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vails upon him to go home to his fa- OPERA-HOUSE, Feh. 25.-A new mily, having first learnt that he had serious opera, entitled Argenidec pledged his commission for a gaming Serse, was produced here last night. debt to Plastic. Reuben's next inter. It afforded Madame Catalani an opview is with Plastic, from whom he portiinity of displaying her talents as redeems his brother's commission, an actress. The plot is of the slight and Plastic wishing to know who he texture, generally found in Italian js, listens to Reuben's story, and finds operas: Xerres, king of Persia, is behe is known; but Reuben still think- trothed to Argenis, ihe princess of the ing that Rosalie has voluntarily left Parthians, who is ju love with his son her friends, and that her aftections are the prince Sebastes. The father being fixed on Plastic, and having promised supposed dead, the prince mounts the that his life should be devoted to her throne, and the lovers are upon the happiness prevails on him to sign a eve of being united, when Serxes written promise of marriage with the returns, and condemns Sebastes to lady. Reuben, in company with Co- death. The princess runs mad, but sey, meets Plastic, according to ap- the king at length relents, and the pointment, at the house of Mrs. Glen- lovers are made happy. The fer

Rosalie being introduced, an formance of Madame Catalani in Areclaircissement takes place, which genis, displayed much natural simpliexposes the ingratitude of Plastic, city and feeling, and the music by and the young lady bestows her hand Portogallo afforded some charming and fortune on Reuben Glenroy. airs for that distinguished actress.

The comic parts of this comedy CONCERT OF ANCIENT Music, arise from the incidents wbich are at- Feh. 12. — This evening the second tached to Cosey, a stock-broker and a Concert was performed. Mrs. Mouncockney; Trot, a great cotton-manu- tain filled the place of Mrs Billington, facturer, and his wife a would-be wo- and met with a most encouraging reman of ton; Ilawbuck, a lad brought ception). Mrs. Vaughan suvg with up in a Yorkshire school; and Mrs. great taste and sweetness. Messrs. Glenroy, a sprightly elegante. Harrison, W. Knyvett, and Bartle.

The prologue was written by Mr. J. man, were highly applauded. The Taylor, and spoken by Mr. Brunton; Earls of Uxbridge, Fortescue, and and the epilogue, written by Mr. Col. Dartmouth, were the presiding diman, and delivered by Messrs. Faw- rectors of the night. cett and Blanchard, was highly hu- The third Concert was on Feb. isth, mourous and pointed. In the second under the direction of the Earl of act, there was a charming song com- Darnley. The selection was princi. posed by Kelly, and sung by Miss pally from Handel and Dryden. Tyrer. At the close, the play was an- ARGYLE-STREET FASHIONABLE nounced for repetition with great ap- INSTITUTION.-This clegant piace of plause.

arr,senient was opened on Mondas The dialogue of this, play is neat night, the 16th of February, with a and pointed, and the delineations of grand concert of vocal and instruMr. Morton are, as usual, a faithful mental music. The arrangements and transcript of the manners and fashions decorations of this superb scene exof the day. He is well acquainted ceeded the most sanguine expectawith the stylish moves of what is tions of the public. The grand concalled the fashionable world, and the cert room, which was the temple detraits which he furnishes are therefore dicated to harmony, was lighted by the more valuable, and his ridicule six brilliant Grecian lustres, sus. more just and pointed. From the se- pended from the ceiling, which is cond to the middle of the fourth act, painted with emblematical devices. the business of the scene languishes, Mr. Weichsel was leader of the and the interest which is excited in band, which included the names of the earlier scenes might easily be sus- Ashe, Mo tain, Smart, C. Lindles, tained by a judicious curtailment, Spagnioletti, Drogonetti, and the which would hasten the progression Leanders. The vocal performers of the incidents.

were Madame Bianchi, Signor Si


boni, and Madame Catalani. The Promise ! and I will trust thy faithful selection was Italian, with the excep

vow, tion of a beautiful duet on the violin (Oft have I tried, and ever found thee true). and violoncello, by Messrs. Weichsel That, to some distant spot, thou wilt res and Lindley. Madame Catalani's execution of “ Si la Patria," with the This fa:al pledge of hapless Emma's love,

Whire safe thy blandishments it may parbassoon obligato by Mr. Holmes, was

take; an astonishing display of voice and And, On! be tender for its mother's sake! execution, and was rapturously re. Wilí thou?ceived by a brilliant audience.

