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alluring as his theory certainly is, would probably have fill prevented his becoming a profelyte to it: we shall foon have occafion to lay these facts before our Readers, in the course of our monthly labours.

Those parts of the work which relate to Natural History are much improved and enlarged, as well as the dire&tly chemical parts. The two sciences indeed are in many places so closely connected, that they cannot be entirely separated: of the subjects of the mineral kingdom, in particular, no useful or perfect arrangement can be made but from their chemical properties; and accordingly the' mineralogic systems of Kirwan and Bucquet, founded on those properties, are introduced very confiftently with the general plan of the work. We cannot say so much of M. Daubenton's, which is here displayed con amore, and which is built upon external configuration, texture, hardness, transparency, and other similar circumstances, that are rather adventitious than essential to the respective subjects, and afford moreover, in many instances, not very perfect discriminations. Still less do we approve of introducing the classification of animals, as established by Linné, Daubenton, Brisson, Gouan, and other Naturalifts; for though it is only from the figure, and from the number and disposition of the different parts, that any methodical arrangements, or discriminations, of animals can be taken, yet we conceive that systems of this kind do not very well accord with a system of chemistry: to us, at least, they appear to form father an heterogeneous affemblage. And beside, when two branches of Natural History (Mineralogy, and Zoology in all its subdivisions) are so minutely treated, we can perceive no good reason why the other great branch, Botany, should have been excluded.

But whatever little incongruities there may be in this respect, the work upon the whole has great merit, and we recommend it as a very valuable system both of the practical and scientific chemiftry of the present time.

Before we conclude, we must take the liberty of observing to the translator, that some literal inaccuracies have escaped him, which a little attention in revising the sheets from the press might have corrected. There occurs to us at present only one that materially affects the sense, or can much embarrass the reader: it is in a note of his own, vol. iii. p. 407. • Platina' (he says) when purified from iron by repeated coction in spirit of salt, lolution in aqua regia, and precipitation of the iron by aqua regia, may be fused with a strong heat.' This last aqua regia is obviously either a mistake of the transcriber or compositor, or one of those inadvertencies quas humana parum cavit. natura: but what should the word be? We suppose Prufian lixivium.

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For AUGUST, 1788.

Art. 15. An Epifle from Pindar to his pretended Coufin Peter: In

which are many curious and original Anecdotes of the Pfeudo Pin-
dar ; with an Appendix, containing Peter's celebrated Song of
“ O the Roast Pork of Old Truro," being one of the earlieft of
his satirical Productions. 4to. 2 s. 6d. Bew. 1788.
HE ftyle of the old Theban bard is greatly altered, and he has

abated much of his spirit, since he took to writing in English. To whatever cause it may be owing, it somehow happens, that all Peter Pindar's antagonists are out of luck, as the phrase goes. We should be glad, however, for once, to see him meet with his match.. Pindar (the English Pindar, whose performance is now before us) has dressed


some stories about Peter's having once had an hostile operation performed on his nose, when he was an apothecary in Cornwall ; of his fiddling; and of his preaching in Jamaica, where he was Chaplain to Governor Trelawney; of his iil success in pharmacy; and of his being reduced to wear stockings without feet. Some of these anecdotes are illustrated by satirical engravings ;-but where is the Muse of Fun? Peter's Muse, we mean, " to set the table in a roar.” Such sober lays as these will never gain the laugh against “ the pleasant scoundrel,"'-as Johnson once called a member of our corps *, whose humour the Doctor would have resisted, on a particu. lar occasion, but he was forced to give way to a burst of risibility, and growling approbation. Art. 16. Peter provided for without a Penfion. A Poem. With

Notes, critical and explanatory. By Carnaby Currycomb, Esq. 4to.

