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forms and an account of the method to be pursued on those occasions
several Acts of Parliament relating to the assessed Taxes. By
This publication contains the substance of the following acts of parliament: the land-tax act for 1798, which, subject however to redemption, is now, as to the assessment of real property, rendered perpetual ;-the act continuing the assessment on personal property, offices, and pensions, for the year 1799 ;-the land-tax redemption act, with the five acts for altering and amending it ;-the two acts of George II. by which a duty of five per cent. was imposed on offices and pensions ;-all the acts (nine in number) relating to the duties on windows or lights, and on inhabited houses ;-all the acts (seventeen in number) relating to the duties on male servants, carriages, horses, and dogs ;-and the four acts relating to the tax on income - The provisions of these numerous statutes are arranged under distinct titles, and the language of them is frequently abridged; so that commissioners, and others, whose duty it is to put the acts in execution, may receive ready assistance from this publication.
S.R. Art. 33. A Treatise on the Law of Awards : the Second Edition, revised and corrected; with very considerable Additions from printed and MSS. Cases : and an Appendix containing a Variety of useful Precedents. By Stewart Kyd, Esq. Barrister at Law of the Middle Temple. 8vo.
1os. 6d. Butterworth.. 1799.
Mr. Kyd published the first edition of this work in 1791, and we noticed it in our ninth volume, N. S. to which account we refer our readers ; observing only that the deficiencies which we then pointed out have now been supplied, that the treatise is considerably enriched by a variety of new cases, some of which are here reported for the first time, that alterations have taken place in the arrangement, and that some subjects are discussed which were before omitted.
S.R. POLITICAL, S'c. Art. 34. Reflections on the Perfectibility of Man; the Sovereignty of the
People; indefinite Liberty perfect Equality; and on the Principles of Mr. Necker. Translated from the German of M. Zimmer.
8vo. 28. 6d. Hamilton. This small work manifests but little temper and calm discussion. It abounds rather with loose declamations than with reflections, and will rank the author with party political writers rather than with dispassionate philosophers. His praise and his condemnation are alike violent. Al is imperfect in the French revolution, and all was
perfect, or nearly so, under the old government. While hell in wrath is said to have vomited up the revolutionary code,' and "devils alone can explain it,' he informs us that power under Louis XVI. was not absolute in France, nor was any abuse made of it, but it was the ton and fashion of the day to declaim against it.' He says farther that all the evils at that time existing in France proceeded from the weakness of the royal authority, and not from despotism;' yet after this he gravely asks why the States-General in 1789 were suffered to commence their sittings by an infraction of the fundamental law of the state, viz. that which grants to the King alone, and without participation, the Legislutive Power?? Could Mr. 2. have better defined Despotism? Yet he contends that, though the King was sole legislator, or his will was the law, there was no despotism in France; and that the royal authority was weak. We do not wonder that, when laying down such positions, he should disapprove of modern philosophy; it may have been prudent also to protest in time against modern sense ; for, if there exists any philosophy or sense among the moderns, they must smile at such reasoming.
Mr. Necker is treated with great contempt, and both his principles and conduct are violently reprobated : but this is not done in a gentle. manly manner, and cannot make much impression on candid readers.
The principles mentioned in the title are not discussed ; and we cannot subscribe to the opinion of the translator, that Mr. Z. is an able physician in his present prescription, designed to counteract certain political poisons.
The work seems imperfect, for we observe references to notes which are not to be found.
Мост The Power of Parliaments considered; in a Letter to a Member of Parliament. By Henry Maddock, jun. Esq. of the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn, late of St. John's College, Cambridge. 2d Edit. 8vo. 1s. 6d. Debrett. 1799.
This valuable tract was briefly noticed in our Catalogue for October last ; and it is now again mentioned for the sake of informing our readers concerning the name of the writer, and of the bookseller ;-circumstances of which the first edition gave us no intination. Art. 36. Thoughts on the Interference of Great Britain with the
Political Concerns of the Continent. 8vo. is. 6d. Debrett, &c. 1799
Flowery truisms often distinguish the works of young authors ; by which criterion we should have judged this to be a juvenile production, had it not been announced as such. Simile is piled on simile, and metaphor on metaphor, in order to prove and illustrate the plainest and most indisputable observations; thus, to establish the position that war cannot be expected to be uniformly and unexceptionably prosperous, we are told that we cannot anticipate that fortune will invariably hover round our standard, or that the park through which we have to pass will be strewed with roses and lilies, without our here and there meeting with the thorn and the thistle.
The idea of thorns and thistles opposed to roses and lilies is to reconcile us to the failure of the Dutch Expedition, and to other misfortunes and miscarriages of war. According to this young politician, our return from Holland was peculiarly unfortunate for the army; as the coldness of the climate, so far from injuring the health of the soldiers, would have improved it.' We have however heard of no effect of this kind from the climate of Holland; and we believe that none of our soldiers went thither with a hope of improve ing their health.
Undoubtedly, we made a bold effort to deliver Holland from French Infuence; and, if we did not succeed, .we must, as this writer advises, • seek consolation in the rectitude of our conduct.'
In justification of our interference in the political concerns of the continent, we are informed that the balance of Europe is by no means the chimera that some would have us suppose.'
