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Ar. 10. Aura Trate land per from the Chants of Ting, Granddes, and ubers of the Leraard Hands, to the Spoil Mar, i the Kingdom of Pera; and from Cape Farities te Hastane and La Vera Cruz, in the Kingdom of Man By a Gentleman who refded many Years in both Kingdoms. 80. IS. Hinman.
An old Trade is bere laid open; viz. that of printing fresh titles to old pamphlets, &c a trade which has been long carried on by the noted 14, Curl and his worthy fucceffors. Tais pamphlet was published in December laft, under the title of "The great Importance of the Havanna, fet forth in an Effay on the Nature and Methods of carrying on a Trade to the South Sea, &c. By Robert Allen, Elq;"—In our Review for that month, we took notice of it as an old track revived, by one Samuel Jemmat; wh fe name and dedication to Alderman Harley, do not appear to countenance the prefent reiterated attempt, to force a tale for an unfalcable tract.
Art. 11. The Triumph of Brutes. A Satire on this Caledonian Age. 4to. 18. 6d. Pridden.
The incoherent ravings of fome crazy Rhimer, whofe friends, if he has any, ought to keep the pen and ink out of his way. It is no lefs indecent to let mad-men expofe to public view all that may be conceived in their difordered imaginations, than to fuffer them to run naked about the thesta,
Art. 12. An Ode, facred to the Memory of a late eminently diftinguished Placeman, on bis retiring from Bufinefs. Folio. I s. G. Woodfall,
Dull and heavy abufe of the Duke of N. Inftead of Pegatus, has mounted a Pack-horse.
-e. The Author,
Art. 13. Peleias ar the Old Woman. A Mythological Eclogue. By Mr. Thomas Milward. 4to. is. Dodfley.
We do not understand what Mr. Thomas Milward would be at. He Certainly has an intention to draw the Reviewers into fome fcrape: it behoves us, therefore, to be careful how we meddle with him. Hence,
, our Readers will not too rigidly infift on our attempting to exthem the nature and defign of what appears to us an inexpli
It is fomething about Adam and Eve, the ferpent, and
the apple, virtue and vice, reafon and fuperftition; and it concludes
Mark then the reigning tafte, and fail along
There may be meaning in this,but non cuicunque datan eft habere nafum.
Art. 14. The Poetical Calendar, containing a Collection of scarce and valuable Pieces of Poetry, with Variety of Originals and Tranflations, by the most eminent Hands: Intended as a Supplement to Mr. Dodfley's Collection. Written and felected by Francis Fawkes, M. A. and William Woty. Vol. II. for February. 12mo. Is. 6d. Coote..
Thefe two Poetical Almanack-makers keep pace with the fun, and pafs with him from Sign to Sign through the Zodiac. They are now in Pifces, and fing of February, of Snowdrops, Crocufes, &c. but poor Sonnetteers! they do not feem to mend their hands. However, it is to be hoped, that when they get into Taurus, and the reft of the more genial Signs, they will exert a little more fpirit.
But tho' we cannot commend all the pieces which the Editors themfelves have written, and inferted in this publication, yet we do not indifcriminately condemn the whole. The Bacchanalian, in particular, by W. W. deferves to be diftinguished, for the easy and spirited ftrain in which is conceived. Several of the pieces which they have collected from the labours of other Bards, or which have been communicated by their friends, have likewife their fhare of merit; efpecially the very natural Eclogue entitled, ROBIN, written by Captain Dobfon.
Art. 15. Fitz-gigo: A new English Uproar, &c. 4to. 6d.
Excellent fun :-to use the ftyle of such choice fpirits as the Author. The fubject is, the late riot at Covent-garden theatre. The fongs, &c. are comically adapted to the favourite airs in the opera of Artaxerxes.A fecond part has been printed, not quite fo funny as the first.
Art. 16. A grand folemn Dirge, in the high burlesque tragi-comic Tafte, performed at the Funeral of Old English Liberty, on the fame Day as the definitive Treaty of Peace was figned betwixt France, Spain, and Great Britain. By H. Howard. 4to.
