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than the fancy.' It is seldom chat any literary effort which is well. aimed at the human heart, fails of success.- If we may judge of the representation from the satisfaction that hath been afforded us in the perusal of this little piece, it could not fail. Its object is to satirize the affectation of affociating with those of superior rank, and to fhew the folly of depending on the specious professions and civilities of the Great. This plan is executed in an easy, natural, and agreeable
SLAVE TRADE. Art. 25. An Address to the Inhabitants, in general, of Great Britain
and Ireland ; relating to a few of the Consequences which must naturaliy result from the Abolition of the Slave Trade. 8vo. is. Liverpool printed, and sold by Evans, &c. in London. 1788.
The Author contends, that the consequences of an abolition of our African trade for slaves, would be most ruinous to this country. His arguments are arranged under the three following heads : 1. “The slave trade lawful, according to the different states of nations over the face of the earth.' 2. • The situation of the Negroes bettered by their changing African masters for those in the West Indies.' 3. The trade useful to society in general, and to this country in parcolar.' For his itatement of facts, and his reasoning on these beaten subjects, we refer to the pamphlet at large.
BIOGRAPHY. Art. 26. Authentic Memoirs, and a Sketch of the real Character, of
the late Right Honourable Richard Rigby. 8vo. 15. Debrett. 1788.
These Memoirs were originally published in the daily papers, soon after Mr. Rigby's death ; and, in all probability, they are authentic.
NOVELS. The American Hunter, a Tale. From Incidents which happened during the War with America. To which is annexed, a Somersetshire Story. 12mo. 25. 60. sewed. Kearsley. 1788.
The first of these tales is said, in the introduction, to be intened to awaken an attention to conscience in young persons, to counteract a hardness of heart. It is called, we scarcely know why, the Amerie can Hunter, and contains a narrative of the miserable deaths of a lady and her two children, in the woods of America, in consequence of being deserted by a faithless husband : who is afterward very properly consigned to poetical justice. It is a pathetic story that in. terests the humane reader in the sufferings of injured innocence, without the aid of annatural and surprizing adventures; but it would have read much better, had the author totally omitted his occasional machinery of good and evil geniusses, which encumber the narrative, only to recal us from sympathiling with the unfortunate, to a recollection that the whole is fi&tion.
The Somerset shire story is of a less melancholy complexion ; being a narrative of the distresses of a young lady, who having accidentally been the occasion of burning her father's house, ran away to Thun
parental resentment; when she was supposed to have perished in the Rames. Her adventures in search of laborious subsistence, are natural enough, until she married a young farmer, with whom she had lived as a servant. The most unlikely part of the story is, that neither she, from natural affection, nor her rustic mate from views of intereft, ever relieved the concern of her family with the information of her welfare.
The writer understands human nature well, and in a little episode concerning a beautiful, a good, but unfortunate gypsey girl, has infinuated some reflections that will, as usual in such cases, be loft on those for whose use they are intended. Those of her sex in any degree removed from the lower ranks of life, reject with disdain any fentiments that thwart their exalted ideas of their own deserts, and interrupt their golden expectations.
The style of these tales is easy, but the language grossly incorrect ; and a page and a half of errata, though they proclaim a shameful number, do not contain all the typographical errors in this small volume: these circumstances persuade us that it is the production of some writer not familiar with the press. Art. 28. The Inquifitor; or invisible Rambler. By Mrs. Rowson.
3 Vols. 75. 60. sewed. Robinsons. 1788. Mr. Inquisitor is presented by his guardian genius with a ring; which ring, when placed on his finger, is to render him invisible. Thus, like the Asmodeus of Le Sage, the writer has an opportunity of viewing the secret transactions of mankind, and of commenting on them accordingly-that is to say, as good or evil manners may be found to prevail.
There is nothing of novelty in the idea, nor any thing particularly striking in the execution of the work. It may, however, be perused with profit by our youthful friends, as in some of the stories here presented to us, the duplicity and dishonesty so frequently to be found in the world, are exhibited with a tolerable degree of skill. The Authoress is evidently in possession of a feeling heart. But style, and the various graces of composition, are yet to come. Art. 29. Rosa de Montmorien. By Miss Ann Hilditch. "12mo.
2 Vols. 55. sewed. Lane. 1787. Rosa de Montmorien is a lively and agreeable lass. Let her not, however, imagine that the is a goddess, because we allow her to be in possession of some personal charms. There is a degree of beauty both in the phyical and the moral world, which may be intitled to a favourable report, though not to particular and absolute praise. In other words, the story of this novel is crifiing; and, from a bad arrangement of the incidents, it is somewhat obscure. But the language is often pretty, and might, with a little attention, have been rendered correct. Miss H. will one day, we think, present us with a better work.
The Widow of Kent; or the History of Mrs. Rowley.
2 Vols. 55. sewed. Noble. 1788. Mrs. Rowley, with several children, and in narrow circumstances, is left a widow, at an early age. She is deprived of her little pro
perty by the machinations of a villain, and her daughters are reduced to a state of servitude. The manner in which she conducts herself amid the severest trials of fortune, are such as elevate her chasacter above the crowd ; and New 'that strength of mind—a quality by many supposed to be peculiar to man-is yet to be found in the female form.
This novel may be perused with advantage by every woman in the fituation of our heroine ; deprived
"Of every stay, fave innocence and Heaven;" but whose virtue is at length rewarded with temporal happiness. The Victim of Deception. 12mo.
fewed. Lane. 1788. This novel appears to be of French extraction. The story is friefly as follows: A young and beautiful female becomes enamoured of a man of libertine principles, and very delicately invites him to her bed. The gentleman, as will be readily imagined, complies; and then abandons her to the sorrows of remorse. How far he is to be justified in his conduct, or whether the lady can properly be termed the Victim of Deception, we must leave to the determination of casuists. With respect to the merits of the work, we must remark--that the passions are represented by our author in such warm and glowing colours, that the woman who rises from the study of his pages with an unheated imagination, may safely fit down to the perusal of Therese Philosophe.
