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Art. 21. A Poetical Epistle to the Rev. Mr. Madan, on the
Publication of his Thelyphthora. By a Nymph of King's Place. 40. 15. Fielding and walker. 1981.
This nymph hath the assurance of pressing the Monthly Reviewer into her service : :-a grave and grey-headed old fellow, who hash not vifited King's Place, or any other such place, for these forty years! But this wanton lass is not content with trying the force of her enchantments on one old subject; the is anxious to make the same wicked experiment on another : and by way of a frolic (like a true nymph of King's Place !) The accosts the old Thelyphıborite himself:
come, Madan, to my arms, And taste the sweets of my unrivall’d charms. We hope the can entertain him with something better than her poetry. Art. 22.
Marriage and its Vows defended. By a Female Christian, but no Methodist. A Poem inscribed to Mr. M-d-n. 4to.
And temper'd with Atrength and with justice the rod ! Ah! good Mrs. Christian, we are not to be coaxed into complai. fance. We remember the ancient apothegm-" To spare the rod, is the way to spoil the child.” This charge, we hope, will never rise up in judgment against us! - And yet we are disposed to be lenient to a poor female, and to forgive her first lip. But, if we send her away in peace, she must take care, to“ fin no more, lett a worse thing come upon her.” Art. 23. The Political Priest: or, Propagation with a Ven
geance! A Satire, by a Married Woman ; with a Prologue, by a Married Man; and a Preface, by an Old Batchelor.. The whole addressed to the Female Sex, and dedicated (without Permission) to a certain Rev. Polygamift. 4to. IS. Stockdale. 1781.
• Reviewers too
More than enougb to spawn their monthly rage. The spawning of rage !--now this is propagating new metaphors with a vengeance! Belides, we never heard till now, that fickness made folks spawn. It used to take another course—at least with us however, it might go off with 'a married woman.' But if this married woman,' cogether with her married man,'car propagate nothing better than such verses as these, they might as well have been as idle as the poor old barchelor ;' for, initead of propagation, 'is a Mapeless abortion! Art. 24. An Epifle to the Magisterial Reviewers of Modern Literature. By the Author of The Castie of Intamy *,” 4to.
Bew. 1781. Turn and turn about is always allowed to be fair play. The Reviewers have pronounced this satirist a bad poet; and he, being of a
See Rev. June 1780, p. 495. The Monthly Review does not, on the present occasion, seem to be the principal object of our Satiriit's reprehension.
different opinion, returns the compliment by declaring them to be execrable crisics :-" And so we say all !" cries every damn'd author, from St. G:les's to Cripplegate. Art. 25. A Parody on the Rosciad of Churchill. To which,
among o:her Pieces, are added, several occasional Eflays, addressed to Mr. Lee Lewes, upon his Exhibition of Mr. Alexander Stevens's Lečiure on Heads. 400, Macgowan. 1780.
'The Author of these important strictures on players and fidlers,. has in nothing shewn his want of judgment more than in reminding us, by his title-page, of the juitly admired Rosciad. Art. 26. Poems, Divine and Moral, on several Occasions.
By Thomas Wilkins, Minor. 410. 35. T. Payne. 1780. Sternholdian ! Art. 27. A Letter from Betty. to. Sally; with the Answer, &c.
4to. IS. Fielding, &c. 1781. Kitchen manners, and kitchen morals, properly displayed in flipflop verse, well suited to the subject, being fuch as any cook.wench may be fopposed to scribble to her · dear Sal,' whom she chuses to trust with the secrets of " low life below ftairs.”
DRAMA T'I C. Art. 28. A Short Account of the Situations and Incidents exhibited
in the Pantonime Entertainment of Robinion Crufve, at the Theatre Royal in Drury-Lane. Taken from the original Story. 8vo. 6 d. Becket. 1781. The scenery very pretty. But what will the lovers of natural limplicity say to poor honeit Friday's being invested with the volatile powers of Harlequin?
MISCELLANEOUS. Art. 29. The Second Part of the Abbey of Kilkhampton ; or, Monumen:al Records for the Year 1980. 4to.
2 s. 6 d. Kearley.
See our account of the First Part, in the Monthly Review for November last, p. 392. Art. 40. Art. 30. EJays on Friendship and Old Age, by the Marchioness
de Lambert. Translated from the French, by a Lady. With an Introductory Letter to William Melmoth, Elg. 8vo. Boards. Dodfiey. 1780.
