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Memoirs of Mr. Kemble. on the example of his fifter, Mrs. Sid. captain Jephson's Count of Narbonne was ons, then playing with Mr. Younger, in acted, in which Mr. Kemble fun ained etheatre royal, in Liverpool,determined the principal character. Such aré the inin to try his fortune on the stage.-The trinsic merits of this noble production, it he appeared in was Theodofius in and so successful were Mr. Kemble's te's Force of Love. His first performance efforts in feconding them, that the piece nduced Mr. Younger to engage him for was represented thirty nights in the course ne support of the principal characters, of the season, and put more money in the vith Mrs. Şiddons. In this summer, Mr. manager's pocket than any play be baserer Kemble produced a tragedy, founded on yet brought forward. Since Mr. Kemble's che story of the Roman general Belisarius. appearance in Dublin, he has performed This piece recommended him to the friend. the following extensive and laborious cata. Thip of the author of the life of Petrarch, logue of parts : to whom he soon after inscribed an elegant Hamlet, Roman Actor, Earl of Eflex, poem, called the “ Palace of Mersey.” Othello, Earl Warwick, M. Antony, About this time, Mrs. Siddons accepted Iago, Horatio, an invitation to play at Bath, and Mi. Romeo,

Ornan, Kemble becane the hero of the theatre. Richard III. Juffier, royal in York.-Here he gave the town a Macbeth, Alexander, Sir: G. Overcomedy called, “Oh! it's impoffible.”- Shylock, Oreltes,

rcach, He nest aitered and revived Mafinger's King John, Edward the Demetrius, " New Way to pay old Debts;'--and the Morcar, Black Prince, Philatter, year after, published a small collection of Bajazet, Oroonoko, Achmet, verfes, under the title of • Fugitive Pieces ;' Beverly Henry V. he likewise tried a new species of enter- And the Count of Narbonne. tainment in the theatre at York, consisting lomit his characters in comedy, for they of a repetition of some of the most beauti- are of very little moment, and, to liy ful odes from Mafon, Grey, and Collins, the truth, infinitely below the notice of and the reading the tales of Le Fevre and such a performer: indeed comedy is by Marid, from Sterne. His success in this no means his forte. Mr. Kemble's appli. arduous talk, and the estimation he held cation to the study of his profesfion is in general, cannot be described more fatis. manifeit from this list. The public tefti. factorily, than by giving an extract from fied the sense they bad of his uncommon the characrer published of him in the York merit and alliduity by crouding to his Annual Register.-" With all his faults, benefit in an nnexampled manner; while we cannot but confider Mr. Kemble as a Mr., who deferves every thing of phænomenon in the theatrical world.- the town, by liberally returning him His Hamlet is, on the whole, a most maf- the half of his charge for the theatre, terly performance. After this, bis best paid a very handsome compliment to his characters indubitably are the Roman extraordinary talents. Mr. Kemble's reActor, Bireno, and Demetrius, they are putation has reached the managers in unexceptionable, inimitable--In delivering London, and lie is engaged to play next odes, Sterne's stories, &c. he is happier winter at the theatre.royal in Drury-lane. than any person in our recolledion.”- Mr. Kemble is a natural, and an original Mr. Kemble left York to perform some actor. His understanding puts him in full rights in Edinburgh, where he was re- poffession of his author's spirit, and often ceived with all the applause he meriter'. enables him to give scenes, particularly It was in Scotland I firit saw him, and I Shakespeare's, a new and more empharecollect that his delivery of a lecture he tical grace, than have ever known im. composed on Sacred and Prophane Ora- parted to them by any other performer. tory, while it proved him a critic in his His voice is thick, yet diftinet; not powown profeffion, obtained him the reputa- erful, yet, by skilful management, it feems tion of tatte with mea of letters.

