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THE BRITISH 'T HEATRE. March the dignity of his perlun, and an un- gloom was now converted into an ap. uiual transport which we telt at first pearance of inconceivable satisfaction. perceiving him, the fatters her. This princess, upon hearing Orestes fell, warmly, that he is really her bro- acknowledge himielf the murderer of ther. Tois conjecture the communi. Orelles, took a secret resolution of lacates to Electra, who endeavours, in crificing him with her own hand to the tulness of her heart, to obtain an the manes of her brother. For this int-rview with him, and succeeds, just purpose the watched an opportunias he is offering an urn, in an act of ty, and stealing behind him with a devotion at the thrine of Agamem- drawn fword, attempted to strike, but non. The light of the urn, and some the sword feil from her hand the moequivocal expresions which Electra ment it was raised, and a scene imme. overhears, renew all her fears for Orel diately ensued, in which Orestes re. tes, and the fuppofes that the ashes vealed his real character. are bis which Nie sees brought to the On the imprisonment of her brother tomb of her father. Her grief upon and his friend, Iphisa kneels to Ægir. this is violent, but it exceeds all thus to implore their pardon, and the bounds when Agilthus entering at the fortitude of Electra, who had always same time with Ci, temnestra, questions treated the tyrant with the utmost inOreftes, and asks him what the urn dignation, relaxes to such a degree, contains. The price alluming the that me condescends also to kneel for character of his own murderer, tells the same purnoles. Ægisthus triumphs him, it contains the ashes of Orer. at having thus fubdued the haughty tes; whom he hated with an in- fpirit of the latter, and retires, de. vincible obftinacy, and therefore few nouncing vengeance on the deltroyer in Epidaurus. Ægitthus is charmed of his lon. Electra then addresses with ihe intelligence; and after Elec- herleif to Clytemnestra in pathetic tra retires to give imple vent to the terms, acknowledging who Oreftes anguith of her heart, the king deter: realiy is, and conjures her to interpole anines to give her in marriage to the for the prefervation of his life. Tbe stranger, as a reward for his impor- danger of ihe youth, and the plead. tant service.
ings of Electra, rekindle the dying Ægisthus had indeed resolved, pre enibers of nature in her bolom, and vious to this circumstance, to marry the supplicates her husband in favour his own lon, Pliithines to Electra, that of her unfortunate ton. Her fupplihis ritle of succeffion to the crown of cation however is to no purpose. Ægil. Argos inight be the more citectually thus, happy in having Orestes actually fecured. He had, however, fent Plit in his power at last, prepares to glut thines into Epidaurus, with an order, his revenge for the death of Plifthines, if posible, to discover Orelies, and and to secure the throne of Argos. effectually put an end to his claim by With this view he orders Oreftes and murder ; but now that Oreltes, as he his friend to publick execution, togeimagined, was no longer to be dread. ther with Pammenes, for firring up ed, he thought there was no longer a the people in favour of Agamemnon's 3:eceflity for the match between bis family. But as they are led to the son and Electra. But while he is in place of death, the people, who deteft dulging himself in the pleating dream Ægisthus for his complicated crimes, of his fecurity, a courier arrives with and feel the strongest attachment to the news of Plifthines's being killed in the line of their lawful kings, rife Epidaurus.
unanimously to their aid. - Oreftes Alarmed to the last degree at this heads them, and soon puts the fol. unexpected Itroke, and froin some diers of Ægyfthus to flight, he then recent circumitances having reason to attacks the tyrant himself, whom he inagine Orestes the affalin of his son, dispatches, but unfortunately kills his Egitt hus orders the prince and Pylades mother in the attempt, who had to prison, and threatens them both thrown herself in the way of his fword with immediate death. The circum- to defend the life of her busband. Stances which 'chiefly roufed bis suipi. This incident is with great propriety cion of Oreftes was, his finding him franíacted behind the scenes, and in secret with Electra, whole general Orestes enters in the greatest horror at
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117 the accident. -Ele&ra too feels the original in the prefent case ; fince Soutmost concern for the fate of Cly- . phocles in his Electra, not only furtemnestra, whofe new display of ma Dishes himn with the ground-work, ternal tenderness had roused the warm but with all the material businefs of his affection of her children.
