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27. A Mort View of the present State of the Isle of Man; humbly

submitted to the Confideration of the Right Honourable the Lords of his Majesty's Board of Treasury. By an Imparlial Hard. 8vo. Pr. 6d. Cadell.

This small pamphlet is extremely well written, and exhibits a fhocking view of the state of this new acquisition to the crown of Britain ; but from the patriotic character of the right honourable board, to which it is addressed, we entertain no doubt that all the grievances complained of will be speedily removed.

28. A Scheme for the Improvement of the Broad Wheels. By R.

Whitworth, Egg. 8vo. Pr. 6d. Baldwin. There is a race of mortals called Omnecisibilifts, of whom Dun Scotus was the founder. We do not profess ourselves to be of the fraternity; and therefore, can give no other character of this pamphlet except saying, that we know the author to be entirely master of his subject.

29. The Rofcius į or Spouters Companion : Being a Colle&tion of

Scenes, Soliloquies, Prologues, and Epilogues. To which are prefixed, Some Stridures upon Emphasis and Aktion. Carefully compiled by a Member of the Rose Society. 8vo. Pr. 15. 6d. Bladon.

This publication is made up of extracts from treatises on elo: cution, particularly Mason's Elay, and fragments of plays.

In this case our drainatie writers deserve compassion. Bee tween the compiler and the spouter their situation is miserable: they are mángled by the one, and doomed to be murthered by the other.

30. The Concubine : a Poem, in two Cantos. In the Manner of

Spenser. 4to. Pr. 25. 6d. Dodsley. A knight, as he was fauntering in the fields, is here supposed to meet a dairy maid.

Right plump she was, and ruddie glowd her cheek,

Her eafy waiste in milchwhite boddice dight,
Her golden locks curl'd downe her shoulders fleek,

And halfe her tosome heaving mett the sight":

And gayiy she accosts the sober wight,
Freedom and glee blythe sparkling in her eye ;

With wanton mertimake the trips the knight, And round the younkling makes the clover fly: But loon he starten up, more gamesome by and bye.' In consequence of this interview she becomes his concubine; and very foon afterwards the plague of his life. The effets of ber superintendence are perceived about his house and gardens.

• All

* All round the borders where the pansie blue

Crocus, and polyanthus powderd fine,
And daffodils in fayre confusion grew, ...

Emong the rose-buih roots and eglantine,

These now their place to cabbages resign;
And tawdry pease supply the lillys stead,

Rough artichokes now bristle where the vine
Its purple clusters round the windows fpread,
And laisie cucumbers on dung recline the head."
• The fragrant orchard, at her dire command

In all the pride of bloffome strewd the plain ;
The hillocks gently rising through the land

Must now no trace of nature's steps retain ;

The clear canal, the mirrhour of the swain,
And bluish lake no more adorne the greene,

Two dirty watering ponds alone remain ;
And what ygoe the place of herbs had bene,
Is now a turnip fielde and cow yarde nothing cleane.'
The poet describes at large the vexation and infamy which
the knight fustained on account of this connection.

The moral is obvious ; the story fimple ; the stile a pretty imitation of Spenser's manner in the Faerie Queene.

31. Philodamus. A Tragedy. 410. Pro 2s.6d. Dodsley.,

Of all the wretched performances by which the dramatic art has been disgraced, this perhaps is the vileft. The subject is a rape committed by the noted Verres and his allociates in Lampsacus, a city of Asia. In the course of the plot, the following drunken fong is introduced.

• When Theseus left his Ariadne,
(Faft in her bed the poor girl was a blinking),

Drowned herfelf for grief she had nigh ;
But second thoughts foon inclin'd her to drinking.
Sh'illumin’d her face, till it Thone with that brightness,
It turn'd to a star, which gives proof of her lightness."

32. Genius : a miscellaneous poetical Epislle to the Author of Dido.

By a Wappineer. 410. Pr. 15. F. Newbery. This production may be considered as supplemental to the Rofciads, the Thespis's, and the other theatrical productions which have lately pestered the public. We can give no extract from it, as the satire appears to be entirely personal: neither does the humour which sometimes gleams in the author's lines, excite in us any desire to be farther instructed as to the grounds or propriety of the publication,

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33. To Francis Bindon, Esq; on a Pi&ure of bis Gracé Dr. Hugh:

Boulter Lord Arch-Bishop of Armagh, set up in the Work-house near Dublin, in Commemoration of his' Charities in rhe Years 1739-40 and 1740-41. By T. H. D. Efq. 4to. Pr. Is. Williams.

