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« was opposed and laughed at by those remaining 6 in the house; till the lights were let down, " and the puppies were left to kowl in darkness ! 65. I thought it very proper, Mr. Legislatory to "give you a particular detail of this transaction, " as, I believe, it is the first instance of a piece
running nine nights, and an attempt made to “ damn it on the tenth! The majority of the “ audience, who came, perhaps solely, to hear " as well as to see the Election of the Managers, “ was thus shamefully disappointed by the bruta“ lity and caprice of a parcel of fellows, who, “ whatever their situations in society may be “ certainly merit a situation in the pillory, as " disturbers of the peace and entertainment of a “ respectable audience. I could acquaint you “ with the names of several of these gentry: " but as their chief aim scems to be that of s making their names confpicuous, and rendering “i themselves the objects of public conversation, * I shall not contribute, so much to their wishes,
by mentioning their names, though it were 6. only to expose them,"
Miss Flutter role, and observed that on Friday the 18th, the Prince of Wales was present at the performance of the Young Quaker and the Agreeable Surprize. His Royal Highness fat in the box next to the gallery, (made out of the Nips that were) which is fitted up for his Highness to come incog.-No sooner had Miss Flutter fat down, than
BRIDGET STEADY got up, and addressing herself to me, said “ If I should etrin shy cri. “ ticism, and deviate from true judgment on that “ which I am going to speak of, I beg I may be call« ed to order; and if any partiality is discovered 6 in my critique, that I may not be permitted to
speak again." Heter the Members applauded Bridget exceedingly, and the went on Last “ Saturday was performed, for the first time, a 6 new comedy, with songs; called
Το ONE, 66 written by George Colin nn, Eld. jun. But “ why a comedy, legiflatot, with fongs? Why « not a mufcal comedy? Why not an opera “ which it really is ? There are no less than twen
ty-one songs in it, and yet it is called a comedy " with a new probogue and new Quertail. These “ terms may feem inproper, but the impropriety * will vanish when I infarm you that the fanguage
of Two to One is 100 found for an opera “ (which in general confifts of light fentiments), " and it poflelles every requisite of comcdy; the “ characters are strongly drawn, and it abounds
in wit, The dialogue, like that of most
does not seem written to introduce the " songs, but the songs secm introduced to grace “ the dialogue. After the curtain drew up, Mr. “ Palmer made his entrance. The ligh of sympa.
thy escaped him, and the eager look of lus“ pense was easily discovered in his ccuntenance. “ Then, after surveying the house, with lo ks “ that implored their protection, he delivered a “ pathetic prologue, which reflected fenfibility on 6 the writer, Mr. Colman, sen, and displayed
great judgment in the speaker. The purport “ of it was to introduce Mr. Colman jun, as a “ candidate for public favour, commenting on “ his youth, and this first attempt, &c. Every “ line told, and truly merited the applause which - it received. After Mr.Palmer had made his exit, “ the orchestra struck up the overture, which “ was entirely news composed by Dr. Arnold; " the satisfaction of the audience, was soon
proved by repeated plaudits. The coinedy be
gan with a new air, sung by Mrs. Bannister, " and I must acknowledge that not only her taste “ in (nging, but in dress is very much improved. “ The comedy is written in a strong, bold, " elevated stile. There is no intricacy in the
plot, which may boast of some novelty, and “ was perfe&tly intelligible to the audience. The “ character of Capt. Dupely, a modern man of “ honour, was new, and had a good effe&t ; but he - should, by all means, have been dressed in 6 blue and buff. The part of Dicky Ditto was “ well drawn, and lashed the credulity of « tradesmen, who lose their property for the ~ sake of a little attention and politeness; it was “ short, and well-played by Mr. Edwin, who “ Looked the character inimitably. “ formers did great juftice to their respective “ parts, and well deserved the ample applause " which they received; it would, therefore, be s invidious in me to be lavish in the praise of
individuals. The double entendres that were “ interspersed throughout the piece, were so “ managed as not to offend the ear of modesly, 6. and, marked the pleasant, humourous diipo“ ficion of the author, who, from the success of “ Two 10 One, which will doubtless have a long 56 run, I hope will be induced to treat the public with more amusement of the same kind.
