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derson, of the East India Medical Establishment, and other respectable persons, his body being carried to the grave by six English sailors, which, from his love to the navy, in which he had served, he had always anxiously desired.

About twelve days previous to his decease, he made a will, and has left all his

papers,

very valuable, to the entire disposal of Mr. Salt, with permission to publish them, remarking in his will that it was for him that the facts were chiefly collected.

Thus has another victim been added to the melan. choly list of those who have fallen in the cause of African research.

Mr. Pearce was born of respectable parents, at East Acton, and had attained the age of forty.

His natural talents were great, and in the strangely diversified career of his life, he had acquired an extraordinary fund of general information. In writing, he describes what he had seen with precision, and leads his reader.to fancy the scene before his eyes. He has left a brother and sister who loved him, and are anxiously awaiting his arrival at home. They will long cherish his memory, and it will for ever be held in respect by all those who knew his sterling worth, and who admire an honest heart, joined to a true English spirit. --Alexandria, 20th Ang. 1820.

But vanish from mortality; the mind
Can only catch the past by memory, -can
But comprehend as conscience or approves
Or strikes convictions terrible and strong,
In that deep vortex where the heart resides.
Where are the Gideonites? where are their foes?
Their victors where? Are they like shadows past?
Where are the Assyrian hosts, the Grecian bands?
The Roman heroes, senales, people, pomp,
Their boast of freedom,-shout of glory All
Are crumbled into dust! The cradle sweetly dawns
With innocence and gladness,-pleasure beams
From th’ upper realms applauding it,-the bells
Ring round their sounds and seem to turn to hear,
Like music's daughters, their soft sounds again.
The surpliced priest shakes drops of water over
The nameless hower and names it; benediction's
Melodious whispers kiss the deed to bliss,
And cherubs ratify the holy choice.
The matrimonial knot ties unity
Or discord: children, like fresh buds, appear
On life's young trees ;--they blossom, but they die
To live eternally in spirit. Care,
That busy sprite, who claims relationship
With rich and poor; who struts in masquerade
Thro' palaces; who Jeans on down, and shrinks
With fearful pride within a diadem ;-
That tender pulse which flutters in the heart
Of timorous folly, yet will not escape,
Its prison. Care, who never sleeps where vice
Requires its nurseless will; who never walks
Abroad without a guest, or sits beside
A gushing fountain wreathed with summer flowers
Of sunny garniture, alone; who courts
Friendship with all but wise men ; sits by graves ;
At banquets sighs; at inurders groans; at deaths
Dies not ; from silence Aies ; in laughter weeps;
To chambers steal ; on misers' pillows presses ;
Opens the coffin-lid and man screws down
Breathless in darkness, still and cold and dead!
But Care may yet be shunn'd:
A wise discrimination may discern
His object, and prorogue his visit. Hope,
Content, and virtue, gladness, faith, and truth
United, sweetly will perpetuate
Improving knowledge, guardians-like, throughout
Peril and desert to the end of years,

And time shall have no charm to solace love.
December, 1820.

J. R. P.

Original Poetry.

RED RED ROSE.

A CAMBRIAN MELODY Red red rose that sweetly blows,

If from thy bed I bear thee far, 'Tis but that thou thy folds may close On Eva's breast, where lilies are,

Sweet rose.
Red red rose, if I do bear

Thee hence, 'tis that thy crimson fold,
By blending with ber yellow hair,
May gather beauty from its gold,

Sweet rose.
Red red rose, when thou shalt fade,

How sweet thy death, fair flower, will be,
Upon the breast of that fair maid,
In sooth, my bosom envies thee,

Sweet rose.

Sam SPRITSAIL.

THE CLOSE OF THE YEAR.

"The saddest birds a season find to sing.' Thus far in mutual friendship, closing year! Thou and my spirit travel well; but, like The sacred heart-strings, happy meetings draw; And kindred feelings, by affection breath'd, Sever and part anon in love ; so comes Our last adieu ! and we must part, alas, For ever! 'Tis the register of years Roll'd back, - another added to the page Of God's inscrutable decrees,-a volume Of the vast tracks of nature, on whose lines Beauty, sublimity, perfection, taste, Love, harmony, skill, life, experience, art, Death, and eternity are read. Just like A fake of virgin snow is magnified By its volition 'twixt the sky and earth, Ere the sun warm and lift Spring's eyelashes, And melt the heart of Winter, years increase

