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found when he died of a disease after the fiege of Casal, at which He had affifted by her advice.
For aught that appears to the contrary, thefe letters may be genuine and authentic. They breathe the native character of an intriguing dowager, who was perhaps fomewhat in love, but certainly ambitious, cunning, and felfish. The preface tells us that for the valuable confideration of thirty thousand ducats the consented to relinquish the title of the margrave's dowager, and this strong feature is till further confirmed by her own infinuations in a letter written by her to the elector, after the margrave's death. Her epifties may therefore be confidered as inftructive memorials exhibiting the human heart under the powerful influence of a very ticklish
and critical fituation.
D. Jo. Sal. Semleri Paraphrafis H. Epiftola ad Corinthios. Acceffit. Latina vetus Tranflatio, & Lectionum Varietas. 8vo. Halle.
The Second Epistle to the Corinthians, one of the most difficult books of the New Teftament, has here been illuftrated with great learning, ingenuity, and fuccefs.
Opufcules politiques & moraux-ou, Essai contre l' Abus du Pouvoir des Souverains, et juße Idee du Gouvernement d'un bon Prince. Suivi du Tochin contre le Despotisme du Souverain. Par M.** Avocat. &v.. Londres.
The reflexions of this writer are juft, but trite; and he runs into frequent repetitions.
Della Origine e dei Progreffi nell' Arte Obftetricia, Prolufione recitata de Sebaftiano Rizzo, Padoano, goblico Profeffore d' Obstetricia. 4to. Venice.
Some account of the Venetian phyficians who have distinguished themselves by their labours in midwifery; especially of Sebaftian Melli; of the famous anatomift J. Dominio Santorini; of his fon Peter; of the present Archiater Paitoni; and of our author's predeceffor, J. Manini.
J. J. von Mofer Anmerkungen über das Absterben des Churfurftlichen Haufes Bayern, in fo ferne daffelbige einen Einfluss in viele Stucke der teutfchen Staatsverfaffung hat; or, J. J. de Mofer's Remarks on the Extinction of the Electoral House of Bavaria, as far as it influences many Parts of the political Conftitution of Germany. 4to. Frankfurt on the Mayn. (German.)
This author, one of the most voluminous and laborious writers on the laws and conftitution of Germany, confiders this very interefting fubject in every point of view. His performance is indeed rather too diffufe; but valuable and inftructive.
Inftruction fur la Manière de definfecter les Cuirs des Beftiaux morts de t epizootie, & de les rendre propres à être travaillés dans les Tanneries fans y porter de Contagion. Par M. Vicq. d'Azyr. Paris.
A fingle but interesting sheet, as it may contribute towards leffening the loss of the poor country people, by faving at least the hides and fkins of the cattle dead by epidemical difeafes. Recueil de Differtations hiftoriques et critiques, avec des nouvelles Affertions fur la Vegetation fpontanée des Coquilles du Chateau des Places. Par M. de la Sauvagère. 4to. with 5 elegant Plates. Paris. The first and greater part of this collection contains an uninterefting difpute with. Mr. Robin, on fome French antiquities
near Angers. But the more ftriking part of this publication are the author's repeated affertions concerning a fpontaneous vegetation of fhells near his refidence; whofe examen we must leave to Meff. Buffon, Guettard, and other naturalists in France.
La Théorie du Chirurgien ou Anatomie en general et en particulier du Corps humain, avec des Obfervations chirurgiques fur chaque partie par M. Durand. 2 vols. 8vo. Paris.
A manual of anatomy according to M. Winflow's fyftem and method, without either alteration or improvement.
A Collection of the Pieces formerly published by Henry Brooke, Efg. To which are added feveral Plays and Poems, now first printed. 4 vols. 8vo. 14. 15. fewed. Cadell.
HE author of thefe pieces, who is a native of Ireland, is well known to the public, as a writer, by his tragedy of Gustavus Vafa, printed in 1758, the Earl of Effex in 1761, the Fool of Quality, 5 volumes, in 1766 and 1770, and other publications.
