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Art. 23. The Maufiad: an beroi-comic Poem. Canto I. By Polly Pindar, Half-sister to Peter Pindar. 4W. Is. Ridgeway. 1787. Half-sister ! —no — not so near akin, surely!—She may, however, be a branch of the family. She flies not at such high game as Peter boldly pounces. Instead of Kings, and such Great Things [as Crazy Hall would fay], Miss Polly only claws the ' sacredprriiuig' of a celebrated D.D. whom we will not more distinctly mark out, because we think the attack an unjustifiable one: it is low, and it is indecent.—As a specimen of her talents, however, we will transcribe her Address
* To The Reviewers. 'sfyou, Grave Sirs', most kindly will admit That Polly Pindar has a little wit, When next Ihe earns a Shilling on the Town, Nor You, nor any Prude, shall wear asroiun. For (he most chastely will her Story tell. ThenJj>are the Bardling '. — bursting from heTjfrelll' By the way, ii not the poetess a little unfortunate in styling herself Bardling? The word meets our ear somewhat like the lapsus
linguœ of Counsellor G , who, in the warmth of his encom.um
on a young lady's Beauty, called her " a perfect Adonis." A second Canto is announced for speedy publication.
Art 24. Verses by John Frederick Bryant, late Tobacco-pipe Maker at Bristol. Together with his Life. Written by himself. Tie second Edition. Svo. zs. 6d. Author. 1787. When Savage wrote his famous satire1 on Bristol, that city was regarded as the feat of Dulness,—the very Bœotia of our island; but her reproach has, since the time of Savage, been done away; and a stream from Helicon seems to have found a communication with the salubrious spring of St. Vincent's Rock. Genius now prevails, where once the fordid spirit of gain alor.e presided; and the very milk-woman and mechanics of the place are become favourites of the Muses.
John Frederick Bryant, a poor, uneducated pipe-maker, having indulged, and somewhat cultivated, a natural turn for poetry, has here given us a collection of his verses, printed in the order in which they were written. His earlier compositions are crude enough; but it is curious to observe the growth and progress of his abilities. His later productions are not unworthy the public notice, or the patronage they have gained ; as will, we apprehend, appear from the following specimen:
M 4 Presuming
Presuming more, perhaps, than angels dare,
• Thou great, eternal, awful, gracious Cause ■
* But should thy wisdom the reverse ordain,
Through each or real pain or seeming ill,
O give me resignation to thy will'.' The Author, who is about 36 years of age, having met with friendly assistance, sufficient to enable him to quit his miserable trade of pipe-making, and to set up a shop, for the sale of stationary, books, &c. modestly solicits his benevolent readers, for the favour of their custom, at No. 3;, Long Acre, London.—For farther particulars relating to his personal story, which is not uninteresting, we refer to his bivn narrative, prefixed to his poems.
Art. 25. Elegies and Sonnets. By Samuel Knight, A. M. of Trinity
Art. 26. Orlando and Almtyda. A Legendary Tale, in the Manner of Dr. Goldsmith. By John Thelwall. 4to. 23. Hookham. 1787.
The general characteristics of poems of this kind (the productions of the modern Muse), are, simplicity and tenderness; but some of them have only the simplicity, with no other recommendation: and those of this class were well ridiculed by Johnson: "I put my hat upon my head, And walk'd into the Strand, And there I met another man, Whose hat was in his hand." Mr. Thelwall's performance reminds us of Johnson's lines; yet it is not the worst poem of the kind, that we have perused: there are, however, no flowers in it that we can select for our Monthly NosegayArt. 27. The Garriciad, a Poem ; being a Companion to the Rosciad of Churchill. By a Gentleman. <iso. Is. 6d. Symonds. 1 It is probable that this ' Gentleman' meant to entitle his poem Tie Gmrrickiad; but, alas! he was not up to so difficult a piece of orthography. But if he has failed in his title, he is still more unfortunate in his verses.—i he design of the work may be sufficiently intimated in his own words:
* Garrick is now no more! that actor great !—
* * * *
* The seat vacated is, and must be sill'd
Accordingly, Fame being umpire, Candour and Envy are appointed to set forth—one the merits, the other the defects of the candidates: but such pleadings! such pretensions! such decisions! and, above all, such poetry!! the lowest bellman would be ashamed to repeat—if he could repeat, the unreadable lines with which this poem abounds: the four that we have transcribed, are some of the best in the pamphlet.
Art. 2?. The Trial 0/Mr. John Palmer, Comedian, and Manager of the Royalty Theatre, Well-close Square, for opening the said Theatre, in Defiance of an Act made in the 10th of Geo. II. Tried before the Right Hon. Lord Chief Justice Shakespeare, and the following august special Jury, John Milton, Joseph Addison, Thotkas Ofwaj, tec. Sec. 4to. 1 s. Ridgcway. A piece of wit, from the pen of some friend of Mr. Palmer's.—
The Reader will, in course, suppose, that an honourable acquittal, in
such a cause, must have taken place, where the chief of our dramatic
writers were judge and jury.
