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has been arged, on this head, by the Americans: for whom the author is a warm and zealous advocate. Art. 21. Journal of the Provincial Congres of South Carolina, 1776.

Pablished by Order of the Congress. 8vo. 2 s. Charles-Town printed, London re-printed, for Almon.

Contains the proceedings of the above mentioned Provincial Coagress, from February ift to the clole of the session, 17;6.

Art. 22. Take yout






Morto. " Where annual election ends, flavery begins."

Hiit. Ef. on Brit. Conft. 8vo. 1 s. 6d. Almon. 1776. This zealous anti-ministerial politician reminds us of honeft Bargh, the author of Political Difquifitions", whom he strongly resembles, and often quotes. He calls aloud for parliamentary reformation, and offers a scheme for effe&ting this great porpose ; and this, he says, is a matter io canly to be accomplished, that the reader who has ever thought otherwise, will be forprised that he could have overlooked what will now appear to him to be so simple, and so obvious ;-bat for particulars, we refer to his pamphlet.

Some readers, adepts in political science, may treat this gentle man as a vifionary ; but, however that may be, we think that every rational and sober individual, who thus employs and communicates his thoughts, on subjects of such valt importance to his country, is worthy of attention. --Of the multitude of bints which, on eyery interesting topic, are so publicly disseminated by the alliance of the press, fome may, at one season or other, spring up and bear froit, to the real emolument of the community. We remember poor Jacob Henriques, whole projects and advertisements were a standing jeft for many years, ar.d yet government thought it no diminution of its wisdom to adopt his scheme of a guinea loctery, and had honour and gratitude enough to reward him for his invention. Art. 23. Strictures on a Sermon, intitled, “ The Principles of the

Revolution vindicated," preached before the University of Cambridge, on Wednesday May 2ych, 1776, by Richard Watson, D.D.F.R.S. Rrgius Profeffor of Divinity in that Univerkty, 8vo. 6 d. White, &c.

The free poti, ns of government entertained by Dr. Watson, could not be expected to pass without academical animadversion, when published ex cai bedra. He is now under the hands of a threwd exa. miner, who extends the doctor's principles to extremes, ihat we

• See Rev. vol. 1 and lii.

would botanifts,

would charitably hope neither he, nor any other sensible man ever intended: a treatment which may be esteemed hardly fair-excepting, perhaps, in such controversial skirmithes. Art. 24. Observations on the Scheme before Parliament for the

Maintenance of the Poor, with occasional Remarks on the present Syltem, and a Plan proposed upon different Principles. In a Letter to Thomas Gilbert, Esq; Member for Litchfield." Svo. 6 d. Ches. ter printed, and sold in London by Wallis and Co.

Raises some objections against Mr. Gilbert's Bill (as well as against the present system of the poor's rates), which seem to be reasonable and important; and offers a new scheme, on the principle of those associations so well known in this kingdom, by the name of Beneficial Clubs. This bint, notwithitanding its fingular appearance at first fight, deserves (as far as we, who have not time to make fufficient enquiry into its merits, can judge) the serious con Gideration of the public. The general outline only, of our author's plan is here given, with an hope that the scheme might prove beneficial, if digested into a regular fyftem. A biogle parish, he adds, might try the experiment, but the fanction of the legislature is requisite to authorize the attempt.'

Our author appears to be well qualified for the investigation of this difficult subject. His manner of writing convinces us, that he is a person of good sense, as well as learning; and his ftyle is such, as cannot fail of gaining him reputation as a writer.

NATURAL HISTORY. Art. 25. Characteres Generum Plantarum, quas in Itinere ad Insulas

Maris Auftralis, collegerunt, defcripferunt, delinearunt annis 1772-1775. JOANNES REINOLDUS FORSTER, LL D. & GEORGius FORSTER. 410. 1 l. 7s. Boards. Elmsly, &c. 1776.

