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Lower Egypt, with the addition of a district of coun. try which

shall have for its limits a line running from Ptolemais or St. John D'Arre to the Asphaltic lake or Dead sea, and from the south point of that lake to the Red sea. This position, which is the most advantageous in the world, will render us, by the navigation of the Red sea, masters of the commerce of India, Arabia, and the south and east of Africa. Abyssinia and Ethi. opia, those rich countries which furnished Solomon with 1o much gold and ivory, and so many precious stones, will trade the more willingly with us, that the greater part of their inhabitants still practise the law of Moses. The neighbourhood of Aleppo and Damascus will faci. lirate our commerce with Persia; and by the Mediterranean we will communicate with Spain, France, Italy, and the rest of Europe.- Placed in the centre of the world, our country will become the entrepot of all the rich and precious productions of the earth.

The council shåll offer to the French Government, if it will give us the assistance necessary to enable us to return to our country and to maintain ourselves in the poffeffion of it,-ift. Every pecuniary indemnification, 2dly. To share the commerce of India, &c. with the merchants of France only.

The other arrangements, and the propofitions to be made to the Ottomon Porte, cannot yet be rendered public; we must, in these matters, repose on the wisdom of our council, and the good faith of the French nation, Let us choose upright and enlightened deputies, and we may have confidence in the success of this undertaking.

o, my brethren! what facrifices ought we not to make to attain this object We shall return to our country--we shall live under our own laws we shall behold those sacred places which our ancestors illustrated with their courage and their virtues. I already see you all animated with a holy zeal. Ifraelites ! the term of your misfortunes is at hand. The opportunity is favourable-take care you do not allow it to escape.

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THEATRE-ROYAL, HAYMARKET. "HE historical play called the Cambro-Britons, is

now.published. The Reader, therefore, may peruse it with care, and form his own sentiments respect. ing its merits. For this reason we withhold any further criticisms on the subject. We are ever ready to assist the lover of the drama in estimating the productions of the stage, which, from their influence on the manners of the times, are well worthy of our attention. But when it is in our power, we prefer sending the curious in this department to the piece itself; for the perufal of it is the most satisfactory mode of becoming acquainted with its contents. Stripped of the charm which it receives from the spirited performance of actors, and from the fascinating decorations of the Theatre, we view it from the press with a more impartial eye, and form a founder judgment both of its nature and tendency.

August u. A new play, in three acts, entitled Falfe and True, made its appearance this evening, and is ascribed to Mr. MOURTRAY, the author of The Devil of a Lover.

DRAMATIS PERSONÆ.
Count Benini

Mr. Munden
Marquis Caliari

Mr. Barrymore
Count Florenzi

Mr. Trueman
Lealto

Mr. C. Kemble
O‘Raffarty

Mr. Johnstone
Tomaso

Mr. Davenport
Nicolo

Mr. D'Arcy
Juliana

Miss Heard
Lauretta

Miss Griffiths
Marchioness Veteria

Mrs. Davenport
Janetta

Mrs. Bland
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The title of this play, False and True, is founded on the feeming guilt of Lealto, the confidential servant of Count Florenzi, who, discharged by his master, in consequence of being convicted on proofs apparently strong of having robbed the Count, and designing to murder him, still preserves his fidelity unshaken, and succeeds in proving his innocence, by rescuing his master when he is on the point of being afsallinated by bravos, employed for that purpose, by his rival in love the Marquis Caliari. The scene lies at Naples, in Italy.

Of this dramatic piece we cannot speak in the highest ternts. · Yet we are free to confess that many of its parts are entitled to praise. The characters, indeed, are not new, but well drawn. A pleasant old man, a faithful fervant, a lover, driven on to revenge by an unrequited passion, and a blundering honest Irishman, must impart a degree of interest and entertainment. The acting of C. Kemble, Munden, Johnstone, and Mrs. Davenport was characterized by a correct animation.

