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THE DRAMA.

The patent theatres have been going over the old been in fact only the result of genius, matured ground for the last month, and with much the same by long and painful study. success as usual—that is to say with no success at Mr. Hamblin, whom some of the papers call an all. The only novelties have been the appearance American, is, in reality, the same Mr. Hamblin, of Mr. Forrest in Howard Payne's Brutus, and a who, about twenty years ago, played subordinate Mr. Hamblin in the part of Hamlet.' There is a parts at Drury Lane theatre, then under the grievous disposition on the part of some critics to

management of Elliston.

On a particular occaundervalue Mr. Forrest. He is not unlike Wal- sion, in the absence of those of higher name, he lack in his style of acting, with less knowledge was called upon to play the part of Hamlet; and perhaps of the art, but with greater physical powers. such was his success, that the whimsical manager, Were he under the necessity of following the stage in a fit of gratitude, rewarded him with-guess, as a profession, and submitting to its drudgery for gentle reader— with a tooth-pick case! but poor two or three years, there can be little doubt of the Elliston, with all his talent, never could speak, result. His merits are those of natural talent; talk, or act, like any other man ; still, the effect of his defects arise from the want of study and prac- this humble present was to fill the aspirant with tice. We are accustomed to see actors burst upon new notions of his own powers.

It could not be us, on the London stage, in all the splendour of expected that the Prince of Denmark could sink genius; and the spectator hence is too apt to infer, into the private gentleman, or deliver messages. as honest Dogberry inferred of reading and writ- Accordingly he fled from Old Drury to sport his ing, that acting—unlike other professions—comes newly acquired diadem in the provinces. His by nature. Now the contrary happens to be the success appears to have been great, and no wonder, truth ; almost all our first actors have gone through for at least he had all the outward qualities of an a long and hard apprenticeship, before they obtained actor, though we hardly know whether we can, in the vacant chair of Garrick. Cooke, Kemble, justice, concede to him that mens divinior, which Kean, Macready, were all, in the early part of is the essential quality of a genius. Still, a man their career, diligent students of their art, and that, may be a good, and even a first-rate, actor, withwhich now appears the result of inspiration, has out being a Kean, or a Kemble.

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LITERARY INTELLIGENCE.

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“ The Chase, the Turf, and the Road,” by Nimrod. An Exploratory Voyage along the West Coast “Attila," a novel, by G. P. R. James.

of Africa, and the Narrative of a Campaign in An Account of an Expedition into the Interior Kafferland in 1835. By Captain I. E. Alexander. of New Holland. Edited by Lady Mary Fox. The fourth volume of the Rev. C. Thirlwall's Picciola,” or Captivity Captive.

History of Greece. A new edition of the Works of Goldsmith, with The Spirit of the Woods, with 76 Coloured Notes. By James Prior, Esq.

Engravings. Tableaux from Crichton, containing fourteen The Victims of Society. By the Countess of engraved Illustrations of Mr. Ainsworth's new Blessington. Novel of Crichton. By John Franklin, Esq.

The State Prisoner. By Miss E. L. Boyle. A Popular Account of the Public and Private The Married Unmarried. By the Author of Life of the Ancient Greeks, translated from the “ Almack's Revisited." German of Heinrich Hase.

Early Recollections, chiefly relating to the late Modern India; or, Illustrations of the Resources Samuel Taylor Coleridge, during his long residence and Capabilities of Hindoostan. By Dr. Spry, of in Bristol. By Joseph Cottle. the Bengal Medical Staff.

Napoleon in Council; being the opinions of Temples Ancient and Modern, or Notes on Bonaparte delivered in the Council of State ; by the Church Architecture. By Dr. Bardwell, Architect. Baron Pelet. Translated by Captain Basil Hall,

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BIRTHS, MARRIAGES, AND DEATHS.

February 28, 1837. BIRTHS.

7th, in Burlington Gardens, W. H. Harcourt On the 28th ult. at Bowness, Westmoreland, Esq., of St. Leonard's Berks, to Elizabeth Georgiana the Lady of Sir T. S. Pasley, Bart. of a son. Harriet, daughter of the Hon. Col. Cavendish. Ou On the 28th of December last, at Dowlais, Lady the 7th, at West Ham, the Rev. R.D. Buttewer, Charlotte Guest, of a daughter. On the 26th ult. of Clare Hall, Cambridge, to Mary, daughter of J. in Green Street, Grosvenor Square, Mrs. A. E. Boulcott, Esq., of Stratford House, Essex. On Shelley, of a son. On the 21st ult. at Strut the 9th, at the Charterhouse, W. Straham, Esq., Rectory, the Lady of the Rev. R. Fitzhugh, of a of Ashurst, to Anne, daughter of the late General

