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ingenious, as it makes the most ridiculous after the other in a drawling plaintive tone, equivoques; and the letter of the German “My swe-et Lady Brantham, how gond this is Baroness is a chef d'oeuvre in its kind. of you to let us up; how beautiful you look
after your journey ; quite lovely-Swe-et That some of these characters are carried
woman!” to a degree that is rather outré cannot be denied; but then when broad farce makes its appearance in a tale that we know is Advice to the Physician, the Surgeon, the fictitious, its characters should be like Apothecary, and to their Patients ; with those exhibited on the stage, highly co
Notes and Illustrations. By a Physician. loured, or they would appear too tame. This pamphlet, which we earuestly re
Among the highly wrought scenes is commend to the careful perusal of all mothat which takes place between Mrs. Fawn-thers, is written after the manner of Dean well, the Russian Princess, and the soi- Swift, or rather more in the style of a very disant papa of the Greek church; but then excellent ironical work, entitled Advice to we should consider how great were poor Officers in the Army; and like the author Mrs. Fawnwell's provocations.
of that work, he who penned the pamphThe sketching of characters well, is one let before us is well skilled in the subject of the chief merits of novel-writing; the he has undertaken. greatest part of these in Scheming are well The best way, however, to prove the put together. That of Lord Alpomp, his merits of this work, is to lay before our son, Colonel Brayforth, the honest apothe readers the following extracts :cary, Mr. Williams, Mrs. Harland, with
GENERAL DEBILITY VERY FREQUENTLY AND her ambitious and disagreeable husband, and Lord and Lady Brantham, are admirably drawn, and true pictures of real dicated, send their patients indiscriminately to
“Some physicians, when change of air is inlife.
the sea side, forgetting that the air there, though Such is our opinion of these volumes, beneficial in some cases, is extremely injurious which we assure their author we read from in others, and that in some kinds of consumpbeginning to end, with much pleasure; tions it much hastens the catastrophe, and greatly
increases the debility of certain other invalids: from a work so abounding with satire, we
and there are many residents in sea-port towns scarce know how to give our readers any
who are never well, except when they go into extract; the following description of the the interior. There is no doubt that the larger Misses Philander, cannot, however, we proportion of the diseases, called consumptions, think, fail of being diverting; and of giv- are not from diseased langs, but from a nervous ing an idea of tbe writer's pictorial | atrophy, or general decay of the whole system;
and often made worse by repeated bleedings, powers.
and other lowering and weakening means, under “ Lady Brantham immediately rang the bell, the idea of tubercular diseases in the chest : a and desired the Miss Philanders to be shewn up, practice in either case so constantly followed by and op they came feathered and dowered,
a fatal termination, that it is a subject of astoscalloped and founced, puffed and plaited, curl
nishment that medical men have so long perseed and frizzed, whaleboned and padded, patched
vered in a mode of treatment which perhaps and painted. They bad buttons and loops, never cured a single patient!" lacings and braidings, tassels and tags, hearts and seals, chains and clasps, broaches and pins, bows and streamers; in short, all the signals of
CALOMEL, &c. distress which young ladies on the wape throw “ An absurd fashion, too, prevails, of praeout. Some of their trimmings were torn, and titioners prescribing excessive doses of calomel pins stuck here, and stitches there, to hide the in common and ordinary occasions-six or eight fractures, Light blue was mended with yellow, grains, for instance, are given often to adults, and pink with tea-green. Needles were stuck in and even children; one or two grains, for a dose, their sashes instead of pins. Their silk stockings may, indeed, be occasionally very beneficial. were mended with sewing cotton, and burst Let these calomel wholesale consumers, however, button holes in their muslin spencers were be reminded, by the way, that although many of stitched over with silk. All about them was their patients have obtained benefit in disordered tawdriness, rags, finery, bits, and contrivancies, livers and bilious indispositions, yet others have imitations, and attempts. And each with ex- been much injured thereby; such large qual. teaded hand, coming up to the Counless, soid, 'tities of calomel (or mercury in any shape) bar.
