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ly of importance to a free nation to enquire how the government is administered, and they have an undoubted right to exprefs their fentiments concerning public measures : But by whom the government shall be administered, is no part of their consideration, the conftitution having lodged the power of appointment in the crown.
Rod Art. 2. A Letter from an independent Man to his Friend, on a
late Pamphlet, entitled, Observations * on the Papers relative
to the War with Spain. 8vo. 6d. Cooke. · Contains some feasible animadversions on the Observations.
* Review, March, p. 230.
Esq; Author of The Rosciad of Covent-Garden. 4to. Is.
This - blank, Esq; having been freely told that disagreeable truth which, impeaching his abilities, no Author ever yet believed, falls upon the Keviewers, in return for their honest information, and lets them know that he holds their Performances as cheap as they hold his Verses. This is all fair. The , Esq; hath certainly as good a right to his own judgment of us, as we had to condemn his dirty Rhymes, as he now confesses them to have been. We are glad, however, to find that he hath resolved to profit by our advice, and to leave the vain delights of Poetry; or, according to his Motto, which we hope he will abide by,
Nunc itaque et Versus, et cætera ludicra por.o.
Art. 4. Two Odes to Indolence and to Impudence. 4to. I S.
.. Dodsley. It was observed by a celebrated Critic of the Augustan age, that neither Gods, nor Men, nor Bookseller's Shops, could bear indifferent Poets : but whatever the sons of Mediocrity might do in Rome, it is certain they find access to the Shops of Booksellers by multitudes in London. Perhaps the Author of these Odes, had he been willing to take a little more pains, might have been exempted from this class; his Poetry is by no means deiticute either of harmony or imagery : but, whether through negligence or want of judgment, we cannot take upon us to fay, he has confounded his images, the elegant with the burlesque, and the abstracted with the familiar. So it fares likewise with his expression, which is sometimes very unhappy, as in the followirg line :
No more can sweetest physic now attract. If this epithet were intended as ironical, it has little propriety, because the spirit of the stanza is not so ; if otherwise, it is itill worle.
In che Ode to Impudence the Author describes the power and influence of that Goddess as particularly prevalent in the kingdom of
Ireland, Ireland, and descants on the wondrous efficacy of the river Shannon, in bronzing the brow of Modeity. But notwithstanding his cruel saillery on the poor Hibernians, we are inclined to believe that he is a native of the same foil; for surely none but an Irishman could have wrote the following line:
And they were wise before their beards had bairs. Our Poet himself, perhaps, has been actually plunged in the Shannon, though he affects to wish for it; at least here is strong presumptive evidence: Were there no Impudence in the world, says he, then Each with his real merit would appear,
(EAR. And MY WELL-POLISH'D LINES WOULD CHARM EACH FEELING MISCELLANEO U s.
La. Art. 5. An Explanation of the proposed Scheme for better paving,
repairing, cleaning, and lighting the Squares, Streets, and Lanes, of the City and Liberty of Westminster, and the adjacent Parishes. To which is annexed, a Plan, describing the
District over which the fame is proposed to extend. By a Mem· ber of Parliament. 8vo. Is. 6d. Jeffries... · From the different qualities of the flones used to pave the Streets, and che irregularity in repairing Pavement at the precarious option of House-keepers, the expediency of the Act lately passed for an uniform improvement in these respects, is clearly shewn, as well as the neceflity of cleaning and lighting the Streets, notwithstanding the prejudices of those who have opposed the Act, for want of underftanding it. From the Explanation of the Scheme here given, it appears to be a truly public-spirited andertaking, founded on reason. able principles, and far from proceeding from those sinister views to which it has been ascribed.
Art. 6. The Life and Adventures of Christopher Wagstaffe, Gent. Grandfather to Tristram Shandy, c. &c. Small Octavo, 2 Vols. 5 s. bound. Hinxman.'
