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not honourable fo to do; as fuch term is the legal toleration after an evafion of paying an accepted bill, before the protest is made: an event which fubjects the accepter to a bankruptcy.

This pamphlet contains many other particulars relating to bills, under their respective circumftances, and is dedicated to the King of Denmark, whom the Writer addresses as his fovereign.

RELIGIOUS and CONTROVERSIAL.

Art. 20. Eight Charges, delivered to the Clergy of the Diocefes of Oxford and Canterbury. To which are added, Inftructions to Candidates for Orders; and a Latin Speech, intended to have been made at the Opening of the Convocation in 1761. By Thomas Secker, LL. D. late Lord Archbishop of Canterbury. Published from the original Manufcripts, by Beilby Porteus, D. D. and George Stinton, D. D. his Grace's Chaplains. Svo. 4s. Boards. Rivington, &c. 1769. Those who are engaged in, or defigned for, the facred office, will find their account in a serious and attentive perufal of this publication, which contains many excellent and seasonable admonitions, many judicious and pertinent directions to the clergy, confidered as minifters of the gofpel in general, and of their respective parishes in particular. The charges are written in a plain, easy, and natural manner, with little regard to accuracy of method, or elegance of compofition, but, as far as appears, with a fincere and earneit defire of supporting and ftrengthening the interefts of religion and virtue.-In fome particulars, indeed, the Author feems to have a greater concern for the fupport of our ecclefiaftical establishment than many will think confiftent with a real concern for the doctrines of Chrift and his apostles; but by what views his conduct was influenced in this refpect, we cannot pretend to determine, and must leave our Readers to their own reflections upon it.

Art. 21. Remarks on a Sermon preached by the Rev. Mr. James Scot, at the Vifitation held at Wakefield, July 25, 1769. Evo. 6 d. Nicoll, &c.

Cenfures the preacher for having entertained his audience with a litical declamation. If,' fays the Remarker, a clergyman preaches the found doctrine of Chriftiany, and lives up to the dignity of his character, he may glory in the fcoffs and reproaches of men: but if he steps out of the way of his profession, and with all the acrimony, and all the afsurance of zeal without knowlege, will take upon him to vilify perhaps one half of his fellow-fubjects, and hold them forth to public view as monsters of iniquity, he must not be surprised if he is accufed as a venal time-serving wretch, who would climb to preferment, like a parrot, by his beak.' Those who are perfonally acquainted with Mr. S. will not think that this farcafm ftands in need of any comment.

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CONJURATION.

Art, 22. The Nature, Caufes and Effects of Comets, tonfidered and explained, according to the Opinions of the most eminent Philofophers among the Antients, though diametrically oppofite to that of all the modern Aftronomers; with Reafons for the appearing and disappearing of the late Comet, which was not foretold by any Aftronomer. To which is added, an historical Account of what has happened in the World, after the Appearance of Sixty different Comets. By John Harman, Aftrologer. Evo. 6d. Bladon, &c. 1769.

Mr. Harman is an aftrologer, and, with the reft of the conjuring tribe, Lilly, Gadbury, Partridge, &c. he holds, that comets are the prodromi or meffengers of the Almighty to give notice to a finful world of exceeding wrath againft wicked men, be they kings. lords, or commons; the truth of this, he adds, is generally allowed by the best divines, aftrologers and learned hiftoriens in all ages

All authors,' he fays, agree' (yes, he does fay all authors) that they portend the death of emperors, kings, queens, and princes, or great trouble to perfons of the highest rank, and it is very remarkable, that for fome years you will find in the hiftorical account hereunto annexed, that a king, or fome fuch perfon, has died very foon after the comet's appearance.'

Mr. Harman here feems to be very right, indeed; for, as there is a comfortable number of kings, or fome fuch persons, inhabitants of this globe of ours, there is not the least room to question but that one or other of them have died foon after the appearance of a comet. Whose turn it will be to make their exit, in pursuance of the comet of 1769, our fage aftrologer does not very explicitly fay; but he is ⚫ afraid that it forebodes great evils in the world.'-'I have fome notion,' he adds, that the month of Auguft next will bring great trouble to one or more great men of fome nation; grievous illness, if not death or mortality, may fuddenly overtake them by that time.'

