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This is apparently another arrow out of the fame quiver, (vid. the foregoing article) as being founded on the same materials, and directed to the fame ends ; namely, to exculpate the Admiral, and to substitute the great men in power, as far greater de
linquents, in his ftead. The author of this piece affe&ts also to be a convert, like the author of the former; and affirms no man could be more irritated against the Admiral's conduct than he was.
But then he enters much deeper into the controversy ; is much
e minute and circumstantial in his difcuffion of every point which comes before him; and carries his fappofitions fit would not be fair to call them conclásions) much fartherr fome people, indeed, seem to think this treatise as much too long, as the other is too short; as that the topics, being too much wire. drawn, the whole chain is thereby proportionably weakened.
The truth is, That for the sake of a second part, he has been rather a better husband of his subject matter," than in ftriétness he ought to have been ; to say nothing of frequent repetitions, which, instead of enforcing his arguments, serve only to disgust his readers.
Having, however, already given some extracts out of the pieces jutt published, to prove the rectitude of our minitterial conduct, it is incumbent on us to adjoin a short specimen of the many strange, and it is to be hoped, unwarrantable things, here urged againft it; and so much the more, as a total suppression would, now more especially, be construed into a tacit acknow.
legement, that the doing justice to one party, would be condemi nation to the other..
Had the planners of the expedition been truly animated with < ?$ the interest of their country, why, during this preparation at * Toulon, when all England, and all Europe, was exclaiming
again't their delay, did they continually give out to you, that in there was no feet preparing at Toulon that the French had iifuino sailors, nor military ftores ? was r.ot this to be the palliating
speech to the people, to countenance their proceedings? Was
it not to give the air of relieving St, Philips only, that the * English fleet set sail a few days before the French, and before
a certain intelligence of it was given to the public? Tho' the
When the popular clamour now began to be very
fmall, and that he was assured, the French armament could ! not possibly exceed seven ships, and probably would not be
more than five ? Was it not constantly asserted, that no Acet
• was ever so well manned, equipped, and powerful for the ' number, as this English fleet ?. And that the French confifted • of old ships, not fit for service, ill manned, and worse provid• ed; whereas one moment's thought would have told them, • that a fleet, however il furnished with men when it left Tou
lon, must be abundantly provided with hands from two hun• dred transports, which after landing the troops and ammuni'tion, and at anchor, could very well spare two thirds of their
as to the ships being feeble, or ill. fitted out, the false. • hood of that affertion is now perfectly well known, Was not
this story of great deficiency in the French fleet, propagated to
create a believe in you, that La Galliffonniere was inferior to • Mr. Byng; as the extolling the strength of our fleet, was to • make the latter appear superior ? To those spurious accounts • of the different strength of the two fleets, was it not constantly
added, that Mr. Byng could blow the French out of the water? • With what intent could this be propagated, but to aggravate • the miscarriage of the Admiral, by creating an opinion of his « superior force, and to animate your expectations with views « of success, the more effectually to inflame your resentment
against him, when the ill news of his not-prevailing should arrive, and which they must foresee?
• The citadel of Mahon being attacked, it now became the • common conversation amongst the planners of the voyage, that • the fortification could not hold out a week, with a design to « lessen the surprize of its being taken ; or if it was defended : any considerable time, to give an idea of its being well pro• yided ;
does it not therefore seem evident, from the feet of : England being appointed so inferior, so long delayed after it
was seady, sent fo late, without a soldier, båt those who acted i as marines, without an hospital.ship, fire-this, transports, or • tenders, that no battle was intended to be fought, nor St. Phi
lips relieved? But by this delay, to give time to Marthal Rich
lieu to take the fortification, return with his Aleet, and leave • Mr. Byng to cruize ineffectually round Minorca.'
Lorir! XIII. Impartial Reflections on the Case of Mr. Byng; as stated in an Appeal to the People, &c.' and a Letter to a Member of Parliament, '8vo. Is. Hooper,
This, with due deference to the high opinion every Author entertains of himself, and his works, is but a trivial, indigested
„By a strange fatalicy the case of Mr. Byng is come into question before its time; and such an attention has been raised to it, that almost any thing will sell, which but promises to throw any additional lights upon it. The lights cominunicated in this, do not, however, deserve the name of revelations: they are such as any man of common understanding might have communicat
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communication, is not the clearSeft that ever was made use of. Then as to the Author's impartiality; it confifts more in being fevere on both sides, than candid towards either. Oldown • 1 To say alli in few words, tho, a man may reason impartially on partial premises so far as they go, any defect in them will render
his comiment (as : to the whole of a case), defective too. Now * Mr. Byng, and his advocates, profess to have their reserves: and
thofe on the other side, have not, except by way of Farenthesis,
been heard at allow so that it is reasonable to think, a man, Oj who had not the market in his eye, would have chosen to posto pone the display of his impartiality, till he was furnished with all the materials requilite for displaying it to some purpose. M.
MED I C AL.. XIV. A Disertation on Bleeding. Shewing the neceffity of it in many cases where it is generally condemned ; and the usefulness of it, if taken away in small quantities; serving as a succedaneum to some medicine not yet discovered, or at leaft not made public, that can remove the fiziness, and blackness of the blood, without bleeding : designed for the use of patients, in order to remove the common prejudices against frequent bleeding, from which, perhaps, they may have seen some fatal instances, by bleeding in two large quantities. i 8vo.
