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Sallads, that shame ragouts, shall woo thy taste;
Deep shalt thou delve in Weltjie's morley patte;
Derby shall lend, if not his plate, his cooks,
And, know, I've bought the best Champaigne from BROOKS;
From liberal Brooks, whose speculative kill,
Is hafty credit, and a distant bill ;
Who, nurs'd in clubs, disdains a vulgar trade,
Exults to trust, and blushes to be paid!

"On that auspicious night, supremely grac'd
With cholen gueits, the pride of liberal Taste,
Not in contentious heat, nor madd’ning Atrife,
Not with the busy ills, nor cares of life,
We'll waste the fleeting hours ; far happier themes
Shall claim each thought, and chase Ambition's dreams,
Each Beauty that Sublimity can boait
He best shall tell, who itill unites them most.
Of Wit, of Taite, of Fancy, we'll debate;
If SHERIDAN for once is not too late :
But scarce a thought to ministers we'li spare,
Unless on Polish politics, with Hari :
Good-natur'd DEVON ! oft shall then appear
The cool complacence of thy friendly fneer :
Oft shall FITZPATRICK's wit, and Sran Hope's eale,
And BURGOYNE's manly sense unite to please.
And while each guest attends our varied feats
Of scatter'd covies and retreating fleets,
Me shall they with some better sport to gain,

And Thee more glory, from the next campaign.'
There are a few verbal inaccuracies, too trilling indeed to be
noticed in a poem of less excellence, which, in the ardour of com-
1) position, have escaped correction : one or two we have marked in
italics.

** We believe it is now a needless piece of information, that the Public are indebted for this performance to the same elegant pen that produced the Project, and the Wreath of Falion

Cont. Art. 29. Ruin seize thee, ruthlefs King! A Pindaric Ode, not

written by Mr Gray. 410. is. Almon. 1779. This free parody contains many lines that are humorous, some that are unintelligible, and a few that are impudent.

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DR AM A TIC.
Art. 30. William and Nanny; a Ballad Farce, in Two Acts.

As performed at the Theatre in Covent Garden. 8vo. 18.
Keartly. 1779.

Idle fing-song, and Aimfy dialogue, sullained by hacknied cha-
racters poorly delineated, no: enlivened by humour, nor rendered
in:ereiting by any circumstances of the fable.
Art, 31. The Cottagers : A Mufical Entertainment. As per.
formed at the Theatre in Covent Garden. 8vo. 6 d. Grifin.

The first draught of William and Nanny, the Author of which has thus characterised the Cottagers. " The fact is, that this little farce was originally written ten or eleven years ago; as it stood then, a

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real Baronet was in love with Nanny, who generously refigned her 10 William, on discovering their attachment; this was thought FLAT AND INSIPID."

Preface to William and Nanny. . We have only to echo the Author's last words, flat and infipid ! Art. 32. The Critic; or, Tragedy Rehearsed: a Literary Catch

penny! by way of Prelude to a Dramatic After-piece. By R. B. Sheridan, Esq. With a Dedication, Preface, and Prologue. 8vo. I s. Kingsbury. 1779. Many a true word spoken in jest. This piece exactly answers the descripcion in its title-page. " A literary catchpenny, by way of prelude to a dramatic after piece.” Art. 33. The Critic Anticipated; or, the Humours of the Green

Room : A Farce. As rehearstd behind the Curiain of the Theatre in Drury Lane. By R. B, S. Esq; &c. 8vo. 1 s. Bladon, 1779.

Allizos Egin'em! Another theatrical muthroom, engendered by the warmth of Mr. Sheridan's reputation. Art. 34. The Alirror; or, Harlequin everywhere. A Pantomi.

mical Burletta. As performed at the Theatre, Covent Garden. 8vo. is. Kearlly. 1779.

This pantominical burietta may, for aught we know, be a very diverting lpectacle on the theatre ;- in the closec it is but a poor en tertainment. Art. 35. The Shepherdess of the Alps; a Comic Opera, in Three Ads. As performed at the Theatre, Covent Garden. 8vo, I s. 6 d. Kearly, 1780.

A dramatic travesty of the elegant and affecting tale of Marmontel. The characier of Count Triste is founded, if we recollect rightly, on one of the Proverbes Dramatiques. Most of the other comic chaTallers and incidents are mere counterparts to those which have been repeatedly exhibited, with more address, in our late musical dramas.

