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upon its right objeđi, (i... God,) and done for good ends, would infallibly fave foul and body; and which now, without repentance, will as infallibly prove the loss of both. For God is said to be fo jealous of his honour, that, He will not give it to máñ, neither his praise unto a Doclor; which is no better than a graven image.'

Our Author's other arguments are equally pertinent and conclu. five. Art. 34. The Advantages and Disadvantages of Inoculation, with

respect to Individuals, and the Public, impartially considered ; to which is annexed, Observations on the Method proposed by Boerhaave for preventing the Small-pox. Translated from the original Latin of the B. Van Swieten, M. D, &c. &c. 8vo. 1 s. 6 d.

This is a tolerably exact translation of Van Swieten's commentary on part of the 1403 aphorism, and some other of the aphorisms of Boerhaave on the small- I-pox. Art. 35. A History of a Gentleman cured of Heats in bis Pace.

Written by himself. 8vo. Hawes, & Co. 1773

We have itrong suspicions that this is an artfully couched advertisement, to promote the fale of the medicine here recommended. if it is not, let the benevolent Author add his name to the pamphlet ; as no possible inconvenience can arise, from his giving this sanction to the cases which are related, Art. 36. A Flagellation for a certain Apothecary, with a full Re

futation of the numerous Absurdities lately published in a Pamphlet entitled : An Essay on the Cure of the Venereal Gonorrhæa. in a new Method; shewing how to relieve the most painful Symptoms in a few Hours.' In a Letter to the Author. 8vo. I 5. Pridden 1773•

This smart flagellation is intended as a salutary reproof to the Author of an Eslay, of which we have given a short account in our Review for March 1772, p. 252.

The Author of the Effay apprehends, that there is a specific diffesence between the infectious matter which produces a gonorrhea and that which produces a confirmed lues : and that the first of these does not require the use of mercury, but may be effectually cured by taking the balsam copaiva, and by using an astringent injection.

Our spirited flagellator is convinced, that these opinions are not properly supported either by argument or experience, and makes Come pertinent observations on the points in question.-Whether Mr. Es will patiently receive such a whipping, or will in his turn prepare a flagellation for the flagellator, time must discover. As to ourselves, we have determined not to prejudge the matter, but to see fair play between the Knight of the Pefile and the Knight of tbe Lancet

• Since this article was written, the Reviewer has been informed that a very smart news-paper controversy has been carried on, between ihele medical disputants; and that they even proceeded to talk of gun poredor : byt we have not yet heard the explosion,

Art. 37. An easy way to prolong Life, by a little Attention to what

wreat and drink : Containing a Chymical Analysis, or, Enquiry into the Nature and Properties of all kinds of Food; how far they are wholesome, and agree with Conftitutions: With some Directions respecting our Way of Living. Collected from the Authorities of our ableĩ Physicians. By a Medical Gentleman. 8vo. 25. Bell.

The best parts of this publication are picked up from Dr. Cullen's lectures on the Materia Medica : of which work we have given an account in our Review for February last, page 138.

The fate of this joftly celebrated professor is indeed fomewhat extraordinary. Firft to be dragged before the tribunal of the Public, by fome of his ungracious pupils ; ' with all their imperfections on his head.'

And now to be ftill further mangled, pillaged, and retailed, by an anonymous compiler! Art. 38. A Treatise on the principal Difeases of the Eyes ; con

taining a critical and candid Examination of the ancient and mo. dern Methods of Cure, of the present defective Modes of Practice, with an Account of new, mild, and fuccessful Methods for the Care of Diseases of this Organ. By William Rowley, Surgeon. 8vo. 39. fewed. Newbery. 1773.

A very confiderable part of this treatise has already appeared in Mr. Rowley's Elay on the Ophthalmia, &c. fee our Review for March 1772, p. 254. And we find little in the additions to this republication, which merit that it Mould be ufhered into the world, under its present more promising title-page. Art. 39. Observationes de Antimonio, &c. i. e. Obfervations on

Antimony, and its Uses in the Cure of Diseases. By William Saunders, M. D. and Physician to Gay's Hospital. 12mo. 25. Whilton. 1773:

In these observations, we have the natural, chemical, and medical hiftory of antimony, delivered in a clear and concise manger,

DR A MAT I C. Art. 40. A New Dramatic Entertainment, called, “ A Christmas

Tale. In Five Parts : As it is performed at the Theatre in Drury Lane. Embellifhed with an Etching by Mr. Loutherbourg. 8vo. I s. 6 d. Becket. 1774.

