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The performers merit the best thanks of the author. Mr. Young had not much opportunity of exercis.og his fine powers, but all that was required from him he gave with full force and effect. Mrs. Gibbs displayed her usual correctness and accuracy in Alice A considerab e portion of the vis comica was happily displayed hy Mathews in the gardener, and of the phiz coinica, by Liston in the garrulous old soldier. Mrs. Taylor looked extremely well in her Saroyard disguise.

Mr. Beonett, the new singer, is of the Brabam school. His voice is clear and firm, but not bold or extensive. His ear, however, seems perfect; his ad libita are full of grace and ornament, and his transitions easy and natural ; bis figure is small, and as an actor lię has every thing to learn ; but we shall not be surprised if he very soon acquires eminence as a vocal performer. He is now gone back to Bath, to fulfil (say the play bills) a musical engagement, but whether at the theatre or in the concert room we have not learnt.

Mr. Young has been in constant play ever since his appearance. Hamlet he has performed four or five times, and the versatility of his talents, as well as the extent of bis powers, have been fully tried and effectually established by his Stranger, Octavian, Osmond, Hotspur, Felir, Frederick, Gondibert, and Perruchio. It cannot be supposed that he was equally successful in all, but in some he was excellent. The Stranger we consider his most perfect performance. He seldom fell below Kemble, and in some instances went beyond him. He has been powerfully supported by Mrs. Litchfield in Mrs. Haller, Angela, Queen Margaret and Violante.

A new comedy, by Mr. Dibdin is to be produced immediately,


Theatre-Royal, LIVERPOOL.-Since the departure of Mrs. Siddons this Theatre has been but thinly attended, although the managers have done every thing in their power to please the public, both in respect to novelty and personal exertions, and notwithstanding the professional merits of Lewis, Knight, Ellistou, Simmons, and Mrs. Glover. The Curfew and Tekeli are the only pieces which seem to be attractive. The scenery, dresses, &c. of the latter were purchased at a high price from Mr. Ward, of Manchester. In addi. tion to the performers named in my last, I have to mention a Mr. Terry, who in pantomime and Frenchmen is rather clever, but in tragedy the monotony of his voice is much against him.

Mr. Banks in characters of rough feeling has great merit. Mr. Clare. mont is still Mr. Claremont, whether he plays tragedy. or comedy. Mr. Jones as a young actor merits some commendation, but his appearance is rather too effeminate, and his deportment too stiff, for the heavy characters which have been assigned him : his delineation of a fop has given us some pleasure. I would advise Mr. Waring to read Hamlet's instructions to the players, beginning with this line" but if you mouth it, as many of our players do, I had as lieve the town crier spoke niy lines."-There is another speech a little tower down, which it would do no harm to Mr. Tayleure to read with attention " and let your clowns speak no more than is set down for them"-Let him reform it altogether. Mrs. Moore has no requisites for the stage. Mrs. Waring and Mrs. Skinner as chamberinaids are perfectly at home.

ARGUS. Theatre WORTHING. This place is crowded with taste, beauty "and fashion. Mr. Trotter opened his new Theatre here on Tuesday the 7th of July: it is but justice to him to say, that no expense has been spared to render it elegant and commodious Drury Lane has been the evident model. Preceding the play Mr. Trotter delivered an occasional address with considerable effect; the scenery and decorations are beautiful, and reflect the highest credit on, the artist Mr. G. Travis Williams. The company is extremely respectable, and Mrs. Trotter has engaged Mr. and Mrs H. Siddons, of the theatre royal Drury Lane, to lead the business ; they appeared in the characters of Shylock and Portia, and the curtain fell to very loud and reiterated plaudits. The play of tbe Stranger was given out for the next performance, and the good humour testified from all parts of the house seemed to augur that the liberal and spirited efforts of the manager seem likely to be repaid by a golden harvest.

The presence of the Princess Charlotte of Wales, sheds a gaiety over the place which even eclipses that of Brighton. The houses are all engaged, and we have daily visitors from the latter place, who flock in great numbers to catch a view of our illustrious resi dent. The following is the Address spoken by Mr. Trotter :

How many fairy, visjonary joys
The hope of speculative man emplovs
At distance view'd, the prospect of delight
Is as the party-colour'd rainbow, bright
But when the hour arrives, some shaft unseen
Shall mar the fancied rapture of the scene.
Drooping we then are forc'd this truth to own;
Substantial pleasures are but rarely known.
Oft has my fancy wander'd with delight
On the new fabric you behold to-night-
Should it not please my friends, who here surround,
'The fabric falls a ruin to the ground.
0, favor then! 0, prop the doubtful cause !
The pillar of our house is your applause.
All I cou'd do to please my patrons kind
I've spar'd not trouble, nor expence to find;
Your generous bosoms must supply the rest,
Granting that man can only do his best.
Some there may be whose harder judgments scan
The drama adverse to the moral plan,
Assert, that vice, with all her baneful train,
Disturb the quiet of sweet virtue's reigu;
Ye generous patrons ! justly hear the note,
That nature warbled, and great Shakspeare wrote :
To-night the cruel Jew's relentless knife,
Is rais'd against the worthy merchant's life ;,
But Mercy's voice with angel tone recalls
The barbarous sentence, and the weapon falls ;

