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cences of Michael Kelly . como 513 | Trade of Northern Europe,mmmm... 591 Short Chapter on Dedicationsgom.. 524 Sir Jasper Glendearn; a Border Story, 256
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Foreign Intelligencegmannavaram 606 Woodstock ; or the Cavalier.com 542
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c om 547 British Chronicle............... 621 St. Andrew's Evega...................... 548 Appointments, Promotions, &c.c..628 Notes on the last Number of the Markets gananánnamonowo wao wanamiainer 632
Quarterly Review govorocoranewscom 557 Meteorological Table, woman. 633 The Prodigal, coriana com.......... 565 Agricultural Reportgmm............. ib. Scotch Entails, and the Ascog Case, 567 Course of Exchange,m.............. 634 Historical Fragments of Schiller, Prices of Edinburgh Stocksmino... ib.
The Seige of Antwerpen....... 576 Bankruptsgaminirooniano. 636 Second Letter from an American Far. Obituary,rom.................... 637
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ADDITIONAL NOTICE OF THE REMINISCENCES OF MICHAEL KELLY. (Some months ago we inserted a hurried notice of this very amusing work, with various extracts from its pages; and we would owe an apology to our readers, for recurring to the same subject, had not the present notice been since furnished to us by a Gentleman whom we are not at liberty to name, but who, we assure our readers, holds a distinguished place in the annals of Scottish literature. We gladly avail ourselves of the efforts of his pen, and we feel satisfied that our readers will be both highly pleased and instructed by perusing the following paper.] No publications are more popular of the author, make him a high au. in Britain, and we may say also in thority, and a well-informed narrator. France, than those relating to the It is but justice to his work to add, drama and the stage. I reckon it that he seems an impartial as well fortunate that it is so, because such as a competent historian, or if he reading is an amusement of an innos, errs on any side, it is on that of the cent, and it may be said an improv- good-natured one, pleased, seeminging kind. It is a department of li- ly, with any opportunity of giving terature level to all ranks, and the praise, and exceedingly sparing of perusal of such books is an amuse- censure. ment of a more innocent kind than Besides the portraits and anecdotes many others, to, which persons who of the performers on the mimic have time to spare which they know stage, his book contains anecdotes of not how to employ, sometimes de- many principal characters in the vote their hours. The work of great drama of the world. Of those Colley Cibber, himself an admirable of whom he principally records the comic actor, as well as author, is one of conduct, as well as the writings and the most entertaining in the English witticisins, is Mr Sheridan, whom language; entertaining as a history his situation gave him the best op: of the Stage, as an account of the portunity of knowing. This book great actors, and as a piece of criti. is in truth a valuable supplement to cism, both of those actors and of the Moore's Life of that extraordinary works in which they played The man; and, though the narrative of a present work of Mr Kelly, though zealous friend, profuse of commenda. much inferior to that just mention.. tion, and sparing of censure, is yet ed, is similar to it in subject, and in more according to the truth of bigthe number of theatrical anecdotes graphy. One is sorry to see, that which it details. These are particu- every new, anecdote related in this larly interesting to those who, like and other publications on the subthe writer of this article, knew most ject, only shews the unwarrantable of the theatrical performers of whom conduct of Mr Sheridan: perhaps it the anecdotes are told. In the mu- would not be too strong a word to sical department of the drama, the call his abilities, in the way of deceptalents, as well as the eminent station tion and shift against his creditors, VOL. XVIII.
the tricks of a swindler; had he been and cry like a child, while I sang to a man of lower rank, some of these him, at his desire, a pathetic little were so flagrant, that they might song of my composition, “ They bore have been attended with very serious her to her grassy grave." consequences; but by Sheridan him Our readers, we think, will be self, as well as his biographers, these gratified by our inserting here a are told as mere jeux d'esprit- as beautiful little song, (never before ingenious contrivances—as exertions, published,) composed by Mr Sherinot of trick or deception, but of dan, inspired by that melancholy genius and cleverness ; productive of and tender regret which he felt on jokes or bon-mots, which are set Mrs Sheridan's death :down to his credit as a wit, not as. blots upon his character. Some of
No more shall the Spring my lost pleathose instances of fraud (for they
sure restore, really deserve that appellation) are
Uncheer'd I still wander alone ;
And, sunk in dejection, for ever deplore meant to be laughed at by the suf
The sweets of the days that are gone. ferer ; but the gentlest (much too
00 While the Sun, as it rises, to others shines
whil gentle) censure that can be passed on
bright, them is in the words of the well. I think how it formerly shone : known fable, “it might be joke to the While others cull blossoms, I find but a practiser of the fraud, but death to
blight, those unfortunate persons on whom And sigh for the days that are gone. the fraud was practised.” How many of Mr Sheridan's creditors were in i stray where the dew falls, through want of bread, from his evading pay. moon-lighted groves, ment of his just debts, while he was And list to the nightingale's song, revelling in gay parties, at dinners of Her plaints still remind me of long-bathree courses, washed down with nish'd joys, Champagne and Burgundy! but the And the sweets of the days that are less serious and more thoughtless' gone. reader is amused with the ingenuity
Each dew.drop that steals from the dark of the device, and has no feeling for
eye of night
Is a tear for the bliss that is flown ; the distress of the sufferer. .
