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#well as of amusing their fancies, from the perufal of · The
Young Widow.' Yet, while we allow our author this advan.
fage, we cannot compliment him on his fuccess in what appears
to us his new employment. The episode of Giuliana is ex-
cellent though at the expence of a litile proba' iliy: the let-
ters of Cornelia will perhaps be styled sermons; ani, w th all
our respect for religion, we think the third volume hanghe.vy
on the hands ; while Cornelia's motive for rejecting Seymour
because of his tendency to infidelity, will not a pear to many
readers a fufficiently valid one for the hinge on wrich the whole
plot turns. We should not have noticed this part, but to point
our a trong contrast in our author's gentle treatment of feduc-
tion, and a life of avowed incontinency in Edmund and Sylvia.
The story does not end happily; but, not to leave the reader
in dittreis, the author gives a fupplement, and resumes the
Darrative, after a period of fifteen years, to unite the children
of Cornelia with those of the brother of Edmund. From the
increased bulk of the fourth volume, this addition seems to have
been made at the suggestion of fome experienced critic, who
knew the prevailing temale taste for a happy, and consequently,
in their opinion, for a matrimonial conclufion.
Doncaster Races; or the History of Mis Maitland. A Tale of

Iruth. In a Series of Letters. Published from the Original,
with interesting Additions. By Alexander Bicknell. 2 Volso
12mo.

Mr. Bicknell was editor of Mrs. Bellamy's Apology, CapGain Carver's Travels, &c, and he tells us, in his preface, that these works have been indebied in no inconiderable degree to his pen for the universal approbarion shewn to them.' We point out this confession by the author of interesting additions, that the public may be aware of the deception, and not quote as authentic, memoirs and travels which owe their merit to the editor, and his own supplementary remarks. In the work before us, we know not how much is real, and how much may be styled interesting additions ;' but the whole is trite, flimsy, and improbable. The remarks on Egypt, so artificially brought in, and so unskilfully gleaned from Savary and Volney, may be perhaps the work of the editor; but, for the future, we must distrust an author who will first deceive, and then boast of his deception. Priory of St. Bernard, an Old English Tale, being the first lite

tary Production of a young Lady. 2 Vols. 1 2mo. 55. Lane,

There is, as may be expected, much fancy, a luxuriance of description, and no little improbability in this work. The young lady steps in the vestiges of miss Lee and other novellists, and violates a little the truth

of hiflory, by representing Richard as fickle, inconftant, and unjust. Yet, on the whule, it is a pleasing piece; and the young lady's opinion, that all her fe. male perfonages are happy in the married state, Mows thar the

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herself entertains favourał le expectations when she follows their example: we hope the will not be disappointed. The Spicire. In Two Volumes. Small 8vo. 6. fewed.

Stockdale, Our author's aim, in this novel, has been to mix general obferv..tion and more serious difcuflion with adventure. This plan has, however, as little novelty as the story of the Spectre, which, in fubstance, has been repeatedly detailed, particularly in the Sylph, and more clotely in an old novel entitled the Apparition. There is great improbability also in the conduct, and little that can interest in the character or situations.

The few discussion, which occur in this work deserve a bete ter character. Perhaps the criticisin on Emmeline is too severe : the defence of public 'chools is on a better foundation; and we muft nec frily approve of it, fince, in a former examination of the question, we were led to reason from the same positions, The little en i'ode in the Grecian islands, we could have wished to h ve been more extended : at present the modern Greek poetry is m ft interesting ; but fome of the thoughts resemble so much the concetti of the Italians, and some those of little fu, g'ri « English poems, that we hesitate in allowing their authenIrity on anonymous authority. The first is perhaps one of the beft.

