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tion to age.

his professional career? A thou-f more time to those he has made · sand excuses are made for the vet- who is desirous of securing propereran, and whatever be the effect of ty by professional skill, and knows his system, as failure is never attri- that as he cannot rely on the supbuted to his ignorance--but a young port of a splendid reputation, he man has to contend with doubts and must succeed by superior care, diloprejudices and has seldom credit igence and fidelity. for any thing but success.

We do not advance these remarks In professional pursuits it is a with any disrespect to age or a wish received opinion, that experience to supplant its honors in favor of is the employer's best security, younger pretenders. He', who is and that experience is in propor- advanced in life, has inost common..

It is evident that if ly secured to himself connections youth is always an objection to em- and formed interests in society ployment this belief is erroneous, as which place him above the necessity a man may pass away a great part of recommendation. It is the young of his life with no experience at all. man, who at the moment when the But this in some cases is the truth, greatest facility should be made to and complete justice is only to be his pursuits, has the most difficult expected from those, who have by obstacles to contend with-A prea greater variety of practice been judice as injurious as unfounded more conversant with similar cascs, prevents his employment, and 'but common transactions and every checks the influence of those talents

day practice are within the compass which might ripen in time for the of those talents, which generally fall benefit of society. to the young adventurer, and re The young man is the future hope quire attention rather than genius, of his country. The time will arand care more than experience in rive when he in turn will be old, the person employed. These qual- when he shall lead the arries or diities are most to be expected from rect the councils of the state- They a young man. The physician or then, who open to the young advenlawyer of eminence is engaged in a turer pleasing prospects, who as« variety of great and important cases sists him up the bill and enables which take his mind from the smal- him to meet with successful oppo. ler concerns of the profession ; is sition the enemies of his progress, the young man, who is emulous may be classed among the wise menof their fame, knows he must rise as of their country,

E. they did by slow advances from small beginnings and is sure not to neglect the little matters that arise.

Let experience determine where THE ORDEAL...... 21. most attention is found, where the greatest care, the most intimate en- King Fohn (Shakespeare ) and Highland trance into the feelings or interest. Reel.

Friday, March 13. Is it expected from those, whose King John is an extremely irregula" concerns are multiplied, whose avo- production. In the story, it is wanting cations are almost innumerable, in interest, not having any principal ob. whose fortune is establised and whose ject of attention to enchain the mine, character is secure ; or froin him, dents and motives, without engaging it

and distracting it by unexpected inci. who just beginning life, has formed by a due gradation of previous explanafewer connections and can devote tion. Shakespeare's historical plays


are said to be neither tragedies nortered thoughts and speaking looks, comedies, and therefore are not subject rather than by direct information, Fento any of their lawg But though we nel showed some fine touches of auture, need not search in his productions for and evinced equally his conception and what cannot be found, a preservation his skill. of the unity of action ; yet to render a

If the midnight-bell play interesting, the incidents, however Did, with his iron tongue and brazen various, should be made subservient to mouth the principal story, which should be Sound one unto the drowsy race of night. scen to progress ; but they should not These lines were Snely expressedbe distinct actions which might as well The remove of John, not because he belong to another production.

had killed Arthur, but because his no. There are, nevertheless, in the play bles bad deserted him ; and afterwards before us, some original cliaracters of his satisfaction in finding Hubert's-stoan important grade in the scale of ry false, afforded further proofs of ei. merit. The gloomy, weak, undecided, cellence. cruel and inconsistent prince, in John ; Mr. Caulfield in the part of Faulcon. the humorous, animated, faithful and bridge was highly respectable. This courageous chief in Faulconbridge, and gentleman in abrupt sentences is most the ambitious, passionate, griered and generally perfect, but in gat speeches insulted mother in Lauly Constance, are he is apt to fall into toning his words.impressions of character which the ge. Hence while we were gratified with uius of Shakespeare alone could mould. the bluster of his expressions to AusThere are scenes and descriptions in tria ; half the beauty escaped of those this play, which cannot be surpassed ; lines spoken to John, beginningthough it may be doubted whether the

