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Papers relative to the Rupture with Spain. In French and Eng
lifh. Published by Authority. 8vo. 35. Owen. N the arrangement of thefe Papers, the Editor has shewa
uncommon negligence and inattention. Some are difposed contrary to their due order, and others printed twice over; so that he feems industriously to have contributed all in his power to render still more confused and embarrassed, a collection of itself fufficiently perplexed and obscure. ,
- As to the matter of these Papers, so far as they relate to the justice of the Spanish Claim to the Newfoundland Fishery, and other demands, we cannot form a clear and precise judgment, since many documents seem wanting to connect the chain of Negociation on these heads. But so far as they regard the mode in which the Spanish court preferred their Claim, and their collusive practices with our enemies, they afford the cleareft conviction of a secret compact between them, with a view of forcing us to accede to unequal and disadvantageous terms of peace. Indeed, from the moment that the Spaniards avowed the Memorial fo irregularly and infolently presented by the hands of M. Butly, it required no deep political penetration to perceive that their long-concealed jealousy was ripened into professed enmity, and that they only waited a favourable opportunity for an open rupture. The Instruciions of Mr. Pitt, to our Ambaslador at the Spanish court, relative to this Memorial, are fuch as not only prove him a spirited patriot, but an able politician.
“ Although (says he) in the course of this Inftruction to your Excellency, I could not, with such an insolent Memorial from France before me, but proceed on the suppofition, that, insidious as that court is, the could not dare to commit in such a manner the name of his Catholic Majesty, without being authorized thereto; -I must not, howeves, coreeal from your Excellency, that it is thought poffible, here that the court of France, though not wholly unauthorized, may, with her, usual artifice in Negociation, have put much exaggeration into this matter : and in case, upon entering into remonstrances on this affair, you fhall perceive a disposition in M. Wall to explain away and disavow the authorization of Spain to this offensive tranfaction of France, and to come to categorical and satisfactory declarations, relatively to the final intentions of Spain, your Excellency will, with readiness, and your ufual address, adapt yourself to so desirable a circumitance, and will open to the court of Madrid as handsome a retreat as may be, in cafe you perceive from the Spanisa Mi. mister that they sincerely wish to find one, and to remove, by ad effectual satisfaction, the unfavourable impressions, which this Memorial of the court of France has justly and unvoidably made on the mind of his Majesty.".
The judicious, moderate, and politic Atyle of these Inftructions, is alone sųfficient to refute the enemies of this Minister, who have invidioufy infinuated that he was eager in promoting a War with Spain. If, upon notice of their having signed a secret Treaty with France, he recommended measures, which by the majority were deemed rash and un· advifeable, yet the event leaves us room to wish that temerity
had prevailed over moderation. Indeed, under the circum-. ftances in which we stood in relation to the Spaniska court, who had given the clearest demonstrations of their secret enmity against us, and endeavoured to delude us by temporizing arts, the most effectual method of obtaining á prompt and satisfactory explanation, seems to have been that of making the demand by perfons arted with power to resent equivocation and delay immediately.
It does not become us to enquire into the reafons which may have influenced those, who preferred the Languor of legatine Negociation, to the more spirited proposal of a naval equipment, which, if it could not have obliged them to have been fincere, would, at least, have compelled them to have been just. But, as such measures were thought most expedient, it would be unjust not to acknowlege, that the difpatches of Lord Egremont on this occasion are precife, animated, and judicious; and afford the moft favourable inftances of his Lordship's Ministerial talents. The dispatches likewise from Lord Bristol do great honour to that nobleman, who, throughout this nice and difficult part of his Embassy, seems to have conducted himfelf with great vigilance, judgment, and discretion, and to have known the art of relaxing occafionally, without departing from the dignity of his character.
In few words, these Papers bear, honourable testimony of the parts and abilities of the several Ministers, whose names are subscribed to them: and such specimens give us strong reason to hope, that, when the blessings of peace shall be restored, the treaty, which secures that long wilhed for and desirable end, will free us from the reproach of losing by the pen, what we have won by the sword.
For MARCH, 1762.