Why is not this prognofticating gentleman taken into the service of the ftationer's company? He would do admirably as the fucceffor of those renowned students in phyfic* and astrology, who have proved themselves immortal only in their learned labours: and here is a new scheme hinted to the worthy gentlemen who have the direction of the. affairs of that worshipful company.-A new almanac, gentlemen! a new political almanac. We have Liberty News-papers, and Middlefex Journals, in plenty: What think you of The Middlefex Almanac ? -That it would do, there is not the leaft room to doubt: and Mr. Harman is the man to make it. Here is a farther fpecimen of his abilities, and directly in point. The planets Jupiter and Saturn changing from a watry fign into the regal and fieryone, feems to give me great hopes that public affairs will move in as different a channel to what

From what Mr. Harman fays, in the laft paragraph, concerning Mercury and the body of Venus, we fuppofe he intends to give the public an hint of his proficiency in the healing art:-at least, with refpect to one particular, and very popular, branch of it.

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they have of late, as fire is from water, and that for the good and peace of most men.

• The Middlesex petition was delivered (on which the fuccefs of all the other petitions depends) on Wednesday, May 24, 1769, at one o'clock in the afternoon, and the lord-mayor delivered the petition of the livery of London on the 5th of July following, the position of the Heavens at that time being very fignificant. Nor am I without hope but that the month of February will afford the freeholders of England fome relief, fo that they may enjoy their antient rights of election, because Mercury, when the petition was delivered, wanted ten degrees of the body of Venus, which gives ten months in time from that time; for Mercury, who reprefents the freeholders of Middlefex, as likewife the fupporters of the bill of rights, is powerful, and very strong.'

Aye! aye! let us, by all means, have The Middlefex Almanac.

NOVEL S.

Art. 23. The Fool of Quality: or, The Hiftory of Henry Earl of Moréland. By Mr. Brooke. Vol. IV. 12mo. 3 S. Johnston. 1769. We have already given our fentiments in relation to this very fingular novel; and have only now to add, that the work is not yet compleated, nor the hero yet conducted quite up to manhood. The following advertisement appears at the end of the prefent volume :It was originally propofed, fays the Author, to have comprized this work in four volumes; but the matter has grown fo upon the Writer, that he finds himself under a neceflity of taking more room.-As to what remains, though it relates almost entirely to the hero of the tale, it is hoped, that the excefs will not be unacceptable; and that the circumstances of his fettlement in life will be found as interesting as thofe of his entrance into it.'

See Review, vol. xxxv. p. 145, 286, 346, and vol. xxxix. p. 410.

POETICA L.

Art. 24. Songs, Choruffes, &c. which are introduced in the new Entertainment of i he Jubilee, at the Theatre Royal, in Drury-Lane. Svo. 6 d. Becket.

Ufeful at the play-house, to thofe who wish to know what the fingers are faying.

Art. 25. The Ode on dedicating a Building, and erecting a Statue to LE STUE, Cock to the Duke of Newcastle, at Claremont; with Notes, by Martinus Scriblerus. To which are prefixed, Teftimonies to the Genius and Merits of Le Stue. 4to. 1s. bd. Nicoll.

There is mirth and drollery in many parts of this burlefque of Mr. Garrick's Jubilee-ode, and an happy vein of pleafantry runs through the teftimonies and notes.

Juttice to the merit of an humorous parody obliges us to make this acknowledgment, although we do not hold Mr. Garrick's per

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formance in fach light eftimation as his ingenious Ridiculer feems to do: and, moreover, with Lord Shaftesbury's good leave, ridicule is not always the test of truth.

DRAMATIC.

