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laugh religion and virtue out of doors, to make way for ruin and desolation to enter in. —The machinery of the piece is no: ill imagined; but the poetry merits little praise. Art. 31. Mimosa ; or, the Sensitive Plant: A Poem. Dedi
cated to Mr. Banks, &c. 4tó. I s. 6 d. Sandwich, Ability proftituted to indecency. Art. 32. A Parody on the Carmen Seculare of Horace, lately sung
before the celebrated Dr. Samuel Johnson, and his attendant Lin terati, at Free Mason's Hall, in Great Queen-street. 410. Bew, 1779.
Obstinate dulness and scurrility, unenlivened with the least tincture of pleasantry: Art. 33 Pieces fele£ted from the Italian Poets, by. Agostino Isola,
(Teacher of the Italian Language) and translated into English Verse by some Gentlemen of the University of Cambridge. 8vo. 4 s. sewed. Robson, &c. 1778.
In this selection the Reader will meet with some beautiful passages of Petrarch, Taffoni, Ariosto, and Metastasio, translated into Englith verse. The original is printed in the opposite page, and may afford him an opportunity of examining the meri: of the translation. We are afraid the English poetry will not gain by the comparison. The firit piece which the Author has inserted in his selection is the description of Endymion sleeping, by Alexander Taffoni. It begins,
Dormiva Endimion tra l'erbe e i fiuri,
Stanco dal faticar del lungo giorno. " Endymion tlept amidst herbs and flowers, wearied with the fatigues of the long day.” The English translation has not attained this beautiful fimplicity :
« Tird with long toil Endymion day repos d...
Where herbs and flowers an odorous couch compos’d." In the first sonnet of this collection, Petrarch, speaking of the eyes of Laura, says, with the inimitable fenfibility of Sappho to
Che mi cuocono 'I cor in ghiaccio e'n foco ! The transation is a weak paraphrase :
“ Now chilled with hope forlorn, now burning with desire.” There are several of these translations, however, that are not de: void of spirit, and some degree of elegance. The flight of Erminia from Tasso, and some sonnets of Metastasio, are superior to the rest.
Art. 31. Caledonia ; a Poem. Small 4to. Cadell.
This well-meaning Writer laments the hardships and inconveniencies to which the Highlanders are subjected by the law prohibiting their ancient dress. These, and some other grievances, make the subject of this patriotic attempt at blank verse. Art. 35. The Nativity of our Saviour : A Prize Poem. By Sa
muel Hayes, M. A. late Fellow of Trinity College. Cambridge princed. 4to.
Dodsley, &c. 1778. We have been accused of criticising works we have never read. The Cambridge Reviewers, whose province it is to dispose of the
+ There is the same thought in the beaujiful ode of Sappho pre. served in Longinus. Dd 3
profits of the Killingsbury estate, în all probability will plead uilty to the same accusation.' Upon no other supposition can ic se admitted that such measured prose as this Christmas-day Sermon could posibly have been imposed upon then for a Poem.
Novels and ME MOT Å s Art. 36. Charles ; or, the History of a young Baronet and a Lady of Quality : 12.no. 2 Vols. 6's. bound. 'Ben
177 This novel has such mediocrity of merit, that to discover and enumerate its faults or its excellencies, would be a talk attended with equal difficulty. If it has any leading character, it is that of inapi. dity; a quality which the readers of modern novels are tjlerably well accustomed to endure. Art. 37. Memoirs of the late Edw. W--y M-tague, Esq;
with Remarks on the Manners and Customs of the Oriental World; collected and published from original pofthumous Papers. 12mo. 2 Vols. 5 s. Iewed. Wallis, 1778. A geuing account of this extraordinary person, and of his real adventures in the Eastern parts of the globe, would highly gratify, ibę curioûty of the Public ; but this appears to be a mere novel.
LA Art. 38. The Trial of Humphry Finnimore, Eja; (reputed to be worth Forty Thousand Pounds) who was tried at the Quarter Sel., fions holden for the County of Surrey, in the Town-Hall, Southwark, on Thursday the 14th Day of Jan. 1779, and convicted of Felony in stealing five Turkies, the Property of Thomas Humiphries. 8vo.
It is matter of just regret when any instance occurs that may tend to lessen our veneration and attachment to the mode of trial by jury. We have before us a melancholy proof how wide of justice, of truth, and even of common humanity, the minds of men may be carried by local prejudịces against an unpopular character. We forbear to give á particular' account of this disgraceful business, only because we with that all memory of it may die away as soon as posible.
