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vowing vengeance against the infernal Tom Welsh, (then a boy,) and his singSwiss, Monsieur François, if he did not ing “ Angels, ever bright and fair," the let him in the next time he went to night before. “ He should be encou. Hertford-Street.
raged," said he : “ go and tell him, that, Holloway was really in a passion. in addition to his salary, I shall send him Sheridan knew that he was vain of his a present of £.200, and you shall take it judgment in horse flesh, and without to him." “ Shall I ?" said I, (making taking any notice of the violence of his the quotation from Lionel and Clarissa), manner, burst into an exclamation upon " I think the horough may be disposed the beauty of the horse which he rode of to a worthier candidate ;" but neither he struck the right chord.
Welsh nor I ever got a halfpenny of the " Why,” said Holloway, “ I think I money. may say there never was a prettier creature than this. You were speaking to
This is the generosity of Charles me, when I last saw you, about a horse Surface ! for Mrs Sheridan, now this would be a It was never supposed that Sheritreasure for a lady."
dan, himself a writer of satire and “Does he canter well ?” said Sheri. lampoons, would be much affected dan.
by any thing which the newspapers “ Beautifully," replied Holloway. would say of him ; but it appears
“ If that's the case, Holloway,” said from Kelly's account of him, that Sheridan, “I really should not mind stretching a point for him. Will you No man was ever more sore and irigate have the kindness to let me see his ened at criticism than he was, from his paces ?"
first outset in life. He dreaded the “ To be sure," said the lawyer; and newspapers, and always courted their putting himself into a graceful attitude, friendship. I have many times heard he threw his nag into a canter along the
him say, “ Let me but have the periodi. market.
cal press on my side, and there should be The moment his back was turned, nothing in this country which I would Sheridan wished me good-morning, and not accomplish.” went off through the church-yard, where
One is glad to meet with any fa. no horse could follow, into Bedford-Street, laughing immoderately, as indeed did
vourable trait of Sheridan's characseveral standers-by. The only person
ter; one of which he was never susnot entertained by this practical joke was
pected, was his candour with regard Mr Holloway himself.
to Cumberland, who was well known
to be bis bitter enemy. It were endless to cite instances of
On the 3d of May, 1808, Mr Cumber. this power in Sheridan of wheedling
land produced, at Drury Lane Theatre,
las his creditors so as to make them a piece entitled " The Jew of Mogadore, " forego or delay their demands. One to which I composed the music. It was should have thought that frequent with great reluctance that the Board of disappointments would have harden- Management at Drury-Lane accepted it: ed them against it; but even trades, therefore, wben I had finished the music men forgot their demands, and went of the first act, I rested upon my cars still farther than that, as the follow. until I knew their final determination. ing anecdote, in which Kelly was I met Mr Sheridan one day in Essexparticularly concerned, will shew: Street in the Strand, and told him of it. The roast of oysters shews the Hedesired me to go on with it by all means, light estimation in which he held “ For," said he, “if the opera should that obligation which a man of rec
fail, you will fall with a fine classical titude would feel to pay his just
scholar, and elegant writer, as well as a debts, as does another anecdote told
sound dramatist," (such was his expressby Kelly.
ed opinion of Cumberland's abilities.)
" Go instantly," continued he, " to One day I called upon him, and reo those discerning critics, who call them. quested he would let me have a little selves the Board of Management,' and inoney; he put me off, as usual, with tell them from me, if you please, that they promising he would let me have soine to. are all asses, to presume to sit in judg. morrow. To-morrow was always his ment on the writings of such a man as favourite pay-day ; but, like the trust. Cumberland ; and say, further, that I day at a French inn, that morrow never order the opera to be accepted, and put did I see. In the midst of all this, he into rehearsal." told me how much he was pleased with “ And pray, Sir," said I, “ in what light am I to view this · Board of Ma. distance ; these horses were admirably nagement ?'What are they ?"
made of pasteboard, and answered every * Pegs to hang hats upon," said She purpose for which they were wanted. ridan.
One morning, Mr Sheridan, John Kem.
