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To the Editor of the Melange, of the conquest, instead of lowering its value in our estimation, was only
SIR, It is quite vexatious te considered as a proof of the great think of the ungallantry of the Editor kindness of her disposition. Alas ! of the Chronicle, which displayed itself we were soon convinced that she was a short time after his marriage, in as very a woman 'as any we had ever publishing the surplus sf-my sex above known. When married, she assumed that of the male, it has created a a will of her own, and in three months haughtinessamongst many of the junior we became her slave, in spite of the bachelors of this city, which I once proper study,' &c. &c.
imagined they never would have had Thus, Mr. Editor, have we fallen a
the presumption to assume.. Even victim to fastidiousness ; for bad we some of the most fusty ones, that I married a lovely woman, we would have once thought not worth looking at, had some consolation in being hen- have got themselves brushed up sa pecked, as we could have boasted of our trimly, that I shall scarcely be able is wife's superior beauty over those whose withstand their pressing condescenwives honour and obey them; but we are sions, unless the young ones - resume How made the sport of every one, and their wonted courtesy. Several young okur former caution is made the source gentlemen who used to visit our family, of etemal ridicule and merriment.--come now very seldom near us, and Pope's maxim should, as we think, be when they do so, they behave very throun entirely aside. • The proper
differently from what they once did. studly,' &c. &c. being only calculated If they send me a card respecting any to engender uneasiness and suspicion. thing, it is couched in the most careWe are now of opinion, that the better
less manner, written soiled
paper, we can think of man or woman, the clumsily folded, and sometimes sealed more happiness will be forthcoming; with a filthy wafer, whereas they were and we are certain that to know little formerly sealed with wax, having soine of inost people, the higher will they pretty device upon it, such as C. X. stand in our estimation.
L.; but it would fill your Melange to ! most 45I am,
mention all the mottos I have received su Yours in sorrow,
since my 18th year. And indeed, 1,13 SOLOMON SEEKSHADOW.
Sir, I am quite impatient to get to 171
the main object that has urged me to
lift the pen. O how I should rejoice. We sincerely syạpathise with the to see some scheme fallen upon to fait writer of the following letter ; bring obstinate and confirmed bachebut can do nothing more than show lors into disgrace, and some scheme it to the public, By reading the letter devised, for deterring young ones from Mr. Seekshadow, she will find from passing the prime of their lives that there are people in the world as in celibacy. Might not parents make miserable as lierseit
. If any thing we it a point to do no business with could say would induce the gallants men who allowed themselves to pass : to rency Their attentions, we would the 30th year of their life in circunsay it cheerfully; but Editors are now stances for entering into matrimony, tvo common, that all advise from them while so many lovely mates stand is considered impertinent and pre- around more than half willing to be sumptioe.
pressed. All decent men vbolares,
good established businesses, whenever hundreds of their posterity to the they reach their 30th year untrammel- thousandth generation. More I can, ed, should have the patronage of fa- not add for want of time, but hope you milies taken from them, and given to will take up the cause yourself. Ju married men, and young bachelors, haste, I am, who seem inclined to get married. Your most obedient, But really, Sir, I am in such a per-.li. NIE NANCY CRABB.. turbation, that I cannot compose my
Maiden Ilall, ...- .1.3 xy!!! mind to suggest what might be of Nov. 21șt, 1822, use in our present sad dilemma. Perhaps, however, you may be able
CRITICAL REMARKS'}, ". to serve our cause somewhat, and if so, considering our number, your PERFORMANCES at the CIRCUS paper may meet with an extensive
TOM, JERRY, LOGIC, &c. &c.".'. sale. It would not be unworthy the attention of the legislature to endea
To the Editor of the Melange, vour to ameliorate our forlorn condi
