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NOVELS. ART.48.-The Follies of Fashion ; a Dramatic Novel. 3 Vols. 1 2 mo.
135. 6d. Boards. Longman and Rees. 1801. The author of these volumes is by no means destitute of abilities, but they do not appear to advantage when employed in novel-writing. The language is sententious and didactic, rather than familiar. There is no diversity of character in the work; and the plot is so far from being interesting, that we can discover no real reason why sir John Scarsdale and miss Aubrey might not have been married as well in the beginning of the first volume as at the conclusion of the last. The amusements of the present day are certainly conducted in a more trifling manner than they were fifty years ago; but the author's censure of them is abuse rather than satire. Art. 49.- Something New; or, Adventures at Campbell House. By
Anne Plumptre. 3 I ols. 12mo. 155, Boards. Longman and
lic is an ugly woman, as the heroine of a novel. It is not very won, derful that the fair author had no predecessors in this tract; nor shall wc deem it surprising if she have but few imitators, because novels are the food of young minds, and the copy of juvenile manners : they are a picture of the sensations of a warm imagination, at a time of life when, “true to our nature, feeling achieves what reason attempts in vain.' To us, in whom old age has bent the passions under a great weight of reason and experience, miss Plumptre's good intention appears with all its advantages. Art. 50.-The Pirate of Naples; a Novel. By Mary Charlton,
3 Vols. 1 2 mo. 135. 62. Boards. Lane. 1801. Angela, the heroine of these volumes, is the supposed child of Nicolo Trappola, a fruiterer of Naples. After passing some time among caves, rocks, and coffins, in due form of novel procedure, she turns out to be the daughter of a person of family, and is married to the man who had fallen in love with her in her former hum. ble state. Notwithstanding all this has been related a hundred times before, it is not badly repeated by Mrs. Charlton. The affixing such names to the personages of a novel as are common to the country where the events happen is certainly proper; but the adoption of terms of quality in a foreign language, as, marchese, madre, palazzo, povra, &c. savours a little of affectation. Art. 51.-Delaval; a Novel. 2. Vols. 12mo. 8s. Boards. Lane,
1802. This is a pleasing little novel, written in an easy correct style, but without any novelty of incident. Art. 52.-Swedish Mysteries; or, Hero of the Mines : a Tale.
Translated from a Swedish Manuscript, by Johanson Kidderslaw. 3 Vols, 12mo. 135. 6d. Boards. Lane. 1801. We have not leisure to examine whether this novel be really a translation from the Swedish, or whether it be the original production of him who calls himself the translator. The narrative is sufficiently gloomy, and the language sufficiently turgid, to warrant a belief that it is the offspring of some northern author. It will, most likely, amuse for two or three months those who search after rovelty; and then, like its brethren, it will be forgotten.
• MISCELLANEOUS LIST. Art. 53.-The Thespian Dictionary; or, Dramatic Biograpby of the * Eighteenth Century; containing Sketches of the Lives, Productions, &c.
of all the principal Managers, Dramatists, Composers, Commentators, Actors, and Actresses, of the United Kingdom ; interspersed with several original Anecdotes ; and forming a concise History of the English Stage. 8vo. gs. 6d. Boards. Hurst. 1802. · This work is intended for a pocket-companion, being closely printed with a very small type, in order to contain a great quantity of matter in as contracted a space as possible. One fault we cannot aygid pointing out; which is, that the dates are not always correct. This perhaps may be an error of the press; but, even as such, it is an unpardonable neglect in a book of reference. In justice, however, we must say that this pocket volume contains a variety of information, which will be found entertaining and instructive to those who are fond of theatrical anecdote and biography. In one particular it is entitled to our warmest praise ; namely, that it will not offend the chastest eye. It is a plain narrative of the lives of performers, &c. so far only as they have respect to their calling, and is totally silent upon that lewdness and immorality which too often blacken the history of those who have passed their time among actors and actresses.
ART. 54.– New Instructions for playing, in all its Ferieties, the Game - of Billiards with Ease and Propriety'. To which is prefixed an His
torical Account of the Game, &c. By an Amateur. 12mo. Is. 6d. sewed. Hurst. 1801.
We have been much disappointed on a perusal of this book. The title informs us that it contains • instructions for playing ;' and, in the description of a mathematical game, we reasonably expected, therefore, scientific principles. We hoped to have seen the angles of the different parts of the table pointed out, and to have heard somewhat of the laws of velocity aid repulsion. But nothing of the sort occurs in the whole performance; nor is there the smallest information advanced by what means a hazard may be made from any one given point of the table : all that is laid down is the rules of the different games; yet of what use is a marker but to decide these at the time the parties are playing? Art. 55.-The Encyclopedia of Wit. 12mo. 6s. Boards. Phillips. • This is one of the most witless productions we ever perused. There is less of Attic salt in these 558 pages than in almost any other work of the sort with which we are acquainted, although not con. taining the fourth part of that number. If our readers wish to see into what kennels the compiler has been raking in order to swell the bulk of his volume, they may read the following witty story.
