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notes, or completely written lectures : about Mr. Home and Dr. Robertson, and Lord Kinpoull, and the Archbishop of York, &c. &c. &c. His Majesty asked what I thought of my new acquaintance, Lord Dartmouth ? I said, there was something in his air and manner, which I thought not only agreeable, but enchanting, and that he seemed to me to be one of the best of men; a sentiment in which both their Majesties heartily joined. “They say that Lord Darts mouth is an enthusiast," said the King; but surely he says nothing on the subject of religion, but what every Christian may, and aught to say.” He asked, whether I did not think the English language on the decline at present? I answered in the affirmative; and the King agreed, and named the “Spectator" as one of the best stans dards of the laoguage. When I told him that the Scots clergy some times prayed a quarter, or even half an hour, at a time, he asked whether that did not lead them into repetitions ? I said it often did. “ That," said he, “I don't like in prayers; and excellent as our liturgy is, I think it somewhat faulty in that respect."
Some advances were made to our strenuous and succes, ful advocate for Truth, to tempt him over to the Church of England, but he declined the proposal,
“ Might it not (says he) have the appearance of levity and insin, cerity, and, hy some, be construed into a want of principle, if I were at these years (for I am now thirty-eight) to make such an important change in my way of life, and to quit without any appurent motive than that of bettering my circumstances, that church of which I have hitherto been a member? If my book has any tendency to do good, as I Hatter myself it has, I would not, for the wealth of the Indies do any thing to counteract that tendency; and I am afraid that tendency might in some measurebe counteracted, (at least in this country), if I were to give the adversary the least ground to charge ine with inconsistency."
Dr. Beattie suffered much from doinestic calamity, His wife became insane ; and both his sons died, after attaining maturity. His spirits gradually sunk under these afflictions, and the loss of his youngest son, Montagu, affected his mind almost to derangement.
« The death o his only surviving child (says Sir William Forbes) completely unhinged the inind of Dr. Beattie, the first symptom of which, ere many days had elapsed, was a temporary but almost total loss of memory respecting his son. Many times he could not recollect what had become of him; and after searching in every room of the house, he would say to his niece, Mrs. Glennie, “You may think it strange, but I must ask you if I have a son, and where be is? She thien felt herself under the painful necessity of bringing to his recollection his sou Montagu's sufferings, which always restored him to reasou. And he would often, with many tears.express his thankfulness, that he had no child, saying, “How could I bave borue to see their elegant minds mangled with madness !" When he looked for the last time on the body of his son, he said, " I have now done with the world;" and he ever after seemed to act as if he thought su. For he never applied himself to any sort of study, and answered but few of the letters he received from the
friends whom he most valued. Yet the receiving a letter from an old friend never failed to put him in spirits for the rest of the day. Music, which had been his great delight, he could vot endore, after the death of his eldest son, to hear from others; and he disliked his own favourite violoncello. A few months before Montagu's death, he did begin to play a little by way of accompaniinent when Montagu sung : but after he lost him, when lie was prevailed on to touch the violoncello, he was always discontented with his own performance, and at last seemed to be unliappy when he beard it. The only enjoyment he seenied to have was in books, and the society of a few old friends. It is impossible to read the melai choly picture which he draws of his own situation about this time, without dropping a tear of pity over the sorrows and the sufferings of so good a nan thus severely visited by affliction."
After lingering a few years, almost in a state of insensibility, he died in 1803.
Memoirs of M. de Brinboc : containing some licies of
English and Foreign Society. . 12mo, 3 vols. 12s. 6.
This is the production of a superior writer. The incidents are numerous and striking, and the interest is powerfully supported. M. de Brinboc is a Frenchman who has been forced to fly from his country on account of his principles. After various adventures on the continent he arrives in London, and we are adınitted to some curious Views of English Sucicty drawn with much skill, and very highly coloured.
The characters are very numerous and happily discriminated, and tbe style and sentiinents are admirable. Poetic Sketches by T. Gent. 12mo. 4s. 6d. Yarmouth,
Beart. London, Rivington. 1807. Mr. Gent does not aspire to any high rank as a poet, but his coin positions merit the praise of correctness, simplicity, and sometimes of elegance. The following.. is perhaps one of the most pleasing specimens that the 'volume affords.
Bow'd down beneath a weary weight of woes,
His head, all hoar with many a winter's snows.
The voice of mis'ry scarce my ear assail'd :
Remembrance check'd him, and his utt'rance fair'd.
For he had known full many a better day;
And when the poor-man at his threshold bent,
But freely shar'd what Providence had sent;
And live to want the mite his bounty gave!
