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for nouns in English having no accusative termination, the verb canaot be said to govern that case.

The Author's observations on prosody, etymology, and pause, are general and superficial; and the whole work appears to us much inferior in merit to many similar publicacions. Art. 25. Description des Royaulmes d'Angleterre et d'Escole: com

posé par Efienne Perlin, Paris 1558.-Hiffoire de 1 Entree de la Reine Mere dans la Grande Bretagne : par P. de la Serre, Par. 1639. Illustrated with Cuts and English Notes. 410. 5 5. Bowyer, &c. 1775.

The Editor's account of this republication is as follows: "The two pieces here offered to the Public contain the idea which some of our neighbours formed of us in the two latt centuries. The Phy. fician, in the fixteenth century, thinks he cannot set us in two contemptible a light, and with the true vanity of his nation, delivers into che hand of his matter, not only this little island, but the whole world. The historiographer, in the seventeenth, Aatters us a little more ; but his picture of us is only a back-ground to set off his mistress, who, the victim of her own perte, seeks among us a momentary protection in the arms of her son-in-law. Perhaps we thould forgive the prejudices of both writers, for the sake of the anecdotes they transmit to us. The one brings us acquainted with some historical particulars; the other has transmitted to us several interesting topographical ones. The anecdotes of Edward VI. and Mary, and the elevations of old London and some other places, muft atone for the grosiereté of Perlin and La Serre.'

We find so few tacts really intereiting in che former work ; and in the latter so little, belides a series of extravagant compliments to the heroine of the tale, and a minute detail of the particulars of her journey, and her entry into London ; that we apprehend they might both have remained in the state of oblivion to which time had con. figned them, without any material loss to the Public. The true antiquarian, who esteems nothing trifling that is ancient, may probably be of a different opinion, and will perhaps be able to extract both information and entertainment from this republication.

The second work has three curious plates, the first of the seat of Sir Thomas Mildmay, Mollham Hall; the second of Giddy Hall, both in Eflex; and the third of the proceffion of the Qucen along Cheapfide.

NOVELS and MEMOIRS. Art. 26. The Maiden Aunt. Written by a Lady. 12mo.

3 Volumes. 9 s. Bew. 1776.

We observe, in this novel, evident traces of a cultivated mind, and a feeling heart; and think we may venture to recommend it to the perusal of our fair Readers, as not only perfectly inoffensive, (which may be said of many very infignificant performances of this class) but as capable of affording them rational and elegant entertainment. It is written in an easy and una fected Kyle : the characters and sentiments discover a nice attention to the operations of pa. ture in some of its most interelting útuations: the incidents are natural without being insipid; and suficiently diverfified without being Extravagant. The sory of Julia merits a tear. - Real merit is efential articles, being at best but a poor apology for inaccuracy, we thould have thought ourselves under the pecefisty

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of censuring this female Writer for the incorrect manner in which her work appears before the Public, had we not received information* (which in justice to the Author,—and to the Editor, --we shall commudicate to our Readers), that since the copy passed out of the Author's hands, the beginning of every letter in the firft volume was altered, many of them in the most absurd and valgar manner ;that the carelesIness of the publisher has suffered the grofleft blugders in sense, grammar, and spelling to pass into print, for which che copy was not answerable, and that he has added fifteen letters just before the conclufion, beginning with the 42d, and ending with the

bib, which the Author entirely disclaims, and considers as a compound of inconsistency, added merely to spin out the work. Such an injury as this, though not expressly provided againīt by the act of Queen Anne respecting copy sight, is of too serious a nature pot to merit the most severe censore. We are certain it will excite the indignanton of every one who is acquainted with the natural feelings of an Author; and we doubt not but the person, whoever he is, whose offence now lies beforc a court superior to ours, will be condemned by the Public. Art. 27. Memoirs of a Demi-Rep of Fashion; or the privata

History of Miss Amelia Gunnersi ury. Containing curious Anecdotes of Persons of the first Rank, which illustrate many celebrated and eminent Characters. 12mo, 2 Vols. 6s. Dix.

Some worthy successor to the celebrated Treyfac de Vergy, has coined or dressed up, a number of ill.digelted tales of licentious Jove, in hopes that the public avidity for seandalous anecdotes may give them a welcome reception : but when we cannot approve a writer's motive, there is some consolation in finding his abilities un. equal to his intentions. Peace to De Vergy ; he has followed his works, and we mean the prefent Writer no harm, in wishing he would betake bimself to fome less exceptionable employment.

