Some Account of the English Stage: From the Restoration in 1660 to 1830, Volume 3

H.E. Carrington, 1832
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Page 222 - This was a good while before the first act was over, and so gave us ease soon; for...
Page 222 - He began on it; and when first he mentioned it to Swift, the Doctor did not much like the project. As he carried it on, he shewed what he wrote to both of us, and we now and then gave a correction, or a word or two of advice; but it was wholly of his own writing. — When it was done, neither of us thought it would succeed. — We showed it to Congreve; who, after reading it over, said, It would either take greatly, or be damned confoundedly.
Page 222 - This piece was received with greater applause than was ever known. Besides being acted in London sixtythree days without interruption, and renewed the next season with equal applause, it spread into all the great towns of England; was played in many places to the thirtieth and fortieth time ; at Bath and Bristol fifty, &c.
Page 222 - We were all at the first night of it in great uncertainty of the event; till we were very much encouraged by overhearing the Duke of Argyle, who sat in the next box to us, say: "it will do, — it must do! — I see it in the eyes of them.
Page 387 - In merry old England it once was a rule, The King had his Poet, and also his Fool : But now we're so frugal, I'd have you to know it, That Cibber can serve both for Fool and for Poet.
Page 223 - ... but others, and among them Dr. Herring, afterwards archbishop of Canterbury, censured...
Page 223 - Opera the gangs of robbers were evidently multiplied. Both these decisions are surely exaggerated. The play, like many others, was plainly written only to divert, without any moral purpose...
Page 337 - ... told so strongly the involuntary motion of a gentleman, that it was impossible to consider the character he represented in any other light than that of reality ; but what was still more surprising, that person who could thus delight an audience, from the...
Page 486 - These little things, Mr. Sneerwell, will sometimes happen. Indeed a Poet undergoes a great deal before he comes to his Third Night ; first with the Muses, who are humorous Ladies, and must be attended ; for if they take it into their Head at any time to go abroad and leave you, you will pump your Brain in vain : Then, Sir, with the Master of a Playhouse to get it acted, whom you generally follow a...
Page 272 - ... age, were incontestable proofs against what they said to me. Notwithstanding all this, I was forced to submit to truth, because I...

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