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him in bodily fear, and compelled him to caft him felf on the pro tection of the Court for fafety, as well as his friend Capt. BASE-LYE, upon whofe friendly evidence he had much dependance. Sometimes you knit your natural brow into a terrific frown of the most menacing meaning, to the great confufion and scandal of the steady Sir Hugh Pallifer, infomuch that many beholders took his honour the Vice of the Blue, to be the prifoner, and you, Sir, the real prifoner,
to be the Profecutor.'
In this merry performance the laugh is not raised wholly at the expence of Sir H. P. and his friends "Capt. Bafe-lye," and " Capt. Woody." The lawyers, whom the Author has chosen to employ as pleaders on this occafion, come in for a fhare of the fatire: espe cially the Counsellors Weathercock and Phthific. The Hems! Humphs! and Ho-O! O's of the latter, are fo drolly and aptly interfperfed, as to produce a very laughable effect.
Art. 38. The Cafe of William Brereton, Efq; late Commander of his Majefty's Ship Duke. To which is added, an Appendix; containing a Correfpondence between the Earl of Sandwich and Capt: Brereton; Minutes of two Courts Martial; a Report from the Lords of the Admiralty; an Order of his Majesty in Council; and other Papers. 4to. 3.s. 6d. Robson.
From the facts flated by Capt. Brereton, feveral circumstances of hardship appear in his cafe; feveral material irregularities in the mode of proceeding against him, that may difpofe an attentive reader to entertain doubts, which all the depofitions in fupport of the verbal charge infinuated against him, will not thoroughly clear up. Thus much may be faid in reference to the gentleman immediately affected, and more might be added on the danger of establishing precedents that may in future prove injurious to others. Art. 39. A full Vindication of the Right Honourable General's *
Conduct, against the Attacks of an Anonymous Libeller; who in a Letter to the Printer of the London Chronicle, Jan. 28, 1779, ftiles himself" A Friend to Great Britain." By a Friend to Truth. 8vo. I S. Bew.
This Friend to Truth is one of those friends celebrated in vulgar dialect, for their addrefs in helping a lame deg over a style; and may probably be the fame who flung the flick.
Art. 40. Remarks on an Act of Parliament, paffed in the 15th Year of his Majesty's Reign, on the Credit of Vice-Admiral Sir Hugh Pallifer's Information; intituled, "An Act for the Encouragement of the Fisheries carried on from Great Britain, Ireland, &c. to Newfoundland," &c. For the Repeal or Amendment of which, a Petition from the Merchants concerned, has this Seffions been prefented to the Houfe of Commons. To which is annexed, an authentic and complete State of the Fishery in 1771, &c. By William Auguftus Miles. 4to. 2 S. H. Payne.
Charges Sir Hugh Pallifer, who commanded fome years on the Newfoundland ftation, and was of courfe confulted in framing the ftatute in question, with recommending feveral oppreffive restrictions
* General Howe; who is ironically defended, with regard to his military operations in America.
injurious to the merchants here, and which have proved extremely difcouraging to the fishery. Art. 41. A New Dictionary, English and French, and French and English: Containing the Signification of Words with their different Ufes; the Terms of Arts, Sciences, and Trades, the Conftructions, Forms of Speech, Idioms, and Proverbs used in both Languages: The whole extracted from the best Writers. By Lewis Chambaud. 4to. 2 Vols. 11. 10s. Cadell, &c. 1778. The first volume of this work, in which the French is placed before the English, has been feveral years published, but is now reprinted, with many corrections and additions. The fecond volume is entirely new. It is pot free from defects; but, on the whole, we may pronounce this to be the best English and French Dictionary hitherto published.
Art. 42. A Memorial to the Public, in Behalf of the Roman Catholics of Edinburgh and Glasgow: Containing an Account of the late Riot against them on the Second and following Days of February, 1779. Collected from the public Prints, authentic Let ters, and Perfons of the most respectable Characters, who were Eye. Witneffes of the inhuman Scene. 8vo. Is. Coghlan, 1779 God protect us all from mob law from Popish mobs, Proteftano mobs, minifterial mobs, or patriotic mobs: thofe especially which are excited by pious zeal. It would be to little purpose to endeavour at extenuating the perfecution here complained of, by reminding the fufferers, of like acts of enormity occafionally exercifed by men of their profeffion; as the recrimination would be defeated, by retorting our Proteflant principles on us; which muft indeed cause the blushes of confcioufnefs to overspread our faces! There is little or no difference between the outrageous zeal of any party. A mob may fometimes have done good; and a ftab intended to kill a man, is reported to have cured him of a defperate internal diforder; yet whether the operator was rewarded or not, he ought to have received his fee on a gibber. Art. 43. Plan of a new Method for teaching Languages; or, a new Treatise on the Manner in which Languages, whether living or dead ones, fhould be taught. By Mr. Huguenin Du Mitand, Teacher of the Greek, Latin, French, and Italian, and of mot of the European living Tongues. 12mo. 2 s. Richardfon and Urquhart, &c.
