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Capitaine, there, looks very like a simple. roar was about ? He replied, it arose
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 for.. either 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 Addinggo to France for bargains, and who ton; but with the immense crowds about speak of the politeness of Parisian the doors, and under the stage, in the tradesmen.
confusion, he might possibly escape,
should they insist on his being brought Kelly gives a more particular ac
forward. This appeal produced tranquil. count 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, ing the report of the pistol, retired a pace
For Britain's sake defend 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. The late Marquis of Salisbury, then
was assisting in the music-room at the
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 from the box into the adjoining room.
ried over, for the performers were all in His Majesty's reply to him was, “Sir,
the greatest agitation and confusion.
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 and Princesses then entered the box. On
within, and the enthusiastic cheers of the
populace without ascending the staircase, the Queen asked 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 coninusic, 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 from 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 rem 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 inost 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 opportunieminent men of this and of foreign ties of knowing his talents as a mu. countries. 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 apres. sion be ridiculed) the most innocent amusement in the then list of the deliciæ 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
(in hér' maiden state, Miss Bront,) which, on my return to London, I gave Corri, Puppo, Fischer thé Hautboy, John Kemble. I had the satisfaction of but, above all, Tenducci, a vocalist seeing 'La Rive in several of his best of high celebrity, and the best singer parts one, in particular, I admired of of Scotch songs of any foreigner that his, Guillaume Tell
. His manner of ever existed, which, unlike other
shooting at the apple, and the strong foreigners, (and under that denomi.
contrast of passions which he exhibited, nation we must rank some very
were masterly, and called down thunder. much-admired English singers;) the ing plaudits from his delighted auditory. sung with that pastoral simplicity,
To rise from the mention of Talma pathos, and sweetness, by which to his admirer Buonaparte, Kelly those melodies are distinguished gives an anecdote of him, which we those qualities, though taste and do not remember to have seen men, feeling admire them, are often for- tioned in
any of the innumerable gotten, or, if we may use the exó accounts of his peculiar habits. ' 9 ! pression, overlaid with ornament At St. Cloud' we'were shown every perfectly unnatural, and foreign to
thing worth seeing, and, amongst other their spirit and effect. i Tendueci curiosities, the chair in which Buonaparte was a professed admirer of the Scotch used to sit when he held a council. The song, and revived many, which had person who explained every thing to us, been in a great measure forgotten, made us examine the number of notches and have since got into great favour made in it by Buonaparte, who, on the English stage. isu niti giving audience, or transacting business,
Kelly's opinion of French actors is had a habit of holding a pen-knife in his more liberal, and we think more hand, and was continually making cuts in just, than is frequently expressed by the chair, more or less, as he felt pleased, the stage critics of Britain. Of this
or otherwise. It was said, that when in sort is his euloguim of La Rive, the
the council-chamber, he would never sit great French tragic actor, the rival, formed us, that he was seated in it when
in any other chair. Our cicerone in, I believe the master of Talma.
he gave an audience to the Russian am.
! Never shall I forg his recitation ; it
bassador; and on giving him a paper, was the very essence of the histrionie said, “ Read, sign, and be off." That art. Johnstone, Mrs Crouch, and my,
was said to be the only conversation self, had not words to express our ad. Which passed between them ; and from miration. In his library he had a print the tyrant's genuine character, it seems of Mrs Siddons, as the Tragic Muse, very probable to have been so. The am, from the picture by Sir Joshua. He la bassador made no reply, and retired. mented that he had not the gratification The different reception of Mr Fox to be known to'her personally, but beg. at the theatre of Paris, compared ged of me to say to her, that if she would with that of Buonaparte, is of as sinhonour him by visiting him in Paris, he gular a kind, and not at all like what would, for the sole purpose of having her the accounts of the enthusiasm in an inmate in his house, go to Calạis and favour of the Emperor which most meet her ; and added, that it would be a
travellers in France have mentioned. proud day for him to embrace só great a genius. : He made me a present of a fine
Kelly went to see Talma. print of Le Kain, the great tragedian, his 'I was much pleased (says he) with the predecessor at the Théâtre Français, performance of that great actor ; but there
were Sir William Forbes, and Messrs Tytler and Mitchelson, both most zealous musicians, and excellent performers on the German fule; and other gentlemen, whose business, being finished by 6 o'clock, when the concert commenced, left the remainder of the evening for this elegant relaxation,very different from the present fashionable parties, crammed and crowded to excess, where there is no motion for the body, nor food for the mind. Of corporeal nourishment, some very indifferent ice, carried round by a waiter, hustled amidst the mob of ladies and gentlemen, who sometimes have a portion of his ice or lemonade applied to silk gowns or dress coats ; while the poor mistress of the entertainment stands at the door, like the landlady of av inn, doing the honours of her house to people with one-half of whom she is un. acquainted, and some of whom she never saw, nor even knows their names, tilt announced by the servant on the stairs.
