« PreviousContinue »
they arrived in eqoal good condition, the negro is at present Indian corn nad and sold at a higher price than they had meal, which, with a small quantity of brought at the former island. Some of potatoes now used in the islands, we these casks of potatoes were put into a formerly principally supplied by the cool cellar by the purchaser at Jamaica, United states, who received in return, in and on examining them when I was cash and produce, nearly ten millions of leaving the island, two months after, I dollars. Potatoes and fish, together found that they bad, in a very small de with the produce of the islands, will gree, sprouted, but that all their origi- give a much more wholesome food in a tial favour was preserved.
greater abundance, and at a more reaRelecting seriously on this discovery, sonable rate. it suggested to my miod the idea of pro- The policy of our legislature, surels, posing to the British nation a mode of should be to encourage the parent state supplying their West India colonies with and the colonies, supplying each other a good and wholesome food for the ne- jo every possible manner, and to disgroes, and also for the white people, courage aliens from reaping advantage and which would find an additional from British capital, industry and execmarket for the farmer at home, a valua- tion, more particularly so when by juble freight for the merchant, and a more dicious arrangement both the Colonies extended market for the lumber of the and the mother country can bave their North American colonies ; viz. of Ca. waots supplied better from their super pada, Nova Scotia, &c.
abundant productions than from foreign It is well known that our ships in the states, proper encouragement for the West India trade, in general, go out in fisheries of Newfoundland with settlea. ballast, or not more than one-third ments for those employed in that part of freighted, carrying out some small quan- the service on the coast of our settletity of European commodities ; but the ments in North America, is indispenbulk of their freight consists of empty sably necessary. Markets there are ia casks, and materials for making casks. abundance for the employinent of more it is also well known how valuable a ships and seamen than we have now ia food potatoes are in the West Indian that trade. , Íslands; and bow much they are prised By my plan of preserving potatoes, : there, no one acquainted with the West wholesome food will be provided for lodies and its commerce but inust be the West India islands, much better and aware how much labour of the unfortu- cheaper than they possess at present, nate negro is at present employed in and a valuable freight for our outward making casks, punchcous, &c, for bring. bound shipping, which they bow want. ing bome the produce, and of im. This plan will in some measure enable mense value casks are there at, timber the merchant to have his return freight imported from our North American co- cheaper, and thus we do away with ihe Jonies to be made into casks, hogsheads, idea of having our islands dependant or rum-puncheons, coffee barrelis, &c. the American states for food, we sase &c. &c. let these be filled in my mode, an immense sum of money annually as described with potatoes, I contend, given to foreigners, and to the map of that the value of the casks wbich bring human feeling it must be a source of out potatoes, will more than compen- gratification to see that by this mode sale for tbeir freight, and the earth will ibe severe labour of the poor black is keep the casks perfectly sweet and ready, much lightened, his condition ameliowithout any labour to bring home any rated, and by having less occasion for produce. The potatoes must come his labour, aiding to abolish tbal borrid cheap to market; the ship-owner can traffic of the Slave Trade. We find a afford cheap freight- having now none, market never before discovered for our or next to none, for his outward bound agricultural exertions, giving healthful vessels.
and beneficial employment to many faThe farmers on the sea coast can easily milies at home and abroad, and a sav. Bupply more than two hundred thousand ing to the nation at least of five hug. tous of potatoes, and the population of dred thousand pounds annually. the West India islands would consume
CHARLES WHITLOW. more than that quantity.
New York Coffee-house, Feb. 12, 1816. Any overplus required may be readily P. S. Carrols may be preserved dusupplied in like manner in Nova Scotia, ring the winter moniks ju the samo Cape Breton, Canada, &c. The food of manner.
gestures, their proud march and grandeur
of demeanour; but the elevated lone of F FROM the length of the State Trials their mind and the Game of their pas.
and other interesting papers, even sions. We mean not here to enumealthough we gave 48 additional pages,
rate the various characters in which you we were not enabled to insert the follow. have shone as the light of your era : but ing Address, which may be acceptable we may be allowed to say that you to our readers as au interesting docu- cxcelled in that which was most excellent ; ment, among the many relative to Mr. that wherever the grandeur of an exalted Kemble's Retirement from the Stage. mind was united with majesty of person; COPY OF THE ADDRESS wherever the noblest organ was required
for the noblest expression ; wherever presented to J. P. Kemble. Esq. in the Nature, holding up the mould of cbaTheatre on the night of his Farewell.
racter, called for an impression from (Wrillen by particular request, for the
the most precious of metais, there she occasion, by Wm. CAREY.)
