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Jona. Thompson, and dated from Higham house, Northumberland.

L A W. Art. 26. An Abfiract of such Afts of Parliament as are now in

force, for preventing the Exportation of Wool and other Commodi. ties, Tools, and Implements used in the Manufafture thereof : and also for preventing the seducing of Arvils into foreign Paris. With a copious Index, extracted from the Statutes, and printed by Order of the Chamber of Manufacturers of Great Britain. By William Nicholson, Secretary. 12mo. No Bookseller's Name nor Price.

What more can be said of abitracts of this kind, than that they will be useful to all who are concerned in the subjects to which they relate, in proportion to their clearness and accuracy? This excerpt, in particular, appears to be carefully and judiciously executed.--The object is of great national moment; and the laudable views of the Chamber of Manufacturers, in laying this little compilement before the Public, are too obvious to require any explanation. Suffice it, therefore, to observe, that its contents ought to be well known to every one who wishes well to the trading interest of this country.

AGRICULTURE. Art. 27. Cursory Pemarks on Inclosures, Mewing the perniciou's

and destructive Consequences of inclosing Common Fields, &c.

By a Country Farmer. 8vo. 15. Debrett. 1786. · These appear to be the genuine remarks of a farmer, who has urged all the objections that occurred to him against the inclosure of common land. He argues, as many have done before, that inclosing such land tends to the aggregation of small farms, and of course to depopulation ; many thousands of inhabitants being fenced out of their livelihood, and out of their country, which is thus deprived of their labour: that small landholders, after being cajoled or intimi. dated into a concurrence in such undertakings, are swallowed up by their more opulent neighbours; and that the prices of provisions have risen progressively with the extension of inclosures.

DRAMATIC. Art, 28. I'll tell you what, A Comedy, in Five A&s, as it is

performed at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. By Mrs. Inch bald.

8vo. Is. 6d. Robinsons. 1786. • Though there are evidently two distinct stories in the fable of this Comedy, yet they are artificially interwoven with each other, and, united, create a degree of humour and interest, that must recommend the piece to the reader as powerfully as, we are told, it has recommended it to the spectator. The characters, though not original, are natural: the satire in divorces, and modis marriages, is well conceived, and duly sustained; and the ditress of Mrs. Eufton, arif. ing from the ill-judged implacability of a parent, is truly affecting. The Prologue and Epilogue, the last especially, are spirited and apposite. Art. 29. The Widow's Vow. A Farce *, in Two Aas, as it is · acted at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. 8vo. Is. Robinsons. 1786.

To this piece is prefixed an Advertisement, confelling the Author's obligation for the plot of her piece, and the plot only, to a French ** The advertisements ascribe this farce to Mrs. Inchbaid.

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There is an ungraciousness in this costive acknowledgment to M. Patrat, the Author of the French comedy, not very creditable to the English stage; and we are sorry to say, that the Advertisement (considering the Authoress as an Adress) carries with it too strong a tincture of the Green Room. The performers also are Italitised not by us, but by the Authoress; and when we recollect that they are, as the herself styles them, ENGLISH Performers, though in the Haymarket, we believe they will hardly think themselves much honoured by the distinction.

Ambiguity of sex in the hero of the piece, the main hinge on which the whole fable turns, gives a natural air to that pruriency of style and sentiment, for which female writers for the stage have been remarkable. The æquivoque is well suftained, and gives birth to many pleafant situations, tending to excite laughter, and to shew the ab. surdity, as well as the brittle quality, of a widow's vow. Frailty, thy name is Woman!!

The Prologue to this Farce is a good Prologue, and so it would be fo any other Farce as well as this. Art. 30. Songs, Duets, Trios, &c. in the Siege of Curzola, a

Comic Opera, performed at the Theatre Royal in the Haymarket. 8vo. 6d. Cadell, 1786.

It is difficult to speak fairly of the composition of songs, when the drama to which they belong is not before us. Many of these airs may have merit in the mouths of the personages by whom they are delivered, and in the situations wherein they are introduced. We will, however, venture to pronounce the stanzas on the Spanish Armada to be a good English ballad.

