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Art. 14. Remarks on the Report of the Eajl-India Directors,
respecting the Salt and prices of Tea, By Richard Twining, 8vo. Is, 6d. Cadel. 1784;'
A refutation of one of the fimfest impofitions ever attempted to be foisted upon the public. It was indeed truly abfurd to pretend, as the East-India Company have don, tout the nation, individually considered, have already been considerable gainers by the commu. tation act. The report animadverted on is very properly subjoined to Mr. Twiuing's pamphlets, Art. 15. A Narrative of the Conduet of the Tea-dealers,
during the late Sale of Teas at the India-House. By the Committce of Tea-dealers. 8vo. Is. Cadel, 1785.
At length we are brought to somewhat serioully worthy of the public attention. Had the author reserved himself (for the same haid evidently runs through thefe three performances) for this great, but, unfortunately for him, unforeseen occafion, his lucubrations would probably have made a much deeper and more auspicious imprefsion. But, to judge of Mr. Twining by the rapidity of his publications, he will have horæ subseciva to write, at a time when the world will no longer have leisure to read his publications.
By the mutual inuendoes that each party had been throwing out against the other, the Ealt-India directors and the tea-dealers evidently came together irritated and fore at the December sale. The tea dealers, previo
rious to the sale, and with an eye to the reports that had first inftigated Mr. Twining's appeal to the public, gaye in a list of 1300 chests of tea, included in the intended fale, that were of an unmerchantable quality. This the committee seem to admit was an unexampied step. After some altercations, 23 chests of the exceptionable tea were withdrawn. This, however, was far from fatisfying the buyers. They came to an unanimous resolution, that when any lot (hould be put up, including one chest of the excepted tea, they would reject the whole lot for the sake of that chest." In this *dilemma a silk broker, a stranger to this kind of business, was introduced under the auspices of the directors, and bid only upon the objectionable lots. This conduct on the part of the company only caused the tea-dealers to become more determined. They infcantly requested Mr. Twining to become the fole purchaser on their part ; and many lots were accordingly knocked down to him at a low price. Such were the transactions of the firit day.
On the second day of sale, the only bidders, as before, were Mr. Twining and the filk-broker. But it now appeared, that the new purchaser no longer bid upon the objectionable lots, but became the competitor of Mr. Twining upon the lots, confisting of what had universally been allowed to be merchantable tea. The dealers had in the interval between the two days offered to relinquish the lots bought in the name of Mr. Twining, upon condition that their requeit in regard to the excepted tea was complied with. They now observed, that all ground of contest was at an end, and that they were willing things should proceed in their old channel. But their remonftrances, were unattended to, and Mr. Twining and Mr. Conitable were nearly the sole purchasers.
It cannot be denied that this itate of things implies a charge against the court of directors, that will require a very folid and cogent anfwer, before it can be completely removed. The tea-dealers were indeed the aggrellors. They were actuated by a fufceptibility to the darts of runour, which gives us no favourable impressions of their eonduct. But obviously it did not concern their immediate interest, th'exclude ait damaged and confequently cheap tea from their warelouses. Befide which, they appear to have conducted themselves all along with temper, moderation and civility : while the court of directors display that fpirit, which is but too congenial to å prospefolks and arbitrary monopoly. Let them beware. The time may come, when the people of England will look with calm indifference on their fare ; and every corporate body in the kingdom will no longer, by a happy concurrence of circumstances, fee its own destruction involved in that of the franchises of che East India company. Art. 16. An History of the Infiances of Exclusion from the
Royal Society, which were not suffered to be argued during the late Debates. Withi strictures on the Formation of the Council, and other instances of the despotili of Sir Jofeph Banks, the present president, and of his incapacity for his high office. By some meinbers in the minority. 8vo. is. Debrett.
