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THE WINTER AND SUMMER HOUSES.
The past month has been unusually lured by Caspar, the demon's friend, dull in the theatrical world, and has to visit the wolf's glen, and cast the been remarkable only for the closing magic balls, the lover is suffered of a summer house, and the opening to go singing his way through the of the two great winter houses. The three acts with the thorough no-purEnglish Opera, after a short season pose of a modern opera, while a of well-merited success, has closed drunken silly woodman (Keeley) is its doors, and given Mr. Stevenson a seduced to follow the life of bad lead. brief holiday from his box books. The scenery is fine, and the music The proprietor has, during the sum-spiritedly executed, but the whole mer, made great exertions for the interest of the piece is, in our opi. promotion of the public amusement, nion, jarred by the injudicious and and has been unsparing in the expen- unnecessary alteration we have menditure of money to that end. He tioned. Miss Paton is the lady that will have the solid gratification of plays Agnes or Bertha;, and Mr. finding himself well indemnified for Bennett maintains his old plumber his labour and liberality, by the re- work with his accustomed energy, turns of a rare season, and the sense Drury Lane has opened with a bill of having fairly and truly advanced of great promise, though at present the character of his theatre. The of very indifferent performance. A production of such music as that new melo drama, founded on that which characterizes the wild and rich Arabian story, The Enchanted original opera of Der Freischütz, was Horse, is advertised as coming forth, a courageous and hazardous under- and will, perhaps, have been protaking; but, at the same time, it was duced, ere our present number apone which well became a National pears, in which that rider of riders, Opera House to dare. Its success Ducrow, is “ to witch the world with has been, indeed, singularly distin- noble horsemanship.” There is a guished ; and, for once, the old pro- list of gentlemen and ladies inserted verb of «
as the old cock crows, so as the company in the large bills on crows the young one has been res the sheep's backs about town, long versed; for the two old cocks, Drury enough to furnish a regiment of local Lane and Covent Garden, have taken militia. Mr. Elliston engages to up the note of the cockling, and are produce Der Freischütz, and will, no content or to follow.” At Covent doubt, melt down the old safety cisGarden, the German opera has been tern at the top of the house, rather got up with much pains, and doubt, than not follow the example of so less at great cost ; but in order to judicious a manager as Mr. Arnold. avoid a too servile imitation of the The Haymarket Theatre still drags piece at the English Opera House, on a sickly summer season, in despite several alterations have been made in of Mr. Elliston's stud, and the Covent the characters and situations, not at Garden bullets. It has tried old coall advantageous to the strange and medies and new comedies, old farces dreary interest which hung over the and new farces; Madame Vestris's one in which Braham sang. Some ankłe, and Mr. Liston's face; Dowof the faulty incidents of the German ton's chuckle, and Miss Kelly's nadrama have been rigidly and unfor- tural humour; but still the poor pit tunately adhered to, to the great in- benches have several bald places jury of the finest scene in the opera, nightly, which it is heart-breaking to the incantation scene. The character see. The summer must, indeed, of the lover of the huntsman's daugh- have been a profitless one here, and ter (very well and boldly acted, and putting a large stake upon the last sung by Mr. Pearman) is at Covent hazard of the die, the gamester's old Garden despoiled of all its wildness and fatal trick, is not likely to bring and enchantment; for instead of being back a manager's losses. Mr. Dowton, Miss Kelly, and several other of the jeweller, as Hamlet Prince of our best performers, have been re- Denmark. He has the oddest mantained at this late time, to make a ner of managing his voice and action season successful. The proprietor that can be conceived ; and, until he had better look to another year for chooses to steady himself into someindemnification for the past. A Mr. thing intelligible, we shall refrain Hamblin has been enacting Hamlet from pronouncing our opinion of his with tolerable success for one night; talents as a tragedian. but at present he is as like Hamlet
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self treated with injustice, produces The Drama.-Notwithstanding the an excellent effect; and the scene, temporary closing of the theatres, on where the old soldier, who served account of the illness and death of with Bayard, and was present at the the late King, not only several small death of that hero, relates the cire pieces have been brought out, but a cumstances attending it, with the regular comedy and tragedy, in five last words that he addressed to the acts, and in verse. The tragedy is constable of Bourbon, who fought in taken from the history of France, and the enemy's ranks, is extremely strikthe subject is the death of Marshal ing from the similarity between the Biron, condemned for a conspiracy constable and Biron himself. Anoagainst the State, having actually en- ther character of the author's inventered into engagements with Spain and tion is Edmond, the son of Biron, Savoy, for the purpose of dismember which he has turned to advantage. ing France. The history is so recent, It may be objected as a fault that the and so well known in the minutest author makes Henry IV.visit Biron in particulars, that though it may prison after his sentence has been contain good materials for a tragedy, passed and made known to him. it presents a host of difficulties, es- What can be