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yet, in his instructions to the man' and his mate', he condescends to relax his reverend muscles, and, opening his cloke, slips out some. thing that looks like a jest:
• Should the wife drop a bitter word
One, and but one, the bells must wear.' The Author seems ready to excuse one person's wearing these bells : and we will readily excuse his wearing them once in his life-time. But will he be always tinkling them in our ears ? Because he himself is fond of the noise, he imagines, no doubt, that it is melodious to others! Art. 41. An Heroic Epifle, from Cunning Little Ifaac, to
to the Modern Congreve. 460. 1 S. Faulder. 1781.
Intended to ridicule Mr. Sheridan; but the satyrist's abilities are too mean even for the compofition of the bellman's annual verses. Art. 42. Life reviewed; a Poem founded on Reflections upon
the filent Inhabitants of the Church-yard of Truro, in the County of Cornwall. To which is added an Elegy on the late Rev. Mr. Samuel Walker, who was many Years Curate of that Borough, By E. Smith. 4to. 2 s. 6 d. Exon, printed for the Author.
Alas! poor man, thou art going the way of some of thy brethren -falt very fast! Even Reviewers, noisy as some of them might heretofore have been, muft mix with the filent inhabitants of the Church-yard'-and their works will follow them! Art. 43. The Ancient Briton, a Poem. Humbly addressed to
his Royal Highness George Prince of Wales. 460. Kearf ley. 1780.
The idea of this poem originated, as the Writer informs us, in consequence of his acquiring the possession of a gold coin, which was found in a field near London, on which is rudely expressed the head of an ancient British Prince. The Author' personifies the coin, and makes it speak the language which he supposes would be natural to the ancient British Prince it represents, were he now in actual exist. ence.' The whole, or at leal the principal, design of this uninterest. ing piece is to pay a compliment to the present reigning family. Art. 44. Philanthropy : a Poem, inscribed to his Grace the
Duke of Northumberland. 4to. Faulder. 1781. Common-place ideas methodized and bitched into very passable verse. One thought, however, seems to be an exception to the former part of this remark : Damely, that philanthropy dictated the Ame. rican war. Art. 45. An Hymn to Æsculapius. 4to.
Faulder. 1781. A fquib, lighted by an electrical spark at The Temple of Health, and audaciously thrown at the sublime Divinity hip himieli, who prefides there.
HUSBANDRY, &c. Art. 46. The Farmer. Comprehending the several most in
tereiting Objects, and beneficial Practices, &c. &c. By: Josiah Ringited, Esq. 8vo. 2 s, 6 d. Dixwell. Squire Ringtled is but a burgler at the business of bock making.
The authors he has borrowed from, besides being (many of them) obsolete, are, for the most part, as ignorant and uninformed as himself. His work, in short, is a wretched compilation, put together without judgment, or even a knowledge of the subjects on which he has atięmpted to treat.
PHILOSOPHICAL. Art. 47. Observations on Dr. Hugh Smith's Philosophy of Physic, and his two first Chapters of Philosophical Inquiries. 410.
I s. 6 d. Macgowan, &c.
This gentleman must, we apprehend, have had abundant leisure, and not have set any very high value on his time, when he lat down to do that voluntarily, which we may be said to have done through compulfion: for it is well known that we have undertaken the talk too often alas the drudgery-of giving an account of all kinds of works that issue from the English press.
If the author of the Philosophy of Physic, and of the Philosophical Inquiries, be a very modest man, we think he must bluih, and feel fomewhat awkward, on perusing the observer's dedication addressed to him ; in which he accosts him in a style of diffidence, and even with a degree of reverence, that does not appear, palpably at lealt, to be ironical; or, if he be of an irritable habit, he will not much relish the liberties which he takes in the performance itself, and particua Jarly in the introductory preface to it.-But after what we have al.. seady faid, and have been obliged to say *, on the present subject, we mall not mispend our readers, or our own time any longer, on a matter so very uninterelting and unedifying to every one of them.
M E DI CAL. Art. 48. Medical Anecdotes of the last thirty Years, illustrated
with Medical Truths. By B. Dominiceri, M. D. Noble of the Holy Roman Empire, &c. &c. 8vo. 7s.6d. Bound. Davis, &c. 1781.
