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The Rev. John L. Blake has been in- place, by the Right Rev. Bishop Grisducted as Rector of St. Paul's Church in wold. North Providence.

A new church for Universalists, in BosThe Rev. Mr. Olney has been admit- ton, has been dedicated to the service of ted to the order of Priests at the same God.



Pritchard, Mr. Simpson, and Mrs. Darley.

September 25. Mr. Darley, also, in Hans Kelcler, entertain. Town and Country-Bold Buccaniers. ed us by his performance and the quaintness HE only difference that we noticed in of his costume. We must not omit to ment

the cast of this stock-piece, was Mr. tion, and with praise, Mr. Robertson in Monck, Simpson's personation of Reuben Glenroy. lon; Mr. Bancker, who was very useful, and We approved the change. Mr. Simpson ex- active in Edward Harrop; Mr. Williams in hibited a degree of feeling with which Mr. William, who, though he had but little to say Robertson's pompous monotony is wholly and do, said and did that little with a discre. incompatible! We wish somebody could be tion uncominon in him; Mr. Baldwin in found to play Plustic.

Langley, who played the part of the mean,

cowardiy, selfish, unprincipled magistrate,

September 26. with much good discernment of the charac. Henry IVlh.—'Tis all a Farce.

ter, and Mr Jones in Tricksey. who repre-, Mr. Hilson's Falstaff was a creditable per- sented the stony-hearted, avaricious agent of formance. We should probably have ad. the excise with very tolerable success. Mrs. mired it more bad we not taken our first Wheatley in Marian was very judicious, and stage impression of the fat knight from represented so as to interest the feelings conCooke. The comparison which we could siderably, the faithful but oppressed wife, and not but institute, was unfavourable to our en

the tender, apprehensive mother. joyment of Mr. Hilson's humvar. Mr. Pritchard ranted unnecessarily in Hotspur. · By

September SO. raising his voice too high, he lost ils manage

Rivals.--Innkeeper's Daughter. ment, and was not able to give that force Mr. Spiller made his first appearance this to his periods which results from marked season, in Acres. He was received with evi. emphasis. He seldom errs from excess of dent satisfaction by the audience, and peranimation, but whenever he attempts to be formed this whimsical part in a spirited animated, his effort discovers itself in the ele. manner. vation of his tones, rather than in variation of feature or muscular movement.

October 1.

. 1 posiate.--Padlock. September 27. Soldier's Daughter.My Grandmother.

October 2. Jane Shere.-Innkeeper's Daughter.

September 29. Busy Body.- Innkceper's Daughter.

October 3. This comedy as it was performes, seemed Heir ai Law.- Killing no Murder. a mere farce in five acts. The Innkeeper's Mr. Spiller played Dr. Pangloss with great Daughler is a new melo-drama, and was comic eliect. Mr. Hilson was capital in Ezereceived with great applause. The story of kiel Homespun; and Mr. Barues personated it is the same, in its principal features, as that Lord Duberly to the life. Mr. Simpson as which forins the ground-work of one of Dick Doulas, was hardly ungainly enough in Southey's most beautiful ballads, the “ Ma- the Attorney's apprentice, and dressed with uiac." We cannot bui regard the melo-drama too much propriety as a man of fashion, for as the fruit of a bad faste; but we think this a new made gentleman. Mrs. Baldwin WAS of the Innkeeper's Daughter, as little objec. an excellent representative of Lady Duberly; tional as any: no horses or cattle of any kind Mrs. Williams made a first and favourable are introduced, to rival the two-legged he appearance in Cicely Homespun. In fact, with roes of the sock or buskin, and in the final the exception of Mr. Williams's Morland, the distribution of rewards and punishments, a piece went off with great eclal. laudable attention has been paid to the principles of poetical justice. Moreover, the

October 4. scenery prepared on the present occasion, is Apostate.-Wags of Windsor. inost strikingly fine and appropriate, and does the greatest credit to Messrs. Holland, Ro.