But wherefore do you droop! Why author paid that attention to it which

look you sad? he had done to many of his previous

Be great in act as you have been in pieces. The materials might compose

thought, &c. a most admirable tragedy ; an emenda Hubert in Mr. Usher had a repre. dation has been attempted, but with sentative which did not discredit the out success. Yet there is perhaps no part ; but, if any thing could have other play, in which a good poet might heightened our contempt for the char. exert his abilities to more advantage, acter of John, nothing could be so than in an alteration of King Jolin.

effectual as to see him infueneeu by So much of this play is tieten up in such a Pope's legate, as poor Mr. Turnthe pageantry of regral magnificence, bull made. that a perfect representation of it could

The scenes of Lady Constance ar not reasonably be expected, in a Thea wonderful ; and an actress of abilities tre, where there seldom is seen a show can render them astonishing in their which is not productive of some strange effects. Mrs. Cibber formerly, and absurdity or laughable blunder. The Mrs. Siddons in later years, considered characters in general were respectably that part as important as any one they filled ; but often where excellence was could perform. We were therefore hoped, mediocrity only was realized.

not a little surprised that Mrs. Powell's Mr. Fennel as King John did not talents in this part, being considered take advantage of all the opportunities within their peculiar sphere, should for the display of his talents. In the bave produced such singular sensations scene before Angiers, his declamation in the audience. When Lady Con. was indistinct ; and he wanted spirit stance throws herself upon the ground and fire, in the utterance of the re. in pronouncing markable lines to Pandulph, expressive Here I and sorrow sit : of his determined resolution not to be Here is my throne, let kings come bow governed by the domination of the to it! Pope.

she ought previously to have exeited His abilities shone conspicuously in the tenderest sympathy in her bearers the several interviews with Hubert and for her griefs and disappointment.the death scene. When he solicits. This some actresses have etfected ;Hubert to murder Arthur, by abrupt but when Mrs. Powell sunk suddenly tra:sitions, sudden allusions, bui ut- ! upon the stage, the event was so un


exgeeted (from any previous notice), el, and in his bye-play, he shewed a still tlut instead of observing the tears of further judicious attention to the part: grief in the audience, we saw only the Mr. Caulfield in Eirar acquitted sizre of astonishment or the smile of Imself respectably: bit not so well as u:fceling vulgarity !

on the first night of performance. His We cannot dismiss this play without recollection was noi so perfect as beacknowledging the merit of Mrs. Dykes fore. In the scenes of mariness howin Arthur. In the scene with Hubert ever, he certainly performs with great sle sensibly affected us ; in truth she effect; but in the lover he is compara. deserves mich commendation.

tively inferior. As a chainpion in the 0.1 the whole, King John wanted in last act he was greeted with reserved terest. The two first acts jogged approbation ; and we know of ny char. heavily, and the last corsisted of an acter more calculated to influence an interchanges of striking and spiritless audience in favor of an actor than that representation.

of Elgar. We hope Mr. C. will feel

the effect of it, at his benefit. King Lear (Shakespeare) and Sixty Mr. Usher deserved our estimation

third Letter. Monday, March 16. in the character of Kent, as much as beIt has been strongly objected to the in the part of Edmund, without evinc

fore. Mr. Fox is exactly where he tens, play of King Lear, as generally repreling progressive improvement, or resented on the stage, that the catastro, markable skill of personation.

