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In the Deserted Village, there were faults, so we find there are in the Deserted City. Perfection is not to be found.
But let us leave its faults, to try if we can discern its beauties : it being more agreeable to our temper to receive pleasure, than to give pain. Who would not sooner gather roses, than strew thorns.
In respect to the sentiments of the following extract, as they relate to party, we decline giving our opinion. Our concern is literature; not politics.
Who can behold our Thames, his tide, in vain,
'Twas not so seen of late, when ev'ry tide,
And when return'd, they could but see the play,
Which always would conclude the mirthful day.
And then content to hoitt the fail for more." In perusing this. Poem, we have observed many errors, which we suppose are typographical, as we perceive the prin-, ter has not in other respects done our author justice.
Remarks on Mr. Hume's Dialogues concerning Natural Religion.
By T. Hayter, A. M. Fellow of King's College, Cambridge, and one of the Preachers at his Majesty's Chapel at Whirchall.
In our Review of Mr. Hume's Dialogues on Religion was given an analysis of the work, with a brief refutation of the principal systems hazarded in it by the author.
The objections to the moral attributes of the Deity, the narrow limits of our plan did not allow us to remove in fo full and copious a manner as might be wished by some people, whom a general state of arguments does not enable to penetrate a subject, and who muft be led by the hand through every difficulty. This tafk Mr. Hayter has undertaken, and in our opinion with confiderable success. We could, however, wish that, instead of frittering his subject by remarks, he had given us one luminous and simultaneous view of it, in order to efface the ftrong impressions made by the rhetorick of his opponent. Had he been a little more careful in guarding against the ufe of a few barbarous expressions and ungrammatical constructions, the reader would have come to the conclusion more prepofseffed in his favour. What authority can he quote for the use of the words insti. gatres, abforp and discadure? Where is the fubftantive with which the participles supposing and admitting in the following sentence agree?“ Suppofing, though not admitting, the truth of this position, how, Philo, does it answer your prefent purpose ? In what shape does it conftitue a plea for the entire discardure of religion ?” These are certainly small inatters; but it is our business as Reviewers to take notice of them for the general improvement of English grammar. Most of our capital writers are in that respect juftly chargeable with inaccuracy: and it is full time that we should warn our authors to avoid what is so great a reproach to our language.
The Sense of the People. In a Letter to Edmund Burke, Esq. on
his intended Motion in the House of Commons, the 11th instant, Containing some Observations on the Petitions now fabricating, and the proposed Associations. 8vo. is. Becket.
As it belongs not to us to enquire whether the petitions presented to the House of Cominons, contain the sense of the different counties at large; we shall leave such investigation to those whose immediate business it is. We would, however, wish to warn our author against raising conjectures by the fire-lide, and then pompously sending them forth to the world, with “ such is the sense of the people.”
A Letter to Lord North. With Free Thoughts on Pensions and
Places. 4to, bd. Bladon.
We would recommend to our present letter writer, not to waste pen, ink and paper in any farther political correspondence; for till he grows a better politician he certainly does but lose his time in writing about the matter. We could not, however, he so cruel as to wish to deprive him from thinking on pensions and places, seeing, from his political knowledge, that he is not in a very fair way to obtain either in reality,
Four Letters from the Country Gentleman on the Subječt of the
Petitions. Svo. 6d. Almon.
These Letters, it seems, made their first appearance in a daily paper entitled “The London Courant, and are now to be seen in Mr. Almon's shop window, but where they will make their exit, or how long they will freț their tedious hour upon the stage,' time alone can tell,
The Republican Form of Prayer, which ought to be rifed in all
Churches and Chapels, &c. on February the 4th, being the Day appointed for a General Fast, &c. Without his Majesty's sper cial Command. 8vo. Is. Baldon.
For any further account of this prayer, than that of faying it is truly republic, we must beg leave to refer our readers to the pamphlet itself.
Terms of Conciliation : or., Confiderations on a free Trade in Irena
land; on Pensions on the Irish establishment; and on an Union with Ireland. Addressed to the Duke of Northumberland, 8vo. 29. Millidge.
However good our author's intentions, his abilities do not, by any means, seem calculated to promote the wishedfor end,
Impartial Thoughis on a Free Trade to the Kingdom of Ireland,
In a Letter to Lord North. Recommended to the Confideration of every British Senator, Merchant and Manufacturer in this Kingdom 8vo. is. Millidge.
The political knowledge of this letter-writer, appears to be on a par with that of the foregoing author of s Terms of Conciliation."
Dispafronate Thoughts on the American War. Addressed to the Moderate of all Parties. 8vo. is.
Thoughts that may, with very propriety, be called disparfionate. Our author recommends the recalling the troops froin America, by which imeans he thinks Great Britain would be able to chastise the infolence of her natural enemy. This thought is certainly not pew, yet the moderate and sensible manner with which our author treats the subject merits commendation,
manner have I
To the London Reviewer who figns W.
with a reply, though it were very easy to give it. But it is absolutely necessary that I mould tell you, I did not allude to any other Reviews than yours. It is amazing that
you could so miltake my words. When I said, “I evidently alluded to more Reviews than one, though but one only I quoted," my meaning certainly and plainly was, more of your Reviews than one, though no quotation was made from any but that for April 1778.
" It is equally necessary that I should observe to you, that if you think by a single dalh of your pen, or by two or three queries, to confute the long established principle of divine grace, without taking any more pains in the attempt, you are egregiously mistaken. Instead of leading you an endless dance, through a hundred vólumes, I have' brought the inatter within a tolerable fhorc compass, and referred you only to two authors for answers to your queries, who have to every man of found understanding sufficiently answered them. This is now pointed out to the public : for what is once in print is ipfo fa&to addressed to the public: they may therefore, if they please, easily see that you are already answered. If you are unwilling to compose a book in support of your own opinions, and in reply to those, who without confutation have proved that įhey are ill-founded, you tacitly give up the point. For my part I am pot so pufillanimous, as in the least to decline the challenge which I have made. And I wonder that you can be so inattentive (to say nothing worse) as to conceive for a moment that the great points (than which none in a literary way can well be more extensive, or in a moral sense more important) of mali’s free agency, GOD's justice and divine grace, can be ably and properly trcated in the few pages allotted to the corner of a Review. This might seem to impeach your good fenfe: I will, however, exercise candour, and chuse to look upon it only as a meer oversight. Can any man of learning, indeed, be ignorant that a question upon an important interesting subject may be expressed in one short period, which it may justly require fifty or a hundred prges adequately to discuss ? But if you will begin at any time to answer what has bren said by Edwards and Maclaurin upon the subject of your questions, I will again assure you, I have not the least fear to enter the lifts of controversy with you. Whenever you shall oblige the world with an attempted confutation of the arguments, to which I