Those who have seen this piece performed, have, in general, agreed in their judgment of its merit; which is of the fort that is calculated, chiefly, to find favour in the eyes of the audience ; although the ear alfo comes in for a considerable share in the entertainment. Barely to perufe this Christmas Masque, is not the way to be much prejudiced in favour of a work composed of the highest extravagancies of knight-, errantry and necromancy; with all their train of evil spirits, ens chanted castles, and monsters. · The monsters, however, make as good a figure on the itage, as any monsters can, in reason, be expected to make ; and it is confessed that montters, music, scenery, all together,-have combined to furnish out a very agreeable uppergallery exhibition; which seems to have been the utmost of the Author's aim. Vid. PROLOCUE.

Art. 41. Achilles in Petticoats. An Opera. As it is performed

at the Theatre-Royal in Covent Garden. Written by Mr. Gay. With Alterations. The Music entirely new, by Dr. Arne, 8vo. Is, Lowndes, &c. 1774.

Mr. Gay’s Achilles, considered as a readable entertainment, has suffered greatly in the abridgment, by which it is now, unskilfully, reduced from three acis to two. What may have been the stage effect of its present alteration, with Ds. Arne’s new music, some new airs, new dresses, &c. is best known to those who have seen it represented : We have not yet afiftedat this exhibition, -as the Chevalier Taylor, and some other chevaliers of the Beau Monde would express it. Art. 42. Palladias and Irene, a Drama, in Three Ads. 8vo.

I s. 6d. Dodfley. 1773. A angular, wild, irregular composition; void of nature and probability, but not deftitute of poetry, or of moral purpose; as will appear from the following Mort fpecimens :

How fleeting is the form
of earth-born greatness! not more changeable
The dye, quick-ihifting, on the ring-dove's neck
Side-long against the sun!

There, on high,
Dread Juftice fits enthron'd;
With never closed eye
She marks the busy ways of men ;
And even, as they run to good or ill,
In her good tiine the ftrikes with level'd aim

The guilty head;
And on the virtuous powers
Ointments of living odours, to embalm
Their precious memory, alive * or dead.
That what vain mortals think forgot or past

Is but poilpon'd;

And vengeance, that comes flow, comes sure at last.' This piece, ivhich is also

of the Maique species, does not seem to have been intended for the Stage.

RELIGIOUS and CONTROVERSIAL. Art. 43. A Continuation of the Narrative of academical Pro

ceedings, relative to the Proposal for the Efiablishment of annual Exa. minations in the Univerfity of Cambridge ; with Observacions upon the Conduct of the Committee, appointed by Grace of the Senate on the 5th of July 1773. By the Rev. John Jebb, M. A. late Fellow of St. Peter's College. 8vo. 6d. Cambridge, printed, and sold by Crowder in London.

As the subject of this Narrative is of public concernment,' the Author justly concludes, that the Public, therefore, have an unquestionable claim to information, with respect to every material circumstance relating to it.' And, hence, he thinks it his duty,

It is fufficient that we note a flip of this kin.1, by printing the word in a different character.

perpetually, persons

perpetually, as new matter arises, to continue his Narrative of these academical proceedings.'

The detail is accordingly carried on, with proper obfervations and conclufions ; at the close of which Mr. Jebb takes leave of his readers, for the present, in the following terms:

• Thus, unconscious of an intention to misrepresent the contduct of any gentlemen concerned, I have continued my Narrative to the present hour, and have unfolded the most material circumstances attending the proposal of an institution, which has long appeared to me most likely to restore our credit with the Public. An inititution, which after many ineffeétual remonstrances of a more private nature, I was at length induced to propose to our fenate, upon the encouragement of many persons, whose characters I reverence, and whose opinions, in whatever relates to the improvement of literature, and the honour of our Univerity, I think it wisdom to respect. My attempts have not hitherto been attended with success--yet the judgement I have formed of the importance of the cause, and the confia dence, derived from the expectation that I shall be fupported by the voice of an approving Public, forbid me to despond. And if át latt, after the exertion of every manly effort, overborne by the weight of prejudice, and circumvented in my endeavours to obtain a fair and candid decision of my question, I should be obliged to desil, I Thall not remain altogether without my confolation; as, exclusively of the satisfaction derived from the approbation of the friends of learning and religion, I shall retire with the perfuafion, that, in consequence of my ftruggles, the task of academical reformation will be rendered more easy to those who shall hereafter be disposed to undera take it; and shall therefore have laid in a fund of pleasing reflections, more than sufficient to compensate for the anxieties, and ill treatment, which I have experienced in the prosecution of my design.'

