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heroine an open warfare was, at length, carried on. New expedients, to disgust and humble the latter, were daily resorted to; and, every day, the actress became more firm against this persecution, at the same time that her language and her sarcasms often drove her enemies to despair.
It is known that, at Petersburg, the distinction of ranks requires that a certain number only of horses should be harnessed to the carriages. Mademoiselle Felix, who displayed her figure, in the principal streets of the capital, like a Princess, with four or six horses, received an order to appear with two only. Enraged at this prohibition, she resolved to violate it, and even to brave the Empress within the purlieus of her palace. For this purpose, she demanded the equipage and carriage of Count Soltikof, her lover, whose rank permitted him to drive with six horses. She was now to be seen taking turns in the Park of Cazorel until she fell in with the Empress, which was what she had most at heart. Enraged at the boldness and audacity of this girl, the latter instantly sent an order to the superintendent of the police of Petersburg, for her to quit the city within twenty-four hours, and the Imperial dominions within eight days. In another State, less despo
tic, she might have been punished with more severity. The Count, her lover, was exiled to one of his estates.
On her coming to Paris, after this sensible humiliation, she displayed all her loftiness of character, or, it may be said with more justice, her impertinence; for, having been coldly received by the public, in the character of Alzire, which was allotted to her, and the hisses having become general at the moment when she threw herself at the feet of Alvarès, she turned towards the audience, with a shrug of the shoulders, and an air of contempt, such as might have been punished by a residence of a few weeks in the Hótel de la Force, if it had not been certain that she would never again make her appearance on the boards of the capital.
A SHIFT FOR A RUFFLE.
Once, in a barn, the strolling wardrobe's list Had but one ruffle left for Hamlet's wrist. Necessity, which has no law, they say, Could, with one ruffle, but one arm display. “What's to be done?" the hero said, and sigh’d. “Shift hands each scene, (a brother buskin
Now, in the pocket, keep the left from sight, Whilst, o'er your breast, you spread the ruffled
right; Now, in your robe, the naked right repose, Whilst, down your left, the woeful cambric flows. Thus, though half skill'd, as well as half array'd, You'd make a change which Garrick never made."
MRS. GARRICK'S WILL. This lady left to Mrs. Siddons a pair of gloves which were Shakspeare's, and were presented to her late husband during the Jubilee at Stratford, by one of her (Mrs. S.'s) family.
To the Theatrical Fund of Drury-lane Theatre, two hundred pounds.
To Hannah More, one hundred pounds.
To Christopher Garrick, her nephew, the gold snuff-box, set with diamonds, given her late husband by the King of Denmark.
To Nathaniel Egerton Garrick, the snuff-box given to her late husband by the Duke of Parma.
To her nephew, Christopher Garrick, and his wife, all the plate which was bought upon her marriage; also a service of pewter, which her husband used, when a bachelor, bearing the name of Garrick, with a wish, that the same should al
ways remain with the head of the family ; also the picture of her husband, in the character of Richard the Third, which was purchased by her after her husband's decease.
To Nathaniel Egerton Garrick, a portrait, painted by Zoffany, of her husband without a wig, which she bought, after his decease, of Mr. Bradshaw, to whom it had been given as sent.
To Dowager Lady Amherst, her ring set with diamonds, having King Charles's vak in it, and a small gold box used for keeping black sticking plaister.
To Lady Anson, wife of Sir William Anson, her dejeuné set of Dresden procelain ; and, to the said Sir William Anson, her gold antique cameo ring.
To the St. George's Hospital, Middlesex ditto, Lying-in ditto, Magdalen ditto, Refuge for the Destitute, and Society for the Indigent Blind, one hundred pounds each.
To the London Orphan Society, fifty pounds.
Three hundred pounds to be invested in the name of the Vicar of Hampton for the time being, and the interest expended in a supply of coals for the poor of the parish.
To Archdeacon Pott, two hundred pounds towards the education of the poor children of St. Martin's parish.
To the Rev. Mr. Archer, minister of the Roman Catholic Chapel, in Warwick Street, one hundred pounds, and a farther sum of one hundred pounds for the education of the Charity Children of Warwick-street Chapel. There were innumerable other legacies of articles of plate, jewels, linen, &c. and money to a considerable amount, but of no material public interest. Her executors were the Rev. Thomas Racket and Frederick Beltz, Esq. To the former, she left books and prints to the value of one hundred pounds; and, to the latter, fifty pounds in books and prints, and one hundred pounds in money. After discharging the numerous legacies, her debts and funeral expenses, Mrs. Garrick directed the residue of her estate, including a bond for six thousand pounds due from the late and present Duke of Devonshire to the late Mr. Gar. rick, to be converted into cash, and afterwards invested in Austrian securities for her niece, Elizabeth de Saar, wife of Peter de Saar, of Vienna, for her sole use and benefit, during her life; and, after her death, to her grandchildren.