L A w. Art. 26. Remarks on the Law of Descent, and on the Reasons

aligned by Mr. Jullice Blackstone for rejecting, in his Table of Deicent, a Point of Doctrine laid down in Plowden, Lord Bacon, and Hale. 410. Is. 6 d. Brooke. 1779.

The point of law here discussed, in 47 quarto pages, is,“ Whether the heir of the Great Grandmother, on the part of the father, ought to be preferred, in the course of the inheritance, to the heir of the Grandmorher on the same fide; or, vice verfa?" Mr. Juttice BlackHone gives the preference to the Great Grandmother, in contradiction (as this Author contends) to the ancient doctrine. Had the learned Commentator on the laws of England contented himself with fingly declaring his opinion on the subject, the Public would find little difficulty in chuling between so weighty an authority, and that of an anonymous writer ; but as the reasons on which the former grounds his opinion are assigned at some length, those reasons are certainly open to the freeft examination. The question is thifted from authority to argument. Our Romarker enters on the discussion wi:h temper, and with decency; but with what success he hath ac. quitted himself, must be left to the decilion of those who are derp in

this particular fubje&t. The investigation of a law-thesis hath no charms for the generality of readers. Courts of justice do not fit to decide abstract points of law. They require real parties, real interests, and an adual caose depending before them; but there is al. ways an avenue to the judgment of men of learning through the medium of the press. Ingenuity can here exert itself with no other client than the bookseller, and find its way to public notice, though the gates of Westminster-hall are shut. .

(The above account was prepared for the press before we were informed of the melancholy event which has deprived our country of the respectable Judge, whose opinion is canvailed in this pamphlet. Criticism may lay afide her pen; and Controversy herself for a while forget her acrimony, to ihed a tear over departed genius and learning. An author's best and noblest monument is his writings. Non omnis moritur. And we have the satisfaction to hear that a pofthumous work is bequeathed, by Sir W. Blackstone, to the profefsion of the law, as well as some Additions with which his Comment, taries on the Laws of England will be enriched.]

HORTICULTURE. Art. 37. The Garden Mufproom : Its Nature and Cultivation.

A Treatise exhibiting full and plain Directions, for producing this desirable Plant in Perfection and Plenty, according to the true successful Practice of the London Gardeners. By John Abercrombie, Author of the Gardener's Kalendar. 8vo. 1 s. 6 d. L. Davis.

Though this treatise contains nothing materially new, yet, as it enters more minutely into the subject than any former publicacion, it will not be without its use to the curious gardener, who wishes to cultivate the vegetable of which it treats, in the highest perfe&tion. The roles, as we learn from a gentleman who has had some experience in these matters, are the fame which are observed by the best gardeners.

MISCELLANEOU S. Art. 38. Lessons in Elocution; or, Miscellaneous Pieces in Prole and Verse; selected from the best Authors, for the Perusal of Per. fons of Taite, and the Improvement of Youth in Reading and Speaking. By William Scoit, Teacher in Edinburgh, izmo. 3 s. Elliot, Edinburgh ; Longman, London. 1779.

The idea of this compilation is evidently borrowed from Dr. Er• feld's Speaker, a work, the general ale of which is its belt praile, A very confiderable part of the lessons in both are the same; and where they differ (to say the least), we see no reason to give che preference to Mr. Scott's judgment and taite in selection. With respea to the disposition of the materials, the method adopted in the Speaker, of arranging the pieces under the several diftinct fpecies of elocution, narrative, didaktic, argumentative, oratorical, &c. is cer. tainly much better suited to answer the purpose of improvemert in speaking, than a promiscuous miscellany in prose and verse; for each branch of elocution has its proper tone and manner, which must be beft acquired by repeated exercise.

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Art. 39. An Enquiry into, and Remarks upon, the Conduct of Lieu

tenant General Burgoyne. The Plan of Operation for the Campaign,
1777. Thę intructions from the Secretary of State. And the
Circumstances that led to the Loss of the Northern Army. Evo.

is. Matthews. 1780.
· This review of the conduct of General Burgoyne, with regard to
that unfortunate expedition, which ended in the loss of his army, is
written with kcenness and energy, but with a degree of rancour
which marks the spirit of party.--Perhaps, we may infer, without
any great pretensions to sagacity, that if the luckless General had
forborne to connect himself with Oppofi'ion, since his parole return
to England, he would have been less exposed to the virulent attacks
of those literary Pandours, who skirmith under the ministerial
standard.

