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“ It is inconsistent with the good of a Sovereign, and the welfare of a people, for a royal bosom to harbour a Favourite of any kind." Surely, Surely, Mr. ancient Briton, you will except a Queenconsort, the wife of that bosom!-But he goes on. “ The nation has the greatest right to the affection of its Sovereign ; and as he is but a mere dependent upon the fidelity, strength, and opulence of the people, he ought not to confer the highest pots of honour and profit on any particular man, without the approbation and consent of his subjetis.” How ftrangely times are altered fince the di. vine right of Kings was made the fubjet of political epifles! The vox populi vox dei would, we find, be our Author's cry. We would, however, remind him of the old proverb, eft modus in rebus, or, there is reason in roasting eggs. It is true, that we pay all
de ference to the facred person of the mob; but we cannot forget that those are the terms also applied to Majesty : and, tho' we have the greatest opinion of the cities and corporations of Great Britain, as the nursing fathers or mothers of our constitution, we should be very forry to see the greatest Monarch in the world fo far degraded, as to be led about every where in the leading-strings of the multitude.
Art. 11. An Epistle to Lord Bute, on the present happy Prospect
of a Peace. 4to. 6d. Rawlings. Another wretched attempt at irony. A Sarcasm on his Lordship. But whether taken in an ironical or literal sense, it is equally deftitute of meaning.
Art. 12. The Liberty of the Press. 8vo. 1S. Nicoll. Any other title might have suited this pamphlet as well : for we find very little relative to the professed subjeét; ard that little, nothing to the purpose. We will dismiss this servile advocate for power, with afturing him, that he has not sense enough to correct the licentiousness, nor fpirit enough to support the liberty, of the Press.
Art. 13. Considerations on the approaching Peace. 8vo. 1s.
Morgan. A tame and spiritless endeavour to infiame the public, and render them averse to peace. This inconfidcrate Considerer does not scruple to say, that “ a Peace at this instant will, in all probability, brand the times with epithets that will be ever disgraceful in our History." We have always thought, that a good Peace was desirable at all times ; and we cannot pronounce the expected Peace a bad one, because we are strangers to the terms. It is to be wished, that these Peits of the Press, had never learned the use of pen and ink.
Art. 14. Serious Confiderations on the salutary Design of the Act
of Parliament for a regular, uniform Register of the Parishpoor Infants, in all the Parishes within the Bills of Mortality,
In the pre
In two Letters, addressed to a Church-Warden. 8vo.
I S Rivington
We owe these seasonable and important Observations to the public fpirited and benevolent Mr. Hanway, whose indefatigable pen is fo frequently employed for the advantage of his country. seni well-intended tract, the worthy Author endeavours to point out the humanity, as well as the utility which will attend the due execution of the Act above-mentioned ; the inefficacy of past attempts relating to such infants; the necessity of fending them to nurse at a proper distance from London ; the pecuniary value of a life to the community; and the importance of increasing our numbers at home and abroad, as the trueit means of supporting our independency as a nation. He has also added, tome thoughts on the usefulness of Ven. tilators; the pernicious effects of bad air, narrow streets, and ruined houses; the advantages of cleanliness, and decent cloathing in Workhouses; and the honourable esteem in which Parish officers ought to be held, while they discharge their duty. In an Appendix, he has like« ise some very fentiblo reflections, occasioned by reading Mr. Rousseau's hints to Mothers, in his new treatise of Education, entitled Emilius,
Art. 15. The True Briton. A Letter addreļsed to the Right H3
nourable Sir Samuel Fludyer, Bart. Lord Mayor. 8vo. 6d. • Scott.
This little pamphlet contains some sensible, tho' trite, remarks on the present state of affairs, and the spirit of our Party.writers; among whóm the Author of the Briton is pretty severely handled, on account of his having advanced the following sentiments relative to the faith of treaties. * No State can be bound by any treaty, which fall turn out manifestly prejudicial to its interelts ; because ii is always supposed, that every engagement of this nature is contracted with a view to self-preservation or public advantage." This p..ffage our True-Briton treats as infamous, and unworthy the pen of an Englishman. It is, says he, reminding the French of their old maxims, of agreeing to any thing to serve the present pur; ole, and of breaking their engagements when it fuits them.
This Writer hath also some other pertinent remarks on the present general topics of conversation ; a greater deference, however, might have been paid him, had not his painphlet appeared in the difingenu. ous light of a catch-perny performance, by his affuming the name of a well-known Writer, (Churchill] who certainly had no hand in its production.
Art. 16. A Letter to the Author of the Epifle to Lord Butr, on
the present happy Prospect of a Peace. Folio. 6d. Nicoll.
This - Letter-Writer is an enemy to peace. He very sagely remarks, that " there are too many in the world, who, if they terve Rev. Sep. 1762.
their own private aims and purposes, care not a rush for the community. What British principles are these! For such men, is in Tar. tarus, by the Furies prepared, the baneful cup of red-hot poison." Bravo! This is the very quintessence of Bombast: this is Nonsense sublimated with a vengeance ! Art. 17. A Letter to her R-H- s the
PD-w-g-r of W, on the approaching Peace.
