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service to his party: He was a steady oppo-, he was not found to be very wealthy; still, he nent to the war with France, and his name is left his family, three sons and two daughters, to be found among those who opposed Grat- fairly provided for. His daughter Sarah, so tan's address to Earl Fitzwilliam in 1795, celebrated as the object of poor Emmett’s attachoffering him the support and confidence of the ment, died before him. To the young men of house in that undertaking. He never sat in his profession he was always kind and encouthe Imperial Parliament, being defeated at raging; and in speaking of him, one of them says, Newry, in the North of Ireland, for which | " His How do you do, counsellor? or A glass place be was invited to stand by the Liberal of wine with you, counsellor, often served to electors, the only time for which he sought encourage a young barrister, almost too timid for a place in it. Nor is it probable that this in his presence to feel he had any claim to the caused him much disappointment, to judge from title at all.” the following passage in the speech delivered We have purposely abstained from giving by him on that occasion, and in which he gives in this paper any of the specimens of bis ideas on the great question of the union, Curran's humour, which are so plentiful, but pretty freely. “A word or two upon your ac which have been so often retailed, that they have tual position ; and what upon that subject but long since become hackneyed, even those which a word of sadness-what but the monumental are genuine ; while others which have been atinscription upon the headstone of our grave? tributed to him are so poor, as to be palpable all semblance of national independence buried fabrications, and so unworthy of notice. Those iu that grave, in which our legislature is in who met him during those - Attic nights,” to terred. Our property and our persons are dis- which he himself, on a memorable occasion, so posed of by laws made in another clime, and feelingly referred—who saw him in the habit made, like boots and shoes for exportation, to and cowl of the jovial monks of the screw, and fit the wearers as they may. If you were now heard him exchange the brilliant flashes of his to consult my learned friend here, and ask intellect with such brother-monks as Grattan, him how much of your property belonged to Flood, Yelverton, Charlemont, Ogle, Keller, yourself
, or for what crime you may be whipped, Father Arthur O'Leary, and others, or sat with or hanged, or transported, his answer would him in his favourite home, The Priory, to the be, “It is impossible, sir, to tell you now, but realization of his idea of perfection in a dinner, I am told the Packet is in the Bay And again namely, “two dishes and five o'clock," have all you have been robbed of all influence on the declared over and over again, that to have even vital question of peace or war; all has been a faint idea of his wit, you should personally brought within the control of an English mi- know the man. The very servants, we are told, nister."
waiting at table, shook with suppressed laughter Curran obtained a silk gown under the rule at his stories ; and magnificent though imperfect of the Duke of Portland, "never obtaining any as are the reports which have come down to us other distinction, until, by an arrangement made of his speeches, all his cotemporaries agree in with Sir Mich.. Smith, with which he, however, saying that no one could form a conception of had nothing to do, to retire on a pension, he what they were in the delivery. "Pleading," succeeded him as Master of the Rolls. It was one says,
as Curran did, not on the floor of a said at the time, that he was disappointed at shrine, but on a scaffold, with no companions not being created Attorney-General, as a step but the wretched men who were to be plunged towards becoming Chief 'Baron. This office from it, hour by hour, and no hearers but the of Master of the Rolls he held until, owing to multitude who crowded anxious to that spot of failing health, and his unhappy domestic circum- hurried execution, and then rushed away glad stances, he himself retired in favour of Sir to shake off all remembrance of scenes which William Mc Mahon, obtaining, in doing so, an had agitated and torn every heart among them allowance of two thousand seven hundred a it is this which puts his speeches beyond all year. From that time until his death he was estimate of the closet.” He used to say himself almost entirely absent from Ireland, spending it took him "a half an hour longer than a handhis time chiefly in travelling
out in France some man to get at the hearts of his hearers ;” and England, the last year of his life being spent but that he did succeed in reaching them, it altogether in the latter country, where he died need scarcely be told here. One more extract after a few days' illness, in the presence of his from the critic already quoted, and we have two sons and his daughter Mrs. Taylor, at 7, done: “It has been our fortune to hear some Amelia-place, Brompton, on the 13th of Octo- of these speeches, and repeat it, that to feel the ber 1817, in the sixty-seventh year of his age. full genius of Curran, he must have been heard; His funeral was deferred until his family
could he was a man not a statue. His elocution, rapid, obtain his will, which was in Ireland, thinking exuberant, and figurative in a signal degree, that in it they might find some directions as was often compressed into a pregnant pungency, to his burial; but there were none, so they laid which gave a sentence in a word. The word him quietly in Paddington church-yard, only a lost, the charm was undone. But his manner very few intimate friends attending his funeral. could not be transferred, and it was created for Although, owing probably to an early necessity his style. His eye, hand, and figure, were in for economy, his habits were of a very saving perpetual speech. Nothing was abrupt to those species throughout his entire life, at his death who could see him--nothing was lost except
when some flash would burst out of such sudden sincerely than John Philpot Curran : 80 must splendour, as to leave them suspended and daz. he ever be remembered in her history as her zled too strongly to follow the lustres that shot unflinching advocate, as one of the most iacorafter it with restless illumination."
