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vours to engage his daughter to Citpup, a barta HAYMARKET.

ker's son, and most egregious coxcomb; till an N Friday, the 4th of July, Miss Frod. intimation is given him that his amours (which fram made her first appearance before a

are generally the ridiculous circumstances of a London audience, in the character of Rosalind. man's life) thall be discovered, and published in This lady has been educated to the stage from

a ballad. Difficulties yet remain with the upher early years, and the has made admirable use holsterer, which are removed by the generosity of of her opportunities. Her figure is beautiful to Archly, the Friend Indeed, and the road to matriexcess; finely proportioned, and exhibits a sym mony rendered practicable, which is the end and metry and grace of form which is hardly equal purpose of all comédies. led by any lady on the stage. Her face is full In one of the scenes, between Citpup, Lydia, of meaning and sweetness; her eye beaming with

and Emma, the former relates a whimsical accithe finest teitimonies of passion and feeling. Her dent which had happened to himself at the king's expression is just and articulate; her attitudes hunt, where he tumbled head-foremost into a are gracefully correct; and the manages her voice, pigslye; which, says he, pleased the Prince prowhich in some of it's notes is, if not inharmo- digiously. At this part the performance was innious, at least unpleasant, with great address and terrupted by a long and loud laugh from the effect. She was received with uncommon ap

audience. plause; and we fincerely think her an acquisition

Among the several characters, the upholsteres to the stage.

is certainly the most conspicuous; it well

drawn, and strongly marked The dialogue is On Saturday, the 5th instant, was presented, lively; but the sentiments, perhaps, too moral a new Comedy, called

for warm weather. The fable is not arranged to

our mind: the business with the upholfterer A FRIEND IN NEED IS A FRIEND INDEED,

should be settled before any hopes are given that written by Mr. O'Brien*, the reputed author the father's consent is to be obtained, which is of the Defence of the Earl of Shelburne.

the most important circumstance to the event of

the piece. DRAMATIS PERSONÆ.

The whole play is well got up; "the performers, Sir Simon Howard

Mr. Parfons.

in general are suited to their characters, and perArchly

Mr. Palmeri

form them with great justice and spirit. Trustall

Mr. Williamson.

The Prologue (which, with the Epilogue, is Citpup

Mr. Edwin.

inserted in our poetical department) was read by Ragan

Mr. Baddeley. Mr. Palmer.
Attorney

Mr. Wewitzer.
Richard

Mr. Uther.

The Englih opera of ArTAXIRXES was Lydia Howard

Mrs. Bulkley.

performed on the 16th instant, for the firft time Emma

Mrs. Inchbald.

at this theatre; but not, in our opinion, with Fanny

Miss Morris.

the most laudable view, being purposely to Mrs. Wells.

introduce an Italian performer on an English Txis piece, which has considerable merit, stage. Of Signora Seftini, and her powers, the turns on a common circumstance in life, artfully world are not ignorant; they know what she has and judiciously managed. Trustall, a young been, and know what the is: they may condema man of a benevolent and generous disposition, ob the treachery or the inconstancy of that taste tains the consent of Sir Simon Howard, a whim. which drove her from her peculiar soil; but they fical old man, to marry his daughter Emma, on will hardly be disposed to commend the good condition that his fortune be free from those em: sense of obtruding an Italian voice on an English barrassments. so usual to persons of his disposition. opera. Are we become so very much refined as to An act of generosity suddenly involves Trustall with to part with our characteristic music? Are in difficulties, and brings an execution into his the fine full tones, the sensible founds, and the house. This very naturally creates the embar- expresive energy of an English voice, become fo rassment of the play; and introduces a new Shy- disgusting to our ears, that we wish to Italianize lock in the character of Ragan, an Irish uphol- it? In the name of common sense, let our thea sterer. The father witholds his consent; the tres be distinct--let us preserve the English chad lovers are distressed; Archly the friend of racter in our mufic, as well as in our hearts, and Truitall, and Lydia the confidante of Emma, be tenacious of every thing that serves to diftininterpose, and, in exerting their good offices, find guith us as a people! themselves mutually entangled. The old gen The opera was very respectably performed. man, however, continues inexorable, and endea Miss George was in her pure element, and the

* Some accounts mention this Comedy as the joint production of Mr. O'Brien, and Miles Peter Andrews,'Esq. a report which has probably arisen from the history of this nerv piece, as given iu thé Prologue. See Page 52.

