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Art. 16. A Congratulatory Ode to Admiral Keppel. By the Author of the "Ode to the Warlike Genius of Britain." 4to. I S. Dodsley, &c. 1779.
Making due allowance for the hafte with which this poem (according to the time of its publication) mult, have been compofed, we think it has confiderable merit. The laft line of the eighth ftanza is worth whole reams of thofe puling" Copies of Verses" on Deaths, Marriages, Burials, and Battles, with which our morning, evening, weekly, and monthly papers are stuffed :
The waters roar,
And point their rage 'gainst Albion's rocky fhore;
A fecond edition of this poem has appeared, with fome corrections, and notes relative to the principal military occurrences of Mr. Kep. pel's life, which commenced with Anfon's famous circumnavigation of the globe.
Art. 17. Neptune; a Poem. Infcribed to the Hon. Augustus Keppel. 4to. I s. Kearfley.
We are informed that the Author of this piece is young, and that it is a first and hafty performance. He ought to be very young, indeed, who pleads that circumstance in excuse for fuch grofs defects as are found in the poem before us. But whatever allowance may be made for fcribbling lines fo imperfect as thefe, nothing can ex cufe their being offered to the Public.-It is with regret we utter fuch harsh truths; but would it not be more cruel, and even criminal to mislead perhaps a well-difpofed youth, by a falfe tenderness, which, poffibly, might operate to his irreparable detriment? Art. 18. The Keppeliad; or, injured Virtue Triumphant. 4to.
I s. 6 d. Harrison.
Bepraises and berhimes the admiral, the failors, the trial, the fentence, and every thing, and every body except poor Sir Hugh. Keppel's addrefs to the court-martial begins with
"When I had fought for forty feafons past,
Do not mistake him, Reader: the poet, we mean. -He intends not, we affure you, to burlesque the fubject: the Author is as true and zealous à Keppelian as ever huzza'd, or tofs'd a brick bat at a window. I s. Faulder.
Art. 19. A remarkable moving Letter. 4to.
A wicked wit, making merry with Mrs. Macaulay's fecond marriage.
Art. 20. An Epistle from Edward, an American Prisoner in England, to Harriet, in America. 4to. 6 d. Fielding and Co.
Poor Edward laments, but not in poor verfe, the hardships of his confinement, his abfence from the fair object of his tenderet affections, and the circumftance of his being withheld from lending his arm to the affiftance of his country, in what he deems her glorious ftruggle for freedom. He is galled, too, at the reproach caft upon him as a rebel; and thus expatiates on the opprobrious term:
Can England, loft to freedom, now forget
Thefe, too, were REBEL-CHIEFS; for these withstood
We have given the foregoing lines as a fpecimen of the poetry. In the advertisement prefixed, the Author affures the Reader' that the poem is founded on fa&t; that he has often been a witness to the diftreffes and delicate agitations of the unfortunate Edward's mind; -and that the profits of this publication will be applied to the relief of the American prifoners now in England.'
Art. 21. The Shadows of Shakespeare: A Monody, occafioned by the Death of Mr. Garrick. Being a Prize Poem, written for the Vafe at Bath Easton. By Courtney Melmoth. 4to. Is. Dilly,
The våfe at Bath Eafton feems to have frozen the powers of Mr. Courtney Melmoth. Sincerum eft nifi VAS, quodcunque infundis acef cit. This monody, however, was there a prize poem! To a canto and parody of Shakespeare may we not apply canto and parody, and in the words of Hamlet, cry out
"But tell, why the vase, "Wherein we faw thee quietly inurn'd, "Hath caft thee up again?"
Art. 22. A Paftoral. By an Officer belonging to the Cana dian Army. 4to. 1 s. 6 d. Becket. 1779.
• To Benington fome Brunswick troops were fent,
A cannon-fhot, by cruel fate let fly,
Lopp'd off at once the brave young warrior's thigh."
Art. 23. The Freeholder's Supplication to both Houses of Parliaments 4to. I S. H. Payne.
Taking it for granted, that the conftitutional guardians of the realm have loft the confidence of the people,' heintreats them to enter into fome refolution which may regain it, and revive the fpirits of their defponding and disappointed countrymen. The particular step which, in his opinion, would be moft conducive to this end, is fimply this," An address from both Houfes of Parliament, to our gracious Sovereign, to remove the American Secretary from his poft."-The Author refts the propriety of the addrefs folely on the manifeft will of the people; but the particulars of the Charge he leaves to those who have the materials in their hands.'-But what does this Writer mean by the manifeft will of the people? Where and how is it manifefted? Where, and by what means, were the fentiments of the people collected -There are two or three other to
pics of declamation in this pamphlet ; for which we refer to the Author.
