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Fox was rather too harshly delineated.- Was it not too leverely faid, that “ he had not the least notion of, or regard for, the public good or the constitution, but despised those cares as the objects of narrow minds, or the pretences of interested ones?" We hope this will not apply to any living character, of consequence to our national welfare !--Of Mr. Pitt's advantageous portrait, as here opposed to that of Mr. Henry Fox, we need say nothing, having already exhi. bited it to our readers at full length. See the note above referred to.

The ingenious letter-writer follows up Lord Chesterfield's exhibi. tion with his own more ample portraiture of those two celebrated characters; and he appears to have been well acquainted with the originals,--or, at least, sufficiently informed, with respect boch to their private views and their public conduct. His investigations, accordingly, seem to have more depth than is usual with the ordinary run of our political speculations; and we presume to add, that his details perfectly accord with our own recollection of what passed in the times of which he here takes an accurate review.

Having gone very circumftantially through the characters of the Pirt and the Fox of former days, and contrasted them in the most striking light, he modestly observes, addresing himself to his correspondent, I do not pretend that mine is the hand to paint them in the strength of colouring, with which such eminent perSons ought to be finished. I can only sketch in crayons. You,

Sir, will be able, if you chuse to retouch your Two PAIR OF PorTRAITS, to exhibit to the world, bold yet just representation. I now pass to the two sons of those exalted persons.'-Accordingly, he enters on a curious, entertaining, and perhaps not ungseful display of the character and condua, public and private, of the Pitt and the Fox of the present day. The fons,' he observes, • stand in the same relation to each other, as their fathers did at the breaking out of the French war in 1756. We shall see them, besides, in the same relation to their country, both high in office; both competitors; and of course adverse to each other. How much they retain of their respective fathers, and what they have added, will be matter of curiolity; but it will be something more than curiosity. Two such portraits, given at length, will inform the people of England what they are to expect, should Mr. Pitt be permitted to continue in that high station which he has filled for five years past; or, on the other hand, should Mr. Fox, in a time of public calamity, rise once more to power. If he does, noftra miseriâ magnus es!!

The conclusion of the foregoing paragraph will sufficiently intimate to our readers in what degree Mr. Horne Tooke's correspond. ent stands affected to the colours of blue and buff.”—He proceeds in his investigation of the political manceuvres and changes of the times; which he traces down to the present day; interspersing his details, anecdotes, and remarks, with İhrewd glances at several characters, beside those already mentioned ; particularly that of Mr. Sheridan, on whom he is pointedly severe. He also takes occasion to discuss the two celebrated India bills, and totally condemns that of Mr. Fox, as highly inimical to the privileges of the great chartered company, as well as to our general, national, and conftitutional 13



rights.-Toward his conclusion, he takes leave of his correspondent in the following terms: • I have now, Mr. Tooke, submitted to your consideration the hints that occurred to me towards the completion of your Two Pair of PORTRAITS. There is abundant matter' [indeed there is !) · for the enlargement of your plan.-! fatter myself, that in the miscellaneous manner of this epiftle, I have touched some points worthy of your notice.

To Spread your canvass wider is a duty which you owe your country; and lec me add, that as new actors are every day producing themselves on the great theatre of national business, it will be a further service to mankind if you will give their portraits as fast as they rise.'

Mr. Tooke will certainly do well to avail himself of the affiftance of fo able a coadjutor, -if he has any thoughts of carrying on the bufiness of literary portrait-painting. Art. 29. A Letter from a Country Gentleman, to a Member of Par.

liament, on the present State of Public Affairs. 8vo. pp. 75. Walter, Piccadilly.

It is impossible for an impartial and discerning reader, to peruse this letter, without yielding to its very senfible author, a high degree of approbation. His remarks on the paling scene of things ia this country,' and on the views of the contending parties who figure on the great political theatre, are serious, solid, and acute; and his characters of the distinguished persons * mentioned in the note below, are drawn not only with the utmost force and freedom of expression, but, we are afraid, with too much truth of colouring. We repeat, that we are afraid, because (we are sorry to add) the whole tenor of his observations strongly militates against the principles and conduct of the leaders of that party, lately distinguished by the name of the Prince's FRIENDS; but who, in the estimation of this writer, are not, in reality, entitled to that denomination. As to the political merits of this well-written tract, we enter not into the question ; but we cannot refuse our tribute of praise to the author of a very mafterly Composition. Art 30. The present National Embarrasment considered; containing

a Sketch of the Political Situation of the Heir Apparent, and of the legal Claims of the Parliament now assembled at Weftminster. 8vo. pp. 68. 19. 6d. Hookham, &c.

