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Compendium of Entertaining Knowledge.

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For JANUARY, 1775.

Memoirs of Miss W.E I WIT ZER. (With an elegant Engraving of that celebrated A&ress, in the Chat

racter of Rosetta, in the Comic Opera of Love in a Village.) ISS WEIWITZER was born in flage, and a fresh proof of his eager de

the parish of St. Paul, Covent- fire to please a public, which hath crownGarden, in London, in 'the year 1757, ed his alliduity with their approbation. and is one of the feven children of Mr. He, therefore, sent to engage her for the Weiwitzer, a native of Norway (though winter season, and made an agreement of a family originally German) who, ha- for her with Mr. Griffiths. ving acquired a decent competency by the Her first appearance on the Dublin proferfion of a Silver-fmith, is now re- staye (which was in the character of Rotired from business.

Jetta in the comic opera of Love in a As the very early discovered that she Village) plainly thewed that singing was was endowed with a fine'voice, and an not her only excellence, but she was also ir' 'Table attachments to music; it was à promising actress. She convinced the

it her accomplishments ought not audience that the thoroughly understood confined to private life, or suffer the author, and entered into the true le uncultivated ; but merited eve- fpirit of her part. She performed the itional grace which art could be- character with the most exact propriety ; pon nature. She was, therefore, with a vivacity that was highly pleasing, ly inftructed in musc and singing, and an innocence and fimplicity which ut to Mr. Griffiths, an emineat could not be assumed, and could be thown of music, where her improvements only where it was natural. Her attio great, that he thought to derive iudes were well adapted her air easy profit he had a right to expect and unconstrained ;' her action jult, and her natural talenti, fo well culti- her manner engaging. Her voice was įhe produced her to the pub- strong, clear, "fuli, and harmonious, and od the charmed the ear of every in perfect concord with the music; in'n., setio resorted to the public gardens much that the extorted burlts of applaule ndon,

from an audience accufiomed to admire e applause which Miss Weiwitzet a Catley in that part ; but whose prejufily acquired, was not contined to dice for her could not hinder them from on alone; her fame reached Dublin, applauding real merit, wherefoever they Mr. Ryder (who is ever attentive found it. Already has Miss Weiwitzer oro h is theatre with every excellence drawn thirteen crowded audiences; the can be procured) thought the town is not yet fated with her perfora valuable addition to the Irish mance; and her reputation is firmly elta.



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blished, because fixed on the basis of jur A History of the Proceedings of the Britice,

tish Parliament. (Continued from page In a country like this, where few peo 708 of our Magazine for December, ple can separate the woman from the act 1774.) refs; and where our gentlemen seem to look upon every female in public life, as Friday, December 8. one of the Feræ Nature, fair game, to be R. Dundas liated to the house shorts hunt:d down or entrapped by cunning; ly, ihe necessity there was for de it is not to be wondered at that a girl, ferring the Milburne Port double retui. young, handsome, lively, and highly ac- and accordingly moved, that the said or complished, should be attacked by the turn might be heard on Friday the 2016 great, the gay, and the profligate. De of January next, which was readily con lire excited fome, and vanity was the sented to on the other side. motive of others. The fame of poffefr Mr. G. Cowper next moved the house ing a lady whose talents are in the mouth for the order of the day, which being of every one; and who is the pursuit of read, the house went into a committee. many, is a powerful incitement to fun- and after some time spent therein, Sir dry people to attempt the conquest of Charles Whitworth, chairman, reported her: and such men, when repulsed, are the following resolution,

" that a supthe most ready to spread calumnies a- ply be granted to his majesty," and the gainst a reputátion they find they cannot fame being reported, the speaker again tarnish *

resumed the chair. Virtue in an actress, is, by many, Two naturalization bills were presentthought to be incompatible; and whene- ed, and the titles of them being read, ver it is mentioned it is with a fneer of they were ordered 10 lie on the table

