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as an extraordinary change in thea- 33,965). They had been called upon trical matters. They had, in addi- to pay 2,0001. for a loan upon the tion to this, realized the other part theatre, which they did not anticiof their income from houses and pate; but which, upon looking into offices. There was a law charge of the terms of the engagement, was 2801. but this, under the peculiar found perfectly just. Agreeably to circumstances under which it had the stipulations held out to the subbeen incurred, must be considered scribers to the loan, the sum of 4,3511. rather as a gain than a loss. Dur- was to be paid to them in the course ing the three years that the commit of the next year. The committee tee had held the management of their having already paid three instalments affairs, they were engaged only in of 25l. per cent, each with interest, one law-suit, and in that they were up to January last, they had theresuccessful. The utmost expectations fore fulfilled their engagement in a of the committee had been fulfilled. great measure, so that no more than They had got rid of debt much more 3,4001, remained due. Setting aside rapidly than they calculated on, and the nightly receipts, for the new renthere was every prospect that they ters, had been fully acted upon. The would ultimately realize the whole committee confidently calculated that of their property. Mr. Elliston in- they would be able to discharge the tended to make great alterations, whole of the debt within the time, and introduce further embellishments mentioned in the several reports in the theatre, during the recess; made to the proprietors. The comwhich, added to the industrious ef- mittee had fully realized the scheme forts he was making to improve the held out three years back to the pubcompany, would render it as attrac- lic. The new renters might have tive as it ever had been in the annals the 1,100l. paid for extra nights, of theatrical history. As far as such whenever they pleased to call for it. property was concerned, nothing Their prospects were much better could be more promising or more than any person a short time back cheering. They had repaid 751. per could venture to hope. From the cent, instalments on their debts; and punctuality and greatattention of Mr. if they had not realized all that they Elliston, he formed the most sanguine owed, they had the most
favourable expectations that they would be able prospects before them. The sum of to realize every thing held out to the 11,9731. had been discharged, reduc- proprietors. ing the present amount of debt to
COVENT GARDEN THEATRE This theatre closed for the season ance as Oldbuck. Miss Stephens, on Saturday, June 29, with the mu- Miss M. Tree, and Miss Hallande sical drama of the “ Antiquary," in gave some of their most celebrated which Liston made his last appear- airs in their best style.
HAY-MARKET THEATRE. That prolific author, Mr. T. Dib- ness of the French school, and din, has already produced two after its attraction consists in Mr. Johnpieces at this theatre, the one “ The son's representation of an enraptured Bill of Fare," an original piece, and and simple French lover, and in the other, “ Love Letters," a trans- Madame Vestris's excellent acting, lation from the French ; and, as if to and still better singing, in the chashew that this is the very age of in- racter of his adorable. “John Buzby" vention, or rather of imitation, these is a light and laughable piece, made novelties have been rapidly succeed- from the materials of common life; ed by two other pieces from the the characters and incidents of which French, called “ John Buzby, or a are of course broadly pourtrayed Day's Pleasure," and “ Peter Fin,
to suit the stage.
John Buzby, or a New Road to Brighton." The a hosier, has gone nominally to Bill of Fare was sufficiently describ- Deptford, but in fact to Richmond, ed in our last number.
