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be seen by the following quotation from hit Preface—that we fin* cere! y wish hilt) the greatest success:
'The diffidence with which I present the following sheets to the Public, with the humble title this work assumes, will, I trust, disarm the criticisms and censures of the learned world, Conscious of its many defects and inaccuracies, I entreat particularly their candour and indulgence.
'But to the Public in general, I have a more powerful, more interesting claim.— An unhappy mother, reduced by unfavourable, unforeseen misfortunes, from a life of affluence and elegance to that of actual want and misery, aggravated by the additional distress of beholding four helpless children looking up to her for that support which the cruelty of fate deprives her of the means of affording — through the channel of the following sheets supplicates assistance. To the use of herself and family, the emoluments arising from the sale of this trifling work will be appropriated; and in such a case I Jiave no doubt, but the generosity of a benevolent and humane Public will be excited to patronize a work from which the Author claims no merit, bnt in the intention.'
Reader 1 "Go thou, and do likewise." We mean not, in composing * A Sketch of a Tour/ but in assisting the indigent and distressed.
As to the Sketches here given, of towns, Sec. in the Austrian Netherlands, and in Holland, if we may judge of the whole of our Author's descriptions, from our recollection of those places which we) have seen, his accounts are very just. A t fit
Art. 50. An Account of the ConduS of Mr. Leys, respecting Christian Clauss, and other extraordinary Personages. By a Friend to Mr. Levy. tamo. 46 Pages. No Price. Printed for the Writer.
Mr. Levy was formerly in partnership with Mr. Clauss, a maker os ptar.o forte guitars, on an improved principle, for which, as the inventor, he had a patent. The copartners not agreeing, a separation, and a chancery suit, ensued; and Mr Levy's hard cafe is here published, by (as the Writer professes) a friend. The narrative is well drawn up; and if the facts are all truly and impartially stated, as they really appear to be, never man had greater cause of complaint, than hath the person who had the misfortune to be connected in business with Mr. C. C.
Art. 51. A Guide to the Lottery; or the Laws of Chance laid down
in a plain and intelligible Manner, &c. By W. Painter. 8vo.
as,. Kearsley. 1787.
Mr. Painter has. here given the solutions of several problems relative to gaming 5 most of which are taken from De Moivre's Doctrine of Chances; but that mathematician's demonstrations are omitted. The chances in the last lottery are peculiarly attended to, and many tables are inserted, by means of which, various questions relative to that lottery may be answered by inspection only. The business of insuring tickets is explained, the advantages taken by office-keepers are' pointed out, and methods are laid down for ascertaining the prices of insurance for every day's drawing.
R tv. Aug. 1787. N Mt, • Mr. Painter has added some observations on the game of draughts % » he has given 30 select games in which he (hews the manner of moving the pieces to the best advantage.
*„* This article mould have appeared sooner; but the pamphlet did not come to our hands till within these few days. <h _
Art. $2. Tie Nemi Polite Preceptor: containing the Beauties of Eng-> listi Prose. Selected from the Writings of the most eminent Authors, in order to farm the Style, and promote a literary Emulation. 'in the Youth of both Sexes. By the Editor of the Sunday Monitor, izmo. ^s. E. Johnson.
Collections of admired passages detached from approved writers, are become very common; and no wonder, since the only difficulty in compiling them, is the invention of a new title.—If such publications are not to be ranked among the most useful,, they, at least, afford entertainment to the generality of young readers, who are always fond of Miscellanies. -yj .. . .,/, f^ £^.
Art. 53. A Colle&ion of Panipilets concerning tie Poor, with Abstracts of the Poor's Rates; Expenccs of different Houses,,of Industry, &c- arid Observations by the Editor. 4to. 5s. Boards'. Elliot and Co. 1787.
