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instances depends on the quality of the powder; and, in the present inftance, it is not very poient. Art. 35. An Address humbly presented to the Rev. Pious, and Learned

D-, G****s, on Vol. I. Tome 1. of his excellent Translation of the Holy Bible; with Notes, By Abraham Ben-Yiz-aakeer. 4to.

15. Symonds. 1791. We beard it once remarked, of an amicble and charitable Jew, that he was a very good Christian: but we cannot say of this Chris. sian, that he is a very good Jew. His Judaism appears only in the sitle; and his poetry, intended to degrade and ridicule Dr. Ged. des's New Translation of the Bible, has, without being alcogerber deftitute of merit, that compoting mediocrity in it, that we finished the Address without being able either to admire the Author, or to laugh at the learned Doctor.

We advise this writer to take the field against Dr. Geddes, as a scripture critic, in serious prose, and thus combat what he deems to be errors in his New Translation and Notes.

NOVELS. Art. 36. Dinarbas ; a Tale: being a Continuation of Raffelas,

Prince of Abyssinia. 12 mo. pp. 336. 35. Boards. Dilly: 1790.

Where any considerable degree of public applause has been excited by a literary production, there is always much hazard in attempting to continue it beyond the limits of the original design. The author may mistake the ardours raised in his mind, by appro. bation, for new emotions of genius, and for freth exuberance of fancy. He may therefore over-rate the merit of his own execution. Should this, however, not be the case ; should his second attempt be executed with ability equal to that manifested in his first; there is still something to be dreaded from the expectations already raised by what has been previously done. The public mind is not now in a cone to be so easily contented, as when it was first addressed. It has been taught to seek for something more than common; and if it does not find all that it seeks, it is generally too fastidious to be fatisfied with any thing short of it,--and links into disgust.

It will be readily supposed that the danger of miscarriage must be increased where the continuation is by a different hand, and yet, in spite of all difficulties, we have read the little tale now before as with much pleasure. The author says, he does not presume to imitate the energetic style, Atrung imagery, and profound knowlege,' of Dr. Johnson. He discovers, however, a comprehensive acquaintance with human life, and conveys many valuable precepts for the regulation of it, in easy and unaffected language ; and the general impression which the perusal of Dinarbas leaves on the mind, is more pleasing and useful than that which results from reading Raffelas. The former, by exhibiting the brighter fide of the picture, is calculated to enliven and invigorate bope ; while the latter, by ba. lancing fo exactly the good and the evil of life, tends, in spite of the pleasure derived from the excellence of its composition, to produce à painful uncertainty, and to excite a cheerleis scepticism and indifference.

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Ast. 37. Delineations of the Heart; or the History of Henry Benner.

A Tragi-Comic-Satiric Effay, attempted in the Manner of Fielding. 12 mo. 3 Vols. gs. sewed. Hookham.

1791. The writer of this novel confesses, in the preface, the difficulty of alsuming the character of author: but had he been properly sensible of the degree of difficulty attending an undertaking of this kind, we can. not suppose that he would have hazarded an avowed imitation of the manner of Fielding. He modettly professes, indeed, rather to have attempted Fielding's style of compofition, than the comic nature of the facts with which the works of that eminent writer abound:but what is the manner of Fielding, without his lively delineation of character, his comic humour and wit, and the originality and shrewdoels of his reflections? In all there, the present work is too deficieni, to leave the author any title to the credit of a successful imitation of a writer, who, in the general judgment of the public, fill pofféffes the first place among English novelills.

Except the character of a faithful and able preceptor, which is well sketched in the first part of the story, and the introductory chapters of general reflections, placed, after the manner of Fielding, at the head of each book, we find nothing in this novel to distinguish it from the ordinary run of love tales. The hero is a depraved libertine, whose hackneyed plans of seduction are the principal subject of the story

POLITICS and POLICE. Art. 38. Another Sketch of the Reign of George III. from the Year

1780, to 1790. Being an Antwer o a Sketch, &c. Part the Firft. 8vo. pp. 104.

