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of the last quarter of the nineteenth century can, by possi- | We perfectly barmonize with the views of the enlightened bility, exhibit an equal degree of national advancement in projectors of the New “ Royal Academy of Music," in a given time, as that which distinguishes his present blending the excellencies of the different schools, by selectMajesty's reign, owing to the various fields of science and ing professors, for the instruction of their infant establishart having necessarily some limit--some boundary to the ment, indiscriminately from any country, provided their efforts of human genius and perseverance.
qualifications are of the highest class. We have undertaken the task, and mean to pursue it as a This arrangement will do more towards eradicating what duty, to endeavour, by means of our miscellany, to call is usually termed " national systems," in musical science, forth the fostering hand of taste and patronage for the sup than any measure that could be devised. And if we may port and advancement of every class of the tine arts, without venture a prophecy on the subject, we should say that the distinction or preference. We therefore naturally in
include science of music will have made the most rapid strides in music in our view, from the vast influence it exercises in this country, ere another generation be past, from the very the mental refinement, and social enjoyments of our system adopted in this young institution: it is calculated to species.
afford what may be called classical instruction in everydepartOur country was formerly reproached by foreigners, as ment of music, scientific and practical, vocalor instrumental. not being a musical nation. But whoever will take a retro It will therefore supersede the necessity of sending musical spective glance at the patronage which has bern uniformly students to the continental cities, as heretofore uniformly afforded to foreign - Årtistes,' even from the first esta practised, in order to procure the best instruction, and imblishment of the original Royal Academy of Music in prove their musical taste.
A. 1720 down to the present day-will agree with us, that if the English be not a musical people, they at least manifest a strong wish to be so considered, in paying such inordinate SKETCHES FROM THE CAUSEWAY. terms for the kind assistance of those ladies and gentlemen who condescend to come over from the continent for their instruetion and amusement.
" But to the intent that every man may knowe It is, however, the interest of the parties concerned, to
The cause of my writing, certes I intende endeavour to perpetuate the idea that the English are not
To profit and to please both hye and lowe.” only at present inferior, but that they are also incapable of
Proeme to the Ship of Fools. attaining the same degree of science and practical excellence in the art of music which foreigners possess. And it
MAY DAY. must be confessed, that the management of the Italian
" At Christmas, I no more desire a rose, Opera in this country, has in a great degree confirmed this opinion, by the almost exclusive engagement of foreign
Than wish a snow in May's new-langled shows; vocal performers, and thus not giving native talent an
But like of each thing, that in season grows.".
Shakspeare. opportunity of exhibition. While the direction of this establishment is placed under the controul of Italians, it is obvious that they will be inclined to keep down all compe
A GREAT deal of useless learning was parading itself tition from English performers. This result may be ex I through my brain this morning, respecting the shews and pected, not only from personal motives, but to maintain the revelries to which Biron alludes in the above lines, when the supremacy of the Italian school of music, in contradistinc sun, bright and warm, shone through my windows and calltion to the works of the great German composers. We are lled me up as if still to go • A Maying.' “ Thick coming iansorry to see the new director of this establishment follow I cies" crowded my recollections when I thought of those up this exclusive system so rigidly since he has assumed | blithe years when curds and cream were the luxuries of this the command. So far as lay in his power, we believe he || day's pastime, and had a value they possessed at no other has not, in a single instance, admitted the performance of time, because provided out of our own slender stock. I yet any other than his own operas. The only exceptions during see the gay rogues who with me bounded along the way to the season, according to the best of our recollection, being the rural fete; I yet see the anxious, doubtful looks with Mayer's " Il Fanatico per la Musica," for the purpose of which we tried our arithmetic in counting our pence, and having the splendid talents of Madame Catalani, it being | apportioning the charges before we encountered the houseunderstood that this lady is not partial to the music of // wife who furnished our cakes and milk. I could yet tell the Rossini; and “Il Don Giovanni," which Madame havoc we made about the farm yard, during our unlicensed Caradori shewed the good taste of selecting for her be frolic while the curds were preparing, -the screaming poulnefit, and which proved, by the select audience as- Il try flying in all directions from us ; the poor dog limpin scinbled on that evening, that both the lady and the about from an unlucky blow of some mischievous urchin, the illustrions composer of that beautiful opera, are equally cat peeping from below the great arm-chair, to which she had favourites with the great majority of English amateurs, retreated as her strong hold, and sadly wiping from her face and must continue to be, so long as pathos and purity of the curds with which we had bespattered it. taste maintain their proper level.
