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yellow, primruse, pink, lilac, straw, and blue | Strength. On the sides are two canoes, celeste.
oue representing the Nymph of the Scine, feathers in full dress were never so uni holding up her arms to receive the child of versal.
the Gods; the other represents the Tiber,
smiling to see the new star arise. At the head USIPERIAL CRADLE FOR THE YOUNG l of the cradle is seen Fame, holding in her NAPOLEOX.
hands a crown surmounted by a star (an A French publication says, “ the cradle
emblem of the genius and glory of the which the city of Paris is to present to her
Hero who goverus France); and at the Majesty the Empress, is made of silver, gilt
foot is a young eagle, whose eyes are fixed and enriched with mother of pearl; the inside
on this emblem, and whose appearance is furnisbed with velvet of a lively orange red;
indicates an attempt to soar above the star, the curtains are of lace, embroidered with
This cradle has been made by M. M Tbomire, bees of gold, and lined with white saiin. The
sculptor, Odiot, goldsmith, and Darrac, upcradle is supported by four cornucovias li holsterer, after the designs of M. Prudroa, placed cross wars, and iwo small figures, the li one of our most distinguished painters." one representing Justice and the other |
li peals, and which it gratifies, bas something ESSA YS TO ILLUSTRATE THE PRESENT STATE | of the strength and of the immediacy of an OF THE DRAMA.-N0. VIII.
instinct or of a natural sense. It receives In vur last Number we entered upon the what is suited to it in the moment, and pergeneral character of Cibber, observing upon ceives its justice by the pleasure which it him, that he was a writer who had added con- | affords. Ou the other hand, the judgment siderably to the stock of elegant amusement, aud the principles of taste act very slowly, and that having been overvalued in his owu | aud, in a very great portion of every audience, age by the public, and thereby baving pro- ll do not act at all. Hence, a broad Faree will voked the indignation of better writers, he be received with general pleasure, wbiłst an was now as much under-rated.
audience would yawe over such Comedies Pope has made him the hero of liis Dunciad, as The Careless Husband and The Way of the and accordingly his name never occurs with | World. out a remembrance of what one of the best | The characters of The Careless Ilusband are Poets of our country has attached to it. This, | drawn with so much more ability, because however, is very unjust. Pope, with all bis | they have nothing naturally to distinguish genius, could never produce a successful | tbem. They are only distinguished by the cirDrama, and was therefore as inferior to Cibber | cumstances uoder which a general passion or in natural sprightlinesss and familiar mirth, humour operates, and this humour or passion, as he was certainly infinitely superior to him w bich in this play are of the domestic kind, in poetic genius, and polished humonr. Pope are paiuted to the life. The petulance and the was sufficient of a scholar to know and prac- l impertinence of the waiting woman, who has tice all the principles of good writing; his dishonoured her mistress, are admirably pournatural taste and genius were at once cherish trayed.
dand controuled. Cibber knew little or no Love Makes a Man is an English Comedy, thing; but he made the best of his observation formed upon a Spanish and romantic plot. on life and manners.
The characters are accordingly a very strange The Carcless Husband is, heyood all com- ll jumble of the singularities of different naparison, the best and most finished of Cibber's il tions. The dialogue, however, and the inain plays. Its main fault is, that it has not enough l points of the plot are vigorous and effective, of briskness and motion for the stage, and and thia is a play which might be recalled to therefore the attention flags. Tire audience is the Stage with great effect. are not sufficiently refined to exercise their The Refusal is likewise a good play, but it judgment separate from the stronger impnises is spoiled by the introductiou of a characof humour and ridicule. The sense of hu- ter entirely of foreign growth. Thanks to the nour and ridicule, that sense to which it ap. good sense of our country, we know nothing
of learned ladies, and women turned scholars || Opera be not unfavourable to public morals? and philosophers. We have not yet imported Perhaps this question cannot be answered de this folly, and we believe that it never existed cidedly in the negative. It certainly does not amongst us in sufficient frequency to give any degrade the character of a thief or highway. Effect to the dramatic ridicule of it.
