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in the form of a cone, the crown is formed by i bind the ear, the point disposed so as to fall a round of lace, the cap must be formed so as on one side the face. to give the appearance of length to the head, Among the newest articles worthy the notice the crown rather tapers, the ears are left un- of the fashionable world, are the Regency Spots, covered, strings confine it under the chin, and or the beautiful Bottilla grounds, for ladies a small knot of flowers, or long rosette of lace, morning dresses ; these have an agreeable ornaments the front; a deep black lace square effect, having a pleasing fall, and giving a veil thrown over the head is much worn by ele- | graceful effect to the shape. Also a new style gant people. A hat in the form of a crown, of Doyles, of rich and elegant designs, adapted with a broad band of gold above the temples, both for dinner and supper parties. A supeand rich gold tassel suspended from the top, |rior article of this description has long been either iu dove, coloured beaver or green velvet, wanted, and we are happy to announce its apis much worn in carriages, to which they are pearance; these articles are bought at the house exclusively confined, called the Regency hat. of MILLARD, in the City.

Spensers and pelisses are worn trimmed No change has taken place in the mode of with rich silk Brandenburgs.

weariug the bair; we think it something beFor morning dress the gowns are made high tween the Sappho and Madona ; it is combed. in the neck, to button up the back, without smooth over the forehead, divided and curled collars, mostly in cainbric or moss muslin, || in large fat curls on each side; it is twisted they are considered equally elegant, either en

as low in the veck behind as possible, rolled tirely plain or much let in with lace and work; or braided round, and confined with gold or a small jacket, set in to the band, is a graceful viher ornamental combs. addition to the dress. Caps are indispeusible,

The Roman boot of white morocco, aod as are Roman boots of white morocco. Smal!! Keinble slipper, are the only varieties in this muslin aprons are greatly admired.

part of the dress. For home or dinner dresses, sarsnets, Merino

There is no variation in the style of jewel. crapes, Opera pets made high, with long sleeves, | lery. Necklaces in sapphire, eineralds, garand small falling collar of Jace, trimmed round nets, topaz, amber, pearls, or diainouds, &c. the hands with the same, are by far the most

blended with gold, or long gold chains, with a approved Imperial and Spanish boinbazeens | variety of trinkets suspended, and earrings in may probably be considered of too close a tex the drop form to correspond, are alike worn. ture for the season, they are, however, as is Our belles begin to exert their taste in the also velvet, still wora among the most fashion- choice of bracelets, thuse of large pearl with able circles.

emeralds, clasps, or elastic gold, are at prelo full or evening dress, the bosoms of the sent the most admired. The watches are dresses are cut square aud rather low, the backs worn small, richly chased, with gold and pearl inclining higher, the sleeves universally short, chains, with transparent Ceylon seals. the traius of a moderate length. Coloured The prevailing colours for the season are, satin or sarspet bodies are very numerous, purple, primrose, jonquille, green, piuk, blue, with a narrow shell edging laid plain on round

and dove. the bosom and sleeves. White satin dresses seem to meet with the most fashionable ap

OBSERVATIONS ON PARISIAN proral, ur black lace over white satin ; co

FASHIONS AND DRESS. loured slips seem to be reserved for a more advanced season. Gossamer nets, figured

DAMES," OF FEBRUARY AND MARCH. white gauze are in high estimation. The small lace Opera tippet is a reigning

Some velvet demi-pelisses are yet worn, and favourite, particularly in full dress. In pub the most elegant thing of this kind, wbich wa lic, where you are liable to be exposed to a

have yet seen, which seems determined, in current of air, the satio or swavsdowo tippet spite of the unusual warmness of the weather, may be more appropriate. Beads are much

to assert the wintry prerogative of the geworn on the hair, a double row twisted across nerally boisterous month of March, is a kind the temples, terminating in tassels on one of green pelisse made of fine Merino cloth, its side; as are Spanish turbans, or Scotch

colour is between the deep Spanish fly.green hat, with a point in front confined down with and the Porona; pelisses and njaotles of this a brilliant pin, the hat trimmed and edged | beautiful colour are generally trimmed with with beads; full tiaras of flowers, pearls, or

sable or Astracan fur. silver foil. Small lace bandkerchiefs tied be The French have lately manufactured a

