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That this piece has passed into a second edition, is a proof of its merit, which few poetical compositions of this age can boast: and yet this is but an indifferent performance. The author has painted (in blank verse) the distressful circumstances of the indigent, in a pathetical and moving manner: yet we cannot say much in praise of his poetry.
XXXVI. The Consummation. A sacred Ode, on the final diffolution of the world: Inscribed to his grace the archbishop of Canterbury. By Thomas Newcomb. 4to. is. Owen.
Mr. New Comb's poetical abilities are already so well known to the public, from his Manners of the age, in thirteen moral satires, and other works, that it is needless for us to give any character of his performances in general ; or to say more of this piece in particular, than that our author has given his imagination the usual play and scope, in which other writers upon this tremendous subject have indulged themselves; a licence for which, in our opinion, nothing but the noblest poetry, the justest images, and the most useful inferences, can fufficiently compensate, with a serious and judicious reader. We cannot help looking upon that man as a bold painter, who first took upon
him to delineate the aweful and inconceivable scenes of that dreadful period of futurity, concerning which we have no particular revelation, and of which we can form no ideas, but from revelation.
XXXVII. A Poem facred to the memory of the late reverend P. Doddridge, D. D. By H-M-> 4to. 6d. Buckland.
This small piece is much superior to most of our late productions of the Elegiac kind. It appears to be the work of a young writer, who, from the specimen he has now given the public, seems to have a genius well adapted to this species of poetry.
XXXVIII. The QUACKADE. A mock heroic poem, in five Cantos. By Whirligig Bolus, Esq; 4to. 29. 6d. Cooper.
As what the very ingenious Mr. Prior pleasantly says, in his admirable Alma, of writers in general,
Authors, before they write, should read, must be particularly true of the authors of the Review; so we may assure our readers, that we have submitted to the penance of reading the Quackade thro'; and we hope for the honour of British taste, that few of the most patient perusers have undergone the same mortification. It conlifts of 5 cantos and 1552 rhymes, which is the principal discovery it afforded us. The
anonymous author indeed strains hard to have endeavoured to design to set out with a complaint of the Apothecaries against the Chemists, but in a few pages he loses sight of that, and every other fubject that we can imagine. Several lines from Garth are cruelly mangled in it; fome from Pope; and he has affected an imitation of the games in the Dunciad in his last canto, scolding being proposed as one of them; but in the interlocutors introduc'd here and every where else throughout this wonderful work, there is no distinction of character, but rather an essential harmony and fameness of nonsense, without pause or interruption for many pages. Indeed the feverest critics must allow our bard an amazing fertility this
way; and he seems to have no bad knack at inverting all the purposes of writing. As he had no plan, and no characters, it is with some consistence that he informs us of nothing; his fatyr is entirely harmless, and his panegyric alone (with which he has endeavour'd to adorn some eminent names in physic) can offend. We shall decline giving our readers any taste or specimen from this jargon of rhymes, as it is impoffible for pharmacy to compound a more nauseous Farrago, and we wish our abstinence on this head
may be consider'd by the author as some alleviation of these Strictures.
MEDICAL. XXXIX. A dissertation on suppuration. Translated from the Latin of John Grashuis, M. D. fellow of the Cæfarean academy, and of the royal academy of surgery at Paris. 8vo. is, Knapton.
The character of this little tract is sufficiently established from its having had the Premium adjudged to it by the royal academy of furgeons at Paris, as the learned author informs us in his short preface, He seems to have considered the
subject with great attention, and has treated it very diftinctly.
In his first chapter of suppuration and suppurating medicines, he affirms fuppuration to be the spontaneous action of a living body, which the utmost art is not capable of imitating, or but very imperfectly. His account of the manner, or rationale of it is ingenious and probable. The constant feat of it, he affirms, is the cellular of adipose mem- . brane, whether near the external superficies of the body, among the muscles, or in the substance of the Viscera : and after defining Pus to be a mixture of heterogeneous particles, chiefly liquid, and changed into one homogeneous fuid, he supposes it to consist principally of fat. This he renders very probable from observing, in the first place, that the matter, first poured into the cavity of the adipose membrane from its broken cells, is fat, of an inflammatory colour, and tending to putrefy: for he observes, that if any considerable blood-veffel is discharged into it, such contents are not changed into Pus, but discharged as mere blood with it: and though the Serum and lymph will inspiffate by heat and inflammation, he thinks their mixture with the Pus muft only render it thinner, and without the appearance of compleat concoction. Secondly, from its evident whiteness, viscidity and pinguedinous appearance. He admits, that it differs in gravity from fat, and finks in water ; but remarks, that the matter destined to the formation of fat, while crude, has neither its appearance nor properties. Thirdly, from the evident waste of fat in abscefles. But, after these and a few other reasons, he allows a conflux of other humours to coucur in it,
In his chapter, on the action of suppurating medicines, which is, as he confeffes it, naturally an obscure subject, after repeating, very juftly, that, in strictness, fuppuration is the effect of no medicine, he adds, that yet, in general medicines may be said to promote it, by regulating such inflammations as could not be resolved; and which, by preventing induration or gangrene, may be considered as contingent aslistances to suppuration. And this they forward, either by keeping off the air, as plasters and cataplasms: by stopping perspiration with tenacious adhesive bodies, as heat and humidity are allowed by all practitioners necessary to complete fuppuration : by relaxing the parts with mucous or oily medicines : by diminishing the excessive heat of inflammations; in which circumstance relaxers
may sidered as coolers : and again, by raising the deficient heat
to the standard neceffary to maturation; which is promoted by hot and stimulating medicines. Besides these he observes, that some different medicines sometimes conduce to this end, by exciting an intestine motion in the humours already stagnant in, or just effusing into the cavity; or by occasioning such a flight incipient putrefaction, as sometimes disposes to fuppuration. He concludes the operation of digestives; which are applied to the humid part itself that is to be formed into Pus, to be pretty similar.
