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thefe inviting circumstances: and we can hardly excuse our Author for facing their, or even ourselves for being betrayed into the prosecution of so unlucky an argument. But providentially hoitilities are ftopped,
for the prefent. The regulacions proposed will not, we fear, operate to the cure of thefe radical 10 conveniences at ending a national militia. They are detailed in ten p:opofitions, in which the principal article is, to esta blith a cavalry militia in large rowns, consisting of light horse and dragoons; the officers to be appointed by royal commillion, and the captains and superior officers to be entired to the dignity of koights: military discipline, bo:h of horse and foot, to be enforced only by fines or imprisonment The Author deems the plan suggested by the Earl of Shelburne inferior to his own. and would have a militia established in Scotland upon principles similar with that in Eng and. Art. 36. Speculative Ideas on the probable Consequences of
an Invagon, on our late Encampmenis, and on the S'ace of some of our Sea-ports in England, &c. In a Letter to the Earl of Pembroke. By an Officer in the Army. 8vo. 1 8. 6 d. Egerton. 1782.
A publication of this kind might be intitled, Hints to British In. vaders; and were marine enterprizes to be executed with the facility, certainty, and celerity, represented by this land officer, we might in. deed have been in the dangerous Gituation he reprefents. But in all the wars in which we have been engaged since the Norman conquest, if the Author reco!lecis how often we have been invaded, and be events of the attempts, he will then perceive why invafons bave nos been more frequent. What then has been our security all this while against disturbances from foreign enemies ? This question we appre. bend may be soon resolved: the great armament necessary for such an attempt, the very precarious nature of enterprizes, where the sea is the firit and the latt enemy to be encountered, in aid of our oppofition upon it; with the almost certain prospect of devoting the whole force, if landed, to the collected powers of the country, which most speedily overwhelm them. As to filling the country with fortified posts, and cantonments of troops, to protect us from neighbour. ing enemies, we shall only remind the writer, that happily we have hitherto done without them. An insular fituarion, supposes such a circumferential line of sea coast, as cannot be every where secured by art; wherever, therefore, our Aoating calles may fail us, we remain vulnerable ; but our fóes are fully apprized of the Scotch motto and if our enemies had such bad intelligence as our Author supposes they had on a late occasion *, when Plymouth was apprehended to be in danger, it certainly was their own fault, for we furnih enough of one kind or other.
Mus I c. Art. 37. A Brief Account f, and an Introduction to, light
Lectures in the Science of Music, &c. By Marmaduke Overend, Organilt of Idleworth, Middlesex. 410. 2 s. 6d. Payne.
As this is merely an introduction, consisting of only twenty pages, to a proposed course of lectures, we need only to observe, that the • This Article should have appeared in Aug. last. 3
Author's defign in this undertaking is to demonstrate and explaie
the radical sources of melody and harmony, deduced from the ra. tional principles of the philosophy of founds, from arithmetical calculations, and from geometrical divisions in the construction of mopochords, and to ascertain the different scales of the several genera of the Greeks and the Moderns, by a clear, a concise, and an inrelligible method, different from what has been attempted before.'
The present theets contain only the Author's manner of Godiog musical ratios, by ftring represented by right lines, or numbers, as a necessary preparative to the lectures themselves.
MISCELLANEOU S. Art. 38. Ars Scribendi fine Penna; or, How to take down Per.
barim, a Week's Pleading upon one Page. A Work of infinite Importance to Members of Parliament, Ministers of State, Georlemen of the Law, Phyfic, and Divinity. To whom it is molt bome bly Dedicated. 8vo. 98. Bew. 1782.'
We can by no means approve the Larin part of the above titlepage; because, among other reasons, we were long puzzled in difcovering how the Author performed his engagement in teaching us to write without a pen! Ac length, in p: 33: we are directed, instead of using pen and ink, to write with a Middleton's black lead pencil!
In looking over this new Work we perceive nothing, either in the alphabet, or in the modes of combination, to diftinguish ii, in any fuperior degree, from others long fince published; and it derives no fanâion from the reputation of the writer, because he does not declare himself. We can only add, on examining the specimens of writing here given, that less regard is preserved to lineal potition in combining the characters, than ia Tristram Shandy's diagrams of the eccentric manner in which he writes the fory of his own life. Art. 39. A Poftfcript to the Six Letters written in Defence of
Richard Hill, Éq; Member for the County of Salop, against the Jlliberal and Unjuit attack of the Burgess of Ludlow, upon his Parliamentary conduct. By a Freeholder in more Counties than One. 8vo. 6 d. Debrett, &c.
