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of the Elements of Geometry, as will render the whole rationale of Perspective intelligible, without any other previous mathematical Knowledge. By Edward Noble. 8vo. 75. Davies. 1771.
We are ready to allow, with the Author of these Elements, that voa treatise on a subject, which has been handled by a succession of
men, eminent for genius and invention, cannot abound with new discoveries; and that claims to novelty must arise more from man. ner than matter: at the same time, we believe, too, that nothing of importance is omitted, in this essay, that can be found in other works of this nature; and that some things of consequence are explained which have hitherto been very little touched upon, if not wholly neglected.' We could have wilhed, however, that the Author had compressed his materials into a smaller compass; which, we apprehend, he might have done, without rendering this treatise either difficult, obscure or imperfect. But he has anticipated every censure by his own introductory remarks. These elements will be useful to learners, and acceptable to proficients, in the art of perspective. R. -5 Art. 32: Elements of Trigonometry, Plain and Spherical; applied
to the most useful Problems in Heights and Distances, Astronomy and Navigation: for the use of Learners. By William Payne. 8vo. ss. in Boards. Payne. 1772.
The learner will find, in these elements, every thing which may be expected in a work of this kind. The order and demonstration of several of the theorems are new, and natural; the Author's me. thod of constructing the tables of fines, &c. and of logarithms, will not be unintelligible to the ingenious and attentive ; and his fpeci., mens of the application and use of trigonometry are sufficient to qua. lify the student for any more extensive practice to which his taste may incline him, or which his situation may require. We are persuaded, that the system (here offered to the public) will prove easy to the learner, acceptable to the intelligent, and sufficiently extensive for a book of elements.' L A w.
R--S. Art. 33. Reports of Cases adjudged in the King's Bench fince the
Time of Lord Mansfield's coming to preside in it. By James Burrow, Esq; With Tables of the Names of the Cases, and of the Matter contained in them. Vol. III. Fol. il. 11 s. 6 d. bound. Tovey, &c. 1771.
In our 35th vol. p. 418, seg. we gave an account of the two former volumes of Mr. Burrow's Reports of Cases in the K. B. containing. such as occurred from the death of Lord Raymond, and including the times of his three successors-Hardwick, Lee, and Ryder. The present volume gives the cases in Lord Mansfield's time, beginning with Michaelmas Term, 2 G. 3. 1761, and ending with Trinity Term, 6 G. 3. 1766, (inclusive,) excepting the Settlement Cases : these having been already communicated to the publie, in a separate collection *, in 2 vols. 410. For the accommodation, however, of
* The decisionis upon Serilernent Cafes commence at the death of Lord Raymond, in March 1732, and are continued to the end of Trinity Term 1768.
those who may not be possessed of that collection, the Author has, in the table at the end of this volume, given an abridgment of each settlement:case that falls within the compass of it.
We have, in our account of the first and second volumes, given our opinion of the nature of Mr. B.'s undertaking, and the merit of his reports. Art. 34. A Dialogue between a Country Gentleman and a Lawyer,
upon the Doctrine of Distress for Rent; shewing, what Things may and what may not be taken at Common Law- The Reasons why such Things could not be taken. The several Alterations and Amendments which have been made in that Remedy by diverse Acts of Parliament, with Observations on those Statutes—The Time and Manner of making such Distress --The Difference between a Distress for Corn and other Things How to use the Things diftrained—When to sell them, and what Steps are necessary to be taken previous to the Sale - The Punishments Te. nants are liable to who fraudulently remove their Goods off the Premises to defraud their Landlords--The Penalties Persons are
subject to who aid and affist Tenants in the Removal or Conceal. • ment of the Goods- The Manner of recovering those Penalties
The Difference between taking the Distress out of Pound, and rescuing it before impounded, with the Consequences--The Effects of making an illegal Distress, and the Manner of curing any Irregularity in the making thereof; with a Variety of Observations
on this Subject. By a Gentleman of Lincoln's Inn *. 8vo. I S. · 6 d. Wilkie. 1772...
The immoderate loquacity of this title-page has rendered it unner cessary for us to enter into the subject of this publication. With regard to composition, it is written in that sort of style which is peculiar to lawyers, and who are not famous for composing with the talte and liberality of gentlemen.
· St. · · POLITICAL. Art. 35. A Sketch of a Plan for reducing the present high Price
of Corn and other Provisions, and for securing Plenty for the Time to come. In a Letter to a Member of Parliament. 8vo, 6 d. Hingeston. 1772.
