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XXIV. A Guide to
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be that ceremony, in order to the ren22.dering it molt prosperous to you for it has ever been my meL;">thod, not to reduce a determined conclusion into practice, till
every incident, poffibly to be attendant on confummation, hath
been fully and impartially brought to the touch one of my own • reason, and there settled upon the most probable and secure
foundation; for otherwise, it is a million to one but the trair catches in the process, and the end is blown away into air only nor unfrequently happens this, without such a stench, as, -inftead of refreshing, but confound us.In another place, this fame Kitty envies Dolly's natural endowments, that lie shrouded," says she, under your nescience of the pofleffion of them. But we were the less astonished at meeting with such fine things as these, in the perusal of the firft volume of this piece of sublimity, as the Author had prepared us for what we had to expect, at the very threshold of our entrance upon it : for, in the argument to the first chapter we were apprized of the ' aspiring thoughts
INJECTED INTO DOLLY.'-After which there could be little reason to wonder at the lofty language injected into Kitty, XXI. The Apparition; or, Female Cavalier. A story founded on facts. By Adolphus Bannac, Esq; 12mo. 3 vols.
This seems to be the work of the fame genius to whom the world is obliged for the Jilts. Need we say more of the Apparition ?
XXII. Polydore and Julia; or, the Libertine reclaimed : a Novel. 12mo. 3s. Crowder.
If this is not quite fo heavy, as the two preceding articles, it is, however,equally insignificant; and, like the rest of the present winter's productions in this way, (that we have yet seen) is too contemptible to deserve either character or criticism: Buckhorse alone excepted; who, though not the most amiable object in the world, is yee the most tolerable figure, in a group where all the felt are fifty times more deformed than himsell. Vid. Art. XVIH. ~;
XXIII. The Modern Lovers; or, The Adventures of Cupid, &c. A Novel. 12mo. 3s. Cooke.
The Deity of soft defires, as this Author ftiles him, is here made to relate a number of fily, barren stories, each chapter being a distinct history. At the end of the book, the public is threat
ned with a future visitation from the fame quarter. leges of Englishmen. 12mo. 2 s. 6d. Scott.
We have here a new edition of Magna Charta, with remarks ; to which are added, the Bishop's curses againit the breakers of the articles contained in the said Charter ; allo che Habeas Corpus act, the Bill of Rights, and the Act of Settlement: together with a flaming exhortation to the Christian and Independeni Cler
gy, the Gentry, Freeholders, and other Electors of members to
Terve in parliament, To these particulars is added, a new edition P. of a tract first printed in 1681, entitled, The Security of Eng***¢ lithmen's Lives; or the truit, power, and duty of the Grand 27*** Juries of England explained, &c.
XXV. Miscellanies, on moral and religious subjects. In prose and verse. By Elizabeth Harrifon. 8vo. 58. Buckland.
As this publication is the work of benevolence, and a facrifice, not to vanity, but to PIOUS OLD AGE, and INDUSTRIOUS POVERTY *, it has a natural claim upon us, to an entire exemp- . tion from any criticism that might tend, in the least, to obstruct the progress of so worthy an intention.
Vid. Mrs. Harrison's Preface, containing her grateful acknowlegements to her friends, whose generous subscriptions enabled her to provide for an aged parent.
XXVI. A Treatise, containing the description and use of ą curious Quadrant, made and finished by the masterly hand of that excellent mechanic, John Rowley, for taking of altitudes, and for solving various mathematical problems in geometrý; navigation, astronomy, &c. Some of them by a bare inspection of the instrument, and others by easy operations on it. Studiously adapted to the meanest capacities. To which are prefixed, an alphabetical Exposition of the necessary terms of art, and a plate of the instrument. By T.W. F.R.S. 4to. 55. Dodsley.
The Quadrant described in this treatise, is curiously constructed, and excellently adapted, both to the taking of altitudes, and the folving the most useful problems in geometry, navigation, aftronomy, &c. The instructions are also delivered in a clear and confpicuous manner.
