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MISCELLANEOUS. Art. 16. A Letter to the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge,
&c in respect to the Collection that was made for the Colleges of New York and Philadelphia. By Sir. James Jay, Knight, M.D. Being a Vindication of the Author, occafioned by the groundless lofinuations and very illiberal Behaviour of Mr. Alderman Treco. thick, with authentic Evidence. 8vo. 6d. Kearsley. 1773.
There are not many men who are capable of vindicating their own characters. We generally say of ourselves either too little or too much. Sir James Jay seems to have been injured in his reputation; and he attributes it, with some appearance of reason, to Mr. Alderman Trecothick-But if we remember rightly, we have had almost all this story before; and Mr. Trecothick has thought it either too true or too unimportant to be taken notice of. We do not think Sir James is likely to do himself any great service by this new publication. A second blow should not have been given, unless it had been Smarter than the first.
Sir James would make the Alderman a faint, in the late acceptation of the word, by the author of the Edays on Public Worship. We are mistaken if that writer would not place Sir James in the list, on reading his pamphlet. There is a good deal of that little shrewdness and cunning in it which is one of the marks of his faints. If therefore both these Gentlemen should be entitled to the above appellation, we would advise them to refer the matter to the author of the essays, and he will determine to a hair the difference between them ; and perhaps make us laugh by a delineation of it. Art. 17. A faithful Account of the whole Transactions relating to
a late Affair of Honour between J. Temple, and IV. Whalely, Esqrs. &c. &c. 8vo. I S. Snagg.
The Compiler has robbed i be gang; the news-papers had it all before: but if he should ever write any thing worth stealing, they'll be
with him, Art. 18. A fort Inquiry into the Nature of the Titles conferred at
Portsmouth. by his Majesty, August 1773. Shewing the Origin and ancient Privileges of Knights Banneret. Svo. 6 d. Almon.
From the historical citations here produced, the Writer draws the following brief inference. It feems certainly necessary, from every case that we have seen, that Bannerets fouid at least be created in the field of battle, though not immediately after or before a battle. This objection in the present case, must be too obvious to trouble the reader with any farther digressions upon it, and must be unanswerable even by those who do not think an intermediate title of common knighehood requisite. It is impossible, therefore, that the officers knighted at Portsmouth, though indisputably worthy every title, hould, as was believed, be Knights Banneret.
It admits of some doubt whether the Portsmouth Knights will acknowledge any great obligations to this Writer for his labours in searching old chronicles and musty records, to depreciate the value
* Vid. Sir James's letter to the Governors of the College of New York, Rev. vol. xliv. p. 422.
of their titles : they may however console themselves with the reflection, that whatever this ill-natured book worm may Yay, they are bona fide dignified; and obtained their honours with ease and safety, during a noble semblance of naval equipment, fecure from the dan
of actual warfare. Art. 19. The New Pocket Dictionary of the French and English
Languages. Containing all Words of general Use, and authorised by the best Writers, By Thomas Nugent, LL. D. The second Edition, greatly improved, with the Addition of upwards of 13,000 Words, befide a very useful Supplement, containing the Names of the most remarkable Empires, Kingdoms, States, Iflands, Prom vinces, Cities, &c. &c. the Names of ancient and modern Nätions ; together with the Names of remarkable Men, Women, Surnames of Sovereigns, &c. both in French and English ; which will prove of great Ufe to those who read or translate History, Geography, Mythology, Poetry, &c. and are not to be found in any other French and English Dictionaries now extant. By J. S. Cherier, Teacher of the French Language, Geography, and the Use of the Globes. Small 4to. 3. s. 6 d. Dilly. 1774.
Our opinion of Dr. Nugent's Pocket-Dictionary, may be seen in the 38th volume of our Review, at, p. 68.—The 'numerous 'additions made to this compendium of the French and Englith languages, in the present edition, seem to entitle it to a second notice in our Journal; we therefore briefly acquaint our Readers that although the objections brought by us, to the plan of this dictionary, still remain, yet the work must, in course, be greatly improved by the large addi. rions now made to it: the particulars of which are enumerated in the foregoing transcript of the title-page. Art. 20. Ejays concerning Iron and Steel: The First, containing
Observations on American Sand-Iron : The Second, Observations, founded on Experiments, on Common fron-Ore, with the Method of reducing it first into Pig or Sow-Metal, and then into Bar-Iron; on the sort of Iron proper to be converted into good Steel, and the Method of refining that Bar Steel by Fusion, so as to render it fit for the more curious Purposes. With an Account of Mr. Reaumur's Method of softening Caft-Iron; and an Appendix, discovering a more perfect Method of Charring Pit-Coal, so as to render it a proper Succedaneum for charred Wood.Coal. By Henry Horne. 12mo. 2 s. 6 d. sewed. Cadell,
1773 It appears from the first of these essays, that the American fand. iron is a very valuable ore, yielding a large proportion of metal. The greatest part of this essay, however, has been already published in the Philosophical Transactions for the year 1763.
