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Events of his Political Career; and a Delineation of luis Character as a Statesman, Senator, and Man of Fashion. Comprehending numerous Anecdotes of his public and Private Life; and an accu rate Descripcion of the Ceremonies which took place at his Fune. ral, in Westminster Abbey, on the soth of October 1806 By B. C. Walpole, Lsq.

6s. Boards. Cundee. 106. Art 19. Memoir of the Life of the Right Hon Charles Eames Ford,

late one of His Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State, &c. &c. with necdotes of his Domestic Habits and Friendship Public Services; his Talents as an Orator, a Writer, a Statesman, and the Leader of a Party, &c. To which is added, The Characier of Mr. Fox, by R. B Sheridan, Esquire. Second Edition. 8vo. PP

Symonds 1806. The first of these publications, is written in rather an interesting manner, and contains a variety of Anecdotes of the illustrious des ceased : but as to the credit that is due to them, we have no means of judgmg. The author speaks of himself as being in the habits of associating with Mr. Fox, but gives not the sanction of his name to the statements which he offers to us.

The author of the Recollections is, ly fits and starts, extremely candid and grossly illiberal and unfair. On the whole, lie is a severe sensor of the departed statesinen, to whom he deals ont a hard mca. gure ; and in some instances his bitterness is excessive warm partisan of Mr. Pitt is rarely to be found than in this bio. grapher of Mr. Fox; and on every occasion, the sutject of his irarrative is made to serve as a foil to che fond olject of his political ido. latry. With such sentiments of the hte Secretary, it is rather strange that he should have undertaken to write an account of his life. Why did he not rather employ his pen to transmit to the present age, and to future times, the traits of the minister who was perfect and immaculate ; at least, who is so represented in these pages; for frequently as he is here opposed to his great rival, no failing or blemish is intimated to have belonged to hin?

If it be the feeling of Liberty to which we owe all our justly enviet and universally allowed distinctions,-if this be the cause of our ex. celling all other people. - if to this we are indebted for our pre-emi. nerce, power, and prosperity, for our moral superiority, our political privileges, and our social blessings,-then is it important that the fame of Mr. Fox should be assested, vindicated, and protected; to whose mighty efforts it is owing that, when betrayed by the false and exposed by the foolislı, she has not been crushed or crippled by authority. If we value her as we ought, ire cannot patiently witness insidious attempts to vilify and traduce the man who was her stay, her support, and her ornament; and in proportioi a3 we prize the moderate and temperare liberty which we inlierit frop our ancestors, ought we to resent insults offered to the memories of those who have cherished and kept alive among us the sacred Name. In the discharge of this trigh and holy trust, during times of extreme peril from various quarters, none can vie with our ever to be lamented patriot. appears to have been the august mission to which he was de.

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puted by Providence; and boldly, intrepidly, and nobly was it fulfilled by him.

Mr. Walpole's narrative of Mr. Fox's public actions wants rather uniformity and symmetry than fidelity. It is at one time very full and particular, at others very brief and general; and no rule appears in this respect to have been followed. In his account of Mr. Fox as a private individual, there oceur to our knowlege several inaccuracies, which induce us to regard the whole as highly questionable. Under this head, the author gives nearly the same particulars as appear in the Circumstantial Detail: but whether he has borrowed from the writer of that pamphlet, or whether each has taken from a common source, we cannot determine.

The Memoir is also very similar to the pamphlet first mentioned.Altogether, then, the three productions can excite only temporary interest, and belong to the class of publications which are usually termed catch penny; an epithet which courtesy confines within limits far short of its legitimate bounds:---they are rather libels on than genuinc accounts of Mr. Fox.

NOVELS.

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The last Man, or Omegarus and Syderia, a Romance in futurity

12mo. 2 Vols. Dutton. of the design of this Romance in futurity, so utterly beyond the reach of our limited capacities, we can give no other account thaa

that which is here afforded us in the words of a spirit in a tripod ; - who, speaking without the agency of voice, says, “ The last man

will not have any posterity to know and admire him. I wish before his birth that he may live in memory."--After such a wish of such a spirit, the reader must expect something supernatural ; and, truly, if he can find resolution to wade through this strange jumble, his expectations will be abundantly realized. Art. 21. The Eventful Marriage, a Tale. 12mo.

