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Was Mifs, or Madam
Or whether our Progenitor thought right
Having observ'd her with delight,
To lay Miss Evė, or Mrs. ADAM:

If Miss, I bluth to say,
She was a naughty piece of clay;
For, after the was in the garden,

Unless some beast

Acted as Priest,
There was no marriage worth a farthing
I mention this for Women's fame,
For they've a right to act the same;
But, Ladies, if you doubt it,

Ask any Parson,
And he, to help the färcé oó;

Cot-t.
Will tell you all about it.
Art. 27. Matrimony, á Tale; with an Apology. 4to. 1š. 6 do

Exeter printed, by Truman ; and sold in London by Payne, &c. 1779

Dr. Doddridge, speaking of South's Sermons, says, somewhat harshly, that many of them appear to have been written by the infpiration of the devil. The Author of this performance pretends to inspiration, and being Mufs-valiant, founds his high pretencions on two lines of Horace:

" Spiritum Phoebus mihi, Phoebus artem

“ Carminis, nomenque dedit poetæ.! But this poetafter mifakes the source of his inspiration : the devil was in him when he wrote this absurd and invidious tale, Not South's devil :- but the most filly of all posible devils.

Had this performancë, indeed, been as witty as it is nonsensical, its malignitý would have precluded us from saying one word in its praise. We remember not to have read a more ridiculous, or a more diabolical piece, notwithstanding the immense loads of tralh which we have, for so many years, been compelled to examine and account for to the Public

We do not deliver this opinion of the present performance from the flightest resentment which we have conceived at this Author's awkward attempt to disparage and tidicule the judgment of

• Meffieurs The periodical Reviewers.' No! in truth: for we always count on the hatred of foolish and wretched scribblers of every class; and shall ever prefer their abuse to their commendation. " Oh! (says the patient job, who, by the way, seems to have been admirably qualified for the office of a Re. viewer) that my enemy had written a book !").

Utinam male qui mibi volunt, fic fent ! Tor. B.,.k. Art. 28. The Religión of the Times; or, a new Mirror for the

dignified Clergy. By an Enemy to Tyranny, Perfecution, and Hypocrisy. 410. is. Wallis. 1786. • The power of ridicole (says this Writer) hath often been found to work miracles, even upon arbitrary dispositions; and the dread of being araigned at the tribunal of the Public hath had its effect, Riv. Apr, 17806

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when every other confideration hath been totally rejected.' We bes lieve our Readers will give us full credit, when we assure them that we are no enemies to ridicule. We have often been its advocates against those who have decried it through dulness: and would equally wish to exert our abilities in rescuing it from the hands of the spiteful and malignant, who, through prejudice or impudence, proftitute and abuse it. With Mr. Pope (who, like Horace, plays round the heart, and yet gives salire its full ftrength) we consider ridicule as a sacred weapon! But then (as he observes) it must be used in Trutb's defence; and is denied to all but heav'n direeted hands. If our Author's ridicule be examined by this test, it will be found deficient in the most essential quality; nor is he so complete in the subordinate qualities as to make the lightest recompence for such a defect. He calls himself the ' Enemy of Tyranny, Persecution, and Hypocrisy :' and yet the present performance bears strong marks of a tyrannical- persecuting--and we think we may say-bypocritical fpirit. Could a tyrant or a persecutor exprefs the rancour of his foul in more merciless and invidious language than this Writer hath done in the following paragraph, extracted from the Preface? “ As to those miscreants, the Methodists, &c. whose impudence can only be excelled by their ignorance, we would with them, instead of being able to avail themselves of the clemency of the laws, to be sent to the House of Correction till they be brought, by hard labour, to a sense. of that duty, which they owe, not only to their own families, but to the community. This is the Enemy to Perfecution! Out of tbine own mouth thou art condemned, thou brat of bloody Bonner! .

