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than that of Brutus and Caslius in the himself, in his charge to Casio and the fourth act.
rest in the last scene, as to the report they XXIX. The tragedy of Macbeth. This Mould make of him to the senate. The play is extremely irregular, every one of atory is borrowed from Cyntbio's novels. the rules of the drama being entirely and XXXIII, Antony and Cleopatra, a trafepeatedly broken in upon. But notwith- gedy. Dr. Johnson obferves, that this fading all its irregularities, it is a most play keeps curiolity always buty, and the admirablc performance. The plot is paflions always interested. The continual founded on the Scottish history, and may burry of the action, the variety of incibe traced in the writings of Hector Be- dents, and the quick fucceflion of one perthius, Buchanan, &c. This play fıys Dr. fonage to another, call the mind forward Johnson) is delervedly celebrated furthe without intermiflion from the first act to propriety of its fictions, and the folemnity, the last. grandeur, and variety ot its action ; but XXXIV. Cymbeline, a tragedy. The it has no sice discriminations of character, plot of this play is partly taken from the the etents are too great to admit the influ- Decameron of Boccace, and partly from chce of particular dispositions, and the the ancient traditions of the British hittocourse of the action neceffarily determines ry. the conduct of the agents. The danger The following dramatic pieces are also de ambition is well defcribed ; and the attributed to Shakespeare ; viz. 1. Titus patrons are directed to their true end. La Andronicus, a tragedy: 2. The history of dy Macbeth is merely detetted; and though Sir John Oldcattle, the good lord Cobham: the courage of Macbeth preserves fome 3. The life and death of Thomas lord efeen, yet every reader rejoices at bis, Cromwell: 4. The London Prodigal, a
comedy: 5. The Puritan, or the widow XX. Ilamlet, Prince of Denmark. of Wating-street, a comedy: 6. A YorkThis cxcellent trigidy has, from its firit shirt tragedy: 7. Pericies, prince of Tyrë, appearance to the prevnt time, ever been a tragedy: 8. The tragedy of Locrine, received with the moi universal and de- the eldest son of king Brutus. The seven ferved admiration and applaule.
laft mentioned plays have been omitted, as XXXI. The lite and death of king Lear. fpurious, in the latter editions of Shakera The fiory of this play, except the episode peare's works. And indeed, ibough it of Edmund, is taken from Geoffrey of is probable from fome beautiful pallages in Monmouth. Dr. John!on remarks that them, that Shakespeare had tone hand in the tragedy of Lear is defervedly celebra- their composition, yet they are upon the ted among the dramas of Snakespeare. whole too indifferent, to be supposed the There is (tays he) perhaps no play which genuine and entire work of this inimitable keeps the attention so strongly fixed, which genius, fo much agitates our patiens, and inter The plays of Shakespeare were first puba els our curiohiy. The artful involutions lished together in 1623, in folio, and have of distinct interests, the striking oppofiti- fince been republished by Mr. Rowe, Mr. on of contrary characters, the ladden Pope, Mr, Theobald, Sir Thomas llanchanges of fortune, and the quick fuccef- mer, Mr. Warburton, now bishop or five of events, fill the mind with a perpe. Gloucester, Dr. Samuel Johnton, Mr.Catual tumult of indignation, pity, and hope. pell, &c. Besides his dramatic performiThere is no icene which does not con ances he also wrote feveral poems, which iribute to the aggravation of the distress have been collected and published in one ar conduct of the action, and scarce a line volume. which does not conduce to the progress Hijories of the Tete-a-Tete annexed : or, of the scene. So, powerful is the current Memoirs of the Gallant Admiral and Mrs. of the poet's imagination, that the mind, which once ventures within it, is burried Wof the memoirs under this head, to XXXII
. Othello, the Moor of Venice, introduce several officers, both naval and a tragedy. This is one of Shakespeare's military, whose skill, bravery, and person moft admired performances, thongh it nal merit, have seemed to vie with each has been much censured by some critics. other for peculiar distinction ; but we have The jealousy of the Moor is most inimitably not since the commencement of these hifwrought up by degrees in an open and tories, been enabled to present our readers kukeptible heart, influenced by the machi- with the portrait of an officer, more juilly nations of a designing villain : and his cha- entitled than our hero, to the appellation pater is throughout the whole play clofe- of the Gallant' Admiral, in the full latitude ly kept up to the description given of it by of the expression,