Doctor Forfer and his son have, in this elegant work, presented the botanical world with the firft fruits of their late circumnavigation, confifting of seventy-five new genera of plants, scientifically described according to the Linnæan method. The genuine botanist, in whose eye the hyffop of the wall,” is an object equally interesting with the “ cedar of Lebanon;" will, we doubt not, be highly gratified with this acceslion of treasure; but, farther than the addition it will make to his catalogue, we cannot think much advantage to science will accrue from the bare description and delineation of plants, the qualities of which are totally unknown, and which may probably scarcely ever again come under the survey of a naturalist. Perhaps too, the lover of botany for its own fake, will think he is made to pay rather too dear for the pleasure this work will afford him. As most of the subjects delineated are extremely minute, the vast comparative size of the plates, while it greatly enhances the price of the volume, gives an air of ostentation approaching to the ludicrous. The names which it was neceffary to invent for the new genera are, for the most part, derived from the Greek, and ingeniously contrived to express some diftinguishing property of the plant. Several, however, are complimentary appellations, derived from the names of some of the author's botanical friends, or others, to whom he chose to pay this token of respect. This practice is, we know, common among

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botanists, yet we cannot think it a judicious one. Beside that it gives rise to many in harmonious aukwardly-compounded words, it is also the occafion of many needless fynonima, fince few writers have authority enough to establish names which may be considered as de. ciding the claims which different nations, or individuals, may have to reputation in the same walk. Were a French naturalift to go over the fame ground our authors have trcd, it is scarcely to be supposed, that his ear or his vanity would suffer him to acquiesce in their Galiria, Scheffiera, Sharvia, and Skinnera.

ve have only farther to remark, that there is all the appearance of accuracy in the description and delineations; and that the engravings are neatly executed. Two of them, one the flower of the Barringtonia, the other the Bread.fruit, are remarkably beautiful.

M I SCELLANEOUS Art. 26. Remarks on British Antiquities, viz. 1. The Origin and

Ceremony of judicial Combats. 2. The Solemnities of ancient Writs. 3. The ancient and modern Use of Armorial Figures. 4. The Form of Funeral Service. By William Borthwick, Esq. 8vo. 2 s. 6d. Edinburgh printed, and fold by Cadell in London.

These northern memoirs will be thought curious and valuable by the antiquary. The first and third essays more particularly merit attention ; and the author has added, what is not mentioned in the title page, a remarkable account of the family expences, mostly in the article cloathing of James III. king of Scotland, 1474. Art. 27. The Life of Robert Lord Clive, Baron Plassey, &c. By

Charles Caraccioli, Gent. Vols. II, III, IV. 8vo. 18 s. in Sheets. Bell, in Bell Yard.

To the sentiments excited by the appearance of the first volume of this crude jumble *, it is only necessary now to add, that the four volumes are filled with materials collected from the late Reports, and memoirs, of Indian transactions, ill digefted, worfe connected, and suitably prioted. Art. 28. The Truth of the Christian Religion, a Poem, founded on

a very celebrated Work of Hugo Grotius. By Charles L'Ore, A. M. Rector of Langton in Lincolnshire. 8vo. 5 s. White, &c.

We have not classed this publication under the Article of Poetry, because, so far from coming under that denomination, it is bardly mcafured rhyme. It is, indeed, a most stupid disfiguration of a mot excellent work.

Poe TICA L. Art. 29. The Patriot's Progress; a familiar Epiftie, humbly in

scribed to John Wilkes, Esq; 400. 15. Wallis and Co. Some bold emulator of the great Sierphold here assails Mr Wilkes, and tells him his own,' as the saying is, in strains that would make even Sternhold (could he hear them) burst with envy:

See him one moment from his feat driv'n out,
The next an Alderman of Farr. Without ;

See Rev. vol. liii. p. 80,


Now to the Tower sent, and now by rabble

Refor'd to his feat in Stephen's Chapel.' * Sternhold himself he out-Sternholded.”

Swift. Art. 30. The General Fast; a Lyric Ode ; With a Form of

Prayer proper for the Occasion, and a Dedication to the King. 4to. I s. Fielding and Co.

Ridicules the fast, and insults the government. Art. 31. Tbe Genius of Britain to General Howe. An Ode. 4to.