. ble, and myself, went to the property. The closing scene of Sheridan's room of Drury-Lane Theatre, and there life, like that of some dramas, is cal found Johnston, the able and ingenious culated to do poetical justice to the machinist, at work upon the horses, and honest and the virtuous. The miser on the point of beginning the elephant, able situation of his last days shews which was to carry Blue Beard. Mr strongly the punishment which, even Sheridan said to Johnston," Don't you in this world, awaits the man who think, Johnston, you had better go to has lived without regard to truth or
Pidcock's, at Exeter 'Change, and hire honesty to the sense of richt and an elephant for a number of nights ?" the obligations of virtue. Had he
“ Not I, Sir," replied the enthusiastic conducted himself otherwise, had he
machinist ; “ if I cannot make a better
elephant than that at Exeter 'Change, I been less dissipated, less extravagant,
deserve to be hanged." less unjust in his extravagance, what happiness might he not have enjoy. The distresses of actors at the ed, endowed as he was with splendid commencement of a career after. talents,-befriended by the great, ad- wards extremely successful, is strongmired by the fair, lifted early in life ly exemplified in the following anecinto a situation calculated to lead to dote of John Kemble and the manathe highest honours of the State, and ger of a strolling company, named flattered with such a reception of his Watson, a great friend and ally of writings and speeches as was suffi. his. cient to satisfy the most inordinate
At one time they were in such distress, appetite for fame! "We have been more full on the
that they were fain to go into a turnip subject of Sheridan than the purpose
field, and eat the raw turnips to assuage
their hunger. While regaling on this of this article might seem to war.
raw vegetable, they hit upon a scheme to rant, because those anecdotes of that recruit their finances, and a lucky turn. singular man, told by an intimate
up it turned out. It was neither more friend, may serve to correct the omis- nor less, than that John Kemble should sions, we may perhaps say, the mis- turn methodist preacher, and Watson representations of Mr Moore's book. perform the part of clerk. Mr Moore, certainly, to say the least Their scheme was organized ; and of the defects of his book, has merito Tewkesbury was their first scene of ac. ed but half the commendation of the tion. They drew toget.ser, in a field, a Roman historian, " Nequid falsi numerous congregation; and Kemble audeat dicere, nequid veri non au. preached with such piety, and so much deat.” He has left out much of the effect, that positively a large collection veri which Mr Kelly's Reminiscences
rewarded his labours. This anecdote have brought to light.
Kemble himself told me was perfectly Cumberland was another writer of "
true. eminence, of whom our Reminis. The author's fondness for good cencer relates many anecdotes. The wine is often exhibited, and such, singular weaknesses of his character indeed, seems to be the passion are strongly brought out in the course of almost all musicians, of which of the author's communications with we have had too many instances him,
nearer home. Kelly never fails
to mention the places and houses An anecdote, very like that of where the best wine was to be had. Diogenes, and the pig under his After mentioning the beautiful procloak, is told in a note on page 133 spect from Montefiascone, of the second volume.
The prospect (says he) most interest. The second act of Blue Beard opened ing to me was the vineyard. The wines with a view of the Spahi's horses, at a of Montefiascone are considered exquisite,
To this subject we formerly adverted at considerable length, and we do not now prop ose to return to it.
and, I must say, I proved my opinion of scure origin; but his father having made them by copious libations! Fortunately, an immense fortune in the Levant trade, Signor Guarduci was a liberal and hospi. purchased an estate and barony in Friuli table landlord, and I shall ever retain a for his son. The inordinate pride of this grateful sense of his kindness.
novus homo rendered him universally
ridiculous; but he was much flattered Nay, so far does this ruling passion with having the witty Sacchi in his carry him, that he cannot help, after train, who laughed at him even while praising one of his patrons, the Mar- loading him with adulation. quis of Bevi Aqua, saying, that his As they were walking along one day, early objection to him was his name,
some priests, carrying the host to a dying which, being translated, is drink
person, passed them ; every one in the water. This nobleman took him to
street, as it is the custoin in all Roman
Catholic countries, fell on their knees, see the monument of Juliet at Ve
with their heads bare, bowing to the rona; so much is it an object of in
ground; amongst the rest, the proud terest, that its sides are a good deal
baron knelt with great devotion ; Sacchi, mutilated by strangers breaking off
who was close to him, only took his hat pieces to keep as relics.
off, and slightly inclined his head as the ' On the subject of the stage he
host went by, and did not go on his mentions with very high, and, we be- knees. The baron, quite shocked at this lieve, just praise, Schroeder at Vic apparent want of religion and respect, enna, called the Garrick of Ger- exclaimed with affected humility, “Sige many. Schroeder had been in Eng- nor Sacchi, I am petrified ; to a poor land, and praised the English actors miserable mortal like myself you pay as true to Nature. We are sorry not every obsequious homage ; yet when the to be able to agree with him in this holy host passed you, instead of prostraeulogium. Had he seen Garrick it
ting yourself before it, you only made a might have been just ; but it seems
slight inclination with your head.” to us of the old school, that at pre
* Very true, my Lord,” replied Sacsent Nature is often forgot both by
chi; “I admit the fact, but the host
must not be made game of, and that the writers of plays and the actors.
