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Art. 32. Traits on Human Woe. By a. Spectator. Small

8vo, 1 s. 6 d. Leicetter printed ; sold by Lowndes in London.

At the close of this lamentable Volume we are told, that, the Spectator of human woes must, for the present, retire from the walks of misery, to wait the flue of that judgment, which will direct his future conduct.' And he adds, ' If aught in this little Volume should amuse the serious reader, an opportunity may be embraced, hereafter, of renewing the subject!'

To speak honestly, we find little amusement in the dismal events which are here huddled together, it should seem, for our entertainment.

This Writer's taste for amusement, appears to be of the fame ftamp' with his who told the late facetious Mr. Foote, who had refused to accompany him 10 an execution, that he took pleasure is nothing. Art. 33. Matrimony.; or the Road to Hymen made plain,

easy, and delightful; containing a new Collection of familiar Letters, which have passed between Lovers in various Situations of Life, displaying humourous and entertaining Characters, with Short Histories of their Adventures. The whole clearly teach, ing the Art of Writing Letters on Love, Courtship, and Mar,

Milne. 1781.. This art of writing Love Letters,' is entirely calculated for ftudents, whose natural style mutt improve amazingly when enriched by the amorous phrases here prepared for them. Art. 34. Metempsicholis, or the Transmigration of Souls

fyftematically conlidered, and rescued from Obloquy and Contempt, by the joint Authority of Realon and Revelation : che whole comprehending a compleat Body of Animation, fuc, cinatly investigated, and impartially revised. By the late Lord in the probationary Character of a Poit Horse.

4to. 2 s. 6 d. Kearsley.

Chaos is come again !"- for this crude, heterogeneous mass of malice, impudence, and calumny may be truly said to be like the primitive Tohu Bohu, when che " the earth was without form, and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep!” Art. 35. Occasional Letters. By Joseph Greenhill, M. A.

Rector of Eait Horsley, and Eait Clandon in Surrey; Author of an Essay on the MILLENNIUM. 8vo. 6d. Cadell.

Another chaos of another kind !-equally obscure, and equally infignificant. Art. 36. Lectures to Lords Spiritual, or an Advice to the

Bilhops concerning religious Articles, Tithes, and Church Power: With a Discourse on Ridicule. By the Rev. Mr. James Mur. say; Author of Sermons to Asses. 8vo. 2 s.

Axtell. 1781. The Author may indeed be very well qualified to preach sermons to asses; but why will he, like the familiar ass in the fable, break out of his own line, and his own company, only to be lashed back into it again; and be told with a sneer, that it is not for afes to take so much liberty ;

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Art. 37. A new System of General Geography, in which the

Principles of that Science are explained; with a view of the Solar System, and of the Seasons of the Year, all over the Globe; together with the moft essential Parts of the Natural History of the Earth. Part I. By Ebenezer Macfait, M. D, Edinburgh printed for Balfour and Creech. Sold by Cadell in London, 8vo. 5s. 1780.

The Author of this Treatise professes to have taken Varenius for his model, attending to the many important discoveries since made in natural philofophy: and he affirms, with a degree of integrity, ļittle attended to by compilers in general, that he has done jurtice to all to whom he has been obliged; no where attempting to raise his own reputation at another man's expence. Indeed such attempts generally, and juftly operate inversely to the crafty views of literary disengenuity,

This Volume being only called Part I. and no assurance being given how many more are to follow, it is impossible to decide on the probable extent of the work, farther than may be colletied from the Author's declaration, that his first intention was to execute it in one volume: from which it may be imagined that one more may possibly compleat it. “Io«leed, though this Part appears alone, it were to be wished he had so far adhered to his original plan, as by a fuller page and smaller letter, to have calculated the whole for a single octavo volume; especially when we consider that former fyftems, including particular Geography also, appear in that compendious form.

We cannot deem the Author altogether happy in the distribution of his materials. He ørst treats generally of the earth, its figure, men, furation, latitude, longitude; its diurnal and annual motion, &c. then digresies to the solar system, and treats of the celestial globe; after which wide excursion he comes home again to this planet, to prosecute his primary subject. If this method was pursued from no better, motive than to vary in some degree from other geographical systems; we cannot but think he has departed from the natural order of premising a brief view of the planetary system at large, and then coming finally home to our own globe, as a member of that fyftem ;--and this to the disadvantage of the performance. However, this is a cir: cumstance to which few may attend; and it is bur justice to add, that the work is written in a clear familiar style.

