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will ever be those who, studying mankind only in their closets, attempt to describe manners they have never seen, are certain in the end to betray their ignorance and presumption. Art. 24. A Poetic Epistle to the Author of a Paraphrafe of a celebratid Chapter of St. Paul.
Fol. I S.
Faulder. 1779. On the supposition that Mr. Anítey, che humorous Author of The New Bath Guide, could not write seriously, our Author imagined (when he saw the Paraphrase on the 13th Chapter to the Coriothjans * advertised) that this son of pleasantry mujt mean a burlesque ; and having read the poen, he still thinks that it is a ludicrous per. formance. What a construction!
On this idea, the Author of the pamphlet before us has given Mr. Anttey a friendly admonition; of which a single line,
• Renounce thy errors, and repent in time,' may be a sufficient specimen. Art. 25. The Divorce. A Poem.
4to. I s. 6 d. Bishop,
1779 The Author tells us in his preface. he is resolved, with his eyes open, to join the scribbling tribe.' Of this rafh resolution take che following proof :
"We, who scorn the musty rules
Whom fate unkindly yok'd together.'
Twelve Epitlles. By Thomas Delamayne, Esq. 400.
O che Twelve Epistles, announced in the title-page, the present publication contains only Three. When Mr. Delamayne has com. pleted his design, we shall give an account of the whole performArt. 27. The Guardians ; a Poem. By a young Lady of Portfo
mouth. 4to. 6 d. Robinson, &c. 1779. The young Lady of Portsmouth, with singular diffidence and modefly, requests, if this little poem thould become an object of the Reviewer s notice, that the worst lines may be selected as a specimen of the Author's performance.
We are sorry that a talk should be imposed upon us, especially by a Lady, which, we must confess, our abilities are in no degree equal
For how can we prefume to point out the worst lines, when all are equally good?
The poem is intended as a compliment to Admiral Keppel. Art. 28. Friendship the derniere Resource. A Poem, addressed
to a Gentleman late of Cambridge. By a young Gentleman of the Middle Temple. 4to. I s. 6 d. Evans.
For the sake of this young Gentleman's acquaintance, we will hope that Pope's observation is not true,
That each bed author is as bad a friend.
2 s. 6 d.
• For an account of this performance, fee Review for June, 1779.
Art. Art. 30.
Art. 29. Bagnigge-Wells: A Poem. In which are pourtrayed
the Characters of the most eminent Filles de joye. With Notes and Dlluftrations, critical, hiftorical, and explanatory. 410. Is. 6 d. Hawkins, in Paternoster-Row. 1779.
· Thy arbours, Bagnigge, and the gay alcove,
Which deck St. James's, or adorn St. Giles.'-
4to. ( S. Dodiley. A Pigmy bestriding the Pegasus of Pindar. Art. 31. The Modish Wife. A Poem. Inscribed to the reign
ing Ton. 4to. Dixwell. A general satire on modern female dissipation, and fashionable vice. The subject and the verse equally contemptible.
MISCELLANEOUS. Art. 32. Thoughts on the Conduct of Admiral Keppel; together
with Reasons for restoring Sir Hugh Palliser into the full Confi. dence and good Opinion of his Country. 8vo. 3d. Richarda fon and Urquhart. 1779.
A sober and sensible vindication of Admiral Palliser, under fourteen distinct heads,-the last of which being a general conclufon from the whole, may be here extracted.-- If a man, who in the heat of action behaved with the greatest gallantry, and in the moft exemplary and meritorious manner, who fought his ship till the was reduced to a perfe& wreck, who was the latt in action, fuffered the molt in the action, and did not desist while fighting was permitted bim;-if such a man, to whom the more generous spirit of the ancients would have decreed public honours and rewards, were to fall a sacrifice to party rage, and to be treated as an enemy to the state, who was the most anxious to serve the state,-the navy of England, which was heretofore its glory and its boast, must be haltening with quick steps to inevitable ruin. Art. 33. A Treatise on the Custom of counting Noses. 8vo. IS.
