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device in their power :-fuch as the proclaiming in the Gazette, and other papers, the orders for putting him under arrest, at the firit port he should arrive at; the special care taken to funder him from Admiral Welt, though equally impeached in the fuperseding orders, by the most invidious diftinčtions ; more espea cially the speech put into the mouth of the sovereign judge, which, under the pretence of a compliment to the one, was meant to be fatal to the other.

A recital of hardships and indignities, calumnies and brutalities, exercised upon, and directed against, the unfortunare pri. faner, follows next; after whichy, the friendly writer, like the good Samaritan, pours balm into the wounds he has opened; says the handsomest things in his power of the Admiral, for having sustained such a variety of pressures, wih so much composure and serenity ;-—and concludes his plea as follows, which may serve as a sample of the whole piece.

The events of war' are uncertain---lo it is said in his Majesty's most gracious answer to the London address; and so it has al

ways been said, ever since mankind recorded their miseries. • But, according to the procedure now carrying on against Ad• miral B-, the commander that cannot converţ uncertainties

into certainties, must run his country, or forfeit his head --ministers are but men, and men are all fallible---such has been the voice of the world till now--.

yo--but now the world is to learn a new creed-.. That more or less power bestows more or less infallibility and consequently, that he who has the most, muft always be most in the right.

It has hitherto been esteemed a national duty to affert na. tional honour, and more especially against the open attacks of an open enemy.

But now it seems the reverse is to be the • practice ; and those who have the lead amongst us, are not only

become so complaisant as to give up the point of honour on the first challenge, but their champion too ; or, as the vulgar would express it, whatever M. de la Galiffoniere says, they are ready to swear.

. And upon the whole; let every thinking man in Britain afk • himself a few fuch questions as these: Whether the putting ' such a change as this upon him is not one of the highest affronts

that could be put upon his understanding ? Whether in the • case of Admiral B-, it has not bee put upon the whole com'munity? Whether any pretence of delusion, rashness, preju* dice, wantonness, or even connection and influence can excule

any man for suffering himself to be made an accessary to it?

And whether it has not a direct tendency to ruin the service • both by sea and land, by discouraging men of parts and cha*racter from engaging in it, and thereby throwing it wholly into . • the hands of fools and madmen; since none but such wiil accept a commission on the ignominious terms of serving with a M m 2

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• halter about their necks, that a knot of domineering grandees may be exempt, not only from punishment, but imputation ?'

With what regard to truth and justice all this is said, it is fit every Reader should judge for himself. It is but natural for rough usage to provoke rough returns---and one injury seems to authorize another --- But though the parties concerned cannot help placing every object, and qualifying every colour fo, as it shall appear most to their own advantage, it is our bufiness to see every thing as it really is : and if the public could avail themselves of the detections reciprocally made, and the lapses committed in all such controverted cases, it would be making the best use in their power of paft misfortunes.

XI. A Sixth and Last Letter, or Address, to the Parliament, as well as to the People of Great Britain. Svo. 64. Kinnerfly,

Some cobler-scientific, or fcribbling taylor, with not half the literature of John Dove *, endeavours, in this curious document, to convince us, • that Great Britain will yet be able to prescribe • bounds to the ambitious and lawless views of all her enemies, if

no unhappy divisions among ourselves do not prevent it.' What the Author means by calling his piece a Sixth Letter, &c. we cannot guess, unless he thought, that his nonsense would make a a very proper appendage to Shebbeare's fcurrility.

* Commonly called the Hebrew Taylor. N. B. The remainder of the Political Pamphlets will be given in

Our next.

POETIC AL.
XII. Minorca. A Tragedy. In three Acts.

8vo. 1s. Scott.

No language can fo justly speak the merits of this piece, as that of the Author himself; for which purpose, a very short ex. tract, or two, may suffice. And firlt, take a specimen

Of his Poetry.
Page 2. You call me superstitious, and for why?

Because I believe in dreams, and believe I will,
Or this, p. 28. (Blakeney lamenting the loss of Minorca,

There once I thought
To have spent my future days, and dy'd well pleasd
In serving of my country, and my King-
Of his SENTIMENTS.

France, do your worst,
I fear you not, and though by force compellid,
Will never yield *.

In this last cited passage, our Poet seems to have carefully kept in view the General's native country.

* Incredible as it may seem to our poetical Readers, we can assure them, that thefe passages are copied from a second edition of this miferable performance.

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After the foregoing specimens, we fancy our Readers will readily pardon our not troubling them with any more of, or laying anything further concerning, this dismal tragedy.

XIII. Poems, by the celebrated Translator of Virgil's Æneid. Together with the Jordan, a poem; in imitation of Spencer ; by

Efq; 400. is. Cooper. To this collection the following advertisement is prefixed : • The Editor hereof hopes to find his excuse with the Public, for

publishing the following poems, wrote by the celebrated tran• fator of Virgil's Æneid, efteening them not unworthy fo great

an Author ; he therefore claims to him elf some merit in this • his design of saving the fame from being buried in oblivion : 4 and can assure them, that the imitation of Spencer was wrote

by a Gentleman who hath favoured the world with many admired compofitions."

However disposed we may be to excuse this Editor, he has no great claim to our thanks, as he has bere treated us only with a Hale dish, or poetical halh, confisting [the little piece called the Yordan excepted] of scraps culled from a work entitied, The Student, and other collections; and now warmed up again, for the entertainment of the Public. Wherein, then, confilis the merit of his depgn? Or, where lay the danger of oblivion, which he talks of ?

