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immediately. Sir Waltes declared when the physician who chiefly at
The violence of the gout had now the disorder has now taken a mortal
He was not, howerer, able to en- his signature was necessary. He ter the House of Cominons again. then desired to receive lhe sacrament About the middle of January : 80), from his venerable friend, and it was he returned from Bath to l'utiky, accordingly administered. In the and thongh extremely fatigued by most composed and collected state, the journey, flattering hopes of his he afterwards expressed to the bishop recovery continued to be for some his perfect resignation to the will of time enteriained. Parliament met Heaven; audnis mind bore
under on January the twenty-first, but the his nearly exhausted body with such day before he had a very serious re- manly fcrtitulle, that he entered into lapse. The next day his disorder a conversation on religious subjects, seemed to have taken a more favou speaking of himself with Christian able turn, and the fever was apie bumilies', though with philosophic parently so much abaidil, that the mumness-i firmness indeed that physicians encouraged hopes of his must raiber be referred to that spirit recovery; but icwards the evening, of devotion which was always a lead
ing sentiment in his mind. A long the morning of Thursday, January the time, for such an awful crisis, was twenty-third, 1806. passed in the solemn duties of With respect to the character of religion ; and almost the last words this great statesman, his great finanhe uttered signified that he died in cial abilities seem scarcely ever to peace and good-will towarus all man- have been contested. It has been kind. He had received no sus- observed, and apparently with justenarce from Tuesday the twenty. tice, that had the same plans of first, His will* was made in a calm finance which he carried into execuinterval between that and the follow- tion been adopted from the begining day. He had signified a desire ning of the seven years war till the to write a few lines, but his ex- present time, our debts would not hausted condition deprived him of have amounted to one-third of what
they do; and had they not been beDuring the night his fever con- gun by Mr. Pitt, our debts would tinued, and the strong convulsions
now have been at least one-third in his stomach more than once more than they are.- When threatened to break
consider his abilities in this respect, The bishop of Lincoln sat up with we admire them the more, since him. The physicians had discon- nearly all the financial projects attinued medicine. On Wednesday tempted in other nations have failthe twenty-second in the morning, ed : and we regret the loss of those lady Hester Stanhope his niece, and abilities the more, that our having Mr. James Stanhope, had an inter- occasion for them again is far more view with him, and received his last than merely possible. Let us, howadieu. His brother, the earl of ever, hope that a system which has Chatham, took his last farewell now been persevered in for twenty late in the afternoon ; Mr. Pitt was
years has made so many converts to scarcely sensible. He could speak its advantage, that it will not be nothing: he could express affection, abandoned ; and that if difficulties gratitude, and hope, only by signs. occur, men of abilities and genius The bishop of Lincoln continued
will be found who will imitate the with him all night.
The mortal disinterested and firm conduct of symptoms were now approaching to
William Pitt. a crisis. His extremities were alreally
As a general politician and a micold, and his senses began to fail. nister, conducting the affairs of a As a last and desperate cifort to pro- nation during a most unprecedented tract life, blisters were applied to period, opinions will be more divided the soles of his feet. They restored with respect to the conduct of Mr. him to something of life and recol- Pitt. The nature of things renders it lection, but they could arrest nothing impossible to appeal to facts and des of the progress of weath. It is said
monstrations in the same manner, be
subject we shall borrow the words Mr. Pitt's mind was strongly ace of a confidential friend and admirer tuated by the love of glory and the of him, who has himself taken and fire of genius: it was deeply imbued still continues to take a very active with taste, literature, and the best part in public affairs. As a de. endowments of nature. He was bebater in the house of commons his loved by his friends, and steady in speeches were logical and argumen. his attachments. His temper, as a lative; if they did not often abound private man, contrary to what has in the graces of metaphor, or sparkle been most unwarrantably said of with the brilliancy of wit, they were him, was open, generous, and kind, always animated, elegant, and clas
of conversatioii bore the sical. The strength of his oratory stamp of his genius; but it was gewas intrinsic; it presented the rich nius unbending from the dignity of and abundant resource of a clear senatorial eminence, to that fascinat. discernment and correct taste. ing •and familiar simplicity which His speeches are stampt with inimit- great men are ever known to display able marks of originality. When in domestic and relaxed hours. replying to his opponents, his readi- Abroad, and in political contest, ness was not more conspicuous than he was proud and inflexible. To his energy. He was always prompt, those who knew him confidentially, and always dignified. He could he was said to bear an uniform desometimes have recourse to the
meanour of kindness and good nasportiveness of irony, but he did not
But it must be remembered often seek any other aid than was to that among his friends, even in the be derived from an arranged and ex- cabinet, there were few obstinate tensive knowledge of his subject. men-few men who could pique his This qualified him fully to discuss jealousy, or, in the slightest degree, the arguments of others, and for- 'ruffle the tide of his inclination. cibly to defend his own.
Thus armed, it was rarely in the power of his adversaries, mighty as they were, Account of the new PLAY called to beat him from the field. His elo- - The CURFEW,' performed for quence, occasionally rapid, electric,
the first Time at the Theatreand vehement, was always chaste,
Royal, Drury-Lane, on Thursday, winning, and persuasive; not awing
February 19. into acquiescence, but arguing into conviction. His understanding was
THE characters were thus reprebold and comprehensive. Nothing sented : seemed too remote for his reach, or
NORMANS. too large for his grasp.
