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mous and powerful aid to the state, in the present emergency; that voluntary subscriptions, for raising soldiers, and for giving a bounty to sailors, have been opened in several places; and (our Author doubts not) that the same spirit will diffuse itself through both the British isles. Finally, he questions not that such as are debarred, by infirmities and years, from personal service, will certainly exhibit, on the present occafion, their love for their country, and their zeal for its safety,'-It was, probably, for the sake of this concluding paragraph, that the whole pamphlet was written; and, so far as the Author's arguments may in Auence and animate us to pursue such mea. sures as will tend most to the permanent safety and best interests of our country (without any regard to ministerial or party views), we hope . that this little ketch of political history has not been written in vain. Art. 37. Guatimozin's Letters on the present State of Ireland,
and the Right of binding it (i. e. that Country) by British Acts of Parliament, &c. 8vo. 1 s. 6 d. E. Johnson. 1779.
These letters have been much talked of, from their first periodical appearance (in April and May last) in one of the Dublin prints They are written with great energy and spirit; and they contain an earnest, nay a vehement exhortation to the people of Ireland, to per. severe in their new system of CONSUMING, EXCLUSIVELY, the manufactures of their own country, as the mot easy and probable means of procuring for themselves that redress of their national grievances · which, he says, they will ever look in vain for from the justice or mercy of England. He enters particularly into the great question of Eagland's sight of imperial sovereignty over Ireland; which he denies; and he argues the point notably, if not convincingly t.-He is extremely severe in his reflections on the English, whose treatment of Ireland he avers to have been in the highest degree unjuft and tyrannical. The Scots, too, are not overlooked.-Of our Northern countrymen he thus, in the bitterness of his jealousy, expresseth himself:
After fully, and, we think, satisfactorily, explaining the peculiar nature, and present circumstances, of the linen manufacture and trade of Ireland, and lameniing, as a national reproach, the encouragement given by the Irith to the importation of linens from Scotland, which he says are hamefully worn by his countrywomen, he then proceeds • Bui, in truth, kentings and gauzes are not the moft pernicious commodity imported from Scotland into this country. The men of Scotland, who are overrunning us universally, are infinitely more dangerous. I am an enemy to national reflections; but when the people of an entire country are all marked with the same distinguishing features of character, the observation on them ceases to be called na. tional reflection. These men have a propenfity to emigracion, and they carry with them into every country the vices of their own; re. ligious hypocrisy, servility of manners, and political depravily di
* The Freeman's Journal, we suppose.
+ Convincingly to the English reader, we mean :-such of the Irish who are disaffected to the British government, will, no doubt, be convinced.
finguish them from all the nations of the earth. The only satil, faction we have is, that the principles of these Scotchmen in England have contributed very much to the ruin of the British empire, England has pledged us in tbe bitter draught.'
But, he adds, 'I perceive my paper swelling along with my in. dignation--and so will the breast of many a Northern reader; who will be ready to cry out,'Enough of this Irish Indian f; away with bin.” Art. 38. A View of the Evidence relative to the Condułt of the
American War, under Sir William Howe, Lord Viscount Howe, and General Birgoyne ; as given belore a Committee of the House of Commons, Jait Session of Parliament. To which is 'added, a Collection of Fugitive Pieces, that are said to have given rise to that important Inquiry. 8vo. 2 s. 6 d. Richardson and Urquhart, &c. 1779.
Praise is due to the Edi:or of this publication, for the care and attention which he has manifested in digering the very important materials of which it is composed. He has introduced them by a proper fummary of the contenes; he has pointed, by marginal notes, to the most effential and fliiking facts; and he has illustrated the evidence of the offi:sts and other gentlemen *, by the addition of many occae fional rimarks and firictures, published as events occurred; and especially by letters from Bollon, New York, &c. which contain very pertinent but severe comments on the conduct of our commanders in chief
Speaking, in his prefatory advertisement, of the fugitive pieces in this collection, the Editor observes, that they will be found to bear hard upon the commanders in chief. This, however, he justly adds,
thould not be attributed to any partiality in the collector, but to the nature of the subject; as almost every essay that has appeared in the public prints, containing either reasoning or fa&is, has been a severe censure on the conduct of the war.'
