increases the with for it. Witness the fate of Fielding's introductory chapters: - Masterpieces of composition ! and to be read with equal pleasure and improvement in a cool hour, when the ardour of 'exo pectation hath been gratified by objects in which our feelings are more interelted. Now they are considered as tedious and provok. ing interrupcions to the main fory, and are generally pafsed over, of only hastily glanced, as, vill the fate of Sophia is known.

We may appeal to Miss Lee, and, as giving credit to ber'invio. lable repeat for truth,' ask her.-Whether, on the first perusal of the

obsoleie manuscript,' the did not feel such an interest in the Tale,' as would have made the loss of the concluding events of it a levere mortification ? And to us they are as loft ; nor are we fure that they will ever be found! If, however, the should publil the remaining part, we Mall be happy to pay that tribute of respect to her genius, which a view of the whole will warrant us fairly to beitow. We would not encourage impofition; nor, on the other hand, would wę check the exertions of fancy. Let her genius have its full scope ; but if she ranges in fairy land to delight the imagination, let her not insult our understandings by delusive pleas. If it be Fancy's work, let it pass as such. It will not the less amuse, if it be well executed. Ao no rate let the fanctity of truth be violated to arrest attention, por a strange tale told of obfolete manuscripts, to deceive the simple reader, and make him 'wonder with a foolith face of praise' Art. 48. The Woman of Letters; or, The History of Miss Fanny Bolton. 2 Vols.

I 2mo. 6e. Noble. 1783. This interesting Narrative we fufpect to be fomething more than the fation of a lively imagination ; but whether fictitious or real, we think it in many respects superior to the ofual furniture of a circulating library. Ii inculcares a very useful lesson,-That all the fire of ger nius, all the advantages of a learned education, are of themselves infufficient to procure a female a decent subfiftence, or secure her from falling a victim to the artiâces of a hypocrite. Leained ladies are phænomena in nature, rather to be admired than loved--and to be respected racher than imitated. We with the sex, without neglecting the accomplishments of general knowledge, would chiefly direct their attention to those humbler, but neceffary qualifications adapted to that sphere of life they were deligned to sil, and in which they are called to the discharge of offices, that, if noi splendid, are indispenfible to domestic order ; and if they do not draw forth public notice, yet will establih private felici:y. Thus will they become agreeable and amiable companions; they will ensure esteem without exciting envy; and, without dcfcending to meandellis, they will practise the virtues of economy. Art. 49. Coombe Wood. By the Author of Barford Abbey, and

the Cottage. 12 mo. 2 Vols. 5 5. sewed. Baldwin. This novel introduces us to the acquaintance of Lord Elgin and Miss Althum, two amiabie young persons, who have contacted a fondness for each other. We allo meet with a Miss Moor, a lady of a very different character, who, by a train of female artifices, throws fome obstacles in their way, which are all cleared up, according to cuftom, in due time; and the fecord volume concludes with a mar. riage between the hero and the heroine of the piece, to ibe fatisfac

tion of all parties-as is usual on those occasions. We have no high encomioms to bestow on this performance. The story is meagre ; the iocidents are few; and the characters have been long worn out in the service of the novel writers. We mult, however, pay some tribute of acknowledgment to the style and manner of the letters, which make up the ftory of Coombe Wood. They are written with ease, and contain no inconsiderable portion of the agreeable. Some' of Lady Blank's are not deftitute of humour and vivacity. This lady, with a noble family, passes fame time at Coombe Wood, in a manner, we fear, not very uncommon among great people in their retirement. The letters relative to this vilit form a kind of under. plot, or episode, as it is but slightly connected with the principal story,

On the whole, we think these letters have a claim to attention from those who are fond of this species of literary amusement. They cannot corrupt the reader: they may entertain, and perhaps instruct him, Art. 50. Burton Wood. By a Lady. 2 Vols. 12ṁo. 58,

fewed. Dodfley, As this is a first attempt, and especially the first attempt of a female author, candour should repress the rigour of criticism, even though impartiality could not compliment with the warmth of applause. The story of this novel is natural and pathetic ; and it hath ftill the higher merit of encouraging the virtuous propenfities of the human heart: nor doth it fight the sanctions of religion, in enforcing and recommending the obligations of morality. Art. 51. The Reconciliation; or, The History of Miss Morti

mer and Miss Fitzgerald. An Hibernian Novel. In Two Vols. By an Irish Lady. 8vo. 5 5. sewed. Lane, 1783.

