Copyright
Eng. Free libraries. Shakespeare memorial library Birmingham.

Catalogue of the Shakespeare memorial library, Birmingham online

. (page 19 of 37)
Online LibraryEng. Free libraries. Shakespeare memorial library BirminghamCatalogue of the Shakespeare memorial library, Birmingham → online text (page 19 of 37)
Font size
QR-code for this ebook


Ireland. With nomination of what daies of the weeke they doe come to
London, and on what daies they returne, whereby all forts of people may
finde direilion how to receiue, or fend, goods or letters, unto fuch places
as their occafions may require. As alfo, Where the Ships, Hoighs,
Barkes, Tiltboats, Barges and wherries, do ufually attend to Carry
PafTengers, and Goods to the coaft Townes of England, Scotland, Ire-
land, or the Netherlands ; and where the Barges and Boats are ordinarily
to bee had that goe up the River of Thames weftward from London.
By lohn Taylor. London Printed by A. G. 1637.

Ashbee's Occasional Fjc-simile Reprints, No. 1 1. London. [l vol. 4to] 1869.

4802. The Famous Hiftory of Fryer Bacon. Containing the won-
derful things that he did in his Life ; Also the manner of his Death, with
the Lives and Deaths of the two Conjurers, Bungey and Vandermaji.
Very pleafant and delightful to be read. . . . London, Printed by E. Cotes,
for F. Grove. [i vol. 4to] 1637.

Black Letter.

4803. Conceits, Clinches, Flashes, and Whimzies. Newly studied,
with some Collections, but those never published before in this kinde.
London. Printed by R. Hodgkinsonne for Daniel Frere, and are to be
sold at the signe of the red Bull in little brittain. ^639*

Reprint, in Shakespeare Jest-Books. Edited, -with Introduction and Notes, by W. C. Hazlitt. . . .
Vol. 3. London: Willis & Sotheran, [i vol. 8vo] 1864.

" 194.
"One asked another what Shakespeares works were worth, all being bound together. He
answered, not a farthing. Not worth a farthing ! said he ; why so ? He answered that his
plays were worth a great deale of mony, but he never heard, that his works were worth any
thing at all." — p. 49.

4804. The Poems of Thomas Carew Sewer in Ordinary to
Charles I. and a Gentleman of his Privy Chamber. [1640.]

Now first Collected and Edited with Notes from the former Editions and new Notes and a
Memoir by W. C. Hazlitt. . . . [London.] Printed for the Roxburghe Library, [i vol.
4to] 1870.

" Two years after the appearance of Stipendiarice Lachryma, Samuel Holland publi/hed his
little volume entitled Don Zara del Fogo, a mock-romance, and there introduced a group of
the Englifh poets, who had lived in the preceding age, comfortably installed in Elyfium, as
the author of the Lachryma had done before : ' Spenfer waited upon by a numerous troop
of the bed book-men in the world : Shakefpeare and Fletcher furrounded with their life-
guard : viz. Goffe, Majfinger, Decker, Webfler, Sucklin, Cartturight, Carew, &c.' " — Introduction,
p. xlvi.

On p. 58 is " A Pastorall Dialogue." " This Paftoral Dialogue feems to be entirely an
imitation of the fcene between Romeo and Juliet, adl iii. fc. 7. The time, the ferjons, the
Jentimenti, the exprejfwns, are the fame." Note, signed " D," p. 58.



lEnglisf) Sl)afefspfariana. 167

4805. The Workes of Benjamin Jonson .... London : Printed by
Richard Biftiop, and are to be fold by Andrew Crooke, in St. Paules, Church-
yard. [2 vols, fol.] 1640.

The name of Shakespeare as an actor appears in "Every Man in His Humour," and
" Sejanus."

In the " Explorata : or, Discmerles,'''' Jonson says : —

" I remember the Players have often mentioned it as an honour to Shakejpeare, that in his
writing, (whatfoever he penn'd) hee never blotted out [a] line. My anfwer hath beene,
would he had blotted a thoufand. Which they thought a malevolent fpeech. I had not
told pofterity this, but for their ignorance, who choofe that circumftance to commend their
friend by, wherein he mod faulted. And to juftifie mine owne candor, (for I lov'd the man,
and doe honour his memory (on this fide Idolatry) as much as any.) Hee was (indeed)
honeft, and of an open and free nature : had an excellent Phantfie ; brave notions, and
gentle expreffions : wherein hee flow'd with that facility, that fometime it was neceffary he
ftiould be ftop'd : Siifflaminandus erat ; as Auguftus faid of Haterius. His wit was in his
owne power ; would the rule of it had beene i'o too. Many times hee fell into thofe things,
could not efcape laughter : As when hee faid in the perfon of C^ejar, one fpeaking to him ;
Co'far tbou doft me wrong. Hee replyed : Cajar did never wrcng, but iv'itb juji cauje ; and
fuch like • which were ridiculous. But hee redeemed his vices, with his vertues. There
was ever 'more in him to be prayfed, then to be pardoned."— ^o/-,^s, vol. 2 ; Disco-veries,
pp. 97-8.

