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Work, from one to 64 Feet long, and from one to 25 Feet high. By John Cullyer. Pocket 4to. 28. 6d. bound. Scatcherd.
The title sufficiently explains the contents of this manual; which, we conceive, must be acceptable to those for whose benefit it has been composed. Art. 46 City Biography. Containing Anecdotes and Memoirs of
the Rise, Progress, Situation, and Character of the Aldermen and other conspicuous Personages of the Corporation and City of London. 8vo. 25. 6d. sewed. West, &c. 1799.
This biographer of lord mayors, aidermen, and one or two other eminent citizens of London, appears to have been but indifferently qualified for the task which he had, rather whimsically, set himself. Of some of the gentlemen, with whom we have had the honour of an acquaintance, he knows little ;-of others, nothing ; and not a few are (as we have good reason to believe) either imperfectly or er: roneously represented. Nor is the reader made amends for the de. ficiency of the matter of which this work is composed, by any excel. lence in the manner of this very incorrect and frivolous writer. The account of Wilkes is the only tolerable article in the collection.
The British Tourists; or Traveller's Pocket Companion, through Eng'and, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. Comprehending the most celebrated Tours in the British Islands. By William Mavor, LL. D.
Pocket 12mo. Five Volumes. 155. sewed. Newbery. 1798.
We cannot give a more just account of the design of this compile ment, than by the following extract from the author's preface:
• The various tours through Great Britain and Ireland, which have been published within the last thirty years, amount to many volumes, and cannot be purchased but at a very considerable expence. Their authors, however, were not all men of equal talents for observation or description ; nor are their works uniformly excellent or interesting. A summary, it was conceived, might exbibit whatever is valuable, in several; and that, for general readers, many retrenchments might take place, and many details be omitted, in all.
* Impressed with this idea, and wishing to put that information within the reach of every class of his fellow subjects, which only few comparatively can now enjoy, the editor of the following volumes has selected, from the body of our tourists, the most celebrated works, and has endeavoured to give a faithful view of the peculiar merits and the most valuable contents of each ; not with the most distant design of superseding the use of the originals, but rather in the hopes, that the attention he has paid them, will excite, or keep alive, the attention of the public; and stimulate others, who have leisure or abilities, to tread in the same steps, and to follow the same examples.'
• It has been judged more expedient and beneficial, to extend the quantity of letter-press, and to give accurate coloured maps, than to please the eye alone by less useful embellishments. Almost all the antiquities and picturesque scenes of this country have fallen under the graver, or the pencil. A few plates would, at best, have
displayed poverty, or distracted the choice in selection; and a nun. ber could not be expected in a work, where cheapness and utility were the principal objects to be regarded.'
The ist vol. contains Pennant's tours to Scotland. In the 2d we have fohnson's journey to the Western Islands ; Twiss's tour in Ireland; Hutchinson’s excursion to the Lahes, &c.; and Bray's tour through' Derbyshire and Yorkshire. In the 3d vol. we find Sulivav’s tour through different parts of England and Wales ; Arthur Young's tour in Ireland; Windham's tour through Mounouihshire aud Wales; and Pennant's journey from Chester to Lordon. The 4th vol. contains Morisz's travels through various parts of England; Newte's tour in England and Scotland; and Shaw's jour. ney to the West of England. The 5th vol. is occupied by the tour of the Isle of Wight by R. Hassel; Robertson's ditto through the Isle of Man; and Skrine's ditio through South and North Wales. Also a three wecks' tour in 1797 through Derbyshire to the Lakes, by a gentleman of Oxford.
This selection, which seems to be made with judgment, gives a view sufficiently comprehensive, and in a very small compass, of a country in which we, as Britons, must all feel great interest ; a country highly favoured by nature, cultivated by industry, and adorned by the choicest prod ctions of human art and ingenuity. As objects of this sort cannot be contemplated without exciting pa. triotic sentiments, we recommend this publication to the perusal of our youth of both sexes; as perhaps, in our present system of education, too little attention is in general paid to those parts of learn. ing which lead us to an intimate acquaintance with our own country ; although, without some knowlege of this sort, it is impossible for us to be justly sensible of the happiness which its inhabitants enjoy, or of the advantages which they possess.
