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to be striving-wealth? This is the first and most widely operating cause of mental labor and excitement."
That the above is literally correct, will be readily acknowledged. But now for a hint to snuff-takers :
"Snuff-taking is an uncleanly habit-it vitiates the organs of smell; taints the breath: ultimately weakens the faculty of sight, by withdrawing the humors from the eyes; impairs the sense of hearing; renders breathing difficult; depraves the appetite; and, if taken too copiously, gets into and affects the stomach, injuring in a high degree the organs of digestion."
After this, if people will persist in taking snuff, they must also take the consequences.
A Series of Colored Views in the Isle of Wight, from Drawings by the late F. Calvert. Nos. 1 and 2. 4to. Pigot and Co.
A very beautiful work; publishing monthly, and to be completed in eight parts. The drawings are particularly well colored, in aqua-tint, by Percy Roberts; and the designs by the late F. Calvert are spirited and correct. The view of Alum-Bay is strikingly effective, the various colored strata being clearly and accurately defined.
The Pilgrims of the Thames. Part 6. W. Strange. It is a somewhat singular circumstance, that this work is written by the father, and illusThe trated by the son. 'Pilgrims' have been before the public six months; we need therefore only say that, in this part, they continue their peregrinations, and meet with adventures 'wondrous strange.'
Of Mr. Egan, junior, we have a high opinion. We have had an eye upon him some time; and are pleased to see that experience is rapidly maturing his powers. With care and attention to the minutiae of his art, he will, ere long, rank high in the profession. There is an etching of his, in Webster's Acting Drama, that is not far
remote from excellence. By the way-the tale
of the Match Girl,' in this number of the 'Pilgrims,' is a curiosity. It is the best thing we have read, by the Author of "Life in London."
The arrangement of our Paper will not allow of the insertion of an article we had prepared, on the subject of "Magazine-Day," -a subject of universal interest, we therefore postpone it till next week. It contains a number of strictures on an article, bearing a similar title, which was recently furnished to Chambers' Edinburgh Journal, by Mr. Grant, author of "The Great Metropolis." Like both volumes of the lastnamed publication, it is full of inaccuracies; bears the impress of hurry, and guesses at truth, -two faults of so glaring a nature, as to require correction. Our Faper being a literary one, we purpose ourselves administering the chastisement. We therefore bid Mr. Grant adieu, au revoir.
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"See that the Players be well used."-Hamlet. "Nothing extenuate, nor set down aught in malice." -Othello.
There has been a great lack of decided novelty at the theatres this week, although the public has had no excuse for complaining of the want of attraction: the baits, however, held out to playgoers, require but little comment on our part; consequently we are furnished with a
very desirable opportunity of speaking at large, concerning matters upon which it is necessary that there should be a perfect understanding between our readers and ourselves.
If it be expected that, in our future theatrical papers, we shall furnish those tid-bits of scandal and blackguardism which are received with so high a relish in certain quarters, we cannot too soon disabuse the public of such an idea: our object is criticism-honest, fearless, sound criticism. The play and the actor will alike be subjected to the use of all our powers, but without any of their abuse; and whilst we shall view with microscopic eye, the smallest imperfection, we shall be equally watchful with a telescopic eye, to bring to notice the most distant beauty. Unawed by power, unswayed by interest, undisturbed by faction, we shall pursue one undeviating path in pursuit of truth, and with a proper consciousness of our fitness for the task, we at once offer ourselves as a Guide to all readers, bent on the same discovery. We repudiate the cant that playgoers should be left to judge solely for themselves; unfettered, they ought, of course, to be; and where the merits or demerits of what they witness is tolerably apparent, they are entitled to the free expression of opinion; and, whatever be their fiat, the duty of managers is to submit. But what is to guard them from imposition? Can we judge of false diamonds without the lapidary? Of base gold without the
"Dramatic Sauce;"" THE IDLER'S Highly Flavored Theatrical Zest," or, in any other manner that its pungency and taste may deserve. Be it termed as it may, however, our readers may rely on something grateful to all palates, and with this undertaking, we bring our long exordium to a period.