. unbelief. yet there have not been want The speaker then desired, that such ing fundry intrances of actresses whose gentlemen as had petitions to present comconduct hath set detraction at defiance. plaining of undue returns or elections The names of a Pritchard, a Fitzhenry, might deliver them to the claw which a Mrs. William Barryand (we may just- being complied with, tha ly add) a Sparks, have risen superior to ing to the order of Tue censure ; and it is not to be doubted but into a glass, and drew the lift will be augmented with the name following order: of Miss Weiwitzer, since she shews a pru. Dumfermline, Tuesd dence in her conduct which could scarce Petersfield, Friday: be expected from her youth. * Not con Cardigan, Tuesday tent to steer clear of actions which me. Linlithgow,

rit condemnation, she is eyer studious to Seaford, Tuesday
avoid even little indiscretions which Peterborough Friday, i
might give room for çensure; she has Besides the above petition
never once been seen out of her lodgings one presented from the vot
unattended by her brother, nor has any Radnor, which was in cours :
one ever beheld her in them, without be heard according to the ore
the same companion, thence every unjust borough was drawn on Tues
fufpicion muit foon fall to the ground, The only two gentlemen
and dje for want of food. So that her their places to answer the
reputation as a woman of yirtue, will be forth by the petitioners, w
as firmly established, as her fạme as ap Archibald Campbell, litting

Dunfermline, Stirling, &c
Ν Ο Τ Ε.

Medley, one of the litting

Seaford, the former committ Such has already been the fate of of his cause, with all imagi Miss Weiwitzer, numberless attacks have fulness, he said, to the dete heen made on her; dazzling offers have the committee; and the been employed to seduce her; but every with a certain air of jocula pursuer is conscious he has met with a loss the house must sustain, levere repulse. Failing there, the of the financial knowledge tongues of the witling, the disappointed cal powers of the two hono and the cenforious, have given a loose oners; one of whom he und $0 unmerited calumny.

an eminent banker in the


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themselves on the escape they havemade, country, by their perseverance, more effince it is equally evident, a further taxa- fential rights than have been obtained by ton, if not included in the general vote of three civil wars. After such conceffions this year, must be demanded by extraor- from the King of France, Niall the King dinaries, or a vote of credit meet them of Great Britain be ashamed to yield next feffion under the multiplied to the just cries of two million of his subexpe aces of that mode of raising mo- jects=”.

“ I know all the arguments which are With regard to the Navy, I confefs used to entangle weak men in support of it to be extremely hard, that the noble the present arbitrary tenets. The subLord should be attacked in the last feffic ject, indeed, is complicated, and men en of parliament for too great profusion, are confounded more than convinced. It and blamed in this for the rerluction is said, that legislation existing in the that was then deemed necessary ; but I parliament of Great Britain, taxation, am not one of those who are captivated which is a part of legislation, must newith a fimple proposition upon paper, cessarily be included. The various priwhen all the avenues of extravagance vileges which fubfift in every, free itate, are kept open, while the situation of our are hardly to be determined by any reaaffairs, from the worst judged policy, ne- foning a priori. Such dilemmas occur og ceffarily leads us to open thefe sluices of every subject. Can any position appear expence. It is therefore in vain to hold more ridiculous to those who maintain ths out economical resolutions in our votes, doctrines of virtual representation, than when our conduct must produce a contra- that a borough should send two Members ry effect. I hope however, that the fen- to Parliament without houfe or inhabis timents of gentlemen on the subject of tant ? And yet there are many who hear American affairs, begin to alter. I hope me, ftrenuous advocates against Amerithey will now see what men, uncorrupt can Charters, that hold their seats in this ed by the luxurious vices of a great ca- house under fuch a curious representation. pital, are capable of suffering in support At the same time I confess the basis of of effential privileges; and that the Hat- the conftitution depends on preserving tering expectations of seeing America at their privileges entire, since no man can out feet, are now vanished.

fay how far the reform would reach; and “ To those who conceive that men the whole art of Government consists in are to yield their rights from oppression preserving to every one his established and distress, I would recal to their me- rights. The most certain science we know mory the suffering of the late parliament is mathematics; yet if I was to say to many of Paris. The haughty mind of a dy- men, that two lines might approach nearbauched Minister, and an imperious er and nearer to all eternity, and never Chancellor, had induced the late King could meet, they would think the affera of France to violate all the ancient and tion ridiculous and absurd. Nevertheless established privileges of that auguit body, there is nothing so certain as the truth of the only remaining check against the that theorem. It is equally true that ledespotism of the Monarch: even men of gislation may exist without the power of wit and genius were found base enough taxation. The kingdom of Ireland with10 vilify the claims of the parliament; in our own dominion,is aproof of what thefe for I am sorry to observe, that fortitude learned gentlemen affert to be so impossiof mind does not always accompany ex- ble. A worthy member in my eye, becellent talents; and that many men pof- ing pressed with this the last fefling those rare gifts, are too often in- feifion of parliament, from the fairness duced to lend their ingenuity to the hand of his mind, avowed as his opinion, that that pays them, in support of the doc- we could tax Ireland. I remember trines of the day. Is it possible for any there were some gentlemen in the gallery of the people of America to undergo when this declaration was made, whom greater diitress than those worthy patriots I immediateiy perceived, by the contortiin France have suffered ? Deprived of ons in their countenance, to be Irish Memtheir offices and subfiitance, banished bers. Next day the - worthy Member from their friends, vilified by the Court, chose to make some apology to his friends. no prospect of a change, yet supported He said no parallel could be drawn beby principle and a good conscience, they tween Ireland and the Colonies ; for Irehave now seen their day of triumph, and land had a paraphernalia; and this fatisfelt the reward of virtue, securing to their fied both the English and the Irish Mem


