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terfuge; plays and farces are exhibited in an entire state, the actors only affecting now and then to look at their parts, which they carry in their hands. Among the company, which has been very tolerable, we noticed Messrs. Cory, Surmont, Curties, Thompson, &c. from the winter theatres. Mrs. Hatton and Mrs. Johnson were the favourite female performers. Mr. Bannister played a few nights on bis return to town.
Theatre PRESTON.--A new theatre has been built on the entrance to the town leading from Liverpool, at an expence of about £.3000. It is under the management of Staunton, who has painted all the scenes and decorations with considerable taste. The theatre opened at the guild with "Lovers Vows," Frede→ rick by Mr. H. Siddons, and Amelia Wildenhaim by Mrs. H. Siddons. A more exquisite treat had not been experienced by the inhabitants for many years. The Countess of Derby has been extremely ardent in her expression of admiration of the talents of Mr. and Mrs. H. Siddons. Munden performed many of his favourite characters during the guild. The inhabitants and visitors properly ap preciating his great comic excellence, rewarded his exertions with an unprece→ dented overflow at his benefit. Mr. Hill and Mrs. Atkins lent their vocal aid and at the concerts likewise.
Theatre BRIGHTON.-Mr. and Mrs. Pope's benefits were attended by all the persons of consequence in the place. They have been succeeded by Braham and Storace. The theatre, each night when Braham and Storace performed, overflowed. The prince has, in a most particular manner, patronised Braham. Many of Incledon's popular songs were introduced by Braham into various pieces with uncommon effect.
Theatre PLYMOUTH.-Cooke performed here most of his characters with considerable success. The manager introduced him to the public by the following advertisement attached to the play bill, after an exordium of uncommon length. "Mr. Cooke's fame in London is established as high as Garrick's, Mossop's, Barry's, or any other actor's in the world, by his most surprising and inimitable performances of the following characters; and he is engaged, (at a very great expence) to represent them on this stage, viz. Richard, Macbeth, Shylock, Sir Giles Overreach, Sir Archy Macsarcasm, and Sir Pertinax Macsycophant, which will be the utmost limit of his engagement." We are here reminded of the Herefordshire manager-who described Mr, Holman as the handsomest man in England, and Mr. Kemble as the first actor in the world. Mr. and Mrs. H. Johnston performed a few nights.
Theatre-Royal MARGATE,-The regular company are as follows:-Mr. Bartley, Mr. Marshall, Mr. Lee, (the gentleman who played Richard at Covent Garden two or three years back) Messrs. Bew, Davis, Fisher, Taylor, Long, W. Long, Phillimore, Mr. Byrne, (principal singer from Dublin) Mr. Wilmot Wells, (acting manager) Mrs. Taylor, Mrs. Lee, Miss Brown, Mrs. Bew, Mrs. Bartley, Mrs. Inchbald, Miss Clarke, Miss Campbell, Miss Williams, Mrs. Wilmot Wells, Miss Fitzgerald, Mrs. Long, Miss Bew, Miss Johnson, Mrs. Russell, &c. &c. The ladies, indeed, are so numerous, that half of them are unemployed. The theatre opened on the 12th of July, but under the most unpleasant circumstances. Mrs. Atkins and Mr. Hill were to sing for the first fortnight. The house was opened, but no singers arrived, and the
money was returned, the farce having been first performed. They came the next day, and the business went on. Mr. Raymond was next engaged for a month. He played three nights, had his benefit, and (on account of a domestic loss) returned to London. 30th July, Mr. Cooke was advertised to play four nights, to commence that evening. In the morning a letter was received, stating that he was unwell, and could not play at Margate. The house was opened, and Mr. Cooke's letter being read, the people were much dissatisfied, and several took their money again: but the play was acted, Mr. Raymond playing ShyJock. Aug. 6th, Mrs. Second (engaged for six nights) played Polly in the Beggar's Opera, which was succeeded by the Review, Quotem Mr. Winston, (engaged for a few nights only) Deputy Buil, Mr. Suett, (engaged for two nights) Phoebe Whitethorn, Mrs. Second. On the morning of the 6th, a letter arrived to say that Suett could not come. Mr. Winston, during his stay, performed also Pangloss, Frank love, in a new farce called Perseverance, Frederick, (Of Age To-morrow) Sir David Dunder, and, for his benefit, Mist, in Management, with the Definitive Treaty, Picknickery, Mock Italian Song, &c. Mrs. Winston performed Juliana. Mr. Bartley possesses much ability, although he has been on the stage but 10 months. Mr. Marshall's gentlemanly appearance, together with his truly respectable acting, never fails to please. Mr. Lee (engaged for Bath) has ability, though not in the line he is engaged for here. OlJapod, Lenitive, &c. do not sit so well on him as characters of a more serious nature. Byrne is said to be engaged for Drury-Lane. He is a good musician, and sings the Stream let, and airs of that kind, with considerable effect. Mrs. Jordan has played six nights, for which she received £180, independent of her benefit. By some accident her dress caught fire in the last act of the Country Girl, which threw the audience into great consternation, but the flame was instantly extinguished, and Mrs. J. sustained no personal injury. Mr. Johnstone, from Covent Garden, played O'Carrol and Looney Mactwolter for the benefit of Mr. and Mrs. Bew, to a very crowded house. Very little can be said in praise of the manner in which the performances at this theatre have been conducted..
