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Theatre Royal Glasgow.—After a successful campaign, our theatre closed on the 8th July ;—our principal performers were Mr. Toms, who is a very respectable actor in genteel comedy, and in serious characters, such as the Stranger, Penruddock, ice. he has but few equals out of London. Mr. Rock, Mr. Turpin, an excellent comic actor, particularly in the Yorkshire men ^ Messrs. Bristol and Bell, Miss Duncan, Mrs. Turpin, Mrs. Duncan, fcc. Mr. Bannister junior performed here twelve nights to crowded houses. The inhabitants of Glasgow have seldom received so much satisfaction from the abilities of an individual, and never did ah actor exert himself more in contributing to their amusement, as was clearly shewn by the bursts of applause with which he was constantly received, and from the overflow at his benefit. During his stay here, he performed Dr. Pangloss, Col. Feignwell, Tandem, Sheva, Marplot, and Sir Bashful Constant, the latter for his own benefit. John Bull was performed here during his stay. Mr. B. in Job Thornberry, Mr. Rock, in Dennis Brulgruddcry, Mr. Toms, in Frank Rochdale, Mr. Turpin in Dan, Mr. Bartley, (from Drury Lane) in Tom Shuffleton, and Miss Duncan, in Mary, made it pass off with astonishing eclat.
July, 1803. John Blunt.
Theatre Chelmsford.—The theatre here has been respectably attended.— Mr. Seymour has appeared in a variety of principal characters, with .very great success; he has been particularly admired in John Bull, a play that has been often repeated. On Tuesday, Aug. 8, it was acted for his benefit, which was uncommonly well attended. On this occasion he spoke Rolla's harangue to the soldiery, with a spontaneous introduction, to the following effect. The style of it is so extremely animated, that I trust it will not be thought unworthy of a situation in the Mirror.
"At a moment like this, when all ranks, parties, and distinctions of men are united, head, heart, and hand in the common cause of our country, little apology perhaps is needful for the introduction, here, of that eloquent and fervid address which Mr. Sheridan has ascribed, dramatically, to a generous and warlike chief. Circumstances, indeed, have occured since the composition of this speech, whick appear to lessen, in some degree, the force of its present application. A remarkable change has taken place, not in the real temper, the fixed and rooted enmity of our implacable foe, but in his outward deportment, and the style and tone of language that-, he has recently adopted. His baneful progress, heretofore, in the subjugation and overthrow of surrounding states, was uniformly attended with flattering professions of good will, and promises to better the condition of the people: the grim aspect, and pestilent breath of rapacious war, was hid and suppressed behind a shade of odorous and budding olive; and ice beheld, at a distance, in tranquil wonder, the splendid coruscations of this comet, while the regions over which it hovered, were yet only dazzled, and not consumed with its blaze; but now, grown impudent in ,cvil, this flagitious spoiler, in his arrogant attack on us, disclaims hypocrisy, or rather, stripped of his specious mask by British vigilance and vigour, he starts up, like Satan at the touch of Ithuriel's spear, revealed in his naked horror and deformity,' foaming and denouncing on us vengeance, chains, and ruin.—I beg pardon for this digression, and proceed to the speech."
Both this preface and the speech were most warmly received, and Mr. Seymour was called upon to repeat it on a subsequent evening.
Theatre Royal Liverpool.—Mr. Fawcett and Mr. Munden have played a certain number of nights each, with pretty good success. Braham and Stcrace are engaged to perform in September. The tragedy of Macbeth is announced for the benefit of the Patriotic Fund, to be performed entirely by amateurs. Murray, judiciously consulting' the spirit of the times, takes the play of King John, as it was performed last season at Covent Garden, with Dr. Valpy's additions and alterations. Emery is a great favourite with the town. Mathews, the popular comedian at the Haymarket, is engaged, with his wife, for the winter season: this will enable the managers to gratify the people with Love laughs at Locksmiths, in a capital -tyle.
Theatre Birmingham.—The benefits, Harlcy's excepted, have been equally unproductive with the regular nights. Mr. Hill has been here for the last month, and Mrs. Billington is coming for a few nights, when it is to be hoped that her melodious notes will succeed in drowning, for a time, the noise of * the Cyclops"i hammers,' which the voice both of the comic and tragic Muse has been elevated in vain to silence.