XXVII.The Rule of Practice methodised and improved. Wherein are contained all the necessary cales, and several examples wrought under each cafe, with many contractions: and examples annexed to exercise the learner; which serves as a quertion-book. To which are added, the most concise methods of finding the value of goods sold by particular quantities. The whole adapted to the use of merchants, and wholesale and retale dealers, in every branch of business. Also duodecimals by Practice, applied to work performed by glaziers, painters, paviours, and joiners. And to measuring by the square of 100 feet, applied to flooring, tyling, and partitioning. Likewise measuring of round, squared, and unequal squared, timber. Designed for the use of schools, as well as private gentlemen. By John Dean, Accomptant. 8vo. 4 s. Keith.
This Author, determined that his treatise should not be defcient in the number of examples, has multiplied them in a very extraordinary manner ; there being no fewer than 1153 of them, besides those in his Addenda, and what are likewise added for the learner's practice. But it is well known, that too great a number of examples may tend rather to perplex than explain a rule: if, therefore, Mr. Dean had fpared one half of those with which he has swelled out his book, the learner would have been no loser by the omiffion ; for, when once a rule is well understood, a few inilances may serve to sew its application. However, in justice to this gentleman, we must observe, that he folves his questions in a very compendious manner, and that several new and useful contractions are interspersed through his performance.
XXVIII. The Expeditious Instructor ; or, Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic made plain and easy. Containing more in quantity, and a far greater yariety of instructions, than any book of the kind and price; and expressed in so easy and familiar a manner, that persons of the lowest capacity may learn without a master. Among many other useful particulars are contained, 1. A succinct English grammar. 2. Of words that are nearly alike in sound, but are different in sense and spelling. 3. The names of the gods and goddesses of the Heathens, and of the muses, graces, &c. 4. A very particular account of stops and marks, with directions for their use, in a manner entirely new. 5. Directions for placing the accent and emphasis. 6. Directions for chusing and hardening quills; for making and mending pens; and for making and preserving inks. 7. Directions for making an ink for marking linen, which will never wash out. 8. Directions for writing, by which a person, though entirely ignorant of that art, may write a good hand in twenty-four hours, without the asistance of a master, &c. &c. &c. 410. is. common, and 1 s.6d, fine
No one, surely, can think Eighteen-pence an extravagant price for a book which, besides a great variety of other particulars, promises no less than to teach a person, entirely ignorant of the art, to write a good hand in twenty-four hours, without the afsistance of a matter. If it be asked, whether the 'Author has not promised rather too 'argely, the joftice we owe the public, obliges us to answer in the afirmative. His instructions for writing, in particular, are so far from answering the character he has given of them, that they are not sufficient to teach the art in as many years as he has inentioned hours. The arithmetic extends no farther than Addition, and is contained in about five pages; whence the reader may judge what proficiency can be made in the art of numbers by ftudying the Expeditious Inftru&or.
MEDICA L. XXIX. A Second Di sertation on Quick-lime and Lime-water. By Charles Alston, M. D. the King's Botanist in Scotland, Fellow of the Royal College of Phylicians, and Professor of Medicine and Botany in the University of Edinburgh, Printed at Edinburgh, 12mo. Price is. Hamilton and Balfour. widn our account of this learned Physicians first Dissertation on 5. the same subject, Review, Vol. IX. p. 280, having juft fummaposily mentioned a few points, in which he differed from Drs. Whytt and Pringle, p. 285, we immediately added. We have
not specified those diversities of medical opinion, chusing to 4. meddle between Controversialists, on any subject, as little as
poffible, Such a declaration might, with great confiftency, have excused us from giving any more than the title of this performance; as
we observed, from Dr. Alston's continual references to his first - Differtation, and to Dr. Whytt's Essay on lime-water, (see Re3 view, Vol. VII. p. 401, feq.) that this fecond Dissertation is en
tirely controversial with Dr. Whytt. And though, from what we have perused of it, we find, that Dr. Allton has avoided all inde
cency, yet it is equally clear, he has not constantly preserved his ir temper. This seems the more to be regretted, as some little di.