It is, really, a melancholy retrospect which is here given of our military exploits in attempting to reduce the revolued colonies; and our Editor, with all his professed candour, appears to have been much affected by his view of the facts, details, and strictures, which he had been arranging: for he closes the whole with a 'REVIEW of the war,' which is written with a spirit that may serve, alternately, to freeze and fire the blood of the indignant reader. His concluding paragraph is as follows:
I Guatiinozin, the nephew and fon-in law of Montezuma, was the last of the Mexican Emperors. He desended his country againlt the Spaniards, with admirable courage and fortitude, to the last extremity. He was finally taken prisoner by Cortes, who completed the infamy of his bloody career in America, by putting this gallant young Prince, first to the torture, and then to an ignominious death, Such were the character and the fate of that hero whose name is affumed by this patriotic assertor of the liberties of Ireland.
* Among these are included the evidence of Mr. Galloway, late a member of the American Congress.
The consequences of this man's + unaccountably weak and.. wretched conduct are, thirty thousand brave men destroyed, thirty millions of money expended, thirteen provinces loft, and a war with the whole House of Bourbon.-If such misconduct is to pass without censure or punishment, there must be a radical weakness, either in the conftitution of the state, or in the minds of the people, and the total diffolution of this empiré must be fast approaching: for the people who fit in patient stupidity, and see themselves become the victims of ignorance or treachery, 'cannot, and do not, deserve to exist as a nation.' Art. 39. The Examination of Joseph Galloway, Esq; late Speaker
of the House of Assembly of Pennsylvania; before she Hule of Commons, in a Committee on the American Papers. With exa planatory Notes, 8vo. 2 5. Wilkie. 1779.
We believe that the whole of Mr. Galloway's very important evidence appears in this printed copy; with the addition of many useful and interesting notes, relative to the conduct of the war in America,--the situations and movements of the British troops, -the circumllances of the friends to government, the proceedings of the Congress, their adherents, their forces, &c. &c. The result of this examination and enquiry is by no means favourable to the commander of the royal army. It is, indeed, in many capital respects, totally inconfiitent with the representations given in the examinations of Lord Cornwallis, General Grey, and other evidences ; according to which it appeared (as we observed in our last Month's Review I, page 478), that our commanders in chief had accomplished all that in their situation could have been accomplished, for the good of the service. Mr. Galloway's evidence was not chen before us.-- After all, TIME holds out to us the truelt lights, with respect to the views, and motives, and actions of great men: and, as the politician in the play sagely remarks, 'those who live longest will see mort,
Mr. Galloway was a member of Congress; he came over to the royal army in December 1976; and coniinued with it till the evacuation of Philadelphia in June 1778: abandoning his ettate and
+ Sir W. H-e.
* In giving an account of the distresses of the Congress-party, many circumstances arise which cannot fail to lhock the humanity of the reader, whatever be his party. Among other particulars, Mr. Galloway said, in examination, that in the year 1777, the Americans had lost, in the Canada expedition, in the severai engagements with the British troops, taken prisoners, and by deaths in their mili. tary hospitals, nearly 40,000 men. But in a note to this part of the evidence, it is said the rebel states, since the cominencement of the rebellion, have lost in their military hospitals, and in battle, in their naval and land service, not much thort of 100,00 men; which amount to a fifth part of the white men in America capable of bear. ing arms.'- A dreadful reckoning, indeed! What have they not to answer for, whose wicked politics have been the first cause of so much calamity to their fellow-creatures! I Art. Exam, of the Earl of Cornwallis. F 4
property in America, to the value, as he declared to the Committos, - of above forty-housand pounds Sterling. Art. 40. De Primardijs Civitatum Oratio. In qua agitur de Bella
Civili inter M. Britanniam & Colonias nunc flagranti, &c. i. c,
As an academical discourse in praise of the late Earl of Chatham, this performance is entitled to some commendation ; being written, in general, with a considerable degree of classical purity. We could point out, however, several passages, of which the contruction might be rendered more easy and perfpicuous; in a few, the expression is not agreeable to the Latin idiom; and the oration throughout, like most other productions of modern Lacinity, is deficient in those un. affected graces of composition which distinguish and adorn the wri. tings of the Auguftan age.
