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Of mortal spirits see him, for he is

" As the great Logos of the ancient By the mind only to be seen at all,

cimes, But he from good adduces never ill

Who is of matter to be born, ordain'd, To mortal men; though love and hate attend I've had the law all folded up from God; him,

Or elle I should not dare to speak of it, Famine, and war, and much-lamented woes. E’va now I thake through all my Thudd'ring Nor is there other one ; and all you'll see

limbs, At once, if first you see him here on earth. Though from the sey, I know, he reigns To you, my roa, I'll thew him when I

o'er all. view

But, O my son, do thou these thoughts The steps and strong hand of the mighty

receive, God.

A sacred filence keep concerning them,

And in thy bosom lay them safely up." “Bat him I see not; for around him

{preads A thick dark cloud, and from me hides the

Though we are disposed to admire

the comprehensiveness of Mr. White reft ;

aker's genius, yet we think his comWhile tenfold darkness hides him from

ment upon this pocm might well have mankind.

been spared, as we are of opinion that Of tribe-form'd men no one thall see him

it is extremely improbable that Orpheus reign,

prophcfied of the Meffiah under the But he alone, who was a branch broke off From the high stem of the Chaldean cace ;

appellation of the Logos. The eviAnd who was skill'd in the sun's orb and in the divinity of their promised De

dences for the belief of the early Jews path;

liverer were sufficient, without bringing How round the earth it forms its circle just, And on its spindle moves exactly true ;

in such a weak auxiliary as this obscure

heathen. How through the air, and through the deep

With this chapter our learned Au. of waves, It guides the winds and fames a blaze of of the Jews in the doctrine of the

thor concludes the proofs of the belief fire.

Trinity; in the two which follow, he “ But fix'd the Logos is in ample heav'n; considers their departure from the anThere mounted on his golden throne he fits, tient creed, and the progress of MoAnd reft his feet upon the earth below. hammedanism, Arianiim, and Sociniana To ocean's bounds his right hand he has ism. As this part of his work is replete stretchd ;

with much ingenious disquisition, and The hills are trembling to their base within, novel observations, expressed in bold His wrath's dread weight unable to sustain. and happy language, we shall postpone But still in heav'n his person he confines, our confideration of it to our And thence performs whate'er he wills on Review.

( To be continued. ) Having within himself at once the end, The midd, and the beginning of all things.

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SAINT M A L 0.

[ WITH AN ENGRAVING. 1 HIS sea-port is, or perhaps rather general very strong, both by nature and

was,the See of a Bishop,and has for by art. The fort called La Conchée, many years been celebrated for the ex built after the designs of the cele. tent of its trade with England, Spain, brated Vauban, is of amazing strength. and Holland. The English, particular - St. Malo has given birth to several ly the inhabitants of Guernsey and distinguished persons, such as Jacques Jersey, used to take from the inhabi- Cortier, who discovered Newfoundtants a great deal of linen and of tea, land in 1534; Du Guay Trouin, the and to bring tiem in return cloth celebrated Naval Commander; M. de and money.

The entrance into the Maupertuis, Abbé Trubler, &c.pore of St. Malo is very dangerous, The view of the town with which we owing to the number of small rocks present our readers, was taken from a that encompass it, and which are very Icarce etching, made by Claude Caftilo vifible at low water. The town is in lon, about the year 1650. VOL. XXV.

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OR, CHARACTERS, ANECDOTES, &c. OF ILLUSTRIOUS AND CELEBRATED BRITISH CHARACTERS, DURING THE LAST FIFTY YEARS. ( MOST OF THEM NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED. )

( Continued from Vol. XXIV. Page 422. ) Hugh KELLY.

that of Alexander the Great in the ( Concluced. )

moment of his greatest victory, what IN the winter of 1763, his first comedy must the fate of our Author's mind be

called “ Falle Delicacy'' appeared under this temporary glaw of fame, at Drury-lane Theatre, and notwith- when he considered that his situation, a standing many of the performers were very few years before, was that of an still fmarting under the lath of his indigent stay-maker, without friends, “ Thespis," they forgot their injuries and without connections; but that now upon this occafion, and his Dramatis he could sec himself on the high-road Perone boasted the first names in the to fame and independence, and furhouse, such as King, Holland, Mrs. rounded by a number of refpe&table Barry, ốc. &c.

