Art. 62. Tracts published at the Cheap Repository for mural and reli

gious Publications. 12mo. Between 4 and 500 pp. 45. 61, neatly bound. Marshall, Queen-street, Cheapside. R. White, &c. 1796. We were greatly pleased at receiving, in this little volume, a strong proof of the success of the most benevolent and judicious undertaking that has lately been conceived. For the thought, and chiefly for the execution of this plan, the nation (we will say no les) has been in. debeed to the well-known worth and talents of Mrs. Hannah More; who judged, very wisely, that the most effectual way to counteract the train that is usually circulated at a low price, was to circulate, still more cheaply, compofitions of a better tendency. In this excellent design, supported by the zeal of the Bishop of London, and many other persons of eminent situation, Mrs. More has laboured moit successfully. A large subscription has been procured, repofitories have been opened, and the present volume contains nearly fifty finall publications, all affording useful entertainment on moral and religious instruction. So great has been the sale of these admirably executed tracts, that about two millions have been printed, in different forms, since March 1795, besides great numbers in Ireland. The hawkers are supplied with them at a cheap rate, and they already supplant, in most places of sale, the nonsense, or worse, that was before offered to the purchaľers. The tracts are in general written with much ingenuity and judgment; they are plain enough to be understood by the lowelt reader, and attractive enough to please all clases. Most heartily do we wish continuance of success to this patriotic plan, and hope that our notice of it may contribute effectually to that end.

Art. 63. Military Observations, in a Tour through Part of France,

French Flanders, and Luxembourg: By 9. C. Pleydell, Elg. lare Lieutenant-Colonel, and Equerry to the Duke of Gloucester. 4to. 71 pp. 75. 6d. Wingrave. 1795.

We do not think these observations will add much to the military reputation of the author, or furnish any great degree of information to those who wish to know the state of the French frontier. They have also been suppressed so long, thaç the greater part of those which relate to the French army had become obsolete, even before the revolution,

Art. 64. Military Refleftions on the Attack and Defence of the City of

London, &c. By Lieutenant-Colonel George Hanger. 8vo. 118 pp. 38. Debrett. 1795.

Had Colonel Hanger communicated the contents of this pamphlet confidentially, either to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, or to the

Commander Commander in Chief, we think he would have deserved the thanks of his country ; but we are at a loss to guess how he will justify the public exposure of what he conceives to be the most vulnerable part of the British empire. For the same reason that we object to this publi. cation, we shall avoid entering into any discussion of the subject of ir, and fall only regret, that the Colonel's classical or grammatical knowledge does not keep pace with his military science. In one point, however, we fully agree with him, namely, that as the French, by acquiring poffeffion of Holland, have turned the left flank of Britain, it is necessary that a new system of defence should be adopted by this country, and government scems, in some degree, to have paid atten. tion to his advice, by the chain of posts which they established last year round the county of Kent. This book appears to us to be a sufficient answer to those who doubt the necesity of so large a force as has been raised for internal defence. It also proves, we think, that nothing but the nost absolute necessity hould induce this kingdom to make a peace with the French, while the Texel, the mouths of the Waal, or the Scheld remain under their dominion. We do not, how. ever, implicitly subscribe to the inode of defence which the Colonel proposes, nor do we think corps of marksmen would have been a good fubititute for the regiments of light cavalry, which have been raised, The light infantry companies, ar present attached to every battalion, are perhaps the best challeurs in the world, being equally qualified for acting in line, or for desultory warfare ; and in a detensive war, where an enemy is to be perpetually harraffed, and their supplies cut off, bodies of light cavalry can act with more promptitude and effect, than irregular corps of infantry, however active and alert they may be. Of all troops perhaps the horse-artillery, supported by cavalry, is the best calculated for this service.

