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CATALOGUE. Miscellaneous. ' unworthy portion; the generous Anacharsis restores him to freedom, and requests alone the enjoyment of his friendship. They set out together in the latter end of the first year of the 104th olympiad, about 363 years before the birth of our Saviour.
[ To be continued. ] MONTHLY CATALOGUE For FEBRUARY 1790.
MISCELLANEOUS ART. 17. Letters chiefly from India ; containing an Account of the Mili
tary Transactions on the coast of Malabar, during the late War; together with a port Description of the Religion, Manners, and Customs, of the
Inhabitants of Indoftan. By John Le Couteur, Esq. Captain in his . Majesty's 100th Regiment of Foot. Translated from the French. 8vo. 6s. boards. Murray. London, 1790. T HE performance before us is the work of a lively and agreeT able writer, who appears to have given an impartial and faithful narrative of the principal occurrences of the last war in India.
He was himself an actor in most of the scenes he has described ; and, if we may judge from the propriety of his remarks on the conduct of the different commanders by fea and land, he was not un-qualified to have produced something more than an historical epitome,
Beside the narrative of military and political transactions, the author has enriched his little work with entertaining accounts of the natural curiosities, religious rites, and other peculiarities of the different countries he had the opportunity of seeing, during his absence from home on his military duty; these are, we believe, the result of his own observation, and though not very full, are sufficient to give a good general idea of those subjects, at the same time that it will afford considerable amusement to the reader. - The letters, however, are not entirely free from fault ; there are luxuriancies to prune, and deficiencies to supply; but our want of room cbliges us to poftpone the further examination of the work till next month. Art. 18. A Fifteen Days Tour to Paris ; containing several intereft
ing Circumstances, particularly the Origin and Progress of the present
The excursion made by this traveller was short, but he has doubtless employed it to the best advantage. . He went by Dover and Calais, and returned by Dieppe and Brighthelmftone. Of all the most noted places through which he passed in this route, he gives a general description ; but the greater part of his observations relates to the French capital; where having seen the king, the queen, and a few other eminent personages, he delivers a transient account of them. The description of the Bafille, which is annexed, appears to be drawn with fidelity.
ART. 19. The Hary; a Legendary Tale, in Two Paris. 480. is. 6d.
Johnson. London, 1789... . This performance would be entitled to praise were it the first production of either a boy or girl. If it comes from the hands of a veteran, we can only with he had been better employed; to pray for the amendment of a poet at a mature age, would both be idle and ineffectual. ART. 20. The Blunders of Loyalty, and other Miscellaneous Poems; being a Sele&tion of certain ancient Poems, parily on Subjeets of local Hiftory. Together with the original Notes and Illufirations. The Poems modernised by Ferdinand Fungus, Gent. 4to. 25. 6d. Murray. London, 1789. We are of opinion that the talents of Mr. Fungus for the species of wit at which he aims ftand in no need of those uncouth and obscure artifices of which he avails himself.
There is much keen satire in these verses. But the object of ridicule being local, remote, and not general, the performance we apprehend cannot be in general demand. The author should select a subject for exercising his talents upon not liable to this objection.
ART. 21. The Tempeft; or, The Enchanted Island. Written by Shake.
speare. With Additions from Dryden, as compiled by F. P. Kemble, and firsi acted at the Theatre-Royal, Drury-Lane, Oxt. 13, 1789. 8vo. rs. Debrett. London, 1789. We do not much admire this mode of jumbling our best authors into one heterogeneous mass. The public taste ought to be formed and led by good.writers; but Mr. Kemble sets the example of accommodating them to the fashion of the times. However such management may answer the purposes of the treasury in Old Drury, we should be forry to see it adopted by the editors of our dramatic poets. Let not their beauties be thus mangled and deformed to gra. tify the fastidious taite, the interest, or the vanity, of any, who, having no tenderness for their fame, wantoniy sacrifice it to pecuniary confiderations. ART. 22. A Letter to the Rev. Dr. Parr; occafioned by his Republica
tion of Tracts by Warburton and a Warburtonian. 8vo. Is. Robson and Clarke. London, 1789.
