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to restore their vigour. Charlemagne, a conquerer and legislator, THE ORDEAL......10. 13. like Theodoric, but infinitely greater, and unquestionably the greatest School of Reform, Morton) and the man of that vast interval, introduc

Purse, or American Tar. ed the sciences and the arts into the

Friday Jan. 9. great plan of his government, mak. The Secret, ( Edward Morris, E37.) and ing them the grand basis of a pow

Robin Hood. Monday Jan. 12. er, which, however, could not sur

Scire secreta domus. vive his departed genius. Charle

That every undertaking which en. magne retarded the

progress of the French language, in cultivating the best means should receive the ap.

deavours to promote the best ends by throughout his immense dominions probation of mankind is a truth so an. the language of the Romans, which parent as to preclude controversy. The remained in France that of the laws Comedy of the Secret written by Ed. and public acts till the reign of Fran- in view that when it first appeared it

ward Morris, has such a moral purpose cis I. Spain, England, Italy, and gained much fame for the virtue of its Germany, were, during nearly six design and the originality of its charachundred years, successively trodden ter and plot. The author of the play under foot by the Barbarians who before us intended to shew some india disputed the possession of them ; vidual characters, which the ever ra. and when the nations, formed of produce ; to unite the comic with the

rying follies of the world occasionally the mixture of the humbled natives sentimental, and permit neither to be and foreign conquerers, had acquir- too apparent ; and to inculcate the les. ed some consistence, the whole of son, that active virtue is sure peace of Europe, torn from its foundations mind, though assailed by every tempo. by the fury of the crusades, poured ly confer tranquility even on him wham

ral misfortune, and that it will ultimate. its population on Asia Minor, Pal- pasi vices may have rendered miserable. estine and Egypt, and these long We cannot think the author has been and violent convulsions retarded the always successful in prosecuting his moment in which the people of the plan; his incidents are sometimes strain. North, who had divided the West- ed so much that the thread of probabil.

ity is broken, and the motives he urges, eru Roman provinces into so inany would hardly produce the effects he enkingdoms, could deposit the rust of deavours to establish. For example we their origin, and disengage them- are inclined to believe Mr. Dorville'a selves from that grossness of man- generosity to bis tenant Frank, in enners and language which is incom- dorcing his note for five hundred pounds,

when he was conscious he could not pay patible with the culture of the arts, it himself on presentation, is neither The crusades, indeed, assisted the within the limits of justice or likelihood enfranchisement of the populace, No motive was shewn, which would natand developed ideas of commerce; urally produce such an event. And af. but in agitating empires, as yet little

terwards when payment for this very stable in their constitutions, they de- ed in the evening, it is not very proba.

note given in the inorning was demand. prived governments, on whom all ble the man who had cheated Mr. Dor. improvement depends, of the leis- ville in obtaining it, would run a race ure and means of devoting them with another tenant to try which shouki selves to the interests of letters.

offer him the money the soonest-Be.

sides, where could Frank have found so (To be continued.)

much, in so short a time? In the morning, we are told he was to be turned adrift from his farm for want of it, the note is given in lieu of it, and at night

be enters with his coffers full. But founded the meaning and depressed the
notwithstanding some inconsistancies spirit of his author.
and complexity in the plot, the charac Rosa, by Mrs. Stanley wanted an
ters may lay claim to originality and the innocent playfullness which is its princi-
dialogue to correctness.

pal' trait,. The character as she exhib-
Old Lizard and his family are finely ited it was pleasing ; but gave her no
drawnı ; that low cunning which is con. chance of evincing her powers. These
tinually on the watch to entrap, and were reserved for the Epilogue, and the
then to betray, is the predominant fea- concluding lines, had great effect from
ture in the character of old Lizard; but the singular beauty, with which they
it is relieved by much eccentricity and were uttered.
humor. The meanness which appears. But ah! there is one secret still behind,
in the disposition of Jack forms a fine Which we to-night, have struggled haré to
coutrast to the nobleness which he af find.
terwards evinces ; and which promotes Tis one on which depends our rise or fall ;
30 essentially the progress of the fable. It is the Secret-how to please you all.
Mr. Dorville is an excellent lesson of We suppose the Secret would have
he advantages of virtue and integrity obtained a full house at a second repre-
Rosa, seems a mere love-sick girl on sentation ; but it has lost its principle
he plan of modern novel mongers, and attraction, old Lizard has departed for
s rather more remarkable as the hero. New-York.
ine of so good a play, than as a character
of merit-Though the features of Su. The Voice of Nature (translated and al-
san Lizard cannot be considered new,
they serve to add force to the play, from

tered from the French, by W. Dunlap)

and the Maid of Hungary. their singular combination-none of the other parts are remarkable.

