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To retra&t the heav'nly balm Of sweet humanity. Again, in the last scene we have the following curious ftring of metaphorical expressions, not altogether the moft precise or fignificant Asp,
A mother's blessing
In my Aspatia's bosom,
And Justice proves its origin divine. The Reader will make his own remarks on this specimen of the dialogue; he will learn also, that the balm of Virtue is greatly superior to most others, possefling, with its fanative qualities, the searching property also of turpentine. In the beginning of the third act, Aspatia says to the Usurper,
Inhuman monster! has thy favage hand
Welter'd again in royal blood ! It is common to speak of hands embrued or dipt in blood; but we seldom say any thing less than a body welters in blood.
After all, it is fome encomium on this production, that we have not thought it altogether beneath criticism, which hath been hitherto generally the case with performances of this na
We have some hopes, however, it will not be so for the future ; especially if the encouragement at present given by the town should continue to excite the emulation of Writers to excel in this species of composition.
For N O V E M B E R, 1764.
RELIGIOUS and CONTROVERSIAL. Art. 1. Remarks on an anonymous Tract, entitled, An Answer
to Dr. Mayhew's Observations on the Charter and Conduct of the Society for propagating the Gospel in foreign Parts, Being a Second Defence of the Observations. In which the Scheme of sending Bishops to America, is particularly considered; and the Inconveniencies that might result from it to that Country,
See Review, Vol XXX. page 284.
if put into Execution, both in civil and religious Refpects, are re-
specimens, treats his learned, and (as fome Say) very dignified Opponent in a manner that does honour to the characters of both parties, as Scholars, and as Gentlemen. We have neither room nor inclination to enlarge on the particulars of an expiring controversy: otherwife, we might select some curious pallages from the notable performance now before us.
Nicoll. This is a professed Answer to a late pamphlet entitled, “ A Defence of the Minority," of which
this Letter-writer presumes Mr. Townsend to have been the Author. The arguments with which he opposes this supposed Champion of the Minority, are temperate, candid, and fometimes cogent. The most material point he controverts is, the Defender's assertion, that the Minority considered the question concerning the illegality of certain general Warrants as a particular, and not as a general, question, and that they meant to confine themselves to the fingle case before them. On the other hand, this Letter-Writer undertakes to Thew, that the question was understood to be general, not particular : and that the Minority did not even see the distinction which their Champion supposes them to have adopted. But we must refer our Readers to the Letter itself; for were we to epitomize the heads of this controversy, it would lead us beyond the limits allowed to articles of this naturė.
Vols. VIIth and VIIIth. 4to. 155. each, in Sheets.
These volumes bring the Statates down to the end of the second year of the reign of George III. To the Villth is prefixed the following Advertisement. The better to accommodate the Purchasers of this work, the Proprietors, at the request of many of the Subscribers, in stead of concluding at the end of the Parliament 1761, as was at first proposed, have determined to continue it to the end of the last Selfions. The ninth volume, therefore, will contain the third and fourth years of the present King, together with the Table, which will be very confider. ably enlarged. The Appendix, consisting of ancient and curious Stä. tutes, some of which were never in print before, will make a separate "volume,
It is no easy matter to give a just account of such performances as neia ther please nor displease. Of this kind is the Hymn to the Power of 5
Harmony. It has not merit fuficient to entitle it to general applauke, and yet its defects are not so great as to justify unlimited cenfure. The poem by no means answers those expectations which the subject, fuited only to the abilities of the first and greater Writers, naturally excites. The thoughts, in general, want originality; and the peculiar harmony of the blank verse, is lott in the monotony of the couplet measure : yet the scenery is frequently pretty, the alluhons tender and attra&tive, and the enthusiasm truly poetical.
น. Art. 5. The Triumph of Genius, a Dream. Sacred to the Memory of the late Mr. C. Churchill. By Mr. Lloyd. 4to. Is. Jones.
The Triumph of Genius makes but a forry appearance under the banners of Dullness. This pamphlet is, indeed, nothing more than a very despicable catch-penny, as deftitute of honefty in the design, as of merit in the execution ; being plainly intended to impose on the public, under an appearance of the name of Mr. Robert Lloyd.
น. , NOVELS. Art. 6. The History of Miss Lucinda Courtney. In a Series of ori
ginal Letters, written by herself, to her Friend Miss Constantia Bellmour. 12mo. 3 Vols. gs. bound. Noble.
This is not the worst imitation we have seen of the late Mr. Richardfon's method of novel-writing. The language is above the common famp; and the incidents related, are natural and interesting.
Konk MISCELLANEOUS. Art. 7. The History, of the Robinhood Society;. in which the Ori
gin of that illustrious Body is traced; the Method of managing their Debates is mewn; the Memoirs of the various Members that compofe it are given ; and some original Speeches, as Specimenis of their oratorical Abilities are recorded. Chiefy, compiled from original Papers *. 12mo. 35. Fletcher.
• Chiefly compiled from the catch-penny Author's own fertile imagination. Art. 8. A Defence of the Robinhood Society, from the Calumnies
and Misrepresentations of a late Author, &c. &c. By a Member of the Society. 8vo. Is. 6d. Burd.
