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the invitation to be dabbling in systematic mortar is in the present case almost irresistible. What think you of a demonftration of the mission of the Messiah from the omission of the Greeks i that is, from their ignorance of the neceility of a Mediator, and their misapplication of the prophecies concerning the Founder of Christianity to their own idle fancies: but this requires the execution of a master.—Your lordship has succeeded too well in a similar proof to fail in this, if you can be persuaded to undertake it. Both the old mission and the new commission may be united into one substantial demonftration, springing out of two omislions, like an affirmative begotten by the conjunction of two negatives,-or like true, but an unexpected conclufion from two flat contradictions.
• A plain verbal translation is what I offer to your lordship, and through that medium you will see what has hitherto escaped you, that Homer was a great and a mighty prophet. The immense pains you have taken in that abstruse study, for which you have invented a name ; in that science, which you call double doétrine, and ignorant people call double dealing, makes such an overîght ftill more surprising, and justifies my manner of accounting for it, as the only one that can solve the dif. ficulty.'
The remaining part of the letter is written in the same strain :-the extract we have given from it is sufficient to thew the Author's spirio and design. We cannot help saying, however, that his wit and humour, were he even poffeffed of a much larger share of them than he is, cannot atone for the mean and illiberal allusion to a scrap of domestic scandal with which he concludes his letter. This is, indeed, so much below the character of a gentleman or a man of letters, that it muft necessarily render the Author an object of deteftation and abhorrence to every generous reader, as it evidently shews him to be void of every delicate fee!. ing, and an utter ftranger to the first principles of decency and goodbreeding. We need make no apology, we hope, for expressing ourselves warmly on this occasion; our Readers will not impute it to any partiality for the B. of G-; but to a regard for the common interests of humanity. Art. 22. Morning Amusements of the K- of P- Or, the
Modern System of Regal Policy, Religion, Justice, &c. 8vo. is. 6d. Robinson, &c.
Another translation of Matinées Royales : see our last month's Cata.. logue. The title of this work is very oddly rendered in both translations. Art. 23. Thoughts upon some late Pieces, particularly The Death
of Abel, and The Messiah. 4to. is. Hinton. Among other threwd remarks in this pamphlet, one is, that the Death of Abel, and the new Messiah", may be read alternately before the Eucharist, and the latter always in Passion-week!--The Author observes at the same time, that these poems are attributed to Germans with hard names; and Pamela, Clarissa, and Sir Charles Grandison, he fays, are generally supposed to be the works of a printer. So important is the intelligence we have from this profound and curious Critic!
• By Kloptock.
Art. 24. A View of the Copper Coin and Coinage of England, in
cluding the Leadin, Tin, and Laton Tokens made by Trodsmen during the Reigns of Elizabeth and James I. the Farthing Tokens of fames I. and Charles I.; those of Towns and Corporations under the Commonwealth ard Charles II. James II. and William and Mary. With Copper-plates. By Thomas Snelling. Royal 4to. 1os. 6d. Boards. Snelling.
We have already taken notice of the kill and accuracy of this industrius Metallick Compiler, in ment oning his views of the Gold and Silwer Coinage of England, and his Do&rine of Gold and Silver Com; 4tation's. Art. 25. A new Method of easily attaining the Italian Tongue, ac
cording to the Instructions of Signor Vencroni, with a French and English Translation, enlarged with many Rules necessary to be known, and corrected according to the modern Orthog; aphy. By David Francesco Lates, Teacher of Languages in Oxford. Svo. 55. Vaillant. .
Thole to whom the principles of V'encroni's Italian grammar were inaccessible, from their want of kill in the French language, will here find the difficulty re:noved ; and in that respect this new grammar is a de. firable publication ; for Veneron las laid down the belt method of instruction for the acquisition of the Italian tongue. ... Those who have no knowledge of grammar will here find the terms explained in an easy manner; and the rules of pronunciation are as explicit and satisfactory as any conveyance that is not oral can render them, The regular verbs are reduced to one conjugation, which is exhibited by a new table; and the Author has endeavoured, more industriously indeed tha fuccessfully, to comprise the irregular verbs under a general sule. The second part (for this work is divided into three paris) contajns observations on the orthography, accent, concordance, and poetical licences, &c, of the Italian tongue, tek fed from the best writers on those subjects; and the third part consists of a vocabulary, familiar dialogues, specimens of address, Italian proverbs, 'elegant modes of expression, cales, forms of Italian letters and pallages from the helt poets in that language, all which may serve to initiate and improve the learner. Art. 26. The Oeconomical Table,—an Attempt towards ascertaining
and exhibiting the Source, Progress, and Employment of Riches, with Explanations. By the Friend of Mankind, the celebrated Marquis de Mirabeau. Translated from the French. 8vo. patient thinking on this performance, had as good never look into it, since otherwise, in all probability, they would loon lose the thread of the Writer's arguments, and reap nothing but error for their trouble.'
