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claims of dumb shew, was the tearing up the benches, breaking the lustres and girandoles, and committing 'every act of violence to which they were prompted by their ungovernable rage and malice. The play was given up, and the money returned. .
The next night a new tragedy, called Elvira, written by Mr. Mallet, was acted at Drury-lane. The rioters, headed by their spokesman, enforced their former demand in the same violent and laconic manner. When Mr.Garrick appeared, they cried out with one voice, “Will you, or *« will you not, give admittance for half 6 price, after the third act of a play, ex66 cept during the first winter a pantomime “ is performed?” The manager, who had learnt the lesson of obedience by the loffes which he had sustained the preceding evening, replied in the affirmative. But, however, peace was not to be restored till fome of the players had made an amende honorable, for daring to espouse the cause of their master. Mr. Moody was called upon to apologize for the offence he had given, in
stopping a madman's hand who was going to set fire to the play-house. He, imagining that he should bring the audience into good humour by a laughable absurdity, in the tone and language of a low-bred Irish-man, said, “ He was very sorry that he had dis
pleased them by saving their lives in put
ting out the fire.” This speech was fo ill taken, that it rather enflamed than cooled their rage; and they loudly and vehemently infilled that he should
down on his knees, and ask their pardon. Moody was so far from complying with this positive command, that he had the courage absolutely to refuse, saying, “ I will not, " by G-;”. When he came off the stage, Mr. Garrick was so pleafed with his behaviour, that he received him with open arms, and assured him, that whilst he was master of a guinea, he should be paid his income ; but that, if he had been so mean as to have submitted to the required abasement, he never would have forgiven him.
The tumult was so great on Moody's refusing to consply with the demand of the
audience, that, to appease their wrath, Mr. Garrick promised he should not appear on the stage again during the time he was under their displeasure.
Mr. Moody's situation was by no means eligible. He was reduced to the necessity of either taking leave of the capital, and joining the itinerant actors in the country, or of depending upon the generosity of the manager. He could expect no mercy from the gentlemen who had enjoined fo severe a penance for an act of duty: he was therefore determined, after weighing all consequences, to seek redress from the original plotter of all the mischief, Mr. Fitzak himself.
He waited upon him at his chambers in the Temple. The interview was extraordinary, and part of it will perhaps appear most to advantage in dialogue. That gentleman seemed somewhat 'surprised when Moody addressed him in these words,
suppose, Sir, you know me.”
Fitz. Very well, Sir ; and how came I by the honour of this visit?
Moody. How dare you ask me that question, when you know what pailed at Drury-lane laft night; where I was called upon by you to dishonour myself, by asking pardon of the audience upon my knees?
Fitz. No, Sir, I was not the person who spoke to you.'
Moody, Sir, you did; I saw you, and heard you. And what crime had I com
, mitted, to be obliged to stoop to such an ignominious submission ? I had prevented a wretch from setting fire to the playhouse, and had espoused the cause of a gentleman in whose service I had enlisted,
Fitz. I do not understand being treated in this manner in my own house.. Moody. Sir, I will attend you where
you please; for be assured, I will not leave
you till you
have satisfied me one way or other, Mr. Fitz------k, perceiving that Moody was determined to exact satisfaction, asked hiin what reparation he wished to have, Moody said, he expected that he would fign his name to a paper, and repair the injury, by acknowledging that he had acted
towards him in a most unjuft and improper manner; at the same time that he would request his friends not to infift on the penance prescribed to Mr. Moody, but to receive him to favour on his making any reasonable excuse.
Mr. Fitz------k now affumed the man; he declared that no power on earth should prevail on him to sign such a writing. Mr. Moody then renewed his positive resolution to right himself. After some farther altercation, Mr. Fitz------k proposed to serve Mr. Moody in another way, and perhaps more effectually than the signing of any instrument whatsoever. “ I know
I * “ Mr. Moody (said Mr. Fitz------k) goes to “ the Jainaica coffee-house; I will meet ☆ him there to-morrow morning, and fix
upon a proper method to accommodate $6 matters to his entire satisfaction."
Mr. Fitz ----k did not meet Mr. Moody. However, he sent a gentleman to him with whom he was well acquainted, and one very willing and able to bring about a reconciliation between the audience and the