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regular ; that the transitions from one subject to another are too violent; and that the remarks on the abstract principles of government are neither entertaining by their novelty, nor convincing by their solidity. To the fastidious critic, the descripcions in which Mr. Luson has indulged himself may appear too forid. They mark, however, the liveliness of his fancy and the kernness of his sensibility; and if we giant them to be defeas, we muft also grant, that he ainply.compenfares for them by his good sense, by his modefty, by his generous zeal as a patriol, and his virtuous principles as a citizen.

ART. XIV. A Trip to Holland. Containing Sketches of Characters ;

together with curicry Oblervations on the Manners and Customs

of the Dutch. Vol. II. 12mo. 2s. 6d. sewed. Becket. 1786. LNcouraged by the success of his first volume, the Author of

L this entertaining • Trip' has here concluded his account of the manners, &c, of the Dutch; and tells us that ' in spite of all the critics in the universe,' he will produce a relation of his travels jo!o ocher paris of the world; we must however do him the justice to say, that in a note, he add-, this must not be understood as alluding to the periodical publications called Reo views, the writers of which have spoken of his former volume with candor and impartiality.

We shall transcribe the following chapter for the amusement of our Readers, the rather as it contains a facetious observation of Diderot, with which, perhaps, all our Readers have not met; n twithstanding it bears somewhat hard upon the gentlemen of our crder :

OBSTINACY_AMSTERDAM. " No! if I do, I'm a Dutchman,” exclaimed I. There is nothing vulgar in this, I hope-Egad I am a little afraid — for in that case, I fall, no doubt, be told by the critics :

• Aye, and I could inform the critics that - Heyday! what the plague am ) about? Monfieur Diderot has observed " Le role d'un auteur est un role assez vain : c'est celui d'un homme qui le croit en etat de donner des leçons au public. Et le role du critique ? Il est bien plus wain encore ; c'est celui d'un homme qui se croit cu etat de donner des le ons à celui qui se croit en etat d'en donner au public.

L'auteur dit : Messieurs, écoutez-moi, car je suis votre maitre. Et le critique ; c'est moi, Mefieurs, qu'il faut écouter, car je suis le maitre de vos maitres... Now, if this be said of authors and critics, how great, how very great must be the arrogance and self-fufficiency of the hypercritic!-No! I will never attempt it. If I do, I'll be not. :- But as the reader may possibly be surprised at my having em. ployed so unclasical an expreffion as that at the head of the chapter, I will tell him what occasioned it.

· Among the several peculiarities and excellencies of the Hollander, abstinacy is not in the loweft rank; and were a man poffeffed of the

patience patience of an Epictetus or a Socrates, he would run some little hazard of losing it in a country like to this.

• I had engaged a chaise to carry me a few miles out of town. Now, the driver of it would not only go the road and pace which were the most agreeable to himself, but insisted on taking me to a house which I had been particularly cautioned to avoid, The conteft was warm between us; and at length, on his requesting that I would put up at the hotel he had chosen for me, I hastily answered and by way of proving that I would maintain my point-No! if I do, I'm a Dutchman !

Thus did I foil him at his own weapon, and so the matter ended.'

If the Reader, who has been a purchaser and approver of the firft volume of this jeu d'ejprit, is pleased with the above spé. cimen of the second (which, for the honour of ous judgment in selection, we hope he will), we assure him that the other chap. ters are equally entertaining, and are written in the same style of imitation of the Author's right-reverend father in scribble, the humorous Yorick. There are fome errors of the press, which, for the use both of the Author and Reader, we will point out, viz. page 80, line 9, for efficaces,' r. efficaces; and in the next line, for jouisi' r. jouit. Page 85, line 4, for bons,' r. bon. P. 123, the 3d line of the noie, for on,' r. 04. P. 131, line 7, for • Concordia,' r. Concordiâ.

We will here bid good bye, for the present, to this amusing Author, with the following observation ; viz. that if ever he fulfils his promise of publishing a farther account of his travels, in the fame Shandyan manner, his volumes will not meet with the worse treatment at the hands of the critics, if he leaves out such expressions as what the plague,' r if I do, I'll be shot,' &c, which we were sorry to see in the present publication; as they cercainly add neither to the force nor elegance of the style which the ingenious Writer has adopted.

