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jesty's Court of Common Pleas at Westminster, on the ioth and the 11th of May 1786, before Lord Lougborough, and the rest of the Judges of Common Pleas. 8vo. 45. sewed. Debrett. 1786.

In the 73d volume of our Review, p. 395, we inentioned a former trial between these contending heireffes, in which a verdict was given in favour of Miss Mellith. On this second investigation of the pretensions of the rival ladies, Miss Rankin was victorious. Another trial by bill of ejectment hath since been had, in the King's Bench, Weltminster, in which Miss Mellish, the plaintiff, suffered a nonfuit. The public attention hath been very much excited by this extraordinary cause; which, we suppose, is not yet brought to a final issue. Art. 37. An Alphabetical Index of the Registered Entails in Scotland,

from the passing of an Act of Parliament in the Year 1685, to February 4, 1784. Containing the Number of the Entail as it Hands on Record, the Volume, the Folio, Date of the Entail, Date of Registration, Entailers Names, &c. By Samuel Shaw, 400. 75. 6d. Edinburgh printed, and sold by Robinsons, in London.

Every person mult, at one time or other, have had occafion to remark the utility of Indexes; and the importance of them rises with that of the subject : this, with the credit of the accuracy advanced to the avowed compiler, is all the notice that a publication of such a nature calls for.

N. Art. 38. The Speech delivered by Sir Peter Calvert, LL. D. pre

paratory to adjudging a Decree in favour of Mrs. Inglefield. Taken in Short-hand by W. Blanchard. 8vo. is. Logographic Press.

This was a case of alledged adultery, the circumstances of which
have been abundantly detailed in the newspapers. The learned
Civilian, in the speech before us, infifted, and concluded, not only
o that there were no positive acts of adultery proved, but that there
was not that situation of the parties proved,' from which adultery
might be implied. He therefore exhorted Capt. Inglefield to take
his wife home, and treat her with matrimonial affection : not doubt-
ing that, as both the husband and the wife • bear excellent charac-
ters,' they may still render the conjugal state very happy. The de-
cree was • a monition' to the same effect.
Art. 39. A compendious System of the Bankrupt Laws. By Wm.

Cook, of Lincoln's Inn, Esq. Barrister at Law. 8vo. 8s. Boards.'
Brooke. 1786.

We have in this valuable publication all the separate acts con-, cerning bankrupts reduced and brought into one point of view ;an undertaking that must prove useful, because all the acts relative to this subject make but one system of law, the whole of which being regularly digested will be of real service to the persons concerned in the practice, as it will enable them with little trouble to be. come acquainted with the contents of all the acts that have been passed, and with every regulation that has been made respecting bankrupts.

The Appendix, containing the necessary instructions for procuring and carrying on the business of a commission, and also a great variety of precedents, is a performance that will be highly acceptable to those readers for whose use this compendium is intended. "

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Art. 40. The prefent Practice of the Court of King's Bench; containing ample and complete Instructions for commencing and defending Suits, A&tions, &c. By John Sheridan, Esq. of the Inner Temple. 8vo. 75. Boards. Walker, &c.

As the Court of King's Bench is the 'custos morum of the realm, and may punish any offence contrary to the first principles of justice * ;' its jurisdiction is, consequently, very extensive; it keeps all other jurisdictions within the bounds of their authority ; it compels magi. itrates and others to perform with diligence the duty of their respective offices; it protects the liberty of the subject in a summary manner. From the wide grasp of its jurisdiction, its practice must of neceffity be extensive.

The present performance is calculated to guide the attorney, and, by pointing out the various proceedings, to enable him to conduct properly such matters as may occur in the course of his practice. The Author has interspersed his work with several precedents of the various writs, pleadings, entries, declarations, &c. which may be useful to the younger readers of books in this class.

ami MEDIC A L. Art. 44. A new System of Midwifery, in four Parts, founded on

practical Observations. The whole illustrated with Copper-plates. By Robert Wallace Johnson, M. D. The ad Edition, with Ad. ditions. 4to. il. is. Johnson. 1786.

In our account of the first edition of this work, in the Review for August 1769, we observed, that it contained much useful instruction, and might be perused with advantage by that class of read. ers to whom it peculiarly belongs.

