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to be paid for the black coat and red breeches that I sent you to go out in last Sunday? I never wore them but during that one year, when I serv'd constable, scavenger, and questman.
AUTH. “ Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all." Fear not, this piece will sell better than the last. [and I believe you came pretty well home in that, too!] Only attend to this passage : “ Accursed be the opposition that distracts the councils, that animates “ the foes, and would weaken, in the time of exigence, the execu. " tive power of the state! It is an insult on the understanding, a * disgrace to the public virtue of the nation, and can be aberred “ only by those who are dupes of the enemies, or are themselves “ enemies of their country *"-What say you to that, Sir?
Book. Why, that may be ; but I know not how it is,-these goo vernment puffs seldom do-Could we but get an order for the post: office to circulate for us, as they did Mr. What's his Name's abụse of the Opposition, t'would be fomerubat!
AUTH. Well recollected! The under-secretary's clerk never gave me any thing for the dedication of my “ Argument to prove thaç Ministry can do no wrong." He cannot, surely, refuse me an order for this new piece, which is fo Arong for the Court :-Right or wrong. you know, I am always for the Court !
Book. You have hit it! That under-secretary's clerk can get it, done for a word's speaking.
AUTH. And if I succeed, yoŲ will say ng more about the black coat, and the red breeches !
Book. No-no!-Excuse me, I'm in a hurry- Good morning t'ye, Mr. Scribble. (Exit.
Auth. A good morrow to you, Mr. Curl (Damn bim, and his old cloaths too į The coat was threadbare before I had it; and the breeches had been new seated; and yet the skin-flint wretch talks of popping thirty shillings for them !-Well! 'çis to be hoped my merit will Rot always escape the attention of government, and that I fall, some time or other, get out of this fellow's harpy clutches, and this vile garret !]
Enter Bookseller, almost out of Breath. Book. We are all in the wrong box! The devil take there weather-cock times! Why the Ins are out, and che. Outs are in ! and, now what's to become of your fine defence of yesterday's minister, and his measures, which is almost printed off ?
AUTH. Are you sure of your intelligence ? : Book. As sure as that, now, ļ nali never be reimbursed for the black coat and the breeches.
Auth. How often must I recommend patience to you! Let me see - - - -I have it !-Suppose we turn this same abortive new piece into an encomium on the new adminiftration? You say is is nearly printed; therefore we th all be first in the field : not an author in all Grub-ftreet can get the start of us.
Book. But can you poflibly alter it so as to make a defence of the last miniftry for these new people, who were but yesterday in oppos fition?
Auti. Fit? Never fear me! nothing more easy:-what think you, now (by way of example), of that very fame passage that I read to you, the last time you, did me the honour of stepping up to my apartment - “ Accurred be the Opposition," &c. [reads the palage above quoted). Will not this ANIMATED EXCLAMATION apply as well to the new Opposition (a new one, no doubt, is al. seady formed) as it would have applied to the lapt?
Book. Why, as you say, this cap will equally fit any head, in or out. -- But fill, we must get the order for the post-office.
AUTH. Leave all to my management.-And as for the confide. ration which you expect for the black coat and red breeches, · Book. Get but the order, and the D- take the breeches!
(Exit in a hurry. We have given these conversations as an illustration of the political virtue of those literary worthies who, by invariably attaching themselves to the powers that be, are always on the right side of every party dispute. These gentlemen are ever at a loss, with the Author of the present Address, to“ perceive on what the most virulent ene" mies of government can fix, as an object of censure, with any de. “! gree of plausibility, far less of justice. And with them and bim too, the constant cry is—" To the indelible reproach of the times, “ there exifts among us, a set of men, who have laboured for seve" ral years to traverse every object of adminiftration, and have even " prostituted the dignity of parliament to the baseft purposes of « faction t."-Turn out the lns, and let in the Outs, and, with there idolizers of power, the cry is still the same. The revolutions at St. James's make no revolution in Greb-ftreet, or St. Giles's. The fame panegyrics, the fame invectives, have served for all fucceffions of Majorities and Minorities that ever danced the political hay, from the times of the third William, to those of the third George ; and they will continue to answer the same righteous end, till Kings, and Ministers, and Grub-street politicians, and Monthly Reviewers, shall be no more. Art. 22. Substance of Political Debates on his Majesty's Speech, · on the Address, and the Amendment: November 25, 1779. * With Remarks on the State of the Irish Claim to a free Trade,
By a Volunteer. 8vo. 1S. Faulder.
