obliged to content himself with purchasing a ten-dollar ticket for the second.
The play, however, he found rather dull than otherwise, the performance being indebted, he thought, for its main interest to the personal character of the actors, who played respectably for amateurs, but not well.
was not at home in the leading part, as “stateliness sits ill upon him;” but he shone in the scene where, as a bookseller in disguise, he tempts the virtue of a poor author.
In the afterpiece, however, in which the novelist personated in rapid succession a lawyer, a servant, a gentleman and an invalid, the acting seemed “perfect,” and the play was heartily enjoyed throughout.
thought, that the ‘raw material of a capital comedian was put to a better use when Charles Dickens
took to authorship.’
It was half-past 12 when the curtain fell, and the audience repaired to a supper room, where the munificence of the Duke
had provided a superb and profuse entertainment.
‘I did not venture, at that hour,’ says the traveler, ‘to partake; but those who did would be quite unlikely to repent of it —till morning.’
He left the ducal mansion at one, just as the violins began to give note of coming melody, to which nimble feet were eager to respond.
The eightieth birthday of Robert Owen
was celebrated on the fourteenth of May, by a dinner at the Colbourne hotel
, attended by a few of Mr. Owen
's personal friends, among whom Horace Greeley
was one. ‘I cannot,’ wrote Mr. Greeley
, ‘see many things as he does; it seems to me that he is stone-blind on the side of Faith in the invisible, and exaggerates the truths he perceives until they almost become falsehoods; but I love his sunny benevolent nature, I admire his unwearied exertions for what he deems the good of humanity; and, believing with the great apostle to the Gentiles, that “Now abide faith, hope, charity; these three; but the greatest of these is charity,” I consider him practically a better Christian than half those who, professing to be such, believe more and do less.’
The only other banquet at which Mr. Greeley
was a guest in London
during his first visit, was the dinner of the Fishmonger
There he heard a harangue from Sir James Brooke
, the Rajah of Borneo
From reading, he had formed the opinion that the Rajah was doing a good work for civilization and humanity in Borneo
, but this impression was not confirmed