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Can scenes like these, which hallow'd minds may read
The cause of virtue and of truth impede ?
Your plaudits must such doubtful fears dispel,
Our future deeds our gratitude shall tell;
If on this night (our tiret) our efforts claim

Your kind applause—that kind applause is Fame. Theatre, SOUTHEND.-Mr. Trotter being necessarily absent at Worthing, he has engaged Mr. Bew, as his acting manager at this place, where the Theatre is well attended, and the company can boast several very good performers.


Theatre de l'Imperatrice, rue de Lourois. -The Myster:Jus Secretary, in three acts, and in verse. The Mysterious Secretary is a young woman, who, being forced by parental rigour to leave her home, disguises herself, and entering into the service of a lady, in the quality of secretary, the chambermaid falls in love with him, and the husband grows a little jealous; but the latter soon discovering the secret, applies to the father of the fugitive, who, by this time, feeling some remorse at his cruelty, is rejoiced to recover his danghter, and obtains his own forgiveness by pardoning the indiscretion of his child. The piece possesses considerable merit. It is written by the son of Patrat, the author of the farce whieh Mr. Colman has dramatized under the title of Blue Devils.

Theatre du Vaudeville. -The Amorous Valets, in one act.. A young captain of bussars is desperately in love with a young widow, who is unacquainted with his person; he obtains an introduction to her by entering into her service, and wearing her livery. One of her neighbours, whom she has also never seen, an elderly man, who is at law with her, has proposed to terminate the dispute by a marriage; but wishing to know a little more of her disposition, he presents himself before her in the dress of his valet. The gentlemen meet, and the elder of the two soon perceives that he has not only a young rival, but that the young widow is inclined to prefer him. He good-humouredly resigns his pretensions, drops the law-suit, and consents to their union. Dorat is the anthor.


Mrs. Jordan has received and accepted very liberal offers from the Drury-laue Proprietors for three years. Mrs. Dickons at a large salary, but not more than adequate to the merits of so tine a singer, is engaged at Covent-garden. Miss Bolton, we believe, retires. Mrs. H. Johnston, it is also said, returns to her situation at the same theatre; and Shield, incomparably our best English Composer, has consented to furnish it with an Opera. Catalani who will shortly set off for Ireland, has not yet come to terms with the managers of the Opera house for next season.

LITERARY INTELLIGENCE. Works secently published, in the press, or in prepara'ion. BIOGRAPHY.–Life of the Farl of Macartney, by John Barrow, Esq. ; of Lord Chancellor Egerton, by Mr. Egerton Brydges; of General Washington, by Mr. Ramsay, author of the History of the American Revolution, Memoirs of British Statesmen; by John Macdiarmid, Esq.

History.-Curialia ; or an Historical Account of some Branches of the Royal Houshold, &c. by Samuel Pegye, Esq. Parts IV and V. History of the House of Austria, 1218, to 1292, by William Coxe. Histos rical Enquiry respecting the performance on the Harp in the Highlands of Scotland, by John Gunn, F.A.S.E. History of the Buccaneers of America, translated from the German of Vou Archenholtz, by George Mason, Esq.

TRAVELS.- Travels of Bertrandon de la Brocquere, Counsellor and first Esquire Carver to Philip Le Bon, Duke of Burgundy, to Palestine, and his return from Jerusalem overland to France, during the years 1432 and 1433, from a MS. in the National Library at Paris; translated by Thomas Jones, Esq. View of the present state of Poland, by George Burnett.

ROMANCES, &c.-Julian, or My Father's House, from the French of Dumenil. Corinua, or Italy, by Madame de Holstein.

Poetry.—The Inferno of Dante Alighiere, translated into blank verse, with a life of the author, by H. Howard. A Translation of Hesiod, with Notes and Dissertations, by Mr. Elton. Poems, by Lord Byron. The plants, by Mr. W. Tighe. Mirth and Metre, by C. Dibdin, jun. Poems, by Mr. Penwarae.

DRAMATIC.--Mr. Hooke's Fortress. Fashionable World Reformed, being reflections on Theatrical Res presentations, &c. by Philokosmos.

MISCELLANIES--Prize Essays and Transactions of the Highland Society of Scotland, Vol. III, by Henry Mackenzie, Esq. Dissertation on the Gipsies, with an Enquiry into their origin, &c. Views of the past and present state of the people of Spain and Italy. Treatise on Elocution, by Mr. Kylance.


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