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CORRESPONDENCE. - To the AUTHOR'S of the MONTHLY REVIEW, . GENTLEMEN,

I Did not meet with the late book, intitled, The Church of England

I vindicated, till I saw your remarks upon it in the Review for last November; where you justly call the Author a most illiberal iniolerant, One thing I took more particular notice of, that he says,

“ The old Will Whiston affirmed, that Jesus Chriit was a mere man, the son of Joseph and Mary, in the fame manner as he was the natural product of a male and female Whifton."

Now, as grandson to Mr. Whifton, and well acquainted with his opinions, I will take upon me to affirm, that that was not his belief;' and the Author has no right to charge him with it, unless he dan produce one passage, at least, out of his numerous writings, which says so ; which I hereby call upon him to do. And if he does not

now the difference between a Socinian, which Mr. Whilton was not, und what is called an Arian, which he owned himself to be, this Au. thor is not qualified to write on that controversy.

Mr. Whifton's opinions, which I thall neither deay, nor am ashamed of, will be best seen by some quotations from his own writings: I shall take them from his Account of the Primitive Faith, in the fourth volume of his Primitive Chriflianity revived; where he says as follows:

Art. 5. • Jesus Christ is the Holy One of God, a Being of Perfon, of fupereminent and divine perfections, knowledge, power, and adthority; and so far superior to all subordinate creatures ; i. e. to all the thrones, dominions, pricipalities, powers, cherubim, seraphim, archangels, angels, and men, which are made subject unto him.'

Art. 6. ' Jesus Christ is the hoyos Oty na poceo wnios, The first begotten of all creatures, The beginning of the creation of God. i. e, a Divino Being or Person, created or begotten by the Father before all ages; or before all fubordinate creatures, visible and invisible.'

Art. 7. ' God the Father by his Word, by his Son, or by Jefus

Christ, as his minister or active instrument, at firft created, made, A bordered, or disposed; and still governs all she subordinate creatures, visible and invvisible.'

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Art. 9. ' Jefus Christ, the Word and Son of God, was very frequently sent by the Supreme God, the Father, in the ancient ages; and again, more apparently at his incarnation; as his servant, his vicegerent, and minister, into the world.'

Art. 13. - Jesus Christ, the Word and Son of God, did in his Divine nature, in the most ancient times, properly descend from beaven, and appear at several times, and in several places, to the patriarchs; personating the Supreme God, or acting wholly in his name, and as his deputy and vicegerent in the world.'

Art. 14. Jesus Christ, the Word and Son of God, descended properly again from heaven, in his Divine nature, and became man; being by the power of the Holy Ghost, conceived in, and born of, the blessed Virgin Mary ; and increasing afterward in wisdom and Iature like other men.'

From these quotations, to which more might be added, let any impartial person judge, whether Mr. Whifton thought our Saviour a mere man; who he says was far superior to angels and men, and as God's minister created and governs them (Art. 5, and 7.), or that he did not exist before Joseph and Mary; who, he says, was before all ages, and in the most ancient times appeared to the patriarchs (4 st. 6 and 13.).

T. BARKER, Lyndon, Jan. 17, 1780.

* We are forry that any thing we have said concerning Dr. Delany, in our Review of the Supplement to the Works of Dean Swift *, should have drawn on us the suspicion of hafte or partiality. We respect the abilities and learning of Dr. D, and we elecin his general character. In quoting such passages as occurred in Lord Orrery's letters, respecting the Doctor, we meant rather a compliment to his virtues, than a reflection on his memory. If his Lordhip misrepresented some parts of the Doctor's character, at the time when he bestowed such liberal encomiums on other parts of it, we are not answerable for the mistake. From the anecdotes preserved of the Doctor, and published by Ms. Nichols, we see enough to convince us, that the best men have their peevilh and splenetic hours; and unless Lord Orrery can be suspected of an illiberal falsehood with refpect to the man for whom he professeth so much good-will, we must give credit to the complaint he made of the harm treatment he had met with from Dr. Delany.

Book. We acknowledge the policeness of C. D's letter, and thank him for his obliging hint respecing a General Catalogue.

N. B. II C. D. can produce suficient proofs to invalidate the reflections of Lord Orrery, or will communicate any particulars to illustrate the character of Dr. Delany, we shall probably have no obje&tion to laying them before the public.

+t In your Monthly Review for Dec, 1779, I find a mistake tia P. 444. It is there related, in the Article “ Historical Account of

* See Review for November, Art. IX.

Nor of the Reviewer, but of the Author there quoted.

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