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death of Kings.” As conservators of the public tween the vigour of her mind and that of Lady morals, however, we are forced to place the im- Macheth, gave her advantages in the character. press of our condemnation upon the licentious ap- Mrs. Yates.
which no lady has pussessed since the best days of pliances of the modern play-house, and to sigh for
Mrs. Siddons displayed less of what is called the retrogradation in public taste, which has driven acting, during the dialogne previous to the murder from the stage the humanities of Shakspere and of Duncan, and less of Pantomime when she ensuffered Harlequin to usurp A pollo's place." ters walking in her sleep, than in her first appearTon true is it, as a contemporary satirist has said, ance in the saine situations. So far her attempis that the popular entertainments of this enlighten they will yet admit of further simplicity. When
exhibited fewer instances of apparent artifice; but ed (!) day have introduced to our notice
she sets duwn the candle, who does not perceira
she varies from her predecessors only that her hands Vaulters, who rightly served at home, perchance,
may be more at liberty to imitale the process of Had dangled from the rope on which they dance;
ablution ?-Artis est celare arlem." Dwarfs, mimics, jugglers, all that yield content, Where Sin holds Carnival and Wit keeps Lent.” On a subsequent occasion, (March 8.) we find
quite a different opinion expressed. Speaking of For now, (to continue the quotation,)
Lady Macbeth, the critic says“ To Doctor Logic's wit our sons give ear;
“On the whole, however, violent and horrible They have no time for HAMLET or for LEAR,
as the part is, she over-acts it ; and in the nightOur daughters turn from genile Juliet's wo,
scene commits an error, which would be inexcusa. To count the twirts of ALMAVIVA's toe."
ble in the youngest performer, that of altending to
her candle as if perfectly awake." How different was it in 1785! Then the drama, purified by a correct taste from the vile produc
In connection with this remark, it may be well to
refer to what Mrs. Siddons has herself said with tions of Congreve and W'ycherley, was under the
reference to the candle scene, on the very night patronage of moral and religious men. The great Girst alluded 10- her first appearance in the char
! Dr. Jobpson,* who died but a few days before the
acter in London. She recounts the agitation that opening of that year, did not disdain to witness its representations and had himself written a trag toilette was made, and tells how just as she was
possessed her, the feverish alarm with which ber edy, in which Garrick appeared, (Irene,) and in which the principal female character is strangled going on the stage, Mr. Sheridan came to speak
with her. “What was my astonishment," she upon the stage. The most refined and virtuons adds, when I found that he wanted me, even at classes of society went to the play. They delight- this moment of anxiety and terror, to adopt anothed to hear the philosophy of Hamlet, to see the noble of Lear, to applaud the filial affection
er mode of acting the sleeping scene! He told rage of Cordelia, to be startled with the development of
me he had heard with the greatest surprise and conguilt in the breast of Lady Macbeth. And well
cern that I meant to act it without holding the can
dle in my hand ; and when I orged the impracticamight they appreciate those representations, for the
bility of washing out that damned spot' with the genius of the Kembles was then swaying at will
vehemence that was certainly implied by borb her the feelings of London. From the “ Theatrical Journal" of the European Magazine, we quote this
own words, and by those of her gentlewoman, he
insisted that if I did put the candle out of my hand, notice :
it would be thought a presumpiuous innovation, as Wednesday, Feb. 2. Shakspeare's Macbeth Mrs. Pritchard had always retained it in hers. My was performed for the benefit of Mrs. Siddons : mind, however, was made up, and it was too lat9 and she appeared for the first time in London, in to make me alter it; for I was too much agitated the part of Lady Macbeth.
to adopt another method. My deference for Mr. “ Though there is a similarity to herself in Mrs.
