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between Mercour and Æmilia, which A new TRAGEDY, intitled, EUGENIA, discovers his having debauched her under
wrote by the Rev. Mr. Francis, baving protestations of love, and that he now. bien lately exhibited wirb Applause at the wants her aid to bring about a marriage Theatre Royal, in Drury-Lane, we small with Eugenia, thereby to get his uncle's give our Readers an Account of ir, as follows. fortune settled upon him, in order, after
a little time, to leave Eugenia, and go HE persons of the drama A and live openly with her as his mistress ;
are, 1. Dorimond, a very which dialogue is ended by Æmilia thus :
Yes ; 'tis just,
Most exquisitely just, this purpos'd insult.
And mark it, ye urbappy ones, like me, disposition. 2. Mercour, Tbus fhall it ever prove, wbo first betrays, (Dorimond's nephew by Will first insult our weakness. Hear me, Sir,
an elder brother, who Fall'n as I am from Loncur, loft to fame, had spent his fortune, as few do, in serv
And hateful to myself, yet dare not think, ing his country, and had left his sons en
I basely can betray anorber's innocence. tirely dependent for their subsistence on Be wife, and dread the wildness of my temper, their uncle Dorimond) a young fellow of Left : Aart out in madnejs to defroy the modern tafte, who would spare no Myself and obce, with borrors worthy both. pains, nor stick at any villainy to debauch
[Exit. a lady he took a liking to ; and at the
Upon Æmilia's going out, Dcrimond same time full of pride and diffimulation.
enters, and proposes a match between 3. Clerval, younger brother to Mercour, him and Æmilia, which he waves, profincere both in love and friendship, and C feffes his love for Eugenia, and artiully passionately in love with Eugenia. 4.
proposes, that Æmilia thould be given to Marquis of Delville, in the disguise of a
his brother Clerval, which the old man common soldier, who had in his youth
undertakes to mention, but disclaims all killed his friend in a duel, had been many other influence, years under great misfortunes, and at lait obtained his pardon by the friendship of D
Than that of tender and perfuafve reason. Clerval. 5. Eugenia, the supposed daugh
On Dorimond's going, Clerval enters, ter of Dorimond, a beautiful virtuous
having just parted with Delville, whore young lady, secretly in love with Clerval,
story he tells Mercour, was a secret, and and courted by his elder brother Mercour.
upon Mercour's asking, why he might 6. Æmilia, a young lady educated and
not be trusted with the secret, Clerval supported by Dorimond, out of pure
answers, friendship for her deceased father, but It is the secret of my friend, riot mine. privately debauched by Mercour. 7. Or- Then Mercour informs Clerval of the phisa, Delville's wife, a lady of quality, of
double marriage intended by Dorimond, excellent understanding, in the disguise of on which Clerval innocently discovers his a gentlewoman, whom Eugenia's sup- pasion for Eugenia ; and the first act ends posed mother, before her death, had ap- with a dialogue between Clerval and Delpointed as her governess, and who had ville, in which the latter declares, that been offered a bribe by Mercour to affist the king's pardon could give him no eale, him in debauching Eugenia.
until he had found her, from the pure joys The scene is a gallery in Dorimond's of whose nuptial bed he had been banishhouse in Paris, and opens with a dialogue ed, and for whom alone he lived. February, 1752
52 Account of the new Tragedy of EUGENIA. Feb,
Ad II. opens with a dialogue beween Is it my own disturb'd imagination, Dorimond and Eugenia, in which he pro- Or do I see strange tcrror and confeffione porcs Mercour for her husband; and Me In every face I meet? No; there's a face, thereupon appearing disconcerted, but Tbat knows no change ; infiexible in mifibief. profefsing obedience, he says,
Wbar! can be smile! 'Tis more than common
[ frowns, I am a farber ; would be thought a friend,
When Mercour deigns to smile. And now be
Then ensues a dialogue between them,
wherein he endeavors to persuade her to Upon his going, Orphisa enters, to
marry his brother Clerval; on which the whom he recommends his daughter; and
flies into a violent passion, and declares the after knowing what had passed be- her resolution to renounce the world. tween them, and suspecting her love for
A& III. begins with a dialogue between Clerval, advises thus :
Dorimond and Mercour, in which the
If i'er ker wandering ge excite the hope of his aunt, persuades the former, that
Eugenia, and upon Dorimond's exit, Eu-
genia enters, by his order, whereupon The pallings of ibe beart; that noblefi sacrifice, Mercour begins to explain his paffion to Woriky of ber, of virtue, and of beaven- Cher, and upon her going to leave him, To which Eugenia answers :
he catches her by the arm a little rudely,
and Thews her a paper, which she knows And will bigb beaven be mock'd with sucb a
to be her mother's hand, and directed facrifice ?
