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A Sermon on the Occasion of his Majesty's Recovery from the Indif

postlion with avhich it pleased Almighty God to afiat bim, preached in the Parish Church of Mansfield, on Thur/day the 23d of April, 1789. By the Rev. Charles Plumptri, M. A. 4to. 15. Longman.

In this short Sermon, which the author says he published merely because it was desired, he takes occafion serioufly, but briefly, to lament the prevalence of duelling, suicide, adultery, gaming, and theft, He observes that God has heretofore bleited this nation in a peculiar manner, and concludes with faying,

therefore, that virtue and religion may be re-establified universally among us by our sovereign's example and authority, let us all, in thankfulness for this his fresh preservation of us, pray fervently, with one heart and one voice, God save the king.' To which we most heartily say amen. Causes for abserving the late memorable Event, by a public and No

tional Thanksgiving : a Sermon. 8vo. Iso Payne and Son.

We shall copy the Address to the Public prefixed to this pro. duction, of which we fee no reason to doubt the truth.

«The following discourse was partly composed, and partly extracted from a volume of posthumous fermons (but little known) by an unbeneficed clergyman, of the bishop of London's diocese'; who, with a wife and five children, and debts un*voidably contracted, to the amount of one hundred pounds, has no dependance whatever, besides two curacies, in an obscure part of the country; the one of thirty, and the other of twentyfive pounds.'

Did this work poffefs less merit than it really does, we should be glad to promote its sale. But we are afraid that the profits of a single sermon, and that upon so hackneyed a subject, wilt go but a little way towards relieving the distress of the reverend author and his family. All that we poor critics can do, is to drop this hint to those whom it may and ought to concern.

SLAVE-TRADE. Scripture the Friend of Freedom; exemplified by a Refutation of

the Arguments offered in Defence of Slavery, in a Fract entitled, Scriptural Researches on the Licitness of the Slave Trade. Sva. Is. 6d. Debrett.

Notwithstanding the unhappy prevalence of infidelity and ir. religion, it still continues a matter of some consequence to contending difputants, to fhew that they have the Scriptures on their lide of the question. This is a sanction for which it is fill thought worth while eagerly to contend. There is scarcely any cause so bad but the sacred volume has been pressed into its fervice. Owing to the perverseness of the human mind, it has been made to teach despotism to kings, and abject submillion to subjects; to enjoin all the bloody horrors of the inquisition ;



said lastly, Mr Harris and some other writers have endeavour. ed to convince mankind that it countenances the African slave trade. The object of the work before us is to prove the very Teserle; and we are of opinion that the author has succeeded in -Kiewing, that the spirit and meaning of the Scriptures are on his Ade of the question. But we do not think-his language elegant, or his reasoning so perlpicuous and forcible as some other replies which the Scriptural Researches' have called forth. Perhaps the advocates for the Nave-trade would do well to corfine themselves more to the arguments of conmereial policy, and political necetli y. This feeans to be their strong ground. do Abolition;; or, an Attempt to prove to the Conviction of every tationai British ubjici, ihat the Abolition of the British Trade wish africa for Negrocs, would be a Nycafure as unjust as impolitis, fatal to the Interests of this Nation, ruinous to its Sugar Coonies, and more or less pernicious in its Confequences to every Defcription of the People. 4to. Debrett.

Our author's violence, as usual, renders his facts suspicious; though many of the fe are extracted from the best sources. After 2 History of the African Trade, krom our firit connections with its weitern:coast to the present time, he calculates the advantages derived from the trade to the nation, by a rather pompous display of the shipping and sailors employed; by the vatt property at stake, on the event of the abolition, in our Welt In. dia islands; and the utility of this trade, not only from the manufactures exported, but from the West India productions brought back in return. Of his reasoning, or declamation, we

Hall add a specimen;: bis facts, we suppote, have in general a betier foundation.

* It is humanity with a vengeance, to cut off from the remaine ing colonies, the means of their existence; to doom to ruin 56,coo of our fellow-subjects; and to hazard the loss of lips, Teamen, income, and sevenue, whose amount and value to Great Britain, almest surpats the powers of.computation.

