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verence, upon the neglected genius and virtues of Peter Elkington, to whose memory Mr. H. has paid a handsome tribute of respect in an ingenious prose epitaph. We think, with Mr. H. that many of these pieces were originally published too hastily ;' and we allow that his attempts to render them somewhat less exceptionable' have not been totally unsuccessful. Many of the lines are, however, languid and inharmonious: the diction is sometimes incorrea, and lometimes even coarse; and there is a general deficiency in that art of finishing, which every young writer Thould endeavour to attain, before he presumes to encounter the discerning eye of the Public. We think favourably of Mr. Headley's abilities, we are willing to encourage his exertions; and we advise him not to flight those powerful and judicious objections, which his Master is well known to employ against precipitate publication.
pory. Art. 21. Felly triumphant over Wisdom. A Poem. 4to. is.
Robinsons, &c. This piece is too dull to be called satire, and too prosaic to deserve the name of a poem; it is nothing better than feeble sense in shime. Art. 22. An Ode on the Immortality of the Soul : occasioned by
the Opinions of Dr. Priestley. And Life, an Elegy. By the Rev. John Walter, M. A. Maiter of Ruthin School, and late Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford. To which is added, An Ode to Humanity, founded on the Story of Scipio: by the Rev. John Walter, Senior, Rector of Landough, Glamorganshire. 12mo. Johnson. 1786.
In the first of these pieces, the Author has unquestionably started, and is combating, a bugbear; for every one who is acquainted with Dr. Priestley's writings, muft know, that he is a believer in the doc. trine of Immortality, on the authority of Divine Revelation. These Poems are of that middle character, which neither engages admiration, nor provokes censure. The sentiments expressed in them are, in general, such as will give pleafure to the pious reader; and the numbers are not inharmonious. NOVE
E L. Art. 23: The Rambles of Fancy; or moral and interesting Tales.
Containing, The Laplander. The ambitious Mother. Letters from Lindamira to Olivia. Miranda to Elvira. Felicia to Ceci. lia. The American Indian. The Fatal Resolution. The Creole. By the Author of the Adventures of the Six Princesses of Babylon". 12mo. 2 Vols. 55. sewed. Buckland. 1786.
Take care, fair lady! you are by no means safely mounted Fancy is a runaway tic, and stands in particular need of the curb. Without a figure, we would recommend it to Miss Peacock, in her future writings, to keep a lictle more within the line of nature and probability. Her stories are too romantic to affect us, and her language much too pompous to please. We must farther observe to her, that in the present times, a tale about Genii and enchanted palaces has but little chance of being read.
* Miss Lucy Peacock.
We mean not, however, to discourage the lady: she is not without abilities-but the finest soil requires the hand of culture to make it valuable. Let Miss Peacock attend to this; and we doubt not but that her imagination, when meliorated by time, will bring forth good and wholesome fruit.
performed at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden. Written by
to his last Course of anatomical Lectures at his Theatre in Wind.
The two lectures here published contain the history and the eulo. gium of anatomy; also the proper method of pursuing anatomical ftudies with advantage.
Though we do not perfe&tly agree with the late Dr. Hunter in all the opinions advanced by him, yet we think this performance, especially the latter part of it, merits the peculiar attention of the anatomical itudent; the advice it delivers must, if duly attended to, be fingularly useful.
We have in this publication a memorial from Dr. Hunter which was presented to the King by Lord Bute, fhewing the usefulness of anatomy, and the necessity of its being cultivated. The Doctor proposed to establish an anatomical school for teaching this science more advantageously than it had hitherto been taught in this kingdom. Toward executing this plan, he solicited Lord Bute to obtain from the King a grant of a piece of ground for building a theatre, mufeum, and dwelling-house for the professor ; offering to expend fix or seven thousand pounds in the building, and in the endowment of a perpetual lectureship, over and above furnishing the museum with his very valuable and curious collection of preparations and books. After repeated applications, he had the mortification to find that his proposals were unacceptable. At length, wearied by long delay, he wrote to Mr. Grenville, begging pardon for having given fo much trouble, and withdrawing his generous offer.
That Government hould discountenance a scheme, fo well calculated to promote the advancement of a useful fciencc, seems unac. countable!
Remo * This article has by some accident been overlooked : it ought to have appeared sooner,
Art. 26. An Esay on the Virtues and Properties of the Ginseng-t'ia.
By Count Belchilgen, M. D. and J. A. Cope. M. D. and P. R. B. With Observations on the pernicious Effects of Tea. drinking in general. 8vo. IS. Mrs. Randal, Royal Exchange. 1786.
Not an essay on the virtues and properties of that fine aromatic and cordial Asiatic plant known by the name of ginseng ; but a re"commendation of we know not what farrago of herbs, roots, and flowers prepared by the Author.
The observations on tea-drinking are extracted from Dr. Lettfom ; and a few cases are added, of people who have been cured by the use of the Author's infusion.
M-m Art. 27. An exact Representation of the very uncandid and extra
ordinary Conduct of Dr. John Coakley Lettsom, as well previous to, as on, the Day of Election for Physician to the Finsbury Dis
pensary. By Thomas Skeete, M. D. 8vo. 6d. Fielding. 1786, Art. 28. A Vindication of Dr. Lettsom's Conduct relative to the
late Election at the Finsbury Dispensary, in a Letter from J. C. Lettlom, M. D. to S. Hinds, M. B. 8vo. 6d. Fielding, 1786.