• The rose, when dews of night are shed,
That folds its leaves and bows its head,
Shill to the genial beams of day
Its blushing beauties full display.
Ah! when shall Anthia's beauties rife
Avain to ble's these longing eyes?
Eyes that must close in endless night,
If the delay to charm their sight.
She comes, the lovely virgin fec!
She comes again to love and me,
Before the radiance of her eye
The gloomy shades of sorrow fly.
Not so reviving morning's light
To flow'rs that wither, chill'd by night,
As the fweet hopes her (miles impart

To cheer with joy my drooping heart.' Yet, notwithstanding fome fimilarity, we ought not to be too fallidious, for many passages in these volumes thow that the author is a man of talte, of judgment, and of learning.

M IS CE L L A NE OU S. The Authentic Correspondence between the Duke of Richmond and

Lord Rawdon. With an Appendix ; containing Authentic Papers respecting the fair between the Duke of Tork and Lieut. Col. Lenox. 8vo. 15. Ridgway.

The correspondence between the duke of Richmond and lord Rawdon relative to fome exprellions fuppofed to have been used

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by the former in parliament, took place in February 1782, and was at that time fully detailed in the public prints. To that correspondence, however, wh ch the editor of the present pamphlet very industriously ref ues from oblivion, he has added .authentic papers respecting the affair between the duke of York and licut. col. Lenox ;' in which he has likewise been antici. pated by the news papers We are forry that the editor can. not employ his time to no better purpose than malignantly saking into the embers of difcord which cannot be too soon extinguished. Letter to the King: in sokich the Conuet of Mr. Lenox and the

Alinifter, in the Affair with his Royal Highness the Duke of York, is fully confidered. By Theopbilus Sivifi, Eja. Svo 15.6d.

Ri gway.

In this Letter, Mr. Theophilus Svift profeti-s to have fully considered the conduct of Mr. Lenox and the minister in the affair with the dule of York; but had he considered it a little more fully, his opinion would have been very different. That the minister Thould be dragged into a difpute in which he had no concern, mayjuftly appeur furpriting; but the artifice probably fuited the purpose of the author, who appears to be a violent

party-man. A Letter to Sir William Augustus Brown, Bart, on a late Affair

of Honour with Colonel Lenox ; and the Correlpondence with the hon. Colonel Phipps. By i beopbilues Swifi, Efl. 870. 15. 64. Ridgway.

This letter relates to the late affair of honour, as it is called, between Mr. Swift and colonel Lenox. Mr. Swift endeavours to exculpate himself from two imputations ; one is, that he diso covered a linguinary difpofition, and the other, that he betra:ed an unfair delign in offering to go out alone with the colonelWhether he vindicates himself on either of those heads to the satisfaction of impartial judges, is not very clearly ascertain-d. But there is a previous imputation of a different nature, which it may be as difficult to dilprove, as it would have been easy not to incur; we mean that of rashness and imprudence. Mr. Swift professes to entertain the strongest fense or the obligations of religion and mor.lity, yct he could deliberately, and without the smallest provocation, obtrudc his oflicious and intemperate endeavours to rankle a wound, which every duty, and every liberal confideration, as well as humanity, should have prompted him rather to affuage. Mr. Swist might certainly have saved himself the trouble of entering his pamphlet at Stationer's Hall, for neither the subject nor the author's conduct can give it any pretensions to popularity. A Short Review of the recent Affair of Honour betrueen bis Royal

Highness the Duke of York and Lieut. Col. Lenox. By the
Captain of a Company in one of the Regiments of Guards. 800.
Is. 6d. Bell.
The author of this Review appears to give a candid and just

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account of his subject. He vindicates the conduct of lieute col. Lenox through the whole of the transaction, and with such obfervations it must be acknowleged, as cannot but force the affent of all impartial and dignierested readers. Those who have injuriously attacked the character of col. Lenox, may have rendered this publica.ion cxpedient; but enough is now said to fatisfy the demands of truth and juttice. An Address to the Difentets on Classical Literature. By E. Cogan.

