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grief which time has indeed assuaged, but not with a on the verge of dissolution; yet a little while and she Nothing could be more dignified than the manly comLechean balm. I will tell you what saldoin fails, at will hold communion with kindred angels; to see the posure which beamed on his countenance the next

such an hour as this, to come athwart my lonely rose of struggling life on that cheek fading fast, very morning. He squoze my hand energetically, and told E dreamings; 'cis a simple tale, but a sad reality of woe. tast, into the pale lily of death; to see the light of me that his struggle with his wayward passions during

I have a friend who has been dear to me ever since of those eyes waning, waning into the darkness of the the night had been severe, but reason and religion had my boyhood. Were you to see him you would augur, tomb; above all, to see the sufferer so meekly resigned, aided his efforts to master them, and for the future from the native dignity of bis-mien, that he was born so full of pious hope; only anxious to cheer the bro- he trusted he should bow with befitting submission for sway amongst men. It is not so: there is some ken spirit of her wretched husband; only anxious to to the decree of an allwise Providence. thing so noble in his nature, that be canineither stopp give the last tokens of a mothor's love to her little Nobly has he kep: this Christian resolve. Not that so these palery meankestes, nor feign a relish for those innocents, sporting around her, allunconscious what the waters of affliction have abated one jot in fresh. insipid follies, which are too indispensable requisites in death could do.

ness, but they glide now in a more gentle current, the character of him who would shine a meteor of the Late one evening Henry sent to tell me thac Helen flowing on, flowing on, and, as they flow, diffusing the world

. Destiny bas, it is true, placed him on the stage wished to see me: I delayed not in obeying the sum- most delicious verdure over the dreariest spots of life. of busy life, and he can act his part on it even with mone, During my walk, I felt my spirits unusually Perhaps the scorner will sneer at his fond devices to applause

. But his soul is not there; it loves to take depressed; this. I attributed to the langour of the air, hallow the memory of her who is now his tutelar Teluge in the more congenial sphere of literary or do- for it was the close of a very sultry summer's day, and angel. The music room, the pensive grove, where mestic retirement

the sky was glooming from excess of heat. But as I their happiest hours were passed together, he hath From his youth upward he loved unchangeably one passed through the wood wbich sequesters the ancient consecrated to the remembrance of those hours, A porwho was in every way worthy of his most devoted hall where my friends dwelt, my heart beat so strange- tion of each day is set ‘apart to.meditation in that love. Can I say more in bes praise? Spirit of his ly, that I could have sworn some evil was impending room, that grove, or on the green turf 'neath which sainted Helen, If thou heardest me thou wouldst i fancied the wonted silence of that vesper hour could his buried love lies, for it was one of his phantasies to proudly answer

, no! Yet could I prate eternally of only be the stillness which attends the ravage of death; spurn the idea that a cold stone should press heavy on the charms of that lovelyone. She was so unaffected- even the two weeping willows on the lawn seemed to that heart which was once so warm. Often does he Bely graceful in her form; sa charming in her every droop more mournfully than ever before. I knocked assure me, that the hours which he thus spends are not 5. feature

. But ber eyes; there the fascination Jurked. softly at the venerable oak door; no one appeared. only the most delightful but also the most instructive * I never shall forget those lovely eyes; her soul was, in How my hand trembled as I raised the knocker a of his existence. They nerve him to tread cheerfully E bruto, purely imaged in them. They would now and second time. The door was opened. To my quick the rugged paths of duty, for they teach him that these me the sparkle with the most delicate vivacity; but their inquiry,“ How is your Mistress, John ?" the old ser-paths will lead to the eternal enbrace of his Helen.

wonted tinge was an expression of such softness; that ving-man shook his head too significantly, and only What churl would deny him this barmless, this holy so be who looked on them would feel a divine calm said, " She has been asking for you, Sir," I rushed up

solace. Yet this is what ti serening all-bis ruffled thoughts; like as we feel when stairs to the sick chaniber. What an appalling scene

" Men of interest deem Romance." **: we gaze on tbe azure vault of the cloudless heaven. was there. At one end of the room a group of weep* I have seen Henry gaze on those eyes, until the big ing domestics. A tear was glistening, too, in the eye

TITYRUS QUILLET. ir tears trickled down his cheeks, in the very ecstacy of of the worthy physician; for custom had not brazed his Liverpool, August 3, 1820. 1 love,

heart proof to such a scene. On the bed of their dying Fortune frowned on their dawning flame; and a mother her children were weeping bitterly (they knew stern, ambitious father forbade their intercourse. But not why) in terror rather than in sorrow. Henry the fame only gathered vigour from this check; and could not weep: he scood bending over his expiring

[From a Correspondent.) It was not very long ere the honourable industry of wite in the stupor of despair, yet cremblingly alive, did Henry won the favour of fortune, and thaç father's she but move. I drew nigh the couch. Helen smiled blesing on their union. I had been their confidant, on me. Oh! that smile! never, never will it be for

A HINT TO THE FAIR. and, perhaps, bad, in some measure, hastened this garten. She took my hand; ohl the thrill of that bappy consummation. Their gratitude was boundless. cold couch! she placed it in Henry's, and said “ Be Well do I remember how they welcomed me in their to each other always , as you have ever beer. 1 little Paradise of Love, the firse visit I paid them after go, beloved Henry, ! gø.

