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Review of, and Extracts from, the Poems of

................. 129 The Trial of Beauty

****............ 130 Friendship.

..................... 131 Stanzas on returning a Miniature ........... 132 Lines to a young Lady




Drury-Lane -Sketch of the Tragedy of

137 Covent Garden --Commencement of the Oratorios

it. European Saloon.-Entertainments by Miss Macauley

139 FRENCH THBATRICALS. Theatre Français.-Outline of Le Mari et l'Amant

Second Theatre Français.--Of Voyage à Di-
eppe .................................................... ib.

Review of Scheming; a Novel .................... 139
Advice to the Physician

............ 140 Plot against Plot ..................... 149 The Disappointed Authoress ........

ib. Palmyra and Flamine

ib. Works in the Press..... ...................... 143 Births, Marriages, and Deaths .............. 144

Explanation of the Prints of Fashion. No. 1, English Ball Dress

..................... 132 No. 2. Parisian Ball Dress

133 General Observations on Fasbions and Dress..........

ib. Cabinet of Taste; or Monthly Compendium

of Foreign Costumes.-Costume of Paris 134


We have received some lines lately, for our Poetical department, which are so wanting in poetical merit that we cannot possibly insert them.

We have too frequently repeated that all contributions to La Belle ASSEMBLEE are expected to be post paid; we now beg leave to iuform our Correspondents that unless they are post paid they will neither be received nor inserted in our Magazine, nor shall we take the trouble hereafter even to notice such an omission.

Mrs. M.Mullan's contributions will appear in our next.

Our highly respected Caledonian Correspondent has certainly misinterpreted the manner in wbich we expressed ourselves concerning her contributions; which we have ever duly appreciated, and which, highly sensible of their value, we are always happy to receive.

We hoped that Deguir would, as we requested some months ago, have improred his poetical talents before be sent us any more of his love-sick effusions. Nothing requires sweeter numbers than the subject of love. The lines on Caroline's arm being broken, have not sufficient poetical merit for our Work.

Owing to the pressure of new Publications sent for notice, we are compelled to defer the review of Petrarch and Laura, with The Mother's Medical Assistant, till our next Number.

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a few and improved series.



Pumber One Hundred and Forty-seven.


ew "There is a naivete about this young lady

Tais young lady, whose vocal abilities other of our two great national Theatres ; are certainly of the first order, is a vative of and we have the high satisfaction of findSomerset; and she made her very first | ing, that merit “ will win its way," almost debut a short time ago, this season, in the unaided, and truly inexperienced. character of the first Violetta, in the new piece of Don John; or the Two Violettas, which interests every one, at first sight, in at Covent-Garden Theatre.

her favour. In person, we find in her a Notwithstanding the disadvantages a

strong resemblance to Miss Stephens, of person totally unused to the stage, and bav- whom she speaks in the warmest terms of ing seen but a very few theatrical represen- gratitude, for the very kind assistance af tations, must bave laboured under, yet Miss forded her by that charming vocal per. Hallande, though naturally embarrassed

former, in getting through the arduous at a first appearance in such a theatre, and task of what was literally a first appear. before a very crowded audience, sustained

ance in public. the character she undertook in a manner

At the desire of Miss Hallande, Miss that gained her universal applause ; her DRUMMOND took her likeness in the chavoice and execution gave much pleasure to racter of Violetta. The merits of Miss her admiring hearers; and she was una- Drummond stand in need of no eulogium nimously encored in all her songs.

from our pen ; her fame, as an artist, is alMiss Hallande cultivated the fine talents | ready established; and the striking resemshe had received from nature, by taking | blance her portraits bear to the originals is instructions of ovė of the lay vicars of | justly appreciated, and universally acknow. Worcester cathedral, but his style of music, il ledged.* as may well be imagined, was not that which is adapted to theatrical exhibitions ; * We have scarce ever experienced a keener yet it has laid a fine foundation for the degree of regret, since the publication of our exercise of Miss Hallande's powers. Sa. 1) Work, than that which we felt last month, cred music must certainly, hy its' grandeur through the disappointinent inflicted on us by and sublimity, be of infinite aid in afford

the Engraver; which caused the Portrait of

Miss Wilson to contradict the true biographiing that expression without which vocal

cal sketch we had drawn of her on the contem. music loses all its charms.

