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sive and pleasing, and Wilkinson nager, and valued himself on his tact says that in her youth “she sported and address in making apologies for the best leg ever seen on the stage.” accidental disappointments. This,
The season of 1762-1763, was from long practice, became part of marked, at Drnry-lane, by the re- his nature. During the no-popery appearance of Mrs. Siddons, in the riots, in 1700, the mob attacked his full meridian of her talents, after house, without knowing or caring several years' probation in Bath. On who lived there. To appease their the 12th of October, 1782, she pre- fury, he sent out a barrel of table sented herself as Isabella, in the beer untapped. They forthwith " Fatal Marriage,” and from that drew the bung, expecting to find night, until her retirement as Laly double stout, and began to throw Jacheth, on the 29th of June, 1812, Volleys of stones when they discovered a long reign of thirty years, occupied the thin potation.” Hull, tremthe tragic throne without a rival. bling for his windows and his skin, Sie was unquestionably, in her walk, threw up the sash of an upper room, the greatest actress that ever trod the and appeared in his velvet night-cap. slazu in any age or country. Such per- After three profound obeisances, be sonal and mental qualities were never addressed the children of plunder co:nbined in another. But she lacked thus:-- “ Ladies and gentlemen, I versatility, and should never have assure you, upon my honour (the right tre passed on the realms of Thalia. hand to his breast), the small beer During this, her first season, tragedy was a mistake. I have sent to Gif. * w high in the ascendant, and the fard's brew-house for a cask of porter ; comie forces of the theatre were com- it will soon be here, and in the meanparatively neutralized. The " Fatal time I most hunbly solicit your usual V urriage was acted twenty-four kind indulgence." tmos; the “Grecian Daughter" A few weeks after the failure of cleven; “Jane Shore" thirteen; the Hull's tragedy, a comedy by Pratt, * Fair Penitent" fourteen; and the the “Gleaner," called the school for "Morning Bride” twice. Mirs. Sid. Vanity," in which Miss Farren acted dous'son'yoriy nal character was Mrs. Ophelia Wyndham, a sentimental Vont que, in a dull tragedly, in prose, heroine, met with a similar fate. by Thomas Hull, called the “Fatal “S'death!" exclaimed the autbor, in Interview," which expired quietly indignation; "I'll print it, and shame after the third nicht. By acting an the fools." He did so, and proved indifferent part in a poor piece, she the justice of the sentence. A second began to lose fround with the pubs. comedy by Waldron, entitled " ImiTi', and it was mil that Sheridan, tation, or the Female Fortune Hunthe manager, damned the play tó ters," Charlotte, by Miss Farren, save the tras Piessant for the also died, and made no sign. But anthor, and one of the thousand-and- dramatists have a cat-like tenacity one rastuities which dramatic flesh to life. Twelve years later, Walis hurto.
drun tried his bantling again at the Thors- Hui, during a life of eighty. Havmarket, as “ Heighto for a Husone years, intl.sted on the pubiic band," with a diferent cast, and eighteen du'l trak dira, comedies, rather better luck. This comedy is, operax, and fair, and one pratorio; in fact, the " Beaux Stratagem," inalso five Boves a legendary taie verted. (harlotte and Maria, two fast All these literary airs, long buried young ladies, in search of fortune by and for 2**?, were fully redeemed matrimony, are Archer and Aumerell by the estatement of the ('ovent in petticoats, and placed in pretty Ganien Fund for decayed actors and much the same circumstances. There actress, of which he wis the foun. is a male (herry, with a female der. For this act of philanthroprDostluce and Srub. Such coarse may his shadow never be less! He indecency, without wit or humour, was a reapectable actor, ton, in the ought never to have paseed muster. heary line, and during a service at Miss Farren had not been many furent Garlen of nearly fifty years, anns on the London star wirn, prver was alment from duty but once, by the propriety of her private conwhen ernfined to his bed by a fever. diet and her profesional sneurs, 1,5 mang kala hin west ma plim obtuined inipontuare inn to dietina
guished parties in fashionable life. neither do the parties involved lose At the particular request of several caste or estimation in the eyes of the of the nobility, she took part in and world by being prepared for a posconducted the stage arrangements of sible contingency, should it present some private plays at the Duke of itself. But is this precision quite in Richmond's town residence in Privy accordance with high and pure prinGardens, in which the Earl of Derby, ciples of morality and religion A Lord Henry Fitzgerald, and the Hon- husband may not live with his wife, orable Mrs. Damer sustained lead- or a wife with her husband, by muing characters. Here she formed her tual consent, without moral delinfirst acquaintance with the noble quency; still they are legally and reEarl, which in course of time ripened ligiously joined until death or the into mutual regard. Before this at- divorce court divides them. True, tachment sprung up, the frequent they may agree to live apart, on visits of the celebrated orator and terms ; but be the motive of separastatesman, Charles James Fox, to tion what it may, or the blame, if the green-room, and his pointed at- any, on one side or divided, it requires tentions to Miss Farren, became a keen casuistry to determine that matter of notoriety. She seemed therefore A. and C. may lawfully arto encourage him with the modest range a future marriage, on the speconfidence which implied a convic- culation that the intervening B. will