Mr. Bindon's pi&ure represents the arch-bishop at the altar, furrounded with objects of compasion. The poet pursues this idea, telling the painter, that if he could give greater expanfion to his canvafs, the munificence of his Grace might be displayed in a more ample manner. Having described a variety of diftreffes, he says,

« These scenes of woe should in perfpective lie The heart in sorrow only bring them nigh ; Then to full view should godlike Boulter stand,

Wide scatt'ring round whole harvests from his hand.' This piece was written about the year 1741, and is a juvenile performance.

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34. Letters from the Countess de Sancerre, to the Count de Nancé,

her Friend. 8vo. Pr. 6s. Becket and de Hondt. . A French meagre ragout; all seasoning and no substance !

35. An Address to the People of England, on the Manners of the

Times. 8vo. Pr. 9d. Newbery. The wickedness of the nation is the subject of this address. The author's remarks and admonitions are extremely trite ; but they are pious and well-intended ; and in such cases, the candid reader will inake favourable allowances.

36. A View of the Trinity in the Glass of Divine Revelation:

with some Refleétions on Human Explications concerning that Subject. And a Defence of Private Judgment in Opposition 19 Blind Obedience. · In ihree Disertations. By a Layman. Svo. Pr.

Ise Robinson and Roberts.

There is nothing in this performance which is likely to recommend it to the attention of the learned and ingenious reader. The author signs himself A. Murray, a layman; and probably he is of some occupation in which he may be of more service to the world, by his labours, than by writing differtations on the Trinity,

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ARTICLE I.
An Inquiry, Hiftorical, and Critical, into the Evidence again, Mary

Queen of Scots. And an Examination of the Histories of Dr.
Robertson and Mr. Huine, with respect to that Evidence. The
second Edition, with Additions. 8vo. Pr. 55. Owen.
INCE our former review of this excellent effay, the best

judges of historical evidence have been of opinion, that it was decisive in favour of Mary queen of Scots, and a full tefutation of the false and cruel charges brought by those who had an immediate interest in her destruction, against her perfon and memory. To this republication is added a confiderable portion of new matter, which elucidates her innocence in so full a manner, as silently calls upon the candour of the two historians, mentioned in the title-page to acknowledge, that they had not fully considered the question between that unfortunate princess and her persecutors.

The circumstances through which Mary's memory suffered, were as extraordinary as her fate was atrocious. Her revenues, power, and authority, were scrambled for among her enemies, -who could have no safety but from her detention and death, after they had partly persuaded, and partly forced her into what this author plainly proves to be the only exceptionable part of her conduct, her marriage with Bothwell, whom ne had the ftrongest reasons to believe innocent of her husband's death. Buchanan, who had the best Latin pen then in Europe, was hired by a post in the state, to which he was appointed by her leading enemies, to asperse. her, which he did with all the virulence that self-interest and his own cynic dispo: fition could suggest ; but the charges he brought against her were so foul, that they required to be fupported by stronger VOL. XXIII. June, 1767.

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evidences than an artful composition and a flowing stile could produce. Specious reasoning and bold conclusions were not sufficient. Somewhat must be attempted so wicked as to exceed the belief of the public that men could be found daring enough to produce it, if forged; consequently it would be taken for granted that it was real. This plan was executed with a spirit which does honour to the infernal genius of its authors, by their publishing the forgeries of letters and sonnets, which this writer has so amply and fo accurately difproved

Before we proceed to the new, and unreviewed, matter contained in this edition, it may be proper to carry on this recapitulation (we mean of the circumstances under which Mary had fuffered) a little farther, by way of supplement to this Essayist's ingenious labours.

Camden, a timid, though decent, historian, in writing the life of Elizabeth, has attempted to vindicate Mary; but his performance is lame and insipid, and, in fact, was intended as a vindication of the conduct of the Cecil family, by whom he was grosly sinpoíed on with regard to the queen of Scots. The reader can entertain no doubt of this, upon comparing the

papers which the Cecils suffered him to insert in his hif. tory with those they with-held from his view, and which have fince been published, and contain proofs of the blacket conspiracy against the dignity, the person, character, and life of that unfortunate lady. When Camden could produce nothing more satisfactory in vindication of Mary, it was no wonder if her enemies triumphed ; if even Thuanus adopted the calumpies of Buchanan; and if through so respectable a channel they were received and believed in after-times, by the most moderate of all parties. Some expreffions that have falen from Sir James Melvil, and archbishop Spotswood, have ftrengthened this prepoffeffion against her memory, because both of them were supposed to be her friends. With respect to Melvil, we are so singular as to wish, that this essayist, with His usual accuracy, had bestowed a few lines upon the authen'ticity of his Memoirs, of which we entertain fome doubt. There can be none as to Spotswood; but his history is general. His fubject does not lead him to consider Mary's case critically and very possibly he might have had prudential reasons for treating it in the manner he did. But be this as it may, we are of opinion that this writer has fully answered all rational doubts arising from what may have fallen from their pens.

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