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leading features in her character; and these qualities would serve as a no-lasting check upon a man of his temper. Implicated as she was, however, in the fate of her husband, she was an excellent wife. The following is characteristic.
Dr. Nash, of Worcester, being in town one spring, not long after Foote's marriage, intended to pay his old fellow-collegian a visit, but was much surprised on hearing that he was in the Fleet prison. Thither he hastened immediately, and found him in a dirty back room, up two pair of stairs, the furniture of which was every way suited to the place. The doctor, shocked at this circumstance, began to condole with him, when Foote cut his discourse short, by turning the whole into raillery." Why, is this not better," said he, “ than the gout, the fever, or the small
The thousand various ills
This is a mere temporary confinement, without pain, and not very inconvenient; and not very uncongenial, let me tell you, to this sharp, biting weather: whereas the above disorders would not only give pain and confinement for a time,
but perhaps ultimately prevent a man from going into company again.”
Laughing on in this manner, the doctor perceived something stir behind him in the bed ; upon which he got up, and said he would call another time. “ No, no," said Foote, “ sit down; 'tis nothing but my Foote"-" Your foot!" said the doctor ; “ well, I want no apologies; I shall call another time."-" I tell you again," said the other, “ 'tis nothing but my Foote; and to convince you of its being no more, it shall speak to you directly." Upon this, his wife put her head up from under the bed clothes.
CONNELLY, THE ACTOR. This votary of Thespis, who was so famous as Lingo, on the Dublin stage, once purchased a lottery ticket; and, on being rated soundly by his prudent dame, for what she termed an act of great folly, he returned to the lottery office, and entreated the clerk to give him back the money. This was refused; but a gentleman who was present (the late Colonel O'Donnel, brother to Sir Neal O‘Donnel), seeing his distress, purchased the share at the price which he had paid for it;
and, much to poor Lingo's mortification, the number was drawn a capital prize; and thus he lost, by the prudence of his wife, a sum of money which would have insured him a decent competency during his life.
“ SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL." When this celebrated comedy was first performed, the behaviour of some well-dressed farmers in the pit was very remarkable. During the progress of the screen scene, their emotions were so strong, that they could not stand still; and, when Sir Peter was left alone with Charles, they kept whispering to, and elbowing each other,—“ He'll have t other peep!”—“No, he wont!”—“The youngster will find her out! He's going! There! Now!” and when the screen was thrown down, they hallooed, stamped, and jumped with pleasure.
BEN JONSON, AND THE SPANISH TRAGEDY.
It appears to have been as frequent a practice with the managers of former times, as it is among those of the present, æra, on the revival of an old play, to get it pieced and patched by some of the journeymen writers of the day. It was thus that Ben Jonson, as appears by the
MS. of Mr. Henslow, the proprietor of the Rose Theatre, was more than once employed to improve the Spanish Tragedy," that eternal butt of all the wits of the age, and which they were never wearied of parodying and burlesquing. The article, as copied by Mr. Malone, was thus : “ Lent unto Mr. Alleyn, the 25 of September, 1601, to lend unto Bengemen Johnson, upon his writing of his adycions in Jeronymo, xxxx.s.” In the following year it is also stated," that Bengemen wrote more adycions." These attempts to improve the popular favourites of the times, were, at any rate, more excusable than the paltry and contemptible “ alterations” which have been, in later days, made by Cibber, Tate, and others of still less note, in some of the noblest of Shakspeare's plays.
TRAGICAL ACCIDENT AT THE OLD THEATRE
IN THE HAY MARKET.
On the 3rd of February, 1794, when their Majesties went to this Theatre, the crowd was so great, that, on the opening of the doors, in going down the steps leading to the pit, one or more persons fell, and others were precipitated over them, as the throng pressed on, not knowing
what had happened. Fifteen respectable persons were unfortunately trampled to death! Twenty were taken
with fractured limbs, and other severe injuries, of which several did not long survive. This fatal accident was kept, as much as possible, a secret in the house; and their Majesties were not informed of it until the conclusion of the performances.
Ar the seventy-second performance of “ The Beggar's Opera," during its original run, Walker, who played Macheath, being rather imperfect in his part, Rich, the manager, observed, “How's this, Mister Walker? I thought you had a pretty strong memory.”—“ So I have,” replied the actor; you can't expect it to last for ever.”
When Henderson, the celebrated performer, first made application to Garrick, and gave him
a specimen of his quality,” Garrick assured him, that he could not possibly convey articulate sounds to the audience of any Theatre. Foote said nearly the same. Colman at length took Henderson by the hand; and such was the success of the man who could not possibly convey an articulate