, tion that his intentions were honor- some fine day, think proper to make able, and also not unwelcome. But a vacancy. This, viewed as a pure when explicit declaration became ne- case of conscience, would form an cessary, it appeared that the great interesting topic for the wisdom of Whig orator's notions were liberal the law lords, or the consistorial and anti-matrimonial. Peremptory court, should either be able to find dismissal followed; and not long after leisure for an abstract question. We Lord Derby became the fair vestal's presume not, in our limited power of avowed patron and admirer. He judgment, to hint at a decision. was a married man, separated, but Lord Derby, during their probanot divorced, from his first wife, the tionary, courtship, addressed many only daughter of the sixth Duke of poetical tributes to the virtues and Hamilton. Whether their estrange- amiable qualities of Miss Farren. ment arose from incompatibility of The following specimen marks the temper, from the Countess's ill- high tone of his admiration :health, or from what other cause, it
"TO MISS FARREN, ON HER BEING ONE were needless and meddling to con
DAY ABSENT FROM CHURCH. jecture. The marriage took place in
“While wond'ring angels, as they look'd June, 1774, and, by this lady, the
from high, Earl had a son who succeeded him, Observ'd thy absence with a holy sigh; and two daughters. His lordship To them a bright, etherial seraph saidwas born in 1752, and consequently Blame not the conduct of th' exalted was seven years older than Miss maid; Farren, but outlived her rather more Where'er she goes, her steps can never than five years, dying in 1834. As stray; time passed on, it became whispered Religion walks, companion of her way; about that they were conditionally
She goes with ev'ry virtuous thought engaged to each other, the union to
Heaven on her face, and heaven within take place when circumstances al
her breast.” lowed. In the meantime not a whisper of scandal was breathed upon the In 1783, John Kemble was added intimacy. Their caution and recipro- to the Drury-lane company, and cal restraint were undeviating. They soon raised himself to a position were never seen together except in second only to that of his sister. On the presence of a third person, gene- the 14th of February, 1784, Miles rally the lady's mother.
Peter Andrews produced a comedy These prospective arrangements be- called "Reparation.” The heroine, tween enamoured ladies and gentle- Julia Hardy, a sentimental young men, depending on the life or death lady, who had been deluded under of an existing impediment or incum- the colour of a mock marriage, was brance, are by no means uncommon; intended for Mrs. Siddons, but lost nothing by being transferred to Miss twenty-three. She was a native of Farren, who exerted her utmost Waterford, and made her first stage powers where there were no mate- attempt in Dublin, as Audrey, in rials to insure brilliant success. 1777; the same year in which our Andrews was a manufacturer of heroine faced an audience in Livergunpowder as well as plays ; but pool. Her maiden name was Bland, imparted nothing of the force and when she joined Tate Wilkinson's splendour of the first inflammable company, in 1782. He soon found composition to his eleven dramatic it expedient to recommend the as. efforts. They were uniforinly dull, sumption of a matronly title, and heavy non-conductors. One of Miss suggested Mrs. Jordan, as she bad Farren's distinguishing excellences recently crossed the channel. ller was the care she bestowed on every first part in York was Calista, in the part, good, bad, or indifferent, com- “ Fair Penitent," a red hot tragedy mitted to her charge, and the puncti- heroine. The curtain fell on her lious exactness with which she deli- dying agonies, amidst the sobe and vered the language of the author; tears of the audience; and after a a practice less common than it ought few minutes it rose again, when she to be with professors of the art his- bounded on the stage in a frock and trionic. On the 17th of May, 1744, mub cap, and gave them the song of Kemble and Minis Farren appeared the “Greenwood Laddie," which had together as Jupiter and Ilemena in been regularly announced, with a Dryden's - Amphitryon." Up to glow and breadth, a voice, a smile, this period she had been unfortu- am a natural earnestness, which nate in original parts at Drury-lane; perfectly be wildered the same sicani thot in the next ytar ahie playul tators, and etfectually roused then Lolly Purgin?, in ('um'rlani's from the depression of the play. " Natural Son," with exqui-ite skill, “ Gentleman Sunith, as he was and reived the enthusidatio come called, the original (hurlrs Surface priments of the author, ten niets at forty-six, saw her in Yorkshire, were all that could be accomplished and strongly recommended her to for a comedy, supported, in addition, the Drury-lane managers to play by John Pin'r, King, Monely, Par: Bleonds to Mrs. Sidons in tragedy; s, and Joins Pope; weil written, and with this object they engaged her but lamentably delicient in incident at four pounds a-werk. She prevailed a'id wit. On the oth of Jay ale on the authorities to give her a first Wis sulkuy called upon to speak chance in broad comedy: The conthe adılrem at Mrs. Bany's fare. sequence was that they immediately #vil benetit, whii h that ili starteil, doubled her salary, and before the failed beanty, and one popular fa- season was over, raised it to twelve Vrte, was too much attend to puunds, and added two benefits. diver hell. These two lines Atter a brillant professional carrer were therefore ailde: .
