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minute, seemed to sparkle, and kept saw this meteor descend obliquely toits place. This track was interrupted, wards the south; its path making an or had a chasm in it, about one third angle with the horizon of about 65°, of its length from the upper end. He and cutting it about S. S. W. 1 W. did not hear that it made any noise. The time here was I' before 8", as the 'The time when this happened, though place is about 9° west of London, and said by Sir Hans to be about a quarter the meteor's track left the whole of the past eight, was by the more accurate constellations of Orion and Canis Major account of the Rev. Mr. Pound, at to the west. 8h 8', apparent time at London. And From these observations Dr. Halley this agrees with that fent from the computed the height of this meteor Royal Cbservatory at Paris. By cal- was 73į statute miles; and that it was cul tion, it will appear that the track directly over Preitain, a village on the of the mereor made an angle of 27° confines of Hereford and Radnorshires, with the horizon; and cut it at S. S.W. when they were made. Granting this, rearly.
the meteor, it is evident, might have Mr. John Whitefide, keeper of the been seen all over Great Britain, Ireland, Afhmole Museum, at Oxford, did not and Holland; and also in considerable see the meteor, being too late; but he parts of France, Spain, and Germany, saw the track, ,which he traced care- at the same infiant of time; for this fully ainongit the fixed itars; and, by height, added to the radius of the earth, that means, found that the incteor had forins the secant of an arch of about paried about it above the preceding 119 of a great circle of the earth: Thoulder of Crion, and about 30 above the meteor was, therefore, visible to the middle star in his belt; where there all places within 220 leagues, or 660 appeared a luminous nubecula, of a red- miles of the place it was vertical to. diih light, being a delatation of the That the meteor was really at this most track in that part, which seemed to amazing height, is, in fome measure, have been occafioned by some explofion confirmed by other observations. Sathat had happened there; and by all muel Cruwys, Esq. of Tiverton, in the accounts he could meet with, it Devonshire, which is about 115 geowas somewhere thereabouts where it graphical miles from Oxford, saw the burit out in fuch refulgent splendour haft explosion of this meteor exactly as to eiiace the ftars, From hence it in his zenith. Now, supposing the proceeded, as to fense, in the arch of reddith nubecula seen at Oxford was a great circle, and palling in the mid- really the place where it first exploded, dle between in the tail of Lupus, and as Mr. Whiteside fufpected, it will s in the fore foot of Canis Major, it follow from an easy calculation, that terminated about ; in the breast of the the height of this meteor, when it fame constellation; that is, in about exploded directly over Tiverton, was 950 of right afcenfion, and 23° of 60 geographical miles, or about 70 south declination; at which place also statute miles. Again, the Rev. Mr. there remained a large whitish nebula, Derham faw the above mentioned much broader, and of a stronger light, nubecula about 20 above the meit than the rest of the track. The time foutherly star of the seven in the shield of this observation was 8" 3'; and, of Orion, at 8h 6' apparent time, at from thence, it will be found that the Windfor. Windsor is about 130 geotrack of the meteor made an angle with graphical miles from Tiverton; and, the horizon of Oxford of about 40°, hence, the meteor was 591 geographical and would have intersected it due miles, or about 69 flatute miles high S. S. W. that the place of its extinc- when it exploded. tion was about 90 above the horizon, This meteor was also seen at Kirkby in the azimuth of S. 32° W. and that Stevens, on the borders of Westmorthe altitude of the abore-mentioned land and Yorkihire, which lies under a reddish nubecula was 26.
