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public, who will ultimately reap the advantage arising from such nice and laborious undertakings.
Mr. Steevens hath prefixed to this edition of the twenty plays, a very fenfible preface; and bath also added to them the sonnets of Shakespeare, reprinted from a copy published in 1609, by G. Eld, one of the printers of his theatrical pieces. He hath likewise re-published a tragedy of K. Lear, which appeared before that of Shakespeare, on the same subject;—from which he thinks it fufficiently apparent, that our immortal bard condescended to borrow the circumítance of Lear's kneeling to his daughter, when she kneels to ak his blessing,
POLITICAL and COMMERCIAL Art. 24. The late Regulations respecting the British Colonies on the
Continent of America, considered. In a Letter from a Gentleman in Philadelphia to his Friend in London. 8vo. Is. 6d. Almon.
Written in behalf of the Colonies; and said to be the work of Mr. Dickinson of Philadelphia ; of whose abilities we have formerly made mencion. It is now too late to enter into the particulars of any publication on this subject, which preceded the late parliamentary deiermi. nations; and this piece should have appeared in our last collection ; but it came out too near the end of the month.
Art. 25. A short and friendly Caution to the good People of England.
8vo. 6d. Wilkie. This short and friendly Gentleman tilts furioufly at the Colonies; and alores the good people of England that they must all be unavoidably ruined by a repeal of the Stamp act. He also cautions them against reposing any confidence in ia man who (he avers) would overturn Heaven to gratify his pride, ambition, and revenge; and who she adds] is ro infenfible io the luft of titles and of riches, as you (the good people of England) have vainly imagined. How happy for the great Commoner, that the lufi of praise is not in the catalogue of his virtues ; as in that respect, he must be forely mortified, indeed, by what his good friend, our Author, has here more than insinuated againit him !
Art. 26. Good Humour: or, Away with the Colonies. Wherein is
occasionally enquired into, Mr. Pitt's Claim to Popularity; and the Principles of virtuous Liberty, as taught in the School of Mr. Wilkes, and other Peripatetics. 8vo. Nicoll.
Another fruitless attempt to item the tide which hath run so irresistibly in favour of the repeal. There is a mixture of the serious and ludicrous in this pamphlet ; and the Author tells us, in his preface that he flatters bimself his
argument will convince, and his vein of humour pleale.' People are seldom more egregiously mistaken, than when they fiatler THEMSELVES.
Art. 27. A short History of the Conduct of the present Ministry, with
regard to the American Stamp-act. 8vo.6d. Almon. A most bitter, virulent, ourageous attack on the present ministry ; whom the Author charges with having not only been u bolly the occasion of the distresses of Great Britain and America, so far as relates to the Stamp-act, but with having wantonly, cruelly, and unnecessarily aggravated those distresses, by their negligence, timidity, and incapacirs. For the manner in which he proves this charge, we refer to his short but furious pamphlet; which is written in the very spirit of that egregious news-paper politician, who figns himself Anti-Sejanis. Art. 28. Occasional Thoughts of a Free Briton. 8vo. 60. Almon.
We frequently meet with writers who are not amenable to the juris. di&tion of any court of criticism,- because they are not to be understood. This Free-Briton is one of the class we are speaking of. We really know not what he means to communicate to the public, in these Occafional Thoughts. He seems, indeed, to have the American taxations in view; but he chiefly talks about King Alfred and King John, and magna charta, and faction, and liberty; and all in fuch a bouncing fuftian train, that we cannot help thinking the impression of his pamphlet ought to be bought up by the manufacturers of squibs and crackers for rejcicing nights : by which they would certainly make a great saving of gun-powder.
Art. 29; A Man of Abilities for the Earl of B-; or, Scotch Po
litics defeated in America. 8vo. Williams. The Man of Abilities, here alluded to, is Lord George S-e; of whose conduct, from his first appearance in a public capacity, the Author gives a most severe and libellous detail* He falls foul, also, on the Lords H- -x and s-d-h; and treats their characters with a freedom which cannot but highly mortify and exasperate these noblemen and their friends : as to the authenticity of his anecdotes, we have nothing to say on that head.
His lordship’s father, the late Duke of D-t, is also mentioned with great malevolence. The memory of the late Earl of Egre-nt is Jikewise plentifully traduced. Art. 30. What should be done : or, Remarks on the Political State
of Things. Addressed to the present Administration, the Members of the House of Commons, and the good People of England. 8vo. is. Flexney.
This Author seems much discontented at the daily increase of poli. tical writers,'-'fmatterers, not qualified to judge of those matters, with which they are constantly disturbing the public tranquility :'-fors getting, like the fat man in the croud, how much he himself contributes, towards the inconvenience he complains of.
MEDICA L. Art. 31. A Treatise on the Crime of Onan ; illustrated with a Va
riety of Cafes, together with the Method af Cure. By M. Tissot, M. D. Author of Advice to the People, &c. Translated froin the 3d Edition of the Original. 8vo. 35. 6d. B, Thomas.
Though we cannot say much in favour of publications on such subjects as that of the present treatise, yet it must be acknowledged, that deference is due to the judgment of fo refpe&able a writer as Dr. Tiflot; who in his preface, haih answered the objections which are likely to be molt na urally and generally raised again this treatise. ----There is another English trantation, under the assumed name of Hume, which merits litde regard.
THEATRICAL. Art. 32. Falfoff"s Wedding : a Comedy. Being a Sequel to the jecord Part of the Play of King Henry the Fourth. Written in Imitation of Shakespeare, by Mr. Kenrick. 8vo. IS. 6 d. Wilkic, &c.