Offers some pertinent remarks on the speeches of the Lords Grant. ham, Rockingham, Coventry, Lyttelton, and Hillsborough, in the Upper House, on the Address and Amendment, &c. The Author is very tart upon the Opposition; and not above half pleased with the Irish claim of a free trade. However, after a brief statement of our laws of commercial restraint, on the one hand, and subsequent indolgences granted on the other, with resped to Ireland, he professes himself willing to accede to whatever is reasonable in the claims of our fifter-iftand. How far different persons, or parties, will agree
in their ideas of what is reasonable, may be easily foreseen :-but our Volunteer politician considers the claim of Ireland to nothing Sport of a free trade (under our circumstances) as an axe levelled at the root of our connexions.' — For his arguments, on this head, we mult reser to the pamphlet, at length. Art. 23. Pour Letters to the Earl of Carlisle, from William
Eden, Efq;-On certain Perversions of political Reasoning; and on the Nature, Progress, and Effect of Party Spirit, and of Par: ties :-On the present Circumstances of the War between Great Britain and the combined Powers of France and Spain :-On the public Debts, on the public Credit, and on the Means of raising Sapplies :- On the Representations of Ireland refpe&ting a free Trade. 8vo. 2 s. 6 d. White, &c. 1779.
Contains a serious, accurate, and comprehensive review of the present situation of this country; including diftinct estimates of our public difficulties, and our national resources : from all which, the very ingenious Writer tells us, for our comfort (and, surely, there is occasion for it), ' that he sees, or thinks he fees, much rolid ground for hope, and none for despondency :'-that this prospect may not, like the Patriarch's Pisgah-light of Palestine, present us with a delightful vifion of blessed scenes, which we must never enter, will be the ardent prayer of every good Englishman !
Mr. Eden is undoubtedly partial to Government, whatever are his principles, but he writes with a masterly pen; his mode of argument is candid, his manner is agreeable, his style is elegant, and his fpeculations are frequently countenanced by the best authorities :-He would, by all means, encourage us to persevere in the present war *, till the Colonies are reduced: an event which, he is strongly persuaded, must at length happen, though it will, probably (he acknowledges), be the work of years :-according to his estimate of probabilities we are to infer, that though it should prove to be the work of many years, we are not to be discouraged. He fees, from the top of the mount, Victory hovering afar off; and he fears nor, that fie will, in time, repair to our standard: but we muft wait her tardy Ateps with patience.
Mr. Eden's fourth Letter, on the present demands of Ireland, is, perhaps, that part of his pamphlet which will afford the most general satisfaction to moderate readers of every political persuasion. It is rational, corciliatory, and to the point ; and if we may consider him as delivering the sentiments of his friends in adminiftration, it may, happily, seem to indicate their good disposition toward an equitable, effeétual, and permanent accommodation of one points in debate, between the fifter islands. Art. 24. Instructions for a Prince: To which are added, State
Maxims, and intereiting Papers; found in the Cabinet of the King of Lunaria. 8vo. 1 s. Faulder. 1779.
A satire on the present Court system, in a form somewhat resembling that of the Royal Regifter. See Reviews for Feb. 1778, and May 1779. • • Whether he is himself encouraged by what he saw or learnt when he visited America, on the bufiness of the late memorable Como. "ĮSSION, is bet known to himself.
As a specimen of the manner in which the satirist aims his fhafts at his Lunarian Majesty, take the following detached pairages :
From the STATE MAXIMS. « PersEVERANCE is commendable, even in a doubtful cause-(my own reign shall be a proof of it.) It inspires fear,-thews that you are no way timid and irresolute ;-it gives, in short, a TRUE IDEA OF A KING.
Never give ear to the petitions of citizens. They are a set of impertinents; who, while they are contending for the rights of man. kind, will offer every indignity to their prince. I will never forgive
My best friends, (i. e, the North Britons) who are ever ready to affist me with their counsel, and in whom I place an entire cona fidence, must be suitably rewarded,
• The liberty, or, rather, licentiousness of the press, is infuffer, able;- it calls loudly for restriction. Įs no deference to be paid to M-y! Some aby se me openly,-while others ironically tell me
“ Nunquam libertas gratior exftat quam sub rege pio," — • I must speak to
M d about it."
