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in four more, beside her domestics, and deed, when we recolleet her performance a numerous train of the populace, who, of Letitia Hardy, in the “Belle's Strain the procession, as at the grave, testified tagem,” we are tempted to withdraw our their sorrow for so general a loss by a former opinion, as here the displayed mournful and respectful tilence.

such grace, spirit, and versatility of She was interred on the West side of character, as to make it original in her the Cloysters, Westminster Abbey (the hands. Rev. Mr. Champnes reading the funeral Her study was favourable to her geservice), between the graves of Dr. nius; as there was seldom known an Dupuis and Sir Richard Jebb, and co inttance in which she wanted, the aid of vered by a marble stone with the fol. a Prompter. Her assiduities in her pro. lowing plain infcription :

fesfion were likewise constant and unre•

mitting: she drew her information froin In Memory

the best sources, from the conversation of Mrs. ELIZABETH POPE, of intelligent persons; from obfervation late of the Theatre Royal, Covent

on those eminent on the Stage who preGarden,

ceded her ; and from the study of the old who departed this Life

and modern drelis, &c. &c.; she was on the 15th of March 1797, fo particular in this laft, that before the aged 52 Years.

firit appeared in the character of mex " Renowned be thy Grave". Elizabeth, she had not only reviewed the And “may the Worthy thus with drefled figure in wax work of this PrinHonour and Regret be cels in Westminster Abbey, but caremourned.'

fully read over and noted the minutiæ of

her dress, as related by the celebrated HER CHARACTER.

Paul Hentzner during his refidence in Such are the brief Memoirs of Mrs. England towards the close of Queen Elizabeth Pope-there remains to be Elizabeth's reign ;-her attentions were added a sketch of ber public and private fully repaid, as we believe the made as character ; and it is plealing to the pen fine a representation of this chara&ter in of Biography to review both; because point of fimilitude, fpirit, and deportin doing so it will fulfil the last melan inent, as ever was displayed ince the choly yet pleasing office of friendship- days of Shakespeare. In short, after the record de parted excellence, and let before example of her great master, Garrick, the Public an example truly worthy their she omitted no enquiries, no affiduities, imitation.

that could enlarge chę bounds of her proThat Mrs. Pope was born for her teslion. profesion the various qualities of her Her private life reflected credit on her mind and person evidently proved. Of theatrical character. Called apon at an the latter we have already reported in the early age to exert herself for her future beginning of thele Memoirs; hence we maintenance, she had the good sense to have little more to say, but that as time profit in this school of trial; he had the had added fullness and rotundity to her grace to know hertelf, to have a respect figure, these gave her a greater degree of for the sufferings of others, and to estigrace and dignity. In respect to her ta mate the value of independence ; theke, lents, though they may be called univer- tempered by a just sense of religion, gave fal, her forie conteflediy lay in the grave a colourto her life of the best complexion; and dignified parts of Tragedy, and it checked all riting temptations, which particularly in those which required the the gauds aud vanities of her profeffon powers of recitation, here ihe was at least might otherwise expo:e her to; it taught equal to any one actrels in her time, and her equanimity of mind and economy of Friperior to moft, as the best judges who fortane ; and by persevering in these duhave seen her in many of her parts, and ties The became useful to hertelf and particularly in Queen Catherine, have others. Wanimoully testified.

She had, like most women fo high in Her Comedy was rather of the welfo her protefsion, many temptations to mix bred steady kind, such as Mrs. Belmour, in what is called “ the Great World; Lady Ealy, Lady Brule, Mrs. Sullen, &c. but her natural inclinations (independent which required a fenfible marked deli- of her prudence) led her to preter com very-not but what we have seen her in forts to externals; Olie feldom, therefore, Bratrice, Clarinda, Estifania, Rosalind, appeared in those circles, except in re&c. to very great advantage ; and, in turning morning visits, or paying her

doing all the menial ofhces of a lick

occasional respe&s to those who patro room ; the three laft rights she never once nized her in her profession. To her friends ftirred from her bedtide ; nor did the The was cordial, affable, and polite, and leave her till death closed this melancholy did the honours of her table with very be.

Scene for ever. coming hospitality and attention.

From this example let the Good and Her conversation partook as little of Virtuous be cheered with the pleasing the Seage as any performer we ever knew; hope of having their deeds repaid them and yet when the subject was afloat by the tender offices of friendship, and the amongst intelligent persons, the gave a offe&tionate regards of the Public; whilft Very good opinion both of plays and the proud and vain of bears may be taught, players, but with a reserve “ that never that without a merited affection the ence outstepped the modesty of nature.” numerous train of visitors and domestics Inderd, her diipotition to speak well of are but the unfeeling pageants of cereevery body was universal, and she had mony, and the pity or wailings of a this deserved character fro:n her friends, fick room the cant of interest or hypoher neighbours, her servants, and from crily. all who knew her.

