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The Preceptor, or Counsellor of Human Life, for the Use of Bri

tish Youth. Containing Şélezl Pieces in Natural and Moral Philosophy, Hiftory, and Eloquence; the Lives of Sir Isaac Newton, Rollin, Demofthenes, and Milton: Allo sport Sketches of the Birth and Death of some of the most illustrious Men in all Ages. The Whole designed to be a most entertaining and in Aructive Book for the Apprentices of the City of London, to affist them in recollecting and retaining the most important Parts of a good Education; with a Dedication to Sir Stephen Theodore Jansen, Bart. the late worthy Chamberlain of London. Compiled by John Ryland, 1. M. of Northampton. Svo. 35. fewed. Dilly.

So explicit and ample a title-page renders it unnecessary for us to say any thing farther of this work, than that it is executed in a manr er agreeable to its title ; being properly enough adapted to the persons, for whom it is professedly designed, our city apprentices; and therefore with propriety dedicated to the Chamberlain of London.

Genuine Memoirs of the Countess Dubarré, Mistress to Louis XV.

containing the secret and political History of the French Court, to the Death of that monarch. Translated from the French. 2 vols 5s 6d bound. Stevens.

These genuine memoirs contain very little more than the writer might have picked up from the public papers. They may not, however, be the less true ; there being a proverb in favour of the truth of what is told by every body. "


The Electrical Eel, or Gymnotus EleElricus. Inscribed to the honourable Members of the


o y. By Adam Strong, Naturalift. 4to. is 6d. Bew. . • Some wicked wit has here taken occasion, from a natural - phænomenon, lately exhibited in this metropolis, to display

his talents for the double-entendre : But why it is inscribed only to the honourable meinbers of the Royal Society we know not ; as we conceive, if what the Poet says be true,

“ That want of decency is want of sense;" this production is more immediately calculated to please the dull and disponourable members of that learned body.

A Leto

A Letter to Courtney Melmoth, Ela; With fome Remarks on two

Books, called Liberal Opinions, and the Pupil of Pleasure. 8vo. · Is. Wilkie. ..... ..

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. A sensible and well-written letter, figned Euphrafia ; by 'which, we suppose, it is infinuated that it was written by a woman. The matter, however, is too pithy, and the manner too terse and concise, to permit us to think it the production of a female pen; we shall for the present, however, give into that supposition. The subject is an expoftulation with Mr. Melmoth, on account of that warmth of description, with · which he hath painted the scenes of voluptuousness, and we may add vice, exhibited in his history of Benignus, and more particularly his Pupil of Pleasure. This,' Euphrafia thinks dangerous and seductive, on the principle of the inotto, The bas adopted from Pope;' ;

« Vice is a monster of fo frightfut mien' i .: .
As, to be hated, needs but to be feen:
But seen too oft, familiar with her face,

We first endure, then pity, next embrace.” . We should gladly have cited a few passages from this letterwriter, if our limits would have allowed it; and may possibly resume this little pamphlet next month.

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. Theodosius and Confiantia : A poetical. Epifile. 450. Isa

Walker, . If Pope's epistle from Eloisa to Abelard were not indelibly · printed in our memory, we might be pleased with many para

sages in this little poem; which it must be confessed has loud merit, as a Canto; but we cannot accept of the apology in writer's motto * for such incorrect lines as the following: ,, ...66 Then would'it thou pity rather than condemny . .

And moan the sufferings of misguided meri. , - Aflift me, heav'n! before m'altonished eyes." ; The story of Theodofius and Conftantia may be feen in

ofeen in the 764th number of the Spectator. Dr. Langhorne has alto lished some letters supposed to have passed between to prose.

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Miscellaneous Works of the late Pbilip Dormer Stanbope, Earl of Chesterfield: consisting of Letters to his Friends, never before

printed, and various orber Articles. To which are prefixed, Memoirs of his Life, tending to illustrate the Civil, Literary, and Political, History of his Time. By M. Maty, M. D. late Principal Librarian of the British Museum, and Secretary to the Royal Society. In Two Volumes, 4to. 21. 2s. Dilly,

(Continued from Page 178.)" . To the very ample extracts, we gave in last month's Review, from Dr. Maty's 'inemoirs of our late noble author, we fübjoined the Notes, intended to illustrate them. Those notes, however, are printed separately, in the work, at the end of the memoirs : a inethod of printing, in our opinion, by no means calculated for the convenience of the reader; whofe eye is hence too often called off from the page, and his attention too much diverted from the text, to peruse it with satisfaction. IA , the present case, also, the writer hath so far betrayed his own want of attention as to reprint several parts of the text in the ņotes, without any appearance of neceflity or propriety. It is Obc hoped that in a future edition these errours will be corrected; as it remains to be wished that the writer of the inemars had not confined himself so much to mere common-place

hection, in speaking of men and characters, that afforded so much room for the display of original sentiment. How trite and hat, for instance, is the following reflection on the circum

ftances :

