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heroine carried in Julio the art of pantomime farther than I have ever seen it extend: there was a pathos in the helpless condition of the character which adhered to it, act it who might, but she had an eager joy and nod of assent when comprehended that seemed to spring from her own nature; it took away the weariness from continued silence, and startled while it satisfied. Wroughton, in Darlemont, was extremely good indeed. Kemble must at least have equalled Monvel, who performed the Abbé at Paris.

In my “Life of Mr. Kemble," I have spoken fully of his revivals of “King John” and “Cymbeline;" they were good, permanent valuables in a house, but they cost money, and there was a pantomime to be brought out at Christmas, which was called “Harlequin Amulet,” the grand feature of which was a dragon and certain rattlesnakes, of which Johnston, the machinist, was the maker : the latter flew about the stage in a rather alarming manner, and sometimes stuck in the grooves; on such occasions it was the spectators who hissed.

The Country Girl came again "to the play,” on the 12th of March. It is true that she was as delightful as ever in the part, but she often complained that, if her friends were not tired of the repetition, she was almost ashamed of it. Colman might have written for her, but the money for the “Poor Gentleman ” could only be got from Mr. Harris.

CHAPTER IV.

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Decided Hostilities of 1801-02 — Kemble Now Challenges Com.

parison - No Coals from Newcastle. Lewis's Apology — The Faculty Bulletins - Cooke's Marriage Annulled — Next Month He Really Arrives, and Triumphs — Prevalence of Drunkenness - Mrs. Billington Sings for Both Houses - Sid. dons, Henry, and His “Integrity” – As an Actor - Marries Miss Murray - Isabella's Own Son -- Mrs. Billington's Accident - Quick, the Cunning Isaac, at Drury – Difficult Music – Nasolini — Kemble's Zanga, and Fifth Henry – Reynolds at the Other House - Nothing Written for Mrs. Jordan Poaching at Strawberry Hill — The “ Fashionable Friends" - Seduction and Sentiment — Lady Selina, Miss Decamp Sketch of That Character - Cobbett would Not Illuminate on the Peace — Applies for a Guard - Answer of the Minister

- M. Otto's House and Mr. Bull's Mistake - Concord Declared an Insult by Acclamation - M. Otto Found the Schoolmaster Not Abroad — Amity versus Concord, Adopted - Mrs. Jordan in Lady Teazle— Mrs. Jordan at Richmond and Mar. gate - Season 1802-03 — Mrs. Jordan's Painter, Romney.

HE winter campaign of 1801-02 opened

with decided hostility. Whatever in

duced Mr. Kemble to leave his rival the first season in possession of Bosworth Field, it looked like fear of him to discontinue the performance of Richard entirely, a compliment that old Sheridan did not pay even to Garrick, for he

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alternated the great characters of Shakespeare with him even on the same stage. Kemble on the very first night of the season,

“ Like Bellona's bridegroom, lapt in proof,

Confronted him with self-comparisons.",

This was on the Saturday, the 12th of September, and the day of rest, which suspends all combat except the revolutionary, only intervened, when Cooke, nothing loath, as it was supposed, was to answer the challenge at Covent Garden. The play was put up accordingly, and the hero expected on Monday in time to dress for the part, but he was so indifferent and daring, that the Newcastle Chronicle of the 12th absolutely announced his benefit there on the 14th, when he was to play Stukeley in the “ Gamester,” though he could not but know the arrangement at Covent Garden. The play of “Lovers' Vows,” or the return of their money, was proposed by Mr. Lewis to the pit and galleries — the boxes on the first night of a season seldom are troubled with anything but paper.

There were some occasional colloquies between the groundlings and the managers, with the usual advantage on the side of him who speaks from an eminence. Lewis on these occasions was always finely tempered and manly; he was never cringing his respect had no affected reverence, and he was too well-bred to look dissatisfaction, and presume to direct his masters. At length he obtained his object. Cooke, it seemed, after all, by his exertions had ruptured a blood-vessel in his chest, though an iron one, and Doctor Kentish had him under his care at Newcastle. He was unable to write himself, and a Mr. Dunn acted as his private secretary upon the occasion, to make his apology to Mr. Harris. Brave punishments were prepared for him on his return to his duty. I mean, of course, his theatrical duty: that of a husband had been done away in the summer, Sir William Scott having annulled his marriage with Miss Alicia Daniels of the Bath Theatre; what “Shore" had attracted her Hastings it is useless to inquire. On the 19th of the following month he presented himself to the audience before the play in the dress of Richard, and they had the kindness to hear him. “He confessed that he had no permission to remain in the country after the commencement of the town season, regretted the disappointment he had occasioned, and besought their indulgence to his future efforts."

A biographer of the stage, who wishes the re

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