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hunting a poor virgin about the town with the hue and cry of Stop

thief? and is it not right, unless you can clearly make out the heary * charge against her, that you should be found guilty 'of poeiical

swindling, or of raising a laugh against an harmless niaid on false preter es? Then, as to the good Bishop's Eulogy, will Peter, whuis so passionate an admirer of the sex, make no allowance " when a Lady's in the case ?Must a Bishop use no warm colouring in a Lady's praise ? Let us not suppose that “ the age of chivalry is gone." The Holy Knight must be excused a little extravagance in praise of the Lady's " high-tonedor bon ton* “ Morality.” We will alw thce, 'Squire Peter, to stand up for the poets, whom thou pretily termest, the Robin Red Breasts of the Human Race, and to put in word against the merciless persecution of fallen beauty: but, if the Lady in question has been a little too tari' on thy profession, and

too severe on those of her own sex who have tasted - unlicensed bliss,' 1 thou hast amply revenged thyself on her, and on her right reverend ad

mirer.. Never was thy satirical cat o’nine tails more plentcously administered. The risible muscles of thy readers will run riot in spite of 'their judgment; and there are inoments when thou art sure of having the langh on thy side, if no other support. Since, however, thoa hast a prodigious aversion to flattery, which thou beautifully termest *" the oil of fool,we will not besmear thee with it; nor on the other hand will we strive to take from thy merit, as in these lines thou dost from that of Mrs. Hannah More : Twice can't I read her labours for

my

blood,
So simply mawkish, so sublimely sad !
I own Mis, HANNAH's life is very good,
But then her verse and prose are very

bad.' A little “ 100 roughthis, surely, 'Squire Peter !--and yet thou wilt go on, and tell us that the Lady has a so-so lyre;' that there are women of whose gown she is not fit to hold the tail ;' that,

! Had Wisdom crush'd Miss HannaH’s forward quill

Had Silence put a gag on Hannah's tongue-
No crape had mourn'd upon the Muse's hill,

Nor Phæhus blubber'd for the loss of song.' Angry also with the Bishop for his well-intended gallantry, thou accusest him of being instrumental to the Lady's fame:

• Calin, but for thee, 'hed HANNAH pass'd along;

OBLIVION ready with her shroud and spadt,
To si k her with a prose and rhiming throng,

In sacred silence and eternal shade.' Now recollect, Peter, that, whatever may be thy motive, thou wilt aid the Lady's celebrity as well as the R. R. preacher; who, no doubt, appreciates the merit of thy pleasantry, and smiles at thy comical prayer for Bishops :

Now God preserve the Bishops, every skin,

To blaze like beacons to the darken’d Nations ;
To roast old Satan, knock down. Gammer Sin,

And for a pack of rascals hang the PASSIONS.'
Mrs. H. M. professes to write for the fashionable world,

TO Peter pre

I 2mo.

To close this apostrophe to our old facetious acquaintance, we must observe that ihis Satire, though we cannot altogether approve the occasion of it, is executed with much of his usual original and playfui wit. The Author of the Pursuits of Literature has a severe laslı en fassant; and a Lady of the Blue-Stocking Club is hideously caricatured under the name of Urganda.

If the viher pieces be not in Peter's best manner, they bear his maik, and will produce the effect which he intended. fereth the simple notes of his favourite Robin Red Breasts to the Cathedral Service, and rudely asketh

'-How can Heav'n with venal sounds be taken,

Tainted with ale and gin, and eggs and bacon?" “ Swelling organs, which (Pope says) lift-the rising soul," seem not to have elevated the soul of this sarcastic bard. Is this owing to a.virtue, a misfortune, or a fault? EDUCATION, ECC.

Moo-y. Art. 41. The Hare; or Hunting incompatible with Humanity; written as a stimulus to Youth towards a proper Treatment of Animals. Pp. 187. 25.