The obvious and avowed purpose of this Letter is to expose what the writer deems the real motives of the republication referred to in the title, and pretty generally ascribed to the Rev. Dr. Parr. The only oftensible reasons ftated by the editor for a new edition of the tracts mentioned, are, that those of a Warburtonian are scarce, and abandoned of their author; that some compensation to the Doctors Jortin and Leland was necessary; and that some juvenile pieces of the late celebrated author of the Diving Legation merited preserva. tion. These the Letter writer alleges are mere pretensions, and roundly afferts that the learned editor had no higher motive for engaging in the present undertaking than a Arong propensity to abuse
the Bishop of Worcester. Presuming the offended state of the Doctor's mind to be satisfactorily established, a variety of ingenious conjectures are hazarded to account, in fome degree, for the fact. The Letter is dictated with much feverity, retaliates on the Doctor his own charges, with some address, and is sometimes very success-ful in raifing a laugh. The author can assume a tone, however, not destitute of dignity when he chuses to be serious. The following is an extract of this sort. We pretend not to give any opinion of its justice or aptitude in the present dispute, but it is written in a manner which discovers abvities. "The most acceptable service, Sir, which you could possibly have had it in your power to perform, for the memory of thofe respectable characters whose cause you affect to take up, was to have suffered the Tracts to have remained in that State of oblivion in which you found them. For it seems hardly *Gonfiftent with the regard you express to felect these from among your scarce and forgotten Tracts, and an act little short of piracy, to tear open the wounds afresh which the more friendly memory of the public had so kindly healed.
• There can be no doubt. Sir, but all the learned disputants concerned in this controversy give a common and a generous consent to the quiescence of the subject. In the strength and vigour of intel·lect, men of learning and ability seize the opportunities that offer
for difplaying them ; and, in the cause of what they deem the truth, they are anxious, and fometimes even angry, in the struggle. The hand of time, however, softens and quiets the disposition for combat, and even for victory. The fermentations of dispute, like the groffer particles in the composition, sink gradually to rest, under the mild and clearer influence of religion and philosophy. That this, Sir, was the desirable issue of the present controversy, and that all the distinguished characters concerned in it, before they were separated by the great determiner of all queftions, regarded each other with mutual respect, as scholars, as men, and as Christians, there cannot be the least doubt.
· Little thanks, therefore, are due to him, who, to gratify his own spleen and malignity, plunges it into the regions of oblivion, and, with a ruffian violence, drags forth a reposing fpirit of conteni. tion into new agitation and tumult.'
In a fubsequent part of the Letter the merits and views of the editor are thus buldly appreciated : · "When the reader has gone through the whole of your publica.
tion (impreffed as he most probably is with previons respect and vene. · ration for the eminent prelate to whom the Tracts are dedicated), he is in fome anxiety to account for that profufion of abuse which he finds in your dedication and preface; as, in progress, he has discovered no just provocation for it. He perceives the scarcity of the tracts to be none, the supposed defertion of the author could be none; for what is it to Dr. P. or to any one else, whether the author chufes to acknowledge them or not? The cause could not be the defence of Fortin an. Leland; for the abuse of the Letter Writer iş no defence of them; and besides, he is informed that the Letter Writer is . demolihed,' and the public had forgotten the letters. At last, however, upon caft.
ing back he smells the rat, where he lies lurking in a sentence or two at page 156, and in the note at page 109. I leave it to the reader's .. discernment to take the vermin by this direction.?
We add, without taking any side in the controversy, that Dr. Parr has roased an able antagonist; and the Bishop found an apt and well informed apologift. Art. 23. Alfred's Appeal. Containing his Ad!ress to the Court of . King's Bench on the Subjeet of the Marriage of Mary Anne Fitzherbert, ' and her Intrigue with Count Bellois. 8vo.' 2s. London. : Here is no contemptible share of genius, associated, however, with much blameable indiscretion. Oppression, as the proverb has it, makes a wise man mad, and mad men often speak truth. But what shall we say of the counsel and his client; the jury who tried the cause, and the court in which it was tried, if the representation which this pamphlet gives be a fair one. We respect the ardour and the abilities which Alfred displays in this fpirited appe:l, It exhibits at the same time such fermentation of mind and intemperance of thought, such wildness and bitterness of expression, added to ex-: travagance, which even the sufferings of the author will hardly justify.
