MYSTIFICATION BY MADAME MALIBRAN.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR.
SIRY011 have let Madame MALiaaart off very easily in your paper of last week, and have taken for granted that she was really prevented by indisposition from attending the Ancient Concert on the 26th May. She admits that she was engaged to sing there—now then, will she give me a plain answer to a plain question ? Was she not, at the very time she should have been fulfilling that engagement, either at Bath or on her way thither g I yield to no man living in my admiration of that lady's talents ; but talents, however splendid, are no excuse for the breach of an engagement : and having often felt, to my great inconvenience, the unrelaxing strictness of discipline which the Directors of the Ancient Concert enforce towards their English performers, I was more than a little amazed at Madame MA LIBRAN.S assertion, that Lord DARNLEY" felt "no surprise at the cause of her absence."
Your obedient servant,