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Art. 17. Impartial Thoughts on a Free Trade to the Kingdom of
Ireland. In a Letter to Lord North. Recommended to the Con. fideration of every British Senator, Merchant, and Manufacturer, in this Kingdom. 8vo. I 8. . Millidge. 1779.
This may probably be the same letter-wriler trying his dexterity on the other side of the queltion ; and it is not easy to decide between them, on the preference of execution.
An honest, teity, plain, old-fashioned disciple of John Locke (for such he profesies himself) here avows his utter abhorrence of the reviving doctrines of passive obedience and non-refilance, with all their odious train of despotic ideas. He earnestly expatiates on the manifold corruptions of the state, and recommends truly patriotic associations, as the only means of working out our political salvation. This zealous Whig seems to express the dictates of a warm heart, in a blunt, unequivocal ftyle, which, to many readers, will be more acceptable than the smoother itrain of more polithed wri. ters, and more refined reasoners. Art. 20. The Republican Form of Prayer, which ought to be
used in all Churches and Chapels, &c. on Friday the 4th of February, being the Day appointed for a General Fait, &c. Witbout
his Majesty's special Command. 8vo. 19 Pages for i s. Bladon, .7. Republican politics in scripture language ; or, the Bible turn’d
Wilkie. 1780. Truly dispaflionate, and sensible. The advice given by this mo. derate and judicious Writer, is, that we should immediately relinquith the American war, as a scheme not only impracticable, but impolitic; and then to turn our whole national ftrength again it the house of Bourbon : with whom, he thinks, we are able to cope, with every prospect of success. What he urges on this very important Subject, is the more worthy of attention, as he does not seem to be a pariy-man. If he appears to lean any way, it is toward adminiitramion.
Art. 22. The Detector, No. I. to be continued occasionally,
during the present Sesion of Parliament. 8vo. 6d. Becket. 1780.
SPECIMEN. • To prevent these little squalls from gathering into a hurricane, government fhould send some press-gangs to attend these county associations; for many of those who are appointed to the Committee of Correspondence, as well at York as at Middlesex, come within the meaning of the act; and I am of opinion they would appear more respectable in the fubordinate character of a foldier, tban a politician, as they seem to have more spirit than wis. dom, more ardour than discretion, and more folly than judgment,' Art. 23. The Sense of the People : In a Letter to Edmund
Burke, Esq; on his intended Motion in the House of Commons, the 11th Init. Containing fome Observations on the Petitions now fabricating, and the proposed Affociations. Svo. Becket. 1780.
Intended to prove that the fenfe of the associators, &c. is not the sense of the people : a very small proportion of whom (the Author contend) have acquiesced in the resolutions of those who have arbited at the county meetings. This seems to be a hally writer, ani. mated rather by an excels of zeal for the cause of adminiftration, than by knowledge or judgment. Art. 24. The Constitution of England ; in Five Letters: As they
were published in the GAZETTEER in the Month of January, 1778; and now appear to merit a Republication, as they do, in a very clear and malterly Manner, thew the conititutional Right of the colleclive Body of the People to assemble and to declare their general Opinion on Matters of Government. To which is added, an Observation on the Impropriety of Petitions preferred by the conftituent Body to the House of Commons, or to either of the other two Branches of parliamentary Power. By a Freeholder of Middlesex ; but no Petitioner. 8vo. E Johnson. 1780.
These letters contain many good, and some uncommon, observations on the nature of our FREE conftitution: a subject which very few of us attend to, and which till fewer among us understand. Art. 25. Four Letters to the Earl of Carlisle, from William Eden,
Esq; The Third Edition. To which is added, a Fifth Letter. 8vo. 45. sewed. White, &c. 1780.
