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port to the minister' or his opponents, according to the impulse or conviction of the moment. As an example of this kind, he inftances the flying Squadron, as it was called, during the adminiitration of fir Robert Walpole, which, he observes, answered no purpose whatever of public utility. It is probable indeed, that such an independence of parliamentary conduct is more fpecious in theory than easily reducible to practice. Perhaps the mutives of those men who almost continually oppose government are, in general, fo uniform in their nature, that they are not so much influenced by the measures of administration, conlidered abstractedly, as by privare views of ambition or personal interest. Should any suspi ion of this conduct be entertained by an independent member, he will naturally relift its effects, by throwing all his weight into the scale of administration; and the cases in which this itep may appear to him expedient being more frequent than otherwise, his judgment, which had formerly exerted itself entirely with independence, will, by habitual concurrence, induce him at last to adopt an attachment to a party. This, we believe, is the natural progress of the human mind in such fituacions; and it is entirely conformable to the sentiments of the present author, who, far froin recom. mending to the electors in Great Britain to adopt neutral principles at the general election, advises them, 'on the contrary, to give a decided preference to one or other of the two parties, viz. the opposition or the ministry. He has not, however, left thein without allillance for regulating their conduct in this respect. The period concerning which he chiefly draws a comparative description of the merits of those parties, is at the time of his majetty's late illness, when he paints the behaviour of Oppofition in a light, which, to say the least of it, is far from being favourable to disinterestednels, humanity, or public virtue. He concludes his address to the electors, with declaring a perfect reliance, that they will act with a becoining zeal in the performance of that duty, which, as pious men, they owe to their God; as interetted men, they owe to themselves; and, as patriot men, they owe to their country: The pamphlet is written with energy, and contains many just observations, relative, in particular, to the political conduct of the prince of Wales, and those who profess to attach themselves to his interests. The Critical Period; or, Scafonable Truths relative to the General Eliition in Great Britain and Ireland. 8vo. 15. 6d. Kearsley.
The author of this pamphlet presents his readers with many political observations that are worthy of attention : but he gives too much scope to declamation, where he means to be argumentative ; and he treats the lubject in so defultory and vague a manner, that his remarks are almost as suitable to any other period, as to that of a general election.
DIVINITY, RELIGIOUS, &c. The Grounds and Reasons of the Truth of Chriftisrity, by way of
Qucftion and Answer ; designed for the Use of Younger, and lef) inflructed Christians. By the late Rev. Mr. Milway. 8vo. 15. 6d. Johnson.
Mr. Milway's plain and judicious explanation of the grouods of Christianity is well adapted to the younger and less enlightened enquirer. It teaches the doctrine of Christ with great per: fpicuity, and without engaging in polemic controversy: the author teems, however, to incline to the system of Arius. Observations on the Homilies of the Church of England. It a
Series of Letters. 8vo. 15. 6d. Johofon. From the gradual changes which have taken place in language, manners, opinions, and even our ideas of delicacy and decorum, there is no doubt, but many of the authors accusa. tions against the homilies must be well founded. They are con. fequently no longer read; but why then are they retained? This is an aukward figure, said a gentleman to his architect, (it was the key-stone of an arch, ornamented, as was formerly common, with a grotesque face) may it not be altered? Cera tainly, faid the obliging workman; but, whether from rafhness, inexperience, or accident, the whole building fell with it. The opinion was prevalent, that the man was rather a knave than a fool; but it has deterred us, from displacing any fione in az arcb. Letters addrcfcd to the Apologis for the Religion of Naturt. 12010.
25. fecued. Payne and Son. In our LXVIIth vol. p. 477, we noticed the Apology for the Rcligion of Nature; but, as we declined engagiog in this ques. tion, and thought it improper to diffeminate bis arguments by an analysis, we cannot engage fully in examination of the Ans swer. It is a work of labour, learning, and ingenuiry; but we could have wished the author a better einployment ihan in contending with a shadow, where the most decitive victory can confer little honour. A Treatise of Civil Porver in Ecclefiaftical Causes. The 4xtbor
John Milton. 8vo. 15. Johnson. A stroke from the Ceftus of the Entellus of the Puritans ! cerrain death to any puny controversialist who comes even with in the wind' of it.
NOV E L S. The Fair Cambrians, a Novel. 3 Vols. 1 2moi 95. Lane.
A pleasing interesting story, made up, however, of threds and patches from other works of this kind, except in what regards one family, where some characteristic skeiches seem so show that observation guided the pen. The character of Stanley and lord Charles Blair, though not uncommon, are diftinguithed by some peculiar traits. The incidents are trile and common. 8
913 Integrity; or, the History of Sophia Francourt. From the Frenca
2 Vols. i zmo. 55. Beilby. This is an entertaining little work, though it is not easy to a'certain its particular merits. We are amused with the events ; but French manners are not so familiar to the generaliiy of rea. ders as to render the adrentures of their novels very interetta ing. It would have been no great loss to English literature, if this work had remained in its original language. Victorina, a Novel. By the Author of Blanjay, Louis and Nina,
&c. Translated from the French, 2 Volsó 12mo. 55. Lane.
