Friday Decr. 5th. 1783.
In the evening I went to the Covent Garden Theatre, and saw the Merchant of Venice, with Love a la Mode;1 a young Lady appeared for the first Time she play’d upon any Stage in the part of Portia.
1. Love à la Mode, London, 1793, by Charles Macklin, first produced in 1760 (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 ).