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Theatre, but no remains of the ancient building are now extant.
During the year 1778, their Majesties, in reviewing the summer encampments, visited Winchester, and honoured the College with their presence. Dr. Warton's house, at that period, was filled with men of exalted and acknowledged talents, among whom were Lord Palmerston, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Messrs. Stanley, T. Warton, and D. Garrick. To the latter a very whimsical accident occurred. The horse that carried him to the review, on his casually alighting, by some means got loose, and ran away. In this dilemma, assuming the attitude of Richard III. amidst the astonished soldiery, he exclaimed, A horse ! A horse ! my Kingdom for a horse," which reaching the ears of the King, he said, “ These must be the tones of Garrick; see, if he is on the ground.” Mr. Garrick was immediately sought, and presently found, and presented to his Majesty, who, among many other compliments, assured him, that his delivery of Shakspeare would never pass undiscovered.
JACKSON'S INTERVIEW WITH THE ARCHBISHOP
My visit to his Grace of York was so successful in its consequences, and so flattering in its tendency, both to myself, personally, and to the profession in which I was embarked-that I must relate it.
I found his Grace at breakfast, in his study. After desiring me, with great complacency, to be seated, he said, “ You are, I presume, Mr. Jackson." I bowed. “You reside in the Temple." “I do, my Lord.” “ You belong to the Law.” “No, my Lord."-"I judged so by the place of your residence."
-No answer from me to this delicate mode of enforcing the question.
“ I have a memorial from you, respecting your father, but I sent for you to know more fully from yourself the particulars respecting it.”
I related every thing I knew, concerning the matter, minutely. His Grace listened to me with great attention, and promised to make immediate inquiry into the facts I had stated. I was on my legs, and on the point of departing, when I observed to his Grace, that when he asked if I belonged to the Law, I had continued silent. I now informed him, that I had no intention of con
you were in
cealing my profession: “I am, my Lord, upon the stage.”—A pause
“ Sir,” said his Grace," I know no distinction of persons; I respect worth, wherever it is found. Goodness may adorn the breast of an actor, as well as that of a divine; and I see no just reason,
'а why I should discredit or disregard you the more for being on the stage, than if the pulpit, provided you have kept your character. I shall inquire into your conduct, and if I find it such as I can sanction with credit, you shall always have my patronage and support; make my compliments to Mr. Garrick, and tell him, I expect he will use you well; I do not go to the Theatre myself; but let me know when your night comes, and I will send my family.”
His Grace saw me to the door, and told the porter, that, whenever I called, he should be at home. He then again wished me well,
“ Vowed me assistance, and performed it too."
It is related in the annals of the stage as a remarkable instance of the force of imagination, that when Banks's play of the “ Earl of Essex" was last performed, a soldier, who stood sentinel on the stage, entered so deeply into the distress
of the scene, that, in the delusion of his imagination, upon the Countess of Nottingham's denying the receipt of the ring, which Essex had sent by her, to claim a promise of favour, he exclaimed, “ Tis false! she has it in her bosom ;” and immediately seized the mock Countess, to make her deliver it up
QUINAULT. On the first night of the performance of “L'Amant Indiscret," Quinault, the author of the comedy, took a country gentleman, who came to Paris on account of a law-suit, with him, to see it, and with whom he had just been in search of his attorney. The country gentleman was greatly surprised, when the piece was over, to hear persons of the first rank congratulate Quinault, and to see them publicly embrace him; but his surprise was still more increased when he afterwards heard Quinault discuss points of law. with his attorney, and state the case of the gentleman, his friend, so clearly, that he foresaw he should gain the cause.
MOODY, AND THE HIGHWAYMAN. MOODY, the actor, was robbed of his watch and money. He begged the highwayman to let him have cash enough to carry him to town, and
the fellow replied, “ Well, master Moody, as I know you, I'll lend you half a guinea; but, remember, honour among thieves !” A few days after, he was taken, and Moody, hearing that he was at " The Brown Bear,” in Bow Street, went to inquire after his watch ; but when he began to speak of it, the fellow exclaimed, “ Is that what you want? I thought you had come to pay the half-guinea you borrowed of me."
Though a man of so much wit, Moliere's deportment was serious, his manners grave, and his taciturnity remarkable; yet, on the stage, he performed many of the most farcical parts. One evening, having to personate Sancho Pancha, and enter riding on an ass, he mounted behind the scenes, waiting for his cue, but the ass, not understanding the prompter, would not wait; nor could Moliere hinder him from making his entrance. In vain did the distressed Sancho tug the halter ; in vain he called to his favourite, Baron, and to his servant-maid, La Foreste, to come to his assistance. Seeing her master on the crupper pulling with all his might, the girl laughed so heartily, that she had not the power