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His distemper, however, increased, and soon after hurried him to his grave.

So pleasing an actor as Milward deserves more than a slight remembrance. In the Memoirs of Garrick's Life, I spoke of him as one who was not without a great share of merit, but was too apt to indulge himself in such an extension of voice as approached to vociferation. He prided himself so much in the harmony and sweetness of his tones, that he was heard to say, in a kind of rapture, after throwing out some passionate speeches in a favourite part, that he wished he could salute the sweet echo, meaning his voice. His Lusignan, in Zara, was not much inferior to Mr. Garrick's representation of that part. Milward chose Booth for his model; and, notwithstanding his inferiority to that accomplished tragedian, he was the only performer in tragedy, who, if he had survived, could have approached to our great Rofcius"; who, though he would always have been the first, yet, in that case, would not have been the only, actor in tragedy. Mil. ward died about a fortnight after Garrick's first appearance on the stage,

The part of Parolles was, by Fleetwood, the manager, promised to Macklin ; but Theophilus Cibber, by some sort of artifice, as common in theatres as in courts, fnatched it froin him, to his great displeasure. Berry was the Lafeu, and Chapman the Clown and Interpreter. All's well that ends well was termed, by the players, the unfortunate comedy, from the disagreeable accidents which fell out several times during the acting of it. Mrs. Woffington was suddenly taken with illness as she came off the stage from a scene of importance. Mrs. Ridout, a pretty woman and a pleasing actress, after having played Diana one night, was, by the advice of her physician, forbidden to act during a month. Mrs. Butler, in the Countess of Rousillon, was likewise seized with a distemper in the progress of this play,


All's well that ends well, however, had fuch a degree of merit, and gave so much general fatisfaction to the public, that, in spite of the superstition of some of the players, who wished and entreated that it might be discontinued, upon Mr. Delane's undertaking to act the King after Milward's decease, it was again brought forward and applauded.

Cibber's Parolles, notwithstanding his grimace and false spirit, met with encouragement. This actor, though his vivacity was mixed with too much pertness, never offended by flatness and insipidity. Chapman was admirable in the clowns of Shakspeare. Berry's Lafeu was the true portrait of a choleric old man and a humourist. Milward was, in the King, affecting; and Delane, in the fame part, refpectable.

Under the direction of Mr. Garrick, in 1757, All's well that ends well was again revived. Mrs. Pritchard acted the Coun, tefs ; Miss Macklin, Helen ; Mrs. Davies,

Diana. Parolles, Woodward; Lafeu, Berry; and Davies, the King. With the help of a pantomime, it was acted several nights.

Act I, Scene I.


I must attend his majesty's command,
To whom I am in ward.


No prerogative of the crown, in the time of the feudal system, was esteemed more honourable, or was indeed more profitable, than that of wardship; nor was any part of kingly power more subject to fraudulent abuse, to tyranny and oppresfion. So cruelly had King John, and some of his predecessors, exerted an undue influence over their wards, that the fourth, fifth, fixth, seventh, forty-third, and forty-fourth, articles of the great charter, are all expressly written with an intention to restrain the power of the crown within proper limits respecting wardships.


Helen, after reflecting on Bertram, the objet of her love, who had immediately before takenhis leave to set out for the court, on seeing Parolles, by her observations on him, prepares the reader for some notable entertainment which is to ensue. Her tenderness in discussing of his vices is a strong, though delicate, confession of her love to Bertram ;


I love him for his fake;
And yet I know him a notorious liar,

Think him a great way fool, solely a coward :
Yet these fix'd evils fit fo fit on him,
That they take place when virtue's feely brows
Look bleak to the cold wind.

There is such a relative charm, in that which in any manner appertains to the person we love, let it be never fo infignificant and worthless, that we are sure to be pleased with it, because it calls to mind the object of our' affections. Helen's remark, that the flight and worthlefs, provided they have talents to excite gaiety and


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