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against every meafare of which he had been till then understood to
approve, For this singular perfidy, we are told, he became an ob.
ject of American detectation; and, as the necessary consequence, an
object of ministerial respect. A new, finecure, and lucrative office, it
feems, was soon after created by government, solely for the benefit
of this fame Brigadier Ruggles, by whom it is now enjoyed. - This
is the man who, we are told, ' reminds us of the virtues of ancient
patriotism.'
Art. 19. A Speech intended to have been delivered in the House of

Commons, in Support of the Petition from the General Congress at
Philadelphia. 8vo. 1 s. 6 d. Almon.

This Speech contains a very able and spirited exposition of the
grievances alledged in the petition from the Congress, together with
a review of the causes and progress of the American contest, and a
vindication of the several measures pursued by the Colonies.- We
have not room however to descend to particulars, and must therefore,
refer the more inquisitive Reader to the pamphlet itself.
Art. 20. An Ejay on the Nature of Colonies, and the Conduct of

the Mother Country towards them. 8vo. 1 s. 6 d. Johnson.

This performance consists of extracts from the writings of the Mar. quis of Mirabeau, tending to discourage the present pursuit of coer. cive measures towards the Colonies.

DRA MAT I C.
Art. 21. Cloacina; a Comi-Tragedy. 4to. I s. 6d. Kearlly.

1775.
The Author of this irregular, satirico-farcico-poetical drama, is
not deftitute of humour, and possesses an uncommon facility of ex-
pression. He seems, however, to have taken too wide a scope, and
to have weakened the power of his facire, by endeavouring to extend
its influence ; for we cannot but differ in opinion from his patron,
who it seems encouraged him to exceed the limits he had originally
prescribed to himself. The stage alone is, as the Author himself
obferves, a' field for criticism so extensive and luxuriant,' that there
was certainly no occasion to have recourse to foreign ground.

The adfcititious characters of this medley are a senator, whom the poet ftiles.

fpecious B-ke, who talks without design,

As Indians paint, because their tints are fine. P.4. the noble author of the celebrated posthumous letters lately pub. lished, who is here called Stanopeposes; Jobnfonoddle, a learned Ran., bler ; an unknown orator, called Buskebufo; and a few tattorier, under the denomination of Catherine Codfish. The remaining part of is purely theatrical satire, and has, as the Writer confesses, been al. per ready published in a morning paper. It is however, as we have alo' ready intimated, the moft meritorious part of this burlesque drama; but as it may have already fallen into the hands of our Readers, we shall here exhibit a specimen of the additional scenes in the speech of Carberine Codfiff :

. Yes, men and gods shall witness to my woe; My voice shall ride upon the whirlwind's blast, And talk with stars that lend immortal light

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To high Olympus' brow. night! dark night!
Eclipse this earth with one eternal shade ;
Drive back the fun with desolation's frown,
And dath out all his beams. Come, death; come, hell;
Let bellowing grief allist the howling winds,
And direful Thrieks at midnight's fun'ral hour
Infelt the troubled air. Hags, mount your brooms;
Ghosts, quit your clay-cold shrouds: Infernal sprites,
Attend my tale of blood and civil broil.
These eyes beheld it; these tempestuous eyes
Hung low'ring o'er the scene, and shar'd the fate
Of war. Where Thames' back stream in stinking Itate
Salutes the muddy More; the water-nymphs
Have fix'd their court, and Billingsgate's it name.
There Mars in triumph drives his fiery car!
There mutcon fifts in furious combat join !
There drunken wh-s engage with harpy claws, i
While desolation reigns. Queens with Thort pipes,
Who smoke Virginia's plant, and quaff the juice
Of Calvert's malt, or British gin imbibe,
With oaths obscene, and thrill discordant pipes,
And martial sounds promote the general fray.
Now bloody noses stream with fanguine floods,
And now black eyes unite with bloated gills,
And livid cheeks, and tresses stiff with gore,
To call Deformity with all her snakes
To fancy's mental eye. · Moll Mackrell fell
Beneath th' Herculean fist of Kitty Carp,
While Sukey Salmon dealt her blows about,
And drove two stumps from Philly Flounder's jaw.
Then Patty Plaice drove headlong on the foe, .
Plumpt Dolly Dab o'er Sukey Salmon's stall,
And gnash'd her teeth with rage: Not Sally Soal,
With all her might, could quell the dreadful storm.
Witness, ye Gods, how many fought and fell,
Laid their opponents flat, and pegg'd them well;
What blows and bruises, kicks and cuffs prevailid,
Till strength was wearied, and till day-light faild:
Then gin and beer, and smutty jokes went round,

