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and furnaces, coppers, &c. for boiling the juice. 4. The method of making muscavado. 5. The method of preparing clayed sugars. 6. The method of making sugars from melaffes and scums. 7. The refining of sugars, with an appendix, containing the art of fermenting and distilling meJaffes, scums, &c. for rum.

4to. Is. 6d.

Willock. This is a very useful treatise for those concerned in sugarworks of any kind. It contains the best observations made by Lebat, Ligon, &c. with improvements in most particulars by the author, who seems well acquainted with the subject he has undertaken to treat of.

XVII. An essay on sugar, proving it the most pleasant, salubrious, and useful vegetable to mankind; especially as refined and brought to its present perfection in England.' With remarks on a method lately published of procuring a fermentation in the West Indies. 8vo. 6d. Comyns.

We find little, if any thing, in this pamphlet, but what is to be met with in almost every author who has written on the same subject.

POETICA L.

XVIII. An epistle to the hon. Arthur Dobbs, esq; in Europe, from a clergyman in America,

4to. 25. 6d. Dodsley.

This performance is written as a complement to a worthy gentleman, who deserves the grateful acknowledgments of every publick-spirited Briton, for his noble and reiterated endeavours towards effecting the so much wish’d-for discovery of a north-west passage.

* It owes its rise to an information the author received, after the return of the Dobbs and California, from their Hudson's bay expedition, that the generous reviver of that important design had determined to prosecute the discovery the year following in his own person. Under this persuafion, says the author, as well as on account of that benevolent' gentleman's other laudable proposals for publick utility, he is here addressed to, with the gratitude and praise, which such manifold merit claims.'

The author informs us, that the subject-matter of this epiftle, is divided into several parts, and designed to be forthwith successively published. The quantity now published consists of three parts, making 94 pages. It was written

* Vide the author's prefatory advertisement, p. iii.

in Maryland, before an account arrived there that the late treaty of peace was signed. + It is therefore some disadvantage to this performance, that it was not made public above two years ago when it was first conveyed into Europe; which happened by an accident, mentioned by the author, who, is now in England.

This epistle may not improperly be termed a Poem, tho' it cannot be ranged under any known class. It consists of a mixture of the heroic, the philosophical, the descriptive, and the ethic. The subject-matter of it is not more various, than it is new and interesting to enterprizing, mercantile and free nation. The author's main design is to shew, how, by cultivating and improving, in its various climates, our large and fertile empire on the continent, and by introducing new and valuable staples of trade, the maternal kingdom would be greatly strengthened and enriched, thede pendency of our colonies better secured, and the ambitious schemes of France to rival us in trade, and maritime power, rendered abortive.'With respect to his poetry, it is manly, fpirited, warm, and ornamented with a variety of invention; but withal his fire, in general is irregular, his diction often ncorrect, and his nuinbers are sometimes inharmoniously turned. However, upon the whole, the performance will not fail to entertain a candid reader, as it chiefly breathes the language of the heart, and abounds with good moral sentiments, and striking descriptions of many aweful appearances in nature, peculiar to the northern regions ; all tending to prove, with Pope.

That storms and earthquakes break not heav'ns design.

XIX. A dialogue between a member of parliament and his servant. In imitation of the seventh satire of the second book of Horace

. By Richard Owen Cambridge, efq; 4toy I s. Dodfley.

Our readers will easily guess, that this is a fatire upon the "vices and follies of persons in the higher ranks of life. The reputation of the ingenious author of the foribleriad, (See Review ool. 5th) will fufficiently excuse our saying more of this his new but small performance.

+ Prefatory Advertisement, p. ix.

XX, FUN.

; XX. FUN. A parodi-tragi-comical Satire. As it was to have been perform’d at the Cattle-tavern in Pater-noster του, Feb. 13th, 1752, but was suppressed by an order of the Lord Mayor, &c. 8vo. Is. Stamper.

The intention of this piece was to ridicule the writings and conduct (as a magistrate) of the author of Amelia, under the names of Sir Alexander Drawianfir, and justice Bobadil; and likewise Dr. Hill, in his affumed character of Inspector. There is a mixture of low humour and scurrility in the pamphlet, which may entertain such readers as are fond of this kind of Satire, and who may think its foundation, and subject, of importance enough to deserve the attention of the public.

XXI. EUGENIA. A Tragedy as it was acted, &c. By Mr. Francis, 8vo. I s. 6 d. Millar.

In an advertisement prefixed to this play, the ingenious author acknowledges, that the fable is taken from a French Comedy publish'd last year by Madame Grafigny. See our Hait, p. 148, Art. 14. ' Tho' Mr. Francis has greatly improv'd an indifferent original, yet this tragedy, if it be proper to allow it that name, is still so very deficient in the articles of piot, incidents, and catastrophe, that we do not wonder at its being but coolly received on an English stage.

XXII. A candid appeal from the late Dean Swift to the Earl of Oy. 410 6d. Owen.

This article ranks with the Quackade in our last.

