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She is now and then tedious, and fometimes the wanders too far from the principal object. She might have been more fparing of the letters of Walftein to Lindorff, without weakening the main interest of the novel. In our opinion, it is injured by fo copious a display of them. To those, however, who are fond of this fort of reading, we can, notwithstanding every defect, with great truth recommend this work, as by far the most ingenious and pathetic of the kind, that hath been for many years imported from the continent. B-k. Art. 51. Lord Winworth; or the Memoirs of an Heir. Dedicated, by Permiffion, to her Grace the Duchess of Devonshire. 12mo. 3 Vols. 7s. 6d. fewed. Allen. 1787. Dedicated to her grace of Devonshire-and with that noble lady's permiffion too! Is it poffible?-Those who read thefe memoirs, and alfo are acquainted with the good fenfe, and cultivated taste, of the duchess of Devonshire, will be ftaggered by this affertion; yet here it stands, printed in the title-page; and who fhall difprove it-We hope, however, that the author's next production (if he refolves to follow this exhaufted trade) will be more worthy of her GRACE's approbation,—and of ours. A. B.

MISCELLANEOUS.

Art. 52. An Excurfion to Margate, in June 1786: interfperfed with a Variety of Anecdotes of well-known Characters. By Hardwicke Lewis, Efq. 12mo. 2s. 6d. fewed. French. 1787.

When we first faw the title of this book, we expected to find in it fome defcriptions of Margate, and the noted places adjacent; but we were mistaken; we have, chiefly, fentimental obfervations, remarks, &c. with flight fketches of Ramfgate, King/gate, Dent de Lion, Harley's Tower, and fome Latin infcriptions and tranflations. As to the Variety of Anecdotes of well-known Characters,' they principally figure in the title page.

This Author, as fo many others have done, has chofen Sterne for his model, and like the greateft part of the numerous race of that witty writer's imitators, he must take his station at an humble dif tance from his great prototype. This Shandyan bagatelle may, however, ferve to pass away a vacant half-hour with tolerable amuseG.R.. Art. 53. The London Advifer and Guide: containing every Inftruction and Information ufeful and neceffary to Perfons living in London, and coming to refide there, &c. &c. By the Rev. Dr. Trufler. 12mo. 3s. fewed. Baldwin. 1786.

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A bullock's tongue will fell from 2s. to 4s. 6d. according to its fize and goodness. A good tongue should look plump, clean, and bright, not of a blackish hue.' If you want rump steaks in any quantity, it is cheaper to give 7d. a pound without bone, than 4 d. for the whole rump.' One lamp burns about a half-penny worth of fpermaceti oil in an hour.' Under the article, Amufements,' the Doctor ranks this as one, viz. Occafional floating through the atmosphere in balloons." Sand, fuller's earth, whitening, fcowering paper, brick duft, fmall coal, &c. at 4d. per week.' Lying-inn expences 12l.' 'Candles 2s. 6d. per week,' &c. &c, What a wife

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man is Dr. T. who knows all these, and a thousand other particulars, equally notable!

The prefent performance, however, contains much information neceflary to be known by foreigners, and countrymen in particular, coming to refide in London. G.E.G, Art. 54. An Account of the Lofs of his Majefty's Ship Deal Caffle, Capt. James Hawkins, off the Island of Porto Rico, in 1780. Svo. Is. Murray. 1787.

This appears to be an authentic narrative of the lofs of the abovementioned frigate, and of the diftreffes of its crew, who fuffered fhipwreck in an hurricane on the island of Porto Rico; where they were at first treated roughly, under the idea of their being the crew of a privateer; but when the truth was known, the Spaniards vied with each other in treating them with ali poffible cordiality.

The ftory is told in a fingular train of good humour, which we never before met with in a narrative founded in diftrefs; and it is rendered ftill more agreeable by defcriptive circumftances, refpecting the fertile island of Porto Rico, and its inhabitants.

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Art. 55. The Hiftory of New Holland, from its firft Discovery in 1616 to the prefent Time; with a particular Account of its Produce and Inhabitants; and a Defcription of Botany Bay, &c. 8vo. 6s. Boards. Stockdale. 1787.

Compilations, when judiciously made, we have ever thought ufeful to the Public. The voyages of Dampier, Cook, &c. &c. whence this Hiftory is collected, are fcattered in many bulky and expenfive volumes, which are only in the hands of a few; the information they contain is general, and relates to the circumstances of the whole voyage. When information is wanted, relative only to a particular country or tranfaction, compilations fave the trouble of confulting a variety of larger works. The prefent performance is. intended to convey a general knowledge of the country of New Holland as defcribed by the feveral circumnavigators who have vifited it fince: and from the works of these gentlemen the compilation before us is chiefly made.

