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Morillo's treachery has enabled the spirit and patriotism, the French will French to advance to Cadiz; otherwise infallibly be ruined, and we shall it argues nothing as to the result of witness a proof, that “ God giveth not the struggle, for no great revolution the battle to the strong, but to the ever took place without producing nu- righteous.” merous instances of such treason. The The Turks are preparing for renewPisistratidæ at Athens bad their par- ed efforts against the Greeks; but we tisans; Brutus found his son a traitor trust that we have no reason to fear the to his country in favour of Tarquin; issue of the contest. The Greek reAmerica bad her Arnold, France had presentatives, to the number of more her Pichegru, her Dumourier, her than 60, bave assembled in Congress, Georges, and her Moreau ; and Eng- and their legislative and executive goland in both her revolutions of 1649 vernment are sufficiently well organand 1668, had traitors to the cause of ized to give consistency and unity to freedom.
We must not, therefore, their measures of defence. be surprized if Spain is often betrayed The Sovereigns of the Congress at during the contest, nor must we argue Veropa have evinced their determinafrom such treason that her cause is tion to persevere in their system of hopeless.
suppressing every symptom of liberty, The French are now in a critical even in countries, in the affairs of which situation. In Catalonia, the balance they can have no possible right to inof the war is against them. In Valen. terfere. They have peremptorily orcia they are still weaker, and their dered the suppression of a free newsarms have not as yet penetrated into paper in the independent kingdom of Mercia or Granada. They possess no Wirtemberg, and they have as peremp. one fortified town between the Pyre- torily directed the Swiss to refuse an dees and the straits of Gibraltar ; and asylum to any refugees of other countheir blockading force at Cadiz is 110 tries, as well as to suppress certain of leagues from Madrid, and 220 leagues their free publications. If these potenfrom France, with mountainous pro- tates can thus interfere, and dictate in vinces in their rear, and a population the internal concerns of one indepenentirely hostile to them. They are dent state; they can upon the same attempting moreover to blockade Cadiz principle interfere in the concerns of by land, with one-fifth of the force all, and thus ability to resist, and not that Napoleon found inadequate to that political justice, will be the only guide object; and they are endeavouring to of their conduct. This system of agblockade it by sea, with less than one gression, like that of Napoleon's, may tenth of the paval force which the late at length be carried to the point of Earl St. Vincent and the most able of rousing the people of all Europe to our officers have always found requisite resistance; and it appears to us to be for the purpose. The smallest reverse, likely to be soon carried to that extent or even a delay of expected success, that will reduce Great Britain to the will, therefore, be of most disastrous alternative of war, or of absolute disconsequences; and if the Spaniards honour and loss of political character persevere and evince their ordinary and influence.
KING'S THEATRE, ITALIAN OPERA. MADAME Ronzi de Begnis produced, Edoardo, Son of for her benefit, a new Comic Opera by Raimondo
Madame Vestris. Rossini, under the title of Matilde di Raimondo Lopez ..Signor Reina. Shabran e Corradino, ossia Il Trionfo Aliprando,
Aliprando, Physidella Belta. (Matilde di Shabran and cian and ConfiCorradino, or the Triumph of Beauty.) dant of Corradino . . Signora Placci.
Ginardo, Goalor ....Signor Porto. Matilde di Shabran.. Mad. de Begnis. Contessa d'Arco ..Sig. Carradori. Corradino Cuor di
Egolio, a CountryFerro (the Iron
Signor Righi. hearted)...
Signor Garcia. Roderigo, Head of Isodoro, a Wander
a Band of Soldiers.. Sig. di Giovanni. ing Poet .......... Sig de Beguis.
