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him to stand firm at helm' amid in that can never benefit the com
feelings, a gentleman high in rank, eraturé. But I forbear to enlarge. family and fortune, eager to ex- I should soon make the improve, press some suggestion, conceived (ment of the lesson its utter defeat ; to be immensely important to the not encourage this virtue, but prostate, is interrupted by some rude mote the success of its opposite ; Plebeian in the Rome of mind, rais-commit sad blunders; worse coning his barbarian arm to smite him found confusion ; instead of excit: into silence. Instead of yielding to ing to forbearance. effectually write the natnral irritability of noble the reader quite out of patience. blaod, " Strike; but hearken !”.is
S, all that escapes from his lips. "That's noble."? It has ranked Themistocles among the nobles of nature... Posterity at this day would scarcely, have known him; had it not been for this ennobling instance Messrs Editors, of patience. "... " The true spirit of: Christian pa
It is well known to be a remark tience is well expressed in sacred among those who are inclined to in style by the meel language of Job. dulge their wit at the expence of Stop it u have spoken; and, philosophy, that no position, howwhen that I have spokeb, mock on.'
u ever ridiculous, can be takel, but The wretch that could continue his it will be supported and defended by interruption after such a reproot, observation of this nature looks more
philosophers. Although a general dasoryes not the tolerance of pa: like the spirit of ridicule than the love tience; and forms a case which must have been without the apostle's.con
of truth, yet it must be confessed, templation, when he wrote of the
that many of the most visionary syscharity " that endureth all things.”
> tems have by turns found their adPatience is essential to the states- vocates among the learned, and that
What would Pitt have genius and labor are often directed teen, but for political patience to the curious consideration of subThis it was that alonc
rather than to scrious in-. the commotions of the elements quires on interesting matter, and the tumults of the people. Tlris I was led to these remarks by a aziy could so long have enabled curious essay published by Mr. Vanbim to ride the whirlwind and di- der Mulen, the author of two learned rect the story. This made him dissertations on the creation of the kreat in spite of fortune ; and left world, concerning the "rib of vehich bis lite proof to the world how infi- Eva was formed.” So singular an nitely more glorious it is to deserve object of pbilosophical investigation success than to command it. If a naturally excited curiosity and lead great man, strugkling with the me to wonder what could be found storms of fute, the gods behold with in this eccentric enquiry worthy pleasure, after so long and violent the profound thoughts of a professce and well contested a struggle, they philosopher, and I assure you my must witness his prostration with expectations were more than real
ized by the ingenuity of his hypoPatience is peculiarly necessary theses and the fertivity of his mind to the historian and the man of lit-in reconciling facts to th.cories,
Mr. Vander Mulen says, that the) formed of a rib and not of the dust deep sleep which fell upon Adam, of the ground as Adam was ?"was intended by God to conceal From a variety of reasoning, Mr. from him such an admirable opera- V. Mulen concludes, that this was tion as that of creation. ; and that necessary to unite the first husband when Adam said Eve was bone of his and the first wife in the strictest bone and flesh of his flesh, it was by bonds of unity and love. Had Eve means of knowledge acquired by a been created of the dust she would dream in that time. Mr. Vander have been a stranger to Adam.Mulen then gives the conjectures Had she been created from an inof the Jewish Rabbies on the proba- ferior part of his body he might ble formation of Adam and Eve.-- have despised and trampled upon “ Some (says he) will have it that her. Had she been created out of our first parent was both a man and his head she would have been liable a woman. Rabbi Samuel, son of to assume too much and domineer Nachman, affirms, that the first over him notwithstanding the weakman and the first woman were crea- ness of her sex and the superiority ted together in such manner that of her husband. It was therefore Eve cleaved to Adam's shoulders as proper that she should be taken from though she had been glued with the middle, by which means he pitch.” After reciting and oppos- could not but have a proper esteem ing the opinions of several Jews and for her, and look upon her as a comChristians in this part of his enquiry, panion and friend. This top is the he procceds to state and formally to doctrine of the Angelical Doctora. discuss three questions. Ist. Whe- « Conveniens fuit mulierem formari ther the rib out of which Eve was de vitæ costa. Primo quidem, ad freated, belong to the right or the significandum virum ac mulieren left side ?” In answer to this he debet esse. socialis . con- junctio, says, it is the better opinion, that it Neque mulier debet dominari in was taken from the left side near his virum et ideo non est formata, de heart, to denote that a man and his capite, neque debet a viro despici wife should have but one heart. But tanquam serviiiter subjecta Si iden the anatomical fact, that a man has non est for mata de pedibus”; and a as many ribs on one side as the other similar sentiment probably gave seems to stop his enquires. The rise to the following in the massecond question is, “whether aster ter of seniences. Ego accipio te, non the loss of that rib Adam was a dominam, nec ancillam sed conjumaimed or perfect man?”! The gem-I take thee not to be my mispoint most laboured in this part is to tre88 or my scrvant, but my wife. show that Adam had one rib more This is a brief sketch of the essay than any of his race, this he calls an of Mr. Vander Mulen, who has disuseless rib to Adam considered as a cussed it with much laborious invesprivate man, but as he was the head tigation, and scientific research, and of all mankind, that rib was necessary spent time and talents which had to him for the production of Eve, better have been appropriated to since she could not be propagated more useful designs. Thus it is, in the natural way, and hence he that science diminishes from its own concludes, that notwithstanding this respectability, and philosophy makes loss of a rib Adam was a perfect itself ridiculous by the tendency of man. But the third question is the its manners. most perplexing-—~ Why Eve was!
