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his education, or even occasional fudies, manners as are generally practised in had fitted him. He did not weigh conversation. Tnis was reprobated by fufficiently in his own mind the dif- for:e of his friends, as not the usage of ficulty of beginning any learned pro the Courts ;-but Kelly defended his feflion with success between thirty own manner, as being more agreeable and forty years of age ; nor the many to the laws of reason and civility. examples which were before his eyes of He pursued this line for a year or Barriters properly educated for their two with unreinitted attention; but profeffion, with considerable talents and his profits as a B rrister, compared connexions, who were obliged to wait with those of an Author, fell contiderfour, five, fix, nay somethines ten years, ably short, what his expences renained before accident drew them forward the lamc:-hence he became in deót, and to any thing like a profitable practice. hence he lojt that peace of mixed cubich is He should have likewise considered the unatainable wii bont ind pendence. peculiarity of his own situation, which, Kelly's income from his profcflion in point of fortune, age, and connexions, the last year of his life has been comcould not brook such a delay, and puted by the late Mr. Akerman, who thar, by this total change, he likewise knew it almoft to exactness, to be from gave up the established fime of au Au two to three hundred pounds per year, ihor of fome celebrity, to mingle in the This, with two hundred per year pentrain of the juvenile ambulators of fion, which it is said he enjoyed, ought Weftminster-hall.
to have kept him out of debt, particuHis die, however, was cast, and our larly as his original habits could not Barrister now appeared in all the ho. lead him to any extravagance; but he nours of the long-robe at the Old had imprudently, a few years before, Bailey. This was a Court he very set out tipon a certain scale of expence, properly chofe for his debu, bcing, in on the accidental profits of fome lucky The first place, principally confiocd to hits, and vanity (though neceffity the knowledge of the Crown Law, afterwards enjoined it) would not let and in the fecond, as it procured him him retrench. the patronage of his old friend Mr. Unreafonable as this conduct must Richard Akerman, the late Keeper of appear to every man in his cooler Newgate, onc who (tho'
moments, it is, however, pot so un
ufual. He must know little of the ri seldom when
world who does not calculate for the The steeled juilor is the friend of men,”) generalforce of habits ;-—but when those
habits are the result of vanity and selfrcverfed this character through life, by indulgence, they stick with incredible every act of humanity in hs office, and adhetron. Some dream on to the last, of kindnets and good will to his nu without withing to be diverted from the merous friends and acquaintances; one flattering delusion; others fce their to whofe memory we are happy to pay danger, but hope, in the chapter of this juit tribute of applauti ; one who accidents, to find relicf; whilft others, preserved his integrity in the midst of balancing for fome time between the vice, and his manners froin the daily fhime of indirectly telling the world they Cotgion of büd example.
are no longer able to afford living as Keily entered on his new profeffion they did, and the dread of ruin, prefer wisha fome diffidence: what he wanted the former as less painful to their feel. in izin die midt up in language; and as ings, and thus await the low but cers he delivered hinícit with tiency, and tain minings of poverty and disgrace. hat a good voice, he was heard wih This decrease in our Author's forone attention. Ile drew fome novico tune, though concealed from the worli, too from another source :
-herhoog was not concealed from himself. He hi had obterved and reprobated in felt the facritice he made to vanity, but brow-carias, and uncines virtuve W3 11011 too much effeminated by the method practised byfume Countci'ioide hunity of indulgence and felf-importexamination of witnetics, or whether
ace to recover; he, therefore, in some he did feel himself confidenie reine applied to Bacchus, as the latt enough in knowledge for furch a pras. rere of defponding minds ; thus rice, he took up the line of cofane; oticious deceiiful friend, who offers his and periuntion, and ineeriopind bis alliance in time of difficulty, for ? witnesfis almost with as much 8904- 0:her purpote but to turn his arm',
the end, againft his principal. In short of his genius, and a well-regulated Kelly, in the hours of relaxation, in- conduct; and had he lived long enough, dulged rather too freely in the pleasures and could have altered his late habits of the table, and if he did not find his (which by the advice of his friends he dose sufficiently strong thcre, general was exerring himself to accomplith), ly carried up a bottle to his bed-cham- there was a great probability of his at- . ber, in order to recover that composure taining the first legal honours of the which his waking thoughts denied City, naring many capital friends there, him.
and poffeiling an attention and comThe effcêls of this, a natural cor placency of runners that would have puleney, and a fedentary life, early always fecured their attachment. brought on by habits of business, in In his person Kelly was below the duced an ableefs in his fide about the middle fize, fair complexion, round latter end of January 1977, which he face, and though naturally inclined to Father neglected in the beginning, till corpuigney, had a passion for dress not tecoming more painful, his physicians, altogether fo confiftent with his figure, amo gst other things, advised the hoto Situation, or understanding.
