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he would have permitted them for the future, to brew or to bake as they pleased ; this old Servant, however, either out of his former regard, or because he cannot help being till meddling, could not 'bear to think of a Peace being in the oven, without his having a finger in the pye.'
Indeed, this extraordinary instance of his zeal, at a time of life when he might have been fapposed sufficiently taken up with the
lait itage of his journey to the other world," puts us in mind of a · fellow-citizen, and a brother Politician, about the same age, who, 'having settled all his worldly affairs, and recommended himself for the lalt time to heaven, turned his head, after a pause of a few seconds, towards his weeping children, and addressed the eldelt, with all the solicitude of a true-bred Politician, " Well, Robert, but what do you think of the State of the Nation?” Robert, it seems, was too much affected by such an unexpected quellion, to make an immediate answer, and if he had not been so affected, it would have been too late to reply to it ; for the words were hardly out of his mouth before the old man expired. So true it is, that the ruling weakness, or passion, never leaves us on this fide the grave,
Quo femel eft imbuta recens, servabit odorem
Tefta diu. . . As to the object of the present pamphler, the Writer is by no means Tor having the Ministry conclude a definitive treaty of peace on such terms as have been fei forth in the supposed Preliminaries : from the manner of his treating this subject allo, it appears he hath changed his opinion but little in favour of mankind : we have reason to hope, however, that the nation hath not so much to fear either from the ignorance or treachery of those who have the charge of her intereits, as this zealous Veteran would have us imaginc.
Art: 9. A Reply to Mr. Heathcote's Letter, from an honest Man. In which the Arguments are proved to be delivi, 'and the Faits untrue. 8vo. Is. Morgan.
A felling pamphlet must of course have a second part, by the fame Hand, or an Answer by fome other; nay, sometimes a successful performance of this kind will give rise to half a scoie, and circu. late about the town, as Trappolin runs about the stage, with Meo, E., and Areo licking close to his tail. We imagine, however, that neither Mr. Heathcote nor any of his friends, will chufe to bind up this pamphlet with his Letter; this Writer being not less warm than his Antagonilt; whom he attacks, perhaps, with too great impetuo. fity, for his cause or abilities. Much, indecu, hath been laid; and much more still remains to be said, on both sides.
Art. 10. Some cool Thouşhts on the present State of Affairs; with
a Word to the old Servant. 8vo.' is. Cooke. We have here a number of shrewd and sensible remarks on the present state of Parties, with fume pertineat Replies to Mr. Heath
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cole's cote's Queries. Of the Author's manner our Readers may judg from the following paslage. “You shall frequently hear, says he the Partizans of the late great Man, gravely and decisively pronounce that the present Ministry cannot possibly lait. Some of those Gentlemen are employed to shake their heads in proper companies : 10 doubt where all this will end; to be in mighty pain for the nation ; to fhew how impossible it is public credit should be supported; to pray that all may do well, in whatever hands; but very much to doubt that the Pretender is at the bottom. I know not any thing so nearly resembling this behaviour, as what is often seen among the friends of a fick man, whose interest it is that he should die : the Physicians protest they see no danger; the symptoms are good; the medicines operate kindly; yet fill they are not to be comforted; they whisper, he is a dead man; it is not possible he should hold out, he hath perfect death in his face ; they never liked this Doctor : at last the Patient recovers, and their joy is as false as their grief.”
If this pictur: be not a very just likeness, it is a striking one ; we fall know better what to think of it, however, when the Patient is actually quite out of danger.
Art. 11. An Enquiry into the Merits of the supposed Prelimi
naries of Pence, figned on the 3d Infant. 8vo. 6d. Bird.
Is it not pity that the impatience of our Politicians would not permit them to wait the publication of the real Preliminaries? or, rather, perhaps, it is a pity for them it lhould. In the former case, it is true, if the terms thould differ from what they are at present conceived, we might ask them, with Mr. Bayes, what becomes of their sup
pole?? They will have the satisfaction, however, to think a new · pamphlet neceffary; and may fit down to display their profound
talents on a real subject, as they have done on an imaginary one. If there should be no material difference, we have the comfort to learn from this Enquirer, that “the whole treaty taken together, gives us every commercial advantage we ever claimed, and secures to us every commercial object which our enemies ever wished to deprive us of." If this be true, certainly every with of every Briton must be to have ki lait for ever and ever.
