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is ; and therefore you should have cried the soul is harrowed' up, and the out, in time,

eyes riveted, and the ear eager for “Ne quid nigh miss .!"

the next word in the most imporThis has two meanings, each equally apposite, and as a pun, de tant part of this impressive solilofies Addison's objection of not

quy, a rude clap from the gallery

drowns the sound of his voice and bearing translation.

breaks up the interest. Tes. Walking through a boundless For Mrs. Testy. Dancing at a field of fresh ploughed ; and ball in a new silk suit directly under carrying home, at each foot, an unde.

a chandelier, in which the animated sired sample of the soil, of about ten or twelve pounds weight.

candles stoop to conquer, and the Ned Tes. Ah ! this is, as Dryden says, spermaceti streams a food, as the

" A trifling sum of misery ointment did on Aaron-not that New added to the foot of thy account !" there's any beard in the case-but

“ Sen. In attempting to pay money in down to the very skirts of your garthe street-emptying your purse into ment; and when you have gone the kennel—the wind taking care of all down the middle, not having much the paper money:

chance to come up again, from havNed Tes. “The trembling notes as ing made a genteel faux pas upon cend the sky!

Alex. Feast.

the spot in the floor, that seems glad We cannot forbear one quotation to have caught what your clothes · further, as giving a reading of Mac- could well spare, and that has fairly beth, new, we believe, even to Coop- widened the sett by a new figure ER and FENNEL.

tandem-Kid shoes rent by the fall, “Sitting down, with a keen appetite, gown torn, and nose' bleeding. to a beef steak (and nothing else ) which Junius might well have said, with proves to be completely charked by over- respect to this whole volume of dressing

Tes. Confound 'em !-none of them miseries, “ I defy the gravest of ever attend to Macbeth's receipt for your chaplains to read the catalogue dressing a beef steak, though by much without laughing." Put this book the best that ever was given.

into the hands of intelligence itself Sen. How?


you would see the gravity of Tes. Why, “when 'tis done, 'twere well

wisdom transported into "Laughter, If 'twere done quickly."

holding both his sides."

The anWe have here amply detailed the nunciation of the moral the author miseries of the country, of games,

has put into the mouth of Sensitive London, public places, travelling,

sen. who toward the close thus unsocial life, reading and writing, the deceives his brother : table, miseries domestic, miseries

dagger which you see before personal, and miseries miscellane-you,” is but a dagger of the mind” –

the Shapes by which you are tensed, or ous, so that every man, “who would terrified, are only pigmies, magnified be wretched from taste," may find into giants by the fogs of imagination. at once a misery to his liking. The

On the whole, this writer's vein present editors might have supplied of wit, fertility of classic allusion, by way of notes some of the mise, and extreme familiarity with the ries of our own public places and best Engiish authors, give to his others, peculiar to Boston. As thus, production intrinsic merit. He has

Sitting at the Theatre, wrapt a felicity in misery ard is happy in in attention to Cooper in the dag- the detail of wretchedness. The ger scene of MACBETH, and just as Miseries of Human Life has all the

The so

wit of Swift's “ Directions to Ser- perhaps be mistaken, and the actor vants," without the obscenities of may improve. The personation of Jaf. the “ dirty Dean." Though the fier, cannot be exposed in all its errors; mirth is made up of misery, it is criticism

in relation to it cannot be par. bo miserable mirth. The book is, was a defect.

ticular, must be general. The wbole

A few lines uttered what it aspires to be, a MORAL well may possibly take from this un. JEST Book. The author has en- qualified censure ; but what better than listed wit in the cause of morality a single exception serves for the proof and it does faithful service.

of a rule ? His predominating errox Boston, March 5.

was a slowness of delivery, an inertness of utterance that converted the spirit of the character into vapour, and ren.

dered what was animated, glowing and FOR THE EMERALD

energetic, at once vapid, cold and life

less. We conceive this gentleman mis. THE ORDEAL....No. 20. taken in the estimate of his powers, by NON FUMUM EX SULGORE SED EX FUMO DARE LUCKM. his complete failure in a part of this

arduous kind at the outset. Fex per. Verice Preserved (Otway) and Sixty- risen to the very apes of professica

formers have ever existed who have Third Letter. Friday, March 6.