We have elsewhere stated that novelty has not been the order of the week; and to bear out the assertion, we submit the following journal of dramatic affairs to notice. DRURY LANE, TAGLIONI, in La Sylphide: often seen before, but worth beholding a hundred times again. The prices have been raised, and, consequently, there are hopes that the legitimate drama may once more rear its head. The snake is only scotched, not killed.
smith? How, then, are those, whose opposite | fast ;" "The Concentrated Essence of Criticism;" occupations have withheld them from studying the elements of composition and acquiring a proper conception of its histrionic display, to penetrate the glossy gilding, which pretenders so frequently employ to make the coinage of their brains pass off for sterling metal? How escape the contagion of that enthusiasm, which the inflammatory plaudits of paid clacqueurs are so prone to excite? Many a man has joined in stamping with triumph, productions which after-reflection has taught him were utterly worthless; whilst others, when witnessing a piece thus undeservedly successful, are led to suspect the soundness of their own judgments,-solely because no honest critic has dared to give voice to the unfavorable opinion they have conceived. Be it ours, then, to essay a two-fold emprise-against bad taste, and in favor of neglected merit. will inform the absent of all that occurs in the great empire of Thespis; and we will use the utmost promptitude to lead or assure, as may be required, the opinions of those who, with ourselves, are present at the doings of which we shall speak. Neither private friendships, nor animosities shall intervene between us and the expression of our criticism. Like Achilles, we shall prove invulnerable, save in one point-not at the heart, for that has nothing to do with criticism; but at the heel as he was. When that be raised to crush an offender, we will forbear the blow-should the incapacity that provokes it, arise from managerial tyranny; from being thrust into uncongenial parts; from mortification at seeing one less worthy preferred; or from any other just plea, entitling the offender to mercy.
COVENT GARDEN.-Henry VIII. for OSBALDISTON'S benefit on Monday night and STRAFFORD and ION, on the subsequent evenings, -all well-known pieces.
OLYMPIC The last new piece of a Peculiar Position; with the Two Figaros, and the Rape of the Lock,-these need no comment.
ST. JAMES'S.-An opera produced the week before our birth, entitled the Eagle's Haunt, and a new piece called Jack Brag, must stand over until our next.
NEW STRAND.-This establishment flourishes under the management of HAMMOND in a most gratifying way. A new piece, The Tiger at Large, was produced on Monday, but a glance at the crowded state of our columns, will suffice to shew how impossible it is to speak of it this week.
NEW CITY,-The new May-day melo-drama, which was so successful ere our IDLER took his first saunter into the world, consequently the public knows as much about it as he does.
QUEEN'S,-Re-opened on Tuesday for the be
call for no remark; but we must not dismiss them without briefly adverting to MISS SHAW, who, in the burlesque of Cupid, sustained Mrs. Honey's part of Psyche, with infinite talent. Mythologists considered this nymph as an emblem of the soul; and if they were right, MISS SHAW proved herself Psyche all over; the essence divine' beamed through all she did.
In disavowing our intention of providing a feast on which for scandal-mongers to batten, or of indulging in vulgar attacks at every provocation, however slight, we would not have it inferred that the rod will be idle, or that we shall be lukewarm in the application of our remarks. When-nefit of MR. WILD. The pieces being all old, ever fools are the theme, satire shall be the song; we have a rap for the aberrations of genius itself; a fillip for folly, and a tweak of the nose for impudence. For pretension, unsupported by merit, we have the lash; for utter worthlessness, the steel; and for infamy, the brand. Not a serpent's tooth shall be sharper than ours, when we bite; but we will not mangle as we destroy, nor beslime our prey with the scum and sediment of an imagination, as some do, whose only lights proceed from the vapors of its rottenness. Possessing the strength of a giant, we shall use it in a becoming manner; toy gracefully with the victim whom we strangle; employ the most brilliant fire for those we scorch; and, when we do cut, the offender shall have the satisfaction of its being done with a weapon that is keen.
SURREY,-The Adelphi company, in a new piece called Abelard and Heloise; but the story is so old as to render its recapitulation unnecessary. 'Glorious John' abounded in mirth, and the evil' Spirits' which frequently disturb his repose, were kept entirely aloof.
VICTORIA, WARDE, in the different plays of Shakspeare,-attractive; but only so-so.
ASTLEY'S,-The Easter pieces; consequently, all the world has already formed an opinion on the attractions of the week.
One recommendation, in favor of our notices of the drama, will be their brevity: the most copious remarks shall be drawn to a single focusfor praise and censure, be it known, frequently concentre in a word. To employ a figure, we in- Coals.-Dr. Buckland, the celebrated geolotend to give the reader a relishing snack, and gist, considers that the coal beds in New South not an insipid meal. Our fare may be variously Wales, are alone sufficient to supply the whole named: as "THE IDLER'S Bonne- Bouche for break-present demand of England for 200 years.
BURFORD'S PANORAMA, LEICESTER SQUARE. We were yesterday admitted to a private view of Mr. Burford's new Panorama, of the Bay and City of Dublin; which is, perhaps, one of the happiest of that gentleman's scenic efforts. The view is taken from Killeeny, a hill of considerable height, about eight miles distant from Dublin, and so situate as to command a most extensive and varied prospect on every side. All who are in the habit of witnessing Mr. Burford's Panoramas, must be aware that any attempt at description must fall infinitely below reality; and that nothing but an ocular inspection can prove satisfactory. We will, therefore, only observe that every part of the beautiful scene is so complete, that nothing is left for the fancy to fill up,-every object successfully combining to promote a general harmony, and to produce one exquisite effect-the contemplation of which cannot fail of exciting in the mind of the beholder, a feeling of unmixed admiration.
