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13 saw what a little boy near us called "a big reproach and despair ; and when opened printers, manufacturers, engineers, artists, fellow," ainong the crowd in the Menagerie again, only a fearful and appalling void is potters, &c, rewarded and encouraged by scene. Bologna was an active Harlequin ; visible, and the curtain drops upon the some mark of honour from their monarch, Miss Tree a 80-s0 Columbine ; Mr. Elliott wretched favourite. Another scene, between especially when the throne is filled by a a very good Pantaloon, which, viewing his Mortimer and Leicester, should also be ex- prince possessed of so fine a judgment as tumbles, whirls, and other sufferinges, we empted from the charge of general insipidity; the Regent, would not be for a hundred pounds a night; but all the rest is unimpassioned and dull. Among Canova's recent models at Roine, and Southby a strong, clever, and effective The death of Mortimer, who, we hear, stabs statues of a Magdalene, an Endymion sleepClown, especially in feats of bodily marvels. himself in prison, is huddled over in a sin- l'ing with a hound by his side, and a Nymph He performed one practical joke of inde- gularly insignificant manner, and the entire reclining on a Tiger's skin, are much spoken cency on the tailor's inexpressibles, which we absence of any feature which could impart of. hope has been retrenched.
that dramatic effect to the Scottish Queen, A remarkable effect of Lightning:--About Covent Garden, The Christmas treat which she enjoys even in sober history, is an | twenty years ago, during a violent thunder at Covent Garden is founded on the adven-objection fatal to this play. On the contrary, storm, the lightning struck a pane of glass tures of the redoubted Don Quixotte, and the bosom of Elizabetli appears to be most in a house door, so that the mistress of his faithful Squire. These are very ably torn and lacerated by deep emotions; and the house, who was in the hall behind dramatized, or rather pantomimetized, and there is such a diffusion over all the charac- the door, was cast several paces backingeniously adapted to the purposes of this ters, of what ought to be concentrated, wards, and thrown on the floor. She species of representation. It is rather a su- whether of pathos, of grandeur, of grief, however received no injury, nor was the perior thing of the kind, and both in con or of suffering, that we care for all pretty pane of glass broken. The clectric fluid duet and ornament rises above the common nearly alike, and very little for any. Eliza-Thad however left upon it a beautiful paintlevel. The incidents selected from Cervantes beth's visit to Kennilworth Castlc affords an ing, (if we may so express it,) resemare well chosen, and the transparencies opportunity for one of those gorgeous spec- bling, on the whole, a head, which was (painted by Wright), which illustrate the tacles in which this theatre delights, and is formed of numerous sinaller heads. From origin of romance, are beautiful. The gene- so unrivalled. The dresses are appropriate that time, this pane of glass was never wet ral order of pantomime is indeed disturbed, and magnificent, and the acting unimpeach- with the dew, and never froze, though the if not reversed on this occasion. The Knight, ably, except perhaps in Mary, now per- other panes were affected by the weather as and Sancho retain their characters throughi- formed by Miss Foote, whose face and form usual. Great care was taken of this remark
out, and Pantaloon (the housekeeper,) is are better fitted for the character than her able pane, till soine days since it was broken 1 attached to them. Instead of the lovers mental endowments ; but we must still come by carelessness; when it appeared that the
being persecuted, they are the persecutors, for to our past conclusion, that the tragedy is lightning had split it, making two panes out the wand works all the mischief to the Don, not possessed of vigour to pmmisc it any of one, and leaving in the middle the traces and all the pumunellings and misadventures length of nights. We obearved in the de- of the electric fluid. Before it was broken to his faithful follower. By this magical in- clamation, that the language was not very no one could see that there was a division. strument, the Windmill is turned into a correct : “ unspotted blood,” for example, | The panes, which are not much broken, real giant, oppressing forlorn sacks of com was one of the phrases ; and we fear that the were collected as carefully as possible. transformed into damsels, and again into its German author, therefore, has not been im The French Journals state that M. Noel original form; the flocks of sheep do be- proved by his translator.
