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his return home. It is well known, that they suppose death only changes the scene, without varying the wishes, the objects, of the enjoyment. Some lines, in the tender pen five Arain of the Monody, 'on leaving a Place of Residence, concludes this ele. gant little collection. The Female Geniad; a Poem. Infcribed to Mrs. Crespigny. By

Eliz. Ogilvy Benger ; written at the Age of Thirteen. 410. 23. Hookham and Carpenter. 1791.

Young authors admire too much : they know not, or do not recollect the nil admirari,' but every glittering tinsel is gold; its splendor is admired, and its brilliancy held up to view. specimen shall we select ? Will Mrs. Griffiths know herself in the following mirror?

Of learning Griffiths is, and wit, poffeft;
Her genius heaven with gifts peculiar bleft;
A polish'd elegance her language smoothes,
While pore morality the mind improves;
Nor only wit and elegance combine,
The taste to please and manners to refine :
Juft fatire, wisdom, erudition join,
The unborn age (and far and foreign climes)
May view the present in her comic Times;
And as they ridicule their parent's days,
Charm'd critics shall resound the author's praise;
Vice to correct and virtue to engage,

To lath our follies, dares bright Griffiths's page.' We wish that we could praise this poem more; but fcribbling is an idle trade. Leave it, my dear! Moderate poetry (we could give the line in Latin, if it would be more forcible) will never render any author famous. An Imitation of the Prayer of Abel. In the Style of eastern Poetry.

410. The substance of Abel's Prayer, in ineasured profe, divided into verses. The work is indeed magnificently printed; but what advantage is gained from its new form, we are not told, and can. not discover. Bagatelle; or, the Bath Anniversary. A Poem. 8vo.

Harrison and Co. 1791. This tale may have local humour, which, at a distance, we can neither understand nor relish. The place cannot render it poeti

** Mrs. Griffiths has been lung an admired dramatic writer; The School for Rakes, and The Times, received universal applause. She likewise wrote a very learned book on Shakspeare; the celebrated Letters of Henry and Frances were the productions of Mr. and Mrs. Griffiths; they have produced several novels. Tl.e other lady alluded to, on Shakspeare, is Mrs. Montag'e, mentioued in the first canto.' Crit. Rev. N. AR. (IV.) Jan. 1992.

I cal; tury, 3 Vols. 12mo. 95. Kearley. This work will not be generally interefting, nor often called for by the readers of circulating libraries. Yet it is not void of mcrit: but its peculiar nature; the various digressions ; some of which at least are not very entertaining; a ilery frequently interrupted, without any artificial contexture of adventures, will not picale the million in its form it resembles the 'Fool of Quali. ty; and the introduciion of idoravian tenets, with an arisul defence of this lear, the justice of which we need not now inveftigate, renders the resemblance more close. In the abruptness of the occasional incroductions, and in the tender fenfibility of Penfon, we perceive that the author had also in-his view the. Man cf Feeling? Though we are not highly pleased with this work as a whole, the different parts are interelling and entertaining: The early tinderness of Penfon for his Linny is weil deferitet; the haughty and cruel infolence of Old Siell's oppreffor is delia neated with a malteriy pencil. Tom Snell's story, though the manner, as well as the adventures, are 1001 evidently bor.

Nicol. 1791.

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cal; for Antey has monopolife the Helicon of Somersethire, and numerous inacuracies would now that, at least, our author has been churiidily denied one drop. These are some imitations from the clafiis, it not notorinully incorrect, shamefully lame Fired with lubricity,' can be only apologised for by recollccting Nimium lubricus afp:ci,' and the apology will be generally conf. dered as insuficient. The Eaglich of ducere' is undoubtedly to lead; but is the following line a trandation of vivos ducent de marmore vulcus!

O'er the pale marble living features lead.'

N O V E L S.
Iphig nia, a Novel. 3 Vols. 12mo.

95. .

1791. This Novel is the work of an author unhackneyed in the ways of men or of authorhip. The tale is perplexed without interest, and the plot unraveiled without pathos. She, for we suspect it is the work of a 1cm ile pen, knows as little what to conceal, as in what manner the concealinent should be discovered. In short, it is in every view a trilling and improbable story. The Hilory of Sir Geotto Reftless, and bis Brother Charles. By ibe

Huber of the Trifer. 2 Vals. 1?mo. 6s. Lowndes. 1791.

We were pleased with the Trifler ; but no prepoffeffion in favoor of an author can render personal satire agreeable. In every cilier view also the History of Sir Geofry Reitless is contempti. ble. W'anlsy Penfon; or, The Melancholy Man. A Miscellaneous Hif


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rowed, is intere'ting and entertain'n?. The death of Mahui is a sort sketch, but in a very fuperior style, and displays the apprehension of detection, the triumph of seeming security, a mind babitually wicked and ungrateful, most admirably. Per-haps the great defect of this work is a want of originality : the images are too often borrowed, and the feelings are more weakly affected, because the impresion has lost the force and the zelt of novelty

M E DI CAL. On Elericity; avith occasional Observations on Magnetism. By E. Peart, M. D.