Sheridan's taste and judgment was, however, so Siddons' manner of performing every part, which would render a frequent attendance on her much great, that, had he proposed the alteration whilst more tiresome to us than the more varied perfor. it was possible for me to change my own plan, I mance of inferior actors, yet the congeniality be- should have yielded to his suggestion; though eren
then it would have been against my own opinion, * Dr. Johnson would seem somewhat inconsistent in his and my observation of the accuracy with which views in relation to the Drama. Boswell mentions several somnambulists perform all the acts of waking pelinstances of his rebuking in severe terms the histrionic
sons. The scene, of course, was acted as I had my. profession. On one occasion an Irish gentleman, convers. ing with him on the subject, asked him if he had seen the self conceived it; and the innovation, as Mr. Sherbest French players. Johnson~ Players, sir! I look idan called it, was received with approbation. Mr. on them as no better than creatures set upon tables and Sheridan himself came to me atier the play, and joint stools
, to make faces and produce laughter, like dan most ingenuously congratulated me on my obstinacing dogs.” “ But, sir, you will allow that some players are better than others ?" JOHNSON—“Yes, sir, as some
су. dogs dance better than others !"
Campbell's Life of Mrs. Siddons.
The Lady Macbeth of Mrs. Siddons is said to sed to make him an honorary member, but that behave been the most wonderful representation that ing declined, it was agreed io increase the number ever called forth the tears of a cambric-handker- from twenty-five, in consequence of which his Roychiefed auditory. One who had seen it might be
al Highness was unanimously elected.
The Beef-steak Club has been instituted just said indeed to have a supped full of horrors.” Her fifty years, and consists of some of the most clasvery walk across the stage caused the hair to stand sical and sprightly wits in the kingdom.” on end and the deep full notes, in which she ultered the language of the murderess, seemed like a
A few weeks after this great event, (June 1,) voice issuing from a tomb. Where now can be we find a brief paragraph, announcing that found a vestige of her manile? Indeed, in this
“ This day John Adams, Esq. Minister Plenipomountebank age, where would a worthy successor tentiary from the United States of America, had a be sustained ? Alas, the palmy period of the dra- private audience of his Majesty, to deliver his crema has gone by, its passion and poetry are past dentials.” and the tinsel alone remains,-the curtain bas fallen
“ John Adams, Esq.," it must be borne in mind, on the fifth act of its luster. In the literary department of the European Mag. finest gentleman in Europe.”
was but a small man, when compared with the azine, we find a variety of entertaining reading.
Farther on we find another announcement : There is a series of papers, chiefly of an anecdotical character, on the Life of Dr. Johnson. There “ 16. Arrived in town from Falmouth Warren is also a succession of articles on the “Progress Hastings, Esq. late Governor General of Bengal, of English Song," by Mr. Ritson, which have since He sailed from Calculla the 9th of February last.” been published in a volume and are regarded as the This Monthly Chronicle contains many other best historical Essay on that subject. The poetry scraps of interest, accounts of air-balloons, which of the Magazine is very unequal, some of it being had just come in vogue, criminal trials, sometimes very good, other portions almost as bad as the ver- with the arguments for the defense, executions at ses of the Rosa Matildas of our own day. From a Newgate, (of which during three months there Doptial Ode, on the marriage of " Lord Viscount were no less than forty-five, all for a lower grade Aliborp and Miss Lavinia Bingham,” written by of crime than manslaughter !) together with public Sir William Jones, (clarum et venerabile nomen,) celebrations, etc., etc. we take a few lines prophetic of our national great- There is also a Monthly Obituary, from which
we take a few examples of remarkable longevity, * Beyond the vast Atlantic deep,
which remind us of that respectable race of old A dume hy viewless genii shall be raised, people who lived before the flood. The walls of adamant compact and steep,
" Anne Simms, at Studley-green, in the Parish To her the youth of Delaware shall kneel; of Brimhill, near Bow-wood, in Wilishirc, in the And when her smiles rain plenty o'er the land, 113ih year of her age. Till within a few months
Bow, tyrants, bow beneath th' avenging steel !” of her death, she was able to walk to and from the From the Monthly Chronicle of Events, we from Studley. She had been, and continued, till
seat of the Marquis of Lansdown, near three miles make some curious extracts
upwards of 100 years, the most noted poacher of “ April 1.
