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ly of importance to a free nation to enquire how the government is administered, and they have an undoubted right to express their fentiments concerning public measures : But by whom the government shall be administered, is no part of their consideration, the conftitution having lodged the power of appointment in the crown.
Rod Art. 2. A Letter from an independent Man to his Friend, on a
late Pamphlet, entitled, Observations * on the Papers relative to the War with Spain. 8vo. 6d. Cooke. Contains some sensible animadversions on the Observations.
Review, March, p. 230.
Art 3. The Apology. Addressed to the Reviewers. By
Esq; Author of The Rosciad of Covent Garden. 4to. Is.
blank, Esq; having been freely told that disagreeable truth which, impeaching his abilities, no Aurbor ever yet believed, falls upon the Keviewers, in return for their honelt information, and lets them know that he holds their Performances as cheap as they hold his Verses. This is all fair. The , Esq; hath certainly as good a right to his own judgment of us, as we had to condemn his dirty Rhymes, as he now confesses them to have been. We are glad, however, to find that he hath resolved to profit by our advice, and to leave the vain delights of Poetry; or, according to his Motto, which we hope he will abide by,
Nunc itaque et Versus, et catera ludicra por.o.
Art. 4. Two Odes to Indolence and to impudence. 4to. 1S.
Dodsley. It was observed by a celebrated Critic of the Auguftan age, that neither Gods, nor Men, nor Bookseller's Shops, could bear indifferent Poets : but whatever the sons of Mediocrity might do in Rome, it is certain they find access to the Shops of Booksellers by multitudes in London. Perhaps the Author of these Odes, had he been willing to take a little more pains, might have been exempted from this class; his Poetry is by no means destitute either of harmony or imagery: but, whether through negligence or want of judgment, we cannot take upon us to fay, he has confounded his images, the elegant with the burlesque, and the abstracted with the familiar. So it fares likewise with his expression, which is sometimes very unhappy, as in the followirg line:
No more can sweetest physic now attract. If this epithet were intended as ironical, it has little propriety, because the spirit of the stanza is not fo ; if otherwise, it is itill worle.
In che Ode to Impudence the Author describes the power and in. fluence of that Goddess as particularly prevalent in the kingdom of
Ireland, Ireland, and descants on the wondrous efficacy of the river Shannon, in bronzing the brow of Modetty. But notwithstanding his cruel raillery on the poor Hibernians, we are inclined to believe that he is a native of the same soil; for surely none but an Irishman could have wrote the following line:
And they were wise before their beards had hairs. Our Poet himself, perhaps, has been actually plunged in the Shannon, though he affects to wish for it; at least here is strong presumptive evidence: Were there no Impudence in the world, says he, then Each with his real merit would appear,
(EAR. And MY WELL-POLISH'D LINES WOULD CHARM EACH FEELING MISCELLANEOUS.
La. Art. 5. An Explanation of the proposed Scheme for better paving,
repairing, cleaning, and lighting the Squares, Streets, and Lanes, of the City and Liberty of Westminster, and the adjacent Parishes. To which is annexed, a Plan, describing the District over which the same is proposed to extend. By a Member of Parliament. 8vo. Is. 6d. Jeffries.
From the different qualities of the stones used to pave the Streets, and che irregularity in repairing Pavement at the precarious option of House-keepers, the expediency of the Act lately passed for an uniform improvement in these respects, is clearly shewn, as well as the neceflity of cleaning and lighting the Streets, notwithstanding the prejudices of those who have opposed the A&, for want of underftanding it. From the Explanation of the Scheme here given, it apo pears to be a truly public-spirited andertaking, founded on reasonable principles, and far from proceeding from those sinister views to which it has been ascribed.
Art. 6. The Life and Adventures of Christopher Wag ftaffe, Gent.
