Page images

common life. Our author has chofen for his fcene the latter days of Lewis XII. followed by the reign of Francis, the co temporary and rival of Charles V. the friend of our Eighth Henry. This era comprehends many active and splendid scenes; but the continued flory of fo long a period, though managed with fome skill by a part being thrown into narrative, is occafionally tirefome. On the whole, our author's historical outline appears to be correct, and he often fills it up in a pleafing and interesting manner. His account of the Chevalier Bayard reminds us of a new life of the Chevalier, without fear and without reproach,' which we mean, if poffible, to notice.



Additions to Dr. Price's Difcourfe on the Love of our Country, containing Communications from France occafioned by the Congratulatory Addrefs of the Revolution Society to the National Affembly of France, with the Anfwers to them. 8vo.

The Additions relate to the correfpondence between the national affembly of France, fome provincial patriotic affemblies, and the Revolution Society of London. We fee them with pleafure operating to remove the national jealoufy and enmity between England and France. We think the late revolution in France a glorious one for the general caufe of liberty and humanity, and are not afraid to declare it, though an unqualified declaration has fo lately appeared likely to deftroy the connexion between two able chiefs of oppofition. We could with, however, that the members of the national affembly, by receiving a daily ftipend, did not fubject themselves to the fufpicion of defignedly procrastinating the public bufinefs. We have been informed, that the various prefents of plate, of buckles, and even the wages of proffitution, are not fufficient for this daily expence, which amounts to eighteen livres (fifteen fhillings) for each deputy. Review of the Pamphlet, entitled A Difcourfe on the Love of our Country, by Richard Price, &c. 8vo. 15. Faulder.


The author, who affumes the fignature of a True Whig, exa mines Dr. Price's Difcourfe with great freedom, and endeavours to show that its tendency is to fow the feeds of herefy in a reli gious, and of rebellion in a civil fenfe. Our brother-reviewer is not, however, a very able or a very acute critic; and in his po lirical fentiments he is not a True Whig.'

The Toaft-Mafter; being a genteel Collection of Sentiments and Toafts. 6d. Abraham.

A collection of fentiments and toafts, void, indeed, of the obfcenity fo frequent in fimilar publications, but not likely to add much to the pleafures of convivial mirth.

The Seaman's New Vade Mecum; containing a practical Efay on Naval Book-Keeping, with the Method of keeping the Captain's Books, Sc. By R. Liddel. 8vo. 55. Boards. Robinsons. This Treatife contains a practical Effay on Naval Book VOL. LXIX. Feb. 1799. keep


keeping, with the method of keeping the captain's books, and complete inflructions in the duty of a captain's clerk, &c. The methods of keeping the fignal-books are illuftrated with numerous coloured engravings; every part of the work is executed with great perfpicuity; and a brief maritime dictionary is added. On the whole, we think that Mr. Liddel, the author, has performed, in this practical treatife, an acceptable fervice to the royal navy.

Public Improvement; or, a Plan for making a convenient and bandfome Communication between the Cities of London and W ́eflmisfer. By W. Pickett, Efq. 8vo. 25. 6d. Bell.

The plan propofed in this pamphlet is for making a convenient and handsome communication between London and Weftminster, and has not only been fuggefted, but zealously urged, though as yet without effect, by alderman Pickert, the prefent lord mayor of the city. The public-fpirited propofer, betides anfwering the objections which have been made to the defign, offers additional arguments in its favour; with the liberal tender, likewife, of one hundred pounds, as his firft fubfcription. 12mo. 6d, Stockdale.

The Hiftory of Three Brothers.

This Hiflory is extracted from The Children's Miscellany.' It is moral and entertaining, and accompanied with the History of John Gilpin, Gray's Elegy in a Country Church Yard, and Pope's Univerfal Prayer; though we cannot perceive with what propriety the first of these three, which is a humorous production, fiould be joined with the others.

Reports of the Special Provifion Committee, appointed by the Court of Guardians in the City of Norwich. By E. Rigby. So. 1s. 6d. Johnfon.

