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Such are the outlines of the dying Hero. It will be doing no in. iuftice to the Writer to observe, that, though his poem may contaia many good lines, it is, upon the whole, a crude and bafty performance :-in few respects equal to what might be expected from the known abilities of the ingenious Author

ME DI CAL. Art. 33. Synopsis Medica, or, A Short View of the Modern

Practice of Physic: with a Pharmacopæia Extemporanea. In 2 Vols. Vol. I. izmo. 6s. Bew. 1779.

A catchpenny publication, copied chiefly from Dr. Cullen's First Lines, and other works: the substance of which, the instructed reader will peruse much more to his fatisfaction in the original writings; and the uninstructed will not be able to comprehend in any form. The judgment and understanding of this compiler may be estimated from the following clause. Speaking of the mealles, he says, they attack with rigor ;' instead of a rigour or shivering. Art. 34. An Answer to Baron Dimsdale's Review of Dr. Lett.

fom's Observations on the Baron's Remarks, respecting a Letter upon General Inoculation. By John Coakley Lettsom, M. D. F. R. S. and S. A. Evo. Dilly, &c. 1779. More personal altercation, of a very disagreeable kind. We fincerely with this may be the last publication in this very unimportant and degrading squabble. Art. 35. Considerations on the Propriety of a Plan for Inoculating

the Poor of London at their own Habitations; with a View, parti. cularly, to the Arguments urged in Defence of it, by the Author of a late anonymous Letter to Dr. J. C. Lettsom. 8vo6d. Baldwin, &c. 1779.

In our last Month's Review, speaking of the letter to which this publication is an answer, we gave it as our opinion, that the Author had hit upon the grand and solid argument upon which promiscuous inoculation was to be defended ; and notwithstanding the present Writer has raised plausible objections to several points in the Leiter. writer's reasoning, we ftill think the same. If there were any plan, public or private, for preventing the spread of the small.pox in London, we acknowledge, that interfering with it by unguarded inoculation would be highly culpable and injurious ; but while the people in general are lift to all the hazards of natural contagion, which sooner or later they must fall a prey to, we cannot but think, that snatching a great number of them from the dangers of the disease by inocula. tion, will much more than compensate any bad consequences from diffusing, or rather anticipating the infection. It appears evident to us, that the cause why inoculation has already so little benefited the public, has been the want of an easy introduction of it among the poor; and till fome better plan than that of the Society is proposed, we cannot see the propriety of debarring the most numerous and use. ful class of people from its advantages. . Hospitals, in a place like London, are utierly inadequate to the purpose. It would, however, be worth the confideration of the Society, whether, by inoculating only at certain reasons, or in certain diltricts where the natural diseale

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already prevails, they might not more effe&ually obviate all the objections of their opponents. Art. 36. A Synopsis of a Course of Lectures on Anatomy and

Surgery. By Magnus Falconar, Surgeon, and Profeffor of Anatomy., 8vo. 6s. bound. Longman, &c. 1778.

In order to save young students the trouble of perusing treatises of anatomy; to give them a knowledge of all the technical terms used in the science; and to remove the necessity of taking notes in time of lecture, a practice peculiarly hurtful where the eyes ought to be continually employed, as in anatomical demonftrations; Mr. Falconer printed these very copious heads of lectures, which contain a full and complete reference to every object described or exhibited, and every opinion advanced, either speculative or practical, during his course. The utility of such a work to fudents must be obvious; and it may prove very serviceable. to those who have gone through their studies, in order, occasionally, to renew in their minds, ideas which ought to be familiar to every medical practitioner...

MISCELLANEOUS.. Art. 37. Characteristic Striclures;, or, Remarks on upwards of

100 Portraits of ihe most eminent Persons in the Counties of Lancaster and Chester; particularly in the Town and Neighbour. hood of Manchester.'Now supposed to be on Exhibition. Addressed to John Alley, Esq; of Duckinfield-Lodge. In Imitation of a late ingenious Publication, entitled, Sketches from Nature Interspersed with critical and explanatory Noçes. 4to. 2 s. 6 d. Millidge. 1779.

With respect to the pieces that form the present exhibition, it is but justice to acknowledge, that many of them are truly character-, istic of the different mallers whole works they are supposed to be. How far it is defenfible, thus to compel them to exhibit before the public, is what we shall not take upon us to determine: we cannot, however, but think, that to gratify personal (pleen at the expence of private character, is mean and ungenerous. Art. 38. Histoire d'un Pou François, C.-The History of a.