• To the Farmers of England,
this translation, undertaken with a view of setting the advantages of agriculture
to their country in a clear light, • As the original was to prove the absolute necessity of it to France,
' is dedicated by the Translator.' But how far the farmers of England may, in general, be qualified to profit by the perulal of fuch a work, we shall not pretend to determine, any otherwise, than by declaring ourselves entirely of opinion, with the Author,--that such as do not chose to bellow a little close and
It is, however, very plain, that agriculture is the most natural source of riches : which shew's the propriety of part, at least, of his advice, that-- a landed nation should favour the exportation of the immediate fruits of the earth, by the importation of manufactures, which she can turn to advantage, from foreigners. Herein lies the whole mystery of commerce. Let us but act in this manner, (says he) and we need not be under any apprehenfions of becoming tributary to other nations.'
It is almost impossible to give any abstract of a work, that is in itself but an abftract of demonstrations and principles ; which are traced through the numerous objects of the neconomical science, with a very benevolent view ; though not without an apparent' negligence of ftile,' as the Author himselt acknowledges. Art. 27. The Description and Use of the Globes, in Question and
Answer: with an Explanation of the Terms. To which is added, an Appendix, concerning the Properties of the Four Elements, Fire, Air, Water, Earth; and those of the Atmosphere: also, a brief Account of Eciples and their Causes. The whole compiled and digested in such a Manner as to render it both intelligible and instructive. By Jeremiah D'Avenant, Philomath. Small 8vo.
The pref nt subject, as the Author acknowledges, has been of en before canvaffed ; • but as this is compiled for novelty, by question and answer,'-- he hopes it will meet with the approbation from the public,' which (he fays) will be no small article in his future happiness.
The usual problems are here introduced : but we meet with little new, till we come to the appendix ; which might, perhaps, as well have been omitted, as it is wrote in a style not the most intelligible or inftructive :but let the Reader judge.- Nevertheless, all these things take part of fire, and that is the cause, that amongst some stones, as great rocks, they are more nearer to the nature of the earth than to the other elements :' p. 171.--At p. 174, he tells us what is usually understood from the word atmosphere :'—and at P: 180, he talks about the phæno. menas of the heavenly bodies,' - and the judicials relating to an eclipse.' Art. 28. A Key to the New Testament. Giving an Account of the
several Books, their contents, their Authors, and of the Times, Places and Occasions, on which they were respectively written. 12mo. 28. 6d. Davis and Reymers.
• A clear introductory illustration of the several books of the New Testament, Thewing the design of their writers, the nature of their contents, and whatever else is previously necessary to their being read with understanding, is a work as the Author observes in his preface) that, if well executed, must prove the best of commentaries, and frequently fupercede the want of al other. Like an intelligent guide, it directs the reader right at his first setting out, and thereby saves him the trouble of much after-inquiry : or, like a map of a country, through which he is to travel ; if consulted beforehand, it gives him a general view of his journey, and prevents his being afterwards loft and bewildered.'
