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XX. Fun. A parodi-tragi-comical Satire.** As it was to have been perform'd at the Castle-tavern in Pater-nofterrow, Feb. 13th, 1752, but was suppressed by an order of the Lord Mayor, &c. 8vo. "I s. Stemper. · The intention of this piece was to ridicule the writings and conduct (as a magistrate) of the author of Amelia, under the name of Sir Alexander Drawcanhr, and justice Bobadil; and likewise Dr. H-ll, in his affumed character of Inspector. There is a mixture of low humour and scursility in the pamphler, which may entertain such readers as are fond of this kind of Satire, and who may think its foundation, and subject, of importance enough to deserve the attention of the public.

XXI. EUGENIA. A Tragedy as it was acted, &c. By Mr. Francis. 8vo. Is. 6d. Millar.

In an advertisement prefixed to this play, the ingenious author acknowledges, that the fable is taken from a French Comedy publish'd last year by Madame Grafigny. See our laft, p. 148, Art. 14. Tho' Mr. Francis has greatly improv'd an indifferent original, yet this tragedy, if it be proper to allow it that name, is still so very deficient in the articles of plot, incidents, and catastrophe, that we do not wonder at its being but coolly received on an English stage.

XXII. A candid appeal from the late Dean Swift to the Earl of Oy. 410 6 d. Owen

This article ranks with the Quackade in our last.

XXIII. Emendations on an appeal from the late Dean Swift. 6 d. Cooper.

This piece is opposed to the preceding article, and is of equal worth and importance.

XXIV. Poetical impertinence, or advice unask'd. In two poems, the good wife, and the good husband. Containing rules humbly proposed to thole ladies and gentlemen, who are not entirely satisfied with the examples of the polite husbands and wives of this present age. 8vo. I s. Russel.

As these poems contain many falutary precepts, and some good thoughts (tho' nothing uncommon) and as the dress they are cloathed in is superior to the daily traih the public is pefter'd with, this pamphlet therefore deserves to be read. It is a kind of directory for the choice of good wives and good husbands. The author has added some pretty verses, entitled Primrose hill

. Written in 1748. XXV. Prejudice detected : an Ethic Epiftle. By T. Brecknock, Esq; 4to. I s. Owen,

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Mr. Brecknock's design in this epiftle, is to prove that
good and ill is an opinion, not a principle.' that,
« Adions, physically understood,

Are of themselves indeed nor bad nor good,
But as the laws direct their wild caprice,
This is a virtue term’d, and that a vice.
Another day, the actions still the same,

The laws allign them quite a diff'rent name.' To prove this notable tenet, he remarks, that men's ideas of virtue and vice are local. not universal; confe. quently arbitrary, or dependent upon the will of a lawgiver, or civil magiftrate. Thus,' says he, 'I dine upon a slice of ham, which a few would think a mortal fin. in Germany, 'tis the fashion to drink to

excess; in Turky, wine is absolutely forbid. In England, Polygamy is a crime of the deepest dye; in the Levant, a man is free to marry as many wives as he can maintain. With us adultery is reckoned among the greatest fins; in Lap'land,' says he, the chearful native presents you with his wife and daughter : and the whole family would think it very Atrange if you should refuse to cuckold your hoft.'-Other examples of this kind he adduces to prove, that most of the common received notions of virtue and vice are vulgar prejudices, fit only to rule the mob with: we leave the reader to his own opinion of fuch weighty arguments. XXVI. A lick at the country C.

-y. A fatire on the tythe-pig. 4to. 6d. Dickenson.

A vague and scurrilous invective against the clergy of the established church, on account of their tythes in general, not the tythe-pig in particular, as the title-page fallaciously imports.

XXVII. Peeping Tom to the countess of Coventry. An epithalamium, foli), 6d. Robinjon.

Tho' this piece has the merit of being more innocent, as to its design (which is to compliment the countess, in the person of the noted peeping effigies in Coventry) than the preceding article, it is however equally dull and contempo tible, with respect to the fen:iments and poetry. XXVIII. The ORACLE, a comedy of one act,

As it was acted at the theatre-royai in Covent-Garden*.

By Mrs. Cibber. 8vo. Is. Doufley.

This performance was originally written in French, and played at Paris; and is now translated by Mrs. Cieber. As a former translation of it was published abcus ten years * At Mrs. Cibber's benefit.

ago,

ago, our readers are probably already acquainted with this

pretty trifle.

XXIX. Grace, a poem, 4:0. 6d. Keith,

This poem is written in blunk verse. This is all the account we ihall give of it, and all we think it deserves.

DIVINITY. XXX. A differtation on the scripture expressions, the Angel of the Lord, and the Angel of Jesus Chrift, proving that the word Angel is put to signify, on these occasions, maserial bodies, and not spirit: interspersed with many other curious obfervations quite new; and containing a full answer to a late ellay on spirit: which is calculated to set aside the doctrine of the Trinity and Unity.* O&avo.

