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As our Doncaster Correspondent desired that we would acknowledge his commu. nication, we hereby do so ; and farther inform him, that we had not sauntered far before we discerned, through the disguise, a cloven foot: for, as the song says,
" All the little Clarks
Were markid;" &c. This self puffing candidate for employment is desired to take notice, that the different departments of our work are already occupied; and that his inestimable ser. vices are free to any publication that may stand in need of them. Neither tie Proprie!or por the Conductors of the European Magazine are partial to het water, or will submit to act as gall-ducts to any self-dubbed Aristarchus.
Lens, or the Silver Ega, is by no means a bad idea : whether we shall adopt it, will be seen at some future period. How our ingenious Correspondent, LITTLE Thumb, could suppose that there was any political, financial, or fiscal allusiou, in MOTHER Geose, it has puzzled our sagacity to conjecture. We do not, as he says, believe this fascinating piece to be “a barrel thrown out to the whale;" because, however it may sound, it has never yet proved an empty vessel.
We can only hint to Ir. J., that 100 nany of " the Miseries of Human Life" have already come professionally under our iuspectio
The Exopiad, a Poem, shall be reviewed in our next.
The poeru by the late Sir William Jones is very beautiful; if it has not been printed, we will most readily insert it.
We are obliged to 7. B. for his communication, but cannot insert it; because it is rather a delicate thing to observe upon Parry, or to reflect apon. 'TribuNÅLS.
Our Correspondent P. 0. would do well to consider the space to which we are limited with respect to our Review Articles. We have already reduced our quotation type. We are obliged to him for his compliment; but it can have no effect on our judgment of the work to which he alludes.
The Rev. Mr. Mercier's defence of the Swiss came too late for this month.
We are obliged to Z. for his kind hint; but a print of the late celebrated Jobp Opic, Esq., R.9., with a Memoir, has already appeared in the European Magazine for October, 1798, Vol. XXXII.
The other favours which we have lately received are under consideration..
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EUROPEAN MAGAZINE, ,
FOR APRIL 1807.
MEMOIR OF MISS POPE.
(WITH A PORTRAIT.] " Nathing, though ever so barren, if within the bounds of natura, could be eat in her llands; she gave many heightening touches to characters, but coldiy written."
THIS is an extract from the cha
mureness in the Fair Quaker of DEAL.
deservedly celebrated in her day for the teristic assumption of " Cheaside pertperformance of a cast of parts; many ness and Whitechapel pride,” in tbe reof them similar to those for which the presentation of Miss STERLIG; and lady, whose portrait is the precursor of have not lost sight of the iu riguing this short meinoir, is so extremely crui- archness of her Larret: nor the adinioopt.
rable contrast which she exhibied in In contemplating the subject which Nell. In fact, we may repeat in the now engages our attention, we find a words of our motto, that “ Nothing peculiar pleasure, because it recals the within the bounds of nature and teuth images and ideas of our juvenile days, can be flat in her hands." Of 1bis, and presents to our view the resem another instance strikes us in her ie. blance of an actress, who, froin the presentation of Mrs. Candour, which, time that we first saw her personate ihough short, is one of that species of Miss Dolly Snip*, Pour Flores. parts in which, Cibber says, there is as COMBE+, and the Musical Lady, to much skill to be shown as in the most that of her latest representation, has voluminous; and respecting which we heen as much our favourite, as she must recur to the manner in which she has been the favourite of the public. spoke, and the look that accompanied
To this hour we can remeinber ber these words :exultation at the idea of her being a fine lady, and
“ Pour dear Girl! who knows what ber
situation may be?" Wearing a little cap, or no cap. at all."