looked to KEMBLE as her gold; there
you shone with pre-eminent lustre. In SIR,
the austere dignity of Calo, the stern After having so long received from patriotism of Brutus, the fiery bearing the display of your eminent abilities of Coriolanus, and the mad intoxication, the greatest degree of gratification and of Alexander, you transported your instruction which the highest class of audience in imagination, alternately to Histrionic representation could bestow, Greece, Rome, or Babylon. Seconded. we think upon the near approach of by the well-painted illusion of local your intended farewell to the Stage Scenery, you seemed every where ia with sentiments of deep conceril, and your native city, every where contemif possible, an increase of respect la porary with the august edifices of tbe justice to the interests of the Drama, ancient world. In you, some of those and our own feelings, we would fain great characters lived; and we cannot postpone the inoment of a separation so conceal our apprehensions, that, when painful. Fitted by the endowments of you withdraw, we shall lose sight of Nature and by classical acquireinents, them for a long time, and, as life is by bigh association and the honourable shori, perhaps for ever. In expressing ambition of excellence, you bave, for this sentiment, we feel a warm respect upwards of thirty years, dignified the for every Actor of genius. A mind profession of an Actor, by your private like yours would be wounded by any conduct and public exertions in the compliment that was not founded in the British Capital. We beheld, in your most liberal sense of general desert. It personification, the spirit of History is an additional merit in you to have and Poetry united. In embodying the obtained distinction in an age of refinecharacters of Shakspeare and our other ment, and from a public qualified to Dramatic Writers, you were not con. appreciate your powers. A small light. tented to revive an outward show of shines in darkness ; but you have floutheir greatness alone. The splendour rished ainidst a circle of generous Comof an antique costume-the helmet and petitors for fame, whose various abilities armour-the crown and sceptre-all we admire; and in whose well-earned that pertains to the insignia of com- applause we proudly join. They bemand, are easily assumed. When you hold, in the honours which your counappeared, the babit and the man were as try pars to you, the permanence of that soul and body. The age and country, celebrity which they have already so in wbich we live, were forgotten. Time deservedly acquired, and a sure pledge rolled back a long succession of centu- of the future honours which await upon ries. The grave gave up its illustrious the close of their professional career. Dead, Cities and Nations, long passed We, therefore, earnestly entreat, that away, re appeared ; and the elder Bro- you will not at once deprive the Public thers of renowo, the Heroes and States, of their gratification, and the stage men, the Sages and Monarchs of other of your support. We entreat of you years, girt in the brightness of their not to take your final leave on the night) shadowy glory, lived, and loved, and named for your last performance. All sought, and bled, before us. We beheld we ask, is, that you will consent to per. , jo you, not only their varying looks and form a few nighis each Season, so long as Europ. Mag Val. LXXII. July 1817.
your health will permit. We adjure This tasteful expression of public reapect you to grant this request, by your own
was accompanied by a superb crown of fame, an object which is not more dear laurel to decorate the brows of Mr. Kemble, to you than it is to us, and we con
and both were handed by the audience, fidently rely upon your respect for
from seat to seat, from the hack to the
front of the Pit, to be presented at the public opinion, that you will not cover
conclusion of the play. They were then us with the regret of a refusal. We delivered by the Gentleman who held them, have spared the annexation of signatures to 11. Talma, the celebrated French Trageas inadequate and unnecessary, even dian, who -at in the orchestra, with a if our numbers and restricted limits per- request that he would tling them upon the mitted that form The pealing applause stage for Mr. Kemble. This was executed of the audience, each night of your per
and applauded, with loud cries for Mr. formance, and the uniled roice which
Fawcett, the Stage Manager, to present
them to Mr. Kemble. One of the servants urcoinpanies this, are the best attestation of the public sentiment.
entered to clear the stage, but was warned
by the general shond got to touch these Monday, June 23, 1817.
testimonies of public respert. Nr. Faw
CETT entered and took up the satin scroll The testimonies of respect to this great
and crown, and shewed them to the audience Performer emanated from various quarters.
wich these words: -" Ladies and GentleThe plan of an invitation by a Public Ad
men, I presime that I am to consider this vertisement to a dinner at the Freemasons'. crown and scroll as a mark of public respect Hall, and the tribute of a piece of Plato,
to Mr. Kemble, If it be your pleasure in acknowledgment for his professional to depute me to present the lanre] to that exertions, were most liberally forwarded Gentleman, it will be the most delightful by his Brethren and taken up by the Nobi
task which ever fell to my lot to perform."lity, Gentry, Men of Letters, and Artists of The whole house, by a burst of applause the Country. The idea of an Address for a
and cries of 6 yes, yes,"-communicated Farerceil, but not a final one, originated in a
their desire. Mr. Fawcett, with respectdistant circle of Lovers of the Drama, not
ful ackoowledgments bowing, assured the personally known to Ar. Kemble. In audience that, in their name he would their subsequent choice of a writer, they
present their compliment to Mr. Kemble; applied to one who also was an entire stran.
and withdrew, with the Crown and Address, ger to Mr. Kemble, and was only known to
amidst fresh tokens of esteem and respect them by the circumstances of his having, in
for the eminent Actor whom they had just various Publications, for many years spon
lost. taneously expressed his sense of that emin nent Actor's powers, He could not, there.
