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the consequence of this small part, by the diminution of that of the suburbians. Much may be done to improve the metropolis ; but its inhabitants must first learn to distinguish rightly between the glory or folly of war, and the effects of industry employed for the preservation, not the destruction, of mankind. A Letter addressed to the Right Honorable Lord Chief Juftice

Kenyon, complaining of Injustice, and pointing out the Danger 10 Society from Perjury, and the Facility with which the loose and equivocal Testimony of Servants may destroy the Peace of privaie Families. By A. Hook, Esq. 4to. Is. Murray and Highley. 1798.

The legal history of the cause in which major Hook is concerned, is briefly this. In the year 1793, captain Campbell sued that gentleman in the court of King's-bench for damages, on a charge of adultery with Mrs. Campbell, and the jury declared against the defendant. Encouraged by this verdict, the accuser applied to the ecclesiastical court for a divorce à menfá et thoro ; and the person who officiated for Dr. Harris as commillary of Sura, ry, pronounced a sentence of that nature, after a due investigation of the case. An appeal was made to the court of arches; and, when the judge had affirmed the sentence, the cause was transferred, by a second appeal, to the court of delegates, composed both of professors of the common law and civilians. By this court the cause was finally determined against Mrs. Campbell and Mr. Hook.

Notwithstanding this concurrence of decision, the major strongly asferts his innocence; imputes perjury to those witnesses whose testimony induced the different courts to consider him as guilty ; and, having discussed the particulars of the case, expresses his hope, that lord Kenyon will suggest a suitable and adequate remedy' to the evil of which he complains; an evil which, he thinks, loudly calls for the interposition of the legislature. The Republican Judge : or the American Liberty of the Press, as ex

hibited, explained, and exposed, in the base and partial Profecution of William Cobbett, for a pretended Libel against the King of Spain and his Embassador, before the Supreme Court of Penn[ylvania. With an Address to the People of England. By Peter Porcupine'. 8vo.

Wright. 1798. Highly exasperated at the prosecution which was commenced against him, Peter vehemently attacks M.Kcan, the chief justice of Pennsylvania, for his conduct on the occasion.

The libel published by the bold Anti-Gallican represented his catholic majesty as • destitute not only of the dignity of a king, but of the conýmon virtues of a man,' and as the supple tool of the most nefarious politics' of the French; and it contained other reflexions, not the moft decent or liberal. The grand jury, however, returned the bill ignoramus. The judge is vilified in the present pamphlet, both

with regard to his public and his private character ; and other persons are favoured with a fhare of abuse. The American press is



affirmed to be less free than that of Great Britain; and, in the ada. dress to our countrymen,, the opinion which ascribes to the TransAtlantic republicans a greater portion of liberty and happiness than the inbabitants of this ifland enjoy, is controverted as a dangerous notion, and stigmatised as false. Some Account of the early Years of Buonaparte, at the Military

School of Brienne ; and of his Conduct at the Coinmencement of the French Revolution. By Mr. C. H. one of his School-Fellows.

8vo. Hookham and Carpenter. : It is unquestionably an object of curiosity to trace' back the hero to his boyish days. Most of the characters which have astonished the world by their genius or bravery, have been found to give fome early promise of fame. The particulars, however, afforded by Mr. C. H. are scanty. It appears that Buonaparte was reserved and insocial, blunt in his manners, bold, enterprising, and even ferocious; and that he gave no earneft of that moderation towards his enemies' for which he is here celebrated. The author is apparently charmed with his subject --- perhaps more than his readers will be, when they balance the victories in Italy with the quackery of the general in Egypt. The Commentary of Hierocles upon the Golden Verfe's of the Pythags

reans ; now first translated into English from an accurate Edi. tion of the Greek Original, published in London, in the Year 1742, by the learned Dr. Warren, accompanied with Notes and Illuftrations, by William Rayner, A. B. Vicar of Calthorpe. 8vo. Longman.

Those who are fond of the more intelligible Platonic morality, may peruse with pleasure the Commentary of Hierocles. From the notes it appears, that Mr. Rayner has adopted the belief of a preexistent state. A translation of Theophrastus is annexed. Anecdotes Historical and Literary; or a Miscellaneous Selection of

curious and friking Passages, from eminent Modern Author's. Sva. 6s. Boards. Vernor and Hood.

This collector profeffes, that his object is to amuse thofe readers who are neither profound in their inquiries, nor fastidious in their criticisms. Before a court of this description, he may probably be acquitted. Our verdict is, that he is guilty of collecting a certain quantity of matter without talte or judgement ; that fome of it is indecent, much is vulgar and useless; and that, upon the whole, the compilation is the worst of the kind that has been presented fince it became a fashion to employ scissors, and paste or wafers, rather than pen and ink, in the manufacture of books. Afhort Argument on the Administration of Oatlis, endeavouring to

shew that it is an esential and unalienable Prerogative of the Sovereignty. 8vo. 6d. Becket. This argument glances at the seditious societies in which oaths



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have been administered to the members. The conclusion is, that the legislature should pointedly and explicitly affert its right, declare the administration of all oaths to be an inherent, inalienable prero. gative of the fovereignty, by which alone a subordinate power of that kind can be delegated, and annex punishment to every

exercise of this folemn and dangerous power by persons not duly authorised. But it may be doubted whether an act of parliament for those purposes would prevent the unlawful administration of oaths in secret conspiracies. Men who associate to do that which is unlawful will not suffer such a statute to deter them from taking an oath, as a mutual bond or pledge, or word of honour. An oath, however, is a inost serious obligation, in whatever manner it may be administered, because it lies rather between God and man, than between one man and another; and he who takes it ought to consider that he must answer at the bar of divine justice, if he should escape that of the lower world, The Fafhionable Cypriad: in a Series of elegant and interesting Le.

ters, with correlative Anecdotes of the moft distinguished Characters in Great Britain and Ireland.

