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fnip-fnap, whisky-frisky, namby-pamby, rigmarole, and riddlemeree:" Vid. Propofal for a new Dictionary, printed in this "Mefs"medley," p. 115.
Seriously, the Editor offers this vol. of Fugitives as a continuation and extension of his plan of a New Foundling Hospital for Wit; the collection made under that title, being now completed, in fix volumes: The Fugitive Mifcellany to be published annually. Art. 34. A Companion for the Summer Houfe: or, Amusement for the Summer Seafon. Confifting of select Pieces by feveral Hands. Tranflated from the French. With Notes and Obfervations by the Editor of the Matrimonial Preceptor. 12mo, 25. Snagg. 1774.
- If a perfon retires to a fummer houfe after dinner in a hot day, the probability is in favour of his falling asleep there; efpecially if he takes a book in his hand: and it was, poffibly, to give fuch convenient affiftance, that this little publication was calculated; the pieces being too fhort to answer any more ferious purpose. They are chiefly of an agreeable sentimental turn, and contain many characteristical remarks on different perfonages celebrated in ancient and modern hiftory.
Art. 35. Letters on Ufury, and Interest; fhewing the advantage of Loans for the Support of Trade and Commerce. 12mo. Snagg. 1774.
Thefe letters we are informed are reprinted from an Edinburgh weekly Magazine, where the juftifiableness of taking intereft for loans of money was difcuffed by feveral correfpondents. As these fugitive writers have already reviewed each other's letters in a fuitable manner, it will be fufficient to add, that those who think it worth while to bring modern ufages to the teft of the Levitical law, and ancient Jewish principles, may be greatly edified by this hebdomadal altercation.
Art. 36. Fragments relating to the late Revolutions in India, the Death of Count Lally, and the Profecution of Count De Moran-gies. Tranflated from the French of Monf. Voltaire. 8vo. 2s. 6d. fewed. Nourfe. 1774.
- See Appendix to the laft vol. of our Review, published this month.
Art. 37. Le Taureau Blanc; or, White Bull. From the French. Tranflated from the Syriac, by M. De Voltaire. 8vo. 1 s. 6d. Murray.
See Appendix to the Fiftieth Volume of our Review, published
Art. 38. The White Bull; an Oriental Hiftory; from an ancient Syrian Manufcript, communicated by Mr. Voltaire. 12mo. 3 s. fewed. Bew. 1774.
This Tranflator has caught much of the manner of Voltaire himfelf; and falls very naturally into the humour and prophaneness of his original. He has prefixed a long and lively preface; he has added a variety of comical notes; and he will, by fome, be praised for his yit, and, by others, he will be cenfured for his wickedness.
Art. 39. The French Teachers Affiftant; or a new and eafy Method to learn Children to fpell, read, and fpeak French, with Propriety and Elegance. In two Parts. Part the first, contains an eafy Spelling book, with proper Rules for pronouncing French. Part the fecond, contains Rudiments of the French Language, in a Number of familiar Leffons, by Question and Answer: In which will be found, not only all the neceffary Rules of Grammar, but alfo thofe for the Conjugation of every French Verb, both regular and irregular. The whole written from Practice, on a Plan entirely new; and so contrived, as to enable any English Perfon, who can read his own Language, to teach the other with Facility and Expedition. By Nicholas Salomon, Author of the Rules for the French Genders, and Mafter of the Academy, Red lion-ftreet, Clerkenwell. 12mo. 1 s. 6d. Riley. 1773
This little book was published by fubfcription. The above title gives a fufficient view of its contents. Schoolmafters and Inftructors are naturally inclined to think their several methods of education the beft, and it is probable that in each there may be fomewhat preferable to another; though it is not neceffary that therefore all of them fhould provide us with rudiments and grammars. The performance before us appears, according to the Author's account, to be the effect of long experience: the plan feems to be fomewhat new, and the work to be executed with care and attention. On the whole, we apprehend the grammar is very well calculated to affift and perfect the fcholar in reading and pronouncing French with propriety.
Art. 40. The Complete Florift; or, the Lady and Gentleman's Recreation in the Flower Garden. Being a choice Collection of what hath been worthy Notice for the propagation, raifing, plants ing, encreafing, and preferving the rareft Flowers and Plants, &c. &c. 12mo. 2 s. Snagg, &c. ..