man, and it surely must be in some degree The course of our dramatic review now leads mischievous, to connect these crimes into us to say a few worus upon Gay, the author of pleasantries. twu Operas; one of which keeps possession The course of our theatrical review next of the stage, and will continue to keep it as leads us to Sir Richard Steele, a writer, to long as it lasts, whilst the other has scarcely which the theatres are as much indebted as less acrit, though certainly less interest. the town; a writer, who employed a most
Gay was a writer who possessed the most active mind in giving a form and shape to brilliant talents, and whose talents were the manners of the times. This merit, which cultivated by the converse and friendship | originated in the Spectator, belongs entirely to of all the eminent men of the day. He is Sir Richard Steele; it was he that first ins chiefly distinguishable for his wit, 'which he || stituted a species of writing, which has done passessed in every shape, and more particu more to improve the taste and morals of solarly in the burlesque. The Beggars' Opera is i ciety, than the beavier books of the philo. written in this style of humour. There are sopbers. Who is there of decent education, two kinds of burlesque. In the one, the low who has not read the Spectator, the Guardian, and mean are raised to a mock dignity, by and the Taller ? anii wbo, having r
and the Taller ? and who, having read, will being invested in the babiliments which pe be backward in allowing the merit of Sir culjarly belong to rank and distinction. This Richard Steele? is the comic burlesque. In the other, rank i Sir Richard is now known as a dramatic and distinction are degraded by having as writer by two Comedies, The Conscious Lovers, their adjuucts what belongs to a mean condi and The Funeral. The Conscious Lovers bas tion.
this great merit, that it was the first play of The Beggars' Opera is in the style of the the kind which was ever introduced to the former. Low characters are raised to a mock stage, and whatever may be said of that sad consequence and dignity, and are rendered and mournful tribe to which it bas given ridiculous by speaking the language, the origin in its imitators, it must never be denied sentiments, and the tone of the superior that The Conscious Lovers of Stecle is az admirrapks.
able in its polished elegance, as for its excelThere is a double humour, however, in the leut morals. This moral, indeed, is not so Beggars Opera. It is a caricature of the much included in the fable, as impressed upon absurdities of the Italian Opera, and a burn all the characters. The Conscious Lovers, in. lesque upon the Opera House, as well as pondeed, in this point of view, is the worthy offthe Court. The humour is sufficiently intel-spring of the writers of the Spectator. ligible without being broad. Every one per | The characters of Bevil and Indiana have ceives it, and yet every one imagines that he passed through so many shapes and modes in has made a discovery. The Beggars Opera, the hands of imitators, that even the effect of moreover, will always please by means of its the original has been impaired, and even Bevil old music. It is the nature of old tunes that and Inidana are seen with tediousness and disthey revive the idea of early times, and usually gust from the remembrance of the tribe to which delight the fancy with pastoral images, the they have given birth. If Bevil, boweter, be tunes being associated with songs, the words examined in the closet, he will be seen to be and images of which necessarily rise before all that can be elegant and accomplished in the the fancy at the same time with the musical gentleman; gay without frivolity, elegant notes.
without being superficial, and strict and cor, Polly is an Opera in the same style. Therect witbout rigour and formality. The urlesque of the babits, language, and man- l ground-work of this play is the Andrea of ners of genteel life, by associating them with Terence, and if any doubt the merit of Steele, the babits and characters of Botany Bay con. let them read Terence. Indeed, Pope himvicts. Polly, however, has nothing wear the self has not more improved upon Homer, than vigour of The Beggars' Opera. It is a mere Sir Richard Steele, in his Conscious Lovers, las imilation of it, and Polly at Botany Bay is improved upon Terence. Very far from Polly in England.
!! The Andrea of Terence, however, bas led It has sometimes been a matter of question, Stecle iuto au uniformity not suitable to Engwhether the representation of The Beggars' 'lish taste, nor even to modern life. Nothing
could be more insipid than the women the elements and practice of materia, medica of the ancient comedy, and even than the land pharmacy, a translation of the London, ancient plots. The reason of this charac- Edinburgh, and Dublin Pharmacopeias, ter is, that women were vever introduced many useful tables, and engravings of the in person on the stage, the female characters' pharmaceutical apparatus. being all performed by men balited as wo.
