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generally known by the title of Boz"--and is certainly one of the most agreeable pieces that we have witnessed for a very long time. The comic portions of the dialogue, possess that degree of sprightliness and vivacity, for which this gentleman has becoine so celebrated; the serious scenes are likewise written with a simple and forcible pathos that cannot fail to please.Mr. Dickens has been long favourably known to the public, as one of the best comic writers, and if we may be allowed to augur from his suceess in the “ Village Coquettes," we should say, that he is destined likewise to shine as a dramatist.
The music of the “ Village Coquettes,” is by Mr. John Hullah, a gentleman hitherto unknown in the musical world. Judging by the sweet and graceful music in this exquisite little opera, we venture to assert, that Mr. Hullah will rise to eminence in his profession. The melodies throughout are in true keeping with the subject, and the accompaniments are uniformly judicious. One of the most striking songs in the whole piece, is the one beginning. “ There's a charm in spring," sung by Mr. Braham, in his very best style, which nightly produces a rapturous encore. “ Autumn Leaves,' sung by Mr. Bennett, is also a most charming melody. Mr. Parry Jun. sings, “My fair home is no longer mine"—in the very purest taste, and correct intonation. But were we to name all the beauties in this Opera, we should be compelled to give a list of the music. We will therefore, for the present content ourselves with saying, that we have derived the greatest gratification in listening to the music of the “ Village Coquettes", and to all our readers we would say, “Go and do likewise."
We have written so much on the Opera, that in our limited space, we have but little left to notice the other pieces. Mr. Barnett continues to delight the frequenters of this Theatre, in the character of M. Jacques. There is a truth and force in his acting, which never fails to draw tears from the female portion of his auditory. Mr. Strickland's performance in the farce of “ Delicate Attentions”-in a manner so excellent, as at once to place him in a high rank in our estimation.
ADELPHI.—Mr. Rice has been performing here during the past month, and he continues as attractive as at the Surrey. We recommend our readers to witness the drama of Paulina, in which Mr. Gomersal performs the part of Napoleon.
MEETING OF SOCIETIES DURING THE MONTH.
LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC. December 6th. The ordinary meeting of the HortiCULTURAL SOCIETY was held this evening, H. M. Dyer, Esq., V.P, in the chair'.-Several presents were announced, and amongst then the Flora Batava from the King of Holland. The secretary read a report of some experiments on the culture of the potato, by planting it so as to leave space for the free action of light. The month of March was found the most beneficial for planting, and it was also ascertained that the greatest quantity of potatoes was produced, when the tubes were planted at a depth of six inches, and the feast when at three inches.
December 7th. The ordinary meeting of the LINNEAN Society, was held this evening, A. B. Lambert, Esq. M. P. in the chair' A communication was read from the chairman on the culture of the Peruvian grain, called quirrod, which is grown to a considerable extent in Upper Peru, as a substitute for corn, there being at an elevation of thirteen thousand feet, very extensive fields of this plant. Two species were exhibited from the gardens of the chairman, the stems of which exceeded twelve feet in height. A paper was also read from Professor Don on two species of the natural orde conifera, one of them, the pinus frutia, from Calabria, was nearly related to the maritime pine of Greece, attaining a considerable size, and yielding timber, of a very superior quality. --The other was a native of New Holland, and was disccovered by Banks and Sollander in the first voyage of Captain Cook.
December 8th. The ordinary meeting of the SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES was httd this evening, W. R. Hamilton, Esq. V. P. in the chair. A communication was read from A. J. Kempe, Esq. on the Roman remains found in London, accounting for their paucity, by the materials being used in other buildings, of which he instanced ecclesiastical buildings, and this opinion was supported, by the excavations recently made in Christ's Hospital. A paper was also read from W. W. Diamond, Esq. instancing an early mezzotinto engiaving, (which he exhibited) as tending to confirm some previous remarks of his, that the credit of the invention was due not to Prince Ru. pert—who is generally considered to have discovered this art by accidentbut to Count Siegen.
A lecture was this evening delivered at the ISLINGTON LITERARY and SCIENTIFIC SOCIETY, by Dr. Matthew Frewman, on the comparative physiology of respiration. Smoking was much deprecated, as impeding the formation of venous blood, as was also tight lacing. The library of this institution has been greatly enriched, by the publications of the record commission, for which, the society is indebted to the liberality of government.
December 10th. It being the 68th anniversary of the foundation of the Royal ACADEMY OF Arts, a general assembly of the Academicians was held at Somerset House, when the following distribution of premiums took place, viz: To Mr. Douglas Cowper, for the best copy made in the painting-school.—the silver-medal, and the lectures of Professors Barry, Opie, and Fuseli.
To Mr. Ebenezer Butler Morris, for the next best copy made in the painting school—the silver medal.
To Mr. John Waller, for the best drawing from the life—the silver medal.