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trimming which they call tulle, and we be. this article without saying one word of the Jieve it is tbe same which we call patent lace, Egyptiau head-dress ; two large plaits of hair but of a much fiver and more valuable texture. cover the top of the head from one ear to the This tulle is not made on a cushion, accord other ; these braids are mingled with a ribing to the tedious process of lace-making ; || band of the same thickness, and the hair but on a mąchine, in the same manner as our and ribband are drawn together in the middle; British lace; and we rather imagine that our and between the twisted curls in front and the idea of making patent lace was taken from it; || plaits, are a few light ornaments of pearls or for the Sieur Genton produced the first spe. diamonds. Some black velvet caps seem to cimens of this invention thirty years ago. In rival these head-dresses, and have a trimming 1791, a hrepet of invention (similar to our of gold lace next the face. During the spring patepts), was given to Monsieurs Jolivet avd weather experienced in March, a few green Cochet, of Lyons, for the fabrication of tulle. caps made their appearance, with a wreath of

The bair elegantly dressed seems to be pre white roses. ferred in evening costume to any other head The Swedish tippets, and the fur pelerines, dress ; yet we have remarked some caps of vanished with the cold. Merino shawls, and embroidered chenille on wbite satin, orna even the thin Pekin wrap, spensers, and scarf mented with an embroidered ribband of the shawls, made their appearance during the wild same pattern, in a large bow; thiş bow is of weather. various forms; chiefly long, and forming two The gowns are made of Chinese silk, taffety, distinct rows; between which a large oblong | Merino crape, and gossamer satins. Deep and curl of hair is introduced. Black caps are striking colours, such as crimson, scarlet, also much worn, both in plain velvet, or with puce, and purple, are only worn in bats or rib. Jace elegantly introduced between, which gives bands with wbite dresses; and the softer cothem a light and airy appearance; but for lours, such as pink, white, straw-colour, or full-dress, the cbief covering for the hair is blue, are gaining a decided preference. A. mostly flowers and velvet, on richi caps of pa- white bonnet with blue feathers, a white gown teut lace; the gossamer Merino crape in a trimined with an embroidery of blue hyacinths, light wave over one side of (he head; or a tur and a blue sash, with kid slippers of the same ban a-la-Turque, of fine India muslin or white colour, form an elegant carriage costume. crape.

Amongst the rigid votaries to fashion, white For public spectacles, however, and large | rose-colour, grey, jonquille, and cerulean blue, evening parties, a bandeau of different co are the prevailing colours. In the article of loured gems, or the hair full dressed, without || jewellery nothing is esteemed to look so well any ornament, is most prevalent, Those ladies with white dresses as coral, or fine clear red whose hair is not naturally fine, and who do corneliau; though the faintly ceralean-tinged not wish to have recourse to false hair, wear cornelian is much more worn with coloured wuch the Minerva cap, ornamented with a dresses. The lapis lazuli is valued according plume of white ostrich feathers; and to the to its ever exorbitant price, and it is now more turbans and demi-turbans, they add flowers of rare than ever ; some ladies have six or seven crape, velvet, or foil; the only established pieces of this precious article set in a watch. rule for varying the fashion, is to suit the co chain; and turquoise stone and mosaic work lour of the flowers and jewels to that of the of antique beads, are in great requisition for bair and the gown.

this appendage to the diminative watches now White gossamer satin and crape caps are in fashion. At private masqued balls, and also woru; they are made to fit exactly to the galas, the dominos are made of white or rosea head, with an half wreath of full Aowers, ofculoured satin, trimmed with rich patent lace, roses or jonquille. And we caunot dismiss

MONTHLY MISCELLANY.
INCLUDING VARIETIES, CRITICAL, LITERARY, AND HISTORICAL.

THE STAGE.
ESSAYS TO ILLUSTRATE THE PRESENT STATE

OF THE DRAMĄ.-NO. VII.
The course of our Dramatic Review now
leads us to Mrs. Centlivre, the authoress of

three plays, which still keep possession of the Stage, and two of them deserve it. These plays are, The Busy Body, The Wonder, and The Bold Stroke for a Wife.

