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horrid cavern! Nor were they less agonized the cavern, to its outward extremity, and by the fubsequerc evençs of this ill-fated on a ledge, scarcely fo broad as a man's hand, night ; many of those who had gained the to turn the corner, and endeavour to clamber precarious stations which we have described, up the almost perpendicular precipice, whose worn out with fatigue, weakened by bruises, fummit was near two hundred feet from the battered by the tempest, and benumbed with base. the cold, quitted their hold-fasts, and cumb- “ The first men who gained the summit ling headlong either on the rocks below, or of the clift, were the Cook and James Ttanp in the surf, perilhed in fight of their wretched fon a quarter-master. By their own exeraffexiates.

cions they made their way to the land, and • At length, after the bitterest three hours the moment they reached it, haftened to the which misery ever lengthened into ages, the nearest house, and made known the facuatioa day broke on them, but, instead of bringing of their fellow-sufferers." with it the relief with which they had Hac- For a description of the manner in which tered themselves, served to discover all the the rett of the crew who escaped from the horrors of their fituation ; the only prospect wreck were preserved, see page 60, which offered, was to creep along the side of A Poetical and Congratulatory Epiffle to James Boswell, Esq. on his Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with the celehrated Dr Johnson. By Peter Pindar, Esq. 460 28. Kwartley,

1786. It has been said of Homer that he fome. lowing poftfcript in profe, no bad imitation of

times nods: our Pindar, in the present Mr. Burwell's stile, and Dr. Jobulous maninftance, is to unlike himself, that we can hardly recognize him; he seems indeed to " As Mr. Boswell's Journal hath afforded be in a death like sleep. Instead of " those such universal pleasure by the relation of mifiathes that wont to set the table in a nute incidents, and the great Moralifi's opiroar," this Epift!e is as dull as a Cambridge nion of men and things, during his northern prize-poem. There are occasionally some tour ; it will be adding greatly to the anecdofaint traces of the much-admired Poter, but cical treasury, as well as making Mr. B. hapthey are very thinly scattered ; and such py, to communicate part of a dialogue that personality reigns throughout as is disguft. took place between Dr. Johnson and the AuIng. Audretling himself to Mr Boswell be thor of this Congratulatory Epiftle, a fere

months before the Doctor paid the great debt “ Triumphant, thou thro' time's vast gulph of nature. The Doctor was very chearful 46 Thalc fail,

that day, had on a black coat and waistcoat, “ The pilot of our literary whale ;

a black plush pair of breeches, and black # Clole to the classic Rambler shalt thou worsted stockings ; a handsome grey wig, a * cling,

shirt, a mullin neckcloth, a black pair of * Close as a supple courtier to a King ! butions in his shirt Neeves, a pair of shoes, * Fate shall not thake thee off with all its ornamented with the very identical little buc“ pow'r,

kles that accompanied the philosopher to the Stuck like a bat to some old ivy'd tow'r. Hebrides ; his nails were very neatly pared, " Nay, tho' thy Johnson ne'er had blets' and his beard fresh shaved by a razor fabrica

ced by the ingenious Mr. Savigny. " Paoli's deeds had rais'd thee to the skies ; P. P. “ Pray, Doctor, what is your opiYes ! his broad wing had rais' thee, (no nion of Mr. Boswell's literary powers ?" ““ bad hack)

Johnson. “ Sir, my opinion is, that when" A tom-tit twitt'ring on an eagle's back." ever Buzzy expires, he will create 10 vacuum

Not content with thus metamorphosing in the region of literature—he seems strongly Mr. Boswell no less than five times in twice affected by the cacoetbes feribendi ; wishes to as many lines, he foon after takes him from he thought a rara avis, and in truth fo be is the eagle's back, and converts the tom-tic in- your knowledge in ornithology, Sir, will to a tabby cat,

easily discover to what species of bird I al" Who like a watchful cat, before a hole, lude." Here the Doctor Thook his head and " Full twenty years (inflam'd with letter'd laughed. " pride)

P. P. " What think you, Sir, of his ac" Di'it mousing fit before Sam's mouth so count of Corsica -of his character of Paoli ?" u wide,

Johnson. “ Sir, he hath made a mountain " To catch as many scraps as thou wert able- of a wait. But Paoli has virtues. The ac“ A very Laz'rus at the rich man's table.” count is a farrago of Jisgusting egotism and To this Poetical Epistle is added the fol- pompous inanity."