L A w. Art. 28. An Abridgment of Penal Statutes, which exhibits at

one View, the Offence; the Punishment or Penalty-annexed to that Offence; the Mode of Recovering, and Application of the Penalty; the Number of Witnesses and Justices necessary to conviêt the Offender ; with a Reference to the Chapter and Section of the enacting Statute. By William Addington, Esq; one of the Magistrates presiding at the public Office in Bow-street. 8 s. Half bound. Uriel, &c. 1775.

Tabular abstracts are peculiarly advantageous for the ready view of complicated subjects, especially where prompt decision is to be wished; and surely nothing can be more complicated than acts of parliament, or more embarrassing, where the conduct of a justice of the peace in any one object, is regulated by several statutes. It may be hinted in recommendation of this compendium, that it is the work of an acting magistrate, and not of a meer compiler, actuated by the hope of fabricating something that may fell.

The articles being all numbered, are referred to in an alphabetical table of contents; but could they have been all arranged in a strict alphabetical order, in the first instance, the necessity of this reference * ļo a letter from the Ausbos.

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might have been superseded by having immediate recourse to them as to a di&tionary: probably the Author is the best judge, how far this was practicable. He offers it as little more than an index to the tatutes ; and recommends it to every magiftrate, for greater secu. rity, to refer from it to the statutes : it may be added, that it also behoves every purchaser to correct his copy with a pen, from the errata at the end.

POETICA L. Art. 29. Elegiac Verses to a young Lady on the Death of her Brother. who was slain in the late Engagement at Boston. The Author M. M. Robinson. 4to. 1 s. Johnson. 1775. As this Writer professes himself

- an humble bard Untaught the deptb of Science to explore, we shall criticise him no further than to observe that, for a bard fo circumstanced, the poetry is decent. There is a pretty vignette on the title-page. Art. 30. An Heroic Epiféle to the Right Hon. Lord Craven, on

his delivering the following Sentence at the County Meeting at Abingdon, Nov. 7; 1775, “ I will have it known that there is Respe& due to a Lord.” 4to. Is. Wheble.

This little poem is written with a degree of spirit and elegance, worthy the Author of ¢he Original Heroic Epistle, and is one of the bet satires we have lately seen, Art. 31, Duelling ; a Poem : By Samuel Hayes, M. A. late

Fellow of Trinity College, 400. i s. Dodsley. This is the Cambridge prize-poem for the Killingbury premium 1775. The following lines, we apprehend, the Author meant as a description of the Temple of false Honour :

1. Lo, on a rock wide opening to the view,
2. Lav'd by the ambient deep, a Temple stands,
3. Bright with barbaric gold, and orient gems,
4. The edifice at distance seen appears
5. The work of architect divine : Approach,
6. Its glories lessen to the mental eye
7. Of probing Reason, ev'ry part is found .
8. The work of human skill : On the dread top

9. Which seems to dart itself among the clouds,
1o. Form’d by the sculptor's imitative hand,
11. Stand Courage, Reputation, Glory, Fame
12. The watchful guardians of the god within.
13. But hark! the portals open, at the found
14. What numerous tribes appear! Thro' the rough sea,
15. Though in the gloomy waves each hallow'd tie
16. That binds the human soul be overwhelm'd,
17. On to the fane they rush. There, o'er the shrine

18. Grim Moloch fits Here, Reader, are fixteen lines and a hemistich-all very good, Are they not 14" Why yes, Master Reviewer, I think so, but I do not well know what you mean by that same hemiftich.' - Pfhaw! now dare say you are either the Vice-chancellor, or the Greek Profes

for, for, or the Master of Clare-Hall. It is an instroment in husbandry, Man, used on the Killingbury estate-And so you say these lines are all very good. However, by your Chancellorship’s, or your Profesorship's, or your Mastership's leave, we'll probe 'em a little with our critical pins :

L. 1. Here is a rack wide-opening to the view. What do you think of that ? " Why very well; is it not? It means that you have a fair view of the rock'— No such thing: for then it must have been oper, not opening - wide opening signifies that the rock, whilst you look opon it, is splitting asunder.

*L. 3. Surely you must either be poorly read in poetry, or think this line very trite, and quite u original.

L. 4. Here, you see, we want two commas to rectify the punctuation, which is very defective through the whole poem, L. 6-7.

the mental, eye Of probing Reason Do not you see an error of the press here ! No,-where? Why, Mr. Vice-chancellor, it Mould be poring Reason-The eye cannot pro . perly be faid ro probe ; but pore, you know, it may.--' yes, Maiter Revicwer, I see it very plain.' L. 8, &c.