The sole subject of these Medical Anecdotes and Ţruths, is Dr. Dominiceti, and his medicated baths, fumigations, &c. He attempts to establish by reasonings, authorities, and histories of cases, their extraordinary efficacy in venereal and scorbutic complaints, the gout, sheumatism, the palsy, dropsy, stone and gravel, tevers, and female
. disorders in general. The viruleni abuse with which he treats the regular members of the faculty, and the excessive and exclusive commendations he beltows on himself
, cannot fail to offend every liberal and candid reader, who might otherwise be inclined to afford some credit to the merit and efficacy of his inventions. It is not our pro. vince to enquire into the authenticity of his facts. The diftrufful and cautious' seader may suspect that many of them are at least distorted, and overcharged ;-for us, we think enough may be admitted 10 excise the attention of the Public, cowards a class of remedies, which, either in Dr. D.'s or other hands, may produce important effects in many obtlinate and inveterare diseases.
See M. Review, September, 1780, page 237, CORRESPON.
Art. 49. Heads of Lectures on the Theory and Practice of Medi
cine. By Andrew Duncan, M. D. Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, &c. &c. Second Edition. 35. Boards. Elliot, Edinburgh; Dilly, London. . 1781.
The purpose of Dr. Duncan in this publication, is to give a brief view of the subjects which are treated at length in his course of medical lectures. It is indeed, a mere enumeration of topics on which the lecturer is to speak; and eherefore, we presume, is intended almolt solely for the use of his pupils. The advantage of such a text book to refresh the memories, and preserve a train of thinking in the minds of students, is obvious. With respect to the scheme of medical instruction here sketched out, it appears to be formed on the most enlarged and scientific plan; and we think the ingenious author has, in his introduction, very juftly ilaced the advantages that may accrue from his spirited and laborious undertakings, even in the bosom of academical establishments for the ftudy of medicine. Art. 50. Every one his owin Physician; or, the present Practice
of Physic. Wherein the Definition and Symptoms of Diseases are laid down, and the present Method of Cure delineated. By R. Dalton, Esq. 12mo. 2 s. 6 d. Dodsley, &c. 1780. This worthy Esquire acquaints us in his preface, that “his genius led him to commence the physical science ;--that he setiled at Liverpool, where no sooner had heg it into good repute, success, and encouragement, but he was called away by the death of his brother, by whom he became heir to a good eitate,-chat, nevertheless, he has ever since retained a particular attachment to the study of physic and that lately the sudden and unbiased suggestions of his mind ex cited him to publish this treatise, wherein his intention is entirely levelled at the public good.'
We are glad to find, that a gentleman, who apparently means fo well, has not his fortune to make by the practice of his profession, In what sense his publication is levelled at the public good we will not pretend to say; but we apprehend it is not likely to hit it, any way. Art. 51. Observations on Fevers : wherein the different Species,
Nature, and Method of treating those Diseases are represented in new and interesting points of view. By John Roberts, Surgeon ; late of the Royal Navy. 8vo. 2 s. 6 d. Robinson, &c.
1781, The writer of this pamphlet introduces his subject with a good deal of vague declamation about antient prejudice, errors in theory, and the like, which are to be al fet right by the modern fashionable principle of common sense. He gives lome theory of his own too; but we apprehend he would be much more in his element by a patient's bed-lide, than in his employment of pulling down and building up medical theories. It certainly can only proceed from unacquaintanice with the writings and practice of the most eminent modern phy: sicians, that the free use of bark and wine in malignant fevers is seprelenced as a kind of novelty, confined to himself and a few of his friends. What shall we think of a writer of the present day, who af. serts that an opinion of the bark being pernicious in all fevers prevails universally among the medical tribe;' and that the bark is excluded in putrid fevers :'
IF to the
If it were worth while to expend any criticism upon a trilling ferformance, we might observe, that his division of fevers into two claffes only, totally opposite in their nature and cure, the inflammatory and putrid, is a more dangerous error than any he has attempted to explode, and contradictory to universal experience in this country. Writers much superior to himself have, perhaps, contributed to mislead practitioners, by the application of facts drawn from the observation of diseases in hot climates, and among particular classes of men,
different state of morbific causes and effects among us. Art. 52. Hints on Diseases that are not cured : addressed to the Faculty only. 410. I s. 6d. Murray.
1781. From the cautious address of this piece, it might be imagined that the writer has some mighty secret to communicate to his brethren; but the fact is, that in 40 or 50 quarto pages of flowing gentlemanlike language, he has contrived to tell them nothing. We have heard much of the use of such negative oratory in the Senate House, but we do not readily conceive the purpose of addressing the faculty in this manner.
