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ary, he received a copy of Philips' tragedy hero. Whether it was that Distrest Mother; and our Freuch pu. “ Young Master's" auditors did vot pil, by way of coup d'essai, prepared to melt into tears at the “ wyllables of & counterfeit the deep tragedian," in doloor" which fell from him as he the part of Phoenix. Mr. Elliston was painted the disi resses of Jather, and the the Pyrrhus, and the whole perforina despair of Romeo, or that bis admiance went off with much eclat. “ Our ration of the inimitable Parsons, whom bero, upon whom Melpomene had not he saw perforin about this time, estran. bestowed her choicest favours, still ac- ged hini from the bustin, we cannot dequitted himself with tolerabie credit, termine. and, but for the decorateur of the even- From this period, howrver, he re ing, who had adorned bis side with a solved to pay his court to the Comic toledo of more than ordinary lengih, Muse. The oli men seemed to oce which sordewbat embarrassed his action, copy his most particular attention ; he would probably have enjoyed a more and with a view to the public efforts ample share of the pofi's which the au- which he now meant seriously to make, dience, as a token of respect no doubt he prerired a collection of wigs, which, to the congenial spot over which they for rand variery, from the proud were collected, very liberaliv rewarded fell votion: down to the humble scratch, the exertions of the young tragedians." was thought to outvie evcu Suett's ce. It is often curious to trace the history of lebrated stock, that, to the unutterable public characters to its origin; and it is grief of every virtuoso and collector of not a little remarkable, that two young sinilar curiosities were said to be burnt persons, who for their own amusement with the Birmingham theatre in 1792." had acted together in a smali room over In September 1793, he appeared on a pastry.cook's shop, should und them- the Richmond stage in the opposite selves after a separation of fifteen years, characters of Richmond aud Bowkitt. the tragic and comic heroes of the Thea- In March 1794, he played ibe former tre royal in the Haymarket, enjoying the character, and Old Doiley, at Cautere highest honours of the profession, and bury, and inmediately afterwards en. followed by the most genuine applause gaged with one of those theatrical of the public. But before we bring our criinps who come over occasioually to hero to this point of elevation, we must kidnap our youtbful spouters for the accompany him through the humble Dublin theaire, deluding them with gradations which led to it. He had promises they never

trean shall be not yet witnessed the representation of fuifilled, and bolding out to them hopes a play at ibe theatre; a place which his they are pre determined to disappoint. faiher, from religious motives, was not With the expectalion that all ibeflata in the habit of encouraging One even. tering representations that had been iog, bowever, in the year 1799, he paid made bim would be fully realized on his a stolen visit to Covent-garden, when arrival in Dublin, Mathews embarked the Orphan and the farce of Retaliation for that city He was engaged to play were to be presented. The effect the the principal characters in low comedy, performance bad on bis mind decided and made his appearance in Jacob his future desting. The stage now en. Garky and lingo, on the 191h of June, tirely occupied his thoughis; for this 1794, for the benefit of the celebrated "all causes must give way;" trade Mrs. Wells, the original Cowslip. He became his fixed autipathy, and, in- was very favourably received ; the stead of attending to business behind songs of lingo were all en ored: and the counter, the stage-struck youth was be repeatru the lalier character, a few frequently mounted upon it, evdeavour- nights ofterwards, for the benefit of the ing to give the shopman and maid some Jaie Mrs. Pope (theu Miss Champion). relish of the opposite beauties of Olway But this wis not ibe line of business he and O'Keeffe. The ruler was used for a was inveigled over to perforin : he was truncheon, the red ink for blood : these, not to be an hound lo huone, but one to with the kilchen-poker, gracefully dan jill up the cry. The Country Paus, the gling from a button-hole of the breeches princely Burgundy, and walking Gea. pocket: a towering goose quill affixed tlemen of the most insignificant cast, to his hat turned up in the front à la were allolted lo hiin. Complaint was more Espogunle : and the skirt of his fruitless at this distance froin home coat carelessly thrown over the left and to his friends he was prevented, shoulder, thoroughly equipped for the by a feeling of pride, from making legwo the difficulties of his situation. prietor of the Haymarket Theatre hav. It would be an endless, as well as an un- ing determined, in consequence of the

