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moon, as the old ballad sings, seemed to shine blithe in And love, within the heart and eye,
But homeward will at last retreat:
And preying on a mind too weak, essay, depicting the changes in society and manners in
Wastes heart, and frame, and life away. the west of Scotland during the last half century. It Oh Life! thy joys are but a dream, is of a more readable kind than Scotch essays gene
And scarce deserve a smile or sigh; rally are, and creditable to the writer's philosophy and
They fly us like the minstrel theme,
That lives, but leaves the bard to die." patriotism. Indeed the whole contents of the volume are calculated to reflect credit on the literature of the country to which the writer belongs. We have only || The Highlanders, a Tale. By the Author of “ The Herto regret that the typographical execution is not of a mit in London,” &c. 3 vols, 8vo. London: H. Colhigher order.
“ Non omnia possumi's omnes," is true enough with Myrtle Leaves ; a Collection of Poems, chiefly Amatory.
respect to authors. A man must not hope to write spiritBy T. W. KELLY. London : Sherwood and Co. 1824.
ed and clever dissertations, and at the same time to be able
to construct intricate and probable stories, and fill them The poems in this little volume are manifest imita- ll up with real, living and interesting personages. “The tions of the amatory effusions of Moore. They have the Hermit" has been very successful in his essays, but we same burning spirit and voluptuous expression about suspect his novel will not be so fortunate. It is well them, and every stanza is full of “Paphian Goddesses,"
enough written, so far as language is concerned, yet it “ rosy cheeks," “ humid lips," “ dovelike eyes," kisses, wants interest, probability, and dramatic character. blisses, &c. &c. and all the other small artillery of erotic | The story turns upon the fortunes of the orphan daughpoetry. We are no great admirers of this kind of writ- || ter of a highland chief, who is obliged to struggle ing, even in its most successful form. Not that it is through a series of difficulties, doubts, and suspicions very perilous reading except to persons of the feeblest which embitter and try her feelings to the extreme. intellects and the strongest passions, but because it is | Her betrothed is imagined to be dead, she is exposed generally the result of spurious and extravagant feel to inuch temptation, and the strength of her friendship ing. What can be the worth of a sentiment which is ) and fidelity of her nature subject her to the most fatal scattered about with the most liberal and indiscriminate || doubts even of her lover, who appears at last, profusion? Can there be any heart in the passion though in disguise. The situations are well conceived, which embraces a whole tribe of Julias, Rosas, Phillises, l but there is not much skill in their management. Mabellas, &c.? So far as the sentiment is concerned, There is a cousin of the heroine who falls a victim to we dislike the thing altogether, but a pretty thought, a | the arts of a titled seducer, under whom it is evidently delicate expression, or a happy conceit sometimes OC- || intended to delineate some of the imputed characteriscurs, which is worth admiration. Mr. Kelly is smooth tics of Lord Byron. The story of the sutterer is melanand easy in his versification, and rich in his diction. | choly and affecting; the character of the seducer is It is not a difficult style of writing, and the old phrases too much in the style of his sect to excite much attenserve very well to express the old notions. We will ex- || tion. Part of the scene is laid in the highlands, and tract the following “ Stanzas" as a specimen. They || we are furnished with copious descriptions of the counare a fair average of the merit of the rest :
try and manners. The author deals occasionally in
“ the 'Ercles' vein," as in the following passage:“ How oft, without or help or guide, We stray in life's uncertain path!
“ The rock rises to the height of at least two hundred, Receiving in our hour of pride,
feet, and close by its base, the restless waves of the AtlanMen's smiles, their favours, and their wrath!
tic, green and transparent as that stone which is named For pleasures spring with new desire;
after them, alternately ripple and thunder among the clean The page of learning, ah, how bright!
and variegated pebbles. On the rock itself they make no What joys are kindled by the fire
impression. It stands like a man, whose story and whose From beauty's eye of beaming light!
centre are in himself; and who, like the long line of chief.
tains, of whom the castle has been the dwelling, dares all A snow-white hand, a flush'd warm cheek,
external powers to do their worst. You gaze upon it,-it But oh! they but our passions feed;
carries you back to the beginning of time, and forward to They but deceive the heart, and break
the end. It says, it was an integrant part of the globe, ere They but our wayward youth mislead.
the waters of Noah covered the earth; and seems to give Ambition holds the nectar'd drink,
promise that it will be an integrant part of the renovated It, in the golden yase, looks fair,
globe, after the organized remains of this one shall be, like But what fond lip can touch the brink,
those of the former, enshrined in the rock, and entombed Nor quaff a sea of sorrows there?
in the bowels of the antient hills.".
