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S.B.N. - GB: 576.02104.0

Republished in 1969 by Gregg International Publishers Limited

1 Westmead, Farnborough, Hants., England

Printed in offset by Anton Hain KG, Meisenheim/Glan

Western Germany

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DAVID GARRICK was born at Hereford in the year 1717. His father followed tbe military profession and bad at the time of bis deatb been advanced to a Majority in tbe Army. Our Author received the first Rudiments of bis Education at tbe Free School at Litchfield, which he afterwards compleated at Rochester, under the celebrated Mr Colson, since Mathematical Professor at Cambridge. On the gtb of March 1736, be was entered of tbe Honourable Society of Lincolns-Inn, being intended for tbe Bar; but wbetber he found the study of the Law too beavy, saturnine, and barren of amusement for bis more active and lively disposition, or that a genius like bis could not continue circumscribed witbin tbe limits of any profession, but tbat to which it was more particularly adapted ; like tbe Magnetic needle pointed diTectiy to its proper centre, or perbaps botb, it is certain that be did not long pursue tbe Municipal Law; for in the year 1740, be quitted it entirely for the Stage. Having performed a noviciate at Ipswich, be made bis appearance at Goodman's Fields; and October 19tb 1741, acted Richard III. for tbe first time. His acting was attended with tbe loudest acclamations of applause ; and bis fame was so quickly propagated tbrough the town, tbat (be more established Tbeatres of Drury Lane, and Covent Garden, were deserted. Tbese Patentees, alarmed at the great deficiency in tbe receipts of their bouses, and at tbe crouds wbicb constantly filled the Tbeatre of Goodman's Fields, united tbeir efforts to destroy the new raised seat of Tbeatrical empire ; in consequence of wbicb, Garrick entered into an agreement with Fleetwood, Patentee of Drury Lane for £. 500 a-year. The fame of


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