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no data to proceed upon, the Peerages can give but little insighé, and the search will probably create a great deal of unsuccessful trou. ble. It is the efore hoped, that the use of this little compendium will evince itself on various occasions.' This appendage is in the fize of Collins's Peerage, to be occa Gonally bound up with that work.
W. Art. 20. The Trials of Joseph Fowke, Francis Fowke, Maha Rajab
Nundocomar, and Roy Rada Churn, for a Conspiracy again't Warren Haflings, and Richard Barwell, Esgrs; also the Trial of Maba Rajah Nundocomar for Forgery. Published by Authority of the Supreme Court of Judicature in Bengal. 4to.' 10 s. 6 d. Boards. Cadell. 1776.
Some curious particulars relative to the customs of the inhabitants, natives and others, of Bengal, &c. incidentally occur in these trials; rogether with many circumstances, not generally known, refpealing the trade, riches, and power of the English who are settled in that part of the eastern world.' And it must be allowed, that the manner in which these judicial proceedings were conducted, and their several iffues, reflect honour on the European magiftrates, established in that country. We are particularly pleased with the candour, humanity, and judgment manifested by Sir Elijah Impey, the chief justice, not only through every part of each trial, but especially, in his summary of the evidence, &c. at the conclusion of Nundocomar's trial for for gery. We must not omit to observe, that the just condemnation, and execution of a criminal, so distinguished by his rank and wealth, as well as by his evil deeds, appears to have given the demost satisfaction, to all who were acquainted with the life and character of this great wicked man. Art. 21. Arguments and Decisions, in remarkable Cases before the
High Court of Justiciary, and other Supreme Courts, in Scotland. Collected by Mr. Maclaurin. 4to. U. 5 s. bound. Edinburgh printed, and sold by Dilly, &c. in London. 1774.
The cases here collected relate to criminal law only. Mr. Mac. Jaurin's original design was, as his title page seems to import, to give the public a work of a more miscellaneous kind; but, for reasons that afterwards occurred, he deemed it expedient to alter his intention, so far, at least, as regards the present volume, which he has, accordingly, confined to one class of cafés : intimating, however, in his preface, the possibility that his work may hereaster be rendered more corre. spondent to its title, by a continuation, should this volume meet with such a reception, as may afford encouragement for a second.
The method of arrangement observed by the Author is simply that of the order of time in which the cases occurred; beginning with
• Among other extraordinary queftions wich arose in the course of these very peculiar trials, the right of the East India Company to receive ambassadors, was ably discussed by the court. This was occaSioned by the claim of Roy Rada Churn, to the privilege of exemption from prosecution ; being, as he pretended, the public minister of Mabaric ol Dowla, nabob of the provinces of Bengal, &c. But bis claim was disallowed.
that of Major Weir and his fifter.-Venus nefanda, incest, adultery,
To this collection of cases, is prefixed an Introductory Discourse; in
of Geo. III. to the 16th Year of Geo. III. inclusive. To which
This is the twelfth volume of the much approved edition of our
NOVELS and MEMOIR S.
Mr. Weiland. By E. Harwood, D. D. z Vols. 6s. Becket.
Dr. Harwood judged very properly in making choice of an agree-
of Benignus, written by himself; and published by Courtney Melo
Having had repeated occafion to express our disapprobation of the
writing; it is with pleasure we inform our Readers that we find little in the prefent volumes either to offend our moral feelings, or call for our critical censure. Though we cannot think it a fufficient apology for the former part of this work, to say, as the Author does in bis preface to these volumes, that it was his intention, in exhibiting the character of Benignus, rather to point out the inconveniences attending an ill-directed and indiscreet generosity, than to caft a general censure on the benevolent charazter; we are glad to find that the Author has so far availed himself of our former remarks, as to direct his invention into a lefs offensive channel ; and has learned to furnith his readers with amusement, without undermining their vir. tuous principles. In this part of his work, the Author has indelged that vein of writing which seems most. natural to him, dwelling principally on the delineation of characters in the middle of lower walks of life, several of which he has drawn with real strokes of ha. mour, and ia a manner which Iews him to be no stranger to the world.
Mr. Melmoth intimates his intention of continuing this work ; but to what length he means to protract it we are not informed.
MA I H E MATIC s. Art. 25. The Diarian Miscellany ; consisting of all the useful
and entertaining Parts, both Mathematical and Poetical, extracted from the Ladies' Diary : From the Beginning of that Work, in the Year 1704, down to the End of the Year 1773. With many additional Solutions and Improvements, In 5 Vols. 12mo. By Cha. Hutton, F. R. S. Professor of Mathematics, in the Royal Military Academy. il. 9's, Robinson.
The Ladies' Diary was originally projected by Mr. John Tipper, jn 1704; and continued under his management to the year 1713 inclufive; it was conducted for the most part by Mr. Henry Brighton, from 1914
to 1744; with the affiftance of his wife, and of his friend Mr. Ant. Tbacker, as being a better mathematician than himself: Cap. Rob. Heath, fuperintended the publication of it from 1745 to 7753 : Mr. Tho. Simpson had the care of it from 1754 to 1760; and it was under the direction of Mr. Edw. Rollinson, from 1705, will his death in 1773.
