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In no new manufacturing towns they other country can such riches be find it difficult to get a supply. acquired by commerce, but it is 'Their only inethod is to send peo- the one who grows rich by the ple round the country to get chil- labour of the hundred. The hundren from their parents. Women dred human beings like himself, usually undertake this business : as wonderfully fashioned by Nathey promise the parents to pro- ture, gifted with the like capavide for the children; one party is cities, and equally made for im. glad to be eased of a burthen, and mortality, are sacriticed, body and it answers well to the other to find soul. Horrible as it must needs the young ones in food, lodging,

' appear, the assertion is true to the and clothes, and receive their very letter. They are deprived in wages.' —- But if these children childhood of all instruction and all should be ill used !' said I.— Sir,' enjoyment; of the sports in which he replied, it never can be the childhood instinctively indulges; interest of the women to use them of fresh air by day, and of natural ill, nor of the manufacturers to sleep by night. Their health, permit it.'

physical and moral, is alike de * It would have been in vain to stroyed; they die of diseases inargue, had I been disposed to it. duced by unremitting task-work, Mr. was a man of humane and by a confinement in the impure kindly nature, who would not him- atmosphere of crowded rooms, by self use any thing cruelly, and the particles of metallic or vegejudged of others by his own feel- table dust which they are continuings. I thought of the cities in ally inhaling; or they live to grow Arabian romance, where all the - up without decency, without cominhabitants were enchanted : here fort, and without hope ; without Commerce is the queen witch, and morals, without religion, and withI had no talisman strong enough out shame; and bring forth slaves todis-enchant those who were daily like themselves to tread in the drinking of the golden cup of her same path of misery, . charms.

• The dwellings of the labouring • We purchase English cloth, manufacturers are in narrow streets English muslius, English buttons, and lanes, blocked up from light &c. and admire the excellent skill and air, not as in our country, to with which they are fabricated, exclude an insupportable sun, but and wonder that from such a dis- crowded together, because every tance they can be afforded to us at inch of land is of such value that so low a price, and think what a room for light and air cannot be happy country is England! A afforded them. Here, in Manhappy country indeed it is for the chester, a great proportion of the higher orders; no where have the poor lodge in cellars, damp and rich so many enjoyments, no where dark, where every kind of filth is have the ambitious so fair a field, suffered to accumulate, because no where have the ingenious such no exertions of domestic care can encouragement, no where have the ever make such homes decent, intellectual such advantages; but These places are so many botto talk of English happiness is like beds of infection; and the poor in talking of Spartan freedoin, the large towns are rarely, or never

wants.

millout an infectious fever among would never do these things un them, a plague of their own, which less they were miserably poor, anleaves the habitations of the rich, less they were in that state of ab. like a Goshen of cleanliness and ject poverty which precludes incomfort, unvisited.

struction, and - by destroying all ? This system is the boast of hope for the future, reduces inan, England-long may she continue like the brutes, to seek for nothing to boust it before Spain shall rival beyond the gratification of present her ! Yet this is the system which we envy, and which we are so de How England can remedy this sirous to imitate: brut Heaven for- evil, for there are not wanting in bid that the clamour of philoso- England those who perceive and phising commercialists should pre-. confess it to be an evil, is not easy vail, and that the Spaniard should to discover, nor is it my business ever be hrutalized by unremitting to inquire. To us it is of more task-work, like the negroes in

consequence to know how other America and the labouring manu countries may avoid it; and, as it facturers in England! Let us is the prevailing system to encouleare to England the boast of rage manufactures every where, to supplying all Europe with her inquire how we may reap as much wares; let us leave to these lords good and as little evil as possible. of the sea the distinction of which The best methods appear to be by they are so tenacións, that of being extending to the utmost the use the white slaves of the rest of the of machinery, and leaving the world, and doing for it all its dirty price of labour to find its own work. The 'poor must be kept level; the higher it is the better. miserably poor, or such a state of The introduction of machinery in things could not continue; there an old manufacturing country almust be laws to regulate their ways produces distress by throwwages, not by the value of their ing workmen out of employ, and work, but by the pleasure of their is seldom eftected without riots masters; laws to prevent their re and executions. Where new famoval from one place to another brics are to be erected, it is obviwithin the kingdom, and to pro ous that this difficulty does not hibit their emigration out of it. . exist, and equally obvious that, They would not be crowded in hot when hard labour can be performtask-houses by day, and herded ed by iron and wood, it is desirable together in damp cellars at night; to spare flesh and blood. High they would not toil in unwhole- wages are a general benefit, besome employinents from sun-rise

