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there were certain points of humour, where he || more favour than we could earn; but when the thought it likely he might fail, and in this case prologue came to touch upon the Major, and his failure, like his name, would be more con- told his countrymen in the galleries, that spicuous than Moody's. In short, Moody would
"His heart can never trip " take pains; it might make him, it might mar || they, honest souls, who had liitherto been treated the other; so Moody had it, and succeeded to with little else but stage tricks and cuffs for their our utmost wishes. Mr. King, ever justly a fa entertainment, sent up such a hearty crack, as vourite with the public, took the part of Belcour, | plainly told us we had not indeed little cherubs, and Mrs. Abingdon, with some few salvos on the but lusty champions, who sate up aloft. score of condescension, played Charlotte Rusport, Of the subsequent success of this lucky co. and though she would not allow it to be any thing medy there is no occasion for me to speak; eight but a sketch, yet she made a character of it by and twenty successive nights it went without the her inimitable acting.
buttress of an afterpiece, which was not then The production of a new play was in those | the practice of attaching to a new play. Such! days an event of much greater attraction than was the good fortune of an author, who hapfrom its frequency it is now become, so that the pened to strike upon a popular and taking plan, house was taken to the back rows of the front for certainly the moral of the West Indian is boxes for several nights in succession before that not quite unexceptionable, neither is the diaof its representation ; yet in this interval I of logue above the level of others of the same aufered to give its produce to Garrick for a picture, thor, which have been much less favoured. that hung over his chimney-piece in Southamp The snarlers snapped at it, but they never set ton-street, and was only a copy from a Holy Fa.
their teeth in the right place; I don't think I mily of Andreo del Sarto: he would have closed am very vain when I say that I could have with me upon the bargain, but that the picture taught them better. Garrick was extremely had been a present to him from Lord Baltimore. kind, and threw his shield before me more than My expectations did not run very high when I | once, as the St. James's evening paper could made this offer.
have witnessed. My property in the piece was A rumour had gone about, that the character, reserved for me with the greatest exactness; the which gave its title to the comedy, was satirical; charge of the house upon the author's nights was of course the gentlemen, who came under that then only sixty pounds, and when Mr. Evans description, went down to the theatre in great | the Treasurer came to my house in Queen Annstrength, very naturally disposed to chastise the street, in a hackney coach, with a huge bag of author for his malignity, and their phalanx was money, he spread it all in gold upon my table, not a little formidable. Mrs. Cumberland and I and seemed to contemplate it with a kind of sate with Mr. and Mrs. Garrick in their private || ecstacy, that was extremely droll; and when I box. When the prologue-speaker had gone the tendered him his customary fee, he perempto. length of the four first lines the tumult was ex- || rily refused it, saying he had never paid an aucessive, and the interruption held so long, that thor so much before, I had fairly earnt it, and it seemed doubtful, if the prologue would be he would not lessen it a single shilling, not ever suffered to proceed. Garrick was much agitated; | his coach-hire, and in that humour he departed. he observed to me that the appearance of the He had no sooner left the room than one entered house, particularly in the pit, was more hostile | it, who was not quite so scrupulous, but quite than he had ever seen it. It so happened that I | as welcome; my beloved wife took twenty guidid not at the moment feel the danger, which neas from the hear, and instantly bestowed them he seemel-to apprehend, and remarked to him, ll on the faithful servant who had attended on that the very first word, which discovered Bel- our children; a tribute justly due to her un. cour's character to be friendly, would turn the wearied diligence and exemplary conduct. clainour for us, and so far I regarded the impe-|| I sold the copy-right to Griffin, in Catherinetursity of the audience as a symptom in our fa stre:t, for 1501. and if he told the truth, when vour. Whilst this was passing between us, order he boasted of having vended 12,000 copies, he was loudly issued for the prologue to begin again, I did not make a bad bargain; and if he made a and in the delivery of a few lines more than they good one, which it is pretty clear he did, it is had already heard, they seemned reconciled to not quite so clear that he deserved it: he was a wait the developement of a character, from which sorry fellow. they were told to expect
I paid respectful attention to all the floating “Some emanations of a noble mind."
