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INCH GARVEY Sec. from QUEENSFERRY
Mi Pak by A. Constable of CZApril 1813,
EDINBURGH LITERARY MISCELLANY,
For MARCH 1813.
Description of INCH-GARVEY. Scottish chieftain, who had been carTHIS is a small island in the Frith of ried off in his infancy by pirates, reForth, nearly in the middle of the turns by chance to his native place.
He there meets his sister, and, a mury. It was anciently fortified; and, tual passion ensuing, is secretly marafter the alarm occasioned by the ap- in which the union is disclosed, is
ried to her. The moment, however, pearance of Paul Jones and his
squadron in the Frith, in 1779, its fortifi. also that in which their relation is cations were repaired, and 4 iron 24.
discovered. Finella, the unfortunate pounders mounted upon them, and sister, poisons herself; and Gonsolvo furnished with 100 rounds of ammu
is only deterred, by the earnest innition each. One or two artillerymen treaties of his father, from sacrificing reside on the island, to take care of
is also diversified by a Lord Comyn, who pays his addresses to Finella,
and who is himself vainly beloved Observations on the Representation of by two ladies of her train. the Play of the Rash MARRIAGE. In the audience which sttended this (TO THE EDITOR.)
representation, there appeared to nie SIR,
to be distinctly two parties, one preNO event has caused a greater sen. determined to applaud, the other to
sation in the literary circles of hiss. The former, however, was at this metropolis, than the representa first the most powerful. During the tion of a play by so eminent an anti- two first acts they maintained their quary, historian, and even poet, as ground; and the efforts of the hissers, Mr Pinkerton. I hope, therefore, to though vigorous, were insufficient to find a corner of your Miscellany for raise the house in their favour. In recording such observations as occus the third act, however, an unfortunate red to me, on viewing the represen- scene took place. Comyn being retation of this piece.
proached, by his injured mistress, with The main plot is simple. A young never having proposed a legal union,
endeavours to find a plausible excuse ; not the audience felt along with them. to which the lady at once replies:
There was some bad acting, which ,
no doubt turned visibly to their ad“ If thou’rt sincere, then, wilt thou wed me now ?"
vantage. Yet the play, on the whole,
was by no means ill acted. Mis In what manner this home-thrust
Siddons displayed powers, the rapid was parried, it is impossible to deter- improvement of which promises to mine : for from that moment an un render her soon one of the first perinterrupted series of hisses, catcalls, formers of the age. The other prinand laughter, drowning all sounds of çipal characters were 'well performed plaudit, continued to shake the house by Mr Terry and Mr Siddons. The for nearly a quarter of an hour. The unbiassed sense of the audience was doom of the piece appeared to be therefore against the piece, and I sealed. Yet partly through the in- must frankly express my opinion, that trinsic merit of some following scenes, I felt disposed to go along with the and partly through the admirable act. general judgment. The construction ing of Mrs Siddons, it again rose, of the play was singularly bad.and seemed in a somewhat hopeful There were five plots, totally distinct state. The last scene of the fourth and unconnected with each other. act, in which the discovery took place, There was the grand plot; there was, produced a considerable tragic effect; besides, the love of Comyn for Fineland had the representation closed la; then the separate love of the two there, the piece might have been damsels for Comyn; and there was, saved. But, in the fifth act, all was lastly, a Confessor, who continued lachanged, hiss succeeded to hiss; and, bouring from the beginning of the before its termination, the house was play, to prevent that which bad al. quite in a state of tumult. At length ready taken place. Of these four the curtain fell, and Mr Siddons ap- underplots, not one had the smallest peared, to announce the repetition of tendency to forward the main catasthe play. The confusion of sounds trophe.' The treacherous attack of which followed can be compared on. Comyn came in most unseasonably ly to that which was heard in chaos to ruin all the interest which had before the reign of order commenced. been expected by the closing scene of Hands clapping, feet bcating, hisses, the fourth act. With regard to the catcalls, hear! hear! off! off! re circumstance on which the catastrophe sounded from a thousand quarters at turns, it has generally been consionce. The manager stood for some dered of a nature so shocking and time in silent amaze; but he soon be. disgustful, as to form an insuperable came sensible, that a great majority bar to the success of any play. Yet was on the side of condemnation. instances might be given, when writHe retired. An attempt was after ers of exalted genius overcame this wards made, by the party friendly to difficulty, and even derived advantage the play, to call for it, but was drown- from it. To do so, however, required ed by a new tempest of wrath. a delicacy of taste and feeling which, Another drama was then announced.
we suspect, was not possessed by the I have already said, that there was learned and laborious author of this a party which, from the first, shewed piece. Some parts of the wosk distherzselves hostile to the play. Yet played poetical merit, but not suffi, being opposed by a stronger party, cient, we apprehend, to save the work, they could never, I apprehend, have considered as a drama. gained so complete triumph, bad
Bi graphical Notice of the late Sir of the army in the expulsion of the re, - James HENRY CRAIG, K. B. bels from that province. In 1777
he was engaged in the actions at Ti. TO bear testimony to the merits of conderago and Hubertown, in the lat.
