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ber of the Middle Temple Society, 4to.

Is. 6d. Brotherton.

The Author of this little Effay premises, that our (as he is pleased to term them) fenfible reflections in our review of Hooke's Roman History, • forft excited his curiosity to attempt an Enquiry into the doctrine of a Tenure, which keeps so many thousand of our fellow subjects, male and female, not only in real indigence, but, what is worse, a moft abject and servile dependance on the caprice, vanity, or folly, of an elder brother. We are glad to have been the occasion of railing an attention to a subject which deserves the most serious confideration of the public: and if this Writer had knowlege and judgment, equal to his Icarning and vivacity, the indigent younger brethren and deftitute females, need not have an abler Advocate. But if we may judge from the style and manner of this piece, it is a juvenile attempt, and most young Authors make a profuse display of their reading,

And think they grow.immortal as they quote. Thus our Author has overcharged every paragraph with scraps of Latin, which serve no other purpose, but to expose an unfashionable pedantry. We would not, however, have this Writer discouraged; as, when his luxuriance is pruned, he may make a respectable figure: for it is but juft to acknowlege, that his reflections are always spirited, and frequently ingenious and pertinent. Describing the consequences of an elder brother's succeeding to a father dying intestate, posrefled of a freehold estate, without personal assets, or marriage settlement, he very justly and pleasantly remarks, that— Upon seizing and taking postelfion of this freehold land, (the whole estate) the first step he is advised co by his Counsel, is to dock the entail. By this he cuts off, from the children of his own father and mother, the contingent chance of fucceffion, in order to make them wholly dependent on his good graces, during the time he remains unmarried.-Defunt cetera.- At length he marries a sole Heiress, and, by a Smithfield bargain, doubles his estate, settles in the mansion-house of the family, and residing there, his coantry enjoys the benefit of an upright Magistrate, and the neighbours, that of his generosity and diffused hospitality. Thus are twenty-five or thirty thousand acres of English freehold held, agreeable to the Spirit of the Sword, that is to say, succession in primogeniture. A portion of inheritance vested in one, which would make five hundred Freebolders happy, can be deemed no other than held in Mortmain, because Leaseholders seldom form projects of any improvements, having nothing but their leases to depend upon. ..

Negle&tis urenda Filix innafcitur Agris.
Thus much for the advantages accruing to the State from the present Te.
nure, where the other part of this family, namely, the younger bro-
ther, can never attain a competency : and as to the siters, they may
mourn their virginity, like Jephtha's daughter, because what becomes
of either, remains a secret to this day.'

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Poe T I C A L.
Art. 3. An Epithalamium on the Nuptials of Lord Warkworth and
Lady Susan Stuart. Infcribed to the Right Hanourable the Coun-

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tess of Northumberland. By Timoleon Brecknock. Polio. 6d. Marth.

Nothing, certainly, could be more laudable, or more benevolent, than Mr. Brecknock's design in this Epithalamium. There is something kind and attentive to the happiness of the noble Pair in the very motto, wherein he cordially advises them, not to forget the great duty of propagation, but to beget children, as their parents had done before them; — Brevi Liberos Date, says he ; and surely fage was the ad. vice; for we are naturally frail and forgetful creatures ; very inatten. tive, and apt to overlook the most important duties. From these consi, derations, no doubt, it was that the Author, in the very first line of his poem, reminds the noble family to whom he addresses it, that Poets used formerly to be well paid for their labours

Great their deserts, great their rewards !
Nothing could be more prudent, or more to the purpose.

The Poet does every thing with the utmost order and decofum. On the morning of the wedding day, he calls upon Hymen, and having ćwice given him orders to makc hafte, and look about him, sets him re. gularly to work.-Then comes the Bride, who, like Byblis, undergoes One of Ovid's metamorphoses :

The Bride, adorn'd with every grace,
Inherent in the Stuart race,

From Bute (the fountain) springs. Pretty and surprizing! but, for the miraculous, give us the subsequent part of the stanza !

Whose House enlargd with Brunswick's bloqd,
A confluent stream of great and goad,

Excels all earthly Kings. Bute, in the preceding verse was a fountain. Behold here then, the house of a fountain enlarged with blood, and more excellent than all the Kings upon earth! This is the wonderful, the mysterious, or the ftriking, which has fo fine an effect in poetry!

