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14. Providence. Book 11. Writen in 1764 and 1765. . By the
Rev. Joseph Wise. 8vo. Pro.is. Bladon. The author gives the following account of his performance. The thesis of this poem is, that God constituted the world, and governs it according to moral law, ordaining virtue to be the basis of happiness. In the first book [which was publifnod in 1766) this thesis is metaphysically proved. (As also the fall of man) 1. From our best notions of God, and of Being in general. 2. Froin the nature of man in particular. - In the second book this thesis is fairly elucidated from the history and great doctrines of holy scriptures, which last are briefly, but clearly and rationally explained. The third book exhibits a summary of the whole, and expatiates on the persuasive arguments of death and judgment, in a more poetical manner, than the design of the foregoing books would admit of.
• The author thinks, that he can safely promise the learned and curious, something new. and worthy of their attention ; that the serious and the infidel will assuredly find in the second and third books, the most important truths explained and enforced in the clearest and strongest manner.'
In this advertisement to the public the author promises the. learned and curious reader something new and worthy of his attention. What it is we have not been able to discover ; and we can only with that others may peruse this tedious composition with more success.
15. The Impartialift. A Poem. By T. Underwood, Author of
the Snarlers, 410. Pr. 15. 6. Webley. The Impartialist, after withing for the abilities of Churchill, proceeds, in this menacing stile:
• By his example, with impartial pen,
E'en from a lord unnotic'd pass along: The petulance and the poetry of this writer, conspire to verify this proverbial remark:
“ Dat Deus immiti cornua curta bovi.",
her apartment, and consigned to the care of an unaffectionate
16. The Poet's Manual. A Satire. By John Robinson. 480.
Pr. Is. Noble. This performance is superior to many late productions of the same species. The versification is properly adapted to the subject, and the advice which the author suggests, is worth the attention of every young, petulant, and adventurous poet. His design is
• To teach the doubting bard to chufe
The safest subject to indulge his muse.' The satirist, he observes, gains nothing but malevolence and contempt by his productions.
• If then a youth, seduced by love of fame,
In long excursions, choose a fummer sky.'
17. Il Latte. An Elegy. 410. Pr. Is. Dodsley. In this age and nation, in which politeness, delicacy, and good-breeding, are affected by people of every station, when a lady becomes a mother, the infant is instantly banished from
and unfeeling nurse. This expulsion of the puling little wretch from the mother's milk (il latte) is the subject of this elegy, which is written in an easy, tender, and pathetic strain ; and calculated to dissuade the daughters of the great, who are the conductresses of fashion, from this barbarous custom.
• Say why, illustrious daughters of the great,
Ah ! what avails the coral crown'd with gold?
And in her cradling arm repose secure. The public is obliged to this author for An Elegy written among the Ruins of an Abbey, the Nun, and other little pieces.
18. Imitations of the Eighteenth Epistle of the first Book, and of the
Eighth Ode of the fourth Book of Horace. By the Author of the
These are some of the best imitations of Horace, which we have seen fince the days of Mr. Pope.
19. The Rescue : or, Thespian Scourge. Being a Critical Enquiry
into the Merit of a Poem, intituled, Thespis. With some Candid Remarks on the Modesty, Good-Nature, and Impartiality of that Piece. Written in Hudibrastic Verse. By John Brownsmith. 4to. Pr. Is. 6d. Williams.
Mr. Brownfmith, who seems to be a good-natured author, writes in Hudibrastic verse, and is destitute neither of sense nor humour, very humanely offers his poetical plaisters to cure the "wounds which have been imicted by the author of Thespis.
20. The Convent; or, the History of Julia. 2 Vols. 1 2 mo. Pr. 6s.
Lowndes. There is such a similitude in all the modern romances, that to give the fable of one is in fact relating the story of half a dozen. The same characters, the same sentiments, the same incidents, present themselves almost on every side. Love, allpowerful love, is the great ground-work of this piece : but here are two marriages initead of only one--the lover get's a wife, and his mistress a husband, who are dispatched in tine, before they come together : as usual her enamorato is imposed upon to believe her false by her rival, who obtains his hand, in a fit of revenge, by the imposition. Not contented with this fuccefs, the marchioness de Sevigne has Julia secured in a convent, from whence the is again betrayed by treachery, and forcibly married to a duke, who is presently enamoured with his wife's fifter. The marchionefs dies of grief and remorfe, and his grace is killed VOL. XXIII. February, 1767,
i na duel with the lover of his mistress. After this, it were almost n eedless to say that the marquis and Julia are very happy, and all that.
