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in the governors. But, if we could the privileged party was not come to bestow little praise on such a per- those boxes, which, in spite of the formance, we did not expect to find, contract, were reserved for them. The in general orders, from any part of the public was indignant, and its anger world, a sentence which strikes at the was expressed in all the usual marks root of all military discipline. A of theatrical amusement; and this was Colonel Doveton was brought to a increased by the injudicious steps general court martial, by the officer taken by the managers to turn the commanding the army, for mutinous current. They pretended not to know conduct, and he was most bonourably the cause of the tumult, and ascribed acquitted. On being called upon to it to the shutting rip of two boxes of revise their sentence, they confirmed no consequence; and, at last, appealed it. The officer commanding the army to a kind of tacit agreement with the declares, in regimental orders, that audience on the close of the last seahe cannot subscribe to the sentence, son. But the public was not to be deendeavours to point out its improluded. The play was turned into a. priety, and concludes with expressing pantomime, for nothing could be his determination to recommend to heard from the stage; and, after some government to şuspend the Colonel nights' conflict, the managers, forefrom the exercise of his military func- seeing that they could not carry their tions. The government confirm, in' point, gave in, and surrendered at every respect, the opinion of the discretion. The theatre was shut, that commanding officer, suspend the Co. the proper alterations might be made lonel, and enter on a discussion of for ihe admission of the public into principles for military discipline. the private boxes. And thus the conNow, we should ask this simple ques.' test has ended. We have been always, tion: Why did the commanding offi- and are still, decided enemies, to pricer bring the Colonel to a trial was vate boxes in å public theatre, and it merely to sanction his previous sen- the use of them in the Opera-house timients, or to investigate the guilt or confirms out dislike to them.
Let innocence of the supposed criminal? them remain where Englishmen love If for the former purpose, he acted to disgrace themselves by aping fovery injudiciously, in not having pre- reign manners, and sitting contentedly viously ascertained the sentiments of to hear squalls in a language they do the officers on the court martial: if not understand. Let such men confor the latter purpose, it was his
duty tinue to despise the noblest effusions to abide by their decision, or he was of the English bard: but do not let making a jest of the court martial. - them enter our theatres, and, in their Whatever may have been the guilt of private boxes, look with disdain and the army in this unhappy contest, we contempt on the feelings of the aucannot but think that the commanding dience, nor disturb it with their petty officer and the government have, in noises, their petty gestures, and their this instance, acted far worse. This petty intrigues. is a blow, in cool blood, against mili- A theatre of another kind, to wbich tary honour and character, which can the attention of the public has been never be justified.
too often called, again became the Prom battles, and tumults, and in- subject of animadversion. A man, surrections, and changes of states, taken up by the Bank for very great We return to our own country, and á forgeries, had been committed to the war of a ludicrous nature presents it- house of correction, formerly so well self to our notice.
Last year, the known under the opprobrious name theatre résounded with the O.P. cho- of the Bastille; from this place he, sus and dance; this year, it opened with another nian, was found to have under equally'inauspicious onens. escaped, and on investigating the case, Instead of 0. P. the word “Contract such circumstances caine oot, that the vaised the banner of confusion. By magistrates committed the son of the the original agreement, the private keeper to another prison, suspended boxes were to be reduced to a certain the keeper himselt, the noted Aris, Otinber. When the theatre was open- and soon after discharged him from ed, an empty space proclaimed that his employment. It will be recola
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sectéd, what complaints have been soon as a man of resolution and commade of that prison, and in what man. mon sense determined to detect it, and ner the spirit of party was permitted all the noises were proved to originale to cover over many faults in its ma- in the strong arm, with a broomstiek, nagement. The whole, we hope, will of a good-for-nothing fellow in tlife now be subjected again to public in- neighbourhood, aided by people in vestigation, and the first question to the house, who wished to obstruct be answered is, whether it is right the sale of the premises. that persons, under suspicion only of But let us pot be too hard upon the a crine, should be treated as guilty credulity of our brethren in the west. persons. The very name of the place Do we not take upon trust things as is that of a house of correction; on silly and as ridiculous ? : Is it more what ground then are any persons sent absurd to believe in ghosts or witchthither who have not been sentenced craft, than that pieces of paper are jo to correction? This is to confound every respect as good as gold? Pieces innocence and guilt, it may be, to- of paper, purporting a promise to pay gether in the most glaring manner. on demand, may be much better than The place, therefore, ought to be gold, provided ihe bearer is sure that brought back to its original destina. on demand he may have his gold; for tion, and no person should be sent to it is easier to carry about notes than it without a warrant of commitment to wheel about the cash which they for some crime committed and proved. represent. The question has now its The next question to be asked is, Whe- advocates on both sides: and as ahout ther the jailers have the power of five hundred years ago the baok at shutting up the convicts in their cells Romeexchanged its paper indulgences for any supposed offence conmitted for solid lands and tenements, and in the prison, without informing the shewed that the holders of this paper magistrates, at the weekly 'board, of were the great gainers by the transacwhat has been done. For, if the tion, so now there are men, who do not jailers may do this, their place will be scruple to assert that the giving of cura very lucrative one, apd the rigour rency to false promissory notes is a of thie prison be extenuated or in- mine of wealth and prosperity. creased according to their caprice. The report of the Bullion CommitThe place may be made a hell upon tee bas produced a very great sensa. earth, unless the board of magistrates tion, and it has been felt at the bank; are very attentive to every proceeding for, at a meeting of the proprietors
, within its walls.
