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NOVELS and MEMOIR S. Art. 21. The Life of the Countess of G- by Gellert, translated
from the German by a Lady. 12mo. 2 Vols. 5s.. Law, i A very elegant work, exhibiting fine pictures of human nature. It is translated in genteel language, and with a good address. Art. 22. The Hijiory of the Lady Ann Neville, Sister to the great
Earl of Warwick, in which are interspersed Memoirs of that Nobleman, and the principal Characters of the Age in which he lived. 12mo. 2 Vols.
55. Cadell. It was a complaint in the Roman literature, even of classic times, that FANCY intruded into the province of history, and interwove her labours in the loom of TRUTH. Such were the works of Curtius, and others of his cait. But be it henceforth known to all novelists, that we do solemnly forbid them to touch on that province, on pain of our highest displeasure. This work, however, can do no barm, being written in too vicious a style to survive its first winter. Art. 23. The Loves of Califo and Emira ; or the Fatal Legacy.
Publihed from the Originals, by John Seally, Gentleman. I 2mQ. 35. Becket, 1776.
The Author of this novel has li:tle to apprehend from the judgment of grave and sober critics. His merit is to be determined in a court where our opinion will be little regarded, and in which he would not be the less applauded on account of any censure we might pass on the plan or execution of his work.
In the court of love, Reviewers.are not allowed a voice. The glowing expressions of afec. tion which are here echoed between two turtles, through a series of billing and cooing epifles, will touch the strings of love with such enchanting melody, as cannot fail of creating an advocate for the writer in the heart of every happy nymph and swain, who are experiencing • the lively raptures,--the refined pleasures, Howing from the union of virtuous and susceptible minds. Nor shall we attempt to deprive him of any part of that applause which we are certain he chiefly values, left he should pronounce us unacquainted with the subjea, and therefore incompetent judges of the merit, of the work: for we heartily allent to the truth of our Author's maxim : ' those who never felt this divine paflion, have no conception of the sensations it causes ; a blind man is a better judge of colours, than the insensible of love.' Art. 24. Disinterested Love; or the History of Sir Charles Royston
and Emily Lesley: in a Series of Letters. Wilkie. 1776.
Refinement and delicacy of sentiment, and elevated ideas of honour and generosity, are so strongly marked in these letters, that they must prove an agreeable entertainment to those who read with the fame moral feelings and principles with which the Author appears to have written. The characters are evidently chosen, and the plot contrived, with a view to display the most amiable virtues of the heari. It is not without regret that we observe in the execution of lo laudable a design, a feeblenets of expression, and a redundancy and confusion of incident, which in a great measure prevent the effect the Author meant to produce.
2 Vols.. 5 $. Art: 25: The Rambles of Mr. Frankly. ' Published by his Sister.
Vol. III. IV. izmo. 55. sewed, Becket. 1776. This imitation of Sterne's Sentimental Journey appears to be completed in the 2 vols. now published. Our opinion of the merit of this work was intimated in the 48th volume of the Review, at p. 71, to which we inay now, with justice add, that the principles of virtue, and especially of benevolence, so plentifully fown in these literary rambles, may produce a valuable crop in the minds of young readers : and to such, it seems probable, this performance will be most acceptable. Those who have more experience of human life and manners, will chink it romantic.
DRAMATIC. Art. 26. The Bankrupt, a Comedy, in Three Acts. By Sa
muel Foote, Esq. 8vo. 1 s. 6d. Kearlly. This piece contains a smaller portion of the vis comica, than is usually to be met with in the dramas of Mr. Foote, whose genius rather inclines him to deviate into the extravagant and burlesque, than to trespafs on the serious and sentimental. The patherick is certainly not the forté of our Author, and he has accordingly (as if conscious of the nature of his literary powers) endeavoured to cineture the distresses of his hero with the whimsical. There are, however, some touches of true comedy to be found in the Bankrupt, particucularly the consultation between Sir Robert Rescounter and his attore nies, and the scene of the printing-house. Art. 27. The Man of Quality. A Farce. By Mr. Lee. Svo.
15. Kearny. . 1776. An irjudicious mutilation of Vanburgh's Relapse. It was too truly observed by Pope, 'how Van wants grace, who never wanted wit! His present editor may not want grace ; but in this alteration he bas neither shewn his judgment nor his wit. Art. 28. The Contract: A Comedy, of Two Acts. As it was
performed at the Theatre Royal in the Hay.market. 8vo. Davies, &c. 1776.
