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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 oot pil, by way of coup d'essai, prepared to melt into tears at the “ syllables of « counterfeit the deep tragedian," in dolour" which fell from him as he the part of Phædix. Mr. Elliston was painted the distresses of Jaffier, and the the Pyrrhus, and the wbole perforin, despair of Romeo, or that his ad mi. ance went off with inuch eclat. “ Our ration of the inimitable Parsous, whom bero, upon whom Melpomene had not he saw perform about this time, estranbeslowed ber choicest favours, still ac- ged him from the buskin, we cannot dequilled himself with tolerable credit, termine. and, but for the decoratcur of the even. From this period, however, he reing, who had adorned his side with a solved to pay his court to the Comic toledo of more than osdinary leogtb, Muse. The old men seemed to ocwhich somewbalembarrassed his action, cupy his most particular attention ; be would probably have enjoyed a more and with a view to the public efforts Ample share of the puffs which the au which be now meant seriously to make, dience, as a token of respect no doubt he procured a collection of wigs, which, to the congenial spot over which they for number and variety, from the proud were collected, very liberally rewardi full bolloin downto the humble scratch, the exertions of the young tragedians." was thought to outvie even Suett's ceIt is often curious to trace the bistory of lehrated stock, that, to the onullerable public characters to its origiu; and it is grief of every virtuoso and collector of not a little remark able, that two young similar curiosities, were
re said to be burnt persons, who for their own amusement with the Birining ham theatre in 1792." had acted together in a small room over In September 1793. he appeared on a pastry.cook's shop, should find them. the Richmond stage in tbe opposite selves after a separation of fifteen years, characters of Richmoud and Bowkitt. the tragic and comic heroes of the thea In March 1794, he played the former. tre royal in the Haymarket, enjoyiug the character, and Old Doiley, at Canter. highest honours of the profession, and bury, and immediately afterwards en. followed by the most genuine applause gaged with one of those theatrical of the public. But before we bring our crimps who come over occasionally to hero to this point of elevation, we must kiduap our youthful spouters for the accompany him through the humble Dublic theatre, deluding them with gradations which led to it. He had proprise: hey never meap shall be not yet witoessed the representation of fuitilied, and holding out to them hopes a play at the theatre; a place which his they are pre determined to disappoint, father, from religious motives, was not With the expectation that all the flats in the babit of encouraging One even. tering represe:stations that had been ing, however, in the year 1790, be paid made him would be fully realized on bis 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 had on his mind decided and made his appearance in Jacob bis future destiny. The stage now en Gurky and Lingo, on the 19th of June, tirely occupied bis thoughis; for this 1794, for the benefit of ibe celebrated “ all causes must give way;" trade Mrs. Wells, the original Cowslip. He became his fixed antipathy, and, in was very favourably received; the stead of attending to business behind songs of Lingo were all enrored; and the counter, the stage-struck youth was he repeated the lailer character, a few frequently mounted upon it, endeavour. nigbls afterwards, for the benefit of the ing to give the shopman and maid some Jale Mrs. Pope (then Miss Champion). relish of the opposite beauties of Otway But this was not the line of business he and O'Keeffe. The ruler was used for a was inveigled over to perform : he was truncheon, the red ink for blood : these, not to be an hound to hwait, but one to wilh the kitchen poker, gracefully dan- fill up the cry. The Country Pans, the gling from a button-bule of the breeches princely Burgundy, and walking Genpocket; a towering goose quill affixed tlemen of the most iusignificant cast, to his hat turned up in the front à la were allotted to him. Consplaint was mode Espaganle ; and the skirt of his fruitless at this distance from home ; coat carclessly thrown over the left and to his friends he was prevented, shoulder, thoroughly equipped for the by a feeling of pride, from making
