Adams Papers

Saturday Novr. 15th.

Saturday Novr. 15th.

Dined at Mr. West’s. In the evening I went to the Covent Garden Theatre, and saw Douglas, and the Poor Soldier:1 Mrs. Crawford2 appeared in the Character of Lady Randolph in Douglas.

1Douglas, London, 1757, by John Home; The Poor Soldier, a comic opera by John O’Keeffe, first produced on 4 Nov. (Biographia Dramatica description begins David Erskine Baker and others, eds., Biographia Dramatica; Or, A Companion to the Play House ..., London, 1764-1812; 3 vols, in 4. description ends ; Hogan, ed., London Stage, 1660–1800 description begins Charles Beecher Hogan, ed., The London Stage, 1660-1800, Carbondale, 111., 1968. description ends ).

2That is, Mrs. Ann Spranger Barry, née Street, whose Lady Randolph in Douglas was regarded as one of her two greatest characterizations. At this time she was known by her stage name, Mrs. Crawford (DNB description begins Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds., The Dictionary of National Biography, New York and London, 1885-1900; 63 vols, plus supplements. description ends ).

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