This plan is dedicated to the pedantic, very pedantic, and superJatively pedantic Mr. L, Schoolmafter in Montmartre ftreet, next door to a wine-merchant's in Paris.-The dedication is in Latin, French, and English-is followed by a preface-the preface is fol lowed by an introduction-the introduction by a preamble the pre amble by the first and last chapter, all written in French and Eng lish, and in all of which there is an attempt at humour, but humour not of the most elegant kind.
The defign of the whole, however, is to acquaint the Pablic that, after long revolving the matter in his mind, and endeavouring to find out fome plan that might throw light upon the numerous and Dintelligible rules of moft grammars, with their endless train of
exceptions, and fpare to youth the pains he was at himself, he has at last contrived a practical fcheme, confifting of little fentences, at firft fhort and eafy, and gradually longer and harder; by which means all grammatical difficulties are effectually removed, their rules variously illuftrated, and the fudy of languages made fo very easy, that the most difficult may be learned by perfons of the meanest capacity, by degrees and infenfibly, and in the fame eafy way as children acquire their mother tongue.
In this fcheme, we are told, the French tongue is confidered as the inftrument by which the others are to be acquired; and though the Author means to extend it to more languages in time, yet he confines it at present to the Greek and Latin, and the eight capital living languages of Europe, all which he makes more particular profeffion of teaching.
A perfon who has learned French by this fcheme, the Author fays, may learn any one of the other nine languages in the space of four or five months; at leaft, he may learn it fufficiently to be able to understand an easy book, or to carry on a converfation on any common topic in it. This work, however, which, when complete, is not only to be a science of words, but the quinteffence (our Author's own words) of true learning by excellence, is neither finished nor ready for publication: it has already coft the Author ten years la bour, and will require at least ten more to perfect it. If he perfects it in twenty, he will be well employed, and may fay,--JAMQUE OPUS EXEGI, &C.
Being unwilling to withhold the fruits of his researches and dif coveries fo long from the Public, he intends publishing, by fubfcription, in less than a year-A French and English practical Grammar, a French and English grammatical, fynonimous, and profodical Dictionary, and a Book of Dialogues. Quid dignum tanto
Art. 44. A Letter to the Guardians of the Poor of Bury St. Edmund's in Suffolk, on the great Increase of the Rates for the Maintenance of the Poor in that Town; with Hints towards an Inquiry into the Causes and Remedy thereof, and Remarks on the Duty of a Guardian. 8vo. 6d. Rivington. 1778.
The evils here complained of respecting the management of the poor not being confined to the town of Bury St. Edmund's, the Author's remarks, which are fenfible and pertinent, merit attention beyond the district for which they were originally intended. Art. 45. Garrick in the Shades; or, a Peep into Elyfium. A Farce, never offered to the Managers, &c. 8vo. I s. Southern. Traduces the character of Garrick, becaufe Garrick was rich and (according to the Author) avaritious. That he was wealthy, is a fact too notorious to be queftioned; but, that he was miferly, is an affertion which we believe to be founded in mistake. We knew him, and we loved him as much for his virtues, as we admired him, for his agreeable talents. In a word, there is more of ill-nature than of wit+ or truth in this ungenerous infult on the memory of a man who was the delight of the age in which he lived.
+ We do not, however, mean to say that this piece is destitute of wit. PER
Art. 46. A Narrative of the Origin and Progrefs of the Profecution against the Rev. Edward Evanfon, late Vicar of Tewkesbury, in the County and Diocese of Gloucester. By Neaft Havard, Gent Town-Clerk of the Borough of Tewkesbury. 8vo. 15. Robinfon. 1778.
Art. 47. A Word at parting: Being a few Obfervations on a mutilated Sermon and an Epiftle Dedicatory to the worthy Inhabitants of Tewkesbury, &c. lately published by Edward Evanfon, M. A. To which are added, the Arguments of Counsel in the Court of DeJegates touching Mr. Evanfon's Profecution. By Neat, Havard, Gent. Town Clerk of the Borough of Tewkesbury. 8vo. 1 s Robinson.