XXII. Emendatians on an appeal from the late Dean Swift. *6 d. Cooper.

This piece is opposed to the preceding article, and is of equal'worth and importance.

XXIV. Poeticai impertinence, or advice unask'd. In two poems, the good wife, and the good husband. Containing rules humbly proposed to those ladies and gentlemen, who are not entirely satisfied with the examples of the polite husbands; and wives of this present age. Sva. 1 s. Rullil.

As these poems contain many falutary precepts, and is not destitute of good thoughts (tho' nothing uncommon) and as the dress they are cloathed in is superior to the daily trash the public is peiter'd with, this pamphlet therefore deserves to be mention’d with some degree of distinction. It is a directory for the choice of wives and husbands The author has added some pretty verses, entitled Prinrole hill. Written in 1748.

XXV. Prejudice detected: an Ethic Epistle By T. Brecknock, Efq; 410. I S. Owen.

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Mr. Brecknock’s design in this epifle, is to prove that good and ill is an opinion, not a principle.' that,

Actions, physically understood,
Are of themselves indeed nor bad nor good,
But as the laws direct their wild caprice,
This is a virtue term'd, and that a vice.
Another day, the actions still the fame,

The laws assign them quite a diff'rent name.' To prove this notable tenet, he remarks, that men's ideas of virtue and vice are local. not universal; confequently arbitrary, or dependent upon the will of a lawgiver, or civil magistrate. ! Thus,' says he, 'I dne upon a slice of ham, which a Jew would think a mortal fin. In Germany, 'tis the fashion to drink cess; in Turky, wine is ablolutely forbid. . In England, Polygamy is a crime of the deepest dye; in the Levant, a man is free to marry as many wives as he can maintain. With us adultery is reckoned among the greatest fins ; in Lapland,' says he, the chearful native presents you with his wife and daughter : and the whole family would think it very strange if you should refuse to cuckold your hoft.'-Other examples of this kind he adduces to prove, that most of the common received notions of virtue and vice are vulgar prejudices, fit only to rule the mob with:

:-we leave the reader to his own opinion of fuch weighty arguments.

XXVI. A lick at the country C -y. A satire on the tythe-pig. 4to. 6d. Dickenson.

A vague and scurrilous invective against the clergy of the established church, on account of their tythes in general, not the tythe-pig in particular, as the title-page fallaciously imports.

XXVII. Peeping Tom to the counters of Coventry. An epithalamium, folio, 6d. Rovinjon.

Tho' this piece has the merit of being more innocent, as to its design (which is to compliment the countess, in the person of the noted peeping effigies in Coventry) than the preceding article, it is however equally dull and conteniptible, with respect to the fentiments and poetry.

XXVIII. The ORACLE, a comedy of one act. As it was acted at the theatre-royal in Covent-Garden*. By Mrs. Cibber. 8vo, Is. Dodsley.

This performance was originally written in French, and played at Paris ; and is now translated by Mrs. Cibber. As a former translation of it was published about ten years * At Mrs. Cibber's benefit.

ago,

REVIEW, ago, our readers are probably already acquainted with this

pretty trifle.

XXIX. Grace, a poem. 4to. 6d. Keith.

written in blank verse. This is all the account we shall give of it, and all we think it deserves.

This poem

IS.

DIVINITY. xxx. A differtation on the scripture expressions, the Angel of the Lord, and the Angel of Jesus Christ, proving that the word Angel is put to fignify, on these occafions, material bodies, and not fpirit:

spirit: interspersed with many other curious obfervations quite new; and containing a full anfwer to a late eslay on spirit: which is calculated to set aside the doctrine of the Trinity and Unity. Oitavo. Cooper.

The title page of this performance is sufficient, we apprehend, to give our readers a just idea of it.

XXXI. A Discourse upon the intermediate state between the death of men and the resurrection of their bodies, which is to be followed by the universal judgment. By B. Regis, D. D. Rector of Adisham in Kent, Canon of Windsor, and Chaplain in ordinary to his majesty. 8vo. 6d. Oliver.

Such as are led, from the title-page of this piece, to expect a discourse on the subject proposed to be treated in it, will, upon perusing it, find themselves much disappointed.

XXXII. The Beauty of holiness in the common prayer, fet in a new and just light, &c. Humbly attempted for the honour and service of the church of England, &c. By a member of that church. 8vo. 4 d. Baldwin.

What is here offer'd to publick consideration, is drawn up chiefly in the words of our liturgy, in order to fhew how easily our public service might be render'd the beauty of holiness, by only abridging and connecting our present form, and making a few alterations in some expressions.

CONTROVERSIAL. XXXIV. The true sense of atonement for sin, by Christ's death, stated and defended ; in answer to a pamphlet, entitled, The scripture doctrine of atonement examined, by Mr. Taylor, of Norwich, &c. By John Brine. 8vo. I s. Keith. c.

After toiling thro' a hundred and eight dull pages, all we can say, with regard to this performance, is, that the author of it neither understands the subject of which he treats, nor Mr. Taylor's pamphlet, which he attempts to answer.

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