A lively and facetious imitation of Mr. Sterne's famous perform. ance. But if the Author merits praise for his ingenuity, he deserves chastisement for his presumptuousness: he speaks evil of dignities; he has even dared to attack the REVIEWERS! A cunning elf! He has taken the field before us, and forced us to act upon the defensive. • And now (fays this exulting bold-face) every thing you say mult, in this case, be demonstrably dictated by passion and refinis ment. You cannot be supposed to be impartial. I am befare-hand with you, I have nick'd you. You must either say nothing about this Performance, or speak in its praise.”
What an arch s ! But, as an unlucky boy may make a good man, and as this seems to be his first offence, we forgive him this time, in hopes of his coming to a right sense of his duty, and shewing better manners for the future: we fall see how he behaves in his third Volume.
Art. 7. Art. 7. The Students, a Comedy. Altered from Shakespear's · Love's Labour Loft, and adapted to the Stage. <vo. Is. 6d.
It is very easy to retrench the superfluities of so exuberant a genius as Shakespeare. This Editor has, we apprehend, succeeded in most of his alterations of this Comedy; but to what end has so much pains been taken? If his Students do not previously make their appearance upon the stage, we apprehend they will never find their way into the closet.
Art. 8. A fresh Complaint lately exhibited by the Dutch East
India Company, against the Servants of the English Eall-India Company in Bengal. Translated from the original Dutch, printed by Authority. 4to. 15. Becket.
Since the Convention between the English and Dutch, in the year 1759, the Nabob in alliance with the former has been making depredations upon the latter ; has razed one of their forts, and extorted a great sum of money from them. The Complaint against the Eng. lish imports, that they were the unjust instigators of all this mischief. - If our Eait-India Company can anfwer this Charge as satisfactorily as they have answered the former Complaint from the States, our industrious neighbour, Nic. Frog, will have nothing left for it, but to defift from all his cunning tricks, and to copy the open, fair, and downright behaviour of his old friend John Bull; who, we dare
answer for him, will never do any thing to hurt Nic, while Nic be· haves as he should do.
Art. 9. The History of Mecklenburgh, from the first Settlement
of the Vandals in that Country, to the present Time; including a Period of about three thousand Years. 8vo. 55. Newbery.
The Author has traced the History of this Branch of the Germanic Empire from the earliest accounts. The style is easy, and the mate· rials appear to be faithfully collected from Authors of credit. Burching*, who is no where referred to in this Collection, appears to be the best authority for accounts of any part of Germany.
See Review for February last, wherein we began an account of Burching's performance, which is concluded in this Number.
Art. 10. The Orators. As it is now performing at the new
Theatre in the Hay-Market. Written by Mr. Foote. 8vo. is. 6d. Coote.
The success attending Mr. Sheridan's late public I ectures on Ora. tory has furnished this arch-droll, this eminent Professor of Mimicry, with a fine opportunity for raising a summer's-contribution on the Public; no unusual expedient with Mr. Foote, who has made many a lucky campaign of this kind. Indeed, as far as the excellence of buffoonry goes, this comical Genius is.certainly excellent, and seldom
fails to divert us with his lively freaks and whimsical grimace. If the indulgence of our natural risibility be conducive to health, this egre. gious mimic hath also, not only undoubted merit in his way, but may not be esteemed altogether an useless member of society. At least, let bis enemies say what they will, while he continues to do something for a livelihood, he cannot be charged with eating the bread of idleness: but, though we allow him all the merit of a buffoon, we can say very little in his favour as a Writer. The piece before us, like the rest of his productions, is much better calculated for the Stage than the Press. This, it is true, muft necessarily be the case with such IMITATIVE performances as the present. Could our Orator have printed the figures, gesture, and declamation of himself and his pupils, his Readers might have had an opportunity to laugh with his Spectators and Auditors; but in vain do we turn over the leaves of this Pamphlet, in search of the entertainment, that so agree. ably engaged our eyes