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DRAMATIC REGISTER. (WE have the satisfaction of informing him) solitude of towns and cities-will the large portion of our readers whom we hazard debasing his mind, blunting his know to attach importance to this departe sensibilities, and unhumanizing his heart, ment of our work, that we have been fortu- behind the scenes of a theatre? Yet this nate enough to engage the assistance of a he must du who would write a tragedy gentleman particularly qualified by his pur- that shall have a chance of success on suits to do justice to the subject of the the stage. There is a female now living drama. We deem it our duty to give this who possesses talents for dramatic poepointed notice of the circumstance, lest any try superior to any other of her ses tha! occasional deviation from opinions previously

we could namie, of any age or country. expressed should be considered as inconsis. All her studies, too, have had a refetencies in the writer.]

rence to the one object of producing Drury-LANE THEATRE.-April 22, a acting dramas: it bas been her chief a.me new tragedy, called Ina, tlie production bitionima most mistaken one, we think; of a lady, was performed at this theatre. yet she has failed in every instance, simAs it is understood to be withdrawn ply because she has too much genius to from the stage, it is needless to occupy catch the paltry details that are necesour space with a detail of the plot. The sary to be used and avoided in order to scene was laid in England during the please, or rather not to displease, a mo Heptarchy. The construction of the plot dern audience. We speak of Miss Jowas calculated to excite but a feeble in.

ANNA BAILLIE. We hope she bas before terest; in consequence of which, and the this seen the mischief of persisting in so unskillui management of Mrs. Glover's vain an attempt. Iład she the genius of part (Edelfrida), considerable disappro- Shakspeare she would inevitably fail: bation was shewn during the latter while it is equally lamentable, that Piscenes, and the close became quite inau- carros, Foundlings of the Forest, and dible. Tenderness to the sex of the such like monstrous productions, withwriter, an absence of any thing offensive, out a single developement of human chaand the unforın chasteness and occa racter, without a single burst of passion, sjonal elegance of the language of this yet meet with unmingled success, by dint picce, would, we doubt not, bave pro- of what their authors call “ staye efcured it at least a favourablc hearing, feci;" which, being interpreted, signifies and probably a short-lived success, but the « ait or mystery" of placing the for the total wautof any thing in the cha- . senses is a state of unnatural, and thereracter alloited to Mr. Kean (Egbert). to fore mischievous, excitement; and of in. call forth his singular and various ordinately administering to that idlest of powers. A most anxious though indefi- all our mental propensities, mere curio nite muerest had been excited in the au sity. - This “ ari or mystery of playdience to see this actor in a character of making is only to be learned, like book which they could anticipate nothing; making, shoe-making, and others of the and wbeu the expectation thuş raised same kind, by a seven years' apprenticeendeel in blank disappointment, they were ship; and while it requires just as little 110t likely to be in a very indulgent 'ho peculiar talent, is much less respectable pour.- In the present state of the pub- than niost other trades, because its end lic babits (we will not say caste) with set is highly pervicious. spect to the drama, we despair of ever Our limits oblige us to quit this subseeing a legitimate tragedy produced : ject abruptly: we shall take the first opaud yet it would be difficult to point out portunity of returning to it. au era in our literary history so rich in

On Saturday, April 28, Mr. Kean ap the talents necessary for a work of this peared in the character of Penruddock. kiud as the present one, with the single This character is very skilfully drawn. exception of the era of Elizabeth. But We see here a noble mind, driven from the poets to whom we allude distain, the world by the most complicated suf and it is fit they should disdain; those ferings, and living for twenty years i arts of which he must be a master who the retirement (soire call it the solitude) would at present court popular success of books, nature, and his own heart in the serious drama. What poet, wor- These are dangerous companions for thily so called, will quit the fancy-peo- weakness of wickedness brooding over pled world of hills and streams, and injuries and revenge : but to a noble at green fields and blue skies, for the fto cure, they furnish at once the indernauty

