« AnteriorContinuar »
For DECEM E ER, 1779.
POLITICAL. Art. 14. A short History of the Administration, during the Summer Recess of Parliament. 8vo. 1 s. od. Fielding, &c. 1779. THE Writer is even with the Historian of Opposition, during tbe
T last Session,- from whom he seems to have borrowed the hiot of his title-page *; and, like him, hath, perhaps, • drawn his bow with too much strength, and overshot the anark.' They are both able Writers, but we credit neither of them in the violence of their blackening representations. One afcribes the impending ruin of this country to the active malignity of the anti-ministerial party ; che other gives a monstrous catalogue of the enormities of adminiftration, - from whence he deduces the inevitable destruction of the British empire, unless we are saved by a speedy change of minifters, as well as measures. It may be so; and perhaps we should hazard nothing by the.experiment. Yet, after all, it is the opinion of mo. derate men, that our miniflers at home, as well as our commanders abroad, have been more unfortunate than criminal.-The voice of Moderation, however, is not likely to be heard, amidst the din and tumult of the times. Art. 15. Anticipation, for the Year 1779. Containing the Substance of his M y 's Speech to both
H s of Pon the Opening of the approaching Session ; together with a full
and authentic Account of the Debate which will take place in the H e of Cans on the Motion for the Address and the
Amendment. With Notes. Svo. 1 s. 6d. Bladon. 1779.
O imitatores! fervum pecus. This, like most imitations, is much inferior to the original. A few gleanings of humour the Author has collected; which, however, are so poor and scanty, that they deserved not to be presented to the world in the formality of a sepa. rate publication. Art. 16. Anticipation continued. Containing the Substance of · the Speech intended to be delivered from the
T e to both Houses of Per-m-t, on the Opening of the ensuing Session, To which is added, a Sketch of the Debate which will take place in the H-se of L-ds, on the Motion for the Address and Amend. ment. 8vo. Is. 6 d. Bew. 1779.
This is a still nearer imitation of Mr. Tickell's admirable pamphlet, of ludicrous memory. Sed quantum diftat ab illo ?? Art. 17. The Cabinet Conference; or, Tears of Ministry. PRE
SENT the King-Duke of Richmond-Earl of Shelburne-Lord
Another thing, of the Anticipation kind: ill imagined, and worse written,-The Author makes his Majesty become a convert to the opinions of the Duke of R. and Lord's. In consequence of which,
* Fór our account of the Short History of Opposition, fee Review, July, p. 68.
the Lords N. and G. G. are turned out. The firit of these events is
H e y on bis naval Conduct in the American War. 8vo. 18. Wilkie.
Charges the noble Ad (as his brother, the G 1, had been charged before) with the most palpable and criminal negligence and misconduct, in regard to the prosecution of the American war;. leaving the Reader to account for it, if he can, from connexions with opposition at home,- from secret favour to the American defection, from views of private intereft, -or from the co-operation of all these unworthy principles. The several charges are distinctly drawn from a series of well-known facts; and they are urged with great force of expression : --the greater, perhaps, for the care with which the intelligent Writer avoids all personal abuse and scurrility. Art. 19. An Address to the Representatives in Parliament, on the
State of the Nation. 8vo. 15. Almon. 1779. After a display of the nefarious and studied arts of administration, to misrepresent and blacken the cause of oppofition, and to support their own ruinous system, the Author, with great carneftness, and in
no contemprible language, points out to the representatives of the 3 people, at the opening of the session, the principal and immediate
objects of public concern-the war with France, Spain, and America. * He wishes parliament to consider the two former, only, as the ene- mies of Great Britain ; and he advises, that by a decisive vote, the -- latter shall be declared free and independent; and that the King be - addressed to withdraw bis troops : by which measure, the Americans,
- he apprehends, will be afsured of our good faith and fincerity. - The E natural consequence, he is strongly persuaded, will be, an happy
union between both countries. For his reasonings on this subject, - we must refer to his Address; as well as for what he says on the i conduct which we ought to pursue, in regard to the dispute with Ire
land;-into which he enters circumftantially. He argues in favour
of the Irish claims'; and concludes his pamphlet with the following i paragraph :
• When you have considered and disposed of the two material objects which have been mentioned in the beginning of this letter, America and Ireland, you will be at leisure to investigate the causes which have hurried us to this brink of ruin; and when you have discovered the movers or promoters of them, with the same spirit which has given liberty and peace to a continent, and the participation of commercial benefits to your fellow-subjects, you will execute that final act of justice,' which will be a worthy accompaniment to such an exercise of your power, and which will be revered by a grateful
Art. 20. An Address to the People of Great Britain, on the Meet
ing of Parliament, 8vo. i s. Cadell. 1779. Among the other arts of administration, we have often heard complaint made of their employing their literary emiffaries to imorers the minds of the people with an idea, that patriotism is mere Drecence; that the active affertors of their liberties and rights are Salv che tools of faction; that obstruction to state-measures is nothing bus fedition ; and that private interest is the real mocive, while public good is the specious language of those of our nobility and gentry who distinguish themselves, by what is called Opposition, in eicher House of Parliament. --Thus, “ by scattering the seeds of dif.. fidence and mistrust, if administration can induce the people to withhold their countenance from those who by their meritorious services are in full pofseflion of it, the consequence appears certain, that the contempt of the patriot will counteract the effect of his services; and the advantage and security proffered by him will be rejected, because the hand presenting them is become suspected.”—Something like this is observed by the Author of the tract which is the subject of the preceding Article; who likewise adds, that by thus continuing to treat the minority with ridicule and contempt, the miniserial party flatter themselves that the people will, in time, be drawn in to conclude, as an undoubted fact, that the profesion of patriot. ism has its foundation only in private advantage, or personal enmity; that the patriot of this day would be the tyrant of to-morrow; and that All are united in the approbation and pursuit of one arbitrary fystem of power."--Thus will the deluded people be perfuaded to disarm their champions; not once recollecting that when the mastiffs are muzzled, the wolves have nothing to do but to ravage the fold at their pleasure, Book. But can you possibly alter it so as to make a defence of the last ministry fit these new people, who were but yesterday in oppo. fition?
