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FOREIGN ARTICLES is an evil to us, and a good to no other perfort, we may then get rid of it. : If there be in the world a maxim evident and certain, I think it is this ; and if it is to be overturned, there is no human action, which cannot be made out to be a crime.”
Mr. Dumas, admits the principle; but denies the confequence. The principle, fays he, is incontestable, if by angther we understand not any of our fellow-creatures only, but also the Deity. For, though God cannot be offended in the same manner as man, he is offended in a manner peculiar to himself, when his creatures, whom he has made intelligent and free, dare to encroach on his righta, to disobey his will, to oppose his views; to do, in defiance of him what is repugnant to nature, to reason, to conscience; what difhonours themselves, and destroys in them that union between foul and body which God himself has formed. This conduct is offenfive to him; not that it makes him suffer, or does him any hurt; but as it violates that order of which he is the Source, and, as it were, the Guardian; degrades and defaces in man the work of his hands, of which he is jealous ; and of which' ke alone ought to dispose ; as it is an ingratitude towards him; a contempt of his benefits, a rebellion against the laws of his Providence, and an usurpation of bis Divine authority over his créatures.'
In this manner our Author confiders this celebrated letter, by. fingle propofitions and arguments. He then gives Lord B's answer to the whole ; which many of our Readers will thinks more to the purpose than all our Author's declamation.
On the whole, this book is well intended, and contains many good things, but it is not likely to be much read by the ad mirers of the Lettres Perfannes, the Systeme de la Nature, or the Nouvelle Heloise.
ART. XVI. L'Ami de L'Humanité ; ou, Lettre d'un François établi à Londres a uri de
fes Amis en France - The Friend of Humanity; or, a Letter from a l'renchman in London to one of his Friends in France. London. De Lorme. 1773. VERY performance that tends to promote a spirit of unie
versal benevolence, to remove religious prejudices, to soften the asperity of party zeal, to weaken the influence of bigotry, and to unite mankind in the bonds of social affection, (how much soever they may differ in their sentiments upon contraverted points) is entitled to the candid acceptance of the Public, -although the writer may not have the philosophy of a Bayle, or the eloquence of a Voltaire. The Author of this Letter pollefses what may prove equally effectual with many
readers, the fimplicity and earneftness of an honest, wellmeaning, and intelligent man,
ART. XVII. ANOMAONIOT AEZIKON. Apollonii Sophifta Lexicon Grecum Iliadis et Odyssea. Primus e Codice Manuscripto Sangermanenß in lucerin vindicavit, innumeris repurgavit mendis, allegata Homeri, ut aliorum Poetarum, Loca diftinxit, indicavit, notis atque Animadversionibus, perpetuis illuftravit, e verfionem Latinam adjecit, Johannes Baptista Casparus D'Antje De Villoison, Regia Infiriptionum atque Humaniorum Literarum Academia Parifinfis Socius. Cum Prolegomenis, Indicibus Hu&torum et Vocum Homéricarum, ac Rodern Tabulis #nris, in quibus omnes Codices Manuftripti Literaran forme et Compendia, atque amplum bujufce Scripture Specimen, repræfentantur.
Accedit, prater multa, hucufque inedita, Philemonis Grammatici Fragmenta, tertii Iliadis Libri profaica metapbrafis Greca, e duobus Codicibus Regiis ab eodem nunc primum eruta, cum notulis, et variantibus Lec. tionibus, Metaphrafisque et tertii Iliadis Libri.- Apollonius's Lexicom Homericum, &c. By J. B. Caspar, of the Academy of Inscriptions and Belles Lettres. 2 Vols. 4to. Paris. 1773. EXICONS exclusively adapted to particular books are of
singular utility in facilitating the business of learning, and expediting the progress of the Tyro. But as this is their principal end, it is frequently to be regretted that their bulk is lo enormously and unnecessarily swelled. The Lexicon Homericum of. Apollonius might, in a proper size, have made a very
useful school-book ; but in its present form, we apprehend, it will be of no general use. Men of learning wanted no translation of the Greek (choliast, and shefe volumes are toe mighty for school-boys. Their only proper receptacles are the public libraries, to which the learning they contain sufficiently recommends them.
ART. XVIII. Di&ionnaire raisonné universel de Matiere Médicale, concernant les Vé
gétaux, les Animaux et les Mineraux qui font d'Usage en Médicine; leurs Descriptions, leurs Analyfes, leurs Vertus, leurs propriétés, &c. recuellies de Manuscrits originaux, et des meilleurs Auteurs anciens et modernes, rant étrangers que de notre pays; avec une Table raisonned de tous les noms que chaque pays a donnés aux mêmes Vigitaux, Animaux et Mineraux.-An Universal Di&tionary, &c. 8vo. 4 Vols, Paris.
HE title of this work is sufficient to thew what is conT tained in it ; and, as to its merit
, we need only fay, that the medical reader will find it an useful and valuable per formance.
ART ART. 'XIX. Avis aux Gens de la Compagne ; ou Traité des Maladies les plus communes ; avec des Observations fur les Caufes de Maladies du Peuple
, fur l'Abus des Remedes et des Alimens dont il fait Usage, « fur ceux qu'il doit employer pour fe quérir des Maladies aux quelles il est le plus exposé, quand il n'est pas à portée d'avoir le secours d'un Médecin. Ouvrage très-utile aux Pafleurs, Chirurgiens, et Gens de la Cam. pagne.-- Advice to Country People ; or, a Treatise concerning the most common Distempers; with Observations on their Causes, Remedies, &c. By M. Didelot. 'izmo. Paris. 1773.