The author, who appears, from his manner of creating the subjecta to be a lawyer, with his head full of Westminster-hall quibbles, and intricate problems, sets out with ftating,

1. That the King's present situation, that is to say, his political fituation, has not been considered in the properest light.

II. The legal claims of the Heir Apparent have been misrepresented.

III. The legal fituation and claims of the parliament, at the prefent jancture, have also been mif-stated.

* The Dukes of Norfolk, Portland, and Northumberland; the houses of Devonshire and Russel; the Lords Thurlow, Loughborough, and North ; Mr. Pitt, Mr. Fox, Mr. Burke, Mr. Sheridan, Mrs. Firzherbers, and his Royal Highness the PRINCE OF WALES.



For the author's manner of reasoning on these knotty points, we mult refer to the pamphlet: in which are many shrewd remarks, and fabtle conclufions, new, fingular, and perplexing enough to set the whole nation together by the ears. Art. 31. Authentic Specimens of all the Addreles that have been, and

all that will be, presented to the Right Honourable William Pitt, and the virtuous and uncorrupted Majorities in both Houses of Parliament, &c. 8vo. pp. 102. 25. 6d. Ridgway.

This pamphlet consists chiefly of secret instructions for manufactured addresses, with a few specimens, in pretended cabinet conversations between Mr. Pitt, Mr. Robinson, Mr. Wilberforce, Bishop of Lincoln, &c. The author writes well; but he is too severe on the above-mentioned characters, and too liberal of his sneers at other individuals.

Time alone can sew whether there be any justice in his opinions of Mr. Pitt and his coadjutors, and their measures.

We fufpect that the author of this pamphlet is the same genius who at once entertained and offended us by the · Royal Recollections.' See Rev. for Nov. last, p. 468. G.2. Art. 32. A Collection of Addresses and Letters, that have been sent, or may be sent 10 the Right Hon.

Chancellor of the Exchequer, &c. 8vo. Stalker.

Through the medium of various ill fabricated letters to Mr. Pitt, this author execrates that minister and his measures, and rejoices at his supposed downfall. DO Art. 33. A Letter written by his R. H the P. of Wales, in An

fwer to Mr. Pitt's Letter, which contained the Limitations, &c. 8vo. 6d. Ridgway.

For reasons best known to himself, the editor of this pamphlet has fupprefied Mr. Pitt's letter; while, in his preface, he loudly declaims in favour of the Prince, and of his answer. If, as a composition, the royal reply deserves praise, how much belongs to his Highness, as the composer of is, we cannot determine :-Suffice it to lay, that this copy appears to be incorrect in many places. DS Art. 34. An authentic Copy of Mr. Pitt's Letter to his R. H. the

P. of Wales, with his Answer. 8vo. 6d. Stockdale.
This copy seems to be drawn from the same fource with the fore.
going, as it has the same apparent errors and imperfections. The
advertisement of it taught us to expect some 'constitutional re-
marks,' by the Editor, but for delicate reasons,' he has potponed
them till the next edition.

Art. 35. Authentic Copies of Mr. Pitt's Letter to his R. H. the P.

of Wales, and of his R. He's Reply: 4to. 6d. Becket, &c.

This edition of these celebrated letters differs, in several instances, from each of the preceding ; and, as far as we can judge, they are here given in a really authentic and accurate state. Do Art. 36. An Addrefs 10 his R. H. the Prince of Wales, on the Re

pore of his Intention to refuse the Regency. By a Member of Parliament, &c. To which are added Mr. Piri's Letter to the Prince, and his R. H.'s Answer. 8vo. 19. 6d. Kearlley.

After affecting to condemn, in the trongeit terms, the Minister's views and measures, with respect to the much controverted riitric

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fions, the author concludes with advising his R. H. to accept the ptoffered terms, rather than leave all the power in the hands of Mr. Pitt.—But there is an appearance of liccleness and insidious cunning in the arguments of this pretended M. P. such as, we traft, could never have influenced the mind of his Royal Highness had they been offered to his confideration.

With respect to the copies of the Prince's and Mr. P.'s letters, here annexed, they are not more correct than the first cwo, above noticed. Art. 37. Strictures on the Prince of Wales's Letter to Mr. Pitt. In a

Letter addressed to kis Royal Highness. By Candour. 8vo. Pp. 28. 1S. Stalker, &c.