The Author of this Address to the People, harangues them in the Arain above alluded to. According to him, the nation, whatever it may imagine, is happy in a ministry almost faultless. He seems indeed to question whether any part of their conduct be reprehenfible; but if, in any thing, they are to be blamed, it is,-' that instead of lopping the branches, no stroke has been aimed at the root of rebellion; that the voice of fedition has been suffered to prevail in the very heart of our kingdom, unnoticed, and unpunished ; that traitors and incendiaries have not been dragged forth to public view, and file crificed to public justice.'-This is openly and bravely said ; and we have only to regret that the worthy Author has not favoured the Public with the names of those incendiaries and traitors' to whom he alludes; for, doubtless, if he knows that such men are among us, he could tell who they are.-If ever his lift appears, we hope such names as HAMPDEN, SIDNEY, RUSSEL, or even poor ALDER. MAN CORNISH, will not be found in is. -We have only to add, that we perfectly agree with this admirer of our most excellent adminiftra. tion, in admiring their lenity.' See p. 15. Art. 21. Address to both Houses of Parliament. 8vo. 18
Murray. 1779. The perusal of this little piece of zealous loyalty reminds us of Scenes in past times, when the purlieus of Grub street were not ulknown to Martinus Scriblerus. Take, Reader, a Jample: .
.. Enter BOOKSELLER, Book. Well, Sir, have you finished the third Meçt?
AUTH, Not yet, Mr. Curl; but I hope to send you feven pages of copy before the end of the week ; which you will eaúly bump out into fixteen of your print.
Book. End of the week! 2- ds, Sir, the House will be xp be fore we shall be ready to publish, and then, perhaps, it won't fell caough to pay for advertising! If this is to be the cafe, pray bow am I
to be paid for the black coat and red breeches that I sent you to go out in laft Sunday? I never wore them but during that one year, when I serv'd conflable, foavenger, and guesman.
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 liate! It is an insult on the understanding, a “ disgrace to the public virtue of the nation, and can be abetred
only by those who are dupes of the enemies, or are themselves 66 enemies of their country *" What say you to that, Sir?
Book. Why, that may be ; but I know not how it is,--these go. vernment puff's seldom do-Could we but get an order for the postoffice to circulate for us, as they did Mr. What's his Name's abuse of the Oppofition, t'would be fomewhat !
Auth. Well recollected! The under-secretary's clerk never gave me any thing for the dedication of my “ Argument to prove that Ministry can do no wrong.” He cannot, surely, refuse me an order for this new piece, which is fo firong 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 fucceed, you will say no more about the black coat, and the red bieeches!
Book. No-no!-Excuse me, I'm in a hurry Good morning t'ye, Mr. Scribble.
(Exit, Autit. A good morrow to you, Mr. Curl [Damn bim, and his old cleaths too! The coat was threadbare before I had it; and the breeches had been new feated: and yet the lkin-flint wretch talks of flops ping thirty shillings for them!— Well! 'tis to be hoped my merit will not always escape the attention of government; and that I thall, 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 these weather-cock times ! Why the Ins are out, and the 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 fure as that, now, I ihali 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 administration? You say it is nearly printed; therefore we shall be first in the field; not an author in all Grub-street can get the start of us.
AUTH. Fit? Never fear me! nothing more easy:-what thick 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 " Accurfed 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. ready formed) as it would have applied to the last ?
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 confideration 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 chose literary worthies who, by invariably attaching them. selves 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 bis 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 eren “ prostituted the dignity of parliament to the baseft purposes of “ faction 1.”.- Turn out the Ins, and let in the Outs, and, with these idolizers of power, the cry is still the same. The revolutions at St. James's make no revolucion in Grub-street, or St. Giles's, The same panegyrics, the same invectives, have served for all foc. ceflions of Majorities and Minorities that ever danced the political hay, from ibe 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 ia very tart upon the Opposition ; and not above balf pleafed with the Iriíh claim of a free trade. However, after a brief Itatement of our laws of commercial restraint, on the one hand, and subsequeot in. dolgences granted on the other, with respect to Ireland, he professes himielf willing to accede to whatever is reasonable in the claims of our sister-island. How far different persons, or parties, will agree * Address, p. 2–5.
+ 1d. p. 9.