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the Author to blend and incorporate the characters and incidents of other recent dramas with those of his own. Besides the plays he has mentioned, it is impossible for the reader of Duplicity not to rceollect and recognize The Busy Body, The Minor, and The Oxonian in Town: and we do not remember to have met with a circumstance that smells ranker of the player, than the following marginal direction, pi 20. « Enter a fervant. (Delivers a card to Melisa ; fe Exits !”)

The chief moral of the piece, tending to reprobate the více of gaming, has been much more forcibly given in many other pieces on the same subject ; and the under plot, intended to enliven the general gravity of the fable, is lame and improbable; so that even that acknowledged receipt for laughter, the Æquivoque, fails of its effect. We can discover but little humour in any of the profeffed comick personages, except Scrip, the broker, whose character, however, is almost entirely superfluous. It may therefore, without violence, be detached from the reft of the piece.

Enter TIMID and SCRIP. Timid. Brokerage comes rather heavy, Mr. Scrip, when the sum is large.

Scrip. Heavy! no, no—a damned paltry pittance-five and twenty pounds only, you see, for selling out twenty thousand-Get more by one lucky bit, than fifty of these would produce.

Timid. Ay!

Scrip. Oh, yes !--Jobbing-Stock-jobbing, between you and me, is the high road to wealth.

Timid. Lackaday, may be fo~Well, good day. (Scrip is go. ing, but feeing Sir Hornet, stops toʻliften.)

• Sir Hornet. What, old Lackaday! : « Timid. Ah, Sir Hornet !

• Sir Hornet. What's the best news with you

Timid. Ab, lackaday, the best news I know, is scarce worth relating.

Scrip. Beg pardon, Sir, (To Sir Hornet')--beg pardon-bad news in town, did you say?

• Sir Hornet. Bad, Sir! not that I have heardo
Scrip. Exceedingly sorry for it!
• Sir Hornet. Sir!
Scrip. Never was more diftreffed for bad news. .
• Sir Hornet. Distressed for bad news!

Scrip. Excessively! The reduction of Gibraltar, the taking of Jamaica, or the destruction of the grand fleet, either of the three would make me a happy man for life

• Sir Hornet. The destruction of the grand fleet make you happy for life!

Scrip. Completely.
• Sir Horner. Here's a precious scoundrel!

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Made a large fortune, if this does not give me a twinge- rather. overdone it; but any severe stroke-any great national misfortune, would exactly close my account.

• Sir Hornet. Hark you, Sir. • Scrip. Sir! - Sir Hornet. It is to be hoped.

Scrip. Yes, Sir, it is to be hoped, ''Sir Hornet. That a halter will exactly close your account.

Scrip. Sir!

• Sir Hornet. You raven-faced racal!- Rejoice at national milfortunes ! Zounds! I thought such language was no where to be. heard from the mouth of an Englishman-unless he were a Member of Parliament.

Scrip. Lord, Sir!-You don't consider that I am a bear for al. most half a million.

• Sir Hornet. You are an impudent villain !-- rejoice at the distress of your country! : Scrip. Why, Lord, Sir, to be sure when I am a bear There's not a bear in the Alley but what would do the fame-Were I. a bull, indeed, the case would be altered.

• Sir Hornet. A bull!

Scrip. For instance, at the taking of Charles-Town, na man was merrier, no man more elare, no man in better spirits.

• Sir Hornet. How so, gentle Sir?

Scrip. Oh, dear Sir, at that time I was a bull to a valt. amount, when, very fortunately for me, the news arrived ; the guns fired; the bells clatrered; the stocks mounted ; and I made ten thousand pounds!~Enough to make a man, merry-Never spent a happier night in my life!

• Sir Hornet. Aha!-then, according to that arithmetic, you would be as merry, and as happy to-night, could you accomplish the destruction of the said British fleet,

Scrip. Happier, happier by half !---for I should realize at least twice the sum !- twice the fum !

• Sir Hornet, Twice the sum !

s Scrip. Ay, twice the sum !-Oh! that would be a glorious event, indeed ! Never prayed so earnestly for any thing since I was born and who knows who knows what a little time may do for us?

• Sir Hornet. Zounds! how my elbow aches. (afide.)
Scrip. I shall call on some leading people-men of intelligence

of the right stamp.
• Sir Hornet. You shall.
Scrip. Yes, Sir.

• Sir Hornet. Why then-perhaps you will be able to defroy the British Aeet between you.

Scrip. I hope fo- I hope so-do every thing in my power-Oh! it would be a glorious event. • Sir Hornet. Hark you, Sir-Do you see that door?

Scrip. Sir! .
• Sir Hornet. And this cane?
Scrip. Why, but, Sir!
• Sir Hornet. Make your exit, your imp.
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* Sir Hornet. Get out of the house, you vile rascal, you diabolical

{Drives Scrip off] A son's son of a scoundrel-Who is he?' What business had ne here ?

Timid. Lackaday, Sir, he is a stock-broker, thatSir Harry em. ploy'd, at his lifler's request, to sell out for her ; because she chuses, to have her fortune in her own poffeffion against to-morrow-I have been paying him the brokerage, and receiving che money, which I shall deliver to Madam Melissa directly.

Sir Hornet. An incomprehensible dog! pray for the reduction of Gibraltar, the taking of Jamaica, or the destruction of the British fleet!

Timid. Lackaday, Sir? it is his trade.

· Sir Hornet. Trade! a nation will never fourish, that encourages traders to thrive by her misfortunes.'

The title, Duplicity, used in a good sense, is, we think, unwarranted, and unwarrantable. Would it be proper to describe a virtuous character by the unqualified appellations of The Hypocrite, or The Impostor ? The Prologue and Epilogue are but middling.