ruptible of her patriots, and as the most brilliant As among the host of gifted sons of his un. of her forensic orators, whose eloquence has happy country, none ever loved Ireland more never been equalled in modern times.
MY DEAR C
his Imperial Highness's governor, General What a lovely month of May we have had ! Froissard, and his spiritual governor, L'Abbé quite the inonth of May that poets sing. Not Deguerry. Two armchairs on the right of the one of those months of May that we have had Prince were placed for the Emperor and Emin Paris of late years, cold and rainy, as if the press. The rest of the Imperial family and sun regretted his return on our gay capital, and court had chairs to the right and left of their sulked with us for being forced to give us a ray Majesties. A pew apart was prepared for that of warmth and light. No, he has been all smiles part of the family Bonaparte that has no rank and gladness, and has rendered Paris charming at court, according to the decree of the first in her verdant spring garment. It seems, Emperor. The Prince had had a repetition of however, that in the country rain is very much the ceremony the day before, how he was to wanted; so much so, that in the South several approach the communion table, to present his "Notre Dames" have been dislodged from their mouth for the reception of the wafer that conniches, and carried about by the clergy in pro- tained God, and which he must not let his cession, for rain. The local papers announce teeth touch, so that he went through the cerewith great solemnity, as a proof of the urgency mony to the satisfaction of all. His demeanour of the case, that such and such a Virgin had was very simple and natural. The Empress's not been forth for ten or twenty years ; fancy face, as ever, glowed with happiness, and the what concession! I wonder that it did not pour whole scene was pronounced to be very effective down immediately; but no, Our Lady is not to and touching. The rest of the day was spent be cajoled in that way, in spite of the old ball in piay with the Prince's young friends, until dresses and glass diamonds they array her in five o'clock, when he again entered the chapel for the occasion.
to renew his baptismal vows, and to receive The heat, however, has not prevented the the confirmation-ceremony that always follows Parisians dancing, almost as if we had been in the first communion in the Roman Catholic full carnival ever since Easter, the Empress Church. When the Prince was born, the Emgiving the example every Monday in what is ! peror and Empress expressed their desire to called ses petites receptions," and to which stand for all the children born that day in it is a great honour to be invited, the happy France. At the Prince's first communion, the few alone being so distinguished by our gracious Empress ordered all those children to receive sovereign, who receives her guests on these the first communion. On the same day, she occasions, in what is called her®" petits appar- also sent a present of 50 francs to each child. tements-private apartments,” and is always There are three thousand Imperial god-children, very simply dressed, cordial and familiar. But therefore a hundred and fifty thousand francs the great event at court has been the first com- from their Majesties' pockets. munion of the Prince Imperial, to which all Let us return now to the vanities of this who approach the throne, far or near, intrigued world. The quarrel of long and short dresses is to be present, but few were admitted. chapel at the Tuileries is small, and the Imperial gant.” The causing quite a commotion in the "monde ele
Madame de Pourtales, who it seems mother, wishing her son to have nothing to has pretty feet, has undertaken to dethrone enattract his attention from the great religious tirely long dresses ; she gave a grand ball the ceremony he was about to accomplish, resolved other night, where trains were in great minothat the Imperial family alone and the Imperial rity; but in revenge, say the gentlemen, such a household should assist at the first Christian display of ugly feet, it was quite heartrending act of her child. She herself presided at the to see such pretty faces thus afflicted at the preparations, and, on the morning of the day extremities--particularly there where the imagiappointed, inspected the chapel before the com- nation had placed, under long dresses, " des mencement of the ceremony. A crimson velvet pieds si mignons.” The moral of this story is: and gold chair, with a "prie Dieu” in front of short dresses for pretty
feet, long ones for ugly it, was placed in the middle of the choir for the ones. The worst of it is, that ladies are gene; young Prince; on either side, a court stool for rally better judges of their neighbours' personal
defects than of their own, and may not exactly Empire, because he published in the beginning know when a long or short dress is most be- of the reign of Napoleon III. a choice selection coming to them.