PORTABLE SOUP. fore, be supposed to speak any other than his unbiassed opinions, which had already met their concurrence.
THE Portable was read in private circles, and in the Pit at Covent Garden, some time before it was
no doubt, a valuable preparation for printed. Only two days before the first Jong voyages; and for the army in an intended night of delivery, a printed copy enemy's country, where provisions cana being, as is customary on such occasions, not be readily obtained. It is too highly communicated to reach him; the resolution seasoned for common use. of Mr. Kemble to persevere in his farewell was received with regret, but not without hope. Printed copies were, also, handed To the Edilor of the European Magazine. through private circles in town, a week before the farewell night. On that night, belkein the 2d, 3d, 4th, and 5th acts,
BELIEVE you were never acquaintprinted copies were circulated by several ed with my late worthy and respectGentlemen in the Pit and Boxes; and ed father, Peter Pliant, Esq.-- ah! were perilsed with earnest attention. The more's the pity. He was a man of such Receiver was sequested to read it aliud, or infinite humour and gaiety, that be, hand it along the row in the Pil or round the Box in which h was scared. It was at
always contrived to win the affections the same tipe circulared in the alleries: a
of every one whom he conversed with. copy of it had also been printed in gold
Possessed also of a considerable share letters, "pon white satin, s'rrounded by
of wit and good-nature, he was the life a wreath of roses, surnou te : by a croun
of every family ne visited, and a welcome of lausel. and encompassed by an ouer
guest every where ; nor was he less ad. border embroid red in gold: the tas-els imired for the sprightliness of his con.. on each corner were acords of gold twist. versation and his fund of entertaioment,
than for those solid and sterling quae abounded with harmless merriment. lities which are necessary to the dig. I listened with attention to the jokes nity of human nature. He never lost of the company, and applauded the sight of that prepriely wbich readers various sallies of wit and imagination, wit agreeable, nor were his views upon with the rest. My father, pleased with serious subjects at all obstructed by the my discernment, or rather what his general vivacity of bis disposition ; at partiality considered so, would often times be would pour the wholesome pat, me on the head, and exclaim, doctrines of religion and virtue into is Ah, Peter! thou wilt surely come my bosom, display the superiority of to something, for I plainly see thou righteous habits, and season his advice wert never born to disgrace me." with such suitable remarks, that always Young as I was, I understood these secured my attention, and, I hope, bet- expressions, and, of course, always tered my heart.
exerted myself the more till I became I believe, also, you were never ac- famous in the village for my quickness quainted with his son, Peter Pliant, of repartee and shrewolness of mind. junior (Ipeaning myself )-and-- was Thus passed very bappily the first years going a second time to observe-ah! of my life, till a faial disorder confined more's the pity: but, lest your readers my father to his bed, and gave rise to should be api to doubt my claims to fears which eventually robbed the poor an uncommon share of modesty, which of a kind friend, and myself of an in1 inherited from my mother's side, I dulgent and exemplary instructor. shall leave it tu Time to determine - A few hours before he resigned his however, to proceed.-1 was brought breath to Him who gave it, he sumup mosily in the country, spending a moned me to his chamber; and raising few weeks occasionally at an uncle's himself as well as extreme debility would in London ; and as my father was pos
allow him, thus addressed me :-" Husessed of a comfortable independency, man life, you see, my son, is ever subseltled to no particular branch of em. ject to misfortunes while we are yet in ploymenit. When but a child, I was possession of it, and must some day or sent to a school in the village, where other sink into eternity. We are ignomany of my own age daily assembled rant of the hour when Death approaches, to receive the instructions of an almost therefore it behoves us to be always presuperannuated dame, who, however, pared for its coming. My dissolution / would often exclaim, that I had more feel is at hand, but I cannot refrain with learning in my head than all her other my latest breath from impressing on scholars put together, and, without your 'Inind the necessity of invariably violence to truth, she night have in. adopting the principles of religion for cluded her own—but my father paid your guide and support through life; her well for her trouble, and she, of they will soothe the pangs of miscourse, had no inclination to under- fortune, and enliven the moments of rate my abilities-being the richest man pleasure; and though the vanilies of in the village too, she was afraid of life may attract and please for a while, offending him. I will not say whether they must inevitably, sooner or later, the same motive actuated the parish- fade and decay before the superior atclerk ; but true it was, he would often tainments of virtue and religion. Thank own how I puzzled him with my ob- God! I cannot