Vernor and Hood. 1799. This little history is introduced by the following apology, in the person of the Hare ;I feel it necessary to offer a few words on the subject of my intrusion. . To complain of injuries received and grievances unredressed, I have sent forth this history of my life and feelings. --On very serious occasions,“ stones have been said to move, and truxs to speak,” in bringing forth the “ man of blood ;” and if such inanimate beings have been worked up to this pitch on a cause not their ownl, may not a fare be a'lowed to be, at least, as eloquent in its own cause??_-We musi grant that poor Puss pleads very well She passes through many periis and dangers, and at length finds a safe and comfortable asyluin in a humane and compassionate family, who understand the proper tretinent of the brute creation, together with that of their own species. Some amusing and instructive inci. dents will here attract the attention of tender and benevolent minds. Hi. Art. 42. A Series of Letters on Education; ascribed to John Wi

therspoon, D.D. President of Princeton College, New Jersey.
Lilliputian 12 mo. is. bound. Button. 1798.
This tiny performance is introduced by the following lines :

• The intrinsic merit of this little publication, it is presumed, will be a sufficient apology for its being re-printed in England, from an edition printed at New York, for C. Davies, in 1797. I have no authority for its being Dr. Witherspoon's, except the American title-page and the style; but am fully of opinion that it would not disgrace the pen of any one.

Dr. W. was born at Yester, a few miles from Edinburgh, in 1722 ; went to the University of Edinburgh at fourteen years of age; and after several flattering invitations to Dublin, Rotterdam, &c. removed to Princeton in 1768, where he filled his station with honor, till his death, November 15, 1794, in the 73d year of his age, being blest with the use of his reasoning powers to the last.

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Two volumes of sermons, and three essays, have sufficiently established his reputation.'

The letters are only five in number; and the author, whoever he be, does not appear to have completed his subject. They are, however, so far as they go, sensible, judicious, and well worthy of the strict attention of parents, and all others who have the care of chil. dren. The writer is an advocate for authority-authority early exerted, and may possibly be deemned by some too severe ; yet, on the whole, and when considered on all sides, it implies nothing more than what is rational, gentle, and christian. His cautions respecting ser. vants certainly merit attention. He cons ders religion, by which he means real piety, as a great means of rendering men not fashionable indeed, but truly polite : • I can assure you, (he says,) that religion is the great polisher of the common people.'-Ai the same time be is firm to the cause of truth and virtue:- As for your placebo's, (says he,) your prudent, courtly, compliant gentlemen, whose vote in assembly will tell you where they dined the day before, I hold thein very cheap indeed.'

A vision, the subject of which je pleasure, by Dr. Cotton, very properly concludes the volume.

Hi. Art. 43. Juvenile Stories and Dialogues, composed chiefly in Words of two Syllables; for the use of Schools and young Readers, is. 6d. Vernor.

1799.
This collection of tales and dialogues may safely be pronounced
very pretty and interesting, instructive and bencficial. The lan-
guage in some of them, as where a little child appears with a
silk sash, is rather above the age; in others, where eight or ten
years are attained, it is more suitable. The subjects are well chosen
from nature, from the iinprovements of art, and froin different occur-
rences and dispositions. Could Mr. Hanway have read the Chim-
art-sweeper's tale, it might have somewhat abated, in his view, the
miseries of that pitiable class : but possibly'such abatement, or happy

alteration, may be the fruit of his humane attentions : however, the
il appeal is here made to faci.
Art. 44. False Ideas; or Hints to Parents ; in three Parts ; dedicated

with permission to Henry Dunster, Esq. by George Morland.
8vo. Is. 6d. Svinonds. 1799.

We feetourcives somewhat at a loss in what manner to treat the : Tyro (for such indeed he stands confessell) who here claims,our attention. The dedication informs us that he had not then completed his seventeenth year: an age surely, whatever advantages it might have, or however it might find the want of them, not quite equal to a topic so inportant as that of education. Yet, under such a description, the pamphlet presents itself to the public; and when we are told that so interesting a subject as the formation of the youthful mind has never been a topic on which wise men have thought proper to empay their pens;' we must acknowlege that the words have to a very juvenile sound. · We know not that the writer perfectly explains himself, or more nearly approaches the truth, when he adds, the theme' has only been treated of in a gene

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tal point of view, and the minutiæ not at all entered into.'-Accord.
ingly he expresses a hope, that he has struck into a path which,
pursued by others, may work the desired end, and cool reason resume
her long lost station in lieu of the pernicious novels and romances
with which the town is at this moment glutted.' With such a view,
benevolent as it should seem, he proceeds to employ his early pen;
claiming ng merit in the composition, and conscious, he says, that
it is full of errors.
· The peasant and the farmer are noticed in the first place; and if
by the peasant we are to understand the daj-labourer, though in that
humbler station it is unquestionably right to procure all the advan-
tages which he is able for his children, it may generally be supposed
that the farmer has it in his power to advance rather higher; there-
fore they should not have been classed together. Tradesmen appear
next in order ; some of whose mistakes on the subject of education
are warmly censured. The nobility are then produced to our vicw; a
class with whom this adventurous youth professes himself to have little
or no acquaintance; and he therefore acknowleges that he is unqna-
lified to give them that tribute of praise or censure which may be
their due : yet he hesitates not to declare his persuasion that they are,
in general, by far the most wicked class of beings in exisknce, an expres.
gion which is somewhat softened, by adding that the blame does not
probably attach so much to them, as to their predecessors.