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P. P." I have heard it whispered, Doc- P. P. “ I am afraid that he means to d tor, that should you die before him Mr. B. you che favour.'' means to write your life.”

Jobnfor. “ He dares not-he would mak Johnson. “ Sir, be cannot mean me foir. a fcarecrow of me. I give him liberty reparable an injury. Which of us shall die fire bis blunderbuss in his own face, but no firft, is only known to the Great Disposer of murther me. Sir, I heed not bis autos 10 Events ; but were I sure that James Boswell -Bofwell write my life! why the fellou would write my life, I do not know whether possetses not abilities for writing the life o I would not anticipate the measure by taking an epbemera.” bis." (Here he made three or four strides across the room, and returned to his chair with violent emotion.)

The Strangers.2 Home, a Comic Opera, in Three Acts, as performed at the Theatre Roya

in Drury Lane. 8vo. 1786. Is. 6d, Harrison, A

More abfurd species of composition can vaux which was played for her benefit, and

bardly be conceived than the Comic received such tokens of approbation, that the Opera, and yet by the happy art of the origi- Managers of Drury. Lane requested the copy: hal author of it, Mr. Gay, it has now but the other engagements of the theatre de. obtained a permanent place amongst English laying the repetition cf the piece to another leadramatic exhibitions. The present perform. fon, his impatience presented it to Mr. Colman, ance is deserving praise, as well for the plot and the reception it met with at the Hay. as the dialogue : the former has a good deal of market fully justified the Manager's acceptthe Spanish manner, and, were it not for the ance. In the ensuing summer, he produced filence of the author on the subject, we at the same theatre another translation cal. fhould imagine it to be borrowed from some led the Wedding Night, which was producwriter of that country. The latter is pointed, tive of no honey-moon; for on its firft roin parts witty, with a due proportion of puns presentation it met with indifferent success, and qnibbles, according to the taste of the and is now suuk into oblivion. At length present times. It received great advantage grown bolder, he laid aside the Thackles of from the performers, and is certainly calcula- translation, and ventured in a bark of he ted to bold a distinguished place amidst what own, called “ Who'd have thought it ?" wlich Dr. Warton calls that most monstrous of all at Covent Garden and the Haymarket dedramatic absardities, the Comic Opera. served, and had some applause. In April

1785, he closed the campaign of old Drury ANECDOTES OF THE AUTHOR. with the Humourist; and the first new piece

of the present year was the comic opera of Mr. JAMES COBB was born in Fehru. ary 1756. In 177, he was elected into the the Strangers at Home. Their merit is better Secretary's office at the India-house. The pourtrayed in the houses they crowd, thau ni Yeeds of dramatic fancy that had been swell. the most laboured panegyric. Mr. King acing thro’infancs, first discovered themselves scenes of his pantomime the “ Hur by burly ;"

knowledges his aflittance in many detached in a prologue written at the age of eighteen for and the prologue to Mr. Kemble's farce of Mits l'ope, who spoke it at her benefit be the Proječis was the last public production of fure the comedy of the Jealous Wife: -A his pen. In private life his friends exult on variety of performances on defultes y subjects, his liberality of mind and opennels of heart, chiefly satirical, and exhibited in periodical and he has no enemies, for malevolence is fipublications, m.: ked his talents, and introsuced him to the acquaintance and esteem of lent. In social parties bis ingenuous addies

and sprightlivels of conversation proclaim many literary characters.

