Memoirs of Mrs. Siddons, 1

Memoirs of Mrs. Siddons, 1

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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. 1831 edition. Excerpt: ...by spectacle, and by degrees, the principal be swallowed up in the accessary. In the meantime what will be the comparative fate of the ancient and modern drama? The one will be eternally read, and seldom played; the other acted in its day, but never read. On the 20th of January 1779, Mr. Garrick expired at his house in the Adelphi. Mr. Pott, the surgeon, pronounced the immediate cause of his dissolution a palsy in the kidneys. As is commonly the case, I understand, in such complaints, his mind was undisturbed, his feelings tranquil, a stupor sat upon the brain, and the last scene closed without a groan. Davies has repeated the silly cheat of some player, in a supposed quotation from Horatio, which escaped him on seeing such men as Drs. Schomberg, Heberden, Warren, and others enter his apartment, as friends, to try whether their skill could save him. "Another and another still succeeds, And the last fool is welcome as the former." In such a situation, at least, Mr. Garrick was no actor, and life itself no jest. Besides he had not at any time absolutely despaired of recovery; and from his natural politeness and good sense, could never merit the salutation, which his own Lear drew forth from the indignant but faithful Kent--"Aye, do! Kill thy physician, and the fee bestow Upon thy foul disease." On Monday, the 1st of February, he was magnificently interred near the statue of Shakspeare, in Poet's Corner, Westminster Abbey. It is remarkable, that Mr. Garrick was honoured with Purcell's grand funeral service, by the choir and a full organ, the body received by the Bishop of Rochester at the great west door. Is money the mere regulator on such occasions? because we have since attended so many silent funerals of great men, that we...show more

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  • Paperback | 90 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 177g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236491742
  • 9781236491749