*One man in his time plays many parts,' tion. It was deemed a crime, Sir, SIR,—We went to the Circus on in Greece not to marry, and the men, Saturday evening, conceiving it a prowhen in proper circumstances, were per place to relax from the labours of not permitted to decline it beyond a the week: we were surprised on taking certain age. And more, Sir, it was our seat in the boxes, at the well or even permitted (and most wisely too), dered alterations of the interior of this that incorrigible bachelors, should be little and favourite seat of the Muses. treated with contempt. By the laws Our reminiscences were both of a of Lycurgus, they were reckoned so pleasant and painful nature, as our' base as to be excluded from certain thoughts reverted to the days of our processions, and even compelled to youth, when the Theatre Royal, Dur. march, in the depth of winter, round lop Street, was the legitimate seat of : the market-place in a state of nudity, the votaries of Thespis.sibut, since singing a song to their own disgrace. that time, converted into, heaven i I blush to mention this, and conjure knows how many ignoble uses ! you 'not to imagine I should like to Here, we said to ourselves, thave the see them treated so unmercifully. representatives of kings, and princes A milder punishment might conduce strutted and fretted their little hour, as much to our advantage, such a one, until the increasing opulence of the for instance, as was adopted by the Glasgow public deemed it-unworthy Dey of Algiers, when he found his of containing their corporealities. The capital thinned by the plague, war, meanness of the exterior made them &c. A number of young men, about build a house, which they have since 20 years of age, were brought to the proved, they were unable to occupy, public place, and there presented with either from want of ways and means, the choice of a good wife, or the bas- or from some error in calculation, or tinado. "Now surely, Sir, this being from a sudden declination of Dramano prizzlesome case to determine, tic taste, or from what cause you will. bachelors" who refused the former, At any rate, the house would have well deserved the latter.' By their been better unbuilt, that is, the money mode of living, they left unproduced would have been better in the pockets (which is little better than murder) of the proprietors, as it is much to be
doubted, if they will even make their , was to follow. Mr. Power danced own of it; and it is a reproach to tolerably, as did Miss Newcombe; our fellow citizens, standing as a mo- but the principal performer was our mument of public neglect, and indivi- old friend Edwards, who, with all his dual extravagance. That it is much fun, could elicit nothing more than a too large for our town-folk's thea-horse laugh from the gods. The trical needs nane can deny; and we curtain dropped amid laughter and know of nothing more cheerless than hisses, though the former predomia nearly empty theatre. It ever puts nated. We mention this as a stinuus in mind of a garden, when the lus to the inanager to introduce someflower season is past, when only a few thing more rational. Ballets, in geof the hardier or later productions of neral, are insipid and so unnatural, Flora spreads a remembrance over the that people of taste generally despie mind of what it had once been. An them, empty theatre sheds a chilling influ- The next part of the performance ence over both mind and body, as we was the exhibition of Juan Bellinca contemplate the cheerless state of the and family, on the Slack Rope, Stilo actors, and the little chance we have &c. We never saw any thing of the of seeing the play well done, as the kind equal to the performance of these withered flower, partere, puts us in extraordinary individuals. The hearty mind of winter, and warns us of the plaudits they received from all parts piercing blasts of the north, the nip- of the house, were proofs how highly ping power of frost, and the thousand the entertainment was relished. We natural shocks the flesh is subject to can convey no adequate idea of the par consequence.
astonishing powers of the father, so Though winter is already begun, shall not attempt it; but will merely we had no reason to complain of cold say, that they are sights worth seeing. on Saturday evening, as with much We were principally interested in difficulty we procured seats in the the forthcoming Burletta of · Life third row from the front, and ere the in London ;' and much as our hopes curtain was drawn up, we were well were excited, they were fully realised protected from the insults of the sea- The first scene introduces us to son by those who took their seats at Hawthorn Hall, where a number of our back+not that any danger is to the characters are seated round a table be apprehended from cold, though enjoying sportman's cheer, and singthere were but two persons in the ing a song to an auld Scotch tune, house, for it is well heated by fires; viz. · Willie brewed a peek o' maut, and we smiled complaisantly as we We 'must confess that the tune discontemplated the red glow which one posed us to think favourably of the of them emitted in the lobby, as we person who adapted the words to made our way to our seat.