With a few Words concerning the Right Honourable the Earl of B-, and the general Talk of the IVorld. 8vo. Is. 6d. Williams. Fronti nulla fides. The title-page of this pamphlet, in which is inserted also two or three very singular mottoes, is evidently calcu. lated to catch the eye of the incautious Reader, and deceive him into the purchase of a very different performance from what he might reasonably expect. At least, we suppose that few persons, unacquainted with the various illiberal tricks and impositions of literary Sharpers, would expect, from seeing the title or advertisement of this piece, to find it a dull recapitulation of hackney'd common-place observations on the present situation of public affairs. Yet such it is; and, as such, unworthy our farther notice.
Art. 18. Observations on the present State of Music and Musi
cians. İVith general Rules for studying Music, in a new, easy, and familiar Manner; in order to promote the further Cultivation and Improvement of this difficult Science. The whole illustrated with many useful and entertaining Remarks, intended for the Service of its Practitioners in general. With the Characters of fome of the most eminent Masters of Music. To which is added, a Scheme for erecting and supporting Musical Academy in this Kingdom. By John Potter. 8vo.
. Is. 6d. Henderson.
These Observations, which, we are told, were interspersed in some jate Lectures read at Grelham-college, are too incoherent and crude to yield any inprorement to the Practitioners of Music, or to engage
the publ c attention toward the object which the Writer has in
His scheme allo, of which he has only given a very light 1ketch, is, by no means, fufficiently digelled. The subject, howe ever, is worthy an abler hand, and the design truly delerving the patronage of a liberal and polite nation. As to the style of this pamphlet, it is beneath criticism.
Art. 19. A Poem on the Merchants new beautifying the Statue of King Charles II, in the Royal-Exchange. With many hiftoria
cal cal Remarks to George I. In two parts.
In two parts. By the Author of the True Briton. 4to. Is. Hope.
The trivial circumstances mentioned in the title, appears to have animated this true British Muse to sing the virtuous and heroic actions of the unfortunate family of the Stuarts, Fired with the imaginary injustice heretofore done them, the Poet cries out;
Duteous to truth, we'll tell those deeds alone;
From length of years, opprefs'd with length of woe. Indeed, these verses found much like the latt dying groans of expiring Ja obitism, which seems just to have opened its eyes, at the glimmering of a rush light, to close them in darkness for ever. Peace to its Manes !
Art. 20. Poems : The Chimney Sweeper and Laundress. The
Praktice of Phyfic. The Poet at Guild-Hall. 4to. 6d. Flexney.
The Muses are by no means partial in the distribution of their favours. At the same time that they have drawn the Statesman from the Balance of Europe to measure a couplet; and have taken the fine Gentleman from the embellishment of his person to polith a stanza, they have been no less benevolently employed to footh the labours of the anvil and the flail. Hence, perhaps, it is that our Poet, who, for ought we know, may be a Chimney-sweeper, has descended from his Observatory on the house-top, to climb the more arduous heights of Parnassus, and to woo the daughters of Jove to his sooty embrace. Whether he brandishes the pen or the bruth with more dexterity, we know not; but the Reader will be able to judge of his poetical talents from the following Epithalamion on the nuptials of one of his fraternity.
The CHIMNET-Swterer and LAUNDRESS.
Ridet Hoc, inquam, Venus. Hor.
His friend attends, " Fair Maid of soap,"
(The best of friends) A Chimney-sweeper loves! With plain but clean apparel, The Question's put;
A wedding fuit;
He were a brute
With such a friend to quarrel.
Rid of his cloaths,
Plump in he goes, Resolv'd to scour his hide.
Long as the will,
Try, Sweeper, try,
Though deep the dye,
The colours two
Nor black nor white,
'Tis nothing right, A filthy mungrel colour.
Leap out for fear,
The Naiad's fied,
And hides her head Where willows thickelt grow.
Try, Sweeper, try!
He's clean and dry, From him a key who keeps ! And dreit in haste to wed: 'Tis true as odd,
The kiss is sweet,
When Lovers meet ;
There is something of the humour and manner of Sir John Suckling in this odd performance; and the other two poems are in a similar Itrain.
• Auditis? an me ludit amabilis
Infania ? Audire et videor pios, &c.
Art. 21. A Collection of original Poems. By Scotch Gentler
men. Vol. II. 25. 6d. sewed. Edinburgh printed by Donaldson, and sold by Richardson, &c. in London.
In the Appendix to the twenty-fifth volume of our Review, we made some mention of the first part of this Northern Collection; and then expressed our apprehenfion that, from the specimen then given, it would never equal that made by Mr. Dodsley.
This apprehension is not in any degree lessened by the contents of the present volume : in which, among a number of passable, and a few elegant pieces, are many infipid trifles, which dishonour the relt.
The Fditor has prefixed an Advertisement, in which he declares his resolution to add only one other volume, as intimated in his first Advertisement; and he affects to laugh at the Reviewers for prophesying, that his Collection would never equal Dodsley's. “ How