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service of the East India company at Canton, keeps a regular journal, a la Bose vel, of his occupation and amusements in the metropolis. Like other journalists, bé sometimes deals in the marvellous :-Speaking of the grand volunteer review in Hyde Park, he computes the velunteers at an hundred thousand, and the spectators at a million. The Chinese cook who accompanied him, was ill treated « Mob;" observes the tourist, “ pulled China cook's tail.” “ N. B. In England strong oppress the weak.” “ Gave half of three shillings for to go up St. Paul's to see all England - English man cheat poor China boy:-when get up, great fog; instead of all England, see nothing at all.” He sings various Chinese songs, and recites several scenes from Chinese plays, in a style which would not disgrace Texier. He saw Pizzarro; and, after admiring Portuguese altar, as he termed it, estimated the expence át a thousand pounds!

Among the expedients resorted to by attorneys, to chastise refractory clients, the following appears to be unique. An attorney had thought proper to charge his client 6s. 8d. for each time that he had taken a dinner with him. The client Vetaliated by charging the attorney for dinner, and a bottle of wine at each visit. A dispute arose, but the legal wight at length paid his client's demand, and immediately preferred informations against him for selling wine without licence.

A Roman Catholic curate, to free himself from the labour of confessions in Lent, gave notice to his parishioners, that on Monday he should confess the tiars ; on Tuesday, the misers; on Wednesday, the slanderers; on Thursday, the thieves ; on Friday, libertines; and on Saturday, the bad women. scheme succeeded-none attended.

MELANCHOLY CATASTROPHE.-The neighbourhood of Hammersmith has been for several nights alarmed by some idle or ill disposed person, who assumed the fancied appearance of a ghost. Not a young miss or an old maid could stir out at night, the one for an innocent game at whist, the other to see a lover, without being crossed by this most obtrusive and frightful apparition. The ghost, according to some, appeared in the likeness of Bonaparte ; according to others, of a horse without a head; but the fact is, to all who really saw it, it was a tall figure in a white sheet. Many attempts were made to sieze it; but it had one property of a ghost, it eluded the quickest pursuit, and there was not a pair of heels in the parish swift enough to overtake it. Encouraged by its success, it became more troublesome than ever, and a party agreed to lay in wait for it. In this number was a man of the name of Smith. He armed himself with a musket, charged with powder and ball, and on Tuesday night, January 3rd, took his station in Black Lion-lane, one of the places by which the ghost used to make its escape, when hard pressed by its pursuers. He had not been long in waiting, when he fancied he saw the wished-for object. A figure dtessed in white presented itself; Smith firert, and the supposed ghost fell to the ground. Upon examination, however, the body was discovered to be that of a young man of the name of Milunod, a mason employed in the new buildings going on in that neighbourhood. He was a sober serious young man, of excellent character, and was returning from a visit to his wife, who lives at some distance from the scene of his industry, when his dreus, a white jacket, with the marks of his trade in spots of mortar and lime, represented him to the disordered fancy of Smith, as the supernatural agency for which he was watching.

A beautiful French actress lately agreed to surrender her person to one of her lovers; upon condition that he should fight a duel for her with a person who had offended her. She writes the challenge, and keeps the lover in suspense, . until the appointed hour---when, judge of his astonishment, he meets his own father. She threatens and promises, and he is on the point of committing a parricide, when some people interfered. The police, by way of punishment, forbid her appearing on the stage for one decade. She is now the mistress of a great banker at Paris. A bottle containing a note, of which a copy follows, and a letter addressed

No. 21, Botolph-Lane, London, was found by Hector Gilles, one of Capt. M'Caskill's servants, near the Point of Ruindunan, Isle of Sky, on the 23d February, 1803. The bottle was surrounded by floating sea weeds, which sa ved it from being broken against the rocks.

“ On board the ship Isis, Capt. Skinner, from London, for New

York, N. iat. 47, W. long 21, on 9th Sept. 1802. " As an experiment, one of the passengers recommends this letter to whoever may find it. Any expence in forwarding it, will be paid by the person it is directed to in London. Write on the back of the letter where it was found, the time, latitude, and longitude, and by whom it was found.”

The winter 1802-3 was uncommonly mild and dry, especially on the north Fest coast of Scotland; and the prevailing winds were from the north-east. Captain M‘Caskill forwarded the letter to the gentleman in London with a line, but had no return. Froin 9th September, 1802, when the bottle was thrown into the sea, to 23d February, 1803, when it was found, 167 days. Distance from N. lat. 47, long. 21, to Ruindunan in the Isle of Sky, about 12. 12. or 846 English miles; so that the bottle proceeded five miles a day, in a direct line to the point where it was found. Hence it is evident, that there is a strong current setting to the N. E. which carried the bottle along, and in a directiou contrary to the prevailing wind for the time.