On the 28th ult. the Right Hon. Lady de Sir G. B. Fisher, K.C.H. On the 16th inst., at Tabley, of a daughter, who survived only a few the British Embassy at Paris, the Rev. James hours. On the 6th, in Upper Harley Street, the Gillman, Rector of Barfreyston, Kent, to Sophia, Lady of J. Melville, Esq. of a son. On the 7th, only surviving daughter to the late Alexander Lady Howard, of a son and heir. On the 7th, Riley, Esq., of Euston Square, London. at Calverthorpe, the Hon. Mrs. Handley, of a son. On the 7th, at Hilborowe-hall, Norfolk, the Lady

DEATHS. of H. B. Caldwell, Esq., of a son. On the 5th, at Dover, the Lady of the Rev. J. H. Harrison, of On the 26th ult., at Portsea, J. Franklin, Esq.,

On the 19th, the Lady of Major Graham, R.N. On the 25th ult., the Rev. W. Farlı, of a daughter. On the 20th, at Exmouth, Devon- M. A. 45 years vicar of Effingham, Surrey. On the shire, the Hon. Mrs. Osborne, of a daughter. On 26th ult., at Witley, Surrey, of influenza, the the 19th, at the Hendree, Monmouthshire, the Rev. J. F. Chandler, aged 75. On the 19th ult., Lady of John E. W. Rolls, Esq., of a son and at Ashurst rectory, Northampton, Mary, wife of heir. On the 19th, the Lady of Henry Foley, the. Hon. and Rev. F. Powys, and sister of the Esq., of Tetworth House, in the county of late Lord Grey de Ruthyn, aged 58. On the 25th Huntingdon, of a daughter.

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at Tichborne parsonage, the Rev. S. Strut,

On the 26th ult., at St. Ninian's,

Wooler, Northumberland, of influenza, Lady St. MARRIAGES.

Paul, aged 58. On the 26th ult., at Jompting, On the 28th ult., at Woodford, Essex, Adolphus Sussex, the Rev. T. C. Hooper, aged 63. On the William, son of J. A. Young, Esq., of Great 27th ult., in Gay St, Bath, aged 88, Eleanor, Ormond Street, to Anne Eliza, daughter of E. relict of the late J. Sutton, Esq., of New Park, Smith, Esq., of Woodford Wells. On the 27th Devizes, and sister of Viscount Sidmouth. On ult., at Steeple Aston Church, the Rev. E. Boyle, the 27th ult., at Ruddington, Nottingham, Lieut. to Elizabeth Margaret Colquhoun, daughter of the General J. Grey, aged 76. On the 1st inst., C. late A. Colquhoun, Lord Register of Scotland. On I. Romilly, Esq., barrister-at-law, of Gray's Inn, 26th ult., at All uls Church, Langham Place, aged

On the 11th ult., at Brighton, Anne, Captain J. A. Cox, to Elizabeth Golding, daughter widow of Admiral Sir R. Onslow, Bart. G. C. B., of Major Maxwell, of Itraquhan, N.B. On the aged 85. On the 1st, at Mersham, Mina, daughter, 14th September, at St. Thomas's Mount, Madras, of Sir N. G. H. Jolliffe, aged 4. On the 5th, at Capt. Prior, of the 23d Regiment ļof Madras In- Fraul, Sussex, Captain L. Menit, late of the H. fantry, to Elizabeth Lethes, daughter of Sir J. C. E. I. Company's Service. At Brighton, of influ. Mortlock, Commissioner of Excise. On the 18th enza, Mr. M'Queen, son of Lord Braxfield. On ult., at Corwillgai, Carmarthenshire, Capt. J. the 6th, at Greatford, Edward, second Marquis Beck, Bombay Army, to Jane, daughter of the of Drogheda, aged 68. On the 4th, the Rev. G. late J. Johnes, Esq., of Dolecothy. On the 2nd, Somers Clarke, D.D. Vicar of Great Waltham, at St. George's, Hanover Square, C. Turnor, Esq., aged 82. On the 7th, at the parsonage, East Dul. of Stoke Rochfort and Panton House, Lincoln, to wich, Surrey, thc Rev. E. N. Walter, rector of Lady Caroline Finch Hatton, daughter of the Earl Leigh, Essex, aged 74. On the 20th, in Vine of Winchilsea and Nottingham. On the 13th of Street, Lieut. Henry Munro, one of the heroic Dec. last, at Lake Erie, Upper Canada, William defenders of Gibraltar under Gen. Elliot, aged Johnson, Esq., son of Lieut.-Col. Johnson, C.B. of 77. On the 7th, at Dorking, Surrey, the Rev. G. the Hon. East India Company's service, to Louisa Fencham, M. P. vicar of that parish, aged 70. On Jukes, only daughter of the late A. Jukes, Esq., the 20th, at Abbots Ripton, aged 19, Jessie, sixth M.D. of the Hon. East India Company's Service. daughter of J. B. Rooper, Esq., M.P. On the On the 20th Dec., at Quebec, G. L. Baines, Esq., 20th, at Brighton, in her 19th year, HanLieut. 66th Regt., son of the late T. Danus, Esq., nah Augusta, only child of Augustus Gortling, of Greenhill, King's County, Ireland, to Emma, L.L.D. On the 22d, at her residence, Tilney St., daughter of W. Kemble, Esq., Quebee. On the