Mrs. Centlivre wrute in an age when pubia

lic modesty and public morals, under the ori. ; title it to serious consideration. There is the ginal contamination of the Court of Charles II. same immoral tendency pervading every part were so little required, and in such little of it. This lady wrote many other plays; public fashion, that they were not only dis- which, to the benefit of public morals, are missed from the minds of men, but were not

forgotten. eveu thought necessary in imagination. Mrs. No writer, perhaps, has been more hardly Centlivre, a gay woman, of some wit and treated than Colley Cibber. He has expespirit, but of an intolerable carelessness, not || rinced the fate of those, who being in situato call it by a worse name, wrote in the same tions for which they themselves are certainly spirit in wbich the female Dramatis Per- unfit, and for which others are eminently sonæ of Congreve were introduced as speak | adapted, provoke even the sense and feeling ing. Accordingly, her dialogue is almost al of justice against them, apd thus lead the ways indecorous, and not unfrequently inexcus lown to encourage an altack against them. ably indecent. It is by no means a sufficient ex Cibber was Laureat in the line of Pope, Gay, cuse, to allege that this indecency is con Swift, &c. Cibber, as a Poet, and in compariveyed in decent termsis couched up in al son with Pope, was certainly contemptible, lusions and figures. This, in fact, amounts to and accordingly, affecting to consider him Dothing—the indecency is the image conveyed only as a Poet, Pope contrived to render bim to the mind; and the most indecorvus images so. He made bim the hero of bis Dunciad, and thoughts may doubtless be conveyed in and the towu were not disposed to complain the most decent terms—words have no mean of the justice of a satire, so well written, and ing by themselves.

so pleasantly acrimonious. The merit of The Busy Body consists in its * It is unjust, however, to consider Cibber as brisk plot, and in a suitable dialogue; Marplot a Poet. In this poiut of view we freely give is an original, and, at the same time, a pa him up. Our business with him is as a draLural character. He is always received with matic writer. pleasantry. The humour consists in the im

In this character, there cannot be a more pertinence of his interruptions. As to the

pleasant writer.

Without any very great dialogue of the play, it is very good, where it | degree of strength, he has always enough to is barely what is necessary for carrying on the

amuse, and even to occupy a thinking mind, plot; where it steps out of the business, and He is grave, without being tediously formal, endeavours to animate and strike, it is pert. avd where his plot requires it, even feeling ness and dippancy, totally without thought or

without tragic affectation. meaning, and therefore without the slightest The leading merit of Cibber as a writer, is a pretentions to wit or good writing.

gentlemanlike ease; a good sense, and a fa. The Wonder is a much superior play to The miliar and not inelegant way of delivering it. Busy Body, though the plot is Spanish, and

His Careless Husband is the best specimen the main business is not so amusing. Felix, of his style and character. He had more in The Worder, is drawn with a vigour infi- | nature, and eveu more grace and comic nitely beyond Mrs. Centlivre's general powers, beauty, than any of the writers of the age, Sheridan, from pure indolence, bas imitated and what should never be forgotten, though this character in Falkland, and, with powers be wrote in a very loose age, and had nothing tenfold above those of Mrs. Centlivere, is here before bim but models of indecency, he very infinitely inferior to herFalkland is as dull, seldom, we believe, scarcely ever, falls into it. stiff, and uninteresting, as Felix is amusing

It is always a very considerable merit, when and lively. Falkland is a character suited || a writer, confessedly of inferior rauk to those only for a povel; Felix is drawn from life ; || about him, has either too much self-depend. Violante likewise deserves great praise.

ence to imitate them, or too much taste to The play, however, is much lessened in adopt their errors. Cibber was surrounded by merit by the flippancy, the pertness, the up wits, without being corrupted, or even touched ceasing levity and insignificauce of the other hy them, he imitated none of them. What he characters. Mrs. Centlivre, whatever her i really possesses, he possesses of his own, and private character might be, never appears to therefore has at least the praise of originality. have written withont a dozen intrigues in her Cibber indeed never appears to so little head.

advantage as when he descends to what is The Bold Stroke for a Wife is amusing by next to imitation, translation. Amongst his its briskness, but has all the faults of its works are several translations from the French authoress, without one quality wbich can en-stage, and they are infinitely inferior to bis

own. He had talents, indeed, above this With respect to the revival of Blue Beard, walking in the trammels of others, and the we have only to observe, that, in our opinion, town has been of the same opinion, as his ori- the parts have not been judiciously distributed ginal pieces survive, whilst bis translations are among the performers. Mrs. Dickons should deservedly forgotten.

