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and furnaces, coppers, &c. for boiling the juice. 4. The method of making mufcavado. 5. The method of preparing clayed fugars. 6. The method of making fugars from melaffes and fcums. 7. The refining of fugars, with an appendix, containing the art of fermenting and diftilling melaffes, fcums, &c. for rum. 4to. Is. 6d. Willock.
This is a very useful treatife for thofe concerned in fugarworks of any kind. It contains the beft obfervations made by Lebat, Ligon, &c. with improvements in most particulars by the author, who seems well acquainted with the fubject he has undertaken to treat of.
XVII. An effay on fugar, proving it the most pleasant, falubrious, and useful vegetable to mankind; especially as refined and brought to its prefent perfection in England. With remarks on a method lately published of procuring a fermentation in the Weft Indies. 8vo. 6d. Comyns.
We find little, if any thing, in this pamphlet, but what is to be met with in almost every author who has written on the fame fubject.
XVIII. An epistle to the hon. Arthur Dobbs, efq; in Europe, from a clergyman in America. Dodfley.
4to. 2s. 6d.
This performance is written as a complement to a worthy gentleman, who deferves the grateful acknowledgments of every publick-fpirited Briton, for his noble and reiterated endeavours towards effecting the fo much wifh'd-for difcovery of a north-weft paffage.
* It owes its rife to an information the author received, after the return of the Dobbs and California, from their Hudfon's bay expedition, that the generous reviver of that important defign had determined to profecute the discovery the year following in his own perfon. Under this perfuafion, fays the author, as well as on account of that benevolent gentleman's other laudable proposals for publick utility, he is here addreffed to, with the gratitude and praife, which fuch manifold merit claims.'
The author informs us, that the subject-matter of this epiftle, is divided into feveral parts, and defigned to be forthwith fucceffively publifhed. The quantity now published confifts of three parts, making 94 pages. It was written
* Vide the author's prefatory advertisement, p. iii.
in Maryland, before an account arrived there that the late treaty of peace was figned. + It is therefore fome difadvantage to this performance, that it was not made public above two years ago when it was firft conveyed into Europe; which happened by an accident, mentioned by the author, who, is now in England.
This epiftle may not improperly be termed a Poem, tho' it cannot be ranged under any known clafs. It confifts of a mixture of the heroic, the philofophical, the defcriptive, and the ethic. The fubject-matter of it is not more various, than it is new and interefting to an enterprizing, mercantile and free nation. The author's main defign is to fhew, how, by cultivating and improving, in its various climates, our large and fertile empire on the continent, and by introducing new and valuable ftaples of trade, the maternal kingdom would be greatly ftrengthened and enriched, thede pendency of our colonies better fecured, and the ambitious fchemes of France to rival us in trade, and maritime power, rendered abortive.'With respect to his poetry, it is manly, fpirited, warm, and ornamented with a variety of invention; but withal his fire, in general is irregular, his diction often ncorrect, and his numbers are fometimes inharmonioufly turned. However, upon the whole, the performance will not fail to entertain a candid reader, as it chiefly breathes the language of the heart, and abounds with good moral fentiments, and striking defcriptions of many aweful appearances in nature, peculiar to the northern regions; all tending to prove, with Pope.
That storms and earthquakes break not heav'ns defign.
XIX. A dialogue between a member of parliament and his fervant. In imitation of the seventh fatire of the fecond book of Horace. By Richard Owen Cambridge, efq; 4to I s. DodЛley.
Our readers will eafily guess, that this is a fatire upon the vices and follies of perfons in the higher ranks of life. The reputation of the ingenious author of the fcribleriad, (See Review vol. 5th) will fufficiently excufe our faying more of this his new but small performance.
+ Prefatory advertisement, p. iv.
XX. FUN. A parodi-tragi-comical Satire. As it was to have been perform'd at the Cattle-tavern in Pater-nofterrow, Feb. 13th, 1752, but was fuppreffed by an order of the Lord Mayor, &c. 8vo. 1 s. Stamper.
The intention of this piece was to ridicule the writings and conduct (as a magiftrate) of the author of Amelia, under the names of Sir Alexander Draweanfir, and juftice Bobadil; and likewife Dr. Hill, in his affumed character of Inspector. There is a mixture of low humour and scurrility in the pamphlet, which may entertain fuch readers as are fond of this kind of Satire, and who may think its foundation, and fubject, of importance enough to deferve the attention of the public.
XXI. EUGENIA. A Tragedy as it was acted, &c. By Mr. Francis, 8vo. I s. 6d. Millar.
In an advertisement prefixed to this play, the ingenious author acknowledges, that the fable is taken from a French Comedy publish'd laft year by Madame Grafigny. See our laft, p. 148, Art. 14. Tho' Mr. Francis has greatly improv'd an indifferent original, yet this tragedy, if it be proper to allow it that name, is ftill fo very deficient in the articles of plot, incidents, and catastrophe, that we do not wonder at its being but coolly received on an English stage. XXII. A candid appeal from the late Dean Swift to the Earl of Qy. 4to 6d. Owen.