Park-lane, the Hon. Mrs. A. Stanhope.

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PERIODICAL LITERATURE OF IRELAND.

A writer, who appears to be well ac- Ireland. Where there is an incessant quainted with the subject, observes in a warfare between religious sects and civil recent number of the Dublin University factions, it would be difficult, if not imMagazine, that while every gentleman's possible, to obtain a dispassionate and conhouse in England has its library, very few stant audience for those calm and abstract of the Irish gentry possess a dozen volumes. pleasures that are calculated to carry us This fact—which may be partially referred out of the immediate business of life. In to the indolent and heedless habits of the

a country so much engrossed with daily people—will explain in a great degree the feuds about passing affairs, it is not very reason why Ireland has never, at any likely that literature could take root ; or period of her history, maintained a peri- that, if it did, it could long survive in so odical press of higher importance than the uncongenial an atmosphere. But that is a newspapers of the day. The Irish, emphati- view of the subject upon which we do not cally, are not a reading people—all the desire to enter here :—it is enough to indi.. world knows that they are not a thinking cate the influence which politics have expeople-yet, strange as it may seem, they ercised, without a single interval of relief, are unquestionably a literary people. They upon the destiny of Irish genius. With possess an extraordinary aptitude for letters the exception of a few treatises upon -touch the surface of things with amazing science, got up generally in the immediate rapidity—are either indifferent to, or inca- vicinity of the University, an occasional pable of amassing details, but exhibit a re- reprint of an old school-book, or an ardent markable faculty for catching at principles, pamphlet, theological or political, printed, which their eloquence, wit, and invention published, and distributed at the author's enable them to employ, if not to the best expense, you rarely hear of a new publiadvantage, at all events with surprising cation from one end of the island to the facility, tact, and adroitness. The educa- other. Original works of fiction seldom tion of good habits is wanted in Ireland appear, and when they do, it is almost into make the people turn these peculiar variably under the sanction of some Lontraits to account. The gentry are quite as don house ; so that, in fact, they cannot be reckless in their own way as the peasantry. said to belong to the Irish press. Men of The knowledge they acquire in the rapid talent, finding no encouragement at home, examination of every novelty that comes naturally repair to the most profitable marwithin their reach, instead of being concen- ket. A very large proportion of what is trated and dedicated to the production of called English literature, is well known to useful results, is wasted upon the air. be written by Irishmen. Some of the most There are men, says an Arabian proverb, striking papers in Blackwood are of Irish who, instead of keeping their perfumes in birth ; and it is only necessary to mencotton, allow them to evaporate in open tion the names of Dr. Maginn, of the Rev. bottles. An incapacity for the regular Mr. Mahony (Father Prout), of Crofton division and cultivation of time, and for Croker, Lover, Croly, &c., to shew to what the continuous pursuit of a settled object, an extent the talent of Ireland is rendered render them at once various and capricious. available in our periodicals. Seven-eighths And to this distraction of pursuits, and of the reporters engaged upon the newsnot to the want of ability, must be traced paper press of London are Irishmen. This the failure of every attempt that has is natural enough. The nature of the rehitherto been made to establish, with suc- porter's occupation, laborious as it is, apcess, that species of publication which pears to be admirably adapted for men of is known in this country under the gene- an imaginative and restless temperament. ral name of Periodical Literature.

It employs them intensely for a short time, The primary cause of this perpetual drawing out in haste all the points of skill diversion of the public mind is, no doubt, they possess, and exercising their superfito be found in the political circumstances of cial versatility in a way that is well suited

VOL. X.-NO. IV.—APRIL, 1837

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