I know thou wilt!- sad silence speaks as. It is with pleasure that we for the

sent, first time announce to the public, un

And, in that pleasing hope, I die content.der this division of our work, a dis- Though the pictoral representation play of singular interest and of un- of such a scene, which, to speak the common excellence. What we refer language of Lord Bacon, comes home xo, is not another Panorama, calcu- to men's business and bosoms, must lated to excite merely curiosity and be anticipated as intrinsically attracwonder, but an affecting delineation tive, it required the imagination of a of one of the most important scendes genuine poet, together with the masto which humanity is subject; which ter hand of a painter, to portray it must naturally appeal to the feelings, with ficlelity and with feeling. These and rivet the attention, of every one were happily combined in the distinby whom it is contemplated. The guished artist to whose talents we feel subject of this exhibition (of which indebted for the present exquisite we have accidentally been favoured production. We hesitate not to affirm, with an early inspection) is judi- that this Picture will be considered ciously taken from 'Shay's . Monody as decidedly augmenting the reputato the Memory of a Young Lady' (his tion already so deservedly acquired wife), and has been selected from that by Mr. W'estall. period of the poem where the expiring [This Exhibition, we now underEmma, anxious only for the preser- stand, is to open early in the month vation of the pledge (an infant daugh- of April, in Lower Brook-street, near ter!) of their connubial love, exclaims Bond-street.]


OBITUARIES. Further Account of the Duke of Rich- dition against St. Cas he commanded

MOND, whose death was announced, one of the detachments, and acted a page 99.

very conspicuous part. He was preHE (E was born on the 22d of Febru- sent at the battle of Minden, where

ary, 1795, and at the age of six- he was posted near the commander teen set out on his travels abroad, and in chief, and when Lord George remained some time in foreign coun- Sackville, who commanded the Engtries. At an early period of life he lish cavalry, was ordered to advance embraced the military profession, and and charge the French, the Duke of entered in the Foot Guards in June Riehmond noted the time exactly by 1756, and was appointed lieutenant- his wtach between the delivery of the colonel of the 93d regiment of infan- message and the movement made by try, and in 1758 was promoted to the Lord George. On the court-martial command of the 72d. Previously which sat on the conduct of that offito this he had, while only fifteen cer, the Duke was summoned as a wityears of age, succeeded to the titles of ness, but was not examined. The his father, who died on the 1st of Duke of Richmond was now considered August, 1750. During the seven a rising military character, and he reyears' war he embarked several times ceived the particular thanks of Prince with the troops, who made repeated Ferdinand of Brunswick for his condescents on the coasts of France; and duct and intrepidity at the ever-mein the brilliant, but unfortunate expe- morable battle just mentioned.

On his return from his travels on and they retired from their official the continent, he gave great encou- situations. The Duke of Richmond ragement to the artists of that day, was succeeded by the Earl of Sheland in March 1758, he opened an burne, who did not hold the seals of apartment at his house in Whitehall, his office a long time. The Duke of in which was displayed a large co!lec- Grafton, the ostensible leader of the tion of original plate ca-t, taken from short-lived ministry, soonsunrendered the most celebrated statues and busts his power, and Lord North assumed at Rome and Florence. Every painter, the reins of government, and persesculptor, or student, was treely ide vered in his system of polisics till the mitted; and for the greater encourage- country becane involved in a war ment of genius, and to excite emu- with France, Spain, and Holland; lation, his grace annually gave two lost America, and doubled the na medals to those artists who produced tional debt. During this momentous the two best models.

period, that is, from 1767 to 1789, the At the coronation of his present Duke of Richmond was one of the Majesty the Duke of Richinond car- most active opponents of all those ried the sceptre and the dove, while measures which tended to involvé his sister, Lady Sarah Lennox, was his country in ruin. He was closely one of the ten unnarried daughters united with the Rockingham party, of Peers who supported the train of but went beyond most of the whigs in the Queen at her nuptials.

