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We may be puzzled how to plead not guilty; having only borrowed of him one hundred and fixty-fix lines out of the two hundred and twenty-one, of which it confifts. The rest, together with his Ode to Sir Fletcher Norton, are not worth our reprinting
The Manners of Paphos, or Triumph of Love. By 7. Caul
field, Esq. late Cornet in the Queen's Regiment of Dragoon Guards. 4to. 38. Dilly.
Prefixed to this poem are extracts of two letters, from Dr. Thomas Blacklock of Edinburg, to the Author ; containing that gentleman's opinion of the poetical merit of the
ece. These extracts will save us the trouble of repeating a fimilar encomium ; in which, however, we might not express ourselves quite so warmly as Dr. Blacklock has done. Abating a little, nevertheless, on the score of friendly partiality, the poem is not unjustly characterized. If it be fo in any particular, it is with respect to propriety and elegance of style; it being rather too diffuse for elegance.
“ The Specimen, which you have been kind enough to send me, of the Manners of Paphos, I have carefully perused. The language is eafy, elegant, and expressive; the numbers harmonious and flowing: The ornaments of Cupid's banner are extremely proper, finely imagined, and picturesquely designed: The sketches, though short, are bold and natural : The whole is fitted to inspire the inost pleasing and refined sensations; and, if all the Poem be like the opening of the Third Canto, it will either be ranked with the most celebrated pieces of our best poets, or I have lost all the taste and judgment which Nature gave me. It seems to be more in the manner of Prior, than of any other poet whom I can recollect; but in my judgment, though in those pieces which he intended should be pure fprightliness, delicacy, ease, and harmony, were his characteristical beauties; yet in these qualities you seem to have outdone him."
“ I received the complete copy of your poem fome time before I was permitted by other unavoidable avocations to read it. This, however, I have at length been able to accomplish, and return you my best acknowledgments for the pleasure which it gave, and muít continue to give me. The fame luxuriancy of invention; the fame propriety and elegance of style; the fame purity and delicacy of sentiment; the same mellifluency and harmony of numbers, leem to characterise the whole."
Our readers may form some judgment for themselves from the following remonftrance, of Cupid to his Mother, against her favourite paramour the God of War,
« Dear Mother, justly you observe
“ Nor yet can matrimonial Love,
What tho’in every heart I place
An Impartial View of the Origin and Progress of the present
Disputes in the East-India Company, relative to MahomedAlly-Khan, Nabob of Arcot, and Tulja-gee, Raja of Tanjore. To which are annexed, Observations on Mahomed- Ally-Khan's Letter to the Court of Directors. 8vo. 25. Balfour, Edinburg.-Cadell, London. The noise, which the present disputes, between the servants of the Eaft-India company in Bengal hath occafioned in Europe, very naturally excites the attention of the public to the cause. It is impoffible, however, to form clear conceptions of these matters, as this writer observes, without looking back to the English transactions in the Carnatic, and their connections with the Moorish and Indian princes of Indoftan, from the beginning of our competition with the French in those regions. It is such a retrospect, which is here presented to the reader, by which he may take a comprehensive view of the whole; without being at the trouble and expence of perufing the bulky volumes in which the detail of such events are contained.As to the Observations on Mahoined-AllyKhan's letter to the East-India Directors, and the quarrel between the Company's Servants in India, the writer concludes with the following paragraph.
" In a word, Sir, when I take a view of the whole, I am fully perfuaded, in oppofition to what is pleaded in support of the Nabob's request, that the determination of the India Company, to restore the Raja of Tanjore to his dominions, is a just and wile incafure, by which they ought to abide. This is the capital point; and their attention should be fixed here.
As to the diffenfions which have, unhappily, arisen among the servants of the Company in Madrass, these, I hope, will soon be brought to a period. Meanwhile, the detail of facts is to complicated, that it would be very improper for any one hastily to interpose his opinion. The gentleinen chiefly concerned will,' in due time, have it in their power to give a full representation of their conduct, to wipe Vol. VI. E
off aspersions that are now thrown upon some of them with a liberal hand, to make an apology for whatever may have been rash and blameable, and to set before the Honourable Coinpany, and the public, a clear view of transactions, which are not, at present, thoroughly understood.”
