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port the king and parliament,' we are afraid his address will have but very little effect either upon the great and rich, or the poor and clamorous ; as he is not master of that species of rhetoric which is persuasive, nor that kind of reasoning that is conclusive. 15. Balaam and bis Afs ; a Parody. Addressed to the Freebolders
of Middlesex. 8vo. Pri is. Griffin. The verse preceding our author's text, might, with some propriety, be applied to himself. And the Lord opened the ass's mouth, and he spake.'
Never before this time were the freeholders of Middlesex addressed in such unintelligible figurative jargon. I am aware,' says this learned politician, this old story has already opened a vifo which reveals at one view the terminarion of my present design, and the object of my intended improvements: but as vifion is under the partial direction of the optick nerve, which acts differently in different regions of fight, varying its motion, according to the medium through which the marier is feen, I shall endeavour to throw every obje& in true perspective, that the difpofirion of light and hade may stand the test of examination, in spite of the dioptrical device which has lately perplexed the direction of our civil government, and refra&ted our most excellent constitution ; and will (I doubt not) attempt to break the right line of truth, by some diaphonous' expedient, which an oracular mufri, or implemental priest, will obtrude upon the publick eye, to confound the light I shall throw upon the several figures which may be dispersed as points of view to embellish my present undertaking.'
' . 16. Ode 10 Palinurus. 410. Pr.'ss. Wilkie. The old stale allegory, that the ship Britannia is in a terrible condition, and must certainly be ruined, unless there is a total change of the mariners. Poor Britannia ! how inuch art thou vexed with mutiny, and tofled in the imagination of fcribblers! But be firm, Palinurus, and every tempestuous comninotion will soon cease.
. 17. Sedition ; a Poem. 410. Pr. 15. Nicoll. . • A jingle of sounds, without coherence or meaning. The fulsome flattery which closes this piece, could, in these delicate times, only proceed from a dull, undistinguishing mind. We mall dismiss this author by applying to him his own motto;
Non tali auxilio, nec defenforibus iflis
Tempus eget. -
18. Reveries revived. A Poem. 8vo. Pr. 16 This is the production of some mad Wilkite, who fancies himfelf a poet, and believes himself a patriot ; but those who have the patience to peruse the poem, will probably doubt his pretensions to either title. This short quotation will certainly acquit him of the first imputation,
• Doubts to create within the royal breast,
Then by professions our innocence protest.' And when we inform the reader that he considers Mr. Vaughan as an exalted character, his political principles may be strongly suspected. 19. The Importance of the British Dominion in India, compared with
thai in America. 8vo. Pr. 15. Almon. This writer, with a very scanty knowledge of the productions and commerce of either country, endeavours to explain that Great Britain derives much greater advantages from her late acquisitions in India, than from her colonies in America. Sudar multum, fruftraque laboral. 20. The Expediency of a free Exportation of Corn at this Time :
with some Observations on the Bounty, and its effects. By the 9 Author of the Farmer's Letters to tbe People of England. 8vo. Pr. 1s. Nicoll. . . . ii.
". This writer is a warm advocate for the free exportation of corn, and opposes the vulgar prejudices about the high prices of labour. What he says on both subjecls, however paradoxical it may appear, has, we think, great weight.
As the subject is of the greatest importance to this nation, we are glad it has fallen into the hands of so experienced and able a judge. . 21. Obfervations upon the Report made by the Board of Trade
against the Grenada Laws, 8vo. Pr. 15. 6d. Flexney.
These strictures upon the report of the board of trade regarding certain acts passed by the assembly of Grenada, and transmitted for confirmation to the king by governor Mele. ville, display an accurate knowledge of the rights and interests of the colonies, and very severe animadversions upon the conduet of A- n.
22. Esays on the Game-Laws, now existing in Great Britain ; and
Remurks on their principal Defrets, & c. 8vo. Pr. 15. Becket
This pamphlet contains several sensible remarks on the de. feets of the present game-laws. The author considers the subject under feven different heads; namely, of qualifications,
poachers, dog-breakers, shepherds dogs, vermin, birds of prey, and beasts of prey; and proposes, as the most effectual means for preventing the destruction of game, that all farmers Should be allowed such privileges, as might render it their interest to preserve the game on their own ground from the depredations of poachers and vermin ; which, it must be owned, is a scheme that appears both equitable and rational. 23. Letters from Lothario to Penelope. To which is added, Lu
cinda, a dramatic Entertainment of Tbres Ads, 2 Vols. Sva, Pr. 55. Becket and De Hondt.
This publication may be considered as a haché of dishes that have been already served up to the public. It is of very little importance to our readers, whether the editor's account of Cyrus, which employs three letters, has been publifhed already or not, as all the part in it that is valuable is taken from wellknown authorities. The account he gives us of the nature of the Lacedemonian government is despicable and partial; and had it been more just and accurate, it would have only served to shew, that it tended to render the Lacedemonians in fenfible of all social virtues in private life, and to introduce into their republic a system of morals that would have disgraced the Hot, tentots. The rest of the publication is a medley of trite, vul. gar stories, anecdotes, and sentiments, that have already apo, peared in print. It is surprising that a writer, who composed the songs in the dramatic entertainment called Lucinda, tacked to those two common-place volumes, should intermix it with the vileft prose plot that ever disgraced Grub-street. .
