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at a trifling expence : after it is taken home, hould it not be approved of, the painter promises a retouch, whenever he shall appear, with his features mended, and his complexion improved.' We would advise this Writer to lay down the pen and take up
the hammer, He would make a tolerable auctioneer! Art. 29. Paradise Regain'd; or, the Battle * of Adam and the Fox.
An Heroic Poem. 4to. 2 s. Bew. We must honestly acknowledge that, in endeavouring to flounder through this chaos of half-formed ideas, we have been fairly jaded, and obliged to delist from our intended journey before we got half way. Art. 30. Seduction : The Spirit of the Times, or Petitions
unmarked, a Poem. Wherein is considered the dangerous Tendency of Associations, and Committees of Correspondence, for the Redress of Grievances. By a Real Patriot. 460. Bee. croft.
We remember no instance of a person more grossly mistaking his talents than this honest, loyal Rhimelter has done, in imagining himself qualified to address the Public by means of the press.
DRAMA TI C. Art. 31. The Deaf Lover, a Farce. In Two Acts; as pero
formed at the Theatre Royal, Covent-Garden. Written by F. Pilon. 8vo. Bowen. 1780.
An old jest of Joe Miller very successfully wire-drawn into two acts of low humour, though the catastrophe is rather too much precipitared even for a farce. We have no idea neither how the French proverbe dramatique of the Poulet could posibly have been connected, as the Author informs us it originally was, with the story of this farce. But of these pieces he seems to think, like Gay's Beggar, of Operas, that " in this kind of drama it is no matter how absurdlý things are brought about." Art. 32. The Reasonable Animals; a satirical Sketch. As it is
performed at the Theatre Royal in the Haymarket. 8vo. 6 d. Kearlly. 1780.
This appears to be a transversion from the French, adapted to an English puppet-lew. The Author has a colerable knack'at doublerhyming. Art. 33. William and Lucy; an Opera of Two Acts. An At
tempt to suit the Style of the Scotch Music. 8vo. 1 s. Edinburgh, Creech. 1780.
The Author of this little Opera appears to be equal to works of more importance. In this light drama he has amplified, but not improved, the pretty Scotch ballad of Auld Robin Gray.
NOVELS and MEMOIRS. * Art. 34. Letters between Clara and Antonia: In which are inter
spersed the interesting Memoirs of Lord Des Lunettes, à Character in real Life. 2 Vols. 12mo. 6 s. bound. Bew. 1779
To those who read merely for amusement, and who look no higher for it than to the novelist, we may recommend the Letters between
• Duel berween Mr. Fox and Mr. Adam,
Clara and Antonia. The time that will be bestowed upon them, if not very usefully employed, will, at least, be spent innocently. The Memoirs of Lord Des Lunettes, from the Manner in which they are related, seem, as indeed the title-page imports, to be taken from real life. We are willing, however, to hope that some part of the picture is overcharged. Art. 35. Sutton Abbey: A Novel, In a Series of Letters founded
on Facts. 12mo. 6 s. bound. Richardson and Urquhart. 1779. The generality of rovels, being for the most part composed of the fame materials, bear fo ftrong á refemblance to each other, that it is difficult to characterize them. Their difference is that of the pebbles on the sea fhore; though no two are exactly of the same figure and dimenfons, yet the naturalit would be puzzled who fhould undertake to point out their discriminating peculiarities. In SuttonAbbey we meet with nothing fofficiently excellent or defective to distinguish it from the common run of second rate novels. Art. 36. The Tutor of Truth. By the Author of the Pupil of Pleasure, &c.
2 Vols. 6 s. bound. Richardson and Urquhart. 1779.
The “ Papil of Pleasure" having been censured for the glowing colours in which the vices of its hero are exhibited, Mr. Courtney Melmoth, who poffefies that happy versatility which qualifies him to be in uirumque paratus, here atones for his offence, by delineating a character in all respects the reverfe of the former ; and he prefaces the narrative with a laboured attempt to point out a fyftematic relation between the two pieces, and to deduce an in Aructive moral from the contrasted characters.
Though this piece is, perhaps, more inoffensive than any of the former productions of this Writer, it must also be said, ebat it is less entertaining. In the hemorous characters which are introduced, we discover licide of the crue comic. The wit of these charallers confifts almost entirely in the false pronunciation or spelling of words, or in the ufe of vulgar or pedantic language. Some of the characters are exceedingly unnatural. We can conceive a Malvolio fancying his mistress in love with his yellow stockings and crossed garters; but we cannot suppose a lover so much a fool as to imagine a lady to be his “ contracted spouse, without any preliminary advances on either fide. We also find some difficulty, even in this age of gallantry, in fupposing it probable that a married woman would entertain to romantic a passion, as to follow from one country to another, a youth who, instead of reducing her, has treated her with perfe& indifference, and who, from principle, bas discouraged every advance to. wards an illicit amour.
