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In consequence of Dwyer's departure, (who has gone no one knows where) Evatt has appeared in some of his first characters, with much advantage to his professional reputation. Toms has left the stage, and settled as a teacher of elocution. Rock is, I think, becoming more attentive to study, the only circumstance he has to attend to ia gaining unbounded applause.
Of other matters and performers, you will soon hear from me at length,
The Bath COMPANY.-The Bristol theatre opened on the 28th of September, with Hamlet and the Agreeable Surprize-Hamlet by Mr. Young of the Haymarket Theatre, engaged for twelve nights.
The company is as follows; and the characters annexed to the names will shew the line of business wbich the respective per, formers sustain.
Messrs. Bengough-Iago, Pierre, Tekeli, &c,
for the principal old women, but she has scarcely e-
of the most superior kind.
Principal Dancer, Miss Martin. The theatre was opened on the 6th of October, in consequence of the Prinee of Wales honouring Bristol with his presence.
The morning was ushered in by ringing of bells, firing of cannor, and vollies from the volunteers--noon, by feasting and revelling, and night, by fireworks and illuminations—The playhouse was almost de. serted, though even there the performers rejoiced, and concluded the comedy of the Heir at Law with God save the King, verse and chorus.
In the epilogne, Mr. Mallinson, who played Ezekiel Homespun, introduced the following couplet::
“ Odds, gi'us your hands, I like these harmless tales,
“ God save the King, and bless the Prince of Wales." Mr. Young's benefit was on the 19th of October. He had a tolerably good house to Macbeth, and The Hunter of the Alps. The theatres, except on Monday nights, has been indifferently attended. On the night of the Heir at Law, Evans, as Lord Duberly, speaking of his library, had to tell Dick Dowlas there were a sight of French books all written by Tom-Tom who? was asked, the reply " Tom Gag”. BRISTOĻ WIT! Egerton is engaged, but has not yet appeared.
Theatre Royal, LIVERPOOL.-Mr. Conductor ; To your candour as well as your critical abilities I appeal, in answer to a letter from Mr. Terry, inserted in your last number.
It has been frequently a subject of debate, whether the stage be favourable to morals ; in my opinion it can admit of little doubt, for if the plays have a good moral tendency, and the actors · are of unimpeachable character, it must necessarily prove an amusement at once instructive and entertaining : but the least speck or blemish upon an actor's moral character is fatal; nothing degrades and vilifies him more, for it excites our detestation and contempt, and at the recollection of his vices, the character he is performing vanishes from our sight, and we bebold him in gothing but his true colours.
Under these circumstances, can it he supposed, that a play can make that impression upon an audience which it would do if the performers were men of moral rectitude" in their dealings ? No, it is impossible. I therefore fully coincide with you in opinion, that an actor's moral conduct onght by no means to be regarded as totally distinct from his professional merits: and I also think it a duty incumbent upon every critic, not only to examine his public, but private character, and should there be found room for censure, not to let him pass with impunity, as by these means alone can it ever be hoped to make the stage a school for morality and virtne.
That Mr. Terry should inagine an“allusive obscurity" to hang over the quotation in my last, I confess surprises me, for to him there surely can need no explanation, but to his distant and uninformed friends there may, which I am both“ able and ready to render;" yet, as he very justly observes, from being ignorant of the circumstance, various misinterpretations may arise tending very much to his prejudice, and as I do not, by apymeans, wish this to be the case, I shall merely state that the “foul deed?' in question, is neither the crime of an assassin nor of a highwayman, nor is it punishable by the laws of our country; nay, it is laughed at by some, and hoasted of by others; yet, it is a crime of such a nature, as must excite qur indignation and contempt: even the perpetrator upou reflection must despise himself; it is described by Chamont in the following beaatiful lines :
-Long she fourished,
Mr, T- asserts the passage to have proceeded from folly or malignity; from the first it might, bat from the latter it did not; he is an entire stranger to me, of course I have no enmity towards him; wben I made use of the quotation it was not, I can assure him, with the idea of injuring him, nor was I at the time aware of the consequences that might ensue: if therefore I have erred, it has not been through wickedness, but entirely from the misrepresentations of his brother actors, who, I am sorry to say, under the assumed mask of virtue, have publicly dared to vilify his character by the most wauton and illiberal attacks. That Mr. Terry has been to blame I have no doubt, but that he has acted in the manner represented, I am happy to say has since been contradicted.