O Etavo. · IS. Ccoper.

The title page of this performance is sufficient, we apprehend, to give our readers a juft idea of it.

XXXI. A Discourse upon the intermediate state between the death of men and the resurrection of their bodies, which is to be followed by the universal judgment. By B. Regis, D.D. Rector of Adisham in Kent, Canon of Windfor, and Chaplain in ordinary to his majetty. 8vo. 6 d. Oliver.

Such as are led, from the citle-page of this piece, to expect a discourse on the subject proposed to be created in it, will, upon perufing it, find themselves much disappointed.

XXXII!. The Beauty of holiners in the common prayer, set in a new and just light, &c. Humbly attempted for the honour and fervice of the church of England, c. By a member of that church. 8vo. 4 d. Baldwin.

What is here offer'd to publick consideration, is drawn up chicfly in the words of our liturgy, in order to the w how easily our public service might be render'd the beauty of holiness, by only abridging and connecting our present form, and making a few alterations in some expressions. R

CONTROVERSIAL. XXXIV. The true sense of atonement for sin, by Christ's death, flated and defended ; in answer to a pamphlet, entitled, The scripture doctrine of atonement examined, by Mr. Taylor, of Norwich, &c. By John Brine. 8vo. 1 s. Keith. &c.

After toiling thro' a hundred and eight dull pages, all we can say, with regard to :nis performance, is, that the author of it neither orderstands the subject of which he treats, nor Mr. Taylor's pampislet, which he attempts to answer. iti hy Isten gicroon

R t By misyon. Nicol.

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THE

MONTHLY REVIEW,

For A PRI L 1752.

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ART. XXI X. The history of the Portuguese, during the

reign of Emmanuel, &c. in 2 vol. 8vo. Aving already given an account of the firft of these

volumes, * 'which contains the discovery of the Eaft

Indies by the Portuguese, and their exploits there, till Albuquerque's vice-royalty, we shall now give a brief abftract of what followed upon the promotion of this great man; previously observing, that the nature of our work will not permit us to take any notice of Emmanuel's tranfactions in Europe, nor of the war carried on against the Moors in Africa : for these, as well as a more full and circumstantial account of what passed in the East Indies, we muft refer to the history itself.

Albuquerque's first expedition was against the Zamorin of Calicut, whose palace without the city hc burnt, but was obliged to retreat precipitately, after being dangerously wounded, and losing many of his bravest followers, among whom was Admiral Coutign, a nobleman of great merit.

His next expedition was against Goa, a city situated on the point of an island, called Ticuarin, and formed by a river running into the sea in two different branches : This island is about twenty three miles in compass, and maintains a much greater number of people than could be imagined from its extent, being covered with fruitful trees, and abounding in all sorts of corn. The city was fortified, and furnished with abundance of warlike engines; it is about an hundred miles from Cochin.

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Albuquerque having a fleet of twenty three men of war well manned, beside fourteen auxiliary ones belonging to Timoia, who had taken part with the Portuguese, soon made himself master of Goa; in which he found a great number of cannon, furprifing heaps of bullets, and an immense quantity of powder and other warlike stores. In their ship-dock there were about forty men of war, besides fixtcen pinnaces, and many other vefsels. A considerable number of fine horses from Persia and Arabia was likewise found in the stables of Zabaim, who was prince of this island, and the territories bordering on it upon the continent.

Here Albuquerque took up his winter quarters. He eased the citizens of one third of the tribute they used to pay to Zabaim, fortified the city, and equipped the vessels in the harbour fit for service. He likewise fortified the entrances into the island, settled the revenues, and prepared to oppose Zabaim, who was raising an army to invade the island in the spring. It was reported that Zabaim had above forty thousand soldiers under his command, and a fine train of artillery ; so that the Portuguese were for abandoning the island, but Albuquerque thought it shameful to do so, before he had tried whether it could be defended. Accordingly he niade a brave defence, but was at last obliged to evacuate the city and fort of Goa, after having shipped all the cannon and a sufficient quantity of ammunition and provisions. This happened in May 1510, a year remarkable for the death of the King of Cochin, who had espoused the Portus guese interest with great fincerity, and given them the first settlement in the Indies.

In the month of November, Albuquerque retook Goa, after a very obstinate and bloody defence, wherein the enemy lost three thousand men and the Portuguese only forty. This done, the viceroy's next care was to settle the government of the city, and send out thips of war to protect the Portuguese merchant-men, as well as their allies, and to intercept all vefsels trading to Calicut.

As the character and conduct of Albuquerque differed widely from that of his predecessor Almeed, it may not be improper to observe, after our author, wherein this difference consisted. . Both were certainly men endowed with true greatness of soul, and amazing courage ; both pursued the jame noble ends; both had at heart the glory of their religion, and the honour of their royal matter; and for this purpose, either would have facrificed his life with the utmoft bearfulness. But they differed from each other in this re

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