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In regard to the Queen, Mr. Jackson exhorts her Majesty to de pend (under her present most severe affliction) on religion, for the furet consolations; and to the care of such of the royal progeny as are not arrived at the years of discretion, for those comforts which she may juftly expect as the fruits of her excellent instructions and amiable example. Art. 31. The Prince's Right to the Royal Diadem, defended : being
an Answer to the Rev. Mr. Jackson's Serious Address, &c. By a Gentleman of Lincoln's-lon. 4to. Riebau.
This defender of a right which no one, we believe, ever called in question, manifefts great zeal for the P. of W. and for his friends who have long been at the head of oppofition [' men famous for their integrity and ability throughout the world,'] but we do not perceive that his zeal is accompanied by great knowlege. He speaks with contempt, whether real or affected, of Mr. Pitt ; and on the whole, he attacks the author of the Serious Address, rather with the pert air of a superficial party caviller, than with the manly tone and convincing force of a well founded reasoner. Art. 32. The Law of Parliament in the present Situation of Great
Britain confidered. 8vo. is. 5d. Debrett. The subject is here discussed in an able manner.-From the detail that the author has given of examples (which seems a better word than precedents), it appears that the English conftitution, if its principles are to be inferred from the practice of former times, has made à sufficient provision for caies of emergency. The case which bears the most resemblance to the prefent unhappy occasion, is that of Henry VI, who, in the 33d year of his reign, A. D. 1454, fell into a distemper, which so far increased his natural imbecility, as to render him incapable of maintaining even the appearance of royal authority. In this situation, Margaret of Anjou, his confort, and the privy council, appointed Richard duke of York, who had pretensions to the Crown, to be lieutenant of the kingdom, with powers to open and hold a seflion of Parliament. That assembly accordingly met, and, taking into consideration the state of the kingdom, raised the Duke to the othce of Protector.'
The chief stress, however, is laid on the two great examples given us by our forefathers, at the Restoration, in 1660, and at the Revolution, ia 1688. On these memorable events, the author has bestowed due attention, and juftly reasons from them to the present exigency. His advice is, clearly, for an unfettered regency, in the person of the P. of W. But as to the manæuvres of party, leading men in adminiftration, coalitions, &c. the grand question, he observes, which he has been considering, is too big for them. He has confidence enough, he says, ' in the present leaders on either side, to believe they will be sensible of this.' 'He thinks it impossible that adminiftration should be fo mean in their views, and fo despicable in their feelings, as to study for the best way of preserving their own situations, when the welfare and the constitution of their country are at stake.' Let us, he adds, not be distracted with disputes, when we should be cooperating with united hearts, for the preservation of our conftitution,
the vindication of our liberties, and the existence of our country.' May the author's patriotic expectations be amply verified ! Art. 33. The Parliamentary Opinions of Lord Mansfield, Sir Dudley
Ryder, Mr. Charles Yorke, Mr. William Beckford, &c. on the Choice of a Regency or Regent; with other Discussions on that important Question. 8vo. Is. 6d. Stockdale.
The materials of this pamplet are extracted (from what record, or authority, is not said) from the debates occafioned by the King's appointment of a regency, on his going abroad, in 1751. The editor
pledges himself for the authenticity of the opinions and proceedings contained in his pamphlet; but is it not excraordinary to hear an anonymous editor pledge bimjelf? What reliance can the public have on the declaration of a man who does not chuse to trust them with his name? Art. 34. Thoughts on the present alarming Crisis. Humbly addressed
to both Houtes of Parliament. By a well-meaning Briton. 8vo. 6d. Hookham.
Hints the expediency of a role and uncontrolled regent, in the · person of the P. of w. who, this writer takes it for granted, cannot, consistently with his filial affection, delicacy, and acknowleged good sense, deprive himself of the assistance of the alıle and elteemed fervant of his father, and the favoured minister of the people ;whose influence with both Houses of Parliamens will · smooth the rugged roads of government, for the wheels of a new director.' Perhaps this point will not seem quite so clear to every reader, as it does to the author of the present Thoughts. Art. 35. Considerations on the Establishment of a Regency. 8vo.
is. 6d. Stockdale. The author of this pamphlet encounters the idea which had been thrown out, that “ in such a case as the present, the whole power, authority, aud prerogative of the King, devolve immediately, and of right, to the person next in succession to the crown, in the same manner as in the event of a demise.” This is our author's text, and his discourse on it, though intended as a refutation of the above principle, is conducted with moderation, decency, temper, and knowlege of the subject; yet we look on this to be the pamphlet to which a noble Law Lord alluded in the House ; and of which he spoke in terms of the most sovereign contempt. Art. 36. Answer to the “ Confiderations on the Eftablishment, &c.”