4806. A certaine Relation of the Hog-faced Gentlewoman called
Miftris Tannakin Skinker., who was borne at Wirkham a Neuter Towne
betweene the Emperour and the Hollander, fcituate on the river Rhyne.
Who was bewitched in her mothers wombe in the yeare 1618. and hath
lived ever fince unknowne in this kind to any, but her Parents and a few
other neighbours. And can never recover her true fhape, tell (he be
married, &c. Alfo relating the caufe^ as it is fince conceived^ how her mother
came fo bewitched. London Printed by J. O. and are to be fold by
F. Grove., at his ftiop on Snow-hil neare St. Sepulchers Church. 1640.

Ashbee's Occasional Fac-simile Reprints, No. i6. London, [i vol. 4to] 1871.

4807. The Poet's Blind mans bough, or Have among you my
blind Harpers : Being A pretty medicine to cure the Dimme, Double,
Envious, Partiall, and Diabolicall eyefight and ludgement of Thofe
Dogmaticall, Schifmaticall, Aenigmaticall, and nou Gramaticall Authors
who Lycentioufly, without eyther Name, Lycence, Wit or Charity, have
raylingly, falfely, and fooliflily written a numerous rable of pefteferous
Pamphelets in this prefent (and the precedent yeare, juftly obferved and
charitably cenfured, By Martine Parker. Printed at London by
F. Leach for Henry Marjh, and are to bee fold at his (hop over againft
the golden Lyon Taverne in Princes ftreet. 1C41.

Ashbee's Occasional Fac-simile Reprints, No. 22. London, [i vol. 4to] 187 1.

4808. Archy's Dream, sometimes lefter to his Maieftie ; but exiled
the Court by Canterburies malice. With a relation for whom an odde
chair flood voide in Hell. Printed in the yeare 1641.

Ashbee's Occasional Fac-simile Reprints, No. 2. London, [i vol. 4to] 1868.



1 68 Si^aftespcare ifHrmorial Hifirarg, ISirmmg^am.

4809. Bartholomew Faire or Variety of fancies, where you may find
a fair e of wares, and all to pleafe your mind. With The feverall Enormityes
and mifdemeanours, which are there feene and a6ted. London Printed
for Richard Harper at the Bible and Harpe in Smithfield 1641.

Ashbee's Occasional Fac-simile Reprints, No. i. London, [i vol. 4to] l868.

4810. A new Play Called Canterburie His Change of Diet. Which
flieweth variety of wit and mirth : privately a6led neare the Palace-yard
at Weftminfter. . . . Printed Anno Domini, 1641.

Ashbee's Occasional Fac-simlle Reprints, No. 15. London, [i vol. 410] 1871.

4811. The Generovs Fsvrer M"' Nevell in Thames-Jlreet^ who
alloweth his maid ufually a black pudding to dinner. Who once bought
a Pullet for his wife when fhee was ficke ; but he would goe to Market
himfelfe, becaufe he would not be cofened by the Meflenger ; and brought
the feathers home in his hat when it was pulled ; becaufe he would not
loofe them ; and how he was troubled there-iy/V^ when the Lord Major
feeing hi?n called to fpeak with him. And how he made lamentable moane
to his Neighbours, that his maid had robd him ; becaufe fhee gaue her
Sweet-hart a piece of bread and cheefe. London Printed for Salomon
Johnfon, 1641.

Ashbee's Occasional Fac-simile Reprints, No. 19. London, [i vol. 4to] 1871.

4812. The Prophesie of Mother Shipton In the Raigne of King
Henry the Eighth. Fortelling the death of Cardinall IFolfey, the Lord
Percy and others, as alfo what fhould happen in infuing times. London,
Printed for Richard Lownds^ at his Shop adjoyning to Ludgate. 1641.

Ashbee's Occasional Fac-simile Reprints, No. 6. London, [i vol. 4to] 1869.

