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Early next morning she came down, anxious to know what had passed the preceding night, when the parson, with a well-counterfeited terror in his countenance, told her he had been engaged in a terrible conflict, the deceased being one of the most obstinate and fierce spirits he had ever met with but that he had at length, with great difficulty and expenteuf Latin, laid him. Poor wicked soul! (says he) I forgive him, though great part of his disquiet is owing to thirty shillings, for tythes, of which he defrauded me, but which he desired, nay, commanded, you should pay, and on that condition only he has agreed to trouble the house no more ; he does not insist on your completing his promise to your son, but wishes you would at least let him have a share in the farm. To this the woman assented; and the parson received the thirty shillings over and above the stipulated guinea. The woman likewise admitted her son-in-law joint partner with her in the lease.
Among the good qualities the Rev. Mr. Patten had to boast of, that of a good paymaster was not included : on the contrary, fame spoke so unfavorably of him respecting this article that none of the Canterbury tradesmen would let him have a single article of goods without first depositing the ready money for it. Under this predicament, his wig had long passed through the mediun of strait hair to the state of curling negatively or inwards, or, in plain terms, was reduced to the condition of being only fit for a scare-crow : but how to get another was the difficulty--- he had not the money, and christian faith was wanting.
In this situation, he accidentally heard of a new peruke-maker from London, who had lately settled in the High-street. To him he went a little before dinner-time, and bepoke a full cauliflower wig: The barber, struck with the reverend appearance of his new customer (whose character had not reached his ears), gladly undertook to furnish him; and his dinner being ready, he respectfully begged the honor of the doctor's company to partake of it, and afterwards introduced a large bowl of punch. Patten ate and drank heartily,
and got into great good humour. When the bowl was out, the barber would have proceeded to business, and produced his measures; but Patten cut him short, and greatly surprised him by saying, " he need not trouble himself to measure him, he would get his wig elsewliere.". The barber, fearing he had taken offence at something that had passed at table, humbly begged pardon if he had been wanting in respect, protesting it was unintentional, and contrary to his meaning. “ No, no, Sir," "answered Patten, “ it is nothing of that : look you, you are an honest generous fellow; it would be a pity to take you inI should never have paid you for your wig, I will therefore get it elsewhere.”
A neighbouring clergyman, who pretended to great skill in the Hebrew and Oriental languages, shewed Patten his study, in which were books in alınost every language. “ And pray, brother, said Patten,“ do you understand all those different tongues?" On being answered in the affirmative, « One would think,” rejoined he, “ that you had got your head broken with a brick from the tower of Babel.
Patten long refused to read the Athanasian creed. The archdeacon reproving him for that omission, told him, his grace the archbishop read it. " That may be," answered Patten, “ perhaps he may believe it, but I don't: he believes at the rate of seven thousand per annum; I at that of less than fifty."
Patten, in his last sickness, was in great distress, which Dr. Secker hearing, sent him ten guineas by the archdeacon; to whom he made the following acknowledgment: “ Thank his grace most heartily, and tell him, now I know he is a man of God, for I have seen his good angels.'
STRANGE VENGEANCE TAKEN BY A MALAY SLAVE, AT THE CAPE, ON
HIS DUTCH MASTER,
THE slave having served with great activity and
cipation. His request was denied. A few days afterwards, he murdered his fellow-labourer and friend. Being brought before a commission of the court of justice, he acknowledged that the youth whom he had murdered was his friend, but that the killing him had appeared the most effectual way of being revenged on his master, and better than even the killing the master himself, because by robbing him of 1000 rixdollars by the loss of the boy, and another thousand by bringing himself to death, the avaricious mind of his master
would be for ever tormented for the remainder of his days.
The voluminous commentator, Burman, used to read out a certain number of pipes of tobacco. His countrymen at the Cape of Good Hope liave adopted the same mode of reckoning time when they flog the Hottentots. The government of Malacca also fog by pipes, and the chief magistrate and his as. sessors are the smokers on such occasions.
DRURY LANE. Jan. 10.
HE entertaining comedy of the Bella's
Stratagem was performed last night to a very genteel audience. The characters, particularly the female ones, were extremely well supported, Miss Pope, in Mrs. Rackett, and Miss Biggs, in Letitia Hardy, were excellent; Miss Campbell, in Lady Touchwood, played with much feeling and judgment. This young lady deserves to be, and no doubt will be, brought more forward. The new Scotch ballet of our dancing Days is a very pretty one, and was very well executed.
Jan. 29. The Veteran Tar, a new musical extertainment, was produced here for the first time. The fable principally consists in the shipwreck of an English vessel cn the coast, the escape of the captain's son, his love for Cicely, a pretty village
girl, the discovery of the rest of the crew's safety, and also that of his father, whose consent he obtains by gallantly boarding a French privateer, with the aid of his companions. The illness of Cicely's father affords an opportunity for introducing a ridiculous old Apothecary, who is the rival of the young tar.-In the dialogue there are several good sentiments, and a more than ordinary number of allusions to our naval glory, all of which were attended with applause, particularly the defiance of the old captain to the northern powers, which produced three loud and distinct plaudits. It is said to be the composition of Nr. Arnold; and the music, its great recommendation, is furnished by Dr. Arnold, his father,
This piece received some opposition on the first night of representation, but has since undergone some judicious alterations, and had a great run.
Feb. 12. The tragedy of Cymbeline was revived here last night. The scenery is beautiful, and the dresses are uncommonly splendid. Mr. Kemble in Posthumus, and Mrs. Siddons in Imogen, were received by a crowded audience with the degree of applause due to their merit. Mr. Barrymore's lacbimo was attended by reiterated marks of apo probation, particularly in the chamber scene. Mrs. Powel did justice to the triling part of the Queen, and the other performers exerted themselves with much success. The style in which this admired play is got up does great credit to the inanager.
Feb. 24. Deaf and Dumb,* or the Orphan protect, ed.--This evening a new historical drama, in five acts, under the above title, was performed at this
** The best translation of this play is from the pen of Benjamin Thompson, Esq. being No. 16 of the Ger. man Theatre, published by Messrs. Vernor and Hood, Poulury,