for a day's pleasure, and to get rid “ Love Letters" has all the light of a termigant wife and his son-inlaw, Natty Briggs. Now the wife, fortune being left to him and his imagining Mr. Buzby safe in Kent, daughter, on the simple condition of sets off, unluckily, to Richmond, for never sleeping under the same roof the purpose of promoting the mar- with a certain cousin Henry. Now riage of her son, Natty Briggs, with honest Peter Fin had never seen the Cecilia, a rich ward of Mr. Buzby. sea, and resolves to start for BrighNow it so happens, that in the Rich- ton, with his old friend Mr. Morgan; mond stage an interesting young but Mr. Morgan breaks his engagelady (Julia) lately married, is desi- ment, and sends, as a substitute, a rous of getting possession of some friend, Mr. Harry Turleton. Now love letters which she had written to the prohibited cousin Henry, being a former flame, Captain Greville, in love with Peter Fin's daughter, and is going to Richmond to induce induces Harry Turleton to drive hoMajor Aubrey, the uncle of Greville, nest Peter during the night in the to procure her the restoration of environs of London, and, assuring these letters. Julia throws herself him that he is on the road to Brighunder the protection of the sedate ton, at length lodge him in the John Buzby, and on Mrs. Buzby's identical house of the said Henry, arrival at Richmond, to her astonish- situated, lying, and being in Bedment, she meets her husband walk- ford-square, which they persuade ing about with a fine woman. We honest Peter is the town of Brighton. need not say that the day of plea- PeterFin,thus sleeping under the roof sure is spoiled with both of them; of the disinherited cousin, of course and poor Mr. Buzby, in his efforts forfeits his title to the fortune which to save Julia, gets involved with her had been left him. Henry thus behusband, as well as with Capt. Gre- comes possessed of the bequest, but ville and Major Aubrey. The comic restores all to harmony by marrying incidents arising from these contre- Peter Fin's daughter, which was the tems are numerous and irresistibly object of his contrivance.—The suplaughable, and are well set off by position of a fishmonger's living the characters of a loquacious Rich- near Turnstile, Holborn, and being mond inn-keeper, and his no less lo persuaded that Bedford-square is the quacious daughter, with a gawkey town of Brighton, is too absurd for country waiter. The general fracas the broadest farce. They should arising from all the mistakes and have conveyed Peter Fin to Finsmisunderstandings is cleared up by bury-square, or at least to a square Major Aubrey; and poor Mr. Buzby, more distant from his home than being extricated from his perplexi- Bedford-square. Liston was so irreties, is left to enjoy himself
at Rich- sistibly comic as Peter Fin, that the mond, and without his wife. The farce could not fail of success. Goldpiece is evidently written for Mr. smith's excellent comedy of “ She Terry, who did ample justice to the Stoops to Conquer," has been played author.
with the combined talents of Mr. “ Peter Fin, or a New Road to Charles Kemble, Mr. Jones, and Mr. Brighton," represents a fishmonger, Liston. Mrs. Chatterly played Miss who retires from business upon a large Hardcastle with considerable success.
ENGLISH OPERA HOUSE. This theatre opened on July 1, The conflict between love and honor, with the favourite piece of the “ Mil- in the breast of a simple peasant, was ler's Maid," and a new Operetta, finely painted by Mr. Emery; and entitled, “ Love Among the Roses, or Miss Kelly's triumph of duty over the Master Key.” It is from the pen passion, in persuading Giles, her of Mr. Beazley, and was received lover, to give her up to her father, with decided applause. The “ Mil- and afterwards to his rival, George, ler's Maid” derives its merit from its was of the best acting our stage can affording scope for the excellent act- boast.-Miss Clara Fisher, a child ing of Mr. Emery and Miss Kelly, of an age at which scarcely any. both of whom, in the last scene, talent, and least of all the talent of wrought as pathetic an effect upon discrimination, can be expected, has the audience as we ever witnessed. successively played, The Actress of All Work - Little Pickle, in the fied with the well - filled pit and
Spoiled Child,” — and Munden's crowded half-price, which her apfamous character of Crack, in the pearance never fails to induce; while “ Turnpike Gate." — Her humour, the comic talents of Wilkinson, who and her vivacity are beyond any
has not hitherto been seen to advanthing pleasing; and although in the tage here, the sweet singing of Miss “ Actress of All Work” she was, of Carew, and even the admirable, and, necessity, reduced to imitate many at present unequalled acting of Miss of the more adult actresses, she yet Kelly, make but indifferent returns frequently displayed an astonishing to a far from afluent treasury. acuteness of judgment and discri- A young lady, of the name of mination. In the “ Spoiled Child" Southwell, has made her debut in she is all that could be wished or Maria, in the “ Spoiled Child," and expected ; and, had she never at- was favourably received to a degree tempted any other character; this that restored her to self-possession alone would have acquired her a from the embarrassment of a first singular degree of celebrity. She
She appearance. A new musical drama, sings the songs with considerable called, “ All in the Dark, or the sweetness and taste, and her dancing Banks of the Elbe," has been produwould not disgrace a more practical ced and was rather favourably refigurante; while her action and de- ceived. The merits, or rather the portment are extremely natural and attractions of the piece, are of a naunembarrassed. We believe that the ture which so exclusively depends intention of herengagement has been upon the acting, that it would not fully answered to the Proprietors, be fair to the author to detail the who have every reason to be satis- plot, or to criticise its denouément.