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celebrity in Frank Rock THE ORDEAL.....-10. 6. hope he may yei learli che
in elevated scenes.
The Tom Shufileton of the wind Liustis aniina debent aliquando dari
Mr. liox gave some AJcugitandum melior ut redeat sibi. ing was good.
new points to the character. But John Bull, Coleman) and Tour Sca- we still say, more articulation, or Sons, Iteda sday, Nov. 19. less rapidity, Mr. Fox,
The female parts were well susJORX Bull is, perhaps, of ail tained, particularly, Mary ThornColeman's comedies, that which has gained kim most applause.ber father with great effect.
berry by Mrs. Poe. Not because it is his best ; but in consequence of its name and ration. The Iron Chest, Coleman ) and Ly
mg Yalet. Friday, Nóv. 21. The acting this evening was, on the whols, to be comniended; but The IRON CHEST has many' sioit was in many respec'is imperfect. gular connections with theatrical
In Dennis Brulgruddery, Mr. history. It was written by the Bernard, was exceedingly great ; younger Coleman, for the chies proand last nothing of his estal-ished prietor of Druiry Lane theatre, at a fame in the character of this ec- greater expence than it had ever centric Irishman. The scene of been usual to pay for the exertions equivoque after the return of Dan, of dramatic ingenuity. nas well imaginéd. We have sel Sir Edward Mortimer is reprea. dom seen a more indifferent Peri- sented as a gentleman of noble mind grine, than Mr. Usher. His voice and high 'sense of honor. In the without being elevated, was uncom. heat of passion he had committed a I monly thick, and his enunciation murder, for which he had been arwas defective ; as was in some in- raigned, tried, and for want of proof stances his emphasis. This char- honorably acquitted. The consciacter requires great powers, as its ousness, however, of his real guilt connection with the interest of the disturbs his mind and makes his piece, from the beginning to the hours gloomy' and unpleasant; he end, renders it particularly interest- is sketched upon the plan of Junius, : ing; whether in protecting into one of those compound characters, cence, relieving distress, or denoun-j who without firmness enough to cing vengeance on arrogance and avoid a dishonorable action has feel. pride.'
ing enough to be ashamed of it. We think Mr. Dickenson's Job Wilford is a young and friendless Thörnberry was too broad.' Andorphan whom Mortimer had taken in the scene before Sir Francis into his service from principles of Rochdale, he was miore violent than benevolence, and employed as his is consistent with true discrimina- secretary, Under these circuntion. Yet the first interview with stances the play opens. Wilford is Perigrinc was quite respectable. curious to understand the cause of
Sir Francis Rochdale, by Mr. Mortimer's melancholy, and learns Dykes; evinced considerable ability, from Winterton, the steward of the His costume was correct.
family, the history of the trial; but Mr. Poe, as he did not appear to is still anxious to obtain further paraim at, so he did not attain much | ticulars. From the conduct of Wilz
ford; Mortimer is apprehensive that the violence of his motions is seized he is suspicious of the fact, particu- with strong fits of convulsion. The larly as the Iron Chest, in which his curtain drops and the play colipapers are deposited, being acciden- cludes. tally left open, Wilford is found in In the Iron Chest, Coleman has the act of examining it. To pre- jumbled a number of incidents, which vent howeverany effect which might that they are contained in the same
have no connection with each other, but result if Wilford should make the play, yet while they do not in the least discovery, he voluntarily discloses contribute to promote the progress, the real facts under the solemn oath they essentially injure the interest of of Wilford never to reveal them the fable. In the first scene, we have Uncasy under this knowledge, and a poacher and his family, Rawbold, Dan apprehensive that the jealousy of Sir and smuggling brandy; of fearing the
and Barbara. They talk of killing deer Edward would make his life a con- power of Sir Edward Mortimer, and af. jinued scene of unhappiness, he pri- ter the scene closes, we see no more of vately leaves the family, and in his Raw bold. Dan and Barbara to be sure fight is made prisoner hy a band of are seen; but are seen merely to take robbers, who infested the vicinity.
up time upon the stage. There are
scènes in which the Robbers are introMortimer, alarmed at his flight, cir- duced; which are perfectly useless culated a story prejudicial to his not to say detrimental to the piece.character, with the design of des-Neither have Helen and Blanch any troying his credibility if ever after material relation to the main plot. In he should reveal the fatal secret.
