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company him, and engaged two Draughtsmen to affiít bin in the execution of his defign; he set sail from Venice in the month of July 1757, on his intended expedition. In this, we are told, he succeeded, in a few weeks *, to his fatisfaction : and being encouraged, by the favourable reception which has been given of late to works of this kind, particularly to the Ruins of Palmyra and Balbec, he hath now presented the fruits of his labour to the public,
"I am far, continues Mr. Adam, from comparing my undertaking with that of Meffrs. Dawkins, Bouverie, and Wood, one of the most splendid and liberal that was ever attempted by private persons. I was not, like these Gentlemen, obliged to traverse desarts, or to expose myself to the insults of Barbarianst; nor can the remains of a single palace, vie with those surprizing and almoft unknown monuments of sequestered grandeur which they have brought to light: but at a time when the admiration of the Grecian and Roman Architecture hath risen to such a height in Britain, as to banish, in a great measure, all fantastic and frivolous tastes I, and to make it necessary for every Architect, to study and to imitate the ancient manner, I flatter myself that this work, executed at a considerable expence, the effect of great labour and perseverance, and which contains the only full and accurate designs that have hitherto been published, of any private edifice of the antients, will be received with indulgence, and may, perhaps, be esteemed an acquisition of some importance.'
We perfe&ly agree with Mr. Adam in the importance of the object of his work; as we see with pleasure the numerous and relpectable list of Subscribers, who have done themselves and their country honour, by encouraging so capital a performance. At the same time, it is with equal pleafure, we can congratulate the Lovers of the fine arts, with this valuable addition to the late Descriptions of ancient Architecture ||
* Five weeks, says our Author. A very short time, indeed, to take fuch a number and variety of views and admeasurements as are contained in this performance : but as, according to Mr. Adam, they were spent in uniwearied application, and the accuracy of his labours were so very fatisfactory to himself, we have only to admire his great fedulity and expedition. † Spalatro, is in Venetian Dalmatia.
Is this frialy true? We hope our Author doth not compliment his Patrons here, at the expence of his fincerity. It is, however, no matter, as the inference he draws, is not affected by it.
| As well such as have been actually published, as those we have reason to expect, in the future volumes of Mr. Stuari's Antiquitics of Atheas.
The number of plates contained in this work are seventy-one, all executed in the most masterly manner; the engravings of the Architecture in particular, frequently striking the eye with uncommon beauty,
To the whole is prefixed, a verbal description of the general plan of Dioclefian's palace as restored ; explaining the manner of disposing the apartments in the houses of the antients. As this description, however, is chiefly explanatory of the several plates, and would be unintelligible without them, any extract from it would be useless.
For U L Y, 1764.
RELIGIOUS and CONTROVERSIAL. Art. 1. A View of human Life, in a Series of Sermons on the fol
lowing Subjects, viz. The Duty of Parents to their Childrenthe Mortality of Children considered and improved the possibility of a young Man's preserving his Virtue—the young Man must take heed to his in-personal Care, without a principle of Piety, insufficient—the Word of God the young Man's Guide-Creation, or our Obligations to God cur Maker-Providence, or our Obligations to God our Preferver and Benefactor--the Goodness of God in former Life, a Ground of Encouragement in old Agethe Returns due to God for all bis Benefits--the Fear of Death conquerable-how to conquer the Fear of Death-the great Duty of drawing near to God, considered and explained the Happiness of drawing near to God--the gradual Workings and Product of Afflictions. By Samuel Eaton, D.D. For the Use of Families. Published at the Request of many of the Author's Friends. 8vo. 55. bound. Waugh.
HESE Sermons being intended for the use of families, have notaste of those fastidious Readers, who are dilgusted with every performance, that is not recommended by striking and lively imagery, or elegance of conipofition.—They are plain, casy, fenfible Discourses, on important practical subjects, and contain many observations which thew that the Author is well acquainted with human life and manners.
R Art. 2. Grace and Truth; or, the Glory and Fulness of the Re
deemer displayed. In an Attempt to explain, illustrate, and enforce the most remarkable Types, Figures, and Allegories of the O'd Testament. To which is adiled, Thoughts on various Subjeets. By the late Rev. Mr. William M.Ewen, Minister of the Gospel at Dundee. 12mo. 2s. 6d. Dilly,
The fober and judicious Christian will find many ridiculous and tri. fling conceits in this performance, and very little to edify or entertain him.
Zeal, &c. &c. By an Enemy to pious Fraud." 8vo.
Attacks the Methodists with more zeal than ability. Much better
swer to the former, and Animadversions upon the latter : Prove ing, from the best Authorities, that the Doctrine, Discipline, and Government of the Church of England, are truly primitive and apostolical. By Thomas Foster, Rector of Hasleworth with Chedifton in Suffolk, and Chaplain to the Right Honourable and Reverend the Earl of Home. 8vo. 25. 6d. Bathurst.
We have here a controversy of very inconsiderable moment, between Mr. Foster and Mr. Crompton, a late Dissenting Minister. The subject of the dispute has been often agitated ; and those who are well acquainted with it, will find scarce any thing new in what Mr. Pofter or Mr. Crompton have advanced.
R. Art. 5. A Paraphrase on the Books of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, and
Ecclefiaftes, with Notes critical, historical, and practical. In Four Volumes. By Lawrence Holden, of Maldon in Eflex. 8vo. 4 Vols. 11. 18. in boards. Henderson, &c.