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Drury-Lane Theatre,

459 and the cure. Accordingly we find in If we had studied to think of the last Penruddock a heart oyerflowing with defect that could have been charged benevolence to every living being--a upon it, we should have fixed upon this: mind whose very exaltation has buinbled and yet the critic who makes this objecit, till he does not disdain to think of tion, appears to appreciate the perform" the poor car, his peaceable compa- ance justly in other respects. nion.” . If revenge sometimes continues Mrs. Davison played Emily Tempest co intrude upon his thoughts, it never delightfully.-Mr. Dowton is the most enters bis heart; ic is no longer a pas- natural of actors; but in the Governor, sion, but a habit. If, in the bitterness we could not help thinking bim rather of remembrance, he sometiines seeks too much so. People, to be sure, do shelter beneath the language of misau- sometimes forget what they are going to thropy, it is only the misanthropy of the say; but to do this on the stage, is somelips.

thing too natural.- Penruddock was folLittle extent or variety of powers, ei- lowed by Ways and Means, in which Nir. ther moral or physical, can be called Bartley played Sir David Dunder. This forth in the performance of this charac was the first'opportunity we have had of ter. It requires, however, much delica- seeing him; and from what we could cy of feeling, and the rare faculty of ex- judge of him in a part so little adapted pressing simple pathos. This faculty to call forth powers of any value, we Nr. Kean possesses in a degree to which have formed a very favourable opinion no other actor of the present day makes of his comic talents. We shall endeaany approach. His performance was the vour, in our next, to give them the attenperfection of truth and nature: there tion they deserve. was nothing to be dazaled with--nothing Richard the Second has been several to wonder at-shall we say, nothing to times repeated at this theatre. A ceradmire? It excited no inclination to tain kind of persons, who are willing clap one's hands, and to make exclama- enough to bestow their praise, but who do tions—(we speak for ourselves): but not chuse it should be snatched from when delight gave us leave to inquire them, allow that Mr. Kean is " a very into our feelings, we found them written clever young man,” but deny him the on our face in the mixed language of genius which bris real admirers claim for tears and smiles. The novelties in the him. If you were to ask this sort of detail of the performance were, the sud- people their opinion of Shakspeare, they den transition from the peaceful sleep of would fall into all kinds of raptures, and the passions, to the eager and turried overwhelm you with epithets and exclo confusion into which they appeared to mations. -" Oh, the divine poet! Oh, be for a moment thrown, on being un the immortal bard !” and so on. This is expectedly awakened with the news that all you would be able to get from them; “ Woodville was in his power." The and yet, had they happened to have lived silent gaze, loo, of affectionate eagerness at the time he wrote, their adiniration with which Penruddock traced the fea- would have been of the most deliberate tures of the mother in those of the son, kind; or if it had ever reached as far as was equally new and beautiful; and also wonder, would have been qualified by a the self-approving smile with which he “ considering his defective education, dismissed " the last bad passion from his and his limited means of observation." henst," on going out to Woodville. We These are the persons who turn to the must not, however, in justice forget to spectator before they dare admire Mila notice another novelcy, which was, that ton. Mr. Kean furnishes a criminphant Mr. Kcan gave no particular expression anstrer to his lukewarm panegyrists, and whatever to the words-" Henry wanted a full justification of his most enthusiasa witem& wife wanted a settlement tic ones, in his performance of Richard and I stood in need of neither." This II: it is as much the creation of a pooversight (for we suppose it was suoh) etical mind as the Puck or the Caliban was the more remarkable, because his are. When he was announced for the predecessor in the part gives singular sharacter, we were at a loss to conjecbeauty and effect to these words, parti care what could have induced the seleos cularly the latter ones. In: our delight tion of it. In the Richard II. of Shakat the rest of the performance, we did speare, we could discern nothing but the not observe this omission, till it was fretful strugglings of weakness against pointed out by a critic, who ar etre same necessity-- the querulous impatience of a time says, that the defect of Mr. Kena's spoilt child reluctantly yielding up its perfossuance was "wans of keeping." playthiags to registoas force; * being

hand on

The bill, &c." with the greatest possible et tur alire tere butofing upon lun 200 melancholy sweerness trine deliche

Bruhani, will the pertetime of his shit, Gorent-Garden Theatre:

[June 1, whom fortune had made a king, bui nation like his would invest ber. Ao whoin nature liad intended “to carry cordingly staid and sober critics and burthens.” Mental imbecility may be that the language of this poem is much traced il rough all his words and actions: too luxuriant in its beauties for COMIC in his suspicions, and hanishment of Bo ears; that its morality is much to it ling broke-in his superstitions pratings thusiastically pure for common use. Per about the “ divine right" of kings--in haps they are alraid the one should give his momentary fluctuations between in- young geordenen a distaste tor e talk temperate lope and abject despair.-- daily life, and the other induce young tin How were we surprised then io find, in dies to wander about in woorts of a nig', 'che Richard 11. of Mr. Kean, a vigorous depending on their chastity for prut to and clevated mind, struggling indeed rion. If a wish of ours could have cia against necessity, but strooyhing like a finert to the closet this beauritul daw. king; yielding to resistless torce, but iny of Milton's glorious day, it sw. yielding like a pluinsopher; greater be never have revisited the theatie: vond comparison in lois dungeon the faucy is unable to realize the delica Bolingbrobe on his throne! The mo freshness of its scenery amidst lleglare dern stage ius exhibited nothing of tem- of staye lamps, and the glitter of rulperare dignity equal to the speech in glass Chandeliers; the rich and det;, which Richard compares bis me turu to and endless kaninony of its language, a that of the sun; or the one in which he worse than lose in the months of suging apostrophises his name" Arın, arm, ry actul'n, and siinpering actresses: **, same! &c."-nothing of majestical avj abore all, we could have wished to pro ger equal to his rebuke ut Wistbumiere serve the alrpost sacred name of its 24.

"the deposing of is king."--- thor from the censures, or, what is ..!! ibing of deep and exqui-ite parking, up worse, the applauses of galleries and proaching to the look addiction accon dress-boxes.

Setting aside these feel. panying the words, “ My eyes are full of ings, in which perbaps few will particitears," when he tries to read the charges pate, the piece is got up with consideragainst him. It has been the fashion of able taste and splendor. The scene :late to discover some musterii üs con wbieb the lady is confined in the car nection between signity and live feet hy the spells of ('omus, is heaariul

. It: ren inches in height. We love to bear Conway, however he nigbe look, tarted 20 more of this, after Mr. hcan's per- like anybody rather than the son of R.c. formance of this character

chus and Circè; he gave the pleasa“ Mind! mind alone

persuading words of the gay enchaves The living fountains in irself contains with as grave a face, and as nelitenie Of beauteous and subtiine

an air, as if be bad been dealin: 15! We have said that Mr. Keau's Rich * wine saws." ani II. is totally different from Shali actor will belve the good option speare's. It will be asked do we divittat were once inclined to forin ohim. We the actor can, in any case, (leserve praise thought liis taules, and he has a great for thus departing from hisantbor? We many, were those of habit, and that answer, as a general priociple, certainly could discover some natural wood ? mui, especially when that authwris Shak- tics lid underneath thein; but this taules sperre. We regard the present as one

grow upon him, and liis good qualia of those beautiint faults which nothing become more lid in proportion. W but transcendant genins can sanction, out meaning to fint fault with ank.com and fortunately, nothing but transcendunt cannot help confessing, that of at genius casi coininit.

scores of performers employed an * Covest-Garden TeaTRE.---Tlie piece, the only one we Visue of Coimus fins been revived at

trust with the words of Milton a die Inscricaire rith a splendor of decoration music of Arve. is Vliss Stephens: ** uithoutie of when its cliaracters were

sung the beautiful include of " (in ele puttomed by lords and ladies. Cumues de preciarly such a work as mighe fect; that is to say, with the greater five weer experied in the venus of possible simplicity. The noies apron Dalton, it in mye sten the external

lu drup froni ter lips, with a veuriame in oll the towany of newness, and when tul: the remedik bartarism. abuia virtue is is going butore his cupt:- : mind, in the litla

Silence can pinduce uvthing inke i

We are sadly afruie in

could conse!!!

are.

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Message of the Prince Regent, &c.