2920, lack, to equiderate the circum- evcroachments of his brother managers srces of degradation, insult, distress, on his season, to form a company enEl craelly, he was obliged to submit tirely independeat of the winterhouses,

sbile under the rod of his scenic the faine and talents of our hero re. byrint

. After suffering a penance of commended him to the notice of Mr. Sirenmouths for the imprudent step Colman, who engaged him on very be bad taken is quitting England, he liberal terms as his principal low come. alred to return to London, and with dian ; and on the 161b of May, 1803, be leation got on board a packet he appeared in this metropolis in the bosed from Cork to Bristol, but which, character of Jubal and Lingo. Of bis ating to coptrary winds, was forced reception, and his abilities, we have, in to put into a port in Wales. At Swa0- former vumbers, given a particular

he went to play, and introducing account. Besides au extensive range of Laelf to Mr. Masterman, the mana- parts in the stock comedies, he has con: gal, obtained his permission to perform. tributed essentially to the success of from the warm reception he expe- several new pieces, which have been renced, an engagement was offered brought out since his appearance. His bin, and for tbree years he was the old Wiggios, Sleep-Waiker ; Buskin, lavourite comedian ia Mr. Masterman's Killing no Murder; Mingle, Bee Hive; druit, which included Swansea, Caer. Cypher, Hit or Miss : Risk, Triangle, martheo, Monmouth, Cardif, Llandilo, Nehemiah Fiam, Sir Freiful Plagiary-tc.

bis multiple in the Actor of All Work On Mr. Emerg's quitting York for --has stamped his repuialion as an actor Cerent-garden, in 1798, Mr. Mathews of powerfui original genius, which our Tas engaged by Tate Wilkinson in his writers for the stage will doubtless, for situation. From the great popularity their own interests, not neglect to culof Enery in this coinpany, his suc- tivate. tekor bad much to appreheod, and lo September, 1804, he made his first more lo experience; but nothing seems appearance at Drury lane Theatre, in to bave abated the ardour of Matbews the cbaracter of Don Manuel, in She ia the favourite pursuit for which, at so Would and She Would Not. His second early an age, be bad relinquished all his character was Sir Peter Teazle. Here other prospects; difficulties served only he remained until the destruction of to increase his assidaity, and incite bim the theatre by fire. in 1809. to greater exertions. The intreaties of Upon the removal of the company to bis parents, the advice of bis friends, the Lyceum Theatre, be appeared in the and the recommendations of managers, list of the actors, and came into a conwere insufficient to wean him from a siderable range of business by the secesprofession which, with all its concomitant sion of Mr. Bannister. At the end of the disadvantages and embarrassments, bad second season, however, in consequence stil, for him, the most powerful attrac. of a dispute about the terms of a new tions. To strnggle with impediments in engagement with Mr. 'T. Sheridan, then the road to public fame, by whatever acting Manager of the concern, he withpath we may travel, requires fortitude drew entirely from the Drury-lane Com. and patience ; and the stage demands pany, and, after travelling for nine from its followers the exercise of these months, returoed to town in the sumvirtues in a much greater degree than mer of 1812, and took up his old quarcan be imagined by common observers. ters at the Haymarket; and in October, Bat in proportion to the obstructions made bis first appearance at Coventto be encountered, the measures of tri- garden, in the character of Buskin, umph and self-gratulation is filled when having entered into an engagement

with the Proprietors of that Theatre Mr. Mathews is a living instance of for five years. Discontented with the mitat may be effected by perseverance. very few characters that were allotted It reedered him one of the most popular to him, he determined not to renew actors that had ever appeared in the his engagement, and in April last Yorkshire theatres, where he was en. requested the Managers to give him up jusing a must comfortable and lucra- the remainder of his time by which he

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left the Theatre, and in the summer ties of mimicry. The public naturally engaged at the Haymarket. The success supposed {he peculiarities of my cast of of the Actor of All Work is well known. characters to be my own taste I thereIn this he personated the characters of fore hope I shall be excused for taking Multiple, Stuffy the Prompler-a French this my only opportunity, of avowing tragedian - Robiu Scrawky, an apprec- my firm attachment to that legitimate tice-M“sillergrip, a Scotch pawabroker drama of the country, which I devoutly -Mrs. M.Siliergrip-and a Glass coach hope may one day be restored to us.

It was acted nearly thirty nights, I trust it is clearly understood, thal and the house overllowed on every re- I have spoken not of melives, but of presentation. At the eod of the season, effects. I have not the slightest dishe made a most successful tour with his position to attribute my treatment to Actor of All Work to Edinburgh, Glas. aoy illiberal feeling. Ji was probably gow, Newcastle, Manchester, &c. accidental, but the facts are unde

On the 2d of April, he was announced niable. During the last season, I had to the public in the following novel the opportuuils of appearing only forts manner :

six nights, and not once in a character “ Mr. Mathews respectfully informs in a comedy. It is true, that twelve his friends and the public, that he will nights out of the forty-six I rude oue ol be At Home at the English Opera House, the finest horses that the stud of the on Thursday, April 2d,” &c. &c.* Theatre could afford--but this, though

We shall give an extract from his I was certainly exalted by it, did not opening Address, wbicb will give some satisfy my ambulion. During the rest of insight into bis grievances at Covent. the season, to use a theatrical lerm, garden.