Letter from a Member of Parliament to a Friend in the Coun-
them extremely pertinent. The Writer very justly complains that
8vo. I s. 6d. R. Davis. This gentleman gives hard, very hard knocks, and seems determined to follow his blow, Mr. P- it seems, is to pay sauce, as the phrafe is, for his entertainment at Guildhall, at the memorable festival there, in the year 1951.- .But, a truce with these dis. Agreeable retrospects: why should they interrupt our rejoicings for the conquet of Martinico?
• See the first part, Review for February last, page 149.
Art. 3. Art. 3. The Rofciad of Covent Garden. By the Author. 410.
is. 6 d. Gretton. This unequal imitator of a late celebrated piece, abuses the lower actors of Covent Garden Theatre, with more than Churchill's ill. nature ; and praises the better fort with less, far less, than Churchill's Poetry. He also falls outrageously on the Reviewers; from whence we conclude he has had some former production condemned by them. We wish it were in our power to make him amends on the present occafion ; but, in truth, we can neither honeftiy approve either his subject or his writing : however, it must be acknowleged, he has some good lines; and if, as we conjecture, he is but a stripling in Poetry, here are indications of genius that time may improve into something considerable enough to exempt him from the censure of those fellmonsters the Reviews, of whom he asserts, that they crush the products of each infunt Muse. An infant Muse, however, like other froward brats, may not be the worse for a little proper correction ; although, while smarting under the lash, it mistakenly considers wholesome discipline as unmerited chastisement, and unwarrantable cruelty of which, the Reviewers trust, no just accusation can be brought againt them. But it is not to be expected that those, whose works they disapprove, should ever acquiesce in a judgment given against themfelves.
Art. 4. The Four Farthing Candles, a Satire. 4to. IS.
-When a rough unweildy wight
His want of Genius, as of Grace.”
Art. 5. An Epistle to the Author of the Four Färthing Candtes.
By the Author of the Rosciad of Covent Garden. 4to. 6d. - Nicoll.
Haft thou not observed, Reader, when the great powers of Europe fignify their hoitile intentions toward each other, and the recruiting parties begin to rattle their drums about the town, how the little grenadiers of every street clap on their paper caps and wooden fwords, mimic the spirit-ftirring fund with their Bartholomew toys, and strut, and play the hero with almost as good an air as if they were paid eight-pence a day for their performance ? - In like manner, when real Poets on any, or on no provocation, bran. dith their adverse pens, and with more than marcial rage, fall to tearing each others laurels from their frowning foreheads, then do the puny witlings and verfifiers, with mimic fury, go pell-mell together by their asses-cars, and Fool! Puppy! Coxcomb! Blockhead! are alternately given and received,—to convince the laughing by Standers, that if these Poets, or Bards in miniature, have not the gemius of a ***** **, or a *, they can boalt, and rave, and rail, and call names, and abuse, as manfully as those who for their fuperior talents, are allowed to take the lead of the mob. But these angry boys, who have the impudence thus to pretend to fquabble and dispute with each other for the Bays, while none of them have any real claim to the smallest sprig, deserve only a good whipping with a bulh of nettles; to quiet chem; or, if it should appear that she idle gentry thus difturb the neighbourhood, for want of fome lefs offen five employment, let them take a hint from the present Epistle, and,
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Art. 6. Songs in the new Burletta of Midas. As it is per
formed at the Theatre-Royal in Crow-ftreet, Dublin. 8vo. 1 $. London, re-printed by Nicoll.
Whether such phænomena as Oratorios, Operas, Cantatas, Burlettas, &c. can be considered as acceflions to the republic of letters, and whether they merit a place in a literary journal, more than a new magazine or a polite songster, is a disputable point with us. Of this ftrange droll thing called Midas, we know not what to make, unless, as fome thought of the Beggar's Opera, it has a political meaning. Ay, ay, it must be so. Arrah! ye Irith wags, ye Crow. ftreet Politicians, we know well enough whom you mean by your Pan and Sol and Midas and Silenus's wife. -But mom.
L Art. 7. Horace's first Satire modernized, and addreffed to Jacob
Henriques. 4to. is. "Cooke. This excellent Satire on Inconstancy and Avarice, is here humorously and pleasantly applied to our own times and manners. The infá.