Memories of Fifty Years

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Charles Scribner's, 1889 - Actors - 232 pages
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Page 59 - A New Way to Pay Old Debts," and the principal character in "The Iron Chest.
Page 209 - After waiting a long time for Thackeray, at last there came a ring at the bell, and the waiter brought up a large parcel and a note from him...
Page 208 - Eyes," and we were asked to repeat it three or four times. This all took place about the year 1855. On one occasion there was to be a dinner party of four. Thackeray said it might probably be the last time he should meet us convivially during this visit, so we agreed to dine together with him in Robinson's rooms. The party was to consist of Mr. Robinson, Thackeray, my father, and myself. The hour arrived, and I came with a message from my father, who was laid up with the gout, one of his bad attacks,...
Page 209 - ... a note from him to say that a letter he had received compelled him to pack up as quickly as possible, and start for England by the first steamer ; and he added, ' by the time you receive this, dear William, I shall be almost out of the harbour. Let me...
Page 131 - He hit here, and there, and cracked right, left, and centre, clearing the whole place in a very few moments. When the thing was over Marks was not to be found ; and I had retired early myself. Forrest in the engagement during which the riots occurred played Macbeth, and when the lines came, "What rhubarb, senna, or what purgative drug will scour these English hence?
Page 207 - I lived to alter that opinion, and in a very short time. Thackeray then lived with a very great and dear friend of mine and my father's, and they had rooms together in Houston Street. I had a house next door but one to them, and this is how I became so intimate with Thackeray.
Page 130 - Hussars, and was composed of young men of the best families in the city. One debater got so extremely excited discussing the riot that the tears ran down his face, and at length, in a sort of frenzy, he took off his coat and began "letting out " at everybody around him, no matter whether his victims were on his side of the question or not. He hit here, and there, and cracked right, left, and centre, clearing the whole place in a very few moments. When the thing was over Marks was not to be found...
Page 173 - go with a roar," and if the laughter came, there was the self-consciousness. I was perfectly conscious that I had been very funny ; I had studied to be so, and I was so. There never was, in my opinion, a raconteur, from Charles Lamb or Theodore Hook, down to Gilbert a Becket or HJ Byron or Thackeray or Dickens, or any of these men who spoke and told anecdotes at a dinner-table, there never was one of them that was not conscious that he was going to be funny. He may have made a mistake and missed...
Page 98 - Distraining for Rent." The part of Martin Hayward was written for my father. Sir David W'ilkie went to see the play and cried like n baby over it. I have a letter he wrote to the then lessee of the theatre about the acting. He subsequently sent my father one of the engravings with his autograph beneath. I have the picture now. The play made a great success at the time. Charles Kean's second visit to America was under my father's management in 1839, and he was to have acted Richard Iff.
Page 165 - Charles Mathews, who was in EA Sothern. front, went behind and said, "Buckstone, you push this piece." " But it is an offence to all the swells." " Don't you believe it," replied Mathews ; " you push it, and it will please them more than anybody else." Buckstone was induced to give it further trial, and the consequence was four hundred consecutive nights. Sothern told me that Buckstone cleared thirty thousand pounds by it. During my long career I have naturally been brought into contact with some...

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