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DAVID GARRICK, Es^.
TO wHICH IS PREFIXED
A LIFE OF THE AUTHOR.
Republished in 1969 by Gregg International Publishers Limited 1 Westmead, Farnborough, Hants., England
Printed in offset by Anton Hain KG, Meisenheim/Glan
BAVID GARB ICK, Esq.
GARRICK was born at Hereford in the year 1717. His father followed the military profession and bad at tbe time of bis death been advanced to a Majority in the Army. Our Author received the first Rudiments of bis Education at the Free School at Litchfield, which be afterwards cdmpleated at Rochester, undtr the celebrated Mr Colson., since Mathematical Professor at Cambridge. On the <)tb of March 1736, be was entered of the Honourable Society of Lincolns-Inn, being intendedfor tbe Bar; but whether be Jbund the study of tbe Law too beavy, saturnine, and barren of amusement for bis more active and lively disposition, or that a genius like bis could not continue circumscribed within tbe limits of any profession, but t bat to which it was more particularly adapted; like tbe Magnetic needle pointed directly to its proper centre, or perhaps botb, it is certain that be did not long pursue tbe Municipal Law ; for in tbe year 1740, be quitted it entirely for tbe Stage. Having performed a noviciate at Ipswich, be made bis appearance at Goodman's Fields; and October lgtb 1741, acted Richard III. for tbe first time. His acting was attended with tbe loudest acclamations of applause ; and bis fame was so quickly propagated through the town, tbat (be more established Theatres of Drury Lane, and Covent Garden, were deserted. These Patentees, alarmed at tbe great deficiency in tbe receipts of their bouses, and at tbe crouds whicb constantly filled the Theatre of Goodman's Fields, united their efforts to destroy tbe new raised seat of Theatrical empire; in consequence of whicb, Garrick entered into an agreement with Fleetwood, Patentee of Drury Lane for £. 500 a-year. The fame of