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has employed his chief labour upon the Dialogue, which is highly ornamented, and in the most vigorous stile of the author; but the labour is mis-applied, for the characters required the utmost simplicity of diction, and when a morsel of bread is all the famished, mother requires, her hard hearted children feed her with nothing but cramped words, studied antitheses, and a bundle of high flown metaphors. This is a great fault in a play like the present. There are always sufficient opportunities for a writer, gifted like Mr. Colman, to shew that he is a poet; but when the object is to reach the heart, he should not travel to it by a circuitous route.

For the reasons we have stated, the effect of this Drama is not very powerful. The first Act possesses every thing that is necessary; and the Contest of affection between the three Brothers in the second, is exquisitely touching. The third Act is a botch. It is an Act of mere declamation prolonged till patience itself begins to cry out ; and the subject, thus amply discussed, is now become $0 stale as to pull both on the ear and on the mind. The lovesick, Selico, distracted for the supposed loss of his half-married wife, heart-bruken on accouut of affictions which overwhelm his family, and in momentary expectation of death, becomes all at once a subtle disputant, and declamatory bully; while poor Demba Sego Jallo very patiently supplies him from his throne with the materials of his argument. By the bye this King of the Mandingoes, who had been previously represented as a bloodstained usurper, and savage mon. ster, blacker even than Bonaparte, (blacker he certainly is in complexion but we did not intend a pun) turns out to be a most amiable character; brave, polished, forbearing, acute, and really magna. pimous. The Denouement is flat and common.

The comic division of the play rests entirely with Henry Augustus Mug, who is a sort of Trudge, more farcical, but less amusing. There are boundaries even to extravagance, and when Mr. Colman planned the introduction of a Cockney into Tatteconda, and made him a Secretary of state, we have no doubt he was astonished at his own temerity. That a King like Dembu Sego Jallo should give him such an appoivtment does not add much to the probability. Some of the incidents in the last act have been dramatized iņ Il Bun. docani; probably from the same original,

The performers distinguished themselves greatly. The Brothers were well represented by You:g, Farley, and Fawcett. The latter played admirably, and was doubtless, the great support of the piece. He displayed infinite skill, and in the affecting scenes no Tragedian could have worked upon the feelings more powerfully. Liston is himself alone ; his humour never fails; and we have no doubt his Mug, if not the author's, will long be a source of theatrical at. traction.

The music is by Kelly; but there is nothing striking in it. The following song, a sort of parody on the popular ballad of Won't you come to the Bower was sung by Liston with prodigious effect. By trade I am a turner, and Mug it is my name, To buy a lot of Ivory, to Africa I came; I met a trading Blackamoor, a woolly old humbug, He coax'd me up his land, and made a slave of Mr. Mug. Crying won't you, won't you, won't you, come Mr. Mug?

Won't you, won't you? &c.

My skin is lily white, and my colour here is new,
So the first man whom they sold me to, he thump'd me black and

blue. The priest, who bought me from bim, 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 Á. 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.

Mr. GRIMALDI played Orson in the grand Melodrama from Co. vent Garden, produced for Mr. Farley's Benefit, when the house was crowded in every part.

FIRST COME FIRST SERVED; OR, THE BITER BIT-The pripcipal 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. H. Siddons at Liverpool and Glasgow; Mrs. Powell at Glasgow and Edinburgh; Mr. and Mrs. C. Kemble at Bristol, Brighton, and Lewes ; Miss Śmith 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 Eleven Hundred Pounds for this piece! Vol. IV.

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Mrs. Edwin, it is said, has quitted the Dublin stage, and is etis gaged in Scotland, The Margate Theatre is supported hy 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 the Brighton Theatre has been purchased for sometbing more than 5000 guineas hy 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 publie theatre, and afforded much entertainment to the company.

THE LATE MRS. WARREN, SISTER TO THE COUNTESS

OF CRAVEN.

(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.

AD BRUNTONAM,

E GRANTA EXITURAM.
Nostri præsidium et decus theatri;
O tu, Melpomenes severioris
Certe filia ! quam decere formæ
Donavit Cytherea; quam Minerva
Duxit per dubiæ vias juventæ,
Per plausus populi periculosos;--
Nec lapsam-precor, O vec in futuram
Lapsuram. Satis et Camana dignis
Quæ te commemoret modis ? Acerbos

* Died, at Alexandria, on Tuesday afternoon last, after a short but severe illness, Mrs. Ann Warren, the amiable consort of Mr. Warren, ope of the managers of the Philadelphia and Baltimore Theatres. Could the writer so command bis feelings upon the present melancholy occasion, as to enable bim 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 Monimiæ dolores,
Frater cum vetitos (nefas !) ruabat
In fratris thalamos, parumque casto
Vexabat pede; sive Julietæ
Luctantes odio paterno amores
Maris : te sequuntur Horror,
Arrectusque comas Pavor. Vicissim
In fetum populus jubetur ire,
Et suspiria personant theatrum.

