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And almost of a piece. Of this tragedy we shall only add, that if Dr. Delap had been affifted by a good critic at the rehearsal, the fault in the plot, that occafioned the downfal of his play, might have been avoid. ed. A Garrick would have ensured success. · The prologue and epilogue are both the production of Thomas Vaughan, Erg. In the former he does not seem to have exerted his talents. He thought it, perhaps, one of thofe pieces that might depend upon the execution of a comic actor. The epilogue, spoken by Mrs. Siddons, seems to be written con amore: It is an allegory well imagined, and in every line confiftent; the expression is neat, and the whole so finilhed, that we Dall present it to our readers :
• At length our bark has reached the wish'd-for shore,
• Dangers indeed for who, in times like these,
• Critics, like monsters, on each side appear,
What wond'rous chance our author should survive,
• Your parţial favour ftill may swell his fails,
Though peppered with small hot, and teni pest toss'd,
ART. XIII. A Political Index 10 the Histories of Great Britain and
Ireland; or, A Complete Register of the Hereditary Honours,
Edinb. Creech; Robinsons, &c. London. 1786. "
in his preface, that it is the result of many years inquiry; that he prosecuted it, at first, without any view to publicación, but merely for his own private satisfaction, being naturally curious and inquisitive on subjects of this kind: and deeming it likewile interesting to society.
In the course of his researches, he tells us (and the respect. able character of the Author entitles him to an unlimited credit for whatever he asserts), that he was enabled to dettét a variety of mistakes, and to correet many errors that have been published, respecting the peerage, the great officers of state, the law, naval and military officers, &c. And these mistakes and errors having, unfortunately, happened in works of the first merit, which ftand high in the estimation of the world, and which are often Chinsulted and referred to, they have been, consequently, fixed and established, in 100 many instances. In most of the Hifto. rits of Great Britain, says Mr. Bearson, and in particular the parliamentary histories, when a nobleman may be the subject pirner of panegyric or censure, he is only mentioned by bis pale, and the reader is left in doubt, where titles have so freriendly fluctuated from one family to another, to know the inoividual meant to be the object of condemnation or applause. In like manner, the officers of state, of the houthold, of the 1»', &c, are seldom mentioned in history, but by the name of The office they hold; by which means, in such a rapid fuc. cflion of different persons to the fame office, the individual is Toit among the multitudes who have held the appointment.
We are further informed, that the satisfaction which his inquiries afforded him in one branch, induced bim to extend them 10 others; that as he daily experienced their utility himself, he wis enabled to rectify the information of his friends, on such subjecis us he had examined ; and that (encouraged by them to poceed) 'he was led to hope, that his labours might in time produce a very useful publication :
rcordingly he has, at length, been induced to offer to the Pavlic a work, the objects of which are, in the first place, to
sili a fort of political index to the histories of Great Britain ard lieland, where the individuals may be found, and their
pank and political connections traced, whofe measures may be the subject of historical information : fecondly, to supply a correct register of the great and respectable body of the peerage of each of the kingdoms, from their original creation; ascertaining and explaining their rise to higher dignitiès, - when their litles were transferred into other families, when forfeited,- or when extinct : lafily, to arrange the other numérous official lists, which the Author has been at great pains to render correct, from the earlieft to the latest periods, in such a manner as, 'by reference from one to another, to elucidate to the reader of modern history, the æra of every successive administration, and to present to his view, the whole group of persons acling in eon. junction with the oftenfible minister.'
With respect to his materials, the Author professes his obligations to Sir W. Dugdale's Summonses to Parliament, to the Historical Register, and to a variety of Chronicles and Peerages; and he concludes his preface with an handsome acknowlegement of the very large and respectable subscription with which he has been honoured.'-By way of dedication, his work is inscribed to the learned and ingenious Dr. Adam Smien, whole approbation of his labours was, it appears, one of his ens couragements to offer the fruit of them to the Public.
To those who only read for amusement, a publication of this kind will, perbaps, appear to be a dry, uninviting compile mento It is, indeed, not a work for continued reading, but for reference, and occasional consultation; in which light it will, we doubt not, be found a useful library book. But having said this, we may, however, observe, and it will be no more than bare justice io the Author, that many of his pages are calculated to afford considerable entertainment, as well as valuable information. We here have an eye to his details and descriptions of the nature, inportance, duties, and utility of the great departments of govern. ment, the law.offices, &c. his explanations of the different degrees of nobility, baronets, ecclefiaftical dignitaries, &c. and his view of the archbishoprics, bishoprics, &c. &c. In bis acó count of the admirals and captains of the navy, mention is made of all the confiderable engagements at sea; in which every English reader will find himself more or less interested. In the division comprehending the military department, the face of every general officer killed in any adion, or who other wise fell * in the service of his country, is duly recorded. The history of the orders of the Garter, Thistle, Bath, and St. Patrick, is another entertaining part of the work; and though not very
• Under this head' accidents are noticed: for instance, “Lieutenant General STANWIX drowned in 1766, in his passage from Ireland 1: England.” Rer. July 1786,
new, as to matter of information, would naturally have been expected in such a compilation.