And all the battle ceas'd, and ev'ry care was drown'd.'
The first scene of this piece opens the latt act, because, says the
Author, I find it fashionable to make the four first acts of no im.
portance at all.'
Art. 22. Il Conclave del m,dcc,Lxxiv. Drama per Musica ;

or, the Conclave of 1774. A Musical Drama. In Italian and
English. Rome printed, London reprinted. 8vo. 2 s. Dilly,
&c. 1775.

A burlesque drama on the subject of the late election of a Pope;
the wit and humour of which, such as they are, being merely local
and temporary, we are rather surprised at its being translated and
reprinted in this country.

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Art. 23. The Muses and Graces on a Visit to Grosvenor Square.

Being a Collection of original Songs sung by the Malkers, at Mrs.
Crewe's elegant Ball, March 21, 1775. 460. 1 . Bew.

The Graces might undoubtedly be welcome as well as reputable visitants in Grosvenor Square; but the Muses would, we fear, be almost as much out of their element in that air, as in the region of Grubstreet. They seem at least not to have joined in presiding at this ball, where the Graces, it cannot be disputed, were present.

This poetical posegay consists of four ballads, and one copy of verses, after the manner of Prior; to which is added, a little French bouquet, which is, in our opinion, tnore elegantly put together than any of the other flowers in this collection. We will venture at least to submit it to our Readers as no mean specimen or echantillon of the whole composition : Verses presented at Mrs. Crewe's Ball, to the Hon. Mrs. Bouverie, just

arrived in Town.
Les plaisirs s'empressent à paroitre

Au moment que vous paroissez ;
Et je les vois chez moi renaitre,

Dès le jour que vous arrivez.
Chere amie, recevez la fête

Que mon cour vous a préparé
En sortant de votre retraite ;

C'est l'hommage de l'amitié.
De cette menotte enfantine

Prenez sans crainte ce bouquet ;
Vous pourriez douter à sa mine

De quelque niche qu'on vous fait.
Mais à genoux il vous supplie,

Quoique d'amour il ait les traits,
De recevoir, charmante amie
Cet hommage de l'amitié.

Tun
Art. 24. The Silver Tail; a Tale, in two Heroic Epistles, from
Mr.S- Z of the Exchequer to Signora A**j**i; with Signora
A**j**i's Answer to Mr. S- 2. 410. 1 s. each. Bladon.
1775.

A ftroke of pleasantry (generally ascribed to the British Aristophanes) some time ago entertained the coffeehouses. The joke was founded on the story of a misfortune which is said to have befallen Signora Agujari, the celebrated opera finger, in her infancy; and some Himing wag has seized the occasion for exercising his wit, and treating the town with a couple of Mock-Ovids, chiefly at the expence of the gentleman alluded to in the title-page.—The anecdote which produced the joke was this,-that Signora Agujari having been the off. spring of an illicit amour*, was, soon after her birth, deferted by her parents, and exposed in the wood of — , near Rome; where one of the wild swine, a vile Italian brute, fell upon the poor in* Whence her nick name, Bastardini.

fant,

fant, and devoured a considerable portion of its pofteriors. The child's cries, however, brought timely aslistance ; its life was saved ; a benevolent person took care of it; and a filver plate is said to have fupplied the deficiency of the part which had suffered from the de. predations of the voracious animal, The joke was, that on her coming to England, the harmonious stranger was informed, that her filver tail was liable to taxation; and that the humorously replied, (as an Italian) that the revenue-officer might “ enter it whenever he pleased." Art. 25. The Feathers, a Tale; or Venus furpassed by a Beauty

in Grosvenor Square. Inscribed to a certain fair-plumed Dutchess. 460, is. Bladon.