meridian very little to the west of At Worcester, Mr. Nicholas Facio Worceiter, but about 2° to the north
of it; where it was seen to break out, repeat the many ridiculous and suas from a dusky cloud, directly under perstitious imaginations and conceits, the moon, which was then about S. which were propagated by the terrified by W. and near 50° high. It was also multitude on this occasion. seen by the Rev. Mr. Ella, between After this very remarkable one, I Gainsborough and Redford, at 8" 5' meet with no accounts of any of those He says it passed between Sirius, and meteors until August 1733, in which the forefoot of Canis Major, in a line month the late Dr. Short, of Sheffield, which seemed to proceed from the tells us, “ A frightful glade of fire, or middle point between the two shoulders Draco Volans passed over this iliand from of Orion. The latitude of the place E. to W. after a clear, calm, and exwhere he saw it being about 53° 20' N. cessive hot day, about nine o'clock at and longitude o° 45' W. of London. night.” He does not say what day it It was, moreover, seen at Aberdeen, in happened on, which is no way surScotland, 5° high; and nearly as much prizing, as he was a very odd mortal! at Peterhead; all which observations In the fame year, and on the 8th tend Itrongly to confirm the prodigious of December, 1733, 0. S. another mcheight this meteor was from the earth. teor was seen at Fleet, in Dorsetshire, Lastly, this meteor was also seen at between the hours of u and 12 in the Paris, at 8h 17, on the W. by N. morning. It is thus described by Mr. point of the compass; according to Crocker, who saw it." The fun some 5 or 6 degrees high; but, ac- shining bright, the weather warm, and cording to others, about 11° high. the wind at S. E. fome small clouds
All the relations agree that the light passing, I saw something which resemand splendour of this meteor was little, bled a boy's paper kite. It appeared if at all, inferior to that of the fun at in the north, and foon vanished froin noon; that within doors the candles my sight, being hid behind the trees gave no light; and that, in the streets, which were near the valley where I the stars wholly disappeared; and the was standing. The colour of it was moon, which was nine days old, and a of a pale brightness, like that of burgreat height, with a very clear sky, nished silver. It darted out of my was so effaced as scarce to be seen; at fight with a seeming coruscation, like least to cast no manner of thadow, even that of a star shooting in the night; when the beams of the meteor were but it had a body much larger, and a intercepted by the houses; so that for train much longer than any thing of some seconds of time it resembled per- that kind I had ever seen before. On fe&t day-light. Though no noise was my coming home, a neighbour inheard at London, all the accounts from formed me he had seen the same thing Devon and Cornwall, as well as the for the space of a minute; and that neighbouring counties, agree that they the body and train appeared to him to heard a very great report, like that of be about 20 feet long. He, moreover, a large cannon, or rather of a broad- informed me that it seemed to him to fide at a distance, which was followed fall to the ground in some gardens, by a rattling noise, like that of many which he named; and thither we went, muskets fired promiscuously. They in expectation of finding some of those also agree that this noise was attended jellies which are fupposed to owe their with an uncommon tremor of the air, being to such meteors; but we might which snook in a very sensible manner have fought long enough, as I underthe glass windows and doors of the stood next day; for Mr. Edgcumbe inhouses, and, according to fome, the formed me that he and another genhouses themselves. Several declared tleman had seen the same appearance, they heard a kind of hitling noise, at the same time, about 15 miles from as it went along; others, that they felt us, steering the same course it did with the warmth of its beams; nay, some us; namely, from E. to W. and that thought, or at least wrote, that they it vanilhed from them between Walkwere sca!ded by it! But I fixul not hampton, and Oakhampton, They gave the same account of its figure, the afternoon, the wind S. W. the Jength, and colour.” This meteor is iky clear, and the sun shining bright the more remarkable, as it shews that (Dr. Short tells us) a fiery meteor was these phenomena happen in the day seen N. E. which ran N. like a spear time, as well as in the night; but are of fire, with a great round head, that not so frequently seen, on account of burst like a rocket, spread about in a their light being obscured by the great- large fire, and vanished suddenly. This er light of the sun. We may also
was in the time of a great drought, ther from hence, that notwithstanding which lasted till September the 7th. many persons, even of good sense and “ Oct. 22, 1739, at night, wind judgement, have described the light of N. and the sky cloudy, there appeared them to be nearly, if not entirely, as a frightful fiery dragon, which was seen bright as the fun at noon-day, yet they all over England. This month, from are in some measure deceived in this the 6th day to the end, was the only Icípect, by the sudden transition from good weather we had that harvest. – darkness to light. For it is highly The next meteor was Dec. 2, 1739, probable that this must have been one at fix in the evening, wind N. íky clear, of the brightest that usually appear, a white frost, and a halo round the from its being taken notice of, by fo moon. It appeared like a large, round many perfons, at that time of the day. body of fire, of about a foot and a half I shall produce other well-authenticated diameter; seemed very low; and thereinitances of such meteors being seen in fore could not be seen very far, though the day-time by and by.
it went all over this country from N. In the 459th number of the Philo- to S. pretty sharply; but not near fo fophical Transactions, Dr. Short gives quick as a glade of lightening. It was an account of several uncommon me- fucceeded inttantly by a most dismal sound teors that happened between the years in the air, like carts, drums, and groans 1733 and 1742. He says that “on the mixed. The found kept the track of ift of October, 1736, after a cloudy the meteor, but in an opposite direcday, the evening being then clear, and tion; namely, from S. to N. This the wind at S. W. about fix o'clock was a most frightful time of rains, snow, a ball of fire fell from the air to the storms, &c." earth. There had been no rain for fif. On the uth of December, 1741, a teen days before.”