The inftructions here given may be useful to those who have every thing to learn, in the art of Gardening. From the Author's anti quated ftyle, his aftrological rules, and his filence with regard to fome modern improvements in the culture of flowers, we conclude that this Complete Florist went to fleep with his fathers above half a century ago. What old Gardening Book the Editor may have ftumbled upon, is not at prefent, within the bounds of our recollection,
Art. 41. An Effy on Blindness, in a Letter to a Perfon of Dif tination, &c. Tranflated from the French of M. DIDEROT, Physician to his moft Chriftian Majelly. 12mo. I s. 6d. Dymot. 1773. A collection of anecdotes, relating to the blind, interfperfed with feveral curious obfervations on the ufe of the other fenfes, and the progrefs of the mind in acquiring knowledge under these circum ftances of difadvantage. The principal characters are thofe of the fon of an eminent profeffor of philofophy in the univerfity of Paris, who was born blind, and who, after embarraffing himself by the extravagances of youth, retired to a fmall town in Provence; and of Dr. Saunderfon, the famous Lucafian profeffor at Cambridge. The particulars that are here collected relating to this prodigy of our own country, are to be found in the introduction to his Elements of Algebra, in 2 Vols. 4to. and in a work intitled, The Life and Cha
rater of Dr. Nicholas Saunderson, by his disciple and friend William Inchcliff, Efq; printed at Dublin, in 1747.
Art. 42. The Lives of Sir Matthew Hale, Knt. Lord Chief Juftice of England; Wilmot, Earl of Rochefter, and Queen Mary. Written by Bishop Burnet. To this Edition are added, Richard Baxter's additional Notes to the Life of Sir Matthew Hale: and a Sermon preached at the Funeral of the Earl of Rochefter, by the Rev. Mr. Parfons. 8vo. 4 s. boards. Davies. 1774.
Mr. Davies has here furnished a neat pocket edition of biographi eal tracts, with which the Public have been long well acquainted. Art. 43. A plain and complete Grammar of the Hebrew Language, with and without points. By Anfelm Bayly, LL. D. Subdean of his Majefty's Chapels-Royal. 8vo. 2 s. Ridley, &c. 1774.
This work is dedicated, with great propriety, to the Bishop of Oxford, who is fo juftly celebrated for his ingenious and learned treatise De facrá poefi Hebræorum.
The Author, in his dedication, has carried his encomium upon the excellencies of the Hebrew tongue to the very highest point to which the fubject could be raifed. The preface contains a number of judicious ftrictures on the language, and on feveral writers who have compofed grammars of it, both in ancient and modern times. With regard to the Grammar itself, which is here offered to the Public, we think it one of the best we have feen; though, perhaps, it is not totally exempted from faults. Dr. Bayly's obferva tions on the tenfes, and upon the particle vau, are entitled to the very particular attention of every one who is defirous of underftanding the nature and idiom of the Hebrew tongue. He nei, ther abfolutely condemns, nor entirely approves the vowel points; but feems to confider them as a kind of verfion, equal in authority to any one of the fame age; in which opinion we agree with him.
The praife which is justly due to the Author, as a grammarian, can by no means be granted him as a divine. He goes out of his way, for feveral pages together, to vindicate the doctrine of the Anathalian trinity; and is one of the boldeft champions for that doctrine, that we have ever met with, in the courfe of our reading. The Athanafian trinity has been confidered by the renowned Waterland, the redoubted Trap, and all its firenuous defenders to the prefent time, as a great and incomprehenible mystery. It was an honour referved for the Reverend Anfelm Bayly, LL. D. Sub-dean of his Majefty's chapels-royal, in the year 1774, to affirm, "that it is a truth, the SIMPLEST in nature, and the most interefting to man.'
Our Author, both in this and a former publication, directs fome ungenerous frokes at Dr. Kennicott. Such ftrokes are peculiarly improper in a work dedicated to the Bishop of Oxford, the Doctor's great friend and patron. We could wish that the refult of Dr. Kennicott's collation might be waited for, with patience and candour, There is a fpirit in fome of the remarks lately made upon him, whatever force there may be in the remarks them felves, which favours
more of envy and malevolence, than of a true regard for facred literature.
RELIGIOUS and CONTROVERSIAL. Art. 44. Catechetical Exercifes By Charles Bulkley.
3s fewed. Johnson. 1774.
Mr. Bulkley has here published fifteen lectures, principally addreffed to children and young perfons. The fubjects are firß, A DEITY, his being, his attributes, his providence; and, with refpect to the laft, its reality, its nature as a plan of moral government, its extent, and its views. Secondly, MAN, his origin, nature, and duty; his prefent fituation, natural and moral; and his character in general. Thirdly, a FUTURE STATE, and the hope and expectations of mankind in relation to it. Fourthly, the christian religion, its defign, evidences, principles, ufefulness, and duties.' The volume concludes with a brief view of the evidences of chriftianity, without entering into the account of its defign, principles, &c..