to her father, on which he tells her, And shall I give my hand, that sacred pledge
that her motlier, the night before the died, Of love and truth, to bim my foul abhors ? Shall I deceive even bim? Sball I profane
gave him some papers, of which that was The altar and its rites with vows of falbood ?
one, and that it contained a secret, which
would ruin her if she read it; therefore There shall I learn dissimulation ? There
D he endeavours to persuade her not to look Fire Jpeak a language foreign to my heart ?
into it, but to give him a husband's facred Vi blefiod saints ard angels, fall ve bear My unballuw'd lips pronounce tbe solemn pro
right to guard her ; but the daring hini
to let her see it, he cries, Then read it, mi je
and be wretched. Of everlating love to one I hate?
Upon this Eugenia reads the letter Aftcr fome more noble sentiments from
wrote by Dorimond's wife upon her both upon
this subject, Clerval enters, and death-bed, and directed to him, in which Eugenia, at Orphila's defire, retires ; then e the informed him, that as the knew how ensues a most affecting dialogue between ardently he wished for children, and to Orphisa and Cierval, after which Dori
engage his affection, she had deceived him mond enters, who had in revenge been with a supposititious child, and had palled over periuaded by Mercour, that Orphisa Eugenia for his daughter. Eugenia being was carrying on an intrigue between Cler
in a surprize at this discovery, Mercour val and Eugenia, which he charges her endeavours to persuade her to join with with, and this prevents her saying any him in wedlock, and in concealing the thing in favour of Clerval as he had de
secret ; but Me despises both, on which sired'; and upon her retiring, Dorimond F he goes out threatning revenge, and Cleracrules Cierval of making a common fol- val enters, to whom she gives some dark dier his companion, having been so in- hints of her not being Dorimond's daugh, formed by Mercour; on which Clerval ter, and then bids him farewel for ever. declares, that Delville was a man of emi- On ber going, Delville enters, endeavours nent birth and merit, of which he would to comfort Clerval, and acquaints bim, then tell him a part, and the whole in that he had now got his pardon palled due time.
the seals ; and that he was going to the Upon their retiring, Mercour enters, G only friend who knew the correspondence with a paper in his hand, on which he hetween him and his lovely mourner, exultingly says, that the fate of Eugenia who would direct him where to find her, depended. While he is reading, Amilia after which his fortune, power, and every enters, and before he observed her, the in thing hould be Clerval's, a foliloquy says,