attainment at a Aight; such powers are The disgust acising from the ill re.

indicative of uncommon genius. Com. presentation of dramatic productions, mon birds must be fledged before they seems to be proportionate to the

degree from the first. Garrick may have be

can fly; the Phenix only. is perfect of their intrinsic excellency: When a mere acquaintance is assailed, we are gan his career where other performen indifferent to the assault; but let a

usually end ; and most of his successors friend be attacked and our feelings are where he began. Palmer, Cooke, and

have therefore been contented to end immediately rouşed into opposition.fords to men of taste the richest treat, it is in the profession of acting as in As a great tragedy well performed, af. (to be more at home) Cooper, all have

risen by slow and gradual when mangled by bad performance it is rendered at once an object of dis- every other, it must be learned before pleasure. The reprecentation of Ve it can be understood, and studied be nice Preserved on this evening, would fore it can be practiced. If this geaallow to criticism the greatest scope of tleman would not endeavour to compass severity, while it cannot authorise jus- bled to o'erleap the block on which he tice, to throw much praise into the balance.

originally stumbled ; let him at present From this general censure we will assume conly second characters, and ingly exempt the Pierre of Mr. Cauld mastering them, he will then have only field. He played better than he has one step to make to eminence ; now, ever done the same character ; his im

his exertions will be fruitless, and his provement seems to be progressive.

failare the more discreditable, because We cannot but express our surprise success is most unlikely. that the gentleman who made his first The Beaux Stratagem (Ge Farquard appearance in Jaffier, should have ven. tured to undertake a part at the same

and Lying Valet, Monday, March 9. time so laborious and difficult, without This is a bustling comedy; the incimuch raore tuition than he appears to dents succeed each other in constant have received, and attention than he rapidity, and are often ludicrous and seems to have bestowed. We had pro dramatic. These excellencies are more conceived opinions rather favourable than obviated by the extreme licentious than disadvantageous in respect to the ness of its dialogue, and inmorality of promise of his abilities : but we are its tengency, Farquar was ill when he fearful the performance of Jaffer, wrote it, and the mind and body being proves the metal base, and that what intimately connected, it may perbape we imagined sterling was the glitter of be safely said that, this wit was dis the gold upon the surface. We may leased.'' Feeling and sentimenty

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than wit and humors seem in these days Shakespeare has shewn bis consummate to govern the public taste ; hence the knowledge of human nature in its most licence of double-entendre and unblush, intricate mazes, bad lain dormant and ing front of vice, find few votaries in a unknown until the time of Tate. And modern audience. This play we think though he may be subject to decided : very little calculated, for the meridian censure for the presumption of which of Boston, for if the objectionable pas he was guilty, in the liberties he has sages were expunged, it would be no taken in altering the original, he cerlonger a play. The reasons which could tainly deserves praise for snatching have induced the managers to bring it from the jaws of time, a production so forward, should have been powerful, but replete with beauties, that posterity we presume the universal disapproba- will never cease to honour it. It has tion of the judicious public, has proxed constantly been disputed whether the them nugatory.

happy termination of this play, is rather The choice of this comedy being badly to be condemned or applauded. Critis no reason why it should not have been ics of the highest authority have mar. wholly vepresented. In the last act. so shalled themselves for the contest: --On much of the plot was omitted, that we one side we find Addison and Richard. were uninformed, why the robbers, were son, and on the other Doctor Johnson induced to visit Lady Bountifull's bouse and Coleman ; but the matter is yet o. of Boniface's treachery and co-opera- pen for discussion. The public hower. tion, of Cherry's instrumentality, in der er have given a decision in favour of tecting the scheme, of the reason of the play as now. universally acted ;Aimwell's arrival at so fortunate a con- which they had not given the criginal juncture, of the previous arrival of Sir copy of Shakespeare. Other plays had Harry, and conversation with Sullen descended regularly from tlie period relative to the divorce. In short, one when they were written, but this had of the busiest parts of the plot was in. been left yndisturbed for a great lapse tirely omitted.