BAD EFFECTS OF EXCESSIVB DOSES OP
jog a tendency to enervate the constitution, by connive at English rhubarb, and other roots, stimulating and wenkening tbe fouctions of the being sold for the foreign ; and if you happen kidnies, and lessening their power to separate to meet with spurious bark, let it pass for ibe the aqneous part of the blood; thereby laying true sort, for you know this fraud encourages the the foundation for dropsy, and many other dis- growib of the British oak." cases, to wbich, otherwise, there was no predisposition." GARGLES, GENERALLY SPEAKING, HURTFUL.
(Parents should look well to these affairs in “ If, in addition to his other disagreeables,
the numerous preparatory schools, where the food Four patient should be troubled with a sore
in some (I had almost said many). is very scanty throat, it will furnish an opportunity for another
and ill-adapted-not sufficiently animal; and
where that unfeeling system is practised of pnarticle of the pharmacopeia ; you will, therefore, nishing children, for faults, with the loss of their send him a gargarism: and as these in general || dinner, the next meal is of no use to the child, use are either astringent or repelleni, or both,
his appetite being gone ; he then soon becomes it may delay the natural cure, by closing up the follicles of the membranes lining the throat;
indisposed, and the next day the apothecary pro.
bably will be called in. Who does not, therebut, if natore be left to herself, the abundant mocous discharge from the throat and fauces, || punishment ? And here we take the liberty to
fore, see the glaring impropriety of this mode of would quickly and naturally remove the sore
hint, that parents should stipulate that guverndess of itself: these sort of anxiliaries must,
esses of schools should not be allowed, on any bowever, be had recourse to, for the patient will not be satisfied upless the enemy is attacked at
occasion, to send for medical advice, without all points; and he will think himself neglected, the parent.”
instantly communicating the necessity of it to tbat bis throat is not to be treated with a gargle. In such a case, however, the dry one, being the In this pamphlet there are some very most innocent and most amusing (viz. a powder | useful observations, well calculated to becomposed of five grains of nitre, lwenty of white
nefit young children and infants. The sugar, and the sixth of a grain of white pepper, following extract is in confirmation of our shaken dry into the inouth, and swallowed gradually), will best answer all such purposes."
“ Prescribiog for children is dealing in the
dark, for they cannot properly describe their “ If you are popular among your brethren, || feelings and symptoms. Blistering, bleeding, you may be chosen one of the Censors by the emetics, and all other violent means used with College of Physicians; and you will act with children, are extremely doubtful, and suspicious little spirit, if you do not make this, your ap- of being useful, under any circnmstances ; but pointment, a complete sinecure. The inspection | generally quite the contrary. The anxiety of of the shops of the apothecaries, and an exami- the parents, when a child is ill, makes them nation of their contents, belong to your de. l) expect that the medical attendant sbould employ partment. But to do your duty would be a very every possible means that can be devised; and invidious and troublesome task, and deprive this leads to doing too much. In cases, tbereyour patients of much of your valuable tiine and fore, of great distress, pain, irritation, or fever, altention. You know perfectly well, Mr. Cen. in children, a plentiful dilution is of the utmost sor, as all the faculty do, that the shops of some importance; such as weak balm tea (sweetened of the apothecaries, and perhaps some of the and made with a single leaf to a pint), weak chemists, both in London and in other parts of || lemonade, common tea, orange juice and water, the kingdom, contain too many articles, falsely noa pareil infosion, and giving a sixth or a called pbarmaceutics,' that are specious, box- fourth of a grain of James's powder every three ious, stale, and good-for-nothing; and that, by or four hours; and occasionally, if still in great virtue and power of your office, you have an pain and distress, the tenth or twentieth of a undoubted right to seize, and throw them into | grain of strained opium may be given, in the the street : but do not be so rigid a censor-so forun of a pill of the size of the smallest pin's strict a promoter of the discipline of old times. head: either of these will be readily swallowed Shut your eyes against the ingenious artifices of wbon concealed in a little bruised sugar, and these shops, and shew your approbation of the shaken into the mouth out of a slip of paper, mode of recompensing themselves, by supplying || and immediately drank upon. The use of emol. their patients with spurious medicines, and mak. lient lavements must not be forgotten; and, as ing them pay for them the full price of those we compare pain, irritation, and fever to the that are genuine: remember that, as a true element fire,' quenchable only by water,' so Briton, and a good subject, you are bound to our sheet-anchor, therefore, consists in that encourage the growth of all British produce, and counter element, 'waler ;' not only industriously discourage foreign articles ; and let this prin. used internally, but also externally, viz. the ciple be a salvo to your conscience when you warm-bath, of ninety-four or ninety-five do.