short the play is a heap of episode, and One of the robbers being disinissed Edward Mortimer, Wilford, Fitzharda
none of the characters, but those of Sir from the band informs of Wilford's ing and Winterton, have any intimate captivity, who is imıncdiately arrest- connection with each other, Could a ed by Mortimer and arraigned on
new interest of the supernumerary cha. the charge of theft before Fitzhard- racters be interwoven with the chief ing; a worthy officer and brother of tionni credit which it certainly needs
story, the play might gain much addi Mortimer, who was then by chance An arrangement, might be made, bin in the family. On this exainina- which Kawbold should prove to be the tion, which is made with great in- man supposed to be murdered by Sir genuity and dramaatic skill, every the case of Sir l'hilip Blanforch in Speed
Edward; which would be parallel to one is convinced of Wilford's guilt the Plough; and by that means a laigh until in his trunk, which was brought wrought scene of forgiveness might be in and opened, a “paper of curious introduced as a catastrophic. Wlien tie enfolding,' and a singular knife ar- loves of Wilford and Barbara, and Sir rests the attention of Fitzharding: summated, and the other characters
Edward and Helen might easily be conThis paper was a narrative of the contribute to the result by unayoidable murder which Mortimer had com- concatination. There is no necessity mitted and the knife, the instru- for the Robbers to bring in Wilford be
. ment by which it was accomplished. fore the audience. Let him be missing Mortimer in a hurry had previously until Sir Edward has information from thrown them with jewels and other excited would be correspondent in both articles into Wilford's trunk, to the characters of the play and the audistengthen the force of his accusa- tors, and the interest in his fate be tion Conscience struck and over- much more lively than now. powered by the disclosure of his
Às it is at present however, the guilt
, Sir Edward confesses that the whole art of the author seems to have charges he had brought against and interesting trial of Wilford to
been directed to produce an ingenious Wilford were utterly false, and in wards the conclusion and leaving
most of his characters to shift for them. I no enchantment can subsist in á living selves, he has made the Iron Chest stream. Nay, if you can interpose a quite a defective drama.
brook betwixt you, and witches, spec. Besides, the characters are not well tres, or even fiends, you are in perfect preserved, and the tendency is not moral. safety. Burns' inimitable Tam o ShaiThe diction is oftentimes inflated and ter turns entirely upon such a circunthe metaphor confused ; though the stance. The belief seems to be of anlanguage is sometimes illumined with tiquity. Brompton informs 115, that the flashes of genius and ornamented certain Irish wizards could, by spells, with the inventions of fancy. The sto- convert earthen clods, or stones, into ry is borrowed from the popular novel fat pigs, which they sold in the market ; of Caleb Williams; and the author has but which always reassumed their pro followed his original too closely to ada per forin, when driven by the deceived mit mucb dramatic incident.
purchaser across a running stream. But of the performance, littlo is requir. Brompton is severe on the Irish, for a ed to be said, Sir Edward Mortimer very good reason: "Gens ista spuiin the hands of Mr. Cawfield was cissima non solvant decimas.” Chirotolerably supported. In the first inter- nicon. Fohannis Bromptoit apud deceiri view with Wilford his execution of the Scriptoresy p. 10763 contending passions, had instantaneous effect. But he mouthed very conside erably almost all the long speeches; in the legends of Scottish superstition, making no difference in bis' tones means the magic power of imposing on whethier he was conversing with Wil- the eye-sight of spectators, so that tlie ford or Fitzbarding ; at the trial, or in appearance of an object shan be totally the library. We think luis action rather different from the reality. To such a too exuberant; and his manners forced. charm the ballad of Johnie Fa' imputes Fox in Wilford, shewed attention to his the fascination of the lovely countess, business ; and in the trial scene, he who eloped with that gypsey leader.. was forcible.
Adam Winterton is the most sopor.. ific character which ever lethargized was so pathetic a reader of dramatie an audience. And Mr. Dickenson poetry, that while he was reciting one from his acting scemed to conceire it of his own plays in the green-room, to such: Mr. Dykes' personation of Fitz-, major Mohuin, the latter, in the warmth harding wanted vivacity. The outline of his admiration, threw away the part, 'Was good; but the colouring defective. and exclaimed “To what purpose can
Mr. Bernard's humour shone con. I undertake this character, if I am not spicaous ini Dan; and notwithstanding able to play it as well as you read it ?" it is a clog upon the play, he relicved the burthen by the celerity with which he managed it. Rawbeld, by Mr. Ushcr, as it is an unfinished character does' first barmonizers of our language, was.
This great poet, though one of the pot demand observation ; it is sufficient
so indifferent a' reader, that when he that he did all which is required in it. brought his play of Amphytrion to the
Mrs. Stanley, as Helen, increased discrimination, and just delivery; and delivered the plain seuse of every pe. our favourable opinion of her powers of stage, Cibber, who heard him give it
the first reading, says, “ Though he Mrs. Poc rises in esteem.
riod, yet the whole was in so coll, so flat, and unaffecting a manner, that I
am afraid of not being believed if I For the Emerald.
should express it." DESULTORY SELECTIONS,
On the first reading of his Cato in tlie MAGIC!
green-room, he succeeded so ill, that, SUPERNATURAL effects and wonder- he would not attempt it a second time, fiul prodigios have always been a source He therefore consigned that task to of interest with uninforned minds ; but Cibber, who acquitted himself so much, it is a firm article of popular faith, that better than the author, that the latter
AND ORIGINAL REMARKS.