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of pertinent observations, but being desultory, they possess no aggregate force. Art. 20. The Causes of our late Discontents : Their Consequences . and the Remedies. in a Letter to the Right Hon. Lord Hawke. 8vo. 13. Hooper.
These Causes are summed up in loose general articles of moral im, peachment of the late ministry; such as may be brought against any ministry of any country, until a nation can be found, where the ad. miniftration of government is in the hands of perfect men ! Art. 21. Thoughts on the Naval Strength of the British Empire:
By John Sinclair, Esq; M. P. 8vo. 16. Cadell. 17822 Lord Mulgrave, to suit a temporary purpose, was so far off his guard, as to declare in the House of Commons, that the pary of France always was, and always must be, fuperior to that of England, whenever the French direct their whole attention to that particular department. The public-spirited writer of this tract clearly refutes this affertion, by comparing the natural advantages of each nation for marine exertions, and by giving a historical view of our most illuftrious paval exploits from the reign of Queen Elizabeth downward. That we are capable of doing great things on the fea, appears from what we have done; and though it is true we did nothing at the time when a Lord of the Admiralty endeavoured to convince us that we could do nothing, yet, Heaven be praised, we seem inclined to bestir ourselves again in our usual manner. Art. 22. The Second Part * of the History of Lord North's Ad
ministration. 8vo. 35. Wilkie. 1782. Beside the above title, a general title page is given to the two parts, with a direction to cancel the others; it reads thus :
"A View of the History of Great Britain during the Administra. tion of Lord North, to the Second Sellion of the Fifreench Parliament. In Two Parts. With Statements of the Public Expenditure in that Period.''
This title is much more proper than the former, as it allows the latitude taken, of giving a general display of national affairs, instead of reftri&ting the detail to the personal transactions of the minister.
The character given of the former past, may, to save repe:ition, be extended to this; in which the narrative in general is not badly kept up, in the manner of the Annual Regisler. But a professed history of the administration of a particular minister, implies some information beyond a mere chronological chain of occurrences and parliamentary debates, all of them within memory : No secret views of parties, or private springs of aclion, are however here unfolded, to gratify the. cages curiosiy of the reader, or any thing beyond what may be found in a well compiled periodical collection, like the Annual Regisier above referred to. There are indeed some political characters drawn, particularly that of the celebrated Dr. Franklin, which appears to be very impartially delineated.
It must be observed, that this history closes with the reduction of the army under Lord Cornwallis ; so that the lare ministerial revolution,
. For the Fisk Pars, fce Rev. vol. LXIV. p. 431.
and the immediate leading causes of it were post-publication events. Art. 23. A Political Catechism. 8vo. 28. Buckland, &c.
1982, - Dialogues on the general principles of civil policy, supposed to pass between a father and a son during a holiday vacation. There is nothing refined or abstruse in them beyond the dictates of common sense ; and they may be of great frvice to correct the notions of those who have a political turn of mind, without opportunities of coi. lecting information from a more extensive course of reading. We much approve the principles inculcated in this useful tract. Art. 24. An Aidress to the People of the Netherlands, on the
present alarming and not dar gerous Situation of the Republic of Holland : Shewing the true Morives of the most un pardonable DeJays of the Executive Power in pussing the Republic into a proper State of Defence, and the Advantages of an Alliance with HolJand, France, and America. By a Dutchman. Translated from the Dutch Original. 8vo. 25. 60. Stockdale. 1782.
According to this bitter invcclive, the Princes of the House of Orange, have been uniformly the tyrants of their country, ever once the tirit elablithment of the Republic of the Seven United Provinces. The “ detectable English,” their“ perfidious oppretors ;"—and to crown the whole, the French, their deliverers from Spanish slavery, and their natural allies !--Fron such an ourline it may eafly be guefied how the subordinate parts are filled up and coloured.