generally capable of all neceffary variety.
It should seem that Mr. Kemble was His tones are least of all adapted to the
nok engaged by Mr. Daly, to play in expresion of extreme tenderness, or violent
Dublin ; for in the ensuring winter I found grief; though sometimes they have reach
him announced from Edinburgh, to make ed both successfully ; but oftener, the
his firlt appearance at the theatre in former pallion raises them into a fort of
Smock-alley, in the character of Hamlet. whine, and the laiter links them into a
-How he was received, and how fre. forothered and inaudible murmur. There
qucntly this play is repeated, every hody is hardly any such thing as ipeaking accu-
know's. As his admired lister was in Lon- rately of his deportment. In the fame cha-
con, he has made tragedies once more the racter, it shall be free and graceful one
fhion in Dublin. Early in this winter, night, and the next, confined and disort-


ed. I cannot imagine the cause of this mile without the Western gate of the city : disparity ; but truth is truth, and I lay of but by reason of the great increase of Mr. Kemble's action, that it is as graceful buildings, it is now just at the Wettern and as ungraceful, as any man's I ever extremity of it; fifty-eight acres of land {aw in my life. His countenance is most were granted to this hospital, which tract powerful. The paffions live in his features. is now handsomely planted and laid out Who can think it acting, when he expresies in walks, much frequented by the popufear in Hamlet, courage in Henry V. joy lace of this part on Sundays and holyi'ays. in Sir Giles Overreach, horror in the The Hospital is finely Gtuated on a riling Cunt of Narbonne, suspicion in K. John, ground, near the river; it forms a large fculousy in Othello, and grief in Deme- quadrangle, within which is a court grown inus? Here, his face amply compenfates over with grass ; two walks cross each for the defcet of his utterance. Who can other at right angles ; in the center is an fit unmoved, while he paints the affem. handsome column supporting five globe blage of thele raging passions in the mad- lamps ; round, three fides of this court, neis of Orestes ? I shall add no more ; for the lower part of the building forms an whoever has seen bim repeating Collins's handsome piazza ; above are apartments Ode must know, that all I can say on for 400 disabled and fuperannuated fol. this score will fall fhort of what he juftly ciers : the 4th side of the square consists merits.

of a large hall, where the men dine ; and To spend one moment on particular an handsome chapel ; over the centre of characters--in Hamlet and the Count of this fide is an elegant steeple and spire : Narbonne, Mr. Kemble seems to rise The whole expence of this building was abore bimself; and in many others he is upwards of 20,ocol. but at this day would superior to any body else, particularly in in all likelihood cof three times that fum. Si G. Overreach, Demetrius, Beverly, From hence we proceeded to the gaol Oreltes, Richard, Macbeth, and the Eart and court-house of the county of Dublin, of Warwick. In a word, he is the best making together an handsome building, actor that has graced our stage for many with a front of hewn free-stone. years; and, which is more to his praise, Leaving Kilmainham, we ascend Mountbis private conduct is as worthy, as his Brown to James's-Atreet, and from thence, public talents are extraordinary.

through a lane, we arrived at the City

· Baron. This noble reservoir is about half A Tour through the City of Dublin and its

a mile in circumference; round it is an Environs in 1782.

handsome grass walk, with a thick, cut TITH an intention of visiting every hedge at each side, and trees at equal polis, we began our tour at the Royal goes over it at one end. From which we Hospital, at Kilmainbam, early in the proceeded to the grand canal: This canal, morning of July the 15th. 1782, being when finished will doubtless be one of the Monday morning. Our observations in finest in Europe ; the sides are planted with cur progress we committed each evening elms for many miles, and at a small disto writing, resolved to request a place for tance from the bason, there is a bridge, them in the Hibernian Magazine, a work of one very large arch, the elegance of univerfally read throughout the nation It the architecture of which is much admired; may appear frange to publish the descrip- it is adorned with a stone balluftrade, like tioa of Dublin in a work printed in this Eflex bridge, which thall be hereafter city; but if we consider that a perfect described; the banks of this canal, as description of this capital has never yet well as the balon, are much frequented as been printed, and that few, even of the public walks. ichabitants are fully acquainted with every