In conbath, as apprehensive of a mortification. verfation he was pleasing and facetious, As they were bringing him in a sedan nererdigmatizing or contradicting, but fram Newgate-street Bagnio after this evidently dispoted to conciliate the operation, the writer of this account good opinion of every one around him. had the last nod from him, which he He had the art, too, of adininiftering to gave with his usual complacency and his vanity and felf-importance by varifriend thip, though he had evidently the ous little ways, which though iuperior hand of death on him at the time, minds must defpile, perhaps thuuld not Soon after he arrived at his house in be altogether overlooked by men riling Gough-square he became speechicis, in the world. He did this with and next morning, on the 3d day of such dexterity, and under such an air February, he died, in the thirty-eighth of humility, as feldom failed of what he year of his age.
fought for. For whether he meant to His death having openly declared the give the impresion of a man of great deraogement of his affairs, his nume. business, high acquaintance, or great sous friends exerted themselves very profits in his line of authorship, the Landably for his family. The Right company generally caught the tone, and Hun. Alderman Harley, very much to founded the very note he wilhed for. his honour, loft not a moment in fe As a husband and father his conduct curing a comfortable annuity for his was truly exemplary; for though he
and Dr. Johnson (whose was in both duties very affectionate, he . charity kept pace with his extenfive took a particular pleasure in giving ex
genius) being folicited to write a pro. terior marks of it, as he was feldo in or logue to our Author's comedy of the never feen in public places without his "Word to the Wise,” which his friends wife hanging on his arm, surrounded thought proper to revive on this occa. by three or four children. He had a fon, cheerfully undertook it. There; vanity in this no doubt, but then it was with the publication of his works by a vanity produced from a good source fubscription, raised fomc foundation it was of a very pardonable kind. for the fupport of the widow and five Nor was his attention and benevochildren.---But, alas! how vain and lence confined to his own family, but perishable are often the wifelt and took a wider spread for his friends and friendliest precautions in human aifairs ! fociety. To the former his advice and The widow and tour children are lorg interest were never dificicnt,and to fuch fince morc amply provided for in an of the latter as wanted nis aliiftauce, ne ether world, whilst the remaining fon "was ever ready to relieve their dilitelles, (if he yet remain, no accounts having and this was to much the natural rebeen received from him for several fult of his own feelings, as often to years) is now an Officer in the Lait. exceed the proper bounds of his inIndics.
To poor Authors he was parThus ends the litile hiftory of a ticularly liberal, constantly promoting man who, though deftitite of fortune, subscriptions in their favour, and, as friends, and profcition, carly connexions he had a numcrous and respectable acor a regular education, rufcto a respect. quaintance, was in general very fico able fituation in life by che mere ciforts cessful. Hearing one day that a man
who had abused him in the newspapers His reputation as an Author was fó was in much distress, and had a poem high after the success of “ False Deto publish by subscription, he fighed, licacy,” that he may be considered as one and exclaimed, “ God help him-I for
of the first who raised the copy-money give him—but stop-(then pausing) of plays, which before stood at about tell him to come and dine with me to- Sixty pounds, to one hundred, one morrow, and I'll endeavour to do
hundred and twenty, and sometimes something for him.” The man went, one hundred and fifty ; nay, he himself was received very cordially, when Kelly is said to have received two hundred gave
him a guinea for his own subscrip- pounds for the tragedy of “ Clemen. tion, and disposed of six copics.
tina.” His prose works were held in To his father, who was in indigent equal estimation, of which the followcircumstances in Dublin (notwithstand- ing instance is a proof : ing the largness of his own family), The late Alderman Beckford, when he allowed twenty pounds per year, Lord Mayor, lappened to speak of which he regularly remitted to him every Kelly rather disrespectfully in some quarter, belides occasional presents of company, as a Poet and an Irisbman: useful things, and on his father's death the touching upon either character at continued the same kindness to his that time was sufficient to rouse our mother. It is with revived emotion Author's feelings, who upon any opthat we relate the remaining part of portune occasion had no disinclination this anecdote. On the first account of to come before the public. He, there. his death his mother never spoke after. fore, instantly sat down to write Beckwards. The loss of such a lon, whose ford a letter, wherein, with some point fame was, no doubt, the honest pride on the beinous charges exhibited against and solace of her life, with the fad, him, he rallied that Magistrate pretty cheerless prospect of bewailing his lots freely. For the copy-money of this in poverty and misery, ftruck at her letter (though the whole did not make vital powers so powerfully, that the in- above a theet, he refused fix guineas; stantly fell into convulsions, and died at
and because he could not get ten, pubthe expiration of three days.
lished it in the newspapers gratis. As a writer, Kelly's genius must be In short, Kelly had talents enough to allowed to be extraordinary, considering keep his literary fame alive whilst he the scanty support of his education, and himself lived, and had his education under what pressure of fortune most of been better, and fortune easier, so as to his performances were written; and have enabled him to select and polift even under thele disadvantages, his two his works, his genius was such as procomedics of “ False Delicacy” and bably might have given his name a “ The School for Wives” are well niche amongst the first dramatic poets entitled to the merit of stock pieces, and of this country. as such we wonder why they are not eftner represented.
