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much fulsome attention officiously paid to mon minds are allowed to form no opis the name, she effigy, the echo, the very nion. The India bills, which have been mimic of Pitt. But the policy of his no- brought in by an illustrious commoner, and mination, which undoubtedly originated this candidate, at once for the favour of with Lord Shelburne, when impartially the people and the crown, stated a molt conGidered, cannot be condemned: he invidious contrait berween iwo of the most possessed the public confidence in noinferior eminent men that ever adorned the age. degree; his talents for business were, at These two measures were both great ef. Jeast fupposed, uncommonly great, and forts of mind, but that parliament which he came into power at a time when the condemned the peace, and did many otber fate of our finances were not the most popular things, hach also adopted the one flourithing. Genius and address were con- aud reprobated the other. fequently never more necellary; and thus His laivation with regard to this parliacircumstanced, the hopes of the nation ment has been somewhat uncommon; were not a little raised from the fond ap- they have never been wholly on good prehension of the prosperity which they terms. They thought his language conderived from the exertions and abilities of cerning the late peace not sufficiently corthe father, might yet return with those of rect and explicit. He came into office in the son.
the most open defiance of their authority, The transactions of this short-lived ad- and has continued to act ever since against ministration were not numerous, but suffi- a very numerous majority; and while these ciently important po make it long remem- memoirs are concluding, it is probable he bered among these the general peace, may be at St. James's
, either religning his which succeeded the American war, was appointment, or issuing his mandate for fingular and conspicuous. Politicians are diffolving the parliament. not yet agreed whether this was, on the The cloquence of this very young and whole, an advantageous measure or not. able orator is no longer possessed, however, Mr. Pitt, as one of the c'het, had un- of those charms with which its maiden exdoubtedly his share in accomplishing it: ertions were accompanied. His ofhcial fialiis, however, added nothing io that large tuations have obliged him to be often on Share of popularity which he previously his legs, and he seldom rose without losing possessed." it cannot be denied that it ra- some of that admiration he formerly porther lowered him in the public opinion, fessed: but they still lifton to him with notwithstanding the very masterly apology profound attention. His diction is fingu. which he delivered in behalf of himself larly pure and classical ; and though his and colleagues on that memorable occa- speeches are marked with few irong fon.
points, though his reasoning has no unThat parliament which diminished the common energy, and his declamation no influence of the crown, which finished the poignancy, though he sometimes trifles American war, which expelled the con- with the judgment of his auditors by a mere tractors from the house of commons, and sonorous arrangement of vocables, in place disqualified excise and customn-house offi- of argument, bis replies are generally hapcers for voting in elections, Ramped this py, his ideas clear and unembarrassed, his inglorious peace with marks of strong dif- remarks always pertinent, and he often approbation. Still, however, this very enouglı hits the point in debate with preyoung but extraordinary chanocllor of the cision and elegance. exchequer was constantly extolled as the The exterior of this celebrated youth is molt worthy of all his coadjutors in office. dignity of gesture and creatness of attitude. And if he did not leave the cabinet with He is said to be fastidious and capricious the same circumsances of high estimation to all beneath, and not a little obsequious in which he found it, his official depore10 such as are above him. His semper, ment detracted but little from the gencral among domcậics, is by no means engaging; eclar of his character.
and he is said to regard the fair sex with His time he is said to have employed a kind of conftitutional aversion. To a ever since in Rudy and travelling. To manly and genteel figure, however, he recount all his political exertions would adds a musical voice, and a graceful man. be to give his life in detail ever since he ner. And, unless we should except to a attracted the public altepijon. No cha uniform moverient of his head, the singu. sacter was ever more problematical than bis lar prominence of bis clbows, and a cer. feems at the present juncture. His lare tain theatrical use of his hands, lie is ac promotion to power was one of those sc. least the most elegant speaker in the Bricret evolutions in politics of which com- villa scoare.