The prefent collection confifts of the following articles: Univerfal Beauty, a philofophical poem on the works of the creation, in fix books; Conftantia, or the Man of Law's Tale of Chaucer, modernized; Redemption, a Poem *; Four Fables, viz. the Temple of Hymen, the Sparrow and Dove, the Female Seducers, Love and Vanity; the laft Speech of John Good, vulgarly called Jack the Giant-que ler, who was condemned April 1, 1745, and executed on the 3d of May following; eight Tragedies, entitled, Guftavus Vafa, the Earl of Effex, Antony and Cleopatra, the Impoftor or Mahomet, earl of Westmorland or Bruern, Cymbeline king of Britain, Montezuma, and the Vestal Virgin; Little John [John Good] and the Giants, a dramatic opera [prohibited after the first night's reprefentation]; the Contending Brothers, a comedy; three comedies of two acts, the Charitable Affociation, the Female Officer, and the Marriage Contract; Ruth, an oratorio; feveral Prologues and Epilogues; Verfes to the Memory of Lieutenant Colonel Clements; a Character [Dr. Lucas's]; an Addrefs to Mr. B. on advertifing his Treatife on the Interefts of Ireland; the Patriotism of ireland, a ballad; the Queftion, infcribed to lady Caroline Rüffel; and Conrade, a fragment.
Though this writer is not to be ranked in the first class of poets, his productions have a confiderable fhare of merit; they bear the marks of a strong genius, a pious turn of mind, and integrity of heart. His dramatic pieces breathe a fpirit of li berty and patriotic zeal.
• See Crit. Rev. vol. xxxv. p. 69.
The Seducers. A Poem. 4to. 2s. 6d. Kearly.
'This mufe, like other feducers, has her share of an infinuating talent, which though not in fo great a degree as to captivate our judgement, is fufficient at least to procure her a place among the clafs of agreeables.
Athelgiva, a legendary Tale. 410. Is. 6d. Wilkie.
The prefent poem, which is partly founded on tradition, but chiefly indebted for its fable to the imagination of the author, is written in that agreeable style of fimplicity which diftinguishes the old English ballad. The defcriptive parts are curfory, and the incidents only few; but where the fancy is not amused with invention, the defect is fupplied by a tendernefs of fentiment, that gently excites the heart to fympathetic emotions. Academic Trifles. A Collection of Poetical Effays. 4to.
This publication confifts of a Prologue, a Remonftrance for a new Gown, an Ode to Winter, an Ode to Sleep, two Sonnets, two of Horace's Odes imitated, and an Ode on the Power of Love. All thefe pieces, except the laft, are in blank verfe. -They are juvenile productions.
The Camp Guide: in a Series of Let'ers. 410. 1s. Fielding and Walker.
Thefe Letters are from enfign Tommy Toothpick, to lady Toothpick, and from mifs Nelly Brifk, to mifs Gadabour. The names of the perfonages may give fome idea of their characters; but fuch as are defirous of farther acquaintance with them, may refort to the camp, where, we doubt not, the ori ginals form a confiderable number.
A Vifit from the Shades; or Earl Chatham's Adieu to his Friend Lord Cambden. By Henry Lucas, Efq. 410. 2s. 6d. Hooper
If fublunary honours can extend their influence beyond the tomb, lord Chatham's fhade has been abundantly gratified. Amidst the approbation of his country, fo publicly bestowed, the prefent temporary production can be confidered only as a fmall poetical tribute, difproportioned to the perpetual fame of the character which it celebrates.