The following articles are subjoined She was regular in the whole of her to shew, from this Lady's first appearconduct-in her devotions, her charities, ance on the Stage to the meridian of her her hours, and in all her domestic con theatrical excellence, what opinion the eerns; the kept her accounts herself, best judges, as well as the Public at large, which she generally settled weekly, and entertained of her profesfional abilities. like most people who are their own stewards, she felt the benefits, and her trades. ACCOUNT OF HER FIRST APPEARANCE, men the punctuality, of this conduct. But the trueft teft of a well spent life,

(From the St. James's Chronicle.) and " that which Moull accompany its close, as honour, love, obedience, troops

THEATRICAL INTELLIGENCE. of friends," she enjoyed to a degree which

Drury-lane, 08. 25, 1768. was as gratifying to see as it is now The young Lady who last Saturday gratifying to relate.

(22d October) made her first appearance From the first to the last hour of her in the very difficult character of Imogen iliness, crowds of persons of all ranks has more than answered the expectation were found at her door, inquiring the of the Public. 'Though her great sen, ftate of her health with the most anxious ability the first night hindered her frem folicitude. She was attended entirely by exerting the powers of her voice, and ber ozun fervants, who would suffer no occasioned her at times to be a little too coinmon nurse-tender to approach her, low, yet the audience perceived that but who tcok the charge of sitting up this fault (if it might be called one) prowith her themselves, and who executed ceeded from a proper and meritorious this charge with a readiness, a tendere feeling of her fituation ; and her easy denels, and a sympathy, that at once be

portment and graceful action, with her spoke the goodness of the mistress, and very forcible manner of expressing the the gratitude of the domestic.

Itronger part of her character, convinced To these were added two ladies of her them that, when her fears were removed, intimate acquaintance, who daily visited they fhould have no reason to complain of her, and constantly administered, or law her want of exertion. Her second peradministered, to her the prescriptions of formance fully justified their cpinien, her physician, accompanied with every and it was agreed by the audience lait degree of comfort and attention. One of night, that no actre's ever made fuch a them in particular deserves to be recorded figure, and gaye fuch hopes, at the first as a thining example of female friendship and second time of her appearance. in these days of trivelity and diffipation. “ The particular merit of this young This lady, though in the bloom of ycuth Lady (whole name we hear is Younge) and beauty, living much in the circles of is, that the has acquired that part of fufhion, and in the pollefsion of a hand- acting at her firit fetting out, viz.--Ealy the tendereft affiduities by day, but fat tural familiar manner of speaking, which pipe several nights with her, suggesting it requires years to attain to. Her every degree of comfort and relief, and greatest praise was spoken by a gentle

man in the boxes froin the fulnels of his нь з

heart

heart--" By G-tbis must be good atting, friend to the cause and me, I fall take because it is so little like a&ting." every opportunity of serving you when

compatible with reason and justice. As ! Letter from David GARRICK, Esq. am sure your good senfe would not defre

to Miss YOUNGE, whilft at Bristol, my friendship upon any other footing, on her return from Ireland in the Year you may depend upon it that I am and 1771.

shall be

“ Your Lincere friend Hampton, July 41b (1771).

" and warm well-wisher, " DEAR MADAM,

“ D. GARRICK. I am greatly obliged to you for "! Remember me to King and his wife, your polite leiter, and I dncerel; congratu. and Moody: late both you and the Managers ci Drury Pray let me know what character Lane Theatre upon your return to Eng- you would prefer to make your first apo land and to them. You have, in my pearance in. opinion, acted very wisely to come back,

(Directed) and establish your theatrical character in London. I have known fome examples « Belonging to the Tbeatri,

! Miss Younge, of ladies and gentlemen of our profeflion

King-firect, who have been allured, by large offers and other inducements, tɔ stay in Ireland

Brijiol." very much to their prejudice. Every Letter to Miss Younge from the Henation has its peculiar taste ter drainatic

nourable HORACE WALPOLE (late performances, and young performers are too often mified by folie approbation. I

Lord ORTORD), recommending to

her consideration to the Part of Hormuft therefore repeat it, that, taking me out of the quettion, you have actel ju

tenfia, in JEPHEON's Tragedy of

Çi The Count of Narbonne. diciously to return to the old dramatic school, where the business is more regu

