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THE BRITISH THEATRE. guine expectations this entirely fruf Frank. The Birmingham fage coach, trated, but as neither has any triumph Marc. Oh, ridiculous! and what to boast, they are speedily reconcil. could crạm you into a stage coach : ed, anů the piece terminates to the Freem. An accident : and another fatisfa&tion of all parties.

accident had like to have thrown be General Confiderations on the Piece. out of it again. I have been on a re

This comedy, which is the work of cruiting party in Staffordhire-loling a moment, and merely intended, during a wheel of my post-chaise, about fix the passion for the Stratford jubilee, miles off, I was glad to get into the to give fome tolerable idea of that poe- stage, which I had scarce well done, rical festival to the public, is intro- when it was overturned. My fellow duced by a prelude, in which the au travellers are but just set forward for thor pays many well-turned compli. London. ments to Mr. Garrick, and mentions Marc. Yes, I met the plebeans jut his friend Ms. Powell with a cordiali- as I drove into the yard. I have beca ty of concern that always produces a on the road all night myself, egad. I mark of universal approbation from rattled through Oxford at midnight, the public. Mr. Colman is himself loud enough to rouse all the sleepy fel. characterised under the title of George lows of the colleges. Dapperwit, and it is but justice to say, Freem. And what hurried you fo? that in this hafty sketch we fre Marc. Why, you most know, I quently find the pencil of a masterly should have been here last night, at painter. The characters of Kitchen farthest, but having promised to dide and Marcourt are well designed, and at the Macaroni yelterday, with Rehappily executed. The first is a walk. chester, Brumpton, and Evergreening pantry, a mere man of eating Freem. The noblemen of these titles without an idea abitracted from the d'ye mean? jarder. The other is one of those half Marc. Yes, to be sure—but you neexotic coxcombs, who have sprung up ver mention titles-titles of people you of late years, and are at present to live with-now-a-days-'tis not the universally insignificant, under the ton. When you say plain Town!y, name of Macaronies. Mr. Cross and Lovelace, Ogleby, and so forth—peohis wife are most bumouroully con- ple who live in the world, mean the tasted, and Lettice with Charlotte and duke, marquis, or lord, of the name ; Sally are full of shrewdness and vivacity. but when we say, Jack Willon,

The remaining persons of the drama, George Belford, Ned Thompfon, and like figures in the back ground of a fo on; we mean a commoner. good picture, please the imagination, Freem. I beg your pardod-proceed. though they are not materially con: Marc. Why then, being engaged cerned in the principal subject. The to dine with them, I fay, I did not Jandlord is deligned for one Peyton, set out from Pall Mall' till between who keeps the White Lion at Strat- eight and nine o'clock,--and faith I rord; Buick and Snarl are two gentle. ļolt 600 before the chaise came to the men who lodge in his house ; the one door. complains that he cann Peep in la Freem. Deep play. miserable a bed as he is furnished with, Marc. Poh! nothing at all. Loveand the other is dead drunk, because Jace loft four-and-chirty hundred to he has no bed at all. It is unnecessary Jack Airy of the guards, at the same to take notice of the waiter, oftler, setting. We used to set ten or twenty Jandlady, &c. as their names fuffis perhaps, some time ago; but now they cientiy convey an idea of their confe. never make up a rouleau of less than quence. For the fatisfaction of the fifty guineas. La Fleur(calling] where's reader, nevertheless, we have here this fellow must get off my boots. given a scene from the comedy, to Freem. Did you ride any part of jultify our compliment of general ap- the way? probation.

Marc. What, in the dark, and on SCENE the WHITE LION. the road! oh! no! indeed I bardly

Enter Marcourt 10 Freeman. ever ride now, but in the fpring, thro? Marc. My dear Frankly! who would the parks, and to pay visits. have thought of finding you here! wbat . Freem, Vists on horseback ! brought you to Siratford-upon-Avon?

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Mr. Moody orseback fince the new pavement.

Ballad Singers { Mr. Dibden ind I'm very often out the whole porning without going off the stones. Ralph

Mr. King Cake horse at Hali's itables, a Mort Shewmen, Gentlemen, Oitler, Cook, rait at Arthur's, a slice of pine apple,

Pedlars, &c. nd half a dozen of scandal and poli Mr. Melink, Mr. Hartry, Mr. Hurji, ics at Betty's, and so make the tour of

Mr. Ackman, C. &c. de parish of St. James's, through the

Mrs. Baddely square, Pall-mall, Piccadilly, and to

Miss Radley Hall's stables again. But La Fleur! Margery Jarvis Mrs. Love where the deuce is this fellow? I than't

Goody Berton

Mrs. Bradshaw have my hair dressed these three hours. This little piece, though it is in

