1776. 54 AN ENQUIRY whether the guilt of the present civil war in America ought to be imputed to Great Britain or America.

8vo. pp. 73.


Throws the whole blame and guilt of the American war on the colonists, whom the author charges with the most notorious folly, wickedness, and ingratitude. The writer's name is John Roebuck, M.D.

55 AN ADDRESS to the people of Great Britain in general, the
members of Parliament, and the leading gentlemen of oppo-
sition, in particular, on the present crisis of American politics.
8vo. pp. 79.
This writer professes to have substituted persuasion for argument, and
gentle reproof for bitter invective: the Americans, however, will think
him bitter enough. He reasons, nevertheless, well on some points, and
throws out many sensible remarks.

56 A LETTER to the noblemen, gentlemen, &c. who have addressed
his Majesty on the subject of the American rebellion.
8vo. pp. 37.


Whatever may be thought of his reasoning by those who entertain contrary sentiments, the style of this writer proves him to be a man of abilities. 57 THE PLAIN QUESTION upon the present dispute with our American colonies. Wilkie,

12mo. 2d.

"One great purpose of this little ministerial handbill, is to prove that there is nothing new or unprecedented in the exercise of parliamentary authority over the colonies. The writer, however, appears to have been very ignorant of the subject, and very badly instructed by his employers." M.R. 58 DE TUMULTIBUS AMERICANIS, deque eorum concitatoribus meditatio senilis.

8vo. pp. 36.


"A pompous declamatory production, occasioned by the sarcastic observations that were lately made in a great assembly on the conduct of the university of Oxford, respecting their address to the king. The author extols the university, praises the ministry, and reviles the Americans, but without any novelty of sentiment or ideas." M. R.

59 THE HONOUR of the university of Oxford defended against the illiberal aspersions of E-d B-e, [Edmund Burke,] esq.



"A translation of the foregoing, which was written by Dr. B." M. R. 60 A SHORT APPEAL to the people of Great Britain, upon the unavoidable necessity of the present war with our disaffected




12mo. 2d.

"Another ministerial hand-bill." (See No. 57.)

61 INDEPENDENCY the object of the congress in America; or an appeal to facts.

8vo. pp. 70.


"We have rarely seen a performance which exhibits more unequivocal marks of passion, prejudice, and antipathy, than the present." M.R.

62 FAMILIAR DIALOGUES between Americus and Britannicus, in which the right of private judgment, the exploded doctrine of infallibility, passive obedience, and non-resistance, with the leading sentiments of Dr. Price on the nature of civil liberty, &c. are particularly considered. By John Martin.


8vo. These dialogues afford scarcely anything worthy of attention. Mr. Martin must have known little respecting America, or he would not have censured the colonists for considering the wild Indians as their own slaves! 63 SERIOUS AND IMPARTIAL OBSERVATIONS on the blessings of liberty and peace. Addressed to persons of all parties. By a clergyman in Leicestershire.



Apparently the work of a well-disposed religious old man; but his observations are generally trite, superficial, and unimportant.

64 A PROSPECT of the consequences of the present conduct of Great Britain towards America.



The author of this publication reasons impartially and justly on the civil rights of the Americans; and reprobates the war carrying on against them as being, under every possible event, pregnant with injustice and ruin on the part of Great Britain.

65 REFLECTIONS on the American contest: in which the consequences of a forced submission, and the means of a lasting reconciliation, are pointed out. Communicated by letter to a member of Parliament some time since, and now addressed to Edmund Burke, esq. By A. M. Bew,

8vo. pp. 50.

"Said to have been written in the year 1769, soon after the writer's return from America. It contains many candid, pertinent, and just reflections on the situation, circumstances, and dispositions of the colonists, and on the consequences of attempting to govern them by force." M. R.


1776. 66 THE POLITICAL MIRROR, by a student of the Inner Temple. Becket,


"The writer declaims vehemently, and reasons badly." M. R.

67 A DIALOGUE on the principles of the constitution and legal liberty, compared with despotism; applied to the American question, and the probable events of the war; with observations on some important law authorities.

8vo. pp. 92.


"The dialogue is judiciously conducted, and exhibits a perspicuous, sober, and rational defence of the colonies." M. R.

68 A LETTER to the R. H. the Earl of Shelburne, on the motives

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of his political conduct, and the principles which have actuated
the opposition to the measures of Administration, in respect to
W. Davis,

8vo. pp. 28.

The author abuses not only Lord Shelburne, but the opposition in general, and he is occasionally most illiberal in his reflections on Dr. Price and the presbyterians, with whom he seems to apprehend that Lord Shelburne is in some degree associated.

69 REFLECTIONS on the most most proper means of reducing the rebels, and what ought to be the consequence of our success. By an officer who served the last war in America.