The contents of the following little work are acknowledged to be chiefly extracted from two eminent writers, who have particularly dissinguished themselves in this branch of sacred criticism, and have lately thrown great light upon the subject : viz. Profeffor Michaelis, of the cniverfity of Gottingen, in his ' Introductory Lectures to the N. Teft.' and the Rev. Dr. Lardner, in his . History of the Apostles and EvangeBills, Writers of the New Test'-The Editor has not, however, confined himself merely to those two learned writers, but has enriched his work from other Authors; particularly Dr. Owen, who, in his • Obfervations on the Four Gospels,' has opened a new source of information, and started many new hints, which had escaped former enquirers,
In settling the date of St. Matthew's Gospel, Dr. Owen differs in opinion from most other writers, supposing it to have been written about . D. 38, whereas Michaelis fixes the date of it about A. D. 61, and Dr. Lardner thinks it was not wrote till about A. D. 64.- In the prelent work, the Author makes one capital objection to the early date, fixed as above by Dr. Owen ; and that is, the great clearness with which the comprehensive design of the Christian dispensation, as exiending to the whole Gentile world, is unfolded in this Gospel (of St. Maithew) Whereas it is well known, that for a while our Lord's difciples laboured under Jewish prejudices; and that they did not fully anderstand all his discourses at the time they were spoken. They could not clearly discern the extensive design of the gospel scheme, till alter St. l'eter had been at the house of Cornelius, and there received Gentile converts into the church without circumcision t; nor indeed till after the gospel had been preached abroad in foreign countries by Si. Paul and other apostles.'- Now if we turn to St. Matthew's Gospel, we every where find the enlarged views of his divine Master represented in 100 clear a manner to admit a doubt, that the writer was ignorant of their full tendency and meaning. Thus he shews that the apostles were to teach all nations. He represents the spirituality and freedom of the Gospelg: and that our Saviour was designed to be a blessing to the Gentiles il' - There is also an expretlion used once or twice, insimating that fome confiderable space of time had elapsed between the event and the time when this Gospel was written.' See particularly Chap. xxviii. ver. 8. and ver. 15.'- Whoever weighs all these cisa cumitances [our Author thinks] will rather be inclined to fix the date of this Gospel about the year 61, with Michaelis, than in 38, with Dr. Owen,'
The above being the most original paffage in the book, we have given it as a specimen of a compilation that may be of great use to such readers as have not an opportunity of consulting the larger works referred to, upon this fubject.
In the introduction, said to be communicated by a friend, we have a short account of the several sects and heresies that prevailed in the time of Christ and his apostles; and which are alluded to, either in the Gofpels, or the Epistles.- The same friend also gave the key to the prophe
* Vide John xvi. 7-14, and other passages.
† Acts, Chap. x. this event is placed by chronologers about the year 39. I'Ch. xxviii. 19. $ Ch. xv. 10, 20.
|| Ch, ii.
Ch, iii. 9.
eies contained in the Revelation, (extracted from Bp. Newton's Differtations) with which this little, useful, book is concluded. Art. 29. Solomon in all his Glory: or, the Master-Mason. Being
a true Guide to the inmost Recesses of Free-masonry, ancient and modern. Containing a minute dccount of the Proceedings from an Enter'd Apprentice, to a Past Master, with the different Signs, Words, and Gripes. Illustrated with elegant Copperplates, exhibiting the different Lodges, Free-Majon's Cyphers, &c. By T. W. an Officer in the Army, and late Master of the Swan-Tavern Lodge, in the Strand. Translated from the French Original published at Berlin; and burnt by Order of the K. of Prussia, at the Intercession of the Free-Masons. 8vo. 25. Robinson and Roberts.
Were all fact which this citle-page asserts, and were the Reviewers free-masons, it could not be expected that they would acknowledge the authenticity of the account here given ; on the other hand, supposing them not to be in the secret, they are, consequently, incompetent judges of the merit of such a performance. Solomon in all bis Glory mult therefore be dismissed without farther notice.
POETICAL. Art. 30. An Ode to the late Thomas Edwards, Esq; Written in
the Year 1751, by Dr. Akenside. Folio 6d. Dodsley.
Mr. Edwards is here celebrated, on account of his Canons of Criticism; and Dr. Warburton is lashed as an officious intruder on the fame of Shakespeare and Pope, It were abfurd to offer to our Readers any specimen of this ingenious Writer's poetry, from fo inconsiderable a piece as the present little poem ; when his nobler works, the juftly admired Pleasures of Imagination, and his beautiful Odes, are so well known : we shall therefore dismiss this article, with briefly mentioning the note, p. 5. in which the Rev. Editor of Pope's Works is charged with having zealously cultivated the friendship of Theobald, Concanen, and the rest of that tribe who were confederated against Mr. Pope. It is added, that Mr. W. afterwards spoke in high terms of the favour he received by being admitted to their meetings, and that he treated Mr. Pope very contemptuously, in his correspondence with Concanen. How far this charge can be supported by facts ; and how far those facts, when proved, will affect the bishop's reputation, as the friend and vindicator of Mr. Pope's fame, we leave to the discussion of his lordship’s friends : for me, it is well-known, never reads these things. Art. 31. Humanity, a Poem, inscribed to George Boden, Esquire. By G. C. 4to.
Marsh. A few rhapsodical
declamations on the sufferings of the English at Cal. cutta, on Capt. Glass, and on the death of the Duke of Cumberland, are here ftrung together with very little art, elegance, or force of expreffion. Art. 32. The Perils of Poetry; an Epifle to a Friend. By J. H.
Scott, Fellow of Trinity-College, Cambridge. 4to. IS.