of twenty ki ht years, the closing * But wr, fpi*tvsed with ktatitule and tvourite of the publie were durk;
des and private life of this eminent ter, To may bes dutes tri utrobe assesta." etuid ly pu cuntary ditlienlties, and
Whironded in minte ry. We are un The curtain in dr. w and is over- & ip to matiis prorient curis mity by nr. Daly. V -- Furnbul
the veil, and lid hesitate I or forward, wien le fa.lt ferd oat to do if we tull. She died par ** that be felt the 11'!1. trat:tufe and wret. bed at St. ('!, in 1-10, fit the faser of the l. '12ne' ; tius and was buried olusi'urriy buy “strafher profess!* Wrie untened, and ger banda," that her an tean pentada Ixt tis parink here for a moment, mure el punt expr.mi of her sin- andersider the strength concentrated cerity."
at Drury lane in 17m.), ani for veral On the lath of October, 17-5, a smequent search Amongst the brisiant qu'ell.13, Mre Jordan, luzee were M:. Siddo, Mix, Jonian, made her first appearatice at Drury. Im Farren, Jiwa Poque, Jirk (Crouch, love, as Perw in the "Country Siru. Wari. Mne. When; amongst Gul" sie wis two years $11.17 tie men, Jilin kemble, Smith, tuan JLS Furtell, and at tiat time the two Palmeik, King Binnister, jun., Parsons, Suett, Moody, and him for the moment; and Covent Dodd. If such talent existed now, it Garden, under the classic sceptre of could not be brought together in one John Kemble, fled from Shakespeare arena. There were then only two to horses and a live elephant. Such theatres open in London during the are the fluctuations of taste, and such winter, instead of the thirty at pre- the unfathomable lottery of all theasent in full swing. Neither of their trical speculations. It is vain to cry exchequers was overflowing when out upon the incompetence, ignorance, they had the market all to themselves. or obstinacy of managers or actors. Sheridan was on the point of bank- The sin lies at the door of the public, ruptcy some years later when who alone can infect with the disease "Pizarro” and the dog Carlo retrieved and provide a cure.
SCENES IN THE TRANSITION AGE FROM CÆSAR TO CHRIST.
for a long voyage. There the white
robed priest having broken the sacred As, one bright morning in the fifty- egg on the prow, and scattered sulfifth year of the current era, the popu- phur on the decks, along which the lation of Cyrene thronged the streets images of the gods were placed, stood and house-roofs of that city for the with a torch in one hand, while with purpose of witnessing the arrival of the other he poured a libation of the Roman proconsul, Avarius, who milk into the sea. At a little distance had been appointed by the Emperor a priest of Isis, attended by his minNero to the government of the Pen- isters, clashing sistrums and chanting tapolis, the panorama which struck a hymn sacred to the goddess, was prothe eyes of a couple of young men ceeding to dedicate a new vessel, laden reclined in the open casement of a with the first fruits of the spring. A mansion on one of the higher hills, thousand vessels, some of war, mostly was one of singular brilliancy and of commerce, and of every foreign animation.
form, thronged the blue waters of the Cyrene, whose original population spacious basin. were half Greek, half African, was at this period the most eminent city of Immediately beneath lay the city, the five, which, like a necklace, glit- descending in terraces, whose marble tered upon the protruding bosom of structures, white and pure as though that bright, dusky region between shaped of snow, contrasted with the Egypt and Carthage.
