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Englih Classics abridged; being Sele&t Works of Addison, Popr, and
WIilton, adapted to the Perusal of Youth, of both Sexes, at School, So which are prefixed, Observations on the several Authors, ad drilled to Parents and Preceptors. By J. Walker, Author of Elements of Llocution, Rbetorical Grammar, &c. Sva. 35. 6d. Robinson.
Mr. Walker is well known to the world not only for his accarate acquaintance with the English language, but for teaching the pronunciation of it with propriety; and it is owing, we prefume, to his employment in the latter of these capacities, tbai he has turned his thoughts towards executing the abridgement pow before us. We find that he has been induced to this undertaking from an opinion, that the writings even of the beft authors are unsuitable to the purposes of early education ; because, being addressed to mature age, they present such pictures of human life as, though both instructive and agreeable to the parent and philosopher, may be highly improper for the perufal of pupils of the younger class, whose imaginations ought to be carefully guarded against whatever is indelicate.
We cannot but sincerely approve of a plan, the object of which is to preferve the imaginations of youth from the intruhon of improper ideas; and it affords us additional fatisfaction to find that Mr. Walker has fo abridged the most confpicuous English writers, as to furnish a compendium which may form the tafte of youth, without the danger of fullying their minds. The selection he has made for this purpose affords fufficient proof of his own taste and judgment; which are farther confirmed by his sensible obfervations on the authors whose works he has abridged. We would, therefore, recommend this volume as a valuable production for the perufal of youth, whom it may instruct and entertain by the purest fentiments, in language the moft elegant and chalte. A Trip to Holland. Containing Sketches of Characters: together
-with Curforgy Obfervations on the Manners and Customs of the Dutch. Small 800. 25. 6d. Becker,
If this was not fo pointed an imitation of the Sentimental Journey, it might be entitled to considerable praise; but we hate e'en Garrick, thus at second hand.' The descriptions, however, theagh flight, are appropriated, the narrative lively, and the fentiment entirely Shandean.
“ Observations made in a Trip to Holland-Ha! ha! ha!” And why that laugh, good Mr. Critic? You imagine, perhaps, that a Belgic sky has fomething particularly baneful in its infuence ; and that the man who has refided for any little time in Holland moft neceffarily become as dull and phlegmatic as many of its inhabitants ? " I do." You imagine, likewise, that a Datchman is totally devoid of fentiment; and that a Dutchwoman is an atter ftranger to thofe finer affections of the
foul which so eminently characterize our lovely countrywomen? “ Undoubtedly.” Why, then, you arc undoubtedly mistaken.'
The language is not always elegant; occasionally a vulgar word, like Shakspeare's blanket of the night, will obscure and debase the sentiment: sometimes our expectations are raised without an adequate gratification ; but, on the whole, our author may be literally Ityled an agreeable companion in
The Defcription and Use of the new invented patent Universal Sow
ing Macbine, for broad-cafting or drilling every Kind of Grain, Pulfe, and Secd. By John Horn. 8vo. Iso 6d. Johnson.
This machine is very clearly described, and seems really to be sold at an inconsiderable price. In this the patentee has acted with discretion ; for the very dear rate at which many patent machines are sold, is the strongeit incentive to other workmen to evade the exclusive right. It encourages no peculiar method of husbandry, but is equally adapted to drilling and broad-cast, and seems, so far as we can judge from the deícription and plate, to be highly usefal. We have not seen the machine at work, and we know that apparently the belt contrivances fail in practice; but the author seems well acquainted with his subject, and we have much reason to confide in his promises. It is not easy to give a particular account of his invention, without the aflistance of a plate. Genuine Memoirs of Jane Elizabeth Moore, late of Bermondsey,
in the County of Surry; written by berself. 3 Vols. 12m0. gs. Sewed. Bew.
Mrs. Moore, by a concurrence of misfortunes, chiefly accia dental, seems to have been reduced from a state of affluence to poverty and distress. Though we cannot recommend the work; yet the feeling heart will pity, and the liberal one alliit her. The Rotchfords; or, the Friendly Counsellor : defgned for the InAtruction and Amusement of the Youth of both Sexos. By M. P. In Two Vols. 8vo.
35. 4d. Marshall. This work contains some useful precepts, but we cannot commend it highly on account of the exceptionable language, which we reprehended in a similar work of the same editor. Improper words should be very sparingly used, even when they are intended to be exposed, and ihould be carefully pointed out as mean, vulgar, and inelegant. The parents use ugly' and * valtly' on many occafions, when they are not properly applicable; and the editor spells lilach • layluc,' which leads to a vulgar ungraceful mode of pronunciation. The language of the children is also exceptionable: we are enemies to a Itiff, formal phraseology; but it is not impossible to blend the greateft ease with correctness, and the most polished elegance with precision. While we watch over the foud of young minds, we
fhall not overlook such errors; and, if they are not amended, shall expose them with greater severity. Interesting Memoirs. By a Lady. In Two Vols.
55: ferved. Cadell. In many respects these Memoirs are really interesting, for the duties of morality and religion are of the highest importance. They are in different parts of this work inculcated with a zeal that deserves success. In other respects, the Memoirs are amusing, with little novelty either of sentiment or character ; but the different parts are well proportioned to each other; and we are never long detained by our author's instructions, without some relief from the narrative.