But there are much better descriptions, though we | so Flora was again permitted to retire into her own aparthave no room for them. The part which relates to Il ment, until eight o'clock should summon her to the dinner London society is tolerably well executed. And here
party." too we can give but an unfavourable specimen, be | Though we are not inclined to speak very highly of cause it is the only passage short enough for our co- l any part of this tale, yet we can say that as far as our lumns:
knowledge in these matters extends, it is equal to the *** But,' continued her Grace, • my second footman ||
| majority of the productions which furnish out the sball order any refreshment you may choose to have, and shelves of circulating nor
na || shelves of circulating libraries. your Highland Hottentot shall be taken care of. 'Pon my rank and honour, she puts me in mind of a goblin waitingwoman. Good bye, child-good bye.'
TO THE “ Flora, taking her Highland Hottentot with her, withdrew, somewhat at a loss how to interpret the language of || EDITOR OF THE SOMERSET HOUSE GAZETTE.
Duchess. She rose in the morning little refreshed; and had paied the breakfast-room for two full hours and a hall, at the end of which period the Duchess made her en- || The general interest excited by the panoramic view tree, en robe de chambre, and rather more en deshabille than ll of the ancient city of Pompeii, which had been buried Flora had been accustomed to. *. • I must really take some ether,' said her Grace on en
for the space of seventeen hundred years, induces me tering; the racketings about in the grande monde quite
to send you some selections from Sir W. Gell's account knock me up; I shan't be sorry, that I shan't, when we go of his researches among the ruins of that spot, trusting to the Priory. *** I am sorry to find that your Grace is indisposed,' said
that they will serve to illustrate certain passages in that
well painted scene to amuse your readers, and help to Flora, at a loss for a corresponding answer to the words in which the Duchess had addressed her.
recommend to notice a work beautifully illustrated with " • O la! a trifle, child, a mere trifle; 'twill go off with prints in line engraving, truly descriptive of the insome of the genuine green tea. But a-propos, here are my teriors and exteriors of the temples, theatres, and dothree Graces ;-the first, you must know, is Grace by name as well as Grace by nater; she is my eldest daughter; Lady
mestic structures of antiquity, which renders this site, Grace the Grace : thig next is Lady Mary, the wi to the philosophic mind, the most interesting spot in yonder third is Lady Susan, the sentimentator. Lady Grace || the world. dances like a very divinity; Lady Mary sings like a cherub; and my youngest writes well enough to make a for
U “ The city of Pompeii, distant about thirteen miles from tune. Entre nous, she is a poet; but you may well sup- || Naples, stood originally upon a rising ground, overlooking pose that the daughters of a Duke disdaing to have any || a fertile plain, which stretched on one side towards Nola, ibing to do with printer folks.'
and on the other to Nuceria and Stabia. "The young ladies shook Flora coolly by the hand; the
| “The eminence is at present much increased 'y muut green tea was poured out, and the Duchess, catching inspi- | mass of volcanic matter poured upon this ill-fated city by ration from it, continued :
Vesuvius ; for while the cinders, which fell upon the fields, " + My eldest daughter is the very image of the Duke; || have been either decomposed and carried away by subseMary is thought like me ;' (here Mary turned on her mo- | quent rains, or have only caused an encroachment on the ther a look composed of one-third doubt, and two-thirds sea; the walls and habitations of the city have served to denial ;) and Lady Susan-why I really don't know whom retain within their circuit all that was discharged upon the she is like, unless it be my uncle, who was twice Lord spot by the volcano; so that the extent of the buildings is Mayor of the city of London.'