MISCELLANEOU S. Art. 37. Remarks on General Burgoyne's State of the Expedition
from Canada. 8vo. is. Wilkie. In our last month's catalogue we bellowed the commendation on General Burgoy ne's fate of the northern expedition, which we thought due to so elaborate and important a performance. As a liserary composition, this remarker has little or nothing to say to ir ; nor does he object to the accuracy or authenticity of the splendid engravings by which the General's detence is silustrated. The great point in dispule is, the real innocence or delinquency of the unfortu. nate commander, with regard to those movements and measures (ene tirely and confefiedly kis own) which were directly, perhaps natu. sally, attended by the absolute overthrow of the enterprize, and the total loss of the army.
We have obferved, in our mention of The State, &c. that Mr. B. tells his story well. He certainly does fo; but this Writer contends, that the General has nevertheless rejected the folid balis of fact, and refled his defence on equivocation; consequently, that the superstructure, however finibed' and decorated, mult fall, and bury his re. putation under its ruins, or stand only to perpetuate his infamy.'
The whole of Mr B.'s defence is, therefore, brought to relt folely on this question-Did he, as he ftrenuously urges, fail in his enterprize, merely in consequence of his disappointed expectation with reSpect to the co-operation of General Howe, in order to form a juncsion of the armies? This remarker sets himself to prove, from authentic correspondence, that Mr. B. actually experienced no such dirappointment; that the northern colonies had as powerful charms for bim as the southern colonies had for Sir W. Howe; and that, in their ftate of mutual repullion, the latter proposedy and the former • heartily acquiefred in, their carrying on their operations entirely in. dependent of each other.'
On this ground both the Generals are totally condemned, we might have said damned, by their present scrutineer; and the MINISTRY, who well and wisely planned the Canada expedition, are pronounced to 'stand' fully and for ever 'acquitted,' which was, probably, the main object of chis close and acute inveftigation. Art. 38. The Matrimonial Insolvent Act : or the Particulars of
the A& intended to be brought into Parliament this Session by a celebrated Commoner, under Promise of the zealous Concurrence of a very great Majority of both Houses, for the Triennial Diffo. Jution, by those who choose it, with or without mutual Confent, of their unprolific and discordant matrimonial Engagements, Dedicated to the Bishop of Llandaff. 8vo. is. Millan. 1780.
This is the production of a wag, who so well knows how to keep his countenance, and has digested his scheme so methodically, as to give it a becoming gravity of appearance. In the course of his prefatory observations and comments on the feveral clauses of his bll, he Throws out many threwd remarks, suggested by the present relaxed ftate of matrimonial connections, and by the principle on which his plan is founded, which is briefly conveyed in the following words : • Matrimony, mot alluredly, is a co partnership business, that requires a joint stock of fidelity, affection, &c. to carry it fuccessfully on, in which to be deficient is to be insolvent, and a species of infolvency that has a much greater claim to legislative commiseration and indulgence than that which proceeds from pecuniary mishapsa Art. 39. Considerations Libres fær le Divorce, &c. Free Consi
derations on Divorce, submitted to the Tribunal of the imparcial Public. 8vo. Spilsbury. 1780.
These Confiderations are better entitled to the epithet of licentious, than to that of free. They are dedicated to the Ladies of England, and written, if we believe the dedication, by a French woman of condition, who, being persecuted by a cruel and tyrannical husband, seized the firft opportunity of breaking her chains, and fled for Tea fuge into the only country of Europe where personal liberty is refpected, and its enjoyment secured to every individual, by the proa tection of the Laws. If we may judge by the language, this performance appears indeed to have been written by a native of France, whose genius, whatever it may be, seems not to have been cultivated by a very liberal education ; but we have too much respect for the fair sex to suppose it poslible, that " The Confiderations' should come from one of their number, especially as the publication is actended with a meanness, we had almost said fraud, which is extremely disgraceful. The pamphlet contains twenty-fix pages of miserable paper and print ; its utmost value sixpence. There is no price men. tioned in the title-page or the advertisement, but the work is sold for balf a.crown. Art. 40. Love and Madness. A Story too true. In a Series of
Letters between Parties, whose Names would perhaps be mentioned, were they less known or less lamented. 8vo. 35. 6d. fewed. Kearsly, 1780.