From the Canal we returned to James'spublic building, charitable inftitution, &c. ftreet, in which is situated the City Workour admiration must change, and we fall house, or Foundling Hospital; which as then wonder no person has yet given an a building is no way remarkable, being impartial account of it. It must appear very plain, but in fize it somewhat refemad pirable, if duly confidered, that we bles a small walled town : we here faw full bear people in Lublin talk familiarly several hundreds of boys and girls, emof the monument in London and St. Paul's plored in different manufactures ; they church, who never examined the many were all clad in green, with red cuffs :places worthy of note in this great and The usefulness of this inftitution is well Opulent city.

known ; foundlings from all parts of the The Royal Hospital was founded by king kingdom are recrived here, aná it is even Charles II. on the site pf the monaflery of Caiu inay are brought hither from EngSt. Jotn of Jerufalem, about one Engwiha Jandd; yet the tund for supporting it is

raised different


raifed by a tax on Dublin only: the ceeded to Meath-street, where we viewed number maintained on this foundation at the new Quaker's meeting-house, built in the beginning of this year was about 5200, 1777, at the expence of about 1600l. it is including young children at nurse. an elegant, plain building ; the windows

* We then proceeded to the Hospital for and doors adorned with hewn stone; the Junaiics and idiots, founded by Dean in fide is very neat, with gulleries over Swift, called St. Patrick's Hospital : this three lives, supported by seven handsome huilding bas an handsome front of bewn columns. The Quikers in this large city stone ; but as it is enclosed by an high form but one congregation, though they wall, it appears not to advantage to the have another meeting-house in a distant ftreet ; 38 are maintained on the founda. part of the city. tion, and 12 more are received and kept Leaving Meath-freet, we continued our here at private expence:

walk through the Coombe, where we Near this Hospital stands Stevens's paffed the Meath-hofpital, founded for Hospital, a large quadrangular building, the relief of the fick poor in the earl of with a cupola over the center of one fide. Meath's hborty; this is an handsome This charitable building was founded at building, with a front of hewn stone. the expence of Dr. Stefans, whose lifter The next building of note we came to lived many years in the Hospital as house was the Wevei s-hall; an handsome keeper and manager; at their deaths they building of brick, with a gilt, pedestrian both left their fortunes to support it: it is ftatue of the late kirg, over the entrance. capable of containing 300 beds for fick -Adjoining this building is an Almspeople; but from the insufficiency of the house for reduced weavers. fund, the present number is but 91. The parish church of St. Luke is situated

The pariih church of St. Jimes is a plain, at a critince from the Atrert, from whence neat building, but no wife remarkable for is a long straight walk, with trees on each grandeur.

fide; there did not appearelegance enough In this freet is likewise fituated the in this building to induce us to pay it a Soldiers infirmary, a large building, con- vilii, but I remember it has no steeple. venient for the purpose.

From St. Luke's, we proceeded to the Leaving James's ftreet, we proceeded cathedral church of St. Patrick, a large to Thomas-strest, in which is fituatevi the venerable building, in the gothic tłyle. parish church of St. Catherine. This is a This cathedral was built in 1190, the modern structure built in 9 years, from fterple in 1370, and a very tall spire erected 1760 to 1569: the North lide forms the thereon,' in 1750. Like other gothic principal froni, in the center of which is cathedr Is, this church is built in the form the great entrance ; this front is by inany of a crois ; and is of great extent, conesceined a piece of perfect architeciure, taining, besides the cathedral, properly so being of hewn-itone, adorned with many called, the parish church of St. Nicholas Corinthian pilasters, between which are without, and a church for French Protwo series of windows, adorned wiili rus teftants. In the great ayle leading from the tic work; the roof is partly concealed western extremity to the entrance of the by an handsome bailustrade ; the sleeple of cathedral are several very fine monuments ; this church remains yet unfinilhed; the of which that erected a few years ago to infide is plain, yet very neat and elega!!!. the memory of Dr. Smith, archbishop of

