« ПретходнаНастави »
Art. 40. Julia, a poetical Romance. By the Editor of the Er
say on the Character, Manners, and Genius of Women. Svo. 4 s. fewed. Robinson. 1773. A veráfication of Rousseau's celebrated Nouvelle Heloise.
L E T T E R IV.
Emilius to JULIA.
Or rather seem'd each letter to devour. To many readers such poetry as this may be very delightful; and it would be cruel to deprive them of their pleasure by criticism.
Art. 41. The Juvenaliad ; a Satire. 410. I s. Bell. An honest but, we fear, ineffectual attempt to expose general vices imputed to feigned names. The verlification is, in general, tolerable, but spoiled by many bad lines. Art. 42. The Gracious Warning; or, a Monody on the Death of the
late picus and learned Joseph Nicoll Scott, M. D. With his very remark abie Dream concerning it : To which are added, fome Lines on the late Rev. Mr. Edward Hitchin, B.D. By G.Wright. 4to. 6d. Otridge, &c. 1774.
Dr. Scott was an ingenious and learned man; and would not have been vain of such encomiums as are bestowed upon him in these verses. Art. 43. An Elegiac Epiflle from Lucy Cooper in the Shades, ta Sally Harris, the ravished Pomona. 4to. I S. Williams. 1774.
How this profound subject came to fall into infantine rhyme, it would be dificult to conceive, had not the Author informed us that part of it was originally interwoven with another poem, and after. wards detached from it. The publication, however, is quite as unconfequential as the measure in which it is conveyed. An attempt to overturn the Epicurean doctrine by opposing to it that of the Trinity, was certainly a very strange suggestion
nec defenforibus ISTIS Tempus eget The verses, indeed, are in general spirited and good; though there is sometimes a fad falling off-For instance,
Scoffs at those who dare proclaim
A Man.God in human frame. In the latter of these lines there is at loaft an uncouthness and redundancy, if it be not absolute nonsense.
POLITICA L. Art. 45. An Alarm for illufirious (though careless) Electors. 8vo,
6 d. Evans. 1774. A zealous declamation in favour of liberty and virtue, The Wri, ter is very earnest with his illustrious electors to improve their oppor. tunity, at the ensuing general election, of chusing representatives who are really honest, and patriotic. His pains and labour, in ringing this alarm bell, appear well-intended, though he sometimes pulls the rope with more violence than the occasion seems to require, Art. 46. The Petition of Mr. Bollan, Agent for the Council of
the Province of Massachusetts Bay, to the King in Council, dated January 26, 1774. Published with Illustrations, in order briefly to fhew to the Impartial and Considerate the Importance of perfect Harmony between Great Britain and the Colonies, their Merits, the Benefits thence accrued to this Kingdom in Point of Empire, Manufactures, Commerce, Wealth, and Naval Strength; and the Origin and Progress of their prefent unhappy Difference; with Intent to promote their cordial and perpetual Union, for their mutual Safety and Welfare, with which their Diffention is incompatible. 4to. 6d. Almon, 1774.
The title sufficiently points out the nature and tendency of this publication, and the news-papers have told us what success the Petition met with. Art. 47. The Polish Partition illustrated; in seven dramatic Dia
logues, or Conversation Pieces, between remarkable Personages, Published from the Mouths and Actions of the Interlocutors. By Gotlib Pansmouzer, the Baron's Nephew. 8vo.
I s. 6 d. Elmsley.
Extremely fatirical on the principal interlocutors, who are, the King of Prussia, and the two Empresses. The dialogues are admirable; and the pamphlet will serve as a very proper specimen to the four celebrated Letters on the present State of Poland : see Reviews, vols. xlvii. and xlviii.
NOVEL S and MeMO IR S. Art.48. 'Twas right 10-Marry Him; or, the History of MissPete
worth. .12mo. 2 Vols. 6s. Noble. 1774. In a letter addressed to Messrs. Noble, and placed at the beginning of this work, the Author declares himself solicitous of being ranked rather among the dull, than the dangerous novel-writers of the prefent age : and as, in our opinion, there unfortunately appears a neceffity of referring him to one or the other of these classes, we readily subscribe to his choice, and proaounce the “ History of Miss Pets worth perfectly innocent. Art. 49. The Journey to Londen ; or, the Hiftory of the Selby Faa
mily. 12mo. 2 Vols. . 68. Noble. 1774. This Selby family had lived very happily and comfortably on a fmall estate in the country, for many years, till our Author cruelly thought proper to introduce them to the acquaintance of a Sir Thomas Lumley, whose wife happening to be a very fine lady, excited in Mrs. Selby fo violent a defire of feeing London, and knowing the world, that, contrary to the advice of good Mr. Selby, The infifted en spending one winter with her shree children in town. This Lon.