Art. 24. A Letter to the King of France. 4to. Is. Robertfon in Panton-street.
This Letter appears to be meant, if it has any meaning, for the perufal and inftruction of the King of Great Britain; but, poffibly, the mind of the Author is in the fame deranged ftate into which, he says, the government of this nation is fallen: A chaos of things' that • cannot deserve the name, for government there is none. Pray, Dr. Monro, take care of this poor Gentleman! Art. 25. Obfervations on a Bill now depending in Parliament, intituled, "A Bill (with the Amendments) to punifh by Imprisonment and hard Labour, certain Offenders, and to establish proper Places for their Reception." By Henry Zouch, Clerk, a Juftice of the Peace. 8vo. 6d. Johnson.
A bill in parliament being a compofition fubmitted to a fupreme court of criticism before publication, with all due deference be it obferved, that it is contrary to our plan to interfere in their ftrictures. But as Mr. Zouch has thought proper to publish his observations on the bad policy of multiplying places of confinement in the mode intended to be eftablished by the bill in queftion, we may prefume fo far as to say that his objections appear to be extremely well founded.
Art. 26. Elfrida; a Dramatic Poem, written on the Model of the ancient Greek Tragedy. First published in the Year 1751, and now altered for theatrical Reprefentation. By W. Mason, M. A. 8vo. 1 s. 6d. Dodsley, &c. 1779.
The Author of Elfrida apparently entertains a very mean idea of the modern flage, fince, in order to render his drama, as he fuppofes, more theatrical, he has made it infinitely lefs claffical. Art. 27. Calypfo, a new Mafque, in Three Acts, as it is performed at the Theatre in Covent-Garden. Written by Richard Cumberland, Efq. 8vo. I s. 6d. Evans. 1779.
Comus in petticoats! The taplah of Milton and Shakespeare ftrained off in the coolers of Cumberland.
Art. 28. An Account of the Wonders of Derbyshire, as introduced in the Pantomime Entertainment at the Theatre Royal, Drury lane. 8vo. 6d. Randall. 1779.
The title of this pamphlet is a fufficient review of its contents. Art. 29. The Liverpool Prize; a Farce, in Two Acts. As performed at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, with univerfal Applaufe. Written by F. Pillon. 8vo. 1 s. Evans. 1779. Well feafoned with sea salt, and perhaps more calculated for the relifh of those whofe tafte is merely farcical, than if it had been tinctured with the fame portion of the Attic.
Art. 30. The Life and Death of David Garrick, Efq; the celebrated Englife Rofcius, &c. &c. 8vo. I s. Pridden.
Grubstreet muit now give place to Fleetstreet.
REV. Mar. 1779.
Art. 31. Eulogy on M. De Voltaire. From the French of M. Pallifot. 8vo. I S. Hookham.
From the very defective language of this tranflation, we conclude that we are indebted for it to the induftry of fome foreigner, who imagines he can write English.
For an ample account of M. Pallifot's panegyric on M. de Voltaire, fee our laft Appendix, published at the fame time with the Review for January.'
Art. 32. An authentic and impartial Copy of the Trial of the Hon. Auguftus Keppel, Admiral of the Blue, held at Portsmouth, Jan. 7, 1779, and continued by feveral Adjournments to the 11th of February. Taken in Short Hand by a Person who attended during the whole Trial, and printed by the Defire of a Society of Gentlemen. With feveral interefting Papers. 8vo. 3 s. 6 d. fewed. Portfmouth printed; and fold by Whieldon, &c. in London.
