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By Philip H. Highfill, Kalman A. Burnim, Edward A. Langhans

Not like one another, quantity five is a sociological portrait of regularly little humans of their tragic and comedian efforts to accomplish repute at the London level through the recovery and eighteenth century, while quantity 6 is dom­inated by way of the glamour of David Gar­rick, Nell Gwyn, and Joseph Grimaldi, the prestigious clown. a few 250 por­traits individualize the nice and small of the theatres of London.

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He was, also for the first time in London, Hastings in Jane Shorea solid successand Sir Harry Wildair in The Constant Couplewhich puzzled some of his audience and annoyed others because they had naturally expected Peg Woffington, showing her figure in that, her most famous part. The sensitive Garrick felt the audience's mere tolerance and before long he dropped the part from his repertoire. On 23 March 1743, for Macklin's benefit, he introduced his Abel Drugger in The Alchemist, which was to be perhaps the comic character most appreciated by his audiences.

Fleetwood would reinstate them but certainly not without Garrick. Garrick could not now avoid the humiliating capitulation urged upon him by his companions. Yet such a course was made ethically nearly impossible for Garrick by Fleetwood's adamant refusal to rehire Macklin. Fleetwood had befriended Macklin through some hard times (including his trial for killing his fellow-actor Hallam) and he now saw him as a monster of ingratitude. Garrick tried to appease Macklin by offering to pay him a weekly sum out of his own pocket and by obtaining a promise from Rich to engage Mrs Macklin at Covent Garden for £3 a week.

In early June 1742, accompanied by Peg Woffington and the dancer Barbarina Campanini (both of Covent Garden), Garrick set out from London for Dublin. The trip, including a rough voyage, consumed two weeks. In mid-June Garrick joined the summer company at Smock Alley. Garrick reported enthusiastically: Dublin June 23d {1742} My Dear Peter I am got safe to Ireland & have had Success Equal to that in England. My Lord Orrery who is a Demi-God has wrote Such affectionate Letters to all ye Noblemen & Gentlemen of his Acquaintance that I am more caress'd here than I was at London Delane has play'd against Me, but wanting allies has quitted ye field I will certainly call upon You at my Return I am quite well & ye Change of Air has agreed vastly with Me when I am more Settled.

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