4813. The Stage-Players Complaint. In A pleafant Dialogue
betweene Cane of the Fortune^ and Reed of the Friers. Deploring their
fad and folitary conditions for want of Imployment. In this heavie and
Contagious time of the Plague in London. London, Printed for Tho :
Bates, and are to be fold at his fhop in the Old Bailey. 1641.

Ashbee's Occasional Fac-simile Reprints, No. 3. London, [i vol. 410] 1868.

4814. Heads of all Fashions. Being, A Plaine DefeiStion or Defini-
tion of diverfe, and fundry forts of heads. Butting, Jetting, or pointing at
vulgar opinion. And Allegorically fhewing the Diverfities of Religion in
thefe diftempered times. Now very lately written, fince Calves-Heads
came in Seafon. London Printed for lohn Morgan, to be fold in the
Old-baily. 1642.

By John Taylor {the ffaler-Poet.) Ashbee's Occasional Fac-simile Reprints, No. 24. London.
[i vol. 4to] 1871.



iSnglisi) S)t)afefspfanana. 169

4815. Mad Fashions, Od Fashions, All out of Faftiions, or, The

Emblems of thefe Diftra61;ed times. By lohn Taylor. London., Printed by
lohn Hammond, for Thomas Banks .^ 1642.

Ashbee's Occasional Fac-simile Reprints, No. 21. London, [i vol. 4to] 1871,

4816. A Three-fold Difcourfe betweene three Neighbours, Algate,
Bijhopfgate, and John Heyden the late Cobler of Hounfditch^ a profefTed
Brownift. Whereunto is added a true Relation (by way of Dittie) of a
lamentable fire which happened at Oxford two nights before Chriji-tide
laft, in a religious brothers fhop, knowne by the name of lohn of All-trades.
London, Printed for E. Cowles, T. Bates., and /. VFright. 1642.

Ashbee's Occasional Fac-simile Reprints, No. 23. London, [i vol. 4to] 1871.

4817. Tom Nash his Ghost : To the three scurvy Fellowes of the
upstart Family of the Snufflers, Rufflers and Shufflers ; the thrice Treble-
troublesome Scufflers in the Church and State., the onely lay Ecclesi-Jss., I
call GeneralUssimo's .... Printed first at York, and since reprinted at
London, 1642.

Reprint, in The Old Book Collector's Miscellany. . . . Edited by Charles Hindley. Vol. I.
London : Reeves and Turner, [i vol. 8vo] 1 871.

4818. The Actors Remonstrance, or Complaint : For The filencing
of their profeflion, and banifliment from their feverall Play-houfes. In
which is fully fet downe their grievances, for their reftraint ; efpecially
fince Stage-playes, only of all publike recreations are prohibited ; the
exercife at the Beares CoUedge, and the motions of Puppets being ftill in
force and vigour. As it was prefented in the names and behalfes of all
our London Comedians to the great God Phcebus-Apollo, and the nine
Heliconian Sifters, on the top of Pernassus, by one of the Mafters of
Requefts to the Muses, for this prefent month. And publifhed by their
command in print by the Typograph Royall of the Caftalian Province.
1643. London, Printed for Edw. Nickson. lanuar. 24. 1643.

Ashbee's Occasional Fac-simile Reprints, No, 4. London, [i vol. 4to] 1869,

" For fome of our ableft ordinarie Poets, inftead of their annuall ftipends and beneficiall
fecond-dayes, being for meere neceffitie compelled to get a living by writing contemptible
penny-pamphlets in which they have not fo much as poetical licence to ufe any attribute of
their profeflion ; but that of ^id libet audmdif and faining miraculous ftories, and relations
of unheard of battels." — p. 7.

4819. The same. ^^43'

Reprint, also, in The Old Book Collector's Miscellany. . . . Edited by Charles Hindley. Vol. 3.
London: Reeves and Turner, [i vol. 8vo] 1873.

4820. To day a man. To morrow none ; Or, Sir Walter Ravvleighs
Farewell to his Lady, The night before hee was beheaded : Together with



I70 Stafefspcare iHcmorial HtlirarB, l^inntngfiam.

his advice concerning Her, and her Sonne. London, Printed for R. H.

Ashbee's Occasional Fac-simile Reprints, No. 26. London, [i vol. 410] 1872.

4821. L' Allegro. [By John Milton. 1645-]

Jn The Works of lohn Milton . , . Printed from the Original Editions . . . Vol. I. London :
Bickers, etc, [i vol. 8vo. 1863.]

" Then to the well-trod ftage anon.