known the difficulties of bis situation. prietor of the Haymarket Theatre bav. It would be an endless, as well as an un ing determined, in consequence of the pleasant, task, lo enumerate the circuin. encroachments of his brother managers stances of degradation, insult, distress, on his season, to form a company enand crnelly, he was obliged to submit tirely independent of the winter houses, to, while under the red of his scenic the fame and talents of our hero retyrant. After suffering a penance of commended him to the notice of Mr. eighteen months for the imprudent step Colman, who engaged him on very he had taken in quitting England, he liberal terins as his principal low comeresolved to return lo London, and with dian ; and on the 16th of May, 1803, this intention got on board a packet he appeared in this metropolis in the bound from Cork to Bristol, but which, character of Jabal and Lingo. Of bis owing to contrary winds, was forced reception, and his abilities, we have, in to put into a port in Wales. At Swane former uumbers, given a particular sea, he went to play, and introducing account. Besides an extensive range bimself to Mr. Masterman, the mana. parts in the stock comedies, he has conger, obtained his permission to perforin. tributed essentially to the success of From the warm reception he expe- scveral new pieces, which have been rienced, an engagemeat was offered brought out since bis appearance. His him, and for three years he was the Old Wiggios, Sleep-Walker ; Buskio, favourite comedian iu Mr. Masterman's Killing 10 Murder; Mingle, Bee Hive; circuit, which included Swansea, Caer. Cypher, Hit or Miss : Risk, Triangle, marthen, Monmouth, Cardiff, Llaodilo, Nehemiah Flam, Sir Fretful Plagiary&c.
his multiple in the Actor of All Work 0. Mr. Emery's quitting York for has stamped his reputation as an actor Covent-garden, in 1798, Mr. Mathews of powerful original genius, which our was engaged by Tate Wilkinsou in bis writers for the singe will doubtless, for situation. From the great popularity their own interests, not neglect to culo of Emery in this company, his suc. tivate. cessor bad much to apprehend, and In September, 1804, he made his first more to experience; but nothing seems appearance at Drury-lane Theatre, in to have abated the ardour of Matliews the character of Don Manuel, in She in the favourite pursuit for which, at so Would and She Would Not. His second çarly an age, he had relinquished all his character was Sir Peter Teazle. Here other prospects; difficultics served only he remained until the destruction of to increase his assiduity, and incite him the theatre by fire. in 1809. to greater exertions. The intreaties of Upon the removal of the company to his parents, the advice of his friends, the Lyceum Theatre, he appeared in the and the recommendations of mabagers, list of the actors, and canie into a conwere jusufficient 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, had second season, however, in consequence still, for him, the most powerful attrac. of a dispute about the terms of a new tiops. To struggle with impediments in engagernent 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-Jane Com. and patieoce; and the Stage demands pany, and, after travelling for nine from its followers the exercise of these inonths, returned to town in the sum. pirtues in a much greater degree than mer of 1812, and took up his old quarcan be imagined by common observers. ters at the Hayınarket; and in October, But in proportion to the obstructions made his first appearance at Coventto be encountered, the measures of tri- garden, in the character of Buskio, umph and self-gratulation is filled when having entered into an engagement they overcome.
with the Proprictors of that Theatre Mr. Mathews is a living instance of for five years. Discontented with the what may be effected by perseverance. very few characters that were allotted It rendered him one of the most popular to him, he determined not to renew aclors that had ever appeared' ju the his eug:genient, and in April last Yorkshire theatres, where he was en- requested the Managers io give him up joying a most comfortable and lucra. the remainder of his time toy which he tive situation, when a proposal was was hound in an article, and which was pade to bim from London. The pru. to expire at llic end of the season. He
left the Theatre, and in the summer ties of mimicry. The public naturally engaged at the Haymarket. The success supposed the peculiarities of my cast of of the Actor of All Work is well known. characters to be my owu taste I thereIn this he personated the characters of fore bope I shall be excused for taking Multiple, Stuffy !be Prompter-a French this my only opportunity, of avowing tragedian-Robin Scrawky, an apprec my firm altachment to that legitimate tice - M.Sillergrip, a Scotch pawnbruker drama of the country, which I devoutly - Mrs. M.Sillergrip-and a Glass coach hope may one day be restored to us.