cause money thus distributed is to sub-set, whole days, and whole employed to the greatest general days and quarters, for with twelve advantage. The labourer, lifted hours labour the avidity of trade up one step in society, acquires the is not satistied! they would not pride and the wants, the hubits and sweat night and day, keeping up the feelings of the class now next the laus perennis of the Devil, above him. Forethought, which before furnaces which are never the miserably poor necessarily and suffered to cool, and breathing in instinctively' siun, is, to him who ::. vapours which inevitably produce earns a comfortable competence, disease and death;

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children in the hope that they stituted in the place of the blind miy rise higher than himself, and prince — the priests cry out a that he is fitting them for better miracle !'- the king and people fortunes. Prosperity is said to be are persuaded the blind boy has more dangerous than adversity to miraculously received the blessing human virtue; both are whole- of sight.-Rodolph, the palatine's some when sparingly distributed; son, is brought up as the heir to both in the excess perilous always, Samartia's throne. Edmond, the and often deadly; but if prosperity unfortunate blind prince, is delibe thus dangerous, it is a danger vered, with a purse of gold, to which falls to the lot of few; and Oberto, a soldier who lived at a it is sufficiently proved by the village near Gnesna, the residence vices of those unhappy wretches of the court-Oberto has orders 10 who exist in slavery, under what. retire, aud he buys a farm pear ever form or in whatever disguise, Warsaw, where he lives happily that hope is as essential to pru- with the blind boy, and his dauglideuce, and to virtue, as to happi- ter Elvina.-The court, after some ness.'

years, quit Gnesna, and is established at Warsaw. The queen,

stung by remorse of conscience, Account of the new MELO

on her dying bed intrústs Kalig, Drama called the Blind Boy, her contidential officer, with a performed for the first time, at packet addressed to Oberto, which the Theatre Royal, Covent Gar- contains the account of her impo

sition-she enjoins Kalig to seek den, on Tuesday, December 1. The CHARACTERS were thus re

out Oberto, and if the blind boy presented :

exists, to deliver the packet. Kalig

hunting in the forest with RoStanislaus

Mr. Murrav.

dolph, they coine by accident to Edmond

Mrs. C. Kemble. Rodolph

Mr. Brunton.

the farm of Oberto-Rodolph deKalig

Mr. Farley.

mands refreshments, and the name Starrow

Mr. Chapinan

of his host--at the name of Oberto, Oberto

Mr. Fawcett. Kaliy recognizes the soldier and Lida

Miss Bristow.

the blind prince, and on the deElvina

Miss Norton. parture of Rodolph he puts the

packet of the queen into the hands

of Oberto-- astonished and agitatSTANISLAUS, King of Sa- ed, Oberto opens the seal, and is martia, overjoyed at the birth of transported when he finds that a son and heir, feels the severest Edmond, the blind boy, is heir to wortification at being informed Samartia's throne-he calls Edthat the child is born blind. The mond and his daughter Elvida, queen, much distressed that the and having read the letter of the king refuses to see his son, con- queen, and conquered their fears, ceives the design of deceiving him they proceed together to Warsaw by a supposed miracle..She con Oberto meets with Kalig at sults with the palatine of Kara, Warsaw, and consults with him who has a son of the same age as how to announce the great intelliher own at the grand ceremony gence-Kalig advises him to deof the christening this son is subo clare it publicly in the temple at