October 6. bins, and assistants. The piece was well

The Will.-The Ravens. cast, and the three principal parts, Harrop, The Will is an interesting and amusing Richard, and Mary, were well played by Mr. comedy; is very little tainted, in comparison

with some that are occasionally brought for- the character with some success, but his moward, with impure ideas or indelicate lan- notony, his eternal emphasis, his whipped-up guage; and was very well represented. Mr. sort of energy, that resembles the forc'd gait Simpson in Howard, and Mr. Barnes in Sir of a shutlling nag,' renders it impossible that Solomon Cynic, acquitted themselves with es. he should ever suit a discriminating audience pecial ability. Mr. Pritchard did not throw in Maler. Indeed tragedy is not the scene sufficient vigour into his personation of Man- for Mr. Robertson. Comedy is bis forte, and deville, wbich it was in his power to have we are confident, that if he would cultivate rendered quite an interesting character. Miss his comic talents, that he would soon rival Johnson in Albina Manderille, played with the first comedians in the country. unequal success. In passages of her performance, she was, however, very bappy; parti

October 9. cularly in old Copsley's cottage, as Herbert ; She would and She Would not.-Woodand generally, in the expression of her jea

man's Hu. lousy of Cicely.

This is a tolerable comedy, and was toleThe Ravens was brought out this evening rably represented. Mrs. Darley had a manful for the first time, and was dismissed with air in Hypolita, but did not sufficiently disdeserved condemnation of the perform- guise her voice when she assumed the garb ance we have little to say, except that it was of a cavalier. Her shrill piping must bave certainly better than the piece; which was betrayed her ses to any one not wilfully deaf intended by the author for a master-piece of to its evidence. Mrs. Williams in Fiora, terrible pathos, but failed entirely.

had she felt a little more at ease in her mas

culine attire, would have passed very well

October 7. for a gallant.
The Slave.-
This was, to us, a very disagreeable piece;

October 10. too much in opposition, to the prejudices

Isabella.--Highland Reel. of education, as to plot; and too poorly

We have heretofore noticed the performwritten to furnish any remuneration to our

ance of this tragedy with high approbation. feelings.

Mrs. Barnes in Isabella, displayed talents of October 8.

the highest order : she was well supported

by Mr. Simpson in Biron, and Mr. Robertson Apostate.--Innkeeper's Daughter.

in Villeroy. This tragedy bas been often repeated, and on the whole, with increased excellence. It

October 11. is well cast, and we doubt if it can be as well played by any company in the United States.

Virgin of the Sun.--Poor Soldier. Still, however, the performance is open to

October 13 objection. Mrs. Barnes in Florinda, though she certainly displays fine talents and a dis

Tempest. Apprentice. criminated and tasteful conception of the We had looked forward with some pleasing character, does, as certainly, sometimes rant; anticipations to the revival of this drama, but so do they all-all overstep the modesty of were, in many respects disappointed in its renature, at times, and detract much from the presentation. There is a great deal of ribaldgeneral merit of the representation. With ry in the interpolations of Dryden, which regard to Mr. Pritchard's Pescara, though he

might easily bave beeu dispensed with, and has acquired much credit and added much, which it was unpardonable to retain. The And deservedly, to bis reputation by his per- dialogue between Miranda and Dorinda is sonation of this character, yet we think be in the most indecent strain. Nothing but has not apprehended it with the nicest accu. respect for the feelings of the ladies who filled racy. He bas given to Pescara too much those characters prevented the respectable passion, too much heai--made him too sub.

part of the audience from testirying their disject to impulse, to suit the design of the au

approbation. Another capital defect in the thor, who we believe, intended to draw, with performance was in the cast of the parts. If his ut nost ability, a cool deliberate villain of

Mrs. Darley can personate Hypolito—which the first water; and if he has not given bim she did not--it is impossible for Mrs. Barnes phlegm, he has given him so much self-pos. to play Dorinda. By a transposition, both session as to look very much like it. There characters would be perfect. Miss Johnson is a bitter, cool scorn in Pescara's treatment is a very dainty,' Ariel. Pritchard did ex. of Hem ya, which we should like to see

tremely well in Prosperó. Barnes in Stephano, more strongly marked in Mr. Pritchard's per- made a most magnificent sot, and Hilson in forinance, which, though good, bie might Caliban, a truly delicate' monster.' easily make better. Mr. Simpson, in Hemeya, played in a very good medium style; bui it

October 14. requires the first rate talents--all that is great in intellect, vehementin passion, and princely

Tempesi.--addin. in stature and motion, to do justice to this

October 15. character. Mr. Robertson in Nalec, was very well prepared in costume, and had studied



October 16. triotic song of British manufacture, which Wild Oats--Innkeeper's Daughter. the house were polite enough to encore. But

in no part of the entertainment had scope

October 17. been given to those powers which the comColumbus.-Sleep-Walker. pany had assembled to admire. A call soon

became general for · Black-ey'd Susan,' but

October 18. no regard was paid to this expression of the Castle-Spectre.Children in the Wood. public wish. The curtain rose for the farce,

but the cries of off! Off! were so loud that October 20.