accuse my heart of any servations, and astonished bim with my great crime; and though I am fully arguments, when he met me wander- sensible of my fraillies, and aware of ing to school, and was often heard to my imperfections, I still hope for that exclaim, that I knew my catechisin merey which I have endeavoured, howbetter than any one else in the place. ever feebly, to deserve." -- This disThe farmers' wives and daughters, too, course, which was often interrupted by would praise my behaviour whenever his tears, was now discontinued, from I met them. In short, Sir, Master bis inability to proceed further; he laid Peter was an universal favourite. At his ficad gently on the pillow, and in a my father's table, which was often open few hours quiited the regions of more to his friends, I was constantly indulged tality for those of endless happiness. with a seat from my earliest recollec- I will poss over the immediate events tiou, and always remember with plea- that succeeded this occurrence, and sure those scenes which invariably merely slale, that I followed bim lo the
grave with sincere sorrow. An event tion in those things which he knew best Happened at this scene of melancholy, calculated to ensure my happiness; and which made me the more regret his loss while the tear started in my eye for his at the moment, but was afterwards pro. loss, my bosom heaved in the recollecductive of the post agreeable seosa- tion that be had acted through life with tions. On arriving at the place of in all the integrity of an honest and an upterment, with a few of his select friends, right man. who anxiously desired to pay the last I shall conclude this letter by ob. tribule of affection to departed worth, serving, that on a future period I shall i found almost every inhabitant of the continue my own history, and intervillage collected to manifest their res. sperse the account of it will such of pect and gratitude to their benevolent those observations I have above menmaster ; and while the feelings of every tioned as I think best calculated to one were vented in loud sobbings at his ensure the approbation of your readers: loss, I could not help regarding every in the mean time, beg leave to subtear that fell on his account as so many scribe myself, ackuowledgments of his humanity and
Your's, &c. friendship-but I'll disiniss tbis subject
PETER PLIANT. with remarking, that he who leaves bebind him the regret and affection of his fellow-creatures, raises a more lasting To the Edilor of the European Magazine, inonument to his memory than all the pride of wealth or vanity of ostentation
I of cau erect.
try, which I will thank you to give At an early period after his decease, I a page in your truty valuable Misopened bis will in the presence of all his cellany. friends and tenants, and found that every
Your's, &c. one was remembered in some way or
T, HILL. viher-sume token of his regard was distributed to all, and gave more plea- “ All is the gift of Industry, whate'er sure than things of a much greater va
Exalts, embellishes, and renders life lue could possibly bestow. After seve.
Delighitul." Thonson's Seasons. ral legacies, which were bequeathed to THE poct has so remarkably, nar, some of his dearest friends, were paid, inimitably, sct forth the beauties of inI found myself in the possession of an dustry, that it is, perhaps, but a weak annual income of 8001. and immedi. atlenipt to elucidate the subject : but ately formed a plan of living that I as idleness is pamed the child of sloth, might enjoy life comfortably, and do so industry should prompt men, by the justice to my father's memory, by act. labour of their hands and faculties, lo ing as he did with regard to his poorer the attainment of a sufficiency; to fellow-creatures - I therefore, witb a render their lives as confortable as posfew trilling exceptions, maintained the sible through this passage of mortaestablishment in the cou: ty, and, for lily. the purpose of occasionally varying the But, as man is placed here under the scene of life, bired apariments in town, eye of an all-secing Providence, beneath near some relations of mine, whow I the inspection of Omniscience itself, shiell bereafter bave occasion to intro. he shouid be extremely careful to ob. duce to your police, thus alternately tain nothing but what an honest indusdevoting my time and attention to try may allot lim; whenever methods each.
are pursned to accomplish lucrative In the leisure hours which the coun- designs that bear any contrast to tbis, try afforded. I occasionally amused iny. will, in no wise render the enjoyment self by looking over those papers which delightful, but sadly embitter, aud give m: fither had, some time before he died, a false taste to enjoyment ilself. recommended to my attention, and in We should be much upon our guard which I found such a collection of not to deviate from this principle, if shrewd observations al pon mankind, and we expect peace at the last ; for as the such a quantity of excelent maxims, attainments and acquisitions of such that made me peruse them with pled an industry as the poct speaks of, may sure. I could not help recalling to my have a very happy effect in the relish of mind bis adection for me, which had such good things which the bountifulinduced him uus in cogage bis alted- ncss of provideuce has thus bestowed,