CENSORSHIP OF THE COLLEGE A NULLITY.
grees; the foot-bath, of the same temperatare; and, in the character of Miss Critical, the the stomach, also, and other parts, being occa- authoress, is contained an excelleut satire sionally fomented. These we consider the best,
on scribbling female dramatists; Sharp, the certainly the safest, companions and resources of the sick nursery.'”
actor, who fancies all his own de-merits only faults in the manager's judgment,
is correctly drawn; and a resemblance to Plot against Plot; a Comedy, by Thomas the honest, unsuspecting merchant, Mr.
Wilson, Teacher of Dancing. Critical, is yet to be found amongst a few This is an amusing comedy, and pleases individuals of rich retired English tradesus better than The Disappointed Authoress ; men. Sally is a true picture of a chamfrom its being in prose. The plot is well ber-maid, wishing to forward the interests laid against the designing Jew; and the of her mistress, and sedulously alive to her characters of Sir John Tradeall, Abrams the Jew, and Mrs. Thrifty, the housekeeper, very fairly drawn; what we object to,
FRENCH LITERATURE. chiefly, in this comedy, is the introduction of so many servants on the scene; to be Palmyra and Flaminie; or, The Secret. sure they seem in a manner requisite to
By Madame de Genlis. Paris, 2 vols.
12mo. the plot; and, on the whole, we cannot but say that the piece has much merit, and Tuis last work of Madame de Genlis, some genuine strokes of humour,
may be classed amongst the best that her
pen has produced : deeply penetrated with The Disappointed Authoress; A Comedy, that spirit which reigns among the French,
the idea of the dangers and the abuse of in verse, by the same Author, written and which has prevailed from about the for, and performed by, his Pupils.
middle of the eighteenth century, Madame In an address to the reader, the modesty | de Genlis seems to be particularly fond of of Mr. Wilson has disarmed criticism of painting them, and combating against its sting: yet he must not plead that his them; on this foundation the greatest part heels are more gifted than his head; for of her works has been built; and such is his genius reflects no discredit on the lofty that of Palmyru and Flaminie, which is a situation of the latter.
fiction as ingenious as it is instructive; Yet we cannot but say, that the drama the success of which may be easily foreseen, before us would have pleased us better had and which is sufficiently proved by the it been in prose; and for the very reason rapidity with which it has gone through he urges, as by being in verse it would one edition. The style is pure give his pupils a habit of reciting poetical | graceful, and replete with delicacy. pieces ; but then they should be exercised The first letter in this romance is dated in repeating good poetry: the measure of in the year 1770; a period when it was The Disappointed Authoress sometimes of the height of fashion and the bon ton, to fends the ear, for even the poetical feet affect that enthusiasm and hypocrisy of are not perfect : at this neglect we are the feeling, for which they were obliged to more surprised in Mr. Wilson, as we are coin a word, and to call it cxaltation.credibly informed that several of his | It is the image of this propensity, then dances owe their music to his compo- | newly imbibed, that Madame de Genlis sition.
offers to us, in Palmyra and Flaminie ; she One word more in the way of criticisin, describes it as a contagion, leading real and we have done.
feeling astray; allying itself to candour ia We do not admire the initiating of young || dispositions naturally frank, and corruptpeople in the slang of bailiffs; which, || ing the artless innocence of the most pure though it may add to the humour of the and upright hearts. Madanie de Nantel
, piece, we think too vulgar for the adoption | the mother of Palmyra, is a model of this of youth, too prone to catch at what is ridiculous and dangerous mania, which singular or absurd.
had become epidemical in almost every This plot is, however, well imagined, Il society Palmyra becomes a victim to it.