very remarkable meteor, of the fort After defcribing a very remarkable under consideration, was seen at many Aurora Borealis, which was seen in places in the south-eait parts of Engmany parts of England, on the 5th day sand, about one o'clock in the afterof December, 1737, about five o'clock It is thus described by Dr. Milin the evening, he adds, “ This meteor ner, who saw it at Peckham, about was seen at Venice; and over Kilkenny four miles S. E. of London: “ About in Ireland it appeared like a great bail feren minutes past one o'clock in the of fire, which burst with an explosion afternoon, by the common clocks, a that jh nok great part of the island, and fet globe of light, fomewhat larger than the whole hemisphere on fire, and burnt the horizontal full-moon, and as bright most furiously, till the fulphureous matter as the moon ever is when the sun is quas /pent.”
us, appeared suddenly in a blue sky, On the 19th of November, in the about s. s. E. and 20° high, moving same year, about sun-set, many people towards the eart, with a continued equal saw a fiery, meteor at Philadelphia in velocity, about half that which falling America. It was large and bright, and stars gencrally move with. It was viappeared to be directiy in the zenith, fible about three or at most four feas it also appeared to be to fome peo- conds; grew lefs as it proceeded, and ple who lived several miles distant from in the end vanished fuddenly. It left that place. It was observed to be behind it, throughout its whole course, higher than the lower clouds.
a narrow itreak of light, whiter than August 25th, 1739, about five in that of the globe, which remained for
fome time after the globe had disappear- shooting forth swiftly towards the ed. This luminous path seemed to be fouth-east, in a stream of light, it dira right line, inclining a little to the appeared, making a noise like a clap horizon, and highest towards the east. of thunder at some distance, and leaving It was at first very narrow, and behind it a smoaky substance in its pointed at each extremity; but foon track : it continued in his fight above grew broader, and in about 20 ap- five minutes. The weather was mopeared like a long, bright, thin cloud, derate and cloudy: wind W. S. W.” discontinued in two places, and it was This meteor was seen also by some then more inclined to the horizon than country people near Canterbury; where, it was when first left by the globe.” according to their description of the
The Right Hon. Lord Beauchamp places that it passed over, it made its saw this meteor from the Mount in course from N. W. by W. to S. E. by Kensington-Gardens, at about a quar- S. but the report which it made at its ter past one o'clock: at the time, the explosion was both heard and felt in sky was serene, and the sun shone very many parts of Kent and Sussex. By bright. He “ faw, towards the south, some it was supposed to be the report a ball of fire, of about eight inches di- of many cannon fired nearly together, ameter, and somewhat oval, which Some supposed the explosion to be grew to the size of a yard and a half caused by the blowing up of some diameter. It seemed to descend from powder mills; and there were others, above; and, at the distance of about who felt it so severely, that they conhalf a mile from the earth, took its cluded an earthquake had happened. course towards the east, and seemed to Some persons heard two diftinct. redrop over Westminster. In its course ports; and Lord Cowper, who was then it affumed a tail of eighty yards in hunting not far from Canterbury, heard length; and, before it disappeared, it one very large one, which seemed to divided into two heads. It left a train be within a few rods of him. 'The of smoke all the way, as it went; and ball of fire was seen also near Warbleton, from the place where it seemed to in Sussex, running nearly east, and drop there arose a smoke, which con- leaving behind it a long train of light, tinued ascending for 20', and at length which continued for some time. It formed itself into a cloud, which as- was also seen, and the report heard sumed different colours."
very loud, at Sompting near Shoreham; The same meteor was seen about one and by a gentleman who happened to o'clock by Captain Gordon, who was be on a hill, about three miles weit in a boat on the Thames, near Hun- of Newport, in the Ife of Wight. He gerford-stairs. He says " a body of faid, that at the time of its appearance fire, which appeared to be between the sun was a little obscured by thin Vauxhall and Lambeth, sprung directly clouds; that it passed by him to the upwards, till its altitude, as near as he eastward, about a quarter of a mile could guess, was about 35 This was distant, and about thirty feet above the in a few seconds; and it had the form level of the place where he stood. Its then of a large paper kite, projecting colour was that of a burning coal, and a long tail towards the N. W. not its figure a cone, the length of wirich unlike flips of paper set on fire. In might be about eight feet, and the this state it continued ftill afcending, diameter of its bofe eighteen incles. but inclining a little to the N. E. and From its apex, which was its hinder expanding itself, for the space of two part, issued feveral bright streams, minutes, till its altitude was 45°, and sparkling with fiery drops, to the its extreme breadth equal to that of the length of four or five feet. Its motion full moon, when riling from a dusky was nearly parallel to the horizon, and horizon. Then suddenly quitting its the direction of it, as was found aftertail, which vanished, culouring the wards, was from S. W. by S. to N. E. neighbouring clouds with yellow, it by N. No noile, wind, or motion of formed itself into a ball of tire; and the earth was perceived to attend it.
