Page images

Art. 23. A Letter to the Jury who convilled Mr. Shelly the Sil

versmith, of receiving Plate, knowing it to have been folen; de-
dicated to the Right Honourable Sir Waikin Lewis, Knight, Lord
Mayor of the City of London. By Robert Holloway, Attorney at
Law. 8vo. Is. Brewman.

Afier a dedication of an odd complexion, so mysteriously expressed
that we are obliged to give it credit for more than we can compre-
bend, the writer endeavours to hew, from.che circumftances of the
transaction, that Ms. She!ly met with hard.creatment in being con-
victed of the crime for which he was indi&ied.

Art. 24. A candid Defence of the Character and Conduct of Sir

Hugh Palliser, Bart, Vice Admiral of the White. 8vo. 2 S. Ni.
coll, 173.1.

A dispaffionate state of facts, which might perhaps contribute to
leffen tbe odium that so eagerly pursued the gentleman in quellion ;
were it not that the subject is now superseded in the public notice by
others of more recent date, and that there are few who are disposed
to undergo the trouble of examining opinions they have once politive-
ly maintained.

Art. 25. The Defence of the Rev. Reginald Bligh, of Queen's

College, Cambridge, A. B. againit the Prelident and Fellows of
ibat Society; who rejected him as an improper Person for a Fellow,
on the 12th of January 1780, upon the pretence of his want of
sufficient learning to qualify him for that itarica. 8vo. I s. 6 d.

Mr. Bligh's appeal not lying properly before our court, we shall
not offer to enter into its merits, any farther than to observe, that it
furnishes no internal evidence to call in question the decision against
which he so loudly complains, being ill written, fcurrilous, and

.tit. Art. 26. Remarks on Prints intended to be published, relative to

the Manners, Cuftoms, &c. of the present inhabitants of Egypt;
from drawings made on the spot, A. D. 1749. By Richard Dal-
con, Esq. 8vo. 15. Elmsly, &c. 1781.

In this tract Mr. D. gives an account of the causes which conspired
to prevent his publication of “ Twelve Historical designs of Raphael,
" and the Mujæum Græcum et Egyptiacum," illustrated by prints in-
tended to be published from his drawings. That undertaking was
announced to the lovers of antiquity and the police arts, in the year
1752, by a small pamphlet, entitled Remarks, &c. of which we gave
fome account in the oth volume of our Review, number for Febru.
ary in the same year. We sefer our Readers to these new Remarks
for the ingenious Author's reasons for having relinquished that de.
fign, as well as for the particulars relative to his present undertaking.
We have only to add, on this occasion, that the Public may hope for
great fatisfaction and entertainment from the inspection of Mr. Dal.
ton's intended prints; the drawings for which are made from sketches
taken on the spot, at the time above mentioned; and in which they
will meet with much that is new, and nothing but what may be safely
depended on, in point of authenticity. We must not omit to men-
ţion, that the present pamphlet is rendered peculiarly amusing, by a


[ocr errors][ocr errors]

number of anecdotes, and circumstances, descriptive and historical, relative to Egypt, Arabia, &c. &c.

NOVELS. Art. 27. Masquerades; or what you will. By the Author of Eliza Warwick, &c. Small 8vo.


Vols. 12 s. bound. Bew, 1780.

We have already had the honour of paying our respects to the Wri: ter of this Novel. The praise we formerly betlowed, is ftill more copiously merited.

The itory, on which the present work is founded, is too long and too complicated to admit of an abridgment in ous Journal. Perhaps it will be deemed tedious and prolix; and here and there the cauto. logy of love may disgult the cold and more critical reader. But with all its redundancies and imperfections, we think this is a very inte. resting and entertaining Novel: and we fincerely with that all who love like Osmond and Julia may thare in the bliss which, after a ihousand viciffitudes and perplexities (the best trials of love !) crowned their fincerity ; while to treachery we can with no severer punishment than Lady Somerville met with, when, instead of gaining the object of her licentious desires, the only hafened the consummation of a rival's happiness, and stood detected to the world as a compound of the most dereftable vices.