Dr. Johnson hath not been able to discover any real improve ments either in the theory or practice of the art since the first publi. cation of his system, but hath had the satisfaction of being confirm. ed in his former opinions by the test of experience; the additions with which this impression is enriched, being either elucidations of what he had before written, or practical proofs of the merit of his theory.

The letters of the late Dr. Redman, of Philadelphia, which our Au. thor has given us in the Appendix, contain very just commendations of Dr. J.'s well-contrived instruments. We sincerely with practitioners, especially the younger ones, to be peculiarly attentive to the Author's prudent maxims relative to the cautious use of instruments in general; a strict observance of them would effectually repress that impe. tuosity, which, to the great detriment of the patient, is too often observable in juvenile operators. Art. 42. Medical Reports of the Effect of Arfenic in the Cure of

Agues, Remitting Fevers, and periodic Head-aches. By Thomas Fowler, M. D. 8vo. 35. Johnson. 1786.

Dr. Fowler, who has here published 86 cases of agues, &c. cured by arsenic, seems to consider the administration of that dangerous mineral poison as a new discovery. Had he looked into old writers, a study too much neglected by many modern practitioners, he might have collected from them as many, and as demonstrative, proofs of

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the febrifuge qualities of arsenic, as he himself has here presented to the Public.

As to the propriety of the practice recommended by the Doctor, we have long since given our opinion about it. The dreadful effects of this very corrosive poison have decerred rational physicians from adopting it as a remedy in any cale whatever ; and the curing any disease by so fiery a medicine, we formerly observed, was driving out one devil by means of anorher *

Rum Art. 43 An E Juy on Preternatural Labours. By Thomas Den

man, M. D. Licentiate in Midwifery of the College of Physicians. 8vo.. 25. Johnson. 1786.

This Essay contains useful directions and rules for fuch cases as belong to the class of labours here mentioned. We approve them the more, as they tend, in a great measure, to caution the practic tioner against that impetuolity which we have just censured in

Art. 41. : By some accident this performance was misaid; otherwise it ought to have been noticed before Article 33 in our Catalogue for July last, that being the fourth, and this the third class of Dr. Denman's division. POETRY

DO Art. 44. Saint Peter's Lodge, a Serio.comi legendary Tale, in

Hudibrastic Verse. By the Author of the Register Office. 8vo. 1. Is. Davis. 1786.

Mr. Reed has thought proper to resume the tak so happily executed a century ago by Butler; though we do not readily conceive what outward call there is for flogging the saints in these free and easy times, when they are not numerous enough to be troublesome, '. The argument of the tale is thus prefixed :

** Saint Peter in his easy chair : Sits dozing: to his Lodge repair

Souls made immortal : He inspects
· Their Palfports : afto their several Sects;
And, after some confabulacion,

Shows each where lies his heavenly station.' After a sufficient sample of different religious persuasions, St, Peser is applied to by the spirit of one, who, contenting himself with a general profesion of the leading tenets of natural religion, dir. claimed a connexion with any exclusive pious brotherhood whaça ever.

O'er-Spread with joy th’Apostle's Phiz is,
* And itrait the Spirit's hand he leizes,

Which shaking heartily, he cries,
Welcome, good Sir, to Paradise.
Should we your virtuous life proclaim,
'Twould fill the priestly tribe with thame;
Or in these Bigots raise some rancour,
Whole hot-brain'd zeal was their Sheet-Anchor.

"Since you the moral path have tried,
Reason and not the Priet your Guide,

Vide Monthly Rev. vol. lii. p. 533.


All mental flavery disdaining,
Pursuing Good, from Ill abitaining,
Range wheresoever you're inclin'd,
To no one spot of bliss confin'd:
Range thro' there Realms, whose space immense is,
And view, in rapture lost your senses,
The countless wonders Heaven has wrought,
So far surpassing human chought.