Why an · Hibernian novel ?' We know not, unless it hath this diftinction given it for the sake of two or three Irish names that chiefly figure in it. We have no discriminating representations of Hibernian manners, or Hibernian scenes. We do not even meet with blunders--those happy and truly laughable blunders, fortuitously ftruck out • beyond the reach of art;' which have so long been cha. racteristic of Hibernian conversation, as to become proverbial. All that is transacted in this novel, from the firing of the volunteers in the first letter, to the grand catastrophe, vulgarly called marriage, in the laft, might have passed in England, without saying one word about Ireland or Irish folk. There is one thing, however, some. what out of the common way, whether it be the more Hibernian on that account we,,pretend not to de:ermine. Miss Mortimer, to get rid of the addresses of a Lord whom she hated, vows she will never marry the man he loves. She made this raih vow in halte, in order to satisfy her father that her partiality for the latter was not the cause of her rejecting the former. Her lover returns ; she refuses him - for her vow's sake. She loves him ardently: but oh! the vow! Every thing is agreeable: the father himself confents to relieve her from the promise the made him. But it is all in vain. The scruples of conscience controuled the force of love. She can make a dying lover wretched; the can make herself miserable in his torment. But the matter is past all relief. The vow !-the vow!--Curse the Rev. May, 1783.



vow-but she could not break it. The question is-Was not the Lady's conscience under the direction of an Hibernian casuist?--This may explain the title-page :- for we are certain they order matters more commodioufly in England.

EDUCATION. Art. 52. Tyrocinium in Hofpitiis Curiæ; or, Exercises for the

First Year in the Inns of Court, preparatory to the Study of the Law. Vol. I. Containing Logic, Rhetoric, and Ethics. By B. D. Free, Student in the Civil Law, of Alban. Hall, Oxford; and a Member of Lincoln's Ion. 8vo. 3 s. sewed. Browo. 1783.

The first part treats of Logic, on the old scholastic plan; and is a good abridgment of Crakenthorp, Heereboord, Burgersdicius, Crucius, Sanderson, Wallis, &c. &c. We here meet with a very accu. rate account of the predicaments, and the ante-predicaments, and the polt-predicaments; the predicamental line and the predicables ; together with the moods and figures of fyllogism in every posible form, directly and transversely from Barbara to Baroko, and so on, from Bockardo to Camenes.

The second pari, on Rhetoric, consists of collections from Aristotle, and a concise view of the general principles of the sublime, from the çelebrated trea:ise of Longinus ; to which is annexed, an explanation of the Greek terms that are made vse of by rhetoricians, to express the different figures of speech, accompanied with illuftrations.

The third part is entitled Ethics, or the doctrine of moral agency, as described by philosophers. This is, for the most part, a transJarion of Langbaine's treatise on the fame subje&t, which is too wel! known in the schools to need any account from us.

The Translator hath exccuted his talk with fidelity. He hath not ftudied elegance : indeed the subject would not admit of it; and, pero haps, it is fortunate for Mr. Free that it would not. Art. 53. A Short Introduction to English Grammar : Adapted ta

the Use of Schools. 8vo. 1 8. 6 d. Baldwin. 1782. Concise, but clear and accurate. The rules are well explained, and the illustrations are judiciously chosen. The Grammatical Ana. lyfis, in the Appendix, is equally copious, correct, and intructive. It is, we think, a very good model for masters who would lead their fupils through the various gradations of speech, from the simpleft elements to the more complex forms of language. Art. 54.' A Collection of English Exercises. Translated from the

Writings of Cicero only, for School Boys to re-translate into Latin, and adapted to the Principal Rules in the Compendium of Erasmus's Syntax. By William Ellis, A. M. 8vo. 2 s. 6 d. Robinson, 1782,

We approve of 'Mr. Ellis's plan. His examples are drawn from the purest sources, and have a tendency to infil into the minds of scholars a tale for the more elegant forms of clasical expreflion.

His work is divided into three parts. The first contains some introductory sentences, as examples to the more general rules, wbich

• Master of the Grammar School at Alford, in Lincolnshire, and she Tranflator of Aristotle on Goycroment.

are are given in English. To this first part the conjugations, and preterperfect tenses of the verbs, the genitive cases, declensions and gen. ders of the fubftantives, and the terminations of the adjectives, ara added in the usual manner. The second part contains the principal Rules of Erasmus's Compendium, with short examples to them, the Latin words to which correspond in their arrangement to the English, with an intention that the scholar Mould, under the master's direction, endeavour, by degrees, to place them in the Latin order, In the third part, where some of the examples are of confiderable length, the Latin words stand exactly as they do in Tully; and though the scholar may at first meet with some little difficulty in finds ing out how they correspond with each other in the English and Latin, yet he will find this a much easier tak than it would have been for him to have arranged every word as it is in the original, had he been left to the guidance of his own judgment or ear.