of flattery in verse to the then rising sun. Of The marriage of the Prince Achille Murat course he is no friend of England, and is very with the Princess Mingrélie, a very rich young ingenious in his ways of showing it
. The other Russian, was celebrated at the Tuileries, a week day, he proposed in a committee where finances or two ago, in one of the state rooms. The were discussed, they being low just now, to dePope is said to have forbidden the performance mand 65 millions of England, debt that she has of the religious ceremony in a Roman Catholic owed France ever since 1815. He pretends to Chapel – I suppose because the lady is of the have made a very eloquent harangue against Greek Church. The Prince Achille Murat is a perfidious Albion to the committee ; but the very elegant man, but over head and ears in committee declined the proposition. We are debt, without, they say, any inclination for a only half-satisfied at the success of English wedded life; but his creditors becoming exact. arms in Abyssinia ; many even deem it absurd ing, and he happening to dance in a cotillon of a government to spend so much money, and with the young Princess of Mingrélie, who, he cause the death of a king, because two or three was told, was the possessor of millions, suddenly Englishmen were imprisoned; they judge of the mischievous god sent his dart, and the course from a French point of view. Theodorus young Russian lady dazzled the Prince with the is to be the hero of a new piece, announced at power of her charms. Obstacles, however, in the theatre le Chatelet, under the title of “Theotervened: the young lady's brother heard of the dorus roi d' Abyssinie." A pamphlet is also on pecuniary embarrassment of the Prince, and the eve of appearing—" Theodorus et Jaurez." being of a business-like disposition, requested We are now assisting at a struggle between his sister's suitor to send him the amount of his two parties, represented, one by Monsieur Roudebts, which was done. The brother found her, and the other by Monsieur Pinard, and the price his sister was about to pay for a hus- every act at court forms a point for us to comband rather dear, but not succeeding in dis- ment on; and it is doubtful whether the clerical suading the princess from the match, paid, and or the liberal party will predominate in the sethe marriage is accomplished. This gentleman quel. The new law on the press is now in force, is one of the best horsemen in Paris; he has a and the private life of French citizens walled up bet now on hand with a Monsieur de Vésin, within their houses. The reception given to the king of "velocipedists,” who is to measure the Prince Napoleon at Florence astonished us; in swiftness his machine with the Prince on it seems the people of Florence loaded the Prince horseback. Monsieur de Vésin went the other of Prussia with enthusiasm every time he apday from Angers to Paris on this new mode of peared, as if to show the contrast. Prince Natravelling.
poleon, they say, forced his wife, the Princess Races of all kinds are now in great vogue, Clotilde, to return to France with him before and attract innumerable multitudes every Sun- the end of the marriage fêtes. The Italians day, with such toilets ! Can human imagination must have done this to express their feelings go any further'?
A lady of the demi-monde, towards France, for the Prince in person has wishing not only to distinguish herself in dress, always sustained their cause here. but also by her®“ turn out," appeared, one day, The Archbishop of Algiers is at discord in the Bois de Bologne, in a carriage with all with the governor of that country, and is now the panels in glass, and so disposed that the in Paris to plead his cause. It seems that sun was so reflected that her horses took fright, during the late terrible famine amongst the and it was with the greatest difficulty that the Arabs, several hundred children were taken into police succeeded in getting her home in safety. the asylums. The governor has ordered them It will be impossible to use her carriage when to be sent home, as soon as the crisis is passed. the sun shines.