a servant of the public, who has ter of which engagements he was closed an honourable carcer in its again severely wounded,
Ever jo a employment, is a debt of gratitude position of honourable danger, he rewhich we feel a pride in discharging, ceived a third wound in the action at not only as a tribute justly due to Freeman's Farm. He was engaged departed worth and eminence, but in the disastrous affair at Saratoga, also in the hope, that, by holding out and was then distinguished by Gene. such examples as the subject of our ral Burgoyne and the brave Fraser, present memoir affords, we shall who fell in that action, as a young of. adopt the best means of rousing in ficer who promised to attain to the the breast of others, a generous ar
very height of the military career, dour to emulate those principles, by On that occasion he was selected by a steady adherence to which Sir General Burgoyne to carry home the James Henry Craig arrived at the dispatches, and was immediately highest honour of his profession. thereafter promoted to a majority in But he was no less distinguished by the new 82d regiment, which he achis talents as a civilian than by his companied to Nova Scotia in 1778, military acquirements; and were we to Penobscot in 1779, and to North to confine ourselves to his civil ser Carolina in 1781; being engaged in vices, a view of these would afford a continued scene of active service scope for very extended illustration. during the whole of those campaigns, But as he is so much better known and generally commanding the light to the public in bis military capacity, troops, with orders to act from his we shall consider chiefly that part of own discretion, on which his superihis life which was thus spent in the ors in command relied with implicit service of his country.
confidence. In a service of this kind, Sir J. H. Craig was of a respectable the accuracy of his intelligence, the Scottish family, the Craigs of Dal. fertility of his resources, and the nair and Costarton, and born at Gib. clearness of his military judgement, saltar, where his father held the ap were alike conspicuous, and drew on pointments of civil and military judge. him the attention of his Sovereign, He entered the army at the early age who noted him as an officer of the of fifteen, in 1763 ; and in a season highest promise. In 1781 he obtainof peace he imbibed the elementary ed the lieutenant-colonelcy of the 828 knowledge of his profession in the regiment, and in 1783 that of the best military schools of the continent. 16th, which he commanded in IreIn 1770 he was appointed aid-du- land till 1791, having been promotcamp to General Sir Robert Boyd, ed to the rank of Colonel in 1790. then governor of Gibraltar, and ob- In 1792 he went to the continent for tained a company in the 47th regi- the purpose of instructing himself ment, with which he went to Ameri- in the discipline of the Prussian arca in 1774, and was present at the my, at that time esteemed the most battles of Lexington and Bunker's perfect in Europe ; and in a corresHill, in which latter engagement be pondence with General Sir D. Dunwas severely wounded. In 1776 he das, communicated the result of his accompanied his regiment to Canada, knowledge to that most able tactitian, commanding his company in the ac from whose professional science his tion of Trois Rivieres, and he after- country has derived so much advan. wards commanded the advanced guard tage in the first improvement of the
disciplinary system, and it is belie- and talents were unremittingly exert. ved that the first experiments of the ed to the improvement of the discipnew exercise were, by his Majesty's line of the Indian army, and to the orders, reduced to the test of practice, promotion of that harmonious co-opeunder the eye of Colonel Craig, in ration between its different constiiuthe 16th regiment. In 1793 he was
ent parts, on which not only the miappointed to the command of Jersey, litary strength, but the civil arrangeand soon thereafter of Guernsey, as ment of that portion of thc British lieutenant-governor. In 1791 he was empire so essentially depend. Januappointed adjutant-general to the ar- ary 1801, Sir James Craig was proniy under his Royal Highness the moted to the rank of lieutenant-geneDuke of York, by whose side he ser. sal, and returned to England in 1802. ved during the whole of that cam He was appointed to the command of paign on the continent, and whose the eastern district, and remained in favour and confidence he enjoyed to England till 1805, when, notwiththe latest moments of his life. In standing his constitution was much 1794 he obtained the rank of major impaired by a long train of most acgeneral, and in the beginning of the tive and fatiguing service, he was sefollowing years he was sent on the ex lected by his Sovereign to take the pedition to the Cape of Good Hope, command of the British troops in the where, in the reduction and conquest Mediterranean. He proceeded to of that most important settlement, Lisbon, Gibraltar, Malta, and from with the co-operation of admiral Sir thence to Naples, to act in co-operaG. K. Elphinstone, and Major-Gene- tion with the Russian army. But the ral Clark, he attained to the highest object of these plans being frustrated pitch of his military reputation, and by the event of the battle of Austerperformed that signal service to his litz, Sir James withdrew the troops King and country, of which the me from Naples to Messina, in Sicily. mory will be as lasting as the nation. During the whole period of his comal annals. Nor were his merits less mand in the Mediterranean he had conspicuous in the admirable plans of suffered severely from that malady civil regulation, introduced by him in which terminated his life,--a dropsy, that hostile quarter, when invested proceeding from an organic affection with the chief authority, civil and mi- of the liver ; and feeling his disease litary, as governor of the Cape, till sensibly gaining ground, he returned, succeeded in that situation by the Earl with his Sovereign's permission, to of Macartney, in 1797, who, by a de- England in 1806.
A temporary putation from his Majesty, invested abatement of his disorder flattering General Craig with the red ribbon, him with a prospect of recovery, and as an honourable mark of his Sove- being unable to reconcile his mind to reign's just sense of his distinguished a situation of inactivity, he once more services.
accepted of an active command from Sir James Craig had scarcely re the choice of his Sovereign, and in turned to England, when it was his 1808, on the threatening appearance Majesty's pleasure to require his ser of hostilities with the United Ameri. vices on the staff in India. On his can States, was sent out to Quebec, arrival at Madras, he was appointed as governor in chief of British Ameto the command of an expedition rica. The singular union of vigour against Manilla, which not taking and prudence, which distinguished place, he proceeded to Bengal, and his government in that most importook the field service. During a five tant official situation, are so recently years command in India, his attention impressed on the public mind, as to