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to the public, to two veteran many London ce walking over per days, when ; Stanfield, like : Dickens took nager; 'Every ted, the parts
labour were long, and there were no compositors'
: More Hurt,' performed at Sadler's Wells. He engaged than Hurt.'
urned to shore, * fortune. He
court leading proprietors of 2 Working master in the rtheless only eans to somethe hours of
with Davidge, then manager of the Coburg, to produce pieces at a salary; and some of his plays at this time, hastily composed, and as he thought unworthy of his powers, appeared under the name of Mr. Henry Brownrig. In consequence of quarrels he went from the Coburg • Black-Eyed Theatre to the Surrey, with ' Black-Eyed Susan1 in his hand. He had brought from the quarterdeck of the Namur a love of the sea and a knowledge of the service, which he turned to account on the stage and in his general writings. Salt air sweeps through these latter like a breeze and a perfume. 'Black-Eyed Susan,' the most successful of his naval plays, was written when he was scarcely twenty years old,—a piece which made the fortune of the Surrey Theatre,—restored Elliston from a long course of disastrous mismanagement,—and gave honour and independence to T. P. Cooke. Indeed, no dramatic work of ancient or modern days ever reached the success of this play. It was performed, without break, for hundreds of nights. All London went over the water, and Cooke became a personage in society, as Garrick had been in the days of Goodman's Fields. Covent Garden borrowed the play, and engaged the actor, for an afterpiece. A hackney cab carried the triumphant William, in his blue jacket and white trousers, from the Obelisk to Bow Street; and
per of the Coburg, to
composed, and as he
Mayfair maidens wept over the strong situations
ht. share of the
"For many years he brooded over the thought of Punch. He even found a publisher-and a The penny wood-engravermand a suitable Punch appeared,
Punch. -but the publisher was less rich in funds than he in epigrams, and after five or six numbers the bantling died. Some time later, his son-inlaw, Mr. Mayhew, revived the thought,—and our merry companion-now of world-wide name
Punch, appeared. All the chief writings of our author mexcept A Man made of Money'-saw the light in magazines, and were written with the devil at the door. “Men of Character' appeared in Blackwood's Magazine,- The Chronicles of Clovernook' in the Illuminated Magazine, of which he was founder and editor,— St. Giles
3, was written when
old,-a piece which
of nights. All
Covent Garden ed the actor, for
carried the tri jacket and white Bow Street; and
and St. James' in the Shilling Magazine, of which he was also founder and editor,—and "The Story of a Feather,' 'Punch's Letters to his Son,' and 'The Caudle Lectures' in Punch. The exquisite gallery of Fireside Saints which appear in Punch's Almanack for the present year is from his hand...... .
“For seven years past he had devoted himself more exclusively than before to politics. Politics, indeed, had always attracted him as they attract the strong and the susceptible. In the dear old days when Leigh Hunt was sunning himself in Horsemonger Lane for calling George the Fourth
a fat Adonis of forty and the like crimes, he His first composed a political work-in a spirit which political work.
would probably in those days have sent him
Commons. Of his efforts as a journalist we need Lloyd's not speak. He found Lloyd's Newspaper, as it Newspaper.
were, in the street, and he annexed it to literature. He found it comparatively low in rank, and he spread it abroad on the wings of his genius,
until its circulation became a marvel of the
"His fault as a man-if it be a fault-was a
The funeral took place on Monday, the 15th Funeral of June, at Norwood cemetery, in the presence at Norwood. of between five and six thousand persons of all classes. The pall-bearers were Charles Dickens, Thackeray, Charles Knight, Mark Lemon, John Forster, W. Hepworth Dixon, Sir Joseph Paxton,
but the i only to e extant. ics, as a 5, and as
popular Jouse of we need
ter, as it