Page images

Deaf and Dumb, has lately been esta- more easy than it was, by suppressing blished in Sweden. The number of all expence of useless water. M. A. these persons is very great there. Up- Pictet, Tribune, who has mentioned sal, Vekis, Calmar, Kera, and Carl- it'in the Report made to the Legislastadt, alone, contain 287.

tive Body on the project of a law relaThe Commentaries of Proclus on tive to the imposts for the constructhe first book of Euclid's Elements, is tion of inland communications, has publishing at Upsal, by M. Aurivilius. given the following idea of it. Each The defective state of the Greek text, sluice, instead of one lock, has two, in this work, first induced Francis contiguous to each other, and which Barrocius, a Patrician of Venice, to communicate below. One is intended correct it, and to fill up the chasms to raise and lower vessels as by the usual from manuscripts discovered at Bo- metbod; but the vertical motion of the logna, and in the island of Crete. liquid which bears them is produced by His Latin tanslation of the same, the immersion or emersion of a chest published at Venice 1560, was trans, in the contiguous lock. The bulk of lated into English by Mr. Taylor, and this chest is equal to the volume of published in 1788 The corrections water to be displaced, and it is so acand additions made by the present curately and ingeniously balanced, Swedish editor, are from a Greek co that one singie person is sufficient to py of the Basil edition, by Conrad perform the manæuvres necessary for Dasypodius, of Strasbourg.

raising or lowering the largest barge. Spain.

Thus, in future, the supply of water, M. Beltancourt, chief engineer of which was one of the principal difficul his Majesty the King of Spain, has ties in the construction of canals, will communicated to the French Institute, be confined to the quantity requisite a new invention, which will render to make good the loss by infiltration the construction of canals infinitely and evaporation,

THEATRICAL INFORMATION. THE Proprietors and Editor of the Universal Magazine, constantly anzious to merit the patronage they have received, and to advance claims to its crtension, hare at length resolved upon opening a new source of gratification and amusement to their readers. The Theatrical Amusements of a Country form a leading Feature, and hare a decided moral and political influence upon a people, It desertedly too, holds a high rank in the estination of those whose approbation is the best proef of its excellence. Whatever, therefore, tends to exalt this art, to give it chastness and dignity, to stimulate the powers of actors, and to repress the licence of subaltera buffoonery; whatever has for its object to regulate the propriety of scenic erhibition, to decide upon the merit of picces brought forward, and to discriminate the powers of performers, must ever be considered among the most interesting subjeets of attention. It is therefore intended, in the ensuing numbers of the Universal Magazinc, to exalt this department into a sort of Theatrical Tribunal, with regard to the novelties of the Theatre, its costume, the performance of remarkable charac ters, the delineation of particular passages and other collateral subjects. It is not intended to be a chronological account of dramatic Exhibitions, but merely a rich selection of the prominent delicacies of each month; and we feel fully confident that the plan, and the nature of its erecution, will form a distinguishing feature in our future labours.


SEMPER FIDBLIS." Dominion's Symbol, or the British bation by a British audience, we give Flag.” Sung with the most unpre- full credit. Indeed, whether we view cedented applause, by Mr. Slader. its subject, or its composition, we codComposed by M. P. Corri. 1s. - sider it equally entitled to the apTo

excellent National Song, that it at such an awful crisis as is the prewas received with unbounded appro- sent, when there seems to be an alarm

ing disposition, in a certain quarter, to Annual Country Dances. But the concede some of our dearest, most an- set now before us is arranged with so cient, and most honourable maritime much ability and taste, as to warrant rights, to find that such a song has our particular notice. And we fear, been brought forward at one of our no impeachment of our judgment, for theatres. May the example be fol. asserting, that we think thein greatly lowed in every theatre in the United superior to any collection of Dances Kingdom.

that has appeared for several years. Into the composition of this song For the justice of these encomiums Mr. Corri has thrown all that fire and our readers will perhaps give us creanimation that his subject required. dit, when we inform them that among We have before had occasion more the composers of these Dances they than once, to bestow commendation will find the names of Von Esch, on the music of this ingenious author, Sanderson, and Corri.