8vo. Crowder. We think the Diffenters are much obliged to the author of this well meant and senlible Address. It, as we suspect, the complaint be jutt, that this otherwise respectable body of men are, generally speaking, peculiarly deficient in classical knowledge, the sooner they attempt to remove this stigma the better. The cause and the remedy of the evil are here pointed out.

We cannot altogether agree with this and other authors in One respect, viz. ihat we have no orators, in modern times, equal to the ancient ones. It should be considered, that the orations which are handed down to us from antiquity, are either ftudied, precomposed productions; or, perhaps, written in the closet long after the time of their pretended delivery. We very much doubt whether the extempore, unpremeditated speeches, which are sometimes heard in the British fenate, are not equal 10 any thing of the kind among the ancients.

As to the main object of this Address, we chink that it behoves the Diflenters seriously to attend to it. In recominending his brethren, in diffent, to apply for assistance, in their schools, to the clergyınen of the establishment, Mr. Cogan manifeils au unusual degree of good sense and liberality. The Rights of Diflenters from the Eftablished Church. In Relation

principally to Engli/bs Catholics. By the rev. Jofeph Berington. 8vo. Rovinfons.

Mr. Berington's different publications led us to conclude that he was himself a differter from the church of Rome least his opinions on some tenets of the Romish church, are so different from those of other Catholics, that we apprehe ord he is considered by many as a weak and falling brother. His account of the Revolution, with a few exceptions natural to his principles and situation, is extremely just, and he labours to clear himself and his fociety from the charge of Jacobitism; an attempt not very difficult, since the divine right of succession is no more. tends that the oath of allegiance secures their fidelity; but he docs But give his opinion of hat power chimd by the pope of difpenfing with oaths. In other reipects, according to his representation, the claims of the C-tholics are at least as tair as those of the Diflenters. We are forry that we have not yet met with arguments sufficiently Itrong to convince us of the justice of either.

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rivate Worth the Basis of Public Decency. An Address to People

of Rank and Fortune. By a Member of Parliament. 410 350 Richardson:

We have seldom read a more interesting and useful address, where the author, in the most forcible and elegant language, and occalionally with the warmest indignation, imprelles on bis reader the neoetlity of beginning a general reformation, by an attention to the moral duties ; and shows very pointedly thas this attention, to be effectual; Mould originate in the first ranks of society.

• But how the characters of such as fill the superior walks of life may affect inferiors, and operate on public decency, is an object peculiarly interesting to all who have any sincere regard for the laws of heaven or the laws of England. And it is not easy to make a conscientious election among candidates for power, who are chiefly distinguished by politics without morality, morality without religion, and religion without morality; who cover private profligacy by pablic pretension : and who subito fure prudery for virtue, or reso ve ali human and divine obli. gatious into mere form or etiquette. What are all these but certain traits of the fame low, unprincipled character? And furely he can be no patriot, however eminent and popular, whose abilites are prostituted in- fabricating apologies for obli quity, or who does cheerfully forego a little of his own inclisation for the benefit of others : no philosopher, who assertsnot the dignity of his nature at the expence of his passions ; and no statesman, in whose measures there is a general diffidence, of whose integrity there can be a doubt, whose principles are as pliable as his propenfities are unaccommodating.”

We have transcribed this mort passage as a specimen of our author's manner, and as some hint respecting the intended application of his sentiments. Both the one and the other have our warmest and most unreserved approbation. A Statement of Faits, occafional of, and relatitc to, the late Dir

i urbances at the Theatre Royal, Edinburgh. By James Fennebo 8vo. Is. Belt.

It appears that Mr. Fennel, having unfortunately ineurred the difpleasure of fome persons at Edinburgh, has retired from the stage, to save the managers from the consequences with which he was threatened, by retaining that performer. In fuck a lituation we cannot but sympathise with Mr. Fennel, who, according to the prefent Statement, seeins to have been arbi trarily and cruelly treated. If, however, he should continue in his resolution of relinquishing the stage, we hope he will choofe such a part in the drama of life, as will render hin less dependant on the caprice either of individuals or the public.

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