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command of attraction, but by 'producing himself as a new Marplot, &c. and this chafm in his theatrical army, obliged him as a wise general to be more pliant, and enter into an engagement with Foote on his own terms, with me to act in his diversions of the morning. Revolutions in the real state, occasion the same compliance from policy, and like Mr. Bayes's Rehearsal has its sudden changes of government; instances need not be traced to Thew the ins and the outs.
Mr. Garrick had that year, during the summer vacation, met accidentally with a young gentleman, an intimate friend of mine, with whom (on the loss of Woodward) he took infinite pains, and formed a great partiality and friendship for him. He made his first appearance that year at Drury-Lane in Captain Brazen, in the Recruiting Officer, early in the month of October. I dined that day with my old acquaintance Mrs. Wier, near Pall-Mall (mentioned long before) of Harrow; to this lady I shall again have occasion
With Mrs. Wier lodged not a young lady, though named Miss Roach, and in truth, an affected, bold, artful, (I dare not say plain) rude, disagreeable, woman ; with Mrs. Wier dined also Mr. Baker, manager of the York company. Here I refer to an instance in the early part of this work; and remark how useful at
tentive civility turns out, from whence there can be no reason at the time to expect an advantage. My good behaviour, when I was thirteen or fourteen years old to this Mrs. Wier, grew into a lasting efteem which continued the acquaintance, and was the whole and fole occasion of bringing about, by that accidental meeting, my being manager of the York theatre.
For strangers of any reputation were then never admitted to play at York or Hull; which rule had I abided by, those stages had been on a more solid foundation than at the present day. I perceived while at dinner an oddity of humour and manner in this elderly gentleman, that demanded respect and esteem; and I also felt really an attachment for his apparent marks of worth and benevolence; this led into a strict intimacy, while the old gentleman remained his few days in London. He wished I would visit him at York as a friend (I was not known at that time in London as a performer); and I regretted the loss of that worthy character when he left the capital. After dinner we took a coach from PallMall to the theatre, and when arrived there hundreds were on their return-No room--no room, was the cry from every part of the house! Mr. Baker, with the ladies returned home ; but, I from privilege, of course had admission behind the scenes.
My friend was received with candour, warınth, and universal applause ; his person and manners were uncommonly genteel, and highly finished. A good representation of the real Fine Gentleman, it is often lamented, is rarely seen on the stage, and to the truth of that observation I submit; but at the same time let it be noticed, that in persons of the first station in life, aided with every requisite accomplishment, all the necessary ingredients are seldom conjoined either in the real Fine Gentleman or the real Fine Lady, so as to equal the expanse of our ideas. Read Sir Charles Grandison and we snall find the poet has furnished him with a handsome and accomplished person, his mind with manliness, taste, feeling, generosity, courage, discretion, assisted with all the arts and aids of education: But few, very few such paragons have been really seen, though, like the unicorn, such exaltation of the mind and perfon may perchance exist, Now an actor of understanding, and education, must certainly be in a good school for attaining ease, who performs before hundreds nightly, and part of that collected audience consisting of the first personages; and it is possible the best speaker in the House of Commons if put really to act on the stage would feel not only awkward, but likely inferior in point of freedom and expression to the actor, even in the representation of the Gentleman.
The true Fine Gentleman is an arduous talk to attain in the most exalted state, and rarely to be viewed near perfection (unless as visionary) either at the court, the bar, army, pulpit, or the stage. Indeed at the palace, ease, elegance of manners, and liberal education, with every attendant accomplishment must give the truest polish and deportment, and thine more conspicuous there than in any other department of life, as certainly the great circle will ever be the only criterion of true taste and fashion. But let us be informed of the most finished character at any period, and enter our senate purposely to view the person and manners of the paragon fo famous and extolled, I think from observation I may almost venture to affirın the reality would certainly fall far fhort of expectation. As a point in proof, about eight years ago I had the opportunity of hearing a great man's maiden speech in the House of Com. mons: The tones of voice seemed truly captivating (though he spoke not at that time in favour of court politics) my situation was such I could not at the instant gain a glimpse at the fascinating prodigy. But when afterwards, with infinite pains and difficulty, that satisfaction was obtained-LO!
How the great man lessen'd to my view,
The reason is demonstrative, true perfection is feldom found in Nature's works, so many requisites being necessary to the combination, renders it as difficult to find as the longitude. The late Lord Chesterfield employed his pen over numerous pages to illustrate this ; yet with all his knowledge, labour, and pains, he could not create or realise. In short, the real Fine Gentleman may truly be termed the phenix, and that phenix rare, Great Britain, in our present golden days, may boast rising daily to full bloom, adorned with cvery art, humanity, and honour, that can fill the noble breast. Would the Lord Chesterfield (just mentioned) could be restored to one hour's life, he then might close his eyes with transport, and from his quivering lips proclaim, he beheld all his boundless wishes gratified, when he viewed his favourite graces all united in
The PRINCE of WALES.
But to return, the young hero who played Capt. Brazen had more easethan any young or old actor I ever remember, and in drawing his sword he threw all other performers at a wonderful distance by his swiftness, ease, grace, and superior elegance; to him, was Mr. Garrick afterwards much indebted for the applause he received in Hamlet in the fen