cately out of rive poor man's fight, every' nary, and sometimes to the company : body mof cheerfully cobtributed to at length generosity proved the stronger make up a purte, to repair (as much asi emotion, and grief ebbed away. He money could) obe birdman's loss. The had loft a bird, but he had gained the laft perfon applied to, was a very beau- good will of many buman beings. siful German young lady, who as the That bird, it is true, was his pride and placed her bounty into the bag, clofed fupport, but this was not ihe crisis any it immediately after, and blued. As longer to bewail its fate. He accepted there are all forts of blushes, (at least the contribution purse, by one means one to every action of our lives, that is or another filled like the fack of Ben. worth any characteristic feeling, fuppo- jamin,' even to the brim, and bowed, fing the actor can teel at all) Sulpicion but fpoke not; then folding up the would have thought this young lady, corpse of the canary in its wool and. who was so anxious to conceal her gilt, cotwo faroud, departed with one of gave five or nothing; but candour, chose looks, that the moment it is seen who reasons in a different manner, is felt and understood, but for which, would suppose what was really the cafe being too powerful for defcriprion, no

--that it was a bluth, not of avarice language bas yet been provided. On and deception, but of benevolence going out he beckoned the muficians to graced by modefty. Curiofiry, how- follow. They did fo, ftriking a few ever, caught the bag, opened it, and chords that would have graced the fire turded out its contents, among which beral of Juliet. My very soul purfued was a golden ducar, that by its date and the founds, and so did my feet. 'I haltbrightness had been hoarded. Ah, ha, ed to the outer door, and faw the bird. faid curiosity, who does this belong to, man contending about returning the I wonder? guilt and innocence, avarice money, which the founders of the beneand benignity, are alike honest in one volence (for fuche were the suficians) point ; fince they all in the moment of had labfcribed. attack, by fome means or another, dif- Account of Publications refpe&ting the late cover what they wish to conceal. There was not in the then large company a

Discovery of a number of Manuscripts

alledged to be in the Hand-writing of fingie petfon, who could not have ex

Shakspeare. claimed to this young lady, with afsurance of the truth. Thou art the wo. (The Subject of this publication having man! There was no denging the fact;

occafioned much difcuffion, it will, it was written on every feature of her perhaps be thought of suficient inenchanting face. She i ruggled, how portance to justify asin laying before ever, with the accufation, almoft to our readers Tome of the leading are tears, buteliey were such tears, as would guments, adduced in differene pampbbave given luftre to the finest eyes in lets on each side of the question, con. the world, for they gave luftre to hers, cerning the authe oticity of these pa. and would have added effulgence to a pers. We begin with some accouns

of the Manufcripts themtelves as pub. Well then, if no body else will own lished by Mr. Ireland.] this negle&ed ducat, cried the master 1. Miscellaneous Papers and Legal Inffres of the house, who was uncle to the lady abovementioned, I will : whereupon

menis under the Hand and seal of . he took it from the heap, and exchang

William Shakspeare: Including the ed it for two others, which coriched Tragedy of King Lear and a mall the collection.

Fragment of Hamlet, from the Origin While the bufiness of the heart was

nal Mss. in the Peletion of Samuch thus carrying on, the poor birdman,

Ireland, of Norjckkfreet. Folio.

About 160 p. and 26 sagravings. who was the occafion and object of it, was at first divided by contrary emai

Price 41. 4s. in boards. cons of pain and pleasure : his eye HE late discovery of a gold mine fonctimes directod to the mallaored ca ia


rag of be fun.

the licerary public, than the discovery literature, to whose critical ege he has of another play of Shakspeare ; provid- not been earneft, that the whole ihould ed the fact of the latter discovery can be subjected. He has courted, he has be as decisively ascertained, as Ithat of even challenged, the critical judgment the former. Such an important acqui- of those, who are best skilled in the pohuion Mr. Ireland announces to the li- etry and phraseology of the times in terary world; and it is the design of which Shakspeare lived ; as well as this splendid publication, to furnith those, whose profeffion or courfe of ftu. fufficient documenis for judging con- dy has made them conversant with anserning the genuineness of the treasure, cient deeds, writings, feals and autoof which Mr. I. declares himself pof graphs. Wide and extensive as cais fefiod. The volume contains engraved range may appear, and it includes the fac fimilia of a part of the mss., laid 10 scholar, the man of cafte, she antiquabe in the hand writing of Shakspeare, rian, and the herald, his inquiries have together with exact printed copies of not refied in the closet of the specula. other

