1825 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Smith of Covent Garden

Joseph Cradock, 1825 ca.; Literary and Miscellaneous Memoirs (1828) 4:270.



I still possess copies of songs, epilogues, and a revised piece for Powell's benefit; for all the performers were very friendly with me; but I strongly remember, that one morning in Easter week, as a matter of fun, I rehearsed a whole act for Mr. Smith, who, at the end of it, greatly surprised most of those present by saying, with a deep sigh: "What a pity it is that I should stand here longing to set out for Newmarket, and my friend, would be equally anxious to leave Newmarket, and all its neighbourhood, for the pleasure of the stage." We walked home together, and seriously compared notes on many circumstances of our lives.