Theatre-Royal CHELTENHAM. Upon the conclusion of her engagement, Mrs. Litchfield, at the solicitation of the manager, agreed to perform four nights longer. Her second benefit took place on Saturday, the 11th, when she performed Lady Teazle and the Irish Widow, with uncommon spirit, and the most unbounded applause. The following is a list of the characters performed by Mrs. L. at this theatre:-First engagement, Aug. 10, Portia, and Maria (Citizen) 12, Roxalana. 14, Miss Peggy and Yarico. 17, Julia Faulkner and Little Pickle. 19, Rosa Marchmont. 21, Julia (Rivals) 24, (Mrs. Litchfield's benefit) Lilla in the Voice of Nature.-Second engagement, Sept. 2, Lætitia Hardy. 4, Angela. 7, Emily Worthington and Patrick. 9, Victoria, in Bold Stroke for a Husband. 11, (Mrs. L.'s 2d benefit) Lady Teazle and Widow Brady. Mr. Winston, a young actor of particular promise, has been very suc◄ cessful in Caleb Quotem, Ollapod, Lingo, Darby, &c. His comic songs are executed in a very superior style. Mrs. Winston is engaged to perform with him for a few nights. Mr. Chapman has been mentioned already in the Mirror. He is an actor of sterling worth, and would be an ornament and a support to any theatre in the kingdom.
ON a latter day of February last, a child of Jonathan and Elizabeth White, living in the West Pallant, Chichester, having the care of its infant brother, aged six months, whilst in the cradle, put to its mouth a two bladed knife, with a horn or bone handle, (for the present appearance of the evacuated fragments do not warrant either conclusion) which the infant swallowed with some pain, but with no consequent dangerous symptoms. It does not appear that medical assistance took place, but only that castor oil was recommended and given, also poppy water, by the mother, as a narcotic. The infant's linen soon assumed the appearance of iron mould, and on May 24, (three months after the accident) the shortest blade was evacuated in a very corroded and diminished state, and on June 16, one half or side of the handle was cast up in a doubled, but not softened state, which, upon attempting to straiten, broke in two at the rivet holes. A piece of iron was at the same time cast up, (probably the living iron) much corroded. Nothing more appeared until Sunday, June 25, when one of the blades came away, corroded but not diminished.-Fourthly, on Wednesday the 11th instant, the iron back-piece was cast up, in a less corroded or diminished state than the others; this measured near three inches and a half, and is as pointed at one end as a common packing needle. The whole instrument thus appears to have come away at the above four times, except the rivets, which, it is presumed, are either become dissolved, or escaped inspection. The chalybeate property has not only shewn itself upon the infant's linen, but even wood which the fæces have touched, has ineffaceably received the iron-mould stain. The child is described as having suffered much pain, particularly near the times of the several voidings taking place; it has rather an emaciated appearance, and has much loathed its food. It has been suckled once each day since the accident, but is now more at the breast, and there is every reason to expect its full recovery. The above principal points are from the notes of a practitioner, who has occasionally (only) seen the infant, and who is in possession of some of the above extraordinary vestiges'; the mother keeping the remainder. The knife must have been full three inches long, and was of the sort attached to pocket-books.
A novel kind of funeral took place a few days ago at Rayleigh; Mr. J. Downs, a farmer, who died at the age of 64, ordered that his body should be drawn on his own waggon to the place of interment by four of his own horses; they were led by four of his workmen, cloathed in new leather jackets, and each wearing a pair of hedging gloves,
Lately, as three children belonging to a labourer, named Barnet, were going with a one-horse cart, in the parish of Woolbedding, near Midhurst, to bring some turf for fuel, the eldest, a boy aged 12 years, riding the horse, and the other two (a boy of seven, and a girl of five) being in the cart, the horse took fright, and ran into a pond by the road side; where, the water being very deep, the horse, and boy who rode him, were almost instantly drowned. The other children remained in the cart about two hours, at the end of which they were fortumately discovered, and happily rescued from their perilous situation. When DD-VOL, XIV.
found, the water was quite up to the chin of the little boy, who, with a degree of fraternal love, which would have done great honour to riper years, was supporting, with much difficulty, his lesser sister (who otherwise must have perished) in his infant arms.
A wedding was to have taken place at Bury last week, and the bridegroom attended at the church at the appointed hour: but the nymph, who had three miles to walk, encountered a shower on the road, which so completely cooled her Jove, that she turned back, and sent word to the poor swain that she had changed her mind.
