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I. For INTEREST on the FONDED DEBT £
of IRELAND, including Annuities for Lives and Terms of Years; also ll. per Cent, for the Reduction of the Capital created by Loans since 1797,
3,770,451 1 For Charge of Management thereon, There was also applied towards the Reduction of the National Debt,
13,838,086 10 Whereof was applied towards the Re
duction of the National Debt, 1,178,132 15 71
TOTAL, on account of Interest, 2,659,953 14 41
11,178,132 15 71
II. The Interest on 'ExchequeR Biles, III. Issues for Purposes appointed by the
Parliament of Ireland prior to the U
nion, &c. IV. Issues from Appropriated Funds for Local Purposes,
VI. PAYMENTS IN ANTICIPATION OF Ex
CHEQUER Receipts; viz. Bounties from Excise, Bounties from Customs,
44,881 19 24
Militia and Deserters' Warrants, &c.
2,529,533 0 65
182,950 13 111 420,251 1 9 68,125 204
Regulars, Militia, and Volunteer Corps,
and contingent Expences,
IX. MISCELLANEOUS SERVICES, Lastly, VOTE OF CREDIT,
Treasury Chamberehandlio. Casley }
19,999 1 111
3,858,085 11 11
29,940 11 04
87,700 15 011 198,014 3 11
75,111 10 11
25,181 3 21
4,379 6 8 74,590 0 8
9,466 14 81
3,314,477 3 6*
176,935 2 11
3,491,412 6 641
397,871 13 0
£ 9,874,259 14 115
An Account of the Value of all Imports into, and all Exports from,
Ireland, for Three Years, ending the 5th January, 1810.
Year ending 5th Jan. 1808, 6,637,907 16 74 5,307,806 16 4 150,370 3 64 THE DRAMA.
1809, 7,129,507 11 11 5,696,897 5 54 235,694 6 118
1810, 7,471,417 5
15,408,910 19 94 330,933 5 4
Note.-The real value of Irish Produce and Manufactures exported in the Year ending the 5th January, 1810, computed at the Average Prices current, amounted to
£11,464,265 8 21
2d March, 1810.
Ir we shall not have this year to re- and a gentleman not altogether new cord the revival of dramatic genius in to the art of writing for the stage. England, the events, of which it will The first nodus in the plot of this be our duty to give the history, are piece, the incident of changing perhaps more important, as they fur. children,” is as old as the oldest gest nish indications of the national mind, in the British Museum, and the se. not only such as a theatre never gave cond is literally copied from the Vibirth to before, but such as were ne- car of Wakefield : nor does the cha. ver before believed to be in the pow. racter of the play put the plot to the er of a place of amusement to engen- blush. Helen Worrit, the heroine, der. The deplorable catastrophe of is a most unnatural delineation, and Drury-Lane Theatre, which at once calls for the louder exposure, inas. wrecked the hopes and fortunes of so much as the author has evidently lamany unfortunate sufferers, consti- boured it and thought much of it, as tutes a prominent æra in our record; did perhaps its personator, Mrs Jorbut still more interesting are the events dan, through whose interest the play which took place in the sister esta- was commended to the stage. The blishment; so that it is difficult to de- character of Helen is perhaps the cide, whether the destruction of Dru- most incongruous compound that was ry-Lane, or the resurrection of Co. ever exhibited on our motley stage. vent-Garden, fill the mind with the The young lady is partly a hoyden, most painful reflections. Compared partly a shrew, partly a child of nawith these, uninteresting indeed must ture, and partly a malapert. The be the little every-day journal of first fact seems to be, that Mr Arnoid appearances and new pieces, which, in has found a flippant kind of impupoint of chronology, take the prece- dence a more obedient spirit than dence of these more important events, wit, and his delineation would have and which we shall therefore dispatch been very accurate, had he intended as concisely as possible.
to expose the mistake in Helen Wor.
rit; but she is evidently intended by DRURY-LANE THEATRE.
the author for a real wit, and her Resuming our chronicle of the puny attempts are intended to have. theatrical season 1808-9, from the every effect of the purest, keenest, commencement of the latter of those and most fanciful satire. years, the first novelty we have to re- The dialogue of this play is, for cord at this theatre is the comedy of the most part, insipid ; and, when it Man and Wife, or More Secrets does attempt to soar above its usual than One, by Mr Arnold, the son of level, it as often mistakes bluster for the doctor of music of that name, dignity as it does flippancy for wit.
