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at least qught, 10 PRECEDE that ceremony, in order to the rena dering it molt prosperous to you for it has ever been my method, not to reduce a determined conclusion into practice, till

every incident, pofsibly to be attendani on confummation, hath "been fully and impartially brought to the touch one of my own • reason, and there settled upon the most probable and secure • foundation; for otherwise, it is a million to one but the train

catches in the process, and the end is blown away into air only; nor unfrequently happens this, without such a stench, as, instead

of refreshing, but confound us.!--In another place, this fame Kitty envies Dolly's ' natural endowments, that lie shrouded, says she, under your nescience of the pofleffion of them. But we were the less astonished at meeting with such fine things as these, in the perusal of the first volume of this piece of sublimity, as the Author had prepared us for what we had to expect, at the very threshold of our entrance upon it : for, in the argument to the first chapter we were apprized of the aspiring thoughts

INJECTED INTO Dolly.'-After which there could be little reason to wonder at the lofty language injected into Kitty

XXI. The Apparition; or, Female Cavalier. A story founded on facts. By Adolphus Bannac, Esq; 12mo. 3 vols. 95. Noble.

This seems to be the work of the fame genius to whom the world is obliged for the Jilts. Need we say more of the Apparition ?

XXII. Polydore and Julia; or, the Libertine reclaimed : a Novel.

12mo. 3s. Crowder. If this is not quite fo heavy, as the two preceding articles, it is, however, equally infignificant; and, like the relt of the present winter's prcdučtions in this way, (that we have yet feen) is too contemptible to deserve either character or criticism: B.ckhorse alone excepted; who, though not the most amiable objeét in the world, is yee the most tolerable figure, in a group wbere all the relt are fifty times more deformed than himselt. Vid. Art. XVIH.

XXIII. The Modern Lovers; or, The Adventures of Cupid, &c. A Novel. · 12mo, 3s. Cooke.

The Deity of poft defires, as this Author ftiles him, is here made to relate a number of silly, barren itories, each chapter be: ing a distinct history. At the end of the book, the public is threatned with a future visitation from the fame quarter.

XXIV. A Guide to the Knowlege of the Rights and Privileges of Englishmen. 12mo. 2 s. 6d. Scott.

We have here a new edition of Magna harta, with remarks ; to which are added, the Bihop's curses againit the breakers of the articles contained in the said Charter ; allo che Habeas Corpus act, the Bill of Rights, and the Act of Settlement: together with a fluming exhortation to the Christian and Independeni Cler.

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Cogy, the Gentry, Freeholders, and other Electors of members to

Terve in parliament. To these particulars is added, a new edition !: of a tract first printed in 1681, entitled, The Security of Eng. $ 5¢ lithmen's Lives ; or the truit, power, and duty of the Grand £!* Juries of England explained, &c.

XXV, Miscellanies, on moral and religious subje&ts. In prose and verse. By Elizabeth Harrison. 8vo. 58: Buckland.

As this publication is the work of benevolence, and a facrifice, not to vanity, but to PIOUS OLD AGé; and INDUSTRIOUS POVERTY *; it has a natural claim upon us, to an entire exemp- . tion from any criticism that might tend, in the least, to obftruct the progress of so worthy an intention. 6 * Vid. Mrs. Harrison's Preface, containing her grateful acknowlegements' to her friends, whofe generous subscriptions enabled her to provide for an aged parent.

XXVI. A Treatise, containing the description and use of ą curious Quadrant, made and finished by the masterly hand of that excellent mechanic, John Rowley, for taking of altitudes, and for solving various mathematical problems in geometry; navigation, astronomy, &c. Some of them by a bare inspection of the instrument, and others by easy operations on it. Studiously adapted to the meanest capacities. To which are prefixed, an alphabetical Exposition of the necessary terms of art, and a plate of the instrument. By T.W. F.R.S. 4to. 55. Dodsley.

