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Art. 23. A Letter to the Jury who conviêled Mr. Shelly the Sil

versmith, of receiving Place, knowing it to have been stolen; dedicated to the Right Honourable Sir Watkin Lewis, Knight, Lord Mayor of the City of London. By Robert Holloway, Aitorney at Law. 8vo. Is. Brewman. ,

Afier a dedication of an odd complexion, so mysteriously expressed that we are obliged to give it credit for more than we can comprebend, the writer endeavours to Thew, from the circumfances of the transaction, that Mr. Shelly met with hard treatment in being con. vided of the crime for which he was indified.

N. Art. 24. A candid Defence of the Character and Conduct of Sir

Hugh Palliser, Bart, Vice Admiral of the White. 8vo. 2 s. Ni. coll, 178.1.

A dispaffionate state of facts, which might perhaps contribute to leffen tbe odium that so eagerly pursued ihe gentleman in quellion ; were it not that the subje&t is now superseded in the public notice by others of more recent date, and that there are few who are disposed to undergo the trouble of examining opinions they have once politive. ly maintained. . Art. 25. The Defence of the Rev. Reginald Bligh, of Queen's

College, Cambridge, A. B. against the President and Fellows of that Society; who rejected him as an improper Person for a Fellow, on the i2th of January 1780, upon the pretence of his want of fufficient learning to qualify him for that itarion, 8vo. 1 s. 6 d. Almon.

Mr. Bligh's appeal not lying properly before our court, we shall not offer to enter into its merits, any farther than to observe, that it furnishes no internal evidence to call in question the decision against which he so loudly complains, being ill written, scurrilous, and yulgar. Art. 26. Remarks on Prints intended to be published, relative to

the Manners, Cuftoms, &c. of the present inhabitants of Egypt; from drawings made on the spot, A. D. 1749. By Richard Dale too, Esq. 8vo. 18. Elmily, &c. 1781.

In this tract Mr. D. gives an account of the causes which conspired to prevent his publication of “ Twelve Historical designs of Raphael, " and the Mufæum Græcum et Egyptiacum,” illustrated by prints intended to be published from his drawings. That undertaking was announced to the lovers of antiquity and the police arts, in the year 1752, by a small pamphlet, entitled Remarks, &c. of which we gave some account in the oth volume of our Review, number for February in the same year. We refer our Readers to these new Remarks for the ingenious Author's reasons for having relinquished that de. fign, as well as for the particulars relative to his present undertaking. We have only to add, on this occasion, that the Public may hope for great fati:fačiion and entertainment from the inspection of Mr. Dal. ton's intended.prints; the drawings for which are made from sketches taken on the spot, at the time above mentioned; and in which they will meet with much that is new, and nothing but what may be safely depended on, in point of authenticity. We must not omit to men. ţion, that the present pamphlet is rendered peculiarly amusing, by a

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number of anecdotes, and circumstances, descriptive and hiftorical, relative to Egypt, Arabia, &c. &c.

NOVEL S. Art. 27. Masquerades; or what you will. By the Author of

Eliza Warwick, &c. Small 8vo. 4 Vols. 12 s. bound. Bew, 1780.

We have already had the honour of paying our respects to the Wri: ter of this Novel. The praise we formerly beitowed, is ftill more copiously merited.

The story, on which the present work is founded, is too long and 100 complicated to admit of an abridgment in our Journal. Perhaps it will be deemed tedious and prolix; and here and there the cauto. logy of love may disgust the cold and more critical reader. But with all its redundancies and imperfections, we think this is a very inte. reiling and entertaining Novel: and we fincerely with that all who love like Osmond and julia may thare in the bliss which, after a Thousand viciffitudes and perplexities (the best crials of love !) crown. ed their fincerity; while to treachery we can with no severer punihment than Lady Somerville met with, when, instead of gaining the object of her licentious desires, the only haftened the consummation of a rival's happiness, and food detected to the world as a compound of the most dereftable viccs.