don journey, as the poet says, produced “Misfortune on misfor. tune, grief on grief." The fon married a kept-mitress; the younger daughter was ruined by one of the Lumleys, and died of a broken heart; and the eldest preferred seeing the world, as a common prostitute, to returning with her father into the country. This hiftory; without one incident that is new to recommend it, is not very ili written.-H the Author will accept this as any compliment, we mean it particularly in favour of the second volume. Art. so. The Affignation ; a sentimental Novel, in a series of
Letters.' izmo. • 2 Vols. 65. Noble. 1774. It is impoffible to read over thefe volumes without remarking the quantity of blank paper which meets the eye -at almost every page of this sentimental work: a circumstance, however, which we mention not as a blemifh; but, on the contrary, as the greatest posible excellence attending most writings of this Itamp. Art. 51. The Fatal Affection, or the History of Henry and Caroline.
2 Vols. 6 s.' Noble. 1772. The hero of this tale, the heart-subduing Harry Villiers, marries an old woman of fixty-five, because she has thirty thousand pounds; falls in love with a young Lady, a relation of his wife's, because the is very handsome; and would willingly persuade her to go off with him, because he is a rascal. To make ose of the Author's own word, 1 he Dufe take such vile affections as these. Art. 52. La Belle Philosophe, or the Fair Philofopher. 12mo.
z Vols, 6 s. Lowndes. 1774. In reading over these two volumes, we probably imbibed fo much of the philosophy of the fair heroine of the piece, as to render us less fusceptible than ordinary to tender impreflions; for we can truly fay, we felt not one sensation either of pain or pleafure, during the whole of the time which we passed in conversation with this pretended philosopher in petticoats: who, by the way, is not much of a philofopher neither; for her history is as mere a novel-book, as any of the Miss Jeffamys, or Delia Daintys, or Lady Flirts, or Sophy Slamakins, that ever the circulating libraries produced. Art. 53. The Fashionable Daughter. Being a Narrative of true
and recent Facts. By an impartial Hand. izmo. 35. Dom
This story, from the minuteness of the detail, from the earneftness with which the transactions are related, and from the description of the characters introduced, appears to be really according to the profeffions of the Writer, a relation of true facis.' It does not indeed contain adventures enough for a professed novel; and is to be viewed rather as a narrative than as a literary compofition. The outline of the story is short ; a young Scots minister rafhly entered into a clandestine, but folemn, written, engagement with a young beauty, equivalent to a marriage; but without the public forms, which were poftponed to a more feasonable opportunity. Of this contract they availed themselves freely for some time, until the father discovering the connexion, is said to have behaved more absurdly than most fathers, however unfeeling, usually do on such occasions; and thë levity of the lady is not the least extraordinary circumftance in the adventure. Without denying the contract, or her letters in confc
quence of it, she refuses to fulfil it, and her father supports her in this refusal; though he thereby leaves her exposed to the loss of reputation, which neither of them appear to value. Not content with this, they are said to have practised several artifices no less mean than malicious, to ruin the reputation and fortune of a man who merited better treatment for his readiness to act a proper part, though under no extraordinary temptations from any other motives than those wbich ought to influence a person of integrity. Thus ftimulated to justify his cbaracter, we have the affair related at large, by a friend of the disconfolate hero (if not the hero himself) who characterises all the parties in a manner that gives an air of probabi
lity to the whole. He certainly, according to this tale, fell into very 2 bad hands in his amorous connexion ; but making due allowance for
his disappointment, he has fufficient consolacion in being released from it, in a manner that leaves all the blame on the faulty side.
The Writer has introduced several poetical quotations, to enliven his descriptions and characters; but he would not have difguised persons and places under fuch harh uncouth appellations, if his ear had been toned to any judgment of harmony. From a puerile conçeit, the scene of action is pointed out by the acrostic description of Wa Aourishing sea port town, which takes its name from the monarch of the wood, joined to the colour of nature's carpet." After infinite ftudy, we make the important discovery that the town of Greenock is a corruption of Greenoak,
RELIGIOUS and CONTROVERSIAL. Art. 54. A Letter to the Right Rev. Father in God, Shutz, Lord
Bishop of Landaf, from a Petitioner. 8vo. 15. Johnfon. 1774.