huis zeal for ile principles of civil and A little before this he had been 10- political liberty. minated to the office of lord of the The Duke of Richmond continued bedchamber to the king, and in 1763, uuwearied in his parliamentary duty, was appointed lord lieutenant of the exerting himself on various important county of Susses. In that year he occasions, particularly in what related niay be said to have entered upon liis to the fortifications of the kingdom, political career, when lie was distin- and in the attair of Lord Sackville, on guished as a bold and digniñed speaker that nobleman's being raised to the in the house of peers, a gainst the mea- leerage. In the year 1981, after a sures of Lord Bute and his succes- speech of some length, he introduced sor, Mr. George (renville. In 1765 into parliament a project for an anthe Marquis of Rockingham and the nual election aud equal representation whig interest canie into power, and of the people in the house otcommons, the Duke of Richmond succeeded which wis much applauded by some the Earl of Hertford as ambassador 10 of the most virtuous characters of that the court of Versailles. By one of the day. His plan was to divide the king. articles of the peace of Paris, it was dom into tive hundred districts, each an express stipulation, that the demo- to contain an equal population, and lition of the bason at Dunkirk should to choose one member; the election take place within a certain period. beginning and ending in one day, As the British ministry wished that The people were to be registered in this measure should be carried into each district three months before the erfect, his excellency insisted on the clection, with their profession, trade, fulfilment of it, and his conduct on or employment, and the street or place that occasion evinced great spirit, and of their abode. Every male person in was particularly agreeable to the peo- the country, who had attained the ple, though the party of that time, age of twenty-one years, was to be enknown as the secret advisers of the titled to vote, criininals and insane crown, took great otience at his grace, persons only excepted. and he was soon after recalled.

At this time his grace was one of the On his return home he was appoint. most popular men in the kingdom, ed secretary of state for the south- and appeared by all the means in his ein deparıment, succeeding the pic- power to court the respect and esteem sent Duke of (iratton in that office; of his fellow citizens. Tie was at the but the administration being com- head of the constitutional society, a posed of a discordant group of whigs meinber of the committees of Sussex and tories, they did not agree in any and Westminster appointed to efiect nieasure beneficial to the country, a parliamentary reform, and one of

the nine delegates elected by the latter connections, preferring principle to body to meet an equal number of de- tlie emoluments and patienage of legates from each of the other com- ofiici, joined in opposition with Mr. mitees constituted for the same pur- l'iit. Before the end of the year, pose, to form a convention of the lowever, the hydra, whicle had whole, in order to pursue the most broug!t to a premature dissolution effectual means for carrying this po- the ministry of Lord Shelburne, was pular measure into efleci.

itself destroved, and Mr. Pitt was ap: On the assembling of the delegates, pointed tirst lord of the treasury and the Duke of Richmond was unani. chancellor of the exchequer, and the mously chosen president. They de. Duke of Richmond resumed his situnominated themselves “ The Con- ation at the head of the ordnance, vention of Delegates from the respec- and was soon after honoured with the tive Committees, constituted for ob- Order of the Garter. taining a Retorin in the state of the The Duke of Richmond upon introRepresentation of the People in Par- ducing his retor!n bill into the house liament," and displayed the most of lords, declared “ that his reasons ardent zeal in the prosecution of their in favour of a parliamentary retorin object.

were formed on the experience of Wher, in the year 1782, the Mar- twenty-six years, which, whether in, quis of Rockingham was brought for- or out of government, had equally conward a second time into power, we vinced him, that the restoration of a find the Duke of Richinond again at genuine house of commons, by a rethe head of the ordnance department, novation of the rights of the people, and although the complexion of this was the only remedy against that syscabinet was soon materially changed tem of corruption which had brought by the death of the Marquis, and the the nation to disgrace and poverty, elevation of the Earl of Shelburne and threatened it with the loss of (afterwards Marquis of Lansdown) to liberty." the dignity of premier, the Duke re- He continued to exert himself in tained his place, considering the new the most strenuous manner in supministry, as in fact they were, as com- porting, this measure till the year posed of whigs į and averring that he 1784, when the meetings of the counshould no longer support the new pre- try and town cominittees were discon. mier than he found him adhering to tinued, the correspondence between the principles he had before uniform- them ceased, and the assembly or ly professed. Scarcely, however, lad convention of delegates, of wbich the a year elapsed after the forination of Duke was president, became insensithis ministry, before it was tliscon- bly annihilated. certed and overthrown by a coalition, After the business of parliamentary which was at the time the astonish- reform had dwindled into insignifiment of the political world, and cance, or had become a tool in the which must ever be viewed by impar- hands of dangerous men, the Duke of tial men as a melancholy monument Richmond applied himself with his of the fallibility of the greatest of whole strength to restore the fortifimankind; a coalition which aimed at cations of the kingdom; but the exuniting the most discordant clements, pences incurred by his gigantic proand at forming into a compact, firm, jects alarmied the house of commons, and effective executive administra- and his extensive plans were frustion, men of jarring principles, who trated by the casting vote of the by their long opposition to each other speaker, upon subjects of the deepest political In 1795 hisgrace resigned the office interest and national concern, had of master-general of the ordnance, rendered themselves the idols of being succeeded by the late Marquis powerful parties in the state, differing Cornwallis, and was afterwards apas widely in their views as can well pointed to the command of the roval be conceived possible! After this horse guards blue, which he held to coalition was completed, the Duke of luis death. Richmond, at the expense of the Soon after this, he retired from pubpainful sacrifice of many valuable lic life, and resided chiefly at the