Welnesday, Jan. 14. We shall not enter into a critical an.

Of those compositions commonly alysis of the personation of this come: called melo-dramas, which the taste of dy; It consisted of many defects and the present times has spawned in nu. many excellencies.

merous shoals, no one has been more Mr. Bernard in old Lizard gave an- successful in France, than the Judges, other proof of the versatility of his com ment of Solomon ; and in this country, ic powers. The sly villian he portrayed the translation of the French play, "The to admiration, and the discriminating Voice of Nature. The pomp of these points, between his parental feelings, spectacles most generally destroy all and his disposition to cheat every one interest in the dialogue ; "as knowlbut his family, were shown with great edge advances, pleasure passes from accuracy of tone and gesture.

the ear to the eye." Hence, the milMr. Usher's Dorville was respectable, lions are pleased, and the few disaphis first scenes were good : but in the pointed. In this piece before us, howlast in which he tells his story to Rosa erer, something should be done as well and receives assistance from bis grate. as said ; and we may safely eongratuful tenants he was tamc and monoto- late ourselves that in our theatre there

is no fear of being overburthened with In Jack Lizard, Mr. Caulfield's de- too much bustle and shew. portment, had a forced ease, to use a The fable of the Voice of Nature, is paradoxical expression. We think he founded on the story of Solomon's dewould be very useful in sprightly come-cision between the two mothers, and dy, notwithstanding this evening, &c. the scene is transferred to Sicily. The huis mcrits would have shown conspicu- plot, however, is rather unaccommodatpusly had not some of the best passa- ing, since the author is obliged to make ses in the part been unavoidably omitted. the real mother guilty, and by renderit'e wish to praise Mr. Fox, his former ing her peculiarly amiable, has subject. xertions are remembered with pleased himself to the censure of making re; but we cannot bestow praise that vice alluring, and associating too many would do him injustice as wel as our charms with passionate indiscretion. selves, for his personation of Sir Harry | The concern for the fate of the child is Fleetly. His conception seemed cor- fairly produced and highly wrought ; sect, but imperfect in his part, he con-l ard the unity of action is inviolately


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utterance. After he has reached the the mere return for silver-ticket favur quentra speech, his pace quickens un season, if feed at all, will be retained

to silence. They have already bio as inarticulate pother of sound and senti. her bubble of reputation to its extreo

Mrs. Shaw's Alzira deserves credite

as she played with sufficient und mend to him more deliberation and standing of the part, not to sink belor coolness in his manner as certain rem-herself, however short of other people

We would excellence she may have reachel All rather commend hin for the exertions zira's repentance did not rebere the improvement of his articulation ; gust at her vice ; for although Aling

was improperly intended, from our ce for the most part he is prompt, precise, was repentant, Mrs. Shaw continue

maintained. But the character of Al. Mrs. Powell came this evening b. zira is not preserved. She repents too fore the public with the grace of notei foon. A woman naturally vicious like tv added to her “ countless charms."her, would hardly hare exhibited signs Her Lilla, although a charuter 1 of real contrition in a moment ; be- which some of her first rate virtues ait sides, poetical justice required her drawn, and by all means the principal exemplary punishment.