MISCELLANEOU S. Art. 12. The Romance of a Night; or 'a Covent-Garden Adven
ture. 12mo. IS. Nicoll. The little novel now before us, consists of a pleasing tale; in which there is lels of incident and variety, than of simplicity and nature. It is obviously fictitious, as the title honestly professes; but the matter of fact is of small import, where the writing is good, and the mo: al unexceptionable. In respect to the Author's manner of reciting this adventure, we should not hesitate to pronounce it elegant, were it not for the affectation of delicate phrase, and the fingular cuinage of new words, which runs th:ough almost every page. This is evidently intended for a Companion to The Romance of a Day, mentioned in Review, vol XXIII, page 327; and appears to be written by the same hand : whom we are sorry to have so many occasions of reprehending for his affectation of style ; which sometimes misleads him to the very borders of broken English.
Art. 13. The Deification of the Fair Sex. Is. Williams.
An impotent attempt at obscenity. It appears to have been orie ginally the work of some fribbling French Scribbler, of lascivious inclination, but feeble powers. Art. 14. Fractions Anatomised; or, the Doctrine of Parts made
plain and easy to the meanes Capacity, on a Plan entirely new. To which is added, a concise Explanation of Duodecimal Arithe metic. By Richard Ramsbottom, Officer in the Excise. 8vo. 2 s. Longman. We cannot recollect any thing more rational and sensible of the kind, than this production; to which the Author has added some judicious rules for the instruction of young Excisemen, in the examination of their own books.
Art. 15. Critical Remarks on the Monthly Review, for Augus,
1762. By J. Garnor, M. D. 8vo. 6d. Sandby. Many errors of the press, and inadvertent slips of the pen, must unavoidably happen in a periodical work which scarcely allows time for a revisal of the proof sheets. A few escapes of this sort appearing in the Review for August lait, one Dr. Garner (we know not whether it be a real or a fictitious name, having never heard of such a Doctor before) has made a friendly collection of them; for which our Index-maker heartily thanks him ; and would think himself farther obliged to him for a like pamphlet every month, as such publications might be of some use to him, the said Index-maker, in drawing up the table of Errata to be printed at the end of each volume of the Review. The supposed Doctor, however, has overlooked some errors, of greater importance than any of those he has mentioned, and which, had he apprised us of his intention to appear in print, we could have pointed out to him: his kind intention must, nevertheless, be acknowleged, as (however incapable of investigating the vari. ous subjects that lay before him) he really seems to have done his beft.
Art. 16. A Description of the Spanish Ilands and Settlements on
the Coast of the Welt-Indies; compiled from authentic Memoirs, revised by Gentlemen who have resided many Years in the Spanish Settlements; and illustrated with thirty-two Maps and Plans, chiefly from original Drawings, taken from the Spaniards in . the last War, and engraved by Thomas Jefferys, Geographer to his Majesty. 4to. ios. 6d. sewed. Jefferys.
Mr. Jefferys informs us, by his prefatory Advertisement, " That se. veral of the principal Officers in the British navy, during the course of the last war with Spain, having found on board their relpective prizes, many curious draughts and surveys of the Spanilh Settlements in the West Indies, with a most disintereited public spirit, have communicated them to the Editor, for the service of British Navigators; these, together with a variety of new materials, with which he has been favoured by several Gentlemen, who have resided many years both in the Spanish and English settlements in the West Indies, en. courage him to hope, will not only be found extremely useful, but also entertaining.'
Depending on the veracity of our Editor, and taking it for granted, that the account he has given of the means by which he became poffeffed of the materiais for this publication, is matter of fact, we cannot but consider his work as very seasonable and useful. As to the authenticity of the descriptions, and the accuracy of the draughts, we are less qualified to judge of them than Mariners and Travellers ; who must, of course, be the best Reviewers of such productions. In regard, however, to the piates, they are neatly executed : Mr. Jefa ferys is, undoubtedly, one of our belt Map-Engravers.