YOUNG tady whose name is said to
be Jones, and who comes to the SIEGE OF BERWICK, Theatre ur.der the auspices of the veteran
Written by the Author, and Ypoken by Yates, appeared the first time at Covent
AS now I come unarm'd, without a dart, appearance in so arduous a character, will
I fear I can't presume to touch your beari; occur to every frequenter of the Theatre.
But your indulgence, here so often found, The present candidate for the favour of the
Has on my heart, at least, imprest a wound; town fully answered the expectations of her A facred wound! which I am proud W friends. She poflefies a good figure, an
feel, harmonious voice, confiderable natural feel Which, if I know myself, will never heal. ing, and a very unembarrassed deportment. Methinks I hear you say, “ Dear Mrs. With these requisites, we think much may
[grope, by hoped for hereafter.
Amidit what mould'ring annals did you
And dig, from out the mine of tragic ore, Florella,
Signora Storace ; A tale unfashion'd from the days of yore Charlotte,
FABLE. Where iwo wild boys take such prodigious pains,
Florella, a romantic young Lady, having And are determined to be liung in chains ?" been to a private Masquerade contrary to the
will of Sir Matthew Medley her uncle, Goes your complaint to this?—that we
meets there with Mr. Vapour, a young display
gentleman whose father was formerly a par... A tale unsuited to the modern day?
ticular friend of Sir Matthew, and, being Does this fam’d Hand then produce no more
much 'ftruck with him, contrives to drop The bright atchievements of the days of yore? her miniature, which, from her resem Avert the thought !-Aill ancient glory blance to a pićłure in Sir Matthew's collectow'rs,
tion, had, at his desire, been drawn in the And warm het oic virtue still is ours !
fame dress. This scheme succeeds; and Er'n here, as I the martial theme pursue,
Vapour, who is represented as a nervous, Full many a mother rises to my view,
fanciful man, falls in love with the miniature, Whose ardent luns domestic comforts fly,
and, going shortly after to Sir Matthew's, To leek th' advancing foe with kindling eye, is thewn, among others, the very picture And braving the full force of hostile powing
from which the dress of the miniature was Add to their country's wreath another taken, and which proves to be an ancien: flow'r.
portrait of Sir Matthew's Grandmother. No ftaion, titles, here exemption claim; Florella, highly pleased with her success, by All feel alike the sympathetic flame : the affiftance of Gollip, a whimsical Carpen -E'en she whole life adds splendour to a ter, and Jack of all Trades, places herself Throne,
in the fituation and dress of the picture, Whom ev'ry British heart delights to own, where she is seen by Vapour, who doubts E'en ihe behoids her brave undaunted fon lois own senses. Charlotte, the daughter of Sir lo early youth the path of danger run! Matthew, taking advantage of these circum
Stancus, introduces Florella foon after to Happy the realm, in this convulsive age,
her father, wbo declares Florella's real name Whole tragic scenes are only on the Stage !
to Vapour, and finally gives her hand to Calamity extends her wither'd band, And diags her harrow o'er a neighbouring him. Charlotte is at the same time united
to Woodley, who has for two years paid his land;
addresses to her. While you, reclin'd beneath a softer sway,
The music was by Storace, and the piece Baik and enjoy a bright unclouded day.
was well received by the audience." Depress'd by civic forms, deform’d with
19. Harlequin and Fausius į or, The woes,
Devil will bave his Owl, a Pantomime, parc Stone by the pangs of agonizing thrnes,
old and part now, was acted the first time A Nenn falls. —'Tis yours to fill the form, at Covent Garden. Dr. Fauftus has afford. Turaife with gen'rous arm h-r bleeding form, ed entertainmen! to three if not four geneTo lonxh her fu ime, administer reliei,
rations, It was first produced at Drury lane To close the gushing artery of griel,
in 1723, by Mr. Thurmond, a dancinglo Calt a veil o'er each disgraceful seam,
master, and was afterwards succeeded at And once more litt her to her own efteem, Lincoln's inn-fields, in the same year, by This Godlike act, which is reserv'd for you, Mr. Rich's more splendid perf rmance, With glowing zeal and confidence pursue : wbich received improvements at different This aa from furore times th.ll homage claim, sevivals of it. At the latter end of 1766 Extend you worth, and consecrate your fame.
