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peared not likely to produce any great change. We were pleas. ed therefore at seeing this Extiact, and of being able to give, though in the decisive language of a cataloguc-article, our opinion on the work in the original Requeit, H. Calonne appears in a very advanta yeous light. His ftyle is forcib e, his argunients manly, and his language clear. We can see in every part of it, the best traits of that character which we drew froin ihe foreign work, noticed at large in our Number for O&tober. Yet, at times, we find a little embarraísment, where the minister could probably have piken plainer, if he had dared to do it; and in those moments of difficulty, we can detect the greateit number of faults : in one or two inttances we think also that we perceive a little contradiction. But, on the whole, it displays great acut ness, strong judgment, and accuraie discrimination. This Extract is fometimes a summary ; but in the most brillianc passages, the words of the author are exactly copied. La Lettre Addrejjze au Roi, par M. de Calonne. 8vo. is. Dibrett, Reponse Critique a la Lett e Adrissie au Roi, par M. de Calonne.
Le 9 Fevriir, 1789. Par M. de Soyrus. 870. Stockdale.
The Letter, with the Answer, may truly be styled political pamphlets. M. Calonne seems to have been actuated by a litéle disappointm nt, and his language is proportionally animated.
M. de Soyres is more caim and more argumentative; but not more convincing.
Lettre aux Etats Généraux de France. 8vo. 1s. Ridgway.
The author has escaped from his keeper, and saves at lar,e: in more fober truth, however, liberty never more certainly degenerates into licentiousness than when enjoyed as a novelty, and endeared as being unexpected Our author may therefore be ailowed to be unufually animated, and even zealously enthusiastic. Du Coüedic à sa Patrie, Expatrié en Angleterre, demandant la
Liberté de la Presle par la Nécessité des Loix pour la Liberté du Peuple François. Svo. 25. 6. Ridgway.
M. du Couedic was the victim of despotism, while despotisin reigned in France. During his refidence in England, the flame of liber y has burnt with enthusiastic ardour. Yet his zeal is tempered with knowledge and good sense; and we would recoinmend his Observations on the Liberty of the Press, and on Lettres de Cachet, to Englishmen, if it were poffit le that Engliflumen thould ever be in a condition to profit by them. To his own countrymen, they iray still be useful. The reflections on the necessity of a particular constitution for France aie admirable: we have read nothing more animated, or, in general, more just,
Discours d'un Membre de l'Assemblée Nationale à ses Co-depalese
8vo. 178y. 'This speech 1875 not delivered ; and indeed its extent, though the author promises to be fhort, rendered it improper, as the reasoning pertued made the delivery impolitic. The author things that the national affembly have carried the reforms ios far: they have disgraced the king, loosened the bands of fo. ciety and the restraints of law, feduced the army, impoverifii. ed the clergy, and destroyed the national fpirit. This speech has been attributed, we think, however, without reafon, to M. Lally de Tollendal. Menoire dis Ministre du Roi, addresé à l'Allemblée Nationale le
24 Ocioler, 1789. 410. This Memor relates chiefly to the importation of cors; bus the ministers, with great force and propriety, expoliulate with the aficmbly on the wint of subordination which now prevails, while they expect that regular fupply which is confiftent only with an establified government. A Letter from Pope Pius VI. to the French Nation, tranficed from the Original, by Vr. Gaynard du Bournay. 4to. 15. Bell.
• Ridendo rerum (altered with a pen to veruni) dicere, quid vetat :' If the author from this motto meant to ask, why we should not speak the truth while we are laughing, we can an: fwer, that we have no objection to it. To speak truth, in a vein of ridicuie, (rideni dicere verum) quid vetat. as Horace really wrote, a very different question. Our author composed his letter, we fuípect, during a fit of laughter; and, as he laughed himfelf, fupposed that his readers would be atteeted in the same way.' On this account, he altered the faty it's words with great propriety, for we believe the merriest of his readers can peruse the little pamphlet, with the unmoved grao vity of a cynic.
PO E T RY. Redemption, a Pacm, in Fire Books. By Jofth Swain. Sto.
Boaris. Mathews. Some small pieces of Joseph Swain's have appeared in the Theological Mifcellany. His present humble attempt, as he modestly styles it, was fuggested by the rer. Mr. De Coetlogon ;' who has furnished it with a preface, in which we are told, that,
• What he' (ihat is the author) means is to throw the infallible dictates of the spirit of inspiration into humble metie, and in the modelt sirain of feriptural fimplicity and godly sincerity, He writes not for the regions of polite literature; having never derived any advantages of that fort from a liberal, or even clarfi«al, education. He hopes, therefore, not to be judged by the
fevere rules of Criticism-- perfealy satisfied if what he has ada vanced in these pages will liand the test, and promote the cause, of picty and truth.'
We, accordingly, fully satisfied with the author's good intentions, will wave all juridical authority in this case, and refor the poem to the inferior class of readers, whose taste it will
probabiy suit, and whose religious sentiments it may tend to strengthen or improve. We with not to be understood as approving every doctrine or position contained in this work, but must declare that we found a fimplicity and energy in some passages that both surprised and pleated us. 'l he author favs that he means at some future period (if the Lord will) to add live books more to the present work, on the same subject.' I'erfes to John Howard, F.R.S. on his State of Prisons and Law
zarettos. By W. L. Borvles. 410. 15. 6d. Dilly. Mr. Howard's highly laudable and peculiar species of benc. yolence has inspired many an cpcomiaftic train ; among which this is not the least commendable. The short poem, however, on the death of Mr. Headly, though not noticed in the title-page, strikes us as a superior performance. Mr. Headly published the • Beauties of ancient Poetry,' which we noticed in Vol. LXV. p. 9.
