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Orcobrand, Genius of the Forest, Mr. Raymond. Ellen,

Miss Searle. Ardenelle, Fairy of the Lake,.. Mrs. H.Siddons. Martha,

Miss Tyrer.
Principal Sylph,

Mrs Sharp.

Mrs. Emery.

Wiss C. Bristow.

The plot of this Opera. if indeed it can he said SCENE-Bagdad, and the adjoining Forest.

to have any, is borrowed from the admirable This piece has been so long talked of, that a

poem, entitled “The Lay of the Last Minstrel,kind of popularity was bespoken for it, and it is- | by Walter Scot, Esq. For any thing of a drainatic sued into the world a favourite by anticipation.- || structure, this plot is too scanty. Laird Ronald is But vain are the hopes of man! we must, indeed, | believed to have been drowned, when is fact he is confess, that The Forty Thieres have much disap

not drowned. This is the only mystery of the pointed us. The original simplicity of the story piece. A jealous and insidious rival endeavours is nowise preserved. The fable is pressed down to supplant him in the favour of his mistress and by an incumbering machinery of fairies, genii, the fortunes of her father. In this he succeeds, till and hobgoblins. The admirable quaintness in the proper time in which the catastrophe of the the original character of the Cobler is lost; and piece required the appearance of Laird Ronald, Ali Baba excites no one emotion whatever. The the vindication of his rights, and the punishment Amazonian spirit, and desperate subtlety of Nor of his rival-Upon such meagre materials, what

could be erect d? giana, are entirely obliterated. In a word, a fine towering palm is taken from the Arabian In a word there was but one character in this garden, and transplanted into a bed of barren piece; that of Christopher Kilspindie ; and he sand, where its leaves fall off, its head bows, and was a bad imitation of Lingo.- Laird Ronald and it turns to a mere dry and withered stick


Eduard sang their songs, and did nothing: this piece been handled with suitable talent, The ladies merely walked across the stage. There much, --much indeed might have been made of was some attempt at character in Sir Alfred, it.-As it is, we can commend nothing but the and the excellent actor to whom it belonged, did music, the admirable exertions of the performers | every thing for it; but e nihilo nihil fit; it had (particularly of Bannister, Niss De Camp, and nothing of merit but what it derived from Alat'hews), and a sumptuousness and magni

Munden. ficence of scenery, which evince a bold defiance

The favour with which the piece was received, of expence in the Managers of Drury-lane was principally owing to the music, which is Theatre,

chiefly composed or selected by Reeve. Some COVENT-GARDEN.

of the songs were encored. Fawcett came in for On Thursday, April 10th, a new Opera was

his full share of applause, particularly in his song brought out at this Theatre from the fruitful pen

about Æneis aud Dido, which, we believe, we of Mr. Dibdii), called “ The White Plume; or,

have frequently heard from the author of the t'. Border Chieftains.” This piece, coming out

piece, in divers places, with great pleasure; and so speedily after the first appearance of the New

we were very happy to find that what had given so Ballet at the other Theatre, attracted a very full

inuch satisfaction in more private circles, was rehouse.

ceired with such approbation in a public theatre.

Very little expence has been incurred in the Scots.

scenery and decorations. We did not observe Earl Glengllan,.... . Mr. Murray. any new scene till we came to the last, which Scotch Chieftain,. Mr. Will.

was rather novel, and certainly produced a good Kilspindie,

Nir. Faucett. effect. It was so contrived as to represent an Allan, .

Vr. Blanchard. amphitheatre; two circular rows of seats were Donald,

Nr. Bennett. occupied by various persons, in different cha. Sandy,

. Mr. King

racters, and on the back scene was painted a Flora,...

Miss Daries. succession of rising seats, forming on the whole Danes.

five or six stages, filled with spectators of the Sir Guhred,

Mr. H. Johnston. combat proposed between the Danish Chief, Raudall,..

. Mr. Taylor.

Guthred, and the English Chieftain, Edward, Pierre,

.Mr. Bererley. which was prevented by the yppearance of Gilbert,

.Mr. Atkins.

Ronald, who was supposed to have been slain, English.

and whose murder was charged upon Edward by Sir Alfred,

Mr. Munden. Guthred, who intended to murder him, but had Edward,..

Mr. Incledon.

been prevented. Guthred, on his detection, is Arthur,

Nir. Lisien. carried off by the soldiery, harmony ensues, the Nicholas,

Mr. Simions.

union between the families take place, and the Mr. Harley.

denouement of the piece is concluded by separate Butler,

Mr. Wilde.

dances of the English and Scotch visitors.



cate sensibility. They afterwards perceived dis- of a new ribband, an elegant cap, fashionable tinctly a small light bubble, which being resolved ear-rigs, or the most trifling gew-gaw were sufinto smoke, was dispersed in the air.

ficient to throw it into incessant agitation. It is essential, ladies, that I should inform you, I wished to obtain possession of this wonderful that this heart floated ha' itually in a limpid and instrument and I one day requested my friend, cold liquid, containing a soft substance. This the physician to purchase it for me, let the price liquid w s carefully collected by the professor in a be what it would. He laughed heartily at my sini. glass tube.