French Louse, or the Spy, of a new Species, in France and England; containing Pictures of the most interesting Characters of the Two Kingdoms, and affording a Key to the principal Events which have happened in the Year 1779, as well as of those which are to happen in 1780. 8vo. 3.3. Paris. Imported by Becket, London. i

The French Loure is produced on the head of a woman of pleafure; but is foon obliged to abandon the place of his nativity by a peftilential disorder, arising from the exhalation of certain mineral vapours, which infected and desolated the whole country. After as variety of adventures, scarce worth relating, he becomes acquainted. with the Queen of France, Madamoiselle D'Eon, Dr. Franklin, M. De Sartine, the Duke of Richmond, and Lord Shelburne. , Inhabiting the neighbourhood of the brain, the Loure discovers the most secret thoughts that pass in the minds of these distinguished personages. We cannot venture to say, that the discovery is of much

* See Review for June, p. 474. .

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consequence. The Louse has a great deal of ill-nature, a great deal of impiety, and very little wit.

N. B. A tranflation into English is published. . Art. 39. Cash Tables at Five Pounds and Fifteen per cent. on

the Duties of Excise and Malt. Also at 2 and 1 per cent. or 6d. and 3 d. per Pound, chargeable on Eltates, Goods, and Effeas, fold by way of Auction. Calculated with the greatest Exadness, from a Farching to a Pound, at one View, and from one Pound to Ten Thousand, to the Hundredth Part of a Farthing. Designed chiefly for the Officers, &c. belonging to the Excise, and also for the Use of Auctioneers and others. By John Cross, Clerk to Benjamin Willis, Esq; Collector of Excise for Durham Collection. 8vo. 19. Newcastle upon Tyne, printed. London, Sold by Johnson. 1779.

These Tables will, undoubtedly, be useful to those for whom they are intended. Art. 40. Rules for reading Italian. By John Povoleri. 460.

is. Cadell, &c. These rules contain nothing of importance, that is not to be met with in every common Grammar. .

LA w. Art. 41. The Law of Outlawry, and Practice in Civil Actions,

By Thomas Legge. 8vo. 2 s. 6 d. Baldwin. 1779. Mr. Legge discovers a vehement anxiety to revive the old law and practice of outlawry, in all its rigors, and to arm it with all its antient severity. But as he confesses, that the present practice is consonant ' to general precedent for some time last part,' it is not very likely that he will inspire many of his readers with the same zeal. • Outlawry (says this eloquent attorney) in a civil action, at leaft, is become a shadow instead of a substance, and though originally intended as an especial handmaid, is now become a common prof titute to the suitors; and the King's prerogative and interest cherein thereby totally lost; and of these proceedings, we apprize the Attorney General (who by duty is bound to preserve every prerogative of the crown), that he take heed that that which appertains to this matter (although it seems little more than an ideal one) be not suffered to be annihilaced by his not being party to reversals, &c.'

We cannot honestly say, that we with our Author much success in this attempt to resuscitate the prerogative of the crown; nor do we imagine, that the Attorney-General, and other law officers, would be inattentive to its emolument, and their own fees, unless the furtherance of civil justice required a relaxation of ancient frietness. -So much as to the desiga and tendency of this work. With respect to the execution, Mr. Legge has bestowed a considerable degree of attention to it, and collected many useful cases on the subject. As a Writer, he is sometimes censurable for an unseasonable profufion of words on matters that are not susceptible of ornament, and that require only plainness and precision.

SCHOOL-BOOK 3. Art. 42. A Treatise on the Elegance of the Latin Tongue. Wherein Rules opon every part of Speech, the molt obvious in good Au. thors, and the most necessary to be known, are set forth in the

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fortest and plainest Manner, and supported by Examples, all taken from Cicero. Proper to be perused and learnt by Heart, by young People who have acquired a fufficient Knowledge of the Syntax. To which is added, a very concise Treatise on Numbers. thewing in the fullest Light, the Way of expressing them in Latin. With the Roman Manner of counting the Days of Months. By