that part of the country; and frequently boasted of
selling to gentlemen, ish taken out of their own " At a little before one o'clock, a fire broke out ponds. Her coffin and shroud she had purchased, in the large room at Spring Gardens, Charing Cross, and kept in her apartment more than 20 years." furmerly known by the name of Cox's Museum, bat at this time taken by a man who was exhibiting
May 9. Windsor Castle cut in Cork, and Mount Vesuvius :
“Lately died at Holmes chapel, in Cheshire, a the person was shewing the Burning Mountain 10man named Froome, aged 125 years and eight the company; in throwing up the lighted rosin, months. This patriarchal rarity was gardener to some of it fell upon a large quantity of combusti- the late John Smith Barry, Esq who, in considerble maller, which, through forgetfulness, had noi ation of his great age, and long services, left him been put into ils proper place, and in an instant set an annuity of 501. a year, which die enjoyed with the building on fire, ihe whole of which was con unusual health until about two days before his death. sumped, with two adjacent houses, and the stabling He has a son now living, turned of 90, who works at the back of the building much damaged." at a manufactory in Lancashire, and promises fair The following item will be regarded as highly
to arrive at as great an age as his late father." important :
May 16. "May 14. The Prince of Wales was admitted a “At Magharelempeny, near Ballynahinch, in the member of the Beef-steak Club. His Royal High- county of Down, Mary M·Donnell, aged upwards Dess having signified his wish of belonging to that of 118 years. She was born in the Isle of Sky in society, and there not being a vacancy, it was propo.' Scotland, which place she left in the year of the
Revolution. (1688), and resided since in Down, in Prince, and a party consisting of one hundred ladies Ireland, until her death : last year she walked to and gentlemen, supped in the grand Eagle Saloon. Moira, 14 miles, in one day, to see her landlord ; The duchess of Devonshire was seated on the right and in the year 1783 reaped her ridge of corn as hand of his Highness, and lady Beauchamp on his well as the youngest people in the country. When left. All the first families in the kingdoro supped she was at Moira, she had all her senses perfectly in this apartment. The company amounted to. as a young woman, except a little weakness in her gether to four hundred and fifty. The supper coneyes, and seemed strong, healthy and active." sisted of eight removes, of the most choice dishes,
and a grand display of confectionary, with the most The last extract we present, (we fear we have curious fruits that could be procured. already given too many,) relates to the Court.
The dances were resumed after supper, with
great glee. The prince danced with the duchess “ June 41h. His Majesty's birth-day was distin- of Gordon, lady Duncannon, and several others." guished with every proof of respect and esteem.
From the quotations we have made, it will occur DRESSES.
to every one that a literary magazine in 1785 was “ The drawing-room, in point of splendour, was
a very different affair from one in 1848. Nous equal to any we remember on the occasion. The avons changer tout cela. Division of labor now King was in a plain suit, of a milk chocolate col- assigns to many what was then the work of bat our, and appeared in charming spirits.— Her Ma- one. The larger part of the materiel of the Enjesty was superbly dressed in blue and silver. The ropean Magazine is what would now appear in petticoat was entirely covered with a rich silver the Annual Register or the Year Book. When embroidered crape. Mer jewels were disposed with the Queen now takes an airing, with her sis for with uncommon taste, and raised to such advantage on a black ground in stripes, as made the most seven) little sprigs of royalty, in the gardens of perfect and brilliant appearance. — The Prince of Buckingham Palace, it is the province of the Court Wales was in a royal purple velvet, richly embroi- Journal to inform the world of the important fact; dered with silver, and made a most elegant appear- when a new mode is introduced at the West End ance. The Princess Royal's was lilac and silver, we look to La Belle Assemblée for a dissertation embellished with a beautiful silver embroidered crape, of superior work aud perfection; represent- on the subject. The literary magazines disdain tə ing various devices in wreails, knors, and flower- chronicle such frivolous nothings and have relieved baskets, interspersed with a variety of small bou- their pages of much inanity. With ns in Ameriquets of natural flowers.