papers, which were too long 10 tift; he has been equally anxious that admit of an engraved impreffion. The the whole thould be submitted to the fac fimilia are, of Shakspeare's autogra- practical experience of the mechanic, phs; queen Elizabeth's letter ; extracts and be pronounced upon by the paper from miscellaneous papers ; note of maker, &c, as well as the author. He band;. letter to Anne Hather waye ; has ever been defirous of placing them perfes to the same; letter to the earl of in any view, and under any ligbi, that Southampion ; the earl's answer ;Shake could be thrown upon them; and be fpeare's profeflion of faith ; letter to has, in confequence, the fatisfaction of Cowley: portrait enclofed in the same, announcing to the public, that, as far Fich iis reverse ; tributary lines to Irco as he has been able to coltect the fentiland; view of Ireland's house, and ments of the several claffes of persons coats of arms; coloured figures of Baf- above referred to, they have unani fanjo and Shylock ; the title, and the mously teftified in favour of their au. first and last pages of the play of Lear, thenticity; and declared, that, where and a page from a fragment of Hamlet. there was such a mass of evidence, inWithout an engraved fac fimile, arc ternal and external, it was impuffble

, given, copied literally in roman cha. amiuft, such various sources of deceai, facters, a deed of gifrio Ireland; agree on, for the art of imitation to have ha. ment with John Lovine ; agreement zarued so much without betraying itself: with Henry Condelle ; leafe" to Mr. and, consequently, that these papers com Frafer; deed of trust to John Hem. be no other ihan the production of Shaky. yoge; the entire play, of king Lear, peare himelf. and a fragment of Hamlet.

It may be expected, that something Concerning these mss. and legal in- be said by the editor, of the manner is ftruments, it will be proper to give Mr. which ihese papers came into his hands. I's declaracion in his own words: He received ihem from bis fon, Samuel

Preface.The editor of this volume William Henry Ireland, a young man here presents

the public with a part of then under 19 years of age by whom shat valuable treasure of our SHaxs- the discovery was accidently made 29 PIARE, which, having been by accident the house of a genelcman of confideradiscovered in Ms., has since been depo- ble property.. hted in his hands. From the first mo Amongst a mass of family papers, ment of this discovery to the prefent the contracis between Shakespeare, Lowo hour, Mr. Ireland has incessanily la- ine, and Condelle, and be leafe, grana boured, by every means in his power, ed by him and Hemynge to inform himself with respect to the Frafer

, which was firå found, validity of Inele interefing papers, discovered ; and toon afterwards the • Throughout this period there has deed of gift to William Henry Ireland

, not been an ingenuous character, or (described as the friend of Shaklpeare, dilinterested individual, in the sirsle of in confequence of his having fared his

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Fife on the river Thames, when in ex dently fay, that in his turn he has with treme danger of being dround) and equal openness and candour conducted állo the deed of trust to John Hemgnge, himself towards the public; to whom, were discovered In pursuing this immediately upon every communication fearch he was so fortunate as to meet made, every thing has been submitted with some deeds very material to the without reserve.' interefs of this gentleman, and such as Mr. I. appeals to the judgment of the established, beyond all doubt, his title antiquarian and the critic for ihe au10 a considerable propery : deeds of thenticity of these papers, and in order which this gentleman was as ignorant, to obtain the fair and free fuffrage of as he was of his having in his poffeffion the literary world, publishes this voany of the mss. of Shakspeare. In re- lume; at the same time expressing an turn for this fervice, added to the con- intention, thould the present publicatifideration that the young man bore the on meet with that encouragement, '10 fame name and arms with the person which, as a national concern, it is enwho saved the life of Shakspeare, this titled,' to bring forward the remainder gentleman promised bim every thing of these mss. in ewo volumes, of the relative to the present subject; that had fame fize as the present, printed verbeen or thould be found'either in town, batim et literarim from the originals, or at his house in the country. At this at a price not exceeding, for both vohouse the principal part of ihe papers, lumes, four guineas. Among the Mss. together with a great variety of books, not copied in this volume are, a play containing his ns. notes, and three ms. entitled Vortigern, now preparing for plays, with part of another, wete dif- representation at Drury Lane theatre, covered.