A. De Burcy. 12mo. Is. 6d. Printed for the Author. Sold .by Fielding and Walker.

This work is divided into five chapters. The first confifts of such general rules as were reducible under no particular head; the second is confined to nouns; the third to pronouns; the fourth to verbs : and the fifth to conjunctions, prepositions, adverbs, and other par. ticles. The rules are drawn up with perspicuity and brevity, and in general, are judiciously exemplified. There are some, however, which we think not altogether unexceptionable ; those we mean, in which the young pupil is taught, that words are sometimes added in Latin merely for the sake of ornament. In this point, we apprehend the Writer to be mistaken. Whatever is merely useless, can never by good writers be considered as ornamental. It is possible, indeed, that in a dead language, there will sometimes be shades of meaning, too faint to strike the eye of a modern observer. Yet we may affure curselves, that what may now appear to be altogether expletive, was originally intended to give fulness to the sense as well as harmony to the period, either to add energy to the expresion, or to render it more emphatical. That this, indeed, was the case, is obvious from many of the examples which Mr. De Burcy introduces as proving the contrary.

The Treatise on nouns of number will be very useful to young beginners, who generally find the Latin numerals extremely pero plexing. Art. 43. Institutes of Arithmetic, elementary and practical ; de

figned as a Text-Book, for the Use of Schools. By William Gordon, Author of the Universal Accountant. 12mo, 2 s. Edinburgh printed : London sold by Richardson and Urquhart. 1779.

There is a kind of classical elegance, if we may so express our. selves, in the method used throughout this book, which is not only new, but pleasing also. The definitions and rules are brief, clear, and dilindt : but, as a school-book, we cannot help thinking, that there is a deficiency in the number of examples; unless we are to suppose it intended for youth of a riper age, than that at which with us they usually set to learn arithmetic.

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SE R M O N. . 1. The Magistrate's Duty with respect to Vice and Immorality, set forth.

By a Minister of the established Church. 8vo. 6 d. 1779. · Sold by Evans in Pater nofter-row.

Whether this sermon was preached, or if preached, at what place, does not appear; it is, however, seasonably offered to the conīdera. tion of the public, particularly those to whom it is immediately ad. dressed, viz. all the magiftrates of the kingdom.

After considering the magistrate's duty to punilh vice, and enu. merating several irregularities which call for his particular regard ;

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fome objedions to the exertion of his authority for this purpose, are answered ; and among the rest, the common, but often futile plea, that the magiftrate is not called to act, unless some complaint is brought before him.

This Writer infifts, that there are several cases in which it is the magistrate's duty to visit suspected places, and search out offenders. He observes particularly, that the legislature has laid a pecuniary penalty on mayors, sheriffs, &c. for not searching places suspected of unlawful games. On the whole, it is to be doubted, that there are magiftrates, who might profit (in the virtuous fense of the word) by a careful attention to the representations and advice delivered in this useful fermon.

CORRESPONDENCE. To the AUTHORS of the MONTHLY REVIEW. GENTLEMEN, A Correspondent in your last, p. 399. maintains from Bingham, A that “ the use of organs came into the church since the cime of Thomas Aquinas, anno 1250, and that they were introduced into 'churches by Martinus Sanutus, about the year 1290." But I thiok I can trace them at least a hundred years higher, on the authority of Gervas, the Monk of Canterbury, who wrote about the year 1194. In his description of Lanfranc's church, as it was before the fire in 1174, he has these words, Crux auftralis fupra fornicts organa geftare folebat *.” And the ornamental foundacion of this organ lofi, being a projection faced with wainscotting painted, on which are the figures of St. Augustine and St. Gregory, may fill be seen in that cathedral, over St. Michael's chapel, and is described by Mr. Gottling, in his ingenious' Walk,' p. 238. second edition, Yours, &c.

CANTUARIENSIS, .

** We have read our worthy and learned Correspondent's letter, concerning the Doctrine of the Eternity of Hell Torments, with artention, but not with conviction. What we advanced upon that subject, in the Article concerning Bishop Pearce's Sermons, was not hastily thrown out; but was the result of long and deep enquiry and reflection. We cannot, however, as Reviewers, enter into private controversies. If our Correspondent should resolve to lay his sentiments before the Public, we shall give them a candid and im• partial consideration.

ttt S. D.'s letter, 'relative to the want of a GENERAL INDEX to all the volumes of the MONTHLY REVIEW, has afreih excited our attention to that design ; concerning which we shall speedily come to a final determination.

• *** Mr. Knox's Essays, Moral and Literary, Vol. II. in our next.

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