burning radiance of the African sun, Along the marble piers of its har- which, as it ascended above the rugbour, one of which terminated in a ged purple precipices of an eminence lofty pharos, whose brassy reflectors stretching eastward, now smote with flashed in the sunshine, were seen its fierce glory the pillared sides of the merchant vessels and craft of the temples pinnacled on the summany nations; the heavy built tri- mits; now bathed in cool blue shadow remes of Carthage and Egypt, goose- the streets which, branching from that necked, with gilded sterns, pine of Battus, occupied the ravines-lightmasts, cedar cabins, white sails--their ing up the western point of the stonypoops bearing inscriptions in Punic hill
, honeycombed with sepulchres, and hieroglyphic characters--prayers which, extending northward beyond and good wishes for the success of the turreted' walls, became lost amid convoy and crew. The piers, on the pale olive groves of the rich plain, which here and there a marble foun- covered with abundant vineyards, tain cast into the air its jet of pure cornfields, and orchards, thickets of lymph, were crowded with bales of arbutus, and meadows of iris-hued export and import merchandize--corn flowers, which declined gradually, inand wine, silpium, roses, &c. At tersected by the great highway leading one place, opposite a small shrine to the many-masted harbour, and dedicated to the Winds, might be azure line of the Mediterranean, nine seen the crew,attending the ceremony miles distant. of purification of a vessel destined Loftily along the southern sky rose the indented crescent of wood-covered pillared structures, civil and religious, mountains, to which, from their form- which rise around three sides of the ing a barrier against the hot wind of square, are seen the dark Egyptian the Desert, was in part attributable priests in linen vestments ; those of the delicious climate of the Cyrenaica, Bacchus in purple robes, their heads which, thus sheltered from its fire- and shoulders covered and draped in breathing blasts, reclined like some rose wreathe, as are also those of their beauteous goddess dowered with youthful attendants. Roman soldiers fruits and flowers, bathed in the and officials, fierce and grave; lively affluent sunlight, and wooed by the Greeks, white-robed, jesting, or elo. gentle breezes of the laughing waters, quently conversing, are seen :-turwhich, half-dreaming at her feet, baned merchants of Asia ; Greek, murmured of perpetual summer. Phoenician, Gaulish, and Iberinn
Westward from the undulating traders in metal and corn, also, in plain rose several green mounds particoloured plaited tunics and crowned by small temples-on the bracchæ ;-even fur-clad traders from highest, that of Æsculapius, beside Taurica. which a long-arched aqueduct ex- Sacrifices having been offered ly tends cityward - on another, sur- the priests of Jupiter and Vero in rounded by vineyards, that of Bac- the temples, the proconsul, Avarius, chus ; while here and there a village having reviewed the Roman garriset), was seen islanded in the deep sea of subsequently made an address to the Egyptian wheat, whose golden ex- authorities and populace assembledi pansion rippled away to the foot of the in the Forum, in which, having conremote mountain ridge, at the end of gratulated the Cyrenese on the prewhose sea-stretching promontory the perity of their province since it had walls of Ptolemais glimmered, faintly become an integral part of the Room white. Eastward, walling up against man einpire, proceeded to notice the the sky, rose the high hills, at whose effect of such an incorporation in opposite side the town of Duma various parts of the world, cast and stood; and along whose precipices, like West. While all such nations har a white thread, wound the long road their liberty gwranteed and assured, way which reached coastward to all became the aunist participators Alexandria. The firmament, without in the power of the enpire; while a cloud, dominz azurely over city and the barlarians received the advancultivated plain, seemed to rest loving- tages of Roman law and civilization, ly on the leafy sloping summits of the and the Greeks fonnd in the capital crescent hills and sleepy level of and the other cities of the empire, the tranquil sea; and a faint wind, a common market for their manula. freighted with the sweets of corn. tures and arts, all were admitted to the land, orchard, and grove, breather quality of Roman citizenship. In a over the paradisial space of the word, Rome'n aruny conquered to civi. fruitful springfed region.
lize and equalize the nations of the Hark: to the distant blare of trum- earth. pets; to the brassy clangour of the horn and mingle music, which The address of the proconsul was heralds the process on winding city. rerrived with strat applause, despite ward through the valley; to the a deep wl.inper rispecting the excipit. tramp of Gaulic borsten, which tant power of the tar gatherers, and surrounds the chariot and cavalcade numevunja talttered by the laught of Avarius. Cheers ring along the Greek on the sind other sulije is on northern walls from the multitudes arcted with Roman ruic. A coraideraround the gatewaya- from the house alle time havmg been acupued in the roofs, as the procedat advances up detail of ina :21!' 1, Avanua wa the great street of Battuk, where the invita at the unth trur to a suppur civic authorities and priests of the by the site au horities of ('yrene, various temples await his arrival. among when there had been moth What a motley multitude are amm- delate as to the place whether in bled to witness the event, en ernted temple of Battle or Jupiter; un'i by a sacrifice prepared at the aitar be- a Greek funt: nary sugated to fore the great fiinta:n in the Fortum! citrulni at the ofron fire in funked There, in the saluw of the white tu tie iti adual beli cselbst ni.