After this encomium on the general' merit of these volumes, the Author will excuse us if we point out a great defect in its moral tendency.--Disfimulation, and even downright falsehood, are, in several places, charged to the account of the best characters of the story, without any marked disapprobation, from their own consciences, or the Writer's pen. We know the common apology that is made on these occasions. But truth is too sacred to be dispensed with, on such flight accounts-if it be even warrantable, on what may be deemed, the most important and presling occurrence of human life. Even bere, truth should not be lo sported with as to make it crouch to neceffity, without trong reluctance or deep repentance. We admire the delicacy and fine address of Fielding on this subject. The virtuous and amiable Sophia is represented as miserable through the whole night, because her modesty had tempted her to deny, to the jealous Lady Bellafton, that she had any knowledge of Tom Jones. I'he refined texture of her soul was so hocked by this inroad on her moral principles, that no excuses or arguments that self-love could make use of, availed to reconcile her conduct to her conscience. - We have another objection to the morality of this performance. The writer represents the virtuous Julia, who is the finest and best character in this Novel, as not only indifferent to the fan&ity of the Sabbath, but as pleading for a breach of its common decorum. In a letter, dated Sunday morning three o'clock, he is represented as delivering her sentiments on Sunday amusements, in the following vain, and, we think, irreligious manner. • For the sake of decency, perhaps, you think I ought to suppress this date, as it too plainly tells, we have suffered the Sabbath to fine in upon our revels. The French make no account of such encroachments; nay, their balls, plays, &c. are in preference given on Sundays: and from my having lived some years amongst them, I am so far reconciled to the custom,

[ocr errors]

as to imagine there can be no harm in enjoying on that day innocent
amusements. I am by no means fingular in the opinion; for every
dancer was inspired with more life and spirit after twelve than before;
aod teftified no scruples in indulging themselves in their recreations.

We affe&t no puritanical airs of unrelaxed formality and stiffness.
But, putting the positive ordinance of God out of the question, we
view the institution of the Sabbath, as an object of great political
consequence; and are convinced from observation and reading, that
in proportion as a nation relaxes into indifference with refpect to the
Sabbath, so proporcionably it degenerates into every species of vice
and immorality which are the curie and disgrace of a country! B...k.
Art. 28. Distressed Virtue, or the History of Miss Harriet Nel.

son; in which is included the unhappy Story of Miss Caroline Le-
nox. In a series of Letters, 12mo, 3 Vols. 98. Noble, 1781.

• I am aware (says the Author), that many, on reading this little
Work, will throw it afide with much disdain.' We are very muck
of the Author's opinion.

Art. 29. Obfervations, Medical and Political, on the Small-pox

and Inoculation ; and on the Decrease of Mankind at every Age,
with a comparative View of the Diseases most fatal to London dur-
ing Ninety Years. Including an Attempt to demonstrate in what
manner London may fave near 2000, Great Britain and Ireland
between 20,000 and 30,000, and Europe about 390,000 lives an-
nually. By W. Black, M. D. 8vo. 2 s. 6d. Jobpson, 1781.

This Author begins his work with a short account of the origin of
the small-pox and measles ; their early treatment, the introduction of
inoculation, and its success; and the proportions dying in the na-
tural and inoculated small-pox. He then pretty much at length en-
ters into the controversy between Baron Dimsdale and the patrons of
the inoculating dispensary in London, very warmly taking part with
the latter, and animadverting on the Baron with more strength than
liberality. As we have already declared our opinion on this head,
and shown in how small a compass the fress of the argument lies, we
may excuse ourselves from taking further potice of this new dis.
putant. We are obliged, however, by our duty to the Readers of
the Review, to apprize them, that they will be much disappointed with
the conclusion of this chapter, fo oftentatiously held forth in the title.
page as a project for saving fach multitudes of lives; as it is nothing
more than a crude bint, thrown out in a sentence or two, of the ad-
vantages which would result from universal inoculation at an early
age, or a total extermination of the small-pox. This is so obvious a
matter, that unless the Author had some probable scheme to offer for
effecting these great purposes, he might as well have said nothing
about it.

The remainder of the work consists of extracts from bills of morta. lity, with various observations, some of the Author's own, but the greater part taken from other writers, A commentary of some length is given upon all the diseases returned in the London bills; but the Author himself appears fufficiently aware of the little dependence to be placed upon liâs formed in so careless and inaccurate a manger. A.


[ocr errors]

Art. 30. A Treatise of Midwifery, comprehending the Manage

ment of Female Complaints, and the Treatment of Children in early Infancy. To which are added, l’rescriptions for Women and Children, and Directions for preparing a variety of Food and Drinks, adapted to the circumstances of lying-in Women. Divefted of technical terms and abitruse theories. By Alexander Hamilton, Professor of Midwifery in the University of Edinburgh, and Member of the Royal College of Surgeons. Svo, 6 s. boards, Murray, 1781.