It was acted nearly thirty nights, I Trust it is clearly understood, that and the house overflowed on every re I have spoken nol of molives, but of presentation. At the end of the season, effects. I have not the slightest dis. he made a most successful tour with his position to attribute my treatment to Actor of All Work to Edinburgb, Glas any illiberal feeling. It 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 opportunity of appearing only fortymanner :
six nights, and not once in a character “ Mr. Mathews respectfully informs in a coniedy. It is true, that twelve his friends and the public, that he will nights out of the forty-six I rode one of 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 oot opening Address, which will give some satisfy my ambition. During the rest of insight into his grievances al Covento the season, to use a theatrical term, 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 legitimate quietly. I grew restless and fidgetty ; shape of a regular Comedian. Circum- and like a goud soldier who feels he staoces, however, which I could veither has done only half his duty, whenever control, vor account for, have deprived I 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 entertaininent by the ay,” in whicb I might shew my myself, and reminded with what suc zeal and devotion in your service. At cess the celebrated Dibdin bad, during leng 4h I suspected my services were not several wioters, kept audiences toge- required at all, and therefore,“ like ther by his single exertioos. Still I pre a well bred dog who walks quietly ferred the exercise of my profession as a down stairs when he sees violent prepamember of the National Theatre; and rations on foot for kicking him into could I have been indulged in the first the street," I followed the example of wish of my heart, that of appearing fre my bollers, and resigned, rather than quently before you as ap'actor of legi. run the risk of staying to be turned timate coniedy, in that capacity I should out. I retired. It was my own act, in all probability have remained to the aud 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 knack for distinct ever litile talent may have been bemimicry, to which I have since been stowed on me to the best advantage unfortunately exclusively doomed. In to myself: for if I can only be allowed the latter part of my last winter's to exhibit 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 coulined 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 quackery, why I will sell * As we witnessed this evening (April 2)
my inedicines on my own account, and at the English Opera House; when Mr.
thuy sball call me Mouutebank if they Mathews, unsupported by any other actor,
like-out if such I am, why, like one', and depending solely on his own powers,
I will have a stage to myself. presented to an overlowing andience a
My series of entertainments, which excited vanily they may call it las led nie contingal peals of laughter from the begin to make the atiempt. It is a bold ning to the end. Vide THEATRICAL JOUR- one-but the encouragement is in your NAL, page 311,
bands. If I can stand single-banded
against the hosts of superior entertain. it; an evil possibly unavoidable in the ment around me, it will be a feather in progress of knowledge. If there be, *my cap. It is in your power to place however, a fuod of sound sobei sense the feather there — and if it is once among the periple, the worthlessness of plauted, be assured it shall be worn the trash that the witling or insidious gratefully, as well as triumphantly." writers of the day impose upon them,
As a source of merriment in private will in time be discovered. 'when any company, he is inexhaustible. He pos superfluity of naughtiess, generated by sesses powers of mimicry with which its intoxicating fumes will, it may be Foote, were he living, would, perhaps, supposed, disappear. abrink to enter into competition ; for By the improved meibod of teaching, there seems to be no object or charac
so much have the means of education ter out of the reach of bis imitative been put within the power of all, that talent.
possibly in no long time the hopes of our He has been twice married. His first venerable beloved Sovereign, that every wife, Miss 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 novels, which have addition to scbool education, might not considerable merit. Being, perhaps, a something be done towards rendering little of the opinion of Johnson, that the education, or training, which cbil. * if marriage has few joys, celibacy dren receive at the home fireside, more has no pleasures," in 1803 he married effectual for making then l'ie virtuous Miss Jackson, then belonging to the characters in mature years, that will York Company. By tbe laiter lady best promote individual happiness, as he has one son.