The Drama, We suspect we ought to say the Pantomimes, for these are the only popular amusement during the Christmas holidays; and we are sorry to say that, in the present stason, they are generally undeserving of popularity. Although it is long since we have had to boast of a good new tragedy or comedy, yet while nursery stories abounded, and good scene painters and ingenious carpenters continued plentiful, with Grimaldi and Bologna still living, we did hope, once a-year at least, to have had a good pantomime. But no! pantomime writers and machinists have become tainted with the languor that pervades the interior of our theatres, and pantomimes are nearly as dull and tedious as modern comedies and farces, which are a sure antidote to mirth and laughter. Disappointed, however, as we have been in holiday amusement, we must proceed to give our readers a faithful account of the productions of this fertile week; and, first, of

DRURY LANE.-On Tuesday evening, the tragedy of

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Jane Shore was performed at this theatre, but, like all a good dandy, Miss E. Dennett an excellent columbine, tragedies during the holidays, was rendered perfectly un- and Ellar no less successful as harlequin. A numerous intelligible by the gods, who were impatient for the pan- and noiey audience attested their approbation, and the tomime. We regretted that it was revived on this night, pantomime was announced for repetition every evening. as, wheu the house was tolerably quiet, Cooper in Lord English OPERA House. --This elegant theatre opened Hastings, and Mrs. West in Jane Shore, proved with how on Tuesday night, with a series of novel entertainments, much propriety these characters had been assigned them. under the title of Soirées Amusantes. The first part called Mr. Wallack, (the Duke of Gloster,) as if conscious of Outside and Inside, represeuted a stage-coach, behind a the quality of one part of his audience, disdained all effort, canvas, as drawn on a transparency, with the preparation and was as tame and insipid as possible.

of setting off from Golden Cross. All was well until the After the play, 'a new grand comic pantomime,' as vehicle should begin to move, when it unfortunately stood the play-bills term it, called The North West Passage, or still in spite of the coachman's whip. The audience unHarlequin Esquimaux, was produced. The early scenes, derstood that the machinery had failed, and expressed a exhibiting representations of the Frozen Sea and icebergs, partial disapprobation. To this succeeded a trial, or cause —the discovery ships,--the Aurora Borealis,--the Red heard before the magistrates of Tiddington-Footlight, Snow,-and the Prince Regent's Straits,-gave a lively the Manager of the Theatre Rural versus Punch's Pupa picture of these grand but desolate regions, and were cre- pet Show. A succession of glees and songs followed, by ditable to the artists. Some of the icebergs were rather Messrs. Broadhurst, J. Smith, Goulden, Phillips, Higtoo slender, reminding us rather of Pompey's Pillar than man, Miss I. Stevenson, and Miss George. After which, of the Pyramids. The personages and dialogues were a sort of Lecture on Living Heads, in which the celebrated here also appropriate, for the Genius of the North holds a Dr. Faustus visits London, and is introduced by his fa dialogue with Neptune upon the daring spirit of the Bri-milar Mephostopholis into a laboratory at midnight, where tish sailor, and threatens io put a boundary to his enter- appear, in various large bottles, the heads of Lady Midprise, from which, however, he is dissuaded by the attach- night, Don Giovanni, and several other ludicrous characment of Neptune to his most favoured children, who pro- ters, one of which, as a manager of a theatre, gave some mises his protection in their perils and encouragement in good imitations of Fawcett and Farren, Blanchard and their progress. The plot of the pantomime is simple: a Emery, &c. One of the characters, that of Mr. Barrenyoung Esquimaux (Harlequin) is enamoured of an Es- bench, the manager of a theatre, was very amusing, and quimaux girl (Columbine;) but the Genius of the North drawn with some happy strokes of satire. The third part admires the fair lady, and converts her for the present into under the title of Living Drollery, introduced a petite an iceberg, in order to prevent the union of the lovers. piece in verse, called Guy Fawkes, in which the characters Neptune, who had invited the Genius of the North to were sustained by children with much effect. The enter, dine with him on dolphins and porpoises, and all the deli- tainments were favourably received by a full house, and cacies of the deep, counteracts the designs of this genius, will, we doubt not, continue until the more attractive and protects the lovers. The Genius is converted into metal' of Mathews succeeds them in March next, Pantaloon and Boreas into the Clown. The action of SURREY THEATRE.-Mr. Dibdip is the only manager the pantomime then commences, and the scene is trans who dared to commence the Christmas holidays without a ferred to London, where it continues the whole of the pantomime, but he knew his own powers, and the favourevening, with the exception of a trip to Margate by the able opinion of his audience, too well to doubt of furnishsteam packet. The scenes were not well selected 'sub-ing them with entertainments equally attractive. The jects, nor any way remarkable for their execution. The theatre opened on Tuesday night, with three new pieces. tricks, with the exception of two or three, were neither The first, a comic burletta, in one act, entitled 'Every new nor well managed. The best were the change of a Body's Cousin, afforded Fitzwilliam, Watkinson, Wyat, shep into an elegant bridge, and of a tallow chandler's row and Miss Poole, a good opportunity of displaying their of candles into a ladder, by which Harlequin scaled the respective talents to the infinite amusement of the aufirst floor windows. Some allowance ought to be made for dience. A splendid historical drama in three acts suco first night, when the machinery of a pantomime is very ceeded. It is entitled, Belisarius, the Roman General. rarely well managed, but we fear the present piece has This piece, whether considered as to its dramatic merit,not sufficient merit to render it popular. Bologna and the excellence of the performance,—the spleudour of the Miss Tree, in Harlequin and Columbine, exerted them- dresses, or the beauty of the scenery, deserves to be selves very much; but Elliot and Southby, as Pantaloon placed in the first rank of favourite pieces at this favourite and Clown, are the very worst of their species. The theatre. Huntley, as Belisarius; Miss Taylor, as his overture and music, which were composed and selected by daughter; and Miss Norton, as an Amazonian Queen, Mr. Horn, are appropriate.