A farce without pleasantry, founded on the comedy of L'Amour Use of Deftouches. It is preceded by a good prologue, and conLains two fongs, which have more merit than all the rest of the piece, in which there is no agreeable incident, nor one humourous character.
NATURAL HISTORY.. Art. 29. A Natural History of British Birds, &c. with their
Portraits accurately drawn, and beautifully coloured from Nature. Folio, Imperial Paper. 51. 15 s. 6 d. Hooper. 1775. Mr. Hayes hath executed this work in the form and manner of Mr. Pennant's British Zoology, to which performance it may serve as no unequal companion. Many of the subjects (which, as the citle observes, are portraits) are drawn according to their natural fize; and the colouring, though in some instances rather too vivid and glaring, is, in general, equally chaile and beautiful. It is, indeed, a splendid and elegant production ; and we hope that the very ingenious Author will meet with such fuccefs in his publication of this first part, as Day encourage him to carry it on with spirit and advantage. The
birds contained in this volume ; are delineated on forry folio plates; and they conlist of a considerable variety, of different kinds, from the falcon to the gold fincb and tit mouse's including many of the anser and anas tribes; together with the gold and filver pheafants, and the bantam cock.
In the printed defcriptions, the Author has followed the Linnaan arrangement; and has given, firft, a very brief account of cach fub
ject in Latin ; to which he has fubjoined a more circumftantial detail in English.
L A w. Art. 30. The whole of the Evidence on the Trial of her Gracz Eli.
zabeth, Dutchefs Dowager of Kingston, before the Right Honourable the House of Peers, April, 1776. Together with an avthentic Copy of her Grace's Defence, as spoken by herself. Pub. lished by Order of her Grace, from the Short Hand Notes of Mr. Gurney. Folio. 2 s. 6d. Kearsley.
Authentic ; but does not contain the whole of the arguments oled by the counsel, on both lides of the question. Art. 31. The Trials on the Informations filed by his Majefy's
Attorney General, against Richard Smith, Esq; and Thomas Brand Hollis, Esq; for Bribery at the Eleétion for Hindor. Tried by a Special Jury, March 12, 1776, at the Aflizes held at Salisbury, before the Honourable Sir Beaumont Hotham, Knight, one of the Barons of his Majesty's Court of Exchequer. Taken in ShortHand by Joseph Gurney. 4to. 13. 60. Kearsley.
Contains i he evidence, only. Art. 32. The Trial of the Cause on an Aktion brought by Stephen
Sayer, Ejq; against the Right Honourable Henry Earl of Rochford, Jate Secretary of State, for false Imprisonment. Before the Right Hon. Lord Chief Justice De Grey, in the Court of Common Pleas, in Westminster Hall, June 27th 1776. Published from Mr. Gurney's Short-Hand Notes. Folio. 1 s. 68. Kearlley.
The evidence affords very interesting matter ; but we should have been glad to have seen the arguments of the counsel, &c. Art. 33. The Debtor's Pocket Guide, in Cases of Arrest ; con
taining Cautions and Inftructions against the Imposition and Ex: tortion of the Serjeants at Mace, Bailiff, Gaoler, &c. By an old Practitioner *. 8vo. 2 s. Richardson and Urquhart. 1776.
As easy as it may seem to abstract diffusive subjects in short com pendiu'ms, those in general who undertake such talks, consider them as too easily performed; they either do not understand the proper duty of compiling, or will not give themselves the trouble of entering into the spirit of it. Thus for one infance; in the present pocket guide, the Reader is informed (p. 5.) that peers of the realma, or their fervants, with members of parliament or their servants, may not be arrested in the time of parliament, or in certain days (not specified) before and after. The debtor or creditor who reads this paragraph, will probably act accordingly, and accordingly will act wrong ; for five pages forward there is another paragraph informing him from
Of what? Of imposition and extortion, now grown conscien, tious?
the 10 Geo. III. that the servants of peers and members are by this Atatute deprived of any privilege they were before intitled to, and may now be arrested as common persons.' Why then were we nor informed of this before? Why will Writers servilely copy obsolete matter from each other, under pretence of giving pocket guides, in. Atead of giving us at once under every head, the law as it now stands? It is bat fair to hint to the Reader, that if his pocket will not afford him another guide, this will leave him totally at a loss in his difficulties. Art. 34. A Digest of the Laws relating to the Game of this Kingo!
dom : Containing all the Statutes now in Force, respecting the different Species of Game; including those which have been made for the Preservation of Sea and River Fish, &c. By John Paul, Barrister at Law. 8vo. 2 s. 6d. Richardson and Urquhart. 1775.
