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Miss De Camp's Portia was beyond what we could possibly have expected from a person of her line of acting. It was frequently above, but never below mediocrity. The speech on mercy, was delivered with considerable elegance and correctness. She was rewarded by the warm plaudits of a genteel and crowded audience.
Of the general performances of the other personages we thail only say,
« Nil fuit unquam
Tam difpar sibi."
31. TRON Chest-Agreeable Surprize. September 1. (For the benefit of Mr. Fawcett) HEIR AT LAW-Sylo vefter Daggerwood Poor Soldier.
Mr. Fawcett's performance of Sylvester Daggerwood was the best imitation we ever witnessed ! imita. tions are always inferior to originals. A word to the wise is sufficient. 2. ITALIAN MONK-ditto-Children in the Wood.
-4. (For the benefit of Mr. Elliston) Othello by Mr. Elliston ; Desdemona, Miss De Camp-No Song No Supper.
Mr. Ellison's Othello, we trust, will not foon be repeated. In contemplation of lago, we lost all recollection of Palmer: Charles Kemble played with unusual juftness and spirit; and Miss De Camp furpassed the expectation of every one present. In her dying scene, the tragic ahs! and chs ! were too predominant, but, with this exception, we do not recollect a more faithful, or more pleasing representative of the character. Some of the inferior performers were such as could not fail in exciting the risibility of the most serious audience.
5. HEIR AT LAW-Quarter of an Hour before Dizner-Purse.-.-6. ITALIAN MONK--Sylvester Dag.,
gerooster gerwood --Peeping Tom.-7. SURRENDER OF CALIS-Children in the Wood.
In the fencing scene between Walter and Oliver, Mr. Caulfield received a dangerous wound in the face, which, at first, occasioned apprehensions of the lots of fight; but we believe he is in a fair
recovery. 8. First time this season The Jew Agreeable Surprife.-9. ITALIAN MONK ---Guardian.
A Miss Stuart made her first appearance this evening in the character of Harriet. She possesses an engaging figure, considerable diffidence, and much goodsense. Several circumstances, extremely injurious to a first appearance, operated against her. Mr. Palmer, on what account we do not wish to infinuate-we are sure it was not an illiberal one, was under the necel. sity of reading his part. The dress of Mr. R. Palmer was strikingly uncharacteristic. These difficulties, however, were surmounted, and she has since repeated the performance with additional success.
Miss De Camp was so much indisposed, that Mrs. Gibbs was under the necessity of reading her part in the play.
11. (For the Benefit of Mr. Jewell) HEIR AT LAW-Sylvester Daggerwood-Village Lawyer.12. ITALIAN MONK -- Rofina. 13. HEIR AT LAW-Guardian.--14. ITALIAN MONK_Village Lawyer.--15. HEIR AT LAW--Sylvester Dagger. wood-ditto.
THUS CLOSETH THE SEASON !
Mr. Sheridan it is said, is to have the superintendance of Drury Lane green-room.
The Birmingham theatre closed on the isth of September, after a very successful campaign. The prin. cipal novelty which we feel ourselves loudly called upon 10 notice, was the appearance of Miss Murray (daugh.
ter of Mr. Murray of Covent Garden) in the difficult part of Palmyra, in the tragedy of Mahomet. Her representation of it, for a girl of only fourteen years of age, was truly great. Her person is elegant ; her face handsome, and her countenance strikingly expressive : her voice is melodious and full; her articulation itzung, and her delivery ftrictly correct. She gave to the character its full consequence and interest; and the pathetic speeches, particularly, “came mended from her lips. Some gentlemen who witnessed her performance, have had a very elegant medal cast to be prefented to her, in honour of her success. She has since performed the part of Jefe Oatland with equal applause; and given to it all the elegant and chaste fimplicity which the character requires. From this specimen of her powers, we doubt not but the will soon become a valuable acquisition to either of our winter theatres.
LITERARY AND PHILOSOPHICAL
MR. BROWNE, THE TRAVELLER.