THE OCCASIONAL AND MISCELLANEOUS CRITIC. No. 11.
to any one.
me that a periodical paper containing talle, so cultivated in our nation, and to occahonal and miscellaneous criticism on make them read, with advantage to theinthe works of both foreign and domestic felves, our best authors. It is with this kriters, ancient and modern, might prove, view I have made ihis collection, for the for properly conducted is included, an benefit of those who are defirous to know agreeable offering to the public. Having the true beauties of the French language, lately revolved the plan in my thoughts, and to feel in reality its charms." it appeared to me, that to point out the From this pompous exoruium fomething beauties of various writers, would be an rational and solid ought to be expected. endless, unnecessarv, and totally un- How these qualities, ablolutely necefTary conne&:d work. But that to have one to vindicate the above quotation, appear, obicei in view, however various the fub- the reader will soon be able to judge for jects with which that object is endea- himself, from the ewo topics which will voured to be illustrated, would be most exhaust the limits of this essay. likely to give both a propriety and uni
en France, says M, formity to the plan proposed. And I Diderot, une foule de Cranfins préférable à have already mentioned, that that false toutes celles d' Anacreon, sans qu'elles aient taite, which is fast gaining ground in our ja nais fait la réfritation d'un Auteur, &c." polite literarure, and threatens irs speedy "We have in France numberless songs pre. declenfon, was to be the leading object ferable to all those of Anacreon, without of our occasional and miscellaneous having given the reputation of an author elays.
All these amiable bagaFrom examples of false taste, in what. talles have been written rather for pleasure ever age or country, the fame falutary than for glory-- I speak of those easy hellons may
be drawn, as from the tinsel and delicate songs which we may repeat of the most recent writers of our own without blushing, and which are the times; and perhaps the chastisement of models of taste. Such is the following ; the critical lash may be more willingly it is a woman who speaks, acknowledged, by some readers, when the object of its severity is a celebrared
“ Si j'avois la vivacitè Frenchman. On a Frenchman therefore
Qui fait briller Coulange; fhall the present number be bestowed. Si je possédois la baurè Nor may that carneft search for livile
Qui fait régner Fontange ; finical prettinesses, that petii-maitreism in
Ou G j'etois conme Conty,
Des poetry, if I may be allowed the expres
graces hon, which feeins to be the ton of the
Tout cela feroit
pour Créqui ; day, be more happily exemplified than
Dùt il m'etre infidèle? from many French writers.
Let another song, cited by our author Thal work of Monheur Diderot, en- with the very raptures of eulogium, be titled,
Connaissance des Bautiz et des also examined. Défauts de la Poepe ei de l° Eloquence, dans “ Who could think, says he, that in la langue Françofe
, el Usage des jeunes praise of the herb Fern there could have Gens et surtout dis Etrangers," holds much been such an agreeable song as the folibe same rank in France as the Elements lowing. of Criticism, by Lord Kaimes, hold in ibus country'; both are much read, and
« Vous n'avez point, verte Fougère, both have their adınirers, and both
L'eclat des fleurs qui parent le Prin. anthors have often the same turn of
tems, thinking, and the same taste. To prove
Mais leur bautè ne dure guère, this is reserved for a furure occasion.
Vous etes aimable en tout tems. Let us forft ascertain the talte of Mon.
Vous pretez des secours charmants feur Diderot. He opens his treatise thus ;
Aux plaisirs les plus doux qu'on Ayant accompagne en France plusieurs
goûte sur la terre juns Etrangers, j'ai toujours tâche de leur Vous servez de lit aux Amants, inspirer le bon gout, qui ejt fi cultivé dans
Aux Buveurs vous lervei de verre." actre Nation, et de leur faire lire, &c."
Having accompanied in France several The first song is literally thus : you te ftrangers, 'I have always endea- " Had ļ all the vivacity which makes EUROP. Mac.