Corradino, ai warlike Prince, has a tailed, promises to be popular. We are strong aversion to the female sex : glad to be able to add, that Mad. de Matilda is determined to conquer his Begnis's benefit must bave been very prejudices, and soften his iron heart. productive. The pit and gallery were By her personal charms, aided by cou- remarkably full, and not more than five rage and perseverance, she succeeds, or six of the boxes were unoccupied at and the haughty soldier falls at her the end of the first act-a flattering but feet. But afterwards his suspicions of just tribute to the merits of the excelher sincerity and fidelity are excited, lent performer, to whom the receipts and be orders her, in a very unceremo. of the evening were appropriated. nious manner, to be drowned, directing Nothing else worth remarking upon 1 sidoro to be her executioner; he, how- has taken place at this elegant place of ever, secretes Matilda, at the same time amusement since our last publication; telling Corrudino that she is sacrificed but we caunot close our short account to his vengeance. The latter soon dis- this month,, without adverting to the covers her innocence and thereupon be. prevalent report, that Mr. Ebers will coming frantic with renewed love and resign the management after the prebitter remorse determines to partake sent season. Sbould this take place, her watery grave. Just as he is about we hope the mauagement will not fall to throw himself from a bridge into ibe into the sole controul of a Committee; stream she appears, when, instead of we are of opinion, that no establishplunging into the water, he leaps into ment whatever, which is to depend for her arms, and the affair ends, or is sup_ its 'support, on pecuniary encourageposed to end, as these things always ment, can ever flourish unless under should terminate. The period and the the immediate direction of a single inscene of action are neither of them dividual to whom the profit or loss of mentioned or indicated. The writing the concern is of paramount import, of the opera, by Sig. Giacomo Ferretti, ance. We would rather see it again is above the ordinary run of such pro: under the management of Mr. Ebers, ductions, and the story, though suffi. or some other competent individual, ciently flimsy, is interesting, and amu. and that he would, imitating the spisingly told. The music is like that of rited and liberal conduct of Mr. Ellis all Rossini's preceding operas it is ton, 'engage the best performers and plentifully pillaged from himself and beautify the interior: he would then others, and is more of an ingenious be certain of that encouragement and cento than an original production. But, remuneration, which must always be the although it wants originality, it is very reward of great and judicious exertions spirited, and cleverly adapted to the in a country so full of opulence and business of the opera. The concerted refined taste as England. We fear pieces are the most finished, and ex. that Mr. Ebers has been too much tremely effective. We have seen few cramped in his exertions, this season, operas so well performed in every re. by circumstances over which he bad spect. Mad. de Begnis, by her acting, not sufficient controul. In poor or to say nothing of her skill and her de. despotic countries it may be proper to lightful voice, keeps up a lively inter- make the Italian Opera a government est throughout; all the other parts are or aristocratical concern ; in a free efficiently sustained. Mad. Vestris, in country endued with good taste and Edoardo, acted and sang delightfully: blessed with opulence, these speculaa plaintive air in the first act, Ah, tions should always be more or less perche, perche, la morte, was her bap- under the controul of one individual, piest effort. Signor di Begnis' broad whose good sense would teach him farce is a very perfect specimen of the that his own interest and that of the buffo style of acting. The opera was Proprietors and the public are one well received throughout, and having and indivisible ; this conviction would been considerably and judiciously cur
DRURY LANE THEATRE.
This elegant and highly improved theatre closed a most successful season on the 30th ult.; and we never had a more gratifying task to perform, than that of recording the manly and liberal address spoken on that occasion by Mr. Terry, on behalf of the lessee, Mr.
Elliston ; whose talents as a manager, great and splendid as the last season has proved them to be, are fully equalled by the liberality of sentiment and just feeling exhibited in the following address. We sincerely hope, that he may meet in Covent-garden Theatre a rival
fully equal to his powers, and that the various talents, and that the brightest race for popular favour may be so well genius that adorns the stage shines contested, that, when we have again only the brighter when reflecting the the opportunity of reviewing their re- lights of surrounding excellence, he is newed exertions, we may be compelled determined that every thing like talent to withhold the palm of victory from he can possibly assemble together, both, deciding the race to be, in the neither pains nor expense shall be language of sportsmen, a dead heat. spared to collect. Wherever estaThe following, which must ever remain blished merit can be found and oban honourable testimony to Mr. Ellis. tained, it shall be sought and secured; ton, is a copy of the address we allude and every possible encouragement shall
be given to ripen all such as give the
slightest promise of future excellence. « LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, “ He also bids me assure you, Ladies “ Although the manager availed him. and Gentlemen, that, with a fair, and self of the opportunity on his own night open, and honourable rivalry, the to offer a general acknowledgment of splendid and liberal exertion of the the kindness and liberality with which sister theatre shall be only regarded by he has this season been supported, he him as perpetual stimulants to do more deemed it necessary that a more offi- and more to deserve and win your facial farewell should be given to the cour; for, where a race for the meed of public upon the closing evening of a public approbation is to be run, he feels season so eminently successful.
that nothing is more cheering, more “ For this reason, Ladies and Gen- animating, and gratifying, than to have, tlemen, I have been deputed to repeat, (as he has) a generous competitor to in the most respectful and the most run against. earnest manner, the high sense of gra. “ These are the sentiments by which titude which he entertains for the pa. he is impressed, and by which he tronage he has experienced, and to rea' pledges himself to shape his conduct assure you that his vigilance shall not io the public; and I have now nothing sleep, nor his labours relax to make more to add, Ladies and Gentlemen, the ensuing season equally, if not more than the sincere and heartfelt gratitude deserving of your tavour.
of all the performers for your kindness, “ Convinced as he is, and as be then and humbly and respectfully to offer took the liberty of expressing himself, you my own, and, till the first of Octo. that the actor's art is never so truly ber, to bid you all farewell." advanced as by the combination of
COVENT GARDEN THEATRE.