On the Journals of the Medical Society in Paris,

Grievei not, but rather the following case stands recorded :their marriage. Helen's eyes were as eloquent as be gratefol, that a Merciful Heaven, hatb-spared you Henry's words. “See how happy we are, all this we. to teach our children that religion which can sooth “A most promising young man felt most despeowe to you." My heart was full of joy to overflow even my pangs in parting from you and my little rately in love with a fine lady; just as it will now ing

ones. Let me kiss my dear babes for the last time." and then happen in other countries. The beloved Swisely. Aitted a few halcyon years : cime did not I raised them in my arnis to receive that holy kiss. was not at first unusually cruel, and both wondered lesen even the ardour of their love, but linked it to Promise me'' she continued with energy " that you for some time uodisturbed on the rosy path of muthe most perfece esteem." Each was to each a dearer will subdue your grief, that you will live for the sake tual affection : but Heaven knows what demon got self." Helen was quite an enthusiast in conjugal affec- of these little ones." "I will; I will," burst from betwixt them; they quarrelled and could not be re. tion, She would watch the very looks of Henry Henry convulsively. “Heaven bless you and them. when he returned home from that business which pro- Father of Heaven 1'die content for thy dear Son's sake.”

conciled. cured for them more than an elegant sufficiency; and Here her voice faltered, and we only knew from the

The youth, indeed, left nothing untried; and, as if she espied a dark cloud lowering on his brow, she motion of her lips that she was in prayer. Presently they were not yet married, he thought it of course did not, she could not; as I have seen some wives do, that motion became feebler and feebler, and soon ceased his duty to be the most active: he was not discuu seek to dispel it by Hippans dalliance. No! Helen altogether; so gently had her spirit flown that we could raged by a first or second fruitless attempt, but even could not put on the mask of levity when her Henry not believe, for many, minutes, that it was gone for risked a third and a fourth, which were equally unwas sad. She would cast on him a kind inquiring ever. glance, and when he had told what barassed hiin, she

successful; Princess Flint was not to be moverl by would reward his confidence with such serious sym- Henry lifted up his eyes, all glaring with a terrifie

wild;
When Dr.R-pronounced solemnlysshe is dead,” any thing.

Once more, however, he tried the whole force of , that he would soon clasp her in his arms, and be ali ness, and exclaimed with an bysteric laugh.“ Dead? love, by surprising his cruel charmer on a solitary the Meanwhile their home was enlivened the wreck

of that shrine where he had treasures up hin walk; he fell at her feet, and there he sighed and banoue of. me, his godfather) and a cherub of a blast which had levelled that shrine with the dust. Suddenly his love changed into fury; but, still vegirl, who promised to be decked with all her mother's from that time he spoke not, he wept not, his anguish nerating the fair barbariau; lse turned his rage merely fraces. Oh, how we all doted on these sweet babes ! Hilberto kad heaven smiled approvingly, and show- zazed, that he sutiered me to lead him whither I listed. finger of his own hand: on the following day, out

could find no vent; so insensible was he on what he against himself, and bit, tralf senseless, in the middle ered its richest bounties on this virtuous pair. It was for two nights and almost two days, I was fearful his only the finger, but the hand and the whole arm tated they should now exchange this earthly bliss for mind was overthrown. Towards the close of the seimmortal, reward hereafter. Heaven had, in ita cond day, I was mournfully regarding his fallen state, pain suon mounted to the head; he became deliri

were swollen; he suffered indescribably, and the miten, doomed that the sacriice of that bliss should when little Tityrus and his sister rushed into the room, bus, hud trances, convulsions, and, in short, showed

tach a sianing world-bow frail is the purest happiness sobbing as if their hearts would break. Tityrus ran all the symptoms of hydrophobia; he refused every en of death nips alike the bud of goodliest pro- and criedpapa, naughty

man has brought a big ex nourishment, offered to bite the bystanders, and died mik, the . The little girl could just lisp, “ Papa,” which ber don't let him, papa.'

to carry mamma away in; he sha'nt cake her away; on the fourth day, in the utmost agony.

His papa heeded noc, and it It is to be hoped, that the fair ones will take warnatma bad taught her, being fondly anxious that it should be the first word her child should learn to utter, woe, that he hearisened to it. Thae appeal could not

was not until the boy had repeated again his tale of ning at this awful example, and that after bestowiug when Helen's good old mother sickened and died.

a sympathetic tear on the unhappy sufferer, they but touch his gentler feelings. He clasped his darling will firmly resolve, never to let it come su for that de discharging 100 zealously the last duties of filial to his heart, his little Helen, too, his only

Helen now, any lover of theirs should be induced to bite his

Those She took cold, and from thenceforth death marked her burning tears were the healing dew of Heaven to his

finger.

Professional men have of late gone very far, in to frame. The aid of medicine, the prayers of the remind iim of his promise, pledged po his dying tinding out a remedy for regular madness; but who azonized Henry, were all vain ; heaven had willed her Helen, that he would live for the sake of her little can foresee to what such an irregular offspring death. Oh it was a heart-rending, aa awful sight, to ones. He heard me with deep attention. Indeed might lead, when the very parent acts already in te one so good, so beauteous, and so young, lingering from that auspicious bour lie was quite himself again, such an unaccountable manner ?

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XANTIPPE.

Correspondence. than my limits will permit me to detail. Then, at last.

by the way of winding up, I gave The constant Couple, [FROM A CORRESPONDENT.)

Well, said my wife, I think that's My Spouse and I.THEATRICAL COINCIDENCES.

Thus Sir, we amused ourselves till Past Ten o'clock,

at which time we broke up: For upwards of two thousand years has poor Xan

If, Sir, any of your readers feel inclined, I here subtippe been held up in this wicked world as the pattern (Continued from our former Numbers.) join a list, to be answered in the Kaleidoscope on the of a bad wife, and her name has become proverbial as

next day of publication. such: but it is never too late to vindicate the character of one who has been calumniated, and we are fully

TO THE EDITOR.