It happens in this, as it does in many other cases, Alfred expects every allowance to be made for what he feels, but is rather sparing of the same indulgence to the feelings of those who managed the pro. secution. He must know that the arrogance or infolence of office is proverbial, and he was wanting to himself in discovering any surprise from contumelious treatment. To expect the polished civilities of a drawing-room in a court of justice, under a profecution for a libel, and after setting, in his own conduct, an example of gross indelicacy to individuals of the highest rank in life, to say the least of it betrays extreme weakness, and but a superficial knowledge of the world and human nature. The counsel's crimination, with all the colourings of a fervid elocution, was professional; his recrimination, full of asperity and invective as it was and highly inflammatory as he meant it should be, was also natural. But if the counsel, in his treatment of Alfred, wanted the complaisance of a gentleman, the replication of Alfred had neither the patience nor the composure of a christian. The counsel, feeling for his client, entered on the itudy of his brief under the impression that the defendant had forfeited all Claim to the attentions of a gentleman, by stooping to be the author and-publisher of deliberate flander. The countel had it not in his option to act from any other sentiment, whether that sentiment was well or ill founded. There is no dignity without moderation, nor any manliness in the absence of decency. Had Alfred possessed the lealt degree of philosophy or firmness of mind, these are circumstances of which he must have been aware, and even prepared to ineet them with fortitude and temper.'
Alfred is also highly offended with the counsel for not giving full , credit to the affidavit made by Alfred that he was not the author of Nemesis. Here again, without such a statement of facts as we have
not yet seen the reasoning of, Alfred seems to us altogether prema ture. Surely some attention is due to the force of strong internal evi. dence. Where the same train of thinking, the same warmth of fancy, the same arrangement and modification in the very turn of expression, strike the most careless reader, connected with all the circumstances of the case, there is, at least, some room to doubt.
These reflections have occurred to us on reading this appeal, and we state them honestly, without wishing to colour or mislead either on the one side or the other. Apart from such temerity and termagency of mind as must in general be offensive, Alfred's talents are above mediocrity. Otherwise directed and employed, he might become a very useful member of society, and we shall be happy in paying him our tribute of praise whenever we find him laudably engaged. ART. 24. The Partisan in War; or, The Use of a Corps of Light
Troops to an Army. By Lieut. Col. A. Emmerick. Small 8vo. 45. boards. Debrett. 1789.
The author of this treatise appears to be particularly well acquainted with the duty of a partisan, or the commander of a body of light troops. After mentioning the general qualifications of such an officer, he treats of the men and clothing, &c. necessary for a light corps; with the particular duties of the partisan. He next delivers the rules to be observed in marching by day and by night; with the precautions to which the partisan should always attend. The behavi. our towards spies is directed with good sense and knowledge of human nature. The author then confiders expeditions with cavalry; giving rules to be observed on service, and describing the mode of attack to interrupt couriers, &c. His attention is afterwards employed on ex. peditions with infantry; and he concludes with observations on conducting surprises by night. The treatise is written with great perfpicuity; and, what must not a little increase its usefulnels to mili. tary gentleinen, the colonel frequently illustrates his observations by examples drawn from his own experience. ART. 25. A Letter to J. Horne Tcoke, Esq. occafioned by his Two Pair
of Portraits, and other late Publications. 8vo. 25. Stalker. London, 1789.
. . This author urges Mr. Tooke to an enlargement of his Two Pair of Portraits, which, for the gratification of the public, he wilhes to be extended to a greater length. He likewise vindicates the confiftency of that gentleman through the whole of his political conduct; affirming that he has uniformly shown himself a friend to public li. berty. Besides this, which form: the principal object of the pamphlet, the author takes a view of the thop-tax, the Westminster election, the deliberations of the parliament on the regency, with other political topics of the times. Art. 26. Tables of Exchange to and from Frarce, from 25d to 2818, the French crown. By Andrew Thomas, Clerk to Sir Robert Her.