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expence of fome other popular characters, who are every day figuring away, if not in more useful and important, at least in more clevated ftations. Art. 28. The Theatrical Portrait, a Poem, on the celebrated

Mrs. Siddons, in the Characters of Califa, Jane Shore, Belvidera, and Isabelia. 460. IS. Kearsley. 178.

The Author's design in this poem is not only to compliment Mrs. Siddons on her inimiiable performance of the several characters orienrioned in this title-page, but also to point out the moral that may be drawn from the relpective dramas to which they belong. The design is good; the execution indifferent. Art. 29. The Times.' A Sacire. To the King; and dedi

cared to the Emperor of Germany. By T. Browne, Esq. 410. 28. No Publisher's Name.

The fix following lines, which are of a piece with the reft, will answer the end of any critique that could polübly have been made on this incomprebenable effufion of nonsense :

Whatever man ufurp 'gainit Providence,
'Tis religion's ever the presence ;
Hypocrisy, dull mistress of the mob,
Her tyrant head in heaven, rules the globe;
But now the wise, c'avoid bigotted bent,

Believe and pray by act of parliament."
Art. 30. The Blazing Star; or, Vestina, the gigantic, rofy

Gondess of Health : being a complete Defence of the Fair Sex, Delivered by the High Priestess of the Temple, as written by the Dr. himself. 460. is. 6 d. Bladon. 1983.

Contrary to what might have been expected from the infinuation in the title.page, this defence is, in more senses than one, a decent declamation in praise of women. Art. 31. The Opera Rumpus; or, the Ladies in the wrong Box.

A serio.com.c.operatic burlesque Poem. With Explanatory Notes, by sbe ableit Commentators. 4to. 2 s. Baidwin. 1783.

The poetry of this piece is at least worthy of its subject--a squabble about a box at the opera house. Art. 32. An Address from the Members of the Constitutional Body

to their S on the Charge of the Minjitry. By an American Loyalift. 4to. Blacon, A feeble attempt at obfcere allegory. The very small seasoning of wic that it contains is stolen from a poem long lince deservedly forgoiten.

G E o C RA PHY. Art. 33. A New Defiription of Europe, in various Columns,

whereby is exhibited in one View, all its Empires, Kingdoms, Republics, and States, &c. (in an Enumeration 100 long to cipy, bus zijual in all Gorgraphical Compen«iums). The whole, being dulum in Parvo, is composed, calculated, and compiled, from the be ft Authors, by J. S. Charrier, Teacher of Gcography, the Ule of the Globes, the French language, &c. Author of the Chorographical Defcription of England and Wales, the geographical Tables of nucd Cities, Improver and Editot of Dr. Nugent's Pocket Dic.

Lionary,

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tionary, French and English, &c. Long 8vo. 2 s. 6d. Sola by the Author only, who may always be heard of at Mr. Dilly's, No. 22, Poultry.

Method way be studied and rendered fo complicated as to end in confusion; and for the Author's lake, who appears to be a careful well-meaning man, we with this publication may not prove an instance; for it must have been formed with no little labour and attén. tion. The Author's taste extends also to poetry; for some friend has furoished him with geographical definitions in verse, at the begin ning of the book; at the end we have verses on gratitude, in which the Author celebrates all his friends : among whom, however fingu. lar the fact may appear, in this iron age, he actually includes his Bookseller!

• And thou. O Dilly! I shall ne'er forget,
So kind, ro civil, lo compassionate ;
So gentle, bounteous, and so well dispos'd,

Thy personal worth should ever be disclos'd.' It has been so common with poets to ascribe different attributes to the dispensers of their compositions, that we think this rare exception an extraordinary evidence in favour of both the Author and the Bookseller.

MISCELLANEOU S.

Letter to the late Reclor of Bourton on the Water, in the County of Gloucester, in Bebalf of the present One ; in Answer to a Letter lately addressed to the Bishop of Chelter. 8vo.

I s. 6d. Brett. 1782.

