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Pinkethman, one of the recruits. The captain, on enlisting him, inquired his name, and instead of answering as he ought, Pinkey replied,
Why! don't you know my name, Bob? I thought every fool had known that!" Wilks, in a rage, whispered to him the name of the recruit, Thomas Appletree. The other retorted aloud, “ Thomas Appletree! Thomas devil! my name's Will. Pinkethman;" and immediately addressing an inhabitant of the upper regions, he said, “ Hark you, friend, don't you know my name?”—“ Yes, master Pinkey (said respondent); we know it very well.” The play-house was now in an uproar; the audience at first enjoyed the petulant folly of Pinkethman, and the distress of Wilks; but, on the progress of the joke, it grew tiresome, and Pinkey met with his deserts, a very severe reprimand in a hiss. This mark of displeasure, he, however, contrived to change into applause, by crying out, with a countenance as melancholy as he was capable of making, and in a loud nasal twang; “ Odso! I fear I am wrong."
GRATEFUL RETURN FOR A THOUSAND POUNDS.
The following very agreeable detail is ex
tracted, verbatim, from the 1st vol. of “ The Monthly Mirror."
“ Reynolds began, like most other dramatic writers, with tragedy. “ Werter," which he produced at a very early age, was presented to Mr. Harris, for the Covent Garden stage; but, notwithstanding the popularity of the subject, it was returned to the author, who took it with him to Bath, and there it was first performed, for the benefit of the Theatre. The money it brought at Bath was so inviting, that Mr. Harris began to think he was out of his reckoning, and, accordingly, had it cast with all expedition. The run was very considerable, and the manager got many hundreds by a play, which he had originally rejected as unfit for representation. As a transfer merely from Bath to Covent Garden, the author had no right to his nights, the profits of which were little short of ONE THOUSAND POUNDS! But though he got no money, he got, what no doubt he thought an equivalent, a footing in the Theatre; and immediately produced a second tragedy, called “ Eloise," which went but three nights, and brought him eight pounds!!"
Such was the encouragement he met with, at the commencement of his dramatic career ;
and he certainly must have been very difficult to please if he was dissatisfied with it: as he appears merely to have had his property made use of, when it was indisputably proved to have been good for something; and, in return for this great favour, and the trifling profit of a thousand pounds, he was treated with great civility : he might also have had (for what we know) a few orders to boot.
This incident ought to be made as public as possible, as it might operate as an encouragement to rising geniuses to devote their talents to dramatic compositions. If this was but known, what shoals of Farquhars' and Sheridans the town would be deluged with; the recompense is so much beyond the labour, that we think a new Shakspeare might be calculated upon, while Ben Jonsons and Massingers might be reasonably expected to spring up by dozens.
PLAYS IN THE TEMPLE. The societies of the two Temples gave grand entertainments, at their halls, to the Lord Chancellor and many of the nobility, in February, 1715; but the inost remarkable accompaniment to these convivial meetings was the representation of the comedy of “ The Chances," performed within the
greater hall, by the comedians of Drury-Lane Theatre.
FORCE OF CONSCIENCE, Among the numerous instances of this nature, adduced by Thomas Heywood, in his excellent “Apology for Actors," published in 1612, the following is, perhaps, the most striking.
“ The comedians, belonging to the Earl of Sussex, acted a play called “ Friar Francis,” at Lynn Regis, in Norfolk, in which the story of a woman was represented, who, to enjoy unmolested the company of a young fellow, had murdered her husband, and she is brought on the stage as haunted by his ghost.-During the exhibition of their play, a woman, who was an inhabitant of Lynn, was struck with what she
upon the stage, and cried out, husband ! my husband !” On the people's enquiring the reason for this exclamation, she confessed, that, several years before that time, to secure the love of a certain gentleman, she had poisoned her husband, whose • fearful image seemed to appear before her in the shape of the ghost in the play. The woman was afterwards tried and condemned for the fact."
For the truth of this singular story, Heywood
refers his readers to the records of Lynn, and to many living witnesses. It is thus referred to in “ A Warning for Fair Women,” published in 1599.
A woman that had made away her husband,
SPRANGER BARRY'S POWERS OF PERSUASION.
This gentleman, besides the splendour of his dramatic talents, possessed, in a very eminent degree, the fascinating powers of polite address and persuasive insinuation. At no period of its history, could the Dublin stage boast so powerful a combination of talents, as when under the direction of Mr. Barry; and, although the salaries of the very best actors in that day bore no sort of comparison to that of very inferior talents in this, yet his receipts were frequently inadequate to his expenditures : and he was, in conse