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the marriage of Rodolph and Lida, and Stanislaus resigns the throne duchess of Lithuania, which is just to Edmond, who shares it with his about to take place. The cere- beloved Elvina. mony is begun--the chief priest This petit piece is of French says aloud, “I here betroth Ro- extraction, and has been very sucdolph, son of Stanislaus,'-Oberto cessfully adapted to the English rushes forward and cries, · He is stage. "It possesses considerable not the son of Stanislaus,'-- The interest, and of touches the king, at the sight of the packet, finer feelings, to the dénouement. acknowledges the writing of the The language is neat, the humour queen, and convinced by the re- chaste, and the incidents arise nasemblance of the blind boy, de- turally, throughout the progress of clares Edmond to be his son. Ro- "the tale. The music reflects credolph is rewarded with the duke- dit on Davy, the composer, and dom of Lithuania, and Stanislaus promises to become extremely popresents him with a brilliant ring pular. The piece throughout met as a pledge of his undiminished with a favourable reception, in deaffection-but nothing short of the spite si the paltry junto of prijate crown can satisfy the ambitious actors who constantly have, for desires of Rodolph-be gets pos some years past, annoyed the ausession of the person of Edmond, dience on the first representation, and delivers the poor blind prince at either theatre, of erery new to his villanous agent, Starrow, to piece. The Blind Boy was given be drowned in the Vistula-Star- out for a second representation row seeks to procure the aid of with approbation. Kalig, who rescues the blind Every thing is made to conspire prince, and slays, in combat, Star- to enhance the interest, and enrow.-During the fight Edmond chain the attention with which this wanders up a steep rock, and is on piece must be viewed, under whatthe point of falling down the pre ever dramatic character it may be cipice, when he is saved by Elvina, thought proper to class it.— The who, with her father, had flown to pomp of spectacle, the magic of preserve him from the threatened music, the dumb eloquence of danger.—Kalig sounds the horn of pantomime, are inlisted to swell Starrow, which was to have been a its effect, and promote its success signal to Rodolph of Edmond's -and indeed not in vain. The death-Rodolph, deceived by the rank and the innocence, and the sound, alarms the palace, and fol- doubtful fortunes of the blind boy, lowed hy the king and his guards, who is so affectingly personated by pretends to be eager in his search Mrs. C. Kemble, cannot fail to for the assassins-he seizes Kalig, excite the most lively emotions.and accuses him of the murder of Scarcely less interesting is the Edmond-Oberto and Elvina ap- character of Elvima, of whom the pear with the blind, prince--the unknown youth, Edmond, is enaunblushing Rodolph still insists moured, and who finds in miss upon the guilt of Kalig, when Ed-, Norton a representative fuil of mond produces the ring of Stanis- tenderness, fidelity, and love.-- All laus, which in the struggle he these softer sentiments she uttered drew from the hand of one of his with a tone, and accompanied with assassins-Rodolph is convicted a manner, most consonant and

congenial to the gentleness of their nature, while they drew a coinment from the breast of the audi- SKETCHES FROM NATURE. ence, which attested the coinci

A NOVEL dence of their feelings. Fawcett was extremely happy in exhibiting In a Series of Letters. the mixed character of a soldier

BY SOPHIA TROUGHTON. and a farmer-open and tenderhearted at one time, fierce and

(Continued from p. 656.) intrepid at another. It is a part in which he might be expected to be quite at home. Liston is, as usual,

LETTER IX. a siinple, blundering fellow, and Honourable Mrs. Howard to the therefore may be easily supposed Countess of Aubry. to excite laughter. In the other characters, though each very ably

Walsingham-hall. sustained, there is nothing that MADAM, calls for peculiar notice. None of LADY Walsingham desires me

them indeed pretend to novelty, to inforın your ladyship, that when but there is this inerit in the man- she finished her last letter, she ner in which the incidents are endeavoured to rest for an hour, brought about and the disclosure but her indisposition increasing carried on, that the one is natural fast, she rose and paced her chamand easy, and the other unadul- ber. My dressing-room is contiterated by the affectation of re guous: I was sitting there, and fined sentiment and false wit. We heard her. Fearing she was ununderstand that this drama is the well, I rapped at her door. She first effort of Captain Hewetson's opened it herself. virgin Muse, and it affords a fair Why, my dear,' said I, did promise of a numerous family, you not send for me? that may aim at the praise of sen- extremely ill.' timent and taste. - The music • I am not very well,' said she, possesses great sweetness and va in a faint voice. riety, and most happily adapted to I saw her countenance change, the

expression of the different pas- and the big drops of agony start sions, as they were successively on her beauteous forehead. Condeveloped. It is wholly composed vinced that she was in the excruby Mr. Davy, and does very great ciating pains of child-birth, I hase credit to his science, judginent, tened down to find my lord. My and invention. The overture was lord was gone out with his party very warmly applauded.

for a ride. I knew not what to do There are several new scenes of next, but was running across the

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