play, and we cannot help thinking, Confiderations on the Conduct of the Fable. Francklin himself, would, if divested
that the Electra, as translated by Mr. The conduct of this fable is not so of the Chorus, and adapted to the accurate as might be wilded, and there English stage, be a much more agreeis that visible want of incident through able entertainment than the Orestes. the whole, which lo peculiarly diftin There is one ficuation in the Elecgaishes the productions of the French tra particularly beautiful even in its theatre. Thele faults, however, must antient simplicity, and which as it has be attributed to Mr. Voltaire, not to been univerfally admired through a Mr. Francklin; who, with the can. long succession of ages, we mhall give dour that ever accompanies real me the reader, especially as the discovery rit, acknowledges he meant rather to Orestes makes of his real character to gire a translation than an original Electra (omitting the Chorus) in Vol. performance : yet indeed Voltaire taire's tragedy is materially indebted himself is not to be considered as an to the Greek author.
А с т IV.
Orefles, Pylades, Elektra, Chorus.
This way, I tend to Chorus. Whither woud'd thou go?
Wert thou directed; thou art there already.
A friend's approach, who comes with joyful news
Chorus. (pointing to EleEl.) Be that office ber's
Who beg admittance to the king. Elera. Alas!
Oreftes. (Jewing an urn) Here behold
'Tis then too plain and misory is complete.
Know that within this urn his alhes lye.
I do intreat thee, let me snatch them from thee,
Electra (taking the urn.) O ye, dear remains
• Death of Oreftes.
To gatlier up thy ases; what have all
The dead are from sorrows
Orefies. (looking at ber:) Can it be Electra ?
Doabiless thou weep'lt, for I am chang'd indeed
To live depriv'd ! Elektrą. Why dost thou gaze upon me?
Orefi. Can there be worle than there?
A name the little merits... Orest. But say, how
Lies buried there... Orejies. 's how I pity thçc !
None but thyself; art thou indeed a stranger..
Or do'h some nearer tye unite our sorrows
May I depend on them? Ele&tra. They are our friends
Do • The Clorus.
119 Do not dear stranger
Orest. But I mult indeed
Are wrested from me, I am most unhappy...
For my Orestes. Oreftes. No, you should not weep-
But do not grieve. EleEtra. Not when I bear the ashes
That bath deceiv'd thee Elect. Where then is his tomb ?
Elect. O bleit bour !
Orrfies. I am From the foregoing scene the reader will be able to judge for himself of the diction of Orestes. As to the sentiments they are frequently just and elevated in the amiable characters; but those in the mouth of Ægitthus, like those in the mouth of every tyrant, are lavage to an extravagance. The manners are all preserved from Sophocles ; and the characters given down without any alteration from antiquity. The moral, as the reader will see by the catastrophe of the fable is frictly just, and as to the representation, we fall only say, that Mrs. Yates was inimitable in Electra.
To be PRINTER, &c. election at Brentford comes on, in or. SIR,
der to vacate his seat for Boliney : A
FTER every gentleman in the dough I have already been in leveral
county of Middle!ex, who has a parts of the county of Middlesex, I fufficient landed qualification to re cannot find any Freeholder that knows present that county in parliament, has him and it is certain he has not a Mil. been applied to in vain, we find one ling property in the county. Mr. Luttrell has offered himself. As This is all that I can learn of this Mr. Lartrell has never been publickiy extraordinary perfon. If he can give mentioned before this period, it will, any better account of himself, than no doubt, be agreeable to many of the above, before the 13th of April your readers to hear something inore next, the freeholders will then know of nim than his warne. Alter a good whether he is a proper person to rspre. deal of enquiry, I have been able to fene them or not. But if he cannot, procure the following parțiculars, I would advise him to be content with which may be depended on.
