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although our plan, which, in fome measure, comprehends every new publication, obliges us to record this pamphlet in our catalogue. Art. 48. An Account of King's-College Chapel, in Cambridge. By Henry Malden, Chapel-clerk. 12mo. 1s. Cambridge, printed for the Author, and fold by Crowder, &c. in London.
A very decent account, both hiftorical and defcriptive, of this royal foundation, and noble structure, which is worthy the particular attention of thofe who vifit the univerfity of Cambridge: and Henry Malden's little book will affift them in viewing the curious chapel of King's-College, which was founded by that pious prince, Henry the Sixth.
Att. 49. An Efay on Animal Reproductions. By Abbé Spallanzani, F. R. S. and Profeffor of Philofophy in the University of Modena. Tranflated from the Italian. 8vo. 1 s. 6d. Becket. 1759.
An advertisement, prefixed to this little tract by Dr. Maty, informs us that it was compofed at his requeft, and fent him from the Author, as a prefent to the Royal Society. Most of the experiments which it relates, he adds, are entirely new, and for that reafon, as well as on account of the fingular conclufions that may be deduced from thein, deferve to be repeated by different hands, and feen by different eyes. The more accurately the works of nature are examined, the more is our amazement excited; and in no part of them is this obfervation more certainly verified, than in the inferior animals, particularly fuch as are treated of in this pamphlet. The re-formation of the polypes has been long attended to with furprize; our Author here prefents us with an account of the reproductions of the earth-worm, the aquatic boat-worm, the tadpole, the land-fnail, the flug, the aquatic falamander, &c. He gives an account of feveral curious experiments he has made upon thefe creatures, and intermixes feveral reflections and obfervations which will be entertaining and acceptable to the lovers of natural history.
This treatife is only intended as a kind of introduction to a larger work, in which fome queries here propofed are to be anfwered, and the whole fubject carefully and fully confidered.
Our ingenious and diligent Italian Obferver, we are told, wishes that several perfons, both in his own country and in this, would repeat his experiments, and confider his obfervations, before the publication of his larger work.
Art. 50. The Rights and Privileges of both the Universities, and of the Univerfity of Cambridge in particular, defended, in a Charge to the Grand Jury, at the Quarter-Seffions for the Peace held in and for the Town of Cambridge, the cth of October 1768. Aljo an Argument in the Cafe of the Colleges of Chrift and Emanuel. By James Marriot, LL. D. 8vo. I S. Rivington, &c.
This is chiefly a local performance, the printing of which, we are told, is owing to certain mifreprefentations. The Author could have wifhed, it is faid, to have avoided fubmitting to ftrict perufal, words fpoken, as a magiflrate, without preparation, on a fudden occafion,
There is an octavo edition, fold for 2 s. which the benevolent purchaser will probably prefer; as the work was printed for the benefit of the Author's distressed family.
when he was fpecially requested by the rest of the bench to attend, on account of a profecution of much confequence.
The former part of the charge principally relates to keeping diforderly houses, and the latter part to a cafe, we apprehend, of the fame kind, in which the vice-chancellor and proctors of the univerfity were fuppofed to have exceeded their power. Dr. Marriot ftrongly recommends to his grand jury a watchful care to support the laws and the magiftrates, and laments a general difpofition among the lower orders of the people to hold in contempt the authority of the magiftrates; it has fhewed itself, fays he, almoft in every corner of the kingdom, and broke out into violent diforders for my own part, tremble; left the continuance of them fhould occafion remedies as terrible as the difeafe.'
It is not neceffary for us to enter into any farther account of this little piece we only add, that it alfo contains an argument in the cafe of the poor's rate charged on the colleges of Chrift and Emanuel in the univerfity of Cambridge, which feems to us to discover much acutenefs and good fenfe, though we cannot pretend to determine any thing upon the fubject in queftion *.
Art. 51. Anecdotes relating to the Antiquity and Progrefs of Horse-races, for above Two thousand Years. 8vo. 6d. Bell.
We fufpect this is an old pamphlet, but why it should be reprinted, we know not for there is nothing in it. We are told there were horfe-races two thousand years ago, and that we knew without being told. We are told that there was fuch an inftitution as the Ludus Trojanus, and that too we knew before. We are informed that chariot-races were originally celebrated in honour of the fun; and what Tyro in antiquities has not heard of that fymbolical inftitution? From the title-page it is natural to expect an entertaining account and curious anecdotes of the progrefs of horse-races in this kingdom, many of which might, we are fatisfied, be collected; but if the friends of the ftud and the turf expect any fuch thing, they will be difappointed
Art. 2. An Efay towards a Hiftory of the principal Comets that have appeared fince the Year 1742: Including a particular Detail of the Return of the famous Comet of 1682 in 179, according to the Calcu lation and Prediction of Dr. Halley. Compiled from the Obfervations of the most eminent Aftronomers of this Century. With Remarks and Reflections upon the Prefent Comet. To which is prefixed, by way of Introduction, a Litter upon Comets. Addreffed to a Lady, by the late M. de Maupertuis. 8vo. 1s. 6d. Becket.
