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afterwards exhibited. În 1709 it was Shall burlesque Theatres arise, razed to the ground; as appears by To entertain poor vulgar eyes; the following extract from a periodic And Dorset's once fam’d glories sink, cal paper, called The Gazette à-la- Without a deluge of poetie ink. mode : or Tom Brown's Ghost, No. 3.
Tell it no more, no more complain, Thursday, May 26, 1709.
Since all your sorrows are in vain.
The fabrick now in ruin lies * I wonder (says the Writer) that a That 'once ascended to the skies, man whose wits run so much a wool
And that wbich once such pleasure gaver gathering as my Coz. Bickerstaff's should
Iš now prepar'd to be your giave 7." not all this time have pick'd up some Epigram, Elegy, or other doleful ditty,
The site was used as a timber-yard on such a lamentable occasion as the for several years. It is described as pulling down the Theatre in Dorset. such in some lines “ On a Lady's faGarden ; upon which melancholy sub- yourite Cat," inserted in “ Count Pic ject, an old acquaintance of my friend per's Packet, being a choice and curi. Isaac's, a water-poet, has been so kind ous Collection of Manuscript papers as to oblige me with the following lines, in prese and verse. 1732." composed and dated on board the Folly,
~ Near that fam'd place, where in old now lyng opposite to the ruined Play
times there stood house. “ Ye Muses weep, weep all ye Nine,
A Theatre; but now huge piles of wood : The Poets yainly call Divine:
Where silver Thames runs gliding by the See there that scene of Melancholy
And Watermen stand bawling to their While yet here floats the sinking Folly ; From whence that falling pile we view,
Where noble Dorset claims a royalty, Once sacred to the Gods and you,
And Bride's fair steeple towers to the sky; Wbich buskin'd Heroes use to tread,
Where mug-house menibers kept their
clubs of late, And represent the glorious dead. Now, now, servile made,
And rioters met their untimely fate : And is from pleasure turn'd to trade.
Cluse in a nook a little house you '! The manag'd stage, and well-wrought
A South view of the Dorset Gardeuş Adorn?d with exquisite machine, Theatre is given in the present Num. No longer please our wand'ring eyes, ber (See Plate)...Some alteration was They once engag'd with such surprise ; niade in the exterior of the building When there we saw a dying part, after the view was taken that is given Play'd to the life by Moh'n or Hart.
in Settle's Empress of Morocco, un Here grieve yourselves in tears away,
less that represents, ás probable, the And put on Cypress 'stead of Bay; While laurels erown your sons no more,
North front. At the time of the reThat dare thus rudely 'front your pow'r. pairing above noticed, the arms and No more shine on the stage with grace
ornainents might be altered, as the That is profan'd with every ass :
view from which the present engrav. Heroes of old neglected sleep,
ing is copied is supposed to bave And in their peaceful ashes weep,
been made after the repairs were com. That us'd each night within this place pleted. Other views, in the saine diTo show the grandeur of their race, rection, may be found in the farge And prove the justness of their life and sheet maps of a Prospect of London doom
and Westminster, 'taken at several Whether perform'd in Greece or Rome. stations to the Soulliward thereof, by Mysterious (Edipus appears
Williani Morgan; and also in Henry Here full of grief as he's of years ; Overton's New Prospect of London Young Ammon's passion mounts as
of the South side, &c. dedicated to high, As iť in Babylon cou'd Hy,
Gideon Harvey by the publisher Jas.
'Walker. It stood near the mouth of And Clytus cou'd not nobler die. Here Scipio conquers, and Hannibal
Fleet ditch, which liad on the opposite At Canna cou'd not greater fall.
side a handsoine structure, with a Cæsar himself receiv'd bis fate
balcony, belonging to a noted empiric, Not with more majesty and state
• Dr. Salmon; a part of which is shewn Than Hart cou'd répresent the great in the annexed View.
:) Brütus and Cassius were outdone
In Buck's Views (1749) the site iş Themselves by Betterton and Moh'n. represented as a Timber-yard. And shall that pile dwindle to wood, China-hall, Rotherhithe. This sub. Where once such mighty Heroes stood*? urbian Theatre is supposed to have * Now made a Wood yard.
# A Saw-pit.
. . 11 been opeped in the summer of 1777. ed about the year 1142 by the proprie. It was formed from the warehouse of tor, Wm. Barlon, with public breaka paper - manufacturer; and novelty fasts, weekly concerts, and occasional crowning the first season with suffis oratorios. The place is thus describcient encouragement, the proprietors ed in a ballad addressed ventured to embellish and materially
To Delia, improve the premises ; the adver:
An Invitation to Ruckholt-house.. tisement for the commencement of the
“ Delia, in whose form we trace following season, stating the Proprie- All that can a virgin grace; tors" haye spared no expence in ens Hark where pleasure blith' as May, larging and beautifying the Theatre; Bids us to Ruck holt (haste) away. and as they are detesinined to pre- Verdant xestos, melting sounds, serve the exactest punctuality in the Magic echoes, fairy rounds, time of begiuning, and to make regu- Beauties ev'ry where surprize,“ larity and decorum their chief study, Sure that spot dropt from the skies. hope they shall render themselves de- Delia, in, &c.* serving of that favourable encouragement they have before experienced."
