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PRINCESS SOPHIA of GLOUCESTER.— In ele chenille, and leads. The head-dress, plume of gant dress of white satin embroidered with silver, lilae feathers, with profusion of diamonds. and ornamented with wreaths of lilac and tassels; Right Hon. Lady CAROLINE DOUGLAS.white satin train embroidered with silver.

A Hilde sarspet train and petticoat, with an eleThe Duchess of YORK-Was niost magnifi- || gant black lace drapery, fancifully ornamented rently dressed; point lace petticoat lined with with bunches of lilac and other natural flowers ; green silver tissue, and point Jace looped np the bottom of the petticoat and the train finished with diamonds; the train point lace, lined with with embossed shaded ribbon. Head-dress, a rich green siiver tissue, and trimmed with diamonds. plume of white feathers, bandeau of diamonds,

Princess CASTELCICALA.-A dress of pale with diamond aigrette; pearl and gold necklace, blue sarsnet, ornamented with white lace dra diamond ear-rings, &c. perics, and bow of ribbon. Robe pale blue sarsnet triinmed like the dress.

ODE FOR HIS MAJESTY'S BIRTH-DIY, The other dresses inost admired or distinguished at Court were:

BY H. J. PYE, ESQ. P. L. Duchess of RuTLAND.-This Lady was par When loud the wintry tempest roars, ticularly noticed for her great beauty and ele When dark the exhalations rise, gance; her dress well a:lapted and becoming, When dash the billows 'gainst the shores, entirely of lace, the petticoat of Honiton lace And sable clouds obscure the skies; over pink sarsnet, the two draperies of point lace, Chearfu amid the dreary scène intermixed with wreaths of rose and jessamine, Hope looks abroad with eye serene, thie drapery looped up with two long chains of To happier hours when Spring again diamonds; pink silk train trimmed with lace; Shall shew her renovated reign, girdle and stomacher of diamonds. Head-dress, Aud leading on the rosy hours, ostrich feathers, and profusion of diamonds. Sl:all strew the teeming earth with flowers;

Duchess of ATHOL.-A buff colonred crape With young delight each bosom cheer, dress, omamented with a Venetian border and And wake to joy again the renovated year. musk flowers; a buff coloured satin train trimmed Or if it chance the influence bland with beautiin point lace. This dress was remark Be chech'd by adverse skies a while, able for its elegance and simplicity.

By Eurus' ruder gales if funn'd, MARCHLIONESS of E.Y-Vore one of most Uncertain April cease to smile: suberb dresses at Court : white satin covered over

When Maia's genial breezes blow; with large draperies of point lace, ornamented

With richer dyes and warmer glow with pearls ; body and train of point lace. Head When June appears; fleets every cloud away, dress feathers and diamonds.

And all creation hails the animated ray. COUNTESS of LOUDON and MOIRA. Her Then from ambition's iron reign, La lyship wore a handsome dress of primrose The embattled wall, the ensanguin'd plain, satin ; draperies of net, beautifully embroidered The inmates of this favour'd isle in silver stars, bordered with a wreath of matted Look fondly with expectant smile, silver lilies, festooned with rich cords and tassels. To that blest hour when Britons sing Head-dress feathers and diamonds. This dress The birib auspicious of a parent King; was particularly admired, and becoming to its And as the clouds of winter fly charming wearer.

When June illumes the genial sky, COUNTess of MANSFIELD.-Body of purple So may the threat'ninģ storm that lowers erape appliqued in silver, and richly trimmed O'er wide Europa's trembling powers, with silver and point lace; petticoat of the same; Like wintry clouds dispersing fade away draperies trimmed with silver, and fastened up Before the radiant beans that gild this happy day, with bows of silver cord.

When the prond Persian vainly tried Countess of CARDIGAN-A petticoat of In impotence of rage to chain the tide, white crape, richly embroidered in silver, droop Old Ocean mock'd the impious boast, ing over a buff sarsnet; draperies edged with And Grecia triumph'd o'er his naval host. handsome borders, tastefully fastened up with Such Gallia's vaunt, and such the fate silver cords and tassels; at the bottom a Turkish

That on such empty vaunt shall wait. roll intermixed with silver cord, and pocket For while she threats in angry mood boles to correspond. Body and train of befi From every shore our commerce to exclude, sarsnet trimmed with point lace and silver. Head

Britannia's arms beyond the Atlantic main dress, plume of white and buff' feathers with dia

Explore new regions of her golden reign. monds.

