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COVENT GARDEN.

ALTHOUGH the Benefits have en that the pit was full in the extreme grossed nearly all the nights of the before the rising of the curtain ; and past month, this Theatre has not been more than one hundred applicants without novelties, and perhaps there were obliged to leave the Theatre for has not been a more amusing Farce want of places in the boxes, before the introduced during the present season, first act was over; for there was not a at Covent Garden, than Cent. per single place vacant, cxcept the back Cent. or The Masquerade ; which, in seats in the slips, which were opened defiance of the improbability of the on this occasion ; a circumstance alplot, and the broadness of some of most unheard of at a benefit. The the allusions, has been favourably re boxes were flled with the most nuceived. Its main incidents arise merous and highly fashionable comchiefly from the scheme of the wife of pany witnessed at this Theatre, since an old usurer to give a grand mas the last visit of His Majesty; and the querade in the house of her husband, cordiality with which Miss Kelly was without his knowledge, and which she received, and the unequivocal testihopes to accomplish, after she has monies of unbounded applause froin failed in her attempts to send him an elegant, eplightened, and unbiassed into the country, by the aid of an audience, have securely seated her on impudent Irish empiric and a draught the vacant throne of Melpomene. The of his tincture. At this masquerade public are now perfectly convinced of no less than three pair of lovers de the powers of this young actress; and sign to carry off their mistresses to the sneers and malignant aspersions of Gretna-green; the first of whom con theatrical envy, wbich, in the absurdity sist of his own daughter and a gay of its folly, asserted that she was spendthrift deep in his debt; the unable to perform any character, but second of bis elderly sister (Mrs. Da that of Juliet, now recoil on their venport) and the Irish ruffian (Mr. authors. Connor), who are appropriately habited Although evidently labouring under as a shepherdess and a Cupid ; and considerable agitation, occasioned by the third are a young lady and gentle. the singularity of her situation, which man of no value at all but to fill up might in some measure be considered a the scene. Unhappily, however, Mr. second first-appearance; though eonsciPennyfarthing (Farren), the usurer, ous that all her future expectations of cheals the doctor; awakes to be as fame and fortune depended on that eventonished and “perplexed in the ex ing's result; though almost oppressed ireme,'' and finally mingles with the with gratitude for the high estimation in maskers, locks up the supper-room, which the public held her, as evinced by and retaliates his owo amazement on the unparallelled overflow of the house; the company.

The Miser causes a and impressed with a strong seuse veport to be circulated that he is very of the injustice which she had experi. ill; the Doctor tbioks this no reason encea in almost every department of for postponing the supper; but the the theatre; and almost sinking under young lover insists that no dish shall the timidity and gentleness of her be tasted till his safety is announced; disposition, heightened by her extreme on which Mr. Pennyfarthiny gives youth and comparatively slight exhim his daughter, though he had that perience in the business of the stage; morving attempted to arrest him for this amiable and accomplished young 6001. Notwithstanding these absurdi. lady surmounted all the difficulties of ties, there are two or three as pleasant her situation, and her performance scenes in this Farce as we have lately that evening has fixed her in public witnessed in any piece of the kind. opinion as the first actress of the

Since our last number an event has day. Miss Kelly has performed Beloccurred, which we were among the videra a second time, when she even first to predicate would prove most improved on her first performance. successful, we mean the appearance of “Wherever she resigned herself to her Miss F. H. KELLY, in the character of own feelings and gave vent, with a Belvidera in Otway's affecting tra semblance of artless simplicity, to gedy of Venice Preserved, which she that fond and devoted tenderness performed for ber benefit. The Pub which constitutes the very essence of lic were so eager to testify their ap. this character, she was jrresistably probation of this young lady's Juliet delightful. The softeued tones of her by an early attendance at her Benefit, voice came to the heart with all the

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charm of pathetic barmony, and found far-famed predecessor, Miss O'Neil, an ecbo there to convince us that a who certainly had the advantage in stronger mind than that of Jaffier age and experience. It is said, and might have been strayed from its pur. perhaps with truth, that Miss O'Neil pose by such a Belvidera.