1. Speed the Plough—2. The Country Girl.-3. The authorized to think so on consideration of the follow

Foundling of the Forest.-4. Smiles and Tear.. ing facts. She was of an honest, but not wealthy fa

5. The Wheel of Fortune.-6. Romeo and Julietmily in Athens, and Socrates married her without a You must know, Sir, that I am very fond of reading

7. The Jovial Crew.-8. The Castle Spectre.-9. Bel

lisarius.--10. The Mirror-11. She stoops to conquer. dowry. It is not necessary to expatiate on his pug- to my family, while at tea, those interesting paragraphs

12. The Curfew. nose or his little grey eyes, for although Placo does cer. which occur in most of the periodical publications of the

I remain, Sit, yours, &c. tainly not draw a very flattering portrait of the philo- present day, and I never omit the theatricals, of which sopher, it is, after all, only the moral physiognomy I am very fond, but more particularly of local ones, as

CHARLES DANGLE, which decides in the married state, and which deserves more immediately interesting, for perhaps they are treat- Liverpool, Aug. 4, 1820. attention.

ing of the merits or defects of some piece I and my Socrates strolled about in the streets from morning family have witnessed, which serves to bring the subject till night, stopping all the passengers, and pursuing the again before us, and to promote conversation, both of

GAME OP COINCIDENCES. very mechanics into their shops, for the sake of telling which tend to pass on the time very agreeably, so that them that they were a set of ignorant people, and when I hope you will not prevent us some future hours' con

TO THE EDITOR.

ITOR any one dared to dispute his words, he called him a versation by withholding those interesting topics. blockhead, demonstrating and fighting all the wbile I once saw, in a periodical publication, an interesting with bis hands in the most ridiculous manner, occa- way of appropriating the names of Farces to the names SIR,The following Farces I think will correspond sionally tearing his bair, when agitating an important of a certain number of Plays, which were mentioned; as answers to the Plays mentioned in your last week question. His disciples admired all this; but by others as for instance, The Iron Chest was given,

to which was Kaleidoscope :he was laughed at and despised, nay, kicked now and fixed the farce of The Padlock, which certainly bears a

No. 1 answers to The Broken Sword, then; and in such cases would quietly assure them, great analogy to the Iron Chest. I immediately intro

Padlock, that be minded it no more than the kicking of an ass. duced the plan at my own table, and from the diversion

-How to Die for Love, It is but natural to suppose, that such philosophical it has afforded me, I am highly pleased with it. I will

-The Mayor of Garrett, pastimes could not much amuse a lady of spirit; and a give you a short sketch of a theatrical conversation,

-Man of the World, woman who has got such a husband, may well be which took place at my house the other evening. Hav.

-Lying Valet, allowed to show a little bad humour: but as soon as ing a few friends to tea, among whom were a cynical

Fortune's Frolic, she became angry, he looked down upon her with con- old bachelor, a thin old maid, a fat widow, and a young

-Miss in bur Teens. tempt, and even provoked her through many satirical lady and gentleman, who entertain a strong partiality

Your inserting will oblige, remarks. Xantippe was not very fond of show; but for each other; the lady rather sanguine though modest,

STAGE BOX. she possessed good manners, and very properly main and the gentleman rather witty though slow. My wife, tained, that one should either invite no friends, or else who scarcely ever says any thing without maturely receive them decently; and what can be more reason thinking on it, and myself, whom you may call what

GAME OF COINCIDENCES. able? Yet Socrates invited once several Athenians of you please. I introduced my theatrical list, and the distinction, and provided hardly as much as would company being perfectly, well-acquainted with the

TO THE EDITOR. bave served one-third of the company, besides getting plan, I commenced with The World. Botheration, said provisions of the most ordinary kind. His wife said the old bachelor. Well, said I, then a Cure for the of course, that it would not do; but her philosophical Heart-ache. The Wedding Day, said the young lady, husband replied very dryly, that-if his guests were looking rather significantly across the table at the

young introduced into your amusing and interesting paper the

SIR,—The game of Coincidences, which you have moderate, there would be enough, and if they were gentleman. The Old Bachelor, begging my friend Kalciodoscope, I think

will become a very interesting nor, he cared nothing about them. Had not the wo- pardon, who sat opposite me. The Dead alive, said the man a right to say, in this case, that he should have eat widow, which was the first time he knew she enter which are rapidly approaching. I conceive that if the

amusement, and assist in beguiling the long evening inquired into their appetites and dispositions before he tained a partiality for my friend. The Travellers. Not invited them.

It is true that Xantippe laboured under a Crifling de said the old bachelor, retorting. --The Man of the World. it would be of more utiliiy than those recreations which fect of nature, viz.: her voice was none of the sweetest; TheCitizen, said the young gentleman, who seemed to be are generally resorted to. If none of your correspondents but did this entitle her ungallant spouse to compare her waiting for an opportunity. Rather The Liar, said the have sent you better answers to the Dramatic Coinci for the sake of her children? Would any lady

put up than the gentleman's honour. „The School for Scanda?. proposed, in the last number of your Kaleidoscope. for the sake of their eggs, so he suffered her cackling he lent to a gentleman of the ion, on no other security answers I have numbered to correspond to the queries with such usage? Or is it not very clear that she was The Boarding House, said the old maid. Much ado

Yours respectfully,

J. W. P. more sinned against than sinning? about Nothing. Three Weeks after Marriage, said the

No. 1, answers to The Padlock, or Lock and Key. In the mean time, her case cannot serve as a prece- widow, looking at the old bachelor. It shan't be so with

2,

What next? dent ia justification of modern shrews; because it is me, said the old gentleman.-Rob Roy, said I. The

3,

Dead Alive. well known, that now-a-days busbands are never in Falls of Clyde, said the young gentleman.-Man and

Bombastes Purioso. the wrong; and that philosophers in particular, are now Wife. Matrimony ! exclaimed the widow.-The Rival

5,

Honest Thieves. acting on infallible principles. Queens. The Devil to pay, to be sure, said the old

6, bachelor.-Who wants a Guinea ? The poor Soldier,

All in good Humour. 7,

The Camp. said the young gentleman; they've had enow, 'od rot

8,

Three Weeks after Marriage. 'em, said the old one. The Soldier's Daughter. My Grandmother, said the antiquated lady.-The poor Genlleman. Raising the Wind, said the young gentleman.

