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of wretches than at present appear upon her lifts, never disgraced or dishonoured her intereits.---- You will not require a moment to reflect that I mean those venal and shameless :cclesialtics, who have of late, in such numbers, and with such uncovered countenances, proftr uted the sacred writings, openly and avowedly retailing them for profit in periodical publications.-- Avowedly, I say; for their advertisements plainly prove it. One recommends his Bible for its CHEAPNESS ; another for the Elegance of the l'rint, the Excellence of the Engravings, or the Beauty of the Parer. A third sollicits your custom by a Royal, or imperial Iiile, or from dedicating, by Permission, to a Prince in Pettycoats. A tourth affects a display of learning, and, to prove it, gives you a it-ing of Dutch and German commentators, from whose ingenious labours he proposes to furnish you with improvement and delight, A fich, mo. defty and wisely sparing a display of his own learning, would engage your attention by collecting the MS. fcraps of men who had acquired considerable reputation in different provinces of literature, but whe, like the immortal Newtín, when they commenced divines, only piored that they had the weakneis of men.- -A fixth, or pollibly a fixieenth, for indeed the number is not easy to be ascertained, after having been palpably guilty of one pious fraud, as palpably engages in another; and having acquired some popularity amongf poor fanatics, fecks an additional contribution from them, by loading the sacred wiitings with the misinterpretations of ignorance, and the cant of enthutiaim.

· I am no advocate for the interponition of the civil power in such maiters, but as it has been called in to the affiitance of religion, in cales where it was much less liable to suffer, I am attunished 10 ke this proititution of every thing that is most facred allowed without censure or re. ftraint.-I am attonithed even to see the public so patient under the grofs impositions which thele compilers exercise upon them :-for their honelly, in general, keeps pace with their abilities; and when they have drawn in the unwary to subscribe to their wretched publications, by repealed assurances that they fall not exceed luch a number, they are de. termined to bring the word of God' to the beit market, and fcruple not to extend it to twice the number proposed.

It is with the utmolt indignation I have long beheld this scandalous pradiice, and I am convinced, that, for the honour and interest of religion, you will do every thing in your power to discountenance ii.'

There is no occafion for any comment on the foregoing letter ; nor is this the fi: It complaint we have heard, on the fubject: see Review, Vol. XXX..

p. 44• Art. 15. Proceedings of a Court-martial, on the Trial of Lieut. Gov.

Philip Thickn je; held at the Judge-advocate-gınei al's Office at the Horje-guards, July 3d, 1765; and continued by Adjourna ments, to the 9th of the fane Month, &c. .4to. is. Williams.

Of eight charges exhibited against Mr. Thicknesse, at his trail, le was acquitted of fix. The two of which he was found guilty, are, 1. • Supporting and countenancing the soldiers of the company of inva. Jids doing duty within the garriton of Landguard Fort, in disobeying their commiflicned oficers, and depriving fuch oficers of their necesary commard and authonty. 2. Enjoining the commissioned officer, do ing duty in the said guirison, not to countenance or shew any

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each other ;-in violation of an express order for promoting harmony among the officers of the said garrison.'

In respect of the above articles, whereof the defendant was convicted, the court adjudged, “That he be publicly and severely reprimanded, in fuch manner as his Majesty shall be pleased to direct.' Art. 16. Observations on the Growth and Culture of Vines and

Olives: the Production of Silk: the Preservation of Fruits, Written at the Request of the Earl of Shaftesbury, to whom it is inscribed, by Mr. John Locke. Now first printed from the original Manufcript, in the Poffeffion of the present Earl of Shaftesbury. Small 8vo, elegantly printed, by Richardfon and Clark, for W. Sandby. Pr. 15. 6d.

Every production of a pen fo truly respectable, as that of our most excellent Locke, cannot fail of proving highly acceptable to the pub. lic. The value of this little tradi, however, will depend less on its Author's great reputation as a philosopher, than on the general usefulness of the subjects to which it rela'es. The culture of vires, olives, &c. will, indeed, appear to those who do not consider those articles in a commercial view, to be of small benefit to this country; but if we reflect on the advantages which may possibly be drawn from them, to our American colonies, and consequently to ourselves, we shall then behold them in a very different light:—towards which the Editor of these observations hath directed our attention, in a fhort but very sensible preface.

• No union, as he juftly remarks, is so firm and lasting, as that which is founded on the solid balis of a mutual interest.'—. However populous and great,' continues he, however • induitrious and rich, the settlements in the valt continent of America may hereafter become, this, the mother country, may for ever be connected with it more intimately than with the southern nation', by encouraging the growth and produce of vines and olives, filk and fruits, which cannot advantageously be raised in England : and found policy will always engage the fulject: in England and America not to be rivals in trade, by setting up fuch manufactures in one country, as muft neceflavily distress the other.'