POETRY. Art, 31. A Night View of the Village and School of R . In

Imitation of Gray's Eaton College. 4to. 15. Dilly. 1785. Whether it be, that imitators are considered in the light of rivals, or that their attempts imply a degree of vanity which we are unwil. ling to gratify, or whatever other caure may be affigned, the fact is certain, that readers are seldom disposed to beltow praise on pro. feffed imitations. The present piece 'bears so faint a resemblance to the beautiful original, of which it would be a copy, and falls so far fort of its richness of imagery, poetical diction, and harmony of numbers ; that we apprehend the prop on which it leans will not be able to keep it from faliing into oblivion. Let the Reader judge from the following verse:

Yon garden next demands my lay,

Where happy art conjoins
Soft pleasure with utility,

And ornament combines :
Pine apples there in beauty vie
With those that balk in native sky;

The gourd winds slowly up the wall!
There ripening hangs the mellow pear ;
There twitts the cooling cucumber;
There climbs nasturtium tall,

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Art. 32. Alnwick's Condolence; a Pastoral Elégy, in Memory of

the late molt noble Hugh, Duke of Northumberland. By Henry Lucas, A. M. Author of the Tears of Alnwick, Poems to her · Majesty, &c. 4to. is. Dodsey, &c. 1785.

• O rueful sight! Behold! how loft to sense,

The millions stand, suspended by SUSPENSE!'
Yet one line more, if the Reader wishes for a farther specimen :

• When Time shall yield to DEATH; Dukes must OBEY!
For a farther idea of this gentleman's poetical talents, see Review,
Vol. LXIII. p. 230.
Art. 33. A Collection of Songs, by the inimitable Captain Morris.

Part First and Second. 8vo. 15. 6d. Ridgway. 1786. There is a degree of wit in some of these songs; but too many of them are written in Rochester's worst Ityle of obscenity. Art. 34. Probationary Ode for the Laurea fhip of the Royal

Academy. By a Tag.Rag of the Sacred Nine. 410. 15. Faulder. 1786.

* When Lyric Peter drops the quill,

And will not write, there are who will.' So says, or fings, this • Tag-Rag of the Sacred Nine;' and if Peter Pindar, Esquire, should resign (See Rev. for June, p. 465.), he bids fair to be his successor. Art. 35. Julia to St. Preux. A Poem. By the Author of

Werter to Charlotte. 410. 15. Murray. The moral is bad, and the poetry is worse.

A- ke SCHOOL-BOOKS. Art. 36. The Little Spelling-Book for Young Children, enlarged ... and improved. Small 4to. 6. Johnson. 1786.

In our Review, Vol. LXIX. p. 172, we recommended the first edition of this little work, for which, as we then hinted, the Public are indebted to the ingenious and good Mrs. Trimmer. This edition has received several very requisite and proper improvements. ** * Art. 37. Easy Lessons for Young Children. Small 400. 68.

Johnson. 1786. For this little volume, we are also obliged to Mrs. Trimmer, who, in the Advertisement, has given us this account of it: 'The follow. ing book of lessons is designed as a supplement to the Little Spelling Book, as it was impossible to introduce in so small a volume (a principal part of which is occupied with other matter) lessons consisting of so great a varitty of words, as young children may be taught to read. The chief object of the present performance is to furnish such a va. riety.'

The above extract is sufficient to fhew the plan of the Authoress. The lessons are divided into two parts; the first containing words of one syllable only; the second, words of one, two, and three syllables. On the whole, we recommend this elementary production to all our Readers, who have children of the age to which it is peculiarly adapted.

*** MISCELLANEOUS. Art. 38. The Beauties of the British Senate : taken from the De. bates of the Lords and Commons, from the Beginning of the Ad

ministration

ministration of Sir Robert Walpole, to the End of the second Sero fion of the Administration of the Right Hon. William Pitt; being an impartial Selection. To which is prefixed the Life of Sir Ro.

bert Walpole. 8vo. 2 Volumes. 1os. 6d. Boards. Stockdale. * In this age of compilation, every thing of a literary nature is provided in halhes and minced-meat for those who do not know how, or have not time, to purvey for themselves. Thus we ha e che Beauties of Richardson, of Sterne, of Johnson, of Chesterfield, and, at length, of the British Senate: and in due time the good citizens of London may be furnished with the Beauties of their Common.council.

These volumes may serve, as Foote said, for “ light summer-read. ing,” when the mind is vacant, when a person is at a loss for a subječt of amusement, and dips into a book for any thing. On such an occasion if American Affairs, East India Affairs, or Civil Lift, do not ftrike his fancy, the table of contents will direct him to Attack, Defence, Elaquence, Anecdote, Remarkable Sayings, Similies, Humour, S... tire, Wit, &c.

