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pausing after the word apothecary, and giving a character of reality to the concluding words, by an enquiring look round the stage, as if to ascertain the house or spot where he lived. It
farce itself has a boundary within the a declaimer: his speaking did not seem probable: but for a man to speak al- to be the outward expression of his ways in extemporaneous blank verse, mind, but an idle repetition in which is so obviously absurd that it must his mind took no part. In the first give disgust. Neither do we think line, "I do remember an apothecary, the character well cast: Liston would and hereabouts he lives," there would have made much more of the poet have been an evident propriety in than Fawcett did; and Fawcett would have become the capering and affected merchant, proud of his dancing, better than Liston. By the hye, we look upon Mr. Fawcett's pronunciation to be the most vulgar and vicious of any is these minute touches that bespeak on the stage, Messrs. Creswell and Jeffries not excepted. What an idea does it convey of a man's education to hear him talking of the feelings of his bosom, like a milliner's girl who goes into a shop to buy a bosom friend, when the winter sets in.
the actor, who feels and comprehends his part, as distinguished from him who having learned it comes forward to the audience to repeat it. There is no man upon the stage who under stands this better than Mr. Kemble. In Iago, when Othello enters, and says, Mr. Allingham cannot be compli- "Was not that Cassio left my wife just mented upon his good sense in draw- now?" the manner in which he looks ing the character of the poet, and after him, as if analysing his gait, especially upon the song which he dress, person, &c. to be able to answer puts into his mouth, in which the pos- Othello's question, and during this acsession of leather is made to be of tion, the broken and dubious utter. greater value than the possession of ance of the words that follow, were learning. It may seem to Mr. Alling- original and just conceptions, that ham a wondrous pretty idea to degrade throw an indescribable air of reality the acquisition of mind, and very gra- round a character or speech. tifying to please the galleries, by telling them that a cobler is better than a man of learning: but if Mr. Allingham were a man of learning, (and we are justified in doubting it, for no man willingly degrades what he himself possesses) we would tell him that, at his pen, learning does not mussat tacito timore, though he may have feit the truth of Boileau's lines:"Soyez plutôt macon, si c'est votre talent, Ouvrier estimè dans un art necessaire, Qu' ecrivain du commun et poete vulgaire."
Art Po. C. 4.
Miss Smith, in Juliet, gave a fine display of her powers. It was a piece of acting that would not have dishonoured Mrs. Siddons in the zenith of her fame. It is plainly perceptible that Miss Smith has placed this lady before her as her model; but she is not a servile copyist. In her grief, she does not merely whine out her words in the drawling monotopy of stage sorrow: her heart seems full: her sobs interrupt her speech, her actions are disordered: her countenance is distracted: in every look and movement we Feb. 29. Romeo and Juliet-Harle- behold her absorbed in her own feelquin. The tragedy of Hamlet was an- ings. This is the very perfection of nounced for this evening, but was post- the art; and this was admirably disponed on account of the indisposition played in the tomb scene, where also of Mr. Kemble, and we are sorry to add C. Kemble acted with the finest effect. that he is not yet sufficiently recovered We equally admired Miss Smith in to attend his professional duties. Yet the scene with the nurse, whose loquathe audience did not go away discon- cious prating so tortures the eager extented. C. Kemble is the best Romeo on pectations of the love-sick Juliet: her the stage, though not the best Romeo that quick transitions from inquiry to might be: we allude only to a few parti- kindly participation in the nurse's cular passages, for, generally speaking, bodily infirmities: her tender ca we do not think that it is capable of resses, her arch and girlish playfulbeing better performed. One of these ness to extort the desired news, were passages is the soliloquy, beginning "I proofs of the great powers that this do remember an apothecary, &c.' In lady undoubtedly possesses. this speech Mr. C. Kemble was merely might mention other particular parts
also, in which she shone with equal splendour but we will content ourselves with observing, that her Juliet stands beyond all present competition. She has not, however, yet acquired that general richness of voice and action, by which simple dialogue is suported: that dignified utterance that renders the plainest speech delightful: it is impassioned parts, and where the situation and language bear her out, that she is most excellent. But we hope to see he attend to the other, and also a little to her pronunciation, which is not quite perfect: this evening she more than once accented confessor on the first syilable; in which, to be sure, she may plead the authority of Mr. Lewis, but no authority can sanction error.
