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and some muft be allowed to rise above mediocrity. Amidst the variety of his engagements, in the several capacities of Preacher, Writer, Tutor, and Man of the World, it is rather to be wondered at that he Thould have been able to do any thing well, than that all should not be excellent. In the Pulpit he was enabled to exert his talents with the greatest success; there it was at all times in his power to convince, to persuade, to amuse, and to instruct. He seemed to have uncontrouled authority over the human breast, and could when he pleased excite such paflions as he wished to draw forth; infomuch that he has frequently been known to melt his hearers into tears, and those hearers persons of the first name in kingdom for abilities, and some of them not under any predilection for either the preacher or the fubject of his harangue. His fermons, divested of the advantages of his own oratory, lose much of the effect which they produced on their delivery, but ftill are to be considered not as unworthy the attention of mankind; and it has been asserted, their good etfects have been experienced in many instances. As a Poel, though he frequently amused himself in that walk, his compofitions are not to be esteemed os herwise than the mere amusements of an idle hour : and indeed his own opinion of his talents in that branch of Literature was but low; -a Poet, he himself declared, was a rare production, and that he did not presume to affect that high character. I
" At no period of Dr. Dodd's Life was he influenced by the rules of economy. A mode of living far beyond the bounds of his inconie, a fondness for splendor and gaiety, and a total inattention to all the maxims of worldly prudence, united together, had contributed to em. barrais his circumstances, and oblige him to have recourse to almost any means of gitting rid of the difficulties of the present moment. An expensive man foon loses the sensibility which is the guardian and protector of his honour. He acquires a habit of trifting with engage. ments which ought to be held sacred; and feels no uneafiness: at dife milling his creditor without payment of their demands, and fomaimes even without an apology.
" Whenever a person leaps the pale which delicacy prescribes in affairs of this nature, he has advanced into the path from which it may not be in his power to recede. With certainty it may be said, that when he has learnt to neglect the cenfure of the world, every deviation from the rule of right becomes easy and familiar to him, and he acts that without reluctance, which, it he casts a retrospect to the sensations he felt before he first learnt to cofider a flight departure from his word as triffing, he would have reflected upon with horror.. The gradation from the lowest to the highest crime is more imperceptible than is generally supposed; flight and apparently triffting departures from the dictates of honour, and the fanctity of engagements, foon become familiar to the imagination; and as they ceale to be objccts of disgult, they soon lose their quality of creating dread and apprehenfion. When this happens to be the itate of a perion's mind, he will feel little reluc. tance at availing himielf of any ineans which may ofter, to extricate him from an embarrassing situation; and, having quietted his conscience by the lophiftry of his having no intention to defraud, he food concludes that he may sin with inipunity, and escape detection." * See his Volume of Poeins, p. 102.
These refle&tions are applied with much apparent propriety * to the case of Dr. Dodd ; in whotë behalf the writer expatiates, nevertheless, with much tenderness, if not with partiality. In such a case, however, it is the fide on which he best , might err.
A Letter to Messrs. Fletcher and Peach, of the City of London ;
on their Negatiation with Dr. Dodd; which has unhappily deprived Society of a valuable Member, and a useful Minister of
the Gospel. 4to. Is. Kearsley. . . . i An ill-judged and impudent attempt to blacken the character
of the gentlemen, mentioned in the title-page, for the concern they took in the prosecution of Dr. Dodd. Usury and forgery, says this letter-writer, may sometime or other be made equally criminal in the eye of the law, and therefore there is now the lame moral turpitude in both. Hence is deduced an innuendo that all money- lenders are usurers, and deserve condemnation in foro confcientia as much as those who are guilty of forgery, -We are apprehensive it would be very pernicious to society if such falle diftin&tions were generally inculcated. Political justice looks no farther than the law: and even the dictates of religion tell us “ the tree is known by its fruit."-Away at once with all religion and inorality, if specious pretences to either are to excuse capital criines. • This is, indeed, the most inconsistent advocatë we ever met ' with. He admits the guilt of the delinquent, the justice of his
condemnation, and yet talks of his fupposed crime, and his superior understanding, having created him enemies, who, because they envied, abused him. If this gentleman envied the Doctor's superior understanding, he must be himself a very silly fellow, indeed: the whole tenour of the unhappy man's life demonstrating the want of it.We do not deny that his talents of preaching and writing were adapted ad captandum vulgus. In pitying the weakness of the poor Doctor, therefore, we cannot help pitying the folly exhibited on this occasion by that many and-hallow-beaded monster the Multitude.
A Monstrous Good Lounge. 4to. is. Bew. '
The careless rhapsody of some freshman or under-graduate, whose lounging fit has here thrown off a tolcrable antidote to the spleen.
· A Second Letter to her Grace the Dutchess of Devonshire. 4to. 13e Fielding and Walker.