Prefixed to this volume are two good maps, one of New Holland, and one, which is a general chart, of the paffage from England to Botany Bay. They are neatly executed, and, what is of more confequence, they feem, fo far as we are able to judge by comparing them with others, to be accurate, and faithfully laid down.

A lift of the naval, marine, military, and civil establishments of the intended new colony is annexed to the work; of the accuracy of this account, however, we pretend not to judge.

R-m. Art 56. The Beauties of Samuel Johnson, LL. D. confifting of Maxims and Obfervations, &c. 12mo. 35. 6d. fewed. Kearsley. 1787.

In this new edition of Johnfon's Beauties the work is enlarged with numerous anecdotes felected from Mr. Bofwell's and Mrs. Piozzi's late publications, with other documents illuftrating the biography of Johnson. A copy of his will is alfo annexed, and a fermon which he wrote for Dr. Dodd, who preached it to his fellow-convicts, a few

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days previous to their execution. A head of Dr. Johnson is prefixed as a frontispiece.

Art. 57. A Sketch of Univerfal Hiftory from the earliest Times to the
Year 1763, diftinctly divided into Ages and Periods, for the Affift
ance of the Memory. By a Lady. 12mo. 25. Payne. 1786.
Univerfal hiftory was never reduced into fo fmall a bulk as it is in
the prefent abstract. This sketch, however, which brings the prin-
cipal revolutions of ancient and modern empires into a small point
of view, may be a useful affiftant to the memory, in recollecting
what had been elfewhere acquired.
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Art. 58. Confilia: ar Thoughts on feveral Subjects; affectionately
fubmitted to the Confideration of a young Friend.
By Samuel
Birch. The fecond Edition, enlarged. 12mo. 2s. 6d. Cadell.
1786.

From the perufal of the fecond edition of a moral and useful work now enlarged and corrected, we are confirmed in the opinion we formerly entertained of its merit. See Review, vol. Ixxii. p. 464.

Art. 59. The Millenium Star. 6d. Ridgeway.

Do Not a book, but a conundrum--a collection of printed fcraps, twisted and twirled, and wrapped in marble-paper into the form of a star, or rather of a far-fif. As to the printed matter contained in the belly of this odd fifh, it is-Political, religious, moral, and prophetical; and feems well calculated for the meridian of Moorfields. Art. 6o. 4 Letter to Robert Heron, Efq. containing a few brief Remarks on his Letters of Literature. By one of the barbarous Blockheads of the lowest Mob, who is a true Friend to Religion, and a fincere Lover of Mankind. 8vo. 1s. Wilkie. 1786.

The title gave us fome expectation of wit and raillery; of which, indeed, the fubject feemed only deferving. But though we found little of what we looked for, yet we met with fome juft remarks on the folly and impertinence of those who lay claim to public admiration,

only for wantonly oppofing public opinions. B- k.

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I. On Ifaiah xiv. 18, 19, 20; in which it has been endeavoured to preferve the genuine Senfe and original Meaning of the Prophet in an exact and literal Tranflation. By Stephen Wefton, B. D. Rector of Mamhead, &c. 4to. 15. Payne. 1786.

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The first paragraph of this fermon indirectly pays a compliment to the preacher himself. The fecond is a compliment direly addreffed to the clergy, and particularly to the Bishop of Exeter (before whom it was preached); and the third contains a tribute of commendation to the fervices of the late Dr. Kennicott, who' (as Mr. Wefton expresses it) hath planted a tree, and left it to fpread, like the vine of Ifrael, from the river to the fea, and given permiffion to all to gather, and to eat, and to become the fons of knowledge.' But it is not (fays the preacher) my intention to enter into any details on the fubject of the various readings of the Hebrew Bible, or the life of its collator: it is enough to fay, that the work, whatever it may want of perfection, is worthy of its mafter and its patron; and will, we doubt

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not, make ample returns to those who may be induced, from motives of religion or of learning, to throw their all into the treasury of the poor, and make the ignorant rich in the poffeffion of the true infpirations of God, and the genuine difpenfations of his Anointed.'

As a fpecimen, we will prefent our readers with the common tranflation of the difputed text in Ifaiah, and in the oppofite column we will place our Author's verfion, that a comparison may be made of both with the least trouble poffible.

COMMON TRANSLATION.

