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We must confess we did suppose this to be one of the modern quack advertisements in the usual difguise of a pamphlet ; but our suspicions entirely vanished before we had read many pages. The Author has in. deed discovered, as he thinks, a remedy for the scurvy ; but he is so unfashiooably disinterested as to disclose his fecret for the benefit of his. fellow creatures, without any advantage, save what may be supposed to arise from the reflection of having been inftrumental in promoting the felicity of others. His prescription is as follows : Take equal quantities of Cream of Tartar and Flower of Brimstone, and with a sufficient quan. tity of Treacle, make them in!o an electuary, of which take the size of a Walnut three times a week, an hour before you rise in the morning. By the use of this fimple medicine the Author assures us; that in a short time he was perfectly cured of a most invelerate fcurvy, of no less than forty years standing.

Our Author's two contrivances for saving the lives of those who may happen to be in the upper sooms of a house, when ihe lower are on fire, are briefly these : let every family be provided with a bag long enough to reach from an upper window to the middle of a broad street; and let one side of the open end be nailed fast to the bottom of the inside of the window-frame. When you want to escape, throw the bag out of the window, and let two strong men in the street take hold of the other end, and keep it stretched out. Then get into it, and slide down to the bottom. If this should be disapproved, let a strong iron crook be fixed to the top of the window-frame on the outside, but curving downwards so as to be within reach. Near this window let there be kept a pulley with a small rope, with a large long basket fastened to one end of it. In case of danger hook the pulley to the iron crook, and cast the other end of the rope into the street, where any person catching hold of it, may with ease let you down in the basket. Neither of these schemes seem to us impracticable. Be that however as it may, every project which is proposed with a benevolent intention deserves the thank's of the public.

POETICAL. Art, 33. The Poetical Works of John Langhorne. Small Oétavo.

2 Vols. 6s. Becket. We have already given an account of most of the principal poems in this collection ; viz. The Hymn to Hope; Genius and Valour, a Scotch paftoral; the Enlargement of the Mind; A Poem to the Me. mory of Mr. Handel, &c. &c. To these are now added, never before published, The Fatal Prophecy, a dramatic poem ; with a confiderable number of smaller pieces, as elegies, fonnets, and translations from the French of Greffet, and the Italian of Petrarch, Art. 34. The Conquest of Canada, or the Siege of Quebec, an hiso

rical Tragedy, in Five Acts. By George Cockings, Author of War, an Heroic Poem*. 8vo.

Cooke. Notwithstanding the hero of this piece has been a subject of national grief, yet we apprehend, on the prefent occasion, the Reader will be more apt to laugh than to weep. Since the days of the famous Blackmore, none has sewn himself fo . See Review, Vol. XXIII, p. 412.

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great a master of the bathos, or profound, as this Author. In Act ift, Scene 4th, two officers are introduced recapitulating the various exo ploits since the cominencement of the war

Land Of. These were lights worth seeing!

Sea Of. Then to fail along their coasts with Ofhorne,
Gard'ner, Hawke, and Howe.; to take th’Orphee, and
The more dreadful Foudroyant ! (changing the
Expedition of Dụ Quesne, to Britain's
Shore, instead of Louisbourg) driving their
Fleets into neutral harbours, locking up
Their Ports, and Itagnating all their trade! then
To go with Rodney, and overturn all
Their fat-bottom'd war! to break their fine spun,
Project of invasion, and ramm their schemes
Down their throats wrapt up in smoke!

Lard Off. This fport was chiefly on the element,
Where you sailors were the best actors, and
We soldiers had but little hand in it:
But we handled them a little roughly
At Senegal, and many other places
Of the Torrid Zone; where, with refiftless
Fury, Watson, Sayer, Barrington, Marsh,
Mason, Moore, and Draper, with other bold
Commanders, swept all before them, in a
Deluge of repeated victories!

Sea Of. And amongst the rest, Keppel, in a form
Of thunder, beat Goree to the ground.
And as if the French hadn't had loss and griefs
Enough, how bold Boscawen maulid De Clue !
Scatt'ring his fleet, and driving fome on shore,

Taking, burning, finking, at his pleasure !
And then it was, the French Ocean, by the

Hardy De la Clue commanded, tumbled
: On the shore to shun Boscawen's rage, and
Was lick'd up by English flame !