bers. For my part, I do not see what The house went into a committee of difficulty can occur in leaving different the whole house, on the bill for granting Colonies on the same fcoting of raising to his majesty a duty on all malt, mum, money by requisition as the people of cyder and perry, for the service of the Ireland. If it is thought this manner of year 1775; and after some time spent railing supplies might throw too much therein, Sir Charles Whitworth reportpower into the hands of the crown, that ed, that they had gone through the same power might be limited, so as not to be with amendments: the report ordered to exerted excepi upon the address of both be received on Tuesday. Houses of Parliament, such as has been Mr. Cooper presented a bill for prelately adopted respecting the prerogative venting muting and desertion, and for in regulating the coin. I am still hope- the better payment of the army and their ful, that the tense chords on which our quarters; which was read a first time, American creed has been said and sung, and ordered to be read a second time. will be relaxed. I perceive, I think, The speaker desired to know if there the tone of the noble Lord is not so loud were any petitions to present, complainor so lofty as on some former debates on ing of undue elections, and none appearthis subject. I hope it does not proceed ing but such as were referred to those from want of health, in which case no already drawn, and ordered to be heard. man could feel more sorrow for his Lord- The order of the day was called for, when thip than myself; but I hope it arises, a petition from the county of Essex was from a more serious and deep reflection presented, complaining of the informal on the subject, where his own good sense manner the said election was opened and has had room to operate, free from those conducted, which was ordered to be heard violent associates who seem to have pre. on Friday the 7th of July. sipitated his Lordship into such raih and The order of the day being called for, cruel measures, contrary to his own na the house went into a committee of ways rural good temper. Here then I shall and means for raising a fupply granted to conclude as I set out, hoping that gene- his majetty.. Lord North stated to the sous, juit, pacific measures will be adopt- committee the whole of the supply and ed; but itill insitting, that no man can grants; and Mewed, that a land tax of determine properly on the number of three shillings would only leave a surplus forces to be employed, until we know of a few thousand pounds, which, conthe measures that are pursued respecting sidering the deficiency, would not admit America."

of any reduction. His lordship thereSaturday 17.) Agreed to the following fore moved, that a land tax of 3s. in the resolutions of Friday, viz.

pound be laid on all lands, hereditaments, That 17,547 effective men, including and pensions, in that part of Great Bri1522 invalids, be employed for the land tain called England, the principality of service for 1775.

Wales, and town of Berwick upon That 627,6891. be granted to his ma- Tweed; and a proportionable cefs upon jesty for maintaining the faid men. that part of Great Britain called Scot

That 385,1861. be granted for main- land, for the service of the year 1775 ; taining the forces in the plantations, which was agreed to without one diffentNorth America, Newfoundland, Gibral, ing voice; and the faid resolution orderiar, Noya Scotia, &c.

ed to be reported on Tuesday. Also 11,4731. for the pay of generals The house adjourned at three o'clock. and general staff officers.

Tuesday 20.] Sir Charles Whitworth £122,221 for the out pensioners of Chels brought up the report of the resolution fea hospital.

of the committee of ways and means of 28,059 for thie office of ordnance for Monday, relative to a three filling land service.

land tax, for the service of the year And 32,7481. for the said office, for 1975: And the speaker being just going services pertormed and not provided for. to declare the sense of the house, Mr.

Read a second time, the malt bill. Hartley member for Kingston, arose,

Mostry 19.]. This day the speaker and in a very mild, sensible speech, entook the chair at half after two. Mr. larged upon the very extraordinary conBurke's bill to-permit the importation of duct of administration concerning AmeIndian corn and maize under certain re- rican affairs. He said, the accounts from Prictions, was read a third time, passed, that counrry were truly alarming ; that anci ordered to the lords for their con- the resolutions of the continental con


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