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lend him the two hundred pounds--prove, for once, we can behave like gentlemen, and hark’ye-we shant't reach the top of the profesfion. (Putting up his neckcloth.)

Flush. This is beyond bearing-quit the room directly-'[death! leave my house, Sir--begone!--I disinherit you-1

Clara. Lord !-why to angry, guardian?- I'm sure he is a good young man, and as warm in his heart

Flugh. Warm in his heart !--nonsense!-- will he be warm in the funds ?-10--never--while he is so candid -10

Clara. Not while he is candid, Sir?

Flush. No-do you think I made my fortune by candour or openneis ? answer me, Sir—did I ever get a shilling by speaking the truth--speak!

Gingh. (In a melancholy voice) No, Sir, I never said you did -I know the contrary, Sir; Madam, I'm of a communicative disposition, I own; but there are many secrets of my father's I never blabb’d.

Fluh. Are there, Siri
Gingh. Yes, that there are, Sir.

Fluh. I don't recollect them.
Gingh. Don't you? Why, now, did I ever mention, Sir, that
you got these pictures by suing out execution ? That you got that
plate, by its being pawned to you for half its value ; that you intrigue
with a female money-lender; and that the last time you were made a
bankrupt, you went to get your certificate signed in a new vis-a-vis ?
did I, or will I ever mention these things?

Fluh. Begone, Sir-I'll never see you more-yet, stay-you have papers in your poffeffion-meet me in an hour's time at 'my agent's, Sir,-at Mr. Ready's.

Gingh. Forgive me this once, father-l'll never let the cat our any more.

Flufh. No, Sir, I never will forgive you - I am engaged Sir, and, you know we great men are select in our company,

Gingh. Well, if it must be lo-farewell, father, the world is all before me, and what trade to follow, heaven only knows. Good bye, Madam!-your sex will never befriend me, becaule I can't keep a fecret, you fee.

Clara. I will befriend you, Sir; for while there is so much deception and hypocrisy in the world, it would indeed be unjust not to approve fuch frankness and honesty. Guardy, let me intercede for him ; I'll answer for his conduct.

Gingh. Aye; and if ever I mention ducking or swindling againThere! you see he's fixed, Ma'am.

Clara. At present he is, and therefore leave him, perhaps by the time you meet him at the agent's I shall have talked him into good humour. Adieu! depend on't, I fhan't forget your generous intentions. Gingh. Nor sha!l I yours; and if fortune smiles on me, I'll

prove that I deserve your kindness- If ever my father pardons—but I see he's more and more angry, fo I take nzy leave. May every blessing attend you-may you meet with a heart as liberal as your own- May

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your cousins' distresses vanish-may your guardian once more value a lon, who can't help speaking the truth for the soul of him. [Exit.

Clara. Upon my word he's a charming man! and pardon him you must, Guardy, if it's only to please me. Flugh. No-l'm deter.nined.

Enter a Servant, Servant. The dinner's ready.

Flush. Come, Clara, you shall dine with me; I want to talk to you, and if I could see my joint guardian, Sir Paul · Clara. I met him at your door--he's only just gone by.

Flush. Just gone by! that's a mistake; for the old beau has been gone by thele thirty years: however, come in-come, and eat and drink what you like. Call for Burgundy, Champagne, or TokayAy, call for Tokay at a guinea a pint; I can afford it, my dear wards I can afford it.

[Exeunt. Holc. Should any of our readers wish to know what pointed meaning so far. may be implied in the title of this drama, we will try to explain it; although the title of a play may bear no more relation to the work to which it is affixed, than the text that sometimes introduces a fanatical sermon does to the ranting effufion which fol. lows it.—This, however, is not entirely the case with respect to the comedy which we have been perusing. “ That's the Barber”-“ The Twaddle”-“ Quite the

I thing" — " Hum" - " Bore" -" Quiz" -“ My Eye" “ The Tippy," &c. &c. are all cant words that have had their day; and of which we have seen a numerous succession,-noti worth remembering, and perhaps serving now only to disgrace our recollection.

The Rage is, we think, the youngest born of the abovementioned worthy family. It refers to the despotism of the fashion, the prevailing humour, or whim, whatever it be,- the reigning folly of the time: in fine, it is the ruling taste, or affectation of the day; to which, it may be supposed, some great fool has given rise, and the whole herd of small fools fola low it, with eagerness of imitation which is not improperly expressed, and at the same time ridiculed, by The Rage.