On the dread top
Which seems to dart itself among the clouds
Form’d by the sculptor's imitative hand,
Stand Courage, Reputation, Glory, Fame,

The watchful guardians of the god within. Now, Mr. Professor! What think you of this ? - Wonderfully sublime, I think it, and then with what propriety Courage is made to ftand on the dread rog'-Oh, you are a Prince of a critic-I thoughi that would take with you. But, what would you say, fupposing this sublime passage should turn out nothing better than turgid nonsense! In the first place, you see, that the top of the Temple is « among the clouds ;' in the next place four Beings in these clouds are represented as the watchful guardians of the god within,' who is, at the same time, described as “ fitting o'er the thrine,' In their nebulous situation how could they see? See, Sir! Ha, ha, hah!! See! Why, they are images form'd by the sculptor's imitative hand'-0, cry you mercy, good Mr. Professor-So, those are the watchful guardians of the god! Let us proceed; we are near the conclusion of the passage.

L. 15, 16,:17. In the two first lines we find a tie drown'd in the waves. In the last the votaries of the god ate described as rubbing to the fane, though that fane is previously represented as standing in the midst of the sea : now would not rowing, or even sculling, or Swimming have been a more proper expression ?-? Master Reviewer, I see you are determined to find fault ; so good bye t'ye!' Art. 32. On illicit Love; written among the Ruins of Godftow

Nunnery near Oxford. By John Brand, B. Ą. of Lincoln College, Oxford.. 400. 1 S. od. Wilkie.

This poem has a moral purpose, and contains many good lines; the apostrophes, in particular, to Love and Woman are very pretty These are the Judges that allign Mr. Seaton's reward.

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CATALOGUe, Religious, &ci 165 and poetical; yet there are some defective passages, and fome oba fcurities in the verses ; which evince no want of genius, but a handnot long accustomed to composition, Art. 33. Almeria ; or, Parental Advice; a Didactic Poem, ad.

dressed to the Daughters of Great Britain and Ireland. By a Friend to the Sex. 4to. 35. Gardner, &c.

There is a good deal of piety and divinity in this performance but not poetical divinity.

• Nay-should the good, from deep humility;

Texts misapplied'; or imbecility.' *P. 11. &c. &c. Art. 34. The Bard; a Pindaric Poem ; by Mr. Gray. Tran

lated into Latin Verse. To which is prefixed, a Dedication to the Genius of ancient Britain, 410. 15. Chester printed ; fold by Wallis in London.

The translation is spirited, and poetical; but the dedication, in English verse, is heavy and unplealing; occafioned, evidently, by an affe&ation of running the last line of the couplet into the first of the next. The genigs of heroic rhyme will rarely admit of this li. cence, which, when frequently and indiscriminately used, totally destroys the structure of its harmony. Art. 35. Rebellion ; a Poem ; addressed to J-W- , Esq;

late L-Mer of the City of L- 1. 4to. Is. 6 d. Mat. thews. 1775.

Formal parade of patriots, liv'ry'd imps!
Recorder, theriff, council, mayor, and pimps !
Attractive voice, that gathers I'miths, and nailors,

Thieves, hectors, bailiffs, bakers, dungmen, taylors.' Such is the burden of this Poet's song, who seems to have purchased a dinner at the expence of so much wrath and animal fpirits, that it is hard to say whether he is a gainer or a lofer. Art. 36. The Fall of Mexico ; a Poem. By Mr. Jerningham.

4t0. 2 s. 6 d. Robson. 1775. . There are several good verses in this poem, but we do not think that, on the whole, it will add much to the Author's reputation. The heroic couplet does not seem to be his forse. Nor does he lure tain it so well as the tender measures of elegiac composition. Art. 37. The Hampstead Conteft ; a Law Case. By Farmer

Hodge, of Golder's Green. 4to. 6d. Newbery. · Goodman Hodge is an easy, elegant bard, whose farm, we fupa pose, lies fomewhere on Parnassus, though he chures to date from a village in the neighbourhood of London. Here are about 20 pretty Hanzas, relating to a law-conteit between Mrs. Leilingham, the actress, and certain copyholders of Hampread heari, who have riotously opposed the Lady, in her attempt to build an house upon the walie, in pursuance of a grant for that purpose obtained.

• RELIGIOUS and CONTROVERSIAL. Art. 38. Twenty Discourses on various Subjects. By William

Craig, D.D. Minister of St. Andrew's Church, Glasgow. 12mo. 3 Vols. 7 s. 6 d. Boards. Murray, &c. 1775

Such Readers as are sincerely delirous of making improvements in religious knowledge, and real goodness, will reap no small advantage from an attentive perosal of these discourses. The Author's man

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