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scriptoribus, desumens ; & quo unaquæque gens tempore, cujusve opera, chriftianam fidem amplexa sit, enarrans.
Totum opus in sex tomos in 4.:magno, ut vocant; Reale, di-, viditur : cui titulus : kalendaria ecclefiæ universæ, in quibus tum ex vetuftis marmoribus, tum ex codicibus, tabulis, parietinis, pictis, fcriptis, scalptisve, sanctorum nomina, imagines, &* fefti perannum dies ecclefiarum orientis, & occidentis, præmiffis uniuscujusque ecclefiæ originibus, recensentur, describuntur, notisque illustrantur, fludio & opera Josephi Simonii Alemani, bibliothecæ Va-, ticanæ præfecti, & facrofanétæ Basilicre principis apoftolorum de wrbi canonici.
In priore Tomi primi parte, occafio hujus operis, & idea describitur : nec non elucidantur ephemerides Vaticanæ, Capponianæ, Poljevinianæ, Papebrochianæ, Culcinianæ, & Falconiane. Differitur quoque de Athoniticis, aliisve. Græcorum pervetustis imaginibus : de christianorum picturis : de diptychis & faftis effigiatis & non effigiatis.
In altera vero ejusdem Tomi primi parte, & in fequentibus Tomis fecundo, tertio, & quarto, traditur origo Scytharum, Sarmatarum, Slavorum, Rufforum, Mofchorum. Oftendi. tur, Slavos in Scythia quidem & Sarmatia indigenas esse ; advenas vero in Germania, Polonia, Bohemia, Pannonia, Dalmatia, Illyrico : tempus eoram in hafce regiones adventus, & occafio designatur : & quando primum ad Chrifti fidem sint converfi, & quorum apostolorum opera, & qui fuerint primi eorum Antistites, & duces, five reges. Interferuntur animadverfiones in recentiores quosdam rerum Dalmaticarum, Polonicarum, Bohemicarum, & Hungaricarum scriptores, fabulosa nonnulla de Slavis & Hunnis congerentes. Demonstratur, alios esse Slavos a Gothis, Vandalis, Langobardis, Alemannis, Suedis, Danis, Hunnis, Abaribus, Hungaris. Res eorum gestæ à prima orgine usque ad annum Chrifti fere 1100, ex authenticis documentis describuntnr. Slavicæ demum linguæ in divinis celebrandis usus asseritur, tam apud Dalmatas & Illyrios Latini ritus homines ; quam apud Ruí-. fos, Moschos, Bulgaros, aliosque Græcarum cerimoniarum cultores. Sacrarum præterea scripturarum in Slavicum fermonem versio auctori genuino tribuitur : & catalogus ecclefiasticorum librorurn Slavice confcriptorum recenfetur. Vol. II.
Denique Tomo quinto & fexto, Ephemerides Græco-Mofchæ seu Slavicæ, juxta Græcorum kalendarium, à mense Septembri usque ad finem Augufti, per anni circulum, describuntur, & perpetuis observationibus illustrantur ; præmittendo tribus quibufque mensibus incisas in ære sanctorum uniuscujufque menfis ac diei imagines, ex autographis tabulis Capponianis delineatis ; additis notis ad ea quæ de iifdem fanctis Pofsevinus, Papebrochius, Culcinius, Falconius, aliique sunt commentati.
Opus, ut arbitror, omnibus ecclefiafticæ eruditionis ftudiofis perutile ; sub auspiciis SSmi Dni noftri Benedicti XIV. Pont. Max. literarum patroni munificentissimi, ab auctore susceptum. Conftat unusquisque Tomus nummis argenteis Romanis duobus ; vel Florenis Germanicis quatuor ; vel Libellis Gallicis decem. Valete.