T. but never with such complete satisfac. tion as on the present: The words The Lady in the Lobster," a collecare by a Mr. Cross, and which we

tion of Ballads, written by Rosa shall insert:


Matilda. · Composed and dedicated Your slack-jaw belay, if you ask Jack's opi to her serene highness the Margranion,

vine of Anspach, by Augustus Our flag 'tis to hoist to the breeze, Voigt. 10s. 60. Or die at our guns, e'er we yield the domi The titles of the Ballads in this colnion

lection, are as follow, vix. We proudly possess of the seas. Our birthright recorded in maritime story,

The Zephyr. Which 'gainst the whole world we'll

The Lady in the Lobster. maintain,

Cupid's Metamorphosis. And ever obey'd shall. the SYMBOL OF

Oh! canst thou crucl see me die!

The Little Laughing Boy.
The BRITISH FLAG, fly åt the main. The Poor Negro Sadi.
Our rule to dispute, urged by enty and

To which is prefixed, an Intradı, or rancour,

prelude, of two movenients--an AdaOft Navy to Navy hath joined, gio and a Siciliano, which we think But promptitude ever hath proved our very pleasing. The Zephyr is an imishect anchor,

tation of Burka, and is a very pretty And baffled their efforts combined. ballad; the music of which we very Indignant defiance our guns Iturl in thun- much admire, and consider it as one der,

of the happiest efforts of Mr. Voigt's Their threats we return with disdain,

musical genius, and we doubt not will The envy at once of the world, and its generally please those performers who

wonder, · The British Flag, lies at the main.

are fond of the pathetic style. The

Laly in the Lobster is the next in sucIn vain ships and commerce, Gaul's tyrant cession, and gires name to the whole may try for,

collection; but why it does so we For nautical aid all implore, Our maritime rights to invade, long may no particular relation to the others;

cannot tell, as it appears to us to bear sigh for,

the music oftbis ballad is written with And pant to invade Britain's shore. Bal true to ourselves ’mid the world's wild spirit, and displays a considerable deco/nhotion,

gree of taste. --Cupid's Metamorphosis We bta vely those rights will maintain, is also a composition of considerable And for ever the Glory, the PRIDE of the merit, and is well adapted to the subocean,

ject of the ballad. On! canst thou The British Flac, fiies at the main. cruel see me die ! is the next in succes

sion, but wethink the least in merit. " Purday and Button's Tzelve elegant of the glee, The Little Laughing Boy,

New Dances for the year 1808. Are we have already given our opinion in ranged for the Harp or Puno Furte, a formernumber, and still think it intiwith correct Figures, as danced at tled to our highest approbation.-TC Court, Bath, Breyhton, and all po- Poor Negro Sridi is the best written lite Assemblies." Book I. 15, 6d. bailad of the whole, and we consider It is not customary with us to re- the inusic to be adapted to the words view such ephemeral productions as with much propriety, combining a

very pathetic style, with good modu This is a pleasing and simple little lation and correct harmony: As a ballad, and we have no doubt but that whole we are disposed to give a fa- when sung by Mr.Incledon was sell sevourable critique on this collection; ceived; yet we are not by any means although at the sanie time we wish to inclined to rank this among Mr. 8's suggest an hint or two to Mr. Voigt, best songs. We think the melody who, though he possesses more musi• wants that spirit and originality which cal knowledge than many of our mo- we invariably expect from the truly dern composers, yet we otten perceive scientitic pen of Mr. Shield. Z. errors in his music, arising apparently “ The British Soldier.” Sung by Mr. from negligence, and from paying too Incledon in the Voyage io India little attention to the correction of

Composed by Mr. Davy. Is. such passages as could not escape his Mr. Davy has affixed a very approown observation would he but give priate and martial air to this wellhimself time to look over the proof timed and warlike song; and we hare sheets deliberately. We also think bis no doubt but it will become very pr. modulation in many instances abrupt, pular, not only in the army, but with all and his transitions from one key who are fondofboldand martial music. to another, not sufficiently prepared. The ear of the performer shouid be

" The Beggar Boy." Sung by Mr. In

cledon in the Voyage to India. able to follow the instrument by a re

Composed by Mr. Davy. is. gular intonation from one key into an

This ballad is set by the same comother, without sustaining a rude and irregular shock. Music, except in poser as the last, and in a very pleassome very particular instances, is not paniment is judiciously managed,

ing and pathetic manner; the accomintended to produce an electric eitect, and is truly in the piano forte stylc. z. but on the contrary, to soothe the soul

« All hands unmoor." into feelings of the most perfect har

Sung by Mr. mony. We mean not that these ob. Incleden in the Voyage to India. seryatjons should be applied to the

Composed by Mr. Mazzinghi. 15.6l.

