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Mrs. G. A. Denne, of Boot-alley, near the || This is one of the six Irish titles granted by General Post-Office, of a 'son

James II. in 1689, after bis abdication.

At West End, Hampstead, Caroline Ang DIED.

daughter of Francis Pothonier, Esq. Old-street, At Brighton, in the 75th year of her age, Sarah,

St. Luke's, aged 22 months, Countess of Denbigh, widow of the late Basil,

At Zarskoe Silo, after a long illness, General 6th Earl of Denbigh and Desmond, grandfather Count Armfeldt, so well known for the share be of the present Earl, a 'minor. Her Ladyship was

formerly had in political affairs in Sweden. la sister of Edward Farnham, Esq. of Quordon, ll the campaign of 1812, he attended the Emperor and was married first to the late Sir Charles Hal as Adjutant-General, and was since President ei ford, Bart. of Weston, in Leicestershire, by the Committee for the Organization and Governwhose will that property devolves to Sir Henry

ment of Finland. He was interred with all the

bonours due to his rank. Halford, Bart. M D. At Birmingham, Samuel Jackson Pratt. This

At Shrewsbury, Ann Peters, aged tweln gentleman, who has long been known in the

years, daughter of Edward Peters, nailor of the literary world, closed his earthly career on the

Abbey. Forgate. Her coffin measured five feet 11th inst. He descended from a very respectable || long by two feet wide in body. This child bad

been remarkably corpulent from her birth : bat family, and his father, we believe, was High

her obesity increased until she became a remarkSheriff of Huntingdonshire. He commenced bis

able spectacle, and her case has been pronounced literary course very early in life, under the name

the “ Fat dropsy.” She had eaten a hearty supof Courtenay Sabeutti.

per, and about three o'clock in the morning At Minh, liighness Henry, 4sd Prince

breathed two sighs and expired. of Reus Reus Paide auto2.

At his house, at Edmonton, John Whitbread, és it you or the time by fire be was e re1

Esų, aged 44 years; a most severe and lamenta. .** is er wie's to happen thirt ble loss to his family, and much regretted by his 8. Ari Gof chuse to give ap the right of; numerous friends. Beszany, this decoradon hiruselt; and he mighs In Gray's Inn, after a short illness, aged 74, Bet approve of certain people taking upon them- ; Edward Van Harthaless, Esq. a gentleman of setter in much a borry what they might end

great eminence as a merchant, whose loss will be You will doubtless colors félt and regretted in his doinestic circle, Dus bia: *? $ 94 by heiter wat to have a erres and by those who experienced bis benevolence, At Bala, ihe Rev. Thomas Cliarles, B. A. azed: as well as by bis relations and a numerous class $9 Feurs, whose extensive ane graturtoes minis- 1 o; most respectable friends. terial labours in both North and South Wales Mr. Charles Edmund Hull, late of the Finsduring the last 30 years, has justly endtared hun', bury Repository, deeply lamented by his afflieted to the religious public. I was the revirer ef i sister; his premature death, at the age of 38, the Circulating Charity Schools, and the most affords another admonition to survivors, to be active promoter of Sunday Schools, both for || always ready, for in the midst of life we are in children and adults; the happy effects of which death. he had lived to witness in their moral benefits to At Gray's Alms House, Taunton, Hannah society at large, and the promotion of vital re-Murton, aged 82. The deceased was a maiden ligion throughout the principality.

lady, who, with a delicate prejudice peculiar to At his seat at Heaton-house, near Manchester, that resolute portion of the fair sex to which she in the 66th year of his age, the Right Hon. the belong'ed, vowed, several years ago, that no he Earl of Wilton, Viscount and Baron Grey de fellow should ever touch ber living or dead. In Wilton, aud Baronet. His Lordship married | pursuance of this notable resolution, about ten Eleanor, one of the daughters and co-beiress ofil| years since, she purchased for herself a coffin, in Sir Ralph Assheton, of Middleton, in the county | which, whenever she felt serious illness, she inof Lancaster, Bart. Their only surviving issue | mediately deposited herself; thus abridging, in is a daughter, married to the Right Hon, the case of her dissolution, the labours of those sable Earl Grosvenor, whose second son, the Hon. || mimics, the undertakers, and ensuring the graThomas Grosvenor, a minor, succeeds to the tification of her peculiar sensibility. The old titles of the deceased Earl.

