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to go and cut a man's throat, you are to do “ Summum crede nefas animam præferre pudori, it :"-" Yes, an't please your bouour ! and • El paper vitam vivendi perdere caufas." my own too, and hang myself too.”—The poor fellow denied that he had refused to send
“ He repeated the lines with great force and the rum. His making these professions was
dignity; then alded, “ And after this not merely a pretence in presence of his
comes Johnny Home, with his eartb gaping, Chief ; for after he and I were out of Sir
and his destruction crying: -Pooh!". Allan's hearing, he told me, “ Had he sent
But neither Mr. Boswell's injudicious his dog for the rum, I would have given it :
selection of a turgid rant, nor the Doctor's I would cut my bones for him." It was ready contrait of a much superior pallage very remarkable to find such an attachment from Juvenal, afford proof that the Douglas
is “ a foolish play. to a Chief, though he had chen no connection
The Spanish proverb with the island, and bad not been there for says, he that has glass windows of his own,
should take care how he throws stones, fourteen years.--Sir Allan, by way of up. Dr. Johnson has written a Tragedy named braiding the fellow, said, “ I believe you are a Campbell."
Irene. The Douglas has its faults. The part It is hard to determine, whether the low
of Lord Randolph is poor enough, and Globrutal tyranny of the Knight's disposition, or
nalvon is a gross and clumsy villain, destitute the base abject foul of the wretch M'Ginnis, of the fine natural touchies which characterife are molt contemptible, and most unmanly.
an lago and a Zanga. Glenalvon's real love What an odious picture of the feudal times too, is preposterous; for if the mother of a does the above exhibit !!! Yet Mr. Bof youth of eighteen might be supposed an object well, in the midst of this shameful tale, calls
of love, her umamiable melancholy, thus uphis surprize at it “ inadvertency," and says
braided by her husband, he was “ mort willing to contribute what
These black weeds be could towards the continuation of feudal Express the wonted colour of thy mind, authority.”
For ever dark and dismal. Seven long The following passage is highly worthy of years remark, as it throws light both on the Are part, since we were join`d by sacred Doctor's temper and taste.
“ As we fac over our tea, Mr. Home's Clouds all the while have hung upon thy Tragedy of Douglas was mentioned. I put brow, Dr. Johnson in mind, that once, in a coffee- Nor broke, nor parted by one gleam of house at Oxford, he called to old Mr. Sheri. joydan, “ How came you, Sir, to give Home
is certainly enough to cure, and not calqu. a gold medal for writing that foolish play” lated to kindle an amorous flam:. Yet, and defied Mr. Sheridan to thew ten good
with all these blemishes, tho characters of lines in it. He did not insist they should be the mother and son, and even that of Norval, together ; but that there were not ten good
the old shepherd, have such exquisite strokes, lines in the whole play. He now perfitted
and the two former such tender interest, and in this. I endeavoured to defend that pa. such sublime simplicity of pure nature, that tberick and beautiful tragedy, and repeated the following paisage:
the bleinithes are not perceived ; and the
Douglas will be a favourite play, while the L" Sincerity,
truth of nature is relished on the English “ Thou first of virtues ! let no mortal stage. But Irene, all on stilts, is the very leave
reverse of the natural fimplicity and intereft. " Thy onward path, although the earth
ing tenderness of the Douglas. Dr. Johnson's
forte was ftudied declamacion ; Mr. Home's, " And from the gulph of hell destruction
in the Douglas, (though sparing enough of
it in his other works) is the pare voice of сгу, “ To take diffimulation's winding way.”
feeling nature, and unaffected poetry.
We now come to mention what, in our Johnson. “ That will not do, Sir. Nothing opinion, is the best and most delicately written is good but what is consistent with truth or part of all Mr. Boswell's book; we mean probability, which this is not. Juvenal, in- the interviews between his father, a venerable deed, gives us a noble picture of indexible Scottish Judge, and Dr. Johnson. He tells
us his father was as sanguine a Whig and
Presbyterian as the Doctor was a Tory and "Efto bonus miles, tutor bonus, arbiter idem Church of England man (Higb Church, Mr.