Freem. Why there is so much of it, tended entirely as a vehicle for exit must take up some time to adjust is. - hibiting the Pageant, and

perIs not that vast quantity behind trou forming the songs which were deblerome' ?

signed for the Stratford jubilee, is, Marc. Not at all ; so far from it, nevertheless, inconceivably pleasing that above half of it is false ; for in in the representation ; and, in the an undress, unless you have a club as characters of the Irishman, Ralph, thick as both your double fists, you and Margery Jarvis, kept up, to use are not fit to be seen--but with that, the theatrical phrase, with an extraora little French hat, cut to the quick, dinary phase of humour. The scene that leaves your face as broad as Har- opens in the house of Goody Benson, ry the Eighth's, an ell of thirt Neeve who is discovered Neeping in iier great hanging over a short half inch pair of chair; Margery Jarvis wakes her, and ruffles, a coat powdered half way down a conversation follows, in which the your back, a tambour waistcoat, white. fears of the poor country people, who linen breeches, and a taper switch at Stratford really imagined the jubiin your hand, your figure, Freeman, lee would bring down some dreadful muft be irrefiftable.

judgement on their town, is admiraFreem. Your figure you mean, Mar. bly depicted. ---Mr. King, as a clown, court. But what could prevail on you who is terrified to death, yet alhamed to exhibit at Stratford ? Do you in to own his apprehension, is inimita, tend to make one in the Pageant, and but the Irishman conltitutes the thew yourself as one of the characters principal character of the jubilee. Duof Shakespeare?

ring a serenade, le unexpectedly Marc. No faith, such an original did thrusts kis head out of a poft.chaile, not exist in his days; and the writers and roars out to know, why the perof our time have left off drawing other formers are so unmannerly as to dir. people's characters, for the sake of ex turb a gentleman-declaring that he posing their own."

had not got a wink of seep till they We have nothing to add with re waked him; and telling them, that spect to MAN AND Wife, but that for want of better accommodation, is was very well performed, acquired he had been obliged to take up his universal applause, and gave much sa lodging in the first floor of the posttisfaction in the Pageant (a representa chaise. The hurry and confusion of tion of all the characters in Shake. the waiters, the distress of the gentlefpear's pieces). Mrs. Bellamy recei men for want of attendance, the ved many marks of the public regard, knavery of the pediars in striving to for her juftice to the tragic mule; and sell various articles of very different it is impossible to lay enough of Mrs. wood as genuine pieces of the cele. Mattocks's merit in the sprightly figure brated mulberry tree, are all natural of comedy.

to such a nicety, that those who were THE Drury-lane entertainment, actually down at the jubilee, may reaunlike that of Covent Garden theatre, sonably suppose themselves again is a perit piece, and introduced as such transported to the regions of inconveat the end of the plays. It is simply nience and extortion. The scenes of stred the JUBILEE, and the characters this nature are introduced after the

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Oa. a very laughable circumstance, when drawn by fatyrs, and attended by the honest Paddy comes in, towards the different characters of the antient coconclusion of the speaking part, and medy. tells us, he has been fait asleep during 12. A band of martial music. the exhibition of the pageant. While 13. Richard III. King Richard giv. the pageant is preparing, Mrs. Baude. ing directions to Tyrrell, with respect ly and Miss Radley, as two country to the murder of the two young girls, fing a song of humour, indic princes, who follow, led by the queen rectly complimenting the memory of dowager, their mother. Yeomen of Shakespeare. After which the Irish. the guards, &c. man lecs off for his own country, 14. Cymbelyne. Bellarius, Guiderius, laughing heartily at his folly in com Arviragus, Imogen, Pofthumus, and ing so far, to be fall asleep when he attendants. should be awake ; to be awake when he 15. Hamlet. The Ghost beckoning bould be fast asicep; to get nothing to eat, to Hamlet, who is held by his mother; and pay double for that into the bargain. Ophelia in the mad scene; the two

The Pageant, which is fplendid be. grave-diggers. yond conception, is conducted in the 16. Oibello. The Duke converting following manner :

with Brabantio; Othello leading Dele 1. Sixteen attendants with tamhours. demona ; Jago, Roderigo, officers,

2. Two attendants bearing the in- &c. scriptions, Veluti in Speculo, and Totus 17. Romeo and Juliet. Peter and the mundus agit bifirionem.

