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imagination, and poetic energy. His to gratify the illiberality and spleen “ Sympathy," and the “ Tears of of party. Genius," are distinguished by many In the “Lyric Odes for the Year piéturesque beauties, and instances 1785," Peter Pindar, with more of genuine pathos. But in none of than his usual pleasantry, beitows his pieces do we meet with any his praise and censure on the royal strength of genius. His ideas ap- academicians. We have been highpear exceedingly confused ; and his ly diverted with the peculiar oddi. language, belides being a perpetual ties of this writer; and, did not his offence against correctness and gram- fatire degenerate into personal amar, is rendered finical and un- buses we thould be happy in the meaning by an affectation of mere- frequent returns of that entertaintricious ornaments. In addition to ment, which his brilliant genius is his poems, these volumes confist of capable of affording... 6 The School for Vanity,” a co- Among the other poetical producmedy ; and Moral Tales, and Efsays tions of the year, into the characon various subjects. The comedy, ters of which we cannot distinctly if we consider its comparative me- enter, we may mention “ The Exrits, deserved a fairer trial from the odus, a Poem, by the rev. Samuel public than one night's hearing Hayes; ” “ The Wanderer ;” “An could giveit; and the Tales and El. Inrocation to Melancholy ;” “The says, if they display no great vi. Obsequies of Demetrius Poliorcetes, gour of sentiment, may, neverthe- by Anne Francis ;” “Sonnets, and ters, be peruled with advantage by other Poems, with a Vertification his younger readers.
of the fix Bards of Offian;" Colls's The « Elegies and Sonnets” of “ Poet, a Poem, infcribed to Mr. an anonymous author, afforded us Jerningham ;" “ The Veteran ;" considerable pleasure, during our . Poetical Trifles, by Edward perufal of them. They are writ- Trapp Pilgrim, Esq."; Carwithin's ten, prosessedly, after the manner“ Seasons of Lite;" “ Pictures of Hammond ; and possess that ten- from Nature, in twelve Sonnets ;' derness and fimplicity, which fo and “ Picturesque Poetry,"&c. by powerfully recommend his produce the rev. J. Teaidale. tions. The sentiments are natural With respect to the very few Draand easy; the language chaste and matic publications which we have elegant, and in no one respect de. to mention, we fhall follow our yferving of critical censure.
sual practice, and content ourselves The “ Probationary Odes, by with little more than barely anthe various Candidates for the Of. nouncing their names. In trage. fice of Poet-Laureatto his Majesty,” dy, “ The Patriot,” pretendedly &c. are written with the same fpi- published from a manuscript of the sit and hunour, which diftinguill-fate Dr. Johnson, corrected by himed the criticisms on the Rolliad; felf, was a literary impofition, which and are of the fame political com- was detected and configned to obliplexion. We have joined heartily vion, at the moment of its birth. in the laugh which the author's The comedies of the year were, Mr. power of ridicule continually ex, Cumberland's " Natural Son," cite ; while we regretted that so which continues in poffeffion of the muchingenuity thould be prostituted public favour; and “ Fashionable
Levities,” by Leonard Macnally, endeavours of Mr. Ramsay, to me esq. It
be proper to mention, liorate the condition of the Negro allo, that Mr. Murphy has pub- flaves in our plantations; and our lished a new and improved edition hopes that fuch benevolent endea. of his favourite comedy, " The vours would not prove wholly useWay to keep Him.” The comic less. His pamphlet, of which we operas were,
66 The Fair Ameri. then gave an account, has been can," by Mr. Pillon; “The Cho- warmly attacked by Mr. Tobin, of leric Fathers,” by Mr. Holcroft; Bristol, in his “ Cursory Remarks “ Liberty Hall;" and “The Nun- upon the rev. Mr. Ramsay's Eliay nery.” In farce, Mrs. Inchbald's on the Treatment and Conversion · pen produced “ Appearance is a- of African Slaves in the Sugar Cogainit them.”
