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can affirm that there is not one to be found, which is not absolutely incapable, either from its texture or the quality of its ingredients, to answer safely or effe&tually the purpose for which it was intended. If the substance is a powder, and dry, it may exhibit a higher complexion, but can never reflect that polished clearness attendant on a delicate skin. If, on the other hand, it is plastic and adherit affords a more shining varnish, but totally stops the perfp don; and, if spread over a considerable surface, may, in time, produce such disorders as it is impossible to extirpate. Who knows not the unhappy fate of the beautiful Clarissa ? Adorned by nature with all the charms that could accomplish the faireft of women, her insa. tiable soul ftill panted for farther admiration. She betook to the pernicious resources of art. Her face, her neck, her breasts that rivalled celestial beauty, were daily anointed with the Stygian application. The indispensible exhalations of the vital fuid were detained ; and, in all the triumph of superlative beauty, she fell a sacrifice to the ambition of false allurement.
• Learn hence to abandon a pra&ice so injurious to your constitutions, ye who value the true happiness of life. Though the lilies and the roses combine in your cheeks, will they flourith if the canker has seized them? Behold the artless nymph of the valley : no paint ever touched her face: and yet, *** in all the pomp of colouring, is not to be compared with her. It is health that gives fragrance to her lips : it is health that gives bloom to her countenance : it is health that gives lustre to her eyes. O! let not, then, ye lovely objects of my care, let not false refinement induce you to destroy that inestimable blesing!
• But could this treacherous art even be practised with impunity, what pleasure is it capable to yield ? Can it ever inspire your souls with that conscious delight which results from the possession of native charms ? Can it ever elude the keen penetrating gaze of your lovers ? Yes, it may elude. But short will be the triumph of imposture : and when the wanton hours lead on to closer dalliance, adieu ! love, beauty, and enjoyment.
" Wherever, therefore, my amiable ladies! wherever the bloom of youth is defective, attempt not to increase it by me. thods so inadequate and destructive 10 all gratification. But if your beautiful complexions have been impared by diseases, apply to extirpate the cause, and returning Hebe will again light up your charms, in the inimitable painting of nature.'
33. Theodora, a Novel. By the right bonourable Dorothea Du
bois. In two Volumes. Pr. 6s. Nicol. As lady Dorothea Dubois tells us in her advertisement that lae is • impelled by more prefing motives than a vain desire of applause to subject her volumes to public inspection,' she has secured herself from a fer review of them. When a writer, particularly a female onc prompted by neceffity to take up her pen, criticism ought to give way to compassion, Lady Dorothea calls her · Theodora' a novel ; but we cannot posg fibly look upon her as a mere novellist, though we apprebend She has in several pages given the rein's to her imagination. In short, as the ground-work of this novel has appeared lately in most of the news papers, we think it needless to relate again the Ama story with fictitious names. We fincerely pity lady Dorothea as a woman of distinction in distress; but, as impartial reviewers, we must own, that we cannot think the emolument arising from the publication of her novel will be adequate to her wishes. 23. Tbe Unhappy Wife: A Series of Letters. By a Lady. In
two Vols. 12mo. Pr. 55. Newbery. We were inclined when we had read this Series of Letters to be rather fevere upon the writer of them ; but the words in the title-page,By a Lady,'checked us in our critical career. The productions of a lady ought not to be condemned with afperity, unless they transgress against that delicacy and decorum by which the fair sex should always distinguish themfelves.
The letters between lord Gould, lady Sappho Varley, and some other personages, seem to have been written with a design to make the readers believe that they would acquire new lights with regard to a late memorable affair in the great world, but we do not imagine, from the construction of the letters themfelves, or from the matter contained in them, that the lovers of secret history will reap much amusement, or gain much fatisfaction by the gratification of their curiofity.
Lord Gould, a married man, having been long highing for Jady Sappho, persuades her to reject all the lionourable overtures which are made to her, and to fly with him out of the kingdom, or, in the language of the letter-writer, • to leave the land.' She refuses him, however; and, to oblige her bro. ther, marries a Sir John Varley, whom she cannot endure. Her coldness and indifference disgust him to such a degree, that he uses her, according to her own account of his behavi.
our to a female friend, extremely ill. This friend is also not a little inconsistent in her carriage ; in one letter The advises her to act discreetly, and to give up all thoughts of lord GM; in the next, to make herself easy, and please herself. Lady Sappho, after having written several letters and advertisements, neither entertaining nor instru&ive, meets his lordship at an inn in Wood-street. From that inn he carries her off whither? -Ay, there we are left entirely in the dark. And if such epistolary productions as these were never brought to light--we must not forget what we advanced in the introduction-yet we cannot help declaring that we think our autboreli might employ her time more usefully with her needle than with her pen. 24. The Happy Discovery. Two Vols, 12mo. Pr. 6s. Lownds.
