Imágenes de páginas
PDF
EPUB

of his defiga (namely, the rendering the French government odious) cught with good subjects to excuse the faults of the execution. The play is founded upon the supposed circumItance of a fon denouncing his father at the bar of the convention. Count de Villeroi, a member of the first constituent assembly, has retired from public affairs, on seeing the prevalence of the republican party. To this party his son Henry is stronga ly attached; he is a member of the second assembly, warm, artless, and enthusiastic, and urged on to the utmost excess of democratic fury by his unbounded love for Julia, an artful and proud woman, the widow of a rich merchant, who, from refentment at the flights she has received from the nobility, exerts all her influence in favour of the popular party. Villeroi contemptucully refuses his consent to her union with his son, upon which the vows his destruction, and under the mask of zeal for Liberty, prevails on her lover to denounce him to the convention, under the aisurance, however, that through her interest with some of the members his life would not be in danger. The remorse of Henry, when he finds he has been deceived, and the interview with his father, who is ignorant from what hand he has received the blow, are not void of interest.

"O past my hopes! my son, you come most with d.
- And trust me, Henry, that griev'd countenance
For him who never ceas'd to love you with
Paternal tenderness, becomes you well.
Als! I fear d you quite aftrng'd from me;
And yet, my son, you had no cause to be so,
Since what I did was done in love and care,
And not to be v perverse authority!
O now you weep; and I do thank your tears,
For that I was unmann'd while I did think
My son niy foc! Now do I rife fuperior
To the vile mulice which can take but life!
Then come into thy father's arms, and with

A last embrace, hear this my latest counsel. is Henry. (Falling at his father's feet.) Curse me, my father! O in

pity curse me! - Villeroi. Curte thee, Henry! Ah, witness for me heav'n!

Ev'n wiien my indignation rose the highest,

Was never father lov'd a son so dearly. $ Henry. (Ruiling himselt on his knees.) Wilt thou not open, earth,

and hide my head!

That to thy deepest centre thou wouldst ope, .

And shield me from the terror of those looks! Villeroi. Just heav'n! what horrid thought breaks in upon me!

D'Orville. (lifiede.) O, I presag'd this deed.--Thou cursed Julia ! $ Henry. (Rijing.) Is there no pity left in heav'n, to dart

The

The forked bolt, and end me at one stroke?
And ye, swift lightnings, that avenge the guilty,

Where will ye find so black a parricide!
Villeroi. Merciful heav'n! merciful heav'n! 'tis so-

- Then break, my heart ! O quickly burft thy bounds,
And gratify this monster with the fight,
· Who else will tear thee from thy bleeding mansion !

- thou moft savage and unnatural!
'Tis thou then that haft plann'd thy father's death!
Yet think not for my death,--but at that hand, ---

-Yet say, thou barbarous fon! for which of all
My crimes halt thou resolv'd to murder me?
Was it the fond anxiety that watchd
O'er thy most tender years that mov'd thy rage ?
-Ther haft thou reason, for 'twas unexampled
Or wilt thou date it from thy days of childhood?
Then when the pliant nem ry first 'gins note:
Who hung o'er thee with ftill encreasing joy?
Who was the partner of thy little sports?
The patient litt ner of each prattling tale; . nm
Who watch'd the lialf-form'd thought, the tear, the smile,
And gently taught them to incline to virtue?

My son, my fon! couldīt thou forget all this?' The news soon arrives that Villeroi is condemned and executed ; and Henry finds, by the confession of Julia, that the whole had been a scheme to revenge his prohibition of the match; upon which he ftabs her, and dies himself by the hand of Perron, her associate in the plot. The subordinate characters are linked to these principal ones, by being of the family of Villeroi or of Julia. Upon the whole, though this performance shows no great powers, it is not one of the wors that has been built upon the late events. The situation of Henry, the dupe to a beautiful and specious woman, who works upon his passions by pretending to exalt them into the noblest efforts of patriotism, in the hands of a man of genius might have been worked up with great effect. We think the author reprehensible for introducing into his account of the massacres of September, immediately after which the play opens, an unfounded story of two young girls being tied to a itake and burnt alive in the midst of Paris. In political plays, written on events so recent, fiction becomes llander. The following picture of the imprisoned Louis, though much less horrid, is more affe.Eting, because unfortunately it is founded on truth :

• My royal master (as such to heav'n I swore
With a whole nation, to maintain his rights)
I found him, low indeed in outward fhow;

14

[ocr errors]

Unreemly

Unseemly his attire, with squalid beard
And matted hair-beside him, on two planks,
His only table, lay his useless sword,
And once proud orders. Now the conscious monitors
Of fortune chang'd, and majesty, how fall’n!
The rest accorded well : bare floor, bare walls
Distilling long pent damps: and near him fat
(0 study'd insolence) two varlet knaves
With their heads cover'd, who with boorish din

Shook loud the dice-box'-
We cannot help noticing a most unmerciful soliloquy of 110
lines, in substance borrowed from Addison's Cato.

[ocr errors]

Medical Facts and Observations. Vol. III, and IV. 8vo.

75. Boards. Johnson. 1792. ART. J. Cases of Ischuria Renalis in Children. By Ro. n bert Willan, M. D. F. A. S. Physician to the Public Dils pensary in London. We do not perceive that any useful consequence can be drawn from these cases: the symptoms ob. fcurely pointed out some abdominal inflammation, and, with there, a' paucity of urine was combined. The fault appeared to be in the kidneys; but it is by no means clear, in what way it was connected with the inflammation, which appeared to be seated in the mesentery ; nor what remedies would be use. ful. We suspect it to be an accidental coincidence.

