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on the top of one of the trees. The from the smallness of its apparent fize, unexpected success of this experiment it was supposed to be at a rery confidetermined them to attempt a second, derable height, but what that height the result of which we cannot learn; really was, the unfavourableness of the for that which was tried at Paris was weather rendered it very difficult to the third, but was not conducted by estimate. A label was affixed to it, either of the MonTGOLFIERS, nor containing the year, month, and day were they admitted to be present at it. when it was sent up into the air, and It was conducted by M. FAUJAS DE a promise of 150 livres to the person ST. FOND, and two or three of his who should find it, and bring it back. friends, who opened a subscription to It fell, having burften, as is fupposed, defray the expence of it; and we are by the force of the internal air betold prodigious things of the natimal coming too great for that of the exardour which appeared, on this occa- ternal, after it had been up about three fion, in support of science and inge- quarters of an hour, at Gonesse, which nuity: “ Princes, ministers, acade- is about twelve miles from Paris. mies, men of letters, and artists fent Tuo prints have appeared, relating in their subscriptions with such ardour to this experiment, at Paris; one reas proved that zeal for the support of presenting the moment of its afcent, in useful science, and brilliant experi- which but one attitude could be given ments, reign as forcibly in the breasts

to all the spectators, that of having of Frenchmen, as it does in those of their eyes fixed

upon

the machine; their bocjiing rivals!"

for the violence of the storm itself, M. DE ST. Fond's machine was, which happened at that moment, could like M. MONTGOLFIER's, formed of not divert one of them from it. The taffeta, and fineared over with elastic subject of the other print was the fall! gum; it was nearly, but not perfectly, of the balloon at Gonesse: in this print, {pherical, and of about twelve feet which expresses the terror of the parish diameter, filled with inflammable air, where it fell, the painter has indulged which had been procured, by great la- himself in some strokes of humour and bour, from a solution of metals in di- imagination; but we shall endeavour luted vitriolic acid. They contrived to convey to our readers the best idea to inject the air into the case with a of the machine when rising, that the pair of bellows.

The whole com. shortness of the time will permit, taken pound body weighed twenty-five from the other. pounds, and is said to have risen from Another machine of the same kind is the ground with a force that would now making by Meff

. MONTGOLFIERS, have raised about forty pounds. But, at the instance of the Royal Academy fuppofing the infiammable air pure of Sciences; but the accounts we have (which can scarcely have been the case) of it are so various, that little can be and the machine a sphere of the di- relied on concerning it. One private mensions given above, the extremne letter, which we are in possession of, weight it would have raised may be from a very ingenious and learned genreadily computed. The final experi- tleman at' Paris, says, “ A new ball, ment was made in the Champ de Mars, or rather spheroid is constructing here which lies in the front of the Royal by M. MONTGOLFIER, which has its Military Academy, on the 28th of tranfverfe diameter 80 feet long, and its Augult lafi, about five o'clock in the conjugate 40. It is formed of canvas afternoon. On cutting the cords which like that which is used for the paper faftened it to the ground, the machine hangings of rooms. It is to be filled, immediately began to ascend, turning they say, with alkaline air; but this gently round the axis, or longest dia- circumitance is concealed with great meter, and in a few minutes was loft secrecy. 'It is supposed this machine behind a cloud. It was, however, will be capable of raising some thouseen again after it passed the cloud for sands of pounds weight." some imall time longer, during which, With respect to what is here faid of

filling

filling the machine with alkaline air, it may be obferved that this kind of air was firtt produced by Dr. Priestley, who shews that it is considerably heavier than common inflammable air; and therefore less eligible for the purpose here intended.

