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fuggefts very little that is applicable to our particular cafe: it is dedicated to the noble heir of the Townfhend-family, very properly dignified by the Tranflator, with the title of Militia-Tornf bend. He has also, in his preface, bestowed the title of Lord on Captain Hervey and to make amends for that excess of courtefey, he has gone out of his way to difcourfe of one Byng, as if he had no title at all.
VII. A Letter to the University of Cambridge, on a late refignation. By a Gentleman of Oxford. 8vo. 6d. Cooper.
An ironical piece, calculated equally to expose and abuse that learned univerfity, and the noble perfon at the head of it. Tho' publifhed under an Oxford mafk, it very probably belongs to fome Cambridge-bronze, which needed none at all: the little water-gilding affectation of wit and pleafantry it is lacquered over with, is chiefly topical; and if intelligible at Cambridge, will afford little entertainment any where else.
VIII. A Letter from a Bavarian Officer, in the fervice of the Emprefs-Queen, &c. to his Friend in London: containing a view of the ftate of the empire; together with some reflections on the prefent political turn of affairs in Germany, and the part the English are likely to act on this important occafion. Tranflated from the original German, now in the hands of a Gentleman in London. By Mr. P. M. M. 8vo. 1 s. Morgan.
Here we have another publication under falfe colours; for tho' it must be admitted, that the Author is really an adventurer in the fervice of the Emprefs-Queen, he is no more a Bavarian than a Japanese. All his knowlege is British-all his images are Britifh; and every phrafe he makes ufe of, is British, British, Britifh.The ground of his whole performance is a fuppofition, That we Britons were all of us out of our wits with joy, at his Pruffian Majetty's Gazette-victory over the Auftrians; and that thefe intemperate tranfports of ours were owing either to our love of juftice, in the belief that his Pruffian Majefty had undertaken a juft war; or a felf-concern for our own welfare, in a like belief, that our interefts were linked and interwoven with his. And his endeavours are to fhew, that policy has nothing to do with juftice, and of all political measures, the Pruffian march into Saxony the leaft that his Pruffian Majefty's interefts, and thofe of Britain, had not the leaft connection; and though we might be ferviceable to him in the fhape of fubfidies, he could make us no returns, either by land or fea;-that even the very electorate of Hanover, for whofe fake the fo much boasted treaty of Whitehall was made, was likely to incur all the difficulties and dangers by it, which it was calculated to obviate: And that theEmprefsQueen deferves none of the blame we daily throw upon her, for entering into a concert with the French court; fince the was for
ced into it, for the fake of her own fecurity, by the faid treaty of Whitehall.
IX. A View of the Manner in which Trade and Civil Liberty Support each other. Being one of the two differtations on that fubject, which obtained the prizes at Cambridge in 1755, then firft inftituted by the Right Hon. Lord Viscount Towns hend; read before the Univerfity June 17, by William Hazeland, M. A. Schoolmafter at Tottenham-Highcrofs, in Middlefex. 4to. Is. Beecroft.
A very fenfible, fpirited, manly performance.
X. The Voice of the People; a collection of Addreffes to his Majefty, and Inftructions to Members of Parliament, by their Conftituents, upon the unfuccefsful management of the prefent war, both by land and fea, and the eftablishment of a national Militia, &c. &c. 8vo. Is. Payne.
To this Collection, the Editor has prefixed a well-written preface, in defence of the addreffes, and (with the ingenious Author of the Confiderations) to prove them conftitutional, decent, and neceffary.
See Review for November,
XI. Bungiana; or, An Affemblage of What-d’ye-call-'ems, in profe and verfe, that have occafionally appeared, relative to the conduct of a certain naval Commander. Now firft collected, in order to perpetuate the memory of his wonderful atchievements. 8vo. 6d. Doughty.
Gleaned from the firft overflowings of the News-papers, against Admiral Byng.
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XII: A Collection of feveral Pamphlets, very little known; Tome fuppreffed letters, and fundry detached pieces, published in the daily papers, &c. relative to the cafe of Admiral Byng. 8vo. I s. 6d. Lacy, to no DES DA This is a collection of pieces in favour of Mr. Byng, and is published as a counterpoise to Bungiana; the preceding article.
XIII. Some Reafons for believing fundry letters and papers, afcribed, in three late publications, to Admiral Byng, not only fpurious, but also an infidious attempt to prejudice the Admiral's character. 8vo. rs. Doughty.
The above title apparently indicates an ironical performance. The pamphlet is by no means the most contemptible of those that have appeared against the Admiral.
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XIV. The Fall of Man: An Enquiry into the nature of that event, and how far the pofterity of Adam are involved
in the guilt of his tranfgreffion. Addreffed to all, but particularly Preachers, who embrace the doctrine of original fin. By Anthony Fothergill, a Hufbandman in the county of Weftmoreland. 8vo. I s. Payne. Usigne's
Having had occafion, more than once, to give our fentiments of Mr. Fothergill, as an Author, we fhall at prefent content ourfelves with observing, that this piece, though it contains nothing new upon the fubject, is written in a clear and fenfible manner, and carries with it evident marks of found judgment.19:59 vada bor 20 wer (5)gup ↑ XV. The Trial of Spirits; or, A Treatife upon the Nature, Office, and Operations of the Spirit of Truth James Relly. 8vo. Is. Lewis yem, tad pagoimodT. This is a strange thapfody, wherein it is often difficult to perAceive, what the Author means. The great point which he is folicitous to establish, feems to be this; that whatever the Spirit worketh for the falvation and comfort of mankind, is all wrought by his fhewing us the things of Chrift, and teftifying of him, that may be glorified. Whatever operating power and influence (upon our hearts) fays he, tends to lead us to Jefus for righteoufnefs and ftrength, to Jefus for wifdom and purity, to Jefus ⚫ for eternal falvation and comfort, fhows us the glory of Jefus, and endears Jefus to the foul, yea, conftantly leads us out of ourfelves, to have all our hope and dependence on fear; this is the fpirit of truth, the Holy Ghoft, the Comforter.