14752. Account of the new Tragedy of EUGENIA.
A& IV. At the opening Orphisa and Rolls down thro' many a fool, tbro' many a Eugenia appear, the former endeavouring villain, to comfort the latter, and then Dorimond To its now proud polzförs joins them, who suspecting that the letter
Upon this Orphisa acquaints him with was forged, had sent for Mercour to jur
her being the real mother of Eugenia ; cify himself. Mercour then enters, and
but at the same time tells him, that they gives him the letter to read. Being thus
were both resolved to retire to a convent. convinced, he finds fault with his having A
AQ V. This last act opens with Merconcealed it so long, which the other en
cour's asking Clerval, why his uncle deavours to excuse by saying, it was his
would not see him, on which Clerval adaffcction for him made him conceal it,
vises him not to meet his uncle during and that for the same reason he had pro
his first displeasure : This advice Mercour posed to marry Eugenia. But Dorimond
takes as a sign of fallhood in his brother, Nill suspecting that he had done this to
and then beginning to talk Nightingly of force her to a loathed, detested mar
Eugenia, they are like to quarrel, which riage, infifts upon further proof, whereupon Mercour gives him another letter B Clerval avoids by leaving him, and Do
rimond entering, Mercour endeavours to from his deceased wife, which Dorimond
justify himself; but Dorimond having now first delires Orphisa to read, but imme
heard of all his villainy from Æmilia, diately alters his mind, and proposes to
tells him, that she was gone to a conburn the letter without reading it. Upon
vent, and that he would abandon him to this Eugenia infists upon its being read,
despair and poverty, on which Mercour and Orphisa reading the letter from the
owns, and at the same time exults in his deceased directed to Eugenia, it was in
villanies ; and upon his exit, Clerval, these words :
Orphisa and Eugenia enter, the two laft It is not witbout pity that I reveal this se- to take their leave of Dorimond, but incret to you. But I am approaching the mo- stead of allowing it, he declares, that he ments of truth. Your mother's distresses made adopts Eugenia as his daughter and only is not difficult to bribe those about ber; to con- child; whereupon Clerval declares to him vey you from ber at your birth, and io tell her his love for Eugenia, and he consents to you were dead. All the recompence then, in
their marriage, upon Orphisa's giving her my power, was to make her your governess, confent, but the refuses, because of the and now to restore you to ber,
D father's being still alive, and she could
not violate a father's right to give away Orphisa then owns her having been a his child. Whilft they are upon this submother, but that upon the birth, as foon as he was able to look up, they told her,
ject, Delville's voice is heard behind the
scenes, saying, Come, direct me, guide the child was dead, and would not allow
me to her, Her to look upon it, for fear of disturbing her ; on which Dorimond fainting, is
The sweet Support, and hope of my misfortunes. carried off, and Mercour, after some in- At which Orphisa starts, and cries, Ye sulting taunts, retires. Orphisa then de. E powers, what voice was there! and upon clares an inward presage, that her child
seeing him, he faints into his arms; but ínculd still be happy, and that her hus
presently recovering, directs Eugenia to band was of a noble line of ancestors,
pay the duty that a father claims, which but had facrificed his fortune to his ho
gives Delville new joy ; and after acnour ; after which Clerval enters, and
knowledging his obligations to Clerval, Eugenia, at her mother's desire, going to whom he owed his friends, his counoff, Clerval declares his passion to be still
try, and his fovereign's favour, and there the same, and tho' not yet informed who F more heart-felt blessings, love and nature ; was her mother, he desires Orphisa's consent to marry her. Marry Eugenia, Sir, says Orphisa ? To which the other an
Come, my Eugenia, you shall pay him for me, swers,
Such thanks as be deserves; for I have prov'dit, Yes, marry ber.
Tbat woman, tender, amiable, and confiant, The chosen of my heart, my sense, my judgment,
Is virtue's best reward. I know the feeble reasons that oppose me.
After which they severally declare their Her birib, her parents yet unknown, ber poverty ;
joy, and Delville concludes the play thus : Is she not rich in virtue? Or look round G Praise is the sacred attribute of beaven. Among ibe titled great ones of the world, 'Tis ours alone, with bumble, grateful beartsy Do they not spring from some proud monarch's T employ the gracious inftir:Et it belows Hattarer,
To our own honour, bappiness and virtue ; Some favourite mistress, er ambitious miniffer, For bappiness and virtue are the same. The ruin of bis commiry, wbile ibeir blood
54 PROLOGUE and EPILOGUE to EUGENIA: Feb.
W by bere's a play now—of wbat kind to The PROLOGU E.
I know no more than-of wbat will befal Written and spoken by Mr. GARRICK. 17berber the criticks praise-or bolder bucks
Jhall maul it :
In France 'twas comedy; but bere 'tis tragick! Witb bands and bearis unanimous befriend bin,
And all by dint of pure poetick magick
this Or take up arms, and by opposing end bim- A Miftake me not, I don't
Tbat ev'ry poct is a conjurer;
Ours is all sentiment, blank verse and virtue, Ard what few council ever yet bave done,
Distress-But yet no bloodshed to divert ye. l'll take no bribe, and yet plead pro and con.