• Adimirable humanity! -to violate all compact with, and wrest from them their birth-rights. To coerce; to denounce the tere sible thunder of Britain ; to do what? to crul its henefactors. The brave veterans of the British navy could nevertarnish their well earned honours, by the disgraceful office to ibe assigned them, of centinels to intexeept fupplies from the citlands, angl starve their honelt industrious

countrymen. • These can be no doubt, but that the wretches whom a pretended humanity would leave to be destroyed ou the African cozft, will be taken care of by our ancient competitors the French and Dutch. But the fate of those now.existing in the island, is more doubtful. They will diminish in number. The work of many, will become too heavy for a few.--Their discontent will increase in proportion, until some fatal catastrophe Beall termipate the scene,

Poubts Doubts concerning the Legality of Slavery in any part of the Bria

tish Lominions. 8vo. d. Stockdale, This author observes, that colonel Henderson, a zealous opponent of the abolition of the slave-trade, stated last


before The committee of privy council, as appears by their report, the reasons why in his opinion this country has no right to deprive the West Indian planters even of one hour's labour of their flaves without their content. His principal argument was, that ail the old and valuable lazi's of England are the birthright of the inhabitants of Jamaca, and that therefore they have the same legal rights as the people of England to the poffeffion of their property.

The writer of the little pamphlet before us avails himself very ingenioufly of this argument, and concludes, if the laws of England are the birthright of the inhabitants of Jamaica, that every man in Jamaica is free, whether native or alien, and equally entitled to the protetion of the English laws. He ar. gues that this is a right which no colonial legislature can take away; and that it can no more take it away froin the Negro, than from any other itranger who should happen to be in the colony. This he conceives to be the natural consequence of what he considers colonel Henderson has unwarily advanced relative to the inhabitants of Jamaica and our other illands • bea ing entitled to the full enjoyment of the British constitution in all its parts ; one of the peculiar and inestimabie privileges of which the author before us fays is, that where that exists, llavery cannot exist, and that every alien is, equally with the native, entitled to the full protection of the laws as to his life, his property, and his liberty.' This writer thinks, that until an act of parliament is obtained to legalise Navery, the Negros have an una doubted right to claim their liberty in the court of King's Bench of Jamaica, or, on refusal of redre's there, to appeal to that English jurisdiction which is authorised to hear appeals from our colonies.

A Riview of the Parliamentary Conduct of the right hon. Charles

James Fox, and the right hor. Edmund Burke. 8vo.

This pamphlet is chiefly a panegyric on Mr. Fox, but copiously larded with trite remarks and details concerning different administrations. The author jays, that liis • aim and endeavour has been to blend the utile with the dutie, to inform and entertain.' But we muít acquaint him, that in a subject of this nature, his cndeavour to entertain was misplaced. Nor, indeed, have we received any other entertainment from the perusal than what arises either from the evidence of his own partiality, or the numerous, hackneyed, and often inapplicable quotations from Shakspeare.

A Fragment


A Fragment which dropped from the Pocket of a certain Lord, on

Thursday the 23d of April, 1789, on his Way to St. Paul's with the Grand Procession. 8vo, 25. 6d, Priest.

We apprehend there is an erratum in the title of this pamphlet, and that instead of Lord, we ought to read, Grub-direct author. But let the Fragment drop from whom it might, it certainly was not worth the picking up, far less the publishing. A more infipid production, though ituffed with poetical quota. tions, we do not remember to have seen. The author has affixed to it as a motto, liber i pete famam, but alas, how inappli, cable !

POETRY. Conway Caftle. A Poem. To which are added, Verses to the

Memory of the late Earl of Chatham; and the Moon, a Simile for the fashionable World. By James White, Esq. 410 25. Dodiley.