This novel is written with a good design. The author seems to have read Mr. Richardson's Clariffa with pleasure, because he has thought proper to join the train of those novelists who endeavour to raise themselves to literary reputation by working after so great a master of the human heart.
Miss Emily Cresswell, being left by her father in the power of a mother-in-law, is addressed by a Mr. Lovegrove, supposed to be nephew and heir to lord viscount B- Her mother is strongly inclined to have her married to Mr. Sands, but The, having a particular dislike to this gentleman, elopes with Lovegrove. Lovegrove endeavours to take advantage of her being in his power, but is prevented just as he is upon the point of executing his design, by Mr. Barclay, who had long admired her. Barclay, finding afterwards that Lovegrove was Emily's own brother whom her mother had caused to be sent abroad that she might enjoy his estate, haftens to put a stop to the matrimonial proceedings, and comes but just time enough to save the lady's honour, who rewards him for the bappy discovery with her hand. • We have already faid that the author of this performance seems to have read Mr. Richardson's Clariffa with pleasure ; we cannot add with profit ; however, we are of opinion, that though the faults of the work are many, it has sufficient merit to exempt it from critical damnation. 25. Six Paftorals : to which are added, Two Pastoral Songs. By George Smith, Landscape painter, at Chichester, in Sussex, 4to. Pr. 25. Dodfey.
Though poetry and painting are allowed in general to have a great affinity to each other, few perfons have been known to possess, in any eminent degree, the united powers of the
pen pen and the pencil. The imagination inay roam so much at large in any one of those walks of genius, that it is rarely tempted to make an excursion into the province of the filter art. But if ever such a curiosity arises, it muft happen most maturally in those who cultivate either paftoral poetry or landscape painting : for these are the regions of fancy which lye molt contiguous to each other; and rural life and tranquility are alike the objes of both. The profeffion to which the ingeijous au:hor of this performance is devoted, furnithed him with many of portunities of studying 1:7ture in the most pleaning points of view; and we must acknowledge that he has copied her beauties with no mean or un diftinguishing taste. There is, belides a novelty in the sentiments and images, so different froin the dull similarity which is usual in paftoral compositions, that shews the author to have drawn his ideas more from the original object, than from the transcripts of others. The fol. lowing remark has a simplicity in it, which is well imagined,
Already o'er yon hill the fun appears,
The early fun-beams quiver thro' the spray. · Now Rosamond they leave, and sink apace,
To tremble on the lines of Chevy-chace.
That holds this corner of the Aimanack.' The description in the next quotation is beautiful, and concludes with a well placed Alexandrine,
"Yon shepherd boy, tee where he idly strays,
And thus he'd weary out the longest summer's day.' Mr. Smith has, in fact, transplanted inany agreeable images into the province of pastoral postry: and his versification, which is generally harmonious, is often not destitute of eiegance.
26. A Cele
26. A Collection of Hymns adapted to public Workip. 8vo. Pr. 35.
Buckland. This is the most copious, and the best colletion of hymns we have seen. The compilers, mellieurs Am and Evans of Bristol, inform us, that there are as many original compositions in it, as make nearly a fourth part of the volume. The rest are selected from the works of Doddridge and Waris, from Merrick's Translation of the Plalms, the Spectator, and other publications. 27. Diotrephes admonished: or fome Rimarks on a Letter from the
Author of Pietas Oxoniensis 10 :he Rev. Dr. Adams of Shrewsbury; occafioned by the Publication of his Sermon preached at St. Chad's, entitled A Teft of true and false Doctrines. 8vo. Pr. Is. White.
This pamphlet contains a vindication of the principles and conduct of Dr. Adams, with respect to the sermon which gave occasion to the present dispute ; and some observations on the sentiments and positions of his antagonist, with two or three ftri&tures on the gene-al strain and tendency of his letter to the doctor.
The author writes with coolness and moderation, and endeavours to vindicate his friend, without paying any regard to the doctrines of the church. . For, lays he, I have a much better opinion of the doctor's learning and judgment, than of any one of the compilers of the articles, homilies, and coinmon prayer.' From this, and other expreslions of the same kind, the reader will perceive, that whatever Dr. Adans may be, the reformers are under very little obligations to this wri. ter for his remarks, He proceeds to defend subscription upon the plea of those, who contend for a latitude of interpreta
.28. The Admonisher admonished : Being a Reply 10 fome Remarks
on a Letter to the Rev. Dr. Adams, of Shrewsbury. By the : Author of Pietas Oxoniensis. 8vo. Pr. 6d. Dilly.
In this Reply, the author rerparks, that every inch of ground which he had gained by labour, is yielded over to hin by his competitor without opposition : that the grand point, which he endeavoured to establim throughout his whole piece, was an irreconcileable variance between the documes contained in Dr. Adams's sermon, and the Thirty-nine Articles, whicli, he says, is acknowledged by this wriicr, when he conseilos, that the doctor esteenis an article of the church as nuthing but mere brutum fulmen ;' that he has a much bitter opinion of the