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A biographical dictionary of actors, actresses, musicians, by Philip H. Highfill, Kalman A. Burnim, Edward A. Langhans

By Philip H. Highfill, Kalman A. Burnim, Edward A. Langhans

These featured in quantity 10 comprise Margaret Martyr, a singer, actress, and dancer whose “conjugal virtues have been frequently impeached,” based on the July 1792 Thespian journal. The Diction­ary describes this least consistent of fans as “of middling peak, with a determine well-proportioned for breeches elements. [Her] black-haired, black-eyed good looks and transparent soprano made her an immedi­ate well known luck in merry maids and tuneful minxes, the piquant and the pert, for 1 / 4 century.”

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William Cooke stated that, at about that period, three times a week from 10 o'clock to 12 noon, he interviewed aspirants to the stage, a statement which probably means that he had continued to offer lessons in acting. Macklin's friend Spranger Barry had caught the managerial disease, and in 1758 the pair began to negotiate with the owners of the Crow Street Music Hall in Dublin, with a view to establishing a new theatre on that site, by popular subscription. The planned partnership came to naught, but the possibility of its success excited the jealous fury of Macklin's old adversary Thomas Sheridan and precipitated still another paper war, first between Sheridan and Macklin, later between Macklin and Barry.

Probably at some time between 1748 and 1750 the Macklins' second child, John, had been born, perhaps at Dublin. The Macklins made their first appearances at Covent Garden on 24 September 1750, he as Lovegold and she as Lappet in The Miser. He added to his list of parts Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Polonius in Hamlet, Vellum in The Drummer, Manuel in She Wou'd and She Wou'd Not, Sir Oliver Cockwood in She Wou'd If She Cou'd, Leontine in Theodosius, and Sir Wilful in The Way of the World. On 7 March 1751 the talented and dissolute Sir Francis Delaval, with his mistress, his brother, and a group of aristocratic amateurs put on a performance of Othello before a fascinated crowd of the haut monde at Drury Lane.

Spare 'em not, Whom kindness cannot stir, but stripes may move. Bet. O Mr Hains! I've often felt their Love. Ha. Poh, felt a Pudding that has taken vent, Their love cools faster, and as soon is spent. Think of thy high calling Betty, now th'art here, They gaze and wish, but cannot reach thy Sphere, Though ev'ry one could squeeze thy Orange there. Bet. Why this to me, Mr. Haines (d'ee conceive me) why to me? Ha. Ay, why this to Betty? O Virtue, Virtue! vainly art thou sought, If such as Betty must be counted naught: Examine your Consciences Gentlemen!

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