very distinctly marked by the hill, formed of pumice, and "'• La! what stuff,' said the poetess, tossing her head ; || the gradual accumulation of vegetable earth which covers this cannot be very amusing to a stranger.'
it. * * You are a saucy puss,' replied her Grace, patting “ Pompeii was however always upon a height, as the her on the check, and thereby indicating that the three ascent by the street of the tombs sufficiently proves; and Graces sometimes made inroads upon the throne and power ll the apparent
the apparent elevation of the city above the sea must have of old Juno herself; and Flora, anxious to give a new turn been anciently much the same as at present; for, as the to a conversation which was neither profitable nor pleasing, soil is generally raised but little higher than the top of the respectfully inquired into the plan of instruction for the lower stories of the houses, the upper apartments and the
public buildings might have nearly equalled the trees which 66 • Why, to-day, child,' said the Duchess; let me now clothe the summit; this eminence seems to have been
formed at some very remote period, and is connected with "* You must not see, mamma,' said the Lady Grace; || the foot of Vesuvius, from which it may be considered as a • for at three, my miniature is to be taken.' • And at half | sort of promontory stretching into the plain. after four you have company to practise a quadrille,' said “It is surprising, that with such a testimony of former her lady mother. And I,' said Lady Mary, "am engaged devastation as the city of Pompeii before their eyes, and the to ride with Cavendish Comsey.' . Yes, and 1,' said Susan, frequent recurrence of similar ravages, the people of the
promised to finish a sonnet for the old Duke, and must country should have ventured to erect two large and popuaft rwards show myself in the Park, for fear we should all | lous villages three miles nearer the crater of Vesuvius, be forgotten.' "That's impossible,' replied mamma. I especially as they invariably evince the greatest alarm mean, resumed the third Grace, 'forgotten at Lady Gol when the mountain exhibits any symptoms of an approachbourn's fancy ball, for Tuesday. That we wont,' quoth lling eruption. the Duchess; she knows what's what better than to leave * An idea has prevailed, that the sea once washed the out a Duchess Dowager and her three daughters.'
walls of Pompeii; but though it is said that rings have been Thus ended the deliberation; and, as the deliberations found, to which it has been supposed vessels were anciently of more sage and solemn personages sometimes end, it moored, close to the ruins; yet there seems great reason closed with a resolution, that nothing should be done; and to believe, that the trade of Pompeii was carried on, as
Strabo intimates, by means of the river Sarnus, which yet | "The gates of the city now visible are five in number; runs a clear, deep, and navigable river, approaching within | they are known on the spot, by the names of the gate of a quarter of a mile of the site of the city; the situation Herculaneum or Naples, the gate of Vesuvius, the gate of rendering it a convenient emporium for the commerce of Nola, that of Sarno, and the gate of Stabia ; but as these the cities of Nola, Nuceria, and the produce of the fertile || names have been applied since the discovery of the ruins, lain south of Vesuvius.
they must be considered merely as modern appellations; "In the Peutingerian tables, the distances of the neigh- || for neither the ruins themselves, nor any cxisting authobouring towns are thus stated :
rity, afford any document for determining their ancient deNeapolis to Herculaneum
. . xi" Hercụlaneum to Oplontis .
" There may have been other openings of less conse.
vi Oplontis to Pompeii . . . !!
quence, communicating with the great streets by little pasPompeii to Nuceria
sages, which descend to the walls in a part now covered by Oplontis to Stabia
the rubbish of the excavations; for from the gate of Stabia Stabia to Pompeii . .
I to that of Naples, a space nearly equal to half the circum
ference of Pompeii, the city could scarcely be without a con." Pompeii is thus made twenty miles distant from Naples, || siderable outlet; unless the sca, as before mentioned to and if no better guide than these very inaccurate tables have been supposed by some, bad anciently washed the was consulted, it is not surprising that its true site should walls: but none has yet been discovered. have been unknown, even to Cluverius; though a very “ The gate of Nola is the only one of which the arch is slight examination of the spot, where a considerable quan preserved: from which circumstance, on a superficial view, tity of Roman brickwork was always visible, ought to have it has sometimes been imagined to have been of more conenabled him to ascertain it: a peasant who sinking a well
og a well || sequence than the others, whereas it is in fact of smaller in his garden, found some fragments of marble, by accident dimensions. brought to light Herculaneum, which, buried under accu “ The excavations afford an opportunity of observing, mulated beds of lava, to the depth of above sixty feet, might that the ruin of Pompeii was not eflected by an uniform possibly have remained for ever undiscovered, whereas the shower of cinders or pumice-stones. A section near the ruins of Pompeii might have been observed by any traveller amphitheatre gives the general proportions of the mass along the road.