Equally genuine and important with the foregoing article. We should not be surprised to hear, that both the Hisiory and the Anfrver to it, are the works of the same individual, indultrious hand. Art. 9. A seasonable Alarm to the City of London, on the present
important Crisis: Shewing, by the most convincing Arguments, that the new Method of Paving the Strcets with Scotch Pebbles, and the pulling down of the Signs, must be both equally pernicious to the Health and Mcrals of the People of England. By 27 chary Zeal, Citizen. 8vo. 1 s. 64. Nicoll.
This is fo poor an attempt at irony, that it will require some penetration to find out, in many places, whether the Author is in jest or in earnest. It is withal so very dull, that, tho' we patiently perused the whole, in hopes ef fumbling upon one good thing at least, in the space of fifty-one pages, we found nothing to excite a smile, either of apa probation or ridicule, till we arrived at the last page; where it is said, the dulhor expires, and the Publifher, Printer, and Printer's Devils, enter, and carry off the-copy.
K-n-k Art.-10. An Address to the Freemen, and other Inhabitants, of the
City of Oxford. 4to. 6d. (Lucern, printed for Abraham Lightholder, and sold by the Booksellers of England.) Fletcher.
An ingenious representation of the inconveniencies which attend the ill fweeping, and the want of proper lighting, the streets of Oxford. The humour will be most obvious to those who are not strangers to the place. Art. 11. The School of Virtue, or polite Novelift. Consisting of
Novels, Tales, Fables, Allegories, &c. &c. moral and enters 'taining in Prose and Verse. 12mo. 2s. Cooke.
This is a compilation of various pieces, from various Writers; some moral, and some immoral; fome tolerably entertaining, and fome very duil. -As Shakespear's Moth talks of being at a great fealt of lana guages, and bringing away the scraps, so this Compiler seems to have been at a feast of tales, and has brought away the refuse.
บ 1.. Art. 12. A Pronouncing and Spelling Dictionary: Wherein, by a
new and sufficient Method, the proper Sounds of English Words are exactly ascertained ; and by which, both his Majesty's Subs jects and Foreigners, may correct an improper, or acquire a right Pronunciation of the Englih Language, &c. By William John fton, M. A. ' rumo. 25. 6d. Johnston. :
Though this is far from being an accurate performance, yet it con. tains fome directions for pronunciation, which may be useful to a cer. tain class of Readers. -- The Author concludes his preface in the folo lowing manner.
To familiarize the sounds of English words, as a práxis on them, so far as it goes, I have added a discourse upon an interesting subject, preached on Mount Sion at Tunbridge Wells; the proper founds of the words of which I have signified by the notation: unseignedly beseeching the God of all Grace, that he would graciously exhibit all suitable aids, for rendering it truly profitable, to every one (won) who fhall read it: and humbly entreating every Reader to perose it, with that seriousness and candour which become the importance of its contents, and the benevolence wherewith it is published. The truths of which, when intimately known, and habitually regarded, are, through the divine concurrence, fo abundantly efficacious to men's holiness and happiness, both here and hereafrer, that I thould think my felicity greac indeed, if this work, besides answering its proximate end, thould also
serve as an apparatus for promoting such a knowlege of these truthsi
The word from which our Author discourses are thefe-2 Tim. i. 10.
2. St. Paul's Charge to Timotly, to tak: bed to himself and to his Dotrine, confidered, -at the vifitation of the Archdeacon of Surry, at St. Olave's, Southwark, Sept. 18, 1764. By Thomas Negus, D. D. Rector of St. Mary, Rotherhithe, and late Fellow of Clare-hall, Cambridge. To which are added, some brief Remarks relative to the charge and Tolemn ftipulations in the office of Ordination.
3. Religion and Loyalty inseparable,--at the aflizes at Wisbeach in the Ine of Ely, August 22, 1764; before Mr. Serjeant Forster, ChiefJustice of the said Ife. By John Fortter, M. A. Rector of Elcon in Huntingdonshire, and of Walloken in Norfolk. Dod.
CORRESPONDENCE. The Letter from the Hague, received a few months ago, is acknowleged. The occafron is regretted ; and would be more fo, but for the pleafure received from the perusal of fo candid and genteel an Expoftulation.
+++ Frugi's Letter has been duly attended to; but what he propofes, in regard to our inserting the Prices of foreign Books, is found to be impracticable.
111 Civis is certainly right, in general; altho' there are considerable objections to what he recommends. However, the contents of his Note will not be difregarded. The Reviewers are obliged to him for his Hints.
Ka If M. A. will favour us with her real address, we will endeavour to account to her, for the seeming deviation the so sensibly and politely hiots at; but there is no necesity for a public explanation. The pleafure of her future correspondence is earnestly hoped for.
ERRATA in the Review for September.
181, l. ult. of the text, for put in, r. put it in.
ERRA TA in October.
297, par. 3, 1. so, for contain, r. certain. 301, In the art. of Dr. Lowth's Sermon, par. 2, l. 3, for affect.
ing, r. Ariking 318, art. 8, 1. 1, of the Character, for contents, r. contests.
1. 6, after opposed, add will produce the defired effe&. The Conclufson of the Philofophical Transactions is deferred
till our next.