Coulange to shiņe ; were I possessed of all " For besides that this image is quite the beauty which makes Fontange reign; disguftful, it is mor false. We know were I like Conty the model of the now-a-days that water is not dun.” graces, all should be for Crequi; ought Addison, Swift and Arterbury have he to be unfaithful to me?
separately given thcir opiniors, that the The other is thus;
translations of the bible into English, was “ You have not, green Fern, the the great refiner and enricher of our lanLustre of the flowers which adorn the
guage; the Hebrew idioms, tays Adaispring; but their beauty is soon over and fon, run so happily into it. And every you are amiable at all times. You give the one critically skilled in the beauties of the most charming aslistance to the l'weetest English tongue will, I believe, readily pleasures we taste upon earth, beds to aflent to their position. But ibis Frenchlovers, and glasses to topers."
man allerts that Racine is beneath bimself And are these bagattels to be compared, when he adopts from the Hebrew, so pay to be preferred to the brilliant, lively and different is it from the spirit of the poetical fallies of an Anacreon! had I this, French language. If ibis be to praise and had I that, all should be for my sweet- the French congue, let that nation enjoy heart, is the burthen of a thousand songs, it. But it is to be hoped that ihe fewof which are more contemptible than the French criticisin which calls that grand above. And the conceie which winds up the figure which lays the Deity weighs the ftcond is as inferior 10 the usual points of universe in the hollow of his hand, wit in Anacreon, as a modern French gigantic and low (pou noble, image, will petit maitre is to an ancient Greek heio. not yet be the taste of this country. The
Let us now, from the many inslances personification is truly sublime, greatly that offer, take one view of our author's superior in poerical merit, to Homer's ideas of the sublime.
admired description of Jupiter supporting Having cited some lines from a poem the universe by a golden chain. The on Grace by Racine the younger, which Frenchman's reason that making a hollow he says contain a fine idea of the grandeur in the hand, implies an idea of labour, is of God, he adds; " Il faut avouer &c. cold and frivilous in the extreme; and were It must be confessed that the finest verses ie founded in truih, is infinitely more apin this palsage are those where M. Racine plicable to Homer's Jupiter and his gols has followed his own genius, and the den chain. The truth is, poerry delights worst are those where he has copied from in personification, and catches at the most the Hebrew, so different is the turn and striking, appearances. The Deity, says spirit of the two languages. To weigh the Hebrew prophet, weighs the universe the universe in the hollow of his hand, ap- in the hollow of his hand, and the clouds are pears in French a gigantic and ignoble the dust of his feet.” Dust raised by a croud image; because it presents to our idea a aptly describe's some appearances of the laborious effort to support something in sky, and it is usual to lay clouds of duf. forming a hollow in the hand. But when But to mention dun, it would seem, puts any thing shocks us in an expresion, we a Frenchman in fear for his fine cloaths, ought to search the source, and there we för he calls it a molt disguuful image ; will surely find it. For the je ne fjai quoi and it is false too, says he," for we know is not always a reason-it requires no trou- now a days, that the clouds are composed ble to flew that this verse is highly faulty; of water and not of dufl'- -Rijum Et les nuages sont la poudre de les pieds.* incatis Amici. .
The MAN MILLINE R, No. XVIII.
a crowned head, I shall leave to the reС.
ONTRARY to every thing that flcction of my readers.
was expected by the votaries of His majesty appeared in a suit of mafalhion, her majelly's birth-day this year rone velvet cinbroidered with gold. This was the lealt splendid, and exhibited the colour was 100 high for a complexion lo leaft feflivity, of any since her arrival in this florid as his majesty's, and it was observed kingdom. Indeed it is not much to be by the circle he never wore a dress so unwo dered at, when it is considered this becoming. The queen was dressed in illustrious personage looks with inattention green fatin trimmed all over with a moit on every pleasure out of the bosom of inestimable rich fable and point lace.
Her *i. c. The clouds are the dust of his feet.
