« AnteriorContinuar »
immediately. Sir Walter declared when the physician who chiefly atthat the Bath waters had producert lended him paid his visit before a greater tendency to goul than taking leave of his patient for the his constitution had strength to night, he found that the fever had bear; but would not undertake the returned with increased violence, Jesponsibility of removing him from and every symptom was so aggraBath, without the sanction of two vared that all hupe was at an end. other physicians. Dis, Haygarth and It became now necessary to declare. Parry were therefore called in, and an opinion, and to acquaint Mr. Pitt they concurred in the necessi!y of a himself with the imminent danger. change of air, to try if it would se The bishop of Lincoln, the oldest store his appetite, more particularly and fondest friend of Mr. Pitt, was as the house which had been chosen called out of the room, and the folfor him in Bath was in a very low, lowing opinion was expressed to him, damp, and exposed situation, from nearly in these words. which he sustained material injury, 'He cannot live forty-eight hours:
The violence of the gout bad now the disorder has now taken a mortal partly left him, and nothing appear- turn; any attempt to rouse him from ed to remain but extreme debility. his present lethargy would be atSir Walter Farquhar having sig- tended with instant death. He is gested that if he preferred staying not strong enough for medicine, or sa Bath, a house more convenient any, restorative application. It he For him might be procured, and that lingers a few days more it will he had no doubt but arrangements astonish me.' might be made for pristponing all The bishop of Lincoln now saw business in parliament, and partly the necessity of intimating the dar hinting that he was authorised to · ger to Mr. Pitt. He fulfilled this make overtures for that purpose, painful othce with firmness. Mr. Mr. Pitt replied “No, I will not Pitt was hardly sensible; this dreadconsent to a moment's delay, when ed shock bad scarcely power to dismy conduct is in question. I will sipate his lethargy; but after a few go to the house, though I should be moments he waved bis hand, and carried to it in a litter. I feel from was left alupe with the bishop, the strengih of my own mind that I He had desired that some papers shall be well enough for thai.' should be brought to him to which
He was not, however, able to che his signature was necessary. He ter the House of Cominons again. then desired to receive i he sacrament About the iniddle of January : 80), from his venerable friend, and it was he returned from Bath to l'utiny, accordingly administered. In the and thongh extremely fatigued by most composed and collected state, the journey, flattering hopes of his he afterwards eapressed to the bishop recovery continued to be for some his perfect resignation to the will of time entertained. Parliament met Heaven; andnis minbore up under on January the twenti-tirst, list the his nearly exhausted body with such day before he had a very serious re- manly fcrtitude, that he entered into lapse. The n-xt day his disorder a converzation on religious subjects, seemed to have takei a inore favou)- Spreading of himself with Christian able turn, and the fiver was apie bumilies, though with philosophic parently so much abaidil, that the rmness-- Sirinness indeed that physicians encouraged hupes of his must tarber 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, 1506. 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 towards all man
have been contested. It has been kind. He had received no observed, and apparently with justenance 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 begin. ing 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 we threatened to break up his frame.
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 ats tinued 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 incoln 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 alrearly
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 deof the progress of weath. It is said monstrations in the same manner, bethat he continued clear and com cause, in this case, though we know posed till a short time before his what he did co, and we know the dissolution, which took place, with- consequences, we are ignorant of out much addition of suffering or
the motives, in some cases; and in struggle, at half-past four o'clock in all we are ignorant of what the con
sequences would have been had he
acted ditterently. * For a copy of this will, see vol.
As an orator in the senate Mr. IIxvii. (fer 1806) p. 122.
Pitt was almost unrivalled On this VOL. XXXVIII.
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- His powers of conversatioii bore the sical. The strength of his oratory stamp of his genius; but it was gewas intrinsic; it presented the rich nivs unbending from the dignity of and abundant resource of a clear senatorial eminence, to that fascinat. discernment and a 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 opponenıs, his readi Abroad, and in political contest, ness was not more conspicuous than ho 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 de. sometimes have
to the meanour of kindness and good nasportiveness of irony, but he did not ture. 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. wen-few men who could pique his This qualified him fully to discuss jealousy, or, in the slightest degree,
he arguments of others, and for- 'ruffle the tide of his inclination.
of bis 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-Lare, 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. Eyre. one, or the national interest to the Dunstan,
Mrs. Powell other. To his unswerving inte. Matildt,
Miss Duncan. grity, the most authentic of all tes
DANES. timony is to be found in that un
Mr. Palmer. bounded public confidence which fol
Mr. Matthews lowed him throughout the whole of Hermai,
Mr. Carles. his political career.
The scene lies in England, in the time of William the Conqueror.
where she overhears the whole plot TI E 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 written discovery of only wounded, Aed with her infant the robbers' intention into the cona 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: midst 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 coinmunication 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 seiziire 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 harding, the captain of a Danish into the deepest recess of the castle, banditti, infesting 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 Matildu interposing, and confessrevenge, intercepts a friar, who is on ing herself the long-lost wise of the his way to confess the baron, 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-roba and Florence, liers 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- Mr. 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 harding's banditti. This banditti in eircumstances which Dr. Johnson their prowlings meet with Florence, forcibly describesthe daughter of the baron, who had left her father's castle in male disa From praise or censure now no more we
dread, guise on account of his refusal to
For English vengeance wars not with the her union with Bertrand, the compa
dead nion of her earliest years: the robbers bear ber away to their cave, the province of criticism becomes
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 Zanga 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 goes an interrogatory as a witch, rouses our stronger energies, yet it and 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 pathos. 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- baron had formerly insulted so gallbine in forming a play fit for our ingly, and punished so ignominious. rational 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 band of a master, and strength imagery, felicity, and justness of il. ened 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 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.
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, · Castle Spectre'--The Battle of and broke out in an universal burst Hexham,'--Shakspeare's Plays, &c. when the play was announced for a &c. : but the author draws from second representation.- A prologue those sources so dexterously, as to and epilogue were spoken ; the forensure not only our forgiveness but mer has great merit.