Mrs. phe is rendered happy: that Lear and Poe, as Cordelia, has once received our Cordelia triumph, and Regan and Gon: approbation, and has again deserved it. eril are punished. It is considered, that But we notwithstanding prefer her cothe death of Lear and Cordelia were

medy. necessarily produced in the original, and besides, that the interest arising have an opportunity to engage Mr. Fen

We understand the managers can from this circumsance, is not only more nel for the remainder of the season ; affecting, but more agreeable to human and unless they obtain some extrinsic nature. This doctrine however, seems contrary to the opinion of the best crit attraction, we are 'fearful the benefits

will neither answer their expectations, ics, who have decided, that if other excellencies are equal the audience will nor the deserts of the performers. always be dismissed better pleased Deprived of so much talent, as we shall from the final triumph of persecuted be, if he departs, a reflux in the public virtue. Dennis says, though the wick. opinion,' in relation to the theatre, is ed sometimes prosper and the guilty

seriously to be apprehended. suffer, and the poet by representing life The Natural Son ( Cumberland) and the in this aspect, may represent it truly,

Padlock. Wednesday, March 18. yet the poetical persons in tragedy er. ist no longer than the reading or the This comedy cannot reasonably esrepresentation, the whole extent of tort approbation from the unwilling, their entity is circumscribed by those ; from prescriptive reputation. For at its and therefore, during that reading or first appearance it was violently assail. representation, accorling to their mer- ! ed, and though it sustained the attack its or deinerits they must be punished and preserved a respectable grund, it, or rewarded. If this is not done, there still has been subject to the objections is no impartial distribution of poetical of critical sagacity and perhaps to the . justice, no instructive lecture of a par. disguised insinuations of envious rival. ticular providence and no imitation of ship. The part of Lady Paragon was the divine dispensation. The test of written expressły for Miss Farren, and public opinion has been in favour of the the author seems to think is worthy of alteration, and the lovers have been her abilities. The Pable is partly borgenerally dismissed with decided ap- rowed from Tom Jones by Fielding, probation.

particularly as respects the relation. The personation of Lear by Mr. Fen: ship of the mother of Blushenly to his nel was improved in some particulars benefactor and patron Sir Jeffery La. since the last representation ; his voice timer. was more, audible and distinct. His Major OʻFlaherty in this play, as in emphasis was in some respect improv-l the West-Indian, has honour, courage,

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gallantry : his bulls are mistakes of' tion, and partakes not of the rituthe tongue and not of the thought; lence that mostly characterizes his for says Mr. Cumberland himself the art of finding language for the Irish writings: lle was born in the year charscter on the stage consists not in 1588, and died in 1667. making him foolish, vulgar or absurd, (From his Epithalami 1, 1620) but on the contrary, whilst you furnishi soldior! of thee I ask, for thou cans': him with expressions, that excite laugh.

best, ter, you must graft them upon senti. Having known sorrow, judge of jor ments, that deserve applause

and rest : This part was performed by Mr. Ber. Wbat greater bliss than, after all thy nard with much effect.

liarins, ment was starched and stiff as an officer To take a wife that's fair, and lauful should be, and no shaft fell short for

thine ; want of skill in the archer,

And lying tranced in her ivory artis, Mr. Dykes played Sir Jeffery, with There tell what thou hast 'scap'd, is spirit. But Mi. Poe in Blushenly was

Powers Divine ! a bad lover and a worse gentleman, How many round thee thou hast slaugh. Jack Hastings, by Mr. Downie, was ter'd seen ; spiritless, excepting in his nose, which How oft tiyself hath been near har? Like Bardolph's resembled a live coal.

expiring, We have seen Mr. Dickenson to

How many times thy flesh hath wound. more advantage than in Dumps; but he

ed been ; performed chastels-and Mr. Powell whilst she, thy fortune and thy sorth as Rueful was greeted at his second

admiring, appearance with decided marks of ap. With joy of health, and pity of thy probation.

pain, The character of Lady Paragon was

Doth weep and kiss—and kiss and weep well performed by Mrs. Stanley ; her

again! deportment was elegant, but her tones wanted modulation. Mrs Shaw also

LOVE MAKES A MAX HL' XGRI. was highly pleasing as Mrs. Phæbe Latimer.