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Art. 12. A Letter from a Citizen of Port-Royal in Jamaica, to a
Citizen of New-York. Relating to some extraordinary Measures, lately set on foot in that Island. Pr. 6 d. Scott. T "HE writer of this letter pretends to arraign the conduct of a cer
tain governor of Jamaica, who having in vain tried by menaces and corruption to bring the members of the assembly into his interelted views, prorogued their meeting in a manner as unprecedented as it was sudden; whereby he prevented them from laying the state of their affairs before the King. He then proceeds to inform us, that a new Speaker was put upon them almost without their knowing it; while the old one, after having insinuated bimself into the full confidence of the perple, betrayed them, and was paid for his perfidy with an annuity, valued in gross, at £ 60,000! a modeft pluck out of the public funds ! not to reward public merit; but to fanctify public demerit.
A little attention to this pamphlet Thews us, that this is not the state of affairs in Jamaica, but in 1-r1-d; and the share which is given, in many ill-conducted transactions, to a certain Secretary, and to a principal Clergyman--a Pope---the remarkable asociate of a very powerful family, sets the matter beyond doubt. The letterwriter has not preserved the character which he affumes with proper uniformity; for he speaks of the power of Sheriffs, and the danger that may acrue from electing such as are either partial or arbitrary ; w diereas the name of a Sheriff is unknown in jamaica ; there the 5
ProvostProvoft-marshal has the direction of such business, as is, among us, done by the Sheriffs ; and he enjoys his place for life. There is als fo another oversight, or at least an instance of our author's forgetting his character, in the following paragraph, with which we thali present the reader, as a specimen of his abilities.
• Why these doings in an island, alike remarkable for loyalty and tranquillity, ever ready to devote their persons and estates to
the service of their Prince ? one single county in the northern part * of this island, during the time of the late 'rebellion in Scotland, • offered to raise 20,000 men, the gentlemen to enlist as private fol• diers, for encouragement of their tenants, and to serve his Majesty, • until che rebellion hould be fupprefied. Was not this a cordial • proof of the strongest attachment will you (for this is addressed • to any British subject), will you do such a people the dishonour,
the private interest of a few mercenary men in the scale againii chem? will you do such a people the injuttice, to give them a moment of general disquietude, for the private gratiñcation af
any aspiring individuals ? Art. 13. The Parallel, or the Conduct and Fate of Great-Britain
in regard to our present Contest with France : exemplified
from the Histories of Macedon and Athens. 8vo. Pr. 1 s. Scott.
The Parallel seems to be the performance of a person who is well acquainted with history, as well antient as modern; and who has not presumed to draw characters, form comparisons, or make inferences, without proper and judicious digeftion.
Ke handles his subject in a plain and convincing manner, aiming rather at perspicuity, than charms of eloquence. His intention is to prove, that our commencing hostilities, without declaring war, is not without precedent ; and this he does in his 2nd and 23d pages. His character of Chares, in the 29th page, strongly points out a late unfortunate general, whose name ought to be buried in oblivion
And Holland seems to be the original from which he drew the picture he has given us of Bæotia. To extract it will, we are certain, not be thought amiss by any of our readers.
A nation of To heavy a genius, by reason of the grossness and • humidity of the air, as to become a proverbial expression ; their • situation lay convenient for trade ; but low, damp, and liable to • inundations of the sea. They were a people just in their private, • but insincere with regard to public dealings; their parts were . folid, adapted to their government; friends to liberty, but neither • specious nor penetrating: they had produced one commander, • who had preserved their freedom; but after his death they were • reduced to ask asitance from Athens, by whose aid this nation again • flourished and preserved her dignity: a service which the repaid ' with the highest ingratitude ; for on every occasion me deceived • her Allies, and made it plainly apparent, that if Athens was not
betrayed, the might impute it rather to imbecility or cowardice, • than to the good-will of the Bæotians.'
This pamphlet juftly concludes with admonishing us, not to neglect the defensive, while we act the offensive part against our enemies; not without observing, that the best endeavours of virtue will be vainly exerted to save us from ruin, should indolence, luxury, and corruption become the sole ends of the administration. Art. 14. Love and Duty. A Tragedy. By Mr. John Slade. 8vo.