Mrs. Ragan

DRAMATIS PERSONA.

gave additional evidence of her very promising is presumptive-heir to the titles and estate of powers, as well as of their present extent. Mr. Lord Belville, yet being poffelled of no fortune Brett muft ftudy the graces; he is unfortunately but his bare commission, Lady Rounciful, the always the same, and it is always Giles. Our mother of Araminta, is averse to any offers of old favourite, Bannister, with his barrow-tones, marriage, designing her daughter for Old Chrowaś fo marked a contrast to the Italian Arbaces, nicle, a rich broker. Pink is dispatched with that the lovers of good Old England, and it's old a letter from Araminta to Captain Ambush, good sense, were ready to exclaim - What need who then affumes the name of Lieutenant God,

have we of Italian refiners !' We do not, how. frey. Captain Ambush is transported with the ever, mean to impute any personal fault to Signora contents of it; and, on Pink's asking for a token Seftini, who sung her songs with great' taste, at to fhew her mistress on her return, the Captain least, and in Water parted from the Sea was gives her a kiss. This token, Spatterdalh, the deservedly encored; we mean only to condemn captain's servant, takes from her. On Aragenerally the practice of blending Italian per minta's receiving no answer from Ambush, she formers with those of our own country.

alks Pink, 'Did he even send no token of his

'having received the letter?' Pink tells her On the 26th instant, was performed for the

he did, but that Spatterdalh had taken it from forft time, a new Comedy, written by Mr.O'Keefe, her; on which Araminta resolves to have it, called

by giving Spatterdalh some pecuniary reward. THE YOUNG QUAKER.

Á laughable scene then takes place between
Araminta and Spatterdash; she infifting on the

token being returned, while he is utterly astoRuben Sadboy

Mr. Palmer.

nished at her request, not knowing what she Captain Ambush Mr. Williamson.

means: till, at length, recollecting what the Old Chronicle

Mr. Parsons.

token was, he is emboldened by her urgent enShadrach Boaz

Mr. Wewitzer.

treaties, and endeavours to kiss her; on which Old Sadboy

Mr. Wilson

The shrieks aloud, and brings in Lady RounClad

Mr. Edwin.

ciful and Pink, the latter of whom clears up Spatterdalh

Mr. Bannister, Jun, Lounge

Mr. Riley.

the matter to Miss Araminta, and the forgives

Spatterdalh's behaviour, while they all comLady Rounciful Mrs. Webb.

bine to impose on the credulity of the old lady, Araminta

Mifs Morris. Mrs. Mellifleur

Mrs. Love.

by pretending that Spatterdalh was the servant

of Old Chronicle, and that the young lady Pink

Mrs. Lloyd.

shrieked aloud, because she hated every thing Dinah Primrose Miss Frodfham.

that belonged to him. This has the delired ef. The fable of this comedy is briefly as follows: fect, and the old lady believes the story; whild Young Ruben Sadboy, the Quaker, being sent the deception gives the young lady a better opfrom Philadelphia to London, in order to transact portunity of carrying on her intrigue. Several fome business,is accompanied by Captain Ambush, droll scenes take place between Old Chronicle, a young gay officer; who, on their arrival in the hiš man Clod, and Spatterdalh; the former of metropolis, introduces the good-natured Quaker whom compares his master with the White Lion into the polite circles. Ruben is transported of the willage, and the latter drinks his wine. with the fashionable world; and hesitates, for "Dinah Primrose, a young Quaker, and daughfome time, whether he fhall continue a plain

ter to Old Chronicle, arrives in London from fimple Quaker, or commence beau; but his in America, in search of her father, and her lover clination at length getting the better of his vene. Ruben: but having no views of meeting with ration for the formalities of religion, he resolves them for some time, and being in distress from upon the latter; ftill, however, on most occa. the want of money and friends, the commits her. fions, diffembling, and pretending to adhere to self to the care of Shadrach Boaz, an old vil. the principles of Quakerism, which gives rise to lainous Jew, who impofes on her in order to fome whimsical incidents.

