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ricans is passed over; the disease which made fuch trash palatable
* The present dispute can never be ended to the advantage of either
on Long Island in the Extraordinary Gazette of O&tober ictb 1770.
Blames general Howe for not permitting the troops to form the
The Gazette referred to is printed at length, and makes up above one-third part of this puny production.
land and America. 8vo. Nourse.
new remarks, and offering heads of a plan for an accommodation, the
Your Lordfhip’s most obedient humble servant,
the Lecturer's own Experiments, that it neither attracts, nor re-
science itself, in the account we formerly gave of some nameless and forgotten pamphlet of his; which was, says he, attacked by the Monthly Reviewers, in one of the most malevolently designed criticisms, against science, that ever disgraced literature.'-He tells the Reader, however, that he expects to hear from these gentlemen again.' He does not seem to be aware that he has taken an infallible method to prgcure a second audience.
The Royal Society seem to have joined us in this conspiracy against science. Speaking of the cause of the precession of the equinoxes, he says that. Julius Cæfar, Pope Gregory, and our own astronomers, have all foiled themselves at it.-In my Ejay on Criticism I, I published the real cause, and sent one of the pamphlets to the Royal So. ciety; and although it is eighteen years since, the truth of it has never been acknowledged by any one, that I have heard of, excepting my unknown friend, Philomath.—But some, who have seen it, perhaps are ashamed to own it, as it explodes all the pheroidical nonsense of Sir Isaac.'-He talks too of having there evinced the absurdity of the theory of the tides, more perhaps, than it deserves; the nonsense of which is all Sir Isaac's own.'
In the present treatise, Mr. Kirby, to use his own language, gives us plenty of electrical nonsense, all his own. The Lecturer mentioned in the title page, it is to be observed, is not the Author himself, as seems to be there intimated; but a person at whose course he saw fome electrical experiments exhibited above thirty years ago ; at which time, he tells us, most of these remarks were made; and since which time he has never, he owns, been master of an electrical apparatus ; nor indeed appears even to have seen one. He talks of Iteel and iron being, perhaps, in one of the first classes of electrics ;-of his having heard that a light shock was once produced from rubbing on a gun barrel ;-of fire not being material, &c.' In short, the poor man is
totally ignorant of the most common experiments in electricity; and • sve take this opportunity of telling him so, not out of malevolence,' but REAL KINDNESS. DR A MA TI c.
Biw-y. Art. 24. Poor Vulcan; a Burletta, in Two Acts. As performed at the Theatre Royal in Covent Garden. 8vo,
A very tolerable imitation of the popular dramas of Mr. O'Hara. C. + Our critic here forgets that Sir Isaac Newton comes in for a share of Mr. Kirby's abuse. Edit.
Vid. Rev. vol. xviii. p..181.
Art. 25. The Cozeners; a Comedy, in Three Acts. As it is
performed at the Theatre Royal in the Haymarket. Written by. the late Samuel Foote, Esq; and now published by Mr. Colman,
8vo. I s. 6 d. Cadell. 1778. Art. 26. The Maid of Bath; a Comedy of Three Aets. By
the late Samuel Foote Esq. 8vo. 18. 6 d. Cadell. A greater critic than the Reviewers, we mean the Lord Chancel. lor, having palled his judgment on one impression of these comedies ; the proprietor, Mr. Colman, has fubmitted the prefent impreffion to us and to the Public. Of his own edition he fpeaks thus :
• Some copies of spurious impreffions of this comedy, and of the Maid of Bath, having been printed and circulated before the application to the Court of Chancery for an injurētion, it has been thought advisable, in vindication of the property of the Editor, as well as in justice to the deceased Author, immediately to commie to the preis genuine editions of the two dramatic pieces abovementioned, together with the Comedy of the Devil upon Two Sticks, which had been also, without authority, advertised for publication.
• On inspection of the spurious impressions, it appears that all. the errors of careless and ignorant transcribers are there religiously preserved; and all the additions and improvements, made by the facerious Writer, are omitted. Many instances of this will occur on perusal of this Comedy; in which, besides the relloration of feveral passages always spoken on the flage, the Reader will find a whole scene, at the end of the First Ad, and another, frill more entertain. ing and popular, at the beginning of the Third ; both which were wholly wanting in the spurious impressions.
: Unauthorized publications are not only always detrimental to private property, but commonly prove injurious to the Public; for the copies being obtained by clandestine and indirect means, are, for the most part, as has happened in the prefent instance, incorrect and imperfect.'
These two Comedies, in confequence of their having been orally published on the stage for fome years paft, are fo familiar to the Public, that a comment on them is almost superfluous. They abound with that whim and pleasantry which distinguished the Author, who was as negligent in the conduct of his dramatic fables, as he was warm in the pursuit of character. The comic perfonages of Aircaftle in the Cozeners, and of Flint and Lady Catherine Colditream in the Maid of Bath, are conceived and written in a vein of humour pecu. Jiar to the facerious and irregular Writer.
C. POETICA L. . Art. 27. Bagley; a Descriptive Poem; with the Annotations
of Scriblerus Secundus. To which are prefixed, by the same, Prolegomena on the Poetry of the present Age. 410. 35. Bew. 1778
Not Scriblerus Secundus, but Scriblerus Norbus, Scriblerus Vagrans ft Suppofititius. It is highly disagreeable to us to find the name and honours of our old friend and correspondent affumed by such a pigmean critic as this; and, certes, were he not now investigating the interior parts of Ethiopia, he would feel forę wrath and excandele Gence.
The poem itfelf is one of the most foolish things imaginable. No fewer than thirty-fix dull, dismal pages are employed (as it appears from the notes, for it is impollible to find it out from the texi) to
burlesque our modern poetry, particularly the prevailing taite for
attempts on that shy nymph IRONY, that we would advise bim to
trarch ; with the original Text, and some Account of bis Life.
L. Art. 29. Prayer; a Poem. By Samuel Hayes, M. A. late
Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. 4to. is. Dediley.
This Writer complains of the wayward flesh' and original fin, and the Pope, and of a pharifaic krave called Claudius ; and, in truth, we malt own that his complaints are- -very heavy! The poem, however, obtained Seatoo's prize, for the year 1777.
L. Art. 30. Prophecy; a Poem. By the Rev. Samuel Hayes,
M. A. 410. I s. Dodsley.
gendary Tale. To which is added, the Genius of Carnbre, a
School-boys should be encouraged to scribble, but should not be
• For the year 1776 ;--Mater Reviewer has put the first laft.
4to, 6 d.
Art. 32. The Garrulous Man; a Parody upon L'Allegro of Milton. Addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Miller.
Bath printed. Sold by Dodsley.
Vive la bagatelle ! should this Writer have put on his title-page ; for a more empty bagatelle have we no fear of finding:
And weeping, bellows, in distracted tone.'
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Stores of the Province of Quebec, &c. 8vo. od. Fielding and
In June, 1768, John Christopher Roberts, Esq; was appointed, under the Great Seal, to the place abovementioned; but, in 1776, she, to his great surprize, found himself superseded, by a new appointment of a Mr. Day to the said office ; without any reason aligned, to the complainant, for such treatment.
This Pamphlet sets forth, more particularly than our limits will allow us to do, the nature and extent of the injury sustained by Mr. Roberts; with some aggravating circumstances ; among which, the infolence of office is not the leaft.-As, however, his deprivation does not appear (according to the opinion of Mesl. Danning, Glyon, and