The parish of St. Catherine is of such Dublin is the most remarkable ; it confills vast extent, that were one tenth of the of a large urn of white marble, on an intiabitants of the enablished religion, a handsome pedestal, under a canopy fupmuch larger church would not contain ported by pillars of white marble, and a them; but many of them are of the Ro- black back.ground. The famous Dean mish religion.-The Romih chapels are Switt's monument is likewise here. By very numerous in this part of the city; 197 Reps we ascended the fleeple of this but we did not vilit any of them ; in ge- church; from whence we had a fine view niral, they seem to be good, plain build- of the city, and, country circumjacent : ings, but all of them very large. The on this stieple is an octagonal spire, about greatest part of the parish of St. Cathe. 100 feet high, making on the whole, at rine is in the liberty of Thomas-court; a least 250 feet. The city, from the top of birge district of Dublin, independent of St. Patrick's, appears of vast extent, per: the civil jurisdiction of the city ; it is haps one third of the size of London and corerned ly a feoefcha!, appointed by the Westminster, and about three times the Carl of Meath, and a grand jury ; the fize of Brittoi: the neatness of the blue flate, inhabitants hold courts lect, as in other ing, with which the houses are universally

covered, gives the whole a very beautiful Leaving Cathrine's church, we pro appearance ; but the want of fieepl. s in


different parts of the city, is here very This superb buiiding is entirely of hewn conspicuous. The situation of this church stone, containing a range of i1s windows is very low, with regard to the reli of the in each of the three stories ; the principal city, wbich takes off much of the grandeur front, highly adorned with rustic work is of its very tall steeple and spire.

concealed from Kildare-treet by an high From the church we proceeded to the wall; but the front towards Merrionpalace of St. Sepulchre, the seat of the square is open to view ; an lancfome archbilkop. of Dublin, (having past the lawn, planted with Mrubs, lies between Deancry house now rebuilding). This is the square and the house. The aparta large Gotnie building, of a mean ap- ments are noble, and highly finished. The pearance to the freet, but very elegant fruation of the house is fuch as justly enwitbip. This part of Dublin is a liberty, tities it to assume that infcription on one under the archbishop, independent of the front of Buckingham house in St. James's. civil government of the city.

park, rus in urbe. From the windows is The church of St. Kevan is a neat a hne prospect of the harbour, and the buiding, without a steeple; it is a chapel fine improvements contiguous. of eafe to the parish church of St. Peter. Leaving the palace of Leinfer, we furSt. Peter's parish is of such prodigious ex. veyed several elegant buildings belonging tent, though there are two churches in it, to different noblemen and gentlemen ; but tero or three more leem much wanting : to particularize any, where all have thewa it seems very strange, that the many such exquisite talle, would be unjust; and Dobility and gentry in this parish have to pretend to describe all, would far Dot built a church among the new build. exceed our abilities ; and doubtless fo ings east of Stephen's-green.

long a repetition would tire rather than The parish church of St. Peter, in Aun- amuse the reader. Every street in this gier-ftreet, is a large, plain building, pot neighbourhood is elegant, fuperb, and remarkable for elegance of architecture ; regular ; this part being the residence of like most of the churches in this city, many of the nobility and principal gentry without a Ateeple.

of the kingdom. Stephen's-green, Mera From hence through York-ftreet, (en- rion square, and a great number of very tirely rebuilt within a very few years, grand Itreets in their vicinage, lie in the in a regular and superb manner) we pro. parishes of St. Peter and St. Anne ; yet ceeded to Stephen's-green, without doubt it is very surprising, thai though such an the finest square in Europe ; be ng about exquisite taste is fhewn in the private a mile in circumstance, and containing buildings, the churches of both these an area of about 25 acres. The boulins parishes are without steeples. in this square are in general very superb,

(To be continued.) but a want of uniformity is visible. The A general Bill of all the Christenings and gravel walks round the green are shaded Burials in and about London, from with trees of a stately growth, and very Dec. 9, 1781, to Dec. 10, 1782. thick foliage; within these walks is a

Christ. Buried. beautiful levellawn, in the centre of which N the 97 parishes within is an elegant equestrian ftatue of his late

the walls,

999 1333 majesty. The walks of this Green are in the 17 parishes without much resorted to by the principal inha- the walls,

4847 3821 bitarts of the city.

