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“ Haymarket, Little Theatre, On Account of Dr. and Gentlemen, who chuse to come themselves, and take Arne's Oratorio of Judith, and the same Reason for want either Tickets, or the Sonatas composed by this Boy, and of some principal Assistants of Performers, Master and dedicated to Her Majesty (Price 10s. 6d.), will find the Miss Mozart are obliged to postpone the Concerts which | Family at hone every Day in the Week, froin Twelve to should have been To-morrow, the 15th instant, to Mon- | Two o'clock; and have an Opportunity of putting his day the 18th instant. They desire the Nobility and Talent to a more particular Proof, by giving him 20s Gentry will be so kind as to excuse them for not per- Thing to play at Sight, or any Music without a Bass, forming according to the Time first proposed. Tickets | which he will write upon the Spot, without recurring to to be had of Mr. Mozart, at Mr. Williamson's in Thrift- his Harpsichord. Notice of the Day and Place of the street, Soho, and at the said Theatre. Tickets delivered Concert will be given in due Time." (9th April, 1765.) for the 15th will be admitted. A Box Ticket admits Two into the Gallery. tt To prevent Mistakes, the Ladies

Another month passed ere a day was fixed for and Gentlemen are desired to send their servants to take the concert:Places for the Boxes, and give in their Names to the " For the Benefit of Miss Mozart of Thirteen, and MasBox-keepers on Monday the 18th in the Afternoon."

ter Mozart of Eight Years of Age, Prodigies of Nature. (14th February, 1765.)

Hickford's Great Room in Brewer Street, Monday, May, “ Haymarket, Little Theatre. The Concert for the 13, will be A Concert of Music, with all the Overtures of Benefit of Miss and Master Mozart will be certainly per this little Boy's own Composition, Tickets may be had formed on Thursday the 21st instant, which will begin at 5s. each of Mr. Mozart, at Mr. Williamson's in Thrift. exactly at Six, which will not hindering [sic] the Nobi street, Soho; where such Ladies and Gentlemen who lity and Gentry from meeting in other Assemblies on the chuse to come themselves, and take either Tickets, or the same Evening. Tickets to be had of Mr. Mozart, at Mr. Sonatas composed by this Boy, and dedicated to Her Williamson's in Thrift-street, Soho, and at the said Majesty (Price 108. 6d.), will find the Family at home Theatre. A Box Ticket admits two into the Gallery, every Day in the Week, from Twelve to Two o'Clock ; 44 To prevent Mistakes, the Ladies and Gentlemen are and have an Opportunity of putting his Talents to a more desired to send their Servants to keep Places for the particular Proof by giving him any Tbing to play at Boxes, and give in their Names to the Box-keepers on | Sight, or any Music without a Bass, which he will write Thursday the 21st in the Afternoon." (15th February, upon the Spot, without recurring to his Harpsichord." 1765.)

(i0th May, 1765.) To the announcement on the 21st of February

“For the Benefit of Miss Mozart of Thirteen, and

Master Mozart of Eight Years of Age, Prodigies of Nais added the statement that —

ture. Hickford's Great Room in Brewer Street, This “ All the Overtures will be from the Compositions of Day, May 13, will be A Concert of Vocal and Instru. these astonishing Composers [sic], only eight years old.” | mental Music, with all the Overtures of this little Boy's

own Composition. The Vocal Part by Sig. Cremonini; Then, on 11th Marcb, appeared the following:

Concerto on the Violin, Mr. Bartheleinon; Solo on the “ By Desire. For the Benefit of Master Mozart of Violoncello, Sig. Cirii; Concerto on the Harpsichord by Eight Years, and Miss Mozart of Twelve Years of Age. the little Composer and his Sister, each single and both Prodigies of Nature, before their Departure for England, together, &c. Tickets at 5s. each to be had of Mr. Mozart, which will be in Six Weeks' Time. There will be per at Mr. Williamson's in Thrift-street, Sobo." (13th May, formed at the End of this Month, or the Beginning of

1765.) April. A Concert of Vocal and Instrumental Music.

