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men, was surmounted. Repeated reinis upon the List of Officers, Seamen, and Marines, belong. enemy's left sufficed to turn his attention from ing to His Majesty's ship Slaney, Charles Mitchell, our working parties on his right; and during the Esq. Commander, who were killed and wounded night of the 16th two nine-pounders and a carro. at the reduction of the Island of Cheduba:--nade, on ship carriages, were placed in the battery, Killed, I marine; wounded, 1 Lieutenant and 4 the hut that masked it pulled down, and it open. seamen. ed in the morning. Its fire was soon decisive on

Cheduba, May, 18, 1824. the gateway, which, having been their last tho. Return of the Killed and Wounded of the Forces roughfare, was not so strongly embarked as the under the Command of Brigadier M'Creagh, C. B. others. Having prepared some seamen, with axes from ihe 14th to the 17th of May 1821, both days and ropes, to accompany the column, I ordered it inclusive. Grand total-Killed, 2; wounded, 36. forward ; it moved rapidly to its point, headed by Names of Officers Wounded.-His Majesty's 13th Major Thornhill's company of his Majesty's 13th; Light Infantry-Brevet Major Thornhill, slightly. a few moments sufficed to complete the destruc. Ditto, ditto-Ensign Kershaw, slightly. 2d Batt. tion of the wounded spars, and we were speedily 20th Regiment Native Infantry-Lieutenant and in the stockade, followed by the reserve under Acting Adjutant Margrave, severely. Lieut. col. Hampion, of the 20th Native Infantry. Return of Arms and Ordnance taken in the Enemy's The Burmese chief in command was killed near works at Cheduba, May 17, 1824.—Five European the point of attack; they abandoned their interior six pounder guns ; thirty smaller guns, and swi. defences, (a trench and breastwork,) and fled vels of various calibre ; forty European musquets, through their rear gate, leaving a great number and a few matchlocks ; 12,525 leaden balls of varikilled. Considering that throughout these little ous sizes, 200 six-pound shot, a few hand grenades, operations our investment was very close, and 1080 European flints. the enemy's fire kept up without any intermission, (Signed) G. W. MALINS, Major of Brigade. I am happy to say that our loss has been singularly small.

FOREIGN STATES. The principal accounts from Paris state The following is a copy of part of the that the evacuation of Spain by the oath administered to the Royalist VolunFrench troops has been resolved upon. teers of Murcia. This evacuation is to commence on the

“ Do you swear to God, and promise to the ist of December, according to the French King, not to permit nor admit on your soil any themselves. There are a number of for- other Religion than the Catholic, Apostolic, and tified places, however, still to retain Roman, which you profess, and to shed for it French garrisons. Ferdinand, according even the last drop of your bloud ?-Yes, we swear to some accounts, is anxious for their re- it. moral, according to others he is opposed king, not to admit nor permit on your soil the

“ Do you swear to God, and promise to the to it. The royalists of France feel sore

infamous Constitutional Code, published at Cadiz, at the bonours paid in America to the

March 17, 1812, to abhor it with all your heart, and illustrious La Fayette. They assert that

to oppose its re establishment even to the shedding his reception is an appeal to the revolu

of the last drop of your blood I-Yes, we swear it. tionary passions, and that the object of

“ Do you swear to God, and promise to the America is to unite the whole of that King, to be faithful to him, and to defend his sacred vast continent in one general democracy rights of absolute Sovereignty, without permitting against the monarchical interests of Eu- either Chambers or any other restriction on it, rope. In short the rage of these de- even to the shedding of the last drop of your claimers against the free people and free blood 1-Yes, we swear it." institutions of America is boundless, as One frigate, two corvettes, and three it is impotent.

transports, have sailed from Cadiz for The affairs of Spain remain in the same Corunna to take in troops for South miserable state as heretofore. Disturb- America.–To conquer 17 millions of men ances break out here and there, and oc- with such a force! Can a better proof casion bloodshed. Bands of armed con- be offered of the fitness of the anointed stitutionalists live in the mountainous Ferdinand and his miristers for being districts, and hold their neighbourhoods in rulers of 9,000,000 of people ? fear. Little progress appears to be made The King of Prussia has been married in the organization of a regular army. to the Countess Augusta Von Harrach. A sort of militia, called Royalist Volun- The Burchenschaft the Prussian authoteers, seems to be chiefly relied on; and rities have boasted as having eradicated these are furious partisans of the Inqui- under the administration of M. Von sition. Distrust and fear are still enter- Gersdorff. tained respecting the ci-devant Constitu- In the Netherlands the project of law tional army. A new decree has been for the more effectnal official prevention published, depriving officers of this of the Slave Trade, which is submitted by description of their honours, arms, and the King to the States General, proposes equipage-if not of their entire property. that the punishment of those who shall


