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of his debts ; adding withal a pension of 2001. per annum while he continued in England. But the bountiful intentions of that Prince had not all the designed effect, for Wycherly was ashamed to give the Earl of Mulgrave, whom the King had sent to demand it, a full account of his debts. He laboured under these difficulties until his father died; and then too the estate that descended to him was left under very uneasy limitations, since, being only a tenant for life, he could not raise money for the payment of his debts. However, he took a method of doing it which few suspected to be his choice; and this was, inaking a jointure. He had often declared that he was resolved to die married, though he could not bear the thoughts of living in that state again : accordingly, just at the eve of his death, he married a young gentlewoman with 15001. fortune, part of which he applied to the uses. he wanted it for. Eleven days after the celebration of these nuptials, on the 1st of January, 1715, he died, and was interred in the vault of Covent-garden church.
BARTON BOOTH, With a very classical and highly improved judgment, possessed all the natural powers of an actor in a very eminent degree. “ He was of a middle stature, five feet eight; his form rather inclining to the athletic, though nothing clumsy or heavy; his air and deportment naturally graceful, with a marking eye, and a manly sweetness in his countenance.
His voice was completely harmonious, from the softness of the flute to the extent of the trumpet: his attitudes were all picturesque : he was noble in his designs, and happy in his execution *.”
To this testimony Aaron Hill (a writer of great theatrical knowledge) adds, “ It was this actor's peculiar felicity to be heard and seen the same, whether as the pleased, the grieved, the pitying, the reproạchful, or the angry. One would be almost tempted to borrow the aid of a very bold figure, and, to express this excellence the more significantly, beg permission to affirm, that the blind might have seen him in his voice, and the deaf have heard him in his visage.
* Victor's History of the Theatre.