Strawberry Hill, Otober. Jarly conducted, and the judgment of

22, 1781. plays and pissers is more ccrta.11, and less ! It will, I fear, ieem impertinent in partially given by the audience.

an absolute itranger, Madam, to take the “ In incit, I am fincerely glad that you liberty of asking a favour of you; are again amongsi us, and I hope and mould I use lo much freedom, if I trust that you will have no caute to re were not persuaded that whoever conpent. Cie ihing I must desire of you; wribuies to calling forth your great when you have any real grievance (for it powers for the stage, does at once terre will not be with you while to be uneasy your talents and the public. Mr. Jeph; at tris), ke me defire you either to son, who has long been my friend, and fpeak or write to me about it, and I who has proved myself so by making a will either relieve y u directly, or con rational interesting Tragedy out of my vince you of your miilake. This will wild " Caitle of Otranto," cannot bring be the best way to prevent what has hap- it on the Stage to advantage unlets you, pened for the future.

Madam, will plate to appear in the Let me desire you to send me a fresh character of Hortenfia, the wife of the list of the parts you have played ; the Count of Narbonne. Mr. Jepbion has fuller the better : be plealed to mark made her a very sublime character, and them as you yourself feel your merit in improved on my sketch, by making her them --your favourites No. 1, the next amore natural one, in giving her jealouly, 2, and so on. Let me have a complete and thence forming å fine contrast belist as soon as possible, that I may look tween her piety and that disordering it over, and consider the buliness for your passion. and our own interest. If you would The other female character is one vesy add the parts you would wish to play, common in Plays, and that admits of no ule not yet studied by you, I Mall perhaps be of the violent transitions which only such a more prepared to thew my regard as oc- capital actress as you, Madam, are capable casions reasonably offer; though you mutt of displaying. The daughter is a fimpk, not expect to perform half the characters tender maid, bred up in ignorance and you may put down ; yet as I thall always devotion, and demands nothing but plain. regard you for the futute (the little ne- tive innocent tones.

Mrs. Crawford glects of me being totally forgotten) as declined the mether's part, but I believe one of my dramatic family, and a liucere from resentment on her husband's account,

nor

whom Mr. Jephson had undervalued. I Great and collected in that awful hour, will not sulpe t that she had the weakness Her cause her counsel, and her truth her of preferring the daughter's part for her

power, youth, becaute the muit know the world She scares their coward hearts, protra&ts her too well not to be fenable that nothing

cause, makes the middle age fo apparent as ap- And wrests from ' hard ruld Harry" forc'd pearing in too juvenile a light.

applause * “If I am not much mittaken, Madam, Yet when, dfiobid of all her power and state, when yż u hear the Play read you will be She bows submissive to her humbler fate, truck with the cpportunities the Coun Not the soft lute that breathes the melting tess's part will give you of exerting the ftrain, variety of your abilities. Devotion and Nor “the bless'd troop" that swim before jealouiy contrasted are not all: there is

her brain, conjugal and maternal tendernel's too, Can give such earnest of congenial grief, very different mades, as you know, Or yield the finer passions such relief; Madain : there is sovereign dignity, and Touch'd by the scene, Ambition drops her the philosophic comınand of pride in wings, willing to wave that dignity. But un. The world gr.ws faint, and all the world's lels I were as great a maiter of the Stage vain things as you are a mistress, Madam, I could Crowns, wealth, magnificence, before us not deicribe halt that you will callout from the part; and I will trust to your good for, taught by you, we learn the rule to de. Sense more than to my own rhetoric for the part's inaking an impression on you.

These are the arts which prop a moral

Stage ; “ I am, with great respect,

These are the gems which grace our Poct's “ Madain, “ Your molt obedient

page; « humble Servant,

'Tis your's to set them with a skilful hand, ** HOR. WALPOLE."

And scatter radiance round a classic land;

And may long health and well-eard'd praise To Mrs. POPE,

conspire

For many a year to aid this genuine fire, ON HER PERFORMANCE OF QUEEN

Till mellowing time Mall consecrate your CATHERINE IN “HENRY VIII."

And lift anerber Pope to endless fame. WHEN Gxth wird Henry, vois of Mame cr fear,

[ In our next Number we shall give a Fron vows estrang'd, bids Catherine appe.us Porirait of Mrs. Pore, from an ori. In open Court-not c'en the Monarch's ginal Picture painted by Mr. POPE.} frown,

[down ; Nor Wolsey's arts, can weigh the Princess

fly,

name,

BY A FRIEND.

