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which contributed much to the salva- morning paper, that this excellent tion of the play, were the introduc- actress has fallen under the ban of tion of the young Prince, Alfonso, at the manager's displeasure. It is there the moment when Melf was about stated that the part of Annabel was to place the crown on his own head, first given to her, but when, after stuand the snatching of the cloak by dying the part, she attended at the Julian from the lifeless body of his rehearsal pursuant to the usual simwife, and throwing away his disguise mons, she was then, for the first time, i in the presence of D’Alba: these informed that the character was given incidents, although favourable to this to another! When we read this paraproduction, would disgrace a regular graph we were exceedingly astonished, drama. There is only one female and could not determine whether the character, a lady of high birth with- alteration was more injurious to the out a single female attendant or friend; interests of the theatre, more disrea sure sign of sterility of invention, spectful to the public, or more insultNo introduction of inferior personages ing to an amiable and accomplished to relieve the tiresome monotony of young lady, who is indisputably the titled grandeur and worthless ambi- only tragic actress on the stage. As tion, both of which are now too con- the public have a right to require the temptible to interest the thinking part exertions of all the best performers on of the community. We must, bowever, every proper occasion, we are justified conclude our criticism of this produc- in demanding why Miss Kelly has been tion as a regular drama, and say one excluded from the part which was asword of it as a poem, because we can sigued her; and why she is kept from then speak of it with commendation. appearing on the stage. Her Juliet If this play had been published in parts, has placed her far above any of her under the title of Dramatic Sketches," competitors, and the town is anxious we should have been foremost in as- to see her in all the characters in signing to it considerable merit : it is which she is reported to excell. It is written with good taste, free from in the manager's interest to bring her flation either of sentiment or style, har. forward, and therefore we cannot ima. monious in the verse, skillfully varied gine why he suffers her to remaja inin its periods, and highly indicative of active; and, as she is Mr. Macready's mental power, that might rise to con- pupil, we wonder why he should not on siderable eminence in any literary fight this occasion have protected her, espeshort of tragedy or epopee.
cially as the casting of the characters We cannot omit this opportunity of was entirely in his power. Surely it paying a just homage to the great ta- could not proceed from jealousy! It is lents of Macready; they were perbaps currently reported that the manager never exerted with more felicity, and has tried Miss Kelly at rehearsals in Miss Mitford certainly owes to him, many leading characters, and that she and to him alone, the temporary success is found totally incapable. Surely this with which her play is honoured; we report must be a malignant attempt to can commend no other performer ex- crush her rising reputation in the bud; cept Mr. Benpet,' who certainly in the for, we cannot conceive the anomaly, character of Melf surpassed any of his
that she should be an excellent Juliet former efforts. The character of Al- and yet incapable of acting other chafonso is too insipid for any display of racters with eclat. Many good judges histrionic talent, and Miss Foot is cer- of dramatic talent have seen her act at tainly as good an actress as it deserved. provincial theatres both in England Of Miss Lacy, in Annabel, we wish and Ireland, and speak of her performwe could be silent, and, if she were a ances with rapturous applause; therebetter actress or was gifted with ori- fore we think, if this rumour is withginal talent, we would caution her out foundation, Miss Kelly ought to against & servile imitation of Mac- have been advised to contradict it pubready ; especially in her rapid transi. licly, and not suffer her reputation to tions from impassioned declamation to be blasted by the intrigues of envian updertone, which, unless it is ma. ous friends or insidious enemies. We naged with the greatest paturalness, is feel a strong interest in every thing never effective and often ridiculous. tbat relates to the development of great This lady, though a very respectable genius in every department of art or second-rate actress, is incompetent to science, and for this reason only we the higher walks of tragedy, and her shall resume the subject in our next part ought to have been filled by Miss dramatic article, uvless a proper expla. F. H. Kelly; bat we find from a re- pation of this mysterions business is cent paragraph in a very respectable previously given to the public.