At the end of the month, the public were ir Tickets at Half-a-Guinea each. To be had of Mr. Mozart,

t, s vited to hear the children perform at their lodge at Mr. Williamson's in Thrift-street, Soho; where those Ladies and Gentlemen, who will honour him with their ings :Company from Twelve to Three in the Afternoon, any “ Mr. Mozart, the Father of the celebrated young aus Day in the Week, except Tuesday and Friday, may,'by sical Family, who have so justly raised the Admin taking each a Ticket, gratify their Curiosity; and not

of the greatest Musicians of Europe, begs Leave to inform only liear this young Music-Master and his Sister per the Public that his Departure from England is bixed form in private, but likewise try his surprising Musical

the Beginning of next month. Such Ladies and GentleCapacity by giving him any Thing to play at Sight, or men who desire to hear these young Prodigies penes any Music without Bass, which he will write upon the

in private, will find the Family at Home at his Spot, without recurring to his Harpsichord. The Day at Mr. Williamson's, in Thrift-Street, Soho, every Day and Place of the Concert will be advertised in the Public in the Week from One to Three o'Clock, and may bave Advertiser eight Days before.” (11th March, 1765.) an Opportunity of putting his Talent to a more particule This evidently produced no satisfactory result;

Proof, by giving him any thing to play at Sight..

Terms are 5s, each person, or else to take the sono since, after the lapse of a month, it was thought

composed by this Boy and dedicated to Her Majes. expedient to reduce the price of the tickets : - (Price 10s. 6d.), which he has had the Honour of per « Mr. Mozart, the Father of the celebrated young Mu- |

forming many Times before their Majesties." (30th May,

1765.) sical Family, who have so justly raised the Admiration of the greatest Musicians of Europe, intending soon to! A little more than five weeks passes, and ? Teave England, proposes, before his Departure to give to | evident that the children are no longer attract the Public in general an Opportunity of hearing these at the west end of the town. so the city 18 to young Prodigies perform both in public and private, by!

i | tried, and with still lower prices :giving at the End of this Month, a Concert, Which will ] chietly be conducted by his Son, a Boy of Eight Years

hosted young Ma.

“ Mr. Mozart, the Father of the celebrated young of Age, with all the Overtures of his own Composition. | sical Family, who have so justly raised the Ad! Tickets may be had at 5s. each of Mr. Mozart, at Mr. of the greatest Musicians of Europe, has been oblige Williamson's in Thrift-street, Soho; wliere such Ladies | the Desire of several Ladies and Gentlemen, to posegue

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o the city is to be his Departure from England for a short Time, takes this used it to strengthen the back of the volume. Opportunity to inform the Public, that he has taken the That very copy is still preserved in the curious great Room in the Swan and Hoop Tavern in Cornhill,



but neglected old library of the Abbey Grammar where be will give an Opportunity to all the Curious to

Both the above are fully hear these two young Prodigies perform every Day from | School, St. Alban's. Twelve to Three. Admittance, 2s. 6d. each person. He described in the second volume of The Life and begins To.morrow, the 9th instant.” (8th July, 1765.) Typography of William Caxton, just published., The next announcement, issued only three

No. 3 is entirely unknown to bibliographers, have days afterwards, seems to indicate a want of suc.

ing been very recently discovered by Mr. Brad

shaw of Cambridge, in the Town Library of Bed. cess:

ford. Like No. 2 it has been used for the binding “ To all Lovers of Sciences. The greatest Prodigy

of a book, and to that circumstance alone is owing that Europe, or that even Human Nature has to boast ot, is, without Contradiction, the little German Boy, Wolf