have represented Fatima, Miss Bollon or In our next Number we shall give some ac Miss Booth, Beda, and Blanchard should have count of his several plays. We could wish, played Ibrahim. indeed, that some of them, and particularly LYCEUM.-A new Play has been presented bis Cureless Husband, could be restored to the at this Theatre, under the title of Ourselves stage. It is an «xcellent play, and we know This Play is certainly not entitled to take very not why it has been laid aside.

bigh ground, but it would certainly be equally (To be continued.)

unjust to deny it a very considerable merit:

The authoress of it is the lady to whom the COVENT-GARDEN.—The Managers of this public is indebted for The School for Friends. Theatre bave revived the pleasing Ballet of | it is accordingly marked with the character Blue Beard, and the great attraction of the

of that Drama; it is somewhat too sentirevival (and the cause of its present popu- | mental and heavy, but is not deficient in nalarity) is the beautiful and costly scenery, and ture and interest. The plot, moreover, has all the introduction of herses in the mock battle the ordinary faults of plots from Novels, which concludes the piece.

ratber than from the shifting scene of life. The dresses, the scenes, and decorations of Concealed fatbers, fortunes unexpectedly every kind, are in a new style of splendour and dropt from the clouds, and thousands tossed magnificence; whether to the advantage of about as so much dirt, are all too removed our dramatic taste, upon the whole, we very || from common life and daily use, to entitle much doubt. It is a show and a spectacle, any Comedy to take a high rank which deals not a dramatic composition which is exhibit- ll in them. The world however is not so barren, ed. This is undoubledly in the genuine danner but what even intricate plots may be really of the Augustan age, but in a manner which found on the stage of life, and the dramatist was censured by one of the best poets and would do well to transfer them as they are to critics of that or any age. The Proprietors, | his canvas. we think, may, with trutlt, be said rather to The dramatists of the present day are all follow than to lead what is called the town, | spoiled by the puerile taste after which they in furnishing out those gaudy and pompous term incident and bustle; in parsuit of which entertainments. The taste of the public iv- || incident and of which bustle they vutrage all clines strongly in favour of this kind of spec- | nature and probability, and reduce the Drama tacle, and the profit which accrues from the to a mere brisk farce. Another class, on the gratification of this taste, justifies tbe Mana- | other hand, being determined to instruct, gers in consulting it.

forget that it is necessary to amuse; they acIt is not true that these entertainments ex cordingly plunge into sentiment, and become clude the exhibition of those pieces, upon || insufferably dull. There are not more than which no expence can be deemed lavish, and three sentimental plays in the whole catano decoration too sumptuous. Shakespeare logue of acting Dramas, and it is a matter of and Jonson were never so generally produced | astonishment to us why this kind of writing on the stage as by the present Managers of has not gone out of fashion. this Theatre. All our best Tragedies and The dialogue of those kind of plays is of Comedies have either been represented, or are the same nature with the plot. It is a mixin the course of orderly preparation. Scarcely || ture of silk and worsted, of fustian and satia, ** week elapses witboul a revival of some play, || which has no existence but on the Stage. The in which the genuine merits of the author ordinary language of life is never in measured find a powerful auxiliary in the taste with

sentences. Nothing is so tedious, so intolerwhich bis piece is brought forward, and be able, as these speaking Ladies and Gentlebecomes indebted for his strongest impression upon the public to elegant well-chosen decora.

The Drama of Ourselves, however, seems te tion. In Covent-Garden Theatre all tastes

be one of the best of the kind; but as the whole are consulted, and po part of the public can

kind is in no favour with as, we cannot find it reasonably be dissatisfied by those efforts in our hearts to give it much praise.--It is which are assiduously directed, and impar- perhaps as good as Kelly's False Delicacy, the tially meant, to comprehend the pleasures parent of all tbis sentimental trash, of all

men.

WORKS IN THE PRESS.