What sentiments his Lordship of Landaff will entertain of this Letter, or whether he will think it consistent with his prelatical dignity to cast an eye upon the production of a poor diffenting teacher, we know not: as for us, we cannot help acknowledging, that this Letter has afforded us a great deal of 'entertainment. The Teacher treats the Prelate, indeed, with a degree of frecdom which will, no doubt, be deemed, by a certain class of readers, highly indecent, if not extremely infolent; be this, however, as it may, there is a vein of pleasantry and humour that runs through the whole perform. ance, which cannot fail of recommending it to the generality of readers, and there are some strokes of wit which will extort a smile even from foar ecclefiaftics, if four ecclefiaftics ever smile.
But the pleasantry of the Letter is not its only recommendation ; it breathes a liberal and manly Spirit, and shews the Author to be a man of abilities, and a hearty friend to religious liberty. There are some things in it of a very ferious nature, which well deserve the attention of his Lord thip of Landaff, and that of every bithop on the bench.
Our Author acquaints his readers that he referves his poetical talents for another occasion, when his Lordship of Landaff will be made the hero of the epic muse. --The thoughts of seeing a BISHOP the hero of an epic poem, give us great pleasure, and we thall be extremely forry if the Author fhould not prove as good as his word.' For his comfort and encouragement, he may depend upon
the fervent and repeated prayers of many a pious and honest Chriftian, to all the Powers who preside over l'oetry, for their gracious aid and protection.-Reason and argument have been employed to little parpose. Who knows but that wit and satire may produce some good effect ? And surely when bishops, who call themselves Protestants, arę, at this time of day, advocates for the continuance of penal laws for the direction of conscience, they are fair game, and deserve the keenest shafts of every species of wit and ridicule. Art. 55. Two Letters on the late Applications to Parliament by
the Protestant Diffenting Ministers : one, an Address to the Ditsenting Laity on the Subject of those Applications. The other, An Enquiry into the lawfulness of the Declaration proposed to be subtituted in the Room of Subscription to the Articles of the Church of England. By Joshua Toulmin, A. M. 8vo. Johnson. 1774
These Letters deserve to be ranked with the belt performances that have been publihed on the subject of the Diflenters' petition, being written in a candid, liberal, and judicious manner. The second Leiter, in particular, appears to be well calculated to remove the scruples of those who object, not to the matter of the Declaration, but to making so folemn an acknowledgment, at the requifition of the magiftratc.-Mr. Toulmin fiews very clearly, in our opinion, that the Declaration proposed is not an acknowledgment of the magitrale's right to establish any, or what religion he pleases ; that it is no more than is required in some express precepts of the New Teita. ment, and countenanced by the pattern of Christ and his apostles ; and that it is certainly recommended by prudence, and enforced by the neceflity of the case. Art. 56. Arcana : or, the Principles of the late Petitioners to
Parliament for Relief in the matter of Subscription. In eight Letters to a Friend. 1. On Candour in Controversy ; 2. On Uniformity in Religion; 3. On the Right of private Judgment; 4. On Civil Magiftracy; 5. On Innovation; 6. On Orthodoxy ; 7. On Persecution ; 8. On Sophiftry. 8vo. 2 5. Dilly, &c. 1774.
The Author, though not an elegant writer, appears to be a very fenfible man; and there are many striking, curious, pertinent, and entertaining observations in his Letters. Art. 57. A Letter to the Rev. Mr. Bowman, Vicar of Martham,
Norfolk ; 'occafioned by a Present of his Book, intitled A Review of the Lo&trines of the Reformation*, &c. 8vo. 9 d. Norwich printed ; and sold by Robinson in London.
1773 The doctrines of Predestination, Original Sin, &c. are here smartly attacked, by a man of plain good sense, without any pretensions to learning. Mr. Bell, the writer, appears to have couceived a very mean opinion of those, of whatever denomination, who unite with the Methodists (with whom he is particularly disgusted) in zealoufly contending for those tenets which, by fome, are distinguilhed by the honourable appellation of FANATICISM.
See Review, vol. xxxix. for the year 1768, P. 374.