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though preffed to it in the strongeft manner, by the Duke of CUMBERLand, and the Duke of NewCASTLE ; and who being their common friend, he did not doubt Mr. Pitt himself had in contemplation. This worthy and respectable person was Lord LYTTELTON. At the conclufion of this sentence, Mr. Pirt said, Good God, how can you compare him to the Duke of Grafton, Lord SHELBURNE, and Mr. Con. WAY? Besides, said he, I have taken the privy seal, and he cannot have that, Lord Temple then mentioned the post of lord president: upon which Mr. Pirt said, that could not be, for he had engaged the prefidency: but, says he, Lord LYTTELTON may have a penfion. To which Lord Temple immediately answered, that would never do; nor would he stain the bud of his adminiftration with an accumulation of pensions. It is true, Mr. Pitt vouchsafed to permit the noble lord to nominate his own board; but at the same time infifted, that if two persons of that board, (Thomas Townshend and George Onslow, Efqrs;) were turned out, they fould have a compensation, i. c. penfions.
Mr. Pitt next aked, what person his lordship had in his thoughts for secretary of state ? His lordship answered, Lord Gower, a man of great abilities, and whom he knew to be equal to any Mr. Pitt had named, and of much greater alliance; and in whom he meant and hoped to unite and conciliate a great and powerful party, in order to widen and strengthen the bottom of his administration, and to vacate even the idea of opposition ; thereby to restore unanimity in parliament, and confine every good man's attention to the real objects of his country's welfare. And his lordship added, that he had never imparted his design to Lord Gower, nor did he know whether that noble lord would accept of it*, but mentioned it now, only as a comprehenfive measure, to attain the great end he wished, of restoring unanimity by a reconciliation of parties, that the business of the nation might go on without interruption, and become the only business of parliament. But Mr. Pitt rejected this proposal, evidently healing as it appeared, by saying, that he had determined Mr. Conway fhould stay in his present office, and that he had Lord SHELBURNE to propose for the other office, then held by the Duke of RICHMOND; so that there remained no room for Lord Gower. This Lord Temple said was coming to his first proposition of being sole and absolute di&tator, to which no consideration should ever induce him to submit. And therefore he infifted upon ending the conference ; .which he did with saying, that if he had been firit called upon by the K. he should have consulted Mr. Pitt's honour, with regard to the arrangement of ministers, and have given him an equal share in the nomination ; and that he thought himself ill-treated by Mr. Pitt, in his not observing the like conduct.'
In the remaining part of his enquiry our Author rails at Lord B-e, talks of the late GREAT COMMONER's junction with him, and extols the abilities, the firmness, the patriotism, the integrity, &c, of Lord TEMPLE, who is the great hero of his piece,
• Lord Temple afterwards wrote to Lord Gower, to excuse the mention he had made of his name.' Art. 22. A Letter to the Right Honourable the E--- T----, upon bis Conduct in a late Negociation, and its Consequences, To which
is prefixed a curious Dialogue between a certain Rt. Hon. Author and his Bookseller. 8vo. Is. 6d. Bladon.
There is some humour in the dialogue between VAMP and his Pa. TRON, which is prefixed to this letter ; we shall insert it for the entertainment of our Readers.
• Patron. I tell you, Vamp, it must not be my hand is known at every printing.house in town I can only furnish the materials, Vamp. My L, you know my expedition in copying-we can get it out in time. P. Do you imagine the floridness and sublimity of my stile will not be diftinguishable from the common herd of Grubftreet trash that daily issues from the press ? v. Very true, my L-; but it is not every body that has seen your detached pieces, kept up a correspondence with you, or heard your excellent speeches in the H-e. P. Do you think Lord C-- or Charles T will not be able at once to discover the polishing of my periods--the energy of my expresfion, and the force of my reasoning? V. Doubtless, my L-d, they will guess what quarter it came from ; but so much the better. P. Ay, for you, Vamp, who want to run it through two or three impressions--but consider how I may be attacked by P—'s partizans. V. We must see and pave the way for it in the public papers ; and if we can but get the cry of our lide, as you know was the case with Byng, no body will dare defend him. P. Well, have you written any thing upon the subject for the papers ? V. Yes; I have ready three Essays for the Public, two Epigrams for Poeis Corner, and a Rebus for the Gazetteer. P. Very well; start 'en as soon as you can—You're sure you've rung the changes properly upon P-t and Palteney, Bath and Chatham. V. I'll venture to say there is not a pun in the whole language they are susceptible of, that I have not brought into play. P. Suppose we were to say a word or two, by way of a close, about W-kes and Liberty : they are popular subjects, and would make us look as if we were in earnest, and did not pine entirely after the loaves and fishes. V. To be sure, my L-d, they are very good subjects, and would do extremely well for a close-but if P-tt should take the hint, and obtain his recal, this would be a do'd popular step, and might destroy all that we had said against him. P. That's true; and so we'll e'en fick close to the Peerage and the Privy-seal :--but be sure we do not contradict ourselves; for if we should lay ourselves open to the cri. tics, they'll certainly be at us; and an Author had better be worried by half a dozen bull-dogs than fall into their clutches. V. Leave that to me-no body discovers the right and wrong side of an argument sooner than little Vamp.