Integer: ambiguæ li quando citabere ieftis, B. Mould have said): That he was afraid * Incerteque rei, Phalaris licet imperet, ui fas some rude contest might arise from such rt admoto dicter perjuria lauro,
" I was very anxious,” says he, " that all tout ensemble of manner and occasion, and Tould be well; and begged of my friend to even the humour the company were in, are avoid three topicks, as to which they differed entirely lost when reported to another com. very widely : Whiggism, Presbyterianism, pany even the next day. And after all, the and—Sir John Pringle. He said courteously, second-hand reporter only gives it through “ I Mall certainly not talk on subjects which the medium of his own conceptions: and I am told are disagreeable to a gentleman hence it frequently happens, nay, can hardly under whose rouf I am; especially, I shall miss bappening, that the same conversation not do so to your father.”
reported by different people, has a very dif. Yet, now thitanding this fair promise of ferent appearance. This observation is strong. good manners, we soon find that Dr. Johnson ly verified on the very subject before us. was ftill Dr. Johnson. The veverable Judge Mrs. Piozzi and Mr. Burwell have little tales and the reverend Doctor came t« a collision, of the Doctor in common ; but though they as Mr. Bofwell calls it. “If I recollect mostly tend to confirm each other in the subright,” says he, “ the contest began while ftance, the features and the impression made my father was Mewing him his collection of by them are different. Duelling, it is said, premedals; and Oliver Cromwell's coin un- serves goud manners among the great; but were fortunately introduced Charles the First, and Boswell's and Piozzi's method of laying every Toryism. They became exceedingly warm, thing they hear before the world adopted, we and violent, and I was very much distressed cannot think it would tend to the freedom, by being present at such an altercation be. the gaiety, the pleasure of conversation, the tween two men, both of whom I reverenced; very spirit of which consists in the idea that yet 1 durst not interfere. It would certainly you are only speaking to the present circle, be very unbecoming in me lo exhibit my and not before the awful tribunal of the pub. honoured father and my respected friend, as lic. But if the practice of Mr. Boswell be intellectual gladiators, for the entertainment thus unfriendly to conversation, a higher of the public ; and therefore I suppress what charge, we deem, yet remains against it; would, I dare say, make an interesting scene that of raking up the weaknesses of a great in this dramatic sketch."
character, and spreading them before the pube Here, within a few pages of its corclusion, lic, particularly if that character was the we shall finish: our egur through Mr. Boswell's celebrated champion of christianity and moentertaining and truly curious book. As we rality. Whatever Mr. Bofwell may think, observed in our first remarks upon it, * it he has lefsened his friend in the eyes of the certainly abounds with many most original public, and the disciples of infidelity and Itrokes of the cutie, and with others of a Hume are highly delighted at the weak fupermore reprehensible nature. We are pleased fitions and terrors, or rather horrors of death, with the delicacy with which he suppresses that possessed the great mind of Dr. Johnson, the detail of the quarrel between his father What service would that man do the world, and the Doctor, which, from the hints he who raked up all the human frailties that gives, feems to have been rude and outrage. have adhered to the most exalted characters, ous enough. Mr. Boswell fays well, when either for science, wisdom or virtue! No he thus expresses himsell: “ It would cer- work could be more agreeable and comfortable tainly be very unbecoming in me to exhibit to the profligate and the worthless. Such my honoured father and my respected friend,' anecdotes, it is well known, are confolation as intellectual gladiatrs, for the entertain- to the depraved and abandoned ; and surely ment of the public.” Buit, was his father
-if departed ghosts the only person on earth that common de
Are e'er permitted to review this world cency, in reporting conversation, was due 10 ? To the Doctor himself, at other times that of the Doctor, whatever it thought in to many others, he seems to have thought that its embodied ftate, will owe little thanks for nothing was due. Indeed, he has one method many parts of his memorialift's work. We to blunt the edge of complaint, for he has now conclude with recommending to Mr. taken the same freedoms with bimself. But Boswell, to avoid the evil tendencies we have still that is no true apology; for if a man is been careful in pointing cut; and, at the willing to publish his own absurdities, that is same time, to preserve the vivacity and plezno reason why he should lay before the public fantness of narrative which we admire in the what may give uneasiness, and, perhaps, be work before us, in his promised life of Dr. even injurious to others. Besides, it is a Johnson, which, we hear, is in forwarines fact well known, that there is a vast difference for the press. between a thing said in company, where the
* See Vol. VIII. p. 448.
