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mitting these or other rules to memory, will not be greatly beneficial to a child, unless those who have the care of his education will see that they are so understood as to be explained and applied : And for this purpose the examples of bad English to be turned into good, may prove a beneficial exercise.

We fall only observe farther, that Mr. Smetham has taken confiderable pains in compiling the grammar before us, and that, on the whole, it seems calculated to be of use. POLITICA L.

Hi. Art. 40. The American Crifis ; a Letter addressed, by Pere

mission, to the Earl Gower, Lord President of the Council, &c. &c. &c. on the present alarming Disturbances in the Colonies. Wherein various important Points relative to Plantation Affairs are brought into Discussion; as well as several Persons adverted to, of the most distinguished Characters. And an Idea is offered toward a complete Plan for restoring the Dependance of America upon Great Britain to a State of Perfection. By William Allen, Esq. 8vo. 13. 6d. Cadell.

1774. " Authors, before they write, should read"

-was once deemed not an Winecessary piece of advice; and we think it may not impertinently be extended to Patrons : who, if they would take due care of their own fame, should read the Book before they permit the Dedicarion.

Here is an instance of the ill confequence of not adhering to this rule. Lord G. certainly did not peruse Mr. Allen's treatise before he granted permiffion for the public mention of his name, as the Patronizer of the performance. His Lordship's pobler sentiments, we well know, are by no means compatible with the arbitrary principles of this hot-headed Author; whose cavalier manner of attack. ing his fellow-fubjects of America, reminds us of the shrewd politie cian in the newspapers, who proposed that we fould sell the Colonists, with all their lands, &c. to the French or Spaniards, who he supposed would give at least two millions sterling for them; a sum which, as he wisely and well observed, would go an hundredth part of the way toward a discharge of the national debt.

There is an unhappy affectation of fine writing in this pamphlet; and it contains many illiberal passages : but any particular attention to them would be doing honour to a performance which will reflect none upon its Author. Art. 41. A Brief Review of the Rise and Progress, Services and

Sufferings, of New England, especially the Province of Maffachufet's Bay. Humbly submitted to the Confideration of both Houfes of Parliament. 8vo. 6d. Buckland. 1774.

Contains a very decent, and, to all appearance, a very fair and impartial state of facts, that ought to have due attention paid to them.

N. Art. 42. Colonifing, or a plain Inveftigation of that Subject; with a Legislative, Political, and Commercial View of our Colo

15. Brocherton, &c. 1774. We cannot discover any new thoughts or principles in this short performance that may tend to decide che queition of right between

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the mother country and her colonies ; or that may add strength to the pretenfions of either side by valid arguments., The Writes indeed is above arguing; he dictates and affirms, where he should reason and prove ; and famps the positions he lays down with italics and capitals, to ftare his Readers into assent. That these charges may not be retorted, a specimen of his matter and manner is subjoined:

Who then hath maintained or doubted that Taxation and Representation go not together? The shortness of the sentence and the alliteration after ax and represent hath brought it into vogue ; but, in truth, it is no more, than one of those problems, in the beginning of a Scholar's book, which he, who reads, allows. Touching the subjects of North America being, or not being represented among us. Should a more specific representation be thought necessary the people, let it take place. But, fupposing the present representation not fufficiently ample to exterior idea, it cannot follow from thence that there is NO substantial representation at all. Can it be said that any individual of the realm, which the Laws defend (and they defend every subject in every part of it) is NOT represented in the (at any time) formally and duly collected body of the people affembled in Parliament here ?-It cannot without an equal degree of folly and treachery: The Laws of England are standing Laws for all the subjects of this Empire, and, as long as Parliament holds the guardianship of those Laws, it represents all the people, whom they rule! They, who assert that there is NO Representation of the Ame. ricans in Parliament here, are not aware of what they say: For, were iç so, our.brethren subjects there can never now be represented, without à violation of the Constitution, in its most tender part-the people. But the fact is, THE SUBJECTS of this Empire, from Minorca to Otaheitee, ARE ALL virtually represented, afterted, supported and defended (among the British People) IN PARLIA. MENT.

• If we are wise, national virtue will do the work of self-prefervation on all hands: and, when a more specihc, or equal mode of election takes place for the people, sensible and honeft men will remember that when forty-five Members were added to a great Council, the tone of that body was debilitated by its extension.

How much is the nation indebted to this Alexander, who can so easily untie those Gordian knots that have puzzled our Statesmen for Kome years past !