The sweet singers of Ruckbolt's
are immortalized by Shenstone; and The prices of admission were,boxes 38. pit 28. gallery 1s. and time of com
the place, appears to bave been the menciog varied by the season froin
drive of fashion for about three seas
Jo Music in good time; a new half past six lo geven o'clock. The Wonder and Lying Valet; Love in a
ballad, 1945, fol. it is enumerated with Village with Comical Courtship (a new
other places in the followiøg stavzas : piece) were among the pieces per
66 Oh L--C--n, oh C---ke, and each bęl. formed; and in the season of 1778
man appear, one of the performers was the late with your sougs and your sonnets to celebrated George Frederick Cooke. Tu spin çatches and odes, and your pas
charm ev'ry ear; Soine time in the winter of 1978-9 the
t'rals fine, whole building was destroyed by fire. Assist them Grub Phoebits, assist bunters Ruckholl-house, Leyton, Essee...
Derry down, &c. Ruckholt-house is said to have been That Vauxhall, and Ruckħolt, and Raneonce the mansion of Queen Elizabeth;
[news and is now gentioned as forming, for And Horton and Sadler's, bath old and a short period, an auxiliary place of My Lord Cobham's head, and the Dubamusement for the Suminer to the wich Green-man, establishe: Theatres,and situate within May make as much pastime as ever they the environs of London. It was open.
Derry down, &c. * The following votive ditty uppu Hampstead, and the Wells, I have only discovered since the note in the last Volume, ii. p. 554, was printed ; and which is not mentioned, I believe, by the intelligent Author of the recent valuable Volume upon The Topography and Natural History of Hampstead. It may be found in The Musical Entertainer, engraved by George Bickham, Jun. fol. vol. JI. No. 15, entie. tuled “The Beautys of Hampstead," and also as a broad-side, from which the present copy is taken.
HAMPSTEAD. A Ballad, set by Mr. Abel WHICHello. Sung by Mr. JOHN BAKER:
Sbades defying Titan's beams,
Lovers wishes; -Poets themesox
Health and pleasure,
(Heav'nly treasure!) All around adorn the lands.
Smiling here, united dwell. Here ever woody mounts arise,
Here, nymphs and swains indulge your There verdant lawns delights our cyes, Share the joys our scene impárts, (hearts, Where Thames wauders,
Here be strangers :
To all dangers,
It is uncertain whether public A little patience is required for the Amusements continued after the Sun. Reader as well as the Writer, while iner of 1746. The House was pulled we are trying the perspicacity and down about 1757.
sbrewdness of the present writer. Lilliputian Theatre, Whitechapel. He tells us that “He very well -The premises had been altered from knows the reusons of his Father's in. the Angel and Crown Tavern, and tention that the Edition of 1765" should opened as a Theatre about the month have been preferred. Good ! it is the of October, 1778, with the price of only point to be ascertained.but if admission to the boxes 38. pit 28. Mr. Hawkins's knowledge is to be Among the pieces represented were proved by bis 5 reasons,” they onMidas, Harlequin's Revels, Love in a luckily shew, that he knows nothing Village, with new scenery,
of the matter! Yours, &c.
His first “ reason," for he counts it as one, is, that the Preface of 1765
should have been preferred, because Mr. URBAN,
“it was written on occasion of the I
T is not proper that I should re publication of that Edition.” That Mr. Hawkins, because it involves some written for the Edition of 1765! but matters of fact, necessary to state in he can take nothing, as the Lawyers, vindication of my owo fidelity as a say, by this motion ; 'tis granted that Literary Historian; and equally so, to a Preface is a Preface ! shew what kind of an Historian Mr. Secondly, that “this Preface of Hawkins is likely to turn out. 1765 more particularly referred to
Among my researches, in the topic that Edition :" and therefore, being a of Literary Quarrels from personal Preface to the obsolete Edition of motives," I had to record one, where 1765, it should be republished in an the late Sir John stood in a dilemma Edition of 1787. This still is no as the Editor of Johnson's Works.
;" and of this the Bookseller, Hawkins owed no good-will to Stee- as we shall see, was fully aware. veus for bis caustic pleasantries; and And now the Reader has his « reahe was not a magnanimous enemy. sons!" though with all his strainings A verse to preserve Johnson's high he hardly reaches the plural number. commendation at the close of the Pre. But any one thing is, orare," reasons" face to Shakespeare, of Steevens, he to him who from such untenable prepretended that he reprinted the Premises with the most provoking conface of 1765; which, having appeared fidence infers, that “every intelligent before Johnson's union with Steevens, man must see, that to have printed was free from the tender passage. On the Preface in its latter stale, and pot examination, however, it was dis- as originally written,would have been covered that all the collected Works improper.” It is then the result of this were properly reprinted froin the latest
Propriety," that the work touched Editions. This fact was apt enough by the finishing hand is not so proper for the purpose of my illustrations; it for preservation, as the first state !-is noticed as derived from “a periodi a critical discovery! which adds one cal Critic," and marked as a quotation. more to the celebrated “ Canons of This detection, of the mutilated Pre-. Criticism.” If Sir John had really this face originating, as the Reviewer ex- odd faste, wliy did he not prefer represses it, “ from the spleen and the printing the originul Ramblers,which, covered malice of the Editor” may be the curious diligence of Mr. Alexander found in the Monthly Review, vol. Chalmers has discovered, often scarceLXXVII. p. 69.
