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As to the Times, they are but faintly coloured in this draught of them. Mrs Griffith views with too much delicacy the foibles of her own sex, and is too little acquainted with the irregularities of the other, to mark them with sufficient force and accuracy. We think, however, that the scene of the rout is rather too coarse a pi&ture of the assembly of a woman of fashion; and that the characters of Mr. and Mrs. Bromley are too openly profligate, even to carry on their frauds and impositions. Lady Mary and Louisa are amiable and tender; and indeed the genius of the Writer seems to delight in touches of sentiment rather than strokes of humour.
mada; a Poem. With critical Notes, explaining every prioci.
I s. 6 d. Macgowan.
This tedious chronicle in rhyme has tried our patience to its utmoit extent. If Patience, like Charity, covered the multitude of fins, ewe certainly should have few to answer for.
C.It Art. 27. Ode to Britannia (for the Year 1780), occafioned by
our late Successes. By Robert Alves, A. M. 410. 6d. Edino burgh. Creech.
Of this Ode we are sorry not to speak in the terms we could wish. Poor Britannia has been so bi-verled and be-oded, that it is no wone der a writer finds it diflicult to rise above mediocrity on such a thread, bare * subject.
Ctt Art. 28. Poems fit for a Bishop, which Two Bishops will read.
An American Prayer. Addrets to Religion. Saul a Endor, an
Upon what grounds this Writer flatters himself that two Bishops will read his poems, does not, from the poems then:selves, appear. If the two Bilhops, indeed, were Reviewers, they would then be compelled to do what mult, otherwise, in all probability, be a matter of choice. So far, however, wę may venture to say, that whoever reads either the American Prayer, or the Address to Religion, will not find much to censure.
Citat. Art. 29. The Death of Eumenio ; a Poem. By John Fawcett,
6 d. Leeds printed. Sold by Keith, &c. in London, If Mr. Fawcett's poetical talents bore any proportion to his ap: parent piery, his rivals would be few. He might extort from Envy Jerself that praise, which, at present, the most candid indulgence dares not venture to allow him. If, as we have learnt, this is the
By sbread bare, we do not mean to ipsinyatę (what fome polin picians would have ys believe) that Britannia is in ragsa
worthy Author's firft attempt, in this fpecies of writing, great allowance is to be made; and on this principle the severity of criticism is, on the present occafion, with-held.
c..á t. Art. 30. The Sea-Fight ; an Elegiac Poem, from Henry to
Laura. Founded on an original Correspondence between the Parties, in the Year 1759. Written at Sea by Charles Shillito. 419. I s. 6 d. Dodfley.
However laudable it may be to devote, as Mr. Shillito has done, the leisure hours which a sea life will sometimes afford, to literary amusements; yet, with respect to the present poem, we are sorry to say it is much too unfinished for publication.
C...... Art. 31. A Ride and Walk through Stourbead; a Poem. 4to.
I s. Rivington. 1780.
So has one seen cur-dog eight inches high
C. t. 8.
Commens, Dec. 20, 1779, on receiving the Resolutions of the Bri. tish House of Commons for granting to Ireland a free Trade. To which are added, the Speeches of some noble Lords, spoken on the same Occasion, the Day following. 8vo. 1 s. 6 d. H. Payne, &c. 1780.
It will give pleasure to the Englih reader, to observe how gratefully and handsomely the gentlemen of the Irish senate expressed themselves, on the conciliatory difpofition manifested toward them by the Britih parliament. - Although these specimens of Hibernian oratory are handed to us on unknown authority, we have no suspi. cion of their authenticity; and we hope they contain the true and general sense of that nation, in regard to the subject of BritanNia's late fifterly tokens of affection.-Some of our brethren on the other fide the channel may, however, have their own peculiar method of exprelling their fatisfaction :- like Mr. Parnell (for instance), one of the members of their House of Commons, who began his speech, on the occasion here alluded to, in the following blunt and honelt terms :-" The highest compliment I can pay to the English government, is to say, that their present conduct is the reverse of their former."
the House of Commons, by Lieutenant-General Burgoyne, and
Al. mon, 1780.
