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Account of False Delicacy.

Jan. could not surely have been an English Afort Account of the new Comedy called one. A truely Britith heart must have FALSE DELICACY as it is now allfelt compasion for the distresses of the ing with universal Applause at the poor, and would have wilhed for the Theatre Royal ir Drury Lane. means of lefjening their wants; not have

CHARACTERS. been a prompter to the most cruel methods of increasing them. For the honour Colonel Rivers, Mr. Holland. of humanity itself, therefore, I would Cecil,

Mr. King, hope, that there is but one town in all Lord Winworth, Mr. Reddish. his majesty's dominions, that could Sir Harry Newburg, Mr. 7, Palmer. breed men capable of thus hardening Sidney,

Mr. Cautherly. themselves against all the impressions of Footmen, Mr. Wright and Mr. Watkins. it. All good subjects, Britons, and Lady Betty Lambton, Mrs. Abingdon. Americans, know, that the interest of Miss Rivers, Mrs. Jefferies. both countries is the fame; and that Miss Marchmont, Mrs. Baddely. they are all united under his majesty Mrs. Harley, Mrs. Dancer. in one common wealth. Through- Sally,

Miss Reynolds. out that whole British empire, thereTent Spirits be Belton only are coming The fate olings and most admirably fore, let known, that the turbu. HÉ of this comedy is extreme

ly diffention, and publicly taking mea- conducted; the fentiments are such as sures to separate them. And may they will eminently distinguish the writer as ever have the merit of being the single long as virtue and morality are held retown in America, that is capable of speciable; and the language easy, elesending men under the guise of mer- gant, and characteristic. Indeed we rechants, to act as spies amongft us ; member no piece since the Careless to watch for and give notice of any Husband, in which the dialogue so happublic calamities; and to instruct their pily imitates the conversation of peo: countrymen how to take advantage of ple of fashion. The part of Cecil them.

bears the strongest marks of originaliIt will still, I hope, be remembered, ty, and affords Mr. King an opportu, that I do not in the least aim at any nity of giving us a frel proof that his particular person, as the writer of this powers in comedy are unlimited, for letter. I do not mean to lay it to the his performance throws new beauties charge of any particular merchant on the imagination of his author. "whatsoever. But as their Boston cor, 'The fcene between Colonel Rivers and Tespondents have thought fit to let us his daughter, in the fourth act, is truly know of the advice which has been pathetic, and is a demonstration that given them, and to send the letter back the writer poffeffes those happy talents to us, all that is intended by this re- for touching the tender passions, in a publication, is to let my fellow liverydegree not at all interior to his abilities men fee wliat these Bolton people are; for exiting the rilibie faculties.and to hand it in among the gentlemen. It would be an act of injustice not to of the committee, in order to know, whe: mention Mr. Holland's great merit in ther any of them will take it up;orif it Colonel Rivers, and Mrs. Dancer's in be a conception of too black a feature Mrs. Harley.-Indeed the whole piece for them to filiate, to beg, that they was well performed, and bore evident will find out Nue father, and pass it on Signs (we mean with respect to the feu, to its proper parent.

de Theatre) of being brought out under In the mean time, the gentlemen the inspection of Mr. Garrick.will be pleased to spare their recommen. In Mhort, we cannot help congratulatdations, and leave the livery of Lon- ing the public upon this addition to don to judge for themselves; at least, their entertainment, in which the coit is hoped, chat they will not hold us mic muie appears in her native fimso very cheap, as to think, at the very plicity, undebauched by ribaldry or time wiven the freemen of Boston have licentiousness. The prologue and epicome to a public resolution to take logue gave us uncomxon fatisfaction, nothing from us, that the liverymen and are laid to be done by a gentleman of Londoa kave so little understanding who has no superior in that species of as to take a representative from them. writing, which we are the more inA Woryman of London.' slined to believe, as they abound with

that

1768.
Il for lune of Marcellus.

7 that rich vein of genuine humour He had the mortification afterwards to which so strongly characterizes all his be thrice disappointed of fellowships, productions.

and they were bestowed on men who

were formerly acknowledged his infeTo tbe PRINTER, &c. riors in all kinds of learning. He loon SIR,

after retired into an obscure part of Arcellus was intended for the the kingdom, to a curacy of forty