I hare been much amused with the observation of FIELDIXG, in his

« Tom Jones,” that love makes a For the Emerald.

man hungry." In strong and DESULTORY SELECTIONS. healthy constitutions (he says) love

hath a very different effect from what it causes in the puny part of

the species. In the latter it gen. Of the numerous productions of erally destroys all that appetite his poet, few have been entirely which tends towards the converse preserved. He was a leading sa-tion of the individual ; but in the tyrist of his age ; and his Epitha- former, though it often induce forlamia, though written in honour of getfulness and neglect of food, as Elizabeth, daughter of James I. on well as of every thing else, vet place her marriage with Frederick Count a good piece of well-powdered LuiPalatine, early in 1652, shews him tock before a hungry lover, and he to have been at that time no favor. seldom fails very handsomely te ite with the court. Wither raised play his part.” This, indeed, ap himself many enemies, and passed pears to me to be the true manly great part of his life in a prison.- effect of love. What then can we The following piece, which is little say of those mewiing poetasters, known, may contribute to the a- who are always fainting and dying, musement of the general reader, who never eat a hearty meal, nor as it is of a miscellaneous descrip-form a healthy wish?




these too plainly declare themselves nument, 10 shew that heaps of ino10 be of "the puny part of the spe-ney have been piled there before." cies."

Godwin's Walking Phibro her." Thr. DIFFERENCE OF CHARACTER. is an improvement and apparențly

The descriptions and remarks of a cory from this original; it is the FIELDING have been considered as

Delitianti dismounted. the very expressions of nature.

THE CLERGYMAN AND THE PLAYER. He lias given a correct sketch of two opposite characters in the fol- es into holy ciders, we are inform

When doctor Stonehouse enterlowing picture :

cd, that he took occasion to profit. « The same taste, the same im- by his acquaintance with GARRICE, . agination, which luxuriously riots in order to procure from him some in these elegant scenes, can be a valuable instructions in elocution. mused with objects of far inferior Being once engaged to read prayers, note. The woods, the rivers, the and to preach at a church in the lands of Devon and of Dorset, at- ciiy, he prevailed upon Garrick to tract the eye of the ingenious trav- go with him. After the service, eller, and retard his pace, which the British Roscius asked the docdelay he afterwards compensates by tor, whiat particular business he had swiftly scouring over the gloomy to do when the duty was over?heath of Bagshot, or that pleasant « None,” said the other. “ I tho't plain which extends itself westward you had (said Garrick) on seeing from Stockbridge, where no other you enter the reading-desk in such object than one single tree only in a hurry.” “ Nothing (added he.) sixteen miles presents itself to the can be more indecent, than to see a view, unless the clouds in compas- clergyınan set about sacred business. sion to our tired spirits, kindly open as if he were a tradesman, and go their variegated mansions to our into the church as if he wanted to prospect.

get out of it as soon as possible.” “ Not so traveis the He next asked the doctor, “ What ditating tradesman, the sagacious books he had in the desk before justice, the dignified doctor, the hiin?"_"Only the bible and praywar m-clad grazier, with all the nu-er-book.” " Only the bible and merous offspring of wealth and dul-prayer-book," replied the player,

On they jog, with equal" why you tossed them backwards pace, through the verdant meadows, and forwards, and turned the leaves or over the barren heath, their as carelessly as if they were those horses measuring four miles and of a day-book and ledger.” an half per hour with the utmost exactness ; the eyes of the beast A Barrister at the Surry sessions, and his master being alike directed cxamining a witness of the name of forwards, and employed in contem- Steakes, began in the following manplating the same objects in the same ner :-“ Mr. Steakes, be so good as manner. With equal rapture, the to wag your chois.“ If I do (regood rider surveys the proudest plied the witness) I hope to show boasts of the architect, and those more of the wag than you do.”fair buildings, with which some un. The retort was felt, and the learned known name hath adorned the rich gentleman became, as the witness eloathing-town ; where heaps of humorously observed, quite chop bricks are piled up as a kind of mo- fallen.


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