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This is one of the MS. plays destroyed by Mr. Warburton's servant-fortunately there existed another copy of it-this manuscript was left to the Bodleian Library in 1755-it was printed at Oxford in 1814-it had been acted at Blackfriars-the scene lies in Burgundy-Aramant and Millecert are brothers—their father on his deathbed had given Aramant the choice of having his estate, or of persisting in his attachment to Emilia-he preferred Emilia, and the estate was given to Millecert-here the play begins-Aramant introduces Millecert to Emilia— he falls in love with her-Emilia, on finding that Aramant has missed the estate, is easily prevailed on to marry Millecert - Aramant loses his senses— Emilia is so jealous of the superiour beauty of her sister Cloris, that she secludes her from societyCloris falls in love with Aramant from the report which she has heard of him-she makes her escape --she meets with Aramant in the woods-she applies a sovereign balm to him, by which he recovers his senses while the medicine is operating on Aramant, the Duke enters-he falls in love with Cloris, and carries her to court-Millecert is soon disgusted with Emilia-he gives up the estate to his brother— he assumes a disguise, and calls himself GratusCloris is committed to his custody-Emilia employs him to poison Cloris - she does this in the hope of gaining the Duke's affections-at the conclusion,
Cloris turns out to be the Duke's daughter-he consents to her union with Aramant-Emilia is penitent -and Millecert is reconciled to her-this is on the whole a good play-it was written by Arthur Wilson-he is said to have written two other plays -the Switzer and the Corporal-the D. P. of the Corporal is printed at the end of the Inconstant Lady-two of these plays were entered on the Stationers' books in 1646, and the other in 1653.
D. L. 1814-1815.
Sep. 20. (First night) Rivals, with an occasional address, by Mrs. Edwin.
Oct. 1. School for Scandal. Sir Peter Wroughton. 3. Richard 3d Kean-4. Man and Wife. 6. Othello Kean -with Honest Thieves.
8. Rule a Wife. Leon Elliston: Copper Captain Bannister.
13. (and 27) Hamlet Kean: Ophelia Mrs. Bartley late Miss Smith.
15. Never acted, Policy or Thus runs the World away. Old Fathom Lovegrove: Sylvanus Fathom
Elliston: Verjuice Dowton: Sir Harry Dorville =Pope: Volage Wrench: Issachar Wewitzer: Lady Amelia Dorville Mrs. Glover: Lady Lucretia Limber Mrs. Orger: Honoria Pemberton Miss Kelly: Fidget Mrs. Harlowe :-this C. was acted 8 times, and is not printed-on the 2d night it was reduced to 3 acts-Oulton attributes it to Henry Siddons.
20. Othello Rae Iago Kean :-with Illusion. 26. Ways and Means. Sir David Dunder = Bannister.
29. Merchant of Venice. Shylock = Kean :with Ella Rosenberg. Rosenberg Rae: Storm= Bannister.
Nov. 1. Never acted, Jean de Paris. Jean de Paris Elliston Lary Mac Muggins (the master of a small inn) Johnstone: Grand Seneschal to the Princess Lovegrove: Theodore (favourite of Jean de Paris-in love with Olivier)=J. Wallack: Princess of Navarre Mrs. Edwin: Olivier (daughter to the Seneschal-in love with Theodore, and disguised as a page) Miss Kelly: Lorezza (daughter to Mac Muggins) Mrs. Orger :-acted 29 times-Jean de Paris is really the son of Philip of Valois, and presumptive heir to the throne of France-he wishes to see the Princess of Navarre before he pays his addresses to her--for this purpose he assumes the character of a rich merchant, and the name of Jean de Parishe gets possession of an inn which had been previously engaged for the Princess-when the Princess arrives he invites her to dinner-the Seneschal is shocked at the proposal-the Princess is aware who Jean de Paris really is-she accepts the invitation
the piece concludes with the union of Jean de Paris and the Princess-the Seneschal, at the desire of Jean de Paris, gives Olivier to Theodore this is a pleasing piece in 2 acts-it was taken from the French, and adapted to the English stage by Arnold -Arnold has judiciously omitted the music of the original, but he has acted absurdly in retaining the French name, and in turning the innkeeper into an Irishman-see C. G. Nov. 12-and Bath Dec. 10
5. Macbeth-the original music by Matthew Locke -(there was no music originally). Macbeth Kean: Macduff=Rae: Banquo Pope: Malcolm J. Wallack: Duncan Powell: Lady Macbeth Mrs. Bartley: Witches Dowton, Lovegrove, and Knight :Macbeth is said in the bills to have been in preparation during the whole past summer-and to be revived with all possible appropriate splendour.
9. Devil's Bridge-11. Castle of Andalusia. 15. Fair Penitent. Horatio Rae: Lothario = Elliston: Sciolto = Pope: Altamont J. Wallack : Calista Miss Walstein, from Dublin, 1st app.
22. Miss Walstein acted Letitia Hardy.
29. Hypocrite, with, never acted, Ninth Statue, or the Irishman in Bagdad. Zeyn (prince of Balsora) =J. Wallack: Kilroony (an Irish traveller) = Johnstone: Boubiker Moussin (a dervise of Bagdad) = Oxberry: Morabec (a benevolent magician) = Gattie Asdrael (king of the Genii)= Waldegrave : Nora (daughter of Kilrooney) = Miss Kelly: Alcolomb (a princess of Bagdad) Miss Boyce: Musça Mrs. Bland:-acted 33 times- -Zeyn in his pur
suit of pleasure had exhausted his riches--the people had risen in commotion against him, and his life had been preserved by Kilrooney-Zeyn rewards Kilrooney for his services-he wishes to marry Nora -she declines his hand, for fear that Zeyn should give his subjects fresh cause for irritation by marrying a woman so much beneath him in rank-Zeyn, by the assistance of Asdrael, discovers a large treasure --he finds eight statues, and a Ninth pedestal unoc. cupied-a scroll informs him that he cannot possess the eight statues till he shall find the Ninth-Asdrael tells Zeyn, that he must bring him a virgin for his bride-he furnishes Zeyn with a mirror -the surface of which will be sullied by any female who shall look on it without being perfectly pure-many ladies sully the glass by looking on it-Nora looks on it, and it remains unsullied-two Genii carry off Nora-the scene changes to the Hall of Statues—a Statue rises on the Ninth pedestal-it proves to be Nora-she is united to Zeyn, with the approbation of the king of the Genii-this musical Romance was written by T. Dibdin-it is founded on a story in the Arabian Nights-the story is a good one, but Dibdin's piece is contemptible-the 2d title sufficiently points out the absurdity of it.
Dec. 7. Fontainbleau. Miss Dolly Bull = Miss Kelly.
23. Jane Shore. Hastings = Rae: Dumont = Pope Gloster Raymond: Jane Shore Miss Walstein Alicia Mrs. Glover.
26. George Barnwell, with, never acted, Valley of Diamonds, or Harlequin Sindbad-acted about 29 times-this Pantomime was founded on the 2d