satiate his brutality, and tells her father Chro- The plot opens with a conversation between nicle that a young woman wanted to impose Captain Ambush and Ruben, who at once shews, on him by pretending that she was Chronicle's the rigid manners of a Quaker, with the versatility, daughter, but that he had discovered the faland extravagance of a gay spark of the town. sity of her story, and intended to punith her. Captain Ambush is astonished at the behaviour Shadrach Boaz takes lodgings for the fair Dinah, of his friend, but has no objection to indulge him in Mrs. Mellifleur’s, where young Ruben hapin his levity of difpofition, and thus he is by de pened to lodge; and, on her refusing to consent grees changed into a maccaroni, while he at the to gratify his brutal passion, Shadrach calls in a

same time difplays the strange but fimple manners bailiff, who is in waiting to carry her to prison, of a Quaker.

unless the complies with his wishes, or pays the In an interview between these two gentlemen, money due to him on her account. the one discovers to the other his passion for a innocent Quaker is in the utmost confternation favourite fair, while his companion makes a con

at this inhuman behaviour; but, while the is feffion of a similar nature. Captain Ambush is about to be carried away to prison, Mrs. Mellideeply in love with Araminta, and though he fleur enters, and presents a bill for the money

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due to the Jew, which was given by the generous sentation, appear to be troublesome to mankindo
Ruben, not knowing to whom he gave it, rely- As comedy is a nobler effort of genius, and more
ing only on his common motives of humanity, interesting than farce; and as farcical fools, and
because he heard of the distress of one fellow- filly puns, are generally understood to be the leaft
creature and the barbarity of another. At length of it's eflencial qualities, so they become nauseous
Ruben enters, and is astonished at finding that and disgusting when attempted to be substituted
the object of his attention was his beloved Dinah for chat genuine wit and humour which should
Primrofe; while she, on the other hand, is equally constitute a regular comedy. With these faults
surprized at finding her adorable Ruben. we are forry to say this new piece abounds, where
marriage then takes place between thele amiable farcical fools are the chief characters of the play:
characters, the consent of Chronicle being ob and though we may be induced to laugh during
tained, and that of Old Sadboy, the father of the representation of Mr. OʻKeete's pieces, it is
Ruben, who comes to London in search of his always that species of laughter which is excited
fon, and is amazed to find him prepared to go at a pantomime, and not the genuin" augh of
to a masquerade, dressed in the character of reason and good sense, in which we indulge at
Alexander the Grear, not doubring but his fair the performances of a Congreve, a Parquhar, a
Dinah would make an excellent Stacira. In the Centlivre, or a Cowley.
mean time, Captain Armbush gains the consent The greatest praise is due to Mr. Colman for
of Lady Rounciful to marry her daughter, by his attention in preparing the piece i or the eye
fending to her ladyship a letter figned Belville; of the public, by new dresses and scenery; and
and as the old lady thinks that a peer is prefera we hope he will lend his affistance in making
ble to a broker, the difiniffes Old Chro by some indispensable alterations.
pretending that he had some designs against her Mr. Palmer, Mr. Parf ns, Mr. Brinn ster, and
daughter's chastity.

Mr. Wewitzer, played their parts admirabiy, and The piece then concludes with a double mar did justice to their author. Mr. Wilson did all riage; and Ruben, in promising that every slave in his power in so insignificant a parc; and Mr. on his plantarions Mall receive his liberty free Edwin made as much of a trifle by his acting, as as the air which he breathes, pays an elegant bis author does in his writing, Mr. Williamson compliment to the liberality of the people called 'was also respectable, though we were disgusted Quakers.

by the allusions to his handsome figure, as the There are two kinds of comedy; the one Young Quaker undoubtedly far furpasses him in called comedy of Character, the other comedy elegance of person. of Intrigue.

