forging chains for the minds or consciences of their fellow-countrymen, to lull them into security, by expatiating on the horrours of the Bastile, and the cruelties of popish inquisitions. These are bad enough, God knows, and may He ever preserve this nation from experiencing the like! But we are often deceived by imaginary distinctions, without any real difference. We are not appréhensive, indeed, of ever seeing an Auto da in Smithfield, but it is poflible, that Newgate and the Tower of London may, Vol. XXXI.

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