Abbildungen der Seite


Polw bele's Grecian Profpects.- Report of the Clergy of a District in tbe

Diocese of Lincoln.— Speech of Tbomas Jones, Ela: IN N our animadversions on the Critical Review, we have, once or

twice, asserted, and liad occasion to produce proofs of the af, sertion, that, whilst the praise of the English and the censure of the French are most obnoxious to its disaffected authors, the gentleman, who hath any way distinguished himself for his attachment to his king and country, can expect from them no quarter, in whatever shape he comes forward; whether as a prose-writer, he follow the track of Goldiinith or of Pennant, or as a poet, he chaunt claffic numbers in the manner of Pope or of Spenser. Of this affertion, a fresh proof is now furnished by the critique on Polwhele's GRECIAN Prospects." It is with indignation, that the Sans-culotte critic before us hath noticed the tale which Mr. P. had detached from the poem as defective in the unities.” If UNFOUNDED SLANDER OF THE FRENCH" (cries this Robespierre of a reviewer) and UNFOUNDED PRAISE OF THE ENGLISH be repugnant to truth and justice, something more folid than the poetic unities is offended by this feeble fi&tion !!!"* The man's ideas of “ truth and justice are evidently drawn from the Godwinian Philosophy. That such an avowed enemy of his country should be permitted to remain unmasked is a circumitance which we cannot but lament. After quoting eight ftanzas, to which he makes no exception, the hypercritic observes, that " the stanza of Spensex įs peculiarly unfit for Mr. Polwhele's poetry." 'Surely, if he would with to be copsistent with himself, he ought to recollect his report of Mr, Polwhele's happy management of the stanza of Spenser, in the Influence of Local Attachment." "We hesitate not to pronounce (says he) that the poem is executed in such a manner, as to do credit to the author, and give pleasure to his readers. The verse is always elegant; often brilliant; a great deal of pleafug defcriptive poetry is happily introduced in the various illustrations which present themselves; the stanza is well managed, and free from that monotony, wbich, in feeble bands, it is apt 10 fink into," &c. &c. &cit. What says the Critical Reviewer to all this? Truly. "the Local Attachment was published without a name : and we doubt not but the critic was greatly 'chagrined at the discovery, that the poem was Mr. Polwhele's.

The notice of the Report from the Clergy of a diftri& in the Diocese of Lincoln," &c. is glaringly jacobinical. "The Report comes out (says the pretended critic) under very suspicious circumKances.”... If such a meeting was eyer holden, the name of the district is not communicated to the public. We can 1carcely believe

* See Crit. Rev. for Aug. 1800. P. 448.

Crit. Rev. for September 1796, PP. 19, 20,


that such a meeting ever took place." “ The heads of the church, will be careful that examples of irregularity do not proceed from their own body.” “ The powers of the church are, at present, sufficiently ample: and the spiritual exertions of the clergy will prevent any inroads on the establishment from ignorant and illiterate preachers : at the same time, it will be difficult for the legislature to interfere in the discipline of a meeting-house, without infringing that toleration which it has eyer been the pride and honour of the Hanoverian family to maintain.” We have, elsewhere, observed, that Methodists and Jacobins have one common interest.

On the Speech of Thomas Jones, Esq. M. P.” the reviewer is pleased in expatiating. “! Mr. Jones thinks, that the ministers are fighting merely for the sake of the Bourbon family; and, if they are not, he desires to know, for what object on earth the people of England are groaning under an unprecedented and inquisitorial system of taxation."

Bardomachia, Poema Macaronico-Latinum, 460. 15. Johnson.

London, 1800.
Bardomachia ; or the Barile of the Bards. Transated from the

Original Latin. 4to. is. Johnson. London. 1800.
UR readers need scarcely be told, that these productions relate to

Pindar on the respectable author of the Baviad and Mæviad. They have ar leaft one characteristic of poetry, fiction, for not the smallest regard to truth is observed in any part of the account here given of the trane faction, in as miserable doggrel, both Latin and English, as the ftupidity of modern times has produced. The evident object of the author, Dr. Geddes, (who does not prefix his name to the book but who causes it to be proclaimed in every bookseller's fhopa) is to place on a par two inen who are as unlike each other as genius and dullness, virtue and vice, "The delign is worthy the daring and frantic arraigner of the inspiration of the holy writers, of the di, vinity of the Holy Scriptures; of a man, who, to use the words of an energetic writer, "' [weeps away, in the very tone of idiot effron. tery, the divine authority of both the codes of Scripture, and involves the New Testament with the Old in his comprehensive range of reprobation,”

