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troducedSince that time the public have universally coma. plained, (and every year more and more) as well of the greater dearness, as of the much worfe quality of bread, though unacquainted with the true foundation of their complaints, for which a variety of false and ridiculous caufes have been alligned, and remedies impraticable, anti-commercial, and dangerous, abfurdly proposed."

Our author is a strenuous advocate for the landholder andi the farmer, and believes himself the most important of all im. portant confiderers upon this fubject:

24. Considerations on the Expediency of raising, at this Time of ge

neral Dearth, the Wages of Servants that are noi Domestic, particularly Clerks in Public Offices. 8vo. Pr. is. Nicoll.

This painphlet is very feelingly written, being intended, as a second title expresses, to convey " thoughts on a modern polition, that clerks in public offices ought not to marry, and that: fifty pounds a year is abundantly sufficient for their fubsistence ; in a letter to a merchant of London.”

The author is a warm, and indeed a fenfibile, advocate for raising the wages of clerks in public offices, especially at this time, when the price of the necessaries of life is so much enhancedo. He gives us a detail of the expences, fare, and furniture of a clerk at fifty pounds a year, and shews very plainly that let • hiin live ever so oeconomically, it is iinposlible he can save at the year's end above twenty thillings and nine-pence, without allowing him, at his own coft, one night at Sadler's-wells, one drop of wine or punch, one dish of tea or coffee, one pennyworth of fruit, one pipe of tobacco, or one pinch of snuff.

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25. An Appeal to the Public :: or, Confiderations on the Dearness of Corn, c 8vo.

Keith. Agriculture has lately employed as many pens as ploughs ; and this author, like all his brethren who write upon the subject, offers his noftrum, which he says, is infallible for procuring relief to the poor. He thinks that if the bounty, on exported corn be reduced about to th, or ith part, it could not prejudice trade, but would contribute to pacify the people, and by preventing the neceflity of embargoes, or acts of prohibition, would prove an ease to parliament. He declares against withdrawing the bounties on exported corn, as well as erecting magazines in every county; and in his preface obferves very juftly, that writers on this subject have been so numerous, that it is. become ftale.

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-25. The true Interest of Great Britain, in regard to the Trade and

Government of Canada, Newfoundland, and the Coaff of La-
brador. Shewing the Abfurdity of appointing military and naval
Officers to rule over a commercial People ; and the great Uneasiness
and Prejudice that is occasioned by such unnatural Appointments ;
which are made more through Interest than Merit. 8vo.
6d. Williams.

Another noftrum-monger-All in the wrong! and this naetion never can be happy till his majesty shall be pleased to dif-card governor-general Murray, governor admiral Palliser, and governor captain Johnston, and take this author into his privy council, by way of introduciion to his being appointed first minister of state.

27. A Letter to the Earl of Bute, -upon his Union with the Earl of

Chatham, in Support of the popular Measure of a Four Shillings
Land-Tax, Fol. Pr. 6d. Almon.

This writer is very angry with the supposed connection between the two noble lords mentioned in his title-page ; and defires the earl to whom he addrefl:s his letter, to take care of his own head, if he does not pursue measures which are neceffary for his own and the public safety, meaning fuch measures as he (the author) shall please to prescribe. 28. Letters which have pased between John Beard, Esq; Manager of Covent Garden Theatre, and John Shebbeare, M.D. 8vo. Pri is. Kearfly.

This pamphlet contains an arraignment of Mr. Beard for keeping a comedy of Dr. Shebbeare's two years, and then refusing to act it, because he did not think it fit for the stage. 29. The French Flogged, or, the British Sailors in America, a

Farce of two Aets, as it was perforined at the Theatre Royal
Covent-Garden. 8vo.

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Williams. If we had not actually perused this performance, we could not have believed that so much nonsense could have been committed to print. 30. Phillis at Court; a Comic Opera of three Aes. As it is now performing, with great Applause, at the Theatre-Rayal in CrowStreet, Dublin. The Mufc by Sigrior Tomaso Giordani. -8vo. · Pr. 15.

Williams. The reader, upon perusal, will perceive this comic opera to be no other than the late Mr. Lloyd's opera called The Capricious Lovers, with a few infignificant alterations.

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31. The Ghost a Comedy of Two sets. As it is performed, with great Applause, at ibe Theatre in Smock-Alley, Dublin. 8vo.

Williams, Though we can bestow no extravagant encomiums upon this comedy, or its catastrophe, yet we think it fuperior to some other pieces performed at the same theatre, which we have lately reviewed.

32. The Case of Miss Leslie, and her three Sifters; the Manufac

lurers of Thread for Lace, equal to any Foreign ; in an Address to ihe Public, but particularly to the Patriotic Societies, for the Encouragement of Arts and Manufactures, published at the Request, and by the Difire of several Persons of Distinction. 8vo. Pr, 6d. Cadeil.

Miss Leslie and her filters must have been guilty of the most atrocious forgeries, or they are greatly injured by their opposers. We never saw a more satisfactory case than this, to prove that vast sums may be saved to the nation by encouraging their inanufacture. Even the chief objection which can be urged against it pleads strongly in its favour, for the more money it may require in carrying it into execution, the greater will be the saving to the public.