The Half-pay Officer; or Memoirs of Charles Chanceley. 3 Vols. 78.
6d. sewed. Robinsons. 1788. Though not remarkable for variety of incidents, or strength of character, yet, on account of its truly moral tendency, the manly sentiments it breathes, and the agreeable manner in which it is written, this performance is entitled to a confiderable share of praise. The fituation of the half-pay officer is here delineated by the pen of compassion.-" The feelings of the soldier (says the Author) who is obliged to barter his sword for his support, must be poignant indeed. I would you were the only one who has felt that necessicy!- But, alas! I fear too many brave fellows, whose services merited a happier fate, now pine in circumstances which their sword can never retrieve.' We fear so toò, and sincerely commiserate their ills. But where are we to look for the class, the particular body of men, who are wholly exempt from calamity and pain ?
EDUCATION, &c. Art. 33. Select Stories for the Instruction and Entertainment of Chil
dren, from the French of M. Berquin. Embellished with four Copper-plates. 12mo. 35. bound. Stockdale, &c. 1787.
Confidered as an whole, L'Ami des Enfans of M. Berquin has been universally admired; a selection from it, therefore, as we have before observed in a former article, will he agreeable to chose who do not chuse to purchase it entire. This volume is introduced by a preface written by the editor, in which are several just observations; and it is dedicated to Mr. Raikes of Gloucester, who is well known
as the great patron * of Sunday Schools. The Editor adds, that he thinks M. Berquin's work is well calculated for that valuable inftitution, but we think that most of those who have read the • Children's Friend,' will join us in being of a different opinion ; for M. Berquin intended his work chiefly for children of a rank that will never be met with in a Sunday school. Some of his · Petites Pieces,' indeed, relate to those of a lower class, and might not, perhaps, be thought improper for this purpose; if no other objections are urged.
The stories here selected, are taken from that translation of the entire work, which was published in four volumes by Mr. Stockdale, and noticed in our Review for June last, p. 537Art. 34. The Parental Monitor. izmo. 2 Vols. 55. fewed. Lane.
To pour the fresh instruction o'er the mind,” &c. The writer of these volumes (Mrs. Elizabeth Bonhote) appears to have felt the full force of the above-quoted observations of the gentle, natural, and elegant Thomson. The introductory part of the work contains an address to her children, in which the maternal character is seen in its proper colours : bright and vivid, but simple and unadorned with foreign ornament. The instructions The lays down for them in their progress through the rugged and perilous stages of life are excellent, and are farther enforced by apt and judicious selections from the most admired British writers both in prose and verse. In a word, the fair Authoress has eminently succeeded in what she proposed to herself,' to endeavour-by the force of example-to guard youth from error, and by so doing, shield old age from many of its agonizing forrows: to caution the thoughtless, humble the vain, and reform the vicious.'-We hope her publication will meet with that encouragement from the world to which it is entitled, as well from its principle as from its intrinsic merit. Art. 35. The Children's Miscellany. 8vo. 35. Boards. Stockdale.
1788. The Editor's Preface to this Collection inform us that,
Some gentlemen of fortune and literary abilities had once conceived the scheme of contributing to the entertainment and instruction of the rising generation, by a felection of the most interesting and improving histories from different authors.'-' After they had made some progress in the execution of this scheme, they were compelled by accidents which it is unnecessary to relate, to abandon their design. But, though the modesty of the authors would rather have led them to suppress what they could not engage to finish, the Editor, to whom their papers were entrusted, has judged them too valuable to be entirely suppressed.'
The volume commences with the history of Little Jack,' which, we are informed, is the production of the ingenious Mr. Day. It is
• We say patron, because some people have lately disputed his clain to being called the founder,
entertaining and instructive, and fully demonstrates the truth of the
and Merton. 12mo. is. bound. Stockdale. 1788.
The Sunday School Catechist ; consisting of familiar Lectures. With Questions for the Use of Visitors and Teachers. By the same. 12mo. 25. bound. Longman, &c.
The indefatigable Authoress has published these two little tracts at the same time, because, as she observes, each corresponds with the other, and either, alone, would be incomplete.
In her preface, she says, ' I have given to my work the title of the school catechist, because I would not be regarded as invading the province of the clergy. It has long been considered as a part of the business of schools to prepare catechumens for the examination of their respective ministers. The school catechift pretends to nothing more. It is not my design to supersede the works, or to exalt myself to a level with persons of acknowledged eminence, who in this or former ages have condescended to write lectures, catechisms, &c. for, the poor ; on the contrary, my wish is to render their valuable tracts more profitable by opening the minds of the illiterate fufficiently to enable them to improve by writings which have no fault, but that of being above the comprehension of those whose understandings have had no previous culture. In pursuing the proposed plan, it will be my endeavour to conduct the scholars step by step, to such a degree of Christian khowledge as may furnish them with solid prin. ciples for the cheerful performance of the duties of their humble itation ; enable them to understand all that it materially concerns them to know of the sacred writings; and excite and keep alive in their minds the hope of obtaining an eternal inheritance. I have at. tempted to prove in a familiar manner, the certainty of divine revelation-the truth and authenticity of the holy scriptures. In the second part of this work, it will be my endeavour to make the scholars acquainted with the general scope of the scriptures of the Old Teftament, and in a third, to enable them to itudy the New Testament to advantage. I fall make the lessons as general as I can, consistently with my own fixed principles; for it is my desire not only to avoid giving offence to Christians of different persuasions,