plicity, and assured me that all young women are You must certainly have observed the effects so many thermometers, or rather frivolimeters of the atmospheric air on the obedient liquid of that kind. contained in the thermometer. That in which I cannot persuade myself, besides, that my the heart of our young female had floated, exhi-physician told me the truth; but so much I know bited nearly the same effects; but it was not that we meet with many malicious and unjust precisely the air which exercised an influence people, who in every circumstance strive to over it; to agitate it in different ways it was ne make your sex responsible for the faults of two cessary to vary the objects which were brought or three of you. They have, for example, the near it. If a man possessing good sense, sound presumption to assert, that all the happiness of judgment, wisdomn or modesty, approached this your lives consists in imitating the new-blown liquid, it suddenly fell to the bottoin of the tube, Aowers which suifer themselves to be caressed and seemed to shun him ; but on the appearance by every Auttering butterfly which passes that of a young fop, it rose with velocity towards the way. orifice of the vessel, which was no longer capable If, however, what I think impossible, actually of containing it.

existed, if it were true that the hearts of womeu This experiment having been afterwards re- Avat incessantly in a liquid so extraordinary, peated in an assembly of young people of both what praises ought we not to bestow on thuse, sexes, where pleasure presided, the liquid was in of whom I could mention a great number, who, such constant and violent agitation, that it had rising superior to vulgar sentiments, unite to the appearance of boiling water. It was so sensible every charm for which they are indebted to to impressions of every kind, that the approach ) nature, the practice of erery virtue.

London : Printed by and for J. BELL, Southampton Street, Strand. May 1, 1806.




For MAY, 1806.

EMBELLISHMENTS. 1. A Portrait of Her Royal Highness Charlotte Augusta Matilda, Princess Royal of England,

and Queen of Wurtemburg, finely engraved by Scriven, from an Original Picture painted by Sir William Beechey, a few days before the Departure of her Royal Highness from

England. 2. Plate containing whole length Figures of the Fashionable Spring Dresses, drawn by Mr.

Devis, from the elegant Designs of Madame Lanchester. 3. Sketches of Two whole length Figures in the Kensington Garden Promenade Dresses. 4. An Original Song set to Music, expressly and exclusively for this Work, by Mr. Kelly.


SCIENCES. Her Royal Highness Charlotte Augusta Ma- Letters on Botany.

..208 tilda, Princess Royal of England, and Queen Culinary System.

.212 of Wurtemburg..



Annual Exhibition at Somerset-HouseCritique on Humour..


Criticism on the Works of the most emiAn enquiry concerning Principle and Sentiment, in Reply to “ The Distinction be

nent Masters....

...213 tween Principle and Sentiment considered, 180 Grand Historical Picture of the Death of Lord Palemon-The sketch of a Fact..........182

Nelson, by Mr. West....

..217 Parental Resentment exemplified ; or, a Biographical Sketch......


POETRY AND MUSIC. An Account of the most wonderful Poet Be.

Original and Select.....

..218 ronicius......

..189 Thoughts on Love, as an Affection necessary

RETROSPECT OF POLITICS. to promote and ensure Domestic Happiness.......


Foreign and Domestic for May, 1806......222 Letter on Cowardice..

..195 Arokee; or Ferocity subdued by Affliction,

PUBLIC AMUSEMENTS for the an Indian Tale.......

Preceding Month...

....224 Pierre, a German Tale...

199 The Hungry Arab, a Tale from the Tohfet


.......201 Dances of the Negroes of the Island of Marti


.......202 Account of a Remarkable District of Poitou,

Explanation of the Fashionable Prints ...... in France.....

General Observations on the Fashions for

.203 Genius and Talent..

the Month........ ..205

Parisian Fashions...

Public Promenades...
The Advantages of London; selected from the Remarks on a Lady's Train.....

Works of Dr. Johnson and Others ........206 Letter on the Morning Dress of Women.. Public Recreations of St. Petersburgh......207 Supplementary Advertisements for the month.

London : Printed by and for J. BELL, Southampton Street, Strand. June 1, 1806.


WE have received many favours from Correspondents in the course of the last month ; many were sent too late for insertion, and some were wholly unworthy of a place in our Magazine. We think it incumbent, however, to answer all ; that those whosc favours are rejected, may cease to hope, and those whose facours are deferred, may rest in expectation until our next Number, The essay on

“ Universal Language and Grammar," though extremely well written, is of a kind infinitely too dry and serious for a work that chiefly aspires to light instruction and clegant amusement. Our Correspondent at Hammersmith will find one of her facours inserted in this Number : another is deferred. The Cabinet of Pictures will appear in our nert, and likewise the Golden Mirror, which came too late for insertion this month. The Allegory, entitled Genius Triumphant," “ The Village Maid," “ The Rural Tale," “ The Italian Bandid," and “ The History of Marcos and Clemina," are rejected.

“ A Pastoral Tale," “ Alcidor and Fatima," and a Continuation of the Tale of Alzadin, will appear, if possible, in our nert. Alany favours are still under consideration, vic. The Description of Berkeley Castle; The History of Timandra; The Moral Tale, in imitation of Marmontel, and Anecdotes of rarious descriptions.

Thus far with respect to our Correspondents in Prose; but when we advert to those who importune for admission into our Poetical Department, we scarcely know where to begin, or where to leave off, so numerous are the Songs, Odes, Monodies, Epigrams, Epitaphs, Acrostics, &c. &c. which we have received this month. We shall select, howerer, the most prominent.

The song on the Death of Lord Nelson; Lines addressed to a Mercantile Character; the Couslip Boy; Cupid's Bath; the Mayflower; the Chaplet; the Odes to Phillis; to Spring ; to Daphne, &c. the Acrostic on Youth; the Lines to the Young Roscius; the Ode to Britannia ; the Address to the Moon; the Northern Huntress, &c. &c. &c. are all irrevocably rejected.

The Toast ; the Indian Slave ; Walk in the Country ; The Origin of the Morna irg Blush ; the Cricket; Verses written in Sickness, fc. &c. will appear in our future Numbers.

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