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Art. 46. The Speech of the Rt. Hon. W. W. Grenville, Speaker of
the House of Commons, in the Committee on the State of the Nation, Jan. 16, 1789. 8vo. pp. 58. 15. 60. Stockdale.
Mr. Grenville has gained great credit by this circumftantial exposition of the late measures of administration, in regard to the appointment of a regent. It contains a clear, distinct, and well arranged statement of the whole business ; such as must have carried conviction to every impartial ear that heard it; and, if we judge of others by ourselves, it cannot fail of continuing to produce the same effect on the mind of every unbiased reader. Art. 47. Letters from a Country Gentleman to a Member of Parliam
ment, on the present State of the Nation. 8vo. pp. 72. Stockdale.
In these letters, the conduct of OPPOSITION, with respect to national affairs, the measures of Administration, and the real interests of the Prince of Wales, is strictly investigated, and totally condemned. The author writes with the utmost seriousness, and apparent concern for the welfare of his country; and his observations seem to be the result of extensive reading, and due reflection. He appears to be well acquainted with the present state and paft revolutions of our political hemisphere; and to have successfully applied his knowlege, in this line, to the topics and questions that have lately been agitated, both in and out of parliament.
Observations upon Mr. Sheridan's Pamphlet, intitled, “ Comparative Statement,” &c. In a Letter from Major Scott to Sir Richard Hill, Bart. 3d Edit. 4to. pp. 78. 35. Stockdale.
In the preface to this edition, Major Scott renews, with great vigour, his attack on Me. Sheridan, Burke, and the party in general; and introduces a defence of Sir John Macpherson, in opposition to the idea which had been thown out, that Sir John was involved in the [alleged] criminality of Mr. Hastings. We know Sir John Macpherson so well, that we shall not easily credit any charges against him of criminality, with respect to his government of Bengal ; and, indeed, the perusal of this well-written preface will convince every impartial reader of the inconsistency of those who have ventuted to infinuace any thing to the disadvantage, even in the small. eft degree, of so able and so upright a servant of the East India company. Art. 49. Major Scott's Charge against the Rt. Hon. Ed. Burke. Feb.
6, 1787. 8vo. pp. 16. 6d. Stockdale. Extracted from the preface to the above mentioned new edition of the Major's Observations. The subject of this extract is, the defence of Mr. Hastings; for whom Major Scott here, as at all times, proves himself an able advocate. Art. 50. Seven Letters to the People of Great Britain. By a Whig.
pp. 80. 8vo. 25. Stockdale. Written with energy and spirit, on principles favourable to government, and to its friends under the adminiftration of Mr. Pice. N 2
These letters first appeared, succeslively, in the Public Advertiser ; and are here collected by their author :-who, as it now appears, is the well informed Major John Scott. The subjects discufted, are, the principal topics which have been agitated between the great contending parties, since the latter end of October, when it pleased the Almighty to afflict his Majesty with that severe indisposition,-from which he is now so happily RECOVERED !
And here, we trust, the scene finally closes, on one of the most interesting folitical fruggles that ever happened in a land of freedom!
MEDICAL and CHIRURGICAL.
Method of treating that Disease. To which is subjoined a lin-
Mr. Keate has here related some cases of hydrocele which were
Physicians who have attended his Majesty, &c. December 1788.
ficians, &e. Ordered to be printed 13th of Jan. 1789. 8vo.
15. 6d. Debrett.
zs. 6d. Bell.
in Piccadilly. To mention the respective fizes, and prices of these publications, is sufficient information to our readers. See alio our notice of Mr. Stockdale's two editions of ihe last report, in our Rev. for January. Art. 55. An Eljay on Crookedness or Distortions of the Spine ; shewing
che Infuficiency of the Modes made uie of for Relief in these Cases ; and proposing Methods, easy, safe, and more effectual, for the Completion of their Cures &c. Illustrated with Copper Plates. By Philip Jones. 8vo. 45. Boards. Cadell. 1788.
The author of thise ay begins his preface with informing us by what means he, who follows the bufiness of fay-making, became qualified to undertake the cure of a difeale which had long puzzled the most eminene men of the faculty. · Having frequent opportunities of fecing the human body varie oufly distorted, his invention was ofica exercised in contrivances to x х
hide fuch defects from the observing eye : anxious to gain a competeat knowlege of the natural form of the human itructure, he attend. ed anatomical lectures, especially those of the late Dr. William Hunter ; by which means he became acquainted with the various parts of the body, particularly of the spine; and after knowing its itructure, action, and dependencies, and also the modes made ule of in the animal economy for the formation of bone, he at lait contrived an apparatus, which successfully restores distortions of various kinds. What the contrivance is, he has not thought proper to publih, but if we may judge of its efficacy, from the 55 cases which he hath given, it ondoubtedly deserves the highest praise.
The plates are figures of several variously distorted trunks, which are referred to in the descriprions of the cases, and they seem such as many medical gentlemen would be apt to deem incurable.
This ingenious artist promises a future work, in which he proposes to give an easy method of procuring a large quantity of dephlogitticated air, and of filling rooms with it expeditiously and effectually.
R...m POETRY Art. 57. An Elegiac Poem, sacred to the Memory of a Father. By
the Rev. William Lee, Master of an Academy in Lower Tooring, Surry. 8vo. 25. half-bound. Buckland. 1783.
The Rev. Mr. Lee may possibly be an excellent preacher, and peculiarly well qualified to be a master of an academy; but we cannot carry our politeness, even to the cloth, so far as to call him an excellent poet. Perhaps he might have succeeded better in rhyme, but be this as it may, thc Horatian maxim, Quid valeant humeri, should have restrained him from clothing bis Mure in the ponderous armour of blank verse. He has, however, what is better than even good blank verse, a good heart, as these effusions of filial piery will lerve to demonstrate. Art. 58. The Deferter, a Poem, in Four Cantos, describing the pre
mature Death of a Youth of Eighteen, who perished through illcimed Severity in Dover Castle, on the 5th of March 1788. Inscribed to the Soldier's Friend and Guardian, the Right Hon. the Earl of Effingham. By a Young Lady. 460. is. 6d. Faulder. 1788.