In our Review for December last, we gave some account, from the first edition, of Mr. Eden's very sensible and elegant correspondence with Lord Carlisle, his brother Commiffioner, on the late unsuccessful business of our overtures to America. We there remarked, among other observations, that there Letters contain ' a serious, accurare, and comprehenfive review of the present political situation of this country; including diftin&t ettimates of our public difficulties, and our national resources : from all which the very ingenious Wria ter * Tees, or thinks he sees, (his own words] much folid ground for hope, and none for despondency.”-We added, that whatever are Mr. Eden's principles (for he is undoub.edly partial to adminis tration) · he writes with a masterly pen---that his mode of argu
ment is candid, and his manner agreeable. We may here, too, oh, serve, that he all along preserves tuch an air of moderation, and decent regard 10 the characters and opinions of respectable men, who entertain different sentiments, both of measures and prospects, as cannot fail of procuring for himself, and for his reasonings, a great de. gree of approbation, and deference, from all parties, where violence does not exclude candour, and prejudice Mut the door against conviction.
In the fifth Letter, added in the presene edition, the Author treats on POPULATION; on certain REVENUE Laws and REGULATIONS, connected with the interells of COMMERCE ; and on Public OECO. NOMY. On all these subjects, he is the messenger of glad tidings, His speculations are of a complexion very opposite to those of Dr. Price, whole estimates, and most alarming deductions, he endeavours to refuie; while he opposes him in a manner becoming the character of a Gentleman, and with that conciliating urbanity, from which men of letters Mould never depart.- Though Mr. Eden is considered as a minitterial advocate, he treats Dr. P. with that politeness and respect which are undoubtedly due not only to the Doctor's abilities, but to his truly patriotic views as a public writer : and he candidly acknowledges himself indebied to his reverend antagonilt for that libera'ity of mind with which,' says Mr. Eden, he has communicated to me the knowledge of some of my own errors, at the same time that he differed from me, as to the principal positions which I had wiihed to establish.'-- This is handsome ; and it will seem not only 11ANDSOME but GENEROUS, if we allow that he has the advantage of the Doctor on the subjects of the Coinage, and of the Poo pulatiun of England. We cannot pretend, here, to enter into the calculations made by thele ingenious writers, with respect to the last mentioned subject, nor to examine the data on which they are founded; but we hope, at least, chat Mr. Eden is right in his are tempt to prove, in opposiion to Dr. P. that this country is not in a decreating are of popula'ion. Art. 26. The Sytem. Occafioned by the Specch of Leonard
Smeis, Elg; late sub-governor to their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and Bishop of Osnaburgh, at the Meeting at York, Dec. 30, 1779. 8vo. od. Almon.
A very good whiggih sermon, to which Mr. Smelt's speech * serves for a text. The Author writes with a becoming decency of language, but his sentiments and reasonings are not the less weighty or energetic on this account; nor is the view that he has given of our political fituation the less alarming for the difpaflionate terms in which he expatiates concerning the dangerous inroads that have been made on the British conkitution of government; and which are all resolved into the Sysiem' that (as it is affirmed) hath been adopted by the secret countellors of the crown.'
* See, aiso, · The Yorkshire Question,' in our last month's Catalogue, Art. 13.
Po TICA L.
is. 6d. Robson. 1779.
Whatever may be the difficulties that the poet encounters, who
poem before us.
As a specimen of the poem, and as a justification of the opinion
• The hoary paltor near the village-fane
His fce to Rome reluctantly he paid,
In all the meek fimplicity of pray'r.'
Shooting, to the Honourable John Townshend, cruifing. 4to.
Few poems that we have lately met with have afforded us more pleasure than the little epistle which is now before us.
It is not only terse and elegant, but replete, also, with a kind of pleasantry which is, in fome degree, peculiar to itlelf; a pleasantry unembittered by the gall of party or personal fatire: it is very rarely chat true humour and good humour are so happily blended. The Epistle opens with the following lines :
• While you, dear TOWNSHEND, o'er the billows ride,
• At that dim hoor when fading lamps expire,
• Nor deem ev'n here the cares of state forgot,
And still, methinks, his charges fartheft Ay.' The company and entertainment with which he purposes to celebrate his friend's return, bear such evident marks of taste and good judgment, that we fould elteam curfeives happy in having a card or invitation to be of the party :
· That night, to festive wit and friendship due, That night air, CHARLES's board shall welcome you.