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suggests very little that is applicable to our particular cafe: it is dedicated to the noble heir of the Townshend-family, very properly dignified by the Tranflator, with the title of Militia-Townf. bend. He has also, in his preface, bestowed the title of Lord on Captain Hervey :- and to make amends for that excess of courteley, he has gone out of his way to discourse of one Byng, as if he had go title at all.
7. VII. A Letter to the University of Cambridge, on a late refignation. By a Gentleman of Oxford. 8vo. 6d. Cooper.
An ironical piece, calculated equally to expose and abuse that learned university, and the noble person at the head of it. Tho' published under an Oxford mak, it very probably belongs to Tome Cambridge-bronze, which needed none at all: the little wa. ter-gilding affectation of wit and pleafantry it is lacquered over with, is chiefly topical ; and if intelligible at Cambridge, will
afford little entertainment any where else. 5. VIII. A Letter from a Bavarian Officer, in the service of the Empress-Queen, &c. to his Friend in London: containing a view of the state of the empire; « together with some reAlections on the present political turn of affairs in Germany, and the part the English are likely to act on this important occafion. Translated from the original German, now in 'the hands of a Gentleman in London. By Mr. P. M. M. 8vo. I s. Morgan.
Here we have another publication under false colours; for tho' it must be admitted, that the Author is really an adventurer in the service of the Empress-Queen, he is no more a Bavarian than a Japanese. All his knowlege is British; all his images are British ;-and every phrase he makes ufe of, is Britis, British, Brie tilh. The ground of his whole performance is a fuppofition, That we Britons were all of us out of our wits with joy, at his Pruffian Majesty's Gazette victory over the Austrians; and that these intemperate transports of ours were owing either to our love of justice, in the belief that his Pruffian Majesty had undertaken a just war; or a felf-concern for our own welfare, in a like belief, that our interests were linked and interwoven with his. And his endeavours are to thew, that policy has nothing to do with juftice, and of all political mealures, the Pruflian march into Saxony the least that his Pruffian Majesty's interests, and those of Britain, had not the least connection, and though we might be serviceable to him in the shape of fubsidies, he could make us no returns, either by land or sea ;-that even the very electorate of Hanover, for whose fake the fo much boasted treaty of Whitehall was made, was likely to incur all the difficulties and dangers by it, which it was calculated to obviate: And that the EmpressQueen deserves none of the blame we daily throw upon her, for entering into a concert with the French court ; fince he was for
ced into.it, for the sake of her own security, by the said treaty of Whitehall.
IX. A View of the Manner in which Trade and Civil Liberty support each other. Being one of the two dissertations on that
subject, which obtained the prizes at Cambridge in 1755, then first instituted by the Right Hon. Lord Viscount Townshend; read before the University June 17, by William Hazeland, M. A. Schoolmafter at Tottenham-Highcrofs, in Middlesex. 4to. Is. Beecroft.
A very fenable, spirited, manly performance. X. The Voice of the People ; a collection of Addreffes to his Majefty, and Instructions to Members of Parliament, by their Conftituents, upon the unsuccessful management of the prefent war, both bv land and sea, and the establishment of a national Militia, &c. &c. 8vo. 18. Payne.
To this Collection, the Editor has prefixed a well-written preface, in defence of the addresses, and (with the ingenious Author of the Confiderations) to prove them constitutional, decent, and necessary.
See Review for November, p. 518. XI. Bungiana ; or, An Afsemblage of What-d’ye-call-'ems, in prose and verse, that have occasionally appeared, relative to the conduct of a certain naval Commander. Now first collected, in order to perpetuate the memory of his wonderful atchievements. 8vo. 6d. Doughty.
Gleaned from the first overflowings of the News-papers, against Admiral Byng. ** XII: A Collection of several Pamphlets, very little known; tome suppressed letters, and sundry detached pieces, published In the daily papers, &a relative to the case of Admiral Byng. 8vo. '1's. 6 d. Lacy. ks.
This is a collection of pieces in favour of Mr. Byng, and is published as a counterpoise to Bungiana; the preceding article. XIII. Some Reafans for believing sundry letters and papers, ascribed, in three late publications, to Admiral Byng, not only spurious, but also an insidious attempt to prejudice the AdmiTal's character. 8vo. Ts. Doughty. 1/5
The above title apparently indicates an ironical performance. The pamphlet is by no means the most contemptible of those
that have appeared againit the Admiral. sing **34****, 1 RELIGIOUS and CONTROVERSIA L.,
XIV. The Fall of Man: An Enquiry into the nature of to that event, and how far the posterity of Adam are involved
XV. The Trial ; upon the Na.
in the guilt of his transgression. Addressed to all, but particularly
Preachers, who embrace the doctrine of original sın, By Anthony Fothergill, a Husbandman in the county of Westmoreland. Syo. I S. Payne. a 3.99
Having had occasion, more than once, to give our sentiments of Mr. Fothergill, as an Author, we fall at present content ourselves with obierving, that this piece, thongh it contains nothing new upon the subject, is written in a clear and sensible manner, and carries with it evident marks of found judgment. 1916-19
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of Spirits; or, A Treatise ture, Office, and Operations of the Spirit of Truthrata. By "James Relly. 8vo. I's. Lewise am 21901 - Dit do modT.