the object of this visit? pecially to a French writer bound Is it to induce him to an act of redown by the unities. Om this head pentance, to own his accomplices, no reproach can be made to the au- and on this condition, to offer him thor. He had laid the scene in the his pardon? But the author should Bastille, where the Marshal is con- have recollected that the bare prefined, while his trial is preparing. sence of the sovereign, after condemAs he has been obliged to renounce nation, brings pardon with it. Two the resources which the subject of- pathetic scenes, the first, between fered, it was of course necessary to Biron and his wife; the second, bem find others, and to create some cha- tween him and his son, from whom racters, to assist him in getting he hurries away, to go to meet through five acts, which cannot be his punishment, conclude the piece. filled up with nothing. In this he has In this last scene we learn the noble shown considerable skill. One of the conduct of Edmond, who, having been officers placed over the prisoners is an sent by his father to join the reold man almost a hundred years of bels in arms for him, has recalled age, who has fought under five them to a sense of their duty to their kings, and who, though he has been sovereign. But Edmond, a mere but indifferently recompensed for his boy of 14 or 15, is too young to take services, is a model of fidelity to his such a resolution; and how can it be sovereign. The contrast between the imagined that a mob in insurrection serenity and content of this veteran, would be influenced by a child, rewho finds his reward in the con- fusing the assistance they are going sciousness of having done his duty, to give his father? The piece was and the insatiable and restless am- very well received, but the author bition of Biron, who, loaded with declined making himself known. honours and favours, still thinks him- Le Mari à bonnes fortunes, by M. Casimir Bonjour, met with brilliant to an ambassador. Before he deand entire success, which it in many parts he is to have a farewell meetrespects deserved. The following ing with Adele, in the evening, in lines in the first act of this comedy the Bois de Boulogne, which joins express the moral of it:
the garden. Derville
has appointed to
be there at the same time, to meet Si vous chassez toujours sur les terres
a lady, who he has the impudence to d'autres, Peut-être on finira par chasser sur les think will accept the assignation vôtres.
which he has proposed; but she
shows his letter to Adele. He The author's design is to prove comes, however, finds Charles speakthat the best way for a husband to ing with a lady, but does not recogsecure the fidelity of his wife, is to nise her, being prevented by Charles set her the example. Derville, retired from going near enough. He retires, in the country with his wife Adele, thinking too, that he has recogneglects her in pursuit of new nized the person, and even goes to conquests, in spite of the remon- stand sentinel, and hold his cousin's strances of his mother, who points horse. In the conclusion, Derville, out the folly as well as the injustice delighted that he has caught his couof his conduct, and even hints that sin in an intrigue, relates the whole the presence of his cousin Charles, an story to his wife and mother ; but amiable young man, who from his his triumph is not a little abated childhood had been brought up with when he learns from the latter the Adele, may be attended with serious real state of the case. He confesses consequences : but Derville depend- his errors, and promises to reform. ing on the virtue of Adele, laughs at The conclusion was highly aphis mother's apprehensions, and the plauded. more so, as Charles, a zealous student History, Memoirs, and Biography. of mathematics, sees in the most -Under this head we have not much beautiful face, only lines and angles. that is new or important. The death Charles, however, is not so insensible of Louis XVIII and the accession as Derville thinks; he has even drawn of Charles X have called forth a vast Adele's portrait, which he has in the number of publications, few of which lid of a snuff-box. Adele having have any more than a temporary insurprised him looking at this por- terest, though others, containing partrait, but without recognising it, is ticulars of the lives of both these curious to know whose it is ; and her princes, may, perhaps, furnish a few maid having contrived to get the box facts for the historian. Count Segur in her hands, brings it to her mis- who has published several volumes tress, who opens it. The mother of a universal history, has given to comes in, while she has it in her the public some volumes relative to hand; and Adele in her embarrass- the history of France, which are very ment says she has got Charles to highly spoken of. One of the volumes, paint it, to afford an agreeable sur- containing the life of St. Louis, is prise to her husband, whose birth- sold as a separate work. No part o, day is to-morrow. The mother the expected Memoirs of Madame de causes the box to be replaced in Genlis is yet published; but it is Charles's room, and the husband, the probable the public will not have to wife, and Charles, being all as- wait much longer for a work which sembled, she begins to speak of the cannot fail to be highly interesting, inysterious portrait. We know, says M. Ladvocat, the bookseller, having she, that you have privately painted purchased the MS. at the price of Adele's portrait, to surprise her hus- 40,000 francs. The Memoirs of Carband, make no further mystery, not, drawn up, as it is affirmed, from therefore, but produce it. Charles, his MSS. his inedited correspondence, disconcerted, presents it, and is com- and his writings, by P. F. Tissot, plimented by Derville on his talent is another of those attempts to imand the great resemblance of the pose on the public, of which there portrait.