under which the city is buried to the depth of about twenty “No one, however, could have suspected how rich a ) feet. Separating the whole into five portions, we shall find mine of antiquities existed here, until a labourer, in the the first three to consist of pumice-stone in small pieces, middle of the last century, found, in ploughing, a statue of resembling a light white cinder, and covering the pavement brass; which circumstance being reported to government, to the depth of twelve feet: the next portion is composed was one of the causes which led to the first excavations ; of six parts, beginning with a stratum ol small black stones, and subsequently the accidental discovery of the temple not more than three inches in thickness; to this succeeds of Isis, while some workmen were employed in the a thin layer of mud, or earth which has been mixed with construction of a subterraneous aqueduct for the use of water, and appears to have been deposited in a liquid state; the manufactory of arms at Torre dell'Annunziata, contri upon this lies another thin stratum of little stones, of a buted not a little to confirm the expectations which had mixed hue, in which blue predominates; a second stratum been excited. Since that period the operations have always of mud, separated from a third by a thin wavy line of mixed been carrying on, with more or less activity, so that by de blue stones, completes the fourth portion ; while the fifth grees the whole will be cleared. In the mean time, not or highest division, consists entirely of vegetable earth, withstanding the great attention which has been bestowed principally formed by the gradual decomposition of the volon the preservation of the monuments first lound, they are || canic matter from the date of the eruption to the present beginning to suffer from the effects of that exposure which day. has taken place since their second birth. In the short * From the evident agency of water, observable in some space of time which has elapsed since their discovery, the of these strata, a theory has been published, which atalternations of winter and summer have generally effaced tempts, in spite of history and Vesuvius, to account for the the paintings, and in many instances entirely stripped depositions at Pompeii as the effect of alluvion; the natural every trace of stucco from the walls; the winter months, || inference, however, to be drawn from an inspection of the though mild in comparison with the same season in the spot seems to be, that the hot pumice-stone fell in succesnorth of Europe, are generally accompanied by torrents of sive showers, and not in one mass. Had the latter been rain, whieh gradually insinuating itself between the bricks the case, the city must indeed have become the tomb of its and the plaster, loosens and forces off, first indeed small inhabitants; whereas, comparatively, few skeletons have portions, but eventually detaches the whole; so that we are | been found. The strata of mud were also discharged in a not permitted to hope that the theatres, houses, or temples, very liquid state from the mountain, an event by no means constucted as they are of the most perishable materiale, can uncommon during later eruptione; and it is from this cirremain for the satisfaction of posterity; and although, in cumstance that vaulted passages, of which the covering still this point of view, it may be considered fortunate for the remains entire, are usually found as completely full of the succeeding generation that the operations proceed so slowly; deposition as the open courts, or the chambers where the still too much cannot now be done to preserve the memory roofs have been consumed. of what exists. The fortifications, however, which are in " It will be easy to account for the general disappearance some parts built with solid blocks of stone, may yet remain of the upper story, of which the traces often exist, not only for many centuries, as the doric temple would have done | in the staircases, but sometimes in the paintings and rehad it not been destroyed by external force; whereas a maining walls; for the volcanic matter does not appear to short period must suffice to destroy every vestige of the rest have been discharged in sufficient quantity to have buried the of the city, which is built of bricks and rubble work, with whole of the walls of the ground Hoor, throughout all parts out any pretension to durability or excellence of construc of the city; consequently, whatever rose to a greater height tion. The streets are curiously paved, with irregularly remained a ruin accessible to the surviving proprietors, and sbaped pieces of black volcanic stone, well put together, and liable to the same destruction from time, or removal of the generally exhibiting the tracks of wheels. The town was materials for conversion, as any other neglected building. originally founded upon an ancient bed of lava, though there In many parts of the city, the upper stories still remain ; exists no record of an earlier eruption than that which de but they seem to have been of very inferior consequence to stroyed it.
those on the ground-floor.
