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thing can be more despicable, on all accounts, than the article which has given occasion to these remarks.
II., A Tour from England, thro' part of France, Flanders, Brabant, and Holland, &c. &c. By Antonio Monfanto, linguist, in King-street, Rotherhithe, 8vo. 6d. Noon.
For a character of this pamphlet, see that of the Jast article in our monthly catalogue for June, 1751. (i. e.) vol. 5th. p. 80. Art. 44.
III. The qualifications and duty of a Surveyor explained. In a letter to the right hon. the earl of ******. In which the effential accomplishments are particularly described and considered. Necessary to be perused by all persons concerned in building. 8vo. 64. Owen,
Our readers will hardly expect us to be competent judges of the subject of this small piece; of which we can only pretend to say, that it seems to be a sensible tract, and, in all probability, may be found to contain some hints and observations, useful to such architects and builders as may not be possessed of all the qualifications or experience of this writer,
IV. Miscellaneous observations on the tragedy of HAMLET, prince of Denmark; with a preface, containing fome general remarks on the writings of Shakespear, 8vo. IS. Clarke.
We find nothing very important or material in this pamphlet; which, tho' not without some passable thoughts, is upon the whole, but a superficial performance, chiefly fail'd with quotations.
V. A method proposed to prevent the many robberies and villanies committed in and about the city of London, And for establishing a fund for the maintenance of the poor, without detriment to any individual, 8vo. 6d. Swan,
This is an imperfect sketch of a somewhat, which we would call a partial design, if it were clear that the author had any certain design at all : further than that he has proposed a method of raising a fund, but he no where tells us how he would have it applied, except in his title-page, as above , so that we are at a loss to guess in what manner the poor are to be benefited by this fund, whenever this notable scheme shall be put in execution.
VI. The apotheosis of the fair sex.' A free translation from the French, 12mo. is. ' Cooper.
In France, the present age boasts a set of gay spirits, who are authors only for the sake of employing their wit and parts, such as they are, upon lewd and obscene topics ;
and, Britain has not failed to copy this taste, from a. people, whose every other depravity and foppery we seen eagerly to imitate; at the same time that we honestly disdain to rival them in their more refined strokes of national polity, and those great arts by which they never fail to improve every opportunity for raising and extending their trade, power, credit, and fuperior influence with almost every other nation in the world. Of this sensual species of literature, is the apotheosis of the fair fex ; but we must do it the justice to observe, that it is perhaps one of the most delicate and innocent performances of the kind, that hath been published. The author begins with attempting to divert - his readers by rallying the monstrous and senseless idolatries of the ancients; from the absurdities of which, he somewhat merrily concludes that it would have been more rational in them to have confined their adorations to what he calls (in woman only), the organ of the propagation and multiplication of the human species : in praise of which, he, not without some humour, employs the greatest part of his pamphlet : and from the manner in which this bagatelie is executed, we cannot but think it a pity that the author's pen should be employed on a subject fo little worthy the attention or approbation of the public.
VII. ANDRO: A new game at cards. 8vo. 6d. Cooper.
VIII. Memoirs of the sufferings, and surprising adventures of a noble foreigner at
Written by himsel. 12na. IS. Corbet.
For a character of this article, the reader is referred to Art. vii. in the catalogue for July last. See Review, vol. V. p. 158.
IX. The Life of Patty Saunders. Written by herself, 12m). 35. Owen.
This performance ranks with the adventures of John Daniel, Charles Osborn, and Howel ap David Price. See Review, vol. V.
X. TASTE. A comedy of two acts. As it is acted at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane. By Mr. Foote, 8vo. 15. Francklin.
The design of this dramatic satire (for such, we conceive, the ingenious author might have called it, with rather more propriety than he has set it down as a comedy) is to ridicule the superficial knowledge and false taste of the generality of our modern virtuofi in painting, sculpture, medals, &c. A subject too abstracted and fingular (as the author himself acknowledges in his preface) for the coin
prehenfi in fa m xed assembly; and therefore very improper for theatrical representation, in which it is no wonder it did not meet with that success which was due to its intrinsic merit as a satire, tho' not as a comedy. And we entirely agree with Mr. Foote, that tho', he has failed of gratifying the Populum Tributim of the theatre, yet he may expect that the Primores populi will find him no disagreeable companion in the closet, et fatis magnum Theatrum mihi estis.
