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chastisement which he deserved. Mr. Sheridan was indicted for an assault. No one, in Dublin, supposed that a player would find support not even in a court of justice, against a gentleman. This was a mistake: Lord Chief Morlay presided, and would not suffer packed juries to be empanelled. Mr. Kelly was the plaintiff, and his abusive and provoking language being proved, the jury acquitted Mr. Sheridan, without leaving their box.
During the trial, he was called on the table, to answer questions, by an eminent, though not a well-bred counsellor in behalf of the plaintiff. “ I want," said the lawyer, “ to see a curiosity. I have often seen a gentleman soldier, and a gentleman sailor, but never a gentleman player.” Without the least embarrassment, Mr. Sheridan modestly bowed and replied, “ I hope, Sir, you see one now.” A loud murmur of applause ran through the court, and the counsellor, impudent as he was, slunk to his seat and never asked another question. The behaviour of Mr. Sheridan afterwards was still more to his honour. This Mr. Kelly had foolishly imagined that his gentility would be supported, and subscriptions raised, to pay the fine of £500 in which he was
cast for his conduct in the riot. He was wholly deserted, lay some time in confinement, and, at last, knew no better means than to solicit Mr. Sheridan, who immediately petitioned government to relinquish the fine; and became, himself, both solicitor and bail to the Court of King's Bench, for the enlargement of Mr. Kelly.
A DRAMATIC REPARTEE.
The duke of D, on his return from Hyde Park one morning, met Lord Chesterfield in a very sickly state, taking the air in his carriage. They had not conversed many minutes, when Foote rode up to inquire after his lordship’s health. “ Well, Sam," said the Earl, “ what part do you play to night?"_" Lady Dowager Whitfield,” replied the wag.-"I am going to cut a figure myself,” said his lordship.--"You have long cut a splendid figure, my lord,” said Foote." It may be so," said his lordship with a smile; “but I am now, Sir, rehearsing the principal character in The Funeral.'”
RICH, AND THE RUSTIC, HAMLET. A COUNTRY actor so much persecuted Rich, that he permitted him to make his debut at
Covent Garden Theatre, in Hamlet. - The man shewed himself disqualified for the part, from the first scene; but when he came to the celebrated soliloquy of “ To be, or not to be," he unfortunately wanted to blow his nose ;- but being as unfortunately provided with no pocket handkerchief, he had recourse to his usual habit of the fingers, which set the audience in such a roar of laughter, that it was with great difficulty the rest of the play could be got through. Rich, who stood upon tenter hooks, at the side of the scene, through the whole course of the representation, said nothing till the play was over; when, going up to the performer, he exclaimed," Mr. I believe you to be a very good kind of a man, and know you to be a good companion; but as to acting, Mr. -, you must go and blow
yçur nose at some other Theatre."
SCOTTISH THEATRICAL$. A COMPANY of performers announced in their bills, the opening of a Theatre at Montrose, with the farce of the '“ Devil to Pay,” to be followed by the comedy of “ The West Indian." Adverse winds, however, prevented the arrival of their scenes from Aberdeen, in time for the re
presentation, on the evening appointed. It was, therefore, found expedient to give notice of the postponemerit of the performance, which was thus delivered by the town crier: “ O yes! O yes ! yes! this is to let you know, that the play-acters havna got their screens up yet frae Aberdeen, and so canna begin thae night; but on Monday night,' God willing, there will be “The Deyil to Pay in the West Indies.''
HAPPY ANACHRONISM. A son of Thespis, in acting the part of Bar, baròssa, got thunders of applause from the sailors who crowded the house (for the incident happened in a seaport town) by thus improving a speech in the tyrant's part.
• Did not I, By that brave knight, Sir Sydney Smith's, assistance,
And in conjunction with
The gallant Nelson,
From Egypt's shores.”
GARRICK AND FOOTE. “ The Lying Valet" being one night annexed as an afterpiece, to the comedy of “ The Devil upon Two Sticks," Garrick, coming into the Green Room, with exultation called out to Foote,
Well, Sam! I see, after all, you are glad to take up with one of my
Why, yes, David !” rejoined the wit, “ What could I do better? I must have some ventilator for this excessively hot weather.”
MODEST MERIT. A PLAYER applied to the manager of a respectable company, for an engagement for himself and his wife, stating, that his lady was capable of playing all the first line of business; but as for himself, he was "the worst actor in the world.” They were engaged, and the lady answered the character which he had given of her. The husband having the part of a mere walking gentleman sent him for his first appearance, he asked the manager indignantly, how could he put him into sa paltry a part. Sir,” answered the other,
“ here is your own letter, stating that you were the worst actor in the world."" True," replied the other," but then I had not seen you."
PERFORMANCES AT THE ARCTIC THEATRE,
The following dramatic jeu, d'esprit is from “ The North Pole Gazette," a paper published in the Polar Regions.