The second effay, and the appendix, though not altogether unexceptionable as to the chemical philosophy, contain many useful remarks, and are worthy the perufal of every artist, who is engaged either in the manufacture of steel or of steel instruments. Art. 21. The History and Antiquities of the ancient Burgh of
Great Yarmouth, in Norfolk. By Henry Swinden. 4to. il. 15. Payne.
The value of books of this kind is generally local : This will be deemed of little importance anywhere but at Yarmouth,
Art. 22. A Companion in a Por Chaise ; or an Amusement for a leisure Hour at Home: containing a careful Selection from the most approved and entertaining Pieces in Verse and Profe, that have appeared for many years pat. 8vo. 35. Salilbury printed, and fold by Crowder in London. 1773.
Such compilements as this, may be easily made by a country printer's devil, in leisure hours, and holiday times'; and we have nothing to say against honest industry. Art. 23. The Stranger's Afiftant and Guide to Bath. Contain
ing an Account of , [in short, every thing that Strangers can want to know relating to Bach; but the Title Page is too long to be transcribed] 8vo. is. Taylor, &c. 1773.
These Bath-directories are frequently republished, and, we believe, always with improvements. This is the last, and, we fuppose, the belt; there being many useful particulars inserted which we do not remember to have seen in the former compilements. Art. 24. Minutes of the Proceedings before the Lords Com
mittees for Privileges, on the several Claims to the Title of Vircount Valentia, &c. fol. 6s. Robinson. 1772.
Those who have had their Curiosity excited by the many paragraphs in the news-papers, relating to this family conteit, will find ample gratification in the perusal of these Minutes.
M Á T H E MATIC s. Art. 25. The Nautical Almanack and Apronomical Ephemeris. For the Year 1775, Published by Order of the Commissioners of Longitude. 8vo. 3 s. 60: Nourse, &c. 1774. This number only contains the usual tables, with their explication.
POLITICAL. Art. 26. Confiderations on the Imposition of 4 per Cent. collected
on Grenada, and the Southern Charibbee INands, by virtue of his Majesty's Letters Patent, under Presence of the PrerogativeRoyal, without Grant of Parliament. 8vo. I s. Almon.
1774• A duty of 4 ( per cent. being imposed on all dead commodities, the produce of Grenada, by letters patent dated the 20th of June 1764; and these letters juftifying the imposition of this tax, by the precedent of Barbadoes, &c. where the like tax was paid ; the Author of this pamphlet alleges that no such duty is paid at Tortola, Anegada, Jamaica, Providence, nor at any of the Bahama INands : moreover, that it is not payable in any island, but by virtue of an act of the representatives of the people, passed for good and valuable conûderations.
As to Barbadoes, it is related, that excepting 10,000 acres granted by Lord Carlisle, the first proprietor, who obtained the island from James I. it was peopled by emigrants from England, during the confufions occafioned by the civil wars ; who settled on the vacant land, and cultivated plantations, without any titles or grants, either from the proprietor or the crown. Upon the restoration of regal govern. ment, these settlers applied to the King for protection against the claims of the Carlisle family, making an offer of paying the tax now in question, for the confirmation of their titles; which was accepted, and a compensation made to the then proprietor. But a proviso of
exception was made as to the 10,000 acres before mentioned, which do not pay the imposition, to the present hour.
Having thus invalidated the pleas in the letters patent, which impose a like tax by royal prerogative, on the island of Grenada, the Author recites the contests that have arisen on refusals to submit to it, and makes some pertinent and spirited remarks on the proceed. ings of the courts of law both on the island and at home, in order to keep the decision of the question out of the hands of a jury. But for these we must refer to the pamphlet ; where the Writer says, that • fince the cause of ship-money no point of equal consequence has been brought before any British court of judicature; nor will the liberties of Britain be much less affected by the determination.'
