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

Eliz. Ogilvy Benger ; written at the Age of Thirteen. 410. 25.

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. What specimen shall we select ? Will Mrs. Griffiths know herself in the following mirror?

« Of learning Griffiths is, and wit, pofleft * ;
Her genius heaven with gifts peculiar bleft;
A polish'd elegance her language smoothes,
While pure morality the mind improves;
Nor only wit and elegance combine,
The taste to please and manners to refine:
Just satire, 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 caffern Poetry.

410. 1s. Nicol. 1791. The subtance of Abel's Prayer, in ineasured prose, divided into verses. The work is indeed magnificently printed; but what advantage is gained from its new form, we are not told, and cannot discover. Bagatelle; or, obe Baib Anniversary. A Poem. 8vo. 15. 6d.

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 boot on Shakspeare; the celebrated Letters of Henry and Frances were the productions of Mr. and Mrs. Griffiths; they have produced several novels. Tlie other lady alluded to, on Shakspeare, is Mrs. Montagne, mentioucd in the first canto.

Crit. Rey. N. AR. (IV.) Jan. 1792.. I cal;

cal; for Artey has monopoliseu the Helicon of Somersethhire, and .
numerous inacuracies would now that, at least, our author has
been churiiihly denied one drop. These are some imitations from
the clasiiis, it not notoriously incorrect, shamefully lame 'Fired
wich lubricity,' can be only apologised for by recollecting · Ni-
mium lubricus afp:ci,' and the apology will be generally confi.
dered as insuficient. The Englich of ducere' is undoubtedly to
lead; but is the following line a trandation of vivos duc nt de mar-
more vulcus!
"O'er the pale marble living features leati'

Iprig 'nia, a Nevel. 3 l'ols. '12m0. gs. Lane. 1791.

This Novel is the work of an authcr unhaćkneyed 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 icmile pen, knows as little what to conceal, as in what manner the concealment should be discovered. In short, it is in every view a trilling and improbable tory. The Hi,fory of Sir Gistry Reftless, and bis Brother Charles. By iba

Huiker of the Trifier. 2 Vols. 1?mo. 6sa 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 Rettlefs is contempti. ble. Wanlsy Penfon; or, The Melancholy Man. A Miscellaneous Hif

tury, 3 Vols. 12m9. gs. Kearley. This work will not be generally interefing, nor often called for by the readers of circulating libraries. Yet it is not void of mcrit: but its peculiar pature; the various digreslions; some of which at leait are nct very entertaining; a icry frequently interrupted, without any artificial contexture of adventures, will not please the million. In its form it rereinbles the Fool of Quali." iv;' and the introducion of Moravian tenets, with an arisúl defence of this fear, the justice of which we need not now investigate, renders the resemblance more close. In the abruptness of the occasional incroductions, and in the tender fensibility of Penfon, we perceive that the author had also in-his view the.“ Man of Feeling? Though we are not highly pleased with this work as a whole, the different parts are interelling and entertaining: The early tindern is of . Penfon for his Linny is weil defcritet; the haughty and cruel infolence of Old Sorell's oppressor is delig neated with a matierly pencil. Tom Sneil's story, though the manner, as well ::s the adventures, are 100i evidently bor

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

MEDICA L. On Elektricity; avith occasional Observations on Magnetism. By

E. Peart, M. D. 8vo. 25. 6d. Miller. 191. Dr. Peart, with some propriety and accuracy, though not in every view fatisfactorily, endeavours to confute the common fyra tem of positive and nega:ive electriciiy. He thinks that electrics per fe have an atmosphere of a fluid composed of æther and phlogiton, in a peculiar state of attraction. When rubbed, or brought within the atmosphere of an excited body, the union is destroyed, and the exrernal atmosphere consists of æther or phlogilon, according as the atmosphere of the approaching body is either phlogifton or æther; thus fubftituting two Auids instead of the positive and negative electricity. The same syltem he extends to coated plates of glass and jars. By these terms, however, he neither means the Auid of Stahl nor.of Newton; and he seems to guard Ds againi fuppofing that he employs them in any cther view than as the jedefnite letters in an algebraic calculus; but hy afterwards referring to his former work, 'the Elementary Principles of Nature,' he seems to have something more appropria ed and specific in his view. Until, however, this be more dillinctly 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 state separated. An Analysis of the Medicinal Waters of Tunbridge Wells. 8vo. 18.

Murray. 1791. We cannot recommend this Analysis as very scientifically accu. rate, nor does it add much to our knowledge. Of the aerial fluids, fixed air is in the largest proportion; of the folids, muri. ated magnesia. But the former 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 Excurfions in Literature and Criticism. By W. Ti: dal,

A. 11. 12mo. 25. 6d. Robinsons. 1791. In this elegans little volume we find some judicious observations

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and remarks, which display both taste and erudition. They are fcat. tered, however, with little order, and are rather the first organic molecules of a work, than the disjecti membra poetæ, Some of them are perhaps too concise even for this form of publication, and a few too trilling and unimportant: the observations on myfic, on Theocritus, Homer, and Milion, are by far the most inter. esting. Through the whole, Mr, Tindal appears a man of judg. ment and learning, an able defender of religion, and a friend to mankind, The Arithmetical Preceptor; or, Practical Afiftant. By R. Arnold.

12mo. 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 coinpetitors, His principal variation consists in giving first-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 m.orç clear. An Appeal to the Humanity and Equity of the Nation : and especially

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

The subject of this Appeal is a trite one : it is on the indiscriminate 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, Axecdotes of the Wyndham Family. By a la:

dy. 12m0. 25. Newbery. 1791. This is a pleasing and instructive 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 strength what it gains in apparent maturity. Reflection is the last effort of the mind in its matureft ftate: if haftened 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

Vim nda, and all those Productions which have appeared under the Signature of M. Bramble, Ejq. 8vo. 6s. 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 counteracted 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 wit. ticism too often falls short of its destined mark. The probationary odes are greatly below those formerly publidhed under this title, and the plays scarcely rise above mediocrity. In short, • cbill penury' seems to have repressed his rising spirit; or, compelled to write hastily, he has feldom written with his former powers. Sketches of Female Education, parily original, and partly selected

from the most approved Authors; for the Infiruction and Amusement of Young Ladies, both in public Seminaries and private Families. By Thomas Broom. 12mo. 35. Law and Son. 1791.

These little Sketches cannot be charged with abstruseness: they are rather childishly familiar, and contemptuously perfpicuous. 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 so far as greatly to improve the mind. Précis de l'Hifoire de France, depuis l'Etablisement de la Mo.

narchie jusqu'a nos jours. A concise History of France, from the the firft Establifoment of the Monarchy 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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