This is a very complete system of every thing necessary to be learned by female practitioners in the obstetric art. Ii is sufficiently plain and intellig:ble for a reader of any tolerable education, and appears in ge.. neral founded on the most rational principles and approved practice. If the venerable fifterhood were all capable of ftudying such a work as this, and unprejudiced enough to be directed by it, we would vencore to promise chem, that they would regain a great part of what they complain of having loft by the usurpations of the other sex. A. Art. 31. A foort Enquiry into the Merit of Solvents, fo far as

may be necessary in compare them with the operation of Lithotomy. By Jere Whitaker Newman, Member of the Corporation of Surgeons, London. 8vo, 1 s. 6d. Dodfey, 1731.

We do not imagine that at present any great reliance is placed on the proposed solvents for the lione; at the same time we cannot be surprised that such an operation as that of lithotomy is not submitied to without delay and reluciance. The present Writer's remarks on this subject are tensible enough, but, we apprehend, they will not be thought new,

A. Art. 32. Some Observations on the Origin and Progress of the

Atrabilious Conftitution and Gout. Chap. 4. containing the regular cardinal Fit. By William Grant, M. D. 8vo. 1 s. 6 d. Cadell, 1781.

This ingenious physician, whose former tract on this subject perosed with confiderable satisfaction, proceeds, in that before us, in his plan of giving a plain and practical treatise on the gous. He judiciously takes Sydenham for his guide in the present part, quoting largely from that admirable Writer, and subjoining his own remarks by way of commentary. We find no particular observations which it feems important to point out to our medical readers; but we do not hesitate to recommend the whole to the perusal of those who wish to acquire such a knowledge of this disease as may enable them to dig rect themselves or others in the safelt and most judicious method of managing it.

A. Art. 33. An Ejay on Culinary Poisons ; containing Cautions

selative to the Ule of Laurel Leaves, Hemlock, Mushrooms, Cop. per Vessels, Earthen Jars, &c. with Observations on the Adulte. sation of Bread and Flour, and the Nature and Properties of Wa.

8vo, i s. Kearly, 1781. A plain concile creatise, designed for the use of good housewives, who may derive froin it fome valuable intruction.




• See Review for July 1780, p. 60,

Art. 34. Orthodoxy and Charity united: Three Conferences, be-

tween a rigidly Orthodox, and a Moderate Man, on, the Import-
ance of any Human Explication of the Do&rine of the Trinity;
being an Attempt towards putting an End to the Trinitarian Coa-
troversy. To which is now prehixed, a New Introduction, obviar-
ing fome Objections, and an Abitract of an Essay against Unchari-
tableness. By the late Rev. J. Watts, D. D. 8vo. I s. Exeter,
printed for the Author; sold by Buckland, London.

We have here a new edition of a tract first published about two years ago, entitled, The Importance of Truib, &c. it was commended in our Review for May 1779; and it is now republished with che above mentioned Introduction. To the whole is prefixed the following

"APOLOGY to the Public;" More than enough has doubless been written, by persons in all the various sentiments, on the doctrine of the Tripity; fo that the world is almost weary of the subject, and every fresh publication is likely to be received with disgust.

• It is hoped, however, that an attempt towards putting an end to the controversy, by reconciling the contending parties, may claim from all, and will find from the candid, some peculiar indulgence.

The following introduction has a reference to another Ebay, as well as this, proper to be bound with this, and published by the same author, viz. Chriftian Catholicifm defended * : being a vindication of Mr. Fawcett's Candid Refleciions, &c.'

The following Extract from p. 3, or the new Introduction may be given as honefly expreslive of the worthy Author's leading view, in the two tracts already referred to, viz. “That after all thewarm contentions in which Chriltians have for so many centuries engaged on this point of doćirine, they do do not really differ so widely in their opinions about what is molt material in it, as they are generally supposed to do: and that those who are commonly censured as anfound in their principles, and by fome even thought of with abhorrence, for their fupposed denial of the DEITY OF OUR BLESSED REDEEMER, do not in fait deny that doetrine, any more than those who are called ORTHO. DOX. If this can be proved, I apprehend it will contribuie more towards the promoting of charity, than any other argument,'

In page 11, the Auibor makes the following declaration, which we recommend to such of our Readers who pay particular attention to theological inveltigations, viz. “If any of my honoured brethren or fathers in the miniltry are till dissatisfied with what I have written, and think that it has a dangerous tendency, I now lovite any one of them to make his remarks, either in writing or in print, and promise to pay them all due attention. I do moft earnellly wish to see the fub. jea of these papers fairly and impartially inveftigared, and should be glad to carry on a correlpondence with any calm opponent, in the manner of Dr. Price and Dr. Priettley on another subject, baving no object in view buiche discovery of truth, which cannot suffer by a free discussion.'

[merged small][ocr errors][merged small][ocr errors]

. See Momihly Review for October 1780, p. 315.


« PreviousContinue »