Another piece of choice fpiritifm, in burlefque airs, recitativo, duetta, and chorus. The Geniuses allow Harry to be the drolleft Dog, the highest Fellow, that is to be met with in all the Rounds.
Art. 17. Theatrical Difquifitions: or a Review of the late Riot at Drury-lane Theatre, &c. By a Lady. 8vo. I S.
The old Lady takes part with the Managers, and gives the Rioters a good fealing..
Art. 18. Three original Letters to a Friend in the Country, on the Caufe and Manner of the late Riot at the Theatre-royal in Drurylane. Letter the firft: The Introduction-with a theatrical Anecdote, the Caufe of the Riot as fet forth in the printed Paper. Letter the Jecond: The Complaint impartially examined; and their Proceedings at the Theatre faithfully related, with proper Remarks. Letter the third: A Review of the Condition and Usage of that Theatre forty Years ago: the first Rife of latter Accounts-the Entertainments then given to the Public-the Salaries, &c. compared with the prefent. The Rights of an Audience confidered. Remarks on the whole. By an old Man of the Town. 8vo. Is. Becket.
A very good rile-page; but the Author ought, in confcience, to have given fomething more for a fhilling.
Art. 19. An hiftorical and fuccinct Account of the late Riots at the Theatres of Drury-lane and Covent-garden. 8vo. 1s. Morgan.
Little more than a bare compilation of the papers and advertisements published by both parties, before and after the disturbances at both Houfes.
Art. 20. The Gentleman and Lady's Key to polite Literature; Or, a compendious Dictionary of fabulous Hiftory, &c. &c. 12mo. 2s. Newbery.
Young Gentlemen and Ladies may here very readily find out who was who, in the old heathen world, three or four thousand years ago: Hector, or Helen, or Homer, or Jupiter Ammon: Gods, Herces, Poets. Godeffes, Monsters, &c. &c. collected from the larger Dictionaries, Pantheons, Hiftories of the heathen Gods; and other compilatons generally made ufe of, for debauching the minds and morals of youth in our public fchools, with the help of fuch claffic impurities as are to be found in Horace, Ovid, and other obfcene Wits of antiquity.
Art. 21. An Effay on the Theory of Agriculture, intended as an Introduction to a rational Syftem of that Art. By a Farmer. 8vo. 1 s. Becket.
In our laft we gave an account of a valuable treatise on Agriculture, written and published in Scotland; where this noble and useful fubject has been very much studied of late years. This Effay is another production of that country, and appears to come from no ordinary hand. We can hardly think it the work of a common Farmer: the ftyle is too much elevated for people of that clafs; and, indeed, if it had been lefs laboured, the writing would have been more agreeable to the generality
of Readers; we might have faid to all. The matter, however, not the manner, is the chief thing to be regarded in books intended for improvement in arts and manufactures; and the Author has shewn himself fo much a master of his fubject, by this little specimen, that it is to be hoped, we shall, in due time, have the fatisfaction of perufing his intended larger work. This introductory part was published in the year 1760.
Art. 22. The Fall of Mortimer. An hiftorical Play. Revived from Mountfort, with Alterations. 8vo. 25. Kearfly.
The play of Mortimer's Fall, as projected by Ben Johnson, and afterwards written by Mountford, is well known to those who are acquainted with the British theatre. As to the edition before us, we presume our Readers will hardly require any information concerning the motives of its prefent appearance. Its publication at this juncture, is, indeed, evidently made with a view to a moft illiberal parallel, equally falfe and invidious; the Reviver having made feveral additions and alterations, the more compleatly to effect this fcandalous defign. That there might remain no poffibility alfo of mistaking the virulent intention of the Reviver, he hath prefixed a dedication to Lord Bute, containing a strange mixture of illnature, humour, irony, and abuse.