Miss Pope was again the means of whers him to be the man of wit and the gentleing him to the theatrical world; for in 1779 he altered a farce from the French of Mari. A Letter to Archibald Macdonald, Esq. on the intended Plan for Reform in what is called

the Police of Westminster. 8vo. Wilkie. HIS is a republication, with additions, thing that was not known to every one who Eye,” which we noticed in a former Re- thor has retracted the title, as impreper, and view. In its first Mape, it was a very plain has jubfiituted one which is in all ifp:c7

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ject of the Police in general, not one has apHe chures to take for granted that the Po, peared against the scheme actually intended lice-Bill is a bad measure, before he sees it. by Government, but fuch as has shewn the -He says, the Justices of Westminster are author to be of very inferior talents. a respectable body of men that there are A Short Address to the Public, containing fome Thoughts how the National Debt may be reduced, and all Home-Taxes, including Land-Tax, abolished. By William Lord News haven. Svo. 15. Debrett. 1786.

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O reduce the national debt is an ob- nal taxes, including land-tax, to be abolished,

ject of such great political importance, after the first payment of one per cent, made that whoever exerts his abilities in endea- at the Exchequer. By this plan no indivia Fouring to bring about so desirable an event, dual would pay near so much on his rental deserves the thanks of the public. It has or expenditure as he now does for taxes of accordingly engaged the attention of many, every kind, and be relieved from the perpewiu tho they all agree in one point, the ne- tual irritation and disquietude of tax-gatherceffity of relucing it, yet not any two of ers of every denomination.” them approve of the same means to effect To provide for the army, navy, and other this perpose. Lord Newhaven proposes two branches of civil government, when the Ichemes.

home-taxes are abolithed, his Lordihip pro* One hundred millions," he supposes, poles to continue the duties on importation, (which is under what others have calculated it which he conceives to be nearly adequate to a) to be the annual income of Great Britain, defray all expences civil and military in time ia land, houses, and personal property ; which, of peace, valued at the molerate rate of 20 years pur- The following is his second scheme : chase, makes a principal of 2,000 millions, “ Suppose there is to be found in Great0? which an annual charge of one per cent. Britain the following number of persons, one will produce

29,000,000 with another, capable of paying the follow

ing annual rates, in consideration of which he de.

tu abolith a certain part of the moft burthenducts the

some taxes every year, in proportion to the annual L.

money paid into the exchequer, such as those interest 79951,930 10

on roar, candles, leather, {alt, window-lights, of the

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calculate with certainty the operation of these 8,698,963 14 1

plans, the property of Great Britain must be

ascertained with more precision than is hardly 11,301,036 511

poffible ; for without the greatest precaution This furplus each year would pay off the much inconvenience and more confusion national debt in a very thort time ; all intere would in all probability arise,

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The Progress of War : A Poem. By an Officer. Egerton, 1986. HE dedication informs us that this poem ". His movements with precision le combiries,

was written by a Subalteth, who, when “ And rapidly extends biš well-dreffed lines: no longer engaged in active employment, en: “ The anxious foe uncertain where to form, dezvoured to render his pen useful, liowever " From ev'ry quarter dreads the gathering r'emotely, to the public service. Whatever storm. this gentleman's rank may be in his Majesty's “ If on the right he + garnishes his force, service, we fcruple not to declare, that there « His left is threatened by the Pruffian borfe. is little probability of his tising in that of the “ Swiftly chey turn his fiank, and gain the Mule to above a Halberd. Let him speak

rear, for himself :

" While his disordered troops, a prey to fear, s Of modern tactics here the epoch place, “ Attempt to rally, but attempt in vain ;

While his grand principles we seek to trace. “ Pressd by the foot, Chiey fy the hostile His columns malk the strength and force plain.” employ'd,

« Steinhold himself he Out-Sternholded." a And are with case and order suon deploy'd ;* Medical Cautions for the Confideration of Invalids : those especially who refort to Bach,

