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For J A NU A RY, 1788.
For the EUROPEAN MAGAZINE. An Account of the Life and Writings of Mrs. ELIZABETH INCHBALD.
(With a Portrait of Her.) НЕ
cularly favourable to the ladies. admonitions of the Manager, and the of the several species of literature in hortly afterwards went to Edinburgh, which they have essayed to rival their where the performed with fonse degree of male competitors, this seems to be a fa reputation. vourite, and more than ordinary success After being some time on the stage, ful pursuit. To the numerous fernale the united herself in marriage with Mr. writers for the stage who have already Inchbald, who had performed one season, acquired fanie by the exercite of their at lealt ibat of 1770, 1771, at Drurytalents, the present times have added Lane, but with lo little reputation, that fome whose works promise to afford en. at the expiration of his engagement he tertainment to generations yet unborn. did not obtain a renewal of it. This With the vivaciiy, fpirit, wit, and in. occasioned his returning to the country, vention which have dilinguished former where he performed at various theatres, female writers, the presene times have and in one of them met with Mils Simpfeen what have sometimes heretofore fon. The union between them was probeen wanting, sentiment and delicacy. ductive of that degree of harmony which The Behns, the Manleys, and the Cent. did equal credit to both parties, and livres of the laft, and early in the present seemed to ensure a continuance of that century, will obtain no advantage by a happiness, which is the result of a con. comparison with some prelent ladies in the duct directed by prudence and affection. chieť qualities of dramatic composition They performed together at different In decency and propriety they must incur theatres both in England and Scotland ; .no (mall portion of disgrace.
and if credit is to be given to an account MRS. ELIZABETH INCHBALD, the of Mrs. Inchbald lately published, at one lady whose portrait adorns the present Ma- time made a trip to France for the regazine, is the daughter of Mr. Simplon, establiment of her health. After a few a farmer in the neighbourhood of Bury years Mr. Inchbald died in 1779, at St Edmunds in Suffolk. In her infancy York, where he was buried. The folher father died, and the early discovered lowing inscription to his memory, writa tafle for dramatic performances, and a ten by Mr. Kemble, of Drury Lane propensity to the ftage. Her first appli- "Theatre, is placed on his tomb, and is cation to be received on a theatre, we here inserted as no untavourable character have been informed, was to Mr. Grif- of him. fith, formerly Manager of the Norwich
Siste, Viator ! Company of Comedians : but this gen
Hic sepulta jacent offa tleman apprehending, from an impedi. JOSEPHI INCHBALD, HISTRIONIS ment in her speech, tbat her success
Qui æqualium fuorum would be very hazardous, used his influ. In fietis scenarum facile princeps evasit, ence to dissuade her from her purpose. Vir:utifque in veris vitæ claruit exemplar. Her paffion, however, for the stage was Procul ifte, in illi fuperftitio,
Et mala fuadens religionis turbidus amor! farce which had for its subject the ben Veltris enim ingratiis, hic lapis omnibus falhionable rage for ballooning. It was prædicabit
called “ A Mogul Tale," and was perQuod in his hu ni facræ carceribus. formed with success at the Hay-Market. Vir re&ti semper tenax,
The applause this piece met with inSociis charus, in pauperes benignus," duced Mr. Colman to read a comedy
Pater optimus, maritus fidelis, which had been put into his hands some Societatis jurum in cunctis observantiffi. time before ; and the result of his peris. mus,
fal of it was so much in its favour, that Okäi gaudium, nec non seriorum orna he immediately accepted it. It was called, mentum,
"I'll Tell You Whal," and was acted for Dixpectans
the first time at the Hay-Market, 4th De clementia numinis immortalis, August 1785. The reception of this Ærerna fini felicitare
piece by the public fixed Mrs. Inchbald's Requiescit,
reputa:ion as a dramatic writer. It was JOS. INCHBALD,
acted that reason twenty nights to very Annum agens quadragefimum quartum crowded and brilliant audiences. Octavo Iduum Junii
The great and deferved success of this Mortem Obiit
piece feeins to have awakened the attenAnno MDCCLXXI.
tion of the Winter Manager to Mrs InchThe next year Mrs. Inchbaid was en baid's merit as a writer. We accordingly 'gaged at Covent Garden Theatre, and find, that carly in the feason of 17850 appeared fir the first time on 3d O&tober, a faice by her was acted at Covent Gar. 1780, in Bellario in Philaster, and was den, called, " Appearance Is Against immediately appointed to a round of cha. Them;" and this was followed by an. sacters, which she filled much to the fa- other at the Hay.Market in 1786, in. tisfaction of the public. An inclination titled, “ The Widow's Vow." Both tu dramatic compolition at this period were applanded. In 1787,
66 Such thewed itfelf, and the wrote, as we are Things Are" was produced at Covers informed, a farce on the subject of Mr. Garder, and acted with a degree of ap. Madau's Thelyphthora ; which, when cf. plause equal to any piece (if we except fered to the Manager of Covent Garden 'The School for Scandal) of the present Theatre, was rejected. She continued time. The “Midnight Hour" succeeded to perform for two seasons, when, on a ai the fame theatre; and, though a trans. disagreement with the Manager, Me went lation, derives fome of its merit from the for the season of 1782 to Dublin She, julicious improvements of this Lady's however, the next year returned io Co. pen. Her last performance is noticed in věnc Garden, where, and at the Hay, our Magazine for December, where both Market in the fuminer, she has continued ber motives for permitiing its representaever fince.
tion, and her apology for its detects, are Though unsuccessful in her effort to inscrted. chtain a reprefentation for her foret Mrs. Inchbald, we learn, is preparing performance, the appears not to have another piece for Covent Garden Theatre, been discouraged. She continued to which in due time will be noticed in this write, and in the year 178 + produced a Magazine.
An ACCOUNT of GWALIOR, in the EAST-INDIES.
[Embellished with a view of it.]
Gwilior (or Gowalier) is situated in wich. the very heart of Hiudoitan Proper, being In the ancient division of the empire, it is about eighty iniles to the south of Agra, the clalled in the Soubah of Aging and is often ancient capital of the empue, and one hun. mentioned iir Hittory. In the year 1903, dred and thirty from the nearest part of the and during the two following centuries, it Ganges. From Cslculia it is, by the nearest was thrice reduced by famine. It is probaroule, upwards of eighe hundred mils, and ble, that it must in all ages have been deemed nine huurred and ten hy ile ordinary one; a military post of the utmost consequence ; and about wo tundred and eigbey from the both from its Gluation in respect to the capi. British Iruntiers. its latitude is 26 ieg 14 ta!, and from the peculiarity of its (cice,