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XIII. A letter to Thomas Randolph, a doctor of Oxford; occafioned by his difcourfe, entitled, party-zeal cenfured, (See the lift of fermons, p. 320.) By Ephraim Harman, one of the people called Quakers. 8vo. 6d. Owen.
The name of Ephraim Harman we take to be fictitious. as well as the pretence of this pamphlet's being written by a Quaker. The ftile and manner of the people of this perfuafion is, doubtlefs, here taken up, for the fake of giving a humorous turn to the criticisms upon dr. Randolph's fermon, contained in this piece; which are pretty fevere, and for the moft, part not unentertaining.
XIV. Remarks on am effay concerning miracles, publifhed by David Hume, efq; amongst his philofophical ef fays. 4to. I S. Woodfall.
The author of this fmall piece is both a fenfible and genteel writer: he confiders what mr. Hume has advanced relating to miracles in a fomewhat different light from dr. Rutherforth and mr. Adams; but, as mr. Adams has fo ingeniously fhewn the fophiftry of mr. Hume's arguments, (See Review for January last) we fhall not detain our readers with a particular account of what he has said.
XV. Some obfervations on a book, entitled, an essay, &c. In the courfe of which the bishop of London's.comparison of the more fure word of prophecy, &c. is defended against the objections made to it by the reverend meff. Ashton and Cooke. In a letter to a country fchool-mafter. By a late fellow of king's-college, Cambridge. Part I. 8vo. I s. 6 d. Roberts.
In the Review for July laft, we gave a fhort account of the pamphlet to which this piece is an anfwer; written with a good deal of fpirit and fmartness. The author's interpretation of the controverted paflage in Peter is the fame with Mr. Afhton's, for which fee Review for August 1750.
XVI. Man more than a machine, &c. 8vo. I s. 6d. Owen.
"This is a very fenfible anfwer to an atheiftical treatife, "entitled, man a Mathine*. Of which fee an account, Review, vol. I.
XVII. A candid examination of that celebrated piece of fophiftry, entitled, heaven open to all "men. 8vo. I s. Ruffel.
This fmall piece, the author of which appears to be "a pious, well-meaning perfon, is written with modesty,
*Written by the late M. de la Mettrie.
and, we make no doubt, with a very good defign. As to the performance to which it is an anfwer, furely no man of sense can read it, without looking upon it as abfolutely below contempt.
XVIII. Sermons on feveral fubjects. By George Baddelley, A. B. rector of Markfield, Leicestershire. 12mo. 3 s. - Keith.
Such perfons as read fermons with a view to their improvement in rational and manly piety, and in order to their having juft and ftriking reprefentations of moral and divine truths fet before their minds, will, we apprehend, find small pleasure in perufing this volume.
XIX. A new form of self-examination, digefted under proper heads. Drawn up for the use, and published at the .requeft, of a person of quality: at the fame time adapted to the exigencies and circumftances of the serious chriftian, in every condition and station of life. By the reverend mr. Winftanly, rector of Gritworth, Northamptonshire. 12mo. Is. 6 d. bound. Dod.
A pious and well-intended performance; and which we hope will be found ferviceable to those who are capable of receiving benefit from fuch affistances.
XX. The hiftory of our national debts and taxes, from the year 1688. to the present year 1752. Part III. 8vo. 2 s. Cooper.
The first part of this ingenious, useful, and important work was mentioned in the Both, and the fecond part in the 461ft pages of our Review, vol. V. It will be compleated in the fourth part.
XXI. Penelope to Ulyffes, from Ovid. Being a fpecimen of a new tranflation of Ovid's epiftles. 4to. 6d. Bathurst.
An advertisement, fubjoined to this fpecimen, informs us, that, if it be approved, the tranflator proposes to publifh the reft of the epiftles. -If the public like not this fpecimen better than we do, the tranflator will probably give himself no further trouble about Ovid. Of this specimen take the following one,
O dear Ulyffes! why thus long away?
By letter, no;-in perfon rather fay.
Long, long, ere this, Troy, dear, too dear bought prize,
Again, p. 9.
We're only three, and thofe a feeble race:
Left our readers fhould imagine this tranflator's defign is to attempt Ovid in traveftie, we think it proper to apprize them, that he is entirely innocent of any fuch intention.
XXII. Arfinoe: or, the incestuous marriage. A tragedy. By Andrew Henderfon. 8vo. Is. Robinson.
Mr. Henderfon's abilities, as a dramatic poet, will fufficiently appear, from the following paffages.
Pag. 1. King Ptolemy fays,
• None ever more than I a fifter lov'd,-
I think 'tis juft I should take care of her's.'
