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unworthy portion; the generous Anacharsis restores him to freedom, and requests alone the enjoyment of his friendship. They set out together in the latter end of the first year of the 104th olympiad, about 363 years before the birth of our Saviour.
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MISCELLANEOUS. ART. 17. Letters chiefly from India ; containing an Account of the Mili
tary Transactions on the coast of Malabar, during the late War; together with a short Description of the Religion, Manners, and Customs, of the Inbabitants of Indoftan. By John Le Couteur, Esq. Captain in bis Majesty's 100th Regiment of Foot. Translated from the French. 8vo. 6s. boards. Murray. London, 1790. HE performance before us is the work of a lively and agree
able writer, who appears to have given an impartial and faithful narrative of the principal occurrences of the last war in India.
He was himself an actor in most of the scenes he has described ; and, if we may judge from the propriety of his remarks on the conduct of the different commanders by lea and land, he was not unqualified to have produced something more than an historical epitome.
Beside the narrative of military and political transactions, the author has enriched his little work with entertaining accounts of the natural curiosities, religious rites, and other peculiarities of the different countries he had the opportunity of seeing, during his absence from home on his military duty; these are, we believe, the result of his own observation, and though not very full, are sufficient to give a good general idea of those subjects, at the same time that it will afford considerable amusement to the reader.
The letters, however, are not entirely free from fault; there are luxuriancies to prune, and deficiencies to supply ; but our want of room cbliges us to poftpone the further examination of the work till next month. Art. 18. A Fifteen Days Tour to Paris ; containing several interest
ing Circumstances, particularly the Origin and Progress of the present Revolution, and confused Situation of that Country; including the Mode now adopted of Paying Bills at the Paris Bank, &c. 8vo. 25. Kearsley. London, 1789.
The excursion made by this traveller was short, but he has doubtless employed it to the best advantage. . He went by Dover and Calais, and returned by Dieppe and Brighthelmstone. Of all the most noted places through which he passed in this route, he gives a general description; but the greater part of his observations relates to the French capital ; where having seen the king, the queen, and a few other eminent personages, he delivers a transient account of them. The description of the Bastille, which is annexed, appears to be drawn with fidelity;
ART. 19. The Harp, a Legendary Tale, in Two Parts. 400. Is. 6d.
Johnson. London, 1789. This performance would be entitled to praise were it the first production of either a boy or girl. If it comes from the hands of a veteran, we can only with he had been better employed ; to pray for the amendment of a poet at a mature age, would both be idle and ineffectual. Art. 20. The Blunders of Loyalty, and other Miscellaneous Poems; be
ing a Sele&tion of certain ancient Poems, parily on Subjects of local History. Together with the original Notes and Illufirations. The Poems modernised by Ferdinand Fungus, Gent. 4to. 2s. 6d. Murray. London, 1789. We are of opinion that the talents of Mr. Fungus for the species of wit at which he aims ftand in no need of those uncouth and obscure artifices of which he avails himself.
There is much keen satire in these verses. But the object of ridicule being local, remote, and not general, the performance we apprehend cannot be in general demand. The author should select a subject for exercising his talents upon not liable to this objection. Art. 21. The Tempeft; or, The Enchanted Island. Written by Shake. Speare. With Additions from Dryden, as compiled by 7. P. Kemble, and fir ailed at the Theatre-Royal, Drury-Lane, 02. 13, 1789. 8vo. Is. Debrett. London, 1789.
We do not much admire this mode of jumbling our best authors into one heterogeneous mass. The public taste ought to be formed and led by good writers ; but Mr. Kemble sets the example of accommodating them to the fashion of the times. However such management may answer the purposes of the treasury in Old Drury, we should be forry to see it adopted by the editors of our dramatic poets. Let not their beauties be thus mangled and deformed to gra. tify the fastidious taite, the interest, or the vanity, of any, who, having no tenderness for their fame, wantonly sacrifice it to pecuniary confiderations. ART. 22. A Letter to the Rev. Dr. Parr; occafioned by his Republica
tion of Traits by Warburton and a Warburtonian. 8vo. Is. Robson and Clarke. London, 1789.
The obvious and avowed purpose of this Letter is to expose what the writer deems the real motives of the republication referred to in the title, and pretty generally ascribed to the Rev. Dr. Parr. The only oftensible reasons stated by the editor for a new edition of the tracts mentioned, are, that those of a Warburtonian are scarce, and abandoned of their author; that some compensation to the Doctors Jortin and Leland was necessary; and that some juvenile pieces of the late celebrated author of the Divine Legation merited preserva, tion. These the Letter writer alleges are mere pretensions, and roundly afferts that the learned editor had no higher motive for en. gaging in the present undertaking than a frong propensity to abuse K 2
the Bishop of Worcester. Presuming the offended state of the
memory of those respectable characters whose cause you affect to
• There can be no doubt. Sir, but all the learned disputants concerned in this controversy give a common and a generous consent to the quiescence of the subject. In the strength and vigour of intellect, men of learning and ability seize the opportunities that offer for displaying them; and, in the cause of what they deem the truth, they are anxious, and fometimes even ang'y, in the truggle. The hand of time, however, foftens and quiets the disposition for combat, and even for victory. The fermentations of dispute, like the groffer particles in the composition, fink gradually to reft, under the mild and clearer influence of religion and philosophy. That this, Sir, was the desirable issue of the present controversy, and that all the diftinguished characters concerned in it, before they were separated by the
great determiner of all questions, regarded each other with mutual respect, as scholars, as men, and as Christians, there cannot be the least doubt.
