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bly make much deeper impressions, and not forget that we are as much induced retain much stronger hold of our ima to the exertions of the performer aato gination than those taught by the dull the genius of the author, for those plea. academic rules of pedantry, or the seve. ing sensations we feel at the represen: rity of parental authority, and the rea- tation of a well acted play, and that fon is obvious ; when we enter the consequently the merit of the former theatre we lay aside all ideas of any thould not be overlooked amid the adthing but what passes on the stage, we miration we feel for the latter. We give ourselves up to the delusions of the therefore have a very great degree of moment, and are completely wrapt up satisfaction, when we find that in no in the impression of the reality of what period has the merit of performers been is represented before us. Oir minds more juftly appreciated, held in greater are perfe&ly relaxed, and ready to take estimation, nor more liberally rewarded that' ftamp moft congenial to our feels than the present; and when iheir morat ings; we behold those precepis prac- character accords with the necessary tifed wbich we before knew but in ideas of propriety and decorum, admittheory. We are animated and inspired ted to terms of intimacy and familiarity by the valour of the gallant soldier, the with the most respectable families, inpatriotism of the statesman ; or sympa. vited to the tables of the great, and pathize in the sufferings of distressed merit. ironized even by royalty. If we behold a virtuous man struggling For our part, we have always felt a with adverfity and the proud man's ftrong inclination to impress the efticontumely," yet retaining with un- mation eminent performers should be fhaken fortitude his honour untainted, held in on the minds of our readers, we feel a generous glow of indignation and have taken every opportunity of 21 his undeserved lufferings, and are presenting them with portraits and memore fted fally confirmed in the practice moirs of diftinguished persons in that of those virtues we fo much admire in line. On the present occafion we are bim.

peculiarly happy in being able to graThere are so many examples of a tify them with a capital likeness of that nature confonant to this, to be found in celebrated performer, Mr. Johnston, in the wide range of the theatre, which the character of Douglas.

hile they "fix the generous purpose in Perhaps there is no character on the the youthful breaft,” strengthens and Britilh Itage more generally plealing confirms that already formed in the than that of Douglas, and we think more experienced, it would be needless Mr. Johnfton has been particularly forto expaliate further on what is so very tunate in his performance of it. It is also evident to the leaft discerning. How a happy coincidence that Me John. many a patriot has a Cato, or a Brutus fton is a native of Scotland, a circumformed ! How many a gallant soldier ftance that peculiarly fits him for a due has been animated by the scenes of an performance and just discrimination of Alexander, or a Cæsar, to acts of bra- the author's meaning; and who lo comvery, at once honourable to himself and petent to do ample justice to the bero glorious to his country!

of the Grampian hills as a Caledonian. Taken therefore, either in a moral Mr. Johnston is of a very respectable or political point of view, the ftage family in Edinburgh, where he was mult te allowed 10 be productive of the born. At so early an age as ten, he heft off as; it fixes the principles yet conceived a predilection for the stage, fluctuating in the inexperienced mind, and so attached was he to the sock and confirms the man of bonour, aroufes the buskin, that he formed a company of his valour of the foldier, and inspires the juvenile companions, whose tafte were in patriotic breaft with that sacred love of unison with his own; took a room in a bis country, which he parts but with seventh ftory, painted the scenes, made life.

the dresses, and opened a theatre in due While we are thus convinced of the form, before he attained his eleventh value of theatric exhibitions, we must year. At this period his forte lay in

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performing female characters, and in event happened in the year 1794, and the ettimation of his young companions when he was but cighteen years of age. Mrs. Siddoos herself, could not do He now performed leveral characters greater justice to Lady Randolph, Def- both in Glasgow and Edinburgh, with demona, Belvidera, &c. Having a great applause: those he chiefly attachhandlome face, young Johnfton has had ed himself to in tragedy were, Hamlet, in some of these fituations many violent Douglas, Oroonoko, Romeo, George attempts made on his virtue ; and the Barnewell, Tancred, Zaphne in Ma. moft fpirited Lucretia, or Pamela of homet, and Dorilas in Merope ; in them all, could not bave made a more comedy, Perruchia, Don Felix in the {pirited refiftance than he did to those Wonder, Dick the Apprentice, &c. &c. attacks on his honour.

After surmounting the difficulties aris. A sudden damp was however thrown ing from the oppolition of his family on all the raft and glorious schemes and connections, there were others to formed by our hero, for' figuring on encounter he had no conception of, eill the boards. His father not viewing he was initiated into the secrets of the his projects in that superior degree of green room : jealousy of his rifing merit eftination he held them in himself, and in some, envy at the unbounded encoforming an idea that his son would cut miums paid him every night of his apo a auch better figure behind the counter, pearance in others, were not the least of if not fo brilliant, than on the stage; his troubles ; but the favour of the be suddenly annihilated our hero's public enabled him to overcome all, and Fardrobe, scenery, &c. dissolved the look with contempt on the little arte company, and bound him apprentice to employed by some managers to depress a merchant.

