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the part affected indolent, and nervous energy destroyed, cordial aad himulating medicines are proper, and opium is prejudicial.
NOV EL. Art. 20. The Relapse. A Novel. In Two Volumes. 12mo.
58. Lowndes. 1779. There has, of late, been such an uncommon dearth of this kind of food, chat, at this time, no doubt, many thousand eager appe. tites are craving for something new, to whom a dish prepared by the author of Indiana Danby will be a delicious morsel.
AFFAIRS OF THE EAST-INDIA COMPANY, Art. 21. Thoughts on the Treaty now agitating between Gouernment and the East India Company, thewing the conceived Defeas of the Propositions drawn up by the Court of Directors; and containing a new Set of Propositions, perhaps more advantageous to the Public, to the Company, and the oppressed Inhabitants of Hindoftan. By Archibald Mitchell, late Major of Engineers, belonging to the Establishment of Fort St. George. 4to. 13. 6 d. Donaldson. 1780.
Mr. Mitchell appears to have fudied his subje& with due attention, and to have discussed it with ability and perspicuity. The points under his confideration are enumerated in the title. He puts the following query, - Would it not be proper that the Government or the Company hould give 1000 l. or such other fum as they fall think adequate, to be paid to the person who gives in the best and fhortest draughts of a charter, or articles of partnerhip, betwixt Government and the Company -Should tbis hint be taken, we think Mr. Mitchell well qualified to put in for the prize ; of which bis Propositions, above mentioned, may be taken as a fpecimen, being laid down as the basis of an agreement between Government and the Company. Art. 22. Heads of an Agreement between Parliament and the East
India Company. 8vo. 13 Pages. These propofitions seem to be laid down on the part of the Company, but we know not on what authority. They are dated Feb. 18, 1780 : those prepared by the Court of Directors were given at the East India House, on the 28th of January. Art. 23. State of the East India Company, with an Examination
of the Propositions now before the Proprietors, considered as Matter of Account ; and Sketch of equitable Terms of an Accommodation between the Public and the Proprietors. 8vo. 13. Sewell.
The calculations, estimates, and observations contained in this compendium of the Company's great and most effential concerns, appear to come from a person well informed, and deeply experienced, in regard to a subject which muft, in the highest degree, affect the commercial and eventually the political interests of this country. The Writer figas himself “ An old and faithful Servant of the Com
The Company's Propofitions are added, by way of Appendix to this pamphlet.
fany;" and we are ready to conclude, from the contents of his publication, that he has not assumed an imaginary character.
L А W. Art. 24. Abfract of the Smugglers, Arrest, Militia, Conviels
House Tax, and other interesting Acts of Parliament passe à in the Seffions of 1779. 8vo. 13. 68. Fielding and Walker.
An useful and judicious abridgment. The great bulk to which the volume of our acts of parliament is annually swoln, renders some publication of this kind almoft necessary. We really believe that the most prolific authors in this country are (with due reverence be it spoken) Messrs, the King, Lords, and Commons; and that the fruits of their joint labours, for ten years palt, far exceed, in number and fize, all that the two universities have produced in the course of half a century. Is it not then time to abrogate the ancient maxim that " ignorantia legis excufat neminem? What a talk does the legislature impose on the good fubjects of this realm in expecting that their understanding and memory should keep pace with the enormous growth of the statute book! * For who can read fo fast, as they can write ?"
DRAMA I I C. Art. 25. The Times; a Comedy. As it is now performing at
the Theatre-Royal in Drury Lane. By Mrs. Griffith. 8vo. * 1 s. 6 d. Fielding and Walker. 1780.
To this comedy is prefixed an advertisement beginning thus :
• The favourable reception which the following comedy has met with from a candid and generous Public, calls for my warmest ackaowledgments; and though it may be of little confequence to them to know the source of so Night an amusement, I think myself bound by truth and gratitude to own, that the first idea of this piece was hinted to me by my ever-respected and lamented friend Mr. GarRICK, who mentioned GOLDONI's Bourru Bienfaisant, as a sketch that, if adapted to our times and manners, might be rendered pleafing to an English audience. Those who have read the French piece muft judge how far I have profited by GOLDONI's work; but of this I am certain, that had Mr. GARRICK lived to afford me that friendly assistance which he has done on former occafions, my co medy would have been more worthy of the reception with which it has been honoured. I will, however, hope that, “ with alt irs im perfections on its head,” the same indulgence which attended its representation, will follow it into the closet ; and that the Reader will allow me the only merit I presume to claim, that of meaning well." if
Sir William Woodley, the Bourru Bienfaisant, bas, we think, been rather more ably delineated by Garrick's own hand, in his little comedy of Bon Ton. His Sir John Trotley and Mrs. Griffith's Sir William Woodley are, in their leading features, extremely fimilar to each other. The additional touches, given to Sir William, ra. ther aggravate than heighten the character: for surely his intention to join his niece to a man thirty years older than herself, relishes of absurdity rather than benevolence. His peevishness, and harmless love of backgammon, are more pleasant qualities.