To Mr. John Garring, for the best drawing of the principal front of Goldsmiths' Hall—the silver medal.
To Mr. Conway Weston Hart, for the best drawing from the antique—the silver medal.
To Mr. George Mitchels, for the best model from the antique—the silver medal. The general assembly then proceeded to elect officers for the ensuing year,
which was as follows :
SIR M. SHEE, President. COUNCIL.-New List-C. R. Cockerell, J. Mallord, W. Mallord, W. Turner, W. Hilton, W. Etty, Esquires. Old List-C. Stanfield, c. R. Leslie, H. W. Pickersgill, Esquires, and Sir J. Chantry.
VISITORS IN THE LIFE ACADEMY.-New List—Abraham Cooper, J. Constable, C. L. Eastlake, G. Jones, J. M. W. Turner, Esquires.-- Old ListE. H. Bailey, H. P. Briggs, W. Collins, and W. Mulready, Esquires.
VISITORS TO THE SCHOOL OF PAINTING.–New List-C. L. Easlette, H. Howard, J. Philips, C. Stanfield, Esquires. Old List-H. P. Briggs, W. Collins, E. Landseer, and C. R. Leslie, Esquires.
AUDITORS RE-ELECTED.-W. Mulready, J. M. W. Turner, and R. Westmacott, Esquires.
* We do not know when Mr. Diamond made his previous remarks,” but if he thinks himself entitled to the merit of the discovery, he must either bave made it many years ago, or know very little of the history of Calcogaaphy. Baron Heineben, in his “ Idee Generale d'une Collection complete d'Estampes," published at Leipsic, so far back as 1771, remarks that “ he had seen a portrait in mezzotinto of the Landgravine Amelia Elizabeth, by Lieutenant-Colonel Ludivig Von Siegen (an officer in the service of the Landgrave of Hesse-Cassel, born in 1620), which bore the date of 1643.” There is another print by this artist of Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia, which bears the same date; of this, only two impressions, we believe, exist, one of which is in the Royal Library at Paris. The print, by Prince Rupert, of the Executioner bearing the head of John the Baptist, is now before us; and we perceive that the date, occurring twice in the plate, is not 1630 --as has been given by more than one writer, who bave considered a slight scratch at the back of the 5 in the date, of the lower portion of the plate, as part of the figure—but 1658, as plainly appears on the sword of the executioner. Thus Siegen, if not the only iuventor, must be the FIRST by at least 15 years. We were astonished to hear that such a paper as Mr. Diamond's was read before the Learned Society of Antiquaries, FOR WE HAD supposed that all the members had been acquainted with the circumstance he relates.-Ed. N. L. M.
THE SOUTHWARK LITERARY INSTITUTION, held a converzatione at their Rooms in Bridge-house place, Southwark, on Monday 12th ; which was respectably attended-Mr. Strathem read a paper on spontaneous combustion, and Mr. Merrion lectured on the statues of the Laocoon and Dying Gladiator. The eveving was also enlivened by some excellent music.
December 13th-SOCIETY OF ARTS—The second “illustration” for the season, was held on Tuesday evening-Earl Stanhope, in the chair-when Mr. Ross concluded his lecture on the principles of Optics, as applicable to the construction of optical and astronomicainstruinents.
A Society has been formed for the purpose of introducing into the waters of St. James' Park, some specimens of rare and beautiful aquatic birds. This Society under the title of the “St. James' ORNITHOLOGICAL ;" held their first Meeting, on Tuesday 13th, at Stafford Row, Pimlico- when several members were elected, and many presents were reported.
December 14th-The LITERARY FUND Club, had their 2nd dinner for the season, this day, at the Freemason's Tavern-Amongst the company, we noticed Sir William Bentham, Mr. Crofton Croker, Mr. Bulton, Mr. Lover, “ Father Prout," and Mr. Barrow-Several new Members were balloted for, amougst whom were Mr. Macready, and Mr. Harrisson Ainsworth.
A society has been formed at Paris, on the plan of the LONDON MECHANICS INSTITUTION. It was first suggested by the celebrated geometrician Mongeand the labour of teaching, is chiefly confined to the students of the Polytechuic school. Classes are organized to teach the principles of Mechanics, Optics, and all the branches of Natural Philosophy—as also, the Fine Arts, Grammar and Languages. The plan has been so far successful, that the Institution musters at the present time, upwards of 1500 Members.
A lecture was delivered this evening, at the ISLINGTON LITTERARY AND SCIENTIFIC INSTITUTION, by Dr. Truman, on the physiology of the voice, illustrated by numerous diagrams, which elicited the unanimous approbation of a full audience.
December 18th--The ordinary meeting of the Royal Asiatic Society, was held on the afternoon of this day, Earl Munster, V. P. in the chair. A paper was read from Xir. Bruce, on the antiquity of the Armenian language; the object of the writer being to prove that it was spoken by Noah, and subsequently, by all the inhabitants of the earth, prior to the confusion of tongues. Ainongst other circumstances in favour of this opinion, the writer stated, that a native of Armenia, has less difficulty in learning any other language, than one of any other vation.