SENSITIVE NERVES. A battle of an extraordinary and unprecedented na-Likely enough, said the old batchelor.--Thirty thousand. cure took place, lately, in the house of Mr. Collins, a The Prize, said the widow. The Honey-moon. A Day respectable innkeeper at Naul, Ireland. The parties after the Wedding, said the old lady. Nay, it mostly

TO THE EDITOR. concerned were, a hen of the game species, and a rat of ends on the Wedding Day, said the old bachelor.-As the middle size. The hen, in an accidental peram. I had not given the young lady an opportunity of speak- SIR, -There certainly are people so dull, so slug. bulation round a spacious room, accompanied by an ing for some time, I gave Thé Kiss." Animal Magnetcaly chicken, the sole surviving offspring of a nume. ism, said the young gentleman.—I would rather call it gish, and with so little music in their souls, that the rous brood, was roused to madness by an unprovoked The agreeable Surprize, said the young lady, looking born of the newsman, the knock of the milk woman, attack made by a voracious, cowardlý rat, on her un- very earnestly at the young gentleman. Jane Shore, and the ringing of the baker's bell, sound in their Be. suspecting, chirping companion. The shrieks of the The fair Penitent, said the young lady again: Butician ears as the most charming trio. beloved captive, whilst dragging away by the enemy, here reminded her, I must have a Farce, for this reason, excited every maternal feeling in the affectionate bo- such a coincidence never took place in a playbill. Well,

'They have no consideration whatever for the nervous som of the feathered dame; she flew at the corner The Child of Nature, said the widow, for I like to have and the sensitive ; but treat their remarks as the the neck, writbed him

about the room, put out one of The Deuce is in him, said the fat widow again. The mere fancies of modern effeminacy, and refer to the his eyes in the engagement, so tatigued her opponent Way to get married. Trip to Scotland, said the

olden times of good Queen Bess, &c. &c.

young by repeated attacks of spur and bill, chat in the space gentleman.-As you like it. Try again, said the young

But let such scoffers be told that there have always of about twelve minutes, during which time the con- lady, very quickly.-Wives as they were. Modern An- been men of more refined feelings than the rest, and flict lasted, she put a final period to the nocturnal in- tiques, said the old bachelor.-The Way to grow rich. let them remember the poor Sybarite of antiquity, who vader's existence; nimbly turned round in wild tri- 'Tis all a Farce, said the cynical old gentleman, while umphant distraction to her palpitating nestling, and there are so many rogues in the world !And thus, Sir, positively could not sleep when one of the rose leaves hugged it in her victorious bosom.

we carried the conversation to a much greater length upon wbich be rested, happened to be doubly folded.

HEN versus RAT.

The Drama.
To the bright sunshine of the feeling breast.

due, to them be owes a vast debt of gratitude, and 0! blest Benevolence! when urg'd by thee

to them, not to himself, I ascribe almost all the THE ANTIQUARY, To healing aets of heav'n-born charity.

pleasure I derived from my visit to the Theatre on

Wednesday evening last. Had the anthor, or I Britannia ! yes-tho''tis thy splendid boast

should perhaps rather say, the compiler, done as (As performed at Drury Lane.]

To have seen thy banner wave on every coast, much justice to the performers as the performers

Thro' the four quarters of the word to have heard did to the author, he would have been more deservThe story commences with Lovel's arrival at Thy accents echo'd, and thy power rever’d:

ing of their exertions, and thcy more deserving of Muakbarns, to visit Oldbuck, the Antiquary, where On Glory's plain tho' high thy trophies rise

my applause; it is however, impossible to convert he also meets Sir Arthur Wardour, Isabella, Grizel In pyramidal triumph to the skies,

a bad character into a good one, therefore, where I Oldbuck, and Mary M:Intyre. The quarrel of the Yet heaven's own trumpet shall through Time proclaim

cannot praise, I will not censure. Baronet and the Antiquary then forms a part of

Mrs. M‘Gibbon has often delighted me in a

variety of difficult characters, but I never enteribe play, And Sir Arthur and his daughter take their Thy social virtues brighter than thy fame,

tained the remotest idea that valure bad been su leave, to return by the path along the beach. The This the fair field in which, almost divine, expenditure of scenery on the striking incident Thy honour, name, and praise unrivall’d shine. uncommonly lavish in her gifts, as to bestow upon of Isabella's danger is prodigal, and after successive

the inimitable representative of fair Imogine, the

Is there a sufferance in this world of woe views of the sea and the shore, the eye is led to the Disease inflicts or helpless man can know,

requisites necessary to personate the old, decrepit, catastrophe. The stage represents the sands with

care-worn Elspeth ; such however is the fact : and the rising lide, as Sir Arthur and his daughter re- For which thy healing hand and fostering care

great as is the contrast, it is not greater than the cede towards the cliffs, the waveg roll after them, las not been prompt the balsam prepare ?

actress. When we see Imogine we may forget the fugitives ascend from rock to rock, and the sea Turn where we will, the rising domes we see

Elspeth, but when we see Elspeth we cannot forget swells with stormy rapidity, till the shore is covered And open doors of sacred Charity !