Lady Harriet ca, we regard not at all mere matters of adorament Piit, honorable Miss Finch, lady Howe, Miss Howe, (except in the poorest of fashion plates.) and as the lady Palmerston, lady Mordaunt, lady Impey, countess Aylesford, &c. &c. &c. were in Chamberri people are King, we are not troubled with recordgauzes.
Mrs. Hastings wore an Indian ing their movements. Like all Sovereigns, hormuslin, wrought in silver and colours, with a pro- ever, they have their jesters and there are some fusion of oriental pearls.
journals which are charged with the task of ma“ The head-dress of the ladies principally con- king fun. sisted of feathers, disposed with neatness, artificial
But we have discoursed too long. Let os shut flowers and diamonds. Lady Salisbury's cap was formed of materials that corresponded in colour up the book and deduce a moral. It will indeed with her gown.- Lady Augusta Murray appeared be a very trite one. Still it cannot be too frequentin an enormous wreath of flowers, which extended ly studied. We have been looking at other times on all sides, like the fantastic head-dress in which and past events. A few years have rolled by, and Milton's Euphrosyne generally appears. A few all the characters of that period are gone. Poets, Figaro tresses were seen; but the hair in a simple statesmen, wits, beauties, they have passed away style, with drop curls in the neck, was the preva- from the stage of action. The lutestring of the lent mode."
boudoir has faded. Time, the great equalizer, has June 10.
set before us in a proper light those who were reCARLETON HOUSE FETE. garded, undeservedly, either as virtuous or vicious.
We are taught thus, the impressive truth, that has BALL.
been so well expressed in the language of Shirley, “ The ball room was fitted up in a light and pleasing style. Twelve superb lusires were suspended " The glories of our mortal state from the ceiling, and the same number of giran
Are shadows, not substantial things; doles, on brackets, placed round the room. Two There is no armor against fate; orchestras were constructed, hung with crimson Death lays his icy hand on kings: silk.
Sceptre and crown “ Upwards of two hundred ladies were present,
Must tumble down," some of whom were of the first accomplishments and fashion. The ball was suspended at half-past and in applying this, we may be assured, in the one, and the company repaired to supper.
words of the same noble dirge, that "SUPPER
“Only the actions of the just “ Five rooms were laid out for the supper. The Smell sweet and blossom in the dust."
No packed committees break his rest, Nor avarice send him forth in quest of lands beneath the sun.
SCRAPS FROM A PORT-FOLIO.
Short is our span, then why engage
The following verses, by Warren Hastings, I met with in an old English magazine. They were composed in 1785, during the author's return voyage from India to England, and are alluded to by Macaulay, in his critique on Hastings, as follows: "Ofhis voyage little is known, except that he amused himself with books and with his pen, and that among the compositions, by which he beguiled the tediousness of that long leisure-was a pleasing initation of Horace's Olium Divos rogat. This little poero was inscribed to his friend, Mr. Shore, afterwards Lord Teignmouth.”
Verses by Warren Hastings, imitated from Horare, 2d Book, Ode XVI. Otium Divos rogat. Written at sea, near Cape of Good Hope, March, 1785.
The restless thought and wayward will
He who would happy live to-day
For ease the harassed seaman prays,
To ripened age Clive lived renowned
For ease the starved Maratta spoils
An early death was Elliott's doom,
For neither wealth nor titles joined
To thee perhaps the Fates may give
He who enjoys (nor covets more)
No sears his peace of mind annoy Lest pointed lies his same destroy Which labored years have won :
For me, O Shore, I only claim
ter of nations, that, without these facilities, woold DISCOVERIES IN SCIENCE;
never be known, except through other mediums in
finitely less efficient? In this means, enterprise THEIR MORAL AND POLITICAL EFFECTS.