Grandfather to Tristram Shandy, &c. &c. Small Oetavo, 2 Vols. 5s. bound. Hinxman. '
A lively and facetious imitation of Mr. Sterne's famous performance. But if the Author merits praise for his ingenuity, he deserves chattisement for his presumptuousness: he speaks evil of dignities; he has even dared to attack the REVIEWERS! A cunning elf! He has taken the field before us, and forced us to act upon the defensive. " And now (says this exulting bold-face) every thing you say mult, in this case, be demonstrably di&tated by pasion and reiniment. You cannot be supposed to be impartial. I am befare-band with you. I have nick'd you. You must either say nothing about this Performance, or speak in its praise."
What an arch But, as an unlucky boy may make a good man, and as this seems to be his filft offence, we forgive him this time, in hopes of his coming to a right sense of his duty, and shewing better manners for the future: we shall see how he behaves in his third Volume.
Art. 7. The Students, a Comedy. Altered from Shakespear's
It is very easy to retrench the superfluities of fo exuberant a genius as Shakespeare. This Editor has, we apprehend, succeeded in most of his alterations of this Comedy; but to what end has so much pains been taken? If his Students do not previously make their appearance upon the stage, we apprehend they will never find their way into the closet.
Art. 8. A fresh Complaint lately exhibited by the Dutch Eaft
India Company, against the Servants of the English Eafl-India Company in Bengal. Translated from the original Dutch, printed by Authority. 4to. 1s. Becket.
Since the Convention between the English and Dutch, in the year 1759, the Nabob in alliance with the former has been making depredations upon the latter ; has razed one of their forts, and extorted a great sum of money from them. The Complaint against the Englih imports, that they were the unjust inftigators of all this mischief. - If our East-India Company can answer this Charge as satisfactorily as they have answered the former Complaint from the States, our industrious neighbour, Nic. Frog, will have nothing left for it, but to defilt from all his cunning tricks, and to copy the open, fair, and downright behaviour of his old friend John Bull; who, we dare answer for him, will never do any thing to hure Nic, while Nic behaves as he should do.
Art. 9. The History of Mecklenburgh, from the first Settlement
of the Vandals in that Country, to the present Time; including à Period of about three thousand Years. 8vo. 55. Newbery.
The Author has traced the History of this Branch of the Germanic Empire from the earliest accounts. The style is easy, and the materials appear to be faithfully collected from Authors of credit. Bur"ching*, who is no where referred to in this Collection, appears to be the best authority for accounts of any part of Germany,
• See Review for February last, wherein we began an account of Bufching's performance, which is concluded in this Number.
Art. 10. The Orators. As it is now performing at the new
Theatre in the Hay-Market. Written by Mr. Foote. 8vo.
The success attending Mr. Sheridan's late public I ectures on Ora. tory has furnished this arch-droll, this eminent Professor of Mimicry, with a fine opportunity for raising a summer's-contribution on the Public; no unusual expedient with Mr. Foote, who has made many a lucky campaign of this kind. Indeed, as far as the excellence of buffconry goes, this comical Genius is certainly excellent, and seldom fails to divert us with his lively freaks and whimsical grimace. If the indulgence of our natural risibility be conducive to health, this
egregious mimic hath also, not only undoubted merit in his way, but may not be esteemed altogether an useless member of society. At least, let his enemies fay what they will, while he continues to do something for a livelihood, he cannot be charged with eating the bread of idleness: but, though we allow him all the merit of a buffoon, we can fay very little in his favour as a Writer. The piece before us, like the rest of his productions, is much better calculated for the Stage than the Press. This, it is true, muft necessarily be the case with such IMITATIVE performances as the present. Could our Orator have printed the figures, gesture, and declamation of himself and his pupils, his Readers might have had an opportunity to laugh with his Spectators and Auditors; but in vain do we turn over the leaves of this Pamphlet, in search of the entertainment, that so agree. ably engaged our eyes and tickled our ears at the Hay-Market : in vain do we enquire-after the modern Orator's Fun, as the Reader of old did after the ancient Orator's Thunder. If the present Profelfor, indeed, had consulted his literary credit, he would have reflected on the disadvantages which thus attend all oråtorial productions, and have fuppressed the publication of his Piece. By his prefuming to publish it, however, he seems to maintain its claim to approbation, as a dramatic performance: it may be doing Mr. Foote, therefore, a friendly office, perhaps, to acquaint him that he is by no means qualified to shine in print. To accommodate wit, spirit, or humour, to the model of literary composition, requires the genius and understanding of a Man. The shining talents of the present Writer resemble those of an animal of an inferior species ; so that, placing his admiring audience in a rank of beings fomething higher than himself, we may make a little variation in the words of the Poet, and transfer their application with propriety from a Newton to a Foote :
Superior Beings, when of late they faw
And prais’d a Foote as one would praise an Ape. K-n-K Art. 11. The Memoirs of Mrs. Catherine Jemmat, Daughter of
the late Admiral Yeo, of Plymouth. Written by herself. 12mo. 2 Vols. 55. sewed. Printed for Mrs. Jemmat, at Mr. Walker's, Shoeinaker, Charing-Cross.