Hymen, being somewhat now, is again called upon, in the next ftanza, to mend his pace, and to mind what he is about. And now the Bridegroom makes his appearance

With frefh perfumes
Fragrant, the jocund Bridegroom comes,

Northumberland's rich Heir. Observe the elegant turn of the compliment! My Lord has dressed his hair with pomatum, bas sprinkled his handerchief with orange-flower water, and is Heir to a large estate :

Northumberland's RICH Heir ! This is speaking to the purpose. It would have been unpardonable in the Poep to have forgotten this circumstance.

Hymen being till tardy, is a third time called upon to make hafte; and, in order ço render him a little more expeditious, is cold, almost in plain terms, that his Lordship and Lady Susan are in a violenc hurry about something mo

Hafte,

Hate, Hymen, hafte; the Hotspur blood
Boils in young Warkworth's veins—a flood

Impatient of controul :
The Lovers glance a mutual fire,
And scarce conceal their fond desire

To mingle foul with foul.
Euge! great Taliesin! why should you mince the matter ?

And now, gentle Reader, now we are going to ftrip the Bride-yes, Arip her to the very puris naturalibus, and throw her stark-naked into the arms of her Lord :

Ye Nymphs, attendant on the Bride,
Throw, throw her gems, her robes aside,

Her filken lace untye ;
And give her in her native CHARMS,
To her own Warkworth's eager arms,

A Paradise of joy. Poets have always a right to prophecy, but Mr. Brecknock must have had a moral certainty of what he foretells in the following stanza, since ke had taken all proper measures towards producing such an effé&t :

Methinks already I foresee
The Prattler fondling on the knee,

And lifping after Fame:
Cry “ How I long to far outshine
“ The Percy, Seymour, Stuart line,

In Smithson's loftier name!"
In compliment to the Poet, we would advise the noble Pair to call the
child Timoleon, as that would render its name ftill more fonorous,
THEATRICAL.

L Art. 4: The Patron, a Comedy, in three Acts. As it is performed

at the Theatre in the Hay-market. By Samuel Foote, Elq; 8vo. Is. Kearly,

Not greatly inferior to any of Mr. Foote's former humourous productions ; altho' it cannot be ranked with his Mayor of Garret. The character of the Patron is thaç of a superficial coxcombly pretender to wit and learning; who, being a man of fortune and fashion, affords his countenance and protection to a set of contemptible witlings, for the sake of the incense offered by them to his vanity. There are some other ridiculous characters in the piece, particularly Mr. Rust the Antiquarian, who falls in love with a fine young Lady, because he thought the tip of her nose resembled that of the Princess Poppæa. Sir Peter Pepper-pot, the rich Welt-Indian, is likewise brought in, to divert the audience with his account of barbecues and turtle-feasts: and Dactyi the Poet, with Mr. Puff the Bibliopolian, have a pleasant quarrel, in order to expose the art and mystery of book-making and publishing, Art, 5. Ihe Liar, a Comedy, in three Arts. As it is performed

at the Theatre in the Hay-market. By Samuel Foote, Efq; 8vo. Is. 60, Kearfly,

The The unmanly vice of Lying, is here attacked with the vivacity and humour which distinguish the comic writings of Mr. Foote, The Reviewers also, who had offended this droll Genius, by fome strictures on one or two of his pieces, (which he doubtless looked upon as a fort of lying too, as nothing could possibly be true which was said to the disadvantage, in any degree, of Mr. Foote's productions) come in for a ftroke or two by the bye.

As such liule attacks are sometimes made upon us, which very few of qur Readers, perhaps, ever fee, or even hear of; and as this is one of the smartest of them all, (tho we have not greatly smarted by it) we fhall extract this part of the work, as the most candid specimen that could be given.

Young Wilding, a Rake, having eloped from Oxford, in company with a sly Adventurer, who attends him as a sort of private Tụtor, the latter, among other particulars, gives the following account of himself: «ř. Wild. Why this disguise ? why renounce your country?

Papillion. There, Sir, you make a little mistake ; it was my country that renounced me.

r. Wild. Explain.