And wbile each Isle that studs the westers COUNTESS of MACCLESFIELD. — I robe and

wase, petticoat of rich silver silk, most elegantly trim Yields to lier daring prows and warriors brave, med with lilac beads, chenille and drapery of Her barks commercial crowd the azure deep, Tight lilac crape, moet magniticently embroi Her fleets each hostile sait from Ocean's bosona gered with wreaths of different shades of lilac,

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MONTHLY MISCELLANY.

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VARIETIES, CRITICAL, LITERARY, AND HISTORICAL.

PUBLC AMUSEMENTS.

in some remarks which we shall make on the COVENT-GARDEN THEATRE. -- A new peculiar talents of Mr. Cumberland. Comedy was performed ou Friday night, Juve The present Piece has the name of Comedy, sth, at this Theatre, called The Widow's only without any of its constituent qualities ; it Son, by Mr. Cumberland.

has a fable too flimsy for a modern novel, and The widow Montalbert, who had recently incidents too trite for the narrative of a tea. lost her husband, is left in a state of pecuni- | table. It has characters so ungracefully out ary distress; her son, Frederick arrives from of nature,so ingeniously dull, and so laboriousthe University of Cambridge, and is induced, ly mawkisk, that it is no ordinary praise of in. from prudential considerations, and in the vention in Mr. Cumberland, that he has given hope to relieve his mother, to listen to a pro to the artificial beings of the drama so perfect posal from Lord Fungus, which is communi non-entity, so absolute an uncreated no. cated by Heartly, to become bis literary com thinguess. panivu and wbite-waslı his intellects.

Caroline, the heroine of this Comedy, exSir Marmaduke, bis uncle, who is upon ill hausted ber own lungs, and the patience of terms with his nephew, although the cause of the audience, by a sentimental loquacity, in bis antipathy is not duly made out, bath a which much meandering language was em. personal interview with Lord Fungus, and pro- i ployed without the burthen of one idea of poses a union between Frederick and Caroline, | novelty. She is meant, we suppose, as a pat. wbich is rejected by her father, upon the tern of female elegance according to the standscore of inferiority; which is an event that ard in the mind of the author; but certaiuly rouses the family pride of Sir Marmaduke, and we never encountered on the modern stage, they part with sentiments of mutual dis. with a more forward and disagreeable young respect. An equivoque is eugendered by this chit. She seemed to carry her virtue as loosecircimstance, from the fear that Lord Fungus | ly as her tongue, and her affected candour was entertains that the Knight will challenge bim. a kind of meritricious gilding which destroyed

In this state of events, Frederick is an all the effect of a chaste delineatiou. nounced to Lady Fungus and Caroline, and has Frederick, the hero, was a pedautic insipid the good fortune to render himself agreeable prig, full of formal compliment and pedantic to both. Lord Spangle, who is the destined manners. The other beings of the piece were husband of Caroline, arrives during this inter- only distinguished as they rose ar fell, more or view, and affronts Caroline by his con less, in this frigorific barometer. They were all temptuous demeanor, and Frederick by his infinitely below the freezing point, and touch. direct insolence.

ed the very Nadir of dullness. A scene occurs between Sir Marmaduke and This Comedy, however, by means of a cer. Isaac, bis steward, in which the latter pleads! tain portion of inoffensiveness, by a kind of with great zeal in behalf of Frederick, and at bleating innocence, and an exemption from length succeeds in restoring him to the pro some of the grosser artifices of disgust, got tection of Sir Marmaduke. After a succession safely into port, and was securely auchored of incidents, which are not fraught with too uuder a plentiful discharge of common-place much novelty or force, a matrimonial alliance clap traps from a fortress of loyalty. is effected between Caroline and Frederick, on Mr. Cumberland has been so long distin. the declaration by bis uncle, that he will im- 1) guished as a stage-writer, that we shall veumediately put him in possessivu of his castle | ture, though perbaps somewbat out of place, and domain. Lord Spangle is cashiered by the to make a few remarks on his peculiar talents, young Lady, as a contemptible suitor, and and, in so duing, on that species of comedy of what is somewhat extraordinary, gives the which he is the dramatic parent. only proof that he is susceptible of either good The modern drama seems to have laid aside sepse or good manners, when he is retiring a rule which our ancient writers justly con. under the heavy affliction of being despised sidered as the basis of Comedy, that it sbould by his mistress for his utter waat of both. not only be considered an imitation of familiar