This pamphlet is written in too ferocious a spirit. It can answer no other purpose than to inflame. But if the opposition-faction in the Royal Society are too turbulent ; it must be allowed that the Prefident has discovered a tone of ambition that is infinitely misplaced in a fociety which has in view the propagation of science and literature. To object to men of learning and probity, that they deserve not admiffion into the Royal Society, because they are indigent, or because they have acted in the fituation of teachers, is an illiberality foutterly gross, and so perversely stupid, that no apology can be made for it. Yet this charge, we fear, can be applied to the President of the Royal Society. And what' aggravates this wantonness, it appears, from the inspection of the names of the members of the Royal Soci. ety, that there are individuals ainong thein, who have no claims of any kind to genius, science or letters. But they had estates, and were ambitious of distinctions that did not belong to them. From the present squabbles of this Society there may relult one propitious effect. The mingled indignation and contempt with which they are treated by the impartial public, may teach the Prefident to be lefs intolerant, and may admonish his enemies to be less captious and fplenetic,
With respect to compofition, the pamphlet before us has no title to applause. "The manner of it is course and vulgar; its reasoning is not close or artful, and its language is colloquial and impure. It is à pain to us to observe that any inembers of the Royal Society should discover fo flight an acquaintance with polite literature. Art. 17. Dialogues concerning the Ladies. To which is
added, An Eflay on the antient Ainazons. 12mo. 35. Cadel.''
't here is a degree of pertness in these dialogues, which approaches to vivacity. But they are altogether without character.' The au. thor has only a slender store of knowledge ; and while his manner is disagreeable, he communicates no information of any importance.
His di&tion, too, is inelegant; and upon the whole his performance
Interior Cabinet of Vinus. By Montaigne. Publithed from the
It had been but fair, if the compiler, in imitation of some of his brethren, had styled his pamphlet, the Deformities, not the Beauties, of this agreeable miscellaniit. But such titles as the above are suf, ficiently underitood.. Art. 19. A Letter to a young Gentleman of Fortune, just entered
at the University. ! 2mo, 6d. Oxford. Prince 1784.
A series of just and sensible advice, thrown together with a view to å particular situation. For what purpose the private transactions of the young gentleman and his tutor are published, we do not so readily apprehend. Art. 20. The Deformity of the Doctrine of Libels and Informa
tions, ex officio, with a view to the cafe of the Dean of St. Asaph, and an Inquiry into the Rights of Jurymen, In a Letter to the Hon. Thoinas Erikine, By M. Dawes, Eq, 8vo. Is, Stockdale, London.
This pamphlet is a vindication of the insulted rights of Jurymen, It is written with more warmth than ability. But as the intentions of the author are very honourable, we abstain from confidering very criticatiy his penetration and literature. Art. 21. The Compleat Confiable ; being a Digest of the Sta
tute and Common Law, divested of the technical Law Terms. To which are now added; Practical Strictures on the several Duties to be performed in the due Execution of the Office of Constable, By John Paul, Efq. Barrister at Law. 12mo. 15. 6d. Fielding.
This publication appears to us to be exact; and its utility does
Laws' which immediately retpect the Conduct of a Justice of the
The defign of this work is to display more immediately to the eye
It is the purpose of this tract, to recommend the abolition of all bonds whatsoever, with regard to ecclesiastical livings; as indecent in their principle, irreconcileable in many insta.ces to the rules of law, and productive of mischief and litigation. We must acknowledge, that we sincerely agree with this author in opinion. It is
right that the church should be cleared from corruptions of every fort. But, though we approve his fentiments, we think that he does not establish his points in the very strongest manner. His reading appears to be confined'; his talents for realoning are feeble; and his file does not evince that he has profited by the advantage of a liberal education. His meaning, however, is proper; and we very freely bestow 'upon him our commendation for his fincerity and public virtue. Art. 34. "The“whole Proceedings of the fizes at 'Shrewsbury,
on Friday August the 6th, 1784; in the Cause of the King, on the protecution of William Jones, Attorney at Law, against the Rev. Williami Davies Shipley, Dean of S:. Afaph, för a Libel, before the Hon. Francis Buller, Esq. one of the Judges of his Majesty's Court of King's Bench. Taken in nort-hand, by William Blanchard, No. 4, Dean-ftreet, Fetter-lane, London. 8vo. is. Johnson,
It is universally understood, that the liberty of the press is.the great bulwark of the English constitution. The greatest efforts kave therefore been made by prerogative lawyers, to reprefs and overbear the rights of juries in trials for libels. The case before us is a memorable example of this corruption. But it is to be hoped, that' the people will ever be awake to all exertions of this kind, and that jurymen will never cease to support and vindicate the full privileges that belong to them. Of this publication it is sufficient to say, that it is circumstantial and exact.