We have perufed, with no fmall fatisfaction, this entertaining hifto y of thofe amazing celeftial phænomena, which contribute fo much to the aftonishment even of the learned, and the terror of the vulgar. The very fenfible Compiler has been exceedingly induftrious in collecting the opinions of aftronomers relating to the nature, the fuppofed appointments, and the revolutions of thefe wonderful bodies;
It fhould be farther obferved, that this pamphlet is published for the benefit of the hofpital at Cambridge.
+ Notwithstanding we find the date of the prefent year in a parenthefis, in p. 28.
and has enriched his collection with many curious obfervations of his own the whole calculated not only for those who are converfant with fuch fublime subjects, but for readers in general; fo that even the ladies may peruse this Effay with improvement and pleasure; and the Author's agreeable manner of rallying the groundless fears of the ignorant, concerning the imaginary dreadful effects of comets, or their portentous appearances, may contribute greatly towards eradicating the fuperftitious notions, which have but too much prevailed, concerning them.-As a fpecimen of his pleasantry, on these instances of the weakness and abfurdity of our fellow-creatures, take the following humorous flory:
Superftitious people, fays he, love to be frightened, and will be as angry with any one who endeavours to reafon them out of their fears, as the inhabitants of Neuf Chatel were lately with one of their paftors, who, though in other refpects an orthodox and devout Chriftian, yet could not reconcile to his belief the eternity of hell torments. -He would allow them to last a hundred thousand years with all his heart, but that would not fatisfy his flock,-they profecuted, perfecuted, and pelted him. When the king of Pruffia, their fovereign, hearing of it, and moreover that the minifter was a worthy, wellmeaning man, ordered them to defift, and fuffer him to refume his function. But this enraged them ten times more, they furrounded the good man's houfe, and would certainly have fent him to the other world, to enquire into the true ftate of departed fouls, had he not with great difficulty made his escape;-and, at length, their fovereign, finding how fond they were of everlasting damnation, oùc of his great goodness, condefcended to let them be damned to all eternity." And I alfo, (fays the author from whence this account is taken) confent with all my heart, and much good may it do them.”— Lettre de M, Baudinet,'
He has the following remark on the folly of thofe who will have it that a comet never appears without blood; and who, as he observes, are fure to be right in their conjectures. For if Europe fhould enjoy a profound peace, they have only to look at Afia; and if all be quiet there, they have ftill the other two quarters of the globe to fly to which will, doubtless, furnish them not only with carnage enough, but also with every other kind of evil, both phyfical and moral, their hearts can wish, to confirm them in their opinion.'
His more ferious conclufion fhall be ours: Those who are unwilling to fee God, but in vengeance and deftruction, should try to dif cover him in his goodness and protection from general calamity, by that wife order of his providence, fo visible in the wonderful and ftupendous arrangement of the universe.'
Art. 53. A Political Romance. Addreffed to 12mo. I S. Murdoch. 1769.
This is advertised as the genuine production of that exquifite pen to which the world is obliged for The Life of Triftram Shandy, and The Sentimental Journey; but no Editor appears, to aníwer for its authenticity. There feems, nevertheless, to be no great reason for fufpecting it to be of fpurious birth ;-but, be that as it may, the piece is a trifle, with which Mr. Sterne, we imagine, would never have troubled the public, unless he had thrown it into print upon
the particular occafion on which it was written. But that intention (if we give any credit to the anecdote with which it is introduced to the reader) having been obviated, and the work being both temporary and local, the occafion, perhaps, in a great meafure, forgotten, and the circumstances at any time intelligible but to a few,-the papers, of course, were no longer worth preferving;-at leaft, not worth committing to the prefs.-They have, however, as we fee, by fome means or other, been fnatched from the hand of Oblivion; and here they are offered to the public, under the odd title of a Political Romance: which feems to befit them as well as if they had been called Memoirs of a Mouse-trap.
