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PREFATORY NOTE.

The first portion of the following work is a reprint of the exceedingly scarce life of James Quin, published in 1766.

This actor was a man who reached such a high standard of excellence in his profession, and who consequently acquired such an enviable celebrity, being surpassed, or at any rate equalled, by one other comedian only of his time, his fellowperformer at the same theatre, David Garrick, that it is confidently believed the reproduction of a work now rarely to be met with will be welcome in dramatic and other circles.

Facilities for printing not being as great a century ago as they are now, there is frequently a great paucity of material for the compilation of a biographical sketch. Efforts, however, have now been made to collect, in the form of an appendix, fragmentary notices scattered in various directions, in order to add them to the work in question, and, as far as possible, render it complete.

From the author's words in his opening chapter, there appears to have been special difficulty in the accomplishment of this particular task, the Histories of the Stage,he remarks, scarcely mentioning Quin, either as an actor or as a man," so that what he had to offer to the reader was "principally gathered from conversation and acquaintance.He hopes, however, he says, " that from these materials and such other as he can obtain, some future biographer may transmit to posterity this actor's memory.

The publisher of this book submits it to the collector as an attempt to fulfil the above.

A

THE LIFE OF

MR. JAMES QUIN

COMEDIAN,

WITH THE

HISTORY OF THE STAGE

FROM

HIS COMMENCING ACTOR TO HIS RETREAT

TO BATH.

ILLUSTRATED WITH MANY

CURIOUS AND INTERESTING ANECDOTES

OF SEVERAL

PERSONS OF DISTINCTION, LITERATURE,

AND GALLANTRY.

TO WHICH IS ADDED A

Genuine and Authentic Copy of bis Last will

and Testament,

DEDICATED TO DAVID GARRICK, ESQ.

London:

PRINTED FOR S. BLADON, IN PATERNOSTER Row

17 6 6.

TO

DAVID GARRICK, ESQ.

WHOSE patronage, sir, can these sheets more properly claim than yours? The Life of Mr. Quin is so immedi

ately connected with your own, and his pursuits for a long time were so very similar, that no one can form so

just an estimate of the man, or judge so well of the

merits of the actor, as he who is at once the real

representative and the only just commentator of

Shakespeare.

Permit me therefore, sir, to lay this

little work at your feet, which I flatter myself, if not

from its intrinsic worth, at least from the subject, you

will deign to accept of, and place among those volumes

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