The. pamphlets here republifhed are, 1. Some proposals "for the employing of the Poor, especially in and about the city of London. By Thomas Firmin. First printed in 1678. 2. Bread for the Poor; or, a method shewing how the Poor may be maintained, and duly provided for, in a far more plentiful and yet cheaper manner than they now are. By R. D. Printed in 1698. 3. Giving alms 00 charity. By Daniel de Foe. Printed in 1704. 4. A Letter to the Citizens of Glasgow, containing a short view of the management of the Poor's funds. By a Citizen of Glasgow.—Printed in 1783. The Editor has added some pertinent reflections on our poor rates, and has given large abstracts from the returns made by the overseen of several places to the house of commons, in 1776. 'The republication of the first three pamphlets may prove ac* ceptable to the Public at the time when a revisal of the. poor laws js in contemplation. They all contain many useful hints, and may be deemed valuable, as exhibiting the state of the poor, and shewing the means that have been used for supplying their wants, &c. kc/%
Art. 54. The Asiatic Miscellany; consisting of Translations, fugitive Pieces, Imitations, original Productions, and Extracts front curious Publications. By Sir W. Jones, and William Chambers, 'Esq; and other literary Gentlemen, now resident in India. Crown 8vo. 3 s. sewed. Wallis, &c. 1787. Of the original Calcutta edition of these Asiatic Miscellanies, we have given an ample account in our Reviews for May and June last. This pocket edition contains the fame pieces, except the paper on the Arabian Astronomy, and Thevenot's Account of his Journey from Cairo to Suez, which seem to have been designedly omitted, on reasons similar to what we remarked, when, we noticed those papers in the article above-referred to.
Art. 55. J start Account of the Marratta State. Written in Persian, by a Munfhy, who accompanied Col. Upton in his Embassy to Poonah. Translated by W. Chambers, Esq; Chief Judge of the. Supreme Court of Judicature at Fort William in Bengal. To
. which it added, The Voyages and Travels of M. Cæsar Fredericke, into the East Indies, &c. 8vo. 2%. Kearfley. 1787. Re-printed from the Asiatic Miscellany above mentioned.
Art. 56. Ranx Cornice E<vangclizantes; or the comic Frogs turned Methodist. 8vo. is. Macklew. 1786. The pretended Editor (who, no doubt, is the Author), in his previous advertisement, styles this work 'an abominable rhapsody I* and he has in these words justly characterised the performance. We never knew satire worse applied! Under the pretence of attacking fanaticism and bigotry, every thing sacred, and awful, even the vtry day of judgment, is exposed to ridicule!
"Learn, ye dunces, not to scorn your God!" Pope.
Art. 57. Short Dire el ions for the Management of Infants. By T.
Man tell, Surgeon and Practitioner in Midwifery, at Dover, nino.
zs. Becket. 1787.
The great number of books on the subject of nursing, might have induced us to think that little more remained to be added. Though Mr. Mantell has not advanced many new thoughts, yet his directions are good, and suited to the class of readers for whom they were chiefly intended: they are however rather too concise. <h nv
Art. 58. Medical Cautions, chiefly for the Consideration of Invalids, &c. The second Edition: to which are now added two Ap■ pendices. Published for the Benefit of the General Hospital at Bath. By James Makittrick Adair, M. D. Member of the Medical Society, and Fellow of the College of Physicians at Edinburgh. 8vo. 6s. Boards. Dilly. 1787. - . . .•:•. .
In our brief review * of the first edition of this work, we made such remarks as we thought it merited. In this edition, we observe the essays to be .considerably enlarged, especially that on regimen, which, by its plan being extended, assumes the appearance of a new work. Two essay* are added under the form of Appendices. ,-. .
The nature of the work has led the Author to animadvert on a variety of medical abuses. As he has not always executed this tasle with sufficient moderation, he has unluckily exposed himself to the attacks of empirics, and, in some measure, to the censure of regular physicians. A great part of the preface is employed in repelling these attacks, which ought, if prudence had prevailed, tohavebeen) treated in a different manner. Private piques and quarrels aie uninteresting to the Public, and it is beneath the dignity of"tfi«." professional character to carry on a controversy with the venders, of nostrums.. . The originality of the work, and the ingenuity and humour which the Author Frequently manifests, especially when he addresses himself to his learned sisters, the Lady Doflors, may be aprreable to
• See .Reviewjforj&ept. 1786..p. 227, . ... • . N 2 many many readers: and we esteem Dr. Adair for his (as we verily Believe) well-meant and sincere endeavours to abolish every species of empiricism. Bat before that bane of society can be thoroughly eradicated, many abuses in what is called the regular practice most, we apprehend, be reformed; and the English nation cured, if possible, of its endemical disease,— credulity. CK.-*- ***—
Art. 59. Observations on the new Opinions of John Hunter, in his late Treatise on the Venereal Diseas-. Part III. By Jesse Foot, Surgeon. 8vo. 3s. Becket. 1787. . The two former parts of Mr. Foot's Observations we have already noticd *. This third part is, like the others replete with just remarks on Mr. Hunter's Treatise Mr. Foot's censures on transplanting teeth, perfectly coincide with our own sentiments on that subject, and are evidently the dictates of benevolence. Whoever will suffer a tooth to be transplanted after having read the representation here given of the consequences of that dangerous pra ice, must be possessed of no small desire for beauty. We hope these wellwritten arguments will totally abolish so detestable an operation. If it is necessary, for the fake of speaking, to sill up a vacancy in tbe fore-teeth, artificial tee'th answer the purpose very well; they can be neatly made, and e actly fitted by a good artist.
