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went off with great spirit. The Blue This theatre closed for the season on Devils and the Day after the Wedding, Thursday the 16th of July, when an ap- followed with their usual success. propriate address of thanksgiving for A new comedy, in three acts, called the past, and fair promises for the future, Nine Points of the Law, or Possession, was delivered in the usual style by Mr. from the pen of Mr. Jameson, was proFawcett. In comparison with its luck- duced on Saturday evening, and received less and mismanaged rival, this theatre with very general applause. The plot is is generally believed to have closed un as foPows:der the most happy auspices; but we fear those who are behind the curtuin still living in a precarious state of health,

An old miser, Mr. Feeble, supposed to be will not hesitate to confirm us in our po- but in reality“ gone to his account” some sitive belief of the impossibility of a the- months before the commencement of the atre of such magnitude, with such an in- play, has left a will declaring his niece, Aranumerable list of performers of all de- bella Seymour (Miss Matthews) heiress to scriptions, and such a consequent bur- his large property. Crafty (Barnard), forthen of expense, being attended with merly a clerk in his service, having caused real success under any circumstances the funeral to be performed privately, rewhatever.

tains pổssession of the house, and, under “ Mole ruit sua."

pretence of orders from his master, refuses

admission to all his relations, having formed
This lively little theatre opened on a design for acquiring, by means of a forged
Wednesday, the 15th of July, with the will

, the wealth of Feeble for himself. Mrs. celebrated comedy of The Poor Gentle- regrine Chubby (Tokely) relations of Fee

Chubby (Mrs. Davenport) and her son, Pemun, when Miss É. Blanchard (daughter ble, hearing no tidings of their kinsman, arof Mr. Blanchard of Covent-Garden, rive in town for the purpose of ascertaining and who, we believe, had but once before his situation, and of being ready on the spot appeared in public at her father's benefit) in the event of his demise. Arabella Seymade a very successful debut in the cha mour is a governess in the family of Lord racter of Emily Worthington. This Liquorish (Russel), a widower, where she young lady has many claims to public fa- is persecuted with the addresses both of his voar, and we doubt not will one day prove lordship and of his son, the Hon. Mr. Hairherself a valuable acquisition to the thea- brain (Jones). Anxious to escape from their trical world. The natural and not un

solicitations, she writes to her uncle, Feeble, pleasing timidity, which could not but be requesting to be received by him, and sets

off for London by the Gloucester mail. apparent, on Wednesday evening, will This letter is opened by Crafty, who deterdoubtless give way by degrees to the fos- mines on getting her into his power, and by tering encouragement of an approving marrying her, securing the property by a audience; and we have seldom witnessed safer method to himself; he employs an a fair debutante whose exertions were emissary of his (Liston), a gentleman reupon the whole more warmly received duced to a rogue by hard drinking, to meet and encouraged. An easy, graceful, and her at the inn, and bring her to Feebles not undignified manner, an animated house. Lord Liquorish, as soon as he dis

covers Arabella's departure, writes express and expressive countenance, joined with

to Mr. Precise (Terry), a police magistrate a tolerably judicious conception of her

to apprehend and detain the lady on a author, cannot fail to secure to Miss charge to be afterwards explained, and folBlanchard that lasting favour and ap- lows her to London. The Hon. Mr. Hairprobation from the public to which her brain, of course does the same. In the promising talents seem so justly to enti- coach with Arabella arrives Miss Sarah Sytle her. The part of Ollapod was indif- billina Scribble (Mrs. Gibbs), a blue-stockferently sustained by a Mr. J. Russell, ing, who comes to town to superintend the who is, we believe, an old stager new re- publication of her last new novel. Mr. Hairvived. Too much bustle and grimace, brain enters the inn-yard just as Arabella and a want of genuine humour and viva- has engaged a hackney-coach to go to her city, rendered him almost unequal to his let him mount the box with him ; in his im

uncle's house, and bribes the coachman to task. He seems, however, likely to im- patience, he drives off without “ honest Jarprove, and the audience appeared much vis," and contrives to overset the vehicle disposed to applaud and encourage him. close to Feeble's door. Arabella here disThe other characters were judiciously covers him, but, alarmed at his impetuous cast, and ably supported, and the whole behaviour, escapes by another street, have


