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turesque, and our fenfibility was often Itrongly affected, but never for any length of time; some ludicrous image or odd expreffion never permitted us to indulge in the joy of griet' for many pages together, Of Mr. Alves' happier manner the following lines may serve as a specimen, and many other passages of equal merit might be selected:
• Even now for rural ease and air,
to rob her callow young,
Sonnets to Eliza, by her Friend. 480. 25. Murray.
1 2 mo.
which constitute this performance, Sonnets. Instead of being confined to fourteen lines, they are sometimes extended to four and twenty, and almost constantly to twenty. They totally differ in adjustment of rhyme likewise from the regular fonnet: It only occurs here in the fecond and fourth lines of the flanza; a fingularity for which no apology is made, nor reason affigned. It has certainly no pleasing effect on the ear. The subjects are well chosen, and sometimes (we wilh we could say often) happily treated : but we meet with too many parages inaccurate and obscure.
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55. Hookham. This seems to be the work of a man unhackneyed in the profession of novel-writiog, and with abilities to soar above it. There are traces of learning and knowledge occafonally scattered in this performance; but as a novel it is romantic, improbable, and uninteresting. Memoirs and Opinions of Mr. Blenfield. By the Author of the
Tales of Symparby. 2 Vols. 12mo. 55. Lane. This Shandeyan performance aims at wit, humour, pathos, and eccentricity. Though more connected than the Life and Opinions of Tristam, it is inferior in every other respect; and we must confess that we have felt little mirib, little interest, and little instruction in peruling it, Ellen Woodlry, a Novel. By Mrs. Bophote, Author of the Pa
rental Monitor, &c. 2 Vols. 12mo. The plan of this little work is greatly superior to its execution: to have developed with a dextrous hand the changes in Edwin, from the imaginary delicacy of falhion to health of body and firmness of mind; from the in Gpid frivolity of the former, to the judgment, the knowledge, and the acquiütions of Valentine, would have forıncd a very interesing work : it would have required, however, great kill and address, united to an intimate knowledge of the human mind. In its present ftate, the tale is often pathetic, interefting and exemplary, though generally improbable. It should have ended in the middle of the second volume, for the last incident of finding the cabinet of money and diamonds is forced and artificial. Mrs. Bonhore might have fpared the fortune of her imaginary Hastings as much as the pleased, for the was the supreme court of judicature which tried him ; or in this age of philosophical apatby, why would the not follow the modern refiners, and make Edwin a diligent industrious farmer. Julia, a Novel. By Helen Maria Williams. 2 Vols. 1200.
6s. . Cadell. The characters, the language, and the conduct of this novel are in no common style. The characters are well discriminared and supported; the Atory is probable and interesting i the lan
guage elegant and pleasing. Perhaps the lady uses others words too frequently, and prefers them too often to her own; but the quotations are chiefly from Shakspeare, and we have been fo frequently culprits in the same way, that we dare not censure the error. The defign of the author seems to have been to warn her sex againft er.couraging, too fondly, an apparently hopeless passion : at least in this view we can only excuse the conclufion ; yet the character and conduct of Julia are so ex: emplary, that the scarcely deserves the punifhanent of celibacy. The poetry, interspersed, perhaps too frequently in:erspersed, deserves the character we have already had occalion to give of this lady's works : it is in general tender, pathetic, and pleasing. Arnold Zulig, a Swiss Story, by the Author of Confiance, &c.
35. Hookham. As the ladies are painters, we must allow it to be no wonder that ' a woman keeps a secret ;' yet we think it might be queso tioned whether Bertoalda does not carry her re erve too far, and we would either recommend to our tair readers not to make any rash indiscriminate promise of secrecy, or, in similar eniergencies to break it. In other respects this litile novel is inter. esting, eventful, and exemplary. There are 100 many haira breadth 'scapes,' and too many improbable circumstances; but as stepping out of the common path, abounding with unexpect. ed changes of fortune, and the story being tuld often with ele. gance and propriety, the work deserves our commendation,
DRAMATIC. The Little Hunchback'; or, a Frolic in Bagdad. A Farce in trud
Ats. As it is performed at the Theatre-Royal in Covent-Gar. den, with universal Applaufe. Written by John O'Keefi. 8vo.
Debrett. The Little Hunchback is a pleasant story in the Arabian Night's Entertainments, but in Covent Garden it is contemptible. If Ernulphus' execrations would cure one of the dble lin of swearings these execrable puns would be equally fuccefsful on a punfter. Love in Many Masks: as altered by 7. P. Kemble, from Mrse
Bebn's Rover, and first acted at the Theatre-Royal in Drury. Lane, March 8th, 1790. 8vo. 15. 6d. Egertons.
