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Art. 19. A Letter to Edmund Burke, Esq; occafioned by his
Speech in Parliament, February 11, 1780. 8vo, is. Bew. An attack on the principles and tendency of Mr. Burke's celebrated system of political economy, which is already under the review of the great council of the nation. Art. 20. Observations on Mr. Burke's Bill for the better Regu
lation of the Independence of Parliament, and economical Reformation of Establishments. By a Lady. Addressed to Lord North. 8vo. is. Becket. 1780.
There is sufficient internal evidence to verify the declaration in the title-page, that these are the observations of a lady; and since the quondam Mrs. M. has suffered private concerns to withdraw her attention from public affairs, this lady is ready to succeed her. But the must correct her principles, a little, before the can hope to be installed in Alfred-house. Art. 21. Mr. E--B--'s Answer to his own Speech of the
irth of February, with Mr. Fox's Animadverlions thereon. Taken in Short-hand at the C-Tavern, in the Strand, February 2, and now first published by Lovel Tomlinson. 8vo. White.
Mr. T. informs his Reader, that he overheard the conversation he has here published, through a partition, while he fat drinking fix. pennyworth of punch at a tavern; and that he cook it down in hopes of its paying for his punch. Probably he did not then recollect that the Printer and Stationer would stand between the Publisher and his expected reimbursement. As he profesies brachygraphy, he may in future find it more profitable to wait for employment in that branch, than to exercise his talents upon speculation. Art. 22. Reflexions on a Pamphlet, entitled, “ A short History
“ of Oppolition ;" with some Observations on the views of the Minority, and Reflexions on the present State of Affairs. By a Country Gentleman. 8vo. 23 Pages. No Price, nor Bookseller's Name.
The Writer does not give this tract “as a full answer to the pam: phlet mentioned in the title-page, but only as a cursory animadversion on such parts of it as he deems the moit exceptionable.' His design is to wipe off some of the aspersions thrown out againit, and to vindi. cate the characters of, a set of men [ihe gentlemen in opposition), whose views, in general, the Author is convinced, have been directed toward the public good! And I must own, says he, I feel a pleafure in doing this at a time *, when it is so unfashionable a thing to speak well of them, and when their advocates can expect to reap little other reward for their trouble, than the pleasure of being such, when almost every pen is employed, and every art which prostituted abilities can invent is made use of, to blacken and misrepresent their characters !!—This may be a well-meant, but it is a very flight and curfory performance.
• This pamphlet is dated, December 11, 1779, but the publication did not then take place.
Art. 23. The Associators Vindicated, and the Protestors Answered.
8vo. 1s. Johnson. Cortains the sober and judicious remarks of one who appears to be a Ateady friend to what we commonly underttand by revolution principles, The Author, after defending the county associations, reminds the freeholders, &c. of Great Britain, of the opportunity that will be afforded them by the next general election, of consulting the security of our national rights, &c. in their choice of such men for our representatives in parliament, as have given the fairelt proofs of their due regard to the sense of the people, as expressed in the county petitions. And he particularly exhorts them to beware of those who presume to ftile themselves The King's Friends; he considers the tenets usually maintained by these arrogant gentlemen, &c. From those tenets, he pronounces them to be enemies, not only to the conftitution, but even to the King himself. For his arguments in proof of this point, we refer to his pamphlet.
POETIC A L. Art. 24. Unanimity. A Poem. Most respectfully inscribed to
that truly patriotic Nobleman the Duke of Leinfter. 4to. 1 s. 6 d.
Bew. Art, 25. Rebellion and Opposition ; or, the American War. A
2 s. 6 d. Bladon. It is the property of some poisons to counteract each other's virulence. It will not be thought ill-judged, then, that the two poems above mentioned are classed together, that, as bane and antidote, they may accompany each other. Though dictated by very opposite principles (if, indeed, they are di&tated by any principle), they are, notwithstanding, so much of a complexion, that they ought to be inseparable. Whoever has patience to read the one, cannot possibly think his time ill employed in a perosal of the other.
Qui Bavium non odit, amet tua carmina, Mævi. The former poem is as stupidly scurrilous as the latter is gloomily malignant: one of the Writers is a ministerial inquifitor, who laments the ill timed lenity of Government in not putting a stop to the turbulence of the times by death and confiscation,-and then exclaims,
O! eternal Jove !
Rebellion and Opposition, page 18. The other is a filthy calumniator, lineally descended from the honeft gentleman in Hudibras, who rode
upon a pair of panniers,
· For want, however, of due skill in the management of his noisome materials, he rarely defiles any one but himself.Here he comes, busily employed in his vocation of throwing dirt indiscriminately at all who ftand in his
way: Professions ministerial who believes ? Saint St-ph-n's Chapel's but a den of th-ves; Whence courtly fumes fiy off in fulsome stench, And quickly reach the noftrils of the bench. Right Reverend C-nwillis draws 'em in, And M-kh-m thinks gross treachery no fin. Snuffing up flatt'ry's incense Thorlow's seen; Th-rlow, whom N-th had destin'd for a Dean. “ A Dean !-What! sneak in crape ? (how ftrange it feels!) “ While I, well-tufted, swagger with the Seals? “ No!-on the Bench the Doctor I must fix,
G-d says Pilate- (let Jove swear by Styx).