Theatre Royal Plymouth.—Theatricals are more flourishing in this town than in most others, at the present juncture. The corps has been lately strengthened by the acquisition of Mr. Egerton, who succeeded Mr. Elliston at Bath, and Mrs. Johnstone (for six nights) from the same theatre. Mrs. Frederick made her appearance in a ballet called Rural Sports, and has been much admired in various pantomimical characters. Mr. Winston is an extraordinary favourite in Caleb Quotem, Ollapod, &c. We forgot to mention, ir^ our last, the excellent manner in which Mrs. Gore plays Lucretia Ml Tab; she gives it with a strong scotch accent, which increases the effect considerably. We are happy to perceive that the hint given to Mr. Neyler, in your last Mirror, has already been of essential service to him. ,_
The following is an extract of a letter from a lady whowas passenger on board the Lady Hobart, Falmouth Packet, Capt. W. D. Fellowes, to her friends, elated the 4th of August:—
"We landed last night at Bristol, after suffering greater hardships, as I suppose, than almost any person could. We were shipwrecked on an island of ice, on the 28th of June, at one o'clock in the morning; there was just time, after the packet struck, to get out two small boats, a small bag of bread, and a small quantity of wine and- rum; very soon after we were all in the boat, we saw her sink. We had then the melancholy prospect of being either starved or sunk, as our boats were loaded to the water's edge, and we were 400 miles from any land. After seven days and nights (during which time we had only about a quarter of a biscuit a day, and one wine-glass of some liquid) we made the island of Newfoundland, and, at the same time saw a fishing boat, which took us into a small fishing cove, where the people all came down to the boats, and •arried most of us into their houses, as few at that time were able to walk;
•ne or two more days, and, I think, we should all have been dead. Most of the people were delirious. The captain was out of his mind for two days, and one man jumped overboard quite mad. We had too ladies, who both lost their senses the third day. I thank the Almighty that I preserved mine, which enabled me to take c re of the others."
A letter from Ratisbon, dated July 25, says "His Majesty the King of Great Britain, has formally appealed to a Diet of the Empire, against that violation of the freedom and neutrality of the Empire which is committed in the seizure of Hanover by the French."'
The following statement on the subject of the atrocities committed by the French troops in Hanover, is represented as being strictly consistent with the accounts received in a variety of private letters.—" Ever since the conquest, the whole electorate has been a scene of pillage and butchery, which is said to yield only to the state of Switzerland in spring 1798. The French soldiers have the most unbounded indulgence of their ruling passions of rapacity, cruelty, and lust. In the city of Hanover, and even in the public streets, women of the highest rank, have been violated by the lowest of that brutal soldiery, in the presence of their husbands and fathers, and subject, at the same time, to such additional and undescribable outrages as the brutal fury of the violators, inflamed by drunkenness, could contrive. We have seen the names of some of these unfortunate ladies; but the honour of their families, and the peace of their future lives (if they can have peace) forbid us to publish them." Scenes of equal atrocity are said to be frequent in every 'part of the electorate, and even districts have been put to military execution. Let the people of this country consider these things seriously at the present moment, and reflect what must be their fate if, through want of energy and spirit, they suffer the hordes of French plunderers to gain a footing on our shore.
We fully coincide in the remark of Mr. Sheridan, relative to the cloathing i of the volunteer corps, many of which are so expensive as to preclude altogether a certain class of individuals from joining the ranks. It would undoubtedly be preferable, in a time like the present, when absolute energy, and in all probability actual service will be required, that the uniform should be as simple, and attended with as little expence as possible.
There is, perhaps, no body of men that could be of greater service in a field of battle than the clergy, whether regular or irregular: not less than six thousand of these gentlemen take out an annual licence for shooting game; and certainly a man who can bring down half a dozen brace of pheasants or partridges in the course of a day, may be able to do some execution against a regiment of Frenchmen. The Archbishop of Canterbury might lead the southern division of this black-coated corps, while his Grace of York might direct the northern. The bishops, deans, &c. will of course fill up the subordinate offices; the rectors and curates to constitute the serjeants, and rank and file.
Publication issued by Monsieur, Brother to the King of France.—Monsieur, brother of the King of France, has deemed it his duty no longer to remain silent respecting an important fact of which too vague an idea has hitherto gone abroad. The variety of lights in which it has been represented, and the false reports industriously circulated by an usurped government, impcrioush/ require that the opinion of the public, but more particularly that of Frenchmen, should be set right respecting the real state of the matter.
