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A Frec Enquiry into the enormous Increase of Attornics. 8vo.
Debrétt. Hardly any complaint is more generally acknowleged to be just, than that which relates to the number of pettyfogging atcornies, who are doubtleis a pest of society. The author of the present pamphlet feems not to exempt from this reproach 'even the respectable practitioners of the law; and whilft his censure remains so indiscriminate, we must own that the extirpation of a body of twenty-four thousand men (the number at which he computes che whole of the profesion) would be an Augean task In the mean time, as a remedy to this enormous evil, the author proposes that every lawyer fhould be compelled to tettify upon oath his unequivocal belief, not only of the legal, but of the equitable title of his client. Disinfions of the Law of Libels as at present received. 8vo. 25, 6d.
Cadell, The two speakers in this dialogue, besides examining the authority of the law of libels, and the nature of the evidence by which it is supported, take a view of the confiderations which in the eye of government entitle it to the imputation of à public injury. They likewise enquire into the criminality of libels, as founded either in truth or falthood'; nor do they on it paying attention to the different modes in which libels inay be communicated. The result of this long and circuitous confa. bulation is, that the law of libels is both inconsistent with the principles of our political conftitution, and with itself; wbich, we are informed, will be rendered more evident in a future din cussion, when the judicial cognizance of the offence shall become the object of enquiry.
1 he author of this pamphlet has doubtless chosen the form of dialogue for the convenience of exhibiting different fentiments, but we cannot help being of opinion that it is in other respects a disadvantageous mode of enquiry in subjects of this nature. By the multiplicity of replies and rejoinders, the chain of argument, if not interrupted, is at least diminished in its force; and when the oluject of enquiry ought to be enlightened, it is often involved in greater obicurity: Dialogue is suitable only in cases where the principles of the interlocutors are fixed, and generally known; but it seems calculated rather to conical error than to evince the truth; and a reader is apt to mifruft the validity of a conclufion which is perhaps fouaded only in the weakness of an antagonift.
The Rigbts of Juries vindicated. 8vo. 25. Johnson. We are here presented with the speeches of the dean of St. Afaph's counfel, in the court of King's Bench, Westminster, on the 15th of November, 1784; in fhewing cause why a new trial should be granted, the rule for which had been applied for on the motion of the hon. Thomas Erskine, the preceding
Monday. These speeches have already appeared in the public prints, and are now re-published, as taken in short-hand by Mr. Blanchard. An Anfwer to the Second Report of the East Ind'a Directors, ree specting the Sale and Prices of Tea. By Richard I wining. 8vo.
Cadell. In our Review for January, we gave a full account of the publications relative to tea, as they contained some facts of which it seemed proper that the public fhould be informed.
Though the subject continues to be agitated between the directors of the East India company and the tea-dealers, we do not find that any addisional light is calt upon it by either party. In a letter to Mr. Preston, íubjoined to this Answer, Mr. Twining insists that he himself, and, he believes, all the cld tea-dealers sell the commodity upon terms as advantageous to the public as those by which it is sold under the direction of Mr. Preston. But were the prices really the same, the public might be defirous of being informed, bona fide, whether the quality of the teas is likewise the same. Outlines of a ready Plan for proteiling London and its Environs
from the Depredations of Houle-breakers, Street, and I lighavay Robbers. Svo. Richardton.
The want of police in the capital is a subject of general complaint, and has within these few years given rise to different schemes for supplying the defect. The plan proposed by this author is to employ military patroles; for the regulation of which he suggests several hints, adapted to such a recourse. The Emperor's Claims, being a Description of the City of Antwerp and the River Scheide.
8vo, 25, 6d. Stockdale. The emperor having afforded this author an occasion to avail himself of the public curiosity, with respect to the state of the Auftrian Netherlands, the author, in return, has dedicated the work to his Imperial majeity. But as it is uncertain whether the emperor will reward him for this act of gratitude, his chief dependence must be upon the public. We thali therefore fo far co-operate with his defign, as to announce, that he delivers a description of the city of Antwerp and the river Schelde ; with a concise history of the Austrian Netherlands; extracts from the treaties on which the Dutch found their right to the blocking up the Schelde ; with other particulars relative to an illustration of the subject,
PO E T RY. Elegy to the Memory of Dr. Sanuel Johnson. By Thomas Hobhoufia
Ef. 410. 6d. Stockdale, The subject of this performance is undoubtedly entitled to the condolence of the elegiac Muse; but we cannot say the
poem is worthy of the subject. The lines are indeed sufficiently
The moon, repoting on yon pine-tree tops,
Sheds a mild grandeur, and a dead serene.'
25. Kearsley, City wit! which those well acquainted with the internal po. litics of our metropolis, and the parties alluded to, will relish better than reviewers. Gog and Magog are the interlocutors. The following hobbling lines, spoken by the patriotic Magog, are not deftitute of humour.
• I remember the time--when subftantial good men,
When Blake rul'd the ocean, and Burleigh the itate.'
for the Improvement of the County Prisons. 410. 15. Od. Debrett.