The gentlemen forming the committee of management of the new National Opera-house, have already disposed of nearly one thousand shares, well for the commencement; but we hope that which, as far as £5000 are concerned, augurs the production of native operas is not to be left exclusively in the hands of Bishop and Rodwell. The Petruchio of Mr. Pritchard, as recently performed by that gentleman at Covent Garden, is second only to that of the late Mr. Elliston.
The Covent Garden Theatrical Fund Dinner takes place this day, at the Freemasons' Tavern. Among the Vocalists engaged are,-Madame Albertazzi, Mrs. Wood, and Miss Romer; Signor Puzzi, Giulio Regondi, and a host of other celebrated characters.
On Whit-Monday, Ducrow produces a magnificent Spectacle in the style of the Jewess, founded on Mr. Ainsworth's popular romance of Crichton. Mr. Franklin's admirable illustrations
of Crichton are to be represented as tableaux in the course of the drama.
The new theatre in Oxford-street is rapidly progressing. Ward is engaged for tragedy, and Tom Green for youthful comedy. Mrs. Waylett and Miss Murray will also give éclat to the es
to the musical direction. The house will open on the 14th of June.
We have to announce the death-the lingering death-tablishment, and the younger Cooke is appointed of the poor "Englishman." It had long been ailing, and living on the alms furnished by the Provinces. At last it was admitted into the arms of a Cheesemonger in Wellington Street, North; and in his arms it breathed its last-being overwhelmed and buried under a mass of waste-paper, it fell, and perished sub pondere suo.
The Provincial Joint Stock Company' met together on Wednesday evening, at the 'Hole in the Wall;' to bemoan the loss of their £35,000, and to sing a requiem over the ashes of their departed bantling. Mr. Clarke, Cheesemonger, was in the Chair.
The public ball, held at the Lowther Rooms
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MISS SHAW, of the Adelphi Theatre, has risen high in public favor. In consequence of the indisposition of some of the principal performers, she has more than once had to supply their place at a few hours' notice; and, by this accidental opportunity, evinced talent that would, otherwise, perhaps, have been kept in the background for years, owing to the "smothering system" so shamefully practised by our "acting managers."
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[Although egotism is by no means a distinguishing feature in our character, yet we are not proof against the good wishes of our friends. The following, therefore-albeit from an unknown correspondent-we readily insert; it being the least offensive to our modesty of all the communications we have received by way of gratulation. Whilst our readers are perusing it, we will withdraw behind the curtain :-] To the Editor of THE IDLER. SIR,-Success-triumphant and long-continued success-attend THE IDLER, and his Miscellany!
Though personally unknown to you, I have some years been your debtor,-not only for a hearty laugh, but for many hours of intellectual enjoyment-the materiel, sans doute, being furnished from your own fertile pen. I have, from your apparent ubiquity, and thorough knowledge of passing events, often heard you compared to "Cerberus in the play, who is there said to be "three gentlemen at once!" Be that as it may, you have the cordial wishes of myself, and, I should suppose, some thousands of others, for the complete success of your new and popular undertaking.
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[Our worthy correspondent assumes more, we fear, in our favor, than we deserve. At all events, he seems gifted with wonderful powers of intuition. It will be our future study to merit his good word.-ED. I.]
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Our BEST THANKS are due to the DIRECTORS-SECRETARIES-and MANAGERS of the various Places of Public Resort in London and its vicinity; also to the MANAGERS of all the London Theatres;-the whole of these gentlemen, with the solitary exception of Mr. ALFRED BUNN, Lessee of Drury Lane Theatre, having immediately replied, in the most gentlemanly manner, the compliment usually bestowed on gentlemen conto our written applications; and granted us, at once,
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An article under the above title, from the pen of Mr. GRANT, author of "The Great Metropolis," (a second series of which has just been published, as full of 'mistakes' as the first), having appeared in a recent number of Chambers' Edinburgh Journal-and being very incorrect in the statements it contains-we beg leave to set the public right, and to expose a few of its principal errors (to analyse the whole would alone fill our paper.) Mr. Grant says, imprimis :
"The point from which the magazines and other periodicals all start when their distribution is about to take place, is Paternoster Row; which, with that fondness for brevity of expression so characteristic of the people of London, is invariably called "the Row." The Row is not only the great, but the ONLY emporium of periodical literature on Magazine Day."
This is not the fact. The 'Row' is the emporium for the East-end of the town only. The