As to the Times, they are buț faintly coloured in this draught of them. Mrs Grifith views with too much delicacy the foibles of her own sex, and is too little acquainted with the irregularities of the other, to mark them with suficient force and accuracy. We think, however, that the scene of the rout is rather too coarse a pi&ture of the assembly of a woman of fashion; and that the characters of Mr. and Mrs. Bromley are too openly profligate, even to carry on their frauds and imposicions. Lady Mary and Louisa are amiable and tender; and indeed the genius of the Writer seems to delight in touches of sentiment rather than strokes of humour.
P QE TI CA L. Art. 26. The Spanish Invasion; or, Defeat of the Invincible Ara
mada; a Poem. With critical Notes, explaining every principal Circumliance of that singular Enterprize, and the Methods then taken to defend this Nation. To which is prefixed, a new Sketch of the Life of Queen Elizabeth, and an Introduction proper to be sead at this important. Crijas, which relembtes, more than any other Period, the Danger we were in during the Reign of Queen Elizabeth; and the Mode of our Deliverance under the Auspices of Providence and that glorious Queen. 4to.
I s. 6d, Macgowan.
This tedious chronicle in rhyme has tried our patience to its utmolt extent. If Patience, like Charity, covered the multitude of fins, we certainly should have few to answer for. Art. 27. Ode to Britannia (for the Year 1780), occafioned by
our late Successes. By Robert Alves, A. M. 4to. 64. Edin. burgh. Creech.
Of this Ode we are sorry not to speak in the terms we could wish. Poor Bricannia has been so le-versed and be oded, that it is no wonder a writer finds it dificult to rise above mediocrity on such a threada bare * fubje&. Art. 28. Poems, fit for a Bishop, which Two Bishops will read
Ao American Prayer. Adarels to Religion. Saul at Endor, aa Ode. Tofcription in Memory of the Each of Chatham. 4to. S Almon. 1780.
Upon what grounds this Writer fratters himself that two Bithops will read his poems, does not, from the poems, themselves, appear. If the two Lihops, indeed, were Revieyyers, they would then, be compelled to do what mult, otherwise, in all probability, be a matter of choice. So far, boirever, we may venture to say, that whos ever reads either the American Prayer, or the Address to Religiena will not and much to cenfure. Art. 29. The Death of Eumenio ; a Poem. By John Fawcette
6 d. Leeds printed. Sold by Keith, &c. in London. Mr. Fawcett's poetical talen's bore ady proportion to his apparent piety, his rivais would be few. He might extort from Envy herself that praise, which, at prelent, the most canaid indulgence dares not venture to allow him. If, as we have learnt, this is the
* By thread bare, we do not mean to insinuate (what some polis ticians would have us believe) tha: Britannia is in rags.
worthy Author's firft attempt, in this species of writing, great allowance is to be made; and on this principle the severity of criticism is, on the present occafion, with-held. Art: 30. The Sea-Fight; an Elegiac Poem, from Henry to
Laura. Founded on an original Correspondence between the Par. ties, in the Year 1759. Written at Sea by Charles Shillito. 410, I s. 6d. Dodsley.
However laudable it may be to devote, as Mr. Shillito has done, the leisure hours which a fea life will sometimes afford, to literary amusements; yet, with refpect to the present poem, we are sorry to say it is much too unfinished for publication. Art. 31. A Ride and Walk through Stourbead; a Poem. 4to.
1 s. Rivington. 1780. This Writer's attempt upon the Muse of blank verfe will be beft explained by one of his own fimiles :
So has one seen eur-dog eight inches high
AFFAIRS OF IRELAND.