Art. II, A Case of Pemphigus. By T. M. Winterbot. tom, M. D. Physician to the Settlement at Sierra Leone.If this be really pemphigus, the disease is not properly exanthematous, for the man was only affected by the tubercles, in two separate voyages to Archangel. There is no evidence that they might not have been owing to the bites of insects, as different persons are affected very differently by similar causes. It is not necessary that the insects should be musquetos. · Art. III. Case of injury of the Brain, without a Fracture, relieved by Application of the 'Trephine. By Mr. John Andrews Surgeon in London.-- A case by no means singular: a collection of blood, under the dura mater, compressed and irritated the brain. It was evacuated, and the patient recovered.

Art. IV. Case of a Cyst containing Hydatids, extracted from the right anterior Ventricle of the Brain of a Cow. Communicated in a Letter to Dr. Simmons, by Mr. William Moorcroft, Veterinarian Surgeon in London.--The appearance of the disease, in this cow, was not unlike that of the sheep,

when

when there is a collection of fluid matter in, or upon, the brain. In this case, a vehicle of water was 'punctured, and the bladder completely brought away–But there were some others, or the cow died from another cause. The author's reflections we shall transcribe:

« The capsule or bag was thin, rather opaque, and tolerably strong, without any appearance of vascularity ; its external surface was in general smooth; in a few points, however, it was rendered irregular by the adhesion of small, white, globular bodies. The internal surface was in some places perfectly smooth, whilft in others, on the contrary, it was studded with groups of the bodies just mentioned, some of which were not larger than grains of poppy seed and nearly globular; others, however, were as large as a small pin's head, somewhat pyriform, and hung from the cyst by a kind of neck. In some places they were scattered at a distance from each other, whilst in others they were accumulated in such numbers as to form clusters, which hung down into the cavity of the capsule, and bore no flight resemblance to small bunches of grapes, Each of these bodies confifted of a vesicular worm, or animal hydatid, contained in a small capsule, and which, from the circumstance of its being found in great numbers in one common capsule, has been called the social hydatid, to distinguish it from another species, which is generally met with isolated, and thence named the her mit or folitary hydatıd. This hydatid consists of a head, neck, and body, and appears to be of the fame structure with the larger or solitary kind; but as I shall have occasion to speak of these worms in another paper, I shall reserve what I have to say of their Itructure and mode of life till that time.'

Art. V. Facts relative to the Prevention of Hydrophobia. Communicated in a Letter to Dr. Simmons by Mr. Jeffe Foot, Surgeon in London.- Three instances of patients bitten by dogs, undoubtedly mad, cured by extirpating the bitten part; and one where the disease proved fatal, in which excision was not permitted.

Art. VI. Two Cases of Fracture; one of the upper, the other of the lower Jaw. By Mr. T. Hughes, Surgeon at Stroud-water in Gloucestershire.— The most useful parts of this article relate to the methods of securing the fractured jaw; but there we cannot abridge or extract.

Art. VII. Case of an enlarged Nympha. By Mr. William Morlen, Surgeon in London.-The nympha was so much enlarged, as to be mistaken for an inverted uterus. The preso sure also on the lymphatics, occasioned considerable swelling of the labia. The operation succeeded completely, and the fumor, when extirpated, weighed seven ounces one drachm. Art, VIII. An Account of the good Effects of Electricity

in a Case of violent fpasmodic Affection. By Mr. George Wilkinson, Surgeon at Sunderland, and Member of the Royal College of Surgeons at Edinburgh, &c.—This was a case of catalepsy, seemingly hysteric, and the patient was luckily relieved by a remedy that olien fails.

Art. IX. Case of a singular cutaneous Affection; with some Remarks relative to the Poison of Copper. By Mr. William Davidson, Apothecary in London. Communicated in a Lei. ter to Dr. Seguin Henry Jackson, Physician in London, and by him to Dr. Simmons.-The eruption on the skin was evi, dently owing to the copper. The little that had been swallowed was thrown on the surface, and nature had evacuated it, before Mr. Davidson gave the lac sulphuris. Should any one be poisoned with copper, we would not advise them to trust so Dow, and so trilling a remedy.

Art. X. Two Cases of pulmonary Hæmorrhage, speedily and successfully cured by Abstinence from Liquids. By the Same.- We have already had occasion to mention these cases. The patients seemed to be better by abfaining from liquids, and our author's theory of tension being kept up by fullness of the vessels, seems, at leait, plaufible. But is he certain, that the veifels of consumptive people are diftended, or that abstinence from liquids, if they were so, would leíTen the tension ? Is he not aware that the watery fecretions are diminished, when there is no supply ? On the whole, we have our doubts refpecting every part of this article, of the facts, as well as the theory-But the experiment can do no harm, and we would reconimend it to be made:

Art. XI. An Account of a Discale which, until lately, proved fatal to a great Number of Infants in the Lying-in · Hospital of Dublin; with Observations on its Causes and Pre

vention. By Joseph Clarke, M. D. Maiter of the Hospital - above mentioned, and M. R. I. A.-From the Transactions of

the Royal Írith Academy, 1789. 4to. Dublin, 1789.--The defcription of the disease, treated, of in this very judicious efiy, we shall select,

"In general it has been observed, that such children as are difpofed to wine and cry much from their birth, and such as are subject to heavy deep feeps, or starings in their ficer, are peculiarly apt to fall into convulve affections. Twisting of the upper extremities, while awake, without úry evident cause; a livid circle about the lips, and sudden changes of colour in the countenance, have now and thien been thought to portend the nine day fits. Screwing and gathering of the mouth into a purse, accompanied at intervals with a particular kind of shrieking, well known to the experienced nursecenders, are rickoned sure, und by no means diftant, forerunners,

Some

lofpital of this to a great" Not a Discale wa

[ocr errors]
« AnteriorContinuar »