In a former Number, we introduced to the notice of the public a similar compilement by Dr. Mavor, to which these five volumes form a proper supplement: viz. A Collection of Voyages and Travels, in 20 vols., of the same size with the present Traveller's Pocket Comas panion. Art. 48. The Balnea: or, an impartial Description of all the po.
pular Watering-Places in England, interspersed with original Sketches and incidental Anecdotes, in Excursions to Margate, &c. 18 in Number. With Observations on several ancient and respectable Towns and Cities leading to the above remarkable Places, By George Saville Carey. 12 mo. pp. 228. 35. sewed. West, &c.” 1799.
The author of this Summer Guide is the son of the ingenious, humourous, and memorable musician and poet, Henry Carey, author of the Dragon of Wantley, the Dragoness, and Chronon hotonthologos, (the three best pieces of burlesque on the Italian opera, and bombast tragedy; on our stage,) the Contrivances, a farce, and the Honest Yorkshireman, which he set to music himself; and who also wrote an infinite number of comic and pleasing ballads, for which he likewise composed melodies that, before they were super
seded by those of Arne and Howard, justly enjoyed the highest national favour. His Salley, a ballad that begins, 16 Of all the girls that are so smart," of which he was likewise composer of the tune, Geminiani said was one of the most original and pleasing street airs that he had ever heard in any country.
His son seems to inherit at least a desire of following his father's steps in the same walk of wit and humour: but it is pede claudo: his pleasantry is less original, and of a lower cast. His descriptions of the bathing and water-drinking places most frequented in the several parts of the kingdom, and of the roads leading to them from the capital, are in general sufficiently clear and accurate to determine the choice of those who have visits of health or pleasure in meditation : yut his style will be best relished by readers of taste when he strugles least at wit and humour; and the articles which are the least eformed by bad puns and extraneous matter, seem to be Bath, Bux. In, and Ludlow.
In the article Weymouth, abounding with rulgar jokes and hippacy, his Majesty is charged with ingratitude for not settling an anzity of two hundred pounds on the author, in consequence of hisather having written God save Great George our King. I have hea's (says Mr. Carey) the late Mr. Pearce Galliard, an able couvellor in the law, who died some years ago at Southampton, asser time after time, that my father was the author of God save the hg: that it was produced in the year forty-five and six.'
• le following letter of the ingenious Dr. Harington, of Báth, strong corroborates the authenticity of my father's being the author othe song in question : hearing that he was in possession of this pie of information, I intreated him to make it known to me, which holicely and readily acquiesced in, saying,
The ecdote you mention, respecting your father being the au. thor and
mposer of the words and melody of " God save great George o King,” is certainly true ; that most respectable gentleman Mr. 4th, my worthy friend and patient, has often told me what follow viz. “ That your father came to him with the words and music, iring him to correct the bass, which Mr. Smith told him was noyroper, and at your father's request he wrote down another in Gect harmony.”-Mr. Smith, to whom I read your letter this da the 13th of June, repeated the same again. His advanced age ? present infirmity render him incapable of writing or desiring to written to, but on his authority I pledge myself for the truth. hould this information prove in the least advantageous to your, it will afford the most sincere satisfaction and pleasure to,
• W. HARING-TON:
, was often raised to enquire after the author before Mr. Smith hed the above, and I was often misinformed.
Mr. Smith says he understood your father intended this air as part of a birth-day ode, or somewhat of that kind; however this might he, no Laureat nor composer has furnished the world with any production inore complimentary or more popular, which must ever be the consequence of concise clegance and natural simplicity.'
The late worthy Mr. Smith, Handel's corfidential friend and az. sistant, may have composed bases to some of Harry Carey's melodies, as the latter never was thought to be what musicians call a good contra prontist: but, as the late Mr. Smith's • advanced age and intis mi. ties rendered him incapable of writing, or desiring to be written to,' when the question was asked of him by the respectable Dr. Haring. ton, his menory probably failed him. We believe that it is wholly nncertain who was the original author either of the words or tune of the loyal and national song or hymn of God save the King; and we are well assured that it was unknown at the time of the subellion when it was brought on the stage and sung at both theatres. As ; Mr. Carey's claims in behalf of his father, they can, unfortunata for him, be easily set aside. He asserts, from the authority of Counsellor Galliard, that it was produced in the year fortyfice is sizi' but alas ! Sir John Hawkins informs us that the facet us H. Carey, in a fit of insanity, or despondency at the badness othis circumstances, put an end to liis own existence about the year 194; and this account has been copied in the 8vo. edit. of the Biogphia Britannica of 1784. Though there is little reason for dependee on the dates of Sir John, the Biographia Dramatica, (much betr autharity,) and the Gentleman's Magazine, fix his death on thourib of October one thousand seven hundred and forty-three.