This poem celebrates a humane and worthy baronet, who, following the example of Mr. Howard, has personally exainined into the abuses of our prisons; and lately publithed a pamphlet in which he proposed lome plans for their better regulation *. For a long time past we have met few panegyrical poems entitled to much approbation and mediocrity, like that of several others of the fame kind, lately examined, is the character. istic of this performance.
facies non omnibus una
Nec diversa tamen.' Good sense and benevolence however pervade the whole ; and if there is nothing Atrikingly beautiful, there is nothing to disgust or offend. Sce Crit. Rev. vol. lvii. p. 159,
Confiancy, a poetical Tale, foundid on Fafl. 410. 6d. Evans.
We are told, in the advertisement, that the only merit to which this poem lays claim, is that of fimplicity.'-The author's pretentions are modest, and we cannot in justice refuse them. *The tale, though not very interesting, is managed with ad. dress.
Sufan and Ofmund, a Lyric Porm. 410. 15. 61. Kearsley.
This is another tale, and probably equally founded in fact, but not so well related. The affected ornaments of style totally destroy its pathos. The Emigrant. A Poem. By J. Ireland. 4to. Iso Richardson.
• If juvenility can successfully plead in extenuation of poetical blemishes, and blunt, in some measure, the keen edge of criricism, the author of the following pages may lay claim to no inconsiderable share of indulgence; and prelume, not vainiy, that his first-born will be suffered peaceably to make its entrec into the world, and live its day in it.' We know not how far this apology may weigh with the reader. We agree with the author that the cause of morality is not weakened or injured by his launching his coup d'effai upon the perilous sea of publication.'-.But we can add nothing farther in its favour. The Knight and Friars; an historical Tale. By Richard Paul
Jodrill, Esq. F. R. S. and A.S.S. 410. 25. Doddley.
This is a humorous story, originally related in prose by Thomas Heywood, in his reveixedor, and afterwards copied into Blomeheld's History of Norfolk. It is now well known. Its present dress is very suitable to it; but as it was rendered into verse, almost while the author' ttood on one foot,' it is in some passages a little obscure.
DRAM AT I C. Songs,'&c. in Fontainbleau. A Comic Ofera. As performed at
the Theatre Royal in Covent Garden. By Mr. O'Keife. 870. 6d. Cadell.
The stage is Mr. O'Keefe's Parnassus. Within its boundaries,let him pick up laurels, if he can; but let him never attempt to seck poetical fame amongst those who write for pofterity. Liberty Hall; or the Tot of Good Fellowship. A Comic Opera.
As it is performed at ibe Theatre Royal in Drury-lane. Svo. is. Kearlley.
There must always be a wifing vehicle for music, since sound and lense, like beauty with honelly, “is to have honey a lauce to lugar.' We cannot try this butterfly on any critical statute, ia that it will escape condemnation. The chief attempt at character is in Ap Hugh; but it is only an attempt. In fact,
we have scarcely a proper representation of a Welshman fince the brave, the generous, and the learned Fluellin. Dr. Druid's follies are those of any country; his virtues are so Night, that we cannot trace their origin. His language only is in the Welsh brogue. The songs of this trifle are the best parts of it. They are sometimes poetical and pleasing.
M E DI CAL. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of Fever. By Caleb Dickinson, M. D.
35. in Boards. Robinson. This is a very respectable college-exercise, for we can hardly give it a fitter denomination. Its faults are indeed numerous ; but the spirit and the independence which have dietated the Inquiry, in a great degree, compensate for them. The former may be removed by experience and attention, the latter are feldom acquired in advanced life; since the mind, which has been accuitomed to trammels, hoses its native dignity, and is destined to drudge on in the same abject llavery.
The outline of fevers is nearly that of Dr. Cullen, from whom he differs in some particulars; but he combats experience with reaioning, and strikes at facts with arguments. Thus he contends for the existence of a continent fever, because it may be plaufibly explained ; and denies that of critical days, chiefly hecause, in the repetition of paroxysms, there is no reason why one should terminate the fever rather than another. The proximate cause of fever is a subject too extensive for our discusion in this journal. Dr. Dickinson is chiefly diffatisfied with Dr. Callen's Syitem, for pot explaining more particularly the conpection between the debility and spasm, or showing how the reaction is calculated to remove the atony. As the spasm also is an effort of nature, he seems surprised that it should be mode. rated or reprefied. In its fead, he supposes that the proximate cause of fevers is debility only, and that to it, all our remedies fhould be applied. This leads to the free and indiscriminate vse of bark and stimulants, including in the latter claís, opium. We have frequently considered this subject, and have given our opinion on it. In both theory and practice the author torters on an unstable foundation : opium is not a stimulant, but in particular circumitances; and bark is probably as frequently injurious in continued fevers, not highly putrid, as useful. The subject may be brought to a short issue. Has any one, by the use of bark and opium, stopped a fever after it has been once formed, before the usual period of fourteen or twenty days i It has been aflerted, that some have done so; but, when their steps have been accurately followed, the event has been very different.
After our author has been more accustomed to practice, he will be better able to chuse the oracles, whose dictates he should follow. Many of his authorities are very fufpicious ; some of them we know to be erroncous. On the subject of scurvy how