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upon it here.

VI. The sentence of the lieutenant-criminal at Paris, in an extraordinary cause between Abraham Payba, plaintiff, and Edware Wortley Montag?!?, and Theoliald Taafé, Esqrs; members of the house of commons, defendants. TransJated from the copy printed at Paris, by permission of his most christian majesty, Jan. 25, 1752. 8vo. 6d. Robinfon.

The occafion and subject of this extraordinary affair, have been so lately and sufficiently explained in the public news papers, as must render it unnecessary for us to enlarge

VII. The memoirs of Miss M. -- P., a celebrated British toast. 8vo. 15. fold at the pamphlet shops.

An old pamphlet, with a vamp’d-up title-page : the whole being, as we suppose, a meer piece of fiction : to which we think it our duty to add this other unfavourable circumstance, that it is very ill written, and abounds with the most idle and scurrilous abuse of the clergy, and even of religion itself, without wit, fense, or foundation,

VIII. The history of Frederick king of Sweden. Containing his wars in Germany, Brabant, Italy, and Flanders; and his conduct under Charles XII. Translated and improved from the French of M. de Voltaire. By Andrew Henderson. 8vo. Is. 6d. Robinson.

We know of no history of this prince by Voltaire ; of whose

pen the pretended translation before us, is by no means worthy. Probably Mr Henderson has compiled this pamphlec from the histories of the duke of Marlborough, prince Eugene, Charles XII. and perhaps some other materials; and thought that the making use of so great a name as Voltaire's, might recommend it to the notice of the public. This is a piece of modern authorism, of which this gentleman, however, is not the original inventor.

IX. WORLDLY COMPLIANCES. Dedicated to the lady Frances Shirley. 4to. Is. 64. Baldwin.

The design of this piece is to thew the vanity and evil tendency of complying with the gaieties and amusements of the world; and neglecting the superior satisfactions afforded by religion. A good design, but most unhappily executed by this author: who appears to be a pious but very illiterate person. His work consists of dialogues between characters, which he has designed for representations of high life; but his religious persons are such wretched fanatics, and those whom he hath contrasted with them, are such ridiculous fots, that 'tis impossible to refrain from laughing


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at the author's extravagancies, at the same time that one cannot help being provoked at his ignorance and his blunders. Yet has this writer some just thoughts, which, with a goodnatur'd reader, may somewhat compensate for his crudities.

X. The Eunuch: or the Northumberland shepherd. In four chapters; whereon hangs a tale, apply it who may. 8vo. Is. Cooper.

An idle story, seemingly a meer fiction, without sense, probability, or moral.

XI. Remarks on twelve historical designs of Raphael, and the Museum Græcum et Ægyptiacum, or antiquities of Greece and Egypt, illustrated by prints, intended to be published from Mr. DALTON's drawings. In answer to a letter of enquiry concerning those works. 8vo. 6d. Cooper.

This ingenious pamphlet deserves to be read by those who have a taste for the useful and elegant arts of design in general, and for sculpture in particular. It contains an entertaining account of this great undertaking of Mr. Dalton, and of the terms of fubfcription towards its support : and complete execution. The drawings from RAPHAEL. are taken from the tapestries in the Vatican, which were worked after twelve cartons of this great master, which cartons are now loft. Mr. Dalton went to Rome on purpose to make these drawings, which he was enabled to effect, under the favour and protection of cardinal Valenti, secretary of state there. The ANTIQUITIES consist of a variety of ancient buildings, and bass relievos, with views of Constantinople, the grotto of Antiparos, the situation of ancient Halicarnassus, &c. Also several particular charac ters, habits, &c. of the great Caravan which sets out annually from Grand Cairo to Mecca and Medina ; with some customs and habits of the Turks, Grecians, Egyptians, and Arabs : all engraved from drawings taken upon the spot, by Mr. Dalton and affiftants.

XII. The true French master; or, rules for the French tongue; teaching to read, write, and speak that language in a month's time, by an easy and familiar method hitherto unpractised: with large compositions adapted to the rules; also, a table of verbs, by which all verbs regular and irregular, may be readily conjugated. And the idioms and proverbs of the French and English tongues. By Mr. Cheneau, many years professor of languages in London. 12mo. Eton, printed for 7. Pote. 25. 6d.

The author of this treatise was sufficiently known in Londin, from his concise method of teaching the languages; but,

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as he died in the year 1723, it is reasonable to suppose, that his method, however excellent, is now known to few, beside those who attended his instructions; and therefore the publication of this book, is the only means of reviving this method; which was formerly received with applause. Whether the treatise before us is wrote with that perspicuity requisite for attaining the French language in the time mentioned in the title ; or, indeed, whether it be possible to teach it in that time, by any art whatever, we shall not pretend to determine. All that we can say is, that we think the author's method well calculated, and that it may be of great use to such as desire to be acquainted with this now universal language.