Imogine. Her sitting attitudes were replete with with billows. Isabella, her father, and Ochiltre, The aged, the lame, the speechless and the blind,

all the characteristics of aged infirmity, and her were seen hurrying from rock to rock, till they were Youth, strength, sight, voice, in thee protection find !

execution of the part altogether, was the nearest stopped just above the waves, and when lights Disease and want the pallid look forego,

approximation to life I can recollect having seen

in characters of this description; if she could give glermed from the higher cliffs, and voices were heard through the gale, and Isabella was at length And, from thy healing bounty learn to glow.

to her utterance a less apparently artificial tone of borne op to the summit of the cliff, the applause When clad in storms, the Giants of the Prost

voice, it would add considerably to the other beau. was renewed, and redoubled till the curtain fell . As Condense the waves, and stride from coast to coast,

ties of this discriminating and highly finished piece this is the noblest piece of description in the original, O'er realms aghast the darkening tempests roll,

of acting. One would almost imagine that Miss it was the first effort of the machinist in the play. And bring the Nations nearer to the Pole,

Hammersley was really the offspring of Apollo and The story proceeds in close adherence to the novel :

Euterpe, nursed by Venus and the Graces, and by Lorel and Hector M'Intyre quarrel, and Hector is While shivering want and houseless nakedness them sent down froin high Olympus to charm us

mortals here on earth. With such a person for wounded in the duel which ensues; Sir Arthur is Shrink from the blast in agonised distress, = rained, aed his affairs are retrieved by Lovel's libe- Direct to Heav'n the half-congealing eye,

Isabella Wardour, the songs could not possibly rality; Lovel is recognised as Lord Glenallan's son, and only ask the direful boon—to die;

lose one iota of their influence and effect, but the and marries Isabella ; and Oldbuck, his stately 'Tis thine to mitigate th' inclement rage,

dialogue was rendered almost useless, which is the sistes, and his submissive piece, are restored once and dark despair's excruciate pang assuage,

more blameable, because Miss H. is by no means more to the undisturbed enjoyment of Dulce The sheltering dome, the cheering hearth provide,

deficient in judgment and correct feeling. She Domus.

generally speaks with too much rapidity, without We hare, however, not yet named Emery as Edie And bid the agonies of want subside.

sufficient modulation of voice and sometimes reads Ochiltre, the Blue gown Beggar; nor Blanchard, as Oh! still the glories of this race pursue,

indifferently; none of which faults are defects of Caron, who were both admirable, though the latter and keep the brightest goal of heaven in view!

the mind, but result merely from negligence and bad but little tu do ; but Edie was the real hero, Let Ocean's Queen the Ocean's wealth dispense

timidity. I have also frequently thought her 100 and received applause accordingly. We had also

inattentive to the business of the scene, and beg Dearly omitted mentioning Mrs. Faucit's Elspeth. In Charity's divine munificence ;

leave to apprize her that when she ought to be singThe author of Waverly obviously finds an old wo-To houseless want her sheltering care impart,

ing to the persons on the stage, it is not necessary man indispeusible, at least in his novels, and Elspeth And clasp the social virtues to the heart.

to do so to the audience instead. Miss Isabella is Meg Merrilies grown deaf, bliad, and only not And though those social virtues now must daim

Wardour will likewise be pleased to remember, that dumb. Mas. Faucit played it with singular impres- One patron less among the first in name,

few persons, except herself, would have appeared siveness; but the fault of the play is, that it has Let mourning myriads mingle with the tear

at breakfast, arrayed in the identical dress in which no leading character, and that the interest is borne Which strong emotion sheds upon his bier,

they have been rescued from a watery grave only a by the incidents, not by the characters. Lord

few hours preceding. Mr. M'Gibbon might profit

by this hini. Miss Hammersley must permit me Glenallan is insipid and uninteresting, when he The generous aim to emulate his worth, might have been a most powerful agent, and Douster. Whose ample soul gave lustre to his birth,

to enumerate lier imperfections as well as her per. swivel is entirely left out; need we say that Miss And made him først,--divine Philanthropy!

fections, and should she by any chance peruse my Stephens sang most sweetly, or that Liston acted In every patriot toil devised by thee.

remarks, she may rest assured they emanate from excellently? both are unnecessary, as the play was

one actuated by no other motive than an ardent post favourably received. On the falling of the

desire to promote her welfare, curtain, “ God save the King," and " Rule Britao.

LIVERPOOL THEATRE.

The storm scene is, without exception, the finert 112* were sung by the whole operative corps, and

production of art I ever saw : it reflects equal credit previously to the play, Mr. Abbott delivered the

TO THE EDITOR.

upon the talents of Messrs. Harrison, Goore, and following Address, written for the occasiou by John

Thomas; and, exclusive of every other attraction Thelmall, Esq. The performance was for the benefit

attached to the Antiquary, must insure to the ma. of the houseless and destitute.

