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mention in our Review. Goidoni borrowed this Good Girl * from the Pamela of our famous Richardion. The Italian perfrmance hath beea happily introduced, this season, at our opera-boule in the Hay-market, with fuccess proportioned to the date merit of the piece; in which it is difficult to say, whether the writing or the music was moi exceileat: though it mut be added, in favour of sig. Picciai, that, in his province, he is. perhaps, inimitable.
The attempt to adapt this elegant piece to an audience merly Eszhib, was, no doubt, laudable in it kind; and the Tranvatar hath fucceeded full as well as could be expected, in the diñcult task of adapting the English versification to the original music; and his discarding che recitetive, in order to reduce the dialogue to the standard of nature, was certainly a real improvement. That his piece, however, did not so greatly fucceed at Covent Garden, as to eclipse che Italian performance at the Hay-market, is not much to be wondered at; fince the Ang icised opera i, after all, but a faint copy of the juftly admired original
. Yet, ia justice to the English actors, we must observe, that some of the parts, particularly the female parts, were admirably executed; and, by many, preferred to the performance of the same parts by the foreign ladies.As to the entertainment which the Reader may hope to meet with, from a rete á tete with the Accomp ifoed Maid, in his closet,—he most not raila his expectations too high: she is rather for public than private amusement; yet, Tould me fail in the latter, her apology is ready. It is thus (without metaphor) expressed by our Tranflator: · This tranflation, says he, in his preface, is attempted so as to be sung to the original music, as performed in Italy; wherefore, the versification, it is hoped, will be considered as subfervient to the musical expreffion; and of course cannot bave that persect harmony in poetry which otherwise might have been given to it, had it been free from that restriction. As the music of this opera has always been elteemed the most capital work of that great composer Piccini, the translator thought it more just to give up the claim to poe cal harmony, rather than make the least infringement on the musical accent.' We have only to add, that there is great resemblance between this piece and Mr. Bickeritaff's Maid of the 01ill; the idea of which is alio borrowed from Sig. Goldoni's performance.
• This English Translator has varied a little from his original, in the title as well as in the plan and conduct of the piece ; and we think, with no ill fuccess in both. Art. 41. The Earl of Warwick, a Tragedy, as it is performed at the
Theatre-Royal in Drury Lane. 8vo. Is. 6d. Davies, &c.
The plan of this piece is nearly the same with that of the tragedy written in French, on the same subject, by M. de la Harpe ; for which ne refer to our Appendix to Review, Vol. xxix. p. 521. and of which a tranflation was published soon after : fce Vol. xxx. p. 210.-
---With regard to the production now before 15,-- we are sorry to see an English
an in any drg.ee less successful than the Frenchman, in a conteft on Endit gro na : yet, in justice to Mr. F we must declare our opinion, that theie are some nervous and high-wrote scenes in his play, which, in a great degree may be allowed to compensate for that want * This piece is generally attributed to the Rey. Mr. F.
of the pathetic, which was fo archly pointed at by a wag in some of the 'papers :
“ Fine language! fine sentiments! nothing of bathos !
“ O what would I give for a touch of the pathos ?" If the audience was too much lull'd by the languor of the last act, they were seasonably relieved by Mr. Garrick's sprightly epilogue: nor 'must we pass Mr. Colman's prologue unnoticed, notwithitand
ing his irreverent reflections upon us critics of inferior rank, who keep, no carriages. We shall quote the passage, however, to Thew that we can forgive him, notwithstanding his driving fo wantonly along, and Splashing his poor peripatetic brethren in his career :
Quintilians in each coffee-house you meet,
“ And many a Longinus walks the street.” Walk the fireet ! — and no such contemptible privilege, neither! many of you bards, Mr. C. would be glad if they had the same liberty!
N O V E L S. Art. 43. Tlie History of Miss Delia Stanhope. In a Series of
Letters to Miss Dorinda Boothby. 12mo. 2 Vols. 6s. Lowndes.
From the ease of the language, the vivacity of spirit, the delicacy of sentiment, and the abundance of love and tenderness which we find in this novel, we hesitate not to pronounce, that a Lady wrote it ; and from the exact attention paid to decency and virtue throughout the whole work, we as readily declare our opinion, that the most scrupulous of the sex, may safely venture to read it. Art. 44. The Adopted Daughter; or the History of Miss Clarissa B.
I 2mo, 2 Vols. 6s. Noble. There is the same resemblance between the characters of this and the foregoing novel, that we often observe between two perfons, i. e. an ordinary likeness.
