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be too much to pronounce it impos Chatterley, as Miss Hærdcastle, was sible that this play could ever have fascination itself,_We wish the club been, or ever can be better got up companions of Tony had been a than it is at present, we must be per- little better drest-an excise-man mitted to avow, that remembering may surely have clean linen and a the pleasure it afforded us, the very good coat, and yet look vulgar thoughts of the possibility of its be enough for Tony's friend. These ing better performed, excites impa: plays lose much by their change of tience and displeasure. Terry's Pan- manners and circumstances incidenglos was above all praise - Mrs. tal to the improvement of society. In Pearce's vulgar assumption of rank Goldsmith's day, the highway-man and consequence as the new made scene was reckoned one of admirable Lady Duberlry, was admirable humour, but the apprehension of Mrs. Barker threw the expression of highway robbery in travelling, is artless manners, and natural feelings now a thing so out of date, that an into the character of Cecily Home author might as well make the plot spun; whilst Oxberry's affectionate of a tragedy turn upon a £20,000 temper and rustic honesty as Zekiel prize in the lottery, as to introduce Homespun, would have rivalled the such an incident as highway robbery best performances of Emery. But in a regular comedy. We have been Liston and Jones-Liston's vulgarity led so far by our feelings on these as the new made lord-his old chan. two plays, that we have hardly space dler's habits_his self-enjoyment to say what is necessary on the revihis satisfied laugh his thorough val of the play of the Hypocrite. sensual drollery, form a piece of act. This piece is rather a paraphrase ing which we cannot conceive can than a translation of Moliere's Tarever be surpassed :—Jones's rapid tuffe. In Dr. Johnson's day, the transitions of feeling and of purpose, Hypocrite was in great vogue, and according to his change of rank, as it was then considered little else were given with exquisite skill: his than a party piece an auxillary half-restrained impatience to get rid to the establishment against the of his old rustic companion, Home increasing sects of those dreaded spun, was given with great effect; leviathans, Wesley and Whitfield. but the aukwardness of divulging But the sentiments of society have to Homespun that Cecily was no latterly so much changed upon this longer a fit match for him—the subject, that the play ought to be writhings of his face and body as he modified to meet the habits and at last brought out the hint that the manners of the present age. It is marriage ceremony might be dis said that Terry, the substitute for pensed with, were proofs of histrio- Dowton, in the character of Cant. nic talent which would do honor to well, is too dirty and coarse to win any stage. The comedy of She upon a person of rank like Lady Stoops to Conquer, has been got up Lambert; but we must recollect that with almost equal talent. Liston's it is this very coarseness that shews Tony Lumpkin is unique-his ac- the high degree of religious infatuating was so excellent, that we could tion in her ladyship, who is taken not even regret that he is rather too with even poor Maw-worm, In the old to look the boy under age. The same manner, when the gluttony of manner in which he snatches the the Tartuffe is related to his patron letter out of the lady's hand, and it only draws from him a piteous expresses his mixture of astonish- : " Le pauvre homme,” in short, no ment, impatience, and reproach, at excess of vulgarity or of sensuality her holding the defeat of his drink is too gross for infatuation of this ing club to be a trivial matter, was sort. The Hypocrite is an amusing a real touch of naiure, which brought play-Mr. Liston is, we think, much its full measure of applause from better than Mathews as Maw-worm, the audience. Mr. Terry was at if he is not so natural, he is infinitely home as Mr. Hardcastle, whilst Mrs. more droll and amusing.
