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them and the terriers. Some gene with most borrid inbospitality in tlemen of the neighbourhood were this part of the country-Devonpresent, who, together with the shire. huntsman John Roberts, and many
A CONSTANT Reader. of us old Bientotter-hunters, Ereter, July 24, 1815. agreed they had never seen so good a thing of the sort before. If you think this wortby your potice, you
THEATRICALS. will oblige an old huntsman by giving it insertion.
M. T. S. Brent, near Ashburton, Devonshire,
A New comedy, in three acts,
intitled July 23, 1815.
“ My Wife! What Wife?" was produced at this the
atre Tuesday the 25tb instant. It (FROM ANO is said to be the work of a Mr. CORRESPONDENT.) Barrett.
The dramatis persona
are as follow: MONDAY the Jotb of this month,
Governor Hurrricane... Mr. Mathews. the prime barriers of J; S. Pode, Colonel Gaytona
Mr. Jones. Esq. found a large dog oiter on the St. Evremont ............. Mr. Terry,
Mr. Russell. Aun or Avon river above Brent,
Padheen O’Callaghan... Mr. Tokely. which afforded most astonishing · Mrs. Gayton alias Mrs.? sport for upwards of tbree hours, St. Evremont
Constantia during whicb time the otter was
Mrs. Haywood. more on land than in the water,
St. Evremont, the ward of Go. and was at last killed in a meadow. vernor Hurricane (a very weak Jobn Roherts the huntsman, and copy of Cumberland's Governor the oldest otter bunters present, Tempest) had, early in life, become declared they bad never seen any enamoured of Constantia, the Go. thing to equal the day's sport.
vernor's daughter, who, with the N. B. Tbe hounds bad killed a approbation of ber father, received brace of otters tbe same day on the and returned the vows of her lover, same river.
A designing lady, however, who The hounds and terriers did bo- had conceived a great fondness for nour to their master, and to their St. Evremont's estate, defamed the buntsman, who deserves the thanks character of Constantia--and the of all Aly-tisbers and anglers of gentleman, in a passion, gave bis every degree, for having slain so band to the slanderer, merely for many of their rivals. Jobn ko. the purpose of mortifying the woberts, as a kennel buntsman, is equal man whom he supposed deceitful. to any one in the kingdom, and as [There is something ridiculous in an otter or hare hunter be is sur tbis-since, only, if Constantia passed by none in the field; he were innocent, coukl the marriage possesses every requisite necessary of St. Evremont afflict her. If for a bare hunter, patience, cou. sbe were as guilty as she was de rage, and perseverance ;
added to scribed to be, the desertion of her these, he has all the dash of a fox lover could give ber no permanent hunter, but alas, le cannot shew uneasiness. And yet the autbor his abilities for that best of all pos- bas made St. Evremont assign, as sible sports, as Reynarrl is treated a reason for his abandoning the
woman whom he accuses of false. house, disguised as St. Evremónt's hood and treachery, that bis mar servant, that he may act as second riage with another would fill ber to his friend. They proceed to with grief and despair.] St. Evre- Sap's bouse--but be declines fighte mont finds the lady be bas espoused ing. Here they find Constantia, to be a very devil-ber brain is a who has been obliged to leave her knot of ribbonsher beart a nest father's mansion, in consequence of serpents." He very naturally of the conduct of O'Callaghan, goes abroad, having sacrificed bis who, during tbe absence of Col. peace, as well as a great part of Gayton from the lock-up-bouse, his fortune, which becomes forfeit, personates him-anil, while siisas be has married contrary to his taining his new character, informis guardian's consent. Tired with Governor. Hurricane, for the pure wandering, he returns to London, pose of vexing him, tbat bis accompanied by Padheen O'Calla- daughter bas eloped with St. Evreghan, an honest Irish servant-and mont. The lady very naturally is very soon pursued by a party of upbraids her former lover and the those two-legged ferrets, generally Colonel, as the fabricators of this known by the appellation of bailiffs. infamous tale-but, Padheen O'. He seeks refuge from the harpies Callagban being closely interro. in the house of Governor Hurri- gated, declares the truth. And cane, ignorant that it is the resi- now, Mrs. Gayton, who, in condence of his old guardian. Here sequence of another of Padheen's he nieets Constantia, and a mutual lies, bas pursued the Colonel to accusation takes place. To put Sap's house, makes her appearance, an end to the altercation, Adonis where she is immediately recog. Sap, the cousin of the lady, calls nised as the wife both of Colonel in her father, an old gentleman Gayton and St. Evremont. Five " full of sound and fury," who years before she bad espoused the ahuses bis quondam ward, and or Colonel, who had soon forsaken ders bien out of the house. The ber--and four years had elapsed lady requests Adonis to watch till since she bad given St. Evremont the bailiffs are gone, and to give her hand. The latter, of course, due notice of their retreat-but, is unmarried; but he is not in love determined to revenge himself on with freedom. He immediately his rival (for St. Evremont, it plights his faith to Constantia, anil seems, had crossed bim in bis she, sweet saint, o'erlooks all bis course of wooing,) be introduces errors, and takes him to ber arms. the bailiffs, and St. Evremont is We are at a loss in wbat rank captured. In his captivity, be of the drama to place this producweets Colonel Gayton, an old tion. It is neither farce nor cofriend, who, like himself, is arrestmedy - but it approacbes much erl, in consequence of bis wife's nearer to the former than to the extravagance; Gayton, though a latter. In farce, we expect, howprisoner, and, we may infer, not ever hroad the humour, something overloaded with the gifts of for to excite a continuity of mirth. tune, pays the debt of St. Evre. But here, every effort to produce mont; and, as the latter bas re- laughter is followed by maudlin ceived a sort of challenge from Mr. sentiment. In comedy, we hope Adonis Sap, he leaves the spunging to see some prevailing folly, some