I almost feel myself perched on the still leafless ashes Our object, however, is not to censure either the Italian || which surrounded the farm yard, and grinning defiance at school of music, or the eminent professors of that nation, at the angry churl who growled on the knaves who were bepresent engaged at the King's Theatre. We may go far- || yond his reach, and caused all this hurly-burly in his rural ther, by saying, that the annals of the Italian opera in this empire. I had no sooner opened my shutters, than half-acountry have never shewn such a constellation of talent at dozen of strange figures in the street greeted me with nods any one period, as that which has been collected by Signior and smiles, then forming a circle round a fellow mak"Benelli during the present season. We of course only ing woful music of Pan's pipe, danced in a style which gave allude to the department of vocal and instrumental music; || | a very tolerable idea of the first appearance of the savages being no judges of the art and mystery of cutting capers or
to Robinson Crusoe. These were the chimney sweepers twirling pirouettes. Our wish is, if possible, to see that who have retained a portion of the saturnalia for their own establishment, called (improperly) the King's Theatre, especial use. At this moment one of them, as merry as a conducive to the improvement and advancement of our own satyr, is skipping about with his little wooden platter, on school of music, instead of being exclusively devoted to the which he rattles with a stick. One half of his dies glitters maintainance of alien talent. And on this ground only do || with gold leaf, and soiled artificial flowers,-the other rewe indulge in these remarks.
mains begrimed with soot. His face reminded me of the ef
feets which painters produce by artificial lights,-one sec racter; for no one short of a lunatic would endeavour to tion spoke of his morning's work,-the other blazed in all prove the reality of a bydra, a spbinx, or a dragon, still less
hich soap and contrast could give to it that he has seen one, out of the workshop of a statuary it seemed as if Phæbus and Plato bad been knit together. or apart from the easel of the painter. Like miny other Two ladies danced on each side of hin, on whom he be matters, it is much easier, and perhaps more reasonable, to stowed alternate smiles, and who, before the gambols of | admit the existence of an animal in the sea, with a certain the day were passed, might perhaps quarrel about the degree of resemblance to the human form, which we chuse to complexion and dress of their gallant, like the captious call a mermaid, than totally to discredit it. Dad we never knights who fought about the colour of the shield of the seen an ape, or some of the baboon species approaching statue, seen from opposite sides of the road. The “ new most nearly to us, would we have believed the traveller fangled shows of May," were matters of abomination to who first vouched the fact? And why not someth the Puritans, and the topic on which their virulence de lar in the sea. where from the greater difficulty of near lighted to expatiate:--they bad some reason in their com inspection, there is of course the wider field opened for plaints of them. if the following may be trusted as a genu exaggeration and fiction, respecting the qualities and preine description, of the Floral or May Games: -
I tensions of the animal, to share with us the face divine ? “ I (Flora) bid men cast ofl' gravity,
There is this difference between a lie and a fable, that the And women eke their modesty;
former pretends to a reality which we will not concede to it,
the other is contented with the shadowy existence which But crooked bichi, and lamed thigh,
it claims, and which we generally are delighted to admit. Must have a frisk, and shake their heel,
The former may be repeated again and again, but the latter As if no stitch nor acbe they feel."-1660.
when once told remains unaltered, and stationary for ever
after. The lie is iherefore of a more ambitious and restIt was well for them that could exert themselves sol
less character, than the fable: the merinaid may probably manfully, on any day of the year,--and shame on the ill |
be ranked under the former class, and will continue I nature which banished a pasiine, which realized all the
doubt not to harass us with her pretensions to actual wonders which vapour baths and shampooing have in vain being, as she has done for the last 1000 years, unlike the promised to our rheums anu aches.
well behaved monsters of antiquity, who have remained
satisfied with the rank, properties, and description, which FLEET STREET.
they received at their first birth. Shakspeare who moulds This street has always been famed for its shows-it is
ery tuing to his own use, ailudes to the mermaid in the the region to which monsters seemed indigenous--the very
beautiiul passage in which the Queen narrates the manner garden of Hesperides, where the dragons would have com
of Ophelia's death, and adds to his desciption, the commanded as many admirers as the golden fruit they guard
mon tradition respecting the vocal talents of this hypotheed. Our early plays are full of allusions to the shows
tical animal. which haunted this quarter, and to the pictures hung on the outside, which were employed by our forefathers to
46 And herself, give a foretaste to the onlookers of the greater wonders
Fell in the weeping brook. Her clothes spread wide; within. One of the characters in Ben Jonson's Play of And mermaid like, awhile they bore her up; the Alchymist, says, “ What should my knave advance to Which time, she chaunted snatebes of old tunes; draw this company ? he hung out no banners of a strange
As one incapable of ber own distress, calf with five legs to be seen, or a huge lobster with six Or like a creature native and indu'd claws. While I am in this land of marvels, where naked Unto that element.”