I S. Sewell, &c. It is not often that we meet with verses of this temporary, fugitive class, so worthy of an extract, as are most of the lanzas which com. pose this little spirited poem ;-which commences with a well-imagined sketch of the portentous aspect of the awful night preceding our late viétory at Long Island. Amidst the horrid folemnity of the scene, the Genius of Britain appears to General Howe while repor' fing in his tent, and thus addrefles him :

Dauntless fon of freedom hail !

Charg'd with many a victim's doom,
May thy Godlike arm prevail,

Though its valour load the tomb.Several fanzas are here employed in execrating the American rebels; after which, the former happy state of the country is pathetically contrasted with its fad reverse of fortune, face the commencement of the present troubles :

• Sorrow was a stranger here ;
• Diftant far! the Mourner's voice ;
Plenty rob'd the smiling year;

• Rapture bid my swains rejoice.
• Where her biarp contentment ftrung,

Pity's fighs are heard co flow :
• Scenes that loud with rapture rang,

· Gloom, a wilderness of woe.
« Chearful from the kindling eaft,

• Ruth'd the gold-hair'd youth of day;
« Bleft the vale, the mountain blest,

Triumpb'd in the genial ray.
• Now each hill and vale forlorn,

• Desolation's baunt appears :
• Clouded, dim, the eye of morn

Wakes upon the waite in tears,
• Dumb the minitrels of the grove,

• Music glads no more the dale :
• Sad, the breeze, that breach'd of Love,

• Swells of death a hollow gale.
Safety slept in ev'ry field,

' Fear had night's pale empire fled;
• Now, with tyger-crouch concealid,
. Danger lurks in ev'ry fade.'


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Having poured a volley of poetic thunder on the devoted head of Lord Chacham, the Genius turns with complacency to Lord North :

whose firm, high-kindling soul,
• Whilst the storms of discord save,
" Whilft the feas of faction roll,

• Dares to dash th'insurgent wave.
• Gods approve, though Dæmons blame

Though from earth no incense rise,

enjoys a brighter fame;

• His the pæans of the skies ! The illustrious apparition then takes leave of the hero, in the fol lowing lines :

• Warrior, take thy wilh'd repose,

• Gain from Sleep, his strengthning charm ;
• E'er the morrow's day shall close,

• Deeds of wonder claim thy arm.-
• Know, ah know, my love will weep,

• Whilft thy sword with vengeance falls ;
• Yet I'll aid its glorious sweep,

• When my injur'd country calls.
Though my eye with pity stream ;

• Though my heart with anguish moan;
Juftice, bid thy lightnings fame:

Virtue, let thy work be done.' Art. 32. The Devil, a poetical Essay. 410. 18. 6d. Dodiley.

1776. This Devil is announced to us under a two-fold description. Firft, be is Belzebub, a fine Gentleman :

A charming youth, with curls and laces,

Dreft by the hands of Loves and Graces.' Secondly, a fine Lady:

• While Satan, worst of deadly fingers,

Shines forth in petticoat and pinners.' The moral and fatirical improvement of this ftroke of fancy, is diffused through twenty-eight pages of pretty easy, though fomewhat obscure verses: evidently the

production of no mean thimefter. Art. 33. To the Memory of the late pious Mr. Thomas Wilton,

8vo. 4 d. Buckland. These pious effufions of virtuous friendship, are not proper objects of critical regard; we shall, therefore, only observe, with respect to the present little elegiac poem, that we imagine the Author would have expressed himself more to our satisfaction had he recited the excellencies of Mr. Wilton's character in plain prose.

RELIGIOUS and CONTROVERSIAL. Art. 34. Concordia. Seu Sacræ Cænæ Theoria Sacra. Auctore P. D. K. S. T. P. Londini. Svo.

2 S.

6d. Dilly. 1776. Written with a view of reconciling the Lutherans and Calvinifts in their sentiments, concerning the Lord's Supper. The Author conceives, that this ordinance, as it was administered by our Lord to

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