We have ofien been delighted with piece now before us, but we have long wished to give Nr. V. a few hints of this gentleman's compositious, but this kind, and the present appeared to cannot pay him the highest complius a favourable opportunity. liepos

ment on the present occasion; for alsesses unquestionably a considerable though the melody is pretty, yet it is portiov of musical genius, so much so,

much too tame for the subject of the ihat we are fully of opinion that if lié song. In our opinion, the words re. would allow hiinselt sufficient time to quire a much more animated style. study and correct his productions, lave been set by Mr. Shield, or even

We could have wished this song io few composers of the present day by Nr. Dibdin, both of whom under would exceed him.


stand the style of music adapted to The Slout Man of War," a favou- such a subject better than Mr. M.

We do not mean to say that the conirite song, sung by Mr. Incledon in the Voyage to India.

position, as it stands, is incorrect, but When we have informed the public at the same time, we think that al

. that this truly patriotic song is set to ed the music better than the one to


would have suite music by Mr. Shield, we perhaps which it is affixed. have, in the opinion of many, pro

Z.. nounced the highest culogium upou To the Editor of the Apollonian Critic. it. We will, however, venture to add, Sin, --I have only to observe, that that the music now before us is bold, when Mr. Hawkins has auswered the spiriteul, correct, and admirably adapt: questions which I proposed to him in ed to the subject; and that Ir. Si's your number for May last, I shall an.

usily and highly acquired reputation ser his letter which appeared in your will not suffer in ihe view of his Magazine for August. Mr. II. kiiows warmest adınireis, by bis present per- that I am a lover of truth, and will anformance.

Z. swer himn with trutlı. Tam, sir, The Spotless leidl." Sung by Mr.

Your obedient Servant, Incledon in the Travellers. Com

F. II. BARTHELENOS. posed by Jir. Shield.

Halfield-street, Oct. 15, 1807.


[ocr errors]

any other

[ocr errors]

STATE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS. THE bombardment of Copenha. united against France. Slie has triT'

gen is variously appreciated at umphed over all, and gives laws to all, home and abroad. Our plunder is except this country. Of all the counnot yet arrived; that is, at the mo- tries in Europe, pone are in friends inent we are writing: but it is pre- ship with us, but Portugal and sumed, that early in the next month Sweden. From Portugal our merwe shall have the ships secured in our chants are hastening away in dicad of harbours, and immense naval stores the French, and Sweden can be of no in our yards. All this may be, and manner of use to us. She will stand in yet the question is continually recur- need of our protection, but her doom ring to an Englishman; Is this an is probably fixed, and the Russian action worthy of my ancestors? Is arms may ere long penetrate to Stockthis an action worthy of the English holm. Every thing portends a war character? Could it have been between Russia and this country, thought a dozen years ago, that Eng. The conference on the raft has proland, the boasted deliverer of Europe, duced consequences which begin to the seat of national honour, the throne be developed. The Russian fleet in of liberty, should prove the greatest the Mediterranean has been employed violator of the rights of neutral na- in transporting French troops to the tions that the world has hitherto republic of the Seven Isles, now seen, and should add to the calamities placed under the protection of France; of Europe, by hurling destruction on and thence it is not improbable, that that nation, which had so long es- in due time an invasion of Greece caped from the horrors of the abomi- will be made, and a new order of nable war in which Europe has so things will be formed under French long been engaged?

influence. The justification of the conduct of The war between Turkey and Russia England in this melancholy atļair is is at an end, or rather there is a susbefore the public. The manifesto of pension of arms. Each party has rethe King of England has made its treated to its own proper territories, appearance, and however great our and a kind of neutral ground is formed deference to the authority under between thein. This state of things which it appears, the continent of cannot last long. Something has Europe reads for itself, and draws its positively been fixed upon between own conclusions. Unfortunately for Russia and France; and when the us also, these conclusións, whether time comes, each power will take its true or false, are a sufficient justifica- allotted share out of the spoils of tion for the conduct which they intend Turkey. We are endeavouring to to pursue: and every thing bears the make our peace with the latter power; aspect, that we shall be severely pu- but it is said that our overtures are mished for that haughty language rejected, and our ambassador is not which so many in this country held at permitted to enter Constantinople. the beginning of the French revolu- Our adventure at Copenhagen will tion, and for our interference to pre- not assist us: for the Turks must be vent an order of things, which was sad fouls, after the specimen they have not to be resisted. The change is witnessed of ou conduct to our allies, wonderful. At this moment probably, to give us an opportunity of bombardthere is not a part favourable to us on ing their capital. What indeed aan the continent of Europe: from the they do? Oaihe one hand is their North Cape to Gibraltar, and from ancient en ny. Onthe other two perGibraltar all round the shores of the fidious allies, the Esench and English. Mediterranean, till we come back to Froin their enemy they expect every the niher pillar of Hercules, and thing that is calamitous. Their thence sail to the southward to the allies have each in their turn carried utmost extremity of the empire of war and devastation into their counMorocco,