To take tbe wbole range of the parts Her mode of summoning the female performed by Miss Pope within the band
space to which we are confined, wonld, " I'll be your leader, General Honeycombe.” wore it necessary, be ic:possible. To Jer ridiculous distress when unharmo.
characterize her acting is, perhaps, less pized by the discovery, that instead of difficult; because it is, as we have albaving been led to the altar by Signior ready observed, a superstructure of Masqnelli, she had united berself to truth founded upon the basis of naplain GEORGE Mask. We have neither ture; and consequently to the audience forgotten her Corinna, when she discriminates itself. ropped into our good graces, nor the
Of her acting it is to be further rcside-iong glance which she daried at marked, that the outlines of the poet (apt. Worihy, when she charmed us are filled up with the greatest judgwith the struggle betwixt love and de- ment, and heightened by the most fas
cinating touches of genuine humour; * lu Harlequin's Invasion, performed 1759. or, where the scene requires it, of exi la Polly Honeycombe, performed 1700. quisite sensibility: so that she intro
16 She was,
duces upon the stage an inexhaustible subject of this niemoir, passed over the variety : you never see the fulsonne af- fiery ordeal of the stage like pure gold fectation of ABIGAIL*, the quality bind through the furnace, without the smalling of Kirtyt, the purse proud bois- est diminution of its value. terous insolence of II EIDELBERG #, nor Miss Pope was born in Russel Street, the distinguishing traits of any of her Covent Garden, where her father seother characters, intermingled: she has, sided inany years, and whence she only indeed, too much real genius ever to removed to Great Queen Street ; so that appear in the smallest degree a man she seems to have been through life as nerist.
stationary in her dwellings, as in her If we racur to that great master of attachment to ONE THEATRE. Her drahis art, Coley Cibber, and contemplate matic life commenced in the earliest pe. the highly a nished picture of Mrs. Mon- riod of her youth. She may with pro. fort, which be has delineated, we shall priety be terined a daughter of the find a very considerable similarity be- Comic Musc. twixt the professional character of Miss It was not owing to any idca so ab. Pope, and the description of his fa- surd, as the infantile taste which we vourite, as it flows in his page. have lately seen possess the town; but,
says the Laureat, most probably, from a wish to erect fond of humour, in what low part so a kind of nursery for dramatic genius, erer to be fowd, that she would inake that induced Garrick to collect a juveno ser.pl: of defacing her fair form to nile company, and to have some of his come leadily into it. For, when she pieces performed by them. was eminent in several desirable cha Miss Pope, even when a child, ap. racters of wit and humour in higher peared to the sagacious Manager one life, she would be in as much fancy, of the most promising candidates for when descending to the antiquated Abi- theatric fame: to her, therefore, he gail of Fletcher, as when triumphing trusted some of the capital parts; she', man iheairs and graces of a tine lady.' in consequence, performed the fine lady
Though this is, as he observes, a in Litur, then a favourite part of Mrs. species of excellence that few actresses Clive's, also Miss in her Teens, and care for, it is certainly one of very con from her professional skill in thriding silerable magnitude; for, divested of the fantastic mazes of the dance, shone il, we have seen Dorcas endeavour to with distinguished lastre among the 0:t-bloom Sau.x|l; Ursula attempt to fairy group of LILLIPUT. appear handsomer than Lɛoyora**, and She also contributed her magic powers many other instances in which cha to the aid of the enchantress in the sacteristic propriety was sacrificed to ORACIE. vanity..
The first regular appearance of Miss While we feel ourselves under the Pope as an actress, was in the character influence of the gacorihes quotandi, wc of CORIVA, in that truly pleasant shall request the railer's indulgc.ice to Comedy of Vanbrugh, “The Confederaallow us to extract a few more words cy," September 27, 1759, when she was from thesame author respecting anoiher received with universal applause. actress, as in a particular point of view “ On the second night of her per. they apply to Niss l'ope, and with them forming the character, lrs. Clive called we shall conclude our exordiuin.
her into the Green Room before she " Mrs. Bracegirdle was now just went upon the stage, and said to her, blooming to her naturity; licr reputa “ My dear Pope," (which was a very tjon as an actress gradually rising with tender appellation in come from that that of her person.
Never was any lady, "you played particularly well on woman in such general favour with her Saturday night as a vonng actress; now spectators, which she constantly inain- take froin me a piece of advice, v bich tained by not being inattentive to her I would brave every beginner attend to; private character.'
you acted with great and deserved apThis, like that of the lady who is the probatioti, but to-night you must ese
deavour to act better, and expect to Drumner.
receive inse applause ; for, if you let + High Life below Stairs.
your young heart be too sanguine, and Clandestine Marriage.
rest on the caprice of public coininenScornfu: Lady. Thomas and Sally,
dation or praise, you will find yourself ** Padlock.
disappointed; you will foolishly let it