March, This gentleman is the son of a naval and prefied his suit, as Miss Mofficer, who bore the king's commiflion was a tall, genteel, black girl, for whom for a series of years, and was an honour he entertained a great partiality ; but there to his profession. He trained up his ton was one obitacle, which, in his present fito the fame service, after giving him a li- tuation, he could not with prudence surberal and genteel education, which im. mount: this was the smallness of her forproved a very good understanding, and tune. Probably she had thrown herself added ease and grace to an elegant and so much at his nercy, that had he given prepossessing figure. At a time when our way to the impulse of a momentary pallion, Ica officers piqued themselves folely upon he might have prevailed in the gratificatia thorough knowledge of nautical learning, on of his withes, upon less honourable and thought it more honourable to waik terms than the delired; but the esteem he the quarter deck like a Britith tar, than had for her father, prevented his enterenter a drawing room as a petit maître, taining a thought of this kind, which as our hero blended the man of the world foon as it presented itself he banited from and the gentleman with the son of Nep. his mind. tune, and the bold enterprizing Milor. Such was the rate of affair3 between
The Gallant Admiral had scarce attain the captain and Miss M -, when his ed the toga virilis, before he became a ship was ordered to the coaft of Holland, great favourite of the fair fex, and though and he remained at Flushing some time, he bad as yet not been able to figure in where he became very intimate in the best any other circles than the sea ports, he families, the Dutch ladies being very anxoften met with ladies of beauty and for- ious to have him, as often as poflible, for tune, at Plymouth and Portimouth, Cha- their gucit. Although he did not estimate tham and Sheerness, where he conftantly female charms, according to the scale of opened the balls, and had his choice of beauty in Holland, where it is said in be partvers for the remainder of the evening. valued by the inn, not the ton, he nererAt the latter of those places he made ac- theless found some very agreeable em bon quaintance with the daugliter of a captain points, who tho' they were not prone to in the navy, who was esteemed a toatt up- ftraight Jacing, were not difguiting by on the ton. She had seen the captain (at their fuperabundance of Reth. Amongit that time) in town, and was greatly struck these he passed many agreeable hours, and with his person and behaviour at Rine- found much folace in their company, notlagh, where the once drank tea with him; withstanding the supposed phlegm which but his precipitate departure to attend his is faid to pervade the national confiitutiduty, prevented her coltivating any far. on of that country, in a word, the Dutch ther intimacy at that period. Finding he ladies recommended themselves for two was gone to Sheerness, she availed herself reasons, first, they were very affable and of the pretext of paying a visit to her father, generous in bestowing their favours, and who was then at that port, to repair thi. notwithstanding the innate avarice which ther, and was so fortunate as to get a lodg. is afcribed to their husbands, their libeing in the very house where our hero took rality went hand in hand with their affccupais quarters. Asthey frequently dined tione. together, it being a boarding house, the We have been the more particularin corre pordence the wished for foon ensu- describing our hero's good fortune in the er, and the became his frequent partner capacity of a man of gallantry in Holland, oi the affembly, greatly to the mortificati: as we feldom hear of a Dutch intrigue, or on of the rest of the ladies, who viewed any demireps or impures, but those of the her with a very jealous eye, as she was lowest class, who are a scandal to their confidered by them as their general rival. sex, and a profanatian of the fond idea Indeed the intimacy became to visible be. that is annexed to a beautiful desirable tween the captain and Miss Mand the well known friend ihip that had for Some time after this the Gallant Admi. a confiderable time fubfisted between him ral made a tour to the Spa, and took Aixand her father, induced many to believe la-Chapelle in his route. Madame B that a matrimonial treaty was on foot be then kept a capital hotel in that city, tween them. In effect, Miss M
which was much crowded on account of wilhed for nothing more ardently, and the congress that was upon the point of threw out every inuerdo, that he could, being held there, and where the treaty with decency, to fignify her sentiments that bears its name was afterwards conard difpofition; and the captain was not cluded. fich a novice in the art of love, as not to Our hero putting up at this hotel, had andeftand her meaning, and he would frequent opportunities of conversing with willingly have in proved ihe opportunity, Mademeilelle 1.