Hamlet. Indians, strange fishes,' and monsters had their former In looking over a curious collection of old advertise. abode, it might seem un:gallant to pass over the pretensions te, early in the seventeenth century, I found several of the mermaid, to courtesy and observance.".
relating to this subject, and insert part of one of them, to Since the days of Sbakspeare, not a year has passed, in prove that the showmen of those days do not disgrace their which we bave not been told of the appearance of this l successors in Exeter Change. mysterious lady, who is eternally represented at sea. “ In Bell Savage Yard, on Ludgate Hill, is to be seen at combiny her bair, and studious of her toilet: and little | any hour of the day, a living mermaid: from the waist wonder if wbile courting the graces, she was averse to upwards of a party colour, from thence downwards is very approaches made at so unseasonable a moment. But this strange and wonderful.” The advertisement introduces coquettish shyness bas only increased our deference for the well known passage which describes so accurately our her : we know as little at this hour of her physical re- Il modern notions respecting this lady. semblances, as they did two centuries since, and yet all
• Mulier formosa superne thuis while, the mermaid has shared with the grim Sara
Desinit in pisum.” the honours of our signboards, and in the days of Shakspeare, gave name to a celebrated inn, which was the resort
But Latin is forsooth not enough for him, the proprietor of the finest wits of the age. Every one knows that we
must also give us a specimen of his knowledge of the had a visit about two years ago, from this most equivocal
French language, concluding in these words, which are a personage, and her disappearance, under mysterious cir
little mysterious, at least may be supposed to mean more cumstances, was the subject of much and anxious specu
than meets the eye.-" Son corps est de dims colours avec lation, till it was at length whispered with all the caution
beaucoup d'autres curiosites qu'on ne peut exprimer." which the matter required, that she was, (proh pudor)
Why he was so reserved on the subject of the curiosities under the protection of the Chancellor, who I hope has by
I do not pretend to guess. this time found out what kind of lady he had to deal with. But trifing apart, the belief in the mermaid is one of the
TAE LAMP LIGHTER'S FUNERAL. most singular of our popular errors, and prejudices, if we I was returning to my lodgings a few evenings since, may be allowed to call it such.
|| when my way was stopped by an immense crowd, filling All ages and all countries have had their fabulous crea the streets, and as usual asserting its sovereignty by noise tures, and in addition to those we inherited from our own and rudeness. Forty or fifty torches occupied the centre ancestors, we have assumed the wbole train wbich was in ll of the moving mass, and there was s fashion with the Greeks and Romans. But of all these the ponderous carried along with it, about which the attention imaginary existence is quite understood, and is never dis of the mobility was chiefly condensed. I could have fanquieted by any attempts to give to them a more real cha cied myself in Pekin, witnessing the feast of lanterns,
and have been tempted to examine the feet of the passers Il pified, it at length broke through the sulphurous mass, and by, to ascertain if I was not surrounded by the club-footed ||fying right over head, was frequently picked down by the race. All this hubbub, was but a poor Lamp Lighter's || more cautious fowlers in the rear. But its murder was not funeral, with whom it is a general custoon to be attended by ll always unavenged: for as it generally few low, and each
e the corpse covered with a white ll one was eager to anticipate his rival, besides that the danse frock, and carrying a torch inverted, like the Cupids in a || cloud of smoke in which they moved robbed the act of all Greek procession. The poor widow was accompanied by all colour of malice prepense, they not unfrequently popped merry group of mourueis, laughing and hooting ; quite || their shot into the faces of some unbappy wight, at a disdelighted with a cavalcade which cost her a bustand. Al tance, who (pod easy man) bad little dreamed of taking tall fellow, walked immediately before the collin, bearing || any active part in the amusements of this field of blood. an empty glass lamp which he runy io admiration, and Some few pigeons escaped for awhile by soaring high into the called forth the praise of two old women who stood by l) air; one of these after being secured by distance from its me, charmed with this mock pageantry, made up of me- || assailants, by a kind of fatality wheeled round, made a taphor and symbols, and said to me, “dont you think it || downward flight, and perched on a tree, in the very middle very nice, Sir.”