A dean'sy! Will not Tom, by Reynolds drawn,
Unanimity, page 20. Would any man imagine the principal object of this foolish ribal. dry is as conspicuous for his abilities and learning, as in his private character he is respectable ? But with this Writer it is a sufficient crime, it seems, even to be related to a person in office; as it would be with his mild and amiable companion to be in any degree connected with those in Opposition.
With respect to the literary merit of this par nobile fratrum , our opinion is, in great measure, included by the specimens we have given : our Readers will easily perceive that the poetry of these congenial fouls is, at least, equal to their moderation Art. 26. POETICAL EFFUSIONS. To which is added, the
War of Inis-thona; a Poem, from Olian : In English Verse. 4to. 2 s. 6 d. Hand, Bew, &c.
Though strict impartiality will not permit us to acknowledge that these Effusions are positively poetical, yet that they are negatively fo, we will readily own: in fhort, they are not unpoetical. There is one pleasant effufion, in the manner of Hall's Crazy Tales : of which take the following specimen :
Talking of ADAM, makes me wonder,
Whether or no
Was Miss, or Madam;
If Miss, I bluth to say,
Unless some beast
Aded as Priest,
Ak any Parson,
And he, to help the farce on,
Will tell you all about it. Art. 27. Matrimony, a Tale; with an Apology. 4to. Is. 6 d. Exeter printed, by Truman; and sold in London by Payne, &c.
. Dr. Doddridge, speaking of South's Sermons, says, fomewhat harshly, that many of them appear to have been written by the inspiration of the devil. The Author of this performance pretends to inspiration, and being Muse-valiant, founds his high pretensions on two lines of Horace :
“ Spiritum Phebus mihi, Phoebus artem
“ Carminis, nomenque dedit poetæ.” Bat this poetafter mistakes the source of his inspiration : the devil was in him when he wrote this absurd and invidious tale. Not South's devil :--but the moft filly of all possible devils.
Had this performance, indeed, been as witty as it is nonsensical, its malignity would have precluded us from saying one word in its praise. We remember not to have read a more ridiculous, or a more diabolical piece, notwithitanding the immense loads of crash which we have, for so many years, been compelled to examine and account for to the Public.
We do not deliver this opinion of the present performance from the flightest resentment which we have conceived at this Author's awkward attempt to disparage and ridicule the judgment of
· Messieurs The periodical Reviewers.' No! in truth: for we always count on the hatred of foolih and wretched scribblers of every class; and shall ever prefer their abuse to cheir commendacion. " Oh! (says the patient job, who, by the way, seems to have been admirably qualified for the ofice of a Reviewer) that my enemy had written a book!" Utinam male qui mibi volunt, fic fent !
TER. Art. 28. The Religion of the Times; or, a neru Mirror for the
dignified Clergy. By an Enemy to Tyranny, Perfecution, and Hypocrisy. 4to.
Wallis. 1780. The power of ridicule (says this Writer) hath often been found to work miracles, even upon arbitrary difpofitions; and the dread of being araigned at the tribunal of the Public baih had its effect, Rev. Apr. 1780.
when every other consideration hath been totally rejected.' We believe our Readers will give us full credit, when we assure them that we are no enemies to ridicule. We have often been its advocates against those who have decried it through dulness: and would equally wish to exert our abilities in rescuing it from the hands of the spiteful and malignant, who, through prejudice or impudence, profitute and abuse it. With Mr. Pope (who, like Horace, play, found the heart, and yet gives faire its full Arength) we consider ridicule as a sacred weapon! But then as he observes), it must be used in Truth's defence; and is denied to all but heav'n directed bands. If our Author's ridicule be examined by this teft, it will be found deficient in the most essential quality; nor is he so complete in the subordinate qualities as to make the flightest recompence for such a defect. He calls himself the ` Enemy of Tyranny, Persecution, and Hypocrisy :' and yet the present performance bears strong marks of a tyrannical-persecuting—and we think we may say-hypocritical spirit. Could a tyrant or a persecutor express the rancour of his foul in more merciless and invidious language than this Writer hach done in the following paragraph, extracted from the Preface? “ As to those miscreants, the Methodiits, &c. whose impudence can only be excelled by their ignorance, we would with them, instead of being able to avail ihemselves of the clemency of the laws, to be sent to the House of Correction till they be brought, by hard labour, to a sense of that duty, which they owe, not only to their own families, but to the community.' This is the Enemy to Persecution ! Out of thine own mouth ihou art condemned, thou brat of bloody Bonner!
As to this Writer's hypocrisy, we think it very obvious from the general design of this piece; and more especially fo from a comparison of detached pasiages. He professes bimself to be a ' Friend to the established Church of this kingdom'-and, in the conclusion of his poem, gives a pious charge to minifters, in the language of St. Paul:
• Exhort, reprove
Fight the good fight of Faith, and live to die.' . Yes! this very Writer becomes a pious monitor of the clergy of bis own church, and delivers his admonitions in apoftolic language, who, but a few lines before, had thrown out some very indecent and profane hints respecting the love-fearts of the Methodists; and, in the beginning of his poem, had ironically pleaded for craft, disfimula. tion, and knavery, on the authority and example of St. Paul:
• Flatı'ry your highest card is sure to win,
Pursue his plan, you cannot go aftray.' This Writer's poetry may rate well enough with his charity and fincerity. It would suffer by any other comparison. As to wit, we can trace out bothing that bears any resemblance to it:-unless, perchance, it be found in he following notice, ltuck up at the back of the preface : • The Painter's pictures are now exhibiting for Sale: if any one is fruck with his owe likeness, he may purchase it