We bave given the plot of this Piece, in life, but that such situations and such charac. order that we may be justified to our readers ters sbould be selected, that though still

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within the sphere of common life, the repre. usurped upon its own originality, or, in the sentation shonld have no less novelty than promiscuous jamble uf what belongs to others, trutlı. They considered it equally fundamental obliterated all semblance of himself. lu ihose in this species of writing, as in others, to ob. characters of Comedy, in wbich the more serve the point where the trite and familiar, forcible modes of humour are represented, and the natural and the gross, became confounded; } wbim and extravagance, thongli pusbed to the they possessed ease without inanity, and verge of probability, are still kept within it, strength without coarseness.

Bannister is truly excellent. His Jobson in Mr. Cumberland, whow we have called the The Deril to Pay, is an admirale instance of father of the sentimental drama, has perhaps low humour, and a faithful copy of nature ; exalted and degraded this species of Comedy and his Wolter presents a rare combination of more than any other author of the age. He talent, a power of humour and true pathos, has shewn us, in himself, the extremes of its an energy of feeling, and a careless whim, excellencies and defects; like the Hero in which are seldom combined in one actor. In Virgil, he has bound the living soul with the a word, Bannister is a true sterling actor, uldead bodly, and in almost every play which he spoiled even in these times, when so much has written since the l’est Indian, he has been has been done to corrupt the taste of the cankering corrupting, and wasting away the town both by writers and players. Like aa life and spiril which be first guve to ibis old guinea, too hard to sweat or to file, he species of writing.

has escaped out of the bands of the Jews, The plays of Mr. Cumberland, with the without parting with one atom of his bullion. single exception of the West Indirn, are dis LYCEUM -A new Opera was produced at tinguished by a sickly sentiment, ä pedantic 'this Theatre on Monday night, June 11th, humour, virtue out of place, cornion situa under the title of Oh! this Love, of the Mas. tious most ungracefully placed on stilts, queraders. The plot is laid in Italy, and if it and absolutely nothing of real life and man had been laid in Hindostan it would have made

no difference; for there is nothing in the comThe manners of his characters are not

position of the fable, or the texture of the inthose of human beings either in real or ima- cidevts, which renders it more suitable to one gined condition; and the language which he place than another. The events which occur assigns to them wants the point and familiarity in the progress of this fable are of the mixed of dramatic dialogue.

kind, something between the romance and the In a word, we have long wished that Mr. pastoral novel, having all the extravagance of Cumberland had left off writing for the stage; the and a more than usual portion of turpe senex miles—Why should be covet, like the insipidity of the other. The characters are the stag, to die where he was first roused. When as much out of life as the action is begond the vigorous progeny of his youthful pen have

probability. ceased to inhabit the Stage, let him not thus

We are not exactly certain of the name of baant us with spectres. For the genius and the Author of this piece, and it is not worth learning, and, above all, for the virtue of Mr. i! while to indulge in conjecture. Miss GrigliCumberland, we have a sincere reverence; we ,' etti, who so much distinguished herself at the wish him the honourable requiem of genius in Oratorios during the three last seasons, made the dignified tranquillity of his study; we do

her first appearance upon the stage in this not desire to see him totter from the Stage, in Opera. She has not much skill as an actress, the decay of bis vigour, and the decrepitude but is not without spirit; as a singer she of his fame.

unites melody and science with a compass of HAY-MARKET.-This Theatre opened on voice which amply fills the Theatre. This Monday June 11, for the summer season. Opera had the good luck to escape a violent The company are prodigiously strong Ban death; it was redeemed by the powerful acting nister is at the head, supported by Mr. C.

