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educated. Mention is also made of Dr. Beadon, the present amiable Bishop of Gloucester. The inscription being short and curious shall be transcribed :
« TO THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE. « One of her grateful fons, who always considers acts of voluntary justice towards himself as favours, dedicates this humble offering. And particularly to her chief ornament for virtue and talents, the Rev. Doctor Beadun, Master of Jesus College.”
We believe that an intimacy hath long subsisted between these two literary characters, much to the honour and reputation of both parties. We also recollect, that when Mr. Tooke was tried for high treason, Dr. Beadon bore ample testimony to the moral character and learned pursuits of his friend. The work has for a frontispiece an elegant engraving of Mercury, the God of Wisdom.
Appeal to the Men of Great Britain in Behalf of
Women. 55. Johnson. AMONG the various novelties of the eighteenth cen
tury, we must rank the enquiries which have been made into the nature and extent of the Rights of Wo.
It is a subject which has of late greatly engaged the public attention, and very different opinions have been entertained relative to this important investigation. Some of the lords of the creation, have raved and stormed at the presumption of female pens, while others of them have listened eagerly to the eloquence of the fair, deeming them an injured race, and wishing them the attain. ment of perfect liberty:
Mrs. Woolstonecraft's Rights of Women will not be Soon forgotten. The indignant tone with which that 'celebrated female demanded justice, prejudiced many persons against her production. We can, however, af.
fure our readers, that the present publication is of a different cast. The author of it is indeed a female, of abi. hty and of spirit, but she means to give no offence, and therefore none ought to be taken. Indeed the pleads her cause well. Her language is frequently elegant, though Dot without diffuseness, and every page affords a display of ingenuity.
This volume is only the first part ; we can therefore scarcely give our decided opinion of the work, till the whole be presented to us. For in the second volume ihe promises the discussion of other topics connected with her subject, and intends closing with “ a recapitulation of the main subject of the appeal.”
The Introduction, however, well expresses the nature and tendency of the work. We tall insort it, fince it will give the reader a tolerable idea of the whole performance.
INTRODUCTION. " It may at first sight appear absurd to address the following pages in behalf of women, to the men of Great Britain ; whose apparent intereit ir perhaps is, in common with that of all other men, that things Thould remain on the footing they
But as the men of Great Britain, to whom in particular I chuse to appeal, have to their everlaning honour, always been remarkable for an ardent love of liberty, and high in their pretentions to jutice with regard to themselves; it is not to be believed, if the subjeût of the present work were taken into their serious confideration, but that the same sentiments would be freely and generously extended to that class of beings, in whose'cause I though unworthy appear. A class, upon whom the Almighty has itamped fo sublime, so unequivocal marks of dignity and importance, that it is difficult to conceive why men should with to counteract thc benevolent designs of Providence in their favour; by leading in chains, tou often galling to their sensible and tender natures, those, whom heaven having in its wisdom formed the cquals, could never surely, save in its wrath, doom to be the slaves of man.
“ To man then, to him alone who of all created beings challenges equality, nay more, who challenges superiority
over the injured party, is this little work seriously recommended. If it were equal to the fervent withes of the author to render it worthy of those to whom it is addressed, and of the public in general, oh how perfect : how interesting it would be! But as it is, with all its imperfections on its head, if the writer indulges no romantic hopes, neither does the fuffer any abject fears. “ Dans les pays de fervitude, le bien des hommes est méprisé & le citoyen qui les aime y gemit & se tait. Mais dans le séjour de la liberté, on est sûr de l'estime publique si l'on travaile à leur bonheur. On vous fait gré da désir & de la tentative, même infructueuse; & c'est là que l'etranger lui même doit verser ses lumieres."--In Britain then, in the favourite abode of liberty, shall a daughter of the 'sca-girt ille' iremble to appear before the tribunal of her brethren?
“ No! with a cause in hand so interesting to every individual, I come forward on the contrary with confidence, and to you fathers, brothers husbands, sons, and lovers, I submit the following pages. By all those tender ties may you be led to consider of what importance it is to society, to improve the understandings, the talents, and the hearts of those, who must one way or other, ill or well, act such principal parts on the itage of life. The consequences of this attention to their improvement, however good, however happy for them, are I apprehend equally interesting for you, which I flatter myself that I shall be able to prove; if, not alarmed or disgusted by the pretenfions already hinted at, you will deign to peruse the following attempt to restore female character to its dignity and independence ; though I trust, neither at the expence of the peace, the happiness, or the self-importance of MAN.