• Little thanks, therefore, are due to him, who, to gratify his own spleen and malignity, plunges it into the regions of oblivion, and, with a ruffian violence, drags forth a reposing spirit of contention into new agitation and tumult.'
In a fubsequent part of the Letter the merits and views of the
When the reader has gone through the whole of your publica-
ing back he smells the rat, where he lies lurking in a sentence or two at page 156, and in the note at page 109. I leave it to the reader's discernment to take the vermin by this direction.'
We add, without taking any fide in the controversy, that Dr. Parr has roused an able antagonilt; and the Bishop found an apt and well informed apologist. ART. 23. Alfred's Appeal. Containing his Ad:!ress to the Court of
King's Bench on the Subject of the Marriage of Mary Anne Fitzherbert, and her Intrigue with Count Bellois. 8vo.' 25. London.
Here is no contemptible share of genius, associated, however, with much blameable indiscretion. Oppression, as the proverb has it, makes a wise man mad, and mad men often speak truth. But what fall we say of the counsel and his client; the jury who tried the cause, and the court in which it was tried, if the representation which this pamphlet gives be a fair one. We respect the ardour and the abilities which Alfred displays in this spirited appeisl
, It exhibits at the same time such fermentation of mind and intemperance of thought, such wildness and bitterness of expression, added to ex- : travagance, which even the sufferings of the author will hardly justify.
It happens in this, as it does in many other cases, Alfred expects every allowance to be made for what he feels, but is rather sparing of the same indulgence to the feelings of those who managed the prosecution. He muit know that the arrogance or infolence of office is proverbial, and he was wanting to himself in discovering any surprise from contumelious treatment. To expect the polished civilities of a drawing-room in a court of justice, under a profecution for a libel, and after setting, in his own conduct, an example of gross indelicacy to individuals of the highest rank in life, to say the least of it betrays extreme weakness, and but a fuperficial knowledge of the world and human nature. The counsel's crimination, with all the colourings of a fervid elocution, was professional; his recrimination, full of alperity and invective as it was and highly inflammatory as he meant it should be, was also natural. But if the counfal, in his treatment of Alfred, wanted the complaisance of a gentleman, the replication of Alfred had neither the patience nor che composure of a christian. The counsel, feeling for his client, entered on the itudy of his brief under the impression that the defendant had forfeited all claim to the attentions of a gentleman, by stooping to be the author and-publisher of deliberate flander. The countel had it not in his option to act from any other sentiment, whether that sentiment was well or ill founded. There is no dignity without moduration, nor any manliness in the absence of decency. Had Alfred possessed the least degree of philosophy or firmness of mind, these are circumstances of which he must have been aware, and even prepared to ineet them with fortitude and temper.
Alfred is also highly offended with the counsel for not giving full credit to the affidavit made by Alfred that he was not the author of Nemesis. Here again, without such a statement of facts as we have
not yet seen the reasoning of, Alfred seems to us altogether prema ture. Surely some attention is due to the force of strong internal evidence. Where the same train of thinking, the same warmth of fancy, the same arrangement and modification in the very turn of expression, strike the most careless reader, connected with all the circumstances of the case, there is, at least, some room to doubt.
These reflections have occurred to us on reading this appeal, and we state them honestly, without wishing to colour or mislead either on the one side or the other. Apart from such temerity and termagency of mind as must in general be offensive, Alfred's talents are above mediocrity. Otherwise directed and employed, he might become a very useful member of society, and we hall be happy in paying him our tribute of praise whenever we find him laudably engaged. ART. 24. The Partisan in War; or, The Use of a Corps of Light
Troops to an Army. By Lieut. Col. A. Emmerick. Small 8vo. 45. boards. Debrett. 1789.
The author of this treatise appears to be particularly well acquainted with the duty of a partisan, or the commander of a body of light troops. After mentioning the general qualifications of such an officer, he treats of the men and clothing, &c. necessary for a light corps; with the particular duties of the partisan. He next delivers the rules to be observed in marching by day and by night; with the precautions to which the partisan should always attend. The behaviour towards spies is directed with good sense and knowledge of human
The author then considers expeditions with cavalry; giving rules to be observed on service, and describing the mode of attack to interrupt couriers, &c. His attention is afterwards employed on expeditions with infantry; and he concludes with observations on conducting surprises by night. The treatise is written with great perspicuity; and, what must not a little increase its usefulness to mili. tary gentlemen, the colonel frequently illustrates his observations by examples drawn from his own experience. ART. 25. A Letter to J. Horne Tooke, Esq. occafioned by his Two Pair
of Portraits, and other late Publications. 8vo. 25. Stalker. London, 1789.
This author urges Mr. Tooke to an enlargement of his Two Pair of Portraits, which, for the gratification of the public, he wishes to be extended to a greater length. He likewise vindicates the confiftency of that gentleman through the whole of his political conduct; affirming that he has uniformly shown himself a friend to public li. berty. Besides this, which form: the principal object of the pamphlet, the author takes a view of the shop-tax, the Westminster election, the deliberations of the parliament on the regency, with other political topics of the times. ART. 26. Tables of Exchange to and from France, from 25d to 2816, the French crown. By Andrew Thomas, Clerk to Sir Robert Her