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MR. TODD'S EXPERIMENT OF A DIVING-MACHINE IN RANELAGH
GARDENS, ON THE 23D OF SEPTEMBER.
intention of descending into a re to supply him with air, a flexible tube servoir of water twenty-five feet deep, of cane, with copper joints, bound to remain for an hour at the bottom, with cordage and taried over, was and to be surrounded with lights : but, screwed into what he called his headnotwithstanding the immente import- dress; and a second tube was conance of such an experiment, provided it nected in the same manner for the could be completely successful, there escape of the foul air. The whole were not more than 100 spectators pre. appearance of the apparatus was exlent: the trial, however, proved abor- tremely awkward : he was submerged tive. The apparatus used on the occa several times ; but did not remain unfion was a tub of deal, encircled with der water above five minutes, and his iron hoops, about eighteen feet in want of success he attributed to the height, and not quite five in diame- misfitting of his copperlmith. He forgot ter ; on a level with the top of which to take down his lamp: so that nowas a scaffolding. The Operator was thing could be perceived through the provided with a dress formed of lea. panes of glass, which were inserted iber, iron, and copper, in which he was about five feet from the bottom of inserted up to his neck. A wooden the tub, for the entertainment of the box, with a pane of glass in front, was spectators. When the Operator came then put on his head ; and this being out, he acknowledged his failure ; but attached to his leathern neck-piece, promised to repeat the experiment at a the joining was afterwards smeared future period. over with tar; he was then raised by
W: understand it to be the intention fung with sweetness and skill some new
of the Managers of the Winter and scientific melodies which (we Theatres, to give every encourage. fuppose with a view of distinguishing ment to new Candidates for histrionic her talents) had most absurdly been fame, in all cases where there appears substituted in place of the timple and a likelihood of their talents deserving interesting warblings to which we have the notice of the Public: and hence, been accustomed and which always the thort time that has elapsed since the charmed the ear..-Can anytling be more commencement of the present Seafon, ridiculous, than to hear a poor female, has been very productive of novelty in wholly bereaved of her sentes, executa this point.
ing with the utmost taste, time, and exSEPT. 27. At Covent Garden The- actness, the divisions and cadences of a atre Mr. Cooke undertook the part of laboured and difficult piece of music? Hamlet. We mention this as a no — The audience were evidently dire velty ; but respect the general meriis guited with the innovation ; thougii, of this Actor too much to enter on in tenderness to the fair debutant, they the painful task of minutely analyzing abtained from loudly exprefling their his performance of this character. Suf displeasure.-Miss Reeve seems to have fice it to say, that he completely failed
been intended to supply the vacancy in it, and greatly risqued his well. occafioned by Mils Waters's deceffon earned reputation.
from the Stage ; and the specimens The performance, however, intro- that we have fince had of her talents duced a Miss REEVE, daughter of the convince us that the Public will lose Composer, for the first time to the nothing by the change. Stage, in the character of Ophelia. Her
A MR. COLLINS (from figure is petite, but elegant; her coun the Southampton Theatre) appeared tenance is expressive, and her voice for the firit time at Drury lane in the more pleasing than powerful, She characters of Jatel (in the 1'e7w), and VOL. XLII. OCT. 1802.
Robin Rough bead (in Fortune's, Frolics). fonally, we thought, rather loud and In appearance and manner he is not declamatory than luxuriant and fa. unlike the late Mr. Bianchard, of Co- cetious. His voice is clearer than that vent Garden. His person is veat and of his brother John's, but not much well proportioned, his countenance more various in its tones; yet, from a good; and his voice seems to posless critically just conception of the part, Tullicient power and versatility to ren. he contrived to throw a variety and der liim extremely useful in a wide richness into it, that has not been range of comic characters. His rustic equalled since the days of Henderson. dialect, gait, and manner, in the Farce, In the scene where he fits down to were much applaudied.
divide the booty, he succeeded adMR. STEPHEN KEMBLE, from mirably. Nothing could be better de. Newcaitle, (who had engaged with the scribed than the gleam of conteniment Proprietors for a few nights' per on his countenance, and his chuckling formance) made his appearance at at being so fortunate, with so little Drury lane as Sir John Falslaff in the danger to himself. At Dame Quickly's, First Part of Henry the Fourth). Mr. after his adventure on the highway, Kemble's well-known rotundity of the importance of his manner, the person naturally led him to expect that seening contempt for the Prince and ihe wits would he jocular with him; Poins, fucceeded by his confusion and he therefore wrote the following hu- confessional burst when he saw that he morous descant upon his own oherty, was completely hemmed in, were in which was admirably s'elivered by Mr. the true spirit of his character. He Binifter, jun. and frequently inter was greatly applauded also on his ar. terrupted by general burits of laughter: rival at Shrewsbury. His difquifition A Falstaff here to.night, by Nature made, upon honour was given with admirable Lerds to your favourite Bard bis pond'rous effect;, and his boasting on Percy's aid.
death drew down three diftinst peais of No man in buckram he! no stuffing gear,
of applause. No feather-bed, nor e'en a pillow beer!
