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• Sir Edward Coke, continues he, rejected the authority of thofe precedents as not being conformable to law.'. But we have, in our own time, seen the diaum of a judge, superior to that of Sir Edward Coke, difagreed to by both houses of parliament; and it is very plain that the house had no regard to Sir Edward Coke's opinion in this case. We fhall here just put this writer in mind, that at the time when this precedent hap, pened the house of commons was very much out of humour with the Scotch nation in general; and that the affair was mere party work, appears from the face of the precedent itself, We have not room to follow this, author through his other obfervations upon Dr. Blackstone's Letter, many of which are very severe upon the proceedings of the house of commons in the case of the Middlesex election, which he may have a privilege to treat with greater freedom than we dare assume.
25. Genuine Copies of all she Letters vobich bave paffed between the
fighe hon. the Lord Chancellor, and the Sheriffs of London and Middlesex, and bercuten tbe Sheriffs and the Secretary of Stare, relative to the Execution of Doyle and Valine. 8vo. 15. R. Davis
How greatly is the public of England obliged to the patriotic Theriffs of London and Middlesex, for difcovering the more than gunpowder-treason, in exchanging, by his majesty's command, the place of executing two condemned felons, who had been guilty of crimes that rendered them peculiar objects of public juflice, and required an exemplary punishment, by their being executed near the place where their crimes were committed ! As every news paper has rung peals of praises and thanksgiving for this valuable detection, it would be quite superfluous, if not impertinent in us, to say any thing more upon the subject.
26. An Appeal to the world; or a Vindication of the Town of Bora tun, from many false and malicious Afperfions. 8vo. Is. Almon.
Some of our readers, perhaps, may think that we have already bestowed too much attention on this subject * ; and as this appeal contains nothing new, but fresh declamation, we must refer the reader to the publications we have already reviewed on the fame subjects, elpecially as the matter is now it dependence before a high tribunal, and probably will be care sied betore a still higher.
• Sce Vol. xviii. p. 283, et passim.
27. Britf 27. Brief Confiderations on tbe Expediency of a Plan for a Corps of
Ligbt Troops, to be employed on detached Service, in the East. Indies. By a lare Officer of Cavalry on the coast of Coromandel: 8vo. Pr. Ito Becket.
The event of our late military operations on the coast of Coromandel, manifests the expediency of cavalry in India. But whether the company can poflibly adopt our author's plan, appears to us a matter not easily to be determined. Many reasonable obje&ions against European light cavalry have been urged. Experience has shewn the intolerable expence incurred by the establishment of a small corps, not exceeding seventy men, in Bengal. Their utility not being found to compensate the charge, they were reduced by lord Clive ; and we are well Informed, that a battalion of repoys is maintained at less expence. The nature of the climate, and of the service for which this corps is destined, seem, however, the great objec. tions to European light horse. Perhaps it might be an im. provement on our author's plan, that natives of the country, with British officers, serjeants, drums, and corporals, were Substituted in the room of European soldiers. 28. A Letter to the Proprietors of East-India Stock. Containing a
brief Relation of the Negotiations with Government, from The Year 1767, to the present Time ; refpe&tingarhe Company's Acquifitions in India, & c. 8vo. Pr. ise White.
The sensible writer of this accurate and candid narrative of recent facts, points out to the proprietors of East India stock, the choice they ought to make of directors at the ensuing elec. tion. The conduct of the leaders in the late transactions with government is strongly contrasted, and every fact so clearly explained, and notoriously known, that the Independent proprietor cannot be at a loss where to place his confidence, 29. A Review of the Condu&t of Pascal Paoli, Addrefpid so the
Rigbe Honourable William Beckford, Esq. Lord-Mayor of the City of London. 8vo. Pr. Is. Bladon ,
This pamphlet has all the appearance of a catch-penny, great part of it being reprinted from the public papers. The best service that can be done to the Corsican chief is to let him, his actions, and character rest in quiet. 30. A Political Romance, addreffed to
Esq. of York. 12mo. Pr. 15. Murdoch. This Political Romance is certainly a misnomer, and the true title of it ought to be the York Races. That such an embryo might drop from the author of Tristram Shandy is not improbable, from its manner ; but it can never be in the least
entertaining to any reader, who is not perfectly acquainted with the ecclesiastical squabbles about some preferment in Yorkshire. In short, if the whole is not an imposition, we will venture to say, that it never was intended to appear out of the circle of a few friends to the author, in the neighbourhood of the place, where the dispute happened about an old pair of cast black plush breeches, which (says the author) John, our parish clerk, about ten years ago, it seems, had made a promise of to one Trim, who is our sexton and dogwhipper. 31. Refle&tions on the various Advantages resulting from the drain
ing, inclosing, and allotting of large Commons, and Common Fields. By W. Pennington. 8vo. Pr. is. 6d. White.