The Quadrant described in this treatife, is curiously constructed, and excellently adapted, both to the taking of altitudes, and the solving the most useful problems in geometry, navigation, aftronomy, &c. The instructions are also delivered in a clear and confpicuous manner.

XXVII.The Rule of Practice methodised and improved. Wherein are contained all the necessary cafes, and several examples wrought under each case, with many contractions: and examples annexed to exercise the learner; which serves as a quertion-book. To which are added, the most concise methods of finding the value of goods sold by particular quantities. The whole adapted to the use of merchants, and wholesale and retale dealers, in every branch of business. Allo duodecimals by Practice, applied to work performed by glaziers, painters, paviours, and joiners. And to measuring by the square of roo feet, applied to flooring, tyling, and partitioning. Likewise measuring of round, squared, and unequal squared, timber. Designed for the use of schools, as well as private gentlemen. By John Dean, Accomptant. 8vo. 4 s. Keith.

This Author, determined that his treatise should not be defcient in the number of examples, has multiplied them in a very extraordinary manner ; there being no fewer than 1153 of them, besides those in his Addenda, and what are likewise added for the learner's practice. But it is well known, that too great

a number of examples may tend rather to perplex than explain a rule: if, therefore, Mr. Dean had fpared one half of those with which he has swelled out his book, the learner would have been no loser by the omiffion; for, when once a rule is well understood, a few inilances may serve to shew its application. However, in justice to this gentleman, we must observe, that he folves his questions in a very compendious manner, and that several new and useful contractions are interspersed through his performance.

XXVIII. The Expeditious Instructor ; or, Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic made plain and easy. Containing more in quantity, and a far greater variety of instructions, than

any book of the kind and price; and expressed in so easy and familiar a manner, that persons of the lowest capacity may learn without a master. Among many other useful particulars are contained, 1. A succinct English grammar. 2. Of words that are nearly alike in found, but are different in fenfe and fpelling. 3. The names of the gods and goddesses of the Heathens, and of the muses, graces, &c. 4. A very particular account of stops and marks, with directions for their use, in a manner entirely new, 5. Directions for placing the accent and emphasis. 6. Directions for chusing and hardening quills; for making and mending pens; and for making and preserving inks. 7. Directions for making an ink for marking linen, which will never wash out. 8. Directions for writing, by which a person, though entirely ignorant of that art, may write a good hand in twenty-four hours, without the affistance of a master, &c. &c. &c. 4to. is. common, and 1 s.6d, fine

paper. Reeve.

No one, surely, can think Eighteen-pence an extravagant price for a book which, besides a great variety of other particulars, promises no lefs than to teach a person, entirely ignorant of the art, to write a good hand in twenty-four hours, without the asfiitance of a matter. If it be asked, whether the Author has not promised rather too 'argely, the joftice we owe the public, obliges us to answer in the afirmative. His instructions for writing, in particular, are so far from answering the character he has given of them, that they are not sufficient to teach the art in as many years as he has mentioned hours. The arithmetic extends no farther than Addition, and is contained in about five pages; whence the reader may judge what proficiency can be made in the art of pumbers by studying the Expeditious Instructor.

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hini MEDICAL. XXIX. A Second Di sertation on Quick-lime and Lime-watèr. By Charles Alston, M. D. the King's Botanist in Scotland, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, and Professor of Medicine and Botany in the University of Edinburgh, Printed at Edinburgh, 12mo. Price is. Hamilton and Balfour. w : In our account of this learned Physicians first Dissertation on

the same subject, Review, Vol. IX. p. 280, having juft fummasily mentioned a few points, in which he differed from Drs. Whytt and Pringle, p. 285, we immediately added — We have

not specified chose diversities of medical opinion, chusing to • meddle between Controversialists, on any subject, as little as

possible,'

Such a declaration might, with great consistency, have excused us from giving any more than the title of this performance; as we observed, from Dr. Alston's continual references to his firft

