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Art. 21. The Se'er; or, the American Prophecy. 2 s. 6d. Harrison. 1779.
The American Se'er is full brother to Nereus, the figures in the preceding Article.
Art. 22. The Female Congress; or, the Templ Mock Heroic Poem, in Four Cantos. 4to. 1779.
In an advertisement prefixed to this poem, as at fubject and the manner in which it is treated, are t ragraphs:
Where the manners happen to be very fcandalo vailing vices of the age of a very impure die, fatir. difcoloured from its fubject, and feem to border nearly nefs. Juvenal, with the best intentions in the world many things fhocking enough to a modeft ear. tire for its freedom, people are too apt to forget its perfons to whom it is addreft; and, at the very momen reflecting the image of deformity, they are angry that indecent, or ungraceful. Satire is not intended for the fpotless, but the vicious and contaminated, to whom p pravity are no novelty; were it always to preferve fucă ac chaftity as not to difguft the former, it might want force ancy to strike the latter; and fo facrifice the reformation whom it is neceffary, to the fear of difpleafing thofe to unneceffary. Should the chafte virgin at any time preffions or images in the works of the fatirift, that w cacy, let her recollect, that the painting was not defign. fpection, and that it is exhibited only as an object of 2 contempt.
The following sheets are the produce of an idle weeks ferious occupations, and were at firft written merely amufement; but all our literary amusements, at least, rected to fome useful purpose; and I hope I may be allo out vanity, to affert that, in the following lines, I fines. to ferve the cause of virtue and religion, by expofing to ridi parade of profligacy, and more culpable fimulation of godly
From thefe extracts the Reader may poffibly expect a mo cate work than that now before us. It is, however, too tru" henfible in that refpe&t; and, from that circumftance alone. ・・ poetical merit fuperior, muft (like the Times of Churchi.. obfcurity. The fable and characters of the Female Congres conceived or expreffed in that happy vein of fancy and run. diftinguishes our most popular pieces of mock-heroic poetry. numbers are, in general, above mediocrity, and the Author to be a found claffical fcholar.
DRAMATIC. Art. 23. Coalition, a Farce, founded on Facts, and ass formed, with the Approbation, and under the joint i of the Managers of the Theatres Royal. 8vo. 1s. Brow. The managers of the two theatres royal of Drury Lane and Garden are themselves the fubject of this farce. The f....
In a poftfcript to the pamphlet, the Writer congratulates the Public on a decrease of deaths from the small-pox in the London bills of mortality for last year. This he attributes, with probability, to the great mortality of the preceding year, which had left fewer fubjects to take the difeafe. To whatever caufes it was owing, we are too well aware of the fluctuating state of this article in a lift of deaths, to lay any stress on the event of a fingle year.
Art. 25. The Honeft Sentiments of an English Officer on the Army of Great Britain. Vol. I. 8vo. 2 S. 6d. Bew. 17-9. The title of this undertaking is modeft, confidering the object of it; which is no less than to new model our military establishments, both in conftitution, laws, and difcipline. How many volumes the work may extend to, does not appear; what is now published, be ing no more than a part of the firit, in form of a pamphlet: with an intimation, that if it meets with acceptance, the reft will follow, as quick as poffible.
Our good old nurses observe, that a burnt child dreads the fire; and our honeft English officer must certainly fome time or other have fcorched his fingers; for in the laft paragraph of an introduction, addreffed to his friends, he roars out luftily, anticipating the fmart he thinks he is to feel from critical pens, How this may be intended to operate, is of little confequence; but taking his honeft word for his being neither faint nor devil,' we fhall only affume the liberty, on our parts, honeftly to declare him a military fchemer, who not content with ketching the great outline of his intended model, finishes his plan, down to the minuteft parts, unconscious of any dif ficulties in reducing ideal reformation to practice! We fincerely credit the Writer's honefty from the pains he has taken; and he makes many good detached obfervations. When he has collected the opinions of his military friends, and finished his work, it may claim farther confideration.