Thursday, March 19. The Man of the World. This evening introduced Mr. Cooke to the London audience for the first time this season, in his favourite character of Sir Pertinax Macsycophant. He was warmly greeted on his entrance; and he performed the part with his well known and accustomed excellence. He has since acted Shylock and Richard.
The Oratorios have commenced. On Friday, March 11, the Serenata of Acis and Galatea was performed, with a Grand Miscellaneous act. In the latter, Braham sang a beautiful air, (the Battle of Maida) composed by Rauzzini. When we considered that these Oratorios are intended as sacred recreations during Lent, we could not but smile as we read some of the airs and songs; full of amorous sighings and erotic complaints. Ex. Gr.
Love in her eyes sits playing,
And swells with soft desire,
Then we have,
Melting murmurs fill the grove,
Tuesday, March 1. The ChaucesIn and out of Tune, (first time) This immoral and indecent comedy was performed this evening. Elliston, in Don John, (a favourite character of Carrick's) evinced new powers as a comic actor: his dry humour in some parts, and his airy vivacious rapidity in others, were shewn to great advantage. Yet it does not strike us as being one of those characters in which an actor can exhibit himself with the greatest felicity. Much of its humour and wit is obsolete, and cannot therefore produce that instantaneous acknowledgment on the part of the audience, which is the great remunerator of a performer's efforts. Shakspeare alone has it been given to impart to his characters perpetuity of pleasing; for Shakspeare alone drew nature in her general and invariable characteristics, while other writers looked for her only in minute features and evanescent shadings.
To exclaim against the inherent indecency of this play would be fruitless: managers seem not themselves to have any feeling of delicacy, and it is not by the press that they will be reclaimed! While the galleries, and the gross and vulgar in all parts of the house, laugh, they are contented: and though a few men of sense should hiss, it would be of no avail. Yet we will continue to protest against such violations of common propriety, which convert the theatre into a brothel: that so at least the public may know, and knowing, wilfully offend, if they carry their sons or daughters, sisters or wives, thither.
After the play, a silly afterpiece, called In and out of Tune, was performed, and was literally hooted off the stage: yet, mark the shameless effrontery of the managers: in the bills of the next day, it was said that the new farce having been received with universal applause, by a brilliant
and overflowing audience, &c. &c. will it this evening in a much better style. be repeated again! It is time that this Yet, however, he does not entirely low and quibbling practice should be please us; he is an English not a Spaexposed: and that managers should hish lover. He has not dignity, haube taught their duty, which, as it is to teur, and reserve enough: he is a gay, please the public, should suffer the jolly, volatile, suspicious, and boister public to know what does please them, ous gallant: but Felix ought to he and not insult them first, by forcing none of these-his is a dignified and upon them a piece which had been feeling psssion-his reproaches are condemned, and then implicating sarcastic, not rude-his jealousy is their judgment by false declarations, at the bottom of their bills.
tender, not impertinent. Mr. Elliston certainly loses sight of these traits, and gives us a plain English suitor in their stead.
We have heard that this gentleman has received a liberal education; but we should be almost tempted to doubt it, when we hear him coutinually using
We never remember to have seen any thing more ridiculous than this after piece: and all the absurdities of a modern opera were outdone by the introduction of two watchmen with lanthorns who alternately cry their rounds, and take a part in a serenade with a ser- was you, &c." This error too, we vant girl, (Mrs. Bland) out of the par- noticed in Mrs. Jordan. It is nothing lour window, her two young ladies at to say that Mrs. Centiivre has written the balcony, an officer and his corporal thus; we certainly think it an actor's in the street! province (when he is capable) to We are naturally led to enquire amend the verbal inaccuracies of his who has the decision of pieces offered author. Neither do we subscribe to to this theatre. Certainly they have Mr. Elliston's pronunciation of chamgiven us most convincing proofs of ber with the vowel long, or of the their utter want of judgment and verb to consummate, with the accent commonsense. Faulkner Something upon the first syllable. This actor to Do-Time's a Tell-tale-In and out too has a mighty ridiculous custom of of Tune-are vouchers for their powers shaking the door to and fro with great of discrimination-and to these we banging, &c. when he intends to enmay add Kais, whose existence is owing entirely to the painter and the musician. It has, indeed, become now so common a thing, that whenever we go to see a new play or afterpiece