lady's coffin was not, however, exclusively apAt Flower-Hill, in the county of Galway, propriated to the reception of her mortal remains, Lord Riverston; he is succeeded in his titles and but served also as her wardrobe, and the usual estates by his eldest son the Hon.W.T. Nugent. Il depository of her bread and cheese.

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WEEKLY MESSENGER, Corner of Clare-court, Drury-lane.






a pew and Improved Series.

EMBELLISHMENTS. 1. A correct PORTRAIT of MRS. JORDAN. Eng aved from an Original Painting. (Deferred till next




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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF DIS- || Sculpture at the Louvre

****... 201 TINGUISHED AND ILLUSTRIOUS | Paintings at the Louvre Ari..

....... 202 CHARACTERS,

Style of the French compared with English neatness and durability in Building

....... 203 Mrs. Jordan. Elegance of the French Ladies

ib. Progenitors of Mrs. Jordan 195 || Their peculiar advantages

ib. Filial affection of this excellent actress ....... 196 Theatre Feydeau Her unrivalled acting in Comedy ib Curious Caricature

204 Rapturous applause bestowed on her in London


Anecdotes of Illustrious Females. Laughable anecdote at-Margate

197 Sophia Dorothea, the unacknowledged Her alarming illness in 1807

ib. Duchess of Hanover, Wife of George 1.... 204 Peculiar sweetness of her voice. ib. Maria Theresa

ib. Elizabeth Maria, Princess of Parma

205 The Princess of Monoca....


Characters of celebrated French Women.
The Dumb Lover. A true Story.

Madame la Marechale de Luxembourg 206 Ancient belief in dreams 198 || Madame d'Angivilliers

ib. Provident care of a Merchant ib. The Duchess of Polignac

207 Extravagance of his Son......


Select Anecdotes. Hires a room in the city

199 Interesting account of his opposite neighbours ib.

The present Emperor of Russia

... 207 Morland, the Painter ......

208 A Tour through France in 1914, in a series

Some account of the sittings of the Committee of Letters from a Lady to her Cousin in

of Public Safety during the reign of RoLondon


ib, Letter V. from Paris

201 Particulars of the Death of the Emperor The Lyri Comique ib. Francis, father of Joseph II,



Nadir. A Tale of former Times.

Anecdotes of the Marshal Duke of Richelieu. Arrogance of Nadir

Neglect shewn bim by the new Court

......... 121 His ill success in a Naval engagement

Anecdote of Louis XIV. ....... 210

222 Becomes desirous of marrying the Emperor's

Difference of manners at the Courts of Louis Daughter ib. XIV. and Louis XVI..........

ib. Elevated to the rank of Emperor on tbe mo

Madame de Maintenon's parties ..

223 parch's death


Similitude of life between Richelieli and RoRefused by the Princess, who makes war



ib. against him

ib. ll Curious Anecdote of the Marshal Nadir sent to prison

His discipline at Minorca ....

Sees the necessity of moderating his wishes. ib.
Elma brought to him in a cloud by Alzor 213
Union of the Lovers


FUGITIVE POETRY. Youthful Errors amended, and the Reward of Gask's Tower; or, The Headless Spectre í.. 225 Conjugal Fidelity. On a Lawyer

227 Character of Don Ferdinand

Address to Health

ib. Couceives a passion for Donna Juana

......... 214
On a Daughter who died young ....

ib. Character of Lucretia

ib, Don Ferdinand's connection with her

ib. Sickness of Donna Juana

ib. | FASHIONS FOR DECEMBER, 1814. Her resolution to retire into a Convent 215 Marriage of Don Ferdinand with Donna