NUMEROUS petitions have been pre- trary to their consciencious views of sented during the month to both Houses religion. of Parliament praying for parliamen- A bill has been brought into Parliatary reform, for a diminution of the exces- ment to enable his Majesty to dispose sive expenditure of government, for an of the private property he acquired bealteration in the present system of tiibes, fore bis coming to the throne. and for various other improvements in Mr. Whitmore, on the 26th of Febour polity. Petitions have also been ruary, brought forward the subject of presented in great number represent. the Coro Laws. He traced the present ing the distressed state of the agricul. agricultural distress to the reaction of tural interests, and praying for various the unnatural stimulus which had been modes of relief. A decidedly novel given to agriculture during the war. feature has of late been introduced into He proposed that the non-importation many of the petitions to Parliament price of foreign corn should be reduced respecting agricultural distress. We by 2s. per ann. till it reached to 608. allude to the doctrine, now so openly which, supposing the duty to be 128, avowed, of reducing the amount of the quarter, was as low as foreign corn payments to the fundholders. This could ever be sold in our markets. doctrine has as yet found but few sup. His motion was lost by a majority of porters in either House, and it is obvi. 53 over 25, ous that such a mode of relieving the Mr. Maberly brought forward a plan public burdens could be justifiable
only for the reduction of the national debt. iņ the last emergency, and after every His principle was a compulsory reother method and resource had been re- demption of the land-tax;, the price of sorted to. The very great fluctuations in redeeming to be applicd to the reducthe valae of the corrency, caused by the tion of the debt. He computed that excessive issue of paper and finally by the whole land-tax would be redeemed the return to a gold standard, have we in seven years, and the debt reduced believe affected almost every private by 40,000,0001. The Chancellor of the and public mortgage or bond transac- Exchequer opposed the motion, on the tion, and there are few stock-holders' ground that the plan in seven years or parties to mortgages who are not would work itself out, and leave no receiving more or less mutatis mutan. Sivking Fund at all. Mr. Ricardo dis than was originally agreed for; but acquiesced in the principle of the plan, the absolute impossibility of rectifying but urged that it ought not operate to this evil by any general measure, and the extent of more than 5,000,0001. the utter impracticability of going into per ami. Mr. Baring opposed the plan every individual transaction, render in toto, whilst Mr. Tierney supported all men of sense and probity averse to it-For the motion 72, against it 157, any interference on the part of govern- majority 85. ment, with respect to adjusting either Mr. Whitmore presented a petition private or public debts with a refer- from the East India merchants, praying ence to the alteration in the standard
an equalisation of the duties upon East or value of money.
and West lodia sugars. Last year an The House of Commons have ex- additional duty of 58. per cwt. had been pressed a determination not to depart Taid on East India sugar; the cultivar from the present principle of the insol. tion of any produce by free labourers vent laws; but the Solicitor-General is so much more cheap than its cultihas pledged himself to propose an al- vation by slaves, that, not witbstanding teration of the present act as to many the greater length of voyage, the East of its details.
India merchant can undersell the A Committee of the Lords has been West India merchant in the British formed to take into consideration the market, and the additional daty laid Marriage Act passed last Session; and upon East India sugar is in fact a. six petitions have been presented to bounty upon the slave system. 'Mr. the Lords from dissenters praying to Whitmore's motion was opposed by the be relieved from the necessity of com- Chancellor of the Excheqner, and was plying with those doctrinal points of lost. our marriage service, which are con- The Chancellor of tbe Exchequer
brought forward his plan relative to the tered into the following details to shew
Debt. Charges upon the Debt.
Diminution.... 24,766,521... 3,047,263
He observed that but for the mode vestry was to regulate the temporary of Nr. Vansittart's reducing the 5 per commutation.
A commissioner being cents., the reduction of the debt might appointed on the part of the rector, hare been 10,000,0001. more. He and another on the part of the pa. calculated that our excess of revenue rishioners. The average price of above expenditure was now 5,000,0001. corn for three years is to be the and he took that calculation as the standard of commutation, and the comsubstraction of all his plans, and there. pact is to be renewed every three fore moved that the sinking fuod years. With respect to the permanent should be fixed at that sum. He wish- abolition of tithes, this was to be effected to avoid Mr. Vansiltart's former ed by an exchange of tithes for an practice of paying over money from adequate proportion of land. the consolidated fund to the hands of Mr. Hume moved for an inquiry the commissioners of the sinking fund, into the whole church establishment as it was at once nugatory, trouble- of Ireland, and supported his motion some and expensive, and he proposed by the following data and arguments. to pay to these commissioners out of The church was merely a civil insti. the revenue the sum of 5,000,0001. tution, formed differently by the laws anpually, the interest of which sum of different countries, it had been of 5,000,0001. was to accumulate at entirely altered twice by our laws, and compound interest until it amounted modified by those laws repeatedly. to one per cent. on the total of the The whole church property bad been debt. Mr. Hume referred to Treasury alienated from its original possessors documents, contradicting the Chancel. and differently disposed of by Henry lor of the Exchequer's statement. By VIII., and every government in Europe these papers it appeared that in 1816 had at different times altered the the charges on the debt had been amount and application of church proonly 31,724,6001., and that in 1822 the perty, and that there were consequentcharges were 31,966,000,1. and so that ly a sufficient number of precedents instead of any diminution of the debt by for the interference of government the sioking fund, there had been an an- with respect to the church establishnual increase of 720,0001, the diminu. ment of Ireland. That the revenue of tion which 'the Chancellor of the Ex- the church was given to the clergy in chequer spoke of arose from the fall.