It is alluded to in the following picturesque passage. The concluding lines are not to correctly expressed as we could wish, but the image is beautiful :
• Nor ceas’d he yet to stray, where, winding wild,
The murmuring water-fall, the winter's wind,
Like mourning gales on the responsive lute.'
Jackson, E/q. By William Groombridgr. is. Printed for the Author,
These Sonnets afford but litt'c materials for criticism : they are neither good enough for praise, nor bad enough to be treated with severity. If Mr. Groombridge has received the ad
vantage of a liberal education, they will not add much to his literary credit ; but if that has been contracted, they afiord no unfavourable fpecimen of his genius and abilities.
The Jilt: a l'ocan 410. 15. Printed for the Author. The Jilt is a fair object for the shafts of fatire, and affords a copious fubje&t for an author's humour to display itself to ad. vantage. Borh are a tempted in the present poem, but with Hitile luccess: for the humour is commonly feeble, and the fatire pointless.
DR A M A T I C. The Sword of Peace; or, a Voyage of Love; a Comedy, in Five
Atts. Firp performed at the theatre Royal in the Huy-market. 8vo. Is, 6d. Debrett.
When a lady wields the “Sword of Peace,' furly must be the critic's soul, if he breathe hostile defiance. We accept the olive brarch, and neither • hint a fault, or hefitate dillike.' Yer, if in a future attempt, she would court the comic Mule, perhaps a little more variety of character, a more intricate ploc, which shall hold expectation tiptoe,' and more interesting fituations, might lead ihe audience to applaud with warmth what they may now more cooly approve. Sentiment too has funk, as • the School for Scandal rose; but we learn, with pleasure, that such a character as David Northcote exists, who can feel and act suitably to sentiments, which, we fear, have sometimes disguised the villain, and rendered even virtue sufpected. The Benevolent Planters, a Dramatic Piece, as performed at the
Theatre Royal, Hay-market. Written by Thomas Bellamy. Svo. Jsi
Debrett. This little piece was produced, as a temporary popular pub. lication, to add to the emoluments of Mrs. Kemble's benefit. In this view, it is not a subject of criticism. If there are many • Bencvolent Planters' the labour is already effe led, once many flaves are supposed to be 'liberated each returning anniverfary of the games. Mrs. Kemble's part is fimple, pleating, and af. felting ; but if this dramatic trifle answered the end for which it was produced, we think the author not very judicious in chalIcnging more cool and difpallionate criticism.
DIVINITY, RELIGIOUS, &c. The Conduct to be offered by Disinters, in order to procure the Repral of the Corporation and test Ass, recommended in a Sermen pra bed before the Congregations of ibe Old and New Meetings of Birmingham, Nov. 51789. By Joseph Priestley, LL.D. F.R.S.
This is a very plain, candid, and dispassionate discourse, stating the subject io the clearest manner, and replying to dif. ferent objeétions very satisfactorily. So far as it goes, we think it unan.we able; and we have not so great confidence in those
arguments which Dr. Priestley has omitted, as to rest on themy very fecurely. In this fermon he has properly compeniated for his hafty letter to Mr. Pitt on the same subject. The " ihan we have yet follicited,' is the only exceptionable and sufpicious paffige in the whole formon. The Principles of the Revolution allirted and vindicatrid, and its
Advantages slated, in a Sermo preacbed at Caftle-Hedin bam, Efex, Nov. 5, 1788. By R. Stevenson, 8vo. Iso Diily.
By a little effort the author reduces the defeat of the Spanishı Arinada, the Gun powder Plot, and the Revolution, to the fame anniversary. His discourse, however, chiefly relates to the Revolution, and contains an historical account of that event, with the preceding circumstances and the consequences. He paints James and his odious inttruments in the blackest colours ; indeed we think in colours too black, for we have long livce learnt to give the devil no more than his due.' A Sermon, on the Progress of Divine Revelation, preacled on
Sunday, April 13, 1788. 410. Cadell. • I am not come to destroy but to fulfil.' This text suggells to the preacher the confideration of the progress of revelation, by the immediate and fenfible communications of the power of God, and afterwards by the more remote intluence of prophecy, inculcared on tiie Jews by a troublesome and ceremonious ricual, which was done away on the coming of our Saviour, as it was only calculated to keep awake a lively reinembrance of the Redeemer ; to be a type of his future coming to suffer for our lins. Our author conceals the reason of this publication, but we suspect it to be some misrepresentation of his du trine, particularly of the latter part of it. In this, however, we may be miltaken ; but we have little doubt in recommending this fermon as pious, judicious, and practical. The language is for. cible and perfpicuous. On the Confideration due to the Clergy from their Importance in So
ciety. A Sermon prrached at the Anniversary Meeting of the Sons of the Clergy, of Pembrokeshire. By Charles Symmons, B. D. 410.
Williams. Mr. Symons' text is from 1 Cor. xii. 26. "And whether one member fuffer, all the members fuffer with ir; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.' This ek gant and judicious allution leads the author to examine the connexion of the different parts of which the more modern completed system of society confifts. He then confiders the prierilord particularly, gives a short hittory of the instituion, compares the former lustre of this order with its present state, and adds a warm animated encomium on the virtues and abilities of many eminen: divines of the cighteenth century. His next object is the society by which he was appointed : he explains the source 8