As to this Writer's hypocrify, we think it very obvions from the general design of this piece; and more especially fo from a comparison of detached passages. He professes himself to be a friend to the eftablished Church of this kingdom'-and, in the conclufion of his poem, gives a pious charge to minifters, in the language of St, Paul:

• Exhort, reprove

• Fight the good fight of Faith, and live to die.' Yes! this very Writer becomes a pious monitor of the clergy of kis own church, and delivers his admonitions in apoftolic language, who, but a few lines before, had thrown out some very indecent and profane hints respecting the love-feasts of the Methodists; and, in the beginning of his poem, had ironically pleaded for craft, diffimula. tion, and knavery, on the authority and example of St. Paul:

Flatı'ry your highest card is sure to win,
And at this game no cheating is a fin.
Be all things 10 all men, and ne'er contend
But for the means to serve your pious end.
Follow St. Paul, you cannot miss your way,

Pursue his plan, you cannot go astray.'
This Writer's poetry may rate well

enough with his charity and fincerity. It would suffer by any other comparison. As to wit, we can trace out nothing that bears any resemblance to it :-unless, perchance, it be found in the following notice, fuck up at the back of the preface : The Painter's pi&tures are now exhibiting for fale: if any one is firuck with his own lifcaess, he may purchase it

2 S.

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at a trilling expence : after it is taken home, should it not be ap-
proved of, the painter promises a retouch, whenever he shall appear,
with his features mended, and his complexion improved.'
We would advise this Writer to lay down the pen and take up

the hammer. He would make a colerable auctioneer!

B...k. Art. 29. Paradise Regain'd; or, the Battle * of Adam and the Fox.

An Heroic Poem. 4to. Bew. We must honestly acknowledge that, in endeavouring to flounder through this chaos of half-formed ideas, we have been fairly jaded, and obliged to defift from our intended journey before we got half way.

C.fot. Art. 30. Seduction : The Spirit of the Times, or Petitions.

unmarked, a Poem. Wherein is considered the dangerous Ten.. dency of Associations, and Committees of Correspondence, for ghe Redress of Grievances. By a Real Patriot. 460. Bee. croft.

We remember no instance of a person more grossly mistaking his talents than this honest, loyal Rhimester has done, in imagining himself qualified to address the Public by means of the press.

DRAMA TI c.
Art. 31. The Deaf Lover, a Farce. In Two Acts; as per-

formed at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden. Written by F.
Pilon. 8vo. I S. Bowen. 1780.

An old jest of Joe Miller very successfully wire-drawn into two acts of low humour, though the catastrophe is rather too much precipitated even for a farce. We have no idea neither how the French próperbe dramatique of the Poulet could possibly have been connected, as the Author informs us it originally was, with the story of this farce. But of these pieces he seems to think, like Gay's Beggar, of Operas, that " in this kind of drama it is no matter how absurdly things are brought about." Art. 32. The Reasonable Animals; a satirical Sketch. As it is

performed at the Theatre Royal in the Haymarket, 8vo. 6 d. Kearfly. 1780.

This appears to be a transversion from the French, adapted to an English puppet-lhew. The Author has a tolerable knack'at doublerhyming.

C. Art. 33. William and Lucy; an Opera of Two Acts. An Ata

tempt to suit the Style of the Scotch Music. 890. I s. Edinburgh, Creech. 1780. The Author of this little Opera appears to be equal to works of gore importance. In this light drama he has amplified, but not. improved, the pretty Scotch ballad of Auld Robin Gray.

c. NOVELS and MEMOIR s. Art. 34. Letters between Clara and Antonia : In which are interifperfed the interefting Memoirs of Lord Des Lunettes, a Character

in real Life. 2 Vols. 12mo. 6 s. bound. Bew. 1779.

To those who read merely for amusement, and who look no higher for it than to the novelist, 'we may recommend the Letters between

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Clara and Antonia. The time that will be bestowed upon them, if not very usefully employed, will, at least, be spent innocently. The Memoirs of Lord Des Lunettes, from the Manner in which they are related, seem, as indeed the title-page imports, to be taken from real life. We are willing, however, to hope that some part of the picture is overcharged.

Citat, Art. 35. Sutton Abbey: A Novel. In a Series of Letters founded

on Facts. 12mo. 6 s. bound. Richardson and Urquhart. 1779. The generality of povels, being for the most part composed of the fate materials, bear fo strong a resemblance to each other, that it is difficult to characterize them. Their difference is that of the pebbles on the sea shore ; though no two are exactly of the same figure and dimenfions, yet the naturalid would be puzzled who should 09dertake to point out their discriminating peculiarities. In Sutton Abbey we meet with nothing sufficiently excellent or defe&ive to dilinguish it from the common run of second rate novels. Cotut Art. 36. The Tutor of Truth. By the Author of the Pupil of Pleasure, &c.

2 Vols. 6 s.' bound. Richardfon and Urquhart. 1779. The “ Papil of Pleasure" having been censored for the

glowing colours in which the vices of its hero are exhibited, Mr. Courtney Melmoth, who poffefses that happy versatility which qualifies bim to be in krumque paratus, here atones for his offence, by delineating a character in all respects the reverse of the former ; and he prefaces the narrative with a laboured attempe to point out a systematic relation between the two pieces, and to deduce an instructive moral from the contrafted characters.

