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the scenes are said to be founded, require a more authentic voucher
than the title-page of a farce: but admitting them to be true, their
influence would certainly operate to the prejudice of the theatres and
of the Public. The characters of this drama are coarsely drawn;
but, though rough draughts, are sketched with some humour.

Art. 24. Remarks on a Letter to Sir Robert Barker and George

Stacpoole, Efq; upon General Inoculation, by John Coakley Lettlom,
M.D. F.R. S, and S. A. By the Hon. Baron T. Dimsdale,
First Physician and Actual Counsellor of Stace to her Imperial Ma.
jesty the Empress of all the Ruffias, and F. R. S. 8vo. 6 d.
Owen, &c. 1779.

It is an unfortunate circumstance with respect to the present difpuie concerning general inoculation, that experience, the only sure telt of utility in every thing, cannot be trusted to decide the point, without great intermediate hazard. If the practice be of that dangerous kind to the public welfare which its opponents affert it to be, the sooner it is suppressed, the better ; and all lovers of mankind ought to unite in decrying a scheme, which, during its trial, may prove destructive to numbers of the human race. We do not in the least question, that a full convi&tion of this danger was what incited the very respectable Writer before us, on the moit benevolenc motives, to address the Public on the subject ; and interested as his feelings must have been, after having once engaged in the debate, we do not wonder that a slight occafion should move him to repeat observations which he thought important. We call the present occafion Night, because, as we remarked in a late Review, the letter to which this is an answer, contains so very little new or decisive in the contest, that it scarcely appeared deserving of particular confideration. One single fact adduced by Dr. L. seemed worthy of notice; and this, we think, the Baron has very satisfactorily explained, so as to overthrow the inferences which his opponent was willing to deduce from it. Ar Ware, in Hertfordlire, after about eighty perfons had died of the small-pox, a general inoculation was agreed on, to which the greater part of the inhabitants submitted; but a few, from various motives, refused to undergo it. Of these, however, not one took the infection ; and this fact is brought to inculcate the idea that there is very little danger of communication of che disease from inoculated patients. But the Baron observes (and from his refidence in the neighbourhood he must certainly have been well informed of the state of the case) that the whole town was apprized of the intended inoculation, and every precaution was used to prevent intercourse between she inoculated and those who chose not to comply with the practice. This supplement being made,' Baron D. goes on to say, 'the inoculation at Ware will be found (like some other instances that I have formerly noticed) to have been most une fortunately selected; because, instead of resembling the inoculations of the society, that it is produced to support, it differs from their mode of practice in every effential point; and was in fact conducted exactly in the same manner that I have earnestly recommended in my writings, have three times practised at Hertford, and several times at other places, accounts of which have been published.'


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The American Se'er is full brother to Nereus, the. figures in the preceding Article. Art. 22. The Female Congress; or, the Templi

Mock Heroic Poem, in Four Cantos. 4to. 1779

In an advertisement prefixed to this poem, as an subject and the manner in which it is treated, are t? ragraphs:

• Where the manners happen to be very scandalo vailing vices of the age of a very impure die, satir: discoloured from its subject, and seem to border nearly ness. Juvenal, with the best intentions in the worint many things shocking enough to a modeft ear. In enn tire for its freedom, people are too apt to forger irs persons to whom it is addreft; and, at the very momen reflecting the image of deformity, they are angry that ?? indecent, or ungraceful. Satire is not intended for one w spotless, but the vicious and contaminated, to whom piva pravity are no novelty ; were it always to preserve suca un chafity as not to disgust the former, it might want forta ancy to ftrike the latter; and so facrifice the reformance whom it is neceffary, to the fear of displeasing thoito unnecessary. Should the chalte virgin at any time innus pressions or images in the works of the satirist, that was cacy, let her recollect, that the painting was not defigo fpection, and that it is exhibited only as an object of 4 contempt.

• The following sheets are the produce of an idle wer! serious occupations, and were at first writen merely amusement ; but all our literary amusements, at least, tha rected to some useful purpose ; and I hope I may be a!!.. out vanity, to affert that, in the following lines, I finca to serve the cause of virtue and religion, by exposing in richi parade of profligacy, and more culpable fimulation of god

From these extracts the Reader may possibly expect a mer cate work than that now before us. It is, however, too trup hensible in that respect; and, from that circumstance alone.. poetical merit superior, must like the Times of Churchin obscurity. The fable and characters of the Female Congreis conceived or expressed in that happy vein of fancy and riuit. diftinguishes our most popular pieces of mock-heroic poeily, numbers are, in general, above mediocrity, and the Autuna to be a sound classical scholar.

DR A MAT I C. Art. 23. Coalition, a Farce, founded on Facts, and can

formed, with the Approbation, and under the joint in of the Managers of the Theatres Royal. 8vo. Is. Biur.

The managers of the two theatres royal of Drury Lane Garden are themselves the subject of this farce. The füiia.


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cipation pamphlet, witory part, in which Prts his affinity to us, ine humour; and the

ons on the score of invell written. The crime of our molt eminent

the Adams are subjected ourite; but we think our ran unsupported reflection on • he yields the praise of having

e improvements in architec to desirous of appropriating to Yohn Dalrymple, Bart. One of · Scotland, to the Right Hon. Lord {cretary at War, on his Lordship's

Coghlan.' ill creating two of his (Sir John's) bro'ecretary at war. This accusation is in • equivocal. From Sir J. D.'s state of

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In a poffcript to the pamphlet, the Writer congratulates the Pobo lic on a decrease of deaths from the small.pox in the London bills of mortality for last year. This he attributes, with probability, to the great mortality of the preceding year, which had left fewer subjects to take the disease. To whatever causes it was owing, we are toa well aware of the fluctuating state of this article in a list of deaths, to lay any Atress on the event of a single year.