people, proud to own themselves his The success of this comedy was very warmest friends and fupporters. considerable; and it is but fair to say, Let not the great and vain ineer, at it made its way to public approbation this little instance of self-satisfaction; entircly from its own intrinsic merit. it is for the fame feel they are labourSome favourable allusions to the fu- ing, when they are aspiring after the periority of English over foreign edu- highest honours and rewards, though cation in thc fecond act, caught John they often lose a great part of its purity, Bull's attention, and from that to the from the means ihey make use of to dropping of the curtain, it was almost obtain them. one unremitted icene of applaule. To speak impartially of the merits of - Kelly's friends anticipated the fuc this comedy, we must allow it no inconcef's of this piece, by ordering an hand- siderable share of praise; for though it some fupper at the Globe Tavern on boasts no originality of character, or do the same night, to receive their little very refined turn of thinking, it exBaves in all his dramatic fplendours. hibits just views of human life, and The party consisted of near feventy Inews the business of the drama with people, composed of authors, booksel- much pleasantry and effect. This lers, and the neighbouring tradesmen, praise we cannot deny to its intrinfic who, from attachment, flattery, or igmerit ; but when we confider it as the norance, poured our one continued first efforts of an indigent young man, stream of adulation ; "it was," in their and without a regular education, unopinion, “ the best first comedy ever skilled in the range of character, and produced"_" The Author was deftitute of the means of keeping good heaven-born genius, and he was destined company, where the manners of the by his pen to reclaim the former im- Stage are best Itudied, we must raise moralities of the Stage.”

the voice of eulogium, and pronounce For ail thote, Kelly seemed by his it a very extraordinary performance. obeisance " to steal all humility from Kelly was lucky too in fome advenheaven.” He thanked them for their titious circumftances. The tale of the flattering opinion of his poor abilities-- times (for what reson we know not, that he claimed little more than the except that great practical vice requires merit of industry, and that if, by a a proportioned thare of hypocrity) was pursuit in this line, he could obtain a verging fast, at that period, to what was decent livelihood for a deserving wife called sentimental comedy. The Belles and a young family, his highest wishes and Bcaux in the boxes not only thrunk would be completely gratified.

from the least equivoque, or strong exWhen Cibber tells us, that on the pression, no matter how tinctured with circumstance of his falary being raised in wit and character, but John Bull, the conic Juence of his mcrit from fifteen truant, affected to grow delicate at the to twenty thillings per week, he same time :-- hence all the broad discricompared the fate of his own mind to minating traits of comic humour were in

a great

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a great degree neglected, and sentiment dents of that Society, by his goodalone filled up the mighty void. humour and conversational talents.

Tuis was favourable to our Author's He likewife diftinguilhed himself, dur-' talents and opportunities. Little versed ing his Apprenticethip to the Law, by in the polite circles of life, and not a speech in favour of Mr. Stephens, such experienced in the knowledge of who was at tha: time well known by mankind, he drew for his balance writing a pamphlet “ On the Imprincipally on the circulating libraries, prisonment for Debt," but for some and by the assistance of his own genius, reason or other was rcfused admit. accommodating to the taste and temper tance to the Bar, notwithstanding he of the times, he furnished a play which had performed all the previous requithen received unbounded applause, and sites. Kelly spoke upon this subject which we even now think deserves a with foine force, and no inconsiderable place in the stock list of any well-regudegree of elocution, and when he drew lated Theatre.

towards the conclusion of his speech, The profits of this comedy brought thus expressed himself : the Author above seven hundred “ I have now run over the feveral pounds, besides a degree of fame that objections which have been stated was very creditable to his talents. In against this man's admillion to the Bar, the summer of the year it was brought and do not find one strong enough to out it was acted at most of the country. warrant a petition to the Honourable towns in Great Britain and Ireland. the Benchers of this Society for his exNor was its reputation confined to these clusion. But perhaps his poverty may dominions, it was translated into several be the only objection. If this be his of the modern languages-into Portu crime, I have doubly a fellow-feeling guese at Lisbon, by the command of the for him, as, I am free to confess, few Marquis of Pombal and into French at men have been more criminal in this Paris, by the celebrated Madame Ric- line than myself-indeed so much, that coboni –in both of which places it was

Thould it be remembered against me, I received with uncommon success. despair of ever enjoying the profeifion