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Itances of Mr. Gay. “ By the success of his fables and the Beggar's Opera, that Poet was enriched as much as a poet commonly can, or perhaps ought to be enriched."-But why cannot, or ought not, a poet to be enriched as well as a writer of profe? Was Pope, or is Voltaire, a worse poet for being opulent ? What necessary concatenation of causes is there between poverty and poetry ? Surely none but what exists in the filiy ideas, en errained by the vulgar; the association of which shop'd not certainly be adopted by a philosopher. i The miicetianeous pieces, contained in these volumes are political eiľays a d letters extracted from Fog's Journal, Commo: Sanse, Old England, or the Constitutional Journal, periodical papers that were published between the years 1735 and 1743. and inoral and humourous essays pub ished in the World, a paper carried on by Mr. Moore, author of the Foundling, and Fablis for the female Sex.* A speech on the licensing bill; an adinirable oration, in which his Lordfhip displayed his oratorial talents in defence of the liberty of the press. Two speeches on the gin act passed in 1743. The firit volume concluding with occasional letters and eflays, among which is the following well-drawn portrait ; which we apprehend to have never been before exhibited in public,

. * On Lord Chesterfield's first becoming a correspondent to this paper, was given an instance of the truth of the satirical reflection, of the poet, on noble authors. . ,'.

But if a Lord once own the happy lines,

How the wit brightens ! How the stile refines ! . - Dr. Maty tells us, “ This paper was set on foot by Mr. Moore, the ingenious author of the Fables for the Female Sex, and of the tragedy of the Gamester. He soon met with assistance from numerous correspondents, and as hc informs us in the dedication of one of his volumes to Soame Jenyns, elq; who was himself one of the writers in it, the World became the only fashionable vehicle, in which men of rank and genius chose 10 convey their sentiments to the public. Lord Chesterfield was one of these ; but, as he sent his fint paper to the publisher without any notice from whence it came, it under: went .but a light inspection, and was very near being excluded on account of its length. This neglect would have stopt any furure communications ; but fortunately lord Lyttleton happening to call at Mr. Dodiley's, this paper was thewn to him, Heimmediately knew the hand, and still more the manner of writing, of the noble author. Mr. Moore being informed of this diico. very, read the manuscript more attentively, discerned its beauties, and thought proper nat only to publish it directly, but to introduce it with apology for the delay, and a compliment to the author.”-Query how this circumstance justifies the sarcalın, thrown out by a certain envious csta tic, viz that Lord Chesterfield was a wit among Lords, and a Lord among soits. Rev, .

A Ma.

The Character of RICHARD, Earl of Scarborough, August 29, 1759*.

« In drawing the character of lord Scarborough, I will be ftri&tly. upon my guard against the partiality of that intimate and unreserve. friendship, in which we lived for more than twenty years; to which friendship, as well as the public notoriety of it, I owe much more than my pride will let my gratitudie own. If this may be fufpected to have biaised my judgment, it must at the same time, be allowed to have informed it; for the most secret movements of his foui were, without disguite, communicated to me only. However, I will rather lower than heighten the colouring ; I will mark the shades, and draw a credible rather than an exact likeness.

“ He had a very good person, rather above the middie fize; a handsome face, and when he was chearful, the most engaging countenance imaginable; when grave, which he was ofteneft, the most respectable one. He had in the highest degree the air, manners and address of a man of quality, politeness with ease, and dignity without : pride.

« Bred in camps and courts, it cannot be supposed that he was untainted with the fashionable vices of these warm climates; but (if I may be allowed the expression) he dignified them, instead of their degrading him into any mean or indecent action. He had a good degree or claro fical, and a great one of modern, knowledge; with a juft, and, at the fame time, a delicate taste.

" In his common expences he was liberal within bounds; but in his charities and bounties he had none. I have known them put him to some prefent inconveniencies.

" He was a strong, but not an eloquent or Aorid speaker in parlia. ment. He spoke so unaffectedly the honest dictates of his heart, that truth and virtue, which never want, and seldom wear, ornaments, feemed only to borrow his voice. This gave such an attonishing weight to all he said, that he more than once carried an linwilling majority after him. Such is the authority of unsuspected virtue, that it will sometimes shame vice into decency at least.

“ He was not only offered, but pressed to accept, the post of secre. tary of state ; but he constantly refused it. I once tried to persuade him to accept it ; but he told me, that both the natural warınıh and inelan choly of his temper made him unfit for it, and that moreover he knew very well that, in those ministerial employments, the course of business made it neceffary to do many hard things, and some unjust ones, which could not be authorised by the jesuitical casuitry of the direction of the intention ; a doctrine which he said he could not possibly adopr. Whether he was the first that ever made that objection, I cannot affirm ; but I suspect that he will be the laft.

“ He was a true constitutional, and yet practicable patriot; a sincere lover and a zealous affertor of the natural, the civil, and the religious rights of his country. But he would not quarrel with the crown, for

* I received this piece from lady Chesterfield. Indeed it wants no marks of authenticity. The noble author's mind and heart are painted in it in the liveliest manner; and he who can read it without Sharing his feelings, must bave a soul very different from his. Iia


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