As to the inftructions given, by Mr. Locke, for the culture of vines and olives, the production of filk, and the preservation of fuch fruits as are dried by the fun, or in ovens, we do noc think it necessary to enter into particulars : those whom curiofily or interest may induce to enquire farther into thele subjects, will readily have recourse to the Obfervations themselves. Art. 17. The Midnight Spy; or, a View of the Transactions of

London an! IV esiminfier, from the Hours of Ten in the Evening, till Five in the Morning ; exhibiting a great Variety of Scenes in high and low Life, with the Charaliers of some well-knou 'n nocturnal Adventurers, of both Sexes, &c. &c. 1.2mo. 2s: Cooke.

The public have been orien edited and entertained with a variety of these Spies, who pretend to ipy out and discover who ani nie's together, in every dark and secret corner. This fon or grandson of Ned Ward, undertakes to conduct his readers to all the 'round houles, nigbehouses, bagnios, gaming tables, routs, and owner places of midnight reloit:--a molt useful guide ! and of almost as much conlequence to fociety as an Italian Cicerone.

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Art. 18.

Art. 18. An Examination of Mr. Kenrick's Review of Mr. John

fon's Edition of Shakespeare. 8vo. 15. 6d. Johnston. That Nir. Kenrick attacked the editor of Shakespeare in such a manner as juftly gave offence to every candid reader, is a truth which we be. lieve very few will dispute. For this he has been frequently reprehended by several of the learned editor's friends; whose faint and distant efforts, however, seem to have indicated their fear of coming to clofe quarters with this furious combatant: but, in the present Examiner, we think he Hath indeed met with his match, in every respect.

If Mr. K. hath grossly treated Mr Johnson, -in return, our anonymous Author does not spare Mr. K. but falls on without mercy, retorting on him, as the aggressor in this fcandalous controversy, all his virulence and Outrage. But what hath Shakespeare to do, in this chimney-sweeper's warfare? Can the difficulties in his immortal writings be folved, and his obscurities illustrated; no where but in St. Giles's ? -For shame, gentlemen! If ye are ambitious of being regarded as gentlemen, do not continue to disgrace the name of literature by such unleitered behaviour! What will the learned abroad, think ye, conclude, if they should chance to hear of your illiberal altercations, --what, but that the literati of this country, instead of quaffing inspiration at the pure spring of Helicon, had inebriated themselves in the filthy kennels of Grubftreet ? Art. 19. A Narrative of the extraordinary Effrets of a Medicine

well known all over Europe, by the Name of Le Lievre's Beaume de Vie ; to which is prefixed an Account of its Nature and Operation; wherein all the Objections made to it, by the ignorant and interefied, are fully rifuted, and its Eficacy, in a Variety of Difeajes, justified on the mosi reasonable Principles. With an Address: to the Public, from the Proprietors in this Country, and many extraordinary and well-attelted Cifes, since its firs Publication here. 8vo. 15. Nicoll, &c.

Many extraordinary and well-attested cases~! Let us, by all means, attend to these attefiations - Not one to be found, in all the pamphlet: if bý that teim is meant, a declaration on oath, or the testimony of a competent witness, or some eligible kind of collateral evidence.' No. thing of this fort, however, appears in this collection of miraculous cures. Mr. G. of Chiswick, indeed, and Mr. H. of St. Paul's church-yard, with J. L Esg; of Gray's Inn, and a number of other initial gentlemen, tell us of the wondrous relief they found, in their respective most grievous disorders ;--but who are Meflis. G, H, and L?--Oh! your pardon, Gentlemen, we may hear farther of your extraordinary and twil. attesied cases,' by enquiring of Mr. N. or Mr. B. the venders of the allpowerful Beaume de Vice- Doubtless the word of an honest trades. man, especially a lookfdler, ooght to be taken; and we question not bat Mr. N's word, or Mr. B.'s, may be as good as their bond : nevertheless, we can by no means reit satisfied with such kind of asffationis. Art. 20. The Life of Mr. James Quin, Comedian. Il'ith the Hif

tory of the Stage, from his commencing Astor, to his Retreat to Baik, &c. &c.

12mo, IS. Od. Bladon. Mr. Quin's lie does not afford many extraordinary incidents; but


fuch as it did afford, are made the most of, by this his anonymous Biographer: who has eked out the subject, and made himself amends for its barrenness, by anecdotes of other theatrical heroes (and some heroines too) collected from Cibber's and Victor's histories of the stage. Art. 21. Quin's Jelts; or the Facetious Man's Pockei-companion,

Containing every Species of Wit, Humour, Repartei, &c. & 6 12mo. 16. 6d. Bladon.

