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27,1$05, Fas printed at Ilalle, in the dominions of the King of Prussia, and published at Leipzig, Bremen, and Hamburg. From the first mentioned of these places the author las takeli measures to have it conveyed into our hands, though it does not appear to have ever been published in this country. We should suspect the writer (who professes himself an Englishman) to be some journeymantrader from Manchester or Biriningham, who instead of attending to the sale of his cutlery, or his calicoes, has suffered his head to be possessed with mistaken notions of his own capacity, and been induced to fancy himseli a politician. Such is his zeal in the cause, and such his conviction of his ability to give lessons of politics to his countrymen, that, removed as he is by sea and land from the scene of action, he still cherishes all the warmth of partyspirit, fulminates from the heart of Germany his anathemas against the late administration, and urges the people of England to peti, tion bis majesty for a change of men and measures. His advice unfortunately is come too late, and he has doubiless, ere this, congratulated himself on the appointment of a ministry after his own beart.
He makes it his object to prove, that peace was desired by France after the treaty of Amiens, that the aggressions of that power were not sufficiently important to justify ministers in plunging the English nation into the present war, the real origin of whicb be asserts is to be found in the hatred which those ministers enter: tained towards the French government; their envy of its greatness, and their hope that a war might place them in a more comfortable situation, than that in which they had been left by the inglorious trcaty of Amiens.' He concludes with remarks on the expediency of an immediate peace. His arguments to prove these positions are many of them not of the most logical nature; soine, however, it must be allowed, are weighty and griod, and the writer must have had considerable trouble in collecting them from the different op. position papers, in which they have perpctually appeared under different modifications, ever since the question of the present war began to be agitated.
This Anglo-German pamphlet is dedicated to the Prince of Wales, who, the writer thinks, merits, from his opposition to the late minis. try and their measures, the most glorious of all tiiles, · The Prince of Peace.' He has prefixed the following classical mottu: 'Amicus Plato, amicus Socrates, sed magis amicus \eritas.'
ART. 22.-- Ferdinand and Amelia, a Norel, in three Volumes. Sra.
Crosby: 1800, WE could wish that Sterne's ridicule had not banished ibe compasses' train the critics' table: they would be as useful to us, as the scales are in the hands of Justice. The novel warehouses in
Lown supply their country customers with a fresh cargo every spring and winter, am (if the use of the compasses were allowed to us) we might give due information of the length, breadth, and thickness of the new-printed volumes, so that orders might be executed aca cording to size of box per vaggon.'
As a specimen of this mode of criticism (for whịch, by the by, wo intend to take out a patent), we announce to all circulating libraries. that. The novel of Ferdinand and Amelia ends very happily, and that the three volumes are seven inches in length, four and a balfia breadth, and two in thickness.-N. B. Unbound when measured.'
ART. 23.-Erersfield Abbey, a Novel, in three Volumes, by the
duthoress of the Aunt and the Niece. 800. Crosby. 1806.
THIS novel, like some modern comedies, may very fairly be al. lowed to run the usual scason, and perhaps for the benefit of the authoress.
ART. 24.—The Eventful Marringe, a Tale in four Volumes, by the · Author of • Count de Norring,' and 'Monckton. 8vo. Crosby.
THIS is a spirited performance. The incidents are interesting; and the language is above mediocrity. The scene lies in the region of romantic adventure, Spain; and the characters are well delineated. Dons, duennas, and abigails, flit across the stage with as much rapidity as any female-spectator could wish,
Art. 25.-Sacred Dramas intended for Young Persons, by John
Collet, Master of the Academy, Eveshum, Worcestershire. Svo,
pp. 224. Longman. 1805.. · THIS work is intended as a second volume to the Sacred Dramas of Miss Ilannah More, and is suited for the use of those for whom it is professedly written, It may saiely be adopted as a class-book at a lądies' school.
ART. 26. -Poetical Amusement on the Journey of Life ; consisting
of various Pieces in Verse : Serious, Theatric, Epigrammatic, and Miscelluneous. By Im. Meyler. 870. Robinsou. 1806.