and tickled our ears at the Hay-Market : in vain do we enquire after the modern Orator's Fun, as the Reader of old did after the ancient Orator's Thunder. If the present Proferfor, indeed, had consulted his literary credit, he would have reflected on the disadvantages which thus attend all oratorial productions, and have fuppressed the publication of his Piece. By his prefuming to publifh it, however, he seems to maintain its claim to approbation, as a dramatic performance: it may be doing Mr. Foote, therefore, a friendly office, perhaps, to acquaint him that he is by no means qualified to shine in print. To accommodate wit, spirit, or humour, to the model of literary composition, requires the genius and understanding of a Man. The shining talents of the present Writer resemble those of an animal of an inferior species; so that, placing his admiring audience in a rank of beings fomething higher than himself, we. may make a little variation in the words of the Poet, and transfer their application with propriety from a Newton to a Foote :
Superior Beings, when of late they faw
Admir'd fuch antick Pow'rs in human shape,
K-n-K Art. 11. The Memoirs of Mrs. Catherine Jemmat, Daughter of
the late Admiral Yeo, of Plymouth. Written by herself. 12mo. 2 Vols. 55. fewed. Printed for Mrs. Jemmat, at Mr. Walker's, Shoeinaker, Charing-Cross. Mrs. Jemmat is, in some measure, a second Pilkington, both in fortune (or rather misfortune) and in genius; but as the British Lady does not appear to have been reduced so low in circumstances as the unhappy Hibernian, neither do her abilities entitle to rank so high in the Republic of Letters. She poffeffes, however, an ingenious pen; and both her Memoirs and her Verses may induce her compaflionate Readers to pity her situation, while they are entertained with her performance.
Art. 6. The History of the Excellence and Decline of the Constitu
tion, Religion, Laws, Manners, and Genius of the Sumatrans, &c. Vol. I. 8vo. 45. Kcarsly.
This is such a satyrical review of our Religion, Laws, Manners, &c. as might be expected from the Misanthropic pen of Dr. Shebbeare; who, notwithstanding his ill-nature, his virulence, and incorrect write ing, is a man of some observation and fancy. There are even strokes, of genius in this production, which almoit compensate for its defects and extravagancies.
Art. 13. The Citizen of the World: Or, Letters from a Chinese
Philosopher in London, to his Friend in the East. 12mo. 2 Vols. 6s. Newbery.
Although this Chinese Philosopher has nothing Asiatic about him, and is as errant an European as the Philosopher of Malmelbury; yet he has some excellent remarks upon men, manners, and things-as the phrase goes. But the Public have been already made sufficiently acquainted with the merit of these enteriaining Leiters, which were first printed in The Ledger; and are supposed to have contributed not a little towards the success of that Paper. They are said to be the work of the lively and ingenious Writer of An Enquiry into the present State of Polite Learning in Europe; a Writer, whom, it seems, we undesignedly offended, by some Strictures on the conduct of many of our modern Scribblers. As the observation was entirely general, in its intention, we were surprized to hear that this Gentleman had imagined himself in any degree pointed at, as we conceive nothing can be more illiberal in a Writer, or more foreign to the character of a Literary Journal, than to descend to the meanness of personal reflection. It is hoped that a charge of this fort can never be juftly brought against the Monthly Review.
Art. 14. The Yearly Chronicle, for 1761: Or, A Collection of
the most interesting and striking Ejays, Letters, &c. which appeared in the St. James's Chronicle for that rear. To which is 'added, a Diary of the most remarkable Events. The whole serving as a complete Register of the Politics, News, Literature, &c. of that period. 8vo. 5 s. 6d. in Boards. Becket, &c.
The temporary importance, which popularity gives to various in. fignificant subjects, makes a great deal of literary traih absolutely recessary among the several ingredients of a News-paper. A select Collection, however, of the most ingenious Tracts and Observations on the different Occurrences and Topics of the Times, as they become successively popular, cannot fail to prove at once extremely useful, instructive, and entertaining. For hoivever contemptible the opinion in which some persons affect to hold the occasional Producuions of the Day, we will venture to declare, we know of no other