Mrs. Behn's Rover was not calculated for the nice ears of the present age, which does not, however, greatly excel that of our prurient authoress in real delicacy. Mr. Kemble his, however, preserved much; and we think he might have fuffered several little comic incidents to remain which were not very offensive. Vol. LXIX. May, 1790.
P O L I TI CA L. Conftitutional Connection between Great Britain and Ireland. And
the mischievous Effects of introducing British Party into Ireland. Stated in a Letter to the Right Hor. Thomas Conolly, Secretary to the Irish W big Club. 8vo. I s. 6d. Stockdale.
The subject of this Lerter is founded on the declarations and resolutions of the Irish hig club, to which Mr. Conolly is secretary. The author charges that gentleman and his affociates with the design of introducing into Ireland the mischievous effects of British party. These effects, as well as the caufes which gave rise to them, and the political characters with which they are connected, are delineated by the present writer in a cupious strain of strong and sarcastic observations, accompanied with warm and animated expoftulation. The author appears to entertain the most just and liberal ideas of the nature of the connection fubfitting between Great Britain and Ireland; which he confiders as threatened with dangerous consequences by the avowed principles of the Irish whig association. The pamphlet concludes with a copy of the resolutions of this lately-ettablished club. Olfervations on Mr. Dundas's India Budget. 8vo.
Debrett. We expected to have met with a series of calculations in this pamphlet, or at least that Mr. Dundas's representation of the flourishing state of the East India company would have been minutely scrutinized. But the Observations are of a general nature, chiefly respecting the revenues, and have no immediate tendency either to invalidate the statement above-mentioned, or to reflect any censure on the conduct of the board of controul. A Letter from Lord de Clifford, to the Wortby and Independent
Electors of the Town of Downpatrick. 8vo. is. Debrert.
The subject of this Letter is entirely local ; and whatever may be its effects in Ireland, there appears not to be any good reason for publishing it in this country. It relates to the report of an opposition intended to be made to lord de Clifford's intereft in Downpatrick, at the present general election of members to thc Irish parliament. The affair can be of very little concern to the public, and is probably determined before this time.
MISCELLANEO U S. Authentic Copy of the Memorial to the Right Hon. William Wynd. ham Grenville
, one of his Majesty's principal Secretaries of State, By Lieut. John Mears, of the Royal Navy, dated 30th of April, 1790, and presented to the House of Commons Nay 13th, 1790. Containing curry Particular respecting the Capture of the Pelo fels in Noorka Sound. 8vo. Is. 68. Debrett.
This Memorial, which is a copy of the one presented to the house of commons on the 13th of May, is said to contain every
particular respecting the capture of the vessels in Nootka Sound; a transaction which at present fo much engages the attention of the public. It is not uncommon in affairs of this kind, for the representations of the different parties to prove contradictory 10 each other. Both sides will naturally endeavour to jufiify themselves from the charge of being the aggressor. But whatever allowance may be due to the precipitate indiscretion of indivi, duals, the act of seizing a British Mip, and putting the crew in irons, is such a flagrant insult on the dignity of the nation as demands the molt ample atonement. It would, however, be extremely unfortunate, if a transaction of such a nature, and probably unauthorised by the court of Spain, should be permite ted to involve the two countries in the horrors of war, which ought as much as poflible to be deprecated by every civilised nation. There is reason to hope, from the inferiority of the naval force of Spain, as well as froin the prudence and magnanimity of our own administration, that the dispute will be terminated without any recourse to hostilities. In the mean time it is unavoidable that Great Britain shouldarm on the emergency. In utrumque paratus is the situation best calculated for obtaining prompt fatisfaction; and in the adjustment of national disputes, those will always prove most successful who negociate with the fword in their hand. An Authentic Statement of all the Faits relative to Nootka Sound.
In an Address to the King. 8vo. Debrett, It appears from this statement, that in the year 1785 a plan was proposed by Mr. Etches, a merchant of London, for eitablishing a regular system of commerce between Great-Britain, the north-weit coait of America, the Japanese, Kureil, and Jeffo illands, and the eastern parts of the continent of Alia. For this purpose, a licence was obtained from the South-Sea company, with full liberty to profecute the delign; and another was granted by the hon. Eat-India company, for the disposal of their cargoes in China. Accordingly in the month of September, the fame year, two thips failed from Deptford on the proposed expedition; and on reaching Prince William Sound, they learned that there had lately arrived in those ports another vellel, which proved to be a brig called the Nootka, captain John Mears, from Bengal. There adventurers after: wards agreed to form a copartnerlhip in trade; and they equipped two more ships that feason from Canton, with which, and their former refsels, they have ever fince been maintaining a commerce highly advantageous, and such as promises, in their opinion, to become an object of great importance to the nation. The adventurers appear to be confident that, notwithftanding the affertion of captain Cook, a paflage be: ween the South Sea and the Atlantic is yet in reality practicable; and they declare a firm resolution of endeavouring to carry it into otc&.