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Art. XV. The Disbanded Officer ; or, The Baronefs of Bruchsal :

a Comedy. As performed at the Theatre Royal in the HayMarket. 8vo.' is. 6d. Cadell. 1786. TTI E are obliged to Mr. Johnstone for introducing, in this

professed imitation of Lesling, the German drama to our stage. It has not, we think, all the truth and nature of the genuine English drama; yet there is a vein of sentiment, a glow of generosity, that pervades and animates the scene, and renders it both interesting and entertaining. The fable of this Comedy is perhaps rather too thin and meagre for the English theatre, yet the story is protracted without wearying the attention. The colume, though local, is not ill adapted for exhibition in this country, where every reader and spectator must congratulate himlelf on seeing the inside of an inn at Berlin ; which we will

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present to our Readers as a characteristic specimen of this Coo medy: • Baroness. LISETTA. KATZENBUCKEL (putting in his head.) Katz. Have I your ladyship’s permission?

Lif. O, 'ris our landlord. Let your body have the goodness to follow your head, that the door may be shut.

Katz. (entering with a pen behind his cer, paper and ink in bis band) I come, my lady, to wilh you a very good morning; as likewise to you, my pretty maid.

Lif. A civil man this.
Bar. We thank you, Sir.
Lif. And wish you the same, Sir.

Katz. Dare I take the liberty of asking whether your ladyship has slept well under my poor roof?

Lij. The roof is vell enough, but the beds might have been better.

Katz. Should there be any thing that does not suit your ladythip, you have only to please to give your orders.

Lif. Ay, ay; I mean to do that presently.

Kaz. This done, I come at the same time- taking the pen from behind his ear.)

Lil. Well, what now?

Kaiz. Your lady fhip knows, without doubt, the wise regula. tions of our police?

Bar. Not I, indeed, landlord.

Katz. We, landlords, are forbid to lodge any ftranger, of whatsoever rank or condition they may be, above four and twenty hours, without sending their names, their rank, their business, the probable length of their fay, and so forth, to the proper officers.

s Bar. Very well.

Katz. Your ladyship will therefore be pleased to (feats himga félf at a table to write.) .

Bar. Certainly: my name is Katz. A moment's patience, if you please. (writes) Berlin, 22d day of August, 17 &c. came to the VultureN ow your name, if you please, my lady.

i Bar. Baroness of Bruchsal.
Katz. Of Bruchsal?– From whence, my lady!
Bar. From my estate in Saxony.
Katz. Estate in Saxony--hum, Saxony-

Lis. Well, why not Saxony? Pray is it a crime, here in Prussia, to come out of Saxony?

Katz. A crime! O Lord, no: that would be a new kind of a crime indeed! From Saxony, your lady ship. Saxony the fair, the free, the--ay, aj, Saxony : but Saxony is very large, and has many, what Mall I call them, districts, provinces. Our police is very par. ticular, my lady.

Bar. 'I understand: from Thuringia, then.

Karz. Thuringia, ay, ay, that will do (writes and then reads). The Baroness of Bruchsal, from her estate in Thuringia, with her woman and two servants.

Lif. Hér woman! Meaning me, I suppose ?

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Katz. Yes, my pretty maid.

Lil. Now, landlord, instead of woman, please to put down maid. The police is very particular, you know : “a mistake of that kind “ mighe spoil my marriage, and I might remain a maid, which is “ not my intention.” I was born upon her ladyship's estate, was brought up with her ladyship; we are both of one age, for next Candlemas we thall both be one and twenty. My name is Liserta, and my firname Willinger. “ I hould be happy that the police “ Tould be so well acquainted with me, as to have no room for any “ apprehensions upon my account.”

Katz. Very well, I shall set all that down by and by. But now, my lady, your business here?