have lately heen but too many siAdele and Charles are both sensi- milar instances at Paris. This book ble that it is prudent to part, and the is very nearly a reprint of Memoirs latter accepts the place of secretary of Carnot, published at Brussels, in
1817. There is reason to believe partment some Observations on the plan that Carnot left no Memoirs in MS. of a Constitution; the leading artiM. Pigault-le-Brun has published cles of which he condemns, and says, his third volume of his History of “Let us return to the constitution France.
of our fathers, which so long renFine Arts and Antiquities.-Panc- dered France flourishing and happy." koucke has published the
M. Say, well known for many excond great portfolio of the Descrip- cellent works on political economy, tion of Egypt, containing No. 139 has published an interesting Memoir to 146. These splendid plates, of on the Origin, Progress, and probable the largest dimensions, represent the Results of the English Sovereignty in temples and the magnificent orna- India. Though it of course cannot ments of the Thebais. Another vo- contain any thing novel to English lume of the text is published at the readers, who are at all acquainted same time. M. Champollion, who is with the subject; it is otherwise in now at Turin, studying the splen- France, where the nature of the did collection of Egyptian Antiqui- English power in India is but ill ties formed by M. Drovetti, is going understood. A Notice sur Anvers to publish “ Letters to the Duc de by Mr. Garonne, is a short, but Blacas d'Aulps on that Museum.” interesting pamphlet: it contains The first letter describing the his- among other things some particulars torical monuments, with plates, will relative to Buonaparte's intentions appear very shortly.
in forming the great naval arsenal Voyages and Travels. -The fourth and basons at Antwerp. number of Freycinet's Voyage round Novels.We find several menthe World is published; like the tioned in the French Journals, but preceding it belongs to the zoolo- none by authors of any note, except gical department: no part of the “ The Gil Blas of the Revolution," narrative is yet printed. Mr. Mol- by M. Picard; whose name is a lien, author of Travels in Africa, pledge of the success of his work. has given to the world Travels in It is in 5 vols. 12mo. The TroubaColumbia, 2 vols. 8vo. As they con- dour, or Guillaume et Marguerite, tain the latest account of the politi- by Baron Ladoucette, is highly cal state of that country, they will spoken of, as presenting a faithful picdoubtless find many readers. A Dr. ture of Provence in the twelfth cenPichot, has in the press Voyage Lit- tury. Jean Perthus, or the Citizens teraire et Historique en Angleterre et of Paris two hundred and fifty years en Ecosse; the author is the trans- ago, is an attempt in the manner of lator of the complete works of Lord the Scotch novels, and gives a good Byron, and of the poetical romances picture of France and Paris at the of Sir Walter Scott.