Nurse, the Friar, Romeo and Juliet, 3. A band of mulic.

servants, &c. 4. As jou like it. Touchstone and 18. Hinry VIII. Lord Chamberlain, Audrey ; Orlando and Rosalind; the King, leaning on Cardinal Wola Jaques, Adam, and Forelters.

sey; Anna Bullen, Archbishop Cran5. Tempeft. Prospero, Ferdinando, mer, guards, &c. and Miranda ; Ariel, Calibai, and 19. King Lear. Edgar in the stormdrunken failors.

scene; Lear between Kent and Corde6. Merchant of Venice. Basanio, lia; Heralds and Attendants. Portia ; the calkets on a bier richly 20. Macbeth. Macbeth and his Lady ornamented ; Shylock the Jew with in the dagger-scene. Hecate and the bis knife and bond, fenators, &c. Witches with the burning cauldron.

7. Twelfth Night. Sir Andrew Ague 21. Julius Cæfar. Lictors, Tribunes, Creek, Sir Toby Belch, Malvolio, Sc. Cæsar and the Soothsayer followed Olivia, and atte.dants, &c.

by Brutus and Callius. 8. Midsummer Night's Dream. Bot 22. Anthony and Cleopatra. Egyptian tom with an als’s liead, a number of Slaves ; Anthony and Cleopatra, Black children reprefenting fairies ; Oberon Eunuchs, &c. the fairy king and Titania his queen 23. Apollo with his Lyre. (Mr. Ver. Teated in an elegant carriage : Robin non). Good Fellow, Peale Bioflom, Cobweb, 24. The Tragic Mufe (Mrs. Rarry) &c.

on a triumphal car, surrounded by 9. Merry Wives of Windsor. Justice Calliope, Clio, Erato, Euterpe, Poly. Shallow, Slender, Sir Hugh Evans, hymnia, Terpsichore, and Urania. Dr. Caius, Jack Rugby, Host of the 25. The figure of Shakespeare from Garter, Alicient Pistol; Sir John Fal. his monument in Westmintter Abbey ftaff, between Mrs. Ford and Mrs. with emblematical ornaments, aud a Page; Bardolph, Nym, &c.

mumerous train of attendants, which 10. Much-a-do about Nothing. Bene- closed the proceffion. dict and Beatrice; Pedro, Leonato, The music of the Pageant was com: and masqueraders.

posed by Mr. Dibden, and the princi11. The Comic Muse, (Mrs. Abing. pal characters represented by the printon) leated on a magnificent car, cipal performers in the theatre. . The HISTORY of PARTY during the PRESENT REIGN.

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499 public, to need a repetition in this was wholly useless, and tended rather place, especially as they have been to expole the House of Comnions to particularly discussed in that part of contempt, than to increale its dignity, our work allotted to the history of or importance. It was observed, that parliament. Suffice it, therefore, that the right claimed by the freeholders of the administration, by pursuing their Middlesex was no other than the right plan of hunting the popular prisoner of doing wrong, that is, of fending a with unceasing. vebemence, hourly member to parliament who was ceradded to his weight, and by a deter- tainly ineligible in the eye of reason, mined resolution of punishing this for. however he might be deemed returnamidable enemy, constantly injured ble in the judgment of the law. The themselves.

friends of adminiftration moreover obThat this was undeniably the case, served, that if the Commons were ob. appeared immedia:ely after their in- liged by the conititution to receive all fluence, in favour of Colonel Luttrell, persons elected by a majority of freehad secured that gentleman's election holders who were qualified by law, for the county of Middlesex : he was that the freeholders were in conscience no sooner seated, than they imagined obliged to choose none but such as were their triumph over opposition quite absolutely qualified in realon : they alcompleat; they now conceived that lowed, indeed, that the constirution party had received a mortal wound, had given them a liberty of entruftand crumpetted forth the greatness of ing the national welfare, wherever their victory in ftrains of the loudest they thought fit; but then it was upexultation. Unhappily, however, for on a supposition that they would nethe friends of government, their exul. ver intrust it into improper hands. tation was but of very short continu. Had it been foreseen that a palpably nace; what was only Mr. Wilkes's injudicious use would be made of this cause before, notwithstanding the privilege, the privilege would have hinumber of his supporters, and notwith. therto been uiterly unknown to the ftanding the efforts of these support. people; it was given them to serve ers to represent his cause a public one the kingdom, not to injure it. “ Our on every former occasion, now became ancestors said the administration by no considered as national, in reality, The means designed that infidels Mould be majority of Middlesex freeholders be. the defenders of religion, beggars the ing denied the man of their choice, guardians of property, nor convicis an instant alarm ran through all the the framers of our laws. corporations of the kingdom; what For thele reasons, continued they, happened in one place, people argued the freeholders of Middielex, and noc might speedily happen in all; a local government, are the affaffins of the infringement on the conttitution might constitution ; they have aimed a ftab be quickly rendered universal. The at its very vitals, and the House of same despotism, which had violated the Commons are surely meritorious, not rights of the subject in the instance culpable, in wresting the dagger from under consideration, would violate their their frenzy: they were elected to rights in a thousand, and therefore it guard, not to betray the public prolbecame indispensably necessary to re. perity, and, confequently, even suppoSit the first attack: the privilege of sing them irregular in their meature, election once loft, all must be Toft; with respect to the rejection of Mr. English liberty would be nothing more Wilkes's voters, it was at the very than a name, and with the appearance worst nothing more than an irregulaof the most exalted independence we rity on the lide of virtue, into which fhould actually be trod into the most they were compelled by the infatua. miserable flaves in the universe. tion of Middlesex; and, consequently,