Dowton, and the singing vf Miss Griglietti. Kemble and his wife, Mathews, Mrs. Glo. ver, &c. It gives us no common pleasure to see Banvister returned to a London audience,

FINE ARTS.' and recovered from the Guancies of a country vagrant. As a comic actor, in his peculiar ROYAL ACADEMY EXHIBITION. linse of humour, at once farcical and pathetic, No. 179. A Groupe of Portraits of the Baring gay and solemi, Bannister has no competitor : Family.-T. Lawrence, R. A.-This is one of with unmatched powers of mimickery, he has those family pictures which would have done none of its debasing qualilies. It bes not honour to Reynolds or Vandyke. It is dis.

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tinguished for a peculiar taste and sentiment No. 550. Portruit of A. Yeates, Esq. by the in the composition, which at once captivates same Artist, is a vigorous well-painted head, the eye, and satisfies the reason upon a nearer possessing great clearness and force of coexamination. In the disposition and arrange- || louring, and shewing a close attention to ment of the groupes, in the shaping of the nature. figures, and the selection of all the minor Mr. Londsdale has three other portraits in parts, indeed all those points in which the the Exbibition, all equally void of that affeccreation of the painter and the play of fancy | tation, which is but too apt to infert this are most visible, there is a conspicuous taste department of art. Simplicity and truth apand refinement, which are only attainable by pear to be his aim, which must always secure long practice in the art, and never, at auy him the approbation of those who possess time, without great sensibility and geoius. judgmeut and good taste. It has correctness without formality, and freedom without any sacrifice of truth.

The tints in this picture are very soft and delicate, and the colour, upon the wbole, is

SOCIETY OF ARTS, MANUFACTURES, AND harmonious and well arranged. If we have any thing to object, it is, that there is too

The annual distribution of the Society's remuch uniformity and sameness in the relief of wards took place on Thursday the first of June, the several heads in the portraits. They are

in their Great Room, in the Adelphi. His thrown into an uniform light relief. This is Grace the Duke of Norfolk, the President, wrong. If Mr. Lawrence had disposed some

entered about half past twelve, and imniedilight objects in the back of one or two of the ately after his Grace was seated, Dr. Taylor, heads, for the purpose of contrasting them the Secretary, addressed the company. with those beads which have a dark back

The Candidates were arranged in their proground, the effect of his picture would be per classes, as heretofore, and if that branch much improved. He will perhaps profit by of the Suciety's business, viz. Agricultural this advice when he returns to his painting- Improvements, was ever considered entitled 10

precedence, it is particularly so at this time, room.

There are in the present Exhibition three when daily experience proves the great promore portraits by Mr. Lawrence which de-gress which is making in a pursuit on which serve notice. The portrait of Lord Melville

so much depends, and which indeed may justly is a vigorous and characteristic likeness, but

be considered of the highest national importis somewhat stiff and barsh. The portrait of

The Candidates in Mechanics were as many Lord Castlereagh is an excellent likeness, and there is a freedom about the head which

as heretofore, and the inventions which bave sliews a peculiar vigour aud force of pencil been brought before the Society during the Ting. But the finest portrait in the Exhibi- preseut session, promise, in every respect, to tion is that of Mr. Canning, by the same ar

be of equal utility to those which they bave

noticed on former occasions. tist. It has a youthful action, and a manly and decided character, joined to a peculiar harmony in the colouring, which we have never known to be excelled in Mr. Lawrence's The present pursuits of Lucien, the prr. portraits.

scribed brother of Napoleon, are thus adverted No. 250. Portrait of Sir P. Francis, K. B. by to in the foreigu Journals :-A high personJ. Londsdale.- The lively characteristics of an age, who possesses a fine villa in the vicinity of active mind are happily delineated in this Rome, and who devotes his attention to the picture; and in portraiture nothing is more arts and sciences, has recently inade some to be commended or more difficult of acquire valuable discoveries. Several houses belovg. ment than the power of justly and delicately ing to the ancient Tusculum have been disexpressing the various and nice distinctions of covered, in which have been found, besides mind and disposition.

various pieces of furniture, seven large slaives; No. 413. Portrait of the Marquis of Down one of them a Muse of singular beauty. The shire, by the same Artist, is a fine likeness and Roman antiquarians estimate this treasure at a simple unaffected good picture.

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ATTEMPT TO ASSISSINATE HIS ROYAL HIGH

NESS THE DUKE OF CUMBERLAND.

