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ON TARLTON.

pounds more, by the same tokev he owed him called The Seven Deadly Sins: the already fiué pounds. “ Pray tal your mas- piece itself is supposed to have been ter (quoth Tarlton) that if he will send me lost, but Mr. Malone recovered the the token, I will send him the money for plan or scheme of it, which he printwho deceiues me once, God forgiue him: ed in bis Supplement to Shakspeare, if twice, God forgiue him: but if thrice; 8vo. 1780, and which has since been God forgiue him, but not me, because I could not beware.

appended to the History of the Stage Tarlton died in 1588, and was bu- prefixed to the variorum editions of ried at St. Leonard's, Shoreditch, on

our great bard, who was thought by the 3d of September.* In August

Mr. Malone to have been one of the 1589, Kyrkham, the stationer, had performers in Tarlton's drama. license to print “ A Sorrowfull newe

Tarlton is thus described by Henry

Chettle in Kind Heartes Dreame, Sonnette, intitled Tarlton's Recanta

4to. 1592. tion, vpon this theame, gyuen him by of russet, his buttoned cap, his taber,

“ The next by his sute a gent. at the Bel Savage without Ludgate (nowe or els neuer) beinge trickes, I knew to be either the body

his standing on the toe and other the laste theme he songe.'

These themes allude to a custom on the

or resemblance of Tarlton, who livstage much in vogue in Tarlton's ing, for his pleasant conceites was of time. When the play was over, or

men liked, and dying, for mirth

left not his like.” between the acts, it was permitted to any of the audience to propose certain

He had many epitaphs written on themes or subjects, to which the clown,

him. Camden gives us the following:+ or other performer, gave some hu- Hic situs est cujus vox. vultus, actio possit morous rejoinder : in one of the jests, Ex Heraclito reddere Democritum: we are told that it was Tarlton's and in Wits Bedlam, 8vo. 1617, we custome for to sing

ex-tempore of

have theames giuen him," and from another we learn a personal defect in Here within this sullen earth, this celebrated performer, which if it Lies Dick Tarlton, lord of mirth; did not add to his good looks, pro- Syth all clownes since haue beene his apes:

Who in his graue still laughing, gapes, bably heightened the drollery of his Earst, he of clownes to learne still sought, countenance :

But now they learn of him they taught. Tarlton's answer in dcfence of his flat nose.

By art far past the principall, I remember I was once at a play in the The counterfet is so worth all. country, where, as Tarlton's vse was, the

But the greatest curiosity relative play being done, euery one so pleased to

to Tarlton has lately been discovered. throw vp his theame. Amongst all the rest, It is a copy book, of various sorts of one was read to this effect, word by word: Tarlton, I am one of thy friends, and none

penmanship, executed on vellum, by of thy foes.

Davies of Hereford, one of the most Then I prethee tell how cam’st by that flat celebrated writing-masters of his day. rose ?

In the capital letter T, Davies has Had I beene present at that time on those executed a drawing of Tarlton, most banks,

admirably limned, with his pipe, taI would haue laid my short sword ouer his bor, &c. bearing sufficient resemlong shankes.

blance to the wood-cut prefixed to Tarlton, mad at this question, as it was his his Jests, to leave no doubt of its property sooner to take such a matter ill identity, even if his name did not ihen well, very suddenly returned him this appear, as it does in the follow

ing lines written on the page oppoFriend or foe, if thou wilt needes know, site to the portrait, with which we marke me well,

shall conclude the present article: With parting dogs and bears, then by the ears, Tarlton beholde, that played the contrye this chance fell.

clowne, But what of that, though my nose be flat, None lyke to hym in citie, courte or towne: my credit to saue,

His clownish grace, hisgesture, and his porte, Yet very well, I can by the smell

Did much delight the best and meanest sorte. scent an honest man from a knave.

I greatelie doubt that I shall neuer see Tarlton was the author of one play One counterfeate the clowne so well as hee.

* Ellis's History of Shoreditch, London, 1798, p. 21).
ť Remaines concerning Brilaine, London, 1629, 4to p.344.