4 Vols. 185. 6d. Crosby and Co. Consistently with justice, we cannot say any thing in favor of this long story ; which, we should imagine, would prove tiresome and insipid even to novel-readers. Art. 22. Adeline Mowbray, or the Mother and Daughter: a

Tale. By Mrs. Opic. 12ino. 3 Vols. 135. 6d. Boards. Long. man and Co.

These volumes are, both in their design and execution, so superior to those which we usually encounter under the title of novels, that we can safely recommend them to the perusal of our readers. We wish, nevertheless, to hint to Mrs. Opie, that her work would be improved by a more strict attention to the propriety of some of her expressions, which at times are affected, and at others inelegant : but we forbear to point out instances, under the persuasion that our caution is already sufficient tu a writer who possesses so much good sepse.

It is the intention of this wo:k to portray the lamentable consequeaçes, which would itsuit from an adoption of some lax principles

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relative to a rejection of matrimonial forms, which have been in culcated by certain modern writers. Art. 23. Belville House.

2 Vols. 8s. Boards. Chapple,

&c. 1805. Every publication, which assumes the form of a novel, or romance, has such a wide and diversified circulation, through the medium of subscription libraries, that we hail with peculiar satisfaction such of them as are calculated to promote good taste, and diffuse sentiments of virtue. Of this description are the two volumes now on our table. We will not say that the author has evinced uncommon ingenuity in weaving an intricate or heart-rending story; nor can we highly compliment him, or her, on extreme accuracy or elegance of composition ; but the incidents, though frequently detached, are naturally introduced, they are such as we can easily conceive to arise in the intercourse of real life, and yet are of sufficient importance to preserve the interest of the piece. The leading characters are ably sketched, and well sustained ; and we are pleased with the ease of transition from scenes of gravity or distress to those of gaiety and good humour.

The writer's style occasionally betrays examples of venial carelessness, but is devoid of pedantry, and approaches to that of genteel conversation,

AFFAIRS OF INDIA. Art. 24. The Affairs of Asia considered in their effects on the liberties

of Britain. In a Series of Letters addressed to the Marquis Wellesley, late Governor General of India ; including a Correspondence with the Government of Bengal under that Nobleman, and a Narrative of Transactions, involving the Annihilation of the personal Freedom of the Subject, and the Extinction of the Liberty of the Press in India with the Marquis's Edict for the Regulation of the Press. By Charles Maclean, M.D. 8vo. Pp. 172. 59. Quick, No.

393; Strand. - 1806. This bulky Pamphlet contains an account of the Proceedings of the late Governor General towards the writer. It appears that this Gentleman had resided in India for some years previously to 1798: at that period, he had occasion to contradict a false newspaper account of the death of a friend ; and in his communication to the paper, he stated that his friend had experienced harsh treatment from a magistrate, and promised to send the editor some remarks on that transaction. We learn that the magistrate in question, on a charge of an assault, without hearing the accused or his witnesses, had refused to admit him to bail, put him under arrest, and sent him under a guard from the province of Benares to Bengal in an open boat, exposed to all the inclemencies of the weather, at a dangerous season of the year. In consequence of the hint, at this behaviour in Dr. Maclean's letter to the publisher of the Newspaper, orders were transmitted to him to apologise for his offence in having so acted, since he had reflected on a magistrate in the execution of his duty: Dr. Maclean, with a spirit which cannot be too much praised, refused 10 submit to this unmeritcd humiliation; and he was in consequence, by order of the Governor General, sent to England as a charterRev. Nov. 1806.

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party passenger. The accommodations of a charter-party passage are, room to swing a hammock among the sailors, and a certain al. lowance of salt beef, biscuit, and spirits; and such were the accommodations to which this gentleman and his lady were obliged to sub. mit.