25. 6d. Ridgway. 1791. This sketch is diffufively written, great part of it being employed in the discusion of fpeculative abstract pofitions; the principal ob. ject of which appears to be a vindication of what was termed the coalition ministry. The author passes many severe cenfures on the occasion and mode of the dismiffion of this un popular heterogeneous association ; and it is a notabie circumitance, that his censures are not limited to Mr. P. nor to any cabal that may be understood to support him, but extend to the great body of the people, who are reproached with deserting their representatives on that memorable occasion :--but it may be justly queried, whether fo wide an accu. fation be not a felo de fe, by amounting to a justification of the measure! Art. 39. A Review of the principal Proceedings of the Parliament of 1784. 8vo. pp. 178.

Edwards, Bond-treet. 1792. This is one of the most able vindications of the present ministry, from whom the parliament is always understood to receive its cone and complexion, that has appeared for a long time. The importance of the subjects discussed, will appear from the contents of the sections under which they are treated. These are the India bills, and the impeachment of Mr. Hastings ---- the Irish propofitions, commercial treaty with France, consolidation of the cur* See Rev. Enlarged, vol. iv. p. 224.

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toms, American trade--commutation act, and other regulations against smuggling, the auditing of public accounts, and application of the annual million to the public debts-winterference in the affairs of Holland---dispute with Spain--test and corporation acts--the save-trade-aand the regency. All these subjects are stated with good sense and liberality, and the arguments urged on both sides are fairly exhibited, and well contrasted :—but were a first rate champion of opposition to undertake a counter review, he would, perhaps, aslonih us with his address and plausibility in inverting the whole representation !

Letters to the Right Hon. Henry Dundas, on his Inconfiftency as the Minister of India. 8vo. pp. 152. 35. Debrett. 1792.

These letters, under the signature of Afiaticus, have been attributed to Major Scott, by an authority which we will not undertake to controvert; and they contain reiterations of those charges against the party addressed, in which we have no call to interfere. Art. 41. Rights for Man: or Analytical Strictures on the Constitu

tion of Great Britain and Ireland. By Robert Applegarth. 12mo. pp. 45:

19. 60. Richardson. 1792. With intentions of which we are willing to believe all that is good, Mr. Applegarch here appears in defence of a conftirution which he says is triune and consequently sacred;' and labours to defeat what he calis she wicked attempts that have been made . lately to subvert it.'

We have too great a regard for those divine fifters, Britannia and Hibernia,' not to hope that there are champions better armed and better killed in the use of their weapons, (chough we do not wish for one of a more valorous and undaunted {pirit,) who are ready to ftep forch in the sacred cause. Otherwise, we should tremble for the fate of these divine and peerless beauties. Wicked villains would certainly bave their will of them.

There is a singularity in this gentleman, that we do not recollect to have before observed ; which is, that he scarcely ever uses che word 100, without printing it in italics. We know not the cause of this, unless it be, that, from the fimilarity between the emphatic found of this word and the discharge of a mukket, he would infinuate that he kills an adversary ever he utters the sound. If it be so, whatever we or others may think, he must have a great idea of his own execution. Too; kill 'em-iwenty more, kill them - 100!

A Vindication of the Revolution Society, against the Ca. lumnies of Mr. Burke. "By a Member of the Revolution Society. 8vo. pp. 59. 1s. 6d. Ridgway:. 1792.

Among the various topics into which the controversy between Mr. Burke and his opponents has branched out, the subordinate concerns of the two societies, at the expence of which Mr. Burke diverted himself and his readers, seem now to be pretty nearly forgotten by the public: but it appears, from this pamphlet, that the members of those societies have not all forgotten the treatment which they have received. Th: present vindication discovers fuf

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ficient ingenuity and acuteness to secure a portion of our approbation, but it also manifefts too much asperity to obtain that full share of applause, which we ever wish to bestow on all who present them-. selves before our tribunal.

MISCELLANEOUS. Art. 43. An Hiftorical Report on Ramsgate Harbour ; written by

Order of, and addressed to, the Trullees. By John Smeaton, Civil Engineer, F. R. S. and Engineer to Ramsgate Harbour. SECOND EDITION. 8vo. Large Paper. 19. Sewell, 1791.

We gave an account of the first edition of this Report, in our Re. view for April ;-and we notice this second edition, purely for the lake of an important paragraph now adjed; viz.