Wola | its preservation. That such short pieces as these gang Mozart: a Boy, Eight Years old, who has, and Indulgences were printed instead of being written, indeed very justly, raised the Admiration not only of the points to an extensive demand for them; and that greatest Men, but also the greatest Musicians in Europe. many editions were issued is evident from the fact It is hard to say whether his Execution upon the Harp

that the only three copies known are of three difsichord, and his playing and singing at Sight, or his own Caprice, Fancy, and Compositions for all Instruments,

ferent editions. Such cphemeral publications, like are most astonishing. The Father of this Miracle, being

the Stans Puer, the Book of Courtesy, the sheet of obliged by Desire of several Ladies and Gentlemen to Bedside Prayers, and other small-sized issues of postpone, for a very short Time, his Departure from Caxton's press, owe their present rarity to the England, will give an Opportunity to hear this little

ortunity to bear this little very fact of their having been originally both Composer and his Sister, whose musical Knowledge wants

cheap and abundant.

WILLIAM BLADES. not Apology. Performs every Day in the Week from Twelve to Three o'clock in the Great Room at the

11, Abchurch Lane, Swan and Hoop, Cornhill. Admittance, 2s. 6d. each Per. son. The two Children will play also together with four Hands upon the same Harpsichord, and put upon it a ' CORNELIUS AGRIPPA ON THE MORALS OF THE Handkerchief, without seeing the Keys:"" (ilih July, 1765.)

CLERGY. How long the performances were continued

The state of morals, both among clergy and posterior to this advertisement, I cannot discover;

laity, of the time preceding Luther and his schism, but no further announcement was made, and early

is pretty generally admitted by all who read hisin September we find the family on the Continent.

tory, be their name for that schism what it may. It is a rather remarkable circumstance that Leo

| The following is the testimony of Cornelius pold Mozart, although a violinist of some emi.

Agrippa, in his work, De Incertitudine et Vanitate nence, did not himself perform at any of the public

Scientiarum, first published at Antwerp in 1530, concerts at which his children appeared.

then at Cologne in 1531. At this time the LuW. H. Husk.

| theran dispute was raging, but had not got to the point of an actual division : I mean especially at

The time at which the work was written. Agrippa INDULGENCES PRINTED BY WILLIAM

himself was not suspected of Lutheranism, nor CAXTON.

of anything worse than sorcery, and heresy in

that undefined sense in which it was frequently Three various Indulgences are now known to imputed to men of learning: that kind of heresy bave been produced at the Westminster press. They which, in my younger days, was insinuated by a were all printed on slips of parchment, with a shake of the head and “ I never knew any good blank space for the name of the person to whom come of all that reading." He was a dependent they were granted, and another for the month and on the Emperor and on the Archbishop of Cologne the day, the year being printed in full. They for his bread, and he seems to have said nothing were all issued in 1480 and 1481, by the authority but what was permitted. Here is an extract of Pope Sixtus IV. and were for the benefit of (Latin does not blush) from the chapter De Lethose who would contribute to the defence of the nonia, which with the Ars Meretricia, counts among Isle of Rhodes against the Turks. No. 1 is dated the sciences, and certainly ought to have been 1480, and the blank spaces having been filled in placed among the systems :by the pen, we find that it was granted on the

| “Romana scorta in singulas hebdomadas julium penlast day of March, to Simon Mountfort and Emma

dent pontifici, qui census annuus nonnunquam viginti his wife. The only copy of this edition is in the millia ducatos excedit: adeoque ecclesiæ procerum id British Museum. No. 2 is dated 1481, and owes munus est, ut una ecclesiarum proventibus etiam lenoits preservation entirely to the fact that it was

ciniorum numerent mercedem. Sic enim ego illos suppu

tantes aliquando audivi: habet (inquientes) ille duo beneused as waste in Caxton's workshop. The work

ficia, unum curatum aureorum viginti, alterum prioratum men there having to bind a copy of Chaucer's