and another, and more interesting he Fortified as he is with the opinion historical play, which has been discoof the unprejudiced and intelligent, the vered among the other papers in tbe editor will not allow that it can be pre- hand writing of Shakspeare, and will sumption in him to say, that he has no in due time be laid before the public.' foubt of the truth and authenticity of We have it not in our power to gratify that, which he lays before the public. our readers with any ipecimen of the Of this fact he is as fully satisfied, ps. foc fimilia, but will extract, for theit he is with the honour that has been ob amusement, the love-letter to Anne ferved towards him throughout the Hatherwaye. whole communication made to him up · Letter to Anna Yatherrewaye.. on this subject. So circumftanced, he should not feel justified in importu- "Dearefie Anna ning or any way requesting a gentle As thou hafte alwaye founde mee man; to whom he is known only by roe my Worde mofte trewe so thou shalt obligation, and not personally, to fub- fee I have ftriatlye kepte nye 'promyfe jeet hiuself to the impertinence and li. I praye you pertume thys mye poore centiousness of literary curiofily and Locke withe thye balmy Kyffes forre cavil, unlefs he flould hiinfelt volunta.' thende indeede fhalle Kyriges themsily come forward. But this is not meselves bowe ande paye homage toe att. It was not uilt after the mass of itte I doe afsure thee no rude hande papers received became voluminous, hathe knottedde ilce i bye Willys alone that Mr. Ireland had any idea of print. hathe done the worké Nigtherre ihe ing them: he then applied to the ori- gyldedde bawble thaite envyronnes the ginal poffeffor for his permiffion fo to heade of Majettye noe notre bonourtes db; and this was not obrained but un. mofte weygheye wulde give mee halfe dex the ftrongest injunction, that his the joye as didde byfie mye lyttle name thould not appear-This injunc- worke forse thee Thé feeling thalle tion has throughout all the Aages of dydde nearefte approache unroe irre this bafinets, bee d'uniformly declared; was thatte wbiche commetbe nyghefte and, as this gentleman has dealt moft untoe God mr.eeke ande Gentle Charyter liberally with the editor, he can confi- forre tharte Virftue O Anna doe I love > Hib. Mag. April, 1796.



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Wm Shakspeare Passages of diftinguished merit are
Anna Harherrewaye' not found in Mr. Ireland's play, which

it is not very probable that the players II. A Letter to George Steevens, Esq. fhould have interpolated. On the other

containing a critical Examination of hand many hold and hazardous interthe Papers of Shak/pears; published polations are found in Mr. l.'s Lear, i by Mr Samuel Ireland. To which are among which is the following speech of added, Extracts

from Vortigern. By Kent. James Boaden, Esq. Author of Fon Kenie. “ Thanks Sir butte I goe tainville Foreft, &c. 8vo. 72 pages.

toe thaite unknowne Land 'Price 25. 6d.

Thatte chaynes each Pilgrim fafte with

in its foyle Mr. Boaden, informs the public, that Bye livynge menne moulte fhunnd when he first obtained a fight of these moufte dreaded de Mss. he thought them genuine, but that, Stille mye goode masterre thys fame upon farther examination, doubts arose, Journey tooke which terminated in a conclusion the He calls mee I amme contente ande severse of his first impression. The ftrayght obeye principal circumstances on which Ms. Thenne fare welle 'Worlde the busye B. grounds his opinion are the follow

Sceane is donc ing

Kente livd moufte true Kente dges The orthography of Ms. Ireland's moufte lyke a manne." copy of the play of Lear differs widely With respect to the smaller papers; from that of other books of the fame it is not probable that queen Elizabeth period, and particularly from the most would address Shakspeare under the ancient printed copies of Shakspeare's familiar appellation of “goode Male plays.

terre William :"ibe Globe theatre, of It is not easy to conceive that the which he is addressed as mafier, did not players, in their alterations, could pro- exift till 1596 [See the works of Tay. duce paffages superior to those in the lor the water poet

, and a contract in corresponding parts of this Ms. Let the build a theatre in 1599, fimilar to ibe rçader compare with the well known newly erected globe theatre), whereas cxecration of Lear, Hear, nature, Leicester, whom he was summoned to hcar", &c. the following lines from Mr. entertain, died in 1588; the love-letter, Ireland's Lear.

