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CONTENTS OF VOL. I.
Mrs. Siddons's Parents-Names of two distinguished Indi-
viduals among her Ancestral Relations-List of her
Brothers and Sisters-Notices of some of them-Mrs.
Whitelocke, her eldest Sister, a successful Actress in
America-Anecdotes of the Indians during her Perform-
ance at Philadelphia-Brecon, in North Wales, the Birth-
place of Mrs. Siddons-Sir Hugh Evans, a Personage in
"The Merry Wives of Windsor," was Curate of the
Priory of Brecon-Resemblance between the Frolics of
Fairy Puck, in "Midsummer Night's Dream," to the
Gambols of his Namesake in Breconshire-Anecdote of
Mrs. Siddons in her Childhood-Her early fondness for
Milton's Poetry-Early Appearance on the Stage—Mr.
Siddons joins her Father's Company-Engages her
Mrs. Siddons acts at Cheltenham-Meets with the Hon.
Miss Boyle, afterwards Lady O'Neil-Is invited by Garrick
to Drury Lane-Appears as Portia-Has indifferent
Success-Is dismissed from Drury Lane by a Letter from
the Prompter-Retires to the Provincial Theatres, where
she is popular-Her future greatness predicted by Hen-
derson-Is admired at Bath, and from thence recalled to
First Introduction of Females on the English Stage-Names
and Characters of Mrs. Siddons's greatest Predecessors―
Mrs. Betterton-Mrs. Anne Marshall-Mrs. Boutell-
Mrs. Barry Mrs. Bracegirdle-Mrs. Oldfield - Mrs.
Porter-Mrs. Cibber-Mrs. Pritchard-Mrs. Yates-
Mrs. Siddons plays Isabella, in the "Fatal Marriage," at
Drury Lane Suitableness of the Part for her first new
Trial-Remarks on the Tragedy-Resumption of her
Memoranda-She appears as Euphrasia, in "The Grecian
Daughter"-as Jane Shore-as Calista-as Belvidera-
and as Zara, in the "Mourning Bride" Her first
Mrs. Siddons's second Season at Drury Lane-Plays Isabella,
in "Measure for Measure"-Performs in "The Gamester,"
with her Brother, John Kemble-Performs Constance, in
66 King John" Her own Criticisms on the Character-
Plays Lady Randolph, the Countess of Salisbury, and
Sigismunda in Thomson's Tragedy-Conclusion of the
Mrs. Siddons's Memoranda-Her Summer Excursion to
Edinburgh and Dublin-Important Quotation from Lee
Mrs. Siddons's own Account of her being affronted in the
Theatre-Public Opinion is disabused, and she recovers
her Popularity - Appears as Margaret of Anjou, in
Franklin's" Earl of Warwick"-Character of the Piece-
Her next new Part is Zara, in the Tragedy translated by
Aaron Hill from Voltaire's "Zaïre"-Napoleon's Opinion
of Voltaire as a Dramatic Poet-Mrs. Siddons plays the
Lady of St. Vallori, in Cumberland's "Carmelite"-
Comparison of that Tragedy with Home's" Douglas"-
John Kemble adapts Massinger's "Maid of Honour" for
the modern Stage, and Mrs. Siddons acts Camiola-
IN THE PRESS,
THE RICHES OF CHAUCER:
In which the impurities have been expunged, the orthography modernised, the rhythm accentuated where necessary, and the obsolete terms explained at the foot of each page. To which have been added, a few Explanatory Notes, with a new Life of the Poet.
By CHARLES COWDEN CLARKE,
Author of "Tales in Prose, from Chaucer ;" and "Adam the Gardener."