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We will now, if the reader please, cited), or suffer an innocent girl return to England and the miss to sink into infamy and ruin. And Vernons. They wrote to their here let me tell you, had I not friends, Mrs. West and Mrs. Am- known you too well not to be aware brose, a particular account of what that would certainly be the case, Mr. Johnson had informed Mr. I should have suffered Wentworth. As, in the main cir- ceed, for I never conceived a ,wocumstances, their account must be man protected by a man of honour the same, their letters are omitted. sunk into infamy and ruin. On A few days after Mr. Johnson had no consideration, as you have frewritten to his friend he received quently heard me say, would I the following letter from Mr. give a challenge. Brand me, if Beaumont:
you please, with the name of
çoward, if I say,' I wish not to LETTER XL.
meet you on the present occasion.
You letten appears to me to have Mr. Beaumont to J. Johnson, esy. been written in the heat of resent• You have basely betrayed me.
ment. If, upon cool perusal, yon It could be by no other mean than
can approve the contents, I will
not refuse you the satisfaction you yours that miss Vernon could be desire. Until I hear further from made acquainted with my marriage and designs respecting her. you, the time and place for our It will be to no purpose to deny
meeting must remain undecided.
J. Johnson, this charge : come forth like a man of honour, and give me satisfac
[ To be continued. ] tion for a conduct you cannot recall. I shall leave the kingdom and my detested wife as soon as ACCOUNT of the new Melopossible. I only wait for my re- Drama intitled · Ella Rosenvenge on the base villain whom I BEPG,' performed, for the first honoured with my confidence, time, at the Theatre Royal, Drury Appoint your time and place. I Lane, on Thursday, Noveinber 19. will bring pistols. None but a The CHARACTERS were thus recoward will lose time upon such presented : an occasion.
The Elector, Mr. Raymond. W. BEAUMONT. Colonel Mountfort,
Mr. Le Camp
Mr. Bannister, Flutterman,
Mr. Niathews. Mr. Johnson, in Answer. Commander of the
Mr. Rar. • Why should I deny an action Officers-Messrs. Fisher and Maddocks. I shall for ever glory in? Yes, Soldiers-Messrs. Cooke and Male. Beaumont, I informed miss Ver- Messenger- Mr. Sparks. non of your vile intentions I ex
Pursuers-Messrs. Webb, Erans,Toke
ceeds to congratulate the elector THE scenelies in the neighbour- on his victory, and finds him conhood of a camp, in the Prussian sidering a petition from Storm, province of Molwitz, and the ac- praying for a support for Rosention takes place inmediately after berg's wife. The elector being a great victory has been obtained much interested in the fate of Roby the electoral prince. The senberg, imparts his design of Fheroine, Eila Rosenberg, is the siting her incognito, if possible, wife of a young officer, formerly a to learn the place of his retreat. page of the elector, and much Mountfort is at first alarmed, and beloved by him. Colonel Mount- endeavours to dissuade him; but fort, a man of intrigue, high in he believes Ella in his power, and power, and possessing an unlimit- taking advantage of the elector's ed influence with the prince, con- . strict injunctions to enforce his ceives a passion for Ella, at a time martial law with the utmost riwhen Rosefberg is one of his inti- gour, to complete his security, he mate friends. He then finds a pre- hurries Storm on his trial, who is tence to insult Rosenberg, who is immediately condemned. Ella, provoked to draw his sword upon however, by the assistance of arms the parade against his superior of- ed travellers, escapes, and meets ficer; and dreading the conse- her protector, guarded, on his way quences, from the severity of the to execution. Storm has previously military law, bastens immediately, engaged the commander of the it is understood, to the capital, guard to endeavour still to find her for the purpose of appealing to the a place of security, and at this un prince, but being heard no more expected meeting, endeavours to of, he is supposed to have fled his conceal from her his fate; but it country. At the commencement is soon betrayed, and she is torn of the Drama, two years have elap- froin him in a state of frantic sed since this circumstance. Ro- agony. She is then conducted to senberg's wealth is confiscated, a solitary inn by a soldier. On the and Ella, in a state of poverty, approach of night, the prince, is under the protection of Stori, coricealing his person, fulfils his an old officer of invalids, to whom intention of visiting the cottage of she has been consigned by his Storm. On his way he encounfriend, and her dying father. ters a man of wretched appearance, Alountfort, unwearied in his de- having escaped from prison, and signs, pursues the object of his flying from pursuers. This man passion, discovers her new abode, is the lost Rosenberg. He supand enters it in disguise. In his plicates of the elector the means
senberg gains the inn in safety, higher class of theatrical produce and Ella is also brought there in a tions. The piece was received state of insensibility. They are throughout with the most una placed in different apartments. bounded applause. Mountfort arrives soon after, alone, The scene in which Rosenberg in search of Ella, and discovering meets his wife and Mountfort, and, ber, is induced, from the wretched unrecognized by either, is left by appearance of Rosenberg, to at- the latter to guard the former, tempt to engage him to guard had a powerful effect, and was Ella, while he seeks a conveyance. greatly applauded. The characRosenberg recognizes Mountfort, ters, though in general sketches, and accedes to his request; and on are strongly drawn. That which bis own wife being brought before Bannister played, was a rough old him, finds, for the first time, the veteran, with a feeling heart, and anthor and the cause of his impri- he filled it up with the happiest sonment. An affecting discovery effect. It was his first appearance takes place between Rosenberg since his indisposition, and he was and Ella, when the former is be- received on his entrance with long trayed by the entrance of some of and repeated plaudits. Elliston his pursuers, and is about again to played the part of Rosenberg with fall into the power of Mountfort, great energy, and contributed when the elector enters with other greatly to the interest which the. pursuers, whom he hinself con- piece produced. Mrs. H. Siddons ducts there, and through whose displayed great feeling in the pameans he learns that Rosenberg thetic scenes she had to sustain was himself the stranger whom he with Bannister and Elliston. Mrs. had met. The prince having ob- Sparks had but a short task, but tained full conviction of the wrongs she executed it with her usual of the sufferers, the piece con- judgment and good taste. The cludes with the disgrace of Mount- part of Mathews serves to relieve fort, the restoration of Rosenberg the sombre cast of the piece. Rayand Ella to rank and happiness, mond represented the elector with and the timely pardon of the brave becoming dignity. The character invalid.