ENGLISH OPERA HOUSE. That almost prodigy, Miss Clara tiated in our last Number, has conFisher, on whose merits we expa- cluded her engagement at this
Theatre. She took her leave in the the night when he discovers the character of Panglos; and however entrance into the Keep, is characterastonishing may be the performance istic and awful in the extreme.of such a character by a female child, Wilkinson, as a sort of Bonifacewe can hardly approve of any attempt the toper landlord of the Blue Sheep's so extravagant. We must take leave Head, was irresistibly comic. His of Miss Fisher until her re-appear- contest with M'Iron, Gordon's rude ance, by giving our opinion, that if lieutenant, was ludicrous enoughher histrionic meritis
but our praise extends only to Mr. her growth, and strengthens with Wilkinson, — not to his character, her strength,” she will be one of the which is one of the most pointless first actresses in Europe.-A new we ever witnessed. The piece, on Melo-drama has been brought out the whole, was deserving of appro
, at this Theatre, under the name of bation, and it was favourably reGordon the Gypsey. The story hasceived by the public.-The longall the qualities adapting it to a promised five-act play, from Gil Blas, Melo-drama, and of which the dra. was brought out on Thursday the matist has judiciously availed him- 15th. This is an attempt to drama- . self. The piece has good music, tise the whole novel of Gil Blas, and good scenery, and abounds in those to represent the hero, from his leavincidents and situations, which rouse ing his uncle, the little fat licentiate, the feelings, and make the heart pal- Gil Perez, to his decline of life, at pitate with fear and alarm for the 52, and upwards,—the ratios of age fate of the hero, and the manner in being as 17, 25, and 52. Souls of which he may extricate himself from Corneille and Longinus, what a lihis dilemmas, and escape the “mov. berty with the unities! Shakespear's ing accidents by flood and field.” King John is regularity and con
” Gordon is the son of a Scotch laird, densation, compared to such a chroowner of Drummond Keep, an in- nological drama.-Miss Kelly was accessible fortress on a rock, hang- the Gil Blas of 17-Pearman was ing over a lake.—Gordon's father is the Signor Gil Blas of 25 ; and, murdered by his friend Cameron, finally, Mr. Bartley was the Gil Blas who possesses himself of the Keep, of 52. This novelty alone, of sucin which he resides, with his only cessively personating one character niece. His son having been obliged by a female and two males, might to fly, the country, as one of the lead us to pronounce a priori, that Jacobite rebels, Gordon has become the piece would be either very good the leader of a band of gypseys, and,
or very bad.
It has, certainly, discovering the mode of ingress into proved a very flexible piece ; for on Drummond Keep,' he is resolved to the second night of representation, effect his entrance, to personate it was reduced by one hour and Cameron's long-lost son—to espouse
a half. The first and second Acts the niece, to whom he is attached carry Gil Blas through the supper and then to wreak his vengeance on
at Penalz, with the tall, long-sworded Cameron, for the murder of his father. bulley, whose very look frightens the He succeeds in gaining admission poor lad into paying the bill.—Then into the Keep, and in imposing him- we have his capture by the robbers self upon Cameron as his son ; but the cave of the robbers in the being pursued by the King's troops, wood, and his escape with Donna he is obliged to precipitate his plans, Mercia. This ends the first two and, in the act of plunging old Acts, and may be said to end the Cameron into the lake, he is shot by play of Gil Blas,—for the three the soldiery, who were in pursuit of ucceeding Acts not only have him. This is the outline of the nothing to do with the story, story, which may be seen in the but all identity of character is
ales of Hogg, the Ettrick Shepherd. lost, and the remainder of the play Mr. Cooke performed the part of is absolutely worthless. Gil Blas of Gordon, and looked terrific.--His 52 is no more the Gil Blas of 17 fine figure and vigorous action re- or 25, grown older, than he is in the markably adapt him to such charac- Gil Blas of 52, given to us in the ters; his waving the burning bush novel, or than he is Hamlet Prince to call his gang to his assistance, on of Denmark. But it would be use.
less to go further into the history of minated Palace in the scene of the this outrageous, non-descript drama. Forest is alone worth going to see. The first two Acts are faithful to the The music and singing is generally novel, and highly amusing :-the good ; and one or two of the melo remainder is poor indeed. — The dies deserve the highest praises.-scenery, however, is beautiful in the The third Act ends with a quartet extreme; and the view of the illu- of great beauty.
AND FOREIGN POLITICAL DIGEST.
HOUSE OF LORDS. Monday, JULY 22.-The royal MONDAY, JULY 29.On the third assent was given by commission to reading of the Irish Constable's Bill the Marriage Act Amendment Bill Lord Holland reprobated the Orange and to several other Bills. The processions on the 12th July to comMarquis of Lansdown expressed his memorate the victory of the Boyne. wish that his Majesty's ministers Lord Liverpool expressed his would continue their efforts to in- strong disapprobation of such produce the governments of Europe to cessions, and declared that ministers acknowledge some generalprinciples, were taking steps to put a stop.to which might form the basis of mea- such proceedings. On the third sures calculated effectually to sup; reading of the Alien Bill, Lord press that iniquitous traffic, terined Holland, in an impressive and elothe slave trade. As an address to quent speech, declared the Bill to this effect had been recently present- be a violation of the, immutable ed to the Throne by the House of principles of justice ; uncalled for Commons, the noble Marquis would by the circumstances of the times ; confine himself to merely expressing and indelibly disgraceful to the chathese views upon the subject.—The racter of this country, His LordPrison Laws Bill was ordered to be ship stated that great abuses were read this day three months, the Lord committed under this Act, and Chancellor expressing his determi- amongst other cases he instanced nation to bring in a Bill next session that of Las Casas, whose papers
had of similar provisions, except the been seized in a most unjustifiable penalties. The Bill was then read manner. Adverting to Buonaparte,
his Lordship spoke of the highest Friday, July 26.-- Lord Redes- individuals in Europe, who had prodale presented a petition from the nounced Napoleon to be the greatest Rev. George Bugg, complaining of character of modern history, in his having been dismissed succes- which sentiment he fully agreed; sively from three curacies, and left and he thought the treatment of the destitute with a wife and four chil- ex-emperor by this country calcudren, by the bishops of Winchester lated to throw disgrace on the naand Lincoln, under 36 Geo. 3. cap. tional character, and to render infa83. sect. 6, and 57 Geo. 3. cap. 99. mous to posterity, the name of those, sect. 47. No cause had been assign- who had been instrumental in such ed for this dismissal, and no com- measures against a great but fallen plaint had been made against the enemy.- Lord Bathurst defended petitioner's moral, religious, or ca- the Alien Bill, when it was read a nonical conduct. The petition pray- third time, and passed by a majority ed the repeal of the aforesaid sec- of sixteen. tions of the Acts.Ordered to lie FRIDAY, AUG.3.-The Lord Chanon the table.