As the above catch-penny method of vamping up old publications under new titles, seems to be coming into fashion, we thall presume to give the following hint to their best customers, *** the circulating library readers : if their contents have been published, and but little known, you are pretty sure they are not worth reading; and if they have been well received, it is a hundred to one that you have not read them before. 24. A Trip to Scotland. As it is axed at obe Theatre-Royal in
Drury-Lane. 8vo. Pr. 15. Dodney. This is the first dramatical performance we have seen, that, without a character which has the smallest pretensions to sense, wit, or sentiment, is rendered passable, nay pleasing, by its conduct.---Miss Grikkin, niece to Mr. Grilkin, a wealthy citizen, runs away to Scotland with Jemmy Twinkle, a city ap. prentice, with the connivance of Mrs. Fillagree, housekeeper to Mr. Griskin, and governess to Miss. They are pursued, when it is too late, by Mr. Griskin and Mrs. Fillagree, who has a
secret design of the fame matrimonial kind upon her master ; and manages him, by pretending that her dear reputation must be ruined with their neighbours, the family of the Flacks, . and the public, by trusting herself alone with him in his excursion. --Slap dash (as Tristram Shandy says) they go ; and the scene changes to an inn on the road, full of young couples, driving to and returning from Scotland; and among the latter, Miss Grifkin (who is now Mrs. Twinkle) and her spouse. It is foon seen that they have undergone a great transformation by their marriage; for Jeınıny is peevish and thoughtful, and madam heedless and amorous. Scarcely are they arrived at the inn, when Griskin with his housekeeper arrives ; and he is quite in raptures with her prudence and virtue. The whole scene of the inn is very laughable. Griskin discovers his niece and her husband; and Mrs. Fillagre, with some difficulty, procures their pardon, but secures the success of her own design upon Griskin.:
Mean while, the immaculate and virtuous Miss Flack appears at the same inn, on her way to Scotland, attended by her inamorato, and to be supposed future husband, Tom Southerton, a strolling-player; but both of them much in the dumps. Tom, it seems, had received intelligence on the road, that Miss Flack's fortune was both distant and precarious. This gives him fome qualıns of conscience. He repeats the circumstances of his courtship, and Miss is persuaded to return to her father.
Now, reader, you long to know in what manner the author of this farce has scrupulously preserved the unities of time and place ;-by the most natural classical expedient in the world.
He converts Cupid into a poft-boy, and that post-boy into a chorus, who explains all that is to be understood; and perhaps no Greek poet'ever employed a chorus with greater probabi. lity or propriety, than our author does his liitle urchin.—The piece of itself is so fort, that we cannot in conscience plunder • it by making any extracts. 25. Lionel and Clarissa; or, a School for Fathers. À Comic
Opera. . As it is performed at the Theatre-Royal in Drury-Lane. 800. Pr. Is. 6d. Griffin. '
Our readers will find this piece characterifed in the Critical Review for April, 1768.- Mr. Bickerstaff observes, in an advertisement, that the principal alteration it underwent, in con. sequence of its removal from Covent-Garden to Drury-Lane, was occasioned by Mr. Garrick's bringing out a new finger, and employing other performers, with voices of a different compals froin those who originally acted the parts. By this means
the greatest part of the music unavoidably became new. This is, indeed, the only alteration made in the Opera.-The School for Fathers is added to the title, because the plot is double, as the reader will easily perceive. 26. The Life, Adventures, and Amours of Sir R . Pa , · who fo recently had the Honour 10 present obe F~ Address at the - Englifh Court. 8vo. Pr.is. 6d. Brough. - To this supposititious piece of biography is prefixed a de. dication to the d- of G-, replete with abuse, scandal, and inyective, principally founded on extracts from the famous letters of Junius. This production can be considered in no other light than a Grub-ftreet catchpenny, as it contains little more than a compilation of some letters which appeared in the News papers relative to this extraordinary adventurer, halħed up by the writer into the form of an eighteen-penny touch. . . 27. Allegories and Vifions for the Entertainment and Instruction of
younger Minds, selected from the most eminent Aurbars. 12 mo. Pr. 35. Pearch.
A compilation from the Spectator, Tatler, Rambler, Ada venturer, and other well-known writings; and therefore must be amusing and instructive to those who have not had the opportunity of perusing these pieces in the volumes that contain the other parts of those useful and celebrated works.. 28. Tbe Trial of Mungo Campbell, before the bigh Court of Jur
ticiary in Scotland, for the Murder of Alexander Earl of Èglin
toun ; extracted from the Records of the Court; with the learned - Pleadings on both sides. 2d Edit. • 8vo. Pr. 35. 6d. Wilson
and Nicol; and Robinson and Roberts.
As this trial is authentic, and has occasioned much speculation, we have read it with attention; and must confefs, such is the peculiar difficulty of the case, that, if we had made part of the jury who tried the prisoner, we should have been extremely doubtful in giving our judgment. Perhaps it is iinpofsible to conceive a criminal case, where more could be faid on both sides of the question; or indeed a case where more has been Jaid, than in that before us. The counsel on both sides have displayed uncommon erudition in general jurisprudence, joined to a thorough knowledge of the human heart; and we may venture to pronounce Mr. Maclaurin's pleading for the pri- , foner, printed in this trial, a mafferly performance, which, ab.. stracted from some peculiar terms and phrases of the Scotch law, will, we are certain, give universal fatisfa&tion. 29. A Letter to a great Peer concerning the late Earl of Eglintoun.
8vo. Pr..6d. A. Henderson, i . Written in a peer-less stile.