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MONDAY. Baked rice pudding.
s, d. 20lb. and a half of rice
2 62 3lb. of fuet
16 6 gallons milk
13 Salt and alllpice
24 s. d. N. B. The rice is soaked in the milk the night before baking, and, produces with the other materials, about 80lb. weight of pudding. TUESDAY. Beef Stew and foup.
s. d. Ox's check
16 2 quarts of Scotch barley
slb. and a half of beef
3 91 Onions, mint, and carrots for the week
A quarter of a pound of bread allowed on each of the three soup days, being slb. a week
Six days dinners for 77 persons
THE REVIEWERS REVIEWED.
Art. I. The New Annual Register, or General Repository of
History, Politics, and Literature, for the Year 1793. 8vo. Pp. 301. Robinsons. London.
T is a political and religious truth, that the members of a
state disaffected to government, and the sectaries in religion that are enemies to the establishment, are always more active, virulent, and indefatigable, in the cause they efpoufe, than the persons conftituting the majority of the people, or those that are invested with power. If proofs were neceffary, they might easily be produced ; though we could hardly
exhibit stronger evidence on the subject than what the publication of the New Annual Register supplies. This work is constantly edited in less than ten months from the period of which the history is detailed; while the friends of our Church and King must wait five years before they can obtain any fais, honeft, or candid, annual account of general occurrences, politics, or literature. Messrs. Robinsons, the proprietor of this work, possess not only zeal rapidly to diffeminate the principles, circulate the opinions, and communicate to every action the bias of the party but they are likewise invested with considerable powers to effect this end: they have not only extensive connections in Great Britain and Ireland, in the East and West Indies, but they have the Critical Review, published by themselves, a powerful instrument to accelerate its motion, recommend its utility and excellence, and extend its sale. The advantages derived from such means by oppofition, diffenters, and party-booksellers, are too manifest not to be instantly observed ; and, surely, it becomes both the duty and interest of loyal, patriotic, and orthodox Britons, to counteract such manauvres.
In consequence of the specified connection, more than twelve pages in the Critical Review, for November, 1794, are appropriated to the display of the beauties and merit of the New Annual Register. We are informed, that
«« The historical department is executed with the same spirit and ability that has characterized this work for some years. We 'hare found in it the fame clear and methodical arrangement of facis ; the fame strong ani energetic language ; and the fame discrimination of character, and accuracy of discution, which we have already had occafion to comment. The grounds and motives of the present war are investigated with freedom and with apparent accuracy. The authors appear to think, that both the French and the English ministry were to blame in commencing hoftilities ; but that if it had been the sincere with of the latter to preserve a neutrality, it might have been maintained.” P. 241.
The uninterested Reviewers farther state, that the "authors evince theinfelves firm friends to the constitution of their country,” and that what “ most merits their commendation, is, the ardent zeal for the interests of religion and virtue, which pervades the whole detail” (ibid.) The Analytical Reviewers have departed from their usual mode of proceeding, and given a short view of this publication, because of the “ momentous period," whose history it records, and the interest that every reader now takes in the great political. events which, at present, agitate the world:” (vol. XXI.
p. 17.) they testify, that “ the style of this volume is clear and spirited,” and that “ the events appear to be very faithfully detailed, and the arrangement is perspicuous.” (ibid. P. 21.) The authors avow, that
“ In preparing this volume of the New Annual Regifter for publication, no expence has been spared for procuring the best and most authentic information concerning the great events which at present agitate the political world. Our readers, we truit, will, in the following survey, find some facts which had been mistaken and mistated, placed in their proper light, and some transactions illustrated, which had been involved in the darkness of political mystery and intrigue; while we cannot but fatter ourselves that no circumstance of moment is omitted, and can folemnly assert, that the most minute has not been wilfully misrepresented."-Preface.
These writers assume to themselves great merit, also, for their candour and judgement; with what justice we shall endeavour to manifest to every impartial investigator.
We state, then, in the first place, that in their report of the debates in the Houses of Lords and Commons, they conftantly detail the speeches of members, in opposition, at confiderable length, while they, sarcastically, misrepresent, or ridicule, the arguments, or observations, of friends to administration. Of such conduct we will exhibit a few specimens: -Sir James Sanderson, the Lord Mayor of London, moved the address to the King's speech. This gentleman had rendered himself obnoxious to Jacobins, by dispersing all their debating societies in the city; and, consequently, this opportunity must not be lost of sneering at the worthy magistrate. (ironically worthy with them, in italics.) They state, therefore, that “ if it had been intended to burlesque the proceedings and the dignity of Parliament, a happier subject could not have been chosen for moving the address than a city Knight of the name of Saunderson !" (P. 9.) They proclaim the speech of Mr. Wallace, who seconded the motion, to be “ rather the harangue of a phyfiognomift than a legislator.” These writers here attempt to be witty and sarcastic; but “ ftatif?s” ought to know, that accurate observation is more neceffary to form a just opinion relative to the existence of an insurrection, (which was the subject under consideration,) than the immured science of a learned civilian.