“ Many circumstances observable in Pompeii would ap- l podium, or basement, upon which they where elevated. pear incomprehensible, did we not recollect that the de- || In the religious edifices of an early age, no such character struction of the city was the work of two distinct periods of appears: they were placed upon two or three steps only, if calamity; and that the restoration of its buildings, after the || steps they should be termed, when evidently not proportiongreat earthquakr, was only taking place at the moment of | ed for convenience of access to the interior, but calculated its final extinction. This earthquake, by which Pompeii || rather with a view to the general effect of the whole was almost destroyed, happened, as we are informed by structure. Seneca, in the ninth year of the reign of the Emperor Nero. " In the temples of Greece, we view architecture in its about sixteen years previous to the eruption; and the un purest and most simple form: in the age of Titus we see finished state of the repairs in many of the buildings attests || that it had already reached the last period of complicathe fact.
tion and decline. To trace the connecting links is not the 66 We are led by one of the sepulchral inscriptions to look intention of this work, though perhaps, or rather certainly, for the discovery of a temple of Ceres, as the learned seemed the same causes operated throughout the cbain; namely, disposed to refer that of the Grecian doric order near the the progress of society, and the changes of religion. The theatre to the worship of Neptune.
founders of cities invariably chose the highest ground for " It appears to have been sometimes the practice during the Hiera of the deity; while, in the crowded lanes of the the first excavations at Pompeii, to throw into that relin lower town, artificial means were requisite, to give to the
Irawn from the next explored, after Il temples of the imported gods that dignity which the Athethe paintings, mosaic pavements, and other articles consi- || nian, Eleusinian and Delphic structures acquired from dered valuable, had been removed; but a contrary system their natural sites." was subsequently adopted, and is now acted upon. • Although their better preservation was the end con
• This in the original tables must be an error for vi. sulted in thus transferring these monuments to form a part of a distant collection; still it is much to be regretted that means could not have been devised for their preservation on the precise spot at which they were originally found,
MUSICAL NOTICE. and where locality would have thrown around them an interest which they entirely lose when crowded with other curiosities into Museums of Portici or Naples.”
Having already experienced the most flattering testimonial of the public approbation of our plan, a rapidly increas
ing circulation, we frel desirous of making our exertions THEATRES.
commensurate with the kindness of our friends by extending
the objects of our miscellany. Considering the progress of “ The theatres of Rome, for a long time of wood, were
music an important feature in the Fine Arts, it is our intencommonly open at top: and the scenic representations took
tion in future to give brief analytical reviews of such place in open day. The seats were occupied at random by
musical productions as we shall consider worthy of public the first comers, until the time of Scipio Africanus: but
notice, on the same independent principles we have adopted by the Roscian Law the lower fourteen were reserved for
with regard to the other departments of the Fine Arts. the dignified orders. Under Pompey they first became re
We trust that this extension of our plan may prove acceptgular structures; and subsequently Augustus undertook to
able to our readers, particularly to those of the fair sex, as regulate the disorder which continually arose amongst the
it will present them with a weekly journal of all the musical spectators in a space so undefined, and of which every part
novelties, under the form of Chit Chat Intelligence. was easily accessible to any individual who had once made
In the pursuit of this department, we shall not become. good an entry.