This moral malady has produced such the chiefs who sacrifice them to their passerious consequences, and has had such sions apd interest? The observations of influence over the fate of the French, by the Countess de Genlis are generally foundthe direction it has given to their minds, ed on truths; but in one respect she seems by the perpicious delusions with which it to have departed from it: she says in one has filled most of their heads, by the ex. part of her work, that “ all the ladies of cuses it has furuished the most extravagant the Fauxbourg St. Germain are deceitful." with, by the veil with which it has con: What, all? That is saying a great deal ; cealed the worst designs, and the blackest and it is difficult to believe it exactly true, perfidies, that it has formed a subject well even in 1770. Exaggeration, however, in worthy the pen of Madame de Genlis general, is not the fault of the author of
The following is the picture she has Palmyra, who has no occasion to make her drawn of society in the year 1770, through thoughts appear outré, to give them effect. one of the personages of her romance :“ By dint of disconrsing on our feelings, by
WORKS IN THE PRESS, dint of refining on them or exaggerating them, we have arrived at the art of rendering them only Early in April will be published a rolip-deep: sentences, demonstrations, strikiog mance entitled A Tale of the Olden Time, scenes, the fervent desire of exciting wonder, to
by a Harrow Boy. be incessantly occupied with self, to make every
Sir Arthur Clarke is preparing for press spectator admire the delicacy and energy of one's soul, constitnte at this time all those violent at
a Treatise on the Sulphureous Fumigation tachments which are so much talked of. But the in Diseases of the Skin. forgetfulness of self, heroic and constant devot- Practical Economy, or the application of edness to another, what is become of them? All Modern Discoveries to the purposes of Dois a drama ; every thing is a fiction in that society | mestic Life, will appear in a few days. that you have for ever quitted ; and the few sensible, virtuous, and sincere beings which are yet to be found there, are only becoming victims. Every body affects exalted sensibility, and not
BIRTHS. withstanding, when the feeling is real, every body At the Countess of Dartmonth's, in Berkeleylaughs at it; and, in fact, of wbich ever nature
square, the Right Hon. Lady H, Paget, of a is the passion, wben it is expressed without art it
daughter. bas certainly something in it very ridiculous,
At his house, in Bedfordshire, the lady of the Its preventions, its enthusiasm, often not well Hon. and Rev. H. C. Cust, of a son. fonnded, inspire, I know not why, something
In Berkely.square, the lady of J. Bennet, Esq. Fery mach resembling contempt, let the senti- M. P. of a daughter. ment be as pure and legitimate as it will; ue
Io Portland-place, the lady of S. Grahain, Esq. laugh much less at affected sensibility: several M. P. of a son. persons support it to imitate it, others pretend a The lady of Lieut.-Col. Cowper, Montaguecalculation which, in their opinion, requires art
place, of a son. and ability; but, in general, we only see in true sensibility a certain blindness and want of vu
MARRIED. derstanding. I am persuaded that some time At St. James's Church, J. Fitzgerald, Esq. hence, if it may be for their interest to shew nephew to the Bishop of Limerick, to Miss King, themselves to be religions, the hypocrites at the of North Petberton, Somerset, bottom of their hearts would judge those who are At Laudford, in Wiltshire, T. Bolton, Esq. really devout after the same standard; for in their (nephew and heir presumptive to Earl Nelson) eyes they are only weak-minded people."
to Miss Eyre, daughter and sole heiress of the
late J. M. Eyre, Esq. of Landford House." These ideas, so just and exquisite, may
At St. Marylebone Church, H. Roberts, son of be applied to the hypocrites of patriotism, F. Saunderson, Esq. to Maria Anne, daughter of the false enthusiasts for public good, those the Hon. J.L. Olmins. political tartuffes ; do not they also regard By special license, at St. George's, Hanoverthose as weak-minded persons who have square, W. W. Wyndham, Esq. M. P. to Anna been carried away by their pretended ex
Eliza, danghter of Lieut.-General Slade, of
Mansell House, Somersetshire. altation; who, with firm belief, lose them.