HOUSE OF LORDS. JUNE 24.-A petition was pre- nion.-Lord King contended that, sented by the Eart of Carnarvon, until the nine millions due to the from the farmers attending the mar- Bank were paid, we had not a shilket at Romford, complaining of the ling of real Sinking Fund ; and prejudicial effects of Mr. Peel's bill. urged a further reduction of taxa
- The Earl of Liverpool protested tion. The bill was then read a seagainst the doctrine, that the dis- cond time. tress of the agricultural interest was JULY 2.- Earl Grey relinquished attributable to Mr. Peel's bill. The his notice of a motion, for an enquiry Earl of Lauderdale concurred with into the state of the country, not on Lord Liverpool.
the ground, that enough had been June 25.The Earl of Liverpool done in the way of reducing the moved the second reading of the public expenditure and taxation; Naval and Military Pensions' Bill; but because he despaired of effecting and described the operation of the any beneficial result.--After much bill, which was, to relieve the public discussion, and several divisions, from a considerable immediate ex. the Marriage Act Amendment Bill pense, and to spread that expense was passed; the last division beover a period of forty-five years.- ing, for the passing of the bill, 41; The Marquis of Lansdown exposed against it, 18; majority, 23. the inconsistency of the operation of 'JULY 5.-A debate took place on the measure with the operation of the motion for the commitment of the Sinking Fund. The Earl of the Corn Importation Bill. - Earl Lauderdale expressed a similar opi- Bathurst dwelt on the importance of the measure, as a protection against try from the formal recognition of a glut of foreign corn, in the event the Independent Governments of of the ports being opened. — Lord South America, expressed his disapErskine opposed the bill; and moved pointment, that no such preliminary to postpone the commitment for three negociation as that alluded to by months. Lord Dacre thought it the noble Earl, had been entered would be better to postpone it.-The into.—The Earl of Liverpool intiEarl of Harrowby observed, that if mated, that such a negociation had their Lordships refused to legislate been commenced. on this subject, until the removal of July 16.-The Earl of Carnarvon every possible objection, they might took the opportunity of the motion postpone their proceeding for a cen- for the third reading of the Small tury. The Earl of Carnarvon re- Notes Bill, to express his regret, plied, that there was no period at that this seemed to be the only meawhich Parliament had proceeded to sure to be expected, during the prelegislate under the disadvantage of sent Session, for the relief of agrisuch a total ignorance as at that mo- cultural distress. He ridiculed the ment.--On a division, the numbers notion, that that distress was occawere-for Lord Erskine's amend- sioned by superabundant produce, ment, 19; against it, 37; majority, 18. and attributed it partly to the pres
July 10,-Earl Bathurst moved sure of taxation; but, principally, to the third reading of the Corn Impor- the diminution of the circulating tation Bill.--The Earl of Lauderdale medium, occasioned by the bill of moved to postpone the third reading 1819.- The Earl of Liverpool mainfor three months. On a division, tained, that the distress of agriculthere appeared for the amendment, ture did not proceed from the mea16; against it, 32; majority, 16.-- sure alluded to by the noble Earl, The bill was then passed.