RELIGIOU S. Art. 53. The Progress and Establishment of Christianity, in
Reply to the Fifteenth Chapter of ihe Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. By George Laughton, D. D. 400.
I s. 6d. Law. 1780.
The only thing that can recommend this performance to the at. tention of an intelligent and judicious reader, is the Author's regard for the interests of christianity, of which we have no reason to question the fincerity. In every other respect, it deserves very little notice; the style is in general affected, and often obscure; an air of pedantry appears through the whole, and the sentiments, when juft (as they commonly are), must have frequently occurred to every competent judge of the subject. Art. 54. Comments on the Ten Commandments. 12mo. 6d.
Chichester, Printed. London, Sold by Crowder. 1781.
This small tract is immediately designed to be dispersed by a society in the city of Chichester for promoting Christian Knowledge. The anonymous author pleads for himself, that he should not have added to the numberless publications on the subject, had he not apprehended that something was fill wanting, easy to be purchased and easy to be understood, which might instruct the young and inexperienced, without creating disgust or languor. The intention will we hope in some measure be answered by this little performance. The comment is judicious and useful; perhaps, at times too concise, as particularly in regard to oaths taken before a magistrate. The style, though far from being low, is on the whole plain; but words and expressions which are quite easy and familiar to persons conversant with books and language, are often difficult, and even unintelligible, to the greater numbers who have very small pretensions to learning, We mean not by this remark, to derogate from the merit of this wellintended production, which, we believe, is in a good degree calculats ed to answer its design.
Art. 55. The Catholic Protestant; in three Parts. By R. Har
rison, M. A. 8vo. 18. 9d. York, printed for Johnson. 1781.
This Author hath the vanity to call his sermons popular and critical. If by popular, he means fuperficial, affe&ted, flimjy, and so forth, he hath given a true account of them. If by criticism, he means any thing more than plagiarism,--the lowest and most hackneyed fpecies of plagiarism, - he can only be considered as : he dope of selfconceit. Art. 56. A Companion for the Christian in the Field and Garden. Recommended by the Rev. Mr. Romaine.
Is. 6d. fewed. Buckland. 1780.
From the recommendation, our readers may easily imagine what are the prevailing principles of the Author. • Of him, and of his former works (says Ms. Romaine to the reader), I need not profess to thee my high esteem. Read and judge for thyself. Peruse his horæ folitariæ, a treatise, upon the godhead of the Lord Jesus Chrift, far more convincing, establishing, and edifying than any thing published upon the subject in our day. If thou art desirous of knowing the truth, thou wilt find, upon reading it, the true Chriftian doctrine, and will thank him for writing, and me for directing thee to it. Neither he nor I have any view herein, but the glory of our Great Master, and the good of his church. He wants no profit; he seeks none. He hath very generously given this book on the seasons, to a widow and four little children. Whatever sum may arise from the sale of it he hath devoted it to her use. May it answer his charitable purpose !
The call of charity is so irrefiftible, that every lesser call is loft in it; and was this little manual more reprehenfible than it really is, we should be inclined to suspend the rigor of criticism, and join with Mr. Romaine in wishing that it may answer the Author's charitable purpose.
As a specimen of this work, we shall present our readers with the following reflections. • Some trees in the garden make a great shew, but bear no fruit. They are splendid in leaves, and perhaps in blor. soms, but they yield either nothing fit to eat, or something not worth eating. The largest species of tree, known in the world, is baobab, or calabash tree of Senegal, which often exceeds ;0 feet in the cir. cumference of the trunk, and covers with its bows a circle of about 130 feet in diameter; but yields a fruit, which, while it is unsic for food, does not exceed the size of a common kidney-bean. With this enormous substance it hath large and handsome leaves, and looks at a distance rather like a grove than a single cree.-- what a picture is here of many a specious soul! How many have looked call, like cedars in Lebanon: how many have promised fair like the fig-tree in the spel, who, when the master looked for fruit, have yielded none ?
The Author discovers fome invention ani ingenuity in his reflections on the seasons; and though his fancy is not so exuberant, nor his ob. servations so sprightly and acute as che ious Mr. Flavel's of the last age, in his "husbandry spiritualized,” yet they are vaitly superior to some late attempos in this way, and may be very edifyi:g to thote good Christians for whole use they were intended.