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and I do not think vou are improved from being so. I do not mean that practice and further experience may not have rendered you more ready, more perfect in the same style of speaking-affuredly they woud, -certainly have done fo. But I mean, that it is a partial tyle of speaking-it wants enlargement- and withoui which, you cannot be rated either as an able or a good political speaker. I have often compared you in speaking, to Mr. Wilkes in acling--who, if you examine bis public line throughout, has never done any thing from himself; but in every inliance has derived all his consequence, throve entirely by a happy power which he poffeffes of catching at the weak. erroneous parts of conduct in those with whom he is in contest -and by a mallely exposure and turn of these-not by ar y self-superiority or excellence-bas constantly worked out his own private advantage, has established his political importance In like manner speaking in P -t, - - your power and weight of parts confilt noc in the mass of information and force of argument thrown by you upon the question, or into the debate-but in an art you have of twilling to your purpose, and shewing the weak side of argument in those who have spoken before you, giving no proof on your own part either of uncommon reach of ihought, or superior intelligence of mind. In a word, you seem generally to have gathered your knowledge of the subjeë in discusion, from those who have previ. ously delivered their sentiments, and almolt always appear to speak upon the debate rather than to it.

With such a House of Commons as the present, this may fucceed; -was it composed of such characters, as this country in former days saw ficting there you could not fail of very soon feeling the insufficiency of this. What I have just remarked, is peculiarly obiervable in that reply you made to the miniller, which has given rise to this Letter I have the honour to address to you. And unless you correct it-unlessyou practice-give your abilities a wider range-which can only be done by the directions laid down in the motto I have taken from Lord Bolingbroke-you shortly will be outfiript and quite loft in the politie cal race :-for there is a character that started it is true, at great distance from you, but is now coming falt up, gains considerably upon you. He has to force him forward all those advantages which you have played away-and besides ample polilions and good name, has to proof, excellent judgment-and though perhaps not the grea:eft brilliancy, yet a solidity of parts, which while ihey reflect lufire upon himself, give his country every promising hope.- As your glare ofAaly ones wears off-he with that conscious dignity trce merit gives, will rise rapid in opinion-will gain the nation's confidence, and win himself the general esteem. You must have anticipated me here, and already have repeated Mr. Grenville's name.'

The passage alluded to from Boiingbroke, in the preceding extract, is this: *

They who affect to head an opposition, or to make any considerable figure in it, muit be equal at least to those whom they oppole ; I do not say in parts only, but in application and industry, and the fruits of both, information, knowledge, and a certain con tant preparedness for all the events that may arise. Every admini. Rev. May, 1778.



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Stration is a system of conduct : Opposition, therefore, should be a system of conduct likewise ; an opposite, but not a dependant fyftem.'

BOLINGB, on the Spirit of Patriotism. Art. 24. A Letter to his Grace the Duke of Buccleugh on National

Defence; with some Remarks on Dr. Smith's Chapter on that Subje& in his Book entitled, An Enquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, 8vo. 1 s. 6 d. Murray. 1778.

The general object of this letter is to display the utility of a da. tional militia: Its more immediate design appears to be, to recommend the establishment of a militia in Scotland. On these topics the writer makes many fencible observations; and, in the course of his remarks endeavours, but we think without success, to discover some inconsistencies in Dr. Smith's reasonings on this subject. E. Art. 25. An Appeal to the People of England, on the present

Situation of National Affairs, and to the County of Norfolk, on some late Transactions and Reports. 8vo. 6 d. Bew. 1778.

A warm expoftulation with those who acted in opposition to the measures lately proposed at Norwich, for the support of Government, parricularly by a subscription for recruiting the army. The author writes with zeal, but not without knowledge. He gives a fair view of our present critical situation with respect to the American quarrel,-allowing a little for some degree of resentment agaicit the provincials, whom he supposes to have long enterained ideas of independency; and he ardently exhorts us to lay aside all party disputes, and like good citizens, to unite in the defence of the honour and welfare of Old England.

Art. 25. Memoirs of the Countess D'Anois; written by herself,

before her Retirement. 12mo. 2 Vols. 6s. Noble.
When books that have long been forgotten are revived, it is to
be supposed, eicher that they have extraordinary merit, or are pe-
culiarly seasonable. Neither of these reasons can however be af-
figned, for the revival of these memoirs. The great variety of fi.
milar publications, which late years have produced, renders this re-
publication unnecessary; and the tale has nothing either in its cir-
cumftances, or in the manner in which it is related, sufficiently in-
teresting to merit a second perufal.