be guilty of the crimes stated in the longing to commerce, which o:ght not to be Articles 1 and 2 of the law of 20th of

diverted from its natural course. Norember 1818, shall be hard labour for “ Wishing to prevent all inconveniences of tbis 15 years, a fine of 10,000 fiorins, and con

kind, the Government now informs all armed fiscation of the ships. It is further stated

vessels of the Grecian Seas, that if any one shall in the Royal Message, that measures will unjustly impede the commerce of neutrals, not likewise be taken in the Colonies to check shipping, but he will also be severely punished.

only will be not find any protection from our the Slave Trade, and to discover those

“ Although the deplorable state of the war has who violate the laws on that subject. occasioned the presence of corsairs in order to

All accounts from Grecce join in con- deprive the enemy of all means of resistance, such firming the success of that brave people armed vessels must benceforth be furnished with over their barbarian enemies. In every Letters of Marque and instructions from Goveraquarter their cause has triumphed. The

In default of these letters they will be ficets of the Porte and also that of the punished accordingly. Pacha of Egypt, have been completely

(Signed) destroyed and dispersed. A number of

“The President, P. CONDURIOTIS.

" The Secretary of State, P. RHODIOS. vessels and prisoners have fallen into the hands of the conquerors. It was said at

Nauplion, August 28, 1824." Odessa that the Capitan Pacha was be

In South America the cause of Indeheaded on the 30tli of October, in pre- pendence is gradually establishing. Col. sence of the Sultan. The Dervisch Pacha Campbell, the Commissioner to Colombia, has been driven and routed from Tber- was much praised for his conduct there, mopylæ, and Omer Vrione was closely on his leaving for England, where he has followed up by the Grecian chiefs. The since arrived. The country possessed Greek Archipela zo has been completely complete internal tranquillity and attachfreed from the Turkish fag. Ibrahim ment to the constitution. In Peru, BoliBey, son of Mehemet Ali, the Viceroy of var and Canterac bave bad a partial enEgypt, and M. L-, calling himself gagement, in which the latter was beaten; aide-de-camp of General Grouchy, wbo the troops engaged were chiefly cavalry. abjured Christianity for the religion of The result of this brilliant affair was 233 Mahomet, lately arrived at Napoli di of General Canterac's cavalry killed in Romania, where they were treated as pri- the field of battle; amongst them were soners of war. The Ottoman ships on

ten of the chiefs and officers, great numboard of which they were, bad eight mil- bers wounded, and still greater numbers lions of Turkish piastres in gold and dispersed; upwards of 300 fine horses paras. The joy of the Greeks was ex- completely equipped taken, and the field of treme.—The Greeks have withdrawn their battle covered with every description of proclamation respecting neutral ships, spoil. Canterac fied with less than a third and agreed to confine themselves to the part of the cavalry with which he coinlaws and usages of other European nations menced the attack; and the army of respecting them. Courts of admiralty for Bolivar was to follow np its operations in judging in such cases are forming.' On pursuit of him on the following day. the whole, no reasonable friend to Greece Lord Cochrane and the forces under can expect her noble cause to proceed his command have captured Pernambuco more prosperously. An amnesty has been in Brazil, after a day's bombardment. A published by the President Conduriotis letter was sent from Carvalho, the goand the executive counsel in favour of vernor, stipulating terms, but they were those who had been guilty of infringing refused, and he eventually took refuge on the laws; and in order to encourage com

board an English man of war, and has merce, the following decree has been arrived in England. issued to enforce letters of marque on

Boyer, the President of Hayti, has board armed vessels :

issued a proclamation, putting the nation * The Greek nation has taken up arms solely on its guard against any designs of France. to reconquer its existence and its political inde- He concludes by saying, “ The Republic pendence, and to establish in its circumference is free, it is for ever independent, since that civilization which is enjoyed by all polished are determined to bury ourselves people, with whom she wishes to contract the under its ruins rather than submit to a relations of amily and commerce. The Govern

strarger. In the mean while the enemies ment has learnt with regret the complaints made by some foreign merchantmen against some of

of Hayti rashly count upon divisions our corsairs. These complaints state that the

among us.

