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Jan. waiting gentlewoman, that enables creetly employs Jones to bring his her to make her mistress acquainted daughter to reason-but what kind of with his sentiment, and are also pro- advocate he would have proved himductive of an incident on the part of self is barely demonstrated before Wer. Sophia, that conveys no small intel tern returns, with aggravated fury, to ligence to her lover, of reciprocal ap- put Jones out of his house, having probation.

learned from his fifter that he was of Mr. Western, all this time had too all others the most unfit to be left alone much in sensibility to suspect, what he had with the young lady. Mr. Supple, a Tot the judgment to prevent, and his friend and relation of the Squires, fister, Mrs. Weltern, in other respects and the profeíTed lover of Mrs. Wesaccording to her own opinion the most tern, with difficulty restrains him from able politician, from utierly miscon- manual tokens of resentment, until ceiving her neice's behaviour, affures Mr. Allworthy's appearance at length ber brother, that she is in love with restores him to some degree of compoBlifil the nephew and prefumptive sure. heir of Mr. Allwcithy-A circum. Mr. Allworthy is much concerned ítance that is highly grateful to the at the cause of his dissatisfaction, from pid gentleman-as the family estates considering himself as a kind of achappen to be conveniently united. cesary, and Blifil taking advantage of

Mrs. Wettern, exulting in her own the unfavourable moment for Jones, fagacity, tells her niece of her suppor. ventures to strike his long concerted ed discovery, adding, that her father blowby charging him with a deis then gone to open the affair to Mr. fign of forging a will, in a late illness Allworthy,

of his benefactor, to disinberit him, Sophia, deceived by the ambiguity (Blifil) and make himself master of the of her aunt's conversation into a belief Allworthy estate. that Jones is the favoured object, ac The plot succeeding to his with knowledges her affection for him

the injured Jones is totally abandoned which offends Mrs. Western to the by his once most indulgent protector.' highest degree, and notwithstanding Mr. Western having repeated his she suffers herself to be prevailed on, positive commands to his daughter ta not to betray her folly and micannels, accept Blifil—and provoked his fister, as the calls it, to her brother, the de- notwithstanding her approbation of the clares, that the will haften her mar inatch to leave his house, by renounpiage with Blifil, as the best security of cing her plan of operations, Sophia the family honour.

resolves, at Honour's suggestion, to The distressed Sophia in an acciden fly to Jones--who having joined tal interview with Jones, not only Nightingale and his mistress, and listens to the most affectionate pro wrote a farewel epiftle to Miss Welfessions, but joins with him in lament tern, was already on the road for ing the impoisibility of their union. London, in order to enter a volunteer

Weitern, having met with a good in the lervice of his country. reception from Allworthy, consults It is in this place alone, without with his lifter respecting future mea destroying the chain of the fable, that fures, and having abruptly told the i could contrive to introduce Niglityoung lady his intentions, immediate ingale, or his intended lady, though, ly brings Plisil to pay his personal be it acknowledged for the honour of compliments.

the author, he appears much earlier Blinl, whose principles are to the in the piece. list degree infamous,' is actuated on This Mr. Nightingale, an old friend the occasion by interest, not love; of Jones's, had prevailed on Nancy coníequently makes such a report of Miller, a portionless girl, and once the young lady's treatment of him, the school-fellow of Sophia, to elope as is molt confitten't wiili his own pri- with him, as she understood, to be vate views ;-—but the old gentleman married; but the youth's designs up16 loon convinced of his error by her on her were of a very different nature, declaring the neyer will receive Blifii in which not being able to succeed, for a bulband. Enraged beyond mea he was on the point of returning her sure at this declaration, he very sir. to an inconfo!able mother, when the

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5 lady's happy genius caft him in Jones's Old Mr. Nightiogale coming to the way.

knowledge of his son's intentions Mr. J. es, whose heart we are to with relpect to Miss Nancy, pursues fut poje repete with goodness and gene- him to the inn at Upton, and seizing rofity, undertakes the unfortunate him by the collar, is for dragging girl's cause, and in a short time to him home with him—when Allworthy fully convinces Nightingale of his cru. interposing declares, that so far from elty and injustice, that he consents to being the indigent girl he takes her fulfil his original engagements.

