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She is now and then tedious, and sometimes she wanders too far from the principal object. She might have been more sparing of the letters of Walkein to Lindorff, without weakening the main interest of the novel. In our opinion, it is injured by lo copious a display of them.- To those, however, who are fond of this sort 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.
Lord Winworth; or the Memoirs of an Heir. Dedi. cated, by Permiffion, to her Grace the Duchess of Devonshire. 1 2mo. 3 Vols. 75. 6d. sewed. Allen. 1787.
Dedicated to her grace of Devonshire-and with that noble lady's permission too! Is it possible? Those who read these memoirs, and also are acquainted with the good sense, and cultivated taste, of the duchess of Devonshire, will be staggered by this assertion ; yet here it stands, printed in the title-page; and who shall disprove it?-We hope, however, that the author's next production (if he resolves to follow this exhausted trade) will be more worthy of her Grace's approbation, and of ours.
A.B. MISCELLANEOU S. Art. 52. An Excurfion to Margate, in June 1786: interfpersed with
a Variety of Anecdotes of well-known Characters. By Hardwicke Lewis, Esq. 12mo. 25. 60. fewed. French. 1787.
When we first saw the title of this book, we expected to find in it fome descriptions of Margate, and the noted places adjacent; but we were mistaken; we have, chiefly, sentimental observations, remarks, &c. with Night sketches of Ramsgate, King /gate, Dent de Lion, Harley's Tower, and some Latin inscriptions and translations. As to the Variety of Anecdotes of well-known Characters,' they principally figure in the title page.
This Author, as so many others have done, has chosen Sterne for his model, and like the greatest part of the numerous race of that witty writer's imitators, he must take his station at an humble dis. tance from his great prototype. This Shandyan bagatelle may, however, serve to pass away a vacant half-hour with tolerable amusement.
G.R. Art. 53. The London Adviser and Guide : containing every Instruction
and Information useful and necessary to Persons living in London, and coming to reside there, &c. &c. By the Rev. Dr. Truller. 12mo. 35. sewed. Baldwin.. 1786.
• A bullock's tongue will fell from 25. to 4s. 60. 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 41 d. for the whole rump.' One lamp burns about a half-penny worth of fpermaceti oil in an hour.' Under the article, · Amusements, the Doctor ranks this as one, viz. ' Occasional floating chrough the atmosphere in balloons.' 'Sand, fuller's earth, whitening, Iconering paper, brick duit, small coal, &c. at 4d. per week.' Lying-inn expences 121.' • Candles 2s. 6d. per week,' &c. &c. What a wise
snan is Dr. T. who knows all these, and a thousand other particulars,
Capt. James Hawkins, of the land of Porto Rico, in 1780.
This appears to be an authentic narrative of the loss of the abovementioned fiigate, and of the disfresses of its crew, who suffered shipwreck in an hurricane on the illand of Porto Rico ; where they were at first treated ronghly, 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 all possible cordiality.
The ttory is told in a singular itrain of good humour, which we never before met with in a narrative founded in distress; and it is rendered ftill more agreeable by descriptive circumstances, respecting the fertile island of Porto Rico, and its inhabitants. DO Art. 55. The Hiftory of New Holland, from its first Discovery in
į bio to the present Time; with a particular Account of its Pro. duce and Inhabitants; and a Description of Botany Bay, &c. 8vo. 6s. Boards. Stockdale. 1787.
Compilations, when judicioully made, we have ever thought useful to the Public. The voyages of Dampier, Cook, &c. &c. whence this History is collected, are scattered in many bulky and expensive volumes, which are only in the hands of a few; the information they concain is general, and relates to the circumstances of the whole voyage. When information is wanted, relative only to a particular country or transaction, compilations fave the trouble of consulting a variety of larger works. The present performance is intended to convey a general knowledge of the country of New Hol. land as described by the several circumnavigators who have visited 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 passage from England to Botany Bay. They are neatly executed, and, what is of more consequence, they seem, so far as we are able to judge by comparing them with others, to be accurate, and faithfully laid down.
A list 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.
2-m. Ast 56. The Beauties of Samuel Johnson, LL. D. consisting of
Maxims and Observations, &c. izmo. 35. 6d. sewed. Kearnley. 1787.
In this new edition of Johnson's Beauties the work is enlarged with numerous anecdotes selected from Mr. Bofwell's and Mrs. Piozzi's late publications, with other documents illuftrating the biography of Johnson. A copy of his will is also annexed, and a sermon which he wrote for Dr. Dodd, who preached it to his fellow-convicts, a few T2
days previous to their execution. A head of Dr. Johnson is prefixed
Year 1763, diftin&tly divided into Ages and Periods, for the Allist.
Universal history was never reduced into so small a bulk as it is in the present abstract. This sketch, however, which brings the principal revolutions of ancient and modern empires into a small point of view, may be a useful asistant to the memory, in recollecting what had been elsewhere acquired.
R-m Art. 58. Confilia : ar Thoughts on several Subjects ; affectionately
submitted to the Consideration of a young friend. By Samuel Birch. The second Edition, enlarged. 12mo. 2s. 6d. Cadell. 1786.
From the perusal of the second 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.
D: Not a book, but a conundrum--a collection of printed scraps, twisted and twirled, and wrapped in marble-paper into the form of a ftar, or rather of a far-fish. As to the printed matter contained in the belly of this odd fith, it is - Political, religious, moral, and prophetical; and seems well calculated for the meridian of Moorfields. Art. 6o. 4 Letter to Robert Heron, Esq. containing a few brief Re
marks 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. is. Wilkie. 1786.