In the 23 out.parishes in From hence we proceeded to the Mag. Middle fex and Surry, 724.2 8330 dalen Asylum for penitent prostitutes, In the 10 parishes in the : conducted after the plan of that in Lon- city and liberties of don, but on a much less scale.


4013 4434 Leaving the Magdalen houfe, we contioued our walk to Merrion-square ; Total males and females, 17101 which if ever completed according to the Total males and females,

17918 plan, will without doub!, equal any thing of the kind in the British empire. The Males,


9131 North fide of this square has been finished Females,

8293 8,87 feveral years in the higheit taite, forming a long row of stately houfs, lotty and

17101 Aniform, carried on with hewn done as Decreased in the burials this year, 2791 far as the first floor, the upper part of

W'bereof have died, trick.

Under two years,

5320 One front of the palace of his grace of Between two and five,

I 221 Leinfter, with an håndlouie lawr, forms Five and ten,

536 Treat part of anotter five of this square.

Ten and twenty,

629 Between



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Between Twenty and thirty, 3479 Riling of the lights,
Thirty and forty,

1816 Scald head,
Forty and fifty,

2164 Scurvy,
-Fifty and fixty,
1777 Small pox,

-Sixty and seventy,
1515 Sore throat,

5 -Seventy and eighty,

970 Sores and ulcers, -Eighty and ninety,

425 St. Anthony's fire, --Ninety and a hundred, 53 Stoppage in the stomach,

9 A bundred,

6 Surfeit, A hundred and one, 2 Swelling,

1 A hundred and two,


496 A hundred and three, I Thrush,

82 A hundred and four,

I Tympany, A hundred and five, 1 Vomiting and looseness,

3 A hundred and nine,

I Worms,

Abortive and still-born,

566. Bit by a '

mad dog, Aged,

1193 Broken limbs, Agie,

5 Bruised, Apoplexy and sudden,

276 Burnt, Akhma and phthifick,

228 Choaked, Bedridden, 39 Drowned,

125 Blceding, 15 Exceflive drinking,

4 Bloody flux,

4 Executed, Bursten and rupture, 13 Found dead,

4 Cancer,

58 Frighted, Canker,

4 Killed by falls and several other acci-' Chicken pox,

5 dents, Childbed, 140 Killed themselves,

25 Cholic, gripes, twisting of the guts,

6 Murdered, Cold,

18 Overlaid, Consumption,

4863 Poisoned, Convulsions,

4333 Scalded, Cough, and hooping cough,

58 ot, Diabetes,

I Starved, Dropsy, 962 Suffocated,

9 Evil,

15 Fever, malignant fever, scarlet fever,

Total 283 spotted fever and purples,

2553 Fistula,

2 A Description of fix Islands, discovered by Flux,

34 Some Russian Navigators. French pox,

53 (From Mr. Coxe's “ Account of the Ruffian Gout,

52 Discoveries between Asia and America."] Gravel, stone and stranguary

42 Grief,


verits in circumference: it contains Head ach,

& several high and rocky mountains, the Headmouldmo!, horshoehead, and intervals of which are bare beath, and water in the head,

16 moor ground ; not one forest tree is Jaundice,

67 to be found upon the whole island. Impofthume,

6 The vegetables seem for the most part Inflammation,

193 like thofe which grow in Kamtschatka. Of Jtch,

berries there are found crow or crake-berLeprosy,

ries, and the larger fort of billberries, Lethargy,

7 but in small quantities. Of the root of Livergrown,

z burnet, and all kinds of snake weed, there Lunatic,

56 is such abundance as to afford, in case of Measles,

170 necessity, a plentiful provision for the inMiscarriage,

habitants. There is only one rivulet upMortification,

109 on the ifland. The number of inbabitants Palsy,

73 cannot sufficiently be ascertained, because Piurify,

17 the natives pass continually from island to Quiniy,

7 isand in their baidårs. Ralli,

“ Kanaga stands west from Ayagh, and Rheumation,


is two hundred verits in circumference. Rickcis, I It contains a high volcano, where the na




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