The feveral interefting papers,' prefixed to this copy of the trial at large, are-Admiral Keppel's accounts of the engagement, as published in the Gazette The ministerial paragraph extolling Sir Hugh Pallifer" (fo the Editor expreffes it)-The answer-The paragraph of which Sir H. P. complained-Sir H. P.'s Answer-A Reply-Time of the Admiral's failing-Lift of the fleet-Extracts from, the debates in the House of Commons.-The Author, or Editor, exultingly adds an account of the rejoicings, &c. at Portsmouth, on the Admiral's honourable acquittal. From all which we collect, that Sir H. 'P. and his friends were not of the Society of Gentlemen at whofe defire this account of the proceedings was taken. Art. 33. The Trial of the Hon. AUGUSTUS KEPPEL, &c. &r. To which are added, feveral interefting Letters and Papers relative to the Subject. Faithfully taken down in Court by Thomas Blandemor. For the Gentlemen of the Navy. 8vo. 4 s. fewed. Portsmouth printed; and fold by Crowder, &c. in London. The interefting letters and papers,' rather too oftentatioufly mentioned in the title page, are, I. Mr. Blandemor's affidavit, setting forth that, by permiffion of the Court,' and at the request, and under the direction of many gentlemen of the navy, and other refpectable characters, the friends of Admiral Keppel,' he took down the minutes of the said Admiral's trial:' and likewise affirming his care and accuracy, &c. &c. II. A gloffary of fome fea-terms and technical phrafes. III. Admiral K.'s line of battle. IV. Lift of the French fleet.
Art. 34. The Proceedings at large of the Court-Martial on the
Trial of the Hon. Auguftus Keppel. Taken in Short Hand, by William Blanchard, for the Admiral, and published by his Permiffion. Folio. 6s. Almon.
To this account of the proceedings are added, by way of Appendix, copies of letters from the Secretary of the Admiralty, and from the Judge Advocate, to Mr. Keppel, previous to his trial; with Mr. Keppel's anfwers; together with letters from Sir Hugh Pallifer, and feveral public papers relative to this important trial. Alfo, a copy of the congratulatory thanks delivered by the Speaker of the Houfe
of Commons, to the Admiral, after his acquittal, and the Admiral's anfwer to that diftinguished compliment.
Art. 35. Minutes of the Proceedings at a Court-Martial affembled for the Trial of the Hon. Admiral Auguftus Keppel, on á Charge exhibited against him by Vice Admiral Sir Hugh Pallifer, Bart. As taken by George Jackfon, Efq; Judge Advocate of his Majefty's Fleet. Published by Order of the Lords Commiffioners of the Admiralty. With an Appendix, containing all the Letters and Papers which have any Relation to the Trial. Folio. 6s. Cadell.
The authority under which this laft-mentioned copy of the trial is published, fpeaks fufficiently for itself.
Art. 36. Remarks on the Proceedings of the Court-Martial Now fitting at Portsmouth, on the Hon. Auguftus Keppel. By a Marine Officer. Bath printed. 12mo. I s. 6d. Sold by Brown in the Strand, London.
No fooner did the court-martial fit at Portsmouth, than this honeft Gentleman, and honest he really appears to be, fat himself down also, to abstract, and make his remarks on, the newspaper details of the trial, as they arrived. These premature obfervations he has communicated to the Public in three fixpenny numbers. But grow ing tired in the middle of his talk, he drops his abftract, anticipates the event, and finishes his numbers with his own reflections. He appears, as we have faid before, to be a well meaning Obferver; but he would, perhaps, have acted more prudently, as publishing is expenfive, had he referved his remarks as a fund for private conver fation.
Art. 37. The Indictment, Trial, and Condemnation of Admiral Keppel, for knowingly bringing into the Court Martial "his own natural Countenance," to the great Confufion of Sir Hugh Pallifer. Together with many other high Crimes and Mifdemeanors. 8vo. I s. Johnson.
The first and fecond Articles of the indictment on which this humorous trial and condemnation are founded, may be given as a fpecimen of the strain of irony which runs through the whole piece.
Art. I. That you the faid ADMIRAL KEPPEL, not having the fear of the Hon. and modest Lord Mulgrave, and Sir Hugh Pallifer, before your eyes, notwithstanding you knew them to be inftruments of the Admiralty Board, contrary to all decency and decorum, and the ufages of criminals and malefactors in general, were daring and prefumptuous enough, in contempt of your Profecutor, and Judges, to enter the Court-martial, wearing your own natural countenance, whereas it was justly expected, that under fuch a fad predicament, you would, in compliance with the wish of your fuperiors, have stood at the bar veiled in melancholy, as apprehenfive of the iffue of your trial proving fatal to yourself,
' Art. II. That you the faid Admiral Keppel, were not only guilty of wearing your natural countenance, but during the trial had au dacity enough, in defiance of the faid illuftrious Sir Hugh Pallifer and the whole Board of Admiralty, impudently to work faid countehance into a variety of pofitions; as fometimes into a moft farcaftic fmile, which pierced through the heart of the great Sir Hugh, pur