The celebrated translator above mentioned, is the late Mr. Pitt ; the writings of that ingenious Gentleman here reprinted, are, an Imitation of the feventh Satire of the second Book of Horace :

*The tenth and nineteenth Epistle of his first book :-Fragments I of a Rhapfody on the Art of Preaching, in imitation of some parts

of the Ars Poetica:--Verses on a Flowered Carpet:-And an Epigram on Mr. Pitt's House, at Encomb.

If these pieces have not the merit of novelty to recommend them to the Public, they are, however, poffeffed of intrinsic merit enough to please any reader who has a true talte for poetry, potwithstanding they seem not to have received the finishing touches of that eninent artist, whose production they are faid to be, and, doubtless, are, Correctness was not Mr. Pitt's talent; yet, as he poffefied much of that philosophical gaiety of mind, and unadorned ease of expression, which characterise the fermones of Horace ; so is he peculiarly happy in many of his imitations of that pleasing Satiriit.

The poem by Blank, Esq; is a droll imitation of Spencer's versification, and in the taste of Pope's Alley: ii is not without merit, in its way ; but the subject is rather too indelicate to be enlarged upon here.

MISCELLANEOUS. XIV. An Ejay on weighing of Gold, c. Wherein is Thewn, an effettual method for discovering and detecting of

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counterfeit pieces of money (be they ever so arefully disguised) which will be of great use, to prevent persons from being imposed upon by any of those base and adulterated pieces of gold coin, which are too common at this time. This is performed by a pair of common fcales, and a set of gold weights, with the hydrostatical instrument herein described, which may be had at a very finall expence. By this method, not only gold coins, &c. but also all sorts of gold and silver plate may be weighed, and their intrinsic value ascertained to the greatest nicety. By William Symons, Author of the Practical Gauger. 8vo. Is. 68. Hodges,

| The only certain method of detecting base coin, is by the lay

drostatical balance; of which there are several forts, but that in- vented by the learned I'Gravesande is the moft accurate, and far

furpailes the inftrument described by Mr. Symons. The latter is however fufficient for common use, the method of finding the specific gravity of bodies, and, consequently, of discovering the bateness of any coin, being laid down by our Author in a very plain and intelligible manner.

XV. A full Account of the Siege of Minorca, by the French, in 1756; with all the circumstanees relating thereto. , 8vo. a's. Corbet.

This seems to be a mere compilation from the News-papers. XVI. An Appendix to Bartlet's Farriery,

12mg. 6 d. Nourse.

For our character of Mr. Bartlett's book, fee Review, Vol. VIII p. 146. No one pofieiled of that useful book, ought to be without this Appendix.

XVII. A large new Catalogue of the Bishops of the several Sees within the kingdom of Scotland, down to the year 1688. 40. 6s. 6 d. sewed. Edinburgh, printed by Ruddimansy and fold by Owen in London,

This is a very laborious, very accurate, and very dry performance. There are, however, it is certain, some people, to whom such compilations may afford entertainment, and others, to whom they inay prove, occasionally, useful. The Author has a preface concerning the firit planting of Christianity in Scotland, and the state of that church in the earlier ages; but neither here, nor in the body of the work, do we meet with any thing that we can venture to recommend to the generality of our Readers, on this side the T'weed, especially.

XVIII. Memoirs of the noted Buckhorse; wherein that celebrated hero is carried into high life. 12mo, 2 vols, 6 s, Crowder.

Bu k orse is a poor wretch, formerly an under-boxer at Broughton's; but of lace, as we hcar, he earns what fubfiftence be can,

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by plying with a link, or hawking little matters about the streets. On the name of this person, and some traits of his character, is founded the present novel; which seems intended as a general fatire upon most orders and ranks of people, of the present age : and as Gentlemen, and even some of the Nobility, have been known to countenance, and, we had almost faid, asociate with, fellows of the Buckhorsian class, there was certainly room for a good satire, on this hint. And pity it is, that the plan did not fall into better hands ; for it is not, by any means, so hap.

pily executed as we could have wifhed, by this writer; whole work is such a strange compound of fenfe and nonsense, humour and absurdity, vivacity and dulness, indecency and morality, that it is difficult to determine, whether we ought to look upon him as a forry scribbler, or a smart fellow. One thing, howe

ever, may be laid, with tolerable certainty, that his production i bears the plaîneft marks of being very hastily manufactured.

There is not the least smell of the lamp about it. On the contrary, like a watch-movement, before it has passed through the hands of the finisher, it wants a great deal of filing, and polithing, and adjusting of the several parts to each other, so as to form a regular, connected, and harmonious whole. Probably, it never cost the Author an hour's revisal; fo that what there is in it to commend, may be considered as the result of genius ; and what is bad, as the effect of neceflity :--the urgent necessity of filling a given number of theets, in a given time.

XIX. The History of two Orphans. By W. Toldervy. I 2mo. 4 vols. 12 s. Owen.

Four things only are wanting to render this Writer tolerable, viz. learning, wit, humour, and common sense ; could he but attain to thele, he might produce something that a discerning Reader would bear to perufe: but, as matters are with him at present, we must confess, that those who can fairly go through his four volumes, are blessed with more patience and perseverance than we can boast : and yet, believe us, gentle Reader, we have seen enough of his Orphans to satisfy our own curiosity, and to enable us to give thee an honest hint of what thou art to expect from a more intimate acquaintance with them,

XX. The Jilts; or, Female Fortune-Hunters. 1 2mo 3 vols. 9s. Noble.

If it be potlible for any scribbler to go greater lengths in dulness than the writer of the Orphans has gone, the author of the Jilts is the man. The following passage is a specimen of the stile in which he makes two plotting females, in low life, converse together.

I have been considering, my Dear,' fays Kitty to Dolly, • taking it for granted, that you would consent to a marriage

with Mr. W -d, upon every PREVIOUS {tep that must, or

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