461 ders of her voice, enchants us ; syren- look and motion-her very fingers speaki, like, she throws us into a delicious exta Other dancers make us stretch our eyes cy, till we know not wliere or what we till they ache with gazing; but she makes

We heur these singers, but cannot us almost close them with pleasure. Lube said to listen to them: but to Miss pino is just what one could fancy as the Stepbens we listen with a quiet and Ariel of Shakspeare-- all the feathery heartfelt deliglit, a sober certainty of lightness and unearthly graces of that dewaking bliss," as different from, and as lightful bemy; and over the whole, a superior to, the noisy admiration the for- dash of home-like human feeling, withmer excite, as the smile of inward con out which mere human beings could not tent is to the laugh of rivons mirth.– sympathise with her. This the mighty In the dance with which the piece con master of the human heart knew when cludes, the boisterous agility of Mr. he made her stop short in the midst of Somebody with a French paine, with bis her quaint fancies, with “ Do you love leapings, and twirlings, and cuttings, was me, inaster? no."- Prosp. “Dearly, my applauded to the very echo; while the ex delicate Ariel." quisitelydelicate and fairy-like movements We hope next month to be able to of Lupino were passed over in silence. -- give the delightful performances of Miss This is the most pleasing dancer we have O'Neill the attention they so richly deever seen; there is expression in every

serve.

DIGEST OF POLITICAL EVENTS.

GREAT BRITAIN.

entered with his allies should be laid before OUR preparations for war, in concert the House immediately for its informationwith our continental allics, still continue and confidently relies on the support of the with unabated vigour, and to this great House, to enable him to take such steps point the most important proceedings of against the common eneniy as may be both Houses of Parliament during the deemed proper at this important crisis.” past month have referred. An addition On the same day, Lord Castlereagh of $5,000 seamen, including 5,000 ma- laid before the House of Commons copies rines, has been voted for the service of of the ratified treaties, signed at Vienna the present year; and on the 18th of on the 25th March, with the Emperor of May, on the inotion of Lord Castlereagh, Russia and King of Prussia. The ratifileave was given to bring in a bill to ein cation of the treaty with Austria, owing power the Prince Regent to call out the to its being given in a more formal manwhole or any part of the militia.

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ner than by the other powers, has not enable the government to meet the in- yet been received. Of these documents, creased expenditure which a state of which are counterparts of one another, war must occasion, a bill was brought with the exception of the names, we into the House of Commons to authorise gave a copy in our last. To this treaty the continuance of the property tax for belong the following appendages :another year, that is to April 5, 1816,

Separate and additional Article. which was read a third time and passed

As circumstances might prevent his Maon the 5th of May.

jesty the King of the United Kingdom of On the 22d of May, the following mes Great Briain and Ireland from keeping consage from the Prince Regent was deli. stantly in the field the number of troops spevered to both Ilouses:

cified in the second article, it is agreed, that “The Prince Regent, acting in the name his Britannic Majesty sball have the option, and on the behalf of his Majesty, thinks it either of furnishing his contingent in men, right to inform the House, that, in conse or of paying at the rate of 30l. sterling per quence of the events which have recently annum for each cavalry soldier, and 201. per taken place in France, in direct contraven annum for each infantry soldier, that may tion of the treaty concluded at Paris in the be wanting to complete the number stipulast year, his royal highness has judged it ne lated in the second article. cessary to enter into engagements with his The present additional and separate are allies, for the purpose of forming such a ticle shall have the same force and effect as concert as may prevent the revival of a sys- if it were inserted word for, word in the treatem which experience has proved incompati- ty of this day. It shall be ratified, arid the ble with the peace and independence of Eu- rarifications shall be exchanged at the same rope. His royal highness has given orders time. that copies of the treaties into which he has In faith whereof, the respective plenipo. New MONTHLY MAG-No. 17, Vol. IIL

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Treaty with Austria, Russia and Prussia. [June 1, tentiaries have signed it, and have affixed gages to furnish a subsidy of five millions thereto the impression of their arms. sterling for the service of the year ending on Done at Vienna the 25th of March, 1815. the 1st of April, 1816, to be divided in equal [Here follow the signatures.] proportions amongst the three powers, rameDeclaration.