While others cull blossoms, I find but a - The example of such a character "
blight, is extremely hurtful in a moral point
And sigh for the days that are gone. of view; it is like the effects of his School for Scandal, to which we may It has been sometimes alleged as apply the saying of Richardson, per- an excuse (though it is a very lame haps with more justice than the one) for his conduct, that Sheridan works of Fielding, to which he ap- was indolent and inattentive (the plied his dictum, “ that the virtues great vice of his nature) where himof such a character are the vices of self was concerned, and where those an honest man;" if any consequence qualities were highly unfavourable is to be attached to dramatic write to his reputation or his interest. A ing, that surely must be hurtful very striking instance of this is told which ridicules virtue as hypocrisy, by Kelly. An anonymous article and makes vice fascinating under the was published against him in the semblance of sincerity and generosi. Public Advertiser. Sheridan told ty. One praise we must allow Mr Woodfall, the editor of that paper, Sheridan, for some parts of his con- that it was badly and clumsily done, duct to which the public has not and promised to write an article for done justice, he was a good son, insertion in that journal, as coming a zealous friend, and to one wife at from an anonymous correspondent, least a tender and attentive hus- giving a character of himself as unband. “ I never beheld more poig- favourable, but more ably written, nant grief, (says Mr Kelly,) than to which afterwards he would send Mr Sheridan felt for his beloved an answer, which would fully vindiwife; and though the world, which cate himself from the conduct which knew him only as a public man, will the first antonymous correspondent perhaps scarcely credit the fact, I had narrated. Woodfall immedately have seen him, night after night, sit inserted the first-mentioned article containing the charge ; but Sheri- the stage as a performer in a piece dan, though often asked for the an- of Reynold's, Dignum, who had a swer, was too indolent or inattentive part in it, said to Mr Sheridan with ever to furnish it; so it remained a woeful countenance, uncontradicted.
“Sir, there is no guarding against ill. · Another not less striking example
ness, it is truly lamentable to stop the run of the same extraordinary inattention
of a successful piece like this; but really is told in the second volume. He "Really what?” cried 'Sheridan, was appointed to attend the Prince interrupting him. of Wales at eleven o'clock of the "I am so unwell," continued Dignum, succeeding day; and to make sure of that I cannot go on longer than tokeeping that appointment, seeming to night.” him a very early one, he lay at Kelly's “ You !” exclaimed Sheridan; “my house, and was to be called in the good fellow, you terrified me; I thought morning at such an hour as to be in you were going to say that the dog was time for the appointment; but taken ill.” having found at. Kelly's a batch of Kelly, as if inspired by his subwine, of which he partook veryject, ventures now and then to insert largely, he did not rise till the even
puns of his own, but they are geneing, and the Prince, after repeated rally very bad. messages, went to Windsor without
Sheridan delighted to introduce him.
stories, frequently of his own inven. . The failings of Sheridan are mat- tion, illustrative of the blundering ters of such" notoriety, that it may character of his countrymen, the Irish. seem unnecessary to have mentioned He told Kelly, that, coming out very them: but there is one weakness
late one night from Brookes's, the which, if one did not know the strange last of the company, he found some inconsistencies of the human mind, Irish chairmen shivering in the cold one could hardly believe, which at the door, waiting in expectation Kelly's book has first let the world of a fare. He advised them to go know, namely, the superstition of home, as nobody was left in the Sheridan. He could never be pre house. " We know that," said one vailed on to commence any business
of the chairmen; “but perhaps on a Friday, which he reckoned an there may be some gentlemen coming unlucky day, and expressed no sur out.” The Duchess of Devonshire prise at a family distress which hap- asked him if his friend Kelly bad pened on that day of the week, as a been much hurt from the accident of natural consequence of such a horo- a fall by a piece of machinery, on the scopical imprudence.
stage giving way. “I have just left Sheridan's negligence and irregu. him," answered Sheridan,“ in good larity were very properly censured, health and spirits ; but he puzzled though in an indirect manner, by me with a question which I could the present Chancellor, on occasion not answer:- Supposing 1 had of Mr Sheridan pleading his own been killed by the fall, who would cause in a motion about the theatre have maintained me for the rest of of Drury-lane. After passing a high my life?'" His talent for getting eulogium on the genius and abilities rid of the importunity, of his crediof Sheridan, the Chancellor quoted tors is exemplified in the following the conclusion of Dr Johnson's life anecdote :of Savage:" Negligence and irregularity, long continued, make know
We were one day in earnest conversa. ledge useless, wit ridiculous, and tion, close to the gate of the path which genius contemptible.”
was then open to the public, leading Sheridan, though his elaborate
across the church-yard of St. Paul's,
Covent Garden, from King Street to preparation for his speeches in Par
Henrietta-Street, when Mr Holloway, liament, and the wit of his comedies,
who was a creditor of Sheridan's to a have been fully brought out in Mr considerable amount, came up to us on Moore's life of him, was readier than
adier than horseback, and accosted Sheridan in a most men in repartee, of which Kelly
tone of something more like anger than gives several instances. When the sorrow, and complained that he never famous dog Carlo was brought on could get admittance when he called,