N. Art. 43. America vindicated from the high Charge of Ingratitude

and Rebellion : with a Plan of Legislation, proposed to the Confideration of both Houses, for establishing a permanent and solid Foundation, for a juft and constitutional Union between Great Britain and her Colonies. By a Friend to both Countries. 8vo. is. Devizes printed, and fold by Ridley, &c. in London. 1774.

Written by a warm advocate for the Americans, who proposes that a free conftitution should be confrmed to North America fimilar to that of Ireland ; that the claim of taxation over it hould be renounced ; and that their freedom Hould be guarantied against all foreign invaders. He recommends that a Lord Lieutenant should represent the King there, and reside in a central province; and that a Parliament thoald be formed there, for the general purposes of

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legislation and taxation, compofed of Deputies from the several Pro. vincial Assemblies. Indeed, taking all circumstances into view, it might be happy if mutual harmony could be resored by uniting those separate governments, firft formed for the regulation of small bodies of adventurous settlers, on some durable plan, to operate for the reciprocal strength and prosperity of the very diftant parts of the British empire.

DRAMATIC. Art. 44. ΑΙΣΧΥΛΟΥ ΠΡΟΜΗΘΕΥΣ ΔΕΣΜΩΤΗΣ, cum Stam

leiana Versione, 'Scholiis a, b, (ety ineditis) ampliffimisque variorum Notis ; quibus fuas adjecit, necnon Scholia de Metro, ac Arglicanam

Interpretationem T. Morell, S. T. P. S. S. R. et A.S. Eschylus's Prometheus Captivus. By Dr. Morell.

400. fewed. Longman. 1773. The Promet beus Captivus of Eschylus is one of the most' ftriking monaments of genius that has been transmitted to us from antiquity. The inimitable ftrength, and ardour, fo peculiar to the great father of the drama, never more gloriously appeared than in this tragedy too much attention, therefore, cannot be paid to it, nor too much lighe thrown upon it.

For, founded on the deepest mysteries of the ancient mythology, it is difficult to draw it from its depth, and reduce it to the plan of a saţional and systematic moral. This difficulty, on account of the loss of two other tragedies, with which it was connected to make a whole, is rendered almost insuperable, and appears too hard a tak for the fagacity and abilities even of M. De Gebelin himfelf, to whose confideration, however, we recommend it.

Dr. Morell's care and diligence in what he has here done, merit ous regard, and his blank verse translation, though not impregnated with the fire of Eschylos, may be useful to fchool-boys; but when lo is desired upon the addresses of Jupiter not to kick and wince," the good old gentleman seems to have forgot that she was a cow; for such are rather the properties of a mare.

L. Art. 45. The South Briton; a Comedy of Five Acts : As it is

performed at the Theatre in Smock-Alley I, with great Applause. Written by a Lady. 8vo. I s. 6 d. Williams. 1774:

When we cannot, with a proper regard to truth, pay a compliment to a lady, we generally think it our duty to be silent,

NO'V E L S and MEMO IR S. Art. 46. The Fortune-Teller. 12m0. 2 Vols. 6s. Bew. 1774.

These little volumes are distinguished by a vein of good sense and morality, which runs through the whole performance, and renders ic far from being wanting either in entertainment or improvement,

The just and spirited observations wbich the Author makes, and the excellent advice which he gives to the different persons who feek to know their future dediny, reminds us of Dodfey's Toyfhop; nor are the generality of his reflections inferior to those which are found in that pleafing performance. In a word, our Fortane teller, at the same time that be takes advantage of the weakness of those who are

I'le was alfo acted one night, this month, at Covent Garden,

fo impatient to pry into futurity, to relieve his own wants, endeayours to render their confidence in the stars of real and effential ser. vice to them in the future part of their lives.

C, Art. 47. The School for Husbands. Written by a Lady. 12mo.

2 Vols. 6s. Bew. 1774. As the ladies are generally acknowledged to be superior to our sex in all works of imagination and fancy, we doubt not this is deemed à sufficient reason for placing their names in the title-page of many a dull, lifeless ftory which contains not one single female idea, but has been hammered out of the brainless head of a Grubftreet hire. ling. We quote not, however, the present work as an instance of this impofition, nor do we doubt, from many of the scenes which it describes, the femality of its Author. The story is lively, natural, and affecting; well told, and free from those frequent episodes which are so often introduced in works of this kind, and which are too much for even the patience of a Reviewer.

C. Art. 48. The Orphan Swains ; or, London contagious to the

Country. A Novel. By a young Libertine Reformed. 1200, 2 Vols. 55. Snagg.