-I say it, that should not say it ; but there is not a bookseller in London that knows better how to touch up an eighteenpenny pamphlet,Materials or no materials, right or wrong, for or against, it is all the fame to little Vamp--Give me but a fair opportunity, and a good motto, and I'll back myself against the whole Row for an eighteen-penny touch. P. Hey-day!- where is your vanity leading you to !--What's all this to the purpose ?-Have not we got materials ?-are not we to publish on Thursday ?—is not the title ready? -is not the motto spick and span? what would the man be at? Vil beg pardon, my L--d; my vivacity hurried me away too far:- but a man cannot always be blind to his own merits.-Without vanity, no man talks less about his abilities than myself :--but sometiines, my
1-d, when it is fo apropos, a man cannot entirely suppress his fentiments, though they may be to his advantage. P. Egad the fellow's 'mad :-the sale of the History of the Minority has turn'd his brain another such hit would entitle him to a place in Bedlam. V. I beg para don, my Lord, I beg pardon. P. Here are you chattering like a magpye, about your curled parts and abilities, when we should be preparing for the press, pruning our arguments, lopping off the excrefcences of our rhetoric, and paring the exuberance of our logic. V. Nobly exo press’d, indeed my 1-: there's nobody speaks and writes like you, that's certain.-Good God, what a flight! P. Oh! oh! have you re'covered your senses; what, you can attend to business, can you ?
V. My L-d, I'm all attention,- what a noble flight !-do not let's Jose it, let me take it down in my common-place book ;- we may perhaps introduce it very happily, in the Inquiry: - let me see, (writus)
pruning our arguments, lopping off the excrescences of our rhetoric, and paring the exuberance of our logic.” P. Ay, that's it :-but I think a transposition there, would round the period more ;—and we'll fay, "pruning our arguments, paring the exuberance of our logic, and lopping off the excrescences of our shetoric."--Now, it will do. v. Finely rounded, my L-d, -- very finely rounde, indeed : nobody cou'd ever hit off such a period, but yourself;— They may talk of their P-its, and their T-ds;-but give me I-- for the rounding of a period. P. Why, to be sure that is my fort : ut to bufineis. If any one should dispute our facts, what proofs can we alledge-V, Your Lp knows I've always a collection of ailegacion , ailertions, and ipsedixits; ready-made and well asforced, that will serve for any argu. ment:-and let me tell your L-P, a good round aftertion goes a great way with the common run of readers. P. It does lo; but be sure you take care of your grammar, for you are very apt to flip there.. V. Why, to be sure, the dd Nominative cases do puzzle me sometimes ;-but as your L-p will read over the proofs, you may easily correct any little grammatical inaccuracy. P. Do not trust too much to me:- the warmth of the argument, and the energy of the expression, often carry me away so much, that I quite lofe light of the graminar ;therefore, be as correct as you can. V. Well, if we should blunder little, we can lump it in the errata, and so call it an error of the press, in the next edition :- bat, my L-, how shall we close,-do not you think a little good poetry will be a kind of relief to the dryness of the subject, and leave an agreeable impression upon the reader P. A very good thought, Vamp :-You are not fo dull as I thought for.-Ay, a little good poetry will be an excellent close, and leave that to me. Some smart lines I penned last night, and intended for the Public, will do admirably. V. There is no doubt but it will make a great noise, and to be sure, it will be answered :-Now, if we could anticipate any good answer by an earlier publication, we might prevent our antagonists hurting us. P. Good again :—be sure you have an Answer seady to put out the next day ;- but do not be too hard, touch but lightly, -or we may put words in our adversaries mouths.
V Leave it to me: they may both go to press together; so that, as soon as the Inquiry is published, out comes the Answer; and after that, no bookselier will purchase another, and we shall have the whole field to ourselves. P. Bravo! Admirable! Your fortune's made. litle Vamp -- you'll be ar alderman in two years,--and then you may make every motion I
want in the city. V. Ay, my L-d, any thing to serve your Le-, for you have been most cruelly used by that P-tt, who owes every thing to you ;-what would he have been without you !--The world does not know what obligations they have to you, though he has all the merit of them.- People do not think that you planned all their succeffes in the last war, and gave him hints for every good speech he made in the house ;--and now to refuse you an equal share in the
n.-Oh! it is monstrous, barbarous, insupportable. P. You fire my indignation at the remembrance.--I cannot bear the reflection : give me the pen, and I'll have at him this inftant.'
In regard to the Letter, it is addressed to L. T-.--e, as being the author, or at least the patron, of the Enquiry into the Conduet, &c.
• Perhaps your Lordship may pleale to ask, says the Letter writer, upon what authority I impute this Enquiry to you? To which I answer, The universal voice, and, as I have been told, your own acknowledge ment. Besides, there are many passages in it that you must necessarily have communicated, or else they are entire forgeries. In the latter case, it would be doing justice to your own character and the public, to openly disavow it in all the printed News Papers ; for no other conviction will serve, so strong is the prepossession of your being its Author. IF our Lordihip should judge this step expedient, I fall as publicly ask your pardon as I have addressed this Letter to you; and in the next edition (if such should take place) dedicate my epiltle to the learned, candid, political, consistent Mr. Vump, who will then derive all the merit of the Enquiry to himself.' Art. 23. A short View of the political Life and Transactions of a
late Right Honourable Commoner. To which is added, a full Refutation of an invidious Pamphlet, supposed to be published under the Sanction of a very popular Nobleman, entitled, An Enquiry into the Conduct of a late Right Honourable Commoner. 8vo. 2. Griffin.
We have here a short account of the late Right Honourable ComMONER's conduct, from his first appearance in a public character, down to the present time. The Author allows that there have been some very palpable inconsistencies in his conduct, and that his behaviour in regard to continental measures is what his greatest partizans must rather think of extenuating, than endeavour to defend. With all h's inconfiftencies, however, and with all his errors, he has done more for his country, we are told, than any miniser since our first exiltence as a people ; and is the ablest and most upright of any that are mentioned in our annals,
• The gentlemen, says our Author, who are so highly offended with Mr. Pitt because he did not come into fome active department of the administration ; seem to think that he should be as totally exempted from bodily decays as from mental imperfections; they do not consider that this great man is now in the decline of life, that he has been long finking under the almost unremitting feverity of a dreadful disorder, and that for several times of late he has been carried into the house of commons by his friends, wrapped up in flannels, and totally unable to land where it was even necessary for him to speak upon the business of his country; they do not consider that rest and relaxation are now entirely requisite to give the thort remainder of life some little talte of tranqui.
lity. They do not recollect, that like other men he must be sensible of pain, and have ideas of pleasure; be desirous to avoid the stroke of ada versity, and solicitous to bask a moment in the genial sunshine of content. On the contrary, attentive only to the narrow-minded confiderations of their own interest
, they will not allow him the smallest interval of repose ; and instead of thanking him for the numberless blessings which they have already possessed through his means, they load him with obloqoy and reproach, because he will not sacrifice himself entirely in their service, and breathe out his very last in the Herculean labours of a fresh admin ftration.
• Had the gentlemen, however, who censure Mr. Pitt fo highly for accepting only a finecure in the government, been actuated by any principles either of gratitude or generosity, they would rather on this occafion rejoice than be offended with his determination ; they would have been pleased that a man, who had done them such essential services, was now in a condition to reap some advantages for himself, and that in the evening of his days he found an honourable and easy means to provide for the advancement of his family.'
In our Author's refutation of the Enquiry into the Conduet, & c. there are some very smart and pertinent reflections in regard to Lord Temple, who, till his resignation with Mr. Pitt on the first accession of his prefent Majesty, was looked upon, we are told, merely as an inoffensive, good-natured nobleman, who had a very fine seat, and was always ready to indulge any body with a walk in his garden, or a look at his furniture : but who, if he had not attached himself to Mr. Pitt, and acquired by his affinity such an interest in the history of that great man, mighi have crept out of life with as little notice as he crept in, and gone off with no other degree of credit than that of adding a fingle unit to the bills of mortality. Art. 24. An Examination of the Principles and boafted Disintereft
edness of a late Right Honourable Gentleman. "In a Letter from an old Man of Bufiness, to a noble Lord. 8vo. Is. Almon.
To this Examination is prefixed the following advertisement:may not be amiss to premise to the reader, that the noble lord to whom this letter was addressed, without waiting for an opinion, which he had very earnestly desired, kissed hands for a lucrative office, a very few hours before the following reasons were sent him. The Writer, though he thinks diffidently of his style, is too well perswaded of the cogency of his argument, not to submit it to the public.'
In regard to the Examination, it contains a repetition of the principal things that are mentioned in the Enquiry into the Conduct, &c. and is: written with the same views. There are fome interesting circumstances in it, however, which are not to be met with in the Enquiry.
• After all the declamations, says our Author, with which we have been amused for some years against favouritism, Mr. Pitt has now chosen to exhibit himself to the public in the very popular character of a fa. vourite. What were his repeated complaints against Lord Bute; but that his lordship, in an office of no responfibility in itself, planned every public measure, and left those, who filled the government offices, to an. lwer for those councils which he himself had advised? What is Mr. Pitt doing: Nothing less than taking a more lucrative office, and equally