the advocates of any exclusive system or school of niusic: * When Augustus assigned to each order its place, be distributed the military distinct from the populace. Sepa
we entertain no prejudices on the subject. The Italian
Opera will of course be a principal feature in our new arrate cunei and cinctions were allotted to the priests, the
rangement, and we propose to offer some brief comments vestals, and various distinguished orders. Tothe senators
on the productions of the celebrated composer, who is the were reserved the seats in the immediate vicinity of the or
present director of that establishment, as well as on the chestra, and amongst them sat the ambassadors of foreign
comparative merits of the vocal performers. nations; while women and strangers were withdrawn to the
We shall also take notice of the performances at such of galleries, which ranged around the upper part of the ca
our concerts and oratorios, as present any novelty or great vea. Julius Cæsar had before extended to children and
superiority of talent. In short, we shall endeavour to make grand-children the privileges of their fathers. " Three great divisions are distinguishable in the theatre
our columns a condensed gazette of the present state of
| music in England; and as our endeavours will ever be to at Pompeii. In the lowest near the orchestra, the seats or steps of greater width, mark the place whence the civil ma
promote the advancement of this delightful art, we hope
|| that professional gentlemen will harmonize with our degistrates, the college of priests, and those distinguished by
sign, by favouring us, through the medium of our publishers, the offices they held, or the honours they had received,
| with the inspection of their production. saw the performances, placed in their curule chairs, and bisellii, or privileged seats. The middle seats, less ample in their dimensions, had cushions; while the gallery above, considered effeminate, was covered over.
DRAMA. " The stage, or proscenium was considerably elevated, and the scene was richly decorated with ornaments of ar King's Theatre.–After a sufficient quantity of preparachitecture and paintings. Behind this was the postscenium, tory announcement and collateral puffing, Madame Pasta for the actors to retire into. Near the theatre was usually has re-appeared upon the boards of this theatre. Seven or a portico, to which the audience withdrew in the event of eight years ago we recollect her as a very young, and very unfavourable weather.”
promising singer, but without any remarkable merit at the time. In Le Nozze di Figaro she was distinguished by the
archness and vivacity with which she represented the part TEMPLES.
of the amorous little page, and her tastelul execution of the “ An essential feature in the temples of Pompeii, as dis- || music allotted to the part. But Madame Pasta was not tinguished from those of Greece, is to be observed in the 80 successful as to induce the public to augur any exceedSIR,
ing triumph from her future improvement, and when she express and admirable,” The dialogue part of the me. quitted us there was no great regret for her loss. In Paris, || lodrama was almost as bad as any thing one could meet however, she has since made a rapid and extensive stride || with at Covent Garden or Drury Lane. There was one into fame and favour. Golden opinions hang upon her || particular in which we could not but admire the happy toily, and she is generally rated as the first prima donna || audacity of the author. He brings Bonaparte and the (Catalani always excepted) in Europe. The managers of || Duke of Wellington on the scene, to the great delight of the our Italian Theatre have long been desirous of engaging galleries, and the amazing discomfiture of the pit. Bona. her services, but in Paris the theatre is a government con parte is made to do very generous things, and utter very cern, and there has been a great deal of coquetting on the magnanimous sentiments, which the galleries applaud, part of the administration des theatres before they would || and which the pit does not. allow the transplantation of this lady to our scene. It is We have always observed that the former are Whigs, and at length effected, and she made her first appearance in the latter Tories. The reason of this it is difficult to conOtello on Saturday, and has repeated it since. It is impos ceive, but so it is. Bonaparte at Astley's does not exactly sible to deny the great merit, and the deserved success of suit our ideal of that celebrated personage ; but the repreMadame Pasta
sentative of the famous selainton outstrips the original. There is one respect in which the Desdemona of Madame In the one case, we have a “vision of our own;" in the Pasta commands the greatest praise : she is perfectly ori- || other, the vision which we had has long since evanished. ginal in her style of singing and mode of acting. The last || The whole thing, however, was, in one way or other, exis no " tenth transmission” of an old, worn out manner; | tremely gratifying. but a lively, fresh, and faithful representation of natureat least of so much nature as can possibly be exhibited in the Italian Opera. Perhaps her action is somewhat too re
TO THE dundant, but the grace and elegance of all her movements EDITOR OF THE SOMERSET HOUSE GAZETTE. more than compensate for their multiplicity. Her fe
