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subsequent erection of that grand pile fell to the charge of the convent, as this munificent prelate was shortly after murdered in the Tower, by the rebellious adherents of Straw and Tylos,

Archbishops Courtenay and Fitzalan or Arundel, bis şuccessors in the see, established a fund, the disposal of which was given to Prior Thomas Chillenden, by whom the nave, cloisters, and chapterhouse, are generally supposed to have been designed and perfected. The south tower of the western front was constructed after Chillenden's decease in 1419: this addition, with the south porch, having been begun by Archbishop Chicheley, who succeeded in 1413, was finished by Prior Thomas Goldstone (the first of the name) between 1449 and 1468. It obtained the name of the Oxford Steeple. There is sufficient reason to determine, that the other tower was a part of Lanfrank's original structure, and that its being attributed to Archbishop Arundel is an error. During his prelacy, he added a spire covered with lead, one hundred feet high, and a peal of five bells of extraordinary weight and tone. After the storm in 1703, the spire becoming ruinous, was taken down.

· The last important addition to this fabric was the great centre tower, erected between the years 1472 and 1517 under the successive Priors W. Sellinge and T. Goldstone (the second of that name), and for the most part during the prelacy of Archbishop Morton, who is mentioned as an especial benefactor. Thus, this venerable monument of the skill and piety of our ancestors, descends to the present period with double claim to our admiration, as linked to a very remote antiquity, and as exhibiting many architectural peculiarities and beauties of intervening ages.' Thoughts on the expediency of disclosing the Processes of Manu factories, being the substance of two papers, lately read bee fore the Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle upon Tyne. By John Clennel, F. S. A. Edinburgh and Perth. 12mo. Angus and Son, Newcastle, 1807.

A very iugenious essay on the expediency of a general and faithful display of the processes of manufactories, in such a manner, that every chance may be obtained for effecting their highest improvement with the least possible expence, by the interference of the operations of science.


La mia crudel tiranna."

A farourite Italian Air, with twelve Variations for the Piano Forte, with an Accompaniment for the Flute ( ad libitum) composed and dedicated to Aler. Scote, Esq. by T. Latour, Pianiste to His Royal Highness ths Prince of Wules. Birchall, price 3s.

This is by far the best production of Mr. Latours that has come under our notice; to say the truth, and we had no other means of judging than from his former compositions, we did not give him credit for being able to write any thing so good. The present piece partakes not at all of that poor meagre stile, which in some of his former publications we were obliged to condemn. The air wbich he has selected is pleasing, and capable of many excellent variations. Mr. Latonr has availed himself of it most successfully, and has displayed a very considerable portion of good taste and brilliant fancy throughout the piece. Let him go on to write thus, and we cannot do otherwise than praise him.

Nos. VII. and VIII.

The Vocal Magazine, consisting of Canzonets, Songs, Duets, Trios, Glees,

&c. composed by Jos. Kemp. Wulker. Price 38. 6d.

The first Song of this Number is arranged with accompaniments for a Band, which contribute essentially to the effect of an Air, in itself by no means destitute of interest: The Glee, for three voices which follows, is a masterly composition, its brevity is, in our opinion, its chief fault, it contains some points which might have been kept up with very good effect to a mucb greater length. In the last movement there is great vigour and animation; yet, good as it certainly is in point of composition, we could not sing it without dislike, and even disgust, occasioned by the absurdity of the words which Mr. Kemp has chosen for his music. “Sce meteors gleam around the maid, moonbeams fift her soul!" This line is repeated again and again in the last movement, as frequently and as emphatically as if it contained some beautiful idea or expressive sentiment; this, indeed, to some people it may, but to us it seems “ full of sound and fury,” but “signifying nothing. We really shall be very happy when the Ossianic mania, which of late has seized our glee writers, shall have subsided, aud when poetry,

which possesses some meaning, shall be preferred to such arrant nonsense as that which Mr. Kemp has chosen for his music. The canzonet, “Thou hast an eye of tender blue," which follows, is a very elegant little composition. The sth Number opens with a Quartett, of wbich the melody is graceful and flowing, and the inner parts neatly arranged ; a little more variety in the modulation would have given that relief to the ear which it will now rather want. The song, “ Now the French are prepar'd,” is in a bold and spirited stile, and is well supported by a noisy accompaniment. The Bal. lad, Willow," is a pleasing and expressive melody.

