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THE COUNTESS OF JERSEY'S
April 22, 1815, ON Wednesday evening the above distinguished Lady opened her magnificent residence in Berkeleysquare, to the fashionable world. The entertainment consisted of a Masqued Ball followed by a Supper, and was attended by the whole of that exalted circle in which her Ladyship moves. The superb suite of apartments were brilliantly illuminated, and the richest wines, and most costly viands, did the greatest credit to the care of Mr. Gunter. We never witnessed a richer display of wit and humour than the Masquerade afforded, and we have only to regret that our limits will permit us to take notice of a few only of the principal guests. His Royal Highness the Duke of Susser, as Pat
Riot, an Irish Chairman, exhibited all his usual grace and dignity. His Highness the Duke of Glocester, as a Milkmaid, was simple and natural, and distributed her curds and whey with great affability. We observed none of the Foreign Ministers, except the Ambassadors from Saxony, King Murat, and the Spanish Insurgents: their Excellencies assumed no character, but continued masked the whole evening. Mr. Pig-blank,” late Professor of Hebrew in the University of Salamanca, and Envoy from the Cortes of Spain to the Whig Club, was also present, and his Excellency speaking no language but Spanish and Hebrew, Mr. Whitbread accompanied him for a part of the evening as interpreter; but as Mr. Whitbread speaks no language but English, the conversa
tion was somewhat constrained, and we lost a good deal of Mr. Pig-blank's pleasantry.—The remainder of the night Mr. W., as Bully Bottom,” kept the room in a roar; he wore his ass's ears with great impudence and effect, and on the whole was the best representative we have seen of the pert, ignorant, vulgar, swaggering, and sneaking bully of our immortal bard. Lord Grenville and Earl Grey, as the Coachman and Guard of an Opposition diligence just overturned, by coming in contact with a waggon laden with corn,t were much followed—The sulky growl of Coachee was well contrasted with the lively rage of the Guard; and their mutual complaints of the improper disposition of the passengers, and their luggage, the rate of driving, the blindness of one of the leaders, and the lameness of the other, were carried
* There was at this time in England a Spanish exile of the name of Puigblanch, who received some countenance from Mr. Whitbread, who mentioned his case in parliament.-E.
Mr. Tierney, as Harlequin, was certainly deficient in corporeal activity; but he made ample amends for that defect by the variety of his shifts, and the rapidity of his transformations; the best of which, we think, was a scene in which Harlequin disguised himself as a Quaker, and put on an air of plausibility, bluntness, and honesty, which might have deceived a sharper eye than that of the Clown, who was represented, with great fidelity and lumpishness, by Sir W. Geary.*
The Marquis Wellesley, as a Mountebank, and Mr. Commissioner Sydenham,t as his man, were perhaps the most natural characters in the room—
the finical gravity and empty pretensions with which
* M.P. for Kent.
f B. Sydenham, Esq. a Commissioner of Excise, was supposed to have written a series of letters under the signature of Vetus, remarkable for their inflated panegyrics upon the Marquis Wellesley. It was afterwards said that Mr. S. was not the writer, but the procurer of this flattery, and the Editor has heard from other authority that he was neither. It is now of little consequence, the whole affair is forgotten.—E.
the quack puffed off his own nostrum as the only specific for all disorders, and the smirking and officious asseverations of the parasite, that “the Master was the greatest Man of the *Times,” excited much merriment. They distributed a hand-bill to
the following effect:
“Porro unum est necessarium !”f
“DR. BRAGADocio BEHAUDER LIMBER HAM, from Seville, Calcutta, and Balruddery, renowned through three quarters of the globe, the kingdom of Ireland, and the town of Ramsgate, for his acquirements in all polite learning, and his endowments with all natural qualities--He possesses all languages,he professes all arts, and flatters himself that he is a miracle of eloquence, genius, science, and several other particulars, which modesty and space forbid him to name. He is the sole inventor and proprietor of the wonderful pill which cures all disorders, and averts old age and infirmity; of which miraculous power the Doctor is himself a living example, having preserved to a great old age the perpetual spring of youth,as he is ready to exhibit to all ladies and gentlemen who may visit him. Hours of business from five in the evening till three-quarters before six-N. B. A back door to the Park.”
* Vetus's Letters appeared in the Times newspaper.
t The family motto of the Wellesleys. But it seemshere quoted in allusion to the cry of Lord Wellesley's partizans, that his return to power was the unum necessarium to the national welfare,