- The new airs were beautifully composed by “ Dr. Arnold, and prove his superiority in his “ prosellion. Thosc selected were popular tunes 16 and characteristic. Several of them were en“ cored, as was the finale, which, I suppose, is a * circumstance that never happened before, and w was owing to its peculiar sprighiliness, and the “ characters dancing the hays. The curtain
dropped amidst the greatest plaudits, which " were continued a considerable lime, Momus
was triumphant, and every one was eager to “ repeat what they had seen and heard. This,
Legislator, is a just critique, but I submit it to o the decision of the society.”—The members immediately, without dividing, acknowledged the justice of Bridget's remarks. Several motions were made, but an alarin of fri ensuing, we adjourned the business of that evening till our next meeting, to see into the cause of the alarm, which was no more than Miss Leadape's cap on fire, but all furthiet mischief was prevented by the taking off her wig.–So you see, Spec, that wigs, in certain cases, are equal to rope ladders, and why not as well as fire-ropes-fire-wigs ?
that wherein she is most triumphant, Fashion, several minute variations have taken place fince your departure ; not, however, in the dreffes of the ladies or the gentlemen so much, as in their persons; for you are to understand, that a clumsy ancle is now in much esteem; a pug nose is said to be in great repute ; and the ladies are making such rapid advances towards the malculine gender, that the beard is in high request amongst them, as well as the whiskers which were held in such estimation amongst the neuter gender, alias the beaux of last year. Amongt the ladies, a wide mouth, and a vacant fare, are certain recommendations to all those men that are distinguished by wearing a party-coloured livery; for as those are modifications of the features that infalliably denote ideotism, so the faid party-coloured gentry expect from such ladies the most liberal attention to their merits ; and, to the great credit of those ladies, it must be allowed that they do not deceive fuch expectation.
CARD. The New SPECTATOR presents compliments to Curiostatibus, and on his return to Town, and on receiving the necessary information, will do himself the honour to attend the Curious Club, when they assemble at Abigail Hall; or on Curiositatibus, as Secretary to their Inquisitive Worships, being first informed where the said Secretary may be found, ,
Peak of Derbyshire.
To the New SPECTATOR. Dear Spec!
But that I expect Oitaroh to give you a circumstantial account of the disturbance at the Hay-market Theatre, on Wednesday evening, it would be the first circumstance I should ad. vert to, on account of its singularity. I am very happy you was not present. Your great age, and love of peace, have disqualified you for all fuch turbulent scenes ; and as you cannot bear puppies, your patience would have been put to the teft.-Happy old man! that can retire to those calm and tranquil scenes which footh declining age, and give a foretaste of perpetual ferenity. Happy too must that family be, under whose peaceable roof you now reside; your morning admonitions, and evening chearfulness, like the alternate sunshine and the dew, mé. liorate and enliven all who enjoy them. I am very sorry to find that my information on feveral topics, yields you fo little satisfaction; but you know the situation of this o'ergrown metropolis; that, in one shape or other, Folly is ever triumphant-And with respect to
"Tis night, and forms the forests shake, Dark roll the billows on the lake; 1. The whirlwind sweeps, descends the rain, The torrent echo to the plain.
Here founds an oak, there spreads a plain,
A ruin!'was of old the fear
Go, on the stone inscribe thy name,
NEW SPECTATOR, &c.
estimate of the abilities of the people, and classed The wonder of the times to come!
them in the following manner. He divided The mound shall fink, the stone dećay,
them into a hundred
15 Some shepherd's future cot may raise ;
Persons of common sense
40 While smiling round, his infant son
15 Admires the figures on the stone.
Persons of wild, uncultivated taste
Persons of original taste improved by art 5
From this proportional chart, as I may call it,
you may form some idea of Bulian literature.
my own part, I am apt to think that there The moon has ilver'd o'er the whole:
is a greater portion of “persons of wild, uncultia 66 vated taste ;" at least I am sure there is in this
country. In other relpeets, it strikes me, that The author of the following elegant trifle this estimate might suit London as well as Bulia. wrote it some little time after the death of Marian. You seem very much astonished that the He had just embraced tranquility, when fate Bulians should have upwards of sixteen thousand awakened his feelings to a painful remembrance political pamphlets distributed among them daily, of his loft Marian by the village clock striking for their amusement, but were I to inform you the once-envied hour of their meeting.
of the manner in which these are produced, yout
astonishment would cease. And this I may do To M A Ř I A N.
hereafter. At present I shall inform you of the
means used by some of the fabricators of these
daily productions, to insure their success.
