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LIFE OF HELENA FAUCIT

(LADY MARTIN).

CHAPTER 1.

HELENA SAVILLE Faucit, the Helen Faucit of the theatrical world, came of a theatrical family on both father and mother's side. Her maternal grandfather, Mr Diddear, of French origin, had been a merchant in the East Indies, but, after heavy losses there, came to London, purchased the freedom of the City, and commenced business as a silk-mercer. Again proving unsuccessful, he became an actor, and remained upon the stage for several years.

An accident, by which he broke one of his legs, made him abandon the active exercise of his vocation, but he continued bis relations with the drama by becoming the manager of the Norwich, Margate, and other circuits. Mr Saville Faucit, while a member of his company at Margate, persuaded Mr Diddear's daughter Harriet, to whom he had often played the lover on the stage, to become his wife, and they were married at the church of St George the Martyr, Southwark, on September 2, 1805. The consent of the lady's parents to the marriage had not been sought, but after a short interval they became reconciled, and Mr and Mrs Faucit were reinstated in

Mr Diddear's company. They both attained distinction in their profession, Mr Faucit as a dramatic author as well as actor. Mrs Faucit's reputation in

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