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raders are varied and well discriminated; the language polished and elegant, while a minute knowledge of the human heart, and a pretty extensive acquaintance with some branches of science, not generally understood, may be traced in different parts of it. The eager, tumultuous, enthusiasm of Woodville is well contrafted with the cold selfith passion of fir Peter Lumm; the innocent artless af. fection of Mary interests our feelings, and makes us with the event had been fortunate. The author had evidently the late political contests in his view, and takes every opportunity of pointing out generosity, candour, a nice sense of honour, jealous of the mi. nutest stain, as the exclusive characteristics of ancient families, and the opposite qualities as often connected with the novi homines, the upitarts of the moment, the accidental minions of a fortunate conjun&ure. It is a question that we should wish to see discussed with coolness ; and at the same time the effects of commerce, of an influx of money, and its attendants, should be traced with a cool precision, and a philosophical accuracy. We have occasionally glanced at it; but it is a question more intricate than it will at forft appear, and will require much knowledge which the interefted, monied men artfully conceal.-The poetry interspersed is generally pleasing, and often highly poetical : we regret only that it is sometimes too in artificially, sometimes, perhaps, unnatarally introduced.

M É DICA L. A Treatise on Air, containing new Experiments and Thoughts on

Combustion ; being a full Investigation of M. Lavoisier's Syfem, &c. By R. Bewley, M. D. 8vo. 35. 6d. Evans. 1791.

After a careful examination of Dr. Bewley's, alias Dr. Harrington's, system and opinions, we can safely pronounce them triling and erroneous. With this decision we must leave him; and if the public decides differently, we will be contented to lose the fare of its esteem which we have long laboured to acquire. A new Colleâion of Medical Prescriptions, distributed into twelve

Classes, and accompanied with Pharmaceutical and Praktical Remarks, exhibiting a View of the present State of the Materia Medica both at Home and Abroad. By a Member of the Royal College of Physicians. 12m0. 35. Baldwin.

1791. This Collection, from the works chiefly of foreign authors, is compiled with great judgment and ability, After a careful examination, we can pronounce it to contain more juft observa. tions, and fewer trifles or errors, than any work of this kind; and to be an excellent guide for the younger, or memento for the older practitioners. Of those articles in the Materia Medica which CR. R. N. AR. (IV.) March, 1992.. Bb


have been introduced within these few years, a fhort, comprehen: five, and judicious account is added. Its being a compilation alone prevents us from giving a more extensive view of the work.

As in some of the copies an extract of hemlock is ordered with. out any particular information respecting the extract to be employed, we are requested to inform the public, that Storck's extract is meant, which is about double the strength of the London • infpiffated juice.'- In the unfold copies a note on this subject is added at the end. Part of our author's letter, with fome remarks, we have taken the liberty to publish in oar Correspondence.

MISCELLANEOUS, Extraëls, elegant, instructive, and entertaining, in Profe; felesed

from the beft modern Authors, and disposed under proper Heads : intended to alift in introducing young Persons to an Acquaintance with ujeful and ornamental Knowledge. Large 8vo. 10. 6d. bound. Rivingtons, &c. 1791.

The present, and the two following articles, although they be. long to a class of books which do not demand much critical notice, are entitled to a place in our Monthly Catalogue, from their obvious utility, and from the attention which, in our former volumes, we have paid to fimilar publications, when judicioufly compiled. This volume consists of five books. The firit contains a variety of moral and religious extracis. The second and third books conhilt of selections on critical and classical subjects, and orations and characters from ancient and modern bistorians. The fourth book conialas narratives, dialogues, and other humourous and entertaiping pieces. The fifth book consists of short introductions 10 geography, aitronomy, chronology, natural history, and of chronological tables of remarkable events, and of the æra, the country, and the writings of learned men.--Thefe extracts are taken from the works of our most valuable and approved authors, and appear well adapted to the design mentioned in the title-page. They contain, a'io, a greater quantity and variety of valuable matter, than we have observed in any similar compilations. This remark has been particularly suggested by our noticing the contents of the fifth book, which have been selected with great care and accuracy from' such authors as have laid down the first principles of those branches of knowledge, in the most compendious and intelligbile cerms,' correfied according to the latest improvements and discoveries. On the whole, this work deserves to be warmly recommended, as an instructive and pleasing companion to young persons in the course of a school. education. Extracis, elegant, infructive, and entertaining, in Poetry; from pollesses similar recommendations with the extracts in prose. Numerous and pleasing selections have been made from the works of our inost celebrated writers; and many of those poems, which have received the stamp of universal approbation, are inserted entire. The following account, taken from the preface to the volume, will inform our readers of the nature of its contents. The first book is composed of pieces on sacred and moral subje&ts: the second of didactic, descriptive, narrative and pathetic pieces. The third book contains extracts from our best dramatic writers, and particularly Shakspeare; the last edition of whose works, by Mr. Malone, has been closely followed. To the fourth book, which is epic and miscellaneous, the works of Spenser, Milton, and Pope, have largely contributed. The fifth book consists, chiefly, of ludicrous poems, epigrams, songs, ballads, prologues, epilogues, and yarious other little pieces, intended for amusement and diverfion, Epifles, elegant, familiar, and instructive, selected from the beft

the inoji approved Authors, &c. bring similar in Design to Extraits in Proe. Large 8vo. 1os. 63. bound. Rivingtons, &c. 1791. This volume, with respect to the manner in which it is executed, 7


Writers, ancient as well as modern ; intended for the Improvement of young Perfons, and for general Entertainment : being a proper Supplement 10 Extratts in Prose and in Poetry. Large 8vo. gs. bound. Rivingtons, &c. 1791.