• Behold how great a matter a little fise kindleth!'- A Burgess of Ludlow lets off an electioneering squib; the squ b produces a cracker from another quarter; the Iquibber then throws up a rocket --which is returned by a pop gon; bounces and explosions are mal tiplied on all sides, till ine whole neighbourhood 'is anncyed with the sparks, the smoke, and the imell. In plain and direct terms, we have had seven or eight controverfial pamphlets, to prove and dirprove-what ? - Excuse us, good reader, from a repetition of these local grievances ; ac have more necessary, as well as more agreeable employment before us. If thou haft forgotten (which is not impre bable) the matters brought into confiia jore' by these Salopian knights of the quill, turn back to our late Reviews †, and thy memory will be refremed. - If it be aked, what is the purport of ibis laft Aroke as the Ludlownian bero ? suffice it to apswer, that its defign is to free
• Mr. Hill's Sky-rocket is not here alluded to.
Mr. Hill from the charge of being himself the author of the Six Letters that were writ:eo in his defence by a friend. This matter is now, we apprehend, unquestionably decided, though to us it was suficiently clear before. The Author has also given the Burgess a number of parting blows, smartly laid on; and to thew bis contempt of that gentleman, he introduces the following anecdote: -- The Ludlow cbampion had reproached one of his literary antagonists with having once been, or pretended to be, his confidential friend, and with having accordingly consulted him about certain scribbling concerns which had, consequently, received the benefit of his corrections. In bis sarcastic animadversions on this complaint of the Burgess, our Author fays.-- Be of good comfort, Sir! you are not the first master who has been excelled by his pupil. Afier the master had built the feeple of Chichelier cachedral, his apprentice raised that of Salisbury with greater elegance, and to a greater height. That master, it is said, went and hanged himself: I will nos add, " Go chou and do likewise."—A very civil mode this of bidding an opponent good-bye ! Art. 40. A Guide to Health, Beauty, Riches, and Honour.
8vo. 1 5. 6d. Hooper. 1783. This ‘Guide to Health,' &c. is a collection of the most remark, able advertisements, and hand bills, of quacks, money-lenders, borough brokers, men for wives, women for husbands, conjurers, &c. that our numerous daily papers currently afford. To inhabilants in the metropolis such articles are no novelties, but appear the more friking by being brought together--and may amuse readers in other parts of the Mand, who do not know whas plenty of generous, pob lic-spirited offers are daily made there for the kind supply of all pofable human wants, both real and imaginary. The compiler has prefixed an humorous preface on our great improvements in aris and sciences, as exbibited by the several professors in their propofals.
MEDICA L. Art. 41. A Letter to the Commissioners for Sick and Wounded Sean
men, &ci relative to the Means of Preventing and Curing the Scur. vy on board of his Majetty's Ships. By James Rymer, Surgeon of the Royal Navy. 8vo. 6d. Evans, 1782.
This writer does not pretend to offer any thing theoretically new on the subject upon which he treats. He contents himself with pointing oue certain particulars with respect to fresh air, diet, and the like, which, in his opinion, would materially conduce to preserve the health of feamen. It is not in our province to determine how far these are capable of being adopted ; but every hint which may benefit fuch a useful body of men, certainly merits attention. Mr. Rymer, though not a capital writer, appears to be a man of know. ledge and observation in his own line. Art. 42. The Anticipation of the Crisis. Addressed to the No.
bility and Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland. 8vo. 1 s. Bowen. 1782.
Let not our kind Readers suppose, that this pamphler has ftrayed by mistake from the political to the medical lin. 'The crisis here antisipated is not that of poor Britannia, but of a fever, wbich, by virrue of a certain hermetic febrifuge, is nipped in the bud, and pot allowed to come to the adult tiate of bon fievre avec redoublements, fo feelingly celebrated by Moliere's physician. Those of the nobility and gentry who with further information concerning this febrifuge, may apply to the inventor, R. White, in New Bord itreet. Art. 43. An Inquiry into the Nature of the Venereal Poison, and
the Remedies made use of to prevent its Effects, principally with respect to Lotions, Unguents, Pomades, and Injections By J. Clubbe, Surgeon, of Iplwich. 8vo. 2 s. Longman. 1782.