In consonance with the title of this comedy, the writer has selected some of the leading devices of fashionable idlene!s, to the prevalence of which the modifh term Rage may be juftly applied. Among others, the Amazonian affectation of military dress, and of rantipole airs and graces, which fome high-bred ladies (caught by the campaigning spirit of the times) are said to have lately manifefted-is reized by our lively author, as a proper object of dramatic satire, and is pleasantly exhibited in Lady Sarah Savage. The character, perhaps, may be deemed to have been rather overcharged, or caricatured: but so we think it should be for the stage, in order to produce the full effect of representative ridicule.

G. Rev.M3RCH, 1793.

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MONTHLY

Art. 23.

MONTHLY CATALOGUE,

For

MARCH, 1795

EAST INDIA AFFAIRS.
Art. 21. Answer to the Speech delivered by Mr. R. Twining, 18th

June 1794, &c. &c. By S. Tolfrey. New Edition, with Addi-
tions. 8vo. 25.

Stock dale. OF

the first edition of this pamphlet an account was given in our

Review for January lait, p. 89. It now appears ulhered in by eleven pages of preface, full of that alarm at innovation which is the epidemical diltemper of those who are poflefied of power and inAuence.

Tay. Art. 22. Observations on the Question to be ballotted for at the East

India House, Jan. 14, 1795, viz. “ that no Director be allowed io trade to or from India, in his private Capacity, either directly or indirectly, either as Principal or Agent.” By R. Twining. Svo. 6d. Cadell Jun. and Davies.

In the advertisement prefixed to these sheets, Mr. T. complains of two inadvertencies in a Report of Mr. Woodfall. He offers several arguments against allowing the Directors to trade, and urges with much humanity the injury thence accruing to the captains and officers of the Company.

D. Cursory Remarks on Mr. Twining's Pamphlet, entitled, “ Observations on the Question,”.&c. By Mr. Serjeant Watson. 8vo. 6d. Debrett, &c.

These remarks, relating chiefly to the 6th and 7th pages of the introduction to Mr. Twining's Observations, are in a great degree personal: they, however, throw some light on the question which gave rise to the occasion for them.

D. The Debates at the East India House, Jan. 21, 1795, on a Resolution of the Court of Directors, to conduct the future Shipping Concerns of the Company, on Principles of fair and open Competition; as also on the Mode of forming into a By-law, a Resolution of the General Court by Ballot, “ that no Director be allowed to carry on any Trade or Commerce to or from India, directly or indirectly, either as Principal or Agent." Reported by W. Woodfall. 4to. 35. Debrett, &c.

Of this interesting discussion the title-page explains the object, and the known character of the reporter fufficiently vouches a reasonable degree of accuracy: it remains only that we bestow on Mr. Jackson's opening, the praile which it so well merits for information and precifion.

D: Art. 25. The Subfiance of a Speech delivered by Randle Jackson, Ejq.

at the East India House, Jan. 21, 1795, &c. Reported by W. Woodfall. 8vo. Debrett,

In the preceding article, we had occafion to offer a wreath of our applause to this speaker. His oration is here reprinted apart for more convenient dispersion.

D.O POLITICAL

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POLITICAL. Art. 26. An Address to the Independent Liverymen of London, on the Subject of their late Petition to Parliament for a Peace.

With a few Observations on the Apostacy of certain Members, and Advice to the Citizens of London refpecting the Conduct they ought to adopt at the next General Election. 8vo. Crosby. 1795

An injudicious declamation against the war, and against its abettors and advocates. We, too, disapprove the present unavailing contest, with the rulers of the French nation ; yet we must condemn a performance which, however well-meant, can only lead by its violence, unguarded assertions, and intemperate language, to hurt the cause which its author has espoused. Art. 27. Confiderations on the principal Obje&tions against Overtures for a Peace with France. Svo. Stockdale.

1795. The principal objections on this head, which have been commonly urged both in the senate and in the coffee-house, are, I, “ That to make peace with France, at this time, would be only affording her a respite from the distresses of war, and thus enabling her, in that interval, to recruit her force, and to qualify herself to execute her desire of resuming hoftilities with more energy, and under circumstances more advantageous than those under which she is now able to conduct them.”