(DUTCH DELICACY. · The Hollanders keep their apartments religiously clean, and, to prevent their being dirtied by the consequences of smoking, sit round the room in a circle, and he who has occasion to spit spits into his neighbour's mouth, who passes it on to another, and he to a third, until it gets into the mouth of the man who sits next the door, who passes it out of the room. P. 8. Art. 56.—The Life and Campaigns of General Suworow, Conqueror
of Italy. By an Officer. 12mo. 25. sewed. Hurst. 1801.. The actions of this celebrated warrior are particularised, in the volume before us, from his birth to his death. It might naturally be expected that a work written by an officer should lean a little to the side of his own country ; and whenever it becomes necessary to hint at parties, the author shows the direction of his bias; but in the main, the performance is extremely impartial, and the relations are given in a much better flow of language than is always to be met with from a soldier.
The conclusion manifests the instability of every dependence upon , princes :
• Sic transit gloria mundi.' Art. 57-The Science of Teaching, applied to Elocution, Poetry, the
Sublime of Scripture, and History, with a novel and improved Ara rangement of the latter, for the Use of classical Pupils. By David Morrice. 12m0. 35. Boards. Lackington and Co. 1801.
Some miscellaneous remarks on the art of speaking, poetry, &c. dignified with a title-page of too much expectation. The novel and improved arrangement of the latter is only a chronological table, which, by giving to one side of the column, containing dates, the sacred, and the other the profane history, leaves frequently half the page a blank space. The whole wears too much the appearance of mere book-making. . Art. 58.- Observations on Mr. Dundas's Letter of the 30th of June,
1801, to the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the East-India Coma pany. 8vo. Is. Jordan. 1801.
A reproof of Mr. Dundas, who in 1784 proposed that the commis. sioners of control should be persons already in office, and receive no new emolument; but who in 1793. secured for himself and the commissioners each 5oool. yearly, and in 1801 retired with a letter of good advice and a pension of 2000l. a-year. But such matters are now viewed with complete apathy by the nation at large, and this apathy extends to yet greater objects ; for the contempt of the late ministry for the public opinion, and, yet more, the unhappy violence to which they subjected it, have produced effects which might easily have been foreseen; and, in case of real danger, the consequent palsy would be found highly dangerous. As even the weakest of the alarmists seem now to be satisfied that there is no interval jeopardy, every mean should be used gently to revive and stimulate the public opinion, which would be found favorable to pacific measures, and of course to the present ministry. Art. 59.--A Dissertation on the Progress of the fine Arts. By John
Robert Scott, D.D. 410. 35. White. A trivial declamation in praise of the fine arts.—The only thing worth notice is a note on the fate of a young artist called Proctor, which we shall transcribe.
• The fate of this ingenious youth deserves to be distinctly record. ed. Born of humble parentage in one of the more distant counties, he had early manifested an admiration of the arts, and, being admitted a student of the Royal Academy, eminently distinguished himself there by his abilities and his industry. Applying peculiarly to sculpture, soon after the termination of his studies in the academy
he exhibited, at its annual exhibition in Somerset-place, two models of unrivaled exceilence, which might, without fear of deterioration, have been placed in competition with the happicst productions of the best days of Grecian art, and which at the time met with their wellearned applause. But, alas! applause was his only reward: no wealthy patron took him by the hand, no affluent lover of the arts inquired intó, or assisted, his circumstances; and his means being very confined, misery was his portion. He had however the soul of an artist, and for a length of time bore up with manly fortitude against his distresses. The present worthy president of the Royal Academy, suspecting his situation, with the aid of the council obtained for him from the Academy an annuity of rool. a year, to enable him to go to Italy, and improve himself there: but the unhappy youth had unavoidably contracted some trifting debts, which he was utterly unable to discharge, and his mind was too delicately alive to every finer feeling to bear the thought of leaving this country with out paying them. This circumstance, preying on his agitated spirits, and on a frame emaciated by the severest distress, caused his speedy dissolution, to the irreparable injury of the arts. After his death it was discovered that, for the last two years of his life, he had resided in a miserable cock-loft in the worst house in Clare-market, which he had rented for a shilling a week; and that his daily sustenance for that time had been only two dry biscuits, witi a draft of water from the market pump.' P. 32. Arr.60.--Morality united with Policy; or, Reflexions on the old and neat
Government of France ; and on various important Topics of Civil and Ecclesiastical Refocm. By Robert Fellowes, A. B. &c. 12 mo. 2s.6d. White. 1801.
True policy cannot be separated from morality; but the different interests which sway the sovereign and the people in most countries have hitherto rendered the union rather a question to be discussed in the regions of Utopia, than a problem to be reduced into practice in real life. History, however, instructs us in the lamentable truth, that, from the want of this union, very disastrous are the cons quences to every country. A corrupt government naturally corrupts the people; the corruption of the people re-acts upon the government; the name of reform is treated with derision, till it is too late to introduce it, or till at length, the accumulation of abuses destroy. ing the connexion between the sovereign and the people, the destruction of the former, produced by the anarchy and sedition of the lata ter, removes an ancient system, to pave the way for follies perhaps in the opposite extreme. Our author endeavours to palliate the tyranny of the old French government. There were few victims indeed ja its Bastille ; but the terror of it was as grating to an enlightened people as the cruelties exercised in it to the grosser feelings of their ancestors. The despotism of the last monarch was exercised with great moderation ; yet France lamented the destruction of its constitution, and panted for the restoration of its three estates. The French, agreeably to their natural levity, have rushed into the grossest absurdities, mingled with the most sanguinary atrocities; yet this