of its foes. Now came the “ tug of war," the tree was
regularly invested, every gun cocked, presenting the front But we are wearied with the Causeway, and sigh again of a demi-bastion, bristling with artillery; but whistling, for the green fields. which may seem very unreasonable to screaming, and shaking the tree were in vain employed to many a worthy citizen, who enjoys from his parlour win rouse bim from bis airy pinnacle. At length two advendow, an epitome of all tbeir charms, in the few yards of II turous blades, the forlorn
e of the party, h
lled with turf, and scanty parterre which bounds his view. I have dire purposes of slaughter, climbed the tree, dragging their yet a sketch to take, and will finish it in the country, at a | guns with them, and instantly fired, but without effect. place whose name is of dreadful import:-repeated with as But they themselves did not fare so well, the bird rose, much caution and reserve as the mysterious words of the || and a score of pieces greeted him before he quitted the Jewish Cabbala, or the hateful names of some of the infer thicket of leaves :-he fell, to use the heroic phraseology, nal Deities by the timorous Heathens, and whicb. if pro “ pierced with many wounds,'' but at the same moment perly applied, has produced as many shakings and trem screaming and lamentation was heard from the assailants hlings as ever did a volcano. I mean no less a place than who were still among the foliage, as if they were performChalk Farm-but I have no quarrel to settle either with ing his death song, or chaunting his epicedium. When my reader or my editor, but wish them to accompany me they descended, their griess were found to have a more while I sketch at that celebrated spot, a
personal concern: their soft fat faces were sorely riddled PIGEON SHOOTING MATCH.
by some of the random shots, and if a guess could be ha
zarded on the inward thinkings, and future resolves, which At half-past one, about a score of baskets were brought
suited with so woc-begone a physiognomy, they seemed into the field; at first I did not know what they were in
to saytended for, but the billing, cooing, and the cur-rooketydooing which was soon heard to issue from them, left no
6. That it was great pity, so it was, doubt of their purpose. Among the sportsmen were many
That villainous salt petie should be digg'd grotesque figures-ex uno disce omnes. He was dressed Out of the bowels of tbe harmless earth, in buckskins, and I suppose a pair of warm comfortable Which many a good tall fellow bad destroyed stockings, (the day was what is called roasting hot,) over So cowardly.' which were drawn thick leather hose, and stout mud boots well greased. Six pockets in his green frock coat, contained as much powder as would serve for a field day, and as much tow, as would furnish out a flax dresser's shop.
MISCELLANEA. He was a little apoplectic figure, and seemed like Falstaff, * as liable to heat as butter;" a man of continual heat and dissolution. About a quarter from two the match com ANNE CLARGES, Duchess of Albermarle, was the daughmenced, and a murderous business it really was; the ter of a blacksmith; who gave her an education suitable to party consisted of eighteen persons, each of whom had || the employment she was bred to, which was that of a mila dozen of birds. The pigeon is put into the trap which || liner. As the manners are generally formed early in life, is a small square tin box, placed twenty yards distant, and she retained something of the smith's daughter, even at as soon as the sportsman is ready to tire, a person pulls a her highest elevation. She was first the mistress, and alstring, and the trap falls down, leaving the bird' at li terwards the wife of General Monk, for when that general bertv: if it falls within a hundred yards, which distance is was confined in the Tower, his scmpstress, Nan Clarges, marked off by stakes placed in a circle round the trap, it is was kind to him in a double capacity. It must be rememconsidered killed, if not, it is not counted. The feat is but ered he was then in want, and that she assisted him. Here a poor one at best; most of the pigeons were killed at the she was got with child. She was not at all handsome, nor first shot, but if they escaped this ordeal, they were cer cleanly: her mother was one of the five women barbers, tainly sacrificed in the second. At least two hundred and a woman of ill-fame. A ballad was made on her and spruce cockneys, old soldiers, and ragamuflins, of every the other four: the bucden of it was, description, with guns as various as their own preten
6. Did you ever hear the like, sions, were stationed round the field, like the outposts
Or ever hear the same, of a camp, and soon as the bird passed Morgan's fairy
Of five women barbers, circle, or in plain English, the boundary, a platoon was
That liv'd in Drury-lane ?" discharged at the devoted victim; every one within a hundred yards, shut his eyes, commended himself and || He had such an opinion of her understanding, that he his fortunes to God, and blazed oil his culverin with at I often consulted her in the greatest emergencies. As she least as much of despair as of hope, in its result.
