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But low I bent my knees to pitying Heaven,
Yet think not now arriv'd the days of joy;
The Life of David Garrick, Esq. by Arthur Mura
phy, Esq. 2 vols. 8vo. 145. boards. Wright. THE name of Garrick is so interwoven with our,
I theatrical entertainments, that his life cannot fail of furnishing ample materials for instruction and amusement. Accordingly, soon after the decease of our English Roscius, a Biography of him was presented to the public, by Mr. T. Davies, then a bookseller in Covent Garden, Mr. Murphy, however, has now taken up the pen on the same fertile subject. Garrick it seems was his intimate friend - here he pays a handsome tribute of respect to his memory. i The substance of this piece of biography shall be detailed whether the reader be or be not a frequenter of the thcatres, he must find his curiosity aroused re. specting the history of this extraordinary man--and it shall be gratified.
DAVID GARRICK was the son of an officer in the army, and born at Hereford, on the 20th February, 1716. He even at school discovered talents for mimicry, and cherished his love of plays with great assiduity. In 1729, or 1730, he went to Lisbon to an úncle, but soon returned. He then came to town along with Dr. Samuel Johnson, (whose pupil he had been), in order to seek his fortune-he, however, be, came a partner with his uncle, in the winc-business, but the partnership was specdily dissolved. He now turned his attention to the stage, where he asterwards so eminently distinguished himself. He made his first appearance at Ipswich," under a feigoed name, and,
ericouraged by the success he there received, was em. boldened soon after to present himself before a Lond audience. He opened his career October 19, 1741, at Goodman's Fields, in Richard the 3d. and drew astonishing crowds, even from the west-end of the town-the whole way from Temple-Bar to the theatre being covered with a string of coaches! His fame being thus noised abroad, he went the ensuing summer to Dublin, where crowds so flocked to see him, that a fever was oecasioned-called Garrick's fever. On his return, he engaged at Drury-lane with wonderful success. In 1747 Garrick became a patentee of DruryLane, and thus was his ambition highly gratificd. He visited France in 1763, and did not return from the Continent till 1765, when he was received with acclamations of joy. He proceeded with astonishing eclat in his profession till the 10th of fune, 1776, when he retired from the stage, regretted by all-but he did not long enjoy his retirement, for in 1778 his health declined fast, and on the 20th of January, 1779, He died by which, to use the words of Dr. Johnson,
-the gaiety of nations was eclipsed! He was buried on Monday, Feb. 1si, in Westminster--his funeral was attended by a numerous concourse of all ranksand a monument, in Poets' Corner, was lately raised to his memory. Such is the history of this great man
for he must be pronounced truly great in his profession. The conclusion from the whole," says Mr. M. “is that our English Roscius was an ornament of the age in which he lived the restorer of dramatic literature and the great reformer of the public taste, In his time the theatre engrossed the minds of men to such a degree, that it may be now said, that there existed in England a fourth estate, king, lords, and commons, and Drury-Lane playhouse !"
This Life of Garrick is, of course, the history of the stage from 1741 to 1776--when he quitted it. The several plays acted during this period are specified, and even analyzed with ability. The amateurs of the drama will find, in the volumes before us, a rich source of entertainment. The Appendix, besides many original pieces of Garrick, contains interesting particulars of his illness and dissolution.
The specimens already given in our Miscellany, sliew the manner in which the work is executed. Mr. M. is a man of genius, and has been long known in the republic of letters. He has written the Life of Johnson, produced some dramatic pieces, and is the author of other works, by which the taste of the public has been gratificd.
The Chemical Pocket Book; or, Memoranda Chemi
ca, arranged in a Compendium of Chemistry, with Tables of Attractions, calculated for the oce casional reference of the Professional Student, as to supply others with a general Knowledge of Chemistry. By James Parkinson. Second edition, with the latest Discoveries. Symonds. 6s. Boards. THIS valuable little work we noticed upon its first
1 appearance in terms of approbation. The present new edition is still more valuable, because it contains numerous additions, made with accuracy and judgment. The variations to which the science of chemistry is subject, from the incessant investigations of the learned, render it necessary that a manual of this kind should be drawn up with an uncommon de. grce of industry. Such attention appears to have been paid in the volume before us. The frontispiece, exhibiting an economical laboratory and chemical characters, forms a most useful decoration to the work. .
An Epitome of Geography, arranged after a new
Manner, and enlivened by references to History,
In Three Parts. By John Evans, A. M. Master . of a Seminary for a limited Number of Pupils, · Pullin's Row, Islington. Symonds. Is.
F this publication, an idea may be formed from the O portion of it which appeared in two successive numbers of our. Miscellany. That portion, however, is here greatly enlarged and improved. The three parts into which Mr. E. has distributed his Epitome, (drawn up'for the use of his own pupils), are, 1. A sketch of the globe, with its general divisions. 2. The four quarters of the world analysed; and, 3. A list of the several counties of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. It is a kind of work which Dr. Vicesimus Knox scems to recommend in his excellent Essay on Liberal Education,
Mr. E. concludes the work in the following words:
" We ought not to close the survey of the TERRA: QUEOUS Globe without noticing the pleasing position of our own country, equally removed from the excessive cold of the frigid zones, and from the burning keat of the equatorial regions. Nor are we subjected to those dreadful gusts of wind which lay the forest prostrate, and consign both man and beast to destruction. An exemption from these tremendous evils is by no means the least of those mercies by which the British isles stand distinguished. A grateful heart, however, which ought to be produced by a comparison of our situation with that of other countries, is an ingredient necessary to our enjoyment:
: “A fairer isle than BRITAIN never sun
View'd in his wide career! A lovely spot
* Mr. E. remarks, in his advertisement - When the pupil has made himself master of the contents of this little Epitome, (which, though not faultless, has been formed with great care and attention), let him proceed to Butler's Exercises on the Globes, and the most recent edition of Guthrie's Geography,"