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The character of Quotem from being altered has not now an appropriate name. This was noticed by the editor of the monthly mirror, some years before the review appeared. He observed that Quotem as he now stands proper, does not quote ! he only tacks an author's name to his own observations, in order to make them seem of more importance. Thus--the fields look green, as Pope says! and your humble servant, as Dryden says ! Both these phrases had double nieanings as originally used, now they have but one : that one is mock importance. The meaning lost was meant to imply that Pope who wrote pastoral poetry, must like other people have said that the fields at times looked green! and as to the common phrase of your humble servant, as Dryden says (exclusive of its mock importance) the quotation was meant to imply that Dryden was remarkable for the flattery of his dedications, and that to persons whom he could not in his heart respect. or admire he very often subscribed himself their most obedient, most devoted and
Very humble servant,
Another point or two may now perhaps be observed upon : first, the rapidity of utterance that is required and is indeed essential to the character. Other characters had before been written that were the better for being rapidly delivered, provided that the delivery was sufficiently clear for every syllable to be distinctly heard. But something more than rapidity, is wanted for Quotem; a spip.snap mode of expression ; the omission of every syllable that can well be spared, without destroying the meaning of each sentence. It is somewhat like what I conceive is meant by Staccato in music : each word, each syllable, should pop out of the mouth like a pellet from a pop-gun.
As to Caleb's third trait of character, (the many trades) there was no great novelty in that, though more than some persons may imagine ; for it was written before Dickey Gossip and others came out; and the pop-gun plan of delivery gets so hastily over the various occupations, as to give an air of novelty to the whole of them. The snip-snap style is what I recommend for matters of fact, and for notes where any notes may be found necessary.
I have now only a few words more to say on the subject of Caleb Quotem. As before observed when I was about nineteen years of age, I wrote this character and called him Twist : soon after coming on the stage and being at Abingdon, in Berkshire, I added sufficient matter to make two acts, and it was there performed: it was next done at Thame in Oxfordshire, then in the course of a few years it was performed at Salisbury, Devizes, Frome and other places. The first title given to my piece, was, “ I don't know what!” The next name was “ More frightened than hurt!” At last, I twisted Mr. Twist, into Caleb Quotem, and finally Mr. Colman quotemized him into what he now is! And instead of his remaining the quizzical Jack-ofall-trades of a country village, he was turned into the “ Wag of Windsor !” and why? For two reasons, because the words Wag and Windsor, each begin with a W! Mr. Colman had too a better reason than this; namely, because there was at that time a Camp at Bagshot Heath, where the King more than once inspected the different Regiments there assembled ; therefore the “Review; or Wags of Windsor ” were very good titles to catch the attention of all the alliterative, if not literary London critics.
Having related these circumstances, I will now rea turn to the historical part of my Memoirs."
We had offers from Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool. The Prompter of Covent Garden, Mr. Wild, had spoken of Mrs. Lee in such flattering terms to the then Manager, Mr. Aiken, that he called upon me and offered us the best terms he was in the habit of giving! I thanked him, and said that I was afraid the journey to Liverpool would be too much for her.
Mrs. Lee, had been for several years known to Mr. Hughes and his family, while they resided at Exeter : we engaged with him for Weymouth. We set off as soon as Covent Garden closed; called to see different friends on the road, as we passed through Salisbury, Blandford and Dorchester : we arrived at Weymouth at least three weeks before the Royal family came there. Mrs. Lee played some of her best characters and had become a great favorite with the nobility, &c. This was soon reported at Gloucester House, and the Princesses sent one of their pages for the manager (Mr. Hughes): he was to bring with him a list of all the pieces in which Mrs. Lee performed. The King commanded for the next night, I forget the pieces, but I remember he was so delighted with her “ Spoiled Child ” and other parts, that they were frequently repeated. After being there a month or six weeks, I was one morning at my lodgings writing, during my breakfast, when a pretty loud knock at the front door announced the approach of some person ; I heard myself inquired after, and I called out “ show the gentleman in.” I met him as he came forward-placed a shair for him and requested bim to be seated. He sat down and began by asking about the health of Mrs. Leo? I told him she was pretty well but not yet down stairs, as she was rather fatigued with her performance the preceding evening :'Ay, said he that is the very business I am come uper, some ladies (he did not say what ladies) have been so delighted with her performing that they chide themselves for being perhaps in some degree the cause of her too powerful exertions. In fact they bave observed her cough some times, and they are apprehensive that her endeavours to please them when they appland her, may be the means of her exerting herself beyond her strongth : they hope she will not do that, and they also request that she will permita medical gentleman that they will recommend, to call upon her. I replied I was infipitoly obliged to the ladies, and that I was sure Mrs. Lee would follow any advice that was likely to be of service,
In a few hours after a medical gentleman called to see Mrs. Lee; he told us he had received instructions from Gloucester Hvuse to visit her, and to make a report of the state of her health, as soon as he could ascertain the nature of her complaint. He attended her daily for about a week, and of course nado his ros port accordingly. I was now informed that tho gentleman who had in the first instance called upon me, was Sir Henry Calthorpe, since Lord Calthorpe : that the Princesses all felt intetested about the state of Mrs. Lee's health : he mentioned particularly the Princess Elizabeth. They were anxious that Mrs. Lee should withdraw awhile from the fatigue of her profession, and place herself under the care of a female is Glous cestershire, who had gained great celebrity by curing many persons in the first approaches of pulmonary complaints, which they feared was likely to be the case with Mrs. Lee. I was further told that I need not to be under any apprehension as to the money nécessary for the purpose, às the proper supplies would be readily furnished. I of course expressed my best thanks for their most kind and truly benévolent intentions, that we should both be glad to liston to any advice that could be poffited out for the benefit of her health ; but 1 was afraid that withdrawing Mrs. Lee from the Theatre at that moment, might injüte the manager, Mr. Hughes, as he expected her to continue during the rest of the season. The reply to this was, that Mr. Hughes had already beert spoken to, and was prevailed on tò consent. I immediately withdrew all my scraplés on the subject. In the course of a day or two, I was again honored with a call by Lord Calthorpe, who gave direétions for Mrs. Lee to proceed as soon as she conveniently could, to Windmill Hill, near Sodbury, in