By James Mackittrick Adair, M. D. 8vo. 38. 6d. R. Adair has in this little publication common) of obtruding themselves and their

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seasoned his reasoning with some strukes of lic. “ It is no breach of charity to place humour, particularly in his observations on such physicians on the same form with nos. fathionable diseases. The effay on regimen, trum-mongers ; and the fimilarity is more and the enquiry into the propriety of using obvious, as in both instances, the merits of other remedies during a course of mineral the regular doctor and his brother quack are waters, contain many observations well de- much exaggerated; whilst that public to ferving the attention of invalids. He has which the appeal is made, is equally unquaarracked that disgrace to our legislature, the lified to judge of either." Some of the Dox. Hydra-headed monster Empiricism, with tor's opinions relative to regimen do not ap great spirit, and makes the following severe pear to be medically orthodox, if we may bat jult stricture on regular physicians who be allowed the expression. alope extraordinary modes (a practice too A JOURNAL of the PROCEEDINGS of the THIRD SESSION of the SIXTEENTH PARLIAMENT of GREAT BRITAIN. HOUSE OF LORD S. Earl of Morton

Lord Fortescue HE order of the day being read for Earl of Moray

Lord Hawke the Lords to be tummoned, to proceed Earl of Aberdeen Lord Harrowby to a ballot for appointing new Commissioners Earl of Hopetoun Lord Bagot for putting into execution the Act of Parlia- Lord Viscount Went- Lord Portchefter ment relative to the East-India Judicature, worth

Lord Raudon
&c. the Lord Chancellor moved, that a Lord Viscount Dudley Lord Somers
Committee be appointed to name twenty-fix
Commissioners from the lists delivered in at

His Majesty came to the House and gave the table. Several of their Lordships were

his royal assent to the land-tax bill; malt, then named as a Committee, who withdrew,

mum, cyder, and perry bills; American inand after some time returned with the names

tercourse bill; the act for preyenting the exof the following Right Hon. Persons, viz.

poitrtion of hay; the Inih hop bill; the Archbishop of Canter. Bishop of Winches- Crewkerne and Wareham road bills; and to bury

four private bills. Duke of Portland Bishop of Salisbury The Marquis of Stafford took the oahs Marquis of Bucking. Bishop of Exeter and his feat. ham

Bifhop of Lincoln Earl of Dartmouth Bilhop of Bangor His Grace the Duke of St. Alban's took Earl of Macclesfield

Lord King

his seat and the oaths, upon the death of bis Earl of Radnor

Lord Chedworth coufm. * To deploy a column, is to dev;lope and form is in line of battle-borum per obfcurius + To reinforce, or strengthen.

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John Smith, Esq.
As the day appointed to ballot for a Sir H. Houghton, Bt. I šir John Sinclair, Bt.

I . Committee to try the merits of a John James Hamil- | Sir R. Smith, Bart. petition complaining of an undue election ton, Esq.

* H. Thornton, Esq. for the horough of Honiton; but there not Arthur Holdsworth, Brook Watson, Esq. being a sufficient number of members pre- Esq.

Sir John Wodebouse, sent to constitute a house, agreeably to Mr. John Galley Knight,

Bart. Grenville's A&, the Speaker adjourned the Elq.

* Philip York, Esq. House without proceeding to any business, The above names were read over at the

table, and are to be certificd to the Clerk of The House ballotted for a Committee to the Crown by the Speaker. The AA impowtry the merits of Honiton Election petition. ers three Judges, one from the Court of

Received and read a petition from Sarum King's-Bench, one from the Common-Pleas, egainst the shop-tax.

and a Baron of the Exchequer, to meet and The House proceeded afterwards to ballot ballot forty members only out of those chofor a Committee to appoint Commiffioners fer by the Commons. A commission is then from different lifts, delivered in at the table, to be made out under the great seal, by for exceuting certain parts of the Eaft-India which authority they are to act. Judicature bill; previous to the discussion of The names marked with an asterisk (*) which a lift was circulated as of minifterial were not in the Ministerial lift, but all iné di&ation.

