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Lady Emily. That's the art-Lord, if one livd entirely upon one own whims, who would not be run out in a twelve-month?
Miss Alferip. Dear Lady Emily, don't you doat upon folly?
Lady Emily. You are mistaken. We have, it's true, fome examples of the extravaganza in high life that no other country can match; but withal, many a false sister, that starts, as one would think, in the very hey day of the fantastic, yet comes to a stand-fill in the midst of the course.
Mrs. Blandis). Poor fpiritless creatures !
Lady Emily. Do you know there is more than one duchers who has been seen in the same carriage with her husband like two doves in a basket, in the print of Conjugal felicity; and another has been de. tected! I almoft blush to name it!
Mrs. Blandish. Bless us, where ? and how ? and how ?
Miss Alfcrip. Oh! barbarism !-- For heaven's fake, let us change the subject. You were mentioning a reviv'd cap, Lady Emily ; any thing of the Henry quatre?
Lady Emily. Quite different. An English mob under the chin, and artless ringlets in natural colour, that shall restore an admiration for Prior's Nut-brown Maid.
Miss Alcrip. Horrid ! shocking!
Lady Emily. Abfolutely necessary. To be different from the rest of the world, we must now revert to nature : Make hatte, or you have so much undo, you will be left behind.
Mifs Alfcrip. I dare fay so. But who can vulgarize all at once? What will the French say?
Lady Emily. We are to have an interchange of fashions and follies Apon a basis of unequivocal reciprocity.
Miss Afcrip. Falhions and follies. -oh, what a promising mamufacture !
Lady Emily. Yes, and one, thank heaven, that we may defy the ediet of any potentate to prohibit.
Miss Alscrip (rith an affected drop of her lip in her laugh). He ! he! he! he! he! he!.
Lady Emily. My dear Miss Alscrip, what are you doing? I must corre&t you as I love you. Sure you must have observed the drop of the under lip is exploded since Lady Simpermode broke a tooth-Sets ber mouth affektedly) -I am preparing the cast of the lips for the enfuing winterthus-It is call'd the Paphian mimp.
Miss Alfcriø (imitating): I swear I think it pretty-I must try to get it.
Lady Emily. Nothing so easy. It is done by one cabalistical word, like a metamorphosis in the fairy tales. You have only, when before your glass, to keep pronouncing to yourself nimini.priminithe lips cannot fait of taking their plie.
Miss Alscrip. Nimini-pimini --imini, mimini-oh, it's delightfully enfantine--and so innocent, to be killing one's own lips.
Lady Emily. You have it to a charm- does it not become her iofinitely, Mrs, Blandish ?
Mrs. Blandißs. Our friend's features must facceed in every grace ; but never so much as in a quick change of extremes.
Madam, Lord Gayville desires to know if you are at home ? Miss Alfcrip. A ftrange formality! Lady Emily (afide). No brother ever came more opportunely to a fifter's relief : I have fool'd it to the top of my bent."
Miss Alcrip. Desire Miss Alton to come to me. (Exit Servant). Lady Emily you must not blame me; I am supporting the cause of our sex, and must punish a lover for some late inattentions I shall not see him !
Lady Emily. Oh cruel! (Sees Mifs Altow, who enters.) Miss Alfcrip you have certainly the most elegant companion in the world.
Miss Alfcrip. Dear, do you think 10? an ungain, dull sort of a body, in my mind; but we'll try her in the present business. Miss Alton, you must do me a favour. I want to plague my husband that is to be--you must take my part you must double me like a fecond actress at Paris, when the first has the vapours.
Miss Alton. Madam
Miss Alfcrip. Oh never look alarmed Its only to convey my refusal to his vist, and to set his alarms afloat a little-particularly with jealousy, that's the matter torment.
Miss Alton. Really Madam, the task you would impose upon me
Miss Alfcrip. Will be a great improvement to you, and quite right for me. Tease-tease, and tame, is a rule without exception, froma the keeper of the lions 80 the teacher of a piping bulfinch.
Mrs. Blandish. But you hard-hearted thing, will you name any object for his jealousy?
Miss Alferip. No, keep him there in the darkAlways keep your creatore in the dark- That's another secret of taming -Don't be grave, Lady Emily f whose attention is fixed on Miss Alton). Your brother's purgatory shall be Ahort, and I'll take the reconciliation scene Apon myself.
The song in the second act is soft and tender, and introduced with much art, to prepoffefs us in favour of Miss Alton. The last line
“ Let the spark drop from reason that wakens the flame, ** partakes mo'e of wit than truth or nature.
There is much knowledge of the world, and of geriteet life, displayed in this comedy. Sir Clement Flint is a good representation of a cool, dry, and systematic misanthrope ; Lady Emily is a sprightly and 'amiable woman of fashion; the family of the Alscrips form an excellent comic groupe ; and the affectation of a fine lady by Miss Alscrip, is a very happy
and original caricature of high-life. Clement is too sententious and oftentatious of his moral sentiments.
Independent of its other attractions, this drama pofseffes one strong claim to the public favour : it is perhaps the most moral comedy in the English language ; through every page we recognize in the author, the man of virtue and honour;--not the pedantry of virtue or the parade of honour,--but the spirit of the one, and the flower of the other. We congratulate the happy conversion of the public taste, displayed in the reception of this drama ; and we hope that the universal applause which it hath received from the pit, boxes, and gallaries, will tempt other authors to the long deserted paths of elegant nature and polished taste. In an enlightened and refined age, the majority will ever be on the side of truth and nature; and there is hardly an instance in any nation, of bad taste being followed and preferred after good taste was introduced.