but that it was attributable to a July 15.-The Marquis of Lans- variety of causes, all growing out down adverted to the seizure by of the change occasioned by the officers acting under the Spanish cessation of the late war. Government, of a British ship, carry- July 17.- Earl Grosvenor obing on trade with South America; served, that as this country had interand asked nether, if his Majesty's fered with other powers with regard Ministers had not yet come to the to the slave trade, he trusted there deterinination of formally recogniz- would be no hesitation, in interfering ing the Independent Governments of with regard to that most atrocious South America, they had not, at least, slavery into which the Greeks were adopted measures for the protection forced by the Turks. The cruelties of our commerce with those States, which had been committed by the latin order that our merchants might ter were a disgrace to the age. Sevennot be liable to have their vessels ty or eighty Greeks, held as hostages seized under any orders from the at Scio, had been put to death in the Government of Old Spain ? - The most dreadful manner, and ten or Earl of Liverpool replied, that with twelve had been murdered at Conrespect to the British ship which had stantinople. It was reported that been seized, a strong remonstrance the lives of those unfortunate indi, had been sent to the Government of viduals had been guaranteed by the Spain, demanding a remuneration English ambassador at Constantinofor all the loss which the owners ple. If so, it unquestionably became had sustained by that illegal act. To the duty of our government to interthis remonstrance there had not yet fere ; and, to ascertain the fact, he been time for receiving an answer. moved for copies or extracts of any As to the question of the formal re- dispatches from the British minister cognition of the de facto Independent at Constantinople, respecting the States of South America, it involv- hostages of Scio executed at Coned a number of considerations. Such stantinople and at Scio.—The Earl a measure must necessarily be pre- of Liverpool opposed the motion, as ceded by a negociation with the go- entirely unprecedented. He admitvernment of Spain.--The Marquis ted that the execution of the Sciot of Lansdown, feeling all the advan- hostages was a most flagitious act ; tages which must result to this coun- but he denied that we had any right
to interfere with the conduct of the strongly recommended the adoption Turkish government, whose subjects of such a system, as, by healing the they were. With respect to the con- evils which Ireland endured, might test between the Turks and the render similar measures unnecessary. Greeks, he could assure the House -Lord Ellenborough coincided in that the British government preserv- opinion with the noble Marquis. ed the strictest neutrality on the The Earl of Limerick and Lord Resubject. Lord Holland denied that desdale defended the conduct of his the motion was unprecedented. The Majesty's government.-The Earl noble earl had given no answer to of Darnley reprobated the disgracethe enquiry of his noble friend, whe- ful scene which had taken place in ther or not the safety of the unfor. Dublin on the 12th.—The Earl of tunate persons, who had been massa- Liverpool assured the noble Earl, cred at Constantinople, had been that the noble Marquis at the head guaranteed by any British authori- of the Irish government had been ties.—The Earl of Liverpool replied, exceedingly anxious to prevent the that he had no hesitation in declar- proceeding alluded to.-The Earl of ing that no such guarantee had ever Donoughmore and Lord Rawdon been given. The motion was then supported the bill on the ground of negatived.
its necessity.-Lord Holland could JULY 19.-The Earl of Liverpool not consent to grant such enormous moved the second reading of the and frightful powers, even to the noIrish Insurrection Bill, expressing ble Marquis at the head of the Irisli his regret that circumstances render- government, in whom he had the ed a renewal of the measure neces- greatest confidence.—The bill was sary.—The Marquis of Lansdowne then read a second time.
HOUSE OF COMMONS.
JUNE 24.—Mr. Brougham pressed duct, moved for the appointment of upon the House the expediency of a Committee to enquire into it. The reducing the over-grown influence Lord Advocate defended his proceedof the crown. The honourable and ings and those of his learned friends learned gentleman described the vast in the transactions in question.extent of our establishments ; the Mr. Peel maintained that the appointimmense patronage which conse- ment of a committee on the mere quently fell into the hands of go- assumptions of the hon. and learned vernment; and the necessary effect mover would be inconsistent with upon the conduct of the House of justice.—Sir J. Mackintosh warmly Commons; and concluded by moving supported the motion, and observed “ That the influence of the Crown that the House were called upon that was unnecessary to the maintenance night to determine, whether they of its due prerogatives, destructive would frown down the infamous sysof the independence of Parliament, tem of private calumny which had and inconsistent with the well go overwhelmed the country, or whevernment of the state.”—The Mar. ther they would authorise, establish, quis of Londonderry denied that the and perhaps perpetuate it.. The influence of the Crown was such as Marquis of Londonderry denied that it was represented to be by the hon. any ground had been laid for the and learned gentleman, and moved proposed enquiry.-On a division the order of the day.-On a division there appeared, for the motion, 95– there appeared, for passing to the against it, 120-majority 25. order of the day, 216–for the origi- June 26.-Mr. Creevey moved for nal motion, 101-majority, 115. the repeal of the Pension Bill; and
JUNE 25. Mr. Abercrombie proposed eight resolutions, descripbrought the conduct of the Lord tive of the various abuses that exAdvocate, and of the other law offi- isted under the present system of cers of the Crown in Scotland, in re- granting pensions ; and expressive gard to their interference with the of the opinion of the House, that the public press, under the consideration Ministerial Pension Bill ought to be of the House; and after particular repealed forthwith. — Mr. Bankes izing the circumstances of that con. considered that the present mode of Eur. Mag. Vol. 82.