The incident, on which this poem is founded, was certainly much more interesting in reality, than it will appear to the reader, ander the imperfect representation of these incorrect and unharmonious verses.
E. Art. 59.
Tbe Bee. A Selection of Poetical Flowers from the most approved Authors. 12mo. 15. 60. Boards. Chalklen. 1988.
We have so repeatedly mentioned productions of this kind, and they are generally, at least, so unexceptionable, that of the present work we have only to say, it is a judicious selection from our most admired poetical writers, neatly printed, and of a fize convenient for the pocket. The number of publications of this fort is, however, unnecessarily increased ; and the proprietors of the collected works of the different authors are injured by their best pieces being so conţinually stolen, and sold as so cheap a rate. G. 2. N 3
Art. 6o. An improved Edition of the songs in the Burletta of Midas,
adapted to the Times. 8vo. pp. 38. 15. 6d. Stockdale. This burlesquer of courts, of statemen, and even Majesty itself, reminds us of Swift's allusion to a puppet-Shew; where,
" In doleful scenes, that break one's heart,
" Punch bounces in, and let's a Our politico-poetic buffoon directs his battery chiefly against Carleton-house, where every thing is turned to farce, and exhibited in jargon rhimes ;-such rhimes, however, and such farce as may be deemed suitable enough to the character and talents of a literary punchionello. Art. 61. The Banquet of Thalia, or the Fashionable Songfter's
Pocket Memorial ; an elegant Collection of the most admired Songs, from ancient and modern Authors. 12mo. 35. 6d. sewed. Scarcherd and Whitaker. 1788.
It is seldom that we can, in conscience, commend the long-books, published, from time to time, by our modern booksellers. The compiler of this collection has omitted those obscene and tising compofitions which are too commonly met with in publications of this kind ; and his selection from the lyrists of Vauxhall, the theatres, the Anacreontic society, and other assemblies, musical and convivial, appears to be made with judgment and taste. The songs taken from our poets of the last and the preceding age are few, but well chosen: such as
“ Come live with me, and be my Love”-“Blow, blow, thou Winter's Wind"-" The Noon-tide Air”_" The Vicar of Bray"-"
-“ When Britain first, at Heaven's Command”-&c. &c. Art. 62. A poetical Epistle to a falling Minifler ; also an Imitation of
the 12th Ode of Horace. By Peter Pindar, Esquire. 410. 25. 6d. pp. 30. Keariley. 1789.
Peter Pindar, Esquire, now stands forth, confessed, the poetica! champion of Oppofiiion; and, armed at all points, he furiously falls upon the falling *' Minister, and other chiefs of the Ins,-sparing neither rank, dignity, nor even sex: the Queen herself not escaping his rage. His abuse of Mr. Pitt, however, exceeds all bounds; but by over.shooting the mark, the archer often mifles his aim. The other objects of the poet's fury are, her Majesty's brothers, Mad. Swellenberg, the Lords C-n,T---w, and w_h, the Speaker, Mr. R-lle, &c. not over looking Do&or Willis, who, perhaps, may have committed the sin not to be forgiven. Peter softens, a little, however, on mentioning Ireland, whole appointment of a regent without restrictions seems to have almost brought him into good humour. A few lines from this part of the poem may serve as a speci. men ; which we shall insert, if it be only to please our very loyal friends on the other side of the herring-pond :
• O Pirt +! a filter kingdom damns thy deeds,
“fallen from his high estate.” + The poet has left a blank for the name, which we venture to fill up, to prevent the reader's falling into any mistake.
* But not yet
HIBERNIA scorns each meanly treach'rous art
And nobly crufts the virtues that he loves.'
Ofweftry, and sold by Robinsons in London. 1788.
Language: to which is prefixed an Explanation of the leveral
It is true, as this writer observes, that youth are apt to think it sufficient if they learn and repeat the rules to which they are directed, without reflecting on their meaning, or applying them to use. Mr. Qurry has taken the hint from Morgan's Grammatice Questiones, to attempt something of a similar kind for the French language. He has employed conliderable attention for this purpose, and we apprehend that the explication and application which are made of the rules, or rather which are here intended to be drawn from young persoos themselves, may prove beneficial. Very far wouid we be from appearing to discourage any attempt to meliorate the methods of education.-Yet may it not be asked, whether queltions of this kind might not be supposed readily to occur to instructors who unite with common sense an earnest desire to improve their pupils ?
Hi...s. Art. 65. Exercises in Latin Composition. By the Rev. John Adams,
Author of Lectiones Selectæ. 12mo. Is. 6 d. Law. The firft part of this book contains easy English lessons, with the Latin words to be rendered by the scholar into their proper cales, moods, genders, &c. The second, English lessons, without the Latin words; that the learner may consult his dictionary and chuse for himself. It is intended as a sequel to, or to be used in turns with, Exempla Minora, Bailey's Exercises, or any other introductory performance, of a like nature.
The author flatters himself, that after the rules of syntax are understood and exemplified, these lessons will contribute more to the improvement of youth, in Latin composition, than any thing yet published. We think with him, that under a proper direction, they may be found very serviceable in advancing the end proposed. Art. 66. The Book of Nature ; or, the true Sense of Things explained,
and made easy to the Capacities of Children. 12mo. 4 d. Robinsons. 1788.
All children,' obferves this author, are delighted with pictures: but they do not know that the whole world is a picture, and N4