This is a publication of very considerable importance, abounding, as the title truly affirms, with authentic documents,' and affording a clear and comprehenfive view of whatever relates to the General's
conduct, throughout the whole of that memorable and unfortunate expedition, which is the subje&t of the large collection of evidence now before us. General Burgoyne 'writes well; and we have only to lament, as Englishmen, that he was not, finally, as victorious in the field *, as he is upon paper. His very interesting story is, indeed, told in a matterly manner; and the materials of which it is composed, will be held in great etlimation by the historians who fhall record the events of the unhappy war to which they owe their birth. The work is enriched with a variety of large and expensive engravings, proper for the illuftration of the military manoeuvres, &c. &c. Art. 34. The Picture Gallery: Containing near 200 Paintings,
by ihe most distinguished Ladies in Great Britain. To which are added, critical Strictures upon each Piece. 460.
3 s. Kearly. Verily this newly invented method of triking off characteristic resemblances, by a ftudied dash of the pencil, like:h me no: : it favgareth too much of the paroromafia, or the “conundrum quaint.”
MARTINUS SCRIBLERUS. Art. 35. Account of a Debate in Coachmaker's Hall. By Harum
Skarum, Esq. 8vo. I s. Kearly. 178). 'Squire Harum Skarum laughs at the disputants of Coachmaker's Hall. If his readers laugh with him, we suppose it is all that he aims at;-and if they have no objection to the low, they will here meet with the risible. Art. 36. Advice to the Unwary; or, an Abstract of certain Pe
nal Laws now in Force againit Smuggling in general, and the Adulteration of Tea; with Remarks, necessary to be read by all Persons, that they may not sun themselves into D.ficulties, or incur Penalties. 8vo. 6 d. Robinson. 1580.
Such publications as this are of great use when judiciously written; as all our statutes require a translation, or commentary, before common understandings know with certainty how to act under them.
Smugglers are as bad as house-breakers ; they rob the Public in the first instance, and undermine the fair cradesman in the second : and the sly dealers with them, however they may reconcile their doubtful bargains to profesions of honefty, and perhaps piety, are no better than receivers of stolen goods, and deserve treatment accordingly.
N. Art. 37. A Letter to the Right Worshipful William Wynne, LL.D.
Chancellor of the Diocefe of London. Containing Oblervations ön the Facts alleged, the Evidence produced, and the Sentence pronounced by him, in the Contiitoriai Court of London, on the 6th of December, 1779, in a Cause in which Dr. Hind, the late Rector of St. Anne, Westminster, was the Promoter, and his Çarate the Respondent. By the Rev. Thomas Martyn. 8vo. I S. Almon.
Expoftulates, with freedom and energy, but in the mot decent and respectful terms, with Dr. Wynne, on account of the sentence
• We mean not here to convey any relection on the General's Conduct;" 'Tis not in morials to command success."
10 s. 6 d.
which he pronounced on the abovementioned occasion. Mr. M. seems, as far as we can judge, barely from a perusal of this pamphlet, to have suficient cause of complaint. His Letter is very well written. Art 38. A View of Universal Modern History, from the Fall of
the Roman Empire. Translated from the last Edition of the celebrated Chevalier Mehegan. By H. Fox. vo. 3 Vols. 18 s. Robinson.
1779. We gave an account of the original of this work, as a foreign article, in the Appendix to our Review vol. xxxvi. We commended the performance, and gave some specimens of the Writer's animated and agreeable lyle.
RELIGIOUS and ContROVERSIAL. Art. 39. Discourses on various Subjects. By Jacob Duché, A. M.
Rector of Christ Church and St. Peter's in Philadelphia t; and formerly of Clare Hall, Cambridge. 8vo.
2 Vols. Boards. Cadell, &c. 1779.
The number of sermons in these volumes is forty-eight: the subjects of them as follows: The Character of Wisdom's Cnildren; evangelical Righteousness; the Religion of Jesus the only Source of Hap. piness; true Religion a costly and continual Sacrifice ; Truth the only Friend of Man; the Strengih and Victory of Faith; the flourishing State of the righteous; the Cause and Cure of the Disorders of human Nature ; the Riches, Privileges, and Honours of the Christian ; Chrift, known or unknown, the universal Saviour; human Life, a Pilgrimage; the true Knowledge of God; the Nativity of Christ; Poverty of Spirit; the Improvement of Times and Seasons; the universal Shepherd; the Characters of the regenerate and unsegenerate States ; 'Hope in God, the only Refuge in Distress; a nominal, or partial Belief in the Gospel, unprofitable; the Life and Death of the righteous; Jesus sleeping in the Ship; Regeneration ; St. Peter's Denial of Christ; the Sufferings of Christ; the first or fpiritual Resurrection ; a future Resurrection; the Ground and Nature of private and public Worship, &c.