WFSTERN LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC INSTITUTION. The lectures at this Society, during the month, have been well attended. Mr. Cowper gave three on Engraving and Paper making, illustrated with many models and apparatus : in the course of which, he explained the process by which Mr. A. Çollas, is enabled to produce his wonderfully deceptive fac-similes of coins aud medals. The working of this beautiful machine, and the lecturer's lucid description of it, elicited the warmest applause. We cannot bestow the same praise on the egotistical manner in which Mr. Pemberton informed the Members, that Shakespeare, was a good poet, and an excellent playwright. His animadverşions of C. Kenible's personation of Hamlet, and the effect of strutting about in a short cloak, to show his conception of the time-feeling and pathos of this character, were perfectly ludicrous. After tittle-tattling on trifles until the evening was far advanced, he requested permission of his audience to recite the comic tale of the “Súuff-box- which he actually perpetrated.
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THE GAMING HOUSES OF LONDON.
“Sed mibi, fas visa loqui."
MY DEAR W.
In my last, I gave you an account of the accidental circumstance which led to my introduction to Pandemonium. From trifling causes sometimes spring important events ;—the mere occurrence of a shower which in ordinary result is productive only of slight inconvenience to the man of business, or of disappointment to the ennuied dandy, proved to me a matter of beneficial import, for it offered to my reading, a most interesting and instructive page in the great volume of character, that is rarely to be met with in the common walk of mundane inter
It has been sagely and eloquently laid down by a most talented and distinguished author of the day, that "experience is the only investment which never fails to repay us tenfold what it costs ;the maxim, beautiful as it is in expression, is not less remarkable for its truth—and is most applicable to the present subject-no man should trust himself within the doors of a gaming-house, who is not of the stoic school of philosophy-possessing sense and resolution to resist and controul all baneful excitement, or to confine his speculations to the mere barter for experience, thereby investing his capital in that most solid and profitable of all securities-under such determination and restraint, he would gain wisdom from the errors and vices of mankind, and prove the truth of the author's conception--but where is the man who shall affirm, and act up to the affirmation—“ mea virtute me involvo”--the weakness of human nature too often betrays the most virtuous into error-good resolutions are made when temptations are absent-trial alone proves their strength; and if there be one excitement more powerful than another in its influence on the human mind, it is that of gaming: from the earliest ages to the present hour, it has controlled the mightiest as well as the weakest intellects—it has bound the philosopher, the statesman, nay, even the divine, in its baneful infatuation, and what the Roman satirist has written of his
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age, may with equal if not greater truth, be spoken of modern timesWe give it from Dryden's beautiful translation :
“What age so large a crop of vices bore,
Board wages, or a footman's livery!" But I find myself digressing, and hasten to resume the narrative of my visit. I have already acquainted you that we passed the Cerberus, and ascending one pair of stairs, we entered the apartment of business, or play-room, where were seated round a large table of oval form, which extended nearly the whole frontage of the room, and was covered with green cloth, bearing thereon detached pieces of red and black, (indicative of the game of rouge et noir), divers persons, before many of whom I observed certain bone and metallic pieces or counters, (the local currency) which they placed from time to time on one or other of the colours, red or black as fancy prompted-cards also of the description I had before seen, were used by many of the players, and I observed such persons to mark, by pricking the said cards with a pin, the respective events of loss or gain on each colour, as they from time to time occurred.--Some one or two individuals had pencils also, and, jike the unfortunate gentleman spoken of in my last, appeared to be indulging in the same vain spirit of calculation ;—my friend pointed out to me in particular, one person, apparently approaching the age of sixty, who, he informed me, was an officer of high standing in the navy, and a member of the senior United Service Club. This gentleman had no less than four or five of the cards described, placed in order before him, on each of which pin and pencil were at work (as each coup or event took place), in all the cabalistic and mysterious workings of his own peculiar system, which, whatever it might be, appeared to my humble comprehension, to embrace hieroglyphics sufficient to adorn an Egyptian pyramid, and embody problems that it would have puzzled a Cambridge professor to solve. It is but fair to presume that this gentleman, having been duly qualified for the distinguished and honourable profession of which he was a member, was a proficient in the most perfect of sciences, mathematics—but alas, for the weakness of the human mind, “The wisest clerks are not the wisest men,” and I may here venture an assertion, without much fear of confutation, that spite of all his toil and ingenuity, he must ever remain far as the poles asunder from any correct demonstration of the possibility of gain from a speculation the very elements of which are positive and certain loss to the adventurer. At the table, in the centre thereof, and opposite to each other, were seated, on elevated stools or chairs, two persons, fashionably attired,