of time. It is generally conceded how. The friends of Mr. C. Powell cordi. ever that many important alterations by ally welcomed his re-appe 'rance on our Tate, were both necessary and judi. boards, after his long absence. In the cious. . The exclusion of the gibing part of Scrub, by recalling the recollect. fool from-scenes so tender and affect. tions of "scenes gone-by," he afforded (ing, was by Garrick found indispensi. them the highest gratification.

ble; and the omission of that unnatural Mr. Bernard in Archer, by no means deed of cruelty, in which Gloster's eyes realised the expectations we had form- are trodden out upon the stage, has been ed of it, but acted without much force proved agreeable to every audience. or animation, His manners wanted In the loves of Edgar and Cordelia much of grace and gentility

there is nothing improbable or inconAimwell by Mr. Fox and Boniface by sistent ; they are happily blended with Mr. Dykes, were personated tolerably; the principal 'story. The unexpected which cannot truly be said of the parts meeting of the lowers in the third act, performed by Mr. Pot and Mr. Barnes. has been praised, as being sa gleara

Mrs. Stanley filled the part of Mrs. of sunshine and promise of fair weathSüllen with great credit to her talents, er, in the midst of storm and tempest.” it is precisely in the line wherein she It is supposed that Tate was assisted most excells; Cherry by Mrs.. Poe, by Dryden in the alteration of this play, had a representation at once lovely and which will readily account for the act able. Bit in consequence of a very with which the emendations are incorumbecoming costume, we could not rel- porated and assimilated with the gen. ish Mrs. Usher. A lady who depends eral plan. 39 much upon exterior for success, In this tragedy the chanaeters, are should pay such attention to her dress, so striking, griginal, natural and well uş to improve and not impair her ex- (preserved, that either Edgar, Edmund, ternal charms,

or Kent would be a hero, for any other

author. The moral is now more comKing Lear, Shakespeare) and Spoited plete than before, for although Goner

Child. Wednesday, March 11. ill, Regan and Edmund were deservedly
The tragedy of King Lear, in which I punished for their crimes, yet Lear and




Cordelia, were killed without reason and in all the varieties of the character and without fault. But now they sur. he distinguished his personation by vive their enemies and their virtue is traits of the most judicious discrimina. crowned with happiness.

tion. Our limits will not admit any Ltar is, of all characters in tragedy, greater particularity. the most difficult to perform. This bosv

Kent by Mr. Usher had all the sturdy of Ulysses has proved so hard to bend, bluntness of the part ; and the tenderthat despair has succeeded to hope : ness was not ill purtrayed. The bally. since Garrick it is presumed there has ing scene with Oswold had much merit never been a perfect Lear, and before Kent is certainly one of his best char. him there is no one upon record. Lear acters is an old man of impetuous impulse,

Mr. Fox lost no ground by his perconstantly in excess. This may in forinance of Edmund. some measure account for the division Cordelia by Mrs. Poe, was interest. of his kingdom ; but the remoteness of ing; but the part is not suited to her the age to wbich the play must refer, voice, will prove an additional reason. It is On the whole though some mistakes remarked that were the same story told were committed, and much confusion of an Indian prince it would not excite arose from the blundering of superuu. surprise. Lear is capricious, irreso- merary performers, yet the exhibition lute, inhuman ; but being old, a king, of King Lear deserved the reception it a father, an outcast, persecuted by his met with ; and we have no doubt would daughters he is an object of commiser- amply remunerate Mr. Fennel and the ation and sympathy. Mr. Fennel did managers in a second representation. himself great credit in his personation. The facility with which he entered into the age of the eharacter, the dignity of

For the Emerald. his deportment and general apprehension of the author were remarkable traits of excellence. The curse was denounced with great feeling and ef- ( By a lady who does not yet enjoy them.) fect, and the ironical though pathetic

MESS'RS EDITORS, utterance of these lines was very ap. propriate.