The Public is not interested in private disputes. There are few to whom this contest relates, and still fewer to whom it will afford any entertainment.
Dr. Skete has published a reply to Dr. Lettsom's letter, in a half sheet, of eight pages, Svo. given gratis. Art. 29. An Effay on the medical Character, with a view to define
it. To which is subjoined, Medical Commentaries and Observations adapted to several Cases of indisposed Health. By Robert Bath. 8vo. 28. 6d. Laidler.
An imitation of Dr. Gregory's “ Duties and Office of a Physician." The commentaries and observations, which occupy three fourths of the work, are sometimes judicious ; but we cannot accede to all Mr. Bath's doctrines, nor do we admire his style, which is in general singular and affected.
acom Art. 30. A concise Relation of the Effects of an extraordinary Styptic,
&c. By Barth. Ruspini. 8vo. 2s.6d. Johnson. 1786. This performance, which is to be considered as a second edition, contains farther confirmations of the efficacy of the styptic mentioned in our Review for August last, page 156 Art. 31. A fort Elay on the Nature and Symptoms of the Gout;
with a view to recommend a Medicine to the Attention of those who are afflicted with the irregular and flying Gout. By James Rymer, Surgeon. 12mo. 4. Evans. 1785.
Short, but containing juft obfervations. Not knowing Mr. Ry. mer's specific, we can say nothing of its good qualities. We therefore refer our readers to his own account of it.
09 Art. 32. Some ufful Observations, from long Experience, on the
Virtues and Efficacy of those celebrated Medicines, James's Powders, and Norris's Drops. By a Phyfician. '8vo. 6d. Bew. 1785,
The Author of these observations impartially examines the inerits of two well-known antimonial preparations, one in a solid, the other in a liquid form. He juftly observes, chat, in some cases the
powders seem to be more efficacious than the drops ; and, that in
8vo. 6s. Boards. Johnson. 1786.
We acknowledge his good wishes, and the defire he expresses for
The work before us contains many good practical observations,
The language is frequently laboured, hard words are often vnne-
We suppose most of our medical readers are sufficiently acquainted
in Obftruétions of the "Bowels, arising from Inflammations or
other Causes. With Remarks on the Use of Castor Oil. By R. S. Nevinson. 8vo. 1s. 6d. Newark printed, and sold by Baldwin in London. 1786.
We scarcely expected to have seen this dangerous mode of practice, which has been so univerfally reprobated by all rational practitioners, recommended by a writer of the present day. The quota. tion of the following maxim is a sufficient proof of the Author's lite. rary abilities. Anceps remedium melior eft quam nullam; and his frequent use of egotism marks his fe!f opinion. Art. 36. A Lecture, containing plain Descriptions of the Situa
tion of the large Blood-veffels of the Extremities; the Inftrument called Tourniquet; and the Methods of making effectual Preffure on the Arteries, in Cases of dangerous Efluisons of Blood fro.n Wounds, &c. By W. Blizard. 8vo. 1s. 6d, Dilly. 17.6.
The laudable design of giving instruction to young men who are intended for the army or navy, of the means by which they may Acp violent hemorrhages until the alliance of a surgeon can be procured, deserves encouragement; and we are happy to find a gentleman, so well qualified, heartily engaged in the execution of it. Am Art. 37. A Treatise on the Gout; with the Recommendation of a
new Medicine. By Onflow Barret, M. D. is. 6d. Stockdale, &c. !785. An advertisement for the Author's specific pills.
2: Art. 38. in Elay on natural Labours. By Thomas Denman, M.D.
8vo. 25. Johnson. 1786. A continuation of the Doctor's works on the obftetrical art. The present performance is similar to those of which we have frequently given our opinion.
3: MISCELLANEOU S. Art. 39. A candid Defence of the Appointment of Sheriffs Brokers,
as originally instituted by Sir Barnard Turner, Kot. and Thomas Skinner, Esq. late Sheriffs. 8vo. IS. Davis, &c.
From the representations here given, we find that where goods were taken in execution, the officers who took them had the appointment of brokers to value them, who managed so well their mutual interest as to oppress both debtor and creditor ; and that the connection between them was understood by finding particular brokers always standing securities for several theriffs officers under all changes that took place. In annual offices, those who pafs through them selvom understand their business till their term is nearly expiring; fo that the under-officers, who are ftationary, taking continual advantage of the inexperience of their successive principals, continual abuses are practised, and under this office they are exercised on the uniorsunaie! Happily Mr. Sheriff Skinner understood the nature of this bulineis too well to pass it over, and therefore he and his col. league in office cut off the iniquitous connexion by appointing bro." kers themielves: but their year having expired, and other theriffs fucceeded, this publication seatonably appeared, to prevent their transactions from returning into the old channel ; as the officers con. trive to render the buïness of the brokers under Mr. Skinner's regulation as unwelcome as posible, in order to reitore their old friends, and renew their old habits of reciprocity,