The Author at the entrance on his lectures, premifes that, in treating on the several topics, as founded in reafon and nature, he fhall take frequent occafion to illuftrate them by the language and maxims of the fcriptures, tho' their authority and evidence come not till afterwards to be diftinctly confidered. In the mean time, adds Mr. Bulkley, by this manner of proceeding we shall have, as we go along, and before we touch directly on that particular, one confiderable argument in favour of the fcriptures, namely, their harmony and agreement with natural religion.
Thefe difcourfes on the topics above mentioned, are intermixed with questions addreffed to the young perfons for whom they are defigned, to which are added the anfwers they are fuppofed to return. Hence we are to infer the writer's opinion of the best method of conveying inftruction to the minds of children and youth: and, certainly, however useful catechifms or other forms used in education, may be, their benefit must greatly depend on the care of others to talk with them familiarly on the fubjects to which their attention is directed, and to propofe proper and striking questions concerning them, which may lead the growing mind to think and reason for itself.
These exercises appear calculated to answer the best purposes, if young perfons will but carefully attend to them.
Art. 45. A Letter to the Moft Reverend the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, on the prefent Oppofition to any further Reformation. Octavo. 6 d. Johnfon.
In this letter, which contains fome things that well deferve the Archbishop's serious attention, we find the following paffage. So entirely averfe have you, my Lord, declared yourself to all reformation, that you have done all that in you lay, to prevent the leaft degree of it in future. You are faid to have forbidden access to the library at Lambeth to a certain dignitary of the church of, who only humbly requested admiffion, in order to examine what materials it might furnish towards a judicious and rational review of our liturgy.'
On what authority this charge is brought against his Grace, the Letter-writer does not tell us. If there is a jutt foundation for the charge, his Grace is an object of pity; if the charge is groundless, the Letter-writer is an object of contempt.
Art. 46. An Answer to a Pamphlet, entitled, "Confiderations on the Propriety of requiring a Subfcription to Articles of Faith." Oxford. At the Clarendon Prefs. 8vo. 1s. Rivington.
The candid and difpaffionate reader will find very little edification in this answer, and will only learn that the Author is a zealous advocate for fubfcriptions to articles of faith, for the doctrine of the trinity, for our prefent ecclefiaftical establishment, &c. Of his candour our readers may form fome tolerable judgment from the following fpecimen: the Author of the Confiderations obferves, and obferves justly, that the judgment of most thinking men will be always in a progrefive ftate.
So indeed we find, fays our answerer. These thinking men will one year preach up the divinity of our blessed Saviour; the next year they will explain it away; foon after, growing still wifer, they will teach their flock that he is a mere man, and no worship due to him : at laft, they will give them to. understand that the apostles creed is erroneous. I fear that while the teacher's understanding is in a progreffive ftate, his congregration will be in a retrograde ftate, with regard both to faith and morals.. And I humbly think that in fuch cafes these thinking men, if they choose to retain their preferments, fhould keep their opinions to themfelves.' This paffage, furely, needs no
I am well perfuaded, fays this Author, that the generality of the clergy, when they offer themselves for ordination, confider feriously what office they take upon them, and firmly believe what they Subfcribe to.' Rifum teneatis Amici!
Art. 47. A Reply to a late Publication of S. Newton of Norwich, intitled An Appendix, &c. In Anfwer to which it is plainly. fhewn, that the Quakers are not Calvinifts, &c. By Jofeph Phipps. 8vo. 1 s. Richardfon and Urquhart. 1774.
Mr. Phipps feems defirous of having the last word, and renews feveral confiderations which he had before offered: but it is time to drop the difpute. He and his brethren feem to have formed ideas about the light, the Spirit, the word, &c. but could they properly. and clearly explain themfelves, it would probably be found that the rational and confiftent, on each fide, mean nearly the fame thing. Art. 48. A reply to the Layman's Addrefs to the Baptifts: II. Dr. Gill's answer to the Rev. Mr. Addington, refpecting the Disturbance in Munster. III. The Doctrine of Baptifm, &c. 8vo. 6d. Lewis, &c. 1774.
Mr. Robert M'Gregor here tells his friends, the baptifts in and about Reading, that all who have wrote against the baptifts have only furnished arguments to confute themselves.'. After so notable a declaration, it will not be needful for us to take farther notice of his pamphlet: as to Dr. Gill's letter mentioned in the title page, it chiefly relates to the disturbances occafioned at Munfter many years. ago, by an extravagant fet of people, with which it would be as ungenerous, by way of reflection, to upbraid the prefent race of bap