What folly, and at the same latter had unjustly caused great molestation, in

time what duplicity! Let us be eternally contravention of our instructions and orders, and

united, Faithful to our duties we shall in contradiction to the principles of neutrality, be, with the assistance o the Almighty, by which they had frusisnted the advantages be- for ever invincible."



was scarcely formed enough for high Last month we had scarcely a new comedy ; she is now improved in both, piece, or an aspiring performer to try our and continues as ladylike and blooming as wit or vent our spleen on; this inonth we before. Miss Isabella Paton, as yet unhave such variety of matter, that our arti- ripe for a heroine, is fast improving. Add cle must either exceed its fair proportion to these the pretty, vivacious, and pior sink into a catalogue. Drury Lane quant Mrs. Waylett, who has caught somehas opened, with great show of novelty in thing of the lighter part of Miss Kelly's vein, its performers ; but with no change in the and we have a very agreeable assortment decorations of the interior, except that of sprightly beauties. We still want a fair they have been refreshed, and restored to and serious actress for the girlish parts of that chaste beauty which can hardly be tragedy, and sentimental comedy ; who improved. In the selection of actors, the would look as lovely as Miss Smitlison and saine munificent spirit, which was put forth speak better. And we want Miss Kelly last season, is manifest; for, though Bra- berself, whose absence from the Winter haw is gone, Sapio is to succeed ; Miss Theatres is one of those dramatic phenoStephens will resume her sway over the mena which, to persors who are not priears and hearts of the English people; vileged with the entré of the green-room, Macready and Kean will be placed in li- seems little less than a miracle. beral competition; and the operatic and With these new performers, judiciously comic departments will receive a great brought into play, and with the materiel accession of strength. In the former, we of a good company, Mr. Elliston might have already been gratified by the appear- have hoped to draw without either magiance of Miss Graddon from Dublin, and cians or horses. He chose to make assurof Mr. and Mrs. Bedford from Bath, who, ance doubly sure, and produced a splendid though not in the first rank of singers, oriental and most equestrian affair, under all take a high place in the second, and the title of “ The Enchanted Courser." will be delightful auxiliaries to Sapio and This piece has practically demonstrated Stephens. Miss Graddon is in the style the truth of a position on which we have of our own best favourite-a quiet, mo- often insisted that these spectacles, which dest, unaffected and unacting girl—with a are so offensire to critics and the halfvoice of excellent quality but no great price spectators, rarely pay even in money compass, and with good taste and gentle for the costs of their decoration. It is inanner. Mrk. Bedford, with less sweet- true the author of this thing, which it ness and greater power, is a tasteful would be gross flattery to call a melodraand unpretending singer ; and Mr. Bed. ipa, has laboured hard in the cause of ford is one of the heartiest and best-hu- taste and sense; and, by divesting a grand moured of jovial inusicians. He has a Arabian story of every shred of interest, deep bass voice, and evidently enjoys that stupifying Harley with his tremendous he sings. His Hawthorn was a pleasant dulness, amazing little boys with the apoperformance; be sung the capital song, theosis of a rocking-horse, and making * Oons, neighbour, ne'er blush for a trifle poor Mrs. West maudiin and mad, almost like this," with a due feeling of the uni- achieved a damnation in spite of Mr. versal truth of the sentiment; and gave Ducrow and several of the inost magoito the introduced ballad “Who deeply ficent scenes ever painted. Some dozen drinks of wine,” appropriate body and stout applauders prevented the complete flavour. Mrs. Bedfori was a ladylike success of his endeavours on the first Rosetta ; and with the assistance of Horn night; but his triumph was not long dein Young Meadows, Terry in the Justice, laved; the houses are gone, and the Knight in Hodge, and 'Miss Porey in town is relieved and thankful. To make Luciuda, made the opera of “ Love in a amends, we have had some very pretty Village" pass off more agreeally than ballets performed liy a well-trained band we thought possible, -recollecting the of children, Mons. Hullins' pupils. They power of Braham, who sometimes here have figured the charming story of Cincondescended to be nobly plain ; the un- derella gracefully, and bave not spoiled definable charms of Miss Stephens; and it by attempting to introduce the words ! the rich humour of Munden, too little Freischutz, the eternal Freischutz, has prized till it was lost for ever.