Such plays in France, perbaps, may cut a Firs for the town ard us--I see some danger,
(meagre; Sbould you too kindly treat ibis reverend
But to our criticks bere they're mere loupfranger ;
Tbo’obercebey never fain obeir flage witb bicod, if such good folks, these wits of graver fort: B Give us?"ibe lightning's blaze, ibe ibur:der's
Yet English ftomachs love substantial food. Šbould bere ufurpa rigbe to spoil your sport;,
roll! And curb our stage so wanton, bold ard free! To be fricz limits of their purity;
The pointed dagger, and the pois'ning bowo!! Should dare in theatres reform abufes,
Let drums and trumpets clangor (well the scene, And turn our actresses to pious uses!
Till the gor'd battle bloed in ev'ry vein. Farewel the joyous spirit-ftirring scene !
We love the Mufes animating Spark, Farewel ibeibe-you guess the thing I mean!
Till gods meet gods and justle in the dark ! If this wife scheme, so sober and fo new!
This now did something in the days of yore, Škould pass with us, would it go down with C Wben lungs bercick made the galleries roar.
As for our bard, the fatal die is brown, Should we so often see your well-known faces ?
And now the question is-What says ibe Or would ibe ladies fend fo faff for places ?
town, Now for the autbor- His poetick brat
Has be obrown in, or is the dupe undone ? ThAugbout tbe rown occasions various chat;
Yet on your justice boldly be relied, Wbat, say the snarlers -'Tis a French No party form’d, no partial friendship tried, translation;
Tbo' love of praise bis inmost soul infiame, That we deny, but plead an imitation ;
All feiga'd, or forc'd applause, be dares
D Sucb as we bope will please a free-born
Your candouro-Your judgment be bis His muse, tho' much too grave to dress or dance, For some materials took a trip to France;
The Westminster Journal bas bad four long Sbe owns the debt, nor thinks she foall appear,
Letters on tbe Danger and Prevention of Like our Spruce youths, rbe worse for going there:
ROBBERIIS, from the last of wbicb we Tbo' pe bas dealt before in sportive song,
pall give the following Extract, This is ber first stage-frigbi, and i' would
Westminster Journal, Feb. 22. (young.
E Nay, poaching too, to kill your bards too A
CCORDING to Maitland, thero Pocks, like foxes, make beft sport, when old,
are within the city and fuburbs of The ebase is good, wben both are bard and
London 5099 streets ; 95,968 houses
725,903 inhabitants ; 143 parishes ; 307 Do you, like other sportsmen tben, take heed,
church-wardens ; 242 overseers of the If you destroy the wbelps, you spoil the breed;
poor; 420 constables; 227 headboroughs; Let bim write on, acquire seme little fame,
134 beadles ; and 1318 watchmen : But Tben bunt bim, criticks, be'll be noble game.
Salmon computes the houses to be 122,950;
F and the number of inhabitants to be The EPILOGU E.
1,134,500 : If so, each of these 1318
watchmen, upon an arerage, are to take Written by COLLEY CIBBER, Erq; care of 93 houses, and 860 inhabitants : Spoken by Mrs. PRITCHARD.