From the MEMORANDUMS. Note : [for the meeting of Parl ] To make, according to the vulgar expression, a flaming speech. To talk much about the · honour and dignity of my crown, I will say nothing about the luftre of it, left I hear of “ once brighter”-“ now tarnished,” &c. &c.
" To assure the people that Am-a is already greatly weakened by our excellent method of conducting the war ; and that it will not coft above an HUNDRED MILLIONS more, effectually to subdue her.
Enough of Lunarian politics. Art. 25. A full Answer to the King of Spain's last Manifesto, respecte
ing the Bay of Honduras, and the Mosquito-shore ; in which all the Accusations brought against the Subjects of Great Britain settled in the Bay of Honduras; and against the ancient British Settlement in the free and independent Dominions of the MosquitoShore; are candidly stated and refuted ; and the Importance of the Mosquito-Shore to Great Britain delineated and ascertained. Svo.
I S. 6 d. Cadell. 1779. We have here a very sensible and spirited refutation of the King of Spain's Manifesto, particularly in regard to the ill-founded accusations brought against the subjects of Great Britain settled in the Bay of Honduras; and against the ancient Britilh setelement in the Free and Independent dominions of the Mosquito fhore.
What the well-informed Author says concerning the importance of the country known by the name of the Mosquito-fhore to Great Britain, will be matter of curious information to many of our Readers; and, certainly, holds out, to our confideration, an object of great importance to this country; especially in her present circumAtances.
To inforce the idea which he gives us of the advantages to be de. rived from effectually supporting and improving the Englih settlements, so long established on that coast, and where we have late's been so successful, in a spirited coup.de-main, he proceeds to the following description :
& The « The Mosquito-shore,' says he, "extends by fea eastward from Point Castile, the boundary dividing it from the Bay of Honduras, 10 Cape Gracios a Dios, 87 leagues ; and southward from Cape Gracios a Dios to St. John's river, 94 leagues. The interior part of the country is bounded by the lake Nicaragua, and fenced by mountains stretching to the west. In magnitude it exceeds the kingdom of Portugal; is excellently watered by navigable rivers and lagunes ; abounds in fish, game, and provisions of all sorts ; furnishes every necessary for raising cattle and stock on plantations of every kind, and to any extent; and is clothed with woods producing timber, for every use and purpose at land or sea. The soil is superior to that of all our Weft-lodia islands, in fertilizing all kinds of West-India produce; and its dimenfion incomparably forpasses them all. The air is most falubrious, and the climate more healthy than in any of the illands; nor have ever deltructive ravages of hurricanes and earthquakes been known there. In this delightful paradise have the galSant Indians maintained their liberty against every artifice, and violence of fraud and force, which the power of Spain has been able to exert against them. A century of years has inviolably fixed in them a transcendent esteem and affectionate friendship for Great Bri. tain ; and they not only court her favour and protection, but with, at this time, to submit themselves to the just laws of her gentle and beneficent sway.
• To the friends of liberty, rons and heirs of the British conftitu. tion, whether ins or outs; as well as to the real friends of our most amiable sovereign; this proffered present cannot but be acceptable, To reject it, would be to betray and give up the liberty and lives of our faithful friends, to the insult of their ancient and irreconcilable caemies, as well as our own. Spain thus might gain, what she has aimed at from the commencement of her government in America; and Britain lose che mott truly valuable acquisition, that ever was tendered to her. The acceptance of this, instantly adds to our force thousands of brave warriors, not only without bounty-money, but with hearts already animated for our service, and burning with implacable resentment towards our foes ; besides the dominion and possession of a country, for intrinsic commercial West-India merit, far superior to all our illands united ; impregnable, from its internal force and situation, to all the efforts of the enemy by sea and land; and from whence we might soon and easily shake and tumble down from its summit, that proud, unjust, imperious, and enslaving enpire of Spain in America.?
If we have any thing to object to the sentiments of this ingenious Writer, it will respect the conclusion of his pamphlet,-in which he zealoully presses our perseverance in carrying on the ruinous and (in the opinion of many well-informed people) hopeless war in Ame. rica. He speaks, with confidence, of our encouraging prospects of final success, in our coercive attempts to reduce the revolted Colonies ; but he does not say what is to become of this nation, if we fail at last,-after all our defperate exertions,-our irretrievable expence of blood and treasure? What retreat have we fecured ? It is to be feared that few of our politicians loak so far before them!