The Devil's Wedding. A Poem. 410. Is. 6d. Bladon. His Satanic majefty having fignified his intentions to marry the princefs Homa, it was neceffary, that a proper chaplain fhould be provided to perform the ceremony: and that ladies of the bed-chamber and maids of honour should be appointed, for the establishment of her majesty's houfhold. Several gentlemen of the gown, and ladies of the ton, affert their pretenfions to thefe honourable employments. This plan affords the author an opportunity of fatirizing fome confpicuous characters.The ftyle of this piece is, in general, tolerably well adapted to the fubject; and fometimes not unpoetical. For example:
Upon the beach a lofty pile was rear'd ;
The Temple of Imposture. A Poem. 4to. The author falls afleep with the Koran in his hand, and in a dream fees the mofque, which contains the tomb of Mahomet at Medina, converted into an extenfive temple, filled with the fculptured figures of Ignatius Loyola, Aldebert, Joan of Arc, Perkin Warbeck, Eliz. Croft the fpirit of the Wall, Eliz. Barton the maid of Kent, James Nailor the Quaker, Mary Tofts the rabbit woman, Fanny Parfons the Cock-lane ghoft, and feveral other impoflors. After thefe he difcovers Furina, the god. defs of thieves, attended by a number of Turkish enthufiafts, fuperftition, prieftcraft, papal mystery, frantic zeal, hypocrify, perfecution, Mahomet, and the apostle of the Foundery.
This piece is of a more poetical caft than some of the author's former publications*, the plan being much more fufceptible of defcriptive imagery.
The Patriot Vifion. A Poem.
Dedicated to the Memory of the Earl 410. 2s. 6d. Bew.
To this Poem is prefixed the fubfequent advertisement.
The author of the following Poem takes the liberty to inform the candid reader, that he had not written a single line, nor in the least degree thought, of The Patriot Vifion, till a week after death of the great perfon to whofe memory it is dedicated. He therefore prefents it to the public with great diffidence of its merit; but, however, could not defer its publication, as the prefent itate of national affairs may change, and deftroy in a great meafure the effect honeftly intended by this compofition?
The reader is at liberty to admit or to reject this apology, 10 his rifdem fhall feem good. With regard to the performance, we are of opinion that it flands in need of fome apology. It is unequal, and bears evident marks of hafte and inattention. Our poet ftands upon the fea-beat ftrand of the Ifle of Wight, That fea furveying, where sublimely rides
Britannia's fleet, and waits the dread command
Of cannons, thundering through the watery fhore,
The Saints, a Satire; Perfection, &c.
This circumftance naturally leads the bard to afk the fleet, what tutelary ftar fhall now direct its courfe? With thefe reflexions, he retires to fleep; but, of courfe, not to reft. Fancy immediately hurries him to a certain poetical valley, where whep his raptured eye
Marked a new luftre trailing through the sky;
The gorgeous image of the Pythian God.'
Apollo conducts him to the paradife of patriots, where he finds and defcribes all the fons of Britain who have been immortalifed for the love of their country, from Alfred down to Chatham, of whofe reception among the heavenly hoft our poet was lucky enough to be an eye witnefs. The poem and the vifion conclude with one general chorus of Arm, Britain, arm!?
In this vifion we have found a very few good lines, and two or three original ideas. With more time, and much more pains, this writer might produce fomething deferving the public at
Excellent ufe is made of Milton's epithet arrowy,'-Arrows, unluckily, are not modern weapons of war.
The temple rings with harmony divine.
When battling cohorts clash in fiercest war-'
Thefe lines remind us of a ridiculous impropriety, when Shakspeare's Bofworth-field hero bids his bow-men draw the ar rows to their heads, and the play houfe troops courageously draw their many-twinkling fwords.-The commander fhould either change his orders, or his men their arms.
An Ode to the warlike Genius of Great Britain. 410. 25. Bew. From the title of this Ode our readers will expect to find it more calculated to promote war than peace. It is indeed particularly calculated for that purpose, Whether our modern
Tirtaus will fing in vain, or not, a little time will discover,s
Pallid Fear her vain alarms
Idly fpead. While glory warms
Th' intrepid foul with her celeftial charms,
Aloud the fhouts,-and opes the bright abodes.
The great examples fire
-To deathlefs deeds infpire.
The fons of freedom rife-they claim
Their birthright-the reward of fame;
They glow with energy divine
And from their polifh'd arms, the fun-beams brighter shine.