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THE NEW YEAR.
In the full tide of ecstacy, rejoicing
But ah! how different is the gloomy scene
Yet, oh my country! 'mid the wreck of worlds
LAST SCENE IN THE LAST ACT OF A FARCE
CALLED THE CABINET, AS PERFORMED BY HIS MAJESTY'S SERVANTS AT THE THEATRE ROYAL IN D-N-G STREET, WESTMINSTER.
[From the Morning Chronicle, Jan. 12.] Enter His Grace the D- of P-D, reading a
Dispatch. HOW very odd that Bonaparte should leave Madrid
in such sloppy weather! L-E-N. I'll be bound to say, that no inan in his senses would travel with the roads in such a state; at least, if he does, he must take four horses, and that would prevent me at any time.
L-M-E. Not one of my brothers would believe me, when I said, if Bonaparte did march this weather, he would be “ over shoes, over boots ;" but they all laughed heartily, and called it a good joke.
Mr. S-Y-G (with a sneer.) I told ye all we should be in the mire, and not Bonaparte.
Earl of L-L (wiping a tear from his eye.) Ay, my poor father's last words were, Hawkey, Hawkey, Napoleon will be too much for all of
you respect whatsoever."
Earl of W--D (tumbling into the room.) Why, who the d-would have thought of all this !
Earl C-N (shaking his head like Lord Burleigh.)
Earl B-T (reeling, with a bottle in his hand.) I knew Bunaparte was quizzing us all the time, but we'll be even with him, I warrant you. [Exit, singing, “ This boitle's the sun of our table," &c. &c.
Viscount C-H. If we could but have agreed at first upon the commander that should have been sent out, and the ordnance office and cominissariat had done their duty, this ne'er had happened. But the armistice and convention of Cintra, and the three
BONEY'S PROCLAMATION, commanding officers all in one day, has been mine and my country's ruin. (Weeps bitterly.)
Earl of C-H-M (aside.) Had I been appointed to the command, there would have been heavy ordnance enough.
Right Hon. S-RP-I (in a peevish tone of voice.) We must bring an action against the commissary general, eject Bonaparte from Spain, arrest his whole staff, and file a bill against the Supreme Junta unless this is done, before term ends, I will resign,
[Exeunt omnes. N. B. A tragedy is in rehearsal, and will be per.. formed on the 19th instant.
BONEY'S PROCLAMATION; OR, BROTHER
JOEY OR I.
A NEW SONG.
[From the Morning Post.]
Decree by this here Proclaination,
But if they refuse
And with regeneration comply;
They shall have no king, d-me! but I.
And o'erwhelm them in torrents of evil;
That scoundrel Cevallos
For exposing my plottings so sly;
NEW READINGS FROM OTHELLO.
Those curs'd British clans, that mar all my plans,
And thwart e'en ny deepest inventions,
My wrath I will lease
For crossing my purposes high;
EDITOR OF THE MORNING CHRONICLE.
I HAPPENED to be rummaging among some old
plays, the other day, when, by good luck, I found a very curious
copy of Othello, interspersed with nanuscript notes, and in perfect condition, except that it is rather worm-eaten, and has lost the title-page. The first leaf has suffered most severely, and I regret it the more, because it contains the following remark. able deviation from the authenticated text of Shakspeare:
“ For certes, says he,
Is all his soldiershippe. But he, Sir, had the election." The imperfect part of the fourth line, Vi... Cas....
may be easily construed into Michael Cassio, as the V, when perfect, was most likely an M. But where did the printer get the words “ tautologician," and “ Irishman?” I should be glad if any of your intelligent readers who may happen to possess a similar copy, in better condition, will inform me, through the medium of your widely circulated paper, what is the printer's name, and the date which the imprint bears.
I am, Sir, yours, 9th Jan. 1809.
[From the Morning Chronicle, Jan. 16.) MADNESS.-One of His Mys principal mem
bers of the family and domestic c-b-t having required information from the royal college of state physicians, relative to the prevalence of this disorder, occasioned by the bite of the Cintra rat, which, at this moment, is known to be spreading its baneful effects over most of the counties and borough towns of the United Kingdom, the College are directed forthwith to report, for His M-y's information, such facts as may have appeared to them upon inquiry, with a view of remedying this evil. All country physicians, surgeons, apothecaries, rat-catchers, and horse-doctors, are requested to communicate, previous to the 19th instant, by a letter addressed to the secretary of the royal college, Ty Chrs, W-l, an account of such cases as have fallen under their personal observation within the last four months. The symptoms which have shown themselves most prevalent amongst M-b-rs of P-t are those of extreme apathy and disinclination to attend to public business, together with violent spasmodic affections of