The archbishop, on the contrary, insists on keepThe theatres are almost deserted, several in ing them in the asylums, in order to bring them deed are closed. At the conservatory last week up as Roman Catholics. I imagine the Empethere was a representation, organized by the ror will decide the question, in ordering the Princess de Beauveau, for the benefit of the children to be sent to their respective tribes. poor. The operette given on the occasion was Their Majesties' visit to Orleans was very greatly applauded. “Les horreurs de la guerre" short; they only remained a few hours, just the was extremely liked by the fashionable ladies time to give the prizes. The Beauce farmer, present, and there were many of our queens of Monsieur Thibault, who received the first prize, * bon ton.” A gentleman observed to one of a cup worth two hundred pounds, appeared to them, that the music was very pretty, and the be very much troubled by the presence of their words witty : "it was a pity they were so inde- Majesties. When the Empress expressed a cent." “Oh!” replied the lady, "but that desire to examine his cup, after the Emperor ought to be (Oh ! mais il faut cela)" —the gentle had given it to him, he seemed as if he scarce man felt inclined to blush for having blushed. knew whether he was on his head or his heels, or Do
you know Monsieur de Belmontel? No, I whether her Majesty might not have the intenthink not. Monsieur de Belmontel is, however, tion of keeping it. "General Fleury presented a a celebrity here; he is called the poet of the young officer to the Emperor and Empress, &
descendant of Pierre d'Arc, brother and com- ,ject of a picture in these expositions, and that panion of Jeanne. The Emperor enquired how every one cannot afford to buy a catalogue, so he could prove his illustrious origin.
that three-fourths of the visitors are in the “By letters patent of Charles VII., recognized dark, and know not on what scene they are by Henri II., Louis XIII., Charles X.” gazing. Cham relates that he was there the “ It is a fine name," said Napoleon.
other day, and saw two honest citizens, man “And well borne," added the Empress. and wife, looking at a marble bust, representing
“As Jeanne served France and her King," Saint Just of the Revolution. answered the young man, “I will serve your “Who is that, dear?" asked the wife. Majesty and France."
"I cannot say; but here is a 'gardien,' I will Their Majesties visited St. Germain the other enquire of him. If you please sir, who may day in such strict incognito, that they were that be?" only recognized at the railroad station, on their " It is Saint Just." return. The Emperor having walked on a Ah, thank you;" and, turning to his wife. lady's dress, begged her pardon ; the lady, an “ It is a saint--no doubt, for some church." actress, turned round in a fury at the unfortu- Both walked away perfectly satisfied. There nate man, who could not see where to put his is a Marshal Ney, by Gerome, that excites many feet. Smiles immediately replaced the frown, comments in a political point of view; but we and she cried out, “vive l'Empereur !" What see politics everywhere-it is our disposition. a difference it makes to whom the feet belong, Is it interesting to you to learn, if you do not when they walk on one's dress !
know it already, that'" beer” is far from being In spite of the great heat--and it is atrocious a modern invention ? that some "savant" has here-the yearly exhibition of paintings attracts found out that the students under the Empire a very respectable number of visitors. There of the Pharaohs drank beer, as the modern Engis a picture by Gustave Doré, " Le Neophyte,” lish and German youths. It was a drink made that has a constant crowd around it, and ap- from malt, called "hag." There is a papyrus pears to be the most admired one. But few of existing somewhere, where an Egyptian father the best artists have sent anything to the scolds his son for neglecting his studies, and “Salon" this year; several new names seem to being too fond of frequenting taverns, and promise for the future. The public complains drinking “hag.”-Adieu. Yours truly, that there is never anything to indicate the sub
THE OPERA AND THE THEATRE 8.