Such are the reasons which at the present conjuncture induce Monsieur to make public certain details, which particular circumstances do not allow, however interesting they may be, to be enumerated more at length than as follows :—
On the 26th February of the current year, a personage of prominent distinction, empowered by high authority, waited on the King of France at Warsaw, and verbally made to his Majesty in terms the most respectful, but at the same time the most urgent, and, in the opinion of him who urged them, the most persuasive, the astonishing proposal to renounce the throne of France, and to require the same renunciation on the part of all the members of the house of Bourbon : the envoy moreover observed, that, as a price of this sacrifice, Bonaparte would secure indemnities to his majesty, and even a splendid establishment. His majesty, strongly animated by that sentiment which the hand of adversity is never able to obliterate from elevated souls, and which makes him cling as tenaciously to his rights as he does to the happiness of France, immediately wrote the following answer, which he delivered on the 28th February to the person who was deputed to him.
ANSWER OF THE KING.
I am far from being inclined to confound M. Bonaparte with those who have preceded him. I think highly of his valour, and of his military talents. Neither do I feel ungrateful for many acts of his administration; for whatever is done for the benefit of my people, shall always be dear to my heart. He is deceived, however, if he imagines that he can induce me to forego my claims, for otherwise he himself would confirm and establish them, could they be called in question, by the very step he has now taken.
I cannot pretend to know what may be the intentions of the Almighty respecting my race and myself; but I am well aware of the obligations imposed upon me by the rank to which he was pleased I should be born. As a Christian I shall continue to fulfil these obligations to my last breath. As a descendant of St. Louis I shall endeavour to imitate his example by respecting myself— even in captivity and chains. As successor of Francis I. I shall at least aspire to say with him—We have lost every thing but our honour.
At the bottom of this answer are written the following words :—
With the permission of the king my uncle, I adhere with heart and soul to the contents of this note.
(Signed) Louis Antoine.
On the 2d March the king wrote to Monsieur, acquainting him with what had passed, and instructed him to make known the same to the princes of the blood who were in England, taking charge himself to inform such of them respecting it who do not reside in that country. On the 22d April, Monsieur called a meeting of the princes, who with equal alacrity and unanimity have signed the following adhesion to the answer of the king of the 28th February;
ADHESION OF THE PRINCES.
We the undersigned princes, the brother, nephews and cousins of his mat i*sty Louis XVIII. King of France and of Navarre-.*. S—VOL. XVI.
Thoroughly impressed with the same sentiments with which our Sovereign Lord the King has shewn himself to be so honourably animated in his answer to the proposal made to him of renouncing the throne of France, and of requiring all the princes of this house in like manner to renounce all the imprescriptible claims to the succession to that same throne, Declare, That as our attachment to our rights, to our duty, and to ourhonour, can never permit us to forego our claims, we adhere with heart and soul to the answer made by our king.
That, in imitation of his exampje, Mre shall not lend ourselves in any manner whatever to any step or proceeding that can imply on our part a failing in whatever we owe to ourselves, to our ancestors, to our descendants.
We Finally Declare, That being fully convinced that a large majority of the French people inwardly participate in all the sentiments by which we are animated, it is in the name of our loyal countrymen, as well as in our own, that we renew upon our sword, and to our king, the solemn and sacred oath to live and die faithful to our honour, and to our legitimate sovereign.
CHARLES PHILIPPE OF FRANCE.
CHARLES FERDINAND OF ARTOIS, Duke of Bern.
Louis Philippe Of Orleans, Duke of Orleans.
LOUIS HENRY JOSEPH DE BOURBON CONDE, Duke of
Wansted House, April 23> 1803. * ADHESION Of The Duke Of Enghein.
The letter of the 2d March, with which your majesty has vouchsafed to honour me, reached me in due time. Your majesty is too well acquainted with the blood which flows in my veins, to have entertained a moment's doubt respecting the tenour and spirit of the answer which your majesty calls for. I am a Frenchman, Sire, and a Frenchman faithful to his God, to his King, and to the oaths that are binding on his honour: many others may perhaps one day envy me this triple advantage. Will your majesty therefore vouchsafe to permit me to annex my signature to that of the Duke d'Augouleme, adhering, as I do, with him in heart and soul to the contents of the note of my sovereign ? It is in these invariable sentiments that I remain, Sire, your Majesty's most humble, most obedient, and very faithful subject and servant,
(Signed) louis Antoine Henry De Bourbon.
Ettcnheim, in the dominions of the Margrave of Baden, March 22, 1803. The adhesion of the Prince de Conti has not yet been received; but no doubt can be entertained about it.
Monsieur has since learnt, that on the 19th of March the same envoy, pursuant to the orders which he had received, waited again upon the king. There was no longer any question about the substance of his majesty's answer, but some alterations were intimated respecting the terms in which the form of the answer should be couched j apprehensions seemed to be felt lest it should so far