Though this piece is, perhaps, more inoffenfive than any of the former productions of this Writer, it must alfo be said, that it is less entertaining. In the humorous characters which are introduced, we discover lirite of the true comic. The wit of thefe characters consists almost entirely in the false pronunciation or spelling of words, or in the ase of vulgar or pedancic language. Some of the characters are exceedingly unnatural. We can conceive a Malvolia fancying his mikress in love with his yellow stockings and crossed garters; but we cannot fuppofe a lover so much a fool as to imagine a lady to be his " contracted {pouse," without any preliminary advances on either fide. We also find some difficulty, even in this age of gallantry, in fupposing it probable that a married woman would entertain lo romantic a paflion, as to follow from one country to another, a youth who, instead of seducing her, has treated her with perfe& indifference, and who, from principle, has discouraged every advance to wards an illicit amour.

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MISCELLAN É O U S.
Art. 37. Remarks on General Burgoyne's State of the Expeditiot

from Canada. 8vo. 1 s. Wilkie.
In our last month's catalogue we bellowed the commendation on
General Burgoyne's fate of the northern expedition, which we
thought due to fo elaborate and important a performance.-As a lite-
sary composition, this remarker has little or nothing to say to it
nor does he objekt to the accuracy or authenticity of the splendid en-
gravings by which the Generat's defence is illuftrated, 'The great

point

point in difpute is, the real innocence or delinquency of the unfortu. pate commander, with regard to those movements and measures (en. tirely and confessedly bis own) which were direaly, perhaps natu. rally, attended by the absolute overthrow of the enterprize, and the total loss of the army.

We have observed, in our mention of The State, &c. that Mr. B. tells his story well. He certainly does so; but this Writer contends, that the General has nevertheless rejected the solid basis of fa&, and reded his defence on equivocation; consequently, that the super. fructure, however finipid and decorated, most fall, and bury his reputation under its ruins, or land only to perperuare his infamy.'

The whole of Mr. B.'s defence is, therefore, brought to reft solely on this queftion-Did he, as he krenuously urges, fail in his enter. prize, merely in consequence of his disappointed expectation with re(pea to the co-operation of General Howe, in order to form a junce tion of the armies? This remarker fets himself to prove, from authenţic correspondence, that Mr. B. actually experienced no such disappointment; that the northern colonies had as powerful charms for bim as the southern colonies had fur Sir W. Howe; and that, in their tate of mutual repulsion, the latter proposed,' and the former • heartily acquiefoed in, their carrying on their operations entirely in. dependent of each other.'

On this ground both the Generals are totally condemned, we might have said dawned, by their present scrutineer; and the MINISTRY, who well and wisely planned the Çanada expedition, are pronounced to Rand' fully and for ever acquitted,' which was, probably, the main object of this close and acute investigation. Art. 38. The Matrimonial Infolvent dat : or the Particulars of

the Ad intended to be brought into Parliament this Sesion by a celebrated Commoner, under Promise of the zealous Concurrence of a very great Majority of both Houses, for the Triconial Diffo. lution, by those who choose it, with or without mutual Consent, of their unprolific and discordant matrimonial Engagements. Des dicated to the Bishop of Llandaff. 8vo. 15. Millan. 1780. This is the production of a wag, who fo well knows how to keep his countenance, and has digefted his scheme so methodically, as to give it a becoming gravi'y of appearance. In the course of his prefatory observations and comments on the several clauses of his bill, he throws out many shrewd remarks, suggested by the present relaxed ftate of matrimonial connections, and by the principle on which his plan is founded, which is briefly conveyed in the following words ;

• Matrimony, molt assuredly, is a co-partnership business, that refaires a joint fock of fidelity, affe&ion, &c. to carry it successfully on, in which to be deficient is to be insolvent, and a species of infolvency that has a much greater claim to legislative commiseration and indulgence than that which proceeds from pecuniary mishaps, N. Art. 39. Confiderations Libres fur le Divorce, &c. Free Confi

derations on Divorce, submitted to the Tribunal of the impartial Public. 8vo. Spilsbury. 1780.

These Confiderations are better entitled to the epithet of licentious than to that of free. They are dedicated to the Ladies of England and written, if we believe the dedication, by a French woman of con

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