Those who have read Mr. Pope's inimitable satire on those pseudo-antiquaries he has so humorously exposed in his Memoirs of Scriblerus, will be at no lofs to form an idea of the principal foibles Mr. Foote has here selected for ridiculę; to which he has added that of ignorantly and blindly following a prevailing taste, merely on account of its being the present mode. He has likewise exposed the arts and tricks by which those knavilh pretenders, usually called Puffs, impose their wretched daubing, artificial ruft, &c. upon the ignorant and credulous, for real antiques, and the works of the greatest and first masters.
• The objects of my fatire (fays our author, pref. p. 9.) were such as I thought, whether they were confidered in a moral, a political, or a ridiculous light, deserved the notice of the comic muse. I was determined to brand those Goths in science, who had prostituted the useful study of antiquity to trifling superficial purposes; who had blasted the progress of the elegant arts among us, by unpardonable frauds and absurd prejudices ; and who had corrupted the minds and morals of our youth, by persuading them that what only serves to illustrate literature was true learning, and active idleness real bufinefs.'
POETRY. XI. ESSAYS, moral and miscellaneous, viz. An introductory speech from Solomon, with an ode. A vision on a plan of the antients. A sketch of life, after the manner of the moderns. The state of man; his passions, their objects, and end; their use, abuse, regulation, and employment. With a poem facred to the memory of the princes of Wales and of Orange. By J. Fortesque, D. D. 8vo. Is. Baldwin.
The whole of this author's productions, contained in the above pamphlet, are of the same stamp with the following specimen, taken from the exordium to his Speech of Wisdom, from Solomon,
Hear Oye kings, ye judges understand,
For JANUARY,, 1752.
From this specimen our readers will judge what reception the author is likely to meet with from the public; and how far that reception may induce him to go on with his publication; for he informs us in his title page, that this pamphlet is only a first part.
XII. Fair Rosamond, to the fair Hibernian. An epiftle. Folio. 6d. Howard,
This little piece contains only some general hints to the fair Hibernian, to caution her against the fatal effects which the ladies so often experience, from the excessive flattery and adulation of the men to look upon Virtue as the chief glory of a woman į and that to tread in her paths, is the only sure road to happiness: the whole deduced from the melancholy exaniple of the famous Rosamond.
XIII. The abuse of Poetry. A satire. 4to. Is. Manby.
We do not remember to have met with so unequal a performance as this. It contains a just invective against the wretched versifiers of the present time; with fome encomia on Pope, Addison, Young, &c. But the whole is such a medley of good lines
, and bąd; of just sentiments and ordinary poetry, that we are
, at some loss what judgment to pass upon the whole ; but fear the public will rank the author among the very people be condemns, as deriving no honour to the muses. What can be said in excuse for the following barbarous lines, where speaking of himself, he says,
s I like other men, To fhew, my parts, must trifle with my pen; Yet know I am not He so vain and proud, To think whate'er I write it must be good Conscious of my weakness (which credit, fir, I'm not alham'd to even here aver.) To proper men I fly for frank advice,'---&c. Especially as the author, in the very next page, boasts his great care and industry in polishing his compositions.
I too my verscs read with nicest care,
The publication of Mr. Perronet's two former pamphlets having escaped our notice, (either through our own inadvertence, or from their not being sufficiently advertised) we cannot properly say much of this his last' production. It may therefore suffice that we only observe, that this gentleman is, in our opinion, a smart controversiallist, and the most formidable antagonist that hath entered the lists against the COMPARER, in defence of the Methodists.
XV. A Letter to the Author of Considerations on feveral Proposals for the better Maintenance of the Poor.* 8vo. Is.
Corbet. A judicious performance, abounding in useful remarks. The author recommends the scheme of employing the poor under the direction and controlment of Contractors; who by finding their interest depend upon the labour of the poor, would take effectual care to keep them employed ; and, consequently, rendered serviceable to, instead of anintolerable burthen upon, the industrious part of the public.
XVI. A Charge delivered to the Clergy of the Archdeaconry of the Eaft-Riding in the diocese of York, at Hull, Beverley, and Hunmanby, at the primary visitation, in 1751. By the Rev. Jacques Sterne, L. L. D. &c. 6d. Knaptor..
The main purport of this charge, is to set forth the malignancy of certain declamations and scandalous invectives lately thrown out against the clergy of our established church ; whom he exhorts to preserve a strict union and correspondence among themselves, as the best defence against the malice or virulence of their enemies. The Doctor also particularly complains of the Quakers for sometimes obliging the clergy to have recourse to the Law for the recovery of their
Dues, and then frequently abusing them for taking the stated and legal methods for such recovery.
* These Confiderations are mentioned in the Review for November lat. p. 456.