ducatorum quadraginta, et tres putanas in bordello, quæ Boethius de Consolatione, which was just printed, reddunt singulis hebdomadibus julios viginti. Jam vero nihilominus lenones sunt episcopi illi et officiales, qui placed in the hands of Johnson, instead of printed censum pro concubinatu a sacerdotibus quotannis extor in the town in which it was delivered. Did not, quent, idque tam palam, ut apud plebem ipsam in pro

| however, a more cogent reason exist in the fact, verbium abierit illa eorum concubinaria exactio sive lenocinium, quo dicunt, habeat vel non habeat, aureum solvet

that Birmingham--then, as now, the most Beotic pro concubina, et habeat si velit.”

of towns - did not at that time possess a printingBrunet and others speak of passages which

press capable of producing the work? The sup

position that this may have been the case is, were omitted in subsequent editions. I suspect the work was at last a greater favourite with the

perhaps, erroneous; but the research of years has Pauline sect than with the Petrine — I leave the

been unsuccessful in discovering any book or reader to unriddle my language — and was stript

pamphlet earlier than 1717 — seven years later

than the date of the sermon alluded to. of passages like the following, which I cannot find in my English edition of 1684. After speak

The scarce, if not unique tract, bearing this

date, is entitled :ing of the law of Lycurgus, he proceeds thus:

« A Loyal Oration. Giving a short account of “ Erat et Solonis lex, quæ similiter permittebat uxor

several plots, some purely Popish, others mixt: the foribus, si mariti ignaviores essent, ex necessariis unum mer contriy'd and carry'd on by Papists, the latter both aliquem sibi despicere . .. Atque surrexit his temporibus

| by Papists and also Protestants of the High-Church ex theologorum schola invictus hæreticus qui has Ly

Party united together against our Church and State; as curgi et Solonis leges assereret licere etiam in ecclesia,

also, of the many Deliverances which Almighty God has Martinus Lutherus : quod vos ideo scire volo ne putetis vouchsaf”d to us since the Reformation. Compos'd by non etiam theologos esse lenones."

JAMES PARKINSON, formerly fellow of LINCOLN College, in The last sentence is omitted in the English.

OXFORD, now Chief Master of the Free-School of Birming

ham, in Warwickshire; and spoke by his Son on the 10th A. DE MORGAN. day of December, 1716. And now publish'd at the Re

quest of Captain Thetford, Captain Shugborough, and several other Officers of the Prince's Own Royal Regi

ment of Welsh Fusileers, and other Loyal Gentlemen, MICHAEL JOHNSON OF LICHFIELD: THE FIRST

To which is annex'd, by way of Postscript, the Author's BOOK PRINTED AT BIRMINGHAM: WOLLAS Letter to the Rev. Mr. Higgs, Rector of St. Philip's TON, AUTHOR OF “THE RELIGION OF NA Church, in Birmingham; who, upon hearing this Loyal TURE DELINEATED.”

Speech, was so displeas'd and nettl'd with it, and parti

cularly with that Passage that relates to BIDDING Books bearing the imprint of the worthy “Lich

PRAYERS, which he constantly uses, that on the Sunday field librarian," are not of frequent occurrence; following he could not forbear reviling the author in his nor were they probably numerous. An early one

Sermor, calling the Speech a scurrilous Discourse, and is the work of Dr. Floyer :

the Composer thereof a Slanderer and Calumniator.

Birmingham: Printed and Sold by Matthew Unwin, “ Preternatural State of the Humours described. near St. Martin's Church. 1717. 4to.” Pp. 40. Printed for Michael Johnson. 4to. 1696.”

