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live; but that, I am afraid, would be of little use to him ; I therefore leave him my example how to die.
" Item.- I leave Mr. Brereton a small portion of modesty. Too much of one thing is good for nothing.
" Item.-Mr. Jacobs has been a long while eagerly waiting for dead men's shoes; I leave him two or three pairs (the worst I have); they being good enough, in all conscience, for him.
Item- Though the want of vanity be a proof of understanding, yet I would recommend to my old friend Baddeley, to make use of a little of the first, though it cost him more than he would willingly pay for it; it will increase not only his consequence with the public, but his salary with the managers: but, however, should his stomach turn against it as nauseous,
may use, as a succedaneum, a small quantity of opinion, and it will answer the purpose as well.
“ Item.—Mr. Quick has long laboured to obtain the applause of the public. The method he has taken is a vague one. The surest method to obtain his end, is to copy Nature : experientia docet.
“ Item.--As I would not forget my friends, particularly old ones, I leave Charles Bannister my portrait ; to be taken when I am dead, and to be worn about his neck, as a memento to him, that regularity is among the most certain methods to procure health and long life.
" Item.—Dibble Davis claims something at my hands, from the length of our acquaintance. I therefore leave him my constitution ; but I am afraid, when I die, it will be scarcely better than
“ Item._I leave to the ladies in general, on the stage (if not in reality, yet), the appearance of modesty : 't will serve them on more occasions than they are aware of.
“ Item.—To the gentlemen of the stage, some show of prudence.
“ Item.- To the authors of the present day, a smattering of humour.
“ Item.—To the public, a grateful heart.”
This lady was kept so much in the back ground, by the gay, licentious life of her husband, that but little is known of her history, except that she was the very reverse of him. Mildness and forbearance seemed to have been the
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 perforined, 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