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Memoirs of Mr. Kemble, with a striking Likeness of that celebrated Theatrical
Performer. To tbe Editor of the Hibernian Magazine. university of Douay, in order to his be
ing qualified for one of the learned proSIR,
fellions. Mr. Kemble did not for fome N has , in
one, perhaps, of his profession time make any figure in the schools ; he of discourse, and subjeđ of admiration, university, noted for the happiness of his than Mr. Kemble. What is the reason, memory, and a talent, that iodeed gave that the moment our understanding bows an early promise of his present excellence, to the open display of a man's public ta- I mean his delivery ; for, which he was lenta, our curiosity thuuld begin so busily already so much admired, that though to pry into the retired scenes of his pri. noborly ever went to hear the speeches of vate life? Severer moralilts may answer, any other ftudent, yet the whole body of that while Reason adores the facred fire fellows and profcilors constantly crouled of public fame, Envy Cbrows up the em- the hall whenever Mr. Kemble was to bers of private action, in hopes that the pronounce an oration. The intervals he may at least dim the luftre of the blaze. Inatched from necefT ry studies, our hero Sometimes this may be a true reply ; in dedicated to the perfecting himself, and my case it is not ; or if it were, yet these the most promising of his companions, in very embers may serve only to feed the the tragedies of Cato and Julius Cælar, fame : the man, in whom private worth in which, his representations of Cato and unites itself to public abilities, has a dou- Brutus were thought matter pieces. The ble claim upon us, for our esteem and time at last arrived for Mr. Kemble to admiration, and I feel infinite pleasure lift himself into a more honourable celefrom the prospect of the memoirs l'bave brity. The poets were put into his hands. undertaken to write, when I reflect, that His earliest compositions were approved the gentleman I am to speak of is truly of by all, aod a latin eclogue he wrote this description. My information is drawn on the death of the late king of France, from the purest sources, from his fellow did his college, as well as himself, great collegiaos abroad, and from his contem- credit ; for it was allowed to be the most poraries at home.
elegant piece the university produced on Mr. Kemble was born in Lancashire, that occafion. In the height of his acadeand placed very young at the celebrated mical reputation, Mr. Keinble forsook bis Roman Catholic academy, in Staffordshire ; studies, and returned to England. where be thewed so early, and uncommon After some time spent in deliberating a talte for letters, as induced his father on what employment be should choose for to lend him to the English college in the bimself, natural indiation, not to menHib. Mag. Jan. 1783.