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Art. 16. A Congratulatory Ode to Admiral Keppel. By the Author of the “ Ode to the Waslike Genius of Bricain."
4to. Dodsley, &c. 1779.
Making due allowance for the hafte with which this poem (according to the time of its publication) must have been composed, we think it has considerable merit. The last line of the eighth stanza is worth whole reams of those 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 toss the deafening billows to the sky. A second edition of this poem has appeared, with some corrections, and notes relative to the principal military occurrences of Mr. Kep. pel's life, which commenced with Anson's famous circumnavigation of the globe. Art. 17. Neptune ; a Poem. Inscribed to the Hon. Augustus
Keppel. 4to. I s. Kearsley. 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 such gross defects as are found in the poem before us. But whatever allowance may be made for feribbling lines fo imperfect as these, nothing can ex cuse their being offered to the Public. It is with regret we utter such harsh truths; but would it not be more cruel, and even criminal to mislead perhaps a well-disposed youth, by a false tenderness, which, possibly, might operate to his irreparable detriment? Art. 18. The Keppeliad; or, injured Virtue Triumphant. 4to.
Is. 6 d. Harrison. Bepraises and berhimes the admiral, the sailors, the trial, the sentence, and every thing, and every body except poor Sir Hugh. Keppel's address to the court-martial begins with
" When I had fought for forty seasons past,
Little I thought 'twould come to this at last." Do not mistake him, Reader: the poet, we mean.-He intends not, we assure you, to burlesque the subject : the Author is as true and zealous à Képpelian as ever huzza'd, or toss'd a brick bat at à window. Art. 19. A remarkable moving Letter. 4to. I s.
1779. A wicked wit, making merry with Mrs. Macaulay's second mara riage. 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 verse, the hardships of his confinement, his absence from the fair object of his tenderest affections, and the circumstance of his being withheld from lending his arm to the assistance of his country, in what he deems her glorious struggle for freedom. He is galled, too, at the reproach caft upon him as a rebel; and thus expatiates on the opprobrious term:
Oppressive pow'r, and feal'd their cause with blood."
the Death of Mr. Garrick. Being a Prize Poem, written for the Vafe at Bath Easton. By Courtney Melmoth. 4to. I s. Dilly, &c.
The vase, at Bath Easton seems to have frozen the powers of Mr. Courtney Melmoth. Sincerum eft nifi Vas, quodcunque infundis aces. 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 saw thee quietly inurn'd,
“ Hath cast thee up again?"-
1 s. 6 d. Becket. 1779.
A cannon-shot, by cruel fate let fly,
See Phillips's Paftorals.
H. Payne. Taking it for granted, that the conftitutional guardians of the realm have lost the confidence of the people, he intreats them to enter into some resolution which may regain it, and revive the fpirits of their desponding and disappointed countrymen.—The párticular step which, in bis opinion, would be most conducive to this end, is fimply this, --" An address from both Houses of Parliament, to our gracious Sovereign, to remove the American Secretary from his post.”
”—The Author refts the propriety of the address solely on the manifest 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 manifested? Where, and by what means, were the sen. timents of the people collected i-There are two or three other to
pits of declamation in this pamphlet jatafor which we refer to the Author. Art. 24. A Letter to the King of France. 4to. Is. Robert
fon in Panton-ftreet. This Letter appears to be meant, if it has any meaning, for the perufal and inftrution of the King of Great Britain; but, poffibly, the mind of the Author is in the same deranged itate 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, in
ticuled, “ A Bill (with the Amendments) to punith by Imprisonment and hard Labour, certain Offenders, and to establish proper Places for their Reception." By Henry Zouch, Clerk, a Justice of the Peace. Svo. 6 d. Johnson.
A bill in parliament being a composition submitted to a supreme coprt of criticism before publication, with all due deference be it observed, that it is contrary to our plan to interfere in their ftri&tures. 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 established by the bill in question, we may presume so far as to say that his objections appear to be extremely well founded.
DR A M A TIC. Art. 26. Elfrida; a Dramatic Poem, written on the Model of
the ancient Greek Tragedy. Rirf publifhed in the Year 1751, and now altered for theatrical Representation. By W. Malon, M.A. 8vo. 1 s. 6 d. Dodfley, &c. 1779.
The Author of Elfrida apparently entertains a very mean idea of the modern stage, fince, in order to render his drama, as he supposes, more theatrical, he has made it infinitely less classical. Art. 27: Calypso, a new Masque, in Three Acts, as it is per
formed at the Theatre in Covent Garden. Written by Richard Cumberland, Blg. 8vo. 1 s. 6 d. Evans. 1779.
Comus in peccicoats! The taplath of Milton and Shakespeare Atrained 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. 6 d. 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 aniversal Applaufe. Written by F. Pillon. 8vo. I $. Evans.