try. In the mids: of peace, wiibout Great Britain, Sweden, Russia, any provocation whatever on the part Turkey, Italy, Spain, were once of Turkey, both English and French

have attacked her. We have treated progress in loading his ships with her most roughly, and added the his stores, and he would, if he posgreatest insult to the injuries she has sibly could, prevent us from carrying sustained. · We have plaved the bravo away all the means of defence be bas under her very nose; destroyed her hitherto enjoyed. Strange inconsis fleet close to her capital. We retain derate man! Why will you not shake possession of part of her territory, hands with us again?' Dar hands and we are soliciting Irer friendship. are indeed stained with the blood of

Indeed nothing can be more curious your countrymen; but we will not kiil than our mode of conducting busi- any more; and now we have got your ness. If Bonaparte sends a troop of ships and your arms, we will only horse into the territories of a petty carry them away to our own country, prince of Germany, which go along and you may be sure that we will do the road without doing any injury to you no more harm. But perhaps the any person, and at the end of a few nephew of our king is not so much to miles ride seize a single person who is blame as we imagine: Bonaparte has plotting at his life, and aiming to de- made the daughter of our king a queed; stroy him by assassination; What an and he may intend to extend his infamous wretch is this Bonaparte! kindness still farther, by giving the every body cries. He pays no regard nephew of our king a kingdom greater to the rights of neutral nations. Bo- than he now possesses. It may be the naparte under a form of trial, and interest of Denmark to make common legal forms of condemnation, has this cause with France, and the destrucindividual executed; this individual, tion of its capital will be compensated who, if he could, would have done by a part of Sweden; and we shall the same thing by Bonaparte. Oh! indemnify ourselves by seizing her what a murderer this Bonaparte is! West India islands. is the general cry.

But it we find But this plundering and burning some fiigaies on the seas coming of Copenhagen has not been so benehome peaceably to their own coun- ficial io this country as is generally try, and pour a broadside into them, imagined. In consequence of the shedding the blood of men, women, prey we have seized, it was necessary and children; if we sail to the capital to send all the men and transports of an allied power, and meet its feet we could collect into the Baltic. In suspecting no harm, and send some the mean time the court of France to the bottom and take others, and was playing her part with a neutral threaten the capital itself with utter power; and she, with somewhat more devastation; if we surround a friendly politeness than we chose to use on island with our fleets, land a large such an occasion, inakes a civil debody of troops, bombard its principal mand, that Portugal should exclude town, destroy men, women, and child the , English from alt intercourse dren, and make an immense booty; with that country. A proper numthen we can investigate the rights of ber of troops, it was intimated, neutral powers; we can settle when was at hand to enforce the demand. they are to be respected, when they The property of the English in Portuare to be invaded. Bonaparte is a gal is worth as much as the plunder villain for violating the neutrality of we have seized at Copenhagen: and one power, and destroying the life of it requires 'men and transports to one man: we are justified in spreading bring it home. But the inen and destruction and die olation amongst transports are gone to Copenhagen: our friends. Who shali decide in this and thus it happeos, that all we gain controversy? Taik as we please, there by the plunder of Copenhagen on the is one higlier than the highest of this one hand; we shall lose by the confisearth, who regards it. He will not be cation of English property in Pormocked; and when he maketh inqui- tugal. Oh mores hominum! Oh! sition for blood, the greatest may quantum est in rebus inane. trenible. The reigning prince of The court of Portugal is as income Denmark is not yet satisücd. Ile can- plying as the crown prince of Deonot look over this little attiont. He inarki It does not give up with vie... with the greatest anxiety, our good grace. Tlc tuik is, that it is

[ocr errors]
« PreviousContinue »