payment of the performance of cleri. ing in of annuities, and by unclaimed cal duties, but that the dignitaries and dividends. Mr. Hume then went into the greater part of the clergy of numerous statements, and referred to Ireland were always absent from their numerous documents to prove the ab- country. The population of Ireland surdity of borrowing on one hand and was 6,900,000, of which only 490,000 redeeming with the other. He was were of the established chorch, and for supported by Mr. Ricardo, whilst seve- this small number there was the eporral members reprobated the shameful mous establishment of 22 bishops and 'mode of keeping the government ac- arch-bishops, 33 deans, 108 dignitacounts, which were so confused that ries, 178 prebendaries, 107 rural deans, the inost able members drew from them 52 vicars, 20 cboristers, 14 canons and results differing anpually by the amount 175 officers of the consistorial courts, of several millions. The Chancellor and 1289 beneficed clergymen. These of the Exchequer's resolutions were consumed about 3,300,0001. per anput and carried.
num, and which sum was most unThe most important business which equally divided. The Arch-Bishop of bas occupied the attention of the Armagh 'haviog nearly 20,0001. per House of Commons, has been tbat re- annum, besides an enormous revenue lating to the Irish Church Establish- from lands. Of 1289 incumbents 531 ments. Mr. Goulbourn has brought were non-residents, and it was to be in two bills, the one promoting a tem- observed that this enormous revenue porary and the other a permanent com- was wrung from the most sufferiug mutation of tithes. A kind of select population on the globe. He proposed that the clergy should be compelled to maintained the inalienable nature reside on their livings, that the re- of churcb property. He was followvenue of the church should be inore ed in this argoment by Mr. Peel equitably divided, the lowest income and Mr. Plunkett, who were replied to to be 1501 per annum. Mr. Hume by Mr. Denman and Mr. Gratton, and proposed many other reforms of the Mr. Huine's motion was negatived by establishment, but founded all his 167 to 62. Majority 105. proposals on the principle of not The Members of Goveroment have injuring the interests of any persons expressed their strong disapprobation now enjoying incomes from the Irish of the Orange Societies, and are dechurch. Mr. Goulburn in reply, termined to pursue a system of coneulogised the clergy of Ireland, and ciliation towards the Catholics,
DURING the month we have had very danger with an admirable mixture of little authentic news from the South fortitude and prudence. Aware that East of Europe, but the complexion of they will be unable to meet the enemy all the reports arriving from Turkey is in great battles upon the plains, they decidedly favourable to the cause have adopted a plan of warfare suited of the Greeks. These people appear to the nature of their country, and in quiet possession of the Morea.- which, although it require heroic sacri. Chourched Pacha has been obliged to 'fices on the part of all classes of the abandon Attica, and the Greeks are be- people, has never been known to fail as sieging the castle of Corinth, which is a mode of resistance to an invading expected soon to surrender, and its fall enemy. It is moreover a species of will greatly facilitate the advance of warfare which the Spaniards of all peothe Greeks towards Macedonia and ple have shewn themselves the most Thrace. The struggle, which the capable of carrying on with success. Greeks have maintained for liberty They triumphed by it over the Moors, against their numerous and ferocious after they had possessed parts of their adversaries, is as honourable to their country for centuries. Our great Lord national character as their brightest Peterborough, in the reigo of Queen deeds in ancient history; and these Ann, was eventually foiled by it in brave people will hereafter have to boast, Catalonia; and even that extraordinary that they effected their great object genius, Napoleon, suok before the without the assistance of any Christian persevering mountain warfare of the state in Europe. Six centuries ago, Spaniards. The government of Madrid Europe poured her myriads to conquer
bave resolved upon giving up the open the Crescent, and the preaching of a country to the French, who will ex. single Hermit was sufficient to inspire baust their forces by detachments to thousands with the religious enthu- “keep in subjection the cities and popu. siasm; now Europe has bebeld the lous districts. In the meantime the Crescent in contest with the cross, and Spaniards from the mountains will hang the sword of the Infidel has drunk upon their flanks and rear,, intercept deeply of the blood of the Christian ; convoys and detachments, and beat yet neither the zeal of religion, a love them in detail. The Spaniards possess of freedom, por even the sympathies several impregnable fortresses which of humanity have roused a single state 'they have garrisoned and provisioned, of Europe to defend the Greek cause. so that they may form points d'appui
