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dians, are thrown into an agreeable point of view; and he concludes with an entertaining description of the rattle snake. Art. 20. An Account of what passed between Mr. George Thomp
Son of York, and Dr. John Burton of that City, Physician and Man-midwife at Mr. Sheriff Jobb's Entertainment, and the Consequences thereon. By Mr. George Thompson.
Ostavo. Pr. 1s. Hooper. This notable transaction was (it seems) a fray occasioned by Mr. Thompson's proposing what he calls a test toast at a sheriff's entertainment. Dr. Burton, physician and man-midwife, refusing to conform, a dispute ensued ; and, after some altercation, the said Dr. Burton broke the head of one of his fellow guests. This ex. ploit, however, he did not atchieve with impunity; in as much as he was collared, philliped, and scratched, saw his shirt torn and his cudgel broke, and was dismissed from the company with some ignominious remembrances à pofteriori, which he did not patiently retain. Instead of wreaking his resentment upon the proper object, he had recourse upon Mr. George Thompson, who declares, that far from assaulting the doctor, he secured him from severe chastisement. He complains therefore, that he was not only sued unjustly, but also maltreated by the council of his adversary, and caft upon false evidence. Mr. I kompson seems to think he fell a facrifice to the virulence of a faction, in whose cause the doctor has suffered heretofore. If that be the case, he has been twice happily delivered; but one time or another his head may be jammed in such an untoward pelvis, that even his own tire téte will not extricate him ; fo that the operator must have recourse to the noose, which is but a rough and disagreeable expedient. Art. 21. Impartial Refléitions on the Case of Mr. Byng, as
stated in an Appeal to the People, &c. And a Letter to a Member of Parliament, &c.
fub judice lis eft. Ostavo. Pr. Is. Hooper. If the case of Mr. Byng is, according to this motto, in litigation before an impartial tribunal, why hould the author of the
pamphlet endeavour to prejudge the culprit ? He affirms that 41 - -1 Bg had nothing to fear from the candour, skill, and experience of his judges, and endeavours to refute those arguments which have been used to free that gentleman from the heavy load of popular prepossession, under which he has groaned so long. If the gentlemen by whom the admiral will be tried, are above all prejudice and prepossession, to what purpose was this pamphlet published ? We hope it was not with a view to confound those two objcēts which the letter writer has fo justly divided ; namely, the loss of Minorca, and the event of the sea engagement, which, we apprehend, are altogether independent of each other.
Art. A curious instrument so called, contrived by Dr. Lurton, to extract the head of fatus from a narrow pelis.
Art. 22. One thousand Seven hundred and Fifty fix. A Dia
kogue. 8vo. Pr. Is. Withy.
There are two sciences, in which people are more prone to expose themselves than in any other. Those are poetry and politics ; both of them as little adapted to agree with each other as oil and vinegar : for one requires spirit and fancy to support it ; the other is adapted to a dull plodding genius, if to genius we may be allowed to join these epithets.
The author of One thousand Seven hundred and Fifty fix has therein endeavoured to unite these two sciences; but alas, in both he is a miserable dabbler ; as may be seen by the following quotation. You are to understand that this severe satirist is now speaking of the ministry.
• How cunningly have they governd!
Revere the brave old Blak'ney's name,
We can't help saying that 1756 is a fine subject for satire, and notwithstanding the pamphlet in hand, we hope to see some man of genius make it his theme.
Ast. 23. POLYDORE and JULIA: or the Libertine reclaim’d.
A novel. 12mo. Pr. 35. Crowder.
“ The calm sea wonders at the wrecks it made. WALLER. A Person, who, we find, in the course of our reading, calls himself Caftalio, being tired of living on the other side of Templebar, removes to the court end of the town, and goes to lodge in a boarding house full of people ; among whom he finds a gentleman of a loose difpofition, who, he has reason to think fond of a poor baronet's daughter that fat facing him at table; these are Polydore and Julia.
Caftalio enters immediately into an intimacy with the former, tho' their acquaintance was not yet a day old.
He touches him
upon his passion for Julia, which Polydore confeffes, nay even goes lo far as to acknowledge his designs not over honourable ; to divert him from them Caffalio preaches to him,
• Upon what do you build your expectations of obtaining your end? •-the freedom of her carriage towards you; the receiving your ad• dresses with an agreeable complacency, and her favourable returns
to your obliging services, are but slender grounds for a belief that • her heart corresponds with your wishes.
• She, not being apprehensive of your foul intent, interprets your • devoirs in an honourable sense ; and in that case it is no derogation • from her virtue to let you see the is not impregnable.
You, Polydore, have merit enough in appearance to deserve the • fair Julia's esteem ; and ladies mistake the rule of modefty, when
they Aroud their inward approbation under a cloud of ourward re• fervedness.
• It argues a disingenuous temper, and is the effect of a fantastie pride, to beget an easy suspence in any one for the present, whom
they intend to make happy by a compliance hereafter ;-there• fore, notwithstanding the gracious behaviour which gives birth to your hopes, it still remains uncertain ; and, perhaps, as foon, as the perceives your malevolent aim, scorn and disdain may dispostess her new-born affection, and turn her warrantable love into a justifiable • inveteracy.