We must not, however, forget that BirmingA publication of later date is entitled :

ham is a town of altogether modern growth ; and “ An Exposition of the Revelations, by shewing the that its unimportance at the time referred to, and Agreement of the Prophetical Symbols with the History

even many years later, would perhaps account of the Roman, Saracen, and Ottoman Empire, and of the Popedom, &c. 8vo. Printed for M. Johnson, Bookseller

for the absence of a printing office capable of in Litchfield. 1719."

undertaking book-work. Even so late as Oct. 13, On the fly-leaf of this copy is written :

1733, we find a letter from the then Bishop of

Lichfield and Coventry, writing on the subject of “ This M. Johnson was Michael Johnson, the father of Dr. Samuel Johnson. I do not recollect to have seen

the Free-School, and expressing his “ disposition his name to any other book or pamphlet. — ISAAC REED,

to concur in a scheme for restoring its credit and 1787.

prosperity,” addressed: A rare local tract, penes me, is entitled :

“MR. WILLIAM RUSSELL, “ The Christian Synagogue: or, the Original Use and

Sen", at his house, in Edgbaston Street, in Benefit of Parochial Churches, set forth in a SERMON

Birmingham, Warwickshire.

Turn at Preached at BYRMINGHAM, in the County of WARWICK, on the Feast of St. Philip and St. James, Anno MDCCX,

Coleshill. Free. Richa Lich. & Cov." at a General Meeting of the Commissioners appointed for

It was just about this time that Johnson was the Building an Additional Parochial Church in Byr- visiting his friend Hector, the surgeon, at the mingham, which by Virtue of a late Act of Parliament

house of Warren, “the first established bookis to be called St. Philip's Church. Publish'd at the desire of the Commissioners and Inhabitants of the Place.

seller” in Birmingham ; for whom he translated By WILLIAM BINCKES, D.D., Dean of LICHFIELD. Lon

Father Lobo's Voyage to Abyssinia (printed in don: Printed for Jonah Bowyer, at the Rose in Ludgate Birmingham in 1735, though with the London St.; and Michael Johnson, Bookseller in Lichfield. imprint on the title); and for whose newspaper MDCCX. 8vo." Pp. 22.

he furnished those “periodical essays," the reThe connection of Dr. Binckes with Lichfield covery of which would be a matter of so much would be a sufficient reason for his sermon being interest.

The Rev. James Parkinson, author of the was not before it was necessary, for, having “got above-mentioned Loyal Oration, appears to have a small Lectorship in a Chapel, about two miles been a very troublesome fellow. He was ap- distant," and doing “the Duty of the whole Sunpointed head-master by the governors, in 1694, day," he found that this labour, " and the business is out of compassion, as he had lost his fellowship of the Great Free-School, for about four years, it being all he had to depend on.” The fact was, began to break his Constitution; and if continued, he bad been expelled from the University for his had probably overcome it quite, though the staanti-monarchical principles — a circumstance of mina of it were naturally very strong." which his patrons were, doubtless, aware; but It is singular that no other name of literary trusting that he had grown wiser by experience, eminence is to be found in the list of head, or they elected him, and hoped that he “ would be second masters of this school : unless, indeed, it peaceable in his office.” But they were doomed be that of the late Rev. Rann Kennedy, the friend to disappointment, as the following document, ex- | of Dr. Parr, and a poet of considerable original cerpted from their minutes, attests:


WILLIAM BATES. “ Mem. That upon the 24th day of June, A.D. 1709, Edgbaston. Wee, the Governors of the Free Grammar School in Birm”, who have subscribed our names, having considered ye behaviour of Mr Parkinson, who officiates as

VIXEN. cheife-Master in ye sayd schoole, and finding that the sayed schoole, which was flourishing and usefull before

On pp. 500 and 501 of a book entitled, “ The he came to it, doth dayly decline thro' his mismanage- English Language, by R. G. Latham, M.A., M.D., ment and unquiettness, and unfittness to be cheife-master &c. fifth edition, London, 1862," are these words : there, Doe in Discharge of our trust unanimously order

“ The chief affix by which the name of a male is conthat an eject may be presented agt him, and such other speedy course taken for removing him from the sayd

verted into that of a female, is in German -in; so that office of cheife-master as councill shall advise, to the

| from freund=friend, we get freund-inn =-female friend." end a more titt master may be elected in his roome; and