In brief, the Public are certainly obliged to the Author, for the compilement and publication of so useful a work: a work produced at the expence of much time and great labour, and (we believe) executed with strict fidelity. With respect to its accuracy, indeed, we can only speak on presumption, from appearances : for it cannot be expected that we should take upon us to examine this very large volume, with minuteness, and particular attention to dates, successions, and the vast variery of other par. ticulars contained in a production of this multifarious kind,
MONTHLY CATALOGU E,
For JULY, 1786.
the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden. By Edward Topham, Elg.
8vo. is. Strahan, in the Strand. 1786. TT HIS farce is dedicated by the Author to Mrs. Wells, from
1 whose invention the happiest parts of the piece are said to have sprung. That the publication of it will give that prolonged life which the Author promises himself, we cannot venture to pronounce. It seems to be a trifle written to oblige a favourite actress, who, we may conjecture, thinks that the plays the fool with a becoming grace. A Fool, therefore, was to be introduced at all events; and Laura, lately married to Beaufort, in Portugal, is made to pass herself upon her husband for an ideot, and for this notable reason, because in the hours of courtship Beaufort told her, that an excess of fondness was preferable even to better fenfe in the character of a wife. An Abbé comes over in the same ship, and wants to seduce her affections ; but no humour arises from his character. Pepper, her godfather, happens to be at Brighton, and is astonished to find that she is a fool. Pepper goes into a bathing machine with a servant maid; but this incident has the lack of being indecent, without producing, or even tending to, any thing like the vis comica. The dialogue is in a few places Jively, but the whole is of little value. The prologue, by M. P. Andrews, Esq. is not void of merit.
M ..1 Art. 15. The Bum-brusher; a Farce. Intended to be transated
into Latin, and performed before the Masters and Fellows of Col. . leges in Cambridge. 8vo. is. Bell. 1686.
An attempt, as it should seem, under the name of Dr. Rhombus, a nathematician, to ridicule fome private character at Cambridge. But the Author is not a master of ridicule. The whole pleasantry consists in the marriage of the Doctor (whoever he be) with Mrs. Loveman, who thinks and talks in the true spirit of a widow. Upon a subject of delicacy her language is course, and her meaning too plain. The piece is dedicated to Mr. Colman ; but that gentleman,
with his usual judgment, leaves it to be acted before the University of Cambridge.
, M . V. Art. 16. The Peruvian; a Comic Opera ; in three A&s." Aso
performed at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden. By a Lady, The Music chiefly composed by Mr. Hook. 8vo. 15. od. Bell. 1786.
As this piece is founded on Marmontel's tale of Coralie, ou L'Amitié a L'Epreuve, it were needless to present the fable in detail. It will be sufficient to observe that Coraly (which by the way is an illchosen name for the English style) is in love with Belville : for the sake of his peace and the tranquillity of his family, the is going to embark for Peru, her native country, when BLANDFORD, just re. turned from a voyage, lands on the beach. In the course of the dialogue it appears that Blandford had left Coraly in the care of his friend Belville, with intent, on his return from sea, to make her his wife. Belville has beheld her charms with sensibility, but love it. self could not prevail upon him to do what might be deemed a violation of friendship. He resigns his trust, and with an aching heart consents to see the person, whom he loves to an excess of tenderness, wedded to Blandford. The distress of Coraly, upon this occasion, is interesting, and even pathetic. Her sentiments are elegant, and expressed with delicacy. She acknowledges her obligations to Bland. ford; he was her deliverer, the guardian of her innocence ; but the adds, “ I reverence him as a parent: I respect Blandford—but I love Belville.” he tells the latter, “ I am resolved not to deceive : were I to give my hand to Blandford, my heart would still be your's." Bel. ville argues against himself, and the thought of having robbed his friend of her affections fills him with horror. Her answer is the language of the heart : “ What (says the) have you robbed him of? My heart was free, and I had a right to dispose of it. Blandford ne. ver won it by such delicate attention as your's. His generous kind. ness to me was ever STRIKING, but your's was INTERESTING. He is all GOODNESS, you all GRACIOUSNESs.” Notwithstanding this avowal of her affections, the yields to the persuasive reasoning of the man she loves, and is at length upon the point of giving her hand to Blandford. Here the fable takes an unexpected turn. Blandford finds that her heart is fixed upon Belville. In this situation, with a generosity that graces his character, he renounces his pretensions in favour of his friend. The comic characters of Sir Gregory Cravea!! and Sir Harry Cripplegait give no additional beauty to the piece. The truth is, buffoonery ill suits with chat vein of delicacy which runs through every part of the fable that relates to the amiable Co. raly.
The songs, in general, grow out of the occasion, and many of them are written with taste and delicacy of sentiment. M ...V. Art. 1. An Essay on the Pre-eminence of Comic Genius. With
Observations on the several Characters Mrs. Jordan has appeared in. Small 8vo. 19. Becket., 1786.
The Public never suffers eminent merit to be without a rival. The maxim is of antient dace, and the experience of ages has proved it to be founded in truth. We do not, therefore, wonder at an at. tempt to place Mrs. Jordàn in competition with Mrs. Siddons. The