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MEXICAN WONDERS; A PEEP INTO THE PICCADILLY MUSEUM ;

BY JACOB GOOSEQUILL, IN A LETTER TO THE EDITOR. MY DEAR SIR,-You ask me to had the pleasure of descending into give you a short account of the Ex- the Catacombs of Egypt in my way hibition so much talked of at the to Hyde-park, and shortly after took Egyptian Hall. A short account, a morning's walk to the Esquimaux, Sir! In the whole circle of your ac- returning in time for dinner to my quaintance, you could not perhaps lodgings at St. James's. Thus, for a select any one less fit than myself to few pence, I was enabled to satisfy give a short account of any thing. my curiosity, without either travelUnless I have the privilege of laying ling to Grand Cairo, like the Spectamyself out whenever I choose, of tor, or making a voyage to the North embellishing the plain narrative with Seas, like Captain Parry. This power my own impertinent observations, of changing our horizon without I can do little or nothing in the way changing our latitude we owe to of description. However, as you Mr. Bullock; and I sincerely hope have made the request, I will comply he will live long enough to give us a with it as briefly as possible.

view of every thing worth seeing on The Goddess of Curiosity led Co- the habitable globe, until it may be lumbus by the nose a much greater said that the who world has shifted, way than ever she led a much greater piecemeal, through the two great fool, viz. myself. Nevertheless, I rooms in Piccadilly. had enough of his inquisitive disposi- Upon entering these chambers, tion to draw me, last week, from my last week, I appeared to have left the «« bed of asphodel” (in plain English, Old World outside the door; I had my soft bottomed ottoman) towards taken a “ Trip to Mexico” without that part of America which has just even the ceremony of asking Neptune been translated to Piccadilly. The for a soft wave, or Eolus for a fair importance into which the Mexican wind; I had, in fact, stepped empire is now rising seems to have from Burlington-arcade into the been deeply felt and duly weighed by middle of America. Every thing Mr. Bullock. He has consulted his was new; nothing reminded me of own interest in the public gratifica- Old England, --save and except that I tion, and I have no doubt will even- had to pay half-a-crown for a couple tually fill his own pockets quite as of sixpenny catalogues, whereby my full as our heads, by means of his ex- voyage to Mexico cost me nearly hibition. Amongst the many non- double what it ought. This forcibly gratuitous establishments of the same reminded me that I could not be very kind within the metropolis, Bullock's far from Westminster-abbey, and that Museum, in my mind, certainly holds Great Britain's local deity, Mammon, the first place : there is a spirit of in the shape of a door-keeper, was philosophy embarked in it which still close at my elbow, picking my raises it far above the standard of a pocket. However, even Charon excommon exhibition. We are intro- pects a pemy for rowing us over the duced neither to a painted city or a Styx,—and why should not Mr. Bulsolitary landscape, to an army of lock receive forty times as much for soldiers or a company of wild beasts, taking us over more than forty times to a giantess or a dwarf, but to the as wide a water--the Atlantic Ocean? natural world itself, as it exists, or Upon walking into the upper room, at least to a fac-simile of it, as pal- which contains the reliques of Anpable and familiar as art can make it. · cient Mexico, I was mightily struck I know of nothing short of a bona- by the close resemblance many of fide dishumation of the city of them bore to the antiquities of Egypt. Mexico, and its suburbs, from their There was a Zodiac of Denderah, place among the Andes, carrying under the title of the Great Kalendar with them, at the same time, their Stone of Mexico, and otherwise live and dead stock, together with known to the Indians by the name of their overhanging firmament and sur- Montezuma's Watch. It weighs five rounding scenery, which could repre- tons, and I cannot help remarking, sent these objects so effectually as an that if Montezuma's breeches pocket exhibition constructed on the plan of was proportional to his watch, and Mr. Bullock's. Some time ago I Montezuma himself proportional to

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his breeches, Montezuma must have act of swallowing a female victim ; been a very great man indeed. In this Idol of the people is confronted the centre of the stone is the Sun, by another amiable figure, at the round which the Seasons are repre- east-end, representing Teoamiqui, sented in hieroglyphics, outside of the goddess of war. Her form is which again are the names of the partly human, and the rest divided eighteen Mexican months of twenty between rattle-snake and tiger. The days each, making up a year of 368 goddess has moreover adorned her days. It would appear from this that charms with a necklace composed of the Mexicans had made some ad. human hearts, hands, and sculls; and vances in astronomy, when Cortez before her is placed the great Sacrifiand his priests reduced them by ci- cial Altar, on the top of which is a vilization to their primitive state of deep groove where the victim was laid ignorance. Then there is the statue by the priest. This, and many other of an Azteck Princess ; the lady is objects in the room, are sculptured represented sitting on her feet, her with a degree of precision and ele hands rest on her knees, and give gance, the more surprising as the use her the appearance of the front of of iron was unknown to Mexico, the Egyptian Sphinx, to which the when invaded by the Spaniards. resemblance of the head-dress great