Another letter says, “ It is asserted here, as a fact, that two (French) philofophers intend, in a few days, to fee out upon an aerial navigation. Their names are Blanchard and De Rofier (pollibly M. Pilaftrie de Rosier.) The former asserts that he possesses the means of riêng, descending, or proceeding horizontally, at pleasure. We live in the century of wonders! May we not hope that some modern genius may find out the art of building in the clouds; rhat we may find conveniencies on the toad to stop at, in dark nights and bad weather? But, to be serious: may we not in the pursuit of curiosity, in the end, meet with real utility from this difcorery? At least, such as that of conveying intelligence across rivers, an arın of the fea, or into besieged towns. As yet, however, we are far enough from all this; as the ball which is reprefented in the enclosed engraving, and which was sent up on the 28th of Auguft, was scarcely at the height of 1200 fathoms when it burst: the internal air not being allowed suicient room to expand itself in, when it had arrived in an atmosphere confiderabły. less dense than that near the surface of the earth; notwithftanding one eighth part of its capacity had been allowed for that purpose. When it fell, which was at some distance from Paris, two peasants , taking it for an arial moniter, gave it a most ferere cudgeling before they discovered their mistake.”

One of the printed journals tells us “ The machine which is making by Mesl. Montgolfiers is of linen cloth, ccvered with blue paper. It is composed of three parts: the firt a pyramid of 24 faces, and 27 feet in height. The sia cond is a prism of the like number of faces, and 24 feet long. The third is a truncated pyramid of about 20 feet; forming in the whole an elevation of full 70 feet. This machine will be capable of raising a weight of from

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seven to eight hundred pounds."—We than by observing, that whatever uses cannot be surprized at the rariety of may in the end result from these expethese accounts, if we consider what re. riments, it appears fully, from the foreports would be circulated in London going recapitulation, that all the dirwhile such a thing was in agitation: coveries which have led to them have nor can this paper be concluded better been made by ENGLISHMEN.

Ο Ν M ARRI A G E. T,

O be happy is the wil of all, but all, I cannot but acknowledge that it

the lot of few; the different me- appears to me to be most likely to be thods made use of, and the various found in the married state, where love ways pursued to attain it, evidence and piety go hand in hand, and an unithe very different ideas which persons formity of tempers and dispositions, in general entertain of its nature and together with a competency of this residence; fome feek after it in the world's poffeffions, unite to promote riches, others in the honours, and others harmony, afford comfort, and increase in the pleasures of the world; bat, after affection.

REFLECTIONS. A Man of bad morals can

never be a

When maiden ladies come to a cer. patriot; for, being destitute of tain age, they do not reject the men virtue himself, he must ever wish to so much from a love of virtue, as from make his country, like his own heart, resentment for the neglect that has a scene of anarchy and coníution. long been shown them--they then be

Some authors boast that they always gin to hate the male-sex in general, write in haste – but what is this but in from the inattention of particulars. other words to say, that they are pof- In party disputes the prize is given feffed of such wonderful talents, that to the most violent--but violence, we the world may easily compound for know, is the child of error. error and neglect.

THE ENGLISH THEATRE, AND REGISTER OF PUBLIC

ENTERTAINMENTS. The THEATRE-ROYAL IN THE HAY-MARKET. N our last number we mentioned now lay the Prologue before our rea

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PROLOGUE TO THE RECEIPT TAX.

Spoken by Mr. WILSON. Written by Mr. TURNER. OUR Theatres like well stock'd larders are, Compellid to serve up taxes-hard their lot! And the whole drama one choice bill of fare; And bound to pleale-wberber ihey can or not. Posted throughout the town, in every street, “What! tax receipts, says Paunch, 'tis vile and All kindly offering something nice to cat,

wrong, Suiting the various humours of the towni, They'll tax our ven'ron too, before 'ris longFrom the tine lord to the plain fimple clown. Oi calipalli and calipee, poor cit, In private lite all this is done with eale,

Without a tax, mayn't get a litile bit." But here, alas! how hard each take to please? The scented beau, a neat patch'd up Adonis, Nought betide folids for the pit will do,

Cries, “Oh, damn me, they'll tax our girls and With kian wit to give cach duh its gout.

ponies." The boxes must be erv'd with lighter cheer; Tax on receipts makes e'en physicians dread, Fine fricatlees and spirited spruce beer:

And threatens lawyers with the want of bread. Our friends above love goole, stuff's through and Heav'n knows! poor men, their profits are so small, through

Tax their receipts--they'll soon have none at all. Some fat roatt beef, and good plum-pudding too. Our author, to indulge each appetite, E’en itates themielves, that mighty sov'reigns A new-made dith presents his friends this night. fit,

