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A PORTRAIT OF MISS POPE, OF DRURY-LANE THEATRE, ENGRAVED BY RIDLEY,
Mr. Stephen Kemble
PRINTED FOR THE PROPRIETORS,
By J. Wright, No. 20, Denmark-Court, Strand,
And published by VERNOR and HOOD in the Poultry;
Sold, also, by all the Booksellers ja
1 the United Kingdom.
The Portrait of Mrs. Litchfield not being in sufficient readiness for this Number, we have presented our Readers with that of Miss POPE; the former will appear in No. LXXXV.
Intended for our next, if possible.
Lines to a Young Woman, by Mr. GEORGE BLOOMFIELD.
A Syllabus of the Stoic Philosophy, by the same.
New System of Heraldry, No. V. from Churchill's Rosciad.
The following are reserved for insertion at the first convenient opportunity.
REJECTED. The Epigrams by J. T. P. and PHILO; Sonnet to Higeia, by J. W. S. Ann the Wanderer, by HENRY; the Pupil of Content by R. T. O.
We have not yet had an opportunity of reading First Love; but the author shall be attended to.
The characters to which EPHEBUS (Leeds) has appropriated Mottos, are too local for our purpose; and, for the same reason, we cannot judge of the suitableness of their application.
The letters of an OBSERVING LOUNGER (Plymouth) and an AMATEUR (Glasgow) are under consideration.
PERCIVAL'S Extracts will be acceptable.
A small volume of poems will shortly appear, containing an Essay on War, in blank verse, and Honington Green, &c. in rhyme, written by Mr. Nathaniel Bloomfield, brother to the author of the Farmer's Boy.
Also, a sixth edition of Mr. Pratt's Foreign "Gleanings," through Wales, Holland, and Westphalia; and likewise the third, which is to be the closing volume of the Gleanings in England, with new editions of volumes the 1st and 2nd, the whole printed in a uniform manner, so as to accommodate the public with complete sets of the whole work, in six volumes, or of the foreign and domestic di visions separately.
ASTRONOMICAL NOTICE, which was received too late to be inserted in its proper place.
On the 9th Nov. a little before sun-rise (being 8 D. 18 H. 29 M. Astr. T.) Mercury will enter (according to the Nant. Alm.) 14 min. S. of the Sun's Centre, and go off 34 min. N. The Transit ends at Noon.
There being of late fewer Spots on that Hemisphere of the Sun which will then present itself, than on the side now turned to us, it may be less difficult to distinguish Mercury from one of them. He will appear like a small one, and the quickness of his Motion will be one very good mean of ascertaining him. An Opera-Glass, with a compound Sun-Glass to give a white Image of the Sun, will be the best for the Observation.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF
With a Portrait.
MISS POPE is the daughter of a creditable tradesman, who resided in the neighbourhood of Drury-Lane theatre. Of the manner in which she passed the period of infancy we have no knowledge. Her regular debût took place on the Drury-Lane stage, on the 27th of o&. 1759, in the character of Corinna, in the Confederacy; but she had before appeared, while a child, in Miss in her Teens, Lethe, Lilliput, &c.
Her reception was equal to her warmest hopes, and in a very short time she established her fame as an actress of the first order. Mrs. Clive was among the foremost to notice and encourage the exertions of Miss Pope, who had paid particular attention to the performances of that favourite child of humour, and at her death was acknowledged by the public as her legitimate successor. Churchill does justice to Miss Pope's early merit in the following lines. With all the native vigour of sixteen, Among the merry troop conspicuous seen, See lively Pope advance in jig, and trip Corinna, Cherry, Honey-combe, and Snip; Not without art, but yet to nature true, She charms the town with humour just, yet new: Cheer'd by her promise, we the less deplore, The fatal time when Clive shall be no more.
The Rosciad appeared in 1761, and from that time down to the present day, Miss Pope has, uninterruptedly, maintained her rank in [Drury Lane theatre, where she never appears without a welcome of applause from the audience; and continuing in full possession of her powers, always succeeds in gaining the approbation of every sound critic, and genuine admirer of the comic Muse.
By the prudent management of a good salary, Miss Pope has acquired a handsome independence, the just reward of her talents and industry; but what is still more to her credit, her private character has been so uniformly unexceptionable that even the scandal of a theatre has never ventured to cast a stain upon it. We sincerely hope that the day is far distant which will 'deprive the stage of so distinguished an ornament.