I was laid upon the shelf-but I was “ It has been my greatest ambition to too fond of my profession to lie there appear before you in the legitimale quietly. I grew restless and fidgetty; shape of a regular Comedian. Circom. and like a good soldier who frels he stances, however, which I could veitier has done only half his duty, whenever control, por account for, have deprived 1 peeped from my uneasy quarters, me of the opportunity of so doing and saw, a muster of the dramatic corps, I have frequently been urged by my my “' soul was in arms and eager for friends to attempt an entertainment by the fray," in which I might shew my myself, and reminded with what suc- zeal and devotion in your service. At cess the celebrated Dibdin bad, during length I suspected my services were not several winters, kept audiences toge- required at all, and therefore, like ther by his single exertions. Still I pre- a well bred dog who walks quiélly ferred the exercise of my profession as a down stairs when he sees violent prépamember of the National Theatre ; and rations on foot for kicking him iuto could i bave been indulged in the first the street," I followed the example of wish of my heart, that of appearing fre my betters, and resigned, rather than quently before you as an actor of legi. ruu the risk of staying to be turned timate comedy, in that capacity I should out. I retired. It was my own act, in all probability have remained to the and I complain of no one. I only end of my days, without ever attempting assert my right to make use of what. to exhibit that little koack for distinct ever litile ialent may have been bee mimicry, to which I have since been stuwed on me to the best advantage unfortunately exclusively doomed. lo to myself: for if I can only be allowed the latter part of my last wioter's to exbibit those talents in a National engagement, it became evident to me, Theatre which I once wished to be that all hope of attaining my favourite contined to the amusement of my pri object was at an end. I was never allowed vate friends if I cannot be allowed to appear before you excepting in cha. my chance like other actors in the usual racters solely devoted to the peculiari- way, if the regular practitioners will

drive me to guackery, why I will sell * As we witnessed this evening (April 2) my medicines on my own account, and at the English Opera House; when Mr. Mathews, unsupported by any other actor, like--but if such I am, why, like one,

they shall call me Mouniebank if they and depending solely on his own powers, presented to an overflowing audience a

I will have a stage to myself. My series of entertainments, which excited vanity they may call it has led me continual peals of langhter from the begin to make the attempt. It is a bold ning to the end.Vide THEATRICAL JOUR- one-but the encouragement is in your NAL, page 311.

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287 aiast the hosts of superior entertain- it; an evil possibly unavoidable in the Bcat around me, it will be a feather in progress of knowledge. If there be, ay cap. It is in your power to place however, a fund of sound sober sepse the feather there - and if it is once among the people, the wortblessness of planted, be assured it shall be woru the trash that the willing or insidious patefully, as well as triumphantly." writers of the day impose upon them, As a source of merriment jo private wi

in time be discovered, when any company, he is inexhaustible. He pos superfuity of naughliness, generated by genes powers of mimicry with which ils intoxicating tumes will, it may be Bente,' were be living, would, perhaps, supposed, disappear. driek to enter into competition; for By the improved method of teaching, there seems to be no object or charac- so mucb have ibe means of education ter out of the reach of his imitative been put within the power of all, that int

possibly in no long time the hopes of our He has been twice married. His first venerable beloved sovereign, ihat every vite. Mis E. K. Strong, of Exeter, died child in the kingdom should be able in May. 1802. She published a volume to read the Bible,' will be realized. In of poems and some noveis, which have addition to coool education, might not considerable merit. Being, perhaps, a so'nething be done towards rendering lite of the opinion of Jobrison. 'that the education, or training, which chil? * if marriage has few joys, celibacy dren receive at the home fireside, more la so pleasures,” in 1903 he married effe ctual for making them the virtuous Nis Jackson, then belonging to the characters in mature years, that will By the lailer lady best promote individual bappiness, as

well as national prosperity? Character

being the result of the ideas and feelings A HINT ON EDUCATION. most predominant in the mind, those THOUGH a high degree of civilization rained and excited in the young by the

or refinement is doubtless attended close consiant intercourse of ihe family with many advantages, it may too bring circle, must always have a powerful evids along with it, which, if not timely effect in determining the complexion of Ceanteracted, can bardly fail to prove their's. Should any thing very faulty actly injurious to the countries most be found in the instruction or example delinguished for improvement in arts of the natural monitors and patterns of and sciences, and all the embellishments children, whose happiness is so much of life. It will ever require powerful affected by their frowns or smiles, it is atidutes to prevent wealth and luxury to be feared that, in many instances at from generating those vicious pein- least, being able to read and repeat the ciples and babits, which, in ancient catechism, would fail in accomplishing tina, were always the forerunners of what must ever be a great object of the decline and fall of a nation. The education-lhe forming of virtuous Badera nations, indeed, at least of principles and babits in the young. If Europe, may have advantages over the parents then may be looked on as among ancient in this respect, possessing pre- the priocipal modellers of the human Servatives and correctives, which pro- mind, it is surely a matter of the first perly applied, might go far to binder importance that they should be properly begegneracy of characler among a qualified for their office. if left in a perple arriving at such a beight as to great measure to chance, to pick up the prove their ruin.