No kill he boats in foreign fricafjes, But cat’iers are, the public taste to hit The English taste alone he itrives to pleale;

And, 21 Ill

And, tho' in practice young-scarce known to --Ilis guests injudgment sit-fill more his friends, fame,

Upon whole candour every with depends-Some little thare of praise would humbly claim;

[bell rings Nor be to him this gen'rous boon deny'd, But, hark! the bell proclaims the time is prefling, That each one here will for himself decide. Say then but grace, and give his hopes a bietiing. At a benefit, a comedy was introduced to the public, entitled THE LAWYER;

of which the following are the prologue and epilogue:

PROLOGUE TO THE LAWYER.
FORTH from the closet, for this single night, A bard, the huinbleit of the Muse's train,
A sketch imperfect ventures into light!

To juftice dedicates his untried pen:
Arbought, unhmihed, on your suff'rance leans, He draws a lawyer clear from all chicane.
Scarce cloth'd with language, or arrang'd in scenes. Though art may faii his purpose to improve
Part of a larger plan, some future day

(The mutive loaring far his jkill above) May see completed, and yelep'd a play:

He loves the drama with a brother's love : Ditlever'd from the stock whereon it grew, But, thould one touch of Nature's genuine spiAs a mere day it comes forth to view

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Too long ine jige, in one unvaried note, Promise a gleam, at least, of future merii,
Has shown the law as fable as its coat;

You'll 1pare his first aiempi; in policy
In darkest colours-touches moft uncivil! Lay your levere and jufirir judgment by:
Made ev'ry lawyer blacker than the Devil. On your discernment he has built his trust

Satire a wcukueis in its itrength displays, Your fentence will be-as your safle is just.
And proves“ (0 cenfure's calier than to praise."

E P I L OG U E.
Written by the AUTHOR of the PLAY,

And spoken by Mrs. BULK L EY.
AS, thro' the town, the play-bill of to-day, Had't been The Officer--for they despise
*Mijit news and muffins--politics and it!

Alliaws but boncur—and the ladies yes!' Was serv'd at breaktalt, a loud buz bogani,

The Lawyer ---(cries Theatricus, --a treat! And thus the chatter of the morning ran

A roaftrit lawyer is delicious meat! 0!. Gipus, noddling o'er th’accustom'd dose Cut-cut him up, lance hin in ev'ry vein-Otjaldfrus" with spectacles on nole," All cant and cunning, trick and low chicane." Reads <** Alric Theatre-What's that to me? Thus each forestallid the promis'd new repart, Suay--itay---Inve Lawyer ! ---What! a comidy! And form'd a dili that luited to their taite : Shame on the ibameleis licence of the age- Our autisor's plan, indeed, or different hue, Expole grove characters upon the stage,

Remain'd to be approv'd-or blam'd-by you. 'That fols may laugh at better men, and wifer- He knew the sympathetic heart would incit, How could that blockhead FIELDING write And mourn thote evils which it had not telt; the Mifer."

With jorrowing fancy nigh; and o'er the bier The spendthrift beir upon his fopha yawning, Of mournfuil fiction thed the real tear. Cries (half awake) “Hey! what's the play this Hail, lacred science, whole true-painted woe, morning ?

Bids the pure iti iams of genuine feeling How : The Lawyer! plague! must even our diversions, Whose hallowed impofition ('heav’nly art!) Teem with writs, bonds, poft-obits, and reverfions ! Softens, expands, improves the human beart, If laws, indeed, were made with due respect meant To this the drama took its earlicit bent, To serve old griping fathers with ejeciment; Gave life to fable, congue to sentiment; Such wholesome ftatuies I could ne'er retitt, To parbos action, and to paljiv force; Tho' now I break all laws but Hayle's on wbift." Prelenting nature in her various course. “Let me have places, Rice-cries M1ifs--10- If from his beft intent he is milled, night,

fright! Applaud the beart--tho' you condemn the bead. Yet, what's the play?-The Lawyer-Oh the