Land Of. And still to add to England's glory, and
Their shame, to seize upon Cape Breton's isle.
Oh! had's thou seen that fiege! it wou'd have serv'd
Thee for an age to come, whilst paling round
The flowing can, to tell thy friends the tale.
Thus would it thou say, invelop'd in a cloud
Of sulph'rous smoke, which broke in thunder from
The British feet; with British thunderbolts well
Storid; and thro' a mortal show'r of fnot, and
Shells, and leaden deaths, from cannons, mortars,
And French entrenchments fent, Amherst, and Wolfe,
Sedately warm’d, and most ferenely bold,
(As if their presence victory insur’d,)
With Britain's troops, plung’d into the flood, to
Ravish mighty Fate! to bid destruction
Defiance and outface the grim king of terrors !

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Here General Wolfe is made to ravish Fate, and outgrin Dea;h.-In another paffage, he determines also to ravish Victory:

If human resolution can effect
The fame, Vièt'ry shall be ours: we'll raviso
Her my friends to-morrow! for if she's thy
And seems about to quit us, we'll summon
All our manty ftrength and fortitude of
Soul, arreft her forward steps, and pluck

Her back again. Had not Death (whom he outfaced) in revenge put a Rop to fuch refolutions, the poor nuns had cause indeed to tremble ; and well might they exclaim,

Oh! terrible, if they should take the city!
And we should fall into the hands of these

Rough Englishmen! Had the Author meant it ironically, the comparison below would have been very apposite :

-Yet between you and I
They met no essenc'd Jack a Dandys there;
The brave old Blakeney and his worthy few
Of vetran troops and newly landed tars,
Were fierce as lions, and fearless as Job's

War-horfe. We apprehend, very few readers will be of the Author's opinion, as it is now almost universally agreed that our commander ar Minorca Thewed much more of the disposition of Job himself, than of the warhorse. But in personification Mr. Cockings is surely without a parallel:

-And in our front shall march stern Fate!
Sustain'd on either wiog by gloomy Terror!
Intrepidity shall head the main corps !
And bold Refolution shall bring up the

Rear,We suppose this is the fame Fate who was ravished by Amherft and Wolfe; and on whom they begot the couple of Terrass, (for there must be two) who sustain the wings :- What a dreadful combination is here ! No wonder the French should be defeated, when they bad such horrible foes to deal with !-Men, who had ravith'd both Face and Vi&tory, and outgrinn'd the King of Terrors ! Art. 35. Poems on several Occasions. By James Woodhouse,

Journeyman Shoemaker. The second Edition. 8vo. 5s. sew'd. Dodsey.

It is with pleasure we find that our honeft shoemaker has been enabled, by the generous benefactions of his friends and subscribers, to acknowlege his

gratitude in a second edition ; for though he would certainly have been more usefully employed in bis occupation, yet wherever nature bas given any beamings of genius, the seems to have pointed out proper objects for our bounty, because those gifts are generally accom. panied with a delicacy of mind which is superior to fervile employments. Mr. Woodhouse has added several new pieces to this edicion, which are Not inferior to the former,

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a fame.

Art. 36. The Interview; or Jack Falfaff's Ghost, a Poem. In

fcribed to David Garrick, Esq; 4to. Bladon. Quin's apparition appears to Roscius, ' Drury's potent king,' to rehearle to him the conversation he had, in the Elysian Fields, on theatrical subje&ts, with the shades of Ryan, Churchill, Mrs. Cibber, Mrs. Woffington, and Johnny Rich. Hogarth is also mentioned, as grieyoufly lamenting his having unfortunately engaged in political warfare. Some names of superior dignity are likewise introduced into this doggrel performance : which concludes with a piece of fage advice to Rose cius, how beit to conduct himself as a manager:

To budding genius ne'er refuse
Your fostring hand, whene'er it foes.
Should any youth by gou in, ir'd,
With hopes of future glory fir’d,
Attempt to wear the wreath of fame
And emulare a Garrick's name:
Should his ambitious foul inherit
The glowing sparks of real merit,
To make 'em blaze do all you can,

Though not preferr'd by some great man-' Perhaps this Author has been inspir'd by Mr. Garrick; with hopes by these verses, to have the sparks of his theatrical genius blown into a A me. May success attend him, equal to his inerit. But let him reinember, that Garrick wanted nobody's bellows to blow his fparks into Art. 37. The Authors, a Poem. By D. Hayes, Esq; 4to.

