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century (see MORE, p. 223). It figures in Shakspere's * Richard III.' as Crosby Place : 'At Crosby Place, then, shall you

find us both. In Shakspere's day it was occupied by the mother of his friend Pembroke, who, as the subject of all verse, is not unlikely to have entertained there the applause, delight, the wonder of our stage, the soul of the age in which she lived (see SYDNEY).

Stow's

Then have you one great house called Crosby Place, because the same was built by Sir John Crosby, grocer and woolman. The house he built of stone and timber, very large and beautiful and the highest at that time in London Survey of (1466]. . Richard, Duke of Gloucester, and Lord Edition of Protector, afterwards King, by the name of Richard III., was lodged in this house. From this Crosby Place up to Leaden Hall Corner, and so down Grass Street, amongst other tenements are divers fair and large built houses for merchants and such like.

1598.

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Crosby Place, or Hall, the Church of St. Saviour, where it is to be supposed, naturally, that he was present at the burial of his brother; and Middle Temple Hall, where

Twelfth Night'is known to have been produced in 1601, when Shakspere was probably an on-looker or director, — are the only buildings still standing in London which are in ány way — and even these only by inference — associated with him.

Preface to

Venerable Hall of the Middle Temple, thou art to our eyes more stately and more to be admired since we looked

upon

that entry upon the Table Book of John Manningham ! The Globe has perished, and so has the Blackfriars. Knight's The works of the poet who made the names of these Edition of

Shakspere. frail buildings immortal need no association to recommend them, but it is yet pleasant to know that there is one locality remaining where a play of Shakspere's was listened to by his contemporaries, and that play • Twelfth Night.'

Harleian

Feb. 1601. At our feast we had a play called “Twelfth Night, or What you will, much like the “Comedy of Errors,' or

“Menechmi' in Plautus but most like and neere to Templar's Diary, that in Italian called “Inganni.' A good practise in it MS. British to make the steward believe his lady-widdowe was in Museum.

love with him by counterfayting a letter as from his lady, in generall termes telling him what shee liked best in him and prescribing his gestures inscribing his apparaile, &c. and then when he came to practise, making him believe they tooke him to be mad.

During his London life Shakspere is believed to have been a frequenter of the Mermaid Tavern, which stood on the south side of Cheapside, between Bread and Friday

reets, and where he is said to have had his conflicts of wit with Ben Jonson (see Jonson, p. 176); and tradition associates his name with the Falcon Tavern, taken down in 1808. Its site, until lately, was occupied by the Falcon Glass Works at the end of Holland Street, Southwark, opposite the Falcon Drawing Dock; and its name still lives in Falcon Docks and Falcon Wharf, Nos. 79 and 80 Bankside. Another tavern certainly known to Shakspere was the Boar’s Head, in Eastcheap, the site of which is marked by the statue of William IV. (see GOLDSMITH, p. 125). It was a favorite tavern of Falstaff and Prince Hal. He also speaks of the White Hart Inn (White Hart Inn Yard, No. 61 Borough High Street in 1885):

Hath my sword therefore broke through London 2 Henry VI.,

Gates, that you should leave me at the White Hart

in Southwark ? The only letter in existence addressed to Shakspere is now preserved at Stratford-upon-Avon. It was directed by Richard Quyney To my loveing good Ffriend and Countryman, Mr. Wm Shackespere, deliver these,' and was written from the Bell Inn, Bell Inn Yard, Carter Lane, St.

act iv. scene 8.

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Paul's Churchyard, - a hostelry without doubt well known to Shakspere himself. A comparatively modern Bell Inn, its direct descendant, stood upon its site in 1885,90

PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY.

1792-1822.

SHELT

HELLEY saw but little of London," which was the place

neither of his birth nor of his death. He is known to have lived in a hotel in Dover Street, Piccadilly, where one of his children was born;17 to have lodged at one time at No. 90 Great Russell Street (facing the present Bury Street, the southeast wing of the British Museum was built on the site of this house); at one time on the corner of Hastings Street and Marbledown Place, Burton Crescent, Euston Road; and at No. 41 Hans Place, Sloane Street, in a house which has been raised two stories and renewed. Later he lived at No. 23 Chapel Street, South Audley Street, in a house also enlarged ; and in 1817 he was an inmate of Hunt's Cottage at Hampstead (see Hunt, p. 148), when Keats was their neighbor.

Leigh Hunt was editing the “Examiner,' and in spite of his two years' imprisonment was still liberal to the Blanchard backbone. For Shelley was with him, talking wild radicalism at Hampstead, or discussing the destinies Donglas

Jerrold, as the two friends rode into town on the stage.

chap. iii. Shelley was married to Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, December 13, 1816, in St. Mildred's Church, Bread Street, corner of Cannon Street; and he wooed and won his bride in Old St. Pancras Churchyard, now St. Pancras Gardens, Old St. Pancras Road, Kentish Town, then a quiet peaceful

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