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260

Original story of “ Romeo and Juliet,"

263

Mrs. Oldfield, and General Churchill

267

Theatrical elopements

268

Sbakspeare's plot and characters

269

Sheridan's “ Pizarro,"

271

Writings on the wall, in Shakspeare's birth-room 273

Mrs. Garrick

274

Sheridan and Sbakspeare

276

Condition of the Sbakspeare family

277

Miss Mellon, otherwise Mrs. Coutts

282

Sheridan

284

New Place ; the residence of Shakspeare..

286

Goodman's Fields Theatre ..

290

Shakspeariana.-Joan Shakspeare

291

Letter of Shakspeare

ib.

Sbakspeare's Seal and Ring

292

Shakspeare's pencil-case

ib

Shakspeare's Jug

293

William Shakspeare Hart's account of himself and

family

ib.

THEATRES & THEATRICALS.

GARRICK AND MRS. WOFFINGTON. ,

The attachment of the English Roscius to this fascinating actress was well known at the time both flourished. Garrick, it is said, went so far as to make her an offer of marriage, and the day was fixed. They breakfasted together on that “ eventful morn,” during which repast she observed her intended bridegroom had not that “ alacrity and flow of spirits he was wont to have.” She rallied him upon it, and he became still more serious. At length, finding it impossible to call to life again, his vivacity or cheerfulness, she addressed him thus : “I can guess," said she, “ the cause of your dejection: you regret the step you are about to take.” He made her no answer; and, after a pause, she continued,

VOL. III.

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