This little tract is not ill written ; many pertinent observations are brought forwards, and good advice is offered, and expressed in a lively manner: but we must observe to this juvenile writer, that he seems to have been rather too eager to appear in print; that the errors which he notices have been often pointed out before ; and that his inexperience and immature judgment certainly disqualify him from doing justice to a subject of such high consequence, as that on which he has ventured to stand forth as the INSTRUCTOR OF MANKIND ! Hi, Art. 45. Eugenio ; or the Precepts of Prudentius, a Moral Tale. By

J. Bidlake, A. B. Chaplain to the Duke of Clarence, and Master of the Grammar-School, Plymouth. 12mo. 28. 6d. Boards. Chapman. 1799.

This work consists of a succession of dialogues between a tutor and his pupil, replete with moral and religious sentiment, and illustrated by examples and pictures of life, drawn from the city and the country. Eugenio, the pupil, a young man of great warmth and sensibility of temper, pays the debts of Hortensius; and by that generous act confers happiness on a deserving and grateful family. Before this ardour of benevolence has time to cool, he bestows the same favour on an officer, whose imprisonment is the consequence of pride, imprudence, and extravagance. The tutor, Prudentius, applauds the bounty in the former case, and condemns it in the latter. His sentiments on this subject, in an age when charity is supposed not enly to cover a multitude of sins, but to be a substitute for most other virtues, deserve attention.

Like the other writings of Mr. B. this volume has a tendency to promote the cause of religion and virtue, and may convey much use, ful instruction to young readers.

Ban? Art.

25.

'success.

Art. 46. Biography for Boys, or, Characteristic Histories, calcu.

lated to impress the youthful Mind with an Admiration of vir.
tuous Principles and a Detestation of vicious ones: by Mrs.
Pilkington. -12mo.

Vernor. 1799.
Art. 47. Biography for Girls, or, Moral and Instructive Examples

for Young Ladies. By Mrs. Pilkington. 12mo. 25. Vernor.
1799.

This lady continues her benevolent endeavour to assist and improve the youthful mind. Boih sexes attract her attention ; and for each she has provided, in these volumes,' seasonable and interesting entertainment, with important instruction and admonition. It is hardly probable that these biographic sketches should fail of effecting some beneficial impression on the juvenile heart ; and this impression may be lasting, so as to maintain a happy influence in future life. We unite our wishes with those of Mrs. Pilkington for this desirable

Some defects in these volumes might be pointed out ; and while we approve and applaud her labours, we regret that a little more attention has not been allotted to style and diction : the language bears too evident marks of haste and negligence.' Some writers in this line have empioyed a phrascology much too high for children : what is intended for them should be clear and plain ; it should also be accurate, casy, and pleasant.

Hi.
HISTORY.
Art. 48. The History of the City of Glasgow. To which is

added, a Sketch of a Tour to Loch Lomond and the Falls of the
Clyde, forming a complete Guide for the Use of Strangers. By

James Denholm, Writer in Glasgow. Embellished with thirteen i Engravings. 12010. pp. 280. 55.' Boards. Vemor, &c.

We have read this work with much pleasure, and have derived from it considerable information. The city of Glasgow, from the beauty of its situation, the general neatness of its appearance, the magnifi. eence of its public buildings, the celebrity of its university, and the high and deserved fame which it has acquired by the improvements which it has introduced into our national manufaetures, is an object of curiosity and interest ; and the present historian seems to us, who are not unacquainted with the place, to have omitted nothing in the narrative which was of importance, while his statements possess the great recommendation of accuracy and hidelity.

The engravings furnish a faithful view of the objects represented, and are ncatly executed.

S.R. Art. 49. The History of the Union of Scotland and England, stating

the Circumstances which broughi that Event forward to a Conclu.
sion, and the Advantages resuliing from it to the Scots. By the
Rev. Ebenezer Marshal. Svo. pp. 270. 55. Boards. Long,
man and Rees. 1799.

Among the number of illustrious events which distinguished the reign of Queen Anne, not one was more difñcult in its accomplish

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