Commons, Dec. 20, 1779, on receiving the Resolutions of the Bri. sish House of Commons for granting to Ireland a free Trade. To which are added, the Speeches of some noble Lords, spoken on the same Occasion, the Day following. 8vo. Is. 6 d. H. Payne, &c. 1780.
It will give pleasure to the English reader, to observe how grate: fully and handsomely the gentlemen of the Irish fenate expressed themselves, on the conciliatory disposition manifested toward them by the British parliament.-Although these fpecimens of Hibernian oratory are handed to us on unknown authority, we have no fufpi. cion of their authenticity; and we hope they contain the true and general sense of that nation, in regard to the subject of BritanNIA's late fifterly tokens of affection.-Some of our brethren on the other side the channel may, however, have their own peculiar method of expresling their satisfaction :-like Mr. Parnell (for instance), one of the members of their House of Commons, who began his speech, on the occasion here alluded to, in the foilowing blunt and honest terms :-" The highest compliment I can pay to the Englich government, is to say, that their present conduct is the reverle of their former.”
MISCELLANEOU S. Art. 33. A State of the Expedition from Canada, as laid before
the House of Commons, by Lieutenant-General Burgoyne, and verified by Evidence; with a Collection of authentic Documents, and an Addition of many Circumstances which were prevented from appearing before the House by the Prorogation of Parliament. Written and collected by HIMSELF; and dedicated to the Officers of the Army he commanded. 400, 12 s. Boards, Al. mon, 1780.
This is a publication of very confiderable importance, abounding, as the title truly afirms, with ' authen'ic documents,' and affording a clear and comprehenlive view of whatever relates to the General's
condu&, throughout the whole of that memorable and unfortunate expedition, which is the subject of the large collection of evidence now before us.' General Burgoyne writes well; and we have only to lament, as Englishmen, that he was not, finaily, as victorious in the field *, as he is upon paper. His very interefting fory is, indeed, told in a masterly manner; and the materials of which it is composed, will be held in great eliimation by the historians who Thall record the events of the unhappy war to which they owe their birth. The work is enriched with a variety of large and exped five engravings, proper for the illustration of the military manceuvres, &c. &c. Art. 34. The Picture Gallerý: Containing near 200 Paintings,
by the most distinguished Ladies in Great Britain. To which are added, critical Strictures upon each Piece. 4to.
3 s. Kearsly. Verily this newly.invented method of Criking off characteristic resemblances, by a tudied dalh of the sencil, likeih me not : it savoureth too much of the paronomasia, or the “conundrum quaint.”
MARTINUS SCRIBLERUS. Art. 35. Account of a Debate in Coachmaker's Hall. By Harum
Skarum, Esq. 8vo. 14. Kearfly. 1787 'Squire Harum Skarum laughs at the disputants of Coachmaker's Hall. If his readers laugh with him, we suppose it is all that he aims at ;-and if they have no objection to the low, they will here meet with the risible. Art. 36. Advice to the Unwary; or, an Abstract of certain Pe
nal Laws now in Force againit Smuggling in general, and the Adulteration of Tea; with Remarks, necessary to be read by all Persons, that they may not run themselves into Difficulties, or incur Penalties. 8vo. 6d, Robinson. 1-80.
Such publications as this are of great use when judiciously written; as all our statutes require a translation, or commentary, before common understandings know with certainty how to act under them.
Smugglers are as bad as house-breakers; they rob the Public in the first instance, and undermine the fair tradesman in the second : and the fly dealers with them, however they may reconcile their doubtful bargains to profeflions of honefty, and perhaps piery, are no better than receivers of stolen goods, and deserve treatment accordingly. Art: 37: A Letter to the Right Worshipful William 1Vynne, LL.D.
Chancellor of the Diocese of London. Containing Observations on the Facts alleged, the Evidence produced, and the Sentence pronounced by him, in the Confitorial Court of London, on the 6th of December, 1779, in a Cause in which Dr. Hind, the la:e. Rector of St. Anne, Westminster, was the Promoter, and his Cue rate the Respondent. By the Rev. Thomas Martyn. 8vo. 1 s. Almon.
Expoftulates, with freedom and energy, but in the most decent and respectful terms, with Dr. Wynne, on account of the sentence
• We mean not here to convey any reflection on the General's . conduct:" 'Tis not in mortals to command fuccess.”