Mr. Pope bit off the part of Hotspur, But all gocd honest den, ard blood, and and Mr. Wroughton that of the King, bore,
with much credit ; indeed, the piece And weighing, more or less, some e birty was, on the whole, well cast, and has Upon the Northern Coast by chance we
several times since attracted full houses. caught him, [brought him, 8. Miss WADDY, daughter of the And hither in a broad zubeci d waggon Comedian, appeared on Covent Garden For in a chaise the varlet ne'er could enter, Stage, in the character of Yulia FaulkAnd no meil-coacb on such a fare wou'd ner (in The Way to Get Married). This
very young lady possefes an interesting Blet with unwieldiness, at least his size figure, and is a promising Theatrical Will favour find in ev'ry critic's eyes. bud. She was very kindly received, And should his humour, and his mimic and merits encouragement. art,
11. MR. Dakley, returned from Bear due proportion to bis outward part, America after about seven years ab. As once iwas said of MACKLIN in the fence, resumed his station on the boards 780,
of Covent Garden, as Hecate (in MacThis is the very Falstaff Shakopeere drezu. beth), with no diminution either in his To you, with diffidence, lie bids me
vocal powers or his personal dimensions.
We prefume that he has been engaged
Townshend (now mine ieft o' the Horns *); If not, to better men he'll leave his
who, probably, finds it neceflary to jack,
“ keep his house, that his houłe may Ard go, as ballast, in a collier, back.
keep him." In point of talent as an His performance of the character oftor, at least, the latter bad greatly the furnished an excellent treat to the advantage of Mr. Darley. lovers of the Drama, and newed him 13. At Drury-lane, a MR. HARto be an original thinker, and not a DINGE (from the Philadelphia Thecopyilt from any that had gone before arre) made his appearance in the chahim. His jollity and humour were racter of Major O'Flaherty (in Tbe Well natural and gentlemanly, though occa- Indian). This gentleman appeared to
. At Kenningtone
be well acquainted with the business (in The Jealous Wife). This lady's of the Stage. His person is manly, talents are well known; it is, there. and above the middle fize; his voice fore, sufficient to say, that the played not much unlike that of Mr. Barry- the part with much fpirit and pron more; his face, though not very priety, and was greatly applauded.strongly marked, seems capable of ex She cannot fail to be a valuable ac4 prelling all that genteel comedy usually quitition to this H Jufe. requires. He supported the character Agentieman of the Navy with feeling and energy; but fome- Office, whose name we understand to times, we thought, relaxed from the be BRAINE, made his debut on the brogue of the Irin gentieman into that boards of Covent Garden, in the difof the pealant.-His demeanour, how ficult character of Othello.
Though ever, was polite and becoming, and he posesling a good perfon, ealy action met with a very favourable reception. and d.meanour, and a juit conception
15. Mr. Braham being suddenly of the part, he failed for want of pow. taken ill, his part in The Cabinet was ers of voice to express the more violent undertaken at Covent Garden (at a sentations that are excited in the Moor. very thort notice) by Mr. WOUDHAM, Beside which, we frequently oblerved a trumpeter in the orchestra, and a a thicknels, or lisp, in his uiterance, yery young man, who, it leems, had which muil for ever bar his way to performed two or three times in some theatrical eminence.- He received a provincial Theatre.-As he came for very attentive hearing and nauch apward with great diffidence, and solely plaure; but we cannot encourage him to prevent the audience from being to adopt the Stage as a prolellion. disappointed of the Opera that evening, his endea yours were received with READING SCHOOL THEATRICALS. great candour and kindness.