On the 30th ult., being the last night culties with which they have had to of performance for the season, the fol- contend. These difficulties have arisen lowing address was delivered by Mr. from circumstauces, not under their Fawcett, and we have great pleasure controul, the proprietors trust that their in presenting it to our readers, as it patrons will allow them full credit for gives a clear and unequivocal pledge the exertions which they have made to of the great improvements to be effect- overcome them. ed in the interior of the house during “ The recess will be employed in the recess; we most sincerely wish procuring novelties for the ensuing that these improvements will prove as season, as well as embellishing the inbeneficial to the proprietors as they are terior of the theatre, and making such likely to be attractive to the public; alterations as shall be thought conduin fact, the one proposition implies the cive to the general comfort and accom. other.
dation of the public.
u To the thanks of the proprietors, « LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, Ladies and Gentlemen, the performers “ This being the last pight of the beg to add their's, and with the superseason, I appear to pay that tribute of addition of the grateful acknowledgerespect which custom has made to me a ments of your humble servant, until the pleasing duty.
first of October, we most respectfully “ The proprietors, Ladies and Gen- bid you farewell." tlemen, return their thanks to the public, I will not say for a most pros- The present season has certainly provperous season, but for one yery far ed an arduous contest for the proprietors from disastrous, considering the diffi- of this theatre, and we are happy to find by the above address that, although have not treated her well; and the they may have left the field with some tutor, who appears to be the god of this loss, they are not dispirited, and are critic's idolatry, did desert her on a very determined to make adequate prepara- trying occasion. If we are called upon tion for the next campaign. We hope to prove these assertions, we will do it they will not forget the old adage, most fully, for we never advance any fas est et ab hoste doceri. Let tbem thing without having sufficient proof; not only embellish the interior, and in the interim it will be sufficient perprovide new materiel, but coucentrate haps to hint at a few circumstances, all the talent they can procure, and “ That her great talents have been call it into action as much as possible. kept back," is sufficiently proved by Let no petty jealousies among per- her never being allowed to act any formers be allowed to obstruct the character but Juliet previous to her general prosperity; and we hope that benefit, although it is well known she Mr. Charles Kemble will not suffer bis constantly requested it. The desertiou urbanity of manners and desire of con- of those who tutored her is proved by ciliation, (which he may be anxious to the insolt cast upon her when she went exercise as a proprietor,) to neutralize to the rehearsal of Julian ; those, who the exertion of his more important du- tutored her, should on that occasion ties as a manager, which can never be have protected her, for they were in properly fulfilled if he suffers bis au- possession of despotic power, and made Thority to be relaxed and his theatrical use of it, (as despots too often do,) to throne divided. -The STARS of this disgrace a favourite and place an untheatre are now running their eccentric worthy rival in her place. We will courses in various directions, with the leave this subject for the present; if exception of Mr. C. Kemble, who alone we read any more aspersions on Miss is enjoying that for which all good Kelly's friends, we will introduce our men labour, the otium cum dignitate. readers into a gallery of theatrical cutMr. Macready has been playing at riositics; one of which, by way of Birmingham; (his native place, we be- bon boucke, we will treat our readers lieve.) Miss N. Tree is delightfully with to shew what officious friends the warbling, in the Emerald Isle, to the tutors of Miss Kelly have; surely her fair daughters of Erin. Miss Paton friends cannot be either so officious or and Miss Chester are gathering fresh 80 stupidly fulsome? The following laurels at the Hay-market; and that passage is extracted from a late Bironly living favourite of Melpomene, mingham publication, whether it was Miss F. H. Kelly, has been playing inserted with or without authority we with great success at Liverpool, and leave to those who are learned in the is now on her way to Scotland on a knowledge of internal evidence to detheatrical tour: d-propos of this lady; termine. a contemporary critic says, that “ she “ Virginius conducts his child to the has the misfortune to be troubled with forum. Here again the actor (Maca number of officious friends, who in- ready) surpasses himself; Kemble as sinuate that her great talents are kept Coriolanus, Kean as Richard; the back from envy; that the managers grandeur of the one and the passion of have treated her shamefully; and that the other are blended to form one perthose who have done every tbing for fect whole ; to establish one PURE SPEher in the way of tuition, have deserted CIMEN OF THE TRAGIC ART! After and decried her powers.” We have no this, let us not hear of officious friends. hesitation in saying, that we believe Have our readers heard of the dedicathis statement to be substantially, if tion prefixed to Julian, of which, it is not literally correct. Her great talents reported, the reputed author is heartily have been kept back; the managers ashamed?"