is. 6d. Griffin. The ingenious author who wrote a parallel between a poet and a {pider forgot one circumstance of trong resemblance, viz. the eternal enmity that bards, like spiders, hold with each other.-- This satysical poeni, than which we have seen more miserable performances, is a recent instance of that cruel rancour. Fraternæ cædes! Infandaque bella! Art. 38. An Elegy on the Death of William and Mary, Earl and

Countess of Sutherland. 4to. 6d. Dodfley. Never could the elegiac muse bave found a more interesting, a more tenderly mournful fubje&t than the death of the noble personages above mentioned, to which mutual sensibility, so uncommon in this age

of dilipation, is supposed greatly to have contributed. What pity if such a fubject should find no poer to do it justice !

RELIGIOUS and ContROVERSIAL. Art. 39. The Principles of Christianity, as taught in Scripture :

being feven Discourses on our lof State in Adam, our Recovery by Jesus Christ, and the Necessity of Regeneration and Sanctification by the Holy Ghost. By Thomas Bowman, M. A. Vicar of Martham, Norfolk, 1 2mo. Is. 6d. Dilly.

That Adam was a surety for all mankind; that his disobedience is placed to our account; that the offence committed was an infinite of tence; that none but an infinite Being can give satisfaction for an infa

nite offence, are some of Mr. Bowman's principles :-- whether they are the principles of Christianity, our Readers must determine ; and the determination, to those who are not fetter'd by systems, is certainly very easy. Art. 40. A Letter to the Rev. Mr. Caleb Evans of Bristol; occa

fioned by his two Sermons on the Deity of the Son and Holy Spirit, 8vo. 6d. Johnson and Co.

From this Epiitle we learn, that Mr. Evans, a young dissenting mix, pifler at Bristol, hath with great zeal, but not according to knowlege, attacked the livery servant's late famous Attempt to restore tbe Supreme Worship of God the FATHER Amigkıy; and haih, in the most acrimonious and unjustifiable manner, represented the advocates for the uniry of the supreme being as insulting the dignity of their Saviour, wound ing, and trampling under fuot, his honour and glory, and discovering an impious joy in every attempt to degrade him : adding, that there seems to be a kind of parricide in their conduct, and an impiety, heightened by the aggravating circumstances of unnatural baseners and disingenuity. - These are indeed hard sayings; and seem to convey no very favourable idea of the temper, disposition, and understanding of their author. But he appears to have fallen into good hands; the very fensible Writer of this letter having given him such judicious correction, and candid admonition, as we hope will be attended with falutary effects on the part of Mr. Evans.

CORRESPONDENCE.
Very obliging letter*, relating to an article in our Review for Sepe

teinber 1762, is most respectfuliy acknowledged; but we muft beg the unknown Writer to excuse our non-compliance with his request. Persons situated as the Reviewers are, cannot be too cautious of laying themselves open to demands of that kind, which would certainly draw on them greater inconveniences than their Admonisher is perhaps aware of. The accounts they have given of such literary productions as have been referred to their opinion, are before the public; and if hany time they have palled an haity or erroneous judgment, (the probability of which they are very ready to acknowlege) they will as readily submit to all appeals to tha: Public,--as to a superior court, which will not fail to revoke and annul every unjust fentence,

As to the particular merits of the poem which is the subject of the letter now before us, we can say nothing. even in this brief and general acknowledgment to the ingenious Letter-writer; becaule we remember liale conceiring the performance, and are ot poftefed of a copy.— And with respect to whatever difference may sublilt between the Leiter-writer and the Reviewers, on any point of taste, they need mention nothing more than their entire acquiescence in what their candid Correspondent bas himself observed, viz. that, ' after all, in our judgment of poetry, as well as music, it is confefied, that no ear is Itruck with a sense of excellency, of any kind, which happens to be in no respect at unison with that of the composer.?-Perhaps there was a good deal of severity intended, by the application of this remark ;-be that as it may, the observation is a just one : and ihe enemies of the Review, for enemies will naturally arise 'againit every work of the kind, are welcome to make the molt they can of this conceflion.

* Dated July 14, 1766.

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