We believe that it is impossible for any during the whole war; Figueras, Barcenation to be more unanimous upon any lona and Cadiz are among this number. question, than the English now are in In the mean while it is intended that their sentiments against the iniquitous Mina shall advance into France, and invasion of Spain by the Bourbons. raise the tri-coloured standed as a ralFrom the First Lord of the Treasury to lying point for the numerous Freuch, the mechanic, all are united in one who are known to be disaffected to the common feeling against this anjust government of the Bourbons. war. The Spaniards seem to meet their
METROPOLITAN LITERARY INSTI. tin, falling one over the other are placed TUTION.-A numerous and respectable at the edge of the border. These are meeting, at which the Chamberlain of surmounted by a rich festoon trimming London presided, has been held at the of white crape, consisting of full pufYork Hotel, Bridge-street, for the pur fings, each festoon headed by an Asiapose of taking into consideration the tic diadem, divided by pearls, which expediency of establishing this institu- gives a most splendid effect to this tion. 'A committee is formed, and the truly novel and unique kind of trimobjects of the institation are at present ming. The body and sleeves are ele. limited to the establishment of a news gantly simple, the former having only room, a reading-room, a library of cir- a slight ornament of Ane Jace round culation, and a library of reference. the bust, with a few puffs of lilac satin ; This institution bas received the most the sleeves are very short, not full, and flattering encouragement from gentle- are bound tight round the arm with a men attached to literature, as well as broad band of satin, those engaged in various professions. Walking Dress.-A deep amethystWithin four days after its establish- colour silk pelisse of gros de Naples, ment considerably more than onė hun- 'wadded and lined with pink sarsuet; dred sbares were taken.
a little wrapt and fastened down the At a General Court of Proprietors, front with hooks and eyes; corsage, the Bank Directors announced the in made plain and high, ornamented with tentions of allowing a dividend of only tasselled chevronelles; circular pro4 per cent., instead of 5 per cent. as jecting collar of velvet, of a deeper bue formerly.
than the silk; two rows of velvet are A Committee for the purpose of aid- placed down the front and round the ing the Greeks has been formed in the bottom of the skirt; sleeve nearly to metropolis, whose object is to give fit, with velvet cuff, and full epaulette, action and effect to the sympathy which intersected with velvet straps. Rust is so widely diffused over the country, of Buckinghamshire lace; cap of the The meetings are held at the Crown and came, fastened under the chin withi Anchor in the Strand; many Peers button and loop. Bonnet of the same and Members of Parliament are in- silk as the pelisse, bound with broad cluded in the Committee, and Mr. velvet, and lined with pink satin; the Bowring is the Hon. Secretary,
front beot à la Maria Stuart; the New Fashions, - Ball Dress.- crown surrounded with inverted coniRound dress of amber coloured crape, a cal rouleaus of velvet, equi-distant, puckering of gauze of the same colour commencing with a silk knot; plume at the border, finished by rouleaux, of ostrich feathers of a bright amethyst wadded very full of white satin, with colour, placed on the right side, and full blown white roses, and a few leaves falling low on the left shoulder. of green foliage; under each rose is Evening Dress,-Dress of pink gros an antique ornament of the rosace kind, de Naples ; corsage to fit, edged with composed of white satin, with a tuft of pink satin, and slashed to the form of amber in the interior. The body of the stomacher; the interstices or scolthis beautiful dress is of satin, and is 'lops, are filled with pink gauze, conelegantly diversified by wbite silk cor. pected by circlets and forming a tastedon and bae blond; the front of the bust ful chain, which continues to ihe waist is finished by a narrow falling tucker behind, and gives the shape of the of blond; and the shoulders ornament- back; full court sleeve contined with ed by bows of white satin ribbonstraps, bound with satin, satin circlet The sleeves are white, and are trimmed fastening the ends; a basd of satin and to correspond with the skirt, except full trimming of fluted gauze finish the that the flowers are left out; they are sleeve, which is of a moderate length. finished by the rouleaux in points, with The skirt is decorated with a fanciful the rosaces in the centre of tbe sleeve, trimming of double gauze; each diviencircling the arm. The hair is ara sion of the puff derobé is supported by ranged a la Sappho; and round the a satin rouleau, and the lower part Lesbian braid at the back part of the projects as far again as the upper; head is placed a wreath of full blown sprigs of the lonicera sempervirens, or roses and laurel leaves. The earrings great trumpet honeysuckle, are disand neclace are of fine pearls; the ear- posed at regular distances above, and pendants superbly set.
beneath it is a satin rouleau; and the Evening Dress.-Dress of Urling's hem wadded. Broad pink saliu sash, Patent Lace over a slip of lilac coloured double bow and long ends. satin. Three French tucks of white sa
Eur, Mag. March, 1823,