70 THE RELIGIOUS HARMONIST, or a recipe for the cure of schism,
the fatal source of our American disputes, &c.


71 A LETTER to the Rev. Josiah Tucker, D.D. Dean of Gloucester,
in Answer to his humble address and earnest appeal, &c.
With a postscript, in which the present war with America is
shewn to be the effect, not of the causes assigned by him and
others, but of a fixed plan of Administration, founded in
system: the landed opposed to the commercial interest of the
state, being as the means in order to the end. By Samuel
Estwick, L. L. D.

8vo. pp. 125.

Mr. Estwick is an acute reasoner, and an entertaining writer; and a warm and zealous advocate for the Americans.

72 A SERIES OF ANSWERS to certain popular objections against separating from the rebellious colonies, and discarding them

entirely; being the concluding tract of the Dean of Gloucester 1776. on the subject of American affairs.



The Monthly Review (Jan. 1777) is warm in its defence of Dr. Franklin against Dean Tucker, who endeavours, apparently without effect, to prove in this tract some former aspersions on the character of the doctor. 73 MINUTES of the trial and examination of certain persons in the province of New York charged with having been engaged in a conspiracy against the authority of the congress, and the liberties of America.



"If this account be authentic, it is worthy of notice. It relates the particulars which came out on the examination of Mr. Matthews, late mayor of New York, and other persons accused of a conspiracy against the congress, and especially against Washington. They proposed, it seems, to seize and carry off this American Samson, by the help of his Dalilah, a Mrs. Gibbons, who had promised them her assistance. Matthews was condemned to suffer death, but congress resolved to postpone the execution of the sentence, and ordered him to be carried into Connecticut, there to be kept imprisoned till further orders." M.R. March 1777.

74 A LETTER to Lord George Germaine.

8vo. pp. 38.


This writer sets forth very circumstantially the prodigious numbers and alarming power of the United colonists by sea and land, and enumerates the unsurmountable difficulties that will impede in particular the operations of our land forces in every province. In short, that it will be impossible for us to succeed in the attempt of forcing the Americans to submission.

75 REFLECTIONS on government, with respect to America; to which is added, Carmen Latinum.

8vo. pp. 32.


These reflections are favorable to the colonists, but they afford nothing
which, in the present advanced stage of the American controversy, de-
mands particular notice.

76 HYPOCRISY unmasked; or a short inquiry into the religious
complaints of our American colonies. To which is added, a
word on the laws against popery in Great Britain and Ireland.

77 A FULL DEFENCE of the Rev. Mr. John Wesley, in answer to
the several personal reflections cast on that gentleman by the
Rev. Caleb Evans, in his observations on Mr. Wesley's late


Reply, prefixed to his Calm address. 12mo.

By Thomas Oliviers.

78 A VINDICATION of the Rev. Mr. Wesley's Calm address to the American colonies. In some letters to Mr. Caleb Evans. By John Fletcher, Vicar of Madeley, Salop.



79 A REPLY to the Rev. Mr. Fletcher's vindication of Mr. Wesley's Culm address. By Caleb Evans, M.A. Bristol.

12mo. pp. 103.

"Mr. Evans is a lively and sensible advocate for the freedom of the colonies, a spirited controvertist, and a zealous asserter of those liberal and noble 'principles to which we were indebted for the glorious revolution, &c." 80 POLITICAL EMPIRICISM; a letter to the Rev. Mr. John Wesley. 8vo. pp. 32.


"Attacks the author of the Calm address for borrowing Sam. Johnson's quarter-staff, [Taxation no Tyranny,] to drub the Americans. The author's weapons are raillery and serious expostulation." M.R.

81 AMERICAN PATRIOTISM farther confronted with reason, scripture, and the constitution: being observations on the dangerous politics taught by the Rev. Mr. Evans, M.A. and the Rev. Dr. Price. With a scriptural plea for the revolted colonies. By J. Fletcher, Vicar of Madeley, Salop. Shrewsbury. 12mo. pp. 130.

82 POLITICAL SOPHISTRY detected; or brief remarks on the Rev. Mr. Fletcher's late tract entitled American Patriotism. By Caleb Evans, M. A.


83 FREE THOUGHTS on the American contest.

8vo. pp. 59.



This writer, under the signature of Timoleon, takes the Government side of the question, and concludes with some severe strictures on the American pamphlet entitled Common Sense. Printed for private distribution only. 84 A LETTER to Lord Chatham, concerning the present war of Great Britain against America; reviewing, candidly and impartially, its unhappy cause and consequence; and wherein the doctrine of Sir William Blackstone, as explained in his Commentaries on the Laws of England, is opposed to ministerial tyranny, and held up in favour of America. With some

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