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no great objection to our importing some of them for the sake of mendo ing our breed; but he would by no means come into a project which he heard mentioned, and in wbich propagation would noe be concerned; viz. the scheme of bringing over a nuinber of these giants, for second husbands to dowagers, Ireland, says he, is already kept in a state of humiliation. We clieck their trade, and do not allow them to avail themselves of the best-situated harbours in the world. Matrimony is their only branch of commerce unrestricted, and it would be a most crying injustice to clog that too.

in truth, we are not sufficiently acquainted with these Goliahs to decide peremptorily on their propersies. No account of them has been yet transmitted to the royal society : but it would be exceeding adviseable, that a jury of matrons should be sent in the next embarkation to make a report; and old women for old women, I would trust to the analysis of the matrons, in preference to that of the philosophers.'

He concludes, after a droll inquiry into the origin of the Patagonian giants, with the following merry conjecture concerning the poetry of fuch great men : ' Their poetry, says he, will be another object of inquiry, and if their minds are at all in proportion to their bodies, muft aboend in the mot lofty images, in the true sublime. On! if we could come at an heroic poem penned by a giant! we should see other images than our pany writers of romance have conceived ; and a little different fiom the cold tale of a late notable author, who did not know better what to do with his giant than to make him grow till he fhook his own castle about his own ears,' Art. 21. Memairs of Count Lally, from his embarking for the Eaft

Ir:dies, as Commonder in Chief of the French Forces in that Country', to his being sint Prisoner of War to England, after the Surrender of Pondicherry. Consisting of Pieces written by himself, and addressed to his Judges, in Answer to the Clarges brought against him by the Altorney-general of his Moft Chriflian Majejlya Illuftrated by a Map of his military Operations in the Eajt Indies. To which are added, Accounts of the prior Part of his Life, bis Condemnation and Execution. 8vo. 55. F. Newbery.

'The momorials and papers of which this volume chiefly consists, are ondoubtedly authentic. Poor Lally !-he seems to have been the Byng of France. Similar in their abilities, their characters, and their faces; they lived unbeloved, and died unlamented : we may, however, say of both, what has been said of the most illustrious heroes, of all nations, though with different ideas annexed to the words, that they died for the god of their country. Art. 22. An Account of the Preservation of King Charles II. after · the Battle of Worcester, drawn up by himself. To which are

added, his Letters to several Persons. Glasgow printed ; and fold by Becket in London. 8vo. 25. 6d. few'd.

To this account is prefixed the following advertisement, by way of preface, viz.. “ An account of the preservation of King Charles II. after the tartle of Worcelter, drawn up by himself,” cannot fail of attracting the piblic attention : fome doubts, however, may be moved as to the authenticity of a piece whichi, for a whole century, has remained unk12 tun: it Thal!, ilerefcre, be my endeavour to satisfy the intelligent Trader, that this narrative is the genuine composition of the king.

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* Mr. Samuel Pepys, secretary to the admiralty, bellowed his manuscripts on Magdalen College, in the university of Cambridge. Among those manuscripts there is one which Mr. Pepys has entitled, " An Account of his Majesty's Escape from Worcefter, dictated to Mr. Pepys by the King himself.”. Dr. Sandby, maiter of Magdalen College, communicated this manu cript to me; and, in the most obliging manner, gave me permission to print it.

• The character of Mr. Pepys is so universally known, that his fingle assertion might be sufficient proof of the narrative having been faithfully taken down in the king's own words; but independent of an authority so respectable, the form of the narrative, at once minute and intere ting, and its lively and careless liyle, concur in proving it to be the compofition of King Charles II.

• To this narrative Mr. Pepys has subjoined his own remarks, and many coircētions and illuilrations procured from the king, from Father Hodlestone, and from Colonel Philips. They are inserted in the form of notes, and are diftinguished by the initial letters K. King, P. Pepys, H. Hodlcttone, Ph. Philips.

' As a proper supplement to this narrative, I have added, “ Letters from King Charles II. to several Persons.” Some of them are now for the firit time published; the rest have been collected out of various books. I have industriously excluded all letters of compliment or ceremony, and whatever appears to have been the work of the king's mi. nilers, not of the king himself. My purpose was to present the reader with a characteristical, not a bulky collection ; and I Hatter myse'f that I have been enabled, in some meafure, to accomplish my purpole.' this pablication would have been considered as a curiosity, had the royal narrative never appeared in print before ; but soon after its publication, in the present volume, a cird, addressed to the Editor*, was inserted in one of the news-papers t, informing him, that he had given himself unnecessary trouble; for that the Account had before appeared, verbatim, in Carte's History of England.

