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COW-POX. Art. 33.–Five Common Sense Arguments, to euince the Effie
cacy, and enforce the Duty, of Inoculation by the SmallPor; and to obviate existing Prejudices and Objections. Most respectfully dedicated to the board of Directors, and the medical Council, of · The Royal Jennerian Society.' By Joseph Simmons. 12mo. 1s. Highley. 1803. :
A plain persuasive tract in favour of the cow-pox. The pleonastic error in the title does not speak much in favour of the plainness of our author's persuasive powers; and indeed we at one time suspected the dedication to be ironical. . Art. 3+.—Facts decisive in lacour of the Cow-Pock: ina
cluding the History of its Rise, Progress, and Advantages ; and the Evidence given before the Honourable the Committee of the House of Commons, with their Report, and Remarks on the Same. By Robert John Thornton, M. D. &c. 8vo. The Fourth Edition, 75. Boards. Symonds, 1803.
In this fourth edition, Dr. Thornton has continued what may be styled the history of the cow-pox, to the present time, adding the evidence given before the committee of the house of commons, and their report, with remarks. Indeed, the subject seems fully completed. Two plates of the cow-pox pustule, with comparative representations of the small-pox and spurious pustules, are subjoined. ART. 35.-An Address, to Parents and Guardians of Children, and others, on variolous and vaccine Inoculations. By John Coakley Lettsom, M. D. &c. 800. is. Mawman. 1803.
Charity covereth a multitude of sins; and the good design of this address will excuse the pompous inflated language in which our author's very trifling observations are conveyed.- Verily the spirit is a violent spirit, and waxeth warm on the most insigniiicant occasions ! The dog-days, too, approach! Bonaparte threatens, and Dr. Lettsom already darts his lightnings, the harbingers of dreadful devastation ! Ecce sigaum!
• Preparing for publication. * An Appeal to the sober Reflection of the Authors of the Critical
leview; on '1. Espionnage and Detraction. • 2. Literary Ambiguity and Embarrassment. • 3. The Jennerian Discovery.
• 4. Abusive Language in Controversy; with Letters to the Au. thors of the Monthly Review and British Critic.'. p. 16.
What warm work will ensue! presses will groan, and cannons rat tle! The meek spirit, that should offer the other cheek also, must. shrink appalled. We must arm ourselves: but our panoply shall be.
CRIT. Rev. Vol. 38. June, 1803. un R
good-humour, for we will not be angry in turn*. Yet, when the recollect Dr. Lettsom's sneers in his first letter, his charging the reviewer with inebriety, and alluding to some observations as its effect, we would advise the author, as a friend,--Be persuaded, my dear sir ! if only for the sake of a little consistency, to omit the fourth part.
EDUCATION. ART. 36.-The pretty Pilgrim: or, the marvellous Journey of
Evelina Evans. 12mo. Is. Boards. Crosby and Co. · The idea of the latter part of this little volume is taken from Parrell's Hermit: the whole is calculated for the understanding of a child of four or five years' old. Art. 37.-.A brief Epitone of the Ilistory of England, from
the Conquest in 1060, to the Accession of our gracious Sovereign George the Third. Calculated to exercise the Memo.. ry of the Infant Readers of History, as well as to ercite their Curiosity to the Perusal of the more enlarged Abridgements. By s. Ziegenhirt. 2 Vols. 12mo. 45. 6d. Boarde. Bell. 1802. We cannot discover any great merit in this little performance. An abstract of the Ilistory of England is given, only leaving ont here and there a proper name, which the child is to insert from his memory, or • from reading. Art. 39.--The key to the Blanks contained in the Reigns of
the Kings of England, from the Conquest in 1066 to the Year 1760. This is a collection of the words omitied in the former article.
Art.99:-- Moderna Contersazione, &c. Modern Conversation weightien Diulogues upon various Sub
jects, by Cajetan Polidori, uith a Sclection of Proverbs and proverbial Phrases by the same „luthor. 12mo. 2s. seu'ed. Dulau and Co. 1902.
Of the style or the subjects of these eighteen dialogues, we can say nothing commendatory. The author observes, that, to understand a mo. dern language, without being able to speak it, is to know how to use it only by halves. This truth, it is presumed, is what the logicians would call self-evident, We wish we could demonstrate another, that the readers of this volume would learn from it the other halt: but, alas ! this is not in our power.
POETRY. ART. 40.1'allace; or, the Vale of Ellerslie. With other Poems. 12no. 55. Boards. Vernor and Hood. 1802. This volume is evidently the work of a young man, and it possesses
We adopt this pian, from recollecting a passage in a non-conformist's sermoa very carly in the last century. He was observing. chat Michael did not answer bis antagonist's railing, with railing.--"And why, my brethren, did hic not !--He knew ibat cho w ould be too hard for him.
all that can be expected from a young man : the conceptions and the language are vague and indefinite : but there is a lofty and sonorous versification, and occasional passages of originality and genius, which promise much hereafter. We select the following stanza, as the best.
" When faint he felt the sultry summer hour,
The day-star Haming in the noontide sky, ,.
Where, brawling, flow'd the shelvy streamlet by:
There, lull'd in slumbers, would the infant lie, :
To roam thro’armed courts, and castles high ;-
. P. 12. * There are a 'few trifling inaccuracies in the poem.