Mr. Simpson at last, came forward to inquire Love in a Village.—'Tis all a Farce.

the pleasure of the company. Black ey'd Su

was the answer. Mr. Simpson replied The first appearance of Mr. Incledon in America in the character of Hawthorn, being that Mr. Incledon had left the Theatre, and

even were he present, was too much exannounced in the bills, the house was crowded long before the rising of the curtain. This hausted by his previous exertions to be able veteran singer was, however, too much affec. to comply with the desire of the house. The ted by a consciousness of the extent of public manner as well as the matter of this tardy

excuse was unsatisfactory. The disturbance expectation, and his own responsibility, to be able to fulfil the one or do justice to the other. continued, though the farce proceeded. la He gave, nevertheless, some evidence of the mean time the watchmen were called in, those powers which have gained him so high armed with their magic wands, to keep the a reputation in England, and was particular peace. Such an attempt to intimidate serv. fairest thing,' &c. As an actor out of his lasted for a long time after the curtain fell. ly admired in the song of · My Dolly was the ed only to excite the indignation of the andi

The hisses and groans, and calls, songs, he is every way indifferent. The very circumstauce which depressed loiterers were taken into custody, and others,

The house thinned by degrees. Some of the Mr. Incledon, inspired the other performers. who were accused of treating the representaMr. Darley sung remarkably well in Young tives of the laws with disrespect, were arrestMeadors.--Mr. Barnes gave us Justice Woodcock with great spirit and fidelity.- Mr. Bald- ed the next day, and bound over to keep the win obtained much credit in Hodge-and Mr. peace. Bancker looked and behaved very well in

October 28. Eustace. Miss Johnson sung charmingly in

Poor Soldier.-Critic.Turnpike Gate. Rosetta-and Miss Dellinger, better than usual in Lucinda. Mrs. Baldwin's Deborah

The house manifesting some displeasure on Woodcock was in her bappiest manner, and

the appearance of Mr. Simpson this evening, we certainly never saw so much good acting he had understood, that a report bad gone

that gentleman advanced and stated that in Mrs. Groshon, as she exhibited this evening abroad that he had made use of disrespectful in Margery.

language on the last night-he declared him. October 21.

self incapable of a sentiment of disrespect to. The Waterman-What's Next-The

wards the New-York audience, before whoni Quaker.

he had been for eight years, and from whom

he bad received favours which he could nev. Octoher 22.

er forget. With this apology the house seem

ed perfectly content, and the performances Apostate.--Innkeeper's Daughter.

went on as usual.

We bave endeavoured to give an impartial October 23.

account of this fracas. We shall now offer Robbers.-Maid and Magpie. our opinion on the whole affair. On the ques:

tion of legal right there can be no doubt.' An October 24.

action could not be maintained against the Maid of the Mill. Animcl Magnetism.

managers for not giving what they did not

advertise to give : -Every boy knows this.

October 25. But in speaking of the rights of the public in She Would and She Would Not.-Aladdin. the Thiatre, no one who knows what he is

talking about, has any reference to the

October 27, statute-book. There is a tacit convention Beggar's Opera.-- Midnight Hour. between the managers and the audience, Mr. Incledon's performances in some of whi h an intelligent public know how the above pieces, which we have not room

to evforce. Custon and common to notice, having obtained great eclat, the regulate this understanding. In England, house was crowded to-night, to witness where Theatres are established under pa. another exhibition of his talents. Such, tents, the public insist upon an adberence to however, was the disgust produced by the usage. They would not suffer the slightest representation of this vulgar and licentious variation in the price of tickets, or in the arburletta, that the curtain dropt amidst the rangements of the house, on the opening of hisses of the audience. Mr Incledon presented the new Theatre at Drury-Lane-though nohimself after the play, with an American pa- body pretended to dispute the legal title of


the proprietors to their own building. In this to the Theatre, and we have no personal encity there is no patent to be obtained for the mity towards the managers, with whose conopening of a Theatre, but there are means, duct generally we are content. It is the imequally efficacious, of obtaining an exclusive portance which we attach to the stage, that privilege of amusing the public with dramatic renders us anxious that the public should not representations. An astute manager may

lose that beneficial control over it wbich we purchase the lease of a rival establish think justly belongs to them :-And believment, may contrive to break up a Circus, ing as we do, that the public had a perfect and may prevail on popular singers not to right to have prevented the representation give Concerts on their own account. A vir- of the Beggar's Opera altogether, and that tual monopoly may in this way be acquired, they would have done well to exercise it, we and the public left to Hobson's choice. A cannot but regard the arrogant behaviour manager who should contrive such a scheme of Messrs. Price and Simpson, as wholly unand carry it into effect, would stand pre- coming persons in their situation. cisely in the same relation with his audience