Pr. Is. 6 d. Griffiths. Mr. Slade, in his preface, discovers to us, a very particular secret, viz. That he wrote this piece for the itage; where he hoped to gain some advantage by it; but in that effential circumstance he found bimself miserably disappointed: nor are we furprized at this, for it is a molt miserable piece *.
However, says he, I have the modesty to acknowledge, I believe the true reason why they (the managers) refused it, was their honest opinion it would not succeed. Mr. Slade is right to tell us of his modesty, otherwise we should have set him down as influenced by the virtues that entitle the hero of the Dunciad to his throne : for what else could have induced him to expose himself in public? We shall give a short extract, nor shall it be the worst, from this extraordinary production, on which we will leave the reader to comment ; and after having aked Mr. Slade, What in the name of wonder could have induced him to think he could write poetry? we shall take the liberty to tell him, that among many other qualifications, tafte, judgment, fancy, and itile are absolutely necessary to a poet ; and we cannot think Mr. Slade's modesty will permit him to imagine he possesses any of them.
-Cou'd I prevail
When fathers act with unbecoming force,
The vengeance of their sons, and be reduc'd
Art. Love and Duty has been perfcrmed at Drury-lane to a very crouded audience, fizice the writing of ibis article; the afiors were obe autbor and his friends, and rover seere writing and atling so well matcbed.
Art. 15. A Satirical Review of the manifold Falshoods and Absure
dities hitherto publish'd concerning the Earthquake. To which is annext, an authentic Account of the late Catastrophe at Lisbon, and the Present State of that august Capital. The whole interspersed with Reflections of Importance to the Moral and Political Interests of Great Britain : And a Set of new Charafters drawn from the Life. By a Man of Buliness. 8vo. Pr. I s. 6d. Corbett,
The Man of Busines; who scrawled this Satirical Review, is mighty angry at some articles of intelligence, published in the Daily Papers, which he imagines were thrown out with a view to insult the distresses of the Portiguese : he has collected all the paragraphs relating to the earthquake, taken them to pieces with great imartness, and while he takes pains to assure us that the writers of them are Jews, and enemies to cur allies, the most worthy Portuguese, and to their re pectable Monarch, ubo truly deserves, and really podeljes our affections and esteem; he points out their ignorance, and errors, in language in a manner very little better than that which he condemns.
This ingenious commentator assures us, that the private houses, and ihe common streets wore one settled face of sadness, when the news of the calanities of Lisbon arrived in this metropolis ; and the ladies toilette, and the pror woman's barrow were equally dejected; yet warmed with less sensibility than these inanimates, are those Icrawling caitiffs the news writers, whose productions are so very, important, that they seem to be levelled at the destruction of the friendly alliance subsisting between us and his Most Faithful Majesty,
• For what confidence, says our author, can our friendship cherish or maintain in the Portuguele? or what friendly sentiments can • they retain for us; if our beneficence to them in time of af'Aiation assume the appearance of insult, by coming to them em• bitter'd with loads of coarse abuse ? and what other light can the ' fuccours, we send them, appear in ; if we continue tamely to suf
fer, as we have done, that those succours be accompanied with in. • solent, veromous invectives of snarling Jews and other foreign
rabble, from a British press, and under the stolen cover of an En. glish dress and English characters?'
As this pamphleteer often uses the word bunting, we shall only assure the reader, that by adopting this vulgarisın, and giving it as an epithet to this performance, we are very far from doing it injustice.
Art. 16. A Satirical Review, &c. Part IId. 8vo. Pr. is. Corbett.
This second part is conducted in the same strain with the former; it contains a defence of the inquisition; which, upon the whole, will appear not unjust to impartial eyes : and abounds with some arguments to prove, that if the earthquake at Lifoon was a visitation upon that city for its crimes, London ought allo to tremble,