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excelled Miss Kelly in the declamashe less successful in the passages of tory parts. This is but a meagre and more frantic emotion. The approxi. very equivocal superiority, for, at the mations to derangement in her last same time, it is admitted that Miss scene but one, when Jaffer tears him. Kelly excels Miss O'Neil in delicacy, self from her arms " for ever," and tenderness, and unaffected bursts of the desperation of anguish that drives native feeling. We admit the justness her to the brink of insanity, were as of this criticism, well knowing that effective as we ever witnessed.” The declamation, which is the cold fruit of paroxysms of that derangement, in the study, may be easily acquired by exconcluding scene, were exhibited in a perience : delicacy, sensibility, warm style admirably chaste and effective. and tender bursts of feeling, never !-We consider Miss F. H. Kelly to be an nascuntur non fiunt. actress of more native genius than her

HAYMARKET THEATRE. We have the pleasure to announce plause which he received must have the re-opening of this favourite theatre, fully answered his own expectations, so well adapted to the display of bis for there is always some mixture of fear trionic talent, being veither too large with the most sanguine hopes, and nor too small. We may trace the com there was no unpleasant mixture with mencement of the decay of the regular the applause he elicited. His performdrama to the period, when Drury-lane ance of this character is a very clever and Covent-garden theatres assumed and lively piece of acting. the dimepsions almost of Roman am. Another new piece in one act has phitheatres, from which time they have been produced under the title of Mrs. been principally devoted to that for Smith; or, the Wife and the Widow, which they are most fitted, gorgeous The jest on which it turns is rather a spectacles. It is true that Drury-lane stale ope--the commonness of the name has undergone almost incredible im of Smith. Two ladies, each of whom provement in this respect previous to has a legitimate title to the honours of the opening of the present season, and the vame, occupy apartments in the we can now hear and see with tolerable same boarding-bouse; one of them precision. The unambitious size of the (Mrs. Orger) is the wife of Mr. Smith, Haymarket theatre, and the genteel whom Liston personates; and the other company that patronize it, will always (Mrs. Chatterley) is the widow of Mr. render it one of the best schools for Smith deceased, and quite willing to actors in the metropolis. The theatre resign her name for the more distinhas been re-touched in the painting, guishing appellation of Wentworth.and the most scrupulous attention The husband and the lover talk each seems to have been bestowed upon its

of his Mrs. Smith in such a manner as neatness and convenience, we there to excite each other's jealousy. The fore have no doubt that it will prove ladies are accused to their utter asto. a very attractive place of amusement nishment, and the widow's uncle is on during the time the winter theatres are the point of becoming second to the closed; especially as the following per- adversary of bis nephew, when the two formers are engaged whom the public Mrs. Smiths appear at once, solve the have long sanctioned with unequivocal mystery, and conclude the piece. The applause. Messrs. Liston, Terry, Cooper, equivoke is cleverly sustained. and Harley; Mesdames Chatterley, Or. In the Marriage of Figaro Miss ger, and Madame Vestris ; Misses Pa. Johnson, from the York theatre, made ton, Chester, Booth, and Love.

her first appearance as the Countess. The first piece represented this sea She possesses the advantage of a fine son was a delightful little drama in one person, and an air and manner much act, takeo from an old play, and evti. further removed from vulgarity than is tled Summer Flies; or, The Will for usual with actresses, who have uoderthe Deed. Among the novelties se gone the ordeal of country theatres. lected by the Manager for the present As a sioger she will perhaps never season, is Mr. Viping, from the Bath rank very high, but there are gleams theatre, who appeared as Young Rapid of archness and indications of sense in the droll and varied Comedy of A and spirit in her acting, which may Cure for the Heart Acke. The ap render her a useful acquisition.

POLITICAL DIGEST.