The translator informs us that a great reward was cffered in Hol. Jand for the discovery of the author. Art. 25. A Letter to Thomas Gilbert, E.; M. P. on his Plan for
for the better Relief and Employment of the Poor: Shewing the Utility and Expediency of establishing a Poor-house in every Parith; that the same may be done at a small Expence, and extremely be. neficial boih to the Parish and to the Poor ; with a set of Roles for the regulating and conducting thereof, very proper for the confideration of every Parish burdened with Poor. To which is added A Comparative View of the several Poor-houses in the City of York, Beverley, Collingham, Driffield, and Leckopfield, in the East Riding of the County of York, and for the incorporated hun. dreds of Loe and Wilford, in the County of Suffolk, containing Thirty-three Parillies. To the whole are subjoined Dr. Stonehouse's Receipts for making cheap and wholesome Food, Beer, and Yeait. 8vo. . is. Richardson and Urquhart.
The title of this letter gives a full summary of its contents. The Author is of opinion that the uniting parishes is proceeding upon 100 large a scale, for many reasons that he specifies; and which are indeed sufficiently obvious; he is therefore for goiog back to be cl establishment of parochial poor-bouses under an improved plan of ma. nagement, of which he exhibits a specimen. Art. 26. Proofs that Great Britain was successful against each
of her numerous Enemies before the late Victory of Sir George Brydges Rodney. 410. 25. Law, &c. 1782.
We have here a co:nparative view of the successes, and the defeats, respectively obtained, and suffered, by us, and by our enemies, fince the commencement of the American war; hy which it appears, that the balance of account, military and predatory, by sea and land, is greatly in our favour; from whence it is inferred, that there was, in reality, no cause to despair of the nation, as many of us did, before our lace naval victory in the West Indies. The Author's tabular ac. counts seem to be very accurately ita:ed. He also endeavours to render it manifest, by commercial ettimares and deductions, that if we eventually lose “ all the rebellious colonies,” England will not be thereby materially affected ;-- but this, we appreherd, is a matter that will require a more profound, and a more extended investigation. Art. 27. A Hint to a Patriot * Parliament. 8vo. 6d. De
brett. A hint to a patriotic Parliament! Good! In a nation of politicians, like ours, many are the hints ready to be offered from every corner of the land, without exception: and while they are presented in a way that encourages trace, vitnout obliging the Parliament to appoint Committees to spend time in examining them ; some advan. tage results to the community, forme satisfaction to the public spirited propofers, from the idea of discharging their duty, and no harm is done to any one.
This Hint is dated from Elmrood Grange; and the Writer proposes, as a fpur to the zeal of the immediate officers under che Crown, that the salaries of efficient Ministers fould rise and fall ac, cording to the success of their Admia:ftration, regulated by the price of the Three per Cent. consolidated stock. But if the projector ac Elmrood Grange is serious, he may be asked, what idea he would form of a Minister whose attention to the national welfare thould be animated by the hope of railing his emoluments three-eighths or a quarter per Cent. ? Some people are apt to think Minillers dabble too much in stock-jobbing already. It is doing the Writer credit to fuppose him a joker. Art. 28. Candidates for the Society of Antigallicans. A Second
Part. Being the Correspondence of various Persons with the Au. thor upon the subject. 8vo. 23, Buckland.
To the account we gave of the former Part of this odd compofition t, we have now to add, that at the end of the First Part, the Author invited the correspondence of all who intereited themselves in the subject of it; though what that was, we found rather dificult to define. This part consists of letters professed to have been received in consequence of such invitation; but which, from the uniformity of their complexion, we scruple not to pronounce to have been addressed by him to bimself. The general subject of censure in them, is, the behaviour of many French refugees, who are reproached with labouring to drop the character of Frenchmen, with deserting their brethren and their native principles, and assimilating with the Enggish natives. The whole is a ftrange puerile jumble !
• For patriotic.
+ Rev. Vol. LVII. p. 404.