makes all the difference.” To Garrick's memory he mentions a compliment, the institution of a
It may not be amiss to quote from club, called The School of Garrick, this book a trait of French honesty, which subsisted till very lately, com- as Kelly ironically calls it, which he posed of the cotemporaries or scholars met with at Plymouth, where the of that most eminent actor. Few of
French prisoners were allowed to them now remain, of whom, how
make and sell certain articles of eyer, Kelly is one.
handicraft. The great actors, as well as singers of operas, he naturally commemorates; and his authority, at least as
Amongst other things which I saw
there, was a trait of French honesty, to their musical powers, cannot be
which amused me extremely questioned. One particular depart
A fellow who was locked up, had a ment of Italian acting is that of the
large bench in front of the place where extempore Harlequin. Every body he was confined, on which were several has heard of the fame of Carlin in articles for sale; an old man, who could this department. Kelly mentions speak a little English, stood by the side one quite as wonderful as Carlin, of them, and kept bawling out to all the Sacchi, with whom Kelly met at the passers-by : House of the Conte Pisarri.
“ Come here, Monsieur le Capitaine,
look here, my pretty things-Monsieur Nothing could be to me more delight. le Capitaine, come buy de pretty things ful (says he) than the innumerable for Madame.” . stories and anecdotes with which this old I went up to him, and wished to purman's conversation abounded; he was as chase a handsome writing-desk, for which sprightly as a boy, full of good humour the spokesman asked four guineas. I and good nature. I remember one day refused to give so much, but offered him he told us a story, that a short time pre- one ; the owner (who was locked up), in vious he was passing near the church of speaking to the salesman in French, told St. Giovanni, with a nobleman of very him to insist upon four guineas, adding, singular character, who was of very ob- " I am sure you will get it; Monsieur le Capitaine, there, looks very like a simple roar was about ? He replied, it arose ton."
from some boys, who had been firing off I replied, that I would give no more squibs. Hatfield, the ruffian who comthan the guinea ; and also speaking to mitted the crime, was seized by the perhim in French, which he had no notion formers in the orchestra, and dragged I understood, told him that, simpleton as over its spikes into the music-room, I was, I could purchase just such another which was under the stage : the audience writing-desk for a louis d'or in Paris, from all parts vociferating, - Bring foreither in the Palais Royal or on the ward the assassin, bring him on the stage Boulevards.
-shew him, shew him." He made me a low bow, and said, I was at that moment on the stage. smiling, “ Ma foi, Monsieur, vous avez The Queen called me to her, and asked de l'esprit et pour çà-for that, you me if the man was in custody; I told shall have the desk for one guinea." I her Majesty that he was secured. I then gave him the money, with a few compli- came forward and addressed the audience, mentary observations upon his honesty assuring them, that the culprit was in and good manners.
safe custody, undergoing an examination We recommend this anecdote to by his Royal Highness the Duke of York, the perusal of those travellers who
Mr Sheridan, and Sir William Adding. go to France for bargains, and who
ton; but with the immense crowds about
the doors, and under the stage, in the speak of the politeness of Parisian
confusion, he might possibly escape, tradesmen.
should they insist on his being brought Kelly gives a more particular ac
forward. This appeal produced tranquilcount of the poor maniac Hatfield's
lity. “God save the King" was then attempted assasination of the late
called for, and received with shouts of King than I remember to have met
applause, waving of hats, &c. During with in any other publication; and the whole of the play, the Queen and it is of the more authority, as he Princesses were absorbed in tears ;-it was in the theatre at the time, and was a sight never to be forgotten by those so situated, as to have a distinct present. At the end of the play, “ God view of the whole transaction. save the King" was again demanded by
the whole house; and while we were When the arrival of the King was an.
singing it, a paper was sent to me by Mr nounced, the band, as usual, played
Sheridan, with a verse which he had “ God save the King." I was standing
written on the spar of the moment. It at the stage-door, opposite the royal box, was handed to me by Mrs Jordan, and I to see his Majesty. The moment he en
sang it, although with an agitated voice. tered the box, a man in the pit, next the
It was as follows:orchestra, on the right hand, stood up on the bench, and discharged a pistol at our From every latent foe, august Monarch, as he came to the front From the assassin's blow, of the box. Never shall I forget his
God save the King. Majesty's coolness,-the whole audience was in an uproar. The King, on hear.