Sir David Dalrymple. + Lond. Chron. July 19, 1766. Art. 23. Biographium Fæmincum : The Female Worthies; or Me

moirs of the most illustrious Ladies, of all Ages and Nations, who have been eminently distinguished for their Niagnanimity, Learning, Genius, Virtue, Piety, and other excellent Endowments, confpicuous in all the various Stations and Relations of Life, public and private. Collected from History, and the most approved Biographers, and brought down to the present Time, 12no. 2 Vols. 6s. Crowder, &c.

Whatever pleasure it may give to a lover of the fair fex, (and where is the man who is not a lover of them ?) to behold their virtues and perfections juftly and amply displayed in the records of fame, it will, nevertheless, afford but little satisfaction to their judicious and discerning ad. mirers, to see their brightest accomplishments dialy reflected in the dull mirror of a muddy, heavy and talleless compiler, Sorry we are that we cannot recommanishi Bi-ornphim

meum The pedantic impropriety of paiting balita Bities to Caglith boks, hath been fiequently noticed, but this uncouth affectation is peculiarly preposterous in a work chiefly calculated for female readers.


(the very fiff and aukward title-page of which may prove a sufficient fpecimen of the book, to a reader who has but a moderate share of taste) because it is probably the work of some honeft, industrious bookmaker, whose undertaking might have proved both acceptable to the public, and profitable to himself, had it been executed with that elegance, spirit, and judgment, which a design of such a nature indispenlibly requires. Art. 24. Practical Observations on the culture of Lucern, Turnips,

Burnet, Timothy Grass, and Fowl Meadow Grass, communicated by Letters to Dr. Templeman, Secretary of the Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce. To which is added, an Appendix, containing comparative Elimates of the Expence and Profit in Drill and Broadcast Husbandry, in different Parts of England, and in Ireland. And an Account of some neu', and improved Inflruments in Husbandry, with the Prices annexed to m it of them. 8vo.


F. Newbery. Letter I. gives an account of the culture of Lucerne, in the Broadcast and drill: the latter of which methods is preferred, as it has (with the help of the horse-hoe) yielded four cuttings every year, and sometimes five.

In Letters II. III. IV. we have the culture and use of Burnet; which is said to fucceed better when planted in rows, so as to admit the plough or ho le hoe between them, chan when is grows at random, in the broadcast manner.

Letters V. VI. are on the advantages of the drill husbandry in the culture of Turnips.

Leiter VII. contains observations on Timothy Grass, and Fowl Meadow Grass, called by Mr. Roque Bird Grass.-These are represented as valuable grasses, and said to flourish moit when planted out at proper distances, and not fown promiscuously.

In the Appendix the fuperiority of the drill-husbandry, above the broadcait, is fiated, (in a course of fifteen years) to be nearly as 23 to

which is such an advantage, that the greater piofit in the drilled acre in 15 years will purchase the fee simple of that in the common hulbandry.:—So tható in every fifteen years the fee fimple of all the tillage lands in the kingdom is lost to the community, by the common course of tillage :'--if what this Writer allerts be erne! Art. 25. A Letter to a Friend, on the Mineral Cusioms of Derby

Shire; in which the Question relative to the Claim of the Duty of Lot on Smitham is occafonally considered. By a Derbyshire Working-Miner. 8vo. is. T. Payne.

As the subject of this letter is entirely local, it may be sufficient to say, that it is wrote in defence of the miners, (a very useful body of men) against a new claim of the duty of lot, (which is 1-13th part) on that affortment of lead-ore, called Witham, which has hitherto been exempt from the said doty, though acknowledged to be due to the lord for the two other affortments of ore, called bing, and pe.fy.-- A duty so exceflive, that the claimant himself owns is; and promises, that if we will but admit his right to I-1 3th of the whole, he will take only 1-25th, which he thinks a reasonable duty.'- But under such uncertainties, ---• who will venture to become a miner?'


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POLITIC A L. Art. 26. A Letter to Will Chat-em Esq; of Turnabout-Hall, from

bis Sister. Svo. is. 6d. Bladon. This (neering, sarcastical attack on the late great commoner, which fome might have supposed (from the lady's literary character, and other circumstances) to have been really made by his sister, has been publicly disavowed, and deservedly itigmatized, as a gross imposition on the public.' Art. 27. The Coach-drivers, a political Opera, adapted to the Music

of several eminent Composers. 8vo. IS. Flexney. There is considerable humour and poetic merit, in this lively satire on the drivers of the BRITANNIA STATE-COACH, Wil Haves, and Sawnev; with their respective friends, Bloomsbury Jack, the Gentle Ste berd, &c. Two whimsical prints are added, to render the opera ftill more diverting to the reader. Art. 28. A Candid Answer to the Enquiry into the Conduct of a

late Commoner; particularly in regard to the State of a late Conference, and other Negotiations. With a Poftfcript, in Reply to the Examination. 8vo. Williams.