DR A M A Ţ I C. Art. 39. Who's the Dupe ? A Farce ; as acted at the Theatre
Royal in Drury-Lane. By Mrs. Cowley, Author of the Runaway, a Comedy. 8vo. 1 s. Dodsley, Becket, &c. 1779.
A very sprightly farce. Art. 40. The Cobler of Castlebury: A musical Entertainment.
In Two Acts : As performed at the Theatre-Royal, Covent Garden. 8vo. I S. Kearsly. 1779.
The Author tells us, that the characters are all low, and what. ever bumour the piece is possessed of, likewise low.' The whole is indeed so low, that it seems imposible to get down to the humour. Art. 41. Illumination; or, the Glazier's Conspiracy. A Prelude,
As performed; with universal Applause, at the Theatre-Royal, Covent Garden. By F. Pilon. 8vo. Is. Kearfly.
A theatrical catchpenny, intended to increase the receipt of a be. pefii-night. There is, however, some little fun in the firft interview between the Glazier and Tallow-chandler,
Art. 42. The Chelsea Pensioner ; a Comic Opera. In Two
Acts. As performed at the Theatre-Royal, Covent-Garden. 8vo. I s. Kearsly:
This is very improperly tiled a comic opera. It is a sentimental ballad farce !
MISCELLANE 0 vs. Art. 43. Political and Philosophical Speculations on the distinguish
ing Characteristics of the present Century; and on the State of Legirlation, Military Establishments, Finances, and Commerce, in Europe ; with occafional Reflections on the probable Effects of American Independency. By Mr. Linguet, late of the Parliament of Paris. Small 8vo. I s. 6 d. Fielding and Co. 1778.
Extracted from the Annales Politiques, Civiles et Literaires du 1 Bieme Siécle, of which we have, in a late Review, given an account, with a specimen of the ingenious Abbé's present Speculations. Art. 44. A Letter to my Lords the Bishops, on Occasion of the pre
fent Bill for the preventing of Adultery. 8vo. I s. 6 d. Dodley. 1779
If this letter did not originate from the noble peer who moved that the offending parties should be compelled, instead of being prohibited, to marry, the Writer has at least adopted the fame idea; and with great ability clearly newn, that the remedy did not apply to the grievance. The House of Commons thought the same, and accordingly threw out the bill, after it came down from the Upper House.
The Writer takes occasion, from this attempt of the Bishop of Landaff, to check matrimonial infidelity, to fhew the inefficacy of such partial endeavours to stop the general ride of immorality; and concludes with a home appeal to the professional characters and obligations of the heads and guardians of religion and morals. Art. 45. The Tragedies of Æschylus translated. By R. Potter.
The Second Edition, corrected, with Notes, 2 Vols. 8vo. Cadell. 1779.
Of this translation, an account was given, from the first edition, in
4to, in our Review for O&tober laft, p. 286: for the notes, see Review for December, p. 466. These notes, which were first pub. li hed separately (and given gratis to the purchasers of the 4to edition), are now inserted in their respective places, at the foot of the page. Art. 46. A Chronological and Historical Epitome of the principal
Events in English History. Shewing what Year of each King's Reign corresponds with the Year of Christ, and the Number of Years firice the Conquest; from Egbert to the Year 1779. Calculated for the Use of Historians, Lawyers, &c. To which are added, the Cha. racters of all the Sovereigns from William the Conqueror. Small
1.9, 6 d. Fielding and Walker. What will become of Rapin and Hume, and Guthrie and Smol. lett, now the history of England is reduced to the size of a Primer ! What will become of this history, if the next fchemer fhould put it into a watch case! In this whimsical age, a history of England might
sun through several editions, if neatly glazed in chronological but. tons for a coat and yailicoat.
N B. Should any author, button-maker, or engraver, take the benefit of this hint, and compliment us with a sett, he is desired not to forget the iuit. Art. 47. Thoughts on the present State of the Roman Catholics in
England; and on the Expediency of indulging them with a farther Repeal of the Penal Salutes. By a P:o:estant. 810. 6 d. Payne.