Theatres - Haymarket, and English Opera. [Aug. 1, ing first made her arrival known to Crafty, not, however, fail to lay them before who follows her, and leaves his door open. our readers in our next number. Meantime, Liston, who had been to the inn The old favourites, Terry, Liston, for the young lady, returns with Mrs. Chub- Jones, and Tokely, with Mrs. Daven. by, whom he had mistaken for Arabella, port, Mrs. Gibbs, and Miss Matthews, who thus gains admission to Feeble's house, and closing the door, refuses admission to


are upon the list of performers for the Crafty on his return from the inetlectual

season, which, though it must be short pursuit of Arabella. Alarmed at this ex

in consequence of the undue encroachclusion, which threatens destruction to all ments of the great theatres, cannot but be his nefarious schemes, he applies to Mr. altogether a successful one. Precise for a warrant to remove Mrs. Chub

ENGLISH OPERA HOUSE. by, whom he represents as a mad woman, This delightful seat of genuine drafrom his house; but is there, on some secret matic entertainment opened on the 20th information possessed by Mr. Precise, him- ultimo, and continues to present novelself detained in custody. Miss Scribble is ties, in which variety is perhaps, the apprehended by the police officer, and brought to the office by mistake for Arabel- most prominent feature. Mrs. Henry la, on the charge made by Lord Liquorish. Kemble and Miss Carew have been peThis gives rise to a very whimsical scene of culiarly successful in their respective deequivoque, the literary lady mistaking the buts; and the plaintive sweetness of myrmidon for a messenger from her print- voice for which the latter is so excellent,

Mrs. Chubby quitting her position on bears a very happy resemblance to that account of some street uproar, in which her of her inimitable model, Miss Stephens. son Peregrine is engaged, Arabella, Mr. She was received with universal approHairbrain, and Lord Liquorish, in succession, enter the mansion of Feeble, from rited well the bursts of applause by

bation by a crowded audience, and mewhence, by a warrant granted on Crafty's representations to apprehend all found within

which her judicious aud effective style, it

, they are all brought to the police of both of singing and acting, was honoured fice, where the denouement takes place: the in her performance of Clara in Sheriknavery of Crafty is exposed; Mr. Hair- dan's unrivalled opera Te Duenna. brain and Arabella, now discovered to be

The Indian Warriors continue to ata great fortune, are united; and Miss tract crowded houses; but this we must Scribble, delighted at acquiring so many attribute more to the novelty of the perhints for the plot of her new novel, is formances than to any pleasing effect quite reconciled to the rubs she has met produced by representations purely nawith.

tional; which, though perhaps justly This production of Mr. Jameson bids descriptive, are yet void of grace, and fair to become a permanent favourite must, we apprehend, cease to attract, with the public. The curtailment of when they are no longer upheld by the some tedious scenes, and the total era- only one feeling which they are calculated sure of certain indecent allusions, which to excite, viz. that of curiosity. were received with the disgust and and the operatic interlude of Doctor

The burletta called the Bull's Head, disapprobation they well deserved, have, we think, finally ensured its suc

Bolus, are among the new productions.
They have been favourably received, but

though uncensurable, they contain little Mr. Warde, an actor of considerable that deserves approbation, and still less merit, appeared, on Friday evening, in that requires comment. We should hail the character of Leon in Rule a Wife with feelings of real satisfaction and deand have a Wife. We regret that our light, a new legitimate opera from the present limits will not allow us to do pen of Bishop, whose talents in this refull justice to his talents (which are of no, spect are so well known, and whose efordinary stamp) by a more minute de. forts have been already duly appreciated tail of his particular merits. We shall by the public.




requires no extraordinary skill in poliTHE Saturnalian season has passed tical augury to foretell that things in the over with less of novelty and confusion ensuing Parliament will go on pretty than might have been expected, or than much in the old course. The bellowers the factious anticipated. Here and there of sedition, indeed, swagger with no some changes have taken place, but it little confidence, and would be courage