the efforts of his genius. This was a severe disappointment Having entered into an engagement to young Johnsion, but he had how. with Mr. Daly to perform a few nights ever ibat perseverence and fortitude in in Dublin ; he came here contrary to his own mind that prevented him from the advice of his friends, who predicted falling into despair; he comforted he would never succeed on a Dublin himself with the refe&ion, that some ftage; the event has thewn the futility favourable opportunity would fill oc- of their conjectures, and the discernment cur to carry his favourire object into and cafte of a Dublin audience, who execution, which was now nothing less have universally befowed the praises than appearing on

the Edinburgh due to fterling merit. Theatre. As his judgment and know Since Mr. Johnfton's arrival in this lege became more matured, aided by the city, he has performed Douglas (twice), converlation and advice of some good Zaphne, Hamlet (three times), Romeo, judges of theatrical abilities, he paid and Tancred. more attention to the stage, and was Mr. Johnston feems to have taken a confiant visitor to the theatre ; cau- particular pains to divest him:elf of the tioudly concealing his intentions how. Scottish accent, and we thinks his eadca. ever, from his family. When he had vours have nearly succeeded ; a Scottiabout three years of his apprenticeship cism will however, now and then break ferved, a performer at Edinburgh who forth, but we have no doubt a little kdew bis' abilities and penchant, re more atiention and Aucy will cravicate quested him to appear for his benefit, that blemilh. with which he complied. The characer cholen, was the arduous one of An introductory Address on the Firji ApHamlet, and never we believe was so

pearance of Mr. Jhnton, in the Cha.

railer of Douglas, ut C:w.freet Hattering an applause bestowed on so

I beatre, January 5th, 1796 Wrtyoung an actor, as that which he received. Fired by the praises and encou

len on the Occupon by vt. j.ckson,

and Spoken by urs. Jachen. ragemeni, of his fellow citizens, Mr. Johifton now threw aside all thoughts TIMID, un tutor’d, and oftender age, of trade, and with much diffi ulty pro- When trembling tili i ventur’d on your cured a discharge from his master. This

stage, A 2

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you led,

glow.

to yoll,

Greant

, "A July 1639.

drew;

You kindly deign'd my drooping pow

For this he anxious hovers on you ers to cheer,

fore, To curb each doubt, and check the A kind reception humbly I implore. starting tear;

If genius prompts him and pot vain de Through Polly's humble scenes my fteps

fire,

[to read. Promote his feelings, and encrease hi And train'd them in the loftier walks fire, For which, before I reach that awful With cheering breath the kindling em bourn,

(turn,

bers blow, From whence, alas! no travellers re- And give the burfting flame a brighter I long'd to yield my heart-felt thanks

[firft grew, Midft whom my young theatric plant

Extracts from the Records of the Pril And pay the debi of gratitude long

bytery of Dumbarton. due. With like sensations pleasingly im. T Dumbarton the 5th day of

prest, The oʻercharg'd yearnings of a grateful being met, were, as usual

, duly con

The Presbytery The elder Nirval comes,-Q you once itiruted by prayer, &c. Compeared be

known, And favour'd with the fanction of the fore them Janet Carstairs, and laid her A foster'd youth advances at his fide, affair upon the table !"

At the next meeting, “The PresbyA native Douglas, from the banks of Clyde ;

tery being duly met and confituted. A tender ftripling, ulher'd to the view, that Janet Caritairs should be called

&c: inter alia --A motion being marle, The humble shepherd whom the author

the appeared accordingly; when after

fome debate, the Preibytery inspectica Appriz'd by me of this propitious Isle,

her affair !" Where nature's gifts munificently smile, In real life, where faultless wights Presbytery having met, and being duly

Hereafter, upon a future day,

" The abound, And social joys únnumbered 'Clufter conkituted, Janer Carstairs again ap In fi&ious teenes upon the Thespiar fered very deeply into her affuir !".

peared, when some of the ineinbers infield,

[ons wield; Where far fam'd warriors their trunche dark concerning this affair for at no

Pofterity is left miferably in the Where Macklin, Quin, and Sheridan other meeting is there the smalleft no. came forth,

[wortli;

tice taken either of Janet or it! Those shining mirrors of dramatic Where Molop, full accoutr'd grac'd the stage,

Account of the Life of the Abbe Sieyes. The well-train d veteran of a recent age: On these fame boards great Barry no

MANUEL Joseph Sieyes was born

, bly trod, Who look’d, who spole, who move the the 3d of May 1748.

He was the 5th leading god.

child of his parevts, who had two more Such conyerle utter'd in our Northern after him. His first ftudies commenced vale,

[ing tale, in the house of his father, under a preYoung Norval would devour the pleaf çeptor ; who, at the same time, took He burn'd for action, to enroll bis his pupil to the college of the Jesuis, name,

to receive public lesions wish the other Howe'er fainily, on the scroll of fame.

children of the town. The Jesuits To range this school, with nobleat

took notice of this scholar. They proleffens fraught, Where aciion, ease, and elegance are great se minary at Lyons, one of the beft And all the pathos of the science eliablishments for education they had in caught

France. It was at the time of the com

mencement

(laugh,

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