-that ihe manager of Drury-Lane does. Such

BOSTON THEATRE. a state of things it is to be hoped is far off

October 6. from us—but should it ever arrive, we trust

School for Scandal.- Honest Thieves. there is spirit enough in this community to found a Theatre, which should not become

October 8. private property, nor fall under improper The Heir at Law.Love Laughs at Lockmanagement.

smiths. In regard to the merits of the present controversy, we think the managers ought to

October 9. have been very glad to buy off the disgrace

Macbeth.--The Day after the Wedding. of bringing out the Beggar's Opera, at the expense of a song. Mr. Simpson's apology is

October 10. very well as far as it goes, but contains no es. cuse for not offering to notify to Mr. Incledon

Town and Country.--Love, Law, and the commands of the house, or stating. (a fact

Physic. which has never come out directly through the managers,) that Mr. Incledon had been re.

October 13, quested to volunteer the song, before the call Pizarro.-Killing no Murder. of tbe house, but declined on the ground of indisposition. The audience would very easi

October 15. ly have dispensed with Mr. Incledon's song, The Poor Gentleman.-The Woodman's and very readily have accepted any other

Hut. which might have been tendered, as an evidence of a desire to consult their wishes. It

October 16. was the apparent disregard of their feelings

Manuel.-(1st time) The Bee Hive. which roused their resentment. But admit. ting Mr. Simpson's atonement to have been

October 17. ample, Mr. Price has made no expiation for a much more serious offence. It is under

The Soldier's Daughter.My Spouse & I. stood that it was he who attempted to overawe the expression of public opinion by the

October 20. introduction of the police officers~a pro

Manuel.Frightened to Death. ceeding equally ill-judged and indecorons, This elegant Theatre has been essentially and which in any other theatre than ours, improved since the last season, by new in. would infallibly have bred a riot. And though terior arrangements and decorations; and the it would be unfair to charge him with have company of performers has received a very ing turned in his scene shiliers, candle-snuf- considerable accession of histrionick ability. fers, and supernumeraries to break that peace Mr. Dickson, one of the co-partners in the which the civil authority was charged with management, and a valuable actor, having preserving, it was at least incumbent on him retired from his public employments, Mr. to restrain such people from committing vio


' has become bis successor in both capalence upon the persons of spectators. Yet as cities. The theatrical corps at present, conthe public have chosen to let the matter rest sists of Messrs. Duff, Brown, Green, Bernard, here, we have no inclination to agitate it Bray, Hughes, Drummond, Adamson. Pelby,

On the contrary, we are pleased to Wheatly, &c. and Mesdames Powell, Duff, discover so many virtues in the “ New-York Wheatly, Barnes. Brown, Bray, Drummond, audience.” After giving abundant proofs of &c. MR. DUFF, abstracting a little for bis intheir patience, they may well get credit for accuracy, and more for his air of pretension, their charity. One thing is certain, either the is a highly meritorious actor, but not in the house is satisfied with Mr. Price, or Mr. Price parts in which he supposes bis excellence to satisfies the majority of those who compose it.

consist. He aims to strut in imperial trage. We have felt it our duty to express the sen- dy robes, and it must be confessed they are timents we entertain on this, as on every not always unbecoming ; but bis great forte other subject that comes under our cogni- lies in a different path, in the Rangers, the zance, without any reserve. We wish wel Belcours, and the Rarors of the drama