From his descriptions, it appears that that proud remnant of antiquity, the temple of Jupiter Ammon, is still in a high itate of preservation. Besides penetrating into the desarts of Lybia to discover this temple, la celebrated by Lucan, Mr. Browne has explored those districts visited by Bruce, when he discovered the source of the Nile, on the 4th of November, 1770, as well as Abyssinia. The travels and defigns of Mi. Browne will, probably, foon appear, and prove a valuable acquisition to the republic of Jetters; they cast an important light upon the districts in the interior of Africa,
THE CHEVALIER DE LA BARRE, A French gentleman, who has spent twelve years in the East, and, in the course of his travels, has visited Babylon and Persepolis, is preparing an account of his tour, which the disturbances of his native country have prevented him from giving tooner to the world. Amongst the antiquities which his researches have discovered, are several volumes of parchment, filled with characters hitherto undeciphered, and an emerald of two inches long, containing the figure of Alexander; engraved with such exquisite art, as only to be discernable when placed in a particular point of view between the eye and the light.
ANTIQUITIES. A very curious discovery has lately been made by one of the best antiquaries and historians of Ireland, among the papers of the celebrated Irish patriot, Mr. Molyneux, who died in 1699, of a branch of the royal society eliablished there, and corresponding with them from 1652, till fir I. Newton was president of the society; this circumstance was not known when the Irish academy was incorporated in 1686. From a print of the Giant's Causeway, pinted and engraved by their order, in 1797, it appears, that fir Cyrile Wyche was president; Dr. Alhe, bishop of Cloync, and William Molyneux, esq. vice-presidents of the Dublin philosophical society. Some rare tracts have also been found among the papers of Dr. Huntingdon, who was a great traveller, and provost of the university of Dublin in the reign of Charles II.
A person in Lancashire is said to have invented a perpetual motion. His method is, by condensing the weight of the atinosphere on a vacuum, formed by means of an air-pump on a wheel, to the axle of which, when a toothed segment, or any other machine is affixed, it will give instant velocity.
THE COMET. FROSTON, AUG. 20. The comet was first seen by Mr. Walker, at half past eight at night, on Friday the 18th, nearly in the pole of the ecliptic; composing a rhomboides or lozenge Inaped figure, with ß and ry Draconis, and a star of the fourth
magnitude in the left heel of Hercules. It was then diftin&tly visible to the naked eye as a faint itar. With a good telescope, it appeared to most advantage when a power of about 40 was used. Is was then a diffused milky haziness, like the nebula of Andromeda. It has since been rapidly changing its position. About one, this morning, it had moved near 14 degrees. Its motion, in the twenty-four hours, had been about 12 degrees. To-morrow night it will probably be near a ophinci, and may be expected to pass the ecliptic in the first degree of Capricorn, not later, probably, than Wednesday or Thursday evening. From its apparent path, and the earth's place in its orbit, it seems likely to be visible till near its perihelion, towards which it appears to be descending. It probably may become very conspicuous in its ascent from the sun. But farther observa. tion, to which the weather threatens to be unfavourable, is required towards estimating what we may expect concerning it.
At present these are its most observable circumstances. When measured by an excellent micrometer wire, to an achromatic of Dolland's, the diameter of the diftin&t white light was two minutes 30 seconds, and that of Jupiter being then 47 seconds, so that its apparent diameter was rather more than three times that of the planet. The whole extent of the faint vague nebulosity might possibly he four or five minutes.
It had no distinct nucleus; but its southern side was most luminous.
A star or two was seen through the haze of the comet. It was less conspicuous to the naked eye last night than on the evening of its discovery.
Nine, Sunday night—The comet visible, at leaft equally with last night's appearance. Sky cloudy and very unfavourable for ascertaining its place. Įts rate of progress towards the ccliptic appears diminished.
Quarter before ten, Sunday night.--Comet diftin&tly visible to the naked eye. It was beyond the bright ftar Lyra, and had advanced six degrees towards the ecliptic since the laft nigiii's observation, and was near the triangle of stars in the Left hand of Hercules,