family seat, at Godwood, in Sussex. Further particulars of General PasThis seat was, by his care, and under CHAL PAOLI, those death was his own immediate inspection, in part announced at p. 180. sebuilt and considerably enlarged by

HE the addition of two wings. The whole

E was born at Rostino in the

island of Corsica, in the year maierials, including bricks, which 1726, and was the second son of Iliawere made out of his own estate; and cinto Paoli, who had always been attimber, which was felied and cut under ti ed to the popular carise in that luis inspection; and all the estimates island, and had espoused the interests of prepared with the same accuracy that King Theodore, on the best and puret would have done credit to any builder' motives. Finding himself unable in the kingdom.

longer to support ihe common cause For some time previously to his against the Genoese, whose governdeatlı he had sutiered extremely from ment had become an engine of tyrana complaint in his stomach, and from ny, the father retired to Naples, where stones in the gall and bladder. At he obtained the rank of colonel, and length tis constitution yielded in the also procured a commission for his struggle, and he resigned liis breath at son, who was educated under the iiis favourite seat of Godwood, in Jesuits; and fame reports that young the 71st year of his age.

Paoli was a pupil, concerning whom In summing up the character of the high hopes were formed by the reve. Duke of Richinond, he most undoubt- rend fathers. Although he removed edly must be allowed to have been with his father from Corsica while one of the greatest characters of his yet a boy, he remained in the island day, and to have derived his greatne:s long enough to contract an at. neither from his rank nor his fortune, tachment to his native country, and but entirely from the abilities which to feel a generous sympathy for its he possesser. As a politician and a wrongs. Accordingly, after residing statesman, few men were so well in- twelve or fourteen years on the conformed, and as a writer his style was tinent, during which period the clear, manly, and full of intelligence. foundation of his future plans was As a military man his system of for- laid for the deliverance of his countification was much condemned, and try from the tyranny and oppression he was not able to carry it into effect. under, which it groaned; his father His character in private life was of who was a man of talents, having the most amiable kind; in that of a brought him up with the most noble sincere friend, an affectionate brother, sentiinents, and carefully instilled into a fond relative, zealous to promote him the practice of all the heroic virthe interest of his family, the Duke tues. Added to these, his mind was of Richmond was seldom surpassed. directed to the attainment of the most

His remains were interreid on the important objects, and his passions 12th of January, according to the di- were not suffered to lead him into in rections in bis will, without any os- noble pursuits. The Corsicans having tentatious parade, in the family vault began to fix their eyes upen bim as in the cathedral church of Chichester. a proper person to be their chief, he The inscription on his coffin was as received the strongest invitations to follows:

repair to, and assume the coinmand “ The most noble Prince, Charles, of his countrymen in his native land, third Duke of Richmond and Lenox, and he was at length prevailed on to Earl of March and Darnley, knight embark in the enterprize of liberating of the most noble Order of the Garter, Corsica from a foreign yoke. StimuLord Lieutenant and Custos Rotulo- lated on one hand by patriotism, and rum of the county of Sussex, Colo- undismayed on the other by the dannel of the Militial of the said county, gers he was about to encounter, not Field Marshal of his Majesty's Forces, only from the envy of the other chiefs, Colonel of the Royal Regiment of but also from the daggers of the Ge. Morse Guards Blue, and High Stew- noese assassins, who had murdered ard of Chichester. Born Feh. 99, more than one of those brave Cor1735. Died Dec. 29, 1806."

sicans who sought to rescue the island

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