If yonsons learned Sock be on.

Or fweeteft Shakejpeur fancies childe.

Warble his native Wood-notes wilde." — [p. 1 17, lines 1 3 1-4.]
"Milton was not afraid to publish these lines, even after the suppression of the theatres by %
his own political party. That he went along with them in their extreme polemical opinions
it is impossible to believe ; but he would nevertheless be careful not to mention, in connexion
with the stage, names of any doubtful eminence. He was not ashamed to say that the
learning of Jonson, the nature of Shakspere, had for him attractions, though the stage was
proscribed." — Knight : Studies of Shakspere, 1 85 1, p. 506.

4822. Bottom the Weaver. 1646.

&e Separate Plays (Midsummer Night's Dream), p. 71, No. 2295.

4823. The Last Will and Testament of CharjngCrosse,Very ufefull
for the Wits of the Time. Printed in the yeare 1646.

Ashbee's Occasional Fac-simile Reprints, No. 28. London, [i vol. 4to] 1872.

4824. The Conceited Humours of Simpleton the Smith, a Theatrical
Droll, composed about a.d. 1647.

Edited by J. O. Halliwell. London : Printed for the Editor. [Thirty copies only. I vol. sm.
8voJ i860.

4825. Crete Wonders foretold byHer crete Prophet of Wales, which
fhall certainly happen this prefent year 1647. by ftrange fires, and crete
waters, by fpirits and Tivills appearing in many places of tis Kingdome,
efpecially in and about te Cities of London and Weftminfter, and the
effects that will follow thereupon. Alfo her Kings coming home to her Crete
Counfell. Printed with her free confent and leave, to be publifhed and fold
to her teere Pretren of England, with all her plood and heart. 1647.

Ashbee's Occasional Fac-simile Reprints, No. 29. London. [ i vol. 410] 1872.

4826. The Droll of the Bouncing Knight, or the Robbers Robbed ;
to which is added the Droll of the Gravemakers, both constructed out of
Shakespeare's Plays about a.d. 1647, and acted at Bartholomew and other
Fairs. [1647.]

Edited by J. O. Halliwell, London : Printed for the Editor. [Thirty copies only. I vol. sm.
8vo] i860.

4827. An Ordinance of the Lords and Commons AfTembled in
Parliament, For,The utter fuppreffion and abolifhing of all Stage-Playes and
Interludes. With the Penalties to be inflidled upon the A6tors and
Spe6tators, herein exprcft. Die Veneris H Fehruarii. 1647. Ordered by



iSnglisfj 5)fjafef0pfariana. 171

the Lords AJfernhled in Parliament^ TJiat this Ordinance for the fupprejjion of
Stage-Playesyjhall be forthwith printed and publijhed. Joh. Brown Cler.
Parliamentorum. Imprinted at Loruion for fohn Wright at the Kings
Head in the old Bayley. 1647.

Ashbee's Occasional Fac-simile Reprints, No. 9. London, [i vol. 4to] 1869.

4828. The same. 1^4-7-

jRf/>Wnf, aAo, ;« The Old'Book Collector's Miscellany. . . . Edited by Charles Hindley. Vol. 3.
London: Reeves and Turner, [i vol. 8vo] 1873.

4829. Diary of the Rev. John Ward, A.M., Vicar of Stratford-upon-
Avon, extending from 1648 to 1679.

From the original MSS. preserved in the Library of the Medical Society of London. Arranged
by Charles Severn, M.D. . . . Published by Permission of the Council. London : Colburn.
[i vol. 8vo] 1839.

*' In the absence of all documents of a date so near the time of Shakspeare as those of
the Reverend Vicar of Stratford-upon-Avon, his Diary must be deemed the most credible
authority yet published, as it is the only record extant of the income enjoyed by the Poet
while living, and of the illness which terminated his existence." — Preface, p. xix.

A considerable portion of the book. (pp. 29-87) is occupied with an account of Shakespeare,
his name, his youth, his property, his last illness and death, and his friends. The extracts
from the diary relating to Shakespeare are as follows :

"Shakspear had but two daughters, one whereof Mr. Hall, the physitian, married, and by
her had one daughter married, to wit, the Lady Bernard of Abbingdon.

" I have heard that Mr. Shakspeare was a natural wit, without any art at all ; hee
frequented the plays all his younger time, but in his elder days lived at Stratford, and supplied
the stage with two plays every year, and for itt had an allowance so large, that hee spent att the
rate of 1,000/. a-year, as I have heard.