I wish with all possible dispatch Dear daughter, I confess that I am old ; to be an old woman. It has been Age is unnecessary: on my knees I beg observed that we pass at once from That you'll vouchsafe me, raiment, bed, youth to age that we hastily move and food.

the peg from twenty-nine to sixty; The moment when his senses began to and we do right. Nothing is so isfail, was happily marked. We thonght convenient as to be neither old nor however the subjects of lris raving when he enters mad to Edgar and Gloucester, young, But talk of sixty! why wanted a distinctness to have rendered truly it is le bel age-it is charming them evident. So too this passage

-it is that point of maturity and 'It were a delicate stratagem to shoe perfection, for which I anxiously A troop of horse with felt. I'll put't wait. in proof,

In the first place I am not pretty; And when I've stoln upon these sons- and at sixty I shall not feel obliged

in law, Then kill, kill, kill, &c.

to be so. Fontenelle one day met was not marked with sufficient force, a person of his acquaintance whe especially the last line, which we think announced that he was lately marshould be contrasted, with the soft and ried. Is your wife pretty < " said cautious manner in which the first part Fontenelle, « Ah !replied the of the passage is uttered. Mr. Caulfield as Edgar, gained much able of women-has, wit, talents

husband, “ she is one of the most ami. deserved reputation in the mingled scenes of feigned madaess and pathos,

But is she pretty ?You can have bis execution could hardly be mended, no idea of her goodness of heari and

fier: mildness of character." « Mying put a question toʻnie, she has friend, tell me if she be pretty; for turned away. without waiting for a that is the only thing a wontan' is reply,· Nor shall I feel myself bound obliged to be.It is then very clear to be verys solicitous in regard to that an old woman is not obliged to what that lady allows me to say to Ve any thing. I can make myself her;- any more than I shall hold agreeable only when there is no myself obliged to take Mr. N. at compulsion.

the very letter of his expressions. Fliank heaven I shall-then cease We can endure every thing from to laugh at a dull joke, to be amused those of whom we expect nothing; through politeness, -and to be ani. and in old age we do not expect mated without feeling any anima- any thing from the world, because tion. To sustain iny place in the we have nothing to offer it. We midst of the amusements of otliers, look upon it as less important to us, it will be enough for me barely to in proportion as we become of less approve of them. Indulgence will importance to the world, That was be my part ;--for when pleasure a sensible old lady (Lady Sandwich) has ceased to be a duty, indulgence who never went out without wrapwill become a merit. If I find my• ping herself up in cloaks and car. self sayrounded by the bustle of fash- dinals, saying that she would rather ivnable life, merely to endure it will be ridiculous than rheumatic. Now be taken very kindly of me. But it is sufficiently ridiculous in old now, not to give displeasure, I am people to catch cold for those who

matimes obliged to make as much would not thank them for it. At As others. T., hose frivolous con- sixty we ought to laugh at the apversations in v I am at present probation of the world, in order that comker with To jaaty to take a the world may not laugh at us: I padli, shail then appear kind if I yet lack many years of sixty. consent to listen : and amiable, if I Carelessness and unconcern will devote to them any degree of atten- then be called reason ; indolence, tion. My motives will be duly ap- dignity; and idleness meritorious. preciated as to the interest with An old woman is never more please which I question Mr. R. upon the antly situated than at home; for pleasures of une fete to which I had abroad, she is compelled to take the refused to go, as well as to the sin- first place, because she is absolutely cerity of the praises that I may unable to maintain herself in any chance to bestow on Miss Gi's ele- other. She is neyer to be suffered gant hat, without having the inten- to dispute for her rank. But with. tion to get one like it. My sincer- kow many advantages would sheity will be unsuspected when I de- enter into such a contest? Her ini.. clare plainly that rose-colour of all portance in the estimation of others others, is most suitable to Mrs. P. being no longer founded on her and I shall with as good a grace, means of pleasing, she ought to . defend my young friends on the found it on the interest which they score of the extravagance of their may have to be well with her. Find fashions, which I can no longer fol. herself where she may; she ought. low; as excuse the follies of youth, to be accounted in the lawful exer. in which no more run the hazard cise of a kind of magistracy :-she of partaking

ought to regulate the tone and Nothing wilt prevent me from spirit of the conversation to her own, pardoning Mrs. L. whep after hava! líking, and to be always well aware

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