Cervantes Hogy, F.S. M. Vol. III. 12mo. Appleyards, London, 1907.
The sale of the first two volumes of this satire was $0 satisfactory to the publisher, that he has added a third by way of postcript; in which some further adventures of Mr. Merryman, Mr. Windpuff, Mr. Bedboard, Mr. Brownbread, Mr. Mimkin, Mr. Turn-anyway, and other notorious worshippers of the Rising Sun are related with the same blunt whimsicality as in the preceding volumes. They have amused us not a little, and we can coinmend in pretty warm terins the parody on a fairy tale, to which the author has given the title of Prince Georgiskhan, and the Fairy Prudentia. It is ingeniously managed ; the satire is just, and we hope it may prove salutary. Beachy Head: with other Poems, by Charlotte Smith.
Now first published. 12mo. pp. 219. Johnson. 1807.
It was intended to prefix to these poems a few particulars of Mrs. Smith's life ; a design which we are not sorry to learn was abandoned, since we are told, that her inemoirs, in lieu of a scanty account, are likely to appear, with a selection of her correspondence, on a inore enlarged plan, and under the immediate anthority of her own nearest relatives.
The principal of these poems is Beachy Head. It is in blank verse, and the genius and pathos of this exquisite poet are frequently to be traced in it, but we do not rank it among her happiest compositions. It is often languid and dilated, and the descriptions possess no novelty. The Studies by the Sea are written with a bolder
some of the stanzas are extremely beautiful.
What glories on the sun attend,
When the full tides of evening flow,
With amber light, the opal's glow;
Rises in virgin lustre bright,
A partial line of trembling light
Forgotten then, the thundering break
Of waves, that in the tempest rise,
The howling blast, the sufferer's cries;
And murmuring seems in Fancy's ear
That tributary waters bear
And inland rocks, and heathy solitudes.
about third of the volume. They chiefly explain the names of plants, flowers and birds, which Mrs. Smith was always fond of introducing with rather too much affectation of science. Upon the whole we do not think these productions will add much to her reputation.
Flora and Studies by the Sea, are reprinted from her “ Conversations for the Use of Children and Young Persons.” Anthologia. A Collection of Epigrams, ludicrous
Epitaphs, Sonnets, Tales, Miscellaneous Anecdotes, &c. &c. interspersed with Originals. 12mo. 4s. Highley, 1807.
The title is not very appropriate. W. T. of the Middle Temple has collected more weeds than flowers, and some of the former are rather of a noxious quality. We will transcribe two or three of the epitaphs, not tempted however so much from their novelty, as from the assurance in the title page that decies repetita placebunt.
On the Tomb of Dr. Fuller, at Oxford.
Here lies Fuller's Earth.
On William Williams.
At Seven-Oaks, Kent.
The wedding-clothes provided;
He sicken'd, and he die did.
Also, when any knight, citizen, 'or burgess, doth enter or come into the lower house, he must make his dutiful and humble obeisance at his entry in, and then take his place. And you shall understand, that as every such person ought to be grave, wise, and expert, so ought he to shew himself in his apparel; for, in times past, none of the counsellors of the parliament came otherwise than in his gown*, and not armed nor girded with a weapon. For the parliament house is a place for wise, grave, and good men, to consult, debate, and advise, how to make laws, and order for the common.wealth, and not to be armed as men ready to fight, or to try matters by the sword. And albeit the writ for the election of the knights have express words to choose such for knights as be girded with the sword, yet it is not meant thereby that they should come and sit armed, but be such as be skilful in feats of arms, and, besides their good advices, can well serve in martial affairs; and thus the Roman senators used, who, being men of great knowledge and experience, as well in martial affairs as in politic causes, sat always in the senate house and places of council in their gowns and long robes. The like also was always, and hath been the order in the parliament of this realın, as long as the ancient laws, the old customs, and good order thereof, were kept and observed.
If any other person or persons, either in message or being sent for, do come, he ought to be brought in by the serjeant, and at the first entering must following the serjeant) make one low obeisance, and being part in the middle way, must make one other; and when he is come before the speaker, he must make the third, and then do his message: the like order he must keep in his return. But if he do come alone, or with his learned counsel to plead any matter, oranswer to any objections, he shall enter, and go no farther than to the bar within the door, and there do his three obeisances.
bill is committed, the committees have not authority to conclude, but only to order, reform, examine and amend the thing committed unto them ;
* From a motion that was made in the House of Commons in the year 1613, it appears, that the members in the last parliaments of Elizabeth wore gowns. ”