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judges that she would be a considerable ceeding audiences for near forty years, acquisition to the Stage.
and occupied some parts with unrivalled Her fecond character was Jane Sbore, excellence. Mrs. Yates had jutt gained, wherein she marked the several traits of after many years of progressive industry, that unfortunate fernale with great pathos the top of her profellion; and Mss. Barry and precision ; and it is with a melan- (since Crawford), who had fewn luch, choly pleasure we remember her speaking talents at the King's Theatre, Hay-, the concluding lines of the first act, and market, during the Tummer of 1766, was the just and inerited applause which fol. foon after engaged by Mr. Garrick, as a. lowed them. It may be worthy of re. person of whom he had the greateft exmark, that Mr. Barry and his wife, the pectation ; The had likewise the addition, Hastings and Alicia of the evening, of her husband, the late Spranger Barry, having unband somely expreiled some re. to fupport her in most of her principal luctance to perform with the new actress, "parts; and, with luch an actor, who could. Mr. Garrick, on the second night's per- postess any powers and not exert them to fornance, to fhew his opinion of her their fullest extent ? merit, assumed the part of Hastings him To speak of. Barry now (particularly feli, and immediately afterwarıls en to the rising generation) appears to be trusted her with the part of Ovila, the almost as obsolete as quoting the charac. principal character in Colonel Dow's ters of the old school from “ Cihber's * Zingis," first performed at Drury-lane Apology;" but it is impoffible for those 37th Dec. 1768.
who remembered this great actor in the It would be as difficult as it would be meridian of his powers, ever to forget unnecellary to travel through the several him : his fine and coinmanding figure, characters which Mits Younge performed that overlooked in point of dignity as this feaion at Drury-lane. It will be well as height all who surrounded him sufficient to say, they were generally his tones, which now spoke the language capital parts; and, as a proof how she of terror and command, and now the filled them, the Manager, who was al. gentlest notes of love-his exquifite feelļowed to know the value of money fult ings, which eletrified the whole sweep as well as theatrical merit, voluntarily of his audience-and, above all, that raised her falary, after the third night, masterly display of the mixed and confrom forry fillings to three pounds, and tending pallions which he exhibited in towards the close of that fealon, or the Oibello, Oreftes, Varanes, &c. &c. beginning of the next, placed her on the gave him such a decided superiority on ļut at five pounds per week.
the Stage, and rendered hiin so much the Her riling merits, and Mr. Garrick's object of popular attachinent, that alrecommendation, introduced her to Mr. though thele talents were on the wane Love, then a confiderable performer at at this period of his engagement, yet the fame Theatre, and Manager of the they were still “ majestic in decay," and Richmond Company, who engaged her, occasionally blazed out in all the splendour during the summer léalon, as his heroine ; of their original brightness. and here, as in all countıy companies, We retrace thele particulars partly to there being a greater Icope given to the thew the precise situation Miss Younge performers, in the line of trying a food in, in respect to these two powerful Teater variety of characters, Miss heroines, Mrs. Yates and Mrs. Barry, Ycunge's abilities were oftener called out, who, at the different Theatres, were and the performed most of the principal both before her in the possestion of all parts of Tragedy and Comedy with a the capital parts, and both the acknow. teputation which accompanied her re- ledged favourites of the town ; but the turn to Drury-lane with an increased lad that wiibin which seldom fáils to reeclai.
ward its possessors, viz. a consciousness The period of Miss Younge's appear- of ialent, 'wild a determined iriolurion ance at Drury-lanç, considering the state to cultivate ii by every alt of aniduous of the Siage, was not so favourable for and unremitting attention; her little Maher. Mrs. Pritchard had, in the begin- nager quickly saw this, and politically ning of the same year, left her profeflion, took up Miss Younge- to curb the occabefore the decline of her powers, accom- fional airs of his great itage heroines, panied with all that fame which was so as they were each engaged-ar his Thes justly attached to her private as well as atre. public character. Kitty Clive still main Opportunities soon occurred to shew Cained bur ground, after delighting fuc- the necessity of this precaucan. Masu
, Barry frequently, on the day of perform- permit him to advance the falaries of his ance, used to send word to the Theatre, performers at all equal to their merits ; that the could not pois bly appear that and this was the case with Miss Younge, night, either on account of her own ill. After performing two seasons the claimed dels, or that of her husband; and there a higher ftipend, and was refuled. occasional fits of illness almost periodi- Piqued at this, th. determined to go to cally happened the night before, or after Ireland, and accordingly performed the a Royal Command, when the Manage season of 1770, 71, at Dublin, where found it most ncceiary to muster the the first reprefented, with unrivalled exfrength of his company. Mrs. Yates cellence, the character of Lady Rodolpha, had likewise, when iho was afterwards in Macklin's " Man of the World." * Drury-lane, her excuses in turn-In- Mr. Garrick soon felt the want of her somuch, thar we have known the Ma. performance, and took the earliest opporuager (the older Colman), during the tunity of re-engaging her on her own run of a new Play, called out from dinner terms. She therefore returned to London to be told, “that Nirs. Yates fawore she the next season, where she remaind every would not appear that night on the itage fucceeding winter of her life. without the use of a particular petticoat. From this period Miss Younge's reThe ridicule did not itop here the Ma- putation as an actress took a rore efta. nager was obliged to leave his company blished form ; the riut only filled occato settle this important question between fionally the principal characters in the the Mijlreis
, of ide Robes and the Irazr. cart of Mrs. Yates and Mrs. Crawford, dian, left the audience fhould be ditap- but often perforined in the same plays pointed of their amutement.