A Short Address to the Public, on the P:ry of the British Army, by an Officer. 8vo.
Is. Stuc kdale. 1786.
pleads the cause of both officers and being equally inadequate to his subsistence, soldiers, particularly those who continue in with the accumulated expence arising from the kingdom, and are of course deprived of the necessity of preserving appearances. the advantages enjoyed by garrisons abroad, The rank of lieutenant-colonel, our ago the king's provision.
thor observes, is seldom attained under 38 The pay of the army, our author re- years service, and then produces only 3111. marks, is exactly the same it was at the 25. Is there, continues he, any other trade or Revolution, at which period it probably profession in which a man can have em. might be sufficient at least to procure ployed 30 years to so little advantage!--We the immediate neceffaries of life, but for are sorry again to refer bim to the church, which purpose at present, from the influx in which many a deserving man has lingered of wealth, and the consequent diminution of out twice 30 years as a subaltern, without the value of money, it is by no means ade- ever obtaining more than the title of 300k quate. A proportional rise in the price of per annum, though equally obliged to pretheir commodities, their manufactures, and
serve appearances. their wages, has compensated to the husband- To alleviate the stresses of the private Man, the weaver, and the thopkeeper, for men, our Author propo.es allowing each the increase of the vålue of the necessaries of man at lb. of bread daily, which he calcu: life, while the poor foldier, and indeed he lates might be done for about 45,00cl. a might have added the poor curare are left in year; and farther adds, he has a plan to aug.
ment the pay of the officers, which would The fubaltern officer is in a worse predi- not exceed 60,oool. per annum.
Impress of Seamen. Considerations on its Legalizy, Policy, and Operation ; applicable to
the Motion intended to be made in the House of Commons on Friday the 12th of May,
1786, by William Pulteney, Esq. 8vo. Is. 64. Debrett. THE love of Liberty is univerfully implant. Ireland and America ; from both of which
ed in the mind of Man; it is therefore we derived a very confiderablc part of our furprising, that in this kingdom, where it is Daval strength. With respect to the foro supposed to have taken Jeeper rout than elle- mer, this change of political circumstances where, a practice so utterly repugnant to its mult affect the impress, both in its principle very principles, a practice which the most and operation. The latter may in some deurgent atuation of affairs can barely justify, gree, as far as example can induce, make should, notwithstanding the many proposals against the principle ; for surely in America offered to the legidanre to remedy so glar- an impress can never be fuppu'ed to take ing an evil, be itill suffered to exist. The place ; but be that as it may, it will certainly Author, strongly impressed with this iuca, prove a material obstacle in its operations. Itrendously recommends with the mult libe? The recognition of America as a separate ral spirit the abolition of a custom replete Aare, avitally in lependent of this kingilom, with oppression, and disgraceful to the feelings places the ratives of that country in the same of humanity. After painting in the liveliest fruation with those of any other foreign state; colours the innumerable harulhips it is pro- for thousands of reamen may, by intercourse ductive of, and shtoing that, independent of between America and Great Britain, be a: these, the great expence attending it infinitely different times in the latter during a future outweighs its supposed utility, when com- war. If any impress takes place, how ate pared with the other plans fuggelted to su- the Americans to be distinguishal by officers persede a mode of railing men lo repugnant to upon that fervice ? or rather, how are they every idea of freedom, he proceeds to point to disprove the assertion of any fun tliey out the following particular imeanveniencies are attempting to impress, who declares him. to which this practice may herca!ter të ex. self to be an American ; the similarity heposed,
ing so great in their figure, complexion, lan“ Circumstances," he observes, “ have gtage, manners, and habits, as to render it iitta' arisen fince the latte war, which place the possible to distinguith the one from the others impress in a new point of view, and ...is it because he cannot produce a legifter which require a very mature confideration of his baptism, that you can pronounce
- These are the alterations in the political him an Englishman? or con any one for fitnation of the kingdom with respect to want of thal, or other sufficient evidence, Kuror. Mas.