XIII. The Belgic patriot: containing an impartial encomium on his most serene highness William Charles-Henry F late prince of Orange and Nasau; and stadtholder of the united Provinces, &c. &c. (of glorious and immortal memory) with additional extracts from the foreign papers, in regard to his birth, marriage, death, and burial. 8vo. 6d. Baldwin,

XIV. Cenia; or the supposed daughter. A play; transJated from the French of Madam d'Grafigny, by a French gentleman. 8vo. Is. Reeve.

Though this piece, as we are informed, was acted with success upon the French stage, and the original has been well received in print, yet this translation shows the original to much disadvantage ; and is too poor, insipid, and dull, to bear either a representation on the theatre, or a reading.

XV. CLIo; or a secret history of the life and amours of the late celebrated Mrs. S--- N.--M. Written by herself in a letter to Hillarius. 12mo. 25. 6d. Cooper.

We have not been able to discover who this celebrated lady was ; for she appears to have had a real, though infignificant existence. Her memoirs are dated in 1723. There is nothing interesting in them. They consist only of unentertaining intrigues, interspersed with scraps of extravagantly amorous poetry; for which the author apparently had no contemptible genius; but her verses are fo enthusiastically loose, as to run into downright prophaneness as well as immodefty; and cannot but shock the mind of a reader who has any regard for decency. She is continually invoking God, heaven, every thing facred to wit. ness, or affist, a wanton woman in the practice or pursuit of the most unbounded sensual gratifications. If the writer


of this book was not crazy, which in charity we are inclined to suspect she was, what are we to think of the edia tors of it? In respect to the public, it surely ought not to have appeared in print. If the hope of a profitable fale was the sole motive that brought it to the press, that hope was most injudiciously founded ; for a very moderate knowledge of the present taste of the public, might have assured the undertakers, that such a work could have little chance of success, after so many better books of entertainment had failed ; examples of which are sufficiently recent.

XVI. Observations upon the English language, in a letter to a friend. 8vo. 6d. Withers.

The greatest part of the observations contained in this small pamphlet, relate to our present method of spelling, the variety of which, our author thinks, will, within a century, work an entire change, or rather confusion in our language, unless care is taken to prevent it. He is of opinion, that a number of select persons, should, by order of our senate, fix among themselves some certain manner of spelling, and make it known by the publication of a short English dictionary; that this mode of spelling should be fixed by the authority of parliament; and that the new regulation should from thenceforth be strictly adhered to in printing all English bibles, books, pamphlets, &c. under most severe penalties to be levied upon every printer and publisher, who should purposely offend.---Besides these observations on spelling, the author points out some inconsistencies in our pronunciation and accent, and marks some few words and phrases in the English language, which he thinks ought to be avoided by every correct writer.


XVII. VILLAINY UNMASK'D: containing, 1. An ample discovery of the many surprising tricks, subtleties, and frauds, now practised by rogues of all denominations. 2. A detection of the mischiefs arising from the vast number of pettifoggers, bailiffs, and their followers, by whole op. pression multitudes of our able artists, useful manufacturers, &c. croud the various goals of this kingdom. 3. Heads of a law little differing from those excellent ones of the city of London, for putting an effectual stop to the enormous crimes and abuses committed by the abovesaid wretches. Humbly offered to the consideration of parliament. 4. A scheme, propofing work-houses and hospitals, with a fund.

to support them, for employing and relieving our numberless poor. By a lover of his country. 8vo. 2s. 6d. Owen.

This pamphlet contains 56 pages, being only the quan: tity usually sold for is, 6d. the above contents are a sufficient mention of the particulars it consists of.

XVIII. Some confiderations concerning the revenue of the CUSTOMS, viz., on the present laws of Importation, and Exportation, to and from foreign parts, and coast-ways; setting forth wherein they are defective, and how evaded. Together with some proposals for effectually preventing the frauds and abuses in that revenue; by providing a few more easy checks, and restraints, suitable to the ancient constitution and genius of the people of these realms. 8vo. 6d, Payne and Bouquet.

As far as we can pretend to judge, in a fubject that bears so little affinity to literature, we may venture to recommend this small tract to the confideration of the public; the contents of it being of the greatest importance to our commercial interests, which the autho appears to be thoroughly acquainted with.

XIX. The importance of gaining and preserving the friendship of the Indians of the fix nations to the British intereft considered. Is. Cave.

The author of this pamphlet judiciously points out the method for attaining the important end proposed in his title, viz. the forming a confederacy among the American colonies, like that of the united provinces, for their mutual support; and for cultivating and preserving the friendship of the 'Indians; without which we cannot maintain our footing in the western world, against the superior arts and affiduous encroachments of our politic neighbours the French.

XX. Serious thoughts in regard to the public disorders, with several proposals for remedying the same ; particularly in respect to gaming, public-houses, pawn-brokers, and receivers of stolen goods. By a country justice of the peace. 8vo. Is. Corbet.

What this author says relating to the regulation of public-houses, and the limitation of their number, deferves confideration,


XXI. The CHRISTIAN'S MANUAL: being a translation from the Enchiridion Milites Christiani of Erasmus. „J2mo. price 2s. 6d. Ware, &c.


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