E. Art. 27. The History of Eliza Warwick.

2 Vols. os. Bew. 1777. This is an entertaining tale, related in easy and agreeable, and where the occasion requires, in pathetic language: it is calculated to touch the springs of tender sympathy; and, notwithstanding its dir.. trefling catatrophe, is better adapted to produce a good moral efa fect, than many of those agreeable stories in which virtue is made at last triumphant. We bear this settimony to the merit of Eliza Was. wick, not because the writer has relpe a fully solicited mercy, but becaufe juflice requires it.


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Art. 28. The Offspring of Fancy. By a Lady. 12mo. 2 Vols.

6 s. Bew.

1777. We find too much confusion in the plan, and negligence in the execution of this novel, to allow it any considerable share of merit, If it ferve to beguile one of those tedious hours, which our countrywomen, with such invincible patience and perseverance, devote to the external labours of the head, it is all that can be expected. E, Art. 29. The History of Melinda Harley, Yorklhire. 12mo.

2 s. od. fewed. Robinson. 1777. A very inoffenfive, but a very doll and ill-writen book, which, Short as it is, the author has been under the neceficy of ekeing out with-a fermon. If this piece of clumsy patch work was put together by a fais sempitress, we wish her better success in the labours of the needle, to which we would advise her for the future to confine her ambition.

E. Art. 30. The Unfortunate Union, or the Test of Virtue ; a Story

founded on Facis, and calculated to promote the Cause of Virtue in younger Minds. Written by a Lady. 2 Vols. 12 mo. 6s. bound. Richardson and Urquhart. 1778.

There is something so exceedingly disgusting in the exhibition of characters, which have no cines of elegance or virtue, to soften the coarse lines of vulgar manners, or enliven the dark thades of abandoned libertinism - here is something so extremely painful, in feeing such characters employed in harafling, tormenting, and defaming an innocent and gentle spirit that it is surprising such representations should be thought capable of affording entertainment, or calcu. lated to promote the cause of virtue in young minds. Characters and scenes of this kind, make so capital a figure in the present novel, that we cannot think eicher the variety of incidents and chasacters which the author has introduced, or her attempt to punish and reform her rakes in the issue of the tale, a sufficient compenfa. tion for the disagreeable impressions which the preceding part of the narrative leaves upon the mind. The Ayle of the piece is not, however, of the lowest order.

E. Art. 31. Greenwood Farm. Written by a Warrant Oficer belonging to the Navy.

2 Vols.

oble. 1778. It is fortunate for this gentleman, that he does not place his point of honour in the management of the quill, and that having « formed no expectations, he is prepared not to be disappointed, let the face of his work be what it may.” The piece is so extremely defective in incident, sentiment, and language, that we apprehend he will find few readers who will think him entitled to praise as an author, whatever claims he may have upon the public as a naval officer.

E. Art. 32. The History of Miss Maria Barlowe, in a Series of Letters,

2 Vols. Fielding and Waiker. 1777: This tale is so perfectly infipid, and related in such vulgar language, that it cannot, we imagine, afford a moment's gratification to the most eager devourer of novels. If it can be read at all, it may however be read with safety, for its ftupidity renders is perfectly inoffensive. Even the forward Miss in her teens, who in this Dd 2

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writer's language) begins to feel that she wishes Dot to travel
folus towards the better country,” will not be in danger of being
Jet agog to flourish as the little heroine of a romance,” by reading the

adventures of Mifs Barlowe.
Art. 33. Munfier Village. 12mo. 2 Vols. 6s. Robson,

This Novel is so much in the manner of the Letters from the
Duchess of Crui and others that we cannot help hazarding a con-
jetture that it is the production of the fame pen. It abounds with
jutt reflections, discovers extensive reading, and is written in an
agreeable style. The llory is not uninterefing ; but its chief value
is, that it is the vehicle of much entertaining information, and of
useful moral indtruction.

DR A M A TI c.
Art. 34. A Trip to Calais; a Comedy in Three Ads, as origi-

nally written, and intended for Representation, by the late Sa-
muel Foote, Esq. To which is annexed, The Capuchin; as it is
performed at the Theatre Royal in the Hayma ket: Altered from
ihe Trip to Calais, by the late S. Foore, Esq; and now published
by Mr. Colman. 8vo. 2 s. 6d. Cadell. 1778.