HE great utility of a work of this kind, by a person of
knowledge, judgment, and experience, is fufficiently oba vious. -The celebrated M. Tiflot, we are credibly informed, speaks of this Avis in terms of the warmest approbation, which, to say the leaft, is a very strong presumption in its favour, **We are obliged to a friendly Correspondent for the foregoing little Article.
A R i.' XX. Elémens de Littérature, Extraits de Cours de Belles-Lettres de M. L'Albè Batteux. Par un Profefleur.-The Elements of Literature, &c.
2 Vols. Paris. 1773. THIS is a very clear, diftinct, and judicious abridgment of
the Cours de Belles-Lettres by Abbè Batteux. The Abridger has added several reflections borrowed from celebrated writers, together with some observations concerning the state of literature in England, Germany, Italy, &c.
MONTHLY CATALOGUE, For FEBRUARY, 1774. .
POETICA L. Art. 21. An Heroic Poffeript to the Public, occasioned by their
favourable Reception of a late Heroic Epiftle to Sir William Chame bers, Knt. & cBy the Author of that Epifle. 410. 1 s.
I s. Al
• Now to the Public cunes his grateful lars,
When Almon gave him reason for his rhyme.' Glad are we to learn that this hitherto 'careless pen,' waits but # proper call to more serious employment; and that the Writer
' – is, and means to be his country's friend.
But if that country claim a grayer ftrain,
Fit garbage for the hell-hound, Infamy.' Boldly announced! but whether this threatening declaration will produce any greater effect than the old woman's counter blaft ta the thunder, no one can pronounce, but every body will guess. Art. 22. Ode to the Right Hon. Spencer Earl of Northampton,
4to. 6 d. Robinson, &c. 1774. A compliment to the Northampton family, and not inelegant. Art. 23. Female Artifice; or, Charles F-* outwitted. 4to. I s.
Ridley, 17747 The story of this poetical narrative discloses the manner in which Mr. F- was duped by the noted Mrs. G-, who, it is here said, found means to persuade him that she could procure him a young Weft-Indian wife, with a fortune of 160,000). The Author declares that every the minuteft circumstance has a foundation in truth; that there are no flowers of invention, no embellishments of poetical fancy, but that all the particulars are related with the very fame degree of precision (he wishes he could add, with the same portion of humour) that Mr. C. F-x relates them himself. We are inclined to credit the whole of this declaration, because we find that one part of it is frictly true, viz. that there are no flowers of invention, po embellishments of poetical fancy,' in this performance.
Admitting, by the way, the truth of this tale, if Authors and Printers will be blabbing such anecdotes, where is the wonder that Mr. F. was so severe upon them, in certain late debates about a scan. dalous Letter : vid. Art. 30. of this month's Catalogue. Art. 24. The Search after Happiness; a pastoral Drama. The
Third Edition. 8vo. is. 6 d. Cadell. 1773. It is with pleasure we see our opinion of Miss More's ingenious poem confirmed by the public approbation, in the demand of a third edition: and we attend to it a second time on account of a very spijited epilogue which is now added to it, and which was spoken when it was performed by a set of young ladies; an exercise we would by all means recommend, as the piece is entirely calculated to make them both speak and think as they ought, or, as the profound author of the Rambler would express it, to irure their organs to the orthorong of elocutior, and to construct their morals on the plan
of rectitude. * In this epilogue Miss More thus liberally compliments her SisterAuthors:
• When moral Carter breathes the strain divine,
And fair Macaulay claims a Livy's right.
Wynne, Gent. 4to. 2.5. 6 d. Riley, &e. 1773. This is a wretched fricaffee in rhyme of some paffages in Thomfon's charming work on that subject. The bad verses are fo numerous, and the whole so insipid, that it merits not the least attention,
And teems with thousand ever-valued charms."
• Nor less, Society, thy power I own,
By which the univerfe fubfifts alone."
Su M M E R.
the glorious God of Light His former absence with new beams displays,
And fires the mountains with his welcome rays.' Truly Hibernian! But this Author has one degree of merit for which he ought to have credit, that he never has the impertinence to take the liberty of naming those principal authors from whom he borrows, or on whom his imitations are a burlesque, as his archetypes. For this they are indebted to him. Art. 26. An Epifle to-Junius *. 410. 28. 6 d. Richardson
and Co. 1774. Half a clown for such-But we forbear! the Author may want it.
DR A M A T I C. Art. 27. The Note of Hand; or, Trip to New-Market. As it is acted at the Theatre in Drury-Lane. 8vo. i s. Becket. 1774.
We have, in this little two act piece, fome lively, laughable, and just satire on the turf and table gamblers. The second scene presents a rich exhibition of this fort; but the rest of the piece is much inferior, in point of humour and spirit. It hath been said, that a person of rank, who hath figured in a public character, is glanced at in that of Revel, who is both statesman and jockey. If it be so, the Author hath, however, wrapped up the allusion fo
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