at this theatre, we go with a decided con- Mr. Paliner played Gibby, but he sciousness of seeing and hearing some- had neither the accent, action, nor thing worse than a half drunken bal- the gait of a Scotchman. lad-maker could possibly compose. in Lissardo, and Miss Pope, in Flora, While such persons, (whoever they were excellent; but we should prefer are, for we profess not to know either to see Miss Duncan in Violante. their names or functions) are the deputed caterers for the pubiic entertainment, we entreat them never to Monday, March 14. West IndianYeuture to think for themselves, but Rosina. The tragedy of Mary Queen to suffer the sterling dramatic pro- of Scots, which was to have been perductions, whose merits revolving formed this evening, was postponed, years have ascertained, to be per- on account of the death of Mr. Sidformed, until some person is found dons. Mr. and Mrs. H. Siddons being not absolutely without judgment. to play the principal characters. ComThursday, March 10. The Wonder paratively speaking, the comedy of -In and Out of Tune. We know not the West Indian is, in every respect, whether Mr. Elliston has paid atten- better performed at this house than at tion to our strictures upon his per the other, Elliston in Belcour, comformance of Don Felix (See Unio. Mag. pared to Mr. Jones, is gold to drossvol. 8, p. 515) or whether his own good it is a most finished performance. sense has enabled him to amend his Miss Duncan is certainly superior to but so it is, that he performed Mrs. C. Kemble, in Charlotte Rusport;
ter in a passion, in order that the au dience may be prepared for a terrible frown and much fury when he enters. These are petty adjuncts which a good performer should avoid.
The afterpiece was forced upon the audience amid continual hissings.
but Miss Norton and Mrs. Mattocks played Delville for the first time, and must be allowed to bear away the was well received. He is certainly an palm from Miss Boyce and Mrs. acquisition, for he can speak as well Sparks, in Louisa Dudley and Lady as sing. He introduced the Thorn, Rusport. Miss Boyce indeed was ina- but he reminded us of Incledon, only nity itself. Mr. Johnstone played Ma- to regret him. Mrs. Da Ponte still jorO'Flaherty with that richness which retains the breeches, (in William) he alone can give to Irish characters. though not to her personal advantage; In the afterpiece, Mr. I. Smith but she sang prettily.
THE NEW PATENTS.
Mr. SPEERS', for a new Method of purifying, refining, and improving Fish and other Oils, and concerting the unrefined Parts to various Uses.
tion; and, finally, I rack off the clear infusion into another vessel. Then mixing in equal quantities the oil and infusion, in a copper boiler, I apply heat thereto, until the mixture boils, shaking the said mixture violently from the beginning of the application of heat, as aforesaid, not only until the boiling degree of heat is acquired,
HE Patentee describes the principle of his invention as being to separate the impurities from the oil, and thereby improve the qualities. The manner of its performance, he lays down as follows "I add to the oil but also for some time afterwards, required to be refined a quantity of until I judge the mixture of the oil a solution or infusion of tannin, or and infusion sufficiently effected; sehumach which I obtain from some towards producing which, I employ a substance or matter, containing the machine in the nature of a churn, same, as one of its constituent prin- or agitator, which may be variously ciples, such as the bark of oak, alder, formed, and applied, according to chesnut, birch, willow, or elm, or the circumstances, at the will of the operoot of tormentil, or other sorts of rator. The necessary period of agitabark, roots, wood, or vegetables, which tion must depend also upon circumcontain tannin, gall-nuts, Japan earth, stances, such as the quality of the oil or catechu; or else I use artificial to be refined, the degree of violence in tannin, prepared from various nine- agitation, and the heat of the mixture; rals, described by Charles Hatchet, in which latter point, though I use Esq: or, I use some matter or substance and recommend boiling heat, I do not capable of being employed in the describe that, or any degree of heat as tanning of leather, and of which the being absolutely essential, by reason solution, infusion, or decoction will that the general purpose may be efcoagulate a solution of animal glue, fected whilst the mixture is cold, proor gelatine, these being the tests of vided sufficient agitation, by mechasuch matter or substance being capa- nical means, be employed; agitation ble of purifying oils, according to my of some sort, being absolutely necesinvention. But the several before sary to effect the mixture. I recommentioned substances not being all of mend also, that during the boiling and them equally economical, or fit for the agitation a portion of cold water, capapurpose intended, nor equally easy to ble of lowering the temperature, be be procured in sufficient quantities, I poured in gradually. This may be therefore prefer the bark of oak for done at the end of a quarter of an hour, making the solution, by means of or half an hour, (more or less) conwhich, the refinement of the oil is to tinuing the boiling or agitation, afterbe effected. In doing this, I take a wards, for the same period (more or quantity of soft water, equal to that of the oil required to be refined, in which Linfase, for a considerable time (one or more days) about a tenth-part of its weight of oak bark, chopped or g.ound small: and, during the time of infusion, I frequently agitate the same, for the purpose of accelerating the solu