XVI. Elays on feveral Divine and Moral Subjects: particularly on the Christian temper and conduct fober-mindedednefs-the fear of God-a future ftate-marriage-the middle ftate the imitation of Chrift-degrees in glory-religionthe fabbath-affliction-contentment a pacific difpofitionthe late earthquakes-the advent and crucifixion-moderation, &c. By William Richardfon of Blencowe, Vicar of Dacre, in Cumberland. 12mo. 2s. 6d. Hodges,
Though there is nothing particularly triking, or animated in thefe Effays, yet the fentiments are juft, the language is cafy and perfpicuous, and a fpirit of candor, and benevolence breathes through the whole of them. The Author enters into, no nice or refined fpeculations, but following the dictates of plain common fenfe, has adapted his performance to the capacity of almoft every Reader.
XVII. The Wisdom of the Supreme Being. A Poem. By George Bally, M. A. Fellow of King's College, Cambridge. 4to. Is. B. Dod, &c.
This is the fecond time that Mr. Bally has obtained Mr. Seaton's (a) reward; and we can fafely fay, that if his first attempt elmerited that distinction, the prefent performance deferves it no lefs.
In our account of that poem, we, in general, remarked, that Mr. Bally's only refemblance to Milton, confifted in his larding his verfes with fome peculiar words ufed by that great Bard, but which, as they were now obfolete, could neither add dignity nor fpirit to poetical numbers. Tho' Mr. Bally feems to have been sconvinced of the propriety of that criticism, yet is he now guilty of greater tranfgreffion, in introducing unmufical (6) words, coining(e) new ones, and changing adjectives into substantives (d). There can be no apology for the ufe of words incapable of harmonious combination: and though Milton, Philips, Young, Thomson, and others, may be cited as authorities for the practice mentioned in the other parts of our charge, Mr. Bally ought to confider, that those who scarce rife to the middle of Parnaffus, are, by the eternal laws of Apollo, excluded from many licences wherein they who have reached the fummit, are indulged.
After his introductory Addrefs to the Supreme Being, Mr. Bally cenfures Reafon, and Philofophy, as the grand fources of Scepticism and Infidelity; and yet, can any propofition be more evident, than that reason, and philosophy are the only media, by which man can demonftrate the wifdom of the great Architect of Nature; whether we consider that attribute a priori; or, a pofteriori, from the works of creation? This, we humbly conceive, is a little flip at the very threshold of the work.
The Mufes, it is allowed, are exempted from a fcientifical precifion Yet, when a Mafter of Arts, and Fellow of a College, writes on a learned fubject, the world has a right to look for marks of erudition, if not of genius. But much we fear, that Mr. Bally is not a little deficient in this respect; especially in what he has faid of the human anatomy. We fhall pafs over his account of the eye and ear, the ftructure of which he had done better to have copied from any modern anatomist than from Cicero, (e) with this obfervation, that though none of the other fenfes afford fuch a fund of poetical images, yet is his description of them both unpoetical and barren. Nor is he culpable only for his omiffions; the epithet which he beflows on the finews (f) his spiral knots of veins, not to mention his ftringing the fabrick with nerves, betray his ignorance of anatomy. Would not one conclude from the following
(a) Review, vol. XII. page 159.
Th' immeafurable level through the void.'-p. 18.
(c) Emaning, enounce.
(a) The Fair Archetypal,' &c. p. 17.
(e) De Naturâ Deorum.
) Branchy threads.
And yet much the fame office is affigned to the veins a few lines after iw nada quso daive toqsi del nav zidatov sds Who-twin'dobaridapo ondas
The azure veins in fpiral knots to waft
In defiance, however, of our Bard's authority, the unpoetical herd of Phyfiologifts may ftill confidently maintain, that the veins only bring back the blood from the extremities, effete, and confequently unfit for the offices of life.
Mr. Bally's refutation of the Epicurean fyftem, is lefs exceptionable; but had this gentleman looked into Cardinal Polignac's Anti-Lucretius, or had he even condefcended to perufe Sir Richard Blackmore's Poem on the Creation; and availed himself ever fo moderately of his reading, perhaps, neither his reasoning or numbers, might have been the worfe for its
But though our Bard, in what he has advanced against Epicurus, is intelligible enough, yet in the first lines of his refutation of Ariftotle, he feems, to have taken the contrary biafss at leaft we, who, alafs! are not OEdipufes, are unable to unriddle
Having confidered the marks of divine Wisdom, which are every where fo difcoverable in the Planetary Syftem, Mr. Bally defcends to earth, where
Of infinite contrivance, matchlefs fkill.
This we readily allow; but are at fome lofs to understand the philofophy of the following lines, as the context fhews, he is fpeaking of the earth.