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Art. 47• Alfred; or, a Narrative of the daring and illegal Measures
to suppress the above] Pamphlet, &c. &c. 8vo. is. 6d. Sold as before mentioned.
We are sorry to see a writer, who certainly poffeffes confiderable talents, employing them to such wretched purpose, as the abuse of a monarch whom every good man loves ; and in whose happy recovery from his late alarming indifpofition, millions of grateful hearts are now rejoicing.--Can compliments from such a pen as that of the Rev. Dr. Withers, the author of these literary nuisances, be acceptable to any gentleman in administration ? Art. 48. Alfred unmojk’d; or, the New Catiline. Intended as a
Pair of Spectacles for the hort-lighted Politicians of 1789. 8vo. pp. 33 is. Faulder. We were in hopes, last month, that the host of political railers at Mr. Pitt, and the measures of Administration respecting the intended Regency, were all passed by; but a few ftragglers, we see, are yet behind; as is usual when troops are on the march, Art. 49. A Letter to the Author of Alfred, and the History of the
Royal Malady. By a Clergyman. 410, 6d. Walter, &c. A serious and judicious expoftulation with Dr. Withers, on the indecency and falsehood of his publications respecting his Majesty's late indisposition. If any of Dr. W.'s readers are approvers of his pamphlets, we would recommend to them an impartial perufal of this Letter. Art. 50. An important Narrative of Faits; in Answer to the erro
neous Statement given by Dr. Withers, in his Pamphlet of Al. fred, containing the Correspondence between Dr. Withers and J. Ridgway, on the Publication of the History of the Royal Ma. lady, &c. and the Author's Motives for submitting this Detail to the Public 8vo. 29. pp. 56. Ridgway. 1789.
The motley materials of which this pamphlet is composed, are given in the form of a letter to Mr. Ridgway; signed Richard Davis, Piccadilly. The character of Dr. Withers will reap no advantage from this publication. Art. 51. Legal Considerations on the Regency, as far as it regards
Ireland. 8vo. pp. 26. is. Stockdale. It appears that this piece was written before the Regency Bill was introduced into parliament, and at the time when we were first given to understand that the Irish meant to make the Prince of Wales Regent of Ireland without limitations. The legality of this design is the point here brought under consideration ; and the question is determined in the negative.-The author treats his subject with due gravity, and, as we apprehend, with good judgment. He shews that the Stat. 23 Geo. Ill. does not apply to the subject under consideration. The words of the act are, as here quoted, “That the right claimed by the people of Ireland, to be bound only by laws enacted by his Majesty, and the Parliament of that kingdom, Mall be eftablished for ever, and shall at no time be questioned, or questionable." This law, our author contends, was not meant to restrain the Parliament of Great Britain from enacting such laws, respecting the Crown and its 7
imperial authority, as shall bind the people of Ireland. For his reasoning on this head, we must refer to the pamphlet.-On the whole, he seems to have fully established his main point, which is to thew That the late resolutions of the Irish Parliament, in appointing the P. of W. Rigent, are warranted neither by law nor by the constitution; and to say the least of them, are utterly void.' Art. 52. Refieftions on the Consequences of his Majesty's Recovery from his late Indisposition. In a Letter to the People of England. 8vo.
15. 6d. Robinsons. The date of this Letter is Feb. 16; fince which time, about a month elapfed before its publication. The writer's reflections are of a nature so very serious, that they cannot but merit the candid regard of the public. His great object is to call our attention to what posibly may, but we hope never will, happen, a relapse into that dis.. order from which, God be praised, his Majesty is declared, on the best authority, to be happily recovered! Our author produces instances, from hiftory, of the relapfes of royal convalescents, the consequences of which have been most dreadful to their subjects; and it is to prepare our minds, and pave the way for provisional measures, for our national security *, against future contingencies of this melancholy but highly important nature, that he lays his thoughts before the public. He writes in a style and manner that seem, as far as anonymous writers are to be credited, to indicate the worthiest intentions; and his abilities appear to be such as may, perhaps, entitle him (in the estimation of intelligent readers) to rank among our belt political writers. Art. 53. Obfervations upon the late national Embarrassment, and the
Proceedings in Parliament relative to the same. By J. L. de Lolme, LL.D. 8vo. 15. 6d. Debrett. 1789.