In the lower room is a panoramic ly contributes. A bust of a female view of the city of Modern Mexico, in lava looks very like the Isis of with a copious assortment of the Old Nile, with a crown of turretry animal, vegetable, mineral, and artion her head. Canopus, also, the ficial productions of that kingdom: round-bellied divinity of the East, the aloe, the cactus, the maguey stands here in the shape of a stone (called by Purchass, the “ tree of pitcher; and some hieroglyphical wonders”) the tunnal or prickly paintings of the Ancient Mexicans, pear tree, the cacao, the banana, on paper of Maguey, or prepared &c.; humming-birds as small as deer-skin, add considerably to the humble-bees, and frogs as big as litcircumstantial evidence afforded by tle children, Spanish cavaliers in the other objects. But the most re wax, and dolphins of all colours but markable proof in support of the hy- the true ones; native gold and silpothesis that the Mexicans and Egyp- ver, with many other less attractive tians were formerly but one people, valuables. But to me the most inis the existence of the pyramids in teresting object in this collection of the valley of Otumba, about thirty foreign curiosities, was a living spemiles from Mexico. One of these is cimen, of the Mexican Indian,Jose higher than the third of the great py- Cayetana Ponce de Leon,-whose fa. ramids at Ghiza. They are called mily name, by the bye, being that of Teocalli, are surrounded by smaller the discoverer of Florida, is not a little ones, consist of several stories, and contradictory of his alleged Indian are composed of clay mixed with descent. He is in the costume of his small stones, being encased with a country, has a fine, sun-burnt, intelthick wall of amygdaloid, -just in ligent countenance, wears his hair the manner of the structures at Cairo a la mode de sauvage, down in his and Saharah. Taking the above eyes, and his hat, like a quaker, on hypothesis as established by these the top of his head. He appears resemblances, the much contested sensible, and is very communicative; question concerning the purpose for several pretty women entered into which these artificial mountains were conversation with him while I was constructed is at once set to rest, by there, and he supported the ordeal the Mexican tradition, which assigns firmly, notwithstanding the brightthem as the mausolea, or burial- ness of their eyes and the swiftness places of their ancestors. A minia. of their tongues. If you are fluent 'ture pyramid, about four feet high, in Spanish, Italian, or the vernacular in a corner of the room, gives the Mexican, go and speak to him yourspectator a good idea of these mon- self, in any or all of these lanstrous types of human vanity.-At guages. For my part, I “can no the west-end of the same

(as we say in a tragedy) at (which is fitted up so as to convey present. Your's, my dear Editor, some notion of the Temple of Mexi

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ON WALTER SAVAGE LANDOR'S IMAGINARY CONVERSATIONS.

The evening before last was one stumbled lay in my path, I stepped of intense enjoyment. It was spent over it or aside from it, and would in listening unto those mighty spirits, not allow myself to feel disgust, or whom Landor has been awakening to be irritated and stung into resistand calling forth from their graves. ance. My own peculiar opinions and And in truth it was a goodly, a most prejudices, my sympathies and antinoble company:

There was the pathies were put to sleep for a while, lion heart of Richard, the mild grace and I floated without struggle or of Sidney, Cromwell's iron mask, the effort down the stream, following good-humoured gossip of Burnet, every inlet and winding of the banks, the serene and cloudless magnanimi- and whirled round by every eddy. ty of Kosciusko ; there was Milton's It is good and wholesome thus occasevere imagination, and Bacon's sionally to disencumber and disenpiercing fancy, and the humble wis- crust the mind from the stiff and dom of Hooker's heart, and Lady heavy coating of its own individualiJane Grey's majestic purity, and ty, and lay it bare to all the influences Anne Boleyn's playful innocence and of nature. So much in our likings simplicity, equalling that of child- and dislikings, in our belief and unhood; many more were the lofty, and belief, is merely arbitrary and conthe keen, and the gentle, and the me- ventional, we are so apt to confound ditative spirits that rose up before the accidental with the necessary, me, and discoursed most eloquently, the modes and customs of society until the splendid pageant was at with the principles and laws of nalength closed by Cicero, shedding the ture, that it is beneficial for us now farewell beams of a light, that never and then to hear our most cherished before burnt so brightly and so stea- notions assailed, whereby we may be dily, upon the world which he was led to examine the trength of thçir leaving. It was as if the influence foundations ; it is well now and then of a mightier spring had been breath- to slacken the cables wherewith we ing through the intellectual world, are moored, to let the frozen surface loosening the chains, and thawing of our minds be broken up, that the the ice-bound obstruction of death, stream may flow freely, even though as if it had been granted to the the consequence may be a temporary prayers of genius, that all her flood. There may be much wisdom and favorite children should be per- much good in activity ; but there is mitted for