de la Morinière, who is about to proceed to come soldiers, and revert to mutton ; and
Lapland, will be accompanied by his son, a all the other incidents, even to the tossing
young officer of infantry, who has obtained of our old friend Panza in the blanket, are
leave of absence for that purpose. dependent, more or less, upon its “charmed
Another traveller, the Chevalier Gamba, is touch.” The scenery is pre-eminently en ANECDOTES.--"Why did Adam bite the on the point of departing for Asia and the titled to adıniration. The Spanish Inns, apple?" said a school-master to a country banks of the Caspian Sea, to fulfil a mission Sierra Morena, and Realms of Romance, boy. “ 'Because he had no knife,” said the interesting to the arts and sciences ; he will (by Grieve), are wonderfully fine ; and Whit- boy.
be accompanied by his son, an officer of camore and Pugh have also
several excellent and One of the Paris opposition papers has re- valry. M. M. Harnt, Plee, and Godefroy, the characteristic scenes. This splendour of de- vived the following anecdote. A minister is naturalists, who are on the point of departing coration is well diversified by the humorous sick. His colleague, M. P., to induce him to from Rochefort, are to be accompanied by mishaps of the Governor of Barataria, whose take the medicine presented by the physician, their brothers, who will afford them consiwife and daughter are happily introduced said, " Take it, I intreat you: I'll be hang. derable assistance in their investigations. to augment the fun. The wonderful ape is ed if it does not do you good.". “ Take it,” also a prominent actor in the affair of the added the doctor; after the assurance that The ancient Danes were distinguished for Showman ; and the whole piece, including Monsieur bas given you, you must be con- their contempt of death ; and this is well put Rosinante, Dapple, &c. &c. a very satisfac- vinced that, one way or other, the remedy by one of their writers, describing the close tury entertainment for the rising generation. must have a good effect.”.
of a hero's life in few words,-“ Agnar fell, We therefore especially recommend it to An epidemic disorder broke out in
laughed, and died.” the Managers to perform it after some short which carried off many inhabitants in a short A confessor advised a dying 'man to reand pleasing drama, for three nights in the time. “ Thank God !" said the countess of commend him to his patron saint, as his week, so that children may enjoy it, without L when the names of several of the time was come, and he must soon appear in enduring the pre-fatigue of a five-act play. victims were mentioned in a company, The the presence of his Maker. " As that is the
Mary Stuart. This tragedy which we nobility are spared ; none die but the vulgar." case,” replied the invalid, “ I will save my hardly expected to see again, was revived on THE REWARD. OF Merit.- On the 17th friend the trouble, and carry my recommenWednesday, with many judicious alterations of November, the King of France conferred dations myself.”. and curtailments. Though much improved by the decoration of the Legion of Honour on In 1762, a "Lieut. Campbell, of the Midrest. With the of the final scene, the late exhibition French
of his exit, sent invitation to many there is really nothing of tragic importance : most to merit the distinction. We should of his brother officers ..“ Lieut. Campbell's in this, Mary, through a door in the centre like to see something of this kind in Eng-compliments to
he requests the of the stage, ascends the scaffold thrown land; for though in our country public opi- pleasure of his company to-morrow morning impressively into gloom, and corered with nion is the sovereign power to which all to take a cup of chocolate, and do him the dark soldiery: it is shut, and Leicester re- appeal, it would still b: gratifying (as on the honour to accompany him to Tybum, to be mains for a few minutes in an agony of self- present occasion at - Paris) were chemists, I present at his exacution.”
