Page images
PDF
EPUB

fhall not overlook fuch errors; and, if they are not amended, fhall expose them with greater feverity.

Interefting Memoirs. By a Lady. In To Vols. 12mo. 55 Sewed. Cadell.

In many respects these Memoirs are really interefting, for the duties of morality and religion are of the highest importance. They are in different parts of this work inculcated with a zeal that deferves fuccefs. In other refpećts, the Memoirs are amufing, with little novelty either of fentiment or character; but the different parts are well proportioned to each other; and we are never long detained by our author's inftructions, without fome relief from the narrative.

The former edition of these Memoirs was circulated in a remote part of the kingdom; the fecond has fucceeded it, and is now first published in England.

Dairying exemplified; or the Bufinefs of Cheefe-making laid down from approved Rules, collected from the most experienced Dairy Women of feveral Counties. By J. Twamley. 8vo. 35. Sewed. Rivington.

This treatise contains a particular account of the art of making cheese and butter, drawn from a course of thirty years practice in those useful departments of rural economy. The author, Mr. Twamley, feems indeed to write from experience; and we would therefore recommend this work to all who have any concern in the management of dairics, as abounding with obfervations highly inftructive and ufeful. It is written in a plain style, fuitable to one whose station has rendered him familiar with the subject; and it likewise contains useful obfervations on the culture of the orchard, and on husbandry.

A Compendium of ufeful Knowledge. By Dr. John Trufler. 12mo. 35. 6d. Baldwin.

This Compendium profeffes to contain a concife explanation of every thing a young man ought to know, to enable him to converfe on all general topics-and this in no more than a hundred and fixty duodecimo pages. In fome future production, who needs to doubt that the ingenious Dr. Trufler will comprife all useful knowledge within the small compafs of a nut shell? The School of Arts; or an Introduction to useful Knowledge. By John Imifon. 8vo. 8s. in Boards. Murray.

[ocr errors]

A compilation of experiments and improvements in feveral branches of fcience, viz. mechanics, electricity, optics, conftruction of optical inftruments, clock and watch-making, aftronomy, drawing, etching, engraving, crayon-painting, gilding, and a variety of other articles in different trades.

Pre

Precedents of Proceedings in the House of Commons. Vol. III. Relating to Lords and Supply. 4to. 10s. fewed. Dodley.

The two preceding volumes of this work have been published a few years fince, the first in 1776, the fecond in 1781. The publication is of a nature chiefly useful to members of parliament; but, from the general information it affords, must also prove interesting to every political reader. Mr. Hatfell is entitled to great praife for the pains he has taken to delineate the genuine fpirit of the conftitution, which he fhews to have been always founded in the principles of public liberty. This is that venerable fpirit, an inviolable regard to which ought to be cultivated in the breaft of every member of the British legiflature; and by an attachment to the precedents it has infpired through every age, the conftitution is to be preserved in its ancient purity and vigour.

The Trial of a Caufe between Mifs Mellifh, Plaintiff, and Mifs Rankin, Defendant. 8vo. 1s. 6d. Almon.

In this Trial, relative to an ejectment for lands in the county of Nottingham, the plaintiff claimed to be entitled to the estate of her father, the late Charles Mellifh, efq. in preference to the defendant, who was the niece of the deceased, and one of the principal parties in his will. The jury found for the plaintiff. This caufe, as the editor of the trial obferves, affords a ftrong inftance of the neceffity of avoiding equivocal expreffions in deeds which relate to the difpofal of property.

Trial of John Hart, Efq. for Adultery and Cruelty. 8vo. 2s. 6d,

Lifter.

This Trial expofes fome very remarkable domeftic fcenes of the cruelty of a husband towards his wife; in confequence of which the obtained a divorce.

A Narrative of the Lord's Dealings with John Marrant. 8vo. 6d. Gilbert and Plummer.

According to this Narrative, John Marrant, a notorious young finner of fifteen years of age, was fuddenly converted to the Chriftian faith, by the late Mr. Whitefield. Coming over to England afterwards, he became a difpenfer of the Gofpel under the aufpices of the countefs of Huntington, and is now a misfionary, for the converfion of the Indians in America. John's Narrative is not only richly seasoned with adventure, but contains a fpice of the marvellous, and what is yet more, even of the miraculous. We fear that these are not now the most convincing proofs of apostolical mission.

The

The Trial, at Hereford, the Hon. Edward Foley, Plaintiff, and Charles Henry Earl of Peterborough and Monmouth, Defendant, for criminal Converfation with Lady Ann Foley, the Plaintiff's Wife. 4to. 1s. 6d. Woodman.

The circumstances of this Trial are foreign to a Review. It is fufficient for us, therefore, to obferve, that the jury gave the plaintiff two thoufand five hundred pounds damages.

Hiftorical Account of the Settlement and Poffeffion of Bombay by the Eaft India Company. 8vo. 55. Robfon.

A mean, languid, and totally uninteresting narrative, so ungrammatical, that it can be the production of none but a moit illiterate author.

Two Letters to David Hume, by one of the People called Quakers. 8vo. 6d. Crowder.

Thefe Letters contain nothing more than a few trite observations on the nature and tendency of Mr. Hume's moral principles, expressed in the usual style of the Quakers.