The perfon addreffed in this Letter is called upon, in an ironical way, to Itand forward, like a grateful and generous man, in defence of bis patron's son, after the virulent and personal attack that had lately been made upon him by the author of a pamphlet, entituled, • Observations on the Decline of the Clerical Credit and Character, addressed to the Bishop of Chester.' In that pamphlet it was asserted, with an acrimony that kept no measure with candour or ceremony, that the present Rector of Bourton was totally unworthy of the honour which was conferred upon him by ordination ; yea, that the instituzion itfelf was disgraced by the object to which it was applied. The principal charges brought againit him were, his want of learning, and the baseness and servility of his former employment. His want of learning, indeed, is rather supposed than proved; but, even als lowing this part of the charge to have been true, the defect, fo unfeelingly exposed, fo wantonly infulied, with all the airs of the most fupercilious contemps, will be thought by many to be amply coma pensated by a character at the same time uniformly and fingularly good. Two teftimonials are produced in behalf of the present Reco tor; one figned by the molt respectable noblemen and gentlemen in the county of Chefter- and the other by the clergy, whose teftimony is confessed by their diocesan to be worthy of credit. With respect to the other charge, aileged in a manner equally contemptuous and insulting against this Rector, viz. that he had been in the low occupation of a waiter at at ina, and from being ' a ferver of ale,'had been promoted to serve at the altar,' we are io formed thaethere is a {mall flaw in this matter; it wants truth. Mine hort did fel

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dom, if ever, serve ale before his exalcation, having been in another line of business, almoft down to his late engagements selative to Bourton :' so chat after all the noise that bath been made about ale, and inns, and waiters, it comes to nothing more than this, that the poor man's great crime' confifted in having been • born at an inn, and living there in the most datiful obedience to his parents.'

There are some allusions to a ' partition treary,' to a bit of treacberous paper,' and to certain bucks and bloods frequenting iaveras and horse-races, who sometimes find admittance into holy orders;' which, though not quite intelligible to an ordinary reader, may, we doubt not, be eafily comprehended, and fully explained, by the par. ties whom these presents more particularly concern. Art. 35. A Vindication of the Observations on the Decline of tbe

Clerical Credit and Cbarater. By the Author. 8vo.
Johnfton. 1782.

This pamphlet is intended as an answer to the letter reviewed in the preceding article; the author of which our Vindicator loads with the most opprobrious epithets, which an imagination fertile in abose could suggeft. Having exhaufted his quiver on this antagonift, he replenishes it with arrows, equally envenomed, to foot at the Montbly Reviewers. We could not flatter ourselves with the hope of escaping the rage of this fretful porcupine,' after having (in jur. tice, as we thought, to truth, candour, and humanity) admitted into our Journal certain animadversions on his pamphlet (written by a correspondent), which were neither flattering to his vanity por his honour. He diftinguishes us by the appellation of Mefleurs the Monthly Cynics ;' and he is, it seems, so indifferent, fo totally indifferent to our approbation, that he deither expects, nor defires, DO: regards it.' Had he stopt here, it would have been very mortifying! To be damned by iwo or three words of cold and soical disdain. is a circumstance too provoking to admit of any confolation. It is like attacking honour in a certain place, of nice and critical feeling, where Hudibras says, the very quintessence of this fenfitive principle is deposited, and where a wound is the quickeft to be perceived, and the most difficult to be cured. But when resentment blushes into anger, when anger boils up into indignation, and when indignation veots itself in clamour and evil speaking, we then enjoy all the triumph of felf-applause, and receive with gratitude the tribute of respect so warmly offered to our consequence by the foe who envies us the posteflion. Let them (i. e. we ourselves, the Monthly Cynies) rail and revile at pleasure. It is the barking of the cur without his bite. It is the reptile's swell without its fting. It is the hifling of the viper without its venom. He is happy in their enmity. He is obliged by the distinction they have done him. He exults that he hath been recommended by their censure ; and rejoices that they have though: him worthy of that stupid effufion of mere malice, which they fo frequently, so pom pously, and fo profufely pour on names of thc firit note, on characters of the higheft eminence, and authors of the molt ex'engve reputation,' &c. &c. &c. &c. - Euge et belle ! --So many me aphors, so many antitheses, such a food of eloquence, fwell

Vid. Review for October 1782.

ing into a sort of Ciceronian rotondity, poured with such enthu. fiatic ardour on the Montbly Reviewers, is a circumstance fo Alattering to vanity, that if they had not been fo familiarized to praise of this kind, as to have grown indifferent to it, the compliment might have exalted them above measure !

The Vindicator, however, in the course of his animadvergons, denies, with such furdiness of apparent truth, that he is in any degree related to the present Rector of Bourton, that we are willing to give him credit, and to suppose that our correspondent was in this respe& mifinformed. Not that this circumstance, be it true or false, leflens the weight of ingratitude with which he is charged, on accoont of his behaviour to an injured family, which had generously selected his brother for their clerk, and had put him into the pola fefion of a living of confiderable value, from which he had reaped the profit of a year's incumbency.