others were. On this subject a debate succeeded, of

FEB. 16. which we cannot mention more than the Balloited for a Committee to try the merit Subtance, as in the case of a ballot all fran- of a petition complaining of an undue elec. gers are excluded the gallery. The mem- tion for the borough of lichefter. bers in Opposition obječted strongly not only Mr. Bastard moved for leave to bring in a to the Minister's selection, but allo to the gé bill for continuing an act passed last session, neral policy of the meafure. Besides debating to prevent the exportation of hay. Leave the propriety of the latter, they introduced å was given. cross ballot, by propofing to substitute other Mr. Sheridan called the attention of the members in the room of a part of the Mini- House to the shameful proceeding of the Mer's lift. A retrospe&t followed of the mea. printed lists which had been delivered to fures which have been adopted in the admi. all the members, with a view to influence niftration of India, and of those consequent them in the ballot for the East-India judidissatisfactions which have already been an- cature. It was a mockery of the indepenBounced to the public.

dency of the new tribunal, and an insult to The following are the names of the gen- - the dignity of the House. With a view tlemen ballotted for Commissioners of the therefore to ascertain whether those printed Court of Judicature :

lists came from the Treasury, or were aqFrancisAnnesley, fq. 1 * Wm. Ligon, Esq., thorised by any of the servants of the Crown, Sir Edw. Afley, Bi. Sir Rob. Lawley, Bi he moved, " That Joseph Pearson, the door. Henry Bankes, Esq. Sir Wm. Lemon, Bt. keeper of this House, be now called to the Jn. Barrington, Esq. ! Sir Ja. Langham, Bt. bar and examined relative to the printed lifts Jo. Pollexfen Bastard, Sir Ed. Littleton, Bi. which were yesterday delivered to the meme Esq.

* Tho. Maiters, Esq. bers previous to the ballot.” * Hea. Beausoy, Esq. * W. M.Dowal, Esq. After some debate, in which Sir Joseph Tho. Berney Bram- * Rd. Slater Milnes Mawbey, Mr. Pitt, Mr. Fox, Mr. Drake, fton, E'q.

Esq.

and others spoke, the House divided, when Ch. Brandling, Esq. * Lord Mulcaster the numbers were, for the question 38, 1. Hawkins Browne, W.Meinwaring, Esq. against it 138, majority 100.' Elg.

* Henry Peirse, Esq. Mr. Sheridan next went into a view of the Je Blackburne, Esq. i * Wm. Praed, Erą intended fyftem of fortification, and of the Lord Fred. Campbell * Hen. Ja. Pye, Esq. circumstances by which it was accompaSir R. S. Cotton, Bt. Edward Phelips, Esq. nied. He felt himself authorised in saying, Sir W. Dolben, Bart. Wm. Pulteney, Ely. that the sensiments of the House weré lait w. Drake, jun. Esq. | Wm. Morton Pili, feffion decidedly against such a mcasure. Her. Duncombe, Esq.

Esq.

Without any change in the circumstances, *Sir A.Edmondstone, John Rolie, Esq. they were now called on to enter wto the Bart.

Sir John Rous, Bart. system, and to pledge themselves to its supWm. Egerton, Esq. Hon. Fred Robin!on port. A Right Hon. Gentleman had talked Sir A. Ferguson, Bt. Hon. Dudley Ryder with confiderce on the report of a Board of * Joshua Grigby, Esq. * Sir G. A. Shuck officers, who had decided in favour of the Amb. Goddard, Esq.

sburg, Bart. mcasure; but surely the information cone Lord Vif. Grimstone Walter Sncyd, Esq. tained in that report should have been comSir Richard Hill * Ch. Loraia Smithii municated to the House; it should not be Sir Harbord Harbord, Efq.

confined to his Majesty, the Master General

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