his present leat, and noi expose himMr. Luttrell's father is an Irishman, self to the ridicule of mankind, as and was joint member with Sir Flet. Mr. Dingley did at the latt ele Stion. cher Norton in the last parliament for
I am, Sir, your's, &c. the borough of Wigan, in Lancashire,
J. N. and at prelent represents the Sorough To the PRINTER, &c. of Weobly in Herefordthire. He was,
SIR, about a year ago, created an Irish JOTHING gives me more plealord, by the citle of Baron Crnham sure than to obleive that merit in that kingdom. The candidare for is equally rewarded in every part of Middlelex is bis eldest son, and is this wide extended empire. The last joint member with Lord Mount. Sun Gazette theus, that adniiniftration are ári, fon to the earl of Bute, for Boil. not leis attentive to any lervices done Dey in Cornwall. He has already a to the cause of liberty at Botton than lieut. col. commission in the army, at London. We have the kiistaction and must have another place before the of reading in the lam: pag?, that Sir
the subject, give me leave to addrels A is not only a wit but a wag, ha. I20 Hints to the Supporters of the Bill of Rights. March Fletcher Norton, that declared enemy to duty to see it carried chither ; I say, the mode of Proceeding, by INFORMA- gentlemen, it is your duty to do TiON, was sworn of his majefly's moff it, as you are the first moving princihonourable privy council, and Francis ples of ro very respectable a fociety. Bernaril, Ejq; governor of his majesty's The House of Lords never refule jul. province of the Maffachujets Bay in Ame- tice, especially in 10 clear a cafe. You rica, who is unhappily too far remo- have already money enough subscribed ved from the seat of the government to to defray the expence, if not the asist the council with his wife and tem- whole body of the people will flock to perate advice; bot is equally a sworn subscribe to fuch
an undertaking. enemy to the mode of proceeding by You are not in want of friends in that jword and Dayonet, has the dignity of a noble house to open and defend your Baronet of the kingdom of Great Britain. cause. You will then fee what the I cannot however help expressing my lords will do for the liberty of the hopes that he will soon be recalled, and subject and the laws, and then you take his place even the in cabinet council, will likewise put the altar of attachand that the military troops will be ments on a more certain fooring; and put under the command of Sir Francis, whether you fucceed or not, you will as the law banditti are under Sir gain a more lasting and glorious name Fr.
than Hampden. If you neglect this How like in inanners, and how like opportunity, you will establish very in mind !
justly the accusations of your ad vertaFortunati ambo!
ries, that your meetings are factious, Nulla dies unquam memori vos eximet and that your aims are directed more
at men than measures, contrary to the I am, Sir, your's, &c. advice and opinion of that great pa
E. F. triot Mr. Alderman Beckford, who For the PRINTER, &c.
argues very juftly in saying, " That To Sir Joseph Mawbey, Mr. Sawbridge, measures, not men, are the object of and Mr. Townshend,
I am, Gentlemen, Gentlemen,
Your most obedient humble servant,
LIBERTAS. A of society formed for the good of
N ingenious correspondent, who
A you in their behalf. As you taken the title of supporters of the bill ving obliged us with a drawing of the of righrs, no doubt but you think that late King's- Arms Squabble, we have has been invaded, and particularly in got it engraved for the entertainment the imprisoning the subject arbitrarily, of our readers, this month, referring without giving bail for trial, and a them to pages 147, 148, 154. an explatrial refuled, but on condition of giv: nation, if necessary. ing evidence against himself and We have also gratified them with a friends by answering to interrogato. fine view of a beautiful natural calriés. I believe the contempt of a cade in Bolton-Park, Craven, Yerkcourt, relating to the affair of inter- thire, belonging to the late earl of rogatories, is only meant in refusing Burlington. to answer in matters between contending parties? the judges may in that In cur next we fall give, what cale fine and imprison, but not ad libi. is defired by several correspondents, ibe tum, much less thould they do it wirere reajin for our non injersion of their pieces, a criminal is to answer again it himlelf. as we bave been used, nozu and iban, Here they take upon themselves to be to do. Lord -'s requejt cannot be judges, juries, and accusers, a cir- complied with yet; and as in the ebjeccuintance not to be found in our tions of Scrutator, and Castigator, at Jaws. But, gentlemen, the judges, believe, as things fiard at present it if they refuleroact according to the first would be vain to attempt to obviatt and principal of our laws confirmed to them. One word for all, bo zvever ; us by Magna Charta, are amenable in a where abufe is fubfiituted for argument, higher count; it is therefore your it can have no place in the Lond. Mag,