lonies." The design of this re
marker is to shew, that Mr. RamUnder the head of Miscellaneous fay's descriptions of the hardships Productions, the first place is due to of the Negroes belonging to Britith Mr. Nichols's “ Collection of Mis subjects, and their comparative hapcellaneous Tracts, by the late Wil- piness in the French islands, are not liam Bowyer, Printer,” &c. which founded in truth ; that his motives the editor hath illustrated by occa- in writing his Efray, were not those fional notes. Mr. Nichols applies of humanity, but the effects of an himself with indefatigable industry, irritable disposition, and perfonal in collecting and preserving the re- pique ; and that many parts of his mains of such valuable men as have plan are impolitical, inconsistent, been distinguished, either by their and impracticable. We are ready literary abilities, or their usetulnels to acknowledge that this author to mankind. We fincerely applaud writes with great threwdness and the spirit which engages him in such plautibility. But he has not been an undertaking; and we view, with able to lessen our deteítation of the pleasure, fuch scattered features of inhuman custom of enslaving our their sentiments and characters, as fellow-creatures, which received a may be collected from their epifto keener edge from the reprefentalary correspondence.
tions of Mr. Ramsay; nor can what In the volume before us, Mr. he fays of the peevishness of his Bowyer's Remarks on Kennete’s Ro- temper, of his cruel treatment of man Antiquities; Bladen's Trantla- his llaves, of his avarice, and of tion of Cæfar; on the Roman Hi- his neglect of duty as a clergyman, story, Commerce, and Coin ; on be confidered as tending, in the least Middleton's Life of' Cicero ; and degree, to invalidate the principles his abridgement of a very curious for which he contends. "To there work, called Pićtor Errans, are an “ Remarks," Mr. Ramsay hath additional testimony to his literary publithed a “ Reply," in' which, abilities and taste, and will afford after quoting and anfweing many much entertainment to his readers. paisages from Mr. Tobin's performThe letters, likewise, of his friends, ance, he indulges to the faine kind particularly of Gale, Clarke, and of personal invective, which we obMaitland, will not be an unaccept. served in the composition of his opable present to the public.
ponent. We wish to lose light, cne In our Register of last year, we tirely, of the asperities which have exprefled great satisfaction at the been very improperly admitted into
this controversy; and to express our tion and improvement of the female hopes, that the various efforts made mind. The subjects are, female in favour of the intereits of huma. dress, and the importance of some nity, will ultimately prove luccess. attention in the ladies to intellecful, in abolishing a practice incon• tual acquisitions; female literary fitent with the genuine fpirit of the characters and talents, and the diiBritish conititution, and disgrace- ferent representationsthat have been ful to the improvement and libe- given of them; marriage, and col. rality of the age.
lateral topics; female politeness, In the next place we fall take gentleness, and ineekness. There notice of fuch miscellaneous pubii- dialogues are interspersed with a. cations as are intended to atliit in musing anecdotes and observations the formation apd improvement of from different authors; and are fol. young minds. In this class we may lowed by an hiitorical etay on the place Williams's. " Leiters on Edu- ancient Amazons. We recommend cation ;' Birch's “ Coufilia; or this little volume on account of the Thoughts upon several Subjects," valuable and instructive fentiments &c.; Dialogues concerning the conveyed in it, which are clothed Ladies ;” and “ Moral and Senti- in neat and perfpicuous lmguage. mental Efays, on miscellaneous The “ Moral and Sentimental El. Subjects, written in Retirement," fays, on micellaneous Subjects, &c. Williams's “ Letters on Edu- &c. are likewile deserving our at. cation," contain such kind of in. tention, on account of the many formation as may be found useful juit sentiments to be met with in and agreeable to young minds. He them, and the spirit with which has made frequent use of the thoughts they expose the levities and vices of of Bacon, Milton, Locke, Harris, the fashionable world. and others, who have written on the fame subject. His treatite, how- The Novels and Romances of the ever, would have been inore accept year have been exceedingly numeable if it had not been londed with But as it would be inconditsuch a number of quotations from ent with our plan to enter into their the claffics ; in many initances they respective merits, we fall mention will be thought unneceffary, in o- the titles only of such as have fallen thers oitentatious and pedantic. under our eye. These are, " The Birch’s “ Confilia" appear to have History of Sir Henry Clarendon;" been published from the best of ino- ". The Conquetts of the Heart, by tives, that of engaging the hearts a Lady; "The Nabob;" - The of the young to the love of virtue Aerostatic Sp;;" “ Anna, or Me. and religion. On this account the moirs of a Welch Heiress; author is deserving of commenda- stance;" 66 Morcton Abbey;" tion; and his labours, if they are “ The Quaker,” and “ The Gamenot diftinguished by any marks of sters.” The following are spoken novelty or literary excellence, may, of, by those who have read ihem, neverthelets, prove an uteful pre- in terms of approbation : Walwyn's servative againt the vices and tol- “ Love in a Cottage," Porter's lies of the age. In the “ Dialogues “ Favourites of Felicity," " The concerning the Ladies, we have a Vale of Glendour, or Mezcirs of variety of subjccis dilcussed, with a Emily Weitbrook," usern peculiar reference to the informa. Times ;” and more particularly fo, « The Adventures
of lix Princesses lasting honour to his abilities as an of Babylon ;” “ Maria,” “ The historian, and critic in his art. The History of the hon. Edward Morti. Sketch, as he modestly calls it, mer;" “ Interesting Memoirs, by a which he hath given of the Life of Lady;" • Eleonora, from the Sor- Handel, is drawn with the fame exrows of Werter;" and “ Euge- cellence, as his Account of the Comnius."