In due time, perhaps, a new Joe Miller may grow out of the natorial Debates ! Art. 39. English Clasics abridged: being select Works of Addia

dison, Pope, and Milton, adapted to the Perusal of Youth of both Sexes at School. To which are prefixed, Observations on the several Authors. By J. Walker, Author of Elemenis of Elocution, Rhetorical Grammar, &c. 12mo. 35. 6d. bound. Ro. binson. 1786.

Nearly one half of this miscellany consists of papers selected from the Spectator : the remaining part contains Pope's Essays on Criti. cism and on Man, and select passages of Milton's Paradise Lost. The Editor has prefixed a few remarks on his Authors, chiefly explana-tory of his design in the selection, which appears to have been, io execute a hint of Mr. Knox, who wilhes to confine young people, at schoolto the perusal of three or four English authors: a limita. tion, which, in the present state of letters, would be as ridiculous, as the old college ftatute, which obliged the students to dine every day upon mutton.

E. Art. 40. Comments on the last Edition * of Shakespeare's Plays.

By John Monck Mason. 55. Boards. Dilly. 1785. It would perhaps require a volume, of equal size with that here presented to the Public, to point out the particular passages in which Mr. Mason has corrected the text in the last edition of Shake. speare, as well as those in which he has often successfully, and sometimes unsuccessfully, suggested new readings. Annotations on the text of Shakespeare are innumerable, and verbal criticism is inexhaustible; yet, on the whole, it may safely be pronounced of the comments of Mr. Mason, that they are evident proofs of the acuteness and ingenuity of the critic, who has in many places incontestibly amended the text, and given a natural and easy explanation of the obvious meaning of the poet,--overlooked or mistaken by former commentators. He has, in consequence, refuted the too hasty and

* Not the last edition, by Reed, but that which immediately preCeded the date of Mr. Mason's book, in 1779.

too positive assertion of Mr. Malone relative to the last edition, that “ the text of the Author now feems to be finally settled.” Art. 41. Correspondence between Lord Macartney and Major Geo

neral Stuart, fince Lord Macartney's Arrival in England. 410. Is. 68. Debrett. 1-6. General Stuart having been disinised from the command of the army in the Eat Indies, took particular exception againit Lord Macartney, Prefident of the Select Committee, on account of the charges brought againit him, to which he applies the terms of injustice and faljehood. When these Gentlemen arrived in England, Gencral S uart prelenied a petition to his Majelly, in which he failed not to express his resentment against the Noble President, by a repetition of the above invidious terms. A correspondence of letters afterward took place, copies of which are here laid before the Public. The consequence was the duel; the circumstances of which have been sufficiently detailed in the papers. Art. 42. An Explanation of the Case relating to the Capture of St.

Eustatius: in which is included the several Commissions, appointing the Agents to manage the Business of the Capture. Pointing out the moit effectual Methods to secure to the Captors what there is remaining of the captured Property. 8vo. 15. Stockdale.

It appears that there has, fomewhere, been dreadful mismanagement of this affair, and that there is very little prospect of justice being ever done to those of the captors of St. Euftarius, who have been so cru. elly deceived in their expectations of sharing in the prize-money; many of whom, says our Author, "are ruined, and some now languishing in prison, for debes contracted on the credit acquired from the boasted riches found on that illand.' Art. 43. Anecdotes of the learneid Pig. With Notes, critical

and explanatory; and Illustrations, from Bozzy, Piozzi, &c. 4to. 19. 6d. Hookham. 1786.

By the LEARVED PIC is meant the celebrated Dr. Samuel Johnson. ,- This is a rough piece of pig-ftye ridicule; chiefly in prose, but

here and there a icrap of very significant verse, to the delightful tane of

Gruntledum, gruntiedum, gruntledum, squeak! Art. 44. The Royal Academiiians. A Farce. As it was per.

formed, to the Altonishgient of Mankind, by his Majesty's Ser, vant, at the Stone Houfe, in Europia, 1786. 8vo. Is. Pew, &c. Gross abuse and ribaldry, levelied at some distinguished members

of the Royal Academy. Art. 45. A plain and friendly Avidress to the Undergraduates of the

University of Cambridge, particularly to those of Trinity College, on the following important Topics: Aflociates, Dress, Debis, Time,' early Atiachments, Lectures, Mathematics, Gaming. Of. fered with all Deference, good Intention, and Regard. By a late Undergraduate. Svo. Is. 60. Doufley.

The benevolent design of this piece, and the useful adı ice it.contains, abundantly compensate for any defects which criticiím may disçover in the manner in which it is written. Perhaps the Author would have succeeded better in his main purpose, had he expressed

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