Her bajesly seemed in high spirits, and velvet and gold, en Marlbroug, which engaged the attention of every one near fupported a mnost costly gold fringe. Her her in the circle.
jewels were eltimated at seventy thousand The Prince of Wales wore an air-balo pounds. loon farrin embroidered down the seams The Duchefs of Marlborough was with silver. The instant he made his ap- greatly admired for the beauty of her pearance the seat of majesty was forgot, dress, which was a white and gold figured and all eyes, (particularly the ladies) di- fartin, fuperbly ornainented in gold and reded towards him. His usual vivacity embroidery. allended him, particularly in company The Duchess of Chandos dress was with the Hebe's and daughters of Venus, extremely rich and beautiful; her grace's who conversed with him.
train was a white and gold figured (aisin, His highness went to St. James's in a upon the coat, which was covered with a new carriage of great beauty The out- very fine embroidery, were dispersed fede was a very high gold colour, with wreaths and felloons of gold, &c. of kelloons in party-coloured gold: each great value. Corner formed a fluted pillar. The roof Lady Gideon was likewise much difa was ornamented with a very beautiful tinguished for her fuperior neatness, at trowe, and eight plumes in curious carved- the same time richness of dress; her work. His liveries were as usual fplen- train and petticoat were a fine pale blue did in the extreme. Indeed it may be fattin, finely ornamented with a lilver balland with truth his liveries are fuperior in loon fringe, wreaths, tassels, bands, &c. point of magnificence to any that have Lady Charlotte Bertie was no less confpibeen seen within the memory of man in cuous in royal purple, most superbly this kingdom.
trimmed. We may say with truth of the Princess Lady Ann Lewfon had on a beautiful Royal, she was
dress of embroidery on a white ground,
supposed to be her ladyship's own work. All that painting could express, Oryouth ful pocis fancy when they love! lady in the drawing room.
It engaged the attention of almost every The eyes of the male circle were not Lady Georgiana Bulkely was uncommore caprivated by the beauties of her face monly' graceful and splendid; her ladyand person, than they were by the elegance fhip wore a train of blue fattin, very of her dress
Her highness's train was a beautiful, and her petticoat, which was white (attin, figured with blue and gold. white, was trimmed in a very peculiar The petticoat was entirely covered with a style of elegance, with blue and gold, rich embroidered crape, and the orna. and at the bottom was a most curious bents, which were chiefly of gold and border of gold fringe. Her ladyfhip was foil
, were adjusted, with uncommon tafle, taken great notice of, and the French into wreaths, felloons, &c. &c. Her Ambassador was heard to declare she was bighness's bouquet of natural flowers had the most elegant woman he had ever a pretty effect, and completed as it were,
beheld. at artlefs model of perfection.
The younger Miss Bootle looked dia The Princess Auguita, from an unfa. yinely ! 'it has been observed of this lady, porable indisposition, could not be pre- that he was one of the loveliest wouncu lent at the drawing-room as was expected; that has appeared at St. James's, since the which was much lamented, as her bigh- present reign. Dess's beauty and affability have long fuce Lady Augusta Campbell, never apfecured her the affections of all beholders. peared with more charms about her than
The Duchess of Rutland was loveli- on that day; and Lady C. Bertie and the ness itself, on this occasion, though it Miss Markhams were likewise distin. may be said, without fattery, her grace at guilhed for their peculiar brilliancy of no time ftands in need of
beauty and attire.
Though Lady Sefton was not altogether -Foreign aid of ornament.
as superbly dressed as on the last birth-day, Her dress was magnificent. The body (this time twelvemonth) yet her admirers Was black velvet, with a pink lartin train were numerous; and it must be added, and petticoat; the petticoat was covered the postelles that enchanting manner when. with a Gilver embroidered crape, repre- ever the appears in the brilliant assembly, fenting grape vines and bunches
of grapes. ibat rises superior to all that are and Atrols the cou was a wreath of gold, and fashion can beltow. at the bottom a fine execution of black Of Lady Salisbury, too much capnos
be said, as she is full mistress of every The gentlemen who danced minuets, nitive beauty; her superlative talte on the the Prince of Wales excepted, walked present occasion was equally conspicuous, four minucts with each lady. and won the admiration of all who had After the minoers had concluded the the pleasure of beholding her.
