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as containing more wit and acuteness of fancy than any of Jonson's Comedies; he observes, that the unity of time is so strictly preserved that all the events in the play may easily have happened within the time of representation--that the unity of action is entire; the end and aim of which is the settling of Morose's estate on Dauphine ; and tho' all the characters in the play have several concernments of their own, yet they are all used by the poet to the conducting of the main design to perfection—nor is the unity of place much violated, as the scene lies within the compass of two houses, and after the 1st act in one—the untying of the plot is so admirable, that when it is done, no one of the audience would think the poet could have missed it; and yet it was concealed so much before the last scene, that any other way would sooner have entered into one's thoughts
-Dryden in one point is very incorrect-the 1st act passes at Clerimont's house, and the bulk of the play at Morose's, but the 2d scene of the 2d act is at Daw's—and the 4th in a lane near Morose's house -at the beginning of the 3d act the scene lies at Otter's.
Jan. 16. Fair Penitent. Lothario = Reddish : Horatio = Bensley: Sciolto = J. Aikin : Calista = Mrs. Yates.
18. Garrick acted Abel Drugger.
19. Macbeth. Macbeth = Smith: Macduff=Farren, 1st time : Lady Macbeth = Mrs. King, 1st time.
20. Not acted 12 years, Discovery. Sir Anthony Branville =Garrick : Lord Medway= Bensley: Sir Harry Flutter = Dodd : Col. Medway = Brereton : Lady Flutter = Mrs. Abington : Mrs. Knightly
Mrs. King: Lady Medway=Mrs. Hopkins : Miss Richly = Miss Hopkins : Louisa Medway = Miss P. Hopkins :-on this revival Garrick was the only original performer.
22 and 24. Sir Anthony Branville (with an address to the ladies)=Garrick. 26. Discovery. Sir Anthony
Sir Anthony = Garrick :—with Author. Mrs. Cadwallader=Mrs. Wrighten, 1st time.
27. Jealous Wife. Oakly=Smith : Major Oakly =Yates: Charles = Brereton, 1st time: Lord Trinket =Dodd : Sir Harry Beagle=Palmer : Capt. O’Cutter=Moody : Mrs. Oakly=Miss Younge, 1st time : Lady Freelove = Mrs. Hopkins : Harriet = Miss P. Hopkins, 1st time.
29. Garrick acted Sir Anthony Branville.
31. Provoked Wife. Sir John Brute-Garrick : Lady Fanciful=Mrs. King, 1st time.
Feb. 1. Matilda, with, never acted, Blackamoor washed White. Jerry= King : Frederic= Vernon : Sir Oliver Oddfish = Parsons : Grenville = Davies : Julia=Mrs. Siddons : Lady Oddfish=Mrs.Wrighten: Mrs. Dowsett = Mrs. Bradshaw.
3. Garrick acted Lusignan with Blackamoor, 3d time.
5. Garrick acted Brute— with Blackamoor, 4th time—this Farce with songs was written by Bateit occasioned a riot on this evening—the author was the conductor of a most scurrilous newspaper, called the Morning Post ; in which abuse was daily vented on private and public characters—the Farce itself was probably as trifling as Bate’s other productions ; but people were determined to damn it out of dislike to the author—a lady, who was present on this representation of it, told me, that she and her friend were obliged to leave the theatre before their carriage was come, and get home as well as they could—the cry of the evening was “Ladies out” _Garrick acted to sweeten the dose, but it would not go down.
6. Earl of Warwick. Warwick = Smith: King Edward=Palmer : Margaret of Anjou=Mrs. Yates : Lady Elizabeth Gray = Mrs. King, 1st time.