appeared at this theatre with all the devilIu Comedy, Mrs. Yates, late Miss ry, and more than all the music, which Brunton, is heartily welcome. When she have given it fascination all the town over. played at Covent Garden, she was airy and This is well; for in that music are science eiegant; but hier style, like her person, for the student and sentiment for the



unlearned, which can hardly fail to refine portion of history, which if written, as it and elevate the taste of those who listen. is said to be,“ up to the height of its great The noble overture is played here “ with argument," will call forth his greatest a difference," yet nearly as well as at powers. Covent Garden; the chorusses are, we think, not quite so excellently drilled ; This house, at which the season began but some fine concerted pieces in the last auspiciously, continues to prosper. Freisact are restored, and Caspar is made to chutz has bronght good houses; the “ losing. For the performers, Miss Graddon constant” has had a little run; a lady bas is less potent than Miss Paton, yet so made a real impression as a tragic acmodest and unaffected as to disarm cri- tress; and a comedy of Old Rowley's has ticism ; T. Cooke is not unequally match- been revired with brilliant success. The ed against Pearman ; the bridemaids and lady is Mrs. Sloman, a daughter of Mr. the monsters are better at Covent Garden; Dowton the comedian, who has acted Belbut Drury-Lane has, by far, the finer videra and Mrs. Haller, decidedly better devil in the mysterious person of Mr. O. than any one since Miss O'Neil. This is Smith, who glides about in flame-colour- exactly her line-the range of parts beed vestments, and vanishes almost as well tween the Imogens and Juliets, and the as Valmondi froin the ultra-terrific stage Volumnias and Lady Macbeths : she has of the Adelphi. Mr. Horn and Mr. Bed- not youth and freshness for the first, nor ford stand alone, as the representatives dignity for the last; and if she attempts of their parts at the other house do not either, she will utterly fail. But, in her sing; and both considerably heighten the own proper sphere, she is an effective, general effect of the opera by their vocal and, in a great measure, a genuine acefforts, thougb Horn is inferior to Bennett

If now and then there were not a as an actor. The incantation scene is better little mannerism, a touch of the swelling conceived at Drury-Lane, and more com- artificial school, which spoils every thing, pletely executed at Covent-Garden. At she would completely triumph over the the former the glen itself is truly pictu- hearts of the spectators. In tones of exresque ; and the mode of raising the spirit quisite tenderness, in gently beaved sighs, by lifting a skull on the point of a sword, is and in relieving tears, she almost equals really poetical. A fire blazes from the her predecessor, though she can never bandie, which runs in a blue flame up the give similar gratification, because she blade, and glares through the holes wants the beauty of person, the grace be“ which eyes did once inhabit" in deep yond the reach of art, and the triumphant crimson, till Zamiel appears. The close energy, which distinguished that most of the act too, where a cataract of real womanly of women. Since Miss O'Neil's water acts the part of a torrent of fire, departure we have never heard from feskeletons rise from the ground, and male lips a line as thrillingly affecting as the wbole stage is in terrific motion, ber appeal to Jaffier, Don't, prithee is well imagined; but the intermediate don't in poverty forsake me," or witnesshorrors are tiresume and ineffective com- ed so admirable a gradation of penitence pared to those of Mr. Farley. The plot and love as her last scene in the “ Stranis rather better than that of Covent-Gar- ger." If she can but avoid drawling moden, because the lover himself is perilled notony on the one hand, and physical vioinstead of a poor drunken wretch who de- lence on the other, she will secure an engraded the dignity of damnation; but tire command of all parts of conjugal destill it is not worth a pin. There can be votion and feminine sorrow. no real interest without cutting out Cas- In a moment of happy boldness, the par, and all the dull incumbrance of his managers determined to revive Rowley's contract with the demon and nnintelligi- comedy, called “ A Woman never Vext;" ble failure, and making the young hunts- and the venture bas amply repaid them. man involve himself in the toils of the There are so many plays of the same pefiend from the agonizing fear of losing his riod richer in incident, character, and inistress ; but then the conclusion would language, and more adapted to the higher be painful; and we bardly know whether tastes of the public, that we shall be disthe story, at the best, is worth a shudder. appointed if this good fortune do not pro

Mr. Macready has returned to the stage duce other revivals from the golden age in excellent voice and spirits, and has of our drama. This play is extravagant been received with great enthusiasm by enough in outline ;-a woman so happily his admirers. As yet he has only appear- fated as to find no cause of vexation, ed in characters too well known to allow though she seeks it, and so happily framed of criticism ; but we hear there is a tra- as to make none for herself-a lady who gedy in preparation, founded on a uoble is always cross and at cross purposes