Explanation of the Prints of Fashion, Clara

ib. I No. 1. Description of a Full Dress ............ 227 Departs 'with Lucretia under a borrowed

No. 2.-Description of an Opera, Theatre, name to Seville


Evening Parties, and Carriage Wrap... Don Sancho, Clara's first Lover, offers his

General Observations on Fashion and Dress ib. friendship

216 Prudent conduct of Donna Clara


The Pen of Asmodeus.
Talismanic power infused into the Pen 216

INCLUDING VARIETIES, CRITICAL, LITE. Its effects on the minds of its possessors ...... ib.

RARY, AND HISTORICAL. Gets between the fingers of M. Roberspierre 217

The Theatres.-Revival of the Maid of the Establishment of the Directory

Mill .. ............... 218

232 Becoines in opaparte's possession

ib. Critique on Mr. Kemble’s Coriolanus Pen carried back to the infernal regions after

On Miss O'Neill's Isabella

....................... 233 the Restoration.


Account of the new piece of Jean de Paris... ib. The New System of Botany; with practical

Literary Intelligence.-Mary, a Novel; by
Louis Bonaparte

......... 234 Illustrations of the Philosophy of Flora, &c. Works in the Press

......... 235 Jungermannia, or factitious Moss

219 || Manners of the French Its generic qualities

Account of Octavia, a Vestal Virgin

.......... 238 Wonders displayed in the minute works of

Female Gamesters

ib. Creation 220 Great Fire of London

239 Varieties of Mosses found in moist places 221 Births, Marriages and Deaths........

............ 240

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THE Portrait intended for the present Number, nor the Biography adapted to it, could be finished in time for this Month's Publication the Nemoirs of Mrs. JORDAN is therefore given, by anticipation, in the present Number, and her PORTRAIT, most beautifully execulęd, in the Character. of EUPHROSINE, after the original Picture in the possession of his Royal Highness the DUKE of CLARENCE, will be given in our next Number, in addition to the Portrait intended for the present Number. The series of Portraits for the present Year will then be completed.

London: Printed by and for John BELL, sole Proprietor of this Magazine, and Proprietor of the

Weekly Messenger, Clare Court, Drury-Lane.

December 1, 1814.

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In the biography of the celebrated cha sure to none to whom we wish to render ràcters, whether professional or otherwise, this short memoir acceptable,' we shall which has occasionally appeared in La merely proceed to state, that Mrs. DoroBelle Assemblée, our object has invariably thea Jordan was born in the lap of Thesbeen to lead attention, and confine it pis, and perhaps cradlęd in a buskin; for her merely to those subjects of inquiry in mother, althongh the elegantly, educated which public interest is excited. The cha daughter of a dignified clergyman in the tacter of a pubħic person is to be delineated | principality, was long fain to tread the with a strict reference to its object; and mimic boards for the support of a large fawhilst we endeavour, in the present in- || mily of nine children in marriage with the stance, to give a short sketch of a cele man of her choice, with whom, indeed, she brated actress, we shall comprehend our imprudently eloped whilst he was on duty observations within those limits which are with his regiment in Wales. suited to the nature of the subject. We Captain Bland, we believe, was a native shall consider Mrs. Jordan as one who of the sister island, where he possessed has long adorned her profession, by a dis some property, and was also of a most replay of talents, rare in their separate ex- spectable family. To that country the cellence, and wonderful in their combina young refugees retired, where they were tion.

married, but where necessity obliged them The subject of our present biography has to have recourse to their histrionic abilities, long shone as a mother, nay, almost as a wife, a measure which unhappily widened the the virtues of which latter state she de- | breach between Captain Bland and bis reserves the more credit for displaying, since i latives; who, at length, by means with the necessary policy of state has interdicted which we are unacquainted, procured the pearer ties; ties which the strictest mora dissolution, or rather annulment of the celity may regret to see broken, particularly remony; thus leaving Mrs. Bland with her as such a circumstance necessarily ob numerous family of infants, dependant on structs the active exercise of those virtues herself for support. Miss Dorothy Bland to which we have given a due share of being now advancing towards womanhood, praise.