DURING the month the Marriage clared in substance, that the miseries Act bas been discussed in limine by the and frightful anarchy prevalent in IreUpper House, and several salatary al- land, arose from inherent defects in terations have been made in its enact the system of government, and that it ments, and some of its most objection was the duty of the House to inquire able provisions have been got rid of. The into the means of effecting a permanent want of the consent of parents or guar

amelioration. The motion was supdians, or tbe non-age of the parties, ported by Lords Clifden, Caledon, Gos. was enacted to be no ground of nul ford, King, and Daruley, by the Duke lity-by a division of 28 to 22. The of Leinster, by the Marquis of Lanspublication of bands was continued by down, and by Lord Holland, in a most the Committee, as well as the prohibi- eloquent speech. Lords Liverpool and tion of marriages within the degrees of Maryborough, and the Earl of Limeric consanguinity contained in the table opposed the motion, which was evenpublished in 1563.

tually lost by a division of 59 to 105. The Marquis of Lansdowu moved the . This very unusual number of opponents second reading of the bill for relieving to government in the Upper House, dissenters from the obligation of cele evinces the momentous consequences brating their marriages according to attached by the peerage to the present the rites and tenets of the Established system pursued by his Majesty's goChurch. The bill was ably supported vernment towards the Irish, and noby Lords Ellenborough and Calthorp, thing can more completely establish and opposed by several of the bishops, the patriotism and the enlightened and was lost by a division of 27 to 21, views of the Duke of Devonshire, than

On the 19th the Duke of Devonshire, the reflection, that of all individuals he in a speech not often surpassed in would personally suffer the most by either House, called the attention of the tythe commutation bill, and by the government to the dreadful state of system of measures that he so strongly Ireland. His Grace very pertinently recommends. observed, that in a county where the In the House of Commons the inJaws were despised by all the lower quiry into the conduct of the Sheriff orders, and considered as lawsof oppres of Dublin has been brought to a termi. sion rather than of protection; in a pation. The criminal, if not blasphe. country where the lower and the upper mous oaths and proceedings of the classes of society were invariably in a Orange Society were revealed to the state of hostility against each other, House. The oath of the Orangeman and where the poor are divided amongst makes his allegiance to the king and themselves and in a state bordering government conditional, upon his apupon barbarity, it behoved a govern. proval of his Majesty's measures, and ment to be diffident of their system, is therefore treasonable to the highest and to inquire seriously into such an degree. If one religious faction may extraordinary and alarming state of take such oaths, all may take them, zhings. His Grace forcibly argued, and we need not say that no state of that during the existence of the pre- society could exist if every member of sent laws which degraded the Catholic, the community were allowed to bind or in other terms, the majority of the himself by an oath not to " defend or people, it was impossible for the go. support" the sovereign, but on the covernment to pursue that system of incidence of his measures with the equal justice which could alonc trans individual's religious notions. The quillize the sister kingdom, His Grace whole of this investigation proves, that with great moderation, but with great the laws are partially and iniquitously force stigmatized the present measures administered in the sister kingdom, of admisistration, as measures of trim and that from this mal-administration ming and of paltry indecision, which of the laws arises that spirit of faction, would irritate the one faction without and of furious hostility which renders pacifying the great body of the people, Ireland a scene of rapine apd desola. He observed, that it was absolutely tion. With respect, however, to the necessary eitber to adapt the govern- charge against the Sheriff, it is underment to the general sense of the peo stood that further proceedings will be ple, or to strengthen the orange faction staid, owing to the indisposition of the to a degree that would enable it to member who was to have made a morule the majority of the country by tion upon the subject. To recapitulate terror and by force. He concluded, by this extraordinary, and perhaps unpremoving several resolutions, wbich de. cedented proceeding, we must remind

