The Struggle for a Free Stage in London

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CHAPTER V
THE ROYALTY THEATRE

BACK in the days when the inimitable Foote was amusing the public with that new species of theatrical entertainment called "A Dish of Tea", there was in that eccentric comedian's train of admirers a lad who was destined to all the buffets, with but little of the glory, of the actor's lot. This was John Palmer, "Plausible Jack", a kind-hearted, irresponsible, lack-judgment, devil-may-care sort of a fellow, who, as usual with such characters, laid the consequences of his own follies at the door of his fellow creatures, or to the account of fate.

Palmer had a predilection for the stage, if for anything, from early youth; and, by one of the many chances which marked his course through life, was turned into that profession. Nor was he by any means devoid of all the elements belonging to the histrionic art, although he received rebuffs, time and again, on his applying to Garrick , "the great little man". However, after a checkered career as an itinerant actor among the provincial theatres, Palmer finally secured an

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