Esays relating to Agriculture and Rural Affairs. The Second Edition with large Additions. By James Anderson, Farmer at Monks-Hill, Aberdeenshire. 8vo. 2 vols. 125. Creech, Edinburgh.-Cadell, London,
“ It may not perhaps be looked upon as one of the smallest inconveniences attending the profession of Agriculture, that so many of the molt conspicuous writers on that subject, having been themselves entirely unacquainted with the practice of that art, and of consequence unable to select with judgement from the works of others, have frequently copied their errors with the same scrupulous nicety as the most valuable parts of their works. And, as it usually happens that, when a man indulges his imagination, and creates to himself ideal plans of improvement, he can render them apparently much more perfect than any thing that really takes place in practice, it iş but natural to expect that these places should catch the attention of an unexperienced compiler ; who, being thus seduced himself, employs the utmoit of his rhetorical powers to persuade his readers to adopt these particular practices. In this manner is the judgement of the young and unexperienced farmer but too often mitled; and he is made to adopt peculiar opinions, and follow certain favourite practices, with a persevering obitinacy that his own better judgement never would have allowed hina to do, if he had proceeded with that attentive diffidence that always accompanies ignorance when attended with native good sense. So that, although books of that kind often contain observations that may be of very great utility to an experienced farmer, who may be able to distinguish between the good and the bad; yet, to those who have moit need of instruction, and who oftenest consult them, these books frequently prove the source of very capital errors: so that it would usually be better for such farmers that no such books had ever been written.
The writer of the following pages strongly felt the inconveniences here complained of, in the early part of his life, and would be glad if he could in any way contribute to prevent others from suffering in the
With this view, he has penned, at his leisure hours, the following Essays, on fuch subjects as have in the course of his practice particularly engaged his attention; and now offers them to the public in idar native fimplicity of dress in which be thinks truth ought always to appear. The observations contained in the following sheets are chiefly the result of his own experience; but if, at any time, he has ventured to extend his views a little farther, with a delizn to turn
the attention of the reader to a few other objects of importance, he has always taken care to inform him of it, that he may never be ac. a loss to know what degree of credit he ought to bestow upon every particular part. And, as he had no other aim but to afford a few plain inftructions to the inexperienced reader, upon which he might safely rely without fear of being milled; he has followed no other plan but to mark down with candour such facts relating to the subjects that he has treated of, as he knew could be relied upon, or such observacions as naturally flowed from these; without ever once proposing to give a complete treatise on any one subject, or being anxious in pursuit of novelty, or solicitous about collecting whatever others may have said concerning it. The proper business of a farmer is to furnith facts to Others, and not to pilter from them; and he thinks it would tend much to the advancement of this art, if men of knowledge and experience in any branch of Agriculture would be satisfied with communicating to the public such useful facts as they may have been enabled to atcertain with regard to that particular branch of their art, without endeavouring to extend their observations to every other branch thereof, or thinking it a duty incumbent upon them to give a physical investigation of the cause of every phænomenon; which too often tends to divert the mind from attending to utctul fails, and to lead it, in search of a phantom of the brain, into the inextricable mazes of error."
From this specimen of our author's discernment, of what a practical writer on these subjects ought to do, may be formed no unfavourable idea of his having done what ought to be done.--Indeed, so far as we, who are no practical farmers, can judge, and as far as we can rely on the judgement of those practitioners in Agriculture, into whose hands we have put these volumes, they abound with much information on the several subjects treated of, and that of the truly useful kind; such as is drawn from actual experience, directed by the most rational speculation.
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An Address to Edmund Burke, Esquire, on bis late Letter relative
20 the Affairs of America. By Edward Topham, Esquire, 4to. is. 6d. Bew.
For an undisciplined Volunteer, as Mr. Topham ftiles himself, it must be owned he makes no bad figure in the contest with fo expert an old soldier as Mr. Burke. On what provocation, however, he has ventured to enter the lists of politics with so redoubted an adversary, we are at a loss to guess; unless it be with a view of distinguishing himself for his fpirit of enterprize. In attacking a celebrated antagonist, there is to be gained some celebrity even by the attempt. Not that Mr. Topham, is, in the comparison, a contemptible assailant, as