It does not appear, that this writer, has, till now, made use of any other channel, to convey bis offerings to the public, than the Magazines :' in one of these, he says, he confidered the fame subject fome years ago ; and that his labours received the approbation of some gentlemen of the faculty. Such a testimonial
f his own merit, induced us to consult his former production ; and upon comparing that with the one before us, we find very little alteration in his system, except, that he then dealt in human blood by wholesale, and now chufes to trade in it only by retail. Inhead of taking away blood to fix or eight Ounces once a week, to the amount of an hundred ounces or more, he now advises the taking only two ounces at a time, and this to be continued till all fizioels, or blackpels, di appears.--Were we to particularize all the fingularities in this performance, we should be obliged to appropriate more pages to it than we can well spare, or than, perhaps, our Readers might approve: among these we should mention abundance of self-fufficiency, couched under the veil of affected modelly; a method of curing a pafsion for drams, by the help of white peas; and an extraordinary discovery, that a man of tolerable understanding caunot be made a fool of, without being first made drunk, &c. &c - It may be somewhat doubtful whether our Author's physical, or metaphysical, knowlege, is moft to be
admired; as a specimen of the latter, we give the following mystical definition of Natare.
• By Naturę," says he, I mean that internal, cæleftial fire, or • fight, included in all material bodies fubject to our senses, which • is carrying on the great work of purification, in all the lives
and deaths, arimizations, vegetacions, and mineralizations, • their deftractions, reproductions, and all the changes they go • through, till this spoiled universe (spoiled by the fall of man and
angels, now confifting of four diftioçt elements, contending
with each other) is restored to that one element, where all was • once united in perfect love and harmony::
This enigmatical explanation of a subject, that did not want to be explained, puts us in mind of the following lines," in an old Long, made upon a dog-fish, that was shewn some years ago, in a boat called the Folly, upon the Thames, And his E-va-cu-a-ti-ons
.:: NAJI Were made a parte-pofi,
POETIC AL... 1. XV. The Lion, the Leopard, and the Badgers. 'A Fable, ato. 6d. Cooper.
the This piece is one general exception to the laws established by true criticism for the firucture of a fable. It is a political poem, meant to convince our neighbours, the Dutch, of the danger of not joining us again the French; but we may venture to affirm, that if the celebrated Van Haaren's apologues had not been of a very different cast, in all respects, from this performance, they would not have had the effect on his countrymen, which Voltaire attributes to them. By the Lion, the Fabalist represents Britain; the Leopard, stands for France; and Holland is intended by the Badgers.--The print and paper of this pamphlet are both pretty good; but as to the reft, we may fay with the Fox, when he found a beautiful mask, o quanta species, Cerebrum non ha& bet (a)! The poetry approaches to the doggrel. Take the following specimen...
2011 ginn ein The Lyon, however, thought it wise,
Tato abilis To be prepared against surprize sainguoi datzi dios! He knew of old the Leopard's lure,
1001 So takes precautions to secure, sans vos ciste? 2067 Upon this critical occafion,
639 to Do His realms from danger of invasion, skab "And to the Badgers now applies, intre 1690 bis old and natural allies)
Jou supp! Donutoi xit
3.4.1:37! hainen? la) Prædrus,
moet "Their 'antient treaties to fulfil,
Nor doubts their power, nor left their will : 70.73 For as they were by treaty bound, ve
Whenever that the Lyon's ground,
TULESSAs an ally to be affitant ;
His fituation to expose, 37. I( The preparation of his foes,
54,99 DEGE I Their fiery threats to invade his land,
The succours therefore to demand. XVI. One Thausand, Seven Hundred, and Fifty-Six. 8vo. 14. Withy,
The Brass of ********'s profe, by the interposition of Sa. turn, instead of Apollo, converted into poetical Lead.
MISCELLANEOUS. XVII. An Elay on the Rise of Corn, with some Proposals to reduce the exorbitant Price thereof: In a Letter from a Gentleman in the Country, to a Member of Parliament in London. 4to. 64. Baldwin.
This Letter-writter appears to be sensibly touched with the caJamities arising from the exorbitant price of corn, and fets him
self to trace out, briefly, the causes of this public grievance. Accordingly, he tells us, that it owes its birth to a combination of the Farmers, and Millers, or (as they are pleased to call themfelves) Corn-Factors. It is a common custom with these people, he says, to contract for large quantities of grain to be delivered to them, without ever being exposed in the open market, as the laws direct; by which means the markets are so thinly provided, that the poor, whose intereft it certainly is to purchase their corn, þefore it is ground, are prevented from being supplied ; and, what is still worfe, if they apply to Farmers, at their houses, their request is rejected, it being their interest to fell it wholesale to the Millers, or Corn-Factors, who can afford to give them an exorbitant price for the wheat, because they use no more than two thirds of that excellent grain, in what is called Sack Flour; at sealt in the lower-priced fortment, which is purchased by the poor. He likewise tells us, that the greater price the Miller pays for his wheat, the greater advantage he draws from the disposal of his meal. If the calculation he makes be juft, a dexterous Miller may, while wheat
continues at the price it now bears, gain near forty per Cenc. which, fuppofing him to make fix returns in twelve months, a fapposition that will readily be granted, makes his profits, from a capital of a hundred pounds, amount to wo handred and forty pounds per annum.In order