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of the deceased. It is written, in our opinion not improperly, in the form of an irregular ode, but bears too strong a resem, blance to Dryden's Alexander's Frasl, from whence the idea was undoubtedly taken. The most faulty instance is probably this:
• Sing Demetrius young and fair,
Ever fair, and ever young! Dryden says,
• The praise of Bacchus then the Tweet musician sung
Of Bacchus ever fair, and ever young.' This expression, though suitable to a god, should not have been applied to a man, who died at the age of fifty-four, and whose obicquies were then performing. We should not have disliked a distant imitation, but where a copy is placed too near fo excellent an original, it must lose by the comparison. The fol. lowing paffage, however, the last line of which strikes us as particularly beautiful, makes amends for every defect. ! The minstrel tries the funeral lay,
Each vocal pow'r he tries ;
And the fad notes in slow succellion rise ;
Revive th' expiring notes ;
And on the blue expanse the trembling cadence floats
Varying modes the audience greet;
Melodious breathing from the vocal feet:
The poem concludes with an account of the last rites performed in honour of the deceased.' The extracts we have given sufficiently few our sentiments concerning it,
N о у E Į S. Sentimental Memoirs. By a Lady. Iwo Volumes. Small 8vo. 75.
Hookham. Our author tells us, that her courage would certainly fail her, were the not persuaded that those gentlemen, whose profession it is to make their report of every new publication, will excite their candid attention to this first effort to entertain and infruct her own fex.' These Memoirs may indeed iņstruct, for
the conduct of the personages is often exemplary; but we fear they will not entertain. We respect good intentions: we would be candid, and even complaisant, if it were in our power; but as we cannot praise we will be silent. The Favourites of Felicity. A Novel. In a Series of Letters. By John Potter, M. B.
75. 6d. Sewed. Cass. The author tells the fair sex, to whom he dedicates his work, that he endeavours to refine their delicacy, to distinguish between real and pretended virtues, and to direct their penetration to those desirable sources of permanent felicity, which arise from domestic pleasure, moral improvement, and immortal truth.' We transcribe his own words, for we fear the reader might not have discovered his design. In this work, as well as in the Virtuous Villagers, the author instructs by precept rather than adventures; and, if there be more incident in the Favourites of Felicity than in the volumes just mentioned, there is somewhat less of that luxuriance of language which we reprehended, though some colloquial vulgarities are admitted. Our reprehenfions, we think, have had a good effect; for he often totters on the verge, and seems to check his rapid pen. This novel and the former are, however, greatly inferior to the Curate of Coventry. Why did the author leave the walk of artless adventures and peculiar characters, for that of uninterefting sentiment?
The Adventures of the Hermit betray some strokes of real incident; of incidents which have made some impresion on the writer's heart. The account of Holland is more diftinct and just than we have yet seen; but the greater part of it is well known, The author has an aversion to Apothecaries ; and we wish he would not imitate them, in making new mixtures from different ingredients poured from old phials.
Maria. A Novel. Two Volumes. I 2mo. 6s. Cadell. The young lady, who offers us this novel, is by no means deficient in many of the requisites which should accompany her tak; but she is yet distant from some others, which are almost indispensible. Her judgment is accurate, her discernment quick, and her language ready. Her attempts at humour and ridicule frequently succeed; but, probably from a slight acquaintance with situations of active life, we perceive inconsisten. cies which, in some degree, deltroy the intereft of her tale. We were, however, pleased with the work in general, and much affected with particular parts of it: the author attempts to be pathetic with success; and the horrors of the night, in the Gothic mansion, point out the intelligent scholar of an able master. The incidents are within the bounds of probability ; and, together, furnish some very formidable events. We have discovered so much to commend, that we think it worth while to hint at another fault; for, with an inferior writer, our la
bour might be misapplied. By connecting the stories of Maria and Miss Hampden so intimately, the author has raised contending interefts, which weaken the influence of each, and the catastrophe of the fo:mer's history is too near that of the latter. At the lummit too of Maria's distress, her friend is relieved by a fortunate ecclaircissement; so that the mind hangs in doubt whether it should rejoice or grieve.
Miss B. will not misinterpret these hints: they are dictated rather by a desire to improve, than to depreciate her talents. She, at present, soars beyond many writers of this class; and, with a little care, may follow the first with no little success. The Omen; or, Memoirs of Sir Henry Melille and Miss Julia Eastbrook. A Novel. Tavo Volumes.
6s, Lowndes. Neither the design nor the execution of this novel is very happy. Many improbabilities occur in both; and we are not recompensed by the brilliancy of wit, juftness of remark, well drawn characters, or interefting situations. But; while we have little to praise, we have nothing very particularly to condemn: a rash promise draws dow'n misfortunes on her who makes it; yet, as the conclusion is happy, we are apt to forget the punishment in the subsequent reward, and do not perceive with fufficient force the folly and impropriety of the conduct. Areastatic Spy; or, Excursions with an Air Balloon. Two Vols.
6s. Symonds. This little work is superior to many attempts of the same kind. It contains some amusing adventures, juft reflections, and well drawn characters : it is not even deficient in its philofophical observations, if we except a sanguine partiality for aerial machines, and too great expectations of their utility. We recognise, at times, some living characters; and vice and folly are held up to the infamy which they deserve. We do not however find any thing so gipssly personal, as to deserve reprehension.