" Shakespeare, Drayton, and Ben Jonson, had a merle meeting, and itt seems drank too
hard, for Shakespear died of a feavour there contracted.

" Remember to peruse Shakespeare's plays, and bee much versed in them, that I may not
bee ignorant in that matter.

" Whether Dr. Heylindoes well, in reckoning up the dramatick poets which have been
famous in England, to omit Shakespeare," — Pp. 183-4.

4830. Mr William Prynn his Defence of Stage-Plays, or A
Retractation of a former Book of his called Histrio-Mastix.

London, printed in the year 1649.

Reprinted, [not for sale] [i vol. 4to] 1822.
"A forgery. ... In ... . Mr. Heber's Library was a Broad Sheet, containing Mr. Prynne's
Vindication of himself from being the Author." — Bohn's Lowndes, 1864, vol. 3, p. 1988.

4831. John Taylors Wandering, to fee the Wonders of the West.
How he travelled neere 600, Miles, from London to the Mount in
Cornwall, and beyond the Mount, to the Lands end, and home againe.

Dedicated to all his loving Friends^ and free minded Benefactors. . . ,

Printed in the Teere 1 649.

Ashbee's Occasional Fac-simile Reprints, No. 8. London, [i vol. 4to] 1869.

4832. Strange and Wonderfull Prophesies by The Lady Eleanor
Audelay ; who is yet alive, and lodgeth in White-Hall, . . . London
Printed for Robert Ibbitfon in Smithfield near the Queens head Tavern,

1649.

Ashbee's Occasional Fac-simile Reprints, No. 18. London, [i vol. 410] 1871.



172 ^i^aikespeare immortal Uilirars, Btrminsiiattt.

4833. The English Mountebank : Or, a Phyfical Dispensatory,
Wherein is prefcribed, Many ftrange and excellent Receits of Mr Marriot,
the great Eater of Grays-Inn : With the manner how he makes his
Cordial Broaths, Pills, Purgations, Julips, and Vomits, to keep his Body
in temper, and free from Surfeits. ... By J. Marriot, of Grays-Inn,
Gent. London, Printed for George Horton, 1652.

Ashbee's Occasional Fac-simile Reprints, No. 25, London, [i vol. 410] 1871.

4834. The Pastorals and Other Workes of William Basse. Never
before imprinted. .. . 1653. Imprinted at Oxford, &61. Are to be fold, &£l.

1653.

Reprint, by J. Payne Collier. Miscellaneous Tracts, No. 13. [1 vol. 410., n.d., about 1867.]

4835. Tragi-Comcedia. Being a Brief Relation of the Strange, and
WonderfuU hand of God difcovered at Witny, in the Comedy Adted there
February the third, where there were fome Slaine^ many Hurt^ with
feverall other Remarkable Passages. Together with what was Preached
in three Sermons on that occafion from Rom. i. i8. Both which May
ferve as fome Check to the Growing Atheifme of the Prefent Age. By
John Rowe. . . , Oxford., Printed by L. Lichfield, For Henry Cripps.

[i vol. sm. 4to] Anno Dom. 1653.

4836. Shakespeare's Monument at Stratford-on-Avon. Engraving,
with the Inscriptions on the Tombs of Shakespeare and his Family.

1656.

In The Antiquities of Warwickshire Illustrated. ... By William D-vgdale. . . . London,
Thomas VFarren. [l vol. fol.] 1656.

4837. Sele£l Obfervations on English Bodies: or. Cures both Emperi-
call and Hiftoricall, performed upon very eminent Perfons in defperate
Difeafes, Firft, written in Latine by Mr. John Hall Phyfician, living at
Stratford upon Jvon in Warwick-Jhire. . . . Now put into Englifli for
common benefit by James Cooke. . . . London., Printed for John Sherley.,
at the Golden Pelican., in Little-Britain. [i vol. duo.] 1657.

"This writer married Shakespeare's daughter Susanna, in 1607. He herein gives cases of
several persons connected with the family, and also of Drayton the poet." Bohn's Lowndes,
1864, vol. 3, p. 2313.

4838. The Englifh Parnassus : or, a Helpe to English Poefie. Con-
taining A Collection Of all Rhyming Monofyllables, Thechoiceft Epithets,
and Phrafes : With fome General Forms upon all Occafions, Subjects,
and Theams, Alphabetically digefted By Josua Poole. M.A. Together
with a fhort Inftitution to Englifh Poefie, by way of Preface. London,
Printed for Tho. John/on. [i vol. 8vo] 1657.

