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SOME ACCOUNT

OF THE

English Stage from the Restoration

IN 1660 TO 1830.

C. G. 1805-1806, IN CONTINUATION.

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Feb. 20. Distressed Mother. Betty Pyrrhus C. Kemble: Smith, 1st time: Andromache

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22. Not acted 9 years, Merope. Dorilas Master Betty: Polyphontes Pope: Narbas Murray : Merope Mrs. Litchfield: Ismene Miss Brunton. 24. Richard 3d. Queen Mrs. Litchfield, 1st time.

Orestes = Master
Hermione = Miss
Mrs. Litchfield.

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March 8. Never acted, a Hint to Husbands. Lord Transit-C. Kemble: Sir Charles Le Brun = H. Johnston George Trevor (nephew to Fairford) = Brunton Fairford (father to Lady Transit): Fawcett Heartright (formerly tutor to Lord Transit) Pope: Dogherty (an old servant in Lord Transit's family) Blanchard: Codicil Emery: Pliant

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VOL. VIII.

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Farley Lady Transit Miss Smith: Lady Le Brun Mrs. Glover: Ruth Mrs. Emery :-acted 6 times-Lord Transit had married a young woman of a rank considerably inferiour to his own, and without any fortune-the novelty of her charms being over, he is tired of her, and sends her back to her father's house-Lord Transit has a design on Lady Le Brun-Sir Charles has a design on Lady Transit -the ladies give them no encouragement-Lady Transit has no fault, but she has not the pleasantry of Lady Le Brun-Lady Le Brun has an itch for gaming, but on the whole she is a good sort of woman-Fairford comes into a large fortune by the death of a friend-he wants to get his daughter legally separated from her husband-Lady Le Brun wishes to reconcile them -for this purpose she invites Lord Transit to her house-Lady Transit comes there also-she expects to meet her husband-Sir Charles enters, and renews his addresses -she faints, and Sir Charles supports her-at this moment Lord Transit enters-he gives Sir Charles a challenge Lady Le Brun and the other characters interfere - Sir Charles acknowledges himself to blame, and solemnly exculpates Lady Transit -Lord and Lady Transit are reconciled- -this C. is better calculated for perusal than for representation-it is more likely to please on a second perusal than on the first-Cumberland has written the dialogue in blank verse, and very neatly--but the plot is simple in the extreme, and there is scarcely any incident till the last scene.

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22. Oroonoko, or the Royal Slave, revived. Oroonoko Betty, 1st time: Aboan C. Kemble: Bland

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ford Brunton: Capt. Driver Emery: Imoinda = Miss Smith Widow Mrs. Emery: - this seems to have been Dr. Hawkesworth's alteration-acted twice.

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24. Mountaineers. Octavian Kemble: Sadi= Blanchard: Bulcazin Muley Murray: Virolet = Brunton: Kilmallock = Waddy: Lope Tocho = Emery: Zorayda Lady, 1st app.: Floranthe = Miss Searle Agnes Miss Tyrer.

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27. Wheel of Fortune. Tempest = Liston, 1st time: Emily Tempest Miss Brunton.

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29. For bt. of Lewis. Not acted 12 years, Chances. Don John Lewis: Don Frederick = Brunton Antonio Emery: 1st Constantia = Miss Brunton: 2d Constantia Mrs. Glover: Mother in Law Mrs. Mattocks: Landlady Mrs. Davenport : -Chances was acted 3 times.

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April 8. Master Betty acted Richard 3d.

9. Hamlet Master Betty: Polonius = Liston :Master Betty was taken ill, and the play was changed to the Chances.

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10. Never acted, White Plume, or the Border Chieftains. Scots-Earl Glenfillan (Warden of the Scotch Border) = Murray: Kilspindie (one of his household) Fawcett Allan (a soldier) = Blanchard Flora (Glenfillan's daughter) Miss Davies: -Danes-Sir Guthred (related to Glenfillan) Johnston Randal (an old minstrel) Taylor :English-Sir Alfred (Warden of the English Border) = Munden: Edward (his son) = Incledon : Arthur (steward to Sir Alfred) = Liston: Nicholas (his man) = Simmons: Ellen (daughter to Sir Alfred) = Miss Serle Martha (her attendant) = Miss Tyrer:

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Rose (an old housekeeper) Mrs. Emery:-
-this
musical Romantick Drama, in 3 acts, was written by
T. Dibdin-it was acted 5 times-and then cut
down to 2 acts--songs only printed.

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14. Pizarro Pope, 1st time: Elvira Mrs. Siddons.

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19. Stranger. Baron Steinfort H. Johnston.
21. Gamester. Lewson = Brunton.

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23. Henry 8th, revived. King=Pope: Wolsey = Kemble: Buckingham H. Johnston: Cromwell = Brunton: Cranmer Murray: Gardiner Blanchard Lord Sands Simmons: Campeius = Hull: Queen Katharine Mrs. Siddons: Anne Bullen = Miss Brunton: Lady Denny Mrs. Davenport :— Henry 8th, as revised by Kemble, was printed in 1804-the cast differed from the bill for this evening -King Cooke: Buckingham = Brunton: Cromwell C. Kemble: Gardiner Munden :-some circumstances seem to have happened to prevent this play, and All's well that ends well, from being acted according to Kemble's original cast.

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Wordsworth in 1810 published Cavendish's Life of Wolsey from two manuscripts in the Lambeth library --it had never been printed entire before-it is a very interesting work, as Cavendish was Gentleman Usher to Wolsey, and continued with him to the last-it was first printed in 1641, but no publication was ever more unfaithful to the manuscript, from which it professed to be taken-There is a striking similarity between many of Shakspeare's speeches and Cavendish's narrative-Wordsworth says, that Stowe in his Annals had inserted large extracts from Cavendish's Manuscript.

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