This new comedy can'nót, with Mrs. Webb, Miss Morris, Mrs. Lloyd, and propriety, be said to belong to either of those Miss Frodtham, supported their different chadistinctly, but partakus, in fome small degree, of racters with great spirit and judgment. the requisites of both. Mr. O'Keefe has met On the first appearance of the Y ung Quaker, with great and deserved success in his farces, and there arose a warm contest between the flesh and we think it incumbent on us to observe, that the the spirit, but the spirit got the better. The Agreeable Surprize is one of the most laughable young puritan repulsed his assailants on their of all after-pieces: but the composition of co first attack; and, as they could not attempt a se. medy is very different from that of farce; and cond til Monday, the besieged in that interval though it would be very uncandid to say that the rendered the fortress impregnable, and the enemy gentleman who writes a good farce is incapable not only raised the fiege, but joined the friends of writing a comedy, yet the latter species of the of the garrison. In plain English, Mr. O'Keefe's drama requires greater attention, greater exertions comedy was on the first reprefentation thought in of genius, and greater accuracy. The intention many places too laughable, and indeed quite fare of comedy is to represent neither the great suffer- cical; but many of those paffages being expunged ings nor great crimes of men; but to expose on Monday night, and some other judicious al. their follies, and fighter vices, and thus 'raise in terations made in the drama, the whole was rethe beholders a sense of the impropriety or inde ceived with general approbation. sorum of certain characters, which, from repre

PARLIAMENTARY HISTORY.

OF

HOUSE LORDS.

APRIL 171

The royal assent was given by commiflion to (Continued from Page 467.)

twenty public and thirteen private bills The APRIL 15.

commissioners were Lords Mansfield, Stormont, ASSED the Mutiny, Trent, and Mersey and Dartmouth. Navigation bills.

Adjourned to Monday the 28th instant.
Proceeded on Bayntun's Divorce bill.

APRIL 28.
APRIL 16.

Read a first time the Clerkenw:ll Poor, Hefa
Passed the bill to repeal the act for prohibiting ket Road, and several other bills.
the trade with America; and the Irish Legislature Passed, with one amendment, the Church
bill.

Lynch Inclosure bill.
Deferred the farther confderation of Bayn-

APRIL 29.
fun's Divorce bill till May 7.

Read a first time the St. Anne's Paving bill. VOL UL.

H

Read

MAY 2.

Read a second time the Loan bill.

credit of the Company, that such a dividend Read also a fecond time, and committed, the should be made. On this the bill was read a reClerkenwell Poor bill.

cond time, and committed for a future day. Went through in committee, and reported, the Hesket Road bill.

Heard counsel farther in the cause between Heard counsel in the cause wherein the Duke Hendricke and Cunningham, and then reversed of Queensberry is appellant, and Sir William the decree, with directions. Douglas respondenti

Read a second time the bill to repeal the act APRIL 30.

relative to volunteers. Went through, in committee, and reported, Went through, in committee, the East India, Selby's Name bill.

Indemnity, and New Loan bills. Palled the Hesket Road bill.

The Duke of Portland then moved the second Read a first time the East India bill.

reading of the American Intercourse bill. Read a second time the Loan and Covent Gar. Lord Thurlow said he did not wish to oppose den Paving bills.

the principle of the bill, but merely to point out Heard counsel farther in the cause between what to him appeared objectionable. It was, the Duke of Queensberry and Sir William Doug- indeed, rather disagreeable to give an opinion las, when the decree was affirmed.

which did not coincide with administration, as MAY I.

those who did fo were charged with endeavouring Read a first time the bill to repeal the act re to raise a faction, or, as a noble lord had termed specting volunteers.

