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Well,” when that play was revived at Drury Lane, in 1741, after having lain, for more than a hundred years, undisturbed upon the prompter's shelf. Having put on, after his supposed recovery, a too light and airy suit of clothes, he felt himself seized with a shivering. Being asked by one of the players, how he found himself? “ How is it possible,” said he, pleasantly, “ to be sick, when I have such a physician as Mrs. Woffington ?" This elegant and beautiful woman was the Helen of the play. From the effects of this sudden chill, he never recovered, but died about a fortnight after Garrick's first appearance on the stage.
Some extraordinary women, besides the regularity of their charming features, and besides their engaging wit, have secret, unaccountable, enchanting graces, which, though they have been long and often enjoyed, make them always new, and always desirable ;-of this class was Mrs. Catharine Clive. This lady honours Herefordshire with her birth, and the name of Raftor by her maiden appellation. She was the daughter of Mr. William Raftor, a' native of Kilkenny,
in Ireland. He had been bred to the law. She was born in the year 1714. At the age of eleven, possessing a strong propensity to the stage, she applied to Booth, Wilks, and Cibber, the then managers of the Theatre Royal, who, finding she had a good voice, and had made some proficiency in singing, gave her an engagement, but had no higher idea of her than as one qualified to entertain the audience with a song between the acts of the play, or to perform the part of some innocent country girl; and she first appeared before the public the next season, in 1727 (sixty years after Nell Gwynn, and in the year King George II. succeeded to the throne). There is an engraving of her, soon after her first appearance (to be found in the print shops), as Phillida, &c. One evening, through the indisposition of an actress, she undertook the part of Nell, the cobler's wife, in the “ Devil to Pay;" her great comic powers were immediately manifest to the audience, and she soon became a great favourite with them. At the age of twenty-one, she married G. Clive, Esq., son of Baron Clive.
This lady was formed by nature to represent a variety of lively, laughing, droll, humorous,
affected, and absurd characters. She possessed such a stock of comic humour, that she had but little more to do, than to perfect herself in the words of a part, and leave the rest to nature ; she created several parts in plays, of which the author scarcely furnished an outline; and many dramatic pieces are now lost to the stage, for want of her animating spirit to preserve them.
A more extensive walk, in comedy, than that which Mrs. Clive possessed, can hardly be imagined. The chamber-maid, in every varied shape to which art or nature could lead her; characters of caprice and affectation, from the high-laced Lady Fanciful, to the vulgar Mrs. Heidelberg ; country girls, romps, hoydens, and dowdies; superannuated beauties, viragoes, and humour. ists. To a strong and melodious voice, with an ear for music, she added all the sprightly action requisite to a number of parts in ballad farces. She had an inimitable talent in ridiculing the extravagant action, impertinent consequence, and insignificant parade of the female Opera singer. She displayed her excellence in this stage mimicry, in the “ Lady of Fashion," in Lethe. Her mirth was so genuine, that, whether it was re