Aug. 28. This evening a new Pre- foliloquy of Cato, with many humourlude, called The Green-Room, was ous digressions from the original; and performed at the Hay-market theatre, Wewitzer, in the character of a Frenchand well received. As this little piece man, gives a pleasant idea of Monsieur is a mere benefit butterfly, we ihall not Texier's mode of reading French plays. attempt to break it on the wheel of After the prelude, the comedy of The criticism. The title sufficiently speaks ExGLISH MERCHANT was presented, its purpose; it chiefly consisted of a in which Miss BANNISTER made her conversation in the Green-room of a first appearance on the stage, in the theatre, in which there is somewhat character of Amelia. This young ladiy fu laugh at, if not much to derive in- poflelles an agrecable perfon, and an 1truction from. In the course of the expreifivernice. In features the starscene, an Irishman speaks the famous ly refem.lcs her brother, and promics

Lond. Mag. Sept. 1783•

to do no discredit to the professional it be Scotch or Irish; for it is, as we reputation of her family. She spoke understand, the joint and several prothe whole of the dialogue with most duction of Mr. C. Stuart, a Caledo. felicitous propriety, and was loudly nian, and the well-known Hibernian, and deservedly applauded. We have O'Keeffe. It is highly laughable in much to expect from this promising the representation; but how the jokes sample of her talents, and doubt not will read, we will not pretend to de. when, by familiarity with the stage, termine, till we see it in print. It is she has acquired a more graceful care impossible, according to our cuftom, riage and deportment, she will prove to present our readers with the proa valuable acquisition to the theatre. logue; not only because it is unpub

On Monday, the 15th of September, lished, but because it will scarce ad. Mr. Colman closed his theatrical sea- mit of publication; being composed of fon in the Haymarket; and though we odds and ends of tunes from the Begare fond of novelty that has the spirit gar's Opera, and made up of parodies of genius and industry to recommend on the words that go to those tunes. it, we cannot help considering it as The spirit of The Fair Quaker mainone of the principal duties of a mana- tained him in favour of the town to ger to maintain or revive the ancient the last, for with that comedy, and the classics of our drama. In this view we entertainment of Gretna-Green, the were particularly pleased that the ma- manager concluded his season. After nager of the Hay-market, before the the play, Mr. Palmer came forward, close of his' play-house, with much and addressed a most numerous and visible attention, brought The Fox of brilliant audience in these words: Ben Jonson before his audience. The “ Ladies and Gentlemen, contexture of the piece, as presented “ The season closing this evenby Mr. Colman, appeared ftill more ing, I beg leave, in the name of the perfect than even as Old Ben left it; in manager and performers of this theatre, consequence of the omission of the epi- to make you their most humble and fodical characters of Sir Patrick Would- fincere acknowledgements for your very be and his lady, together with some kind protection and generous encouother night variations, and judicious ragement; and at the fame time to altranspositions, which, added to the sure you of their future endeavours to excellence of the performers, rendered testify their gratitude, by the most strea comedy, written on a more charte nuous exertions to merit the continuand severe model than those of Te

ance of

your

favour.” 1 fence, not only endured, but even In order to manifest the manager's highly relished by a modern audience. future zeal in the public service, we

Our predilection for this antique re- join with others in calling on him to lick of the old English drama has in- exert himself as an author, a dramatic duced us to mention it rather irregu- author; hoping that he will next year larly, before taking notice, in our join his own literary labours to the usual manner, and according to the care he bestows on those of others, and order of time, of the production of a regale his guests from his own stock, new musical farce, called Gretna- as well as by catering from ancient Green; a work, that may hereafter, stores, or setting before them the chance like Fingal, create a literary conten- produce and common run of the mar. tion among criticks to decide whether ket.

In Gretna-Green the following airs were introduced: I Can shoe a horse, or kiss a lass,

Auld maidens I detest, And nail two lovers firm as brass,

Peevith, fretting, I can knock about the can and glass

Yet coquetting; In bumpers 'till I'm mellow)

Bachelors can ne'er be blest, Parents and guardians I dety,

Snarling and backbiting. Nay e'en the court of Chancery;

All ye fair wards! but come to me, The widow's tear, the virgin's righe

I'll grant you Hyinen's liberty
I stop like a good jellow,

To live and sport with merry glec,
As maminy did before ye.

Then

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