Cambridge, Nov. the 4th, 1773. Art. 44. The Heidelberg Catechism, with proper Texts annexed

to each Answer; used for the Instruction of Children and grown Persons in Holland: and on which the Ministers are obliged to preach in turn every Sabbath. 12mo.

23. Dilly. 1773. The Editor, whoever he is, informs us in his title-page, that all orthodox divines allow this catechism to contain the true doctrine of proteftants: a declaration which without doubt must recommend his publication to general regard : he should however have considered, that perfons may be true protestants, and yet have different sentiments on certain particular subjeas; some of which are asserted in this work.

The first reformers did not, in every point, exactly agree with each other ; nor is it to be supposed that Christians, since their time, should, on enquiry, always see reason to conform to their maxims and speculations.

With respect to the catechism before us, it contains several useful and important truths, to which every Christian will subscribe ; and as to other matters, every one must form his own judgment accord. ing to the light he receives, under the direction of scripture and reason. But one thing we must ever object to, as inconlittent with the Christian Spirit, and Christian liberty, viz. the prescribing to any perfona by human authority, what articles of faith, and explications of particular parts of Scripture, they shall receive as sacred troths ; at the fame time binding down ministers, or others, to declare their belief of and subjection to them. This, we apprehend, is a claim which no man, or any set of men in the Christian church, can law, fully pretend to, or ever be able to support, on the principles of træe protestantism. The Bible is the religion of Chriftians, specially of proe ufiants. Whatever declarations they really find there, they are to receive with meekness and candour; but the afirmations and interpretations, even of the wisest and the best of men, though they may merit confideration and respect, cannot confiftently be regarded in themselves as certain and obligatory rules of faith and manners.

This catechism is much of the same nature with other creeds and formularies that have been established; but it enlarges more than fome do, on those topics in respect to which the Protestants differ from the Papists. Art. 45. O Tempera! O Mores! or, the New-year's Gift for

a Prime Minister. Being the Subkance of two Sermons preached at a few small Churches only, and published at the repeated Re: queft of the Congregations. By the Rev. William Scou, M. A. late of Eton. Dedicated to Lord North. 8vo. 15. Wilkie.

A violent declamation against the vices of the age, which, accord, ing to the Author, is fo deplorably and desperately corrupt, as to leave very little hope of a reformation. 'An ulcer, he says, has overrun our body politic, from head to foot, the King and Queen, whom God preserve, excepted.'--Mercy on us! what a pickle are we in, preacher and all ! for only two perfons, we see, have escaped the infection.

After this lort but sufficient fpecimen of what this warm-headed Divine is capable of advancing, before even a congregation of honeft, sober, and patriotic citizens, need we wonder that the pulpit was REFUSED * him at eight of their moft CAPITAL churches ? Art. 46. Socinianism brought to the Teft: or Jefus Christ proved

to be either the adorable God, or a notorious Impostor. In a series of Letters to Doctor Priestley. In which it appears. That if Jesus Christ is not a divine Person, the Mahommedan is, in all respects, preferable to the Christian Religion, and the Koran a better Book than the Bible. By John Macgowan, Author of Deatb, a Vision, and Familiar Epiftles to the Reverend Doctor Priestley, &c t. 8vo, 1 s. 6d. Keith. 1773.

Can it be considered as very probable, that a pious Christian, truly affected by, and interested in, the declarations of the Gospel, and at the same time acquainted with the doubts and difficulties with which fome parts of it are attended, should be ralh enough to ventore the truth of this divine revelation, on the certainty of that explication of a disputed article which he has seen it to embrace ? At least it may be fopposed that such a perfon will be modeft, humble, and eautious of affording any thing like a cause of triumph to unbelievers.

* Vide the N. B. priored at the foot of the title-page # Sec Review, vol. xlv. p. 239.

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