Mrs. Jemmat is, in some measure, a second Pilkington, both in fortune (or rather misfortune) and in genius; buc as the British Lady does not appear to have been reduced so low in circumstances as the unhappy Hibernian, neither do her abilities entitle to rank fo high in the Republic of Letters. She poffeffes, however, an ingenious pen; and both her Memoirs and her Verses may induce her compassionate Readers to pity her situation, while they are entertained with her performance.
Art. 6. The History of the Excellence and Decline of the Constitu
tion, Religion, Laws, Manners, and Genius of the Sumatrans, &c. Vol. I. 8vo. 45. Kearsly.
This is such a fatyrical review of our Religion, Laws, Manners, &c. as might be expected from the Misanthropic pen of Dr. Shebbeare; who, notwithstanding his ill-nature, his virulence, and incorrect writo ing, is a man of some observation and iancy. There are even strokes, of genius in this production, which almoit compensate for its defects and extravagancies. Art. 13. The Citizen of the World: Or, Letters from a Chinese Philosopher in London, to his Friend in the East.
12mo. 2 Vols. 6s. Newbery.
Although this Chinese Philosopher has nothing Afiatic about him, and is as errant an European as the Philosopher of Malmelbury; yet he has some excellent remarks upon men, manners, and things-as the phrase goes.--But the Public have been already made sufficiently acquainted with the merit of these entertaining Letters, which were first printed in The Ledger; and are supposed to have contributed not a litile towards the success of that Paper. They are said to be the work of the lively and ingenious Writer of An Enquiry into the prelent State of Polite Learning in Europe; a Writer, whom, it seems, we undesignedly offended, by fome Strictures on the conduct of many of our modern Scribblers. As the observation was entirely general, in its intention, we were surprized to hear that this Gentlemau had imagined himself in any degree pointed at, as we conceive nothing can be more illiberal in a Writer, or more foreign to the character of a Literary Journal, than to descend to the meanness of personal reflection. It is hoped that a charge of this sort can never be justly brought against the Monthly Review.
Art. 14. The Yearly Chronicle, for 1761: Or, A Collection of
the most interesting and striking Ejays, Letters, &c. which appeared in the St. James's Chronicle for that year. To which is added, a Diary of the most remarkable Events. The whole serving as a complete Register of the Politics, News, Literature, &c. of that Period. 8vo. 55. 6d. in Boards. Becket, &c.
The temporary importance, which popularity gives to various in. fignificant subjects, makes a great deal of literary traih absolutely receffary among the several ingredients of a news paper. A select Collection, however, of the most ingenious Tracts and Observations on the different Occurrences and Topics of the Times, as they become successively popular, cannot fail to prove at once extremely useful, instructive, and entertaining. For however contemptible the opinion in which some persons affect to hold the occasional Producxions of the Day, we will venture to declare, we know of no other