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our readers that it originated in a se. to be extended to the English Catho-
rious charge of perverting the laws lics, but with respect to the propriety
made by the majority of the House of admitting Roman Catholics to higher
against the Attorney General of Ire- offices, he would reserve his opinion to .
land, who detended himself by pleading a future stage of the question. The
that his conduct bad been rendered House was unanimous upon the two
pecessary by the extreme corruption first points, and Dr. Phillimore and
of the Sheriff of Dublin. The House Mr. Brougham were appointed to frame
therefore instituted an inquiry into the a bill to that effect.
conduct of the Sheriff; his guilt, and Lord Archibald Hamilton brought
wliat is of more consequence, the ge forward a motion relative to the im.
neral mal-adruinistration of the laws is perfect state of the representation in
established by evidence, wbich has Scotlaud. He stated, that in Scotland
cost the country a large sum of money, representation bore no relation either
and which has consumed a valuable

to property or to numbers. Rich pro-
portion of the session; and yet, after prietors might have a vote by granting
The terinination of the evidence, the copyhold property of one shilling value
whole proceedings are dropt at a tan per appum to each tenant. That ip all
geut. We are disposed to dwell upon Scotland there were only 2,889 elec-
This question, as it forms a remarkable tors, his Lordship himselt possessed
feature in our domestic government. pumerous votes in five counties, with-
A question, somewhat analogous to the out owning an acre of land in any, and
preceding, was discussed in the House be might do the same in every county
on the 4ih of June. We allude to the of Scotland. The majority of Scotch
mode of empanneling juries in England. voters were situated in a manner simi.
Those members who asserted the pre- lar to his Lordship. Some Scotch coun-
sent practice of empaneling juries to be ties had only nine voters, whilst pone
corrupt, sapported iheir case by a quo had more than 240. His Lordship after
tation of several very strong instances exposing the scandalous corruption to
of packing juries, and they argued which such absurdities gave birth, con-
with great force that the Clerk of the cluded by moving resolutions, pledging
Crown could not possibly persist in a the House to take the subject into con-
mode of empanneling juries which left sideration. The House divided upon
the nomination of every juryman at his the motion, ayes 117, noes 152.- On
sole and arbitary command; but from the succeeding day a charge of upjust
some sinister motives, that the Clerk and oppressive conduct was made
of the Crown having his appointment, against the Lord Advocate of Scotland
his means of support, and his prospects in the discharge of his official duties,
dependant upon the government, could and the House divided, 102 against 96,
pot be impartial in his selection bnt leaving the Lord Advocate a majority
upon the suppositiou of his possessing of only six.
more virtue than has ever been attri The able and eloquent member for
buted to mankind; virtue sufficient 10 Lincoln, Mr. Williams, brought before
make individuals prefer abstract right the House a motion upon the present
and strict duty to their interests and state of the Court of Chancery. He
inclinations: they therefore urged that animadverted upon the vexatious and
juries should be chosen from the free ruinous delays in the proceedings of
holders book, by ballot, by other the Court, and upon the indecision of
means that would give accnsed persons the Chancellor's character. ' Iu 1813,
a chance of being judged by the aver when the Vice-Chancellor's Court was
age state of knowledge, and of senti. about to be established, there were 141
ments amongst their fellow-citizens. Chancery cases in arrear, with 61 ex.
The question was concluded, by Mr. ceptions; 16 pleas and demurrers, and
Williams promising to bring in a bill 41 re-hearings; and now the arrear
to enact, that special jurors should in cases were increased by 20, and the
future be elected by ballot.

exceptions were 64 in the year 1822; Lord Nugent brought before the in Michaelmas term 1822, the pleas House a proposition to place the Ca and demurrers were more than dou. tholics of Englaod and Scotland on an bled, whilst the forty-one re-bearings equal footing with those of Ireland. had been increased to 101, and whilst Mr. Peel objected to the benefits being the Vice-Chancellor in eight years had extended to the Catholics of Scotland, decided 14,560, the Chancellor had as such a measure would be incon. decided only 5,155. He then went sistent with several of the conditions into the detail of several cases, to shew of the Act of Union, but he fully agreed the expense, and absolute ruin inthat the elective franchise and elegi- ficted upon unfortunate people, by the bility to the office of magistrate ought dilatory proceedings in the Chancery