MILITARY A F FAIRS, Art. 25. The Honest Sentiments of an English Officer on the Army of Great Britain. Vol. J. 8vo.

6d. Bew. 17-9. The title of this undertaking is modeft, considering the object of it; which is no less than to new model our military establishments, both in constitution, laws, and discipline. How many volumes the work may extend to, does not appear; what is now published, be. ing no more than a part of the firit, in form of a pamphlet: with an intimation, that if it meets with acceptance, the rest will follow, as quick as poflible.

Our good old nurses observe, that a burnt child dreads the fire ; and our honest English officer must certainly fome time or oher have Scorched his fingers; for in the last paragraph of an in'roduction, addressed to his friends, he roars out luftily, anticipating the smart he thinks he is to feel from critical pens, How this may be intended to operate, is of little consequence; but taking his honeft word for his being 'neither saint nor devil,' we fall only assume the liberty, on our parts, honestly to declare him a military schemer, who not content with sketching the great outline of his intended model, finishes his plan, down to the minutest parts, unconscious of any dis, ficulties in reducing ideal reformation to practice! We fincerely credit the Writer's honesty from the pains he has taken; and he makes many good detached observations. When he has collected the opinions of his military friends, and finished his work, it may claim farther confideration.

Art. 26. The Speeches of Mr. Wilkes in the House of Commons,

during the lait Session of Parliament With Notes. by the Editor.
Vol. III. Small 8vo. 6d. Fielding and Walker. 1579.

The character which we gave of the two former volumes of speeches in parliament, by Mr. Wilkes, in our Review for November 1777, p. 33., will sufiice for the present addition to the collection ; which appears, from trong internal evidence, to come forth on the same authority, that led us at first to conclude, as we still do, that the Orator, the Editor, and the Annotator are one. The speeches in the present pablication, as well as those in the former volumes, are all on questions of great importance; and when perused with due attention and impartiality, will do honour to the speaker's characler, as ą. fenator, and a politician. Art. 27. A Brief Examination of the plan and Conduct of the

Northern Expedition in America, in 1777: and of the Surrender of the Army under the Command of General Burgoyne. 8vo. Hookham. 1779.

After a brief arraignment of the plan and execution of the abovementioned expedition, which composes one half of this pamphlet, the

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latter half is made up, by repablishing the unfortunate general's letter, from the London Gazetle, which appears to have been an afterthought, that the size of the pamphlet, at least, might be thought decent at the time of purchase. Art. 28. Considerations upon the French and American War. In a

Letter to a Member of Parliament. 8vo.

If this correspondent with a member of the British parliament, is bimself a member of the American congress, he writes as might be expected from his character and connections. As both parties have appealed from the pen to the sword, that ultima ratio, which has ever decided all political right, he endeavours to influence us by an argument, often used indeed, but which seldom prevails much in this country, and that is by alarming our fears. We have, beyond the memory of man, been at the very brink of deftruction, whenever political declaimers pleased ; and thus it now pleases the letter-writer before us, to sum up our calamities, by declaring, heart believe, that the prosecution of this war will be attended with the rain and downfal of this country.”—Thus it is, that catholic politicians precipitate us all to the devil, unless we subscribe to their respective creeds!

MISCELLANEOUS. Art. 29. The Exhibition, or a Second Anticipation ; being Re

marks on the Principal Works to be exhibited next Month, at the ROYAL ACADEMY. By Roger Shanhagan, Gent. 8vo, 25. 6d. Richardson and Urquhart.

Of the several imitations of the famous Anticipation pamphlet, this is, by far, the most successful. The introductory part, in which che Author gives an account of himself, and asserts his affinity to us, of the Scribleriad family, is a piece of genuine humour; and the whole of the pamphlet, with a very few exceptions on the score of inaccuracy, may be pronounced uncommonly well written. The criticisms have, for their object, the works of some of our molt eminent painters and architects. Among the latter, the Adams are subjected to the lash, and Wyatt is a particular favourite ; but we think our brother SCRIB, is juftly reprehensible for an unsupported reflection on Mr. Stuart; to wbom, at the same time, he yields the praise of having introduced into this country most of the improvements in architecture, which other artists have been so desirous of appropriating to themselves. Art. 30. Three Letters from Sir John Dalrymple, Bart. One of

the Barons of the Exchequer in Scotland, to the Right Hon. Lord Viscount Barrington, late Secretary at War, on his Lordship's official Conduct. 8vo. 25. Coghlan.

Sir J. D. accuses lord B. of ill treating two of his (Sir John's) brothers, while his lordship was fecretary at war. This accusation is in terms that are far from being equivocal. From Sir J. D.'s state of the case, his lord thip behaved, at leaft, in a very odd manner respecting the new levies; but whether his embarrassments arose from the multitude of pretensions to military appointments, which might be fupposed incident to his fation; or whether they flowed from the motives to which the incensed writer so liberally impates them, we do not undertake to determine.


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