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Art. 41. A poetical Ejay on Duelling. By Charles Peter Layard,
A. M. Fellow of St. John's College. 4to. is. Robson.
To which are added, Essays, moral and philosophical. By Eliza'beth Gilding, Woolwich, Kent. Svo. 2 s. 6 d. Wilkie.
• Hail, royal Charlotte, Virtue's faithful friend,
Whom worlds admiring, shall for aye admire,
An emanation of celestial fire!
the Beauties of Homer, selected from the Iliad. By William Holwell,
Those who have perchased the Beauties of Homer selected from
at Bath to his Wife at Glouceller, with a poetical Address to
Replete with genuine humour, wit, and ridicule.
The firft of these Odes, addressed to the fan, is irregular and un
Prob Patria t, inver fique mores !-Here is a fad reverse, indeed No Court-poet here hails the dubious year: our Bard is the laureat of OPPOSITION ; and comes forth, not exulting in the aaspicious “ face of things" but loudly bewailing the flight taken by the Genius of Albion-no longer prompt, as heretofore,
at Freedom's call, to rise, With thund'ring voice, and heav'n-directed eyes,
And mock th' oppressor's rage, or smite the tyrant dead! Vid, last volume of the Review, p. 356. + Yid, motto to this Ode. We have followed Sanader's reading.
O quickly drop the murd'rous sword !
With thine own blood to drench the ground !.
With ghaftly smile, and blasting eyes,
This Article was written for February; but the copy has been miflaid. Art. 47. A Parody on Gray's Elegy. By an Oxonian. 4to. 1 s.
Wheble. 1776. In our Review for December, 1753, we gave an account of “ Ar Evening Contemplation in a College ; by another Gentleman of Cam. bridge." The Author's name was not published with the poem; but we then understood, and have since been assured that it was the production of Mr. Duncombe, then Fellow of C.C.C. Cam. bridge; and now, if we miftake not, Vicar of St. Andrew, Canter. bury, and one of the fix preachers of the cathedral in that city,
This jeu d'esprit, falling into the hands of some plagiary, who pretends to be an Oxonian, now makes its appearance under the foregoing title ; and, what must be an additional mortification to the in. genious Author, it is printed with a number of unwarrancable alter. ations, needless for us to specify; but all for the worse. It appears by an advertisement from the bookseller, that he was not privy to this fraud.
L A w. Art. 48. ' A plain State of the Case of her Grace the Duchefs of
Kingfion ; with Considerations, calling upon the Powers to ftop a Prosecution illegally commenced, unimportant of Example, alarming to the People, expensive to the State, and pregnant of
ill Consequences. 4to. is. 6 d. Wilkie. · Written to thew the expediency and necessity of a noli profequi, with respect to a prosecution which the Author (who appears to be an able lawyer) confiders as not only, in its nature, vexatious and malicious, but absolutely illegal, and also of most pernicious tendency. The pamphler is . profoundly argumentative ; and was pub. lished about a week before the trial, in the view of exciting the royal attention, and interpofition, even at the last moment,'-The Author's idea of the illegality of the trial, is chiefly grounded on this
pofition,- that the sentence of the Ecclefiaftical Court *, is definitive in all causes, and with respect to all persons whatever.-The Lords were of a different opinion.
D R À M A'T I C. Art. 49. An Occasional Prelude, performed at the Opening of
the Theatre-Royal, Covent-Garden, on the 21ft of Sept. 1772. By George Colman. 8vo. 6 d. Becket. 1776.
A theatrical tit-bit from the managers' own kitchen ! somewhat in the manner of the prologues in dialogue of the French theatre, This Prelude is a diverting trifle. The scene of the Irish chairmen ia the Piazza is droll and hamorous; and the picture of the manager's levee, particularly the conversation with the young actress, is sprightly and entertaining. Art. 50. Valentine's Day, a Musical Drama, in Two Acts. 'As
it is performed at the Theatre Royal in Drury-Lane. 8vo. 15. Lowndes. 1776.
• The Author of Valentine's Day,-to Mr. Garrick, for his ara sent to the representation, returns all that the warmest gratitude cán fuggeft.' The Reviewers do not overflow with equal gratitude to Mr. Garrick on this occasion: for this musical drama fas the Author is pleased to call it) seems calculated to excite as much difguft, as Mr. Garrick ever communicated pleasure to his auditors and specta. tors-An assertion, however bold, not exceeding the truth.
NOVELS and MEMOIRS, Art. 51. The Husband's Refentment ; or, the Hisory of Lady Man
chefter. 2 Vols. 12mo. 6 s. Lowndes. 1976. " We have often been surprised that, among the great multitude of novels which come under our notice, we meet with so few that venture out of the beaten track of love, into the walks of humour and character, which are capable of affording such an endless variety of amasement. From the spirited description of the consequential airs of rank, and the bumiliating mortifications of dependence, with which this novel begins, we were in hopes of meeting with some employment for our rifible faculties, and of being able to recommend the work to novel readers as sprightly and entertaining. But we soon found our Author's comic powers either exhausted or aleep; and were not a little dissatisfied, through the remainder of the piece, to meet with a tale, sufficiently natural indeed, but neither capable of interesting the paffions, nor improving the heart. Art. 52. Emma; or, the Child of Sorrow. 12mo. 2 Vols. 6 s.
