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elegant pen: the style alone, as the Editor observes, is sufficient to
to the Committee of the County of York. 8vo. 6d. Almon.
In the first of these letters, Mr. Hartley points out, what every one saw before, the disorders of the State, proceeding from 'ministerial influence, by means of places, penfions, beneficial contra&s, &c.' and he recommends, as the only specific cure for a disease so alarmingly danger us to the body politic, (a F EE and INDEPENDENT PAR. LIAMENT.' Mr. H. is certainly right in his prescription; but where is the apothecary who can make it up?
In his second letter, he earneltly recommends conciliatory meas fures with regard to America. Here, too, Mr. H. is no less obvioully in the right; and we believe he can hardly meet with an Englishman who will dissent from his opinion ; but here also we are afraid the difficulty lies in getting the prescription made up. Art. 18. Copies of the Proceedings of the General Meetings of the
County of Wilts; and likewise Copies of the Proceedings and Cor. respondence of the Committee appointed at the General Meeting of the County, beld 26th January, 1780. Published by Order of ihe Committee, 8vo.
Baldwin. The letters of the LORDs Shelburne and Radnor, and the Como MONERS Fox, Burke, Barré, T. Pitt, and Dunning, will render this pamphlet acceptable to the Public in general. The other peti. tioning counties would do well to follow the example of Wiltthire, in printing their correspondence ; which will, at least, be attended with this advantage,- it will point out to the people of this country, those noble and worthy persons who were friends to a delign which might have produced the happiest consequences to the British pation, in respect of that most important article, Pubụic OECONOMY!
MEDICAL. rt. 19. An Enquiry into the Origin of the Gout; wherein its various Symptoms and Appearances are traced to their Cause; and a safe and certain Mode of remedying it proposed. By John Scott, M. D. 8vo. 35. sewed. Becket, 1780.
That the Gout ftill continues the opprobrium medicorum, is certainly not owing to a want of attention to it in the faculty, since scarce a month passes which does not bring with it some new treatise on this disease.' Of the number of these which have passed before us in their quiei course to the pacific ocean of oblivion, we have not met with any, whose progress will probably be more unnoticed than the present. Its doctrines are so refined and subtilized, and its precepts are so trite and general, that it hardly offers a single temptation to readers, either learned or unlearned, to give it a perusal. We are sorry to be obliged to affert, that scarcely any thing ever came before ug in the shape of a scientific treatise, so utterly void of precise and accurate ideas from one end to the other. Here is a great deal about nervous quid, æthereal spirit, electric principle and phlogiston ; with their ebullitions, impetuses, periodical tides, deflagrations, &c. by ringing the changes on which terms, every phænomemon of the gout
is accounted for without the least difficulty or hesitation. Though there is no hint in this publication of the author's possessing a nefirum, yet we cannot but suspect that it is preparatory to the appearance of one ; fince in the chapter where one would expect him to come to the point, and declare' his fase and effectual remedy,' there is nothing but inexplicable enigma. The great matter, he tells us, is to reconduct the tide of animal spirits in its proper channel, through the intestinal canal.' But no purge, nor any thing Itimalative, is proper for this purpose;' and what is, he leaves us to discover by our own sagacity. He is a little more explicit under the head of regimen; though, indeed, we are not greatly informed, when he tells us, that diet is best * which produces after every meal a general glow through all the abdominal viscera, together with a serene hilarity of mind. The gentleman has certainly a lively fancy, and would probably succeed in poetry ; witness the following pretty paffage, The periodical ride,'No, on second thoughts, the ladies will frown at us.:-we therefore recommend the curious reader to the book.
