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By Philip H. Highfill, Kalman A. Burnim, Edward A. Langhans

These featured in quantity 10 contain Margaret Martyr, a singer, actress, and dancer whose “conjugal virtues have been usually impeached,” in line with the July 1792 Thespian journal. The Diction­ary describes this least consistent of fans as “of middling top, with a determine well-proportioned for breeches components. [Her] black-haired, black-eyed good looks and transparent soprano made her an immedi­ate renowned good fortune in merry maids and tuneful minxes, the piquant and the pert, for 1 / 4 century.”

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The planned partnership came to naught, but the possibility of its success excited the jealous fury of Macklin's old adversary Thomas Sheridan and precipitated still another paper war, first between Sheridan and Macklin, later between Macklin and Barry. Earnest attempts by Macklin during 1758 to find employment with Barry (who had opened Crow Street in partnership with Henry Woodward) were fruitless. For a time that year Macklin acted as a sort of theatrical agent, trying to find players for Benjamin Victor, who had been deputed by Sheridan to manage Crow Street.

Macklin had set about coaching the younger actor in the part, and by the time Garrick acted it at Drury Lane, on 28 May, it was on its way to assuming the pre-eminent place in his repertoire which it finally took. Macklin was justifiably proud of his part in the transformation. Cooke reported his generous praise of his pupil: The curse {Mcklin now} particularly admired; he said it exceeded all his imagination, and had Folger Shakespeare Library "Covent Garden all in an Uproar," 1773 Page 11 such an effect, that it seemed to electrify the audience with horror.

The opportunity for London employment had perhaps been brought to Macklin's attention by one of the seceders, Mrs Ann Purvor Grace, a widow whom he had probably met when they were both playing in the west and who had since 172728 served at Drury Lane with fair regularity. Macklin and Mrs Grace had for some time lived together, and according to Kirkman their daughter Maria had been born in 1733 at Portsmouth. Their liaison seems not to have been generally known in Londonat least it is obvious that Highmore knew nothing of it or he would scarcely have hired Macklin.

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