' I have the pleasure of informing the public, that on the 17th July 1791, at a high foring tide, the New Dry Dock, built in the Balon, for repairing ships, was tried in the presence of the Chairman, for the first time since it was found necessary to build it with a timber floor, which is of a new and peculiar conitruction, on account of the springs riêng from the chalk, so powerfully under it, that the stone floor with which it had been twice tried formerly, was forced up *. The experiment answered in the completelt manner; the Dock remaining perfe&tly dry till low water, when the sluices of the Baron were opened for scouring the Harbour : so that this very degrable object, that has been so much despaired of, is now fully obtained, and must prove of great utility to the public.'

In a paper, of four folio pages, distributed gratis, ( Observations and Facts relative to Ramsgate Harbour, &c.') we have an addition to the list of thipping that have been sheltered in Ramsgate harbour, from 1780 to 1799, inclufive; viz. in 1791, noe fewer than 459 fhips took shelter there in formy weather; of which number 356 were bound to and from London. We are here farther informed, that 'the register-book of those veslels which have taken heller in this harbour, proves that it has already been the means of saving property, to the amount of FOUR MILLIONS flerling, and near EIGHT THOUSAND LIVES, that might otherwile have been lost to their friends and country.'--In this fugitive paper, are leveral remarks and facts which merit the attention of the public. Art. 44. An Address to the Public, from the Philanthropic Society,

inftituted in 1788, for the Promotion of Industry, and the Reform of the criminal Poor. To which are annexed, the Laws and Regulations of the Society, &c. 8vo. pp. 30. 6d. White, &c. 1792.

We are pleased to find that this new inftitution, for the sober and industrious education of vagrant children, is in a promising itate for

* • As I observed a considerable stream of water continually issuing from under the Apron, at low water, I ordered this water to be drained therefrom, by a chain pum), and found that this spring (which was falt) vented at the rate of 160 barrels an hour; which vent exposed the bottom to the action of the cides water.' 7.

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permanent establishment; it being a juft obfervation in this Address, with reference to many of our public charities, that while the hand of liberality is expanded, too often the stimulus to honest industry is relaxed.' Art. 45. The Flights of Inflatus ; or, the Sallies, Stories, and Ad.

ventures of a Wild-goose Philosopher. By the Author of the Trifler.

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sewed. Stalker. 1791. Stulta eft clementia—at least it would be so in the present instance. Indelicacy, improbability, and affectation of wit, should meet, from impartial and honest Reviewers, an unqualified condemnation. Let then Mr. Inflatus know, that we think his Flights do him no credit, and had better never have taken their flight from the press.

For our account of the Trifler, by this author, (for there are more publications than one with this title,) fee M. R. vol. liii. p. 269. Art. 46. An Apology for the Life of Major General G- - Write

ten by himself. Containing a full Explanation of the G-na-g Mystery, and of the Author's Connection with Mr. D-ber-y's Family. Svo. pp. 114. 35. Ridgway.

A piece of authorhip,-of which we find ourselves almost provoked to speak with some degree of severity: but, reflecting that, possibly, the writer may have a wife, with a garret-full of children, depending, for their subsistence, on his industry and invention, we drop the pen. Art. 47. The Fashionable Preacher; or Modern Pulpit Eloquence

displayed. 8vo. 6d. Symonds. 1792. The author of this little essay offers fome just and sprightly remarks on the present state of pulpit eloquence, which is certainly open to considerable objections, and of courle is capable of great improvements. Our preachers are rarely orators, though they have every advantage in point of subject ; which deficiency our author attributes, in general, to the learning and refinements which the fafhionable preacher is solicitous of displaying, but particularly to the practice of reading his sermons, which he pointedly, and, perhaps, with justice, reprobates. The orators in the senate and at the bar practice extemporaneous eloquence; and the effect which they produce on their audience is often aftonihing; so that it seems to merit the consideration of the public advocate for religion, whether he ought not to adopt, in some measure, this mode of address. At present, extempore preaching is rarely practised in England, except by the most ignorant and illiterate; while men of learning and talents, instead of speaking immediately from the heart to the heart, content themselves with reading the correct and frigid compofitions of their retired hours. Of this practice, our author thus contemptuously speaks :

• He lays open his performance at large in the face of the whole assembly; like a boy at school, he reads and blunders, and blunders and reads: he stands in the pulpit like a speaking statue, without life and motion ; his eyes are fixed down to the space of a few square inches, as if he stared at a ghoft: he hangs his logger-head over his dirty scroll, like a thief receiving sentence of death. If the poor

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