Digest of Political Events. ous if they could, because the represen- been far from shewing any alarming tative system of London has undergone symptoms of revolutionary mania. In an alteration favourable to their riews; different parts of the country a noble and the Borough of Southwark, with stand has been made against the empirimarvellous consistency, has rejected a cal pretenders gentleman of approved worth for an ad- that, too, in places where another kind venturer whose only claim to distinction of disposition might have been apprelay in his apostacy. Thus the stream of 'hended. Bristol has set an illustrious metropolitan representation exhibits a example in returning an upright member picture somewhat like an overflowing of who had declined a contest after receivthe Thames when the contents of the ing an uncourteous dismissal from the . fruit shop and stable roll along together, party by whom he was originally supand the latter, in proud exultation at ported, but who, it seems, took it in being seen in such good company, may dudgeon that he should presume to vote be supposed to exclaim

according to his conscience without waitLord how we apples swim! ing for the direction of a junto. At But as a relief from this disgusting spec- Liverpool, also, the decision has been no tacle it is satisfactory to observe, that the less flattering; and thus the two princicity of Westminster has made one ad- pal commercial towns in the kingdom vance to the redemption of its credit by have given an ample refutation of the putting Sir Samuel Romilly at the head hackneyed calumny that government of the poll, and compelling the demo- gains parliamentary majorities solecratic Baronet to win even the second ly from corruption and its influence place by a hard fought struggle, in which over rotten boroughs. More we could every nerve was strained and artifice em- say upon this important subject, but at ployed to ensure a victory that appeared present we have neither room nor leisure doubtful even to the very close of the for the discussion. contest. The triumph, therefore, of the “ Pride of Westminster" is somewhat siinilar to that of the old general, who

Matters are come to an issue between was just saved from defeat and capture this country and the United States, the by an accident in the ranks of the enemy, latter having now completely thrown off and when complimented on the occa

the mask by the seizure of Pensacola, sion he observed, that such another vic which General Jackson took forcible tory would be his ruin. Considering, possession of on the 21st of May. The however, the degraded state to which Americans make a great parade on this this regal city has so long been reduced, act of aggresion, but how far they will we cannot but congratulate the friends have any reason to boast of it, time must of good order and sound prineiples on shew. What effect this event will have the advantage that has been already upon the European powers it is difficult gained, and the assurance which, if pro- to guess ; but the state of things in that perly improved, it holds out of complete part of the world, and the frequent capsuccess in the event of a new election. ture of British vessels by pirates, has at It is evident that the nonsensical jargon last attracted the attention of our goof reform has lost its influence, except

vernment. upon those who are either willing to be The following is a copy of a circular deceived, or who have some covert de- order to our admirals on foreign stations. signs which they dare not openly pro- It will be seen that Spain and her Inclaim, and of whom it may be said, as of surgent Colonies are equally recognised the revolutionists of a former age as competent authorities in this docuThey bawl for Freedom in their senseless inent. This, indeed, distinctly appeared mood,

in the Jamaica trial for piracy. Yet still revolt when Truth would set them June 8, 1818.-Whereas we have free;

received information, that under colour Licence they mean when they cry Liberty, of hostilities subsisting between his CaFor who loves that must first be wise and tholic Majesty and certain provinces, or good.

MILTON. parts of provinces, in Spanish America, But though the dæmon of mis-rule, divers armed ships or vessels, not belongwhose name is Legion, previous to the ing to and fitted out and set forth in the dissolution of Parliament, went over the dominions of his Catholic Majesty, or land disseminating poison through the the said provinces, or parts of provinces, medium of lectures and inflammatory but having, or pretending to have, comtracts, happily the people at large have missions of war or letters of marque

Incidents in London and Middlesex.

(Aug. 1, from his Catholic Majesty, or persons tain such armed ship or vessel, and send assuming to exercise the powers of go- her, together with her master and crew, in vernment in the said provinces, or parts safe custody to England, or to some port of provinces, in Spanish America, have in his Majesty's colonies, where a court committed divers piratical acts and out- is established for the trial of offences rages against the vessels and goods of committed on the high seas; together his Majesty's subjects, you are hereby with such witnesses as may be necessary authorized and required to issue instruc- to prove the act so charged to have been tions to the commanders of the ships committed by such ship or vessel, in and vessels under your orders, on credin order that the master and crew, who ble information of any piratical act or out- may have committed any such piratical rage, committed on the high scas on any act or outrage, may be dealt with accordBritish ship or goods, by any such armed ing to law." ship or vessel as aforesaid, to seize and de


With Biographical Accounts of Distinguished Charucters.