versities of calculation, and other minutia, concerning lime-water, seem rather to have produced this altercation, than any material difference in practice; Dr. Alfton candidly owning, Preface, p. vi. that he esteems Dr. Whytt's Essay a most • ufeful and laborious performance, which has done more good
in the stone and gravel, than any ching formerly wrote on the • fabject ; and adding, that it first determined him to drink, and Bo to write on, lime-water.' ti We shall not omit, however, to observe, that this second differtation contains several further experiments on this topic, which muft chiefly entertain such physicians as have been peculiarly conversant on it; or fuch curious patients as feel themselves particularly interested in it; fence to others, they will appear rather dry, and over-laboured. And indeed it seems, upon a thorough reflection, that when any useful and practical point of knowlege
is once competently received and established, it is an argument 2 of the foundest understanding, not to subtilize much further about
and about it, which generally produces only the fumum ex fulgore; fince every thing, of which we have any important knowlege, being pursued into its very minutia, terminates much oftner in our discovering its evanescence, than its entire developement: whence our earnest and tenacious contentions, in such cases, only induce the sensible and disinterested reader to apply a line of Horaçe on the occasion, and to conclude, Rixatur de lana fæpe caprina,
XXX. The Grand Objections to Inoculation considered; with cases that tend to confute the only plausible arguments made use of in prejudice to fo beneficial a practice. To which are added, Remarks on a Letter upon Inoculation, lately pub. kufhed. 8vo. 6d. Cooke.
These grand objections are supposed, by this Author, to be the Teligious one, againft communicating a loathsome disease; and the phyfical one, of exposmg the inoculated to any chronical or here. ditary distempers of the person, from whom the matter is taken. To remove the former, he employs three pages (out of fixteen) in a citation from the Bishop of Worcester's sermon in favour of Inoculation, which, from its frequent editions, may very probably have been perused by moit adult readers, liable in themselves, or in their families, to the small-pox: To demolish the latter, he publishes five anonymous cases, of which we shall give the substance, as that may still further affilt his design of extinguishing so popular and groundless a prejudice.
The first cafe afferts two patients of twenty-three years of age, to have been inoculated from a man, who had been always fubject to large fcorbutic eruptions, was of a gross habit of body, and had the small-pox pretty feverely. The inoculated, nevertheless, are affirmed to have had it very favourably, and to have continued in perfect health ever since 1750, when the operation was performed. The second case instances a patient of a hectie cal habit, and subject to glandular swellings (and whose father had an inveterate ulçer, thought cancerous by fome, and fcrophulous by most) who giving a favourable account of his own health to an eminent inoculating furgeon, was inoculated by him, and is faid to have had the small-pox very favourably. This surgeon inocolated two others from this patient, who both recovered, though one of them, affirmed to have been irregular during preparation, had the disease more feverely than is usual by inoculácion. The third cafe relates a youth to have been inoculated from a footman, who had the itch; the patient, however, who had the fmall-pox mildly, is faid not to have been infected with the itch, nor to have had any other eruption or disorder fince the small -pox, which was given several months ago. The patient in the fourth case was inoculated from a person, whofe father had been paralytic, whence fome perfons (very profound phyfiologifts undoubtedly) concluded the young gentleman would soon be attacked with the palsy. But for the two years that have fince intervened, he has continued as healthy as ever;' tho this, it must be acknowleged, does not demonstrate he may not prove paraiytic fixty or feventy years bence. • In the fifth and last cale, a healthy girl of fix years old was inoculated, four years unce, from a neighbour's child, did very well, and continues fo: but fix months afterwards, it was unhappily discovered, that the child's father had been always fcorbutic; and the child, from whom the 7