The Trip to Calais having been reviewed in manuscript by the
Lord Chamberlain, received no other animadversion from his Loid
ship than the una liiura of the white stick, which, like Aaron's rod,
swallowed up the lei pení, about to spit forch its venom on the noble
female higanill, supposed so be shadowed out in the character of
Lady Killy Cricod:le. Theie scenes which prevented the represen.
taljon on the fiuge, will probably prove the molt powerful recom-
mendations of the piece in the closet. They are heightened with
all that strong colouring, for which this artist had been long remark.
able; and their absence in the Capuchin is partly fupplied by the
iniroduction of the reverend personage of Dr. Viper, an editor of a
news-paper. Each of these comedies contains poignant satire ; but
neither of thein are, io our opinion, equal to our Author's Devil
upor: Two Sricks Nabob, ar.d some others of his popular pieces.

Art. 35. The Taylors. A Tragedy for warm Weacher: In

Three Acts. As it is performed at ene Theatre Royal in the Hay.
marker., 8vo. Cadell. 1778.

Introduced to the stage, and perhaps touched and retouched here
and there by the Haymarket Ariitophanes, of facetious memory. The
parody on thi deaih of Alexander, and some other passages, breathe
the true spirit of the rical burle[que. in some other instances it is
indeed more properly a traged; for warm wasber; for it is in those C,
infances but a crlo performauce.
Art. 36. The Maid of Kent, a Comedy : Acted at the Theatre

Royal'in Drury-Line. <vo. 18. od. Robinson. 1778. This drama has 101, it seems, been regularly enrolled in the catalogue of theatrical rerformances. It is not, indeed, a capital performance ; yet the Maid of Kent, taken altogether, is four fuperior 10 many cmedies that have been inuoduced to the Public with alt the spicndurs of theatrical sunshine. Nature and simplicity, fomeLiibes however falling into puerility, are she characteristics of this performance. The prologue and epilogue are contemptible. C 4


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Art. 37. Songs and Chorusses in the Comic Opera of Belphegor

Now.performing at the Theatre-Royal in Drury.lane. 8vo. Od.

This poetaster very properly 'submits, with timidity, his efforts for
the public favour to the public decision; conscious that when its
kindness often wiskes to approve, ITS IMPARTIALITY OBLIGES TO

Art. 38. The Haunts of Shakespeare. A Poem by William
Pearce. 4to.

I s. od.

This poem is humbly dedicated to Mr. Garrick, of whose well-
known and well recited ode it is, in many places, an humble imita-
tion. A transcript of the beginning and ending of this dedication
will convey the cruel idea of the poem, for which reason we shall
refrain from pointing out more particularly its several beauties of sen.
timent, and graces of language. In this infiance we shall avowedly,
deviate from our wonted impartiality, and admit the Author's own
review of his own performance :

• SIR,
• To you I have ventured to dedicate the ensuing lines; and,
though they may prove deficient in every essential which conftitures
the excellency of POETRY; yet, from the bare confideration of being
a compliment to the memory of SHAKESPEARE, they cannot entirely
be unacceptable'' mail not make a further apology for a poem,
which, perhaps, mav be found unde!erving of any.'

c. Art. 39. John and Susan; or, the Intermediler rewarded: A

Tale, addressed to the French King. 410. od. Bath printed,
and sold by Wilkie in London. 1778.

John and Susan quarrelling, neighbour Raiph interferes, and takes
part with Susan; on which Sue and John unite to give him a sound
drubbing. The idea of the fable is trite, but the thought is here
prerrily wrought up, in Gay's manner. The application is obvious :
Great Britain and America are to join again.it France :- A confumma-
tion devoutly to be wish'd!
Art. 40. An Apology for the Times; a Poem, addressed to the

King. 4to. 2 s. 6d, Rivinglon. 1778.
White-walh for the court,-black-ball for the opposition, and the
Americans. Specimen :

• The meek American can fast and pray,

Can beg his God to wash his fins away.'
In this manner are the language and imagery wh'ch we jully re-
verence in the sacred writings, debased by modern poetry! The
author of the treatise on the Bathos would have said,
maketh the most sublime of all Beings, a wasperwoman.
Art. 41. The Tears of Britannia ; a Poem on the much-lamented

Death or William Earl of Chacham. By Thomas Haitings. 4to.
is. Williams, &c.

Alas, poor Britannia, how wofully doft thou lament thy loss!
Hard, indeed, is thy fate, to be at once deprived of thy Chatham,
and thy Wits into the bargain!


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