Mox divinior entitescis, altrix
Altoris vigil et parens parentis.
At non Græcia sola vindicavit
Paternæ columen decusque vitæ
Natam ; restat item patri Britanno
Et par Euphrasiæ puella, quamque
Ad scenam pietas tulit paternam.

O Bruntona, cito exitura virgo,
Et visu cito subtrahenda nestro!
Breves deliciæ! dolorque longus !
Gressum siste parumper oro; teque
Virtutusque tuas lyrà sonandas
Tradit Granta suis vicissim alumnis.

TRANSLATION
Maid of unboastful charms, whom white rob'd Truth,
Right onward guiding thro’the maze of youth,
Forbade the Circe, Praise, to 'witch thy soul,
And dash'd to earth th' intoxicating bowl;
Thee meek-eyed Pity, eloquently fair,
Clasp'd to her bosom, with a mother's care;
And, as she lov'd thy kindred form to trace
The slow smile wander'd o'er her pallid face.
For never yet did mortal voice impart
Tones more congenial to the saddeu'd heart;
Whether to rouse the sympathetick glow,

Thou pourest lone Monimia's tale of woe;
Or happy clotbest, with funereal vest,
The bridal loves that wept in Juliet's breast.
O'er our chill limbs the thrilling terrors creep,
Th' entranc'd passions still their vigils keep;
Whilst the deep sighs, responsive to the song,
Sound through the silence of the trembling throng,

But purer raptures lighten'd from thy face,
And spread o'er all thy form an holier grace;
When from the daughter's breasts the father drew
The life he gave, and mix'd the big tear's dew.

Nor was it thine th' heroic strain to roll,
With mimic feelings, foreign from the soul;
Bright in thy parent's eye we mark'd the tear;
Methought he said, “thou art no actress here!
A semblance of thyself, the Grecian dame,
And Brunton and Euphrasia still the same!"
O! soon to seek the city's busier scene,
Pause then awhile, thou chaste eyed maid serene,
'Till Granta's sons, from all her sacred bow'rs,
With grateful hand shall weave Pierian flow'rs,
To twine a fragrant chaplet, round thy brow.
Enchanting ministress of virtuous woe.

LITERARY INTELLIGENCE. Works recently published, in the press, or in preparation. BIOGRAPHY. The Second Volume of the Rev. Mr. Wool's Memoirs of Dr. Jos. Warton. Account of the Life and Writings of the late James Bruce, Esq. of kiunaird; by Alexander Murray, F.A.S. E. Account of the Life and Writings of the late Mr. Joseph Strutt. Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Sir Philip Sidney ; by Thomas Zouch, D. D. F. L.S. Prebendary of Durham. Life of Abraham Newland, Esq.

TRAVELS, &c. Travels through Russia, the Territories of the Don Cossacks, Kuban Tartary, the Grand Crimea, &c. by the Rev. Dr. Edward Clarke, of Cambridge. Observations on a Series of Journeys through the States of New Holland and New York, intended to illustrate the Topography, Agriculture, Commerce, Government, Literature, Manners, Morals, and Religion, of those Countries.

Novels, &c. The Murderer; or, the Fall of Lecas; by J. Bounden. Romantic Tales; by M. G. Lewis, Esq. The Female Minor; by Dr. Campbell.

BOTANY. Practical Botany ; being a new Illustration of the Genera of Plants ; by R. J. Thornton, M. D.

POETRY. Specimens of English Dramatic Poets, who lived about the Time of Shakspeare, with Notes; by. Chs. Lamb. The Shipwreck of St. Paul; a Seatonian Prize Poem ; by the Rev. C. J. Hoare. Translations, Imitations, and other Poems; by the Hon. Capt. Herbert. Latin and Italian Poems of Milton, translated into English Verse ; and a Fragment of a Commentary on Paradise Lost; by the late Wm. Cowper, Esq. ; published for the Benefit of Mr. Cowper's Orphan Godson. Pastoral Care ; a Poem.

DRAMA. Plot and Counterplot; a Farce, by Mr. Charles Kenble.

MISCELLANEOUS. Naval Records of the present War; by the Rev. J. S. Clarke; consisting of a Series of Engravings, from original Designs, by Mr. N. Pocock, illustrative of our principal Engagements at Sea, accompanied with Historical Accounts: the Engravings by Fittler, Landseer, &c. A Guide to Burleigh House, the Seat of the Marquis of Exeter, by Mr. Drakard, of Stam

ford, to be embellished with Engravings by Messrs. Storer , and Greig, from Drawings by Mr. E. Blore. Intrigues

of the Queen of Spain with the Prince of Peace and others; written by a Spanish Nobleman.

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