It is thought by fome, who are more in the secret of this business than we are, that the Vindicator's observations on a certain treacher. Ows paper, called a bond, are of a piece with some other things of the same title-evasive and equivocal, and so forth; and such as may millead others, though they cannot mislead himself.

“ It was never (lays a CORRESPONDENT) faid, or infinuated, " that he bimself had formed a defign on the rectory of Bourton ;' for “ his defigo, it was very well known, was to obtain that rectory, " and secure the enjoyment of it, for his brotber. And although it

may not be true that he signed any bond which specified (totidem verbis), that any brother of his lhould give up any living, when

ever any Edward, or any Charles, or any other fellow, whether “ ipo-holder, postmaster, or poftman, thould be ordained prieft;'

yet it is true, and let the Vindicator deny it if he can, chai before " William Hunter was presented to the rectory of Bourton, a bond, " with a penalty of 5.00 l. was given by his brother, Thomas Hune “ ter, Vicar of Waverham, in Cheshire, that William, the presentee, “ should resign that rectory, at any time when required lo to do, " after a month's notice.”

We are informed that a copy of this bond is fill in being, and, if necessary, may hereafter be produced.

Upon the whole, if matters Mould be as our correspondent' reports, and we see no reason to discredit his information, we may turn the Vindicator's words against himself, and say with him— This appears to be a bad bufiness, and it is made worfe by a bad apology.' Art. 36. The Experienced Bee-Keeper ; containing an Essay on

the Management of Bees: wherein is thewn, from long Practice, the moft Easy and profitable Method of treating thole useful Inseats. With many. Observations and Experiments entirely new ; particularly interesting to the Keepers of Bees, and useful to every Family. Together with an improved method of making Mead, and a great Variety of other Wines, with Honey, 8yo, Dilly. 1783

This long title has so much the air of puff and quackery, as rather to check the favourable opinion we are otherwise inclined to entertain of the performance. The Aushor, whose name appears to be Bryan J'Anson Bromwich, has some peruacat remarks un increafing

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the publications of this kind. He acknowledges himself indebted to several ingenious tracts which have been written on the aconomy and ordering of bees; but as a considerable increase of honey and wax in our own country is confeffedly of some importance, both to public and private emolument, he flatters himself that any experiments, which rend to promote the facility or cheapness of managing this part of husbandıy, will not be thought totally undeserving of attention. He very juftly observes, that many methods hitherto, and especially of late, recommended for the keeping and ordering these valuable inseats, however ingenious, are more adapted for the 'amusement of people of fortune, than for use to those who wish to profit by them, the expence and trouble attending them being so very confiderable, that few, unless for curiosity and entertainment, could ever think of purting them in practice.' On the contrary (ic is added) all the implements necessary in the method here recommended, are of so plain and simple a construction, and so easily procured, that it is in the power of every coitager to be poflefied of them, and even to make them all himself. The bees also are so easily managed, that the keeping them this way will be found much less expensive and troublesome than in common ftraw hives; at the same time the profit will be doubled, the bees being never destroy. ed.' This last is a material object, to which Mr. Bromwich pays a particular regard, and thinks it will appear, that his meihod (founded on actual experience and long observation) is greatly fupefior in point of fimplicity, cheapness, and proht to any other, and will shew, that the common barbarous mode of destroying these profitable little labourers, is at the same time a great loss to the owners themselves.

We are not fufficient judges how far all the advantages mentioned may be derived, in their full extent, from the directions here given; but we think they are well worthy of attention, and the book isself deserving of regard. It appears to be writion with candour, and from experimental knowledge. If it should contribute to revive a cultivation of this species of husbandry, it will answer a good purpose : for, perhaps, the growing neglect of it may be confidered as one, among the many intances in which we have, in all ranks and Nations, deviated from the natural, moft agreeable, useful, and vaJuable pursuits of life. Art. 37. Plan and Outlines of a Course of Lectures on Universal

History, Ancient and Modern, delivered in the University of Edin. burgh. By Alexander Tytler, Erg; Advocate, Proft fior of Civil Hiftory, and of Greek and Roman Antiquities. 8vo. 5$. boards. Edinburgh, Creech; London, Cadell.

Works of this kind, which confilt merely of hints of what the Pro. feffor delivers at large from his chair, are chiefly of use to his pupils ; 10 others they only serve to excite curiosity without gratifying it: by a kind of art more wonderful than useful, they detach the shadow from the substance, and exhibit the form without the matter. Such a table of contents, however minute, can afford little information or entertainment, If the plan be copious and the method ceas, the vimost that can be in'erred is, that, probably, the Author will, some time or oiher, present the world with a good book. Thus much we

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