Mr. Woodward made some alterations, and
it was revived with great success. It is Dec. 16. My Grandmother, a 'Musical Farce of two acts, hy Mr. Prince Hoare, recalis to che remembrance of those who
again brought forward with applanre, and wa pestormed the fist time at she Hay- formerly faw it with delight, the recollecmaar ket, for the benefit of Mrs. Storace.
tion of the must enchanting period of life. The char:Eters as follow :
The opening scene of Tartarus exhibicing the Sir Matthew Medley, Mr. Waldron ; pin:shments of Silyphus, Tantalus, Ixion,
Mr. Bannister, jun. &c. fo admirably exccuted by Richards, was
folding, and the change to the view of the Mr. Lyons,
outside of that Theatre, as is will appear VOL. XXV.
Vapour, Wioley, Guilhip, Swartranice, Tom, Servant,
when compleated, designed and painted by cured, or had he tried his abilities in any iaMallon, does infinite credit co the architeca ferior character, we thould not have had oce toral talents of that ingenious artist, who is cafion to record another failure. If the to have the entire management of that par. ftage is intended for his profession, let him, by ticular department or scenery at the Theatre unremit:ing attention, devote a few years to he has thus givea lo correct a view of. the ftudy and performance of parts within the
The Bull the Irish Sedan Chairs--Soudy reach of his powers, before he aims at the first of Fauftus, and Temple of Glory, display at rank in the Theatre. once the ingenuity as well as masterly pencil 14. Heigbo I for, a Hufoand, a Comedy of Mr. Hodgings.
by Mr. Waldron, was acted the firft time The new music is in Shield's happiest at the Hay-market. The Characters as manner, and the selections are pleasing and follow : appropriate.
Mr. Justice Rackrent, Mr. Suett; 73. A Gentleman, who passed by the
Edward, his son, Mr. Barrymores name of Litchfield, appeared at the Hay: General Fairplay, Mr. Aickin; market the first lime in Richard III, and
Mr. Wewilzer; added to the number of unsuccessful candi
Frank Millclack, Mr.Bannifter juna dates for the Stage which every reason exhibits.
Mrs. Gibbs ; 26. Harlequin Pealent; or, & Panto- Maria,
Mrs. mime Rebearjod, was performed at the Hay ·
opkins ; market the first time. It is a collection of Dorothy,
Mrs. Harlow. fome old scenes thrown together with con This piece, in the year 1983, was pro fiderable art. The first scene exhibits a' duced ai Drury-Lane for one night, for the winter view of the country, in which a Author's benefii, under the title of " lni. peasant finds a frozen serpent; he puts it first tation.” The outline of the plan is taken in his bosom, and afterwards places it by from “ The Beaux Stratagem," changuig his fire, where it revives, and turns into the only the matrimonial adventurers into woGenius of Gratitude, who gives to the pea. The incidents of this piece are en. fant the sword of Harlequin. Thus equip- tertaining, and the dialogue (prightly, in como ped, the usual pursuits, tricks, and changes parts approaching to wit, though in others commence, There are some pleasing airs descending too close towards grofsnefs. k introduced.
was extremely well acted, and was received Jan. 6. King Lear was revived at Co. with confiderable applause, as were also the vent Gar.:en, and the aged and impetuous following Prologue and Epilogue, which monarch was personated by Mr. Pope, for preceded and followed its representation. the firft time. The requifites of person, voice, and sensibility which nature has
PROLOGUE, bountifully bestowed on this gentleman, with the application which he pollefses, seem to point him out as a proper representative of this HEIGHO for a Husband! The citle's no arduous character. For a first appearance
bad allow.nce must be made; but after all the But the Piece it precedes, is it mer y or fad! drawbacks which a scrutinizing examination That remains to be provide meantime lei's may require, Mr. Pope's performance will
descane Rill rank high, even in the estimation of Tho' a saying so trite no explaining can wani. those who recollect the effurts of Garrick, At Boarding -school, Mils, having entered Barry, Powell, Rols, or Henderson; actors w.hom we do nue me.n, however, to infinuate Soon learnis of her elders what soft Heighe! deserve equal praise ; indeed, the firf two
means ; lete all their competitors so much bitsind in Or at home with Mama, reading Novels ro the race, that any new candidate, however
charming, promising his performance, must wish there Finds her tender Heighos! grow each day two, at least, of his predeceffors to be no more alarming: longer remembered. Mr. Pope's represen- E'en Mama, as Miis reads, can't suppress the Tition of Lear doch deserved and received ap
weet ligh; plause,
And, were Spousy but dead, would again is. A young gentleinan, whore pame is
Heigho ! cry. raid to be Talbot, appeared for the first time When mature, the young Lady, if oorbing ac Covent Garuen in Douglas. If this young
worth chances, gentleman had waited a few years, until his Proclaims Heigho! aloud, and to Greina person, voice, and judgment had been ma
WRITTEN BY THE AUTHOR
Green prances ;