In the duties of a partizan, Colonel Hanger displays considerable abilities, but when he becomes a theoretical politician, and enters into calculations on the subject of corn, we must remind him of the old adage, “ ne futor ultra crepidam ;” and before he writes another pathetic address to his brother foldiers," upon the abuse of their pay, we would recommend to him to inform himself what their pay is, which the first soldier he meets in the streets will probably be able to inform him.

Art. 65. Letters, written in France, io a Friend in London, between

the ikonih of November, 1794, and the Month of May, 1795, by Mojor Tenih, of the Marines, late of his Majefly's Ship Ali xander, 8vo. 45. Johnson. 1796.

Major Tench was taken prisoner by the French in Admiral Bligh's ship, the Alexander, and he relates agreeably enough the incidents to which he was witness during his captivity. The book is no further of importance than to show the strong contrast between the treatment fhown by the French to their prisoners, and the humane and generous tenderness which the English, on all occafions, teflity to their enemies, Some anecdotes of particular places and individuals are interspersed, the commemorating which probably beguiled the weary hours of Ma


jor Tench, and will also contribute to the entertainment of his readers.

Art. 66. The Life of Caius Julius Cæfar, drawn from the most au.

thentic Sources of Information. By Charles Coote, L. L. D. 8vo. 35. 6d. Longinan. 1796.

The author says he was induced to this undertaking, by not having feen the life of Cæfar in any separate publication, and protesles to have drawn his materials from the best and original sources. The style is go d, the references appear to be faithful, and the volume will be found useful and amusing to young students. The more inaterial circumstances of Cæsar's life are so familiar even to school boys, that we doubt how far in point of circulation the expectations of the wri. ter will be answered,

Art. 67. The Ranger, a Colle&tion of periodical Essays, inscribed to the

Reverend T. Atwood, M. A. by the Hon. M. Hawke and Sir R. l'incent, Bart. 2 Vols. 8vo. 75. 6d. Martin and Bain.

This is a kind of publication which has of late multiplied upon the public, which may be considered perhaps as a proof of at least its local success. The Ranger probably does not aspire to a place in the first rank, but it may be reckoned very high in the secondary class of fimilar performances. Some agreeable and elegant, if not animated verses, are interspersed with lively specimens of tales, didactic and moral essays, with occasional attempts at humour, which are far from unsuccessful. These volumes will avail to amuse those vacant hours, which, from the want of such resources, would perhaps be far less profitably employed.

Art. 68. The Fable of Cupid and Psycbe, translated from the Latin of

Apuleius ; to which are added, a poetical Paraphrase on the Speech of Diotima in the Banquet of Plato, four Hymns, with an Introduction, in which the meaning of the Fable is unfolded. 8vo. 152 pp. 45. Leigh and Sotheby. 1795.

The story of Cupid has been again and again transated, and is probably familiar to every description of our readers. Mr. Taylor, whose diligence we should be glad to see exercised more beneficially to himself, as well as to the public, tells us, that this fable was designed to represent the lapse of the human soul from the intelligible world to the earth. At his mode of making out this position, some will smile, and others will stare. We shall only observe of his tranf. lacion, that it is faithful, but exceptionably tumid in point of style, though perhaps Mr. T. studied to make it so. The author must not be offended with us if we honestly confess, that we can by no means praise his poetry. We will not give extracts which would degrade Mr. T. in the public opinion, but we muft in justice observe, that his lines are generally heavy and prosaic.

In his appendix, Mr. Taylor accuses us of malevolence, and attri. butes the imperfections of his labours on Pausanias to the indigence


of his circumstances, which compelled him to finish his talk in the fpace of ten months. The charge of malevolence against a man of whoin we never had the most distant knowledge, and against whom we could not posibly have any prejudice, we shall only generally repel, by declaring that, in our criticisms on Pausanias, we were influenced by no perional confiderations, nor indeed any thing else than a sense of duty. Mr. T. may be assured that his complaints of indigence excite in us the fincereti commiseration. This is a circumstance of which we had no knowledge, and we heartily hope it may never again impede Mr. Taylor's efforts to acquire the need of literary fame.