The increased and still increasing prices of provisions, of almost every kind, is an evil now grown to so enormous a bulk, as to be. come not only a grievous burthen to many, but even alarming to the nation in general. There is, at present, therefore, no object more worthy of parliamentary attention; and, hence, the public are greatly obliged to every gentleman who offers any useful or pertinent hints on so important a subject : fuch, for infance, as those which we find in the little but fenfible tract before us.----We here meet with several new thoughts, which meric the moit serious consideration ; particularly a proposal for establishing, instead of the present bounty on exported corn, such a modus of bounty as will ac
• Author (if we mistake not) of the Dialogue between a Lawyer and a Country Gentleman on the Subject of the Game Laws. See Review, vol. 44, p. 171. Rav. Mar. 1772.
once encourage the growth, and preserve mediocrity of prices. For effecting this, he offers a scheme which, fo far as we have had leisure to consider it, appears to be very rational and practicable : but, for farther particulars, we refer to the pamphlet. Art. 36. An Address to the Privy Council. Pointing out an effec
tual Remedy to the Complaints of the Inanders of Jersey. 8vo. 6 d. Wilkie,
The regulation heré proposed, for remedying the grievances of the Jersey-men, is a very easy one, viz. by increasing the number of representatives of the people (called Constables) in the court of judicature, which is the parliament of that island. Our privy council, it seems, have a right to make this alteration in the constitution of Jersey; and our Author says, “There is no occasion on which that right can be exerted with so much wisdom and humanity.' And, to enforce this plan, he strongly intimates the danger of a defiction and dismemberment of that illand from the British crown, Thould the complaints of the people meer with no redress. See more of this subject in our last month's Review, Art. “Narrative of the Oppressions of the Islanders of Jersey.'. Art. 37. The Controversial Letters of John Wilkes, Esq; the Rev.
Mr. Horne, and their principal Adherents ; with a Supplement, containing material anonymous Preces. 8vo. 4 s. sewed. Williams. 1772,
Collected from the news-papers, and neatly printed. Art. 38. Areopagitica : a Speech of John Milton, for the Li
berty of unlicenced Printing-reprinted from an old Edition published by the Author. To which are now added, a Dedication to C. Jenkinson, Esq; and a Preface, by the Editor. 8vo. 1 s. 6 di Bladon. 1772. :
'The Editor, in the overflow of his zeal for the liberty of the press, which he apprehends to be in danger, from the insidious designs of the ministry, attacks Mr. Jenkinson, in the Dedication, with ironical, but dull, abuse; and, in the Preface, he directly charges him with the patronage of a pamphlet, entitled, “Reasons against the intended Bill for laying some Restraint upon the Liberty of the Press,' which was mentioned in the political part of our lait month's Cata. logue. This pamphlet we have already spoken of as being what the present Author here terms it, a Mask'd Battery, an effort against the Palladium of British Freedom ; but a feeble one.
That all governments, and every ministry, should regard the urlicenced press with an unfriendly eye, is a very natural supposition, and the reason is too obvious to need mentioning ; but that our pre,
fent ministry will dare even to think of a measure so dangerously un· popular, as that of which this Editor seems so very apprehensive, we
do not believe ; because, if we are not greatly mistaken, it is the general persuafion, that the mere attempt to carry such a design into execution, would immediately involve this great and flourishing na tion in all the horrors of Civil war : the bare idea of which is, furely, enough to make all parties tremble !
Art. 39. Junius. Small O&avo. 2 Vols. 105. 6d. sewed.
Woodfall. 1772. At length the public are favoured with a complete edition of the very popular and highly admired letters of the celebrated JUNIUS; printed under the Author's inspection, preceded by a Dedication of 10 pages, a Preface of 22, and illustrated with Notes. The edition is handsome; the dedication, containing some very serious exhorta. tions, is, with great propriety, made to the English nation; and in the preface we have an ample discussion of that important branch of our public liberty, The Freedom of the Press : allo a particular ad. dress to a Great Person ; expressed in the true, unreitrained fpirit of this DARING Writer.
Speaking of the CONSEQUENCE of these political documents, the Author himself, in the dedication, says, “When kings and minister's are forgotten, when the force and direction of personal satire is no longer understood, and where measures are only ielt in their remoteft consequences, this book will, I believe, be found to contain principles worthy to be transmitted to posterity. When you leave the unimpaired, hereditary freehold to your children, you do but half your duty. Both liberty and property are precarious, unless the possessors have sense and spirit enough to defend them.-- This is not the language of vanity. If I am a vain man, my gratification lies within a narrow circle. I am the sole depository of my own sea cret, and it Thall perish with me.'-His motto, prefixed to this edi. tion, is, STAT NOMINIS UMBRA.