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 raised and excited in the young by the
or refinement is doubtless attended close constant intercourse of the family with many advantages, it may too bring circle, must always have a powerful evils along with it, which, if not timely effect in determining the complexion of counteracted, can hardly fail to prove their’s. Should any thing very faulty greatly injurious to the countries most be found in the instruction or example distinguished 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 tveir frowns or smiles, it is antidotes to prevent wealth and luxury to be feared that, in many ivstances at from generating those vicious prin. least, being able to read and repeat the ciples and habits, which, in ancient catechism, would fail in accomplishing times, were always the forerunners of what must ever be a great object of the decline and fall of a nation. The education-the forming of virtuous modern nations, indeed, at least of principles and habits in the young. If Europe, may bave advantages over the parents then may be looked on as among ancient in this respect, possessing pre the principal modellers of the human servatives and correctives, which, pro- mind, it is surely a maiter of the first perly applied, might go far to binder importance that they should be properly degegneracy of character among a qualified for their office. If left in a people arriving at such a height as to great measure to chance, to pick up the prove their ruio.
knowledge or acquire the skill it de. of the means most to be relied on for mands, is it any wonder that the world preserving the spirit and manners of a should be encumbered with so many people in a sound wbolesome state, edu- unseemly, 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, if such mental artists? Were Deed hardly now be destroyed for lack sculptors or architects, as little acquaintof knowledge; the danger some may ed, or at as little pains, to make themthink, 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 sently to arise from the diffusion of apprehended many fathers and mothers knowledge proceed from the people are with the art of training up child having as yet but a smaltering of it. in the way he should walk, would not Skimming, but the surface, they must their productions be no less imperfect, swallow all the scum and wurst part of rude, or contemptible?
Nor may careless profligate parents if anywhere, small trilling 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 spawo they let loose on it, not a few, do things, in the presence of their chilperhaps, of the more attentive and bet- dreo, which they would never say or ier disposed may do the same, notwith- do, if aware of the peroicious impres. standing their endeavours to the con sion they make on their tender minds. trary. From ignorance or unskilful. The instruction delivered froin the pulness they may produce effects on the pit, on a subject of this kiud, besides minds of their children, quite the re being unavoidably, perhaps, too general verse of what was designed by their ta- 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 matter 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 reinark may possibly be applied lowed, when attempting to inspire their to that which books teach— when the young ones with sentiments of piety book is laid aside, the subject may be and virtue. Tbus such views may be ready to drop out of head. given of God and man, as instead of im. Were the question put, what is the bueing their minds with love to the best means for powerfully, if not free author of their being, and good will to qucotly exciting attention to a subject. their brethren of mankind, their affcc. The reply, perhaps might be, louk to tions may be alienated from both. Fear the effects produced by a mode of ioand suspicion may be the feelings chiefly Struction, somewhat different from tbose excited towards him whom they are eu 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 estcem and be well affected to ascribed, in a considerable measure, lo Self may be cxalted instead of humbled. the plan recently adopted of making And the sensual appetites rather check them the subject of a course of popular ed by restraint, iban 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, when impediinents to their gra- being made the subject of frequent contification shall be removed. The deal. versation and remark, ainong 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 times. Were education, iou, 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 be should excuse can be found for the ignorance walk, inade the subject of a specific of parents respecting the proper mode course of lectures in every populous of training their children, from the in. town in the realın, might not great ad. struction that may be received on this vantages result from it? Would a lec: head froin buth pulpit and press. No ture on chemistry or elocution appear doubt much good has resulted from more interesting to fathers and mothers what has been communicated through than one on a topic, the kuowledge of these channels, and were the duty of which beyond that of most others, parents made a frequent topic of palpit might tend to advance their welfare instruction, perhaps still more would and happiness, at least so far as coa. be effected : it surely njerits at least as nected with the well doing and well much notice as the duly of children; being of ibose naturally dearest lo thern for should the former be ill understood upon earth And might out the diffus 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 perforincd. It possibly, how: principles and babits, in the young, ever, might be deemed inconsistent with while promoting private and domestic the dignity of the pulpit to enter into comfort and happiness, help likewise lo 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 attention of pareuls. Here, Dlarch 30, 1818.