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table Thirft of Gain in some of our City Gentlemen, is laihed with exquisite fpirit; for instance,
i know 'tis a maxim receiv'd in 'Change Alley,
(ADOR'D. “ TRUTH AND JUSTICE ARE LAUGH'D AT, AND Mammor
For fuch phrenzy as this what relief do we know
I remember a griping old LOMBARD-STREET BANKER,
It may perhaps seem odd that old Jacob Henriques should be here se: presented in the character of a rich man. We feared it was far otherwise with this honest Hebrew patriot, and that he had expended his fortune in fchemes and advertisements for promoting the glorification" of “ Worthy Britain.” However, we hope it really is as here in. timated; in which case his feven bleffed Daughters may be all good fortunes : and therefore we heartily wish them all very good huf. bands. Art. 8. The Cub at Newmarket, a Tale. 4to. 15. Dodsley,
From the sprightly Prefae * we expected very high entertainment in reading the Poem; but the humour of the piece being chiefly con+ fined to the occasion and the place, we were much disappointed, as the meaning was scarce intelligible to us. However we believe this laughing performance will be well understood and approved by the Jockey-Club at Newmarket.
A specimen of this may be taken from what he says to the Critics, by which we suppose may be understood the Reviewers.-.-.-.-" Pray, good Gentlemen, be quiet. Do not apply your confounded squares and compares to a performance, whoke beauty, if it has any, ---confifts in a carelets ease. What have your grave countenances to do here. It is not at all becoming in people of your dignity and consequence, to keep company with Cubs. What the duce! can't a comical fellow take a hearty laugh, but one of you fage Pbilosopbers mult clap on a pait of damnation spectacles, and stare him full in the face, in order to find out pimpler upon his pole? Art. 9. The Exhortation, a Poem. ' 4to. is. Woodfall.
Exhorts us not to be afraid of our foes, on account of Mr. Pite's hava ing quitted the helm of the state ; for that we have men enough left,
equally equally zealous for Britain's welfare; - or, in the words of the good old ballad, “ five hundred as good as he." The Poem is a very dull and mean, but a well-intended performance, in the style of the Bellman's Verses, which are usually very honest, though very homely.
MISCELLANEOU S. Art. 10. The Defects of an University Education, and its Unfuitableness to a commercial People ; with the Expediency and
Necessity of erèfting, at Glasgour, an Academy for the Instruction of Youth. In a Letter to 7: M. Efqi From a Society interested in the Success of this public-spirited.Propofal. 8vo. Is. Dilly.
That the plan of Education pursued at our Universities in general is too narrow and confined, has been long complained of; and, we are persuaded, there is just foundation for such complaints. That young gentlemen should employ so much of their time as they generally are obliged to do, in Logic, Metaphysics, nice disquisitions about the origin of moral virtue, &c. &c. whilft
, comparatively, fo Jittle attention is paid to History, Geography, experimental Philofophy, the principles of Trade and Commerce, and many other useful branches of knowlege, is greatly to be lamented, and deserves the ferious consideration of all who have the best interests of their country ac heart. - What ordinary company, says the Author of the piece now before us, what company of gentlemen is it, where metaphysical disputes, or the logic of the schools, are ever so much as mentioned ? Will a gentleman, by the deepest skill in them, make the better figure in the house of commons, or appear with the more dignity at the bar! Will his eloquence in the pulpit be the more persuasive, or will he be the better skilled in the animal æconomy? Will Metaphyfics inspire him with devotion, give him a higher relish of virtue, or enable him to act with greater propriety in life? Or will the knowlege of them be of any advantage to the Farmer, the Architect, or the Merchant ? We apprehend that none of these questions can be answered in the affirmative. And must acquirement, that are con fessedly of no use in life, that are never fo much as talked of in good company, waste a year or two of a young man's time? Is life fo long? 'Is time of so little value, that there are not enow of useful Audies to fill it up with? Müft recourse be had to things which any. well-bred man would be alhamed to have it suspected that he had ever employed his thoughts about ?"
The Author 'enlarges a good deal upon this subject, and what he has advanced upon it is, in general, very sensible. Some will no doubt think that he treats Universities with too little respect; be this, however, as it may, it does not affect the main point he has in view, viz. the Expediency and Necessity of erecting an Academy at Glasgow, the design of which shall be, to give such a practical and compendious course of Education, as may, in some measure, qualify the
235 Gentleman, the Merchant, or even the Mechanic, to act with greater advantage in their respective stations. This point, in our opinion, he has placed in a very just and Atriking light, and we heartily recommend the perufal of his fpirited performance to our Readers.
dressed to every one concerned in the Education of young Gentie
men. 8vo. is. Dodsey.
unmarried Ladies of Great-Britain. By Diana Philips,
This Pamphlet has the patch-work appearance of being the product of two different pens. The first part is itupidly illiterate; the second is better written, but more obscene, and by no means fit io he recommended to the Ladies. The female name, inserted in the title, is evidently a piece of Author-craft.
Art. 13. The Accomptant's Companion : Or, The young Arithme
tician's Guide. Being an easy Introduction to Arithmetic, in whole Numbers and Fractions, Vulgar and Decimal, each Rule exemplified by a Number of Questions to make the whole plain and familiar ; Extraction of the Square and Cube Roots, and their Application to Use; Interest, Simple and compaund; Annuities, Rebate, and Equation of Payments. A Collection of
Questions, with their Answers, serving to illustrate all the Rules. With Variety of Bills of Parcels, &c. to qualify Youth for Trade and Business. To which is added, an Appendix of Cross-Multiplication, applied to Mensuration, as used by different Artificers. The whole designed for the Use of Schools, and is recommended by several eminent Mathematicians and Schoolmasters. By Thomas Harper, Master of the Academy in Healy-street, Cavendish Square. 12mo. Fenner, &c.