and energy find at once a fit emblem and an agency equal to the accomplishment of their active pur
poses of trade and locomotion. Yet even after The consideration of general laws, whether op- this great discovery, giving to those who may have erating in the moral or physical life, affords subjects been denied the highways of the waters, highways of curious and often instructive reflection. There of equal tonnage and equal-nay, superior speed, are not a few of thee inflexible conditions, which, there seemed to be wanting something that shond though seen by us, and known to us, in our earli correspond with the operations of the human mind, est entrance upon a rational life, are yet regarded that should convey the winged thoughts swift 29 with cold and sometimes almost an impious indif- the thoughts themselves; that annihilating the inference. We treat them, as dreams,
tervention of tardy distance, would enable us to
speak and to be heard over the mountains and the “ The children of an idle brain Begot of nothing, but vain phantasy."
valleys-and lo, the inventive genius of the age
offers a vehicle to human thought; corresponding The germ of death ingrafted on the very heart of in its fitness and similitudes with that which steam man, that begins its blighting growih with the first has afforded to physical man and the productions issues of the lite spring, and of whose untiring of his industry. And the electric spark that hereagency every day offers abundant evidence, is yet tofore conveyed terror and superstitions alarm, now unheeded, though it bears us to the “bourne, from bears in iis car of living light the language of huwhich no traveller returns."
man thought; and man, separated by distances, The same principle seems to exist in political which but a short time ago were a barrier 10 ! societies. Nations have their birth, their progress communication, may now converse with nations of to maturity,-lheir fulness of population and sci. another tropic, as if divided only by the streets of ence, and their decline and final decay. Is this a single city. Dying itself, it leaves its record in tendency to national decline ever to be retarded by the langnage of man. What a mere dreamer, he existing discoveries, or such as may by analogy would have been thought, who a few years age exist ? Or is it alike the inflexible doom of man and should have ventured the prediction of so wondernations, that they shall perish? Before the intro- ful a state of things; who should have hazarded the duction of many modern discoveries which are now prophecy that such an agent, dangerous and errain active force, the revolutions of kingdoms were tic, would have been subjected to the innocent use not much less obvious than those which mark the of intelligent communication. This discovery has changes of the natural body. That this state of afforded to us a liberty of prophecy that knows things may be-nay, is 10 some extent arrested by no limit in the range of probable things, and that the discoveries of modern times, we think suscepti- may be indulged almost over the whole field of ble of some demonstration, though to what exient, possible things. It has encouraged man not only of course no one can determine. Nor do the agi- to predict, but to project with more vigor and bettations which now convulse almost the whole of ter hopes of useful discovery. Nor is it improba! Europe, affect at all the views which we offer. ble that discovery may yet disengage from the We look upon these as the transition State, neces. womb of the hidden things of nature materials sarily resulting from the operation of causes, that shall get more exalt him. Look to the sciwhich the wisdom of man has established through ence of Astronomy alone, and see what wonders his inventive genius.
have been unfolded to his intelligent acquaintance Not long in the history of mankind have we in later years. How, by the improvement of oprealized the operations of steam, an agency, the tical instruments, he has been enabled to penetrate power of which enables man to traverse the earth those regions of space, aronnd which deep darkwith as little time and labor, as in days gone by ness hung, and bring forth systems moving in barwere required to round the limits of a perty State. mony and beauty. Reckon back a little while, and In ils vast propulsion and speed, bearing in its all this which makes us wonder and admire, was train science, civilization and exchange, no in- the mere symbolic language, to swell the superstigenuity can reckon its effects upon those laws lions of mankind. The ino agencies which we that heretofore had marked the conditions of our have alluded 10, are unquestionably working and to
work a vast change in the condition of the races In our country alone we may now estimate com- that now and hereafter shall roam the face of na: munications by rail-roads to be more than six thou- ture. sand miles. What a mighty commingling of man- Those differences that result in the national idiokind is effected by this ? How many persons are syncracies, which mark the people of the earlies thus made familiar with the customs and charac-'must undergo change. The homogeneity oi di