1779. Well seasoned with sea salt, and perhaps more calculated for the selith of those whose taste is merely farcical, than if it had been tinctured wish the fame portion of the Attic.
MISCELLANEOUS. Art. 30. The Life and Death of David Garrick, Esq; the celebrated Engliso Rofcius, &c. &c. 8vo.
Art. 31. Eulogy on M. De Voltaire. From the French of M. Pallisot. 8vo. I s.
Hookham. From the very defective language of this translation, we conclude that we are indebted for it to the industry of some foreigner, who Simaginës he can write English. ** For an ample account of M. Pallifot’s panegyric on M. de Vol
taire, see our last Appendix, published at the same time with the Review for Janoary. Art. 32. An authentic and impartial Copy of the Trial of the Hon.
Augustus Keppel, Admiral of the Blue, held at Portsmouth, Jan. 7, 1779, and continued by several 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 several interesting Papers. 8vo. 3 s. 6 d. sewed. Port
mouth printed ; and sold by Whieldon, &c. in London. :: The • several interesting papers, prefixed to this copy of the trial at targe, are-Admiral Keppel's accounts of the engagement, as published in the Gazette--"The ministerial paragraph extolling Sir Hugh Palliser" (so 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 whose deqre this account of the proceedings was taken. Art. 33. The Trial of the Hon. AUGUSTUS KEPPEL, &c. &c.
To which are added, several interesting Letters and Papers relative to the Subject. Faithfully taken down in Court by Thomas Blandemor. For the Gentlemen of the Navy. 8vo.
4. 8. fewed. Portsmouth printed ; and sold by Crowder, &c. in London.
The intereiting letters and papers,' rather too oftentatioufly mentioned in che title-page, are, I. Mr. Blandemor's affidavit, setting forth that, by permission of the Court,' and ' at the request, and under the direction of many gentlemen of the navy, and other respectable characters, the friends of Admiral Keppel,' he took down che minutes of the said Admiral's trial:' and likewise affirming his care and accuracy, &c. &c. II. A gloffary of some sea-terms and technical phrases. III. Admiral K.'s line of battle. IV. Lift of the French feet. 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 Per
mission. 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 answers; together with letters from Sir Hugh Palliser, and feveral public papers relative to this important trial. Also, a copy of the congratulatory thanks delivered by the Speaker of the House
of Commons, to the Admiral, after his acquittal, and the Admiral's aoswer to that distinguished compliment. Art. 35. Minutes of the Proceedings at a Court-Martial afsemi
bled for the Trial of the Hon. Admiral Auguftus Keppel, on a Charge exhibited against him by Vice-Admiral Sir Hugh Pallifer, Bars. As taken by George Jackson, Erg; Judge Advocate of his Majesty's Fleet. Published by Order of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty. With an Appendix, containing all the Letters and Papers which have any Relation to the Trial. Folio. 6 s. Cadell.
The authority under which this last-mentioned copy of the trial iš published, speaks sufficiently for itself. Art. 36. Remarks on the Proceedings of the Court-Martial now -- Sitting at Portsmouth, on the Hon. Auguftus Keppel. By a Ma. rine Oficer. Bath printed. Iżmo. I s. 6 d. Sold by Brown in the Strand, London:
No sooner did the court-martial fit at Portsmouth, thân this honest Gentleman, and honest he really appears to be, fat himself down also, to abftract, and make his remarks on, the newspaper details of the trial, as they arrived. These premature observations he has communicated to the Public in three fixpenny numbers. But growing tired in the middle of his talk, he drops his abstract, anticipates the event, and finishes his numbers with his own reflections. Hé appears, as' we have said before, to be a well meaning Observer ; but he would, perhaps, have acted more prudently, as publishing is expensive, had he referved his remarks as a fund for private conver: Sacion. Art. 37. The Indictment, Trial, and Condemnation of Admiral
Keppel, for knowingly bringing into the Court-Martial “ his own natural Countenance,
great Confusion of Sir Hugh Palliser. Together with many other high Crimes and Misdemeanors. 8vo, IS. Johnson
The first and second Articles of the indictment on which this humorous trial and condemnation are founded, may be given as a specimen 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 modeft Lord Mulgrave, and Sir Hugh Palliser, before your eyes, notwithstanding you knew them to be infruments of the Admiralty Board, contrary to all decency and decorum, and the usages of criminals and malefactors in general, were daring and presumptuous enough, in contempt of your Prosecutor, and Judges, to enter the Court-martial, wearing your own natural countenance, whereas it was justly expected, that ander fuch a sad predicament, you would, in compliance with the wish of your superiors, have stood at the bar veiled in melancholy, as apprehenfive of the issue 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 aú. dacity enough, in defiance of the said illustrious Sir Hugh Palliser and the whole Board of Admiralty, impudently to work said countehance into a variety of positions ; as sometimes into a most farcaltic fmile, which pierced through the heart of the great Sir Hugh, put