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in her affidavit sworn before a magistrate, fayeth, (relative to our sth
We have thus far attended to the plaintiff's brief, and the deposition
Theatre in Drury-Lane, with Alterations, from Wycherly. 8vo.
Mr. Bickerstaff, the Editor of this play, juftly remarks in his preface,
amusing, as they were capable of being rendered by a little re-touching.' These objections are all, in our opinion, very juft, except that of the characters of Lord Plausible and Mr. Novel not being sufficiently contrafted; for it does not appear to us, that the Author ever intended any contrast between them. Between Manley and Plaufible, indeed, the contrast is very Itrong, and heightened, on both sides, to the highest pitch of extravagance. What our Editor says of the former, that he was rough, even to outrageous brutality, is certainly right; but we apprehend the defect is very little removed, in the present revisal ; for the character seems to be nearly if not wholly as rough, as ill-mannerd, as bearish as ever. In the articles of morality and decency, too, the piece is ftill highly reprehenfible; for, with regard to the first point, the adulterous transaction is still retained, in the third act ;-and, in the fecond respect, if nobody talks downright bawdy, yet, can the widow Blackacre's swearing, more than once, a very unlady-like oath, be thought to found decently in the ears of a polite audience In short, although the Editor hath expunged a great deal of his Author's licentious ribaldry, yet he hath not entirely rendered it a chaste and modest performance. As to what he hath substituted of his own, instead of the passages rejected in the original, he speaks of it himself with becoming diffidence ; but we must do him the jultice to say, that his new trimmings do not look amiss upon Wycherly's old coat; which, with two or three more alterations, agreeable to what has been hinted, might serve to make Mr. Garrick a very decent, serviceable winter-suit.
Art. 30. The Double Mistake: a Comedy. As it is performed at
the Theatre-Royal, in Covent-Garden. 8vo. Almon, &c.
Although we find no great novelty of character or sentiment in this play ; yet we could not but be pleased with it in the perusal, as the town in general were at its frequent representations ; on account of the easy politeness of the language, and the moral purport of the whole. There is an attempt at humour in the characters of the Virtuoso and the Learned Lady; but these have been so much hacknied upon the stage, that it was not easy for any thing less than a first-rate genius to succeed in them : and a first-rate genius would rather have aimed at something more original.
12mb. 25. Nicoll, &c. Several writers of considerable eminence, both French and English, have obliged the world with preceptive treatises on female education, and for regulating the conduct of the fair sex in the more advanced stages of life ; e. g. the Archb. of Cambray, Monf. de la Chetardie, the Marq. of Halifax, Mr. Wettenhall Wilkes; and some others. To this lift we must now add the name of Monsieur de Gravines; who, though he has advanced very little that is not to be met with in the preceding authors on the fame subject, has, nevertheless, offered many things to
the confideration of the ladies, of which there is no fear of their being too often reminded. Part of what he has said on their inordinate passion for cards, may serve as a specimen :
• Some diversion is necessary, fay our pretty gamesters. Most certainly ; but might not a more noble diversion be struck out, than the contesting for money, and fomenting that selfishness which is already bas too predominant besides, can a stated daily fitting, of four or five hours, that is, of above one third of life, without any other conversation than what arises from red and black spots printed on paper, be called an amusement ?
• This childish way of killing time, brought into fuch vogue by the ladies, far from being a relaxation, is a serious business, impairing their health. In the fineit part of the year, and even when in the country, regardless of all the natural pleasures which surround them, they eagerly fit down, shuffling and dealing cards around till midnight, amidit a tumult of fluctuating pallions; a phrenfy which, fixing them perpetually in a chair, brings on them all the evils consequent to the want of exercise.
In vindication of this fashionable idleness, they plead weakness of conftitution ; though it is this very idleness which weakens their constitutions, and gradually destroys the spring and force of the human system. Women, to be sure, are not made to struggle with the same fatigues as men; yet has nature added to their beauty a degree of strength which forms a part of it, and has proportioned their vigour to what it requires from them. The alacrity with which they give themselves up for whole days to violent exercises, such as dancing, is certainly no indication of their being created to pass their lives in a state of Nothfulness.
• It is somewhat difficult to reconcile the prodigious activity of women at the call of pleasure, or the impulse of paflions, with that indolent life to which many confine themselves. Sometimes they seem all fire; at others they scarce breathe. These are extremes common to the whole sex, and not seldom seen to follow each other closely in the same person.'
The principal topics on which this writer treats, beside the abovementioned destructive amusement, are ranged under the following heads: Of the state of women in society; of the studies fit for women; of women's occupations; their diversions ; the luxury of women ; [this he very jaftly confiders as one of the greatest discouragements of matrimony,- not less in England than in France] women's dress; temper and difpofition of women ; love and gallantry; marriage ; education of children ; and of the virtues of women.-The Author does not write like a splenetic facitis, . or a rigid moraliser, insensible to the charms of the softer sex. On the contrary, he professes the highest admiration of their beauties, both of body and mind; and expresses himself with that politenefs and complacency which is ever due from the lords of the crea, tion to the loveliest part of it.