Part 1.

43.. Bull. 1798.

To perfons of a certain class, anecdotes and memoirs of the frail fair afford a high gratification. We do not approve their taste, or admit the moral motives of the author : but we shall pass no other censure on his letters than that they are neither : elegant nor • interesting to readers of sense and virtue. A Translation of the Passages from Greek, Latin, Italian, and French

Writers, quoted in the Prefaces and Notes to the Pursuits of Literature ; a Poem, in Four Dialogues. To which is prefixed, a Prefatory Epifle, iutended as a General Vindication of the Pur. suits of Literature, from various Remarks which have been made upon that work. By the Translator. 8vo. 35. i 6d. Boards. Becket. 1798.

This publication is attributed to the author of the Pursuits of Literature himself, and 'apparently with good reason. We select from the prefatory epistle a passage which, though some may think it very fine, will appear very ridiculous to those who recollect that it is intended to describe the writer of a satire so dull and unpoetical. 6 From his


childhood he grew up in silence and in solitude; neither feduced, nor diverted from his purpose; in a quiet independance; not embarrassed by difficulty, or depressed by neglect; conftant in thought; waiting patiently for his hour; of the world not unknowing, though unknown. Much and often would he muse on other times; and dwell with the bards and fages, whose names are written in the books of fame and eternity.' His ftu and his meditations were an habitual poetry. To those who obu

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served the mantle he would sometimes wear in his youth, it . seemed

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Like to that sanguine flower, inscribed with woe. But he never blamed his fate. Most of all, he reverenced the lyre; and fought out those who could strike the strings most cunningly and sweetly, 'One such he found. He looked abroad through all the realms of nature; through her scenes of majesty, of softness, or of terror; the wilds of solitude, the stormy promontory, the cultivated prospect, the expanse of forests, the living lake, the torrent, or the cataract. By the shores of the interminable ocean, on the cliffs, and on the ragged rocks, he found and felt the power of inspiration. But still his fancy wandered chiefly in the mild retreats of the elder poetry, the banks of Mæander, and the Mincio. The scenes of ancient Greece and Latium were the hermit haunts of his imagination. In the valley of Tempe, by the hill of Hymettus, and the grove of Plato, he first heard, and learned

The secret power
Of harmony, in tones and numbers hit
By voice, or hand; and various measur'd verse,
Æolian charms, and Dorian lyrick odes,

And his, who gave them breath, but higher sung. Sometimes reclined on the verge of Caftalia, he would drink of the original fountain, whose murmurs were familiar to him. Last of all, in the moments of divine and of serene delight, he would ascend the chariot of the Muses, and fix his eye, but not without superior guidance, upon the central heaven.' Impartial Strictures on the Poem called." The Pursuits of Litera

ture :and particularly a Vindication of the Romance of The Monk.” Svo. 35. Bell. 1798.

A pamphlet written with some learning and some ability. Remarks on the Pursuits of Literature, in a Letter to the Author.

8vo. Is. 6il. Rivington. 1798. A Letter to the Author of a Pamphlet, entitled Remarks on the

Pursuits of Literature, in a Letter to the Author, dated Cambridge May 1, 1798." Containing Obfervations on The Remarks.By a Country Gentleman, formerly of the University of Cambridge. Svo.

Lee and Hurst. 1798. These pamplilets occupy as much room as they deserve with their titles.

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Mr. Cook's eagerness to see an account of the work which he mentions, might have been more decisively manifested by the tranf. mission of a copy of it.

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Historisch-Statistisches Gemählde des Ruffischen Reichs, am Ende

des achtzehnten Jahrbunderts, und unter der Regierung Ka

tharina der Zweyten, von Heinrich Storck. Riga. 1797. An Historico-Statistic Picture of the Russian Empire, at the

Close of the eighteenth Century, and under the Government of Catharine II. by Henry Storck. 2 Vols. 8vo. with co

loured Maps. Il. 11s. 6d. Boards. Imported by Escher. THE great extent of the Russian empire, the multiplicity of nations subject to one government, the variety of their languages, the diversity of their manners, and the despotism by which they are enslaved, render the objects in this work interesting to the statesman, the philosopher, and the philanthropist. Our recent connexions also with this colossal ftate naturally call our attention to a part of the globe, whence, in the present confusion of European politics, order is expected to be established, religion supported, regular government reftored; and, if the will of a despot, aided by brutal force, can produce these wonderful effects, the prefent work gives us sufficient proofs, that the expectations of some politicians are not built entirely upon a fandy foundation. The arts, indeed, during this century, have been making great progress in the Russian dominions : science Hourishes in the capital, and in some other towns; but the people are slaves, and the great body of subjects in this vaft empire are immersed in Noth, ignorance, and superstition,


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