** She lighs, and is no dutchess at her heart.” Pope. Such is the letter-writer's motto.-But how a writer came to be so well acquainted with the Dutchess of Devonshire's heart, who is at the same time so inconsistent as to labour to prove that
“ Narcista wants for nothing but a heart," we do not readily conceive. We hardly think this Second let. ter is written by the author of the first; already noticed in our laft Review.-It appears, indeed, by an anecdote respecting the dutchefs's pretended want of generosity to some female fcribbler, to be one of those Grub-street productions, of which men of letters (if such they may be called) ought to be alhamed : a kind of threatening letters, with which booksellers' journeymen, printers' devils, and snuff-taking mantuamakers, pester people of fashion, in order to extort money from them.--If persons of rank are really so tasteless as to be no longer patrons of genius and literature, why do not these. bright geniuses leave them to the contempt fo juftly their due, and have nothing to say to them? Why throw away so much wit and wisdom on such foolish beings as men and women of quality? It is plain on which fide the folly lies, and on which lide the impudence.
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ahamed: ichin Cif fuch ehe Grub-ftreet polity to come pecting
Six Odes presented to that juftly-celebrated Historian Mrs. Catha
rine Macaulay, on her Birth-day, and publicly read to a polite and brilliant Audience, assembled April the Second at AlfredHouse, Bath, to congratulate that Lady on the happy Occasion. Printed and Sold by R. Cruttwell, Bath, for the Benefit of
a worthy Clergyman in Distress. 4to. Is. 6d. Dilly. - As Charity, we are told, will hide a multitude of fins, it may well lay claim to the right of concealing a few follies. As the less that is said, therefore, of this publication the better, we shall only observe that we conceive a little mistake has occurred in the title-page, and that, instead of April the Second, it should have been April the FIRST!
The Contrast : or, Strictures on Sele&t Parts of Doctor Price's
“ Additional Observations on Civil Liberty, c." Forming a Concise State of the present Currency; an impartial View of the Trade and Government of the Kingdom; the Cause and Consequences of the War with America; and a Sketch of the Debts and Revenues of France. By A. Charles Dodd. 8vo. Is. Fielding and Walker.
We are told in an advertisement prefixed to these ftrictures, that the reason why their publication succeeds Dr. Price's at só great a distance of time, is, that the author was in a foreign country when the Doctor's pamphlet first appeared; which did not till lately, therefore, come to his knowledge. This it no sooner did, however, than, without reading or ever having sead any former publications of that gentleman's, he immedia ately composed the strictures which form the following sketch: a few days only having elapsed between his first seeing Dr. Price's Additional Observations and this pamphlet's going to press. In this particular there is certainly a striking contraft between the Observations of Dr. Price and the Strictures of Archer Charles Dodd. The former, however in the wrong, taking sufficient time at least to investigate the subject ; the latter, however in the right, taking much too little for so profound an investigation. The consequence is, as might be expected., Indeed, notwithstanding the name of A. Charles Dodd appears in the title-page of this pamphlet, the most pertinent and bestwritten part of it was the production of the late celebrated Mr. Rowe :
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Interesting Letters of Pope Clement XIV (Ganganelli). Vol. III.
Likewise un Original Letter, in Answer to M. Voltaire's Objections to the Authenticity of Ganganelli's Letters. 8vo. 55. Durham.
This volume confifts, like the former, of common-place obfervations or reflections on popular characters and subjects, dressed up in an agreeable 'vivacity of stile, that serves to re. commend them to superficial readers. The answer to the objections to the authenticity of the letters is like many other answersy defective in bearing no application to the question.
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Free Thoughts on the American Conteft. 8vo. Edinburgh,
A liberal discussion of our disputes with America; in which is displayed a considerable degree of knowledge of the subject, as well as strength of argument.
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A Treatise on the Use and Abuse of Mineral Waters: Ali Rules
necessary to be observed by Invalids who visit the Chalybeste Spring's of the Old and New Tunbridge Wells. Together with fome Remarks on the immoderate Use of Sea Water. By Hugh Smith, M. D. Author of the Family Physician, and of Letters la Married Women upon the Management of Infants, with a
f'iew to prevent the Difeajes incident to Children. 8vo. 6d. • Kearsley.
It is observed by this writer, that, “ with respect to the Use or Sea Water, and also the Chalybeate Waters, Mankind in general are their own Physicians. Those who frequent the Bathing-Places, the Chalybeate Spring of Tunbridge in Kent, or that of the New Tunbridge Wells near Ilington-nineteen out of twenty of them are governed by their own Opinions, or by the Example of others they meet at such Places, who are as much mistaken as themselves.
" To fuch Invalids, therefore, says he, I particularly address myself,
The World, it must be confessed, are too fond of Quackery but it they will continue to quack themselves, it is at least meritorious to preyent them doing a real Injury to their Consticusions, by putting them in a better way of managing themselves.”
With this laudable view, is this treatise given to the public; the author very properly premising, that he thinks it his duty, however,
* As a well-wisher to mankind, to advise every one who is really ill to consult the person who has the care of his health, not only as to what should be taken preporatory to the use of the waters, but likewise as to the quantity proper to be drunk, the regimen necessary to be pure fued while he is drinking the waters; and, in many cases, to be directed to some little medicinal aid, which may be thrown in at proper intervals, to assist the efficacy of the waters themselves. Without these precautions, half of the patients deprive themselves of the advantages ebey might receive from the use of Mineral Waters.”
We are perfectly of Dr. Smith's opinion in this respect, and under this restriction may venture to recommend his pamphlet as an useful and falutary Vade-mecum to persons afflicted with such disorders as require the use of Mineral Waters,