A circumftantial Narrative of the Lofs of the Halfewell (Eaft Indiaman), Captain Richard Pierce, which was unfortunately wrecked at Seacombe, in the Isle of Purbeck, on the Coaft of Dorfetfhire, on the Morning of Friday the 6th of January, 1786. 8vo. IS. Lane.

The melancholy fate of the Halfewell Eaft-Indiaman is already known to the public, and is a fubject of too diftrefsful a nature to admit of repetition. The prefent Narrative is faid to be compiled from the communications, and under the authorities of Mr. Henry Meriton and Mr. John Rogers, the two chief officers who escaped the dreadful catastrophe. The circumstances attending the fhipwreck, as related in this Narrative, the style of which is too florid for the fubject, are the fame that have been mentioned in the public prints, a little amplified, particularly in the account of captain Pierce, and others, who perished on this lamentable occafion.

THE

CRITICAL REVIEW.

For. FEBRUARY, 1786.

Various Subjects of Natural Hiftory, wherein are delineated-Birds, Animals, and many curious Plants. By J. Miller. Six Numbers, at il. is. each, containing Six coloured Plates. Large Folio. Sewell.

THESE large and very beautiful prints are defigned as a fupplement to the author's botanical work; and we equally admire the ftrength and spirit of the attitudes, the fplendid colouring, and the judicious choice of the different fubjects. We regret only, that from the great care and attention employed in the execution, they must be neceffarily beyond the reach of many ardent votaries of the science which they fo ftrikingly illuftrate. Six Numbers have only yet appeared; and we shall enumerate the fubjects of each.

The first plate contains the loxia orix, a new fpecies, first defcribed in one of the Mantiffe of Linnæus, 527; and a fpecies of antholyza, the a. cunonia.

ele

J

Another fpecies of loxia, the 1. coronata, and a very gant one of the fplendid genus alftroemeria, viz. the a. ligta. The a. pelegrina was admitted into the palaces of the Peruvian kings, while the other ornaments were golden imitations of different vegetables *. It is now well known in our hote houfes. The loxia longicauda, and the gnaphalium eximium, from the vegetable kingdom, are the fubjects delineated in the third table. In the fourth, the colouring in the copy before. us is not laid on with the minute exactnefs which diftinguishes it in the other plates. Its fubjects are the pfittacus atricapil lus, and the chelone penftemon. In this table, as well as in most of the others, where a flower is delineated, the different parts are feparately engraved; and, if neceffary, magnified,

*

In the fifth are the pfittacus aurantius, and the illicium floridanum in the fixth, the upupa promerops, though it is

:

* Amanitates Academicæ, vol. vi.

YOL. LXI. Feb. 1786.

doubt.

doubtful whether the fpecimen be not a new species; with the eryngium alpinum.

In the feventh table is a representation of one of the most fplendid plants which the new discovered iflands of the Pacific Ocean yield. Its leaf and habit resemble the magnolia, its flower is very different. Mr. Forster has called it the Barringtonia fpeciofa. It is found alfo on the eastern coafts of India. The next table prefents us with the ampelis Carolinenfis, and a new plant, the amaryllis crifpa: the ninth, with a new plant from Æthiopia, the antholyza Æthiopica. The tenth is the Canadian elk, the cervus alces of Linnæus. The eleventh, the lacerta chamelion, with its long tongue which entangles flies. The twelfth, the larus albus from the arctic regions and the thirteenth, the lemur murinus from Madagafcar, in its waking, and fingular sleeping state,

:

The fourteenth table contains an accurate and fplendid representation of the cafuary; the next, the male and female mufcicapa ftriata, from Hudfon's Bay; and the ampelis criftata, from America. The fixteenth contains a very beautiful bird, the Columba coronota, from the Cape of Good Hope : and the two following, two fpecies of Falcon, from Tierra del Fuego and Greenland. In the nineteenth, is by much the best representation of the hyæna that we have feen ; and a coloured print of the black wolf, from Hudfon's-bay. The viverra tetradactyla, from the extremes of Africa, is the only ornament of the twentieth plate; but in the twenty-first, are three little birds from North America, the parus Hudfonicus, the fringella Hudsonica, and the emberiza leucophrys. In the twenty-fecond is a bird of the heron kind, which, from the fhape of its bill, we have called the fpoon-bill, the platalea leucorodia of Linnæus, remarkable for building its neft in trees: In the twenty-third and thirty-fourth tables, are two fpecies of penguin, the aptenodytes Patagonica and Magelanica. Thefe birds recal ftrongly fir John Narborough's defeription. He fays they appear like children, with bibs pinned before them. This appropriated language, from strong firk impreffions, is often highly valuable; and its expreffive brevity is equally ftriking, in a groupe of thefe animals, in the tailpiece.

The twenty-fourth plate exhibits the cuculus indicator, from the Cape of Good Hope, the little bird which conducts the traveller to the hoarded treasure of the indufirious bee, by first attracting his notice, and then hovering over the spot with expreffive cries. It cannot obtain the honey by its own efforts, and is therefore contented to share the plunder with a more powerful ally. These birds are often highly useful in fuch un

fre

« PreviousContinue »