These Orphan Swains are introduced to the world in two neat, spruce pocket volumes ; but like many other well dreft coxcombs, they are totally void of fenfe or sentiment.-High-flown prose, and grovelling verse, compose this ridiculous performance.

c. Art. 49. The History of Lord Stanton. Vols. IV.and V. 12mo.

6s. Vernor. The account which we gave of the former part of this work in our laft Review, will excuse our again entering into its merits; we cannot however help thinking, that these additional volumes are inferior to the former; especially the 4th, which appears to be spun Qut, merely to enlarge the work Art. 50. The News-Paper Wedding; or, an Advertisement for

a Husband. A Novel, founded on Incidents which arose in consequence of an Advertisement that appeared in the Daily Advertiser, July 29, 1772, including à Number of original Letters on the Subject of Love and Marriage. 12mo. 2 Vols. 6s. Snagg: 1774.

This curious collection chiefly conlists of a number of ridiculous letters, supposed to be sent to the publisher in consequence of the above-mentioned advertisement; the whole appears to be a most unReaning catch-penny performance, Art. 51. The Trinket. A Novel. By a Lady. 12mo. 35,

Lowndes. 1774. IF Mr. Lowndes has taken the trouble to look over this novel, he must have thought the Lady very extravagant in this Trinket of hers, as she has crowded pory and plot enough in the last twenty pages, to have formed, with the least degree of management, another whole volume of this valuable species of writing.

C. CooK ER Y. Art. 52. The Royal Cook, or the Modern Etiquette of the Table,

displayed with Accuracy, Elegance, and Taste: Being a full and exact Description of the Manner of dressing and serving up the Royal Dinners at St. James's, Buckingham House, Kew, and Gunnersbury; with she like Particulars at the Houses of Glou

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çester and Cumberland. To which is added, a Specimen of the Mode of living at Northumberland and Sion Houses, Alnwick, Castle, &c. As also the fashionable Style of decking the Tables of all the principal Nobility and Gentry, Foreign Ambassadors, and Ministers of State, both upon public and private Occasions. Among these curious and necessary Particulars of fashionable Inq formation, is interspersed a new and polite, but ingenious and frugal Collezion, founded on Experience, of the very bea Directions for going to Market. By the Hon. Mrs. Pennington, of Kensington. izmo. í s. 6 d. Snagg. Well raid Title-page!

L A W. Art. 53. A Treatise upon Fines; to which is added, some general

Observations on the Nature of Deeds leading, and declaring the * Uses of Fines and Recoveries. By James Checwynd, Esq; Barrister

at Law. : 4to. 5 s. Folingsby. 1773:

A treatise on any subject, must be understood as intended for the instruction of the uninformed; but it is worthy a remark, that most of our law-books, perhaps from policy, (to guard against diffusing legal knowledge beyond the limits of the profession) are obscure, even to the student, and presume more to be already known than ought to be supposed. The traal before us is a treatise on fines; but what is a fine ? It may be answered, every lawyer knows what a fine is; and the definition in the first paragraph may indeed be intelligible to a lawyer : but an attorney's clerk, or a tudent in any of our inns of court, can have no intuitive knowledge of the subject, be. fore practice or reading render ic familiar to them.. "It were therefore to have been wished that the Author had not thought it below his notice to have premised a more clear explanation of this abftrufe transaction, and the fi&tion upon which it is founded, for the service of those who most want such a work, as well as to render the work itself more finished as a coinposition.

The subject of fines is copiously treated in the last edition of Jacob's Law Di&tionary by Ruffhead and Morgan; and it need not be interpreted to the disadvantage of the present performance, when it is declared to be very little more than that article somewhat am, plified ; including proper extracts from those ftatutes relating to knes, which are loosely referred to in the former work, RELIGIOUS and CONTROVERSIAL.

N. Art. 54. The divine Character of Christ considered and vindicated.

In a series of Dialogues on that interesting and important Sub: jeft. In which the many fcriptural Evidences of the Deity of our Lord are fairly exhibited, and the various Objections thrown out

against it, particularly in some late Publications, attempted to be 3

obviated.' By John Beatson. 12mo. 15, 6 d. Leeds, Printed. Sold by Rivington, &c, in London.

What numbers of book's and pamphlets has this subject produced ? and after all, the point remains as disputable as ever! Many of the freatises which it has occafioned, on each side of the question, have been written with a' very good design, and several of them with can dour and temper; while others have appeared to flow from a narrow, bigotted party.fpirit, and have discovered that rancour and bitLerners which must surely be worse than any mistake as to a matter

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