were eininently successful. A Mr. Chapman sustained Covent Garden. After the tragedy of Wallace had the character of Tiberius. His action is very good, and been gone through on Tuesday night, a new pantomime in several of the scenes he was very effective. We cannot called Harlequin and Friar Bacon, or the Brazen Head, say the same of a Mr. Young, who played Justiniuş, and was produced. It is not the first time that the legendary possesses very slender qualifications for the stage. The history of the first English philosopher has been rendered whole concluded with a superb comic Anglo-Barbaric, the subject of rude mirth in pantomime.-Our limits will Hibernian, Caledonian, Turkish, &c. &c. &c. spectacle, not permit a detail of the plot. The tricks were neither called, Beauty and the Bey, or Sidi Hamet Muley Ben Isnew nor well selected, but the scovery was entitled to un- mael and Peggy Larkins. When we say that Wyat was qualified praise. Grimaldi exerted himself with his wonted the Bey, Miss Copeland-Peggy Larkins, and Fitzwilliam success; the dagger scene in Macbeth, which he gave in an Irishman in Turkish costume, we need do no more to dumb show, was much applauded. Young Grimaldi was describe the character of the piece, It is a most lively

and bustling entertainment, in which much real humour Ocean; he then held his course south-west, an.. passed aud several very ludicrous incidents are exhibited. The through the strait which separates Asia from America. whole of these pieces have been got up in a very splendid In latitude 60 degrees north, and longitude 255 east, he manner, and elicited the most rapturous applause of a entered the South Sea, naming the strait through which house crowded to the ceiling.

he had passed Anian, bat which M. Buachi would have Adelphi TheatRE.- In addition to the numerous called Ferrer's Straits, in inemory of its discoverer.' lively pieces produced at this house during the present Mummies.—Some Arabs, who were digging near Gourseason, a new pantomime was furnished on Tuesday even-nau, in Thebes, during the month of September last, dising, founded on a more attractive subject, perhaps, than covered a tomb, containing 12 cases of mummies. Our those of the larger houses. That ainusing work, Dr. one of them was the following inscription in Greek :Syntax's Tour in Search of the Picturesque, has been • The tomb of Tphon, son of Heraclius Soter and Sanaconverted into a pantomime with great effect. The posis. He was born on the second day of Athur, on the scenery was very fine, particularly one scene, which re- fifth year of Adrian, our Lord. He died on the 20th of presented the word “picturesque;" the tricks were good, the month Mechier, the 11th year of the saine (lord) at and the whole went off to the satisfaction of an overflowing the age of six years, two months, and twenty days.'. As house.