SIR, Your correspondent G. N. in his observa. nagers a long succession of crowded houses. If

tions on the performance of Henri Quatre, has our scene-shifters do not shortly become more exAsk you where most Britannia's glory shines ? laudably eulogized the managers for their taste and pert, I shall be under the necessity of handling Tis not in treasures of her Indian mines;

liberality, and, should he have witnessed the repre-them rather severely. Nor that her flag, by Neptune's self unfurld,

sentation of the Antiquary, will, most assuredly, Sir John Tobin would render his play-going Waits her proud commerce o'er the admiring world ;

agaio have occasion to contribute his meed of ap- friends a most essential service by ordering a few Tis not that, thundering o'er the fields of war,

probation; indeed they are not alone entitled to his police officers to attend in various parts of the Belleza like, she drives her conquering cari

plaudits and support, but deserve them alike from Theatre, to preserve peace and quietness among

every true friend to the drama-from every one a very low species of the dandy tribe, who geni. 'Tis not that Arts and Science o'er her isle who duly estimates the value of the stage.

rally infest the pit, to the great annoyance of all Diffuse the lustre of their radiant smile;

To enter into a minute detail of the plot or the sober-minded people. Having had the misfortune Nor that the Muse upon the rolls of fame

incidents of a play deriving its origin from a work to be seated near two very noisy, but worthy sciuns Inscribes a Milton's and a Shakspeare's name.

so justly admired, and so universally read, as the of this hermaphroditish race, I am desirous, if posa No, all that valour, wealth, and genius boast,

Antiquary, would be superfluous and uninterest. sible, to avoid being so unpleasantly situated in fue In one bright glory of her reign is lost :

ing; suffice it therefore to observe, that the piece ture, which I cannot do unless the evil be effectually For what are valour, genius, wealth, and fame,

itself possesses very little merit, and owes its prin. removed by authority, or a reformation in the mana

cipal interest to the scene-painters, machinists, and ners of the enemies to the enjoyment of The victor's laurel, or the poet's name, a good singer or two. To these auxiliaries, as the

Yours, truly, Or all on glory's record e'er imprest, author may perhaps term them, all his thanks are

DRAJATICES

TO THE EDITOR.

NATURAL CURIOSITY.

Orthographical Transmogrification (a fact.}-A

blacksmith, in the vicinity of Maidstone, lately made SIR, -As many of our teachers in the public schools are much addicted to flagellation, perbaps the follow a few weeks ago, in lighting her fire, threw down a large putting steel to the iron points of the instrumentica

Catharine Makepeace, Quarry Hill, near Brancepeth, out a bill against one of his customers, in which a charge ing account of a German schoolmaster may serve as a piece of coal for the purpose of breaking it into more hint on the subject :convenient pieces, and in gathering them up, observed wielding a sledge-hammer than studying Doctor John.

But the son of Vulcan, who had been more used to ORBILIUS, a schoolmaster in Suabia, had, for fifcy- upon one of the fragments something about the size of a one years, superintended a large institution with old sparrow's egg: She had the curiosity to make a small son, and who used more chalk than ink, actualy minute fashioned severity. One of his ushers had made a cal- opening into this oval substance, when she was astonish- the following item :-" to stealing two mad duck, 3" culation, from a register which he kept, that the said ed to find that it contained a 'living creature. When ..rather an extraordinary charge for an honest puia Orbilius, in the course of his labours, had inflicted her husband came home, they examined it farther. The taking blacksmith. 911,500 Canings

hole wnich she had made was already closed up with a 121,000 Floggings, whitish membrane. The husband made a larger open- within the last six months, whose ages, when united,

Longevity.–At Coniston, there have six persons died 209,000 Cuscodes, ing, and took the animal out of its imprisonment upon amount to 515.-George Bowness, 88—Bridget Wood

. 136,000 Taps with the ruler,

his hand. He described it as having feet, and resem- end, 91–Elizabeth Robinson, 82-George Dixon, 7. 10,200 Boxes on the ear,

bling a glow-worm. This was nearly a month ago. Jane Hunter, 86–Isabella Parker, 90. 22,700 Tasks to repeat by rote.

This morning, in our presence, the animal was again It was farther calculated, that he had made

taken out of its covering, by a medical gentleman, in Lately, at Norton-St.-Philip's, James Rose, who is

whose possession it now remains. If the man's descrip- quite blind, beat William Collier, whose sight is pera 700 Boys stand on peas,

tion was correct, the animal has undergone a consider- fectly good, in the race of a mile on the turnpike-road, 6000 Kneel on a sharp edge of wood,

able change. The hind half is one crust of an oval to the surprise of a numerous assemblage of spectators 5000 Wear the fool's cap,

shape; the fore half composed of five or six circular 1700 Hold the rod.

horny rings connected by moveable membranes, is of a P. conical shape. The animal, when touched, moves its conical part to any side, and is thus capable of rotatory

To Correspondents. motion. Beside the animal, we saw an envelope coverMiscellanies.

ed with hair, and shrivelled so that it would be difficult The narrative of A SUBSCRIBER and the verses ei

to say what it had been. This, however, we think, A. E. shall appear as soon as possible. A PICTURE OF TIME.

justifies the description which the man gave of its first

appearance. Application has been made for informa. FLOWERY COMPOSITIONS.--Solicitous as we feel ta By the Rev. C. Colton. tion to the first Naturalists of the present day, so that

afford scope in our columns for the display and the public may expect shortly a more enlightened ac

expansion of the original talents of our fellor.

townsmen, we have devoted a much larger portiga Time is the most undefinable yet paradoxical of count of this aged inhabitant of the earth. The coal

of this day's publication to the story of " Henry and things; the past is gone, the future is not come, and of about twelve fathoms. Our opinion, in the mean

Helen" than we should have ventured todo under other the present becomes the past, even while we attempt to

circumstances; as candour obliges us to express our detine it, and like the flash of lightning, at once exists time, is, that this creature had wrapped itself up in the and then expires. Time is the measurer of all things: this forest had been inundated and covered by one superAntediluvian forest of Woodey-field for a winter, that

fear that the extreme length of the narrative will scarcely be compensated, in the opinions of a majority of our readers,' by its intrinsic merit or originality

, things, but is itself undisclosed. Like space it is in- incumbent stratum after another, and that the winter,

This writer is by no means destitute of talent; but conprehensible, because it has no limit, and it would against which the animal had sheltered, lasted for ages ;

he has much to unlearn; and the pruning-knife of be still more so if it had. It is more obscure in its where it enjoyed the merest life, far removed below the

a judicious friend, of mature years, one, who, to source than the Nile, and in its termination than the world's racket.Durham Chronicle.

borrow an old figure of speech, does not carry more Niger ; and advances like the slowest tide, but retreats like the swiftest torrent. It gives wings to pleasure, lodge, at Newbattle Abbey, near Dalkeith, the seat of

Last year, a pair of swallows came into the porter's sail than ballast, might be freely applied with great but feet of lead to pain, and lends expectation a curb, the Marquis of Lothian, and built their nest there upon

advantage to the story of “Henry and Helen."