This Candid Answerer is an advocate for Lord Chm; but an advocate without judgment or ability.

RELIGIOUS and CONTROVERSIAL. Art. 29. Three Sermons on Public Occasions, preached before the

University of Oxford. By John Rotheram, M. A. Rector of Ryton in the County of Durham, and Chaplain to the Lord Bishop of Durham. 8vo. Is. 6d. Sandby.

The first of these fermons was preached, before the university of Oxford, at St. Mary's, on the anniversary of his Maje:ly's inauguration, O&25, 1762 ; the subject is, the wisdom of providence in the adminiltration of the world. The subject of the second is, the influence of religion on human laws; it was preached likewise at St. Mary's, at the afizes.- In the third, preached before the university, on the 29th of May 1765, Mr. Rotheram enquires into the origin of government, in order to prove it a divine institution. The discourses are sensible and judicious. Art. 30. Short Directions to Young Students in Divinity, and Can

didates for holy Orders. By Henry Owen. 8vo. is. White.

These Directions, extracted chiefly from the writings of our bet divines, are more particularly intended for the use of those, who have not the advantage of universary education; but are left to themselves, to form their morals, and conduct their studies, just as they may: -The design is a benevolent and useful one ; and the execution thews the Au. thor to be a man of senle, judgment, and piety. Art. 31. A Defence of the commonly-received Doctrine of the Human

Soul, as an immaterial and naturally-imniortal Principle in Man, against the Objections of some modern Writers : including the true Scripture-doflrine of Death, Life, and Immortality, and of the Neceflity and Extent of the Christian Redemption. By Thomas 7


Broughton, A. M. Preb. of Sarum, and Vicar of St. Mary Redcliffe, and St. Thomas, in Bristol. 8vo. 25. Johnson and Davenport.

These papers were intended, it seems, as an introduction to a work (in some forwardness) to be intitled, A prospect of futurity or the life to come, in four differtations on, 1. The itate of the dead between death and the resurrection. 2. The resurrection. 3. The judgment of mankind by Jesus Christ. 4. The final state of retribution.'-And as our Author informs us that these Dissertations proceed upon the supposition of an immaterial and naturally-in mortal principle, or soul, in man, and the separate existence or survivorship of that principle, or soul, after the death of the body; (a doctrine of late very itrongly attacked, by some writers of eminence) he has thought it neceffary to defend that doctrine, the refutation of which would destroy the very foundation of his first disfertation, and affect much of the reasonings employed in the reit.

It is not, however, his deîgn, in this Defence, to enter upon a direet and formal proof of the immateriality and natural immortality of the foul ; (a point already, in his opinion, fufficiently demonstrated by others) but only to guard this received doelrine against the attacks of its eneinies,

But still he flatters himself that he has done something more than barely defend the above doctrine against objections; his undertaking having given him an opportunity of explaining the peculiar benefits and privileges of the Christian covenant, by ascertaining the meaning and import of the terms death, life, and immortality, as employed by the writers of the New Tellament to express the true nature and ends of the Chriftian redemption.

How he has succeeded in his endeavours to defend the common notion of man's farmortality, we shall leave to be determined (as he also does) by the judgment of his readers ;-every one of whom will, probably, expect to cnjoy his own opinion concerning a point of debate, which cannot poffibly be brought to an absolute decision on this side the grave. Art. 32. A View of Popery; or, Obfervations on the Twelve Articles

of the Council of Trent: presented to the Confi leration of ingenuous Romanisis. By Sir John Thorold, Bart. 8vo. 55. bound. Rivington.

It is an obiervation grounded on experience, that truth fears no-thing but concealment, and that falfhood dreads nothing so much as inquiry.'--Serious, calm, modeft inquiry, never yet did, never can do ħarm : and inquiry of this fort is all that is requested by the worthy Author of the work before us,-in which he has given a diftin&t view of, and made some very just observations on, the peculiar do&trines of popery, authenuically exhibited in the genuine code of the modern Romish church, -as drawn up by the fainous Council of Trent.

Happy (indced) had it been for mankind, if the Christian religion, which, by the completion of prophecies, by miracles, and by tre wifi dom and goodness of its precepis, proves itself to come from God, had not been adulterated and defied by the inventions of men! but the reverse of this is the cafe.-Falle opinions of various forts arose to disturb the peace of the church, and to disfigure and disgrace the beauty and wisdom of the gospel. Innovations in faith and practice were intro


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