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feet; with the most polite way of being vicious; and so managing every muscle and feature of his aspect, that no one shall discorer the corrupt disposition of his mind. In short, the whole theory and prac. tice of this illustrious empiric contain a general afleinblage, and artful distillation, from all the gaudy flowers of wit, politeness, frolic, gaity, folly, insincerity and dissipation, which are produced in this great City of Vanity. The fingularity of this phænomenon, like a powerful vor. tex, attracts unto it, all the light and gay people from every quarters who laugh at the doctor's tricks, and purchase his nostrums, and vom lumes of documents, with great avidity, without any apprehension of their most pernicious effects.

Cler. The report of Dr. Flippant had reached the City of Eftablish ment, before I left it; and some of my brethren condemned him, as an enemy to morality; while others extravagantly applauded his practice One of them has even set up the doctor's. inage on a Truffle, for the use of boarding schools. I now pity those weak and vain people, who do not perceive the futility and immorality of his inftructions** · This distinguishing of the Rev. Mr. Lindsey by the name of Lindsey IVoolsey, the late Lord Chesterfield by that of Stand-up [Stanhope), and his image being set on a Trujile [Dr. Trusler's Abstract] for the use of boarding-schools, is, we say, too ludicrous and mean a species of wit to fort well with the rest of so serious and religious a performance.

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The Torpedo, a Poem to the EleEtrical Eel. Addressed to Mr

John Hunter, Surgeon; and dedicated to the Right Honourable Lord Cholmondeley. 4to. 15. 6d.

Sold, it is said, by all the booksellers in London and Westminster. This we do not believe, and yet there are few book fellers who will not sell any thing, they can profit by. Some, however, there are who, we believe, would not, publickly ag least, vend such indecent trumpery as the present pamphlet.On this occasion we cannot forbear repeating our concern at seeing poetical ingenuity fo often prostituted to the purposes of obscenity. It is ftrange that inen of wit and genius cannot be content with gratifying their own paffions, during the hey-day of their blood, but they muft ftoop also to be panders to others.

It is just as if a youth, whom Cato might not censure for occasionally visiting a brothel, should therefore take up his re, fidence in it in the quality of a pimp.

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1 Dialogue on Friendship and Society. Small 8vo.

fewed. Becket.

An elegantly-sentimental colloquy' between Amanda and Afpafia; who converse, like ladies of learning, sensibility and virtue, on the interesting topics of sociability and friendship. We are told this dialogue was written by Mrs. Dobson of Liverpool.

The Way to be Rich and Respectable. 8vo. 15. 6d. Baldwin.

As we understand the author of this pamphlet is actually employed in putting his scheme into execution, we shall not criticise on his plan till we see the result of the experiment, That he may find the way to grow rich, we make no fcruple; but whether he will, by the faine means, become respectable, we have as many scruples as will amount to doubts of great weight.

Squire Randal's Excursion round London: or, a Week's Frolic, in the Year 1776. With Remarks of John Trufły. 12mo. 25, Richardson and Urquhart,

One of the best of the word fort of books of modern entertainment; indeed this little work is too well written for the subject and the readers, for which it is apparently calculated : so that it may possibly defeat the end of its publication; which is evidently to catch the penny.

An authentic Narrative of Facts relating to the Exchange of Pri

Toners taken at The Cedars. 8vo. Is. Cadell.

An antidote to the political poison diffused by order of the Congress, in the account published in America, of the cruel treatment, the rebel prisoners taken at The Cedars met with from his Majesty's troops. It is a pity such unfair means are made use of to irritate the militating parties, who are employed on a whice sufficiently disagreeable and unnaturale without aggravating it by such artificial provocatives.

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Written Laiv the Security and Happiness of a Free State. 410.

Corrall. There is inuch propriety in the arguments of this writer, who contends for the practice of abiding ftri&tly by the written law in our courts of judicature; in opposition to that, introduced by certain judges, of deciding in some cases in courts of law on the principles of equity. It were worth his attention, however, to consider how far the letter of the law is in such cases consistent with the spirit of it; and whether, in all cases, the spirit of the law be not perfectly consistent with equity.

Afès Ears: A Fable. Addressed to the author of the Goat's

Beard. 4to. 64. Riley.

A retort courteous on the Poet-laurcat for his fable, enti. gled The Goat's Beard; of which we took notice in our lafi Review. The cenfure passed on that may serve, mutatis mutandis, with a little variation, for this: the asses-cars and goat's-beard being appendages to animals not highly distinguished for either fagacity or delicacy,

A True Account of the Trial of Mr. Şamuel Bruckshaw's Aalien

for falfe Imprisonment, in Guildhall, London, June 13, 1776: and also of all the farmer Proceedings in the Courts of Law. Folio 6d. Keartley.