We cannot with more truth, nor with more brevity, characterize this play, than in the words of an undoubted judge of theatrical meritti who, in a letter to a friend, files it'a very good imitation of Shake. speare, particularly in the character of Falstaff.
† Mr. Garrick; in a letter to R. B. Efq; see the Author's Prof. Art. 33: The Dramatic Works of Samuel Foote, Eja; 8vo. 2
Vols. 145. bound.
14 s. bound. Vaillant, &c. These volumes containing only the Pieces formerly and separately published by M.. Foote, require no farther mention here.
N O V E L S. Art. 34. The History of Sir Charles Beaufort. Containing the gee
nuine and interesting Memoirs of a Family of Distinction in the South of England, &c. &c.
2 Vols. 6s. Lownds. Of the many imitations of Richardson's plars, this is not the meanest
, The capacity of the Writer is very considerable ; his * invention is copious, his characters are (some of them) striking and new; and many of the scenes he describes, are extremely interesting. But, on the other hand, the adventures recited, are to the highest degree wild and improbable : infomuch that the Author has hardly kept within the boundaries of possibility. The work is also defective in respect of the moral ; for every thing turns out unfortunately for the best and most amiable personages of the story. What Voltaire has observed of Milton's Paradise Lolt, may be here applied, with great propriety. The Devil, says he, is Milton's hero ;-and we say the heroine of this performance is a Devil too; for, surely, never was there, before, fo infernal a being in petticoats, as the Miss Stanhope who makes the greatest though the most hateful figure in this abfurd history: a history which we are glad to say, for the honour of human nature, cannot be true. But the epithets genuine, authentic, &c. &c. are now become words of course, in the titlepages of the most romantic fictions.
* Perhaps we should rather have said ber; as we think there is some appearance of femali'y in several parts of this work. We do not, how. ever, mean to disparage the performance by this in Gnuation ; for we muft obferve, to the honour of the lady writers, that the best of our late productions in this way, are said to be the fruits of their intimacies with the gods of INVENTION and INTRIGUE.
Art. 35. The Adventures of Miss Harriet Sprightly, a Lady of
Pleasure.' Interspersed with the Histories and Characters, the Amours and Intrigues of several Perfonages well known in the pou lite World.
2 Vols. 55. few'd. Serjeant. It will be easy for every one who reads the title-page, to guess what kind of entertainment is likely to be met with, in the adventures of a prostitute. Art. 36. I be Amours of Lais; or, the Misfortunes of Love. 12mo.
23. 6d. Wilkie. The story of the famous Corinthian Courtezan, is here wrought up into a fort of Romance, quite in the French taste; though we cannot but think that the modern embroidery looks oddly enough on the plain old Grecian ftuff. It is like sewing lace and fringe upon a blanket.
Art. 37. The Faithful Fugitives : or, Alventures of Miss Teresa MS In a Series of Letters to a Friend. 12mo.
25, 60, Vernor, Calculated for the meridian of a circulating library.
Art. 38. Memoirs of Mr. Walcott, a Gentleman of Yorkshire,
2 Vols. 5s. Jones. Such wretched fcrawling as this, is enough to disgrace any * library,
• See the preceding article,
POETICAL. Art. 39. The Demi-rep. By N. O. Author of the Meretriciad.
4to. 25. 60. Moran. Were we now to shew any civility to this Demi rep Writer, whose mule we have formerly reproved for her meretricious behaviour, it might be fupposed that we had been bollied into some degree of complaisance for the dirty drab, by her ind groundless abule of the Reviewers.
On Is. 6 d.
On the other hand, were we to find fault with the present performance, it would, posibly, be imputed to resentment. Should we do neither, but give a specimen of this poem, without passing any Judgment on its merit, we might still be liable to censure, from the soberer part of our Readers ; who would not fail to blame us for circulating such licentious verses. This Bayes of St. Drury may, therefore, if he pleases, walk off in triumph; and boast how compleatly he has puzzled the dull rogues ! Art. 40. Pride, a Poem, inscribed to John IVilkes, Esq. By an Englishman. 4to.
Almon. If the Reader should expect to find, in this poem, a philosophical account of the nature and effects of pride, he will be disappointed. It is not so much an ethic as a political epiftle, wherein the stale distinctions of parties, whose very ghosts have vanished, are raked over again : yet one cannot but approve of those sentiments of liberty which run through the whole piece, and are in some places not i!l-expressed. Thus, speaking of some natural privileges which we have loft, he says,
The sportsman, then, unaw'd by slavish fear,
Art. 41. Ponteach; or the Savages of America. A Tragedy. 8vo.
2 s. 6 d. Millan, Major Rogers, of whose Military Journal, and Description of North America, we gave some account in our Review for January last, is the reputed author of this Indian tragedy; which is one of the most absurd produ&ions of the kind that we have seen. It is great pity that so brave and judicious an officer should thus run the hazard of exposing himself to ridicule, by an unsuccessful attempt to entwine the poets bays with the foldier's laurel. His journal, and account of our western acquisitions, were not foreign to his profession and opportunities; but in turning bard, and writing a tragedy, he makes just as good a figure as would a Grubstreet rhymester at the head of our Author's corps of North-American Rangers. Art. 42. Political Epistles on various Subjects of the present Timesa Epistle III. 4to.
Nicoll. We are still as much at a loss * as ever.
See what has been said of the two former Epifles, in last Month's Catalogue. Art. 43. A Poem occafioned by the Death of the most ilustrious Prince
William Augufius, Duke of Cumberland. Humbly' inscribed to her Royal Highness Princess Amelia. 410. 64. Kearfly.