In our judgment it is extremely puerile, and but enjoyment a spur. It robs beauty of her charms, the top bar of a clothes-horse, which was hung up to bestow them on her picture, and builds a monument against the wall; the young ones were hatched, and

betrays bad taste, to interlard any composition with

such a profusion of quotations, as those to be found to merit, but denies it a house ; it is the transient and Hew away; the nest was suffered to remain, and upon

in the work under consideration ; such auxiliaries deceitful fatterer of falsehood, but the tried and final the first appearance of swallows this year, a male bird friend to truth. Time is the most subtle yet the most again entered the apartment, and took a survey of the

ought to be sparingly used, and never adopted, un

less they impart peculiar force or significance so the insatiable of depredators, and by appearing to take nest, with which it seemed much pleased; he shortly sentiment, in aid of which they are called in. We nothing, is permitted to take all, nor can it be satisfied, after returned with another bird, who at first appeared remember a whimsical farce, in which one character until it has stolen the world from us, and us from the very timid, but soon acquired as inueh assurance as the is introduced, who can scarcely speak without taking world. It constantly flies, yet overcomes all things by

most unmerciful liberties with the poets: thus he flight, and although it is the present ally, it will be the mate; they repaired the nest, and the writer of this has tuture conqueror of death. T'ime, the cradle of hope, above circumstance more remarkable is, that the porter

seen it with the young ones in it. What renders the exclaims, How do you do,". as Shakspeare sayti but the grave of ambition, is the stern corrector of fools, and his wife live and sleep in the same room.-Tyre

Afine morning," as the divine Milton obscruti

,

&c. &c. What we have here said, is in the sping but the salutary counsellor of the wise ; bringing all they dread to the one, and all they desire to the other; Mercury.

of friendship to the author, and ought to be received but like Cassandra, it warns us with a voice that even Two rein.deer were brought last November from

in the same spirit ; some of our theatrical Crities

might also profit by this hint to TITYRUS QUILLET sages discredit too long, and the silliest believe too Lapland, and are living at liberty at a country seat at

and, we beg to suggest to DRAMATICUS that his late. Wisdom walks before it, opportunity with it, and Ghent. They bear the difference of climate and the

superfine compliment to Miss HAMMERSLEY may repentance behind it; he that has made it his friend, variation of temperature well, and have produced a well

be mistaken by the lady herself, and perhaps by tae will have little to fear from his enemies; but he that has formed female fawn. This is the first example of these

public, for irony. She possesses considerable merit

, made it his enemy, will have little to hope from his animals having become tame, and producing their

and ought not to be put to the blush by overcharged tricads.

species so far from their own country. A match for Caleb Quotem.--There is a person resi. dent in a sinall seaport in Wales, who "descroes well of and curious atmospherical phenomena which are occa

Bcautiful Phenomena. One of those very singular SWIMMING Feats.-We regret that the I letter of his cauntry.” He occupies and discharges the duties sionally seen amongst the Hartz Mountains in Hanover,

F.Py did not reach us in time for this day's pube of the following thirteen offices, with great regularity, and have once or twice been observed on Souter Fell, in

lication. and to the satistaction of all who have occasion to transact business with him. He is, in the first place, clerk Cumberland, has been seen in Huntingdonshire. About SIR JOSEPH BANKS'S MEMOIR which has been pre

pared a fortnight, is once more postponed, in preferto the collector of the customs, then, clerk to the excise half-past 4 o'clock on Sunday morning, July 16th, the

ence to dividing it between two successive publications. office, and clerk to the justices. In addition to these sun was shining in a cloudless sky, and the light vapours dri, clerkships, he is parish clerk for the English service, arising from the river Quze, were hovering over a little The Friend to whom we are indebted for the interesting and parish clerk for the Welsh service ; clerk to the hill near St. Neot's, when suddenly the village of Great Caches, and clerk to the packets. He also keeps a and its different grass-fields, were clearly and distinctly Paxton, its farm-houses, barns, dispersed cottages, trees,

original paper, on the “Structure of the Heart,"

and several priorand valuablecommunications:will conlodging-house ;-is a notary public,-an auctioneer, - visible in a beautiful aerial picture, which extended from

tinue, we trust, ta favour us with his correspondence. collector of the King's taxes, a sexton !--Caleb was only Quotem; Mr. Owens is Factotum.

east to west about 400 yards. Nothing could exceed the
astonishment and admiration of the spectator as he looked

Printed, published, and sold
A copper mine has lately been discovered near Kirk at this surprising phenomenon froin a gentle declivity

BY EGERTON SMITH AND CO. cudbright, the ore is of a superior quality,' and the vein in an opposite direction, at the distance of half a mile, is so extensive, that, although the excavation does not or his regret at its disappearance in about ten minutes.

Liverpool Mercury Office. exceed nine feet in depth, about fifty tons were soon Cambridge Chronick.

Sold also by John Bywater and Co. Pool-lane ; Messrs. raised.