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an instructive repository of general single Numbers, from January 1817, are IMPROVEMENT is Modern Greece.- knowledge." We should indeed be now to be had at our oflice, or by givMr. Theocles Pharmacides, one of the ashamed to repeat these large conditions ing the order to any bookseller editors of the Greek Mercury, has published on which we set out, if we could not newsvender in town or country. a very useful work, containing extracts from with honest pride place our hands upon most of the ancient Greek authors, and accompanied with very excellent new Greek our three volumes already published, notes, under the following title : “ Elements and boldly ask, whether or not, they METEOROLOGICAL JOURNAL. of the Greek Language, for the use of Greek | have been fulfilled. And this we may,
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parte : both men wonderfully exalted, ed to by, his wife ; who, after his decease, London, 1820. 4to, pp. 733. both lauded to the skies, and both paint-enabled to give her daughters sufficient for
continued to carry it on; whereby she was The season for active publication having ed as fiends. But Cromwell died in
tunes to marry them isito genteel families. now arrived, new works pour in upon the full possession of the authority Dr. Harris gives the same account from us in such abundance, as to afford but which he attained ; and in this displayed Dugdale and other authorities, and very short time for critical deliberation. It greater genius than his follower, who justly adds, that, if true, it could not be is therefore well for our rapidly revolv- arrived at much wider power only to deemed discreditable to the family, the younging periodical, especially at this pro- afford an instance of that madness which est brothers of the best families in this ductive period, that it professes gene- success creates to wreck its minion. country engaging in trade, and thereby raisrally, in the language of Bayle,“ to be In the latter case a new philosophy per- It has been also said that Cromwell himself
ing themselves to fortune and independency. a reporter, and not a judge." We can formed the service which in the former was engaged in the same business for his state facts, where it would be hazardous was clone by a renovated religion : infi- support. All this has been said by Cromto deliver opinions ; and it requires delity did the work of fanaticisin. When wells enemies, for the purpose of degrading much less time to be enabled to describe we spoke of the difference between these him; but no evidence to be relieil on is what a book is, than to tell what we personages, however, we rather con- produced in support of these assertions. think of it. templated what was connected with
The truth is, nothing certain is likely to be This volume is of massive size, and literature than with politics. More circumstances of his parents. But it should
known of his carly life, or the pecuniary has some fine plates : so much for ex- than a century and a half has elapsed be observed, that Cromwell, in his speech ternals. It is sensibly written, displays since the death of the famous Oliver, to his parliament, of 12th September 1654, ample research, and furnishes some ori- and it is only now that a historiau of his says, "I was by birth a gentleman, neither ginal documents, from family papers, race comes forward to vindicate his cha- living in any considerable height, nor yet touching the private life of the extraor-racter. Not so with Napoleon ; he, in in obscurity;" —and that he had been called dinary inan whose biography, insepara- his solitary banishment, is his own annal- to several employments in the nation, and bly linked as it is with one of the most ist, his own vindicator, his own eulo- himself, publicly given in the face of the
to serve in parliaments. This account of eventful epochs of English history, it gist. And then, the multitude of his nation,' open therefore to contradiction if places in the full light of record. It also other panegyrists, French, Polish, Fle- not true, is surely a sufficient confutation of contains interesting particulars. relative mish, Italian, and even English!... Surely all the stories of his and his family's narrow to his children: so much for internals; this affords a very singular and striking circumstances, and their engagements in trade at least, en masse. proof of the strength and liherty ac
in consequence. rectly than in the title page, be desig- effects upon the condition of society himself of these circumstances, had he creThe work may, perhaps more cor-quired by the press, and of the immense anxious desire to lower Cromwell's conse
quence, would not have omitted to avail nated a Historical Essay on the era which must be operated by that prodi- dited them. In Peck's Memoirs of the Life between the accession of Charles I and gious engine.
and Actions of Cromwell, are three panethe death of Cromwell, and a Defence But we will not detain our readers gyrics of Cromwell
, supposed by Peck to of the latter against all the imputations longer from such examples from this have been written by Milton, upon different which have been thrown upon his me- volume as our liinits pernit us to make; occasions ; in the third of which he describes mory. In this respect it proves, or only premising, that from its nature it him as grown rich at home. (Does not
this look like trade? A inan with a large attempts to prove, as far as our hasty is little susceptible of that species of family and small estate was not likely to be. judgment goes, far too much ; and, elucidation, and that there is not a sin- come so, without some such means.] The certainly, nothing can be more loose than gle aspersion upon Cromwell which it time of his birth is ascertained to have been many of the arguments, nor more incon- does not endeavour to refute, from that upon the 25th April, 1599, and it appears clusive than many of the inferences of having a chief concern in the king's to have been at Huntingdon. That his drawn from them. But in other cases, murder to that of being unamiable in father, during his life, and his mother, after the Lord Protector seems to be satisfac- private life.
his father's death, were careful of his educatorily exculpated from charges brought Nothing has appeared to be more the tuition of o:c person and then of another ;
tion, is probable ; but his being first under against him after the restoration, and as firmly established, than that Cromwell his proficiency or non-proficiency in 'learncurrently credited as repeated, down to was originally a brewer; after show- ing; his aspiring, stubivorn, obstinate temthe present day. It is thus impossible ing that he belonged both paternally per, incurring severe correction ; and the