Mr. Brown arrived here from England and conception, but he had no dialect. It is during the last season, and is a very diligent impossible to give a settled opinion with reand attentive performer. He possesses much gard to him. The same observation may be versatility of talent; never rising however to applied 10 Mr. Wheatly, who made his apthe height of tragic grandeur, but maintain pearance for the first time, we believe on any ing the level of gentlemanly propriety, chast- stage, in Careless, in the School for Scandal. ness and accuracy, in the various characters It is surprising what the habit of performing, he assumes,

and a minute attention to stage business will Mr. Green, an actor, well known upon the effect in building up the reputation of a man southern boards, is remarkable for his gene- who begins even a bad actor. ral and multifarious powers, without being Mrs. Powell, an actress, who has for twenty particularly excellent, excepting in a few per- years filled the most difficult characters of sonations. His playing evinces feeling, and the drama upon the Boston stage, continues capacity ; but his voice, deficient in harmo- occasionally to perform. Respectable in rea nious intonation and extent, refuses to en- gard to talent, slie never offends the spectator force the conceptions of his imagination. by extravagant errors, and singularly attenHe performs with equal respectability in tive to her professional reputation, she is sure tragedy, and the high wrought characters of never to neglect ber costume, nor to be decomedy; but in the extravagant humours officient in memory, low farce, bis drollery degenerates into gri- Mrs Dulf has improved since she played mace, and he becomes constrained in his ac. in Boston some years ago, when she was an tion, and indefinite in his delineation.

interesting woman, and is now an interesting Mr. Bernard, has long stood his ground performer. She possesses pathos, and having as the best comedian on the American Stage, the command of a powerful and harmonious in certain respects. His Major 0 Flaherly, voice, she frequently produces great effect. Lovegold, Lord Ogleby, and parts of that ele- Mrs. Wheatly has talents of no common vated and marked peculiarity bave prohably order. Lively in ber deportment, and pownever been excelled since the time of King, erful in the personification of comic characand in America have never been equalled. ters, sustaining them with a rich colouring, Nor should his talents in performing rustics and never flagging attention to their spirit, be forgotten; there never was a better Far- she is a valuable acquisition to this theatre. mer Ash field, and although in Robert Tyke In the fine lady, however, she fails in her he may bave found a rival in Mr. Hilson, yet manner, which is deficient in refinement; a let not

requisite so essential, that without it the cha"Old Timotheus yield the prize, racter is destroyed. We would extend this “ But both divide the crown."

bint into a further intimation, that all the Mr. Bernard is not yet so much impaired points of reparlee, and the insinuations of the in his intellectual or physical powers, but double entendre, are sharper in proportion that he can generally distance most of the as they are polished. competitors who run the race of excellence * As in smooth oil the razor best is whet, against him.

So wit is by politeness sharpest set; Mr. Bray is an actor of much merit in Their want of edge, from the offence is seen, particular branches of low comedy. In the Both pain us least when esquisitely keen.” bumpkin. simpleton, and characters in which Mrs. BARNES is a natural and very meritothe defects of general nature form the pecu- rious actress “in privileged old maids and liarities, his powers are evinced, in a more disappointed widows." l'ew performers are striking manner, than in those, where the more useful, and few more deserving of apwhims and eccentricities of th mere indi. plause than this lady, for her spirited style of vidual predominate.

playing, and her vituperative energy of voice. Of Mr. Hughes it is not the least merit Mrs. Brown, without possessing striking that he is rising, from mediocrity towards excellence, is an actress of no inferior pow. excellence, in the path which he follows. In ers in nearly the same line of character in the representation of stedfast old men, of the which Mrs. Barnes excels. Mrs. Brown's Friendlys, and sedate monitors of the stage, manner, however, is better adapted to high, his abilities are to be discovered.

than to low life. Mr. Drummond and Mr. Pelby are, ac- Mrs. Bray is a lively little villager, who cording to the green room phraseology, the performs with effect, and Mrs. Drummond, walkinz gentlemen of the stage. The form- if she would infuse more lise into her maner has an air of sickening affectation, which ner, more manner into her action, and more any talents that he possesses cannot redeem sound into her voice, would render her from censure ; and the latter, by bestoning pretty person and face highly acceptable to great attention upon his study, and learning the public. to acquire the ease of the man of fashion, The record, at the head of the present pawill no longer commit solecisms, either in per will show that very little novelty, thongla language or manner. In justice we ought to some variety of entertainment has been observe that he is daily improving, and the brought forward since the opening. effect of his diligence is evident.

The annunciation of Mr. Duff in Macbeth, Mr. Adamson, a new performer from the attracted the curiosity of a large number of Charleston theatre, has performed Ezekiel persons. He sustained the part with spirit, Homespun with much impression as to feeling but much inaccuracy of perception was obe

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