This Part is illustrated with a good representation of the solar fyftem' ; and if one more plate bad been assigned for the earch, to ex. plain the several geographical definitions by view, it would have greatly facilitated the acquisition of geog:aphical ideas to young ftu; dents. Art. 38. An Introduction to Merchandize. Containing a com

pleat System of Arithmetic. A Sylem of Algebra." Bookkeeping in various Forms.“ An Account of the Trade of Great Britain, and the Laws and Practices which Merchants are chiefly interested in. In two Volumes; Vo.. II. By Roa bert Hamilton, L.L.D Master of the Academy, Perth, 8vo. $ 8. Boards. Edinburgh pripted, and fold by Cadell in London...

The first Volume of this useful compendium was mentioned in che Rev, vol. lviii. p. 400. 50 which we need only to add, that

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this second Volume, which compleats the work, supports the character already given of the former; boch by the clear Systems of Book-keeping described in it, and by the miscellaneous mercantile information that concludes the whole.

HORTICULTURE. Art. 39. The complete Forcing Gardener ; or the Practice of

forcing Fruits, Flowers, and Vegetables to early Maturity, and Perfection, by the Aid of artificial Heat, in the various Departments usually constructed for this purpose. The whole dirplayed, with every new Improvement, by which this capital and curious Branch of Gardening may be effected with Facility and Success. By John Abercrombie, of Tottenham Court, Gardener ; Author of Mawe's Gardener's Calendar. I 2mo. 2 s. 6 d. fewed. Davis. 1781.

The title-page contains an honelt account of what is to be expected in this little Volume. Nothing seems to be omitted that general and approved practice has authorised. Art. 40. The young Gardener's best Companion ; for the thorough

practical Management of the Kitchen and Fruit Garden ; railing all early Crops in Hot-Beds, and forcing early Fruits.

The various Articles being arranged alphabetically under the general English Names, exhibiting also that of the Genus to which each belongs in the botanic Syfem. By Samuel Fullmer, Gardener and Nursery Man.

2 s. 6 d. Boards. Barker, &c. 1785. Though we do not altogether agree with Mr. Fullmer, that this is the Young Gardener's best Companion, we think it, however, not a bad one, Mr. F. who writes like one more conversant with gardening than grammar, seems to have a clear knowledge of his business, which he explains intelligibly, and with conciseneis.

CULINARY SCIENCE. Art. 41. The Practice of Modern Cookery; adapted to Fami

lies or Distinction, as well as to those of the middle Ranks of Life. To which is added a Gloffary, explaining the Terms of Art. By George Dalrymple, late Cook to Sir John Whitefoord, Bart. 8vo. 6 d. Beards.' Edinburgh printed, and sold by Longman in London. 1781.

As far as our Mendet knozyledge of the subject may be fupposed to have enabled us, as critics and authors, to judge of the merits of a book that relates folely to good eating, we will venture to say that Mr. Dalrymple's performance seems to comprehend an excellent lytiem of Cookery; for many a favoury dish, compounded of rare materials, do we see described in it, that we never heard of before! and therefore, should be glad to try the receipts by actual experiment. But for this we must relort to our accustomed patience, till opportunity serves.

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Art. 42. Institutes of English Grammar; comprizing, 1.

The different kinds, Relaions, and Cnarges of Words;
Syntax, or the right Construction of Sentences : with Exercises
of true and falle Conitruciion: adapted to the Ule of Schools.
By R. Harrison. 12mo. Brown. . 1780..
This is one of the eafiet and most concise compends of English

Grammar

2.

Art. 43.

1 2 mo.

Grammar we have seen, and seems particularly adapted to the purpose of teaching young children this useful branch of learning.

The Rudiments of the Italian Language ; wherein the Parts that are fundamental and necessary for Beginners, are difplayed in a regular and comprehenfive method; and illuftrated with Grammatical Remarks, and rxplanatory Notes, for the Use of those who attempt to learn this Language without the alliftance of a Mafter: to which are added, An English and Italian Vocabulary; common Forms of Speech on various Subjects; select Passages from different Authors, wish Translations to disa pored as to exhibit distinctly their respective Correspondence; and a Catalogue of the most useful Books in that Language, 45. Nourse. 178c.

This Italian Grammar appears to us to be drawn up with judg. ment, and well adapted for general use.

RELIGIOUS. Art. 44. Scriptural Meditations ; intended chiefly for the Sea

fons of Sickness and Melancholy. To which are added several Prayers, Poems, &c. on divers Subjects; collected from some of the most pious and learned Writers. By a Clergy man. 8vo. 35. Bound. Buckland. 1780.