A fentible advocate for the English Catholics ; but when such apologiits plead the good dispoctions of their clients, which, a: beit, is but a coni ingence ; it is only adopting the same mode of reasoning to plead ihe liberal disposition of the age, as unwilling to oppress the Carholics, as Catholics
government. Art. 48. The Case and Memoirs of the late Rev. Mr. James Hack
man, and of his Acquaintance with the late Miss Martha Rcay, &c. 8vo. I s. Kearily. This popular pamphlet begins with a short account of the life of Mr. Hackman, which, in all probability, may be genuine ; but the greater part confifts of a laboured extenuation of the crime for which he was executed, and a vain attempt to exalt to heroism the cha, racter and conduct of a man in whom an unprejudiced spectator could discover only those ungovernable passions, against which the criminal laws endeavour to guard the peace of society. The seventh edition of chole Memoirs.is now before us. Art. 49. An authentic Copy of the Trial of Sir Hugh Pallifer, Vice
Admiral of the Blue; April 12, 1779, &c. Taken in Short Hand by a Person who attended during the whole Trial. And published by Order of bis * Friends, svo. 3 s. tewed. Portsmouth printed, and fold by Whtildon, &c. London.
Several different copies of the proceedings of the court-martial on the trial of Admiral Pailifer, having appeared, as taken down by different persons, we, have resolved to insert their titles (for to reviezi the volun.es is imposible) in the fu celive order of their publication. The above mentioned copy, printed by order of bis (we know not whose) friends had, we believe, the lart; and we have, accordingly, given it the precedency.
As much hath been said, and different accounts have been given of the precise terms in which the sentence pronounced on Sir Hugh was expressed, we mall transcribe them from each of these publications; that our Readers may judge of the difference, and of the confidence that we ought to place in the verbal exacinels of short hand writers.--The writer of the trial before us gives the sentence in the followicg words :-" The Court having inquired into the conduct of Sir Hugh Palliser, on the 27th and 28:h days of July, heard evidence on the same, are of opinion that the behaviour of the Vice admiral of the Blue was, in many initances, on those days, highly meritorious and exemplary. But that he was blameable for no: making the distressed fruation of his thip known to the Admiral, either by the Fox, or other ways. Yet as he is censurable in no other part of his con
* Whose friends ?
ducto duct, the Court are of opinion he ought, notwithsanding that, to be acquitted ; and he is acquitted accordingly.”
Not to dwell on the nonsense of the foregoing declaration, we shall only. adă, that the Author, or Editor, of this copy of the trial has subjoined the following piece of information, viz." The Preti. dent delivered to the Vice-admiral his sword, with this hort address : Sir, I am direcied by the Court to return you your sword.” Art. 50. The Trial of Sir Hugh Palliser, Vice-Admiral of the
Blue Squadron, at a Court-martial, &c.---To which is prefixed a Glossary of the technical Terms and Sea-phrases used in the Course of the Trial.' 8vo. 35. 6 d. Murray.
SENTENCE. “ The Court having taken the evidence into consideration,” + were of opinion, so far from the conduct of Sir Hugh Pallifer-being reprehensible on the 27th and 28th of July, that in many parts thereof it appeared exemplary and highly meritorious; but it did appear to them that he should have taken fome steps, either by the Fox frigate, or otherwise, to make the disabled ftate of his ship known to the Admiral. However, all circumstances being duly weighed, they acquit him of the charges adduced against him, and he is hereby acquitted accordingly."
Here the attentive reader will observe a considerable degree of variation from the words of the sentence as given in the Portsmouth Copy; but there is a ftill greater, a more glaring difference in the two accounts of the President's address to Sir Hugh, on delivering to him his sword: it stands here, as follows :
“ Sir Hugh Palliser, I feel the highest satisfaction in being authorized by this Court to return your sword, which you have hitherto worn with so much profeffional reputation, and which, I trust, will foon be drawn again in the honourable defence of your country.”
Now which of these two accounts ought we to believe? What say the Minutes printed by authority of the Admiralty ? Here they Art. 51. Minutes of the Proceedings at a Court-Martial, af
sembled for the Trial of Vice-admiral Sir Hugh Palliser, Bart. As taken by George Jackson, Efq; Judge Advocate of his Majesty's Fleet. Published by Order of ihe Lords Commiflioners of the Admiralty. Folio. 45. Cadell. SENTENCE.
the Court" are of opinion that his" [Sir H. P.'s] os conduct and behaviour on those days” (July 27 and 28] “ were in many respects highly exemplary and meritorious: at the same time cannot help thinking it was incumbent on him to have made known to his Commander in Chief the disabled state of the Formidable, which he might have done by the Fox at the time the joined him, or by other means.-Notwithstanding his omislion in that particular, the Court are of opinion he is not in any other respect chargeable with misconduct or misbehaviour on the days aforemen
+ The words omitted in our transcript, where the breaks occur, both in this and the following copy of the sentence, being merely formal, and no way affecting the matter either of censure or acquittal, are left out for the sake of brevity.