Art. XIV. A View of the British Empire, more especially of Scotland;
with fome Proposals for the Improvement of that Country, the Extenfion
Íbe Third Edition, greatly enlarged. 8vo. 1os. Walter, London.
The animal and vegetable productions which it contains, the metals and minerals with which it abounds, together with its manufactures and fisheries, form a great storehouse or magazine of those articles which are most serviceable to the wants and conducive to the enjoyments of men. The natural produce, however useful in itself, both for consumption at home, and exportation abroad, is rendered still more va-, luable, from the oblong form and insular situation of the kingdom. Poffefsing a coast of two thousand miles, indenied on every fide by lakes, bays or harbours, it communicates exa ternally with the ocean; intersected internally by numerous navigable rivers and canals, all the trading towns are ports, which communicate with each other, and with the four quarters of the world.
These kingdoms are also happily situated between the two great divisions of the globe ; having Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Oriental Islands on one side; North and South America, with the West Indies, on the other. By this most favourable pofition, in the centre of the world, they carry on a beneficial intercourse with both hemispheres ; traverse the ocean with their ships in every direction, and find a market in every climate of the earida. Thus hath nature lavished favours on this
ifand, which no continent or widely extended mass of land can obtain ; and pointed out, beyond a poffibility of misconception, that the part assigned to Britain, on the great theatre of the world, is an invariable attention to arts, commerce, fisheries, and navigation.
The true interests of the British empire, however, were long overlooked or neglected for the wild and extravagant schemes of extensive dominion, transmarine pofleffions, and commercial monopoly. By the loss of America, in the last unfortunate war, the golden dream of empire has vanished; and a national debt of two hundred and eighty millions, chiefly incurred in the defence of our foreign acquisitions, has turned the attention of statesmen and patriots to domestic improvements, and the increase of population in the mother country. The ordinary, as well as extraordinary revenues, have nearly reached the utmoit limits to which they can be carried ; the lines of our narrow. kingdom cannot be extended, because they are fixed, unalterably, by the hand of nature : but although its boundaries cannot be enlarged, its foil may be improved; millions of acres now covered with heath, underwood, or stagnated waters, may be converted to the purposes of husbandry; and by encouraging new branches of manufacture, facilitating inland carriage, and extending the fisheries, populous villages and Aourishing towns may rise in every corner of the kingdom.
so call the public attention to these important but neglected subjects, Mr. John Knox published in 1784, a Gen-ral Viera of the British Empire, which we noticed in a former review. The favourable reception which it met with, has induced the author greatly to enlarge his work, and, by extending some fubjects and introducing others, to give a compendious view of these kingdoms, brought down to the present times. The part of his subject which required the most illustration, and which he gives in the most circumstantial detail, relates to North Britain, a country whole history and importance are but little known to Englishmen, and which hath been too frequently the object of their jealousy, aversion, and distrust. They who imagine that, from the union of the two kingdoms, Scotland emerged from indigence and barbarity to confequence and im. provement, will be surprised to learn, from the preliminary difcourse to this edition, the flourishing condition of the northern part of the island, previous to that period, in arts, commerce and navigation.
In this edition, Mr. Knox gives a history of fish and of the fisheries in the northern seas, and suggests many plans by which the Highlands many be improved in wealth and population, und Scotland become a valuable nursery for feamen, as well as foldiers. Should his thougnts meet with the approach public,
ENG.Rey, Vol. VI. Feb.-1786.
public, the objects which seem to him to claim the first attertion, are
1. To open a communication from Lochfine, to the West Sea, by Lochcrinan.
2. To raise at least one small market town on the west coast of the main-land.
3. To erect light-houses, beacons, and buoys.
4. To open carriage roads in the north Highlands between the two seas.
5. To cleanse, deepen or repair decayed harbours, extend new ones; and
6. To grant such bounties on buffes and boats as may enable the Scottish fishers to go to market on equal terms with Ireland, Sweden, and Norway.
To fhew the necessity of minifters turning their attention to the northern parts of the island, our author describes the distresses of the inhabitants, and the wild projects to which they were driven, in very affecting colours.
• It is no wonder, therefore, that the resentments of human nature fhould burst forth, upon the first opportunity, against those, who, inHead of labouring to mitigate their diftreffes, were daily adding new oppressions ; till having, by those means, desolated whole diftriéts of the country, the delusion vanished, and they found themselves under the shameful necessity of purchasing cattle and theep to graze the deferted heaths.
• This humiliating circumstance was facilitated by an event which their penetration had not foreseen. The Highlanders, who had served in the American war, being, by, royal proclamation, intitled to settle. ments in that extensive country, were desirous that their kindred and friends should partake of their good fortune. Some transmitted their sentiments by letters; others, returning from thence to pay a farewell visit to their native land, delivered their opinions personally, and all agreed in their encomiums upon the new world. They exhorted their countrymen to exchange their barren heaths for the boundless plains of America ; they declaimed upon the softness of the climate, the fertility of the foil, the abundance of provisions, the exemption from taxes; the opulence, ease, and luxury of the people.
These alluring descriptions had the desired effect upon the imaginations of men naturally warm, and impatient of injuries. The Highlanders now first began to look on their native country avith contempt, and upon their oppreffors with indignation.--Shall we, said they, remain in these miserable huts, the objects of derision, without the common neceffaries of life, or the prospect of better times? No! we will depart to the great country beyond the ocean, where our labour will be rewarded, and our families comfortably maintained.
Such was the language, and such the disposition of the oppressed, the much-injured Highlanders, whether situated upon the continent, or amongst the islands. In vain did the landlords ufe the most persuafive arguments, offering terins, which formerly would have been gladly