We have visited this delightful little Kenny's new comedy, or rather comic Theatre several times during the past opera, for brilliant and numerous aumonth, and the prophecy we made in diences. Mr. Kenny's new comedy is our last number we find completely called Sueethearts and Wives, and verified. We foretold that this Theatre fully maintains the high reputation of would prove a very attractive place of that gentleman; for although it is not amusement this season. The house is remarkable for original character, it literally crammed every night, and the abounds in variety and interest, and proprietor is greatly indebted to Mr, the denouement is happily developed. The play is in three acts, and the fol. The performers in general acquit lowing is a list of the characters and a themselves with great credit, and resketch of the plot :
ceive deserved applause, but of all the
personages included in this sketch, the Admiral Franklyn..Mr. Terry most ludicrous is Billy Lack-a-day, Charles ........:
Mr. Vining whose utterance of plaintive sentiments Sandford Mr. Davis
in cockney English keeps up the laugh Billy Lackaday ...Mr. Liston whenever he appears. Liston's power of Curtis
.Mr. Williams countenance is well known, and perEugenia
Miss Chester haps it never was more successfully Laura
Madame Vestris exerted. Terry, in the old Admiral, Mrs. Bell
Mrs.'C. Jones is truly excellent also; and though Susan... Miss Love. not equal in comic power to Liston,
he sustains his character with great Admiral Franklyn has determined ability. Vining, in the character of on marrying his son Charles' to his Charles, supports his rising reputation, niece Laura; the latter, however, on and we thiok he will prove a great achis travels, has become enamoured of quisition to the London Theatres in Eugenia, the daughter of Mr. Mel genteel comedy. Madame Vestris, we bourne, an early friend of the Admiral, were happy to see in a character suited but with whom, in the impetuosity of to her sex, and our distant readers his youth, he had quarrélled: Laura, will be, perhaps, surprised to hear that on her part, has also proved unfaithful, she now appears in petticoats ; this is and yielded ber heart to the addresses almost a novelty. This charming acof Sandford. Charles with his wife tress, who, for acting and singing conlands at Southampton ; the Admiral, joined, has no competitor, except at wbo is an invalid, is lodging there at the Italian opera, has been too often an hotel, during the completion of a degraded by being obliged to act in villa which he is building. There Eu- male attire, as disgusting to true taste genia is introduced as a chambermaid, as it is derogatory to her high talents. and as the landlady's niece, and in this In Sweethearts and Wires she apcharacter steals on the Admiral's affec. pears in a female character, and distions. He is still résolute, however, plays her elegance in dress, her perfor marrying the two cousins, who on sonal attractions, her vocal power their part are in the greatest fear of and her arch vivacious acting, so as to making each other miserable. A scene make new conquests and confirm the of explanation ensues between them, old. Although we have not room to which ends to their mutual satisfaction, mention all the performers in this play, and they part in such tokeds of joy ať (for they all supported their characters discovering their mutual release, as to with success) we cannot omit to menleave an equivocai impression on the tion Miss Chester, for we have praised winds of Sandford and Eugenia, and set her repeatedly, and feel a conscientious them in a ferment of jealousy: The meet- pleasure in finding that she confirms ing of Charles and his wife is at length our approbation by repeatedly deservdetected by the Admiral, who insists on ing it. We know not which to admire Mrs. Bell sending away her niece, and most, her acting or her person, our securing the repose of his family. A heart inclines to the one and our head critical scene follows between Eugenia to the other; fascinating and beautiful and the Admiral, during which his as her person is, her acting is, if posfeelings are strongly wrought upon. sible, more attractive ; for she is cerA disclosure of the truth is then made- tainly the most charming actress of the truants are forgiven-and all par- the day in sprightly and vivacious ties mutually reconciled. There is a comedy. The musick is very creditable comic Episode, depictiog the loves and to the united talents of Messrs. Whita. sorrows of Billy Lach-a-day, a senii. ker, Nathan, T. Cooke, and Perry. mental waiter and a young Foundling,
All the lovers of genteel comedy, of who is perplexed betweeu his two excellent acting, and of good musick sweet-hearts, and discovers a father he would do well to pay their earliest has been long yearning to find in an devoirs to Sweethearts and Wires. old servant of Sandford.
ENGLISH OPERA HOUSE.
This theatre, after having been con- 2ud inst. Gas lamps round the boxes siderably beautified and improved, have been substituted for elegant cutopened for the summer season on the glass chandeliers ; the columns have
; Eur. Mag. July, 1823.