TIJE original Pegasys, like the old Godolphin, from whom our racers are descended, was a noble animal ; bui his descendants ale. of a very motley description. Some of them bare fire in their eye, and sbew a great deal of spirit in all their motions, but after the efortof two or three pruncings, their rigour lags, and their wind
fails them. Others sport a very fine figure, but give no proof of real mettle; and there are some who are so cropped and picked, and have so much the appearance of cominon hacks, that their relationship to their sire of Parnassus can with difficulty be traced. The melo-dramatists have introduced a pie-bald breed : Peter Pindar boas that lie possesses oue of undeniable pedigree, but his horse has so many frolicksome tricks, ibat we suspect there must have been some cross with Mr. Astley's stud ; Mr. Southey and his assocates are fond of exhibiting themselves on an animal, wbo in shape and blood certainly has all the properties of a horse ;' but, like Rozinante, he is so untrimmed, so lank, so woe-begone, that he is Father an apology for what he ought to be, than a specimen of what Pegasus was: and then, they ride the poor creature in so slovenly a style, with stirrup leathers of unequal length, with patched girths, a rusty bit, and only one spur, sometimes walking him, sometimes galloping him, never keeping a steady rein, but sometimes jerking up his head, and at other times letting it poke down to the ground,
Lill he falls and breaks his knees; that he seldom can carry himsell well, and never would have an opportunity of shewing his speed, if he did not sometimes run away wih bis rider. From the same stock is derived an useful little breed of ponies, who have a very small portion of their ancestor's spirit, but they are of such a couvenient size (sometimes, when they get into the hands of lampooners, they throw the dirt too much) and are so easily mounted, stand so quiet in the stabie, and on the road trot and amble so prettily, seldom breaking out of a lit-up, carrying their master so pleasantly to the theatre, to a club-dinner, or to a friend's house, that they are really very handy animals, and we do not wonder to see their breed Very much encouraged, and of course very numerous. : One of these pomes has been in the possession of Mr. Meyler at Bath many years, who, when he was a bov, used frequently to can- • "ter him on a visit to Baih Easton. We rcfer our readers to Mr. MI.'s own account of bis Pegasiunculus.
"Reader! thou art here presented with a collection which the author has called “ Poetical Amusement on the Journey of Life ;' for, by the dates which have been annexed where they could be ascertained, thou wilt see that many of the pieces were written at a very early period of life, and so, progressively, to the present hour. When a mere boy he was honored, and he confesses that he then thought it as great an honor as even kings could confer, with the reward of several myrtle wreaths for verses which had the good fortune to be approved by the elegant society instituted by Lady Millar, ilt Bath Easton Villa. This envied distinction,' to a juvenile mind, gave him a passion for rhyming, and that passion begot, at leust, a facility of composition ; for the author can assure thee, like the boasted professors of profile-painting, that the greater part of these Poems were finished at one silling. Engaged in many serious avocations, with domestic and official duties, which he crusts have not been nega lected for ine less important services of the luses, he could never
bend his mind long enough to subjects that required repeated attention, or intense application. These trifles would still have remained, as his friend Brush remarked, “ locked up in an old lumber-box in one corner of his garret," or heedlessly scattered about the ephemeral columns of a periodical paper, had he not been stimulated to the publication by the wishes of those vearly connected with him, and by the reprehension of others whom he highly respects. He too has seen many of his light effusions creep anonymously into other collections, and sometimes with a different signature than W.M: There is a desire even in the most indolent mind to claim its own property.'
As he several times won the sweep-stakes at Lady Millar's races, perhaps our readers may wish to see some of his performances.
THE RIDER AND THE SAND-BOY. A TALE.
“One day after dinner, as some of these wags .
A poor shoeless urchin, half-starved, and sun tann'd,
When Saddle-bag Sammy, long famed for his fuu,
ART. 27.— The Victory of Trafalgar, a Naval Ode, by Samuel
Vaxey, Esq. 410. pp. 35. 2s. Johnson. 1806. TUIS poem has the singular merit of asfixing the proper accent to the name of the cape, which the victory of our hero has rendered one of the luminous spots' of our terraqueous globe. Trafalgar is not a false quantity in Mr. Maxey's verses :
My muse would catch the glorious flame,
' At Trafalgar.' Ilis stanza is harmonious and animated: we could wish that there were many of equal merit with the following:
«On yonder steep,
See Victory stands!
From slaughter'd bands.'
Art. 28.-Verses on the Victory off Trafalgar, by the Rev. 14.
Tremenheere, A. B. late Chaplain to H. M, Ship Valianti 4to. pp. 11. Faulder. 1806.
WE presume that Mr. Tremenlieere's verses were written exo tempore,
ART. 29.-An Ode written upon the Death und Victory of Lord
Viscount Nelson ; to which are added, Lines addressed to him after
the Battle of the Nile, by a Lady. Octaro. pp. 16. 28. Boosey. • 1805.
THIS ode, as the author now informs us, was written on the night of the illuminations, and might with great propriety have been in scribed under the painted device of a transparency. As an illuminated manuscript it inight have had some merit; as a printed octavo, i has none.
Europe from Nelson's funeral pile,
Shall catch the sacred flame,
And phænix-likc shall rise again!
Alas! is now no more!
ART. 30.-The Death of the Hero! Verses to the Memory of Lord
Nelson. 4to, pp. 8. Is. Baldwin. 1806. THE motto, wliich this poel has prefixed to his verses, is ..
"Roman drops from British eyes.' From the following address to the manes of Lord Nelson, it would appear, that he conceives the Roman like the British people to baye been a hot-headed race.
! Illustrious shade! to British hearts thy name
A Nelson rise in every heart for thee !