191. Dr. Peart, with some propriety and accuracy, though not in every view fatisfactorily, endeavours to confite the common fyrtem of positive and nega:ive electricity. He thinks that electrics per fe have an atmosphere of a fluid composed of æther and phlogittoo, in a peculiar state of attraction. When rubbed, or brought within the atmosphere of an exited body, the union is destroyed, and the external atmosphere confits of ather or phlogiston, according as the atmosphere of the approaching body is either phlogifton or æther; thus substituting two Auids instead of the pofitive and negative electricity. The same system he extends to coated plates of glass and jars. By these terms, however, he neither means the fluid of Stahl nor.of Newton; and he seems to guard os againi fuppofing that he employs them in any cther view than as the jedefinite letters in an algebraic calculus; but hy afterwards referring to his former work, 'the Eementary Principles of Nature,' he seems to have something more appropriated and specific in his view. Until, however, this be more diltinctly ascertained, he does not make any considerable progress: he has scarcely done more than fubfitute words for words. The different kinds of magnetism he also refers to two distinct Auids occasionally united, and in the magnetic late separated. An Analysis of the Medicinal Waters of Tunbridge Wells. 8vo. 15.

Murray. 1791 We cannot recommend this Analysis as very scientifically accu. rate, nor does it add much to our knowledge. Of the aerial Auids, fixed air is in the largest proportion; of the folids, muriated magnesia. But the fornier scarcely amounts to eleven cubic inches in a wine pint, and the latter to tho grains and a quarter : the calx of iron in this quantity is not more than half a grain.

MISCELLANEOUS. Juvenile Excursions in Literature and Criticism. By W. Ti: dal, A. 11.

25. 6d. Robinsons. 1791. In this elegant little volume we find some judicious observations

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and remarks, which display both taste and erudit on. They are scat. tered, however, with little order, and are rather the firft organic molecules of a work, than the disjeci membra poetæ, Some of them are perhaps too concise even for this form of publication, and a few too triling and unimportant : the observations on mufic, on Theocritus, Homer, and Milion, are by far the most inter. esting. Through the whole, Mr. Tindal appears a man of judge ment and learning, an able defender of religion, and a friend to mankind. The Arithmetical Preceptor; or, Pratical Alifant. By R. Arnold.

1 2 mo. 25. Rivingtons. 1791. We have many assistants of this kind, and we cannot find any considerable superiority in Mr. Arnold's method over those of his competitors, His principal variation consists in giving fire-a general view of all the rules of arithmetic, before he proceeds to examples; but introducing too many novelties to the student at once, is more likely to confuse his mind than to render his ideas

more clear.

An Appeal to the Humanity and Equity of the Nation : and especially

to those whom it more immediately concerns, on the Execution of Criminals. By S. Neely, . 8vo. 15. Debrett. 1791.

The subject of this Appeal is a trite one : it is on the indiscri. minate adjudication of capital punishments, and the frequent executions in ihis kingdom. The author's humanity deserves our praise; but he has not engaged in the examination with such able and comprehensive views as to permit us to pay him any other compliment. The Blind Child; or, Anecdotes of the Wyndham Family. By a La :

dy. 12mo. 25. Newbery, 1791, . This is a pleasing and initructive little story. We mean not to be fallidious, but we know not whether the mind may not be forced forward too fast, and, like a tender plant, lose in ftrength what it gains in apparent maturity. Reflection is the last effort of the mind in its matureft ftate: if hastened on, it may produce sententiousness, but not judgment. We know these observations are unfashionable ; but we have hazarded them as a subject of future reflection, and we think parents ought to be on their guard against pretensions to affected refinement. The Miscellaneous Works of A. M ́Donald, including the Tragedy of

Vimında, and all those Productions which have appeared under the Signature of M. Bramble, Esq. 8vo. 65. Boards. Murray. 1791.

When Velina and the Independent, a novel, first occurred to us, we perceived marks of poetry and genius, from which we formed a favourable estimation of this author's future works. Our prophecy, however, was not true, or it has been counteralied by a more malignant and powerful spirit. In these miscellaneous Poems, we see occasional gleams of genius and of wit; but the imitations of Peter Pindar are too close, and the attempted witticism too often falls fort of its destined mark. The probationary odes are greatly below those formerly publihed under this title, and the plays scarcely rise above mediocrity. In Mort, . chill penury' seems to have repressed his rising spirit; or, compelled to write haltily, he has feldom written with his former powers. Sketches of Female Education, parily original, and partly feledted from the most approved Authors; for the Infiruction and Amusement of Young Ladies, both in public Seminaries and private Families. By Tbomas Broom. 12mo. 35. Law and Son. 1791.

formed men,

These little Sketches cannot be charged with abstruseness: they are rather childishly familiar, and contemptuously perspicuous. That, however, may be no fault; and the instructions in general, which scarcely soar beyond the merelt elements, are feldom erro. neous. We only regret that, according to the present system, it is necessary to give females the semblance of science : it inspires a forward confidence, but it can never proceed fo far as greatly to improve the mind. Précis de l'Histoire de France, depuis l'Etablissement de la Mo.

narchie jusqu'a nos jours. A concise History of France, from the the firji Efiablifoment of the Monarcby to the present Time, extracted from the best Writers. By M. des Carrieres. Vol. II. 8vo. 75. Boards. Cadell. 1791.

We formerly gave some account of our author's firit volume, The second displays equal care, judgment, and impartiality: on the subject of a professed compilation we cannot be more full. This seond volume was to have comprehended the whole, but the materials were too numerous, and a third may confequently be expected in due time, including an account of the revolution : at present it concludes with the reign of Louis XIV. A View of the Naval Force of Great Britain, &c. &c. To which

are added Observations and Hints for the Improvement of the Na. val Service. By an Officer of Rank. 8vo. 55. Boards. Sewell, 1791.

This work is a very valuable one, not so much in the line which its title points out, as in the accidental obfervations on va. rious branches of the sea-service, which seem to require regulation, and on the growth of timber, which demands attention and encouragement. Our author's remarks, on the registering of sea

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