Such were the precepts every where instead of undergoing the universal eagerly inculcated, and every where cenfure, on account of their deviation greedily imbibed, of the administration; from, they were justly entided to the it was in vain urged by the friends of universal applanse, on account of their government, that the House of Com. attachment to the reai interests of the mons had long been allowed a power kingdom." of expelling their own members, and There arguments, however, though that unless the person expelled was to they had weight with many, were rebe excluded; the power of expulsion vertheless contidered by the majority

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The History of Party, &c. of the people, as fu many artful gild- plain with a mighty grave face of te ings to the pilt of oppression, and so cruelties which were exercised upos far from conciliating the minds of our fellow- subjects of America. men to the measures of government, The inconfiftency of the early peti. they only served to infame them be- tions in thus exclaiming at grievances yond the possibility of conception. which were really redressed, and in The principal people in opposition thus loading a ministry, who had blusexerted themselves in their various ders enough of their own to answer counties to increase the popular pre. for, with the faults of others, was too judices. They vehemently declared, glaring not to be universally condemaibat the principles of our freedom ed, and lackened the alacrity of many were wholly subverted ; they summon- well withers to the popular opinion, ed the interior freeholders, wherever to address the throne for a change of they had influence, to petition against his majesty's servants ; but the dilithe proceedings of administration ; and gence of the chiefs in oppofition food prayed upon the whole for a diffolu. fubdued the understanding of the infetion of the parliament; declaring, that rior adversaries. They went with in. no good could be expected from a set defatigable industry from house ta of men fo ignorant of, or so perfidi. house, foliciting subscribers to the ous to, the liberties of Englishmen. long list of their complaints, and,

The petitioners, notwithstanding like the Romish bigots, imagined, they would appear influenced wholly that the friends of a good cause might by motives of public good, and not justly make use of any measures to supwithstanding they would seem to act port it. In this persuasion they not Spontaneoully from their own imme. only called meetings in various places diate sense of wrongs, nevertheless, to arraign the conduct of government, manifelted more avertion to the minis- but wherever any body presumed to try, than regard for the welfare of the differ from their political creed, they ftate, and in most places were sedu- proceeded to very alarming extremiloudy canvassed by the principal per- ties; they claimed a right of speaking 1ons of the opposition, before they and acting freely themselves, yet could be prevailed upon to express a while they breathed the warmelt sentidisapprobation of the government. ments of liberty, they refused the

To prove the justice of these asser- same right to others. "To be mode. tions, it is only necesary to mention, rate, was to be indifferent about the that in the catalogue of grievances pre- happiness of the kingdom ; to dissent sented from various quarters, several from open outrage, was to be the tool accusations were brought against the of the ministry, and none in fa&t were present minifters, of errors actually secure either in person or reputation, committed by their enemies them but such as were ready to commit the selves, and which were not only re most flagrant oppressions in support of dressed, but owed their very redress public justice, and to practise the mot in a principal degree to the people intolerable of all tyrannies, through a now condemned as the authors of vehement desire of maintaining the them. The seizure of papers, for in- independency of their fellow. fubje&ts. Itance, and the illuing of general war In the midst of all these contradicrants, were the blefled effects of Mr. tions, however, the body of the peoGeorge Grenville's administration, and ple meant well, and deserved much were solemnly adjudged illegal, so that more the pity, than the indignation of they no longer existed as grievances, the confiderate: it was to be fure an or, if punishable, the weight of popular odd method of thewing their love of resentment should have fallen upon the order, to violate every principle of real criminals; yet these very measures, law; and a strange way of expreffing so notoriously the error of a predeceltheir deteftation of an arbitrary minil

. for, were urged in the most forcible ter, to tyrannize over their unhappy terms against the duke of Grafton; countrymen; but they were worked up and even Mr. George Grenville him: by a thousand different artifices to a self assumed the air of patriotism to lo state of downright phrenzy, and their unbluding an extravagance, that he madness

, tho' it could not excuse, was at countenanced the petitions which thus leac fufficient to extenuate their extrava. imputed his own faulis to other peo- gancies. ple, and absolutely ventured to coms [To be continued orca korally.]

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