ly, berween his Majesty the Emperor of all The undersigned, on the exchange of the the Russias, his Majesty the Emperor of ratification of the treaty of the 25th of March Austria, King of Hungary and Bohemia, and last, on the part of his court, is hereby come his Majesty the King of Prussia. The submanded to declare, that the 8th article of the sidy above stipulated of five millions stersaid treaty, wherein his most Christian Ma- ling, shall be paid in London by monthly injesty is invited to accede, under certain stie stalments, and in equal proportions, to the pulations, is to be understood as binding the thorised to receive the same. The first pay

ministers of the respective powers, duly aucontracting parties, upon principles of mutual security, to a common effort against the ment thereof to become due on the 1st das power of Napoleon Buonaparte, in pursu

of May next, and to be made immediately ance of the third article of the said treaty; upon the exchange of the ratifications of this

In case but it is not to be understood as binding his present additional convention. Britannic Majesty to prosecute the war with peace should take place, or be signed bea view of imposing upon France any parti- the expiration of the said year, the subsidy

tween the allied powers and France, before cular government.

However solicitous the Prince Regent must calculated upon the scale of five millions be to see his most Christian Majesty restored sterling, shall be paid up to the end of the to the throne, and however anxious he is to have been signed ; and his Britannic Majes.

month in which the definitive treaty shall contribute, in conjunction with his allies, to ty promises, in addition, to pay to Russia so auspicious an event, he nevertheless deems four months, and to Austria and to Prussia himself called upon to make this declaration; two months, over and above the stipulated on the exchange of the ratifications, as well subsidy, to cover the expenses of the return in consideration of what is due to his most of their troops within their own frontiers, Christian Majesty's interest in France, as in conformity to the principles upon which the have the same force and effect as if it were

The present additional convention shall British government has invariably regulated inserted word for word in the treaty of the its conduct.

CastleREAGH.

25th of March. Foreign-Ofice, May 18, 1815.

It shall be ratified, and the ratifications Additional Convention (concluded at Vi- shall be exchanged as soon as possible.

enna, April 30, 1815) lo the Treaty In faith of 'which, the respective plenipobetween his Britannic Majesty and his tentiaries have signed it, and have affixed Mojesty the Emperor of all the Rus- thereunto the seals of their arms. sius,* signed March 25, 1815.

Done at Vienna this 30th day of April, in His Majesty the King of the united king- the year of our Lord 1815. dom of Great Britain and Ireland, and his

(L. S.) CLANCARTY. Majesty the Emperor of all the Russias, hav

IL. S.) LE COMTE DE RASOU MOSFSIY. ing agreed by common consent to regulate,

(L. S.) LE COMTE DE NESSELRODE. by means of a particular convention, which shall be added in the form of an additional ministers some time since, that the over:

It was publicly avowed by the British article to the treaty concluded at Vienna the

tures received in the beginning of April 25th March, the arrangements which have from Buonaparte, had been transmitted been judged necessary to give to the stipula- to Vienna for the purpose of being comtions of the said treaty all the effect requisite municated to the sovereigns and plenifor the attainment of the great and noble end which their said Majesties have proposed to

potentiaries assembled in that city. The pursue, have named, in order to discuss, set following official letter on this subject, tle, and sigo the conditions of the present from Lord Clancarty, affords so complete convention, his Majesty the King of Great

an insight into the views and sentiments Britain and Ireland, the Right Hon, Richard of the great powers relative to the contest le Poer Trench, Earl of Clancaray, &c. &c., for which all Europe is preparing, thar and his Majesty the Emperor of all the Rus we cannot refuse it a place in our sias, Andrew, Coane de Rasoumoffsky, &c. pages: &c., and Charles Robert, Count de Nessel. The Earl of Clancerty to Viscount Case rode, &c. &c.; who, after having exchanged

tlereagh, their full powers, found to be in due and

Vienna, May 6, 1815. proper form, have agreed upon the fol My Lord Adverting to your Lordship's lowing

dispatch, and to its several enclosures, ARTICLE--- His Britannic Majesty en conveying a proposal made by the existing

government in France, and your Lordship's This convention has of course been answer thereto, 1 have the honour to acsigned by Austria and Prussia also,

quaint you, for the information of his Mi

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