After this encomium on the general merit of these volumes, the Author will excuse us if we point out a great defect in its moral tendency.-- Dissimulation, and even downright falsehood, are, in several places, charged to the account of the best characters of the story, without any marked disapprobation, from their own consciences, or the Writer's pen. We know the common apology that is made on these occasions. But truth is too sacred to be dispensed with, on such flight accounts--if it be even warrantable, on what may be deemed, the moft important and presling occurrence of human life. Even bere, truth should not be lo sported with as to make it crouch to ne. ceflity, without ftrong reluctance or deep repentance. We admire the delicacy and fine address of Fielding on this subject. The virtuous and amiable Sophia is represented as miserable through the whole night, because her modesty had tempted her to deny, to the jealous Lady Bellafton, that she had any knowledge of Tom Jones. 'i'be re. fined texture of her soul was so shocked by this inroad on her moral principles, that no excuses or arguments that self-love could make use of, availed to reconcile her conduct to her conscience. - We have another objection to the morality of this performance. The writer represents the virtuous Julia, who is the finest and best character in this Novel, as not only indifferent to the fandity of the Sabbath, but as pleading for a breach of its common decorum. In a letter, dated Sunday morning three o'clock, she is represented as delivering her sentiments on Sunday-amusements, in the following vain, and, we think, irreligious manner. For the sake of decency, perhaps, you think I ought to suppress this date, as it too plainly tells, we have suffered the Sabbath to shine in upon our revels. The French make no account of such encroachments; nay, their balls, plays, &c. are in preference given on Sundays : and from my having lived some years amongst them, I am so far reconciled to the custom,

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as to imagine there can be no harm in enjoying on that day innocent amusements. I am by no means fingular in the opinion; for every dancer was inspired with more life and spirit after twelve than before; aod teftified no scruples in indulging themselves in their recreations.'

We affe&t no puritanical airs of unrelaxed formality and stiffness. But, putting the pofitive ordinance of God out of the question, we view the institution of the Sabbath, as an obje& of great political consequence; and are convinced from observation and reading, that in proportion as a nation relaxes into indifference with refpect to the Sabbath, fo proportionably it degenerates into every species of vice and immorality which are the curle and disgrace of a country! 1... Art. 28. Distressed Virtue, or the History of Miss Harriet Nelo

son; in which is included the unbappy Story of Miss Caroline Le-
nox. In a series of Letters, 12mo, 3 Vols. 95. Noble, 1781.

• I am aware (says the Author), that many, on reading this little Work, will throw it aside with much disdain.' We are very muck. of the Author's opinion.

- B...k. MEDICAL. Art. 29. Observations, Medical and Political, on the Small-pox

and Inoculation ; and on the Decrease of Mankind at every Ace.
with a comparative View of the Diseases most fatal to London duro
ing Ninety Years. Including an Attempt to demonstrate in what
manner London may save near 2000, Great Britain and Ireland
between 20,000 and 30,000, and Europe about 390,000 lives an-
nually. By W. Black, M. D. 8vo. 2 s. 6d. Johoson, 1781.

This Author begins his work with a short account of the origin of the small-pox and measles; their early treatment, the introduction of inoculation, and its success; and the proportions dying in the natural and inoculated small-pox. He then pretty much at length enters into the controversy between Baron Dimsdale and the patrons of the inoculating dispensary in London, very warmly taking part with the latter, and animadverting on the Baron with more strength than liberality. As we have already declared our opinion on this head, and shown in how small a compass the stress of the argument lies, we may excuse ourselves from taking further notice of this new dis. putant. We are obliged, however, by our duty to the Readers of the Review, to apprize them, that they will be much disappointed with the conclusion of this chapter, ro oftentatiously held forth in the title. page as a project for saving such multitudes of lives; as it is nothing more than a crude bint, thrown out in a sentence or two, of the ada vantages which would result from universal inoculation at an early age, or a total extermination of the small-pox. This is so obvious a matter, that unless the Author had some probable scheme to offer for effecting these great purposes, he might as well have said nothing about it.

The remainder of the work consists of extracts from bills of morta. lity, with various observations, some of the Author's own, but the greater part taken from other writers, A commentary of some length is given upon all the diseases returned in the London bills; but the Author himself appears fufficiently aware of the little dependence to be placed upon lifts formed in so careless and ioaccurate a manger.

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Art. 30. 1 Treatise of Midwifery, comprehending the Manage.

ment of Female Complaints, and the Treatment of Children in early

Infancy. To which are added, I'rescriptions for Women and 'Children, and Directions for preparing a variety of Food and Drinks, adapted to the circumstances of lying-in Women. Divefted of technical terms and abitruse theories. By Alexander Hamilton, Professor of Midwifery in the University of Edinburgh, and Member of the Royal College of Surgeons. 8vo, 6 s. boards, Murray, 1781.