Bulletin of the King's Health. tions, and that another amphitheatre has Windsor Castle, July 4.

been discovered more distant from the city

than the former. “ His Majesty has been very tranquil

A turtle, weighing upwards of 600lbs., through the last month, and continues to

from the Island of Ascension, was sent on enjoy good bodily health, but his Majesty's Friday, July 17, to the Prince Regent. disorder is undiminished.”

The English and Welsh returns to the Thursday, July 23. Dew Parliament, include 123 new members. The accounts circulated last night of the A meeting has been lately held at the Queen's health were somewhat alarming. Crown and Anchor Tavern, on the subject Her Majesty was more weak and seriously of licensing public-houses, when a speech ill the whole of yesterday, for want of re- was made by Mr. Beaumont, inforced by pose, than she has been since the com- several other gentlemen, on the evils arising mencement of her indisposition. The phy- from the monopoly to which the present sicians are constantly in attendance, and system gives rise. A number of resolutions the whole of yesterday there was a conti- were passed, expressing the opinion of the nual intercourse of messengers between meeting, &c. “ since beer might be sold at Kew and Carleton House.

5d. per pot instead of 6d.—and the extra In the evenings the thermometer is gene- charge was considered as equal to a tax of rally at 76 in the metropolis. In the sun 10 per cent. on the labourer's wages." it is upwards of 80_West India heat.

There will be a greater number of petiA commission has just passed the Great tions for undue returns to the next ParliaSeal appointing and authorizing an inquiry ment than for many years past. Among into the best means of preventing the for- other places, Nottingham, Hythe, Petersgery of Bank notes — - the members, Sir field, Grampound, Wootton Bassett, ColJoseph Banks, Sir Wm. Congreve, Wm. chester, Ipswich, and Edinburgh are menCourtney, esq. Davies Gilbert, esq. Jeremiah tioned. Harman, esq. Governor of the Bank, Hyde The present year is the third of a series Wollaston, M.D. and Charles Hatchett, of ten in which the moon will prove most esq-the first sitting took place on Tuesday, beneficial to farmers for reaping, &c. from July 21.

1816 to 1825, inclusive. A previous stateThe road from the Strand to Waterloo ment had travelled over the kingdom, with Bridge will soon be occupied on each side an error in the figures. From 1826 to 1834, with handsome houses quite up to the not 1838, as reported, the moon will be unbridge. Those nearest to it will be erected propitious. upon arches, which, on the west side, are A Society has been formed in London for now nearly completed.

promoting the enlargement and building of It will be satisfactory to a respectable additional churches and chapels. The body of British merchants to learn that the amount of donations already received is apsufferers by certain confiscations of mer- proaching to 50,0001., with about 3801. in chandize at Bourdeaux, in the year 1814, annual subscriptions. are to be indemnified to the amount of It appears from official accounts that there 400,0001. in virtue of an agreement that has has been an increase of the revenue in the been lately signed by the agents of the re- year ending July 5, 1818, (under the heads spective governments.

of Customs, Excise, Stamps, Post Office, Accounts recently received from Pompeii Assessed Taxes, Land Taxes, and Miscelreport the successful progress of the excava- laneous Items,) compared with the year

1818.) Promotions, Appointments, and Ecclesiastical Preferments. 79 ending July 5, 1817, of 3,046,6691.--and on At his house in Gloucester place, Portthe quarter an increase of 1,120,6451.! man square, the lady of W. G. Johnston,

A mis-statement has appeared in most of esq. of a son. the newspapers with respect to the circula În Park lane, the Hon Lady Bethell Codtion of Bank tokens. As the time the act of rington, of a daughter. last session for continuing the payment of Married.] His Royal Highness the Bank tokens till the 5th of July was passed, Duke of Clarence, to the Princess Adelaide a power was reserved of repealing it during of Meiningen. the session. An act was subsequently pass R. V. Richards, esq. of the Inner Temple, ed to continue the operation of the former to Jane, only daughter of M. Chalie, esq. act till the 5th of January, 1819; they may

of Walworth common. therefore be received in payment for almost Rob. Hope, M.D. and F.L.S. to Mrs. all purposes till that time.