The annual Play performed by the 18. Mr. Lewis, of Covent Garden young Gentlemen of Dr. Valpy's Theatre, leized with a School (the receipts of which were
very alarming illness during the rehearsal humanely appropriated to the benefit of a new Comedy of Mr. Reynolds's. of The literary Fund) for three nights It was observed, that he had an un.
attracted all ine Beauty and Fathion of usual Huth of colour in his face; but Reading and its vicinity. The Play was nothing was thought of it.
the Merchant of Venice. The Pernearly through the rehearsal; when,
formers in their respective characters soon after beginning the last act, he displayed much talie and claihcal suddenly stond itiil, and, to the lurprise judgment; and where general excel.
lence of every one, sealed to speak. The prevailed, it would be unfair to Prompter continued prompting; after diftinguish individual merit. Suštice it about half a minute, Mr. Lewis ex
therefore, to say, that the young Actors plained" Ah! ah!" and whirling
received and deserved the plaudits of round, as if by giddiness, he tell
very numerous and respectabie du.
diences. down. Every one immediately few to his assistance; he was litted into a
Of the PROLOGUE (written by Mr. phair, his neckcloth untied, and it was
Pyg, the Poet Laurear,) we have not thought he had fallen in an apoplectic yet obtained a copy. The following, fit. As soon as atlitance was procured, however, was the he was bled in the arm, but without
EPILOGUE, effect. Dr. Kennedy and Mr. Wil
written by Mr. Bollond, and spoken fon then airiving, had him removed
by Mr. Wheelwright, in the character into the Green Room, where he was
of Portia. cupped; and the blood taken in this Youwho a oft liefore assembled here, way happily relieved his head, and In pity's caule have dropp`d the facred restored him to bis renses. He was
[lief, then removed to his own holle, and With rea'y han's bestow'd the kind it was next morning pronounced out of And had your comfort with the fons danger; but continued for several
of oriet; days too ill to reiume his profetlional You weil I know. Your charity to raise, functions.
No begear's case requires, nor courrie, 's 21. Mrs. Glover (late of Covent
(vail, Garden Theatre) made her first ap. In feeling min.!s unvarnih'd truths prepearance at Drury-láne, as Mrs, Oakley Beyond fictitious myit'sy's aitiul tale.
Proud of the talk to my poor skill con 'Tis gone-the searching Areams the vis fignid,
[mind : To-night I plead the cause of injur'd And ev'ry linew is convuls'd with pain ; Of mind, whose bright and heav'n-aspir. Lite can no more sustain the unequal fight, ing flame
[frame, Hedies--and Bristol's glory sers in nigiit, Is doom'd to languish in its earthly Bleft be the man who first in Learning's Extinct its blaze, and chill'd its genial aid
[ing maid, glow,
Stretch'd forth his arm to fave the faint. The sport of Envy, and the prey of Woe, Rais'd her pale form, upheld her droop. Hope swells my bolom--on each face I
[bread : read,
[ceed.-- Gave, what the world denied--a little The claims of starving genius muit suc Whole comprehensive mind, with nobleft Long had our ifle, for virtuous deeds re
(To make his bounty latiing as his fame), Awak d the wonder of the nations round; First tormd the gen'rous plan, in whole Astonish'd travellers admir'd, and prais'd sapport The fumptuous palaces by Pity rais'd. I come this night your charity to court. By wounds disabled in the battle's rage, Touch'd by that talisinan, imperial gold, Or worp by toil and fast approaching The prifon gates with eager hatte untold.
Stul'd is the watchful Cerb'rus of the The Soldier bids adieu to worldly itrife,
[itraw. 'Mid Chelsea's groves to pass the eve of And learned Mis'ry quits her bed of life.
[fleets restore Tolight and joy restord, the nymph purWhen, crown'd with glory, Britain's
fues The Sons of Valour to their native thore, Her fav’rite toil, her wonted task renews; The hardy Vet'ran views, with fond de. Roves thro' the maze of fancy unconfin'd, light,
[his sight- Freedom alone gives energy to mind ; The tow'rs of Greenwich bursting on
Safe from their inalice, scorns the frowds Not such the Scholar's late-no spacious
of men, dome
And rescued Genius is herself again. Supplied the Child of Science with a Tho' fraught with genius, 'twas his hap
OCCASIONAL ADDRESS, leis lot
Spoken previous to the Representation of To toil for empty praise, and be forgot : HAMLET at a Private Theatre. To starve in secret, or be doom'd to dwell In days of yore, ere Learning's reign Th'imprison'd tenant of the gloomy cell; was known, 'Till, press’d by ills too great for man to
Or Science with its fairelt luftre fhone, bear,
While, yet, the dark, untutord, feeble He sunk, at last, the victim of despair. mind,
[hnod, Ah! there-methinks with these affright. To rude and savage cultoms was con.