cellor brought in a Bill to amend
the Bankrupt Laws, but owing to tion towards this country; and I have the satis. the lateness of the sessions the Bill
faction of believing that the differences which
had unfortunately arisen between the Court of was read pro forma and ordered to St. Petersburgh and the Ottoman Porte are in be printed. By this Bill a person
such a train of adjustment as to afford a fair
prospect that the peace of Europe will not be is allowed to declaré himself a bank- disturbed. rupt by filing a declaration of bank. " Gentlemen of the House of Commons, I
thank you for the supplies which you have ruptcy.
granted me for the service of the present year, Monday, Aug. 5.-Lord Holland and for the wisdom you have manifested, in presented a petition from Mr. Robert availing yourselves of the first opportunity to
reduce the interest of a part of the national Gourlay, complaining of injuries he debt, without the least infringement of parliahad suffered from the
government of mentary faith. It is most gratifying to me that
you should have been enabled, in consequence Canada, the constituted authorities
of this and, of other measures, to relieve my of which province had banished him 'people from some of their burdens. by a summary jurisdiction.
“ My Lords and Gentlemen,-The distress
which has for some months past pervaded a conTUESDAY, `AựG. 6,- Parliament siderable portion of Ireland, arising principally was prorogued this day by the king from the failure of that crop on which the great in person. All the passages leading sistence, has deeply affected me. The measures
body of the population depends for their subto the House were crowded at an which you have adopted for the relief of the early hour, and the arrangements
sufferers meet with my warmest approbation;
and seconded as they have been by the sponta. made for the admission of persons neous and generous efforts of my people, they to the Painted Chamber and other have most materially contributed to alleviate situations in the House, had the
the pressure of this severe calamity. I have
the satisfaction of knowing that these exertions effect of preventing any confusion. have been justly appreciated in Ireland; and I At about twelve o'clock the doors
entertain a sincere belief that the benevolence
and sympathy so conspicuously manifested upon were opened, and all the places al- the present occasion, will essentially promote lotted to the public were immediately the object which I have ever had at heart, that očeupied. The body of the House
of cementing the connection which subsists be
tween every part of the empire, and of uniting presented, as usual, a display of in brotherly love and affection all classes and brilliancy and fashion.
descriptions of my subjects." His Majesty, immediately on his arrival, took' his seat on the throne,
Then the Lord Chancellor, by his when the Commons were forth with Majesty's command, said summoned to attend, and on the arrival of the Speaker and members
· My Lords and Gentlemen,-It is his Majes.
ty's royal will and pleasure, that this Parliainent of the House of Commons, the be prorogued to Tuesday, the 8th day of October Speaker proceeded to read an address next, to be then here holden; and this Parlia.
ment is accordingly prorogued to Tuesday, the to his Majesty, in which he took a 8th day of October next." review of the proceedings of the Session.
After which the Speaker, with the When the Speaker had concluded, Members of the Commons who achis Majesty delivered the following companied him on his entrance, respeech
tired from the bar. As soon as they
had withdrawn, his Majesty rose, My Lords and Gentlemen,- I cannot release and attended by his numerous suite, you from your attendance in Parliament, with- returned to Carlton House. His out assuring you how sensible I am of the attention you have paid to the many important Majesty seemed in good health and objects which have been brought before you in spirits, and went through the cerethe course of this long and laborious session. 1 continue to receive from Foreign Powers the
mony of the day with his accustomstrongest assurauces of their friendly disposi- ed dignity.