criticisms that came within my reach, but I Their acquiescence, however, was not set off || found no opportunities of profiting by their rewith much applause; it was a suspicious truce, | marks, and very little cause to complain of a sullen kind of civility, that did not promise their personalities; in short I had more praise
than I merited, and less cavilling than I expected. || any rule laid down by classical authority in the One morning when I called upon Mr. Garrick, I || case alluded to, I had done it inadvertently, for I found him with the St. James's evening paper in really did not know where any such rule was to his hand, which he began to read with a voice and be found. action of surprise, most admirably counterfeited, “What did Aristotle say?-Were there no as if he had discovered a mine under my feet, Il rules laid down by him for comedy?” None and a train to blow me up to destruction that I knew; Aristotle referred to the Margites “ Here, here," he cried, “if your skin is less I and Ilias Minor as models, but that was no rule, thick than a rhinoceros's hide, egad, here is that and the models being lost, we had neither prewill cut you to the bone. This is a terrible cept nor example to instruct us. “ Were there fellow; I wonder who it can be.”—He began to any precedents in the Greek or Roman drama, sing out his libel in a high declamatory tone, which could justify the measure?" -To this I with a most comic countenance, and pausing at replied that no precedent could justify the meathe end of the first sentence, which seemed to sure in my opinion, which his Lordship's better favour his contrivance for a little ingenious cor judgment had condemned; being possessed of menting, when he found he had hooked me, he that I should offend no more, but as my error laid down the paper, and began to comment on was committed when I had no such advice to the cruelty of newspapers, and moan over me guide me, I did recollect that Aristophanes did with a deal of malicious fun and good humour. not scruple to resort to listening, and drawing “ Confound these fellows, they spare nobody. conclusions from what was overheard, when a I dare say this is Bickerstaff again; but you don't man rambled and talked broken sentences in his mind him; no, no, I see you don't mind him; bed asleep and dreaming; and as for the Roman a little galled, but not much hurt; you may stage, if any thing could apologise for the Mastop his mouth with a golden gag, but we'll see jor's screen, I conceived there were screens in how he goes on."--He then resuined his reading, | plenty upon that, which forined separate streets cheering me all the way as it began to soften, till | and entrances, which concealed the actors from winding up in the most profest panegyric, of each other, and gave occasion to a great deal of which he was himself the writer, I found my | listening and over-hearing in their comedy. friend had had his joke, and I had enjoyed his “ But this occurs," said Lord Lyttelton, “from praise, seasoned and set off, in his inimitable the construction of the scene, not from the conmanner, which to be comprehended must have trivance and intent of the character, as in your been seen.
case; and when such an expedient is resorted to It was the remark of Lord Lyttelton upon this by an officer, like your Major, it is discreditable comedy, when speaking of it to me one evening and unbecoming of him as a man of honour." at Mrs. Montagu's, that had it not been for the This was decisive, and I made no longer any incident of O'Flaherty's hiding himself behind struggle. What my predecessors in the drama, the screen, when he overhears the lawyer's soli who had been dealers in screens, closets and keyloqay, he should have pronounced it a faultless holes, for a century past, would have said to coinposition. This Aattery his lordship surely this doctrine of the noble critic, I don't pretend added against the conviction of his better judg- to guess : it would have made sad havoc with ment, merely as a sweetener to qualify his criti many of them, and cut deep into their procism, and by so doing convinced me that he sus. perty; as for me, I had so weak a cause, and pected ine of being less amenable to fair correc so strong a majority against me, (for every lady tion ihan I really am and ever have been. But in the room denounced listeners,) that all I could be this as it may, a criticism froin Lord Lyttel do was to insert, without loss of time, a few words ton must always be worth recording, and this es. ll of palliation into the Major's part, by making pecially, as it not only applies to my comedy in him say, upon resorting to his hiding place particular, but is general to all.
