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tim. The grievances alledged have been again and again stated in the course of the publications on both fides of the dispute between Great Britain and her colonies, and therefore it would be quite unnecessary to resume them here. "Upon the whole, says the author in the close of his pamphlet, the trade of America is really the trade of Great Britain herself; the profits thereof center there: it is one grand source from whence money fo plentifully flows into the hands of the several manufactures, and from thence into the coffers of landbolders through. out the whole kingdom : It is, in short, the strongest chain of conneciion between Britain and the colonies, and the principal means whereby those fources of wealth and power have beer, and are, so useful and advantageous to her. The embarraitments, difficulties, and insupportable burdens under which this trade has laboured, have already made us prudent, frugal, and industrious; and such a spirit in the colonists must foon, very soon, enable them to subsist without the manufa&ures of Great Britain, the trade of which, as well as its naval power, has been greatly promoted and strengthened by the luxury of the colonies; consequently any measures that have a tendency to injure, obstruct, and diminish the American trade and navi. gation, must have the same effect upon that of Great Britain, and, in all probability, prove her Ruin.'.

These are very just and proper deductions, and we cannot make the least doubt that the government of Great Britain has too great a regard for its own interest to take the least step to injure the merchants of Boston ; but at the same time, thore merchants ought to remember that England is not only their mother but their sovereign. 14. Reflections Moral and Political on Great Britain and her Co.

lonies. 8vo. Pr. Is. Becket. This serious, sensible writer, is a friend to the existence of a censorial power in the English constitution. The chief remains, says he, of this kind of moral jurisdiction among us, are the thanks or censure of the house of coinmons, together with the expulsion of such of their own meinbers as appear unworthy : take away this power, and vice (except crimes fpecified by law) has no check, but publick opinion. If the house of commons was to be over-ruled by either, or both the other branches of the legislature, in matters relating to its own members, it would immediately fall into contempt, and the dignity of every British com toner would fall in like manner.

. I believe it will from hence follow, that liberty is not endangered, but, on the contrary, rendered more firm and per. manent, when regulated by morality; and consequently, that

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there is no real cause of fear for liberty, from a late expulfion, resolved upon in an assembly representing a!l the commons of Great Britain, after a legal conviction of crimes.

. From the noise however that has been made about it, and some accidents, which formerly would only have been looked upon (in their true light) as cafualties, it seems there was a disposition to complain ; and where that is the case, men catch at the first shadow of a reafon to express their dislike. Few common people are capable of comprehending the various interests which must interfere in so extensive an empire as that of Great Britain ; and each would have his own preferred in particular. The parliament must arrange them in such manner as may best contribute to the good of the whole. There is also a great public debt to be discharged, and taxes are the necessary consequence.'

Our author laments the practice of making clergymen jur. tices of the peace, which he thinks is the effect of a diminution of freeholders in the country. "There is, says he, an apparent difference between the divine and human laws. A clergyman, as minister, tells his parishioner that he must forgive injuries; as juffice of the peace, he tells him he must prosecute them ; and if the complainant refuses, he must, in some cases, compel him.' We have, likewise, in this publication, many ftrenuous arguments in defence of a late expulfion, and in vindication of the mother country of Eng. land, and her superioriority over her colonies: but as those subjects have been of late so fully discussed, it is sufficient that we heartily recommend this pamphlet to the public perusal.

15. Rodondo; or the State Jugglers, Canto III. 8vo. Pr. is.

Nicoll. The alterations that have happened in men, measures, and opinions, since the publication of the first and second cantos of this truly Hudibrastic poem *, have, we own, unexpectedly to us, fully justified the author in his choice of objects for saa tire. The following specimen will few how well this canto answers the two foregoing.

" had Rodondo laid his poll
To vacant nob of Tididol,
The necessary consequence,
Had been much sound, and little sense.
No nostrum for distemper'd ftates,
Like contact of two empty pates.

* See Vol. xv. p. 126,

So,

So, if you take them in dry weather,
And rub two rotten sticks together,
You'll raise a flame in half a minute,
Though neither stick has fire in it.
And patriotic noddles, shou'd
Resemble sticks of rotten wood.
When single, destitute of wit ;
But two together rubb’d, emit,
By process, which we call attrition,
The flames of popular sedition.

• Mean time the gout, with B-ce in league,
Still carried on the old intrigue,
His toe forsaking, by degrees,
Made war upon Redondo's knees;
And marching upwards very fast,
Laid siege to reason's seat, at lait.
The fortress was but ill provided,
For there Dame Reason ne'er resided-
-She had appointed long before
Dumfoundibus the governor;
Who for a while the place defended,
Till all his long words were expended;
Or render'd of no further use;
And then hung out a flag of truce ;
Which brought about, in a few hours,
Between the belligerent powers,
A treaty firmly guaranteed,

The articles who will may read.' The articles of the surrender are full of humour ; but, as it is not our province to explain them, we must refer to the . original. 16. The Temple of Corruption, à Prem. By W. Churchill. 410.

