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CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I.

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Inutility of Biography–Various views of managemenat nd

various managers-Lord Byron and Mr. Robins-Receipts to Kean's first appearance-Mr. Henry Harris-Mr. R. Sheil --Mr. C. Kemble-Mr. Elliston-King George and King Robert-Break up of the old understanding between the two Theatres--and its consequences – Mr. Price and Mr. Bish--A bad actor a bad bargain-The American Stage the ruin of the English Stage-Advantages of utilityCurious illustration thereof-Combination of Kean and Young in tragedy, and Liston and Mathews in comedy, Ingredients of an utilitarian-Failure of the theatres the fault of the public—Sir Robert Walpole, and his medical advisers . . . . . . . . . .

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CHAPTER II.

Indifference of the public to theatrical amusements-Advan

tages possessed by the Foreign stage-Consequent cultivation of the art—A few singers do not constitute an Opera -Difficulties under which the large theatres labour–Folly of reduced prices–Necessity of reduced salaries-Lord

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Chamberlain — Difference between authority and oppression-Sir E. L. Bulwer and the Marquis Conyngham

-Licences to be had for asking—Hardship on the Haymarket theatre complained of by the manager to the public

- The Duke of Sussex's opinion of the proper support of the London Stage . . . . . . .

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CHAPTER III.

Performers and their salaries, past and present–Their deport

ment under different circumstances—The article of engagement of a leading actor, and its mutual advantages--Consequences of befriending a performer-James Smith and the Zoological Gardens-Horses and Actors, managed by old Astley-Cox versus Kean - Singular letter — Salaries of Mathews, Munden, Fawcett, Quick, Edwin, Irish Johnstone, C. Kemble, Macready, Ellen Tree, compared with those of Farren, Liston, Power, George Cooke, John Kemble, Mrs. Jordan-Different notions of comfort-Actors the destruction of dramatic literature--Knowles-Bulwer --Colman-Inchbald-Morton-Reynolds, &c. , i

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CHAPTER IV.

A London manager as he is, and as he ought to be The

conceit of authors and actors contrasted—Times when
theatres were prosperous_Garrick's salary and season-
“ Orders ” the cause of all kinds of dis-orders—The press
and its privileges-Difference of value in paper and other
currency—Disadvantages of people not paying for their
admission—Increase of newspapers—A favour no boon-
Individual opinion founded on general criticism-Disad-
vantages of steam to a theatre-Success and talent not
synonymous—Reasons why no one ever should be a manager

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CHAPTER V.

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The value of experience exemplified—The general result of

all prosecutions—The Garrick Club—What it ought to effect, and what it does—Thomas Campbell's reception in it—Sin. gular success leading to singular disaster-Kean and Macready's Shaksperian language-Madame Malibran's mind defined in her correspondence-Mr. Hackett and Mr. George Colman-Mr. Dowton's opinion of American editions of English plays—Mr. Kean's death, and his last appearance preceding it-Union of the two Patent theatres -Causes, or rather reasons, for its necessity . .

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CHAPTER VI.

A good address very desirable—Mr. Henry Harris's opinion

of the author's Opposition to it-Mr. Bulwer and his Bill
- The Duke of Gloucester-False reports likely to lead to
other reports—The Duke of Wellington's favourite maxim
-Symptoms of hostilities~Mr. Sheridan Knowles, and his
“co-mates in exile”—Memorial to His Majesty, and its
gracious reception-Different views taken by different authors

- The King a better judge than his subjects—Two theatres
better than nineteen, in an undramatic city, logically dis-
cussed-A trip to Paris

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CHAPTER VII.

Mems. of a Manager during a Continental trip-Terms on

which to meet a bad dramatist-French honour, and its reward--Opinions on the novelties of the day-Mademoiselle

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ricarde-Duke of Devonshire-Duke of Wellington-Lord
John Russell - Another defeat-Saints and sinners — Lord
Stanley's notions of compensation very correct . . .

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CHAPTER X.

| A visit to Germany, and its theatres—Advantages of a Dutch

town - Meat regulated by quantity rather than quality -
Arnheim-Lord Howick, Mrs. Trollope's ideas of comfort
- Professor Livius at Dusseldorf — The value of Kings and
Kings' bones—the Rhine a case of Rhino-A touch of Poetry
- Distance between the “ diet of worms,” and a cold chicken
-singular rencontre of three singular characters—Studying
German - Heidelberg and its glories — Strasburgh and its
påtés — Mr. Charles Kemble — Reduced prices, and their
consequences - Young actors in Shakspeare's plays — Mr.
Forrest-Mr. Murray-Mr. Bishop-Manfred — The Morn-
ing Chronicle-Payne Collier - Pierce Egan . . .

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CHAPTER XI.

Dissolution — Difference between a capital fellow and a fellow

of capital-Mr. Stanfield and Mr. Ducrow--Family sorrows -Mr. Farren and a distinguished nobleman-Additional verses to a popular song-Death and drunkenness-Sir Robert Peel and the Patent Theatres — A distinction between ways and means—Mr. Poole and the horn blower-Death of Mathews—Italian airs—Laporte's opinion of them in a letter -Bunn's opinion of them in a song—Malibran's engagement -Unprecedented terms--One man found to refuse what all the rest of mankind were trying to possess -- A droll and a

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