A Bard arose to teach th' unletter'd age, I see the shade of familh'd Otway rise ! And, friend to virtue, rear'd the intant Immortal Otway, darling fun of fame,
[plan, At once the nation's glory, and her shame. Mankind with pleasure haild the noble Hark! 'lis the plaintive lound of woe I
Receiv'd its lesions, and rever'd the man : hear,
To future ages
Atill transmit his name The groans of death now vibrate on my And Thefpis lives, immortaliz'd by Faine ! Thy Spirit, Savage, froin the dungeon In after-times, when social ties began calls,
swalls. To claim an empire o'er the mind of And screams of sorrow shake the solid
[contend, Ail's lill-'tis pait-th' indignant soul
See Greece and Rome with rival arts is fled,
[dead. And the Slage flourith-as the People's The Poet's free-he numbers with the
friend! Still, Hill, the fiends their magic spells Draw humble merit from its low retreat, renew,
And lath the crimes and follies of the Oh! hide the horrid vision from my view !
(bed, Milguided youth, thy mad delign forego, Raise the lick captive from his lonely Swiit from thine impious hands the poi. And call down curfes on a Tyrant's fon throw : [thy breath, head!
(Stage, Bear, bear thy fate, 'till Heav'n demand When such the useful purpose of the Drink not-the vial's drugg'd with dou- To form the people, and instruct the ble death :
We gladly volunteer in such a cause, Ad hail the Drama with fincere applaule !
[mem'ry dear, Still Shakespeare lives ! to British And claims of tympathy the tend'zeit
tear. What tho' the Attic fire he never knew, Or from the Sapphic trings no founds he
[page, What tho he ne'er perus’d the Humeric Nor telt the beauties of the Mantuan
[itore; She frankly gave him from her bounteous All the polseis'd the gave; what could the
mre ! To night a few adventurers appear, And hope to find a gen'rous welcome
Whate'er their merit, or how flight their claim,
[blame. Praise where you can-but pause before you And, as in tome Irne, untrequented Ipot, Its fragrance flighted, and its charms forgot,
(head, The modeit violet hides its drooping And irinks, neglected, on its humbie
(pente, Yet if the morning sun its beams dif. And chter it with its genial influence, Its op'ning bud the totttring warmth receives,
(reaves, It drinks the dew-drop falling on its Yields its rich odour to the passing gale, And blooms—the pride and envy of the vale !
(cealdSo be it yours to draw forth worth conYourselves shall reap the harvelt of the field !
J. G. JONES.
A POETICAL OLIO.
POETRY THE RETREAT TO THE COT. I pause ! for here the ancient manlion TAGE OF MON REPOS.
[bride : Where dwelt Agrestes and his frugal
The hand of Tiine, e'en then, with tecret BY JOHN, THE HERMIT.
Had robb'd the mansion of its fair, (Continued from page 53.)
Still did its mouldering front, its spacious bounds,
Tview: OCCASIONAL POEMS, WRITTEN AT
Inspire the mind with rev'rence at the THE COTTAGE ; WITH INSCRIP.
Its fruitful orchards, and its garden TIONS IN THE GARDEN, &c.
(tuo. Produce the means of life and pleasure XV.
But vainly, no v, its long-lov'd bounds I Elegy on visiting the Remains of a Country.
[ing feet; jeat, at which, during my Boyih Days And Thapelets heaps, which hilld the
The surly briar retards my wandero I had pased the nappiest Moments of my Life
Bid me, reluctant, from my lcarcia То
this lone vale, by Contemplation I seek in vain the lawn behind the gate ;
In vain the fmooth-born box, and Penlive, and worn with griei, I tre
Ipiral yews ;
[itate, Q'er all its ruin'd beauties, as I tread, Remembrance wakes, and paints my
In vain the Spacious hall, devoid of
And Memory weeps, regretful, as the youthtuì day!
Views ! She talks of times when happiness was She notes the hours, of rustic hours most mine, [brow! blest,
[dome : When Hope fat similing on my placıd When thouts of joy resounded thru' the Ere yet I dropp'd one tear at Sorrow's “ 'Tis harvest home" (exclaimed some Ihrine ! (leis vow; naudlin gueit):
[hme." Ere yet I rais'd to heaven one fruit. And foon forgot his toils in “ Harvest * It is generally believed, that Shakespeare was denied the benefits of a classical education ; and obtained most of his information, and the incidents of many of his plays, from tandations of French and Italian novels.