A little lower are the following remarks: wee order that a Defense be made for us to the bill in Chancery by him brought agt us in the name of the

“ This being the case, its absence in English is reAttorney Generall, and all the Relation of the said Mr

onerall and the Relation of the onid Memarkable, the only word in which it is believed to exist Parkinson. And out of civility to him, tho' we don't ap at the present moment is viren = female fox = füchsinn, prehend he much deserves it, we direct notice to be given Germ. I am, however, by no means certain that the to him of this our order, that he may seek for another word is not of recent introduction.” place where he may be more useful.”-Signed by SAML. The word vixen was formerly written fixen, and EDEN, and eleven other Governors.

was in use in the seventeenth century, as is shown These gentlemen do not seem to have prospered by the following quotations. The first is from — with their suit; as we find, in 1711, an entry

A Restitution of Decayed Intelligence' in Antiquiof

ties : Concerning the most noble, and renowned “ Sundry payments on accompt of Chancery suit, inter

English Nation. By the study and travell of R. alia, £50 to Ár Parkinson (Head-Master), by order of V[erstegan]. London, 1634," on p. 334 of which the Court, towards his expenses in the suit.”

are these words :I believe that he was finally got rid of by pen- |

“ FIXEN. This is the name of a she-fox, otherwise sion. He died March 28, 1722, and was suc

and more anciently foxin. It is in reproach applyed to

woman whose nature and condition is thereby compared ceeded in his office by the Rev. John Hansted.

to a she-fox.” A few years before the appointment of Mr. Parkinson to the head-mastership, the place of

The second quotation is from a book entitled“usher,” or second-master, had been held for two

The Battle-Door for Teachers and Professors to years (1686-8) by the Rev. William Wollaston,

learn Singular and Plural; You to Many, and M.A., author of the well-known treatise, The

Thou to one. Singular one, Thou; Plural many, Religion of Nature Delineated ; and alluded to by

You, &c." Bishop Butler, in the preface to his Three Ser

“ In the latter part of this Book are contained several mons, as “a late author of great and deserved

bad unsavoury Words, gathered forth of certain School

Books, which have been taught Boyes in England, which reputation." From the preface to the octavo, and

is a Rod and a Whip to the Schoolmasters in England best edition of The Religion of Nature (1750), we

and elsewhere who teach such Books. George Fox, John are informed that he had held a subordinate posi- Stubs, Benjamin Furley. London, 1660." tion in the same school since June, 1682:

On page 16 of the latter part I find these words “ About which Time, seeing no Prospect of Prefer- taken from “ Bibliotheca Scholastica Instructissima; ment, He so far conformed himself to the Circumstances or, a Treasury of Antient Adagies, and sententious of his Fortune as to become Assistant to the Head-Master Proverbs, selected out of the English, Greek, of Birmingham School.”

Latine, French, Italian, and Spanish. Published His accession in 1688, to "a very ample estate,” | by Thomas Draxe, Batchelour in Divinity," enabled him to resign his appointment; and this namely:-

“ P. 238. Oriunda è furiis Qualis leænæ est, talis ira in favour of beatben over professedly Christian fæminæ. Mala mulier cunctis feris est ferocior. Artificiosa

| dramatists.

dramatista est nocere, mulier quum vult, Val. A fixen, limbe of the Devil,” &c.