M E DI CAL. An Elay on the Nature and Cure af the Pthisis Pulmonalis. Second
Edition, enlarged. By Thomas Reid, M. D. F.R.S. 8vo.
In the 16th page of our Fifty-fifth Volume we gave a pretty early and full account of the first edition of this work; and we have fince had more than one occasion to mention it. We shall now only remark, that it is greatly enlarged and much improved; but the foundation is nearly the same. Dr. Reid mentions our remarks on the emetic tartar, with a flattering compliment; but we have already, in the account of his first edition, allowed that the ipecacuanha, preferable for frequent use; and, fince that period, have almolt exclyfively employed it, except where it failed to act as an emetic. We shall extract what he observes relating to myrrh, which is now first published. We 9
think this inedicine has been often useful, and that it rather relieves the feverish heats, and the great irritability, than the general debility.
• Much has been said of late in praise of myrrh in pulmonary complaints, both in its fimple state, and when combined with fal martis, alcaline and neutral falts, &c. I have given it in every form, and sometimes with success. But in cases where the pulmonary hectic is confirmed, I have not seen it produce any relief. In this fever, I believe tonics of all deIcriptions will be found to increase the symptoms, as they do in all cases of inflammation. As I contend that there is no fuch power in medicine as is understood by the terms balsamic and pectoral, in their usual acceptation, I consider this gum, with its accellaries, as acting by its tunic power upon the stomach and first passages, and where sach remedies are indicated, I have found it a valuable medicine. In great weakness and languor, where it is thought advisable to attempt relief in this way, I would recommend
infusion of the myrrh in fimple aqua calcis. The particles of the calx uniting with the fixed air in the gum, render the solution more perfect than any other menftruum I have tried. The tincture, when filtered, will fit light on the stomach, and may be combined with any thing that is thought proper.'
The diet alfo is more carefully and exactly regulated than in the former edition; and, as it now stands, is a more clear as well as a more accurate system, than we have yet met with on the subject; we are satisfied, from much experience, that it is exceedingly well adapted to consumptions.
As that part of the former edition which was taken from Dr. Stark's manuscript, has been the occasion of some conversation since the publication of the Medical Communications, and as we have conveyed Dr. Reid's first apology to the public, it becomes necessary to give his reasons at full length for not quoting the manuscript more distinctly : they appear to us very satisfactory.
• When I was preparing the first edition of this work for the press, not being well acquainted with book-making, I was at a loss how to distinguish an extract, or racher abstract (not be ing either verbatim or in the arrangement of the original) taken from a MS, not known, nor, as I had been informed, in tended to be known to the public. On consulting with a medical friend, we agreed that the name at the bottom of the
page would fully point out whence it was taken. But though it did so in general, and was noticed as such by the author of the Med. Journal for Dec. 1783, yet in strict propriety it should have been marked with commas as it now is. Thirteen
years had elapsed from my first seeing the MS. and in that time I had more than once heard it mentioned by the present editor, that as some part of the MSS. had been lost, he understood the remainder was not to be published ; it did not therefore occur to
me as necessary to consult any person on the subject. Had I given a description of tubercles from my own notes of disseccions, it would have so nearly resembled this in the leading points, that I thought it more candid to make the extract. But the nature of my
work required that what related to the subject should be compressed, the language corrected, and fome difference made in the arrangement; though the sense will be found (in my opinion) carefully preserved, and nothing material omitted. In so doing have I injured the memory of Dr. Stark? On the contrary, it has been the cause of publishing part of his MSș. after lying fifteen years in the editor's hands, and but for this would probably never have seen the light; and consequently his work would have been deprived of that reputation it so juftly merits.
* This plain recital of facts is meant as an answer to what Dr. Car. Smyth has said upon the subject in his introduction to Dr. Stark's MSS. in the Medi Commen, and I must rely upon the candour of the reader to believe, that if I have erred, it was not intentionally.'
To this edition is added an appendix on the use and effects of frequent vomits. It contains an historical detail of the practice, seemingly executed with accuracy and attention. The remarkable Effects of Fixed Air in Mortifications of the Extrcmi
ties. To which is added, th Hifiory of some Worm-cafes. John Harrison, Surgeon. Svo. Baker and Galabin.
The effects of this remedy were experienced only by two patients, and these were far advanced in life; but the fermenting poultices were remarkably successful. In the first too, the complaint seemed not to be merely local; though, when the fixed air was employed, the gencral disease was much diminished, if not entirely removed; in the last, the mortification was more certainly local,
The Worm-cases are only added to recommend a secret remedy. This conduct is unworthy of a man who practises a liberal profeffion ; nor will the conduct of Dr. James afliit him. He who Irinks from a trial, is frequently conscious that he cannot support it with credit. The Medical Family Infrucior. By C. Hall, M. D, 8vo. 25. 6d.
Srockdale, The greatest part of this work is compiled from the obfervations of Dr. Fothergill and Hunter. Some others of inferior note have contributed their shares; and the whole is intended as a family companion. As a compendium of this kind it is evidently defective, both in the number of diseases de. fcribed, and the directions for relieving them. The errors are not very numerous, as the compiler has generally been guided by good authorities; but, when he advises vinegar in infiammations of the tendons, to diffolve the terra alba,' or the bark in doses of a drachm, we smile at his credulity, and wonder at the resolution of his patients.