Bar. My business ! Katz. Ay; is your ladyship come te solicit any thing from his Majesty ?

i Bar. Not I. Karz. Perhaps in our courts of law then? Bar. No. • Katz. Ora Bar. No, no: I come here upon my own private affairs. Katz. True, please your ladysip, but what may they be? Bar. They are-Faith, Lisetta, I believe we fall be taken up.

Lif. Hark you, landlord, but it must go no further than the po. Jice; we are come to kidnap one of the King's officers.

Bar. Lisetta, are you out of your senses? Landlord, the madcap is jesting with you.

Karz. Ay, ay, with me she may jeft as much as she pleases, but not with the high and mighty police.

Bar. I'll tell you, landlord : I am quite a novice in such matiers; suppose we were to defer your report till my uncle's arrival : he will be here before the four and twenty hours can expire, “ and “ he will best know how much he muit tell of his affairs, and what • he may conceal.” Is his apartment ready?

Lif. Or have you come honest gentleman to turn out on't firft?

Bar. Indeed, landlord, in such a case, you ought not to have taken us in. The person you have turned out on our account is, I hear, an officer.

Katz. A disbanded one, my lady.

Bar. So much the worse ; he is then unfortunate, and may de. serve a better fate. The King cannot know the merit of all the people in his service.

Katz. O yes, he does, he knows them all, all. Bar. But then he can't reward them all.

Katz. O yes, they all had reward enough during the war. But if they will live away in time of peace, we landlords must take heed. I'might safely have let this Colonel run a month or two longer here, but 'tis as well as it is. - Apropos, your lady ship understands jewels, no doubt. I must fhew your ladythip a beauty of a ring : (taking the ring out) look here, what fire! the middle stone weighs above five carats.

Bar. (looking at the ring) What do I see! That ring Kaiz. Ay, that ring is worth to one's own brother 300 pistoles. Bar. Look, Lisetta.

Karz,

Katz. I did not scruple a moment lending 80 on it.
Bar. Don't you recollect it?
Katz. Madam!

Lif. The very fame; on the inside of the setting is your cypher ; look, my lady.

Bar. It is, it is: how came you by this ring, landlord ?

Katz. “ That ring-very honeltly," very honestly indeed, Madam ; my dear, sweet lady, do not bring me into trouble: many things may have changed masters during the war, without the consent of the original proprietors. I had it, I am sure, from a man I cannot suspect, from a very good man.

Bar. From the best man breathing, unless you measure his merit by his wealth. Quick, Ay, bring him to me.

Katz. Whom, my lady?
Lif. Why, don't you hear? Our Colonel.

Katz. Colonel, yes he is a Colonel I had it from, and 'twas he lodged here, in this -----

Bar. Here, Holberg lodged here! “ He pledged this ring to you !" How came he into such difficulties? Where is he? Is he in your debt? Lisetta, the casket (Lisetta opens it). Speak. Does he owe any one else? Here is money; here are notes; all are his. Where is he? Speak.

Katz. He was here a little while ago.

Bar. Odious man ! how could you treat him so unfriendly, so hardly, so cruelly?

Katz. Your ladyship will pardon-
Bar. Quick, go, bring him here.

Katz. I don't know where he is, bat his servant is still here : would your ladyship please that I should go and fetch him?

Bar. I please! run, ily, and for that service I will forget how ill you have treated him.

Katz. Madami
· Bar. Quick, begone. (pushes him out)'

The characters, particularly those of Rhof and Warmans, are well discriminated. They, as well as the disbanded officer and the Baroness, are at once nation I and general. The Prologue and Epilogue are both suitable is the piece, though we think. the latter rather calculated for the meridian of Paris, than of London.

MONTHLY CATALOGUE,

For AUGUST, 1786.

POLITICA L. Art. 16. The Propriety of an Axtual Payment of the Public Debt

considered. By Sir Francis Blake, Bart. 8vo. 15. Debrett. 1986. THE question discussed in this pamphlet is of such great magni

tude, that having been charged, on the part of the Author, with misapprehension of his meaning on a late occafion * ; we shall

* See lait vol. P 461. See also, p. 570, Appendix.

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