. proper age, was removed from school to and his melancholy, which made him Oxford. At this period his heart beat avoid company, entirely thut up every high for fame. His friends too, had avenue to preferment. So that he the warmeft hopes of his future figure continued in this Gtuation till he was in his profeffion. Nor without reason; near fifty years of age, when a relation for he had pafled through his school dying without iffue, left Marcellus ao discipline with the greatest applause, estate of a thousand pounds a year. and distinguished himself by a taste Had a small, a very small part of this and genius above his age. His man- been bestowed ypon his education, it ners too were most engaging ; his mo- would have been of more service than desty, generofity, and good nature, the whole at this time of life. It would gained him universal esteem; his chaa have enabled him to have selected the racter, when known, foon introduced molt amiable of his acquaintance, and him to the best company of his college, contracted the most valuable friendI mean, the worthy and ingeniouships; to have purfued his studies wità for fach will always unite when they alacrity and success, and have raised know each other's characters. Here a bimself to the eininence he once afpifair field was opened for the most ad. red to. But Avaro had not generosity vantageous connections ; but the to give so long as he was capable of bright prospect was foon overcast by enjoying it himself : his utmost bouna most melancholy event, which ty never extended beyond some trivial plunged him into an abyss of misery. prefent. Marcellus's fortune came now This was the death of his father, by too late. A change in his outward cir, which his mother's circumstances were cumstances could not change his tentfo reduced, as to be unable to afford per which was foured by disappointher son a genteel allowance. He had ments. His reflections, indeed, on his indeed other relations who were well situation, were not such as gave eafe to able to aflilt him, and who professed a troubled mind. He found himself the most tender regard for bim : But far advanced in life, without making none of them on this occasion offered the proper progress, without note in any assistance towards his education, his profession, without friends, withthough they knew his mother's fortune out any of those endearing relations inadequate to the charge. This for which alone life is worth enjoying: cruel conduct nipped the fair flower in In the midst of society he found himthe bud. He soon found himself ob. self savage and forlorn. He died a feve liged to decline the amusements of his years after the acquisition of his fornew acquain ance, and by degrees to tune, a melancholy proof of the acceldetach himself entirely from their fity of a liberal education. company to avoid many meannesles he If any person concerned in the eduotherwise must have been guilty of. cation of youth should read this story, This event proved fatal to his peace. let them not, after a careless perural, To tear up the growing friendship throw it aside as the produce of an idle made every fibre of his heart bleed. imagination that seeks to amuse itself His behaviour altered from that inftant. with trifles : It is fact, and as such me His countenance was overspread with a rits the attention of every serious permournful gloom, and a low melancho- fon concerned, ly preyed upon his heart. His (tudies

PHILOEZEUS. were entirely neglected; the chill band of penury had numbed the vigour of E have given our readers this his-genius;

month, the fourth part of the And like the tyrannous breathing of Map of the road from London to Berthe north,

'wick. Check'd all it's buds from blowing..

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The Coluber Cerastes described.

Jan,
A Letter from John Ellis, Esq; F. R. S. blunt; the outward front of the up-

to the President, on the Coluber Ce. per and under jaws have a small cavity, raftes, or Horned Viper of Egypt. or depression, in both; the nostrils pro

ject like those of a pug dog. [Read before the R. S. Dec. II, 1766.)

The eyes have a perpendicular nar. My Lord,

row and black pupil; the iris is of a HE Coluber Cerastes or Horned yellowish grey colour; thę orbits of the honour to present a specimen of to small hemispherical scales. this illustrious society, I am informed, The tongue is divided at the extre.' is very rare, and scarce to be found in mity into two parts. any of the cabinets of natural curio. The teeth. In the upper jaw there fities in Europe. Besides, the authors are no teeth, but two bones placed who have treated on the Cerastes, as lengthways in the palate; in' them Alpinus and Bellonius, have given are fixed several small teeth, generally such unsatisfactory descriptions of it, about ten : they sharp, of an equal and inaccurate figures, that I thought length, and bend a little towards the an exact drawing from nature, toge. throat.

On the sides of the under ther with the belt and latest systemati- jaw, near the fnout, are placed three cal account of it, would be agrecable, or four teeth ;. but none quite in the as well to the lovers of antiquity as fore part or hinder part. natural history.

The borns. Just above the eyes, The ancient Egyptians most cer- near the upper part of their orbit, tainly esteemed it a hieroglyphic of are two tentacula, which we call horns, some importance ; for when we exa- about a quarter of an inch long; mine their monuments of the greatest they are not straight, but hend a little antiquity, such as their obelisks, tem- outwards; they are channelled lengthples, ftatues, palaces, and even their ways, sharp pointed, but not very mummies, we are almost sure to find hard; their basis is furrounded with a many representations of it on them. circle of small erect scales. Those two immensely large stones, The body is narrow towards the lately brought from Alexandria, in neck; the diameter of the thickest part Egypt, now in the court-yard of the of the middle about one inch; the tail British Museum, which appear to be grows suddenly taper, and ends in a part of the grand cornice of some Tharp point. magnificent palace, have many figures The colour. The top of the head, of the Cerastes curiously engraved the back and upper part of the tail, upon them.

are variegated with Targe irregular Dr. Hasselquist, a pupil of the cele. spots, of a bright ochry colour, or brated Linnæus, wbo was in Egypt in reddish brown; the throat, belly, 1750, has given us a particular de- and under part of the tail, are whitin. scription of this curious animal; buc The length of this specimen (See tlie neither he nor the former writers on PLATE.) is as follows; from the nose Egypt, that mention the Ceraites, say to the anus 22 | inches, the rail 3 1 any thing about the venom of its bite. inches; lo that the whole serpent is This we are informed of only by Dr. 26 inches long. Turnbull, who lived many years in The belly is covered with 145 broad Egypt, both at Alexandria and Cairo, scales, or scuta; the tail with 43 pair and who was so kind to present me of finall scales, or fquama. with those specimens of it.

The number of squamæ and scuta Dr. Linnæus, in his system of nature, have been thought by late authors to P: 217, calls it Coluber Cerastes. be the best method of determining

Dr. Hasselquilt, in his fter. p. 315, the species of serpents ; but they are Coluber Cornutus ; the following is an not ignorant that they differ a few extract from his description.

now and then: Hasselquist reckoning The bead, between the horns, is 150 scuta, and so pair of squamæ, to much deprefied; the cheeks his Coluber cornutus. swelled out, so that the hinder part of I am, my lord, your lord ship's the head is considerably thicker than Most obediens humble servant, the neck; the fnout is thort and

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