I'll step behind the screen and listen ; a good sola “I consider listening,” said he, “ as a resource dier must sometimes fight in ambush as well as in never to be allowed in any pure drama, nor the open field. ought any good author to make use of it.” This I now leave this criticism to the consideration position being laid down by authority so high, ll of those ingenious mien, who may in future culo and audibly delivered, drew the attention of the tivate the stage; I could name one now living, company assembled for conversation, and all were who has made such happy use of his screen in a silent. “It is, in fact,” he added, “ a violation of comedy of the very first merit, that if Aristotle those rules which original authorities have esta himself had written a whole chapter professedly blished for the constitution of the comic drama." || against screens, and Jerry Collier had edited it After all due acknowledgments for the favour of | with notes and illustrations, I would not have his remark, I replied that if I had trespassed against placed Lady Teazle out of ear-shot to have saved
their ears from the pillory : but if either of these convey no fame, and do not elevate him one worthies could have pointed out an expedient to inch above the keeper of the beasts in the Tower, have Joseph Surface off the stage, pending that who puts his pole between the bars, to make the scene, with any reasonable conformity to nature, | lion roar. In short, it is much better, more justhey would have done more good to the drama tifiable, and infinitely more charitable, to write than either of them have done harm; and that nonsense, and set it to good music, than to is saying a great deal.
write ribaldry, and impose it on good actors. There never have been any statute laws for But of this, more fully and explicitly hereafter, comedy; there never can be any : it is only re- when committing myself and my works to the ferable to the unwritten law of the heart, and judgment of posterity, I shall take leave of my that is nature; now, though the natural child is contemporaries, and with every parting wish for illegitimate, the natural comedy is, according to their posterity, shall bequeath to them honestly, my conception of it, what in other words we and without reserve, all that my observation and denominate the legitimate coinedy. If it repre-long experience can suggest for their edification sents inen and women as they are, it pictures | and advantage. nature; if it makes monsters, it goes out of na. However, before I quite bid farewell to The
ture. It has a right to command the aid of West Indian, I must mention a criticism, which . spectacl-s, as far as spectacles is properly inci- || 1 picked up in Rotten row, from Nugent, Lord
dental to it, but if it makes its serving maid its Clare, not ex cathedrú, but from the saddle on mistress, it becomes a puppet show, and its | an casy trot. His Lordship was contented with actors ought to speak through a comb b hind the the plea in general, but he could not relish the scenes, and never shew their foolish faces on the five wives of O'Flaheriy; they were four too stage. If the author conceive himself at liberty many for an honest man, and the over-abunto send his characters on and off the stage ex-dance of them hurt his Lordship's feelings; I actly as he pleases, and thrusts them into gen thought I could not have a better criterion for tlemen's houses and private chambers, as if they the feelings of other people, and desired Moody could walk into them as easily as they can walk to manage the matter as well as he could; he through the side scenes, he does not know his pui in the qualifier of en militaire, and his five business ; if he gives you the interior of a man wives brought him into no further trouble; all of fashion's family, and does not speak the lan-but one were left-handed, and he had German guage, or reflect the manners of a well-bred per I practice for his plea. Upon the whole, I must son, he undertakes to describe company he has take the world's word for the merit of The West never been admitted to, and is an impostor: if Indian, and thankfully suppose, that what they he cannot exhibit a distressed gentleman on the best liked, was in fact best to be liked. scene without a bailiff at his heels to arrest him, Aliitle straw will serve to light a great fire, nor reform a dissipated lady without a spunging- and after the acting of The West Indian, I would house to read his lectures in, I am sorry for his say, if the comparison was not too presumptudearth of fancy, and lament his want of taste : iflous, I was almost the Master Betty of the time; he cannot get his Pegasus past Newgate, with but as I dare say that young gentleman is even out restively stopping like a post horse at the now too old and too wise to be spoilt by popuend of his stage, it is a pity he has taught hiinlarity, so was I then not quite boy enough to such unhandsome customs; if he permits the be tickled by it, and not quite fool enough to actor, whom he deputes to personate the rake confide in it. In short, I took the same course of the day, to copy the dress, air, attitude, then which he is taking now; as he keeps on straddle and outrageous indecorum of those ca- lacting part after part, so did I persist in writing ricatures in our print-shops, which keep no ll play after play; and this, if I am not mistaken, terms with nature, he courts the galleries at the is the surest course we either of us could take of expence of decency, and degrades himself, his running through our period of popularity, and of actor, and the stage, to catch those plaudits that I finding our true level at the conclusion of it.
