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23. Palmer acted Inkle, 1st time.
31. For bt. of Bannister Jun. Battle of Hexham. Gondibert=Palmer, 1st time: Gregory Gubbins (for that night) = Bannister Jun., 1st time.
Sep. 4. Never acted, the Basket-maker. Wattle (the Basket-maker) = Bannister Jun. : Simon Rochefort= Bannister : William (his son) = Waterhouse : Count Pepin = R. Palmer : Le Marquis de Champlain Ryder : Otchegroo, Sokoki and Chichikou (Indians)=Cubitt, Burton and Chapman : Claudine (niece to the Marquis) = Mrs. Bannister : Bloom= Miss Fontenelle :-( O'Keeffe )—acted 5 times—the scene lies near a French fort on the banks of the river St. Lawrence--and in the forests of the Iroquois country-Rochefort had been dispossessed of his lands by the Governour of Canada-he had taken refuge among the Iroquois, and had been elected their King for the services which he had done them
Rochefort had left his son under the care of Wattle-Wattle had taught William to make baskets - the Indians carry off Count Pepin, William, &c. -William pulls reeds, grass and wild flowers—he weaves a wreath for Otchegroo-Otchegroo is much pleased with it-Sokoki orders the Count to weave a crown for him—the Count is not able to do so-the Indians force him to assist William as his servant at the conclusion, Rochefort is restored to his patrimony by the order of the King of France-William marries Claudine—this piece, in 2 acts, was written by O'Keeffe—it was neither applauded, nor hissedsee C. G. Nov. 20 1820. (Bills from Mr. Field.)
John Edwin died Oct. 31st-Boaden says—“this singular being was the absolute victim of sottish “ intemperance-I have seen him brought to the “ stage door at the bottom of a chaise, senseless and “ motionless—Brandon, on these occasions, was the
practising physician of the theatre-if the clothes “ could be put upon him, and he was pushed on to “the lamps, he rubbed his stupid eyes for a minute, “ consciousness and brilliant humour awakened to
gether, and his acting seemed only the richer for “ the bestial indulgence that had overwhelmed « him.”
Reynolds says—“ The Crusade was the last new piece, in which poor Edwin ever performed“ constantly, and during its run, he was so ill, as to “ be unable to display, to any extent, his unrivalled
buffo talent - that he rallied, however, during the “summer, is evident from the following short anec“ dote—one night, while I was sitting in the front “ row of the balcony box at the Hay., during the “performance of the Son-in-law, in the excellent
scene of equivoque, between Cranky and Bowkitt, “ when the former, after making objections to the “other's offer to marry his daughter, observes“ • besides, you are such an ugly fellow!'_' ugly,' “ repeated Edwin, who played Bowkitt :-ugly! then
coolly advancing towards the lamps he cried,“.now, I submit to the decision of an enlightened “ British public, which is the ugliest fellow of the “ three-1, old Cranky, or,' (he continued) pointing “ to me, that gentleman in the front row of the balcony box.”
Reynolds made a precipitate retreat--Parsons was highly indignant- the liberty which Edwin took on this evening, was greater than even that of Pinketh
man in Thomas Appletree—if the audience had treated Edwin as he deserved, he would not have been suffered to appear on the stage again, till he had made an ample apology.
Reynolds adds —" Many performers before, and “ since the days of Edwin, have acquired the power,
by private winks, irrelevant buffoonery and dia
logue, to make their fellow players laugh ; and “ thus confound the audience, and mar the scene“ Edwin, disdaining this confined, and distracting
system, established a sort of entre-nous-ship, (if I may
venture to use the expression) with the audi“ence, and made them his confidants ; and, though
wrong in his principle, yet, so neatly and skilfully “ did he execute it, that, instead of injuring the busi“ ness of the stage, he frequently enriched it”-such is the opinion of Reynolds -- the author of the Prompter more judiciously observes—“ Edwin is “one of those extraordinary productions that would “ do immortal honour to the sock, if his extravasa“ tions of whim could be kept within bounds, and if “ the comicality of his vein could be restrained by “good taste.”
O'Keeffe says less of Edwin than might have been expected, for no actor and author were ever under greater mutual obligations-Edwin owed a great part of his reputation to the characters which O'Keeffe wrote for him-and of O'Keeffe it had been ludicrously said, that when Edwin died, O'Keeffe would be damned.
N.B. in the list of his characters at Bath, those parts are omitted which he afterwards acted in London.
S. A. Dublin 1765-1766. . Sir Philip Modeloveat this time the most profound judge could not foresee the eminence he afterwards attained--he continued in Ireland for two seasons-he acted Old Philpot- Lord Trinket-Justice Woodcock, &c.—thus Hitchcock-add, Lopez in Like Master like Man.
Bath 1768-1769. Sir Francis Wronghead—Justice Quorum in Phæbe.
1772-1773. Justice Clack in Ladies' Frolic – Lord Mayor in Richard 3d-Dogberry-Mrs. Loveit in Commissary-Hobbinol in Capricious Lovers, Gentleman Usher in Rehearsal —Old Philpot—1st Gravedigger in Hamlet—Grub in Cross Purposes1st Carrier in Henry 4th-Sancho in Like Master like Man-Pandolfo in Wedding Ring.
1773-1774. Momus in Golden Pippin-General Savage in School for Wives- Punch in Pleasures of the Town.
1774-1775. Griskin in Trip to Scotland-Dorus in Cymon—Sir Hector Strangeways in Romance of an Hour-Jack Nightshade in Choleric Man-Spy in Rival Candidates— Sir Anthony Absolute.
1775-1776. Sir Charles Clackit in Guardian. Hay. 1776. Flaw in Cozeners-Jobson – Billy
Button in Maid of Bath-Don Diego in Padlock* Minikin in Capuchin.
Bath 1776-1777. Sosia in Amphitryon-Davy in Bon Ton- Justice in Runaway-Thomas Filbert in What d'ye call it-Vellum in Drummer-Martin in Cooper-Rigdum Funnidos-Dr. Rosy in St. Patrick's Day-Old Man in Lethe-Sancho in Man's the Master-Varland-Sir Jacob Thrift in Hotel Sir Roger Belmont in Foundling-Don Choleric in Love makes a Man-Don Lopez in Wonder—Tester in S. H.—Lory — Apothecary in Romeo -Ali in Selima and Azor-Fluellin in Henry 5th-Squire Richard-Peachum.
Hay. 1777. Hardcastle-Launcelot in M. of V.Butler in Piety in Pattens-Quince in Fairy TaleFrancis in Henry 4th—Justice Woodcock—* Davo in April Day-*Lazarillo in S. B.--Autolicus in Sheep Shearing.
Bath 1777-1778. Ducat in Polly—Sir Peter Teazle— Lovegold — Sable in Funeral — Papillion in Lyar-Toby in Cozeners-Clown in Harlequin at Bath.
Hay. 1778. Midas—* Snip in Buxom Joan-Sir
Bath 1778-1779. Isaac in Duenna-Gauge in
* Splash in Widow and no Widow_*Bowkitt in Son in Law-Scrub-Robin in Waterman.
C. G. 1779.1780. Touchstone - Master Stephen