The 3rd chapter is the shortest in the volume, Very likely some of the readers of “N. & Q." and treats of the ridicule and depreciation of the have found the word fixen = vixen in some work | clergy contained in the plays of the day. Much earlier in date tban those I have spoken of above. | learning is introduced in a brief compass with refer

EDWIN ARMISTEAD. ence to the honour due to the clerical profession, Leeds.

and granted, with few exceptions, at all times and in all countries. To show the variety of our author's

argument, and to give a specimen of his style, I JEREMY COLLIER ON THE STAGE.

quote a passage on the rank of many of the clerical

order :I have recently looked over a volume, which,

I “ Odo, brother to William the Conqueror, was Bishop though it made an immense sensation, and more- of Baieux, and Earl of Kent King Stephen's brother over, bad a great effect at the time of its appear was Bishop of Winchester. Nevill, Archbishop of York, ing, is very little known at present, viz. Jeremy was brother to the great Earl of Warwick, and Cardinal Collier's work against the stage, specially of his Pool was of the Royal Family. To come a little lower and day. Collier was born in 1650, and became a

to our own times. And here we may reckon not a ferr

persons of noble descent in holy orders. Witness the divine of great learning and activity. The most

| Berklyes, Comptons, Montaynes, Crews, and Norths; the known of his publications was that to which I

Annesless, Finchs, Grayhams, &c. And as for the gentry, refer, entitled —

there are not many good families in England, but either “A short View of the Iinmorality and Profaneness of

have had or have a clergyman in them.”—Pp. 135-6. the English Stage; together with the Sense of Antiquity The 4th chapter is headed “Immorality en. upon this Argument."

couraged by the Stage." The ancients are again Dryden, Congreve, and others had certainly quoted as, on this head, less culpable. Pieasure, done much to provoke such a diatribe. It met as the sole end of poetry and poetic action, is with fierce and clever antagonists, specially among condemned, and a bigher one enforced in various the dramatists attacked; but the learned author ways, as by quotations from Aristotle, Quinmanfully stood his ground, retorted on his oppo tilian, Ben Jonson, and others; and the extranents with no less spirit than that with which he vagant rant, the treatment of women, the coarse undertook the controversy, and had the honour of usage of the nobility, and the licentious freedom causing Dryden to confess the impropriety in / of the English stage, as shown at the time beyond many of his publications, and to obtain an honour that of any other country, is severely criticised. able testimony from the pen of Dr. Johnson. Quotations in proof are made from the Spanish « At last,” says he, “ comedy grew more modest, Friar, King Arthur, Love Triumphant, and others. and Collier lived to see the reward of his labour | The 5th chapter deals specifically with three in the reformation of the theatre."

the two firet by Dryden, Amphitryon and The copy before me is the 2nd edition, pub

stion nuh. King Arthur ; the last one little lished so rapidly as to appear in the same year / Quixote by Durfey, charging them straight home, with the first. The author hits hard--in a style , and on close criticism, with various transgressions more learned and vehement than, to me at least, | against propriety, morality, and religion. So wita interesting or attractive; and I should think that, I

in thot' | The Relapse also. at the present day, few would read the book, 1. The 6th, and concluding chapter, is a very though not long, without much of that shipping to learned collection of the opinions against the which I readily confess.

stage, declared by states, codes, councils, Fathers The book is divided into five chapters. The of the Church, and in a multitude of other docu• first treats of the “immodesty of the stage" of the ments quoted on the author's side. day, and dwells on the writings of heathen dra. I think that this analysis, in which brevis esse matists as on this head, far superior. Plautus, | laboro to the very best of my capacity, may have Terence, Seneca, the Greek tragedians, and Aristo some interest for readers such as tbose whom the phanes are favourably contrasted, and the plays pages of " N. & Q." usually meet. A small proof Beaumont, Fletcher, and Corneille are quoted | portion only, I should suppose, have read to in the same light.

original book, but few of them will bave attended The 2nd chapter treats of the stage as profane, / to the general literature of the last century, witowith a multitude of illustrations from the favourite | out being frequently reminded of it and its author. pieces of the day; e. g. The Mock Astrologer, The

Francis TBENCU. Orphan, Old Bachelor, Double Dealer, Don Sebas Islip, Oxford. tian, Love for Love, &c. To this is added a similar comparison with that of the previous chapter,

plays; the two first by D

etle known now, bon

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