Bew. 1788.
Here, indeed, Peter Dindar is match'd, but not in the way spoken
of in the preceding article. The man is married ; and the Devil is
the match-maker. This was one way of providing for him, with-
out a pension;' for we hear nothing of the lady's fortune." And who
is the lady ?"--No other than the celebrated Mrs. Margaret Nichol-
fon. --There is humour in the courtship. The fair maniac is shy, at
first, and repulses her lover with a ' llap on the chops ;'- but the re-
lents, on Peter's representing to her, that

from their jo innocent embrace
Young Pindars shall spring forth, a hopeful race.
Aralins born and bred, whose hands ihall forge

Poems and knives to stab each future George.'
There is energy, invention, and variety in this poem; the author
of which may be considered as the most formidable of Peter's anta.
gonists, though, on the whole, we think him rather too serious for

* Since deceased. He was well known in Norfolk, by the name of the Philosopher of Mafingham.

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the occasion. The great point, in this contest, would be, to carry the laugb against the Cornish poet; for, furely, his opponents give him the greater consequence, by being so angry with him,-which, however culpable he may appear in the eyes of a good and loyal subject, should, if possible, be avoided. Art. 17. Poems on several Occasions, never before published. By

James Woodhouse. With an Address to the Public. 4to. 35. Tewed. Sold by the Author, No. 10, Lower Brook-street.

Mr. Woodhouse, who, as we have before remarked *, is not a poet of the very lowest order, is displeased at the ridicule which has recently been thrown on his sovereign, and he thus invokes his countrymen in support of the royal cause:

• Is there no champion in the lists of fame,
Who dare stand forth to guard a sovereign's name?
Who dare take up the glove, return the stone,
Presumption has dropp'd down, and pride has thrown?
No hero, mail'd with wealth, with honour casqu’d,
Who dare disdain disguise; appear unmak'd
With warlike weapons, boldly to oppose

A King's false friends, or hosts of ambush'd foes ?' As Mr. W. pofleffes a respectable private character, and as it is ever our wih to contribute as much as may be in our power to the relief of indigent merit, we will transcribe a page or two of his prefatory address to the Public:

• Poflessed of little, and encumbered with much, my duty forcibly urges me to some trial, to retrieve my circumstances, and sublilt my family. My present attempt appeared the most plausible for repel. ling those wants that must inevitably, without an effort, soon link myself, and them, to ruin and wretchedness. It is a little like attempting to make discoveries in an unknowo sea, without a compass, and without a crew; without proper provision, and without a pilot. My own weak and wavering abilities are but poor directors ; so that I am left to depend on the kind and generous volunteers in society who may humbly condescend to engage in my service (some of whom Providence has already procured me), and the Author of that Providence, the Parent and Governor of the universe ; who never fails to supply the place of a pilot to all who implicitly confide in his protection and guidance ; and, though I should be wrecked in the expedition, yet will he not fail to conduct me, finally, to an haven of repose, beyond the reach of all future calamity. My views are vir. tuous, and my endeavours fall be upright; and I shall wait with patience, and hope, for the indulgence and encouragement of all thofe whose humane hearts that gracious and good Providence shall influence in my favour ; and to whom, next to the first Mover, I shall look up, as a constant debtor: ftill endeavouring to deserve their countenance and support, by all the means that duty and deference shall suggest. It may be asked why I attempt a business so foreign to all my former experience. Without inclination nothing essential is ever atchieved: the want of that inclination prevented me

* See Rey, vol. xxxv. p 78.




making any great proficiency in my original employment*; and eighteen years of inattention to that employment, in a state of servitude, have lessened those abilities, as well as diminished that distinctness of fight, which are necessary to complete execution, without making an adequate compensation for such essential facrifices. Being prefied into the service, I have procured no penfion; and, though not entirely disabled in body, I have received some wounds which will not be readily cured. I had conceived myself poflefled of fome attainments in the agricultural art (an art the most congenial to the human constitution); but the opinion of one, whose opinion may, perhaps, have some weight with the world, has precluded me from that resource. A repetition of servitude ftill remains; but I have given so little satisfaction to others, and have found so small comfort and advantage to myself, in that condition, that I neither hope, or wish, or feel, much encouragement to make another trial.' Art. 18. Poems on various Subjects, by Charlotte Eliz. Sanders.

35. fewed. Wilkie. 1787. Miss Sanders, in her Preface to this collection of poems, says • Urged by the solicitations of many friends, I have ventured to offer to the Public these trilling productions of my youthful Muse. When their errors meet the pervading eye of Criticism, may they prove too fimple to provoke its frown: or if found entirely uninteresting, may they be permitted to pass uncensured to the regions of oblivion.'