This Collection, we are told, was made many years ago, and never intended for public view, but the folicitations of friends, and particularly of some to whom these meditations and prayers had been acceptable and useful, have now prevailed on the compiler to send them forth into the world. They are on a great variety of subjects, and formed entirely in the language of Scripture. The Poems at the end are taken from Bishop Kenn, Mt. Addison, Mrs. Rowe, Dr. Watts, &c.

This Clergy man appears to us to have employed his time very properly and suitably; and his Compilation, we doubt not, will be acceptable to numbers. Art. 45. Some Golden Rules and Directions, chiefly calculated

for young Men, &c. I 2mo. 6 d. Milne, in Holborn.

A very flight, but well meant little tract, contiiting of good advice, tending to the promotion of piety and virtue. It is inscribed to Lord George Gordon ; whom the Author, in true Scottish phrase, confiders as being presently the champion for the better establishing of by far the most valuable

part

of the British constitution ! Art. 46. The Universal Week's Preparation for a worthy receiv

ing of the Holy Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, recommended and enjoined by the Church of England. In two parts. Rev. J. Worthington, LL. D. Author of the Universal Prayer Book. 8vo. IS. Hogg. 1780.

This paltry composition of spiritual quackery, is introduced with a Preface, written with the moit unregenerate spirit of malice and ill-will against the other manufacturers of " Week's Preparations: but the largest portion of its spite is reserved for a certain bro. ther of the craft, who had been vending his noftrums before our holy mountebank had erected his stage, or his Mer Andrew had trumpeted forth the infallible virtues of Dr. Worthington's Preparation !

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Art. 47. The Aunt's Advice to a Niece. In a Letter to Miís

Also some Account of a Correspondence with the late Rev, Dr. Dodd, during his Imprisonment. By Mary Bosanquet. Leeds printed for Binns. 8vo. 6 d. 1780. This good Woman gives her Niece very pious and very orthodox advice.

At the conclusion of this little Pamphlet, is a Letter from Mrs. Bo. fanquet to the late unfortunate Dr. Dodd, soon afier his conviction and imprisonment. It is wriiten in an enthusiasic Atrain; but it difcovers a deep sense of religion, mixed with the most friendly feelings of generous attachment to that unhappy man, in the hour of his greatest distress. We were much pleased with, as well as affected by the beginning of her Address. . Let it not surprize you in this tremendous hour, to be accolted by an old, perhaps forgotten, but Atill sympathuling friend. The world (miles in prosperity. The Christian loves in adversity: and the hour of Nature's forrow is the important period for such a friendship.--From the first moment the melancholy news had reached my ear, how truly was my heart en. gaged in prayer and pity. I anticipated the dreadful pangs which send your soul: and the awful consideration that these things were but she beginning of sorrow, was ready to draw blood from my heart, as well as tears from my eyes. Had you remained in prosperity, nothing would have been farther from my thoughts than a renewal of acquaintance. But now I cannot forget you, if I would'

The Do&or felt this good Woman's friendship and fidelity; and • a series of correspondence (the informs us) was carried on almost weekly, till within three days of his execution.' The Doctor's last leiter is published. It is strongly expressive of his deep penitence, mixed with the hopes of divine forgiveness. Art. 48. Two Sermons on the Resurrection of the Body,

and the intermediate itate of the Soul. By Thomas Bateman, A. M. Chaplain to his Grate the Duke of Gordon, Vicar of Whaplode, Lincolníhire, &c. 4to. is. Baldwin, &c. 1780.

There is little or nothing, either in the matter or composition of these sermons to recommend them to the public attention. They are two light, superficial discourses on the subjects mentioned in the title. The text of the former is, 1. Cor. xv. 35, 36. But some man will fay, How are the dead raised up? and with what body da they come ?? Thou fool! that which thou fowest is not quickened except it die. In the first of these verses this Writer has found, what nothing surely could have discovered, but imagination unrestrained by judgment, 'The question here urged', says he," • resolves itself into two propositions. The former respecting the manner of our resurrection, implying such an impoflibility in the very nature of the thing, as to exceed even the power of God to accomplish.' • The other supposes the possibility of the resurrection granted ; and is then an enquiry concerning the nature of our bodies after such resurrection. The first propofiion then here lated by St, Paul :'(what proposition is here ftated by St. Paul?

Even according to our Author's ideas, it is merely implied.) · The first propofition then here flated by St. Paul, when more largely fet

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