was a thorough royalist, it is probable she had no inconMore alarmed, than hurt by all this "sharp-toothed un siderable share in the Restoration. Nothing is more cerkindness," it turned, as if to seek a retreat hy some other tain than that the intrepid commander, who was never outlet, when it received a second assault: bailied again, it
| afraid of bullets, was often terrified by the fury of his tried a third, and thus driven about, bewildered and stu
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[Sixpence. ' d stamped Edition for Country Circulation, postage free, Price Tenpence. THE COURT AT ST. JAMES'S. erected, and the novelty of the scene was beautiful on
Thursday, in seeing the company ascending on one, CURIOSITY has rarely been more generally excited
and descending the other, within a few yards of each, than on the occasion of the recently completed altera.
whilst the approach to either, was the whole circuit of tions and improvements of the state apartments in St. || the state apartments, with the addition of the newly James's Palace. The old suite of rooms were more remarkable for their space, than for their elegance, | The present suite of rooms, which comprise the whilst the avenues to the great staircase, and the stair- ll state apartinents, and those for the accommodation of case itself, and the general scite for ingress and egress, || His Majesty on the same floor, are first the two guard was so intricate, narrow, and inconvenient, that a court
chambers, on the landing of the entrance staircase : day in the palace was a continued scene of crouding these have been fitted up in the style of an ancient and confusion.
armory. The walls are ornamented with swords, shields, In designing the plan for the late alterations, the first |daggers, guns, pistols, and pikes, forming stars of the consideration appears to have been the removal of
six orders of knighthood, of which the king is sovethese impediments; but here difficulties were to be
| reign. overcome, that demanded a vast extent of skill and The thought is novel and appropriate, and the effect contrivance. The openings exteriorly which have been | striking. The centres being three feet in diameter, and seen, by the public, are easily comprehended, and have
richly painted with their respective devices. Over the been universally admired. In designing a new structure gothic chimney-piece in the king's guard chamber, is every accommodation is easily obtained. In attempt.
a complete suit of bright steel armour; the panels ing the same, where all is to be effected by the labori.
are hung with helmets and cuirasses, between which ous efforts of alteration, is a far different operation :
are bright shields, forming the centres of Maltese stars, for even where the mind of the architect is prolific in composed of daggers and swords. The yeoman's contrivance, the further he proceeds, he commonly guard chamber is ornamented in the same style. The discovers the greater difficulties, from the hidden im
greatest taste is displayed in the arrangement of the pediments which occur, in pulling down, or perforating of ancient walls. We have been frequent observers of || Adjoining, is the presence chamber, in which is the all the alterations on this venerable site, and have often || fine gothic chimney-piece, Ciscovered hidden behind smiled as the workmen advanced, at the old adage, the walls, in the recent alterations, with the anagranis ut making a silk purse of a sor's ear." We live ll of Henry VIII. and Ann Bullen. This room is hung in an age, however, when human ingenuity can effect || with rich old tapestry, and opens to the anti-room, a many great purposes in art, which to the last age would
dew building on the site of the old privy-chamber and have appeared schemes too wild even for speculation luvee room, formerly occupied by King James the Seand madness to undertake.
cond. This grand apartment is sixty-one feet in length, Among the ingenious contrivances for ingress and
by thirty-four in breadth, and twenty-four in height, egress, and perhaps the work of the clearest perception I with a coved ceiling, enriched with gold. The walls amidst the whole of the alterations, is that of the dou
are of drab coloured flock; from the ceiling is suspenble staircase. In the late court, the company ascended || ded a superb brass lustre. The candelabra are splenthe old staircase, and descended by the same-there || did ormolu, supported by rich carved brackets; the was no other; hence the lords with their swords, and
Il curtains, crimson satin damask, with magnificent glasthe ladies in their hoops met, and the consequent pres |scs, and gilt pier tables between each window. On sure and annoyance were insufferable. To the timid | the walls are two battle pieces, representing the English sex, the approach of a great court day was an object and confederate armies, at the memorable sieges of of terror.
Tournay and Lisle, with portraits of the Duke of MarlIt occurred to the architect that by breaking throughborough, and a multitude of other officers of distina the wall of the old staircase, and cutting it down to a | tion, of each nation, engaged in those glorious camcertain level, an open space might be effected, which paigns. These have been removed from the royal would add grandeur by its length, and admit of ano.
palace at Kensington, where they had remained from the ther staircase-so that the remaining height of wall
days of King George the First, by whose order they would separate them, and yet each fight be seen
were painted by Wotton, and over the chimney is a through the opening. On this wall columns have been || whole length portrait of King George the Second.',