8vo. Debrett. The answerer takes the other side of the question, and contends that the heir apparent is of right fole regent, with full royal authority, during the incapacity of the King, to act for himself; that it is found policy, as well as law, that it should be so; and that no convention has, or can have power, to change, alter, or abridge the royal authority, which presides over the country; though they muit, when necesity compels, change the perfon, in whom, by the law of the land, it integrally resides for the good of the people.'
We do not apprehend that this doctrine of right will be able to maintain its ground, with more success than that of indefeasible bere
ditary right could do, on former occasions, though it must be allow. ed that the question, at this juncture, comes to us differently modified. Art. 37. Reflections on the Formation of a Regency. In a Letter to a
Member of the lower House of Parliament. 8vo. 15. Debrett.
Disapproving the institution of a council of regency, this Reflector argues for the admission of a sole regent, in the person of the P. of W. In speaking of Mr. Pitt, he expresses himself in a manner that betrays the party-writer. Some of his obfervations, however, merit attention; but his style is too much studied, stiff, involved, and obscure. Art. 38. An Address to those Citizens who, in their public and fri.
vate Capacity, refifted the Claim of the late House of Commons 'to nominate the Ministers of the Crown. 8vo. 6d. Debrett. 1788.
A fagacious and keen affertion of the Prince's right to the powers of a sole and unlimited regency. Art. 39. Arguments concerning the constitutional Right of Parliament
to appoint a Regency. 8vo. Debrett. These arguments are urged in support of the right of the heir apparent to become sole Regent, on the present unhappy occasion. They first appeared in the Gazetteer, Dec. 11. and are here reprinted for preservation, --which they really merit: the writer is an able advocate for the doctrine which he maintains. His general conclusion is, that from the moment shat the incapacity of the Sovereign to govern is established by confiitutional enquiry, from that moment, the heir apparent, lying under no disqualification, is, de jure, Regent of these kingdoms, wih all the powers of the prerogativi undiminished.' Art. 40. Constitutional Doubts, humbly submitted to His Royal High
ness the Prince of Wales ; on the Pretensions of the two Houses of Parliament, to appoint a third Eftate: By the Author of “ Letters on Political Liberty,” in the Year 1782. 8vo. 1s. 60. Ridgway.
This writer's aim is to warn the P. of W. against accepting the office of Regent by appointment. Under the moderate thew of political scepticism, this Doubter is in reality a warm affertor of the question of Right, in the affirmative; but he loses all appearance of moderation, and temper, when he talks of Mr. Pitt, of whose meafores, character, and capacity, he affects to make very flight account; except when he confiders him as the Cromwell of the age. This author writes with great fluency and animation, but his ftyle is too declamatory for the serious aspect of the OCCASION, on which he has now employed his pen. - For our account of his Letters on Political Liberty, lee Rev. vol. Ixvi. p. 551. Art. 41. A Translation of such Parts of the Rolls of Parliament, as
are referred to in the Schedule annexed to the Report of the Committee appointed to search for PRECEDENTS; together with a Copy of certain Acts of the Parliament of Scotland referred to in that Report. 8vo. ' 25. 6d. Stockdale.
The Kolls of Parliament being written in an obsolete language, this tranflation of such parts of them as are referred to in the Report,
&c. has been procured by the publisher, with a view to save the time and trouble of those gentlemen, who are deeply engaged in the confideration of the important subject which at present occupies, almoft universally, the attention of the Nation.'
This is, no doubt, a seasonable, and may prove a useful, publication. But Precedents, referring to the provisions made by our ancestors, on particular state emergencies, in times of violence, and in the infancy of our Conftitution, will not, we apprehend, be much resorted to by the present generation. Art. 42. Report from the Committee appointed to examine the Pbxficians who have attended his MAJESTY, during bis Illness, touching the State of His Majesty's Health. 8vo. Stockdale.