ly exhibit the same work. And here I would willingly have So much for the clear exposition of closed this literary quarrel, had I not the “ intention" of Sir John!
Mr. considered it as muy duty, not indeed Hawkins has added another confirma. to reply to the invective of so weak tion to a valuable truism, that it seems a teniper ; but to discover what sort impossible to know the intention of of a genius it is Mr. Hawkins displays, any man! in that narrative of abwurdities which But a greater difficulty remained he has so clumsily wrought into a to overcome, than assigning such kind of Bibliographical Romance, shadunyand impalpable grounds, for
the preference of the obsolete Preface. sings-“Of this circumstance I am For-Mirabile dictu ! - it is agreed confident my Father was never inthat this pretended Preface was not formed; because living with him as I reprinted, but the later one! that constantly did, it is scarcely likely very one which contains the offending that, if he had knowo it, I should not panegyric; and which, somehow or have beard of it, which I never did." another, was nicely dropped !
The Critics have been unsatisfied with And now from reasoning we come the Catastrophes of the Iliad and the to narrative. The late Sir John, Æneid ; no ending is complete that seated in the chair of justice, judicially is not fioal to all the incidents of issues an order that the Preface of 1765 the action. Now this is an excelshould be reprinted—but the Book. lence our Author has most happily, seller 66 PROBABLY” mark
and even elegantly, obtained. Por, BABLY,” for it is the tottering keystone just at the close, our Narrative.poet of this arcb,could not readily pro- thus declares that he has been cele. cure one; and “sent one of the later brating an event, with all its pumerEditions to be printed from.” It is ous particulars, which he never heard like cruelty to pinch the Narrative of! And as he is a genius, of the re$0 tender all over! Sir John knew versing species, if he really never heard nothing of this substitution of the all these circumstances and yet tells perfect for the imperfect Edition; yet them so completely, we are led to the Printer intuitively, as if Sir Joha, conjecture that he knows still more or Sir John's Son, had been at his 'thau he has told. However, this caelbow, suddenly sickens at the vile tastrophe is a beautiful imitation of panegyric of Steevens, stops his hand the shining ivory gate of Sleep in Virin the right place, and rejects it. Why, gil; for it announces, as that does, using the latest Editions (for well he that the regions we have past are the koew. his purchasers would not tole- regions of fiction--and that the whole rate the odd taste of Sir John) with is a dream! the panegyric of Steevens lying before Let him answer how the Printer him, he should mutilate the Preface, came to stop at the panegyric of who can tell : The secret history of Steevens, which was open before him? Literature is not often contemporary. Such is the ineptitude of an unskil.
All this has proved a little fatiguing ful advocate who attempts to cover to me, and I fear more to the Reader: the truth by scanty subterfuge; who but what is more cold and lifeless than invents, without the proper genius ; the analysis of a work of imagination and concludes, as genius reversed is The Author of this Bibliograpbical apt to do, by confirming what he Romance has vied with Homer in the would confute. creation of his incidents; but I cannot Yet, let it not be imagined that beslow the time to exhibit them in I wrote from any personal motive ibeir due march and order; our Ro. agaiost the late Sir John Hawkins. mancer baving involved himself in With me it was mere matter of His. complicated difficulties, and studious tory. Of Hawkins's literary characof the counsel of Horace, rightly calla ter I am inclined to think far better ed down a Deity to cut asunder the than the Criticks have bitberto allowuntwistable koot; a Deity, whose ed; the confused statements of objects name in Heaven, as Homer sings, is which had passed under his eye, his " PROBABLY," and on Earth, as Bur feeble taste, bis imperfect views, origicbell in the Vicar of Wakefield would pate in the contraction of his intellect, bave transialed it,must bem"Fudge!" and will for ever exclude hin from
The admirable part of this Narra- the order of genius ; but his fervent tive as it should be, is the most ex- researches, his literary babits, and traordinary catastrophe that romantic that passion for Literature be inspired literature can display among all its through his family, excite our respect, “speciosa miracula.” Our Romancer, and rauk him among the estecmable at inat critical monuent wheo the pre- mea of letters. The redeeming genius sence of tbe Hero was most wanted, to of that family, the genius which, account for thatawefuldisa ppearance, like the figure of the antients, bears us to descend to plainer matlers, wings on its shoulders aod a flame on when the Printer substituted the pro- ils head-must be a Female ! per fur the improper Editivn, be ihus Yours, &c.