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IN THE THREE KINGDOMS, FROM 1765 to 1795.
BY TATE WILKINSON.
IN FOUR VOLUMES.
To which are added, never published,
FOR A LIBEL ON PETER PARAGRAPH.
Written by the late SAMUEL FOOTE, Esq.
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Duke of Buckingham's Rebearsal.
BY WILSON, SPENCE, AND MAWMAN :
And by all the Booksellers in the city and courty of York,
This facsimile of the 1795 edition is reproduced
by permission of the Syndics
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Printed and published by The Scolar Press Limited,
and Ilkley, Yorkshire
ORK Alfizes, that year 1786,--Saturday July 29,—was the SIDONIAN YEAR; which will, I fear, be unequalled in the Yorkshire Theatrical Annals in an age, if not ages to come. Had the receipts been confined to one fpot, without journies to have occafioned the extraordinary expences attendant, it would indeed have been (and owing to Mrs. Siddons alone) a WILKINSONIAN YEAR, to have been remembered and recorded by his procent generation, and by the generation to come ; – but it was incumbered with various and innumerable drawbacks by travelling from place to place.
To give an account of the houses Mrs. Siddons drew at that memorable time, would appear hereafter to the reader almost incredible. To fill a page with the merits of her Lady Macbeth, IlaVolume III.
bella, and many other characters would be really telling when Easter-day or Christmas-day is to fall, which every child is, or ought to be acquainted with; but the eager desire and rage of crowds to fee her at York were such as resembled those in London for admittance on particular occasions; and York can boast from the words of Mr. Siddons, that Mrs. Siddons performed to the greatest recept at that city, on Thursday August 4, 1786, she ever acted to at any Theatre, at that time out of London.
Mrs. Siddons, by her Yorkshire expedition, 1786, received from her profits no less a sum than eleven hundred pounds, or very near it, for 17 nights acting, without alluding to any presentations she might and certainly did receive most liberally from particular persons, at York, on her benefit night.
The laurels Mrs. Siddons obtained at York in duced her to extend her fame, by the visiting Hull, where the public were highly gratified the 14th, 15th, 17th, and 18th of August, by her appearing in the Grecian Daughter, Zara, Belvidera, and Isabella. The full receipt 4481. 145.6d. Had that happened in the usual winter season, it would have been a lucky stroke for me, though the players and myself might poffibly hare mourned a little for our Melpomene ; but the expences were so enormous in proportion, that my
prost was only 1281. 8s. 6d. and the following usual winter season, was more universally deserted than any
that I recollect in the course of my practice. Nothing pleased ;-of course Mr. Manager was quite out of favour.
Mrs. Siddons on her return to York from Hull, re-engaged for three nights in the York race week, when she performed the following characters, Euphrafia, Elwina, and Califta; on the last night the upper-gallery airy beings were so turbulent, that not a line could be heard during the whole play, but Jobfon and Nell they honoured with great attention and applause. On the Monday Mrs. Siddons finished at York, with playing Margaret of Anjou for her brother Stephen Kemble's Benefit.— I persuaded her to try Leeds, where the acted the Grecian Daughter, Zara, Isabella, and Belvidera, August 30th, Sept. ist, 4th, and 5th; the recepts were 4371. 18s. Mrs. Siddons had only that week to dispose of, as she was to play the ensuing one at Liverpool; but to my grief, great vexation, and astonishment, several persons attempted to stir up a mutiny against me at Wakefield, urging that I treated the town with great difrespect and insolence, in not bringing Mrs. Siddons to play there, as well as at Leeds; the following good natured note was also sent to the Leeds newspaper