The Marchioness de Lambert stands high in the rank of French ladies, authors, and literati. She was amiable, and distinguished in the several relations the filled in life, and at its different periods. The introduction to this work gives a very pleasing, and we are pere fuaded a jult account of her temper and manners. The ingenious lady, who offers the present translation to the Public, complains, but in no ungentle terms, that Mr. M«imoth hath taken no notice of the Marchioness, in his Advertisement prefixed to his translation of LæJius, though he mentions with honour Mons. de Sacy, who had also written on the subject of Friendship. For this seeining neglect Mr. Melmoth is politely rallied, in some pretty verses which introduce the Essays before us. The Erays themselves are here presented in a pleafing English dress. Of the trea'jse on Friendihip we may properly say, what we are told was said by Voltaire, “ It proves that the
2 s. 6 d.
writer deferved, herself, to have friends." The effay on Old Age is fensible and pious; we suppose it consains the maxims and sentiments which contributed to the honour, usefulness, and tranquillity ia which she passed her last years, and which were not finished cill the age of eighty-fix.
She died in 1733. N. B. A translation of the whole Works of the Marchioness de Lambert was printed some years ago, by Mr. Owen, near TempleBar; of which a new edition, in 2 vols. 12 mo, is just published.
W. Art. 31. Observations on the Riot Aft: With an Attempt to
wards the Amendment of it. By a Dilettante in Law and Politics. 8vo. Cadell. 5781.
There is some fense and fome whim in the observations of this Di. Lettante in Law and Politics, The world will no doubt think itself indebted to him for his ingenuous discovery that the Aa, commonly called the Riot Act, has a right to that title from its causing riots, instead of quelling them. For, having premised that no correspondent cause has yet been alligned for the horrid outrages of June lait, and having laid it down as a principle, that when those bad qualities in the human species' (the restraint of which is the object of law and government) • appear in open day-light, we may rationally concludė, that law and government are out of joint ;' he tells us, that with a thorough conviction of this truth, he fits down to examine what there is in the present laws and government of this country, which could be the cause of so much disorder ; and finds, upon a very little examination, that it immediately arises from the errors and defects of one of our statutes commonly known by the name of the Riot A.'
He proceeds to explain what has occasioned chefe errors and de. fects, and they at last appear to be owing to this itature's being mit understood (this however implies not error in the statute, though it may be a defect; because obscurity is certainly a defe&t), and to a mistaken notion of its having fuperceded the common law. He then subjoins a proposal for its amendment, which takes up near one half of his pamphlet, and which, if enacted, many may think useless for want of a clause 'to compel people to read and remember it.' He endeavours to make the law laid down in it level to every understanding : the endeavour is generous, and public-spirited. But, in truth, few persons think much of studying Riot Acts in quiet times. When riots happen, a general terror and consternation prevails; and when they have subsided, some conjuror ftarts up, and proposes to.“ fout the stable-door, &c."-The regulations which this Author offers, bear a particular retrospect to the month of June laft; as is evident by his clause empowering military officers to act as justices of the peace,' and by another clause relating to the ' tumultuous assembling of persons under presence of petitioning the Legislature, or any other pretence tending to overawe or abridge that independency in which the happy constitution of these realms bas placed all the members of its Le. gislative body.' These are pretty vague expressions! good Mr. Dilet. tante ;-our Crown lawyers would make a dextrous application of them. General and indefinite phraseology, though it may succeed in a pamphlet, furnihes opportunity to an ingenious lawyer to extract"quidlibet ex quodlibet ;" and therefore highly dangerous to intro
duce into our statute-book. “ Mifera servitus ubi jus eft vagum; we need not add " aut incognitum :" because it is a consequence of the other. Art. 32. The Trial of George Gordon, Esq; commonly called
Lord George Gordon, for High Treason, at the Bar of the Court of King's Bench, Feb. 5, 1781. Taken in Short-hand, bv Joseph Gurney. Fol. (in Two Parts) 3 s. 6 d. stitched. Kearsley, &c.
Several different publications of this very interesting trial have been announced in the papers; but we have seen only, Mir Gurney's, as above, which has every appearance of authenticity and correctness. It is a valuable and important record-in which several points of law, with respect to treason, and to the fubjeéts right to petition, &c. are ably and learnedly discussed.