Pr. 25, 6d. Flexney. Corruption indeed! of all poetry, wit, and huinour. Whether this bard is brother to Charles Churchill by nature or by adoption, is of little or no consequence either to us or the public. It is plain, he possesses all his imperfections without the least spark of his genius. Or rather, he writes in Charles's worst manner, which is harsh and disagreeable. What but the demon of dulness could have dictated the following lines.

• Great and laborious is the monarch's talk:
What strength Herculean doth the labor ask!
No trifling pleasures may his senses bind ;

Study, deep study, should inform his inind :
Vol. XXIX. February,

Hift'ry's

Hist'ry's instructive leaf he must turn o'er;
His times review, compar'd with thofe of yore:
Survey each government, by wisdom sung,
Whence sprung it's fame, and whence it's ruin sprung.
sTis his, with penetration's piercing eye,
To mark the good, and pass the worthless bye ;
To chuse, in spite of self and private hate,
The noblest limbs of council for the state :
With an impartial and observing ear,
'Tis his to weigh their thoughts, their judgments hear. "

17. An Epiftle to Lord Holland. 4to. Pr. Is. Brown. If this poet is a young man, he ought, as good jockies do by their horses, take great care of his Muse's wind. She is mettlesome, but he has rather made too free with her in this epistle, which contains little more than the common topics of abuse and panegyric, without much originality in either.

Where is now the modern bard in politics who does not take the field, sometimes armed with the thunder of Jove to blast his country's foes, sometimes with the drummers cat o’nine-tails to lash her fools, or both.-A word in your ear, friends.-Let vice and folly feel ye, but without puffing and parade, without throwing your squibs, or cracking your whips, which serve only to make ye ridiculous.

If any of our late publications have a right to those flourishes it is that before us. The author's numbers are harmo. nious and pleasing. He is not without the powers of reflection, and his intention seems to be honest, as may appear from the following quotation.

• The tyrant mob no contradi&ions bear,
Not more infallible the papal chair ;
Hence vulgar odium-shall I next explain
Who blows the embers and who lights the train ?
'Tis the mere spite of one, nor think it more
'Though millions waft the lie from shore to shore;
Of one, who is of all bad men the worst,
Of dark designing Catiline's the first,
A Jesuit BORN, for plots and treason fit,
A young ACHITOPHEL without his wit.

• What, though to you no busts or statues rife,
No golden box conveys the specious prize;
No thronging crouds salute, no loud huzza,
No popularity has mark'd your day:

What

What is it all : It is the breath of fools,
The lowest far of bad ambition's tools:
It is what honest nien muft all despise,
What knaves abuse, and only fools will prize :
"Tis Whig, 'tis Tory, Jacobite by turns, i
And in each angry zealot-borom burns :
'Twas P-'s, 'twas Pultney's—but the gracious touch
Blafts the frail flow'r, no pestilence so much :
It was SACAEVRELL's; now, O Wilkes, tis thine ;
It may be BingLEY's, and it may be mine.'

18. The Dialogue. Addreflid 10 John Wilkes, Esdi 4t0. Price

• 15. 6d. Wilkie. This is a proper example of the poetical volunteers fpecie fied under the last article. Thcir method is generally to fritter the two first lines of Juvenal's first satire into rags, and being brimful of indignation, to be surprized that some other poer does not snatch up the bolt or the lash ; " but, however, says our bard, I'll do the best I can, rather than such doings Mall go unpunished. I am a volunteer in the service.” Reader, attend to the genius before us.

• Yet starting from the Chades of obscure night,
Where duty calls, where freedom wings my flight,
All sense of danger lost, and at my fide
Stern Vengeance, honest Scorn, and manly Pride ;
My helmet, Justice ; and plain Truth, my lhield;
I come—and dare the Patrior to the field !

Yes, from his den, where lurking to betray,
He marks, in ruilen thought, each fool his prey;
Where Horne, arch priest, th’infernal portal keeps,
Where Towns-D bustles, and where MAWBEY fleeps;
Tho' BECKFORD's self mould plead his fuft'ring worth,
I'll drag, a hideous sight, the monster forth!
Yes, on his coolest hour, dim merit's ftar,

I'll wait, no bidden guest, and feed his care ! For the character of this dialogue, fee the preceding article ; though we think it is inferior in point of execution. 19. Songs, Choruffes, &c. As they are performed in the new Ener

tainment of Harlequin's Jubilee, at the Theatre-Royal, in Covent-Garden. 8vo. Pr.6d. Griffin.

We must refer the music of those songs to the criticism of the orchestra. As to the words, they seem to be well adapted to the occasion; but the piece itself is too short to admit of making any extract. L 2

21. The

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