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For the EUROPEAN MAGAZINE. An Account of the Life and Writings of Mrs. ELIZAEETH INCHBALD.
(With a Portrait of Her.) THE THE Dramatic Muse has been parti- too powerful to subinit to the prudential
cularly favourable to the ladies. admonitions of the Manager, and she of the several species of literature in thorily afterwards went to Edinburgh, which they have essayed to rival their where the performed with fonte degree of male competitors, this seems to be a fa- reputation. vourite, and more than ordinary success. After being some time on the ftage, fub pursuit. To the numerous fernale the united herself in marriage with Mr. writers for the stage who have already Inchbald, who had performed one season, acquired fanie by the exercise of their ac least that of 1770, 1771, at Drurytalents, the present times have added Lane, but with lo little reputation, that fome whose works promise to afford en. at the expiration of his engagement he tertainment to generations yet unborn. did not obtain a renewal of it. This With the vivaciiy, fpirit, wit, and in occasioned his returning to the country, vention which have diftinguished former where he performed at various theatres, female writers, the present times have and in one of them met with Miss Simpseen what have sometimes heretofore son. The union between them was probeen wanting, sentiment and delicacy. ductive of that degree of harmony which The Behns, the Manleys, and the Cent. did equal credit to both parties, and livres of the laft, and early in the present seemed to ensure a continuance of that century, will obtain no advantage by a happiness, which is the result of a con. comparison with foine present ladies in the duct directed by prudence and affe&tion. chief qualities of dramatic composition They performed together at different In decency and propriety they must incur theatres both in England and Scotland ; i no fmall portion of disgrace.
and if credit is to be given to an account Mas. ELIZABETH INCHBALD, the of Mrs. Inchbald lately published, at one lady whose portrait adorns the present Ma- time made a trip to France for the regazine, is ihe daughter of Mr. Simplon, establishment of her health. After a few a farmer in the neighbourhood of Bury years Mr. Inchbald died in 1779, at St Edmunds in Suffolk. In her infancy York, where he was buried. The folher father died, and the early discovered lowing infcription to his memory, writa tafle for dramatic performances, and a ten by Mr. Kemble, of Drury Lane propensity to the itage.
Her first appli- 'Theatre, is placed on his tomb, and is cation to be received on a theatre, we here inserted a's no unfavourable character have been informed, was to Mr. Grif. of him. fith, formerly Manager of the Norwich
Siste, Viator ! Company of Comedians : but this gen
Hic sepulta jacent offa tleman apprehending, from an impedi- JOSEPHI INCHBALD, HISTRIONIS ment in her speech, tbat her success
Qui æqualium suorum would be very hazardous, used his influ. In fi&tis fcenarum facile princeps evasit, ence to dissuade her from her purpole. Vir:utisque in vcris vitæ claruit exemplar. Her passion, however, for the fage was Procul iste, in illi fuperftitiv,
Et mala fuadens religionis turbidus amor! farce which had for its fubje&t the aben Veltris enim ingratiis, hic lapis omnibus fashionable rage for ballooning. It was prædicabit
called “ A Mogul Tale," and was per. Quod in his hu ni facræ carceribus. formed with success at the Hay-Market. Vir re&ti semper tenax,
The applause this piece met with inSociis charus, in pauperes benignus, duced Mr. Colman so read a comedy
Pater optimus, maritus fidelis, which had been put into his hands some Societatis jurum in cunctis observantiffi. time before ; and the result of his perimus,
fal of it was so much in its favour, that Otii gandium, nec non seriorum orna- he immediately accepted it. It was called, mentum,
“I'll Tell You Whal," and was acted for Expectans
the first time at the Hay-Market, 4th De clementia numinis immortalis, August 1785. The reception of this Ærerna fini felicitare
piece by the public fixed Mrs. Inchbild's Requiescit,
reputa:ion as a dramatic writer. It was JOS. INCHBALD,
acted that season twenty nights to very Annum agens quadragefimum quartum crowded and brilliant audiences. Oftavo Idium Junii
The great and deferved success of this Mortem Obiit
piece ferins to have awakened the attenAnno MDCCLXXIX.
tion of the Winter Manager to Mrs InchThe next year Mrs. Inchbaid was en- baid's merit as a writer. We accordingly 'gaged at Covent Garden Theatre, and find, that carly in the season of 17850 appeared fir the first time on 3d October, taice by her was acted at Covent Gar. 1780, in Bellario in Philaster, and was den, called, “ Appearance Is Against immediately appointed to a round of cha. Thein ;” and this was followed by an. racters, which she filled much to the law other at the Hay.Market in 1786, in. tisfaction of the public. An inclination titled, “ The Widow's Vow." Both to dramatic compolition at this period were applauded. In 1787, thewed ufell, and the wrote, as we are Things Are" was produced at Covent informed, a farce on the subject of Mr. Garder, and acted with a degree of ap. Madau’s Thelyphthora ; which, when ef. plause equal to any piece (it we except fered to the Manager of Covent Garden The School for Scandal) of the pretent Theatre, was rejected. She continued time. The “Midnight Hour" lucceeded to perform for two seasons, when, on a as the same theatre; and, though a tranf. disagreement with the Manager, she went lation, derives fome of its merit from the for the feason of 1782 to Dublin She, julicious improvements of this Lady's however, the next year rtlurned io Co. pen. Her last performance is noticed in věnc Garden, where, and at the Hay. our Magazine for December, where both Market in the fuminer, the has continued ber motives for permitiing its representaever since.
tion, and her apology for its detects, are Though unsuccessful in her effort to inserted. ohtain a representation for her firit Mrs. Inchbald, we learn, is preparing performance, the appears not to have another piece for Covent Garden Theatre, been discouraged, She continued to wbich in due time will be noticed in this m'ite, and in the year 1784 produced a Magazine.
An ACCOUNT of GWALIOR, in the EAST-INDIES.
[Embellished with a View of it.]
THE ancient and celebrates for read in the hand loc.g. 78 deg. 26 fec. from Greene the very heart of Hindoitan Proper, being In the ancient division of the empire, it is about eighty iniles to the south of Agra, the clalled in the Soubah of Aging and is often ancient capital of the empre, and one hun. mentioned in History. In the year 1903, dred and thirty from the nearest part of the and during the two following centuries, it Ganges. Frum C.Iculia it is, by the nearest was chrice reduced by famine. li is probaroule, upwards of eigbe hundred miles, and ble, that it must in all ages have b:en deemed nine hundred and ten hy ihe ordinary one; a military port of the utmost confequence ; and about wo hundred and eigbly from the both from its situation in respect to the capi. British Iruntiers. its latitude is 26 tez 14 ta!, and from the peculiaruty of its fcige, EUROPEAN