Though we do not pretend to be competent judges of the subject of this pamphlet, yet every reader must perceive that it is written in a masterly stile, and with an uncommon force of reasoning. 32. Consider atịcns on the Exportation of Corn: wherein the princi.
pal Arguments produced in favour of the Bounty are answered: and the Inferences commonly drawn from the Eton Regifler art disproved. To which are added, fome Remarks on the Expediency
of selling Corn by Weight, and not by Measure. 8vo. Pr. is. Cód. White.
This publication is penned with art, address, and spirit, and no doubt will meet with an answer from the patrons of the bounty upon corn. • If we are (says the author) accused of attempting innovations, we disavow the charge. We appeal to the experience of past times, when wheat and malt were cheaper on an average than they have been fince the bounty. It is not our purpose to discourage tillage by destroy. ing so useful a branch of commerce as the corn trade. On the contrary, we propose it should be free ; but let it be left to its natural course, neither restrained by duties, nor forced by a bounty. If we must give premiums, our manufactures have the best right to that indulgence, which, being the only true supports of industry and population, must raise or lower the value of land in proportion as they flourish or decay.'
33. A new Hißory of Scotland ; from the earliest sccounts 10 ile present Time. By John Belfour. 12mo. Pr. 35. 64. Dilly.
This is such a history of Scotland as may be formed from a copious index of a larger performance of the same kind. Whether such a person as John Belfour exists, is of no importance. The author, in his account of Mary queen of Scots, the Refore mation in Scotland, Charles the First, and his conduct in Scotland, and various other passages, point him out, whoever he is, to be a staunch presbyterian; not to mention bis invectives against archbishop Sharp, who was most infamously murdered by ihat party. The publication itself is so superficial, that we can scarcely look upon it as an object of histo. rical criticism. 34. The Court of Alexander. An Opera. In two Aets. As it
is performed at the Tbeatre-Regal in Covent-Garden. 8vo. Pr. Is. Waller.
In this piece Mr. G. A. Stevens, (author of the Lecture on Heads, a production universally approved by the good people of these kingdoms) directs his humour, of which he is allowed to possess a great thare, against the absurd taste which still prevails for serious Italian operas. For this purpose, the introduces great personages speaking low and absurd dialogue, to fine musick.
As a specimen of the author's talents for this droll manner of writing, we shall select his description of Orpheus.
• Orpheus was musick-master to the woods,
Taught hedges hornpipes, thrubberies country.dancing ;
For weazles and rats,
For dogs barking Largo and Affetto;
He compos’d a Dismallo Duetto.
And cats caterwawling, Arpegios :
And sucking pigs squeak out Adagios." 35. The Sulian : or, Love and Fame. A new Tragedy. As acled
at the Theatre-Royal in the Hay-Market. 8v. Pr. 'Is. 6d. Bell.
This perforinance is built upon a noted event in the Turkish history, which has been greatly embellished and misrepresented by novellists. It contains many lines and sentiments that would not disgrace the best of our modern tragedies ; and if pregnted on a French stage, for which it is entirely
celeulated, it may very poffibly, as the saying is, país muster with applaufe. The cloathing so high a spirited prince as Osman was, in the habit of a sneaking dervise, is improper. In other respects, the characters are not ill supported; but we believe the piece itself never could fucceed on an English theatre. 36. The Rider ; or the Humours of an Inn; a Farce of Two Ais :
as it has been added with gencral Approbation, and was intended for the Theatres in London. 8vo. Pr. 15. Nicol.
This is the production of some author who is run theatrically mad. 37, Poems on feveral Subjects. In two pols. By John Ogilvie,
D. D. 8vo. Pr. 1os. 6d. Pearch. These two volumes contain an Effay on the Lyric Poetry of the Ancients i the Day of Judgment, a Poem ; Odes to Me, lancholy, the Genius of Shakespeare, Time, Sleep, Evening, Innocence ; Providence, a poem ; Solitude, or the Elyfium of the Poets, a Vision ; Paradise, a Poem ; an Æolian Ode ; and about seventeen 'other pieces of less importance.
In this edition, the author has enlarged his critique on lyric poetry, with observations on some fragments of antiquity, which had pot fallen into his hands when that Efray was first written. In the poem intitled Providence, he has made several corrections, and improved the argument, particularly in the second book, where it was defective, by entering into a detail of fome length.
Several of the pieces in this collection have not been printed belore: but these are of the more inconsiderable kind. The capital productions, such as, The Day of Judgment, Providence, Solitude, Paradise, &c. have been already mentioned in our Review, and are so well known, that it would be superfluous in us to detain our readers with a longer article on this occasion. 38. Fables for Grown Gentlemen for the Year 1770. 410. Pr.
25. Dodlley. Whoever has read Dryden's, Swift's, Prior's, and Gay's performances, in fable, muft have observed the keea satire, and striking inoral, which every tale contains ; not to mention its pleasing harmony of numbers. We do not remember that party, or temporary Billingsgate, 'ever entered into those inal, terly compositions. They are generally directed against foibles, levities, or vices. Even Gay's disappointments at court never provokes him beyond the Hare with many Friends, and is applicable to numerous cases that happen every day. Our fabu.