was a scene performed in front of the some of these persons most celebrated house more curious to an Englishman, for wit and humour. Some of them Charles Fox, accompanied by his lady, are puns now and then far-fetched, and some male friends, occupied a box in such as the question put by one of the first tier. After the first act of the those wits to a country man, with play, there was a buzz through the pare whom he met carrying a hare : terre that Charles Fox was in the house :
“Friend, said he," " is that your own the moment it was known, there was a general call from the parterne for him to
hair or a wig?” The countryman did come forward and shew himself. The not understand the joke, which we cry from all parts of the house was,
do not wonder at. I recollect another Monsieur Fox ! Monsieur Fox ! come
pun on the same word, made by Mr forward, we want to see you.” For se
Hare himself, who lodged in the veral minutes he was deaf to the call, but same house with Mr Fox, when the audience seemed determined not to there came officers with an execution let the performance go on until he did ; against that gentleman. Mr Hare for Mr Fox was naturally a favourite immediately:hurried out of the house, with the revolutionary French, as Mr Pitt saying, “ These gentlemen have be. was the contrary.
At length his friends gun with Fox-hunting, but it is ten pushed hiin forward. The moment he to one they end with Hare-hunting." äppeared there was very general ap- Mr Hare could not boast of the same plause, which continued for some time, advantage as enjoyed by Mr Mens. he bowing most respectfully to the au. dience.
tone, who expressed himself happy
that his name was not obnoxious to a Just as the applause ceased, Buona, parte, accompanied by some of his officers, pun. Mr Fox seems never to have entered his box, which was vis-à-vis to punned, which is rather surprising, the one Fox occupied. On his entrée be considering the quickness of his inwas received with the clapping of a few
vention, as well as his knowledge of hands. He seemed somewhat dissatis different languages. fied with his reception ; at all events, he
Kelly, as well as his friend Sheridid not remain above a quarter of an dan, were fond of telling anecdotes of hour in the box, and left it without their native country, Ireland, and taking the slightest notice of the audi, did not spare their remarks on the
laughable peculiarities of Irishmen, The reception of Lord Guildford, some of which, as we have mentioned as related by Kelly, was quite in above, Mr Sheridan invented, with character of that insolent despot.
the license of the Italian proverb, Si He was introduced by the Préfet du
non e vero, e ben trovato.
This book affords an explanation Palais as Lord Guildford, son of Lord North, at one time prime minister of His
of a paper in Shakespeare's Romeo Britannic Majesty.
and Juliet, when Gregory, Capulet's Buonaparte, darting one of his spitefal servant, says, " I will bite my thumb looks at him, said, “ My Lord, your fa,
at him, which is a disgrace to them, ther was a very great man ş” and, turn. if they will bear it.” ing to the Marshall, said, sneeringly, “ Was it not he who lost America for
The Neapolitans (says the book) are England ?-Yes, he was a very great man
proverbial for their gesticulation : if you indeed;" then turning apon his heel," he ask a man in the street what o'clock it is, walked on.