This is a strange #hapsody, whereinit is often difficule to 'perceive, what the Author means. Theng pead point which he is folicitous to etablish, fecms to be this;vthat whatever the Spirit worketh for the salvation and comfort of mankind, is all wrought by his shewing us the things of Christ, and testifying of him, that he may be glorified. • Whatever operating power and influence (upon our hearts)' says he, y tends to lead us to Jefus for righte* ousness and strength, to Jesus for wisdom and purity, to 'fefus
of ' and endears Jesus to the foul, yea, constantly leads us out of • ourselves, to have all our hope and dependence 'on Jejay; this
is the spirit of truth, the Holy Ghost, the Comforter.5419 XVI. E;Jays on several Divine and Moral Subjects : particularly on the Christian temper and conductober-mindededness--the fear of God a future state-a-marriage-the middle ftate the imitation of Christ-degrees in glory-religionthe fabbath-affliction-contentment pacific disposition the late earthquakes--the advent and crucifixion-moderation, &c. By William Richardson of Blencowe, Vicar of Dacre, in Cumberland.
12mo. 2s. 6d. Hodgeses yes in: 92 Though there is nothing particularly utriking, of animated in these Effays, yet the sentiments are just, the language is easy, and per picious, and a spirit of candor, and benevolence breathes through the whole of them. The Author enters into, no nice or refoed speculations, but following the dictates of plain common sense, has adapted his performance to the capacity of almofl
XVII. The Wisdom of the Supreme Being. A Poem. By George Bally, M. A. Fellow of King's College, Cambridge. 4to. Is.
B. Dod, &c.
This is the second time that Mr. Bally has obtained Mr. Sea. 'ton's(a) reward ; and we can safely say, that if his first attempt e merited that distinction, the present performance deserves it no less.
In our account of that poem, we, in general, remarked, that Mr. Bally's only resemblance to ·Milcon, consisted in his larding Es his verses with some peculiar words used by chat great Bard, but which, as they were 'now obsolete, could neither add dignity nor fpicit to poetical numbers. Tho' Mr. Bally seems to have been convinced of the propriety of that criticism, yet is he now guilty of greater transgression, in introducing uomusical (6) words, coining(c) new ones, and changing adjectives into substantives (2). There can be no apology for the use of words incapable of harmonious combination : and though Milton, Philips, Young, Thomson, and others, may be cited as authorities for the practice mentioned in the other parts of our charge, Mr. Bally ought to consider, that those who scarce rise to the middle of Parnassus, are, by the eternal laws of Apollo, excluded from many licences wherein they who have reached the summit, are indulged.
After his introductory Address to the Supreme Being, Mr. Bally censures Reason, and Philosophy, as the grand sources of Scepticism and Infidelity ; and yet, can any proposition be more evident, than that reason, and philosophy are the only media, by which man can demonstrate the wisdom of the great Architect of Nature ;• whether we consider that attribute a priori; or, a pofteriori, from the works of creation? This, we humbly conceive, is a little slip at the very threshold of the work.
The Muses, it is allowed, are exempted from a scientifical precision : Yet, when a Master of Arts, and Fellow of a Col. lege, writes on a learned subject, the world has a right to look for marks of erudition, if not of genius. But much we fear, that Mr. Bally is not a little deficient in this respect ; especially in what he has said of the human anatomy. We shall pass over his account of the eye and ear, the structure of which he had done better to have copied from any modern anatomist than from Cicero, (e) with this observation, that though none of the other senses afford such a fund of poetical images, yet is his description of them both unpoetical and barren. Nor is he culpable only for his omiffions; the epithet which he befows on the finews (f) his spiral knots of veins, not to mention his fringing the fabrick with nerves, betray his ignorance of anatomy. Would not one conclude from the following
(a) Review, vol. XII, page 159.
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Life's tepid waves all o'er ?
In defiance, however, of our Bard's authority, the unpoetical 2, herd of Phyhologists may fill confidently maintain, that the veins only bring back the blood from the extremities, effete, and consequently unfit for che offices of life.
Mr. Bally's refutation of the Epicarcan fyftem, is less exceptionable ; but had this gentleman, looked into Cardinal Polig. nac's Anti-Lucretius, or had he even condescended to peruse Sir Richard Blackmore's Poem on the Creation ; and availed himself ever fo moderately of his reading, perhaps, neither his reasoning or numbers, might have been the worfe for it.' !
But though our Bard, in what he has advanced again: Epicurus, is intelligible enough, yet in the firft lines of his refutation of Ariftotle, he seems to have taken the contrary biasss at least we, who, alass ! are not OEdipusęs, are unable to unriddle them.
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