The verses on Conway Castle are profefredly an imitation of the elegiac meafure of the Greeks and Romans. Sydney's verse, Pope observed, halted on Roman feet, and we do not think Mr. White has succeeded better, though he not only as. serts his pretensions to an equality, but to a sort of superiority over his clasical predecessors.

* In their elegy, the ear was relieved by the manner of ter. minating the second line in every diftich: this imparted at the fame time an additional plaintiveness to the composition. But the mode here attempted, may be said to possess one advantage over that of antiquity, in being adapted not only to the melan. choly strain, but also to subjects of an elevated nature. It appears to be capable both of tenderness and majesty.'

These advantages appear to us totally loft on the comparison. The mode is ungenial to our language. The halting pace of Sydney, and titupping amble of Mr. White, equally fail in giving a resemblance of the casy flow and harmonious cadence of Tibullus and Propertius, as may be judged from the opening lines.

• Conway, deserted pile, in whose exhausted halls

The discontented winds fresh wrath engender,
Whose figure knightly times to Fancy oft recalls,

Take the sole boon'a passenger can render,
Who to thy tow'rs august in giddy wonder clings,

Thy mien unhumbled by mishap rehearses,
Thine aged arches grey and sea-worn rainpart fings,

And moss-clad battlements, in plaintive verses.
Where oft in victor Edward's hand the goblet flow'd,

Where oft the dance was gay, perch'd owlets slumber,
And these thy roofless rooms, dull horror's chill abode,

Now formleis fragments and vile clay encumber.'
The other poems are of little importance.


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boughts on the Seafons, &c. Partly in the Scottish Dialect.

David Davidson. 8vo. 35. 6d. in Board's. Murray. We find nothing fo ridiculous in these Thoughts as to raise * a laugh;' and nothing fo abitrufe in sentiment, or peculiar in language, though not Scotchinen, as to preveitt us from fully understanding our author's meaning. Allan Ramsay's Gentle Shepherd, if it be really Alian's, is often in our hånds, and those who can understand its phraseology, will be at no loss for the meaning of the provincialisins occasionally fcattered in this poem. Perhaps our author meant to give a Doric appearance to his language, but he ought to reficct, that this peculiarity cannot alone form a plealing work: à pastoral must be free, easy, and natural in its language, its Sentiments, and its construction, while it avoids too great familiarity, as well as unpo. tished and vulgar terms. We are sorry to observe that Mr. Da. vidson has not attained either the one or the other object. Sable Vislims. A Barbadocs Narration : inscribed to ile Promo

bers of the Slave-Trade, and addressedio f. Hargrave, c19. 4to. £5. 6d. Bew.

The advocates for the abolition of the flave-trade have been fiduced, by their great zeal for their cause, to apply for aslift. ance to Parnaílus. It does not appear by the production before us that the Muses are particularly fond of the cause into which they have been presled. The story of this poetical per formance is somewhat fimilar to that of Oroonoko: but if Navery be allowed in the land of the Muies, we think this author de. Lerves it for his lame and impotent attempt.

N O V E L S. The Son of Ethelawolf. An Hiflorical Novel. By the Autbor of Alan Fitzafborne. 2 Vols.

6s. Robinsons. The Son of Ethelwolf is inferior to his predeceffor; and though Alfred calls for all the veneration of an Englisman, yet his obscurity and his adventures afford little that is not wel! known, and that has not been often repeated in modern times. Some expressions are a little exceptionable : ! Alfred first of men,' is an encomium misapplied at the period when the words were spoken; and murtured in the softness and delicacy of 4 court,' is a representation not very consistent with the manvers of the times. But, notwithftanding there, and a few similar in confiftencies, this work has confiderable merit. Miss Fuller engages attent on by her paling language, and generally intereits the reader by a varied contexture of adventure. The Young Widow; or, the History of Cornelia Sedley, ix a Series

of Letters. 4 Vols. 12m0. 125. Robinsons. This work is the production of no common author ; to an extensive knou ledge of modern literature, he unites a very para ticular acquaintance with different parts of the continent; and our young ladies have some chance of improving theis minds,

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