" When you've a leisure hour to spend
In social converse with a Friend,
Think of my lodge, and hicher come:
You'll find me constantly at home.
You may even take your Soul to meet here
A friendly welcome from Saint Peter,
If I had judg'd like you, my face

Had ne'er confin'd me to this Gate.'
The reader may now form his own judgment of the plan of St.
Peter's Lodge, and estimate the merit of this versification of an old

N Art. 45. A Description of the various Scenes of the Summer Season,

a Poem. 8vo. 15. 6d. Dilly. 1786. In four introductory stanzas, the Author proposes his subject, and invokes the aslistance of his guardian angels :

Sweet fummer, through creation's realm,
With lavish bounty, has display'd
The charms that sorrow overwhelm,
Imparadizing all the mead.
I would resound in kindred strains,
Illustrious honours here reveald ;
And borrow notes from heav'nly plains,
T'attune the theme by cherubs peal'd.
But what fall favour me inclin'd
T'extol, of water gems bereft?
What penetrative thought can find
Conceal'd and scatter'd jewels left?
Good angels, who attendant wait
To serve and guard me, lend your aid;
Arriv'd from the celestial gate,

You'll not our Sov’reign's works degrade.? These good angels must certainly have had some other earnest bufi. ness in hand at the time the Author called them ; for we perceive no marks of their assistance throughout the whole poem. The next kanza will shew that he was obliged to proceed alone ;

Morning, wich solitary gloom,
Lies drowsy in cool Nature's lap:
Faint are the gleams that yet presume;

No gentle breezes pinions fap. Pinions fap! That is, the angels were not come; and surely no an. gel, unless he had been as drowsy as the morning is here described to be, could have suffered such a degrading line to stand ; but would rather have substituted, To interrupt the social nap. Cc4

That That is the nap of Nature, who like an old nurse, fat nodding over drowsy Morning dozing in her cool lap. We would cheerfully affist our Author farther, in the absence of his truant angels, but other business obliges us to give him the flip also: we cannot leave him however, without advising him not to think of describing the other seasons, till a second impression of Summer is called for,

N. Art. 46. The Grave; by Robert Blair. To which is added Gray's Elegy in a Country Churcb-yard. With Notes, by George Wright, Esq. 8vo: is. Fielding. 1786...

There is some propriety in publishing, together, an edition of these two celebrated, and, in some respects, similar poems. Blair's very popular production has been, for some time, scarce : though it hath, no doubt, undergone many impressions since the first in 1743.- The Editor is mistaken in referring its original publication to the year 1747. --With respect to Mr. Wright's notes, they chiefly consist of parallel passages from Hervey, Young, &c. Art. 47: The Religion of a Lawyer, a Crazy Tale. 8vo. is. 6d.

Walker. 1786. ha The most miserable ballad that was ever strung against a wall, is a classic composition in comparison with this execrable mess of uniform stupidity; in which we cannot find one couplet good enough to afford us the consolation of knocking down a blockhead with some of his own nonsense.

N. Art. 48. The Vindication of Fame; an de in Honour of John

Howard, Esq. Inscribed to the Howardian Committee. 4to. is. Dilly. 1786.

A well-meant encomium on the philanthropy and benevolence of the age ; with particular reference to the promoters of the scheme for a monument in honour of the excellent Joan Howard. Art. 49. The Triumph of Benevolence; a Poem. Occafioned by

the national Design of erecting a Monument to John Howard, Era. A new Edition corrected and enlarged. To which are added, Stances on the Death of Jonas Hanway, Esq. 4to. is. 6d. Nichols, &c. 1786.

We gave an accouut of this poem, on the appearance of the first edition : See Rev. for Sept. p. 223. Considerable additions are now made, by the very ingenious, but unknown *, Author. We observe noc fewer than 22 new stanzas. The verses in commemoration of Mr. Hanway appear to come from the same pen : and they are not unworthy of either the writer or the subject. Art. 50. The Vale of Innocence. A Vision. Verses to an Infant

Daughter, and Sonnets on several Subjects. By the Rev. J. Black, 400. 15. Johnson. 1785.

• A beauteous NYMPH before the Queen appear'd
Whom op behold, her eyes she gently rear's:

* To us, at least, totally unknown. The Editor's advertisement fpeaks of the Triumph of Benevolence as a present from an anony. mous author to the Howardian Committee; who commisioned their Printer to publish it for the benefit of the HOWARDIAN Fundi'


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