“ May I be permitted to introduce my defence of the female sex by that of an obscure individual, who wishes not to be thought even the anonymous circulator of opinions, which however just in themselves, might in their tendency breed animofities, where peace and mutual confidence had before been only known. The reader may smile at these consequential fears, and account the danger not very alarming; but, few indeed, and little, are the talents required, to do real and lasting mischief. I must therefore repeat it, that the fear, the possibility of doing harm, would certainly prevent me from making even my sentiments on the fubject public, did not the complaints and dissatisfactions of the sexes against each other
sufficiently prove, that they are, generally speaking, far from being on that fouting, where danger is to be apprehended from seasoning on the subject; or on that footing of which thinking and rational beings may be supposed capable. And surely at a period when the pulpit, the press, and the stage, teem with reflections on the vices of the one sex, and the follies of both; it cannot be deemed impertinent nor unnecessary, to submit to candid and cool examination some simple though unacknowledged truths, which if seriously taken into consideration, might have a tendency to promote the equality, and the confequent peace and happiness of the sexes.
Know, however, that I come not in the garb of an Amazon, to dispute the field right or wrong ; but rather in the humble attire of a petitioner, willing to submit the cause, to him who is both judge and party. Not as a fury Hlinging 4 tarch of discord and revenge amongst the daughters of Eve; but as a friend and companion bearing a little raper to lead them to the paths of truth, of virtue, and of liberty. Or if it kad not to these, may it be utterly extinguished." If the argument here advanced appear chimerical, unfounded, or irrational; let it perish, let it be obliterated, let no memorial of it remain.”
Our Authorefs complains of the excessive authority exercised by the men over the women in these words, and accompanies her complaint with a curious illuftra
“ It is to be regretted, that the temperance and good sense hewn by women, in submitting with so good a grace to injuries, which though they cannot redress, they nevertheless feel
very severely ; it is much to be regretted, that this temperance and good sense, is not attended with better confequences to themselves.
“ Indeed their fate in this respect is extremely hard; for every method they can attempt, to improve their situation, is equally inefficacious Silence and submission are looked upon as proofs of acquiescence and content; and men will hardly of themselves, seek to improve a situation, with which many are apparently satisfied. On the other hand any marks of spirit, or fensé of injury, or desire to better their situation, either as individuals or in fociety, is treated not only with contempt, but abhorrence; and so far from gaining any thing by propofing reasonable and equitable terms for themselves in ci. ther case, the generality of men are enraged at the attempt; and would upon these occasions think it no crime to rob the poor culprits, of the wretched, ill understood, and worse inforced rights that remain to them.
“ The following little story, illustrates well the progress of lawless authority; and is applicable enough to our subje&.
“ A brother and sister were one day going to market with some eggs, and other country provisions to sell. “ Dear Jacky,' said the litter, after a good deal of confideration, and not a little proud of her powers of calculation, - Dear Jacky, you have somehow niade a very unfair division of our eggs, of which you know it was intended that we should have equal Thares; to pray give me two dozen of yours, and I shall then have as many as you have. “No,' says John ---John Bull as likely as any other John,--that would never do; but dear, fwcet, pretty sister Peg, give me one dozen of yours, and then I shall have five times as many as you have ; which you know will be quite the same as if you had thein yourself, or indeed berter; as I shall save you the trouble of carrying them, thall protect you and the rest of your property, and thall besides give you many fine things when we get to the fair-Bless me, Margaret ! what is the matter with you? How frightful you always are when in a passion! And how horribly ugly you look whenever you contradict me! I wish poor Ralph the miller saw you just now, I'm sure he'd never look at you again. Besides, lister of mine, since you force me to it, and provoke me beyond all bearing, I must tell you, that as I am stronger than you, 1 can take them whether you will or no.' The thing was no sooner said than done, and poor Peg, found herself obliged to submit to something much more convincing than her brother's logic.
“ On they jogged however together, Peg pouting all the way, and John not a bit the civiller for having got what he knew in his heart he had no title to; and when they got to the fair, poor Peg's property, of which he was to have been the faithful guardian, and careful steward; went with his own, to purchase baubles and gin for his worthless favourite. But then, had not. Peg pretended to put herself upon a footing of