Davies, of Upper Cadogan place. A new source of trade to the West Indies The Rev. D. Lewis, to Miss H. Warwick, has recently been opened, by the invention of both of Twickenham. a mill for carding

and cleaning old blankets, Lord James Stuart, brother to the Marhowever dirty and ragged, producing there- quis of Bute, to Miss Tighe, only daughter by a comfortable stuffing for bed-tickings, of the late W. T. esq. of Woodstock, Kilfor the use of the Negroes. Thus an article kenny. which has hitherto been considered as of S. Phillips, esq. son of the late B. P. esq. trivial value will now produce from 6d. to 8d. of St. Mary Axe, to Maria, eldest daughter per pound of the collectors who perambulate of L. Samuel, esq. of Mansell St. Goodthe streets.

man's Fields. The military prison in the Savoy is about Solomon, eldest son of S. Peele, esq. of to be taken down, and a new one erected for Tottenham Green, to Anne, second daughthe reception of deserters in the Bird Cage ter of Dr. Wm. Babington, of AldermanWalk. Until the building is completed, a bury; and at the same time, T. Hanson, sesloop of war is to be moored off Whitehall cond son of S. Peele, esq. to E. Helen, eldest stairs, for the safe custody of the prisoners. daughter of Dr. Babington,

Among other decorative repairs in the On the 8th of June, at the residence of House of Commons, a new stair-case Sir Wm. Acourt, bart. Envoy Extraordinary leading from the upper lobby to the gallery at the Court of Naples, C. H. Smith, esq. has been recently constructed. An addi- naval officer, of Malta Yard, to Miss M. tional small door has been opened in the Gerrans, niece of J. B. Murphy, esq. of Burcentre of the gallery, for the accommodation ton Crescent. of those who report the debates. These im Mr. T. R. Alston, of Bishopsgate street, to provements will give greater facility in clear- Eliza, eldest daughter of J. G. Šaggers, esq. ing the gallery, on divisions, and to the of Crosby square. strangers in returning to their places.

Mr. James Finch, to Sarah, eldest daughPromotions and Appointments.] CHAS. ter of Mr. Thos. Baker, of Market street, Dawson, esq. to be consul for the Provinces Horse Ferry road. of Biscay and Guipuscoa.

W. Roffey, esq. of Mead place, Lambeth, Rear Admiral Donald CAMPBELL, to to Miss Lackin, of Rochester, Kent. succeed Rear Admiral Harvey, as Com H. Weston, esq. eldest son of W. W. esq. mander-in-chief of the Leeward Islands. both of the Borough bank, to Elizabeth,

Rcclesiastical Preferments.) Hon. and eldest daughter of R. Kirby, esq. of KenRev. John Neville, A.M. of C.C. College, nington Green. Oxford, to be one of the chaplajas in ordina A. C. Willock, esq. of the Horse Artillery, ry to the Prince Regent.

to Miss Dawes, of Foley place. The Rev. J. S, SERGROVE, L.L.B. of The Rev. Edw. Vardon, to the eldest Emanuel college, Cambridge, and Sunday daughter of Mr. Henry Gaitskell

. Evening Lecturer of St. Margaret, &c. J. Henderson, esq. of Ludgate Hill, to Rood Lane, to the rectory of Cooling, in Miss L. Selsbe, of Walworth. Kent.

W. T. Brande, esq. of Albemarle street, Births.] In Carey street, Lincoln's inn, secretary to the Royal Society and prothe lady of David Pollock, of the Middle fessor of chemistry to the Royal Institution, Temple, esq. Barrister at Law, of a daugh- to Anna Frederica, second daughter of

Charles Hatchett, esq. of Mount Clare, The lady of G. Trower, esq. Montague Surrey. place, Russel square, of a daughter.

R. Stratton, esq. surgeon in the army, to In Upper Seymour street, Viscountess Miss Lincoln, of Upper Seymour street, Torriagton, of a son.

Portman square. The lady of Thos. Briggs, esq. Essex Archibald Ewart, esq. surgeon on the street, of a son.

Madras establishment, to Miss A. Scott, of The Hog. Mrs. P. Pleydell Bouverie, of Pall Mall. a daughter.

Died.] At the house of John Hodgson, The lady of John Winter, jun. esq. of esq. in Red Lion square, Sarah Maria, wife Hunter street, Brunswick square, of a daugh- of the Rev. R. Worthington, of Swindort,

near Cheltenham.


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