To what class of Readers this performance will be useful, or agreeable, we really know not ;- but this we verily believe, that persons of tafte, learning, or judgment, will fiud very little in it to engage their attention.
a sacred Poem. 4to. 25. Coote.
a facred Poem. 4to. 2 s. 6d. Coote,
After all, we are sorry to see sacred subjects in danger of being turned into ridicule, by the miltaken zeal of those who think they are doing good, while, in reality, they are doing mischief to the cause they efpoufe, and which can never be so much hurt by any open attacks, as By a weak and injudicious defence,
N O V E L s. Art. 8. The Histories of Lady Frances S—, and Lady Caro
line s Written by the Mifs Minifies, of Fair-water: in Somersetshire. 12mo. Vol. IV th. 35. Dodfley. We have nothing to add, on the publication of this additional voluine, to the little we had to fay on the appearance of the former three. See Review for August 1763, p. 16).
P0- I TICA L. Art. 9.
An Alarm to the Stock-Holders; necessary to be perused by those who have any Property in the Bank, &c. 8vo. 6d. Cooke.
Occasioned by a late resolution of the Bank-Directors, not to disa count the bills of Merchants, &c. - The Author severely arraigns the conduct and management of those to whom the direction of the Bank' of England is entrusted : and proposes some methods for redressing the grievance; complained of. Art. 10. A Letter from the Elephant to the People of England.
4to. Is. Sumpter. A ridiculous attempt at political fatire. Art. II. The IVallet, a supplementary Exposition of the Budget.
4to. 1S. 6d. Williams and Co. The Budget was a notable pamphlet, and had a good sale; and such pieces seldom go without an Anjver, whether they are answerable or not;—for which an eternally unanswerable reason might be afrigned; but it is too obvious to need mencioning.
The Wallet, whatever were the Writer's motives for producing it, is not unworthy the attention of those who were struck with the contents of the Budget. The Author sets out with an encomium on the meafures of the present Administration, enters into a particular discussion of a celebrated Advertisement, defends the affair of the Smuggling Cutters, and wards off from the Ministry the charge of the great Fall of S:ocks, 15 per Cent. below Par, and fixes it upon the Albemarle Club, and their Agents, who, says he, like this Writer, exert their atmoft to impress the people with wrong ideas of those national measures, that ought to meet with the molt universal approbation. To them is to be imputed that mean opinion of the present methods used for supporting and preserving our credit, for they are the persons that propagate those false apprehensions: and if their Votaries in the monied part of the nation, fuffer by their own adopted tenets, they are felones de se: they suffer by their own hands.'
He then answers the allegation, That the army is greater than after the last peace, and that the over-proportion of Officers kept on the establishment, is a tacit acknowlegement of the instability of this greatly extolled peace. He proceeds to consider the third charge upon the Ministry, for setting up false pretences, whereon to build an unmerited fame; and with regard to the fifth charge, • That the Navy Debt al., ways provided for, formerly, out of a particular fund, is, by the late Ministry, thrown upon the Sinking Fund, and, by this, continued on it; the answer is (for the kingdom in general) too unfortunately obvi. ous. They ought to answer for it, who anticipated all our funds, and threw us into ten millions of unfunded debt, by the most enormous pro-, digality that Europe ever witnesied! Without new taxes we cannot have a particular fund reserved for the Navy Debt; and the nation has been so bled by former Adminiftrations, that they can no longer bear such increasing burdens. The Sinking Fund will soon relieve itself. Its increasing funds are a certain pledge of the restoration of our credit, by a proper fyllem of Frugality : an unpopular, but, in our circumftances, a necessary system of Government, which will gradually, but certainly, relieve us from the merciless hands of those Money-Jobbers, that, in former Administrations, preyed on the vitals of the State ; but, by the vigilant tenderness of the present Ministry, are precluded from devouring the last remains of national faith and national honesty.'
He concludes with some remarks on what he calls the primary View of the Budget-Writer, viz. • To incense the Landed Interest against the Ministry, on account of their continuing the Land Tax at Four shillings in the pound, when it had been the rule, in former adminiftrations, in the most early dawn of Peace, to reduce it to Two.
Specious, however, as this argument may be at first sight, it will no!, it is to be hoped, delude the judicious part of the Landholders, to conceive an ill opinion of, or entertain the least resentment to, the Mi., niftry, at this necessary and equitable measure of Government. They will consider, that the Landholders have, for many years past, paid much less than they ought to have done, provided the amount of their rent-rolls had been truly stated in the Freeholders Book. Some few of them, indeed, may pay rather more than is adequate to their real rent; occasioned by the vanity and over abundant loyalty of their predeces fors, who gave in, at the time of the Revolution, the annual return of their estates larger than it truly was. But this is not a very common case. In general, the fact is as above represented ; namely, that the Landholders pay much less than they ought. Rents in this kingdom are greatly increased. Farms, that about half a century ago, annually, produced to the Landlord only One hundred and fifty pounds, are, in various parts, now risen to Two hundred and fifty: and, notwithstanding this amazing increase of rent, those estates are charged in the Free. holders books no more than formerly. Again, in the time of King William, others (and these, it is to be feared, composed the major part of the nation) less fired by vanity, and less animated by, loyalty, gavę in, on the contrary, an exceeding low account of their inheritance; inlomuch, that it is now a well known fact, that many (very many!) Efates, I had almost faid many Counties, in this kingdom, do not pay, when the land tax hands at Four shillings in the pound, above Nine Pence or One Shilling. So that the Landholders, though charged by