A second edition of a pamphlet mentioned in our last Review, entitled, The present national Embarrassment considered. It was then published without the author's name. As the national business has fince continued in a progressive state, the pamphlet is again offered to the public, with considerable alterations' [and additions], ' which were become necessary for rendering the subjeć sufficiently intelligible.' This neceffity we hinted at, in the former short notice which we took of Dr. De Lolme's (then anonymous) publication. A Poftfcript is now added, containing an ingenious explanation of the rights of the Heir Apparent; and some acute remarks on the conduct, respectively, of the contending parties, in the course of the late proceedings. Art. 54. The Fall of Fa&tion; or Edmund's Vision, &c. 410. 2s.6d.
pp. 32. Walter in Piccadilly. 1789. This comes from Mr. T'other-Side; who aims to be witty, at the expence of Mr. Burke, and the whole court of Carleton House. If, in this attempt, the author is not altogether successful, we dare fay
* This Author has, himself, hinted some remedies ; but they seem, even in his own apprehension, improbable and visionary: particularly where he talks of rehgnations.
it is more his misfortune than his fault. The honest gentleman has,
410. pp. 22. is. 6d. Walter in Piccadilly,
very severe attack, as we suppose, on Mr. Sheridan, under the
A Letter to the Right Hon. Charles James Fox, on the late
Gratification of Four unpleasant Characters, viz. A very EXALTED
Pleasant Epiftles! To whom will they be pleasant? Not to the reader' ;- for a display of the vices and follies of public men, whose conduct may greatly affect the welfare of the nation, can afford no gratification to a reflecting mind. Nor will these Epistles be pleafant to the persons addressed in them ;--for what man will be fond of viewing his natural face in a glass, which reflects to him a bad complexion, and ugly features ? - For pleasant,' then, read unpleasant.
These Letters, however, are not dull. They are written with point and spirit, and all the licentious freedom of the times; but the author frequently expresses himself with a degree of inaccuracy that disgraces his language.
The unpleasant characters' to whom Mr. Albion addresses these Episiles (belide the very EXALTED SUBJECT, whom we are sorry to fee treated in so unpleajant' a manner) are Mr. Fox, Mr. Sheridan,
* See our last month's Catalogue, Art. 42.
and 15. 6d.
and Mr. Burke. The obloquy thrown upon gentlemen (on partyground) may answer the end of writers on either side; but to enlarge upon it, would not suit the nature of a literary Journal.
The conduct of the three characters just mentioned, with respect to the late agitated question of Regency, appears to have drawn upon them the wit and vengeance of this writer, and other literary champions of Administration. Art. 59. An Explanation of the mistaken Principle on which the Com
mutation A& was founded : and the Nature of the Mischiefs that must follow from a Perseverance in it. In a second Address to the Public from Thomas Bates Rous, Esq. 4to. pp. 22. Debrett. 1789.
Mr. Rous's first address was noticed in our Review, vol. lxxv. p. 146. In this second address, he commences with asserting that no tax on fixed property can be made to yield sufficient to be a sub. stitute for revenue, drawn from articles of general consumption, without being ruinously oppressive.' He exemplifies the truth of this position by that productive source of revenue-Malt. By comparing the value of the barley from which it is produced, with the value of all the produce of all the land in England, the proportion between them will be found very small; ' and yet (he says) it yields with ease to the Exchequer, a sum that nine shillings in the pound additional tax on the land would scarcely equal. This conclusion may be right; but the reader would have given to it a more ready assent, had the author demonstrated its truth. He afterward states, by the returns from the Excise Office, that the revenue derived from the beer, distillery, and malt duties, amounts, in a favourable year, to four millions sterling; and then says, ' The idea of extravagantly multiplying the consumption of any foreign produce, that may affect this great national support, by throwing off the duties, and rendering it very cheap, is perhaps as alarming as any ever entertained by a Minister.' Mr. Rous has not shewn that the malt duties have deereased since the Commutation Act took place.