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with fortune-a ric!ı merchant, who, in an us critics to let the plagiarism escape our hour, by a single storm is reduced to beg keen observation till now. The « Esat the grate of Ludgate-a prodigal, who capes” has been revived with its pleasing is chosen by the widow in the expectation music, and several old farces excellently that he will dissipate ber substance, on the played. Some of these, as “ Cent. per charming principle of female contradic- Cent." “ Too Late for Dinner," and tion, and who suddenly becomes wise on “ Husbands and Wives,” are as nearly his elevation, divides his estate with the being perfect in their kind as any thing on brother who had spurned him, and fills the stage-excepting Simpson and Co. at the office of sheriff with more dignity and Drury-lane, which is perfection itself, now humanity than has belonged to it from that Terry is restored to his place as head that time until the era of Parkins! There of the firm. are shiftings of fortune and character almost like the changes in a pantomime ; The last days of the Haymarket have and if these were all, the exhibition would been its best days in exertion, and we be only ludicrous; but the passions and hope not its worst in success. It has been affections are handled also with the free- the fashion to ridicule the manager for dom of a master, and we feel that we are the inequalities of his company, without contemplating the essences of things and considering the great difficulties he had to not mere exaggerations of their circum- encounter from the protracted seasons of stances. It matters little how wild the the winter houses, and the real paucity of story is when the life and nature of the even tolerable actors. From what he has dialogue make the heart gush forth and done, when opportunity was given, we the blood tingle in the veins. Much, no may fairly judge of what he would do, if doubt, is due to the principal actors,- allowed à fair competition with the Young, Charles Kemble, Miss Lacy, Miss mightier managers. When Farren and Chester, and Blanchard, who, though he Miss Chester were obliged to leave him, never has a principal part, is always a he more than supplied their place by enprincipal actor. Young's Foster was gaging Dowton and Miss Kelly, who, with complete; the very merchaut of the age Liston, Wilkinson, Vining, and Williams, in gesture, action, even walk ; full of a played several of the best comedies in exgrave humour (in which he is unequalled) cellent style. He also engaged Mr. and in the lighter parts, and pathetic, without Mrs. Hamblin and Miss George, well affectation, in the more trying scenes. known as a concert-singer, but who apKemble played the spendthrift so gaily, peared on the stage for the first time. and the sheriff so gallanuly, that it was Mr. Hamblin is not unknown to a London hard to believe the fair widow contem- audience; but his improvement is decis plated unmingled wretchedness when she sive ; and though not a fervid, he is an chose him. Miss Chester, as the Woman elegant and judicious actor. His Hamlet, never vexed, looked the very image of which he repeated at the call of the ausmiling content; and, for real life, we dience, was a very gentlemanly reading of wish no better; but for acting, commend the part, extremely well conceived and us to Miss Lacy, who played the shrewish well spoken; and though he occasionally Mrs. Foster, and who knows now where her wanted force, and always ease, he was pretrue strength lies! Her pettishness, im- ferable to some, who possessing both, play patience, and self-will were admirable; tricks with the author, and change the and not less so was her manner of cleaving mild philosophic thinker into a boisterous to her husband in his reverses, though she hero of regular tragedy. His Rob Roy had but a few words to speak. It was all was too refined and finical; but his Jotrue ; and how far above all else is truth, seph Surface, allowing for a little stiffin eloquence, and in acting! The Lord ness, was the most plausible we have lately Mayor's show in 1444 was a gorgeous

His wife, who is the young lady pageant, and all the decorations were cal- who was wont to fascinate the summer culated to realize the scene, and to give a audiences as Miss E. Blanchard, is a lovevivid notion of antique comfort and splen- ly and intelligent woman, who sheds un. dour.

wonted grace over the stage, and, though There has been at this house, what we far from competent to Lady Teazle, will think very important, an excellent variety shine in sentimental comedy. They playof afterpieces. Miss Tree has returned ed “ The School for Scandal,” however, to play Clari, and Rosina in the “ Barber agreeably, with the aid of Mrs. Glover, of Seville," each in its way a treat, though whose Mrs. Candour was a perfect piece we do not think it was quite honest in the of acting, Mr. Vining a lively, if not a translator of the first piece to take entire polished Charles, and Mr. Williams who the last scene of “ Rich and Poor," and topped the part of Crabtree. We should add it to his drama; nor very attentive in not forget that this gentleman, who



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