plation of her attractive forin and countenance. It was on a festive Occasion that Miss Miss DRUMMOND, under some disadvantages, Hallande paid a visit to a friend at Wor. had, notwithstanding, made a sweet and striking cester : and from frequenting, at times, likeness of that charming singer and performer. the Theatre there, a sudden impulse made the fault, we repeat, lay wholly with the Enher resolve on embracing a theatrical life. I graver; and we hope our readers will accept

this apology for an accidental blemish in out She took a lofty aim, determining to make | Magazine, such as, we trust, will never disgrace ber professional engagement at one or it in future,





of France, to perform on him a very serious Sixtus, in order to surprise some ban operation. The Cardinal said to him,ditti, went out in the woods disguised like

“ You must not expect, Sir, to treat me an old man, with an ass laden with wine. in the same rough manner as you treat your The robbers, of course, seized him, and poor miserable wretches at your hospital made him turn the spit in their cave while of the Hotel Dieu."-"My Lord,” replied they examined the wine. Sixtus muttered M. Boudou, with great diguity, “every to himself that he saw them do that with one of those miserable wretches, as your much pleasure.—“What say you?" said eminence is pleased to call them, is a prime they. “Only that I shall eat with pleasure minister in my eyes." when the roast is done.”—“So you may, but we shall drink all the wine ourselves." “ Alas! gentlemen, wine is not made for Voltaire, who was the greatest of a poor man like me, who only carry it | flatterers to Kings and great men, bad about for others, and who will, perhaps, written some verses on Monsieur de Choibe put in prison for my misfjrtune in losing seul, when that minister was at the height this, which is precious.” So saying, he of favour; he also wrote complimentary returned to his office by the fire. At length verses on Monsieur Maupeon, who sucthe meat was done, the supper eaten, and ceeded Choiseul; the latter, to show his the wine drank, to the great delight of contempt of such time-serving behaviour, Sixtus, who had mixed opium in it; and, had the lead of Voltaire represented on a as soon as he saw the band fairly asleep, I weather-cock on one of the wings of his he whistled; his soldiers came up, and the chateau at Chanteloup. thieves were every one taken.





MAINTENON. Dr. Young was always particularly There was every reason to believe that earnest in whatever he was doing; preach- | a certain lady in the Abbey of Moret was ing one day at the chapel royal before a daughter to Louis XIV.; she was very George II. he observed his Majesty to be brown and very much resembled his Maremarkably inattentive. The Doctor raised | jesty ; who, when he placed her in the his voice; still the same inattention; the convent, gave her a portion of twenty preacher raised his voice still louder; when || thousand crowns. The idea she bad of finding that ineffectual, he burst into a her birth made her very proud, of which flood of tears.

the superiors often complained. Madame

de Maintenon, on a journey to FontainANECDOTE OF DR. JOHNSON.

bleau, called at the convent, and willing Dr. Jouxson once being at a concert, to inspire her with more humility, endeawas observed by a musical friend to be voured to banish the opinion that nourishextremely inattentive, whilst a celebrated ed her pride.“ Madam," said the nun, solo-player was running up the divisions “ when a lady of your rank takes the trouand sub-divisions of notes upon his violin. ble to come on purpose to tell me that I His friend, to induce bim to take greater am not the King's daughter, it fully connotice of what was going on, told him || vinces me that I am." how extremely difficult it was. “Difficult, do you call it, Sir?" replied the Doctor; “I wish it was impossible."

Addison could easily communicate what

he knew. When he had taken bis resoANECDOTE OF M. BOUDOU.

lution, or made his plan for what he deTuis eminent surgeon was once sent for signed to write, he would walk about a by Cardinal du Bois, then prime minister room, and dictate it into language with as


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