Art. 26. The Speeches of Mr. Wilkes in the Houfe of Commons, during the latt Seffion of Parliament With Notes. by the Editor. Vol. III. Small 8vo. 2 5. 6d. Fielding and Walker. 1779. The character which we gave of the two former volumes of speeches in parliament, by Mr. Wilkes, in our Review for November 1777, p. 337, will fuffice for the prefent addition to the collection; which appears, from frong internal evidence, to come forth on the fame authority, that led us at first to conclude, as we ftill do, that the Orator, the Editor, and the Annotator are one. The fpeeches in the prefent publication, as well as thofe in the former volumes, are all on queftions of great importance; and when perufed with due attention and impartiality, will do honour to the speaker's character, as a fenator, and a politician.
Art. 27. A Brief Examination of the Plan and Conduct of the Northern Expedition in America, in 1777: and of the Surrender of the Army under the Command of General Burgoyne. 8vo. 1 S. Hookham. 1779.
After a brief arraignment of the plan and execution of the above. mentioned expedition, which compofes one half of this pamphlet, the
latter half is made up, by republishing the unfortunate general's letter, from the London Gazette, which appears to have been an afterthought, that the fixe of the pamphlet, at least, might be thought decent at the time of purchase.
Art. 28. Confiderations upon the French and American War. In a Letter to a Member of Parliament. 8vo. I S. Almon. 1779.
If this correfpondent with a member of the British parliament, is himself a member of the American congrefs, he writes as might be expected from his character and connections. As both parties have appealed from the pen to the fword, that ultima ratio, which has ever decided all political right, he endeavours to influence us by an argument, often used indeed, but which feldom prevails much in this country, and that is by alarming our fears. We have, beyond the memory of man, been at the very brink of destruction, whenever litical declaimers pleased; and thus it now pleases the letter-writer before us, to fum up our calamities, by declaring, "I do from my heart believe, that the prosecution of this war will be attended with the ruin and downfal of this country."-Thus it is, that your found catholic politicians precipitate us all to the devil, unless we fubfcribe to their respective creeds!
Art. 29. The Exhibition, or a Second Anticipation; being Remarks on the Principal Works to be exhibited next Month, at the ROYAL ACADEMY. By Roger Shanhagan, Gent. 8vo. 25. 6 d. Richardfon and Urquhart.
Of the feveral imitations of the famous Anticipation pamphlet, this is, by far, the most fuccefsful. The introductory part, in which the Author gives an account of himself, and afferts his affinity to us, of the Scribleriad family, is a piece of genuine humour; and the whole of the pamphlet, with a very few exceptions on the fcore of inaccuracy, may be pronounced uncommonly well written. The criticifms have, for their object, the works of fome of our most eminent painters and architects. Among the latter, the Adams are fubjected to the lafh, and Wyatt is a particular favourite; but we think our brother SCRIB. is juftly reprehenfible for an unfupported reflection on Mr. Stuart; to whom, at the fame time, he yields the praife of having introduced into this country moft of the improvements in architecture, which other artists have been fo defirous of appropriating to themselves.
Art. 30. Three Letters from Sir John Dalrymple, Bart. One of the Barons of the Exchequer in Scotland, to the Right Hon. Lord Viscount Barrington, late Secretary at War, on his Lordship's official Conduct. 8vo. 2s. Coghlan.
Sir J. D. accufes lord B. of ill treating two of his (Sir John's) brothers, while his lordship was fecretary at war. This accufation is in terms that are far from being equivocal. From Sir J. D.'s ftate of the cafe, his lordship behaved, at least, in a very odd manner refpecting the new levies; but whether his embarrassments arose from the multitude of pretenfions to military appointments, which might be fuppofed incident to his ftation; or whether they flowed from the motives to which the incenfed writer fo liberally imputes them, we do not undertake to determine.