The time was about a quarter before different shapes; owing probably to the one o'clock at noon. Several other different positions which they saw it in. perfons saw it, to whom it appeared of
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yet tilled with the upper ranks, this month with the Ghost, that in the chamber with his has been productive of some novelties, and the mother, and the foliloquy, "O! wbat a rogue crowded houtes on each night of representation and peasani Nav am 1,' &c. is a circunttance that proves that the town is His judgement and his genius do not always seldom ungrateful when managers are attentive. keep pace. No man feems to undertand his DRURY-LAN E. .
author better, but he has unhappily caught an IN our last we declined giving any account of itch for novelty, and although this often leads Mr. John Kemble for realons there mentioned, him to correct the errors of former actors, yet we shall now, conformably to our determined as oftea it leads him into greater errors, which impartiality, give an opinion of that gentleman. is most conspicuous in his performance of Rich
Mr. John Kemble, although he has a good ard, which throughout excited the laughter of person, is far from being a figure which conveys the audience, and in his Sir Giles Overreach, itage-wnfequence. Our readers will understand which we aver was neither the Sir Giles of Mar what we mean by this, when we remind them finger, nor of any living reader whatever. that Mr. Smith, although exceptions may be We do not dwell on Mr. Kemble's faults, bemade to his perfon, is, nevertheiels, one of the cause he gives us no other subject for criticism, finct stage tigures. It is not his being tall which but because he is now in that degree of his dramakes him to, but his being equally propor- matic progress, from whence he may begin to tioned. Garrick was short, but his perfou was reforın his aukward habits contracted in the fymmetry itfelf, and never took from the dig- country, and his misconceptions arising from aa nity of his character. Kemble's person is rather affectation of originality. "And his perfections above the middle size, but he wants that full- in most of the characters are so many, that it is ness of cheft and abdomen which gives a finith- but justice to say we have chosen the most barren ed appearance, fo that in characters where we fubject, by first writing of his faults. The geneare to suppose him to be aged, he still has a lad- ral error of his manner is itiffness; he neither like, or youthful appearance. Hence, in Ham walks the stage, nor turns his head, or moves let be looked beit; in Sir Giles Overreach he his limbs with ease; his attitudes are gracetul, was ungraceful and awkward. Time, however, but he is perpetually in one or other attitude. may change his person, as after his age men ge- This may please the groundlings, but it mut nerally acquire a degree of ombonpoint.
ever offerid a lover of natural acting. To what His face is molt exprešlive. His eye conveys we have laid ot his voice we may add, that he is a fentiment long before he speaks it; indeed, more judicious in the management of it than this exprellion of countenance is his chief per- any other acting living, except where he drau's fection. Yet he is not always fucceistul in the and wbines, as Digges used to do. Mr. Kenmanagement of it, for not aware that an exprel- ble will rise to the titt rank on the stage, and, five countenance may be laid to be entirely owing therefore, needs not quality himself for the tato the movement of the cyes, he falls trequently bernacle. into the moit ridiculous grimaces, as in his He has already performed Hamlet, Richard chainber liene with the Queen (in Hamlet) when the Third, the Black Prince, Sir Giles Overa turning liis eyes towards his uncle's picture; in reach, and Mr. Beverley in the Gameiter. Richmany parts, also, of his King Richard III. this ard the Third and Sir Giles Overreach are chawas lo obvious to the audience as to make them racters by no means suited to Mr. Kemble's laugh immoderately where the play demanded powers, or his models of exerting those powers; the tendereit feelings. If, however, Mr. Kem- but when he has corrected the tew aukward hable attends to theie hints, he may foon correct, a bits mentioned above, his Hamlet and Mr. Behabit which deforms the finest male countenance verly will be unexceptionable. We omit faying Dow on the stage, and we think he cannot have any thing of the Black Prince, as we never with a better monitrels than his inimitable fiiter, Mrs. to lee it performed again. Siddons.
It may be thought that we should now draw Next to person, feeling comes to be considered. a parallel, in order to align to Mr. Kemble huis Mr. Kembie polieties a happy art of counter- real rank on the tage. In the itricteit imparfeiring the tineit and tendereit ieclings, but there tiality, then, and according to an opinion torrais fo much ftage-trick in expreiling them, that ed with the niceit attention, we place him next we are apt to think he must have taken won- below to Henderton; but in no part where we derful pains 10 o'ermaster nature. Hence, the have been both would we prefer Kemble to Hentender is not his fürle. Indignation, rage, re- derfon. The perion of the latter is, it is true, morse, and the more violent sensations are inoit againit him, but he has genius, judgement, and happily exprefled by him, but when he attempts feelings, which altogether form a greater actor the pathetic, we hear a sweet and mellituous than we think Mr. Kemble to be at prefeat. In voice, but the dolendum ifi tibi is wanung. soliloquies, for instance, and what is called loved