Art. 32. Journals of Major Robert Rogers; containing an Account of
the several Excursions he made, under the Generals who commanded on the Continent of America, during the late War. From which may be collected the most material Circumstances of every Campaign
on that Continent, from the Commencement to the Conclusion of the War. 8vo. 45. Millan.
This is but the first part of the journals of this noted American parti. zan, It commences in 1755, and terminates with the year 1760. The second part, which is to be printed by subscription of one guinea, will contain the Aothor's travels among the Cherokees and the southern In dians; his second tour into the interior country, upon the great lakes ; and the Indian wars in America, since 1960: together with correct plans of all the British forts upon the continent.
From the specimen of the work now before us, it appears, that the accounts published by Major Rogers may be depended upon by the public; they are undoubtedly as authentic as they are important and necessary, to those who would acquire a thorough understanding of the nature and progress of the late military operations in North-America. The Author writes like an honeft, a sensible, and a modeft man ; and he has given, throughout his whole conduct, undoubted proofs, that he is a brave and a silful officer. For a farther idea of this gentleman, in his literary capacity, see our review of his Account of North America, in the preceding part of our No. for the present month.
Art. 33. An Account of the Island of Nervfoundland, with the Na
ture of its Trade, and Method of carrying on the Fishery. With Reasons for the great Decrease of that most valuable Branch of Trade. "By Capt. Griffith Williams, of the Royal Regiment of Artillery, who resided in the land Fourteen Years, when a Lieutenant, and now has a command there. To which is annexed, a Plan to exclude the French from that Trade; proposed to the Administration in the Year 1761, by Capt. Cole. 8vo. IS. Owen.
So far as we can venture to judge, on the subject of this pamphlet, the account here given of the present state of the Newfoundland trade, deserves the serious attention of our commissioners of trade and plantations, and of all who are particularly concerned in the Newfoundland fishery, as well as of the public in general.-Capt. Williams affures us, that, to his certain knowlege, the faid trade did, for many years, remit to the mother-country, near a million Sterling; whereas, at this time, it does not yield one fixth part of that fum. The question will be, What then is become of this trade ? our answer is, Look into this pamphlet, and you will find that the English have suffered it to fall into the hands of the French.
Art. 34. Bombay Church: or, a true Account of the Building and
Finishing the English Church at Bombay, in the East-Indies ; with a Lip of the Benefactions contributed thereunto, from the Year it was begun, 1715, to the Year it was finished, 1718 : also the first Rise of the Charity-school proposed to be erected there, 1719; with a few Remarks on the Indian Letters. By Richard
· Cobbe, M A. late Chaplain to the Hon. East-India Com.
Is. 6d. Rivington. To this account of Bombay-church, Mr. Ccbbe has added a number of letters which passed, in relation to the subscriptions, &c. for promoting that laudable undertaking; allo tuo lermons on the fame occasion : wiin and her fermon in behalf of the charity-school, He hiih inscribed ibis publication to the court of directors of the E. Ind. company, 'hoping it may be of ose and fatisfaction to the future as well as present ilate of that illand; coradering likewise the unsettled and oftentimes turbulent fituation of affairs in other factories,—this of Bombay may be loaked upon as the safelt place of reireat and barbour,-and the churcb not the lealt fafeguard and ornament thereof.'—
A copper-plate plan, or plat-form, of this church, is prefixed to the account; from which it appears to be a noble and elegant itructure. Art. 35. A General Hiftory of the World, from the Creation to the
present Time. Including all the Empires, Kingdoms and States ; their Revolutions, Forms of Governinent, Laws, Religions, &c. &c. Together with their Chronology, Antiquities, Curighties of Art and Nature, &c. By William Guthrie and John Gray, Efquires, and others, eminent in this Branch of Literature, 8vo. 10 Vols. 31. Newbery, &c.
The Universal History, Ancient and Modern, being so voluminous, that few can purchase so large and expensive a work, it was very natura! to think that an abridgment might be acceptable and convenient to many readers. Accordingly, here we have an Universal hifa tory, reduced to a much narrower compass; but as it is little more than a mere abridgement of the former compilation, it is entitled to no further notice in this Review. Art. 36. The celebrated Lecture upon Heads. With a new Frone
tij piece, representing all the various Heads, &c. The 6th Edition. Folio 6d. Pridden.
Although this does not pretend to be an exact copy of this facetious ledare, as delivered by the author, George alexander Stevens, yet it is undoubtedly pretty much the same; and will perhaps make the reader smile, tho' it should fail of exciting the hearty laughs which fome parts of it drew from the numerous audiences that attended the original exhibitions. Some farts, we say, because this piece of original fun is not equally homorous and .witty throughout. With all his vivacity, Mr. Stevens is sometimes a little dull; and not seldom a cup too low: at such times á pun passes for wit, and a hacknied conceit for humour. There is, however, a good deal of well-placed satire in this droll composition. The empirics in law and divinity, as well as in phyfic, come in for their fhare in the roait ; and he who can refrain from laughing at the case of Daniel and Dishclout, must have no rifibility in his nature. The cia'tors of the tabernacle are, undoubtedly, caricatured; as our leaders will perceive, from the following fpecinien; but yet a strong likene's remaics :- Bretheren! I have got the gripes of compasion and the Rev. Jan, 1766.