Celebrates the falhionable female plumage, in tolerable verse, and with no mean fancy; but the poem is too incorrect for greater praise, in a work of criticism.

Art. 26. The Advertiser; a Poem. 4to. I S. Bew. From the title we expected a humorous exhibition of the various Species of advertisements - but here is nothing of that kind. The Author seems to be one of those poor screech-owls we have some. times seen hovering about the grave of Churchill. He now screams that the deceased Bard would be angry to see Wilkes strutting LordMayor-forgetting, it should seem, that there are such things as city. fealts. Art. 27. A poetical Address to the Ladies of Batb. 4to. 1 s.

Bach printed. Sold by Evans in the Strand. “ And we'll all be merry at Bath,” says the old song ; and fo, for once, may we dull rogues of critics. We have got our blind minstrel before us, and away we go-Come, old Boy! Atrike up,

“ Observe the sexes, see the general ftrife,

The youth of either rushing into life!" Bravo! the Lying-in Hospital! go on :

“ Mark Iphigenia, so young, so fair,

A form hali-naked, with a mind as bare." Two half-suits-proceed :

“ Would she exert the utmost of her skill,

To shew the company the can't fit ftill?” Perpetual motion in the posteriors-Well :

“ A female wit is, at the very best,

A filken vehicle for flimsy jest.”
A witty woman is a filken jest bag. O rare minstrel!

“ Some years ago the Belle of Belles came down,

And drove like lightning thro' and thro' the town,'* There's a Crowdero! See what a little fresh rofin will do!

As every mirror that, expos’d to fight,

Strengthens the rays of its reflected light.” A Philosopher, too! A mirror exposd to fight forengthens its rays i o rare Crowdero!

" Who with opinion decks another's sleeve." A Taylor too! yea, verily, and a Taylor ; and a right notable im. provement this on the theological exprellion of pinning your faith or another man's lieeve, Rev. May, 1775

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time,

“ What, Myra, could thy father and the devil mean

To yoke together fixty and fixteen ?". Come; a pot of beer, and a little more rosin !

* Sir Andrew's lady was a precious gift:

Mov'd with her fighs, he took her in her fift.” Pfhaw! try again.

,* Till death, examples of a useful life,

That all may bless the poet and his wife.”
Art. 28. Poctical Amusements at a Villa near Bath. 8vo. 29. 60.

Hawes.
These are some gentle folks that fing
About Bath-Easton and the

spring.
And furnith'd all with ends of rhyme
To fill up in a fortnight's
Verses divine, like these, they place
In Mrs. Miller's laurellid

vase.
So, give your cook, to make a pudding,
But falt and four, after long. Itudy'ng
How to make up the scanty matter,

He brings it you made up with water.
Art. 29. The Sentence of Momus on the Poetical Amusements at

à Villa near Bath. 4to. Is. Bew. Illiberal, and therefore contemptible. What had personal and family characters to do with these harmless amusements. The poetical contributions might have been fair game for the pleasantry of Momus, and for his wit, could he have spared any on the occasion, which, however, appears to have been quite out of the question. But whac had the fathers and grandfathers, the coufins, brothers, and fifters of the innocent contributors to do with the bafiness, that they must come under his censure ? Begging his godship's pardon, he muft either have been very impertinent, or very hungry. . L. Art. 30. Charity; or, Momus's Reward; a Poem. 4to. I S.

Evans. · Foolish strictures on the sentence of Momus! Are these Grubs the natural growth of Bath? Or are they our own dear Grubs, who, having had a good political winter, are gone down, for the sake of returning, to

“boast that they have been at Bath'?"

Misc E L L A NE O U s. Art. 31. The History of the Town and Port of Feversham, in Kent.

By Edward Jacob, Esq; F. S. A. ' Illustrated with Copper-plates. 8vo. 53. Boards. White, &c.

Though histories and descriptions of this local, nature, generally descend to particulars too minute for public attention, or for a large circulation ; yet where gentlemen properly qualified are willing to undertake such neighbourly tasks, and to risk the necessary experces without probable views of reimbursement, they are at least intitled to the tribute of “empty praise." Records are thus preserved from the accidents and decays of time, and magazines of materials are furnished for more extensive purposes.

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