Mr. Havard has now found how vexatious and dangerous it is to meddle in difputes of this kind. It is true, he was, as appears, un warily involved in it, and as the caufe proceeded, he knew not how to withdraw; the paffions were engaged, and warmed, and from having been at firft (probably) a moderate man, he becomes a zea: lous partizan, an orthodox son of the Church.
How ftrange it is that mankind fhould require to be fo often reminded of this plain truth, that no church, or party, can of themfelves conftitute orthodoxy; and ftranger ftill, that Chriftians fhould forget, that the BIBLE is the only standard of CHRISTIAN orthodoxy! And is there not fomewhat fhocking in the very mention of a trial for Herefy, in the court of a PROTESTANT Bishop? In Popish courts, indeed, it may not feem wonderful,
The Tewkesbury affair is, however, now determined. If MF. Evanfon has been, in any meafure, imprudent, his oppofers have, no doubt, been too warm. In moft violent difputes, fee error enlifted on both fides.-But how much is
that all angry altercation, were at leaft banished the
and that all denominations would make it their efpecial care and study to promote peace and good neighbourhood, in the cultivation of a Christian temper and practice; an object infinitely, more important than an exact agreement (which is impoffible) as to mere matters of belief and opinion, on points concerning which the wifeft and best men, in all ages, and in all countries, have differed.-In this view, it would, we imagine, have been no lofs to the Public, if thefe pamphlets, which few, perhaps, will think it requifite to purchase, had never made their appearance.
generally to be wished religious world,
NOVELS and MEMOIRS.
Art. 48. Coxheath. A Novel. In a Series of Letters. By a Lady. 12mo. 2 Vols. 6 s. Fielding and Walker.
The title of this novel led us to expect, what the relation of the adventures of an encampment in the hands of a mafter might have produced, wit and fatire; inftead of which we meet with nothing but that kind of fentimental narrative, which, though in itself not unpleasant, has been ferved up in fuch a variety of ways by the prefent race of novelifts, that we are almoft fick of the dish. No wonder," fays Mifs in her teens ;—“ grey-bearded Reviewers are too wife to be sentimental; go, fetch me the novel immediately, I am fure 'tis a good one."
Art. 49. The Sylph. A Novel. 12mo. 2 Volumes. 55.
This novel has the uncommon merit of some originality in its
Author of Letters on Female Education. 12mo 2 Vols.
Mrs. Cartwright cannot, with propriety, ftyle herself the Author of thefe Memoirs, fince they are a tranflation from the French. The original was published about the year 1760. We faw the book when it firft came out, but do not remember the title. We do however, recollect a tranflation of it, which was done by the late Dr. Goldfmith; although he did not put his name to it. The title of the Doctor's tranflation was "Memoirs of Lady Harriet Butler*" Perhaps Mrs. C. was ignorant of this former tranflation, when he fat down to the fame talk;-but, however that may have been, she has cer tainly made too free with the Public, by giving it as her own work. BOTANY.
Art. 51. A Catalogue of the Plants in the Garden of John Blackburne, Efq; at Orford, Lancashire, Alphabetically arranged, according to the Linnæan System. By Adam Neale, Gardener. 8vo. Warrington. 1779.
Although the prefent catalogue throws nó new light on the fcience of botany, it merits, however, the notice of all who ftudy this agreeable fcience. By the means of fuch compilements, the gardens of thofe who delight in the cultivation of rare and curious plants, are rendered more generally useful as thefe publications ferve to point out the places where a fcarce or valuable plant may be found, or where feeds, roots, young plants, &c. may be obtained.
The difpofition of Mr. Neale's catalogue is alphabetical, and the names are taken from the Linnæan fyftem, being, as the prefatory advertisement fets forth, carefully referred to Murray's edition of Linnæus.'
The garden of Mr. Blackburne, at Orford, is fo much celebrated by all true lovers of botany, Both in England and abroad, that the prefent catalogue must be very acceptable to thofe who wish to furvey this noble, we might fay, this princely collection. It merits, farther, the attention of the botaniff, on account of the long flanding of feveral of the plants; the collection being one of the oldeft in this kingdom :--above all, the great number of curious fucculent and bulbous plants, will attract the eye of the connoiffeur.
We can only add our with, that all the botanical gardeners in Great Britain would follow the example of the venerable owner of the Orford Collection, by publishing fimilar catalogues of the trea. fures which they have in poffeffion; among which, we fhould he glad to fee laid open to public view, thofe of Kew-gardens, of Dr. Pitcairn's gardens, of Dr. Fothergill's, and others, distinguished by the number and rarity of the productions which they contain.
Vid. Review, vol. xxv: p. 472.