of Mountfort, in which considerFrom these materials Mr. Ken- able effort and variety of action ny has produced a very interesting are necessary, was originally inlittle piece. The interest, which tended for Barrymore, but has been commences with the opening scene, given to De Camp, who fills it ree: never falls off to the end of the spectably. The acting was in performance. The serious nature every respect commendable, and of the subject precludes the intro- the music occasionally introduced duction of any of those traits of was well adapted and pleasing. At broad humour which generally the end of the first act there was characterize an after-piece. But a dance, the figures of which were what is wanting on the score of composed with much skill and farcical effect, is amply compen- taste, and it was ably executed. mated by the glow of feeling and It will be seen that the story is laid gennine dramatic interest which in Prussia, and we suspect that the pervades the whole of the piece, Drama is altogether of German and entitles it to rank with the origin. There are traces of that. extraction, both in the dialogue cidated his opinion with much and the plot. The piece possesses, accuracy, and very energetically however, inuch interest, and was enforced the propriety of the prace remarkably well received. tice of disposing of bad wives in
Smithfield market. He was suc
ceeded by another orator, wbose ON PUBLIC SPEAKING.
vehemence, in some measure,
prevented his auditors from estiTo the Editor of the Lady's mating rightly the tenor of bis MAGAZINE.
opinions. But what the audience SIR,
lost from the want of perspicuity HAVING lately observed (with in the last speaker, they were considerable satisfaction) your useful more than compensated by kim miscellany become an emporium for who immediately followed : In early genius, I am induced to offer you his view of the question he was the efforts of my juvenile pen : relying decidedly hostile to the sentiments upon your betier judgment as to the of the opener, and with great force propriety of its insertion, I remain, Sir,
and eloquence depicted in the
most lively colours the absurdity Yours, &c. J. M.C.
of the practice, as well as its itiFROM the earliest period of sufficiency to accomplish the promy youth to the present I have posed object. The immorality of ever entertained the greatest pre- the proceeding he argued with the dilection for public speaking ; happiest effect ; and concluded a not that I possess abilities suffic speech replete with the best posciently ample to qualify me forsible language, and containing 'an active indulgence in the pur- sentiments which would have done suit, but my partiality has arisen honour to the most enlightened from the innate pleasure I expe- philosopher of the day. The next rience in hearing sentiments ex- oratorical genius displayed consipressed in a manner superior to derable ingenuity, and much orie tbe vulgar idiom of common con- ginality of idea. The disenssion versation, and which evidently was concluded by two or three evinces a mind capable of the most speakers of moderate talents, and refined ideas. The other evening the result was equally complimenI had an opportunity of gratifying tary to the last speaker, as it was my favourite propensity, and sa- gratifying to the wishes of those tisfying my mind of the utility of who know how to appreciate the the recreation I so much admire. virtues of the fair sex. It was
I went to the Athenian Lyceun expressive of the disapprobation in Piccadilly. The question se- of the audience to the odious cuslected for the evening's discussion tom of exposing women for sale appeared, upon a cursory view, to ja a public market. I observed like of the opinions delivered, and when we sit down to dinner, we an no occasion did I ever witness are obliged to keep both hands a more lively interest, excited in armed: whilst I write this letter, the bosoma of the fair sex than on I hold a sword in one hand, and a the evening of the debate. But pistol in the other. I concluded it afforded me the utmost pleasure from the beginning that this would when I could hail the triumph be the end of it; and I see I was of liberty in behalf of the sex, right, for it is not half over yet. through the median of so re- At present there are such going spectable a source as the majority on, that every thing is at a stand. of a British audience. It would Í should have answered your be utterly impossible for me to letter a fortnight ago, but I only enumerate the benefit I derived received it this morning. Indeed, from hearing this subject ana- hardly a mail arrives safe without lyzed. What little information I being robbed. No longer ago than possessed it greatly inproved; yesterday, the couch with the besides putting ine in possession mails froin Dublin, was robbed of a number of philosophical ideas near this town; the bags had been to which I was before a stranger. judiciously left behind for fear of But what I value most frighly, accidents, and by good luck there it enhanced that estimation and was nobedy in the coach but two consideration which I have inva- outside passengers, who liad noriably entertained for the ladies ; thing for the thieves to take, for had they on that occasion Last Thursday, notice was given been destitute of an advocate they that a gang of rebels were advance should have found a willing serva ing hither under the French stanant ir their constant adınirer, dard; but they had no colours,
J. M. C. nor any drums, except bagpipes. Walworth, Nov. 24, 1807. Immediately every man in the
place, including women and boys,
ran out to meet them. We soon AN IRISH LETTER. found our force much too little,
and they were far too near for us to Copy of a LETTER written during think of retreating; but to it we
the late Irish Rebellion, by Sir went, and by the time half our ****,. an Irish Member of Par- little party was killed, we began to diament, to his friend in Lon- be all alive. Fortunately the re.don.
hels had no guns, but pistols, cutMY DEAR SIR,
lasses, and pikes; and as we had
plenty of muskets and ammuniHAVING now a little peace tjon, we put then all to the sword; and quietness, I sit down to inforın not a soul of theni escaped, except you of the dreadful bustle and some that were drowned in an ad