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William Godwin: his Friends and Contemporaries
Ch. II. 1785-1788
Thomas Abthorpe Cooper to William Godwin, August 1792

Contents Vol. I
Ch. I. 1756-1785
Ch. II. 1785-1788
Ch. III. 1788-1792
Ch. IV. 1793
Ch. V. 1783-1794
Ch. VI. 1794-1796
Ch. VII. 1759-1791
Ch. VII. 1791-1796
Ch. IX. 1797
Ch. X. 1797
Ch. XI. 1798
Ch. XII. 1799
Ch. XIII. 1800
Contents Vol. II
Ch. I. 1800
Ch. II. 1800
Ch. III. 1800
Ch. IV. 1801-1803
Ch. V. 1802-1803
Ch. VI. 1804-1806
Ch. VII. 1806-1811
Ch. VIII. 1811-1814
Ch. IX. 1812-1819
Ch. X. 1819-1824
Ch. XI. 1824-1832
Ch. XII. 1832-1836
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August, 1792.

“My courage is as great as you could wish, considering that I stand upon a shaking foundation. Every time Mr Kemble sees me, I perceive, or think I perceive, a kind of discontent, arising from want of determination in his countenance. I do not keep company with any of the actors, except in the green room.

“I wish when you have room in any letter that you would give me some news. I have not heard any of Mr Pavie and France’s proceedings since I left London. Let me know of mother’s health, &c., soon. Is A. Dyson gone to France?

T. Cooper.”

“Monday.—The above was written on Saturday, since which something of importance has occurred. I went this morning into the pay-room to receive my money, and having got it, asked Mr Kemble’s advice relative to my manner of travelling to London, whither we remove in the middle of this week. ‘Why, really, Mr Cooper, I think the best thing you can do is to go back to Lon-
don.’ I told him that I believed if he would give me a hearing in Lothario I could please him. He said I was not at all fit to play it. Then he began to talk in a hesitating way about my being of no use on account of my being inexperienced in stage matters. I said that if that were true in every instance plays would live as long as, and no longer than actors at present existing should live. In short, I argued the case a little with him, told him that I had learned the characters in London. He then said that he had a great respect for
Mr Holcroft, and must endeavour to bring me forward little by little.

“To-night I am one of Mrs Siddons’s train (dumb as usual) in the Mourning Bride. On Wednesday I am to be the second witch in Macbeth. Mr Kemble told me that if he had thought of it in time, I should have played Malcolm, and desired me to learn it. On Thursday I believe I shall begin my march to Lancaster, arriving there Sunday night. I shall stay there a week, and then for Sheffield.”