and the letter to lord Southampion " Ilie mage hee foe karke Nature are utterly diffimilar in style from the heare deare Goddeffe

prose of the times, and from ShakSuspende thy purpose iffe thou wouldi Ipeare's other epifles ;-the profession made thys

of faith is exquisite nonsense, as will Creawre frujtefulle intoe herre wombe appear from a specimen. conveye

• O Man, where are thy great, thy Steryltye drye uppe inne herre the or- boafted attributes, buried, loit for ever ganncs offe

in cold DEATH. O Man, why arrompre Innecrease ande letre noe babe pronge eft ihou to search the greatness of she tọe honorrc here

Almighty ? thou doft but lose thy labulte iffe thé mufte teeme create berre bour, more thou attempeft, more thou chylde of fplcenc

art loft, till thy poor wcak chougbus


are elevated to their summit, and then ble the inferior productions of the as snow from the leafy Tree, drop time. The fignatures have not the ftu. and diftill themselves till they are no died uniformity of a copyift, but the more."

general resemblance of careless halte. In the deed of gift to Ireland of the The number and variety of the ass. plays, Lear is given, before it was writ- afford a strong corroboration of their ten, according to Mr. Malonc. genuineness ; even their defects confirm

Mr. B's. general conclufion is, that their authenticity; for a forger would the Lear in Mr. Ireland's poffeffion bears not expose himself to detection by un: undoubted marks of forgery, and that necessary superfluities or omisfions. the smaller pieces have ncither the cha. The moft unfinithed passages bear racter of the poet's style, nor the man- evident marks of the author's genius. -ners of the age, are at variance with - The earl of Leicester attended queen ad mitted fact, and are inconfiftent Elizabeth in the proceffion after the with chronology

dispersion of the Spanish armada ; it is The pamphlet concludes with some probable it was, on this occasion, in fi&itious extracts from Vortigern, in 1588, that Shakspeare received the leto which the author attempts, not very ter from the queen : the Globe theatre successfully, to show, that it is not a might have been built before that time, difficult task to imitate the Ayle of Shak. and yet be called newly created in 1599; (peare.

a promifTory note mentions work at the

Globe by Heming in 1589.-Lear was UI... A Comparative Review of the probably written before OA, 25, 1604;

Opinions of Mr. James Boaden ( Editor the date of the bequeft to Ireland; and of the Oracle, in February, March, shis, even though Mr. Malone be right and April

, 1795 ; and of James Boae in his conjecture, that it was not writden, "Eja. (Author of Pontainville ten till after the accession of James I, Fores, and of a Letter to George Stee: for this happened March 24, 1603. vens, Esq.) in February, 1796, rele In conclusion, the writer of this tive to the Shakspeare Mss. By a pamphlet pronounces Mr. B.incompeFriend to Confiltency. 8vo. 59 pa- tent to the undertaking of deciding ihe ges. Price 28.

question in dispute : he does not, how

cver, presume to affert the authenticity This advocate for the Shakspeare of the mss., till they fall have fully pass. fairly detects some inconfiftencies passed the ordeal of deep scientific between the accounts given of these mss. investigacion ; yet he ventures to say, in the Oracle, and in Mr. Boaden's that the proofs corroborate each other, letter to Mr. Steevens. This cir- and give to the whole a spirit of concumftance, however, does not affect listency and firmness, scarcely ever the question of their authenticity. The attainable by falsehood. Sum of this reply to Mr. Boaden's ob. jections is as follows.

IV. Vortigern under Consideration; with Mr. Ireland courts a rigorous scruti. general remarks on Mr. James Boany. The question is not how Mr.T. den's Leller 10 George Steevens, Eja. came by the mss., but whether they be relative to the Manuscripts, Drawgenuine ; family realons of delicacy ings, Seals, &c. ascribed to Shakemight require the concealment of their Speare, and in the Polision of Samuel source. In the time of Shakspeare a Ireland, Esq. 8vo. 67 pages. great diverfity of orthography prevailed; but a vast superfluity of letiers was The ground, taken by this defender generally observable. It was a common of the authenticity of Mr. Ireland's practice for the printers to correct the collection of mss. ascribed to Shakspeare, orthography of mss , as may be seen by is lower than that of the author of the tomparing any manuscript with a print. preceding article; he only undertakes ed book of that age.-The drawings of io show, that the play of Vortigern Baflanio and Shylock perfectly relem- may be Shakspeare's. The general ar


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