minor. vice, beld up to ridicule. is offended at the assumed coquetry. Here, there is an attempt, and a of Constantia, he bursts out with very poor one, to exhibit' to deri " Perdition be my portion, if I ever sion many of those English travel- speak to woman more !" an ex. lers, who, during the short period clamation which had nearly occaof peace, being utterly ignorant of sioned the perdition of the piece. any but their mother tongue, have The lighter scenes were by no resorted to the continent and re means remarkable for wito unless turned, much enriched by the ac- punning be entitled to that appel. cession of a few common-place lation. Here, too, some gross vul. expressions, which they utter in garisms attracted the censure of bad French. This is a fair subject the audience, and endangered the for ridicule--and the idea, though success of the comedy. Amongst not pew, clerives, from recent cir- these was an observation of Mr. cumstances, a considerable degree Adonis Sap, who, in challenging of force and importance. But the St. Evremont to fight, informs character of Adonis Sap, in which him, that " he has a pet pistol, this travelling propensity is at- called, die and be hd, which tempted to be exposed, is so mean, is much at his service.” Mr. Bareontemptible, and insignificant,that rett ought to read Jeremy Collier, comedy quite disavows it-it bas where he would find several very do living prototype. We now in- useful hints relative to the lan quire, wbat moral lesson is incul- guage which should be introduced cated by this production? There on the stage. On the whole, we is done whatever. The lady who consider the comedy, looking to marries two husbands, and beggars its best scenes, as a middling pro. them both, escapes unpunished, duction. The perfornyers played except the loss of one of her bus- with spirit. Mr. Jones, as Col. bands be a punishment~and St. Gayton, was light, airy, and viva. Evremont, wbose abandonment of cious. Mr. Tokely, who, for the his mistress, making every allow- first time, appeared in an Irish part, ance for the blandishments of an succeeded admirably as O'Callaartful woman, was ungenerous and ghan. Mr. Mathews and Mr. Rus. upmanly, receives, almost sans sell, as the Governor and Adonis ceremonie, as the reward of that Sap, made the most of two very abandonment, the band of the in- indifferent characters. Mrs. Hayjured girl, whose pride should bave wood was extremely interesting as spurned bis addresses. The cha- Constantia. A good deal of dise racters are drawn with a feeble approbation was manifested in the hand. Tbat of the Irisb servant, course of the performance, and, at O'Callaghan, is by far the best. its conclusion, the ayes and noes Though not necessary to the de. were very hoisterous. The comedy, nouement, be is one of the most however, was announced for repec prominent, and he certainly is the tition the next evening. most entertaining, personage in the piece. The diction, where senti. Drury-Lane and Covent-Garden ment is introduced, is, for the most Theatres, on closing the season, part, sufficiently polished; there intimated the absolute necessity of are, bowever, some strong excep- raising the pit admission in future tions. Thus, when St. Evrement from 3s. Qd. to 4s. This announce
ment has been received with some beer, tea and coffee are soli. disapprobation, and it is much Strangers, it is said, especially feared will produce another O. P. those who come from warm councontest, when the Theatres re tries and never saw any tbing of open in September.
the kind before, are astonished at The interesting Miss Foote the scene. Otbers, it is said, wlio passes some part of ber come from different parts of Eufrom Covent-Garden Theatre with rope, seldom go home again withber friends and relatives in Dorset out learning to skait, in order to and Devonshire: she is engaged practise it on their return. Men, to perform a few nights at Chel- women, and children in Holland, tenham, Swansea, Southampton, are equally expert upon the ice. Brighton, &c. where, from her A boorine or country girl skaits to superior talents, personal accom town with her milk-pails; many plisbments, and peculiarly fasci- traders and dealers do the same; nating manners, we bave no doubt and it is not an uncommon thing but she will be very attractive to to see a string of twenty or fivethe managers, and secure to herself and-twenty young people of both those great' and substantial pecu- sexes, holding each other by the niary advantages, which the public handkerchiefs, dart by you with of the metropolis have so univer- almost tbe rapidity of lightping. sally awarded her, and which can As for cutting figures whilst skaitnot fail to attend her during her ing, as the custom is in England, summer tour.
this makes no part of tbe amusement of the natives of Holland.