• How deeply, Polydore, muft this wound a generous spirit, to re• flect that your guilt has rendered you despicably odious in those eyes in which you were ambitious to appear moft amiable: . That face you now behold with extatic joy and delight, you will not then be able to look on without a conscious blush ; you
that so solicitously court her company, will as industriously avoid .it: every glance will upbraid your baseness, and add to you fresh • confusion.
She will, perhaps, proclaim your brutal offers among all her acquaintance, till the deserved reproach brand you with such an in2
famous blemish as will make you at once both feard and contemnd • by all that have the least regard to honour, or respect to virtue.
But, supposing she is not inexorable ; yet, she may not be won without difficulty. The conqueft requires more time and pains than 'you imagine, or indeed than it is really worth.
• There is an innate principle in the fair sex that hinders their • speedy surrender ; modesty is not so soon put off as a gaçment; • even those whose meanness of birth and education has deprived
them of any other affiftance, have by the help of that, join'd with the fear of but one of the unlucky consequences, prov'd sufficient to • withstand the force of a libidinous temptation.
• But in those, who, besides these, have greater advantages, the true notions of honour, and a due sense of religion, are certainly not to
be overcome so readily.-if these are enervated in the heart, they • are not so eafily supplanted.
• Add to this, the many dismal examples of irretrievable misery, and the miserable condition of the unwary, who have yielded io • lascivious allurements, which are no small incentives to their cau. . tionary resistance.
To force a way through all these oppositions, is a task no less • odious than intricate ; and the methods to accomplish it must be as
servilely base, as the end is villainous :~he who sets about it must diveft himself of humanity, bid adieu to all laws, moral and divine, • and enter into an alliance with a legion of crimes.'
Advice of this sort, cloathed in language in praise of which we can say but little, takes up more than 200 pages of the book ; the consequence of it is, that Polydore, who sees his error, in order to conquer it, retires to the country. In a few days after he returns to London to marry Julia, of whose love and virtue he is firmly persuaded ; this business being compleated, the curtain drops, and Castalio quits us as abruply as he intruded into our company.
The whole is spun out to 218 pages loosely printed, whereas it might have been easily comprised in eight.
There are no changes of fortune : there is no variety in the story, nothing to keep the mind in suspence; ncr any marks of invention or genius.
MINORCA. A Tragedy. In three a&ts. Pr. I s. This is the work of some school-boy, who has not yet gone thro' his grammar ; for example.
I resolv'd to fly
But being closely watch'd, was soon o'ertaken,
By servants who was brib'd to force me back;
• But know I'll not submit to none. These are sufficient to give an idea of the piece, in which there is introduc'd a miserable love tale, and two or three murders; the cha
miler we have given of Mr. Slade's play, will fit this every jot as well.
Art. 25. An APPEAL to the People: containing, the genuine
and entire letter of admiral Byng to the secr. of the ady; obfervations on those parts of it which were omitted by the writers
of the Gazette : and what might be the reasons for such omissions. i Part the first. 8vo. Pr. Is. Morgan.
-- Nec lex eft æquior ulla
Quam necis artifices arte perire sua. Ovid. In the letter to a member of parliament, enough had been said to turn the stream of national prejudice and abuse from a B-g, and pave the way for his being tried with juftice and impartiality. That performance seems to be written with accuracy and temper ; it looks like the production of a gentleman desirous of rescuing a fellow subject from oppression.. On the other hand, the Appeal is evidently the work of an hireling pen, fruitful, not in argument but invective, cold, inanimated, and poisonous, like the juice of henbane. The author offers no new proof or presumption in favour of the 1-. He fills fifteen pages with a languid address to the publick ; in which he seems more inten: upon blackening the first lord of the a--y, than solicitous to clear Mr. Bg. His calculation of the force of the different fleets is altogether ridiculous. His justification of the ad—l is a tedious, diffuse, and perplexing declamation, which we are afraid, will do no service to the prisoner ; for in seeking to corroborate fome parts of his defence, we conceive he has only exposed their weakness. But this is a disagreeable subject, on which, for his fake, we shall not expatiate: though we must observe, that the adsl has been unlucky in his choice of a champion, who like alafutida in medicine, cannot help discovering himself by the nauseous favour of his writings. Art. 26. A LETTER to AdS-Bmg. With the form of a
confeffion suited to a person in his circumstances. To which are added, a fer words of advice to the Inhabitants of Great-Britain upon our late disappointments. Pr. 6 d. Cooper.
The author of this pamphlet puts us in mind of those pious, ghostly directors, who offer their services to malefactors under condemnation, and exhaust all their rhetoric in persuading them they will be damned. He infiits upon Mr. B-g's being guilty, before he is tried ; on that supposition, he takes it very much amiss that he Mould pretend to enjoy the least tranquillity or peace of mind : he exaggerates every circumstance of his supposed guilt ; endeavours to terrify him into remorse and despair.; anticipates, as far as in him lies, the sentence of his judges, by furnishing him with the form of a confession, as if he could not surely have the impudence to plead not guilty; and makes a transition to the Dm- of whom, he daubs with fullome encomiums. This is either the work of some,