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That part of the Church yard of St. Cloud where she was buried, was very low, and as it was intended some time or other to level it, a mound to the height of 6 feet was raised over her grave-she was buried under an Acacia tree, and at the proper time of the year Cypress-trees were planted round the mound—. this was executed with taste-but it was afterwards suffered to go to ruin for the want of a small sum of money.
The effects which Mrs. Jordan left at St. Cloud were (for some reason or other) taken possession of by the officers of the police, and after a certain time put up to auction-even her body linen was sold amidst the coarse remarks of low Frenchwomenthe gentleman who applied to me for the epitaph, was present at the sale.
Mrs. Jordan must have acquired a great deal of money by her profession-she was not a woman of much expense, but she had a large family of children, and she was a very kind mother.
As an actress she never had a superiour in her proper line-Mrs. Clive no doubt played Nell as well as Mrs. Jordan, it was hardly possible for her to have played the part better-Mrs. Jordan's Country Girl, Romp, Miss Hoyden and all characters of that description were exquisite-in breeches parts no actress can be put in competition with her but Mrs. Woffington-and to Mrs. Woffington she was as superiour in point of voice, as Mrs. Woffington was su periour to her in beauty-Mrs. Jordan's voice was not only sweet, but distinct, she articulated particularly well-tho' she was not a professed singer, yet the little songs, which she frequently introduced,
were much admired-she was sometimes called on to sing a song the 3d time-she was never handsome, but she was peculiarly pleasing, and as Wilkinson says, she sported the best leg ever seen on the stage -she latterly grew too fat and large for the breeches characters-this was her misfortune, not her faultbut when, on Miss Farren's retirement, she threw herself into genteel comedy, she betrayed a lamentable want of judgment-she was so consummate an actress, that she could do nothing badly-nay she was even well received in such characters-but she certainly did herself no credit-when in any particular point, she wished to be spirited and comic, she was obliged, in spite of herself, to resume her natural manner, which was any thing but elegant-the worst of all was, that she persevered in playing Violante, Belinda, &c., when her personal appearance (if there had been no other objection) disqualified her for such parts-at one time in order to dress like a young woman, she was so injudicious as to expose more of her person to view, than was proper at her time of life-before she left the stage, some of her real friends wished her to take up the elderly characters-such as Mrs. Malaprop, &c.-but she was offended even at the mention of this-on her last visit to Bath, Charlton, the stage manager, asked her to play the Old Maid-" No, she had played it "as a frolic for her benefit, but did not mean to play "such parts in a common way”— on being requested to play Bridget in the Chapter of Accidents, she said, it was a vulgar part and out of her line.
Her Hypolita will never be excelled-Rosalind
-Viola and Lady Contest were among her best
Mrs. Jordan's characters.
D. L. 1785-1786. Country Girl-Viola—Imogen -Romp-Bellario in Philaster-*Rosa in Strangers at Home-Miss Hoyden- Hypolita-Virgin Unmasked-Irish Widow.
1786-1787. *Matilda in Richard Cœur de LionMiss Prue-Roxalana-Rosalind.
1787-1788. Juletta in Pilgrim-Sir Harry Wildair. 1788-1789. Corinna-Beatrice in Pannel-Nell -*Eleanor in Impostors-Lady Bell in Know your own Mind-William in Rosina-Aura in Farm House.
1789-1790. Polly Honeycombe-*Helena in Love in many Masks-Letitia Hardy-*Little Pickle-Lydia Languish.
1790-1791. Intriguing Chambermaid—* Augusta in Better late than Never--*in Greek Slave-probably Celia-Mrs. Sneak-Sylvia in R. O.
1791-1792. Fatima in Cymon-*Village Coquette -*Julia Wingrove in Fugitive.
1792-1793. *In Anna-Lady Restless-*Clara, disguised as Lucio, in Female Duellist.
1793-1794. No new character.
1794-1795. *Lady Contest in Wedding Day*in Nobody-Helena in All's well-Amanthis in
Child of Nature-Welch Heiress-Old Maid-Sabina Rosny in First Love.
1795-1796. Julia in Surrender of Calais-Fidelia in Plain Dealer-*Flavia in Vortigern-Juliet– Ophelia.
1796-1797. *Albina Mandeville in Will-*Letitia Manfred in Last of the Family-Lady Teazle.
1797-1798. Estifania-*Sir Edward Bloomly in Cheap Living-Maria in Citizen-*Angela in Castle Spectre Susan in Knave or Not?-Adelaide in Count of Narbonne-Bisarre-in She's ElopedBeatrice in Much ado-Susan in Follies of a DayDorinda in Tempest.
1798-1799. *Rosa in Secret-Lady Harriet in Funeral-Zorayda in East Indian-*in Trials of the Heart-*Cora in Pizarro.
1799-1800. *Emily in Children-*Julia in Indiscretion-Miss Hardcastle.
1800-1801. *Innogen in Adelmorn-Nina in ditto -Lady Racket.
1801-1802. *Miss Racket in Fashionable Friends -Widow Bellmour-Biddy Tipkin in Tender Hus
1802-1803. Mrs. Sullen-Miranda in B. B.Eliza in Hear both Sides -Belinda in All in the Wrong-*Emma in Marriage Promise - Flora in Midnight Hour-Sophia in Road to Ruin.
1803-1804. *Widow Cheerly in Soldier's Daughter-*Louisa Davenant in Sailor's Daughter-Charlotte in Hypocrite-*in Middle Dish-Grace Gaylove in Review-Lady Bab Lardoon.
Rosetta in Foundling * Clara
in Matrimony Live in.
1805-1806. Mrs. Hamilton in School for Friends -Lady Flutter in Discovery Mrs. Doggerel in Register Office-Penelope in Gamesters.
1806-1807. Not engaged.
1807-1808. *In Something to do -2d Constantia *Lady Bloomfield in World-Cecily Homespun. 1808-1809. *Helen Worrett in Man and Wife. 1809-1810. Not engaged.
C. G. 1810-1811. No new character July 2d.
* - Lady Lovelace in Land we
1811-1812. Not engaged.
1812-1813. No new character.
Bath Jan. 11 1814.
C. G. 1813-1814.
Clarinda in S. H.
Barbara Green in D. and C.
For Mrs. Jordan's characters when in the York Company, see D. L. Oct. 18 1785.