It appears from thefe Reports, that in the fpace of three years, during which Mr. Rigby acted as one of the guardians of the receptacles of the poor at Norwich, he and his affociates were enabled, by the reformations which they introduced, to difcharge a debt of five thousand pounds, and to reduce the rates from four to three fhillings in the pound. Such an example of economy in thofe eftablishments is highly worthy of imitation; and we would, on that account, recommend the perufal of the prefent pamphlet to all who have any concern in the management of fimilar inftitutions over the kingdom, Maxims and Obfervations, Moral and Phyfical. 8vo. 35. in Boards. Bladon.

Thefe mifcellaneous materials, though arranged without order, are evidently felected with judgment, and feemingly with

confiderable variations from the ancient moralits. That the editor has in fact a greater hand in the work than he claims, appears from its general uniformity, which adds not a little to its merit.


Cantabrigienfis Graduati; Sive Catalogus, Ec-An Alphabetical Lift of the Names of thofe on whom the University of Cambridge bas beftored any Degree, from the Year 1659 to 1787. 410. 55. fewed. White and Son.

This is nothing more than an alphabetical lift, unquestion. ably authentic, of the names of thofe on whom the university of Cambridge has bestowed any degree, from the year 1659 to 1787. The number amounts to about twenty-two thousand. A Diary of the Weather, during the Year 1786. 8vo. 15. Booker.

This regifter, which has been kept by a gardener twenty miles eaft from London, contains the hiftory of the state of the atmosphere at nine o'clock in the morning, one in the afternoon, and fix in the evening, every day throughout the year. Obfervations on the Weather, taken from the Thermometer and Ba rometer, during the Year 1787. 8vo. 9d. Booker.

This diary, which must have been kept with great pains, fpecifies the height of the barometer and thermometer four times in the day, with an account of the weather, and the direction of the wind.

An Account of Cures by Velno's Vegetable Syrup. By J. Swain fon. 25. Ridgway.

Mr. Swainfon, the author of this pamphlet, has formerly published a number of cafes, illuftrating the efficacy of the fyrup in diforders arifing from fcorbutic impurities, or obitructions in the lymphatic fyftem; and he now confirms its utility by additional evidence.

The Lady's Complete Guide; or, Cookery and Confectionary in all their Branches. By Mrs. Cole. 8vo. 65. Boards. Keartley.

Mrs. Mary Cole appears to be à monopolift of domeftic arts and expedients. She prefents us not only with cookery and confectionary in all their branches, but with the Complete Brewer, the Family-Phyfician, &c. &c.-Too much, too much, Mrs. Cole, in all confcience!

Cookery and Pafiry. As taught and practifed by Mrs. Maciver, Teacher of befe Arts in Edinburgh. 2s. 6d. bound. Elliot and Kay.

Which, indeed, is all that we are competent to say on the fubject,

A new Grammar to teach French and Englishmen. By D. Blon din, Profefor of Divinity at the Fuillans, Paris. Svo. 25. Bell.

This grammar contains ufeful rules for pronunciation, and the different fubjects are well arranged; but it is too concife to ferve as a complete introduction to the French language. The Rector. A Selection of Effays on various Subjects of common Life. From original Papers. 2 Vols. 12mo. 55. Lane. Thefe Effays, we are informed, were written in a countryR 2


town, by a plain man, for the perufal of plain readers. They are, in general, amusing and inftrusive; but more confpicuous for juftnefs of fentiment than uniformity of compofition.

The Marriage Law of Scotland ftated. By J. Martin, one of the Solicitors of the Court of Seffion in Scotland. 8vo. 15. Jameson.

The author of this pamphlet addreffes himself to the lord high-chancellor, and affirms, in oppofition to his lordship's opinion, that, in Scotland, confent of parties is not fufficient to constitute marriage, but that the ceremony of the church is abfolutely indifpenfible towards the validity of the contract. The authorities adduced by Mr. Martin, however, in fupport of this affertion, are fo far from proving the doctrine he maintains, that we think in reality they contradict it.

The Univerfal Gardener's Kalendar, and Syftem of Practical Gardening; difplaying the completeft general Directions for performing all the various practical Works and Operations necessary in every Month of the Year, agreeably to the prefent moft fuccessful Methods, &. By J. Abercrombic. 55. Stockdale.