· Pap. In an inftant; upon quitting the school, and first coming to town, i got recommended to the Compiler of the Monthly Review.

r. Wild. What, an Author too ? Pap. Oh, a voluminous one: the whole region of the belles lettres fell under my inspection ; physic, divinity, and the mathematics, my Mistress managed herself. There, Sir, like another Aristarch, I dealt out fame and damnation at pleasure. . In obedience to the caprice and commands of my Master, I have condemned books. I never read, and applauded the fidelity of a translation, without understanding one fyllable of the original.

r. Wild. Ay! why I thought acuteness of discernment, and depth of knowlege, were necessary to accomplish a Cittic.

Pap. Yes, Şir; but not a monthly one! [Well hit, Mr. P.! Our method was very concise : We copy the title-page of a new book we never go any farther : if we are ordered to praise it, we have at hand about ten words, which, scattered through as many periods, ef. fectually does the bufinefs ; as,“ laudable design, happy arrangementą spirited language, nervous sentiment, elevation of thought, conclusive argument;" if we are to decry, then we have, “ unconnected, fat, false, illiberal Aricture, reprehenfible, unnatural :" and thus, Sir, we pepper the Author, and foon rid our hands of his work.

*r.Wild. A short recipe.

Pap. And yet, Sir, you have all the materials that are necessary : these are the arms with which we engage Authors of every kind. To us all fuhjects are equal; plays or sermons, poetry or politics, music or midwifry, it is the same thing. 'r, Wild, How came you to resign this easy employment

Pap. It would not answer, Notwithstanding what we fay, people will judge for themselves; our work hung upon hand, and all I could get from the Publisher was four shillings a-week, and my {mall beer, Poor pitcance! eľ Wild. Poor indeed. Pap. Oh, half-farv'd me!"

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Half-farved, indeed! and yet to be impartial, notwithstanding our fellow-feeling for brother Papillion, it must be owned, that four shillings a week and small beer, was consideration enough for such reviewing as he speaks of. For us, it is plain we better earn our small beer than he did; for the extract we have just made from the Liar, is a proof that we sometimes, at least, go a little further than the title-page.

POLITIC A L. Art. 6. The Counter-Address to the Public, on the late Difmiffion

of a General Officer. 8vo. Is. Almon, In our Review for June laft, page 489, we gave an account of the Address which occasioned the present counter-performance; in which the Author enters warmly on the defence of General Conway's character, in opposition to the attacks of the Author of the first Addrefs. How far the public are concerned in the event which gave rise to this dispute, we will not pretend to determine; bur those who incline to pay due at. tention to the arguments on both sides of the question, will find, we apprehend, thofe of the present Writer worthy the serious confideration of the candid Reader. Our limits will not allow us to enter minutely into particulars ; nor does the nature of the subject require it ;-but the ingenious Author's own fummary of what he has offered by way of answer to the former Address, will give some idea of the spirit and tem. per with which he writes:

• The late dismission is prejudicial, fays he, to the army, to the Gefierál, to the public, for these seafons.

• 1. It must Nacken the zeal of Officers, when they see that after a life spent in the service, they are liable to be turned adrift, to satisfy the vengeance of Ministers, and for causes no way connected with the profefiion. It affects the honour of Officers, who are by this Author declared the Tools of a Minister ; it makes their fortune precarious and desperate, if they obey their conscience; and inclines men without doors to question the honour of those who vote with the Court, as a rod is held over their heads, and it is known that they act un. der fear of lofing their employments. It indisposes their countrymen to chuse them into Parliament, as an Officer can no longer be supposed a free Agent.

2. The General is hart in his fortune; he is deprived of the rewards of long and painful services, and he is treated with the fame dirgracë, as men are treated in all countries, who have proved themselves Anworthy of their profession.

• 3. The public is hurt, if the rights of Parliament are violated; and if punishment, which is only due to crimes, is inflicted on incora tuptible honesty, and conscientious virtue. It is hurt; if Ninifters revenge their own animosities on the Servants of the King and the nation, and if they, in effect, declarë, that to defend the Liberties of the people, subjects the Guardians of those Liberties to profcription.' Art. 7. The Question, on some late Dismissions, truly Rated. By

a Friend to the Army and the Constitution. In Answer to. A7? Address to the Public. 8vo. 15. Wilkie.

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