HUSBANDRY. Art. 20. Practical Husbandry; or, the Art of Farming, with
a Certainty of Gain : as practised by judicious Farmers in the Country. The Result of Experience and long Observation. Bu Dr. John Truller of Cobham, Surry. In this work is contained all the Knowledge neceffary in the plain Bufiness of Farming, unincumbered with Theory, Speculation, or experimental Enquiry; also, a Number of Estimates of the Expences and Profits of different Crops in the common Way, taken from Minutes kept; and a variety of useful Remarks not to be met with in any Books of Agriculture. Together with Directions for meafuring Timber. 8vo. 3 s. 6 d. fewed. Baldwin. 1780.
The art of farming with a certainty of gain! How unfortunate was Mr. Marshall not to have seen this book before he wrote his chapter on the hazard of farming. No one, not even excepting the eminent Mr. Curl, was ever more happy in the choice of his titlepages than Dr. John Trusler. As, indeed, it is in general the only part of his various publications in which he has an exclusive properiy, it would be unpardonable not to bestow some pains to make it as finished and captivating as possible. The present work is a meagre compilation from Young and Mortimer. So far from con. taining, as this Reverend Plagiary afferts, a variety of useful remarks not to be met with in any books of agriculture, we will venture to fey, there is scarcely a plough-driver in the kingdom but knows as much of farming as can pollibly be learned from this catch.penny performance. MISCELLANEOU's.
C.t.it, Art. 21. Rhyme and Reafon : or, a fresh Stating of the Arge
ments against an Opening through the Wall of Queen's Square, Westminter. By a Knight. With the original Arguments at the Bottom of the Page, for the Information of the Inquisitive, &c. 410. 18. 6d. Paulder, &c. 1780.
A defire having been expressed, and a scheme formed, to promote a neighbourly intercourse among the inhabitants of Queen's Square, Park-ftreet, &c. by opening a convenient passage through the wall li 4
which at present stands as a barrier between them, this social pure pole has, it seems, been particularly appoled by Sir J- H-k-s, - whose printed Reafons againl the wished for opening, are made the basis of these burle!que verses,
“ Personal satire, like ocber corrosives, may, as a correspondent, on this subject, remarks, have its use : and it can never be more properly applied than in the way of recrimination and self defence. The Authors of this ironical composition (for, it seems, more than one pen has been employed on this occasion) are candid enough to accompany it with the original performances which gave rise to it, in order that the Public may judge of the one as well as the other : and it is not to be wondered at, that so rude and ungentlemanlike an attack as the original appears to be, upon a number of families in a neighbourhood, thould produce a reply of this fort; for whoever takes upon him to print and disperse invectives against ochers, becomes a Drawcanfir ; and throws down the gauntlet for any that will, to take up. If he is foiled in the consequence, he has nothing to complain ofobut his own folly. Those who have a relish for sarcastical humour and pointed satire, we may venture to say, will meet with as much entertainment as the nature of such a subject would admit of." Art. 22. Minutes of the Proceedings at a Court-Martial, assem
bled to inquire into the Cause of the Loss of his Majesty's late ship Ardent. Taken by George Jackson, Elg; Judge Advocate of bis Majesty's Fleet. Published by Order of the Right Honourable the Lords Commiflioners of the Admiralty. 410. 2 s. 6 d. Cadell.
Military discipline, having for its ohjeet the good of the service, overlocks all personal considerations in the attainment of this great end. Among the rigors of the Pruffian discipline, we are told that a soldier was caned for sneezing, which seems to be an effort of nature little dependent on the will; yet an old Prusian officer remarked, that the men did not cough so often as they used to do formerly.
From the circumstances ttared, Captain Boceler will, in all probability, be consoled with milder verdicts, in private judgment, than that which was pronounced by, the Court before whom he was ar. raigned.
N. Art. 23. Thoughts on the dangerous Tendency of employing For
reigners. Addressed to the People of England. 8vo. 1S. 6 d. Faulder.
Whatever may be thought of this pamphlet as a literary compofie tion, the Author appears to be an honest, well-meaning patriot ; though he says nothing about peritions or asiociations.
