Charles Macklin: An Actor's Life

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APPENDIX

MACKLIN'S LOST PLAYS

A week after Macklin's death a writer in The Morning Herald noted: "Mr. Macklin has left behind him near Forty Dramatic Pieces, many of them finished, and some of them in a state of great forwardness. It is well known to have been Mr. MACKLIN's opinion, that, after a Play was finished, the author should let it lie by for at least five years." The editors of The Morning Mirror in November of the same year observed that they had in their possession a collection of skeletons of plays and character sketches by him. Many of his visitors during the last years of his life noted that he was occupied with unfinished dramas. Arthur Murphy told Henry Mackenzie of a seven-act play of great excellence. Boswell London Journal for May 31, 1781, refers to a comedy entitled The True-Born Englishman to which Macklin also refers in his commonplace book ( Diary, f. 18). A letter from William Ballantyne inserted in the extra-illustrated Cooke Macklin ( Folger) describes a play which the actor was writing about Dr. John Armstrong, a Scotch physician whom he much admired. At the auction of Macklin's library on November 21-25, 1797, included among the final lots were the following:

1107. Mr. Macklin's Case, and a large collection of various Mss.

1112. Miscellaneous Mss. a bundle of

1113. Man of the World; the True born Scotchman; Love-a-la-mode; Lysander, the Generous Courtesan; a Will and no Will, or a Bone for the Lawyers, Mss; and a large parcel of Characters in Various Plays, also Mss.

1114. Two Mss. Plays--Love is the Conqueror, or The Irish Hero, morocco, gilt leaves. [Perhaps an early version of Love à la Mode?] Arbanes, or the Enamoured Prince, a Pastoral.

The Folger Library's marked copy of the auction catalogue (PN 2598 M2 A3) indicates that lot 1107 was not sold. No buyer is specified for lot 1114. Lots 1112 and 1113 were bought by Thomas Hill,

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • I- Early Years 1
  • II- Dissension at Drury Lane 20
  • IV- The Quarrel with Garrick 56
  • V- Actor-Playwright 66
  • VI- Macklin, Orator 98
  • VII- On Stage Again 109
  • VIII- The Wars of the Theatres 127
  • IX- The Science of Acting 151
  • X- Riot and Conspiracy 168
  • XI- The Man of the World 195
  • XII- Last Years 217
  • Appendix 235
  • Notes 245
  • Index 271
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