A cause that has been so long in agitation, and of which fo much has been published, in moft of the news.papers throughout the kingdom, must have been heard of by most of our rcaders. The account of it, here presented to the public, appears to be genuine, and affords a melancholy proof what injustice may be done to individuals under colour of law, and how in-effectual are the legal atteinpts of the oppreffed to obtain redress." Not that we think there were not too much grounds for the original cause of action, both on the side of plaintiff and defendant; as is too frequently the case in such personal litigations,

Refektions on Gaming, Annuities, and Ufurious Contracts, 8vo, IS. Davies.

A prelude to the late Bill, brought into parliament by Mr. Solicitor General, for abolishing ufurious contracts on the plan

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of granting annuities. The mischiefs attending this species of gaming are here properly and ably exposed, and prove how necessary it is for the legislature to interfere to put a stop to them.

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A Letter from Edmund Burke, Esq; one of the Representatives

in Parliament for the City of Bristol, 10 John Farr and John Harris, Éfqrs. Sheriffs of that City, on the Affairs of America. Svo. is. 6d. Dodsley,

« God be thanked for these Rebels !--Thev offend none but the virtuous-1 laud thein-1 praise them.”_So said that heterogenous compound of wit, whim, and sophistry, Sir John Falstaff

. And so says that ingenious sophist, Mr. Edmund Burke, concerning the rebels in America. Falstaff, indeed, who was as wicked as witty, and cared for nobody but himself, seems to have his own emolument merely in view, in this cordial commendation of rebellion. Our friend Edmund, “ in act more graceful and humane,” feels for the honest rebels themselves, and expresses the most affecting apprehensions left, in consequence of the two late acts of parliainent, any of our English brethren * should come to be hanged as pirates; when they ought only to be hanged, drawn and quartered, as traitors. A just and alarming ground of apprehension truly! It is, therefore, with great propriety and humanity he condemns the pairing those ačts as a harsh and incongruous method of proceding. « Such a procedure,” says he, “ would have appeared (in any other legislature than ours) a strain of the most insulting and most unnatural cruelty and injustice.'-" I assure you," (continues he, addressing hiinself particularly to his friends the {WO worthy sheriffs of Bristol,) I do not remember to have heard any thing like it in any time or country.”-Nor we neither, we protest; it is, in fact, as bad as the letter-writer observes it would have been, to have tried Lord Balmerino as a cow-stealer, when he was an arch-traitor of the first magnitude. Or, to come nearer home, it is as bad as the fending that frantic fellow D-- to hard labour for a fraud, when he might have been hanged for forgery. But fo funk, it seems, is the dignity of the British Legislature, and so degraded the administration of the English laws, that both minister and magiftrate lole all respect for the fituation of criminals. By “ confounding the unhappiness of civil dissention, with the

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criine of treason,” they perplex the public with strange inconigruities : by punishing a highwayman as they would do a pickpocket, they abolish all professional pre-eminence, and destroy all degrees of distinction in “ mistaken virtue.” How infinitélý more amiable and delicate is Mr. Burke's mọde of thinking and feeling on these occasions !

“ Though piracy may be, in the eye of the law, a less offence than treason ; yet as both are, in efect, punished with the same death, the fame forfeiture, and the same corruption of blood, I never would take from any fellow-creature whatever, any sort of advantage, which he may derive to his fafery the pity of mankind, or in his reputation froin from their general feelings, by degrading his offence, when I cannor soften his punishment. The general sense of mankind tells me, that those offences, which may poilibly arise from miitasen virtue, are not in the class of infamous actions. Lord Coke, the oracle of the English law, conforms to that general sense, where he says, that "thoe things which are of the highest criminality nray be of the least disgrace."

With due deference, however, to the judgement of this celebrated fcnator, and we hope without injury to his finer teclings, we must beg leave to remark, that Lord Coke is here fpeaking of a circumitance, that really obtained, or sometimes took place, in the law, not that which ought generally lo to do; of a circumstance which, tho’actually legal, was rather fo de facts, than de jure; it being inconfiftent with the very nature of crimes and intention of punishment, that the greatest criine should be, however it might be, the least, of all others, disgraceful.

Again, the want of dignity and consistency in the British Legitlature and Government is exposed in the lenity, with which the present unjust, oppressive, cruel, and destructive war is carried on against the American Rebels !

" Whenever," says the letter-writer, “ a rebellion really and truly exists, fwhich is as easily known in fact, as it is difficult to define in words) goverament has not entered into luch inilitary conventions ; but has ever declined all intermediate treaty, which should put rebels in possession of the law of nations with regard to war, Commanders would receive no benefits at their hands, because they could make no return for them. Who has ever heard of capitulation, and parole of honour, and exchange of prisoners, in the late rebellions in this kinge dom? The answer to all demands of that fort was, we can engage for nothing; you are at the king's pleasure." We ought to rememher, thet if our present enemies be, in reality and truth, rebels, the king's generals have no right to release thein upon any conditions whatsoever; and they are themselves answerable to the law, and as much in tvant of a pardon for doing so, as the rebels whom they relcafe."

To be sure, there does appear a little inconsistence in treating avowed rebels on the same footing as foreign enemies; and 7

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