HOUSE OF COMMONS, MONDAY, JULY 22.-Mr. Goul. 16,154). for the Board of Works, burn proposed a vote of 10,0001. for 17,500). for printing and stationery, building churches in Ireland.-Mr. 22,0001. for expenses of criminal Hume objected to the vote whilst prosecutions, 15001. for apprehendsuch immense sums were consumed ing public offenders, 20,0001. for by the Irish church establishment civil contingencies, 20,0001. forarmy from a population refusing all reli- extraordinaries, 28,0001. for watch gious communion with them. The and police expenses, 200,000); for vote was carried by a majority of meeting the distresses in Ireland, nine. The following grants were
and numerous minor items of the then voted for the Irish government, Irish establishment were voted by
the House. The following sums prohibited at the Cape, and recomwere then voted for the expenses of inending that the Hottentot populathe English establishment: 310,0001. tion should by education and religifor the out-pensioners of Greenwich ous instruction be rendered available Hospital. 30,0001, for courts of jus- to our colonists. Address carried. tice in Westminster Hall. 12,500). Mr. Wilmot moved an address to to liquidate the claims of her late the king, praying that a commission Majesty's creditors. 4,5001. to the might be issued under the great seal commissioners of inquiry into the to inquire into the state of the Cape, revenue of Ireland. And 12,7811. to the Mauritius, Ceylon, and the Leetwo American Loyalists.
ward Islands. The debate on the TUESDAY, JULY 23.-Mr. Canning motion was adjourned. presented a petition from Liverpool, Friday. JULY 26.-Mr.Vansittart complaining of the losses sustained brought in his Superannuation Bill, by trade in consequence of the de- fór compelling clerks in government predations committed by pirates an
offices to establish a fund, to provide der the South American Flag:- for themselves when superannuated. Lord Londonderry replied, that the The bill was strongly opposed by government had had communication Mr. Canning and by Mr. Calcraft, with the Spanish ministry for the who quoted passages from the letters
pose of suppressing the evil.— of Lord Sidmouth to the King, deMr. Lennard moved for the corres- claring the bill to be contrary to pondence which had taken place be- every principle of common honesty tween Mr. Zea, the Columbian de- and good faith.—The bill was finally puty, and our ambassador at Paris, carried. as well as with our government at
Monday, JULY 29.-The Superhome.-Lord Londonderry replied, annuation Bill was again read, havthat an acquiescence with the motion ing undergone several amendments. would be interfering with the prero
- The report of the Committee on gative of the Crown and the respon. the Claims of the Calcutta Bankers, sibility of ministers; and on a divi- was brought up.--The Smuggling sion the motion was lost by a majo. Prevention Bill was passed. rity of thirty-five.-In a Committee TUESDAY, July 30.-A Petition of Supply Mr. Smith observed, that from the Merchants of London was in the English Post Office, pro-' presented, complaining of the deducing a revenue of 1,300,0001. there predations committed on their trade had been in the course of a number by the South American Privateers.of years only twenty-one defaulters, Sir George Cockburn stated, that their defalcation being 9,5001. whilst these vessels bore a national characin the Irish Post Office, yielding ter and fag, and it was difficult to only 55,0001. there had been 275 de. treat them as pirates.-Mr. Bright faulters, occasioning a loss to the observed, that the vessels were, to public of 19,0001.
all intents and purposes, piratical ; WEDNESDAY, JULY 24. - In a and the United States of America Committee of Ways and Means
did not hesitate to treat them as 16,500,0001. were voted to be raised such.-Petition ordered to be printed. by Exchequer Bills for the service -Mr. Wilmot brought in a Bill to of the year—and in a Committee of unite the Provinces of Upper and Supply various sums were voted. Lower Canada,
THURSDAY, JULY 25.-Mr. Hume WEDNESDAY, July 31.-On the moved several resolutions expressive third reading of the Appropriation of his disapprobation of our finan. Bill, Dr. Lushington complained of cial system, and went into long de- the inadequate provision that had tails to shew that by our financial been made for the late Queen. She mismanagement the country had had arrived in this country without unnecessarily increased its debt. plate, house, or equipage, and these, The motion was opposed by the he contended, ought not to be deChancellor of the Exchequer, and ducted from her Majesty's allowfinally negatived.—Mr. Wilberforce ance of £35,000. per annum.-Mr. moved an address to the King, ex- Hume supported the same argument, pressing, the approbation of the and was replied to by the ChancelHouse that slave labour had been lor of the Exchequer.-Mr. VanEur. Mag. Vol. 82. 1822.