music. This might have proceeded The performances commenced with from our partiality to our national a Scotch Ballet, of which little can be airs, but amor patriæ is nae sin. said ; and, as friends of the manager, Mr. Darnley, as Corinthian Tom, we think it should be the last he will did his part in tip top stylo, though attempt to bring forward during the his figure is not quite so fine as to season. They are not suited to the convey to a looker the idea of Corintaste of our denizens ; and we plainly thian elegance, having more of the perceived, that its representation was the Hercules than the Apollo in it, only tolerated in expectation of what He is much too stout, and has a
little too much of the frost work of Edwards queered it well both as a time about him for a blood of the pre- charlie and a vagabond: He really sent day; but he bears no sign of seemed a prime flash, and provoked as dilapidation. He spoke the part well, much laughter as most people could kept up the spirit of it to the last; but bear. we must say, we would have liked him The minuet between Mr. Colingo better had he been a little more er- bourn and Miss Newcombe should be quisite. He is a good actor, and dispensed with, and a waltz, or some seldom fails to please ; and the au- thing shorter introduced; it is much dience seem always glad to see hiin. too tiresume.
Mr. Power, though no great actor, The quadrilles were excellent, with did great credit to himself in the char- the exception of one or two dancers, acter of Jerry. He had all the ne- who were, in reality, what Jerry was cessary mauvaise honte of a country only in appearance. novice. Every step he advanced in The rapidity of the action, during the mysteries of a town life scemed to the whole piece is astonishing. We deprive him of a part of his sheepish- never got time to pause between the
His dancing at the assembly scenes. The scenery is beautiful, exat Almack's was admirable. He exceeding any thing of the kind we looked and behaved so like one who have ever seen in Glasgow. It must had never made a similar display, have been very expensire,' and we that we were almost tempted to think really hope Mr. K. will be no loser the thing real ; and pitied him as his by the risk he has run. We would partners in the dance shoved him advise Mr. K. to pay a little more at: about from side to side, as he made tention to his underlings, and make a faux pas, &c.
them dress with more propricty.-Mr. Kinloch, as Bob Logic, in our The clothes are good enough, but in opinion, never looked or acted better, many cases they were huddled on he was quite the thing-master of the with no regard to character or ef. flash current,-perfect in his part-fect. We do not mention 'naines, and finished Jerry in first rate style. but hope the hint will be taken, par
His encounter with the charlie, and ticularly by those whom we saw in behaviour while before the constable, the scenes at Tattersal's, and in Allwere really out and out—his dress ad- mat in the east. By-the-bye, 'we mirable—his manner as indifferent to thought the auction the worst part of circumstances as we could conceive a the whole representation : there is no blood's to be'; he exceeded our ex- spirit in the conducting of it, nor any pectations completely, and we wish thing like nature. him all the luck he deserves.
Mr. Cardoza is une pauvre marIt would require more space than ehand des chevaux ; but he makes the Melange will allow, to do justice amends in African Sal, so we let him to this admirable treat. We cannot pass. mention all the beauties or defects On the whole, we never enjoyed a which came under our observation. night's entertainment more; and we
Mrs. Makeen's Kate is a well play- conclude our epistle, with hoping the ed part." She is already a favourite manager will be rewarded for the very with the public.
great expense and trouble which lie We liked Mr. Makeen worst in must have incurred. Your giving inhis parts of the landlord and beggar. sertion to these loose remarks, will His Scotch pronunciation, frequently oblige a friend and well-wisher, who betraying him not to be an English subscribes himself, landlord in the one case, nor a cock
O Caledonia! while thy arts arise,
While fame proclaims thy deeds to distant lands,
While thy proud spires invadle the bending skies,
While Scotia's banners wave in freeneen's hands,
While o'er thy heath-hills hums the moorland bee, 'The agony of death be spr-ad:
While thy blue mountains bound the horizon, For thou art gone to fairer lands,
While round thy rough shores chates the ruging sea,
While freedom is thy children's orison,
Forget not Wallace! who, with dauntless breast,
Oft braved for thee the brunt of lawless power; Dispel a parent's agonies;
And burn'd with rag? to see thy suas oppress 'd, And in thy suinte! bosom flow
To see the tyrant's banner on each towet.
