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system of the public boards, and by establishing the general course of the said boards by law ---How the first principles of the conflitu-', tion confift in a renewal of a system of the public boards, we cannot apprehend. Indeed our author's meaning, in many parts of the pamphlet, seems to be a secret of state, which we cannot pretend to explain ; but if ever it should be found needful to ellaslith a board of perplexity, he may command all our interett towards his being elected president.
ART. 26. Three Letters relating to the Navy, Gibraltar, and
Portmahon. Wrote in the Years 1747 and 1748. But now first published; being very applicable to the present Time. If an extraordinary Liberty is assumed in these Litters, vouchsafe, Britons,' to hear these Truths which are mentioned only for your good. Demost. 3 Olym. 8vo. Pr. 2 s. 6 d. BLADON.
In the preface to this pamphlet, the author takes occasion to argue upon the behaviour of Mr. Byng in the Mediterranean, and, with the appearance of a very good heart, suffers himself to be borne away by the popular clamours against that genileman. If this is not the case, we cannot account for his stating the following queftion ; 'whether it might not be possible, if the French feet was • beaten, to throw fome fuccours into the place, which would enable
general Blakeney to hold out against a much greater force than the • French had in Minorca?' Now it has been proved again and again, and is a decided point, that admiral Byng had no fuccours to throw into Minorca. We can hardly think the author was ignoraut of this circumstance.
In the first letter, written to explain the reasons of the misconduct and miscarriages of the Navy, he proposes, that one or two gentlemen of genius should be employed in composing fongs to celebrate the atchievements of the British Navy ; that the sailors, by getting them by heart, and finging them occasionally, might be warmed into a nobler spirit of courage and emulation. We approve of the expedient, and hope that the Lords of the Admiralty will, without loss of time, appoint a poet, and his crew, for the use of the navy. The marine laureat may wear a tiara of seagreen bays; and his mates be diftinguished by cockle-shells, as the boatswains drivers are known by their whistles. He may have a cabin on the poop as the part analagous to a cock-loft, and his women and people may be differently employed in picking sentiments, splicing syllables, reeving rhimes, and caulking stanzas.
The second letter of this pamphlet turns upon naval court-martials; and the third on the condition and importance of Gibraltar and Mlinorca.--fuit Ilium! The reflexions are judicious, though not uncominon ; and the work, though a little tedious and diffuse, is well worth perusing.
CORRESPONDENCE. THE young gentleman, adorned with every Social virtue, who sent
I to the publiher of the CRITICAL Review, a panegyric on his own poem upon the Robin-hood Society, and afterwards an abusive letter, subscribed W.W. (Witwoud Wifeacre) is desired to take notice, that he cannot be admitted as a freeman of Parnasus, until he hall have served out his clerkship, and given some more undoubted specimen of his poetical capacity. He will find it easier to engross deeds, than to indite madrigals,
The judicious criticism of W. G. came too late to be inserted in this number ; but the proprietors gladly comply with that gentleman's desire, in giving the public to understand, that the New Verfoon of Milton is not the work of any person belonging to the university of Oxford, but the production of one Green, an idle mechanic, who lately troubled the world with a wretched piece, intitled, The Parfon's Parlour, a character of which may be seen in No. V. of the CRITICAL REVIEW.
There is something dark and enigmatical in the letter of T. H.He seems to allude to former animadversions that never were received. Mr.**** are characters which the REVIEWERS cannot decypher, though they may contain as much energy as the Jewish Cabala.--The Tale and the Ode he mentions have not yet fallen into their hands; bac the Connoisseur ihall be treated with all due regard.
P. P. is extremely obliging.-The Anel de Bradamante is curious and entertaining; the REVIEWERS will be proud of his correspondence. They dare not hope the same favour from his fair pupil Melissa, whose approbation, however, will animate their endeavours for the entertainment of the public. They do not doubt that she will still continue to imitate the conduct of her name-fake, who
In ben di molti adaperò l'anello. The Letter sign'd Pbilalethes came to hand. We are obliged to A. M. for his friendly animadversions on our
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- - 215 racier of that work 139-143
ing up Isaac considered - 148 the Lord God in the Old Testa.
281 University of Oxford, its cha-
167 Bower (Mr.) vindicated from the
tertainment at Paris, some ac an echinus discovered in An-
what founded - 311 by Dr. Robinson, a character
-48 babilities of life in London 26
- 279 Britain, the history of, vol. 2d.
474 and character of - 404
Admiral Byng, account of 285 Postlethwait, Esq; an account
474 fi'nsibility and irritability - 32
Burcle (John) Esq; his life, ac-
his cale-251 - Impartial re- of, a character and account of
the danger of
Defence, the right of, considered,
?;! Demades, a Grecian orator, some
- 419 character as an orator, 4, 5, as
-- --- 105 Earthquakes, several at Conftanti-
360 cerning that at Lisbon - 85
count of, with extracts - 381 the power of electrical vapour
earthquakes there --- 19 . of King Charles I. - 395
Patien's charge againit it 154- a characier of, with extracts
French, great encouragers of learn- account of that work 464
- 327 Husbandry, a compleat body of,
account of him
Genius of Britain, an Iambic ode,
a character and specimen of 470 Jamaica, account of it censured
51-62 Jenks, his medications, a character
and the prophets to the Jews, Jenty (Nicolas) an account of his
115 Jewish law, its particular end and
232 The Jilts, or Female Fortune-
character, with a specimen 380 Illustrious men, the lives of, com-
330 Imagination, the progress of, 196,
ous experiments of his 132, 133 confidered. Account of that,
125 Interpretation of promises, con-
88 tions of the British nation to
15--19 on the Indians, ibid. - 160