This collection of the letters of eminent men is the most copi. ous that ever has been offered to the public within the compass of one volume, and at such a trilling expence. It contains a variety, which must afford gratification to readers of every taste and description, while to young persons it exhibits admirable models for epistolary correspondence. The first book consists of a selection from Melmoth's Translation of the celebrated letters of Ci. cero and Pliny. The second book contains letters written by persons of our own nation, fome of them at a very carly period, and most of them by persons of great and distinguished characters. Among others, we meet with several taken from the curious col. lection of fir John Fenn, the correspondence of the Sydney family, the letters of the celebrated Howell, those of lady Rachael Rufiel, and the correspondence of Mr. Locke, Mr. Molyneux, and lord Shaftesbury. The third book is formed from the colloca tions of letters which passed between Mr. Pope and his friends ; from those of bishop Rundle to Mrs. Sandys; archbishop Herring to William Duncombe, efq; archbishop Secker, bishop Gibson, the countess of Hartford, afterwards the duchess of Somerset, and lord Birrington, to Dr. Watts ; Dr. Warburton to Dr. Doddridge, &c. &c. The fourth and fifth books consist of the letters of Mr. Shenllone, Mr. West, Mr. Gray, Mr. Sterne, Dr. Johnson, and their respective friends,

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Memorial 25. 6.


1 of tbe present State of Poland. 8vo.


1791. The Russian armament was considered by this nation as absurd ard impolitic. We have more than once hinted, that it was imposible the whole scheme hould be no more than procuring better terms of peace for the Turks, and suggested that new commercial views were probably the foundation of the attempt. The Memorial before us, attributed to our ambassador at Warsaw, explains the whole plan : and, after mature confideration, we can venture to pronounce it equally able, fpirited, and enlightened. It would have opened new sources of commercial wealth, and united the Baltic to the Black Sea by a country favourable to this nation and her manufactures. The temper of the Poles did not, however, bear with patience the proposition of ceding Dantzic 10 Pruffia; and undoubtedly the whole would have been purchafed too dear by a Russian war. The reply to the memorial, which accompanies it, is the work of no common hand. The great

obe jeet at issue is, whether by the aid of Poland, we can dispense with the commerce of Russia. On this subject, the facts are not yet sufficiently ascertained. . We doubt not but the minister will fill keep this new tract of commerce in his eye: there are many methods still remaining, by which the duties at Dantzic may be lesened for English commodities, or perhaps baics may be held out for declaring it a free port. Either circumstance mult he highly advantageous for this nacion. We cannot conclude without adding, that the notes of the editor are equally weak and virulent. A decided, determined, opposition to the minister is conspicuous, and the source is sufficiently obvious. An Elay on the Art of Dying, by James Martin, Silk Dyer, Svo.


Martin. 1792.

This little Essay is a very useful and judicious one. It is intended to direct ladies in their determinations refpe&ting dying, by showing the colours which will beft admit of any variation of hue, and the kinds of filks belt adapted for it. Mr. Martin frums well acquainted with his business, and the philosophical chemilt will find some hints, incidentally, and seemingly unintentionally, scattered in this Essay, from which he may derive information. A Narrative of Facis relating to some Time Keepers constructed by

Mr. 9. Muage, for the Discovery of the Longitude at Sea. 8vo. 35. Payne and Son,

1792. The excellency of Mr. Mudge's time-keepers are well known; and, by their means, the longitude is undoubtedly ascertained to cvery useful purpose. It is with regret we hear that this very

admirable invention is pposed by Dr. Maikelyne, the patron of


observations and astronomical tables. Each in different situations would be of service; nor, in the view of a philosopher, ought these different attempts to interfere with each other. Of the jur. tice of the charge we can offer no opinion: Mr. Mudge, however, speaks with candour and apparent propriety. Free Masonry for the Ladies ; or, the Grand Secret disclosed. 12mo.

Bew. 1792.


The ladies, it is said, are admitted on the continent to the lodges of the masons, and, with a few exceptions, to the whole fecret.' The ladies in this country, we know not why, are less trusted. We suppose the author can justify to himself the having revealed so much as he has done in the present pamphlet; but, while we respect the truth, the sincerity, the cordial active benevolence of malons, we feel much disgust at the trifling nonsense of their supposed ceremonies. The not eating the kernels of the ple may probably be fimilar to the Pythagorean institution, aba itine a fabis. The Roman Hisory, continued from the second Century of the Chris

rian Æra'to the Destruction of the Greek Empire by the Turks. 12mo. 35. 6d. Dilly. 1792.

The author of this compilation seems to have availed himself chiefly of Mr. Gibbon's · Decline of the Roman Empire."" The abridgement contains an account of the principal events during that period ; but will prove less interesting to many readers, as the compiler has avoided giving any detail of the theological controverfies, which had no small influence on the public transactions in those times. : Mr. Warburton dedicates the volume to viscount Stormont's eldest son, whom he styles the honourable lord David William Murray,' Flattery has so long prevailed in dedications, that it may now perhaps be congidered as an indispensible ingre. dient; but such a misnomer seems to be a new species in the art of adulation. The Triumphs of Reason; exemplified in Seven Tales. Second Edition.

Williams. 1792. These little tales are written in a perspicuous, elegant style, and are well calculated to allift the cause of religion and virtue. A new and difline View of the memorable Action of tbe 27th of July

1778. In wbich the Whole of the Afperfions cast on the Characters of the Flag Officers are shown to be totally unfounded; and the Miscarriage traced 10 its true Caufe. By Robert Beatson, Esq. 8vo.

Strahan. 1791. The naval action, of which this author treats, has already been the subject of much enquiry and observation; and the accounts of it have, in general, been greatly tinctured with the prejudices of





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