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We have with considerable attention looked over the late Mr. Cnsac's Hypotheses of Comets, and Theory of Spirit ; but, we regret to say, to no one purpose, except that of bewildering ourselves. After wandering amongst the Constellations, therefore, antil we had a narrow escape from not returning in time to meet our friends on the first of March, we now fcel'in duty bound to spare our readers a similar mishap, and, by declining insertion to the papers alloded to, thus save them from being either lost in soaring amongst the stars, or sunk in plunging to the bottomless depths of metaphysics.-The MSS. will be returned upon application at our Publisher's.
Early Love is a subject too interesting to our personal feelings not to command our earliest attention; and R. E. E. R. will, we hope, give us many future opportunities of b.ing thus grateful.
ALFRED BEAUCHAMP has much pleasure in acknowledging the politeness of PERCY YORKE, JUN, Esq.; though it is at present quite uncertain whether his kind present can be made available in the mode suggested. Under any circumstances, however, Mr. Yorke's future correspondence will be esteemed a compliment.
Visions of complaining Authors and disappointed Publishers frowning upon our nightly slumbers, and haunting our “curtained sleep" in dreadful lamentations for our disregard of their neglected Volumes, have at length roased us to shake off these night-mairs from onr pillow, by attending to the subject of their complaints, and to chase away these spectres from our library, by acknowledging ourselves in the wrong; and, as far as in us lies, making honourable amends. Their works shall receive our critical regard ; and even now, to prove our sincerity, will we commence here,
“ For let the frame of things disjoint, both the worlds suffer,
Ere we will eat our meal io fear, and sleep
That shake us nightly." And first, then, for the most troublesome,--" The Gossip” is a work whose gossipings were not very popular, as they extended only to tour and twenty Twopenny Numbers; and though, in these days of economy and retrenchment, an article being very cheap is it's strongest recommendation, it seems to have been of little or no avail in this instance, as a very premature decease closed it's talkative career. Iu justice to it's conductors, however, we must admit, that there are some few of it's articles, on which we should not be ashamed to confer immortality, by giving them insertion in our EUROPEAN ; but we have no space to be thus liberal, aud, with an anxious wish for better success to his next literary exertions, we here take leave of it's worthy Editor's gossiping.
Our next article is a curiosity, entitled “ The Story of Pigou," setting forth, as the author tells us,-“ bow he bid himself in a forest, -“how he was discovered quite naked on the coast of Malacca,”-and“ how he saved an East Indiaman's crew trom slaughter !" which,“ with many other hous of as great charge,' the learned writer assures us, form the most perfect and laudable lessons of humanity that ever were recommended to the reading of young persons !". From this eulogy, however, we beg leave to record our dissent, as from the “highly finished Frontispiece," representing Master Pigon like a consumptive monkey with his hair and tail singed off, to the last page of this “eventful history,” it is so extremely improbable, unnatural, and inconsistent,' that we should be very fearful of it's giving the aforesaid "
young persons" a knack of becoming equally marvellous in their own story-telling; which the world might be ill-natured enough to term lying. We regret the necessity for our being thus plain spoken, because the author either is, or has been, an instructor of youth ; but what will our readers say to the “Master of the Lydney and Aylburton Grammar Schools” favouring us with such grammar as the following, in " Au Ode addressed to the Nightingale," at the end of his Volume.
“ Perhaps, hermit bird, like myself thou art come,
For to weep in this solitude rude;
And where folly and noise ne'er intrude.
The deceptions that float in the day's sunny time;
That uplifteth the mind to sublime !" If our friends can understand this rhapsody, we most readily acknowledge them much better qualified to unriddle inysteries than we are. We could add much more equally intelligible and quite as edifying ; but eheu! jan satis, and in pity we forbear.
LONDON Published for the Proprietors of the European Magazine. by the Exerators of the late 9 Asparne 52 cornhill. March 2822
Engraved I J Thomson from an original Painting by George Clint Esq 1 RA
MR. WILLIAM FARREN,
OF THE THEATRE ROYAL, COVENT GARDEN.
BY GEORGE CLINT, ESQ. A.R.A.