character in the play, was for the most Of the representation this play, on part cold and uninteresting. Her fire Wednesday evening, malignant criti- interview with Kinaldo, trembling sita cism would say much, and perhaps be timidity and impassioned at the sig! just ; but a few general remarks will of her lover and seducer, has considera satisfy us. Alphonso, by Mr. Usher, able difficulty of action. But when the stood first in the bill, and has the first actress feels too vulgar in her moulli demand on our remark and commenda. tremble at any thing but a rival, and to tion. Its principal, perhaps its only de phlegmatic in her temper to feel sy fect, was want of identity, u bich ought thing but a sneer, difficulties like the tu belong to every character; but which sink into nothing before her. It cannot every character is sure to lose, when be said that Mis. P. was too tame in a committed to the personification of Mr. her scenes, for although a languor gear Usher. Although Alphonso by the erally prevailed, yet in some installets Green-Room standard is a weighty char. Herod must have trembled. White acter and for that reason no doubt given asked by Rinaldo whether she darui to Mr. U.--in representation it should maintain her claim before the King, have no more gravity than is necessary Lilla replied “Yes”- then sinking fiat to the dignity of a king, yet Mr. U. upon her knees, added, throws into the manner of a king, hap. God." As this was reverential it was pier than ever king was, all the impres- proper ; but as it was reverence en sive, sullen gloom of his Sir Philip Blan- natural, and mere fummery to the m). ford; saving this objection, the purt of lion, it was onbecoming and discus: Alphonso was well played, and, as it ing: If Mrs. P. possesses the talers deserved, received more applause than so frequently ascribed to her, she any other in the piece.

highly reprehensible for not exertion Mr. Fox in Rinaldo played with con. them on an occasion so peculiarly Pin siderable spirit and some effect. We peras this ; but if she does not, and a have frequen:ly remarked that this gen this outery about “ domestic vitae tleman sutters from the hurry of his and unrivalled talent” is empts preses peroration of a long, no matter how elo- it is to be hoped her laureats the net til the conclusion is made, in the most ment that the mouth of man can utter. tenuity, and one more We do not mean to ridicule what is nex's pipe will surely burst it. mo fault of Mr. F. the natural impedi. ment to his utterance : but to recom. idies to this confusion. already made, and successfully too, to and forcible ; he may be so at all times, very far from pleasing. by taking a little more time to be so. The other gentlemen having little to

Mrs. Dickenson, supported the do, ought to have done much better : had no action that had either foreca

of Isabella in her usual manner. they certainly seemed to endeavour by doing ill to give an importance to their propriety,

and uttered no word that way business which it does not deserve, and

either understood or heard in this effort were alone successful.

puff from


DESULTORY SELECTIONS. visitor was the famous Vulture Hop.

kins, damned by Pope to everlasting

fame, in the lines A paragraph appeared not long When Hopkins dies, a thousand lights atsince in one of the luglish journals, The guretch, who, living, saved a candle:

ter! of the following import : " A wo

end. man was cucked in the Thames, at I have been told, sir, says Hopkins, that Kingston in Surry, in a chair pre-you are better versed in the prudent served for that purpose, pursuant and necessary art of s ruing, than any to sentence on an indictment for man now living, and I therefore wait being a common scold.” This ap-art in which I used to think I excelled,

upon you for a lesson of frugality, an pears Soncthing like what in moul. but am told by all who know you that er language is called a lwar, and you are greatly my superior. And is formerly a 'ake in or a banter ; yet that all you come about, says Grey, it is certain that ducking was a pun- in the dark. So saying, he with great

why then we may talk this matter over ishment for like offences by the deliberation extinguished his new light. common law of England. The ed farthing-candle. Struck with this same punishment was likewise in- instance of economy, Hopkins rose up, ficted in France, especially those acknowledged himself convinced of the parts which were in possession of other's superior thrift, and took his

leave. England, as appears by an antient manuscript of the following import.

WHY LIFT THE HAT ? If a woman be convicted of scolding

When a man bowed to a quaker and or abuse, she shall have a chord

took off his beaver, the quaker quaintfastened under her arm pits and be would'sť have me take off my coat !

ly enough interrogated him, Friend, cast three times into the water; and some one, however, who seems to have is

any one upbraid her with it, such enquired into these subjects, bas the person shall pay ton pence; and if following observations on the question. it be a woman that upbraids, suchmonly some latent utility ; this should

Fashions, like prejudices, liave comwoman shall pay ten pence or be be investigated and recorded, in order ducked three times, and this sum to prevent attempts to lay aside the of ten pence shall be for the use of convenient. The old way of bowing the public. Ducking could not have had no such merit. Capita autem ape. been thought of then, as it would tionis causa jussere sed ut Varro aucor

aspectu magistratuum nec veneranow, to make it equivalent to ten est valetudinis quo firmiora consuetupence!