talk, " to be obliged to notice circumstances, out presuming to conned with them any which seem to reflect upon the character of comment of my own : esteeming it the pait any man. A frict regard to truch, however, of a faithful bisturian, “ to extenuate Dom compelled me to the inser:ion of these facts, thing, tor set down ouglu in malice." which I have offered merely as facts, withe
An authentic Account of Forgeries and Frauds of various kinds, committed by that most
consummate Adept in Deception Charles Price, otherwise Patch, many years a Louery. Office-Keeper in London and Westminster ; who, to avoid au ignominious Death, deAtroyed himself in Tothil-fields Bridewell, on the 24th of January, 1786. 8vo. Keartley.
THESE extraordinary memoirs strongly good cause, but, in the present instance,
evince the truth of the adage, that ho- served only to put a miserable end to a milnesty is the best policy. Had the unfortunate (pent life. The style of this pamphlet thens object of them, who certainly possessed ex. plainly that the author has consulted a lately traordinary talents, instead of perverting them publithed Classical Dillionary. If the same to the worst of uses, cxercised his abilities in itatute were in force against disfiguring the a proper line, he might have lived an orna. King's English, as is against defacing the ment to fociety, entitled to praise not only coin, the editor would ttand in need of alt for his fagacity and prudence, but for a for. Price's disguises to avoid succeeding him ia titude which might have done honour to a his quondam apartments in Tuthil-fields.
An Authentic Narrative of Miss Fanny Davies, the celebrated modern Amazon, who received
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serve as an excellent companion for the translation of Queen Anne's motto, femper former article to adorn the libraries of the cu- cadein-worse and worse.
Elegia scripta in Sepulchreto Rustico, Latine reddita. A. J. Wright. Cui fubjiciuntur alia
Poemata. Elegy written in a Country Church-yard, tranlated into Latin. To which
other Poems are added. 4to. Lewis. 1786. THIS translation is equally entitled to praise What tho' your virgin form no faia
for its fidelity and elegance. Mr. Wright, disgrac'd ; in his preface, defends his original from No random Hercules by stealth embrac'd ; the severe and unjust reflections catton For you a parent's caution mark the way, him by the late Dr. Johnson, and considers From her fond busom never wont to tray. the liberties that gentleman hias taken with Poor Thais knew no guardian to cortroul the character of Mr. Gray and others, either The madd’ning tumwlts of her rising soul; from prejudice or pique, as blemishes to his No training hand the tender plant to own reputation. The other poems are mis. . rear, cellaneous, and much above mediocrity. And teach th' unpractis's Innocent to fear. His address to the ladies, in defence of those Her, ardent youths in amorous swarms (2. fair-ones who have unhappily deviated from refs'd, the path of virtue, and fallen victims to artful And to compliance long and warmly press d ; seduction, is both spirited and pathetic, tho' You, unattended, ever pals d along some of the expreffions are rather un- Safe and unheeded by the wanton throng. couth.