These Letters are given as the correspondence of the late unfortunate Mr. Hackman, with Miss Ray. Of their authenticiy we can say but little ; for though we profess ourselves critics, we pretend not to be conjurors. The Letters are well written, and, supposing them genuine, they must be extremely interesting to every Reader. They are enlivened with a variety of anecdotes, chiefly of a literary kind. Among other miscellaneous matters, the story of that extraordinary genius, Thomas Chatterton, is introduced at great length, with critical observations on his writings; an account of his publication of poems said to have been written by one Roiley, a Monk, about three hundred years ago ; of his other schemes of av:ho:lhip; and finally, of his up happy exit, in the eighteenth year of his age. - This, if we mistake not, is the most valuable part of the book. Mr. Hackman figures as the historian of Chatterton. If this be all “ borrowed personage," as Mr. Walpole expresses it, it is so ingenious a fi&tion, that the Author will be praifed, perhaps, for his abilities, even by thofe who may find themselves inclined to impeach his honefty.
RELIGIOUS and CONTROVERSIAL. Art. 41. A Letter to the Rev. Mr. Archdeacon Law, on his De
fence of Popery, as delivered in his Charge to the Clergy of the Archdeaconry of Rocheiter. 4to. is. Davies,
The weapons of irony are here very aukwardly, illiberally, and unsuccessfully employed, in opposition to the solid sense and manly arguments by which Mr. Archdeacon Law fupports the principles of Catholicism and universal toleration. Art. 42. A Letter from the Rev. Sir Harry Trelawny, Bart. A. B.
to the Rev. Thomas Alcock, A. M. Vicar of Runcorn and of Si, Budeaux, Devon. 8vo. 6d. Buckland. 1780.
From the versatility of this gentleman's disposition, it was con je&tured that he would by this time have completed his schismatical circuit, and become stationary in the good old easy chair of his own, and his father's, and grandfather's church. But the gay prophets, who laughed at his eccentricity, and the grave ones, who wept over his apoftacy, have been equally mistaken in their calculations of this expected event. Sir Harry, indeed, “cafts a longinglingering look behind"-on his alma mater ! and complains very pathetically of the tender struggles between inclination and conscience. But in spite of early-formed attachments,' and every confideration below that of real conviction, he continues a dissenter, and declares
as an honeft man, that he cannot return to the communion of the established church. This letter is designed to justify, and in some degree explain the grounds and reasons of his resolution with respect to nonconformity. Sir Harry, writes like an honest man; nor is he the fierce presbyterian that many young cooverts, when they have left the church, have proved, through mere zeal for, and fond attachment to, a new thing. Sir Harry blames Mr. Robinson for the same reason for which we had censured him before, in our account of his “ Plan of Lectures on Nonconformity.” We hope Mr. Robinson's good sense hath taught him to make a true estimate of the merit of his performance, and we shall be happy to present the public with some of his confeßions and retractations. Let him follow the example of Sir Harry, who is candid enough to make a very humble apology for the scenes in which he cut such a ridiculous figure, when he was connected with the unlettered missionaries of the tabernacle, and made the tool of enthusiasm and craft. •The fervour of inexperienced youth, a scrupulous mind, and conversation with enthufiaftical dirsenters, conspired to produce all that religious phrensy, which for many months hurried me into excesses that I shall not justify. May all this space be considered as a parenthesis in the history of my life!' And yet we apprehend, that when Sir Harry's life is published, that which he wishes to have included in a parenthesis, will contain the most curious and original anecdotes of the whole history. Art. 43. Sermons on various useful and important Subjects, - adapted to the Family and Closet. By George Lambert. 8vo.
4 8.' 6d. Bound. York, printed; London, fold by Dilly. 1779.
We have here twenty-eight discourses, on the following subjects:Sacred Logic; or the Comfort of Revelation supported on the Basis of Reason: God honoured and Sinners pardoned, or Free Grace magnified: The Saviour's Honour and the Saint's Happiness united : The Saint's Treasure, or Help found in God: Strength in Chrift: Jehovah's Immutability; or, a Sinner's Salvation all of God: God the Gracious Remembrancer ; or, present Declensions set in the Light of pait Experience: The Spiritual Banquet; or, Provision made in God's House for needy Sinners: God's Word the belt Companion ; or, the Duty of Parents and Children with respect to the Scripture: The Object and Nature of Faith : The Scripture Evidences of Fai:h: Love to God craced to its Origin : The Faint encouraged, and the Weak supported; or, Divine Strength perfected in human Weakpels : Farewell to Life; or, the aged Belierer going to Reit, &c.
These sermons are not to be ranked with the elegant and learned ; they are somewhat in what may be called the old ftamp of preaching; but they are pious, serious, and affectionate ;-in the calvinistical Atrain. Though we may not entirely conçur in sentiment with this
• Vide Review, last vol. p. 291,