These performances are in truth so very fimple, so entirely uninte. refling, that we hall certainly comply with the lady's request. We will not attempt to arrest them in their progress to the shades,

- The gates are open night and day: Down hill the path,-a smooth and easy way."

Virg. Æneid. Book 6. Art. 19. Aliscellaneous Pieces, Original and Collefied. By a Clergy. man of Northamptonshire, late of Trinity College, Cambridge.

25. 6d. sewed. Nicoll. 1787. This clergy man (who talks of being sometimes affifted in his writings by a friend) is a maker of verses, but not a poet, Art. 20. The Cock-pit; a Poem. By Charles Fletcher, M. D. Au.

thor of A Maritime State considered, &c. 4to. 2 s. sewed. Mur. ray, &c. 1787.

The country Squire who sends for this poem, in consequence of feeing it advertised in his Evening Poft, will be forely disappointed. Instead of a feast for his imagination, by a poetic display of the bloody conflicts between those gallant soldier-birds whom he delights in prompting to slaughter each other, with “ barbarous civil war,” he finds himlelf, presto! on ship-board, and is carried down into the surgery :-that is the cock-pit here described; and disagreeable, indeed, are the circumstances !

We have, likewise, in this performance, a great variety of other particulars, relative to maritime ituations, beside those that relate more immediately to the cock-pit department; though we supposed, at

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* A shoemaker-if we remember right.


the first glance over Dr. F.'s performance, that his chief object was to impress the reader's mind with the peculiar hardships that fall to the share of a Navy-fargeon. He had, himself, been three years in that line.

Many useful observations are also interspersed, on such points as are most likely to strike the curious observer, in the course of a voyage. Various scenes, natural appearances, and incidental situations, are well described; particularly the distress and danger of a ship, in a violent storm : and, throughout the whole, the poetry, if it has no claim to the praise of elegance, feems not ill adapted to the fabject, and to the rugged element on which, perhaps, the work was composed. In a word, not wishing to regard a production of this peculiar cast, with too much critical attention, we have been confiderably entertained, as well as informed, by the perusal of it.- For the Author's " Maritime State considered, as to the Health of Seamen, &c.” see Rev. Dec. 1787, p. 497. Art. 21. Euphrolyné, an Ode to Beauty: addressed to Mrs. Crouch.

By Sylveiter Otway. 4to. is. Faulder, &c. 1788. If there is a • Poet's Corner' in the great temple of The SubLIME, in Moorfields, this writer (should he continue in the glorious career in which he sets out) will certainly be entitled to a conspicu. ous seat in it. We may apply to him his own motto,

“ Can any mortal mixture of earth's mold
Breathe such divine enchanting ravishment?"

Art. 22. Philosophic Venus : an Ethic Epistle. Addressed to a young

Nobleman. With Notes and Illustrations. 8vo, 13. Ridgeway. 1788.

This piece of poetic libertinism was first published in 1775: Sec Rev. vol. lii. p. 552. Art. 23. The Lyric Works of Horace, translated into English Verse:

to which are added, a Number of original Poems. By a Native of America. 8vo. 2 Vols. 55. fewed. Philadelphia printed; and sold by Dilly in London. 1786.

This article involves us in fome difficulty. To praise the publication before us, would be gross violation of conscience; and if we honestly express our opinion, and treat this Transatlantic verlifier as we really think he deserves, he will be ready to exclaim-“ Did I not prophesy that, as an American, I must expect little quarter from the Reviewers of England ?Dedication, p. v.

on all such prophecyings! Here, boy! put this book on the lower shelf there, in the corner, among the respites, next to the condemn'd hole.

DR A MAT I C. Art. 24. A Quarter of an Hour before Dinner; or Quality Binding.

A Dramatic Entertainment of one A&t; as performed at the Theatre Royal in the Haymarket. 8vo. is. Lowndes. 1788.

The unknown author, in his prefatory advertisement, congratulates the Public, on their being able to bear with a single Act of plain, common life, that endeavoured to speak to the heart, rather


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