Mr. R. proceeds with a number of observations on the quantities of different teas imported, the revenue thence arising, and the difficulty which the Company have in supplying the market; and he thus concludes:
If Administration, when it had fully determined on the policy of the measure of altering the duties on tea, had proceeded with temper and judgment,-if instead of commuting all the duties except i21 per cent, for an oppressive window tax, one half of the duties had been taken from the inferior sorts, and something more from the lowest, in which the smuggler chiefly deals, and on which the duties were considerably higher than on fine teas, this measure would have de. feated the illegal trade both in foreign and fictitious tea,-had then the same measures been steadily pursued at the East India House (under the controul of Government as the A& directs) which were adopted at the commencement of the present scheme, but soon from the overwhelming effect relinquished, - had the quick successive fales been supplied with quantities equal to the demand of every dealer, so as to prevent fpeculation, which might have been done without
danger of increasing the consumption of fine tea (which is, as I have shewn, the source of all the mischief), it would soon have been found, that the lesser duty on the extended legal quantity would have yielded a revenue, not only much larger than the present duty united with the oppresive window tax, but much larger than ever was before received from tea. From this mealure no injury could have happened to the country. But if the Minister disregards the mischiefs I have described, and makes revenue his only onjet, by throwing off also half the duties from the fine teas, he might have obtained a large revenue indeed, and the mischiefs, though considerable, would certainly have been less than from the present measure. He would likewise have found it a more easy and effectual method of succeeding in his primary object, than by giving up all the duties but 12į per çent. for a window tax. For, in forming a plan to defeat the imaggler, by lowering the duties, especial care should be taken not to create a demand for the commodity, which cannot be permanently supplied from a legal source. The present ill digelted meature, trom its enormous effects, has failed in the execution, after having, in the attempt, created an insatiable demand through the kingdom, and opened a larger field for the smuggler than ever, leaving the means of refift. ing him more difficult in future.'
Such is Mr. Rous's plan for regulating the duties on this article of foreign luxury. It has every mark of plausibility ; but the author's quick conceptions carry him sometimes too fast for readers who pofsess only ordinary perception. More demonstration would have been agreeable to many readers.
POETRY. Art. 6o. The Regency, a Poem. 4to. pp. 35. 25. 6d. Stalker,
An attempt to ridicule the Prince of Wales, and his party, in verses that are only abusive. The Poet's ear is so very defective, that he gives us ' idea,' as a rhime to fear.' Art. 61. The Antagonists of Peter Pindar cut into Atoms, in a furious
Epistle to Peter Pindar, Esq. By Tom Plumb. 4to. pp. 20. is. 6d. Kearsley. 1789.
This zealous admirer and defender of Peter Pindar's sterling wit, be-rhimes and be praises him in Birmingham base metal. Art. 62. Political Adoration; or, An Address to the Devil. By the
Foui FIEND FLIBBERTIGIBBET. 4to. pp. 17. Is. 6d, Ridgway. 1789.
The Foul Fiend directs the whole force of his wit and virulence, which is not inconsiderable, against Mr. Pitt. His manner, as ex. hibited in this political squib, reminds us of the spirit and turn of Swift's Legion Club.– It is remarkable, that, in a Chriftian country, the principal objection against our young Palinurus is, That, as yet, he makes no figure in the annals of adultery and fornication.-0 tempora ! O mores!
There is a moito, manufactured in English Greek, to ridicule the classical erudition of Lord Belgrave.