The former edition of these Memoirs was circulated in a remote part of the kingdom; the second has succeeded it, and is now first published in England. Dairying exemplified; or the Business of Cheese-making laid down
from approved Rules, collected from the most experienced Dairy Women of several Counties. By J. Twamley. 8vo. 35. Jewed. Rivington.
This treatise contains a particular account of the art of making cheese and butter, drawn from a course of thirty years practice in those useful departments of rural economy. The author, Mr. Twamley, seems indeed to write from experience; and we would therefore recommend this work to all who have any concern in the management of dairies, as abounding with observations highly instructive and useful. It is written in a plain style, suitable to one whose station has rendered him familiar with the subject; and it likewise contains useful observations on the culture of the orchard, and on husbandry. A Compendium of useful Knoculedge. By Dr. John Trusler. 12m0
35. 6d. Baldwin. This Compendium professes to contain a concise explanation of every thing a young man ought to know, to enable him to converse on all general topics and this in no more than a hundred and sixty duodecimo pages. In fome future production, who needs to doubt that the ingenious Dr. Trusler will comprise all useful knowledge within the small compass of a nut-shell ? The School of Arts; or an Introduction to useful Knowledge. By
John Imifon. 8vo. 85. in Boards. Murray. A compilation of experiments and improvements in several branches of science, viz. mechanics, electricity, optics, conftruction of optical instruments, clock and watch-making, astronomy, drawing, etching, engraving, crayon-painting, gilding, and a variety of other articles in different trades.
Precedents of Proceedings in the House of Commons. Vol. III. Ree
lating to Lords and Supply. 4to. 105. fewed. Dodney. The two preceding volumes of this work have been published a few years since, the first in 1776, the second in 1781. The publication is of a nature chiefly useful to members of parlia. ment; but, from the general information it affords, must also prove interesting to every political reader. Mr. Hatfell is entitled to great praise for the pains he has taken to delineate the genuine spirit of the constitution, which he shews to have been always founded in the principles of public liberty. This is that venerable spirit, an inviolable regard to which ought to be cultivated in the breast of every member of the British
legislature; and by an attachment to the precedents it has inspired through every age, the constitution is to be preserved in its ancient purity and vigour. The Trial of a Cause between Miss Mellish, Plaintif, and Miss
Rankin, Defendant. 8vo. Is. 6d. Almon. In this Trial, relative to an ejectment for lands in the county of Nottingham, the plaintiff claimed to be entitled to the eltare of her father, the late Charles Mellish, esq. in preference to the defendant, who was the niece of the deceased, and one of the principal parties in his will. The jury found for the plaintiff. This cause, as the editor of the trial observes, affords a ftrong instance of the neceffiiy of avoiding equivocal expressions in deeds which relate to the disposal of property. Trial of John Hart, Esq. for Adultery and Cruelty. Svo. 25. 62.
Lifter. This Trial exposes some very remarkable domestic scenes of the cruelty of a husband towards his wife; in consequence of which she obtained a divorce. A Narrative of the Lord's Dealings with John Marrant. 8vo.
6d. Gilbert and Plummer. According to this Narrative, John Marrant, a notorious young finner of fifteen years of age, was suddenly converted to the Christian faith, by the late Mr. Whitefield. Coming over tơ England afterwards, he became a dispenser of the Gospel under the auspices of the countess of Huntington, and is now a misfionary, for the conversion of the Indians in America. John's Narrative is not only richly seasoned with adventure, but contains a spice of the marvellous, and what is yet more, even of the miraculous. We fear that these are not now the most convincing proofs of apoftolical million.
The Trial, at Hereford, the Hon. Edward Foley, Plaintiff, and
Charles Henry Earl of Peterborough and Monmouth, Defendant, for criminal Conversation with Lady Ann Foley, the plaintiff's Wife. 4to.
Woodman. The circumstances of this Trial are foreign to a Review. It is sufficient for us, therefore, to observe, that the jury gave the plaintiff two thousand five hundred pounds damages. Historical Account of the Settlement and Pollefion of Bombay by the
East India Company. 8vo. 55. Robson. A mean, languid, and totally uninteresting narrative, so ungrammatical, that it can be the production of none, but a molt illiterate author. Two Letters to David Hume, by one of the People called Quakers.
8vo. 6d. Crowder. These Letters contain nothing more than a few trite obser. vations on the nature and tendency of Mr. Hume's moral principles, expressed in the usual style of the Quakers. A circumftantial Narrative of the Loss of the Halsewell (East
Indiaman), Captain Richard Pierce, which was unfortunately wrecked at Seacombe, in the Isle of Purbeck, on the Coaft of Dorsetshire, on the Morning of Friday the 6th of January, 1786. 8vo. Lane.
The melancholy fate of the Halsewell East-Indiaman is already known to the public, and is a subject of too distressful a nature to admit of repetition. The present Narrative is said to be compiled from the communications, and under the autho. rities of Mr. Henry Meriton and Mr. John Rogers, the two chief officers who escaped the dreadful catastrophe. The circumstances attending the shipwreck, as related in this Narra. tive, the style of which is too florid for the subject, are the fame that have been mentioned in the public prints, a little amplified, particularly in the account of captain Pierce, and others, who perished on this lamentable occafion.