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My skin is lily white, and my colour here is new,
blue. The priest, who bought me from him, in a tender-hearted tone, Said come from that great blackguard's house, and walk into my own.
Crying won't you, won't you ? &c. Good lack! but to behold the vicissitudes of fate! I'm his black Mandingo Majesty's white Minister of State. For hours, in my labby, my petitioners shall stay, And wish me at the Devil, when I hold my levee day; Crying won't you, won't you, won't you, won't you come Mr. Mug?
Won't you, won't you, &c*. On the 12th of August Miss A. DECAMP performed Edmund in the Blind Boy for the first time. She is a miniature of her sister, under whose able instruction she seems to have prepared herself for the Character, and acquitted herself extremely well.
Nr. GRIMALDI played Orson in the grand Melodrama from Covent Garden, produced for Mr. Farley's Benefit, when the house was crowded in every part.
FIRST COME FIRST SERVED; OR, THE BITER BIT-The principal effect of this little piece arises from the whimsical adventures of two rival Fortune Hunters, admirably supported by Farley and Liston, who in their endeavours to obtain the hand of a young Lady of fortune apply without informing each other to a loquacious, and humourous Country Hair Dresser for assistance. The Hair Dresser performed by Mathews, with his usual drollery and success, promises to aid each of them, with a determination to baffle both, and the tricks and schemes which he employs are full of comic humour. By his ingenuity the young lady is saved from their clutches, and married to her lover. Mrs. Davenport in the part of an amorous old maid, devoted to the study of botany, was very happy ; with a very slight alteration, to produce a little more stage effect, we think this Farce would become a favourite with the Public. It is not as some of the newspapers stated, the production of Sir James Bland Burgess, but we believe of Sir John Carr. The former gentleman we understand has a Drama in preparation at this theatre; and as we have few better poets or more elegant writers we hope it will shortly be brought forward. The new Farce was very favourably received. The author is indebted for his principal incident to a French Piece called Le premier vener.
COUNTRY THEATRES. SUMMER EXCURSIONS OF THE LONDON ACTORS.---Elliston has been at Dublin, and Edinburgh; Cooke at Newcastle, and is ahout to proceed to Liverpool; Pope at Dublin; Jones at Manchester, Buxton, &c. Mr. and Mrs. ij. Siddons at Liverpool and Glasgow Mrs. Powell at Glasgow and Edinburgh; Mr. and Mrs. C. Kemble at Bristol, Brighton, and Lewes ; Miss Smith at Dublin and Liverpool; Mrs. H. Johnston at the latter place; Munden in Ireland and at Manchester; Incledon and Johnstone in Dublin ; Bellamy and Mrs Dickons at Dublin and Belfast ; Raymond, as acting manager, at Glasgow; Mrs. Litchfield is at Worthing; Kelly is with Catalani in Ireland.
* Mr. Colman received Eleveu Hundred Pounds for this piece! Vol. IV.
Mrs. Edwin, it is said, has quitted the Dublin stage, and is etigaged in Scotland. The Margate Theatre is supported by Wilmot Wells (manager), De Camp, Wheatley, Lovegrove, Holliday, Ditcher, Miss Martyr, Miss Wheatley, Mrs. Taylor. Mrs. Ditcher, and the Miss Dennetts
At Windsor the performers are Messrs. Putnam, Browne, Dalton, Sims, Mrs. Mudie, Mrs. Walley, and Mrs. Sims.
The Drury-lane Theatre is to be under the direction of Mr. T. Sheridan ; Mr. Wroughton remains acting manager; and Mr. Graham will continue to give his advice and assistance with respect to the new pieces to be represented, and other theatrical arrangements.
Mr. Crisp has taken the Birmingham Theatre.
Half of ihe Brighton Theatre has been purchased for something more than 5000 guineas by Sir Thomas Clarges.
The Earl of Guildford has been gratifying his visitors at Wroxton with the representation of Romeo and Juliet. He performed Old Capulet himself. Mr. Kemble was the Friar Lawrence ; Mrs. Kemble the Nurse. The love-sick hero and heroine of the piece were performed by Master St. Leger and his sister.' The whole was conducted with the regularity of a public theatre, and afforded much entertainment to the company.
THE LATE MRS. WARREN, SISTER TO THE COUNTESS
(From The Baltimore North American.) SIR-The following Hendecasyllabic Ode, not more distinguished for the pure and graceful latinity of its style, than the delicacy and beauty of the conceptions, was addressed to the late Mrs. Warren, then Miss Brunton *, by Francis Wroughton. It speaks more than volumes could in her praise; and will be read with fond regret, by every admirer of that accomplish'd actress, who, alas! is now no more.
E GRANTA EXITURAM.
* Died, at Alexandria, on Tuesday afternoon last, after a short but severe illness, Mrs. Aon Warren, the amiable consort of Mr. Warren, one of the managers of the Philadelphia and Baltimore Theatres.- Could the writer so command bis feelings upon the present melancholy occasion, as to enable him to enter into a detail of the excellencies of Mrs. Warren's theatrical character, it would be superfluous, her celebrity having long since diffused itself over both her native, and this, her adopted, country
(New York Paper, July 6, 1808.).
Sen proferre Monimie dolores,
Mox divinior entitescis, altrix
O Bruntona, cito exitura rirgo,
But purer raptures lighten'd from thy face,
Nor was it tbine th' heroic strain to roll,
- the inhabitants and peasantry in the neighbourhood before the arrival of this celebrated festival.
“ For weeks before this fête sae clever,
At marks practizing-
And turning coats, and mending breeks,
Is black or blue ;)
The stockings too."
The muster also, and review, are described with much humour :
“ And ne'er, for uniform or air,
Side coats, and dockit :
Round hats, and cockit !
As to their gunsthae fell engines,
Or shooting cushies
And blunder-busses ! :
Some guns, she threeps, within her ken,
Held on their locks!”
After the review, the different squads march to the Craigs, the scene of action, followed by the acclamations of the multitude, while
« As thro' the town their banners fly,
Were leaning o'er;
Were a’ uproar! These short extracts will shew something of the style and spirit of the poem,
Plot and Counterplot ; or, The Portrait of Michael
Cervantes; a Farce, in two acts. By Charles Kemble. As performed at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. 8vo. 1s. 6d. Appleyards. 1808.
We have already spoken of this farce. It is a bustling, lively entertainment, founded on a very novel incident, and, aided by the rich humour of the actors of Fabio and Pedrillo, irresistibly ludicrous in representation, The dialogue is neatly written; but it is somewhat disingenuous in Mr. C. Kemble not to have acknowledged the source from whence he derived his Plot and Counterplot. They are evidently of foreign invention, and in justice to the original author, as well as in common fairness to the public, he should not have made it appear that the whole merit of this popular and ingenious production is imputable to himself.
The Blind Boy : a Melo-drama," in two acts. As per
formed at the Theatre Royal Covent Garden. 8vo. 28. Longman & Co. 1808.
The Blind-boy has, likewise, a French parent, but as no writer in this country, publicly claims the offspring as his own, we have no body to accuse of child-stealing. The truth is, there is a miserabie lack of invention in the English dramatists, and there is no concealing the fact, that every thing for the last ten years that is novel in idea, artful in plot, powerful in interest, striking in situation, grand in spectacle, and captivating in general effect, has been supplied or suggested by the French and Germap theatres. The merits of this little drama are sufficiently known. Its construction is very ingenious: the interest which commences with the piece, increases with every scene, and all the incidents conduce to the general developement.