Art. 17. Original Pieces relative to the Trial and Execution of
Mr John Calas, Merchant at Toulouse, who was broke on the 11ed in that City, parlant to his Sentence by the Parliament of Languedoc, for the suppofiil Murder of his eideft Son, to preurnt bis turning Roman Catholic. With a Preface and Remarks on the whole, by M. de Voltaire. Is. 68. Becket.
Thcfe rieces, which are printed in French and English, confff of the letters, Memorial, and Declaration of the unhappy wife'. of the supposed Criminal, and her two surviving fons; ail tending to expose, in the moit glaring colours, that judicial scene of violence and iniquity, of which they have so much reason to complain. To there is added, a kind of parallel between the case of John Calas and the iin posture of Elizabeth Canning *, said to be written by M. de Voltaire; a circumstance, however, we cannot take upon us to confirm ; the Author of this piece expressly telling us, he was in London at the time when Canning's affair was in agitation; which, we believe, is not true with relpect to Mr. de Voltaire. Be this at it may, the public are here prefented with an authenticated and melancholy in. stance of the fallibility of human judgment, and the faial influence of popular prejudice over the most folemn decisions. It is, indeed, impofiille w read without horrour, the flory of this unhappy father, dragged to the rack, and expiring under excruciating tortures, for having murdered a beloved son, under such circumilances as rendered ic in the highest degree improbable, if not impoflible, he should be
By which an innocent old woman was condemned to die; though happi. ly, by the interpolition of his Majesty's clemeocy, 'the sentence was not fuffered to take place,
's. . 389 guilty. What then shall we say of those rash Judges, who, in con tradiction to the dictates of common sense, jullice, and humanity, thus sacrificed a wretched old man to the fury of persecuting zeal, and the absurdity of blind suspicion? What, indeed! but that unjult Judges, and the Oppressors of the Widow and the fatherless, God' will judge. Art. 18. A copy of the Proceedings of a General Court-martial,
held at. Land-Guard Fort, September 14, 1761. 4to. is. R. Davis.
Relates to the trial of William Lynch, Erg; Captain of the Ealtern Battalion of the Suffolk Militia; for quirting his dury, contrary to the orders of Lieutenant Governor Thicknesle. The Captain was honourably acquitted; but there being some things irregular in the proceedings of the Court, his Majesty did not think proper to confirm the sentence: 'aliho he was pleased to order the Prisoner to be released from his arrelt,-asit appeared that the Captain was led into this breach of orders by inadvertency, rather than any designed contempt of discipline, &c. Art. 19. The Life of Richard Nash, Esq; of Bath. Extracted
principally from his original Papers. 8vo. 45. · Newbery.
A trivial subjeët, treated for the most pari in a lively, ingenious, and · entertaining manner. Mr. Samuel Johnson's admirable Lite of Savage, seems to have been chosen as the model of this performance.
Art. 20. The Great Importance of the Havanna, set forth in an
Ejay on the Nature and Methods of carrying on a Trade to the South Sea and the Spanish Weft-Indies. By Robert Allen, Esq;' who resided some Years in the Kingdom of Peru. 8vo." is. Hinxman.
An old tract revived; from an edition printed in the year 1912, dedicated to Robert Earl of Oxford and Mortimer. The present Editor, who signs himself Samuel Jemmat, inscribes this edition to Mr, Alderman Harley, one of the kepresentatives in Parliament for the city of London. It appears to contain a genuine account of some particulars relating to the South Sea trade, &c. as it was circumstanced in the beginning of the present century.
Art. 21. A Description of Millennium Hall, and the Country ad
jacent : Together with the Characters of the Inhabitants, and such historical Anecdotes and Reflections as may excite in the Roader proper Sentiments of Humanity, and lead the Mind to the Love of Virtue. By a Gentleman on his Travels. 12mo. 35. Newbery.
Millennium Hall is a name given to the rural and elegant abode of a happy fociety of Ladies, which the Author tells us he met with in the Bb4