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To DAVID GARRICK, Efq.
THE author of the following Eclogue, having requested my affift-
the two pieces, you are projecting to get up next winter, for the emolument of your favorite in difgrace, or to reimburse yourself the money, you may have advanced him, might, for the prefent at leaft, be laid afide.
But you will ask me, perhaps, in turn, Sir, what right I have to interfere with the bufinefs of other people, or with yours? I will answer you. It is because I think your business, as patentee of a theatre-royal, is not fo entirely yours, but that the publick alfo have fome concern in it. You, Sir, indeed have long behaved as if you thought the town itself a purchased appurtenance to the theatre; but, tho' the scenes and machines are yours; nay, tho' you have even found means to make comedians and poets your property; it fhould be with more caution than you practifé, that you extend your various arts to make fo fcandalous a property of the publick.
Again I answer, it is because I have fome regard for my friend, and as much for myself, whom you have treated as ill perhaps as you have done any other writer; while under your aufpices, fome of the perfons ftigmatifed by the fatirift, have frequently combined to do me the moft effential injury. But nemo me impunè laceffit. Not that I mean now to enter into particulars which may be thought to relate too much to myself and too little to the publick. When I fhall have leifure to draw a faithful portraiture of Mr. Garrick, not only from his behaviour to me in particular, but from his conduct towards poets, players and the town general, I doubt not to convince the most partial of his admirers that he hath accumulated a fortune, as manager, by the meaneft and most meretricious devices, and that the theatrical props, which have long fupported his exalted reputation, as an actor, have been raised on the ruins of the English ffage.
In the mean time, I leave you to amuse yourself with the following jeu d'efprit of my friend; hoping, tho' it be a fevere correction for the errours of your paft favouritifm, it may prove a falutary guide to you for the future. With regard to the mode of its publication I hope alfo to ftand excufed with the reader for thus interpofing to defeat the fuccefs of thofe arts, which you fo unfairly practife to. prevent, from reaching the public eye, whatever is difagreeable to:
I am, Sir,