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given with more accuracy of circumstance, and are connected by a regular narrative, fo as to exhibit, in its true colours, the systein by which the French extend their power, recruit their finances, and subvert the independence of other nations. The author speaks the language of irritation, and perhaps there may be exaggeration in some particulars; but the principal statements appear to be true.
In the appendix, is given a note transmitted to the minister of foreign affairs, by citizen Zeltner, a democrat, and the present Helvetic plenipotentiary at Paris.' It tends to the corifirmation of various points detailed by the author, whose account (we ought to add), as far as it respects the canton of Zurich, agrecs with that of Lavater. An Address to the People of the British Empire on the present Posture
and future Prospect of Public Affairs ; with an Appendix in Defense of the fourth Volume of the Reign of George the Third. By its Author Robert Macfarlan. 8vo. Is. 6d. Richardson. 1797.
The justice of the war is here enforced with a zeal which will not be unacceptable at a time when it is proposed to renew it with more than the original vigour. The author endeavours to prove that we have not been less successful on land than by sea, and that our resources are yet sufficient for the greatest exertions. The appendix relates to the opinions given by certain reviewers of the fourth volume of the History of the Reign of George the Third ; and our opinion * is honoured with a confiderable share of Mr. Macfarlan's abufe. Of this we mould have taken no notice, if it did not afford a curious proof of the state of his mind, and the prevalence of self-conceit over patriotism. Twenty-four pages of his pamphlet are employed in a defence of the natian, and foriya eight in a defence of his book! The nation, however, is not in want of such a defence ; and his history derives no real supporç from his vindication. The Family Tale : or, the Story of Pitt, Fox, and O'Connor. 8vo.
IS. Hatchard. 1798. This tale is a sketch of political history. The British nation is the family to which the writer alludes; and the head of it is
represented as a ' very worthy gentleman, but ' unfortunate in his stewards,' till he made choice of Pitman, who, though he found his master's atfairs in a sad state of confusion, set all to rights, and managed the family with great judgment.' Foxton thwarted this manager with all his power; and, when the Jacobins commenced their intrigues, he (says the narrator) countenanced many of the party. The Irish conspiracy is particularly introduced in the tale; and the pamphlet concludes with a speech from Mr.
* See Vol. XX. New Arr. p. 419. Crit. Rev. VOL. XXIV. Nov. 1798.
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George, fiating his reasons, drawn from the conduct of Foxton, for not admitting such a man to the stewardship of his estate.
In point of compofition, this performance is despicable ; but it is adapted to the capacities of the persons to whom it is addressed. Three Warnings to John Bull before he dies. By an old Acquaint
ance of the Public. 8vo. Iso 6d. Faulder. 1798. This author affects the popular style; but he is rather whimsical than interesting. His three warnings are three points of advice; 1. unanimoutly to support government; 2. to evince a juft and manly regard for our established religion ; and, 3. to make an immediate amendment in our manners. To support government, is, in his sense, to support the present administration ; and this, it seems, cannot be done without entertaining contempt and abhorrence for the opposition. Why do not fuch writers propose at once to render the offices of state hereditary in the families of the present ministers? Every Man's Friend ; or, Britons' Monitor. In Two Parts. TO
which is added, a short Appeal to Mothers, Widows, Wives, Sifers, and Daughters, upon the Brutality of the French Armies. Addreled to all Ranks.
25. 6d. Richardson. 1798.
The first part of this compilation will be useless to all those who have a history of England in their possession; and, that most of those who are attached to reading have such a work either en détail or en abrégé, we may reasonably fuppofe. Of the second division of the work, a great part is borrowed from Peter Porcupine; and the volume concludes with an address to the female sex.
It is peculiarly your duty' (says the writer to his fair countrywonen) to reprobate the doctrines of the French. For, were ever their diabolical principles to prevail in Britain, you might bid an eternal adieu to that facred inviolability of your persons, upon which alone your true felicity depends; and, indeed, the morals, the freedom, and even the happiness of the empire at large. In the well-authenticated cruelties which you have already perused in this useful work, you must have perceived, that no respect was paid, by the French, to the fair sex. On the contrary, it is one part of the republican system of France, to render the women as ferocious and abandoned as the men ; for, there, alas ! female delicacy, modesly, and virtue are almost extinguished ! and that unhappy country is now as one immense brothel, where nothing is heard but the most grofs obscenity! and where nothing is seen but the moft abandoned proftitution !!
In the beginning of this address, the author injures the cause for which he is so zealous; for he tuates a point in which the men are certainly as much interested as the other fex, to be a duty peculiar
to the latter, ... The wcaluhiy proprietors of the country' are requested to pur
chase this work for the purpose of distributing it among the lower classes, that the people may be warned of the ill effects of democracy, and be prepared for a resolute defence of their country against presumptuous and cruel invaders. An History of the Jaquerie in France in the Year 1358; with an
Accurint of their herrid Cruelties and final Extirpation : taken from Barnes's History of the most victorious Monarch Edrward 111. to show, that the Character of the French Peasantry, wen unreftrained by Law, has ever been brutally ferocious. 8vo.' 3d. Stockdale. 1798.
In the reign of king John of France, one Jaques, of Clermont in the Beauvoisin, put himself at the head of a set of ruffians, and prosecuted an infamous career of depredation, outrage, and murder. From him (says Barnes) the whole tribe obtained the appellation of the Jaquerie ; but M. de Charron, whose history lies before us, affirms, that the denomination arose from the jacques de maille (coats or jackets of mail) which these villains wore. A great body of them having entered Meaux, a party of nobles and gentry attacked them with such spirit, that they were quickly routed with great laughter; and their leader, being taken alive, was hanged. The resemblance between the Jaquerie and the Jacobin faction is pointed out by the editor, who, froin' his manner of writing, exemplified in the preface, seems to be a clergyman. Evidence to Charaller ; or, the Innocent Impoffure : being a Pora
trait of a Traitor by his Friends and by Himself. 8vo. 3d. Wright. 1798.