Mi. Peck, of Bawtry, has in the press, a men. Tbe consequence was, that the au- System of Veterinary Medicine and Therapeu. dience wished to have as little of them as pos tics, on scientific principles, in two octavo sible, and the writer in obedience to their volumess with plates; the first volume is ex. tastes, threw them entirely into the back peçted to appear soon. ground.
The Rev. Thomas Jervis, of Leeds, has a With respect to The Funeral, or Grief-a la volume of Sermons in the presa, Mode, it is now never acted, and therefore does . Dr. Crotch bas nearly ready for publication, not fall witbin our purpose or object. It is Elements of Musical Composition, or Rules lively, elegant, active, and full of bumuur and for writing and playing Thorough Bass.' natural satire.
..Mr. J.J. Jones, orgaoist of St. Ann's, Black(To be continued.)
friars, will shortly publish six Fugues, with , introductions for the organ or piano-forte;
dedicated, by permission, to his preceptor, Dr. WORKS IN THE PRESS:
Crotch. Travels in Iceland, in the year 1910, is in
Mr. Parkinson intends to publish in the the press, in a quarto volume, with plates. It!
course of next June, the third and concluding will contain the observations made in that
volume of Organic Remains of a former World, island, during last summer, by Sir George
with twenty-three colopred plates. Mackenzie, Bart. Mr. Holland, and Mr. Bright;!
Calvin's Institutes of ihe Christian Religion, with an introductory chapter on the general
i translated by J. Allen, is proposed to be printed history of Iceland.
by subscription, in three octavo volumes. The Rev. H. B. Wilson is preparing for ile
Mr. H. Jacob, author of a Hebrew Gram. press, in a quarto yolume, a History of Mer:
mar, ävd Mr. A. J. Valpy, intend to publish cliant tailors' School, London, from its foun.
in two royal octavo volumes, a Hebrew Bible, dation to the present time, including the lives
with points, the text taken from Vander. of the eminent men who have been educated
Hooght, and the Latin translation of Arius there, and embellished with some of their
i The Rev. Thomas Scott, rector of Aston portraits · Mr. Bawdwen bas nearly ready for the press, !|
Saudford, is preparing for the press; Detached a volume of his translation of Domesday Book,
Remarks on the Bishop of Liucola's Refuta. which comprises the counties of Middlesex,
** tiou of Calvinism. Hertford, Buckingham, Oxford, and Glouces
Dr. Busby lias completed a translation, in ter. There will be an Iudex to each county,
rhyme, of the six looks of Lucretius on the and the editor proposes having part of the im
Nature of Things, which will be dedicated to pression inade up for sale in separate countier,
Lord Grenville. for the convenience of those whom it may not
The Rev John Rudd will shortly publish suit to purchase the whole volume.
volume of Devotional Exercises for the use of Mr. Jobu Nichols will publish in the course
congregations and families. He lias also in of next month, io a quarto volume, tbe His
forwardness, a Butanist's Guide through Lantory, Topography, and Antiquities of the
çashire, parish of Islington, in Middlesex; illustrated
Mr. Lambert, who lately published his by fifteen engravings, and including biogra
travels in Canada and the United States, had phical sketcbes of several eminent and remark.
in the press au American work, entitled Salmaable persons.
gundi, or the Whim Whains and Opinions of Dr. Hayter's Report to the Prince Regent,
Laucceloti Langstaff, Esq. and others; to of his literary mission to the Court of Naples,
which he has added explanatory notes, and an relative to the Herculanean MSS. will appear
introductory essay on the genius and charac in a few days, in a thin royal quarto.
ter of the Americilis. Mr. A. T. Thomson, surgeon, fellow of the
Au edition of Bishop Taylor's History of Medical Suciety of London, &c. will shortly
the Life and Death of Christ, in two octavo publish the London Dispensatory; containing |
volumes, is nearly ready for publioation.