We are much inclined to believe, from some topographical descriptions, and the very many gallicisms which obtrude in this production, that it is a close imitation, if not a literal translation, from a French novel.
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21. The Nunnery; or, the History of Miss Sophia Howard. 2 Vols.
Pr. 6s. Noble. Two volumes more of love, distress, and marriage !—Take the out-lines, gentle reader.—Miss Sophia Howard is the daughter of a Roman catholic gentleman ; and starting a woman grown, completely qualified for the connubial knot, a lover presents himself under the name of Mr. Vernon, who is also of the Romih persuasion, but of good fortune. This match is approved by her father, her mother-in-law, and aunt : but Mifs cannot be persuaded into it, having conceived a strong paffion for Mr. Lindsey. Upon her refusing Mr. Vernon's hand, and a discovery being made of her correspondence with Lindsey, she is confined to her chamber, and soon after conducted by her aunt to a convent in France. Mr. Lindsey follows and carries her off—but an unlucky rencounter upon the road renders their scheme abortive. Mr. Vernon meets them at an inn; the rivals fight, and both are wounded. Miss's aunt being present, she is re-conducted by her to the nunnery. After some time has elapsed, another plan is formed for restoring her liberty: Baron Rochefort, who profesies great friendship for Miss Howard and Mr. Lindsey, is an auxiliary in its executionbut he, alas! proves to be a rival, and by anticipating her intended escape, carries her off to his own country-seat, where he declares his passion, and strongly importunęs her to consent to his happiness. She treats him with the contempt he deserves, and by bribing the female-guard set over her, makes her escape to Paris ; where she has the mortification to find that her dear Lindsey has been imposed upon, by a fictitious letter supposed to be written by her, to believe her perfidious. However, an eclaircissement and reconciliation takes place, and at length they are married, but not till he has acquired the title of Sir Edward Lindsey, by the death of his brother, and thereby renders her a lady.
22. A Letter to the Proprietors of East India Stock, from Mr. Henry
Vanfittart, occafioned by a late Anonymous Pamphlet, and by the East-India Observer, No. VI. 8vo. Pr. 25. Newbery.
The epithet of princes applied by Scripture to merchants can be no longer considered as an Eastern hyperbole, since the proprietors and directors of the English East-India com• pany are more than princes, and may be faid to have bound kings in fetters of iron. Mr. Vanfittart, after occupying an exalted station some years, returns to his native land, where, for what reason we know not, he is coldly received by his masters, we mean the masters of him who was the master of a great prince.
This letter is intended to vindicate the governor's conduct from what he thinks an unfair attack made upon it by an EaitIndia director. He here displays the low state of the compa. ny's affairs upon his arrival at Bengal; a subject we have fre. quently discussed in our Review, He vindicates the neceffity of the connections formed by the select committee at Bengal with Meer Coffim, by which the company gained one million two hundred and fifty thousand pounds, though even that fum could not preserve their affairs from finking. Mr. V. is not very favourable to the convention which had been concluded with Meer Jaffier when he was raised to the nabobship. He explains the reasons of the part he took in dethroning that prince, which he thinks was the only measure that could have saved the company's affairs from ruin ; and he corroborates his arguments by his antagonist Mr. Scrafton's.own words, in his Sketch of the History of Bengal, from the year 1739 to 1756.
In the course of this pamphlet it appears very evident, that if lord Clive and his friends were imposed upon in the idea they conceived of Meer Jaffier, Mr. V. was equally mistaken with regard to Meer Collim, Meer Jaffer's successor. The truth is, Meer Collim considered himself as no better than the first slave of the company's servants, who traded in falt, betel.nut, to. bacco, and other articles of inland consumption, without paying any duties. We are afraid this was not all the poor nabob suffered, and that those high and mighty servants of the company thought they had a right to exempt the nabob's own subjects from paying duties likewise. At last, as an article of great indulgence, the company allowed the nabob two and a half per sent. on salt. This allowance was insufficient to enable the nabob to fulfil his engagements with the company: "My opinion (says Mr. V.) of the inland trade, from the begin. ning, was this; that the firmaun gave us no sort of right to it;