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MONTHLY

M IR R O R:

REFLECTING

MEN AND MANNERS.

WITH

STRICTURES ON THEIR EPITOME,

The Stage.

To hold as 'twere the MIRROR up to Nature.

VOL XXII,

Embellished with superb Engravings.

London:

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MONTHLY MIRROR,

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CONTENTS.

MISCELLANEOUS.

DRAMATIC,

Correspondence,

Malkin's Almahide and Hamet .... 45

Biographical Sketch of Mrs. Cowley

Mr. Cumberland's Memoirs

BRITISH STAGE.

Professor Richardson

9 Anecdotes of the French Stage.

Administration of Justice

11 Remarks on the present State of the

Circumstantial Evidence

13 Drama

45

The Athanasian Creed

15

Avarice ........................................

22

ORIGINAL POETRY.

Talkers and Hearers

23 To the Moon

51

Select Sentences

24 Lines on seeing some Pieces of Ar-

mour at Shaw Place

52

Address to an Inmate

53

REVIEW OF LITERATURE.

An Address to the setting Sun 54

GENERAL

The Rose-Bud

56

Mr. Francis's Speech in the House

A Debtor's Soliloquy, in Prison .... 57

of Commons

25

Mr. Jefferys' Review of the Con-

MEMORANDA DRAMATICA,

duct of His Royal Highness the Haymarket ............................... 58

Prince of Wales

30 Mrs. C. Young

60

Hayley's supplementary Pages to King's Theatre .......

ib.

the Life of Cowper

33 Argyle Rooms--Masquerade ib.

Frost's Harper, and other Poems .. 35 New Royal Circus

61
Reflections on Mr. Windham's Astley's Royal Amphitheatre ib.
Plan submitted to Parliament for Sadler's Wells

ib.

the Improvement of the Army ib.

Vauxhall

62

The French Anas

36

The Letters of Junius complete 37

PROVINCIAL DRAMA.

Nutt's Complete Confectioner 39 Richmond

62

Montague's Citizen

Glasgow

ib.

Ulm and Trafalgar

ib. Inverness

Brougham's Inquiry into the Colo- Norwich

65

nial Policy of the European

40

IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT.

Clapham's forty Sermons

41 1.House of, Commons ...

66

Pinckard's Notes on the West In-

dies

...... *Domestic Events, Sec ne........ ib.

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MONTHLY MIRROR,

FOR

JULY, 1806.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF

MRS. HANNAH COWLEY.

(With a Portrait.) Mrs. HANNAH Cowley's maiden name was Parkhouse ; her father was a native of Tiverton, in Devonshire, descended in the female line from the family of Mr. Gay. He was originally designed for the church; but, on the death of patrons, or some other disappointment, he commenced bookseller in the place of his nativity. It was in this situation, probably, and from a father so qualified, that Miss Parkhouse had an opportunity of receiving, like her great namesake, as recorded by Mr. Johnson, the kernel without the husk of learning. About the year 1772, she married Mr. Cowley, in the service of the East India Company at Bengal, and brother to Mr. Cowley of Cateaton Street, by whom she has several children. It was not until the year 1776, that Mrs. Cowley appeared as a dramatic writer. At the conclusion of Mr. Garrick's management, “ The Runaway" was performed, and was the last drama received before his relinquishing the stage both as a performer and manager. To this comedy, which was acted with great success, he contributed an epilogue; and the reception the piece met with, encouraged our dramatist to continue her exertions for the stage. She then produced “Who's the Dupe," a farce, acted at Drury-Lane, 1779; “ Albina," a tragedy, 1779. In bringing forward this play, which was acted at the Haymarket, she met with considerable difficulties; and, in her preface, complains of the treatment she received.

A paper war between Mrs. Cowley and Mrs. Hannah More took place on account of this tragedy. The latter was suspected of having been admitted, by the managers of Covent Garden, tó a sight of the manuscript of Albina, and she was accused in the public prints, of having borrowed several of the sentiments and situations, and introduced them into her tragedy of the Fatal Falshood. Mrs. More published a letter in the St. James's Chronicle, in refutation of this charge, and Mrs. Cowley replied to her with considerable spirit. The controversy, which, like most disputes of a similar nature, left the question exactly as it found it, produced the

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