This is a very complete system of every thing necessary to be learned by female practitioners in the obstetric art. I. is sufficiently plain and intelligible for a reader of any tolerable education, and appears in ge.. Reral founded on the most rational principles and approved practice. If the venerable filterhood were all capable of fudying such a work as this, and unprejudiced enough to be directed by it, we would ventore to promise Chem, that they would regain a great part of what they complain of having lost by the usurpations of the other sex. Art. 31. A foort Enquiry into the Merit of Solvents, fo far as

may be necessary in compare them with the operation of Lithotomy. By Jere Whitaker Newman, Member of the Corporation of Surgeons, London, 8vo, I s. 6 d. Dodney, 1781.

We do not imagine that at present any great reliance is placed on the proposed solvenis for the lone; at the same time we cannor be furprised that such an operation as that of lithotomy is not submit:ed to without delay and reluctance. The present Writer's remarks on this subject are lepsible enough, but, we apprehend, they will not be thought new, Art. 32. Some Observations on the Origin and Progress of the

Atrabilious Conftitution and Gout, Chap. 4. containing the regular cardinal Fit. By William Grant, M. D. 8vo. Is. 6 d. Cadeil, 1781.

This ingenious physician, whose former tract on this subject. we perared with conliderable satisfaction, proceeds, in that before us, in his plan of giving a plain and pradical treatise on the gour. He judiciously takes Sydenham for his guide in the present pari, quoting largely from that admirable Writer, and subjoining his own remarks by way of commentary. We find no particular observations which it seems important to point out to our medical readers; but we do not hesitate to recommend the whole to the perusal of those who wish to acquire such a knowledge of this disease as may enable them to di, rect themselves or others in the safeit and most judicious method of managing it. Art. 33. An Esay on Culinary Poisons ; containing Cautions

selative to the Ule of Laurel Leaves, Hemlock, Muthrooms, Cop. per Vessels, Earthen Jars, &c. wich Observations on the Adulte. ration of Bread and Flour, and the Nature and Properties of Wa. ter. Svo, i s. Kearsly, 1781.

A plain concile creatise, deligned for the use of good housewives, who may derive froin it fome valuable inftruction.

See Review for July 1780, p. 60,

RÉ LI ĠIO O s. Art. 34. Orthodoxy and Charity united: Three Conferences, be.

tween a rigidly Orihodox, and a Moderate Man, on the Importe ance of any Human Explication of the Doctrine of the Trinity; being an Attempt towards putting an End to the Tripicarian Controversy. To which is now prehxed, a New Introduction, obviar. ing tome Objections, and an Abitract of an Efray against Uncharitableness. By the late Rev. J. Watis, D. D. &vo. is. Exeter, printed for the Author; sold by Buckland, London.

We have here a new edition of a tract first published about two years ago, entitled, The Importance of Truth, &c. it was commended in our Review for May 1779; and it is now republished with che above mentioned Introduction. To the whole is prefixed the following

APOLOGY to the Public: - More than enough has doubless been written, by persons in all the various sentiments, on the doctrine of the Tripity; so chat the world is almost weary of the subject, and every fresh publication is likeJy to be received with disgust.

• It is hoped, however, that an attempt towards pulling an end to the controversy, by reconciling the contending parties, may claim from all, and will find from the candid, some peculiar indulgence.

" The following introduction has a reference to another Efay, as well as this, proper to be bound with this, and published by the same author, viz. Chriftian Catholicifm defended : being a vindication of Mr. Fawcete's Candid Refleciions, &c.'

The following Extra&t from p. 3, of the new Introduction may be givea as honefly expresive of the worthy Author's leading view, in the two tracts already referred to, viz. “That after all thewarm contentions in which Chrillians have for so many centuries engaged on this point of doćirine, they do do not really differ so widely in their opinions about what is most material in it, as they are generaily supposed to do: and that thole who are commonly censured as unfound in their principles, and by some ever thought of with abhorrence, for their suppoled denial of the DEITY OF OUR BLESED REDEEMER, do not in fad deny that doetrine, any more than those roho are called ORTHO. Dox. If this can be proved, I apprehund it will contribuce more towards the promoting of charity, than any other argument,'

In page 1!, the Ausbor makes the following declaration, which we recommend to such of our Readers who pay particular attention co theological invettigation“, viz. • If any of my honoured brethren or fathers in the ministry are till diffatisfied wich what I have written, and think that it has a dangerous tendency, I now jovice any one of them to make his remarks, either in writing or in print, and promise to pay them all due attention, I do moft earnelly wish to see the sub. jea of these papers fairly and impartially investigated, and thould be glad to carry on a correfpondence with any calm opponent, in the manner of Dr. Price and Dr. Pricitiey on ano:her subject, baving no object in view but the discovery of truth, which cannot suffer by a free discussion.'

* See Monthly Review for October 1780, p. 316.

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