This pamphlet merely consists of extraets from Gurney's account of the trial of O'Connor, and from the late report of the committee of the Irith house of commons. In the former, the character of O'Connor is given by Mr. Fox and his friends; and, in the latter, his treafonable connexions and intrigues are disclosed by himself. The object of the publication is to ruin the popularity of the leaders of oppofition.
The Crimes of Democracy. 8vo. 15. 6d. Faulder. 1798.
In this pamphlet, the author maintains the justice and necellity of the war, by a slight recapitulation of trite arguments. He displays no novelty either in matter or manner.
F Ι Ν Α Ν CE. Interesting Suggestions to Proprietors and Trustees of Efates, reStecting the Land-Tax Sale and Redemption da. By Simeon
Pope. 8vo. Is. Richardson. 1798. The proprietors of land are earneftly entreated to take immediate advantage of the act for the redemption of the land-tax. The advice comes, we presume, from the environs of the stock-exchange,
Unfortunately, the arguments used for purchasing fone time ago, no longer subfift; and the landholder who, according to this author, was highly imprudent in not redeeming when the stocks were as low as 481. 1os. for the hundred, would be guilty of a higher degree of imprudence, if he should now purchase with a view to redemption.
For let him keep this point steadily in his view, that if the three per cènts. Should rise but a very few pounds only above their present price, he will be utterly disabled from redeeming at all, or a ileast to any advantage—and he may then remeinber with regret, the very emphatical and admonitory expression of the Roman poet, the motto of the title page :
Carpe Diem.” In times of fluctuation like the present, it is difficult for an individual to see his way clearly; and we lament that so much encouragement is given, by the late act of the legislature, to the baneful spirit of stock-jobbing. A Letter to the Right Hon. the Chancellor of the Exchequer, on his
proposed Sale of the Land-Tax. By John Scott. 8vo. 6d. Jordan. 1798. John Scott is very plain in his language to the financier. "The French government' (he says)' had as much right to confiscate, as you have to mortgage, private ettates. But land, either in France or England had better be made common property, than the property of governments, and to mortgage, presupposes a property in the foil. Besides,
• Suppose a landholder buys the annihilation of his own landtax, he does not buy a property. He only purchases a parliamentary promise, of parliamentary forbearance, which, if one parliament can legislate for another, inay, perhaps properly, be called parliamentary, but certainly it is not land security. It would be perfectly ridiculous to talk of giving a inan security upon his own estate. His rightful poffeflion is his best security, and this he already enjoys, without your gift ; the land is his own.
You can only promise that you will not dispossess him; and until
you offi. ciously tendered this promise, he had no idea you entertained the defign; because he knew you had no right.' P. 9.
He afterwards affirms, that the plan is wretchedly bad, and totally in practicable ;' but, in the latter point, we do not agree with him. We fhall only add, that his scheme for bringing the profits of the note-iffuing bankers' into the public purse, deserves consideration. A Letter on Finance, and on National Defence ; addressed to those
who are inclined to defpond at the present Posture of Public 11fairs. By John Charnock, Fun. Svo.
Faulder. 1798. Late events have rendered the declamation of this writer on 12
tional defence superfiuous : but we thank him for the agreeable Rews, that the property of this country, fairly brought to the hammer, is worth four thousand millions. Who then can defpond at a debt of four hundred millions ? Though we do not estimate to highly the national property, we are not induced to give way to despondency; and we are convinced that a judicious system of taxation will considerably alleviate the present difficulties, arising from the system of funding. A Plan for raisng the Taxes impartially and almost free of Expence
in War; and in Peace for paying off the National Debt, at the fame Time that the Wealthy hall receive. Interest for their Money, and the Poor be eafed of Taxes. By Francis Adams, Esq. &c. 8vo. 15. 6d. Richardson. 1798.
• The plan was formed last fpring, on what I believed to have been a declaration made by Mr. Pitt, I therefore thought it a proper respect to that gentlenian to fubinit it to his consideration before I published it; indeed that aitention was due to his abilities and high station.
When my papers were returned, I was flattered on receiving his thanks for the pains I had taken in so meritorious and praise-worthy an attempt; it is true he gave it as his opinion, that it could not be carried into execution with effect, which is the reason I did not then publish it: but from the circumstances that have since arisen, I hope fome beneficial consequences may result to the public from the perusai of these sheets.' P. 47.
Mr. Pitt, without doubt, would thank an author who seems to dread that too little, rather than too much, hould be taken out of our pockets,
6 Let us not despair, let us draw together ; let us cheerfully contribute not seven and a half per cent. only, but even fifty per cent. on our incomes, to support the constitution, if necessary. I agree with the learned bishop of Landaff, “ No man, relatively speaking, will be either richer or poorer by this payment being generally made; provided we fall uniformly in our riches, the comparative situation in the scale of society will be the same.” P. 43.
With so many advisers as the minister has, we may suppose that his ways and means will be very productive; and, as the profits of this pamphlet are intended for the Bristol infirmary, we shall be happy to hear of its extensive circulation.
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Law, during the Reign of his present Majesty, King George the
By Thomas Walter Williams, Elg. &c. Vel. 7. 8vo.