If we consider Mr. Dunbar's performance as a political treatise addressed to the public, it is not easy to discover its object or defiga; The first part of the discourse is evidently written with a view to introduce a panegyric on the Earl of Chatham; who, if called to the administration of affairs, would, in Mr. Duabar's opinion, restore the ancient splendor of the British empire. This observation necessarily occasions a noie, in which Mr. Dunbar laments the death of that great man. As to the Colonies, the Author concludes by advising that we Thould endeavour to recover and to retain them by benefits, not by injuries ;-and that Britons, if they cannot be the masters, should be the patrons of the New World, “ Novi orbis terrarum patrocinium, fi non imperium, Juftineant Britanni. Atque volentes per populos dent jura, viamqu: affe&tent Olympo.". Art. 41. Obfervations on the National Debt, with Proposals for
reducing the said Debi, and for raising future Supplies, in an easy and eligible Manner, by which the National Credit, and the Pro. perty of Lodividuals, will be preserved and improved. Humbly addreffed to, and earnestly recommended to the Consideration of, cvery Polleffor of Property, of what Nature or Kind loever, within the Kingdom. By a fincere Well-wisher of his Country, 8vo, 6d. Dilly.
This fin tre well-wisher of his country may, for what we know to the contrari, be some ily - gue of a land holder, although we rather Sufpect it is only ad Parnallum, who artfully endeavours to persuade the stockholders to give up one fiftieth part of their whole property every year to government, in order to lessen the enormous weight of the national debt. He, however, obligingly thinks they ought not to give up the whole, buc stop when they have, by these means, reduced it to fixty, eighty, or even to a hundred millions ; for our
If we entirely abandon the imperium, it is not obvious what the Author means by dent jura. It belongs not to those who have the · patrocinium only dare jura.
Aathor does not presume to draw the line absolutely, but generoully leaves it to their own discretion where to ftop in this respect.
This glorious and disinterefted act of the stockholders, as our Author allows it to be, muft, he hints, have its proper effect on the minds of the gentlemen landholders, and induce them also to contribute to the exigencies of government, perhaps one per cent. of their net yearly income, or at least one per cent. of what they Itand charged at in the poors rates, which every one knows is not above one-fourth part of their property in many parts of England.
Time alone can thew, with certainty, whether the holders of stock will think one per cent. of the net yearly income of a landed gentleman, as he may have been pleased to give it in to the assessors of the poors rates, equivalent to two per cent, of their whole property; for it must be remembered, that although the confil.dated three and four per cent, annuities sell now for about fixty pounds, they cot many of the prefent proprietors upwards of one hundred pounds.
NATURAL HISTORY, &C. . . Art. 42. The Natural History of English Song-Birds, including
such foreign Birds as are usually brought over, and efteemed for their Şinging: their proper Management, Diseases and Cures. To which are added, Figures of the Cock, Hea, and Egg of cack Species, exactly copied from Nature. By Mr. Eleazar Albin, A pew Edition, corrected, with several Improvements under the Article of Canary Birds. 8vo. 3 s. plain, and 78. coloured. Lowndes. 1779.
Albin's Natural Hilory of English Song-Birds is a work well known, and esteemed for the accuracy of the drawings. The present Edition, thus reduced, in size and price, cannot fail of meeting with a due acceptance from the public, -and especially from young readers, who are bird-fanciers.-The engravings are neat; the hiftory, &c. plain and intelligible to all capacities ; and, on the whole, this is a very pretty book to be given, by way of present, to youth of both sexes. Art. 43. Descriptions and figures of Petrifactions found in the
Quarries, Gravel.pits, &c., near Bath, Collected and drawn by John Walcott, Ela, 8vo. 2 3. 6 d. sewed. Matthews, &c.
Although the engravings are not very elegant, the enumeration and description of the many subjects here colle&cd, will, no doubt, prove acceptable to the curious enquirer into this extensive branch of Natural History
Novels and MEMOIR 8. Art. 44. Shenstone Green; or, the New Paradise Lost: Being a
History of Human Nature. In three Volumes. Written by the Proprietor of the Green. The Editor Courtney Melmoth. 12mo. 7. s. 6 d. sewed. Baldwin. 1779.
The idea of this entertaining tale was suggested by a passage in the works of Mr. Shenstone, in which he says, had I a fortune of eight or ten thousand pounds a year, I would build myself a neigh. bourhood.'-This plan Mr. Melmoth supposes carried into execution by a worthy knight, who has more good nature than penetration, and more money than wise The narrative discovers no inconsider