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the part of the crown, and of the public, if domestic direētion is expected to be given up, I must infiit upon the nomination to those important offices; and in granting it, there will still remain to the Company a much more extensive nomination, to places of greater trust and emolument, than is now claimed on behalf of the public, If, therefore, that share of foreign direction which I demand, is not admitted, the decision must be left to Parliament, who may probably think that a share of domestic as well as of local direction, is the indisputable right of the nation in this bufiness.”
Having thus given what he conceives to be the real senti, ments of the two different parties, he now presuines to de liver his own opinion on the subject, in the following address to the minister and the directors.
« My Lord and Gentlemen, " I have hitherto listened to the arguments of both sides, with flence and attention; with attention, not only to the outward texture of your reasoning, but to the inward springs also, by which you are actuated. I have endeavoured to pry into the very
bottom of your souls, and this is the result of my inquest.
*. As for you, gentlemen of the direction, you have spoke with so much fimplicity and plainness of speech, that it is impossible to mistake your meaning : your arguments, therefore, as well as your motives, require no comment: they are both sufficiently obviouse
“ In regard to your lordship, while I admire the dignity and disinterestedness of your professions, I am sorry that I do not find inyself justified in paying the fame compliment to your abilities on the present occasion: I would rather with to fuppose, and I think it molt probable that the formation of this crude, inadequate, and ill-digelted plan, has been the work of others, inore than of
your lordship: I have already pointed out the bad policy, and the rui. nous consequences resulting from the very short term proposed for the duration of the Company's charter. I have also, I conceive, sufficiently brought to light the enormity of your Lord'hip's de mand, in regard to the quantum of participation required for the public: The mode proposed for obtaining that quantum, is equal. ly exceptionable, but I'defer the consideration of that matter for the present, and proceed to thew, that the degree of management and direction claimed by you in behalf of the public, falls as much short of that extant and efficacy of controul which is their due, as their proposed proportion of revenue exceeds that due.-) have already expressed my conviction that the eight per cent. demanded for the public, before the conspany can receive any share of the revenue, is more than that revenue will ever be brought to produce, in the way which your Lordship has thought proper to consent to the future administration of the Company's settlements: This being the case, why not infist upon the whole of the management, as well as the whole of the revenue? I readily allow that such an assumption of power would be too gross to pass on the public, but I must
at the fame time affirm, that the one naturally results from the other, and, in point of abstract justice, is just as much their due: Buc your Lordship, in avoiding Scilla, had fallen upon Charibdis, and your dread of claiming an unpopular, though just right, has induced you on this, as on many other occasions, to facrifice to your cha. racteristic timidity, the necessary authority of the state. I can conceive your lordship to have argued in this manner: We muft not revolt the Company, and increase the popular clamour, by demanding oftenfible direction, to the extent of our claim : We will depend for a share of domestic management, on the well known influence of the crown, in the choice of directors : We will con, fine ourselves to the appointment of the supreme council, partly because we have already got parliamentary fanction to that claim, and more especially, as it will afford us the ample means of future patronage ; Had you consulted only the interest of the state, it would have occurred to your Lordship, that, though the election of the supreme council was vested in the crown, yet in the execution of their trust, and in the difpofition of the revenues, they were to act under the orders of the court of directors, and not of ministers; consequently, though you might gain the nomination of lucrative appointments, yet the nation would gain nothing in point of controul over the Company. It might also have occurred to your Lordship, on a retrospect of the past management of the compa. ny, respecting their territories, both in point of internal policy, and in appropriating their immense revenues for the benefit of the company, instead of permitting them to become a prey to the rapacity of their servants, that when such total want of good policy, and of economy, existed at a time when the exertion of those vira Lues tended solely to enrich themselves and their constituents, is it not probable they will exist, in a superior degree, when they know, that all their labour, and all their pains, will only serve to benefit the fate, and pot themselves: It is rather to be expected that they will be very indifferent to the interest of the state, and very attentive to their own, and that of their friends and dependents."
Speculation, a Poom. 4to. 2s. 6d. Dodsley, Speculation is exhibited in this little poem under all her various forms, and under each, with much poetry and pleasantry, the author's talents, both of which have been as long admired, as they have been known to the public. Amongit the several excellent illustrations of a subject by no means fruitful of illustration are the following.
© Could I, ye Gods, in equal strain Their various fallacies explain,
Speculation, a Poem,
And all their fiend-like arts rehearse,
“ Nor less among th’unletter'd stains
“ Mark where the money-lending crew
" And must his fair paternal lands
Be airy dreams and peculations." Although Mr. Anstie (for to that gentleman's pen we attribute this production, since his avowed writings appear at the bottom of the advertisement) declares, 4
. Not 1
Not all the criticising race
e Can move one muscle in his face." We would still (albeit we do not boaft ourselves amongst the number of thote to whom
• Eetters patent are aflign'd,
« To ftamp th' opinions of mankind,") recommend a fairer field than this entangled path of the poetical region, where even the author of the Bath Guide can find a flower deserving his cropping. At the same time we cán obferve many vestiges of the most humorous poet of his time in the course of this agreeable bouquet, and where any such marks are wanting, or but “ dimly seen,' the subject, not the author is in fault.
The concluding lines of this performance are extremely worthy the heart from whence they came, whether considered in a moral, a poctical, or a political light,
* But if the truth I must impart,
Fatal. Falfhood, a. Tragedy, as iti is aéled at the Theatre
Ruyal, Covent-Garden. By the Author of Percy. 8vo. Is. 6d,
This tragedy is excellently, calculated to thew the errors, which, the best hearts are: apt to be led into. The struggles of, Qrlando, torn between his contending passions, hisi friendhip for Rivers, --- love for Julia, -and pity for Emmelina,
are most strongly, and at the same time, most delicately painted. To see a bad character, guilty of a bad action, is what we expect, and therefore we are not surprized; but when a good man is forced against his inclination to depart. from virtue, let the consequences be what they may, he must become as interesting an object, as the former would be difgusting.
Miss Moore has been charged with plagiarism, we therefore with a most scrutinizing eye have fought to ascertain the fact; and we think she is indebted, for the title of the tragedy, and some of its incidents, to an elegant novel, called
The fatal Effects of Inconfiancy, and to Richardson's Clementina, for the tender madness of her Emmelina. But she has turned them to such good advantage, that we dismiss her, with this caution, to take as little from others as she can, as, no person has less reason to borrow; for her productions will bear the most critical eye in the closet, which is not often the case with pieces which have received every advantage from Stage decoration.
The Times, &c. a Comedy, by Mrs. Grifiths, as it is acted at
the Theatre-Royal Drury-Lane. 8vo. Is. 6d. Fielding and Walker.
· The purport of almost every advertisement now-a-days, is to acknowledge the favourable reception which the performance has met with. The author of the comedy now under confideration goes in the same track, and speaks warmly of the indulgence which attended its representation.' Properly enough, indeed, hath she term'd it an indulgences since the steady impartiality which it is our duty to maintain, obliges us to confess we see little merit in the performance but that of meaning well.'--Of Mrs. Griffiths's talents we are not insensible, having seen them exerted on many different occasions, with great pleasure ; but we cannot, in the present production, recognize the pen of the elegant and interesting Frances. We are well acquainted with Goldoni's Bourru Bienfaisant, on which this piece is founded, and think it might have suggested much greater advantages of circumstance and situation to an English dramatist, than is here discovered by Mrs. G. The character of Woodley, however, is not ill-sustained, and there are fome scattering gleams of