Every one of them makes it a point either to
extol, or to revile the king and his ministers; The darkling lamp emits a dying light,
for these writers know no medium. And if they And sympathizes with me as I write.
can, to use a phrase of their own, write a minister
| down, they have a chance of being, if they have • When ORPHEUS played the list'ning shades among,
not already been, well rewarded by his fucceffor. Stern, ruthless Pluto, melted as he fung;
So that these men are destitute of all political Oh happy poct! had but I thy skill,
principles, and sometimes of all other principle, My dear EURYDICE had bleft me fill;
for that requires but another Itep in depravity; But since her tofs I must for ever mourn,
and it is a matter of indifference to them what Since the grim king admits no return, These painful hours your presence may beguile,
measures are pursued; their opinions of such And make my melancholy mansion smile.
measures are regulated by the good or ill will EDGAR.
they bear to the men who propose them; and thus they frequently tevile the best, and praise
the worst measures that can be proposed. BULIA.
ACCORDING to the strength of the party which You ask me to give you a general character of they espouse, the sale of their productions is Bulian literature. It is like the literature of all regulated. But they will at any time, quit! other countries verging to refinement: there their party for an immediate advantage. Thus is amongst them much good writing, and much previous to introducing his famous law respecting more bad. Having already informed you some. Aidni, which he knew was in itself infamous, thing of the nature of their government, which Reynardam thought proper to bribe every one admits of much freedom, you will, of courle, of these writers to prevent their exposing him to conclude that, as every man may give his opinion the people at large, and in order to trumpet his freely, they abound in writcrs. There are in mock patriotism; and those who for years before deed writers in abundance, but it is not one in had made it their business daily to cut him up, as five hundred that produces any thing out of a man of the most abandoned principles, now common way. An ingenious Bulian made an extolled him in such a manner, as convinced the
people that there was no placing confidence in the principles or opinions of men whose principles and opinions were to be changed without aný apparent reason; for the people at large knowing that Reynardam was miserably poor, had no conception of his being able to bribe any body!
But fuch of these writers who are not very tender of conscience, and who stick at nothing to accuinulate wealth and there are fuch amongst them-take a nearer road to riches than waiting for political changes; and learn individuals to purchase their own peace, by arts which one would imagine no human being could be cruel enough to use. This is done, by attacking private reputation with the Thafts of flander, in fuch a manner that the object and the pretended crime are half-expofed, which, exciting the public attention, are the next day further revealed; and the object pointed at in public places. If it happens to be a lady, or a gentleman who wishes to avoid a dirty squabble, the writer is prevailed upon to contra lią his assertions, on being handsomely paid; but if it is a man of spirit who knows no mode of relenting an injury but by the sword, this produces a challenge, and perhaps a duel, which makes a great noife; the writer is admired for his spirit, as well as his literary skill, and his pamphlets increase in their sale in proportion as the increases in reputation.
Such my dear friend, are the modes uled amongst the 'Bulian pamphleteers to acquire riches, and to inform their good neighbours how the world is going on!
fome of the highest, and many of the loweft cox combs in London; particularly the Knights of this order, who, on fuch occasions, are usually distinguished by the appellations of men of honour, blacklegs, and sharpers, all which words, if we may believe old Dupely in Two to One, mean the same thing.
How very different these meetings, my dear Spec, from those which we visited in our younger days !-Gentlemen then appeared as gentle men; and a notorious gambler was avoided as a pick-pocket. But now, alas! gentlemen are gamblers, and gamblers are gentlemen. The whole country is over-run with blacklegs and sharpers. On the stage, at the bar, in the pulpit, and in both houses of parliament are these pests of society to be found. But indiscriminate railing avails nothing. I will, therefore, quit this subject with a hearty wish, that our virtuous Premier, may make it an obje& to rid the Senate, at lealt, of such characters, and endeavour to introduce fuch laws for their extirpation from fociety, that the rising generation may no longer be misled by the examples of wretches to whose vices this country owes half its distrelles; for half, if not the whole of its diso treffes are owing to a relaxation of that moral discipline, by which the good people of these realms were once distinguished, but which is now an object of ridicule with those who aspire to be ministers and legislators; but whose principles I trust will providentially bar them from every public employment, but that of keeping the pillory, and canvaffing at elections without success!
On Saturday evening at thc Hay-market Theatre, there was a grand display of puppyism. The front boxes were very much.crouded with beardless your.g fellown, clad in the habit of the order, namely, in green and light-coloured coats, with black velvet collars, nankin breeches and boots. Unfortunately for me, they were joindd by several demi-rips, and talked fo loud, that I did not hear Abel Drugger at all; and from their converfation I could learn nothing, but that the Knights of this order, are the only people that have any idea of fense, taste, or fpirit. The conversation was interlarded with
many dammes by the knights, and many affected fits of laughing by their Dulcineas. Of all the orders of human beings, this furely is the most despicable! Last week they had an opportunity of enjoying themselves, even to extasy, by visiting Ascot Races, which arc usually honoured by the presence of
The new COMEDY. In this mufiral comedy, Mr. Colman, jun. has given evident marks of genius, and I trust it will encourage him to give us a comedy without fongs; not that I disapprove of the songs in this piece ; they certainly are ornamental to it, though it had litele need of fuch ornament.