The third chapter of the classes of suppurating medicines, enumerates many of the officinal medicines and some others, which correspond to the different intentions above mentioned.
The fourth chapter of the use of suppurating medicines in external diseases, contains many practical directions, appli, cable to a general variety of cases, and directs several other topical compofitions. It seems indeed, a therapeutic and judicious extension of the former. But, as this valuable tract is of a small bulk and purchase, and can entertain only our chirurgical readers, we chuse to refer them to the work itself, which we conceive they will approve, as methodical and satisfactory. The translator, Mr. D'argent's language is very clear and intelligible; tho' we imagin'd a gallicism or two in it, which might possibly be only typographical errors.
(End of the Catalogue.)
ART. xx. The pillars if Priestcraft and Orthodoxy shaken.
In two vols. 12mo. 6s. boundGriffiths.
those published the last year, in three volumes, entitled A Cordial for Low Spirits. The tracts are of the same : kind, and the design of the editor the same in both. Mr. Barron tells us in his preface, that he is greatly mistaken, if this collection be not as well received as the former. It confifts, says he, of very curious and entertaining pieces, some of them so scarce, that they are not to be purchased, for any money; and he assures us, that they are faithfully printed, according to their respective originals, or best editions.
The pieces contained in these volumes, are,
1. A discourse on Isaiah lxvi. 7, 8. preached on the zoth of June ; being the birth-day of the Pretender,
2. A dialogue concerning bishops, between the reverend Mr. JENKIN Evans, affiftant minister to the curate of White Chapel, and Mr. Peter DOBSON, a man of sense and some learning.
3. An address to the university of Oxford, occasioned by a fermon, entitled, “The divine institution of the ministry, and the absolute necessity of church-government: preached before that university, by the reverend Mr. Joseph Betty, on the 21st of September, 1722. By J. W.L.
4. An enquiry into the consequences of supposing that Baptism makes Infants, dying in infancy, inheritors of the kingdom of heaven; or is of any advantage to them in the world to come. Wherein is clearly demonstrated, that such doctrine did not, nor ever can, proceed from a merciful and all-wise Being; and therefore not from God, Firf printed in 1733.
3. A letter of consolation and council to the good people of England, occafioned by the late earthquakes. By the late THOMAS GORDON, Esq;
6. A seasonable apology for father Francis, chaplain to prince Prettyman the Catholic. By the same.
7. A short view of the conduct of the English clergy, fo far as relates to civil affairs, from the conquest to the revolution.
8. An answer to the Country Parson's Plea against the QUAKER's tythe-bill. In a letter to the right reverend author. By a member of the house of commons.
9. Mr STEPhens's fermon preached before the honou“ rable house of commons, January 30th 1699.700. Sup. posed to be the joint-composition of Mr. STEPHENS and John TRENCHARD, Ejq; author of Cato's Letters, &c.
10. A discourse concerning unlimitted submiffion and non-resistance to the higher powers : with some reflections on the resistance made to king CHARLES I. and on the anniversary of his death; in which the MISTERIOUS doctrine of that prince's saintship and martyrdom is UNRIDDLED. Preached at Boston in New-England, January 30th 1749-50. By JONATHAN MAYHEW, A.M. pastor of the west church in Boston.
11. The manner of consecration of the Bishops in Dub. LIN. By the lord primate, in the year 1660. Mr Barron has subjoined the following note to this tract, viz.
* The editor confiders this small piece as a prelatic comment on the words of Christ, MY KINGDOM 18 NOT OF THIS WORLD; and as such it is here published,