the question was taken up, its main A ghost has made its appearance in points contradicted, and attempts were the west of England, and there have made to refute its principal argubeen found people weak enough to ments. Not a voice was heard, por a imagine, that the noises made in a hand held up in favour of the report: house at night were owing to a super- but a division of ten per cent on their natural ca e. The belief in devil capital was unanimously agreed tn. was once very general in this country; Yet, somchow or another, the truth and it was natural, that when the ima- will pecp out: the very able speaker, gination had painted a most terrible who defended the bank, inadvertently, figure, capable of being every where, we must presume, asked this question: and delighting in mischief and wick: “Would it not be better to decline edness, that he would also have su- making a promise which you cannot bordinate agents to play their tricks perform?"'. Assuredly it would, and upon mankind. These ghosts, as they ihough he referred it to the future are called, invisible and insubstantial payment of the bank, wc must apply shew their power by tlumpings and it to the present notes. noises, and many a silly creature bas The question must be brought bebeen deluded to believe in them. A fore parliament. It is now well now u inoment's reflection would, however, that the minister is unfriendly to the convince them, tl:at men are the only report, and that he was in a small midevils to each other, and that a good nority, that resisted its contents. On conscience bas no tear of insubstantial many points in it there is room for forma." "be trick was found wut, as inuch discussion: but the main ques
tion will not be altered by them. Bút same time, it tends to shew that ideas party is not to be brought into it; are on float, in consequence of the for the stoppage of the bank has been publications that have lately made countenanced by every administration their appearance, that preferment is since the fatal measure adopted by the to be obtained by other means than contemptible statesman, who intro- those of the performance of duty; but duced all this confusion into the we never heard, and hope we shall country. Bank 'notes, too are not to never hear, of the navy being stained be called assignats; for they differ by such conduct. We shall hope that materially from them, yet in their the solicitations of a member of páreffeets there may be, unless great care liament for the son of a principal petis taken, great resemblance. It is son in his borough will never be at. preposterous to say, that a circulation tended to, and that every rise in the of paper, without any counterpoise navy will be owing to the services of from gold, is as good as the circula- the party promoted. Whether money, tion to which we were accustomed be. or borough.mongering interest, or få. fore the year 1797 ; the circulating mily connections, or any other cause, medium being so materially ohanged; sets an undeserving man forward, the 'its value also was necessarily changed: patrons are equally guilty, and the but it would be unjust to say, that all public service is injured. the changes in the value of our bread, Many duels have been lately fought, our food, our raiment, are owing to too many by far, when we consider the single cause of substituting paper the call the country has for valour in for gold. We must take into consi, another field. A melancholy one ocderation the effects of taxation in the curred, in which an adulierer was mean time, which may, perhaps, ex- killed by the brother of the miserable ceed those arising from the deprecia- woman, whom he either seduced, or tion of the circulating medium. by whom he was seduced: and in re
The papers inform us of an injudi- land a duellist, by an affecting speech, cious, and at all times very improper, had his sentence alleviated from some attenipt made by a young lieutenant months to only a week's imprisopment, in the navy to obtain preferment. He But, if too many jostances have oc
is said to have offered a thousand curred of this crime, it is far from se pounds to the first lord of the adnj. being countenanced as it was some
ralty to be made commander, Such ages ago. The professed duellist is an offer would naturally excite indig. an object of universal contempt, and
nation, and the young man has re- it is a stain in every man's character = ceived the reprimand and degradation which is not easily effaced. : which such conduct deserved : at the
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