Court, and he expatiated upon the pro increase of charge, under the bead verbial delinquency of the Court in of Diplomatic Services, and drew a point of fees and procrastination. The comparison between the expenses of motion was supported by Mr. M. A. this service, and what was incurred in Taylor, Mr. Denman, Mr. Scarlet, and 1792, the year which government had by Mr. Brougham with considerable avowedly taken as the basis of their power; and it was opposed by the At. calculation. Mr. Canning entered into torney General, the Solicitor General, a defence of this excess, and assured and by Mr. Wetherell. After an ad- the House, that the total charge of journed debate, the House divided, for 252,2651. was within the sum voted for the motion 89, against it 174.

this service by the House in 1816. Mr. Creevy called the attention of the Upon a division Mr. Hume's motion was house to the application of the fund,

lost. raised by the duty of four and a half Although it will be seen by the preper cent. upon five of the West India ceding matter, that the parliamentary Islands, Barbadoes, St. Kitts, Moutse business of the month has embraced a ratt, Nevis, and Antigua. He observed variety of ineasures relating to our dothat this fund had been imposed upon mestic policy, it is obvious, that the these Islands, for the purpose of their de division upon each question indicates fence and of local improvements, and a continuance of our goveroment in that its application to other objects was precisely the same principles of policy a breach of faith, and a violation of by which they have always been honesty, but nevertheless that pen- guided. We regret the evil effect sions were secured upon the fund likely to be produced upon the public greater than its whole amount, and the mind, by the exposure of the expenses deficiency had been made good by a of the coronation, and of the pensions seizure of sums from the Droits of Ad secured upon the four and a half per miralty. He instanced pensions of cent West ludia fund. We trust that the 10001. a year each to two of the King's government will themselves meliorate Sisters, the Duchess of Gloster and the the Court of Chancery, which, instead Princess of Hombourgh; pensions of of being a fountain of justice, is a dread5001. per annum each to the five ful infliction upon a great portion of natural daughters of the Duke of Cla the community. One material feature rence; pensions of 6007. per annum to in the parliamentary history of the each of Mr. Canving's sisters; and month is the disposition evinced by the a pension to Mrs. Huskisson. Mr. House to concede several important Brougham expatiated upon the ex- points to the English Catholics, and to treme distress of the West India restore to them their elective franchise, Islands, and upon the strong injustice with the privilege of holding commisand cruelty of making the people in sions of Justice of the Peace. We wish the West Jodies pay for the sup the same mild spirit of concession port of ladies whose names they could be evinced by government 10might otherwise have never heard of. wards the Irish, especially as the adThe House negatived Mr. Creevy's ministration is strong enough to carry motion by a division of 103 to 46. any measures against that faction which

Mr. Home then brought forward a would reduce their country to a desert, motion upon the expenses of the Coro for the sake of gratifying their relipation: He stated that the govern gious bigotry. The most important ment had obtained the sanction of that debate, in relation to the liberty of the House to the Coronation, by laying subject, was that upon the packing of before it an estimate of 100,0001. and juries by the Clerk of the Crown Office, that the expenses had come to 238,0001. It ought to be the effort of every goHe then animadverted in strong terms vernment to approach as near as posupon several items in the accouuts, sible to the highest standard of moral and particularly upon a charge of and political excellence, and we need 111,0001., for fiting up Westminster not observe, that a practice which us. Abbey and Westminster Hall; 24,7001 necessarily places any great public for bis Majesty's robe, 90001. for the officer in a continual state of contest bire of the Crown, another charge of between his interests and his oath of 50,0001. for fitting up Westminster office, and thereby endangers the very Hall, and numerous charges of a most fountain of justice, ought to be reproextraordinary nature. Mr. Hume's bated by every person having the ipmotion was lost by a division of 65 to terests of religion and of human bap110. He then went into the Civil Con- piness at heart. We cannot but retingency List, and after making many gret the fate of Lord Archibald Hamilstrong observations upon several of ton's motion upon the system of repre. the items, he complained of the great septation in Scotland. The represen,

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