for, Miss Nancy Miller is heiress to Sophia and Honour overtaking this fifteen thousand pounds, by a recent good company at an inn at Upton, decision of a chancery suit ; a piece of and unacquainted with the connexion, intelligence that renders the old genwith astonishment discover Jones in a tleman perfectly happy. fete a tete, with a female in the next After much' intercession, both on apartment. Sophia, shocked at the idea Sophia and Mr. Jones's part, in faof Jones's inconstancy, is for returning vour of Blifil, Mr. Allworthy at last back immediately to her father's—but, consents that he shall have a sublittat the persuasion of Honour, contrives ence.---Mr. Supple is accepted by to let Jones know she is no stranger to Weltern, though not without fome his conduct.

surprize, for his brother-in-lawHe soon clears up all her suspicions nor is there one heart, except Blifil's, by the introduction of her school-rel- unconscious of felicity. low-but before they can congratu- Confiderations on the Condu&t of the Fable. late each other on the happy mistake, Whoever reads the fable of Tom they are terrified by the arrival of Jones, must be unavoidably disgusted Mr. Allworthy, Western, Blitil, and by its incoherence and stupidity ; and Supple.

how it was possible for the utmost inHonour and her mistress are con- genuity of ignorance, to render lo sencealed for a few moments, and the lible a novel, to contemptible an opee latter is instantly locked up by her fa- ra, will ever remain a matter of the ther, on emerging from her hiding highest astonishment with me. place; and he also threatens to punish The first act, though by much the Jones with the utmost severity. best of the three, is a dead void;

Nightingale, on his return from pro- the conversation between the lady and curing a licence, informs Jones that her maid such as neither nature, or he has met with one Dowling, an at. breeding, could dictate-and yet, pertorney, who hearing of his misfor. haps, the author is ready to affirm it tanes, promised to avert them all by to be the very language of Fielding, a secret in his poffeflion.

and that the circumitance of Sophia's Mrs. Western now arrives, and hav- sudden fondness for her muff bas ing obtained the management of her been transcribed with equal exactness. niece, and rebuked her brother, to I cannot neverthelets allow either whom she had been reconciled by the the one or the other to be calculated timtiy interposition of Mr. Allwor- for a polite audience. - The Stage bby, is foftened almost to Sophia's ought to be the school of propriety, nor withes, by a little well applied flat. Thould any thing be offered to the eye tery:

or the ear, that is poflible to give of. Mr. Allworthy, having had an in- fence- and I fancy no one will deterview with Dowling, and being con ny, that a young lady's suffering her vinced that Tom Jones is his decealed servant to entertain her with tuch fa. filter's legitimate illuę by a private miliarity, on so nice a subject, is fuffi. marriage, and the elder brother of ciently cierogatory to the character, Blind, is not at a loss to trace the vile without her preposterous behaviour of lany of the latter to its proper source, fighing over, and kissing her muff, as and caks him for ever from his heart. directed by the author, to put it in A proceeding that Western is no the power of ignorance itself, to exsooner made acquainted with, toge- pose her all over the universe. her with his reiclution of making Nor is this all. The delicate, the Jones his heir, than, vicar of Bray accomplimed Sophia, who charges her libe, he offers his daugiiter to Tommaid never to mention her partiality who receives her with raptures.

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Jan, for Jones, takes the first opportunity instead of renouncing and defpifing of telling it herself, by a further dil. him, and taking the most poignant play of her_ridiculous estimation of name to herself, The is presented to us the muff.-The history of which the at an alehouse, engaged in the followhas small reaton to flatter herself, froin ing conversation. the experienced simplicity and com. municaciveness of Mrs. Honour,

Nightingale. And you thought I in

tended to leave you would be long, if even at that period, a secret.

Nancy. I confess I was not without But indeed the whole plot, to bor. my fears—but you have effectually rerow a hint from Mr. Bayes, Teems to moved them, by the assurance you lie in the muf.- For, is it not the have given me of our marriage to grand engine in manufacturing two morrow. I am now really happy. of the most important events ?-the

AIR. discovery of the hero and heroine's Bleft with thee, my soul's dear treasure, mutual affection--and their mutual Sweetly will each hour be país'd ; reconciliation at the inn at Upton. Every day will bring new pleasure, Let no one then hereafter say it was And be happier than the last, introduced in vain.

With so lov'd a partner talking, But to wave this point; it must be Time will quickly glide away i confesed the ladies are very little ob. With so dear a husband walking, liged to the author of this opera for Nature all her bloom display. the pictures he has given of the sex. Such a darling frain possessing,

Miss Nancy, without either rbime All my sorrows will be o'er ; or reason, is rendered the most despi. Thou art Fortune's utmost blessing, cable of beings, notwithstanding, by Fortune cannot give me more. an improvement on his model in the And shall we set off for Upton ta. article of delicacy, her chastity is pre night? served to her.