7. Garrick acted Sir Anthony Branville. 9. Garrick acted Kitely. 10. Isabella. Biron = Smith: Isabella = Mrs. Yates.
12. Much ado. Benedick = Garrick : Dogberry – Parsons.
14. Garrick acted Leon :-with Sultan, 7th time.
15. Never acted, Runaway. George Hargraver Smith : Hargrave (father to George and Harriet)= Yates : Mr. Drummond = Bensley : Sir Charles Seymour (in love with Harriet) = Brereton : Justice = Parsons : Jarvis (servant to Lady Dinah) = Palmer : Morley (uncle to Emily) = J. Aikin : Bella (niece to Hargrave)= Miss Younge: Lady Dinah = Mrs. Hopkins : Emily = Mrs. Siddons : Harriet (in love with Sir Charles) = Miss P. Hopkins : Susan (woman to Lady Dinah)= Mrs. Wrighten :-acted about 17 times—Lady Dinah is an old maid-as she has a good fortune, Hargrave wishes his son to marry her—she has no sort of objection to a young husband-George and the rest of the family think that Hargrave means to marry Lady Dinah himself -Emily had run away from her uncle to avoid a forced marriage-Drummond takes her under his protection, but as he is single, he requests Hargrave to give Emily an apartment in his house--she
to be a young lady with whom George had fallen in love at the masquerade–Lady Dinah perceives that George's attachment is not to herself, but to Emily -she promises Susan £200, if she can get Emily turned out of the house-Susan engages Jarvis to assist her-Jarvis had been a strolling player-he affects to recognise Emily, and talks of having acted Romeo to her Juliet-at this moment Morley arrives
- he carries off Emily-George follows them, and takes Emily from him at the conclusion, Morley is prevailed on by Drummond to give Emily to George-Sir Charles marries Harriet—Lady Dinah is exposed-Bella gives an intimation that her lover is returned to England—this is a good C.-George, Bella and Drummond are very pleasing charactersMrs. Cowley afterwards wrote other plays that were more successful than the Runaway, but she perhaps never wrote a better.
21. Deuce is in him. Col. Tamper = Palmer: Prattle = King : Emily = Mrs. King, 1st time.
22. Runaway. Emily = Mrs. King, 1st time. 24. Jane Shore. Gloster=J. Aikin, 1st time.
March 7. Zara. Lusignan= Garrick, last time, with, never acted, Spleen, or Islington Spa. D’Oyley (contracted to Eliza)= Parsons : Rubrick (a bookseller, and dealer in quack medicines)=King : Jack Rubrick (his son) = Palmer : Merton = Brereton : Aspin = Baddeley: Machoof = Moody: Lætitia (cousin to Merton) = Mrs. King: Eliza (daughter to Rubrick)= Miss P. Hopkins : Mrs. Rubrick = Mrs. Hopkins : Tabitha (her sister) = Mrs. Love : D’Oyley is a rich draper, who had retired from business—for want of employment, he is eaten up with
the Spleen, and fancies he has a tendency to all manner of disorders — Lætitia visits him as Dr. Anodyne—Dr. Anodyne is accused of having been too intimate with Eliza — D'Oyley wishes to be released from his engagement with Eliza-Merton offers to marry her-Rubrick consents - Merton says that he and Eliza have been married for 3 weeks
this is a tolerable Farce by Colman-D’Oyley is a good character, but in that of Jack Rubrick, Colman is not equally happy-young Cantabs, who frequent Newmarket, do not usually interlard their conversation with mathematical expressions.
Murphy observes —“ Garrick in the Prologue to “this piece gave the first public notice of his inten“ tion to retire from the stage”—the Genti's Magazine for Jan. says—“ it is reported that Garrick has “ sold his share in D. L.”—Lacy died in 1773 or 1774—Garrick by his death lost an able coadjutorthe whole burden of the theatre fell upon him at the time when his infirmities rendered him unequal to the task-I have seen a letter from him to Dr. Falconer of Bath, in which he desired his brother, who was then at that city, to superintend the Rehearsal of Bon Ton at the theatre—he said of himself, that he had hardly time to eat, drink or sleep.
Two Epigrams were published, in which it was said that Mrs. Abington, Mrs. Yates, and Miss Younge gave Garrick so much trouble as manager that he determined to quit the stage—in the confined circle of a playhouse, where jealousy is apt to predominate and where separate interests are continually clashing, disputes must inevitably happen;