Annexed to this Collection (but to be purchased separately t) is translation of Cicero on Friendship. It is calculated for young schon lars to re-translate into Latin, and is, on that account, as literal as the genius of the two languages would admit of-but by no means designed to rival Mr. Melmoth's elegant tranlation, or rather paraphrase, of the same admired treatise.

L A w. Art. 55. The Law of Tythes, digested on an entire new practis

cal Plan, for the Use of the Country Gentleman, Parson, Farmer, or whom else it may concern. By John Paul, Esq; Barrister at Law. 8vo. 2 s. 6 d. sewed. Richardson and Urquhart. 1781.

The Editor of this little treatise complains, and complains with troth; that the tythe law has, for ages past, been a ground of conAtant litigation between individuals, sometimes to the total ruin of themselves, their families, and. fortunes ; and where this has not been the case, it has raised a spirit of diffention that never after could be entirely allayed.'

• This Work' (he adds) is offered as an humble attempt to remove that evil. It will be found to contain a more comprehensive, yet simple and explicit, definition of the law of tythes than any book now extant, and in a style and manner suited to those who are not read in the law, as well as they who are.'

If he is really so sanguine as to expect that any book, written however skilfully, will put an end to the frequent quarrels that happen between parishioners and collectors of tythes, whether in the hands of the pasfon or of a lay-impropriator, we heartily with him success in his attempt. These quarrels, it is to be feared,' have their source not so much in the uncertainty of the law, as in a spirit of tapacity, eager to extort the utmost of its legal right, and in avatice and fraud, ftudious to with-hold or evade it. But, perhaps, he means nothing more than a common place apology for incumbering the press with an additional treatise on this subject ; and it is but justice to say, that fach as wish to obtain a general knowledge of the law of tythes, at a moderate price, will find the present compilation

+ Price Sixpence.



answer that end. Profesional men will look to higher and more au. thentic sources. Art. 56. An Historical Account of the Rights of Election of the

Several Counties, Cities, and Boroughs of Great Brilain, &c. Part 11. (See the Title at large in Rev. for Jan. laft, p. 89.) By T. Cunningham, Esq. 8vo. 55. sewed. Robinson. 183.

What was said of the former part of this collection, may be underfood to extend to this also, which completes the undertaking, and includes an index to the whole. Art. 57. The Trial at large of James Steggles, for wilfully

and malicioudly shooting at Mr. William Macro, on the King's Highway; at the Allizes at Bury St. Edmonds, March 18, 1783. 8vo. 6 d. Longman.

The prisoner was a highwayman; he was capitally convicted, for firing his piftol at the prosecutor, in attempting to rob him.

Po E TICA L. Art. 58. A poetical Epiflle from Mrs. Elizabeth IV ---s to Mr.

Jobr W-os: with an Apology in her particular Case for Ad-ty. 4to. I s. 6 d. Bladon.

1783. If vice had no better apologists, virtue would have little to fear. Depravity is here counteracted by dulness; and the head is too weak to accomplifh the wickedness of the heart. If the lady had not possessed more charms than her poet, the world would never have heard of her or her gallant.

RELIGIO U S. Art. 59. An Enquiry into the Causes of the Infidelity and Scepticism

of the Times : with occasional Oblervations on the Writings of Herbert. Shaftesbury, Boling broke, Hume, Gibbon, Toulmin, &c. By John Ogilvie, D. D. 8vo. 6s. Richardson and Urqubart. 1783.

Among the many causes to which the infidelity of the present age may be ascribed, the following are considered by our Author as the principal :-the love of singularity, or an inordinate desire to extract novelty from every subject, and, in particular, froin points which have been formerly canvassed.- A propenfity to reject whatever bears the namp of vulgarity, and to conform our principles in the fame manner as our dress, to the prevailing talle and fashion of the times.-A desire of imitating the manners of men whom we have been taught to esteem very highly, and of appearing to adopt their opinions. Our natural inclination to reject those tenets as being false, to which our actions are irreconcileable, and to adopt the contrary.-Certain charges of a very dangerous tendency, respecting either the general scheme of Christianity, or its peculiar doctrines, the nature of iis evidence, or the character of its teachers, of which the effect is heightened in the writings of its adversaries, by all the arts of plausible reasoning, inunuation," ridicule, and abuse.

These topics are disculled both in the way of argument and de. clamation in the present work As a reasoner Dr. Ogilvie is ob.core, and as a declaimer he is turgid. His arguments confuse the underftanding, and his declamations fatigue the spirits. We forget the purpose of the former, and fall asleep amidst the latter.-Even


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