Its happiest recourse is to clap-trap, for emphasis ; and was redueed to by giving almost every speaker some- the necessity of forcing out all his thing generous, or something loyal, words, like successive guns in a feu. to say, and thus begging the ques- de-joye. Mr Wright's appearance tion of the audience, who, in a play was, we believe, a mere experiment, like the present, are willing to be as he has since retired to his original careless whether such sentiments are profession of a lecturer. in character or not. Mr Arnold ge- On the 9th of the month, was pronerally contrives that his performers duced the Unconscious Counterfeit, shall make their exits with aclap-trap, a new “comedy in two acts,' a point, or a pun; and he has been was called, from the pen of Mr Grebehind the scenes long enough to es- fullhe, one of the translators of the timate the effect of this recipe. The Portrait of Cervantes, and the same merit of the piece chiefly consists in gentleman who but two days before a little dramatic skill exhibited in had been fortunate enough to prothe arrangement of the scenes, and
cure the performance of another the conduct of the play. We have farce of his by the rival company, been credibly informed that the scene called, Is he á Prince ? Mr Grein which the loyal sailor is introdu- fullhe we understand to be a young ced, was inserted by Mr Sheridan. foreigner of very considerable proIf this be true,
perty, who has settled in this coun“O what a noble mind is here o'er
try. thrown !"
This farce was well received, but The run of the comedy of Man and it bears a considerable family resemWife was interrupted on the 1st of blance to Mr Grefullhe's twin proFebruary, for the purpose of intro- duction. The character of the Baiducing to a London stage, in the cha- liff, Twitcher, is copied from his racter of Cato, Mr Wright, lately a namesake, Twitch, in the Good-naprofessor of elocution at Edinburgh, tured Man; but is nevertheless drawn and a performer in Mr Beaumont's by no vulgar hand, or rather by a company at Aberdeen. Elocution hand that has nicely copied vulgarity. is all that can be looked for in such It was dressed, looked, and played by a character as Cato ; but, however Mr G. Smith with matchless slang. excellent Mr Wright's theory may The character of Dashport afforded be, his practice is laboured and stiff. Mr Elliston one of the best displays' His personal drawbacks are heavy of his dry humour and grave impuand various; his voice is harsh, his dence we ever witnessed. action ungainly, and his countenance On the 14th February, “A Monosusceptible of little expression : he dy on the Death of Sir John Moore,”
perverse bend of the wrist, and from the pen of Mr M. G. Lewis, throws out his arms either horizon. was spoken by Mrs Powell. There tally with his shoulders, like a cruci- was nothing very remarkable in the fix, or behind his back, like Catalani composition ; but after having been or Collini, when they are driving repeated once or twice, it was sup. some territied opera lover before them pressed by order of the Lord Chamwith the climax of a bravura. He berlain, and was published accordingwas so loud in his general declama- ly with that recommendation, tion, that he left his voice no room We are now drawing towards the
distressing catastrophe, which may be the burning of the Covent-Garden truly said to have “ eclipsed the ga- house, the whole of the magnificent iety of the nation, and diminished the pile of Drury-Lane Theatre was atstock of harmless amusement.” On terly destroyed by fire. About half the 23d of February was produced, past ten o'clock at night, an appearfrom the pen of Mr Ward, the secre- ance of fire was perceived at a wb. tary to the board of management, and dow on the second story of the thea. from the piano-forte of Mr Bishop, tre, facing Russell-street, which cora new opera, in three acts, called the tinued some time without exciting Circassian Bride.
any suspicion ; but in less than a The action is occasioned by the quarter of an hour the fire spread in wars of the Tartars and the Circas. one unbroken flame over the whole of sians, in which, by a new sort of the immense pile, extending from “ modo me Thebis,” three English Brydges street to Drury Lane; so persons are 'made to interfere. For that the pillar of fire was not less than the purpose of extorting applause 450 feet in breadth. In a very few from the national feeling, instead of minutes all that part of the theatre, the national taste, two of these are together with the front row of boxes, sailors, who were made to give us fre- was on fire, and the rapidity of the quent assurances by their words of flames was such, that before twelve that courage which we know English o'clock the whole interior of the sailors to possess only by their deeds. house was one blaze. The theatre Mr Mathews's first
song, “ In Eng- was at this time left to its fate, and land they tell us," is an easy and hu. the appearance was awfully and tremorous versification of Phædrus's mendously grand. Never before did fable, “ Repente Calvus,” by Mr we behold so immense a body of flame, James Smith; Mr Mathews's second and the occasional explosions that song was from the pen of Mr Theo- took place were sublime beyond dedore Hook. The former of these scription. About thirty minutes after songs was saved from the general the commencemement of the confiawreck of the opera, and has since gration, the statue of Apollo, which formed one of the main planks of Mr surmounted the building, fell into Arnold's opera of the Maniac. The the pit ; and soon afterwards the music of the Circassian Bride has been whole of the roof fell in also. The published, and is in many places ori- reservoir of water on the top of the ginal and beautiful in the highest de- theatre was like a bucket-full to the gree. There is a quintette in the se- volume of fire upon which it fell
, and cond act of the greatest merit ; and had no visible effect in allaying the Mr Braham and Miss Lyon's first fury of the rival element. When duet is not only excellent in itself, but the leaden cistern fell in, it produced admirably adapted to the style of its a violent concussion, and the burning singers. We trust that Mr Bishop matter which it forced up into the will hereafter find a better vehicle air resembled a shower of rockets. than the Circassian Bride for such As for the iron curtain, which was valuable compositions:
intended to save at least one half of On the evening of Friday the 24th the theatre, it had been long ago of February, a period of little more found so infirm and intractable, that than five months having elapsed since it was removed. The interior was