The music in general is such as to engage the attention; though I cannot but with that Miss George's songs were better adapted to her mode of singing. It is impossible for her to fing amiss; but she is certainly much superior to any other performer in such airs as are given to Mrs. Bannister. I know some of the professional men find fault with Miss George, bė. cause The sings English songs in the Italian stile. But such judges do not recollect, that it is to her file of finging that Miss George is indebted for that reputation and that superiority she has acquired over every singer on the English Itage.
I could not but remark with great pleasure, on Saturday evening, that though Miss George sings in the Italian stile, she has an excellence which few English lingers can boalt of, and which nonc possess in a greater degree than Mrs. Kennedy; I
mcan, The sings so as to let one understand every word she says. It has also been said, that Miss George has no pretensions to playing. I was glad to find that most of the people near me on Saturday, agreed that she plays very well, and is likely to become a good actress as well as a good finger. But you know, my dear Spec, your professed critics are always unwilling to grant merit to rising genius, unless it is accompanied with much self-sufficiency; which is by no means the case with this performer, who seems not to know her own value; who in singing, seems to be merely amusing herself; and who, because she has none of the affected and disgusting airs of a Signora, or an Abington, is supposed to possess an inferior degree of merit. I trust, that nothing will indnce her to break herself of that mode of singing in which she excels. In proportion as she addiets herself to ballad singing, so she will decline in that branch of music, for which her voice is more properly calculated. For, in my opinion, it is much the same thing as employing Giardini to play country-dances, when the concert is over!
'In these reflcations I do not mean to cenfure either Dr. Arnold or Mr. Colman. The former was obliged to compose and adapt his music to the part of a chambermaid ; and the latter could find none in his company capable of playing that chambermaid like Miss George
I Cannor omit saying a word or two of Mr. Banniiter sen. who in the character of Cap. Dupely gave a juít exhibition of all those gentlemen of whom I have heretofore faid so much : men of honour, without property, and who, as he says, get into Parliament to evade the payment of their debts, It is impossible on seeing such a character, not to make personal applicacations. " I am sorry," said a tradesman near me, " that I have many Cap. Dupely's in my books; and I much fear, they will always remain there."
CORRESPONDENCE, AMONGST other correspondents, who have since my last favoured me or you with their sentiments, are several intimating, that you would do well to give them a little light summer reading ; and for my own part, I have always endeavoured to be as light as such readers could reasonably desire; but it seems they are not yet satisfied; something in the stile of Tom Thumb would probably be very acceptable, and as such, I recommend it to your Spectatorship’s attention.
I cannot help admiring the sagacity of such of your correspondents as abominate you for being a party writer ; though I have not been able to discover a single passage in the New SPECTATOR which has the least reference whatever to party.
Dicky Squis would certainly be a great wit, if he could be understood. It is incredible to tell what a number of your correspondents I am unable to understand.
Blaze is received, and is under consideration. I wish he had been somewhat more brief.
Philario has my thanks for his intimations relpecting an apparent revolution amongst the morning papers.
I CAN by no means agree with I. S. refpe&ting the game laws. 'I hcy certainly disgrace the statute book; and I. S. I suppose is the lord of some petty mamor, in which he may be affured, there never will be so much game as if those laws did not exist,
That part of my last, which your friends in the country so much admire, and which was written by the famois Franklin, the Parable against Tersecution, has disgusted many here, because it was in the feriptural file. Many of them were much alarmed, lest I should copy any part
of the Bible, a book which they cannot bear to look at, and which the celebrated Monf. de Voltaire, Lord Bolingbrooke, Hume, and other fashionable writers have so totally written down, that a man or woman of fashion would not, for the world, be thought to have a predilection for any
work of the kind -We are constantly told of the instability of fashion, and have lived to see the Ruffs of Queen Elizabeth decorate the charms of modern beauty; and who knows but that ere long the facred writings may regain fayour, and Monf. de Voltaire, my Lord Eolingbrooke and Mr. Hume get kick'd down stairs ?
With respect to other matters, I must refer you to the Neoteric Society, with whose opinions you are favoured by OITAROH, the President, whose remarks are generally grounded on truth and reason, and who, I doubt not, is faithful in relating the sentiments of that respectable dramatic corps 1