• Hark! old Libānus 'mid his cedars sings.' This is wrongly accented. Wallace the Wight, or the Wallace Wight, are unmeaning and foolish phrases ; and the prophecy has not been fulfilled, which is made to Scotland that, in consequence of Wallace's victories,
• Perpetual smile her fields, perpetual smile her skies.' ART. 41.-Poetry by the Author of Gebir. 8vo. 2s. Ed.
Rivingtons. 1802. We know not the age of this gentleman; but we can easily perceive that his wisdom, at least, is on the wane. He tells us, that he had some time ago 'begun to write a poem, connected, in some degree, with the early history of Spain;' but that he became shortly afterwards doubtful whether he should ever finish it, and hence grew every hour more indifferent towards his undertaking. It was a friendly spirit who whispered him to forbear; and he showed his inspiration rather by listening to such advice, and becoming silent, than by persevering in his poetry. Much of his epic was written, however; and, being a mau of tender feelings, he had not the heart to commit it to the fames, where, nevertheless, it would have made a much brighter blaze, than it is calculated to make in any other quarter. The author's crudities are now, therefore, thrown upon the public, in the form of extracts, from this unfinished poem; and he waits. the judgement of this impartial tribunal, before he determines to tack together the different pieces of his poetic loom, and make a regular beginning, a middle, and an end. To assist the decision, we shall offer a specia men from the opening of one of the fragments before us.
· Heroes of old would I commemorate.
Of sceptered Power, and barishest from Earth
Say, daughters of Mnemosyne and Jove,
Such, anid Europe's oaken groves retired.' 7. 12. To this forlorn wanderer, in pursuit of the Muses, the world, to whom he appeals, will perhaps, in reply, be induced to say, in his own language,
Ah! what resistless madness made him roam
DRAMA ART. 42.--The Marruge Promise: a Comedy in five Acts,
as performet at the Theatre-Loyal, Drury Lane. By John Till Allingham. Svo. 23. 01. Ridgway. 1803.
The main plot of this play is, that Consols, a rich stock-jobber, tired of getting money, is determined to spend some part of it in purchasing the smiles of the poor. In this laudable resolution, and the consequent practice of it, he discovers a lost daughter, and makes her son his heir. As this son is the offspring of a private marriage, the engagement, by which the wife is bound to keep the ceremony a se. cret, gives name to the piece--"The Marriage l’romise.'
We think, on the whole, this drama deserves to be better spoken of than many of our modern performances; yet it certainly pleases more in reading than in acting : the reason is, because the incidents are detached. The slipping away of Emma, and her leaving Margery with Sidney, is a proof of this: it makes the gallery laugh: but it is only a temporary laughter, for it leads to nothing; therefore had better been onnitted.
Like most of our latter pieces, it has a dedication to the abilities of the performers. Perhaps, as Mr. Allingham is a young author, he will tull the world, with the candour of juvenile years, whether this circumstance be required from the play-wrights of our days. Without such a stipulation, one would hardly think the absurdity could be so general. Art.43.-The Voice of Nature: a Play, in three Acts. As
performed at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. By James Bouden. 8vo. 2s. Ridgway. 1803.
Very much blame could not be bestowed on the translation of a play, nor very much praise be lavished on the imitation of one, whata'
ever might be the desert of the original. Happily, the Voice of Na. ture is entitled to neither one nor the other.
If Mr. Boaden, however, be but an imitator in his drama, he has all the worth of an original in his dedication. It was said of the Pur. suits of Literature, that “the work appeared but as a peg to hang the notes on. We could almost say of this play, that it is printed for the sake of what goes before it. Mr. Colman and his company have it laid on them as thick as heart could wish. The flattery is almost too gross for the stomach of even a player..
. .... NOVELS, &c. ART. 44. The Convent of St. Michael, a Tale : taken from
a German I/S. of the Seventeenth Century. 2 Vols. 12mo. . 7s. Bourds. Hurst. 1803.
· The world, I am convinced,' says the editor of this novel, 'is alreally overstocked with those trilling productions which go under the denomination of novels, the generality of which cannot be considered as merely innocent amusements. They are not only impertinent, to say no worse of them, but often pernicious. Impertinent, as they intrude upon that time, which might and ought to be better employed ;-pernicious, by being frequently immoral, and dangerous in their cons.com quences, particularly when they fall into the hands of the young, the idle, the thoughtless, and the ignorant ; and most assuredly, amongst these, must be included the majority of novel-readers.' . After we had finished a preface, which is continued with some more of these sensible and very proper remarks, we expected to find a work of at least tolerable merit; but we have been disappointed. The tale is that of a young man who falls in love with his cousin's wife. The incidents contained in it are too unimportant, and the language tos careless, to permit us to say that they do not intrude upon inat time which might and ought to be better employed :' and, though there is nothing very dangerous' or immoral' in the consequence of these volumes; yet poetical justice ought not to have allowed a passion, thus guiltily begun, to be rewarded by marriage, at the death of the former husband. . . .
. . ART: 45.-Lucy Osmond. A Story. 12mo. 35. 6d. Boards.
Robinsons. 1803. The drift of this novel is to point out the folly of suffering the passion of love to take too strong a possession of our feelings. Lucy night have been blessed with a deserving man, who doated on her, had she consented to become the wife of any other than him on whom she had placed her first fond wishes, and with whom she could not be united, because he not only was not equally enamoured of her, but actually died in his visit to the West Indies. . ART. 46.-The American. A Novel. By W'. Higgins. 2 Vols: · 12mo. 85. Boards. Ridgway. 1803.
Mr. Higgins, in these volumes, has quitted the modern tract of writers in this department, and neither made his heroine much in love,