The additions which France has made to her antient territory are
on the Emigrants: to which is added a Postscript, containing the
How far the idea of its having caused a diversion of the enemy's force will reconcile us to its heavy cost in blood and treasure, we shall not pretend to say: but we are convinced that every noble mind will applaud the Duke of York for preferring an Armistice to a retrtat secured by the inundation of North Holland.
The observations on the emigrants are judicious. Their situa-
before they make their Return.—Extract from an Account of certain Poor persons in London, who cannot pay their Income Tax. With Observations, and a Plan for their Relief. Sub
mitted to the Consideration of the Society for bettering the Condi tion and increasing the Comforts of the Poor. 8vo. 18. Hatchard, &c. 1799.
A piece of pleasantry, on an unpleasant subject, well written, and worth reading. In some of his happiest strokes of irony, the author reminds us of our old friend Swift ; who so exquisitely delighted us when we were lads. The serious part of the writer's purpose is to make those of his readers, who are distressed by their want of eco. nomy, become better managers ; and to live within their income, in order to the more convenient payment of their taxes out of it,
POETRY, &c. Art. 39. Patient Griselda ; a Tale. From the Italian of Boccaccio,
By Miss Sotheby. 4to. 25 6d. Longman. M. Dutens has given the genealogy of the heroes of Romance and we might deduce fabulous tales, both in prose and verse, from as high a source as the first formation of modern languages. The Provençal poets, and before them, perhaps, the authors of the Fabliaux, seem to have supplied Boccaccio (who afterward supplied Chaucer) and La Fontaine, and La Fontaine furnished Prior, with the ground. work of most of their tales. : The novel before us, however, according to Mannit and other Italian writers, had truth for its foundation; and such was the opinion of Petrarca, who translated it into Latin.
In general, the versification of Miss Sotheby flows with ease, and is correct. We should wish, however, that the Triplets had been more sparingly used; and when used, that the eye should be prepared for them by braces, in spite uf the new fashion of omitting those warnings ; an inconvenience which at once disappoints the eye and the ear, if declaimed aloud ; and produces such a false cadence of voice, as obliges the reader to repeat the lines in different tones. A few unwarrantable rhymes occur: as feast, taste; knew, anew ; bears, bears, Two typographical errors likewise appear-p. 8. robe for robes, and p. 30. as for hast.
We fear that the accent on the first syllable of the word ingrates, p. 4. line last, is not the printer's fault:
• He not to ingrătes has his will resign'd.' It is an inaccuracy to call the consort of a Marquis, throughout the paem, a Queen ; for which there is no authority in the original; nor was the Marquisate of Saluzzo, though a sovereignty, ever erected into a kingdom.
We have mentioned these slight imperfections to put our fair poetess on her guard, as her talents seem worthy of cultivation; and this specimen excites a hope that our acquaintance will not end here. The following lines will probably incline our readers to think that our hope is not ill-founded. After having recapitulated the barbarous trials which the cruel Marquis had imposed on the Patient Griselda and when his ingenuity in the art of tormenting was more exhausted than her power of suffering, compunction at length came on:
• Here, with a fond embrace he clasp'd the fair,
Tables Genralogiques des Heros des Romans.
Each tyrant deed ---She, who had heard unmov'd
D! B....y Art. 40. N:1 Admirari; or, A Smile at a Bishop ; occasioned by an
Hyberbolical Eulogy on Miss Hannah More by Dr. Porteus, in his late Charge to the Clergy.--Also, Expostulation : or an Address to Miss Hannah More.--Likewise Duplicity, or the Bishop; and Simplicity, or the Curate: a pair of Tales.--Moreover an Ode to the Blue-Stocking Club. And finally, An Ode to some Robin Red Breasts in a Country Cathedral. To which is prefixed an Engraving of the Author. By Peter Pindar, Esq. 4to. 25. 6d.' West and Hughes. 1799.
Thine, Peter, surely is a graceless style,
. But so luxuriant with the charms of wit, That gravest Bishops must return thy smile,
And sourest critics know not how to spit. Yet we have not so laughed our senses away, as not to perceive that we ought to sprinkle a little of our critical gall in the face of this niodern Arctine :-But how are we to manage it? Between oúr holy veneration for Bishops, and our warm attachment to the Ladies of the Aonian-hill, how are we to contrive so to carry our cup even (as the old proverb says) as to keep well with both? If we go off in a laugh-canter with the poet, some good folks may insimuate that we are no better than we should be ;-if, on the other hand, we should in a great passion throw our wigs at him, we stand a chance of being posted up as a pack of ninny-hammers, and drummed out of the
Peter, a wicked rogue, saw our embarrassinent, and therefore obligingly presented us with a critique on his own work, by way of postcript : but our Captain-General whispers Timeo Danaos, et dona ferentes, and advises us in a civil way to decline
Be it so ; and begin we then, Mr. Peter, by returning you a volume of thanks for calling on us to worship you as the only heaven-born
poet of the present day; and, to own the truth, you do play and frolic with those Misses of the mount, (some say, with their nursery maids,), as if you had been all brought up in the same fa. mily. " Is there not, however, some want of poetical gallantry in
corps of Parnassus.