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him. After moving a few paces he stepped upon

a sword, and, although in the dark, he was conFriday, June 1, the Coroner's Inquest os vinced it was covered with blood : it proved to be sembled at the Duke of Cumberlayd's house, in the Duke's own regimental sword. The Duke St. James's Palace, to investigate into the vio and witness then went to alarm the house, and lent attack made upon his Royal Highness, and got a light from the porter. The Duke was the death of Joseph Sellis, one of his ralets. The afraid the murderer was still in his bed-room ; Inquest was held before Adams, Esq. the the Duke was obliged to lean apon him from the Coroner for the Verge of the Court.

loss of blood, and his Royal Highness gare di. Mr. Adams addressed the Jury, and informed rections that no person should he let ont of the them of the violent attack that had been made house. They called up the witness's wife, who upon the Duke of Cumberland; and that there is the housekeeper, and told her to call Sellis. was very little doubt but it was done by the de He then returned with the Duke to his bedceased. He stated, the circumstances had been At that time the Duke was very faint, fully investigated by the Privy Council on from the great loss of blood. Upon examining Thursday, and that the depositions of the nume the premises, they found, in a second adjoining rous witnesses had been taken before Mr. Justice small room, a pair of slippers, with the name of Read, which he should read to them; after | Sellis on them, and a dark lanthorn. The key of which the witnesses would be called before them, the Lloset was in the inside of the lock, and to his and the depositions would also be read, when knowledge the key had not been in that state for they would have an opportunity of altering or ten years. He had reason to believe the wounds enlarging, and the Jury could put any question of the Duke had been given by a sword. Sellis to them they thought proper.

took out the Duke's regimentals some time since, The first affidavit that was read, was that of and put them by again, but left out the sword his Royal Highness the Duke of Chunberland, upon a sofa, for two or three days; it was the which stated, that about half-past two o'clock on same sword which he trod upou, and it was in a Thursday morning he received two violent | bloody state. blows and cuts on his head; the first impression Tlie Foreman of the Jury asked the witness if vpon his mind was, that a hat had got into the he thought the deceased had any reason to be disroom, and was heating about his head; he was satisfied with the Duke. He replied, on the soon convinced to the contrary by receiving a || contrary, he thonght Sellis had more reason to third blow ; he jumped ont of bed, when he re be satisfied than any other of the serrants; his ceived a number of other blows; from the glim- Royal Highness had stood godfather for one of mering light, and the motion of the instrument his children-the Princess Augusta, godmother. that inflicted the wounds, afforded from a dull The Duke had shewn liim very particular favour lamp in the fire-place, they appeared like flashes by giving him apartments for his wife and family, of lightning before his eyes. He made for a with coals and candles. door, near the bead of his bed, leading to a Within the last year the Duke and Royal small rooin to which the assassin followed him Family had been extremely kind to him. He and cut him across his thighs. His Royal High- had never given him an angry word, although he ness not being able to find his alarm-bell, which has often made use of bad language to hirn ; if he there is no doubt the villain bad concealed, called did, he never answered him. The deceased was with a loud voice for Neale, his valet in waiting, of a very malicious disposition.' He would never several times, who came to his assistance, and be contradicted if he began a subject, for which Neale, together with bis Royal Highness, reason he never wished to have any conversation alarmed the House.

with him. He frequently quarrelled with Mr. Cornelius Neale sworn-He said he was valet Paulet, one of the Duke's servants, and fought to the Duke of Cmnberland, and that he was in with the Steward at Kew.-Lately the deceased close waiting upon his Royal Highness on Wed- had a bad cold, and the Duke was so very kind nesday night, and slept in a bed in a room ad. || towards him in consequence, that he took him joining to the Duke's bed-room. A little before inside the carriage to Windsor. Sellis dressed three o'clock, he heard the Duke calling ont, ! the Duke on Wednesday night. He had no " Neale, Neale, I am murdered, and the mur donbt but Sellis intended that he should be derer is in my bed-room !" He went immediately charged with being the murderer, to get biw out to his Royal Highness, and found him bleeding of the way. from bis wounds. The Duke told him the door

The Jury proceeded to exanive the bed-room the assassin had gone out at; he armed himself of the Royal Duke, which they fouvd in a most with a poker, and asked if he should pursue him? | distressing and borrid state. It could not be dis. The Duke replied, “No; but to remain with covered wbut his Royal Highness's night-cap was

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