Macready's Reminiscences and Selections from His Diaries and Letters

Macready's Reminiscences and Selections from His Diaries and Letters

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Macready's Reminiscences and Selections from His Diaries and Letters

Macready's Reminiscences and Selections from His Diaries and Letters

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"Quam potius laudandus hic est, quem prole paratâ Occupat in parvâ pigra senecta casâ:

Sic ego sire; liceatque caput candescere canis, Temporis et prisci facta referre senem!" Tibullus , lib. i. Eleg. 10, v. 39.

"Blest is his lot whom years advancing find With children round him, and of frugal state:

Such would I be, though whitening locks remind Of age, and of old times old men will prate." -- ED. TRANS.

CHAPTER I.

1793-1808. -- Earliest recollections -- Preparatory schools at Kensington and Birmingham -- School mutiny -- Father's theatre at Birmingham -- King -- Mrs. Siddons -- Mrs. Billington -- Lord Nelson at the theatre -- Visit to relations at Dublin -- Adventure at Chester -- Entrance at Rugby -- School life -- Dr. Inglis -- Fagging -- Mother's death -- School theatricals -- The young Roscius -- Rapid rise in the school -- Unmerited punishment -- William Birch -- Fight with a bully -- Dr. Wooll -- Rugby speeches -- More elaborate theatricals -- Edmund Kean at Birmingham.

MARY STREET, TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD, 3RD MARCH, 1793.

IF I am to select occurrences out of those which have befallen me, my judgment may err from many natural motives in the choice between such as I record and those I may omit. It will thereforo probably be more judicious in me to refrain from any exercise of my discrimination in this rough draft of my life's accidents, and, beginning at the beginning, to note down all I can remember, even in my infancy, of impressions, feelings, and incidents, reserving tho task of sifting and deciding upon what may be worth preserving to a period when I can review the whole (should it be God's will I live to do it), and perceive the relation that small things may bear to the greater events of my history. The dim remembrance of my . . .

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