RELIGIOUS and CONTROVERSIAL. Art. 45. Death, a Vision, or the solemn Departure of Saints and
Sinners, represented under the Similitude of a Dream. By John Macgowan. . 8vo. Is. Johnson and Co.
Those to whom religion is nothing more than a kind of visionary fanaticism, may be pleased with the reveries of this verbose Dreamer, who, without either critical discernment, or a knowledge of mankind, has heaped together a quantity of ill digested stuff, fuited only to the phleg„matic fancy of English methodists, or German divines. Art. 46. An Esãy to quench the Fire of Calvin ; or Inconsistency re
torted. Occasioned by a Letter to the Rev. Mr. John Wesley.' By W. Freeman. 8vo. 6d. Cooke.
The Litler here alluded to, is the tract mentioned in Art. 39. of our Catalogue for August lait --Mr. Freeman is a warm advocate for Mr. Wesley; and might have proved a notable defender of him, had he but learned to spell : a qualification which some of the nicer sort of readers art apt to look upon as indifpenfible in an author. · How grievously must it offend Mr. Freeman's learned brethren and friends among the methodills and quakers, to read of damning up the Atream, of Calvini'm,
which has immerced many almost as deep in rancour and detraction, as did of old the antideluvian waters? Of infernal flames that blaize Itronger, &c. ?' This is flovenly work, Mr. F.! neither orthography nor grammar! If you do not improve a little, in these respects, before you appear again in print, Mr. Wesley, who is certainly a scholar, may be forced to blush for his champion and vindicator. Art. 47. A Letter to the Rev. — of Justification or the vulgar
Notion of Imputed Righteousness mewn to be groundless by Joseph fane B. D. 8vo. 15. "Bristol, printed by Pine. Sold by Fletcher in London.
As we find it somewhat difficult to characterije this performance; and as Mr. Jane seems to have a manner of writing, printing, and even pointing, peculiar to himself; we hall content ourselves with selecting a few such sentences, as appear to us to contain the chief scope of his argument: and if our printer can but perform the part of an exact imitator of his copy the public will then have a tolerable juit view (though in miniature) of the Letter before us.
• The doctrine of “ Imputation” I never disallowed. I ever thought, that I am justified, “ accounted righteous, only for the Merits of our LORD and Saviour, Jesus Christ.” and “ Deservings!" I know of nothing in myself but Hell-deservings. It is as evident to me, as Scripture and common sense can make it
, that I owe all my Salvation, from first to last, to the Redemption which is in Jesus CHRIST ; to the Obedience of “the Word made Flesh.”
• Talk you of His fulfilling the Law for us? Scholastic figment. apage: (pace tuâ dixerim :) nè hilum quidem istiusmodi in SS. repertum dederis.'
• What the man Jesus was obliged to do, as man, cannot be placed to our account. What more evident, than that, had he finned, he had wanted a Sacrifice for himself? What He did purely for us men, of that only can we reap the benefit. and what that is, is evident, all that He did, as the Melliah, all that He suffered, as the Redeemer. All that the Word, the Word incarnate, the man Christ Jesus, did (or suffered, which is the same) in that characler, in that office, special, extraordinary, for our Salvation, (extra id, quod fieri oportebat, nè ipfe fieret peccator,) all is our's. by Faith.'
In the conclusion, he tell us that All his creed, so far as relates to pardon and acceptance in this or in That Day, is comprized in the daily Abfolution of our Church ;-“ Almighty God, the Father of our LORD Jesus Christ, who desireth not the death of a sinner, but rather, that he may turn from his wickedness, and live;—He pardoneth and abfolveth ALL THEM WHO TRULY REPENT, AND UNFEIGNEDLY BELieve His Holy Gospel.'.
The Reader will observe, that no points at all are made use of in the title-page, except to mark the abbreviations of words: and in the Letter itselt, (as well as in what he calls only an ADVERTISEMENT prefixed, though considerably longer than the u bole Letter) the sentences are free quently, but not always, begun without a capital:—which method we have endeavoured to follow, for the greater exactness, in our specimen. above.
Art. 48. The Propositions which occasioned the late Difference and
Separation in the Baptist Church at Whitehaven ; with a Comment on the Propositions, by John Johnson: also that Comment considered, by John Huddlestone. 12mo. 2 s. sew'd. Whitehaven printed ; and fold by Hawes and Co. in London.