Nightingale. As soon as ever poor Then the author conceives he drew Jones hath finished his letter to Allfrom nature, when he allowed a really worthy, chaste young woman, fo grossly af.

Nancy. I pity the unfortunate genfronted, and so grossly deceived, as

tleman, and shall always love him for he describes Miss Nancy to be, not

those noble principles wbich you tell only to accep: the wretch for a hur.

me he displayed in your late interview. band, but to accept him with one of her best curtsies, and the preposterous parade his generous advice hath greatly con

Nightingale. Yes, my dear Nancy, of mean thanksgiving into the bargain. tributed to our happiness. I must

But left I should be suspected of injustice, I will submit the whole scene sentinent operated on me very krong

own, that the fear of a father's reto the confideration of the public. I

ly. must however beg that this idea may accompany the perusal-Miss Nancy be for this breach between Mr. Jones

Nancy. How forry my mamma will Aed from her family, in order to be and his benefactor. come the wife of Nightingale (but for what purpose introduced in the opera, Why what animals, what machines I am not 10 happy as to comprehend) are these ! How say you, ladies, is it who she must consequently believe to not fitting men should be coy wben women be a man of honour, and most fin woo? or do you think this meanness, cerely attached to her.

levity, and confidence, fits well upon Yet when she discovers him to be you. -And yet this is a trifle to the only the worst of villains, his design to chafte Miss Nancy's behaviour at Uprob her of her innocence, instead of ton, when Jones introduces her to the indignation natural to such an oc. Sophia to obviate her fufpicions of casion, instead of the tender recollec. his inconftancy. tions of a parent she had reduced to Nancy. How does my fthool-fellow? the utmost distress, and for the Sophia. Miss Miller! (tbey falute) punihment of which conduct it would what brings you here? not have been a ftrained construction, Nancy, A runaway

schemeto receive so great an indignity I fuppole somewhat like your own, 3

niy

1769. THE BRITISH THEATRI. ay dear. Mr. Nightingale has pre- rupted hearts from the pernicious poison. vailed on me to take a matrimonial trip.

THE CHARACTERS. We were in your neighbourhood yer To the laf degree unnatural and terday, and came hither last night ac contemptible---if we except Weftern companied by Mr. Jones. — -The and his lifter.--por indeed have they redor, it seems, is on a visit at a any other claim to toleration, than a friend's, about five miles off; and Mr, remote tinge of their originality. Nigatingale went to him, near three

THE MANNERS. boars ago, to procure a licence, leaving Universally exceptionable: Fielde in the care of this gentleman. ing's elegant and accomplished Sophia

JOEES. I hope this matter is explain. runs away from her father, not mere. ed now, madam.

ly to avoid a hated marriage, but to Nancy. And so I find it was jealous throw herself truly into the arms of of me, was it?

her lover. sopbia. My dear Nancy, how could Tom Jones has ill.exchanged a thouyou be so rah?

sand amiable qualifications for legitiNancy. Ah, my dear, what is it macy, notwithstanding it was a French & szeman will not do for the man lhe improvement. brees?

Western in bis purged state (as the A I R.

author phrases it has a line of the To lare me from mammy the swain did grofleft composition put into his employ,

mouth, not to infist too minutely on On every occasion,

trifling indelicacies and coarse inuendoes. The strongest perfuafion:

The great, the exemplary Mr. All. At length I consented, and told the worthy, so eminent for every virtue, dear bog,

gives Sophia cause to observe, by wav That tbro' the world with him I'd wan of civility, that rage is so ungovernable der with joy.

a passion, and the occasion of his fo Tho' prudes and old maids, by despair juft

, that apologies are unnecessary. ever teiz'd,

Nor am I able to discover, cither the My conduct should handle beauty or meaning of Supple and his With malice and scandal,

political coutin's entering into the So veft an affection my bosom has seiz'd, matrimonial bands. That thro’the world with him I'd wan

THE SENTIMENTS. der well pleas'd.

Most commonly indelicate, and As I live there's Nightingale and a gen

more commonly out of character.