DIED, At her Brother's, Troston-Hall, near Bury, Suffolk, 26th Dec. 1803, Miss Olivia Lofft, aged 45: Daughter of Christopher Lofft, Esq. late Recorder of Windsor, and of Anne his wife, formerly Anne Capell; and sister to Capel Lofft, Esq. Barrister at Law. Heaton Wilkes, Esq. aged 76, brother to the late Chamberlain. Mr. Ș. Parsons, son of the late comedian. Peter Mellish Esq. Mr. Spencer, of the Garrick's Head, Bow-Street, as he was going in a hackney coach to the Gloster Coffee House, Piccadilly. Mr. Spencer was formerly the Harlequin of Drury-Lane Theatre, and his house was frequented by the professors and amateurs of the draina. He was in good health when he entered the coach. At Carhampton, the Countess Dowager of Clanricarde. At Bath, H. Partridge, Esq. the King's Counsel. At Buxton, the Lady of SirR. Peel, Bart. Mrs. Powell, wife of Mr. Powell of Drury-Lane Theatre. At Croydon Grove, Lady Bridges. Of an inflamination in the bowels, the Countess of Talbut. Sir Francis Sykes, Bart.

MONTHLY MIRROR,

FOR

FEBRUARY, 1804.

Embellished with A PORTRAIT OF MR. CHERRY, OF DRURY-LANE THEATRF, ENGRAVED

BY RIDLEY, FROM A FINE PAINTING BY SAXON.

CONTENTS.
MISCELLANEOUS.

Speech delivered by Mr. Carr, on
Correspondence

Sunday, the 17th July, 1803 111 Biographical Sketch of Mr. Cherry 75 Carr's Fury of Discord, a Poem .. 113 The Origin of Knighthood

779

Hoare's Academic CorresponRemarks on the Garden Spider,

dence, 1803

114 continued

81

DRAMATIC. The Spider

84 Sagacity of Brutes

85. || Reynolds's Caravan ................... 115 The Mahometan Religion .......

88 Ireland

92

BRITISII STAGE..
The High Tides in the Calendar, : 94
Select Sentences

96

The Dramatic Essayist, No. VIII. 116.

The Dog and the Slipper, against REVIEW OF LITERATURE.

the Sock and the Buskin ......118 King Jobn

120 MISCELLANEOUS.

Seymour's Notes upon Shakspere: 122 The poetical Register, and Repo

sitory of Fugitive Poetry for 1802

97

ORIGINAL POETRY. Penfold's Sermon, preached before Sonnet to the Author of the Far-' the Royal York Mary-le-bone

mer's Boy, by C. Lofit, Esq. 124 Volunteers

101
Song

ib. Dr. Anderson's Life of Tobias The Priest and the Prisoner 125

Smollett, M. D.
Matilda Betham's Biographical Lines to the Memory of Mrs. A.
Dictionary of the celebrated

H, Holdsworth

ib. Women of every Age and Country

103

MEMORANDA DRAMATICA, &c. Hornsey's Grammar of the En

Drury-Lane

129 glish Language, in two Parts .. 104

Covent-Garden

131 A concise Vindication of the Con

duct of the five suspended Members of the Council of the

PROVINCIAL DRAMA, &c. Royal Academy

105

Staffordshire---Parody on Miss The. Antigallican; or, Standard of

Bailey ............................ 133 British Loyalty, Religion,

Liverpool

134 and Liberty

110

Review of new Musical Publications 135 Carey's Pleasures of Nature ib. Syr_Reginalde, or the Black Tower ib. News, &c.

137

102 Elegy

... 128

London: PRINTED, FOR THE PROPRIETORS, By J. Wright, No. 38, St. John's Square, Clerkenwell, And published by Vernor and Hood, in the Poultry;

Sold, also, by all the Booksellers in

the United Kingdom.

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The Memoir of Sir JAMES MACKINTOSH is unavoidably deferred till the next number.

We wish we could give a satisfactory answer to E. A. P's query. We have re-perused his observations, and they shall appear next month.

The Romance, by Varges, shall have a place.

Will MIRANDA (Chertsey) be so good as to point out the page which has occasioned her animadversions ?

G. G. are not suficiently striking.
The Wonderful Juggler, if possible, in our next,

We are sorry it will not be in our power to oblige a Constant Reader at Ashford.

Lines by

The Ode on Maria's Birth Day, by Varanes, at the first opportunity:

Cursory Remarks on the Philoctetes of Sophocles certainly in our next. The delay has hitherto been unavoidable.

The Eastern Tale, by OROZIMBO is much too long.

A. M. is referred to the contents of No. 96, for an answer to his enquiry.

The following articles are inadmissible, viz:

The Invader invaded, by NAVICULUS;

The Rival Queens, or the Lane and the Garden, by a FOLLOWER OF THE MUSES;

Sonnet to Despair, and Elegiac Stanzas, by MÆstoso; and

The Letter to Lord St. Vincent, on the present disposition of the British Fleet, by an OBSERVER.

ERRATUM.

In the last Number, Page 51, last line but 7, for “ acceptation” read " accentuation."

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