Hugh de Tracy,
Mr. Barrymore, • Unallured by dissipation, and Robert,
Mr. Bannister. Bertrand,
Mr. H. Siddons. unswayed by pleasure, he never sa
Mr. Penley. crificed the national treasure to the Philip,
Mr. Cook, one, or the national interest to the Dunstan,
Matild.1, other. To his unswerving inte.
Miss Duncan. grity, the most authentic of all tes
Mr. Elliston. rimony is to be found in that un
Mr. Palmer. bounded public confidence which fol.
Mr. Matthews lowed him throughout the whole of
Mr. Carles. his political career.'
The scene lies in England, in the time of Williain the Conqueror.
where she overhears the whole plot THE PLOT.
to besiege her father's castle. The
robbers, conceiving her to have been The Baron de Tracy, a native of too attentive to their discourse, give Normandy, having married an En- her over to Robert to be dispatched. glish lady there, was so violently in- The tender heart of this youth in stigated to jealousy, by certain ano- - iniquity is melted by her confession nymous letters, that he plunged his of her sex, and he not only preserves dagger into his wife's breast, caught, her, but secures her escape to his as he considered her, in the arms of mother's cottage. Robert, too, shoots her seducer. His wife, Matilda, an arrow with a wriiten discovery of only wounded, Aed with her infant the robbers' intention into the con son, leaving her husband to the dis. fines of the castle, where it is picked tracting conviction of her honour, up and delivered to the baron, in the and to the still more distracting su:- niidst of his conference with the mise, that the vessel in which she supposed friar. The baron gives it had departed was lost in its passage. to Fitzharding to read, who, of The cause of all this misery was course, perceiving its drift, evades Fitzhardiny; a youth, who having the cornmunication of it to the baron. enlisted in the baron's service, re- In the mean time, Florence is brought ceived from him, for some trifling into the baron's presence, under his offence, the ignominy of a public order for the seizure of every soul in punishment; and of this the impos- Matilda's cottage. Florence deveture he practised on the baron was lopes enough of Fitzharding's dark but the commencement of his re- 'design to put the baron's castle in venge. In the present play, we find the utmost readiness for attack; and the baron, an English lord, and Fitz- just as Fitcharding had led the baron karding, the captain of a Danish into the deepest recess of the castle, banditti, in festing the woods adja- and had discovered himself and his cent to the baron's castle. Fitzhurd- bloody intentions, we find the form ing, luckily for the completion of his of Matilda interposing, and confessrevenge, intercepts a friar, who is on ing herself the long-lost wise of the his way to confess the baron, as- baron. The next scene is, of course, sumes the monk's disguise, and the frustration of Fitzharding's plot, proceeds thither himself, having pre, and the happy union of Bertrand viously planned with his fellow-robe and Florence, lvers an attack upon the castle at This play has been announced the tolling of the curfew-bell. Near as the posthumous production of to this scene of action resided Matil. Mļ. Tobin, the author of the Honey da, and her son Robert, the former Moon, a name now well known, and of whom, from her recluseness, had whose memory and accomplishments obtained the reputation of a witch, are deservedly esteemed in the liteand the latter had just joined Fitze rary world. Being introduced under
peculiarly delicate. Panegyric would our warmest encomiums. Between therefore in some degree be superflu- the character of Fitzharding and that ous, and correction of no avail for of Zunga there is very little differ
ence of sentiment and operation of We need not hiss--the Author cannot hear! the mind. In one passage there is
the mere substitution of the word · The Curfew,' in several instances, • brand' for ' blow !' excites the tender emotions of the
The scenes where Matilda undermind. . Although it by no nieans goes an interrogatory as a witch, rouses our stronger energies, yet it alid where she rescues her husband commands an interest throughout from the revengeful dagger of Fitzwhich will ensure it that portion of harding, are worked up with unpopularity refused to several plays common skill, and fraught with the of modern times. It has little, if deepest paihos. Not less striking are any, novelty; yet the attractions of the scenes where Fitzharding, as the the plot-although drawn from ob- confessor, probes the conscience of vious sources--the elegance and pu- the baron, and afterwards discovers rity of the sentiments, and its pow- himself to be an officer, whom the erful stage effect, all happily com- haron had formerly insulted so gallbine in forming a play fit for our ingly, and punished so ignominiousrational amusement. If it have no ly. The vigour of the sentiments originality of plot or character, some which distinguish the chief character may perhaps express their astonish- is suitably exhibited in equal vigour ment at the cause of its success; but of expression. Indeed Mr. Tobin that astonishment will cease when
was perfect master of a style that they are informed that a strong has almost every thing to recommend combination of incidents, managed it, viz. force, elegance, splendour of by the hand of a master, and strength imagery, felicity, and justness of ilened and adorned by forcible and lustration and comparison. eloquent observations on life and We have seldom seen a new play. manners, will contribute to the suc- so ably sustained by the performers, cess of a play in which originality of who were perfect in their respective plot or character may be wanting. parts.
Elliston evinced unusual Although we are presented with
are presented with powers in Fitzharding, and Mrs. many likenesses and colourings from Powell infused much dignity and various other dramas, yet the poeti- tenderness into the part of Matilda. cal machinery is so very happily Miss Duncan and Bannister were blended, as to obtain our best and as interesting as ever; nor have we most sincere approbation. In' The often seen Mr. H. Siddons to such Curfew' we frequently find the most advantage. Unmixed applause acprominent features of. The Revenge' companied the performance from the
* The Children of the Wood- beginning to the end of the piece,