While theatres in general have pursued the the grandest of operas. The key note of the even tenour of their way, without presenting beautiful dramatic music is struck at the beginanything calculated to rouse the pleasure-seeker ning of the opera, when Donna Anna is made from the ennui natural to, and superinduced by, aware that through a quarrel between the coma premature Midsummer in May, the opera mendatore, ber father, and Don Juan, she is alone has offered tempting fare for those whose made an orphan. Over the dead body of her Apician tastes can be indulged regardless of the sire, Donna Anna and her brother Don Ottavio cost. To be seated in a pit-stall, libretto in bewail his murder, and denunciate the callous hand, following the delicious music of “Don duellist who has taken their father's life, in Giovanni ;" wrapt in the mellifluous strains of strains of the most exquisite character to be this most delightful of operas ; dwelling on the found in the whole range of lyrical drama. cadences of many “sweet voices ;” spell-bound When we mention that Titiens is the Donna by the harmony with which the chef d'cuore of Anna, it may be conceived how admirably this Mozart is instinct-this is indeed to participate music is rendered. Piece after piece of the in a Sybarite's first and purest of enjoyments. noble concerted music proceeds-trios, quar: The music of “ Don Giovanni” is essentially dra- tettes, quintettes, sestettes each and all bril
. matic; sometimes it is tragically expressive : liantly expressing the sense of the Dorna's it is not of that quality out of which to cull wrongs, and the libertine’s gay nonchalance and pretty pianoforte songs, and build up amateur callousness of heart. Don Ottavio is a part well fantasias. From the first scene to the last the played and sang through by Signor Bettini
. grand opera is truly grand. We know not that Then comes Elvira with her wrongs, whom “Don Giovanni” belongs tothecategory of grand Don Juan's would “whistle down the winds to opera in a technical sense : we only say that prey on fortune." Elvira is all devoted to to us it has ever maintained the character of the Don, although by him slighted for the first
village girl the libertine may affect. We learn the musical novelty of the present season at
, Zoboli, Titiens, Nilsson, and Killogg. The “swell,” and sings a capital song--" Walking Zerlina of Malle. Killogg is the most piquant in the Zoo ;" her foppish manner is an imand clever performance we remember since the mensely amusing bit of mimicry. Miss Amy Piccolomini's. It is after his mock sympathy Sheridan plays a page in attendance on Bluff with the much abused Donna Anna, that the King Hal, and looks exceedingly tall and handDon encounters Zerlina at the village festival, some, in a very elegant white satin tunic, and pours his soft nothings into her ear as a lover, silken hose to follow. Miss Elise Holt looks and repulses so amusingly the honest affection saucy, and acts sprightly enough as a young Masetto manifests for the girl of his heart, whom French page of the “ Court of Francis the First.” he is engaged to marry: Here Leporello has Mr. David James mimics Fechter closely as much to do to divert Masetto's scruples, in re Francis, a part which he otherwise plays very gard to the Don's "intentions ;” and again well; and Mr. Fenton makes a Bluff Harry Leporello's time-serving qualities are called out the Eighth ; his Queen (Katherine of Arragon, in perfection, to drown Elvira's suspicions of we suppose) being humourously impersonated the Don's faithlessness. The part of Masetto by Mr. H. J. Turner. Little Mr. Robson, son of was well acted by Signor Zoboli. As Elvira, the late Mr. Robson of the Olympic, shows a Malle. Nilsson sang magnificently, and acted mine of dry humour in the character of a Dognicely. It was a rare musical treat indeed, to berry of the period. The best thing of a hu. witness the “Don Giovanni' with such an afflu- mourous sort in the burlesque is, beyond all ent cast ! As our readers should know, the measure, the “bout with the gloves" between ", concord of sweet sounds” culminates in the the two kings, Henry and Francis.
It is a scene in which Elvira is serenaded by Juan. scene to roar at, and it is roared at accordingly, The music afterwards appears to change some
every night! what in the style; and few seem disposed to consider the lyrical style of the statue-scene and
The handsome new theatre called the Hol. şapper-scene equal to the noble strains which BORN, now under the management of Miss bave preceded. We ought not to omit mention Fanny Josephs, is following up a successful of the ball room scene with the minuet
music, opening, with a succession of sterling novelties, and the joyous viva la liberta. By the way, the piece of the evening being "Foul Play," it is said that the "viva” is a mere interpola. Charles Reade and Dion Boucicault's sensa
a powerful melo-drama, founded upon Messrs. tion. With the mass of the large and elegant tional tale, which has appeared since last winter audiences of Her Majesty's Opera at the present day, it is the music that is the presiding charm; weekly, in the pages of Once-a-Week. showing the growing love of Englishmen for drama has been well adapted for the stage by the art. The charms of society are surely only the authors of the novel
, and effectually supsecondary to those of fine and noble music, ported by Miss Joseph's company. We must whatever may be said to the contrary by some
see the piece a second time, before we can enter eminences among the “upper ten thousand." into detail upon individual impersonations ; Moreover, let us remember that the uses of the meantime, let it suffice that the general effect opera, aside from its artistic claims, are various of the new piece is to produce the intensest At the opera one meets with refinement in every
interest in crowded audiences. beautiful women, elegance of manners, The other new Holborn Theatre, or amphipolite attention, good society, and what perhaps theatre rather, maintains the attractiveness of its many of the readers of this magazine are inter- programme by continual additions, and Pereira ested in—the latest Parisian fashions ! We even outdoes Azella with the extraordinary but have left ourselves only room to announce, that dangerous trapese feats and fights.