Previous to detailing the speeches of Opposition, the author thinks it of more consequence to deliver his own sentiments, and expresses himself in such decisive tone :
“ To his Majesty's benign intentions of preserving to his people, the blessings of peace, it is our duty to give the moit implicit
credit; but discerning men thought, from these intimations, that they perceived in his Majesty's Miniters a disposition which was but ill calculated to fecond the good intentions of the Sovereign. They feared left the same puerile ardour to distinguish himself as a war Minister, which induced the Premier to expend four millions in a conteit for the cat.skins of Nootka, might prompt his warm imagi. nation to anticipate the conquest of France, and might flatter him that an atchievement of this importance was to crown his minifterial career.-We have been ever ready to do justice to the fluent eloquence, and the graceful elocution of Mr. Pitt ; but we must reluctantly confess, that we have found, in his public conduct, but little room to compliment him as a profound and able ftatesman.” P. 10.
There cannot be the least doubt, that the writer of this article must be classed amongst the difcerning men; for, in the language of the Analytical Review, he pofTeftes “no inconsiderable share of acuteness ;'! yet this discriminating gentleman has so long habituated himself to the cant of the party, that he cannot distinguish betwixt a juvenile Minister of twenty-four, of promising talents, and an experienced Premier of thirty-four, that had taken possession of the helm of the crippled state in a tempestuous Tea, and by his vigour, activity, and energy, had repaired her damages, weathered the storm, and conducted the proud vessel in security on the bofom of the Ocean. This Minister, however, is stated to have “expended four millions in a contest for the CAT-SKINS of Nootka.” The statements, at once, display their “candour and their judgement." (P. 206. Their candour consists in illiberal inlinuations and invective, intentional misreprefentation, and a delusive description of events; their judgement is so defective, that they cannot perceive any virtue, patriotism, ability, or knowledge, in Ministers; or rancour, malevolence, spleen, or party-spirit, in their opponents. What, indeed, was the true cause of the Spanish Armament? The haughty poffeffors of Mexico and Peru wished to expel the Britilh merchants from the south-west coast of America, and a valuable and extensive trade in the richest furs. They equipped armed vessels, seized the ships and cargoes of Captains Colnett, Meares, and others, and confined Englishmen as prisoners for fifteen months. If the guardians of our truly great nation had permitted its subjects to be plundered, and confined as pirates, when carrying on a lawful trade, the pride and glory of Albion had been no more ; but such was the spirit and energy of our administration, that they manned our navy, (and money expended on our natural bulwarks is not thrown away, as experience has fully proved,) demanded redress from the Court of Madrid, in firm and
decisive language, and obtained the restoration of ships and cargoes, 230,000 dollars for indemnification, a free navi. gation of the disputed sea, and intercourse and trade with the inhabitants of the coast. After some more irre.' levant matter relative to the dispute with Russia, in which they cautiously avoid mentioning Mr. Fox's ambassador, Adair,) and stating the “ interference of Britain, relative to the Scheldt, to be ridiculous,” they introduce the speech of Lord Wycombe, who fewed " the impolicy of the treaty with Holland, and that no benefit, but much evil, could result to this country, from hostilities with France." (P. 12.) The next that appears is their hero, the patriot, Britain's glory, the Man of the People, whose“ speech will remain a lasting monument of the sterling sense, the invincible argument, and the enlarged views of politics, which characterize this consummate statesman.”. (ibid.) To this orator's harangue nine columns are devoted.' Mr. Windham is brought forward as a deserter. We ask, who have deserted their country's good, who have defended Britain's honour : the Duke of Portland, Lord Spencer, Messrs. Windham, Burke, and Grenville; or the Hercules of St. Anne's Hill, the mellifluous Battister, and the feceding crew? Mr. Windham only alerts, and having asserted, that the disaffected in this country “ proceeded with the folemnity of an oath," (on which he was interrupted by the cry of prove, prove, from Opposition ; and Mr.'Windham not willing to give up his authority, an honourable member of that Houle,) the compiler prints in italics, the fact was not of much consequence ; insinuating, that the fact would have been of consequence, but that the statement was false; the Irish committee, however, have fully proved it.
Mr. Grey is represented as delivering the following sentiment: That “ he considered the Rights of Mari as the foundation of every government, and those who stood out against those rights, as conspirators against the people :” (p. 18.) he represents the conduct of administration as uniformly bad. Mr. Dundas “ warmly attacks Mr. Fox."-Mr. Dundas “confesses that he loves popularity"-Mr. Dundas “ begs to be excused from entering into the subject of Ruslia and Poland," and is represented as “ justifying the calling out of the militia, by relating sotne instances of mobs at Dundee, Perth, and Aberdeen;" that Mr Sheridan “ might ridicule, with singular humour, the supposed necessity of bringing sol. diers into the metropolis, and fortifying the Tower, because there had been a riot at Dundee, in Scotland." To exhibit a specimen of their impartiality, we print, at length, their tepresentation of Mr. Burke's speech
XO, XIV. VOL. III.