Lowndes. .1776. This is indeed, as the title intimates, a tale of woe. The fair sufferer is placed in fituations, and meets with events, of the most diftressful nature : nor is the Reader, at the close, relieved from the pain which the story has given him, by a sudden reverse of fortune. Emma lives and dies the child of sorrow. Those gentle spirits, who
take a strange delight in tears,' may here find entertainment suited
• In the famous jaalitation fuit, Miss Chudleigh was declared not the wife of Mr. Hervey.
to their taste. And let not criticism destroy or interrupt the pleasing effect of the story, by pointing out defects and blemishes in the mao. aer in which it is written. .
RELIGIOUS. Art. 53. A Homily to the Somersetfhire Septuagint ; or, a Letter of
Advice to the Seventy Proprietors of the new Assembly Rooms ia Bath : with a laconic Address to the Gentry of the Bon Ton, the Gay and Giddy, of this dissipated Age. 8vo. 6d, Newbery. 1774.
This pamphlet having been little, if at all, advertised in the London papers, escaped our notice, at the time of its publication. The Author's design was, chiefly, to admonish the gentlemen to whom it is addressed, and offer them fome hints toward reforming their plan of operations,' particularly in reference to the unwarrantable liberty taken by them, of keeping their rooms open on the Sunday, and, by public advertisement inviting the company resorting to Bath, to mil-spend their sacred time;'-in violation of both · divine and human laws.'
Although the admonitions of this pious and rational Author were calculated for the meridian of Bath, they may, as he rightly obferves, be equally suitable at other places, where the same licentious spirit of dillipation prevails : as, Weymouth, Southampton, Margate, Brighthelmstone, &c.-His Homily, as he has chosen to style this letter, is, indeed, a very good discourse against the inordinate love of pleasure, which is too much the characteritic of the present age : and can at no time, and at' no place of general resort, in this coontry, be upseasonable, or improper.
S E R M O N. I. T'he Christian's Strength. Preached at Wrexham in Denbighshire,
and published at Request. By Joseph Jenkins, A. M, Svo. 6d.
This is a serious yet lively discourse, from 2 Cor. xii, 10. ; and is founded on Calvinilical principles. The Author hath introduced a note or two, which might, perhaps, have better been spared, till he had become more versed in philosophical disquisitions. "To us it apo pears that the influence he hath ascribed to watchfulness and prayer, is scarcely consistent with what he hath advanced concerning the absolute incapacity of man, in religious concerns.''
Mr. Jenkins, we find, is the Author of the Reflections on Mr. Lindsey's Apology,' and of the orthodox diffenting-minister's reafons for a farther application tò parliament,' both which performances have been noticed in our Review.
CORRESPONDENCE. W E have received an ingenious and candid letter, relative to :
criticism at the close of our account of Mr. Jebb's reasons for a late resignation *. None can have a greater regard for the cha. racter of Mrs. Barba uld than we have, or entertain a higher opinion
* See Review for January last, p. 68.
of her admirable talents. But we fill think, after a calm and attentive confideration of what has been alleged by her able friend, that the passage was exceptionable, and that our strictures on it were juft. The very ingenuity and ability displayed in its defence, are a proof that it requires no small degree of refinement, to preserve it from being misapprehended. The Author's character, as a fincere proteftant and a friend to reformation, we well knew; and, therefore, were the more dissatisfied with what we thought an unguarded manner of writing, and the more solicitous to prevent its evil effects. Let it, however, be remembered, that we had no idea of afcribing to her an approbation of the church of Rome. Such a thought never occurred to us, nor had we any conception that a construction of that kind might be put on what we had said. It was admiration which we spoke of, and that in a single instance; wherein we believed, and do fill believe, that beauty of imagination and elegance of taste prevailed over true philosophy and sound judgment.
Beside, the principal object of our remarks was the other part of the passage, in which it is a flerted, that we learn to respect wbat. ever respects itself, and are easily led to think that system requires no alteration which never admits of any ;' and in which a dignity is ascribed to this circumstance, Allowing that the Author did not speak this in her own person, (though surely it might have been more cautiously expressed) we are persuaded that what the hach advanced will by no means hold good, excepting with regard to the lowest of the vulgar, and the molt contemptible bigots. Let us appeal to a fact or two. Was it true of the church of Rome, that her system was thought to require no alteration, because it never ad. mitted of any? The direct contrary was the case. Because he refused to alter any thing, when, perhaps, a few lighc amendments might have preserved her power much longer, me provoked that grand separation, which is so illuftrious an event in the history of mankind. Nor can it, at this time, be very generally asserted, of those who continue in the Roman catholic communion, that they are easily led to think that her system requires no alteration, because it doth not admit of any. There is, in fact, so prevailing a sense of her absurdities and fuperftitions, that almost all persons of any rank or fashion, or who apply themselves to philosophical inquiries, are infidels; and if they do not attempt, or even aim at, a reformation, it is owing to their indifference about it, or to the danger they apprehend in it, or to other political and personal reasons which might be aflgned, and not to their having a persuasion that the stands in no need of changes, becaufe she never allows of any.
This is the case, likewise, in a lower degree with regard to the church of England. There are few clergymen of reputation, who will not confess that our established forms of 'worship might, in some respe&s, be amended. But they are not for such great alterations as have lately been contended for; and they are afraid of the consequences that might proceed from attempting any alterations. The laity, we mean fuch of them as are members of the church, and have no thoughts of departing from it, either concur with the clergy in these sentiments, or go much farther. In proportion to the bad