Concerning these Discourses we have to observe, that they are pious and affectionate ; rather declamatory; yet fenfibie,--though the Writer, in some instances, delivers plain and important cruths with a kind of myftical air ; orthodox in some respects ; buc noi Calvinistical as to predestination. They have spirit and warmth, and at times are somewhat in the strain of the old divines : perhaps there are palSages which may be deemed enthusiastic, and tinctured with Quakerism ; yet, on the whole, they are practical and useful.
Mr. Duché speaks of them himself in these terms : “ The Reader will find in them no display of genius or of erudition. To the for
+ Mr. Duché is said to be a native of Philadelphia, and to have re. ceived his education in the college there. We are farther informed that he was Chaplain to the CONGRESS ; and that his removal into England was the consequence of his political conversion. For a farther account of this Gentleman and his writings, fec Review, vol, lviii. p. 165.
mer the Author hath no claim: of the latter he contents himself with as much as is competent to the discharge of his paftoral dary. His divinity, he trulls, is that of the Bible ; to no other landard of truth can he venture to appeal. Sensible however of his own falli. bilicy, he wishes not to obtrudc his peculiar fenţiments, nor to bave them received any farther, than they carry with them that only fair title to reception, a conviction of their truth and usefulness. From his own heart he hath written to the hearts of others; and if any of his Readers find not there, the ground of his doctrines, they are, Surely, at liberty to pass them by, if they do it with Christian can. dour, and to leave it to time and their own reflections to discover that ground.'
Some of the phrases in this collection intimate that this gentleman has been, or is, a disciple of Jacob Behmen or Count Swedenburg; however, if he has any of their reveries, it must be acknowledged they are here applied to a solid and practical use. M.
An uncommon circumstance of embelliin ment attends this relie gious publication, viz. a very elegant emblematical print, prefixed to each volume, by way of frontispiece. bolond Art. 40. Biographia Evangelica i or, An Historical Account of
the Lives and Deaths of the most eminent and evangelical Authors or Preachers, both British and Foreign, in the several Denominations of Proteltants, from the Beginning of the Reformation to the present Time; wherein are collected from authentic Hiftorians, their most remarkable Adions, Sufferings, and Writings, exhibiting the Unity of their Faith and Experience in their several Ages, Countries, and Profeffions; and illuftrating the Power of Divine Grace in their holy living and dying. By the Rev. Erasmus Middleton, Lecturer of St. Bennett's, Gracechurch-treet; and of St. Helen's, Bishopsgate-Street. Vol. I. 6s. Hog. 1779.
This Writer's plan is very extensive; though some may think it narrowed by the word Evangelical. There have been many excellent men, chriftians, protestants, -men who were eminent for learn. ing, and exemplary for piety and virtue, whom, nevertheless, fome persons might hardly deem to be evangelical. Mr. Middleton, however, entirely disclaims a bigotied partiality to fe&ts and denominations, and profesies to give his whole attention to great and good, or as he terms them gracious characters, of all persuasions; but here he seems to limit himself again, when he adds, who hold the distinguishing principles of the gospel.'
The lives contained in this volume are as follow ; Wickliffe; Huss; Jerom of Prague; John de Wetalia; Hamilton; Geldenhaur; Ecolampadius; Zuinglius; Bilmey; Frith ; Tindale; Lambert; Regius; Capito; Simon Grynæus; Leo Judæ; Brulius ; Luther; Withart; F. Myconius; Diazius; Cruciger; Fagius; Bucer; Munler; Hedio; George, Prince of Anhalt; Rogers ; Saunders; Hooper; Taylor; Ferrar; Bradford; Jonas; Latimer; Ridley; Philpot; Cranmer ; Ponet; Melanchon; Jobo à Lasco; P. Martyr; Thomas Grynæus ; Vergerio. l hirteen engravings of the portraits of some of the principal of the above named persons, are said to be the performance of a young artif, and seem by no means to be ill executed.
n Juch ornaments are Seldom bestowed on
volumes of Jormons; but why not?