Old men so duly ;
BEN JONSON's Epitaph on Salathiel Pavy.
provements which even our own sally acknowledged as it is univertimes have introduced equally amongst sally admired. To this honourable the necessaries and comforts, as into distinction, in it's fullest extent, we the luxuries and amusements of life : venture to lay claim for the subject there bave been none more decided of this brief Memoir ; in the confiand more manifest, than the altera- dent persuasion of our readers' equal tion and improvement of our Theatres. acquiescence in our eulogy of 'bis Contrasted with but the time of Gar- professional talent, and private rerick, how changed is the scenic illu- spectability. sion which now gives “a local habita- MR. WILLIAM FARREN, the pretion and a name" to the creations of sent popular Comedian of Covent Garour poets ; and which mimica Nature den Theatre, is one of three sons of the with a fidelity that appears to bid Jate Mr. Farren, of Gower-street, Beddefiance to all future rivalry! To ford-square, formerly attached to the Greece, the cradle of Science and of same Company in a rank of considerGlory, belongs also the honour of able eminence. The taste and in-linahaving been the Parent of the Drama; tion of our hero having early fixed and from her first rude wanderers in upon the stage as his future prothe Cart of Thespis, and the Chorus of fession, after receiving a superior Eschylus, to the gorgeous Theatres education in the seminary of Dr. and classic Performers of the present Barrow, of Soho-square, he made his day, is a change and an improvement debut, in the character of Sir Archy equal to any of those which Time bas Macsarcasm, at the Plymouth Theatre, wrought, or History has chronicled. then partly belonging to his elder broNor has a less gratifying advance- ther, and was most favourably rement taken place in the moral cha. ccived. Mr. Farren's talents were racters of those individuals, by the next transplanted to Dublin, where exertion of whose talents the drama his success speedily procured bim is upheld, and the stage supported; a permanent engagement and cousiand our theatres may at the present derable popularity, and an offer from moment boast of very many, wbose the Haymarket Theatre was conseprivate worth and respectability may. quently declined, from the eligibility proudly challenge comparison with of bis present situation. Mr. Faribose of any other class of society; ren's nanie being, however, most favourably introduced to the.Drury- must have fully equalled, if not have lane Committee, by his Grace the exceeded, the warmest anticipations Duke of Leinster, a negociation was of his most sanguine friends. His entered into, which fell to the ground successive performances of Lord from the alleged excess of the terms Ogleby, Sir Anthony Absolute, Lovedemanded by that gentleman. It was gold, Sir Fretful Plagiary, and simiabout this time that a series of dis- lar characters, were a series of new turbances, arising from the dis- triumphs to his fame, and conferred appointment of a favourite perform- new distinctions on his talent. While ance, compelled the premature close in the former and most difficult of of the Dublin Theatre, and the sur- these arduous parts he was admitted, render of it's management into other to have rivalled or eclipsed the cele. hands; in consequence of which, on brated original performer Mr. King, it's re-opening, Mr. W. Farren was whose representation had been contiannounced Stage Manager with the dently pronounced inimitable. A more full consent of the Proprietors, and rapid rise to popularity and eminence to the satisfaction of the public. In was probably never before witnessed the succeeding summer, the Drury- upon the stage, than in the instance of lane Committee offered the terms Mr. Farren; while the general opinion which they had previously rejected, of his merit is confirmed by every rebut which Mr. Farren, having sti- petition of his old characters, and expulated to remain in Ireland for a tended by his every appearance in a period of three years, in his turn re
We have entered so fully fused the acceptance of. In the and so frequently into an analysis autumn of 1817, our hero was in- of the very correct study evinced in troduced to Mr. Harris, and accepted these various performances, that it is a most liberal engagement for Covent quite unnecessary for us again to enGarden ; where, having bidden fare- ter upon a course of criticism, which well to his Dublin friends, under the must be principally encomium. Few high patronage of the Lord Lieute- actors of the present day are so connant, on the 19th of August 1818; stantly before the public, and perhe made his first bow to a London haps none are less likely to occaaudience, in the character of Sir sion disappointment to the pleasurable Peter Teazle, on Thursday the 10th anticipations of their audience, than, of the following September. Mr. Mr. William Farren, Farren's success in the metropolis
AS we sail from the shore of a land that we love,
And the waves urge us onward, in mist we depart;
It is traced on the memory, and drawn on the hcart.
On a tropical desart, or cold northern plain,
Bring back to our sight the dear country again.
And 'tis thus too with life :- As we glide down it's stream,
The gaily-gilt vision of Infancy dies ;
Becomes dim as it upward to Manhood shall rise.
For e'en one lovely ray on it's ruins to pour;
Are when blest in our dreams, we are youthful once more.