it, giving succour to a sprout of opposition. No Went through, in commitee, and reported, man was more an enemy than himself to formthe Clerkenwell Poor, St. Anne's, and Coventing parties merely to oppose ministers, and imGarden Paving bills.

pede public measures; but the fear of such a Heard countel in the cause between Hendricke charge should never deter him from giving his and Cunningham.

sentiments with freedom, and doing what he conThe East India Company's bill for borrowing ceived to be the duty of every peer in that House. a sum of money being then read a second time- The bill before their lordships was liable to many - Lord Wallingham called the attention of the objections in it's present form, particularly the Haufe to the importance of the subject. He un lalt clause: if he was not perfectly in order, he derstood that this bill was to be followed by ano trusted their lordships would not insist on form, ther; therefore, fhould it pass filently into an act, but permit him to proceed in his remarks, as he the India Company might conclude their lord.

meant nothing more than that the House should fhips were not aware of it's consequence, and that have a proper idea of the bill when it came beany other bill they might think proper to intro fore the committee. The last clause being to duce, would meet with a fimilar reception. His enable his Majesty in council, for the space dordfhip then, in a most concise manner, went of fix weeks, to make laws respecting the comover the affairs of the India Company, and con merce with America, he wished to know if those cluded with observing, that their finances were laws were to expire with the power of making not better 'at present, if so good, as in 1773, them; for if they lasted one hour longer, they when they before applied to Parliament for leave would be almost irrevocable. This would be a to borrow money; and this being the cafe, why grant of a power to the Crown scarcely to be were they not to be bound hy the same restric. paralleled. It was needless to observe, that the tions. They were not then permitted to make consent of the Crown was necessary to establifli a dividend of more than fix per cent. till they an act of legislature; and in this inftanće, should had reimburfed the loan, and not more than the Crown, by the authority vested in it by this feven till the whole debt came to 1,500,000l. bill, pass an act which the other branches of the -Yet by the present bill they would be authorized legislature should think improper, hów would to borrow money, that they might be enabled to they be able to prevent that act from remaining make a dividend of eight per cent. This, his in force? It was to be done only by an act of lordship thought, was a greater dividend than they repeal; and was it likely that the Crown would could with any propriety make, if the state of consent to repeal an act which it had thought their finances at home, and the amazing expences proper to adopt? If minifters had no intention

they must have incurred abroad, were duly of continuing those laws which it might be ad. 'weighed:

viseable for them to make during the term this Earl Fitzwilliam hoped it would not meet with bill was to allow them, and which might be nea opposition; as he understood, that if the Com- cessary to promote the establishment of a friendly pany were not per icted to borrow the money, intercourse between this country and America, they must become bankrupts; the expenditure in why not bring it into parliament in a 'regular their fettlements had far exceeded their revenue: way? why not have it so intimated in the clause, the consequence of which was, that their servants

and not leave it open to the very juft and necesabroad had draivn bills payable at home, which sary jealousies of their lordships, that an infringethey were unable to answer without this tempo mert of their rights was intended? His lordihip rary support. With respect to their dividing then pointed out the erroneous manner in which eight per cent. the public, owing to the disagree many of the clauses were worded, and the necefable accounts received from India, had lost much fity there was for their being amended in the comof the confidence they had formerly in that stock; mittee; and concluded by affuring minifters that it was necessary, therefore, for the support of the he had no hostile intention against them, but

bad

above terms,

had offered his remarks, purposely that they they differed about the terms. The only crimight adopt such alterations as might be agree

terion by which he could be directed, was the able to the House.