ART. 69. Letters on the Drama. 810. 35. 6d. Elmlly. 1796.

These letters are froin the same pen as the Battle of Eddington, and are entitled to the same kind of commendation, A gentleman who writes for his amusement, and without any views of future ad. vantage, is too apt to dildain the minuter rules of composition, indir pensably necelary not only to an author by profeffion, but to the laws of perfect composition. These letters are twelve in number, and evince, arnicit some careless and some superficial observations, an excellent underitanding, and a good tatte.

Art. 70. An historical Descrip:ion of Dunkirk, from its Origin in 646 to the Year 1785. By H. E. Dici. 410. 51 pp. Faden. Čs. 1794.

This is a translation of a manuscript written for the use of M. Calonne, when minister of France, whicla was purchased in the sale of that nobleman's library. It is exceedingly well drawn up, and is less oftentatieus and more impartial than any French work we have crer read, wherein the interests of foreign powers were set in opponeion to those of France. It will afford both information and amusement to thofe who are curious to know of what in, ortance Dunkirk is tv this kingdom. There are several well engraved plans, which, of course, enhance the price.

Art. 71. The Coin Colleftor's Companion, being a descriptive Alpha.

betical List of the modern provincial, political, and other Copper Coirs. · 12mo. 56 pp. 6d. Spence. 1795.

A catalogue of no less than four hundred and twenty coins, the value of many among which may be judged by this, that one of them is Mr. Spence (the publisher) himself, seven months imprisoned, as it expielles, for high treason in 1794. Art. 72. The Triumph of Acqunintance over Friendship, an Elay for

the Times. By a Lady. izmo. 25. 6d. Cadell and Davies. 1796.

This performance is by a Lady, and one of considerable talents, yet we cannot belp lamenting that the object, which is to prove that true friendship is incompatible with the state of fashionable manners, has nos been more perspicuously marked. Her attempts at irony are some. times not unsuccessful, but are liable to the same imputation of want of clearness. A good and feeling disposition is, however, to be traced without ambiguity.




Art. 73. Anthologia Græca, five Poëtarum Græcorum lulus. Ex ree

cenfione Brunckii. Indices et Commentarium adjecit Fridericus Ja·cobs. Tom. I. VIII and 250 pp. text; Tom. II. 264 pp. Tom. III.

254 pp. Tom. IV. 300 pp. in l. 8vo. Leipfic, 1794; Price 4 rixd. 16 gr. on writing paper, and 36 rixd. 8 gr. on cominon paper.

ART. 74. Anthologia Græca, five Poëtarum Græcorum lufus. Ex re

cenfione Brunckii. Tom. V. qui Indices complectitur. Likewise with the separate title, ART. 75. Indices in Epigrammala, quæ in Analeflis veterum Poëtarum

a Brunckio editis reperiuntur. Auctore Friderico Jacobs, Leipsic, 1795. VI and 443 pp. in 8vo. Pr. I rixd. 16 gr.

The first four of these volumes exhibit only an exact copy of the text of the epigrams from the Analecta of Brunck. Mr. Jacobs has in. deed admitted the corrections recommended in the volume of notes, by the former editor, into the text, and inserted in their proper places the epigrams he found there. Of the causes by which he was induced to make fo few alterations in the arrangement of this work, and none at all in the state of the text, he speaks with becoming modesty. We do not, however, scruple to say, that had Mr. J. ventured to form a plan for himself, and confided more in his own judgment, the work would have been executed in a very different, and better manner. There is at present in it a total want of unity, harmony, and completion ; qualities to which the former editor, with all his enthusiasm, seems to have been perfectly indifferent. It is indeed exceedingly difficult to conceive upon what plan this collection was forned. We think, however, that we are justified in asserting, that many pieces are indebted for the places which they occupy in it to mere accident only, as the editor was unwilling to conform to the choice of the more ancient poets, as pointed out in the well-known Proemium of Meleager, and could not well include all the rest under the vague title of Luusus Poën


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