The Circus; Its Origin and Growth Prior to 1835

The Circus; Its Origin and Growth Prior to 1835

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...of any kind of amusement, especially the drama. For a long time there had been a Concert Hall, and even a Dancing-master was tolerated, so that occasionally, after an early vocal or instrumental performance, there might follow a dance, all very orderly and decorous, the ladies and gentlemen dispersing by eleven o'clock; and when the two so-called "Hancock regiments" arrived in 1768, we read of Concerts for the benefit of their respective Fifemajors. The fife, an instrument of recent introduction in the British Army, was certainly a novelty to the Bostonians, and the writer's grandfather, a lad of eight years, fascinated by their sound and the pomp and glitter of a military parade, was soon far astray in the crowd that followed the troops at their landing, so that the town-crier, with his bell, had to go round and look him up. It was not long, however, before the youngster was himself whistling music for the Boston Artillery Company of Captain William Heath, and when the latter, as Major-General, took the field in '75, the little fifer, with other Colonial boys, was right ready to blow a Yankee Doodle march for the patriots gathering about " the Hub." On Monday, March 8, 1713-14, during the admin istration of Governor Dudley, and while General Francis Nicholson and others of like kin, were in Boston, it was proposed to have a play enacted in the Council Chamber. The rumor of it reached the ears of Chief Justice Samuel Sewall, who sent a letter of protest, March 2nd, to the Hon. Isaac Addington, secretary for the Governor and Council, expressing his surprise and stating that " as much as in me lies, I do forbid it."" Over fifty-five years later a timid attempt to set forth something like a play occurred on Monday...
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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236585135
  • 9781236585134