WINTER DIVERSIONS IN HOL
BETTINGS. LAND. THE deadest season of the year BETTINGS at Tattersall's on
Thursday, July 27. is the most lively in Holland. In winter the principal diversions here are on the ice. The better
3 to 1 agst Filho da Puta.
8 to 1 agst Sir Bellingham. sort of the people, and even the mechanics and the lower orilers, 14 to 1 agst Lord Fitzwilliam's
12 to 1 agst Agapanthus. can witbstand the cbarms of the
Mary c. finest day in summer, and keep at home close to their work and other 15 to 1 agst Little Thomas.
14 to 1 agst Fulford. avocations ; but the attractions of 16 to 1 agst Shepherd's Boy. a cold winter's day are irresistible: 20 to 1 agst Duke of Leeds's PanAll work is then tbrown aside, and
dolphus colt. out they go to some of the canals
20 to 1 agst Fugelman. and meadows, wbicb for two or three months in the year, are co GARDEN STAKES (SECOND OCTOBER vered with water. So many attend
MEETING.) these parties that the towns and 2 to 1 p. p. agst Partisan. villages appear to be abandoned.
4 to 1 p. p. agst Bluster. It is a kind of universal fair or 5 to 1 p. p. agst Don Cossack. jubilee; booths are erected on the 7 to 1 p. p. agst Quinola. ice with good fires, where wine, 5 to 4 Partisan agst Bluster.
OUTLINES OF A NEW BATHING of their wrath against Mr. Wynne's BILL.
Bill, have determined, early in the
next Session of Parliament, to inTo the Editor.
measure, by which YOU, Sir, as a tried friend to the bathing shall be placed under such
best interests of morality, must regulations, as to prevent, after it bave felt deep regret, in common has been passed into a law, the rewith ibat very modest body, the currence of those scenes, which, Watermen of the River Thames, at however they may be tolerated hy tbe success of a Bill introduced to the savages of Africa, are quite the House of Commons, in the disgraceful to a civilized commupresent Session of Parliament, by nity--wbich ought, in every in which the repeal of a very salutary stance, to sacrifice health and clause, in the Thames Police Act, cleanliness to the most rigid obprohibiting bathing in certain servance of decency. Immediately parts of that River, was effected. after the passing of Mr. Wynne's The clause to which I allude was Bill, a meeting of those who were inserted for the purpose of pre- bostile to the measure, took place venting wanton young men and at the Watering-house, Thames women from bathing in the street, Mr. Flood in the Chair. Thames-and, by the exposure of Here, after a short discussion, the their persons, in a state of nudity draft of a Bill, for the due regu(I blush when I think of such in- Jation of batbing, was agreed to decency) shocking the delicate an abstract of which, princifeelings of those, to whom natu- pally borrowed from the marginal ral prospects are offensive. If any notes, I subjoin. thing were wanting, Sir, to prove Tbe preamble of the Bill sets the utter lewdness and profligacy forth the necessity of forming a of the present generation, the suce body of regulations for the direccess of Mr. Wynne's Bill, although tion and control of all his Majesty's assailed, on one side, by the elo subjects, who sball, in future, quence of Mr. Wilberforce_elo. eitber from choice or necessity, quence that would have done bo. pursue the custom of bathing. nour to tbe late Dr. Huntington, The Bill may properly be divi. in his most persuasive moments ded into two parts—the first layand, on the other, by the petition ing down the general rules under 'of the Waterinen’s Company—a which bathing is to be permitted, petition which the muse of Tay- and wbich are chiefly intended to lor, the water-poet, would have fix a proper barrier between the been proud to acknowledge — two sexes, when employed in their places the fact beyond the power ablutions--the second appointing of contradiction! But sbort will particular bathing places for difa be the triumph of the immoral! ferent classes of the community. I bave tidings to communicate, The regulations proceed on the that will delight the hearts of all principle adopted by the Magisthose who would rejoice if a wide trates at Leith, hy whom it is ore spreading hydrophobia protected dered, that the bathing machines from pollution the waters of the appropriated to the use of gentleThames. Know then, Sir, that men and ladies shall not be brougbt those wbo opened the sluice-gates within fifty yards of each other. Vol. XLVI.--No. 274.