N Art. 24. Memoirs of the Town and County of Leicester.. Contaio
ing the Ahtiquities of each, and the historical and biographical Relations at large. To which is added, a brief fupplementary Account of the present State of Leicestershire. By John Throsby. 1 2mo. 6 Vol.
12 s. sewed.
Leicester, printed for the Author. Sold by Crowder in London.
We hall not detain our Readers long with an account of this publication. The history of a county may be rendered an inftručlive, entertaining, and useful performance; but it is requifice for this pure pose that the Editor should have taste, judgment, and an acquaint
ance with history and antiquities; besides which, he muf be inqui-
Remarks and Conjectures on the Voyage of the Ships
Tribule of Grazia de ro the Memory of that celebrated Naviga:or.
Letters arrived a few days ago at the India- house, containing cer-
of England. Concluding with a poetical Invocation to the Genius
This Gloucestershire freeholder, though a very indifferent writer,
Brocke, Charles Floger, and George Markay, Ejquires, for deposing
This abliract, we are informed, is printed from the notes of a gentleman of Lincoln's Inn ; and is intended for public information, as the defendants declire publishing the noies of their short-hand wsiters. Whatever the defendan's may propose to themselves by omitting such a publication, they are no doubt extremely well satila fied with the event of the trial. The general circumdances of the
unhappy Lord Pigot's fate, are well known; and Madam Jufice, like any other whimsical lady, only gave the acting parties in it a gentle cap with her fan, and said - Get you gone, for a pack of naughty boys! Art. 28. The Literary History of the Troubadours. Containing
their Lives, Extraets from their Works, and many Particulars reJative to the Customs, Morals, and History of the Twelfth and Thirteenih Centuries. Collected and abridged from the French of M. De Saint-Pelaie, by the Author of the Life of Petrarch. Odavo, 6 s. Boards. Cadell. 1779.
In the Appendix to the gift, and that to the 52d volume of our Review, we gave a pretty full account of Abbé Millot's Discourse
prefixed to the Literary History of the Troubadours, to which we reliter fer our Readers.
The ingenious Mrs. Dobson, to whom the Public is indebted for her very entertaining Life of Petrarch, now presents us with a jadicious collection of the most interesting and instructive parts of Mr. De Saint Pelaie's work, which cannot fail of being agreeable to those who make the human heart their study, and are defirous of being acquainted with the manners and customs of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.- * We fee (to use Mrs. Dobson's own words) sovereigns and great lords, knights and noble ladies, monks and prelates, libertines and devotees, enthusiasts in love or in religion, Tatirifts or licentious Aatterers, pass in review before us.'
R. Art. 29. A New System of modern Geograpby: or, a Geographi
cal, Historical, and Commercial Grammar; and present State of the several Kingdoms of the World. By William Guthrie, Esq.
The Astronomical Part by James Ferguson, F.R.S. A new Edi. *Y!
cion, with great Additions and Improvements. Illustrated with a Set of large Maps, engraved by Mr. Kitchin, &c. 4to. 11. 18. Dilly, &c. 1780.
It is unnecessary to say any thing concerning the nature, design, and general plan of this work, as they are particularly pointed out in the preface to the former editions of it, and as we have already given a sufficient account of this undertaking, in the xlveh volume of our Review. Mr. Guthrie's performance was at first principally intended for schools ; but having met with almost universal approbacion, it has been thought proper to print a new edition of it, on ? large type, and in a handsome quarto volume, and to enrich it with new se: of maps, engraved by the best artists.
The work being historical, as well as geographical, the perpetual fluctuation of human affairs has rendered some considerable additions necessary in the historical part; such additions have accordingly been made in the edicion now before us; particularly, some account is given of the late extraordinary revolutions in Rullia, Denmark, Sweden, and Poland; of the rise and progress of the unhappy contest between Great Britain and the American Colonies, and of some of the principal incidents of the war between them, together with a brief account of the late voyages, which have been undertaken at the expence of the British goveanment, for the purposes of discovery, and especially ia the southern hemisphere. In the descriptions of several countries,