Art. 26. Love and Innocence, a paftoral Serenata. As performed at Marybone Gardens. Set to Mufic by Mr. Hook. 8vo. is. Becket. Very well, indeed, for Marybone Gardens!

8vo. 2 s.

Art. 27. The Patriot: a Tragedy. By W. Harrod. 8vo.

Bingley, &c.

A very difmal tragedy indeed !-It has been objected that this W. Harrod cannot write even common English-May be fo, Gentlemen; but he can' gun, drum, trumpet, blunderbus, and thunder' with the best of ye.

POLITICAL.

8vo. 6d.

Art. 28. The Political Conteft; being a Continuation of Junius's Letters, from the 6th of July, to the prefent Time. Newbery.

This fecond part was published at the clofe of the last month, (September) and includes Dr. B-n's poftfcript on Mr. Wilkes's expulfion, with the reply of Junius; alfo Sir William Draper's letter, occafioned by the publication of the first part of this collection, and Juhius's anfwer.

• See Review for July last, p. 79.

Art. 29. A Collection of the Letters of Atticus, Lucius, Junius, and ́ others. With Obfervations and Notes. 8vo. 2s. 6d. Almon. 1769.

This Collection commences with the firft Letter of Atticus, on the Situation of Public Affairs, dated August 1768; and ends with that of Junius, to the Duke of B, Sept. 18, 1769. Luckily for the reputation of the laft-named ingenious writer, it does not extend to his unfortunate letter, of a fubfequent date, on the affair of General Ganfel.

Art. 30. A Mirror for the Multitude; or, Wilkes no Patriot. 8vo. I s. 6d. Bladon.

The Author's view is to correct and reftrain the exceffes of popular prejudice and frenzy. He is very fevere on the character and conduct, both public and private, of Mr. Wilkes; whom he confiders as, in every refpect, one of the most worthlefs of human beings He has many juft fentiments of patriotifm, national unanimity, and public order; but he is not an elegant writer.

Art. 31.

Art. 31. Dr. Mufgrave's Reply to a Letter published in the News-papers by the Chevalier D'Eon. 8vo. I S.

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This controverfy properly belongs to the Chronicles of news and the Evening Posts, in which it took its rife. We fhall, therefore, only obferve, that although Dr. Mufgrave acquits himself well, as a man of letters, yet he does not appear to be a very deep politician. His propofal for refcinding the vote of the late house of commons, in favour of the peace, is an extraordinary one, indeed!

COLONIES.

Art. 32. Letters to the Right Hon. the Earl of Hillsborough, from Governor Bernard, General Gage, and the Hon. his Majefty's Council for the Province of Maffachufett's-Bay. With an Appendix, containing divers Proceedings referred to in the faid Letters. 8vo. 3 s. Almon. 1769.

We have here authentic documents from whence to form a competent judgment of the late difputes between the governor on the one part, and the council of the province on the other, in regard to the providing quarters for the king's troops; fent to Bofton, to protect the officers of the revenue,-In our opinion, the gentlemen of the council have greatly the advantage over the governor and the general, with refpect to the folidity and force of the arguments used by them, in the courfe of the controverfy; and have completely vindicated themselves from the charges brought against them by the officers of the crown, in their letters to Lord Hillsborough.

This pamphlet was first published, by authority, at Bofton, and has been reprinted in London, as above.

EAST-INDIES.

Art. 33. A Letter to the Proprietors of Eaft-India Stock, containing a brief Relation of the Negociations with Government, from the Year 1767, to the prefent Time, refpecting the Company's Acquifitions in India: together with fome Confiderations on the principal Plans for adjusting the Matters in Dispute which have been difcuffed in the general Court of Proprietors. 8vo. Is. White. Many fenfible and pertinent remarks are to be found in this tract; the Author of which is particularly fevere on the impatience of the partizans for dividend.

SERMON.

The Univerfal Character of Departed Saints,-occafioned by the Death of Mrs. Rebecca Cox, who departed this Life, September 19, 1769; and of others, lately deceased. By Benjamin Wallin. Buckland, &c.

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