It is customary, on the demise of any genius, remarkable for wit or humour, for a certain class of compilers to publith The Jefts of the faid departed genius. Accordingly, Mr. Quin's Jefts now make their appearance: ufhered to the favourable notice of the public, by an introduction, in which the Editor assures his readers, that he has inserted no thing gross or indecent; nothing that might offend the chattefl or molt delicate ear.'—The gentleman was himself, perhaps, too much a wit, to remember every thing contained in his collection. Or, pollibly, his ideas of delicacy and cbalticy may have been somewhat over-charged, by feed. ing too plentifully on the high-lea'oned rarities and luscious fragments that fell from the table of this celebrated voluptuary. Art. 22. An impartial View of English Agriculture, from permitting

the Exportation of Cork, in the Year 1663, to the present Time. 4to. is. Kearly.

No fact is more self-evident (says this Writer) than that this country is entirely dependent on trade; which, in proportion to its increase, becomes of more importance to the state, and shouid not be incumbered or restrained, but on the moft mature confideration.-His professed deSign is to fet before the public, the advantages received from encouraging the exportation of corn, and the imminent danger of stopping a trade, to which we have been beholden for plenty, little less than a century.-The export-corn trade, is, he apprehends, the most valuable and beneficial trade we at present possess. It is all neat produce of this country, unalloyed with any foreign commodity. Our anceftors, he says, hoped to procure plenty, by prohibiting the exportation of corn : but this, by preventing the fale, discouraged the growth of grain, so that it operated diametrically oppofite to their intention. In the year '1663, an act was passed for permitting the exportation of corn, but incumbered with a heavy rate thereon. This was, in fome measure, alleviated by another act in 1670 ; by which means, agriculture was promoted, and grain became more plentiful —But what our Author calls the Magna Charta of English agriculture, was the act of 1 Will. & Mary, by which a Bounty of 5s. for every quarter of wheat exported, is allowed, when that grain does not exceed 48s. per quarter : and in proportion, for other forts of grain. The fuccefs of these ftatutes may appear (he says) from this one circumftance, that although every other necessary of life is become twice, or thrice, the price of that time, yet corn is on the average not half the price.' For before the exportation was permitted, wheat has often been five pounds a quarter:' so that while no more was grown than for home consumption, one unfavourable season made a scarcity, two, a famihe.

In the remainder of this pamphlet, the Author, (who is a Arenuous defender of the neceflity of continuing the bounty, in its utmoft latitude) brings a variety of arguments to thew the inexpediency of stopping the


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exportation of grain at this time : and concludes with observing, the exportation has been for many years the support of the farmer the poor labourer drpends on it for briat; that it brings immense fu nually into the kingdom ; that, so far from being lubject to fami have goce been always blefied with plenty; and lastly, that the so interwoven with the whole system of busbandry, that fringement of this privilege may endanger the whole.' Art. 23. A candid Examination of a Pampblet, entitka, A

partial View of English Agriculture, from permitting portation of Corn. 4to. . 15. Wilkie.

This is intended as an answer to the last article ; though it means so candid an examination thereof, as the title would impiy an affertion in the Impartial Vier, that the export corn-trade is valuable and beneficial trade we at present pofits ;' he does not but alledges, as the true realon thereof, that such quantities have been exported with a Bounty, to support our rival manuf that they have no longer occasion for any of our manufactures quently our arrizans want employment, and when employed earn money sufficient to buy bread for their families.'

The former very high price of grain, brought (in the last arti proof of the great benefits now arising from a bounty upon expa is accounted for, by this Writer, from the many inteftine war have heretofore raged in this nation, from whence those who ploug fowed the land, had but little prospect of a joyful reaping time." land was frequently turned into a waste, for want of useful in hands to manure and improve it. - A contrary cause, as he serves, may produce a contrary effect: and therefore he ascribes plenty of corn raised in this nation for a century past, rather ternal peace we have happily enjoyed, than to the bougly portation.

He does not, however, venture to assert that his bounty v wile and falutary measure, at the time it was granted'; but, a: now tried it seventy-eight years, he wishes we might' try to d jt one year or two, or at least limit it to that living price, fou pence a buhel, or thirty-fix thillings a quarter.' As this lat seems very rational, we heartily wish it may be taken into con by those who alont have the power to determine the point in dir ourselves have heard farmers declare, that even four shillings a wheat may be esteemed a living price : where then would be fhip of limiting the bounty as ab ve proposed i especially if exportation were still allowed, after that, but without any the price amounted to 485. per quarter ; and then absolutely curse? This we should think more equitable, for all sides, i a tax upon the public, by way of bounty, when our own po purcha'e a bunnel of wheat for less than six filings for for sent, it is extended. Art. 24: Au Hiflorici Accgunt of the Life of Charles +

King of Great Britain. After the Manner of Mr. Bayle from original Writers and State Papers, By Willian D. D. 8vo.

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105, 'Millar, we have given our Beaders ample specimens of Dr. Harris?


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