POETICA L. Art. 27. Charity : A poetical Essay. By Charles Peter Layard,
A. M. Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge printed, and fold by Beecroft, &c. in London. 1773.
The comparative merit of this production may, we doubt not, have justly entitled the Author to the distinction and'reward that he obtained for it *, yet we do not think it more worthy of a critical consideration than the gencrality of the preceding compositions which, for some years past, have entered the lifts for the Killingbury prize; but which we have very cordially consigned to rest, in the peaceful pages' of our catalogues. Art. 28. Original Poims, Transitions, and Imitations, from the
French, &c. By a Lady. Svo. 2 5. 6 d. fewed. Robinfon. 1773
Scribere ju lit amor seems to be this Lady's motto. Love bids her write, and the appears to be mot devotedly prompt and obedient to the behest of his lit:le godihip. Almolt every piece in her book is sacred to the loft paflion, and her collection will, therefore, be most acceptable to pining girls and unfledged boys. There is, however, a little piece addressed to Mons. Helvetius, on his Treatise De L'Ej. prit, which hews the Writer's good sense, and may be regarded as a favourable specimen of what may be expected from her, when her mind is freed from the galling chain' which, at present, we suppose, she would much rather “ hug' than get rid of. Art. 29. An Epifile from Mr. Banks, Voyager, Monster.
hunter, and Amoroso, to Oberea, Queen of Utaheite, &c. &c. 4to. Swan, &c.
A poetical fungus, sprung from the applauded. Epistle from Obe. reas see our last month's Review, p. 503.
BOTANY. Art. 30. The Vegetable System. By Dr. Hill. Royal Folio,
Vol. 23d. il. 115. 6d. Printed for the Author. 1773.
We have frequently announced the fucceflive publications of these numerous folios; and we now mention this 23d, which has juft made its appearance, merely to acknowledge our mistake, in pronouncing
By the alignment of the Vice-chancellor of Cambridge, and the other Centlemen appointed to fit in judgment on the poems annually offered for Mr. Seaton's reward,
the work to be compleated at the 18th volume: see Review for December, 1771, p. 505. We must have been led into this error, by a misapprehension of some of the Doctor's advertisements.
NOVELS and MEMOIR S. Art. 31. Memoirs of a Gentleman who resided several years in the
East Indies during the late Revolutions, and most important Events in that Part of the world : Containing several Anecdotes of a public as well as of a private Nature, never before published. Writ. ten by himself.
1 2mo. 3 s. Donaldson. 1774. • Never before published! There are two reasons to be given why they ought not to have been published at all. The Gentleman, who declares himself to be a German, is not qualified to write in English, or perhaps in any other language ; and his memoirs, wherher true or false, were not worth writing. The title indeed promiles fome anecdotes of a public and private nature, but the Author is too ignorant to relate any thing that merits reading. Art. 32. The Kinsman of Mahomet ; or, Memoirs of a French
Slave, during his eight Years Captivity in Conitantinople. Including many curious Particulars relative to the Religion, History, Policy, Customs and Manners of the Turks; and interspersed with a Variety of Adventures in the Seraglios of the East. Written by HIMSELF, and translated from the French. 12mo. 6s. Culver.
Adulteries, fornications, murders; in a word, almost every species of debauchery and wickedness, are comprehended in these exe-crable adventures; which, for the honour of human nature, we hope are wholly fictitious.
MEDIC A L. Art. 33. A Mirror for Inoculators : Or, an Essay; Thewing, by
Way of Introduction, how liable Mankind in general are to Deception. Which is afterwards more particularly applied to the Case of Inoculation; and the Practice proved to be contrary to Nature, Reason, and Scripture; to the Liturgy of the Church, and even to that Prayer taught us, by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. By a Friend to Religion, as by Law established. 8vo. 6 d. Crowder. 1773.
These natural, rational, fcriptural, and canonical arguments, against inoculation, are truly wonderful. A short specimen will at once satisfy and entertain our Readers. This learned and anonymous cafuitt, is absolutely certain, that INOCULATION
is IDOLATRY; and he proves it in the most clear and concise manner :
• Thus, says he, you see Satan, with his sly infinuatións, has deceived many, and brought them (although he could not our Blessed Mafter) unto idolatry: and it will be in vain, for them to allege, that there is no outward adoration performed, nor inward intended, when the Scriptures poffitively aftert, that the covetous man is an Idolator; and that we may make a god of our own bellies. But here may be seen the more effential parts of worship, given unto Satan in the shape of a Do∨ a thorough trust and confidence placed in his kill and abilities, and such an obiervance of his commands, as ex. tends to the hardest duties, mortification and self-denial; which placed