Those who have a keen appetite for the discusfion of such controverSial points as have been debated in the Glalian and Sandemanian schools, may here fit down to a most plentiful fealt; and much good may it do them! Art. 49. A Letter to Dr. Formey, F. R. S. Professor of Philosophy,
&c. at Berlin, G. &c. &c. 8vo. is. 6d. Nicoll. Dr. Formey, and Dr. Mosheim, having, in iheir Ecclesiastical Histories, spoken very contemptuously of the Quakers, and mentioned them as a parcel of turbulent, crazy fanatics,--the Author of this tract hath endeavoured to' vindicate this feet, and wipe away from them, what he apprehends to be a groundless and false afperfion. He cites the oppróbrious passages, as they stand in the Ecc. Hist, and answers them, paragraph by paragraph, in a plain, decent, solid manner : such as we think cannot fail of proving very fatisfactory to every rober, impartial enquirer concerning the real principles and manners of the Quakers, who certainly are the most orderly, consistent, and inoffenfive set of men that can be pointed out among the vast variety of denonrinations under which Christians have divided and ranked themselves. Art. 50. Primitive Christianity: or, a plain, friendly Treatise to
revive a true Spirit of Religion. In four Parts; Mewing the Truth and Importance of Virtue and Religion in general; -Thoughts on the Character, Station, and Duty of the Ministers of Chrift; the Duty of all Christian People towards their Ministers ;-a Difcourse, by Way of Dialogue, on the Power of God, the Agency of bis Providence, human Agency, &c. &c. By a Sincere Friend to Rational Religion. 8vo. 28. Buckland.
The Author's design, in this publication, appears to be truly laudable; and as he is an advocate for the best of causes, we sincerely wila he may not be disappointed in his views. Art. 51. A Free Examination of the common Methods employed to
prevent the Growth of Popery. In which are pointed out their Defects and Errors, and the Advantages they give Papists. 8vo. 2s. 6d. No Publisher's Name. Sold by Bladon. An artful, insidious, and specious defence of popery ; calculated to lull and remove the apprehensions which have been, but too juftly, raised within these three or four years past, of the dangerous increase of the Roman-catholic interest in this kingdom.- A controverfy begun last winter in the Public Ledger, was the groundwork of this publication; in which the letters first printed in the above named daily paper, are reprinted; with a preface, and large additions ; wherein the protestant caufe is boldly and freely attacked, by an advocate for the church of Rome, whose abilities are so confiderable, as give us but too much reafon for apprehending, that his sophiftry will not fail to mislead such of his unwary protestant readers as are not adepts in the controversy. WATCHMEN! avake, and look at out se!
SERMONS. 1. On the Good News from a far Country:' July 24. at Boston in NewEngland. Being the Day appointed for Thankfgiving to Almighty, God, on the Repeal of the STAMP-ACT. By Charles Chauncy, D. D. Pastor of the Firlt Church in Boston. Dilly, &c.
II. Preached at the Visitation held at Richmond in Yorkshire, June 10, 1766. By A. Temple, A. B. Master of the Free-school at Richmond. Nicoll.
II). On the heinous Nature and Guilt of LYING. By Philalethes. Johnson and Daveo port.
IV. The Constitution of the Gospel Church adopted to union and peace. -O&. 22, 1766, to the church meeting near Cripplegate, on the ordination of the Rev. Mr. John Reynolds, their Paltor. By Benjamin Wallin. Buckland.
CORRESPONDENCE. T T HE Reviewers are obliged to the Correspondent who has
been so kind as to communicate to them his thoughts relating to • The Great Christian Doctrine of Original Sin, &c.' and they take the liberty of requesting that he will, farther, be so good as to inform them, when the book was printed, or where a fight of it may be obtained.
Dr. WATKINSON's favour of Dec. 16 came to hand; but we have not yet seen the 8th Edit. of bis Oeconomy.
Profeffor REIMA R Us's Letter will be inserted in our Appendix, which will be published next month.
E. C.'s letter, concerning Milton's authority in matters of religion, is respectfully acknowledged; but the Reviewers have no deflre to enter on an explanation which might probably involve them in a fruitless controversy. They did not, indeed, imagine, that an explanation, on that subject, could be fought for by any rational CHRISTIAN.
The QUERIES relating to M. Buffon's opinion concerning mules, cannot, without some degree of impropriety, be inserted in the Review ; they seem to be more suitable to the Magazines and Chronicles.
ADVERTISEMENT. With the MONTHLY Review for January 1767 will be published the APPENDIX to the THIRTY-FIFTH Vol. of the said Review : containing the FOREIGN LITERATURE: together with the General Tid, Table of Contents, and Index to the. Volume.
Price ONE SHILLING. N. B. The Reviews for January last and several of the subsequent months, which have been for fome time past out of print, are now reprinted, and may be had of the Publisher.