“ Fair Amoret,” or, “ Adoron in the Woodlands." The much admired Pastoral Bullad, written by Mr Upton, composed by

J. Sanderson, and sung by Mr. Gibbon, at Vauxhall Gardens. Hodo sull, price is.

Mr. Sanderson is a composer of considerable promise, and though we have seen some productions of his pen which we much prefer to that now before us, yet we think it by no means destitute. of merit: if it be without the charm of novelty, it is nevertheless neatly and cleverly arranged.

“ We will be married, my dear, for a' that," The much admired. Sco!ch Ballad, written by Mr. Upton, composed by J.

Sanderson, and sung by Mrs. Bland, at Vauxhall Gardens. Hudsall, price Is.

Imitations of Scotch Ballads we never did, and we believe never shall like; to us they appear uninteresting and insipid: the fres quenters of Vauxhall, perhaps, think differently, if so, Mr. Sanderson may find it necessary to gratify their taste. To such as like this stile, the present ballad will be acceptable.

« Beneath the Weeping Willow," A Scotch Song, sung by Mrs. Bland, at Vauxhall Gardens, composed by:

Mr. Hook, Purday and Button. Price Is.

Thia is an imitation of another kind of Scotch Ballads. It is an good, and not at all better, that we can discover, than a hundred others of the same sort,

“ Love and Folly," Composed with an accompaniment for the Piano Forte, and inscribed to

his friend Mr. Bunting, by Joseph Major.Mitchell, price 1s. 6d.

This is a very simple, yet certainly a pleasing melody, and in point of composition we have no fault to find with it. The words are sometimes deficient both with respect to grammar and motxe; we hope Mr. Major will.chuse better in future,

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This lady was Macklin's second; or rather his third wife. During the time that Macklin was manager of the Theatre at Chester he frequently met a young lady in coinpany, that particularly attracted his attention. With her father, who was a very respectable private gentleman, Mr. Macklin was in the habits of the closest intimacy. A treaty was immediately set on foot, and the young lady having given her consent, the marriage articles were soon after settled by her father, Macklin was married on the 10th of September 1759, to this young lady, Miss ELIZABETH JONES, who to great elegance of form, and many polite accomplishments, joined the more amiable virtues of the mind. The marriaġe ceremony being over, Macklin set off with his new wife to fulfil his engagement with Barry and Woodward in Ireland.

How highly Macklin estimated the virtues of this lady will

appear from the following letter written to his banker, on going over to Ireland in 1785: DEAR SIR,

April 14, 1785. Whatever property I have in this life, I have, by will, bequeathed to my wife Elizabeth Macklin, and were it as great as any subject in this realm enjoys, her affection, order, sobriety, and good morals, as a wife, a mother, and a friend and neighbour, she would deserve it. Therefore I hope, that you will, on my deceasė, páy her whatever balance you may have in my favour. I wish you well in health, and prosperity in your dealings; and am

Your obedient humble servant,

CHARLES MACKLIN. To T. Coutts, Esq. Banker, Strand, London.

Mrs. Macklin amply merited the affections of her huss band, whose life she is supposed to have prolonged by

ker incessant attentions to him. She enjoyed an annuity of 751. a year, from the time of her husband's death, which was purchased out of the money arising from the subscription to The Man of the World, and Love à la Mode, published under the superintendance of the late Mr. Murphy.

She appears to have been through life a most amiable and worthy woman.

THE JEST OF GEORGE PEELE, AT BRISTOW, From his Merrie Conceited Jests, a very scarce book,

published in 1627. George was at Bristow, and there staying somewhat longer then his coyre would lastfhim, his palfrey that should bee his carrier to London his head was growne so big that he could not get him out of the stable: it so fortuned at that instant certaine players came to the towne, at that inne where George Peele was; to whom George was well knowne, being in that time an excellent poet, and had acquaintance of most of the best players in England; from the triviall sort hee was but so so; of which these were, onely knew George by name, no otherwise. There was not past thre of the

companie come with the carriage, the rest were behinde, by reason of a long journey they bad, so that night they could not enact; which George hearing, had presentlye a stratageme in his head to get bis horse free out of the stable, and money in his purse to beare his charges up to London : and thus it was : hee goes directly to the Maior, tels him hee was a scholler and a gentleman, and that he had a certaine historie of the Knight of the Rhodes; and withall, how Bristow was first founded, and by whom, and a briefe of all those that before him had succeeded in office in that worship full citie, desiring the Maior, that he, with his presence, and the rest of his brethren, would grace his labours, The Maior agreed to it, gave him leave, and withall apointed him a place; but for himselfe, he could not be there, being in the evening, but made him make the best benefit he could of the citie; and very liberally gavę him an angell, which George thankfully receives, and about his businesse he goes, got his stage made, his hystory cryed, and hyred the players apparell, to flouo

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