who was the
Catated that they dould appear entire er.
hotels's daughter, and the occasional strangers to each other, as Benedick was bas maid. She was a tall, genteel young of a very jealous disposition, and confiderlady, with a very engaging countenance, ed every man younger than himself, with
had received a polite education, poflefTed an agreeable person, as his professed riHur
a very agreeable voice, and seemed to be val. for.
animated with all the Parisian vivacity, The parties remained upon the island slich so peculiarly diftinguishes the fe- for a confiderable time, till our hero was tiks of that metropolis. To say that recalled, when the veteran admiral com
the Gallant Admiral viewed Mifs B mitted his wife to his care to convey her to 000,
with indifference, would be to paint him England, having some strong fufpicions of ble
a lcic very uncharacterittically; but though one of the officers of the garrifoli, whom
te contemplated her charms with admira. he viewed as a dangerous rival. But mark zle
tied, and was greatly entertained with the sequel : at that time the lady was per. tero
ber conversation and singing, he at that fcatly innocent ; yet her sefentinent, betime harboured not the finallelt design ing rouzed by her husband's groundless azzinst her virtue ; and the same cauie fufpicions, the refolved to avail herself of that operated against Miss Mat the first opportunity to be revenged ; and Sheerness
, had its weight at Aix-la-Cha- in whom could the meet with fo desirable pelle with respect to Mademoiselle B-u, an object, to carry her design into execuThere is the greatest reasou to believe, tion as our hero, for whom she had enter
that the young lady would bave received tained a penchant prior to her prefent mabeit
his addresses with much pleasure, and trimonial engagement ? This the sequel
more satisfaction, than ihe did afterwards evinced, and old Nauticus to avoid Chafor
those of her caro fpofa, who then ranked rybdis split on Scylla.
many opportunities, and almost importuAfter passing some weeks in the Austria nities, as he could not relilt yielding to an Netherlands, the Gallant Admiral re- tlic impulse of a passion which had long tursed to England, and soon afterwards ciuated his breast, and which he thouglit made acquaintance with a molt amiable he might now gratify with impunity, and young lady, with a very ample fortune. without forfeiting his honour, as he had a march equally congenial to all parties never profe fled any friendthip for her hur: icon ensued, and they were pronounced band, or been upon good terms with him, as happy a couple as any in the county of notwithstanding external civilities.
Sucha was the sequel, though it eventually prorIn the mean while a certain admiral, ed very diligreeable to our hero, as Corisho has rendered himself pretty confpicu- nuto having gained intelligence of the infus upon many occasions, particularly in trigue, and fufficient evidence to prove le courts of law, made a tour to Aix la. crim. con. inllituted a suit again it the Chapelle, and put up at the same hotel Gallant Admiral, and laid his damages which our hero bad fome time before at a very considerable fum, part of which quitted. Though already fomewhat ad- he obtained by a verdict in his favour. It ranced in years, the veteran commander is said that Cornuto afterwards took his kad the bravery to lay liege to Mademoi- faithless wife into favour, and introduced
-'s charms, and the foon her at a certain foreign court, where he capiuiated with the honours of war to to obtained a confiderabie command.
After the nupials We shall not dwell upon many other he brought his bride over to England, and adventures, which juftly entitle our hero being afterwards inverted with a very im to the appellation of the Gallant Admiral, Sortant commission in the West Indies, he in that sense of the word ; nor need we lack his lady with him.
enumerate the several actions in which he Fate determined that our bero fhould has been engaged, which equally give him be appointed to the command of a ship of claim to the title of a gallant oficer, in har upon the same tation; but notwith the other signification of the epithet; as Kanding the fincere affection be entertain. all his fellow.officers, the feamen who have
for his wife, he did not judge it ad. ferved under him, and indiscriminately ritable to make her a passenger on board every one of his acquaintance, who muit his fhip. Benedick the married man, with recognize him by the fuhjoined portrait, if bis caro spola, arrived about the same time not by these memoirs, can tell ify. our lirro, at ane of the largelt of our It is time to introduce the heroine of Fin India'ilands. The latter was foon this history, which we do upon the prefrucduced to tlie hridembut prudence Inmption of believing our hero a widow
able a commander.