CANDOUR considers his Royal Highness's letter to Mr. Pitt as imprudent and impolitic, with respect to the writing, and unprince: ly, in regard to its publication. The writer's expoitulation with bis Highness on this subject, is earneft, but decent, and sensible. Art. 38. The Question folved: or the Right of the Prince of Wales;

to be sole, unlimited, and immediate Regent, demonstrated, from the Nature of the Constirution, and the Law of the Land. 8vo. pp. 56. 15. 6d. Edinburgh. Printed for Elliot and kay, London.

What are political demonstrations? In mathematics, demonftration generally determines the propofition; but here is a question demonstrated at Edinburgh, which at Westminster has been resolved in a way diametrically opposite ! but such differenceś must always be expected, when demonftrations are put to the vote.

1. A Letter from an Irish Gentleman in London, to the People of Ireland, on the Limitation of the Regency. 8vo. pp. 38. 15. Debrett. II. A second Letter, from the Same to the Same. 8vo. pp.

62. 1s. 6d. Debrett. The writer, apprehending that the lords and commons of Ireland will be called on to adopt the resolutions of the British parliament, relative to the appointment of a Regency, endeavours to animate them with a spirit of opposition to the restrictions ; contending, that the P. of W. ought to be invested with the full prerogatives of the crown, with all its attributes and authorities.-He writes with spisit and plausibility, if he does not argue conclusively: and bis clothes are blue and buff of the deepest dye. It should seem that our good sister, Hibernia, hath taken the hint, and followed the author's advice. Art. 41. Copy of a Declaration of Articles subscribed by the Members

of Adminiitration, and now proposed for Subscription to the Counties and Bodies Corporate of Great Britain. 8vo. pp. 27. 15 Debrett.

An ironical attack on Mr. Pitt, and his administration. The irony of this little fquib is not contemptible; and where a man of parts is eagerly exercising his wit in the use of this pleasant figure, candour and liberality of sentiment are feldom much attended to. Rev. Feb. 1789.



Art. 39,

Art. 40.

Art. 44•

8vo. pp. 59

Is. 6d.

Art. 42. A Letter 10 the most infolent Man alive. 4to. pp. 31.

is. 61. Kearsley. The minister is the character aimed at in this party pasquinade; the lively author of which poslesses abilities that ought to be more liberally employed. The infolence" in the title-page, is a fair specimen of the whole. Art. 43. A Copy of the Speech which it is now said will be delivered

by his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, to both Houses of Parliament, on his first Appearance in the House of Lords as Re. gent,. pp. 10. 410. 6d. Walter in Piccadilly.

Well imagined, and very well written ; though the author could have had no expectation that any thing like it would have been adopted: for he makes the Prince desert the party to which, it is generally supposed, he has long adhered. Among other unexpected things, the regent, here, declares his resolution to continue the prefent ministry. Letters to a Prince, from a Man of Kent.

Richardson. The man of Kent offers much good counsel to the P, of Wales, on the supposition of his speedily entering on the office of regent. He addresses his R. H. with great earnestness and freedom, but with no impropriety of language. He is a warm friend to Mr. Pitt, whom he considers as the most popular man in the kingdom.' After observing this, it is fcarcely necessary for us to add, that he strongly recommends the detention of so able and fortunate a minister.-Abttracted, however, from the immediate political aim of the letters, it would be injustice to dismiss them without acknowleging their merit, as containing an useful compendium of excellent moral and prudential advice to a young prince; on wbich ground, we think they cannot be too much commended. Art. 45. A Vindication of the Proceedings of the Lords and Commons,

upon the Regency: in which the Right is explained according to the Constitution, as deduced from the Time of the Saxoos down to the present. With Proofs that the late Protests are founded in Error: and that an Address to any Person to accept the Regency would have defeated the End intended to be obtained; be an Infringement of the Rights of the People ; an Offence to Majesty ; and an Indignity in the Lords and Commons. By M. Dawes, Esq. of the Inner Temple. 8vo. Pp. 45. 1s.

Whiel. don. 1789.

The copious title fufficiently explains the subject, and the author's purpose. He dedicares his work to Mr. Pitt, to whom he pays some handsome compliments, founded on his apprehension that the minister's conduct on the present event in politics, hath been uniform, and consistent with our constitution, the law of the realm, and the usage of our country: which' (he adds] entitles you to the thanks of all good and unprejudiced subjects. Mr. D. has taken considerable pains, and manifested good judgment, in the execution of his design, in this vindication of the late parliamentary proceedings on the regency butinefs.


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