STATE OF HIS MAJESTY'S HEALTH
“That bis XLajesty appears to bave made mateThe following bulletins have been issued from rial progress towards recovery since the passing Windsor Castle, of his Majesty's health, since of the Act, and that all his Majesty's Physicians our last :
Il continue to express their expectations of such Tuesday, March 19.-His Majesty is in erery
recovery respect as well as he has been through the last
(Signed) C. CANTUARY, week.
ELDON, Thursday, March 21.-There has been no ma
WILLIAM GRANT, terial difference in his Majesty's state within the
E. ESOR, last eight or ten days.
AYLESFORD, · Sunday, March 24.-The King has been a little
ELLENDOROUCH." better these last two days.
Tuesday, March 26.-His Majesty is going on favourably.
RICHARD ARMITAGE.-Tbis celebrated chan Thursday, March 28.-His Majesty goes on
racter, of whoin so much has been heard, respect. well.
ing his transactions with Roberts in forgeries upon (Signed) R. H. REYNOLDS, ll the Bank of England, in which establishment he
W. HEBERDEN, was a clerk, was taken on the 19th ult. at an inn
road, by John Foy, accompanied by two gentle“Queen's Lodge, Irindsor, April 6, 1811. men from the Bank, a reward of three hundred Present-The Archbishop of Canterbury, the guincas having been offered for his apprehension Archbishop of York, the Earl of Winchelsea, the | as long since as the 11th of August. The prisoner Earl of Aylesford, Lord Eldon, Lord Ellenbo-went by the name of Barclay at the inn, and he rongh, Sir William Grant (the Duke of Montrose represented himself as a private gentleman, who being absent on account of indisposition). wislied to reside secluded from the gaieties and
“We, the Meinbers of the Council bere pre-l pleasures of the inetropolis. He spent l.is time sent, appointed to assist her Majesty in the exe in the association of the Gentlemen Yeomen in cution of the trust cominjtted to her Majesty by ll the country, with whom he used to take the sports virtue of the Statute passed in the fifty-first year of the field, and his wife, who had just gone of his Majesty's reign, entitled • An Act to pro through an accouchement, was the only person vide for the Administration of the Royal Autho who knew his situation. The prisoner was surrity, and for the care of his Majesty's Royal Per- ll prised in bed, first by the hostess of the inn, who son during the continuance of his Majesty's ill. || informed him three gentlemen wished to see him, ness, and for the resumption of the exercise of and after one of the gentlemen had been introthe Royal Authority by his Majesty :
duced, Foy followed and took him, and conveyed “ Having called before us, and examined on him to London in a chaise and four. He was oath, the Physicians, and other persons attendant taken to Marlborough-street Office, and after upon his Majesty, and having ascertained the having been identified, and some other necessary state of his Majesty's health by such other ways forms gone through, he was committed to New and means as appeared to us to be necessary for || Prison, Clerkenwell. Armitage, it appears, had that purpose, do hereby declare the state of his been at the place where he was taken from the Majesty's health at the time of this our meeting | day he escaped. He was brought up a second as follows:
time, heavily ironed, and after a short private “ That the indisposition with which his Mal examination, was fully committed to Newgate, to esty was afflicted at the time of the passing of ll take his trial at the next Old Bailey Sessions. the said Act does still so far exist, that his Ma
The witnesses were bound, over to prosecute; jesty is not yet restored to such a state of health | amongst them was Mrs. Roberts, whose husband, as to be capable of resuming the personal exercise ll it is understood, will be admitted an evidence of his Royal Authority.
for the prosecution also, after bariog received a No. XXIII. Vol. III.N.S.
free pardon. The examination previous to the that a great number of the inznates were buried in prisoner's committal was short, and of a general the ruins. The London Militia, who were at the nature. The forgery of which he is accused is to time exercising in the Artillers Ground, were the amount of above £2000, and the denial of the immediately sent to aid the sufferers, and by dint hand-writing, on the part of the person whose of the most unwearied exertions, eleven persons name it bore, was all that was entered into. Mrs. were taken out, four of whom were dead, viz. a Roberts, who is a principal witness, is still in mother and three children named Crewe; the confinement at the Governor's house, at Coldbath. wounded persons were taken to St. Bartholomew's fields prison.