less). When I conceive the mixture to be sufficiently agitated, I run it off into another vessel, which I call the settling vessel, where I let it subside, until the oil, being separated from the grounds, and tannin liquor and water, it becomes bright, at which time the unrefined parts will appear at the bot
tom of the oil, and upon the su face of whereby a viscous matter is formed, the tannin liquor and water (that is which is no longer soluble in cold between both); after which I rack or water, and which, being heavier than draw off the oil into other vessels, for pure oil, subsides to the bottom, and, sale or use, If the oil is not suffici- being lighter than water, swims upon ently purified, after having undergone the surface of the tannin infusion, the above process, i repeat it, with that is between both, as above mengreater or less quantities of the tannin tioned.
infusion, agitation and heat, as the Of the said unrefined parts, when case may require. And though I have, proceeding from fish oils, or other for the sake of example, mentioned animal oils, I make cement, by mixing certain quantities of oak bark and the same with quick-lime, or gypsum, water to be used, proportioned to the and, by the like mixture, I make ail to be refined, yet other quantities plaister, or stucco. And I also employ may, and do, answer the purpose: the the said unrefined parts towards makantities depending upon the quality ing paints and varnishes, for various of the oil to be refined, and other civ- purposes, using therewith, in their cumstances, which can only be judged composition, proper colouring or other of from experience, and by the saga- matters, adapted to the making of city of the operator. But with com- paints and varnishes respectively. Also, mon whale or seal oil, and good oak by using the said unrefined parts, inbark, the quantities above specified stead of linseed oil, I make putty, will produce the desired effect; and adding the other ingredients usual though I have recommended cak bark, and fit for that purpose. for its comparative cheapness, and the said unrefined parts, being insoluble facility of procuring it in large quan- in water, I employ as an ingredient tities, there are several of the above with others, in the making blac mentioned substances, particularly king for leather, towards renderthe catechu, gall-nut, and shumach, ing the same capable of resisting the which contain more tannin, and penetration of water; and this insolutherefore might operate better, or bility in water, makes the said unremore expeditiously, than oak bark. fined parts peculiarty applicable to It is farther to be noted, that the the several purposes above enumeratquantities of the water employed to ed; but the same existing in the mumake the infusion of tannin, and the cilaginous parts of vegetable oils in a quantity of the tannin substance, are much less degree than in the gelatinot determinate respectively, but nous parts of fish oils, I prefer the use mutually admit of variations, and that of the latter, though the residue of infusions in warm water, or even de- vegetable oils may be used with some coctions may be used, though I prefer effect in all or any of the above 'de the cold infusion. I recommend, to- scribed processes. wards the farther purification of the oil, after it has been separated from the grounds, that it should be again agitated for a considerable time, in warm or hot water, or a weak tanni
Mr. MICHAEL LOGAN'S, Rotherhithe, for a System of Marine, Fort, and Field Artillery.
IIS new system of construction
infusion, and then I and the
suffered to settle again, when a farther are rendered conformale to the foldeposit will commonly take place, lowing maxims and explanation.➡ from which the clear oil must be 1, The cannon, or gun-carriage, is reracked or drawn off, as before. In re- duced so as to occupy the least possi gard to the use to be made of the un- ble space, and to present the least refined parts of the oil, it is to be ob- surface to the action of the fire of the served, that during the process of enemy.-2, For the security of the agitation, the particles of the tannin, gun-carriage in time of action, when by a chemical attraction unite with employed for sea service, or as marine the gelatinous, or mucilaginous mat- or fort artillery, it is covered from the ters contained in the oil, according to fire of the enemy by the gun and fulthe respective natures thereof, and crum, and is by construction rendered lay hold of the other impurities, permanent, and always true to the