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Work for Newbery was an article in that magazine for January 1758. Mr J. M. W . * To turn for a moment from books to medicine. W e find that in this year (1757) Newbery entered into an agreement with James Grosett of Charterhouse Square, for making and selling the Lisbon or German Doctor's Diet-Drink, the Unguents de Cao, and the Angola Ptisan. These recipes are curious and oae or two revolting. " Other ingredients, almost as extraordinary, were to be added, and the whole boiled and strained according to directions.
At Coventry he notes, "Here's an Antient Custom of Riding Lady Godiva, &c. " From 12 A BOOKSELLER OF THE LAST CENTURY. Coventry he went through Banbury, Dedington, and Woodstock, and returned to Reading about the middle of August. The same book contains notes of things to be done, purchases and enquiries to be made on the journey, and various other private and business records, suggestions, and memoranda. Some of these are interesting as showing the varied nature of the enterprises he was engaged in and the activity of his nature; others are curious; all are characteristic and seem to give us a slight glimpse of the personality of this busy and energetic man.
This has been described as the last instance of the scandalous abuse of the royal prerogative and prostitution of the honours of the State. " + His name was really Charles Drelincourt. 16 A BOOKSELLER OF THE LAST CENTURY, The next entry, like a former one, seems to point to a course of private reading for self-instruction— Read Blackwall's Rhetorick, Stirling's Rhetorick, Holms's Rhetorick, Brightland's Rhetorick, and Rollin's Rhetorick, and read one trope at a time, and after comparing the books together, enter ye examples of them all in one little book, and look for instances in Pope's Homer's Iliad.