The Monthly Review, Or, Literary Journal, Volume 70

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Ralph Griffiths, G. E. Griffiths
R. Griffiths, 1784 - Books
A monthly book announcement and review journal. Considered to be the first periodical in England to offer reviews. In each issue the longer reviews are in the front section followed by short reviews of lesser works. It featured the novelist and poet Oliver Goldsmith as an early contributor. Griffiths himself, and likely his wife Isabella Griffiths, contributed review articles to the periodical. Later contributors included Dr. Charles Burney, John Cleland, Theophilus Cibber, James Grainger, Anna Letitia Barbauld, Elizabeth Moody, and Tobias Smollet.


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Page 428 - There arise indeed in some minds some unaccountable terrors with regard to futurity; but these would quickly vanish were they not artificially fostered by precept and education. And those who foster them, what is their motive? Only to gain a livelihood, and to acquire power and riches in this world. Their very zeal and industry, therefore, are an argument against them.
Page 179 - Come with me from Lebanon, my spouse, with me from Lebanon : look from the top of Amana, from the top of Shenir and Hermon, from the lions' dens, from the mountains of the leopards.
Page 182 - LTS] JOHN DRYDEN, 1668. To begin, then, with Shakefpeare : he was the man who of all Modern, and perhaps Ancient Poets, had the largeft and moft comprehenfive foul. All the Images of Nature were ftill prefent to him, and he drew them not laborioufly, but luckily : when he defcribes any thing, you more than fee it, you feel it too. Thofe who accufe him to have wanted learning, give him the greater commendation : he was naturally learn'd ; he needed not the fpeftacles of Books to read Nature ; he look'd...
Page 460 - A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean. Undertaken, by the Command of His Majesty, for Making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere. To Determine the Position and Extent of the West Side of North America; its Distance from Asia; and the Practicability of a Northern Passage to Europe. Performed Under the Direction of Captains Cook, Clerke, and Gore, in His Majesty's Ships the Resolution and Discovery.
Page 412 - ... and cattle. The time allotted for this branch of work, and preparation of dinner, varies from an hour and an half, to near three hours.
Page 179 - His face is without form, and dark. He sighed thrice over the hero : and thrice the winds of the night roared around.
Page 300 - When, perceiving a defeat approaching, he threatened a secession of the mathematical party, he exclaimed, " The President will then be left with his train of feeble amateurs and that toy* upon the table ; — the ghost of the Society in which Philosophy once reigned, and Newton presided as her minister.
Page 174 - But there is a third, and still higher degree of Eloquence, wherein a greater power is exerted over the human mind ; by which we are not only convinced, but are interested, agitated, and carried along with the speaker ; our passions are made to rise together with his ; we enter into all his emotions ; we love, we detest, we resent, according as he inspires us ; and are prompted to resolve, or to act, with vigour and warmth.
Page 456 - Shakespeare : with a Review of his principal Characters, and those of various eminent Writers, as represented by Mr. Garrick, and other celebrated Comedians, with Anecdotes of Dramatic Poets, Actors, &c.
Page 254 - Britifh fubjeft in palling up the Red Sea, or through Egypt, provided they have nothing but papers, and fuch baggage as travellers may be fuppofed to have occafion for on fuch a journey. The Sherreef of Mecca may probably at firft oppofe our enjoying this privilege, in which alfo it is likely he will be fecretly fupported by the French * ; but can it be thought prudent in us to fubmit to the controul of the one, or to be dupes of the fecret machinations of the Other...

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