SINGLE SERMONS. Art. 49. Delivered in the Parish Church of Sheffield, pursuant
to the Will of the late Dr. Waterhouse,) on the 30th January, 2709, being the Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Kinharles I. To which are amexed some short Observations ophe Word
Loyalty,” in Answer to Mr. Urban's Reviewer. By George Smith, A M. Curate of the said Church. Svo. Mathew's The subject of this sermon is Tax upon Ivcome, of the preacher is to urge luis bearers to a conscientia payment of those taxes which are levied for the defence of the untry. He condemns the withholding our just share of conçution to the public expences of the state, as a breach of comum honesty ; and to prevent taxes from being considered as so manues and punishmients on the subject for the use of certain articles Auxury, he very justly remarks that articles are selected for taxati merely as afford. ing a criterion of the ability of the consumer toy wibute.
We shall not make a party with Mr. S. in hontroversy about the derivation of the word “
Loyalty:" but agree with him that he, who refuses to pay his due proport to the necessary, exigencies of the state, casinot be a dutifurbjcct, nor a loyal
Art. 50. La voix du Patriotisme dans la circonstance presente. Sero
mon. Par F. Prévost, Ministre Anglican, et Pasteur de l'Eglise Françoise conformiste, dite le Quarré, &c. 8vo.
PP. 47: De Boife.
This discourse, on the text Isaiah, xl. 3–9. is addressed to the Swiss who are domiciliated in England. The subject is political, treated in a sensible manner, in an easy and not inelegant style, and expressed with suitable animation. We shall translate the two or three concluding pages:
• You, subjects of this kingdom, or strangers who have chosen it for your abode, take comfort; as you reasonably may, from the signal deliverances which it has so often experienced, and from the late glorious victories obtained by its fleets ; never despair of the success of a country which has so many titles to your affection, for pusillanimity invites and accelerates destruction. Much rather, place your confidence in the wise and religious counsels of your virtuous ponarch, and of the ministers who surround his throne : ministers, why should I conceal it? it is not the language of Mattery; Europe and posterity will repeat it in concert : ministers, great by their talents, by their virtues, by the dignity of their conduct, and the elevation of their sentiments. Who, preferably to them, may be expected to realize to Jerusalem the prophecy of hope which I have now been laying before you? These skilful pilots, we may venture to predict, will save from shipwreck the agitated vessel of the state. However, it cannot be dissembled, it may, notwithstanding their precautions, it may be shattered by the tempest.
· Such is the voice of experience and of history. Governments, like the men of whom they are composed, have their origin, their man turity, and their decay. Arrived at the summit of prosperity and glory, the most flourishing degenerate, wear out, and decline.' The only empire, that never decays, is virtue; the only sovereign, who continues always the sanie, is the Lord Jehovah. Let us then, my brethren, place our first confidence in him on whom all the empires of the world depend, in the King of kings, the Lord of lords. That celestial confidence will secure to us advantages far more precious than those of the earth ; more valuable than the most solid national credit, or the most flourishing commerce; advantages more beneficial than triumphant fleets or victorious aries:--that leavenly confidence will secure to us a kingdom immutable and eternal, when those of the earth shall be destroyed; and when the lamps of heaven shall be extinguished, it will occasion us to enjoy forever an immortal light.' Art. 51. The failful Soldier and true Christian; and the Miseries of
Rebellion, considered in Two Sermons, preached at the Parisha Church of All Saints, Northampton, September 9th, 1798. By Willian Agatter, A.M. 12010. W. Rivingtous, &c.
Mr. Agutter writes in an ardent and benevolent style, 'recom. mending zeal in the cause of our country, and in the practice of every Christian virtue. His well intentioned discourses are likely to