price of Atocks at the time of concluding the loan. Lord Bathurst said, he agreed with the noble The day on which he proposed to close with these lord, that many parts of the bill required amend- gentlemen, the three per cents, were at 67, ant ments, but he should not have troubled their the tour per cents. at 84; and at these prices he lordships with his observations till the bill had

wished to make the loan; but they refused to come before the committee, only from a wish

take the three per cents. at more than 66, ani that they might have time to weigh such altera

the four per'cents. at more than 83; upon which tions as should be suggested. The last clause, as

the negociation was suspended; but the gentleit stood, was of no fòrce; it was to grant power

men afterwards agreeing to split the difference, to the Crown for fix weeks--- From when?-

he closed with them. His lordship concluded Why, from the time of passing that act. Now,

with moving, that the committee agree to the it had been most solemnly determined in that House, that every act which had no specific time, Several members took part in the debate; but actually took place, and was in forcé, from the

the motion was at last carried without a division. first day of the session in which it passed; and

APRIL 17. now a bill is brought in to grant a power for fix

Ordered a new writ for Okehampton, in weeks, which could not poffibly receive the royal Berkshire; in the room of Humphrey Minchin, approbation till the House had sat six months: Esq. appointed secretary of the Ordnance. the intent of the cláuse, therefore, was lost of The Earl of Surrey took the oaths and his course, and it's power null and void at the very

feat for Carlife. moment it was made. When the bill, however, Mr. Ord brought up the report from the com. should come before the coinmittee, he would pro

mittee of ways and means, and the resolutions pose a clause to invest the Crown with such were read a first time. power till the 27th of December next, and that Adjourned till Wednesday the 23d. the laws and power should expire together. He

APRIL 23 said he mentioned December, because he thought

Passed the Clerkenwell Poor bill. it would be impoffible for parliament' to give a

Lord Duncannon, Mr. Greville, Mr. Fitz. fanction to what resolutions the council might patrick, Mr. Jolliffe, and Mr. Keene, took the deem necessary to make during this session, and

oaths and their seats on being re-elected. that the next might have proper time to frame

Ordered a new writ for Tamworth, in the these resolutions into a law.

room of J. Courtnay, Esq. who fince his elecThe Duke of Portland wished that the bill tion hath accepted the office of Secretary to the Tould meet a fairinvestigation in the committee, Ordnance. and therefore should move the second reading

APRIL 24: then, that it might be committed for Monday, and

Mr. Strachey took the oaths and his seat, be. their lordships summoned, which was agreed to,

ing returned for Bishop's Caftle.

Ordered a new writ for Wigan, in the room of

Horace Walpole, Efq. having since his election HOUSE OF COMMONS,

accepted the office of Register and Treasurer to

Chelsea Hofpital. (Continued from Page 468.)

Ordered a copy of the Treasury minutes of the

15th and 22d of February last, relating to Meflrs. the room of fames WalfaceEsq. made House. Attorney-General.

Sir Henry Fletcher moved, that the bill for Sir Grey Cooper and Mr. Charles Townshend granting the East India Coinpany' powers to bor. took the oaths and their seats, the former hav- row money, and allowing them the lib rty of ing been re-elected for Saltaíh, the latter for making a dividend at Midsummer, should be Yarmouth.

committed for next day. APRIL 16.

General Smith faid a few words in oppofition The order of the day for going into a comf. to the motion. mittee of ways and means being read

- Sr Cecil Wray wished that the time might be Lord Johı Cavendith said, his situation called prolonged." He had no objection to grant the for the indulgence of the committee : ht'had nốt Company what relief was neceffary, but could been Chance Mor of the Exchequer ten days, when not understand why they petitioned parliament he found himfélf under the neceffity of negoci to grant them power to borrow money, and at ating a great loan. Although the fort time he the same time wanted to have the liberty of had been in office had been wholly devoted to making a dividend, as he understood, of eight that bufinets, it was not to be expected he was per cert. therei ore he could not help obferving, now prepared to come with the whole of the that the Company did not appear to be so necefbudget. to raise the money, settle the terms of fitous as represented. the loan, and devise taxes to pay the interest of A very short conversation ensued between Mr. it

, was a work of great labour, all; therefore, he fáckson, Sir Henry Fletcher, &c. when the mocould as yet submit to the committee, was tion was agreed to, and the House adjourned. the toan. He had treated with a fet of gentle

APRIL 25.. men who were capable of raising the money, but

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