To dwell longer on a subject which must be uninteresting to every ane but the parties particularly concerned, would be folly ; I shall therefore take my leave of Mr Terry and his theatrical friends, and I trust for ever; for be assured that nothing shall again induce me to issue from that obscurity to which my talents seem most appropriated, even had I the opportunity ; but that will soon be denied me, as I shall very shortly take my departure for a far distant country. Liverpool, October 4, 1807.
ARGUS. Theatre, WORTHING.–The theatre will close this week for the benefit of the manager, whose exertions and whose talents will, no doubt, be rewarded by a crowded heuse. Mrs. Litchfield's engagement finished on the ioth of October, when her benefit was fully and fashionably attended. The characters' she performed were Calista, Jane Shore, Country Girl, Roralana, Widow Cheerly, Lady Townly, Juliana in the Honeymoon, Patrick in the Poor Soldier, Cowslip, Mts. Sullen, Irish Widow, Rosalind, Mrs. Haller, Cicely Homespun, and Lady Tearle. 'Tekeli was brought out with a correct. ness and splendour scarcely exceeded on the London boards.
There are to be Two Kings of Brentford here next season ; Mr. Taylor, the late proprietor, and Mr. Waters, acting under the trust of the late manager, Mr. Goold. The former has appointed Mr D'Egville acting manager, and the following performers are publicly announced as engaged. For the Operas, Catalani, Prima Donna Seria and Prima Buffa assoluta ; Madame Dussek; Signorà Mara Woolrich; Signors Righi, Morelli, Braghetti, Rovedino, and De Giovanni : for the Ballet, Deshayes, Moreau, Robert, Miss Cranfield, Mademoiselle Presle, and Madame Deshayes. Mr. D’Egville, is the Ballet Master, and Mr. Weichsell Leader of the Band.
Mr. Waters, the other monarch, has formed, or is forming, another company, of which Naldi and Grassini are, we suppose, to be the leading attractions,
The claims of these rival candidates have already called for some little adjustment from the magistrates at Bow Street, but perfect harmony is not likely to be restored without the interference of the Lord High Chancellor, who, let whoever will be manager, is expected on the present occasion to be the principal composer.
Works recently published, in the Press, or in preparation. Travels, &c.--Struggles through Life, exemplified in the various Travels and Adventures in Europe, Asia, Africa, and America, of Lieutenant John Harriot, formerly of Rochford, in Essex, now Resident Magistrate of the Thames Police. A New Edition of the late Dr. Barry's History of the Orkneys, with considerable Additions, by the Rev. Mr. Hederick.
BIOGRAPHY.-Memoirs of Sir William Pulteney, by Dr. Halliday.
Novels.-Florentine, by B. Thompson, Esq. Three Volumes of Interesting Tales, by Mrs. Hurry. A Legendary Romance, illustrative of the domestic manners and amusements of the Fifteenth Century, by the late Mr. Joseph Strutt, and entitled “ Queen-oo-Hale, or a History of Times Past.”
POETRY.–The Harp of Erin, or the Poetical Works of the late T. Dermody; edited by J. G. Raymond. A Volume of Ancient Historic Ballads, with Illustrative Notes : containing Richard Plantagenet; The Cave of Morar ; The Man of Sorrows; The Battle of Flodden ; The Hermit of Warkworth, and Hardyknute.
THE DRAMA- A New Edition of Potter's Euripides. Alphonso and Clementina, or the Triumph of Reason, with a variety of other Tales and Ballads, by Mr. James Templeman.
MISCELLANEOUS.-The History, Rise, Progress, and Accomplishment of the Abolition of the Slave Trade, by Mr. T. Clarkson. Lectures on the truly eminent English Poets, by Perceval Stockdale. Sketches of Human Manners, delineated in Stories, intended to Illustrate the Characters, Religion, and singular Customs of the Inhabitants of different parts of the World, by Priscilla Wakefield. Essay on Logic, by Richard Kirwan, Esq. Sir Ralph Sadler's State Papers, with Portraits, Autographs, and other Embellishments. Remarks on British Writers, by the late Rev. D. Symonds, Professor of Mo, dern History in the University of Canubridge.