MRS. BENNET'S “ VICISSITUDES ABROAD."
The following Extract is from a Novel published last month, by Mrs. Bennet, the celebrated Authoress of the Beggar Girl, the Welsh Heiress, &c. &c. This Extract forms a part of the History of a Young Lady of great rank and expectations, who has been seduced from her family, and married by an adventurer who assumes the name of St. Herman. Our Readers are introduced into the middle of the story, but it will be found suificiently intelligible and connected. After relating the circumstances of her marriage, the maledictions of her father, and her own compunctions, she proceeds as follows.
One morning, after a week's absence, when I || while my eyes, though scorched with anguish, was preparing for my confinement, St. Herman | were dry. entered my apartment in the utmost disorder, Necessaries were wanting in my little family. and insisted on my writing to my friends at With visible reluctance she asked me for money. Paris, to solicit a remittance.
My purse was empty. This was a measure I declared the deepest in is- || When my husband's absence had continued fortune should not force me to adopt.
several days, the good creature, having expend. He persisted to urge, declaring, without this led all her own little stock, asked what was to resource, he was undone.
| be done. I doubted not bis embarrassments; they were
I had pondered over misery in almost all concomitant to his avocations ; but sparing re.
shapes; but actual poverty was so new, so unproaches, which I had reasons enough to know
expected an evil, that it not only left my mind would irritate without reforming, I merely hinted
without resource, but covered me with confusion. at the sentiments of the family.
I clasped my boy in my arms.-" Oh, my faHow was I acquainted with them? Had I ther!” I cried_" is the malediction already falldared to correspond with them clandestinely, as | ing on the head of this innocent !" I had with him?
St. llerman at that moment entered. His saSo cruel a reproach dispensed with all deli- |
Jutation was polite, but cold. He expressed cacy: I mentioned Julia's letter.
some concern at my altered looks; and taking his He insisted on seeing it. I repented going so
son in his arms, almost smothered him with far, and wished to avoid further vexing an angry
kisses. A mother cly can conceive what I felt. spirit; but in vain; he would read the letter
We neither of us spoke. himself.
When finished, he laid it down before me. # He sent for our landlord, and in the insinuating He saw nothing to prevent my asking assistance
o assistincell way he well could assume, paid all arrears, with for myself.
an apology for not doing it sooner; then, laying I firmly refused; but if indeed his affairs were a pocket-book on the table before me, said it so very desperate, the jewels
contained sufficient for every thing I could at “ It is vain to deceive you, Henrietta,” said
present want. he; “ they are irretrievably gone; and unless He had still the child in his arms. The nurse I can raise a sun of money within this month, || waited with her eyes fixed on hin, fearing, as she I must not appear but where only I shall meet afterwards said, all this was a prelude to some better fortune. You may have a return before thing very bad. that period; therefore,” putting the inkstand be. He soon after gave the child to her, and say. fore me, “ write!”
ing he would request some serious conversation The scene that ensued beggars description. with me after dinner, walked out. As I was not to be moved, my remonstrances W I thought I perceived a smothered sigh; and, provoked invectives. The mask dropped; it affected by his caresses of our child, I endeavourwas not the anger and disappointment of a gen ed to be collected against the serious conversa. tleman; it was the horrid expletives of a ruffiantion I was bid to expect. that assailed me. But that spirit which might After fortifying himself with more wine than have been subdued by tenderness, rose superior || he was in the habit of drinking at home, he to brutality. He swore to leave me and my brai || asked if I were desirous of knowing his real histo starve, and Aung out with this menace. tory, and without waiting a reply, began.
The tears of my son's nurse, whom I had re. “I am an Irishman by birth; iny father is a man mined after he was weaned, dropped on his face; ll of some rank and fortune, to which I should have been heir; but he has disinherited me, and per- || in possession of the large fortune there was little haps he did right.”
doubt of your inheriting on a petition to the I gasped for breath. He proceeded.