The reason, fays he, why I chufe your Lordship for the fubject of this dedication, is, that you are faid, by former Dedicators, to cultivate with fuccefs the polite arts. They ought to have gone further, and to have fhewn how liberally you have rewarded all men of genius. Malloch and the Home have been nobly provided for. Let Churchill or Armstrong write like them, your Lordship's claffical taste will relish their works, and patronize the Authors. You, my Lord, are faid to be not only a Patron but'a Judge; and Malloch adds, that he wishes, for the honour of our country, that this praise were not, almost exclufively, ⚫ your own.' I wish too, for the honour of my country, and to preferve your Lordship from the contagion of a malignant envy, that you would not again give permiffion to a Scribler to facrifice almoft the whole body of our Nobility and Gentry to his itch of panegyric on you, and of pay from you; and I fubmit, whether a future inconvenience may not refult from fo remarkable an inttance how certain and speedy the way to obtain the last is, by means of the first."
It is to be obferved, that our Dedicator hath juft before been facrificing, as he calls it, fome of the principal characters of the Nobility and Gentry to a different motive. But he goes on; "The progress, my Lord, which almost all the sciences have made in England, has become the jealoufy of Europe. Under your aufpices Botany and Tragedy have reached the utmoft height of perfection. Not only the fyftem of power, but the vegetable fyftem has been compleated by the joint labours
In Cibber's Lives of the Poets, we do not find this play mentioned among the writings of Mountfort; an omiffion which ought to be fuppl.ed in any future edition of that work.-Mr. Mountfort was a Player, and a Writer of fome talents, in the reign of Charles the fecond; he was affaffinated in the fireet by Lord Mohun, on account of fome connections with Mrs. Bracegirdle.
of your Lordship and the great Doctor Hill. Tragedy, under Malloch and the Home, has here rivalled the Greek model, and united the different merits of the great moderns. The fire of Shakespear, and the correctness of Racine, have met in your two countrymen.'
He now proceeds to abufe Mr. Murphy, on account of his former connections with the theatre, and his fuppofed late connections with a political paper, written in defence of the prefent Minifter; who, he intimates, has likewife fome claim to the honours of the buskin and fock: having, a few years ago, frequently exhibited at the Dutchefs of Queenf-, berry's. "In one part, fays he, which was remarkably humane and amiable, you were fo great, that the general exclamation was, here you did not act. In another part you were no lefs perfect. I mean in the famous fcene of Hamlet, where you pour fatal poison into the ear of a good unfufpecting King. If the great names of Murphy and Bute, as Players, penjantur eâdem trutiná, it is no flattery to say, that you, my Lord, were not only fuperior, but even unrivalled by him, as well as by all who have ever appeared on the great tage of the world. As a Writer, I take Mr. Murphy, rather to excel you, except in points of orthography as an Actor, he can form no pretenfion to an equality. Nature, indeed, in her utmoft fimplicity, we admire in Mr. Murphy; but ari, art, characterizes your Lordship."
Our Dedicator proceeds in the fame strain to rally his Lordship for the real or fuppofed countenance he hath given to fome other favoured Writers; while we fuppofe he hath neglected the Dedicator.Hinc ille lachrymæ, no doubt!
Art. 23. A Report from the Committee appointed (upon the 27th Day of January, 1763) to Enquire into the State of the Private Madhoufes in this Kingdom. With the Proceedings of the House thereupon. Published by Order of the House of Commons. Folio. Is. Whiston, &c.
It appears from this Enquiry, that there are perfons who keep private Madhouses, (as they are called) who do not require any affurance, or even pretence, of the infanity of those who are committed to their care; taking upon themfelves to keep perfons confined, when charged with drunkennefs, or other mifconduct, by the friends or relations bringing
One of the Keepers of these houses, being asked by the Committee, upon what authority he received and confined such persons? frankly replied, upon the authority of the perfons who brought them; adding, that out of the whole number he had confined during fix years, he had never admitted one as a lunatic.
The particular cafes here enquired into, are but few. To obviate, however, any objection which might thence arife, that fuch cafes are rarely to be met with, and only the abufe and misconduct of fome few perfons, the Committee report, that a variety of other inftances, ariEng in other houses, offered themfelves for examination. But that the Committee were reftrained, out of a regard to the peace and satisfaction of private families, from entering into the examination of more cafes than they judged to be neceffary to eftablish the reality of the abufes plained of in the prefent state of fuch houses.