The title gave us some expectation of wit and raillery; of which, indeed, the subject seemed only deserving. But though we found little of what we looked for, yet we met with some just remarks on the folly and impertinence of those who lay claim to public admiration, only for wantonly opposing public opinions.
serve the genuine Sense and original Meaning of the Prophet in
The first paragraph of this sermon indirectly pays a compliment to the preacher himself. The second is a compliment directly addressed 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 services of the late Dr. Kennicott, who' (as Mr. Weston expresses 11) 'hath planted a tree, and left it to spread, like the vine of Israel, from the river to the sea, and given permission to all to gather, and to eat, and to become the fons of knowledge.' . But it is not (says the preacher) my intention to enter into any details on the subject of the various readings of the Hebrew Bible, or the life of its collator: it is enough to say, that the work, whatever it may want of perfection, is worthy of its master and its patron; and will, we doubi 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 posseffion of the true inspirations of God, and the genuine dispensations of his Anointed.'
As a specimen, we will present our readers with the common translation of the disputed text in Isaiah, and in the opposite column we will place our Author's version, that a comparison may be made of both with the least trouble possible.
Common TRANSLATION. Mr. Weston's TRANSLATION.
Ver. 18. All the kings of the All the kings of the nations, nations, ever all of them, lie in all of them lie in glory, every one glory, every one in his own house. in his own house.
19. But thou art cast out of thy But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch; grave like an abominable branch; and as the raiment of those that Covering of the flain, chruft are lain, thrust through with a through with the sword, fword, that go down to the stones Thar go down to the stones of of the pit, as a carcase trodden the pit, like a trodden carcase under feet.
under feet. 20. Thou shalt not be joined Thou shalt not be joined with with them in burial.
them in burial. The learned Critic remarks, that the expression, “ Thou art caft out of thy grave," may, with great propriety, be altered to, “ Thou art deprived,” &c. &c.
But the great rock of offence is the passage immediately following; and this, says Mr. Weston, 'hath made both Jew and Christian to stumble;' viz.
Covering, or raiment, of the slain. After shewing that the common interpretations of this passage dirturb the sense, and even reverse the meaning, of the prophet, our Author gives the plain sense of the following short paraphrase :
* As if the prophet had said, “ Thou art excluded from thy grave, like a useless branch that is left to perish on the surface of the earth. Thou shalt cover those who are fallen in battle--who are trodden un., der foot into the pit : but thou halt not be joined with them in bu-, rial.”
• We have here an instance 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 sepulchre of the sain.
? Thus the tomb, or sepulchre, of the Greeks has been called the ftone * garment of the deceased, and earth the t raiment of the dead.'
The reflections that follow are of a moral and religious nature, and are adapted to the situation of those who, as the preacher observes, live under the temperate zone of Chriftianity.
* Hom. Il. r v. 57.
+ Asch. Agam. v. 880.
II. Preached at the Visitation of the Bishop of Exeter, held at Barn.
ftaple, July 28, 1786. By Samuel Weston, B. D. Recior of Marwood.
410. Is. Rivington. Consists of many judicious observations, well expreffed, on the nature and design of the clerical office; and vindicates the clergy from those indiscriminate charges which have been thrown on their profesion by ignorance, prejudice, and partiality.
The text is taken froin Gal. vi. 9. Let us not be weary in welldoing ; though almost any other text would have suited the discourse full as well.
The Author appears to possess a well-cultivated understanding, and a ferious mind: but though his fermon doth not, in reality, want method and system, yet the appearance of it is too much obfcured to make it, in general, either pleasing or useful. By avoiding the PORM, we too frequently weaken the POWER; and are tbought fufe, because not methodical. III. Preached at St. Lawrence Jewry, April 23, and at Charlotte
Chapel, May 21, 1786, for the Benefit of the Humane Society, infituted for the Recovery of Persons apparently dead by drowning. By Servington Savery, Rector of Hickham, Lincolnshire. 8vo. Is. Dodsley.
We have already paid a tribute of respect to this elegant and ani. mated preacher; and the present discourse justifies our approba. tion. The text is from Ads xx. 12. They brought the
joung man alive, and were not a little comforted. The application of this circumstance in the sacred story, to the institution of the Humane Society, was ob. vious; and the preacher hath made it striking and pathetic.
• The gospel (says he) was originally established by the displays of miraculous power; but when it was once confirmed by fupernatural means, its preservation and future success depended on humbler infruments, and the common methods of divine grace. Such means as there, though less splendid and astonishing than the miracles which were wrought at the first preaching of the gospel, are of more general use, and of more permanent duration. They are ever in our power ; and when properly applied, and industriously performed, will always, in fome degree, be successful.
For although his miraculous aid hath been long suspended, yet the common infuences of the Holy Spirit will never be withdrawn. We cannot indeed say to the fick man, “ Be thou healed ; " nor to the lame, “ Take up iby bed and walk :" but we can administer help to the diseased; we can visit the fick, and take the stranger in ; we can foften the pillow where infirmity reclines its languid head; and if pains and disorders 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 those reliefs that fall within the sphere of human kill, and thus make the common offices of humanity supply the place of a miraculous power.'
Do IV. Preached