English Government, backed by the interest of “ I found it necessary to leave my country, my quondam cousin; and this I learned from two and change my name.”
Scotch Noblemen, one of whom seemed struck “ Gracious God! St. Herman then " too, who said there was not a doubt but, though " Is not my real name."
your father could not prevail for himself, if his My soul was in tumulis. " Monster!” Il heiress had interest, the estates would be restored cried in a voice half choked with astonishment to her. My cousin, who I am afraid grew a little and indignation, “then I am not a wife, and my tired of her relation, preferred this project to that child is
of old Burzet. She furnished the needful, and “ As you please yourself to consider it," he here we are." answered with a stll unmoved countenance - Every sentiment of tenderness and esteem “ You remember we were twice married. You thus outraged, you will not wonder that I sat are so much a child of na:ure yourself, that it || petrified. He drank a bumper of wine, and would not be easy to ni ke yoû comprehend how went on. it could be manager without your participation; “I brought credentials that would have given but this, note dinun for your own and your son's me, with such claims, any other forfeited estates
ake: there are a vister and certificate, that, I in the kingdom; but although it would have been when necessary, will prore our marriage in my
a foolish business to object asking what your legal name.”
father was refused for himself, and would not reNever was astonishment equal to mine; well sign to me, I suspected you would be that foo!; it might he triumph over my childish inexperience. | was therefore wise to prevent your exposing yourI knew not so much as the church where the 1) self. There is a stubborn, selfish fellow, your ceremony was performed. I now recollected he father's brother, whom the English Minsters had on some pretence, kept the blinds of the like; bu: my cousin dare not give me upcarriage drawn up, and that we rode a long way; // so the estate will be mine, or rather perhaps but it was in vain that I inplored and adjured your's.” him to put it in iny own immedia:e power to “Ah, my dear father!" I exclaimed. prove the legitimacy of his son. He sternly bade “ He deserves nothing from me,” said he, with me not interrupt him; and while I sat drowned | a provoking nonchalance. in tears, and suffocated with resentment, pro “From thee !” cried I with agony. ceede:
“Don't be in heroics, child," he continued. “I repaired to Paris. There are two ways be. “I have very little more to say; I have given you fore a man who enters life--perseverance in what the worst of myself, to save your friends a they call virtue, which is troublesome-and great deal of trouble. You are a good sort of plunging into pleasure, which is agreeable. I quiet little body, too good for me; and there may chose the latter.”
be those who think me a fine handsonie fellow, “Ah, my poor husband !" I exclaimed. He too good for you. I shall take all the care of you regarded me not.
I can, till you have your estate, when, as it is but « The women spoiled me; and I was fortunate || right, I shall take care of myself. It has been a at the gaming-table. The scoundrel Du B. drain cursed long while about; but my agent is so sure ed his sister-in-law for the benefit of a set of us, of success, that instead of asking for money, as among whom, in spite of ill fortune, he would usual, from me, he is anxious to be my banker; assort. My plan was a deeper one than simply to and as this,” laying his hand on the pocket-book, win his money. I challenged a fellow who af “ is partly your ow.., 1 heartily wish you joy." fronted him, and wlio I knew would not fight, It would be in vain, were I to attempt an exand he introduced me to the favourite as his re | act description of St. Herman's manner through lation. I happened to possess agrémens rather the whole of this long torture of my feelings and more creditable than the Countess had usually patience. He proposed remaining with me; found in her husband's family.
but as I peremptorily declined occupying the same “She patronized and procured me a commis- / apartinent, he sent for a coach, and again de parted. sion in the Guarde du Corps; but I had enemies, The moment he was gone, my high spirit evawhose impertinent whispers threatened to make porared. I was seized with successive faintings, certain discoveries. i was besides decply in deht. and continued several days in the most dangerous My good fortune at the gaming table forsook me; state of nervous debility; nor can I to this moand I was on the point of marrying old Madara ment account for that renovated sirength that at Burzet, and her half a million, when I was struck last restored me to a comparative degree of health, with the project of returning to my own country, || St. Herman's interest in my heart certainly de