Yet is this wretched effusion of classical datage hailed, by the Monthly and Critical Reviewers, as the genuine production of genius ; and they have even the folly to quote passages, which give the lie to their praises. By the latter of these congenial critics, the Bardomachia is proclaimed to have" by far the advantage of all the productions to which this fertile theme has given birth,” and the

See C. Review for Aug. 1800, P. 477.
See C. Rey. for Aug. 1800, P. 454.


author is, 'forsooth ! " a learned and facetious divine who has for.
merly amused us with similar effufions.” The former, well knowing
his man, would not be so very faftidious as to require a rigid ata
tention to dull matter of fact ;" a pritty apology for lying truly!
"The lax morality of this critic is wonderfully in unifon with the
feelings and the principles of his favourite author. But it is too
much to be told that his Latinity evinces an intimate acquaintaince
with the classics ;" and that “ his English manifests equal tatents and
play fulness.” Nor that we mean to impeach the clasical knowledge
of Dr. Geddes'; but most certainly the lines before us display no proof
of that or any other species of knowledge, except, indeed, a know.
ledge of the art of falsification, in which the doctor is known to be
an adept, although it has pleased Dr. Griffiths's fage reviewer to
mis-represent him as “ celebrated for works in the highest department
of biblical criticisin."
.. We shall conclude our remarks on thefe miserable productions
with an epigram which has been put into our hands by an intelligent
and estimable friend.

On Dr. Geddes's Bardomacbia.
« The foo! hath said in his heart, there is no God.”
So ran the Royal Psalmist's facred lines ;

And Geddes vindicates the eternal rule.
He scoffs his Maker-here the Arbeift Mines;

He praises Peter Pindar~there the fool!

[ocr errors]

The celebrated Speecb of the Hon. C. J. Fox, with the Proceedings of

tbe Meeting at the Shakespeare Tavern, on Friday, Otober 10, 1800, bug the Anniversary of bis first Election for Westminster. Wberein be bews the in proper Conduit of Nlinisters, in continning en unju? Var, tbat bas spilt our Blood, fqucndered our Treasure, contracted a Load of National Debt we are unable to bear, and reduced-tbe People to tbeit prefent deplorable Situation !!! Fourth Edition. To wbicb are added, Two mucb admired Songs, sung at the above Meeting by a well-known W big. Jordan. London. E know no one of the whole fra mnity of the lower class of

Wbigi, fofkiltal in the compofition of a title-page to a feditious pamphlet, as the miserable being who proclaims himself the pubJither of this wretched farrago of inflammatory and libellous declamation, collected from the Jacobin prints of the day. As the publisher of Paine's Rights of Man, the fundamental doctrine of which Mr. Fox here maintains, this man, who acted as the tool of another, escaped punithment; he has fince suffered imprison ment for publishing fome other libel; but neither the imp inity which he experienced in the first instance, nor the correction which he received in the last, has made any impreffion on his mind, or produced any' alteration in his conduct; he ftili perseveres in col


[ocr errors]

before us.


leđing all the filth of the Jacobinical sewers, and adminiftering it, in various forms, to his patriotic customers.

Since Mr. Fox has thought proper to quit the senate for the tavern, and to continue his occafional harangues at the convivial board, he has had less occafion for the imposition of restraints on his fertile imagination, or for the limitation of his tongue to the repetition of what the Monthly reviewers would call dull matters of fact

. Where a man incurs no danger of contradi&ion, unless he be under the influence of integrity, he has neither motive nor tempo, tation to adhere to the truth. If this be a correct report of Mr. Fox's speech, the licentia mentiendi was never exercised to a great. er extent, as our readers will acknowledge, when they shall have read some of the assertions which we shall extract from the pamphlet