Art. 29. A Review of the present Contest between the Managers,of the Winter Theatres, the Little Theatre in the Haymarket, and the Royalty Theatre in Well-close Square. 8vo. is. 6d. Stalker. The circumstances relative to the opening the new theatre in Wellclose Square have been amply discussed and contested in the Newspapers. papers. The Author of the present Review vindicates Mr. Palmer's conduct, and censures that of the managers of the old theatres. Hii arguments seem plausible; but with respect to differences between the managers of theatres, we shall only observe, that it is no part of the duty of our tribunal, Tales compontre Hies. j& ?»,
Art. 30. A very plain State of the Cafe: or, the Royalty Theatre
•versus the Theatres Royal. 8vo. is. 6d. Murray. 1787.
This pamphlet is written in answer to the former. We refer those
who with for particular information on the subject, to both these
Art. 31. Spanijb Memoirs; in a Series of original Letters. Containing the History of Donna Isabella della Villarea, Niece to Dob John, twentieth and last Duke of Arandina. i2mo. 2 Vols. 5 s. sewed. Elliot. 1787.
Some good and virtuous sentiments are scattered through the pages of this performance. But why an ordinary love-story should be dignified with the title of * Spanish Memoirs,' we have not been able to discover. There is, moreover, nothing characteristic of the Spaniard in- the book, onless indeed it be the excessive pride manifested by the Duke of Arandina; the fatal effects of which are very properly held up to view. iA'i*'
Art. 32. Caroline; or the Diversities of Fortune, izmo. 3 Vols. 7s. 6d. sewed. Lane. 1787. A pleasing and well-wrought story. From the diversities of fortune which the heroine of this novel experienced, and from the manner in which stie conducted herself on every occasion, and in every change of state, the ycungand unthinking female may discover that it is as easy, when armed by virtue and fortitude, to pass without injury through the thorny, as (he may have already proceeded through the flowery paths if life. The moral inculcated in this performance is, that Honour, or Chastity, has nothing to fear amid the severest storms of fortune, however surrounded by perils and dangers; or, "as the sublimest of cur poets expresses himself, when speaking of it: «• She who has that, is clad in complete steel, And like a quiver'd nymph with arrows keen May trace huge forest, and unharbour'd heaths, Infamous hills and sandy perilous wilds: Yea there, where very desolation dwells, She may pass on with unblench'd* majesty." ^?
Art. 33. Lumley•• bouse; The first Attempt of a young Lady. izmo. 3 Vols. 7s. 6d. Lane.
Almost every female of sensibility (and we observe it with much regret) is apt to imagine herself a Burney, and to believe that stie cannot be better employed than in savouring the public nuitb a pretty novel.
The performance now before us, intitled and called Lumley-bouse, is one of those 'agreeable Nothings' with which our circulating libraries abound. We discover in it, indeed, the traces of an elegant mind; but the work has no discriminating feature. Not a single
incident is to be found in it which we have not met with an hundred times before: not a sentiment that is new or striking. How, then, are we to characterise such productions? We can only fay of them, with the facetious Mr. Shandy, that they resemble the affair of an. old bat cocked, and a cocked old bat; or, in the language of logicians, that they exhibit a distinction without a difference,—for as to the major part of those which we have lately perused, we find them no way varying from each other but in the arrangement of words and sentences. The substance, if substance it can be called *, is al way* the fame. 5J*
Art. 34. Georgina; or Memoirs of the Bellmour Family. By ft
young Lady. 12mo. 4 Vols. 10s. sewed. Baldwin. 1787.
This novel exhibits a good deal of fancy, and it is written, for the most part, in a correct and pleasing manner; but the fair Author introduces too many characters on the scene, and all of nearly the same importance: so that her work, in fact, becomes fo many separate histories. However, therefore, we may be pleased with its several parts, we can by no means commend it as a ivboie — A perfect fable, it should be remembered, is composed of incident* which have a nice and regular dependence on each other: and which, though they may at first appear distinct, are at the same time assisting and co-operating in one and the same final purpose. Suck are the novels of Fielding, particularly those of Amelia and Tom Jones, in which the unity of design is admirable; and which, on account of that and their other excellencies, cannot be too attentively and diligently studied by the novelist.
• We cannot too much commend the spirited manner in which our Author has depicted the petit maitre, the man of mode, he who thinks it impossible for any woman to look on him without affection; and whose confident air seems to fay to her, * did you ever behold such an accomplished gentleman? don't you think me a wonderful cretcr?' Such a character cannot be too severely and sarcasticallytreated; aud we are truly glad to find that this is his fate in the present performance1—our modern novels rather serving as le/Tons to h;m in folly and foppery than otherwise, occasioned by the romantic manner in which trie power of love is represented in them.
The scene of this novel is occasionally removed to America; and the Author has drawn a very animated picture of the distresses to which the Bellmour family were reduced, during the fury of the late unnatural war. Jit si*
Art. 35. A Treatise on Elementary Air. By Hamilton Kelso, M.D.
12mo. is. Murray.
What Dr. Kelso means by elementary a>r will be best conveyed to our Readers in hi_s own words: ' Atmospheric air is a mixed, transparent, compressible fluid, which covers the whole terraqueous globe,
* "The other shape,
If shape it can be call'd, that shape had none;
Or substance might be term'd that shadow seem'd."—