THE DICTION. tleman !--excuse me, Miss Sophy, I

Perhaps the poorest that ever gainmuft attend my lord and master.

ed admittance on the fage; but And thro the world with him.-

THE MORAL [Exit finging.

makes amends for every deficiency--If there is a woman, whose mind is so for does it not contain a lesson of admi. abject and depraved, as to behold this sable inftruction both for daughters and character without disgust, what must fathers ?-Fathers, by reaping the be. the not be capable of ?...the stews have nefit of Weltern's experience, may nothing beyond it...and, for the bo- avoid the ahlerdity of introducing nour of the sex, I will hope, it is mere. such

young

fellows to their daughters ly a monstrous creation of the poet's acquaintance, that they would be inown brain.

willing to receive for lons-- whilst the But if the ladies are willing to let innocent, though unthinking girl, is, such a piece pass with impunity, will by the treatment of Miss Nancy, athe fathers and mothers of the present wakened to a due attention to the generation suffer all decency and mo strictest precepts of propriety:rality to be thus discountenanced 7.--I For believe me, ye sweet misjudging bavé however performed my duty, as creatures, it is not suincient to rea bumone member of society, by point. pulle an unworthy attempt, but it ing out its evil, and let those fail, at should ever be reniem bered by you, their peril, who wilh well to their chil. that he comes 100 near who coines to dren, to guard their yet perhaps uacor- be denied, and that when once the

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Account of Cheap Ward. paternal protection is renounced, and Mercers- hall, Grocers-hall ( the rules of decorum violated, the plan) and the Poultry-Compte contempt of sensibility is the inevitable of the city prisons. Of the p consequence, if even the compassion re and churches we shall say somewh mains.

ther. I. St. Mildred's in the Pc As to all the other characters, as is a rectory, in the gift of the c there was no merit, their good fortune. and the church being consumed i is merely consistent with the blunders fire of London, was handsomel of a blind goddess.

built, and the parish of St. Mary THE REPRESENTATION. annexed thereto, Value to the r I cannot conclude without doing so about 150 l. per annum. Veltry, much justice to Mrs. Mattocks, as to who have served or fined for offi observe, that the author was much in: church-wardens, seventy.e debted to her performance, nor was houses ; augmentation to the parit the droll Shuter by any means his St. Sepulchre 6l. per annum (see enemy, I am, Sir,

plan.) 2. St. Laurence Jewry i Your humble servant, vicarage, in the patronage of B: IMPARTIALIS. College, Oxon, and the church be

dettroyed also in the dreadful for The new comedy by Mrs. Grif- 1666, was elegantly rebuilt, and fiths, intended to have been perform- parish of St. Mary Magdalen Mi ed on Saturday night at Drury-Lane Atreet added to it. Value to the vi Theatre, was deferred on account of about 100l. per annum.

Veftry ge the indisposition of Mrs. Clive. ral; two church-wardens, 181 houi

In a few days, a new comedy called Augmentation to the parish of the Sister is expected to be brought out Giles Cripplegate sl. per annum. I at Covent Garden, the production parish of St. Bennet Sherehog is a likewise of a female pen.

nexed to that of St. Stephen W.

brook ; St. Pancras Soper-iane, A brief Account of Cheap-ward, with that of St. Mary le Bow; St. Martin

an accurate Plan thereof, divided Ironmonger-lane, to St. Olave Jewry into Parishes, according to a new Sur- Allhallows Honey-lane, to St. Mary vey.

Bow, their respective churches bein THIS ward is so denominated destroyed by the fire of London, an

from the Saxon word chepe, a never rebuilt. market, which was anciently hept in This ward is governed by an alder this division of the city. It is bound. man, twelve common-council-men ed on the East by Broaditreet and eleven conftables,, nine scavengers Walbrook wards; on the South by twelve wardmote inquest men, Cordwainers ward'; on the West isy a beadle. One conttable, a beadle, Queenhithe and Cripplegate wards'; and twenty-five watchmen, are the and by the wards of Coleman-ftreet, safe guard of the ward every night. Ballinaw, and Cripplegate, on the The jurymen returned by the ward. North. The streets, lanes, courts, mote inqueft, are to serve in the seve&c. are so well pointed out in the plan, rai courts in Guildhall in the month as to need no further enumeration of February. It is taxed to the There are seven parishes in this ward, 15th, at 721. 16s. and in the Exchebut only two parish churches, viz. St. quer at 721. lis. Mildred's in the Poultry, which has a The prelent alderman is Jolin Kirk. church; St. Mary's Colechurch, St. Ben man, Efq; his deputy T. Wilkinson, net's Sherehog, St. Pancras Soper.lane, Eq; the other common.council-men, St. Martin Ironmonger lane, Athallows Mesirs James Patefield, John Salt; Honey.lane, and St. Laurence Jewry, Edw. Ingram, Elq: Mesirs Stephen which has a church. There are in Camm, John Marlar; Tho. Nith, Esq; this ward also the following publick Messrs John Smith, Edward Lampbuildings, viz. Guildhall, in King: den, Tho. Burford, Tho. Burloot, treet, with its fine chapel (lee the plan) and John Bo; dell.

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