Kearsly. 1779; This humorous Writer is of opinion that the Custom of counting Nofes will appear to the sagacious reader a subject of the greatest import; being, says he, no less than that opon which every movement of the state depends : • During this nasal ceremony, reason and argument attend in suspence, and are often dismissed without a power of appeal.-Life, liberty, and property, is here under a moft abso. lute controul : Is it not then incumbent on us to inquire into the nature of that upon which every thing so dear to us depends ??
After examining into the causes and effects of this cuítom, he proceeds to inquire into its conveniency.
In • In the first place, then, the nose was, before this institution, (allowing me to speak in metaphor) the most idle member of fociety; and therefore certainly now the most proper to be employed. It partook of the smallest share in performing the functions of the human frame. Its peculiar sense is, comparatively speaking, trifing, and that too is frequently destroyed, by the almost continual colds which we labour under in this climate.
• Again : it is, in some cases, from the habiliments of office, and a peculiarity of shape, in fact, the only point of the man that can be got at. For example, my Lord Bathurst, when a little while ago Lord Chancellor, could not, I contend for it, be sold, upon a stateday, by any other evidence in nature. A meagre Bishop, in his lawn fthough I confess it would be a very new appearance), comes within the same case; as do Judges, Peers, geatlemen of the Bar in the House of Commons, and the Speaker in general. The prefent one happening to have so much forehead, does not overturn the rule, for exceptio probat regulam, cum multis aliis; so that, but for this, in some of the instances I have given, as that of my Lords the Bishops (whose taciturnity is not, from long and immemorial usage, now a matter of remark), an enterprising Minister might, like Bayes, foift in a bench of buckram upon any urgent occation, and thus carry a question against the most leading principle of the con. ftitution."
After expatiating with much pleasantry on the policy of the cufp tom, he concludes with a COMPLIMENT to Dr. Johnson, on the clearness of his definition * of the nose, which first opened and gave a scope to his comprehension of the subject. Art. 34. A short Appeal to the Public. By the Gentleman who
is particularly addrefied in the Postscript of the Vindication of some Pairages in the fifteenth and fixteenth Chapters of the History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. 8vo. Is. Robson,
In the Postscript to his Vindication Mr. Gibbon makes a few obser, vations on an anonymous pamphlet, under the title of A few Remarks, &c. By a GenTLEMAN.- Most of the instances, says Mr. Gibbon, which are here produced, are of so brittle a subltance, that they fall in pieces as soon as they are touched : and I searched for some time before I was able to discover an example of some moment where the Gentleman had fairly faked bis veracity againit fome pom filive fact asserted in the two last chapters of my History. At lait I perceived that he has absolutely denied that any thing can be gathered from the Epistles of St. Cyprian, o: from his treatise de unitate Ecclefiæ, to which I had referred, to justify my account of the spiritual pride and licentious mappers of some of the Confessors.'
The Gentleman, in this Appeal to the Public, replies in the following manner — As I profess truth to be the only object of all my inquiries, so, when found, I mean ever to make it the sole rule of all my words and actions. I shall not therefore attempt to justify, or even to palliate, the apparent error, otherwise than that the Author's period impressed a very different idea on me than the words of Se.
• « The prominence on the face, which is the organ of scent, and the emun&tory of the brain."
Cyprian, as referred to, then did, or ftill do; and that very idea, through almost unpardonable inattention, I expressed with the utmost inaccuracy. But as the very best excuses may not prove fatisfactory to all readers, I readily give it up, as I would any other error or errors pointed out to me, which I think it is the indispensable duty of every man of honour to do. I hould moreover have acknowledged my obligations to the Author himself, for pointing out my error, had he done it with becoming decency and good manners.'
The Gentleman acquaints us that there are several temarks both before and after the passage Mr. Gibbon has condescended to take notice of, in which he had fairly staked his veracity against some positive fact asserted in his history; and he appeals to the Public, if they had not a right to be satisfied on several other articles to which he has chosen to be utterly filent. He mentions some few objections which a complete vindication, he says, should have cleared up.-But we refer cur Readers to the Appeal itself.
For our account of the Gentleman's former Remarks, see Re. view, vol. lix. p. 231. Art. 35. Examen Philosophique et Politique des Loix relatives aux
Mariage, Repudiation, Divorce et Separation.. Par un Citoyen du Monde.- A Philosophical and Political Examination of the Laws concerning Marriage, Divorce, Separation, &c. Svo. 2 s. 6 d.