" Shakespeare " appears among the " Books principally made ufe of in the compiling of this
Work."

Has passages from Shakespeare,



ISitflllsi) S^^afeesprnriana. 173

4839. Broadsides of Speeches, Songs, etc. delivered in the presence
of General Monck, chiefly in the Halls of Public Companies of Londan,
just anterior to the Restoration. [1659-60.]

Reprint, by J. P. Collier. [l vol, 4to] 1863.

4840. Memoirs of Samuel Pepys, Esq. F.R.S. . . .

Comprising his Diary from 1659 ^° 1669,

Deciphered by the Rev. John Smith, A.B. . . . from the original Short-hand MS. in the
Pepysian Library, and a Selection from his Private Correspondence. Edited by Richard,
Lord Braybrooke. London: Colburn. [2 vols. 410] 1825.

Contains the following references to Shakespeare'' s Plays.—

1660. Oct. II. "To the Cockpitt to see ' The Moore of Venice,' which was well done.
Burt acted the Moore ; by the same token, a very pretty lady that sat by me, called out, to
see Desdemona smothered."

1660. December 31st. "In Paul's Church-yard I bought the play of Henry the Fourth,
and so went to the new Theatre and saw it acted; but my expectation being too great, itdid
not please me, as otherwise I believe it would ; and my having a book, 1 believe, did spoil it
a little." . ^ . .

1662. March ist. "To the Opera, and there saw 'Romeo and Juliet,' the first time it
was ever acted. I am resolved to go no more to see the first time of acting, for they were all
of them out more or less."

September 29th. " To the King's Theatre, where we saw ' Midsummer's Night's dream,'
which I had never seen before, nor shall ever again, for it is the most insipid ridiculous play
that ever I saw in my life."

1663. May 28th. " By water to the Royall Theatre ; but that was so full they told us we
could have no room. And so to the Duke's house ; and there saw ♦ Hamlett' done, giving us
fresh reason never to think enough of Betterton."

December loth. "To St. Paul's Church Yard, to my bookseller's, and could not




Dr. Fuller's Worthys, etc."

1663-4. January ist. " Went to the Duke's house, the first play I have been at these six
months, according to my last vowe, and here saw the so much cried-up play of ' Henry the
Eighth 'j which, though I went with resolution to like it, is so simple a thing made up of a
great many patches, that, besides the shews and processions in it, there is nothing in the
world good or well done."

1664. August 13th. " To the new play, at the Duke's house, of * Henry the Fifth ' ; a
most noble play, writ by my Lord Orrery; wherein Betterton, Harris, and lanthe's parts are
most incomparably wrote and done, and the whole play the most full of height and raptures
of wit and sense, that ever I heard ; having but one incongruity, that King Harry promises
to plead for Tudor to their Mistress, Princesse Katherine of France, more than when it
comes to it he seems to do ; and Tudor refused by her with some kind of indignity, not with
a difficulty and honour that it ought to have been done in to him."

November 5th. " To the Duke's house to see ' Macbeth,' a pretty good play, but admir-
ably acted."

1666, August 20th. "To Deptford by water, reading Othello, Moore of Venice, which
I ever heretofore esteemed a mighty good play, but having so lately read The Adventures
of five Houres, it seems a mean thing."

December 28th. " From hence to the Duke's house, and there saw 'Macbeth' most
excellently acted, and a most excellent play for variety. I had sent for my wife to meet
me there, who did come: so I did not go to White Hall, and got my Lord Bellasses to get me
into the playhouse ; and there, after all staying above an hour for the players (the King and
all waiting, which was absurd,) saw ' Henry the Fifth ' well done by the Duke's people, and
in most excellent habit, all new vests, being put on but this night."

1666-7. January 7th. "To the Duke's house, and saw ' Macbeth,' which though I saw
it lately, yet appears a most excellent play in all respects, but especially \n divertisement,
though it be a deep tragedy ; which is a strange perfection in a tragedy, it being most proper
here, and suitable."

1667. August 15th. " And so we went to the King's, and there saw ' The Merry Wives
of Windsor ;' which did not please me at all, in no part of it."



174 Sfjafefspcare iHemorial ilttirarj), Itjirminfifiain.

October i6th. " To the Duke of York's house; and I was vexed to see Young (who is
but a bad actor at best) act Macbeth, in the room of Betterton, who, poor man ! is sick."



Online LibraryEng. Free libraries. Shakespeare memorial library BirminghamCatalogue of the Shakespeare memorial library, Birmingham → online text (page 19 of 37)