memoration; and the anecdotes We shall conclude our article of which he hath mentioned of him, Domestic Literature with a brief will be found interesting and enternotice of Dr. Burney's “ Account taining. of the musical Performances in Westminster Abbey, and at the Pan- In looking back upon the domestic theon, May the 26th, 27th, 2gth, productions of the year 1785, we and June the 30th and 5th, 1784, find our articles not near fo numer in Commemoration of Handel.” ous as in fome former years; parWhen it was understood that our ticularly under the heads of bibliauthor was engaged to record the cal and polite Literature, pure Mahistory of that grand mufical epo- thematics, History, Biography, and cha, the expectations of the public Antiquities. We are not consciwere raised to the higheit pitch. His ous, however, of having omitted enthufialtic love of mutic, his pro- any publication, entitled to a place feilional knowledge, his elegant in our annual Catalogue. Should taite, and general learning, pointed we be mistaken, we thall chearfully him out as the fittest perfon to un- embrace a future occasion of paydertake that taik. And his execu- ing our attention to any work of metion of it is such, as abundantly rit which we may have overlooked. gratifies those expectations, and does
Of the Year 1785.
HE seven Catholic Epistles Each tree and plant has its name
of the Apostles have been written in each of the European published in Ruflia, after the MSS. languages, and likewise in every diafound at Moscow by profeffor Mat- lect fpoken throughout the Russian thæi, with various readings, re- empire; a method extremely useful marks, and Greek scholia, never be to the students of botany. fore printed, together with the Vul- ecdotes of Peter the Great,” colgate Latin version of a MS. care- lected by Jacques de Staehling, fully examined. It is printed by have been publifhed at Leipfic, Hartknoch, at Riga. The fame au, many of which are curious, and dethor has published the Gospel ac- fcriptive of the fingular and impecording to St. Luke, in Greek and tuous character of that remarkable Latin, Paul's Epitiles to the Ro- man. That, for instance, which in. mans, Titus, Philemon; the first forms us, that the emperor being at and fecond Epistle to the Corin- church at Dantzick, and finding his thians; the Epistles to the Hebrews head cold, took off the perriwig of and Colossians, each in Greek and the burgomafter that sat befide him, Latin. It is now above four years and put it on his own head. As fince professor Matthæi began to also that of madame Borstein, whom publith his edition of the New Tef- he himself tapped for the droply. tament, according to the Moscow M. Nicholas Fuss read before the MSS. which perhaps he holds in Royal Academicians of Petersburg too much veneration. The learned the “ Eulogy" of his great master in theology will find many remark- Euler, which contains an abitract able deviations in his opinions and of his life and works. The labours decisions on various parts of the of Euler are immense, and well Scriptures. M. Jaenisch has given known. He went from his native a “Treatise on the Cure of the country, Swisserland, to Petersburg, Cancer," at Petersburg. M. Æpinus whence he was invited by the late has printed a description of his new king of Prussia ; and who (as we invented microscopes. The “Opuf- think very much to his disgrace) cula Analytica" of the great Euier, would scarcely permit Euler to leave were published at Petersburg, in Berlin, when he had once more a 1783, after his death. M. Pallas desire to return to Petersburg. The has published Tom. I. pars I. of his famous M. Turgot, comptroller
Flora Russica,” under the air- general of France, at the solicitaspices of the empress, at whose ex- tion of the marquis of Condorcet, pence the work is undertaken, and prevailed on the French monarch to who gives all the copies away. present fix thousand livres to Euler,