But, supposing the number of these watch
men were doubled, there would then be F
, 2636, who would cost, at jod. a night (Whether 10 please tbe many, or ibe each, 104). 365. every night, which is few)
(ibat's new. G 38,2521. annually ; so that each house, None cbürms an audience like a froke, one with another, would pay 31. 6s. a Now this cbcice secret found, I dare engage, year the maintenance of such a watch: Has brought our solemin champion to the pluge, And surely, the number of housekeepers As is, to reach ibis merit, were no more, incapable of contributing towards this Than just to write as none e'er wrote before. expence, may be sufficiently affifted by
1752. The Watch deficient, and Scheme for regulating it. 55 their neighbours of greater circumstance : of raising a proper rate for maintaining Or it might not be an imprudent scheme the watch : But the city of London and for every lodger to be rated at so much a its liberties, as also the parishes of St. head during their continuance in their James, St. George Hanover-Square, St. lodgings ; by which means, as every man Martin in the Fields, St. Paul Coventreceives the benefit of a watch, so every Garden, St. Margaret, St. John the Evanman would contribute to the expence. gelist, and St. Anne, in Westminster, and
Here then lies the principal defect in A likewise of Christ-Church, Spittle-Fields, our provisions for discouraging robberies : are properly authorized in every thing reThe watchmen are too few for the num. garding their watchmen, as to placing, ber of thieves and villains that infest the arming, encreasing, and paying them. streets : They are not properly armed: Many pernicious consequences are conNor are they conveniently situated, espe- tinually occasioned by the negligence of the cially in Westminster, which calls aloud inhabitants of such parishes, which have for regulation; and therefore, it may not procured no late parliamentary direction be unleasonable to furnish a hint towards for regulating the watch.
From near accomplithing so good and necessary a B Temple-Bar to the New-Church in the work, by representing how other cities Strand, I am informed, there are only a are watched, and what may be proper to watchmen, which would require 6 or 8, be done for the security of our own me- because this spot is more peitered with tropolis.
villains than any other in the parish ; In Hamburgh, which is a large popu- scarce a night passing but two or threa lous city of Germany, no inhabitant is robberies are committed here ; and they permitted to walk the streets after dark, have even the impudence to stop coaches, without carrying a candle and lanthorn : C knock down the coachmen, and rob the By which means, if any disorder is com- fare. From the New-Church in the Strand mitted, the offender is immediately dis- down to below the New-Exchange, every covered ; or if any person is found with- passenger is in great danger at any unleaout a light, he is taken up on suspicion sonable hour in the night ; and it is about of some illegal design, and carried before a ten to one if any watchman will come to magistrate.
his assistance: For the watchmen of Som In the city of Dublin the watch are so merset-House side say, they dare not go properly posted, that it would be ex- out of the liberty ; and those on Kathe.
; tremely difficult to commit any villainous Drine-Street lide fay, they dare not go into practices without an immediate detection : the liberty: So that, by this nice piece of For there is a watchman placed at the casuistry, a man may be robbed on one end of every street, and in the corner of side the way, while the watchman is telalmost every lane ; so that, upon the ling him from the other that he cannot least alarm, the streets are blockaded, come to his assistance. and if the offender should escape one It is heartily to be wished, that every watchman, he must inevitably fall into constable would make the watchmen per. the hands of another : Besides, these E form their duty, and not permit them, watchmen are not only robust fellows, under a pretence of warming themselves but are also securely armed, having a for a minute, to continue roasting them. long pole, somewhat like an halberd, with selves, or tippling, for an hour together. a hook to catch any fugitive, a spear to It is necessary not only to augment the Atab if closely engaged, and a bill to cut number of watchmen, but also to employ down if under a necessity of fighting. none but able-bodied men, and to provide
As for the watch of Westminster, they them some proper wcapon of defence, are neither numerous enough, nor suffi- instead of an unserviceable club. ciently armed, to suppress those desperate
It is also proper to station the watch at gangs of villains that are continually in- the openings of streets and passages, in festing the streets. In the extensive pa- such regular distances, as the nature of rish of St. Clement's, a parish which pays the situation will admit. 4000l. annually to the support of its poor, And it is likewise requisite, that every there appears to be only two beadles, and watchman should be furnished with a 28 watchmen, which are not half suffici- horn, or some other wind instrument, ent for the security of the inhabitants, which he should sound upon any emnerand the safe-guard of passengers : The G gency, whereby several other watchmen inhabitants of this parim, and of all the would be apprized of any disorder, and others within the bills of mortality, ex- readily assemble to prevent it. cept such as have lately obtained a par- If this affair Mould be taken into conliamentary alfistance, are ftill under the fideration, and the necessary alterations Latute of Winchester, and are incapable made, it would be pruductive of many