The occafion which gave birth to this little allegorical performance, is thus pointed out by the anonymous Editor: For fome time Mr. Sterne lived in a retired manner, upon a small curacy in Yorkfhire, and probably would have remained in the fame obfcurity, if his lively genius had not difplayed itself upon an occasion which fecured him a friend, and paved the way for his promotion. A perfon who filled a lucrative benefice, was not fatisfied with enjoying it during his own lifetime, but exerted all his intereft to have it entailed upon his wife and fon, after his decease. The gentleman who expected the reverfion of this poft, was Mr. Sterne's friend, who had not, however, fufficient influence to prevent the fuccefs of his adverfary. At this time Sterne's fatirical pen operated fo ftrongly, that the intended monopolizer informed him, if he would fupprefs the publication of his sarcasm, he would refign his pretenfions to the next candidate.'
The title of this piece, it appears, was to have been, The Hiftory of a good warm Watch-coat, with which the prefent Poffeffor is not content to cover his own Shoulders, unless he can cut out of it a Petticoat for his Wife, and a Pair of Breeches for his Son.'The pamphlet was fuppreffed, and the reverfion took place.
The piece is written more in the manner of Swift than of Sterne's other humorous productions; or, perhaps, it may be considered as an imitation of the admirableMemoirs of P. P. Clerk of this Parish,' written by Pope.
Art. 54. The Hiftory of Paraguay. Containing, among many other new, curious, and interefting Particulars of that Country, a full and authentic Account of the Establishments formed there by the Jefuits, &c. Written originally in French, by the celebrated Father Charlevoix. 2 Vols. 8s. 6d. Boards. L. Davis. 1769.
The character of Charlevoix and his writings being fo univerfally known †, and fo much having alfo, lately, been communicated to our Readers, relating to Paraguay, and the Jefuits, we think it needlefs to enter particularly into the contents of the prefent publication; of which we fhall, therefore, only add, that those who have not read the original work, at large, will find confiderable entertainment in the
This account is copied from the anecdotes of his life lately published by another anonymous hand.
His accounts of Hifpaniola, of Japan, and of Canada, are in every library of confequence in Europe. Particularly in our two laft Appendixes.
perufal of this abftract §: but, if they would carefully avoid being, in any inftances, mifled by the good Father's pious partiality to his order they muft make the requifite allowances for his religion, his country, and his connexions.
Art. 55. The Fox unkennelled; or, The Paymaster's Accounts laid open. By an Alderman. 8vo. 6d. Rofon.
An handful of dirt, flung at Lord Hd.
Art. 56. Anti-Midas: a Jubilee Prefervative from unclaffical, ignorant, falfe, and invidious Criticism. 4to. 1 s. 6 d. Pyne.
We have found it difficult to speak with certainty of the defign and character of this piece. On perufing a few pages, at the beginning, we fufpected that the Author intended to attack the Ode, in fomewhat of the style and manner of our worthy friend SCRIBLERUS; but on proceeding farther, it rather appeared that his meaning was, to defend Mr. Garrick's performance, againft certain criticisms which have appeared in the news-papers. Had the Author been a declared enemy, Mr. G. we dare fay, would have fmiled at his efforts; but nothing, furely, is fo vexatious, as the Marplot-like officiousness of an injudicious friend!
The ambiguous countenance of this production reminds us of a ftory told of the late Mr. Rich, the manager of Covent-Garden theatre. An Author who had left the manufcript of a new play with. Mr. R. waited on him to know what acceptance the piece was likely to meet with: "Sir!" faid the Bard, in a most obfequious attitude, "have you perused my play ?" "Yes," replied R. deliberately, fnuffing up his rappee, first at one noftril, then at the other, "I have read it:-but-pray-Mr., is this your comedy, or your tragedy "
I. The Blefjednefs attending the Memory of the Juft, represented-at Hackney in Middlefex, Nov. 12, on the Death of the Rev. Mr. Timothy Laugher, who died Oct. 29, 1769. By Andrew Kippis, D. D. To which is added, the Addrefs delivered at the Interment; by John Palmer. 1 S. Buckland.
II. A Farewell Sermon, at Trinity Church, Leeds, Nov. 5th, 1769. By James Scott, B. D. Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. Crowder, &c.
III. In the Cathedral of Sarum, before the Governors of the General Infirmary, at the Anniversary Meeting, Sept. 29, 1769. By the Right Rev. Charles Lord Bishop of St. David's. Nicoll.
IV. In the Cathedral at Lincoln, before the Governors of the County Hospital, on its being opened for the Reception of Patients, Nov. 9, 1769. By George Stinton, D. D. Chancellor of the Church of Lincoln, and Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury. Rivington, &c.
V. At the Separation of the Rev. Mr N. Phene to the Paftoral Office, in the Church of Christ at Hertford, Nov. 15, 1769. By Thomas Towle, B. D. With an introductory Difcourfe, by John Angus. I s. Pearch.
Original was printed in three large quartos, and published in France, about twelve years ago.