Political Squib. - Effees of Mephitic Exbalutions. March, Mrs. W-t is the daughter of a The Emperor takes part with mafter and commander in the royal navy, Ruflia balances who fell in an action at the beginning of The King of Prussia 'deferts
ail this war, foon after the had married a Denmark hewares of young midshipman, for whom the enter- Sweden will have nothing at all tained a very great partiality. . Not long Portugal differs from
all after their nuptials he went abroad, and Turkey wonders at
all being taken prisoner by the Americans, Holland will pay
all was from the feverity he met with whilft The Pope is afraid of in confinement, and the gaol disorder If God has not pity on
all which he caught, carried off in the prime The Devil will take
all of life.
Thus the French treat their allies. The A young beautiful widow at Portsmouth great empire of America is forgotten in could not fail having many admirers ; but filent contempt; and Holland and Spain experience had taught her now to be more are brought forward only to be laughed cautious in making a second engagement. at. The life of a sailor is so precarious, and on the Effects of Mephitic Exhalations, extheir æconomy so seldom heard of, that The was fearful, if she gave her hand again
emplified by the Death of A1. Le Maire, to a volatile son of Nepiune, the might
and his Wife, wubo lived in the Street St. be left in fill greater diftress than flie at
Honore, at Paris, and were fuffocated by prefent experienced. No officer of rank
16: vapour of Coal, the 3d of August, 1774. had made her any proposal that she could
By M1. Portal. accept, till our hero, having learnt her THE fact, that occafioned this memoir, ftory, found means to be introduced to excited the fertibility and compafiiher. He was greatly captivated with her on of the public, and drew, in a particu. perfonal attractions, and her mental ac lar manner, the attention of the medical complishments. He contrived to make her faculty, to an objeet that frequently proa genteel present, of which ihe stood great- duces pernicious, and fometimes fatalefly in need, without oifending ber delica- fecls. A young couple, into whose apartcy, and, at the same time, communicated ment the vapour of coal, lighted in the fome overtures, which the afterwards hearth of a chimney, which had a comjudged it prudent not to reject.
munication with theirs, entered, lost their This connexion has now subfifted for lives in one day by this unhappy accident, fome time to their mutual fatisfaction ; as M. Portal, who was called too late to no man is better acquainted with the art of their relief, has published the obscrvations pleafing the fair fex; and no woman flu. which accidents of this kind had furnifidies more successfully to anticipate all his ed him with, that speedy and well-directwants and wishes. We may therefore ed succours may not be wanting to those conclude, that this union will be of no who may hereafter be exposed to the same short duration ; for though he is now ap. danger. pointed to a capital command abroad, and 19 those who die by the suffocation of is upon the point of leaving our heroine, coal-vapour, the animal heat remains for he has made her such ample provision du: a considerable time: their members conring his absence, as muit at once fecure tinue flexible, and the face is rather of a her affection and fidelity, and excite her more lively and florid colour than it was gratitude and esteem.
in a state of health. On opening the bo. We fall here drop the pen; wishing dy, there is no blood found in the pulmothe Gallant Admiral all the success in his nary veins, nor in the vessels on the left new expedition, to which his merit, gal. fide of the heart, while those on the right lantry, and abilities fo juilly entitle him ; fide are full of blood, and those of the and our heroine to enjoy a perfect state of brain are turgid ard inlated in a high dehealth, and the utmost tranquillity of mind, gree. This disorcer is the natural and orto receive him upon his return with all dinary conii quence of the want of refpithose charms and attractions, which have ration, which is the cause of death in:hore so powerfully operated in determining who are suffocated by mephitic vapours, bis choice.
ariling either from coal or substances int Translation of a Political Squib kanded about pored by our academician are, phleboto
fermentation. The means of relief pro at Paris. [The Fourteen Alls.]
my, exposing the body to fresh aod re
newed air, the application of cold water VRANCE undertakes Fspain does the talking at
all the infufflation of air into the lungs, an
all the use of itimulants, He infifts particu England fights
ail Jarly on conveying air to the lungs by