he looks at the sun, and by his fingers The vulgar rudeness and uncalled-for makes you understand the hour, but does impertinence of the remark were receiv- not condescend to speak. The natives of ed by the noble Earl with contemptuous every part of Italy are perfect mimics; silence
and the strongest indication of either Those general anecdotes (if I may menace or revenge you can receive from apply that word to those wbich do
an Italian, is to see him bite his thumb not relate to his own professions of well aware of this, when he wrote the
at you. Our immortal Shakspeare was musical composer and manager of a quarrelling scene between the servants in theatre). are very interesting, as they the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet ; there, contain a sort of minor biography of Gregory, Capulet's servant, says, “I will men, eminent in politics, literature, bite my thumb at him; which is a disor on the stage ; they'are occasionally grace to them, if they will bear it." enlivened by bon mots and jokes of Malone, the commentator, says, that
aiode of quarrelling appears to have been this country, even now, when sobriecommon in England in our author's time; ty is more the fashion than formerly, as Decker, describing the various groups will surprise the reader: that daily frequented the walks of St. Paul's Church, says, “ What shoulder, It is remarkable, (says Kelly,) that not. ing, what jostling, what cheering, what withstanding the vices of these people, bitings of thumbs, to beget quarrelling;” and the extraordinary cheapness of wine, - yet I think it but fair, to suppose that
I never, during my sojourn there, witnessShakespeare knew it was also an action ed a single instance of intoxications. adopted to “ beget quarrels" in Verona,
One extraordinary anecdote yo conwhere the scene of the play lies, other. firm this, he tells of a nobleman, who, wise the coincidence would be remark. having murdered another in a fit of able.
jealousy, was condemned to death. Kelly was settled at Vienna for a
But his life was offered him, on the considerable time. During his stay sole condition of his saying, that when there, a circumstance occurred which he committed the deed he was instrongly speaks the equal justice ad- toxicated. He received the offer with ministered by the officers of the law, disdain, and exclai.ned, that he would and the inflexible impartiality of the rather suffer a thousand deaths than Emperor, in allowing its sentences to bring eternal disgrace on his family, take place without regard to the rank by confessing the disgraceful crime of the culprit. Kelly having got into of intoxication. He persisted, and the intimate acquaintance of a young
was executed ! nobleman, the son of Prince P
Among the theatrical anecdotes, who had been governor of Gratz, a be records the last appearance
of young man affable and accomplished, Mrs Siddons, and a circumstance but wild and dissipated; he was re- attending it is equally honourable to turning with him from a dinner at one
that great actress and the audience ; of the public gardens; they were stopo ped by the Lieutenant of the Police, Lady Macbeth divinely, and looked as
The play was Macbeth ; she aeted and the Count was lodged in prison. beautiful as ever. After her sleeping • He had been guilty of a forgery, was
scene was concluded, the audience unani. convicted, and sentenced to a terrible mously called for the curtain to drop, punishment, namely, to sweep the and would not allow the play to finish streets of Vienna, along with other a marked and just compliment to the unfortunate wretches convicted of most splendid actress the British stage crimes.
ever possessed, and where private chaOften, as I have been walking, (say& altation of the profession which she
racter has little less contributed to the exKelly,) i have met this unfortunate man, with his head shaved, wearing a paper her public talents:
adorned than the unrivalled greatness of cap, and a jacket of coarse cloth, chained, with a large log tied to his leg, and a Kelly mentions the introduction broom in his hand, actually sweeping the of Miss Mellon on the stage; crossways with other felons. Those unfortunate wretches, after they
She was engaged at Drury-Lane, (he have sweeped the streets for a limited says,) and proved herself a valuable acquiperiod, as an example, are chained in sition to our dramatic corps. She was couples, and compelled to drag barges on
à handsome girl, and much esteemed, the Danube. Every interest was made and in gratitude I feel called upon to say, to save him; the Princess L. -n, to that both as Miss Mellon and Mrs Coults, whom he was nearly related, then in a I have received from her the most mark most critical state of health, threw her. ed and friendly attention, and am happy Belf upon her knees before the Emperor to have it in my power thus publicly to to procure his pardon ; but His Majesty express my acknowledgments. was inflexible, and said, that “if he had a It is indeed a commendable trait in son who had been guilty of the same this lady's character, pever to forget, crime, he should undergo the same amidst her present elevation, either punishment." This event made an aw. ful impression on me, and it was long early days.
the profession of the friends of her before my spirits recovered the shock.
Of another well-known character He mentions a laudable propensi- he speaks with well-founded praise ty as universal at Naples, which, in for his sagacity and acuteness ; as