P. 3. A general concludes a moft heroic fpeech to the fame monarch in thefe lofty and intelligible terms:
• A fettlement from you I would intreat;
To tamper; henceforth I fhall defer;
For why your precious moments spend with me ?"
P. 26. The fame prince expreffes his anger, on occafion of a fuppofed piece of treachery, in the following kingly ftile:
• What means the man my fecrets to betray?
'Gainst him, as once before, my arms I'll turn,
P. 62. Here we have the following pleasant inadverten
• Enter fome foldiers, one of whom carries his head upon a a pole.
Those who will give themselves the entertainment of perufing this piece quite through, may doubtlefs find out, that the author does not here mean, that the foldier carried his own head upon a pole, but that of king Ptolemy.
Tho' this gentleman's tragedizing talents are fo very confpicuous, yet his own modeft opinion of them is equally remarkable. This circumftance appears from his advertisement
advertisement of Arfinge, in the news-papers; in which he obferves that this PLAY contains the most convincing arguments against inceft and felf-murder; interfperfed with an INESTIMABLE TREASURE of ancient and modern "learning, and the fubftance of the principles of the illuftrious Sir Ifaac Newton, adapted to the MEANEST CAPACITY, and very entertaining to the LADIES, ¡containing a nice defcription of the paffion's and behaviour of the fair.fex.Vide London Daily Advertiser, April 6. 1752..
XXIII. The Rover: or, happiness at laft, Apaftoral drama; as it was intended for the theatre. 4to. Is. Cooper. The author informs us, in an advertisement, that the length of this piece (not its want of merit) prevented its appearing on the ftage. He modeftly apologizes for any defects, and pleads his youth in excufe. The nature of this performance, particularly its dependence upon the mufic, muft excufe our entering into particulars concerning it.
XXIV. The prefent fate of the Literati. A fatire. 4to. Is. Cobper.
The author exclaims against the prefent age, for its venality, or love of money, and neglect of the mufes, and literary productions in general. The poem is not without merit, notwithstanding, in our opinion, the author is miftaken, with regard to the fact on which he fixes the bafis of his work. We are perfuaded, that no age was ever, more favourable than the prefent, to men of real genius, and works of real merit. Asta proof of which, we appeal to the accounts given by, the bookfellers, of the numerous impreffions they have fold, of almost every book published within the last fifty years, that has deferved to fell; which has enabled them to gratify the authors very liberally. We have writers now living, whofe labours produce them incomes almoft equal to the eftates of the middle rank of our landed gentry: and let it be remembered, that the late mr. Pope's pen raifed him a fine fortune, with INDEPENDENCY: a more folid reward than the capricious fimiles of a great man, on which the literati of antiquity were ufually forced to depend for their fubfiftence.
XXV. The Beauties of Shakespear, regularly felected from each play. With a general index, digefting them under proper heads. Illuftrated with explanatory notes, and fimilar paffages from ancient and modern authors. By the reverend mr. Dodd, of Clare-hall, Cambridge. 2 vols, '12mo. Waller.
This article requires no explanation or comment. justice, however, to mr. Dodd, we cannot but observe, that he has discharged the part of a judicious collector, and annotator; he has likewife given his readers a greater quantity, in proportion to the price, than is usual: fo that these two volumes may be deemed cheaper than most books of entertainment that have been lately published; and are, in truth, a valuable mifcellany.
XXVI. Pythagoras. An ode, to his grace the duke of Newcastle. To which is prefixed, obfervations on taste and education. Fol. 1 s. Franklin.
See Review for November last, p. 462. ART. XXVII.
XXVII. The Discovery. An ode to mr. P**** m. 4to. 6d. Vaillant.
An elegant compliment to mr. Pelham; with whom the author fixes the refidence of Virtue; after tracing her in vain among the gay, the reclufe, the factious, the fatirifts, the philofophers, &c. From thefe, fays he, th' indignant goddess flies
Long through the fky's wide pathlefs way
And mark'd her laft retreat;
O'er Surry's barren heaths fhe flew,
XXVIII. Proceedings at the court of Apollo. Fol. 6 d. Owen.
This piece confifts of little more than an ill-natur'd and illmanner'd invective against the lord chamberlain, (probably for refufing to licenfe fome theatrical production of the au thor's) and fome fneers at certain writers of confiderable rank, particularly lord Orrery and mr. Francis. As to the me rit of our cenfor's own work, the reader may judge of it from what he says of the duke of G-f-n, whom he stiles,
The excellent rhymes, of which this triplet is compofed, are well match'd by thofe of a couplet which he adds in the fame cenfure, which he continues thus: