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tire satisfaction of every impartial and competent judge of the subjects in dispute. Art. 17. Suplément au Ministére de Mr. Pitt, avec une Récapitula
tion exacte de toutes les Démarches de ce fage Politique depuis le 5 Septembre 1761, qu'il quitta le Ministére, jusqu'au 30 Juillet 1766, qu'il a etè créè Comte de Chatham, et garde de Sceau privé d' Angleterre, contenante un espace de prés de cinq ans : par le Colonel Chevalier Champigny. A Cologne, &c.
[That is) Supplement to the Ministry of Mr. Pitt, with an exa2 Recapi
tulation of the entire Conduct of that sage Politician from the 5th of September 1761, when he quitted the Ministry, to the 30th of July 1766, when he was created Earl of Chatham, &c. By the Chevalier Colonel Champigny. 8vo. 6s. Williams.
As this performance consists almost entirely of translations from our own language, and a recapitulation of facts with which most Englishmen are well acquainted, it were unnecessary to speak particularly of its contents. In justice to the Author however, we cannot help observing, that, in general, he has rendered more than justice to the pieces he has translated, and that his language is throughout correct and elegant.
MB DICA L. Art. 18. The Lady's Physician; a practical Treatise on the various
Disorders incident to the fair Sex, with proper Directions for the Cure thereof. Written originally in French, by M. Tisfot, M. D. Translated by an eminent Physician. 8vo. 15. Pridden:
Whether this be really a translation from M. Tissot or not, and how eminent loever may be the translator, we pronounce it, without the least helitation, to be a mere catch-penny.
THEATRICAL. Art. 15. The Country Girl; * a Comedy; altered from Wycherly:
as it is acted at the Theatre Royal in Drury-Lane. 8vo. Becket.
As it is but seldom that we can deem such of our new theatrical pieces as have any pretension to the name of Original productions, to be wore thy of more distinction in our Journal, than a place in the Monthly Catalogue; the unknown Alterer, therefore, of one of Wycherly's play:, will not take it ill, if we use the same freedom with the present publication :-of which we shall say nothing more, but leave the Editor to speak for himself, in the following extract of his preliminary advertisement :
• The desire, says he, of shewing Miss Reynolds to advantage; was the first motive for attempting an alteration of Wycherly's Country Wife. Though near half of the following play is new written, the
This wile is not new : Antony Brewer, a dramatic author, ut con: siderable eminence, and cotemporary with Wyaherly, wrote a comedy called The Country Girl; which the author of the Companion to the Play-house tells us, was often acted with applause.
Alterer claims no merit, but his endeavour to clear one of our most ce. lebrated comedies from immorality and obscenity. He thought himself bound to preserve as much of the original, as could be presented to an audience of these times without offence; and if this Wanton of Charles's days is now so reclaimed, as to become innocent without being insipid, the present editor will not think his time ill employed, which has enabled him to add some little variety to the entertainments of the public. There seems indeed an absolute necessity for reforming many plays of our most eminent writers : For no kind of wit ought to be received as an excuse for immorality, nay it becomes fill more dangerous in proportion as it is more witty-Without such a reformation, our Englis comedies must be reduced to a very small number, and would pall by a too frequent repetition, or what is worse, continue shameless in spite of public disapprobation.'
The revising and correcting most of our old acting comedies, would certainly be very laudable; as there is too much licentioufness in ala oft every one of them: but great care and skill would be required in using the liberty of altering them, lest the manly vigor, and sterling wit of their original authors, be too much impaired or allayed. Were the sage of reformation, rather than its true and liberal spirit to prevail, chere would be the utmost cause to fear, that we should proceed as erroneously as Jack did, in the Tale of a Tub, and entirely demolish the coat, in rending away its frippery ornaments., Art. 20. The Cunning Man, a Musical Entertainment, in Two
Alts. As it is performed at the Theatre Royal in Drury-Lane. Originally written and composed by Mr. J. J. Rouffeau. 8vo. IS. Bećket and Co. Taken, with some alterations, from Rousseau's Devin du Villa €; which has been so highly applauded at Paris.--As a literary performance, it is but a trifling paftoral entertainment; but as a musical compofition, it is neither anworthy of its original author, nor of the gentleman who has taken the pains to introduce it on the English theatre.
MISCELLANEOU S. Art. 21. A Letter from M. de Voltaire to Mr. Hume ; on his dif
pute with M. Rousseau. Translated from the French. 8vo. 6d. Bladon.
Mr. Rousseau having thought fit to rank Mr. Voltaire among the number of his enemies and calumniators, the latter, to prove the injustice of the charge, abuses and ridicules poor Rousseau, most unmer. cifully, in this letter to Mr. Hume. It is really cruel, and ungenerous, in the highest degree, thus wantonly to attack, and wound, and mangle, a man whose feelings are so extremely acute, and who is fo apt to smart and agonize at every pore! It may be sport to Mr. V. but it would be no dishonour to his character if it had been a little tinctured with the delicacy and sensibility of the Swiss philofopher, whom he so much affects to despise ! Art. 22. The Charter granted the Tenth Year of King William III.
to the East-India Company of England, 1698. 4to. is. 6d. London printed in 1766. Sold by D. Wilson.
All that is requisite for us to say, relating to this publication, is, that it appears to be an authentic copy of the charter. 4
POETICAL. Art. 23. E--l of Ch.---m's Apology, a Poem. 4to. is. Almon.
Sir William Pynsent's ghost has appeared a second time to his adopted heir, in order to be-rhyme and Billingsgate him, for becoming a lord. The ghost really makes very passable verses; though we think none of them proper for an extract in this place.
* See the article here alluded to, in the poetical division of our last month's Catalogue. Art. 24. Odes dedicated to the Honourable Charles Yorke, Esq.
By Robert Andrews, Author of the English Virgil dedicated to the Honourable Booth Grey, Esq. 4to. is. 6d. Printed by Baskerville, and sold by Johnson and Co.
Róbert Andrews is really the most out of the way genius we ever met with. After the palloral muse had thrown pears at his pate for his English Virgil (see Rev. Vol. XXXIV. f. 405.) he was still so daring as to insult the lady of the lyre, in such odes as — -eye hath not seen, nor ear heard. Ease; harmony and imagery, the established characteristics of lyric compositions, are nothing to Robert Andrews.---He mounts his Pegafus, dares through the clouds, dalhes down the stars, kicks out the fun, ayd crushes the moon into a cream cheese.
What has not that wicked Baskerville to answer for, who, by the beauty of his filver types, has allured poor Robert to make all this elementary mischief!
NO V E L s. Art. 25. The History of Miss Harriot Fitzroy, and Miss Emilia Spencer. By the Author of Lucinda Courtney. 8vo.
8vo.2 Vols. 6s. Noble.
Pretty tittle tat:le for the amusement of Miss Polly, while Monsieur is preparing her Parisian wig, and quite as proper furniture for the inside as that is for the outside of her head. However, to do this Novelist justice, we must own that the appears to be one of Mr. Noble's very best hands.
S E R M O N S. I. The Form of Sound Words to be held fast.- A Charge delivered O&. 2, 1966, at the Ordination of the Rev. Mr. John Reynold, to be Paftor of a Church of Christ meeting near Cripplegate, and published at the Request of the Church, &c. By John Gill, D.D. Keith.
11. Al St. Nicholas, in Newcastle, Sept. 4, 1766, at the Arniversary Meeting of the Sons of the Clergy. By John Darch, B. D. Fellow of Balioł College, Oxford, and Vicar of Long Benton, in Northumberland. White, &c.
II. The Chriftiin Salutation ; a farewell Sermon, delivered Oct. 12, 1766, on the Return of the Congregation under the Care of the Rev. Mr. John Rogers, from their occafional Aflo-, ciation with the Church meeting near the Maze-pond, Southwark. By Benj. Wallin. Buckland, &c.
IV. Preached at the Ordination of Mr. Samuel Wilton, June 18, 1706, at Lower Tooting, Surry. By Philip Furneaux.
Together with an Introductory Discourse by Andrew Kippis, Mr. Wilton's Confession of Faith, and Answers to the questions, proposed to him by Francis Spilsbury; and likewise a Charge delivered by Samuel Morton Savage, B. D. is. Buckland.
V. Preached in the Cathedral-church of Gloçester, Sept. 10. 1766. at the Annual Meeting of the Three Choirs of Glocester, Worcester, and Hereford, and published at their joint request. By Charles Bishop, M. A. Rector of Rudsord, and Undermaster of the College-school in Glocefter. Hawes and Co.
VI. At the Parish-church of Fawley, in Bucks, Aug. 10, 1766. By Thomas Powys, A.M. Newbery.
CORRESPONDENC E. THE
HE Reviewers are much obliged to Philalethes for his favour
of Nov. 8. They imagine he may be right in his conjecture relating to the writer of the Esay on Preaching. * ; but cannot venture so far with him as to join in his aut Diabolus-aut d'Alembertus !' Nor do they deem it right to think aloud, with reSpect to the real authors of such anonymous productions as occa, fionally pass in Review before them; although they are generally pretty well satisfied of such identity. When writers do not publickly affix their names to their performances, others have no right to point them out : except in those instances where lecrecy is obviously out of the question.-On a reconsideration of Pompadour's Memoirs, we are, frankly, inclined to acquiesce in our Correspondent's idea of that performance.—Reviewers were never yet understood to be Popes. As to the construction which Philalethes puts on the Bishop of Gloucester's sermon De Propa. ganda Fide t, we chuse to be silent, and leave his abridgement, as he terms it, to the judgment of our Readers : -0 ye inhabitants of the Colonies ! 'tis true ye are all a pack of rogues, rascals, philosophers and infidels ; but still, as your land is now become a morsel delicious enough to excite a priestly appetite, I shall do my utmost to send my family to make a meal upon it.'--In every other sense, our Correspondent acknowledges, the fermon feems extremely ingenious; but its effect, he doubts, will be little other than as if a man sent an abusive card to a ftranger, and added to it, that he would do himself the pleasure of eating a bit of bread, and drinking a glass of wine with him, if agreeable.
With respect to the Bull which our Correspondent law grazing at the bottom of p. 236, the Reviewers have no concern in that business : the animal was not on their premises.
* Vide last Appendix to the MONTHLY Review,
Proceedings and Debates of the House of Commons, in 1620 and
1621. Collected by a Member of that House. And now
constitution, the debates of the national ailembly cannot
The principal merit of a collection of parliamentary debates, is that of their being genuine ; for in the far greater part of those now extant, the harangues supposed to have been made, never passed through the lip, of any public speaker, but were Composed by some obscure rhetorician in his clofet. But with respect to the debates under present consideration, there is noVOL. XXXV.