Elmsley, 1779. : The unknown Author of this Examination writes like a philofopher, a man of sense, and a good citizen. His tract is addressed to the parliament of England, which he looks upon as the wiselt legillative body in Europe, and to which, together with the ftudy of our free constitution, he acknowledges himself indebted for whatever ideas he has on the subject of legislation.
He further tells us, that if there is a state on earth which has given to laws their true direction, where man is in possession of his native dignity, and enjoys all the advantages of society, without giving op too many of the prerogatives which he derives from nature, it is undoubtedly ENGLAND. The best political constitution, however, he júftly observes, has fill too many defects; and, indeed, every work of man bears upon it evident and striking marks of his weakness, his palfions, and his errors. It is incumbent, therefore, upon every good citizen, to point out, with modelty and decency, whatever he confiders as a defect in that system of laws to which he is subject, and to contribute every thing in his power towards carrying it to as great -a degree of perfection as the present condition of humanity can admit.
The subject of our Author's Examination is one of the most im. portant that can engage the attention of a legislator; marriage being one of the principal pillars of society, one of the branches of legislation which has the greatest in Auence upon the peace and order of society, and the happiness of individuals. Every abuse, indeed, in relation to it, mutt necessarily be attended with pernicious consequences to the body politic, and to its members,
1: is to be regretted that our Author, who seems to be well ac. quainted with human nature, and to have considered his subject very artensively, should have coofined himself to such narrow limits; and lasisfied bimself with a transient glance at a variety of topics, many
of which require, and to which he is very capable of giving, an ample difcuffion.
Within the limits of ninety-two pages we have about seventy chapters, to which we must refer our Readers. Though the Author only touches upon many curious' points, his couches are those of a master -EX PEDE HERCULEM. Art. 36. Remonftrance des Naturalistes a la Chambre des Lords du
Parlement d'Angleterre, relativement à la Libertè de Conscience. Ecrite par Mr. D. C. Avocat. 8vo. I s. Sold at No.
Market Street, Oxford-Market.
A light, declamatory piece, in favour of universal toleration, writren in the true spirit of Voltaire. It is probably intended to recommend the Freethinker's conventicle in Margaret street. Art. 37. The House of Peeresses; or, Female Oratory. Contain
ing the Debates of several Peeresscs on the Bishop of Llandaff's Bill for the more effectual Discouragement of the Crime of Adul. tery. 4to.
2 s. 6 d. Kearsly. 1779. The frequency of divorces in cases of adultery, among our people of fashion, has given birth to this piece of pleasantry, among other late satirical reprehensions of the sameless misconduct of our highbred dames. The debates, in this female parliament, on the Bihop ! of Llandaff's Bill, are well imagined, and supported with spirit. Perhaps this ludicrous merbod of attacking the vices of the great, may be better adapted to produce some degree of reformation, than more serious arguments, though drawn from the molt interesting and important confiderations.
RELIGIOUS and CONTROVERSIAL.
By the late learned Robert Spearmaa, Esq; 8vo.
Those who have a reverence for the mystical philosophy of Mr. Hutchinson, will be pleased to find, in this pofthumous publication of Mr. Spearman, (one of Mr. H.'s most distinguished followers) an account of the life of the great leader of a sect, of whom, though of very modern date, scarce any traces now remain.-So, for the ho. nour and interest of the human faculties, may it ever fare with mylticism! Art. 39. A Theological Survey of the Human Understanding. In
tended as an Antidote against Modern Deism. By Robert Applegarth. 8vo. 5 s. Boards. Phillips, &c. 1779.
If we are not mistaken, this book has been already reviewed. Our Readers are referred to page 236 of our fifty-lixch volume. The work there mentioned bears the same title with the book now before us; but the Author's name was not then put to it. Perhaps this is a new edition.
S E R M O N S. 1. The Evasion of Payments due to the State on Account of Customs and
Excise, considered, in a Discourse on Exod. xx. 15. Thou shalt not steal. 8vo. '6 d. Cambridge printed, and sold in London by Cadell, &c. 1779
The force of this short diffuafive from the crime of smuggling, confifts in a dry frigid proof, that defrauding the fate of its duties,
3 S. od.