Ver. 18. All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own houfe.

19. But thou art caft out of thy grave like an abominable branch; and as the raiment of those that are flain, thrust through with a fword, that go down to the ftones of the pit, as a carcafe trodden under feet.

20. Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial.

MR. WESTON'S TRANSLATION. All the kings of the nations, all of them lie in glory, every one in his own house.

But thou art caft out of thy grave like an abominable branch;

Covering of the flain, thrust through with the sword,

That go down to the ftones of the pit, like a trodden carcafe under feet.

Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial.

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The learned Critic remarks, that the expreffion, "Thou art caft out of thy grave," may, with great propriety, be altered to, art deprived," &c. &c.

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But the great rock of offence is the paffage immediately following; and this, fays Mr. Weston, hath made both Jew and Chriftian to ftumble;' viz.

Covering, or raiment, of the flain.

After fhewing that the common interpretations of this paffage difturb the fenfe, and even reverfe the meaning, of the prophet, our Author gives the plain fenfe of the following thort paraphrafe:

As if the prophet had faid, "Thou art excluded from thy grave, like a useless branch that is left to perish on the furface of the earth. Thou shalt cover those who are fallen in battle--who are trodden under foot into the pit: but thou shalt not be joined with them in burial."

We have here an inftance of a bold metaphor (if we understand it aright), though neither entirely new or uncommon, in which the mighty Monarch is made to perform the office of covering the dead, as the earth or the tomb covers them; in a word, to be the fepulchre

of the flain.

Thus the tomb, or fepulchre, of the Greeks has been called the fone garment of the deceased, and earth the traiment of the dead.'

The reflections that follow are of a moral and religious nature, and are adapted to the fituation of those who, as the preacher obferves, live under the temperate zone of Christianity.

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*Hom. Il. r v. 57.

† Æfch. Agam. v. 880.

II. Preached

II. Preached at the Vifitation of the Bishop of Exeter, held at Barnftaple, July 28, 1786. By Samuel Wefton, B. D. Re&or of Marwood. 4to. IS. Rivington.

Confifts of many judicious obfervations, well expreffed, on the nature and defign of the clerical office; and vindicates the clergy from those indifcriminate charges which have been thrown on their profeffion by ignorance, prejudice, and partiality.

The text is taken from Gal. vi. 9. Let us not be weary in welldoing; though almost any other text would have fuited the discourfe full as well.

The Author appears to poffefs a well-cultivated understanding, and a ferious mind: but though his fermon doth not, in reality, want method and fyftem, yet the appearance of it is too much obfcured to make it, in general, either pleasing or ufeful. By avoiding the FORM, we too frequently weaken the POWER; and are thought diffufe, because not methodical. h

B—b III. Preached at St. Lawrence Jewry, April 23, and at Charlotte Chapel, May 21, 1786, for the Benefit of the Humane Society, inftituted for the Recovery of Perfons apparently dead by drowning. By Servington Savery, Rector of Hickham, Lincolnshire, 8vo. 15. DodЛley.

We have already paid a tribute of refpect to this elegant and animated preacher; and the prefent difcourfe juftifies our approba 27

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The text is from Acts xx. 12. They brought the young man alive, and were not a little comforted. The application of this circumftance in the facred story, to the inftitution of the Humane Society, was ob. vious; and the preacher hath made it ftriking and pathetic.

The gofpel (fays he) was originally eftablished by the difplays of miraculous power; but when it was once confirmed by fupernatural means, its prefervation and future fuccefs depended on humbler inftruments, and the common methods of divine grace. Such means as thefe, though lefs fplendid and aftonishing than the miracles which were wrought at the firft preaching of the gofpel, are of more general ufe, and of more permanent duration. They are ever in our power; and when properly applied, and induftriously performed, will always, in fome degree, be fuccefsful.

For although his miraculous aid hath been long fufpended, yet the common influences of the Holy Spirit will never be withdrawn. We cannot indeed fay to the fick man," Be thou healed;" nor to the lame, "Take up thy bed and walk :" but we can adminifter help to the difeafed; we can vifit the fick, and take the stranger in; we can foften the pillow where infirmity reclines its languid head; and if pains and diforders depart not at our command; if we cannot reanimate the cold and lifeless body, by falling on it, as St. Paul did on Eutychus, and recal life, by embracing it, and praying over it with the efficacious faith of an apoftle; yet we may apply thofe reliefs that fall within the sphere of human skill, and thus make the common offices of humanity fupply the place of a miraculous power.'

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