DRAMATIC. Art. 40. The Grecian Daughter ; a Tragedy. A&ted at Drury
lane. 8vo. 1 s. 6 d. Griffin. 1772. Every one knows the famous and affecting story of the Roman Chan rity, immortalized by the pen and pencil. Valerius Maximus has told it, lib. 5, c. 4. de Pietate in Parentes, 7 *. And the same author mentions also a Greek damsel, who had performed the same act of piety to her superannuated father. Mr. Murphy, the reputed · Author of this play, hath preferred the latter story, for the purpose of the drama, taking the liberty to place it in the reign of Dyonifius the Younger, at the point of time when Timoleon laid siege to Syracuse :' imagining that the general effect would be better produced, if the whole had an air of real history.'
On this foundation hath the present Writer built a tragedy which, from the pen of any author possessed of tolerable abilities for this species of poetry, with all human nature on its side (and excellent a&ting +) could hardly fail of fuccefs, in the reprefentation at leait, where the heart would so feelingly improve the exquisite tenderness of the scene.-With Mr. M.'s acknowleged taste, and dramatic experience, there could be no doubt of its succeeding, both on the stage and in the perusal; and, accordingly, we consider the present per
• We follow (in this reference) the P. S. given by way of Pref. to this play.
+ The old King, father of the heroine, by Mr. Barry ; and the Grecian Daughter by the traly admirable Mrs. Barry.
formance as, if not a capital, a good second-rate play; in no respect unworthy the Author of the Orphan of China and Zenobia.
As this gentleman hath often been reminded of his obligations to foreigners, he hath here taken care to claim the merit of originality, notwithstanding that the subject hath been touched by more than one foreign dramatic writer. He assures us that he found ' a new fable absolutely necessary,' and that he is not indebted to the Zelmire of Mons. Belloy for above three lines.'-He takes occasion, however, at the same time, to laugh at the boasting of those among his cotemporaries, of our own nation, who, after making up a' story with characters and incidents already hackneyed on the English stage, and inventing nothing, cry out, with an air of triumph, That they have not borrowed from the wits of France.'— These self-sufficient bards he ridicules, by a pleasant allusion to an epitaph, in the Isle of Man, on a person who is there celebrated only for having “ never been out of the island.”
But, while this Author was censuring our modern play-writers for their want of invention, he was not, perhaps, aware how much he is himself exposed to the retort, for uting the stale and brutal stagemethod of delivering his heroine out of the tyrant's hand, by putting a dagger into that of the desperate fair one, with which the dexo teroully butchers the royal favage, in the midst of his guards. It requires, surely, no great stretch of invention to furnish a more ingenious expedient, as well as a more natural method of executing poetic justice.
POETICA L. Art. 41. Threnodia Avgujtalis, sacred to the Memory of her late Royal Highness the Princess Dowager of Wales. Spoken and sung in the Great Room at Soho Square, on Thursday the zoth of Feb. 410. Is.. Woodfall. 1772,
The Speakers on this occasion were Mr. Lee and Mrs. Bellamy; the fingers Mr. Champness, Mr. Dine, and Miss Jameson ; with twelve chorus singers : the music prepared and adapted by Sig. Vento. The previous advertisement modeitly acknowledges that the poem ' may be more properly termed a compilation ; and may therefore, rather be considered as an industrious effort of gratitude than of genius.'- t is, however, a decent performance; and is the less an object of criticism, as the words were prepared for the composer in little more than two days; and the music, we are told, was also adapted in a period of time equally short.
MISCELLANEOUS. Art. 42. Choice Emblems, natural, historical, fabulous, moral,
and divine, for the Improvement of Youth; in Prose and Verse.
Ornaniented with near fifty handsome allegorical Engravings, de· figned on Purpose for this work. Written for the Amusement of
Lord Newbattle. mo. 2 s. 6 d. bound. Riley. 1772. ..
Lord New battle is a youth of nine years old ; and these Emblems are vell adapted for the amusement and instruction of children about that age. The Author's method is, to give, first, fome little emblematical reflection, or allusion to some little story, in verse, then to illus
trate the fable by a proper deduction in prole; and, laitly, from these · premises, to draw a suitable moral inference. This is the general
By Muhu Hudlottone Wynne