After an appropriate eulogy upon bimself, (after the manner of Mr. Erskine, who was present, and applauded him,) in which he observed, that he was houett man," (an observation which, of course, he deemed necessary,) and had followed “a fyftem,juft, liberal, and comprehensive," he told his frieeds that he could not have secured “the approbation of his country,” (a Whig's country. it seems, is bis club) " unless he had formed his conduct upon general principles applicable to all times." Certainly no one, who has the least acquaintance with the public life of Mr. Fox can deny, that his principles are applicable, not only to all times, but to all questions, and to both sides of every question ; for there is scarcely any one grand political question which has been brought into dií. cussion within the last five and twenty years, in which Mr. Fo« has not decidedly committed himself on bob fides; as for inttance, the question of Parliamentary representation, on which he has at one time maintained, that the sense of the nation could only be ascera tained by the voice of Parliament, and at another, that it could only be collected out of Parliament; at one time, that the Members of the House of Commons were bound to obey the maodates of their immediate constituents; and, at another, that being representatives of the aggregate body of the people, they were not bound to obey the instructions of particular electors, but to consult the real interests of the community at large. Such principles may be truly said to be comprebensive, in the most extensive lignification of the term..

Mr. Fox talks of " rights which are the birth-right of man, åntecedent to the e ablishment of any particular form of government." These can be no other than the rights of Adam, either before of after his fall, when be exercised absolute authority over all the inhabitants of the earth; rights, of course, which cannot be enjoyed by any man who has the misfortune to be boru after the “elta blide ment of any particular form of government." But these are mere verba et · voces; for Mr. Fox, evidently alluded to man's polisicual rights, becaule he iminediately afterwards reters to the aliestion of such rights by the Americans in the last war. This, however, is declanatory rant, merely calculated for the purpose of deception,


[ocr errors]

for Mr. P. must know, that no man can have any political rights but such as result from political establishments ; in other words, such as are secured to him by the laws of his country, which constitute at once the source and the security of all political rights. But this interpretation will not bear Mr. Fox out in his argument, which, taken in its only obvious sense, affirms the right in question to be the right of opposing the laws, the right of rebellion ; yet how such right could exist " antecedent' to any particular form of government,” it is not very ealy to conceive, since, without a governinent of some fort or other, there would be neither motive to rebel, nor object of rebellion. No matter; Whig orators are not to be ftopped by the obstacles which common sense or common honesty Interpoles to the wishes or designs of common men; and this rhodomontade served, as well as any thing else, as a preface to the de. claration that he, Mr. Fox, " did not hesitate to declare in Parliament in favour of America, and his wishes for the success of those men who were then figmatized as rebels !" Who were not stigma. tized, Mr. Fox, but who were declared by our Sovereign and his Parliament to be rebels, and who were notoriously in a state of open rebellion at the time? And was this declaration of protection and encou agement of rebels to be made with impunity? Nothing was fo disgraceful to the adminiftration of Lord North, as the toleration of this abuse and profligacy, which nearly amounted to treason, and the forbearance to impeach the man who dared to utter such language.

The war which was entered into for the purpose of punishing these rebels, and for restoring them to a proper sense of duty to their fovereign, Mr. Fox afferts to have been only a war that party which existed then, and exifts now in this country; a party chat hates liberty, and would employ the armıs of this nation to suppress it wherever it has diffused its bleflings or endeavours to extend its influènice!!!"-As we are neither intoxicated with the funies of wine, as might probably be the case with Mr. Fox's Whig friends, nor have yet drunk of the waters of Lethe, we can very well recollect what that party was wbicb exifted tben, and what that party is which exists now in this country. The first was the party which composed Lord North's adminift:ation, and supported the Ame: rican war ; the latt, the party which composed' Mr. Pitt's admi. niftration, and supported the present war. Now at the head of this Jaft party are many of those men who acted with Mr. Fox in opposition to the miniftry of that day, and who, according to his own acknowledgment, were as great friends to liberty as himself, while very few of the former party have been in power since the prefent war; aud that party, it must never be forgotten, tbat bated lia berty, was the very party with which he afterwards coalefced and acted!

Wepass over the stale tricks of asserting that the waris carried on for the fole purpose of restoring the House of Bourbon, in defiance of truth, and in contradi&tion to the most folemn and repeated declarations of his Majesty's Ministers in both Houses of Parliament; of infifting


“ to gratify

« ZurückWeiter »