We must again repeat our disapprobation of Mr. Foot's virulent siyle. Mildness is a great recommendation to a good cause, and i* nost especially commendable in a disputant. Qi t>
Art. 60. An Essay an Humanity; or a View of Abuses in Hospitals, . with a Plan of correcting them. By William Nolan. 8vo. is.
Mr. Nolan is angry with the servants, officers, 'physicians, surgeons, and legislators of hospitals; they are remiss in their duty, cruel to the patients, and frustrate the intentions of benefactors, by increasing, rather than lessening the miseries of the unfortunate people who are committed to th'ir care. To reform these abuses, Mr. N. recommends .a committee to visit the hospitals, and oblige all the officers not only to do their duty, but every act of humanity that may: be in their power. £&•
Art 61 ■ Medical Rimarki ot natural, spontaneous, and artificial Evacuation By John Anderso , M D. 8vo. as. 6d. Murray.
After making some pertinent observations on evacuation in general, this rational writer proceeds to treat of the several evacuations separately. Each of these is again judiciously subdivided, and the diagnostic sympt, ms are accurately enumerated. Dr. Anderson's remarks on the intestinal evacuation seem, in our opinion, to be the most material part of his useful publication; they are evidently tbe result of attentive practice and just reasoning. What is said of perspir.i ion, is no less worthy the attention of the medical reader; and indeed the whole pamphlet will be found serviceable to the practitioner.
* See Rev. Vol. luv. p. 303. and uxvi. p. 75,
Art. Art. 6z. On Consumptions, and their Cure. By N. Godbold. 8vo.
it. Almon. We mod consider this as Mr. Godbold's advertisement of his Veritable Balsam; the nature and virtue* of which are best known to himself.
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Art. 63. The Divinity and P re existence os our Lord andSaviour Jejut Christ demonstrated from Scripture; in answer to the first Section of Dr. Priestley's Introduction to his History of early Opinions concerning Jesus Christ; together with Strictures on some other Parts of that Work; and a Postscript rel ttive to a late Publication of Mr. Gilbert Wakefield. By John Parkhurst, M. A. 8vo. Zi. 6d. Payne 1787. ,
Mr. Parkhurst does not examine, at length, the validity of Dr. Priestley's appeal to the Fathers, but keeps the controversy concerning the person of Christ chiefly upon tie ground of Scripturelanguage. His principal arguments in defence of the doctrine of the Trinity, are drawn from the plural termination of the word commonly used in thejewilh scriptures to denote the Creator of all; whence be concludes that the doctrine of a plurality in Jehovah it taught in above two thousand places in the Old Testament; and from the appellation of Jehovah given to the Messiah by the Jewish prophets. He likewise quotes many passages from the New Testament, which, as he understands them, expressly teach that ' Jesus was ttty and essentia' God.' We find nothing, in what Mr. Parkhurst has advanced, lumtiently new and satisfactory to merit a particular quotation. The passages of scripture to which he refers have already been frequently examined by writers on both fides of the question, and explained in a manner suited to their respective systems. His reasoning from the miracles of Christ, to prove his proper divinity, will, we apprehend, be generally thought inconclusive
The Author's remarks upon Mr Wakefield, are chiefly intended to defend the plurality of the Hebrew name of God against the observations of that able linguist, and cast no new light on the main. question.
In short, it appears to us, that Mr. Parkhurst will be acknowledged, on all fides, to have done but little towards' bringing the present controversy to an issue.
Art. 64. Reasons from Prophety, why the second Coming os Christ, and the Commencement of the Millennium, is immediately to be expected. 8vo. 6d. Sold at the Millenium Press, - pi talsiclds. Some honest man, who has probably little co do with what is now passing on this globe, here amuses himlelf with computing the time, when Christ will begin his reign of a thouland years on earth, and concludes from many calculations, and from earthquakes, meteors, hurricanes, rainbows, and haloes, 'hat the millennium will begin immediately. For our parts, we own, we are too much taken up with attending to what is, to have leisure for visionary speculations concerning what is to it.