Dr. Thomas Young has nearly ready for The Stale Papers and Letters of Sir Walter | publication, in octavo, a System of Practical

Nosology; with an introduction to medical Aston, afterward Lord Aston, who was ambas

literature in general. sador in Spain in the reigns of James I. and Charles I. are printing uniformly with those of Sir Ralph Sadler, in two quarto volumes, CRUELTY.-An American paper of a late with portraits, autographs, and other embel

date gives the following melancholy relation : Hisbonents.

« Within the last sixteen months, a uegro Arthur Clifford, Esq. editor of the State wench belonging to the estate of the late 11. Papers of Sir Ralph Sadler, has in the press, L. Davies, Esq. of Bedford county, ran away in a quartu volume, Tixall Poetry; embel- from Sledd, to whom she had been hired; and lished with engravings and fac-similes of the sought refuge and protection from one of her writings of Cbarles I Bradshawe, Fairfax, &c. old master's sons. Mr. Davies carried the the originals of which are in the possession of wench back to Sledd, and, with mild language, the editor; and accompanied with notes, illus- || endeavoured to appease thre man, and to soften trations, and an introduction.

down gusts of passion, wbich appeared to be E. A Kendall, Esq. has the following Works excessive ou beholding the wenclı brought again nearly ready for publication :- Travels in the under his authority. Exclamations and heats Northern Parts of the United States, in 1807 were carried literally, but alas! unfortunately to 1810.-Travels in the Provinces of Lower for the victim, into effect after his departure. Canada and Upper Canada, 1808.-Remarks A strong decoction of red pepper and tobacco on the Calumet, or Sacred Pipe.-A. Essay was deliberately prepared. Thę wench was on the Worship of Stones of Power.

stripped and tied up, and scored and cut, and J. Hamstead, Esq. Captain in the royal | bruised, and bathed and fomented with the navy, will speedily publish an Essay to explain aforesaid decoction! and then scored and cut the Cause of gravity, with other interesting again, and again fomented, and thus altermatter.

wately uulil Mr. Sledd's notions of moral dis. Col. W. Kirkpatrick's translation of Select cipline and necessary correction were com. Letters of 'T'ippoo Sultan, with notes and ob pletely glutted! The weneh unbound, crawled servations, is nearly ready for publication.

to a small branch near the house, to allay the The Hitopadesa, in the Sanskrit language, anguish of her sufferings by the application of printed at the library of the Hon. East lodia a little cold water. She did so. Here tlie Company, and the first Sanskrit book ever poor thing expired! and death released for priuted in Europe, will soon appear.

ever this unfortunate victim trom the mer. Dr. Pearson's Warburtovian Lectures, are

ciless hands of a remorseless tyrant! The expected to be published this month.

counsel maintained the master's right to corGeneral Malcolm, late envoy to the court of rect the slave, and there was no precise limit Persia, will shortly publish, in royal octavo, a set for correction. He also maintained that, Sketch of the Political History of India, from although the correction should eventuate in the year 1784 to the present date.

death, or that death should ensue, yet, unless Psyche, or the Legend of Love, with other | the determination in the master to kill, was poems, by the late Mr. Henry Tighe, are nearly | plainly proverl, the crime did not amount to, or ready fur publication.

constitute muciler. Sophistry, not reason or Mr. Montagu Pennington has nearly ready | justice, was, in this instauce successful, and for publication, in an octavo volume, Redemp- instead of being sent to the other world, Sledd tion, or a View of the Christian Religion, from has been sent to the Peniteotiary for two the fall of Adam to its complete establisbment | years!" under Constantine.

Size.--Å French chemist has recently disDr.Curry, of Guy's Hospital, has put to press covered, that from the starch of potatoes quite 2 work on the Nature of the Hepatic Function, fresh, and washed but once, a fine size, by which is expected to be comprised in two oc mixture with chalk, might be made. The tavo volumes,

stucco plasterers of this country have benefit. Mr. Stackhouse, author of Nereis Britannica, led by the discovery, and they find that this will shortly publish, in octavo, Illustrationes | kind of size is particularly useful for ceilings Theophrasti in usum Botanicorum præcipue and for wbite washing, being more durable peregrinantium. It contains a list of more in tenacity and wbiteness, and not putrifying than 400 species which have been described like animal size, or exhuling any unwholesome by thal celebrated ancient.

odour. No. XVII. Vol. III.N.S.

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