Adrian commenced his reign in the 117th year of the Olympic THEATRE. - This well-conducted little theatre Christian era, the inscription is 1691 years old. produced a pantomime, entitled Tom the Piper's Son. The introductory part is written with considerable hu

! mour: the Harlequin, Clown, and Pantaloon, were ad

The Bes. inirably sustained, and the tricks and scenery, considering the smallness of the house, which reuders every

defect

Floriferis ut apes in snllibus omnia limant, manifest, very tolerable.

Oinnia nos itide in depascimnur aurea dicta! LUCRETIUS. East London THEATRE.-The Enchanted Oak,or Harlequin Plough-boy, a pantomime, has been got up at this cellor, thou art certainly the greatest rogue in England. His

* Shaftesbury,' said King Charles the Second to his Chantheatre, with considerable skill, and as it met with the lordship replied, ' of a subject, perhaps I am. warm approabation of the Wise Men of the East, any fur- Sir Joseph Williamson, secretary to Charles the Second, ther praise from us would be superfluous.

sent a mandate to that illustrious lady, Anne, Countess of COBURG THEATRE.-This house, which is never be- Pen:broke and Montgomery, which required her to return a hind its neighbours in spectacle, produced two new pieces certain person a member for the Borough of Appleby, in on Tuesday; a melodrama called, The Exiled Minister, Westmarland. To this letter she returned the following anand a pantomime entitled, The Sir Voyages of Sinbad swer - I have been bullied by an usurper, I have been negthe Sailor, the whole of which are performed every even

lected by a court, but I will not be dictated to by a subject. • Your man shan't stand.

Anne, &c.' ing. Both the pieces were favourably received by a

George II. used to say of the Duke of Newcastle, that he crowded audience.

lost half an hour in the inorning, and was running after it the whole day.'

A Pun.-A celebrated quack doctor going into a tavern, Literary and Scientific Intelligence.

dressed quite in the extravagance of the ton, a gentleman present, thinking him some great man, asked a friend who that

person was. Ohl replied the other,' he is one who lives on North-West Passage.-The following extract from a

a sinecure!! work, published in 1793, entitled Observations on a

In an advertisement of a theatre in the United States, for North-Western Passage, by William Goldson, Esq. of first scene is said to be a grand view of the mountains of

the performance of the Turkish spectacle, Blue Beard,' the Portsmouth,' states that the passage from Lancaster's Switzerland. Sound to the Pacific Ocean has been made. The authority is, however, more than questionable.- A voyage is *** The next Volume of The Literary Chronicle will be said to have been made in the year 1598. The only ac- printed on a Paper uniformly

fine with that upon which count we have of it is from a Memoir read at a meeting of The Country Literary Chronicle is printed, without any the Academy of Sciences, at Paris, Nov. 13, 1720, by

advance in price.

The new volume commencing with M. Buachi, geographer to the French King. The substance of this memoir is, that M. de Mendoza, a captain.

the new year, will present a favourable opportunity for in the Spanish navy, employed to form a collection for the the entrance of new Subscribers. use of that service, having searched variousarchives, found

TO READERS AND CORRESPONDENTS. an account of this voyage, which was made under the command of Lorenzo Ferrer de Maldanado. From an in- The favours of J. R. P., O.F., Auld Dominie, Sam Spritsail, and spection of this journal, it appears, that when he arrived D. M., shall have early attention. in latitude 60 degrees north, and longitude 325 degrees

T. G. will find a letter for him at our office.

The Volume being now completed, Subscribers are requested to east from Ferro, he steered to the westward, leaving Hudson's Bay to the

south, and Baffin's Bay to the north : and make perfect their sets as early as possible. in the latitude 65 degrees north, and longitude 297 de- LONDON :-Published by J. LIMBIRD, 355, Strand, two doors gress east from Ferro (froin which ineridian the longitude EAST of Exeter 'Change; where advertisements are received is reckoned through the whole journal) "he altered his

and communications for the Editor' (post paid) are to be ad

dressed. Sold also by SOUTER, 73, St. Paul's Church Yard; course to the northward, sailing through what he calls the

CHAPPLE, Pull Mall; GRAPEL, Liverpool; and by all BookStraits of Labrador, until he found himself in latitude 76 sellers and Newsvenders in the United Kingdom. Printed buy degrees north, and longitude 278 east, in the Frozen DAVIDSON, Old Boswell Court, Carey Street.

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