At Rowsham, J. F. Mason, Esq. of Aldenham selves in the path they have traced, aud | Lodge, to Jane, eldest daughter of the late Sir follow with a sincere, though absurd zeal, 1 c. Cottrell Dormer, of Rowshans,
At St. Anne's Church, Dublin, Lieut.-Colonel At Simon's square, Edinburgh, Mr.J. Brown, Ensor, to Jane, third daughter of J. Parsons of | Genealogist to the King, Dawson street, Esq M. P. for the King's In Portugal-street, in the 87th year of his County.
w Mainwaring, Esq. many years Member At St. Andrew's, Holborn, Mr. R Willis, of and Chairman of the Quarter Sessions for the the firm of Messrs. Reid and Co. Liqnorpond- | county of Middlesex. street, to Miss Jane A'Court, second daughter of At Bath, aged 64, Jape, widow of G. Osbal. Joseph Tucker, Esq. Commissioner of bis Ma- | destone, Esq. of Hutton-Bushell Hall, Yorkjesty's Nary.
shire, only daugliter of the late Sir T. Head, of At St. Andrew's, Holborn, J. Dell, jun. of Langley Hall, Berks, and sister of Sir W. Enfield, Middlesex, to Miss Mitchell, of the same James, Bart. place,
At the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, Lieutenant
General G. Rochfort, Chief Firemaster to the DIED.
Royal Laboratory, aged 83. At bis house, in Bolton-row, aged 64, Viscount At Combermere Abbey, in the 20th year of his Chetwynd.
age, the Hon. B. H. S. Cotton, son of Lord In Devonshire-place, Sir C. W. R. Boughton, || Combermere. Bart. of Downton-hall, Salop, and Rouse Linch, Of apoplexy, in the 67th year of his age, Mr. Worcestershire.
W. Duncan, jeweller, one of the oldest inhabitAt Featherstone-cottage, Turnbam-green, the ants of St. James's parisb : be possessed a fine lady of Sir J. Carr, of New Norfolk-street,
taste as a connoisseur, and a collector of coins Grosvenor-square.
and curiosities of every description. In the 74th year of his age, Admiral West, a
At Tunbridge Wells, the Right Hon. Theodogreat invalid for the last twenty-five years of his sia, Lady Dowager Monson, widow of John, life.
the second Lord Monson, in the 96th year
of In Somers' Town, at an advanced age, R. Twiss, Esq. a gentleman long known in the
At Wrottesley, Louisa, second daughter of literary circles. His first work was Travels Sir J. and Lady C. Wrottesley. through Portugal and Spain, written at an early At his house, Thames Ditton, Samnel Hol. period of life, and which excited much nolice at
man, Esq. eldest son of Jobn Peacock, Esq. of the time of its publication. His next work was Bruton-street, Berkeley-square, in the 35th year A Tour through Ireland, in which he commented so freely on the manners of the natives, that lie
At Bourdeaux, R. H. Evans, Esq. Editor to excited their resentment, which they displayed the Parliamentary Reports for 1818 and 1819, &c. in a manner equally whimsical, humourous, and At bis house at Halifax, in the 63d year of his original. He successively published Anecdotes age, the Rev. Sir T. Horton, Bart, of Chaderat Chess, A Trip to Paris during the Revolution, || top-hall, in the county of Lancaster. and several other works. He unfortunately en- At Manor house, Peckham, aged 67, S. tered into the speculation of making paper from
Maxey, Esq. late of Aldersgate-street. straw, by which he ruined an ample hereditary
At his house, at Stratford, in the 66th year of fortune,
his age, W. Manbey, Esq. a Magistrate ot At Rockingham, in the county of Roscommon,
Essex. in the 88th year of his age, ihe Hon. Colonel
At Calais, aged 42, C. Burgh, Esq. of the King, of Ballina.
Pipe office, Somerset-place. At an advanced age, at his house in Gloucester. At Brighton, Mr. T. Turner, bassoon-player place, J. Youn, Esq. F.A.S. nearly forty years
in his Majesty's private band, to wbich be bad Treasurer and a Trustee of the Royal Academy, || belonged from its first establishment, thirty which situation he resigned last year.
years ago. J. Goddard, Esq. of Rathbone-place, aged 66. Suddenly, at Chichester, Mr. C. logram, aged He was taken ill when out walking a few days He was the father of the celebrated Mrs. since, and returned home in a coach, from which Mardyn. he was just able to walk into his own bouse, Lately, at Stonehouse, M. Clarke, in the but was speechless. Mr. Goddard was a cele
108th year of her age. She was horn at Dundee, braled swordsman. Many of our readers may in Scotland, and married there about eighty years remember he beat the Chevalier St. George, in since. Tea was her constant beverage ; and she a public assault, at the Pantheon, about the asserted, ibut she had never drank either beer or year 1784 or 1785.
of his age.
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