determined with pious filial affection to aid Without touching further, therefore, on her deserted mother in this arduous task; points which could be productive of plea- 1 and accordingly, at a very early age, pro


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cured an engagement with Ryder, the Dub- 1 she having left him before the term of their lin manager, when she made her first ap- expiration. There is no doubt that the illpearance as Phæbe, in Shakespeare's well- | conduct of the Manager would have lost known comedy of As You Like It.

him a verdict; however, it was still fortuThe same feeling heart which prompted nate for the juvenile heroine that a disinher to exert herself for the support of her terested friend stepped forward, and by the mother and infant relatives, also induced | advance of two hundred and fifty pounds, her to avoid any step which might inflict prevented the enraged Manager from interdisgrace, as it was called, on the family offering with her recent engagements. On her father, of the man who had deserted the York stage, and in the summer excurthem : to a generous sense of feeling, shesions of the company, she remained for a perhaps added the dictates of propriety, as | period of nearly three years, when her init is not improbable that she still hoped creasing fame soon reached the ears of the that justice would be done to her injured || London Managers ; and so strongly were mother, and she accordingly took the nom they persuaded by Mr. Smith, of Druryde guerre of Francis, a name which she Lane theatre, who had witnessed her perwould have retained, had not some illiberal ) formance in the race week at York, that notion of her praise-worthy exertions in- | they immediately engaged ber at that duced her with a becoming spirit to resume house, at a salary of four pounds per week. her real name; which, however, she after It was intended that she should have wards laid down when a new engagement been second to the modern Melpomene ; placed her on the Crow-street boards, un but her well-placed confidence in her own đer the management of Mr. Daly. Her powers prompted her to attempt to shine efforts hitherto had not been much noticed; as first in whatever walk she should adopt, but now she attracted great attention by || she therefore chose Comedy, preferring the her performance of Adelaide, in the Count buskin to the sock, and accordingly made de Narbonne, and was rising fast to the her first appearance before a London ausummit of public favour, when some imperdience in Peggy, in the Country Girl, which tinence on the part of the Manager induced was then revived for the display of her abiher to leave the Hibernian theatres and pro- | lities. It is needless to state that her receed to Leeds, where the veteran Tate ception was in the highest degree flatterWilkinson was then performing with his ling, and that she has ever since been most Yorkshire company.

deservedly the favourite of London audi. On her first introduction the Manager | ences at both houses ; for at Covent-Garden naturally put the question, as to what line | she has several times appeared, whenever she professed to adopt, running through all she thought her exertions would be bene, the changes from heroic tragedy down to | ficial to the deserving, but perhaps unfor: the lowest point of low comedy, when with || tunate sons and daughters of Thespis. her accustomed vivacity the youthful ad To mark how much her talents were apventuress boldly answered, “ all!"

preciated by the Drury-Lane Managers, it In order then to ascertain her talents at || is only necessary to state, that her salary once, in the two extremes, she was imme. was immediately doubled, and soon after diately announced, under the appellation of trebled, in addition to two benefits, every « Mrs, Jordan,” to perform Calista, in the season, and for a long period she continued Fair Penitent, together with Lucy, in the in the receipt of the highest salary at that Virgin Unmasked, to which she was to theatre. add 'some songs, &c. between the perform Soon after her settlement in the metro

polis she lost her mother, but she has still It is needless to say that applause was most unceasingly continued to share the reunbounded, and that an engagernent imme. | ward of her personal exertions, with such diately followed; but she was still under branches of her family as have been in an embarrassment, for her change of name

want of her assistance. This too she has did not prevent her being traced by Daly || generously done even whilst having a fa. the Dublin manager, who threatened her mily of her own; but these circumstances with a suit for the penalty in her articles, Il we shall wave, and merely proceed to state



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