Hospital, most of them in a deplorable state. PROVIDENTIAL. Escape.-A woman, of de- FRAUD ON THE MARQUIS OF HEADFORT. cent appearance, was on Monday, the ist inst. Davenport Sedley, C.G.J. Kierrulf, and Edward holding her child, not inore than eighteen inonths Meyer (not yet in custody), were indicted at the old, on the coping stone of Blackfriar's Bridge, Old Bailey Sessions for straling scveral Bills of for the purpose of letting it see the beats that i Exchange, the property of the Marquis of Headwere passing ; when, by sone accident, the child fort.- Mr. Alley said, the prosecutor was a noble, slipped from her hands, and was precipitated into ' man of exalted rank, and splendid fortune, in tlie the river. To describe the agony of the alınost sister kingdom. The prisoners he knew not how frantic, but imprudent parent, would be impos- to describe, or tell the Jury what they were ; sula sible; she inimediately rushed to the stairs, and tice it to say, that in the transaction which the was about to plunge into the rater, when her Jury were now to inquire into, they represented infant was restored to her arms, without having themselves as dealers in money. It happened that sustained much more injury than a ducking, and some time back, the Noble Marquis, notwithstanda severe shock. To account for tliis providentialing his extensive possessions, found himself presscircumstance, it is only necessary to stars, that: cd for sonie ready money, and desirous of not the child having fallen within a few yards of a , troubling any of his friends, he chose rather to wherry that was going under the bridge, was for- 1' pay for it, by obtaining it of those persons, wbo, tunately seized by the boatman on its emerging having the command of money, make it their from the water, and was thus preserved from a business to lend it to such as can afford to pay for watery grave.
| the loan of it. A knowledge of this circumstance A SWINDIER.– A man of gentleinanly appears having reached Sedlov, he formed a deep scheme orce, about twenty-five years of age, and nearly to plunder the Marquis of his securities, under șix feet in height, with rather a handsome coun pretence of assisting him. With this view, he tenance, and who wears black whiskers, has, for consulted with one Walker, then a prisoner in some tiine past, obtained goods of different trades the Fleet, and they concerted their plan as fol. people by assuming false names, and pretending lows:--Walker was to write to the Marquis, as to be intimate with reputable families. He is froin a man having the command of ready money, prepared with blank checquer of different bank- to offer bim the loan of a large sum on common ing houses, by which he obtains goods to nearly interest. This was done. The Marquis replied ; the amount of the checque given, and receives but in such a wretched plight was Walker, that the change, after having asked after different l be had not even decent apparel to appear at the families. He purchased a house in Baker-street Marquis's, and therefore Sedley laid him aside. lately for six thousand pounds, and having given The next letter which came to the Marquis, which one hundred in deposit, he sold it again to a turned out to be the fabrication of Sedley, was peighbouring gentleman for five thousand, and
from a man not in custody, of the naine of Meyer, obtained a deposit of five hundred pounds. He li in which he protiered his assistance in the sanie calls himself Sir George Hart, Rep. W in. Horne, I wav, stating hiinsels to be a inercantile man, posand other names, and talks much of his estates on i sessing a fund of ready money. He had in con. the lakes in Cumberland.
sequence an interview with the Marquis, and DREADFUL ACCIDENT.Nonday, April 8, !| talked largely of his commeroial dealings, pro. two houses in Ironmonger-row, Old-street, which, il posed too that the Marquis should draw bills, notwithstanding they were under repair, were which he would discount in the city, and make crowded with inhabitants, fell down with a tre- purchases of lives, &c. which could be sold again mendous crash, wbile the workmen were gone l at little loss, which of course the Marquis muss to diano: by this disaster, we lainent to say, pay. His Lordship hesitated at this, and Meyes