Poor Goldsmith, who could so little al honours of the long robe.' endure the English reputation of "False In 1770, Kelly brought out his comedy Delicacy," was ill prepared to enjoy its of “ A Word' to the Wife," against foreign honours. When he first heard which a strong party was made on the of its being translated and played first night of its representation, under abroad, he would not believe it'; but an idea that the Author was concerned when the fact came out fo strong as in writing for Government. So unjunt Dar to be discredited, he comforted a persecution we never before were tim.tif by saying, “ It must be done witnesses to, and we trust, for the for the purpose of exhibiting it at the honour of the drama, as well as literabruths of foreign fairs, for which it was ture in general, that popular zeal will vcl nough calculated.” Goldsmith, never rile fo high as to condemn any however, had a more scholar-like re- author unheard, whatever may be the menge a few years afterwards, as he turn of his political opinions. himself

, in a great degree, knocked The history of this little transaction is down the whole race cf sentimental somewhat curious. The party deterariters, by his comedy of " She Sroops mined to damn this picce assembled in 19 Conquer ;'

a comedy so diftant the pit at an early hour, and.long before from the then mode of writing, that in the beginning of the play“ gave dreado aliy parts ir leaned strongly to farce, ful note of preparation," by various brut which catching the audience in the practices of their catcalls, &c&c. On Ra:ural state of their minds, reclaimed the drawing up of the certain open them to the Yurest method of being hoftilities commenced, and continued, pleased, viz. by their feelings:

with very few intervals of peace, till the In the year 1769 Kelly, with a laude fourth Act, when some little hitch arisable view to the security of some pro- ing in the developement of the plot, the felion which might be a more perma- malcontents began with redoubled Berit support to his family, entered fury, and from that to the close binhelf as a Member of the Honourable of the play the performance Society of the Middle Temple, where little better « than inexplicable dumb.He became very acceptable to the ftu- fhow'

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The comedy, most evidently not have the profits of the sale after the general ing a fair trial, was given out for the subfcription was full. next night; and though strong opposition The fate of “ The Word to the was made to this by the avowed enemies Wise" operated as a hint to Kelly on of the Author, the uninfluenced part his next dramatic attempt, which was a of the audience insisted upon their tragedy, called “ Clementina." He right, and it was accordingly brought knew, by late experience, that if he forward, with an intent to be supported introduced it to the Stage under his own by all those who were attached to the name, the same party who fo unjuftly real freedom of the press.

damned his “ Word to the Wisc,'. The opposition, however, rallied would have as little fcruple on the prewith redoubled forces. They had not fent occafion ;-he therefore kept it a only a formidable phalanx in the pit and profound secret, and got it introduced gaileries, but their causo was intinuatıd into the Green Room of Covent Garinto the boxes; and when the play com- den as the first production of a young menced, they shewed such determina. American Clergyman, who had not as rion to act as well as hiss, that, after a yot arrived in England. conflict of several hours, during which His patron, Colman, and a few confi. most of the peaceable part of the audi- dential friends, perhaps knew the conence left the house, the comedy, by the trary, but this was the general report Author's defire, was withdrawn, and a previous to the representation, and under new piece given ouç for the ensuing this report “ Clementina" canie out on night.

the boards of Covent Garden, in the Of the many maneuvres practised in spring of 1771. the damnation of this piece, two ap: From a patient hearing of this piece, peared so truly novel, and at the same we were enabled fully to decide on time so effective, as to deserve notice. its merits, which, considering i The one was a set of Laughers, a body (as was then supposed the first effort of composed of about a dozen persons a young pen) might have some proplanted near the Orchestra, who, upon mise of greater perfection, but by no a signal given by their leader, burit out means had any sublime pretensions to into a horse-laugh of contempt. The " purge the passions by terror and com, other was a set of Yawners in the middle pallion.” Mrs. Yates performed the of the pit, who were about the same principal character, but though the number, and under the same discipline. fupported it with her usual talents, and Between these two corps the main ene. that the rest of the play was as strongly my was not only much galled, but a cast as the house would adinit, it number of neutrals drawn in, as it was lingered out its nine nights, and then difficult for such to restrain their risible was heard no more. faculties on so ridiculous and whimsical Kelly, it is said, got two hundred an occasion.