country dances commenced. Six couple Of the rest of the ladies distinguished only food up!!! the three first of which for beauty and dress, Lady Wallingham, were the Lady Weymouth, Lady Rodney, Lady Prince of Wales—Princess Royal, Harris, Mrs. Burrell, the honourable the Marq. of Graham- Lady A. Cainpbell, Miss Thynnes, Lady North and the ho- Lord Rochford— Lady Salisbury. nourable the Miss Norths, Lady Palmera The ball finished about twelve, after fton, Miss Moore, the Miss Rodneys and which their Majesties retired. The comMrs. Johnston, were the most admired. pany immediately after began to depart,
There was no fixed fashion respecting and the room was cleared pretty early. the head dresses. The ladies wore their Among other ladies who had never be. hair rather wide, as usual, lightly finished, fore danced in the presence of their Mawith gauze, flowers, and jewels dispersed jesties, was Miss Rodney, eldest daughter as the idea of fashion seemed to suit the of Lord Rodney. imagination of the wearer. The chignion The Princess Royal appeared to feel turned up low upon, the neck, in plaits or very sensibly the absence of her amiable plain, looked elegant, natural and beauti- filter, as the had none to whom she could ful. The head was finished in that neat communicate her obfervations during the style which shewed almost every hair dif- continuance of the dancing. sinetly wearing its ornainertal powder, a The beautiful bouquet, worn by the colour in which neither pink nor yellow Princess Royal, was a present of the Prin. predominated, but which poffeffed a mix- cess Elizabeth's, which her Highnefs gave iure of each. This is called poudre d'Or- in emulation of her filter the Princefs leans.
Royal, who had the fame morning paid a The fashionable mens dresses were filks similar compliment of aitention to her Malined with furs, and tabinets corded and jelly: plain, of various colours. Tabinets were The much adınired fable, which the worn by both ladies and gentlemen. Quern wore, is thoughé to be the finest
The perfumes which predominated were ever brought to England, and is said to be a lavender water and olympian dew; the present to her Majesty from the Empress latter, indeed, was refreshing in the circle of Russia. near their Majesties.
We should not omit that among the Purple, blue, and brown filks of diffe. belles chat danced Mrs. Johnstone was one rent shades, were most conspicuous through. of the most conspicuous for beauty and eleout the whole assembly.'
gance; her dress was chofen with great - The ball-room (which by the bye talle, grey embroidered with black velvet, would do well enough for a village afsem- fones mid flowers. Every eye in the af. bly) was uncommonly crowded, which is sembly appcared charmed with her figure not to be wondered at, considering the few and manner in walking the minuet. that will fill it. Soon after their Majesies, the Prince of Wales and Princess Royal entered the room, and were sealed, the
SQUIBS of the MONTI. ball was opened by the Prince of Wales and Princess Royal; his Highness also vis-a-vis the family crest.' It consists of a
The Dukc of Queensbury exhibiis on his danced a minuet with the Duchess of Rut, heart, to which are attached two wings, land, after which minuers were continued and over it is placed a crown. in the following order:
say what it pleases, but surely it is Lord Graham Lady
, Augusta Campbell
, the best exposition to say, that the puillant
, Lady Charlotte Berrie.
Peer is the King of Hearts-female ones of Lord Rochford Lady Salisbury,
course; and that by the wings, his own Lady Delaware. Minuets were also danced by Lord De appears to be in the flutter of everlasting lawar, Mr. Onllow, Mr. Smith, &c.
youth. &c. &c.
The Maids of Honour, to a fingle viro Lady Georgiana Bulkcle;, Miss Moore, gin, now refuse to traverse the back-stairs Miss Thynne, Miss Rodney, Mils Bro- at St. James's; one and all having declared derick, Mrs. jubnitone, &c. &c. to her –, through their Recorder, Mifs