As many numbers of this periodical publication were become extremely scarce, and the whole of it contained a variety of very con rious particulars, the Editor has made an entire colleation of them, and republished the moft usefal and entertaining articles. The whole is comprised in five volumes ; three of which contain all the mathematical parts, including questions, solutions, tracts, and eclipses. The Editor has supplied solutions, where they were wanted ; corrected those that were erroneous, and explained such as were obscure : be has likewise added “ to the annual calculations of eclipfes, accounts of the observations made of the fame eclipses, collected from various publications, which it was thought might be of ufc in fhewing the degree of pearness in the tables from which the calculations had been made, when the computers were such as might be depended on." The other two volumes include the poetical or enigmatical articles, la few things of less importance being omitted. The stility of
waiting and preserving these periodical papers, and of arranging them into a regular order, will be universally acknowledged: more especially, when it is considered how highly Mr. Tho. Simpson, who was one of the compilers, and whole judgment in matters of this kind is unquestionable, estimates the merit of the original publica tion. He says, “ that for upwards of half a century, this small pete formance, fent abroad in the poor dress of an almanac (and that under a title, not calculated to raise the highest expectations) has contributed more to the study and improvement of the mathematics, than half the books profeffedly written on the subject. The mof celebrated authors now among us have contributed to promote the reputation of the Ladies' Diary; and the compiler thinks he may, without any offence to cruth, venture to pronounce, that the ma thematical part (at least) is, at this time, greatly fuperior to every attempt to imitace it, and not below the notice of the best judges..
The Editor has added a fixth volume, intitled “ Miscellanea Ma. Ibematica: confifting of a large collection of curious mathematical problems, and their solucions; together with many other important difquiltions in various branches of the mathemaçiçs: being the lite rary correspondence of several eminent mathematicians." Art. 26. 'Riley's Arithmetical Tables, for multiplying and di
viding Sams, to the utmost extent of Numbers, with mechan nical Ease, and mathematical Certainty: designed for the Ule of practical Accomprants, Surveyors, Navigators, Merchants, and Men of Bafiness in general. 8vo. 3 s. 6 d. Riley.
la important concerns, it is apprehended few persons will trult to the corre&ness of printed cables, without going through the operations themselves to prove them; and hence calculated cables are not of chat great use which the publishers usually promise: the operations of multiplication and divigan will be very nearly as readily performed, as the products and quotients can be collected from the tables here formed; all additions and subtractions remaining fill to be executed by the searcher, in every ftep.
MISCELLANEOUS. Art. 27. A concise Account of all the British Colonies in North
America, comprehending their Rise, Progress, and modern State, particularly of Maffachusets Bay, &c. Svo. 2 s. 6 d. sewed. Bew * 1775
Those who are not poffefsed of any of the larger histories or der fcriptions of North America, will here find a very tolerable account of the provinces of New England ; but that of the other colonies is very brief indeed: New York is described in less than five
pages; New Jersey, in less thao three ; Pensylvania, in three and a half; and Maryland, Virginia, the Carolinas, and Floridas, are dif. patched in the same compendious manner. There is added a. den Feripeve table of the several countries, on a folding Sheet, exhibiting, at one view, their respective boundaries, divifions, towns, capes, harbours, rivers, productions, &c. which is well drawn up, and may farve, as the Author says, for a very proper companion for a map.
• Where is the utmost extent of numbers to be found ? Not is, or by, chele tables,
Advice from a father to bis Son, just entered into the Army. In Seven Letters. 8vo. 15. Johnson.
Fraught with excellent admonition respecting the duties of tempetance, fobriety, and religion ;-in a word, recommending the praco tice of every virtue requisite to complete the character of a soldier, a gentleman and a Chriftian : parents, or guardians, cannot make a more proper present to a young officer.
We imagine that the worthy Author miftakes the (English) meaning of the word Pannel, in his advice relative to the conduct of gentlemen allifting at a court martial. He uses it, as they do in Scotland, for the perfon accused; but, in England, it refers to the Jury. Art. 29. The Life of Petrarch, collected from Memoires pour
la Vie de Petrarch. The Second Edition. 8vo. 2 Vols. 12 s. Boards, Dodsley, &c.
Of this very entertaining work we gave an account in our Number for September, 1775. We are glad to find that the success of the firit impresion hath ro speedily occasioned a second, and that we have now the advantage of an index, which was wanting in the first edition. We have a great veneration for indexes, and we feldom fail to express our disapprobation of every work of any consequence, that appears without one. By this omission, many otherwise valuable) books, are rendered, in a great measure, 'usclefs, after the firt perusal; as there is no means of occasionally consulting them, without a loss of time, intolerable to those who know how to estimate it. Art: 30. Quin's Rudiments of Book-keeping ; comprised in fix
plain Cafes, and attainable in as many Days, without the help of a Teacher ; calculated for Persons of either Sex grown to Matua rity. With an Essay on the fit Manner of initiating Youth to Temperance and moral Rectitude, by an easy arithmetical Scale. Small 8vo.
2 s. 6 d.
Bew, &c. The firft fentence in this work is conceived in the following terms; • The greatest moral rectitude neceffary for adult perfons, mult
proceed from a right knowledge and practice of keeping orderly accounts.'
Now though it is by no means our intention to depreciate the merit of keeping regular accounts, it must nevertheless be noted, that many adult persons have kept very orderly accounts of their private affairs; and yet have had the misfortune to be hanged at Tyburn for a total disregard of moral reatitude ! e. g. where regular entries are made of houses to be broke open, or accounts kept of clipping and coining. Mr. Quin however understands book keeping, and teaches in Pro. jean-square, opposite Surgeon's-hall, in the Old Bailey. Art. 31. Observations on the Art of Brewing Malt Liquors ; in a
Series of Striểures on a secret System, inculcated in a private Course of Lectures on Brewing, lately delivered to several eminent Initiaces in that mystic Mode of Practice ; to whose Perosal they are particularly dedicated. By a Practical Brewer. 8vo. · 25. Wilkie.
This is a sneering attack on we do not know who, and we scarcely, even after perusal, know for what, farther than we are informed by the title. It is indeed very obscure ; but as it refers to fome private matters, which we may suppose the Writer understands, and as he