Art. XI. A Trip to Scarborough. A Comedy. As performed at

the heaire-Royal in Drury-Lane. Altered from Vanbrugh's • Relapse; 0:, Virtue in Danger.' By Richard Brinley Sheridan, Erg. Svo. 1 s. 6d. Wilkie. 1581. THIS alteration from Vanbrugh is introduced by a cheerful

1 Prologue, written by the much lamented Garrick. The beginning and conclusion are as follow :

• What various transformations we remark,
From East Whitechapel to the Weft Hyde-park!
Men, women, children, houses, figos, and fashions,
State, ftage, trade, taite, the humours and the passions;
Th’ Exchange, 'Change alley, wheresue'er you're ranging,
Court, city, country, all are chang'd, or changing.--

As change thus circulates throughout the nation,
Some plays may juftly call for alteration;
At lealt to draw some slender cov'ring o'er
That graceless wit, which was too bare before :
Those writers well and wisely use their pens,
Who turn our Wantons into Magdalens;
And howsoever wicked wits revile 'em,

We hope to find in you, their Stage Asylum. For the sake of preserving, in some measure, the unity of place, the scene of this alteration from the Relapse, is laid' at Scarborough; from which might have been expected some display of the manners and customs of an English Spaw; but no such delineation is attempted, nor is much more probability given to the incidents by thifting the scene of action : for though this expedient faves Vanbrugh's long journies to the country and Bb 3

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back again, it throws an aukward air over fome circumstances, particularly the levee of Lord Foppington, who would scarce appear surrounded with his tradesmen at Scarborough. Neither the adventure of Lord Foppington and his younger brother, nor the relapfe of Loveless are much varied from the original : and perhaps even the amours of Worthy and Berinthia, the chief ob. ject of the alteration, might have been more materially improved. It is laudable however in those, who have the direction of our theatres, to keep the productions of our most eminent comic writers before the eye of the Public.

Art. XII. A General View of the Writings of Linneus. By Richard

Pulteney, M. D. F. R. S. 8vo. 6 s. Boards. Payne and White,

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• T riety of the objects which he pursued, and the systemati. cal spirit pervading all his writings, has rendered a synoptical view of his works more practicable and defireable than Linnæus. The sphere of this great man's studies was no less extensive than all the productions of nature, as existing in this globe which we inhabit. And though it cannot be denied, that very great advances had been made in most branches of natural knowledge by the united labours of many eminent men before and during his period; yet the admirable talents for arrangement and method, with which he pursued his researches into each class of Nature, rendered him in every branch an improver, and in some almost a founder.

Dr. Pulteney, who is well known to the public as a physician and naturalist, appears perfectly well qualified for the task he has undertaken : and we doubt not but his work will be favourably received by all the lovers of these studies ; both as an excellent introduction to the Linnæan System of Nature ta those as yet unacquainted with it, and an useful compendium of his numerous works to those already conversant with them. The firit part of the volume is chiefiy biographical ; exhibiting an interesting sketch of the gradual progress of the great Natu. ralift, to that extent of knowledge, fame, and honours, which he at length attained. Notice is taken of all his publications in their order of time. On occasion of the appearance of the improyed edition of the S;flenia Naturæ, the Author gives a pretty copious analysis of the contents of that work, with the characters of the genera, and of several of the species, through The kingdoms of Nature. This, with a particular account of Linnæus's classification of diseases, in his Genera Morborum, conkitutes the body of the volume. All the latter part is taken up with an account of the papers in the collection entitled, Amæ

nilates mitates Academicæ, published under the inspection of Linnæus, and the product of his school. • As all these parts of the work are themselves an analysis, we cannot give our learned Readers any abridgment of them; and shall therefore select, as a specimen of the Writer's ftyle, part of the conclusion of the biographical matter, which will be read with pleasure by readers of every class.

"To the lovers of science it will not appear strange, nor will it be unpleasant to hear, that uncommon respect was ihewn to the memory of this great man. We are told, that, “ on his deach a general mourning took place at Upsal, and that his funeral proceffion was attended by the whole University, as well Profeffors as Students, and the pall supported by fixteen Doctors of phyfic, all of whom had been his pupils.” The King of Sweder, after the death of LINNÆUS, ordered a medal to be struck, of which “ one fide exhibits Linnæus's bust and names and the other Cybele, in a dejected attitude, holding in her lefthand a key, and surrounded with animals and growing plants, with this legend — Deam luctus angit amiffi ;-and beneath - Post obitum Upsaliæ, die x Jan. M.DCC.LXXVIII. Rege jubente.” - The same generous monarch not only honoured the Royal Academy of Sciences with his presence when LINNÆUS's Commemoration was held at Stockholm, but, as a ftill higher tribute, in his speech from the throne to the Assembly of the States, lamented Sweden's lors by his death. Nor was he honoured only in his own country; the present learned and worthy Professor of Botany at Edinburgh not only pronounced an eulogium in honour of LINNÆUS, before his students, at the opening of his lectures in the spring of 1778, but laid also the foundation stone of a monument to be raised to his memory, which, while it perpetuates the name and merit of LINNÆUS, 'will do honour to the founder ; and, it may be hoped, prove the means of raising an emulation favourable to that science which this illustrious Swede so highly dignified and improved. This monument consists of a vase, supported on a pedestal, with this inscription,

LINNÆO POSUIT J. Hope. "The high reputation which this great man has long held among the naturalists throughout the world, might readily perhaps preclude any encomium from our pen; since to all lovers of natural science his name itself is eulogy, and will doubtless very long be inseparable from the idea of his extraordinary merit. Might we, nevertheless, be indulged so far, we hope the following brief estimate of his talents will be thought juft, and cafily deduced from an impartial view of his writings.

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