time of the league. But the author Politics.—The change of system at has introduced a Baron de Malteste, the commencement of a new reign, who is much too fond of developing or rather we should say the aboli- his political views, and too superior tion of the censorship of the press, to those around him. When Sir which had been most unexpectedly Walter Scott places a personage of re-established at the close of the last his own creation among historical reign, has given rise to a vast num- characters, he takes care not to assign ber of pamphlets large and small; him the first rank.—The author it almost all of them directed against appears has in MS. other novels rethe Ministry ; one of the most re- lative to various periods of the hismarkable of which is the New Reign tory of France. and the Old Ministry, by M. Sal- The Dictionary of Discoveries is vandy. The enemies of M. de Vil- completed by the publication of the lele have played him rather an un- sixteenth volume; and the sevenpleasant trick. On the publication teenth which entirely consists of of the declaration of Louis XVIII, tables. dated from St. Ouen in 1814, which was the precursor of the charter, The King of the Netherlands has M. de Villèle, at that time Member presented Gold Medals to Mr. Bowof the General Council of the De- ring and Mr. Vandyk, for their transpartment of the Upper Garonne, ad- lations of the Dutch Poets published dressed to the deputies of the de- in London.
Earth,” by K. F. Klöden, with seven While England is doing little or coloured plates, which has exeited nothing to promote the study of considerable sensation in Germany, the Sanscrit language and literature, and has induced the King of Prussia which from her political and com- to send the author a gold medal. mercial relations ought to excite the Messrs. Boisserée, of Stuttgard, have strongest interest; and while France published tenor twelve numbers of limakes the learned of Europe wait thographic engravings of their very too long for the communications fine and curious gallery of paintings, which they have a right to expect by the ancient German masters. from a country, which, besides the They are most worthy the attention treasures of its libraries, possesses of the artist and connoisseur; and so many learned men versed in ori- will convince them, we think, that the ental literature; we see in Germany German school merits a much higher works in Sanscrit, and upon the place in the history of art, than has Sanscrit, rapidly succeed each other, hitherto been assigned it. Though the equally distinguished by the merit Messrs. Boisserée's splendid work, the of the execution, and by the im- Cathedral of Cologne, is published portant aid which they afford to- at Paris, we rather mention here the wards the study of this new branch appearance of the second number ; of Oriental Literature. It is owing and have great pleasure in adding, to the enlightened and munificent that the King of Prussia has given protection of His Majesty, the King 100,000 dollars towards the comof Prussia, and the labours of M. pletion of that most splendid monuA. W. Schlegel and Mr. Bopp, that ment of German architecture, aeGermany has for years taken the cording to the original plan. It is lead of all the other continental na- highly probable that the Messrs. tions in the study of the Sanscrit. Boisserie, by their magnificent pubThe latter gentleman has just pub- lication, may have contributed at Kished “ The Journey of Ardjouna least to induce His Majesty to adopt (or Ardschuna) to the Heaven of a resolution so truly worthy of a Indra, in (Sanscrit and German, by German sovereign. We regret that F. Bopp. A Comparative Analysis of the nature of our report does not the Sanscrit, and the Languages con- admit of our doing justice to this nected with it; by ditto; with other great work; but when the whole is Episodes from the Maha-Barata, now published, we may be tempted to first published in the original Lan- dwell upon it at some length; at guage, translated into verse: with present we will merely add, that the Critical Remarks.The third and text throws an entirely new light fourth volumes of Raumer's History on the origin and history of that of the House of Hohenstaufen have species of architecture, of which been some time published; the fifth the Cathedral of Cologne is perhaps and sixth, which will complete the the most glorious specimen; and work, will be ready by the end of that it is indispensable to all archithe year. A Life of the celebrated and tects and others interested in these unfortunate Ferdinand Von Schill, subjects. by J. C. L. Hakem, chiefly com
RUSSIA. piled from inedited MSS., is a high- Inquiries into the History of the ly interesting account of a man who Ancient
Religious, Political, and Liwill long be remembered in the his- terary Civilization of the People of tory of the struggles of the Conti- the interior of Asia ; especially of nent against the yoke of Buona- the Mongols and Tibetans, by Mr. parte. Though the German literati J. J. Schmidt. This work, among continue honourably to distinguish a great number of facts and curious themselves by the publication of use, particulars relative to the history of ful books, in every department, and the two nations above mentioned, by valuable editions of the classics, and to the introduction of the reliwe have not lately met with any gion of Boudha among them, conthing that particularly commands tains also a great number of fanciour attention. We must, however, ful conjectures, and of etymologies "mention the “ Elements of a new which cannot be maintained. Theory of the Formation of the