a whie to revisit much also in a “ wise passiveness." the earth. They came wielding all Unless the earth receive into her bothe faculties of their minds with the som the fertilizing power of water, mastery they had acquired by the she brings forth nothing. discipline and experience, by the ex- The feelings, thus aroused by my ercises and combats of their lives, intercourse with these newly arisen and arraying their thoughts in a rich, tenants of the grave, were still on and elastic, and graceful eloquence, the ebb, when Frank Hargrave acfrom which the dewy light of the costed me during my walk yesterday. opening blossom had not yet passed Hargrave was the best cricketaway. I resigned myself altogether player and the best versewright of his to the impressions which thronged in time at Eton, and had shown the upon me from every thing that I same quickness and adroitness, wheheard; for not a word was idle, not ther the thing to be struck off was a a syllable but had its due place and ball from his bat or an hexameter meaning ; if at any moment the from the anvil of his imagination. At pleasure was not unmingled, at least Oxford he gained some prizes, a firstit was very greatly predominant class degree, much eclat, and a little throughout; if there was a good deal knowledge; and when he left college, questionable and some things offen- those ancient spinsters, who are alsive in the matter, the manner was ways on the look out to herald the always admirable; and whenever a rising generation, and try to make stone against which I might have amends for the forlornness unto which chance has doomed them, by consti- his weakness by his violence. He is tuting themselves stepmothers unto afraid that his wit will be blunt, unevery child of genius, but who, want- less it is perpetually drawing blood. ing one faculty of their favorite There is much too in the circumquadrupeds, that of seeing in the stances of his life, which has tended dark, are forced to kindle their wicks to deaden all that ever was kindly from every passing lamplighter, had about him, and which threatens beheard of his acquirements and fore long to reduce him unto a state achievements, and throughout the not unlike that of the nettle, when he West End of London for six will sting, every body whom he whole days chaunted the praises of touches, unless he be grasped strongthe youthful prodigy. Nothing at ly and somewhat roughly. His ocall like him had ever been heard of, cupation is not one that fosters a since the week before. On the healthy and genial temperament of strength of his reputation he betook the mind; it is without the satishimself to diplomacy; and in those faction that arises from a free vodays amongst the dreams of his am- luntary subjugation of the will under bition built up for himself a ladder, at the law of duty, for it is almost withthe top, of which he was to step into out the characteristics of free-agency; an undersecretaryship. Sometimes it is too menial and too mechanical; too the House of Commons acted a no visible, tangible, lasting result part therein, standing before him like brings with it the comfort and dea dim misty vision of Babel, where- light always felt at the contemplain he might hope before he died to tion of that which is our own offadd to the confusion of tongues. But spring, a portion of ourselves sent long since these aspiring hopes wi- forth upon the waves of time and thered and perished. The wear and space. He is ever toiling, but no tear of half a dozen years in an office, trace of bis toil remains; for he is and the glitter and fritter' of half á only one of the least important dozen years in literary coteries, have wheels in the enormous machine a good deal changed his character whereby the administration of Engand his views.The dust-cloud of land is carried on. He writes or his ambition has sunk to the ground, transcribes what others dictate, and and he is now content to become a when his task is accomplished, his fixture at his desk, and to be con- papers are made over to his neighfined like soda water in its stone bour, who turns them to bottles, provided he may occasional- count and then puts them into the ly explode in a sarcastic or scurri- fire. No wonder then that Hargrave lpus article for the Quarterly Review. is delighted to behold himself in By such means he brings himself print, and when some metaphor or back to the recollection of his ancient sarcasm of his own meets his eye a patronesses ; Hargrave's very clever month after its issuing from his attack on some enemy to church and brain, no wonder he welcomes it as state is talked of until the dust be- an earnest and promise of immortagins to tinge the cover wherein it is lity. wrapt; and he has more than once Add to this that the society, whereobtained a smile of approbation from with he is now chiefly conversant, is the minister whose cause he has been merely superficial and altogether maintaining

barren. The never-ceasing friction Not that Hargrave was originally going on therein grinds all the feelhard-hearted, or even ill-natured. In ings to powder. His family live society he is companionable, lively, in a distant county; his occupations can toss a jest lightly to and fro, or in Downing-street have estranged sharpen the point of a story, and, if him from all with whom he had been he were not somewhat too flippant most intimate at school or college; at times, might be called exceedingly and it is very rarely that any thing pleasant. But when he takes his pen like friendship takes root at a later in hand, the hues of his mind deepen, period of life, unless it be from the the tones grow louder and harsher. Participation in some action of moHe feels within himself no conscious-ment or some great endurance. But ness of strength; he cannot there from all such violent influences Har. bre be calm; but tries to conceal grave was sheltered ; and there is 110

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