* Shall Caledonia,' thus the Hero cried, The bitter draught of sorrow sip;
* Be ravished of her glory and her fame? Vor froin thine eyelids How the tears
Shall her pure streams with Sotiish blood be dy'd? That stain our first and latest vears.
And her surviving sons be slaves and tame ? Fair spirit! in thy bless'd abode, Belovel of angels ani of Gol,
Shall the keen eagle cleare the azure sky ? With beuny crowu of glory shining,
Shall the dun deer bound lawless o'er the heath? With beanty round thy teinples twining,
Shall the green thistle rear its head o: high; (anst thou, from this abode of bliss,
And Scotsmen's lot be slavery and death?
No!-while the life-blood warms this beating heart, Look down on nu's degrade race?
While a free spirit animates this frame, Yes, spirit bright:-houh glorious be
It shall be mine to act a glorious part, The ralance that encircleth thee,
And wrench from tyranny my country's fame.' Though richer than the golden dye That hangs upon the evening sky,
The Patriot's God confirm'd the Hero's voe; Thougin purer ihan the virgin show
A brighter sun shine fell upon the land; 'i hat crowns our mountain peaks below,
A song of freedom burst from every bough; Though fraslier than the crystal tide
And Peace and Plenty smil'd on every hand. That Hows from Carmel's wreathed side,
Then, Caledonia ! while thy arts arise,
While fame proclains thy deeds to distant lande, Yet, with a soft impassioned eye,
While thy proud spires invade the bending skies, Dost thou look from thine native sky,
And Scotia's banners wave in freemen's hands, And pour upon our sorrowing head
Forget not Wallace! who, with dauntless breast, Such tears as angel forms may ahed.
Of bravel for thee the brunt of lawless power, Beloved one!-eronthou must know
And rais'd triumphantly thy talen crest, The height and depth of mortal woe,
And tore the tyraut's banner from each tower. The tears affection shed for thee, * In the deep burst of agony,
ANSWER TO THE REBUS.
The 31 part of man, sir, an M I would make ; Will gain a balın for our despair;
A Cth part of spider 's an E, as I take; A hope to cause our sorrows clase,
An L of a lip is I think part the Sd; And the warm heart repose in peace ;
And A the 4th part of a hand, take my word; And bid a sweet remembrance wave
A 5th part of nosos I take to be N; Its gentle influence o'er thy grave.
G is the 5th part of grand, and what then?
A 6th part of stugle I take to be E-
NOTICES TO CORRESPONDENTS. We are astonished at the pertinacity of our correspondent, who signs himself a friend, in persisting in his poctical reveries. If he would believe us, we can assure him, that a man may be an ornamentu society and literature, though he be not the author of a single rhyme. Cicero was a mart of letters every body knows that; but unfortunately he imagined himself a puet : disregarding the opinions of his friends he would write verses, and was laughed at. We beg he will take warning by Cicero: he was born an Orator, but not a Poet.-If A. B C. D. would continue the subject of his last communication, we, as well as our friends who have read his remarks, would esteem it a favour. We will always be glad to hear from him. Thank him for tlie hint, which entirely accords with what we were outtemplating -Nincompoop is not admissible. When he can write prose so well, we wonder he would mispend bis time stringing rhymes -We thank our correspondent of Maiden Hall, for the Present We have used some of it, and think it well flavoured. Some of it will not agree with Glasgow stomach, We will disznose of that in a proper manner. We have paid attention to the communication - 's anec. dotes are too common - We have received Wre's desiriptive poom ; it possesses merit, but not sulfcient to warrant us in inserting it --The Tryst cannot be admitted. - My Anna's Tomb is under con sideration - We have received three letters on the subject of Mr. Ogle's communication ; ab of which came too late for this week's publication. As we cannot insert them all, we made our selation in the following inanner :-We blinded the eyes of one of our devils with a handkerchief, placed the three leuters on a table, and contented ourselves with the one' he put his paws on. Their merit is equal. We were impartial. All the writers are unknown to us. The letter, beginning. As you have thought proper,' will appear in our next; so our devil has decided Henzurks on the state of Greece, and the pleasi sures of recollection, are under consideration.-S. M. R. in our next.
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