er features are singularly well adapted to the stage. They are flexible, expressive, and pleasing; and her face altogether is what One of your correspondents having some time since asked may be termed a fine theatrical face. The Italians would for information relative to Dance the painter, I send you say that she sings con bocca ridente. Her voice is a mezzo
the following account from my MS. collections. soprano, inclining to the low; the lower tones are rather
Your's very truly: voiles. What we observed of Madame Pasta's acting, we
J.C. may repeat of her singing: it is beautifully original. Her
“Memoranda of the Arts, No.2. cadences, roulades, and all the graceful trickery of the art, “ Sir Nathaniel Holland, R. A. historical painter, whose are in a style peculiar and delightful. We do not recollect || name originally was Dance, was the third son of Mr. Dance any one at all to be compared to her in these points. It is the city surveyor, who erected the Mansion House, and in the andante that she is particularly excellent. Nothing
who died in 1768. He was also brother to the gentleman could be more affecting and simply beautiful than the air
who succeeded his father in that situation, and the author Deh calma, O ciel, in the last act: it was ardently encored. of a series of etched portraits; and also to the late James In the second act, Madame Pasta made a great impression Dance, who under the name of Lowe, performed as a comeby her tender and touching execution of that sad out-pour dian on the boards of old Drury. The present Sir Naing of an afflicted heart, Se il padre m'abandona. If we had thaniel Dance is the nephew of the architect of the city not been bound by our office to be hard-hearted, we should | Mansion House; he, it will be remembered was knighted have been more deeply affected than it is fitting for us to for his gallantry in beating a French vessel which had atconfess. In short, Madame Pasta was completely success. tempted to take that commanded by this venerable officer, ful, and promises to retrieve the declining fortunes of the then in the service of the honourable the East India ComOpera.
pany.. The larger theatres have been toiling away during the "The subject of this memoir was the pupil of Hayman, week, to amuse the holiday folks. The melodrames, and || from whom it is said he insbibed a heavy manner of drawsuch pieces as most resemble melodrames, either in their ing and colouring, which all the advantages of an Italian nature, or the mode of their representation, have been li education did not entirely eradicate. During his stay at berally presented to the public. They have not, however, || Rome, he became acquainted with the late Angelica Kaufbeen remarkably successful. The “dumb shew and noise"' || man, with whom he roamed over Italy, and for whom it has lost its attraction. Wherefore we will not again exa- | was said he felt a tender passion; but the course of true mine after our
last weck. But the ma- || love never did run smoothly; for the lady, smitten with the nagers may rest assured, that a re-action has taken place in superior attractions of Sir Joshua Reynolds, failed to return the general mind, and the old system will no longer do. his penchant with equal warmth. During the time he stu
Davis's Amphitheatre. - We cannot bear to call this I died in Rome, he derived his chief support from making house by any other title than " Astley's." That name is excursions to the sea ports to draw fortuitous portraits, wrought into all our old associations, and must not be and on his return to this country became the particular wrenched away by the rude authority of play-bills and friend of Mr. and Mrs. Garrick, with whom and with the proprietors. Having omitted to notice the performances study of music he soon forgot his inexorable fair. Sir Nahere last week, we shall supply the deficiency now. There Il thaniel was more justly famed for his professional talents as is a melodrama founded on the battle of Waterloo, which a painter, than for the borrowed splendour of the immense is worth seeing. The groupings of dying and dead in the wealth which he obtained by his marriage with the (Hampopening scene which represents the night of the battle of Je shire) Yorkshire Mrs. Dummer, whose good will he obtainmappe, are very picturesque and striking, and so is the conlled while painting her portrait, whose late husband left his cluding battle-scene. It is an extraordinary example of the estates to his wife (who survived Sir N.) for her life, and perfection to which the art of stage management has ar- | the remainder to the late William Chamberlain, Esq. soli. rived in this country. We were quite satisfied with the || citor to the Treasury, whose son enjoyed the bequest on 6 view” of a battle, and have no desire to be present ll the demise of the widow Holland. Mr. Dance also became at one. The smell of villainous gunpowder is quite 1) eligible to the title which his wife's estate commanded. enough for us. The horses are as clever as the scene ma “This accession of fortune and rank it is said he ostentanagers, and seem to be as " infinite in apprehension" as | tiously displayed in endeavouring to purchase in order to their riders; and in their “ form and moving” still more distray all the pictures which he had formerly painted,