Why, it may be asked, did the Governor General take the matter from the cognizance of the tribunals ?- Why did he not leave the magistrate to his action, or direct a criminal prosecution to be instituted ? By Mr. Pitt's bill, “the Governor or President of the council may, upon his single pleasure, seize and secure any British subject in India, of whatever rank or situation, and upon the accu. sation of only one person cause him to be thrown on ship board, or imprisoned, until there shall be a convenient opportunity of sending hica to England :"-a monstrous enactment in a British Act of Parlia. ment; and which it is to be hoped will be speedily erased from our statute book.--The detail of these transactions is accompanied with statements and observations which prove the author's devotion to the principles of constitutional liberty: but by the introduction of them he weakens the impression which the tale of his oppressive treatment would excite.--It is stated that Dr. M. had no license to remain in India, but then he asserts that thousands besides were in a similar situation without ever having been disturbed.

We have heard much of the Noble Marquis's edict against the press, and from this pamphlet we take the opportunity of submitting it to our readers as a curiosity.

Regulations respecting the publication of Newspapers, viz. 1. Every printer of a newspaper to print his name at the bottom 62. Every editor and proprietor of a paper to deliver in his name and place of abode, to the secretary to government.

3. No paper to be published on a Sunday.

4. No paper to be published at all, until it shall have been previously inspected by the Secretary to the Government, or by a person authorised by him for that purpose.

5. The penalty for offending against any of the above regulations to be immediate embarkation for Europe. Rules for the guidance of the Secretaries to Government in revising the

Newspapers.

To prevent the publication of, os. All observations on the state of public credit, or the revenues, or the finances of the Company.

• 2. All observations respecting the embarkation of troops, stores, or specie ; or respecting any naval or military preparations whatever.

3. All intelligence respecting the destination of any ships, or the expectation of any, whether belonging to the Company or to individuals.

4. All observations with respect to the conduct of Government, or any of its officers, civil or military, marine, commercial, or judicial. 5. Al private scandal, or libels on individuals.

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of the paper.

6. All statements with regard to the probability of war or peace between the Company and any of the native powers.

7. All observations tending to convey information to an enemy, or to excite alarm or commotion within the Company's territories.

8. The republication of such passages from the European news fapers as may tend to affect the influence and credit of the British power with the nalive states.'

Do these regulations still subsist in India ? Art. 25. Remarks on the Oude Question. 8vo. Pp. 136. 35. 6d.

Richardson. 1806. The particulars of this odious transaction are here related with simplicity and pathos, and with all the appearance of fairness and im. partiality. Indeed, the author refers for all his facts to documents already published ; and he makes his readers sympathize strongly with the oppressed Prince, while he excites no small share of indignation against his oppressors. He ably unravels the sophistry by which it has been attempted to vindicate these proceedings, and exhibits them to the light of day in all their deformity. Those who can doubt the criminality of them must be constituted differently from us.

We respect the talents of Lord Wellesley, and highly commend his zeal in the cause of science and letters, but we abhor despotism, however splendidly it may be arrayed. It kills the mind, reduces man to a state below that of the brute, and sows the seeds of abundant misery. -No

man can read this tract without feeling extreme concern for the injury done to our reputation as a people, by the late measures pursued in India. We would warn certain great persons, for whom we have much respect, against stepping forwards between offenders and justice, at least the justice which unbiassed public opinion ad. ministers.

POLITICS. Art. 26. A Dispassionate Enquiry into the best Means of National

Safety. By John Bowles, Esq. 80. pp. 115. 36. Hatchard. 1806.

We do not believe that there are many points in which Mr. Bowles and Bonaparte agree: but there is, strange as it may appear, one sentiment in which both these personages most perfectly coincide. They both profess their warm acknowlegements to the late British minister for the coalition which, in the course of the last year, he brought to act against France; and Frenchmen in general will participate in this feeling. Mr. Bowles, however, is not contented with this sort of countenance, which he must be aware of possessing ; he wishes Englishmen to share with him the same convic. tion. Let any person', he says, ' ask himself whether in the summer of 1805, he would not have thought the formation of precisely such a league, an event most devoutly to be wished. For ourselves, we say, No. We behold Mr. B. shrugging up his shoulders, and lifting up his hands and eyes. Still we say, No. Had we been previously inforined that the Arch-Duke was to be sent to Italy, that Mack was to be opposed to Bonaparte, and that the King of Prussia would not w.operale; had we known the weakness of the wickedness of the

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