This digest is made under five general divisions, viz four footed game, winged game, sea and river fish,-adjudications on these,-and" Jally, precedents : and under these heads the ftatutes are abftra&ed ia chronological order. This however, it must be observed, is but a crude and hasty attempt at a digeft; especially as there is no index to guide the Reader to any article he may immediately want, nor any leading head titles or marginal notes to supersede the necessity of a general index. Any very particular examination was thus rendered too difficult to undertake on our parts, and of course not more easy to other purchasers. We have therefore only noticed that the laws relating to winged game are brought no nearer to the present time un. der the proper head, than the statute 2 Geo. III. whereas under four. footed game, may be found the acts 10 Geo. III. and 13 Geo. III. relating to pheasants, partridges, moor.game, heatb-game, and grouse!
Art. 35. A Matter of Moment. 8vo.' 6d. Corral. This appears to have been intended, in some measure, as a Sup. plement to Mr. Mawhood's Thoughts on the Regulations necessary to the Appoiniment of an Advocate General, &c, mentioned in our lait Month's Catalogue. The present little tract proposes to reform the abuses : and injuries arising from the mode of examining witnesses in the Court of Chancery. Art. 36. Browne's General Law Lif; containing an alpha
betical Register of the Names and Residence of the several judges, Serjeants, Council, Commissioners of Bankrupts, Attornies, Doctors, Proctors, Notaries Public, Officers, &c. &c. To which are added, several useful Articles for the Instruction of young Practitioners in all the different Courts, &c. 12mo. 2 s. Browne,
in Wardrobe court, Docior's Commons.
What a Pity is it that fach a goodly provision of lawyers cannot keep all mankind honeft! And what a sad thing it would be, might some of the lawyers say, if all mankind were honeft! The temptations of the devil are of service to more establishments than one.
POETICA L. Art. 37. Poems; Edward and Isabella ; Elegy on the Death of a
White. The first of these poems is a lamentable story, unnaturally told. The elegy is trite and insipid. Art. 38. The Exhibition of Fancy, a Vision. 4to. IS.
6 d. Kearsly. The Author, in his dedication, says, ' let no one blame me for want of ability. A clown may furely pay homage to a prince, and only ill-nature could object that he did it not with the air of a courtier,' very true.-But if this clown were ambitious of exhibiting his courtesy to the Public eye, and thould thrust himself into the circle to pay his respects, one might laugh, at least, without a grain of illnature.- And, in truth, that is just our case with respect to this poem. Art. 39. Edwald and Ellen, an Heroic Ballad, in Two Cantos,
By Mr Thistlechwaite. 4to. is. 6 d. Murray. A contemptible imitation of that truly beautiful poem, Armine and Elvira. Thus it opens :
• Deep in a dcfart's lonely wild,
Far from the devious paths of man,
To solitude and filence ran.
By furrow'd time as trophies hung,
Nor marr'd the music of his tongue. This is altogether marvellous! that a hapless youth should not be a grey headed old man!
- in a cells fequester'd made, From care and short recess he fought,
To heal the wounds his sorrows made,
And vend his ponderous load of thought.' Surely the Author must here be speaking of himself, not of his Hero; for we have not the least doubt that the fole object of this publication
vend his ponderous load of thought!' Art. 40. The Ten ple of Mammon. 4to. I S.
Davies. From the title of this poem we hoped to have met with something worth notice; however, to borrow a curious line of the Author's,
• We look'd 10 fee, but not a trace was seen.' Art. 41. The song and Story of Mrs. Draper, the Widow Lady
of Bath ; ghe Song set to Music. 4to. Williams. 1. A fiddler imagining that a lady of fortune had fallen in love with his instrumental performances, has the impudence to pay his addresses to her; and, being rejected, has the further impudence (what will not fiddlers dare !) to serenade her with a dirty ballad. For further particulars inquire upon the premises.