WOOLLEN WOOLLEN TRADE. Art. 29. A Letter to the Landed Gentlemen and Graziers of Life
colnfoire: In which are pointed out the principal Causes of the preseot Redundancy of Wool, and the Exportation of it proved to be impolitic and dangerous ; together with the Proposal of a more safe and certain Remedy. Occasioned by, and interspersed with, Obfervations upon, Sir John Dalrymple's Question upon that Subject. By a Friend and Neighbour. Svo. is. Cadell, &c. 1782.
This writer successfully opposes Sir John Dalrymple's expedient of allowing the exportation of raw wool, but appears to fall into a more dangerous error himself, by recommending the exportation of bread, corn, &c. with the exprefs intention of railing tbe price of provifions, to oblige the manufacturer to work barder for subfiftence. It is a plaubble general inference from particular known inttances, that a inan who can live by four days labour will not work lix: but would it not be tyraonical cruelly to treat the whole mass of the people according to this principle ? Alas! they need it not. Taxes already have this operaiion ; but when sucb a tendency is not io view, and the accumulated burdens laid on the people are the subject of decla. mation, far different conclufions are drawn from the premises !
POETICA L. Art. 30. The System. A Poem, in Five Books. By the Rev.
Joseph Wife. 8vo. 55. 6d. Faulder, 1781. Of this metaphysico cheological poem, which we profess our inability to analyze, the reader may form his own opinion from the following extract :
• Lo, this material System rofe, to be
• God's first prodoction in this wond'rous plan,
• To live or to maintain him'elf, are very loose expressions. Of cwo men equally improvident and disposed to enjoy all they ears, and · who can both earn in four days enough to fubfilt on during seven, the ove who loves eale, may incline to make three days labour jo che week fuffice; while the other who loves yood eating better than lazi. peís, may cheerfully work the full ax days. Even to depress their wages would be too extensive an operation, as it would punilh large tarnilies along with heedless Grgle men ; but to raise the price of provisions would be mose extensive fill, and enrail misery on labourers in general. to make particular classes of manufacturers induftrious. ! * Proverbs viii. 22. lai. xlii." Wid. Sol. vii. Eccles. xvii. 18. Johni. Col. i. Jewish Pasaphrats, Pbilo, all the Christian Fachers before the first Nicene Council. ;!
Next, fix compeers, his juniors, rose, co lhare
Under the general Inquest of the seven. The notes, which are added to the end of each book, and which make a priocipal part of the volume, prove their Author, notwithstanding the peculiarity of his notions, to be a man of learning and candour, and warmly zealous in support of those opinions that he thinks to be true. With respect to his poetry, it will speak for itself, in the hort but sufficient specimen which we have given. Art. 31. The Female Kidnappers; or the Rape of the Infant.
A poem. 4to. Is. 6 d. Willis, 1782. This poem is built on the well known adventure of the widow G- and the young gentleman with whom the eloped into Scorland, and whose father afterwards brought an action against her for running away with his infant * son. These verses, though much too good for the subject, are, as easily may be supposed, too bad for selection. The reader will readily guess in what they are excepo rionable. Art. 32. The Britis Hero in Captivity. A Poem. 4to, 1s. 6d.
Robson. 1782. The most we can say of this prosaic, though laboured performance is, that it is a well.intended compliment to the gallant Cornwallis, the unfortunate Andrée, and the generous Arnold. Art.. 33. Ode on the Surrender at York Town. To the Honour
able William Pitt. 4to. 6 d. Bowen, &c. 1782. , An invocation to Mr. Pitt, to interpose his patriosic endeavours between his country and that complication of disasters which seems to threaten it. The poetry, though not bad, contains nothing that is Ariking.
D.RAMAT I C. Art. 34. Songs, Duets, &c. in the Fair American: A Comic
Opera, as, performed at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane. 8vo, td. Evāns. 1783.
These Songs are but indifferent, though in some of them there is an affectation of poetry. As for example:
• How serenely the morning first opes its meek eye,
it Zech. ji. 9. Dan. X. Tobit xii. Rev. i. & y. 6. Job. - A ltrapping young fellow.about cighicen.