A beauteous face (too apt to lead aftrag) Ye fair whom kinder fate hath safely led
Seduc'd the thoughtless wand'rer from the Thro' Dipp'ry youth, througl paths with snares
way i bespread,
Nature on you no fatal charnis bestow'd, Spare, I beseech, the miserable race,
No eyes that sparkled, and no checks thas Cease to entail indelible di'grace ;
glow'd. Forbear such bard. moutlid virtue to display,
In ber the side of passion roll's too high, Nor give to hooting infamy a prey. [itand, Boil'd in her veins, and floated in her How rare unhuit can brighe-ey'd Beauty
eye ; Or fair-fac'd Youth take Virtue by the band? Languid in you the genial current ran, Paflion scarce e'er confirms cold Wisdom's Pale and unripend you scarse thought at choice;
Man," And Pleasure seldom echoes Reason's voice.
Farewell Odes for the Year 178h. By Peter Pindar, Esq. 4to. 35. Kearfey. THI HIS poetical Drawcansir is uncommonly So home the clown with his good fortune severe, in these Odes, on several of the
went, Royal Artists, whom he introduces rejoicing Smiling in hear, and soul conteni, at the thoughts of his resignation. But Mr. And quickly soap'd himself to ears and Weft, who seems particularly to be the ob
eyes. ject of his spleen, he has treated very illibe
" Being well lather'd from a dish or tub, rally. Much as we admire Peter's humour, Hodge now began with grinning pain to we can by no means think him joftified in
grub, thus wantonly exercising it at the expence of
Just like a hedger cutting furze : a man of merit.
It is literally “ casting . 'Twas a vile razor !--then the rest he tried.. firebrands, arrows, aud death, and saying, All were impostors" Ah,” Hodge figh’u. Am not I in sport ?”.
" I wish my eighteen pence within my After giving this opinion, it cannot
purte." be expe red we should countenance the
" In vain to chace his beard, and bring the deed, by admitting any of the exceptionable
Graces, palliges into the extracts we lay before our
He cut, and dụg, and winc'd, and stamp'd readers. They must therefore content them.
and swore ; selves with “ Peter's fage advice to mer.
Brought blood, and danc'd, blasphem'd, and cenary artists, and a delectable story of a
made country-bumpkin and peripatetic razor. sel
And curs'd each razor's body o'er and ler."
o'er. “ Forbear, my friends, to sacrifice your
“ His Muzzle, form'd of Opposition stuff, fame
Firm as a Foxite, would not bose its ruff; To sordid gain, unless that you are starv. ing;
So kepe it - laughing at the steel and
Hodge in a passion stretch'd his angry jaws, In order to make hafte to sell and eat;
Vowing the direft vengeance, with clench'd For there is certainly a charm in meat :
On the vile cheat that sold the goods.
Not fit to scrape a hog!
begunJust like the man—but ftay-I'll tell the Perhaps, maiter razor-rogue, to you 'tis tale.
fun, " A fellow in a market town,
That people flay themselves out of their
lives : Most musical, cried razors up and down, And offer'd twelve for eighteen pence;
You rascal !- for an hour have I been grubWhich certainly seem'd wondrous cheap,
bing, And for the money, quite a heap,
Giving my scoundrel whiskers here a scrub.
bing, As ev'ry man wou'd buy, with cash and sense.
With razors just like oyster-knives.
Sirrah! I tell you you're a knave, “ A country bumpkin the great offer
To cry up razors that can't fbave. heard: Poor Hodge, who suffer'd by a broad black Friend, quoth the razor-man, I am no beari,
knave : That seem'd a shoe-brush stuck beneath
As for the razors you have bought, his nose,
Upon my soul I never thought With chearíulness the eigliteen-pence he
That they would have. paid,
• Not think they'd shave! quoth Hodge, And proudly to himself, in whispers, faid,
with wond'ring eyes, “ This rascal stole the razors, I suppose." And voice not much unlike an Indian * No matter if the fellow be a knave,
yell; Provided that the razors shave ;
What were they made for then, you dog?
he cries. It certainly will be a monstrous prize :
Made ! quoth the fellow with a smile
To fell." EUROP. Mac,
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