pounds for the copy money of this trage“ All for the best,” however, was a dy previous to the publication, on no proverb which our Author felt the other ftipulation than that of its running benefit of by the timely retractation of nine nights. How he contrived to do tis comcdy. If we niay judge from this it is difficult to affert, except that what could reach our car the first and he privately confessed himself to the second night of its perforinance, it had purchaser as the author, and that the little or no dramatic selection or chi- former risqued luch a sum on the credit raéter, and so abounded with common. of " False Delicacy." place sentiment, that, in all probability, Having managed this business la he would no: have been much'a gainer had adroitly, our Author seemed determinit been left to its own fate; but, printing ed to keep his name out of vicw in any it by subscription, he drew the hu- picce he should hereafter write for the manity of the public to his fide--every Stage. When he, therefore, produced uninfúenced person saw the injuttice of his next play, which was the comedy of driving an Airlar from the Stage, and is the school for Wives,” he prevailed wantonly robbing hin and his family of upon his friend the present Justice the fair produse of his talents. Sub. Addington to stand faiber, which he Scriprions, on this account, becaine pro. did in an open and avowed manner. portionally liberal an:! extenlive, and he This comedy, which came out in cleared no lets, on the whole, than the the year 1774, met with very consider um of eight hundred pounds, bendęs able fuccefs, intomuch that Mr. Ad

dington,

dington, after the ninth night, finding productions ;-but the fact was, it was that the real Author had nothing to carried down by its own lead. Party fear from the malice of his enemies, malice had a good deal subsided by this wrote him a letter, which appeared in time, and as far as it appeared by the the public papers of that day, recapitu- complexion and conduct of the audilating his realons for his ailuined Au. ence, they gave it a fair and equitable thorship, and restoring to his friend trial. the well-earned laurels of his labours. The plot of this play, as far as we

This was turning the tables with can remember (for it was never printfome dexterity on his enemies, and ed), turned upon a man who, attempt ’tis probable they felt it. They vented ing to do every thing by the rigid rules their spleen a little on the veracity of of reason and abstraction, felt most of Mr. A--'s conduct, but at the same his plans counteracted by the customs time they did not consider, it was their and habits of the world. How far this original unfair treatment that first sug- may be dramatized in skilful hands, is gested this manæuvre, which, though another question; but it was far above in other cases it might break in Kelly's grasp;- such a subject required upon the inviolability of truth, in this strong views and nice discriminations of instance was an act of friendly defence character; it likewise required such a and interposition.

selection of incidents as were proper to “ The School for Wives,” though it elucidate that character :--but in all might be supposed to be taken from a those our Author was deficient; he had piece under this title in the French, but one forte in dramatic writing, and was the unborrowed production of that was sentimental dialogue ;-deKelly's pen. He did not understand prive him of that, and you left him the French language well enough to avail very little pretensions indeed. himself of it by a spirited transation, The disappointment of this comedy and if he did, we believe had too ftucla so close to our Author's heart, good an opinion of his talents and his both in point of interest as well as fame, facility in writing to try. As it is, we that he determined never to write for think it a comedy of some merit, both the Stage again. He had been called in morals and character;-it possesses to the bar about two years before this, none of the deep and nice requisites of and though he had at that time quali the human mind, but it exhibits com fied himself very little for the practice mon foibles in a pleasing, dramatic man- of the profession, he resolved now to ner, such as the generality of an audi- advert to it as the great object of his ence are induced to understand and feel, pursuit; for this purpose he gave up and from such as they may be supposed to all his literary engagements (which receive both pleasure and improvement. were very profitable to him), and re

The same year he brought out an serving only to himself the character of afterpiece, called “ The Romance of an Barrister, he had now, in a great Hour,'' wherein he likewise, for a time, degree,to begin the world again-toexconcealed his name, and might for ever change light congenial reading for the without the least injury to his reputa: feverer studies of the law; and what tion, it being upon the whole a very was much more serious to him, to give fiimfy performance. It, however, up what was little short of a certainty, worked its way tolerably well, as by for all the procariousness of a new tacking it to good first-pieces, and op- profeffion. portune nights, it brought some

moncy

Our Author's usual prudence here both to the Author and the Theatre. forsook him, and his crror should be a

In 1776 his coniedy of “ The Man warning to others in similar circumof Reason” came out at Covent Gar- tances. Kelly from his Editorship, the den Theatre ; but notwithstanding the Theatre, and holding in a variety of success of our Author in two previous other respects “ the pen of a ready comedies, it reccived its final damnation writer," could make little less than one on the first night. Various causes have thousand pounds per year (at least in been afligned for this. The Author such years as he brought out a new and his friends gave out it was Wood- play). Here was a kind of certainty ward's misconception of his part that for hiinself, his wife, and a family of principally promoted it, aided by five or fix children, and this he altojhe maliće of those enemies who gether relinquished for a profession in formerly made head against his dramatic which neither his natural inclination,

his

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