O'er him thine arm extend,
For Britain's sake defend ing the report of the pistol, retired a pace or two, stopped, and stood firmly for an
Our father, prince, and friend, instant; then came forward to the very
God save the King. front of the box, put his opera-glass to
This stanza was three times repeated, his eye, and looked round the house,
with the most rapturous approbation, without the smallest appearance of alarm
His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales or discomposure.
was assisting in the music-room at the • The late Marquis of Salisbury, then
examination, and evinced the most Lord Chamberlain, was behind his Ma.
anxious solicitude and joy for the safety of jesty, in attendance in the box; and on
his royal and august father. The play was hearing the report of the pistol, fearing Cibber's comedy, " She would, and she some further attack might follow, respect. would not." Never was a piece so hur. fully requested his Majesty would retire ried over, for the performers were all in from the box into the adjoining room.
the greatest agitation and confusion. His Majesty's reply to him was, “Sir,
When it concluded, his Majesty left the you discompose me as well as yourself,
theatre, amidst the shouts of the audience I shall not stir one step.” The Queen
within, and the enthusiastic cheers of the and Princesses then entered the box. On ascending the staircase, the Queen asked
populace without Mr Sheridan what all the noise and up This book contains accounts and anecdotes of several hundreds of of any. It is one of the boasts of persons, more or less celebrated, the British Constitution, that wealth particularly in the department of and honours, and the highest conmusic, which naturally, from the sideration, are open to every rank, if author's profession and excellent per the aspirants are endowed with formance, as well as skill in music, talents and virtue. This affords a makes the prominent part of this salutary counterpoise to the influence publication. It will of course more of great wealth and high birth. One deeply interest persons fond of, or of the causes of the French Revoluconversant in that science; but it tion was the insolence of an excluwill, I think, interest, though not, sive aristocracy, disposed to look perhaps, in so great a degree, every down froin the heights of profligacy one who attends to the history of and folly on the virtue and talents varied life, by the adventures of the of the middling ranks of the people. author, in his progress through a This roused the people to resistance considerable part of Italy. He visite and revolution, which was not to ed Rome, Naples, Venice, Florence, be wondered at; it was rather surBologna, Padua, and other cities prising that such exclusive privileges and towns of Italy and in Germa- and insolence were endured so long. ny, besides occasional residences at The non-musical anecdotes (if I Berlin, Stutgard, Gratz, at all of may use the expression) which he which places he was cordially re- introduces in his Journal, of his received. He was resident two or three sidence in those cities, will interest years at Vienna, where, from the those who are strangers to the science favour of the Emperor, and the in- of music. Still, no doubt, the symtroductions which he procured to pathy of musicians will be more some persons of the highest rank, strongly awakened by the narrations and, among others, to Mr Murray connected with that delightfulscience, Keith, our Ambassador there, he and the amusing anecdotes of the lived in society of the highest kind, great musicians which he introduces and enjoyed a degree of favour in those narratives. which it is rarely the lot of any of those the most conspicuous British subject to enjoy. The great was Mozart, who seems to have musical talents of the author intro- struck him the most ; and from his duced him to the society, and pro- great intimacy with that celebrated cured him the patronage of the most composer, he had the best opportuni. eminent men of this and of foreign ties of knowing his talents as a mucountries. It has been often object- sician, and his qualities as a man. ed to this delightful accomplishment of the excellence of the first the that it brings gentlemen into the world is sufficiently informed, and society of very inferior, and some the last appears not less entitled to times very objectionable, persons; our applause. but the society of a man so eminent It is pleasant for an old inhabitant in that science as Kelly, was courted of Edinburgh to read in this work by persons of the highest rank and the names, and sometimes the musirespectability; and his acquaintance cal characters, of persons who per. was cultivated without any of those formed at the Edinburgh Concert, bad effects which prudent men are (called the Gentlemen's Concert,) apt to fear from the love of music. who occasionally were engaged, for His professional talents lifted him a certain time, under the direction of into a sphere which he could not a committee of Gentlemen, all amaotherwise have reached ; but it did teurs of music, and some of them not degrade his associates; the aristo- performers of considerable excelcracy of genius is the most legitimate lence. There were Pinto, his wife,
• Alas! for the Edinburgh Concert ! the most elegant, and let not the expres. sion be ridiculed) the most innocent amusement in the then list of the delicia of a town, now absurdly, and, I fear unjustly, called the Modern Athens of this concert, to which, being one of subscription, money could not get access, the gover. nor was the Earl of Haddington, the deputy-governor Lord Kelly, whose music was often played under his own leading and direction; and among the directors