with thole ladies in no disparaging manTeazed with there and similar artifices, ner. Garrick, befide giving her the best Garrick saw in Miss Younge those rising instructions, wrote fome Epilogues for talents which afterwards ripened into to her, and he was followed by several of much reputation. He therefore took the dramatic writers of that time. particular care to instruct her in many In 1775 Dr. Hiffernan finished a poft. little particulars of her profession, and hurnous Tragedy of the late Henry Jones, had her always (in the language of the called The Cave of ldra, which he Green Room) under-studied in those brought out under the title of The Heparts which his other two heroines were roine of the Cave, tor Miss Younge's caft for: so that when either of them fent Benefit; in which the spoke the Epilogue an apology, her name immediately ap. and played the principal part : and in peared in the bills, and the play went March 1777, the present Mr. Jerningon with no great diminution of profit or ham, fince to well known for his elegant applause. Their vanity supported them talents in poetry, wrote the hiftorical in this extravagant conduet for fome interlude of Marzarrt of Anjou, likewile time, whilit the real which our young for her Benefit: in both of which the heroine felt in treading in the faces of those confirmed her former reputation. great actrefies, increaled her knowledye Many of her principal parts were cast ant her powers, and, by bringing her in the fame plays withi Garrick, and the more forward berore the eve of the Public, had the fatisfaction of performing Cir. gave her an anticipäied reputation. drlia to his Lear the last night but one
We have often heard it from the mouth of this great matter's performance on of this judiciou: afireis (and which fie the Stage; which gave rise to the followcon with a very herming modesty, and ing little incident : a grateful recollection of God's good After the dropping of the curtain, his providence to her, which through all the hand still locked in her's (as is the coftum. tages of her life she never forgot), “that in fivishing this play), he led her down the ower as much of her fame to this in. to the Green-room, where all the per cident, and to the afiiduity with which formers had gathered round him; an for improved it, as to any little original recollecting, with a figh, that this was talents the right pe fieis." This afliduity the last night but one that he was to ap, was not only or use to her then, hur grew pear in a profesion which he so much into a settiere habit through lite, which ornamented, and which gave
him to contributed much to her private fatis. much immortaliiy, he exclaimed, " Ah, fezion, and left an example to the Stage Beis! this is the last time of my being Very worthy of imitation.
your father, therefore you must now look Mr. Garrick's parfimonious habits in out to be adopted hy fomebody else."kis ttcatrical concerns would not readily Why thico, Sir," said Miss Younge
inftantly falling on her knees before him), profeffion), Mr. Sheridan, sen. intro"give me a father's blefling." Garrick, duced to Drury lane Theatre the present feeling her situation, and the impreslive justly celebrated Mrs. Siddons, who had manner in which the spoke, replied with performed some inconsiderable characters great energy, “ God bless you." Then about fix years before on the fame Stage, saiting his eyes to the rest of the per but for some reasons, hitherto inexpliformers, he added, . God bless you cable, was to little noticed by Mr. Garall," and instantly retired..
tick, that the very spiritedly dilinissed Just after Mr. Garrick's death, that herself from that engagement. is in 1779, Miss Younge went over to This Lady's first appearance, as may Covent Garden Theatre; and as Mrs. be well remembered, was in lsabella, in Bany, by an unfortunate second mar. Southerne's Tragedy of “The Fatal riage, had not a little estranged her Marriage," and in this character the mind from her profession, and as Mrs. displayed such genuine and original Yates, from illness, played but a certain powers of acting, as to establish her number of nights in the season, our hea fame with the Critics the first night : her roine now began to reap the benefits of other perforinances sanctioned this apber well-earned labours, and to ftand probation so much with the town, that unequivocally the first tragic actress on Drury-lane soon became the Temple of the Stage. What contributed further to the Muses, and Mrs. Siddons the preliding her general character at this time was Goddels. the production of the Belles Stralagem, In this awfut and unexpected crisis, a Comedy, from the pen of Mrs. Cowley, Miss Younge steadily kept before her the in which Miss Younge played Letitia advice of our immortal Bard Hardy ; a part, we believe, expressly written to give full scope to this great
“In the reproof of chance
“ Lies the true proof of men.' actress's powers, and which the fuftained with such versátility and propriety of As her temper, her talents, and her affi. character as ftamped the praise of uni. duities, never forsook her, she supported uerfality on her talents.
herself as a respectable antagonist, doing But let not genius, however exalted, her duty with an increased zeal, and or however judiciously cultivated, repose never once repining either at her ill luck, too securely on the uncbangeableness of or detracting from the talents of her is ftuation. Surrounding nature, as great rival. She considered her merits well as revelation, tell us, “ That no as before the public, and the committed thing continueth in one itay ;" and daily herself to their patronage and protection. experience further confirms, “ That time Her conduct was accordingly rewarded; and chance, or fashion, or even caprice, for though the bruis of Mrs. Siddons will make mutations in all the great as name carried with it the greater tide of well as frivolous departments of live." popularity, Miss Younge kept her rank
In the winter of 1782, when Miss as an excellent judicious actress, una Younge was thus “ bearing all her 'matched in many characters, and in blushing honours thick about her" (and powers of equal declamation superior to which, to do her justice, she enjoyed any one on the Stage. with a moderation rarely the lot of her
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