As a supplement to the cafe before us we muft observe, that this nation is in a deplorable situation, if a little cabal of selfinterested managers can defeat that public spirit which the legislature (withont mentioning the efforts of the Patriotic Society in the Strand) has so gloriously exerted for the extension and improvement of our arts and manufactures.

33. A New Topic of Conversation. 8vo. Pr. is. 6d. Bladon,

Though the author of this pamphlet is an indifferent writer, yet his subject is important; and perhaps some restriction to the vast temptation of that species of usury introduced by tradesmen giving long credit to their customers, would be one of the most useful regulations that could come under the confideration of the legislature.

34. A Differtation upon Head Dress; together with a Vindication of High Coloured Hair, and of those Ladies on whom it grows: the whole submitted to the Connoiseurs in Tafte, whether Ancient or Modern, of what Nation or Kingdom foever. By an English Periwig-Maker. 8vo. Pr. Is.' Williams.

This pamphlet surpasses comprehension, and is unworthy of the least attention.

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The French Verbs, or a new Grammar, in the Form of a Dice tionary. Containing all the irregular Verbs of the French Language, conjugated at full Length, according to the newest Decisions of ibe Academy. Digefied in fo ealy a Manner, that not only Brginners, but even those who write the Language, though unable to , Jpeak it, may infruct and perfect themselves without the Afitance of a Mafter. 12.mo. Pr. 35. 6d. Vaillant.

Every one acquainted with the French language knows, that the intricacies of the irregular verbs render it the most difficult for foreigners to speak or write with propriety; and this pocket Dictionary, which is the only one of the kind we have met with adapted to the English, will certainly be serviceable to thofe who are desirous, of attaining the niceties of the French tongue. 36. The Looking-Glass : or Portrait of Life. Exemplified in Twentyfour Dialogues. To, which are added, moral Reflexions proper 10 be impreffed on the Minds of Youth. 8vo. Pr. Is. Noble.

A young spark having spent an evening at a club, gives his father an account of his entertainment, and the characters of the company ; which he describes in alphabetic order. Almost the whole society, according to his representation, are knaves, fools, or coxcombs. On each character the old gentleman takes occasion to make some remarks, calculated to guard his son against the foibles he has described.

The fatber's observations, though trite and obvious, are generally pertinent and just.

37. The Arithmetic of Infinites, and the Differential Method; il

luftrated by Examples. 8vo. Pr. 75. 6d. Nourse. The first attempt towards the investigating of curvilineal. areas, by considering them as the limits of circumscribed or inscribed figures of a more simple kind, was made by Lucas Valerius ; but afterwards Cavalerius, an Italian, about the year 1635 advanced his method of indivisibles, in which he abbreviated the demonstration of the antients, and removed the indirect form of reasoning used by them of proving the equality or proportion between lines and spaces, from the impossibility of their having any different relation, by applying to those curve magnitudes the fame direct kind of proof before applied to right lined quantities.

The Arithmetica Infinitorum of Dr. Wallis was the next improvement of this kind which appeared before the invention of fluxions. Archimedes had considered the sums of the terms in arithmetical progression, and of their squares only (or rather the limits of these sums only) as being fufficient for the men

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furation of the figures he had examined. Dr. Wallis treats this subject in a very general manner, and assigns fimilar limits for the sums of any powers of the terms, whether the exponents be integers or fractions, positive or negative. Having discovered one general theorem which includes all others of this kind, he then composed new progreflions, froin various aggregates

of these terms, and enquired into the sums of the powers of these terms, by which he was enabled to measure accurately, or by approximation, the areas of figures of any fort. He fupposes the progressions to be continued to infinity, and inveftigates, by a kind of induction, the proportion of the sum of the powers, to the production that would arise by taking the greateft power as often as there are terms. It must indeed be confeffed, that his demonstrations, as well as some of his ex, preffions, (especially when he speaks of quantities more than infinite) are not entirely unexceptionable ; however, it is certain this valuable treatise contributed to produce the great improvements which foon after followed.

Sir Isaac Newton has accomplished what Cavalerius wished for, by inventing the method of fluxions, beyond which nothing farther can perhaps be expected, unless, with Mr. Ditton, we conclude that the next improvement will be the science of purę Intelligences.

The work before us is divided into three parts. In the first part the arithmetic of infinites, and the differential method of calculation, are treated with elegance and propriety ; the second contains the chief properties of the conic-sections, demonitrated in an easy, comprehensive, and concise manner, entirely freed from those analytical investigations with which treatises of this kind are too generally perplexed; and in the third and last part we meet with feveral new and interesting properties of the most useful mechanical curves, as the concoid, ciffoid, cycloid, &c. together with a great variety of curious dir. coveries relating to the doctrine of curve-lined geometry.

We therefore recommend this work to the perusal of such as would rise above mediocrity in the mathematical sciences, especially as the ingenious author has (in our opinion) treated his subject in such an eafy and familiar manner as to be readily understood by the generality of his readers.

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38. The Triumph of Inoculation ; a Dream. 410. Pr. is. Payne. . This dream, as we learn from the preface, was originally addrefred, in the course of an epiftolary correspondence, to the late lady Mary Wortley Montague, and, which is of more importance, was honoured with her ladyship’s approbation. It is well known, that it was by this lady inoculation was firft in

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