Art. 25: Elegy to the Memory of Dr. Samuel Johnson. By
Thomas Hobhouse, Esq. 4to. 60. Stockdale 1785. Elegy is too beaten a tract for common poets to shine in. Accordingly, in the production of Mr. Hobhouse there is nothing pår. șicularly striking ; yet the verlification is flowing and smooth, the images are cast in the mould of melancholy, befitting the occasion, and the author's sentiments and lamentation seem to proceed from the heart, ART. 26. Adventures of a Petticoat Pensioner. Containing
secret Memoirs of the polite World, interspersed with the gallana tries, Intrigues and Amours of many celebrated persons of both Sexes in High Life. To which are subjoined curious Anecdotes of the most distinguished Demireps of the haut-ton, which have never before transpired, London printed for the Author; and fold by G. Lifter. 1784. 12mo. 25. bd, stitched.
As a specimen of the wit to be met with in this performance wę give the following extract. “ His cash - lafted him one evening.; * but not without conning the vowels, i. o. u. which the next night produced the fixth vowel
, y:-Why don't you pay me, Sir?” such fort of clenches, seraps of French, and a profufion of obscenity, form the contents of the volume before us: it is a disgrace to the preis. ART. 27. An Esay to prove the Insufficiency of a sudattern Of. ficer's Pay in the Army, compared with the necessary Expences attending his Station. To which is added, a Plan for the more effectually'recruiting the army, both in times of Peace and War. By a Subaltern. London. S. Crowder, J. Murray, T. StockP4
dale, J. and J. Merrils, Cambridge, and S. Simmons, Lincoln. 1784. 2ș. 6d. boards. Small 8vo.
The truth of what this well-informed subaltern here 'lays before the public is almost generally acknowledged. He has entered into a minute detail, for which we must refer our readers to the work, but thall here give the result of his calculations. The unavoidable yearly expences of a subaltern he Itates thus,
**1. d. Clothes,
30 14 0 Washing, dressing, soldier as a servant, and
servant's tax, Eating and drinking,
71 4 7
Subaltern's yearly fubfiftence,
Expence beyond fubfiftence,
3 Our author we think very justly terms the above, unavoidable expences, in which he has even omitted a regimental surtout coat, though it appears to us indispensably neceffary. He concludes the sinall
volume before us with some sensible hints for the more effectu. ally recruiting the army; which are, as well as his plea for his brother fubalterns, expressed in the language of inodesty and diffidence.
agree with the subaltern that the income of an enlign or lieute-
Richardson. , 1785.
the author of the following pages may lay claim to no inconfidera<ble share of indulgence.'
We tell thee young man, for poet thou art not, that the public have nothing to do with Juvenility in poetical cases. The author of 'a dull and insipid performance like unto thinc, whether young or old, male or female, is deserving of critical chastisement! But the folia citations of a few private friends will be gratified.-By turning thee and thy verses into ridicule master 'Ireland,
This poem seems to be written against emigration, and consists of such rhymes as these.--Speaking of a cottage which the tenant was about to forsake.
! The great who chanced to see the smiling Spot
· And live the happier lords of such a spot.'
Johnson. Written the 18th December. 4to. 'Is. Bew. 1784.
Nothing can be more easy, than for a reviewer to deal out at random the epithets of nonsenfical, absurd, ridiculous, incomprehensible, and the like, which fo readily occur to a man, who has had all his feelings jarred by the anomalous effufions of a poetaster. But the reader, born under a milder planet, and who is at liberty