knowledge or acquire the skill it de. Of the means tpost to be relied on for mands, is it any wonder that the world preserving the spirit and manners of a should be encuinbered with so many people in a sound wholesome state, edu- uoseemily, useless, or worse than useless, cation must always hold a conspicuous specimens of the handyworks, so to place. By its extension, indeed, a people speak, of such mental artists?' Were Reed hardly cow be destroyed for lack sculptors or architects, as little acquaintof knowledge: the danger some rray ed, or at as little pains, to make thembiok, lies rather in its superabundance. selves acquainted with the rules or But may not the evils which seem pre- knowledge of their arts, as it may be Uy to arise from the difusion of apprehended many fathers and mothers knowledge proceed from the people are with the art of training op a child having as yet but a smaltering of it. in the way he should walk, would not Slimming bot the surface, they must their productions be no less imperfect, frallow all the scum aud wurst part of rude, or contemptible?

Nor may careless profligate parents if anywhere, small tribing circumstances alone be chargeable with adding to may be followed with important effects. the evils of the world, by the vicious Many fathers and mothers may say and spawu they let loose on it, vot a few, do things, in the presence of their chilperhaps, of the more attentive and bet- dren, which they would never say or ier disposed inay do the same, notwith- do, if aware of ibe pernicious impres. standing their endeavours to the con. sion they make on their tender minds. trary. From ignorauce or unskilful. The instruction delivered from the pulness they may produce effects on the pit, on a subject of this kiud, besides minds of their childreu, quite the re. being unavoidably, perbaps, too general verse of what was designed by tbeir in- to produce all the effects that might be structions and admonitions, while pos. desirable, may be apt to be looked on sibly ready to impute to unconquerable as so much a inatter of course as to fail depravity of nature, what was only the in strongly attracting attention to it. result of the faulty method they fol. Thesame remark may possibly be applied lu.wed, wheu attempting to inspire their to that which books teach when the ne young ones with sentiments of piety book is laid aside, the subject may be and virtue. Thus such views may be ready to drop out of bead. given of God and man, as instead of inn. Were the question put, what is the bueing their minds with love to the best means for powerfully, if not freauthor of their being, and good will to quently exciting attention to a subjects their brethren of mankind, their affcc- The reply, perbaps might be, look to tions may be alienated from both. Fear the effects produced by a mode of inand suspicion may be the feelings chicly Struction, somewhat different from those excited towards him whom they are en- mentioned. May not the very general joined to love with all their hearts, and diffusion of the knowledge of the arts meau unworthy thoughts of those they and sciences within these few years be ought to esteem and be well affected to. ascribed, in a considerable measure, lo Self may be exalted insicad of humbled. the plao recently adopted of making And, the sensual appetites rather check them the subject of a course of popular ed by restraint, than weakened by the lectures, throughout the greater part influence of pious virtuous sentiments, of the kingdom ? lo this way, what may only wait to break out with double was before attended to only by a few, force, wheo impedimeuls to their gra- being made the subject of frequent contification shall be removed. The deal. versation and remark, among all classes, ings of parents with their children may discoveries and improvements are now but too often verify the saying of the advancing with a rapidity unexampled Son of Sirach, ' There is that laboureth in past limes. Were education, too, and taketh pains, and is so much the particularly that part of it which is the more bebind.

proper province of parents, the art of It will perhaps be thought that little training up a child in the way he should excuse can be found for the ignorance walk, made the subject of a specific of parents respecting the proper mode course of lectures in every populous of traioing their children, from the io. town in the realm, might not great ad. struction that niay be received on this vantages result from it? Would a lechead from both pulpit and press. · No ture on chemistry or elocution appear doubt much good has resulted from more interesting to fathers and mothers wbat has been communicated through than one ou a topic, the kuoledge of Ni these channels, and were the duty of which beyond that of most others, parents made a frequent topic of pulpit might tend to advance their welfare instruction, perhaps still wore would and happiness, at least so far as cob. be effected: it surely merits at least as nected with the well doing and weil mucb notice as the duty of children; being of those naturally dearest to the for should the former be ill understood upon earth. And might not the diffu. or neglected, it can bardly be expected sion of the knowledge of the proper that the latter will be properly atiended method of forming and cultivating right to, or performed. it possibly, how. principles and habits, in the young It

, ever, might be deemed inconsistent with while promoting private and domestic the dignity of the pulpit to enter into comfort and happiness, belp likewise 10 all the minute details and particulars of lay the axe to the root of many of the the art of teaching the young idea how evils with which society in general is to shoot, to wbich it might be proper presently afflicted. to call the altention of pareuls. Here, March 30, 1818.

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