The Reader sees the Contents of this book in the copious Titlepage, which have been already treated of again and again. If new Compendiums of Arithmetic improved old Rules of Calculation, or altered the combinations of them, it might-be useful to state the me. rits of the innovations; but Addition, Subtraction, and the rest, itill
continue the same. Nevertheless, it may be useful to Schoolmasters to publish a book. Whenever Mr. Harper brings out another Edition, it is to be hoped the Errata will not make so formidable an appearance.
Art. 14. A plain and enly Road to the Land of Bliss, a Turnpiku fet up by Mr. Orator
Smail Odavo. 2 s. 6 d. Nicoll.
A dull and indecent Satire on the Methodists, in imitation, as its Author, perhaps, imagines) of the celebrated Tale of a Tub, which ît resembles in no respect whatsoever; ảnd reminds us of the mån, mentioned in the ingenious treatise of the Profund, who pretended to write a Play in Shakespear's manner: bñt of the excellent model no neater resemblance could be found in the whole piece than the føllowing compliment of falutation :
“ Good morrow to you, good master lieutenant." This man, too, because he would appear like his original, has got the names Petir, Martin, and Jack !-But his production is not only contemptible for its ftupidity : it is also a filthy, obscene thing, for which the dirty Author ought to be washed in the horse-pond.
Art. 15. Longfword, Earl of Salisbury. An Hiftorical Romanić.
I 2rno. 2 Vols. 6s. hound. Johnston. William, firnamed Long-sword, (from his wearing a remarkable long one) was the natural son of King Henry II. by the celebrated Fair Rosamond. 'He made a distinguithed figure, as a milicary commander, in the reigns of King John and Henry III. in whose uime he died, as was faid, by poison, treacherously given him by the famous Hubert de Burgh. I he kory of this gallant Earl's absence from England, during the wars with France, his long detention at sea by adverse winds, and the base arts employed in the interím by Hubert's nephew, to feduce his fair Counters, and to obtain a fraudulent poffeffion of his Earldom, is the foundation of this agreeable Romańce ; in which the characters of the persons, the manners of the times, and the style of narration, agreeable to the ages of chivalry, the valour of knighthood, and the chalte pride of female honour, are all well supported. The truth of history is arefully interwoven with agreeable fictions, and interesting episodes; and the whole has the appearance of being the production of some elegant female fen, formed on an intimate acquaintance with those paragons of literature, the Romances of the 15th and 10th centuries : which, how"ever extravagant and above nature, were always favourable to the cause of honour and virtue ; and, so far, preferable to many of the more natural productions of later times. There is also a certain pomp of diction, a richness, and at the same time a fimplicity of expresion, in this kind of writing, which feldom fails of captivating the Reader ; and particularly impreffes younger minds, naturally warmed and attracted by the splendour of the heroic virtues, and moved by the Aneit affe&tions of the human heart. In short, however the good old Romance may be now laughed out of doors, certain it is, that no (pecies of writing could ever emufe with less injury to the morals, and virtuous makners of the Reader.
Art. 16. A plain Argument to fhew, from the Theory and Practice
of the Laws of England, that there is really no Law at all fubfifting among Britains for Security of their Properties ; which greatest of all Grievances, with the proper Remedy thereof, is humbly submitted to the Wisdom and Confideration of the British Legislature. By a Clergyman of the Church of England. 8vo. . Is. 62. Crowder. If this paradoxical Pamphleteer is really a Clergyman of the Church of England, we would ask him. Whether he does not claim his gown and calsock, and his broad beaver, as his own peculiar property; and whether, if any one should forcibly and feloniously fteal the faid gown and caflock, and broad beaver, from his perfon, or from off one of the pegs of the veftry, such offender would not be liable to prosecution, and on conviction fuffer death without benefit of clergy? If he answers in the affirmative, then here is a plain argument again bim te fhew, from the tbeory and practice of the Laws of England, that there is really fome Law fibfa,zing among Britons for tbe Security of teir Properties. We would ask him likewise, if any right to tythe he has, Whether the Law does not afford him a method of recovering the said tythes, and other ecclefiaftical emoluments, from his parishioners? If he answers in the affirmative, here is another plain argument to thew, that there is some Law fubfisting for the Security of Property. We could multiply our queries till their extent should exceed the limits of the duli tedious pamphlet under consideration; but were we too minute in refuring such flagrant absurdities, the ridi: cule would 'retort upon ourselves. In short, this whimsical Divine, if such be bis function, has founded bis plain Argument, as he is pleased to call it. on a certaio periodical work, called, The Lawyer's idagazine'; and the text and comment are worthy of each other.
Art. 17. A View of the Silver Coin and Coinage of England, from
the Norman Congre/t to the prefirit Tine. Considered with Regard te Type, Legend, Sorts, Rarity, Weight, Fireness, and Value. With Copper Plates. Folio, 12 s. 6 d. Snelling.
We have already a Metallic History of England, from the revo lution to the death of George I. deduced from Medals struck on fig. nal occasions. This work is not to be considered in the same light with that, being limieed to the confideration of the Silver Coin, as çoja only; every Coinage being separately specified under the distinccions expresied in the Title : which, to persons not engaged in this particular iludy, appear to be curiously and accura:ely attended to. The Plates exhibit an entertaining view of English Money from the