This experienced gardener, Mr. Abercrombie, never culti vated the earth with greater diligence than he now difplays in inculcating the principles and practice of horticulture, as evidently appears from the prefent and the two fucceeding articles. In the treatife immediately before us, he profeffes to deliver the completest general directions for performing all the various operations neceffary in every month of the year, agreeably to the most improved methods of modern practice. He likewife profeffes to give a comprehenfive difplay of the general fyilem of gardening, in all its branches, viz. the kitchengarden, fruit-garden, flower-garden, pleasure-ground, shrubbery, plantations, and nurfery, green-houfe, hot-house, forcing-houfes, &c. Mr. Abercrombie'e long experience, and extenfive knowledge in his profeffion, will not permit us to entertain the smallest doubt but the prefent work, as he affirms, actually exhibits a complete fyftem of gardening. But let as attend him through his fubfequent progrefs as an author,

The Complete Kitchen Gardener, and Hot-Bed Forcer; with the thorough practical Management of Hot-Houfes, Fire-Walls, and Forcing-Houfes, and the improved modern Culture of the Pinery Stoves, and Pine-Apples; being a thorough practical Display of thefe moft capital Branches of Gardening in their general Culture, and agreeably to the prefent greatly improved modern Proces. By J. Abercombie, Author of every Man his own Gardener, commonly called Mawe's Gardener's Kalendar; but the Work of J. A. only. 12mo. 55. Stockdale,

No fooner had the production mentioned in the preceding article been laid before the public, than Mr. Abercrombie again steps forth as an author, and announces that now before us, as Likewite a Complete System of Gardening, in all its various


branches. On examining this treatife, however, we find it to be nothing more than the practice he had recommended in the Kalendar, induftrioufly thrown into a new form. And, indeed, what more could be expected, if, as he affured us, the former treatife was a complete fyftem? But we have not yet done with this ingenious author, fo fruitful in the multiplication of his literary productions.

The Garden Vade Mecum, or Compendium of Gardening; and deferiptive Display of the Plants, Flowers, Shrubs, Trees, and Fruits, and general Culture; comprifing a Syftematic Display and Defcription of the feveral Diftricts of Gardening and Plantations, under separate Heads; giving Intimations of the Utility, general or particular Plans, Dimenfions, Soil, Situation, &c. By J. Abercrombie. 12mo. 45. bound. Stockdale.

In this Treatife we are prefented with a third Complete Syf tem of Gardening, diverfified indeed from the two preceding, in point of arrangement and expreffion, but in practice entirely the fame; and, what is not a little remarkable, this Vade Mecum, though entitled a Compendium, contains actually a greater number of pages than either of its immediate predeceffors. Cometilla; or, Views of Nature. By Polingrove Robinson, Efq. Vol. 1. Being an Introduction to Aftronomy. 8vo. 35. Murray.

Our author has very happily combined amusement with instruction, and has even made his inftructions entertaining. In the adventures interweaved with the aftronomical elements, there is a little improbability, induced, perhaps, from the dif guife neceffarily thrown over real events to prevent them from being known to be real: they are, however, very interesting and often pathetic. The introduction to aftronomy is clear, familiar, and elegant, but our author's orrery is not happily defcribed; and we think it would be found impracticable to construct a fimilar one. Befides, the proportions, as ufual in orreries, are facrificed to give a fplendid fpectacle. In other refpects Mr. Robinfon's aftronomy is not very exceptionable.


As the language is familiar and perfpicuous in general, we were more difgufted with a few inaccuracies. By what con trivance (fays the author) does he (the fun) top the sky archways,' p. 10. There is there a group of fmall stars,' p. 47

Phoebe's throes' instead of agitation, p. 250, &c. are instances of this kind, but they are not very numerous. We hope that the author in his future volumes will avoid them. We shall be glad to fee the continuation, fince we think it will prove a va luable work for the inftruction of young people, and particularly to give ladies fome general knowledge of what they are not expected to be intimately acquainted with. This feems to be the author's defign from his motto:

Virginibus puerifque canto.


« PreviousContinue »