A plant of Lilium Japonicum is at present in flower Evans, Chegwin and Hall, Castle-street; Mr. Thos. A German journal asserts, that an artist at Cemberg, (for the first time in Scotland) in the garden of Mr. Smith, Paradise-street; Mr. Warbrick, Public in Prussia, has constructed a watch which imitates the Falconer, of Carlowrie, introduced from China by John Library, Lime-street ; Mr. G. P. Day, Newsman, human voice, and answers questions in German and Stewart, Esq. of Binny, commander of the Lady Mel. Dale-street; and Mr. John Smith, St. James's-road, Polish, besides executing musical airs. ville, East Indiaman, in 1819.

for ready money only.

Or,

encomium.

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MEMOIR OF THE LATE

PRESIDENT OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY.

Literary Notices. favour of any other, however capable he the works were fit for publication several

may be proved to be; for the question with years before they made their appearance ; TALES OF MY LANDLORD.

the public frequently is, Who is the writer? which may account, in some measure, for rather than, What is written?

the unexampled rapidity with which they SIR WALTER SCOTT DECLARED NOT TO BE

But I hope the difficulty will cease, when followed each other from the press. If you THE AUTHOR OF WAVERLEY, &c.

I mention the name of one who was so deem these observations, Mr. Editor, worthy * lo addition to the article on this subject, given

eminent in the Church, and in the Republic of a place in the Champion, they perhaps in the sixtb number of our New Series, we now

of Letters, being a colleague with the late may be regarded as useful to those who kay before our readers the following letter address. Dr. Blair, in the High Church, Edinburgh think the gratification of a natural curiosity ed to the editor of the Champion.

(but a much younger man), and who was, relative to such as have contributed to their SIR.-It seems now taken for granted also, at the same time, Professor of Natural instructive amusement, not without the pale that Walter Scott is the author of these Philosophy and Rhetoric: a man of very of utility.

T. H. admirable Romances, the Tales of my Land- superior talents and attainments, and highly Lord, and the subsequent works of a similar esteemed by all who were acquainted with

Biographical Notices. kind, which are all attributed to the same him. Literary men of his standing, and pen. But, so far as I have heard, Sir W. some of his pupils who are now in London,

RIGHT HON. SIR JOSEPH BANKS, BART.G.C.B. Scott has not directly owned it, but is either can bear witness of this. About i wentysilent, or evades the question when it two years ago he left Edinburgh, and has is asked. Occasionally he has denied it. ever since been in retirement. Although Sir Joseph Banks is said to have been descended Once, in particular, Sir. W. Scott having he has lived in privacy so long, he has not there may be in this assertion, it is certain that he

from a noble Swedish family; but, whatever truth dined in company with the Prince Regent, been inactive, which the Reviews and his did not trace his pedigree higher than the reign of when the toasts were going round after anonymous works might amply testify. Hav- Edward III. when bis ancestor, Simon Banke, mar

Caterton, of dinner, the Prince observed that Sir Walter's ing no official duties to occupy his time, his Newton in Yorkshire. By this marriage, the manor glass was not full, and pointing to it, said, mind, from intense study on abstruse sub- of Newton, in the wapentake of Staincliffe, came to that is not the Tapet Hen. Sir W. Scott jects, would occasionally turn for relaxation

the family of Banke, with whom it remained until it

was sold in the middle of the seventeenth century. being thus particularly noticed, considered to lighter themes. When he was engaged From this Simon Banke, Sir Joseph was the himself called upon to say something, and, in the composition of the celebrated Tales Joseph Banks, Esq. was High Sheriff of Lincolnshire

eighteenth in lineal descent. His grandfather, with some preface and apology, denied that of My Landlord, and his other popular in the year 1736, and soine time Member of Parliabe was the author of the recent Romance works, he visited privately the south and fortune, which was inherited by the subject of this

He possessed an ample from which the allusion was taken. If Sir west of Scotland, and also the parts of memoir. W. Scott refuses the honour, who then, it England where some of the scenes are laid,

Sir Joseph was born December 13, 1743. After a

suitable preparatory education, he was sent to study may be asked, is the author ? Some have to obtain a more accurate knowledge of at the Univeristy of Oxford.' In every branch of zone so far in his praise, as to assert roundly, some facts on which history is either silent liberal knowledge, he made great proficiency : natu

ral history in particular engaged his fondest attachthat no other man in the present day is ca- or obscure. Out of the materials thus col. ment, and at a very early age he conceived an pable of producing such works, and with lected, his fertile imagination and great li- ardent ambition to promote this great science, by

those eminent exertions of which genius, fortune, and such facility, too, as Walter Scott. On the terary skill has produced, for the amuse-industry alone are capable. other hand, many men (and no mean men ment, gratification, and instruction of the At the time when Sir Joseph Banks began to cultieither) assert as boldly, that he never wrote public, works far surpassing those of any of to emerge from that neglect into which the exclusive

vate the study of palural history, it was beginning a sentence of them. It shall be my endea- his contemporaries.

pursuir of natural philosophy bad, for the last bunvour to show who really is the author, In short, without further preface, I shall it an arrangement, and a nomenclature; and bis

dred years, thrown it. Linnæus had produced for without in the least intending to detract venture to assert, without much fear of pupils were travelling as naturalists, into every from the great merit of Sir W. Scott. 1 contradiction, that the mysterious author of region of the earth, with an ardour not less zealous am aware that it will not now be an easy Waverley, Rob Roy, and the Antiquary, of new religion, or to rifle the treasures of Mexicau task to persuade the public to transfer their the Tales of My Landlord, Ivanhoe, &c. render the study of natural bistory fashionable. In

In France, Buffon was beginning to preconceived opinion from Sir W. S. in is no other than Dr. Greenfield. Some of England, collections had been formed, which were

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