The success of the play was heightened by the plaintive strains of Mrs. Bland, and Miss Griffiths acquitted herself with great propriety.

In the denouement of this play little skill is exhibited. The accomplished dramatist rouses the curiosity of the fpectators by the perplexity of the incidents, and when it is wound to the highest pitch, rapidly haftens to its gratification. With respect to the present performance we are sorry to observe that we suffered a disappointment. Its last scenes were inferior to those which introduced the play. We, nevertheless, acknowledge, that with several exhibitions of character we were much pleased. In all human productions there is a mixture of imperfection. But we are ever happy to applaud what is deserving of estimation, though justice requires we lhould not be blind to defects. In accomplishing our task difficulties occur, yet our duty to the public induces us to speak with freedom. The drama is a faithful representation of men and manners.

With such an

idea of it, we wish by our account of it to impart a degree of satisfaction to our Readers.

The following analysis of the characters in this play is added, because it illustrates its contents, and may therefore be acceptable :

Count Benini, an Italian rich old nobleman.

Count Florenzi, returned from the wars, in love with Indiana.

Marquis Caliari, the Iago-like friend of Florenzi, in love with Juliana.

Lealto, the honest and faithful servant of Florenzi.

O‘Raffarty, an Irish haymaker, who, after reaping his harvest in England, by his going on board a wrong vessel, was conveyed to Naples instead of his own country.

Juliana, the mutual object of affection of Caliari and Florenzi.

Marchioness Veteria, a rich antiquated and ugly old maiden.

The music, by Dr. Arnold, is entitled to considerable praise.

August 18. The very sudden and awful death of Mr. John Palmer, on the Liverpool stage, the second of this month, has engaged the attention and excited the sympathy of all ranks of people. He was acting a part in the play called The Stranger, and being asked by the representative of Baron Steinfort (Mr. Whitfield) where he had left his children.-- Poor Palmer, labouring under heavy domestic afflictions, felt the force of these expressions, fell backward and expired, exclaim. ing :

« Oh! God! God! There is another and a better world." These it seems were lines in The Stranger, and from their exprefliveness are to be inscribed on his tomb.

Mr. Palmer having left behind him eight children, this evening a benefit was given for the four youngest of them at the Opera-house, and we are happy to say, that the receipts of the House amounted to upwards of 700l. On this benevolent occasion the Heir at Law, and the Children in the Wood, were represented, and performed with uncommon animation.

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An Address, written by Mr. Colman, and alluding to the decease of Palmer, was put into the hands of Mr. Robert Palmer to be recited. But this Gentleman was overcome by his feelings, for after uttering a few lines, he was obliged to retire :

-“ Forgive this falling tear, Alas! I feel I am no actor here." The House was elegantly illuminated, and lent on the occasion, free of expence, by Mr. Taylor. Mr. Colman's Company volunteered their exertions with a generosity which merits high commendation.

LIVERPOOL.
August 13. A free benefit was given to the children
of the late Mr. J. Palmer; the Theatre was crowded,
and the following incomparable Address, written by Mr.
Roscoe, was delivered by Mr. Holman to the audience :

Ye airy sprites, who, oft as fancy calls,
Sport ’midst the precincts of these haunted walls !
Light forms, that float in mirth’s tumultuous throng,
And frolic dance, and revelry, and song,
Fold your gay wings, repress your wonted fire-
And from your fav'rite seats awhile retire !
And thou, whose pow'rs sublimer thoughts impart,
Queen of the springs that move the human heart
With change alternate ; at whose magic call
The swelling tides of passion rise or fall
Thou, too, withdraw; for 'midit thy lov'd abode,
With step more stern a mightier pow'r has trod
Here, on this spot, to ev'ry eye confest,
Enrob’d with terrors stood the kingly guest ;
Here, on this spot, DEATH wav'd th' unnerring dart,
And struck-his noblest prize- AN HONEST HEART!

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