We have already said that custoins and manners so different from our own do not greatly interest us. In the present work, a total want of probability, a hasty denouement, and characters, if we except the lively Marotte, so good and fu infipid, for uni mixed, unallayed goodness is generally uninteresing, that we svifh this volume had continued in its native language, or that (but we suppose it was enjoined as a penance) it had never be come the object of our examination. The Adventures of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaftar. By James White, Esq. Aurbor of Earl Strongbow, Conway Castle, Si
gs. Robinsons. As Mr. White claims the exclufive privilege of finding and publishing old manuscripts, his right is an object of enquiry, and deserves our particular regard. Horace has long lince given his opinion on this subject Quaın fcit quisque libens cenleba exerceat artem. If Mr. Whitc will publish old manuTcripts, he must fhow that he is able to read what he finds, or to imitate what he might have found. We need not tell him, for he seems to be sufficiently aware of it, that the modern manners glare in every line, that the sentiments and the phraseology are as nouvelle as the customs, in spite of ancient armour, tournam ments, and antique caitlesIn every page
Old Edward's armour gleams on Cibber's breast.' If this should appear fastidious criticism, we may ask, wbat purpose do these antique-modern tales answer? They are less entertaining (we speak for ourselves), less interesting, and less instructive than even the modern ones; for the evident fi&ion destroys the interest, and the mixture of ancient and modern customs, which cannot be discriminated by general readers, will mislead. The mode also of the narrative, which is the ancient one ; the frequent interruptions, by supposing the story relat. ed at different vifits, which require the constant return of the fame compliments, render it peculiarly irkfome.
While we have thus given our opinion freely on one side, we ought to add, that, in many respecis, the address of the author, bis abilities, and the personages introduced, have for a time obviated all these disadvantages, and forcibly attracted our atVol. LXIX. June, 1990.
С се tention, tention. His first volume of Conway Castle' has sufficiently fhown, that, in a different fory, he could please, intereit, and affeus. We will him iherefore to give up his claim, jult alluded to, and meet us again like a man of this world, and of this tinc; we are confident, that he would deserve our applaufe.
PO E T RY. The Turtle-Dove. A Tale. From the French of M. de Florian.
15. Payne and Son. M. de Florian's pleasing tale in an English dress, tranllated with spirit, freedom, and accuracy. The 'Turtle dove would marry, and experiences all the misfortunes which a connection with jilts, prudes, or coquettes, can produce. At last, however, for the author will not condemn without exceptions, he meets a fond and faithful dove.
• The dove look'd round, and saw a bird
, A heart at length the dove possesses.', Saison Mark's Day; or, King John's Freemen. A Porm: 'compre:
bending an Account of the Crigin and Ceremony of making Free Burgelles at Alnwick, in Northumberland. By a Native of Alacuick. To cubich are added, the Bellows; or, Country Jaunt. Love in an Oven; or, the Parochial Barch. And the Sailor and the Monkies. 4to. 25. 6d. Forbes.
Four pleasant stories, told in eafy verse, of which the hu. mous inult smooth the brow of the critic, and render him blind 1o trivial faults. The means of attaining the freedom of Aloever,
wick is one of those ludicrous tenures, the marks of an age buc
alias the Blue and Butt; in which are included, Mr. Hezirra dine's Political Songs. 8vo. 25. 64. Bell.
Each party has its poets, which, if not laurelled, are perhaps of greater utility. An epigram may influence those, whọ cannot judge of an argument, and a lively song may have greater powers of conviction than an oration. In a literary view, how:
the talents of Opposition feem to rise triumphant. A Poetical Epifle to John Wolcot, commonly known by the Appellation of Peter. Pindar. 410.
Riebau. We never met with a more absurd performance than this F.pille. The reader might naturally fappose that there never existed a more defective rhyme than what appears in the following terrible charge against Peter, by whom, says the bard,
Aqua pura hauftus oft was giv'n, To cure a cacoeihes of the skin!' We can, however, produce a worse." Some resemblance here occurs ; not indeed in found, but in the lines concluding with the same letter ; which is an eminent advantage over
Sir Sapkull Slanderer be thy cirle,
Thy hiftory may the world enlighten.'
Chrifmas-eve laft, on the Subje&t of admitting Non-Catholies,
In the debates in the national assembly respecting the privileges of citizens, it was contended that no profession ought to ex. clude its members. The king's comedians were mentioned as of a profeffion not held in high respect, when another member exclaimed- and the executioner then.' M. Clermont de Tonnere's Speech relates to these two subjects ; and he adds some arguments to lead the assembly to admit the Jews also. He defends them from the accufation of ufury, but it is not inconfiftent with a truly tolerating spirit, in denying them their own judges. He would .grant them every thing as individu. als and nothing as a sect.' -The resolution which followed ad. mitted Non-Catholics without exception, as eligible, reserving the determination respecting the Jews to a future period.