Differtation, and to Dr. Whyte's Essay on lime-water, (see Re3 view, Vol. VII. p. 401, feq.) that this fecond Dissertation is en

cirely controversial with Dr. Whytt. And though, from what we - have perused of it, we find, that Dr. Alfton has avoided all inde

cency, yet it is equally clear, he has not constantly preserved his .. temper. This seems the more to be regretted, as some little di.

versities of calculation, and other minutia, concerning lime-wa. ter, seem rather to have produced this altercation, than any material difference in practice; Dr. Alfton candidly owning, Preface, p. vi. that be esteems Dr. Whytt's Essay a most • ufeful and laborious performance, which has done more good

in the stone and gravel, than any ching formerly wrote on the * fubject; and adding, that it first determined him to drink, and

to write on, lime-water.' t'i We shall not omit, however, to observe, that this second differration contains several further experiments on this topic, which must chiefly entertain such physicians as have been peculiarly conversant on it; or such curious patients as feel themselves particularly interested in it, fmce to others, they will appear rather dry, and over-laboured. And indeed it seems, upon a thorough reflection, that when any useful and practical point of knowlege

is once competently received and established, it is an argument s of the soundeft understanding, not to subtilize much further about

and about it, which generally produces only the fumum ex fulgore; fioce every thing, of which we have any important knowlege, being pursued into its very minutia, terminates much oftner in our discovering its evanescence, than its entire developement: whence our earnest and tenacious contentions, in such cases, only induce the sensible and disinterested reader to apply a line of Horace on the occasion, and to conclude, Rixatur de lana fæpe caprina,

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or XXX. The Grand Objections to Inoculation considered; with cases that tend to confute the only plausible arguments made use of in prejudice to fo beneficial a practice. To which are added, Remarks on a Letter upon Inoculation, lately pubhfhed. 8vo. 6d. Cooke.

These grand objections are fupposed, by this Author, to be the Teligious one, againft communicating a loathsome disease; and the physical one, of exposing the inoculated to any chronical or here. ditary distempers of the person, from whom the matter is taken. To remove the former, he employs three pages (out of fixteen) in a citation from the Bishop of Worcester's sermon in favour of Inoculation, which, from its frequent editions, may very probably have been perused by most adult readers, liable in themselves, or in their families, to the small-pox To demolish the latter, he publishes five anonymous cases, of which we tall give the subAtance, as that may till further affid his design of extinguishing so popular and groundless a prejudice.)

The firft cafe afferts two patients of twenty-three years of age, to have been inoculated from a man, who had been always fubject to large fcorbutic eruptions, was of a gross habit of body, and had the small-pox pretty severely. The inoculated, nevertheless, are affirmed to have had it very favourably, and to have continued in perfect health ever fince 1750, when the operation was performed. The second case inhances a patient of a hectie cal habit, and subject to glandular swellings (and whose father had an inveterate ulcer, thought cancerous by fome, and ferophulous by most) who giving a favourable account of his own health to an eminent inoculating furgeon, was inoculated by him, and is faid to have had the small-pox very favourably. This surgeon inocolated two others from this patient, who both recovered, though one of them, affirmed to have been irregular during preparation, had the disease more feverely than is usual by inoculation. The third case relates a youth to have been inoculated from a footman, who had the itch; the patient, however, who had the fmall-pox mildly, is said not to have been infected with the itch, nor to have had any other eruption or disorder since the fmall-pox, which was given several months ago. The patient in the fourth case was inoculated from a person, whofe father had been paralytic, whence fome perfons (very profound phyfiologists undoubtedly) concluded the young gentleman would soon be attacked with the palsy. But for the two years that have fince intervened, he has continued as healthy as ever;' tho this, it must be acknowleged, does not demonstrate he may not prove paralytic fixty or feventy years bence. • In the fifth and last cafe, a healthy girl of fix years old was inoculated, four years Ance, from a neighbour's child, did very well, and continues for but fix months afterwards, it was unhappily discovered, that the child's father had been always fcorbutic; and the child, from whom the 7

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