LIVERPOOL, Aug 23.-Saturday a fine child, about 17 months old, playing with the stopper of a vinegar crue!, unfortunately got it into its throat, and, though medical assistance was had, the child was soffocated, by the bulk of the stopper getting into the wind-pipe; with difficulty it was taken out, and every means used to restore animation, but wihout effect.
BIRMINGHAM, Aug 26.-On Friday evening last, a monster in human shape, without the least provocation, or even previous conversation, violently assaulted and knocked down a respectable young woman in the Coach Yard in this town, and it is thought would have murdered her, had not her sister has tened to her assistance, when the villain ran away.-We are extremely sorry to learn that the young woman has been in convulsions from that time, and is now confined, with little hopes of recovery, with a locked jaw, totally incapable of receiving the least nourishment; but most sincerely hope the monster will not escape the punishment his brutality merits.
LONGEVITY.-There is now living at Morpeth a couple, of the name of Graham, whose ages together make 194 years, the husband being 101, and the wife 93. They have been married 78 years, and both enjoy good health. The man begs round the county, and the woman works in a little garden that belongs to their cottage.
There is now living in Kingston, Shropshire, a woman who has attained the 103d year of her age, and who, without the aid of glasses, can see to perform the finest needle-work.-Her daughter, who resides with her, was born blind.
PRINCE HENRY OF PRUSSIA.-This illustrious character, who died on the evening of the 3d Aug. at his country palace at Reinsberg, was aged 76 years and nearly 8 months; but the heroic deeds of the deceased have insured immortality to his name. His exploits are celebrated in history, and his virtues and amiable qualifications are too well known to need a panegyric. His highness himself wrote, some years before his death, his epitaph, which will now be placed upon his tomb. It is in German, to the following purport:
EPITAPH.-Thrown by birth into the vortex of a giddy vapour, which the vulgar call glory and grandeur, but the nullity of which is too well known to the sage; a prey to all human infirmities; tormented by the passions of others, disturbed by his own, and borne down by the loss of beloved relations, true and .faithful friends, yet often, too, consoled by friendship; happy in collecting his thoughts, happier still where his services could prove useful to his country, or suffering humanity. This, a brief sketch of the life of Henry Frederick Louis, son of Frederick William I. King of Prussia, and of Sophia Dorothea, daughter of George I. King of England. Traveller! remember that perfection is not to be
found on earth. If I was not the best of men, I did not belong to the number of the bad. Praise and blame cannot reach him that sleeps in eternity; but sweet hope embellishes the last hours of the man who has done his duty; nor does it forsake me at this moment!
Buonaparte has given an unequivocal mark of his approbation of the peace. He has made the Marquis Cornwallis a present of a most magnificent garter, embroidered in the richest manner, with the motto and buckle of brilliants of great beauty. This was accompanied with a letter, expressing the obligations which both countries owed to him for his exertions in negociating a peace so necessary to their mutual repose and welfare.
LITERATURE. Mr. Neckar has published a new work; it is called Last Views upon Politics and Finance, offered to the French Nation.➡“ Yes,” says the author, "they are the last; they are the last views I offer to the French nation -the last; that word suits my age and my health, which becomes weaker. I have shewn the political inconvenience of those timid combinations, which, borrowing some traits from monarchy, and some from republicanism, have nei ther the majestic unity of the one, nor the animated movement of the other. I have traced two plans of government, one under the name of hereditary and tempered monarchy, the other under a republic one and indivisible, and submitting, as much as possible, in reason, to the laws of the church. I have terminated the work by reflections upon finance, and I have destined them both for the present time and for futurity."
A circumstance as singular and extraordinary as it is wicked and atrocious, occurred lately in the parish of St. Andrew's, Holborn; it shews that some dark deed is working, which probably this publication may defeat: -A young woman, genteelly dressed, went to the workhouse of St. Andrew's parish, and applying to the overseers, desired to know whether they could provide a wet-nurse for a lady of considerable rank and fortune. They informed her there was a young woman who had just lain in of a fine healthy child; it was shewn her, she praised its beauty, observed it was a lovely infant, and that the mother of such a sweet child was no doubt exactly the person the lady wanted. She said she would inform the lady, and call again. She returned in the evening, again kissed and praised the child, and requested permission to take it to show the lady, who was waiting near the place in her carriage. The child was entrusted to her care, but she never afterwards made her appearance with it. Every search and enquiry was made, but without effect, no clue presenting itself to the discovery of who she was, and the whole affair is wrapt in mystery and conjecture. The unfortunate mother has been in a state bordering upon distraction ever since.
PRESTON JUBILEE GUILD, AUG. 30.-Yesterday presented a scene which is rarely to be seen in a country town; in fact, we were London in miniature, for the number of pedestrians passing and repassing through the principal streets was astonishingly great, whilst carriages of all descriptions poured in almost one continued line from all the roads leading to this town, but particularly from Liverpool and Manchester. In the Fishergate, which is the entrance of the town from Liverpool, the houses are modern built, and here is a charming terrace. Yesterday the windows were filled with some of the most charming Lancashire