This article ranks with the Quackade in our last. XXIII. Emendatians on an appeal from the late Dean Swift. 6 d. Cooper.
This piece is opposed to the preceding article, and is of equal worth and importance.
XXIV. Poetical impertinence, or advice unask'd. In two poems, the good wife, and the good husband. Containing rules humbly proposed to thofe ladies and gentlemen, who are not entirely fatisfied with the examples of .the polite hufbands, and wives of this prefent age. 8vo. s. Ruffel.
As thefe poems contain many falutary precepts, and is not deftitute of good thoughts (tho' nothing uncommon) and as the drefs they are cloathed in is fuperior to the daily trash the public is pefter'd with, this pamphlet therefore deferves to be mention'd with fome degree of diftinction. It is a directory for the choice of wives and hufbands The author has added fome pretty verfes, entitled Primrofe hill. Written in 1748. XXV. Prejudice detected: an Ethic Epiffle By T. Brecknock, Efq; 4to. 1 s. Owen.
Mr. Brecknock's defign in this epifle, is to prove that
Are of themselves indeed nor bad nor good,
The laws affign them quite a diff'rent name.'
To prove this notable tenet, he remarks, that men's ideas of virtue and vice are local. not univerfal; confequently arbitrary, or dependent upon the will of a lawgiver, or civil magiftrate. Thus,' fays he, Idne upon a flice of ham, which a Jew would think a mortal fin. In Germany, 'tis the fafhion to drink to cefs; in Turky, wine is abfolutely forbid. In England, Polygamy is a crime of the deepeft dye; in the Levant, a man is free to marry as many wives as he can maintain. With us adultery is reckoned among the greateft fins; inLapland,' fays he, the chearful native prefents you with his wife and daughter and the whole family would think it very ftrange if you fhould refufe to cuckold your hoft.'-Other examples of this kind he adduces to prove, that most of the common received notions of virtue and vice are vulgar prejudices, fit only to rule the mob with:-we leave the reader to his own opinion of fuch weighty arguments. XXVI. A lick at the country C -y. A fatire on Dickenfon.
the tythe-pig. 4to. 6d.
A vague and fcurrilous invective against the clergy of the eftablished church, on account of their tythes in general, not the tythe-pig in particular, as the title-page fallaciously imports.
XXVII. Peeping Tom to the countess of Coventry. An epithalamium, folio, 6d. Robinjon.
Tho' this piece has the merit of being more innocent, as to its defign (which is to compliment the countefs, in the perfon of the noted peeping effigies in Coventry) than the preceding article, it is however equally dull and contemptible, with refpect to the fentiments and poetry.
XXVIII. The ORACLE, a comedy of one act. As it was acted at the theatre-royal in Covent-Garden*. By Mrs. Cibber. 8vo, Is. Dodfley.
This performance was originally written in French, and played at Paris; and is now tranflated by Mrs. Cibber. As a former tranflation of it was published about ten years * At Mrs. Cibber's benefit.
ago, our readers are probably already acquainted with this pretty trifle.
XXIX. Grace, a poem. 4to. 6d. Keith.
This poem is written in blank verfe. This is all the account we fhall give of it, and all we think it deferves.
XXX. A differtation on the fcripture expreffions, the Angel of the Lord, and the Angel of Jefus Chrift, proving that the word Angel is put to fignify, on thefe occafions, material bodies, and not fpirit: interfperfed with many other curious obfervations quite new; and containing a full anfwer to a late eflay on fpirit: which is calculated to set aside the doctrine of the Trinity and Unity. Octavo. I S. Cooper.
The title page of this performance is fufficient, we apprehend, to give our readers a juft idea of it.
XXXI. A Difcourfe upon the intermediate ftate between the death of men and the refurrection of their bodies, which is to be followed by the univerfal judgment. By B. Regis, D. D. Rector of Adisham in Kent, Canon of Windsor, and Chaplain in ordinary to his majefty. 8vo. 6d. Oliver. -Such as are led, from the title-page of this piece, to expect a difcourfe on the fubject propofed to be treated in it, will, upon perufing it, find themfelves much difappointed.
XXXII. The Beauty of holinefs in the common prayer, fet in a new and juft light, &c. Humbly attempted for the honour and fervice of the church of England, &c. By a member of that church. 8vo. 4 d. Baldwin.
What is here offer'd to publick confideration, is drawn up chiefly in the words of our liturgy, in order to fhew how eafily our public fervice might be render'd the beauty of holiness, by only abridging and connecting our prefent form, and making a few alterations in fome expreffions.
XXXIV. The true sense of atonement for fin, by Chrift's death, ftated and defended; in answer to a pamphlet, entitled, The fcripture doctrine of atonement examined, by Mr. Taylor, of Norwich, &c. By John Brine. 8vo. I s. Keith. c.
After toiling thro' a hundred and eight dull pages, all we can fay, with regard to this performance, is, that the author of it neither underftands the fubject of which he treats, nor Mr. Taylor's pamphlet, which he attempts to answer.