As there is no date to this Report, nor time referred to when the examination took place, we conclude that this pamphlet was rapidly hurried through the press; it appears, nevertheless, to be accurately printed. With respect to the opinions of the physicians, they have already, for the most part, been communicated to the public, through the multitudinous channels of the newspapers. Art. 43. The Prospect before us Being a Series of Papers upon
The Great Question which now agitates the public Mind. To which is added a new Postscript. 8vo. Almon.
The materials of this notable pamphlet first appeared in the daily prints, but they are now collected into a regular Book form, with the addition of a postscript, founded on Mr. Pite's declaration in the House, Dec. 10 that the eldest Son of the King had “ no more right “ to adminifter the Government during his Father's incapacity than
any other subject of Great Britain.”
He appears hostile to Mr. Pitt, in the extreme of inveteracy, and he is a powerful enemy. He writes with the energy of a Junius; he is well acquainted with our English History; and (on his own principles) is a good politician : but if the friends of the P. of w. with for his poffeffion of unconditional power, in exercising the temporary office of Regent, the overflowing zeal of this otherwise very able writer will, perhaps, rather tend to obstruct than promote that end : moderate men will naturally feel themselves more alarmed chan convinced, by fo much personal heat and party-animosity. His violence reminds us of that of a turbulent Member of the House of Commons, in Walpole's time, of whom Sir Robert said, “ His noise prevents “ us from hearing his arguments." On the whole, however, this pamphlet is very capital, in its line. Art. 44. Fox against Fox!!! or Political Blossoms of the Right Hon.
Charles James Fox: selected from his Speeches in the House of Commons, on the Omnipotence of Parliament in the Appointment of the Ministers of the Crown. Contrasted with his present Arguments in favour of Prerogative. Shewing how eafily a Staunch Whig may become a Profeffed Tory. To which are added, The Speeches of Mr. Pitt and Mr. Fox, Dec. 10, 1788, on the Sub. ject of a Regency. Embellished with a curious Frontispiece, &c. 8vo. 19. 6d. Stockdale.
A transcript of the advertisement prefixed to this compilement, after having given the very'explicit title, will be a sufficient report Rev. Dec. 1788.
concerning the nature of its contents, and the view with which it was published,
* As a striking proof of the political confiftency of the Right Hoo. CHARLES James Fox, and a clear demonftration of the purity of his principles, in the line of conduct adopted by nim on the present state of public affairs, the following Blofoms, selected from his Speeches, delivered in the House of Commons, is most respect. fully submitted to the consideration of the people in general, and the friends of that Gentleman in particular.' Art. 45. Brief Deductions relative to the Aid and Supply of the exe
cutive Power, according to the Law of England, in Cales of Infancy, Delirium, or other Incapacity of the King. 460.60. Debrett.
Confiders the conftitutional mode of supplying the executive power, in cases of suspension through any temporary incapacity in the first of the three estates ; and concludes that the Heir apparent, being of age,&c. hath a natural and legal claim to act as Regent, with full powers, &c. It is confeffedly an hafty performance. The rea. foning is rather that of a lawyer, arguing from precedents (such as they are), than of a constitutional statesman. Art. 46. Sbert View of the present Great Question. Svo.
IS. Debrett. The defign of this view is fimilar to that of the preceding DEDUCTIONS; but the execution is superior. The writer appears to understand the confticution; and he pronounces that it is above law. Thofe who wish for an explanation of this dogma, may consult the pamphlet; which will be foon perused, as it contains no more than io octavo pages.
POETRY. Art. 47. Poems on Slavery: by Maria Falconar, aged 17, and Har.
riet Falconar, aged 14. 8vo. 15. 6 d. Johnson. 1788. We have already introduced to our Readers, these young favourites of the Moral Muse: See Rev. for March 1788, p. 245. They have now taken up the popular topic of Negroe-lavery; on which they have said many good things, in very pleasing numbers. The pictures of Superstition and Hypocrisy, by the elder Miss F. and of a cloister'd life, by the same hand, are well drawn, and happily in troduced. For example:
• Deep in monastic folitude entomb'd,
Drew back the soul just ioaring to the sky.' We do not think the younger lady one step behind her sister, in her advances toward the higher regions of Parnasus; as the reader will