II.“ That there is, at present, no government in France with whom we could treat, who are of efficacy and stability fufficient to pledge the nation to the observance of a treaty."

The present author, discovering little weight in either of these ob. jections, undertakes to obviate them, to the full and clear satisfaction of every impartial reader ; and placing ourselves in that number, [an egregious minority, no doubt!) we honestly avow our complete convičion. We therefore heartily with and hope that our patriotic Considerer's earneft pleading for immediate Peace, but not on disonorable terms, will duly contribute towards giving that happy turn to the public mind, which is the laudable design of his well-written publication. Art. 28. The Substance of a Speech intended to have been delivered in

the House of Commons on Mr. Grey's first Motion for Peace, Jan. 26, 1795: _By Sir Richard Hill, Bart. Member for the County of Salop. To which is added his Speech on the First Day of the Session. 8vo. is. Stockdale.

Very confiftently with his religious principles and humane disposition, Sir R. H. is a serious and ardent advocate for peace ; and accordingly he pleads for a speedy negociation with France, with that zeal and energy which cannot but reflect honour on his understanding and conduct. Art. 29. An Abtract of the Habeas Corpus Alt; with Remarks.

Also an Abstract of the Suspension Aft; Thewing how much of that great Bulwark of English Liberty has been fulpended. Together with the Subftance of the Arguments used in both Houses of Parliameni, for and against the Suspension Act. 8vo. Allen and

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Those who are not already well informed as to the nature and importance of the Habeas Corpus act, and of the reasons afligned for the recent suspension of a very material part of that highly patriotic statute, will here meet with a satisfa&tory exposition of the subject; together with an abridgment of the principal arguments that were advanced in parliament for and against the fufpenfion. This tract may not improperly be regarded as fraught with useful materials for a review of a considerable part of the Political History of England, during the year 1795. Art.

30. A Letter, not in Answer to, but induced by a late Publica-
tion of Thomas Holcroft, on the subject of Political Intemperance ; en-
deavouring to illustrate its dangerous Effects, &c. By a Friend of
a Manufacturer. 8vo. Bew.
This letter-writer professes not to answer Mr. H.'s publication,
(Letter to Mr. Windham : see Rev. for last month, p. 204.) but he
does the same thing -he animadverts on many passages in that gentle.
man's address to the Right Hon. Member for Norwich; and, with
a mixture of seriousness and levity, he endeavours to expose Mr. H.
alternately to censure or to ridicule. In one or two passages, he seems
to have taken good aim, and to have come pretty near the mark; par.
ticularly where he attacks Mr. H.'s sentiments on the subject of na-
tional honour. He says little in defence of Mr. W. with respect to the
charge of intemperance; although he contends that the “ heart-
rending" term acquitted felon is not so wanton, illiberal, and absurd,
as some have deemed it;' and he likewise assures Mr. H. that he may
• depend on it, thai to suppose himself equal to the talk of tarnishing
the merit of a whole life, will not, in the eyes of those whom Mr. H.
may wish to court, appear less ofienlive than ridiculous.'— As we can-
not enter into inany particulars occurring in a personal controversy, like
the present, we th:ll close the pages before us with the general re-
mark that they are not wriiten by a contemptible hand. We think,
however, that the author thould have followed Mr. H.'s example of
openness and fairness, by affixing his name to his publication. When
a combatant enters the field in a mask, it may be allowable for a mal
to measure weapons with him : the champions Mould be equally
equipped in regard both to arms and armour.

MEDICAL, CHEMICAL, &c.
Art. 31.. An Essay upon single Vision with two Eyes; together with

Experiments and Obiervations on several Subjects in Optics. By
William Charles Wells, M. D. 8vo.

pp. 144. 35. Boards. Cadell jan. and Davies. 1792.

An earlier notice was due to this masterly disquisition : but accident and the prodigious influx of political publications have diverted our attention so long, that we may fairly suppose the work to be now in the hands of almost all who are interelted in the subject. Should is have escaped any optical philofopher, we take this opportunity of recommending it earnestly to his attention, as the production of an author who is ingenious in devising experiments, and mature in the habit of reflection, Since Berkeley's New Theory of Vifion, we recollect nothing equal to the present effay.

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