To the EDITOR of the EUROPEAN MAGAZINE. SIR, I SEND you four more ORIGINAL LETTERS written by the venerable and in.

trepid Dr. Hough, Bishop of Worcester, at a very advanced period of life ; and which exhibit his character, as it always was in his lifetime leen, in a very amiable point of view. You will intest them at luch time as may best suit with your convenience.

I am, &c.

A. L. SIR, I CAN give you no particular account of have received a copy, or at least minutes

Mr. Vernon's will, having been no of it; only this I can tell you, that Mrs. brady who was at the opening of it; and I Vernon is tole executrix, that Lord Co. believe you understand more of it than I ventry and Mr. Bromley are trustees, and Ho, as Mrs. Robinson may very probably that in general the Lady and her daughters

" Go thy ways Kate
" That man i' the world who mall report he has
“ A better wise, let him in nought be trusted,
f' For spcaking false in that.”

Hen. VIII, ACŁ Z.
• Sec Page 18 of the present Volume.

I am,

are

are thought to be handsomely provided hope your next will tell me you already for. , I am told the will was not skilfully do so. Mrs. Hall is well and cheerful; drawn, and several late codicils have the has a variety of company, for the created perplexity; but Mr. William house is top-tull; and about dinner time Vernon went to Hanbury and assured the I look for our friends from Omberfiey, Lady, that as far as his concurrence might who purpose to set forward towards Lan. be of service he was ready to join in any don on Thursday next. I fall be very mcature to make her eaty and prevent dii. loath to part with them, Sir Thomas putes. This is what I believe you did Lyttelton being gone: and when they not look for. The Chancellor has been tollew I shall have nobody left within my confined some days ; not much out of reach, nor am I likely to lee any of the order, but his leg troubles him again, Worcester people, who are in a road of and I fancy dispoies him to excute his at- entertainment among themselves. Mr, tendance at Court, which in good earnest Plowden's son is landed, and the wedding I nerer theught worth his while. Kitt likely to be soon over in that house, for presents his humbie duty to you, and says the writings are ready when they please that his cyder runs very low, having had to execute them. Mr. James Cox's lady a greater demand for it of late than ordi- is breeding, which perhaps you may nary. We perfectly well know the way know, but I heard not of it till Friday to your cellar, and visit it very often; or Saturday laft. You with your good but we do not know what calk to fix on, wife and lister have my boft wishes; and and beg you will give us your direciicns. now I have nothing more to say, but that It freezes hard and is bitter cold at this present writing, but I hope it will con.

Sir, tinue till good Mrs. Vernon and cur

уету.

affectionately yours, Glass-Hampton neighbours, who

JO, WORCESTER, now upon the road, zet late to town. I Jan, the g1b, 1737am very glad to hear the waters at least give you no occafion to diflike them; I SIR, pray they may have their utmost good

SINCE we were informed of the effect on yourself and the Ladies; and if Queen's * dangerous illness all our prayers I say I shall feel my own health more sen- have centered in her tafety; and when we fibly when you have yours, I dare say, you reflect on the mighty importance her life is will think it ipoken with tincerity by, of to the Royal Family and to us all, we Sir,

searce have a thought at liberty for our Your very affectionate Friend, friends or for ourselves. God grant the next and faithtui servant, post may raile our hopes, which at present

JO, WORCESTER, are at the lowest ebb'; for if Providence Dec, the 161h, 1735.

suffers what we dread to befallus, we have

a very gloomy prospect, and cannot cali SIR,

ly fet to the end of our misfortunes. I am, YOUR last letter is the only one I have however, thankful to you for your laft ever rectived fince you went to Bath, letter, glad to hear of your health, ard without letting you know by the next im warın in my wishes for the eltablishment mediate post of the pleasure it brought of it. Prefent my most humble thanks me; but the late leaton has fo abounded to the Countess of Oxford for honouring with good withes from all my acquain- me with a place in her memory, and te? tance, that in my acknowledgments I Captain Congreve I expect to hear him have been forced to polipene iuch of my speak comfortably of himself. friends as allow me to treat them with the least ceremony. I know you would take

Sir, it unkindly if I did not reckon you in

very affectionately yours, that number, and I have used you accord

jo. WORCESTER, ingly.--I now am at leisure to tell you,

Nov. tbe 31st, 1737 • that the news of your good health was more welcome to me than crdinary, for I SIR, had lieard that you were a little inciiíposed; HOWEVER Bath may have dealt with and the Lady Surdon days, you must wait you in fome respects, I perceive it has to feel the benefit of the waters tome time been kird in bringing you into acquainafter you have left them. I cannot but tance with fome very valuable perions ; be impatient to discover it sooner, and and I am glad you have the pleaiure of * Queen Caroline, confort of George the Second.

converting

I am,

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