dinc ea fierent. Nat. Hist. Lib. 28, c. 6. According to Pliny then, we pulled off

our hats in salutation that we might be The founder of the hospital that bears less apt to catch cold ; for our custom, liis name, was as remaikable for his no doubt, was derived from the Romans private parsimony as bis public muniti. It did not answer this purpose, for the lenge. He invariably dined alone, and Englislı of the last generation were rea soiled prvot sheet or old newsp.per markable for catarrhoi's disorders.-served him for a table cloth. Asle Now that bats have neither tassels nor was one evening sitting in his room corners, he would recommend, from a

over a handful of lighted motive of convenience, to touch rather embers confined within the narrow pre-than lift them! cincts of a brick stove, and without any candle, a person who came to enquire

VOLTAIRE. for him was introduced, and after the Nicolai was praising Voltaire for hav. customary compliments, Mr. Grey lighting written so much that is new and so ed a farthing candle which lay' ready much that is good–His good is not on the table, and desired to know the new-bis new is not good, replied Les purport of the gentleman's visit. The sing:



TIE TASK OF A REVIEWER. Extracts from the 6 Aliseries of HiIn a retrospect of domestic litera.

man Life.ture for the half year ending in January 1802, the English reviewer thus qui.

MISERIES DOMEŠTic. etly consoles himself with the enume. ration of those fortunate circumstances

Being serenaded at your window, 11 wbich have compressed his labour's night long, by the tender war-whoop of within reasonable limits.

two cats, performed with all their de. Thanks to the scarcity of rags, the monical variations. dearth of paper stuff, to the excise on After sweltering för an hour, on a pulp, and to the law of libel, the mass hot day, in an attenpt to drag on a nex of publications begins to abate. lite and tight boot, being unable to get it on, stead of provinces only acres of sheets for want of size; or off, for want of a have been sullied; instead of a Thanies boot jack ;-and so diangling about the only a Tweed of ink has been let loose, house like Prince Pretty man. and the task to surveyif it be flat enough Pushing up your shirt-sleeves for the to annoy is not long enough to tire. If purpose of wasbing your hands—but so the neekinger mills become as efficient ineffectually, that in the midst of the in withdrawing as the price of publica operation, they full and bag.dosty over tion is become in withholding the suo sou wet, soapy wrists. perfluities of literature, we shall be In attempting to uritie the strings of compelled soon to revert from the new your drawers, at going to bed very to the good, to bring upon the parlour sleepy, dragging them into a cluster of table the classics of our forefathers, to hard knots--with your subsequent fren. view the inside of volumes which the zy from nipping and picking at them for binder has labelled Addison and Rich an hour, until nails are soar :-no knife: ardson, to learn our anti-jacobinism in Eating a biscuit so unguardedly, that Berkley, and our mysticisms in Jeremy the crums, or rather crust-ula, keep Taylor

showering into your bosom :-while, from the cause you have just mention.

ed, you are under the necessity of cher. Scipio (said he) has acquired an im of the day—and a poor day of it you

ishing them next your skin, for the rest nortal name by destroying men who have !-apropos of which, likewise, would die rather than be slaves, be it my better ambition to emancipate slaves to which you are confined, -rolling,

After having breakfasted in bed, who wish to be men.

through the rest of the day and night,

in crums, which are presently baked by EMBLEMATIC PLANTS.

your body into innumerable needles of

crust. The Parisian Minister of the Interior Finding that you have far--very far lately requested the Professors of the very får indeed-from enough bed. Museum of Natural History to indicate clothes, as you get into bed, in a brundy two trees to be consecrated to science freezing night:-House-maids all dead and to literature. The Professor point. asleep long ago. ed out the cedar of Lebanon for science Being driven from one corner of the and the oriental plane for literature.-bed to another by the sharp points of These emblematical plants are proba- feathers, which stand up to receive you, 0] bly well chosen ; but it would facilitate which ever side you turn. the general reception of such hyero Omne tulit punctur! Hor. glyphics, which to the allegorical sculp The sheet untucked, or too short, so ture may be very convenient, if the as to bring the legs into close intimacy trains of ideas were revealed which led with the blanket. to the selection. The myrtle of love, Scissors that pinch,instead of cutting. the palm of religion, the laurel of vic. Receiving the first hint that your forv; the oak of liberty, the olive of thimble bas å hole worn through it, frota peace, tie ivy of criticism, the mimosa the needle, as it runs, head and shoulu. of sensibility, are not all equally char-ers, under the nail. acteristic of ihe oøstructions with which A dozen or two of hiccups in the same they become associated.



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