The design of this work is, by a train of reasoning, adapted to persons not of the medical proieilion, to establish just notions of the manner in which the venereal poison enters the body, and of the bazard and inefficacy of every external application to prevent or remove it. The Author's design appears to be very laudable, and the execution of it thews him to be a man of sense and information. It may be doubted, however, whether some of his phycological reason. ings are not too confidently made for the fate of our knowledge of the minuteft parts of che animal economy. The side of the quettion which he has taken is certainly the safelt; and we doubt not that a due attention to his admonitions would, on the whole, be of service to those [ young men') to whom they are addressed. Art. 44. Obfervations on the late Influenza, the Febris Catarr.
halis Epidemica of Hippocrates, as it appeared at London in 1775 and 1782. By William Grant, M. D. 8vo. I s. 6 d. Cadell, &c.
Dr. Grant has long diftinguished himself as an attentive observer of epidemics, upon the plan of Hippocrates, and his genuine successor Sydenham. He traces the influenza from the time of the great father of phyfic, through various periods, to its two late appearances in this country. He confiders it as a genus of diseases of the malignant kind, denoted by the peculiar itu por and affection of the nervous system, which were the first symptoms of its attack. In his description of it, and his directions respecting the method of cure, he does not materialy differ from his predeceffors on the same subject : and as it has now ceafid to be an interesting object, we thall not detain our Readers any longer with it. Art. 45. ll Treatise on the Venereal Disease.. By G. Renny,
Surgeon to the Athol Highlanders. 8vo. 35. fewed. Murray. 1782. Though we cannot agree with this Author that there is any want of treatises on the venereal disease, or that his is a more complete and accurate one than many others which have come under our inSpection; yet, as he appears to write from real observation, his work may be perused with some advantage. He is an advocate for the carly use of injections in a gonorrhoea, the innocence of which he confidently afferts from experience. One of the most curious remarks in his work is relative to swelled testicles. He found this symptom occur in five out of eight of the highland soldiers who were affe&. ed with a gonorrhea. Hence be concluded it was occafioned by the want of something in their dress, to serve as a suspensory of those parts, and accordingly, on the use of a bag truss as a preventative, the symptom did not afterwards appear. This may serve as a hint to the wearers of filthy Nankin,
In the treatment of the venereal disease, Mr. Renny seems totally to disapprove of salivation, and inästs much on the advantage of keepiog up the viral powers, in order to enable the mercury to act with efficacy. A few cases, in order to illustrate his doctrine, conclude the work. Art. 46. The Valetudinarian's Companion; or, Observations on
Air, Exercise, and Regimen, with the Medical Properties of the Sea and Mineral Waters of Brighthelmstone. By Lofius Wood, M. D. Physician to the Misericordia General Dispensary, Svo. 18 6d. Becket. 1782.
As this is merely a compilaticon designed for popular use, it cannot be expected to contain any thing worthy the aiiention of the medical reader. The account of the waters of Brightbelmitone is chiefly borrowed from Dr. Relhan.
N O V E L s. Art. 47. The Recefs; or, A Tale of other Times. By the
Author of the Chapter of Accidents. Vol. I. 3 s. sewed. Cadell. 1783
The Dedication hath the signature of Sophia Lee, a literary volonteer, who hath skirmished, with fome success, in a late theatrical campaign, under the banners of General Colman. · Ibe Tale of other Times is a romantic title. It awakens curiosity; it sets us at once on fairy land—while Fancy, equipped for adventure, fallies forth in quest of the castle, the giant, and the dragon, • Tob'd in flames;' and already rapt into vision by its own magic,
• Towers and battlements it fees
• Borom'd high in tufted trees.' The Preface, however, foon broke the charm of the title; and we were brought back to our sober senses by an assurance, chat the ground we bad before us was real and not imaginary: it was found. ed on fact, and not on fi&tion; and that what we cook for a romance was only a hiftory! Not being permitted (says the fair Editor) to publish the means which enriched me with the obsolete MS. from whence the following Tale is extracted, its simplicity alone can authenticate it. I make no apology for adapting the language to the present times, fince that of the Author's would be frequentiy unintelligible.' Obsolete Manuscript ! -The pretence is so common, and hath been so much played off, like the trick of a juggler, to amuse and deceive the credulous, that it needs uncommon dexterity to give it, in these days, the power of impofition. I barb, indeed, pere formed miracles with some · Tales of other Times ;' but when a trick is found out, it ceases to be wondered at; and such is the ill effect of im polition, that it frequently brings a suspicion on truth itself.
: 'I his • Tale of other Times' is given to us in an uofinished itate. We have only the first volume ; and we know not how many more we are to have before the work will be completed. In peruling all romances, or pieces of biliory resembling, by their bold colouring, the fi&ions of imagination, curiosity is itrongly excited, expectation is on the tretch, and fancy is arreited and hurried away by an irrediftible power, Suspence creates anxiety; and delay of gratifcation
Daughter of the late Mr. Lee, che, Adios.