M E DICA L. Art. 33. Salivation Exploded; or, a Practical Essay on the Venereal Disease. With Cases, &c. &c. By Charles Swift, Sur
Bladon. 1780. The purpose of this pamphlet is to shew, that Mr. Swift is superior to all the world in the cure of the venereal disease. His Practical Esay contains nothing for the instruction of the faculty, except that a compofition of camphor, antimony, and fulphur, forms the belt alterative in this disease--but the particular recipe for this purpose, as well as for an injection, on which he places much confidence, he de- . clines giving. Art. 34. Modern Improvements in the Practice of Physic. By
Henry Manning, M. D. Author of the Treatise on the Diseases of Women. 8vo.
Murray. 1780. Modern Improvements in the Practice of Surgery. By 'the fame Author. 8vo. 5 s. Boards. Murray. 1780. These two volumes are a manufactory from a number of the most eminent modern writers in phylic and surgery; fume of whom are transcribed at fo unmerciful a rate, as may perhaps excite the notice of the poffeffors of the copy-right. The work is very far from being what it pretends to be ; for, while some instances of improvement are given quire at length, from the original authors, others are entirely paffed over. The chirurgical volume is almost wholly composed of Mr. Poti's Works, and Bell on Ulcers.
RELIGIOUS and CONTROVERSIAL. Art. 36. Polygamy unscriptural, &c. or, Two Dialogues between
Philalethes and Monogamus, in which some of the principal Errors of the Rev. Mr. M-d-n's Thelyphthora are detected. By John Towers.
8vo. Högg. 1780, Mr. Madan's scheme, though disguised in the fober dress of reli. gion, fuck all over with texis of Holy Writ, like the Phylacteries of the old Pharisees, is in reality so flattering to the taste of a licentious age; that we
do not wonder that good and virtuous men are alarmed with a dread of its consequences-confequences equally perilous to Christian purity and domestic peace,
The gayer wits, who lie in wait for something new and extraordinary, have eagerly seized on the maxims of Thelyphthora to raise a
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Taugh at the Author's expence. A grave preacher's delivering boly lectures, to encourage a tyrant's haughtiness and a libertine's luit, afforded a delectable opportunity for the exercise of humour and ridicule! It was sport to see a saint engaged in the work of a finner; and when Scripture was tortured io credit impiety, the fport was heightened only because it was unexpected; and initead of examining the work, in order to detect the fophiftry of the Author, the only employment of these wits was, to discover a joke that might tickle the fancy of the Reader.
But while the wicked enjoyed this mischievous fun, some of the righteous were rcady to tremble for the ark of the Lord;-as if, forfooth, the whole weight of it had retted on Mr. Madan's shoulders, and would fall to the ground if he withdrew his affiftance !
The Author of the present performance appears to lament very fincerely Mr. Madan's apoftacy from the truth : and considers his Thelyphthora, as, on the whole, “an irrational, anti-scriptural, and very pernicious book,' and he believes that it will be found at laft among the wood, hay, and stubble, which shall be burned at che GREAT DAY.' I consider this, says Mr. Towers, as a sad proof of that gentleman's awful declension from true religion.' The Author being of congenial sentiments with Mr. M. in some favourite points of doctrine, which smell strong of the Tabernacle, seems alarmed left Calvinism Mould receive a wound through the side of its most popuJar professor. To rescue it from an imputation of affording tbe leaft 'encouragement to Mr. Madan's system of Polygamy, seems to be one grand object of the Author in the present performance. ! I am confident (says Philalethes to Monogamus), thai you are wiser than to approve the fenciments which he hath lately published to the world : fo I hope you will not think the worse on that account of the doctrines which he once preached; because, as the doctrines Peter preached were not made bad by his inexcusable fall, though thereby the name of Christ was dishonoured; fo the truths once delivered, either at St. Swithin’s, London Stone, and at other places, by the Author of Thelyphthora, are no less excellent, notwithftanding his fall. Let, therefore, the shame of this publication fall upon himself, but let God's truths still be honoured.'
Mr. Towers hath adopted many of the arguments of the Monthly Review on the subjects of Marriage and Polygamy, and added some of his own, which will farther tend to thew the futility, and expose the pernicious tendency of Mr. Madan's work.
This dialogue, though it hath some good reasoning, and is here and there enlivened by a gleam of humour, is, in general, fo very deficient in point of language, that we are afraid the merit which it hath will be loft, for want of a happier method of displaying it to the world.
N.B. A Correspondent desires us to note, for the information of our Readers, that the above mentioned pamphlet is not the work of a writer of the same name,' to whom the Public is indebted for some valuable Remarks on Hume's Hiftory of England. -Our correspondent is rather inaccurate in referring to the same name: the author of the Remarks on Hume is Dr. Joseph Towers, one of the respectable edi